This review is a friendly reminder to myself to go through Bump Foot‘s back catalogue more often to fish for classic netlabel gems. If you are into friendly electronica, you might consider going for a hunt there for yourself. But back to today’s catch: Continue reading “Mikk Rebane –  Deviations”
Ok, I’m quite late to the (review) party on this one. All other netlabel blogs have covered this gem already in September 2012, when originally released. To my ears, this is a half cheesy, half treasure chest full of simple yet thoroughly enjoyable tunes. I can recommend hearing it from front to back, it’s that good. Like usual, here are two picks to get you started: Continue reading “Plusplus –  Game Over”
Minimal bleep sounds. Very experimental science fiction movie backdrop.
Sound samples and single notes from vintage science fiction movies, put together. I would expect to encounter this a) in a over-the-top artsy Scifi movie on ARTE, or b) in a museum for modern art, next to a… interesting piece of metal or unwatchable video montage. Still here? Great, because those tracks are very well put together. Let me give you two samples: Continue reading “Ryukau –  Muryoku”
Multi-genre blend. Charming combination of uncommon sound combinations with rhythmic orthodoxy.
The term “defying genre boundaries” gets thrown around too often, I concur, but here it is on spot. Electronic click sounds, jazz fusion and funk lines are masterfully mixed in this release at German netlabel Broque. But please, don’t believe me and listen for yourself: Continue reading “Counterfly –  The Invisible Journey”
Dark ambient drones. Clearly experimental two-track EP, delivering dark soundscapes direct to your brain.
If you have occasions where “proper music” would be too distracting, but “proper silence” to silent or boring, really ambient music, based mainly on long, drawn out ambient sounds, also called drones, fill a very handy niche. This representative of that genre adds a little rhythm to spice things up, and the end result sounds like you could read The Call of Cthulhu to it. Continue reading “SEA OF ÅLAND –  Extended Play One”
Clicky soundtrack for a city. Cinematic and highly enjoyable as headphone fuel.
Here is another gem from netlabel Phonocake, produced by Berlin based artist Hanne Adam. She deals in clicky, futuristic instrumental tacks. The album has a very cinematic feel to it, while the songs are all quite musical (as in: not too experimental). I guess that the work is best consumed while walking the streets of Berlin, but it works quite well elsewhere, too. Continue reading “adamned.age –  transit berlin”
Minimal house. Repetitive beats and only subtle changes in harmonics introduce an element of trance (pun intended).
Japanese netlabel Bump Foot has been in “business” for over a decade now. It separates its releases in to branches: “Bump” for techno and house, “Foot” for ambient and IDM. The release presented here is more on the minimal side of the house: so if you feel like you are in for twenty minutes of carefully crafted monotony, read on. Continue reading “In Vitro –  Deep Hope”
After a short visit to the Parliament building Vidhana Soudha and the adjacent park, we went to KR Market, an impressive combination of markets for fruits & vegetables, flowers, spices and tools (!), all under one roof. The neighbourhood did not disappoint either with its downtown cows near cramped temples. And – of course – dogs.
Only 15 km from Electronic City, a huge National Park with accompanying zoo sits within a hilly forest. The Northern part of the Park is open to “Safari”, which actually means driving through rather large enclosures for each species. Then there is a large butterfly conservatory, housed within an architecturally pleasing glass dome. Most impressions are from the walk-in Zoo part of the park, including the ever-present (sleeping) dogs.
Indie trip-hop. 4 track EP full of intriguing tracks and collaborations of creative musicians.
Netlabel Sirona Records specialises in specially sounding music. Just looking at their link of backlinks to reviews, music blog “Yeah I know it sucks” is among the most frequent listed; it specialises in reviewing “underground stuff”. So why I am I writing about one of their releases here? Find out for yourself: Continue reading “Sister Soleil –  Haunted EP”
Massive music extravaganza. There is a lot of hip hop bonanza going on in 46 tracks.
Most of the tracks are not exactly pop music chart worthy, but then… the music that achieves this feat tends to be of varied quality at best. While I cannot wholeheartedly endorse front to back listening, except you are adventurous, there are many gems tugged tightly between more experimental pieces. I therefore divert from my usual self-limitation of only presenting two tracks, and instead link you to several reasons for recommending this oeuvre: Continue reading “Various Artists –  mix-toor presents: This is material music”