Title: Lighter Industry EP
Catalog #: mtk206
Release Date: 2008/10/05
You may know Ilkae from previous releases on Monotonik and also on awesome, now dormant Miamibased physical label Merck. Well, four years after 2004’s beautiful Stained Glass Confetti, backing up a self-released full-length, Ilkae returns with a similar deal – an awesome EP extracting from a new album.
This time, ‘Lighter Industry’ is a companion piece to the new, limited-edition Ilkae album ‘Light Industry’, which those interested in the beautifully scattershot, chiptune-ish idm that the veteran artist deals in can check out at – http://www.inpuj.net/ilkae/ to buy the full-length.
As for this EP, it starts out with the deliciously semi-random ‘LSK’, before lapsing into the more relaxed with the fizzy ‘Magnesium’. Other highlights include ‘Espirit De Corps’, which is almost Aleksi Eebenesque in its pure indirectness, and the grin-inducingly named ‘Endless Bark’, all phasing ambient yum. Fanks, Ilkae!
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01 – LSK
02 – Magnesium
03 – Warm Filaments
04 – Espirit De Corps
05 – Endless Bark
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Title: Stained Glass Confetti EP
Catalog #: mtk133
Release Date: 2004/07/16
Having released an EP back in 2002 from the sometime duo, nowadays largely uno Ilkae, aka Canada’s Aaron Munson, we were delighted when we heard Ilkae had a new 777-copy limited edition CDR out, called ‘Stained Glass Pinata’. What’s more, he wanted to mix up a couple of the tracks from it with some more exclusive songs for a Monotonik release as the cunningly named ‘Stained Glass Confetti EP’. In fact, we were so delighted that we let him do it. So he did. So we released it. And this is it.
So, if you’ve heard Ilkae’s previous ‘Pistachio Island’ CD on Merck Records, you’ll know the basic modus operandi – rather gorgeously scattershot electronica with both chiptune and idm influences. From the get-go with ‘The Lockpick Almanac’, we can dig the lush sounds and ever-so-slightly abstracted melodies, and ‘Outfoxing A Unicorn’ spaces things out further with a marvellously weird jig of a track, before ‘Tin Crow’ brings things home with obtuse atom-spherics and weightlifter class complexity.
To sum up – if you like the companion piece enough, consider wandering over to Ilkae’s site (http://www.ilkae.com/) and picking up the entire ‘Stained Glass Pinata’ experience. If not, then you can just thank Ilkae for bustin’ open the pinata, and letting you pick up some of the goodies from within. Mm, sweet edible melodies.
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01 – The Lockpick Almanac
02 – Pigtail
03 – Ampersand
04 – Cinq Grimaces (Pour Sortir)
05 – Outfoxing A Unicorn
06 – Konkon
07 – Tin Crow
08 – What It Sounded Like From Here
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Title: Jump Math Cupboard EP
Catalog #: mtk079
Release Date: 2002/05/17
A Canadian/Polish duo who’ve been floating around the Monotonik nexus for a good while, and finally got sucked in, this deliciously playful EP mirrors the v-idm-eogame aesthetic of their recent, and very well received “Pistachio Island” album on Merck Records, and their two smart tracks for Neo-Ouija‘s “Cottage Industries 2”, in a deft touch and wonderful attention to detail.
The mini-journey starts with “Lagomorph Jump”, replete with layered chord jams, clever stops and starts, and intriguingly offbeat melodies, before “Let Irmine Do The Math” slides into view, pushing a quiet storm with initially proud ambience, then oddly proto-jazz groove. And to end it all, “New Cupboard From Ikea” is absolutely classic idm, with noble squeaks and proud stutters to the fore.
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01 – Lagomorph Jump
02 – Let Irmine Do The Math
03 – A New Cupboard From Ikea
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