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Ad Noiseam weekly update [Apr. 19th, 2011|02:09 pm]

Ad Noiseam label news:

Ad Noiseam interview on Trebuchet Magazine.
Loop Stepwalker is a filthy mixmaster


New items in the store:

In stock today in the Ad Noiseam online store are:

Cortex  - Vacuum Theory CORTEX - Vacuum Theory - 12" (Praxis)

After a short (but still too long) pause, Praxis is back and this time around with something a bit different than the dark breakcore and pounding beats we could have expected. This EP by Cortex, who I believe is a newcomer to the scene, is more of a very heavy atmospheric record, based on droning noises and sparse industrial beats. Definitely not a dancefloor thing, but more of a nice piece to build oppressive, haunting moods (and then unleash some beats, but that's another story). A well done and nice change of pace.

Karsten Pflum - No Noia My Love KARSTEN PFLUM - No Noia My Love - CD (Hymen)

If 2010's "Slaphead Faun" was a collection of tracks Karsten Pflum had written over the years, this new full length album gathers (as far as I can hear) only relatively new material, written at the same as the Ad Noiseam-released "Nemo Loon" EP. Starting off in a very IDM-ish manner, close to some early Warp and Rephlex release (including the odd acid pads) and in this sense reminiscent of the "Slaphead" CD, "No Noia My Love"'s second half turns into the same kind of very bassy, dynamic and excellent spatial dubstep as what he had done on "Nemo Loon". Clear sounding, punchy but soulful, an extremely recommended album.

Twenty Knives - The Royal We TWENTY KNIVES - The Royal We - CD (Hymen)

A long time has passed since Pale (last hear of on an old Sonicterror 12") changed his name to Twenty Knives and released a few compilation tracks here and there. Here finally comes a full length album, intriguing and shockingly "different". Where I was expecting IDM beats or breakcore come a very melodic, song-based, mid-tempo collection of songs which, though they have an IDM foundation, remind me more of Luke Vibert's playful geekeries or, more often, of Animal Collective long washed out weirdness. At times poppy, at times emotional, often offbeat, this album is for sure something that stands out (even more considering the label it was released on), and though it is not without charms, it requires a lot of effort from its listeners to get this electronic take of weirdo free-wheeling songs. Not bad, but curious.

Stendeck - Scintilla STENDECK - Scintilla - CD (Tympanik Audio)

Every two years brings a new full length album by Polish producer Stendeck, and 2011 is no exception, with what is now his fourth CD already. "Scintilla" pretty much sees this guy stay faithful to his kind of emo-electronica, with a particularly heavy handed approach this time around. I might be wrong, but I recall Stendeck's previous efforts to be a bit more on the glitch side of things, and "Scintilla"'s thick beats and as-much-in-the-foreground-as-possible melodies, while still working, seem slightly detrimental to the album's subtility. Still, all of you industrial fans who want to kick back and listen to something romantic: this is for you.

Deathmachine - Dark Energy / They Hunt Us DEATHMACHINE - Dark Energy / They Hunt Us - 12" (Genosha One Seven Five)

You really hear Deathmachine's veteran experience on this 6th relesae on The Outside Agency drum'n'hardcore One Seven Five label, as the way this guy juggles between his dark gabber beats, drum'n'bass breaks, heavy sampling and dancefloor-packing rhythms is all done with insolent ease. The sound is clear but pounding, the tracks are both efficient but varied and fresh enough, meaning that the whole thing is very deserving to get an accolade from TOA. Recommended.

Instra:mental - Resolution653 INSTRA:MENTAL - Resolution653 - CD (Nonplus)

Ten years in the business, and finally a full length album for the Instra:mental duo. This act, which kicked off with drum'n'bass, rapidly touched more dub territories, got labelled as dubstp at one point and seems to be firmly anchored in modern sounding dub techno at the moment, offers here a particularely well produced and thought off collection of slightly housy, at times garage-leaning dubby tech and electro. It's all surprisingly dynamic and percussive for an album which at first seems relatively midtempo and smooth and, as usual, it all sounds very futuristic and clean. A real success from an act which has long been underrated and is finally getting the attention it deserves.

DJ Madd - Pitch Black / New Reality DJ MADD - Pitch Black / New Reality - 12" (Osiris Music)

Downtempo-ish and stripped down new two tracker from DJ Madd, presenting here tunes that fit very well with the rest of the Osiris roster: dub-heavy atmospheres, futuristic beats, a tempo under control, and the whole thing laid out alongside regular dubstep structures. The B side is particularly nice, and here comes a record that could be spun easily between something from, let's say, Kryptic Minds or Cyrus. Nice one.

Kryptic Minds - Can't Sleep KRYPTIC MINDS - Can't Sleep - 3x12" (Blackbox)

Very nice second album by the british duo Kryptic Minds, who have gained quite a lot of popularity since their 2009 debut. Though traces of their pulsating, dark but aerial dubstep basses are still to be heard on most of the tracks of this "Can't Sleep", this album also presents a lot of changes, ranging from very nice female vocals on two tracks, or the inclusion of more friendly trip-hop elements here and there. Therefore not brostep as some could have expected, clearly mor than just regular wobble, here comes a mature album that might be the sign of Kryptic Minds making their mark outside of their original niche. Recommended.


Back in stock:

The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - Mutations EP THE KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE - Mutations EP - 12" (Ad Noiseam)

A bridge between their first album on Planet Mu and the forthcoming second one on Ad Noiseam, the "Mutations EP" is The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble's coming of age. Profound and organic but dark and impressive, it is a perfect rendition of the ensemble's live shows and the proof that there is still something fresh to be done at the meeting point of post-rock, jazz and drones. A deeply emotional and original trip.

Ginormous - The Sound Of Love Impermanent GINORMOUS - The Sound Of Love Impermanent - CD (Ant Zen)

Excellent third album by Ginormous. While the first two were nice, I always thought that this problem was coming a bit too short and a bit too late. With this third CD, losely built around material written for a dance performance, Ginormous finally breaks away from the post-Gridlock, industrial-ized electronica mould and delivers something which is part Coil-esque (most of all a couple of tracks with vocals) part folk, and which doesn't necessarily takes much influence from the industrial scene. The result if contained but very clear, highly melodic, melancholic but not kitsch at all, and just sounds very good to me. My favorite Ant Zen release in quite some time.

Sickboy - Into Oblivion SICKBOY - Into Oblivion - CD (Mirex)

Back in stock! 2005 album by Sickboy, embracing here a pretty distorted, instrumental and straight kind of breakcore. Hard, pounding, broken as it should be, and with enough noise, changes and energy to shake any dancefloor. A well executed tough album for breakcore fans.

Hecq - Steeltongued HECQ - Steeltongued - 2xCD (Hymen)

Even though it might follow the same formula as "0000" (a double CD featuring an album and a profusion of remixes), Hecq's sixth album is a huge leap forward for this german producer. Gaining from his experience as a sound designer and leaving behind both the über-clinical glitch and the Lustmord-ian low soundscapes, "Steeltongued" manages to gain both in complexity and in emotion. Add to this 12 great remixes (including three by Ad Noiseam favorites Spyweirdos, Mothboy and Raoul Sinier), and you get an extremely recommended album that might stay as Hecq's true coming of age. Congratulations.

Hecate - The Magick Of Female Ejaculation HECATE - The Magick Of Female Ejaculation - 2x12" (Zhark International / Praxis)

Back in stock, the absolute classic and definitive debut album by Hecate, who catapulted her to the breakcore spotlight in 2001. Wicked, varied, lo-fi and driving, this album was one of the angular stones of the breakcore sound back then, and is clearly one of the full lengths that any decent discography of the genre must contain.

Hecate - Ascension Chamber HECATE - Ascension Chamber - 2x12" (Zhark International / Praxis)

The long awaited second full length album by Hecate. This main character of breakcore and dark rhythmic noise comes back with a far more varied album than anything she has done before. Letting the hectic of her Raquel de Grimstone project behind, she offers here a very compact, well produced and catchy second album, full of dark beats, glooy atmospheres, weird frequencies and danceable rhythms.

Tapage - The Institute Of Random Events TAPAGE - The Institute Of Random Events - CD (Tympanik Audio)

Really nice first full length album for Tapage, a dutch producer who used as a collaborator for Ophidian in the hardcore scene as for a writer of pretty and glitch electronica tracks. And still, this is what's on the menu of this "Institute Of Random Events", a very laid back but rich and "full sounding" album of clicky beats, echoed pads and flowing melodies. The whole thing has the good idea of not sounding too much influenced by the industrial scene, and ends up being quite a stand out release. Congratulations

Tapage - Fallen Clouds TAPAGE - Fallen Clouds - CD (Tympanik Audio)

Second album for Tapage, confirming all the good things that one had heard with the first. Still as far away as possible from the gabber and hardcore scene (in which he is also active) as possible, Tapage delivers with "Fallen Clouds" a pretty complex, relentless and bleepy electronica album whose material ranges from the complex and detailled (and close to AZ-Rotator's debut at that) and the more delicate and "emotional". It's all clear, not overly dark and well done, and therefore results in a pretty solid album of well crafted electronica.

Tapage & Meander - Etched In Salt TAPAGE & MEANDER - Etched In Salt - CD (Tympanik Audio)

One could write a lot about this album and how the new collaboration between Meander (a.k.a. Ophidian) and Tapage sounds very different from both their first (the "Hydromedusa" 12") and their respective solo material. Miles away from Ophidian's gabber tracks, but also from Meander's previous breakcore EP for Low Res, "Etched In Salt" is also a lot more synthetic and lush than Tapage's first two albums. An exercise in contained electronica, with just the right amount of breaks, "Etched In Salt" is a strongly produced album from two beasty producers, in which the listener definitely hears the stylistic restrictions, resulting in a good, home-listening whole.

Undermathic - 10:10PM UNDERMATHIC - 10:10PM - CD (Tympanik Audio)

Undermathic's second album, again for Tympanik, is a nice and very "atmospheric" affair, even though it oftens gets quite heavy and lush. A mixture of accessible, charming melodies, industrial arrangements and thick electronica beats, it's also something that flows very well, and which I guess could work pretty well for long night drives or headphones sessions. Seducive.

Autoclav1.1 - All Standing Room In The Goodnight Saloon AUTOCLAV1.1 - All Standing Room In The Goodnight Saloon - CD (Tympanik Audio)

I've never really understood Autoclav1.1's aim, and this new album is not going to help. Starting with tracks which, to be brutally honest, sound like a strongly watered down version of Detritus's "Fractured" (same beats, but plainer, same guitars, but thinner, same melodies, but restricted to a couple of notes) then heading down to a painfully simple mixture of new wave synthlines, EBM beats and gothic tones, there's not much for me in this "Saloon". The super emo side of this all could probably appeal to some (not to me), but the production could definitely use some improvement. Restricted to people whose whole wardrobe is black.

Fractional - Blood FRACTIONAL - Blood - CD (Tympanik Audio)

After a handful of recorsd and a full length album on Flint Glass's Brume Records, Belgium's Fractional offers a new CD, this time on Tympanik. The choice of a label is pertinent: while Fractional has been occasionally labeled as a drum'n'bass or breakcore act, it is really his industrial side that comes first and foremost on "Blood". Oscillating between d'n'b breaks, very digital-sounding post-Skinny Puppy influences, rave pads and dark atmospheres, this new album is a rather energetic ride between mid-tempo tracks and club-oriented one. Quite lush, dark and very fitting on Tympanik, in my opinion.

Candle Nine - The Muse In The Machine CANDLE NINE - The Muse In The Machine - CD (Tympanik Audio)

Interesting debut album by this American artist which should feel completly at home on Tympanik Audio, for his "Muse In the Machine" has clearly flirted with both sides of the industrial sound of the last ten years. Some tracks aim at the dancefloor with a an almost post-EBM-esque sound, while some other swirl in the whole heavy handed, melodic electronica that this label has been pushing. Reminding me a lot more of the luscious productions of Keef Baker than of the scarcity of Gridlock, here's a well executed first album which raises curiosity and interest.

SE - L36 SE - L36 - CD (Tympanik Audio)

Following an already nicely downtempo first album, SE come up here with a follow-up showcasing quite a radical change. While dark electronic undertones are still to hard on this "LE36", we're dealing here with considerably more accoustic and post-rock material. I don't think that I'd be wrong if I wrote that this act has listened quite a lot to the Constellation and Kranky roster, or to Clint Mansell, and it shows. As far as I am concerned, this is something which sounds a lot more authentic and close to the heart than similar electronic attempts at emulating the melancholy and grittiness of the genre: SE manages here very well and come up with several great tracks on this album, closed by an excellent remix by the always-reliable Subheim. Recommended.

Kryptic Minds - Can't Sleep KRYPTIC MINDS - Can't Sleep - CD (Blackbox)

Very nice second album by the british duo Kryptic Minds, who have gained quite a lot of popularity since their 2009 debut. Though traces of their pulsating, dark but aerial dubstep basses are still to be heard on most of the tracks of this "Can't Sleep", this album also presents a lot of changes, ranging from very nice female vocals on two tracks, or the inclusion of more friendly trip-hop elements here and there. Therefore not brostep as some could have expected, clearly mor than just regular wobble, here comes a mature album that might be the sign of Kryptic Minds making their mark outside of their original niche. Recommended.

DJ Hidden & Switch Technique - Imagination  / Intelligence DJ HIDDEN & SWITCH TECHNIQUE - Imagination / Intelligence - 12" (Union Recordings)

Very nice piece of wax as a first release for Switch Technique's new Union Recordings imprint. This Polish musician delivers a very solid, clear and energetic drum'n'bass solo number on one side, in which one can somewhat recognize the influence of DJ Hidden. The later is actually behind the decks for the flip side, a collaboration which has all the deep melodies and dark undertones of his own productions, but also the heavy kicks and straightness of The Outside Agency. Listening to this, it's really no surprise that TOA / Hidden invited Switch Technique to co-write a track for their Genosha One Seven Five series. Recommended.

Skrillex - Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites SKRILLEX - Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites - CD (Mau5trap Recordings)

So, what do we do with Skrillex? Six months ago, nobody cared about this project of the former singer of some US metal band, but this first album is making a splash that only support from a major can explain (thanks to Deadmau5's success, as this guy signed Skrillex on his label). UK-imported filthy dubstep meets French Touch 2.0 fidget with a more than decent production and a far from negligible amoung of Ibiza cheese. The result is super catchy, has a big, fat sound, and goes straight to the feets from the first listen, but dims out pretty quickly afterward (with the exception of the Noisia and Foreign Beggars remixes). So, is Skrillex's tapping into trends fun and efficient? It is. Is it doing what Rusko & co are trying to achieve? Yes. Is it bringing anything new to the table? No. This thing is probably going to get considerable play right now, but I doubt that it will leave a lasting impression.
And on a side-note, I didn't check if the artwork was done by the same person who designed the Rottun covers, but this kind of Transformers-remake horror is making me wants to pluck my eyes out.


Now available as digital download:

  • STENDECK - Scintilla - mp3 (Tympanik Audio)
  • 2METHYLBULBE1OL - King / Preview - digital (Komod.O Dragon)



    Live dates:


    Apr 20: Wormskull in The Hague, NL
    Apr 21: Wormskull in Terneuzen, NL
    Apr 21: Matta in Liverpool, UK

    Apr 21-24: Niveau Zero & DJ Hidden in Geneva, CH
    Ap 22: Mad EP in Paris, FR
    Apr 23: Matta in Genk, BE
    Apr 24: Broken Note in Leuwen, BE

    Apr 29: Bong-Ra, Broken Note & Balkansky in Antwerp, BE
    Apr 29: Loop Stepwalker in Innsbruck, AT
    Apr 30: Igorrr in Montaigu, FR
    Apr 30: Bong-Ra in Fredericia, DK

    May 5: Broken Note in Wageningen, NL
    May 6th: 10 years Ad Noiseam in Berlin, DE
    May 13: Subheim in Volgograd, RU
    May 13-15: Bong-Ra at Bangface, UK
    May 14th: 10 years Ad Noiseam in Luzern, CH

    May 14: Subheim in Moscow, RU
    May 19: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker in Barcelona, ES
    May 20: Loop Stepwalker in Bordeaux, FR
    May 21: Bong-Ra & Wormskull in Terneuzen, NL

    May 26: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker in Granada, ES
    May 28th: 10 years Ad Noiseam in Utrecht, NL
    June 1st: 10 years Ad Noiseam in Paris, FR
    Jun 4: DJ Hidden & Broken Note in Bristol, UK

    Jun 9-12: Broken Note at Glade, UK
    Jun 17: Igorrr in Paris, FR
    Jun 17: Enduser, The Teknoist & Broken Note in London, UK
    Jun 25: DJ Hidden in Biddinghuizen, NL

    Jun 25: Loop Stepwalker in Vienna, AT
    July 9th: 10 years Ad Noiseam in Beirut, LB
    Jul 14-17: Enduser at Dour Festival, BE
    Jul 15: Igorrr in Montmartin Sur Mer
    Jul 21-24: Matta at Secret Garden, UK

    Jul 28-30: Niveau Zero & Cardopusher in at Norbergfestival, SE
    Jul 29-31: Broken Note, Niveau Zero & Matta in Utrecht, NL
    Aug 17-22: Enduser in Croatia
    Aug 25-29: Karsten Pflum at SOL Festival, ES

    Sep 30 - Oct 2: Igorrr & Mobthrow at Maschinenfest, DE
    Jan 6: Niveau Zero & Hecq in Leipzig, De
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    Ad Noiseam weekly newsletter [Apr. 5th, 2011|10:20 pm]

    Ad Noiseam label news:

    Igorrr interview and set for Solipsistic Nation

    out today: Mobthrow's debut full length album





    New items in the store:

    In stock today in the Ad Noiseam online store are:



    Mobthrow - s/t MOBTHROW - s/t - CD (Ad Noiseam)


    Though subtle and humane, Mobthrow's debut album is a larger-than-life experience, an elaborate and detailled ensemble of scalding beats and encompassing atmospheres, of massive basses and flowing voices. This artist offers us a very cohesive entity ranging from dancefloor-compatible drum'n'bass to introspective home-listening songs, the whole thing stuck together by his consistent work on rhythms and tones. We're here listening to an album in the truest sense of the word, a guided adventure through an adventurous and perfectly put together concept.


    Utopia Banished - Escape Strategies UTOPIA BANISHED - Escape Strategies - CD (Aentitainment)


    Years after their latest "Dirtwards" album, the German industrial rock combo Utopia Banished (led by the people responsible for the Aentitainment label) comes back with a five-track EP presenting the fruit of years of effort. While we're still dealing with electronic-infused, metal-leaning industrial rock in the vein of mid-era Nine Inch Nails, the production and composition have made important step forward, adding a lot in the efficiency and authenticity of the songs. Obviously, "Escape Strategies" sounds very different than most of what is presented on this site and as such constitutes a competent and very pleasant break. Well done.


    Lustmord - Songs Of Gods And Demons LUSTMORD - Songs Of Gods And Demons - CD (Vaultworks)


    Lustmord tapped his vaults for this re-release on CD of five tracks (some of which have been re-edited) of material written between 1994 and 2007, mostly as soundtracks to films and video games. Unless you have the original soundtracks (interestingly, the movie titles are not listed on this CD's credits), these five long "songs" will be new to you, as they were to me. Stylistically, the material presented here is less oppressive than Lustmord's more recent output, and could be compared to "Zoetrope" (a soundtrack itself). A bit more melodic, a bit more spacey, and as usual excellently produced somber ambient. Recommended.


    Mad EP - Beat Downs & Down Beats MAD EP - Beat Downs & Down Beats - 12" (Marasm)


    Excellent new four tracker by our man Mad EP, this time for the french-based label Marasm. Maybe a bit less edgy than his previous 12" for Spectraliquid, this new one is a return of sort to the mixture of hip hop and cello of such an album as "Bass.hed", or even to the textures and melancholy of his "Madlands Trilogy". Two tracks are supported by vocals, two are instrumental, and the whole thing goes down very, very well. Recommended.


    Disrupt / Tapes - Events Occur In Realtime / Atomica Rydim DISRUPT / TAPES - Events Occur In Realtime / Atomica Rydim - 7" (Police In Helicopter)


    Jahtari takes over the other Leipzig-based label that is Police In Helicopter with this camouflaged little 7", presenting on the A side a crunchy and efficient instrumental by Disrupt (with all the elements one like from these guys: the dancehall riddims, the 8 bit melodies and the heavy low frequencies) and a more distorted but equally tasty B side by Tapes. Jahtari fans, you know you (rightfully) need this.


    Mortaja - Drown In Blood MORTAJA - Drown In Blood - CD (Audiophob)


    Though Mortaja's debut album's spherical loops and industrial ambiences fit with the rest of the Audiophob roster, "Drown In Blood" stands out by its resolutely dark moods and its heavy handed use of drums. Not as close to Lustmord as this album's press release might insist on, this CD is somewhat closer to the most atmospheric tracks by Empusae, TMO and other semi-ambient, semi-tribal proponents of the industrial scene. Not badly done (though showing its nature as a first release at times), here's something which should have no problem being spun by the black clad people out there.


    Snow Ghosts - Lost At Sea SNOW GHOSTS - Lost At Sea - 12" (Black Acre)


    Black Acre once again presents us an excellent newcomer with this four tracker debut by Snow Ghosts. Using a somewhat post-dubstep tempo and basses, this act stands out mostly for the fact that it presents "real" female-vocal based songs rather than tracks. Glitchy in its beats, melancholic and highly seducive in its almost trip-hop voices, this EP is definitely not something for the dancefloor, but is a beautiful thing and should get repeated home-listenining plays over here. Recommended.




    Back in stock:

    v/a - Essmaa V/A - Essmaa - 2xCD (Tsuku Boshi)


    Why not have an encompassing and strict concept, when you already have so many people on board of your compilation? The idea behind the "Essmaa" compilation is to provide almost 40 musicians with field recordings made in Tunis and let them reinterpret and tweak everything. From Scanner to Uske Orchestra, from Poborsk to Greg David, the people here are mostly active on the experimental electronic and IDM sides of music, but while there's the occasional beat-driven track here, the whole thing is more of a profound, very humane and suprisingly coherent audio trip, soft, melodic and at times playful. This kind of idea seldom end up sounding so nice.


    Leafcutter John - Tunis LEAFCUTTER JOHN - Tunis - CD (Tsuku Boshi)


    Leafcutter John's music has changed quite a lot in the decade separating his already very experimental first albums on Planet Mu and this "Tunis". Less electronic, his music (which is here apparently made entirely of field recordings from the Tunisian capital) has also lost in cleanliness what it has gained in accessibility and emotions. Very atmospheric, slightly noisy but quite straight in its process, "Tunis" is a very pleasant, multi-layered sonic postcard and a very charming CD all throughout.


    Lustmord - Transmuted LUSTMORD - Transmuted - 12" (Hydra Head)


    In an unexpected but oh-so-welcome move, Lustmord chose vinyl as a format of choice for the final companion to his "Other" album. This thick, 180g pressed but very modest looking "black label" sees the man himself and Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Techno Animal and Jesu fame). The result is a very dubby, but also uncommonly "old school" version of Lustmord new material, in which Brian Williams allows for some resolutely gritty drums and echoed guitars to answer to his spectral soundscapes. Surprising, but excellent, if you ask me.


    Aphasia - Oxymoron APHASIA - Oxymoron - 12" (Bruits De Fond)


    Mean, loud and distorted new record by Aphasia, a pretty established name of the french hardcore scene and regular Manu Le Malin collaborator. Definitely dark, very pounding and not devoid of some angry screaming from time to time, "Oxymoron" is definitely more something for the dimmest lit squat parties and the harshest sets than for ravey, mash-up breakcore fans. Still, however hard and merciless it might be, there's quite some variety and talent in this, and here's a record which shouldn't have much problems finding its audience.


    Monster Zoku Onsomb! - Earth Eaters MONSTER ZOKU ONSOMB! - Earth Eaters - 2x12" (Death$ucker)


    Cool third album by the australian crazies of MZO, and definitely their most mature and coherent to date. Sampling a lot, respecting little and good natured, the whole thing leans strongly towards a mixture of End's "Sound of Disaster", some early Snog and the everything-goes evil cabaret feeling (but not sound) of old-era My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. With tracks ranging from raggacore to some who could easily serve as a soundtrack to some Russ Meyer action, "Earth Eaters" is a very fun ride, and a good produced one. Fresh, charming, and quite insane.


    AZ-Rotator - Indefinable Sugar Cube AZ-ROTATOR - Indefinable Sugar Cube - CD (Lovethechaos)


    Following his two releases on Ad Noiseam and his collaboration with Japan's Kenji Siratori, AZ-Rotator returns with a new full length album for the Barcelona based Lovethechaos label. On "Indefinable Sugar Cube", this insolentely talented producer gets more playful than ever, and lays down 14 tracks in which his high-octane, very complex and dynamic tracks are infused with a lighter and more melodic feel. Still, AZ-Rotator's talent at mixing enjoyable, fun and hard sounds together is demonstrated here as much as ever before. Highly recommended.


    Scorn - Super Mantis Remixes SCORN - Super Mantis Remixes - 12" (Combat Recordings)


    An excellent sequel to a brillant record (yes, blame my fandom). Elemental and Threnody, both known for their already not-so-happy dubstep, get to remix the master of them all here and give a new treatment to the "Super Mantis" track. While keeping Mick Harris's obliterating basses, both artist direct the track toward more classic dubstep, and add some effects and elements which contrasts with the more stripped down aspect of the original. The whole thing works very well with Scorn's material, and this is another record that each and every bass afficinado has to get.


    Scorn - Super Mantis Part 1 SCORN - Super Mantis Part 1 - 12" (Combat Recordings)


    Excellent new 12" by Mick Harris, delivering for the first time a short 12" on the british dubstep / dark d'n'b label Combat Recordings. Slightly faster than "Stealth", "Super Mantis" is a mid-tempo, heavy but still club-compatible track as only Scorn is able to offer them. Add to this a B side remix by Blackmass Plastics, and you get a mandatory record not only for fans of Scorn, but also for anybody who like their beats and bass ultra massive and brillantly produced.


    Igorrr - Poisson Soluble / Moisissure IGORRR - Poisson Soluble / Moisissure - 2x12" (Impulsive Art)


    Finally! We've been talking a lot about Paris's Igorrr recently (and we weren't the only ones), in part because Ad Noiseam will release this act's new album in the Fall of 2010, but here comes on Impulsive Art the first non-self released physical format item from this extremely interesting and fresh project. This luxurious double-LP is the re-release on vinyl of both Igorrr's 2006's debut (enriched with remixes by Raoul Sinier and Rotator) and his 2008's "Moisissure". Mixing renaissance melodies, insane breakcore, metal growls, cristal clear glitches and a heavy dose of humor, Igorrr's the man to watch at the moment. It's hard, but melodic. Insane, but very detailled. Heavy, but smart. Mandatory, and welcome. Very recommended.




    Now available as digital download:

  • MOBTHROW - s/t - digital (Ad Noiseam)




    Live dates:




    Apr 8: Bong-Ra in Delft, NL

    Apr 9: Niveau Zero in Beirut, LB

    Apr 12: Nicolas Chevreux in Berlin, DE

    Apr 14: Niveau Zero in Rennes, FR

    Apr 15: Bong-Ra in Ghent, BE


    Apr 15-17: Enduser in Steinbach, BE

    Apr 16: Andrey Kiritchenko in Dnipropetrovsk, UA

    Apr 16: Niveau Zero in Paris, FR

    Apr 20: Wormskull in The Hague, NL

    Apr 21: Wormskull in Terneuzen, NL


    Apr 21: Matta in Liverpool, UK

    Apr 21-24: Niveau Zero & DJ Hidden in Geneva, CH

    Ap 22: Mad EP in Paris, FR

    Apr 23: Matta in Genk, BE


    Apr 24: Broken Note in Leuwen, BE

    Apr 29: Bong-Ra, Broken Note & Balkansky in Antwerp, BE

    Apr 29: Loop Stepwalker in Innsbruck, AT

    Apr 30: Igorrr in Montaigu, FR


    Apr 30: Bong-Ra in Fredericia, DK

    May 5: Broken Note in Wageningen, NL

    May 6th: 10 years Ad Noiseam in Berlin, DE

    May 14th: 10 years Ad Noiseam in Luzern, CH

    May 14: Subheim in Moscow, RU


    May 19: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker in Barcelona, ES

    May 20: Loop Stepwalker in Bordeaux, FR

    May 26: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker in Granada, ES

    May 28th: 10 years Ad Noiseam in Utrecht, NL


    June 1st: 10 years Ad Noiseam in Paris, FR

    Jun 17: Igorrr in Paris, FR

    Jun 25: DJ Hidden in Biddinghuizen, NL

    Jun 25: Loop Stepwalker in Vienna, AT

    July 9th: 10 years Ad Noiseam in Beirut, LB


    Jul 15: Igorrr in Montmartin Sur Mer

    Jul 21-24: Matta at Secret Garden, UK

    Jul 28-30: Niveau Zero & Cardopusher in at Norbergfestival, SE

    Jul 29-31: Broken Note, Niveau Zero & Matta in Utrecht, NL


    Aug 17-22: Enduser in Croatia

    Aug 25-29: Karsten Pflum at SOL Festival, ES

    Sep 30 - Oct 2: Igorrr & Mobthrow at Maschinenfest, DE

    Jan 6: Niveau Zero & Hecq in Leipzig, De
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    Ad Noiseam weekly newsletter [Mar. 15th, 2011|04:18 pm]

    Ad Noiseam label news:

    Official video to Matta's "Release The Freq"
    Announcing The Teknoist's second album.
    Two new free mixes from Matta.


    New items in the store:

    In stock today in the Ad Noiseam online store are:

    The Outside Agency / DJ Hidden - Primitive / Scintillate THE OUTSIDE AGENCY / DJ HIDDEN - Primitive / Scintillate - 10" (Sustained Records)

    Damn it, what a record. Let's hear the fanboy in me: the A side is a pounding, but still melodic and varied great piece by The Outside Agency, somewhere between their most syncopated material for Genosha One Seven Five and their regular hardcore ouput: pounding, very detailled, dark but still humane. The flip is a solo tune by DJ Hidden (who, again, for those who haven't been listening, is one half of TOA), with a track that could have fit on "The Words Below", with a slightly more futuristic feeling. Excellent from the first till the last second, and extremely recommended.

    Noisia - Friendly Intentions / Displaced NOISIA - Friendly Intentions / Displaced - 12" (Vision)

    It would seem (and be logical) that Noisia are keeping their best tracks for their own Vision imprint. The two tracks on this new luxuriously illustrated 12" might be dancefloor-taylored drum'n'bass, their sheer weight is particularly efficients and adds a lot of accuracy to the hard hitting beats. The whole thing also benefits from a pristine cut, the use of uncommon sounds (at least for d'n'b) and a fresh approach to the rhythms. Very recommended.

    Funckarma - Dubstoned vol. 5 FUNCKARMA - Dubstoned vol. 5 - 12" (Thin Consolation)

    The fifth volume of Funckarma's "Dubstoned" series, released this time on Thin Consolation, sees the duo change things quite radically: from the heavy and oppressive mixture of smokey dubstep and IDM of the first four record, the "Dubstoned" tracks have now mutated to something which is a lot closer to the flowing electronica of their regular output, with an added uptempo twist. It might stem from the fact that a track is collaboration with Phinx and another one a remix of an Eedl original, but things are really a lot more varied, dubby and IDM-oriented than before. Which is another way to say that, of course, this is extremely tasty and recommended, but for other reasons than before.

    Unknown Artist - Larva UNKNOWN ARTIST - Larva - 12" (Weevil Neighbourhood)

    First volume of Weevil's "Insect" series, this information-shy three tracker of a record could somewhat be put somewhere in the drum'n'bass drawer for its warm yet percussive and energetic A side, if it wasn't for some really interesting half-step and slowed down beats and basses on the flip. Not quite dubstep, but a mixture of downtempo d'n'b, sluggish subs and an overall very clean cut sound. Original and efficient.

    Unknown Artist - Pupa UNKNOWN ARTIST - Pupa - 12" (Weevil Neighbourhood)

    The second part of Weevil's insectoid series is a lot less drum'n'bass than the first, with a dark and breaky A side and a much more melodic B one than what was to be heard on its predecessor (for all I know, though, these tracks could have been written by totally different artists). It takes a bit longer to get into this one, but the quality level is kept high, may it be on the composition or production level. Cool stuff that doesn't fit in too well with clich?but really doesn't sound like done by newcomers at all. Now go figure who is behind all this.

    Unknown Artist - Adult UNKNOWN ARTIST - Adult - 12" (Weevil Neighbourhood)

    Having reached the final "adult" phase, the first of Weevil's strictly limited, hand-numbered, incognito-produced record series has also gained maturity with a closing chapter also being by far the darkest and calmest of the three. The A side is a close-to-dubstep oppressive and low-flying track, and the B side flirts at times with ambient drones before being wakened by a downtempo, metronomic beat. There's, as usual, no background information, so I'll just say that the tracks are really quite good. Recommended.


    Back in stock:

    Ladyscraper - Pink LADYSCRAPER - Pink - 12" (Noizetek / Cock Rock Disco)

    Ladyscraper's new EP is another salvo of ?-hard, distorted and broken-to-the-core breakcore. It might be called "Pink", it might be co-released by Cock Rock Disco, but it's definitely not an absurd, glowstick affair. It's all hard, oppressive and very noisy, and might remind a bit of what Bong-Ra's "Grindkrusher" would have sounded like with a much grittier production and with beats going through a metal distortion pedal. That's all quite cleansing, all good fun when twitched to in a club, and quite the kick in the ass that the breakcore scene needs.

    Hecate - Ascension Chamber HECATE - Ascension Chamber - 2x12" (Zhark International / Praxis)

    The long awaited second full length album by Hecate. This main character of breakcore and dark rhythmic noise comes back with a far more varied album than anything she has done before. Letting the hectic of her Raquel de Grimstone project behind, she offers here a very compact, well produced and catchy second album, full of dark beats, glooy atmospheres, weird frequencies and danceable rhythms.

    Bong-Ra - Vitus Blister BONG-RA - Vitus Blister - 12" (Zhark International)

    Finally there! "Vitus Blister" was supposed to be released on Sublight shortly before the demise of this label, and was later on snatched by Hecate's Zhark label. A really dark, really fast and really hard Bong-Ra record, it is to be put somewhere between his most direct breakcore material (think the "Soldaat" album) and the metal material of "Full Metal Racket" (but without the guitars), and is crowned by an uncommonly IDM track. An extremely strong record from an unmissable act.

    Angina P - Sensitive Files ANGINA P - Sensitive Files - CD (Hands)

    Back in stock! "Sensitive Files" is Angina P's second album, coming what seems to be centuries after her "8 rooms" debut. While there are not a lot of surprises to be heard here, her tracks still being of the very clean, slightly melancholic but still lcub-compatible d'n'b kind, this sophomore CD is a big leap forward as far as production is concerned: the sounds are clearer, the effects are tighter, and more room is left to both breaks and melodies. Maybe not the most typical release ever on Hands, but one of the most pleasant and relaxed of the recent years. Recommended.

    16 Pad Noise Terrorist - Utopia 16 PAD NOISE TERRORIST - Utopia - CD (Hands)

    First album by this German musician, and a clear aim: "Utopia" is all about combining the aesthetics and sounds of rhythmic noise industrial with structures and beats from drum'n'bass. Less furious than, let's say, what Edgey is doing in this style, somewhat more club-compatible in its approach to drum'n'bass, not extremely noisy but still infusing quite a lot of distortion in place of melodic intros, "Utopia" is a weird and crazy monster, enriched by a very sharp mastering by DJ Hidden. An interesting experiment by an act to watch.

    Pale Sketcher - Seventh Heaven PALE SKETCHER - Seventh Heaven - 12" (Ghostly)

    Already a follow-up to Pale Sketcher (a.k.a. Justin Broadrick's Jesu gone all electronic), in the form of a heavy picture disc featuring four new tracks and a remix by Kevin Midas Sound (Kevin Martins, Broadrick's former partner in crime in Techno Animal). The new tracks are quite a notch more rhythmic than the material on the full length album, with almost a nod to Tech Level 2's drum'n'bass on one title. All in all a more compact, less dreamy but at that more stand-out EP from a project which might slowly become one of Broadrick's main one in a near future.

    AZ-Rotator - Indefinable Sugar Cube AZ-ROTATOR - Indefinable Sugar Cube - CD (Lovethechaos)

    Following his two releases on Ad Noiseam and his collaboration with Japan's Kenji Siratori, AZ-Rotator returns with a new full length album for the Barcelona based Lovethechaos label. On "Indefinable Sugar Cube", this insolentely talented producer gets more playful than ever, and lays down 14 tracks in which his high-octane, very complex and dynamic tracks are infused with a lighter and more melodic feel. Still, AZ-Rotator's talent at mixing enjoyable, fun and hard sounds together is demonstrated here as much as ever before. Highly recommended.

    Poxxe - Iono POXXE - Iono - 12" (Darkmatter Soundsystem)

    Very cool new record from the Darkmatter crew, this time by a newcomer (to me at least) called Poxxe, who delivers here a mixture of scraping breakcore and super heavy dubstep. The later comes in the form of a surprisingly well produced and slightly dancehall-infused hell of a distorted and shattered slow-ish track. The breakcore side is well done, exhilirating and, as always with Darkmatter, pretty dark as well (maybe because Minion lends a hand on a track). A very good debut, and a recommended record.

    v/a - The First One To Die Wins V/A - The First One To Die Wins - 2x10" (Sustained Records)

    Excellent double pack from Sustained Records, gathering one new track each from acts which need no introduction here: Enduser, Broken Note, The Teknoist and his long time collaborator Scheme Boy. Each of them unleash his typical kind of ultra hard and dark breakcorish drum'n'bass over two 10", from quite melodic (Enduser and Scheme Boy) to extremely pounding (The Teknoist and Broken Note). It's all really good here, this is the kind of record that the breakcore scene needs (again).

    DJ Hidden / I:Gor - The Memento Mori EP DJ HIDDEN / I:GOR - The Memento Mori EP - 2x12" (Sustained Records)

    The third release on UK's Sustained Record is another heavyweight: DJ Hidden and I:Gor share the state for two tracks each. DJ Hidden opens the ball with the excellent "Earth Cry" track, which is guaranteed to fill up every dancefloor in any condition and at any time (this track is worth purchasing the record alone), and keeps the bar very high with "Ten Direction Ambush"). I:Gor, then, is having a rather d'nb day as well, even though he can't help but including some breakcore and hardcore elements into his two very percussive tracks. Another very recommended record from a label having so far a flawless catalog.

    I:gor - Obak / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder I:GOR - Obak / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - 12" (Sustained Records)

    Very rough and hard dark drum'n'bass record from I:Gor on the young (but already rising) british label Sustained. Very different from the all out hardcore of his release for Strike, I:Gor delivers here a plate of relatively classic d'n'b structures served with very percussive, dark and gritty sounds. It is all very well done and I could bet that this is going to be a very successful record.

    The Teknoist / Throttler - Theres Nothing Here For You / I Don't Dance THE TEKNOIST / THROTTLER - Theres Nothing Here For You / I Don't Dance - 12" (Sustained Records)

    Banging first release on Sustained Records. The Teknoist shatters all ears and genres on the A side with his perfect mixture of broken d'n'b and hardcore (as always, at the same time very aggressive and detailled) while Greece's Throttler matches up with a dark and gritty hard d'n'b number on the B side. A hell of a way to state Sustained's intent.

    Donny / Of God - Amputation / Grieve DONNY / OF GOD - Amputation / Grieve - 12" (Killing Sheep)

    And another hard hitting surefire record from Killing Sheep. The A side contains a new track by label regular Donny, and neither this artist nor what he does should need any introduction. The flipside was my (late) introduction to the australian act Of God, whose take at high-speed, dark drum'n'bass is particularely raw and percussive, putting a lot more focus on the drum sounds than on the breaks. Very efficient, lean and mean d'n'b for the tough club-goer or DJ.

    The Outside Agency / Current Value / Switch Technique - Crossbreed Definition Series Part 3 THE OUTSIDE AGENCY / CURRENT VALUE / SWITCH TECHNIQUE - Crossbreed Definition Series Part 3 - 12" (Genosha One Seven Five)

    Third volume of The Outside Agency's collaborative series in which they focus on the colliding point between their hardcore and drum'n'bass. The guests this time around are Current Value, for a resolutely straight and very pounding track quite on the hardcore side and, on the flip, Switch Technique, whose collaboration gives way to some more d'n'b elements. Of course, the whole thing is wonderfully produced, mastered and cut, therefore enabling the listener to actually hear what Current Value and Switch Technique brought to The Outside Agency's plate. Another sure hitter and mandatory record for anybody following this act (or DJ Hidden) or this sound.

    Noisia - Alpha Centauri NOISIA - Alpha Centauri - 12" (Division)

    While these guys have been active for quite a while now, it's only been in the last few years that Noisia have received some deserved recognition, before exploding as one of the best known acts for club-friendly mixture of dubstep and d'n'b (and some more). As it has become the rule, this new two tracker is a surefire piece of wax: the original "Alpha Centauri" is a particularely well produced track mixing gritty dubstep basslines, slowish tempo and electro / basslines elements. The remix by Excision and Datsik on the B side insists on the dirty dubstep elements, and both should rightfully find their ways to dancefloors worldwide without any difficulty. Another hit from Noisia.

    Black Sun Empire / Telekinesis & NC-17 - Roulette / Micronaps BLACK SUN EMPIRE / TELEKINESIS & NC-17 - Roulette / Micronaps - 12" (SOM Music)

    It always seem a bit paradoxical when you get more people than tracks on an EP, as it is the case here. But joke aside, all the artists involved here deliver very solid, energetic dark-ish drum'n'bass. On the A side, Black Sun Empire (apparently featuring people called State Of Mind and Bulletproof) are just as strong as we could expect from them, with a rather high speed tune, most of all compared to their recent album. The B side, by Telekinesis and NC-17, is pretty similar, and what we end up with is an efficient, relatively classic built hard d'n'b two tracker which should prove a good DJ tool.

    Joker / Terror Danjah / Illmana - Gully Goon Estate EP JOKER / TERROR DANJAH / ILLMANA - Gully Goon Estate EP - 12" (Hardrive Records)

    Terror Danjah knows who to work with to come up with some solid beats. He evens has the great idea of getting Joker out of the closet for the excellent title track of this EP, which mixes Mr Joker's super addictive 8 bit melodies with Terror Danjah's interesting beat work for a very tasty result. The guest on the B side is Illmana, who I hear from for the first time over here, and whose collaboration is quite nice as well, a lot more garage-y. All in all a very catchy and urban record which might be some of the most accessible Terror Danjah to date. Recommended.

    DJ Hidden & Switch Technique - Imagination  / Intelligence DJ HIDDEN & SWITCH TECHNIQUE - Imagination / Intelligence - 12" (Union Recordings)

    Very nice piece of wax as a first release for Switch Technique's new Union Recordings imprint. This Polish musician delivers a very solid, clear and energetic drum'n'bass solo number on one side, in which one can somewhat recognize the influence of DJ Hidden. The later is actually behind the decks for the flip side, a collaboration which has all the deep melodies and dark undertones of his own productions, but also the heavy kicks and straightness of The Outside Agency. Listening to this, it's really no surprise that TOA / Hidden invited Switch Technique to co-write a track for their Genosha One Seven Five series. Recommended.


    Now available as digital download:

  • THE OUTSIDE AGENCY / DJ HIDDEN - Primitive / Scintillate - mp3 (Sustained Records)
  • AR.MUTA - Sebilacotha - .mp3 (Raumklang Music)
  • TAPAGE - Seven - mp3 (Raumklang Music)



    Live dates:


    Mar 16: Broken Note in Brighton, UK
    Mar 18: Niveau Zero & Broken Note in Oudenaarde, BE
    Mar 19: Niveau Zero in Perpignan, FR
    Mar 19: DJ Hidden & Broken Note in Nijmegen, NL
    Mar 25: DJ Hidden in Brugge, BE
    Mar 31: Matta in Lyon, FR
    Apr 1: Niveau Zero in Brest, FR
    Apr 1: Broken Note & Matta in London, UK
    Apr 1: Loop Stepwalker in Palma de Mallorca, ES
    Apr 1-2: Igorrr in Altenburg, DE
    Apr 8: Bong-Ra in Delft, NL
    Apr 9: Niveau Zero in Beirut, LB
    Apr 14: Niveau Zero in Rennes, FR
    Apr 15: Bong-Ra in Ghent, BE
    Apr 16: Andrey Kiritchenko in Dnipropetrovsk, UA
    Apr 20: Wormskull in The Hague, NL
    Apr 21: Wormskull in Terneuzen, NL
    Apr 21-24: Niveau Zero & DJ Hidden in Geneva, CH
    Apr 23: Matta in Genk, BE
    Apr 24: Broken Note in Leuwen, BE
    Apr 29: Broken Note in Antwerp, BE
    Apr 30: Igorrr in Montaigu, FR
    May 14: Subheim in Moscow, RU
    Jul 15: Igorrr in Montmartin Sur Mer
    Jul 21-24: Matta at Secret Garden, UK
    Jul 29-31: Broken Note, Niveau Zero & Matta in Utrecht, NL
    Aug 17-22: Enduser in Croatia
    Aug 25-29: Karsten Pflum at SOL Festival, ES
    Jan 6: Niveau Zero & Hecq in Leipzig, De
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    Ad Noiseam weekly update [Mar. 7th, 2011|02:31 pm]

    Ad Noiseam label news:

    Two new free mixes from Matta.
    Full Enduser live set for everybody to listen to.



    New items in the store:

    In stock today in the Ad Noiseam online store are:

    CH District - Conclusion CH DISTRICT - Conclusion - CD (M-Tronic / Tympanik Audio)

    Five years have passed since CH District's remarked "Slides" album on M-Tronic, and while I don't know if the title of this new CD is a sign that this polish musician is putting an end to this project, there's definitely been quite some change since the flowing electronica of this previous album. The beats have become thicker, the glitchy elements are gone, and while there are still enough melodies in most tracks, the overall feeling of this new album is a rather dry one. It's a welcome evolution, on the one hand, CH District has definitely kept an ear on the progresses of electronica since 2005, but it also an album which requires a more active (and repeat) listening.

    Millimetric  - Reconfiguration MILLIMETRIC - Reconfiguration - CD (M-Tronic)

    Two years after his "Exp?ences Modernes" album, already on M-Tronic, France's Millimetric treats himself to a remix CD, on which he gathered the cream of his country's post-EBM / dark wave scene and a few outsiders. On the menu are remixes by The Hacker, David Carretta and The Horrorist, to name the best known, several smaller names, and three old solo tracks. The original album was already to EBM for me, and things don't really get better on "Reconfiguration", as far as I am concerned. But for people who want some upgraded cold electroclash or EBM beats, this should do the trick.

    Jack Sparrow - Circadian JACK SPARROW - Circadian - 12" (Tectonic)

    12" single from the album of the same name, presenting its opening track on the A side, and the Ruckspin remix on the flip (in other words, most of the exlusive stuff from the CD). Though the album was quite varied, this record focus strongly on the most techno-oriented, straight-flowing and accessible side of the Johnny Depp of dubstep, this is something which will appeal more to the techno DJs out there than to those of you who want to unleash heavy wobbles on the dancefloor.

    FaltyDL - Hip Love FALTYDL - Hip Love - 12" (Ramp Recordings)

    FaltyDL comes back to Ramp for this very zeitgeisty new record on which he delivers another of his deliciously soulful garage-leaning dubstep number; glitchy, melodic and aerial as he clearly know how to write. The B side is a remix by Jamie XX, a.k.a. one member of the indie pop band The XX, who has recently made a name for himself with his remixes for Gil Scott-Heron. More electro, this track sounds to me a bit less interesting, but there's no denying that, with the amount of press that his main band is getting, this is the tune that people will care for. Don't ask me how this record will age, but it sure fits many people's tastes right now.

    Datsik & Funtcase - Mechano / Brock Out DATSIK & FUNTCASE - Mechano / Brock Out - 12" (EX7)

    New super heavy, futuristic sounding war-dubstep from Datsik (who is actually managing to get out of Excision shadows these days, it seems), collaborating here with the less known Funtcase. One side is your regular, no-frill but thrills filth tune, but the other has this "Transformers invading the dubstep floor" kinds of sound which could be the result of a meeting between Lost's basslines and Datsik's regular output. It's all a bit overdone, as usual with this scene, but still all good robotic, mammoth-like fun and moves.

    Julien Mier - The Galaxy Twitch EP JULIEN MIER - The Galaxy Twitch EP - 12" (Shipwrec)

    Nice and pretty five track EP by Julien Mier, a Belgian artist which I didn't know of before listening to this record, but who has allegedly made quite a splash in his home country. Ranging from downtempo, warm electronica to more club-friendly acid tracks, this "Galaxy Twitch" sounds very clear, humane and friendly, but not without fun. Its detailled tracks and diverse atmosphere are quite a ride, and while it might take a little while to get into the record as a whole, it is a rewarding trip.

    Einoma - Lost and Found EINOMA - Lost and Found - 12" (Shipwrec)

    A new record by the Icelandic Einoma duo is always welcome over here, and I'm glad that this "Lost & Found" confirms this act's return to their decks, after a long pause brought to an end last year. There are three new tracks to be heard this time around: a long, pumping A side which sounds a lot more techno than anything I can remember hearing from these guys, and two B side pieces that carries a definite darkish elements in their early Warp era IDM. A bit muffled, warm but somewhat industrial-minded, Einoma beats haven't changed much, meaning that we get a nice piece of somber IDM on vinyl (something which has become very rare these days). Recommended.

    Noisia - Split The Atom EP NOISIA - Split The Atom EP - 2x12" (Division)

    Another (and the last, I believe) four track "Split the Atom" EP from Noisia, this time featuring the title track, a remix by Bar9, one by Ed Rush & Optical and a new Noisia original. "Split The Atom" has got enough plays everywhere for me not to describe this insidious track here again. The two remixes are basically everything what you would expect from their authors, and the 4th tune is a crunchy, slightly distorted interesting piece that breaks the mould of Noisia's beats. Less heavy than "Machine Gun", more varied than the "Vision" EP, and another piece to add to Noisia's recent prolific output around their album.

    Current Value - Hitman / Target CURRENT VALUE - Hitman / Target - 12" (Subviolenz)

    Interestingly varied new two tracker by Current Value on Subdivision's Subviolenz sub-label (that's a lot of "sub"). While both tracks are, as we could expect, very well recorded and cut, both are considerably dryer and more stripped down than most of this guy's output. One track is a particularly slow kind of half-step headnodding d'n'b, and you'll have to flip the record to get more BPM's with a piece slowly mutating from drum'n'bass to hardcore beats, with a typical Current Value touch but a beat more contained than usual. Quite particular from this musician, efficient and a breath of fresh air in the middle of his usually much lusher and faster productions.

    Phace / Noisia / Misanthrop - Stagger / Desert Orgy PHACE / NOISIA / MISANTHROP - Stagger / Desert Orgy - 12" (Neosignal)

    Germany's Phace are at the core of this 12" on their Neosignal label, collaborating with Misanthrop for one track and with Noisia on the other. We're in relatively classic club-oriented drum'n'bass here, with some nice semi-acid sounds on the A side, and a crunchier and bassier feeling on the track co-written by Noisia. Maybe not as hard as most of the drum'n'bass to be found over here, but at that extremely easy to spin and accessible enough for most d'n'b dancefloors out there.

    Noisia - Split The Atom (Vision EP) NOISIA - Split The Atom (Vision EP) - 2x12" (Vision)

    Of all the EPs released by Noisia around their last album, this "Vision" one is probably the most d'n'b oriented one. Even though it kicks off with a track featuring vocals by the currently very in-demand Foreign Beggars, the other three tracks sound a lot more like classic Noisia d'n'b (even the one featuring Amon Tobin) than, let's say, the successful "Machine Gun" remix 2x12". Still, this material lives up to Noisia's reputation and is a solid piece of quite accessible but forward thinking detailled d'n'b.

    Noisia - Friendly Intentions / Displaced NOISIA - Friendly Intentions / Displaced - 12" (Vision)

    It would seem (and be logical) that Noisia are keeping their best tracks for their own Vision imprint. The two tracks on this new luxuriously illustrated 12" might be dancefloor-taylored drum'n'bass, their sheer weight is particularly efficients and adds a lot of accuracy to the hard hitting beats. The whole thing also benefits from a pristine cut, the use of uncommon sounds (at least for d'n'b) and a fresh approach to the rhythms. Very recommended.


    Back in stock:

    Proem - Enough Conflict PROEM - Enough Conflict - CD (n5md)

    Last time we had heard (of) Proem, it was for a rather dark and atmospheric trip through his "Till There's No Breath" album on Nonresponse. His return to N5md is a completely different affair, as this "Enough Conflict" is a much more upbeat, sunny and melodic story. Almost all the glitches and drones have been put to side, replaced by long melodic beat-driven tracks. It's quite loungy at times, sometimes bordering on easy-listening, but manages to convey the same kind of uplifting mood that his to be found on almost all the N5md releases at the moment. A very different brand of Proem.

    Hecq - Steeltongued HECQ - Steeltongued - 2xCD (Hymen)

    Even though it might follow the same formula as "0000" (a double CD featuring an album and a profusion of remixes), Hecq's sixth album is a huge leap forward for this german producer. Gaining from his experience as a sound designer and leaving behind both the über-clinical glitch and the Lustmord-ian low soundscapes, "Steeltongued" manages to gain both in complexity and in emotion. Add to this 12 great remixes (including three by Ad Noiseam favorites Spyweirdos, Mothboy and Raoul Sinier), and you get an extremely recommended album that might stay as Hecq's true coming of age. Congratulations.

    Mnemonic - Monokultur MNEMONIC - Monokultur - CD (M-Tronic)

    Very flowing and emotional electronica album by this german band who seem to have considerably calmed down with this new CD. Closer to Beefcake than anything Katoo has ever done, "Monokultur" is a collection of clean, calm melancholic soundscapes enriched with light broken IDM patterns, a few clicks, and the mandatory voice samples. Still retaining a slight industrial feeling, this is an album that fans of the laid-back electronica that M-Tronic has come to embody (or Beefcake, again, for that matter) will enjoy a lot.

    16 Pad Noise Terrorist - Utopia 16 PAD NOISE TERRORIST - Utopia - CD (Hands)

    First album by this German musician, and a clear aim: "Utopia" is all about combining the aesthetics and sounds of rhythmic noise industrial with structures and beats from drum'n'bass. Less furious than, let's say, what Edgey is doing in this style, somewhat more club-compatible in its approach to drum'n'bass, not extremely noisy but still infusing quite a lot of distortion in place of melodic intros, "Utopia" is a weird and crazy monster, enriched by a very sharp mastering by DJ Hidden. An interesting experiment by an act to watch.

    Pale Sketcher - Seventh Heaven PALE SKETCHER - Seventh Heaven - 12" (Ghostly)

    Already a follow-up to Pale Sketcher (a.k.a. Justin Broadrick's Jesu gone all electronic), in the form of a heavy picture disc featuring four new tracks and a remix by Kevin Midas Sound (Kevin Martins, Broadrick's former partner in crime in Techno Animal). The new tracks are quite a notch more rhythmic than the material on the full length album, with almost a nod to Tech Level 2's drum'n'bass on one title. All in all a more compact, less dreamy but at that more stand-out EP from a project which might slowly become one of Broadrick's main one in a near future.

    v/a - Emerging Organisms V/A - Emerging Organisms - 2xCD (Tympanik Audio)

    Quite a strong statement as a first release for Tympanik Audio, whose first release shows that this young label intends at bringing back to life a genre on the brink of extinction. Presenting 29 tracks walking the thin line between electronica and industrial (need example? Architect, Hecq, Displacer, Nebulo or Totakeke), "Emerging Organisms" is a well thought, well presented compilation which somewhat shows that even if releases have been rare for this kind of music, there are still acts keeping its flame alive.

    Helixir - Undivided HELIXIR - Undivided - CD (7even)

    Announced a few months ago with the "Undivided LP sampler" 12", here comes another full length album by one of the main acts on the elusive French label 7even. Faithful to this imprint's trademark sound, "Undivided" is a fine and driven piece of post dubstep-meet-techno, this time around with relatively few dub elements, and a remarked focus on house beats. While some tracks stand out with their downtempo. emotional moments, the whole thing is clearly a club oriented album and should work very well with club goers with a fine finger on the pulse and zeitgeist of this sound. Well done.

    Donny / Of God - Amputation / Grieve DONNY / OF GOD - Amputation / Grieve - 12" (Killing Sheep)

    And another hard hitting surefire record from Killing Sheep. The A side contains a new track by label regular Donny, and neither this artist nor what he does should need any introduction. The flipside was my (late) introduction to the australian act Of God, whose take at high-speed, dark drum'n'bass is particularely raw and percussive, putting a lot more focus on the drum sounds than on the breaks. Very efficient, lean and mean d'n'b for the tough club-goer or DJ.

    The Outside Agency / Current Value / Switch Technique - Crossbreed Definition Series Part 3 THE OUTSIDE AGENCY / CURRENT VALUE / SWITCH TECHNIQUE - Crossbreed Definition Series Part 3 - 12" (Genosha One Seven Five)

    Third volume of The Outside Agency's collaborative series in which they focus on the colliding point between their hardcore and drum'n'bass. The guests this time around are Current Value, for a resolutely straight and very pounding track quite on the hardcore side and, on the flip, Switch Technique, whose collaboration gives way to some more d'n'b elements. Of course, the whole thing is wonderfully produced, mastered and cut, therefore enabling the listener to actually hear what Current Value and Switch Technique brought to The Outside Agency's plate. Another sure hitter and mandatory record for anybody following this act (or DJ Hidden) or this sound.

    Counterstrike / Cooh - Fission / Cylonian COUNTERSTRIKE / COOH - Fission / Cylonian - 12" (Mentally Disturbed)

    And another clash of the titans-style collaboration from the world of hard and dark drum'n'bass, this time with Bulgaria's grest Cooh teaming up for one track with South Africa's Counterstrike. And what a percussive and catchy side it is: detailled, driven and while not revolutionary, very, very efficient. The B side was written by Counterstrike alone, and is a very energetic, straighter and somewhat hectic tune that could easily be spun at the apex of any d'n'b party. Twitching ahead!

    Karsten Pflum - Slaphead Faun KARSTEN PFLUM - Slaphead Faun - CD (Mindwaves)

    More or less at the same time as we were putting out Karsten Pflum's "Nemo Loon" record, the good people of the young Berlin-based label Mindwaves label had the good idea of releasing a new album by our favorite Danish producer. More laid back and electronica-minded than the dancefloor-oriented "Nemo Loon", this "Slaphead Faun" is an excellent collection spawning several years of IDM production by this musician. Glitchy, playful, extremely clear and dynamic, it shows again that Karsten Pflum is obviously one of the most talented and open minded artists of the genre at the moment. Free of clich?but not of imagination and ideas, this is an extremely recommended record for anybody who like their electronic music refreshing and tasty.

    Noisia - Alpha Centauri NOISIA - Alpha Centauri - 12" (Division)

    While these guys have been active for quite a while now, it's only been in the last few years that Noisia have received some deserved recognition, before exploding as one of the best known acts for club-friendly mixture of dubstep and d'n'b (and some more). As it has become the rule, this new two tracker is a surefire piece of wax: the original "Alpha Centauri" is a particularely well produced track mixing gritty dubstep basslines, slowish tempo and electro / basslines elements. The remix by Excision and Datsik on the B side insists on the dirty dubstep elements, and both should rightfully find their ways to dancefloors worldwide without any difficulty. Another hit from Noisia.

    Black Sun Empire / Telekinesis & NC-17 - Roulette / Micronaps BLACK SUN EMPIRE / TELEKINESIS & NC-17 - Roulette / Micronaps - 12" (SOM Music)

    It always seem a bit paradoxical when you get more people than tracks on an EP, as it is the case here. But joke aside, all the artists involved here deliver very solid, energetic dark-ish drum'n'bass. On the A side, Black Sun Empire (apparently featuring people called State Of Mind and Bulletproof) are just as strong as we could expect from them, with a rather high speed tune, most of all compared to their recent album. The B side, by Telekinesis and NC-17, is pretty similar, and what we end up with is an efficient, relatively classic built hard d'n'b two tracker which should prove a good DJ tool.

    Joker / Terror Danjah / Illmana - Gully Goon Estate EP JOKER / TERROR DANJAH / ILLMANA - Gully Goon Estate EP - 12" (Hardrive Records)

    Terror Danjah knows who to work with to come up with some solid beats. He evens has the great idea of getting Joker out of the closet for the excellent title track of this EP, which mixes Mr Joker's super addictive 8 bit melodies with Terror Danjah's interesting beat work for a very tasty result. The guest on the B side is Illmana, who I hear from for the first time over here, and whose collaboration is quite nice as well, a lot more garage-y. All in all a very catchy and urban record which might be some of the most accessible Terror Danjah to date. Recommended.

    DJ Hidden & Switch Technique - Imagination  / Intelligence DJ HIDDEN & SWITCH TECHNIQUE - Imagination / Intelligence - 12" (Union Recordings)

    Very nice piece of wax as a first release for Switch Technique's new Union Recordings imprint. This Polish musician delivers a very solid, clear and energetic drum'n'bass solo number on one side, in which one can somewhat recognize the influence of DJ Hidden. The later is actually behind the decks for the flip side, a collaboration which has all the deep melodies and dark undertones of his own productions, but also the heavy kicks and straightness of The Outside Agency. Listening to this, it's really no surprise that TOA / Hidden invited Switch Technique to co-write a track for their Genosha One Seven Five series. Recommended.


    Now available as digital download:

  • TRIPLE SICKZ - Damage / Incinerator - mp3 (Sustained Records)
  • TRIAMER - Hospital / Voice Of Soul - mp3 (Sustained Records)



    Live dates:


    Mar 11: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker in Sofia, BU
    Mar 11: DJ Hidden in Bergamo, IT
    Mar 12: Matta & Igorrr in Stockholm, SE
    Mar 12: Bong-Ra in Gent, Belgium
    Mar 12: DJ Hidden in Goes, NL
    May 14: Subheim in Moscow, RU
    Mar 16: Broken Note in Brighton, UK
    Mar 18: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Vancouver, CA
    Mar 18: Niveau Zero & Broken Note in Oudenaarde, BE
    Mar 19: Niveau Zero in Perpignan, FR
    Mar 19: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Portland, USA
    Mar 19: DJ Hidden & Broken Note in Nijmegen, NL
    Mar 22: Enduser & Bong-Ra in San Francisco, USA
    Mar 25: DJ Hidden in Brugge, BE
    Mar 25: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Los Angeles, USA
    Mar 26: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Madison, USA
    Mar 31: Matta in Lyon, FR
    Apr 1: Niveau Zero in Brest, FR
    Apr 1: Broken Note & Matta in London, UK
    Apr 1: Loop Stepwalker in Palma de Mallorca, ES
    Apr 1-2: Igorrr in Altenburg, DE
    Apr 8: Bong-Ra in Delft, NL
    Apr 9: Niveau Zero in Paris, FR
    Apr 14: Niveau Zero in Rennes, FR
    Apr 15: Bong-Ra in Ghent, BE
    Apr 21-24: Niveau Zero & DJ Hidden in Geneva, CH
    Apr 24: Broken Note in Leuwen, BE
    Apr 29: Broken Note in Antwerp, BE
    Apr 30: Igorrr in Montaigu, FR
    Jul 15: Igorrr in Montmartin Sur Mer
    Jul 29-31: Broken Note, Niveau Zero & Matta in Utrecht, NL
    Aug 17-22: Enduser in Croatia
    Aug 25-29: Karsten Pflum at SOL Festival, ES
    Jan 6: Niveau Zero & Hecq in Leipzig, De
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    Ad Noisam weekly update [Feb. 28th, 2011|09:36 pm]

    Ad Noiseam label news:

    Out today: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker "Fraktals"

    New video to Roel Funcken's "Bluent"


    New items in the store:

    In stock today in the Ad Noiseam online store are:

    Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker - Fraktals BALKANSKY & LOOP STEPWALKER - Fraktals - 12" (Ad Noiseam)

    The renowned detailled and personal production of Balkansky (a.k.a. COOH) meet the rage and insolence of the young Loop Stepwalker, resulting in a powerful record which puts rawness back into dubstep. "Fraktals", the first collaborative release between these two artists, is an energy-packed and original record which will fit perfectly alongside Broken Note or Niveau Zero both on the dancefloor and on turntables. Dirty but subtle, hard but balanced: the first step of an exciting path.

    Philipp Munch - Into The Absurd PHILIPP MUNCH - Into The Absurd - CD (Ant Zen)

    Throughout his many projects, Philipp M?, probably best known for being half of Synapscape, has touched more or less all aspects of the industrial scene: power noise with his main project, twisted electro-pop with The Roschach Garden, drones with Mandelbrot or yet walls of noise with Monokrom. It's not a big surprise therefore that this first album under his real name works a bit like a compilation of it all (maybe with the exception of the most poppy elements). Constantly heavy and gritty, but at times rhythmic, at times just plain out noisy, "Into The Absurd" sounds like an artist freewheeling behind the faders, or like a compilation of what this important artist for this scene has been doing for more than a decade. Very recommended to his many fans.

    Empusae & Shinkiro - Organic Aural Ornaments EMPUSAE & SHINKIRO - Organic Aural Ornaments - CD (Ant Zen)

    Empusae's first release for Ant Zen is a collaboration with the allegedly long-running but new to me Japanese act Shinkiro, and something which while stylistically close to this project's past, strips its sound from most of its rhythmical elements. Things are not completely beatless throughout these "Ornaments", but very calm and atmospheric, with a strong aerial feeling, and while the trance elements that Empusae has carried since his days with This Morn Omina are still to be found on some tracks, the whole thing is really more of a home-listening affair, made of sounds which might still not particularly surprising but have proved their efficiency for this kind of dark and calm material.

    Jerome Chassagnard - The Time From Underneath JEROME CHASSAGNARD - The Time From Underneath - CD (Hymen)

    I'm not sure what's the reason for a new release by J?me Chassagnard under his real name rather than under his recent Prayer Tree moniker, but this might stem from the fact that this "Time From Underneath" is an altogether more beat-oriented affair than the aforementioned project's d?t. Very synthetic, sounding a bit like a combination of Vromb (for the spherical beats and samples in French) and some more old school Hymen releases, this new album might not be the hardest thing you will ever hear on a dancefloor, but there are definitely some nicely hypnotizing tracks here which should work well with fans of this act and label.

    Millipede - Powerless MILLIPEDE - Powerless - CD (Hymen)

    Millipede's second album for Hymen, in which this American producer pairs up with a friend for each track, is a lot more varied than his "All My Best Intentions" predecessor. The guest musicians add a lot of their personalities and sound to the material presented here, and while the tracks co-written by Veil Of Secrecy or Caul might still be on the ambient side of things, the ones with Parca Pace (a.k.a. Mago) or Access to Arasaka and Candle Nine have a much more pronounced glitchy and electronica side. The whole thing still sounds somber, and feels very much at home among the dark industrial sound of Hymen, meaning that fans of the label shouldn't have any difficulty enjoying this album.

    Late - Phantom Papers LATE - Phantom Papers - 2x12" (Immerse)

    Very nice double (value) pack from Late, a re-release of sort of two early 12", also on Immerse but now sold out. The four tracks on this double 12" feature the kind of deep, almost Shackleton-esque glitchy dubstep that we have come to expect from Immerse, but served in a very friendly and human way, with long melancholic pads and gentle samples. This is definitely not something people are going to rave to, but flows very well and has the good idea of not being overly abstract or show offy. An EP with a long staying power, in my opinion

    Noisia - Split The Atom EP NOISIA - Split The Atom EP - 2x12" (Division)

    Another (and the last, I believe) four track "Split the Atom" EP from Noisia, this time featuring the title track, a remix by Bar9, one by Ed Rush & Optical and a new Noisia original. "Split The Atom" has got enough plays everywhere for me not to describe this insidious track here again. The two remixes are basically everything what you would expect from their authors, and the 4th tune is a crunchy, slightly distorted interesting piece that breaks the mould of Noisia's beats. Less heavy than "Machine Gun", more varied than the "Vision" EP, and another piece to add to Noisia's recent prolific output around their album.

    Noisia - Split The Atom (Vision EP) NOISIA - Split The Atom (Vision EP) - 2x12" (Division)

    Of all the EPs released by Noisia around their last album, this "Vision" one is probably the most d'n'b oriented one. Even though it kicks off with a track featuring vocals by the currently very in-demand Foreign Beggars, the other three tracks sound a lot more like classic Noisia d'n'b (even the one featuring Amon Tobin) than, let's say, the successful "Machine Gun" remix 2x12". Still, this material lives up to Noisia's reputation and is a solid piece of quite accessible but forward thinking detailled d'n'b.

    Skrillex - Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites SKRILLEX - Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites - CD (Mau5trap Recordings)

    So, what do we do with Skrillex? Six months ago, nobody cared about this project of the former singer of some US metal band, but this first album is making a splash that only support from a major can explain (thanks to Deadmau5's success, as this guy signed Skrillex on his label). UK-imported filthy dubstep meets French Touch 2.0 fidget with a more than decent production and a far from negligible amoung of Ibiza cheese. The result is super catchy, has a big, fat sound, and goes straight to the feets from the first listen, but dims out pretty quickly afterward (with the exception of the Noisia and Foreign Beggars remixes). So, is Skrillex's tapping into trends fun and efficient? It is. Is it doing what Rusko & co are trying to achieve? Yes. Is it bringing anything new to the table? No. This thing is probably going to get considerable play right now, but I doubt that it will leave a lasting impression.
    And on a side-note, I didn't check if the artwork was done by the same person who designed the Rottun covers, but this kind of Transformers-remake horror is making me wants to pluck my eyes out.

    Current Value - Hitman / Target CURRENT VALUE - Hitman / Target - 12" (Subviolenz)

    Interestingly varied new two tracker by Current Value on Subdivision's Subviolenz sub-label (that's a lot of "sub"). While both tracks are, as we could expect, very well recorded and cut, both are considerably dryer and more stripped down than most of this guy's output. One track is a particularly slow kind of half-step headnodding d'n'b, and you'll have to flip the record to get more BPM's with a piece slowly mutating from drum'n'bass to hardcore beats, with a typical Current Value touch but a beat more contained than usual. Quite particular from this musician, efficient and a breath of fresh air in the middle of his usually much lusher and faster productions.

    Phace / Noisia / Misanthrop - Stagger / Desert Orgy PHACE / NOISIA / MISANTHROP - Stagger / Desert Orgy - 12" (Neosignal)

    Germany's Phace are at the core of this 12" on their Neosignal label, collaborating with Misanthrop for one track and with Noisia on the other. We're in relatively classic club-oriented drum'n'bass here, with some nice semi-acid sounds on the A side, and a crunchier and bassier feeling on the track co-written by Noisia. Maybe not as hard as most of the drum'n'bass to be found over here, but at that extremely easy to spin and accessible enough for most d'n'b dancefloors out there.


    Back in stock:

    The Teknoist & Eustachian - Pillaged & Plundered THE TEKNOIST & EUSTACHIAN - Pillaged & Plundered - 12" (Ad Noiseam)

    Coming just in time for their tour throughout Europe, "Pillaged & Plundered" is a clear statement of what the crowds should expect. On the one side, The Teknoist throws in two new tracks of the excellent and tasty breed of breakcore, gabber and metal which has made of him one of Europe's most sought after producer of the genre. On their side, Eustachian opens wide the gates of Hell, mashing up grindcore, breakcore and noise with a brutality and ingenuity rarely seen so far. Watch out, these guys are after you sanity.

    Zero Degree - Probe ZERO DEGREE - Probe - CD (Ant Zen)

    Very pleasant album by this low profile German artists who's been around for some years but signs here his first full length on Ant Zen. Ambient at times, very spherical from start to finish, "Probe" fits well between Vromb, Abo Ovo and the rest of the semi-atmospheric side of this label's roster. The sounds are a bit old school, the overall mood quite introspect, and the production well executed. One of the most enthralling releases on Ant Zen at the moment, and something whose retro / spatial charm works pretty well.

    Drop The Lime - Step It Up DROP THE LIME - Step It Up - 12" (Mirex)

    Back in stock! Very good 12" from Drop The Lime, with six instrumental tracks of very precise and technical breaks, great sound design, and interesting atmospheres. This NYC acts once again manages to build very good tracks of hard hitting breaks with original sounds and without the usual clich?of the noisy breakcore scene. Very well done and recommended.

    Hecq - Steeltongued HECQ - Steeltongued - 2xCD (Hymen)

    Even though it might follow the same formula as "0000" (a double CD featuring an album and a profusion of remixes), Hecq's sixth album is a huge leap forward for this german producer. Gaining from his experience as a sound designer and leaving behind both the über-clinical glitch and the Lustmord-ian low soundscapes, "Steeltongued" manages to gain both in complexity and in emotion. Add to this 12 great remixes (including three by Ad Noiseam favorites Spyweirdos, Mothboy and Raoul Sinier), and you get an extremely recommended album that might stay as Hecq's true coming of age. Congratulations.

    Architect - Consume Adapt Create ARCHITECT - Consume Adapt Create - CD (Hymen)

    Three years after an already branching out, but still firmly industrial minded "Lower Lip Interface", Daniel Myer's Architect project returns with what is in my opinion a much more coherent and up to date album. While he might be giving props in the booklet to people as varied as Otto Von Schirach, Enduser and Telefon Tel Aviv, Architect's new effort focuses on the fine line between complex, idm-minded mid-tempo breaks, enriched with the odd dubstep and d'n'b elements. Still quite dark minded, but warm sounding, here's something which doesn't sound anymore like an intent at freeing Architect's music from its more restrained roots, but actually like its result.

    Junglefever & Stivs - Money Money/ Fat Ting JUNGLEFEVER & STIVS - Money Money/ Fat Ting - 7" (Death$ucker / Bomba Cut Recordings)

    Remember raggacore, a genre that had its climax in the middle of the 2000's, when dubstep wasn't yet a buzzwords and ragga vocals were best served mashed-up with amens and fast breaks? That's exactly what's on the menu tonight with this nicely infectious collaborative 7" between UK's mad Stivs, a Death$ucker regular, and the Dutch Junglefever. Junglish it definitely is, as well as tapping from start to finish in every possible ragga anthem and catchphrase. Old school, but also very welcome in a time when this kind of stuff seldom graces our turntables.

    Adjust - Release The Sharks ADJUST - Release The Sharks - 12" (Low Res)

    We can always count on Low Res to bring out some quality material, and even more so when, as it is the case here, the tracks are written by this label's founder. After a much too long period of silence, Adjust comes back with a bang in the form of four pretty varied tracks (from the rather drum'n'bass oriented to the ravy Devo samples) and proves (if necessary) that this veteran of the breakcore scene can still whoop newcomers with quality production, open minded ideas and sheer experience. Hard, fast, and fresh, here's strong, quality breakcore.

    Cloaks - Hi Tek CLOAKS - Hi Tek - 12" (Werk Discs)

    Back in stock, Cloaks's 2007 debut, back them released on the constantly underrated Werk Discs. "Hi Tek" was the first four track salvo of particularly gritty, analog-sounding mixture of industrial beats and slow dubstep basses. Heavy, dark, dirty, and very much unlike anything else (maybe expect for their 3by3 colleagues of Dead Fader), this is quite an important record for everybody who has the good taste of admitting how original and talented Cloaks are. Strongly recommended.

    Zero G - Bring It ZERO G - Bring It - 12" (Dub Police)

    While the A side of this new 12" by the prolific Zero G is a perfect example of what Dub Police seem to be aiming at at the moment, combining heavy dubstep with much poppier melodies and samples, its the B side remix by Sub Scape which works the best for me. It's filthy, dirty and not quote the most original thing in the world, but it's also efficient and providing all the dancefloor appeal that one could expect.

    Komonazmuk & White Boi / Scanone - 2 Paths Of Rage KOMONAZMUK & WHITE BOI / SCANONE - 2 Paths Of Rage - 12" (Combat Recordings)

    The follow-up to "Anger" seems to be "Rage", according to Combat Recordings. Pretty much in the same vein as "2 Paths Of Rage", this other 12" sees Komonazmuk and White Boi co-write a heavy dubstep hit for the A side, while Scanone drops a very moody, oppressive and bassy B-side. Right in the vein of the rest of the Combat roster, between super dark electro and heavy, blackened dubstep, and tasty at that.

    Rafael Anton Irisarri - Daydreaming RAFAEL ANTON IRISARRI - Daydreaming - CD (Miasmah)

    Back from the vault are a few copies of this otherwise sold out debut (and so far only) album by Seattle's Rafael Anton Irisarri, released in 2007 on Deaf Center's Miasmah label. A splendid but pitch black album based on long piano melodies, distant drones and even more distant glitches, "Daydreaming" is a particularely sad and introvert CD, which takes the most emotional and melancholic side of the other Miasmah releases, but expresses them in a very direct and stripped down way. Depressing, maybe, but splendid.

    Kreng - L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu KRENG - L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu - CD (Miasmah)

    Excellent first album by this one-man project from Belgium. A sad but challenging, lush and varied combination of dark atmospheric tones, piano, samples and jazz instrumentations, "L'autopsie ph?m?le de Dieu" is something which fits perfectly on Miasmah and its part dark part avant-garde roster. Reminding at times of the darkest moments of TKDE, this is a very recommended and deep album.

    Elegi - Sistereis ELEGI - Sistereis - CD (Miasmah)

    Back in stock, the first CD by Elegi, already on Deaf Center's Miasmah label. Somewhat inspired by a dark travel at sea, this album is quite darker than the following "Verde", and focuses more on very moving and somber soundscapes and drones and less on accoustic arrangements. A deep trip and somewhat that would fit well as a soundtrack to an old black & white movie, "Sistereis" shows that Elegi was already an act not to be missed back in 2007 (and yes, we missed him back then). Time to redeem.

    ID - Akusative / Flay ID - Akusative / Flay - 12" (Cool And Deadly)

    Varied 12" for ID on Cool & Deadly, with a quite percussive but balanced A side that goes straight to the feet and should work well on the dancefloor, and a slightly more techno-oriented, faster B side that however features deep, catchy basses (and somewhat screams a lot like some of Mothboy works). Well done, efficient and original.

    LHF - EP2: The Line Path LHF - EP2: The Line Path - 12" (Keysound Recordings)

    Second EP for LHF, once again for Keysound Recordings, and a confirmation that this act's music fits very well alongside Duck & Blackdown "ethnic" and hip hop influenced dubstep. The sound is still very lush and clear, and though the use of samples might remind a bit of what Gold Panda is doing, this second 12" goes a bit less towards techno, compared to its predecessor, but uses some well found downtempo hip-hopish beats. Quite relaxed but both pretty and interesting. And therefore recommended.

    The Outside Agency - Hardcore Beyond The Bone THE OUTSIDE AGENCY - Hardcore Beyond The Bone - 12" (Genosha Recordings)

    And another brillant piece of vinyl from The Outside Agency. Four excellent gabbery / drum'n'bass infused tracks, including the excellent "Waste Management" as well as the very melodic "The Next Storyteller" (with its typical DJ Hidden intro). One track was co-written by Tapage, which provides a surprising industrial feel to the whole thing, and rounds up this EP nicely. As usual with TOA, an extremely recommended piece of vinyl.

    Cloaks - Desolate Turves CLOAKS - Desolate Turves - 12" (3BY3)

    Cloaks are back, this time with a five tracks EP which confirm all the good things that one could think of this still young british act judging from their past 12" and album. Raw, dark, their mixture of analogue noise and mammoth-esque dubstep is not for the faint of heart, and I'd be quite curious to know what all these dubstep people who have gone to house recently think of this. Anyway, just like the rest of Cloaks's discography, "Desolate Turves" sounds like dubstep rhythms written with old school industrial and noise instruments and tones, the whole thing managing to sound both particularely scraping and very detailled. Very recommended.

    Dead Fader - Autumn Rot DEAD FADER - Autumn Rot - 12" (3BY3)

    The fact that Dead Fader or, by extension, Cloaks and their 3by3 label are labelled and seen as being dubstep proves that, a lot more than the music itself, it's marketing that matters. Just like Cloaks, Dead Fader is about as dubstep as Winterkälte are tech house, and "Autumn Rot" will sound a lot more at home between an Asche and a Tarmvred track than squeezed between Skream and Pinch. Name dropping aside, this is a solid, raw, bubbly and beaty mid-tempo noise 12", which sounds deliciously old school and is pretty well done. But it should also not be taken for what it obviously is not.

    DJ Hidden / Donny - The Unseen / Medieval Beating DJ HIDDEN / DONNY - The Unseen / Medieval Beating - 12" (Mentally Disturbed)

    The dancefloor is clearly in sight with this split between Ad Noiseam favorite DJ Hidden and part-time Current Value collaborator Donny on this second release on Mentally Disturbed. DJ Hidden's "The Unseen" is a dark and absolutely pristine hard drum'n'bass number that contains everything one has grown to love about this producer. On the flip, Donny's track is a bit more classic and goes back to early 2000's Panacea feeling, with plenty of stop / start and a couple of rave sounds. Still, this all stays top notch, extremely club efficient d'n'b.

    Loops Haunt - Impact Omnihammer / Joplin LOOPS HAUNT - Impact Omnihammer / Joplin - 7" (Black Acre)

    Hard to find but yes, we've got it, the excellent first 7" by Loops Haunt, a.k.a. an insolently talented producer somewhere at the meeting point of sharp, playful and brainy IDM and bodily, heavy and club-friendly dubstep. Crazy but really well produced, original and still with enough potential to pack a dancefloor solid: watch this guy closely, if you haven't been doing so yet.

    Roel Funcken - Daze Flextone EP ROEL FUNCKEN - Daze Flextone EP - 12" (Eat Concrete)

    Long awaited vinyl pendant to "Vade", Roel Funcken's d?t solo album (Ad Noiseam adn122), on which Eat Concrete put three tracks from the CD ("Daze Flextone", "Martyrz" and "Koortshond") plus a new track exclusive to this version. Another excellent reason to dive again into Roel Funcken's lush, smokey and heavy mixture of multi-layered electronica, driven dubstep and sheer compositional talent. A very welcome release, and something that should be mandatory.

    Broken Note / Machine Code - Knuckle Dust / Milkplus BROKEN NOTE / MACHINE CODE - Knuckle Dust / Milkplus - 12" (Subtrakt)

    When the best composer of brutal and punkish massive dubstep (Broken Note) meets the best in stripped and dark d'n'b of the moment (Machine Code, a.k.a Dean Rodell and Current Value), one gets a hell of a heavy record. Faster than Broken Note, fuller and more shattered than regular Machine Code, here come two very heavy hitters. Raw but precise, full of changes but focused, heavy and then some: there's really not reason to pass on this very recommended and high profile record.

    Current Value & Dean Rodell - Sparse Land CURRENT VALUE & DEAN RODELL - Sparse Land - 12" (Subtrakt)

    Very cool four tracker by Current Value and Rodell (the founder of the Subtrakt label). As usual with Current Value, the production level is very high, the tracks club-friendly and the sounds quite futuristic. Quite mid-paced and melodic, these d'n'b numbers border on dubstep from times to times, and should work well in both environments. Add to this a good remix by Cooh's Balkansky side-project, and you get quite a strong but original record from Current Value and Dean Rodell

    Noisia - Machine Gun NOISIA - Machine Gun - 2x12" (Division)

    Back in stock! This remix double EP for Noisia's surefire hit from their latest album is really quite something. Besides the "extended" version of the dynamite-like title track (already something quite awe inspiring in the way it mixes Noisia's drum'n'bass production techniques with electro and bombastic dubstep) are excellent remixes by Amon Tobin (who does a great job at using Noisia's track and coming up with something very personal), 16 Bit (with one of their best remixes so far) and Spor. Excellent from start to finish

    Panacea - Ear2brain / Uberbomb PANACEA - Ear2brain / Uberbomb - 12" (L/B Recordings)

    While 2010 was the year of the come-back for Panacea, this two tracker on Limewax's L/B was actually his first solo 12" since the "Chiropteran" full length album (all the other EP having been collaborations). The A side is a weirdly formated, mid-tempo d'n'b one which juggles between old school Panacea and a much more digital sound and relies a lot on its long intro and repeated drops. "Uberbomb" and its "Hurt Locker" samples worked better with me, heavier, darker. All in all a good 12" for Panacea fans, and a confirmation of sort that the "Chiropteran" sound wasn't just a one-off experiment.


    Now available as digital download:

  • BALKANSKY & LOOP STEPWALKER - Fraktals - mp3 (Ad Noiseam)
  • JAKUB23 - Flangebatter / Alter Of God - mp3 (Sustained Records)

  • TRIPLE SICKZ / ENVOYS EVOLUTION & SATAN - Penetrator / Dirty Creature - mp3 (Sustained Records)
  • SATAN / SUICIDE - Hells Warrior / Kommunizm - mp3 (Sustained Records)
  • DEAD PHANTOMS - Circle Of A Devil / Clean Death - mp3 (Sustained Records)
  • JAKUB23 / PARIAH - Heart Attack / Box Of Buttholes - mp3 (Sustained Records)

  • SATAN - Necrocore / The Left Hand Path - mp3 (Sustained Records)
  • UNDERDARK - The Ronson / Vault Of Conjured Madness - mp3 (Sustained Records)


    Live dates:


    Mar 3: Broken Note in Perth, AU
    Mar 4: Spyweirdos in Athens, GR
    Mar 4: Broken Note in Sydney, AU
    Mar 5: Bong-Ra in Oberhausen, DE
    Mar 5: Niveau Zero in Manchester, UK
    Mar 5: Igorrr in Valencia, ES
    Mar 5: Broken Note in Brisbane, AU
    Mar 11: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker in Sofia, BU
    Mar 11: DJ Hidden in Bergamo, IT
    Mar 12: Bong-Ra in Gent, Belgium
    Mar 12: DJ Hidden in Goes, NL
    May 14: Subheim in Moscow, RU
    Mar 16: Broken Note in Brighton, UK
    Mar 18: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Vancouver, CA
    Mar 18: Niveau Zero & Broken Note in Oudenaarde, BE
    Mar 19: Niveau Zero in Perpignan, FR
    Mar 19: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Portland, USA
    Mar 19: DJ Hidden & Broken Note in Nijmegen, NL
    Mar 22: Enduser & Bong-Ra in San Francisco, USA
    Mar 25: DJ Hidden in Brugge, BE
    Mar 25: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Los Angeles, USA
    Mar 26: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Madison, USA
    Apr 1: Niveau Zero in Brest, FR
    Apr 1: Broken Note & Matta in London, UK
    Apr 1-2: Igorrr in Altenburg, DE
    Apr 8: Bong-Ra in Delft, NL
    Apr 9: Niveau Zero in Paris, FR
    Apr 14: Niveau Zero in Rennes, FR
    Apr 15: Bong-Ra in Ghent, BE
    Apr 21-24: Niveau Zero & DJ Hidden in Geneva, CH
    Apr 24: Broken Note in Leuwen, BE
    Apr 29: Broken Note in Antwerp, BE
    Apr 30: Igorrr in Montaigu, FR
    Jul 15: Igorrr in Montmartin Sur Mer
    Jul 29-31: Broken Note, Niveau Zero & Matta in Utrecht, NL
    Aug 17-22: Enduser in Croatia
    Aug 25-29: Karsten Pflum at SOL Festival, ES
    Jan 6: Niveau Zero & Hecq in Leipzig, De
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    Ad Noiseam weekly update [Feb. 21st, 2011|09:25 pm]

    Ad Noiseam label news:

    New video to Roel Funcken's "Bluent"



    New items in the store:

    In stock today in the Ad Noiseam online store are:

    Port-Royal - 2000-2010: The Golden Age Of Consumerism PORT-ROYAL - 2000-2010: The Golden Age Of Consumerism - 2xCD (n5md)

    Pretty nice ten years anniversary double pack from Italy's Port-Royal. The first CD compiles rares or so-far-unreleased tracks, and showcases well the progress of this act over the years. The second gathers 18 remixes they have done for a surprisingly varied array of people, from Akira Kiteshi's awesome AK Kids project to Felix Da Housecat and Ladytron (less my thing). All in all we're clearly still listening to calm, semi ambient, semi post-rock material here, but it's all well done and the variety of this release helps a lot to get a grip on Port-Royal's sometimes long and dreamy atmospheres.

    Subtractivelad - Kindred SUBTRACTIVELAD - Kindred - CD (n5md)

    Very surprising, the new (and seventh) yearly delivery from Subtractivelad. While we had left this Canadian musician with a relatively ambient "Life At The End Of The World", here he comes with a considerably more electronic and heavy handed affair. While there are still quite a lot of calm passages and the occasional nod to shoe-gaze here and there across "Kindred", it's the semi-retro, thick pads and arpeggiated melodies that dominate this album. Reminding a bit of the sort of trance revival currently carried on by Border Community, this new album is a new and, as far as I am concerned, unexpected change for this act. It might not be for everybody, but hats off to Subtractivelad for reinventing himself here.

    Near The Parenthesis - Japanese For Beginners NEAR THE PARENTHESIS - Japanese For Beginners - CD (n5md)

    New album by Near The Parenthesis, one of the new pillars of the N5md roster, and still something which I find deeply rooted in the early 2000's City Centre / Morr Music sound of delicate poppy electronica and childish melodies. Things are resolutely electronic on this new CD, with little if any room left to the shoe-gaze or post-rock guitars, though. It's a bit too sweet for me (I guess I am not romantic enough), but it's all well executed, and might work on you for some pretty home-listening sessions.

    Krumble - Autobahn / Bass Line Vision KRUMBLE - Autobahn / Bass Line Vision - 12" (Death$ucker)

    Very nice (and highly anticipated) come back of Death$ucker with this dynamic and strangely addictive new 12" by the great Krumble. Combining a clear and playful IDM / Warp-ish array of pads and melodies with both breakcore and 8-bit rhythms, this French artist comes up here with tracks which are on the one hand quite fast and ADHD infused, but still quite accessible and not overly aggressive. Probably closer to what such a label as In Vitro has been doing than to Krumble's early Peace Off efforts, but also a record that fits well on Death$ucker and which I would strongly recommend.

    Junglefever & Stivs - Money Money/ Fat Ting JUNGLEFEVER & STIVS - Money Money/ Fat Ting - 7" (Death$ucker / Bomba Cut Recordings)

    Remember raggacore, a genre that had its climax in the middle of the 2000's, when dubstep wasn't yet a buzzwords and ragga vocals were best served mashed-up with amens and fast breaks? That's exactly what's on the menu tonight with this nicely infectious collaborative 7" between UK's mad Stivs, a Death$ucker regular, and the Dutch Junglefever. Junglish it definitely is, as well as tapping from start to finish in every possible ragga anthem and catchphrase. Old school, but also very welcome in a time when this kind of stuff seldom graces our turntables.

    Pale Sketcher - Seventh Heaven PALE SKETCHER - Seventh Heaven - 12" (Ghostly)

    Already a follow-up to Pale Sketcher (a.k.a. Justin Broadrick's Jesu gone all electronic), in the form of a heavy picture disc featuring four new tracks and a remix by Kevin Midas Sound (Kevin Martins, Broadrick's former partner in crime in Techno Animal). The new tracks are quite a notch more rhythmic than the material on the full length album, with almost a nod to Tech Level 2's drum'n'bass on one title. All in all a more compact, less dreamy but at that more stand-out EP from a project which might slowly become one of Broadrick's main one in a near future.

    Cloaks - Hi Tek CLOAKS - Hi Tek - 12" (Werk Discs)

    Back in stock, Cloaks's 2007 debut, back them released on the constantly underrated Werk Discs. "Hi Tek" was the first four track salvo of particularly gritty, analog-sounding mixture of industrial beats and slow dubstep basses. Heavy, dark, dirty, and very much unlike anything else (maybe expect for their 3by3 colleagues of Dead Fader), this is quite an important record for everybody who has the good taste of admitting how original and talented Cloaks are. Strongly recommended.

    Zero G - Bring It ZERO G - Bring It - 12" (Dub Police)

    While the A side of this new 12" by the prolific Zero G is a perfect example of what Dub Police seem to be aiming at at the moment, combining heavy dubstep with much poppier melodies and samples, its the B side remix by Sub Scape which works the best for me. It's filthy, dirty and not quote the most original thing in the world, but it's also efficient and providing all the dancefloor appeal that one could expect.

    SP:MC & LX ONE - Down / Judgement SP:MC & LX ONE - Down / Judgement - 12" (Tempa)

    Coming right after their collaboration on Osiris Musik, SP:MC and LX One pair up again, this time for two new track on Tempa. Slow and massive dubstep is what we both expect and get, of course, but it's interesting to see how these two chose to go with a warmer, dubbier sound here compared with the other aforementioned record. A bit more classic than what we have learned to expect from Tempa, but at that less ambitious and hitting its target with more accuracy.

    Late - Phantom Papers LATE - Phantom Papers - 2x12" (Immerse)

    Very nice double (value) pack from Late, a re-release of sort of two early 12", also on Immerse but now sold out. The four tracks on this double 12" feature the kind of deep, almost Shackleton-esque glitchy dubstep that we have come to expect from Immerse, but served in a very friendly and human way, with long melancholic pads and gentle samples. This is definitely not something people are going to rave to, but flows very well and has the good idea of not being overly abstract or show offy. An EP with a long staying power, in my opinion

    Helixir - Undivided HELIXIR - Undivided - CD (7even)

    Announced a few months ago with the "Undivided LP sampler" 12", here comes another full length album by one of the main acts on the elusive French label 7even. Faithful to this imprint's trademark sound, "Undivided" is a fine and driven piece of post dubstep-meet-techno, this time around with relatively few dub elements, and a remarked focus on house beats. While some tracks stand out with their downtempo. emotional moments, the whole thing is clearly a club oriented album and should work very well with club goers with a fine finger on the pulse and zeitgeist of this sound. Well done.

    Ena - Sign / Instinctive ENA - Sign / Instinctive - 12" (7even)

    Interesting release that this first two tracker by Ena for 7even: while the A side is a slow-moving, pitched-down vocal based calm and pretty track which might remind of late-night Von D material, the B side is an uncommon combination of twisted dubstep and accoustic-sounding drums. The result is quite dynamic and efficient, while threading a path which hasn't really been explored so far. All in all, it's really this flip side that got me on this 12", and I'd be interested in listening to more of this kind of material from Ena.

    LHF - EP2: The Line Path LHF - EP2: The Line Path - 12" (Keysound Recordings)

    Second EP for LHF, once again for Keysound Recordings, and a confirmation that this act's music fits very well alongside Duck & Blackdown "ethnic" and hip hop influenced dubstep. The sound is still very lush and clear, and though the use of samples might remind a bit of what Gold Panda is doing, this second 12" goes a bit less towards techno, compared to its predecessor, but uses some well found downtempo hip-hopish beats. Quite relaxed but both pretty and interesting. And therefore recommended.

    Cooh / Current Value / Dean Rodell - Naglfar / Medicine COOH / CURRENT VALUE / DEAN RODELL - Naglfar / Medicine - 12" (Position Chrome)

    It's almost a family reunion that we listen to on this new Position Chrome two-tracker. The currently ?-prolific Cooh is on both side, collaborating on one with Current Value, and on the other with Subdivision's labelhead Dean Rodell (who works on Machine Code with Current Value and on Underhill with him and Cooh). Hard, clean and clear rocket-like drum'n'bass for the dancefloor, with a very high tempo on the Dean Rodell side and a crispy bassline on the Current Value one, all in all resulting in an absolutely surefire piece of wax.

    Freeze & LX One / SP:MC & Youngsta - Foreseen / Unidentified FREEZE & LX ONE / SP:MC & YOUNGSTA - Foreseen / Unidentified - 12" (Osiris Music)

    Four people for two tracks, and something which fits like a glove on Kryptic Minds' label. On the A-side, the confirmed (but still too young to be called veterans) SP:MC and Youngsta pair up for a pulsing, slowly moving and very bassy track, while Freeze and LX One deliver a slightly more dubby number on the flip side. All in all, we stay in clearly delimited dubstep waters here, but the whole thing is well executed and bears a very nice dark overtone.

    2562 - Blackout 2562 - Blackout - 12" (Blackout)

    2562 keeps going in his exploration of clear and bassy techno, leaving his dubstep days further behind with every new release. This first release on the new Blackout imprint (don't ask, I have no idea who or what is behind it) is no exception. If the title track is relatively slow and has enough subs to satisfy the fans of this artist's early days, both tracks on the B side are a lot closer to his more recent output: faster beats, higher pitched tones, and generally speaking a sound which navigates the waters between well thought house and digital dub techno.


    Back in stock:

    Zero Degree - Probe ZERO DEGREE - Probe - CD (Ant Zen)

    Very pleasant album by this low profile German artists who's been around for some years but signs here his first full length on Ant Zen. Ambient at times, very spherical from start to finish, "Probe" fits well between Vromb, Abo Ovo and the rest of the semi-atmospheric side of this label's roster. The sounds are a bit old school, the overall mood quite introspect, and the production well executed. One of the most enthralling releases on Ant Zen at the moment, and something whose retro / spatial charm works pretty well.

    Igorrr - Baroquecore IGORRR - Baroquecore - 12" (Aentitainment)

    Vinyl pendant to the Ad Noiseam-released "Nostril" full length album, featuring 5 tracks from the CD plus a vinyl exlusive one, and coming in full sleeve artwork. Free of any recognizable influences, new and very fun: here's quite a tremendous slap in the face from an act to follow closely. we find ourselves bouncing up, thrashing out or head-nodding furiously, as we all wished we would again one day. Welcome to “baroque-core”.

    Drop The Lime - Step It Up DROP THE LIME - Step It Up - 12" (Mirex)

    Back in stock! Very good 12" from Drop The Lime, with six instrumental tracks of very precise and technical breaks, great sound design, and interesting atmospheres. This NYC acts once again manages to build very good tracks of hard hitting breaks with original sounds and without the usual clich?of the noisy breakcore scene. Very well done and recommended.

    Another Electronic Musician - Use ANOTHER ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN - Use - CD (n5md)

    As depreciating as this project's name might be, here comes a very solid debut from this american (electronic) musician. Oscillating between very sharp and well produced clicks, electronic dub (think early Pole) and the flowing, melancholic electronica typical to N5md, Another Electronic Musician (Aem) signs here an extremely charming, seducing and quite original CD, which shouldn't be regarded as just "another electronic music album". Surprisingly good and very recommended.

    Run Return - Metro North RUN RETURN - Metro North - CD (n5md)

    Run Return's debut full length follows closely their first 7" on N5md, and confirm their taste for subtle soundscapes, delicate syncopated drums and a sense of the melodies that can't but confirm that this act has listened to Boards Of Canada a lot. Slightly more beat oriented than the 7", "Metro North" is a very pleasant, well produced album of melodic and flowing electronica: the kind of music and quality control one can expect from N5md.

    Hecq - Steeltongued HECQ - Steeltongued - 2xCD (Hymen)

    Even though it might follow the same formula as "0000" (a double CD featuring an album and a profusion of remixes), Hecq's sixth album is a huge leap forward for this german producer. Gaining from his experience as a sound designer and leaving behind both the ?-clinical glitch and the Lustmord-ian low soundscapes, "Steeltongued" manages to gain both in complexity and in emotion. Add to this 12 great remixes (including three by Ad Noiseam favorites Spyweirdos, Mothboy and Raoul Sinier), and you get an extremely recommended album that might stay as Hecq's true coming of age. Congratulations.

    Architect - Consume Adapt Create ARCHITECT - Consume Adapt Create - CD (Hymen)

    Three years after an already branching out, but still firmly industrial minded "Lower Lip Interface", Daniel Myer's Architect project returns with what is in my opinion a much more coherent and up to date album. While he might be giving props in the booklet to people as varied as Otto Von Schirach, Enduser and Telefon Tel Aviv, Architect's new effort focuses on the fine line between complex, idm-minded mid-tempo breaks, enriched with the odd dubstep and d'n'b elements. Still quite dark minded, but warm sounding, here's something which doesn't sound anymore like an intent at freeing Architect's music from its more restrained roots, but actually like its result.

    Dev/null - Shards Of Rhythm / Rage Template / Tear Shit Up DEV/NULL - Shards Of Rhythm / Rage Template / Tear Shit Up - 12" (Dross Tik)

    He doesn't release much, but it's always tasty. Dev/Null, aka one of the last of the Mohicans of old school breakcore, comes up here with a shattered, percussive and still relatively clear three track EP. Fast, broken (of course), with quite a lot of d'n'b elements and a few rave snippets here and there, Dev/Null makes you all twitch like it's 2004, but comes up with a really strong production. A well cut, well recorded record with a definite dancefloor appeal: breakcore people rejoice!

    Somatic Responses - s/t SOMATIC RESPONSES - s/t - 12" (Zhark International)

    Back in stock: repressed this time on black vinyl comes one of the best known Somatic Responses 12", originally released by Zhark in 2004. Relatively similar to early era Somatic Responses releases on Hymen, this record has all the heavy beats, the distorted basslines, and the heavy Somatic atmospheres that one needs, and this time on vinyl.

    Venetian Snares - Salt VENETIAN SNARES - Salt - 12" (Zhark International)

    Re-pressed and available again! Four tracks of fast, violent and furious breakcore by the rising star of the genre, slowly getting recognized even in the industrial scene. Fucked up rhythms, percussive beats, ever changing tracks, here is a 12" that will show new directions to many.

    Vile Enginez - Overthrow / Undermine VILE ENGINEZ - Overthrow / Undermine - 12" (Sub/version)

    Following his dark breakcore debut on Zhark, Vile Enginez presents here a d'n'b / jungle 12" on Praxis's Sub/version sublabel. More accessible, dancefloor-friendly and somehow still gloomy and hard, this new record shows another side of this nice act's music, and allows him to try himself at some warmer sounds. Well done.

    Monster Zoku Onsomb! - Earth Eaters MONSTER ZOKU ONSOMB! - Earth Eaters - 2x12" (Death$ucker)

    Cool third album by the australian crazies of MZO, and definitely their most mature and coherent to date. Sampling a lot, respecting little and good natured, the whole thing leans strongly towards a mixture of End's "Sound of Disaster", some early Snog and the everything-goes evil cabaret feeling (but not sound) of old-era My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. With tracks ranging from raggacore to some who could easily serve as a soundtrack to some Russ Meyer action, "Earth Eaters" is a very fun ride, and a good produced one. Fresh, charming, and quite insane.

    Krumble - Nasty Nasty KRUMBLE - Nasty Nasty - 12" (Death$ucker)

    Krumble has many faces, and while the man might be mostly known for his hard and playful breakcore on Peace Off, one shouldn't forget his drum'n'bass or, as it is the case with this 12" on Bristol's Death$ucker, his raggacore production. A self acclaimed nasty four trackers that will send ragga jungle fans bouncing till their trip on their dreads, here comes something which is at the same time surprisingly out of tune with the current apparent demise of the genre and a nice way to kick start it again.

    Soundbites - The Soundbites Experience SOUNDBITES - The Soundbites Experience - 12" (Death$ucker)

    The fonky shit, you say? Bong-Ra's Utrecht-based buddies Soundbites have no respect for aging UK ravers, as they intend to demonstrate with this "Soundbites experience", irreverently dubbed "Bootlegs for the mashed up generation". A mixture of high speed drum'n'bass, Prodigy (and other) sped up samples, rave sounds and the occasional 8 bit sample, this goes somewhere between a less noisy DJ Scotch Egg and a less breaky Bong-Ra. And on top of this, the production is really good. A solid, energetic DJ record, and quite a recommended one.

    The Teknoist / Eustachian - Drunk Drunken Drunkard THE TEKNOIST / EUSTACHIAN - Drunk Drunken Drunkard - 12" (Death$ucker)

    Released exactly at the same time as the "Pillaged & Plundered" split 12" by the same artists on Ad Noiseam, "Drunk Drunken Drunkard" is the other 12" spit out by Eustachian and The Teknoist for their 2008 european tour. With a rather melodic, Enduser-esque track by The Teknoist and a surprisingly breakcore (and less metal) one by Eustachian, it confirms all the extremely good things that one should think about these two acts. Mandatory.

    Arx Kaeli - Highway ARX KAELI - Highway - CD (Acidsamovar)

    Collectors and fans of new acts and crazy packaging, look-out. Hailing from Russia, Arx Kraeli presents here his first album, a wild ride of smooth electronica and subdued drum'n'bass beats, in a heavy, cut out and laser-etched wooden box. It's all very well done (but don't ask me how), and the music, bearing the quality mark of Acidsamovar, is no exception. It will be interesting to see what Arx Kaeli does in the future, but, for the moment, this box is enough to justify a purchase.

    Meander - Dreaming In Reverse MEANDER - Dreaming In Reverse - 12" (Low Res)

    Excellent first full-on release for Meander, the "IDM-ish" project of the dutch producer better known for his hardcore ouput as Ophidian. Very broken, full of drum'n'bass sweeping basses but at the same time very clear and contained, here comes a 12" which is both very driven and intelligently produced. Meander / Ophidian's experience is obvious here, this is definitely not the production of a newcomer. Reminding a bit of Tarmvred or some DJ Hidden's structures, "Dreaming In Reverse" is a hell of a great record.

    Rafael Anton Irisarri - Daydreaming RAFAEL ANTON IRISARRI - Daydreaming - CD (Miasmah)

    Back from the vault are a few copies of this otherwise sold out debut (and so far only) album by Seattle's Rafael Anton Irisarri, released in 2007 on Deaf Center's Miasmah label. A splendid but pitch black album based on long piano melodies, distant drones and even more distant glitches, "Daydreaming" is a particularely sad and introvert CD, which takes the most emotional and melancholic side of the other Miasmah releases, but expresses them in a very direct and stripped down way. Depressing, maybe, but splendid.

    Kreng - L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu KRENG - L'Autopsie Phenomenale De Dieu - CD (Miasmah)

    Excellent first album by this one-man project from Belgium. A sad but challenging, lush and varied combination of dark atmospheric tones, piano, samples and jazz instrumentations, "L'autopsie ph?m?le de Dieu" is something which fits perfectly on Miasmah and its part dark part avant-garde roster. Reminding at times of the darkest moments of TKDE, this is a very recommended and deep album.

    Elegi - Sistereis ELEGI - Sistereis - CD (Miasmah)

    Back in stock, the first CD by Elegi, already on Deaf Center's Miasmah label. Somewhat inspired by a dark travel at sea, this album is quite darker than the following "Verde", and focuses more on very moving and somber soundscapes and drones and less on accoustic arrangements. A deep trip and somewhat that would fit well as a soundtrack to an old black & white movie, "Sistereis" shows that Elegi was already an act not to be missed back in 2007 (and yes, we missed him back then). Time to redeem.

    16 Bit - Put Ya Dirt Inside / Ford Fiesta 16 BIT - Put Ya Dirt Inside / Ford Fiesta - 10" (Destpub)

    Nice and original record for Destpub's fourth release. The London-based 16 Bit crew deliver on the one side a quite percussive, hi-fi sounding and pretty changing dubstep number, very rich in sounds and tonalities. On the other side, some jazzy and latin referrences are added to a slightly straighter track, giving the whole thing an edge rarely reached in dubstep. Nice one.

    The Outside Agency / Current Value / Switch Technique - Crossbreed Definition Series Part 3 THE OUTSIDE AGENCY / CURRENT VALUE / SWITCH TECHNIQUE - Crossbreed Definition Series Part 3 - 12" (Genosha One Seven Five)

    Third volume of The Outside Agency's collaborative series in which they focus on the colliding point between their hardcore and drum'n'bass. The guests this time around are Current Value, for a resolutely straight and very pounding track quite on the hardcore side and, on the flip, Switch Technique, whose collaboration gives way to some more d'n'b elements. Of course, the whole thing is wonderfully produced, mastered and cut, therefore enabling the listener to actually hear what Current Value and Switch Technique brought to The Outside Agency's plate. Another sure hitter and mandatory record for anybody following this act (or DJ Hidden) or this sound.

    Cloaks - Versus Grain CLOAKS - Versus Grain - CD (3BY3)

    First full length album by Cloaks, following (and containing) two two trackers also released on their own 3b3 label. While these guys have been catalogued dusbtep, people here might recognize them as a predominantly industrial and noise act. If the tempo and beats can remind of some Vex'd material (without the bombastic elements), "Versus Grain" is a very gritty and scraping affair, and something where the distortion level is always high. It's still quite slow, people will headbang more than dance to this material, and it might very well be something useful to bridge the industrial / rhythmic noise freaks and the dubstep fans.

    Cloaks - Desolate Turves CLOAKS - Desolate Turves - 12" (3BY3)

    Cloaks are back, this time with a five tracks EP which confirm all the good things that one could think of this still young british act judging from their past 12" and album. Raw, dark, their mixture of analogue noise and mammoth-esque dubstep is not for the faint of heart, and I'd be quite curious to know what all these dubstep people who have gone to house recently think of this. Anyway, just like the rest of Cloaks's discography, "Desolate Turves" sounds like dubstep rhythms written with old school industrial and noise instruments and tones, the whole thing managing to sound both particularely scraping and very detailled. Very recommended.

    Cloaks - Junk CLOAKS - Junk - 12" (3BY3)

    Second "single" of sort for Cloaks with two new tracks taken from the "Versus Grain" CD, and which go further at bridgeing dubstep with rusty and gritty industrial noise. The result is slow paced, massive, menacing and relentless. Scraping, efficient, reminding a bit of old Vex'd material, and something which definitely needs to be checked out.

    Dead Fader - Autumn Rot DEAD FADER - Autumn Rot - 12" (3BY3)

    The fact that Dead Fader or, by extension, Cloaks and their 3by3 label are labelled and seen as being dubstep proves that, a lot more than the music itself, it's marketing that matters. Just like Cloaks, Dead Fader is about as dubstep as Winterkälte are tech house, and "Autumn Rot" will sound a lot more at home between an Asche and a Tarmvred track than squeezed between Skream and Pinch. Name dropping aside, this is a solid, raw, bubbly and beaty mid-tempo noise 12", which sounds deliciously old school and is pretty well done. But it should also not be taken for what it obviously is not.

    Oyaarss - A La Holeage OYAARSS - A La Holeage - 12" (Abstractions)

    I guess the sun doesn't shine much in the latvian studio of the young Oyaars, for this debut 12" is not exactly your happy house dubstep. Very slow, extremely industrial sounding, featuring a few orchestral snippets and definitely not aiming at the dancefloor (unless as the opening band for some doom act), "A La Holeage" is among the grittiest and heaviest dubstep I have heard, to the point where this genre's name might not really apply anymore. On the B side, Cloaks, who are also not known for the cleanliness or speed of their material, deliver a slightly friendlier and more accessible remix, but the whole thing stays pitch black and very rigid. Well yes, I quite like this, and definitely recommend it.

    Monsta / Mr Key - Space Raiders MONSTA / MR KEY - Space Raiders - 12" (Subtrakt)

    Interesting experiment in which a heavily hip-hop based big dubstep tune by two relative newcomers (Monster and Mr Key) get presented both in its original (bassy and very urban) version and remixed by two sure name of d'n'b, Dean Rodell (of Machine Code) and Rayden. Surprisingly, these reworks on the B side didn't really sped up the original material, but enriched it with a tighter, cleaner production and a lot of little blips and effects. All in all a rather accessible dubstep record that should have no issue seducing crowds, all the more in its strong version by Dean Rodell

    v/a - North South EP V/A - North South EP - 12" (Subtrakt)

    While it might be a notch lighter than the "Low Life" EP, this other four track compilation on Subtrakt features some nicely heavy tracks of classically built, dark dubstep. On the A side, Janner delivers a strong semi 16 Bit-esque, dubby tune, while the well known Rogue State close the B side with another very efficient one. The other two tracks, by Monster and Defekta are nice as well, rounding up an EP that can work as a bridge between "regular" dubstep and the tougher-than-thou material usually found on this label.

    Arx Kaeli & Heimstatt Yipotash - X ARX KAELI & HEIMSTATT YIPOTASH - X - 7" (Sealt)

    Just with like Arx Kaeli's "Highway" album, the first thing one notices about this split 7" is its packaging: two embedded pieces of laser-etched wood, with a cut mirror piece in its middle; clearly not the kind of packaging into which you run every day. Music-wise, Arx Kraeli's side gets a bit funkier and more twisted, while, on the B side, Hands's Heimstatt Yipotash have slowed their tempo a bit, and deliver two efficient industrial piece that have the too good idea of relying on their rhythm rather than on distortion. A cool 4 tracker, and another eye-catching, muscle-building packaging.

    Noisia - Machine Gun NOISIA - Machine Gun - 2x12" (Division)

    Back in stock! This remix double EP for Noisia's surefire hit from their latest album is really quite something. Besides the "extended" version of the dynamite-like title track (already something quite awe inspiring in the way it mixes Noisia's drum'n'bass production techniques with electro and bombastic dubstep) are excellent remixes by Amon Tobin (who does a great job at using Noisia's track and coming up with something very personal), 16 Bit (with one of their best remixes so far) and Spor. Excellent from start to finish


    Now available as digital download:

  • KRUMBLE - Autobahn / Bass Line Vision - mp3 (Death$ucker)


    Live dates:



    Feb 24: Igorrr & Eustachian in Ghent, BE
    Feb 25: Bong-Ra in Istanbul, TR
    Feb 26: Loop Stepwalker in Brussels, BE
    Feb 26: DJ Hidden in Porto, PT
    Mar 4: Spyweirdos in Athens, GR
    Mar 5: Bong-Ra in Oberhausen, DE
    Mar 5: Igorrr in Valencia, ES
    Mar 11: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker in Sofia, BU
    Mar 11: DJ Hidden in Bergamo, IT
    Mar 12: Bong-Ra in Gent, Belgium
    Mar 12: DJ Hidden in Goes, NL
    May 14: Subheim in Moscow, RU
    Mar 18: Niveau Zero & Broken Note in Oudenaarde, BE
    Mar 18: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Vancouver, CA
    Mar 19: Niveau Zero in Perpignan, FR
    Mar 19: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Portland, USA
    Mar 22: Enduser & Bong-Ra in San Francisco, USA
    Mar 25: DJ Hidden in Brugge, BE
    Mar 25: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Los Angeles, USA
    Mar 26: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Madison, USA
    Apr 1: Niveau Zero in Brest, FR
    Apr 1: Broken Note & Matta in London, UK
    Apr 1-2: Igorrr in Altenburg, DE
    Apr 8: Bong-Ra in Delft, NL
    Apr 9: Niveau Zero in Paris, FR
    Apr 14: Niveau Zero in Rennes, FR
    Apr 15: Bong-Ra in Ghent, BE
    Apr 21-24: Niveau Zero & DJ Hidden in Geneva, CH
    Apr 24: Broken Note in Leuwen, BE
    Apr 30: Igorrr in Montaigu, FR
    Jul 15: Igorrr in Montmartin Sur Mer
    Jul 29-31: Broken Note, Niveau Zero & Matta in Utrecht, NL
    Aug 17-22: Enduser in Croatia
    Aug 25-29: Karsten Pflum at SOL Festival, ES
    Jan 6: Niveau Zero & Hecq in Leipzig, De
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    Ad Noiseam weekly newsletter [Feb. 17th, 2011|02:07 pm]

    Ad Noiseam label news:

    out today: Semiomime's "From Memory"



    New items in the store:

    In stock today in the Ad Noiseam online store are:

    Port-Royal - 2000-2010: The Golden Age Of Consumerism PORT-ROYAL - 2000-2010: The Golden Age Of Consumerism - 2xCD (n5md)

    Pretty nice ten years anniversary double pack from Italy's Port-Royal. The first CD compiles rares or so-far-unreleased tracks, and showcases well the progress of this act over the years. The second gathers 18 remixes they have done for a surprisingly varied array of people, from Akira Kiteshi's awesome AK Kids project to Felix Da Housecat and Ladytron (less my thing). All in all we're clearly still listening to calm, semi ambient, semi post-rock material here, but it's all well done and the variety of this release helps a lot to get a grip on Port-Royal's sometimes long and dreamy atmospheres.

    Subtractivelad - Kindred SUBTRACTIVELAD - Kindred - CD (n5md)

    Very surprising, the new (and seventh) yearly delivery from Subtractivelad. While we had left this Canadian musician with a relatively ambient "Life At The End Of The World", here he comes with a considerably more electronic and heavy handed affair. While there are still quite a lot of calm passages and the occasional nod to shoe-gaze here and there across "Kindred", it's the semi-retro, thick pads and arpeggiated melodies that dominate this album. Reminding a bit of the sort of trance revival currently carried on by Border Community, this new album is a new and, as far as I am concerned, unexpected change for this act. It might not be for everybody, but hats off to Subtractivelad for reinventing himself here.

    Near The Parenthesis - Japanese For Beginners NEAR THE PARENTHESIS - Japanese For Beginners - CD (n5md)

    New album by Near The Parenthesis, one of the new pillars of the N5md roster, and still something which I find deeply rooted in the early 2000's City Centre / Morr Music sound of delicate poppy electronica and childish melodies. Things are resolutely electronic on this new CD, with little if any room left to the shoe-gaze or post-rock guitars, though. It's a bit too sweet for me (I guess I am not romantic enough), but it's all well executed, and might work on you for some pretty home-listening sessions.


    Back in stock:

    Igorrr - Baroquecore IGORRR - Baroquecore - 12" (Aentitainment)

    Vinyl pendant to the Ad Noiseam-released "Nostril" full length album, featuring 5 tracks from the CD plus a vinyl exlusive one, and coming in full sleeve artwork. Free of any recognizable influences, new and very fun: here's quite a tremendous slap in the face from an act to follow closely. we find ourselves bouncing up, thrashing out or head-nodding furiously, as we all wished we would again one day. Welcome to “baroque-core”.

    Another Electronic Musician - Use ANOTHER ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN - Use - CD (n5md)

    As depreciating as this project's name might be, here comes a very solid debut from this american (electronic) musician. Oscillating between very sharp and well produced clicks, electronic dub (think early Pole) and the flowing, melancholic electronica typical to N5md, Another Electronic Musician (Aem) signs here an extremely charming, seducing and quite original CD, which shouldn't be regarded as just "another electronic music album". Surprisingly good and very recommended.

    Run Return - Metro North RUN RETURN - Metro North - CD (n5md)

    Run Return's debut full length follows closely their first 7" on N5md, and confirm their taste for subtle soundscapes, delicate syncopated drums and a sense of the melodies that can't but confirm that this act has listened to Boards Of Canada a lot. Slightly more beat oriented than the 7", "Metro North" is a very pleasant, well produced album of melodic and flowing electronica: the kind of music and quality control one can expect from N5md.

    Vesna - Snow Sences VESNA - Snow Sences - CD (n5md)

    Excellent full length for this russian duo known through other small releases on n5MD. Full of beautiful melodies and not too intricate structures, Vesna's music manages to find a balance between IDM (with some Lusine ICL referrence) and thicker sounds (reminding of Horchata at times), the whole thing cristal clear and touching. Maybe my favorite release on n5MD so far. Very recommended

    16 Bit - Put Ya Dirt Inside / Ford Fiesta 16 BIT - Put Ya Dirt Inside / Ford Fiesta - 10" (Destpub)

    Nice and original record for Destpub's fourth release. The London-based 16 Bit crew deliver on the one side a quite percussive, hi-fi sounding and pretty changing dubstep number, very rich in sounds and tonalities. On the other side, some jazzy and latin referrences are added to a slightly straighter track, giving the whole thing an edge rarely reached in dubstep. Nice one.

    Broken Note / Machine Code - Knuckle Dust / Milkplus BROKEN NOTE / MACHINE CODE - Knuckle Dust / Milkplus - 12" (Subtrakt)

    When the best composer of brutal and punkish massive dubstep (Broken Note) meets the best in stripped and dark d'n'b of the moment (Machine Code, a.k.a Dean Rodell and Current Value), one gets a hell of a heavy record. Faster than Broken Note, fuller and more shattered than regular Machine Code, here come two very heavy hitters. Raw but precise, full of changes but focused, heavy and then some: there's really not reason to pass on this very recommended and high profile record.

    Current Value & Dean Rodell - Sparse Land CURRENT VALUE & DEAN RODELL - Sparse Land - 12" (Subtrakt)

    Very cool four tracker by Current Value and Rodell (the founder of the Subtrakt label). As usual with Current Value, the production level is very high, the tracks club-friendly and the sounds quite futuristic. Quite mid-paced and melodic, these d'n'b numbers border on dubstep from times to times, and should work well in both environments. Add to this a good remix by Cooh's Balkansky side-project, and you get quite a strong but original record from Current Value and Dean Rodell

    Balkansky - East Operations pt 1 BALKANSKY - East Operations pt 1 - 12" (Subtrakt)

    Excellent three tracker by Balkansky, the dubstep / downtempo pendant to the well known dark drum'n'bass act Cooh. Combining a very heavy, almost industrial sound with very detailled melodies, and excellent breaks and drops, this record is clearly something different than your usual dubstep, and fits closer to Broken Note or Reso in a category reserved for particurely energetic and enthusiastic "tough" material. It's hard, but it's also very far from being one dimensional: Balkansky is obviously a name everybody should remember and an act to be watched carefully.

    Monsta / Mr Key - Space Raiders MONSTA / MR KEY - Space Raiders - 12" (Subtrakt)

    Interesting experiment in which a heavily hip-hop based big dubstep tune by two relative newcomers (Monster and Mr Key) get presented both in its original (bassy and very urban) version and remixed by two sure name of d'n'b, Dean Rodell (of Machine Code) and Rayden. Surprisingly, these reworks on the B side didn't really sped up the original material, but enriched it with a tighter, cleaner production and a lot of little blips and effects. All in all a rather accessible dubstep record that should have no issue seducing crowds, all the more in its strong version by Dean Rodell

    v/a - North South EP V/A - North South EP - 12" (Subtrakt)

    While it might be a notch lighter than the "Low Life" EP, this other four track compilation on Subtrakt features some nicely heavy tracks of classically built, dark dubstep. On the A side, Janner delivers a strong semi 16 Bit-esque, dubby tune, while the well known Rogue State close the B side with another very efficient one. The other two tracks, by Monster and Defekta are nice as well, rounding up an EP that can work as a bridge between "regular" dubstep and the tougher-than-thou material usually found on this label.

    Current Value - Back To The Machine CURRENT VALUE - Back To The Machine - 2xCD (Subsistenz)

    More Current Value than you would ever had thought possible: "Back To The Machine" is the first album delivered by this pillar of drum'n'bass for the Subsistenz / Subdivision label (run by Dean Rodell, in partner in crime in Machine Code), and there's a lot here to listen to: a first CD containing the 10-track album per se, and a second one with eight bonus tracks and remixes. It's all pure Current Value, of course: super pounding, relentless, stripped and no-frill dark, energetic and high-tech d'n'b with excellent production value. Quite a monument of an album.


    Pre-orders are now taken for:

    Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker - Fraktals BALKANSKY & LOOP STEPWALKER - Fraktals - 12" (Ad Noiseam)

    In stock on Tue 22 February, 2011
    The renowned detailled and personal production of Balkansky (a.k.a. COOH) meet the rage and insolence of the young Loop Stepwalker, resulting in a powerful record which puts rawness back into dubstep. "Fraktals", the first collaborative release between these two artists, is an energy-packed and original record which will fit perfectly alongside Broken Note or Niveau Zero both on the dancefloor and on turntables. Dirty but subtle, hard but balanced: the first step of an exciting path.

    Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker - Fraktals BALKANSK
    Y & LOOP STEPWALKER - Fraktals - mp3 (Ad Noiseam)

    In stock on Tue 22 February, 2011
    The renowned detailled and personal production of Balkansky (a.k.a. COOH) meet the rage and insolence of the young Loop Stepwalker, resulting in a powerful record which puts rawness back into dubstep. "Fraktals", the first collaborative release between these two artists, is an energy-packed and original record which will fit perfectly alongside Broken Note or Niveau Zero both on the dancefloor and on turntables. Dirty but subtle, hard but balanced: the first step of an exciting path.


    Live dates:


    Feb 17: Karsten Pflum in Berlin, DE
    Feb 18: Loop Stepwalker in Almeria, ES
    Feb 18: Nicolas Chevreux in Berlin, DE
    Feb 18: Igorrr in Vienna, AT
    Feb 19: Broken Note in Leipzig, DE
    Feb 19: Loop Stepwalker in Malaga, ES
    Feb 22: Cardopusher in Moscow, RU
    Feb 24: Igorrr & Eustachian in Ghent, BE
    Feb 25: Bong-Ra in Istanbul, TR
    Feb 26: Loop Stepwalker in Brussels, BE
    Feb 26: DJ Hidden in Porto, PT
    Mar 4: Spyweirdos in Athens, GR
    Mar 5: Bong-Ra in Oberhausen, DE
    Mar 5: Igorrr in Valencia, ES
    Mar 11: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker in Sofia, BU
    Mar 11: DJ Hidden in Bergamo, IT
    Mar 12: Bong-Ra in Gent, Belgium
    May 14: Subheim in Moscow, RU
    Mar 18: Niveau Zero & Broken Note in Oudenaarde, BE
    Mar 18: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Vancouver, CA
    Mar 19: Niveau Zero in Perpignan, FR
    Mar 19: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Portland, USA
    Mar 22: Enduser & Bong-Ra in San Francisco, USA
    Mar 25: DJ Hidden in Brugge, BE
    Mar 25: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Los Angeles, USA
    Mar 26: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Madison, USA
    Apr 1: Niveau Zero in Brest, FR
    Apr 1: Broken Note & Matta in London, UK
    Apr 1-2: Igorrr in Altenburg, DE
    Apr 8: Bong-Ra in Delft, NL
    Apr 9: Niveau Zero in Paris, FR
    Apr 15: Bong-Ra in Ghent, BE
    Apr 14: Niveau Zero in Rennes, FR
    Apr 30: Igorrr in Montaigu, FR
    Jul 15: Igorrr in Montmartin Sur Mer
    Jul 29-31: Broken Note, Niveau Zero & Matta in Utrecht, NL
    Aug 17-22: Enduser in Croatia
    Aug 25-29: Karsten Pflum at SOL Festival, ES
    Jan 6: Niveau Zero & Hecq in Leipzig, De
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    Ad Noiseam weekly newsletter [Jan. 31st, 2011|07:24 pm]

    New items in the store:

    In stock today in the Ad Noiseam online store are:

    Genetix - Hangin' GENETIX - Hangin' - 12" (Z Audio)

    More heavy bass and metronomic evil beats from Genetix with this three tracker released by Z Audio more or less at the same time as Audio Phreaks brought out his "Squid Attack" 12". A bit less "filthy" and dirty than the later, maybe slightly more massive, and all in all still with both feet rooted in dim-lit, heavy classic dubstep, the material here has quite a serious club potential and should have no problem getting some play.

    Evol Intent & Ewun - Paradize City / Reality Check remix EVOL INTENT & EWUN - Paradize City / Reality Check remix - 12" (Evol Intent)

    I had somewhat passed on the fact that Evol Intent had added dubstep to their repertoire, but here's a record that will correct my mistake. Both the Evol Intent solo piece "Paradize City" and the remix of their track "Reality Check" co-written with Ewun couldn't be further from their usually quite fast and ravey drum'n'bass: we're in pure slow-moving, massive and dark dubstep territories, with all basses in the red, a lot of gritty sounds and some very serious headnodding action. As usual with confirmed d'n'b producers trying their hands at dubstep, the production is way better than what we have learn to expect from the youngsters of this scene, and the dancefloor appeal is huge. A must for everybody who like their slow basses and beats pristine.

    Silkie - City Limits 1.4 SILKIE - City Limits 1.4 - 12" (Deep Medi Musik)

    Follow-up EP of sort to Silkie's "City Limits vol. 1" full length album, this two tracker adequately displays both side of this artist's talent. One track relies on a low, pulsating deep basses and a dubstep tempo before inviting in a warm sax. the flip is a considerably more jazzy and electro tune, less dark and more upbeat. All in all a modern sounding record that does more than tap into the zeitgeist and something which sounds fresh while fitting well with a lost of the recent post-dubstep production. Recommended.

    The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation - Doomjazz Future Corpses! THE MOUNT FUJI DOOMJAZZ CORPORATION - Doomjazz Future Corpses! - 3x10" (Denovali)

    2010 vinyl re-issue of this album originally released on your favorite label. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation is the new free-form, drone metal / jazz atler-ego of The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, the band formed by Jason Kohnen (aka Bong-Ra) and Giedon Kiers. A recording of the ensemble's best live session, "Doomjazz Future Corpses!" focuses on mesmerizing, doom-ridden drones and melodies, combined with the jazzy grooves and melodies of the cello and saxophones. An highly suffocating journey through the deep realms of murky drone jazz / metal, heavy and unfettered.

    The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - s/t THE KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE - s/t - 2x12" (Denovali)

    2010 vinyl re-issue on Denovali, with new artwork of this album originally released on Planet Mu. Magnificent first album by The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, aka the other side of Bong-Ra. Extremely accoustic instruments (bass, guitar, drums and trombone), electronic details and editing: this CD is a dark, slow-paced and very organic trip somewhere between post-rock, slow jazz, and a few epic moments. Very laid back and delicate, this could hardly be further from Bong-Ra's perfect dancefloor hymns, but the same care is brought to this new project. Impressive, and very recommended.

    Blackfilm - Blackfilm BLACKFILM - Blackfilm - 2x12" (Denovali)

    2010 vinyl reissue on Denovali: Following the "Konkrete" compilation, the first "real" release on Spectraliquid (the label managed by Subheim) is also the first album by (Greece's ?) Blackfilm. A really nice and well done mixture of slightly industrial-minded downtempo, good melodies, a little tad of illbient (or call this dubstep) basses here and there, some Detritus-y strings and pretty nice, emotional and low-key electronica ll throughout. Rather modest and dark, but not overdone and well executed. Recommended.

    The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - s/t THE KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE - s/t - CD (Denovali)

    2010 re-issue on Denovali, with new artwork of this album originally released on Planet Mu. Magnificent first album by The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, aka the other side of Bong-Ra. Extremely accoustic instruments (bass, guitar, drums and trombone), electronic details and editing: this CD is a dark, slow-paced and very organic trip somewhere between post-rock, slow jazz, and a few epic moments. Very laid back and delicate, this could hardly be further from Bong-Ra's perfect dancefloor hymns, but the same care is brought to this new project. Impressive, and very recommended.

    Blackfilm - Blackfilm BLACKFILM - Blackfilm - CD (Denovali)

    2010 reissue on Denovali: Following the "Konkrete" compilation, the first "real" release on Spectraliquid (the label managed by Subheim) is also the first album by (Greece's ?) Blackfilm. A really nice and well done mixture of slightly industrial-minded downtempo, good melodies, a little tad of illbient (or call this dubstep) basses here and there, some Detritus-y strings and pretty nice, emotional and low-key electronica ll throughout. Rather modest and dark, but not overdone and well executed. Recommended.


    Back in stock:

    The Teknoist & Eustachian - Pillaged & Plundered THE TEKNOIST & EUSTACHIAN - Pillaged & Plundered - 12" (Ad Noiseam)

    Coming just in time for their tour throughout Europe, "Pillaged & Plundered" is a clear statement of what the crowds should expect. On the one side, The Teknoist throws in two new tracks of the excellent and tasty breed of breakcore, gabber and metal which has made of him one of Europe's most sought after producer of the genre. On their side, Eustachian opens wide the gates of Hell, mashing up grindcore, breakcore and noise with a brutality and ingenuity rarely seen so far. Watch out, these guys are after you sanity.

    v/a - Statement Of Intent V/A - Statement Of Intent - CD (Noizetek)

    Actually coming after two remarked 12" (a split between Davros and Fanny and a record by Ebola), this "Statement of Intent" from the young UK-based Noizetek label intends at showcasing what we can expect from these angry people in a near future. What we get here is a rare case of collusion between hard, super-edited breakcore (Ebola, Davros...), industrial-strength rhythmic noise (Hypnoskull) and brutal metal-meets-breakcore (Eustachian, Maruosa, Leech Woman, this genre needs a name). Definitely not for the weak of heart, but well chosen and well done. Welcome to this new label, and good luck.

    Christoph De Babalon - A World Of My Own CHRISTOPH DE BABALON - A World Of My Own - 12" (Restroom Records)

    Christoph de Babalon is not the most prolific musician around, but his records have always reinforced the trust we could have in him. A couple of years after his "Scylla & Charybdis" tour de force, he comes back this time with no less than 6 tracks for Restroom Records (from whom we also hadn't heard in a while), sounding more percussive but not less dark than ever before. Breakcore in the truest sense, old-school in its beats but powerful in its basses, spastic, fast and hard, "A World Of My Own" is somewhat something which would also have fit very well on Praxis or Zhark, and while there might not be a lot of boundaries pushed over here for people already familiar with this sound, it really feels good to get this kind of record again. Very recommended.

    King Cannibal - The Way Of The Ninja KING CANNIBAL - The Way Of The Ninja - CD (Ninja Tune)

    As all of you know, Ninja Tune reached the very respectable age of 20 this year. "The Way Of The Ninja" is King Cannibal's remarkable birthday present to his home label, with which he delivers an insane and incredibly detail continuous mix tapping on the history of the label. Over 250 tracks fill this CD to the brim, sliced into 20 indexes. From hip hop to indie rock, from dubstep to techno, one could hardly imagine a more varied mix and still, it flaws without missing a bit, and is really a wonder. Ninja Tune already had its DJ wizards, mainly Vadim and Kid Koala, but King Cannibal makes a awe-inspiring entry in the game with this CD.

    Pinch - The Boxer PINCH - The Boxer - 12" (Tectonic)

    Quite a return to basics for Pinch, with a particularly heavy and bassy two tracker. The original tune on the A side sees this producer go back to his dubby but also quite massive original dubstep, with metronomic beats and slightly dark undertones. Darqwan's remix on the B side goes even further, very low-flying, massive and surprisingly borderline bro-step. This all sounds very different from Pinch's recent dub techno experiments, and goes down a bit more easily. A strong record with very good dancefloor potential. Recommended.

    Horsepower Productions - Quest For The Sonic Bounty HORSEPOWER PRODUCTIONS - Quest For The Sonic Bounty - 3x12" (Tempa)

    New full length album by the veterans of the dubstep sound that is the constantly evolving collective Horsepower Productions. The whole thing is quite ambitious, with very nice artwork and extensive liner notes for each track, and definitely feels like a statement of sort from these musicians. It all sounds very urban, with a very strong dub elements (so much, actually, that the remix of a Lee Perry track towards the end of the album doesn't sound out of place), and as usual with acts which helped create a genre, a lot more boundary-free and musically imaginative than what a lot of younger dubstep people are doing at the moment. Paradoxically quite outside of the current trends or vibes, but definitely an important release for people interested in this music genre.

    Nadja / Netherworld - Magma To Ice NADJA / NETHERWORLD - Magma To Ice - CD (Fario)

    Both Nadja (a.k.a. Aidan Baker's new doom-esque project) and Netherworld have been pretty active recently, and offer here a collaboration in the form of a long album made of three new Netherworld tracks, one by Nadja, and one co-written by both acts. Starting with very ambient and fluid, semi-orchestral landscapes, things evolve towards more organic, gritty and downward noisy territories as Nadja take command. A lot less guitar-oriented than this act's recent releases on Alien8 or Elevation, but more contemplative and probably less accessible. All in all, a really strong collaboration for people with a taste for both true ambient and noise.

    The Panacea - Chiropteran THE PANACEA - Chiropteran - 3x12" (Position Chrome)

    There would be a lot to say about (the) Panacea's sixth full length album. Eight years and many changes of scenes after the previous ones, it is uncertain if one should is entitled to expect a new "Low Profile Darkness". After much scortched earth and flings with other sounds, Panacea has folded back to what a very stripped down and focused version of his sound. Gone are the hardcore glow sticks, gone are the rave samples, and gone are the sudden breaks. This new (and very good looking) album is a compact, dark but classic drum'n'bass album. The good part is that Panacea knows how to write his tracks, which should work with his audience. The bad part is that d'n'b hasn't waited for him to go forward and come up with fresher ideas. In the end, a good oversized EP, but not the kind of statement that I was expecting.

    DJ Hidden / Donny - The Unseen / Medieval Beating DJ HIDDEN / DONNY - The Unseen / Medieval Beating - 12" (Mentally Disturbed)

    The dancefloor is clearly in sight with this split between Ad Noiseam favorite DJ Hidden and part-time Current Value collaborator Donny on this second release on Mentally Disturbed. DJ Hidden's "The Unseen" is a dark and absolutely pristine hard drum'n'bass number that contains everything one has grown to love about this producer. On the flip, Donny's track is a bit more classic and goes back to early 2000's Panacea feeling, with plenty of stop / start and a couple of rave sounds. Still, this all stays top notch, extremely club efficient d'n'b.

    Eraldo Bernocchi & Blackfilm - Along The Corridors ERALDO BERNOCCHI & BLACKFILM - Along The Corridors - CD (Vital)

    After a much remarked first album, Blackfilm is back with this album co-written with the Italian serial-collaborator Eraldo Bercnocchi. While the first track kicks in surprisingly dubstepy, the whole album settles between trip-hop and slow-moving, bassy downtempo beats (Mick Harris and Bill Laswell's influences hover over a few tracks) mixed with well found synthetic melodies. The whole thing has a definite illbient / dark-hop vein (for those of you who remember these terms) and as such works particularely well. Urban but not particularely zeit-geisty, dark but not oppressive: a solid headphone contender.

    Throttler - Accelerator / Macadamia Cracker THROTTLER - Accelerator / Macadamia Cracker - 12" (Throttler Recordings)

    First release on his own label by Throttler, Greece's best known producer of hard hitting and dark d'n'b. With one relatively downtempo, dark and oppressive side and a much harder, very catchy and particularely percussive flip, this is quite a success of a d?t for his imprint, and something which both confirms all the good thing we can think of Throttler and his particular, original spot in the drum'n'bass sound: less distorted and classic than many similar acts, but nonetheless efficient and tasty.

    Theologian - The Further I Get From Your Star, The Less Light I Feel On My Face THEOLOGIAN - The Further I Get From Your Star, The Less Light I Feel On My Face - CD (Crucial Blast)

    I don't really know the reason why Leech of Navicon Torture Technologies decided to put the NTT moniker to rest and start anew with the Theologian project (which we had last heard remixing Wilt on "Cemetery Road / Dead Electroniks"). This first album under this new name is very close to NTT, both with its great (and twisted) graphic design and its sounds: dark pulsating drones, walls of distant noises, echoed screams. Theologian is just as oppressive, pitch black and "power romantic" as NTT was, and this new album is a very fine piece of music for everybody into this sound. As usual, Leech's output is very recommended over here.

    Nadja - Desire In Uneasiness NADJA - Desire In Uneasiness - CD (Crucial Blast)

    Back in: this 1998 full length album by Nadja is another particularely nice and addictive piece in the discography of this Aidan Baker-led band. Very heavy, sludge-oriented and noisier than usual, it has a definite jam-session feeling to it, and is considerably less contemplative or atmospheric as some other Nadja releases. The drums and the distortion form the core of this album, creating a pretty raw ensemble which still bears the evocative and somewhat flowing typical Nadja sound. Recommended.


    Now available as digital download:

  • V/A - The Vivisection LP - mp3 (Sustained Records)
  • BRAINPAIN - The Killa Army EP - mp3 (Sustained Records)
  • JAKUB23 - Angry Face / Orafie - mp3 (Sustained Records)



    Live dates:


    Feb 3: Niveau Zero in Paris, FR
    Feb 4: Mobthrow in St Petersburg, RU
    Feb 4: Broken Note & Loop Stepwalker in Palma de Mallorca, ES
    Feb 5th: Mobthrow in Moscow, RU
    Feb 11: Mothboy in Bristol, UK
    Feb 12: Funckarma in Berlin, DE
    Feb 12: Bong-Ra in Ballenstedt, DE
    Feb 17: Karsten Pflum in Berlin, DE
    Feb 18: Loop Stepwalker in Almeria, ES
    Feb 19: Broken Note in Leipzig, DE
    Feb 19: Loop Stepwalker in Malaga, ES
    Feb 24: Igorrr & Eustachian in Ghent, BE
    Feb 26: Loop Stepwalker in Brussels, BE
    Mar 5: Bong-Ra in Oberhausen, DE
    Mar 11: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker in Sofia, BU
    Mar 11: DJ Hidden in Bergamo, IT
    Mar 12: Bong-Ra in Gent, Belgium
    May 14: Subheim in Moscow, RU
    Mar 18: Niveau Zero & Broken Note in Oudenaarde, BE
    Mar 18: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Vancouver, CA
    Mar 19: Niveau Zero in Perpignan, FR
    Mar 19: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Portland, USA
    Mar 22: Enduser & Bong-Ra in San Francisco, USA
    Mar 25: DJ Hidden in Brugge, BE
    Mar 25: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Los Angeles, USA
    Mar 26: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Madison, USA
    Apr 1: Niveau Zero in Brest, FR
    Apr 1: Broken Note & Matta in London, UK
    Apr 1-2: Igorrr in Altenburg, DE
    Apr 8: Bong-Ra in Delft, NL
    Apr 9: Niveau Zero in Paris, FR
    Apr 15: Bong-Ra in Ghent, BE
    Aug 17-22: Enduser in Croatia
    Aug 25-29: Karsten Pflum at SOL Festival, ES
    Jan 6: Niveau Zero & Hecq in Leipzig, De
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    Cakebuilder's soundtrack to the ritualistic movie "The Magus" [Jan. 26th, 2011|03:11 pm]

    Another meeting of Ad Noiseam-related music and images: Jeremy Pillipow, known around here as Cakebuilder, has recently written the soundtrack to "The Magus", a film described by Jaimz Asmundson (its director) as "multi-format, process-based experimental film that explores the root of artistic creation.".
    This short movie, which follows the ritualistic creative process of the Winnipeg-based painter C. Graham Asmundson, is now being screened at various festivals. Jeremy Pillipow / Cakebuilder's tribal sounding score is a perfect match for this films rapid fire editing and dark psychedelic topic (think of Kenneth Anger, for example).
    The trailer for "The Magus" can be seen here, and you can read more information about it here. While it be put online one day, don't pass on a screening if this comes to be shown around you (you can check screening dates here).


    Cakebuilder has two records out on Ad Noiseam:
    Cakebuilder - Decks'n'Demons
    "Decks'n'Demons" (adn71)
    , available here on record and there as mp3
    Cakebuilder - Feeding The Worms
    "Feeding The Worms" (adn95)
    , available here on record and there as mp3
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    Ad Noiseam weekly update [Jan. 24th, 2011|06:37 pm]

    Ad Noiseam label news:

    Hecq & Matta: heavy beats for fast cars.





    New items in the store:

    In stock today in the Ad Noiseam online store are:



    The Outside Agency / Donny / Counterstrike - Crossbreed Definition Series Part 2 THE OUTSIDE AGENCY / DONNY / COUNTERSTRIKE - Crossbreed Definition Series Part 2 - 12" (Genosha One Seven Five)


    Back in! The second volume of The Outside Agency's "Crossbreed Definitions" series in which they marry their hardcore with drum'n'bass sees DJ Hidden and Eye-D pair up with Donny and Counterstrike for a track each. In a perfect world, I wouldn't have to say more. It isn't, though, so let's see: the track with Counterstrike is a particularly bombastic one, with TOA's trademark beats and breaks, while the one together with Donny is a bit more balanced between both acts, and includes more d'n'b beats, in my opinion. Anyway, I just can't see why anybody interested in drum'n'bass, hardcore or breakcore would read this far without having pressed the "add to cart" button yet.


    SFR - Dreaming in Computers / Alien Idiot SFR - Dreaming in Computers / Alien Idiot - 12" (Guinea Pig Records)


    Solid wobbly dubstep from this South African producer, whose previous records had completely flown by me. The beat is metronomic, the bass is massive as it should be, and at least one of the track has this kind of filthy wobble that coud remind of a less teenage-minded version of what Audio Phreaks & co are doing. Not reinventing the wheel by far, but really well done and including some melodies and beats which are too seldom found in this kind of sound. Pretty good.


    Throttler - Accelerator / Macadamia Cracker THROTTLER - Accelerator / Macadamia Cracker - 12" (Throttler Recordings)


    First release on his own label by Throttler, Greece's best known producer of hard hitting and dark d'n'b. With one relatively downtempo, dark and oppressive side and a much harder, very catchy and particularely percussive flip, this is quite a success of a d?t for his imprint, and something which both confirms all the good thing we can think of Throttler and his particular, original spot in the drum'n'bass sound: less distorted and classic than many similar acts, but nonetheless efficient and tasty.


    Headhunter - Lost Prophet / Chasing Dragons HEADHUNTER - Lost Prophet / Chasing Dragons - 12" (Idle Hands)


    Headhunter's sound has really changed a lot over the years, from his relatively heavy and tech-oriented dubstep for Tempa till this full on dreamy techno two tracker for Bristol's Idle Hands. The tracks have all the straightness than one has learned to expect from the "post" dubstep scene, but replace the usual dub techno elements with long melodies and aerial samples, reminding a bit in this way of Von D's or 2562's recent output. Very different from Headhunter's first records, but well done.


    Theologian - The Further I Get From Your Star, The Less Light I Feel On My Face THEOLOGIAN - The Further I Get From Your Star, The Less Light I Feel On My Face - CD (Crucial Blast)


    I don't really know the reason why Leech of Navicon Torture Technologies decided to put the NTT moniker to rest and start anew with the Theologian project (which we had last heard remixing Wilt on "Cemetery Road / Dead Electroniks"). This first album under this new name is very close to NTT, both with its great (and twisted) graphic design and its sounds: dark pulsating drones, walls of distant noises, echoed screams. Theologian is just as oppressive, pitch black and "power romantic" as NTT was, and this new album is a very fine piece of music for everybody into this sound. As usual, Leech's output is very recommended over here.


    Nadja - Desire In Uneasiness NADJA - Desire In Uneasiness - CD (Crucial Blast)


    Back in: this 1998 full length album by Nadja is another particularely nice and addictive piece in the discography of this Aidan Baker-led band. Very heavy, sludge-oriented and noisier than usual, it has a definite jam-session feeling to it, and is considerably less contemplative or atmospheric as some other Nadja releases. The drums and the distortion form the core of this album, creating a pretty raw ensemble which still bears the evocative and somewhat flowing typical Nadja sound. Recommended.




    Back in stock:

    The Teknoist & Eustachian - Pillaged & Plundered THE TEKNOIST & EUSTACHIAN - Pillaged & Plundered - 12" (Ad Noiseam)


    Coming just in time for their tour throughout Europe, "Pillaged & Plundered" is a clear statement of what the crowds should expect. On the one side, The Teknoist throws in two new tracks of the excellent and tasty breed of breakcore, gabber and metal which has made of him one of Europe's most sought after producer of the genre. On their side, Eustachian opens wide the gates of Hell, mashing up grindcore, breakcore and noise with a brutality and ingenuity rarely seen so far. Watch out, these guys are after you sanity.


    Skream - Outside The Box SKREAM - Outside The Box - 4x12" (Tempa)


    It must have been quite a challenge for Skream to know what to do with his second full length album. His first was more or less a genre-defining affair, born at the inception of dubstep, both sticking to and delimiting the borders of the genre, but things have evolved radically since 2006. It's pretty unsurprising therefore that "Outside The Box" is so much all over the place. Obviously a lot more ambitious and thought of than Skream's regular EPs, this album has it all, from the heavy wobble to the sweet pop tracks, to the proto-d'n'b beats to techno leaning material. The production has taken a step forward, the packaging is a very professional affair, now let's see how Skream's audience react to the man's newfound maturity.


    Nadja / Netherworld - Magma To Ice NADJA / NETHERWORLD - Magma To Ice - CD (Fario)


    Both Nadja (a.k.a. Aidan Baker's new doom-esque project) and Netherworld have been pretty active recently, and offer here a collaboration in the form of a long album made of three new Netherworld tracks, one by Nadja, and one co-written by both acts. Starting with very ambient and fluid, semi-orchestral landscapes, things evolve towards more organic, gritty and downward noisy territories as Nadja take command. A lot less guitar-oriented than this act's recent releases on Alien8 or Elevation, but more contemplative and probably less accessible. All in all, a really strong collaboration for people with a taste for both true ambient and noise.


    Igorrr - Poisson Soluble / Moisissure IGORRR - Poisson Soluble / Moisissure - 2x12" (Impulsive Art)


    Finally! We've been talking a lot about Paris's Igorrr recently (and we weren't the only ones), in part because Ad Noiseam will release this act's new album in the Fall of 2010, but here comes on Impulsive Art the first non-self released physical format item from this extremely interesting and fresh project. This luxurious double-LP is the re-release on vinyl of both Igorrr's 2006's debut (enriched with remixes by Raoul Sinier and Rotator) and his 2008's "Moisissure". Mixing renaissance melodies, insane breakcore, metal growls, cristal clear glitches and a heavy dose of humor, Igorrr's the man to watch at the moment. It's hard, but melodic. Insane, but very detailled. Heavy, but smart. Mandatory, and welcome. Very recommended.


    501 - Rise & Fall / Ultraviolet 501 - Rise & Fall / Ultraviolet - 12" (Off Road Recordings)


    Finland's 501 keeps on blurring his path: we had heard some very heavy material from him first on a split with Matta and 16 Bit, he had later went on to deliver some more "post" dubstep stuff for Black Acre, and this new two tracker for Off Road is almost pure "filth"-friendly material: low flying basslines, super heavy beats, club-friendly, metronomic rhythms. The whole might seem formulaic at first, but is well produced and cut, and turns out to be quite catchy and efficient. Dubstep DJ, take notice.


    Dispyz - Datarunner EP DISPYZ - Datarunner EP - 7" (Radiograffiti)


    Very cool new translucent green 7" by Dispyz, with one mid-tempo breakcore track and a very crunchy 8 bit one on the flipside. It's quite lo-fi but energetic and very catchy. It's quite remarkabe that this guy manages here to walk pretty much the same path as Ove-Naxx or Scotch Egg, without going fully overboard and drowning his tunes in madness or distortion. A cool, recommended little 7".


    Dispyz - Raverblood EP DISPYZ - Raverblood EP - 7" (Radiograffiti)


    First 7" EP from Dispyz, a.k.a. Stagediver, released on his own Radiograffiti imprint. High speed 8 bit melodies, breakcore-to-hardcore rhythms, and delicious Amiga sounding beats. It's very crunchy, not overly fast and while the whole thing is hard enough to be spun at any breakcore party (it's the goal anyway), this EP stays clear of the clich?enough to be appreciated outside of this scene. Cool stuff.


    CCDM - 7" Of Doom CCDM - 7" Of Doom - 7" (Radiograffiti)


    I really don't know much about CCDM, except that he's based in the US and that this is his first release on vinyl. Doom comes here in two tracks: one reminds me a bit of Xanopticon's hectic and hard, dynamic breaks, but comes served with a really nice, long melody, and is definitely a keeper. The flip is much noisier, straighter and somewhat less club-compatible, but still all good fun (or doom, whatever you pick). Less lo-fi retro Amiga than the Dispyz 7" on Radiograffiti, but a good strong salvo of breakcore, right the way the genre needs.


    Broken Note / Machine Code - Knuckle Dust / Milkplus BROKEN NOTE / MACHINE CODE - Knuckle Dust / Milkplus - 12" (Subtrakt)


    When the best composer of brutal and punkish massive dubstep (Broken Note) meets the best in stripped and dark d'n'b of the moment (Machine Code, a.k.a Dean Rodell and Current Value), one gets a hell of a heavy record. Faster than Broken Note, fuller and more shattered than regular Machine Code, here come two very heavy hitters. Raw but precise, full of changes but focused, heavy and then some: there's really not reason to pass on this very recommended and high profile record.


    Contagious Orgasm - Thin Skinned CONTAGIOUS ORGASM - Thin Skinned - CD (Industrial Recollections)


    Another heavy piece of japanoise memorabilia from Contagious Orgasm's late 80's works to be re-released on Freak Animal's Industrial Recollections sublabel. The very ill named "Thin Skinned" is made of two long parts in which Hiroshi Hashimoto went all for the accoustic noises, the metal percussions and the surface glitches. There seemed to be little re-edit and both piece work more as a soundtrack to an installation or performance than the rest of his discography. Even though, as usual, he stayed away from the white noise found almost everywhere else in the japanoise sound, you have to be rather thick skinned to take it all in one sitting. And sill, you should.


    Contagious Orgasm - Corporal CONTAGIOUS ORGASM - Corporal - CD (Industrial Recollections)


    This time around, it's not an old album which gets re-released by Industrial Recollections, but several tracks (five long ones, to be more precise) that Contagious Orgasm had had on compilations over the years. The focus is clearly more on distortion than usual, but the tracks are also more compact, going to the point faster than on this artist's full length album. It all sounds clearly dirtier and grittier than Contagious Orgasm's recent works, and is more a document in the truest sense, showcasing an older, less known side of this musician.




    Now available as digital download:

  • MURDARAH - Broken Leg / No Manches! - mp3 (Accomodus)




    Live dates:




    Jan 26: Spyweirdos & Floros Floridis in Berlin, DE

    Jan 28: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Budapest, HU

    Jan 28: Niveau Zero in Marseille, FR

    Jan 28: Broken Note in Leeds, UK


    Jan 29: Karsten Pflum in Aarhus, DK

    Feb 3: Niveau Zero in Paris, FR

    Feb 4: Mobthrow in St Petersburg, RU

    Feb 4: Broken Note & Loop Stepwalker in Palma de Mallorca, ES


    Feb 5th: Mobthrow in Moscow, RU

    Feb 11: Mothboy in Bristol, UK

    Feb 12: Funckarma in Berlin, DE

    Feb 12: Bong-Ra in Ballenstedt, DE

    Feb 17: Karsten Pflum in Berlin, DE


    Feb 18: Loop Stepwalker in Almeria, ES

    Feb 19: Broken Note in Leipzig, DE

    Feb 19: Loop Stepwalker in Malaga, ES

    Feb 26: Loop Stepwalker in Brussels, BE

    Mar 5: Bong-Ra in Oberhausen, DE


    Mar 12: Bong-Ra in Gent, Belgium

    Mar 11: Balkansky & Loop Stepwalker in Sofia, BU

    May 14: Subheim in Moscow, RU

    Mar 18: Niveau Zero & Broken Note in Oudenaarde, BE


    Mar 18: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Vancouver, CA

    Mar 19: Niveau Zero in Perpignan, FR

    Mar 19: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Portland, USA

    Mar 22: Enduser & Bong-Ra in San Francisco, USA


    Mar 25: DJ Hidden in Brugge, BE

    Mar 25: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Los Angeles, USA

    Mar 26: Enduser & Bong-Ra in Madison, USA

    Apr 1: Niveau Zero in Brest, FR


    Apr 1-2: Igorrr in Altenburg, DE

    Apr 8: Bong-Ra in Delft, NL

    Apr 9: Niveau Zero in Paris, FR

    Apr 15: Bong-Ra in Ghent, BE

    Aug 17-22: Enduser in Croatia


    Aug 25-29: Karsten Pflum at SOL Festival, ES

    Jan 6: Niveau Zero & Hecq in Leipzig, De
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