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Square Fauna “Meet The Fauna” (Firecracker)

2020-05-21T20:50:07+00:00May 21st, 2020|

From their native St. Petersburg, Square Fauna evoke a score for imaginary protoplasmic oceans, surreal, sepia-tinged space operas and Russian sci-fi folk tales; lush, green landscapes littered with the burned out husks of automobiles, military vehicles, and askew telephone poles no longer in use though marked by pools of water in which can be found the debris of modern society.

Primitive kosmische electronics and vintage spacescapes cascade around complex polyrhythmic percussion. Ethereal mists of gaseous reverb are scattered by windswept synths and white-noise striations.

‘Meet The Fauna’ is as much of a cheeky nod to The Residents and Coil (or even Haroumi Hosono and John Hassell) as it is to the likes of B12, Black Dog, Richard H Kirk.

A completely singular, modern sci-fi soundtrack for the discerning sofanaut.

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Linkwood “Fresh Gildans” (Firecracker)

2018-12-21T05:45:43+00:00December 21st, 2018|

One of Firecrackers Founding Fathers returns once more, this time shoving two fingers up to current DJ conventions smashing out a 150 BPM electrofunk hybrid. On the flip, two deeper cuts traversing ambient wormholes and reflecting that classic Linkwood sound. Ultimately, a miscellany of unique, syncopated weirdo sounds, barely orbiting the outer regions of dance music or, depending on how you look at it, three timeless cuts designed for the dance floor, the sofa and all points in bethween.

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Steven Legget “Bathhouse” (Firecracker)

2018-08-17T18:15:17+00:00August 17th, 2018|

It’s safe to say that Steven Legget has been somewhat measured in his approach to releasing music. The Newcastle native was behind the Four Hands moniker, with releases alongside iconic industrial figures Zoviet France on Signals From The North and the classic ‘Hizou’ on Claremont 56 back at the turn of the decade.

Now, this Firecracker Recordings release highlights a fully realised body of work, only hinted at by the aforementioned projects. Starting life as a performance in Turkish Baths located in Newcastle upon Tyne’s City Pool, one of the last remaining civil saunas in the country, Legget has created a textured, melodic and immersive eulogy to the woozy, slow motion, drug free endorphin rush of the bath house. Pieces from this performance, alongside field recordings collected on the islands of Paxos and Loutro, South Crete are reimagined as a luscious ambient music.

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DJ Sports “Modern Species” (Firecracker)

2018-04-12T22:58:47+00:00April 12th, 2018|

Whacked out from the whisky soaked bristles of Firecracker HQ. the Danish DonDaDa DJ Sports (he of Regelbau and Help Recordings fame) offers up a maiden LP of vast and varied sonic states. Get set for solid rave aesthetics aplenty – the double packs journey trudges over a musical milieu of broke-beaten. ambient driven house and techno. melancholy junglist and dubwise downtempo. One foot in the past. one foot in the future and killing the present – a perfect and timely addition to the Firecracker canon.
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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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