Dienstag, 15. Januar 2013

Trapez 138 - Stone Owl - Chemtrails EP

Trapez 138

Artist: Stone Owl
Title: Chemtrails EP
Release date: 14th January 2013

We have been in contact with Detroit’s Stone Owl for quite some time now introduced by our Trapez artist Deepchild. So now we are set for a release of the two original tracks: "Chemtrails" and "Dim Mak".  
Jake Greba and Eric Novak are Stone Owl and have been making music their entire life. 
They have been involved in touring and playing live as well as Djing all over Detroit (Eric Novak and Jake Greba spent many years touring with separate bands - Jacob as a turntablist, percussionist and horn player, while Eric played primarily bass and synths) as well as being vivid record collectors with numerous visits to Detroit’s record shop Recordtime and recently started to put things together with a release on Thoughtless music which got great feedback from Richie Hawtin.
Stone Owl’s two tracks might come as a surprise to Trapez listeners who know the more recent releases of the label, though going back in time a bit, the label has released a broad range of techno and so it seems natural to open up for these two classy tracks. "Chemtrails" is a heavy bass driven airy dub techno coloured melodic piece of techno that reflects their position as musicians involved with various genres of music not only techno. 
You can hardly pigeonhole this track, since it is a genre crossing track... as timeless as a good day spent at the Lake District or a stroll along the seaside. The track expresses a free spirit and does this convincingly... this is just music with a lot of soul.
On the other side there is the second track "Dim Mak". 
Is this a sound track for the city of Detroit? 
For anyone who has read about the city and knows about the music scene there, the haunting melodies, guitar chords expressing loneliness and ghost town spirits... could as well be this. Whatever it stands for... we are sure the city has had a great influence on their music as Stone  Owl themselves have always expressed.
The remixes on Trapez come from Audio Injection, Andy Toth, Van Bonn, Justin James and AMyn.
Track 3 comes with a remix of Audio Injection aka Truncate. This highly respected American producer from California has a long history of producing raw techno. His heavy techno interpretation can be regarded as being part of a long tradition of American techno including originators like Detroit’s Robert Hood, constructing a special feel through repetition and layering of sounds in combination with a simplicity and understatement that also generates the magic in his remix of "Chemtrails".
Track 4 features Andy Toth’s remix of "Chemtrails". His career started with the Detroit Grand Pubahs, who he is a founding member of. His remix shows his top production skills and his open mindedness for music in general as he produces various styles such as hip-hop, Rn’B as well what is expressed by the term as electronic music. His remix for Trapez incorporates elements of disco house, hip-hop, and adds up to a funky version of what used to be called muzak. This could be a fine tune/remix for all of us who like Metro Area stuff.
Trapez artist Van Bonn has remixed "Dim Mak" in his unique blend of electronica and dub-techno involving a fine acoustic quality still keeping the rougher side of techno.
Justin James who has recorded for M_nus and Sci Tek and more, has also remixed "Dim Mak". His remix could be compared to that of Andy Toth in terms of coolness but is certainly more in a niche with techno and has its mesmerizing surreal moments making it so special.
AMyn has recorded for the American label Mothership and various other labels and has created a a wide and spherical West Coast, dubbed- out track with wonderful melodies that could have been released also on our electronica label Zaubernuss, home of Empyrean and Jessy Somfay. 

Traum V159 - Mononoid - Parallel To The Radius

Traum V159

Artist: Mononoid
Title: Parallel To The Radius
Release date: 7th January 2013

Mononoid are back with their third EP for Traum.
Starting with "Parallel To The Radius" this track can be described as the deepest ands sweetest one of their brand new 4-track EP. The track unites ancient ideas of melodies from the late sixties with ideas we come across in techno and chill out music today.
The track is more than a wonderful blend, it really defies genres in a big way and avoids clichés. If we were to compare the feeling of it and just the feeling not the production or the sound generating synth we would say it contains the sadness and the elfin like character of White Noise’s music on their first album "An Electric Storm".
Whoever has followed our music for the last 15 years will notice that this comparison pops up here and then, since this album from 1969 is one of our favourites way back from the 90ies when we discovered it. 
Mononoid more than 40 years later have managed to capture that kind of psychedelica in their music. Sure not intentionally, but improvisation and likings for the grotesque and obscure the duo is known for must have lead to a similar feeling. Exceptionally brilliant we think.
"Two Terms" begins rather in contrast to "Parallel To The Radius" machine like and without a proper introduction. Step by step the track mutations to a "song" with an experimental edge. Wailing sounds, noise, feedbacks… drum rolls with an acoustic character, reverse sounds... -the facet of Mononoid is sheer unlimited not unlike some passages in "Parallel To The Radius".
"Grom Morg" is much less warped and psychedelic as the first two tracks... this one is right on (at least in the beginning)... an acid track with a lot of disco feeling when the arpeggiator gets it going. A light hearted track with nice transcendental passages towards the end. Hypnotic and a steady groover.
"FuseBox" might be the most light-hearted one in the pack. This track kicks off with a jolly bongo playing and a massive bassline which drops in converting the track into a hybrid of techno and post trance. Maybe there is a bit of a Perry & Rhodan in it, granted. This track is a repetitive techno one digging deep without a pause, relentless and uncompromising.
Zonderling who have remixed "Protoplasm" for Mononoid on their debut EP Traum V150 definitely have again made things worth while with their remix of "Two Terms". Zonderling pull rabbits out of hats as if it were nothing. Their remix really pulls down knee sox. Focusing on the intensity of the drums, construction and reduction, manipulation and deconstruction of sounds, not forgetting the break down... this completes the package nicely with what we would call simply a devastating mammoth techno stormer!
Logiztik Sounds is a new face appearing on Traum who has taken on the flag ship of this release, "Parallel To The Radius" for his interpretation. He’s gracefully pulled it onto an exciting uncharted territory full of picturesque and colourful melodies. His remix is a tripped out journey down the path of melodic progressions, riding perfectly on a bed of punchy, attitude filled beats.