Swedish label Stilleben hits the not-so-insignificant milestone of 60 releases with this new EP from Obergman. He is a veteran of the global electro underground and shows off his skills here with some bumping 808-based electro-techno fusion cuts. They are brilliantly muscular and well-defined tunes with irresistibly bumping baselines, slapping hits and mystic synth work that brings the cosmic vibes. ‘Akrobahn’ is an eerie opener and things remain deep and mysterious with ‘Hermispherical Transmission’. The flip side offers more powerful and propulsive jams in the form of ‘Photometry’ and ‘Vaterloos.’
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.
Continuing our past year briefing, after the readers top 3 and best giveaways, we present a list of our 20 favorite albums from 2020.
We have four albums more on the electro side coming from DMX Krew, Men With Secrets (Donato Dozzy and Retina.it), Nullptr and The Exaltics & Heinrich Mueller, while on the industrial/EBM side we have albums by A Civil Terror, La luna sotto il ponte and LBEEZE and impressive works from Black Meteoric Star, Ian Martin and Trenton Chase.
On the synthier side of music we have four albums coming from Das Ding, Linea Aspera, Newclear Waves and Jake Schrock, while for the Detroit lovers we have two Detroit influenced album by The Beneficiaries (Jeff Mills, Eddie Fowlkes and Jessica Care Moore) and The Nightstalker (Dan Piu and Martin Akeret).
Closing the list are the debut album of disco-don Franz Scala on Slow Motion, Obergman‘s acid album on Furthur Electronix, Anthony Collins with his album on Lobster Theremin under the Grant alias and Shifted with his first album on Avian.
The list is compiled in chronological order.
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.
First release of Malmø’s Electro Label. Stunning 5 track VA record with loads of stiff Electro from the Scandinavian parts of the mind. Eargoggle, Obergman, Dip Shim, SPH Alliance and Babylon Barseback delivers a mix between classic Electro sounds, club bangers and Breaks and neo-trance atmospheres.
Brokntoys presents “Cold Light, Low Tide” a free digital compilation of tracks from affiliated artists, featuring Black Propaganda, Obergman, K100 Signal, Trance Remix, Annechoic, Non Punire and XY0815.
Ola Bergman returns on Luke Eargoggle’s excellent Stilleben label. The four tracks he’s delivered are as strong as you’d expect, with the veteran Swedish producer choosing to flit between cuts built around druggy, Italo-disco style arpeggio basslines, and more electro-framed workouts. Such is the quality of material on show that picking highlights is tough, though we’re particularly enjoying the gently intergalactic positivity of basement chugger “Fibonacci Horizon”, the Drexciya-influenced outer-space electro weightiness of “Olympus Mons” and the hazy “Pyroclastic Flow”, where lilting, “Selected Ambient Works” style chords and melodies ride a muscular, all-action dark Italo groove.
8th Brokntoys VA compilation, spinning a web around fresh and old bloods alike. 5 cuts, 5 styles, everything you need to slick the floors with out of date smoke fluid. Tracks from Arp220, Obergman, XY0815 and Int Main Rigid, The Jaffa Kid and Oskar Telemann.
Stilleben’s latest EP is a no-holds-barred, all-action affair that gathers together previously unheard cuts from a quintet of label associates. Boss man Luke Eargoggle is naturally involved, with his hook-up with Swedish veteran Ola Bergman – the angular analogue bass, Italo-disco influenced grooves and shimmering chords of “Macho Macho” – being amongst the EP’s many highlights. You’ll find more razor-sharp, mind-altering robo-bass propelling Das Muster’s brilliant opener “Sinnestauschung” towards the electro stratosphere, while IXRQ’s “Robotic Nature” brilliantly combines ghostly, crystalline synthesizer melodies with a suitably dirty, club-ready electro groove. The most intense and sweaty cut of the lot, though, is Suicider’s suitably dystopian and psychedelic closing cut “Trainwreck”.
Another VA from Luke Eargoggle’s Stilleben Records that keeps on releasing the purest electronic music. Jensen Interceptor and Obergman are two familiar names in the electro game but on this 12″ Hiltipop and T-Error will also show their vision and style.
Another excursion for the genre independent Borft label. Celebrated artist Obergman delivers a six tracker record for fans of acid and electro. The release is initiated with the drexciyan styled electro track “Germination” with occasional strings that brings some light in the atmosphere of desolate landscapes, followed by the groovy electrotech melodic track “Unexpected Connection” The acid techno workout “Acid Healing” slowly builds with sweet melodic strings into floorfilling potential while the B-side begins with “Inflatable”. A Bass ridden driving acid techno track with ominous melodic stabs that works well when doing a build-up mix into more frenzy territory. The b2 track “Greenglow” explores rocking acid lines bonded by delicate smooth detroit styled strings. Last track of the record, “Universal Hologram”, is a strong beautiful electro track with great electric pulses, melancholic atmosphere and subtle strings.
BT08 brings back Obergman to brokntoys after his appearance on the Guests of Reality compilation. The Stockholm based producer showcases here his trademark sound, off-key driving excursions complemented by an icy beatless number.
One of two very limited samplers of the Datafunk 2.0 project. Due to the project being considerably delayed a couple of artists pulled their tracks so Abstract Forms has decided to split the remainder of the project into two 12″ samplers instead.