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Newsletter #26 | G.R.I.T., Gradient, Fischerle, Martin Nonstatic, Dzenis Mantsevich, Herbstlaub, Machinefabriek, The Spaced Goats...
It's been a while since we last spoke. Many things have been keeping us Entropites off the radar since we last updated you. Firstly then apologies to anyway awaiting news from us. The past few months have kept us extremely busy, and the result, which we're certain you'll agree, is an amazing newsletter, stacked to the gunwales with the finest of releases. We won't surmise here, just dive in but be sure to check the detail and artists for each release. We are, for certain, extremely proud of the music we've collected together, resulting in this selection of truly essential releases..... but then we would say that ;)
G.R.I.T. | Expanse (The Remixes)
The long-awaited release is available! Featuring 18 exclusive (and awesome!) remixes from:
Octal Industries, cv313, Quantec, Yagya, P. Laoss, Mr. Cloudy, Axs, Alteria Percepsyne, Octex, Grad_U, Liquid Level, Havantepe, Sage Taylor, Arc Of Doves, Mind Over MIDI, Overcast Sound, The Nautilus Project and Gradient. EL.007 is a limited edition to 100 copies. (2xCD + bonus).
This one really does do all the talking for itself!
SHIPPING BEGINS NEXT WEEK ^^
Martin Nonstatic | Afterglow
The Ep "Afterglow" was conceived during a video/sound session named "duoluxe" at the beginning of 2011. Editing sounds in realtime, influenced by video/artworks (like glow effects) was a special and new experience, and a good way to combine my heart and head together in the same direction, touching the roots of the Afterglow tracks...
MaîtreDuMal | Dans Les Détails
MaîtreDuMal is the latest project from Plan9‘s electro producer. He was part of the Parisian trouble-making crew Sub:Culture which has, since 2003, organised electro and drum’n bass parties, alongside artists such as Mc Wapi and Niveau Zero. MaîtreDuMal is an electro-darkstep project comprising a héritage in metal music (guitarist in the french Death-metal band ‘Foetur’) and the electro/IDM genre. He is also a video games sound designer and composer. These influences led him to produce dark-pop melodies, rapped by crazy and dazzling sound-designed wobbles and sound effects. The whole is clocked and energised by nervous and frantic beat breaking, creating a demanding sonic experience for the listener. This Release “Dans les détails” is his debut EP. "It contains 4 tracks, introduced by “le Ventriloque” which is a presentation of the dominant and overwhelming character of the master of evil (French translation for “maître du mal”). This is the entrance to the CD, and the entrance to my sonic domain. So the requirement was that this entrance needed to be very impressive, climatic and dramatic: hence the orchestral intro, heavy black metal guitars, and haunting screaming leads, imposing such dark power and might. The second track “Mordred” is more an acoustic explosion of basses, FX and crazy rhythmic patterns. The structure is kind of fucked up, but in it's finale it turns out to make sense. I really enjoy getting lost in a track, and having a hard time getting back on my feet. As if the simple fact of losing your direction, gave you the right direction, finally… The third track is “le désepoir des singes”. This time I really wanted to emphasise the melodic side, and work on the best way to combine rhythmic efficiency with good harmonic narration and evolution throughout the track. I really love the way it advances at 3:20 with the really depressing sequence, and the progression to get to it. Nothing is predictable, though it seems very natural and fluid. This track is also not very logical, but I like getting deeper and deeper with that one ! The last track “Omnicrâne” is the closure of the EP, and the samples reflect the disturbed mind of a confused woman. The track is in a way schizophrenic - there is a first part, very electro, very melodic, with a harmonic crescendo that I really enjoy, and then the track morphs into something really harsh, with rhythmic cuts, big razor sharpened basses. And it comes to the final outro, which is a dark cold and windy place, where the lost woman thinks the voices in her head will stop when the little music box stops…..But it won’t stop…" Enjoy this mind-diving experience, a tragic galaxy of devilish yet fabulous musical wasteland !!! All tracks produced by Christophe Forner.
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Paranoia Department | Disturbance And Forgotten Diseases
Paranoia Department is an underground entity providing dark, moody, esoteric, visionary eletronic music. Tired of generic sounding music, sometimes clinical, detailed, dark and maniacal, sometimes genuinely naif, catchy and playful, his output always tries to cover three key words: eclecticism, originality and innovation, with space for the soul and absolute respect for the masters and the brilliant musical minds who have choose to be different. All tracks produced by Giuseppe Renda.
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Herbstlaub | Remnants
Remnants of sounds, remnants of things or remnants of things already lost.. All things are lost, eventually. "Remnants" (2012) isn't an attempt to get a grip on this matter, trying to give it a second life or as you can state alternatively: trying to lose the loss. On the contrary, this release is at the heart of the things which pass constantly through us, as every moment renews itself - to become: a new one; to become becoming and to lose itself again, in itself. To make this process tangible and harmonious, parts are alternated with broken sounds, occasionally sustained with deep, trembling invoking baselines. Repetitive parts are intensified with pure sounds until they get larger and larger, eventually cutting through you and resulting in an explicit awareness and feeling of the moment. Music as the phenomenology of loss -to become renewed and to become rigid again - because, also, music must stop; once. Hence the loss. Herbstlaub', a belgium ambient artist, who's sound can be described as warm, elongated melancholic layers which resemble both something of an eternal loss as well the concealed joy of continuous recollecting. Normally he is somewhere inbetween the head and the hands, combining ambient spheres with intelligent beats, for example in his latest album 'The Streets Aren't For Dreaming Youth'. However for this release on Entropy he totally disrobes himself of the beats and clicks to evoke a world which is dark, so dark indeed that it is actually hardly to conceive a darker one, but also, one which is pure at the same time. A world which is a witness of loss, but yet that you can experience over and again in only 22 minutes. All tracks produced by Jens Vydt.
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Esther Burns | The Genius Of The Crowd
« There is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day
and the best at murder are those who preach against it
and the best at hate are those who preach love
and the best at war finally are those who preach peace... »
Opposed by the great Pope of liberalism Milton Friedman, "The genius of the crowd", a poem by Charles Bukowski reminds us to be vigilant against the speech from the dominant ideology. The text read by Bukowski is separated into three parts set to music by Esther Burns. The electronics are crossed guitars, old keyboards, piano and other mechanical sounds... Incredibly topicality, the text and its author appear as the flower of the cover: worn and faded, but beautiful, powerful and timeless. All tracks produced by Emmanuel Chagrot & Philippe Sangara.
Also in the shop, a limited number of their excellent album are availble.
A very nice 6 panels digisleeve with booklet, bonuses, old picture...
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Machinefabriek | Elastiek
I had been thinking of making a long form static drone piece for quite some time, but I just wasn't patient enough to actually do it. It takes some effort to let a sound be, and not being tempted to manipulate it. Though I won't call my music very wild, the 20 minutes of 'Elastiek' are by far the most continuous I've done. And I think it's best to listen to not as a musical piece, but more as an ongoing 'state'. Oviously, there's not much action in the composition, but it's all in the details. The focus gradually shifts from one frequency to another, causing slow, barely perceptable movements. When I stretched out the piano tone used in this work, I noticed that I was listening to it like I would listen to a refrigerator, or some air vent... not looking for progress in the audio, but diving into the sound, and focussing on different beating frequencies, timbres and tones that are to be found when listening closely. Like dissecting it under a microscope. All tracks produced by Rutger Zuydervelt.
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In addition to all these new releases, we are pleased and likwise proud to present in the STORE SECTION many excellent and higly recommended releases from Confineless, ZeECc, Silent Season, Cold Tear, Databloem... Be sure to check them out!
Futhermore, we have few copies of the brillant French ambient-experimental and avant-gardiste oriented magazine Fear Drop. Each issue comes with a CD compilation containing the highest quality music of the genre.
So to conclude, we feel the musical selection brought to you this time around is one of our strongest yet, and am sure you'll not want to miss a single thing here... each and everyone is being essential listening. All releases are available digitally and physically and samples are available within the pages on the site... be sure to take a listen, enjoy and then spread the word.
Much love until next time.....
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