Damon Wild began the labels Experimental Records and later Synewave in the 90s, and is well known for his reductive, minimal compositions. Here’s a real gem from him. I’m a massive fan of old trance and this is about as good as I’ve found! Reminding me of cheap early 90s computer games and keygen theme tunes – this is proper trance.
DAMON WILD | LAZERIUM
Mesmerising, deep, dubbed out dreaminess from Creta Kano on Bristol label Happy Skull! Really feeling this whole Ep entitled “Skyway motel”. Perfectly balanced touches of raw hardware fuzziness and beautiful clean synths a la AFX.
CRETA KANO | FALSE WATER
82′ Prelude classic right here…this guy had many jams but this is the one!
NICK STRAKER BAND | STRAIGHT AHEAD
Amazing new limited release from Hauschka on City Slang. If you haven’t heard of the guy before check this video of him in the Boiler Room to get an idea. It comprises of a limited editon vinyl LP documents two 20 minute improvisations that were recorded in Japan last year November and are very loosely based on his last album ‘Abandoned City’. The result is a captivating energetic stream of consciousness set to music.
“Yufuin is a small picturesque town on the Japanese Island Kyushu. We arrived in the afternoon at the main station after a long train ride. After Yoshiyuki Tanigawa picked us up we drove all the way up into the mountains. At the center of a residential area we found a very modern museum called Artegio. We started to set up our equipment and tools around the concert piano in the middle of a room surrounded by only a handful of artifacts. It sounded just great right away. There was also a Cafe in the same house, I remember the relaxed atmosphere while ordering an espresso. They also sold homemade chocolate. We clipped 12 microphones to the Piano and used an additional stereo signal via a sub-mixer which I fused 3 different delays and included a bass drum sound created by a piano hammer. The mixing desk included a built-in recording option so the recording itself was a very spontaneous decision. We had only two tracks so it’s the same stereo-mix that the audience heard. When my sound engineer Michael Buchholz and I listened to the recording for the first time we immediately realized how special it was both musically and sound-wise, and it was then when I decided to make this recording available for everyone. It is a great experience to drive for several hours to a remote and modest place in the mountains of Kyushu only to find the ideal setting to record a piece of music so touching yet rough and spontaneous. Many thanks to Kazuki Tomita, who happens to take me to extraordinary places so often, thanks also to Yoshiyuki Tanigawa (CREEKS) who organized the concert and literally thought of everything.“ Volker Bertelmann / Hauschka Berlin May 2015
The album will be available on June 22nd digitally and as a limited editon vinyl edition. HERE
HAUSCHKA | YUFUIN 01
International Feel have been completely blowing us both away over the past few years with such a diverse set of releases but somehow they seem to all have a perfect coherence. Doing the XOYO warmups we have had a great chance to explore the label and play them full wack to a packed club…this Gonna track is a monster that grows and grows and grows and grows… so amazing hearing this very loud!
GONNO | OBSCURANT