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Mute announce the launch of a new label, Liberation Technologies

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2012 by dk


label: Liberation Technologies
artist: King Felix
title: EP 1 – Spring
date: 19th March 2012
format: 12″ / digital


Mute is proud to announce the launch of a brand new label, Liberation Technologies. Following on from Mute’s long tradition of working with innovative artists, Liberation Technologies plans to extend that freedom and vision. Within this remit the label will work with highly distinctive and pioneering electronic musicians, some established, some new.

Citing reference from Mute’s original and continuing statement of intent, the label exists to give space to and encourage artists to experiment and challenge themselves, anonymously if they choose.

Liberation Technologies is headed by A & R man Patrick O’Neill, whose list of associates previous to joining Mute include Actress, T++, Moritz Von Oswald, Joy Orbison, Darkstar and Zomby. As important as the music itself, will be statement design, a commitment to vinyl product and inventive methods of releasing each work. There are also plans to branch out into live happenings in 2012.

The first release on the new label will be the ‘Spring EP’ by King Felix, a producer from Ann Arbor, Michigan who lives in Brooklyn and has also released music as Laurel Halo. ‘Spring EP’ is released on download and vinyl on 19 March 2012.

Says Daniel Miller, “Electronic music is part of Mute’s DNA and history, and this label is the latest expression of that.”

About Mute
Mute was founded by Daniel Miller in 1978, and since then has signed and developed some of the world’s most influential recording artists – including Depeche Mode, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yazoo, Goldfrapp and Erasure – and become home to a crop of emerging talent and recent signings including Apparat and S.C.U.M.

Whilst maintaining a firmly eclectic roster, from the earliest days of The Normal, Fad Gadget and DAF through to the techno era with artists such as Plastikman / Richie Hawtin and Speedy J, and to the present day with hybrid electronic artists such as Yeasayer and Liars.

Mute also looks after a catalogue of seminal artists such as Can and Cabaret Voltaire.

Luciano – Vagabundos

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2012 by dk

Once more unto the breach, for Luciano and his merry band of Vagabundos: with yet another successful Ibiza season under his belt, and after taking the inimitable party on the road around Europe and the US, the Cadenza boss steps up for his first mix CD since his groundbreaking 2008 addition to the Fabric series. Much like the whole sensory idea behind the Vagabundos concept, which involves decadent dress-up, wild dancers cavorting in amongst the crowds and imaginative programming, Luciano usually thrives in a live setting where he can really work his epic fusion of peak-time organic house. On 2006’s vinyl-only ‘Sci.Fi Hi.Fi Vol.2’ he proved his mastery of minimal, which then evolved into the distinctive Cadenza sound of vocal tropical house Fabric 41, but here we see Luciano laying down a blueprint of what he’s recently been playing at his party series at Ibiza’s glitziest nightclub, Pacha. As well as the usual label stalwarts, Reboot, Robert Dietz and Michel Cleis, he has invited classic house legends such as Moodymann, Larry Heard and Pepe Bradock, whilst also using the Cadenza Lab room to showcase some of the label’s younger talent – Mayaan Nidam, Cesar Merveille and Ernesto Ferreyra. All of this is set up for repeat in 2012, with plenty of releases from the label itself, which will all be distributed on a brand new online shop due to launch in January.

The mix itself is an encapsulation of the merest flavour of one of Luciano’s usually lengthy sets, the first ten minutes dives straight onto a sweaty, dank dancefloor: a swirling blend of detuned instrumentation, dubby kick drum and insistent synthline. Just a small taste of how deadly digital mixing can be in the right hands, with four tracks layered seamlessly over each other, fellow Chileans Nicholas Jaar and Franciso Tristano (remixed by dub techno pioneer Moritz von Oswald) fusing into the deeper house sounds of Pepe Bradock, Trickski’s ‘At Les’ and the classic 100% Pure artists District One. This all zooms by wonderfully in a cacophony of discordance and perfectly timed rhythm, until the dulcet tones of James Blake creep in. His vocal refrain is transformed here from a bittersweet love paean into almost a celebration of the dancefloor, but it’s quickly mixed out, leaving one with the faintest glimmer of recognition. At points Luciano switches up hyperactively, teasing in familiar vocals then back into the harder techier house beat he’s been playing of late, but he also lets some play their full magic out, as on Dyed Soundorom’s haunting remix of Maya Jane Cole’s anthemic ‘What They Say’. He occasionally reverts to a more tropical sound but as seen through the warped glasses of the Vagabundos, as on Sasha Dive’s take on Matthew Dear, voices bubbling up from in amongst the darkness are cast aside by the warmer sounds of Moodymanc. He finishes up with productions from some of the newer additions to the Cadenza stable: there’s Greek Chicago house enthusiast Argy, one of Luciano’s very own remixes of Cesar Merveille and Guti’s little ditty to Mayaan Nidam, and an end in the deepest of arms, DJ Sprinkles’ godly ‘Grand Central Blues Pt. 1’ as dubbed out by Stuttgart wunderkind MCDE. This of course is done in the subtlest of manners, with perfect control of the EQs, mixer and digital effects, ironing out all semblance of a straight track – Luciano, as ever, makes this particular tracklist and mix his own unique creation.

Artist: Luciano
Title: Vagabundos
Label: Cadenza Lab
Format: Digital
Release: 16.01.12

01. NICOLAS JAAR – Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust – PÉPÉ BRADOCK’S TRAIN FANTOME POKE |||
FRANCESCO TRISTANO – J.S. Bach: One note development Nr. 2 – MORITZ VON OSWALD RMX
02. NICOLAS JAAR – Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust – PÉPÉ BRADOCK’S TRAIN FANTOME POKE |||
FRANCESCO TRISTANO – J.S. Bach: One note development Nr. 2 – MORITZ VON OSWALD RMX ||| TRICKSKI – At Les
03. TRICKSKI – At Les ||| DISTRICT ONE – Time For Grace – PETER DILDO RMX ||| FRANCESCO TRISTANO – J.S. Bach: One note development Nr. 2 – MORITZ VON OSWALD RMX
04. JAMES BLAKE – The Wilhelm Scream ||| TRICKSKI – At Les ||| DISTRICT ONE – Time For Grace – PETER DILDO RMX ||| FRANCESCO TRISTANO – J.S. Bach: One note development Nr. 2 – MORITZ VON OSWALD RMX
05. JAMES BLAKE – The Wilhelm Scream ||| DISTRICT ONE – Time For Grace – PETER DILDO REMIX ||| PETER HORREVORTST – Deepbassline ||| FRANCESCO TRISTANO – J.S. Bach: One note development Nr. 2 – MORITZ VON OSWALD RMX

06. DISTRICT ONE – Time For Grace – PETER DILDO RMX ||| PETER HORREVORTST – Deepbassline
07. PETER HORREVORTST – Deepbassline
08. PETER HORREVORTST – Deepbassline ||| ADAM MARSHALL – Grapple
09. WHIRLPOOL PRODUCTIONS – From: Disco To: Disco ||| PETER HORREVORTST – Deepbassline ||| ADAM MARSHALL – Grapple
12. KIKI – Sumore ||| MAYA JANE COLES – What They Say – DYED SOUNDOROM RMX
13. JAMIE WOON – Lady Luck ||| KIKI – Sumore
14. R.A.W. – Atamga ||| KIKI – Sumore
15. R.A.W. – Atamga
16. MATTHEW DEAR – City Black Joy – SASHA DIVE RMX ||| R.A.W. – Atamga
17. MATTHEW DEAR – City Black Joy – SASHA DIVE RMX ||| MOODYMANC – Thumbs Up
18. MOODYMANC – Thumbs Up ||| ANONYM – Midnite Groove Sun Express
19. ANONYM – Midnite Groove Sun Express ||| JACUZZI BOYS & NILS WEIMANN – Manoi
20. JACUZZI BOYS & NILS WEIMANN – Manoi ||| ANONYM – Midnite Groove Sun Express
21. ANONYM – Midnite Groove Sun Express ||| ARGY – Ethiopia’s Rise ||| CESAR MERVEILLE feat. GUTI – Maayancholy – LUCIANO RMX
22. CESAR MERVEILLE feat. GUTI – Maayancholy – LUCIANO RMX ||| ARGY – Ethiopia’s Rise
23. ARGY – Ethiopia’s Rise
24. DJ SPRINKLES – Grand Central Pt. 1 (Deep intro of the Bowel House, MCDE Bassline Dub)

fabric 58: Craig Richards presents The Nothing Special (teaser)

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POPOL VUH revisited & remixed (Video)

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Fabric 58:Craig Richards presents The Nothing Special

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2011 by dk


The long reigning king of fabric celebrates his unique programming concept as Craig Richards presents The Nothing Special for the next installment of the compilation series. As musical director, Craig Richards has not only defined the musical output of the world’s most iconic nightspot but in doing so has shaped British underground music. Craig has been with fabric since its birth and has revolutionized the concept of a residency. Always allowed complete freedom to invite artists and program them around his own regular weekly performance, his forward-thinking attitude has been a guiding light on the musical horizon. The Nothing Special allows his versatility to shine through further as he invites his most admired live acts to Saturdays at fabric for an irregular series of obscure affairs featuring the likes of Shackleton, Deadbeat, Pole and more.

“After an eleven year residency at fabric I wanted to create a night that required me to play all night around Live acts, setting the scene for each one as the evening progresses. Playing a gentle deep warm up for Moritz Von Oswald, or a twitchy electro set before Dopplereffekt, or a disco set before Emperor Machine, all of which I am capable of because of the variety within my residency.”

An avid collector of vinyl, Craig Richards spent his early years saving to buy records through takings from his own barbershop within a vintage clothing store before moving to New York and LA during the birth of house music. In 1987 he landed a place at St. Martins School of Art in London, just as acid house fever descended on the Capital. These early experiences fashioned a deep passion and broad knowledge of music that led him, a somewhat private and reflective character, to become a true cult figure for a generational movement.

“The Paradise Garage was full of freaky people, the music was louder and clearer than I had ever heard in my life. I´m certain that limited access to underground music throughout my formative years has given me an ability to seek and discover. There was no real way of hearing alternative music apart from going to nightclubs. This was really the only way of having a relationship with music other than the nonsense they played on the radio.” 

Label: Fabric
Cat no: fabric115
Released: Monday July 11th, 2011


  1. Two Lone Swordsmen – Rico’s Helly [Cacophony]
  2. Carl Finlow – Reprise [Seventh Sign]
  3. Melchior Productions – Come Closer (Dub) [Playhouse]
  4. Gemini – The Sound [Minifunk]
  5. Housey Doingz – Flying Saucers [Wiggle]
  6. San Proper & Awanto 3 – Black Burger [Rush Hour]
  7. Arne Weinberg – My Testimony [Technoir Audio]
  8. G-Man – El Jem [Swim]
  9. Conscious Minds – Expressions [Tyrant]
  10. Eco Tourist – Magelonic [Ifach]
  11. L.I.E.S. – Comeback Dust [Echovolt]
  12. Joel Mull – Leaving Ground [Läsk]
  13. Marcel Janovsky – Vamos A Otro Piso [Regular]
  14. Loop Hotel – Room 201 [Loop Hotel]
  15. Conforce – Rare Education [Meanwhile]
  16. Johnny Fiasco – Kalimba [Klassik Fiasco]
  17. Convextion – Premiata [Down Low]
  18. Maurice Fulton – Space [Transfusion]
  19. Semtek – Lotos Eaters (Neville Watson Remix) [Don’t Be Afraid]
  20. $tinkworx – Los Gatos Lloros [Delsin]

In 1997 he formed Tyrant with Lee Burridge and together they held long-standing and infamous residencies at The End in London and The Bomb in Nottingham. Craig undertook the first episode of the fabric mixes (voted no 12 best compilations of the decade by Resident Advisor) and no 15 as Tyrant, once Lee had begun to trawl the globe. Meanwhile Craig gained notoriety for remaining in one place, slowly changing the shape and pace of dance music from fabric’s unassuming booth. The Nothing Special reflects the diversity and steadfast nature he is renowned for and echoes his obscure and considered approach to his craft. Starting back in the mid 90s with Andrew Weatherall and Keith Tenniswood’s Two Lone Swordsmen guise the mix ebbs and flows in a timeless manner taking in rare cuts from Conscious Minds on his own Tyrant label, Housey Doingz from fellow fabric resident Terry Francis’s Wiggle imprint and an unknown cut from early Chicago legend Gemini, whose work is notoriously difficult to license. With most choices unfamiliar, the mix is typical of Craig’s bold approach and resolute manner and imparts untold rewards after close inspection.

“New records are not always great because they are new. As much as is possible in eighty minutes I have attempted to give an honest insight into what I do. One of the greatest lessons learnt at Art school was to embrace the concept of failure whilst trying new things. All artists must appreciate this. I don´t like the idea of doing what is expected of me. I play what I feel and entertain the dancefloor but I don´t work for the people on it. I would prefer to consider myself a chef not a waiter.  I play records I believe in and try to thread them together to make a story if sometimes it doesn´t work that’s OK.”  

The Nothing Special at fabric: 25 JUNE 2011
ROOM ONE: Claude VonStroke, Terry Francis, J Phlip

ROOM TWO: THE NOTHING SPECIAL… Craig Richards, 2562 (LIVE), Conforce (LIVE)


Popol Vuh: Revisted & Remixed (1970-1999)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2011 by dk

As a tribute and homage to German progressive rock band Popol Vuh, SPV records announces a special record release: marking the 10th anniversary of the death of the band ́s founder Florian Fricke, “Popol Vuh Revisited & Remixed (1970-1999)“ combines selected Popol Vuh tracks, new bonus material and eleven remixes of Popol Vuh by avant- garde bands and electronic musicians. A Popol Vuh selection of electronica and Werner Herzog soundtracks, together with 10 ambient , downtempo and club remixes – it will be available on double CD and digitally in June 2011

“Popol Vuh: Revisted & Remixed (1970-1999)” is a double album: CD1 contains original Popol Vuh tracks, highlighting their ambient and electronica oeuvre, including 197s Moog III Synthesizer tracks and selected soundtracks of Werner Herzog’s classic films “Aguirre“, “Nosferatu“ and “Cobra Verde“. Popol Vuh is now the second German progrock band after Can to be remixed by a younger generation: elevating Popol Vuh’s music into the 21st Century. CD2 introduces their music to a younger audience: It includes tribute remixes by Vienna ́s Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister), Berlin based electronic combos Mouse on Mars and Stereolab, Dub experts A Critical Mass, Moritz von Oswald,Thomas Fehlmann (The Orb), deep houses Roland Appel and Alex Bark (Jazzanova), as well as minimal specialists Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic) and Haswell / Hecker. They have remixed Popol Vuh original electronic albums such as“Affenstunde“, “In den Gärten Pharaos“ and their soundtracks including “Aguirre“, “Nosferatu“, “Heart of Glas“ and “CobraVerde“. Remixes of more lyrical, progrock-oriented, classic Popol Vuh albums like “Hosianna Mantra“, “Letzte Tage, Letzte Nächte“ recall the typical Popol Vuh sound of piano journeys, cosmic guitars and strings, hypnotic conga drums and lyrical rides.

With a new rebirth of ambient and progrock, over the past decades, Popol Vuh’s music has inspired a younger generation of composers, bands and electronic musicians including Aphex Twin, Stereolab or Mouse on Mars. Currently new “Kosmische“ movements are rising in Berlin, London and New York. Produced by Edition Popol Vuh, Johannes Fricke, and techno producer and DJ Roland Appel, this album is a deep listening journey into Popol Vuh’s electronica and soundtrack world.

Popol Vuh are considered one of the most influential German “70s progressive rock” avant- garde acts and are also known as a pioneering band in ambient- electronica and progressive rock music. They were the first german band to employ a Moog synthesizer and played their records “Affenstunde” (1971) and “In the Garden of Pharao” (1972) with the Moog III Synthesizer which are claimed to be fundamentally influencing works in electronica. They went down in the annals of German film music history with their soundtracks for legendary cinema classics by director Werner Herzog and composed more than 15 soundtracks, with the majority of them for Herzog’s feature films with Klaus Kinski as the leading character. From 2004 on, SPV has reissued the complete back catalogue of 20 original albums by Popol Vuh.

‘Popol Vuh created borderless atmospheres forever resonating in the world of today and tomorrow.”
Peter Kruder (Kruder & Dorfmeister)

Rethinking European and German post- War music Popol Vuh is of particular interest to us. It came out of the blue, from a inextinctable desire to reach out to spiritual, deeply personal insights. Like a mess for the mystic joy of existence itself. Maybe a „Hosianna“ on what was left or at all relevant of the totally fucked up German historical heritage in the 1960s. Our Remix from Nosferatus “Through pain to Heaven” is a song, which we would have liked to hear on our new album. “
Jan Werner & Andi Thoma ( Mouse on Mars)

Popol Vuh guided me into a world of wonder and awe. At it’s core the music is very spiritual, they just sound far out and mysterious. The clanging guitar chord of ‘Wehe Khorazin’ (Fitzcarraldo Soundtrack) will stay with me all my life. At that moment you really do travel a million miles. “
Timothy Gane (Stereolab)

To be involved in a project like this means always to require as much as possible knowledge about the music or band or artist , who created the original. I thought that I know a lot about Popol Vuh. But I learned that there is much more behind this project than music. It ́s almost a cosmos and I think that’s the reason why the music and the project Popol Vuh is such an inspiration for so many people, including myself.“
Roland Appel (Co-Producer “Popol Vuh Revisited & Remixed 1970-1999“)

artist: Popol Vuh
remixes: Peter Kruder I Thomas Fehlmann I A Critical Mass I Alex Barck I Roland Appel I Mika Vainio I Moritz von Oswald I Mouse On Mars I Stereolab I Haswell & Hecker
title: Popol Vuh: Revisted & Remixed (1970-1999)
label: SPV gmbh, DE
date: DE 24.06.
EU 27.04.
USA 26.07.


Aguirre I Lacrima di Rei Aguirre (Soundtrack) (1974)
Affenstunde Affenstunde (1970)
In den Gärten Pharaos In den Gärten Pharaos (1972)
Ich mache einen Spiegel Affenstunde (1970)
Nachts – Schnee Cobra Verde (Soundtrack) (1987)
Eine andere Welt Cobra Verde (Soundtrack) (1987)
In your Eyes For You and Me (1991)
Train through time Affenstunde (Bonustrack) (1999)
Nascita Messa di Orfeo (1998)
Brüder Des Schattens Nosferatu (Soundtrack) (1987)
Through Pain to Heaven Nosferatu (Soundtrack) (1978)
Kailash: Last Village Bonustrack (prev unreleased) (1998)

Planet Time 73:55

Aguirre I / II (Lacrima Di Rei edit) Peter Kruder Remix (Kruder & Dorfmeister)
Schnee (Flow edit) Thomas Fehlmann Flow Mix (The Orb)
Heart of Glass (Sei Still Wisse Ich Bin edit) A Critical Mass Remix (Schwarz/Dixon/Amé)
Haram Dei Haram Dei (ProgRock Edit) Alex Barck Remix
Through Pain to Heaven / Kyrie (Edit) Roland Appel Remix
Nachts Schnee (Ambient edit) Mika Vainio Remix (Pan Sonic)
Gärten Pharaos (Dark Development Edit) Moritz von Oswald Remix
Through Pain to Heaven (Dopeful Vuh) Mouse On Mars Remix
Hosianna Mantra (Lyrics edit) Stereolab Remix
Aguirre I / II (Endless edit) Haswell & Hecker Remix
Train through time (long edit) Popol Vuh

Cosmic Time 78:24

Moritz Von Oswald Trio-Horizontal Structures(Preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2011 by dk

Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Horizontal Structures


The trio of Moritz von Oswald, Max Loderbauer (NSI / Sun Electric) and Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay / Luomo), with a third album, this time enriched and expanded by guitar contributions from Paul St Hilaire (also known as Tikiman), and double bass courtesy of Marc Muellbauer (via ECM).
Horizontal Structures is palpably a more open, more expressive album than the previous studio recording, Vertical Ascent. There is more contrast, more light and shade. St Hilaire and Muellbauer add fresh drama and swing to the intimate tonal and rhythmic interactions of the core grouping. The coherence of the five-piece is remarkable; the boundary between acoustic and electronic undone.
The group’s evolution is firmly signalled in the opener, Structure 1. There’s a lush, romantic quality to the playing and arrangement that we’ve not heard before: the guitar licks have a bluesy lilt, the bass imparts melody as well as physical presence, the synth sequences are more painterly, looser somehow, and Ripatti’s percussion roams feelingly.
Structure 2 is like 70s spy-flick jazz or groove-heavy Krautrock stripped to its barest essence, Loderbauer and von Oswald’s electronics glistening in a sticky cobweb of reverb and delay. The languidly stepping Structure 3 faintly recalls von Oswald’s work with Mark Ernestus as Rhythm And Sound, with St Hilaire’s chords hanging thick above bone-dry drum machine drift. Lastly, Structure 4, the track structurally closest to techno, is pervaded by a sense of mischief, with Muellbauer’s strings — plucked, bowed, scraped — coming to the fore.
For all its complexity, this is also a very playful album, and the Trio’s increased confidence and empathy as improvisers allow them to indulge flights of percussive fancy, sudden about-turns, vectors into the unknown. Horizontal Structures sounds, above all else, free.

Structure 5 is download-only at HONEST JON’S RECORDS

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