T.O.P. Podcast Series: IAKOVOS (GR)

Tales of Psychofonia welcomes its  first guest  for 2016.  IAKOVOS, is a  dj and producer from Thessaloniki, Greece. He is member of Deemonlover and Anopolis. Iakovos participated in RBMA back when it was in Toronto. Since then a long journey has started for him.

Having a rich selection of records, this set is just a little sample of what his music is really about. Currently based in Copenhagen, he is sending us some mind exalting  techno vibes. His contribution to the electronic scene of his city has been important and he is  associated to avant guard electronic sounds. His  mix for T.O.P.  is more than special as it is mainly consisted of his own music productions and it is reflecting his unique style.

You will enjoy techno at its own best moment, plenty of deep sensations, mind wandering for discerning listeners. Iakovos manages to elevate techno to what it really is.. His fine aesthetics in music along with his powerful  mixing is magnetising us gradually introducing us to a deep state of mind, creating mental adventures.

His music clear, steady, classy although creepy and dirty. Dubby moods and 90s space beats dropped at the right moment. Without realising you will find yourself overwhelmed by the groove and mesmerised by some wonderfully mystical dreamy pads. Both his selection and his mixing will never let you down.


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T.O.P. Records: James Place – Living On Suspicion (Umor Rex Records)

Time to start the year with an audio delight for the mind, Living on Suspicion is fantastic limited catch on Umor Rex.

Recorded from up high in the skyline of Manhattan James Place had quite a view and sense of space when sculpting this album.

You can hear through the album, the sense of trying to escape from the dark moody underbelly of the city yet having the compelling urge to dive back into the terrors that are hiding within.

Each piece had a great balance of being light with very well treated haunting sounds of the city, as if he is capturing forgotten souls floating amongst the maze concrete high-rising city concrete.  But through this hazy cloud, shining beacons of synth tones break through thanks to some cracking old hardware. A Casio SK-1,  an E-mu SP 1200 and the TR 606 no less!

There is a thick air of understated tension and drama in the opening tracks of “Another Mourning in America” and “High Rise (Rainier)

Then skewed playful happy textures tingle the mind emerge from ‘Overcast and burned” and the delightfully loopy “Lyra’s Grin” while “Simmered and Brewed” is broodingly euphoric!

Living on Superstition is Certainly a captivating tale for city minds wanting to listen to something more supernatural!

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