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]


Sense – Further EP {mtk138}

Artist: Sense
Title:
Further EP
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk138
Release Date:
2004/11/20


It’s been a while, but we’re delighted to welcome back Australia’s Sense, aka Adam Raisbeck, an artist on Monotonik since early 2000, and responsible for some of the label’s most beautiful, serene classic idm moments. Though Sense’s output has been borderline prodigous over the last couple of years, including releases on U-Cover, Neo-Ouija, and Merck, plus a tour with fellow mtk.artist Tim Koch and Ontayso, he’s still found time to dig around in some of his 2003-era material and present us with the ‘Further EP’, which goes, well, further.

So, from the starting-point of ‘Onel’, all deep, deep tones and straightahead depthcharge beats, we go through the surprisingly uptempo, groovy ‘Korma’ (previously released on Kahvi and on a Merck Records mix-tape), then the amazingly vibrant, textured deep ambience of ‘203p2’, the playfulness and clear tones of ‘Plink’, and finally, the almost Orb-like ‘Church Song’, building and rising and gliding inexorably out of the sea as the sun bakes, the waves lap, and great Cthulhu surveys his empire. And he is happy.


Credits:
cover photo by h0l


Tracklist:
01 – Onel
02 – Korma
03 – 203p2
04 – Plink
05 – Church Song

Artwork:
Front Cover

Additional Links:
[Bandcamp]


License:
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)


Sleepy Town Manufacture – Latatoo EP {mtk094}

Artist: Sleepy Town Manufacture
Title:
Latatoo EP
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk094
Release Date:
2002/11/17


It’s a pleasure to be able to put out the second Monotonik release from the Russian duo, Sleepy Town Manufacture (who are newly expanded to three with the addition of a new German-based Russian member.)

They ended up tapping their friends, both ‘famous’ and up-and-coming, to remix their dreamily ambient ‘Latatoo’ track, which is featured on the forthcoming “Cottage Industries 3” compilation on the ever excellent Neo-Ouija.

And, as the icing on the cake, Sleepy Town have complemented the original track with two original reinterpretations of it by themselves, to put the finishing touches to this perfectly chilled 7-track minialbum. Horizontality is our new mentality, thanks to STM.

To run through the tracks quickly, the original of “Latatoo” is a spectacularly ambient angel-song, with the guest vocals from Anna Yuhanova almost subliminally mixed in – sublime.

Then comes the first remix section, from some of STM’s rising-star friends, with France’s up and coming Tao (from net.labels like Ogredung and Camomille) retooling the track into his more uptempo but still chilled, xylophone and squelch-bass infused ‘Calm Mix’. Next up, it’s fellow Russian Lost_Bit (net.labels such as Enough Records), whose ‘Tatart Mix2’ is curiously orchestral, with almost subliminal pops and scratches and a celestial string section oozing serene ambience over the top.

And, with the immaculately programmed ‘K.A.B.Y.N’ courtesy of Sleepy Town themselves, with guest Alex Kozmidi on guitar and pin-sharp percussion underpinned by improvisation-heavy, gorgeous lead meanderings, we get to the second part of the remixes, from artists already known to those of you who patronise Monotonik regularly.

Firstly, the Australian wunderkind Sense (Neo-Ouija, Aural Industries) imbues his remix with a gradually rising, swelling ambient tone which peaks near the end of the track with a triumphant introduction of shuffling beats – gorgeous stuff. And secondly, Dutch idmtist Secede (Merck) gives us his ‘Another Day Wasted Mix’, which is a real grower – listen to it over and over and you’ll see what we mean.

With the final ambient lead-out of Sleepy Town’s own “Latterly” interpretation, we reach the end of the mini-album, and, if you’re sensible like us, set it immediately to repeat. We’ve already dozed off into sublime semi-consciousness once whilst listening to “Latatoo EP” – how many times can you manage it? 🙂

Oh, and finally, there may be additional remixes posted on Sleepy Town’s site in the next few weeks, but Lackluster’s great remix of “Latatoo” is one you won’t be seeing anywhere, except.. the forthcoming Monotonik mix CD? You heard it here first, more details to follow soon.


Credits:
cover by names


Tracklist:
01 – Latatoo
02 – Latatoo (Tao Calm Mix)
03 – Latatoo (Lost_Bit Tatart Mix2)
04 – K.A.B.Y.N.
05 – Latatoo (Sleepy Sense Mix)
06 – Latatoo (Secede‘s Another Wasted Day Remix)
07 – Latterly

Artwork:
Front Cover

Additional Links:
[Bandcamp]


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


Sense – Ruminous (Ambient Mix) {mtk089}

Artist: Sense
Title:
Ruminous (Ambient Mix)
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk089
Release Date:
2002/09/22


We’re proud to present the first Monotonik release from Australian artist Sense for almost 2 years (where does time go?), and since his last release with us, his Neo-Ouija album, “A View From A Vulnerable Place”, has come out to not insignificant acclaim. Add to that a split 12″ with Xhale on Civik, a couple of very neat EPs on Aural Industries, and forthcoming material on Enough Records and Merck, and we can see he’s pleasantly indisposed in terms of releasing material.

Fortunately, he managed to find time in his busy schedule to sneak us “Ruminous (Ambient Mix)”, and it’s a doozy of a hyper-melodic drift through the kind of arpegiating idm landscapes that Sense is truly best at creating. From the initial understated start, right through the build to the conglomerated whole, it’s clear that this is a superclassy proto-ambient act. And, quite frankly, long may Sense prevail over craziness and keep creating such gorgeously chilled masterpieces.


Credits:
cover+photo by h0l


Tracklist:
01 – Ruminous (Ambient Mix)

Artwork:
Front Cover


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


Sense – Icy L Tap {mtk068}

Artist: Sense
Title:
Icy L Tap
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk068
Release Date:
2002/01/01


The first Monotonik release of 2002 is from the much-admired Australian ambient.idm maestro, Sense. Fresh from his much feted Neo Ouija album, “View From A Vulnerable Place”, Sense was kind enough to let us release this new track, “Icy L Tap”, which is featured on the “Annexe” 2xCD compilation now available from Neo Ouija.

The “Annexe” compilation also features great artists like Kettel, Lackluster, Bauri, Idmonster, Xela and more – so we suggest you go to www.neoouija.com right now and order “Annexe: Cottage Industries 2” online, or else wait for it to hit stores later this month.

“Icy L Tap” is a simply gorgeous piece of drifting ambient electronica, all at once calm, but bubbling under the surface with echoes of peace and harmony. There’s so many levels at once to appreciate this music on, but our favorite is the ‘hit repeat button and close eyes’ one. Life can be beautiful. And Sense shows us how.


Credits:
cover by dj.nova


Tracklist:
01 – Icy L Tap

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial


Sense – Kieko {mtk039}

Artist: Sense
Title:
Kieko
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk039
Release Date:
2000/10/22


After his Oompa-Loompah-worrying first track on Monotonik and his divine Lackluster remix for the “R U Oho?” 12″ on DeFocus, Sense comes out with another gorgeous mtk.release ahead of his Aural Industries EPs due out later this year.

“Kieko”, then, would be quietly dazzling idm-ish techno of the highest order – all pattering synths and gently reverberating drums, a subtle waterfall of sound. Like a lot of recent Monotonik releases, forget your glitch, let’s worship the melody, guvnor. Check the technique – see if you can follow this?


Credits:
cover by rents


Tracklist:
01 – Kieko

Artwork:
Front Cover


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


Sense – 220500 {mtk030}

Artist: Sense
Title:
220500
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk030
Release Date:
2000/07/16


We’re lucky enough to get another release from Australian quiet electronic.storm, Sense. Once languishing in slightly more obscurity than he deserved, his great remix of Lackluster for the DeFocus 12″ (“R U Oho?”) has put him squarely back on the idm radar, and there’s going to be more Sense out on vinyl/CD in the next few months – a man to watch.

In this case, we’re graced with a koto-laced ambient experience, “220500”, delicately twined with echo and its twin brother, reverb, along with cicada-like hihats and quiet bleeps, to create one of those dreamlike moments you never want to leave, over and over again, until you never want to leave the moment where you think that you never want to leave. and so on.


Credits:
cover by rents


Tracklist:
01 – 220500

Artwork:
Front Cover


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


Sense – Bubble Blower {mtk027}

Artist: Sense
Title:
Bubble Blower
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk027
Release Date:
2000/06/20


Fresh from his appearance remixing Lackluster for the DeFocus-released “R U Oho?” 12″ (FOC354), the Australian artist Sense, who’s been around the music-scene a long time, and is finally getting more welldeserved recognition (he’s played supporting Aphex Twin on his live Oz jaunts, and even now is being courted by Jeff Mills for his new label..)

“Bubble Blower” is a wonderfully serene piece of ambient techno, calmly rippling through your speakers (or, indeed, headphones) with gently drifting synths, bass drum pirouettes, and snatches of.. well.. a certain Mr. Wonka and his guests, right? This is, honestly, one of the most beautiful pieces of music Monotonik’s ever released – in our opinions, a future classic. But then, we’re horribly biased, right?


Credits:
cover by fthr


Tracklist:
01 – Bubble Blower

Artwork:
Front Cover


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