T.O.P. reviews: Gens LP – Answer Code Request (Ostgut Ton)

Listening to this album the words vanish and the power of the music overtakes them. Cinematographic idyllic waves in a post techno era. A retrospective exploration of modern electronic sound without limits. Answer Code Request, real name Patrick Gräser, Berghain’s resident, is a pioneer of the scene who keeps evolving as a powerful but steady avalanche. Berlinesque broken beats and melodies at their best. A break from the monotonous 4/4 techno, a lulling storytelling when the nights is dark and our minds bright. What is noteworthy about Gens is that manages an astounding balance between contemporary exquisite sound and retro 90’s -inspired rave vibes. Marked as TOP  favourite. Released in February on Ostgut Ton.

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T.O.P. Interview:Antonio Marini aka Healing Force Project (IT)

Healing Force Project is the dynamic alias of Antonio Marini, an Italian dexterous producer with astounding releases on labels such as Bedouin, Berceuse Heroique, Wicked Bass, On Board Music,Acido, Sequencias, Eerie, Eclipse Musica and Firecracker. His refined, well-made sound and his jazzy and  experimentalist finesse gives us first-rate tunes. A serious, knowledgeable and low-profile musician whose attitude is admiring.  We are very pleased to include this interview on our Tales of Psychofonia.

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T.O.P. Podcast series: Resonant Coil (IT)

Our 38th podcast is a precious mix made by Resonant Coil (Retina.it) an Italian artist  with a very refined taste in music. This mix is an elegant blend of high quality ambient, experimental and noise sounds. You will experience high quality cinematographic soundscapes mixed with hazy atmospheres, which will impress even the most demanding listener. Big room electronic music and insightful vibes for those who seek emotions and intense experiences through music.
Resonant Coil is the moniker of Nicola Buono, who started his dj career in the 90’s but he later decided to dedicate his interests to live music and production. Co-founder of Retina.it together with Lino monaco, he has been active since 2000 with several live shows in different festivals (Sonar, Boom, Neapolis etc) and he has also released with labels such as Hefty Records, Semantica, Substrato, Glacial Movements, Flatemate,etc. Nicola has shared many other projects with Lino Monaco, The Ne-21 (Domestica Rec.2013 , She Lost Control 2017) R2p (Midgard Rec. 2017, with PRG/M and Ruigh) Brood (Hefty Records 2008 with John Hughes) Resina (Mousikelab 2003, with Marco Messina) Qmen (Design music 1997, Primate Rec. 1998, Conform Rec. 1999, with Rino Cerrone. DIY lover. He builds up his own acoustic and electronic instruments, such as modular synth, noise box, efx. He prefers darker sounds, floating between dub, evocative ethnic music, with some noise and industrial elements.

Some of his remarkable collaborations are:
Störung Festival Ensemble, Celen (student ensemble of music accademy “Cimarosa” Avellino (IT) with whom HD gave birth to a perfomance based on the music of Carlo Gesualdo and Pierre Schaffer. more collaborations : Svreca, Donato Dozzy, Gianluca Becuzzi, Red Sector A, Dadub, Giorgio li Calzi, and more…).

Playlist:
Heidseck – Lake
Constantine – Divide
Francisco Lopez – ‘Sonic Seeds’ (Subsidence Collective mutation)
Mika Vainio – Muisto Palaa Selittämättömästi = A Memory Returning
Belief Defect- No Hope No Fear
Kotra – Magicicada Cycle Opened
Resonant Coil – Pragmatic Mouse
Matter – Exsolution
Retina.it/Plaster – Sybilla
vÄäristymä – Vieras
Yves de Mey – Mika
Sturqen – Metrologia
Plaster – Blade
Max Durante – Can’t Rain Every Day
Robert Rich – Spectre of Lost Light

T.O.P. Reviews: Luna verde / القمر ا خضر by Wara´ (ES)

Wará is the moniker of Fran Mora from Barcelona. Through this project the listener experiences Mora’s internal wandering and his encounter with his own Arabic routes.  A multicultural reflection of Arabic sounds and aesthetics with a strong dark attitude. This album is like a statement. A proof that when the music comes out of personal journeys, spiritual and mental growth is pure quality. It has a definite impact on the listener and it does not leave you indifferent. All the tunes sound like a prayer echoing across the streets of the  ¨state¨ of Raval, one of the most eccentric, multicultural, colourful and underground neighbourhood in Barcelona, full of Arabic markets and barber shops where life is happening and different smells and stories influence the artist.  For those who lived in the city it is  well obvious how  this is reflected on Luna Verde.

A complete piece of heavy industrial and dark raw electronica released on Fran Mora’s record label Urban Legend.

The EP contains the below tracks:

A1- Dahi Bhalle / داي باجي

A2 – Albahr al’ahmar / البحر ا حمر

B1 – Najam aishamal / نجم الشمال

B2 – Umar shirazee / عمر شيرازي

 

Support the artist and buy the record:

https://urbanlegendrl.bandcamp.com/album/luna-verde

T.O.P. Interview: MEAT Recordings (AT)

 

T.O.P. has always been supported people with strong attitude around music and life. When these two things are combined miracles can happen. For that reason, T.O.P. travels to Austria to meet Matt Mor, Gerald VDH and Specific Objects, the guys behind Meat Recordings. Passionate about techno and  dedicated to their MEAT Market parties in the city of Vienna, they dare the next step by creating their own record label. Their bizarre, raw and provoking aesthetics and non conventional attitude are ready to shake both dancefloors and our minds. They talked to us about their releases, the scene and the strong political and social meaning behind anything they do.

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