Freshly made for you! and cynically nicking its name from the Children of Alice’s new record and only slipping in a short exerpt of the track – this is a mix that takes in a lot of the stuff from the recent EU postcards posts and shakes them like multi coloured sprinkles over the whipped vanilla cone of european unity. or something. Make mine a 99.
Jonáš Gruska – V dolinách/Píly Children Of Alice – The Harbinger of Spring (excerpt) Einstürzende Neubauten – Hymnen Sias – Spring Communication Unholy Satan – Let Satan Speak Through Your Anus TapeWorm – Nahnitý mozog Maoupa Mazzocchetti – Portion Microlith – Acid in a Church Pierre Bastien – Gnostic Illicit Song Lumisokea – Jenseits (Dub) Driftmachine – Gaukelwerk Oranssi Pazuzu – Luhistuva aikahakki Black Candle – Gray ritual Mirt – Michael’s Theme Leyden Jars – Industrial Estate Revolution Banabila, Machinefabriek – Awake Machinefabriek – Vowls Jenny Hval – Untamed Region S Olbricht – Rien Gondwana – A Gospel Of Dirt Jonáš Gruska – Teba hľadá duša má, pokoja nikde nemá /Pasa II.
Driftmachine’s ‘Colliding Contours’ was another big favourite with me last year and they’ve handily just followed it up with a sequel featuring a couple of remixes and some new stuff as well. See below the lengthy and wild Shackleton re-imagining of ‘Radiations’. A Berlin-based duo tinkering with modular synthesis sounds a bit “you’ve got latte froth in your moustache Heinrich” I know, but this is not a formless cassette release of free form murk far from it (although I’d still like it if it was) these guys are firmly in control of their temperamental analogue charges. Like the cover art, there’s a hard edged abstract geometry at work but it’s providing structure more than just constricting things to any rigid techno grid. There’s a nighttime, urban feel to the whole thing. Industrial, kosmische, and experimental elements riding tense grooves and what it amuses me greatly to call an unheimlich electronic atmosphere. ‘Observant Sirens’ features what sounds like an old dial up modem having some kind of emotional crisis and it’s this finely struck balance between stark machine music and the more organic, emotive chaos of modular synthesis that gives the whole record its charm. It’s absolutely brilliant, familiar and yet unique at the same time.