The sonic explorations of Valentina Goncharova

Ukrainian/Estonian archival label Shukai extend unmissable introductions to Valentina Goncharova‘s world within Soviet era electro acoustics out on two vinyl LPs (sold seperately)

Valentina Goncharova‘s (b. Kyiv 1953) musical career spans several decades, regimes, countries, and professions. A trained violinist, she began her studies in Leningrad in the late 1960’s, and while playing gigs in the city’s underground rock clubs, she crossed paths with a host of experimentally-minded musicians, including Sergey Kuryokhin of Pop-Mekhanika. It was at the Leningrad conservatory where she encountered the works of Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis XenakisKrzysztof Penderecki, and John Cage, as well as the then fledgling protagonists of Krautrock and Kosmische Musik, Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, as part of the unofficial communal curriculum. In the mid-80s, she relocated to Estonia and embarked on an exploration of home-studio recording techniques together with her husband Igor Zubkov. Besides music creation, she’s also worked as a music journalist and teacher.

This interview, by Lucia Udvardyova was born on the occasion of her release on the archival imprint Shukai, simply entitled ‘Recordings Vol. 1’, created between 1987 and 1991 in Tallinn and London: a mesmerising collection of minimalist, hypnotic compositions that transgress into the cosmos, but also allude to radiophonic experimentation, meditative sonicism in the vein of Pauline Oliveros and musique concrète. But essentially, hers is an idiosyncratic music legacy that has been propelled by the search for innovation.

Following the unpublished works of Valentina Goncharova, Volume 2 of Shukai’s archival project sits in direct contrast to the solo works of Vol. 1., Recordings 1987-1991 Vol. 2.

Stream “Recordings 1987-1991, Vol. 1 in full.

Listen to the first single “Reincarnation II” taken from Recordings 1987-1991 Vol. 2 below:

Shukai will release Recordings 1987-1991 Vol. 2 on November 12, 2021.

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Record Makers to re-issue two Arpanet albums this autumn

Inspired by thematics which surround the growing scientific process of advanced electronic forms of communication, Gerald Donald is best known for his work as Drexciya with James Stinson, and he is the main member of Dopplereffekt. Arpanet‘s musical signature includes experimental tendencies to futurist synth pop and soundtracky spacey-funkadelic grooves. Typical retro-ish sounds meet modern technologies.

Arpanet’s “Inertial Frame” reveals a much more rhythmic dimension to what we already know from Arpanet and their (rare) live performances. Starting off with a laconic arpeggio overlooking cold synthesizer waves and chords, a distorted and ill fitted Germanic voice lands from nowhere reminding you why you love them so much. Chiselled electro beats à la Drexcyia eventually intervene and call for a dark and gloomy souvenir of Tangerine Dream meets Kraftwerk and J Carpenter in a futuristic goth melodrama.

Arpanet’s “Wireless Internet” contain nine classic tracks, devoted to the revolutionary technologies of Japan’s leading telecommunication company NTT DoCoMo.

Record Makers will release Inertial Frame and Wireless Internet on September 3, 2021.

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Utopic Cities explore progressive jazz in Belgium 1968-1979

On June 11th, independent groove label Sdban Records will release Utopic Cities: Progressive Jazz in Belgium 1968-1979 featuring twelve essential compositions from a highly creative period in Belgian jazz. The release follows Sdban’s critically acclaimed Let’s Get Swinging: Modern Jazz in Belgium 1950-1970, released back in 2017.

Utopic Cities is an eclectic selection of forward-thinking jazz from the Belgian underground, including the left-field fusion of Marc Moulin’s PlaceboKoen De Bruyne and Solis Lacus; the intense post-bop of Jacques Pelzer and Lou MacConnell; the cutting edge soul jazz of Philip Catherine and Open Sky Unit or the otherworldly avant-garde of Babs Robert and the Brussels Art Quintet. Recorded in the aftermath of the revolutionary year 1968, this music is the fruit of a highly creative momentum in Belgian jazz history that produced a unique sound which distinguishes itself from its American source of inspiration by an indefinable characteristic that can be hardly better described than ‘Belgian’.

TRACKLIST

A1. Placebo – S.U.S.
A2. Solis Lacus – Utopic Cities
A3. Open Sky Unit – Open Sky
A4. Brussels Art Quintet – Vas-y Voir
B1. Koen De Bruyne – Pathetic Dreams
B2. Raphaël – Archangelo
C1. Philip Catherine – Memphis Talk
C2. Jacques & Micheline Pelzer Quartet – Face Reality
C3. The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band – Sakara
D1. Marc Moulin – Tohubohu pt. I
D2. Babs Robert – Pro Forma I
D3. Lou MacConnell – Naima

Sdban will release Utopic Cities on June 11th, 2021

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Curses presents Next Wave Acid Punx compilation

Next Wave Acid Punx is a 38 track journey across nearly 40 years of dark club music compiled and curated by Berlin-based Musician and DJ, Luca Venezia aka Curses.

Inviting friends with a like-minded affection for an 80s rooted sound, and diving deep into his record collection, Curses has put together a three CD/double vinyl set that takes us from music by Colourbox and Suicide to EBM pioneers, Front 242 through to recent club hits from Zombies in Miami, and 12 brand new, totally exclusive tracks from the likes of Shubostar, Chinaski, and Curses himself. 

Exploring the darker side of club music, Next Wave Acid Punx traces decades of a musical passion and joins the dots between the EBM, New Beat, Italo and Acid House tracks of the 1980s to present music of today. 

Stream Curses’s “Discipline”

TRACKLIST

Chapter 1. Origins

1. Borghesia – Z.M.R.
2. Gina X Performance – Kaddish
3. Suicide – Wild In Blue (2005 Remaster)
4. Demolition Group – You Better Stay Alive
5. A Split Second – Flesh
6. BPM AM – Come To Me (Vocal Version)
7. Ted Milton – Love Is Like A Violēnce
8. Front 242 – Funkhadafi
9. Colourbox – Fast Dump
10. Yello – Lost Again (Extended Dance Version)
11. Mystery – Mystery Girl (Club Mix Remastered)
12. In-D – Virgin In-D Sky’s
13. Judy Torres – No Reason To Cry (Instrumental)
14. Hard Corps – Porte Bonheur (Lucky Charm) 2021

Chapter 2. Break A Sweat

1. Moderna & Theus Mago – Francesca (Wild At Heart)
2. Middle Sky Boom feat. Eliezer – Slow With The Run (Il Est Vilaine Remix)
3. Tiempo De Maldad – Maxico (Alvee Remix)
4. Zombies In Miami – El Wild
5. Moscoman – Fernandez
6. Juan Maclean feat. Fantastic Twins – She’s Breaking Up
7. Damon Jee & Darlyn Vlys – Kronos (Wild Mix)
8. Zakmina – Viral News
9. Radial Gaze – Totem Echoes (You Man Remix)
10. Paresse – Temple
11. Rina x Benji x Megaphonim – Ani Cham
12. Modular Project – Electronic Disco (Curses Remix) 

Chapter 3. Maximum Heat

1. Curses – Discipline
2. Chinaski – Hart Und Kalt
3. Shubostar – AYA
4. Cornelius Doctor – Life In Chains
5. Mufti – Restrained
6. Amarcord – Spleen
7. Franz Scala – Shortwave Memories
8. Tronik Youth – Spirit Dancer
9. Cardopusher – Escape From Reality
10. Kendal & David Carretta – Pastaga
11. Local Suicide & Skelesys – Faster Faster
12. Pablo Bozzi – Storm in Dallas

Eskimo Recordings will release New Wave Acid Punx on June 4th, 2021.

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rEAGENZ’S (Jonah Sharp & David Moufang) iconic self-titled debut album pressed to vinyl for the first time

Musique Pour La Danse presents rEAGENZ, the iconic self-titled debut album released in 1994 by the duo formed by Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum) & David Moufang (Move D, Deep Space Network).

Previously only available in CD format, this sought-after album which nonetheless remains too under appreciated for our liking is finally available on double vinyl for the first time ever and has been remastered for the occasion.

Nearly 30 years after its release, rEAGENZ remains a crucial milestone of electronic music. The duo famously met at an early gig of British IDM heroes Autechre and then recorded its debut album between its respective studios in San Francisco and Heidelberg. This is a record where the sense of in betweenness is not only geographical. It is indeed a beautiful hybrid that explores the relationship between lush ambient textures and intricate IDM/techno rhythms, with striking and memorable results.

Rather than trying to fit in pre-determined templates, rEAGENZ invites you in a paradigm of its own. In these unprecedented times without access to clubs and dancefloors, this is a much needed reminder, as it is one of those albums that argues that the enjoyment of electronic music is anything but confined to the formulas and expectations of music for clubs. It’s all about diving into gorgeous and compelling soundscapes, wherever you might be listening and dancing.

Full album stream below

Musique Pour La Danse will release rEAGANZ on May 21th, 2021

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Watch STUFF. performing at KMSKA museum, Antwerp

The Belgian 5-headed instrumental cyclops plays two pieces from their forthcoming album “T(h)reats”.

Six years since the release of their self titled debut record, Belgium based 5 piece live band STUFF. is set to share their third album T(h)reats via Sdan Ultra.

Known for their rhythmic sensibility and curious melody, the quintet weave together a futuristic soundsphere where electronic wind instruments, drums, electric bass, synthesizers and turntables combine with Pollock-like abandon, creating a style that while heavy on groove has enormous depth and intrigue.

The band’s third studio album, ‘T(h)reats’, takes inspiration from a series of explosive live shows in 2019 and is a reaction to the current situation we find ourselves in; art and music can be a treat in these strange and uncertain times. “After hours of talking, philosophizing and fantasizing about what the new approach of the record could be, nothing concrete came up. Then we just started making music to see where we’d end up like we’ve always done. As a result, in this day and age, with this group of people … this is what happened,” says the band.

From the warped, off-beat rhythms of ‘Cigogne’ and harmonic weirdness of ‘Honu’ to the deep space funk of ‘Cumulus’, where mutated drum patterns and vivid atmospherics loop together in a bold adventure into sound, STUFF. flex their muscular rhythm across ‘T(h)reats’, pushing the sound in to new dimensions. Elsewhere, ‘OB499’ is a mesmeric mass of dark chords and uneasy bleeps while ‘Kwibus’ is a skittish fusion of stuttered beats and ambient distortions.

STUFF. released their debut EP in 2012 and in 2014, they were invited to perform a Boiler Room session for the prestigious global, online music broadcasting platform, the first European live band to do so. Releasing their self-titled debut album in 2015 to critical acclaim, a sold out tour across Europe gained them further recognition and saw endorsements from BBC radio DJs Gilles Peterson and Phil Taggart. The follow-up album ‘old dreams new planets’ released in 2017 topped the charts in Belgium.

STUFF. have performed sold out shows across Europe and have gained a growing reputation for their explosive eclectic live sets, playing over 150 shows on such diverse stages as the North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Secret Garden Party (UK), Shambala festival (UK), Dimensions (Croatia) and Fusion (Germany). The band were also personally invited by Gilles Peterson to perform at On Blackheath, London in 2015. In 2017, in support of ‘old dreams new planets’, STUFF. performed live sessions on Worldwide FM and Red Bull Radio.

Known for their rhythmic sensibility and curious melody, the quintet weave together a futuristic soundsphere where electronic wind instruments, drums, electric bass, synthesizers and turntables combine with Pollock-like abandon, creating a style that while heavy on groove has enormous depth and intrigue.

The band’s third studio album, ‘T(h)reats’, takes inspiration from a series of explosive live shows in 2019 and is a reaction to the current situation we find ourselves in; art and music can be a treat in these strange and uncertain times. “After hours of talking, philosophizing and fantasizing about what the new approach of the record could be, nothing concrete came up. Then we just started making music to see where we’d end up like we’ve always done. As a result, in this day and age, with this group of people … this is what happened,” says the band.

From the warped, off-beat rhythms of ‘Cigogne’ and harmonic weirdness of ‘Honu’ to the deep space funk of ‘Cumulus’, where mutated drum patterns and vivid atmospherics loop together in a bold adventure into sound, STUFF. flex their muscular rhythm across ‘T(h)reats’, pushing the sound in to new dimensions. Elsewhere, ‘OB499’ is a mesmeric mass of dark chords and uneasy bleeps while ‘Kwibus’ is a skittish fusion of stuttered beats and ambient distortions.

STUFF. released their debut EP in 2012 and in 2014, they were invited to perform a Boiler Room session for the prestigious global, online music broadcasting platform, the first European live band to do so. Releasing their self-titled debut album in 2015 to critical acclaim, a sold out tour across Europe gained them further recognition and saw endorsements from BBC radio DJs Gilles Peterson and Phil Taggart. The follow-up album ‘old dreams new planets’ released in 2017 topped the charts in Belgium.

STUFF. have performed sold out shows across Europe and have gained a growing reputation for their explosive eclectic live sets, playing over 150 shows on such diverse stages as the North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Secret Garden Party (UK), Shambala festival (UK), Dimensions (Croatia) and Fusion (Germany). The band were also personally invited by Gilles Peterson to perform at On Blackheath, London in 2015. In 2017, in support of ‘old dreams new planets’, STUFF. performed live sessions on Worldwide FM and Red Bull Radio.

Sdban Ultra will release T(h)reats on May 7th, 2021.

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