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T.O.P. Podcast series: D’Jones (GR)

Today’s guest is D’ Jones, a Greek, London-based, dj and producer. Throughout the years he managed to expand his taste and he got influenced by the best names in the scene. He is also a member of the Silk group which threw out some good parties in the city, and D’Jones had  also the chance to share decks with some well-known artists such as Kreon and Alex Celler. Today, we present his long mix made for T.O.P., an interesting blending of melodic techno with some sprinkles of old-school acid, a set ideal for late hours wanderers.

Playlist:

TRAUMPRINZ – LET IT GO

CLOUDFACE – OTCHO

CASLAU – UNTITLED THEORIES

UNKNOWN ARTIST

BEN COHEN – MOMENTUM

UNFINISHED PORTRAITS – TRACK 4

INNERSPACE HALFLIFE – CROWN VIC

UNKNOWN ARTIST – UNTITLED

L NEILS – UNTITLED

FULBERT – PERNISIOUS PLANET

HISSMAN – HISS 1

UNKNOWN ARTIST – UNTITLED

SIMONCINO – IMAGES

CARDOPUSHER – INEQUALITY

BEN JENKINS – K3M

UNKNOWN ARTIST – UNTITLED

ANDREAS GEHM- TRACK 1

ETCHER – BIOMIMIK

CCO – LAYUP REMIX

UNFINISHED PORTRAITS – MEMORY LAKE

O XANDER – INTEGRITY & INTENSITY

T.O.P. Podcast series: Nocturne_(UK)

Having grown up in a family of classically trained musicians, Nocturne has been surrounded and fascinated by music from a young age, very early on sketching out primitive compositions on his grandad’s collection of keyboards; He bought his own set of decks with pocket money at the age of 12 and has dabbled with dj’ing on and off ever since, mostly playing house parties and putting out his own mix series without playing out professionally yet. His influences are disparate and wide-ranging but geography plays a key-part in the forming of what could be called his ‘sound’. Having grown up near Bristol and lived in Manchester for the past 7 years, has been influenced by both cities which are renowned for producing artists with a sense of the experimental, dis-regarding genre-purism and with a streak of the melancholy in their music.

“As a result, whilst it has become somewhat of a cliche in itself to say you have a style that’s hard to pin down, I would say that although genre and tempo are unimportant to me I tend to be drawn to music with a dark and anxious mood, that sits on the leftfield of what is expected and generally has an experimental streak. I admire DJ’s and producers such as Objekt, Call Super and Ben UFO; guys that disregard the idea that you should fit comfortably within a pigeonhole and have played a unique role in pushing forward the expectations of how a ‘techno’ set and track should sound. I am also inspired by the connection of the visual and aural and am drawn to labels, parties and artists with a strong aesthetic concept behind their work, something which I have tried to capture by producing the artwork for my mix series.”

We are excited to present this compelling, eccentric and powerful mix for Tales of Psychofonia. Our first podcast for 2017!ENJOY!

Tracklist

Acteurs – Dusk Disappearing [Public Information]
Eszaid – Florence Rey [Collapsing Market]
Positive Centre – Disappearing Trick [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
Karen Gwyer – Judd Drums [Public Information]
Daniele Ciullini – Marbles In The Garden [Ecstatic]
Villa Åbo – Syndrome Beautiful [Noise in My Head]
Amato – The Labyrinth [Cititrax]
ADMX-71 – Anxious Solitude [L.I.E.S.]
Solid Blake – Burns [brokntoys]
Future-Past – Nebula Variation [Applied Rhythmic Technology]
N1L – Sleep Arcitecture [UIQ]
Yves De Mey – Partical Match [Sandwell District]
Lumisokea – Dotted [Opal Tapes]
Cassegrain – Hexagon Fifteen [Prologue]
Bruce – In Line [Hemlock]
Batu – Murmur [Timedance]
YPY – Mass [Where To Now?]
Inga Mauer – Silences [shtum]
Joy Orbison – Waldorf Widow [Toss Portal]
Kilner – Otto Morph [Avian]
Abdullah Rashim – Proceeding to Infinity [Northern Electronics]
Arcing Seas – Amniotic [Our Circula Sound]
Rrose – Specimen 3 [Infrastructure New York]
Pessimist – Pagans [Osiris]
Pessimist – Orphic [Blackest Ever Black]
Turinn – Ovum [Modern Love]
DJ Stingray – Hypoalgesia [Presto!?]
Nebulo – Offgrid [Phinery]

Forthcoming T.O.P. records:Sciahri. Devotion SUBT101 – SUBT102 – SUBT103

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Sublunar is the new label founded by Sciahri and Dagdrom. The label sound focuses on deep and hypnotic textural techno and will represent the owners’ specific taste for both club effective techno as well as more experimental excursions. Each release is limited and hand-numbered.

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Sciahri

Their first output is a three 12″ Ep’s trilogy called ‘Devotion’ by one of the two owners Sciahri, the Florence based Dj and producer who has just released his second EP on Ilian Tape. As Sciahri somehow tries to create worlds and environments, the first chapter of this trilogy ‘Devotion – part 1′ represents the start of the journey, entering a dimension that is abstract yet solid and physical, full of vividly distinguishable details. The air is dense but there’s room to breathe and to let one’s body and mind engage with the narrative that develops over the course of the three tracks.
Devotion – Part 2 is the continuum of the journey into Sciahri’s dimension. The atmosphere here is as thick as it is unsettling. Leading the way, a dry, chunky aural flow that begins with ‘Shelter’ and then rarefies, taking a more angular yet diffused pattern with ‘Contortion’. The ending ‘Lineage’ then throws us in a mass of fog, a state of uncertainty where only hints of a beat are given.
The third part is the final stage of the journey into the author’s sonic environment. The pace is initially fast and energetic, with ‘Anathema’ and ‘Prostration’ exploring different areas of the frequency spectrum through mysterious yet functional techno arrangements, which then lead us to the closing track of this whole excursion, ‘Critical Devotion’, a slow-motion uplifting anthem that brings us back to the surface.

Written by, Recorded by, Producer – Sciahri
Executive Producer – Dagdrom
Mastered by – Andrea Merlini
℗ & © Sublunar 2017 – (w) & (p) by Sciahri
Distribution: http://distribution.triplevision.nl/
Cat. No. SUBT101 – SUBT102 – SUBT103 – all rights reserved.

T.O.P. records:Koichi Shimizu– “Wholetone EP” [HTN002]

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We have the honour to announce the forthcoming Holotone EP by the magician of electronic sounds, Koichi Shimizu. Holotone comes back dynamically with “Wholetone EP” A piece of astonishing quality, style and sound. The master behind it Koichi Shimizu is

” ….a peculiar case. A sound engineer and composer born in Japan, studied in New York City and based in Bangkok. His scope outranges the usual radar, spanning film, installations, concerts, music production – In Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film “Syndromes and a Century”, for which Shimizu did the sound design, there is a particular passage called “Black Hole”. Shimizu and his partner in crime Yn/Federico Nitti (among others things visual artist for Inner8 and Shapednoise) deliver with the EP’s 3rd track “FK” a phantasmagoric stream, ever falling ever morphing, changing without ceasing, there is no essential difference between passing from one state to another and persisting in the same state. We would think that if there is heterogeneity, there has to be juxtaposition. But, in qualitative multiplicities, there is heterogeneity and no juxtaposition. The track, recorded as an improvisation, manifests in intuitive knowledge. Intuition then consists in entering into the thing, rather than going around it from the outside, the concept of play, a strategy without finality, what might be called blind tactics, the unity of chance and necessity in calculations without end. 

Koichi Shimizu’s contribution to the Holotone Catalogue N°2 sounds like journeys from a ticket that exploded. Self organizing bodies without organs laying the blueprint for a soft machine spreading and fizzling towards available spaces or trickling downwards towards new spaces through fissures and gaps, eroding what is in its way. Drawing the tonal line from a cube to a tesseract, entering the Holotone realm.” (Mélanie l’Heuremaudit).

Oriens gradually arrives with its ritualistic veil and its technoid steps like from an  undiscovered planet. Spacey beats, subtle distortions melting our minds somewhere  in the middle of the dark room then a sprinkling all over our bodies with drops of teasing synths and sophisticated keys.

Rumble is a cheeky slow tune. Like a child walking around  carefree without real purpose trying sounds and keys until the moment that starts evolving, steadily turning into a mature electronic sound.

Wholetone plays with the words and gives a Whole paradigm for the modern electronic music sound. A blissfull melody with its experimental hint and its smashing base. This is the last track for the EP which will be released soon on  Daniele Antezza’s record label Holotone. A prologue that will keep us with suspense for the next little diamond.