Mystical ambient-techno with a dancefloor-devistating remix by Yuji Kondo and a deep slightly dark remix by Shifted in his trademark minimalistic hypnotic style.
Expanding upon the ambitious premise of their recently released The Ganzfeld EP, Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos (Drew Daniel and M.C. Schmidt) are now releasing their first new full-length album in five years : The Marriage of True Minds. Matmos are known for making toe-tapping rhythmic pop out of odd and unusual sound sources. They have always worn genre loosely, but it’s safe to say that this is the first electronic album to start with tap dancing and end with doom metal, and the only album on which members of Nautical Almanac and the Arditti String Quartet rub shoulders. Comprising stomping techno, eerie synth jams, musique concrete, Latin rhythms, and Ethiopian music, at once at home in the academy, the art gallery, the nightclub and the noise warehouse, the dizzyingly diverse assemblage which is “The Marriage of True Minds” is driven by a tightly unified conceptual agenda: telepathy. [Source]
Sawf, Perc Trax’s most mysterious artist returns to the label he calls home after EP’s for Model Analysis, Audio Assault and M-Rec. This is his first new material for Perc Trax since his well received album ‘Flaws’ in 2011 and shows him introducing new influences to his trademark grinding, industrial sound.
First up is title track Menete, built around a 16th note synth line that recalls everything from classic EBM to more modern synth-led techno such as the recent Sleeparchive EP on Tresor. Closing the a-side is Toolio, a far too modest title for a track that is far from a disposable techno tool. An expert exercise in building percussion, this is closest to the sound people know from Sawf, but the best example of it yet.
Opening up the b-side is a remix from Yuji Kondo; know best for his work under both his own name and as half of Steven Porter on Semantica. The remix is everything you’d expect from Yuji. A wall of broken-beat noise topped off by cut up vocals samples and a fluid, ever-changing arrangement. Closing the 12” is ‘Diin’. A deeper, almost house-like cut from Sawf, building on a probing bass guitar line, proving he can do subtle and atmospheric as well as he does tough and confrontational.
Lindstrøm’s second LP of 2012, Smalhans, found the Norwegian space-disco god returning to the patches of arpeggiated bliss he’s so known for, following the intriguingly maximalist Six Cups of Rebel. “Vos-sako-rv” was one of the endlessly spiralling highlights from that record; here, French Touch mindhead Fred Falke takes the tune and adds tons of sharp synths (as well as some elegiac strings), stretching the original’s running time by two minutes by fashioning something more thick and blatantly anthemic. The remix is taken from the first volume of remixes released from Smalhans; that release is out now via Smalltown Supersound. [Source]
Actio Reactio is the lead track from the debut release of the same name by Helena Hauff on Werkdiscs.
To complement this release Helena unveils her ‘Reaktion’ mix, a showcase of the music she loves and inspires her. You can download the mix here: http://www.werkdiscs.com/helena-hauff/
Release date: 5th August 2013
Blaze Colour Burn is a new work from electronic music pioneer and innovator Jan St. Werner (Mouse on Mars, Lithops, Microstoria) inaugurating Fiepblatter, a series of genre-dismantling releases on Thrill Jockey that will encompass electro-acoustic experimentation, algorithmic elements, scored music, digital signal processing, field recordings, improvisation, public performance and graphic works. These pieces aren’t just about sound; they’re about location, structure, time, aesthetics. Stories that overlap and interact with each other. [Source]