The fifth entry in their ongoing series of EPs for Mute, Byetone and Alva Noto (aka Olaf Bender and Carsten Nicolai) here show how far they can push their experimental electronica. ‘Operate at Your Optimum’ plays like a vintage Proem track, all rough IDM beats and glitching static, while ‘The Future of Memory’ snarls and fidgets like a custom-made Judge Dredd soundtrack. On the flipside, ‘Sense and Simplicity’ recalls ‘Tri Repetae’-era Autechre and ‘Make.Believe’ hums like a dying TV. [Source]
The snd / Sensate Focus veteran mangles beats for the Mute sub-label. After, er, focusing on Sensate Focus (including a collaboration with Sasu Ripatti aka Vladislav Delay), Fell has decided to release his next bit of off-kilter beatcraft on Liberation Technologies, one of FACT’s labels to watch in 2013. The n-Dimensional Analysis EP promises Fell’s usual “angular electronics and skittering rhythms” and is due out on August 26 in vinyl and digital formats. In advance of the release, Eye (founder of Japanese experimental act Boredoms) has remixed the A-side into something dissonant and percussive. [Source]
Neocortex is a lab project gone awry. Henneke perfectly pays tribute to the dark souls who have championed electronics, but he goes further to craft a symphony of sorts. This symphony relishes in experimentation and shows that life may have an end, but not on his watch. As the release unfolds, so does the mind behind the master as he creates life after death, a gentle monster intent only on movement. Henneke single-handedly creates and maintains the honesty of the true techno sound. Born of passion and grit, Henneke has chosen the road less travelled. His music is reminiscent of the basement floors and littered warehouses where he cut his teeth. This is a sound where a sardonic smiles pairs perfectly with the darkest of evils. A place where the sun only slightly illuminates from behind the storm clouds. With recent releases featured on such labels as Mintec Musik and LW Recordings, he is now teaming with RACECAR, a match bred from family and camaraderie. [Source]
Fort Romeau continues to roll out thoughtfully detailed productions for Ghostly in 2013. In March, the London-based producer released the Chicago house influenced “SW9” single on Ghostly’s sub-label Spectral Sound, and showed his versatile house rhythms in July with its follow-up, the Jetée / Desire single. 2014 will see his debut album for Ghostly — it’s his second full-length record, with his debut album Kingdoms being released last year on LA outsider dance institution 100% Silk. In the meantime, he continues to forge masterful house on this four-track EP, entitled Stay / True. The title track is perhaps the producer’s most memorable track yet, a languorous seven-minute slow-burner that moves away from classic house territory in a more experimental direction, cruising along on a leisurely arpeggiated synth figure and a simple but effective kick/clap pattern. The more classically house-influenced “Your Light” is all tight kicks and vocoder-laden vocals, while the “Together” starts with the sound of field recordings and then drops a heavy 4/4 kick and even heavier bassline. The 12″ version comes with an exclusive track (“Trust Me”), as does the digital version (the dancefloor-focused house belter “And Now”).
Most people who listen to The Haxan Cloak’s second record will never hear it completely. Written into the album’s data are frequencies that can only be played on powerful equipment: deep, floor-shaking tones meant to be felt, not heard. Even through headphones, the record manipulates sound in a way that’s primally disturbing, preying on the instinct to jump at sudden noises, to mistrust silence. Excavation betrays the illusion of the album as a pristine artifact, instead embracing music as an experience contingent on its environment. The album is not a grooved disc or a folder of .mp3s. The album is a conversation between vibrating air and the brain. The Haxan Cloak engages the mechanism of fear rather than the appearance of it. Excavation isn’t quite drone in the way that Eraserhead isn’t quite horror. The goal is to look at why we’re afraid—and to see the beauty that comes out of our fear. [Source]