Bleak, fiercely heavy, distorted and yet so close to the soul: Oyaarss's debut album is an impressive work of pulsions, subtlety and coldness. Tapping from electronic experimentations as much as from metal atmospheres, "Bads" builds massive tracks of noisy percussions towering on the most desolate icy soundscapes. Something to close you eyes to or to head-bang along, a highly gifted album of gritty strings, antagonistic beats and detailed builds-up; a colossal, self-imposing work of extremely rare power and depth.
The time has come: we're getting close to March 20th, the official release date of Underhill's "Silent Siren" album (adn156), and pre-orders are now taken. You can read more about this album here, as well as listen to seven audio excerpts. Once this is done, secure your copy on vinyl here (and note that the LP comes with a full version of the CD for free), of the CD there, or as digital files (FLAC or mp3) here. Remember: pre-orders get a rebate, so not only would you get your album before anybody else, but also for cheaper.
And again: Underhill is the new project of Martina Astner (Therion) and MC Coppa on vocals, with Dean Rodell, Ivan Shopov (Balkansky / Cooh) and Current Value behind the machines. "Silent Siren" is their first album, also featuring remixes by The Sect, Bong-Ra and Balkansky.
A month and more than 150 entrieslater, the time has come to announce the winners of the "8.9" remix contest, organized by Samplephonics, Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker and Ad Noiseam. We have received a lot more remixes than we thought, spent hours and hours checking them all, and are happy to hear that many people did their best to come out with new material built on the sounds of this track.
We chose three tracks which, in our opinion, stand out and will receive prizes from Samplephonics, Ad Noiseam, Se, Proppelerhead, Soundcloud and Point Blank, as well as seven others which stood out and deserve to be mentionned here. Check the result below, and get in touch if you are one of the winners. If you are not, we are still very thankful that you participated to this contest, and had a good time listening to your remixes. Note that all the entries can be listened to here (watch out, this is a very heavy page).
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 )
Friday Freebie: people reading this might know Ivan Shopov mostly for his Balkansky downtempo and dubstep moniker, or as part of the Underhill project. But one shouldn't overlook Cooh, the name under which he's been packing up drum'n'bass and hardcore dancefloors for many years. It's with this project that he offers us this week a half an hour mix recorded for something called "Radio Record" (about which we have no information).
Full of Cooh tracks but also featuring the likes of DJ Hidden & Eye-D, Counterstrike, The Panacea and others, this fast-paced mix is the perfect thing to either wake up to or get pumped full of energy in preparation for the week-end. Enjoy it here or below and rave away.
A lot of people (rightfully) enjoy Lamb's music over here at Ad Noiseam. We had an entry to this act's remix contest from Subheim on Monday, from Balkansky on Wednesday, and it's today Roel Funcken that submits a remix to this competition, under the Funckarma moniker. This makes things even harder for us to say which of these tracks Lamb will pick (but we somewhat hope that one of them will make it).
Anyhow, Roel Funcken's remix is here or below. Enjoy, and don't forget to check Subheim's and Balkansky's remixes of this tune.
After Subheim on Monday, it is now Balkansky's turn to try his hands and knobs at the current remix contest organized by Lamb. And just like Subheim's tracks, Ivan Shopov's reversion of "Butterfly Effect" is quite something. It's already hard for us to tell which one is our favorite of the two, and we hope that one of these two tracks will be the one picked by Lamb to be featured on their coming EP. Let's knock on wood.
Anyway, you don't have any choice to make, as you can listen to this Balkansky remix here or below (while the Subheim one is here). Enjoy.