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A Primitive Evolution (A.P.E.) – Becoming (October 5, Metropolis Records)

The Toronto-based band A Primitive Evolution (A.P.E.) will be releasing their Metropolis Records debut on October 5th with ‘Becoming‘ their third actual album.

Out of the primordial soup comes A Primitive Evolution. (A.P.E.)

Given the gift of sentience, they are here to create a constantly evolving soundtrack to our world using their brand of dark electronic metal.

They are now undergoing their next mutation with the production of their latest album Becoming. Recorded at their self-built Desolation Studios in Toronto, ON the album features collaborations with writer/producer Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and Audio Engineer Kenny Luong (Metric).

The band has partnered with Metropolis Records to unleash “Becoming” unto the world.

Known to be raw and visceral with soul and beauty A Primitive Evolution is best consumed live and/or at extremely loud volumes.

With featured inclusion in films such as “Chastity Bites” and “Suck” their music has also been used on the television shows “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” and the cartoon network series “Stoked.”

In 2015 the band receive the award for “Best Rock Band” from the Toronto Independent Music Awards and since then has been working tirelessly on their new album.

The band has done countless tours, showcases for prestigious festivals such as Indie Week, NXNE and Canadian Music Week and received praise from industry stalwarts Alan Cross and George Strombolopolous quickly proving not only A Primitive Evolution’s calibre but also their vast appeal, one may say that “fun” is virtually inevitable with A.P.E.

Pulling together a complex array of influences including Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Tool, The Prodigy, Ministry, Radiohead, Alice in Chains, Vivaldi, Guns n’ Roses and more, A.P.E.’s rhythm-based attack blurs the lines of rock, electronica and all aspects between.

Creation is evolution” waxes Carruthers ponderously. “That’s what I figure we’re trying to say with A Primitive Evolution. As evolved as we think we are as humans or animals, we are very much at the beginning of the evolution of mankind. We have so much to learn and yet so much has changed in the last hundred years. We have a long way to go as a species. We want our band to reflect that too, showing our raw emotions, doing it out of instinct and evolving naturally; not overthinking, just having some fun existing on this planet.”

A Primitive Evolution line up:

Omegabrett—Vocals and Guitar

Misayo—Bass and Vocals

Stu Dead—Drums

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2018 in Electronic, Heavy Metal

 

Rude Audio – Rude Redux (Zirkus Records 8 October 2018)

London’s Rude Audio announce ‘Rude Redux’ EP, preview first single ‘To The Sun’

Rude Audio are proud to announce their new ‘Rude Redux’ EP, slated for release on October 8 through Zirkus Records. Featuring five tracks, this new release sees the band refine their trademark sound, and fusing their love of woozy dub with throbbing electronics. Here, house music, flecked with Arab and Indian vibes, also shamelessly cavorts with dub.

Ahead of this release, Rude Audio present the lead track ‘To The Sun’, complete with a new virtual reality-inspired video, directed by Ali Ingle. This week, Andrew Weatherall also just premiered two tracks from the new EP on his radio show.

Rude Audio is a South London-based collective with a history of putting on fantastic underground parties, releasing the occasional dubby Balearic opus, engineering for the disparate likes of Paul Weller, Lemon Jelly and Royal Blood and generally mooching about anywhere that doesn’t have bouncers or operate a dress code.

The core of the collective are Mark Ratcliff (whose releases have been played by the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Laurent Garnier, Kris Needs, Don Letts, Graeme Park and Rob de Bank, as well as BBC Radio 6’s Nemone and Gideon Coe), Owain Lloyd (mixing engineer for everyone from Oakenfold and Weller to Niall Horan) and Dave [The Rave] Brennan (ex The End recordings and key player at tech house dons’ label, Bombis).

The EP represents a progression from Rude Audio’s latest ‘Rudest’ EP. More hooks, more chug, and more Middle Eastern and Indian influences, while retaining an underlying commitment to the dubby end of the spectrum. Inspired by the more open-minded dancefloors proliferating in south and east London, where world music might brush up against techno, dub and indie dance, the ‘Rude Redux’ EP operates between 108 and 120 BPM – fast enough to dance to, slow enough to let the music breathe.

Inspired by the new, eclectic, lower BPM spirit found on more discerning south and east London dancefloors in recent years, the ‘Rude Redux’ EP has allowed Rude Audio to bury into its abiding love of dub, leftfield house and middle eastern sounds and weld everything to a chunky four-to-the-floor anchor.

The Rude Audio sound takes dub and house as its starting point and heads out into analogue electronic waters, where the chuggy, Balearic spirit of early 90s progressive house meets its more modern, low slung counterpart – think A Love From Outer Space, indie dance and nu disco.

“Whenever we are producing and getting excited by our output, we always insist that things sound as good as early Future Sound Of London singles and remixes. More broadly, we continue to be inspired by the more open and eclectic dancefloors of the early 90s and their spiritual counterparts today. Long may the Balearic spirit continue to resonate,” says Mark Ratcliff.

This EP includes a remix by Rich Lane, one of the best underground remixers and producers in the UK electronic music. His tunes are spun by all the key players in the new Balaeric scene – Andrew Weatherall, Sean Johnson, Daniel Avery and Logan Fisher. His sound has spread across dancefloors such as A Love From Outer Space with some of his recent remixes already considered classics.

“Rich Lane’s remix of ‘Steady State‘ is our favourite remix of the last 5 years, and his remix of our own ‘To The Half Moon’ is right up there alongside it, in our humble opinion,” says Ratcliff.

Rude Audio continue their residency at Flaxonptootch in Kentish Town, London, the first Thursday of every month, where art shows mutate into parties later in the evening. He is joined by an extra special guest this September.

Rude Audio will host a launch party for the EP in mid-October supported by some special guests, more detail to follow.

TRACK LIST
1. To The Sun
2. To The Half Moon
3. Rumble on Arab St
4. Pipeline Screaming
5. To The Half Moon (Rich Lane remix)

CREDITS
‘To The Sun’, ‘To The Half Moon’ and ‘Rumble on Arab St’ – written by Mark Ratcliff and Owain Lloyd
‘Pipeline Screaming’ – written by Mark Ratcliff
‘To The Half Moon remix’ – remix by Rich Lane
Produced and arranged by Mark Ratcliff
Mixed by Owain Lloyd
Engineered by Dave Brennan
Cover art by Ralph Dodd
Mastered by Chris at Blacklisted

Keep up with Rude Audio
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Posted by on August 24, 2018 in Electronic

 

Cocksure – Be Rich (Metropolis Records 7 September 2018)

Once again, Chris Connelly‘s howling bark meets Jason Novak‘s bone crushing rhythmic bite as Cocksure, bridging the gap between waxtrax! era industrial & futuristic sounds of mass corruption.

FROM DISCOGS: “Cocksure is a Revolting Cocks spin-off with long time Revolting Cocks/Ministry collaborator/composer/singer Christopher J. Connelly at the steer, together with Acumen Nation front man Jason C. Novak.”

Be Rich is Cocksure’s best – an amorous, amoral nod to the duos pasts in Revolting Cocks & Acumen Nation, irreverently, vehemently crotch-punched into the cutting edge of today’s underground industrial.

You can pre-order it from: Bandcamp

Find them on Facebook HERE

I found this interview they gave about a year ago on Loop Magazine…

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2018 in Electronic

 

Swoone – Handcuffed Heart (Saint Marie Records, 17th August 2018)

The darkly sophisticated London duo Swoone, result of the unique combination of seductive vocals from Siobhan de Maré (Mono, Violet Indiana) and captivating music by Gary Bruce, is set to release debut album Handcuffed Heart via Saint Marie Records.

Siobhan de Maré (daughter of Tony Meehan, drummer of the Shadows) with her former band Mono entered the UK charts reaching the Top 20, while track ‘Life In Mono‘ was used for the soundtrack of the film Great Expectations featuring Robert DeNiro and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Siobhan went on to form Violet Indiana with the likes of Robin Guthrie, former guitarist of Cocteau Twins.

Gary is a self-taught composer and producer; he has no musical training or knowledge, his keyboard has the notes written on them pencil and he slowly develops guitar chords from scratch!

Instead of using musical theory Gary painstakingly creates a musical landscape navigated by feelings alone.

It is this probing of the heart that produces music that is refreshingly genuine and instantly arresting.

This is an album brimming with genuine emotions, depth and heartbreaking beauty.

Every song is a film in miniature, from a classic thriller, to David Lynch to European cinema.

Think Portishead‘s homage to John Barry with touch of 60’s soul and Eno-esque colour.

Diverse influences include 90’s trip hop, The Carpenters, Billy Holiday, dub, The Ronettes, shoegaze, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Chris Isaac, Donny Hathaway, Al Green and Pink Floyd!

There is no following fashion here, just the love of feeling music deeply.

Cavernous guitars, swelling strings and super cool beats; on top of it, stunning melodies and poignant lyrics delivered by Siobhan’s beautiful voice populate a gorgeously rich and cinematic aural landscape.

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2018 in Electronic

 

Telelectrix – Embrace the Change (June 6, 2018)

Telelectrix is a Boston-based synthpop band founded by Steven Borek (songwriting, synths, electronic drums) in 2014, featuring Kate Lindsay (songwriting, synths), and vocalist Olea Nickitina.

With eclectic influences of modern electropop, prog rock, and 80s new wave, they have a full sound with complex layers of synths, electric and synth bass, with powerful vocals.

Telelectrix’s debut full length entitled “Embrace the Change” is to be released on June 6th.

The 9-track album features kinetic singles “Synthetic Fantasy” and “Something Golden” and tells a chronological story filled with uncertainty, heartbreak, escapism, and ultimately, hope.

The lush, layered synth production combined with heavy electronic beats & warm vocals draws influences from both decades past and current, creating a sound that is uniquely its own.

“Embrace the Change” follows up the “Move” EP released in 2016 with Vanyaland calling their sound “…melding dreamy new wave, ’90s European synthpop, and modern sounds into one catchy sonic cocktail.

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Posted by on June 4, 2018 in Electronic

 

Searmanas – Searmanas (Cleopatra Records 6 July 2018)

NYC-based electronic songstress Searmanas teases ‘Undo’ from debut album

 

Cleopatra Records has announced the forthcoming album release for NYC-based electronic artist Searmanas. Slated for release on July 6, her first full-length self-titled album covers a wide spectrum of the electronic music world, previewed by the stunning first single ‘Undo’.

Conceived in 2016, Searmanas is the solo project of electronic producer Niabi Aquena, her moniker derived from Gaelic and meaning “ceremony” or “ceremonial”. Originally hailing from the Shanandoah Valley in rural Virginia, Aquena has based her musical practice in New York City for almost two decades. A classically trained pianist and vocalist, her musical evolution has led her to experiment with electronic hardware.

Searmanas’ sound explores the role of ceremony within urban experience, resulting in severe, textured landscapes with touches of sparse vocals. Her wordless poetry ranges from industrial glitches to layered, oceanic progressions, all tied together by an aura of questioning and chaos. Her music is inspired by early Aphex Twin, Ryuichi Sakamoto, early Tori Amos, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Grouper, FKA Twigs and Fever Ray.

Searmanas has performed with the likes of John Bender, Hieroglyphic Being, Miho Hatori, and Mahogany. She is a member of Brooklyn-based media collective CHASM and regularly performs live in NYC and beyond.

“‘Undo’ Is a pause to the beginning before everything hurt. It is the release of the concept of time. It is the beginning of the process of healing,” explains Niabi Aquena. 
Searmanas ‘Undone’ is available as of May 4 through online stores and streaming platforms such as Spotify. while the her full debut album, to be released on July 6, is already available for pre-order via Bandcamp.
CREDITS
Album produced by Niabi Aquena, Searmanas
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio (NY)
Mix by Joshua Valleau at The Glass Wall (NY)
In dedication to Yemaya

Keep up with Searmanas
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud | Bandcamp | Spotify

Keep up with Cleopatra Records
Website | Facebook | Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram
 
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Posted by on May 5, 2018 in Electronic

 

Dirtmusic ‎– Bu Bir Ruya (Glitterbeat 28 January 2018)

There are so many artists and so many releases around us that I am missing lots of them. Luckily enough, I didn’t miss this one…

Dirtmusic is the project that Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts) and Hugo Race (Bad Seeds) founded in 2007.

Their fifth full length album Bu Bir Ruya (“This is a Dream” in Turkish) was recorded in Istanbul and came out in January.

Here they work as a trio with Turkish musician Murat Ertel from the psychedelic Turkish group Baba Zula.

The title of the album describes perfectly the whole thing.

With the opening track, Bi De Sen Soyle, starts a journey into a dreamworld of Eastern psychedelia.

Seven tracks of slow, mesmerizing rhythms, and guiding wispers, ethnic, electronic, and folk merged.

I have a special place in my collection, where I keep some my favorite “different” albums shuch as:
Bill Laswell ‎– Hashisheen : The End Of Law, Hector Zazou ‎– Sahara Blue, Brian Eno – David Byrne ‎– My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, David Sylvian – Gone to Earth, Bob Marley ‎– Dreams Of Freedom (Ambient Translations Of Bob Marley In Dub) and this is where I’ll put Dirtmusic ‎– Bu Bir Ruya.

Thanks guys, you gave us an excellent album.

Dirtmusic are hitting the road in a few weeks.

17.05. – BG – Sofia – Mixtape 5 / A-Side
18.05. – RS – Belgrade – Kulturni Centar Grad (w/ Igralom)
19.05. – RS – Novi Sad – Novosadsko Pozorište
21.05. – CR – Zagreb – Močvara
24.05. – SI – Piran – Druga Godba Festival
01.06. – MK – Skopje – OFFest
28.06. – PL – Lublin – Different Sounds
30.06 – IT – Florence – San Salvi
01.07 – IT – Pescara – IndieRocket Festival
18.07 – CZ – Ostrava – Colours of Ostrava

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2018 in Electronic, Psychedelic