One of the records that didn’t reach my Swedish mailbox in time for the October report is my good friend Jannis’ fourth full length album “Lost in the Wild“, released under his Filteria moniker. As usual I did the cover design and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. Interestingly, in my youtube video from Lost Theory festival 2011 where I played a very early version of the title track (it was just a couple of days old at that time and has been remixed thoroughly for the album), I chose a graphic design that ended up being a pretty accurate precursor to the aesthetics of the album cover two years later:
Musically it’s full blast, jet fueled, super-melodic goa trance with very high production quality. My favorites are actually the more restrained tracks, “Filteroid” and “Night @ 12pm”. Here’s the whole thing on Spotify:
…and for the spotify impaired, a shittier sounding Youtube version:
Order straight from the label here: http://www.suntriprecords.com/product/item/SUNCD30/
As of November 1st my wife and I now live in New York. I’m here to start an east coast office for my employer. All records and stereo equipment is in storage in Sweden so until we sign a permanent lease on an apartment we have to get by without music. We’re just six days into this and I can already tell it will be rough. I need my speakers!
We’ll be looking to buy a new amp since my Pass INT-150 won’t run on 120V/60Hz, so there might be some more shop visit reports in the future. There’s Innovative Audio Video, Sound by Singer, New York High End Audio, Ciamara, Park Avenue Audio, Lyric Hifi, High-End Palace, Wes Bender Studio, Audio Arts and whatever else there is out there. I’m thinking Lyric will be first since they sell Focal and should know what amps go well with them.
I’ll be blogging about my New York experiences in Swedish at http://nyc.ukiro.com/ but hopefully this page will see some more action too now that I’m shopping for hifi again. Aside from a new amp I need a turntable too.
A single order managed to reach my mailbox this month, with two more narrowly missing the mark. Both compilations are full of that most psychotic kind of nighttime psy-trance that I like, so while I almost never buy anything new in this genre it was time for an exception.
From Discogs.com seller avez:
Function – “Remixed”
Alien Rain – “Alien Rain 3″
Hiss : 1292 – “Aetherius Society”
Sascha Dive / Iori – “La Santa Danza / Bloom”
Various – “The Black Ideal”
Orphx – “Traces EP”
Giorgio Gigli – “Inside”
Inter Gritty – “RI№5″
Daniel Menche – “Vilke”
Alession Pili/Nax_Acid – “De Temporum Corruptione”
Dino Sabatini meets Donato Dozzy – “Journey Back To Ithaca”
Shapednoise – “Until Human Voices Wake Us”
The Third Man – “Pipes At Helios Canyon”
If you like the style of drone-y, dystopian techno I keep buying, you should seriously check anything added for sale by avez. Best techno selection on all of Discogs and a super reliable seller. Click through any links above and you’ll find youtube clips from most of them.
The Daniel Menche album is his best since Kataract I think. Contains the sound of actual wolves. That’s all you need to know.
Worst one this month must be the Sasha Dive side of the 10″ split with Iori and Shapednoise sounded more interesting as a preview clip and might not get much play time here. Donato Dozzy for all his hype isnt really delivering on “200 EP”. “Donato Dozzy Plays Bee Mask” is ace though, highly recommended.
I honestly think I bought zero new records last month. At least I can’t think of a single one right now. I guess the weather was simply too nice to sit inside with the windows shut.
Xamiga – “Oceania”
Inigo Kennedy – “The Darkest Valentine” (Black vinyl repress)
Polar Inertia – “Remixed”
Acronym – “Dimensional Exploration 002″
Commanchee’s Revenge – “Commanchee’s Revenge / Tetrahedron”
KAB – “Reconnect”
Minilogue – “Cycles EP”
Radial – “Caveman EP”
Hironori Takahashi – “Blending Mode EP”
Almost purely a techno month. Another parcel has gone missing in the mail, so it will fall under the August post if it ever shows up. Favorites of these so far are Inigo Kennedy, Polar Inertia, KAB, the Solid Roots split EP, and The Monitors. One purchase I could have done without is The Exaltics which although it has a lovely IDM type of sound turned out to be a little bit forgettable. Maybe it grows on me. Everything else was still very good, very happy with this month.
The track I’ve played the most so far is the fantastic Abdulla Rashim remix for Polar Inertia, it is truly a perfect marriage of their respective aesthetics:
I knew Mike Parker is pretty monotonous but the quick needle drops in the store didn’t quite prepare me for how extremely loop oriented this album would be. I have to say I regret this purchase, his previous singles on the same label are better.
The Minilogue album is absolutely fantastic, only topped by the somehow even greater live set they’ve released on Soundcloud. Warm, lush, patient, soaring, hypnotic, blissfull, lovely techno/house whateverisms straight from the heart. Beautiful.
…And if you like Minilogue, the Voices From The Lake album is a must-have. Sooooo lush.
Ancient Methods is a bit uneven, even across the tracks on this EP, but A1 is such a beast of a track. Ominous industrial techno on very beautiful clear marbled vinyl with a slight teal tint that makes it look like glass. Listen on Youtube here.
S / SS are techno behemoths Svreca and Silent Servant. Nothing revolutionary on here but solid quality techno of that slightly desolate, dystopian variety I like so much. This is available in all sorts of limited editions with various accessories. Mine is transparent and comes with a book. My girlfriend got the one that also contained the mix CD, but not the tote bag or “art item” that was something like €40.
Among my quite diverse musical interests I’m a label DJ for Belgian goa/psychedelic trance label Suntrip Records. For their latest compilation they involved me and the other DJ’s a bit more in the track selection process. It was interesting to see how different our tastes are and I don’t envy Fabien & Joske for having to wade through so many mediocre demo tracks.
A compilation is rarely as coherent as an album so there are some tracks I’m not too excited about, but some that I think are truly great. You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify:
Standout tracks for me are E-Mantra’s remix of the Artifact303 track (I’m always sucker for E-Mantra’s dance stuff), the finishing Uth track which has a wonderful oldschool trance vibe to it in terms of both production and arrangement, and surprisingly the Mindsphere track really grew on me; It’s very much a Dimension 5 clone but so well done I can’t help digging it. Khetzal delivers one of his better dance tracks as well.
It can be bought from the Suntrip Shop.
Sorry this one is a bit late.
From the artist himself:
Expo 70 – “Woolgather Visions”
Expo 70 – “Live In The Pit KFJC 89.7 FM November 6. 2010″
Expo 70 – “Paralyzed”
Expo 70 – “Virtually From The Unknown”
Expo 70 – “Closet Full Of Candles”
Expo 70 – “Corridors To Infinity”
Last months fave “Virtually From The Unknown” makes a reappearance here on cassette. Not the most necessary purchase ever since I had the limited vinyl already, but I’m an Expo 70 fan so why not.
Just a single purchase in all of May is a bit weird, but there’s some more variety coming in the June update.
Lunar Miasma – “Monophonic Ritual”
Lunar Miasma – “Mirror Squares”
Lunar Miasma – “Circle Ray”
Lunar Miasma – “Blackest Haze”
Lunar Miasma – “Mala Aria”
Lunar Miasma / Ondo – “Lunar Miasma / Ondo”
More from Discogs.com, but another seller:
Various – “Space Of Power: The Legend About Great Existence Of The Universe”
Various – “Voyager: First Plateau”
The Expo ’70 LP is aaaaaamaaaaaaazing! Kraut-psych-jam-freakout-rock mode here, not the usual (but wonderful) drones. This is a seriously awesome record, very very highly recommended.
The Lunar Miasma CD stash was a fantastic find on Discogs, a seller was offloading his entire collection which included these rarities. I still don’t have a complete Lunar Miasma collection and might never have, but brought me a hell of a lot closer. For the curious, I’ve written about Lunar Miasma before.
Some goa trance this month too, snagged two compilations where my buddy Filteria has tracks included. The one on “Voyager: First Plateau” is a very old one that used to be called Aurora. I think it’s one of his most beautiful compositions ever and one that desperately needed to be released, listen on Youtube here. The other compilation has, aside from the Filteria track, 3 bits by E-Mantra which is all you need to know really. His dance stuff still excits me tremendously, while the downtempo releases are frankly just cheesy gibberish to my ears.