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Download: Listen To The Latest null+void Rinse FM Broadcast

Big ups Rinse for having us back was a pleasure as always and for Jerome Hill providing a killer guest mix. You can listen back to the show in the player here and the tracklisting is below.

Tracklisting:
Synchronoise – Inter-Dimensional Synth Cats
Cristian vogel – Forest Gifts [Forthcoming on Shitkatapult]
Ukkonen – Agogic Helia [Forthcoming Uncharted Audio]
Bintus – Strange Gait [Power Vacuum]
Bass Clef vs Frak – Strange Gait [Smorgasboard Records]
Luke Vibert – Stuph [I Love Acid]
Mark Forshaw – Take Off [Forthcoming Computer Controlled Records]
Tudor Acid – Acid Travelodge [Virtual Urban Records]
[Bed – Jerome Hill – Paper Bag Acid [Super Rhythm Trax]

Jerome Hill Guest Mix
Bob Brown & Paul Birken – Couldn’t
Jonski Feat. Jock D – Get Up
Jerome Hill – Paper Bag Acid
Neil Landstrumm – Can’t Keep Up
Marshall Jefferson Presents Hercules – Lost in the Groove (Jerome Hill Remix)
The Exaltics – Corroded
JoeFarr – Gabba Problems
LFO – Mummy I’ve Had An Accident
Patrick Sjeren – Heart Condition
Luke’s Anger – What The Hell Are You Doing In My Car
UVB – Five O


The Wee DJ’s – A Little Atomic Bomb [Forthcoming Combat Recordings]
Lukes Anger I’m Still Here [Forthcoming Ugly Funk]
Objekt – Interlude (Whodunnit?) [PAN]
Sync 24 – Memory Bubble [Forthcoming Central Processing Unit]
Model Citizens – Drive [Toolbox Records]
DeFeKT- Your Automatik [Forthcoming Boys Noize]
Dieter 1982 – tchn006 [Soundcloud]
Amen Andrews – News Of The World [Forthcoming Blueberry]
Radioactive Man – Wah [Una Sound]
DJ Stingray – Behaviour Modification Implant [WeMe]
Andy Stott – No Surrender [Modern Love]
Spaces – In Wait [Bleep]

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Tickets: Resident Advisor

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null038: BEN PEST

I’ve witnessed Ben Pest in many live forms over the years rocking out on a Nintendo DS, in full hardware synergy with Cristian Vogel under their Black E moniker and also playing all reams of electronic funk in a DJ capacity. He’s also an artist comfortable creating on pretty much any platform you throw at him and under a huge range of collaborations – as keyboardist for Ninja Tune’s Pest or in the studio with Luke’s Anger as Bebop & Rocksteady even finding himself most recently in the studio alongside Keith Tenniswood (Radioactive Man). There’s a common thread before his work this off kilter funk that’s pleasingly odd – I’ve been a fan for quite some years now so finally nailing a mix from Mr. Pest is quite the score for the null+void podcast series.

So Ben when exactly did music start for you?

Hard to say exactly. I remember my dad having one of those stacking / changer vinyl players from the 60s. bought my first 7″ from woolies in Collier Row, Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer.. but always loved it for the b side ‘shoot out’.

What were your early influences was there a particular musical scene that got you involved?

After metal it was techno early/mid 90s. I met Tom Fedka/Pest at Sabersonic in about ‘96 or something and he gave me a fresh take on music. Jazz got massive for me suddenly a bit after then. Its nice coz iv known all the Pest band for so long, we’ve been through a lot together over the years and we’re still doing it. Shouts also to Vinnie, Matt ‘porn’, Wayne ‘slap’, Tenderlonious and ‘slick’ Nick!

How did you get started in producing? What kind of gear was available then for you?

My school had an Atari with Cubase 1.0 and a Roland s-550 in the music stock cupboard, so there, I suppose. I worked in a music shop for a bit after that so got myself various keyboards. Eventually I had keyboards plus Tascam 4 track cassette thing and an FX box or two, loads of fun. Couple of years later I spent the entirety of my first student loan on a Nord 1 rack and an Akai S950 running off an Amiga.

I remember many a set with your DS Korg – what do you like about performing on those? It seems so old school now with ipads but I guess then they were some of the only touch screen technologies available…

Still love that Nintendo for the DS-10! I first saw Michael Forshaw bang a set with two DS’s and I said “fucksake I play Mario Kart on mine! what was THAT?!” – he thought I was taking the piss but I wasn’t. It’s limited, and only does 1 bar loops but it excels at industrial sounding techno and there are some lfo tricks to make em sound like 2 bars, even though they aint. I’ve got so many patterns on there have never seen the light of day I still need to get out of it. The horror boogie 12” I did earlier this year has 2 tracks which are purely DS-10 sounds sorta ‘produced up’ as it were.

Exactly how much and in what ways has working with Logic’s latest version changed how you work and the outcome?

I just shoved Komplete 10 in there so that number of options is now exponentially ridiculous.. Almost too many! It’s all completely brilliant, natch, but I have to set myself some arbitrary limits at the beginning or my music making goes nowhere fast. That South Park episode where they show Randy using Logic just made me laugh! Yeah it’s ‘almost too easy’ but only if you want to go down some predetermined route, which i never do. to me it’s all just an extended writing tool. Hardware is all about the limits though, and generally that stuff gets messed with very little compared to the tracks I start from scratch in Logic. I’ve been getting really into making tunes with a tb303, tr808 & tr909 recently & just letting them roll, jam it out. Sometimes I have better results when I make life difficult for myself. It’s all random.

Obviously over the years you’ve collaborated with a number of people – Luke’s Anger, Cristian Vogel and more recently Radioactive Man what do you like about working with others in the studio? can you tell us anything about these individuals in particular?

Collaboration is one if the best things about music. It’s just so fun and satisfying when it works. It’s also great to have someone else around who even if they aren’t doing any of the actual production stuff, they are still contributing on an integral vibe level type thing. To me that’s still 50/50 collaboration. Anyway, if you go into it with that attitude then everyone does their bit, I find. Collabs with Luke are great because they’re are no rules, as such. Can be in person or remotely. Its more just like a very protracted and ever-ongoing conversation which happens to yield tracks I love. Result! With Cristian we spent 4 or 5 days in his studio in Barcelona, and made a whole EP from scratch. Pretty good going. With Keith Tenniswood it’s been few ideas developed over this last year and now coming together into an EP. Some tracks have come together more quickly though. As I say, there are no rules as such. The Pest boys are my longest running collaborators. Oh yeah and I didn’t name the band after me by the way! I was asked if that was the case, once. No my mate Grant aka Sikaflex suggested Ben Pest is what everyone called me anyway, so there you go.

In this mix who’s on it – what other artists are you listening to at the moment?

The mix is all my stuff apart from some Bebop & Rocksteady tracks, which I wrote with Luke’s Anger. I’m far from ignorant to other music, though. My sound is fairly distinctive for better or worse, iv made loads of tunes, and they seem to make sense to me mixed together on Traktor. What can I say. Been listening to Phatworld vs Squire of Gothos on my tube journeys, big smiley music. Loads of the electronica I love is made by my mates but I’m always grabbing various other bits and bobs – I’m less of an artist follower generally, I’m more about certain tracks. But rules are there to be broken etc. Luke Vibert is consistently great. Gutted about Mark Bell too, loved so much of his music and saw him live a few years ago. amazing.

There’s quite a few releases you have coming up can you give us a quick run down what’s forthcoming?

Fun in The Murky 02 which I’ve got a track on is dropping this week. There’s a 5 track EP on Balkan Recordings very soon and a track on the next Balkan Vinyl 12″, an Off Me Nut EP and a couple of tracks on new vinyl label The Beyond. And a Bebop & Rocksteady cassette release on Acid Waxa. Got this thing currently in production with Radioactive Man too. I’ll squeeze another EP of my tracks via my Bandcamp page in due course.

News: null+void is Back On Rinse FM This Saturday Night

This Saturday night from 1-3am I’ll be back on Rinse FM this Friday night with an exclusive guest mix from Jerome Hill who’s Don’t party is next Saturday night at 512 in East London which I’ll also be laying down a set at.

Also coming up on the show is double new Luke Vibert his new acid release for I Love Acid as well as Amen Andrews I’ll also be playing some tracks from Objekt’s new LP, the oustanding new Combat Recordings Ten Years compilation as well as new material from Sync 24, Defekt and Cristian Vogel.

Interview: Stormfield On Combat Recordings’ Ten Years

Combat Recordings are a true bastion of industrialised, uncompromising and concrete hard electronics . Operated out of East London for the last 10 years label boss Stormfield has fearlessly compelled this label’s sound on a solid journey, commissioning releases from his self professed heroes Scorn and Milanese as well as providing a home for some spectacularly epic productions from Dead Fader, Point B and Scanone among many. All these artists through the medium of impeccable sound design deliver a high, high quality of music to the label – there’s always a lot to listen to even though it can be a challenging experience for some. Still this music has it’s place in the rave and it’s actually an admirable thing that we should count ourselves lucky for that someone is still willing to put their neck out and self fund something that isn’t cash viable – that’s kind of what art is about you know.

The first Combat release hit the world back in 2004 and this November as a special gesture Stormfield has put together a stonking 19 track compilation to celebrate this landmark anniversary as well as a commemoratory rave. So with such a huge event imminent we caught up to chat with the man be hind the label Stormfield himself to look back and forward over this time and to share some of the comp’s audio along the way…

What does it feel like to be at this point, when you’ve reached 10 years in operation?

Running for 10 years is a bit of a surprise to be honest, as I never really planned to do a label in the first place.

Combat was born through a very specific set of life circumstances and the need to vent in a disciplined, focused way. It felt like the right thing to do and just grew from there. The thing with living in London is, the pace is so relentless anyway – you end up running around doing stuff week to week, and time simply flies past year after year. Now it’s apparently 2014, we’re somehow at “Ten” and having to organise something special is more of a pain in the arse as I’d rather hide away and get on with making music and visuals :) Gotta be done though.

Onwards!

Looking back at this time what do you feel are your proudest moments?

Here’s few:

Travelling and meeting a lot of people over the years, some of whom have become solid friends. Seeing some really good artists go on to do bigger, higher profile things after their initial push via Combat. Likewise, chatting with some great artists who said the Combat’s output has massively influenced them over the years, offering tracks for the compilation, which turned out better than their releases on other labels! Bringing together unlikely artists from different backgrounds and countries on the same track via remixes, re-remixes and collaborations.

Mary Anne Hobbs dropped Cursor Miner’s “Carnivore” as her track of the week, twice in a row on BBC Radio 1.

Aphex Twin playing one of our tunes at Nordik Impakt festival. Just tried to find the youtube link, someone’s taken it down, but the track in question was Audio Assault by Machine Code.

The development of Combat A.V. around 2009, to bridge the label’s sound and visuals in realtime. This fed into the Fausten project on Ad Noiseam.

Watching Cursor Miner annihilate the place at Trigger Soundsystem in Birmingham. Ending up in a Dominatrix’s house filming sexual torture for the Fausten project, then performing the visuals as an AV set in front of 1500 goths in a German turbine hall, while wearing Hawaii shirts on stage. Bizarrely, playing gigs in a Peckham laundrette and the former SS headquarters in Berlin, both in the same month. Releasing music by my production heroes Scorn and Milanese. Doing visuals for Scorn during his live set at Bangface Weekender.

What in your experience has been the toughest thing about running an independent niche label?

Cash and time limits.

Cash. I decided from the start that Combat’s music is personal and thus has to be kept free from any pressure of hype / sales. Of course I’m happy when more DJs across the board are supporting the tunes, but I’d never go “yeah better make it sound more like [insert trendy bollocks genre]’ just to shift a few more sales. You end up weakening or deforming your sound for the sake of a popularity that is only fleeting anyway, fuck that.

But the cost of this stubbornness is you end up having to power the label from your own funds, which I accept, but unless you’re already rich it does impose a natural restriction on how many releases per year, and not being able to do vinyl for every release. Time is the other pain in the arse, especially if you split it between dayjobbing, producing music/visuals, giving seminars, playing gigs and running a label, bearing in mind that a lot of smaller labels are one-man operations.

Can you talk about the music itself on this compilation are there selected tracks from the archive or are they all freshly commissioned for the release?

The original idea was “ten years / ten tunes / ten artists / ten-ten-ten-you-cunts!” but as submissions came in, the tracks were too good to refuse, so the original concept got binned in favour of simply having lots of good music.

And here we are at 19 tracks. The selection hopefully represents the full spectrum of the label’s sound, from darkest bleakness to beautiful melancholia, from heavy soundsystem smashers to intricate cinematic ambient. A friend described it as “brutality and finesse” which I guess is fairly accurate. It features artists from the very beginning of the label’s history (e.g. ScanOne) up to totally new names (Marco Donnarumma, Nonima) who have releases forthcoming. Some tracks are specially commissioned for the release, while others have sat on my hard drive waiting for the right moment to appear.

What else is in store for the celebrations?

We’re going all out for this one with a full audiovisual lineup. Short films and sneak previews of Fausten videowork at the start of the night, followed by a freestyle electronic jam session between Monster X, Cursor Miner, Marco Donnarumma, Stormfield and Emoresh. Then Shelley Parker does a special Combat live set to kick off the rave, with new label signing Nonima doing his first ever set in London. Fausten then smash it up hard with Scorn-type darkness and sinister visuals, and ScanOne doing a DJ set at the end to take things back to our junglist/hardcore roots.

Ten Years of Combat party from Stormfield Slewdem on Vimeo.

What are you looking forward to the most in the next 10 years?

More music, more video/visual work, more sound design, more gigs. Keep on evolving. More Combat!

Combat Recordings release Ten Years on 10th November 2014 and will be releasing audio previews via their Soundcloud page in the run up.

www.combatrecordings.com / www.soundcloud.com/combatrecordings /

Audio Report: This Week’s Recommended Listens 07/10/2014

Another double week report this time catching up with some recently released audio streams worth your ear time.

1. Taavi Tuluv -33°

Hailing from Estonia Taavi Tuluv specialises not only in expansive ambient works formed from his own made field recordings but also some brilliantly fronting techno. This track here however, newly upped last week, is of the former kind of work a quite jarring yet beautiful drone work.

2. VHS Head – Bleep Mix

Some weird-ass cut up electronics from Skam’s VHS Head – this mix perfectly mirrors his production.

3. Squish Kibosh – Electroplasmix Case 013: ‘Seasonal Affecive Disorder’

This mix has been timed to drop pretty well for the beginning of winter, we’re going to need all the help we can get. Glasgow’s Squish Kibosh here shares the darker side of his collection off in this mix.

4. DMX Krew Rinse FM show

This needs little introduction – any time DMX Krew shares any portion of his record bag it’s a real joy.

5. Come On You Cunts Let’s Have Some Aphex Classics

With so much going on now around the release of Syro this mix went a step further into celebrating the life and works of Richard D James.

6. Radioactive Man – From The Dub Vaults Previews

At 8 years in the making this project is the realisation of Radioactive Man’s love of all things dub, previews are now available on the host label’s player.

7. September’s Plex Sessions

Plex’s Luke Handsfree back in again for Sub.fm picking out tracks from Clubroot, Surgeon, Cristian Vogel, Pub, Alva Noto, Ricardo Villalobos vs Sparky in what they deem a “spacier-than-normal” show. Plex are back at Corsica Studios this November for their annual mega rave this time teaming up with Bleed and Them you can grab tickets here.

8. Jerome Hill – Paperbag Acid

Big release from Jerome Hill! This is the second 12″ on his new Super Rhythm Trax imprint which specialises in all things acid and house formed which you can stream in full courtesy of the people at Ransom Note.

9. DSNT Mix for Stray Landings

Being a follower of DSNT’s label and website for quite some time it feels like this mix sums up what the Belfast based collective are about – proper technoid club sounds – in for the excellent Stray Landings site.

0034 // DSNT by Stray Landings on Mixcloud

10. Dieter.1982 – TCHN006 + TCHN005

Dieter.1982 is a Finnish producer specialising (under this alias) in rawly formed techno who dropped us a line the other week to introduce himself, to date the tracks are only available to listen to via his Soundcloud with a remix project available via Bandcamp (here).