Second Circle announce the latest release on the label comes from the Indonesian outfit Zatua with their debut release Sin Existencia. First formed by Dea Barandana, the seven-track album was recorded in Jakarta and Bali over two years and grew out of improvised live shows with a band Dea put together. Zatua first performed together in 2017 at the Goethe Institute in Jakarta as a last-minute addition to the bill, having only a week to prepare and rehearse. The live show would consist of material based on simple melodic ideas and extended sections growing into live jams. Taking material from Dea Barandana’s solo compositions the ideas were then further developed and re-structured by Dea and band members Harsya Wahono, Adra Karim, and Rafi Muhammad into finished pieces. Inviting further guest musicians to join on various tracks, the vocals were in fact largely improvised by Carmen Caballero Fernández and Sasha Sabrina — in French, Spanish, and Asturian. Using predominantly analog equipment, Sin Extistencia is the final outcome of an extensive exploration into the unique sonic ranges and musical fascinations of the various members of the band. Taking influence from Indonesian psychedelic music from the 1970s and ’80s the album presents a fascinating glimpse into contemporary Indonesian electronic music with a nod to its little known but rich past.
Second Circle are delighted to announce a five track EP from Kaifeng born, Vancouver based musician Yu Su, titled ‘泉出通川为谷 / Roll With The Punches’
Recorded on the Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, three tracks on the EP grew out of a live set Yu Su began developing in 2018 for a series of performances. The record also features two collaborations; on the opening track “Little Birds, Moonbath” Michelle Helene Mackenzie appears on modular synth, with Vancouver locals Pender Street Steppers joining Yu Su for an improvised jam, appearing on guitar and synth across “Tipu’s Tiger”.
The title ‘泉出通川为谷 / Roll With The Punches’ as Yu Su herself explains, “Is a metaphor translated from an old Chinese proverb, that roughly translates as ‘The Spring flows over plains and The Valley is born’. The proverb explains the origin of ‘The Valley’ and also speaks of a very Daoist abstraction in which the ‘Thousand Things’ are born and will eventually co-exist in the metaphysical system of ‘The Valley’.”
Founding member and co-creator of Aiwo rec. DJ Normal 4 delivers Second Circle”s eleventh release to date with the EP Exoticz. Raised close to Düsseldorf in the Ruhr Area, Normal 4 grew up amongst a landscape of dusty factory skeletons and abandoned machine complexes in a formerly thriving industrial conglomerate. Bringing his signature sound of broken industrial dreams mixed with escapist rave fantasies, Normal 4 delves into the archives with two tracks “Kalaidoka” and “Aeo” recorded around 2011-12, alongside a new track “La Arabia”. Features Anke Preuß as Aenx on guitar and vocals, with a remix by Phillip Otterbach.
Music From Memory’s sister label Second Circle returns with their first release of 2018, this time with a four-track EP from French producer and Antinote-via-Melody As Truth affiliate D.K., aka Dang Khoa Chau. Titled Mystery Dub EP, this new record features two percussive house cuts on the A side with two more evocative compositions on the flip. Recorded in his studio in the 11th district of Paris, the release showcases a wide yet characteristic palette of sounds and textures the Parisian artist has been sharpening over the years: atmospheric/hypnotic strings, warm pads, dreamy landscapes, and spatial rhythms.