Texas based Electro artist Cygnus arrives on Science Cult with a timeless cyberfunk 4 track EP. Expertly programmed beats and bass lines mixed with lush synths and vocoders make for an unforgettably smooth sound. Rounding out the EP is an energetic stomper of a remix by The Exaltics.
The Exaltics – Some Other Place LP [CWCS008LP]
Loaded triple pack of the Exaltics’ debut for Clone West Coast series. The Exaltics’ stark, futuristic sound with a more melancholic and introspective side. You can almost hear the longing for other places.
The Exaltics – Retrospective [SOM055]
The Exaltics need no further introduction, operating since 15 years now and become one of the stalwarts of the international underground electro scene. Robert Witschakowski-Jockel founded the project The Exaltics in 2006 as well as the electro/ techno label SolarOneMusic with his long term friend Nico Jagiella. Since then he published countless 12″s and several LP’s with labels like Clone, Creme Organization, Bunker or his own label SolarOneMusic and worked during that time with outstanding artists like Drexciya’s Gerald Donald, Helena Hauff or the legendary Martin Gore from Depeche Mode. He turned his deep cinematic and most of all charismatic electro into his own trademark. The collection contains 13 Tracks recorded between 2009-2019 including tracks from long out stock titles first time on vinyl. Probably the best overview over the world of The Exaltics.
VA – Dark Planet [AVD015]
Avoidant Records returns with a 4 tracks vinyl samples from their ‘Dark Planet’ compilation released last year, featuring tracks by DJ Godfather, The Exaltics, Flug and Blaktony.
The Exaltics – Galactic Funk Podcast 081
Gesloten Cirkel – 185 [SOM54]
Powerful Ep from Gesloten Cirkel. Comes with banging The Exaltics remix. Cult techno maverick Gesloten Circle sure knows how to rewire brains with his fizzing, caustic concoctions. This new one on Solar One Music is another case in point. Right from the off on ‘Halfman’ he is laying down jacked up drums, coruscated baselines and flashes of metallic synth that bristle with energy. ‘185’ is a twitchy, acid laced electro workout with robot vocals bring the cyborg funk and The Exaltics remix then hits harder and deeper on stiffer bass. There is still time for two more jams on the flip – the dystopian acid-electro of ‘Quiker’ and stark industrial electro of ‘Sequence Slip.’
VA – Exit Planet Earth: Radon [EPE07]
The 7th edition in the Exit Planet Earth vinyl series features another serving of electronic cuts designed for space travel with 20/20 Vision debuts from The Exaltics & Paris The Black Fu, Alex Jann, Lost Souls of Saturn and Kim Cosmik.
Roi – Crunia [FAN013]
Roi returns with his second EP for Fanzine Records, featuring two original tracks and two remixes from Carl Finlow and The Exaltics.
VA – Trust XY.1 [TRUSTXY.1]
First in the TRUST XY recombination series. DL/MS, Keith Tucker, The Exaltics, and Privacy remix original tracks by DJ Glow, Microthol, DJ Stingray, and VC-118A.
Rapha – Visionia [SBOX012]
Schrödinger’s Box found a true audio delinquent when they discovered Rapha. Resident at Alphabet Club in Tel Aviv, this is a musician who creates tracks with a punk attitude and a painted acid smile. The co-founder of Chateau Royal arrives with four blistering numbers for our box. After the pounding percussion and 303 smears of “Ivanka”, this sidewinder synthesist unfurls the brooding darkness that is “Transform.” Lighter tones pierce the gloom in the carefully crafted “Visionia” before The Exaltics lands for some deep and dreamy electro with an incredible remake of “Voyager101.” Rapha’s original of “Voyager101” closes the 12”. Rasping rhythm patterns cut a path for rich dauby analogue bars in this stripped-back, late-night close.
The Exaltics & Helena Hauff – Futuros EP [SOM052]
The Exaltics invites Helena Hauff for a collaboration on Solar One Music. A1 starts with a short eerie intro and after that they come straight to the point with an UFO electro techno stomper with vocals from Helena. The flip side is floating around with alot of echoes and delays melodies and 303s, Helena’s beautiful voice and this special old school feeling.
2020 Best Albums
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.
The Exaltics & Heinrich Mueller – Dimensional Shifting [SOM051]
Four years after their almighty collaboration on “Project STS-31 (Hubble Telescope Series Vol.3)”, Solar One Music’s cofounder Robert Witschakowski and half of Dopplereffekt duo Gerald Donald return with another cosmic album of their instantly recognizable trademark. Featuring ten detailed and luminous cuts of beautifully crafted emotional music, with deep narrative over tough machine groove, the opus takes you on a moody trip across craggy soundscapes made of abrasive tones, crossing the red line between tight-strapped melodic waves, subaquatic underground electro, and intricate structures. Expect nothing but stripped down layers mixed with chunky synthetic bass lines and stellar melodies over pounding 808 drums on this future classic tinted with nostalgia. Built as a journey through unknown territories, much anticipating “Dimensional Shifting” oscillates between moments of bravery on the dancefloor and moody sequences, keeping intact the aesthetic signature of the Jena-based electro emissary and the legend from Detroit.
VA – TRUST XX – Silver Future [TRUST-XX]
Charity compilation from the Viennese electro label TRUST. All proceeds will support ZARA – Zivilcourage und Anti-Rassismus-Arbeit – zara.or.at
Tracks from Alex Cortex, Biepang, Clatterbox, DJ Glow, Epy, Kamikaze Space Programme, Lok44, M_Step, Microthol, ph03, Second Storey, Stingray313, The Exaltics, Urban Tribe, Versalife , VC-118A and /DL/MS/.
VA – Suburban 2 – Benefit for Milan [FU.ME012]
“Suburban Tales 1 was born as a VA dedicated to push local talents: it was our intimate dedication to Milan, the city which raised us, made us know each other, forged our sound. Before this worldwide emergency we were already planning the sequel, but this peculiar situation drove us to extend it both to Italian and international friends and affiliates. A powerful project was born to finance the “Fondo San Giuseppe”, a fund instituted by Comune di Milano, to support the people who lost their job during this struggle which sees Milan as one of the cities that had been hit most by the virus. We will devolve the entire revenue to this association.”
VA – Wave Function Collapse [N2MU003]
‘N2MU003’ is focused on one of the most interesting enigmas around the quantum physics field, the wave function collapse. Wandering around quantic and Newtonian worlds, The Exaltics, Das Muster, Datawave, Module 3F, Promising Younster, Mönsul and Vronsky convey an homogeneous message, without losing sight of their creative individual characters.
CEM3340 – 167 Zone [CRTSX001]
The first release on Curtis Electronix is from the label founder CEM3340. Includes 3 original tracks and a remix from The Exaltics. The label is inspired by Doug Curtis, father of “CEM” chip, synthesizer pioneer and innovator.
VA – Various IV [030LP005]
The fourth various artists compilation album on Netherlands based 030303 Records. Splitradix has been given the honour to kick off with a wonderfully meandering acid epos, reminiscent of 808 State’s more obscure output, with a euphoric element entering about halfway. Zaphyd takes the energy level up a bit further with a strange dry beat driving the tune which is full of melodies trying to elbow each other to the side in the friendliest possible way… Side B opens with Star Flip by Holovr where a series of classic throbbing acid basslines are accompanied by an unsettling melody, not for the faint hearted! The Exaltics’ What If We Could is a haunting bubbly motherfucker of an acid track, not totally unlike Polygon Window’s Untitled, pure dark bliss… The C side then starts with a brilliantly bouncing contribution containing a beautiful melancholic theme by Piepiep, one of 030303’s co-founders. Argentina’s Nacho M Meyer is the mastermind behind Planeta, yet another dreamy cut full of Detroit-like melancholy. Zelfkant, the first contribution on the D side, is by Betonkust and feels like a classic Warp Artificial Intelligence armchair track with a touch of wave/electro. One of the best tracks on the comp then, is by Dirty Data, who delivers a track full of twisted breaks, hectic bleeps and eerie synths, mind blowing this one… Kramphaft is behind the final contribution to the compilation, again a sinister and dark one with haunting melodies spun out over unusual hard hitting electro breaks.
Carl Finlow – MIDI Archeology Box Set [FR019]
Fundamental Records presents a limited to 250 copies 7×12″ vinyl record box, that includes: 4×12” with tracks by Carl Finlow, 2×12” with remixes by Radioactive Man, The Exaltics, Cygnus, Jensen Interceptor, Morphology & Sync 24, Mr. Velcro Fastener, Hardfloor, ADJ and an extra 12” from the remix contest with a selection by Carl Finlow of his favorite remixes by Brice Kelly, Relaxant, Varaz, Dibu-Z and N-Ter. Also in the box is a high quality black T-Shirt silkscreen printed: ”Electro Music There Is Only One Truth”, info-sheet about the project, silkscreen printed in white over a black paper, personally signed by Carl Finlow, and direct access to midi data, including Ableton Live project files and individual samples. All packed in a really nice stackable wooden box. Please note that because there are so many tracks on this release, our soundclips only represent a small portion of all tracks available.
Animistic Beliefs – Molucca Quake EP [CE029]
Rotterdam’s finest new analogue electro technicians Animistic Beliefs start 2019 running with a full EP on Cultivated Electronics. Four tracks of pure machine funk electro with a remix from Solar One head honcho and CE regular The Exaltics.