A bridge between their first album on Planet Mu and the forthcoming second one on Ad Noiseam, the "Mutations EP" is The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble's coming of age. Profound and organic but dark and impressive, it is a perfect rendition of the ensemble's live shows and the proof that there is still something fresh to be done at the meeting point of post-rock, jazz and drones. A deeply emotional and original trip. (Get this on CD / on 12" / as mp3)
From its symphonic opening to its sweeping heavy basses, Cakebuilder's second record for Ad Noiseam shows that things are still deep in Winnipeg. Bridging angry, dark dubstep and a highly melodic drive, Cakebuilder opens a new gate for the genre, where "dub" is replaced by something a lot colder and orchestral. Cinematic dubstep of the blackest shade. (Get this on 12" / as mp3)
The logical sequel of the “Thresholds” single, “Fractured” sees Detritus keep the harder guitars and beats, while staying true to this intricate drum'n'bass patterns and evocative strings. A production tour-de-force, it presents a crystal-clear, yet powerful and deep sound that confirms this essential acts to the confirmed heights he had reached with his previous albums. Deep, masterful and highly rewarding. (Get this on CD / as mp3).
He had summoned the "Grindkrusher", but you still had no idea how "sick" this all was. Bong-Ra's second homage to his metal roots, "Sick Sick Sick" is the perfect sequel to "Grindkrusher". Faster, harder, improved and super-sized, Bong-Ra mixture of concrete-hard breakcore and anthemic metal gets a new incarnation in the form of this twisted and insolently infectious record. You'd better make some room, as there's going to be some heaving headbanging and mashing going on. Did we say "sick". (Get this as mp3)
One hard step forward: “Thresholds”, a prolongation of Detritus's second full length album (the acclaimed “Origin”), sees David Dando-Moore contract his beats and infusing his tracks with newly found, harder and drier sounds. Crystal-clear, melodic and dynamic, Detritus's sound widens again with “Thresholds”, mixing ardour and melancholy as never before. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
An album of modern electronic songwriting brought together by a strong thread of emotionality and musical talent, Exillon's new full length album, "The Keening Dithers", places this musician at the forefront of today's electronic composer, but never fails to inspire the listener. All along the 11 songs of this album, Exillon presents a deep, inspired side of his talent, bringing together a developed character and impressive composition skills. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
First full length album for Enduser on Ad Noiseam, on which Lynn Standafer presents a selection of 17 previously unreleased tracks recorded between 2000 and 2004. Here are the tunes, played relentlessly at shows and parties, which paved the way to Enduser's well earned recognition. Old demo tracks were re-worked and re-mastered to meet the high quality of Enduser's most recent material. (Get this as mp3)
Active since the late 1990's, Michael Palace's Horchata project has become known for the quality of his output as well as for his highly appraised collaborations. Starting with the essential "Integral" album (the direct predecessor of "Basidia", Horchata's second solo CD), in which Horchata set an example for the whole illbient / dark hop scene, Michael Palace later collaborated with Twine (of Bip-Hop and Ghostly International fame), Ocosi, Miles Tilmann, Narc and Zenopede on releases which demonstrated Horchata's ability at working with varied sound sources and genres. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
Do America. Get coffee and heroin in Seattle. Get lost in parks in Portland. Go hippie and yuppie in San Francisco. Become a Mormon and an Olympic skier in Salt Lake City. Buy an oil drill in Dallas and a cowboy hat in San Antonio. Go deep at the heart of it all in Kansas City. Visit the Lockheed facilities and Columbine high school in Denver. Get a suntan in Phoenix. Become a movie star in LA. Do America. (Get this as mp3)
With his two other projects, Cage Decay and Kaltesglas (aka Weakener), Philadelphia's Kevin Potts has proved to possess an accute sense of rhythms and beats. With this third projet, he now demonstrates he's not only a dancefloor freak, but also an accomplished musician, that knows how to take the listener for a deep and atmospheric journey.
Combat Astronomy. A strange name for an innovative project. At the border between harsh noise and experimentalism, James Huggett uses various sound sources, loops and distortion to create deep and complex tracks of ear blasting, cinematic noise.
"Hallelujah" is not only the follow-up to "Nostril", but also a definite step forward for Igorrr. An album which was for years in the making, it is the translation into tracks of very old ideas and the combination not only of styles, but also of many guest musician's talent. Together with several new singers and musicians, Igorrr has perfected here the concepts he had touched in his previous albums, improving his production and mixing breakcore, baroque classical music and metal in an even faster, more coherent and crazier way. Both from Igorrr solo and from his high-profile guests "Hallelujah" is the lorrrd's concentrate, the exhilarating, mad result of a perfectionist's tireless work. Get this on double gatefold LP (with the CD inside) / on CD / as digital files.
Ever-changing and ever progressing: over the course of a few years, 2methyl (formerly known as 2methylbulbe1ol) has developed an intricate, intense and particularly sharp sound, as demonstrated in a few records with the like of Niveau Zero and Hecq. "Orb" is his long awaited first adventure into drum'n'bass. 2methyl knows better than repeat and copy: "Orb" is a very clear, heavy, sharp and adding this musician's experience and experiments to beats which are sure to pack the dancefloor. An EP for the feet as much as for the brain from an artist to watch extremely closely. Get this on 12" / as digital files.
Four confirmed, veteran Ad Noiseam artists and a myriad of versions, edits and corrections ping-ponged between all of them. "Existence" and "Obey" are the carefully laid-out, detailled and fresh results of musicians having fun with each other's material and proving how at ease they are with both dubstep and drum'n'bass. DJ Hidden's sharpness, Broken Note's epic proportions, Niveau Zero's clever open-mindedness and Balkansky's meticulousness: yes they managed to pack all of this in these two highly cohesive tracks. A must-have for anybody into any of these acts. Get this on 12" / as digital files
The Teknoist is back, and he has a posse. "Trainwreck Magnetism" not only gathers the newest composition by one of the rare musicians who can combine the words "breakcore" and "pristine", but also his remixes for high profile friends such as Drumcorps, King Cannibal, Hecq and others. It's hard (very), sometimes dark, often angry, but also particularly varied. A highly rewarding album which satisfy both the urge to thrash around and the need for carefully crafted music, The Teknoist's new full-length is another crown for this pillar of the breakcore and hardcore sounds. (get this on CD / as digital files)
Stepping out of Australia's outback with a vengeance, Black Lung adds a bloody new chapter to his towering discography. A composer whose talent is rivalled only by his uncommon production techniques, David Thrussell applies a whole new recipe to his beats, noises and glitches on “The First Tender Cut” (and the accompanying “Soul Consumer” CD”). Darkly playful, twistedly uplifting, noisily organic and enriched with remix by Matta and Sir Real, this EP is a ride as wild as the bloody, insane sessions that saw its inception. (Get this on 12" / as mp3)
With their début record, Matta bring the excitement back to dubstep. Shifting genres, adding weight, sharpening the production: this young duo come up with an immense three tracker that taps in a variety of style and unite influences into an enormous and coherent release. Not for weak soundsystems, but clearly for all bass addicts. (Get this on 12" / as mp3)
The long wait is finally over. After two very remarked single 12" on Ad Noiseam, Broken Note unleash their first full length release, in the form of a CD featuring their past vinyl-only discography, plus a couple of tracks that had never been released on either formats and remixes by Hecq and Enduser. (Get this on CD / as mp3)
Sickboy's exhilarating, enthusiastic and insane-as-ever fifth full length album features this musician's most infectious, catchiest and most efficient material. While the noise might be gone for good, Sickboy's new clothes are of the colourful party kind. Mixing old school rave, new school electro, breaks and madness, Sickboy hits the nail on its head and invites everybody to play, rave and party non-stop. Refreshing! (Get this on CD / as mp3).