Body Musick presents ‘Abductions’ split EP by Antonio Barbetta & Filmmaker. Frankfurt-based Antonio a.k.a Raw Ambassador, who previously released on labels like Natural Sciences & Mannequin Records, unleashes four tracks with his signature rawness and minimal synth approach that has been sounding with plenty elements that Filmmaker also resonates with. Like two brothers from different but close worlds, they finally meet in this electro junction that resembles some of the classic sounds from Detroit type beats in their own analogue vision and interpretation.
‘Enter My Lair’ is an ode to cinematic aesthetics. Whether through slomo doom techno or raw EBM, it recounts tales of blood-drenched dungeons haunted by evil spirits, over-the-top police chases, and epic battles from the Viking and Roman eras.
Itako hails from Strasbourg , France. His music creation speciality is blending an array of consciousness-expanding sounds over slower electro and technoid beats. His debut album “Broken Material” on SonicGroove splashes acid, dashes Body music basslines , and sprinkles Belgian New Beat over a ten song album creating a perfect concoction of sci fiction cyber psychodelia that will you drive you into unexplored dimensions.
Banshees Records presents a tribute for The Arch with ten fine remixes.
The Aussie master of the dark synth arts is back in full force as Buzz Kull with the third album Fascination. Early days of minimal wave seem far away now that Marc Dwyer has gone full Body Music with new full-length, but there is a thread that binds Buzz Kull hits from the past with these ten new cuts: a thread of darkness proper to the most handsome man in the game and that’s here to stay. Cause this record is not just about music subgenres we all know and love, it’s about a feeling that comes alive only with the dark and drives you through the small hours just to leave you drained and filled at once.
J. Mono twists our sense of time again, coming up with the third installment of his ‘Redate’ series: an elegant selection of uncut tracks, roaming in the fields of electro, acid, IDM and EBM. Redate III in its digital format presents tracks that were written and recorded between 2014 and 2015. As the cassette version, it includes not only Redate III (as side A), but a collection of J. Mono’s various other tracks created between 2017 and 2021, that appeared beforehand on various compilation albums (as side B). In other words, with this fresh new tape you’re all set with 8 years of J. Mono experience.
Shaknis with a new 4 tracks solo cassette release on Soil Records.
Greek-born DJ and producer Alex π is the founder of Pi Electronics label and event series, as well as co-founder of record label Modal Analysis. In the post pandemic era, he releases his archive of productions from the years 2016 – 2021 : a blend of Techno/EBM influences, with processed vocals and noisy textures, in a ’song’ like structure. Aiming to crossover the 80s aesthetic to a techno type of production using machines of the ’10s, the concept here is to avoid the sounding of a tool track while still staying within the boarders of dance-floor minded music. The archives will be released in two instalments: Part I on Tripalium Corp and Part II on Soil records.
The new Syberian release release is fully occupied by dark-disco champion Disco Morato. Here you find two expressive electo-shaped hits together with two straightforward synth poems.
A dream collaboration with Dario Argento for the soundtrack of his new film ”Occhiali Neri”, Maestro Arnaud Rebotini is back on Mannequin Records with a brand new 4-tracks ep ”I Drive East”. For this new ep, Arnaud started working more on a song form, deeply inspired by his rock’n’roll roots. Having heroes like Suicide or Alien Sex Fiend in mind, he was able to create the perfect link between EBM and Industrial Rock. The final production was orchestrated diving deep into percussive drums and digital synthesizers, a mega hybrid of analog and digital, recalling back our favourite mid-80’s productions.
Plague Pits is a collective from Bern, Switzerland. Inspired by the D.I.Y. electronic tape underground of yore, they play disco dirges for the Anthropocene – cold wave for a heating planet.
Soft Crash is the collaborative project of two Italo Body Music trailblazers: BITE founder – Phase Fatale, and one of the label’s protagonists – Pablo Bozzi. United by a mutual passion for a particular melancholic yet sensual approach, and a sound that combines influences of synthwave, EBM, Italo and techno, the two have proved themselves to be a perfect match with ‘Spritzkrieg’ (2020) – their first EP on BITE. This time, Soft Crash present their first long player ‘Your Last Everything’. The album further expands the Italo Body Music palette into electro, acid house, bleep, hi-nrg, and IDM. Each of the eight tracks on the LP sounds layered and intricate, with a variety of interactions between different technical elements and intertwining melodies that reference high production methods from the 80s and 90s turned contemporary. The album centers itself around themes of dystopian cyberpunk and surreal cinematics. It looks to invoke emotion in cold and mechanical elements, making it feel like an organic new chapter in the duo’s ongoing exploration of the relationship between technology and the body.
German DJ Helena Hauff and ‘Return to Disorder’ label owner was the first female to be named BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix of the year in 2017. Helena’s focus has always been on productions and DJing making her characteristic gnashing electro, acidic techno and chugging EBM tunes and sets her focus ahead of the limelight and fame that so many court. Hauff’s background comes from fine art, maths, physics and acoustics meaning her creative flair is perfectly expressed through the coaxing of weighty club sounds from her machines. With ‘Living With Ladybirds’ Hauff lays down four EBM-infused tracks recorded in her method of using strictly analogue equipment. There’s the eccentric electro of ‘Jonas’, the travelling melody behind ‘Your Turn To Fly’, the stripped down pulsing techno of ‘Touching Plastic’ and the rich rolling acid techno of ‘Pinch’.
Israel Padilla is back to his own label Banshees Records with “Control De Vidrios”, a darkness-embedded eight-track release featuring six originals and two remixes by Skelesys & Larionov. Expect a nervy combination of Electro, EBM, Industrial, Cold Wave, Electronica and Techno.
“Krishna Goineau is well known for his starring role in ‘Los Niños del Parque’ with Liaisons Dangereuses and in other projects such as Velodrome and Xeroox. Through one of his friends we have been lucky enough to receive a hard disk on which there are a variety of unreleased tracks by Krishna Goineau with MCL (Micro Cheap League) recorded in the year 85-86. Krishna lived in Barcelona at that time and was involved in different groups while traveling through Germany and Belgium to create new projects. After dissolving Liaisons Dangereuses in 1983 Krishna started a new project with MCL where you can identify the essence and influences that he had at that time, touches of EBM and metal synthesizers with vocals in Spanish as in the track ” No Information”. These tracks are preserved in excellent quality in which Alden Tyrell has done the mastering on vinyl and digital. Having something like this is like finding a treasure in the middle of a secret island. To finalize the release we have edits from Silent Servant, Curses, Esprit Divers. Deckard & Lucient.”
Naamal M’bae aka Nam’s is next on Lux Rec, namely, number 49. The young musician is all dark and desperation, fast, angry and on point. Song titles are quite explicative of the mood one will swirl into. A 7” with an extremely fresh take on all the things we like. Bitter frustration. Spiralling down into chaos.