A short visit to the Indochinese Peninsula at the wrong time of the global pandemic breakout, led Ian Richter to over a year and a half of living in Vietnam, and to a deep love affair with the Vietnamese folk religion. Ian was intrigued to find a place drenched in culture and mysticism existing hand in hand with hyper capitalism (yet officially committed to socialism). Over the course of the last 18 month Ian recorded, mentally and physically, the sounds of his encounters and experiences. From daily life, through industrial and natural landscapes, to ancient and modern dance, forging foreign with familiar, mysticism with science, and claustrophobia with liberation.
Summer 2021 sees the fourth in the Frigio All Stars series hitting all respectable shelves. Jack Carel opens the 12” with the acid burning grunge of “Fuck This Shit” followed by Sons of Traders with the chugging 4/4 nastiness of “A for All.” A trippy, dark industrial streak runs in the snares and swagger of Rambal Cochet’s “Doomsday Scenario Interface” and in the powerful introspection of Daniel Holt’s “The Recluse.” Neud Photo arrives on Frigio with a menacing debut, “The Split” which pierces a haze of smoke in this late-night floor-filler. Honored Matres who appeared on the first volume of these series, returns with the blackest of the compilation. Machine gun percussion close the 12” with Chris Mitchell offering the chopped and gnawed “Alsina”.
Libertine Records welcomes Marco Passarani for its 18th release, the Italian legend delivers 5 dope cuts between techno and electro, not to be missed.
20/20 Vision present the debut release from Manchester based artists Armec. The Caged EP hits the ground running – with a record that spans heavy club-ready electro and futuristic soundscapes. Complete with a remix from German acid connoisseurs Hardfloor.
Bunker returns with the third volume of Rogue Frequencies. Selected from Mike Hellboii’s archives, a whole set of predominantly heavy ’80’s-and-’90’s-Bruxelles-and-UK-styled electro-wave-synth-poppin’ EBM and other ever-tragically ‘New Romantic’ techno ‘massive-rave-and-lonely-dance floor classics.
South African born, London based producer Kai van Dongen appears with a four tracker on Cyberdome, spanning lo-fi electro, gabber-influenced techno and Detroit acid.
The new digital exclusive Squirrels On Film release is from Floridian squirrel funk master Chris Mitchell, four potent doses of lysergic cyber boogie for putting bodies in motion.
Sound Synthesis is Keith Farrugia, an electronic music producer form Malta whose vision of electro takes you into the future. This time out he lands on Orbital Mechanics with four fierce cuts of starting with the slapping electro funk of ‘I Am Machine’ and moving on to the more intense paranoias of ‘Nexus Of Dark Energy.’
Pure energy shines through the latest Dalmata Daniel compilation, where all producers gathered together for a good cause. Lockdowns and social distancing practices are slowly easing up in the luckier half of the world, yet local producers and clubs are still facing a hard ongoing period of no live shows with a non-existing club culture. As a result, web-based platforms are more important than ever. The Lahmacun community radio is an integral part of our Budapest scene, as they provide a remarkable online platform not only to musicians and DJs, but to local broadcasters, hosts and music enthusiasts alike. Keeping up the spirit, Lahmacun radio is eager to promote and celebrate music from the local Hungarian scene and from passionate labels, collectives and communities, be it anywhere in the world. This 20-track fundraising compilation is therefore dedicated to Lahmacun radio. It is presented by 10 local and 10 international producers, hailing from the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Greece and Israel. All of us worked and participated in this compilation to help the operation of this very important platform. All income we receive from sales of this V/A goes to support their work.
Krakow’s duo Olivia and Chino join Pinkman with their live project Radiation 30376. Both belonging to the generation that has seen decay turn into liberation, together they tint raw industrial soundscapes with the feelings of freedom and nostalgia. Their debut ep Arka consists of 4 uncompromised electro mutants, rich with the atmosphere of the 90s and the sound design of the future.
This September Nocta Numerica will release its twentieth record. In the meantime, to mark the occasion and look back on the past six years, they released the compilation “Twenty Moons – Nocta Numerica In 20 Tracks”, 20 tracks that represent the identity of the label: 19 of them are from past Nocta Numerica releases and one is exclusively taken from Zobol’s upcoming EP.
What better way to celebrate 100 releases than with a handmade box containing soul expanding music!? Höga Nord Rekords have reached an important goal and releases a rare box set containing all 12” from the HNRUK-series plus a new record from Birds, unique for this box. Except Birds, this compilation includes Dark Strands, High Boys, Vox Low, Timothy J. Fairplay, Fontän, Bird Of Paradise, Mythologen, Jamie Paton and Frak. This exclusive handmade box made in Norrmalms kartongfabrik in Stockholm, is a celebration to the Scandinavian Bronze age. You’ll find rock carvings like those on the artwork scattered over the land but mostly near Gothenburg, home of Höga Nord Rekords on the Swedish west coast. Archaeological evidence proves similarities in ornaments and pictures between the Nordic and European Bronze age, just like you find common features in the music released on our label. Though the acts in this compilation box come from all over Europe and beyond, they stem from an obscured and mysterious common source of escapism, purity and creativity.
Timothy J. Fairplay with some weapons of desire, a double 12″ of raw machine funk, drawing inspiration from classic electro and techno. Super crunchy and filled with attitude.
Heavyweight cargo, wrong shipping adress, delivered without demand. FRACHTØ1 is the very various artists EP on Lunatic, ticking all the boxes that lead through the past releases. Tracks that represent the numerous ways of todays saturated society’s struggle expecting a dark future‘s prophecy. Roberto Auser allows no introduction time with his dystopian “Neturality” system. CVBOX‘s air cargo sets a hard contrast with as lightly bleeping as confusing “Wingwalking”. Walk on with Credit 00 who shows who you really “Wanna B”, just before all dark matter fuse on the ipside of reality: Hayter’s voice is the oracle for the street: “Sooner Or Later” all pain ows together “In Den Hochofen Des Schmerzes” of the Iron Ore.
Native Mexican Leo Leal returns on Binh’s imprint Time Passages with a new 12” EP “Antimateria”.
Mike Ash with a 4 tracker on No Survivors! Recordings. The title track is body melting Sub Bass meets synapse smashing 303 ACID riffs that roll over and over you in waves as Mike tweaks the frequencies to perfection. This is real Electronic Music performed not programmed. Cascading acid lines, washes of stomping crashing 808 drums and a classic synth break with filtered twisted vocal echoing around your head. Aggressive drums pound you from the outset, heavy distorted 909 type drum sounds, Detroit influences are apparent in the choice of lush pads and dynamic filter sweeps wound together by a gurgling acid line pushing and twisting the sound your head. Definitely not a static affair with all the frequencies in flux. Tense British Techno with the sickest, heaviest square wave bass possible. A stomper with just a touch of the theme to 80’s TV series Knightrider about the nagging synth line underpinning the 303’s, The Hoff would be proud.
Established during the UK’s lockdown, E.L.I. has been a means of escaping the monotony of a bleak situation. This new project of Mike Smith aka Crossover Network has been created for compositions only made with TR-707, TT-303, MS20, DX21 and a discordant voice. The result is a six-tracks EP between EBM, acid and dark electro : six crepuscular bangers for the body and the mind.