Thursday, October 29, 2015

Dj Richard - Grind (Dial)

We could easily said DJ Richard is the man of the moment. A new artist with hit album on Dial. it seems that the people at German label Dial have a nose for extraordinary new artist, who make strange, beautiful, and bleak music, something same happens with John Roberts and his ultra melancholic Glass Eights album. I could easily label it: music to contemplate about your childhood. And those fresh faces like Dj Richard and John Roberts (sorry for this comparison, but their situation was the same to me, and hey they are both Americans based in Europe 8-) ), can stand proudly with Dial "stars" like Efdemin, Roman Flugel, Lawrence and Pantha Du Prince.

My first encounter with Dj Richard was that RA mix, and I didn't expect cast-away half-harmonies, and daydream-like production. Album ranges from minimalistic house grooves for more mellowed atmosphere   (Nighthawk, Savage Coast, Vampire Dub) to bleak, dry, and black darkwave-ish ambient pieces (Ejected) or arpeggio driven madness (Bane), or perfect soundtrack for exploring empty buildings at night with one that you love (I-Mir).

When we look at, nice and simple, album cover we see one of the bridges that connects his Rhode Island and New port, (towns north of New York) and symbolize, in DJ Richard's own words: "The border between civilization and the ocean." So luckily there is no home-sick blues album here, only more and more connections between people and cultures. Bowie once used to sing that there's new career in new town.

Yeah, we got a new star here, maybe and candidate for Album Of The Year, but not for me, cause I don't want to do year lists. Only bluesy, bleak, analog house music here. It' simple and it's nice. here you go, I said it again. Like everything that Dial touch, it turns black and white pictures into memories and diamonds.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Les Planete Sauvage and After party with Datzee @DKC Incel

Ok it's time to promote myself, and others, little bit. Nice people behind DKC Incel, UNSA Geto, and BLBoom offered me to curate movie night and after party at DKC Incel.
So book your diary for 29.10.2015, in Banja Luka in DKC Incel, start: 21:00

Facebook event here

We will enjoy in cult-following, animated SF movie La Planete Souvage from 1973, and after that I will perfom as a DJ, playing all kind of stuff from soundtracks, to ambient, drone, noise, experiment, and electronica, and even some house, techno and electro. My records are ready.

So if you are around come in, and let's have some fun. Here is the mix I made purposely to promote the party so it is present for you my friends, and something you could expect to listen there. Hope you will like it.

Atom TM - Texture 1
Donato Dozzy - Personal Rock
William Basinski - The Deluge: Denovement
Jonas Reinhardt - Shattered
Desove - St.Omer Dub
Anna Caragano and Donato Dozzy - Starcloud
Oneothrix Point Never - Sleep Dealer
Oneothrix Point Never - Replica
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Unon 1
Sunn 0))) - Sin Nana
Sunn 0))) - Orthodox Caveman
Venetian Snare - My Love Is Buldozer
Shackleton - Headcleaner
Pole - Moose (live)
Vampillia & Lustmord - Deep Current
St Germanin - Voila
Swans - Frenkie M

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pole - Wald (Pole)

If there is something that will get immediately attentionm and response from producer Stefan Betke is the BASS! Actually Pole is a Dub and low frequencies fanatic. A guy who spent most of his artistic career as producer, post-producer, studio technician, and (for me most important) engineer who make special production mixing for vinyl cutting in his Scape Mastering Studio. Also he is Dub Techno producer with 8 (with letters: eight) studio albums, and with each he explored possibilities of studio techniques, and time:space limits of Dub music itself.

album isn't your ordinary Basic Channel/Rhythm&Sound Dub Techno. It is melodic, almost impossible to put in genre box, except in electronica. But under layers and layers of sounds, focused listener will find Dub (and lots of bass) as a basic construction. Using Karl Marx terms: Dub is base, and melodies, sounds, samples are superstructure.

is full of tracks that perfect gives us vision of forests (Wald on German language means Forest) and peacefulness of nature in the all of the seasons. It is perfect for meditation when you walk through it, or just simply watch and admire nature's marvels. Even in your home, or your car, or just plain walking in the city, everything sounds like it is in perfect balance.

Here is the man itself from Electronic Beats to tell you more about his art of producing, and life philosophy:

Perfect album for get up early in the morning and catch those leaves and enjoying Autumn Sun in the woods, and later for home listening when snow covers all. Just you and Wald. It did took me much time to get into it, it was easy to listen whole album in one take, at the first listening.
I'm sure it will be on my player, and would be listened in time that comes. It's not musical product made for one season, for me it was made for long terms, and I always find something new, some elements I didn't paid attention before.
Perfect electronic album!!! And for me the perfect track from the album Moose (live):

Monday, October 26, 2015

Don't Care About The Podcast 006: Tehno Muda

"And now something completely different" - Monty Python

We're Barbars of the culture." - Tehno Muda

Datzee blog tries to give s you quality, strange and different music, with the message, and this podcast by artists named Tehno Muda (english translation: Techno Testicals), have very strong message, on very beginning you can hear their manifesto, and their music and live performance can't be apparted from their art.

    Example of pop culture imperialism (on right side it's Ziggy Stardust/left side Tehno Muda

Tehno Muda is mysterious art project from Vrsac, Serbia. Duo wants to remain mysterious too. One guy behind the laptop and beats, and other one behind microphone.
Their art/music is combination of Euro Dance, Electro, Techno, etc... It does not matter the music classification as long message is spreading.
Their ideology is called Cultural Barbarism, and want to start united barbarian coalition against western cultural imperialism.
In their audio/visual art you can find bits of Soc-Real posters, Barbarian Manifestos, and most important: be brave, brain is the weapon, and art is your sword. Go and do something with it.


All comics and pictures, and visual art is made by third member of Tehno Muda Wostock, except bowie/techno muda made by

Sunday, October 25, 2015

St Germain - St. Germain (Primary Society)

It was one of those hard reviews for me. Hard review, because I have to write about an album from the artist that made a masterpiece few years ago. But there is always the problem. People often just lay down and live on their former glory and making awful albums. I was afraid, very afraid. 15 years has pass since masterpiece Tourist. I remember, and that is still the fact: everyone I know own albums like: Air - Moon Safari and St. German - Tourist. This albums have a certain role: if you don't know what your guests like, you just play that: everyone satisfied. Those albums are not elevator music, they are truly masterpiece, and that's why people bought them, and played out. It was sure shot. But let's get back to the 2015.

There was some kind of fear to hear new Ludovic Navarre's album. Fear that he will go and make another Tourist just to satisfied audience, or he will make some crazy jazzy electronica experimental that's not sound like St. Germain - it would be something else, ok?

But St. Germain did something  beyond my fears. He produced far more better album than Tourist. He  went to Mali, and incorporated their music and instruments like Djamba, Njarka, and  Ngoni, and included true masters of those instruments. And especially singer Fanta Bagayogo: I still have goose-bumps because of his voice. He created a truly world experience.

                              Guimba Quate and Mamdou Cherif Somoun, picture of Mr. Bagayago missing

So "Tourist" has really become tourist, and you could easily play this album next his 15 years old brother Tourist. What's more important this is really world music. African brought their own music to America, which lead to Jazz, and later funk - even hip-hop. Jazz went to Europe and mixed with electronic music, and then both went to Mali. Full Circle. Again I would say this is THE World Music.

Just one more thing, sometimes his album sounds like Tinariwen - the Tuareg Rock/Blues group- electric guitar with Tuareg's ethnic instruments, but that is good thing. Have no fear, this album is truly masterpiece and maybe one day it would become part of world culture heritage.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Alavux - Octagon (Bass Agenda /cat.number BA033)

 At that time I was living hand to mouth, my partner at the time was out of work and I was trying to balance the artistic vs. the providing for the home. I was living off 5 pounds a day which had to pay for everything and sometimes it was a balance between toilet paper and tea bags. I could only afford clothes from the army surplus store as they were the cheapest and longest lasting (although you could never get rid of the damp smell no matter how many times it was washed).
So in a way this was the beginning of my journey, a journey where I have always stayed true to my musical integrity. I was young enough not to eat often and strong enough to keep on even though financially it was tough, bruising and humbling, but here I am and I appreciate that every day, along with your support getting me where I am now. -
Dave Clarke on passion and his humble musical beginnings.  

First of all, we at, can celebrate. We got our hands on  first "promo" vinyl - for a very first vinyl review. We would like to say thanks to Alavux, and Bass Agenda record label for material, and first thing we notice is writings on record itself: "Natasa, Anja, Elektra sequence initiated".
I used to write much earlier about Goran Alavux Alavuk's digital releases, and even we got him for our podcast series. We just want to show gratitude for gift and we share Alavux's happiness and joy, because, we say it again, it was released on vinyl. Sounds like a dream come true. Keep on dreaming and keep making your music!!!

     Alavux in the action!

For those who doesn't know, Alavux is Belgrade-born, Skoplje-living, who make, as I once said: electro for riots. His music is highly energetic, if you want comparison it would be The Advent's hard techno/electro phase, and classic motortown electro like Model 500 or Aux88, and electro boogie sound of Red Planet, or type of electro that Dave Clarke loves to spin. 

 Octagon is full of militaristic techno, perfect for 4am dance floor lunacy. Bondage is acid scorcher, that suddenly erupts in the middle. Radiowaves is "mellower" electro/techno track with taht half breakbeat that leads all the way. Octagon is perfect, almost industrial track for techno dungeons with stroboscopes, smoke machines and low ceiling, with sweat and unidentified liquids falling down on the the crowd. Digitalized Bass is, again half-beat track that constantly builds and builds. Our three destroyers are on side A. Hiatus is space-y with industrial feel,  fast tempo electro track. While Noon sounds like harder tech house track with funky rhythms.
Octagon EP (plus digital pack with vinyl) is pure dance floor, DJ's tool. For DJ's who like hard and fast, with great mixing technique, almost for those who mix with three or four decks. Sound on vinyl is pretty good, someone in the record factory did the great job, so there will be great sound, and no needle skipping.

And of course it is big step for Alavux to get one step up on the Techno demanded market. he spent so much years and got a great body of work behind him, so this vinyl release will only help him to get more crowd and more gigs. True lover and great talent. We wish him best!!

A1 Bondage
A2 Radiowaves
A3 Digitized Bass
B1 Octagon
B2 Hiatus
B3 Tube
 plus digital bonus tracks:
1984 - Warsaw Holc Retouch

And here is some little surprise for you. A part with his podcast for usAlavux made special mix for you just to celebrate this release:

Friday, October 23, 2015

Various Artists - Musik For Autobahns vol.2: Compiled by Gerd Janson (Rush Hour)

 When someone mention the German word for Highway: Die Autobahn, in pop culture's collective unconsciousness immediately pops-up Kraftwerk's singl - one that inspired David Bowie who was eager to emerge himself in the "future of Rock'n'Roll", a phrase he used to call the music from bands like Kraftwerk and Neu!

Look at the "surface" from which he consume something. BTW picture is taken from:

Musik For Autobahns 2 is a second edition of highly praised, but first edition of Musik For Autobahns somehow and tragic passed under the radar, compilation of lush, melodic, ambiental and krautrock inspired downtempo house music. Also it is curated by one of DJ's DJ, house music lover, Running Back label owner and house music connoisseur Gerd Janson. And it's unmixed.

But for me compilation have personal moments. You see, I trying to live between two cities Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegowina, and Frankfurt am Main in Germany. So I have listened compilation, literally on Autobahn, on my way to Frankfurt.

Opening Leon Vynehall - Midnight on Rainbow Road perfectly fade in when we get to the highway loop to get of from Autobahn in morning, Sunshine was perfectly high and with almost empty road we could see how Sun reflects on Flughaffen and glass corridors of Terminal. Then through the traffic and feeling of getting home with Joy Orbison - A213. Then getting out of vehicle on Hauptbahnhoff and stretching-out with Fort Romeu - Seleno and then catching u-bahn to take us to our place. Ride on u-bahn made me cry cause in my headphones beautiful Shan- Awakeing was played - perfect for watching the pillars in tunnel. Then AKSK - Breaking, with beautiful women voice, just before we met our friends, and Conga Radio - 168 North for lunch, and black and strong Landbier (domestic beer) at our favorite place Toffies in Berger Strasse. Orson Wells - Orbiting Jupiters is perfect for crate-digging at vinyl specialists Tactile Records shop,  and Orlando Voorn - Turn Left Here for catching little nap in our little place in Bornheim. Then Disco Nihilist - Melancholy for shower and getting ready for the night. Bicep - Carmine for another u-bahn session to Offenbach, and then Lauer - Autofahrn for grande finale - just before the entrance to greatest-smallest club in the world Robert Johnson. Where we danced till we wait to see sunshine on club's balcony.

Picture is from reviewer's private collection.

I don't wanna be cocky, but do you need better review, more objective maybe. No, in this case You need subjective review and personal experience of the compilation. Or maybe you should try, on your own: to drive and listen it on Autobahn, like David Bowie used to do with Kraftwerk's Autobahn. For me this was enough, to let compilation become part of my personal memory. I will always remember. And I will always back to place of my memories.

Leon Vynehall - Midnight On Rainbow Road
Joy Orbison - A213
Fort Romeau - Seleno
AKSK - Breaking
Conga Radio - 168 North
Shan - Awakening
Orson Wells - Orbiting Jupiters
Disco Nihilist - Melancholy
Bicep - Carmine
Lauer - Autofahrn

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Don't Care About Podcast 005: Alavux

Alavux has just release new EP, his first on vinyl. We at, are very proud because we get our own copy (for review), and we are very excited because it's our very first vinyl promo.
This is his contribution for our Don't Care About Podcast series, numbered 005.
Mix is collection of tracks perfect for Indian Summer, or for all types of rainy days, with your coffee or tea in your hands.
You can dance to it, if you feel like it's thing to do, but try to dance "like nobody watching".

Nick Dunton - Between Worlds
Subotika - Fractal
Son.Sine - Upekah
Sasse & Marco Carola - Sun Flower
Microslav - Koln
Answer Code Request - Main Mode
Model 500 - I Wanna Be There
Pariah - Prism
Trolley Route - Turtle Bay

Coil - Backwards (Cold Spring)

"Wise words from departing. Eat your greens, especially Broccoli. Remember to say "thank you", for things yo never had. By working the soil, we cultivate the sky... The death of your father, the death of your mother is something you prepare for... All of your life."  Coil - Broccoli
Coil is not your average band, it is not something you love and try to collect all the records and everything connected to the project. Coil is not popular band, instead it has all those people who are fascinated with their art. Coil is not the cult, Coil is something that you are living with it - inside your soul.

Coil is the art project, emerged from the ashes of Throbbing Gristle, it is the part of clique gathered around ideas and art that started with TG, but with advanced technological possibilities to dive even further into new-new age philosophy, new art directions, spiritualism, explorations in sexual freedoms, and of course out-there limits of art in capitalistic material world. People gathered in that clique, have been often called a pioneers in industrial and electronic music, with theirs projects like: Psychic TV, Nurse With Wound, NON aka Douglas McCarthy, Current 93, Death In June, Chris&Cosey (latest project Carter Tutti Void), Thighpaulsandra and others, for poor me, obscure projects. And all of those people exchange their ideas and often collaborate with each others - creating certain visual image, that sometimes is misunderstood. For instance Coil described their music as: "Ritual music for the accumulation of male sexual energy."

So far with the Coil, I consider myself a huge fan of their work, and aware of every stage of their development and experimentation. But for those of you who are not introduce with them, you will find that is very hard to find, buy, and collect all of their material - official and bootleg material. It's because they operated without major distributors and labels. I encourage you to go out and discover more for yourself, prepare your money savings and dive into the strangely beautiful world of Coil and other mentioned projects. Trivia: do you know that Coil made entirely soundtrack for Clive Barker's Hellraiser. Yes that one with cenobites, but soundtrack was canceled.

Sad thing is that: Coil doesn't exist anymore: both original and core members are dead now: John Balance, real name Geoffrey Laurence Burton (16.2.1962 - 13.11.2004), and Peter Sleazy Christopherson (27.2.1955 - 25.11.2010), but their legacy still lives on, and their is no way of stopping it. The are certain people who have legal rights and other living members are eager to release all of their unreleased material. Their is too many hungry ears that can't wait to hear those lost tapes, so only we can do is wait for something new to be released.

Well Backwards is one of the "lost albums". Recorded in New Orleans, with producer genius Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails, How to Destroy Angels - trivia: How To Destroy Angels, Reznor's projects is named after Coil's first ever released EP, so that makes him Coil fanatic like us). They entered the studio just after they finished their masterpiece Love's Secret Domain, they didn't polish and post produced album (for me reason are unknown), but after that, starts a new phase in their career, they have released one of most famous albums till this date Musick to Listen in the Dark Vol I ( and later Vol II.). So music-wise Backwards is some kind of connection between those two musical phases. As I said true fans know the difference between harsh beauty and rhythmical Love's Secret Domain album, and mystical and slowly, dark-in-the-woods Musick I and II albums.
Backwards contains almost same tracks as last official Coil album The New Backwards, but only as early versions, demo-like, but they contain certain power and rawness. Also there are some tracks from other compilations, but in different versions.

It would be easy to say  "hey there is nothing new", but it is essential to see how Coil's art changes, and why are there such a radical shifts in the albums and shows diversity in their work, cause 20 years has pass. Also, if you go deep with the Coil discography to really understand psychological change into authors vision of certain piece of art.
And one more thing. This is not part of official studio albums discography. As we saw, both of core members are not with us, but there is a body of work, and with pleasure we will go and dig it, and trying to connect the dots and mystery behind phenomenon that is Coil. Yes there are better LPs and releases, but this one is another chapter, and there are conformations that there will be more music from the vault. Can't wait.
Coil is like the gnostic book of alchemy with hyper-text, that can be read from backwards, from beginning, even up-side down, then there is codes in the text, codes in the pages, codes in pictures. That's sounds like serious fun, but real Coil fan is not having fun. He is learning and seeks for... something.


So the question is: is it worth the money? Well if you consider yourself a Coil-ist,  there is no doubt - get it! But if you are beginner, you can easily go to Love Secret Domain, Horse Rotorvator, or even Scatology, and don't forget . But if have heard of Coil, then there is perfect compilation: A Guide For Beginners: Silver Voice, and A Guide For Finishers: Golden Hair compilation, for me it's some kind of "greatest hits." (somewhere you can find it as one release under the name: The Golden Hair With Golden Voice).

"See The Black Sun Rise, From The Solar Lodge" Coil - Solar Lodge

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Thighpaulsandra - Golden Communion (Editions Mego)

When you read Tim Thighpaulsandra Lewis's musical Curriculum Vitae you will notice huge body of work as a artist. Pretty big part of that corpus is mostly gathered around collaborations with Julian Cope, Spiritualized, but mostly working with the black Sun band that is known as Coil. Collaboration with Coil that still resonate to this day, actually spreads from Astral Disaster, both volumes of Musick to Listen in the Dark, also live releases like Queens of Circulation Library and Constant Shallowness leads to Evil, Selvaggina, and most experimental Coil's album Time Machines. Highly praised for his synthesizers and keyboards, a multi-instrumentalist with significant roles in other people's albums and projects. Also his solo career with bravery  released 10 albums (including this one on review), stylishly ranged from Industrial, Electronic, Neo Folk, with the topics on homo-eroticism, alchemy and religion, witch crafting, forgotten magic rituals, new age esotheria, ecology, human corruption and human condition... did I mention search for inner-self.


The new album The Golden Communion was released on cult label Editions Mego who are famous for releasing albums as pure art forms - from cover to music itself. And they hit the moment, cause in the same month, in-between couple weeks, when Coil - Backwards and Carter Tutti Void - f(x) are released. So we now  we have three albums different albums with artistic vision, that came from the same source. Actually all up mentioned artists used to work together, so there is certain aesthetics. Also we all wait for another album from ex-Coil member Drew McDonald's Collapse album, so that's another treat.

The Golden Communion, as Thighpaulsandra said, some songs were maid a couple years ago, with different structures, but left behind in some of his "folders". The Golden Communion is collection of proggy rock feelings (" I love electric guitar, why should I play just electronic stuff") and long drone and kosmische tracks. So if we look the album as coherent story it's easy to imagine modern rock/electronic opera, Tommy-like. Ok I'm just kidding about Tommy, but there is for sure underline, a concept, a story to tell, in this album. 

Salute is slowly builder, that explode in your face, and sounds perfect as a opener. Especially with all those distorted guitars and synths. Did He Fall is breakbeat-ish rock hit, it could be easily played on the radio during day time. My favorite track is The Foot Garden with melancholic and gothic chorus, about loosing somebody we love. I still feel goosebumps when I hear it. A Devil in every Hedgerow has small intro (like in opera), with strong and powerful female vocal, and then goes through dark forest-like sounds, and then ends like requiem with Thighpaulsandra on piano by himself, with fatal and tragic song text. Songs Misery and Valery have similar approach, they start with certain atmosphere, and then in the middle everything turns up-side-down, and final parts of the song are something different. I didn't made any wrong impression when I said it is kind of opera inspired music. The Sinking Stone is pure darkwave/industrial/ambient track with a lot of noise. But for me, best tracks are, over 20 minutes long: The Golden Communion, and  The More I Know Men, The Better I like Dogs, which are semi-instrumentals, perfect for dark rooms and self questioning. Or riff heavy On The Register with that powerful riff, with low downed verses.

All in all Thighpaulsandra made strong and powerful album which combines rock/industrial metal with atmospheric "practical magik" slower experimental tracks. Someone wouldn't like crossing the genres, but it is perfect on the long run, not in the sprint. Just sit, make some coffee, tea or red wine, and just let yourself in the magical world that Thighpaulsandra made for You.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Mixes of the Week(s)

Comic was taken from:

So here we are. to celebrate music in form (and structure) of mixes. From trippy&droney, to straight straight-to-the-point-in-the-heart of dancefloor fillers.

SeekSickSounds Podcast 176: Inner8

Inner8 is Daniele Antezza, one half of magical post-production and sound engineering duo, and of course artists behind highly praised duo Dadub - all that with partener-in-crime Giovani Conti. People who own Artifacts Mastering Studio, and they stand behind all those releases on Stroboscopic Artifacts label. Including their own Dadub album You Are Eternity - which is one of my favorite Techno album. I wrote about it here, but it was writen in Serbo-Croat language.
Anyway Inner8 delivers highly emotional and dark (not bleak) mix for SeekSickSound, perfect for late-night excursions into inner-self. And let me add this: first I listen it on headphones and felt strange stereo, or 3D effects. But on 5.1 speakers it made all the sense. And Inner8's genius programming of the mix.

.temp - Emergence from the Self

.temp - Emergence from the Self
by Goran Sipka on Mixcloud

.temp is a hero of our latest in the Don't Care About Podcast 004 series. this was his first mix, at it was the reason We approach him to do podcast specially for us. It's easy to see/hear why we decide to do it.

KDVS 90.3 Guest mix: Madteo

.temp is a hero from our latest mix in Don't Care About The Podcast 004 series. This was his first mix, and the reason why we approach him to do podcast, specially for us.

KDVS 90.3 - Guest Mix: MADTEO

I have only words of LOVE for Madteo. First he is great producer and a DJ, who can blend all kind of styles. Secondfind all mixes from Madteo and you will know what I mean...  You won't be disappointed, it's the flea market of sounds and styles. Please do that!!! Third thing, he is the guy who will, in most gentle way communicate with you. At least I had nice time talking to him via social networks.
this mix is what-is-doing-and-how-he pull-that-out-where-did-he-get-those-records moment.

Slam Radio 158: Efdemin

From Berlin to rural Japan, from Berghain dungeons to small intimate public-toilet-turned-into-the-club. From electro-acoustics to hypnotic deep house. From Dial to Ostgut Ton. One of my favorite online/podcast mixes, that we all get for free, I consider his XLR8ER podcast as his finest moment. I was burning in my head and thought that my hair will get on fire. But this one for Slam Radio podcast is also another emotional rollercoaster through the tunnel visions. Just let yourself to submerge.

Ben UFO - Live @ Factory, Osaka

Ben UFO mission is to find all those obscure records, and then make them in potential dancefloor destroyers. Also Ben UFO is one of those guys that destroy the lines between genres and styles with unmatched mixing abilities. I know, cause I'm allergic to bad mixing (but who isn't).
One more little thing, he was also one of those people who started to mix dubstep and techno with his Hessle Audio crew (Pangea, Pearson Sound), and alongside people like 2526, Scuba, Joy Orbison, Peverelist, etc., they gave both genres new dimension and new flavor.

Mein Hertz brennt, and I feel proud:
Filip Alvir Live @ Studio Zumbul

Filip Alvir is my man. I love him like my brother. We spend so much time together, share the same stage behind the decks, in the past. Also he has continue to DJ. His mixing technique was (screaming) common-give-me-one-more-turntable. Fast and furious, take-no-prisoners three decks wizardry.
But this one shows Filip Alvir with his more relaxed (mature?) style of mixing, where he elegantly, let the tracks speak for itself first, and then he mix it with another - like they sing in the in chorus. A truly Gentleman with capitol G.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Carter Tutti Void - f (x) (Industrial Records)

This Summer/Fall fans and radicals, who worship the work and art of Wreckers of Civilisation and people and projects formed around Throbbing Gristle and Industrial Records can truly be satisfied. This Fall we have new Thigpaulsandra album The Golden Communion. The there's Coil's Backwards which is never released (potentially) album from around Love's Secret Domain period, which contains songs released on compilations and some new tracks and demo versions. And there is this: Carter Tutti Void with f (x), which follows their Transverse album. And yes I will review those two albums on this blog - right after this. So stay tuned.

I would love to skip all those must biography thing, but I must write this. Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti were original members of Throbbing Gristle, and after it's termination, they went on with their own project Chris & Cosey. Theirs career and discography is still incredible!!! Always ahead with their minds beyond (and before) rest of the the world (not one step, but kilometers ahead) in their music. Independent and on controls, they steer their own career and making new paths for others - who can only follow them. Chris & Cosey are everywhere, not just as proto-techno musical prophets, but also in every kind of imaginable arts. Pushing the boundaries is just a bad mild phrase to describe it.

Carter Tutti Void is their collaboration project with Nik Colk Void from band Factory Floor, and this is their second album. First one was Transverse, which one was produced and played live on Short Circuit show, and later release for Mute Records.

f (x) is sound of haunting mathematical processes, ghoul-y arithmetic and damned equations. With their music, Carter Tutti Void embodied abstract mathematical ideas. At least, their hard-to-categorize techno/industrial/noise/electronica could easy make you fantasize about shapes and objects from the other side, from unmaterial reality. And also it's produced so clinical clean, without sharp edged sounds, even if it is improvised you can sense certain clearness in music. 
One of those albums that just won't leave you alone, you simply want to put it on repeat, and yes f (x) beats a lot of new quality pure techno records. I'm not saying that cause "oh that's Carter Tutti Void, they are so...". No. It does sounds fresh and excites your mind and body, also you can dance if you feel like it is thing to do.

One more thing, pretty trivial and subjective!!! I guess everyone has their own couple, people who are in love, in relationship - from show business or pop culture. For example Sid and Nancy, Cher and Sonny, etc...
They are mine. I hate to write this but they are prime example how two individuals can work together in  everyday life. I don't know if they are a couple, that's just not a thing to think about it. But I wish they are. Simple. And suddenly started to think that this are love songs. Maybe they are. Equations of love.


More on Carter & Cosey here and Carter Tutti Void interview about the project here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Darth Vutrax - Intergalactic or No Galactic At All (KRV produkcija)

“Predaja nije, nikad nije ni bila i nikad neće ni biti opcija!” – Magabba 2:11

“Kontroliši lov!” – Magabba 23:3

“Samo je rat s ostatkom univerzuma konstantan. Sve ostalo su prolazne iluzije.” - Magabba 7:12

Gore navedene riječi su citati iz "knjige nad knjigama" drevnog naroda sa rodne im planete Urghalis.  Otkud svemirski bard baš u ovo vrijeme, u našoj galaksiji, i našoj planeti ostaje tajna. Najbitnije je, da mi je ove citate i još neke druge pročitao i preveo sam bard, u pauzama između ispijanja C2H5OH. Mada mi je ispričao sve o svojoj rasi, kulturi, istoriji, pa čak i svoje lične putešestvije kao i filozofiju "rata za život" - meni je od sjećanja na tu noć vrlo malo. Ali dokaz da nisam sanjao i da sam se odlično proveo bili su mamurluk i artifakt.

Srebrnasta pločica koju sam izvadio iz džepa zasijala bi jače kad bi je prinjeo uređajima za reprodukciju zvuka, tako da sam ga ostavio blizu svog računara. Artifakt se u jednom momentu poput tečnog čelika fizički spojio sa kučištem računara i stvorio simbiozu sa hard-diskom. Računar i dan danas normalno radi (pišem na njemu), ali na njemu se nalazi muzika. Siguran sam da je dosta ljudi imalo dodira sa gostom sa druge planete, ali ova priča je moja...    

Ovdje će moja kreativnost prestati, jer pisanje SF romana svakako je jedan ozbiljan posao kojim ćemo se drugi put baviti. Mi ćemo se ovdje pozabaviti muzikom svemirskog barda: Darth Vutraxa. Darth Vutrax je alter ego banjalučkog afirmisanog muzičara, koji je iza sebe, za sada, ostavio veliki doprinos banjalučkoj Heavy Metal/Hard Rock sceni. Trivia: Darth Vutrax je sa 50% bendova sa banjalučke scene osnovao ili svirao. Pisac ovih redaka ne želeći se mješati u dinamiku te scene koja je poprilično aktivna, želi skrenuti pažnju da Darth Vutrax iza sebe ima popriličan CV na toj sceni. Darth Vutrax je koncept smješten između Star Wars univerzuma, viteške mitologije i istorije, čak i elemenata Bowie-ovog Man Who Fell On Earth, a poseban dio bi zauzeo Sun Ra-ov Space Is The Place. Tako da se od svih ovih elemenata može kreirati zanimljiva epopeja začinjena muzikom...
Zbog čega onda želim govoriti o ovom albumu? Prije svega muzika je zanimljiva, a sa druge strane, začuditi će te se poprilično moderna. Postoji određeni trend u elektronskoj muzici gdje se muzičari koji i dalje gule staž na Heavy ili Industrial sceni sve češće odlučuju da rade projekte koji su duboko u Ambient, Techno niche-i. Najsvežiji i najtraženiji ljudi iz ovog opisa bi bili: The Hexen Cloak, The Bug, pa čak i Sunn 0))). Pri tom mislim da je presudni uticaj lako dostupna tehnologija koja omogućava izuzetno brzu i efikasnu produkciju. A usput umjetnici bi uvijek trebali raditi na sebi i isprobavati nove ideje i nove staze - hrabro gdje još niko nije išao.


Žanrovski album u sebi ima neo klasicizma sa gotičkim elementima i dark ambienta (The Return of The Intergalactic Scourge), free jazz improvizacija (The Third Host of Urghalis), drone metal pasaža (Through the Warp Gate i Thunderer), kosmische proggy/kraut (Space and Time Disturbances) i zaista impresivnih ethno i folk numera (Intermission at Ord Zbajjj i The Clash of Frulsabers). Mada je space bard himself Darth Vutrax nazvao svoju muziku Free Force, da izbjegnemo žanrovske i stilske nedoumice i svađe.
Neki slušaoci će vjerovatno preskakanje stilova i atmosfera teško ga sažvakati kao cjelinu, ali meni je i ta komponenta zadržala moju pažnju - da se perceptivno ne opustim previše.

Nekonvencionalan za naše podneblje, ali strašno moderan za neko inostrano tržište. Ako bi se ocjenjivali po banjalučkim mjerilima (mada izbjegavam brojkama iskazivati kvalitet) 5/5 - zbog hrabrosti i istrajnosti da se projekat dovede do kraja, ali i primjer bedroom producentima radne etike. Što se tiče nekih specijalizovanih časopisa, portala i site-ova, moglo bi 3/5 - ne više, čisto zbog inflacije ovakvog materijala na tržištu.

Želio bih da moje riječi postanu proročke, i da ovaj album bude obilježen kao year zero, da polako krene stihija elektronskih i elektroakustičnih projekata. Jer poznajem dosta ljudi, koji rade zanimljivu i kvalitetnu muziku, pa gotovo genijalnu - ali je nikad ne završavaju, nikad ne iznose svoja djela pred auditorijum i "kritiku". Ako baš hoćete: evo ako je metalac uradio album experimentalne elektronike (mada oslanjajući se na konvencionalne instrumente), zašto ne bi ste VI  koji vladate beatovima, software-om i plug-inovima ne biste pokušali.

The Force is Strong with this One!!!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Don't Care About Podcast 004: .temp - Suspendo Vir

O Momento mori. .temp je neidentifikovani, trenutni (.temp - IT riječnikom datoteka u koju se skupljaju temporalni file-ovi, najčešće "skinuti" dokumenti sa interneta) projekat kojem je za cilj da ukaže na prolaznost u vremenu, i našu hyper-brzu realnost. Tačnije u formi mixa želi skrenuti pažnju na to da smo u ova postpost-moderna vremena izgubili pažnju. Da bi smo trebali da zastanemo, i da oslušnemo ovaj trenutak. Mix koji vam predstavljamo ima za temu, kako autor kaže:
"Suspendo Vir je latinski naziv za Obješenog (Hanged Man) tarot kartu. Simbolika Obješenog je da je trenutno van kontrole, da je bespomoćan, vezan. Ima nedoumicu sa samim sobom pa ga je to objesilo i okrenulo naglavačke. Nakon toga će ili propasti, ili se dići još jači, ali trenutno ne može nikuda. Potrebno je da se pomiri sa situacijom, i da bude strpljiv. Zbog toga ima toliko manije u miksu; u mraku je, visi. Ali želi da izađe, da se izbori, pa se počne otimati, ali ne može, vezan je. Smiri se, preispituje - i ponovo se otima. Sve dok ne shvati da nije sve u njegovim rukama, da treba da stane, i čeka. A na kraju, hoće li se dići ili propasti je neizvjesno, kao i sam kraj mixa."
Dalje u razgovoru .temp kaže: "To je bilo to sto sam htio da prikažem. Zato je mix nekonvencionalan, u smislu miješanja žanrova i raspoloženja. A što se tiče mene? Ma ja nisam bitan, muzika je bitna. Ja sam svakako temporary."

(English version)

O Momento Mori. .temp is unidentified, temporary (.temp - in IT technical wordbooks means special data file where OS collects mostly "downloaded" or from other media gathered files) project who's intention, or statement is to remind us all on passage of time, our hyper-reality. In the form of DJ mix .temp wants our attention to be focused, to stop for the moment, and to feel and listen that moment. Actually, in this post-postmodern times,  we have lost ability to focus on the moment, right exact the moment. Here are the words from the .temp himself::
"Suspendo Vir (lat.) is Hanged Man tarot card. The symbolism behind Hangman stands for one is out of control of things, he is helpless, tangled. His circumstances or doubt about himself lead it to that situation: where he is tied-up and turned upside-down. There are conclusions to this situation: or he will fall, or he will break free. But in these moment he can't do anything, so he have to accept the situation and be patient, to figure out how and become aware of  possibilities and knowledge. That is why there is so much mania in the mix itself, he is in the dark, his perception of world is turned upside-down. So we can only know one thing for sure: we don't know what will happen, there is suspension, just like the end of the mix."
Also .temp said one more thing: "That's what I wanted to show with my mix, that moment situation. That's why mix is unconventional, with full range of styles and energies, and moods, of course. And what about me you asked? Well I'm temporary. Music is all that matters.



1. Kraftwerk - Strom
2. Kraftwerk - Harmonika
3. Ø (Mika Vinio) - Syväys
4. Sev Dah - Fallen Comrades
5. Johann Johannsson - Escape
6. Nikola Vranjkovic - Armatura Prva
8. SHXCXCHCXSH - Wadin Guise
9. Marcel Fengler - Distant Episode
10. Damir Imamovic - Dva Se Draga
11. Polar Inertia - The Last Vehicle
12. Population One - A Simpler Form A1
13. Kraftwerk - Atem
14. Vatican Shadow - Arms Of Yahweh
15. Violetshaped - Black Wisdom, White Witch
16. Acronym - Isolated From the Land
17. Mikhail Rudy & Jeff Mills - Impossible Love
18. Radiohead - Codex
19. Boards Of Canada - White Cyclosa

Thursday, October 1, 2015

V.A. - No.I. (No-Ware)

“Work on a good piece of writing proceeds on three levels: a musical one, where it is composed; an architectural one, where it is constructed; and finally, a textile one, where it is woven.”
Walter Benjamin

First of all, I know this is released in May 2015, and I got it for a couple of months already. No, it's not because I'm writing this down from Bosnia, Balkans. One might think that things come here late or they don't come at all. Hey we're part of Europe, at least geographically. That was funny introduction.
I wanted to come to this slowly, to dive-in, to give myself some time with it. I was trying to be easy-going, to enjoy it, to listen it, so it might settle down. Like a good meal, for example. I wondered would it stand the test of time. Also I didn't want to tell anyone about it, I wanted just to be mine.

No Ware is a German label, owned by Uwe Schmidt and Material Object, and it is based on ambient and  techno releases. It is easy to connect music with visual identity of the label. Simple triangle in the middle, and abstract picture behind it. It gives perfect identity to the label and the music. So music on those releases can be perceived like that. Simple programmed sound structure based on drone/loop. With  simple overdubbed tones, melodies, and half-harmonies that lay down on basis. Music is dreamy, soft, light, atmospheric, harmonized.

No. I. is mixed compilation of released and unreleased tracks from label. Tracks were specially re-made, re-looped so it could have effective flow. Tracks were produced in the way so it could have sense of cohesiveness. Like a living organism that's grown and expand, and in one point becoming rational and self-aware. You won't have sense of dream logic, spontaneous happening of things. It have his objective and every part have his role, it's systematic, logic and mix have straight-forward lineage. It isn't impulsive, it have certain rules and passage.
On the other hand, it is not hermetic and closed in those rules. It gives you freedom to create your own vision and sensibility of it. Mix will guide you, but it will give you possibility of your own growth and stream of your consciousness. It wouldn't give you steering wheel and gear shift stick, but you could choose the paths, motorways and freeways, or shortcuts and even off-roads.

It is an ambient music, but with clarity and structures and forms. I have no problems with a lot new music that almost got no forms, just like gas. No. I.  isn't that kind of music. Yes you are free and you will be free, but music has to have patterns and textures, the sense of something solid.

Intelligent music for intelligent people, who have time, but you wouldn't need to train your attention span. And that is something.  

01. Atom TM - No. I
02. Atom TM & Jacek Sienkiewicz - Zero Time Collapsing
03. Raw-C - Ego Split II
04. No. Inc. - Early Reflections (Part II)
05. Jacek Sienkiewicz - Berceuse
06. Steve Law - Ascension Engine
07. Sagittarius A - Omega Point (Delta Shuffle Remix)
08. Sagittarius A - Omega Point
09. NSI. - A.R.T. V
10. Jacek Sienkiewicz - Sto_rys
11. Atom TM + Jacek Sienkiewicz - Zero Time Collapsing
12. Atom TM - Alpha Txt Live at Labyrinth
13. Sagittarius A - Omega Point (Material Object Remix)