Let's quit the year with some favorite stuff ...
collapsing market is all about bringing romantism back into a technocratic world dominated by industrial and monetary symbols. cyrus goberville & louis vial, the two brains behind the excellent parisian label, curated some exclusive playlists for us. recently, a lost work by iranian composer morteza hannaneh surfaced – until now it had only existed on a tape of a radio teheran session. the release is more of a peripheral phenomenon, but it still reflects the idiosyncratic aesthetics of the contemporary label.
entire volumes could be written about the output of the label vinyl on demand. the roughly 150 re-releases of obscure, long-forgotten material—mostly located somewhere between experimental, minimal, and early-80s noise—each has its own story. here a mere two of our favorites briefly are introduced.
ikebana is the japanese art of flower arranging. the arrangements are designed to bring nature into living spaces while at the same time representing the cosmic order. in a project inspired by this art form, musicians and djs bring together their favorite records. last year, the series was available as a limited poster with a download code. among the featured artists were lyria (stopmakingsense), lexx (phantom island), and morgan cuinet (hands in the dark).
the london-based foom imprint reissued a hidden classic with unheard versions from the sublime condo title.
our friends from the hamburg-berlin-based label sky walking published sollmann and gürtler's "gegen die zeit" improvisation. On september 11th, 2015 the audience of the stunning “rotor” concert series witnessed the first live appearance of john Gürtler and phillip sollmann underneath a highway bridge in offenbach, germany.
the antwerp imprint jj funhouse reissued a unknown classic by the minimal composer gust de meyer.
on the outskirts of september is the latest contribution by the hamburg-based musician and bureau B member daniel jahn. he has picked some of his current favorites from the label catalog.
after the stunning release «five rhythm works» in 2016, the japanese label em records issued a mini-compilation containing three from scratch interpretations by japanese group goat, berlin based don’t dj and japanese utena kobayashi group.
if you're interested in electro-acoustic and obscure sounds you should consider paying a visit to oor records in zurich and ask for anna frei. anna, one of seven enthusiasts running this very specialized place, is definitely the right person to guide you. talking ain't your thing? then look out for her alias fred hystère and let her stunning polyrhythmic dj sets do the talking. either way it's already an adventurous journey to read anna’s liner notes about her current favorites.
europe by night is the gripping and intoxicating debut album by stockholm, sweden based metro riders (real name henrik stelzer) and the first release on newly minted contemporary global imprint possible motive. employing outdated software and now obsolete analogue recording equipment, metro riders conjures a suspenseful and gloomy, true to the era re-imagining of lost sounds.
"grandi successi" is a project by angelo sindaco and maurizio carli moretti with guests like raime drummer valentina magaletti, soft moon matteo vallicelli, impro-avant combo starfuckers, jonathan clancy (singer with his clancyness) plus contemporary artist claudio corsello and writer-performer emidio clementi.
into the light brings out a splendid assemblage of 17 tracks of mostly previously unheard material by athens based composer akis daoutis (akis) most of them recorded in his hometown and in usa where he was studying in the mid-eighties.
tonight will be fine is a band project by abdeslam hammouda and julius steinhoff. their debut lp „elephant island“ which was released on toshiya kawasaki's mule musiq, is a uncanny journey to some mysterious and lonesome places. while working on their second album, abdeslam & julius created a podcast for fromheretillnow called „nyc travel diaries“. the mix drifts away from the sandbank and berth straight into the frantic harbor of new york. the gaps are filled with field recordings of city street scenes, airports around the world, trippy trainrides through the netherlands and many other sound companions collected along the way. all songs are written and produced by abdeslam & julius, played with various acoustic instruments, percussions, bells and chimes.
great work by the french collectors dj sundae (who run the brilliant idle press & hollie imprints) and julien dechery. a deep sentimental journey into obscure folk and art pop. rereleased by noise in my head offshoot efficient space. sky girl is also represented in our end of the affair: favorites 2016 list.
sweet post-punk, with a heartfelt reggae/funk influence, analog dub effects and lovely femme-vox. a unique slice of late-70s/early-80s goodness, starring brenda ray, whose previous release on em records, walatta, has been embraced by a large number of listeners. recorded in north west england, d'ya hear me! is warm-hearted, open, fresh and slyly experimental.
our video mixtape for the swiss-based print magazine zweikommasieben. a meteroit strikes and transforms the world into a surreal place. gigantic windmills collapse. everything works. a journey into unknown corners. featuring music by a new line (related), jan jelinek & masayoshi fujita, hanno leichtmann, filthy huns, 1991, sun circles, bitchin bajas, slow attack ensamble, yves tumor, christoph de babalon. don't sleep...dream!