Mind inflamed, Soul adrift are a record label out of Austria who have released a free compilation which is actually rather good all the way through. There are 16 tracks on the release, and genres covered include electronic music, drone, noise and psychedelic rock. There doesn’t seem to be any focus to the label, but at least for this recording, that’s not a problem at all. All the tracks manage to work together and make for good listening.
A Beginner’s Guide To Hard Hat Color Coding is a new project by BlindººCoyote, longstanding monicker of Drem Bruinsma, a Dutch-born composer now based in Alicante, Spain, whose work under this moniker reminds me of peak-period Cluster finding a bit of time to carouse with an early-wave Industrial band (think Cabaret Voltaire’s more daring experimental work than the dark funk they would produce during their heyday). It would make sense, as BlindººCoyote has been alive as a project since the early 1990s, and this particular sound to me is timeless. The project has been active (with some periods of non-activity) since its first 1993 release, Phantom Pain/Genkaku no Itami, a project which stemmed from a collaboration with legendary jazz fusion trumpeter Toshinori Kondo.
There’s something very kosmisch about this particular release, though it has flourishes of a cold, metallic bent. This floats surprisingly easily and envelops this listener into a dreamy, lulling feeling. There’s also a reminiscence of sounds made by such acts as BlindººCoyote’s one-time collaborators Tuxedomoon (he wrote scores for video, dance, theatre and collaborated with the individual members of Tuxedomoon, amongst others).
There isn’t a lot of techno I like, but if it’s cold, rhythmic and focused like the works of Pluge & Spigl, I’ll be happy to indulge in it.
This has more of a feeling brought out in albums by classic artists like Harmonia, a touch of Popol Vuh and maybe even the Russian soundtrack composer Edward Artemiev. This is mellow, has a wonderful 70’s vibe and makes for a nice way indulge in headphone listening.
I wasn’t quite sure what to make of glič, a DJ out of Manchester, England. Within a moment, any concerns were immediately allayed with his really funky groove. His music and the music of the artists he’s remixing covers R&B, electro and delves a bit into dubstep.
glič reaches back to Manchester’s venerable tradition of electronic music, and he updates the hell out of it in these remixes.
There seems to be little information from the prolific French act Jaze Baqti, but they glide effortlessly between genres like Acid Jazz, Funk and Hip-Hop.
There are so many good releases from the act that it was hard to pinpoint which would be a good album to start with, so I chose the last download I purchased. It’s a fine introduction to the band.