News: Cristian Vogel Asks You to Support New Project ‘The Inertials’

Cristian Vogel PledgeMusic Video Blog #1 from cv on Vimeo.


 “The Inertials” is a new album of highly produced beat driven electronic sounds – a fresh outlook for 2012. Shiny new techno/electro with many layers of rhythm programming, sound design and microdetails to surprise, freak-out and delight.

Cristian Vogel is embarking on his latest project, asking fans to engage in an interactive eperience as well as take on the financial role usually provided by record labels. Utilising the Pledge Music platform he’s offering a range of exclusive products as well as the finished album – that will all come with regular updates and interactions direct from himself as he hopes to spark off this process and allow it to interact with his inspiration and studio work itself. An interesting premise, and also a call to arms we should all endeavour to support as Vogel one of those ‘producer’s producer’ types a true artist and innovator – dig deep peeps.

Click here to head to his Pledge Music page for more info.

null031: LAKKER

Both natives of Dublin – a city that is becoming evidently more and more known for innovation in electronic music – Lakker are a divine concoction of sounds from the darkest warehouse techno to the complexity and brain melting structures of IDM. Ian Mc Donnell and Dara Smith make up the beat stirring duo getting together 10 years ago now and today they’re enjoying a toasty reception of their latest release for Berlin left of techno label and party Killekill with their Spider Silk EP. They’re set to play an AV set this Friday to launch their new twelve – Smith is a dab hand at the visuals as evident in the accompanying videos so you can look forward to an immersive experience at Berlin’s infamous Suicide Circus club. They’ll also be in Hamburg the following evening – more info here.

Another thing, which is a very cool thing I’m sure many of you will be envious of, they’re one of very few artists that can say they have the support of none other than Aphex Twin, that really is the king of musical endorsements. So, take it from us and Mr. D. James – Lakker are worth your time. So, be sure to read onto our wee interview with the pair and get on the download of this killer mix. 

Null030: Lakker by Null+Void on Mixcloud

How did you connect with Killekill?
Nico from Killekill got in touch with us through Simon (Swarm Intelligence) who runs the Stasis label. Simon did a mix of Irish producers and one of the solo Eomac tunes was on there. Nico really liked it and got in touch and asked for more tunes. We then sent him a bunch of Lakker stuff aswell and he was really into it and decided to put out the Spider Silk 12″. that just came out there recently.
What other releases do you have scheduled in / ready to go?
There’s nothing in concrete for 2012 yet, but we hopefully have a follow up release on Killekill, an EP with Acroplane, and another 12″ on Love Love Records. Nothing definite yet, but we’ve a bunch of tunes finished, and even more very nearly finished, that we want to get out.
How did you guys get Lakker together? How long have you been making music for?
We got together in 2001 I think it was. We were both in a four-piece at the time called Undermine, and when that broke up we wanted to continue working together as we were on the same musical wavelength and thought we had some good ideas. So about 10 years we’ve been making tunes together.
Do you intend to always play an AV show live when you play out?
for the moment I think yes, we’ll do it for most gigs, if there’s room for a projector and decent size screen. some venues just dont have the space. It’s something we’ve been planning for a while and we’re just about ready to do it properly, got some stuff that Dara has been working on that looks great, so we’re pretty excited to premiere it at our upcoming German shows.



01. Leyland Kirby – Neon Lit Atoms – (History Always Favours The Winners)
02. Gescom – Slow Acid – (Skam)
03. Aardvarck – Afrika Slang – (Eat Concrete)
04. Sunken Foal – Low Mountain Light Socket (Acroplane)
05. Hecker – Δ Chant / Δ P.groy – (PAN)
06. Mika Vainio – Behind The Radiators – (Touch)
07. Alva Noto – Module 2 – (Raster Noton)
08. Autechre – d-sho qub – (Warp)
09. Lakker – Pano – (unreleased)
10. Grischa Lichtenberger – 0607 lv 1 re – (Raster Noton)
11. Autechre – Gantz Graf – (Warp)
12. Steve McPherson – Blanket Song – (unreleased)
13. Steve McPherson – Ghost Song – (unreleased)
14. Autechre – Gantz Gaf (Lakker’s unofficial Edit) – (unreleased)
15. Emptyset – Avichi (Monoloc Remix) – (CLR)
16. Jape – The Oldest Mind – (Music Is For Losers)
17. Jeff Mills – Human Condensing – (Axis)
18. Snuff Crew – Domo (excerpt) – (Killekill)
19. Lakker – Spider Silk – (Killekill)
20. Kangding Ray – Odd Sympathy – (Raster Noton)
21. Eileen Carpio – Humming (Unreleased)
22. Powell – 09 – (Diagonal)
23. Lakker – 8Blip – (Killekill)
24. Colin Stetson – Fear of the unknown and the blazing sun – (Constellation)
25. Lakker – BKRO – (unreleased)
26. Sleeparchive – Ronan Point 1 – (Tresor)
27. Johan Johannsson – Part 5: The Sun’s Gone Dim And The Sky’s Turned Black – (4AD)
Extra sounds, FX and production by Lakker.

Exclusive Download: Langer – System (Four Hands Liquid Gold Mix)

Uncharted Audio, run by DJ Kone-R who is also an also esteemed writer for Spannered. The label has recently celebrated 10 years of releasing underground music both of electronic and folksy psychedelia stylings reaching out from London.

The final release of 2011 on Uncharted Audio comes in the shape of Langer‘s four track 12″ (and digital) EP, entitled “Elements”. This is the first Langer record since way back on UNCH002 and it doesn’t disappoint, showing off some serious techno and house sensibilities, with something of an edge. –

To big this release up they’ve given us a remix from Four Hands a dub techno entity – mastered by Suade  of Adapted Records. The full release is available to buy on digital and vinyl, you can purchase and preview the full release here in the Uncharted Audio store.

Download: Langer – System (Four Hands Liquid Gold Mix)

Langer – System (Four Hands Liquid Gold Mix) by null+void

Mix: Rob Booth’s ‘Nothing New’ Mix for Boiler Room (with some help from Stormfield)

Acid techno and electro, just the way I like it, and it’s made a revival this year, the 303 / 808.. This is the sound of my middle to late teens. – Rob Booth

This mix comes as part of Boiler Room’s ‘Nothing New’ mix series and for this episode they turn to Electronic Explorations man Rob Booth to share a mix of his favourite tracks. But this time it comes with a twist as Combat Record’s Stormfield is enlisted to mix said tracks together in Ableton – prepare for a delibrate ‘overload’ of sounds for your senses here by way of four channel simultaneous playback. What you get is an hour of classic tracks but with a new edge and listening experience – bo! 

Nice selection of tunes Rob, I see we share some raving history. This is the rough tracklist. In practice, it’s a bit messier. There’s loops, one-shots and at times up to 4 tunes playing over each other. The levels (specifically bass) varied a bit throughout the selection; the USA’s old techno / house roots come from a tradition of disco / gospel while UK rave shares history with reggae / dub soundsytems, hence there is a significant difference in the focus of mixdown/mastering. You can often spot a UK track coming into the mix because it’s got loads more chest and sub. Overall I tried to keep it punchy. – Stormfield

Head over to Boiler Room to stream and download now. 

null030: SYNC24 B2B INNUME

Scand established itself as a club night at the height of electro’s first coming and popularity in London at the infamous Fortress Studios. The current resurgence in the genre’s popularity hasn’t yet been traced the history back to these guys yet – apart from Dave Clarke who, like, Sync24  has always maintained a relationship with this breed of beats, keeping in touch with the ever present underground sound. That includes whether it’s in fashion or not. Another track from Phil’s label Cultivated Electronics also featured on the man DC’s fabric60 mix and 4 years on from it’s first twelve they’ve now signed a distribution deal with Clone –  a stamp of quality if there was ever one needed.

I bet most readers of this blog will already be familiar with CE’s output,  if not check their back catalogue here. The night is currently run by Phillip Bolland aka Sync24 with residents Innume, Agent2 and Steve Allman both of which keep to a vinyl only set up with their impeccable record collections stretching back across the genre right up to present day cuts – there’s nothing else in London quite like it. Since Scand was rejuvenated after a couple of years down time, the event has been success after success reaching out to a hardcore crowd and creating a roadblock at its current venue The Horse & Groom. The next event is next Friday where Stilleben label boss Luke Eargoggle is being flown in to perform with Cosmic Force and Abstract Forms label head Deixis.

We’re proud to present this mix of Scand promoter and Cultivated Electronics man Sync24 going back to back with Innume alongside an interview with Phil to promote the forthcoming party a week on Friday.

For more info on the event click here.

How long has Cultivated Electronics been running as a label now?

Cultivated Electronics was started in late 2007.

And what is its ethos?

To release high quality underground Electro music.

At what point did you start Scand?

The first official Scand party was just over 9 years ago at the Fortress Studios in Old St. At that time I was playing every Sunday at Cafe 1001 in Brick Lane with 3 other guys, Rob Smith (Innume), Chris Edwards and Paul Crognale. We decided to start a club night and Scand was born. About 3 years after our first party the Fortress shut down and Rob and I split from the other two guys and continued to run Scand alone. We held parties at various venues across East London then in 2006 took a 3 year hiatus. In 2009 I restarted Scand with a friend Tom (Truss) with the intention of it being a 2 room event with house and techno in the second room. After 2 parties together we decided to not collaborate anymore. I now run Scand myself although Rob is still involved as a resident.

What would you say the basis of the party and how do you choose who to book as your guests?
There is a real sound to the Scand parties which I feel is reflective of the label and this is what the night is about, to push a particular sound that I don’t feel is really getting a massive amount of exposure anywhere else.  There are other really good nights in London which push the Electro sound along with other styles of music such as Wang, Plex, Colony and Bleep 43. With Scand however it is purely about Electro.

There is no real fixed booking policy for Scand, I just book artist’s whose music I like and respect.  I also try as much as possible to book people that are not necessarily a massive crowd puller but have a good sound.

Can you tell us about your residents, they’re also a hug part of the night right?

The Scand residents are myself, Innume, agent2 and Steve Allman. The residents are really important for the night as we shape the overall vibe of the party. Each of us brings a slightly different style which helps to mix it up and keep things fresh.

It’s really one of the only electro parties in london, it’s become a real hub for the timeless style of music, why do you think it has been so successful?

I think by being purely focussed on the Electro sound the night has built up a bit of a reputation and people always know what they are going to get at a Scand party.

What’s next for CE and Scand?

CE has just been taken on for distribution by Clone which I feel is a really positive thing for the label. CE009 is out on the 17th of January and that is a release from Morphology with a remix from myself. I then have a V/A compilation lined up for EP 10 and forthcoming material from Dynarec as well as a possible EP from Innume and I.

Scand’s final party of 2011 is next Friday (the 16th) at the Horse and Groom with Luke Eargoggle, Cosmic Force and Abstract Forms label head Deixis which should be wicked. I am then teaming up with Colony again for a string of events at the Horse and Groom and Rhythm Factory throughout 2012 with our first party being on the 3rd March. Line ups announced very soon!!

Out Now: Abraham Cowley (Yellow Machines)

Under a new alias, The Dexorcist, has just released his first release under the name Abraham Cowley for Scan One’s Yellow Machines label. Why the new name – because this is acid house, born from dark warehouses from the first time round. It’s had a great review in the Wire comparing it to the music of Larry Heard and deservedly so – this release has a hell of a lot more feeling and emotion in the tracks compared to some of the revivalist vintage sound around at the moment – as well as super heavy bass. 

Available to buy now from Boomkat.

Brother No.9.wav by Abraham Cowley