Stephan Bodzin has announced Boavista, his third album, by releasing its lead single on Afterlife.
Recorded during the pandemic, Boavista is a result of the lockdown period. Without being able to travel, Bodzin had the chance to look back on the vast archives of music he has recorded but never finished. So while spending time in Brazil, he picked his 25 favourites and finished them properly, with the best 17 making up the album. His aim was to tell a story with each track, “to paint musical pictures that conjure up very real emotions in the listener.
Boavista is another exquisitely crafted album of rich, synth-heavy electronic music that takes you into new worlds of emotion and leaves you in awe.
Stream the lead single below:
Herzblut Recordings will release Boavista on October 11th, 2021
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 Xenakis, Krzysztof 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Following the unpublished works of Valentina Goncharova, Volume 2 of Shukai’s archival project sits in direct contrast to the solo works of Vol. 1., Recordings 1987-1991.
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.
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.
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 Placebo, Koen 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’.
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
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”
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.
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