Superpitcher – The Golden Ravedays 9 [TGR009]

Musically and emotionally, Superpitcher’s third full-length studio album, The Golden Ravedays is a one sound autobiography that exhibits the skill, feeling and style that the artist has honed over a period of twenty years, musically, and forty-plus-years, emotionally.

Side A features Hiding.

Imagine galloping sea horses pulling a Christmas chariot filled with dreams-come-true past enchanting mermaids, smiling sharks, waving tortoises and nonplused eels, leaving a gifted blanket of mystical sound in their wake.

Hiding stretches and breaks into many layers of listening love without enforcing one particular sound.

Side B features Flying.

The piece is occupied by a subaquatic melody colored by whale sounds and the echoes of immersed guitar strings.

Flying is not about complex development or diversity but the weightless drifting of sounds that create a wonderfully hazy cloud to lose oneself in and fly, deliciously with the dolphins.

Rest assure, the ending is be speckled with whimsical chimes showers, paving the way for the softest of landings

Axel Boman – Geeks / Woodoo [BARNBARN01]

Barnbarn means”grand child” in Swedish and is a sub-label to Studio Barnhus where i will be putting out mostly my own music, apart from my usual engagement in the mother label. It will be a vinyl only affair and always designed by Robin Ekemark, the genius childhood friend of mine that did so many artworks for me in the past. Hope you will enjoy it!

Xxx 004 – Part One [XXX0041]

“XXX004 is a compilation that will take you on a trip full of emotions. We carefully selected nine different tracks by nine different artists released on two different vinyl, suitable for all type of situations. Part one is dancefloor ready with four tracks produced by artists from all over Europe. The cover is designed by artofsomething, a well known artist in Amsterdam nightlife. His artwork fits perfectly with the infinite nature of this release. Watch the dance floor while playing them out loud.

Talaboman – The Night Land [RS1702]

It’s been over two years since Talaboman’s ‘Sideral’ EP, a joint release out on Hivern Discs and Studio Barnhus. It was John Talabot and Axel Boman’s collaborative debut and marked a new sound for the pair, consisting of rich synth motifs and vivid, afro-infused drum programming. 

The two electronic artists have been independently successful in their respective careers, responsible  for some of the most well-received dance releases in recent years (including Talabot’s ‘fin’ LP and Boman’s ‘Family Vacation’ LP) . Featuring on labels such as Permanent Vacation, Young Turks and !K7, Barcelona-based Talabot has become known for his unique take on chugging house and electronica. Similarly, Boman’s refined his own dusky aesthetic via Pampa, Hypercolour and his own Studio Barnhus imprint. 

Now, the pair come back together with an album’s worth of material in a release titled ‘The Night Land’. Due for release on [date], via R&S records, ‘The Night Land’ continues Talaboman’s head-first dive into the deeper reaches of their conjoined musical creativity. 

Nothing’s really changed since their first release, apart from the fact that this time round they produced (in their own words) an “absurd amount of music”. Writing sessions spread out across studios in Barcelona, Stockholm, and Gothenburg have given space to nascent ideas, where the two have been able to mature their sound.

The music is patient and warm, but also broad and diverse. ‘Midnattssol’ opens with atmospheric tropical panoramas, coloured by rhythmic stick hits and bell chimes. ‘Safe Changes’ and ‘Brutal Chugga-Chugga’ are hazy slow burners that crawl at a nonchalant pace, while tracks like ‘Samsa’ and ‘The Ghosts Hood’ are contrastingly more immediate and assertive. 

‘The Night Land’, as the title suggests, “is a journey inwards, an attempt to reach our subconscious and to document our dreams. We want to ignite hope and push imagination. Close your eyes and open your mind.” Even when many tracks involve the heavy use of synthesisers and distortion, Talaboman have been sure to keep things sounding organic and light. 

There is no complicated message or hidden concept behind this release, it’s simply “two persons meeting and playing music, a catalan and a swede talking blip blop until we felt that we had something worth saying” – and perhaps unsurprisingly this impromptu style of working has resulted in an album that is rich and vivid, but also feels somehow pure and sincere.

The message is clear: “Love is all this world needs. Loosen up those tight fists and give your sisters and brothers a helping hand and dance your anger away.”

Khidja – Impossible Holiday [HVN039]

Flore and Rusu met in high school. Growing together through various musical phases, they ended up channeling their love for outlandish dance music into one of the most exciting projects to emerge from the bubbling Eastern Europe underground scene. In their Hivern debut, they keep pushing the boundaries of their sound to forge some of their boldest productions to date. In all four tracks of ‘Impossible Holiday’, we find distinctive elements of the Khidja palette recomposed under a new (and darker) light. With it’s persistent guitars and syncopated drums, ‘Die Wilde Spirale’ sounds as German krautrockers experimenting with Trinidadian rhythms and inventing a new kind of industrial funk along the way. ‘Pinnacles’ sees the duo exploring cosmic techno terrains, building up tension with a misty arpeggio and eerie vocals until making the track explode into a momentary synth hecatomb that will cause frenzy even in the toughest dance floors. “Haetrin” is a sultry composition constructed around a lush arpeggio that keeps contorting through all sorts of mallet tones and ritualistic percussion to consciousness-altering effects. The closing track, “Kraftfeld” is another of Khidja’s unmistakable psyched-up productions, leaded by a motorik bass line and topped with frisky synths, fx experimentation and torrid vocals. The 12” comes wrapped in a sleeve featuring an oil painting by the Romanian artist Serban Savu and design by Arnau Pi.

AERA – Aera [HVN038]

Ralf Schmidt has always been a nomadic soul. A spirit that reflects into his expansive take on house music. Yet, his first installment for Hivern might be his most diverse work to date. Four tracks with traces of techno, house, electro and even trance that showcase Aera’s vivid vision and pristine production skills. Bibimbap starts things off by contrasting sparkling ambiences with caustic electro-infused sequences that keep meandering while a gauzy melody provides a mystifying counterpoint. Thai Park presents a much more humid atmosphere, pairing a woozy bassline with the shimmering tones of digital synths and building up the tension with menacing leads that sound as a swarm of tropical insects gliding through the jungle. On the flip, Rotunde builds around a rubbery bass, heavenly plucked notes and effervescent arpeggios. It’s a serene take on trance, that reminds us that there’s no need for saccharine to reach bliss. Lumen is the most vigorous track of the release, providing a heady trip through steady chords and playful arps with cyberdelic accents. It might have a big-room kick, but with all the nuances of a headphone-treat. The 12 inch comes wrapped in a sleeve by Barcelona-based designer Xavier Mar.

SBHT – Ribolla Ep [LL1211]

“Labelbosses SBTH return to their mothership and take over the steering wheel, capture the vibe from the previous releases and add a little Munich touch. I’ve played “Ribolla” since a couple of weeks, being one of my favourites at the moment. Like Giorgio Mordoder would do a proper modern house track… a trippy journey!”

Lawyer & Lich – Polar [Tigerland01 – Overdrive Musik]

Welcome to the land of the Tigers.
After eight years of label activity Overdrive Musik launch new Various Artists Ep called Tigerland and It will be released three times a year.
The producer included are new producers who are being welcomed into the label fold for the first time.
Tigerland 01 features Daniel Waples, Parallels, Joep Mencke, Johan Mila, Nester, Lawyer & Lich, Raisell, Lannka & Valeron, Cosmosolar.
This is the start of a new era for Overdrive Musik label with the birth of a series of label party called Overdrive Music Experience, a journey into the world of label.
It’s a Jungle sometimes.

Carlo and Antonio (aka Lawyer & Lich) decide to merge their productive ideas in a project of modulation and synths, after a long and close sinergy in techno music.
Lawyer & Lich now is a project of research, combinations and technological development.

Release date:
15 December 2016

 

Johannes Brecht & Christian Prommer – Voix Grave [DIYNAMIC089]

For a label to reach a milestone as coveted as its 10 year anniversary is no easy feat, but Diynamic has plenty of evidence as to why and how it has maintained its hold as a leading tastemaker for underground belters time and time again.

German talents collide for the latest off of Solomun’s Hamburg-based imprint. The collaborative effort ‘Voix Grave’ calls together Diynamic regular Johannes Brecht and the Berlin-based Christian Prommer, classical and jazz-inspired artist who makes his exciting debut on the label with this release.

Tried and tested by the label boss himself, the billowing, classically-rooted tones of ‘Voix Grave’ have made the track a standout and an impeccably unique moment in Solomun’s sets all throughout the summer.

10 minutes is plenty of time for Brecht and Prommer to explore an expansive journey across bursting breakdowns and cinematic string emphases. This time, however, Johannes Brecht has taken hold of his own original and offered his individual take on the piece. His classical training and a sharp ear for sound shine brightly all the way through.

The ‘Voix Grave’ release is out on November 18 and will offer the original as well as individual reinterpretations from both Johannes Brecht and Christian Prommer.

John Talabot – Voices [PERMVAC154-1]

John Talabot’s next release will be the Voices EP on Permanent Vacation.

Talabot and the Munich-based Permanent Vacation first linked up with the My Old School 12-inch in 2009. The Spanish producer has put some of his best-known work on the house and disco label in the years since, including his RA Recommended ƒIN LP back in 2012. Voices will be the first John Talabot solo single of 2016 (he released Parple #1 as Parple in March), and comes with a “Version Conga” remix from Gerd Janson.