tOtALcULt’s Psyche Hop EP began life as a series of collaborations with three MCs from across the globe. However, a hectic schedule of “pounding 40s”, “blowing trees”, and “keeping it real” meant the international vocalists had no time to actually record any vocals.
So, here is a collection of instrumental tracks which sees spacey melodies sparkling over rolling hip-hop beats while elements of slo-mo disco and psychedelic rock drift in and out of focus.
Download it and prepare to venture where no rapper has dared to spit.
The Croydon Library Project was born one cold, wet and windy January or February lunchtime in 2001. I had popped into the library just to get out of the rain and cold. At the time I was working on a music project called ‘Amalgamation’, so I had a pad and pen with me all the time to jot down words and ideas. So, there I was and this kind of paranoia came over me, all dark and spooky and almost subconsciously I wrote down 4 nonsensical lines of “poetry”. The original intention was just one track, but it seemed to me there was more mileage in the thing, so I punted the recorded vox and some of the sounds from the original track to some other electronic music makers on Electomancer.com … and the project grew from there. Over the course of 2-3 years around 20 new versions (most of which are here) were created in a variety of styles, I set up a webpage and put together this compilation, which has stayed locked in the vaults …until NOW!!
Beginnings of stories are often familiar in formula; we are introduced to characters, places, and, of course, scenarios in turn. It’s when the cogs begin to revolve that we are led astray by the narrative into the unfamiliar. In this way, MAELSTRÖM sounds, in places, very much like previous chapters in the story of KATARRHAKTES. It’s dense, distinctly electronic in design, and has the duality of abrasiveness coupled with frailty that one might associate with the name. However, the era of KALI YUGA has ended. KATARRHAKES is back, and is louder than ever, with a new rawness, and an edge as keen as the sting of a Black Widow’s bite. To be listened to at none other than the highest volumes.
download: bandcamp | archive.org
The concept/theme that underpins the sonics of “computer music” are the sounds of the C64 and the (almost) final death throws of Fudgedubnofunk’s laptop. The tunes here amalgamate all the various styles and sounds from Fudgedubnofunk’s previous musical exploriments. So, there’s something for everyone (who likes techno, breakbeat, dnb, ambient, glitch, drones and general weirdness at least!)
A second release for 2nd Mouse following the hugely popular Full Of Earth And Stars, so expect hugely entertaining beeps, bleeps, beats, squelches and sqwonks. Is sqwonks a word? It is now. 2nd Mouse’s mastery of synthery sees him bringing pretty much every VST Synthesizer to the table in a fantastic blow out of danceable tune-ageddon.
Limb-Bow, is an occassional moniker, of Ireland based Jerome McCormick. This EP was originally released as a 4 track in late 2004. The song “Grounded”, was remixed by Norwegian label Digicoustic, for their compilation “Digicoustic Sounds”. This exclusive Fwonk* release, contains a bonus track, which was recorded around the same era, in early 2005. All tracks were recorded on a 16 track hard disk recorder, because at the time, Jerome was still a little bit afraid of computers.
The concept: Take a dictaphone into work and record the chatter of people sitting around you and on the phone, chop the recordings up, chuck into a Reason melting pot along with drones, noises, beats, beeps, bleeps, synths and other splurges, give the resulting tunes suitably techie work related titles … and hey-presto you have the new album by Fudgedubnofunk!
Errorhythm’s first release is a culmination of the last 2 or 3 years of their live sets and bedroom noodlings. Mostly what they describe as “the more successful” of their experiments in both working on electronic music, and also of working together. Bohemian in terms of genre – but made cohesive in general feel and mood – it dabbles in dubstep, industrial and lo-fi electronica, but all clearly stamped with their unique style.
This EP is an excellent display of their versatility, both in songwriting and production. A good mix of party tracks and “listen to on the bus to make you feel better when surrounded by arseholes” tracks.