We’ve been invited back for another Sunday Slow-Down hosted by the Chill Out Enforcement Crew. Join us?
I will be doing a live, ambient/electronic improv set with Charles Ballas in Denver on Sunday March 5th, 2017. Conveniently located off of the central light rail line at Alameda Station, should be no reason for you not to slow-down your Sunday and join us. 4-6pm. White Whale Room is the venue; looks like a ultra hip place to spend the afternoon!
The theme of this event will be simplicity. No car needed, I’ll just have focus on one piece of gear, likewise Charles will bring a guitar and looper pedal. We’re going as Chill Out Enforcement Crew and do take our jobs seriously! LOL.
The flyer is turntable illusion art. Print it and stick it on your LP player for some optical illusions! Then you’ll fully understand the vibe we’re looking forward too!
I’ve always been a fan of Electronic Air over its 21 year history, and I was invited in late 2016 to become part of the crew. I will be a substitute DJ and fill in for the regulars when they need a break from the action.
I have been away from radio DJing for over 20 years and am really excited to be part of this amazing crew, and to DJ again. Tune in, it will be great!
Here is the teaser I pushed out with one day to go…
A holiday tradition is to create a top music list for the year. A group of old DJ friends and I push around our favorites and then rate each other on stuff we’ve never heard. The rule is 10 albums, so I added 20 releases. Typically its the hipster millennials that have all the “cool” obscuro stuff no-one has ever heard of, but sometimes us old guys punch in a surprise or two…
Here’s 2015’s list for those that missed it, or for those just wanting to hear some more classic tunes!
Top Album of the Year
Multicast – Multicaster + Iron Feather Journal #21
Out comes the collective work of Multicast from the last 10 years. Released as a limited edition with the Iron Feather Journal #21 produced in Japan. Starts off Chill, then gets tense and Acidic, and ends in Chill. Just when you thought the genre had played out since every hipster has a 303 knock off, acid techno with the real vintage machines as only Multicast can pull off!
Check out the article I wrote for the zine describing my collection of Vintage Phonographic Toys! I’m sure not complete, but pretty comprehensive if you’re into dropping needles!
Ambient :: Acid :: Psychedelic :: Acid :: Dub :: Electronic
Top Music Video of the Year
Multicast – Faster and Faster
World famous material-disco-man Peter Brown puts together an amazing sci-fi adventure to the acid beats of Multicast’s Faster and Faster off of the newest album Multicaster. Entertainment beyond the borders of Earth! Check it in HD!
Top Single of the Year
Room 506 – Red Embers / Drop Out
Someone put some cool old footage in these videos, kudos. The popular track is Drop Out, which is an industrial and techno dance floor smasher! Love it, but I prefer the flip side, Red Embers, which to me is a spell! That is probably my top track of the year. The vinyl was limited to 500 gorgeous orange marbled vinyl with a straight black repress. Shipped from Germany for $5, not sure how the seller figured that out! I got one of both! 🙂
Top EP Of The Year
Etapp Kyle – Lyrae
I love the melodic lines through these moderate dance tracks. The b-side is my favorite but both sides are great! Etapp Kyle has some great podcasts and other EPs out that are good; but not great like this release on Klockworks.
Top Remix of the Year
The Soft Moon – Without (Codex Empire Remix)
The Soft Moon album Deeper is a great concept cyberpunk album. Vocals on Electronic Body Music. Definitely a highlight find from last year. The remix album is great; almost every track is a cold warehouse dancefloor killer. Alternative. Wear your black!
Top Package of the Year
Twin Peaks Original Score by Angelo Badalamenti
Check out a great review with pictures here. Been 25 years and this soundtrack stands the test of time! All year rumors on and off about a new season; we’ll see if it ever happens! The packaging is nice. Die cut cover with a gatefold album that slips out. The die cut shows the zigzag pattern of the famous carpet. Inside the gatefold is a heavyweight multicolor-marbled brown vinyl that sounds delightful as it looks.
The owls are not what they seem!
Top Local Band of the Year
Sister Grotto – You Don’t Have to Be A House To Be Haunted
I first saw our sister of the underground labyrinths when she opened for Mark McGuire several years back. Her soft-gaze sound put me under a spell and I would have probably robbed a bank if she commanded it. This limited cassette release has three deeply emotional and beautiful tracks. As the title states, quite Haunting! The choir on the opener is a great production!
Bootleg of the Year
Love this show, had it on MP3 for a long time and found this vinyl in 2016. I often wonder how many midnight runs go through the record plants unchecked. Thank you record pressing plant dudes that actually care deeply about collectors! Grey Marbled Vinyl!
Israel, Halloween, Spellbound, Arabian Knights, Placebo Effect, Headcut, Sin In My Heart, Voodoo Dolly, Happy House. A great era for the band!
Other Great Albums of 2016
Schonwald – Between Parallel Lights
I find I listen to this album weekly over the course of the year. It is definitely modern post-punk. Definitely for fans of early Clan of Xymox, Cocteau Twins, The Cure and Siouxsie in the Banshees. The first track “Inland” is the favorite; but one of those albums that lacks a filler track. I love all of their albums and singles; a very solid band who I’m hoping comes to play Colorado soon!
mitra mitra – self titled
Luscious synth and great female vocals on this post-punk, a coldwave classic! Fans of Chris & Cosey and The Normal take note!
Trentemoller – Fixion
His last 4 albums have been all great; saw him in concert in 2015 and that was great. He’s coming to Denver again in March, I’ll be there with you? This album has great melody, post-punk basslines and great female vocal collaborations. A variety of styles mixed in on this overall great record!
Uskmatu – Whisper in a Dream
One of my favorite ex-local producers, Roy England, planted this album on us in 2016! It is a dub tech excursion with female vocals courtesy of Fatima Lily. Great vibe on this album, excellent sounds and wonderful mastering. Remember to Make Mistakes, formally Dope!
Memorex – Tape Two
What a solid release, excellent synth melodies and counter-melodies throughout, hard to pick a single favorite track! Killer limited cassette release! For fans of post-punk and cold wave!
PERSON:A – Matters
This year’s been great for alternative post-punk albums, and this is a great one. I’d call the style Cyberpunk. Dark, Cold Beats.
Great EPs and Singles I found in 2016
Univac – Voltage EP
Simple electro beats from the soundtrack of aliens invading the planet. Classic detroit style electro funk on this French label classic! I believe all the classic old school computers are now used for techno band names!
Application – Front End (Remixed by Pye Corner Audio)
This is what happens when Black Dog meets Pye Corner Audio. I love this electronica remix for its emotion and melodies full of delay and cheer! Great melodies throughout, a classic!
Rrose – Vanishing Pools
Was turned onto Rrose in 2016. Sound design is the theme for all tracks, some drone and some minimal tech. Wonderful sounds and mastering on these tension tracks!
Drvg Cvltvre & Umvelt – Rave or Die 03
Found the Rave or Die, and its sister label, New Flesh in 2016. Both have amazing releases! I have some Umwelt records which targeted me to this. If you like Clone or Carl Finlow style electro, and acid, then you should give these tracks your mind. He also has a cool limited vinyl release company he works with…wish I knew more about them! Both tracks are great, but Guts of the City b-side resonates hard! The beat box is simple and pure electro funk. The track is very dark acid, just how I like it!
Perc & Passarella Death Squad – Temperature’s Rising
Great dancefloor haunting track. Great simple vocal sample! Would work any dance floor in the middle of the night. Go pagan or go home!
Radere – I Can’t Sleep, I Can’t Wake Up
Colorado’s own Carl Ritger puts out a lush drone record! Thank you!
Culprit – Initial Beatdown
The sounds of this album are so fresh they can’t be linked to on the internet. You’ll have to contact Denver’s Culprit directly to hear this amazing record. A journey…from one side to the other…literally. Follow the leader.
//not hiphop//not bass//not glitch//not mental//
Top Record Of The Year
Luigi Tozzi – Deep Blue Volume 2
Well, you made it this far and if so I’m impressed, you actually are interested in new music. So I added this bonus, saving the best for last. This is an album I discovered while watching the amazing Perseids meteorite shower. The dark ambient lush skyscapes are perfect for watching star shows, driving, dark places and camping. My favorite album of 2016! From Sweden with Love! Enjoy!
Here’s a fun timelapse video I did of some star gazing…an added bonus while listening to Luigi above. Thanks for reading, let me know in the comments if you have new albums or tunes I should check out!
We finally have Multicast’s 2016 album Multicaster available for sale at our bandcamp site.
There is a limited number of hand stenciled Iron Feather Journal #21 magazines available with our CD. Don’t delay on this as this is a one-time run and no other magazines will be produced once these are gone.
Here are the videos associated with the new album (some soundtracks to my adventures, some music videos):
Faster and Faster:
Multicast – Bahian Coastal Highway (Carpe Sonum 2016)
( Nathan Jantz, Dave Alexander, and Jeff Holland )
Carpe Sonum is proud to unveil the CD reissue of the limited LP-only recording from Multicast, originally mastered by Lupo at Dubplates & Mastering in 2005, BCH–including two bonus tracks not available previously–has been re-mastered for CD by Lupo, now at Calyx Mastering in Berlin. First gaining notoriety via their own Obliq Recordings imprint back in the early oughts, Colorado-based rural electronic musicians Dave Alexander, Jeff Holland, and Nathan Jantz haven’t exactly vanished from the scene, releasing a slew of digital-only work in the interim. Bahian Coastal Highway sounds ahead of its time, with rich harmonic texture and memorable melodies. The trio maintain that, ”the feel we were shooting for was about arrival and departure, on a journey to Another Green World. There are Brasilian rhythms & chords, exotica and jungle references” with soundscapes conjuring ”a new place, with new experiences met with open eyes…” At times, the Balearic, sunny environments suggested by most of these tracks seems at odds with the group’s former modus operandi, but then again, that’s precisely the point. Sidestepping pat categorical references, Multicast feel that this recording is their ”most refined and resolved effort, featuring crystalline beauty amid soap-opera melodies, meeting on the veranda in a sunny place. There is collaboration and interplay in the songwriting and structure that could only come from years of playing together, and through a telepathic musical connection.”
*1. Bahian Coastal Highway (4:36) *2. El Sid (5:15) 3. Underdub (5:17) 4. Departure (7:01) *5. The Only Thing I Adore (5:26) *6. Hawaii (4:50) 7.Pucuna (5:31) *8. Ansico (6:40) *9. Arrival (5:12) 10. Rotation (4:39) *recommended for airplay – all FCC compliant
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A group of music friends and I put out top releases of the year each year-end. I put up my picks from last year, instead of through email format, here on my blog with media attached (unlike the others, who just had text; one had a podcast)! This year was a bit different as my favorite finds were not necessarily new releases. Here are my picks of favorite new music from this last year.
As always, I start off with local musicians like myself; we all had a great year and more people should be talking about the great scene we have in the Denver/Boulder area!
Acidbat. The Magician.
There aren’t many artists in the area focusing on acid music, but there is one band I can always count on for straight up acid, and that is Acidbat. I had the opportunity to play a gig with him this year as well. This album is on the Cyberdyne label on limited cassette format limited to 15 (there are a few left, grab the media while you can!). http://acidbat.bandcamp.com. This album is a wonderful acid excursion through various techno styles. World-class acid from a local artist! Awesome!
Symbols + Translations
Not quite local, this Austin Texas resident co-manages the Obsolete Future record label which has strong local ties. This release is their first foray into acid music and it is a great one! Many moods and melodies tag along with the consistent acid lines weaving throughout the mix. My personal favorite is “How long is the coast of Britian” which starts off the b-side of this cassette release. Limited edition to 100 on cassette, still available if you’re fast.
This is a great local band who I hope to see much more out of them in the future! They did a lathe cut 7″ single and have this album available for free digitally on band camp! Cheers! Melodies and vocals are addictive, great tracks!
Now onto the other non-local artists and bands that I picked up in 2015!
MAKiNA GiRGiR – Torment
Coming out of France, on La Forme Lente Records out of Belgium, this amazing cold wave album came out in 2013 but I have searched for the limited edition silkscreened cover to no success; so I purchased this digital only (sad, but true) in 2015. This album is amazing; for any fan of synth-based alternative, cold wave, dark wave, new wave, etc. Cold, female vocals; stunning lead synth lines, and groovy tracks all the way through!
Solvent – C for Comfort
Solvent goes way back into the last 90s with his label Suction Records. Jason Amm is a purveyor of synth leads and melodies. This is his own creation with tribute to the classic composers of the new wave synth gods — Depeche Mode, Human League, Visage, Ultravox, etc. This 6-track cassette release is rock solid synth instrumentals all the way through. So happy to see Suction Records back in business, releasing very strong releases! Released in 2014, I rediscovered this label and placed an order for many awesome releases in early 2015!
Mark Van Hoen – The Worcester Tapes 1983 – 1987
I’m a huge Mark Van Hoen fan, synth/sampler aficionado! In case you are having problems recognizing the name, think Seefeel, Scala, Locust among other projects. The Tapeworm presents… put together his original demo tape from early works from the artist. Beautiful piano and reverb dosed synth pads on this cassette-only release of 150. Appreciate The Tapeworm going out of their way and putting this out there! Beautiful Eno-esque ambient music!
Mark McGuire – Beyond Belief
Mark McGuire has had a big year; starting a family and continuing to press new age style music. Definitely different than his prior band Emeralds, this contains beats, guitar and even some vocals. Still, wonderfully looped melodies as only Mark McGuire can do. This double orange swirl colored vinyl came with a bonus cassette release of remixes and a poster. Beautiful release!
New Order – Western Works Demos
Limited edition of 50, this grey swirl vinyl was released containing the Sheffield based Western Works Studio demo masters of New Order’s first tracks after the death of Ian Curtis. 6 tracks on this one, recorded on July 9, 1980. The demos are what you would think they would sound like–Joy Division still in shock from the loss of their front man…with all the emotion and rawness that would bring to the sessions. Dreams Never End (Mix #1 and #2), Homage, Ceremony, Truth and Are You Ready? All very different versions from other recordings. This is an amazing find!
Various – Something Cold
With my discovery of Suction Records releasing material again, I also discovered they are also distributing likeminded music. This album is one I purchased in my order with Suction in 2015. This is great coldwave tunes; every track is awesome! Several dance floor tracks too…well worth a listen! Vinyl is sold out, but I suspect you can find copies around…
Miss Kittin & The Hacker – Lost Tracks Vol. 1
Dark Entries Records out of San Francisco is on fire; releasing great gems old and new. This is true to the coldwave/demos I have spoken about in the last few highlighted releases, the original demo from 97-99 from this dynamic duo! Leather Forever is a club classic! Electro and cold wave! Think Drexciya or Dopplereffekt style electro!
Luke Vibert – Halloween Part 1
Looking to get part 2, this is a classic acid record like only Luke Vibert can put together. Halloween is a spooky acid anthem that would rock any dance floor. Jack U Whole is classic Chicago style acid house.
Acid Pauli & Nancy – iBang
Had this as a favorite like on Soundcloud for a while, but Katermukke decided to produce 4x 12″ singles with their favorite tracks, one of which is my favorite track from the label. I also like Animal Trainer and the other Acid Pauli tracks too. This is a fun dance floor remake using the classic Nancy Sinatra vocals.
AtomTM – Riding The Void EP
These took a while to get; I’m assuming due to excessively long pressing times for vinyl, but it was worth the wait. Atom TM remixes of Riding the Void from the HD album. I still haven’t gotten the HD video, I can’t seem to make myself purchase a low-fi DVD on an album called HD. Bluray only Uwe, that is the only acceptable format other than perhaps 16mm. These are wonderfully produced dance tunes.
Mato – All About That Bass
Believe it or not this was the first version of this track that I heard. I bought it on a whim because of the title; but this is a wonderful 7″ Reggae plate remaking of the classic pop song. All the right junk in all the right places…
Leon Switch featuring Alys Be – Make Your Move
Been listening to a lot of bass music from the UK, sub genres of dub step called Dungeon / 140. Slow, heavy bass dub. This track I heard on a London radio show by a guest mix from Leon Switch, who plays dub plates of his own works. Love the pop vocals on this cool dub / bass track. Finally released in December with a bunch of remixes by another artist Markee Ledge, but the original Leon Switch mix is the best. Digging other similar modern “pop” tracks in this style.
Flexi Picture Records
Hasenbart Zeotrope Flexi-disc
As many of you know, I’m a huge flexi record collector. This I found by Hasenbart Records out of Germany, simply a beautiful Christmas picture record that is lathe cut. Get one while you can, good luck!
Acidbat – Autumn Mourning
Extremely limited edition of hand made double-sided flexis from a 1940s lathe. Wonderful acid tracks by Denver’s premiere acid scout! Available for free in digital download, check out Autumn Mourning now!
The Beatles – All You Need Is Love
This is a Polish bootleg flexi-record postcard from the 70’s. The premise is they would take postcards and press music on them and distribute them throughout Poland where there wasn’t proper music distribution. I have six different, equally cool (by the same artist) postcards with this same song.
I have received a couple of new really cool images in the last couple of days. First, is the cover to our new re-release of Bahian Coastal Hwy by Multicast. This is on Carpe Sonum records and should be mastered in a week or two. Then it goes to the pressing plant; hopefully we’ll see it by October?
I also will be receiving a poster of this amazing artwork for the upcoming 2015 Full Moon Festival by M.E.S.S. The poster will be framed and on the wall for sure. This is going to be a great party and I’m looking forward to both our release and the party.
Been pulling records for this year’s Mother Earth Sound System Full Moon Festival, a 48-hours 2-stage music festival. It looks like I’ll have an extended set DJ/performing as Multicast (up to 6 hours!!) on the Earth stage Saturday afternoon/evening. The line-up looks incredible, and the venue is a rural outdoor ranch in the mountains near Silverthorne. I will bring many styles and change the music up playing dub, reggae, electro, acid, ambient and some 140-dubstep; mainly a more chill out stage providing balance to the main pounding techno Moon stage.
I will also bring some gear and add in some original stuff here and there. I’m opening up for the Normal Ones so very excited about that; and perhaps we’ll do some experimentation for a while between sets!
Don’t miss it!
A friend (thanks Zack!) forwarded me this really interesting website that plots environmental sound recordings from all over the world onto a map–making a very neat user experience. There are quite a lot of entries and it continues to grow. Very interesting stuff as you use the application.
The website: http://aporee.org/maps/.