New releases (June 2019)

Yikii – Flower’s Grave・花之墓 (digital, Genome 6.66Mbp)

Japanese project Yikii presents an album that includes elements of distorted techno dark ambient and above all horror film sound track, like a fairytale gone wrong. (cdrk)


KMRU – OT (digital, self-released)

Joseph Kamaru aka KMRU is a field recordist and ambient artist from Nairobi, Kenya. OT is a three-track release based on a same theme that include ambient strings, field recordings and minimalistic glitch and melodies. (cdrk)


Kenji Kihara – Dawn (CDr & digital, eilean rec.)

“Kenji Kihara is a Japanese musician based in Hayama, in Japan, a place surrounded by nature near to the sea and mountains.”
His electronic and ambient works are truly inspired by the sound of nature. His music oscillates between ambient and new age. (cdrk)


Aken’s Sleep – Beauty in Decay (digital, self-released)

Ambient guitar composition by two Egyptian composers : Ali Soliman & Mohammed Ashraf (aka Pie Are Squared), melancholic drones, subtle distortion, and a tiny touch of techno by the end of the release. (cdrk)


Edwin Lo – Field Recordings Archive: The Days in Queen Pier (digital, self-released)

“The recordings speak for themselves on the construction of Central–Wan Chai Bypass.” (In Hong Kong)


維度本身的結構 – Zukunft (digital, Shanshui)

維度本身的結構 one of the monikers of Chinese musician Sun Dawei aka Sulumi. Known for his techno and breakcore projects, Sun Dawei introduces us to a more intimate atmosphere : ambient guitar and electronics. (cdrk)


Don Zilla – From the Cave to the World (digital, Hakuna Kulala)

Two drastically different pieces by Kampala’s composer Don Zilla. The first track explores a dark side of Ugandan bass music, the second one is a twelve-minutes dark ambient piece that sounds like a soundtrack made in a submarine. (cdrk)


Jeritan – Chaos EP (digital, self-released)

Indonesian solo project Jeritan introduces us to a world of harsh noise, glitch and epileptic micro-loops. (cdrk)


Various artists – in his knotty ears, the donkey’s bells would jangle (cassette & digital, AqTushetii)

“in his knotty ears, the donkey’s bells would jangle’ is a selection of music either performed live, bootlegged, composed, or partly developed at AqTushetii artist residency & festival, summer 2018. Mirroring the diversity of the residents that took part, this compilation is an eclectic mix of genres and styles — musique concrete, computer music, Ashiq music, Circassian folk, post-industrial, modular synthesis, electro-acoustic music, tape collage, noise, drone, ambient, audiobook — from different parts of the world: Georgia, Sweden, Australia, Switzerland, North Caucasus, USA, UK.”
Georgian artists include Mess_montage, Vo Ezn, VAZHMARR, TeTe Noise, etc.


Various artists – place : georgia (digital, place)

“place : is country specific – electronic music compilations where the proceeds are donated to local human rights groups. Highlight the local producers, and bring awareness to the social causes that are important to the creative community there.
In May 2018, Georgian police raided multiple popular clubs in Tbilisi, using excessive force against workers and guests. The officially stated reason for the raid is due to recent drug-related deaths and accusations of drug trafficking.
Proceeds from this release will be donated to the Georgian organisation Human Rights Education and Monitoring Center (EMC).
The compilation includes a lot of Georgian artists from the local electronic music scene, mostly techno and ambient : Hanker, Benvol, Natalie Beridze, etc.
More information about the protest that happened in Tbilisi following this link The first protest expressed through massive rave to electronic music in Tbilisi (Georgian Journal).


Theo Nugraha & Tesla Manaf – Sikap Eksploratif (digital, Noise Bombing)

“This composition uses an improvised practice approach. Each artist responds to the sounds that are present and explores the possibilities.”
Sound collage influenced by Indonesian popular music, electroacoustic, free improv, noise, tape experimentation, electronics and film samples. (cdrk)


Dharma – Electric Animism (cassette & digital, self-released)

Dharma, member of famous Singaporean band The Observatory, is a brilliant guitar player, his new release composed with electric guitar, effects and objects i a powerful adventure into drone, free improvised and industrial music. (cdrk)


TENGGER – Spiritual 2 (CD, vinyl & digital, Beyond Beyond is Beyond)

“TENGGER is a traveling musical family, made up of Pan-Asian couple, itta and Marqido, who create their brand of psychedelic New-Age drone magic through the use of harmonium, voice, and toy instruments (played by itta) and analogue synths (played by Marqido). The duo originally started out with the moniker “10” but since the birth of their son RAAI (who joins them on tour and often on stage) in 2012, have called themselves TENGGER (meaning ‘unlimited expanse of sky’ in Mongolian) to mark the expansion of the family. It also means ‘huge sea’ in Hungarian.”
This new album is probably their most ambient and psychedelic release.


Various artists – Peninsula Volume 1 (digital, Liquid Frequency)

Liquid Frequency is an Indian label known for its psy trance releases but this time Yidam selected ten artists and duos who play ambient and new age music, among them, drill┼mallo, Subhas Mazumdar, Shivacult, and Coma Conscience. Field recordings, minimalistic atmospheres, drones, electronica, a lot of relaxing music. (cdrk)


Yan Jun – Plays John Cage (cassette, digital, foreign lands)

“Yan Jun is a musician and poet, based in Beijing. His work involves performative music, experimental composition, field recording, improvised music, experimental electronic music and relative presentation of exhibition.
He uses non-musical materials such as the body, blankness, in-situ conditions and everyday noise.
In further, he experiments on structure and concept of music.”


Koeosaeme – OBANIKESHI (vinyl, digital, Orange Milk Records)

Yoshizawa Ryu “Koeosaeme”‘s album is a very nice and diverse composition between collage and modern electroacoustic music that blends violin, sound design, glitch, deconstructed electronic beats and the likes. (cdrk)


aragorn23 – Desert Meditation Drone (digital, self-released)

South African artist aragorn23 aka Asqus composes generative music with modular synthesiser. Desert Meditation Drone is a 23 minutes long ambient piece. (cdrk)


Omar Fadel Hadi – The Room (digital, self-released)

Four compositions by Iraqi musician Omar Fadel Hadi. Mostly ambient, with a touch of post rock for the third track Minimal. (cdrk)


Farouk Adil – Continuum (digital, self-released)

Farouk Adil is an very prolific musician from Iraq who mostly works in the field of ambient music, sometimes techno or electronica and organises small events in Baghdad.
Continuum is a collection of field recordings, a project from The Institution Of Fine Art in Baghdad. (cdrk)


Hüma Utku – Gnosis (vinyl & digital, Karlrecords)

Turkish musician Hüma Utku aka R.A.N. just published her second vinyl on Berlin-based label Karlrecords. Far away from her electronica composition, she now composes hypnotic and ritualistic beats and dark ambient. (cdrk)


Izumi Kawasaki – Moromi (cassette & digital, Gerpfast Record)

Izumi Kawasaki is a Japanese multidisciplinary artist active since the 1990s whose noise career started in 2018. Moromi is her first album. Expect harsh noise and syncopated distorted loops. (cdrk)


Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective – Degradation (digital, Flaming Pines)

Composed and produced by Zach, with instrumentation by Lam Lam, voice by Lý Trang and Harvey Stauss and engineering by Đỗ Tấn Sĩ, the international project Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective, based in Ho Chi Minh takes a more abstract direction than their previous album Libyan Circle Voice Simulation. Glitch, ambient, heavy basses. (cdrk)

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New releases

IZ – Kөlêngkê – 影子 Shadow (vinyl, WV Sorcerer Productions, Old Heaven Books)

“IZ is a Kazakh/Chinese band founded by Mamer, “IZ” means “footprint” in Kazakh. “Kөlêngkê 影子 Shadow” was recorded in 2010, when IZ was mutating from Kazakh folk / epics to post-industrial music, this classic album is a mixture of their recent experimental sound and early Kazakh traditional music instruments. Dombra, kobuz, mouth harp, with metal junk percussions. Previously released in CD and tape format, after 7 years, now “Kөlêngkê 影子 Shadow” is re-mastered by James Plotkin and finally released as a beautiful gatefold LP by Old Heaven Books & WV Sorcerer Productions.”
IZ樂隊在當代中國音樂中不可忽視,多年以來由哈薩克傳統音樂一直蛻變到現在的實驗工業聲響,參與過IZ的樂手也涵蓋了當下中國音樂圈很多重要的名字。IZ在不斷的否定自己,也在不斷的變異。除IZ之外,馬木爾和張東還有眾多的分支計劃,出品過大量的唱片,馬木爾個人也十分高產,從國內外的實驗音樂人到新疆乃至中亞多個國家的傳統民族音樂大師,探索的腳步從來沒有停止。《Kөlêngkê 影子》是2011年IZ以三人陣容錄制的唱片,當時IZ正處在從傳統哈薩克音樂到現在的工業噪音的轉變階段,這張專輯同時涵蓋了IZ後期的暴力聲響和早期的民間原聲樂器,獨一無二,也不會再次出現。
時隔7年之後,舊天堂書店攜手遊走在中法之間的音樂廠牌巫唱片/WV Sorcerer Productions將這張經典專輯首次出版為黑膠格式(180克),由著名美國制作人James Plotkin重新制作母帶。
“(WV Sorcerer Productions)


Sun Dawei – 僧侶與藝術家 / Monks & Artists (digital, Shanshui)

Active in the Chinese scene since the early 2000s, Sun Dawei (aka Sulumi, also member of breakcore duo Panda Twin) has since relocated to Osaka, Japan.
This new release is above all a very quiet and ambient album with gentle techno influences on the tracks Cliff / 崖壁 and Replace / 替代. (cdrk)


Fahmi Mursyid – The Actualising Self (digital, self-released)

The Actualising Self is the final year project done in Lai Wei Min’s final year at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media for their specialisation in visual communications. the soundtrack (that contains voice over by Lai Wei Min) has been composed by Fahmi Mursyid (aka Idiologikal) from Bandung, Indonesia. Both mixes featured on this release are meditative ambient tracks, you cal also watch the original audiovisual work on Youtube. (cdrk)


Xu Cheng – IN RED (digital, play rec)

Xu Cheng is an ex-member of Shanghainese noise project Torturing Nurse,  who co-founded in 2017 the label play rec with experimental musician Wang Changcun. The three pieces presented in this release are re-works and adaptations of music composed in 2012, 2013 and 2018. The first piece contains samples of a previous performance together with Huang Lei and Wang Tian, such as in the third piece, Xu Cheng operates in the field of drone and electroacoustic  with a pinch of soft noise ; the second piece was part of a theatre play called Ge Le Mountain (歌乐山) by Yao Bo. Zhao Chuan and co. and is a more meditative work. (cdrk)


Audrey Chen – Runt Vigor (vinyl & digital, Karlrecords)

“Audrey Chen’s long-awaited new solo album “Runt Vigor” is an adventurous sonic exploration of the voice, cello and analog electronics.

She began her relationship with sound through the cello and voice over 30 years ago and since the past 15 years, her predominant focus has been her solo work, joining together the extended and inherent vocabularies of the cello, voice and analog electronics.” (Karlrecords)


Konstrukt + Keiji Haino – A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little​ ​That Way Lies A Quagmire (Live) (vinyl & digital, Karlrecords)

“Second album by Turkish free jazz musicians Konstrukt and the Japanese avant-garde / noise icon Keiji Haino, this time recorded live in concert. Celebrating their 10th anniversary these days, Konstrukt have since been creating an impressive catalogue including collaborations / performances with significant musicians like Peter Brötzmann, William Parker, Akira Sakata, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore, Michael Zerang (and more) that gained them an ever growing audience and media attention.” (Karlrecords)


R.A.N. – Şeb​-​i Yelda (vinyl & digital, Karlrecords)

“R.A.N. is the dark electronic / rhythmic ambient music project by Hüma Utku. “Şeb-i Yelda” is available as 12” and download. Hailing from İstanbul and based in Berlin for a couple of years now, Hüma Utku has been a prolific artist lately: as R.A.N. (Roads At Night) she released her debut album ”Her Trembling Ceased”, followed by the remix album ‘Remixed: Stories Retold’ (both 2015, Partapart Records), and contributed several tracks and remixes to various compilations.” (Karlrecords)


Zhu Wen Bo – Duo with Jun-Y Ciao (digital, self-released)

Chinese experimentalist Zhu Wen Bo (clarinet, founder of the cassette label Zoomin’ Night – 燥眠夜) and Jun-Y Ciao (sopranino saxophone), recently published three improvised music pieces performed live and infamous Beijing music venue fRUITYSPACE, in September 2018. (cdrk)


Domadana Kadodi Performers, Sun C, Bamba Pana – Kadodi (vinyl & digital, Nyege Nyege Tapes)

“After almost 15 years of peddling his own cd’s and tapes on the streets of Mbale, Robert Mugamba’s Kadodi finally get a proper introduction to the outside world thanks to the increasingly vital Nyege Nyege Tapes crew. ‘Kadodi’ pairs a transfixing percussive soundtrack with modern electronic contributions from Bamba Pana and Sun C, resulting in another remarkable document from the pearl of Africa.” (Boomkat)


Morego – Solivagant (digital, self-released & D.M.T. Records)

“Morego is the musical project founded by Tehran-based producer Morego Dimmer (aka Xerxes The Dark, Nyctalllz). Known for his cerebral and experimental vein of dark ambient music, Solivagant dips into peculiar, yet cohesive IDM/downtempo strains. Its nine tracks spanning just over 30-minutes, the release feels like an album with an extended player outer shell.” (D.M.T. Records)


BNSU – Brand New Shit Upcoming #1 (digital, Brain Pussyfication)

Noise ? Noisegrind ? Extreme industrial ? The Berlin-based Japanese-Turkish duo (Kazehito Seki : voice & BEEATSZ : drums, electronics) offers us ten radical live tracks recorded at Villa Kuriosum’s Krach Keller in Berlin earlier this year. The album clearly evokes Osaka’s radical japanoise scene of the 1990s, all for the best ! This is a pre-order. (cdrk)


sinin – V1 (digital, self-released)

Bengali electronic musician sinin just released four minimalistic gems, subtle intimate atmosphere that oscillates between gentle ethereal techno and ambient music. Don’t take me wrong, this is not minimal techno, fortunately ! (cdrk)


Jacqueline George (cassette & digital + magazine, Autogenesis)

Jacqueline George is a composer and field recordist from Cairo, Egypt. She is a member of the international collective Salims Salon. For this release (that comes with the first Autogenesis magazine), she was asked “to reflect on her coming to be, crossing individual and collective memory, in order to deliver a sonic piece to serve as a manifest of identity and empowerment.” The result is a sound scape made of field recordings, voices, whispers, cinematic atmospheres. Probably her most accomplished work until now. (cdrk)


v.a. – Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese music (CDr & digital, Unexplained Sounds Group)

Unlike the title seem to imply, the compilation is not about the electroacoustic music genre but music that blends electronics and acoustics. In any case, this is one more fine selection of artist done by the Italian label Unexplained Sounds Group : Tony Elieh, Marc Codsi, Jad Atoui, Youmna Saba, Fadi Tabal, Joseph Doumet, Sharif Sehnaoui, and more. Post-rock, free improv, musique concrète, ambient, drone, modular synthesis… Some of the biggest names of the Beirut scene on one album, there is nothing to complain about ! (cdrk)


v.a. – Girih: Iranian Sound Artists Volumes I – IV (cassette & digital, Zabte Sote)

This brilliant compilation comes in two different versions (apart of the digital ones) : one box set of four cassettes with booklet and the four cassettes releases individually. I would consider it to be a follow-up of four other great Iranian compilations : Visions of Darkness (Unexplained Sounds Group & Cold Spring, 2017), Dūr Untash (Unexplained Sounds Group, 2017) and Iran experimental underground 016 survey (Unexplained Sounds Group, 2016) and Kollektive 1 (BITROT, 2015) – a compilation published in Tehran which also includes a few foreigners. Nevertheless, Girih does not only explore the dark ambient side of Iran such as the Unexplained Sounds Group one did, they let the listener reflect on the great variety of electronic music that is being produced in Iran and by the Iranian diaspora. 42 pieces and artists in the field of ambient, industrial, techno, electroacoustic, drone, electronica, such as NUM, mHz, 9T Antiope, Pouya Pour-Amin, Saba Alizadeh, Mehdi Jalali, Leila, etc. Not to be missed ! (cdrk)


Vo Ezn – Live at Red Light Radio x Tbilisi (digital, self-released)

Mika Motskobili aka Vo Ezn is a composer, musician, sound artist, painter, video artist and sculptor from Georgia. She works with acoustic sounds, loops, electronics and composes a kind of repetitive music concrète, a form of sound art that evokes little machines operating in a parallel universe. Live at Red Light Radio x Tbilisi is devided in three parts, all recorded live. (cdrk)


Fung | Sudarshan Chandra Kumar | Goh Lee Kwang – Mou Tou Rooftop Artist Run Space, July 21st  (digital, self-released)

Goh Lee Kwang is obviously the most prolific sound artist and improviser in Kuala Lumpur. The live session recorded in two parts with two other improvisers, Sudarshan Chandra Kumar and Fung is in the vein of Lee Kwang’s work but not as repetitive as his latest compositions, still minimalistic but more eclectic, concrete sounds, no-input mixing desk screeching high pitched tones and some “wilder” moments where all three musicians surf around free improvisation for electronics. (cdrk)


Yuen Chee Wai and Ryoko Ono DUO – NEWDUO series 009 (digital, self-released)

The NEWDUO series are improvised duo recordings series initiated by Japanese alto saxophonist artist Ryoko Ono (小埜涼子) who presents this time a collaboration with Singaporean electronic improviser Yuen Chee Wai. Abstract sound art meets free improv. (cdrk)


Barkın Engin & Tuna Pase – Rest (digital, self-released)

Turkish composers Tuna Pase (electronics, flute, voice & glockenspiel) and Barkın Engin (electronics, guitar & glockenspiel) started to play together in 2014. They are now back with a second album, a pleasant mixture of partly improvised, electroacoustic and ambient music with a touch of ethereal pop. As the duo mentions it, improvisation forms  the backbones of the pieces, nevertheless these improvisations lead to neatly composed tracks. (cdrk)


More links about those mentioned artists can be found on Syrphe’s database.