Deepchord co-founder Mike Schommer is back from a 15-year hiatus with an entrancing 12″ on Steve O Sullivan’s Mosaic Records. After withdrawing from production for an extended period, the enigmatic producer revives his legacy with an unrestrained session using analog synths, drum machines and cavernous sound manipulations.
Interestigly the same sharp, edgy kickdrum was used in all 3 tracks on the release.
Invitation to Love uses minimalist 4/4 percussion and unfurling delays whilst Remember When explores echoed synth stabs in a broken beat framework. Lastly, tranquil stepper Into The Night carries floating chords and cyclical melodies through airy acoustics. Anamnesis presents three quintessential dub techno methods – offering a masterfully engineered package by one of the genres most revered figures.
New year, new EP on Chord Plaza Records. Aura Fresh is back with a 6-track dubtechno release. Beside the original dubby, techy house-trip ‘WintAir’, the EP contains nice dub tunes like Elavult N Porlepte’s remix and Aura Fresh Re-Dub version. The release ends with the slower dubtech tune Hofodte and with emotional dubby vibes of Flakes Of Snow. Chords in the tracks were carefully led through analog filters and delays to add some magical spice to the sound. The dubtechno label delivered a deep and diversified release again.
Our pick: WintAir (Original) and WintAir (Elavult N Porlepte Remix).
Collapsing, weird basslines, dirty tech-grooves, synth arpeggios as you like it…. Solar Phenomena are keeping up a busy and high quality release rate in 2018 with a fifth offering already. This one is a three tracker from STL, who already released his “If Time Would Move Backwards” EP on the label earlier in the year. The title track opens the account with blown out drums trudging along in ever changing patterns. Swirling, lo-fi ambience adds scale to the track and encourages you to get lost in the middle of it all. “Weed Detective” is ten minutes of psyched-out and stripped back drum work at an inviting mid tempo. Keys dance and heavily treated vocal sounds trip you out in slow motion. Last of all, “Scubbu Babe” has finger clicks, bright and mild crazed keys and ad libbed vocal sounds all doing gymnastics round more of those trademark drums. Once again, STL proves he operates in a world of his own.
New Deepchord EP on Soma! Tracklist: Perfumes Of a Spring Mist, Xpan, Campfire.
What is guaranteed: chilling, organic ever-changing atmosphersic sound with deep booming grooves.
Our pick: Campfire, which is a marvellous ambient track.
Aura Fresh is back with a new dub techno cd album on Chord Plaza Records.
The first track of the release is a 12 minutes composition titled “Dubbing Outdoor”. It starts with his own field recordings made up of nature sound, then the string chords fading in slowly. The track has a dubby chill-tech-like sound to it; not easy to categorize it to any subgenre. Track 3 “Cathedral Ambience” also contains his own field recordings recorded in cathedrals of Firenze.
The other tunes greatly present Aura Fresh’s classic dub techno, dub house signature sound.
Dubbing Outdoor is available on cd+digital via the dub techno label bandcamp site. https://chordplazarecords.bandcamp.com/album/aura-fresh-dubbing-outdoor-volume-one-cd-digital
Available also in major download shops, like Beatport, Juno, iTunes, Amazon, etc…
The entire album has been painstakingly restored from 20 year old cassette tapes, not an easy task but with alluring sonic results. Remastered using Apogee convertors and analog tape to preserve the integrity of the original masters. 2XCD (Duplicated on Disk Makers Diamond CD) set packaged in eco friendly digipak case with custom metallic artwork, housed in a resealable poly sleeve.