Article Reblog – Gudrun Gut’s Monika Enterprise Label Turns 20

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Monkia Photo by MV Kummer.

You could still see the bullet holes in the houses,” Gudrun Gut says of moving to Berlin back in 1975. Far from the gentrified, cultural hub the city is today, she remembers it being a strange and polarized population of “only really students and pensioners” and “nobody between 30 and 50.” Naturally, a burgeoning hive of activity existed among the young people, which she was instantly drawn towards. “There was a big political scene from the students, as well as big communes and a strong feminist movement.” Gut stayed in Berlin, and over 40 years later, has become a venerable figure in the underground scene as a musician, producer, DJ, and label boss.

When she discovered the world of German music back in the 1970s, Gut was sucked in by the motorik of Neu! and the psychedelic grooves of Tangerine Dream, but eventually, like many…

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Reblog – Fractured Air x Blogothèque – S02E07 | July mix

If you like mixes there’s a lot of new and interesting releases from a wide range of artists on this one, including Kara-Lis Coverdale, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Mary Ocher and the more electronic shift in sound for artist Colleen.

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July saw the highly-anticipated return of world-renowned French composer Colleen (aka Cécile Schott) with her achingly beautiful new single “Separating”, taken from the forthcoming “A flame my love, a frequency” out October 20th via Thrill Jockey. On her new album, Schott’s viola da gamba – used on her last two records “Captain of None” and “The Weighing Of The Heart” – is replaced by solely electronic instrumentation: Moog pedals and Critter and Guitari synthesizers. The result is yet another otherworldly, far-reaching sonic odyssey from this visionary solo artist.

Following on from last year’s exceptional debut mini-album “Shady & Light”, Hamburg-born and Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Martyn Heyne has unveiled his stunning new single “Carry”, taken from the forthcoming solo debut album (coming out later this year on the neo-classical imprint 7K!). The divine guitar-based compositions crafted by Heyne carves out a ceaselessly rich listening experience for the…

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Today’s Discovery – Memoir of My Manor by Gaël Segalen

 

Thanks to A Closer Listen I came across this new release. A supporter on Bandcamp referred to it as Kafkaesque. It’s challenging but not impenetrable, dark and rhythmic making this release danceable but with a difference.

Reblog – LCNL 085: Your Grace Adrianna Natalie presents Another Side

…and not so quiet start to the week but has led to my Today’s Discovery – The Unseen Shadows (ALRN069)
by Your Grace Adrianna Natalie

 

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Over the years we’ve featured several mixes from the Alrealon Musique. This mix comes courtesy of Your Grace Adrianna Natalie, the most recent artist to join the label. Her debut EP The Unseen Shadows was released last November, showcasing her penchant for unconventional techno and dark moods. This mix weaves her own tracks in with kindred spirits (Regis, Dasha Rush, and Orphx), fellow New Yorkers (Chanski), sacred ancestors (Throbbing Gristle) and more. (Joseph Sannicandro)

Download/listen at Soundcloud (at least for now…)

MINI-INTERVIEW

Please introduce yourself.

I was born and raised in New York, in The Bronx.

I am currently living in Jersey City, but spend most of my time in NYC for work and Brooklyn for technoing with my techno sisters and brothers. Lately, I’ve been spending lots of time in my studio, playing with my sexy toys.

Growing up music was my best friend, its what…

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Today’s Discovery #2 – Theda Hammel on Giving Sondheim the Synth Treatment

Sometimes you just come across something that makes you sit up and listen….

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Theda Hammel

Theda Hammel doesn’t call herself a musician.

“I only ever refer to myself as a ‘major trans celeb,’” she says, over noodles. “If someone asks what you do and you say musician, they always ask ‘What kind of music,’ and I never have an answer. If I say ‘I do electronic music,’ they think I make dance music, or something experimental. If I say ‘I’m a singer-songwriter,’ they think I strum a guitar. So, I say ‘Major trans celeb.’ Nobody ever asks a follow-up when you call yourself a ‘major trans celeb.’”

However she self-identifies, on SondHamm, Hammel’s musical skill is undeniable. On the EP, Hammel reimagines four Stephen Sondheim numbers, imbuing the grandiose Broadway ballads with the same anxious-yet-comforting, ghost-in-the-MIDI-file sound that characterized her 2016 debut EP, Very Great.

Several times during our interview, Hammel stopped herself to ask if I found what she was saying interesting…

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Today’s Discovery – Katharina Klement ~ peripheries

Today’s Discovery brings a city to life…

 

 

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What comes to mind when you think of Belgrade? Katharina Klement went on a nine-week mission to discover the sound of the city, and came away with a multitude of answers.

peripheries plays like a sonic photo album, the images more important than the flow.  While the album begins with a thump, the field recordings soon settle into a sort of rhythm.  As the set progresses, a tapestry is revealed. The overture of the city is heard from a balcony: dogs, sirens, traffic, street music, passers-by.  A discernible hum emerges.  Is this Belgrade?  Can a single chord, a melange of sounds, sum up the city?  Klement answers with an emphatic no. Her explorations reveal jagged edges and clear demarcations, from Tesla’s gorgeously amplified induction motor to the bells of Saint Sava.

An unexpected poignancy visits during “nijemo kolo (mute dance)”, though one must read the liner notes to detect it…

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Today’s Discovery – Music For Candy Shops LP by Poly Chain

 

Thanks to Machine Woman on Twitter, I came across Today’s Discovery –
Music For Candy Shops LP
by Poly Chain

” Brand new Transatlantyk release contains elusive synth works of Sasha Zakrevska aka Poly Chain. She likes to call herself “a Ukrainian ambient chavette” and the title of her debut album is a tongue-in-cheek spin on the Eno’s classic. “Music For Candy Shop” is much more sticky and syrupy than its famous predecessor though. In every track on this record Poly Chain’s rich and warm synth textures are glazed with another layer of radioactive sweeting. From atonal melodies on top to occasional spicing in form of odd reverbs, delays and drum sounds – it’s all there. Let me tell you straight up: this candy shop serves some weird sort of sweets, inducing hallucinations, anxious feelings of omniscience and transcendency. Use with caution!”

Released February 24, 2017