Kucharczyk’s Best Fail Remixes
5 months ago, 4 April 2014  ·   1 note

Wojciech Kucharczyk is one doyens of Polish electronic music scene, as well as visual artist and a graphic designer. Operating his Mik Musik sonic empire since 1994 (!), Kucharczyk is a tireless evangelist, championing new artists (recently, notably including modular wizard Wilhelm Bras or the idiosyncratic Czarny Latawiec), and his zeal has been reinforced two years ago, when he resurrected the Polish imprint to present an exciting new sound of the Polish underground.

He is also an accomplished musician, most renowned for his Complainer percussive combo ensemble, which has been moribund since a few years, leaving Kucharczyk space to focus on his solo output. Interestingly, it has been appearing mostly on other Polish labels, recently on the respected Monotype Rec. His Best Fail Compilation, published on the aforementioned imprint, now receives a remix treatment, courtesy of friends and affiliates. Thus, we get an insider’s view into who’s who in contemporary Polish electronics. “Lot of old and new artists were invited, some more are coming. I wanted this to be a really crazy bunch, but more or less we have rather standard remixes, but: there is a plan to make a mixtape out of theses remixes, i will do another rework of those etc. so craziness will come and it should be released on a tape. I hope it will,” says Kucharczyk.

The usual suspects are all there, Czarny Latawiec, Zamilska, RSS Boys, 8rolek, KROL, GAAP KVLT, but there are also a couple of names which have eclipsed our attention so far, including Souvenir de Tanger or Micromelancolié. There’s lot of bass, lot of techno, post-dance experiments, plenty of noodling, demented samples and whatnot. A hypnotic, shamanistic journey through the murkier side of the nocturnal clubland.

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Space bass: Big Tiger – Music from Planet Earth EP
12 months ago, 6 September 2013  ·   7 notes

On September 5th Bulgarian electronic duo Big Tiger launch their second release - “Music from Planet Earth” EP, courtesy of Australian label DRTY SHDWS PRJKT.

Exactly 36 years earlier NASA launched their Voyager spacecraft in an inspiring attempt to explore the depths of our Solar System and hopefully communicate with potential alien lifeforms by means of the famous Golden Record containing the Sounds of Earth.

“Music from Planet Earth” doesn’t simply take its name after its predecessor; it carries a special message, too:

It’s a celebration of the power and love that the Earth is always giving us. People have been looking for this in the stars, but it’s right beneath their feet. This is where our inspiration comes from - real things like nature and the human experience, which have an endless depth and beautiful mystery of their own.” – Big Tiger

The EP consists of 4 tracks that were recorded over a 4-day studio session in Manchester, but the ideas and inspiration behind it spring from the world of the esoteric and spiritual. The duo admits that meditation and contact with nature play a vital role in their creative process, which becomes evident at first listen. While undoubtedly dancefloor-oriented, the EP emanates a sense of inner peace and harmony with nature through its thumping 4x4 heartbeat, warm melodies and softly whispered vocals singing about a “world of dreams where we are dancing and we are free”. The neo-hippie spirit is further fostered by the use of field recordings of sounds of nature, however my personal favourites are the lean, beautifully simple “Sport” and the 2-step-ish “Sacred” with its trickling percussions and groovy bassline.

Big Tiger are two of the guys behind the mysterious Bulgarian label WTF is SWAG. Mojo Goro and Hempsta come from quite different backgrounds – one started as a breakcore producer and the other used to play the drums until fate crossed their paths at a warehouse party in Sofia on Halloween 2010.

Three years later, Big Tiger have developed their signature style and are finally delivering their unique vibes into the ever expanding world of electronic music. “Music from Planet Earth” will be followed by a remix EP and a cassette release later this year, so stay locked.

by Snezhana Bezus

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Zomblaze - New Age (2013, Chi Recordings)
1 year ago, 21 February 2013  ·   0 notes

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We featured the Hungarian beatsmith Zomblaze on our first compilation back in 2011. His sample and bass-heavy abstract hiphop was released by Chi Recordings last year. Now he is back with 6 more tracks.

New Age EP presents a more mellow side of Zomblaze’s production, with lush, almost jazzy vocals on the first track Breath Deep, followed by smooth and deep grooves of the cinematic Stratosphere, pulsating night-time uncertainty of the Lynch Theme, culminating with the emotive and nostalgic banger Hundian with Zomblaze’s trademark messed-up and twisted synths rising and falling from a Hungarian folk song.

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WTF is SWAG presents: Foggy Mountain EP
1 year ago, 11 February 2013  ·   4 notes
After the brilliant EAT DESSERT FIRST compilation that highlighted the end of last summer, the WTF is SWAGbrigade are back on track to hit us with a fresh dose of bass-heavy vibes.

Foggy Mountain EP is a split project between two talented young producers – Bulgarian Lenard and Hungarian oneone, including 4 original tracks and 5 remixes.

Opening “Foggy Morning” and “All to you” reveal the hazy sound of Lenard – a chilled-out, languid take on the 140 bpm recipe commonly known as dubstep. In both tracks you’re in for the classic “rolling beats + resonating basslines” combo, which is elegantly counterpointed by a rich ambient atmosphere in the first, and a flowing synth culminating in an emotional vocal sample in the latter. A peculiar trippy calmness dominates throughout and is further intensified by the verbless titles – a paysage and an abstract notion – leaving the listener to drift within these sonic realms guided solely by his or her own conscience.

In between, you’ve been bitchslapped back into reality by the sensibly more aggressive oneone, whose “Make a Mountain” and “Hit Me” instantly pull you to your feet. Bubbling tension bursts into sinister booty-rattling tropicalia where bouncing cocktail umbrellas and banana-leaf skirts join a relentless last dance in the face of an impending tsunami. Just as intricate, oneone’s sound is definitely more club-oriented, thus perfectly balancing out the more meditative other half of the EP.

Personal favourites from the remixes part include Bulgarian Hempsta and Norwegian Katraven’s takes on “Hit Me”. Hempsta’s remix is a beautifully simple classic 2-step garage dancefloor bomb, while Katraven’s rework traps you in a slow jam feather-light fantasy world, progressing into the unknown.

True to their hype tradition, the WTF is SWAG crew dropped a preview of the EP a couple of days ago, along with a high-in-the clouds video. In both, a seductive smiling female voice guides you through the music.

Foggy Mountain EP is out on 1 March as a digital release.

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Stroon, Mrkva/Bolka, Poo - Bratislava sonics’ new releases
1 year ago, 7 December 2012  ·   2 notes

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Night-time Bratislava - Kamenné Námestie

We’ve already given praise to Bratislava’s electronic scene in the past and the truth is, the good things are still going on. Be sure to check this triple combo of excellent releases from Slovakia’s capital Bratislava.

Stroon - Triple Farewell (Exitab, 2012)

Not much has been written about the third solo EP of Bratislava’s multinstrumental talent Stroon. As with his previous releases, Triple Farewell sees Stroon in his moody and cinematic shape, with tracks deeply influenced by music ranging from dub-techno to emotive synth-based post-dubstep.

This remarkable EP is by far Stroon’s biggest achievement. Its lush but menacing synthscapes overflow into psychedelia, and together with Stroon’s spellbinding bass and hypnotizing beats offer a glimpse into the unique and original world of bass electronica re-imagined by a musician trained both in contemporary composition and hardcore growling.

Triple Farewell is an under-valued masterpiece and easily manages to stand out amongst the recent downpour of strong releases on Exitab - the loop-based ambient of Casi Cada Minuto harnessing its strength from both post-rock aesthetics and Lopatin’s hypnagogia, the fledling Ink Midget’s trap and juke inspired global-bass debut Re-Leave or the gloomy and derelict urban synth & beat psychosis Glass Lip from Bratislava’s UK expat Aches.

MRKVA / BOLKA (ZVUKOLOM, 2012)

This is High-frequency trading music. Split-second samples and micro-management of frequencies and loops, the release showcases the post-intuitive side to contemporary composition, the one based on algorithmic synthesis, mathematics and code. Produced in software enviroments like Supercollider the brainy sonics of Mrkva swarm in and out of the aural space, defying the monolithic stereo setup and creating convoluted spaces of miniscule sounds that fluidly morph into series of highly (dis)organized enviroments.

Even amongst the coldly generated soundstorms, moment of familiarity and beauty arise. Be it field-recordings - sounds of dripping water and electromagnetic spectrums on INUITIS or the mesmerizing and somewhat tragic drone of Mrkva’s last track ANDERS, decomposing in repetitions of abstract mathematical formulaes.

Bolka’s part starts in a barely perceivable way of sparsely floating debris of frequencies, but then his ghastly freq residuums break into moments of flourishing drones that develop over fragmentary sonic landscapes that remotely resemble a chopped & screwed version of abstract breakcore of Xanopticon’s seminal LP Liminal Space.

MRKVA / BOLKA marks the first music release of Mrkva’s LOM label after its initial compilation featuring several established and upcoming experimental electronica musicians from Slovakia. In between music releases the label serves as a platform to present Mrkva’s and other label member’s custom built hardware and software for electronic musicians.

Poo - Kappa-Opioid Gain remixes (Pre optimal order records, 2012)

The chaos magick masters, the wizards of osc~, the meticulous scientists of the apocalyptic dark-ambient drone, Bratislava’s Poo, are no newcomers on the scene. Fuelled by alienizing effects of global capitalism and its ofshore/near-shore outsourcing and the many flavours of exotic psychedelics, its TIHKALs and PIHKALs, Poo and their complex yet enthralling sonics descend into the consciousness with a visceral capacity to overthrow and re-program. Sound is the law, sound under will - this paraphrase of Alesteir Crowley’s saying could be considered almost emblematic for the output of this contradictory duo. 

Their latest release, distributed online, was the Kappa-Opioid Gain single, a doomsday, abstract and vile dub-noise Poo offered for remixing. Now, a year later the remixes are here and surprisingly, they feature only Bratislava-based producers Mrkva, Acidmilk and DNC. For those curious enough - follow this link and say “333” 333 times to dwelve deep into the desolate, derelict but succulent spaces of Poo.

Last week Poo released yet another appetizer for their long-awaited second LP - the first of the nine drony chapters of “The Sounds of Mana" series. Click & disappear here.

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