Here are some recordings from this year’s Dekmantel Selectors festival.
The highlights for us were Mick Wills, who opened the festival for us on Thursday, Solar, who we are really happy to finally hear live for the first time and the b2b between Intergalactic Gary & Pasiphae which marked the closing of festival for us on Monday. Another premiere for us was listening for the first time live the Romanian duo Khidja. They really rocked the place and the chilling rain made it even more memorable. Also Rabih Beaini‘s three hours ritualistic performance at sunset was one of the best performances from the festival.
One of the highlights of the festival was the IFM Boat Party with Identified Patient & Pasiphae, Intergalactic Gary. There is a special vibe on these boat parties and IFM one was one of the best so far. Unfortunately there are no recordings from this party, yet.
Dekmantel Selectors is now over, we are back to our usual life, or we are trying to, but the vibe of the festival is still buzzing through our vines. The turquoise waters of Tisno, the shade from the pine forest, the rocky coastline, the incredible sound of the cicadas that is worth of a representation in one of Rabih Beaini’s mesmerizing ritualistic performances, the music that was filling every space, will stay with us for days.
Dekmantel Selectors is an intimate festival, limited to a capacity of 2000, to keep the vibe pure throughout the whole week and this can be seen once you get to the bay from The Garden, next to the small fishing village of Tisno.
The latest in the synth-heavy sludgedown from Public System Recordings, invites a new cast of characters into the dungeon dance. The common theme throughout this sampler of titans of industrial the world over, seems to be wide, slowed down melancholy. Some tracks take a floor-friendly jump, while others demand the attentive consumption of a more serene setting. These two discs are packed with dynamic, chugging, and forward thinking jams that make you mesh all things PSR is passionate for.
Lena Platonos is a Greek musician, pianist and music composer. Her third solo album, ‘Lepidoptera’ was produced in 1986 and reissued by Dark Entries in 2018. Inspired by a scientific book on butterflies she found in a trashcan one day, the compositions follow minimalistic motifs and carefully-staged soundscapes. Lena narrates each song in deadpan fashion, skillfully reciting her surreal Greek poetry. Now Dark Entries recruited 4 contemporary Greek producers to remix their favorite tracks from ‘Lepidoptera’. First up is ‘Cyaniris’ remixed by Anatolian Weapons who delivers an enchanted late-night journey through the New Wave forest. Next is ‘Araschnia Levana’ remixed by Pasiphae who speeds up the pace with machine driven melodic electro pulses. On the B-side we have June remixing ‘Cyaniris’ twirling the track into a complex deep sea dive with lush drum kicks and pads. Closing out the EP is a remix of ‘a Gee´a ´ Aporia Maturna’ by Morah who leads us to the underworld of Hades via sinister squelches and full-on apocalyptic rave breakdown.
Our next quest in the Hipodrome will be the lovely and talented Pasiphae. She is going to play for the first time in Romania, in Cluj, at Gazette on March 9th.
To kick-start Artificial Dance’s 2018 release programme, the label has once again delved deep into the darkest corners of the Dutch electronic underground. The result is a debut solo EP from another future hero, Hague-based Pasiphae. Born in Greece, Pasiphae took up DJing and music production when she moved to the Netherlands five years ago. The Siphax EP is her first solo outing. Packed with mutant alien funk (the superb title track), horror-fired dancefloor dystopia (throbbing opener Tachynons’) and skewed electronic soundscapes ( Vertical Rotation’, which sounds like it could have been taken from the soundtrack of an early ’80s art-house movie), the six tracks offer a neat summary of Pasiphae’s unique musical world. Check out, in particular, the two-part murkiness and late night hum of ‘Quelque Chose De Mauvais’ and ‘Quelque Chose De Mal’, which are creepy and clandestine in equal measure. If that’s not enough to set the pulse racing, turn your attention to EP closer Hedera’, a beat-less but rhythmic romp through muggy, psychedelic pastures.