mercredi 31 octobre 2012

Merkaba - Rediscovery

We're here tonight to celebrate the marriage of Techno and Psytrance, step forward, love each other, etc. Cold robotic futuristic trance shall be your children and they will bring joy to human ears and distorsion to human brains. Some people will call them techtrance, but as it is really a blend of techno and psytrance we will not create a unique tag for them, because we think they will please the former's lovers as well as the latter's.

Phew, that was awkward. Merkaba gives us a selection of early works, a very good blend of psychedelic trance and techno, a little glitchy sometimes, but not enough as this to be considered a glitch release. Sometimes I wonder if my english grammar is really that good. Well that's not the point here. And for those who would ask, no, this is no jewish music.

Edit : Techtrance it is. So techno seekers won't be whatthefazed and psytrance lovers won't be whatisthissed. Sorry if I keep messing things up.

mercredi 24 octobre 2012

Erothyme - Coincidentia Oppositorum

I'm in an electronic mood, but to be even more precise I have ten minutes of free time, and so I decided I'd use them to listen to Erothyme's Coincidentia Oppositorum, one of the first releases I downloaded on Bandcamp, and also probably the first that had me create an "electro" folder, where I now put all this music that is so electronic and impossible to classify. Erothyme's music bounces, that is for sure, sometimes rapidly, sometimes slowly, with a touch of groove and two ounces of glitchy material, hey presto, you've got yourself a very good blend of electronic music, and for free, mind you.

But what am I saying ? I have to admit I have a tendancy to put everything I cannot clearly classify in the "electronic" genre, but as electro has a sound of its own, it is clearly out of topic. Erothyme's album is (although you won't notice it at first) pretty relaxing, with a nostalgic and sometimes a little weirdly experimental atmospheres.

This album is from 2009, three more releases from Erothyme have appeared since then, two of them are free-priced. If you like this one, you might as well check them out.

Edit : The blog will change a little bit from now on. I realised quite a few things that weren't right. I'm going to delete some albums. In my sharing frenzy I wanted to share a great quantity of music, and sometimes forgot to listen to an album completely, some, I now reckon, are not so good and still shared, some are ultimately lord and sleep on my hard drive.

Some genres are going to change names, some are going to disappear or fuse themselves with others. Mushtronic becomes "?" for lack of a better defining word, Downtempo fuses with Chill, Progressive is gone for now, because it isn't necessary yet. Last but not least, there will be only one article per week from now on, wednesday evening, it will improve its quality, the site will unclog itself a little bit, and that will give enough time to enjoy each album at once. The design could change as well, and become less like a dark magic cave, and transform into an icy colorful greenish grotto, we'll see.

Edit : Well it seems this album is no longer available on Erothyme's Bandcamp page, I really don't know why, but you can still listen to and download it by following this link to Beardology Records.

mercredi 17 octobre 2012

Cybernetika - Colossus

Cybernetika just round-house kicked through my eardrums right now. I had forgotten the guy (yes, I know) but met him today at 9am in another of my hidden sub-folders. I said "Hey Beber, what are you up to these days ?" and he answered "t-t-k-tk-tk-tk-tsh-tk-tk-t-tksh ioowuuuiiitktktktktktkshhh pf tsh pf tsh tk tk tsh". Fortunately, I had learned the drum-and-bass language back when I was at school. So I knew I had to put him on the blog in order for him to be able to pulse a vibrating rhytmic energy through the greatest number of brains possible.

An excellent road companion, although a little dangerous for the neophyte, listening to Cybernetika while driving ensures an early arrival. Broken beats, robotic atmospheres, this really sounds like the Earth's last battle for survival, as the frame-story of Colossus tells. You can read about it by checking the flavour text on the download link. I'm not going to steal that from them, that wouldn't be very nice, and what good would be a blog that only copies other websites ?

Cybernetika released his three albums "The Scythe of Orion", "Atropos" and "Colossus" on the Ektoplazm netlabel. But this one is for me by far the best, and the one that shows best Cybernetika's mastery and craftsmanship. By the way, you shouldn't let the description you'll find on Ektoplazm fool you, this is no psytrance at all, but good old drum-and-bass, with a psychedelic twist. Get this release for free here.

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lundi 15 octobre 2012

Camel Heads - Camel Heads

I woke up this morning and realised my dreams are getting weirder and weirder. Dreams, what are they ? Emanations of what transpired during the day or pure creation of unchained brains ? Let us hope nobody will ever know for sure.

Dreams of dark places, heat, of purple smoke, a setting sun in the desert while you run endlessly towards the horizon. Falling from a tiny platform in a gigantic sky filled with concerned thinking clouds.

Slow yet short, this album from the Camel Heads builds up a dreamy atmosphere and gives the listener cheap travel means : closed eyelids. Longing guitars and an omnipresent bass, as quoted on their Bandcamp page "Camel Heads sounds like a series of slow buildups for epic stoner jams".

samedi 13 octobre 2012

Rhythmik - I Is Learning

Glitch is another of these peculiar musical genres that I discovered not so long ago while browsing in search of something else. From a lo-fi aesthetic of weird noises generated by voluntarily malfunctioning machines, glitch has evolved into a genre in itself. This isn't really "glitch" as it was when it emerged anymore, but neo-glitch, or post-glitch, something like that, a weird bouncy midtempo music with... something funny in the air about it.

Glitch is fun, a little bizarre to the ear at first. But then you want more. It is a music that does not claim anything, it is louche as hell, even though a netlabel whose name I won't cite is trying to make glitch the new ultra-hype music genre. Nothing of that sort in "I Is Learning" from Rhythmik, as you will hear. If you're curious about it, listen to track number 5 to hear a typical glitch song.

Coffee ?

jeudi 11 octobre 2012

Pretty Lights - Passing By Behind Your Eyes

The first thing about music is we like music, the second thing a bout music is we can talk about it. I am always interested in new musical discoveries, in any style, coming from anywhere or anyone. I'm even interested in music that you have to pay for (I know, it seems crazy to me too...) so if you happen to know a good band/DJ/anything that is a little bit off the chart, please contact me via the comments or the Facebook page and let me know about these guys. For those who are free, I will of course listen to them and if they are deemed worthy (I'm getting over myself again) I'll share their music on the blog, just as long as it's free and overultralordzor.

For example, I had no idea Pretty Lights existed, and yet it seems a very successful producer. But thanks to Michou I was made aware and began to discover his music, a blend of positively energetic electro and groovy hip-hop. Now, to get this album for free go to this page. If you browse a bit, you will be able to download all his releases for free, and you also have a Paypal donating button, if you feel so inclined.

Have a good day dudeboys and dudegirls.

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mercredi 10 octobre 2012

To The Sensi Tree - Hitching a Ride

Some people think I only listen to electronic music, but that is completely untrue. In fact, if you except most music genres that end with "-core", I listen to a little bit of everything. The truth is, however, that finding good and free electronic music is much easier than with rock, reggae, blues, you name it. Today is one of these days when you're looking for electro and you find yourself soaked in reggae goodness. To The Sensi Tree made their album "the old school way, live, and with analog tapes", and you can really feel that old-school feeling, don't you ? I think I can, but that may be the cold-treating homeopathic medicine talking.

mardi 9 octobre 2012

Citymouth - Holodecker EP

Broken rhythms that aren't breakbeat exist, I've seen them and they spoke to me, in a strange soothing hypralouche voice. And they said I had to put Citymouth's EP on La Mojoteque, they also said he was part of the Dropping Gems label and artist collective and so I said, OK. I have listened to this music for some time, and I admit I hesitated. It is thrilling from beginning to end, but the last track was so strange... at first I didn't like it. But now I do. I think it may be an acquired taste. Or maybe I had a headache the first time, you tell me.

dimanche 7 octobre 2012

Hope One - Scientist Beat Tape (Side A)

It's been a while since I wanted to know what is dub. I was always confusing it with electronic reggae, psydub, chillychill whatchamacallit, etc. To me, dub is like an electronically mutated reggae, without the ganjaweed yaman revolution legalize thing. I searched a bit with the help of my best friend Internet and found this website, very interesting resource for dub music, with a self-explanatory name. I'm only starting to discover dub, so far so good !

jeudi 4 octobre 2012

Hypnoxock - Acid Return Remixes

Feels like I've been searching for it all this time. But yes, there is another one ! Before anything, you should know that listening to this music while on the freeway is a good and a bad idea at the same time, it helps getting to your destination on time (and even earlier than expected), but also makes you think you're driving a space shuttle on its way for the nearest nebula, which might confuse other drivers. Use with caution, I am not responsible for what you do with this release. The last track is more psybientic, to help you release all the steam you accumulated during the previous ones.