September 1, 2017

Ash Ra Tempel Experience - Live In Melbourne

MG.ART602I was invited to perform in Melbourne, Australia. It happened thanks to my dear old friend Mick Glossop, who made the suggestion to Sophia Brous, at the time the curator of a music-festival called “Supersense” at the Melbourne Arts Centre in summer 2015. In addition to the solo performance I’d planned, Sophia proposed an additional collaboration or session performances with some of the other participating musicians. I had never been very happy in performing “public sessions". I’ve always tried to first look for a conceptual approach, and my wife, Ilona J. Ziok, came up with the idea of performing some Ash Ra Tempel classics. That’s when the idea for an “Experience” was born. I decided that pieces from the second and third Ash Ra Tempel albums “Schwingungen” and “Seven Up” (both from 1972) would be most appropriate for a group performance with Ariel Pink, Shags Chamberlain and Oren Ambarchi. We conversed by email, and much to my surprise, they all claimed to be very familiar with this music. … It felt a bit like pushing at open doors..

 

September 1, 2017

Midori Takada & Masahiko Satoh - Lunar Cruise

wrwtfww020Following the successful reissue of Midori Takada’s Through The Looking Glass, WRWTFWW Records is delighted to announce another release from the legendary Japanese percussionist: 1990’s LUNAR CRUISE, her superb collaboration with jazz pianist, synth master, composer and arranger Masahiko Satoh. Arguably the best kept secret in Midori Takada’s fascinating discography, LUNAR CRUISE is an under the radar masterpiece that captures Takada (on marimba and minimal percussion set-up) and Satoh (on Korg M1 and Yamaha DX7II synths, Ensoniq EPS sampler, and acoustic piano) vibrantly fusing traditional African and Asian percussion with jazz, ambient, and minimalism. The album also features the great Haruomi Hosono (Yellow Magic Orchestra, Happy End…) and Kazutoki Umezu. LUNAR CRUISE is available in two versions: a first-time-ever vinyl LP cut at Emil Berliner Studios, housed in a 350g sleeve and including a bonus CD of the album with 2 extra tracks, and a standalone digipak CD version. Both versions are sourced from the original studio masters (DATs) and come with new liner notes.

 

September 1, 2017

Various Artists - Running Back Mastermix By Tony Humphries

rbthumplp01Running Back will mark its fifteenth anniversary with the release of its first label compilation, the Running Back Mastermix, in September. As befitting the celebration of a landmark year in the life of Gerd Janson’s widely adored imprint, Janson has invited one of house music’s original & greatest proponents of the Mastermix, NYC’s Tony Humphries, to curate and mix the CD & digital editions of the compilation, accompanied by an unmixed double-LP which features a handful of the compilations rare & exclusive cuts. The Mastermix is a timely reminder of what has made Running Back endure and remain at the top of many house music fans’ favourite label lists for over a decade. Beginning with Todd Terje’s blockbuster ‘Ragysh’ and traversing tracks from across the label’s history, it includes contributions from long time label regulars alongside more recent additions and reminders of some of RB’s best reissues. Label mainstays Tiger & Woods, Matthew Styles, Redshape and Leon Vynehall all appear, alongside Mr G, Paul Woolford and recent breakthrough artists Shan, Jex and Roy Camanchero. Tiger & Woods’s ‘Don’t Hesitate’ appears on vinyl for the first time, while the Dixon edit of Precious System’s anthem ‘The Voice From Planet Love’ will be available on wax again after only appearing on a super limited 12″ run the first time around. The choice of Tony Humphries to mix the compilation is a significant one.

 

September 1, 2017

DMX Krew - Strange Directions LP

hypelp009Since releasing his last album on Hypercolour in February 2016 (‘You Exist’), DMX Krew has not for one moment rested on laurels, releasing two further LPs on the Ekster and Abstract Form labels, as well as EPs and singles for Central Processing Unit, Shipwrec, Revoke and more. Continuing to remain faithful to the roots of electro, IDM and the deeper shades of techno, and without compromise, DMX Krew cranks out emotive and brain scrambling electronica at a mighty rate, and never disappoints. ‘Strange Directions’ is album number 21 from DMX Krew, and lands once more on Hypercolour, the British label that continues to make heady waves in the music scene with genre shifting releases from the like of Matthew Herbert, Luke Vibert, Gary Gritness, The Cyclist, Outboxx and A Sagittariun in the last 12 months alone. You’ll know what kind of ride you are in for from the first few bars of album opener ‘Snowy Blue’; hypnotizing bass and spatial keys float over dusty micro breaks, produced with an infectious aesthetic that continues over the long player’s fifty-five minute tenure. Experimental and expansive joints such as ‘Odd Chill’ and ‘Strange Directions’ sit comfortably alongside funkier techno jams such as ‘Thin Hype’ and ‘Zero Sum’, whilst the melancholic synth sensibilities of tracks like ‘Hip Hopeless’ and ‘Axial Mode Beat’ catches DMX Krew on fine form.

 

July 17, 2017

Perlon Allstars - Superlongevity 6

perlon114When Perlon started releasing their “SuPERLONgevity” compilation series in 1999,it was not evident that the name,which had initially been chosen just for pun,would become a self-fulfilling prophecy.Now,Perlon is in its 20th year,indeed,and preparing the celebration of this anniversary,the label invites its listeners to enter the sixth round of illuminating expression,once more driven by playfulness and fluffy swingtime. This time,the journey extends to eight sides with no guidepost except maybe the order to set the controls for the heart of the potoo.18 tracks unfold their magic formulas to release a cascade of funky blobs.The collection reflects the label’s unique interpretation of sound and vision,of caring and sharing,of “glitches and itches”-by forward and froward thinking artists who set landmarks and break standards for the sake of the sound of the extraordinary.Here’s what you will find in this brand-new Perlon toy box that adds one more shade to the corporate colour scheme:House bubbles that sound like they come straight from a “Bällchenparadies".A motor drive with a sexy beat.Tribal dances,warped ballads,romantic fantasies.Heavy bass fundaments with aerial notes that hover above like helium balloons.A meditation machine,chilly chimes and future clockworks.Speaking things with nonsense as a foreign language.Rumouring moods and sparkling modes.

 

July 17, 2017

Klon Dump - Klon Dump Versus The Open Air

acolour005 Five releases strong and A Colourful Storm is cementing itself as one of the most exciting labels to watch. They’ve even managed to surprise us with their most ahem, “functional” record yet. Four demented bleeps’n'bloops’n'bassliners with just enough sass, sub and a beautifully complex sound palette to boot. Our pick is the ‘Specialist’. Vital Sales Points: - Fifth release on Australian label A Colourful Storm - Premiered on someone’s Boiler Room (we can’t remember who) - Ricardo Villalobos’ favourite artist (surely) - Absolute bangers