If new album Rausch is music of the forest, it’s a forest existing in the laws of time, physics and narrative found in a Christopher Nolan movie. Where earlier GAS records tethered beats and orchestral samples to a dub techno groove, here the instrumentation often feels like it has been cut away from gravity to orbit erratically through and over the beat.
Following the release of Efdemin’s ‘Naïf’ mix CD on Curle Recordings, our editor-in-chief Tom Durston met up with Phillip Sollmann at his studio in Berlin for a one-on-one discussion about his new mix and the subsequent seven-part series of vinyl that are seeing release through his own imprint Naïf. We also reflect back on his early DJ career, learning the ropes at Pudel Club in Hamburg and his current relationship with Berghain.
From modular improvisation to vocalists recruited through Craigslist, Shy Layers ‘Midnight Marker‘, released May 25th on Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space, had an unusual creation. The record is
Two years after his first incursion on Kompakt, Kenneth James Gibson returns with ‘In The Fields Of Nothing’ LP that shines a particularly bright light on the Californian musician’s arresting melange of minutely-crafted instrumentals, lucid vision and deeply immersive electronics, bearing in them both the solar radiance and crucial minerality of his Idyllwild home.
Let’s not beat about the bush: 2017 was far from a vintage year for the commercial mix. While all and sundry have been lining up to ring the death knell, 2018 is full of enterprising projects looking to buck the trend. The commercial mix certainly still has a few tricks up its sleeve and it would be a far poorer world without it. Efdemin’s ‘Naïf’ is an incredibly strong argument in its favour.
‘The Four Worlds’ feels strange and contextless, a peculiar statement that may seem at first like it doesn’t know what it’s aiming for. Don’t be fooled though, as this bewildered unfamiliarity is an aim in itself. Pulled away from the record and taken as singular statements, any of these eight tracks might not make much sense, but together, they cohere into something weirdly beautiful.
The latest release on Stroboscopic Artefacts, ‘Flowers From The Ashes: Contemporary Italian Electronic Music‘, arrives right in time to remind us that historically “decadent” times have nonetheless