It's been a while since Bong-Ra hasn't laid some new material on wax or plastic, hasn't it? Time to rejoice, as the dutch master of breakcore took example on Enduser (who recently brought an end to a year of silence with his "1/3" EP) and has a new record coming out soon on Ad Noiseam. Aptly entitled "Monster", this four-tracker is Jason Kohnen's project's return to the spotlight as well as a clear proof of a lot of changes happening in Bong-Ra's style.
After a couple of years of silence, Bong-Ra returns to the foreground with a conceptual EP which shows an surprising new side of this project. Marrying his pummelling beats and high speed breaks with lush instrumentations and acoustic strings, Bong-Ra's "Monster" sounds hard and human at the same time. The carefully design of an experienced and imaginative producer, this many-headed sonic Cerberus is an extravagant monster of outstanding force and depth. (Get this on 12" / on CD / as mp3)
Exillon has recently recorded a new set, which was recently posted on Digital Nimbus, the webradio pendant of the Igloo magazine. Featuring both new and older tracks by this Ad Noiseam favorite, this DJ set can be streamed here or downloaded there. Click on these links for some nice, infectious and intelligent acid and IDM.
2010 so far has already been rich in new acts for the label, with Matta, Hecq and very soon Karsten Pflum signing their first records on Ad Noiseam (even their solo début in the case of the first), but there are more to come. Ad Noiseam is welcoming on board Subheim, which some of you might have heard (of) already through his "Approach" album, for a second album to come out in the fall of 2010.
"No Land Called Home" is the name of Subheim's sophomore full length effort. The project led by currently Athens-based Kostas K. has made some waves (in both senses of the word) with a first album published by Tympanik Audio in 2008. The new one ups the ante of this sharply produced atmospheric material, is a work to be reckoned with, and should open many doors to this very promising young act and his dystopian ambiences.
Below is a short video medley of material from the upcoming album.
On the track of the recently released "Sura" EP by Hecq, Ad Noiseam is getting ready to release another piece of massive and bassy wax, the "Nemo Loon" record by the experienced beatsmith (but label newcomer) Karsten Pflum.
Featuring four infectious, heavy but crystal-clear and very dynamic new tracks, "Nemo Loon" is both a spacious mystic affair and a very club-friendly one, as demonstrated over and over at Karsten Pflum shows and festival all over Europe. This record once again confirms that this Danish-born, Berlin-based producer is a name to count with. Don't forget that this will be demonstrated again at Karsten Pflum shows with Hecq and Matta in Berlin on June 30th and Hamburg on July 2nd.
Beatsmith extraordinaire and relentless live performer Karsten Pflum delivers with his mysterious "Nemo Loon" his take at the dubstep sound. Towering, imposing, and yet extremely dynamic and percussive, the four tracks on this EP are obviously not the output of a newcomer, but of an experimented producer. Marrying catchy melodies, tectonic bass lines and sharp drums, "Nemo Loon" is both a spatial, mystic monolith and a heavy, head-nodding alien creation. Get this on 12" / as mp3
Remember the "Street Chic" EP, pictured above, from back in 2004? No, we're not announcing a sequel or a re-release, but still, (The) Panacea is back on the Ad Noiseam website. The man has a new album (available here from the Ad Noiseam online store) on his ressuscitated Position Chrome label, and has even taken the task of rejuvenating his Squaremeter project (same thing, we have the new album here).
To celebrate all this, the nice people over at Barcode Recordings have asked him to prepare a podcast (or better said, "filthcast") for them, which is supposed to hit over the internet in a couple of days can be downloaded for free here, the tracklisting being there (remember the recent one by DJ Hidden?). As a preparation for this mix, Barcode has sit down with Panacea, asked him a few questions, and handed the interview to Ad Noiseam to host. So here it is below, (The) Panacea in interview with Barcode.
Showcasing some of very heavy, crystal-clear and particularely insidious tracks that Hecq has been playing live over the past years, "Sura" is the long-awaited translation onto wax of Hecq's current sound. Keeping up (or improving) the excellent production quality of this musician's output, it is also his most club-oriented material to date, and should throw a new light at this rising producer. Add to this a remix by label-mates Matta, and you get a record which is definitely not to be passed on. Oh, and did you read that every copy of the 12" comes with a big poster?