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electronic

Oval – Scis

For nearly thirty years Markus Popp aka Oval is using external processes like glitch, software, hardware and AI to compose electronic music with.

Since his move from Cologne to Berlin, Popp seems to be even more open for generative influences, taking a step back from the production process. After the lovely Popp album releases in 2016 that was influenced by club music, he turned back to his software and more nerdy stuff, gave workshops in algorithmic production and did a solo exhibition in London. Now he is back with new music.

The results are a new album Scis and ep Eksploio, both filled with electronic experiments that partly go back to the open and experimental periods of Oval in the late nineties and early 2000s. From dreamy to rough, playful to rigid. It’s all on there and laced with that sound that is so typical for Oval, no other non-Oval would be able to do that. Welcome back Markus!

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Scis by Oval is released on Thrill Jockey Records.

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electronic

Vladislav Delay – Raajat

Sasu Ripatti is like King Midas: everything he touches turns into gold. A couple of years ago he left Berlin for a small island in the Baltic Sea. “There is a lot of nature here and not many people. I need that after six years of living in a city that never sleeps”, Ripatti told me by mail. He was disappointed in electric dance music becoming a product that everybody could make.

As Vladislav Delay he was so active that Ripatti got tired of house, 4/4 beats and ambient. The fresh air on Hailuoto, and his travels to the wilderness above the arctic circle and tree lines, has been good for him: after five years there will be a new album as Vladislav Delay: Rakka. The first track he shares, ‘Raajat’, is the perfect combination between sultry ambient and hectic industrial-like breakbeat stuff.

Rakka by Vladislav Delay will be released on Cosmo Rhythmatic/WARP.

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rock

Dead Neanderthals – Mankind

The leaders of the New Wave of Dutch Heavy Jazz (NWoDHJ) movement released a couple of tracks on Bandcamp in 2019.

‘Mankind’ is the last one. Dead Neanderthals sound there like those psychedelic drone bands at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s. Think Loop’s A Gilded Eternity meets Monster Magnet’s Tab.

The White Noise Studio in Winterswijk must have looked like a desert when Ethan Bokma, Otto Kokke and René Aquarius recorded this nearly 14-minute masterpiece.

Maybe because I’m re-reading the work of Timothy Morton, I find ‘Mankind’ to be an excellent soundtrack for the alienating effect that thinking of nature as the strange stranger has on me.

‘While crossing the desert by night, the neon lights of decades of psychedelic history catch up and try to seduce us with lush dancing and promises of alternative realities to strange to comprehend. The strange stranger is here.’

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