Some (big) tips…

Recently quite some records found its way to me I am enjoying a lot… and I do not want to keep these to myself… like I do sometimes…

First of all the Huren split 12″ EP released by Noiztank is a true must have for fans of industrial and (harsh) techno alike… the other side is by Kareem… nice too but not as mind blowing as the Huren tracks… a perfect blending of industrial and techno… and even though this is a trend nowadays these tracks stands out in between the bunch of releases in this style… well here is one of the two tracks… what else can I say… you better listen for yourself…

Then there was this nice surprise by Group A… they released their vinyl debut on Mecanica… known for their shop in Mexico City but since some time also a label from Poland… this record triggered me as in a way it fits in with the still going on minimal synth trend but it is different… more adventurous… rougher… edgy… more industrial… here is the stand out track from the album… dancefloor orientated minimal synth with a raw side to it…

More poppy is Kim Ki O… a band I do not need to introduce here… I hope… with several collaborations on Enfant Terrible this Turkish duo is not a new name around… what is new is the re-release of both their first self released cd-r’s from 2007 and 2008… and these are now released on tape by Sea State… the quite new label run by Antlers Mulm… these old tracks by Kim Ki O have lost nothing of their charm and quality… you simply got to love these lo-fi electronic post-punk/new wave tunes… here is the band performing one of these older pieces live…

Then today arrived the debut 7 inch by Anesthetic… super nice synth/elektro-pop tunes released by Kernkrach and already among my favourite synth pop records from this year… the two tracks on the 7 inch are real catchy and could go for demo takes by Ladytron… and I mean this in the most positive way possible… really cool! Too bad I cannot find a full track yet on the internet…

All of these releases are available in small numbers in my webshop… for the real freaks and fans and lovers…

Out now!

ET_heartOut now are the three new releases on Enfant Terrible/Gooiland Elektro: the TWINS mini album, the Zarkoff & Ikonal EP and the Antlers Mulm 7 inch.

All three releases are synth driven but rather different in style… from post-punk influenced elektro (TWINS) to acid with a touch of EBM (Zarkoff & Ikonal) to melancholy synth pop (Antlers Mulm).

Full track previews are online on the ET soundcloud page… and the records are for sale at the ET webshop and at selected (web)stores around the globe…

Europ Europ taped

eewaaahawadRecently two tapes found its way to my cassette player… one a split tape from one of my favourite labels out there… Etch Wear… run by one of the Europ Europ musicians… the other one a tape by Den Nya Borgen on the label from blog Repartiseraren blog

The split tape on Etch Wear features Europ Europ and We Are All Alone Here And We Are Dead (WAAAHAWAD) and is all kinds of awesome… Europ Europ delivers primitive electronic rhythms and lo-fi noises and sounds which all built up in trippy way… truly trance indulging…

WAAAHAWAD on the B-side serves two long tracks of improvised electronics… they have created soundscapes which are at times haunting but at other times are playful… rather psychedelic but not in a way you will often come across…

The other tape by Den Nya Borgen came to me as two remixes are featured on the tape by Enfant Terrible bands… Europ Europ and Neugeborene Nachtmusik… Den Nya Borgen is a new band and this tape is their debut… it is a thematic piece centred around Jeanne d’Arc… three variations on the same theme are delivered but done in a very different way… from a post-punk influenced noise track to a more sci-fi noisy soundscape and finishing with a bit more melodic piece…

The B-side consists of remixes of which the Europ Europ and Neugeborene Nachtmusik are standing out… but also the Michael Idehall and the Ascetic: remixes are superb… but to be honest all six remixes are… the B-side is my absolute favourite of this tape… it is more diverse as the A-side and has more depth in sounds and is more melodic orientated without forgetting to pay tribute the minimal noise side of the original pieces on the A-side…

Below is the Europ Europ remix and below that is a Europ Europ track from the split tape with WAAAHAWAD…

Uncanny Valley

Uncanny Valley is quite a young and new band… only formed in 2015 in London… they play a sort of new wave and post-punk style of synth pop… it is poppy but also quite unpolished at the same time… the vocals are a sort of crooner style… which makes the music a bit reminiscent of Agent Side Grinder… but it is less industrial as the early ASG sound and more playful…

The debut EP is a 4 track 12″ record released by the band themselves (go get it here…)… the whole release is a solid statement as a debut and features the absolute should be cult hit “Nowhere To Nowhere”… if you are into synth pop/ new wave / post-punk this piece is worth the purchase of the record… whether you like the other 3 tracks or not… enjoy this great tune below!

dj M. – Lesson#11

Here is a last mixtape / dj set from my archives before the summertime really kicks in… this is a mix from a few years ago… minimal electronics… rather noisy, industrial and punky… featuring stuff like Enema Syringe, Ich Bin, ICK, Blasterkorps, Maria Zerfall, Commando Laarz, Bastards Of Love, Le Syndicat Electronique, Europ Europ and many more… enjoy!

Demo tape

Artifecal_demoMost demo’s today are send as mp3 files or are links to a private Soundcloud page… and when I started with ET I received demo’s on cd-r… but in the old days demo’s were submitted on tape… and guess what… I received a real demo tape recently…

I do not accept demo’s in general but this demo is from a musician I already work with… maybe you remember the 7″ by Artifecal released in 2011 on the now defunct Hex sublabel… so the musician behind this project sent me this tape (60 minutes long I believe) filled with demo recordings from various of his projects… and a lot of the stuff is really great… non-typical minimal synth, post-punk and new wave sounds which will appeal to all who really like the obscure side of these styles…

These are real demo’s meaning not final recordings… often without vocals still… so I am curious to get the final versions… as I am quite sure a nice record could be moulded out of these demo tracks!