Friday, February 26, 2010

1st March 2010 Releases

Machine Conspiracy
meanwhile. 2LP/CD
(MEAN 020
/MEAN 020CD)

"Simply stunning”
Laurent Garnier

"He's a rising star"
Resident Advisor

An inspired special project for the Meanwhile imprint for their second ever album release, evidence of insightful A&R chops in fine shape, and make no mistake about it 2010 is the year for their shot at the title. The electronic depth of classic techno and house music here brings to mind Morgan Geist's comment that “Techno is black music. It’s as black as jazz.”

Opening with an insolent, precise, tightly-wound bass and hats configuration, there's immediate affinity with Carl Craig's myriad shades of impeccable funk, A kinship is established between windy cities, gloom, lakeside living - a central if slightly murked connection. A primordial roving bassline wades through the cooled out density of 'Sonar Conversation', a body-speed electro-funked tussle follows on 'Robotic Arm Wrestle' : poised, oiled and housed with the swanked machine operative's last moments, chunnering his own bars to 'I can't stop this feeling' gently away to himself.

'Love Hate' already slayed us on twelve inch [MEAN018] and improves on every listen, mercy for its inclusion on this disc. 'First impression' typifies this album's marriage of fractured emotion with a heart of soulful belief - the pulsing but still functional human wreckage and embers that remain after the machines have moved on, if you like. 'Subtraction' doffs its cap to manchester's own emergent noughties sound: fat-sub-bassed, minimally-conjured, slightly-squeezed, acid-hi, tech-business. Superior stuff that wears it well on a drive at dawn through Babylon. 'Intimidation' certainly lives up to its title, a sullen sense of clammy fear and whispered malevolence emanates, while the tune builds up a significant dancefloor momentum, deadly funky even within its coldly insistent patterns.

'Machine Conspiracy' warms us back to life with a thrumming Channel from a Basic surge and a rimshot to die for - one of those stripped dub destroyers you can return to in any mood for guidance - righteous music. 'Rare Education' jams on it like Magic Juan lording it at a mint bar hosted by Lil Louis, sheer classic vibes. 'Stop Hold' ushers us into a humid technological tropics where a brief history of the after-future is busy melting down all connections.

CD Tracklist:
1. Lord Of The Highway 2. Sonar Conversation
3. Robotic Arm Wrestle 4. Love Hate
5. First Impression 6. Subtraction
7. Intimidation 8. Machine Conspiracy
9. Rare Education 10. Stop Hold

2LP Tracklist:
A1. Sonar Conversation B1. First Impression
B2. Subtraction C1. Intimidation
C2. Machine Conspiracy D1. Rare Education

Also available:

Love and Hate EP:
A1. Love Hate
B1. The Land Of The Highway
B2. Stop Hold
meanwhile. 12"
(MEAN 018)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Svarte Greiner/Miasmah UK Gig Dates in March

Svarte Greiner (Erik Skodvin, ex-Deaf Center, & Miasmah label head) will be playing a few UK dates next month:

Tues 9th March 2010
CB2, Cambridge

Thurs 11th March 2010
Hole in t’Wall, Hebden Bridge, W Yorkshire
(with Ithaca Trio, Jednota & Relmic Statute, free entry)

Fri 12th March 2010
The Kings Arms, Salford, Manchester
(with supports TBA, £6 on the door)

Sun 14th Mar 2010
Cafe Oto Dalston, London
(with Simon Scott, William Fowler Collins plus Home Normal DJs, tickets available here)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

8th, 15th & 22nd February 2010 Releases

A. Terminal

Tectonic 12"

'Jack Sparrow returns for Pinch's Tectonic, on mighty form and currently unassailable. 2010 sees the label delivering in company of the highest grade. Carefully unpacking some considerable new studio scientifics, after last summer's wonderful debut for the label 'The Chase / The Fullest' (TEC030). 'Terminal' is utter killer materials - your genuine anthem material we suspect.

'The intro suggests Shackleton on the desk with Bryn Jones on hand drums, soon its apparent they're boasting Iration Steppas system and suddenly the War of the Roses goes sonic and plays back in unity. Proper sound system wares, musically let's say Trans-Pennine via North Africa, mixed down in a Bristol blues bunker. Further layers of bashy percussion build to a head while honed to the bone fully funked heatwave bass lays waste - then the muttered spoken words "I know some things that you don't know..." ushers us out of the drop top drawer boogie music for all bashments and funk parlours. Incredibly exciting and pretty much addictive record.

'Where the a side bears a new school flex with some future proofed funkstep manoeuvres, 'Tormented' arrives fully basted - glacial movements, a rockstone bass lays waste as gradual tension and eventual dementia build. True dubstep. Both tracks are evidence of a talented producer really coming of age production wise, they speak volumes for Sparrow, the label's careful mentoring and for the sheer fertility, interest and excitement around this music at this time. '

Energy Distortion Part 2:
A. Chillin' B1. On The Corner
B2. Spacewalker
C. Perspectives
D. Funk Injection (Vinyl Edition Exclusive Track)
7EVEN 2x12" (7EVEN 013)

'After the instant sell out of
Energy Distortion Part 1, don't delay on this extra loud Part 2. Housed in a glorious sleeve. the F sound has rapidly gained prime staus in the most exclusive sets....and the vinyl only exclusive 'Funk Injection' simply kills it.'

A. Autumn Rot
B. No Thief

3BY3 12"

'We couldn’t quite believe it when we first heard Dead Fader, how apt they are for the 3by3 label. This debut 12” was first aired in the Baked office late last year, and given it follows the mighty sonic dirge that is Cloaks, it just goes to prove that 3by3 really are cultivating an identity and sound all their own. Beats heavy as hell, abrasive high-end sonics and fully-wonked bass rhythms are mangled into two phat-ass productions with the most seismic grooves imaginable. You could throw ‘Autumn Rot’ into the mix just to ramp up the darkness, watch as it sinks its teeth into your arm and refuses to let go. As for the flip…well…all we’re saying is ‘No Thief’ 2:50 – if that’s not the sickest drop and reload we’ve heard in ages we’ll come round and smash up your house…all while blasting this Dead Fader 12”. Both tracks are drawn from the forthcoming, ear-bashing full length ‘Corrupt My Examiner’, and both tracks have been given an exclusive Transition mastering and cutting treatment, especially for this plate. Dead Fader are so maxed out, it’s hard to find an engineer who can deal with reproducing this blend of obliterated dancehall-noise and chainsaw-step for wax. For fans of The Bug, Surgeon and 16Bit - you gots to beware!'

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Soul Motive label onboard for 2010

Baked Goods Distribution are extremely proud to welcome Soul Motive to the roster of labels we will be working with in 2010.

Go here to hear a new 30 minute mix from Forsaken, showcasing forthcoming Soul Motive releases.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

1st February 2010 Releases

Impairment / Reagent
1XA 12"
(1XA 002)

'Mastered by Rashad at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Track and mastering info etched in run-out groove. Hand stamped new '1xa'. Housed in black paper disco sleeve with poly-lining, individually sealed with blue perforated banner vinyl. Limited edition.'

Alone At Last
Sirr CD
(SIRR 031)

'Alone At Last is a studio album, written over the first decade of Janek's career as a composer, sound artist, and musician. Each of the eight tracks is a response to an invitation to write a piece of music for either a compilation or installation. The original sound sources are produced using location recordings and manipulated vinyl, which are then processed through a combination of foot pedals & mixing desk, and then assembled on screen. Anamnesis refers to the ability of sound to trigger mental images in our mind's eye. Each new series of images is specific to each of us - and they are all uniquely generated and framed in turn by these supremely evocative compositions. The CD arrives housed in an elegant 100% black jewelcase with an 8 page black & white booklet of Janek's photography.'

Cronica CD
(CRON 046-2009)

'Sleppet originated from a sound art project in 2007, when six renowned artists — Natasha Barrett, Bjarne Kvinnsland, Steve Roden, Chris Watson, Jana Winderen and Marc Behrens — recorded sounds on a 10-day trip through the Norwegian Westlandet region and used the nature experience for a couple of sound installations and music pieces. Composed and produced by Marc Behrens in 2007-2008 in Bergen, Oslo and Frankfurt am Main. Basic material recorded in Gloppen, Bergen, on Utvær island, at Brenndalsbreen glacier and close to Røsskleivvatnet lake, Norway.'