It's been a very busy and successful years for Swarm Intelligence. Not only did Simon Hayes start 2014 with a "Black Iron Prison" debut album on Acre Recordings, but he also had his first CD album on Ad Noiseam, "Faction" (adn183) released in November, and collaborated with his band mate Monolog in their Diasiva side-project, playing quite a few shows and releasing a fewtracks.
Everybody needs a break at one point: after a very productive years, we're taking a small pause for the holidays. The Ad Noiseam office is not manned starting today and till December 28th (which might lead to things returing to normal on January 5th only). All orders placed through the Ad Noiseam online store will be reserved but shipped on December 29th only. Sorry for the inconvenience and, of course, merry Christmas and happy new year to everybody reading this line. Thanks for listening in 2014 again.
While Oyaarss is steadily reaching more ears and his "Zemdega" album is gathering more praises (such as this review from Cvlt Nation), little has been heard and even less written about Tripplexis, the well hidden, recent side-project by our favorite Latvian producer.
Apparently started as a way to combine Oyaarss's taste for noisy and epic build-ups with both hardcore techno tones and experimental setups, Tripplexis's output so far has been a collection of obscure, gritty but often evocative tracks, which you can listen to the project's Soundcloud page here.
A new track has been uploaded today, allegedly related to a "super secret multimedia project" and featuring what seems to be some old school industrial drumming mixed with Oyaarss's distinguishable emotional patterns. You can listen to the track here or together with a simple video below. Enjoy.
Out now and immediately available on vinyl, CD and as digital files is Ad Noiseam's closing release for the year, the eagerly awaited collaboration between Igorrr and Ruby My Dear, the "Maigre" EP (adn184).
A match made in heaven: Igorrr, well known for the madness of multi-instrumental epic breakcore, pairs up with Ruby My Dear, one of the finest and most imaginative producers of the genre. The result is an intense EP which seamlessly combines these two musicans' own sounds and takes the listener on an impressive trip. Hardcore beats, metal riffs, growls, opera vocals, sub-basses, absurd samples, sudden breaks: all these and more are found in "Maigre", not thrown aimlessly, but carefully wrought in an EP which might advance a whole music scene forward.
It is now almost two yearst that Gore Tech first went to war with his "Mainframe Warfare" mix, which was back then a mostly breakcore and metal mash-up affair. The man has just grabbed his weapons again, this time for Hard Sound Radio 2014's final show. Gore Tech's late 2014's radio warfare is now a "hybrid" one, kicking off in the jungle, then moving fast and steadily towards more broken drum'n'bass and heavy drumstep.
You can listen to Gore Tech'ss "Hybrid Warfare" mix right here or below. Grab your best dancing shoes, turn up the volume and enjoy.
Mothboy was always known for mixing pre-dubstep bass heaviness with club-oriented techno, as demonstrated on his three Ad Noiseamalbums. This remix for Larvae pushes the fader a bit further in the later direction, ending up sounding very infectious, efficient and driving, but also very unlike anything ever done by Larvae. Enjoy.
The release party for Oyaarss's third studio album, ("Zemdega", adn184) was a very particular one. First, because it took place in a cinema, where a seated full-house enjoyed the ten tracks of this album without the usual burdens of a dancefloor. Then, because, as one would expect in such a place, the whole thing was enriched with a taylor-made visual presentation (prepared by Ojars Saulitis, the photograph responsible for the imagery of all Oyaarss albums). Finally and most importantly, this event was also the first time that Oyaarss presented his music in 5.1 surround sound. The whole "Zemdega" was re-mixed to fit a dolby system, adding a sense of depth and space to this already immersive music.
We hope to be able to bring this kind of Oyaarss presentation to more cinemas and cities in the future. In the meantime, here is a short video report of the premiere, which took place on November 6th at Kino Citadele in Riga, Latvia. Click play, enjoy, imagine being there, and read the subtitles.
This video can be watched on Vimeo here, on Youtube there, or yet on Dailymotion.