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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PL2UA - From Poland to Ukraine with <3
6 months ago, 22 February 2014  ·   4 notes

PL2UA compilation is an expression of solidarity and support of Polish musicians for people who suffer as a result of clashes in the Ukraine. By providing their music in digital form, the artists want to help those in need and those that require support. Independent can be understood in two ways: on the one hand as an independent music scene, and on the other as the independent Ukraine which is fought for by its people. Polish artists are supported by several artists from other countries of Eastern Europe, uncluding some Ukrainians as well. All tracks have been made available by the artists free of charge, most of them previously unreleased or prepared exclusively for this compilation.”

The compilation follows in the footsteps of a Ukrainian one, which appeared a little while ago, also in support of the opposition of the status quo that sparked the protests. PL2UA features an astonishing 53 - and growing - tracks mostly - but not exclusively - electronic and dance-oriented, with many local labels participating. Some of the tracks even bear titles expressly connected to the purpose of this compilation - such as Ghosts of Breslau's - Kiev, Haunted, newcomer Zamilska's Dissent or Lights Dim's Echoes of an Ongoing Riot . Compilations such as these aim to document a time, an ad hoc sonic manifesto, the connection between music and politics is very fragile and complex, but as they say every little helps (unfortunately a certain supermarket brand owns this phrase already, but who cares).

You can get the compilation, whose proceeds go to organisations helping Ukraine, here.

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Sekta Obetí - the very attractive mysery of the Eastern smalltown
6 months ago, 20 February 2014  ·   0 notes

The original, 16-minute long EP called Obete Sekty was not only one of the best releases that the Slovak label Exitab put out, it can also, without any doubt, be considered as one of the best Slovak alternative releases of the last decade. The project, which was originally recorded almost 10 years ago was finally released in 2011 and now, after three years, Tomáš Ferko also known as Teapot has decided to revisit this piece, strongly connected with the memories of his hometown, Prešov, with the help of his friends.

The selection of the contributors invited to the project mainly consists of artists whose origins can be traced to Eastern Slovakia which is also the main concept behind the entire release. According to the press release, you can fully understand the meaning of this remix album only if you’ve spent some time smoking and drinking your mind away out of your frustration in this part of country. I don’t really think that this statement is completely right, as everyone who had to deal with the depressing reality of any post-communist upbringing in small town with the slightest ambition can relate to the feelings which are presented on this album.

However, Sekta Obeti definitely cannot be considered as remix album in its classical meaning. The length of this tape exceeds the original footage four times and stretches the entire sonic output. Listening to this piece can be quite a difficult, ear piercing experience, which completely deconstructs the original tracks and covers them with noisy drones, lo-fi hiss and decay of the original themes and tunes on the release. First contribution is by one half of the dark ambient/dronemetal project BIOS O / \ / \ / \ / \ is good opener and introduction of what the listener can expect through this one hour lasting misery.

Earbleeding sounds and noisy experiments mingle with dark droney soundscapes sometimes using only minor parts of the original release. A slight exception which gives you some time to breathe before another glitchy adventure is a remix by The Wasp, producer based in Prievidza, a city not so eastern, but in general known as a really dark and miserable place to live. His remix is a minimal/deep techno piece. The other tracks are not also easy to listen to, however, sometimes you can find yourself a bit bored by them, but if this has to represent the mood and setting of the east, then I have no objections at all. The final burst of light is a nod to William Burroughs and his cut and paste technique - the track called Cítime ako biele svetlo preniká našimi stehnami is remix made of all of the remixes present on the compilation and with its 23 minutes is the final farewell to the project.

This album is really difficult to listen and consume at first, since most of the remixes are really uncompromising bastards of the originals. But that was possibly the intention, to create a painful and hardly digestible piece of work which conceptually finalizes everything. Time to take some Valium and booze.

By b.arctor

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RSS Boys - N00W and their tribal shamanism
7 months ago, 6 February 2014  ·   3 notes

Very tribal. Those two words resonated through my head as I put on the latest RSS B0YS release and rhythms started to emanate in my room. This mysterious Polish duo with strong bonds to the label Mik.Musik.!. have landed their latest release NOOW on the cassette imprint Sangoplasmo.

From the very beginning of this release, the listener is transported into an uncompromising frenzy. Forget introduction or preparation. Africa is on fire, heavy drums are pounding straight from the very start, a primitive but very physical sound starts to slowly evolve into hypnotizing repetition of tribal fury filled with hazy, distant oriental auralism slowly entering into long lasting jam of the instruments.

The drum is the key and center of everything. No time to rest, beat keeps going all the time with sudden breaks and new themes entering, putting more tension and ending in a grande finale of viciousness. Side two is more relaxed and dubby with a noisy and distorted ambience filled with deep bass drum escalating into sow house groove and intense build ups and ends silently with reverbed pads. It is a noisy, but still airy nightride jam.

There is a mysterious question mark floating above the project and their tumblr page filled with pictures of oriental women in veils, masks of the ancient tribes or steampunk devices only add to this mystique. This is war without the modern weapons, pure crystallized animal fury which could set every club on fire, while still keeping a decent and sophisticated face despite it’s heavy and distorted moments.

One of their rare live acts happened on Unsound festival which banned photographs and thus only a couple of hand drawn pictures exists from their show. They dressed up in masks which resembled a cross between a burka and a bee mask. Willing to give up the indentity for the sake of the concept may not work that fully all the time, but this is not the case of the RSS B0YS, their final statement on this release is complete work of art.

By B.Arctor

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