Harmonious Thelonious – Abel [VER117]

Stefan Schwander aka Harmonious Thelonious is definitely not a newcomer. He has been around for a long time and has already released lots of amazingly varied music on labels such as Emotional Response, Italic, Meakusma and Diskant. He’s also an integral part of the infamous Duesseldorf / Salon Des Amateurs axis that is an obvious hotbed of talent. He describes his style as “American minimalism vs. African drumming vs. European sequencing”, a heady mixture which is clearly evident on this EP though with a definite Middle Eastern twist. Here at Versatile HQ we were introduced to this clutch of tracks by one of the members of Acid Arab and we were totally blown away. Stefan has a very unique production style, fusing all of the above elements with a hint of Gamelan, a dash of tweaked FM synthesis type sounds with a dose of warm ambience and finally his own singular touch on the mix. We are very happy to present you these 4 tracks to you, an essential EP from one of European music’s true originals.

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Harmonious Thelonious – Abel [VER117]

Zombie Zombie – Slow Futur [VERLP32]

Original music of the “Slow Futur” show by Elsa Guérin and Martin Palisse, played and composed by Zombie Zombie (Cosmic Neman, Etienne Jaumet, Dr Schonberg), here presented separately from the show.

Slow Futur features two jugglers (Elsa Guérin and Martin Palisse) on a treadmill (8 x 2m) which carries them along a neon light installation which delimits the choreographic space as a kind of space-time tunnel: “the hyperspace”. Their minimalist juggling practice – with 3 white balls each – plays with opposite movements like acceleration/immobility, synchronization/progressive transformation, and thus evokes a way of making the body face the inexorable passing of time. The music of Zombie Zombie, repetitive and floating, as a vector of the choreographic mechanic, mixes analog electronic sounds and acoustic rhythms that rise in intensity in order to bring the two jugglers into a frantic and hypnotic rush, whereas the treadmill submits their bodies
to a movement independent of their will, so becoming an infernal machine. Between abstraction and representation of reality, Slow Futur questions the relationships between human beings, where the individualism caused by the modern world leads to loneliness, as the human condition is reduced to a simple machine which robotic movements are devoid of emotion. Elsa Guérin and Martin Palisse are not only renewing the image of today’s circus but also continuing their research on the choreographic, dramatic and poetic potential of juggling.

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Zombie Zombie – Slow Futur [VERLP32]

Cottam – Breaking Through The Pain Barrier [VER106]

Paul Cottam was diagnosed with Encephalomyelitis disseminata, or multiple sclerosis, just as his first records were released in 2009. The symptoms can come and go, one day you can feel OK and the next day a relapse can floor you. The last 2 or 3 years the relapses have become more frequent and aggressive. Both these tracks were written in the depths of a relapse; constant severe pain, couldn’t walk or even stand for long enough to play some records. He was housebound, and cabin fever was setting in. So he sat at his computer and let the way he felt influence the music. The A side ‘Breaking through the pain barrier’ is the soundtrack to a late night chemist run, with a deep brooding bass and a tension that builds like your mind working against the disease. The B side ‘Encephalomyelitis disseminata’ has warm bass and a lively percussion groove twinned with a killer acid line and mournful strings. These tracks helped Paul through the worst of times, kept his mind off the pain and focused on something, and thankfully something positive came out of it.

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Cottam – Breaking Through The Pain Barrier [VER106]

Society Of Silence – To The Maggot EP [VER088]

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Following their first EP, Society Of Silence is back with the second part of their deep trip into dub techno. Three new tracks pushing their exploration further into the darkest side of techno. But without forgetting and omnipresent psychedelia…

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Society Of Silence – To The Maggot EP [VER088]

VA – Acid Arab Collections EP 02 [VER085]

The acid Arabic wind has not finished blowing. After the warm welcome of our Collections EP01, Versatile proudly present four new tracks for eclectic and demanding dance rooms. Once again, Guido & Herv from Acid Arab deliver one track and have asked producers from all over the world to contribute to the project. This time by Legowelt, Dj Gregory (Headcore) Professor Genius, Dj Gilb’r, Acid Arab & Shadi Khries.

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VA – Acid Arab Collections EP 02 [VER085]

VA – Acid Arab: Collections EP 01 [VER083]

Acid Arab is a duet from Paris whose goal is to mix all kind of Eastern music (North Africa, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey or… Mumbai) with electronic sounds, from pioneering acid house to today’s powerful techno. Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho, both djs for many years and residents of infamous Parisian club Chez Moune, have fallen in love with this music after a trip to Tunisia with Dj Gilb’R. They’ve managed to convince a lot of producers to come along with them on this fantastic voyage and create a track for their ‘Acid Arab Collections‘, which are naturally released by Gilb’R’s label, Versatile Records. The first collection of Acid Arab contains tracks & remixes from I:Cube, Omar Souleyman, Crackboy, DJ Gilbr.

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VA – Acid Arab: Collections EP 01 [VER083]

Weekend in Paris

France is the country providing one of the highest number of users to my blog, second only to Germany. Taking this into consideration, I’ve made this post. I’m traveling this weekend to Paris, for some “sightseeing” and of course for some parties. If you are following The Hipodrome Of Music and you what to meet for a beer, chat or for some partying, let me know. Send me an email at hipodrome.blog@gmail.com or just leave a comment here on this page.

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Weekend in Paris

Argy – Daze To Come / The Difference [VER072]

Versatile presents the new Argy “Daze To Come EP”. On the A side, “Daze to Come” and his melancholic and hypnotic synth is a real gemm. The kind of track which owns a real and deep mood. The dub version give up the synth to focus on the groovy beat. On B side, Argy push forwards the house vein with the track “The Difference”. Funky samples, endless groove, strong beat, hard to resist to this track. Its dub version offer the powerful beat, a perfect tool for DJs.

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Argy – Daze To Come / The Difference [VER072]