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02nd May 2014: Escapism 02 @ Loftus Hall, Berlin (Germany)

April 23, 2014

Escapism

 

Event:
Escapism 02

 

Dates & Time:
02nd May 2014 at 11.00pm

 

Line-up:
Ventress
Subkutan
Manuel Münster

 

Location:
Loftus Hall, Berlin (Germany)

 

Entrance fee:
8 euro

 

Info (German only):
Nach dem erfolgreichen Debüt am 1. November kehrt Escapism in die Loftus Hall zurück. Als Headliner konnten wir dieses Mal Ventress verpflichten. Er betreibt nicht nur gemeinsam mit Shifted das Label Avian, das zeitgemäßen seriösen Techno quasi verkörpert, sondern ist auch als Produzent aktiv. Neben seiner Debut-EP auf Avian und “Typhon” auf Edit-Select veröffentlicht er unter seinem Alias “Worn” experimentelleren Techno. Sehr empfehlenswert zum aufwärmen für die Nacht: sein Podcast für Smoke Machine.

Das Warm-Up wird von Subkutan übernommen. In seiner Wahlheimat Leipzig zeichnet er sich mitverantwortlich für das Clubprojekt “Institut für Zukunft”, ist aber durch seine zahlreichen Auftritte im ://about blank und bei der Grounded Theory auch in Berlin kein Unbekannter.

Wie schon bei der Premiere wird auch dieses Mal wieder Escapism-Resident Manuel Münster den Abend ausklingen lassen. Seit 2009 in Berlin als Techno-DJ aktiv und ab 2011 mit regelmäßigen Auftritten im Tresor, konzentriert er sich nun mit Escapism auf die deeperen Spielarten des Techno.

Event @ Resident Advisor
Event @ Facebook

 

Listen:
Ventress

Subkutan

Manuel Münster

 

Websites:
Escapism
Loftus Hall

 
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out soon: Diamond Version – CI [Mute]

April 22, 2014
 

Artist:
Diamond Version

 

Title:
CI

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
STUMMDV1

 

Release Date:
02nd June 2014

 

Format:
CD, LP & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
The Blank Action
[feat. Leslie Winer]

02)
Access To Excellence

03)
Turn On Tomorrow
(CI)

04)
Feel The Freedom
[feat. Kyoka]

05)
Raising The Bar

06)
Were You There?
[feat. Neil Tennant]

07)
Operate At Your Optimum
[feat. Atsuhiro Ito]

08)
Science For A Better Life
(CI)

09)
Connecting People

10)
Make.Believe
(CI)

 

Info (English):
Diamond Version announce details of their debut album release, CI, out on Mute on 2 June 2014.

The first single from the album features Neil Tennant from Pet Shop Boys and is a collaborative take on the old gospel hymn, ‘Were You There?’ – [see below]

Diamond Version’s debut album pairs blistering electronic rhythms, deconstructed techno and dread static with clipped slogans borrowed from advertising and marketing, in both lyrics and track titles such as ‘Science For A Better Life’, ‘Access To Excellence’ and ‘Raising The Bar’.

CI (which stands for Corporate Identity), follows on from a series of five 12″ singles released through Mute, and is the culmination of nearly three years of hard work which began when Raster-Noton and Mute both curated the 2011 Short Circuit Festival of electronic music at the Roundhouse in Camden, London. “It started with the Roundhouse,” recall Diamond Version. “Daniel [Miller, Mute founder] has always been interested in what we do. We shared ideas and experiences, and then it was very clear that we should do something together.”

This the collaborative project between two of the most groundbreaking, experimental and visionary creators in modern music and, although Olaf Bender and Carsten Nicolai have worked closely together since founding Raster-Noton in 1996, it wasn’t until they formed Diamond Version that they started working together as a duo.

For the debut album, Diamond Version came up with an unusual list of possible vocal collaborators. “We tried to find unpredictable vocalist collaborations – something that you would not think of in the first place, so it didn’t feel streamlined. We wanted to break a certain kind of logic.”. As well as Neil Tennant of Pet Shops Boys, guest vocalists on the album include musician and poet Leslie Winer and Kyoka – a Raster-Noton recording artist.

After a triumphant return to Sonar last year (documented by The Creators Project), a series of dates with Depeche Mode, and a headline show at London’s Village Underground Diamond Version debut their audio-visual live performance on a series of dates.

 

Info (German):
Diamond Version heißt die Kollaboration zweier radikalexperimenteller Soundvisionäre, den Machern des 1996 gegründeten Raster-Noton Labels, namentlich Olaf Bender und Carsten Nicolai. Trotz ihres langen gemeinsamen Weges, dauerte es doch bis zur Gründung von Diamond Version, um beide schließlich in einem Projekt zu vereinen.

Die erste Auskopplung des Albums ist „Where You There?“, ein afroamerikanischer Gospel aus dem 19. Jahrhundert, den Diamond Version gemeinsam mit Neil Tennant von den Pet Shop Boys eingespielt respektive gesungen haben [siehe unten].

Diamond Versions Debütalbum verschränkt dunkel glühende Rhythmen, dekonstruierten Techno und ein bedrohliches Grundrauschen mit zur Kenntlichkeit gebrachten Slogans aus der Welt der Werbung und des Marketings, sowohl textlich als auch in de Titeln wie „Science For A Better Life“, „Access To Excellence“ und „Raising The Bar“.

CI (vulgo: Corporate Identity), folgt der Veröffentlichung einer Reihe von fünf 12-Inch-Singles (ebenfalls auf Mute) und ist gewissermaßen der Kulminationspunkt dreier Jahre harter Arbeit, die begann als Raster Noton und Mute gemeinsam das Programm des Roundhouse in London für das Short Circuit Festival of electronic music 2011 kuratierten.

Für ihr Album erdachten Diamond Version eine recht ausgefallene Liste möglicher Gäste: „Wir versuchten, möglichst ungewöhnliche Vokalisten einzuladen, Stimmen, mit denen man nicht rechnen würde, um die Sache nicht zu stromlinienförmig zu gestalten. Wir wollten dieser speziellen Logik entkommen.“ Neben Neil Tennant gehören nun nicht zuletzt Leslie Winer und Kyoka zu den Gästen dieses Werks.

Nach umjubelten audiovisuellen Performances, unter anderem beim letztjährigen Sonar (dokumentiert von The Creators Project), einer Reihe von Shows im Vorprogramm von Depeche Mode und einer Headliner Show im Londoner Village Underground, schicken sich Diamond Version an, erneut auf Tour zu gehen.

 

Listen:
“Were You There?”

more soon

 

Mission Statement:

 

Videos:
“Science For A Better Life” (EP Version)

“Turn On Tomorrow” (EP Version)

“Make.Believe” (EP Version)

 

Related Releases:
EP1
EP2
EP3
EP4
EP5
EP1-5

 

Related Releases:
our special “Diamond Version – Live at Electronic Beats Festival Prague 2014″
video “Laibach – The Whistleblowers (Diamond Version Edit)”

 

Buy CD:
soon

 

Buy Vinyl:
soon

 

Buy Digital:
soon

 

Websites:
Diamond Version
Diamond Version @ Facebook
Mute
Mute @ Facebook
Mute Germany @ Facebook

 
Full Track Streaming:
Pitchfork
 
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out soon: Eomac – Spectre [KilleKill Records]

April 18, 2014
 

Artist:
Eomac

 

Title:
Spectre

 

Label:
Killekill

 

Cat#:
KILLEKILL018

 

Release Date:
12th May 2014 (vinyl)
19th May 2014 (digital)

 

Format:
LP & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1)
Su Riddim

A2)
Rainmaker

A3)
Forest

B1)
Spectre

B2)
Shell Of Dark

C1)
Deeva

C2)
Rising 3

C3)
You Hun Ye Gui

D1)
Crackts

D2)
Mika Riddim

D3)
Squink

 

Info:
Killekill is proud to present EOMAC’s “Spectre”, the debut album from Dublin-based producer Ian McDonnell, a rising star in the techno scene. Spectre also marks the label’s first full-length album release.

Ian is better-known as half of the Irish duo Lakker and this album is certainly carved from the same cold slab of stone. His music has already gained huge support from the likes of Tommy Four Seven, Ellen Allien, Thom Yorke and the one and only Aphex Twin himself.

Bleepy, slo-mo synth lines, dense textures, saturated bassdrums and hand-sliced vocals dunked in cavernous reverb – Spectre is all about EOMAC doing what he does best, taking our concepts of club sound and contorting them into something that is truly his own.

The melodies are slo-mo and lo-fi, the pads, exquisitely lush and textured. Ian’s amazing sound-design (bordering on the intense in some places) and incredible attention to detail makes this an album where each listen reveals a deeper layer. Spatters of noise, shards of broken beat and relentlessly pounding techno rhythms also make it a dancefloor-decimating weapon.

SU Riddim – The album kicks off with a kind of twisted grime track. This is exactly the kind of thing that Eomac excels at – taking your conceptions of an existing club sound and contorting it, in doing so making it entirely his own. His trademark dissonant pads are present alongside short radio snippets, dusty drums and a general tense vibe – a nice opener.

Rainmaker – Next up is Rainmaker, a slow, mechanical techno number. Sparse granular textures mimic rain fall, giving the track its title. Eomac’s minimal, slowly evolving sequences are becoming something of a trademark and this track is no exception. A lo-fi melody is gradually introduced, sounding as though it was played down the distant end of a cavernous tunnel to the listener.

Forest – Forest is instantly more playful than the previous two tracks. A bleepy melody, pulsing sub-bass and broken-beat rhythm give an almost childish feel to the track. Coupled with dusty, wooden percussion and forest floor reverb, Forest gives the listener a brief sense of respite from the industrial pummelling.

Spectre – The title track reverts to Eomac’s slow-chugging techno format. A haunting melody is gradually revealed as the track builds up and up into an epic warehouse anthem. Expect to hear Spectre rattling a dark, sweaty basement near you very soon.

Rising 3 – Rising 3 kicks straight into chopped breakbeats, reminiscent of both the 90s rave era and the early garage sound. Again, this is Eomac masterfully twisting and re-inventing classic electronics into his sound. The melody is playful, a gentle nod back to the third track on the album, Forest. The plonky synthesised wind instruments are a recurring theme in Spectre. Gradually, the beats become more and more hectic as Eomac dials up the distortion and the crowd start to lose their minds.

Shell of Dark – If Spectre was the deep anthem of the album, Shell of Dark is the techno stomper. Eomac cleverly uses short, modulated delays to create a phasing effect on the beats and melodies, yet locks the head and feet firmly in place with a pounding distorted kick drum. A delayed lo-fi lead pans overhead before the entire arrangement descends into distorted chaos.

Deeva – Deeva steps up next, yet another example of Eomac toying with a popular club style, this time completely transforming house music. All the elements are there, the filtered house bass, the grooving 4/4 beat, the vocal stabs, yet this is a house track like you’ve never ever heard, topped off with a playful bleepy melody that sounds like a nursery rhyme gone wrong.

You Hun Ye Gui* – Yóu Hún Ye Gui is a spirit taken from Chinese folklore, generally meant to signify the trapped spirit of someone who died alone, far away from home. This deep, broody number seems to pay heed to their tortured soul. Tight, short delays create a very tense, otherworldly vibe, while synthesised wind instruments and filtered-down arp lines convey a deep sense of forlonging, pain and abandonment…

Crackts – Keeping it trippy, Crackts rolls in next. Eomac once again uses short repetitive elements and slightly out-of-time delays to both entrance the listener and to build the tension up and up and up. Combined with dissonant pads that sound like submerged alarm sirens and a relentlessly pounding bass drum, this track is set to be another absolute techno banger.

Mika Riddim – The second last track winds things down a bit. Mika Riddim (as the name suggests) is somewhat of a cross between modern bassline music and the vacuum tube shreddings of Mika Vainio. Tastefully done!

Squink – The outro track, Squink is a particularly strange one. Seemingly detuning over time, this slow deep techno number brings things tastefully to a close with tripped out delays, lush pads, and ever-shifting textures.

(words by Simon Hayes)

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About Killekill:

KILLEKILL is a Berlin based record label and a crew promoting music events since 2008. The events at Berghain Kantine, Suicide Circus and Horst Krzbrg are focussing techno, house and electro – often with an experimental twist. A wide range of artists such as ABE DUQUE, SANDWELL DISTRICT, TIM EXILE, OTTO VON SCHIRACH, CRISTIAN VOGEL and many, many more have played for KILLEKILL nights.

The KILLEKILL label is being approached the same way as the events: challenging music of daring artists – with a focus on techno, house and electro but with an open ear for sounds off the beaten track. Releasing artists so far have been ALEX CORTEX, BAD COP BAD COP, BILL YOUNGMAN, SNUFF CREW, NEIL LANDSTRUMM and CASSEGRAIN & TIN MAN.

 

Listen:
“Spectre”

more soon

 

Videos:
“Spectre”

“Crackts”

Videos created by the29nov films.

 

Special:
“KilleKill Podcast #14″

 

Recommmendation:
“Krake 02″ compilation with Eomac track on Krake Records
“Movies For The Blind” compilation with Eomac track on Code Is Law

 

Buy Vinyl:
soon

 

Buy Digital:
Amazon
Boomkat
more soon

 

Booking:
Elastic Artists

 

Websites:
Eomac
KilleKill

 
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out now: Meystersinger – Haifischweide [Blind Leading The Blind]

April 17, 2014
 

Artist:
Meystersinger

 

Title:
Haifischweide

 

Label:
Blind Leading The Blind

 

Cat#:
tba

 

Release Date:
04th April 2014

 

Format:
CD & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Haifischweide

02)
Schläfst Du Schon

03)
Selbst Alleine

04)
Ja, Ich Will

05)
Kein Märchen

06)
Angst / Guten Tag

07)
Wunsch

08)
Reise

09)
Wie Du Scheinst

10)
Und Ich Tanz

11)
Trost
(Machu Pichu Mix)

11)
Ja, Ich Will
(Warrior Mix)

11)
Selbst Alleine
(Lonesome Swinger Mix)

11)
Trost
(Nosferas Spieluhr Mix)

 

Info (German):
Nach gefühlten 1000 Konzerten und mit einer stetig wachsenden Fangemeinde,
bringen die MEYSTERSINGER, Luci van Org (Lucilectric, Das Haus von Luci, Übermutter) und Roman Shamov (Rummelsnuff, Weird Fishes) am 4. April 2014 nun ihr zweites Album “HAIFISCHWEIDE” heraus.

Haifischweide? Was zum Himmel ist eine Haifischweide?

“Die Haifischweide ist der Ort in uns allen, an dem unsere inneren Monster ihren Platz finden. Das, was man nicht los wird, was einem, wenn es keinen Ort hat, wo es bleiben kann, immer wieder Schmerzen bereitet.”

Womit MEYSTERSINGER den TROST ihres ersten Albums auf der HAIFISCHWEIDE in ein musikalisches Kraft – und Mut- Zusprechen verwandeln. Bei dem auch gern getanzt werden darf. Denn Luci und Roman sind zwar dem unverkennbaren MEYSTERSINGER- Stil treu geblieben, haben große Melodien, ihre Ausnahmestimmen und immer radikal- gefühlvollen Texte einmal aufs Neue in feinste Elektro- Miniaturen gekleidet, haben aber in punkto Tanzbarkeit eine Riesenschippe draufgelegt. 80er- Jahre Melancholie trifft auf den brachialen Sound der aktuellen Berliner Clubszene- eine unwiderstehliche Mischung.

 

Info (English):
soon

 

Listen:

 

Videos:
soon

 

Pictures:
Trost session on NovaFuture

 

Recommendation:
album “Trost”

 

Commercial Streaming Services:
soon

 

Buy CD:
Meystersinger shop
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
soon

 

Websites:
Meystersinger

 
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02nd May 2014: Moments 09 @ Humboldhain Club, Berlin (Germany)

April 16, 2014
 

Moments

 

Event:
Moments 09

 

Dates & Time:
02nd May 2014 at 11.59pm

 

Location:
Humboldhain Club, Berlin (Germany)

 

Admission fee:
10 EUR

 

Line-up:
I/Y
Blind Observatory
Dr. Rubinstein
Myako
Roi Perez
Pipo

 

Info:
Moments is back with friends and residents celebrating the release of the frist “Moments EP”.

The guys I/Y who are responsible for the organistation of the Moments event series throughout Berlin, also run their own label with already three great records, two of them feature tracks by themselves (including a solo track by Yac).

The other one is the highly acclaimed EP “And The Flying Saucer” by Blind Observatory who also just played this first gig at Berlin’s well-known techno universe Berghain.

Following these 3 great 12 inches the team is now releasing an EP celebrating their collaboration with all the artists who performed and adhered to the Moment’s concept in the last few years.

Releasing music from everyone was impossible, but the 4 tracks produced by Voiski, Blind Observatory, Schloss Mirabell, and I/Y give a solid idea of what Moments is about.

So let’s DANCE and CELEBRATE!

Event @ Facebook
Event @ ResidentAdvisor

 

Listen:
I / Y

Blind Observatory

Dr. Rubinstein

Myako

Roi Perez

Pipo

 

Videos:
I / Y – “0000.004″

Blind Observatory – “And The Flying Saucer”

Videos created by the29nov films.

 

Recommendations:
“Moments EP” on I/Y Music
Blind Observatory’s “And The Flying Saucer EP” on I/Y Music
first release by I/Y

 

Websites:
Moments
Humboldhain Club

 
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[Videos]: Fever Ray – Several Videos

April 12, 2014
 

Artist:
Fever Ray

 

Notes:
Karin Dreijer Andersson aka Fever Ray, who is also well-known for being part of The Knife (together with her brother). In 2009 she released the self-titled debut album, its dark atmosphere and the mystic vocals impressed critics and fans. All tracks/video are taken from the extended edition that was released later. Highly recommended artist!

 

Videos:
“If I Had A Heart”


“When I Grow Up”


“Triangle Walks”


“Seven”


“Stranger Than Kindness”


“Keep The Streets Empty For Me”

 

Websites:
Fever Ray
Fever Ray @ Facebook

 
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[Special]: Moderat – Live At Electronic Beats Festival Prague 2014

April 11, 2014
 

Artist:
Moderat

 

Notes:
Watch their performance of “Bad Kingdom” , “Damage Done” and “Nr. 22″ live at Electronic Beats Festival in Prague on the 28th March 2014

 

Listen & Watch:

 

Related Release:
album “II” on Monkeytown Records / Mute

 

Websites:
Moderat
Electronic Beats

 
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[Special]: Diamond Version – Live at Electronic Beats Festival Prague 2014

April 10, 2014
 

Artist:
Diamond Version

 

Notes:
Watch their performance of “Operate At Your Optimum” and “Love Young” live at Electronic Beats Festival in Prague on the 28th March 2014

 

Listen & Watch:

 

Related Releases:
EP sampler “1-5″ on Mute
upcoming album “CI” on Mute

 

Websites:
Diamond Version
Electronic Beats

 
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out soon: Korova – Blue Knife EP [RSVD]

April 10, 2014
 

Artist:
Korova

 

Title:
Blue Knife EP

 

Label:
RSVD

 

Cat#:
RSVD002

 

Release Date:
28th April 2014

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1)
Blow Out

A2)
Alien Blood

B1)
Deep Water

B2)
Deep Water
(I/Y Remix)

 

Info:
RSVD kicks off with this Blue Knife EP by its main Korova. Blow Out track reflects the full mentality of the label and comes with a thrilling tension stepping aside a bursting obscure dark progression and sinister heavy beats. Alien Blood is and ufo-like deadly bassline invasion drawing a dark strong hurting texture.

Deep Water‘s original mix is a playful floor-killer techno jacking track. Tsunami rocking upon and over the surface. Its IY‘s remix is fine rich and dry both mental dark stomping and odd hard hitting one: simple unique. A new excellent proof for the italian duo made by Fusaroli and Filardo.

„RSVD kicks off 2014…“

 

Listen:

 

Special:
“K1971 Focus On Podcast”

 

Recommendations:
Hector Oaks’ “Ambiguous Relation EP” with I/Y remix on Quant Records
“I/Y002″ by I/Y on own label
“Moments” EP on I/Y Music

 

Buy Vinyl:
Juno
deejay.de
decks.de
Red Eye Records
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
soon

 

Websites:
Korova
I/Y
RSVD

 
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already available: Hearts Of Black Science – The Star In The Lake [Wonderland Records]

April 9, 2014
 

Artist:
Hearts Of Black Science

 

Title:
The Star In The Lake

 

Label:
Wonderland Records

 

Cat#:
WONDERH28

 

Release Date:
21th October 2009

 

Format:
CD & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
The Star In The Lake

02.
Twilight

03.
Gold & Dust

04.
A Ride At Night

05.
Teenage Heels

06.
Transmission

07.
Metropolis

08.
The Procession

09.
Something Better

10.
White Lies

11.
Giving In To Anger

12.
Can’t Stop The Waves

 

Press Info:
….

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Video:
“Giving In To Anger”

 

Recommendation:
album “The Ghost You Left Behind”

 

Buy CD:
Wonderland Records
PopOnaut
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
Hearts Of Black Science @ Bandcamp
iTunes
7Digital
more soon

 

Websites:
Hearts Of Black Science
Wonderland Records

 
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