July has come with many outstanding records, one of them is the first of four releases of the Stone Techno series, which is a collaboration between the world-famous Ruhr Museum and The Third Roomcollective. The EP entitled \’Hexagonal\’ begins the series featuring tracks from Efdemin, Oscar Mulero, Nene H. and Ahmet Sisman. This is undoubtedly a remarkable production full of unique soundscapes, atmospheres and rhythms. Full details below.
This might sound at first sight a bit confusing. What do have stones and techno music in common? Well, the answer is very simple and yet fascinating.
Our home base, the Mischanlage (mixing plant) located at UNESCO World Heritage’s Zollverein in Essen, was built from raw materials that originate from the Ruhr Area: stones and minerals. Its irresistible atmosphere and aura are radiating such an undeniable attraction for all visitors around the world. In exactly this mixing plant, different types of coal from the mines of the Ruhr area were mixed to a maximum quality by means of a huge hopper system.
Alongside with Dr. Achim Reisdorf (Geologist at the Ruhr Museum Foundation) and Kurt Gluck (Ohm Resistance) we came up with the idea to sample the sounds of those natural raw materials and creating a huge sample bank. All the sounds were processed by The Third Room Studios with high end analog gear to create the best sound quality possible.
This sample bank was made available to a fine selection of artists such as Dax J, Efdemin, FJAAK, Hadone, Inhalt der Nacht, Jamaica Suk, Matrixxman, Nene H, Oscar Mulero, RØDHÅD and many more so that they can crave inspiration from these sounds gathered hundreds of meters from the ground and marking an historical era of the modern industrialized society. We wanted to bring these different aspects together and creating an interdisciplinary music project resulting in several releases with unique soundscapes, atmospheres and rhythms. Enjoy the journey!
Each release is limited to 300 copies (180gr marbled 12” Vinyl, Full Cover Print). As part of the Stone Techno release series there will be also a collaboration with Arte Concert and the Mutek Festival.
Title. Hexagonal EP – The Third Room | Stone Techno SeriesCat #. T3R002
Whats up? The thing is that this post is to talk about a \”unique exploratory sound that will frequently push the boundaries of techno\”.
You just read a phrase from a OTB records description made by itselfs. And it\’s true, we had talked before in this blog about OTB releases, and we keep doing it, because the music is classy and heavy as we like it.
And the good news are that we just got the announcement that the label is going to release new material from the co-founder of OTB records, Jeroen De Pessemier aka One Track Brain. Making it as he knows, pushing the boundaries of techno, the new release comes out with two heavy duty techno tracks, also features two well elaborated remixes from Efdemin.
Entitled \”The Hunt\” (as the first track of the EP, and the track that got two remixes from Efdemin, the Strong Wind Remix and the Good Winds Remix) this release has a special strong dark energy, specifically the one needed to create a strong techno record. All the tracks has its thing, very mental sounds, heavy kicks and dark rhythms. No wonder why someone like Efdemin got featured here.
Don\’t wait more, check on full details for this release and stay tuned because the official release date is scheduled for November 29th, 2019 in Vinyl and Digital Formant trough OTB records. Read below for full details.
Listen to some OTB Records music on soundcloud.
Overview. On the hunt for timelessness we travel far and wide and realise only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Brilliance borders lunacy. Extreme wisdom and extreme stupidity are the same. When you know everything you know nothing. Just as minus infinity reaches plus infinity and forms a circle. Just as extreme right wing and extreme left wing are basically the same but arrived from a different angle. Extremely bad taste becomes good, and extremely good taste is contrived. The truth is in the middle (yes I have come at an age where I can say that) so we have to embrace change to be the only constant. Everything and everyone always changes. So what does it mean “to be timeless”? A very special thanks to Efdemin. The story goes like this: He gave us the strong winds remix. We told him its a bomb. We also said it‘s a little sad maybe perhaps that it contains so little of the original. “Oh let me try something” was his answer. And the very next day we got sent the good winds mix. Of course we asked if we could include both mixes. How could we choose?
Label: OTB Records Artist: One Track Brain Remixer. Efdemin Title: The Hunt EP Format: Vinyl / Digital Cat.Number: OTB#15 Release Date: November 29th, 2019 Distribution: N.E.W.S. Domain: http://www.facebook.com/OTBrec Tracklist. 01. The Hunt 02. The Hunt (Efdemin‘s Strong Wind Remix) 03. Only The Wisest and Stupidest of Men Never Change 04. The Hunt (Efdemin‘s Good Winds Remix) Label.
Heads up, Berghain / Panorama Bar resident Efdeminis next on Stroboscopic Artefacts\’ Totem series, a unique set of releases pressed on transparent 10” vinyl that \”aims to meld the artistic resonance of each forthcoming release into an emblematic representation of the sounds that are to be presented\”.
Efdemin, real name Phillip Sollmann, has developed an extended discography on labels such as Dial, Curle or his own Naïf label with recent releases as the CD-mix compilation on Curle earlier this year and his collaboration with PAN’s Konrad Sprenger and Oren Ambarchi for Ostgut Ton’s sub-label A-TON.
Following EPs By Luke Slater as L.B. Dub Corp and the label head Lucy, the Berlin legend presents 3 cuts that illustrate different perspectives of the same idea. ‘Wrong Movements’ will be out on December 7th. Efdemin also make his appearance in the Stroboscopic Artefacts showcase at ADE 2018.
Listen to Efdemin\’s Wrong Movements (Circles) full track:
Overview: Stroboscopic Artefacts returns with another strong addition to its Totem series, a unique set of releases pressed on transparent 10” vinyl, capturing the essence and eﬀusiveness of multidimensionality of club culture. Bridging the gap between the worlds of sound and material objects, Totem is a series that aims to meld the artistic resonance of each forthcoming release into an emblematic representation of the sounds that are to be presented, clearly within the grooves seen and heard on the 10”. Stepping up for the third release in the series is Berlin legend Efdemin — bringing a three-track journey that is unequivocally enduring and ﬂexible for journeys on-and-oﬀ the danceﬂoor. While each track shares the same title, the textures and traits are diﬀerent — with the A1, “Circles” setting things up with pertinent percussion and staccato synth lines; as Efdemin sways towards another side with “Left” — a heady, hedonistic thumper with exuberant melodic bursts; followed by a therapeutic sequel with “Right” — closing out the release with a melange of spacious eﬃcacy, something the Berlinbased producer has been known for throughout his near-two-decade career. Between releasing for the likes of Ostgut Ton, Curle, Dial, and his own imprint Naïf; Efdemin takes on the challenge of Totem’s conceptual subjugation and subverts it with his emotionally honest take on a stimulating and subdural sonic experience within three parts. Narratively dense and expertly-paced, the Totem series carries on with another outer-worldly insertion to its catalog.
We always like anniversary releases, they represent always the good efort, development and evolution the good record labels aspire. Well, this is not the exception, we choose for today\’s post to share some really big news, Stroboscopic Artefacts is turning 10 and we would like to introduce you to a great project Lucy aka Luca Mortellaro has been putting together for this occasion, featuring music from long time collaborators and new artists that have been releasing on the imprint: Adriana Lopez, Alessandro Adriani, Ben Klock, Caterina Barbieri, Chevel, Denise Rabe, Donato Dozzy, Efdemin, James Ruskin, L.B. Dub Corp (Luke Slater), Lotus Eater (Lucy and Rrose), Lucy, Rrose, Serena Butler, Shifted, Xhin, Zeitgeber (Speedy J and Lucy).
As a result of good working, consistancy and of course the best actitud to create the quality music, Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts will release ‘X – Ten Years Of Artefacts’, a 13-track compilation album curated by the label head to celebrate the 10th anniversary. The record will be available as a 3×12” pack and digital formats on November 15th. here is the preorder link from the SA site: https://stroboscopicartefacts.com/shop/x-ten-years-of-artefacts/
On this release, Lucy delivers a solo track but also collaborations with Rrose as Lotus Eater and with Speedy J as Zeitgeber. Shifted, Efdemin, L.B. Dub Corp (Luke Slater), Rrose, James Ruskin, Denise Rabe, Adriana Lopez, Chevel, Alessandro Adriani and Serena Butler also feature on the compilation with fresh compositions. Despite the different perspectives of each artist, the tracks seem unified by the label’s mission: redefining modern techno.
The album will be later complemented by a special remixes EP, with four new reworks of pivotal back catalogue material from the label which are original tracks by Donato Dozzy, Caterina Barbieri, Xhin and Ben Klock. And from fall 2019, Lucy and an incredible cast of Stroboscopic Artefacts artists will begin an extended club tour to mark the anniversary including venues such as Funkhaus, De School or Village Underground – dates attached below my signature. Read below for full details and this album tour dates.
Listen to C2. Lucy – The Goat God [SA10YEARSLP] on Soundcloud:
Overview. Stroboscopic Artefacts releases ‘X – Ten Years Of Artefacts’, a 13-track album curated by Lucy, the nom de techno of Luca Mortellaro. It celebrates ten years of his label by boldly confirming its raison d’être: a continual redefinition of modern techno. ‘X – Ten Years Of Artefacts’ is a various artists album in which the label’s key artists respond to its tenth anniversary with fresh compositions. Artists with divergent perspectives and MOs are equally at home expressing themselves. These tracks’ timbres, tempos and moods differ greatly yet—somewhat improbably—they seem together, ideologically unified. The album will be later complemented by a special remixes EP, with four new reworks of pivotal back catalogue material from the label (Donato Dozzy, Caterina Barbieri, Xhin and Klock). And from fall 2019, Lucy and an incredible cast of Stroboscopic Artefacts artists will begin an extended club tour to mark the anniversary. On ‘X – Ten Years Of Artefacts’, Mortellaro features solo as Lucy, in collaboration with Rrose as Lotus Eater and together with Speedy J as Zeitgeber. (Rrose also appears alone with “The Myth of Purity.”) Shifted, Efdemin, L.B. Dub Corp (Luke Slater), James Ruskin, Denise Rabe, Adriana Lopez, Chevel, Alessandro Adriani and Serena Butler each feature, representing a group of singular artists whose relationships with the label range from years to months—Stroboscopic Artefacts’ past, present and future must exist simultaneously.
Back in September 2009, Lucy released “Why Don’t You Change / Dub Man Walking,” the first record from Stroboscopic Artefacts, which began a discography that, ten years later, is almost unparalleled in its ambition and vision. Put simply, Mortellaro wanted to create something that didn’t exist. Stroboscopic Artefacts would be respectful of, and indebted to, the great techno and electronic music artists of the past but would develop new paths forward for the label and the genre. The label refused to perpetuate the established dichotomies of electronic music—between the dance floor and home listening, between club music and experimental music, between the past and the future. It took risks knowing it wouldn’t always work. But within a year or so of the label’s inception, it was obvious Stroboscopic Artefacts’ approach had captured imaginations far beyond its Berlin base, showing us that the boundaries of techno are often constructs of limited imagination. The label pursued constantly evolving methods of releasing music. It created concept-driven series like Monad, Stellate and Totem, establishing frameworks that would give freedom in limitation. Standout albums by Lucy, Xhin, Dadub, Zeitgeber, Chevel, Kangding Ray, Lotus Eater and Alessandro Adriani were deeply considered longform presentations. With this new album, remix EP and tour, now is the moment for Stroboscopic Artefacts to look fondly at its past while drawing breath, reenergised, and hinting at new chapters.
07.12.2019 Analog, New York (Alessandro Adriani, Denise Rabe, Lady Starlight, Lucy)
18.01.2020 De School, Amsterdam (Lotus Eater, Lucy, Rrose)
Artist. VA Title. X – Ten Years Of Artefacts Format: 3×12” LP / Digital Label: Stroboscopic Artefacts Cat. No: SA10YEARSLP Release Date: November 15th, 2019 Tracklist. A1. Lotus Eater – Tripholium A2. Shifted – K Pop B1. Efdemin – Entropie B2. L.B. Dub Corp – Look Shiny C1. Rrose – The Myth of Purity C2. Lucy – The Goat God D1. James Ruskin – From Here On D2. Denise Rabe – Paralysed Spheres E1. Zeitgeber – Double Down E2. Adriana Lopez – It All Adds Up F1. Chevel – Va Lavorar F2. Alessandro Adriani – Two Journeys F3. Serena Butler – Giubia Label.
We love compilations, especially when they bring a high caliber of the finest techno music selection. And we have a good recommendation if you are looking for one. It is the upcoming compilation that the British DJ, producer and founder of Counterchange Recordings, Inland (Ed Davenport) has prepared and mixed. This is, –as he describe it– his biggest project to date, bringing together over 20 artists in a DJ-ready compilation of colourful, diverse modern techno on his label Counterchange.
\”Complete with a 90 minute continuous mix by Inland himself, the project celebrates over 15 years behind the decks and cements Davenport’s reputation not only as a tireless force in the studio, but as a trusted selector and curator of contemporary club music. Spanning deep idm-rooted studies, lush chord-driven euphoria, powerful modernist workouts and tough house-groove jackers, Davenport weaves an addictive mix full of character and his precision mixing style.
From veterans and heroes like DJ Skull, Efdemin, Joel Mull, Boddika, Peter Van Hoesen, and Mark Broom (alongside Discrete Circuit), to a new echelon of up-and-coming talent like Rhyw, Sophia Saze, Jamaica Suk, Johanna Knutsson, Aiken, DJ Sodeyama, Perm and Felix Fleer, there’s an underlying thread of shimmering production values and close attention to detail in every track. Inland also selected debuts from Berlin based artists Fred Mann and Arbitrage, and welcomes back BNJMN, P. Lopez and Distant Echoes to the label, now in its 7th year of operation.\”
This release is a bomb, stay tuned and read below for full details. Release date is scheduled for February 21st, 2020 in 4 x 12” / DJ mix / Digital formats via Counterchange Recordings.
Overview. British DJ and producer Inland (Ed Davenport) has compiled and mixed ‘Stream State’, his biggest project to date, bringing together over 20 artists in a DJ-ready compilation of colourful, diverse modern techno on his label Counterchange. Complete with a 90 minute continuous mix by Inland himself, the project celebrates over 15 years behind the decks and cements Davenport’s reputation not only as a tireless force in the studio, but as a trusted selector and curator of contemporary club music. Spanning deep idm-rooted studies, lush chord-driven euphoria, powerful modernist workouts and tough house-groove jackers, Davenport weaves an addictive mix full of character and his precision mixing style. From veterans and heroes like DJ Skull, Efdemin, Joel Mull, Boddika, Peter Van Hoesen, and Mark Broom (alongside Discrete Circuit), to a new echelon of up-and-coming talent like Rhyw, Sophia Saze, Jamaica Suk, Johanna Knutsson, Aiken, DJ Sodeyama, Perm and Felix Fleer, there’s an underlying thread of shimmering production values and close attention to detail in every track. Inland also selected debuts from Berlin based artists Fred Mann and Arbitrage, and welcomes back BNJMN, P. Lopez and Distant Echoes to the label, now in its 7th year of operation. ‘Stream State’ is Inland’s celebration of the DJ mix / compilation format. Enamoured with UK dance music culture in the mid 90s, the burning, illicit energy of early rave mixtapes left a huge impression. Mystical bootlegs recorded at mass gatherings in fields or late night Radio One transmissions captured on cassette – their eternal spirit was absorbed and cherished. Now more than 2 decades later, Davenport has channeled that fascination into this weighty collector’s item and a captivating continuous mix. All 22 tracks included are new and original productions made by some of Inland’s favourite artists and colleagues. A network and a community – complied and presented by an artist who continues to demonstrate his longevity and unique voice in the scene. In 2020 Inland will play a series of ‘Stream State’ events hosting a selection of the artists involved at celebrated venues around the world. The first announced dates are to be held at IFZ in Leipzig, The Block in Tel Aviv, FOLD in London, ://about blank in Berlin, Nitsa in Barcelona, Vurt in Seoul, Gare in Porto and a pre-release event at Spacehall record store, Berlin.
Artist. Compilation – Various Artists
Title. Stream State (Selected & Mixed by Inland)
Formats. 4 x 12” / DJ mix / Digital
Release date. February 21st, 2020
1. Fred Mann – Nacre
2. BNJMN – Bayou
3. Felix Fleer – It\’s Ending
4. Boddika & Inland – Don\’t Dream
5. Jamaica Suk – Drumtaktics
6. Arbitrage – HON
7. Tripeo – Humble Bragging
8. DJ Skull – Good Pain
9. Mark Broom & Discrete Circuit – MBDC 4
10. Efdemin – Sequence 100
11. Aiken – Second Law
12. Inland – Overthebrainbow
13. P. Lopez – Power G
14. Perm – Busak
15. Joel Mull – Cerritulus
16. Peter Van Hoesen – Twin Motive
17. Patrik Skoog – Echophenomena
18. Rhyw – Chisel
19. DJ Sodeyama – TEST PTTRN 026
20. Sophia Saze – Same Sane
21. Distant Echoes – Todo Muere
22. Johanna Knutsson – Synthsakral
Record I A1. Johanna Knutsson – SynthsakralA2. Efdemin – Sequence 100A3. Sophia Saze – Same SaneB1. DJ Skull – Good PainB2. Patrik Skoog – Echophenomena Record II A1. Inland – OverthebrainbowA2. Joel Mull – CerritulusB1. Arbitrage – HONB2. Peter Van Hoesen – Twin Motive Record IIIA1. P. Lopez – Power G A2. Perm – BusakB1. Aiken – Second LawB2. Jamaica Suk – Drumtaktics Record IV A1. Rhyw – ChiselA2. Tripeo – Humble BraggingB1. Fred Mann – NacreB2. Mark Broom & Discrete Circuit – MBDC 4B3. Distant Echoes – Todo Muere
Selected & Mixed by Inland in Berlin 2019
Mastered by FAR
Artwork by Erik Minter – ’Twilotab’ (Spraypaint on Paper, 2019)
Efdemin (born 1974 in Kassel, Germany as Phillip Sollmann) is equally at home in very different circles. In the world of art as much as in the techno realm, and he does the splits effortlessly and without overstretching it. Due to his output and particularly his constant and remarkable DJ presence he surely is one of the most independent, versatile and inspiring characters in today’s club scene.
Having come a long way from the character defining Hamburg (with the cornerstones that are the Golden Pudel club and his DIAL family) via a university stay at Vienna (music and performing arts) Efdemin has been a mainstay during the days and nights at Berghain since his arrival in Berlin around 2005. He runs the record label naïf and works as a sound and visual artist under his given name Phillip Sollmann.
Just receiving dope news of one of our favorite artist of all times, the thing is that Efdemin’s upcoming album ‘New Atlantis\’ will be released via Ostgut Ton on February 15th on 2×12”, CD and digital formats. This record will mark his 4th full-length and his first solo release on Ostgut Ton as following his previous albums on Dial. However, he’s been a resident at Berghain / Panorama Bar for more than a decade.
Inspired by Francis Bacon’s 17th century novel with the same title, this album will combine for the first time Phillip Sollmann’s deep dancefloor productions as Efdemin with his sound art and experimental music projects such as his 2017’s Harry Partch-inspired \’Monophonie\’ performance or 2018’s \’Panama / Suez\’ EP with Oren Ambarchi and Konrad Sprenger.
As well, the album features a track co-written with 60s California art icon William T. Wiley and guest appearances of the likes of his PNIN band colleagues Nika Son (Synthesizer), Joachim Schütz (Guitar) and PAN’s Konrad Sprenger (Motor Controlled Guitar) for the 14-minute long title track.
Sollmann will curate album release parties at Berghain on February 16 and at London’s Village Underground on March 15 – see full list of dates on the press release, as well.
Listen to Ostgun Ton previews on soundcloud (previews soon):
Overview: So begins New Atlantis , the fourth full-length album by longtime Berghain resident Efdemin aka Phillip Sollmann. The words, sung by 60s California art icon William T. Wiley and embedded in glowing drone swells, set an otherworldly tone for Sollmann’s first solo release on Ostgut Ton. Over eight tracks, New Atlantis oscillates between fast, kaleidoscopic techno, multilayered drones and acoustic instrumentation, fusing for the first time Sollmann’s deep dancefloor productions as Efdemin with his sound art and experimental music projects. The latter include 2017’s Harry Partch- inspired Monophonie performance and 2018’s Panama / Suez EP with Oren Ambarchi and Konrad Sprenger. Long drawn to utopian musical traditions, Sollmann took inspiration for New Atlantis from Francis Bacon’s unfinished 17th century novel of the same name, which describes a fictional island devoted to social progress through the synthesis of art, science, technology and fashion. In the story, Bacon imagines futuristic ‘sound houses’, which contain musical instruments capable of recreating the entirety of the sounds of the universe; a 400-year-old prophesy of today’s digital sonic reality. Through Sollmann’s lens, Bacon’s vision ebbs and flows over 50 minutes in varying speeds and colors, emerging as a tapestry of different utopian musical traditions – through billowing synth lines, early Detroit techno, resonant wooden percussion, trance, droning organs, dulcimer, electric guitars, hurdy-gurdy, just intonation, poetry, hymns and murmuring voices. Sometimes they merge into epic, rhythmic journeys like the 14-minute long title track; other times they appear as a briefly open sound portal (“Temple”), or in the forlorn human voice on “Oh, Lovely Appearance Of Death”, calling to be freed from jail of the human body and pass into the afterlife. Like previous Efdemin albums on Dial, New Atlantis veers off the techno path to explore other musical territory. Here however, Sollmann occasionally abandons the club entirely, returning only to push its boundaries with other instruments, mythologies and psychedelic story telling.
Title: New Atlantis
Label: Ostgut Ton
Formats: 2xLP / CD / digital
Release: February 15, 2019
Barcode 2xLP: 4250101402579
Barcode CD: 4250101402586
Barcode Digital: 4250101402593
Photo credit: Yasmina Haddad Tracklist. A1. Oh, Lovely Appearance Of Death
A2. Good Winds
B. New Atlantis
C1. At The Stranger’s House
C2. A Land Unknown
D1. Black Sun
D2. The Sound House
All tracks written and produced by Phillip Sollmann except A1, written by Phillip Sollmann and William T. Wiley Guest appearances: “Oh, Lovely Appearance Of Death”: William T. Wiley (Vocals | from Vision #4 – Word of Mouth, Crown Point Press, 1980) “New Atlantis”: Nika Son (Synthesizer), Joachim Schütz (Guitar), Konrad Sprenger (Motor Controlled Guitar) “At The Stranger’s House”: John Gürtler (Saxophone) “The Sound House”: Andrew Wass (Vocals), Tomas Svensson (Sing-Drum) Published by Copyright Control Mastering by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin Artwork: Max Stocklosa | Layout: Yusuf Etiman Release page: http://ostgut.de/ton/record/234 Upcoming dates, discography, bio, pictures, more: http://ostgut.de/booking/artist/efdemin
Hey, do you want us to talk about a monument that was made for hypnotic techno, or about the very epitome of surgically executed dance music with a fascinatingly soulful, nearly shamanic edge to it.
Well, as we already have done this before, for previous outstanding releases, let\’s talk again about the Roman Dj and Producer Adiel, that just announced her new EP that is going to be out in vinyl and digital formats on June 5th, 2020, as a debut, through the records of Lucy\’s label Stroboscopic Artefacts.
The upcoming EP has been entitled ‘If Not Now When?’, and is described as an ode to the all-enveloping strangeness of eternal nights that cuts a path of ecstatic light in the dark.
The EP contains new tracks forward-facing to techno, that carry the same style of heavy, acidic, shamanic and powerful music. Basically it consists of 4 tracks that could easily be catalogued as a pure sound odyssey, thanks to the high standart beats, the constant static atmosphere helding on a surreal bass line that shape a perfect tetric techno tune.
\”‘If Not Now When?’ is an ode to the all-enveloping strangeness of eternal nights that cuts a path of ecstatic light in the dark. Breaking the ice, the title-track plunges us in an effervescing pool of menacing reverbs, bloopy signals and rippling synth tides on a murky tip, while its faster and sharper twin ‘At The Bottom Of The Sea’ vigorously ups the ante to ensure optimal peak time firepower.
Flip sides and here’s ‘If Not Me Who’ diving even deeper into tape-echo’ed bizarro, swishing back and forth from blunt lo-freq frenzy to liquid-like levitation. ‘ESRR’ rounds off the package on a further freaky note, merging heavily processed vocals and swampy, octave-shifting keyboard movements to form a slice of wild, cross-pollinated electronics laid upon a much enticing techno swing.\”
Listen below to the track: Adiel – If Not Now When? [SA036], and scroll down for full details.
Overview. Sharing the same forward-facing approach to techno music, it was about time that Roman DJ and producer Adiel lands her debut EP on Stroboscopic Artefacts. Just a few months on from the drop of the label’s anniversary compilation ‘X – Ten Years of Artefacts’, featuring the broadest array of talents including Rrose, Shifted, Efdemin, Denise Rabe, Chevel, Lucy and more, the timing couldn’t be better for both her and Lucy’s mind-expanding visions to unify. Following on from an array of 12-inches on her own imprint, including a recent joint effort with Anthony Linell, ‘If Not Now When?’ is an ode to the all-enveloping strangeness of eternal nights that cuts a path of ecstatic light in the dark. Breaking the ice, the title-track plunges us in an effervescing pool of menacing reverbs, bloopy signals and rippling synth tides on a murky tip, while its faster and sharper twin ‘At The Bottom Of The Sea’ vigorously ups the ante to ensure optimal peak time firepower. Flip sides and here’s ‘If Not Me Who’ diving even deeper into tape-echo’ed bizarro, swashing back and forth from blunt lo-freq frenzy to liquid-like levitation. ‘ESRR’ rounds off the package on a further freaky note, merging heavily processed vocals and swampy, octave-shifting keyboard movements to form a slice of wild, cross-pollinated electronics laid upon a much enticing techno swing. The very epitome of surgically executed dance music with a fascinatingly soulful, nearly shamanic edge to it. Order: https://stroboscopicartefacts.com/shop/if-not-now-when-sa036/
Biografia de Efdemin: Phillip Sollmann es uno de esos valores que conforman el grueso de la actual escena deep house que se reconoce en las nuevas formas del minimal contemporáneo. Su trayectoria se parapeta principalmente detrás del sello Dial que llevan por delante Carsten Jost, Turner y Lawrence. Debuta en el sello alemán en 2004 con Kleine Wirrniss EP, al que seguirán otros 12” como Bruxelles (2005) yEfdemin (2007) que es su alias de guerra que aprovecha para titular su primer álbum en el mismo sello. También ha producido para otros labels como –Empty / Lohn & Brot (2006) – por donde han pasado otros nombres como Gabriel Ananda, Agaric o Vincenzo y en el sello belga Curle Recordings donde dejó rastro con Acid Bells / Helicopters Got Cameras (Nightflight) (2007). Con su nombre de pila también ha editado un álbum en formato CD, esta vez más encarado a perfilar atmósferas ambient, Something Is Missing (2006) también en Dial.
Artist: Efdemin Tittle: Live @ Curle Label Night 4 – Fuse – Brussel Release date: 09.04.2011 Country: Brussel Genre: Minimal TEchno Type: Live Set
There are those who imitate, and those who innovate: Romanian born, Berlin based producer Cosmin Nicolae is unquestionably the latter. At this point in time youll find him honing a ghostly, sketchy techno blueprint that fuses shuffling drums with eerie synths, snatched vocals-as-instruments and strains of Detroit and Chicago classicism. These analogue sounds arrive on labels like connoisseur Dutch imprint Rush Hour as well as Modeselektors 50 Weapons and Untolds hotter-than-hot Hemlock, but are a stylistic mile away from the sound with which the man first emerged.
Back in 2007, when known simply as TRG, a breakthrough came courtesy of Put You Down/Broken Hearts the track which launched Ramadanman, Panagea and Ben UFOs now much lauded label Hessle Audio. The ensuing years have seen Cosmins sound in a state of constant flux, ever shifting through previously undefined sonic territory.
Although they say certain styles of music are native to certain cities, this producer is proving otherwise in the way his music draws distant parallels with 90s Warp, naughties London and du jour Berlin imprints like Fachwerk. There is no template in mind he says of his idiosyncratic sounds, we all have our own little strategies, but for me its just about making it personal. A simple but effective approach, its one thats working wonders for Cosmin who is now found DJing everywhere from Fabric to Sonar to Berghain on any given weekend.
As well as a debut album is coming late August 2011 on 50 Weapons, the restless creatives live setup is also evolving, endeavouring to create an ever more immersive and unpredictable soundtrack in the club. Though impossible to pin down, theres a distinguished and distinguishable sonic personality about all to that which bares Cosmins name, and its that which makes him the essential electronic talent that he is.
Artist: Efdemin B2B Cosmin TRG
Tittle: at Boiler Room Berlin #013, 1st Anniversary Rls date: 29.08.2012 Gebre; Techno, Deep Source: WEB Type: B2B Tracklist: In Search… DOWNLOAD
Zak aka DVS1(devious one), is one of the most prominent figures in the Midwest/US dance music landscape today. A local DJ favorite since the mid nineties, DVS1 continues to move floors with a combination of deep musical knowledge, unparalleled enthusiasm, and a vinyl collection of well over 10,000 records. As a promoter he has been responsible for putting together some of the most memorable lineups and successful events of the past 2 decades, and his advanced understanding of sound design/architecture has built a reputation of unqualified excellence for his promotion company, Hush. Zak’s deep roots and his bold and uncompromising nature have won him great respect as a passionate and outspoken defender and promoter of quality music!
DVS1\’s range and emotional focus explains why as a DJ, Zak has garnered unique respect locally, around the Midwest and now worldwide. A consummate performer, Zak never maps out his sets ahead of time, opting to craft sets spontaneously from within the context they are intended for. He does this the old-fashioned way—with bags of wax carefully assembled from his massive record collection. This improvisational element makes each of his sets a one-of-a-kind personal expression, never again to be repeated, in which the audience’s mood and energy level always plays a notable role.
As a producer, DVS1 makes music that is simple, effective and captures the feeling of the moment. His first release was charted by almost all of the heavyweights in modern techno and was described as… “stripped down & raw to the bone, the sounds DVS1 creates are that of purism & clarity, everything you need in a techno record is present. Hypnotizing electronic structures, mind bending chords and soul!”
DVS1’s first release, on Ben Klocks label Klockworks (kw05) was released in Early august 2009 and has already been charted by Derrick May, Samuel Sessions, Luke Slater, James Ruskin, Stephan Goldman, Funktion, Dj Deep, Tamo Sumo, Martin Landsky, Efdemin, Dustin Zahn, Dario Zenker, Ryan Elliot, Jonass kopp, Par Grindvik, Marcel Fengler, Kevin Gormann, Tobi Neumann and Ben klock!!. There’s no slowing down with future releases for the Legendary label Transmat (Love Under Pressure EP) and another release on the horizon with Klock.
As a promoter, Zak has been throwing events in the Midwest since 1996, putting aside opportunities to tour in order to build something meaningful and lasting at home. That project resulted in his promotions company, Hush, which is known nationwide for the consistency, quality, and unique atmosphere of its events, bringing international heavyweights as well as national icons to Minneapolis. Hush’s fiercely loyal local following and its privately-owned, custom-built sound system have made Minneapolis a favorite stop for national and international talent. Hush has helped give Minneapolis it\’s reputation as a key stop for any major artist wanting to experience powerful sound and enthusiastic crowds.
Hush sound has been doing production, specifically audio services since 1997 and owns and operates its own audio system in Minneapolis, MN. Hush Sound’s private inventory consists of a full scale custom built audio system capable of taking music to an entirely different plane and allowing you to feel the music as well as hear it. The concept is simple, yet requires a true knowledge and mastery of audio engineering to deliver a true body moving experience.
Tittle: Party Fun Guest DJ Rls date: 06.10.2012 Genre: techno Source: WEB Type: Set Tracklist: In Search… Listen & Download: