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Best Available Technology (often abbreviated as BAT) is the alias for the Portland-Oregon based producer Kevin Palmer. He released several records under an array of prestigious independent labels, such as Opal Tapes, Further and Astro: Dynamics.

BAT’s sounds operate between approximations of warped techno, house and industrial noise rhythms.

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GOLD DOME & REDOMA 
video showcase for Barfly Radio
                 
images: fernando helfenstein  
intervention: gabriella van de bel | maria isabel reis
music: alan djonne | lourene | ania taop | alabastro live
performance: heve bluue | luiza rôlla
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Sweden already boasts some of the most exciting names in modern
psychedelia, and now, rising out of a desolate winter to join the ranks is
NONN (the monikor of Christian Eldefors) with his brooding post-punk/
coldwave.


His bleak, icy surroundings in northern Sweden inevitably became a huge
influence on this project. Blurring the line between sharp, glacial post-punk
and the industrial electronic aesthetic of the 80s. Although contemporary in
feel, it’s hard to listen to these tracks and not picture them sound-tracking
moments of sheer euphoria in some sticky-floored warehouse in 80s Berlin.

 

It’s got it all; the minimal droning synths, kosmische drum-machine
percussion, jangling post-punk guitars and echoing, forlorn vocals. There’s
something here for lovers of psych-rock, post-punk and electronica alike.

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Compiled by Ryan Wizniak with a focus on local Chicago bands and beyond 

Chicago trio Meat Wave were already purveyors of bracing, pulse-racing feral noise, but for their third album, they’ve also channelled the intensity of The Rat by the Walkmen – all lasering barks, mercuried distortion and taut guitars that squeeze your emotive grapes. Engineered by Steve Albini, The Incessant is the name that frontman Chris Sutter gave to the all-encompassing anxiety he experienced after the breakup of the relationship he had been in since he was 12 (one song, Tomosaki, is also an ode to the cat he lost in the split). That frustration is palpable throughout: songs like Bad Man, Glass Teeth and Leopard Print Jet Ski are despairing ribcage rippers, inspired by as much by Drive Like Jehuas they are as queen of torturous feelings, Fiona Apple. There are slivers of upbeat melodic punk here and there (Run You Out, No Light), but the final annihilator, Killing the Incessant, serves to remind you that this is an album meant for breathless angst, fists in the air, spit in your hair.

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Jasmine Guffond focuses on electronic composition across music and sound art contexts. Her practice spans live performance, recording and the capacity of sound installation to interrogate site. Recent projects employed digital technologies, sonification and the aesthetisation of data as a means of fostering discussion around contemporary surveillance technologies as well as producing experimental audio works. Interested in providing an audible presence for phenomena that usually lies beyond human perception, via the sonification of facial recognition algorithms or global networks, she questions what it means for our personal habits to be traceable, and for our identities, choices and personalities to be reduced to streams of data.

Jasmine has performed live internationally at music and electronic art festivals, and recorded music for CD and 12inch vinyl releases with the Staubgold, Monika Enterprise and Sonic Pieces labels. She completed the Sound Studies, master in arts program at the Universität der Künste, Berlin Germany, 2015 and received the ‘Working Grant for New Music und Sound Art’ from the Berlin Senate in 2016. She is a current PhD candidate at UNSWAD, Sydney Australia conducting research into sound as a method of investigation into contemporary digital surveillance.

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One of the most impacting quotes on me is written on the spine of an "Environments" series cassette, released by Irv Teibel's Syntonic Research Inc. label somewhere between 1969 and 1979. "The Music Of The Future Is Not Music". These words impress me. What a future in music may be, is also a subject of great debate, with the answer being not exactly unambiguous; to the point of hesitating to answer what exactly is the place of music itself in this peculiar conversation or even what is to be considered music in the end. In this mix the latter gives space to sound collages, spoken word recitations, sound poetry and electro-acoustic compositions.

 

Coherent States is an audio outlet from Athens, Greece, with a preference in all kinds of experimental and weird sounds. Coherent States started operating in late 2015 and already counts 26 releases (maybe 29 when you read this text) in LP, cassette and cdr format, with many more to follow.

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Based in the central Italian city of Terni, Japan Suicide is a four-piece comprised of Stefano Bellerba (vocals, guitar), Leonardo Mori (synth), Matteo Luciani (bass), Saverio Paiella (guitar). Formed in 2010, they united over their love of Joy Division, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode.

"We have finally produced our new album 'Santa Sangre', which was inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky's movie and Roberto Bolaño's novel '2666', all the while moving from echoes of British post-punk to a sound replete with more psychedelic and shoegaze textures," says Stefano Bellerba. "This is a delicate, but necessary step for us: we tried to match the quality of our previous album 'We Die in Such a Place', while also adding new sounds from our past work in order to achieve a condensed powerful opera and, at the same time, a sound that is capable of achieving different listening levels."

Santa Sangre {Wave Records) 2018


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The mix was created exclusively for Barfly Radio. Just press play and enjoy!
 

"For this mix, He has picked a collection of tracks he particularly likes"


Originally a classically trained pianist, Swedish electronic musician Robert Parker went from tracker music during the 90s to retro-esque the following decade. His love for analog synthesizers began when he bought a Korg Polysix in 2009, which was the starting point of the style of music he produces today. His studio is located in Stockholm, where he creates music that ranges between everything from chiptunes to disco. 
He uses a combination of hardware synthesizers and trusty VSTs, where the Roland Juno 106, The Minimoog and the SH-101 are his cornerstones. 

 

Since 2016 he is signed to the Monstera Booking Agency, wich has worked with artists like: Giorgio Moroder, Busy P, Kavinsky, Justice, Hot Chip, Atari Teenage Riot and many others.

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MIMRA is a Reykjavík based singer, composer and producer. MIMRA's music is an eclectic sort of electro-acoustic folk pop. 

 

This mix was created exclusively for Barfly Radio, focusing especially on Icelandic and Scandinavian female artists as well as MIMRA's muses and inspirations. The mix brilliantly narrates between a broad range of genres, from indie-electro to pop, rock and neo-soul. 

 

MIMRA recently released the song Play with Fire along with her first music video. Take a look here.

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Spinnet is a multifaceted electronic music artist from Thessaloniki, Greece (see also: Fabrics, One Arc Degree, Space Scavengers). His affiliation with VIM Records starts in 2013, when he was asked to remix a track from Roadrunner's debut album. After a few more remixes, EPs and an LP (Spintronics), Spinnet became an integral part of VIM Records and specifically its eclectic "Tronica" division.​

VIM Records (Very Important Music) was established in April 2007 by The Scientifics (Echonomist, Mr.Lookman and Pale Penguin) - three key figures in the Greek electronic music scene. VIM has managed to build a strong international profile with singles, albums and compilations by various artists from around the world. The label has four different divisions: VIM Breaks (for Breaks releases), VIM Tronica (Electronica/Dubstep/Glitch/Downtempo/Chill), VIM Tech (Techno/Tech-House/Deep-House) and VIM Cities (for special-themed series). Its catalogue consists of over 300 Breaks singles and compilations, 100 Electronica singles and compilations, 3 VIM Cities releases, 15 CD albums and compilations and 1 vinyl release. VIM releases have been reviewed by magazines such as DJMAG UK, DJMAG SPAIN, IDJMAG, MIXMAG, CRAWFORD, FREEZE etc and the label has gained chart success and airplay by stations like BBC Radio 1, NSB, IBREAKS, NU BREAKS, PROTON, RESIDENT ADVISOR, BREAKBEAT CANADA, BREAK IN ASIA and others.

VIM Records has developed a unique & diverse tapestry of sounds over the last ten years. Each time one looks upon this tapestry, they can focus on a different aspect and acquire a unique perspective. For this mix, Spinnet weaves a musical story that illuminates only two out of many possible outcomes. The first hour explores the IDM/electronica side of VIM while the second hour is dedicated to deep, groovy & (sometimes) dub techno.

 

The mix was created exclusively for Barfly Radio to celebrate VIM Records' 10th Anniversary.

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Sundays & Cybele is a psych-rock band from Tokyo that was formed in 2004.

 

Now signed to the Brooklyn-based Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, Sundays & Cybele released their fourth album Chaos & Systems in 2017. The band is planning a European tour later this year.

The mix was created exclusively for Barfly Radio and offers a glimpse of their influences and musical roots. The band's mind-blowing playlist takes the listener on a journey from heavy psych to adventurous prog and experimental noise, featuring classic cuts from the aforementioned genres as well as many selections from prominent Japanese artists.

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Oblique pop ensemble Vanishing Twin formed in London in 2015 over a love of unusual instruments, freaky records and the irresistible seduction of A Good Groove. Founder Cathy Lucas named the band after her Vanishing Twin, a sister absorbed in utero when they were both still a cluster of cells. She is joined by drummer Valentina Magaletti, bassist Susumu Mukai, library music head Phil M.F.U. on strange sounds, and film-maker and visual artist Elliott Arndt on flute and percussion. Together as a five-piece, they’ve been breathing new life into esoteric electronica and psychic groove.

In 2016, the band teamed up with producer Malcolm Catto (Heliocentrics, Gas Lamp Killer) and wrapped their songs in layers of otherness and sub-aquatic obscurity. The resulting LP, Choose Your Own Adventure, was one of the highlights of the year. Their latest effort is the Dream By Numbers EP which was released in May 2017.

 

Their mix, titled “Cryptic Waffles 3”, was created for Barfly Radio and is a showcase of their diverse musical taste. From cosmic jazz and retro pop to weird electronica and from eerie film music to psychedelic folk, their selections traverse time and space and seamlessly blend together a plethora of influences that have shaped Vanishing Twin’s own, distinctive, genre-bending sound.

 

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Timecop1983’s music is heavily inspired from the 80s and is best described as romantic, cinematic and dreamy. Genre-wise, he prefers the labels Synthwave/Dreamwave. Amongst producers like Carpenter Brut, Power Glove and others, he stands out by creating mainly romantic music that takes you back to the time of Back to the Future, power rock ballads and neon lights.

 

He's been making music since he was 12 y/o in MS-DOS on a 386 computer without any musical background. After a long learning period, he started creating tracks that ranged from hard rock to classical until he fully focused on 80s inspired music. His songs contain modern/ambient/soundtrack influences and his unique style is praised within the growing Retro/Synth subculture.

 

Since the release of his debut album “Childhood Memories” in February 2014, he has been anything but unproductive with 3 albums and 5 EP’s to his name. In 2015 his album “Reflections” took the #1 spot in the Best Albums of the Year list and in 2016 the #1 spot in the Best EPs of the Year list by the industry-leading platform NewRetroWave. In 2016 he also started doing live shows all over the world, playing sets that combine his more upbeat tracks with his dreamy/cinematic ones.

 

His music has been featured in various short films (this year in the Netflix productions Coin Heist and You Get Me). He has contributed to the soundtrack of the videogame “Crossing Souls” by Fourattic (published by Devolver Digital) as well as to soundtracks of various other films. He recently also started a new side-project called Division.

 

The mix was created exclusively for Barfly Radio and contains many of his favorite tunes as well as timeless classics of the scene. Just press play and imagine the year is 1984, you're driving on a seaside highway and the glorious sunset is interrupted only by the figures of frivolous roller skaters passing by in their colourful clothes.

 

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Barfly Radio is proud to present an eerie mix by Diamondstein.

Diamondstein is an LA-based producer that blends the lines between IDM, dark ambient electronica and cinematic techno.

 

The artist is a dark and pensive character and this attitude comes across in both his music and visual collaborations. With the musical depth and cinematic qualities found in his debut album ‘The Ridges’ (released on the prolific London-based Dream Catalogue), one can piece together Diamondstein’s narrative purely from the music itself. At times minimalist, edgy and ominous but always visually suggestive, his music is a score for a cyberpunk dystopia without the bright neon lights.

 

This mix was created exclusively for Barfly Radio and reflects all of Diamondstein’s brilliant qualities. It is an intense trip to an elusive, menacing place that will leave you enervated yet oddly hopeful.

 

You can catch more Diamondstein on his biweekly radio show from NTS's LA hub aptly named "Night Shift" and his upcoming ambient record on BLCR Labs, "Dead City 1.1".

 

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Barfly Radio is proud to present a groovy mix by Ghost Funk Orchestra.

 

Ghost Funk Orchestra is the brainchild of Seth Applebaum. Born out of his former bedroom studio in Bed-Stuy, New York, it's a culmination of years and years of influences ranging from soul and heavy funk to downtempo, salsa, and beyond.

 

This mix, created exclusively for Barfly Radio, is an attempt to cross the spectrum of sounds that have informed the project melodically and sonically. Expect heavy grooves, tape distorted drums, and every manner of hip shaking and head nodding vibrations from all corners of the world.

 

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One of the first questions you are likely to encounter when meeting someone new is one about music. “What kind of music do you listen to?” asks a friendly stranger at a party. “What’s your favourite band?” asks another in a loud hipster dive bar. Above everything, this questions aims to establish a common connection between two people. If answered in a satisfactory manner, the conversation continues and a kinship is formed. If, however, the answer is hollow and unhelpful then an awkward silence ensues as you both frantically fumble for other topics to discuss.
In my formative years, answering this question ‘correctly’ was critical in establishing lasting friendships. Whilst favourite bands changed as rapidly and unpredictably as a moody teenager’s countenance, there were always a handful of acts at the core of my consciousness that defined me as an active and engaged listener: Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana, Spacemen 3 etc. Anything with brains and guitars, basically.
More recently, the way we consume music has changed, from purchasing cultural artefacts to streaming copious amounts of data (I too used to buy vinyl, CDs and make mix tapes for friends, but capitulated to the internet for the sheer convenience). Hand in hand with this cultural shift is our changing relationship to the question above. No longer is it a question of favourite bands - there is no use in forming factions, walls are regressive - but a question of conceptual preferences.
However, just saying “I like everything” or “I listen to everything that’s good” in response to an inquisitive stranger hardly seems adequate. First of all, the notion of ‘goodness’ is highly problematic at the best of times, but is especially so when applied to something as subjective as musical taste. Secondly, this answer is misleading and totally inaccurate. I do not like everything and certainly do not have the time to listen to it all even if I did.
So, how do I get across to you, friendly stranger, my equalled critical affinity for obscure Polish techno, internet noise music, British post-punk, American minimalism, under-valued Icelandic post rock and afrobeat - amongst copious other musics that seduce my interest - in one easily discernible sentence?
The truth is that I cannot. Back in the day, I would show you my buckling shelves or iPod library and we would take turns in playing key tracks by bands that we liked. Now, the experience lives in the mix. Whereas before I would hog the record player throughout many-a-social function, today I give to you two hours of bitstream jams: take them or leave them; drop and return to them; rip or destroy them, but ignore that, which I and my bandmates currently hold dearest, at your peril.

 

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Ilia Rogatchevski is the frontman of the London-based art rock band ‘Sebastian Melmoth’. This mix was compiled with help and suggestions from fellow bandmates Peter Jordan and Laura Michelle Smith. Sebastian Melmoth’s latest album, Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta is out now via Must Die Records.

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Pinkcourtesyphone is a continuing project by Los Angeles-based sound artist Richard Chartier.

 

He is considered one of the key figures in the field of sound art described as “microsound” and Neo-Modernist. Chartier’s minimalist digital work explores the inter-relationships between the spatial nature of sound, silence, focus, perception and the act of listening itself. As Pinkcourtesyphone he has collaborated with the likes of Cosey Fanni Tutti, Kid Congo Powers, harpist Gwyneth Wentink, AGF, William Basinski, and Evelina Domnitch. 
 

Chartier began DJing in 1991. His sets can be truly eclectic, ranging from mid-20th century analog-ica, to post punk synth oddities, to ambient soundscapes, to lounge-y reverberations, to contemporary electronica. Ponderous beats, melodies and noise nonchalantly mixed into a flowing soundtrack for you, your cocktail, and your inner ear. 

Chartier’s sound works/installations have been presented in galleries and museums internationally and he has performed his work live across Europe, Japan, Australia, and North America. In 2000 he formed the recording label LINE exploring the aesthetics of contemporary and digital minimalism.

 

This mix for Barfly Radio, titled “A Chance Mix 15 (procedural promenade)”, is an artificially flavoured candy sampler box of songs and sentiments that one might hear during one of Chartier's sets at his event PROCEDURE, a happy hour with co-DJs Maria Minerva and Alejandro Cohen at Melody Lounge in Chinatown, Los Angeles. 

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Barfly Radio is proud to present an eerie mix by Bersarin Quartett.

Bersarin Quartett is the musical alter ego of Thomas Bücker. Born in 1975, Thomas Bücker has been producing electronic music since 1998 under the name Jean-Michel.

He first appeared as Bersarin Quartett on the “Electronica Unplugged” compilations of Aerotone Netlabel in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he released his debut self-titled album to glowing reviews. The album "II" followed in 2012 on Denovali Records with his latest effort, “III”, appearing in 2015.

Bersarin Quartett’s music is an amalgam of ambient, electronic and neo-classical arrangements with a minimalistic compositional approach. Best described as ‘imaginary film music’, his work is highly emotional and engaging, in constant flux between sadness, warmth, beauty and melancholia.

The mix contains songs that inspire him and was composed during a weekend of extensive musical exploration.

 

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Barfly radio is proud to present an exclusive mix by Shana Falana.

Veteran NY psych-pop act Shana Falana just released her new LP Here Comes The Waves, her second on Team Love Records. Emerging from New York’s vast drone/psych scene, Shana combines live looping of reverb-drenched vocals and guitar with tribal drums and stunning visual projections. The experience of her live performances has often been described as transcendental.

"Psychedelic dream pop dashed on the rocks of goth defiance" - Stereogum

 

“If you want to zone out, Shana Falana’s alluring debut LP gives many opportunities to do so.” - Pitchfork

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Barfly radio is proud to present an exclusive mix by Pridon (Petros Voudouris), an eclectic electronic music producer based in Athens, Greece. Driven from curiosity and a passion for explorative music making, Pridon has been releasing music since 2003 through labels such as Low Impedance Recordings, Fluxion’s Vibrant Music, Neo Ouija. Pridon's music ranges from atmospheric ambient to playful electro that often has a subtle sense of narrative or an almost cinematic feel and a distinct character of mixed organic and electronic elements.

Pridon's thoughts on the mix:

"Every now and then I create a new DJ engine structure in Ableton in order to get some inspiration for mixing tracks in a bit different way than usual, more like an elaborate DJ set. So i got a varying bunch of tracks together, ranging from ambient to more intense trippy stuff. For me, these tracks have in common a feeling of some risk taking and some nice weirdness which i often look for in music, also this contemplating melancholy an almost meditative ethereal vibe".

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Barfly radio is proud to present an exclusive podcast by Belgrado, the elegant post-punk band from Barcelona. In their own words:

 

"Everything we see, hear and feel influences our minds and shapes our perception of things. We are all interconnected in a way that the action of one affects the lives of hundreds or thousands; something as small as a song made by an unknown person in a tiny room could become an anthem to people who would relate to the feelings or thoughts expressed. Many of us have experienced the power of music and its ability to strengthen the soul in difficult times and accompany us in times of happiness and joy. The passion for discovering music has been an important part of Belgrado since the beginning. We believe that opening up the ears to a wider selection of styles and learning from them improves the quality of the music created. Elements from here and there are taken and mixed to create something new. This playlist is a mixture of songs from a variety of genres that makes part of the little universe we listen to. This is a portion of our perspective. Renzo, Jonathan, Patrycja & Fergu"

 

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Barfly radio is proud to present an exclusive mixtape by Petrels, the solo project of London-based musician and illustrator, Oliver Barrett.

Having played in various bands, Oliver has most recently put out several releases under his 'Petrels' moniker on various labels internationally including Denovali, Tartaruga, FUSE Editions and Patient Sounds.  As a composer he has had work commissioned by the BFI, London Word Festival and the Southbank Centre amongst others, and as a performer has played with artists ranging from Duane Pitre to Steve Beresford to Damo Suzuki.  A multi-instrumentalist, Oliver's musical practice ranges from solo electronics, acoustic improvisation, band work, and sound art, to orchestral arrangements and song, drawing influences from a broad spectrum. Petrels released his latest album Jörð on Denovali Records in 2016 to critical acclaim.

Oliver had this to say about his mixtape: "This is less of a mix and more of a collage. For the most part there's at least two tracks playing at any given time (going up to four at one point I think) and it's only towards the end where I've eased up on the gas a little and put a few tracks in sequence in their entirety. No disrespect to the artists featured at all - this is all music I love - I just enjoy throwing tracks together like this and hearing something new come out of the layers. Some parts are scavenged from a bunch of old mixes / collages I did a while back that never saw the light of day beyond a few friends and then there's tracks I've been listening to a lot recently (though not necessarily recent tracks) woven in amongst. Thanks to Barfly Radio for asking me to put something together”.

 

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Holy Limbo are Anthony Ka (guitars/vocals), Nais F. (bass/vocals) and GDaddie (synths/loops/vocals). Even though the band’s members come from different musical backgrounds, they share a common mentality on music making. Solid bass-lines and grooves embraced by soundscapes created by echoing guitars, dreamy synths and looping vocals make a unique sonic marriage which defines the core of their indie-downtempo rock sound. After releasing their debut “First Circle” EP (http://holylimbo.bandcamp.com), Holy Limbo are in the making of their first full-length album due to be released in 2017.

Holy Limbo said about the mixtape : “This mix is mostly about where our heads are at while we’re in the process of recording our new album. The tracklist is a little bit diverse going from abstract jazz and trip hop to post rock and electronica but this is how we are and what we like. Openness is a great deal in everything. Especially when it comes to writing music”.

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The Leaf Library are guitarist Matt Ashton (formerly of Singing Adams and Peel favourites Saloon), singer Kate Gibson, bass player Gareth Jones and drummer / synth wizard Lewis Young. Live they are joined by guitarist Simon Nelson (also of the band Cosines), Michael Wood (Whoa Melodic) and Daniel Fordham from The Drink. They make multi-layered, two chord drone pop, channeling the warm fuzz of Yo La Tengo, the spacious repetition of Talk Talk, and Movietone’s seaside melancholy to beautiful effect.

 

The band released their debut album Daylight Versions last year, a record of woozy love songs about meteorology and the incoming sea that Uncut described as “a charming debut, with songs soaked in atmospheres that conjure thoughts of hazy mists and setting suns”, and the Guardian called “a melancholy wonder”. Earlier this year they released Nightlight Versions, a cassette of drone versions of the album, and later this month release Versions - an album of remixes by the likes of Cavern of Anti-Matter (Tim Gane from Stereolab), A New Line (Related), Isnaj Dui, The Declining Winter, Greeen Linez (plus many more).

 

The band are currently working on the follow up to Daylight Versions, as well as some collaborative pieces.

 

Matt from the band says of the music on the mix, “These tracks are all new (or new-ish) things that have grabbed us over the last couple of years. There are a couple of older things on there, of course (Aldous flippin’ Huxley!) but, otherwise, it’s all pretty fresh. The music here reflects a bit more of what we listen to at home, being a bit heavier and more out there than what we’ve done ourselves up to now. But it may also point the way forwards for us a little as well… who knows. We hope you enjoy it.“

 

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The urban sounds of the last decades are the best example of an intriguing mix between primitive rhythms and post-modern esthetic.

Just bringing the coolness to the metropoles, the (mainly) black immigrants reinvented the sounds of their ancestors with a depressing touch of our hectic and lonely inner city life. Dub and its subgenres, is one of the music styles that keeps evolving and surprising us with its honest and powerful vibe.

 

 

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EYEC4M is the name of the moniker of Makis Kavoukas. He has released two EP’s in VIM Records, one track at Klik Records, a remix of K. Bhta’s “Kyriaki” and an LP titled “All Rights Deserved” (http://eyecam.bandcamp.com . His latest EP was issued by the Berlin-based Emerald & Doreen Records under the title “Omorphea”
Lately he spends his time exploring guitars, but he is still Djing around quite often. He has just entered the world of fatherhood and for that reason he urges you to enjoy his present mix, for the next one will probably have to wait 18 years.

"One way to understand what has transpired in the world of organized sound in the last few decades is to trace the two major contradictory flows heading towards opposite directions of the aesthetic spectrum, representing what difference in the context of musical experience is. Just by looking at it, the topography of a 12” vinyl record can serve as the definitive criterion for understanding what path its contents have chosen: in the world of the standard LP, where the deeper marks that signify the shifting points between tracks are condensed and crowded, comfortable in the presence of their closest neighbours, organized sound has probably set sail for a safe haven of immediacy; a land branded by lyrics and short stories, structural prototypes of songmaking that have constantly been favoured as a means of overcoming the evergrowing divide between transmitter and receiver in the era of disrupted exchange. The message is never singular, though: it’s a course equally followed by hardcore punk outbursts and French chanson, Motown jewels and arena rock anthems, glossy Electroclash soundtracks to the catwalk and No Wave guitar shreds for the artistic 80’s dive bar. 

This course has always been communal, feeding the world of singalongs and karaokes. Sometimes it comes out as socially discomforting (even bordering on revolutionary), yet it always remains obedient to the time limits that musical vehicles set: be it the pirated cassette or the radio, it crams as much information as it can among its strict confines.

The other course is transcedental, expansive, mystical, futuristic and aggressive. Its call for the reappropriation of time echoes like the screams of heretics, trapped and asphyxiating within a nurturing religion's social order. In their transition, reinterpretation becomes a liberating motion: the grace of a higher authority is still there, but what it dictates is radically altered, broadened and distorted enough to become the opposite of what the divine mandate previously was.

In the barely visible warzone of the 12” vinyl record, every occupation of a space where a 3-minute song would be for the purposes of another, bears witness to the birth of a different value system. A lot can happen in a 7, 10 or a 20 minute terra incognita. The repetitive patterns of techno are free to roam. Psychedelia’s multi-instrumentalist excess is given to gradual synthesis, instead of settling for instant harmonic juxtaposition. Jazz discovers abstraction and experimentalism. Extended remixes of New Wave songs transform them into explorations in ominous sonic minefields. An infinity of soundscapes arises just from the simple gesture of redefining time’s imperatives and evolves chaotically into a separate universe, absorbing all stray rhythmical, compositional and instrumentational paradigms along the way.

It’s these paradigms that have always infiltrated enemy camps, masked to distract: radio-friendly in length, yet time-devouring in their structural logic, such crossover compositions have always worked as gateways to the plane of the mystics. This mix is just a small attempt at following one route taken within this anarchic habitus of heretic dance music."

 

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