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.
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.
It looks like I’ve stumbled upon another magnificent indie music blog. This one is definitely worth following!
Kaoru Inoue is an elder statesman of Japan`s underground dance music community. He`s been releasing music, a uniquely Japanese spiritual take on House and Techno, since the late 1990s. Under the alias Chari Chari. Branching into Ambient, in cahoots with fellow travellers like Calm and guitarist DSK. Tunes appearing on offshoots of his own Seeds & Ground, and Kenji Takimi`s Crue-L. Still super active as a DJ, he`s been quiet of late on the production front. Save a couple of limited pressings as Aurora Acoustic, and a few edits (Dif Juz; 23 Skidoo). One split 12 with another Tokyo Dance veteran, Masanori Ikeda.
Em Paz, on Portuguese label, Groovement Organic, is electro-acoustic Fusion. Picking up Jon Hassell`s idea of a “Fourth World”. In so much that it uses traditional elements, and technology, to create a new musical location that`s impossible to pinpoint. Indian tabla. Synergising drones, from sitar…
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Philippe Gerber of Alrealon Musique never ceases to amaze me. He has to be one of the hardest working men in experimental music (and perhaps in music in general, given the breadth of his work, running a label, DJing, et cetera).
He works under the nom-de-plume mNIPK for this project, which is electronic music that jumps genres easily, floating in the realm between dark techno, ambient and drone. Yes, it works together beautifully, if you just take the time to hear the first track, which is available now (Track 2 is due November 15, and is definitely worth your time!).
From the Bandcamp article, which can be found here:
Russian techno is stylistically varied—from ultra industrial to sleazy disco, hazy cassette labels to crisp and urbane house. But often there’s a moodiness, an underlying bleakness to the sound that feels like it’s channeling a harsher Soviet past. Certainly, experimentation is rife, and “live”-ness is important—musicians performing live hardware shows seem to be every bit as important as DJs. But most important of all, there’s a freshness, a lack of cynicism, a sheer delight in crazed sounds and textures that can make even the most familiar musical tropes feel like you’re hearing them for the first time.
In Aeternam Vale are a techno music project out of Lyon, France, and their music tends to be driving, but ultimately standard fare for the genre. What’s more interesting, however, is the choice of video material they used. It comes from a Russian/French production called Ograblenie po…, which is a play on American, Italian, French and Russian gangster movies.
I am off an on with techno, but if it’s cold and minimalistic, it’s going to have my attention. MTD and Tracy are two DJs working out of Verona, Italy, and are part of one of Italy’s finest minimal techno labels, Sonntag Morgen, one worth keeping an eye on as their releases have been so consistently good.
My Facebook friend, Rididillo Theitalian, has long been a source of wonderful music for me. She goes down memory lane to dig up The Sofa Surfers, an Austrian project mixing trip hop, dub and acid jazz together flawlessly.
Two identities, one artist. Jönsson Tõll is a composer who is based out of Portugal. This release features some of his own work, plus more under his working monicker, Mauno Koivisto. Of of the most beautifully bleak techno albums I’ve heard in ages.