Kuldaboli, Alek Stark, Mokotron and -=UHU=- together on this heavy hitter with four bombs full of vocoders, analog beasts and 808 beats.
Alek Stark – Alpha Flight EP [ER-ET007]
The mind behind Fundamental Records and Electro Records release his first EP after the his last Electric Eclectics and CPU releases. Pure analog machinery, triggered sequencers by old drum machines. Very limited units on colored vinyl, packed in a really nice way as we have come to know by the Fundamental crew.
Transpac – Mondovision [ER007]
Transpac does not hide its love for Arpanet’s ”Wireless Internet” album in any way. ”Transpac is the name of one of the first computer networks. It enabled data exchange based on the X25 standard, the Minitel was one of the most famous applications of this network. This project pays tribute to the development of telecommunications in the 70’s and the creation of this network.”
Heinrich Mueller – False Vacuum [WEME313.20]
This is the first time any of Heinrich Mueller’s highly sought after remodels/reworks have been compiled together. Many have been previously available only on limited releases and have patiently been awaiting discovery by a wider audience. These 9 specially selected examples embrace all facets of his approach. First up is the ultra smooth and minimal ‘Fadin’ Away’ by The Hacker from 2000, probably one of his most sublime and timeless creations. Then jump forward to 2011 when he serves up an infectious and sparse slice of robot funk for Albert van Abbe’s ‘NCS_0009121010’. By the time of Alek Stark’s ‘Halo 6’ (2014) he’s still got the dance-floor on his mind, but it’s located on an alien or perhaps underwater world in some dimension parallel to our own. In 2009 he works for the first time with fellow Drexciyan traveller DJ Stingray and delivers the hard edged but still quite delicate ‘Drone FX’. Jump to 2005 and he conjures the playfully disjointed ‘P.O.M. (Time Dilation Mix 2)’ for Duplex. In 2000, when he had a close relationship to the label, International DeeJay Gigolo, who were releasing Dopplereffekt and the first fruits of Der Zyklus, they commissioned him to make a series of groundbreaking mixes. On one of which he got to mesh his own futuristic vision with that of Stanley Kubrick on ‘Dave’ by Station Rose. The other closes this collection and is another of his most accessible works, with the best bassline, ‘What Use’ by the legendary ’70s San Francisco band, Tuxedomoon. In 2011 he also produced a darkly atmospheric and relentlessly mechanical interpretation of DJ Stingray’s ‘The Sadist’. In 2003, another of his best production efforts, again aimed off-squarely at yet another form of mutant dance floor, came out of a total revamp of an untitled track by The Advent. Fittingly this was originally included on Recreations, an album where artists were invited to do what Heinrich Mueller does best.
Alek Stark – Blueshifted People [CPU00101100]
Alek Stark’s attention to detail in everything he does is particularly apparent in his music – his tracks are all first class analogue electro. He pulls no punches on this E.P. with heavy 808 percussion alongside a myriad of modular noise and synth workouts. Cold, robotic and reminiscent of early Psyche / BFC with deep chorused pads creating an off-world dystopian theme that runs throughout this release.
Synth Alien – Cosmic Lights EP [IT005]
Work consisting of a version of the original track, released in Le Galassie di Seyfert, (recorded in 2011 for Synth Alien Live @ Elektro Sikness 3), a new track ”My Universe” and a brilliant remix of the original track signed by my Brother and the legendary Alek Stark.
VA – Time Capsule aka 808 Box [FR008]
Madrid’s Fundamental Records not only release a high volume of contemporary electro, but they do so in fine style thanks to their overloaded packs and comprehensive compilations. This time they really done a number on us with this 808 Box release, a jaw-dropping fifty-tracker sealed in a trendy DJ shoulder bag tagged with the most infamous of all drum machines on the planet..! The music comes from all corners, and we see familiar faces laying down some truth on those beats; check the gear by Patronen, CPU, Alex Stark, Luke Eargoggle, Sync24, Tau Sagittarii and UHU.
Alek Stark – Titan’s Cycle – 808 Syncs in C Minor [TH007]
The latest output from Alek Stark and featuring remixes by Heinrich Meuller. These tracks are simple experiments using the TR808 triggers with the Dot Com Modular, SH101, Oberheim Xpander, Roland System 100/101, Jupiter 6 Europa, Pro One and other vintage synths. All tracks recorded at real time. This EP include two versions of the main track Titan’s Cycle composed by Heinrich Mueller aka Gerald Donald, Arpanet, Dopplereffekt…
Boris Divider – Deflector / Atractor [FR004]
Man/machine magician Boris Divider unleashes his fourth album. Continuing his explorations and escapades into the darkest, iciest realms of electronic music, Deflector/Atractor is perhaps his most extensive collection to date as we’re treated to shimmering ambient bliss (“Particle”) to dreamy, skippy, robot-charming fracturism (“Mikrowelt”) via his more classic, straight up funky electro (“Deflector”). Yet another bold march into the coded unknown for both Boris and Fundamentals, this can’t be slept on.
Alessandro Forte – The Hunger EP [IT003]
The Hunger (1983) directed by the recently deceased Tony Scott and starring David Bowie, Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve has been the inspiration that Alek has served to make this album. On side A, I Love You Forever, a theme to the purest style Italo where rhythms coalesce with the power of the vocoder and melodies you trap to melt in the bass line. In this same face remixes of high-level made by two of the producers who admire and which stands out the Synth Alien vocoders or the incredible Kid Machine solo, and how they have adapted the original song to your own style. On the b-side, far more serious, in which the concept of the album is more evident, presents three tracks filled with impossible arpeggios, analog warmth and layers of melodies full of feelings in which Alek Stark demonstrates his Italo disco love.
Alek Stark – Lights In The Horizon [TRAJECTORY1005]
Alek Stark teams-up with some of electro’s freshest talent for this potential electro hit. The original version here is a full-on workout to get down to, with agitated vocal and hard beats; while next in line is the totally sublime ‘I Can See the Lights’ featuring Victoria Lukas of Zerkalo (Heinrich Mueller & Victoria Lukas). Not to be over-shadowed however are two stealthily executed reworks from Proto 70 and Jauzas the Shining – most definitely forward thinking electro for the body and mind.
Alek Stark – Trapped EP [M31-IT001]
After weeks of hard work here is my new EP for the Italo Disco lovers!
Looking at Saturn with those unique rings I always thought it´s a planet trapped in itself. Sometimes I feel myself like Saturn…, trapped in my own musical influences. My father’s fault!.. those records of Moroder!…
I can´t pass up this opportunity to use this beautiful planet for this cover…
Alek Stark – Fundamentals Of Space Travel Vol.1 [TF028]
Fantastic haunting electro album by Alek Stark. Limited cd-r release!