Category Archives: Music Recommendations

Vertical67 | Friction EP

Veglord Vertical pleases us with yet another Funky Acid Gem on Mechatronica!

"Vertical67 presents a set of funky, acidic electro grinders on the Friction EP. A longtime figure in the Berlin underground and frequent live act at Mechatronica's club nights over the past 5 years, Vertical67 fuses inspiration from IDM, electro, acid, breaks and jungle into a pressure cooker of an EP, with enough friction to move the mind and the floor."

Oxvac “Partials” | on Pr0gramma Records

As part of the American electronic music collective Pr0gramma Oxvac has been releasing his music since about 2015.

On his latest release "Partials" he clearly demonstrates references to abstract rhythm constructs as they were cited by greats like Autechre in the Warp era . However, he neither tries to make himself comfortable in homage nor in practising some kind of beatmashing-competition but adds a very personal coloring. Which, in its warmth, happily stands out from the cold, mathematical IDM sound. The warm analog origin of the modular system responsible for most of the synth sequences is clearly audible and the background noise that accompanies us throughout the whole album sets itself like a little piece of meadow under the tracks so that the organic melodies may writhe on it. The beat structures also seem to hover between complex patterns and a wide-breathing 4/4 bass drum.

So yet again another happy accident to find such beautiful electronic music from the U.S. of A. From this side of the Atlantic's perspective I can  just say it's nice that you're no longer necessarily get overpowered by EDM-Metal-Dubstep, but can also lift the actual treasures (which have always been there!). At least on platforms like Bandcamp and Co.

Musik der Sterne Vol 1 | Tape Compilation

"We are part of the universe and music is the code..."

This quote from Vangelis adorns the inlay of the tape compilation from Berlin-based tape label Per Musica Ad Astra. After a couple of vinyl releases and regular broadcasts on Intergalactic.FM they took the opportunity on their first compilation to run free on their obvious fondness for so-called Kosmische Musik . Restrained driving beats nestle in soaring pad sounds on their journey trough space to maintain a very homogeneous travel speed over the course to all eight representative planets (or artists as some may say). 

Well done Captain!

And not to forget, our man Vlight Attendend Vertical67 was also part of the crew.

Premium Bananen from Zanderhythm

Z12(V)-028-Premium Bananen--1x1/Ufirst
From Karlshorst to Marzahn gentrified Banan´'!

1x1 recorded in Luca's Studio (Karlshorst).
Recorded and mixed by Luca Andriola .
Ufirst recorded in Fz16-112 by Max .
Luca : Synth , Guitar ,Drums , Voice
Max : Synth , Drums , Bass

Patrick Vian | Bruits Et Temps Analogues

When I first became aware of Patrick Vian's album
Bruits Et Temps Analogues by it's release on Staubgold Records, I was not aware that this was a 1976 reissue because
Vian's expeditions to the soundscapes of jazz, fusion, electronica are s
o timeless and cross-genre.

In each of his titles, he builds up picturesque arrangements with the help of analog synthesizers, field recordings, percussion and all sorts of exotic instruments which never quite engage in classical song or instrumental structures, but always wavering towards an unique idea. Here and there it gets quite funky and you wait for the drums to go on the one, but Vian refuses the easy way, creating unique timeless sound paintings.

So, if you haven't been travelling in a while, that's the perfect Album to do so.

Brainwaltzera | Poly-Ana

When Brainwaltzera released Poly-Ana in 2017, coming out of nowhere, they were kinda hyped by the fact that they had no other than Aphex Twin as a true fan on their Soundcloud List. These Hypes can easily overshadow the true worth of an release or artist. But it must have worked and is granted to them.

Poly-Ana is kinda like a new Planet that all of a sudden appeared at your window and you start wondering if it always had been there. It combines the warm earthy sound structures of the ones like Four Tet with the wobbly Synth Melodies from Boards of Canada but always keeps to it's very own emotional dimension. This helps the album to gradually break away from the mentioned comparisons in your consciousness and to develop a timeless value on its own.

Beathaven | Electro Sonatas

The mighty Beathaven himself labels it Devonshire Electronic Music.

"Unknown to the masses, techno and electro was invented in the dangerous back streets of North Devon. This music is in our veins, brains and hearts."

Like most of his releases he published Electro Sonatas on his very own playground Midievil Records. And it's yet another excellent example of the healthy diversity of acid infected, machine loving, intelligent dance jamming scene you can find under the hood of Bandcamp, Soundcloud and on various smaller Vinyl Labels.

It's stunning how Beathaven keeps his tunes from the straight Four-To-The-Floor recipe but still gives you no other choice than follow with your body like a wigglely worm. Add some detuned Synth Lines on top and you can imagine how life was back in Midievil times. Dark but adventurous, rough but also spontaneous. So hopefully Beathaven will keep on leading us the way trough Devonshire Forest.

Ghostband | Grime Synthesis

Got that little scamp! Ghostband is not a band! It's a kid in a candy store smearing his tunes with glittering melodies and evil plans to put you on one leg. And before you know it you are in the middle of a breakcore massacre.

Ghostband is throwing out self released recordings since 2011 but came first into my consciousness with his Tape Release Acid Deco which got some promotion via the legendary Bleep Store (Which is an offshoot from Warp Records as far as I'm aware). It had "Acid" in it's name, so what could you do wrong by grabbing it. But it sure wasn't an Acid Album. It reminded me somehow of Venetian Snare's early sample based Breakcore mayhems, that always contained this errant wicked humor. But it wasn't a Breakcore Album by definition. Instead it took all these ingredients and tossed them around with a very playful attitude.

Grime Synthesis takes this musical diversity even further (let alone that it's not a Grime Album). It feels like AFXs Donkey Rhubarb on heavy rotation. Rhythmically it feels like a bouncing ball that refuses to listen to the laws of gravitation and while the melodies always start kinda fluttering around friendly, you know that this ain't gonna end in peace.