WL//WH Weekly Electronic Music Tips

Weekly Electronic Music Tips #20

Kohl Donnelly photography

PICKS OF THE WEEK:

  • JD Twitch (Optimo) ‘This Was Belgium 1987-89‘ (2 hours of New Beat favourites)                                                 

A precious, quite comprehensive and personal, for this reason even more interesting, ‘summa’ of the New Beat, born and exploded in Belgium over the biennium 1987-88, but still so influential nowadays, from the refined musical taste of JD Twitch, one half of legendary Glaswegian duo and clubbing institution Optimo.

  • Berlin-based industrial techno project of DJ and producer Michael Wollenhaupt (aka Ancient Methods), aka, The Loud Age– “Die Unzeitgemäßen (Sur la maladie part. 2)” from “The Second Siren” album on his own label Persephonic Sirens                                                                                                                                                            

Amazingly adorned by an enigmatic sepia cover-artwork, German electronic visionary delivers seven atmospheric and pulsating, equally entrancing and mysterious, industrial-tinged techno trips, infused with natural drama and melancholy, shrouded in arcane historical haze.

  • Greek psychedelic folk electronic producer Aggelos Baltas (aka Dream Weapons and Fantastikoi Hxoi), Anatolian Weapons feat. Anna vs June – “Athanato Nero (Edit)” off of V/A “V Is For Vision” compilation LP – celebrating five years of Glasgow‘s Invisible Inc. label.

I treasure the Greek producer’s unpredictable and ever-changing DJ sets, that beat after pulsing beat wrap around and expand on you, until relentlessly absorbing you into mysterious and transcendental otherworldy sonic mazes, vibrating of Middle Eastern flavours, krautrock distortions, hypnotic drones, acidic inflexions, cosmic echoes and slow-mo to downtempo entrancing trippy rhythms. The collaboration with fellow Greek experimental electronic artist/singer Anna Papaioannou, aka Anna vs June, couldn’t have been better evidence of the above. All the sampler to celebrate 5 years of the ace Glasgow label Invisible Inc. brimming with such off-kilter mind-bending brilliance.

  • Bogotá, Colombia dark electronic producer Franco (one-half of Vltra Delta Drive and Antimateria founder), Non Punire – “La Epifanía” off of V/A “Cold Light, Low Tide” free compilation on brokntoys

For the last track of the free sampler from brokntoys, given the name, I expected an Italian producer, but instead, my pleasant surprise, is the well-known longtime South American ‘techno agitator’ Franco St with a buzzing and icy-synth expansive slo-mo atmospheric electro dirge, dancing hopelessly over grey, desolate and clanging post-industrial urban wastelands.

  • Finnish experimental/ambient/cinematic/minimal/synth/leftfield pop collaboration between Finnish-born Luxembourgish vocalist-synthesist Maria Rossi and London-based UK synthesist Edward Simpson (half of Circuit Breaker), aka Cucina Povera & ELM “Marmori” from the upcoming album “The Oystercatcher” on Edition Mego
  • Cape Town-based, dark ambient/minimal wave/electronic solo project of the former member of English 80s electronic band Shoc Corridor, Chris Davis “Traction” from V/A “Electronic Emergencies selected by I-Robots” remastered Electronic Emergencies‘ archive tracks compiled by Italian DJ/producer I-Robots
  • Greek experimental/industrial/wave/dark techno producer from Stavroupoli, Penelope’s Fiance “Imparted Righteousness”                                                                                                                                                         
  • Italian experimental/industrial/noise/electronic producer Andrea Natale, aka Anna Funk Damage “Murder City” from the upcoming vinyl album “You are a hopeless failure” on Lux Rec.
         
  • Berlin-based coldsynth/EBM collaboration Unhuman and Petra Flurr “Had Enough” title track from “Had Enough” EP
  • Polish electro-industrial one-man project of Kuba Włodarski based in Łódź, EGOIST “Automate” from the upcoming album “Breaking Moment” on aliensproduction
  • London, UK dark ambient/industrial/breakbeat/ techno producer CATHARSIS “Step Through The Spaces” from “Into the heart of nothing” EP on Zhark
  • Italian industrial /proto-S&M-EBM /dark electronic project of Francesco Baudazzi (Obtane, Zooloft Records), VIOLET POISON “Was It A Homicide” off of V/A “Suburban Tales 2” benefit compilation for Milan on FU.ME               
  • Paris-based Seoul-born industrial techno DJ and producer, co-founder of Industrial-Violence label, EASTEL “Skin & Bones I” from “Skin & Bones” EP on INSANE INDUSTRY
  • Toulouse based Italo/EBM/noise/industrial/techno producer (label boss of Antagonist Field), ???????????????????????? “The Worst Things”                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Bogotà, Colombia industrial techno/noise from the bad half of Alpha & Necromante, aka Bad Faith Actor “Weaponized Fear” oof of upcoming V/A “Blessing In Disguise” cassette compilation on OSM Tapes                           
  • French rave/industrial techno producer and Messe Noire Records Owner, Etienne Thomas aka ANIMAL HOLOCAUST “Act like That” on brand new Istanbul‘s 6t6 label
  • Paris-based rave/industrial techno producer Veta.M – “The Lost Voices” from V/A “VKVA002.3” third and last of three-part charity compilation series (half of the proceeds to will be donated to Ayrshire Samaritans) on Glasgow’s Voight-Kampff Records.
  • Montreal-based, French new wave/EBM/trance/electronic artist, Inside Blur “Amour Assassin (IV Horsemen Remix)” from “Sunken Voices” debut EP on Intervision
  • Brussels based acid/industrial/techno French producer and Vastechoses label co-head, Lostsoundbytes “Burundi Black” from V/A “Scanty Canteen Music” EP 12″ on Swallowing Helmets
  • Mexican industrial/dark techno producer H/E/M/D – “Manufacture” from V/A “Dislocated” cassette compilation on Welsh Affair
  • Berlin-based EBM/dark electronic/techno French producer (aka Lapse Of Reason and half of Imperial Black Unit), Pablo Bozzi “Last Vision” from “Walk On Wire” EP on BITE                                                                           
  • Parisian experimental/EBM/acid/techno producer (honorary member of the Knick Knack Yoda squad and Rinse France resident), Security DJ – “Domestic XS (Cardopusher Remix)” from upcoming “Ramp Age” EP on Raw Culture                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Croatian industrial techno from Zagreb, STAHINJA ARBUTINA “Good Luck!” off of upcoming “Extended Power Cuts” cassette on Puppy Tapes
                 
  • Russian industrial/EBM/dark electronic/techno noise producer from Moscow, T_ERROR 404 “Paranormale” from the album “Holographic Skull” on X-IMG                                                                                                        
  • Athens-based experimental/industrial/techno duo of Venus Volcanism & In Atlas, aka V.V.I.A. ‘ΤΙΣΙΦΟΝΗ (The Snake Thrower)’
  • Berlin-based experimental electronic musician Chris Imler – “Country Club (INIT Remix)” from the upcoming “Country Club” EP 12″ on Benedikt Frey, Nadia D’Alò and Markus Woernle’s R.I.O. label.                                                        
  • Russian-born, Turku-based acid/bass/electro producer and Lasergum Records head, Kirill Junolainen (aka Konerytmi), aka JLM Werx – ‘Street Pulse’ from the upcoming EP ‘Keyboard Freaks’ on Hilltown Disco
  • Russian-born, Turku-based electro producer and Lasergum Records head, Kirill Junolainen, aka Konerytmi – “Tekno-Tanssi” from the 10″ EP “Sähkömusiikki” on KiNETiK Records/Preset
  • Netherlands/England electro collaboration, Lloyd Stellar and The Droid – “Dreams of the Lost”                             
  • Antwerp, Belgium deep electro producer NATHAN BOOST “Occult” from the upcoming V/A “No Borders” EP on Le Ciel Records                                                                                                                                                    
  • Lincolnshire, UK electronic project Blue Moon Horizon “UFOs”                                                                           
  • Dresden-born, Berlin-based post-punk/acid dark synth electro-wave artist Jennifer Touch “Robert Johnson” from V/A “UNITY” on Manchester’s Orchid label
  • Venezuelan electronic dark disco Musician Producer Composer & DJ from Caracas, Alejandro Molinari “Noche De Berlin” from upcoming EP “Noche De Berlin” on NEIN Records
  • Hamburg based experimental electronic duo comprising of Baltimore-born Sophia Kennedy and Helena Ratka, Shari Vari – “Now (Fantastic Twins Remix)” from upcoming “Now Remixes” EP 12″ on Malka Tuti
  • Israeli post-punk/Middle East influenced disco producer Eliezer “Acid Akko (feat. Raphael)” from “Haifa Mafia” EP on Days Of Being Wild
  • Tel Aviv post-punk/kraut/electronic artist Nadav Spiegel aka Autarkic “Trancelate (Album Version)” off of upcoming “Terms and Conditions” LP on Life and Death
  • Nijmegen, Netherlands Italo disco/electro/electronic producer Luca dell’ Orso – “Excessive Dance (Machinegewehr Remix)” from the upcoming EP ‘XXX009’ on XXX label                                                                   
  • Berlin-based New Yorker electronic/dark Italo/new wave/post-punk/coldwave/dark techno producer Luca Venezia aka CURSES ‘Modigliani (CURSES Edit)’                                                                                                         
  • Mexican dark disco/electronic producer and Duro label co-founder Mateo González (aka Bufi, and Sonido Fantasma), Theus Mago – “No More Hands” off of upcoming EP “Softcore In My Hardcore” on Playground Records                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Mexican dark disco/indie Hypno-dance electronic collaboration Mystery Affair & Zombies in Miami – “Rave Escape (Original Mix)” from upcoming V/A “Empatía” Mexican artists fundraising compilation on Born In Mexico                                                                                                                                                                         
  • French acid disco electronic producer NairLess “From Disco To Acid” off of his upcoming first 12″ EP “Urban Showdown” via his co-founded Aurore 404 Records
  • London based acid/electro/disco/electronic producer Kincaid ‘Provincial Disturbance’ title track from the ‘Provincial Disturbance’ EP on Futureboogie Recordings
  • Danish ambient/deep/Balearic/electronic collaboration between producers Kenneth Bager & Troels Hammer, aka Voice Of Art ‘Shadows of a Lullabye’ on Kenneth Bager’s Music For Dreams
  • London, UK ambient/downtempo/deep house/electronic producer Jacana People ‘Amaya’                                      
  • Oakland-based ambient electronic duo NIGHT SEA “Small Bird” from the album “Still” on Silent Season
  • Ambient/drone moniker of UK electronic producer Martin Jenkins aka Pye Corner Audio, aka The House In The Woods ‘Walk Three: Night Falls’
  • Stockholm‘s ambient/drone/electronic artist John Roger Olsson, aka Havenaire “Chosen” from the upcoming limited edition cassette album “Movement” on Polar Seas

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