Tracks: May 28th, 2018

The run of exciting show announcements we’ve been detailing on the podcast just keeps on going, with the unveiling of a reprise of Clan of Xymox’s North American tour. Ten more dates are on the docket in the fall, focusing on the west coast and including Vancouver! Regardless of the ups and downs of the band’s latter era work, their early catalog remains an unimpeachable force in the ongoing history of darkwave, as we recently discussed in our commentary for Medusa. Despite our grizzled fossilgoth statuses, neither of us have ever caught Xymox live, and them passing through our city during what we’ve dubbed the Year of Darkwave is most fortuitous. On with this week’s Tracks!

Schwefelgelb: Cumulously disruptive.

Caustic Grip, “Burn feat. Veronica Sawyer”
Tip of the hat to Michael from Chrome Corpse for the hot lead on new Australian electro-industrial act Caustic Grip, who just compiled several previously released tracks into a single release via Bandcamp. The project’s name certainly displays one of their major influences, but we’re getting some pretty serious 90s dark electro in the mix on these songs as well. We’re especially enjoying some of the choices in percussion sounds used on “Burn”, adding some interesting flavour to a track that built around space and mood.

Collide, “Winter Kills”
Did you ever check out our commentary on Collide’s classic 90s darkwave/triphop release Chasing the Ghost? One of the things we talked about on it was how perfectly kaRin and Statik can do torchy when they feel like it, and boy howdy did they feel like it when they decided to cover Yaz’s “Winter Kills” for new remix/b-sides/covers release Mind & Matter, the companion to last year’s Color of Nothing. Production and performance are on point as they always are with Collide, serving you a blast of frosty torchsong realness just in time for summer.

Daniel B. Prothese, “Hoheren ebene”
The new solo record from Daniel B shows just how far afield the interests of 242’s members lie. It’d be difficult to find something more removed from what’s come to be recognized as 242’s home turf than the bright and melodic fields of pastoral synths which make up this, the opening track on his new HollEKtroKraut​​/​​HellEctroKraut LP. While the “Kraut” in the title is certainly earned, with loving homages to Schulze and Neu! abounding, we’re not so sure about the “Holle” part; pieces like this one sound utterly heavenly.

Altstadt Echo, “Exhumed I.III”
Some dark and chilly techno from right out of Detroit courtesy of producer Altstadt Echo. With an equal amount of the funerary dust connoted by this EP’s graveside art and a light swing to the beats, the Exhumed Tapes release is present without ever becoming oppressive. Should appeal to fans of Lorn and mid-period Haujobb alike.

Schwefelgelb, “Fokus (SARIN Remix)”
Two of the shining lights of the current club-based EBM movement come together for a dancefloor slayer. The definitive element of Schwefelgelb’s recent productions has been the bounce they put into their rubbery bassline, which makes for a hell of a starting point for SARIN’s aggressive take on technofied EBM. Released on a 12″ by Khemia Records (the other side of the release is a track by Blind Delon remixed by HIV+), it’s another testament to two modern body acts that are on top of the proverbial game right now.

Donna Haringwey, “Lester’s Goodbye”
More great lo-fi electronics from Germany’s Smashing Tapes. British producer Toni Quiroga offers grimy, echoing, and mean tunes which draw upon minimal wave, EBM, and power electronics. We’re not entirely sure of the connection between a scraping blast of violence like this and the brilliant theorist from whom the project takes its name, but she can certainly add this to her CV in terms of cyberpunk cred alongside the Ghost In The Shell 2 shout-out. “Staying With The Trouble”, indeed.

Tracks: November 13th, 2012

Morning, gang. A schism’s emerged in the ID:UD senior staff, what with johnny-come-lately Alex being able to glut himself upon all of the Skyrim DLC available on XBOX, while I, who risked deadlines and endangered his relationship for the sake of ridding vaults of draugr and fashioning ever more deadly ebony bows for nearly a full year, am left out in the cold with my vanilla PS3 version. The console wars are smouldering embers, always ready to leap into flame at the slightest provocation, so why must you pour gasoline on them and set brother against brother, Bethesda? That said, we were able to put aside our petty grievances to help recreate the party from Hackers on Saturday, so that was pretty cool. To business…

M‡яc▲ll▲, “Şpєcįєs oғ Gяoєsqưєrұ (TΛNZ DΛNZΞ mix by Sleepless Nights)”
As you might’ve noticed if you follow our Twitter and FB activities, the 16-track remix companion to V▲LH▲LL & M‡яc▲ll▲’s Għøsŧs of Λnŧįquįŧұ split is now available on Bandcamp by donation, and we can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s chock-a-block full of great mixes by the likes of C/Δ/T, BLVCK CEILING, ∆AIMON, DEATHAUS, DSX, and plenty more. I’m especially fond of the exclusive original track from M‡яc▲ll▲ and Darkforce Compex, as well as this pulsing, bleepy stomper, but the whole kaboodle’s well worth yr time, bandwidth, and a few clinks in the tip jar.

Kafka, “Trial”
Urceus Exit mainmain and all-around Vancouver synth whiz Richard Duggan unveiled a new side project just a scant few days ago. So far he’s made three lengthy excursions into the nooks and crannies of techno far beyond my book-learnin’, but I’m digging the insistent, darkly plodding beat of this tune which escorts Josef K to the quarry.

Spatial Relation, “Dissociative Females”
The Nashville minimal synth duo return with a somewhat easier-to-swallow tune than the last one we discussed, but don’t let the simplicity of the beat fool you, there’s plenty of eerie synth weirdness and darkly suave gloss in this bit. A name to start keeping tabs on, for certain.
dissociative females by Spatial Relation

Tired Arms, “Party Rings Footage”
A friend of the site tipped me off to this new British duo who’ve released an EP of nocturnal, pretty downtempo tunes that have a shimmering vein of post-rock to them. Their EP should appeal if you dig Displacer, Mend, or Sepalcure’s more sedate moements.

Daniel B. Prothèse, “SSymme3”
Alfa Matrix has issued the second of its 4.4U digital EPs showcasing new material from its signees, much of which is exclusive. In addition to pieces from Metroland, Aesthetiche, and Mentallo & The Fixer, there’s a new work by the legendary Daniel B, though not under the Nothing But Noise imprint which we spoke to him about. Just the second track to ever appear under the Prothèse name, this is a wildly experimental but furious sawtooth assault which really does seem to pick up where Front 242’s Pulse left off. I am really hoping this isn’t a one-off: I’d go buck wild for a full LP of this stuff.

Terminal Gods, Lessons In Fire
Terminal Gods: breaking faces and winning hearts. I was jazzed to see a fellow Vancouverite rocking one of their tees at a recent trad goth club night I spun at, and even more excited to see “Electric Eyes” murder the floor and prompt a flood of “who was that?”s afterward. Anyway, their second 7″ has been sitting mighty fine with me for the past couple of weeks, and they’ve just released a vid for the chugging, almost crooning A-side. If you haven’t yet, catch up on their previous stuff and get on board with the new because this night train isn’t making any stops once it picks up steam.