T.O.P. Reviews: //Forthcoming//EOMAC – Reconnect [ETXLP001]

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Eomac is coming back with a brand new album. Ian Mc Donnell appears to be  an endless source of creativity and inspiration. This time he releases on his own label Eotrax the album Reconnect. Each track is  a statement against the fast impersonal rhythms we pray for and  against the consumerism which governs us. Each track is a spiritual  exorcism of the subordination of our own intuition to the materialistic world we live in.  It is a desperate  cry for help, a prayer for  our salvation. The regression to our roots and the cathartic  ecstasy, deriving from this voodoo-like dance, will bring us closer to our lost human senses and insight. The sound is deep and  primitive flowing from  our collective subconscious, embraced by heavy beats, dressed up with animistic melodies. Eomac’s forthcoming release is the internal scream of our  nature:  RECONNECT with our own real self.

Release date: April 27th, 2018

The album contains the below tracks:

A1 Lower Your Gaze
A2 Ready To Die
A3 Language Has Failed Us
A4 Fall, Rise
A5 Other People’s Fears
A6 Resist All Dogma

B1 Cry Of The Planet
B2 Denounce Everything
B3 Transmutation, Redemption, Forgiveness
B4 Being, Not Object
B5 Earth And Sky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.O.P. Interview: Abyss X (Halcyon Veil, Danse Noire)

 

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She first enchanted us with her Mouthed EP on Halcyon Veil, released in 2016. Now the Greek dark artist/performer comes back  with a forthcoming emotive album on the Swiss Danse Noire. A lyrical journey full of emotions and abyssal, chaotic  waves. Her Lyrical Waxing is something like a manifestation of archetypes and deep rooted human expressions. An exploration of the  psyche. This is an interview with Abyss X for Tales of Psychofonia.

T.O.P. : Why Abyss?

Abyss X: Abyss is like a vacuum and a doorway at the same time. I believe there’s also a lack of Abyss as a Goddess in ancient Greek mythology, a fact that proves its fierce nature.

T.O.P.: How would you describe your journey into the music?

Abyss X: It feels like an accidental encounter.

 T.O.P.: What are these elements that most influence your work? Is there anything particular that fires your creativity and imagination?

Cyclothymia, intense emotional states, beauty and nature.

T.O.P.: Who is your favourite artist for this period?

Abyss X: My favourite artists have been the same ever since I remember exploring the vast sea of music. I would say Velvet Acid Christ really expanded my sonic perception ever since I was in my early teens.

T.O.P.: What’s the story behind the “Lyrical Waxing album and the Danse Noire collaboration?

Abyss X: The label initially reached out to inquire for a remix for one of their artists’ forthcoming release. As I don’t really do remixes, they suggested we collaborated on a release. I so happened to have the material so we initiated the process right away.

T.O.P.: Do you have any plans for the near future?

Abyss X: I’d like to bring back my performance, theatre and dance work so I will try to focus a bit more on developping projects of this nature.

T.O.P.: Which record/tune would you recommend as a tale of psychofonia, a tale to heal the mind?

Abyss X: I think my EP ‘Mouthed’ is very much about that.

photography: Kostis Fokas and NSFW 

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T.O.P. five charts of 2017

Tales of Psychofonia asks 5 artists about their top 5 favourite records of 2017 and the result is quality. We wish you Happy New Year!

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Dimette (Thrènes, CH)  has a particularly special approach to her blend of electronic music. As a music collector, she has always been passionate about analog warmth and great fidelity sounds, which she contributes to not only as a performer but also as a record label co-founder with Threnes records. Dimette’s music bridges the gaps between various underground currents, including techno, dark, abstract, experimental techno and more. The result is a lush, organic and textural blend of atmospheres and beats with a rhythmic melancholic feel. Her top 5 beauties for 2017 are:

  1. Belief Defect- Decadent Yet Depraved- Raster
  2. Restive Plaggona- Silently Hopelessly- Thrènes
  3. Pact Infernal-Infernality- Horo
  4. Kangding Ray-Hyper Opal Mantis- Stroboscopic Artefacts
  5. Tzusing-東方不敗- L.I.E.S

 

 

https://www.threnes.com/

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Mora/Beyond/ (Urban Legend, ES) is an artist from Seville with a long career as a DJ and producer, with a special presence in the Barcelona, London and Berlin underground scenes. By 2012, he started his personal project under his new AKA /beyond/, which consolidates after his debut “Now I See There’s Light /beyond / Darkness”, a vinyl 12 “ EP released by his own label Urban Legend Record Label. Mora shares with us his 5-star records for this year:

  1. Rainbow Mirror/ Prurient- Profound Lore Records
  2. Bastet/ LCC-Editions Mego
  3. Hungry For Candy/ Florian Kupfer- Valcrond Video
  4. Weightless/ Jasss-iDeal Recordings
  5. Wakati/ Unknown Cultures- Urban Legend

 

 

http://www.urbanlegendrl.com/beyond

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Fonemi

Fonemi ( Blackwater, IT) is Vito Santoro, an Italian writer, novelist and producer. Santoro juxtaposes the passion for crime stories with electronic music, thinking his music as a soundtrack for his novels. His style blends ambient music, experimentalism and ethnic suggestions. Earlier in the year, T.O.P. had published a wicked mix by him which shows the quality of his music and selection. Fonemi’s favourite records for 2017 are:

  1. Gas – Narkopop- Kompakt
  2. Caterina Barbieri – Patterns of Consciousness- Important Records
  3. Shackleton & Vengeance Tenfold – Sferic Ghost Transmits- Honest Jon’s Records
  4. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async- Milan
  5. Forest Swords – Compassion-ZEN

 

https://www.facebook.com/Fonemi/

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Catoune (DE) is the collaboration between Cathy Daniëls and Andrea Cichecki. Cathy and Andrea have been soul sisters for many years and shared the same dedication to music. Catoune consists of performing DJ sets as a duo, always responding to and embracing each other’s music and vibe while playing B2B. This drives their performance to very energetic and diverse heights, never shying away from the very depths of their record bags. And this collaboration is only the start of more goodness to come.
As 2018 will see the birth of a new connoisseur’s record label… so stay tuned. They picked up for us their top 5 records for 2017, in no specific order:

  1. Jan Jelinek – Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records -Faitiche
  2. Various artist – Thoughts from Chicago Volume 4. -Eargasmic
  3. FP-Oner – Arigato- Mule music
  4. Vakula – B – Bandura
  5. Galsher Lustwerk – Tape 22- White Material repress

 

https://www.facebook.com/Catounemusic/

https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/catoune

Next Event: 2 february PROZAC at ://about blank, Berlin https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1052494

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Helena Markos (Tales of Psychofonia, UK) is the woman behind Tales of Psychofonia, our Bristol based music web. More about Helena on talesofpsychofonia.com. For this year she highlighted:

  1. Ashtrejinkins – Fruit In Failure EP (APRON34)
  2. Reeko- La Mala Educacion- Avian
  3. Midori Takada-Through the Looking Glass- We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records
  4.  Fonemi- Cosmopolis – Blackwater
  5. Addremove- Clean Slate- Thrènes

 

 

 

T.O.P. records: Cave Walls (Part One) by Rhyw

This was the debut of Rhyw aka Alex Tsiridis of Cassegrain on Shifted’s Avian. The record has been released in July 2017. 

The EP consists of 5 tunes and it is a complete concept of electronic landscapes. From drony sounds and stretched experimental noise patterns to powerful slow/ driving techno beats. The record justifies its title “Cave Walls” through its last track” Aversion Two” which gradually cultivates an audio sensation of a claustrophobic cave.

1.Aversion to Memory
2.Vixen for Society
3.Iroquois
4.Sylvan
5.Aversion Two 03:49

Buy on Boomkat

Bandcamp: https://avianstore.bandcamp.com/album/cave-walls-part-one

T.O.P. records: MODEL 500 No UFO’s Remixes (Moodymann Remix)


Model 500 aka Juan Atkins is back on Metroplex with the reissue of his  No UFO’s featuring exclusive Moodymann and Luciano remixes.  A dancefloor smasher for passionate dancers. The album in its original form was first released in 1985 by the master of Detroit Techno. Pure Detroit waves driving us to a sexy body/mindblowing state. A teasing atmosphere for classy tech-warriors. T.O.P. recommended.

Tracks included:
1. No UFO’s (Vocal) (Original Mix)
2. No UFO’s (Inst) (Original Mix)
3. No UFO’s (Vocal) (Moodymann Remix)
4. No UFO’s (Vocal) (Luciano Remix

Buy on:https://boomkat.com/products/no-ufo-s-remixes

T.O.P. records: Addremove- Clean Slate EP (Thrènes)

“Clean Slate is the first release from Addremove on Swiss label Thrènes. There isn’t a lot to say about Addremove himself or herself as he/she prefers to keep their identity unrevealed, at least for the moment, so let’s concentrate on the music.”

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We have been waiting for this release since the debut Thrènes album “Atheos” by Rotkeller. With their second release, Addremove, a mysterious dynamic and polymorphic project is landing on our turntables and it is definitely one of our T.O.P. records for 2017.

The special guest JK Flesh presents his own version of the Addremove’s “Crie“, managing to enchant the most demanding listeners, leading them to a daring mind dance and wandering. 

An EP soundtrack for a dystopic reality curated by the super promising, sophisticated Swiss label. Not to be missed.

Tracks featured on the EP:

A1. Letter From Police
A2. When They Fall From The Sky
A3. Postal
B1. Crie
B2. Lurk
B3. Crie (JK FLESH Remix)

source:  https://www.threnes.com/releases/addremove/

T.O.P. records: Ebi-Zen (Space Teddy,DE)

One of our favourite musicians is Susumu Yokota aka Ebi and today we recommend his album “Zen”. A blending of ambient and acid aesthetics and rhythms turning into a masterpiece released on the German Space Teddy label, in 1994.  This is an exceptional example of his genius, talent and progressive mind. Zen stands proudly alongside other little diamonds that Susumu Yokota has left behind, all scattered across the world of good electronic music.