martedì 11 marzo 2014
Compass Point, Muscle Shoals, Sun Studios, Studio One, Cargo Studios, Spaceward Studios : all seminal recording studios. Here in Glasgow we are very fortunate to have Green Door Studio which is a free thinking hub for wild, original creativity and great sounding analogue recordings. Several Optimo Music releases including Golden Teacher were born out of recording sessions there and indeed, this will be the 6th release on Optimo Music to be recorded at Green Door. They deserve credit as my secret A&R division occasionally getting in touch and saying "we think you might like this" which inevitably leads to me scraping my brain off the floor and deciding I have to release it as a record asap. This 5 track EP by Whilst was the latest transmission from Green Door that my ears fell in love with. How to describe it? I have no idea except to say that it is wildly inventive and incredibly free music made by several individuals who are unnervingly young to be making these sounds. They describe themselves as follows -
"Formed originally as a jam-based project in the ever-fertile analogue studio ‘Green Door’, Whilst jump seamlessly between free jazz, primitive electronics, dubby post-punk, North African and motorik stlyings, underpinning their sound with a strong punk ethos".
OM 21 - Whilst - Everything There Was Was There EP
A1) Goya's Skull
A2 ) Untitled From North Africa
B2) Wee Moth
B3) Postcard From A Robot
Gerry’s approach to writing music is never pretentious or over-complicated, having carved out a name for himself with a spread of stilted house grooves. ‘Shrubby’ continues in a similar vein to this earlier material, with unpolished beats and unaffected production. His unique sounds are part influenced by playing the drums for over 9 years, “the ‘knackered’ sound…comes by itself from me using old recordings of me playing the drums…using this shit skype mic.” Don’t let these carefree techniques fool you, as big on the dancefloor as your headphones; everyone from Ben Sims to Deetron to Ben Pearce has championed his introverted 12”s.
Providing the sauce on top, Redshape remixes the original’ twice over, with his “Disco Scope” and “Not So Serious Mix.” With a similar attention to drums and raw sounds, the two remixes arm up what is an already strong release.
A2. Shrubby (Redshape's Not So Serious Mix)
B1. Zig Zag
B2. Shrubby (Redshape's Disco Scope Mix)
A2. Shrubby (Redshape's Not So Serious Mix)
B1. Zig Zag
B2. Shrubby (Redshape's Disco Scope Mix)
lunedì 10 marzo 2014
It’s been a while since we heard from Cadenza boss Luciano but here he returns with two essential new tracks made in collaboration with Marlowe and Dani Casarano respectively. Cadenza head honcho, Luciano, often collaborates with many other artists, his constant touring schedule blessing him the opportunity to write and produce music with a multitude of like minded producers, and on ‘Into The Aether’, we get the first part of a two part series of tracks composed with various other Cadenza personnel. First collaborator Marlowe is Laurent Bovey, a Swiss born producer who has released a number of times on Cadenza and who has had plenty of success as a live act as part of Digitaline. Together with boss Luciano the Swiss pair come up with ‘Arizona Green Song’. It’s a typically serpentine bit of abstract house wired up with myriad weird synths, found sound hooks and clattering bits of shiny metal percussion. It’s tightly woven, intricate groove that wraps round and round itself and leaves you feeling beautifully confused in its presence. Next collaborator Dani Casarano is another Swiss who has a long association with Cadenza as well as an ever-busier DJ diary that takes him constantly around the globe. With monitor Luciano Dani crafts ‘Bell’s & Tonic’. This one is another curious and quirky track with distant bird whistles and the sound of a spring day always within ear shot, the synths blurt out odd patterns, the percussion is coarse and scattered and when the kick drum drops it immediately sweeps you up and locks you into a wavy, waify minimal groove of the sort for which Cadenza are best known. As ever this is truly unique and magical electronic music from Luciano and friends. Expect Part Two to be released in the coming months...
A. Luciano & Marlowe – Arizona Green Song
B. Luciano & Dani Casarano – Bell’s & Tonic
venerdì 7 marzo 2014
Michele Mininni is from Southern Italy where he says people are not interested in his type of music so he was forced to reach out to Glasgow where it turns out some people most defintely are. Citing his influences as kraut, post rock, new wave and electronic amongst others, this is his debut release and most accomplished it is too. Lowering the tempo somewhat compared with previous Optimo Trax releases, Tupolev Love is a sub 100bpm cosmic trancer while Telekomdisko raises the tempo and heads off into sun drenched space territory. The EP is completed by Michele's fellow countrymen, Boot & Tax's great acid inflected remix of Tupolev Love.
Optimo Trax OT 007 is released on 12" and digital April 2014. Distribution by Kompakt and Rub A Dub.
OT 007 - Michele Mininni - Tupolev Love EP
A1) Tupolev Love
AA2) Tupolev Love (Boot & Tax Remix)
giovedì 6 marzo 2014
After the success of their first EP “Bells from the Deep End” and their second “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, we are very happy to present the third Golden Teacher EP with another sleeve designed and made by their fair hands. This is is an edition of 500 as that is all that time allows to be made. We are not advocates of limited edition releases but sometimes necessity dictates. Further copies will be available in the Optimo Music house bag.
Their latest release is a party record…play it loud, preferably with some lasers and strobes, and LET LOOSE.
It s a double A-side release. Party People is Go-Go a go go while the more electronic leaning Love has been cut at 45 so it can be cunningly played at either speed for extra added value love. The 12" also features an added bonus not jazz funk gem, Silver Chalice.
Wild party music from Glasgow from our hearts to yours. Available on 12" and digital, April 2014. Distribution by Kompakt.
OM 23 - Golden Teacher - Party People/Love EP
AA1) Party People
AA2) Silver Chalice
mercoledì 5 marzo 2014
After a decade of creating some of "the most distinctive techno around" (Resident Advisor) for the likes of Blueprint and Stroboscopic Artefacts, R&S is delighted to welcome Dublin based duo, Lakker into the fold with their stunning new EP 'Containing A Thousand'.
Lakker: 'We're delighted to be releasing on R&S. It's one of those labels that has been huge in electronic music for years - anyone who is into modern electronic music will have a few R&S records in their collection. Ourselves included - classics from Joey Beltram and AFX up to the recent Tessela stuff. It's all in our bag!"
Their intricate, yet muscular soundscapes and skittering percussion have an epic, alien quality that set them head and shoulders above their less ambitious peers; witness the blistering noise of the brooding title track, the staggered, slurping beats and mechanistic clanks of 'Mausoleum', the crisp, propulsive grooves of 'K'antu' and jagged slashing drums of 'Thermohaline'.
Having a background in punk, metal and broken beat as well as noise and techno helps give Lakker their truly unique and uncompromising sound - indeed their music has won them the most coveted recommendation in electronic music - Richard D James (Aphex Twin) himself has been known to deploy multiple Lakker tracks in his face melting live sets.
A1 - Containing A Thousand
A2 - Mausoleum
B1 - K'antu
B2 - Thermohaline
martedì 4 marzo 2014
Deadbeat. Tikiman. Infinity. Dub. A quadrangle of such obvious statement and perfect musical inference may very well never have been uttered for those of the wholly weeded out persuasion with a discerning ear to the ground of current musical runnings. Indeed, when the great book of Dub is written the names Scott Monteith and Paul St Hilaire will undoubtedly figure highly in its chapters devoted to recent years. Monteith, the last great prodigal son of the doctrine handed down from the Blue Mount of Lord Scratch and King Tubby, St Hilaire the undisputed voice of a whole generation of cloistered bedroom sound smiths, those fanatical warrior monks, followers of the most Holy House of Ernestus and Von Oswald incarnate. Having developed a fast friendship from their very first meeting in Montreal at the premier Micro Mutek event a decade ago, Deadbeat and Tikiman's occasional collaborative performances have since blown the minds of audiences from Berlin to Tokyo and many points in between. No great surprise then that their first album length venture is a Tour de Force of Dub music of the highest order. Nearly a year in the making, the genetic code of Deadbeat's Infinity Dubs series gets shot through with a Dreader than Dread Kingstonian logic, hi hats dropping back from the three to the one, Tikiman at his most militant, poetic, fierce, and flowing. These are the recordings of two lions uncaged, and none who bare witness shall escape their fiery judgement.
If music is truly eternal, here be two voices which shall echo in infinity with all the weight, reverence, and dire power unleashed with every tectonic bass hit, and every whimsical turn of phrase here laid to wax. And if these eight burnt offerings are any indication of what happens when these two sit down for a session of smoke and reasoning, here's hoping they choose to do it frequently. Dub without end. Ad Infinitum.
The Infinity Dub Sessions will be available on CD and 2x12 vinyl formats via BLKRTZ, with worldwide distribution through Kompakt on March 3rd 2014.
01 - Hold On Strong
02 - Dopa
03 - What The Heck Them Expect
04 - Working Everyday
05 - Rock Of Creation
06 - Little Darling
07 - Under Cover
08 - Peace And Love