T.O.P. Podcast series: ((Cave)) Recordings(US)

Devoted to the cassette music world, ((Cave)) recordings directly  from San Francisco are coming  to inspire us with a unique mix, reminding us the first days of the good electronic sound. A mix as per our humble opinion very closed to Klaus Schulze’s aesthetics. A great sample of what these two guys are doing.

Dedicated to lo-fi, entropic sounds, Rob Thurtle and Ben Seevers have been putting out editions of handmade cassettes as ((Cave)) Recordings for over five years. The operation began primarily to release the recordings of friends and local San Francisco Bay Area projects. Over the years, the label has become a growing network of international artists working in experimental sound.

This is a mix entirely comprised of tapes pulled from Rob’s tape vault and is dedicated to the vibrant DIY cassette scene.

Experimental, dreamy and abstract melodies from another dimension, coming together,  holding our mind as a new born baby.

We thank you guys for the excellent communication with us and this amazing mix that we are really proud to share on T.O.P. An absolute “tale of psychofonia”.

                                                                                                                             

Playlist:

artist          tape label
Coutie Tree                 >>> forthcoming ((Cave))
Les Halles Invisible Cities   Constellation Tatsu
RAGS Belief in an Order of Meaning ((Cave))
Softlight Reveries Midnight, Glide Through Your Fears Scott’s Cloud
Angel 1 FY Lillerne Tapes
Sleep Fern Curtilage Ratio Self-released
Ahnnu        Battered Sphinx NNA Tapes
Ray Phase Tropic Montello Fish Rotifer
Mahjoop >>> forthcoming ((Cave))
Masayuki Imanishi Cycle A Giant Fern
Olli Aarni Pohjoisen Kesa Jozik
Sunny Dunes              >>> forthcoming ((Cave))
Brainworlds Solar Plexus               Sonic Meditations
Paul Hares >>> forthcoming ((Cave))
(Visible) Cloaks s/t Sun Ark
Ahnnu                          Battered Sphinx NNA Tapes
Dolphin Tears Jazz Cameo                Mini Ballet
The Ether Staircase    Adjunct Prefect ((Cave))

Lobster Theremin’s tales: Ozel AB – Crimes EP

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Lobster Theremin is coming to surprise with the Crimes EP one more time.

Ozel AB with his debut album on the british label is showing to us an analog centred record with house music made for dark dance floors travelling from deep heavy bass and raw techno to dirty deep house with sexy female and male vocals, ready for the even most demanding ears. Experiment this feeling with:

Sidestep To Your Left

Digital Natives

Karim Bey

La Busqueda (Fatwhitehands Mix)

The record is avalaible on redeyerecords: http://www.redeyerecords.co.uk

T.O.P. Podcast series: IRON BLU (UK)

We are glad to present our  new podcast for tales of psychofonia by IRON BLU, the man behind Flight Recorder label and broadcaster on our favourite Intergalactic FM, with his Radio Oscillations every Monday and Magic Waves New Castle on the first Sunday of  the month. Some of his releases as producer can be found on Biotech, Out of Bounds and Plastic Fantastic.

A trip deep into the space of electronic music oscillating between electro, krautrock, dark wave and detroit with vintage sprinkles. A progressive, slow and eclectic journey reflecting definitely IRON BlU’s broad selection and knowledge about music. A different, bizarre tale exclusively for T.O.P., for advanced music lovers.

T.O.P. Podcast series: Sasha Prana (Russia)

The story of this girl started early 00’s when she bought the first vinyl record “Underground Resistance – The Final Frontier.” One year later when she collected some vinyl records she made a decision to bought a couple of technics 1210 – and everything started by this… After that she decided to go deep into the world of electronic music.

Her dj sets is like a journey into bizarre personal space. It’s usually long and include all genres of electronic music – from ambient, abstract, noise, dusty dub to sexy acid and early sound of detroit techno. There’s no restrictions ! One rule is “no rules”. The most important things about music are strong, hard, raw, ideological. As a musician she makes all kinds of techno music using a lot of analogue hardware and synthesizers.

Sasha Prana makes a T.O.P. podcast for us and brings us a magical set of harmonious flow and incredible acid atmoshere. A journey progressively getting higher. A marriage of classy techno and sexy acid as a journey that reflects Sashas’s unique collection, her influences and her absolute love to the analog sound. This Russian lady knows how to keep us  warm in the cold winter nights, with her dj sets. She rocks!

Thank you Sasha!

T.O.P. Podcast series: Proto Sites [ podcast & interview ] (Slovakia)

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Tonight’s podcast is coming to accompany the already  few months old vinyl release on Proto Sites. The 12” Red A Sites with Lobster Theremin’s, Imre Kiss and Exitab’s Casi Cada Minuto aka Slavo Herman giving us  the definition of the contemorary avant garde techno, abstract and raw electronica leading us to an hypnotic dreamy state without almost any effort. We luckily found Proto Sites and made first contact with them just before their debut  vinyl release in December 2014.

We were attracted by their tape releases and we immediately thought ” this must released on vinyl” Indeed, one month later the 12”  record was reality and  Juraj from the label was more than happy to make this  set for T.O.P. After listening this  podcast and the  A Sites’s tracks we certainly know that waiting two months for this post was absolutely  worth it.

One of the most harmonic, exquisite and modern sounds represented by a very promising label with very carefull steps and collaborations and stylish artworks. Proto Sites is a classy underground label with more upcoming tales as they have  just announced their  forthcoming 12″  by  S Olbricht whose tune is  included in the podcast for T.O.P.

Along with the Special set we are happy to share Proto Sites interview to us.They talk about their analog music background in a romantic way, about the warmth of the sound on tapes and how is perceived by them. They share some amazing records with us and they describe the vinyl as “real historical documentation“. We loved that, but we better let them speak about themselves.

1.Who are you?    

We are Proto Sites, a newly launched record label dedicated to electrified sounds and electronic music in wide sense of the term. Be it hyper resolution techno deconstructions, dubby modular based psychedelia or soft noisy electro-acoustics we like to see how these  worlds reacts to each other, if they do we keep them together. We are trying to create a focused catalogue which could hopefully age into one long playlist of things.

2. Well, let us know your tale. How did Proto Sites come into being? 

Proto Sites grew from a few impulses but mainly because of huge amounts of great music recently coming from central to eastern Europe and further. There are some interesting, ever evolving small scenes which kind of know about each other but don’t really communicate that much even though they have a lot in common. Hopefully we can add to changing this.

3. How would you describe in one phrase the music on your label?

“Doing the garden, digging the weeds, who could ask for more? Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m sixty-four?”

4. Tell us some of your influences

I guess it is the usual story: music, the labels I love, people around me… But sometimes the greatest influence could be being locked away from all the influences at least for few days.

5.Why tapes?

Looking on it from the perspective of sound and production the tapes are a very practical medium for some of the tunes which fit the gritty, analog warmth of the medium. Its got a great anti-industry history background to it and if you know which releases would fit and if you have the right equipment for dubbing and listening then the final output can be often more pleasant and characterful than high quality digital formats. Its an artefact too, its nice to have something to touch, to return to, to not to lose in the endless flow of digital libraries or streaming accounts. There is definitely more than just some nostalgic notion behind this, although I have to admit that this element also plays a certain role as you would expect from generation growing up with their own DIY cassette radio shows. Also I like the idea of the medium dissolving, getting old and worn out which kind of goes for vinyl as well. It somehow feels more alive.  We have recently released our debut vinyl release from Imre Kiss and Casi Cada Minuto. Our next EP from Budapest based S Olbricht its gonna be on vinyl too so its more about vinyls currently and hopefully it’ll stay that way. Though there will be some tapes again in the future as well.

6. Psychofonia is a neurophysiologic music therapy in migraine. What records would you choose to apply this method as to treat the mind?

In order of apparence:

Recent Evol’s live show

Ancient Methods- Seventh Seal

Death Grips – Exmilitary

Keiji Haino, Stephen O’Malley,

Oren Ambrachi – Live Greg Fox and

ZS live NHK Koyxen – Dance Classics vol. 1. – 3.

7. How is your relationship with the vinyl?

A very warm one. In this time of ever decreasing attention spans its better than ever to get some vinyl out – to listen to it as its originally intended, from the start to the finish. To dedicate your whole headspace to it. I love vinyl as a physical object; real historical documentation, and of course there are other more pragmatic aspects to it. I can’t think about releasing music purely as digital. In the digital world there are many reasons for vinyl to thrive like this, though someone should better invest into the new pressing plant gear asap otherwise the line for new pressing enquiries is gonna be longer than the Berghain queue on a Friday night.

8. How would you describe T.O.P. in one word?

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Thank you Proto Sites, we will be looking for more Proto tales by you!

More about Exitab, Proto Sites on: https://protosites.bandcamp.com/ exitab.org http://exitab.tumblr.com/praxis facebook.com/exitab

Buy on:http://kristinarecords.com/shop/proto-sites/a-sites/