VRIL debuted on the Delsin-label with his excellent Vortekz EP early in 2014, which came after releases on his family-label Giegling and also Semantica in previous years, and was followed up by the Torus LP, a double 12″ on Giegling affiliate Forum. Now he’s back with his second full length. One day VRIL sat down in his station and suddenly a Portal opened. Thru a kind of timehole infinitive moments passed by. Luckily he was able to capture a few of those to share with us. The Portal closed. Nothing was left, no questions.. only this LP.
Second part in the Rolando Simmons summer excursions series (you may remember AF019.1, 2018). The swedish is back to Analogical Force in dark days to light the way. Playful modern electronics with enough melody and invention to stimulate your cortex and an almost whistful nostalgic yearning. Hope! fire is burning, flag is flying.
Icelandic producer Adalsteinn Gudmundsson aka Yagya now launches his own new Small Plastic Animals imprint with a brand new album, Old Dreams and Memories. After nearly two decades of releasing his Icy dub techno on labels like Sending Orbs, Delsin Records and A Strangly Isolated Place, his latest album marks a subtle move away from the sound he has dealt in before. Still slowly propulsive rhythms underpinning every track, but they are only a small part of the overall picture. Old Dreams and Memories is a rich symphony of luxurious sound, with transportive rhythms and hugely evocative layers of melody, the human voice and cinematic sampling all showing a further evolution in the art of this standalone producer. With vocals by Natsuko Yanagimoto, poems by Michizo Tachihara and saxophone by Oskar Gudjondsson.
Project founded in Milan in 1979 by musicians producers Luciano Ninzatti, Stefano Pulga, Matteo Bonsanto and published one year later in the States by Sergio Cossa on Emergency Records. At the time when people were seen dancing on skates on the notes of “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll” of Vaughan Mason And Crew, “I’m Ready” by super-studio-group Kano it represented a great way to start the decade of the 80s for the Italian productions. Its famous bass-line has been sampled tons of times and the original track still sets dance floors on fire. On the flip side “Holly Dolly” it’s a pioneering example of stripped down electronic synthesized disco which will become a trademark of many productions to come in those years.
James Shinra return to Analogical Force, and it needs no introduction. ‘Reverie’ is the new 4-track EP where James plunges us into his fantasy world again and will remind you exactly why you fell in love with this talented guy. JUST DIVE IN.
Voice of the Kano project and former percussionist of Eric Clapton, George Benson and Chaka Khan, Glen White in 1982 wrote and arranged “Be Free”, one of the most intriguing and elegant Italian disco / boogie song together with the producer Louis “Gigi” Figini (former member of project “Koxo” alongside the unforgettable Leonardo Re Cecconi). An overlooked gem by the West Indian artist brought back to the musical community!
Love N Music is an original classic Italo Disco with an Hi-NRG touch. The original song starts with a sweet female voice that seemed to be an hymn to love, a strong pre-house atmosphere soon introduces an extravagant synths as a prelude to the hot bass-line combined with the Italian rap of Celeste. Many of you will recognize its melody used in 2002 by Felix da Housecat on his tune “Happy Hour”. RIS is another one superbe collaboration by Tony Carrasco (Klein + M.B.O.) and the always excellent Aldo Martinelli. Remix by the dj and Danish record collector Flemming Dalum.
Oscillation is the repetitive variation, typically in time, of some measure about a central value or between two or more different states. Aleksi Perala uses the 128 resonant colundi frequencies to create an oscillation perfected to 33.3 rpm for infinite effect. Part 1 of a 2 part series divided over Clone Basement and Dub.
Coastal Haze welcome the new decade with one of the most exciting artists to come out of the UK of recent in Adam Pits. Known for his intricate productions, this will be Pits’ first release on the label having already gained support from the likes of Ciel, Batu and Call Super. ”International Wafter” offers up four club weapons, two peak time whompers and two ethereal burners.
Jump Source release their second record on in-house imprint JS with their heaviest endeavour yet. Four dense cuts for whatever time you find yourself in. Made in Montreal, delivered to The World.
The next official reissue oozes the feelgood factor, a reggae disco cover of ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by Jamaican artist Yvonne Archer. For the first time since the original release in 1980 the full length original 12” mix gets the reissue treatment along with the Lovers Rock leaning ‘Checking Out The Way I Feel’.
The enduring balance and precision fractures in CA2+’s earlier works for Northern Electronics only hint at the ferocity of his latest release, ‘Overtone Window.’ Assembling itself into troubling rhythmic rises that break of their own accord, finding more efficient models within its own feedback, each track sharpens itself with every movement. Small run… dont sleep!!
Noah Gibson marks his first appearance on North Electronics with an EP of plaintive meditations on his innermost causes and conflicts. Acidic enthusiasm spirals out of control in innumerable ways across ‘Press On,’ routing us through the reflective atmosphere that hangs heavy in the background of the thrilling adrenal spikes.
SOBO’s parent label, Arbutus Records, requested alternate dance mixes of Moon King’s hit album “Voice Of Lovers” from three long time companions: Dane, Cooper Saver and SOBO’s own Patrick Holland. All created and collected for SOBO’s 10th record. Smashing out the gate is Cooper’s mix of “Free Time”. His signature percussion and arp combo barrels down the scope of the song without ever coming up for air. Aptly chosen as the lead single, this mix gets the music video treatment from the elusive Dr. Cool. On the other side of the spectrum, Dane and Patrick rework “6 Months”, into two unique mellow trips. While Dane’s focuses on the groove, Patrick’s aims for the heartstrings.
Inspired by Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’, Patrick Holland dives deep into the ambivalent future with Simstim. Also known for work as Project Pablo, Simstim uses familiar motifs with a more personalized touch. Pointillist melodies lay in a wash of noise artifacts, as pulsating rhythms fray subtly falling between sections, all delicately glued together with blissful harmonies. For the dancer and/or headphone listener alike.
Night Sea is honoured to present their first LP to the Silent Season family. The album is the culmination of a two-year journey playing with the relationship between sound, repetition, and impermanence. The slowly evolving musical landscapes of Still are an invitation to slow down and explore the ever-changing facets of one’s experience.
This album is dedicated to Betty and Cassius for their inspiring resilience, and Glenda for her constant support.
The instrumentals to the acclaimed 2019 collaborative album from Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, now available on vinyl.
Madlib, the prolific producer and adept sampler with a record collection spanning all genres and eras and Freddie Gibbs, the gravel-voiced braggadocios rapper, a vocal athlete. As a pair, they exude a natural chemistry and craft an alchemical music. Reunited after their widely celebrated 2014 album Piñata, Gibbs and Madlib are back with Bandana, a brand new collaboration for 2019. Bandana includes first single, “Flat Tummy Tea,” which received critical praise upon release from the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, Vulture, Pitchfork, FADER, GQ, and more. The album will also include features from Pusha T, Killer Mike, Yasiin Bey, and Black Thought and more.
“Fractals” (1981): Composed at the GMVL from December 1979 to September 1981, this work was commissioned by Fnac. Fractals are mathematical oddities that, when crossing our path, turn the smallest island into an immensity to be explored. “Fractals” is a series of short studies, all based on the same sound source. Seeking in the sound and its very logic a proposal upon which a construction is elaborated, each Fractal remains open and is a mere fragment of itself. “Fractals”, music pieces sculpted in four dimensions, are vast microcosms that can only be inhabited by the mind. Each “Fractal” can be approached from several angles, far, near, etc. Some can be listened to at different speeds, forwards or backwards. “Fractals”: amorphous and endless music pieces whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.
“Brain Fever” (2017): Wherever you may be in the forest of South India, the Brain Fever bird, together with the Seven Sisters, literally gets into your head. Whether it be early morning, daytime, or nighttime, amidst the stridulations of insects, its song utterly reflects Indian life: sonorous, noisy, insistent, dense, overcrowded, mobile, swarming, frantic, overheated, deprived of rest and sleep. “Brain Fever” echoes sonic images caught in the Aurovillian forest, near Pondicherry, and rich fragments of improvisations made in Lyon on analog sound synthesis or feedback devices, the kind Fort used to do in the first GMVL studios. “Brain Fever” is dedicated to Sofia Jannok, a musician and sàmi singer.
“Violostries” (1963/64): Premiered and recorded in April 1965 at the Royan Festival — France, by Devy Erlih (violin) and Bernard Parmegiani (sound projection). “Violostries” represents the intersection of several musical research directions, presented as two simultaneous dialogues: composer/performer and instrument/orchestra. After a short introduction tutti very spatialized: “1. Pulsion/Miroirs”: multiplied by itself, the violin is projected into the four corners of the sound space. “2. Jeu de cellules”: concertante piece for violin and audio medium, the latter being made up of very tightly woven microsounds. “3. Végétal”: slow and invisible development following a continuous time, resulting from an internal and permanent processing of the matter.
“Capture éphémère” (1967, 1988 version): “This work was composed in four tracks in 1967 for quadraphonic diffusion. Remixed in stereo in 1988. Premiered at the Studio 105 of the Maison de la Radio, Paris, May 1967. Sounds — noises that circulate as time unfolds — continue to exist despite our recording them. Breaths, fluttering wings: ephemeral microsonic sounds streaking space, sound scratches, landslides, bounces, vertigo of solid objects falling into an abyssal void, multiple snapshots forever frozen in their fall. As many symbols leave inside us the permanent trace of their ephemeral brushing against our ear. Someday, a desert, a sound, then never again… Somewhere, in my head and body something still resonates… resonance, what could be more ephemeral.”
“La Roue Ferris” (1971): Premiered at the Festival des chantiers navals, Menton, on August 26, 1971. Sound projection: Bernard Parmegiani. “La Roue Ferris” (Ferris wheel) spins, merging with its own resonance, stubbornly perpetuating its variations. It only sketches a regularly evolving movement around a constant axis. Each of its towers generates thick sonic layers that penetrate each other, producing a very fluid interweaving. The crackling of the origin eventually metamorphoses into sonic threads whose lightness recalls high-altitude clouds, cirrus clouds, haunted by the cries of swifts twirling in the warm air. The wondrous arises and dies off, leaving the listener with an illusion of duration.
Bradley Zero celebrates five years of his Rhythm Section International imprint with 12″ compilation Shouts Vol. 1 and 2. Vol. 1 represents the more club-ready side of the label whilst Vol. 2 explores more mellow territories. Famed by Mixmag as one of the Top Ten DJs of 2019, celebrated as a “figurehead for the exploding south London scene”, and “responsible for spreading the gospel of the city’s new Jazz sound”, it’s clear to see why Bradley Zero is quickly becoming the taste-maker of his generation and Rhythm Section INTL as one of the most respected outlets for authentic global cuts. A go-to label for the connoisseurs Rhythm Section INTL is a UK staple. The raison d’être has always been to unearth and nurture new talent, not just via the catalog but through the now established network of radio shows, concerts, and club nights Rhythm Section has become known for. The Shouts compilation and accompanying celebratory tour is a continuation of this mission. Shouts is a nod to the online radio culture that birthed the movement. Shouts is the label using its voice to amplify its peers. Shouts: Volume 2 features Duke Hugh, Research Club, Paula Tape, Jad & The, Shy One, and Session Victim.
Second reissue of Japanese house music legend Yukihiro Fukutomi on Studio Mule. Title track on A side, “It’s About Time”, was included in the compilation Remix Trax Vol.6 – Japanese New Vibes. “It’s Gonna Be Alright” is an E2-E4 influenced deep house and “Facing Up” is reminiscent of Danny Tenaglia’s harmonica track. Both tracks on B side are taken from his second album which was released on CD only in 1993.