Mahssa's Massive CD Round Up - Theo Parrish, Walls, Plaid, Lawrence, DJ Shadow & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, October 7, 2011 05:05pm | Post a Comment

Theo Parrish
Ugly Edits
Ugly Edits 

Hello world, they're here. Unavailable for like, ever, now in one package complete with a hand-painted cover. Theo Parrish is one of Detroit’s most wanted exports especially in the past few years, but not too long ago, like many future techno-rebels that came before him, he was just another hustling Detroit DJ trying to make waves in the shadow of the city’s rich techno history. His indelible mark on the underground were highly limited, hand-labeled bootleg edit records of some of his favorite classic funk and disco tunes. The series of edits appropriately titled Ugly Edits, became highly desired rarities on the DJ and collector’s circuit. Rarities no more... as everyone should and can now hear his versions of Jil Scott, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Freddie Hubbard, and Sylvester edits just to name a few somewhere other than YouTube. Cool.


Sure the techno mix CD might seem to some as a maligned format. But as long dope jams like these keep coming, well, better this than most. The port city of Hamburg is not only Germany's gateway to the world, but home of DIAL label boss Peter M. Kersten aka Lawrence which he runs with Carsten Jost, quality brand for all value-conscious cultivation of high-quality melancholy Techno. In a fit of celebration and after seven albums under his producer aliases Lawrence and Sten, his vision of sound (especially as a DJ) is manifested in his new mix, TIMELESS. Crafted with a kind of instinct only a seasoned producer/DJ upholds, and in flawless role reversal from spectator to participant, a romanticism of clubbing and its relation to electronic dance music as a crucially timeless sensual component is vivid and alive. Milestones of minimalized deep house are found here, cuts by Chez Damier, Ron Trent, Isolee, Rob Hood, and Thomas Melchior/Baby Ford to name a few.

Stefan Goldmann & Finn Johannsen
Stefan Goldmann & Finn Johannsen

Welcome to the first Macro label compilation, where first hand you can reap the awesomely weird fascinations of all things left-of-techno-field, as groomed by these avant-gardeners. In this world it is normal for minimal techno patterns and rhythms be paired with atonal choir chanting, or being inspired to stich 146 sections from over a dozen classic recordings of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps in order to create a "fully realized" version. Features cuts and remixes by Oni Ayhun, Elektro Guzzi, Oliver Ho, Villalobos, and Goldmann himself. Impressively at the forefront of everything stylistic, and perpetually cool, Macro has musical material and inspiration to be seriously reckoned with and celestially absorbed.

Warp Records is undoubtedly the worlds leading electronic brand of quality, and not so much quantity. And ill gladly wait 1-15 years for a new album by Seefeel, or in this case, Plaid. In this piece of sonic sci-finery, the main thing (out of all the cool things one can say about this album) is hearing how the ideas you hear in modern dubstep have their roots in and with these classic artists... old school Artifical Intelligence and UK post-techno. Its also interesting to hear how the modern dubstep sound has also influenced the old order. Generations melding. Speaking of the old order, there are also some cuts here that still runs hot with IDM in a true to from 90s Warp steez, reminiscent of not just Plaid/Black Dog's early days but also of Squarepusher and Aphex Twin. Generously melodic and even poppy at times, this is a wonderful Plaid album, with chamber instrumentations and Stereolab-isms to boot.


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New 12"s @ Amoeba Hollywood 7/1 Conrad Schnitzler, Holger Zilske, Deadbeat, Omar S, Stefan Goldmann & more

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 1, 2011 01:17pm | Post a Comment

Conrad Schnitzler
Live ’72

Fantastic Live recording from the Cluster founder.
Beautiful handmade gatefold sleeve.

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Holger Zilske
Acid Test 04
Absurd Recordings

Part 4 in the “ACID TEST” series from ABSURD RECORDINGS drops from Berlin’s HOLGER ZILSKE. “A pure analog jam using just a 303, 101 and a 808″ its a slow pulsing bass heavy acid work out. Comes with remixes from JOHN TEJADA and Stockholm’s AXEL BOMAN. Initial pressing comes with download codes in handpainted sleeves.

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Drawn And Quartered 2LP

Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat releases an album for his own label BLKRTZ. It has been 12 years since Monteith quietly launched his Deadbeat music project with an unassuming performance on the street outside a Montreal café as part of the first edition of the city's now internationally-lauded MUTEK festival. And while the venues and audiences have grown steadily and seriously in the years since, the crackling dub sonics, deep grooves, and rumbling bass which characterized that performance have remained a constant in his live and recorded work, and earned him a substantial number of devoted followers the world over in the process. Having worked with a virtual who's-who of the most respected labels in the industry over the last decade, Monteith now takes the plunge into the murky depths of labelhood, launching his BLKRTZ imprint with no less than a full album of new material. "When I received the news a few months ago that ~scape was officially closing its doors, I was incredibly sad to hear it." says Monteith from his new home in Berlin. "Though I hadn't worked with them in a few years, I always saw ~scape as the natural home for a very important part of my work. Not necessarily the more listening side of things per se, but certainly the most unconcerned with genre or function, from a creative standpoint the most free, I guess. Barbara and Stefan worked very hard to promote a great deal of quite marginalized material over the years and did a lot to help me and many other artists out personally who otherwise would have had a much harder time of it. Though I'll be concentrating on my own work for the first few releases, it's my hope that BLKRTZ can serve a similarly honorable purpose in the years to come." In celebration of the label's inaugural release, Monteith has teamed up with long-time friend and world renowned video artist, Lillevan, to create an immersive audio/visual performance quite unlike any other.

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Anthony Collin
Don't Look Down Now 12"

This is Anthony Collins' fourth release on Curle already, if you don't count the Nina Kraviz & Los Updates remix EP. Fans of "Another Lonely Night" will most definitely also dig "Don't Look Down Now," although it's a little deeper and more minimal, maybe. But the surprise on this release is without a doubt the 9'+ remix from Roman Flügel. This release, my friends, is going to be a summer anthem.

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Here’s Your Trance – Shadow Ray remix

Stellar remix from Shadow Ray of one 2011’s top tracks.

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Marcus Worgull
Long Way/Coppa 12"

It has taken quite some time for Marcus Worgull to deliver his third EP for Innervisions. We won't blah blah about the music. You better just listen to it. But there is one piece of decisive information that shouldn't be withheld from those who never read the credits: "Long Way" has additional instruments, beats and even vocals (!) by Mr. Prins Thomas.

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Sebastian Mullaert aka Minilogue
Älva EP 12"
Mule Electronic

Mule Electronic welcomes back more of Sebastian Mullaert's solo work. "Älva" is dubby, psychedelic house, sounding like a more techno version of Omar-S. This track will be a great DJ tool for everyone. On the B-side, "Lyssna Då Björkarna Viskar" is peaceful ambient house with the sound of birds singing, discordant piano, trippy synths, etc. -- perfect music for the morning in the club.

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Stefan Goldmann
Emptying the Vaults Vol.1 12"

Number 1 in a series of 3 EPs unraveling unreleased classic house tracks by Stefan Goldmann. Victoriaville continues its research into Stefan Goldmann's sweet back catalogue with the world premiere of a triple vinyl series of never before released house material. Revisiting the years 2000 - 2005, Emptying The Vaults highlights the era of Stefan Goldmann's "UK years." Restored from the original master tapes and cut by D&M's Rashad, here's some startling evidence of how deep the roots of house actually were in Berlin years before the hype set in. "Cirque Mecanique" is a throbbing groove workout with a dark edge, while "Warm Rush" brings sweet AND pure deepness. "True Dub" is an unreleased alternative version to 2002's "True" single -- no vocals, just bass.

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Art Department

Crosstown Rebels

"WE CALL LOVE" is a deviant classic for the futuristic age. ART DEPARTMENT collide with SOUL CLAP & OSUNLADE in an exclusive collaboration that brushes shards of early Chicago house with a magnetic pop infused sheen. Also has a synth house mix from DJ HARVEY & jazzy electro mix from DAPHNI.

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Lovefingers & Nitedog
Black Disco

BLACKDISCO return with straight up fun party jams for 4 different moments in the night starting with LOVEFINGERS pumping macho disco "AMERICA". NITEDOG's "MARTIAL ARTS" is a mid-tempo bassline bobber. LOVEFINGERS "SLIM JIM" is a funky Eastern guitar stomp & "PRIMATES" a funky warm burner.

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MARK E: The Day 12"
Inxec + Leks/HOW CAN I FEEL 12”
Proper Heat/THE MOVE 12”
RAMON TAPIA: Talk To Me 12"
RAY OKPARA: Abellio 12"
GEL ABRIL: Angola/Changes 12"
GREGOR TRESHER: Lights From The Inside Part One 12"
GREGOR TRESHER: Lights From The Inside Part Two 12"
MULLER, JURGEN: Science Of The Sea LP
AEROPLANE: My Enemy 12"
T.W.I.C.E: Dubbing Of My Soul 12"
ALEX JONES: Disappointing Dancefloors Since 2005 12”
AGORIA: Impermanence 2LP
VA: Kitsune Maison Compilation 11- The Indie Dance Issue 2LP
PUNKS JUMP UP: Blockhead 12"
THE SUBS: Don't Stop 12"
HIGHBLOO: Bro Code 12"
PETAR DUNDOV: Tenth Plateau 12"
SEUIL: Ultravision 12"
REMERC: Just A Bards Tale EP 12"
PHANTOM & HOLD: Glass Heart 12"
PHASE: Transantarctic 12"
ZZT (ZOMBIE NATION & TIGA): Zzafrika Remixes 3x12" BOX
Fracture & Neptune/CUSTOMTONE 12”
Joshua Moses & S Bengamin/PRETTY GIRL 7”
Disco Deviance/#20 ONUR ENGIN 12”
Benoit & Sergio/PRINCIPLES 12”
Shaolin Afronauts/FLIGHT OF ANCIENTS Heartbreak Sound/EP 1 12”
Ill Skillz/FACE THE MUSIC 12”
Various/MAGIC WAND VOL. 3 12”
Max Essa/HOW DO YOU FEEL 12”
Camo & Krooked/ALL FALL DOWN 12”
Bushwacka/WEST SIDE - ENERGY 12”
Dodge & Fuski/AEROPHOBIA 12"
Benton/HAVING FUN 12”
Cosmic Boogie & Andy Ash/THE FEEL IT 12”
J Majik & Wickaman/THE RITUAL 12”
Only Children/DON'T STOP DON'T STOP 12”
Soundspecies/BAMANA PROJECT 12”

New 12" Releases 11/11 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Roman Flugel, Christopher Rau, Stefan Goldmann, Dj Sprinkles, SCB & More...

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, November 12, 2010 03:30pm | Post a Comment

How To Spread Lies 12"

The many faces of Roman Flügel (aka Eight Miles High aka Soylent Green aka ½ of Alter Ego) have always been one of the main influences of the eclecticism of Dial Records. Besides his inspiring DJ sets, which were always steps ahead of their time, Flügel's productions have been the key to a better world in modern music. Whether it was techno, house, jazz or ambient, Flügel's research into sound and structure has always been an overwhelming experience.

Superbacon 12"

Copenhagens Tomas Barfod and Kasper Bjørke hardly need introducing… for over a decade, they have been making music, together and separately, with releases on some of the most respected labels around. Still, their first release under their new moniker, Bjørke & Barfod -- their first 12″ together in years -- has a new sound perhaps best described as symphonic disco-trance and definitely marks a turning point in their collaboration. Maybe it`s the fact that they have had a few years' break from working together in the studio, while taking time to focus on solo outputs and, in Barfod's case, band life with WhoMadeWho; or maybe it's because they discovered some ancient herb in the tent of some hippie at Roskilde Festival after they played a marathon this summer; in either case, Superbacon EP has a genuine freshness to it that has already gotten some serious hype. Superbacon is an epic bigroom track, still with enough livedrums and sexy house elements to make it work in smaller clubs as well. In other words -- a stealth “debut” release on Mirau.The remix of Cauliflower comes from Brooklyn's finest, Runaway (DFA), that brings rave back in a big way. The EP is named after the new party concept that Bjørke & Barfod take to the clubs around the globe representing the finest from the Danish clubscene… Because as you all know, crispy pork is the prize export of Denmark.

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New Electronic CD Releases 6/19/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 18, 2009 03:26pm | Post a Comment
Endless Forms
Crosstown Rebels

This is the debut full-length release by Berlin by-way-of Saint Louis Alphahouse label-head, Andrew Rasse, aka Butane. Endless Forms is the future of electronic music, exploring fresh directions and true experiments in sound, heralding the arrival of one of the more pioneering artists of our times. The title is a homage to Darwin, the true master of progress, and the discoverer of evolution. Butane took inspiration from Darwin's concepts, considering "all the complexity that surrounds us has developed from ultimate simplicity." Working from this notion, Butane has created a project that holds the beauty of simplicity, yet listen carefully, and you can hear the intricacy of its craftsmanship. "This Is Your Brain On Music" takes a sample from Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist/musician, talking about his book and encapsulating the message of the album -- "that scientific and philosophic inquiry into the nature of things leads to new forms of artistic expression." Endless Forms drifts through the organic sounds of Butane's production in tracks such as "His Story" and "Mutation," each creating new patterns in the engineering of modern techno. "Transmit The Music In Me," "Almost Finished," and "Idle" further augment the atmosphere, where industrial beats encounter laid-back harmony. Taking influence from evolution, he embodies a wide musical range, encompassing anything from seamlessly-blended soul-led techno to warm, deep, cerebral house music.


Le Sacre Du Printemps
Macro Recordings

Beloved and renowned Berlin-based producer and head of the Macro Recordings label Stefan Goldmann delivers a groundbreaking edit of a classic: a minimalistic cut-up on the edges of perception, celebrating one of the most thrilling works in music -- Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre Du Printemps. Staying 100% true to the original score, he moves through over a dozen classic recordings of the work in 146 individually-treated segments. Nothing has been left out, nothing has been added. Still, everything totally changes every few seconds. Probably the most radical approach to editing, ever, and serving to officially electrify classical music to its core. These are some of the most revolutionary notes in the whole history of music. Written in 1913, Le Sacre Du Printemps redefined what music could be, much as Beethoven's Eroica had done a century before. While its debut performance caused massive riots, it has become one of the most celebrated works of music ever since. It has been performed and recorded by basically every renowned conductor and orchestra in the world, and is one of the most often played orchestral works of all times. Stefan Goldmann's edit is as radically innovative without ever messing with Stravinsky's intentions. With each listen, you will encounter a different performance, room, and recording set-up. This is a minimalistic journey into the depths of interpretation and concert hall acoustics, microphone positioning and mixdown decisions. Goldmann on the editing process: "Each time a different world in the headphones. Also the different shades of tape hiss in the recordings make it sort of an electroacoustic avant-garde work, as you can follow a floating noise contour throughout the work -- probably the clearest evidence of the edit process. It's putting a focus on the subtleties of orchestral interpretation -- a field often neglected and widely unknown to the electronic society. Identify the edits through analysis of interpretation parameters! It's a very quiet intrusion into the material and I have been extremely careful not to change sound color or to mask any relevant elements." This is an utterly masterful celebration of an original. This disc also features a "classic" 1957 live recording of Sacre with Pierre Monteux conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra.



Presenting the first full-length on Moodmusic by producer/DJ duo Peter Gijselaers and Felix Eder, aka Dirt Crew. Blow sees them back on the block with more of their original, raw-as-fuck house music. This album reveals the true roots of these pioneers of European electronic house music, with influences ranging from early Chicago warehouse tracks, sophisticated mid-'90s NYC-inspired house productions, and pioneers of UK dub house from the likes of Warp and DIY. "Deep Cover" slowly evolves with a dubbed house feel and perfectly-arranged vocal samples. Followed by "Rough Roads," the theme stays the same, deep bass confiscating the groove, holding no hostages with a building, arpeggiated synth-line. "Blow" throws old school samples and deep keys into the mix with stunning results. Keeping the pace mid-tempo, the groove just keeps going. "Clap" layers synths and vocal snippets into a frenzy of house bliss, ending in an FM synth-horn crescendo which could be from a Jovonn production from 1992. "Redux" is an old school stomper with 2009 production to keep it fresh. Borrowing a touch from early Deep Dish, this has a massively hypnotizing, hands-in-the-air factor in true Dirt Crew-style. "Slope" is a darker affair with a well-paced Berlin peak-hour frenzy that never gets too dark. "Parade" is an ode to classic house -- deep, pulsating bass and groove mixed with some tasteful keys and vocals. "Scenario" enters darker territory, with pitched-down vocals and echoed percussion, keeping the groove on high alert till the keys drop and the dancefloor explodes -- another DC classic, for sure. "The Real Shit" is a bouncy, almost techno production with distorted beats, true DC bleepiness and dubbed-out vocals -- a demented dancefloor bomb already. Finally, "Star" starts with mesmerizing keys and a murderous bass line, evolving over minutes of modern house music at its best to a crazy horn breakdown. There's no stopping the Dirt Crew now.


White Clouds Drift On And On
Echospace Air

San Francisco's Brock Van Wey (also known as bvdub) has been spreading his ambient-textured deep techno to the world for the past few years with releases on Styrax, Millions Of Moments, Southern Outpost, Meanwhile, and his very own Quietus imprint. His love of abstract shapes and forms of electronic music caught the echospace label's attention -- so much, in fact, that Stephen Hitchell (Intrusion, Echospace) has made his own interpretive versions as an additional album, included along with the original. This is a soundscape of subtle beauty which paints a picture of lands yet to be explored, a sonic collage filled with heartbreak, love and happiness, all played in the same key. A pure, refined sonic collage, filled with influences that could easily be said to border the surface of works by Steve Roach, Gas, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Cage, or even the ambient works of Basic Channel, and yet, this still has an identity all its own. Beautiful layers of sound rush over you like waves in the ocean, a tidal wave of organics and textures so subtle, soft and virtually hypnotizing. There is a sense of space felt here which cannot be described in words, a sense of displacement which takes the listener out of their normal environment and away to someplace else. These spare musical fragments voyage off into the land of dreams, a place where everything appears to move in slow motion and hours feel like seconds. Simplicity in its own world is the most beautiful of things, an art of restraint -- not to do too much but to do everything at the same time, which is exactly what Brock has perfected here. This is an absolutely gorgeous gem of the highest caliber and one that the folks at echospace consider an integral part of any ambient or electronic music lover's collection.