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News: Shinra’s Ball & Chain EP Is Out Now

First up a very big thank you to everyone who came down to our launch party last week it was pretty special to have Shinra rinse out the tracks on the EP and Junq and Datassette both deliver on some superb sets. The EP we were celebrating is out today you can grab your copy on various outlets and the whole thing is now available to stream in full on our Bandcamp page.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of DJ and press support for our first release with Boiler Room debuting track Fallen and Ransom Note also premiering title track Ball & Chain while DJ mag marked the release 8/10 in their December issue.

Here’s a run down of DJ support from a host of our favourite players:

Craig Richards (fabric) – Support
Dave Clarke (White Noise) – Support
Bicep – “Absolute killer EP”
Radioactive Man (Control Tower) – “Absolute killer release from new label null + void. Been playing Ball and Chain, Fallen and Chills. They all work in a DJ set, loads of energy and great production.. Good tings a gwan for both Shinra and the label in the future. 5/5”
Sunil Sharpe (Earwiggle) – “sounding great, proper UK electro!”
Spaces (Bleep) – “Really into this! Esp both side A. Has the intricacy of Aphex production but focussed and tight for the dancefloor.”
Nez (Computer Controlled)- “It’s fuckin immense!”
Posthuman (I Love Acid) – “AWESOME”
Warlock (Rag n Bone) – “Really great sounding tracks”

Order at Juno // Redeye Records // Bandcamp // Bleep // Clone

Audio: Listen To Previews Of null+void’s Inaugural Release From Shinra

You will have heard tracks from this on our null+void radio shows but today we’re excited to announce that Shinra’s Ball & Chain EP will be released on 23rd November on vinyl & digital formats. Pre orders are available here at Juno.

Clips are now available to stream and we’ll also be celebrating the release at East London’s Powerlunches on 19th November with Datassette and Junq both lined up to play. More information on that here.

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News: null+void Radio Show Gets Regular Home On KMAH

We’re excited and delighted to announce that we have found a permenent and regular home for the null+void radio show on Leeds burgeoning station KMAH joining the ranks of their already great line of presenters with Happa, BMO, October and more all part of their programming.

Starting tonight (20th July) from 10pm – midnight we’ll be broadcasting every four weeks and have tracks to come from Brokntoys, Solar One, Central Processing Unit, Electronic Explorations, Houndstooth and heaps more.

Tune in tonight live at http://kmah-radio.com/ then the show will be archived on our soundcloud channel.

Shouts to Rinse for giving us the opportunity to launch the show back in 2014, you can listen to the archive so far here:

null040: CHRIS MOSS ACID

Chris Moss Acid began his sound riffing off the IDM that was prevalent in the late 2000’s Netlabel community, finding homes for his earlier releases on Swishcotheque, Net Lab and Wrong Lab among others. At the turn of the decade CMA turned to more techno and acidic tilted realms gaining notoriety for his raucous hardware sound and taking out pretty much his full studio for his live sets around Europe. In the last few months he’s enjoyed a resurgence in releases, with the tracks he penned in 2014 being signed to respected vinyl imprints Don’t, Computer Controlled and Shipwrec that we’ve been feeling and getting pretty excited by so we dropped the Bournemouth based producer a line to ask if he’d step up to provide our latest podcast. What he’s delivered is a DJ mix containing 97% his own production which you can listen to alongside our interview where you can find out a bit more about his history, how he creates his tracks and what more he’s got forthcoming that we can look forward to in the coming months.

Kind of if you think of acid, and rave your name immediately comes to mind but where did it actually all start out for you?

Musically, my earliest memory, my brother giving me a cassette tape of GnR Lies, in about 1987/88, he kept the insert cover because it had that naked chick in the cover and he thought I was too young. I knew shortly after that I wanted to make music, even though it came like 10 years later, when I got my first 4 track, guitar and drum machine. I was lucky my family have pretty good taste in music, so I always had the KLF, Barry White, Armando, Frankie Knuckles, 808 State, The Cure, Metallica, Nirvana, Daft Punk and selected Pete Tong essential mixes playing when I visited aunties, uncles and cousins.

The earliest ”WTF is that, I have to do something like that” memory probably Pacific State by 808 state. That sax brings back the goose bumps even to this day. Also I guess, re-hearing Aphex’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 made me want to write electronic music, then re-finding all my favourite tracks from when I was younger and re-listening to them as a producer was a great experience, still buzzing off that feeling, loads of ‘oh thats how he did that’ moments.

What does Bournemouth have to offer the average acid lover?

Absolutely nothing, I’ve given up trying to do anything here, DJ/Live sets. But it’s worth coming down in the summer just for the beach culture. It’s pretty nice, much better than the ‘’music’’ scene. While it’s shit for acid music, if you look beyond that, I do get a certain of inspiration from living and hanging out in Bournemouth, I just wouldn’t want to play here musically.

What does your studio look like? Can you run us through the full works and about what your production process looks like?

Well, let’s see, my studio literally hasn’t changed a lot since 2005! So that is mostly 10 years of the same set up. apart from buying a MPC1000 2 years ago the core basics have been pretty much: TB-303, SH101, TR707, TR606, Boss SE-70 FX, ESQ1 and a Akai MPC1000 which is broken and I only use it as a drum machine. Might as well mention my mixer too as I class it as important as anything else, it’s a Mackie DFX12 and has some pretty pointy reverbs and flanges built in.

If you listen to some of the earlier’ tracks (2005-2009) I did, there is more strings and melody, pretty much what was classed as IDM back then. I used more VST’s and computer based sequencing, around 2010 I bought a ESQ1 synth off Ed DMX and that’s when I kind of went a bit more hardware just as the mighty empire of IDM was dying and acid was showing it’s face again. Between 2010 and 2015 I’ve become more and more minimal, but harder, a massive influence for this ‘sound’ was listening to albums like ‘The Brown Album’ by Primus and stuff like The Strokes ‘Is This it’ and Big Black – ‘Atomizer’. Which brings me on to answer the next question!

When you take it out live you still bring a very extensive hardware set up with you – how different is this from the studio? What else goes into the preparation for these shows?

These days it IS pretty much my studio in a suitcase, but back in the early days I used to use **too** much gear, you know? I used to basically make a new 1 hour show up of brand new music each live set, which took me about a week to program with the drums, 303, 101 settings drawn on paper, and at these shows I used to just get lost, had too many options what to use, and as I didn’t have much music anyone knew, it was pretty much a live improvised set, sometimes it worked out fine, but more often than not, I used to leave feeling pretty heartbroken if the set didn’t go very well.
It wasn’t until I played Incubate in Holland a few years ago that I decided to use basically 2 drum machines, a 303 and a laptop, and after that, I needed to work out how to play out my live sets, so I went back to the way it should be, instead of ripping through 40 live tracks, I took my time and enjoy the acid house, listening to the Armando Gallop’s WBMX DJ set and Daft Punks’ ‘Live 97’ always gives me tons of influence, so recently it’s been a complete riot, I’ve fallen back in love with playing live, with a few records that have been coming out I’ve been able to do live versions of them and, for me at least, it’s pretty enjoyable, just got to be simple!

Of late you’ve had a really great run of releases – does this reflect a particularly fruitful time making music or has your productivity always been pretty consistent for you?

The last/next releases out on vinyl is pretty much the work I did last year (2014) Jerome Hill and Ferdi Shipwrec both approached me at the same time both wanting an EP (with Ferdi/Shipwrec, I had just recently had a co-producer credit on a Drug Cvltvre EP on the label), so from April 2014 up until October 2014 I was just smashing out tunes, the harder techno tracks went out on Don’t and the more acid house/IDM tracks went out on Shipwrec. Then i have a 12’’ out on Computer Controlled Records, which was pretty much all the tracks i really liked from all the sessions I did from the Don’t/Shipwrec sessions which didn’t get used. I really wanted them out on vinyl as I was going off releasing stuff on digital/Bandcamp. So the CCR’s 12’’ has been sent off on Monday so should be out in a few months. Which marks an incredible feat of 85% of the tracks I wrote in 2014 came out on vinyl.

It kind of feels like there’s been a nice new wave of labels rising for this kinda music – do you think that’s the case?
Yeah sure, I’m not bang up to date on everything that’s been coming out for the last few years though. Even though it’s not a new label but 030303 are always bringing some new artists though as well, which are always amazing releases, I know for a fact there has never been a BAD or disappointing 030303 release. And even though it’s not a 100% acid label i am totally in love with Mako Records (Proxy’s label), also Jerome Hill’s Super Rhythm Trax has put out some monster acid stuff recently.

Where do you feel your music is most felt like recently you had some great gigs in london for Jerome Hill at Don’t and Bangface – could you enlighten us to where else in the world people are really feeling your take on techno?

Definitely in Europe, Holland and Belgium in particular, I’ve always felt much more at ease playing in these countries. But that Don’t gig in Dalston was really special, it was the first time playing live in England for about 5 years (no one ever asks me), and it being a label night of Don’t, so, I guess there was a slightly large expectation after going on after such a fierce set by Paul Birken, but I think it was my favourite live set I’ve ever done, it was also one of the first times i played out all the new stuff live, and first time I took a slightly more techno stance in a set.

The Bangface set was also pretty nice, although I was on a stage like 5 foot above the dance floor i didn’t have such an intimate setting as I did at the Don’t party.

What’s next for you? You’ve just had EP’s released on Don’t Shipwrec and CCR are there any others signed we can look out for?
At the moment I’m having a little break for a few weeks (as of March 21) but come April, I’ll start to write some new music in a slightly newer approach for next year, but looking back at this year, I have a 10’’ vinyl coming out, though i can’t say much about it, but it’ll be amazing, by the end of the year, as well as the Computer Controlled Records 12’’ Righteous Acid Beats EP

And a cassette tape of some old tunes on Acid Waxa, I like going through my archive and hearing old tunes that i forgot about and putting them out for free on Soundcloud, you know giving something back to the people.

This mix you’ve done it’s pretty much all your own production right – what kind of exclusives can the listeners look out for?

Yeah apart from 2 or 3 tracks they’re all my own tracks. There is a few italo tracks I’ve been working on and off for a few years, some brand new stuff as well, which I’m not sure if they’ll end up being released, too soon to tell. But it’s been 7 years since i last did a mix of all my own productions, so it was pretty fun.

Audio Report: 21/02/2015 w/ Stingray, Datassete, Sync24 + more

Recommended listens from the week just gone…

1. Bleep43 EP002 with Stingray 313 and Mariska Neerman

For Bleep43’s second release the London ex-party camp have invited Stingray 303 and Mariska Neerman to each put together two tracks for a split EP. They’ve just upped the whole release to stream while they have promised a release date for just a few weeks time…

2. Datassette – Offal (1999-2014)

All I can say is a big yes to the trend for tune dumping, there’s so many tracks that yield good listens stranded on hard drives this 100 tracks compendium of ideas, demos and full tracks from Datassette is essential listening.

3. Crack Mix 87 – Sync24

Great to see Cultivated Electronic’s main man Sync24 in the mix for Crack Magazine, it’s all to promote his upcoming set for Electrix at Bloc this March, more info and ticket to that here.

4. Neil Landstrumm – The Rise Of Slime

This track’s taken from the next EP upcoming on Sunil Sharpe’s Earwiggle imprint that includes tracks from DeFeKt, Bintus, AnD, Boner M. Neil Landstrumm’s offering The Rise Of Slime was upped by Boiler Room last week which you can listen to in all it’s doom rave goodness here:

5. POWVAC011 – V/A ‘Vectors 2′ Preview

A teaser of what’s up next on Bintus’ Power Vacuum imprint with Jerome Hill, Vacated, Cylob and Anklepants all contributing tracks it’s shaping up nicely.

6. Chris Moss Acid – Slam The Box EP (Free Download)

A free download of Chris Moss Acid’s Slam The Box EP from last year in MP3 grab it while you can, or for a high quality file head to bandcamp here.

7. Pip Williams – Concerning Irregular Figures

A new production from Pip Williams with little explanation from the maker, but it’s been on repeat on my player this week.

8. DJ Stingray – Unknown to the Unknown Mix

Every single mix that DJ Stingray drops lives up to expectations – frenetic and fast paced he has his own and inimitable way of playing electro.

9. L.I.E.S. podcast 20-DJ Overdose “True Patriotism”

For their 20th podcast US West Coast label L.I.E.S. invited Rotterdam’s DJ Overdose to put together a fresh mix, he’s turned out a 57 minute mix of electro drawing on his early Miami bass influences.

10. MNLTH – Headlight

A full stream upped this week from MNLTH, lifted from producer’s Time EP which you can buy now via Bleep

Audio: null + void Rinse FM Show January 2015

Great to be back on Rinse so early into the year and with some especially great music and exclusive plays of new Chris Moss Acid, MNLTH and Polybius Trax material:

Listen here:

Tracklisting:

Tracklisting:
1. Shinra – Fallen [Forthcoming null+void Recordings]
2. Second Storey – Layer Lock [Forthcoming Houndstooth]
3. Himuro Yoshiteru – I don’t Care What They Say [Acroplane Records]
4. Physical Therapy – Givin Me Live [Forthcoming Unknown to the Unknown]
5. Aa3_Tzt.[RN500] – Hinkley Point [Stray Landings]
6. Unknown Artist – Caress Like a Wave [Rewire]
7. Shelley Parker – Beachy Head [Structure]
8. DJ Spider & Franklin Da Costa – Second Bass [Forthcoming Killekill]
9. Ingen – Greification [Fixate Records]
10. Warlock – Seventeen Camels – [Forthcoming on Kick & Clap]
11. Abandoned Footwear – Mind Over Matter [Forthcoming Polybius Trax]
12. Chris Moss Acid – Spatial Dimension [Forthcoming Computer Controlled Records]
13. Chris Moss Acid & DMX Krew – What Size is your Jack [Unreleased]
14. Datassette – Tescnu Chaffinch [Unreleased]
15. Chevron – Vishnu 303 [Forthcoming Balkan Vinyl]
16. Obergman – Rosetta [Brokntoys]
17. Flec ESC – Nice Guy (Pip Williams Remix) [Forthcoming Electrix]
18. Duran Duran Duran – Rejectro [Tigerbeat6]
19. MNLTH – Traffic [Forthcoming Central Processing Unit]
20. Weevol – Worms in your Stinky Ears [weeDJs bandcamp]
21. Physical Therapy – CMERE [Forthcoming Unknown to the Unknown]
22. MNLTH – Headlight [Forthcoming Weme Records]
23. Shinra – Ball & Chain [Forthcoming null+void Recordings]
24. Luke Vibert – Fast [Rewire]
25. Second Storey – Cristian Vogel Remix [Forthcoming Houndstooth]
26. MNLTH – Time – [Forthcoming Weme Records]

Audio Report: null+void’s 20 Best Tracks Of 2014

This year has definitely been rich with stand out music on our radar. To nod to the year just gone and re-live some of the best moments here’s our run down of the favourite tracks from the year pulling out radio playlists, DJ sets, blog posts and some we missed from the year just passed. In no particular order…

1. Gesloten Cirkel – Zombie Machine (Acid)

This album featured heavily on numerous end of year lists but this track in particular stands out for its acidic and relentless thwomp of a groove.

2. Falty DL – New Haven [Give The Drummer Some] Luke Vibert RMX

This is a kind of match in heaven between two producers who push the limits of sound creation both with a penchant for jungle. Vibert has seen a healthy amount of releases this year thanks for a new relationship with Bristol imprint Hypercolour which is super welcome and His first Amen Andrews release in 10 years actually came on Falty DL’s own Blueberry imprint. This remix works off Falty’s pensive and Utopia envoking original which is then launched into a whole new junglist world thanks to a lick of Vibert’s slick drum programming.

3. Jerome Hill – Paper Bag Acid [Super Rhythm Trax]

Jerome Hill’s had a great year. He’s launched a THIRD record label, Super Rhythm Trax, delivering some pretty on point acid while maintaining the output of his hip hop focussed Fat Hop imprint and production under his Itsu Uno moniker, Laid down the rave with his Hornsey Hardcore EP’s while also keeping up his true techno label and night Don’t. This track for us is the highlight of it all. Oh and he was also named one of the scene’s most underrated DJ’s by Fact Magazine which is a sentiment that we can very much get behind.

4. Dead Sound – limafx1 [Labrynth]

This is an industrial burner powered by a machinic groove that really pushes things along. Dead Sound seems to be able to get the balance between industrial but funk perfectly.

5. Tinfoil – Foil 5 [Tinfoil]

The collab between Defekt and Sunil Sharpe that this year has brought something pretty intense out of these two Dublin producers. Out of the two EP’s this year this is our favourite.

6. Ben Pest – Massive Flounce [Fun In The Murky]

Ben Pest has been pretty on it this year in general and has been featuring heavily in our DJ sets but if we have to pick one favourite of the year Massive Flounce wins in uplifting glory.

7. Objekt – Ganzfeld [Leisure System]

Another artist with an incredible year of releases behind him especially considering that TJ Hertz has kept the output of his studio close to his chest with only a handful of releases behind him. Everything he delivers conforms to his self-set-high-production-spec and this track sits king on his history to date.

8. Pip Williams – Pleasure Deficiency Syndrome [Brokntoys]

Pip’s EP for Brokntoys was as dark as ever and this track does it the best.

9. Clark – Superscope [Warp]

There’s a freight train coming…

10. 214 – Yellow Jackets [Unreleased]

You’ll have to jump to the end of this rinse show to earball this… Look forward to a null+void podcast from its maker in the coming year.

11. Morphology – Magnetospheric (Sync 24 Remix)

This track reeks of Detroit which is probably what makes it great, plus it kind of feels a bit insane.

12. Scrase – Movon [Love Love Records]

Big up the Scrase! He’s had a great year with some killer sets going down, we’re very excited to hear what 2015 brings…

13. Datasette – Salad [Unreleased]

I know it’s kind of not fair to include tracks not released BUT this is another one we had the privilege of airing on our Rinse FM show’s this year. While the year saw Datassette release on Apollo this just does it for us that bit more.

14. Stormfield – Rebuild [Combat Recordings]

There’s actually a load of remixes that accompany the Combat Recordings boss’s EP but this is our favourite from the release. It has a life of its own, sparking acid into a continually building heat of intensity.

15. Ingen & Boris Noize – Root & Stem [Fausten Remix]

Another from camp Combat and also from the hand of Stormfield but this time in collaboration with Monster X reworking Boris Noize & Ingen’s EP. The thing about this one is it contains all the terror that is Fausten; evoking the sounds of a crazed animal zoo at its peak. Sometimes it’s good to be scared by a track.

16. Hape – 130103

This is by Estonian producer who goes by Taavi Tulev on Soundcloud who got in touch with us this year and kind of have a lot of love for his music. As well as this 150bmp weirdo electro monster there’s a lot of truly engaging drone that we recommend people check out here.

17. Luke’s Anger – Eat Em Up

This is taken off the Bonus Round boss’s longplayer this year and is just a bit of funky fun really.

18. Function / Inland – Rhyll

This release heralded in a new chapter for Function and also presented some particularly beautiful brain food.

19. Beatwife – Dwistico [Love Love Records]

An welcome acidic outing for the at times challenging producer released by our friends at Love Love that we had the pleasure of premièring earlier in the year.

20. DJ Skurge & Juan Atkins – Turn The Knob

This was premièred on Benji B’s Radio 1 show this year but still can’t be found on wax! Still we can enjoy the master and creator at work alongside DJ Skurge via You Tube.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported this blog this year.

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.