The recent republishing of this short video to Vimeo provides enough of an excuse for us to post here. Originally made in 2013 for Mill’s Where Light Ends album this short film provides visual and musical accompaniment to Dr. Mamoru Mohri‘s account of his first spaceflight, which took place in 1992 on the space shuttle Endeavour.
Previously only available in Japan on a CD released in 1999. These six tracks are an evocative collection of hidden gems from the heyday of electronic music. Recording artist Takuya Sugimoto European breakthrough came when the former UK record store responsible for promoting the deeper techno sound, Fatcat Records, decided to make their first release an EP recorded by him under the alias of EVA. This re-released EP, which was never available in the UK, is very much of that sound and era. Think UK deep techno of the likes of B12 and Stasis but with a more quirky temperament. A sound that will always be close to our hearts.
Releases 7th June 2021 on SAISEI records. Pre-orders here
|Blacklight Smoke||Lines (The Hacker Remix)|
|Blacklight Smoke||Your Own Hands (Blacklight Smoke Remix)|
|Luke’s Anger||Techno Nerds|
|Franck Kartell||Electric Sheep|
|Matt Whitehead||Mystery of Mysteries|
|Luke’s Anger||Space Grunge|
|RNBWS||Nothing But Hardcore|
|Jerome Hill||League Against Jazz|
|Ben Pest||Tilt Lock|
Deep and dark, residing in the zone where EBM and techno dwell. Various remixes of Black Light Smoke tracks on their Death Decay Magic imprint, all versions keep it down to the nitty gritty.
Choice pics for us are Black Smoke’s own off kilter remix of ‘Your Own Hands and techno legend The Hacker’s stripped down version of ‘Lines’. Check my show on Mutant Radio this week (14th April) for previews on both of these.
Big, bad and heavy. Longtime supporter of the the weird and wonderful side to techno music, Toronto’s Trevor Wilkes runs the Fun in the Murky blog and label. He is also an amazing DJ/Selector and has been broadcasting his radio show regularly online, long before the days of facebook live.
In his words, the immense 4×12″ box set “represents the artists whose music I play the most on Bleep Radio. Literally and objectively played the most. I’m a big number crunching statistics nerd and have trended my own track-lists for years as many of you know. As a Canadian, far removed from where the music I like shines the brightest I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to meet with and play alongside a lot of these folks in person and not just via the stream.”
All the tunes bang as to be expected (including one of mine ;), however the super-standout track for me is the Ben Pest ‘Tilt Lock’, serious bang time !!!
In case you’ve been living under a virtual rock, ‘Bandcamp Friday’ is where the website waives their commision fees for a day each month.
On one hand, this results in every artist with an instagram account shouting further into the void. But on the other, labels and artists are now planning their release schedule around this day, to capitalise on releasing and pre-releasing new music. So it is certainly worth a dig!
Here’s our top picks from yesterdays busy, yet fruitful Bandcamp Friday (2nd April 2021).
Polypores – Shpongos
Black Girl / White Girl – Hyper Reality
Benge – Syndrones and Syntones
Apologist – Air Foundry
Ben Pest – On The Three
Dexorcist – Body Clock EP
Aura Minimum – Fragment I (Strange Key)
Krisz Deak – Playa (ODrex Music)
Mathimidori – Maiia (Echocord)
Heavenchord – H.C.R.D.3 (Insectorama)
Gradient – Changes (Thinner)
El Choop – Insane Seeds (Echocord)
Occult – Axum (Cold Tear)
Gradient – Cloud One (Ranges)
Shulz Audio – The Gathering (Self-released)
Lux – Data (Deepchord)
Phantom Network – Deuterium (Odrex Music)
|Frost Patrol (Ambience)||Aura Minimum||Modern Nature|
|Mystical Dynamics||Mr. Cloudy||ODrex Music|
|Starlight (Echospace Unreleased Mix)||Model 500||Echospace|
|While In Lockdown||Jon Dixon / minor INVENTION||4EVR 4WRD|
|Optimal Power Flow||Rob StrobE||Motech|
|Mijote||C HH ICK||Insectorama|
|Ela Konta Mou||Jor-G||Greyscale|
Digital reproduction and distribution freed music from the confines of physicality, possessing a piece of music no longer required the possession of a black or silver disk. But this evolution had its downside, music no longer developed in localized and unique scenes, and in an endless stream of new releases advantage is given to those with the largest PR budgets. More music ends up meaning less diversity and more sameyness, special hidden gems becoming instantly duplicated and downloaded on the click of a mobile phone.
Thankfully the culture of the finite but ultra-special lives on. Using modern technology which can cut music straight to vinyl, rather than to old-school acetate which wears out after only a few plays, a hardcore of enthusiast music producers and lathe trolls is keeping the secret world of the ultra-limited alive.
So who is Vanity Gamble? A newcomer or old hand under a new alias? Those that know, know. And this music is strictly for those that know. 25 copies, no digital, no PR and no Spotify. Get it from Japhy.