Hambourg’s electro duo Fallbeil composed by Wosto and Kluentah, is still pretty unknown despite they’ve been releasing a bunch of EP and a couple of LP on label like Mannequin, Killekill sub-label Boidae or New York Haunted and more recently on their own label Teerpappe to name a few. Macadam Mambo presents now a compilation of irresistible dark atmospheres slow electro tunes with very raw textures, complemented by few little skits to generate a brilliant album around the story of the Mockturtle.
Panoptique – How Did You Find Me? [MMLP9009]
Theo Delaunay aka Panoptique aka Constance Chlore is releasing his first solo album on Macadam Mambo. Head of the Simple Music Experience label (dedicated to release punk experiment on tape), member of Violent Quand On Aime, Succhiamo, Simplists, Ono Omen and United Assholes, he had previously been part of the “Danzas Electricas” volumes 1 and 3, released a little single in 2019 and curated the “Simple Music Experience Vol.2” compilation in the house. Panoptique stick to what he knows to do the best, to present his stories, singing spoken words, gogolitos deliriums, whispers and rough voices on Minimal Synth Wave ballads or Drexciyan’s Electro bangers, it’s brut, mental, sometimes brutal and so so groovy in the meanwhile. Special mention to his guest Fiesta En El Vacio for her ‘caliente’ featuring on “Menta Y Regaliz”.
As Longitude – That’s When The Animals Turned Into Humans [MMX1001]
As Longitude is the Berlin based duo Eva Geist and Ondula, which started to make its place on the new electronic scene after brillant release last year on Knekelhuis and apparence on Ein Welt… On this EP we fall in their psychedelic madness, mixing hypnotic sounds, voices and Saxo, in a very punkish way, to come back to our bestial primitive instincts, when we were still close from animals.
VA – Danzas Electricas Vol. II [MMLP2002]
The ‘metallic’ compilation Danzas Electricas is back for a second volume. Curated by Sacha Mambo, it presents only artists from nowadays and takes distance from the edits to push original and weird electronic music of close artists friends from Dresden, Copenhagen, Berlin, Prague, Lyon and Hamburg. Some of them are already relatives of Macadam Mambo : Konsistent, Wosto, Heninspace, Eva Geist or Sacha himself and it introduces new acts : Ekstern (Nixxon & Spacelex), Service, Houschyard or Sauerstofff to present a good mixture of Kraut, Punk, Industrial tracks, which never fall into dark.
Zmatsutsi – Hookep Up [MMLP1001]
Discover the sex-appeal of Leeds with the trio Joe Gill, Heidi Armitage and Tim Hutton aka Zmatsutsi. They deliver on this mini-LP a mixture of s’mazing slow beats tracks, a bit like Rimini was meeting Dusseldorf in a Golf VR6. ‘Hooked Up’ is a hazy and psychedelic trip into druggy, slo-mo disco territory. Built around head-nodding drum machine rhythms, undulating arpeggio lines, trippy synthesizer motifs and breathy, poetic spoken word vocals, it’s a hugely atmospheric and enjoyable affair. There are occasional forays into more boogie-inspired territory, but even these outings tend towards the throbbing, pulsating and hypnotic. Of course, we expect little less from the inspired Macadam Mambo label, but we were still surprised by the dizzyingly high quality threshold throughout.
Eva Geist – Desfan LP [MMLP909]
Andrea Noce aka Eva Geist is back with his second album to date, and what clearly makes for a magical companion to 2016’s comparatively murkier Aquator System cassette. Noce returns via Sascha Mambo’s Macadam Mambo imprint, unleashing a flurry of outsider sonics and no-wave vibes thanks to this new Desfan LP. The nine tracks glide with pace and style, ranging form the docile bleeps and pseudo beats of tunes like “Electronic Tribalism” to relatively more ‘dance-friendly’ tunes like “Prologo” or “Nigredo”. It’s hard to put our finger on what makes Noce’s music so singular, but it must have something to do with the artist’s fascination with the Levant – a distant yet perceptible vibe that seeps through all of these tunes.
2017 Top 3 – Readers List
It has been 4 years since I made the last ‘review of the year …’ or ‘best of … ‘ list and it was not planned for 2017, but looking back at last year somehow the music scene shifted in a good way. From the music point of view, I think we are living better times now, we can see a revival of the old school electro and acid house, afrobeat is still hot, EBM is going strong.
VA – Simple Music Experience Vol. 2 [MMLP505]
Macadam Mambo presents a special collaboration with friend label ‘Simple Music Experience’ from Bordeaux/Marseille. Contains original Industrial, Synth-Pop, Jakbeat, Post-Punk, Experimental and Contemporary music by underground artists from France. Originally it released on tape (SM05) in 2016.
Sacha Mambo – Inverted Audio MIX 246
VA – Danzas Electricas [MMLP404]
Macadam Mambo is launching a special compilation of adjustments made by friends and members of the label (Kilian Krings, Sneaker/Dunkeltier, Obermannkind, Panoptique, Mori Ra, Shiny Boots, Misha Geylen, Smagghe & Cross, Guillaume des Bois, Johan Ressle). Mostly very obscure tracks in Sacha’s ‘Metalic vibe’, from post-punk to synth-pop, experimental and more.
The Blech – Wosto Ajustements [MME30003]
For the first release coming in 2017 Macadam Mambo strikes very hard with a very special EP of radical dance music by the German band The Blech revisited by Hambourg’s based artist Wosto. The Blech released 6 LP between 1985 and 1996. Their albums have become a treasure-trove of extravagant, groovy dance hall artistry. The forcefulness with which The Blech flung their conviction from the stage into the audience was at once hypnotic, irritating and erotic. Here Wosto has selected two tracks from the Zip Zip LP originally released in 1987 (Nichts Wie Vorher and Zip Zip) and one from the Ich Wollte Meine Schuhe Zerschneiden LP (Die Einame Trane) released in 1989, and transform them into strong powerfull dancefloor cuts. Be sure of the efficient of the product, no need to talk more, let the music speak by itself.Special mention for the magnificient artwork of Lyon’s based artist Hugo Charpentier from the Mauvaise Foi collective.
Eva Geist – Dniheb [MMX909]
Eva Geist is an italian electronic musician and composer based in Berlin. Her early musical experiences in electronic music were largely self-directed, beginning with use of synthesizers and sequencers to different audiovisual computer and mobile technologies. Geist’s music builds up a cinematic musical journey around rarefied melodies, arpeggiators, soft beats and space disco. Under the Eva moniker hides the underground polyedric artist Andrea Noce, who previously released a mini-LP last year with David Kristian on Macadam mambo. This EP includes a wonderfull remix of «Tanz Im Morgenmantel » by Salon des Amateurs head’s Tolouse Low Trax, transposing it in a very subaquatic version.
The Farmers – Toss Your Salat [MMX808]
Here is a new project introducing The Farmers aka Konsnix : Nixxon and Kons Istant from Copenhagen and Heninspace from Dresden. All started with ‘Toss Your Salat’, a dubby/acid jam made during a meeting in Dresden for a friend’s birthday, after listening the track Sacha Mambo decided to put it out on Macadam Mambo. Back in Copenhagen Konsnix started to work on ’70A-1′ a ruff electro track in the Viewlex style, on his side Heninspace worked on ‘Humla’ a bit more atmospheric/acid tune. If you like druggy, psychedelic atmospheres this is for you.
The Pilotwings – Une Nuit Au Boxboys [MMLP303]
New master piece by the two young guys from Lyon where the label is based. This time they’ve let all their great inspiration take over, to deliver a strong piece of Chicago oriented House with tribal and japanese influences, the 707 is never too far, and a sexy male voice brings you into the moist backroom of this club named ‘Boxboys’.
Mori Ra – Sleeping Industry [MME7007]
Japanese editor Mori Ra returns with four more perplexing, wonderfully obscure edits on Macadam Mambo; “Acid Indonesia” is an overwhelming experience laced with toxic percussion, gritty bass and buried harmonies. “Canoe Tamburi Sacri” retains the heavy percussive focus while flipping the mood switch for something much slower and meditative. “Sleeping Industry” is the most cosmic number on the release with an array of synths vying for our attention over a wind chime rhythms while “Tsuru-Kame Hinadisco” brings us back into reality with harmonic chimes, steel drums and more dubby overlays than a Kingston cutting house.
George Kamm – Durst & Hunger [MME6006]
Reinforcing the way things happen since the beginning on Macadam Mambo, London new comer George Kamm has selected and adjusted 4 cuts of Weirdo synth-pop, alternating dance floor killers and experimental nuggets. No need to say that its again high digging level, and extremely well done edits.
Albion – Pyramids [MME5005]
Albion, the “continental Disco” King, is back on Macadam Mambo with a new EP, reinforcing, with those 4 killer nuggets, that he is definitely the boss to put out weirdo obscurities. And giving us again, the feeling that the level of the tracks is getting higher record after record.
Macadam Mambo Dj’s – Ultima Sensazione [MMLP101]
The new Macadam Mambo Dj’s project by Sacha Mambo and Guillaume des Bois is now ready to strike the world. Weirdo Italo-influenced sunshine disco for optimistic minds.
Takeshi Kouzuki – Ore No Atama Ni [MMX707]
Takeshi Kouzuki is back on Macadam Mambo Trax, he delivers here 3 powerful tracks completely futuristically weird and unusual, mixing acid, jakbeat and techno styles with a funky touch and fantastic vocoder’s voices. 2 Weird yet powerful jacking tracks and 1 balearic groover, all with that Nippon twist.
Dunkeltier – Rising [MME4004]
Dresden don Dunkeltier (aka Sneaker aka Gino ‘Der Hammer’ Galan) is next up on the Macadam Mambo flex, dipping into his personal armoury of EBM, industrial and post punk favourites for a premium set of edits. If you dug his Rat Life edits this year or got blown away by a Traxx session then you will definitely levitate towards the sounds here as Dunkeltier tweaks Kozmonaut, Absolute Body Control and EM. Do check the mind altering Phase Adjustment of “Tanzmusik” from cult Belgian crew Absolute Body Control which is exactly the sort of fizzing power electronics that will provide a welcome deviation into absolute beat down territory for the more adventurous selectors.