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LNRDCROY “Much Less Normal” (Firecracker)

2017-10-22T20:37:09+00:00October 21st, 2017|

Vancouver resident LNRDCROY’s cassette of lightly cosmic electronica has been a while coming, but this hour-long collection of crystalline, memory-drenched tracks couldn’t come at a more perfect time as British Columbia transitions into Spring. “Much Less Normal” is Leon Campbell’s impressions of the city and surrounding natural environs, built with subtle synth pads from a hefty stack of old Roland and Yamaha gear; warm, obliquely contemplative keyboard ambience and ascending, inquisitive Roland JV-1080 and JD-800 melodies backed by Yamaha drum sequences and MPC-driven movements. As much about yearning for a better place as trying to extract the best feeling from a certain scenario, neighborhood or image, LNRDCROY’s encyclopaedic knowledge (and deep YouTube chan) of ambient techno and 90s Euphoria serves as much of a memory bank as the physical British Columbian nostalgia. LNRDCROY’s forum-dwelling, truly fantasist dome is loaded just as much with ultra vivid imagery of cloud-covered islands, overcast Vancouver days, bustling Chinatown streets as ancient Aphex fragments as it is early trance, classic ambient techno and Pacific Northwestern visionaries of decades past (ie. Stellar Sofa, Pilgrims of the Mind, Outersanctum). Major feelings of safety roll off a downbeat track like “Land, Repair, Refuel” and expansive, overcast ambient drifters like “Now I’m In Love” express a similar warmth and skewed sense of aliveness. One things for sure, each moment must be a journey, even the insanely funky, rolling groove of “Sunrise Market” and the jumped up over-shoulder look to dusty, almost there rave signifiers that is “Slam City Jam”. The sensation of space, attention to texture and generally deft abilities to articulate a physical zone suggest this is the work of a true head, though one very much in outside world as much as studio/imagination. The dreamlike borderlands of “Much Less Normal”s cross genre experiences are divided by nowness, naiveity and deep appreciation.

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Riohv “Green Room” (1080p)

2017-03-05T00:57:21+00:00March 5th, 2017|

Grab-bag 12” EP of electro, IDM, breaks and house from Montreal via Ottawa producer Riohv (aka Braden Thompson), which follows up the similarly map-jumping 1080-released “Moondance” cassette from back in 2014.

Finding more confidence and proficiency in his own abilities as a producer, Thompson was able to have a lot more fun and subsequently revise and update his sound to reflect his own tastes in records. The EP was made in one burst in Montreal over the winter and spring.

On “Green Room”, it comes down to creating what he wants to hear—atmosphere through dreamy or moody pads, layered percussive elements, to pay tribute to the euphoria of early rave music.

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Riohv “Green Room” (1080p)

2017-01-21T01:28:27+00:00January 21st, 2017|

Grab-bag 12” EP of electro, IDM, breaks and house from Montreal via Ottawa producer Riohv (aka Braden Thompson), which follows up the similarly map-jumping 1080-released “Moondance” cassette from back in 2014.

Finding more confidence and proficiency in his own abilities as a producer, Thompson was able to have a lot more fun and subsequently revise and update his sound to reflect his own tastes in records. The EP was made in one burst in Montreal over the winter and spring.

On “Green Room”, it comes down to creating what he wants to hear—atmosphere through dreamy or moody pads, layered percussive elements, to pay tribute to the euphoria of early rave music.

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Jayda G “Sixth Spirit of the Bay” (1080p)

2017-01-21T01:25:42+00:00January 21st, 2017|

Lighthearted and aqua-marine house grooves from Canadian producer Jayda G with a fun 12” comprised of two originals and two reworkings of the track “Girl Music” from Montreal duo Cafe Lanai.

Created during the spring/summertime of 2016, Sixth Spirit is infused with a sense of warmth and carefreeness based on current experiences, looped back into nostalgias of her first field season as a young scientist in Ontario.

The Canadian forests breathe through these songs. The movement and groove emulate the sense of curiosity and learning that she experienced during that earlier time. “That field season was an adventure I’ll never forget.”

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Luis “Dreamt Takes” (1080p)

2017-01-21T01:15:17+00:00January 21st, 2017|

Comforting warm blanket of an IDM 12” from NYC producer Luis aka Brian Pineyro, with four new tunes about distance and separation that take shape as street-lit electro drifters and ruminative breaks.

Inspired by displaced persons and missing people to different degrees and building on his work as DJ Xanax, DJ Python and DJ Wey, Luis drifts deeper into the emotional side of headphone electronica hinterlands with moods evenly split between warmth and isolation, submerged alongside deep bass and unfading melodies.

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Minimal Violence “Night Gym” (1080p)

2020-03-07T06:07:15+00:00January 21st, 2017|

Impulsive and intuitive hardware house & techno from Vancouver duo minimal violence aka Ashlee Luk & Lida P. The five tracks on ‘Night Gym’ soundtrack urban landscapes; textured synths, heavy kicks, and dense polyrhythms come together to form the duo’s own brand of outsider house.

Citing influence from both minimal synth and Chicago house, Night Gym arrives hot off the heels of the duo’s self titled ep on Dublin based First Second Label which closely examined the intersections that lay between punk and techno.

Recorded in February/March 2016 in the duo’s home studio, the instinctual nature of live work flow plays an important role in the duo’s creative process. Utilizing hardware (SH-101, TR-606/505/707, Waldorf Blofeld, Juno-60, DX-21, MPC1000) in addition to sourced samples with final compositions compiled and manipulated in Ableton, Night Gym is an example of the duo’s diverse interests and collaborative nature.

The duo recruited visual support from Chicago based graphic designer Kevin McCaughey of NONPOROUS for the distinct imagery of Night Gym. As well he designed the poster that comes in the 12″ and screen printed a limited run of long sleeve t-shirts available through Boot Boys Biz.

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Image Man “Glance” (1080p)

2017-01-21T01:07:16+00:00January 21st, 2017|

Illusory house and techno from New York native Image Man, following up a release on crucial newcomer label Sunal/Perabob with another four-track 12” of live, windy, paradoxical tracks built from loops and drum machine, all recorded live.

“Glance” shifts further into a weirded out and druggily decadent realm where he’s found looping the reflections of disco, soul and ancient pop samples into his own spaced and primitive euphorias, starting out with the slowmo downbeat of “More” before the more apprehensive rhythms of “Else” end up filtering out into a pool of a reverberant samples that echoes out the second half.

“We trust in the sound we take for granted—the music wouldn’t lead us astray, would it? Emotions can lead us astray, the wanting to feel, the wishing of forever lasting, the pleading for change, the expectation of ecstasy. Just a quick glance in the mirror.”

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Ex-Terrestrial “Paraworld” (1080p)

2016-05-06T01:21:13+00:00May 6th, 2016|

In the early ’90s, as the rave fever-dream gripped Europe, people started writing lullabies to soothe it. Adam Feingold’s latest EP as Ex-Terrestrial echoes this counter-movement, falling somewhere between the proto-IDM of Warp’s Artificial Intelligence comps and the then-burgeoning chillout sound. This music styled itself as sophisticated, but its simplicity by modern standards often makes it all the more charming. Feingold, who has celebrated a different kind of ugliness on a redlining house EP for Apron, captures this contradiction. The occasional rough edges make his radiant tracks all the more beautiful.

Much of Paraworld captures techno just before it lifts off into space. The title track’s hissing hi-hats and artful congas keep one foot on Earth while rich synths tug us towards the great beyond. The chords are so serene that you sometimes wish they’d untether entirely; they do so on the beatless “Dreams Of Jupiter,” two minutes of Detroit noodling and dreamcatcher twinkles. “Aletheia” remains gravity-free for the first half, before settling into a comfortable broken-beat slouch. On brilliant closer “Blue Smoke,” another dog-eared breakbeat trudges along under a starry canopy of synths. Save for the simplest of midpoint breakdowns, the most striking event in its simple arrangement is a voice intoning, “deep… inside.” Here and elsewhere, Feingold spacewalks elegantly between retro-kitsch and straight-up gorgeous.

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Project Pablo – “I Want To Believe 12” (1080p)

2015-09-21T00:20:49+00:00August 24th, 2015|

“Four tracks lifted from Vancouver via Montreal producer Project Pablo’s blue-tinged walk through Little Italy; chunky disco and hybrid house inspired by ultra-real types of smoothness like George Benson, Sade or Steely Dan (“Aja”, that is) and relocating perceivably dated cafe-culture styles of groove-focused house into a newly sincere context.”

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CFCF: “The Colours of Life” (1080p)

2015-09-21T00:19:31+00:00August 23rd, 2015|

“Montreal’s established MOR investigator CFCF (aka Mike Silver) has been honing a specifically clear, gentle revisions and updates on the bygone luxuries of pop and new age music for years now. Following up the July-released “Radiance & Submission” on Driftless with the 41-minute long piece “The Colours of Life”, CFCF curves out into a incredibly serene peak of new sincerity, where Phil Collins “Hand in Hand” and once-ironic uplifters from the Windham Hill label serve as much as mantra as contemporary textural entrancers.”

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RAMZI: “Houti Kush” (1080p)

2015-08-25T00:36:12+00:00August 5th, 2015|

“Newly romantic and melodic tropic terrains on the signature perma-zoned alien electronics of Montreal (now Vancouver) based-producer RAMZI’s latest release and 1080p debut. Phoebé Guillemot’s parallel autonomous sci-fi RAMZI world is at once utopian and dystopian in the most wondrous, wide and red-eyed way, and these digital vine cutting expeditions span a vast and varied section of her own CGI’ed imaginary world of disorientating, bouncy hybrid genre experiments, heavily filtered samples, inverted dancehall rhythms, shredded jungle, distroid-vibed atmospheres and super weird, melodic repetitions.”

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NAP: “Uncharted” (1080p)

2015-08-09T00:05:40+00:00July 19th, 2015|

“The new project from Vancouver’s Daniel Rincon aka NAP sees this Colombian-born experimenter investigating proto IDM and rhizomatic house and techno with the same scruffy, warm touch as his previous guitar-based noise projects. For debut “Uncharted”, NAP’s primitive four-track ideas have been realized to the next level (ie. a computer) with the production help of Jesse Creed (The Passenger) and Sophie Sweetland (D. Tiffany) for 51 minutes of diverse, inclusive and classically DIY excursions into light, lo-fi house, textural IDM, as well as darker acid vibes and hazy, rhythmic ambience.”

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Journeymann Trax “Smoke Tape” (1080p)

2020-03-07T06:04:09+00:00July 4th, 2015|

“Deep Pacific Northwest vibes on these hardware explorations from Journeymann Trax, the ghosted side project of Vancouver producer Bobby Draino. These tracks chronicle a summer of dank late-night voyages into the lush realms of British Columbian consciousness, full of hazy epiphanies, vibed out percussion, hypnogogic synths, emergent harp flourishes, softly acid-tinged arpeggios and a misty backdrop of forestial atmospherics.”

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Scientific Dreamz Of U / Junior Loves “The Dreamcode” (1080p)

2015-06-01T00:00:55+00:00May 10th, 2015|

Kindred spirits Junior Loves & Scientific Dreamz of U divine for you a sacred pathway into “kestrel sound”, an ancestral recollection of visions and energies composed with passion and tenderness in the gentle confluence of two minds.

Both of these cosmic-minded producers are based in London, hosting the NTS show “kestrel explorations” which shares a similar wider concept to this split cassette and digital releases; voyagistic and darkly cosmic ambient, electro and techno hybridizations. Their investments into this very specific realm of Sagan-ian electronica push forward with patience and an insane ear for the journeyistic in addition to looking back towards a particular ancient-ness and mysticism.

The tape represents a personal interpretation of the majestic flight of the kestrel, infinite in its grace and poise. These two spirit guides lead you down distinct conduits on their respective sides, unified by a shared destination and each nourishing to the soul in its own right.

Before Scientific Dreamz of U spirals deep into the cosmos with astral and often industrial-tinged techno mechanics on his side, Junior Loves begins “The Dreamcode” with a half hour of guitar-oriented zones of twisted daydreams and space-age meditations and with moves through trip-hop and out into dark techno.

“The Dreamcode” entreats you to relax, listen with an alpha-wave mindstate and grow alongside us in this journey, crystallized in the ritual object you hold before you (or alternatively as low-entropy magnetic states within your local logic system).

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