Deffektegg – Weightless – Amek
So I am way late on getting this posted as I received the promo in September and it somehow got lost on my laptop…. Sorry about that… This cassette features some sweet ambient and drone music from Bulgaria and is released from the same label our good friend Mytrip calls home. This release sounds exactly how the title of the album describes it: weightless. Picture yourself on afloat in warm waters but upon a deep, pitch black sea with just a faint light from the moon above you. The waves start off gently, evident on track one, but grow darker and somewhat stormy as the album goes on. The distortion rises quite a bit; its atmospheres match what I picture to be a rough time on the water (and having grown up for a bit on the water, this is a fairly accurate match). However, this album could also serve as a soundtrack to the most nightmarish regions of deep space. Needless to say that things get loud, darker and wilder as the album nears its end. Fans of Mytrip, Deeper Than Space, drone music, noise and ambient music will be happy to get this in their paws. (4.7 out of 5). Digital downloads up on the label’s page.
Klangselektor – Headspace EP – Black Rose
Described as a mix of electronic-organic-dub-wobble and a little dubstep, this cassette paves its own way into the electronic landscape. It’s definitely rooted in the realm of dub and it has bits of dubstep in it, but it is certainly not loud, over the top or trying to cash in on the dubstep craze. This release is bold, fearless and fresh, drifting between classic dub and sticking its claws into the darker, more free-spirited side of dubstep. But it’s more than that. It leans on bits of techno, industrial and even experimental music. In other words, this is not overly-produced crap. This IS new. This IS good. This IS not afraid to do as it pleases. Hell, there are even elements of spoken word here and there (most of it is in German) and that’s not something you get every day out of the genre (dub poetry not withstanding). I like this. It’s well worth a listen. But hurry, this is a limited release on the cassette format! (4.9 out of 5)
Hanetration – Acid Reflux – self-released
It’s no surprise that Hanetration is good at making drones. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the drones in question are always quite varied and aren’t your typical drones. That is to say, that as with previous releases, the drones are samples, tweaked and manipulated and reconstructed into wild, haunting and beautiful melodic and dreamy drones. This release compiles seven of these that you have to hear before you die. I could get lost in these so easily, over and over again. I can’t find too much more to say about it. Tune in and enjoy…. (5 out of 5)
Needless Art – Embryo EP #2 – Needless Art
The sophomore release under this project, Needless Art leaps into darker and more uncharted waters. The opening track was described as “sparse” in the promo and I feel that’s a fitting term. Think space ambient but more… spaced out. Track two opens with a guitar sample before hopping onto bouncy rhythmic distortion and layered drones that grow in intensity and frequency before diving back under the waves. Perhaps a bit loud and spots but that’s just me. A light beat meets us in the final track. Things get a bit more experimental here, yet remain fairly simple (another “complex simplicity” type track) while engaging me all the way through. This one feels more like a standout but fits in perfectly with the previous two tracks. Quite an interesting release! (4.7 out of 5)