Yes, 2011 is over, and it's time to now focus on the next year. As you might have read a few days ago, 2012 is going to start pretty nicely for Ad Noiseam, and even more now since the first two EPs of next year are ready to be read about, listened to and preordered.
Starting today, you can pre-order the following two records (and their digital versions). Both will be released on Ad Noiseam on the 23rd of January. As usual, people pre-ordering these items are getting a rebate. So not only will you get your record (or your files) faster, but also for cheaper.
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
A follow-up of sort to "Sura", "Enceladus" is another evolution for Hecq: his pristine dubstep gets enriched here with even more encompassing soundscapes and humane melodies. Collaborating with Skyence on the title track, Hecq has given birth to a very coherent record mixing cinematic atmospheres, huge percussions and a light nod to retro tonalities. Add to this a mischievous crunk remix by Knight Riderz and a dancefloor explosion by Mobthrow, and you get a compact yet exhaustive snapshot of Hecq's unmissable talent. Get this on 12" / as digital files
Friday freebie: the spirit of Christmas is on us full force at the moment: after having presented you full sets by TechDiff, Karsten Pflum and DJ Hidden, here come two full live recordings of shows by Enduser and Niveau Zero.
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.