Anatolian Weapons feat. Seirios Savvaidis – To The Mother Of Gods [BIS37]

Aggelos Baltas is a veteran of the global electronic music scene, responsible for a handful of celebrated EBM 12”s as Dream Weapons, and a particularly heady and open-ended brand of krautrock as Fantastikoi Hxoi. His newest project, Anatolian Weapons, was conceived as a way to bring together these two seemingly mismatched concepts, with the polyrhythmic percussion and wailing tones of Greek folk music serving as their unlikely bonding agent. “To The Mother Of Gods” is Baltas’ debut album for Beats In Space. Created in tandem with Greek folk musician Seirios Savvaidis, it is a work of simultaneous collaboration and subtraction whose meticulous construction becomes more apparent with every listen. An album-length exploration of what happens when the principles of dance music are applied to pre-digital musical modalities. Savvidis contributed stems of ten songs, which Baltas deconstructs and rearranges with appreciation of the ancestry of their lineage and of the deceptively ancient eerie, droning qualities inherent in the style. Occasionally augmenting Savvaidis’ recordings with his own, Baltas treats these elements as if raw materials for an architectural process. It is a record of psychedelic folk music.

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Anatolian Weapons feat. Seirios Savvaidis – To The Mother Of Gods [BIS37]

Dream Weapons – Reach Dystopia [MRT003]

Athens reminds us of Berlin right after the Wall. Gritty, chaotic, dirty, and partying like there’s no future. Dream Weapons is a reflection of these confused greek days. With limited means and a DIY attitude he builds harsh, lysergic, electronic dreams on the ruins of a once splendid empire. MRT is the perfect place to do so. We believe in total failure.

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Dream Weapons – Reach Dystopia [MRT003]

Dream Weapons – Pathways EP [HOLGER003]

A few words by Steffen Bennemann: ”I was in loose contact with Aggelos (Dream Weapons) for a few years, watching him from a distant with great interest. In 2012, he sent me his debut LP on Inner Ear under his Fantastikoi Hxoi moniker and it quickly became my favourite album of the year. When I told him our plans for Holger he sent me some of his more electronic-leaning music. I was instantly captured by the driving, trippy kraut techno songs which show homage to the psychedelic sounds of the 60s and 70s while holding their own in the here and now. Exactly our cup of tea.”

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Dream Weapons – Pathways EP [HOLGER003]