Swarm Intelligence's first album for Ad Noiseam is the densest and most interesting piece of beat-driven industrial music that has been sent our way in the recent times. Drawing from a past in IDM and techno as well as his involvement in Berlin's current new noise scene, Swarm Intelligence marries here some of the heaviest basses around with an uncompromising level of distortion and astute beats. Heavy, enthralling, modern, dark: an impressive new step by a musician to watch (and listen to) very closely. (Get this on CD / as a poster print with download code / as digital files)
Friday freebie: We're nearing the release of Monolog's second album on Ad Noiseam, the heavy, broken and varied new "Merge" (adn178), which will be officially out net Monday. You can already listen to several tracks on this album's official info page, but here comes another way for you all to get a better taste of what Mads Lindgren has cooked this time around.
Impressed by how the tracks on "Merge" all fit together, while individually ranging from hard drum'n'bass to glitchy, experimental downtempo, Monolog's labelmate and chronic podcaster Gore Tech has recorded a 18-minute long "Merge presentation mix", which goes through most of the tracks on this album. Monolog's music in this podcast never stops, never pauses, and morphs continuously from one style to another.
May it be with his intricate and driven live sets or with his albums, such as the soon-to-come "Merge" (adn178) or last year's "2 Dots Left" (adn172), Mads Lindgren is a proven music expert. Drawing his knowledge from years of experience with hardware (including, but not limited to, rock instruments) and software (he is working for Ableton, after all), the musician behind Monolog is not shy to speak about his production methods, his gear, and to help around.
Flux With It, a platform dedicated to "helping others channel creativity in their (musical) workflow" recorded a hour and a half long interview with Monolog yesterday, which is now available for us all. It was done over Skype, there isn't much to watch, but listening to Mads speak of Monolog's current state and future, his production and his instruments is something which musicians and enthusiasts shouldn't pass on. Take this as your own private gear conference.
We mentionned a few weeks ago Machine Code's forthcoming "Stems" project, a collaborative release in which musicians were asked to create a track with sounds provided by this duo (Dean Rodell and Current Value, for the ones of you who haven't been following). This digital album is coming out on Machine Code's Subtrakt label in a near future, and we had got a first appetizer in the form of an excerpt from Oyaarss's contribution.
Time for a second teaser today, which is also related to Ad Noiseam, as the authors of the second "Stems" excerpt are Diasiva, the band formed by Monolog and Swarm Intelligence. Their tune, called "Molotov Sundays", contrasts strongly with Oyaarss's, and can be partially listened to below. Enjoy.
The summer is over, Ad Noiseam is back with a reserve of very strong albums to unleash on the world in the coming months. First, we are very happy to announce the release at the end of September of Monolog's new album, "Merge". The second full length on the label for this Danish-born, Berlin-based experimentator, comes a year after the very well received "2 Dots Left" (adn172). This was a very busy period for Mads Lindgren, which many of you have been able to catch live on stage all across Europe. He was still able to write a lot of new music, though, and collaborated with a varied array of like-minded producers and vocalists.
A year after “2 Dots Left”, Monolog combines styles, unites collaborators and fuses influence in his most varied album to date. “Merge” is a perfect snapshot of this musician's tastes, talents and scope, from abysmal basses to club-packing breaks and vocal-based experimentations. Lyrical, warm, heavy and sharp, Monolog's music takes its listener along a coherent but colourful demonstration which keeps on pushing boundaries and redefining the project itself. This might well be the album with which Monolog unfolds its wide, human, and impressively powerful self. (Get this on CD / as a poster print with download code / as digital files)