After releases curated by the masters Mick Wills and Intergalactic Gary, brokntoys presents the third and final installment in the Casting Shadows series with five tracks showcasing Maja Pa’s unique style. The EP opens with ‘A Perfect Day’ by Art Teachers, an excellent example of their distinct synth punk sound, providing the perfect introduction to the Veveo-verse. Next up is Vastechoses associate Brique Corps, who delivers the jagged body music of ‘Has Yo For All4,’. On the B-side, Czech duo Kontrajas contribute ‘Lunt,’ a circuit-breaker from their self-released Laguna EP. Label regular Rory McPike returns to his post-punk persona 2200 for the goth-infused Outlaw. The record concludes with Geoid Color Circle’s mournful ‘Adieu Trois Mort En Juin’, taken from their Six Sad World tape.
Non Punire – Espeletia [BT67]
BT67 presents Colombian producer / promoter and Dj Non Punire with a minialbum entitled Espeletia. Member of the defunct Vltra Delta Drive, Espeletia sees the Colombian exile delivering a masterclass in Giallo-infused synthwave and electro. Throughout 6 tracks, the EP blends suspense and drama for the discerning dancefloors.
Exhausted Modern – Notions of Causality EP [BT68]
Ladislav Zensor returns for a 3rd EP on the brokntoys label with Notions of Causality. The Czech producer showcases his trademark atmospheric electronics, soundtracking a world on the verge of collapse. The EP is completed by a remix by d&b producer Overlook.
Bogger – Panic ROM [BT73]
Digital Gadget owner Bogger AKA Jeff Pils comes forward with a collection of straight-up electro with Panic ROM. 5 tracks on a limited cassette.
Illektrolab – Temporal Interference EP [BT71]
Dystopian “Temporal Interference EP” sees Jason McCracken returning to Brokntoys to deliver a perfect follow up to his highly acclaimed “Paranoid Android” debut EP on the UK imprint back in 2019. As usual, don’t expect a moody journey through lazy atmosphere from the US wizard as this future classic promises you some irresistible robotic movements on the linoleum. The four tracker opens with Sci-Fi monster “Android Humanoid”, a haunting electro song made of pounding beats, intricate sororities and menacing transmissions from outer space. Enhanced by a heavy yet warm bassline, this pure mayhem straight out of a Battlestar Galactica episode is guaranteed to damage any woofers thanks to its Cylon like vocals.
Barking – S/T [BT66]
After first touching base with brokntoys on the compilation “A Call Too Close”, released in the Spring of 2021, Gareth Psaltis returns to the London based label with his project Barking, this time with a 7 tracks self-titled EP merging dubbed-out electro and menacing downtempo.
Obergman – Nocturnal Detour EP [BT69]
Obergman returns to brokntoys for a second emission after his celebrated Quantum Eraser, released in 2017. Over 6 tracks the Swedish producer delivers a set of icey, stirring workouts primed for the dancefloor.
VA – The Fifth Quarter [Brokntoys]
Brokntoys presents “The Fifth Quarter”, a digital compilation featuring music from Livid Husk, Timothy J Fairplay, MetaComplex, Lloyd Stellar, The Spy, Errorbeauty, Morken, user404 and Ex.Hale. All proceeds from the release will go to Haringey Welcome, a local campaign group to help migrants and refugees.
XY0815 – Sensinneuse b/w Visionneuse
New release from XY0815 on his favorite label brokntoys.
Vertical67 – Abandoned Places
The first release of the year brings back into the murky worlds of Vertical67. Thomas Pahl returns with a 5 track digital EP titled Abandoned Places. Only available through brokntoys bandcamp page.
Last year I started this section for free/”name your price” music, that people or labels share on bandcamp or other platforms. Here is a selection of free music I came across this year.Continue reading “2021 Giveaways”
Weith – Sanity Rituals [BT64]
Regular label contributor, Sergiu Juravle AKA Weith goes the long distance with Sanity Rituals. Across 5 tracks, the EP explores a rich palette of sounds mixing taut, acidic basslines with electronica soundscapes.
Made – When Straight Lines Become Curves [BT59]
New brokntoys release coming from Made aka Mike Williamson.
Serge Geyzel – Departures
New brokntoys release courtesy of Serge Geyzel. The Russian producer brings forward his terser side across 4 blistering acidic tracks.
VA – Insidia [FREE DOWNLOAD]
Free Summer compilation from the brokntoys basecamp. Insidia is a taster of things to come and features music from Mayo, KÆ, SMPL SMPL, Atsushi Izumi, Serge Geyzel, Sinitsin & The Droid, KafkaCtrl and Steifl.
Interviews – S/T [BT57]
BT57 sees Markus Gebauer AKA Interviews making his debut on Brokntoys. Having left a lasting impression with his previous efforts on labels Ortloff and Bitterfeld, here the Berlin-based producer showcases his throbbing blend of Italo, EBM and electro on a 4 track EP designed for primetime club action.
VA – A Call Too Close
A Call Too Close is a digital compilation released by brokntoys to raise funds for Tottenham food banks. Music from Aldrich, Alex Jann, Barking, Constructive nature, Das Muster, Dez Williams, Eduardo, Isolated Material, Jauzas the Shining, Marco Bernardi, Poperttelli, Rings Around Saturn, Rugon, Sam Lowry, The Jaffa Kid, Timothy J. Fairplay and XY0815. All profit from the release will be donated in equal parts to the Selby Food Hub and Tottenham Food Bank.
VA – Cold Readings [BT54]
The 10th compilation on the label, Cold Readings, brings together an array of international producers. Greek sound designer Pera Sta Ori returns to the label with the trippy Passive Concealment, followed up by Foreign Sequence bringing his own brand of shiny electro.
Omnidisc regular Shokh closes the A side with the head-down-take-me-back-to-the-rave Torotam. Opening the flipside, Weith returns with the breaks excursion Cognitive Dissonance and Scarlit Port wraps up the EP with the jungle-fuelled Layla’s Acid.
2020 was a tough year for almost everyone and definitely a year to forget for our scene. Events and gigs canceled, venues closed, artists lacking a way to earn a decent living and club culture facing a threat like never before.
In the midst of these events were several people / organizations who tried to ease the pain, offering out some comfort by releasing music to people for free or by pay as you want download. This was always done, but this year I noticed that more and more artists are doing this.
Here is a selection of albums and compilations I came across this year and that I think is worth mentioning again.
R 325 – Mouvements [BT52]
Having garnered an online cult following, painter and producer Youl Dirlès AKA R 325 makes his record debut with Mouvements. Across 5 tracks, R 325 runs the gamut through IDM, electro and breaks, creating an insular EP full of emotive, multilayered atmospheres.