Sharp and witty new underground techno from producer and label namesake Trium Circulorum – returning to us this time with a fuzzy-yet-banging cassette release in LESS – an epic 90 minute techno tape housing a masterclass in underground dancefloor stylistics and hazy yet intense atmospheric soundscapes.
LESS carries some heavy weight with it, from the instrumentation to the mixing to the track-lengths, with the very shortest track clocking in at 8 minutes and 48 seconds. The scale is massive yet once you hit play and the BPM kicks in, you will find the tape flying by in a coasting frenzy.
The energy does not let up from Side A to Side B – though the production does see some small variation especially in tracks like HEART – which jumps in and out of the traditional four-to-the-flour kicks and a off kilter two step pattern for a nicely welcome mid project mixup. Or the heavily experimental synthesizers in HOPE which sound like a distressed brass choir simultaneously escaping a reaper yet tuning up their instruments at the same time!
There is a certain wholesome lo-fi-ness to the release, basking in its less than EDM quality resulting in a soupy yet satisfying blur. The Gaussian fade helps to ease the harsher sounds entry onto the scene – while solidifying a warm spot for the deeper side of the spectrum. Fuzzy booms pound away as synths shred and dance furiously atop the foundation that’s been set.
I haven’t heard this one on tape yet – but I can only assume the analog adaptation will do even more wonders to the mix, adding even more layers of hazy warmth and warbled personality to the tracks. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, or at the very least give it a play or three via the digital edition! Both are available via Bandcamp
Synergy is a 4 track EP of radically luscious soundscapes and gritty experimental techno created by Isamesu and presented by Illegal Alien Records.
This release really drew me in – gripping my attention with fierce determination. This is psychedelic ambient music that has been soaked in absinthe and distortion for a fortnight. Fusing together ambient mentality with techno urgency, Isamesu communicates a feeling of futuristic antiquity with their layers of frothing percussion and otherworldly synths. The sounds provoke you to contemplate – encouraging the listener to stand on their toes and scan the horizon, hunted and haunted.
Truly energetic and unique, throw this one on for big cyberpunk vibes and archaic inspiration. Available now digitally or on cassette via the label’s Bandcamp page.
Constant Repetitive Rhythm is the latest album by Moog Conspiracy – a collection of 10 tracks with a deep and dark techno flavor.
Very energetic sounds with just the right amount of sonic experimentation. Moog Conspiracy does a nice job weaving dark ambience and fuzzy textures into the club framework – resulting in a subtly cyberpunk experience.
There’s enough going on in this project to elevate it beyond a bundle of tracks for DJ placement despite its club sensibility. The close listener will be rewarded with lush synthesizers and dank atmospherics churning beneath a pulsing kick drum.
It will come as no surprise that the tracks sit in the realm of techno (which Constant Repetitive Rhythm is a pretty solid definition of!), and Moog Conspiracy uses this framework to propel the listener forward, feeding interesting sounds along the way. Tracks like Wizard and Tristesse highlight some very satisfying synths and sounds, where others like Dark Side of the Light are constructed as classic deep-techno bangers.
If you’re a fan of club sounds, deconstructed or otherwise, you will find something to enjoy in this release! You can pick up the digital version and stream now via the artists Bandcamp page.
The recent EP, Flow State by Illinois based techno producer Zvrra brings us minimalist, driving techno that instantly puts us into the state of, well, flow promised.
The opener, the eponymous Flow State, is crisp, punchy and brittle in equal measure. We’re night-driving through a deserted strip-lighted tunnel in search of some warehouse rave that will never emerge.
Flow State II follows, taking things to an even more minimal place with subtly skittering beats and a menacing bass riff slowly-but-insistently driving us forwards.
Track 3, The Gift of Dexterity, sees a glimmer of albeit-still-quite-icy synths breaking cover over the sparse horizon. The track’s title hints at Zvrra’s ability to deftly introduce new elements to their compositions that keep us hooked whilst never breaking us out of the titular flow state we’re locked into.
This EP’s closer, The Curse of Dexterity, flips the tone of the first three pieces, introducing a harder, more submerged soundscape with a rapid bass kick and the future-kitsch chirruping of computer systems fluttering in the background.
Zvrra’s ability to keep techno fresh and exciting whilst staying true to its minimalist hypnotic essence makes their music an essential addition to your sonic world.
Well HELLO there readers! It certainly has been a while since we had one of these!
We are very pleased to announce the return of the FRESH BATCH – a monthly roundup of the freshest and finest sounds from the underground!
The goal of the FRESH BATCH is to provide a one-stop shop for some quality music. Too busy to browse through Bandcamp tags or thumb through your social media feeds?! We got you.
Thanks to our over 6 years of experience combing through labels, collectives, blogs, PR blasts and pure curiosity – we collect interesting and inspiring sounds every single month – trim the fat and hand deliver it…..FRESH.
True, pure dub-techno vibes brought to us by the crew at Hello Strange – this fresh full-length from Heavenchord is pulsing with fresh energy and signature mellow tone. Wandering across 7 tracks and 2 remixes, we are greeted by deep and round bass, steady rhythms and lush chords (as one would expect!). It’s quite a relaxed listen, with a very nice flow both overall and within the individual tracks. Microcosmos 3 is a favorite with a definite old school dub techno vibe sounding straight out of the early 2000’s with those echo’d hits and laid back yet excited pace.
Boom! Selections! All over the world folks are pumping out incredible compositions and projects – as always it’s tough to keep up, but we’re doing out best! Please enjoy this selection of recently released excellence – the best of the best for whatever the reason – along with some goodies on the horizon to look forward to…
3/17 – Tabernacle Takeover, by Gaddy (The Rust Music) Bass
3/20 – Beyond the Time Barrier Travelers, by Adult Human Band (Already Dead Tapes) Experimental
4/8 – Ultraviolet Radiation, by Feral (HYPNUS Records) Atmospheric Techno
4/10 – Plant Lab, by Plant Lab (Crash Symbols) Psychedelic
AIR DRIVE LP, by Zwansound Released by Girly Girl Musik Experimental Ambient / Dreampunk / IDM
Alienomy, by Low Orbit Satellite Self Released Techno / Acid / Electronic
φ-2, by LUSTER-φ Released by xo-archives Experimental Techno / Longform / Electronics
ソリス博物館, by Telenights Released by Seikomart Ambient Vaporwave / Dreamwave / Experimental
火星情緒, by 火星情緒 Released by Illuminated Paths Ambient Vaporwave / Eccojams / Lofi
Slow Dubs Vol.1, by Mystic Fyah Released by INFINITA Dub Techno / Downtempo / Ambient Dub
Filtered Artifacts III, by Coppice Halifax Self Released Ambient Techno / Dub Techno / Deep House
Mínimo EP, by Sacha Rush Released by Kopoc Label Dub Techno / Electronic / Minimal
split, by Lather/BBJr Released by Personal Archives Improvisation / Harsh Noise / Experimental
Jungle Boogie, by Ten Atmospheres Released by NO PROBLEMA Tapes New Age / Ambient / Field Recording
Amongst The Sakura Trees, by Sebastian Paul Released by Shimmering Mood Records Ambient / Drone / Chillout
Atmos, by Hidden Valley Logging Company Released by Lillerne Tapes Lo Fi / Atmospheric / Ambient
February has is coming and going at a brisk pace per-usual, but that has not stopped many producers and artists taking advantage of this strange season to push magnificent new releases. 2020 is trending with huge atmospheres and forward thinking composition, with exciting sounds coming from every direction…
3/9 – Skin to Skin, by Sabriel’s Orb (Inner Islands) Ambient
3/13 – The Devil Defeated, by Darko The Super & Steel Tipped Dove (U Don’t Deserve This Beautiful Art) Hip Hop
4/24 – Hexose, by Sunken Foal (Coundersunk) Electronica
Legacy Media, by Unaired Sitcom
Released by DMT Tapes FL Alternative Vaporwave / Nostalgia / Ambient
Endless, by Zuwe
Released by Seikomart Ambient / Electronic / Naturewave
Peachy, by Abdersta and Azuresands大麻
Released by power_lunch corporation Vaporwave / Future Funk / Plunderphonics
12 Parsec, by Dott Santafeo
Released by Kopoc Label Dub Techno / Electronic / Ambient
A Serene Sky and Clear Air / $T∆3IL
by Dublock / Trium Circulorum
Released by Trium Circulorum Dub Techno / Atmospheric / Bass
Enigma, by Ovoid
Released by The Rust Music Bass / Downtempo / Psychedelic Dubstep
AMBIENCE TOOLS II (50:02), Varvarkt, WHAT NOW BECOMES
Released by Sleep Is Commercial Dub Techno / Deep House / Ambient Techno
Each Of Us Was Several, by Various Identities
Released by Engram Recordings Experimental Ambient / Dream Pop / Improvisational
Virtual Ballet, by Sent Down Girl
Released by No Problema Tapes Experimental / Soundscape / Sound Collage
SHAM, by Kid Mania
Released by Girly Girl Musik Broken Transmission / Experimental / Sound Collage
‘Oumuamua, by shnozberry fields
Released by BOGUS // COLLECTIVE Experimental / Post-Internet / Eccojams