check out our new releases for the last November days this year. Ryan Davis has teamed up with Microtrauma to provide you with new electronic sounds and Sans Parade will please you pop lovers with their pensive new songs. If you prefer an even quieter tone Frederik Köster and Sebastian Sternal offer a jazzy alternative. Pelzig will satisfy any Alternative fan and if you’re rather into dancing, you might like the new remix releases by Heiko Laux and Mathias Kaden. Furthermore we got a new compilation on the label Favorite with some great caribbean disco boogie songs compiled by Waxist, and a re-issue of a 1978 Mabrak Reggae classic. For our Children we got the IGEL Bande with a new collection of christmas songs.
Our highlight this week is Lubomyr Melnyks new Album “Melnyk: Rivers and Streams”, great piano music, released on the London based label Erased Tapes.
All the best
Lubomyr Melnyk returns with his new album ‘Rivers and Streams’, the embodiment of his signature style. Ukrainian pianist Lubomyr Melnyk has often felt that his unique Continuous Music playing is akin to water – flowing and ever connected. As he further developed his technique, and the more the notes flowed, the closer to water he felt. “I found my hands and arms and everything inside them changing from normal muscle and flesh to well…water.” With his latest album, ‘Rivers and Streams’, Lubomyr focuses deeply on this connection to water, to the point where the music itself begins to embody its liquid form. Produced by Robert Raths and Jamie Perera, the album flows seamlessly from the live recordings of ‘The Pool of Memories’, captured in a church, to pieces entirely born in the studio, such as ‘Sunshimmers’ and ‘Ripples in a Water Scene’, which feature Perera on acoustic and electric guitar. Amorphous, ever-changing, Lubomyr as performer becomes subsumed into the natural ebb and flow of the keys as the album drifts between nascent upstream trickles and deeply reflective passages through winding river valleys.
Electronic / Techno
After in all 9 EPs and one album the Traum artists Ryan Davis and Microtrauma have joined forces to record a new EP together. They’re opening track “Harmonia” is a track with a great choice of variables and a skilled and artistic form of shifting and moving them within the track. The result is a loose and unpredictable track which has gigantic, sonic moments. At times it takes out the beat and pulsates along not loosing any of the intensity, the contrary is the case… with each free minded passage the track gains more depth. “Harmonia” is a tremendous pice of hypnotic techno with an gripping arrangement. “Calendula” starts rather introspective and silent but undergoes an enormous transition which puts it in a league with some of the best gentle pieces of melodic techno around. It is hard to wrap up in words how the track moves to totally different corners music wise within its eight minute ride but for all of you who know Ryan Davis and Microtrauma you will have expected something like this to happen. Dubspeeka has remixed “Calendula” in the style of a raw and heavy grinding techno track that is invaded by sounds that come and go in perfectly timed intervals. “Philomela” rounds up the EP and is night crawler of a track that skillfully works with a broken beat and a carpet of orchestral sounds that later are joined by darker ones to create an overall gloomy atmosphere.
New Remix Album with reinterpretations by Michael Mayer, Cuthead, Redshape and Nick Curly. As an ode to the energy of classical – characterized by warmth and soul – house sounds, Mathias Kaden’s second album “Energetic” was received generously this summer by music criticism as well as by longtime fans and not least by dancers on the dancefloors around the world. Since that is where Mathias Kaden first performed his work live. Besides the excitement of the original tracks, there is however always the fascinating question in what way further ‘greats’ of this music will newly accentuate Kaden’s tracks with their remixes, admix other nuances, break out in different directions.
It’s been 20 years! Yes, PELZIG have been around since 1995. Why this isn’t part of general knowledge might be owing to the fact that PELZIG have often been misunderstood to be a side project of SLUT– which, facing the staff intersections, perhaps couldn’t be avoided. Yet, the band has always self-sufficiently chosen its own path. In 2004 their last album „Safe In Its Place“ was released. That was eleven years ago. It feels like an eternity. Eleven years in which the band faced good and bad news, on a personal as well as on a musical level. Meanwhile in the real world, the entire musical landscape was turned upside down. Things changed. Which doesn’t matter to PELZIG, just like anything else. The band never intended to be the next big thing. From an endless amount of ideas a core of ten songs emerged, which PELZIG will release under the title „Medium Cool World“. The album is a distillate from over a decade of various musical influences, changing living environments, strokes of luck and experiences of failure.