New Furthur Electronix sub label, limited hand stamped copies stating with a four tracks release from Obergman.
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.
Between Places presents part 1 of a 2 part series from the amazing Obergman. Fresh ‘n’ deep robotic Electro tracks. Well balanced record and for sure soon in every collection of every Electro Lover.
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.
Ola Bergman with a impressive album under his alias ‘Obergman’. 8 tracks of perfectly executed acid and electro bombs.
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”.
Dutch magician Ekman & Borft related Obergman for Propaganda Moscow.
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.
After a hiatus of 11 years it appears Monkeyshop are using the Vivod portal for their current works, this being their 2nd EP for Ali Renault’s imprint. Title track Island of Love is a melodious sprawling opus perfect for keeping the summer vibes going all year round and takes the whole of side A. Side B has 2 more cuts. Heartbreak is another disco pulser and the final track is Island of Love given a brilliant rework treatment from fellow Swede electroist Obergman.
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.
Key players of the Scandinavian electro scene have worked together to deliver a snapshot of their unique sound for BT04. Luke Eargoggle, Kan3da, Obergman and Rutherford deliver everything from icy electro to downtempo, mournful IDM leanings.
The latest release on Abstract Forms finds Swedish electro purist Ola Bergman return for a second offering in his ongoing series of Multiverse releases as Obergman, having inaugurated proceedings with Cyclic Multiverse back in March. Much like that seven track set, there is much for fans of minimal machine funk to savour on Quilted Multiverse, and Bergman uses the album format to really showcase his full production palette. So whilst opener “Resemblance” or “Supersymmetry” are classic jittering electro with subaqueous textures and rippling rhythms, Bergman also indulges his more bugged out side on “Alkaline”, “Coma Cluster” and the rhythmically interesting “Gravitational Collapse”.
Mid-paced, fresh ‘n’ funky electro gear on this eight track EP from Swedish artist, Obergman. All very nicely produced while maintaining the quirky factor throughout which results in an EP that gels perfectly from start to finish and a respectable follow-up to the recnt DMX Krew release on Abstract Forms.