Somebody will need to come up with a genre name for Underhill's “Silent Siren”. With music written by Dean Rodell, Balkansky / Cooh and Current Value and vocals by Martina Astner and MC Coppa, this album is as coherent as its line-up is improbable. Trip-hop, drum'n'bass, gothic atmospheres and hip hop: all these elements are molten into each other with great care, creating an impressive work which is far more than the sum of its parts. Try it at home, then try it on a huge PA: Underhill's “Silent Siren” is a multi-faceted creation which just invites its listener to dive deeper. (Get this on LP+CD / on CD / as digital files )
Raoul Sinier's fifth full length album sees this musician surprise us again, and tap on his experience to offer an album in which tracks have become songs, tricky arrangements leave room for melodies, and, most of all, vocals are brought to the front stage. A seductive work, "Guilty Cloaks" stays deeply rooter in this artist's twisted and falsely naïve imagery, but approaches its listener in a much more humane and communicative way, mixing electronic composition with subtle song-writing, maturity and excitement. (get this on CD / digital)
Subwoofers and ear drums beware: Broken Note are back, angrier and louder than ever. With “Flood”, this British act delivers a four track of their sharpest yet heaviest material so far. It's been said that their music was metal turned into breakcorish dubstep: this description has never fit them so well. Compact, massive, earth-shattering and genre-defining: “Flood” is to be seen as a particularly tasty plate from Broken Note and a pivotal record for hard(er) hitting dubstep. (Get this on 12" / as mp3)
Following a pause in 2010, Enduser comes back with a blast in the form of the colossal "1/3" EP, in which he manages to top his past releases and shows that he is at the very top of his game. Melodious and intricate, pounding but powerful, "1/3" contains all the elements that have made of Enduser such a particular and exciting act. (Get this on 12" / on CD / as mp3)
A double CD celebrating Wilt's tenth anniversary, "Cemetery Road / Dead Electroniks" contains a new full length album by these veterans and central figures of the American's dark experimental scene and a homage CD, in which eleven remixers (from well known acts to newcomers) pay their tribute to the depth and innovation that paved Wilt's way so far. From a deep and touching combination of drones and acoustic sounds to a noisy and demanding new take at the past, Wilt's new opus is both a foundation stone and a beautiful festive statue. (Get this on double CD / as mp3)
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.
10 years after "Panacea Shares Needles with Tarmvred", Needle Sharing comes back to Ad Noiseam for a new threeway collaborative project, this time pairing up with the renowned breakcore furies that are Enduser and The Teknoist. Three sound-pools, nine tracks, and three different ways to approach hard drum'n'bass, hardcore and breakcore: this new association gives birth an album which, however mercilessly hard and pounding it might be, also impresses by its diversity and the care given to its details it communicates. A long awaited, very welcome and impressively energetic album which is more than just the sum of its parts. Get this on CD / 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)