Overview: Lucy and Rrose, now coming together as The Lotus Eaters, have established themselves separately as techno artists who are just as comfortable operating in the uncharted area of experimental music. Running their own labels (Stroboscopic Artefacts and Eaux, respectively), they have gained a cult following, both influencing and challenging the direction of techno. Their first collaboration took the form of mutual remixes. Lucy remixed Rrose, taking on his modern classic “Waterfall” while Rrose remixed Dadub for Stroboscopic Artefacts, and shortly thereafter contributed an extended EP as part of SA’s Monad series. Eventually, the idea of working together became inevitable. Several intense sessions in Lucy’s Berlin studio followed, using mainly analog hardware. These sessions gave birth to a new project, starting with two EPs signed Lucy and Rrose, called “The Lotus Eaters” (SA) and “The Lotus Eaters II” (Eaux). With the “Desatura” album, the first release signed under the project name The Lotus Eaters, their common work is refined further, also becoming a live act which will debut at ADE (Amsterdam) 2018. With “Desatura,” Lucy and Rrose explore themes of physical density, emptiness, and space, creating sonic objects which can be rotated and viewed from multiple perspectives. Eschewing the typical instrumentation of techno, the duo use synthesized sound and feedback as fundamental sources to generate both textural and percussive elements. A sense of tension and weight emerge from sources that cannot be easily pinpointed. The resulting album forms a complex narrative from a paradoxically simple and restrained set of sound sources. A mysterious and profound accomplishment.
Desatura [SALP007 – SACD010] — The Lotus Eaters
catalog number. SALP007 – SACD010
format. 2×12\” lp | cd | mp3 | wav
release date. Oct. 5th, 2018
05. Eat Eat Eat
06. The Idea Of North
07. Under The Benches
08. Foul Winds
09. A Third Man
10. And Then There Were None
Format: 12” / Digital
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.
Title. X – Ten Years Of Artefacts
Format: 3×12” LP / Digital
Label: Stroboscopic Artefacts
Cat. No: SA10YEARSLP
Release Date: November 15th, 2019
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
m the most recondite places where disco, house and tech house melodies inhabit, to where electro, techno and modern sounds emerge, Living Techno presents the Volume one of the new Living Techno Essentials series. (more…)
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.
A1 / 1. Wrong Movements (Circles)
Overview. ara is a new record label curated by David Letellier, a.k.a Kangding Ray.
ara is a platform for recording artists with unique sonic identities that seeks to induce deep emotion through sound; focusing on singular artistic endeavours, created with patience and dedication.
While rooted in electronic club music, ara will not follow any prescribed sonic path:
it will explore a palette of diverse sound worlds who evolve through parallel series of curated releases. Each series will represent either a concept or a particular musical direction, which will be mirrored by its own design approach.
Since releasing physical records is increasingly becoming an irrational choice, each record will be irrationally produced as an hand-made work of art, involving procedures and techniques such as manually-applied ink, brushed acrylic paint or tape. Each edition will be individually numbered, recognisable as a part of a whole, while being slightly different by nature.
The first release, by label curator Kangding Ray, will be the first step of this journey: organic, emotional club music, for the body and mind.
Kangding Ray’s ‘Predawn Qualia’ EP will be followed by Adiel’s EP on June 21st.In 2019 releases from Hydrangea, Refracted & Voiski will also follow.
Over the past few years Kangding Ray has been releasing on labels such as Raster-Noton and Stroboscopic Artefacts. Recently his new collaboration project ‘Neon Chambers’, together with Sigha, has gained global attention since the premiere of their mind-bending live show at last year’s edition of Atonal Festival in Berlin. They are now preparing a selection of eagerly anticipated festival shows during this summer, including Sonar Barcelona, Dekmantel Amsterdam, Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival and Forte festival.
Pre-Order on Bandcamp available :
12\” 180g Black Vinyl (Limited edition of 500, numbered )
A1 / 1. Predawn Qualia
A2 / 2. Stone Sober Brushstrokes
B1 / 3. Orcan Tears
B2 / 4. Trade On Azul
*Exclusive: A-TON just shared the exclusive new track \’JDC\’ on Bandcamp, listen below to it, also anyone who preorders the album will receive the track to download.
Overview: In the afterglow of rave’s white heat, the mid-90s were a period of going as far out in all directions as possible – and Luke Slater’s The 7th Plain tracks were certainly about exploration of the deep space of the imagination. Cosmic, analogue, orchestrated, they still represent some of the most emotionally intense music ever to come out of the techno realm. Whether built on percussive frameworks or sweeping nebulas of dissipated sound, Slater’s synthesizers still sing space-travelers’ tales compellingly and beautifully.
For this reason, Ostgut Ton sublabel A-TON launched back in 2016 with The 7th Plain’s Chronicles I, establishing itself as a platform for archive, ambient and art-related releases. This first eight-track compilation was split between classics from the albums My Yellow Wise Rug and The 4 Cornered Room on the one hand and previously unreleased tracks on the other, with the goal of providing a different, remastered framework for Slater’s futuristic visions from the past.
Now, with the release of Chronicles II and Chronicles III , as well as a special edition vinyl boxset, the journey continues further into outer and inner space. Like its predecessor, Chronicles II is divided between previously released material from the aforementioned albums, as well as four unreleased future classics: “Silver Shinhook”, “Wand Star”, “I Think I Think Too Much” and “JDC”.
In contrast, Chronicles III is made up solely of music from the General Production Recordings label catalogue and stylistically skews less toward percussive techno-funk and more toward free-form broken rhythms – though tracks such as “Lost”, “Time Melts” or “Millentum” stand strong as hybrid pillars of both.
Ultimately, when listening to all three parts of Chronicles , it’s apparent that 7th Plain music is cut from the same emotional cloth, one related strongly to the backroom, the chillout, the after-party, the solo headphone voyage. These weren’t and never should be considered separate zones from the dancefloor.
In other words, as Luke Slater puts it, in the mid-90s, they were “ part of the night, part of the experience… where ideas could be shared. ” And like Global Communication, Mira Calix, The Future Sound of London, the Artificial Intelligence
generation, Slater\’s 7th Plain was a response to those hallucinatory, spiritual, but still social spaces at the heart of underground communities – and the magic is still strong in it.
Aside from the special vinyl boxset (6×12“ LP), which includes Chronicles I – III , limited edition stickers, an essay by Joe Muggs and a complete download code. All releases are available individually on CD, 2xLP and for the first time in digital formats.
Artist: Roberto Espinosa
1. Measure Divide- BLK (Brood Audio)
2. Gregor Tresher- System X (Drumcode)
3. Audio Injection- Kats (Illegal Alien)
4. Exium- Time (Oscar Mulero remix) (Nheoma)
5. Mick Finesse- They Sex Machinas (Perc remix) (Perc Trax)
6. Jerome Sydenham- Black Ice (Apotek Records)
7. Traversable Wormhole- Where 2D Meets 3D (Chris Liebing remix) (CLR)
8. The Spaceape, Martyn- Is This Insanity? (Ben Klock remix) (3024)
9. Ducerey Ada Nexino- 004_Soup Pt. 2 (Scalameriya remix) (Genesa Records)
10. Erphun- Diatomic (Monoloc remix) (Sleaze Records)
11. Ricardo Garduno- Esta En Tu Mente (Espinosa’s Malcriado remix) (Abstract Mechanisms)
12. JP Montesino- Viaje Número Uno (Pfirter remix) (MindTrip Music)
13. Drumcell- Frame Shifter (CLR)
14. Rebekah- X-36 (Brood Audio)
15. Nicolas Bacher- Silence Is Golden (Pornographic Rec’s)
16. Dadub (Lucy remix)- Death (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
Brood Audio Podcast 101 – Roberto Espinosa
It was time that we write a review of a heavy material, dark, industrial sound, dangerous measures. Finland master of dark industrial techno, Tuomas Rantanen just get very heavier with his latest upcoming release \”Nychthemeron in Madagascar EP\” coming out the September 23rd, 2013 on City Wall Records. This EP is one of those we really recommend, of course, if you can handle dark noise, industrial backgrounds and a very deep insane atmosphere.
Review: 9.5/10 Release date: september 23rd, 2013
Release Info:Nychthemeron in Madagascar EP follows on from Nychthemeron in Galapagos EP, it continues Finnish techno composer Tuomas Rantanen’s epic exploration of how our auditory environment is subtly yet dramatically changing from a natural state to an industrial state.Two hundred and fifty years ago there were very few non-organic rhythmic sounds, it was a mainly natural sound environment, but now we are constantly surrounded the rumbling, grinding and roaring of engines, the droning tones of computers and the bleeps of mobile phones. So in this strand of his music Tuomas is reflecting on these changes, he also has a separate strand which is looking at the concept of cyborg and the influence of cybernetics on individual and society at large, for more on that his 100th release, the album Robot Construction is out now on City Wall. His other works to date on City Wall have received widespread recognition from the likes of Cari Lekebusch, Mark Anxious, Dave The Drummer, Angel Alanis, Lucy (Stroboscopic Artefacts) and Ryuji Takeuchi to name a few.Morning in MadagascarThe gentle tick of the clock and Madagascar awakes, altogether a bright and lively place in the morning which is well reflected in classic chugging Rantanen beats and tonal percussions. Yet beyond the power and colour are edgy ambiences and dark string glides which suggest other forces also have an agenda.Day in MadagascarBeautiful warmth with a fresh air vibe yet those anxious agendas just cannot be shaken off. Day in Madagascar has a consistently driving vibe that revolves around a tough downward facing stomper kick and what seems to be an ever evolving rhythmic groove. However, it is when the ride drops that deeper energy is found.Evening in MadagascarAhh! The church bells are calling! The focus is sensitively shifted slightly left from the banging drums onto the cultivated centre piece which is best described as a unique tapestry of patterned chimes and ringing tones. But of course this is Rantanen world so even if gently distracted the beats are still strong and the bass still rumbling!Night in MadagascarAnd this is how the night comes. A hard steady beat with a roaring fire of a bass that together pulse in the pitch black blaze. The tribal droning flute feels like a snake charmer that is eternally keeping its subject in a perpetual unsuspecting trance, meanwhile the ethereal soundscape fluoresces a calming moonlit glow.
Title: Nychthemeron In Madagascar EP
Label: City Wall Records
Cat. #: CW077
Release Date: September 23rd, 2013
01. Morning in Madagascar
02. Day in Madagascar
03. Evening in Madagascar
04. Night in Madagascar
In 2006, his talent has been discovered by a German independent record label Meerestief. With a remix that he has done for Dublin\’s Five Green Circle\’s track entitled Ronan\’s BBQ has created a storm over Europe. Praised, supported and charted by heavy weights from the world of electronic music. Then in 2009, Xhin has found a new home. He joined Berlin\’s then new techno label, Stroboscopic Artefacts to release his dark, intense and experimental side of things. From the results of his new releases for the label, he has done it again. Heavy rotation from the big boys like Speedy J, Luke Slater, Ben Klock and many more to mention. This will be yet again the beginning of an old new direction for him to explore and experiment sounds even deeper for his future releases.
So what\’s new and exciting coming out of his bag? A long awaited 3rd album since his 2nd one entitled Greyscale for Meerestief is set to be released on Stroboscopic Artefacts some time in late 2011.
Tittle: Kana Broadcast 006
Rls date: 18-08-2011
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Building up successful relationships with scene-leading labels such as Drumcode, Ovum, Kompakt and CLR whilst unleashing a strong run of releases on his own Perc Trax label has seen Perc’s influence and support grow even further. With each release his sonic experimentation has taken another leap forward without losing sight of the dance floor.
2009’s ‘Throb’ on Ovum and ‘Submit’ on CLR brought Perc his first support from the key Berlin tastemakers and his 2010 releases including ‘BCG’ (Perc Trax) and ‘Monad V’ (Stroboscopic Artefacts) have made him an essential artist for those with an interest in techno that refuses to conform to preconceptions. 2010 has ended on a high with a trio of releases for Perc including his third EP on CLR, a collaboration with Italy\’s Modern Heads on Stroboscopic Artefacts and a split 12\” with rising star Sawf on Perc Trax.
As a DJ and live act Perc has covered all of Europe plus multiple tours of USA, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and Japan. Personal highlights for Perc\’s touring include a back-to-back set with Oliver Ho in Tokyo, his debut at Tresor in early 2010, being part of the Drumcode tent at Dance Valley in 2008 and playing on the same bill as Richie Hawtin and Speedy J at 2008’s Electric Deluxe Queen’s Day party at Melkweg, Amsterdam.
2011 will see the release of Perc\’s first album, another tour the USA and Canada and his debut at Berghain.
1) Vagon Brei – The Dark Corridors – Further
2) Cabaret Voltaire – If The Shadows Could March – Rough Trade
3) Emika – Count Backwards (Marcel Dettmann Vocal Edit) – Ninja Tune
4) Francesco Tristano – (Tantra Development by Moritz Von Oswald) – Deutsch Gramophon
5) Emika – Count Backwards (Marcel Dettmann Remix) – Ninja Tune
6) Ed Davenport – More Red Lights (Dub) – NRK
7) Rumenige & Loktibrada – Kulenty (Sandwell Mix) – Antidandruff
8) Sigha – The Politics Of Dying – Our Circular Sound
9) Perc – Wooden Art (Modern Heads Jumplex Remix) – Stroboscopic Artefacts
10) Kassem Mosse – Workshop 12 A1 (Vocal Tool) – Workshop
11) Peter Van Hoesen & Donato Dozzy – Elekra – Time To Express
12) Frozen Border – FB07 A1 – Frozen Border
13) Mike Dehnert – Teilfolge – Delsin
14) D\’Marc Cantu – No Control – Creme Organization
15) Sawf – Unrhythm (Marcel Fengler Remix) – Perc Trax
16) Exaltics – Creep Over – Bunker
17) Perc – Porter – Blank Records
18) DJ Koze – Don\’t Feed The Cat – Kompakt
19) Forward Strategy Group – Tayo Olowu – Perc Trax
20) Endless – 00165 – Electric Deluxe
21) Perc – Tokyo Blank – Blank Records
22) Karl O\’Connor & Peter Sutton – Guiltless – Tresor
23) Casual Violence – Maybe We Are – Aftertaste Recordings
24) Abstract Souls – Subway (Claudio PRC Perspective Remix) – Stroboscopic Artefacts
25) Anodyne – Talon – Earwiggle
26) Cabaret Voltaire – Partially Submerged – Rough Trade
With ‘Wordplay for Working Bees’ Lucy creates a blueprint, not just the departure point for the full length format according to Stroboscopic Artefacts, but he also lays down new possibilities for the techno album. Refusing the obvious 4/4 route, Lucy traverses the widest possibilities of electronic music. ‘Wordplay for Working Bees’ encompasses IDM that leans towards drone, puckering, dub-filled techno and ambient in its most oblique forms. The beloved character of Lucy’s DJ sets, the way he layers tracks to find unique timbre and tone, is reflected in his studio approach. Lucy’s debut album results in the most delicate and delicious juxtapositions, as the unexplained and unexpected tangle together in the ear.
The search for hybrid structures begins with ‘Thear’. Through Stockhausen’s words Lucy hints at a manifesto: Whenever we hear sounds we are changed, no longer the same. The record is textured with riddling vocals –be it the slither of a UN summit speech to heard on ‘Eon’ or the wisps of Le Corbusier on ‘Gas’— and none are used with idle intent. Just as on ‘Eis’, where the samples appear to be engaged in discussion but the thread of their argument is lost in the granular synthesis, the tracks are abstracted enough to provoke your own interpretations and critical judgements. The vocals’ inclusion gives rise to questions, and the ambiguity of ‘Wordplay for Working Bees’ creates an architecture that facilitates debate.
It’s not just escapist or hedonistic dance music, but a concerted, dissonant effort to challenge the listener’s preconceptions. David Toop’s Sinister Resonances can certainly be heard.
This mood of provocation with no certain resolutions is a fitting description of ‘Es’. It’s a track with a long half life; it resonates, poised and pertinent. ‘Es’, the German for ‘it’, is an apt title for the indescribable mood where the ecstatic meets the melancholic. It’s hard to know what this ‘it’ is, but ‘Es’ transposes it perfectly.
Amid these ambient, dubby tracks it’s rare and also somehow exotic when the 4/4 techno of ‘Bein’ does emerge. Equally ‘Torul’, which sounds as if it samples the swinging of a meat hook, has the potential to be devastating on a big sound system. To close the record ‘Ter’, with its pattering percussive-line full of hypnotic persistence, is a stunning ending. It seems to be the sound of melting ballerinas.
As a body of work it’s cohesive and impressive, a result of Lucy’s process. With the release of the very first vinyl on Stroboscopic Artefacts he began laying down the inital sounds for the album. Over the label’s first year he worked across all eleven tracks. In a way the record charts the development of his sound and the
strengthening identity of his record label. It’s certainly not a portrait of the artist, it’s a landscape. Composed as it is of field recordings from parks, streets and Lucy’s apartment, it’s difficult not to see this as –at least in part– a depiction of Berlin. ‘Wordplay for Working Bees’ is certainly influenced by the sounds coming from
Berlin’s clubs, galleries and forgotten pockets. Lucy holds a mirror up to the Hauptstadt, only to distort and redefine its reflection. The abstraction and processing of the album’s subject matter has a painterly quality and it’s evident that in creating ‘Wordplay for Working Bees’ Lucy slaved with technology to master it so brilliantly.
Co-mixed and mastered by Artefacts Mastering, Berlin.
Words: Clare Molloy
Released by: Stroboscopic Artefacts Release/catalogue number: SACD001 Release date: Mar 4, 2011
Title ……. : Wordplay For Working Bees
Genre ……. : Techno
Label ……. : Stroboscopic Artefacts
Source …… : WEB
Quality ….. : 320kbps avg / 44.1KHz / Joint Stereo
date ….. : 04-03-2011
1. Thear 1:11
2. Tof 3:46
3. Bein 9:21
4. Gas 6:12
5. Lav 6:25
6. Eis 2:50
7. Torul 3:59
8. Eon 7:30
9. Es 5:09
History of Rocco Caine:
Artist: Rocco Caine (Leutral)
Tittle: Top 10 May
Genre: Techno/Tech House
Rls date: 07.05.2011
Kalden Bess – Aka M0h & Kimono – Face Your Destroyer – Patch Park Remix
Mike Wall – Forms of Dusk (Daegon Remix)
Rocco Caine-Urbach Original Mix
Traversable Wormhole – Closed Timelike Curve (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
Modern Head & Perc – Mendax (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
Audionatica & Fictionizer – Space (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix)
Jonas Kopp – Z Reticulus
martin brunner-is it what rocco cain remix
Download: Rocco Caine (Leutral) Top 10 May – 07.05.2011