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null032: DEFEKT

My first experience of Dublin based producer DeFeKT was this summer in Dublin, that most memorable gig experience with Carl Finlow, Radioactive Man and Dexorcist. He was on straight after me and pumped right in over the Funktion One system through the pure analogue power of his modular synth – it was electro proper indeed. He’s not just on our radar, but featured in Dave Clarke’s end of year chart and gets regular mentions on DJ Madwax’s Vocode Blog. You can check his releases on Takeover Recordings and he has a new twelve out today on New Flesh Records you can check the previews on the label’s Soundcloud player here. Keep your eyes on Acid Lab Records for his next release – a split with his alias ESS more info on which is revealed in our interview below.

He’s recorded us a vinyl set – a hand picked selection of his favourite tracks deleberately kept down to the 45 minute mark to represent the ones most special to him.

You’re output consists of purely electro – what drew you into writing music in this particular style?

My brother has always been into techno and I grew up hearing his music collection from an early age, from listening to his techno collection and always been interested in sound it led me on to getting my first pair of turntables when I was about 14; they where cheap all in one console things that had no pitch control, so basically I couldn’t do much on those. I then progressed on thru few other pairs of decks and landed on Technics, which I still have. I was then collecting and listening to techno at that time and I always noticed that there was electro mostly on the B sides, those tracks always caught my attention even though at that time I wasn’t playing electro much. I then got bored of techno at that time and started listening to electro and started to mess around trying to make my own beats on computer and any time I went to make beats it was always was a break beat I never programmed any 4 to the floor, my kicks always seemed to be broken. Then went to college to study music technology and learned more about production and equipment, which led to me getting into analogue gear and setting up my own small bedroom studio which is a never ending adventure till present day.

Who were your inspirations?

From and early age hearing my brothers techno collection and always messing around with speakers and sounds in my room. I used to have these CDs that were made to be used to test car sound systems – they just had sweeps through low frequencies. I would put them on in my room and see how much bass I could push through the speakers for hours on end.

Then later on, I learned in college about the roots of electronic music from ‘Musique concrète‘ through to early analogue synths, those early forms of experimentation had a huge impact on me, learning what the early electronic music pioneers did with tape loops and synths. When I heard those really early recordings they just sounded like techno and electro to me it was so interesting to hear the effects they had on modern electronic music today. It’s somewhat forgotten how important those early experiments with tape from the 50s and 60s were.

 

You’re from Dublin, somewhere that really shines with talent can you give us a view through the keyhole of what’s happening there in electronic music? 

I’m actually originally from the midlands (the country side) I moved to Dublin when I went to college. Yeah Dublin city is an interesting one allot of good heads around into music, defiantly allot of good producers. The music thing in Dublin is starting to get interesting again slowly but still seems to be a lack of good events going on to be honest. Allot of the same people playing at every night and then lot of the really good DJs who are really into music don’t get enough gigs or exposure because of that. It’s a thing that I don’t understand really. But besides all that some great music around the city and allot of good artists and DJs doing great things.

Any plans for an album is that something you’d want to aim for? Or do you see your music more fitting for single releases?

I did a small album in 2010 called ‘Stimulus’ which was an 8 track mini album and I want to do part 2 of this soon for sure of similar style. A few things are set to be released over the next while, two new vinyl records are out very soon one of which is called “Sequence One EP” which will be on Umwelt’s New Flesh records and the other will be a split 12″ EP with my other alias ESS (Electronic Speech Systems) on Acidlab. A remix I did for Anodyne, which will be out on Combat Records too. So I’ve got a few a few things to in thepipeline..

You normally play live as DeFeKT but you’ve done a vinyl only mix for us – can you explain what inspired the mix and track choices for us?

Yeah for the past while I’ve being doing live hardware sets with a modular synth and drum machines, but for this I wanted to do a short mix of some tracks that I play when I’m DJing or listening at home. It’s more of a selection of artists and tracks I like at the moment. I wanted to do a short DJ set of some good electro tracks that are around these days not a
long never ending mix.

Tracklisting:

  1. Stingray enters the unkown – The sadist(einrich mueller remix)
  2. Morphology – Euckidean Algorithm
  3. Drexciya – Rubiks cube
  4. The Exaltics – Things fall apart
  5. Pip williams – Cold love
  6. Boris Divider – Ultralink
  7. Morphology – evaporation Residue
  8. Time Light curve – Acidlab
  9. DeFeKT – Modular System
  10. The Exaltics – The hunch

DeFeKT on the web:

http://www.defektedelectro.com/
http://soundcloud.com/defekt-2
http://soundcloud.com/e-s-s-1

News: Clark Announces New Album On Warp + Free Download

To announce it’s forthcoming release date of Clark’s new album ‘Iraldelphic’ Warp have released this track ‘Com Touch’ to set the hype machine in motion. It’s already been three years since ‘Growls Garden’ and from the sounds of it Clark’s made a big effort to move his sound forward into more instrument driven and organic sonic territory: 

To me ‘Iradelphic’ is looming, ambiguous, radiant. Glowing, whole, invincible, complete. 

I’ve been hunting down that elusive paradox. To create something that didn’t sound like what I’ve done before. But was also unmistakably me. It’s quite a maddening task.

I don’t think I’ve ever recorded in so many diverse locations; there was a lot of field recording going on in Snape, Sussex, harpsichords and orchestral drums. All recorded with a variety of tools. From £8k Cold War microphones, bling studio set ups, to laptop microphones, crumbling cassettes, Dictaphones. It all got used. – Clark

To get your free download head to Warp’s website here.

Download: Pain Struck Stanley Dumb – Sure Acid

It’s been pretty quiet on the Pain Struck Stanely Dumb front since their EP We Guard You While You Sleep for Wide Records in 2009, they also did a podcast for us that year you can listen to again here. They’ve been working on some tracks slowly but surely in the interim and here’s the first evidence of what they’ve created been given away as free download via their Soundcloud account. It’s an electro boombastic acid bleep fest to be sure, check it out in the player below.

Exclusive Download: Anodyne Empire of Glass – Fausten Null und Nichtig Remix

Combat Recordings are a label with the vision to cherish and pay homage to the tracks they release, exploring them indepth with extensive ranges of remixes from their roster and circle of artists. Look back last year to Point B’s Suicide Beaty spot remixes which went between Dead Fader’s thrilling soundscape to Cursor Miner’s rinse out and Scorn’s Gravel Bed Remixes by Wee DJs and King Cannibal all interesting and engaging, killer riffs and bad beats basically a job done well in the experimental realm of electronic beat music. Remixing is something this label takes seriously and thrives in doing.  

Last year’s Empire of Glass EP from Anodyne was a four track collection of broken beat techno oozing with dreamscape synth lines impinging an etherial warmth and depth to any dancefloor they hit, often courtesy of Rob Hall. In the case of this first of the two remix EPs planned for release – Dead Fader, Anstam (AQF), Roel Funcken and Fausten provide the remixes engaging in the highest level of sound engineering to employ their own shifts of beats and those glorious synth lines. 

To mark the occasion, Fausten has created something very special for our blog, their ‘Null und Nichtig Remix’ of ‘Empire of Glass’ – an abstract machine shimmering moment of dark beauty in high quality MP3 (it will be available to purchase in wav type files at a later date for those of you who prefer that), download from the Soundcloud player below.

The EP will be released digitally tomorrow, you can preview and purchase the release from their Bandcamp page here

Download: Anodyne – Empire of Glass – Fausten Null und Nichtig Remix (320 MP3)

 

MIX: CYGNUS – THE SEDNA SESSIONS NYE SHOWCASE

I first came across Texan prodcuer Cygnus on his release for Icasea in the summer of 2010, Wrowreck. Donorax stood out for me as an icy cool down tempo electro track, one that I revisit every time I have a music listening session with a new friend. Since then the water has been dissapointingly still when it comes to Cygnus’s output until this guest appearance on The Sedna Sessions hosted by Glasgow’s Up Digital

Check it out in the player below and hope we won’t have to wait so long until the next Cygnus fix. 

 

Preview: Radioactive Man – The Engine EP (WANG Trax)

Big shout for previews of Radioactive Man’s new EP going online today, it’ll be released on both vinyl and digital formats via WANG Trax – the new imprint from party maker’s Wang the very same who hosted RAM for his debut live set at Premises all those years ago. ‘The Engine EP’ will be available to buy on January 30th with the full album set for release at the end of February plus a second vinyl release with more of the album’s tracks on.  

Listen here and keep an eye on RAM’s website for more information

Preview: Monolake – Ghosts LP

Beriln based producer Monolake is set to release his follow up to 2009’s Silence album entitled Ghosts next month. Everything you could possibly want to know about the making of the album is here on the Monolake website from the ideas and inspirations behind the album to the nitty gritty ins and outs of production methods and software. You can also preview in the player below.

Monolake are also set to play at fabric on 1st March with their live surround sound show with real time computer graphics by Tarik Barri.