Various Artists – [2008] Cologne Commons Compilation 01

Cologne Commons is an annual conference and festival for digital culture that takes place in — surprise — Cologne in Germany. Unfortunately, I have never attended so far. YouTube enabled me to watch some conference talks online. Fortunately for me as music collector, a colourful music compilation is released for each conference.

This album is the first compilation, released in March 2008. As usually, I’ll present my favourite three tracks directly in the article. The download link to the whole release follows all way down. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2008] Cologne Commons Compilation 01”

Jenset – [2010] Rockin’ Back My Nights

This week’s release is a DJ mix set released at the Sonic Walker netlabel. It features 12 tracks from the netlabel rec72 (which should not be confused with the 12rec. netlabel). The covered genres range from dark ambient stuff to breaky IDM. Tracks by Zoe.LeelA also feature vocals. I would suggest it for a cool evening at the computer. Continue reading “Jenset – [2010] Rockin’ Back My Nights”

Alpha Point – [2010] High Like The Angels CDM

Alpha point is a music project originating from a Russian electro band. Their style has influences of Depeche Mode, combined with dance floor compatible beats and straight industrial guitar riffs. The result is not a complex composition, but honest, enjoyable techno songs. They have have released several singles and albums on the internet archive. Here, I review their latest single release High Like The Angels which features four different versions of this songs plus the bonus single God’s Anger. Listen to my favourite picks and download the album, if you like it. Continue reading “Alpha Point – [2010] High Like The Angels CDM”

Old Bear – [2010] If you can find me

Head of a grizzly bear, viewn in profile above black background. Bold white font in the bottom right corner states artist (OLD BEAR) and album (IF YOU CAN FIND ME) title.

It’s time for some dry, abstract IDM music. This album by the artist Old Bear reminds me of the style of Pluxus whose song Transient you might know already from a Ford TV commercial. The Cologne based netlabel rec72 serves a delicious meal of self-entitled Abstract Hip Hop. Have a quick listen to my favourite tracks and find out if it is your taste, too. Continue reading “Old Bear – [2010] If you can find me”

Aleksi Virta – [2004] ..Meets Torsti At The Space Lounge

Relaxed vibe entering your ears! This ultra-cool release at Monotonik — which sadly is on hiatus at the moment — is really great background music with attitude. It features funky beats and chords, sometimes accompanied by fitting recordings of miscellaneous voices. As usual, I present 3 of my favourite tracks which are described in detail while you can listen to them. Continue reading “Aleksi Virta – [2004] ..Meets Torsti At The Space Lounge”

Various Artists – [2004] Swingin’ Singles

Various Artists – [2004] Swingin’ Singles

The Comfort Stand netlabel is one of the strangest out there. It doesn’t focus on experimental sound in the sense of noise, bleep and clicking sounds, but in terms of a colourful mixture of artists, genres and styles. One song is a typical pop song, the next one would fit a ghost ride or seems to be written by someone on drugs. This release is a double album presenting the whole range of strangeness you can find in other releases by this label. Continue reading “Various Artists – [2004] Swingin’ Singles”

Hardstroke – [2009] In Front Of The See Through Eye

Hardstroke  - [2009] In Front Of The See Through Eye - Cover art

Merry Christmas! This release doesn’t at all sound like snow flakes or a silent night, but is a furiously vibrant example of a fusion of extremes. Rock guitars, electronic chord clouds, funky bass lines, disco-like beats seamlessly blend together to a very distinct listening experience which casts feelings of euphoria and nostalgia. But just listen yourself to some tracks of this exceptional Bypass netlabel release. Continue reading “Hardstroke – [2009] In Front Of The See Through Eye”

Stay Ali – [2009] Vati Vati EP

Stay Ali - [2009] Vati Vati EP

Stay Ali is a trio from Sweden founded in 2006 by then 15-year-old guys. They produce an energetic mix of techno, electro and disco music. They remind me of Fatboy Slim; especially this release sounds like it was influenced by Justice. If you want some good dance music for a party, get this album! But I better present you two tracks which represent the range of this release: Continue reading “Stay Ali – [2009] Vati Vati EP”

Amish82 – [2009] Shovels And Cava

Amish82 - [2009] Shovels And Cava (Sutemos024)

Phew, what a nice electro release! Amish82 remind me heavily of The Knife and Fischerspooner. While this release is very simplistic in construction, the resulting arrangements sound surprisingly rich and danceable. Some kind of “flaw” are the remix version tracks (6-15) while there are only five original tracks. But those five tracks deliver enough quality for many hours of joyful listening. But hear, judge (and download) yourself… Continue reading “Amish82 – [2009] Shovels And Cava”

Hallo Peter – [2008] Gutz of Glory

Punchy breakbeat from Germany. Kicking drums and pulsating synth pads for glory!

Hallo Peter - Gutz of Glory

This album popped up at Jamendo when I was searching for free Breakbeat music. This genre is most prominently occupied by artists like The Chemical Brothers or The Crystal Method. While there are some similarities, the obviously German artist of this release has his own characteristic style. The essentials are all there: punching drums, ultra-cool bass riffs, synthetic sound effects. But as I said, something is different: Continue reading “Hallo Peter – [2008] Gutz of Glory”