“Masquerades is as fresh as a daisy and yet comes from a time when masks were not yet primarily perceived as life-saving protection against novel viruses. The EP actually approaches the topic from a completely different angle: the everyday play with roles, expectations and the escape from exactly those, e.g. the urge to dive into nameless anonymity. Our long-time companion Tim Susa negotiates the topic through five tracks, which are very down-to-earth and straightforward in a very traditional and authentic way. Whereas his production is as digital as it gets, all tracks feel analogue and get comfortable in the most diverse of sets. While ‘Swan’ floats in dreamy dub techno spheres, ‘Dentist’ and the title track ‘Masquerade’ remind in parts of Cobblestone Jazz-epics like ‘India in me’. ‘Owl’ waves enthusiastically to Gez Varley’s G-Man project lurking in the distance and ‘N?’ gives free rein to its playfulness, while the Kernel Existence remix of ‘Masquerade’ comes across as very dark yet functional. As different as the tracks may seem at first glance, there is an honest and deep techno sound underneath the multi-faceted surfaces, which inspires without any superfluous gimmicks.”
“The Doctrina Natura’s project was born at the end of 2017, with the need of experiment with instructive, organic, hypnotic music, a sound intimately linked to nature. Ambient, experimental, slow techno rhythms and the influence of ethnic sounds, is what best captures this project.
This album represents fantasy and mythology through sound. Reading a book is imagining stories through words. In music, those words are transformed into sounds; this is a story to be told through the sounds.”
1. The Sinister Never Deceives 04:01
2. Dutch Polder Techno 05:53
3. Vamparch 05:49
4. Your Life Goals Are Slowly Slipping Away 04:33
5. Color Techno For You and Me 05:33
6. We Shampoo Your Dreams 04:09
7. Arcade Breeze (Living in the Rain) 05:08
8. Dune is a Great Movie No Matter What People Say 04:38
9. Buying ZIPdisks in Memphis 03:56
10. Where You Want to Go 05:52
11. In the Dominion of Melchezedik 06:05
12. Acing the Test 04:18
“A collection of moments from the past translated into spontaneous live recorded tracks.
Most of the titles get inspiration from the invisible, like emotions, thoughts and music, things that are able to shape the world also if it’s something we cannot see.”
“Twelve years after their first compilation of this series, Digital Diamonds presents Digital Family Vol. 8. Carefully crafted track by track it walks the listener through an enchanted forest within the progressive realm of the eighth dimension. You’ll be entirely enthralled by its intelligent diversity and illustrious energy, while it showcases the true Digital Diamonds essence and the label’s solid footing in the psy-techno world.”
“Lamont Kohner once again graces our catalog with NIGHTLY, another two-track single of oil-slicked techno chug and abandoned factory-floor bass. Backed with CHROMATOSE, these two cuts once again assert that Kohner has the hands of an old master, dominating a dancefloor while remaining just elusive enough to continually reveal hidden peaks and valleys inside the wash of low end and nightlife neon. NIGHTLY recalls a bit of Rhythm & Sound / Main Street classic dub thump before getting impatient and riding some cymbal over a slo-mo house kick and clap. CHROMATOSE spaces out the space even more, with a distant woodblock that could just as easily be heard through a wet drain coming up from a standpipe, and chords doubling the claps that remind us a little of classic Kompakt schaffel and Speicher barnburners. Just a drop on the tongue, you wouldn’t dare take any more of this into your system.”
“It’s with great pleasure that after one year of silence Ekar records is now presenting a truly eclectic music collection. A compilation that consolidates old collaborations and open the doors to the new ones. A mix of talented artists but above all, beautiful people who do what they do out of love and not out of duty, feeling the freedom to express themselves as they see fit. With this free download compilation Ekar records also renews the goal of spreading creativity and passion without limiting the enjoyment to specific audiences, especially based on monetary reasons. Not a product, but music. Music by individuals for individuals and not for the masses, leaving to the user the freedom and the power to support the label and the artists as they like, based on what the music was worth to them.
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“The Abyss Within Us is an audio/visual project composed by Italian musicians Claudio Porceddu and Stefano Ferrari with the visual contribution by Italian cinematographer Daniele Giuseppe Bornino. The Abyss Within Us first release is a live studio sessions recorded during the winter 2017 in Berlin. Analogue drums and synthesizers, guitar and fx’s, moving images.”
“Creator of Techno and Experimental Music with an intuitive and analogue character. Deeply inspired by the surrealist movement, obscure symbolism and ritualistic incantations, his music seeks to invoke hidden, impossible images and bring to light the indecipherable messages buried in the unconscious.
Coming from a background which involves both early contact with more somber forms of musical expression as well as involvement and education in the world of art, his process and approach to electronic music seeks to overcome conventional boundaries of the genre and handle the musical material akin to the ideas of urrealism.
These concepts manifests themselves through an array of analog and digital, modular and conventional electronic instruments. Mateo has been focusing on heavily improvised live performances, in which shifting polyrhythmic material is fused with otherworldy, strange melodies, ritualistic drumwork and dronelike, shimmering athmospheric soundscapes.”