V.A. – L’Arbre d’un Train {BKTR007}

Artist: V.A.
Title:
L’Arbre d’un Train
Label:
 Backtrack
Catalog #:
BKTR007
Release Date:
2005/10/17


_L’Arbre d’un Train_, a compilation.

Pretty. Sad. Lovely. There’s just enough variation to both make you want to fall asleep to it and make you want to open your ears up in amazement. With the first sign of autumn, we use music to remember our lost years, and we do not forget our happiest days.

Featuring netaudio legends Grandma (Monotonik, Khonnor of Type Records), Proswell (of Merck Records), Sense (Neo Ouija and Eem records), Transient (Monotonik, Miasmah, Camomille), Xerxes (Hellven, Camomille, Apegenine), a slew of other netlabel popstars (Valisproject, 143, Kaneel, Imtech, and Blisaed) and brilliant rising talent (Xtatic, Mike Shusta, Troupe, Nil, Valzi, Fah, Mister Cat, Sunburn, Malmen, Nick Beman, and Insektr.)

Nearly eight months in the making, _L’Arbre d’un Train_ is well worth the wait.


Credits:
Cover art by 143.

Volume balanced by Atlantis at Atlantean Records –
http://atlantis.plastiqueweb.com


Download:
01 – ValisprojectSaturnine
02 – 143Goodbye Whisper
03 – XerxesLo-fi Beauty
04 – XtaticBrothers
05 – TransientDroplets
06 – SenseHappy New Tears
07 – KaneelEt je Danse Seul
08 – GrandmaHoly Moon
09 – Mike ShustaMy New Toric Lenses!
10 – ProswellDorkqs
11 – ImtechHipa
12 – TroupeThis Is
13 – NilCha
14 – ValziThe Bad Feeling Is Gone
15 – FahB5
16 – BlisaedPost Card Sent From A Plane Crash
17 – Mister CatOn The Verge
18 – SunburnContemplation
19 – MalmenJust Like You
20 – Nick BemanThe Grain Of Truth
21 – InsektrAn Encouragement Won’t Change Anything

Artwork:
Front Cover
Full Art
Full Art (Hi-Res)

Additional Files:
bktr007 [TXT]


Grandma – For Your Broken Heart EP {mtk104}

Artist: Grandma
Title:
For Your Broken Heart EP
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk104
Release Date:
2003/03/10


Finally, a third EP from US-based wonderboy (what _is_ the secret of his power?) Grandma, aka Khonnor, aka Bronty The Shynocerous. Another four tracks of guitar-strummed, plaintively sung, wonderfully cut-up geektronica, we’re delighted that people are really beginning to ‘get’ Grandma – he hopefully has material coming out on the forthcoming label Type, alongside cool peeps like Mokira (Mille Plateaux) and RJ Valeo (Hobby Industries), and he has a track as Khonnor adapting This Instrument on the new Soulseek Records compilation.

So, in the short wait before you can buy infinite amounts of Grandma albums in your local record store, try out these exquisite 4 tracks. “Kl”, the opener, has an intensely beautiful acoustic guitar backing, overlaid with slo-mo stories of longing and wanting and we’re not even sure what else. “Poke” is an evocative piece of alternately pumping and serene melody, and ‘Are We Dead Yet?’ twins intensely drifting chords with the most amazing spoken word piece about, well, laptop religion.

Finally, “Comics Battle” ends on a high note, all plaintive lead and Jenkinson-esque drums, the rhomboid port after the crystalline storm. It’s been a sweet trip so far.. and who knows where the aftermath will lead?

[Thanks to Tony @ Kinglux for the excellent EP cover.]


Credits:
cover by tony@kinglux


Tracklist:
01 – Kl
02 – Poke
03 – Are We Dead Yet?
04 – Comics Battle

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)


Grandma – Bopping Around In A Skin Car EP {mtk095}

Artist: Grandma
Title:
Bopping Around In A Skin Car EP
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk095
Release Date:
2002/11/26


After numberous plaudits for the first EP Monotonik released from US-based Grandma, including ‘Net- Audio Release of the Month’ in cult German paper-magazine De:Bug, we were keen to press on and put out some more material from the 15-year-old prodigy, who we think is one of the most amazing artists we’ve ever released on Mono.

This time, we’ve got a 4-tracker showcasing more of his diverse and eccentric talent, put together with just an old PC and rickety microphone, as before, but radiating lo-fi soul all the same.

The EP starts with “Abortions Rock”, with the title belying a synth-wash-filled, stealthy drift through a multi-layered Garden Of Eden. Next, “Have Sex With A Tree” is a stupendously melodic magical carpet ride, like Squarepusher’s ‘Port Rhombus’ on an even more polyhedral day.

Next, “My God Is Better Than Yours” sets a sweet Grandma-plucked acoustic guitar loop and drapes strings, minimal drums, and intentionally lo-fi vocals over the top to heartfelt effect. And finally, yes, “Amazing Larry Does Not Bite Off Of Other Songs” does include an expressionless robotic voice rapping about ‘biting off lines’ from ‘Ruff Ryder’s Anthem’. What of it?

So what’s the point? Maybe that this music is touching enough to make you feel good when you’re in a bad place, and strong when you’re in a weak place – and it’s just the tip of the strangely skewed iceberg when it comes to Grandma’s material, which richly deserves a wider audience still. We hope he gets it.


Credits:
cover by h0l


Tracklist:
01 – Abortions Rock
02 – Have Sex With A Tree
03 – My God Is Better Than Yours
04 – Amazing Larry Does Not Bite Off Of Other Songs

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)


Grandma – Spinach Gas Room Spaghetti Straps EP {mtk087}

Artist: Grandma
Title:
Spinach Gas Room Spaghetti Straps EP
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk087
Release Date:
2002/09/07


It’s always good to find an original, slightly more maverick voice in the world of electronics – someone who, if not channelling the punk aesthetic, at least goes out on a little more of a limb to imbue their music with edge, unpredictability and, well, soul.

So, when US-based Grandma sent us a whole raft of his music, we immediately cottoned on to the mix of alternately classic idm-ish melodies, super-intricate drill+bass programming, and improvised guitars/vocals.

That in itself should be enough. But then, we found out that all this music was only composed with the most lo-fi of components – only one speaker, using a microphone purloined from a Japanese languagelearning CD-ROM, being forced to use a single take for all the guitar and vocal elements, and, most incredible of all, that Grandma, aka Khonnor, is only 15, and this is his first widely-released music _anywhere_. So it’s just the start. And we can’t wait to see what happens next.

This debut EP for Monotonik, “Spinach Gas Room..”, is compiled from a selection of Grandma’s most prodigous output from the last few months, and we start with the echo-filled guitar improvisation and the super intricate drum patterns of “He Near Krxern”, before transitioning into the total idm classiness of “Sandy Point”. The second half is, if anything, even better, with the incredibly soulful, barely sung drift of “Why The Fuck Did You Eat My Babies?”, and the straightahead, supremely melodic intricacies of “Strawberry Rhubarb Oppai”, all adding up to.. specialness. We dig. A lot.


Credits:
photo by h0l


Tracklist:
01 – He Near Krxern
02 – Sandy Point
03 – Why The Fuck Did You Eat My Babies?
04 – Strawberry Rhubarb Oppai

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)