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Alex Smoke presents his new album as Wraetlic

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by E.N.

alex smoke wraetlicAlex Smoke presents Wraetlic.

The old saying goes:‘love hurts’. But more and more we find that life hurts more.
Standing in dynamic tension at the centre of these two abstract forces we rediscover Alex Smoke.
Eight years after he emerged as one of the most sophisticated, deft and musical producers operating in techno he’s returned from an agonized hiatus with his darkest, most complex and haunted work to date.
Adopting the spectral nom-de-guerre of Wraetlic (meaning “Wraith-like” in Anglo Saxon) Smoke has condensed all his pain of existence, the heartache of failed relationships with the hollow and mundane modern pressure to find ‘success’ in order to infiltrate our thoughts with music from another place.

The eponymously titled ‘Wraetlic’ is a descent. Obsessively processed percussion mingles with paranoid and dehumanized drones. It’s warped and claustrophobic; almost subterranean, fighting for air but refusing to break cover.And through the darkness we begin to hear him sing once more, a reminder of the melancholic majesty evident on classics such as ‘I Never Want To See You Again’ – yet here the listeners are plunged into an introspection that traverses frustration, sadness and anger to inhabit a carcass like structure where he is alone with the raw emotions that drive him.
He’s a man that thrives upon this melancholia, as he probes: “I’m fascinated by the sense of separation between ourselves and society,’ explains the usually furtive producer ‘and a sense that it doesn’t represent us … there’s also a more personal strand to do with my own relationships.”

Tracks such as ‘Refrain’ seethe with frustration at our inability as a society to improve collectively, despite elevating levels of education. It even ironically samples G.W. Bush’s words that called for peace as the US attached Iraq on March 20th, 2003:“I’m looking around and we have everything’ he sighs ‘just so much. But we’re lacking some basic things in our modern society which means we’re never going to be satisfied no matter how high our standard of living is. Money is the only thing our culture puts much value on. “

Artist Alex Smoke
Title Wraetlic
Label Convex Industries
Cat.No CONVEXLP002
Release Date 04-Feb-2013
Format CD
Release Date 10inch 17-Dec-2012
Cat No CONVEX005

Tracklist Album
1.Anothering
2.Scunner
3.PintleGrist
4.There Without
5.Refrain
6.Skinflint
7.Hymn To The Departed
8.The Dearth
9.Better The Devil
10.Rats
11.The Watchful Eye
12.Scunner [Jon Convex's Deconstructed Mix]
13.Better The Devil [DBridge's Advocate Mix]
14.Rats [SCB Edit]

And whilst he rages at the riches in society,‘Wraetlic’ is a record that was defined by absence.Aside from the three albums (Incommunicado, Paranolia and Lux) there was the relentless remixing for Steve Reich, Depeche Mode, Junior Boys, Funk D’Void and Jay Haze as well as a global audience to sate. On top of this he’d pushed on to score classical pieces for The Scottish Ensemble including a dark rendition of ‘Faust’.

But in delivering all this work Smoke paid a heavy physical price that would bizarrely inform this new work: “The last couple of years have been annoyingly marred by health issues’ he confesses ‘I couldn’t work nearly as much as I’d normally like. I had composed Faust but had then had a long time not being able to write much, so when I could work again I suddenly felt a new lease of life, a feeling which I hadn’t had since my early days. I think the time away from working probably did me good in hindsight.”

Now we are confronted with Alex Smoke’s most deviant, uncompromising and raw expression yet. Listen to ‘Dearth’ and hear him challenge the listener to confront who they truly are. Or travel through ‘Scunner’ and ‘Anothering’ to find a narrative about escape and the pent up realities of relationships.“Wraetlic’ is Smoke’s most fleshy, seething and livid work ever. Its life served on an uncomfortable bed that screams nocturnal pathways, yet has its eyes angled at the far off stars.
Listen hard; you may hear your own neurotic murmurs and twitches closer than you think.

Watergate 08-Lee Curtiss

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2011 by E.N.

Only 9 years after its official opening, Watergate has become one of the world’s most prominent underground electronic music institutions. In no small part due to its picturesque location running directly alongside the river Spree, its wall to wall LED dance floor installa- tion and most of all, its consistent flow of first-rate international talent performing every week.

Watergate’s presence and influence has spawned many side projects including a boutique- style Mix CD series now in its 8th volume. A who’s who of the club’s regular talent and resident artists such as Sascha Funke, Sebo K, dOP, Ellen Allien and others have all contributed to the aesthetically pleasing series, now regarded as collector’s items.

For the eight installment in our mix series, we bridge the gap between two global capitals of techno: Berlin, and Detroit, home of Lee Curtiss who delivers a forward-thinking mix, inspired by time spent living in both cities. Lee is one of a new generation of techno visionar- ies from the Motor City, that includes his Visionquest collaborators Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves and Seth Troxler, who are putting their own unique spin on their city’s most famous underground musical export. Based between Detroit and Berlin for the last four years, Lee has a fundamental grasp of what makes both dancefloors at Watergate tick, and this enduring love and understanding of the space clearly shines through in his mix. Building on the raw soul and funk of those who have blazed a trail before him, on both sides of the Atlantic, Lee brings his own subtle melodies and keen sense of dramatic tension to the fore in a mix that encompasses all that is vibrant and exciting about underground techno in 2011.

Artist: Lee Curtiss
Title: Watergate 08
Release Date: 04-Jul-2011
Record Label: Watergate
Tracklist
01. Lee Curtiss – Drivin’ / Jazzler aka Dixie Yure – Beth & The Gamma Ray’s Fields – Flumo
02. No Regular Play – Walking (Next To Me) (Shaun Reeves Remix) – No.19 Music
03. Maceo Plex – Fallin’ (live cut) – Visionquest
04. Footprintz – The Things That Last Forever (Lee Curtiss Feets Up Edit) – Visionquest
05. Guy Gerber – Hate Love (Maayan Nidam Remix) – Supplemental Facts
06. Maceo Plex – Your Style – Crosstown Rebels
07. dOP – After Party (Le Loup Remix) – Life And Death
08. Footprintz – The Favorite Game (Lee Curtiss Feets Still Up Edit) – Visionquest
09. Alex Smoke – Make My Day (Ryan Crosson Morning Sorrow Remix) – Soma
10. dOP – Your Sex – Supplemental Facts
11. Whomadewho – Every Minute Alone (Tale Of Us Remix) – Life And Death
12. James Teej – Daytime Ringer – Supernature
13. Hot Natured feat. Ali Love – Forward Motion – Hot Creations
14. Kim Ann Foxman – What You Need – Mr.INTL Records

Alex Smoke hospitalized for collapsed lung

Posted in News with tags , , , , on November 23, 2010 by E.N.

The Scottish producer is undergoing surgery in Melbourne and has called off the rest of his Australian tour.
Smoke was hospitalized for a collapsed lung following a gig in Melbourne this past weekend.
Read the rest of the story over on “Resident Advisor

Alex Smoke – Don’t See The Point / Henrik Schwarz Remix

Download: FACT mix 139 – Alex Smoke

Posted in Dj Mix, Dub Step, Electronic, Podcast, Tech House, Techno with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 9, 2010 by E.N.


Download: FACT mix 139 – Alex Smoke
(Available for seven days)

Tracklist:
Alex Smoke – Ikos (Hum+Haw)
Autechre – R Ess (Warp)
Zomby – Test Me For A Reason (Hyperdub)
Shackleton – (No More) Negative Thoughts (Perlon)
EPY – Hannah (Pomelo)
The Seducers – Unavoidable Infiltrators (Cytown)
Deadbeat/Fenin – Teach The Devil’s Son (Echochord Colour)
Levon Vincent – Double Jointed Sex Freak Pt 2 (Novel)
Claro Intelecto – New Life (Modern Love)
Brinkmann – Lucky Hands (Max Ernst)
Steve Poindexter – Maniac (Area’s Lost Meaning Version) (Mathematics)
Fever Ray – Seven (Marcel Dettmann Remix) (Rabid)
Lory D – Street Vision (Rephlex)
MMM – Nous Sommes (MMM)
Actress – Paint, Straw And Bubbles (Zomby Remix) (Honest Jons)
Floating Points – K&G Beat (Planet Mu)

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