[Music] Redefining Russian Techno

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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.

[Music] Bettina feat​. ​Márk Szöke and Thomas Gerendás ​-​ Clinical Feelings EP

Imagine a Japanese Tina Turner clone singing on top of a muffled, claustrophobia-inducing drum & bass track upholding a 60s soul groove. This is the glorious mess Thomas Gerendás and his collaborators have made.

[Music] diNMachine News: ‘The Opposites of Unity’ Vinyl @RoughTrade, @RecordGrouch

From our friends at diNMachine Records:

The Opposites of Unity VINYL is now shipping

 

Shortly available at Record GrouchRough Trade Records etc.

“…takes listeners on what at first appears to be a disjointed exploration of noise. But with a little deeper effort, the complexities of sound clearly come together…” Indieminded

Pressed at Gotta Groove Records

Mastered at Saff Mastering

Produced by Greedy Dilettante Records

 

The song “Fawcett” is a welcome addition to the small field of danceable experimental jams. If you don’t start dancing along with its tribal rhythm, I’d be very surprised. It has a samba feel paired with strings and piano that not only work together but work hand in hand. Still – there are jolts here and there of unconventional additions (is that a bike tire sound? A whirring paint shaker? What is the break sound?). –Huffington Post

The collagist tendencies are on full display in “Jabbr Wawky,” which invokes the ethos of the nonsense poem of the (nearly) same name. Atop a classic hip-hop rhythm, diNMachine churn out air horns, wonky instrumental blips, and a bunch of vocal samples. Later, in the track “Brisé,” dissonant piano flourishes, ghostly electronic pads, obscure warbles, and mosquito-like buzzing offer a crash course in what psychosis might feel like. –AXS

“The pop music envelopes continue to be pushed by diNMachine on ‘The Opposites of Unity’ where composition minded creations roll forth into new forms & self-styled structures that defy convention and pigeon holing.“ –IMPOSE Magazine

The music of New York City-based outfit diNMachine isn’t easily characterized or deconstructed—their dance rock/electronic hybrid concoctions are built upon unexpected rhythms and a need to confound assumptions. By drawing influence from across the musical spectrum, they force their listeners to meet them halfway, to give just as much in the observation and experience of the music as the band does in creating it. –Nooga

“Imaginative, full of surprises and anything but bland and stale.” –Brooklyn Rail

“Schumacher…allows sounds rather than their source to hold the attention, and his results are outstanding.” –The Wire

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

dinmachine.bandcamp.com

https://soundcloud.com/dinmachineband

https://www.facebook.com/diNMachineband

[Music] Maja S. K. Ratkje – Live at the Punkt Festival 2013

Last night, I had the pleasure of viewing a performance by Norwegian vocalist/composer Maja Ratkje, something I’ve wanted to do for well over ten years, though my schedule never seemed to allow this to happen. It was even more of a wonderful experience than I expected, but as I don’t think anyone took video of the performance, I am happy to share a similar performance from 2013.