There's no stopping or slowing down for Ivan Shopov. When he's not behind his desk writing music as Balkansky (for example his tworecords and an album with Loop Stepwalker for Ad Noiseam), Cooh or Drumkid (his new techno moniker), this artist grabs pens and brushes to lay down some very intricate artwork. Some of these drawings have already found their ways on record covers, t-shirt and even a mural at Berlin's Subland club, and here comes the book. In pure Ivan Shopov style, though, it's not just a book of drawings, but also a full length album.
"Lights & Shadows" features illustrations he drew, as well as photography by Ivo Christov and a full CD album of laid back, atmospheric tunes. It is now out of the press, and you will be able to order it soon from the Ad Noiseam online store. In the meanwhile, you can check the teaser video below or stream the music part of this item over there. And yes, we think as well that this is the perfect come-down music after a night of heavy thrashing to "Adhesion".
Update January 12th: this book & CD is now available from the Ad Noiseam online store right here.
The snowy, eerie first shots of Andreas Wannerstedt's new "Genesis" video are quickly replace by a weird, humanless sci-fi experiment. Following his equally futuristic video for Matta's "Inquisition part III", this Swedish artist has outdone himself with a great looking new short film whose soundtrack is the track "Haunted (remixed by Niveau Zero") by Detritus, from his "Things Gone Wrong" album (adn121).
A tour de force in computer imagery, this video captures well both the meditative and beautiful side of this track and its deep, underlying force. You can watch it here or below. Once you're done, make sure to check the "making-of" video here (most of all if you are a 3D artist as well and want to learn a few tricks), which itself flows to the sound of Detritus's "Ghostwritten" (also taken from "Things Gone Wrong").
2011 is reaching its end, but instead of looking back and writing about what a year 2011 was (we'll do this in due time), it might also be time to already give a glimpse of what's coming at the beginning of next year on Ad Noiseam:
2012 will start in an excellent way with two high-profile and highly expected EPs: Hecq's "Enceladus" (adn149, featuring Skyence, Mobthrow and Knight Riderz) and DJ Hidden & Broken Note / Niveau Zero & Balkansky "Existence / Obey" (adn155 and yes, that's quite a line-up).
a bit later in February, we'll present the first album by Underhill, "Silent Sirens" in which this band formed by Martina Hornbacher (of Therion fame), MC Coppa, Dean Rodell, Current Value and Ivan Shopov (Balkansky & Cooh) create something which will surprise many people and delight even more.
Niveau Zero might already be heard on the "Existence / Obey" EP mentionned above, but he'll also have another collaborative record out a bit later: Matta & Niveau Zero "Riot / Be Real", coming out in late winter / early spring.
TechDiff and Dead Fader are also putting the finishing touch to their new albums, which we expect to be able to present in the first half of the year.
That's already quite an earful which we are working on for early 2012. But stay tuned for more material from Larvae, Matta, Niveau Zero, Broken Note, Loop Stepwalker, Igorrr, at least a yet-to-be-announced new act and a couple of other surprises. 2012 might be our and your last year ever, so we'll make sure it is a good one.
Many of you are still recovering from the slap in the face that was last year's "Nostril", Igorrr's third album (adn132). The most courageous have got a second and a third plate with the recent re-release of his "Poisson Soluble / Moisissure" first albums on double CD (adn147). And yet some others have witnessed the madness that is Igorrr live. But only very few are prepared to Whourkr, Igorrr's metal project.
Harder, much more metal-oriented, rawer and not less insane: Whourkr is Gautier Serre's parrallel project to Igorrr, and the one in which he lays down his love for guitars and metal. After 2007's "Naät" album on Suprachaotic and 2009'S "Concrete" on Crucial Blast, the time has come to Whourkr third album, to be released in the first half of 2012 on Ad Noiseam.
It's too early to lay some of this super heavy, hard suidae sound on you yet, but below are some photos from the recording (and rest) sessions by Igorrr and Whourkr singer Mulk.
While Karsten Pflum's " Nemo Loon" EP (adn130) was a resolutely deep and bassy dubstep record, this danish musician has been known to dwelve in other waters as well. His early releases were very IDM oriented, and there's always been a little bit of jungle thrown into the mix, most of all during his live set. This free mix is an hommage to this style: no wobbly bass, no electronica trickery here, but 60 minutes of jungle, bouncy tracks. Let's the raving begin. And if you're in Berlin, remember that Karsten Pflum is playing live this Saturday.
Friday Freebie: the eyes watching you in the image above belong to TechDiff, a Brighton-based musician which some of you might already have heard of from his digital split with Rotator on Peace Off, his CD on Russia's Allergy Records or his remix for Hecq & Exillon on the "Spheres Of Fury" 12". As some had guessed from seeing him being part of the line-up at the Belgian edition of the 10 Yeas Ad Noiseam anniversary series, TechDiff has joined the Ad Noiseam roster, and is currently working on an album to be released in 2012.
As anybody who's heard TechDiff perform live can attest, this musician is a lot more than a one-trick pony, with tracks ranging from the most infectious of raggacore to the most clinical and flawlessly produced dubstep (and we wait for some announced ambient material as well). We're very happy to welcome TechDiff on board and, as a small introduction, present here a live-set recorded a year ago at a TechDiff show in Austria.
Stay tuned for more TechDiff information and sound coming your way before the album, and make sure to check out this artist on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.