Miles Davis is an active artist in the drone-ambient sphere, providing fine music himself and through his recently-founded netlabel Filament Recordings. Lum’s music is an uncanny blending of drone ambient and spacey, subminimal noises, a soundspace where dense clicks and futuristic pads find a pleasant sense of communion and where the slightest, peculiar waveform has a dignity and an importance of its own in the whole dreaming scenario. Tracks like “Maeda” sound like a warm soundtrack for an ancient, far-away planet lost in its mysterious desolation, with covering dusts all around, disseminated on electronical devices and unrecognizable fossils
All marterial written by Miles Davies
/artwork by purusha
Marco Messina has been active for more than 10 years with 99 Posse, a historic Italian band, and many other musical projects (Nous and Kyò among the others), of which Resina (the result of the meeting with Retina.it) is probably the most succesful act at the time being.
With this release, he confirms his steady presence in the vibrating scapes of minimal electronics, keeping an eye open on the analogic and its lively outcome, glowing like a physical manipulation on the musical matter. The 4 tracks move in the direction of pulsating, soft electronics, which at the same time mantain the rhythmic sketch which characterizes the artist’s contaminated orientation. Tracks like “tarde” and “12 stage phaser” well reflect Messina’s disposition towards beat-mangling and soft-acid drivethrus, while more relaxed and open-minded fluxes proceed in the breathing sounds of “giù” (this being a bass-driven, punctuated soundscape with spoken intrusions) and “esp 3”.
The EP comes with an outstandingly simple and inspirating artwork by Felix Petrescu of the romanian IDM/chill duo Makunouchi Bento, who more than once gifted us with amazing releases and the 1st place in the Numia Netlabel Battle.
Tarde: vox_Michelangelo Dalisi
Giù: vox_Monica Nappo, double bass_Alessandro Quintavalle
12 Stage phaser
music composed by Marco Messina @ folder studio
http://www.folderstudio.com | http://www.mousikelab.com
artwork: waka x / makunouchi bento
Planet Boelex is already known for his incredibly successful releases on Monotonik, and Ogredung already had the pleasant chance to host him with the monster hit ‘No Business Like’ (078), which met the favours of hundreds of fortunate electronic heads worldspread. “Never change” sounds kind and charming, yet intriguing, a voice who promises that would take care of you, and that little later for you would open up new worlds, unroll an endless succession of magnificent possibilities. The artist’s music is somewhat obscure, a connive, fascinating and complex in his ineffability; echoed notes like snowflakes falling against the deep, darkening sky make P.Boelex’s rhythms passional, without the obsession of the beat, magistrally constructed within an overall architecture of perfect blendings, atmospheres, lights. Writing about these three tracks is unfair, because nothing in the written form would exhaust the essence carried by them; but of course music is here where the words fail.
Karaoke Tundra handles brave sounds and he’s extremely good at it; these 4 tracks have the peculiarity to sound strong and deep, enjoyable and funny to listen to while leaving a spot of entertained interest in the listener’s head. Despite the extremely reduced choice of channels in each song, everything works so nice that it’s impossible to turn off the player after the first listen. One is simply induced to press play on tape again and get back to that “what did I just hear?”. All is moving around hip-hop and direct beats with blips and hi-pitched turntable/sampling enjoyment and one simply wonders what’s going on next; in fact, a point of strength in K.Tundra’s music is being capable of varying amidst a vast assortment of moods while keeping an invariable approach toward the beat.
Karaoke Tundra has released a full-lenght (from which these 4 tracks are extracted) on the CD label Mufonic recordinx and features the presence of skillfull hands like DJ Spinhandz, MM tm, Mastroianni, Bourek, Blue M, ok_01.
Erik Svensson’s EBM is amazingly crafted and catchy, structured with samples and minimal noise influences throughout the bass-driven tracks, all conveying into dancey, layered songs that you can easily become addicted to. All of this, together with fast-paced recalls to certain dark atmospheres and rhythms typical of early electro-body music, make “What total age?” a kicking and moving 3-tracker, a work you will play loud to enjoy it full and hard-hitting, sometimes saturated in its density but walking with firm steps in ten body-enticing minutes.
Mikrokiko’s music sounds like a lukewarm pool of half-sunk clicks, a well-thought blending of dub reconstructive cuts and unpretentious micronoises; a boiling cup of resonating waves, where rhythm and melody fluctuate and eventually meld together. Mikrokiko is a tasteful experience of relaxing minimal noise dub (which is strongly recommended to listen to as a whole), something to enjoy with a glass of something and an expansed mind.
A refined meeting between eccentric perfection and vibrating rhythms has always distinguished Planet Boelex’s works amidst the releases in the catalogue of any label really; discrete hints, beats like opaque diamonds set in sweet and inspiring harmonies. A track like a hidden secret, pulsating, enterprising, but perfectly structured IDM, drawn as a sensual figure provided with an enwrapping sensuality. Planet Boelex is lovable, for his apparent semplicity, for his crystal-like grooves, for the fluid rhythmic pattern that writes a little story, a shiver.
01 – No Business Like
A series of releases of untold beauty has seen Paolo Veneziani as a protagonist of deep sound experimentation and this truth is not to be argued at the present state of things. This beautiful doublerelease flows like a river, and the undiscussable execution of the tracks (some of which are re-mastered) brings a level of professionality hardly reachable by todays average in electronic music. Fifteen compositions which sound like joie-de-vivre in its true (though vague) romantic sound, and that conceal interpretative and audible hints of every kind; from melancholic suggestions to minimalism, musical caresses which, at parts, touch upon noises, in an amazing continuum of ten years of music, ten years which draw an always more defined framework around this amazing artist.
A01 – Perpetual Green
A02 – IWS
A03 – Quadramusic-C
A04 – Inside The Edge
A05 – Twin Lakes
A06 – Pulse Session (Extract)
A07 – Violet
B01 – L.a.S.i.m.i.a.S.E.m.A.
B02 – Sea – D.N.T.S.T.
B03 – Centrifugal Emotions
B04 – Mint
B05 – Regression of Parallel Events
B06 – Sinusoidal Meditation
B07 – DS Follower
B08 – Perpetual Green
Here is a two-tracks EP from the japanese artist Lullatone, already known for his outstanding releases and appearances on Childisc, Audiodregs and Plop records. As on those publications, the artist (Shawn, often assisted by the vocalist Yoshimi Tomida) layers glitch/ambient mellow pulses over a somber minimal layer of electronic shading (a combination of notes, drones, toys), flowing like icy water in a warmy canal. While not maybe as moody or fluid as his up-to-date material, this incredible show-up of electronic joy still finds a mellow (but not lonely) and fairy groove, through the perspired beat-box and hi-pitched sounds, and stays there for the two songs. Like two little tales told in the palm of a hand.