Classic Pop Dub Hop Whatever – Gorillaz from 2001. Enjoy.
The ever busy man behind Walt Thisney – Fernando Cerqueira from Portugal is the founder member of Thisco record label and also the publisher of the excellent Antibothis printed / cd anthologies and book collection THISCOvery CCChannel – released an incredible amount of digital only EP’s during the last years.
At first retro sci-fi influenced Synth Poppy Vaporwave (see a.o. the Album ‘Thiscontinuum’ released about 4 years ago – SP 007), then returning to his elder alter ego Rasalasad partly reworking those and diving more into the direction of classical experimental ambient (as far as anything like this exists) before adapting a new mutation of Whalt Thisney with plenty of lounge Piano on top of mostly hidden drones and noises.
Of course all of these alter egos overleap from time to time, some recommendations are Thiscordizen , a compilation of Piano songs especially created for the Haiku series of Naviar Records, the split-release Switched On This with Rasalasad and the Vaudou Stellaire collaboration with Chromatic and from Rasalasad the Thismorphia Album feat. some well-known guests.
Most of them can be found for free, or are linked from here.
As for the latests Klappstuhl release he agreed to do a special mix with less subliminal noises and the result can be listened to & obtained below – including two exclusive lengthy remixes by 6 9 N & F.
ACC / A Colder Consciousness started as Radio Show via. Resonance FM by Fiona Pitrolo, all shows are archived on mixcloud. Basic themes are cold wave, extraordinary underground and eastern European alternative scenes as far as I can tell – all with a melancholy hint.
Last year they expanded their activities and started publishing music too. The first (re-)release was Jugoslavian’s Bastion debut LP / DL from 1984.
In due course of their label specials they interviewed Marco Pustianaz about HAX Materiali Per La Communicazanione and the Italian underground and experimental post-punk scene (still online here), got in touch with Marco Milanesio, one of the other driving forces behind the label collective and wow (now) here is actually an old / new release by DsorDNE and it’s preceeding incarnation Novostj:
(Limited Vinyl) LP & DL, remastered by Marco Milanesio himself from his old masters. Gracie !!!
A new video for DsorDNE’s signature song in it’s live version featuring New Noveta is here too.
Listen / buy / enjoy & find more details and lyrics at ACC’s bandcamp.
So with a deep look back in time (36 years now) here is an exciting Reissue I’ve been looking forward to since I read about it. Not just another Collection of b-sides and new mixes but a whole Compilation of unreleased outtakes is included now with the Maffia debut album before the classic Wimbish / McDonald / LeBlanc trio aided Mark Stewart.
See a newly made Video for “Liberty City” here.
The regularly over-used term ‘groundbreaking’ is finally used for once justified on this album which was/is a mutant melting of dub, industrial, anarcho free-style attitude with a singer who could sing but choose not to and lyrics which where not pretentious but worthy to chew upon years after years.
The original version of “The Paranoia Of Power”:
(from “The Lost Tapes” Compilation)
>> Mark Stewart himself perceives The Lost Tapes as a document that now possesses a storied significance: “It was a real adventure discovering this forbidden history, a twisted tale of Muswell hillbillies, French pirates and a Dutch schizophrenic doctor doing psychic archaeology.” Whilst Adrian Sherwood describes these works as characteristic of a distinct primitivism: “[The Lost Tapes represent] the early childhood of the songs before Mark and me conducted frenzied, scorched earth, slash-and-burn, twenty-hour mental, manic editing sessions at Crass’ studios that led to birthing the finished album.” << Info from Mute.com
There is also an Vinyl 2LP Edition, in black or clear with DL Code available directly via mutebank . Digitally the lost tapes are also available on it’s own via iTunes or Amazon.
As it seems it’s about time for a short review what really mattered to me in 2018.
Of course this can only be a glimpse on the amount of music released, re-released & unearthed from my small point of view, further narrowed down due money + time at hand but anyway here are my personal highlights of the year:
Simon Crab : Demand Full Automation (CD, Klanggalerie)
Marco Milanesio : L’ultimo Viaggio Del Conte Rosso (CD, Swiss Dark Nights)
Kallabris : Red Square (LP, Inselkind)
Shriekback : Why Anything? Why This? (CD/LP, Shriekback)
KatzKab : Le Syndrome De Diogené (Digital, KatzKab)
Duende with David J : Oracle Of The Horizontal (CD/LP, Glass Modern)
Cousin Silas and The Glove Of Bones : Spirit Of Afrodubism (Digital/MC, Submarine Broadcasting)
Singles / EP’s
Drew McDowell x Hiro Kone : The Ghost Of George Bataille (12″EP/Digital, Bank Records)
Gary Clail Soundsystem : Electric Skies (10″/Digital, Sugar Shack)
Heavensbee : Gonna Dub Now (Digital, Heavensbee)
Ben Coda : Silk Road (Digital, Lowering The Tone)
DsorDNE : Grafio Ricerca 010 (Digital/MC, Asbestos Digit)
Soft Cell : Northern Lights (CD/7″/Digital, Universal/Mercury)
Reissues / Rediscoveries / Remixes
Coil : Scatalogy Sessions, Hidden Hydrology, Contaminated Apples, Wormsongs (Digital, Live Coil Archive)
Coil, Zos Kia, Marc Almond : How To Destroy Angels (CD/LP, Cold Spring)
Black Light District : A Thousand Lights In A Darkened Room (CD/LP, Dais)
Soft Cell : Keychaines & Snowstorms (9CD & DVD Set, Universal/Mercury), Club Remixes EP (12″, A Big Frock)
Magic Moments At Twilight Time : Creavolution Reborn (CD/Digital, TMR)
Robert Rental : Different Voices For You, Different Colours For Me – Demos 1980 (LP/Digital, Optimo)
Bauhaus : The Bela Session (CD/12″EP/Digital, Leaving Records)
Officine Schwartz : L’Opificio (CD, Again Records)
Podcasts / Mixes
Lowering The Tone
Adi Newton’s Book Of Xeno Pleasure
Surgeon – live at Forte Festival 2018
Blade Runner 2019, Los Angeles
& of course the Klappstuhl Records releases……..;
M. Nomized : Sample 4 – Director’s Cut (Digital, SP 019)
Kallabris : Kettenwindel Bingo (Digital/CDR, SP 020)
Glove Of Bones : X OST (Digital, SP 021)
V/A : Klappstuhl ‘To Go’ (Digital, SP 022)
R.I.P. and Thankyou Pete Shelley, you’ve been an inspiration !!!
And here a full Halloween Show from 2002;
And a great collection of years of special releases for these and more occassions like X-Mas :
Also eagerly published in July already (SP 021, digital only with full artwork pdf) this one does fit way better to the sound of Autumn leaves falling, change of the seasons and a natural decease in order to start new beginnings than to the long never ending sweaty summer nights we had unexpected the luck to explore this year in full.
“The tooth root and aching backbone of the Glove of Bones creative project was an idea for a road movie without a road, a biography without a chronology or subject and an imaginary soundtrack for a film, based around a real movie.”
After the demise of the Digital Dizzy Netlabel GLOVE OF BONES needed a new home for various releases, the brilliant Ornithology found it’s way to the Ambient Label We Are All Ghosts where collaborateur Cousin Silas already was present with a batch of his guitar orientaded menderings as well as the follow up Album aptly titled ‘New Dub Manifesto’ issued in late 2017.
This one, first published as OST remained unavailable for some time – it’s a lengthy one piece track originally the soundtrack to the self-produced film which can be found here.
This new version got remastered and expanded by G.O.B. with 7 further new tracks expanding the original issue and themes.
Also out since April this year is the latest new work now on Argali Records Netlabel thematically circling around Alchemy featuring strange sound and voice recordings from the UBU Web Archive “Occult Voices – Paranormal Music, Recordings Of Unseen Intelligences 1905 – 2007”.
Not a lighthearted theme therefore stepping more into dark ambient terretories than his other releases which mainly keep an balance between experiments, dada, ambient craftmanship.
On the latest excellent pay-what-you want compilation from Argali – ‘Music For Dystopias’ – issued in August is another new track featured besides plenty of interesting artists somewhere between dark ambient, ambient, darkwave, drones and experimental. As the total lenght exceeds every double CD album this is a great listen when you’re in the mood for just this ..
On the other Hand there is t.r. hand now. Fluffy experimental ambient drones ?
Ok, hold on tight. Finally here comes the up to now final Magic Moments Album back in print. The remastered CD version will be published on August 24th (Congrats) on Marc Bell’s (not the guy from LFO but the original Engineer back in time) TMR Records, in true independent spirit it is also available as free download already but hey what is a dl when you can get hold of some unfashionable physical relict to support the talented and the brave ?
If this is not enough yet there is also the Klappstuhl ‘Best Of Tapes’ remastered Compilation which is kept in print / in digital all the time.
UPDATE September :
The new CD Edition is available per e-mail order now for only 5 £ – full details and contact here:
“The album is totally free for download in HD Audio & MP3. CD version only £5 inc: P&P (with free CD for initial copies!). Payable in Sterling (£). Full details & to order: mail me @ email@example.com”
Read all about it @ Tom Ellard’s Blog.
>Yes, it’s that time of the year again where somehow things start working out………
To good to be lost here is a release by a legend of the tape-scene, the multi productive
from France who seems never to rest on his laurels if you take a look at his bandcamp page(s). ‘Sample 4’ was originally issued via Cold Spring in the late 80’s as Cassette in an edition of only 35 copies. The new cover shot is b.t.w. by Mr. Andy Falconer, a talented musician in his own right, nowadays living in Germany and splitting his time between photography and electronic sounds.
Basically a collection of two earlier (limited and now deleted) releases by one of my very favourite sonic freestyle artists. Hard to categorize as most of my cherished publications but fully worthwile exploring on repeated listenings. Some more details here.
Besides looking back
is never short of looking forward and Inselkind Schallträger issued a new beautiful 180g LP ‘Red Square‘ in May where the diversity of his talents really shine – instrumentals, songs (!), freestyle, structures – you can find all there in one flow showing that Kallabris leaves nearly every musical boarder behind on his way. I’ve got no info which quantitiy was pressed but to avoid disappointment act fast.
In case it’s hard to find ask your friendly drone hq.
On a related note: It’s great to see
(whose ‘Carceri‘ is still available @ Klappstuhl) furthermore active with a new release continuing the mere ambient Grafio Series on the Italien Asbestos Digit label from Rome;
Asbestos Digital 25
Besides his own releases and his work at O.F.F. Studio, Torino Marco even found time for a mix for NOODS Radio which can be listened online here: