New releases – December 2019 (1)

v.a. – VV​-​VA​-​00 (CD & digital, VV​-​VA​/٧٨-٧٧)

VV​-​VA​-​00 is the first release of VV-VA, a new Lebanese label run by Jawad Nawfal aka Munma, also known for his duo Tasjiil Moujahed. This collaboration includes a lot of his collaborations and collaborators, all based in Beirut : Mazen El Sayed (El Rass), Elyse Tabet (_Litter), Sharif Sehnaoui, Jad Atoui and Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs). Despite the sometimes very different scenes some of the musicians come from (from hip hop to free improv), the compilation maintains a very good unity, the tracks are for most ambient and electronica, many are instrumental, some include voices. (cdrk)


Serata Keiji – Ambiguous boundaries (digital, AMART)

Very peaceful and relaxing drone and ambient album with a pinch of field recordings ba Japanese composer Serata Keiji. (cdrk)


Normal Brain- Lady Maid (CD, cassette, vinyl, digital, WRWTFWW Records)

“Originally released in 1981 as a limited vinyl pressing of 300 copies on Agi Yuzuru’s fabled experimental label Vanity Records (R.N.A. Organism, Dada, Sympathy Nervous, Tolerance…), Lady Maid is a testament to the creativity of the early 80s’ Japanese electronic and experimental scene, encapsulating a prolific era when audio gear became affordable for musicians to explore sounds in the comfort of their home, free from studio time pressure and major label rules.” (from the labels’ page)


Miftah Bravenda – It’s Alright EP (digital, self-released)

New EP for Tangerang (a town at the outskirt of Jakarta) based Miftah Bravenda. From post-rock to electronic pop music. (cdrk)


Mise_En_Scene – -O​-​R​-​G​-​A​-​N-  (cassette & digital, Crónica)

Mise_En_Scene is an Israeli solo project active for more than a decade.
-O​-​R​-​G​-​A​-​N- is a very minimalistic meditative drone album, except for the fifth track, remixed by sound artist Adam Basanta who provides a glitch/electronica piece. (cdrk)


Sankara Future Dub Resurgence – Drawing On Ancestral Knowledge (digital, Indigenous Resistance)

Excellent industrial dub made in Uganda and the UK. The release includes four heavy bass and distorted dub tracks with political lyrics, recorded in Kampala.
Sankara Future Dub Resurgence is a trio made of Ras Isaacs (percussions), Ras Charles (dj), Kabaka labartin Klacity (vocals) featuring Indonesian guest vocalist Nina and Dhangsha aka Dr Das, Churulian (Asian Dub Foundation) (noisy electronics).
You can watch their video on Vimeo. (cdrk)


Pengboon Don – I play Alone (digital, self-released)

Pengboon Don is one of the few free improvisers in Thailand. This new release contains one improvised piece for guitar, effects and field recordings. (cdrk)


Xu Shaoyang, Fiona Lee, Livia Garcia – live at cafe oto (digital, self-released)

This live recording is a mix of jazz piano and field recordings made in Honk Kong by Fiona Lee during the demonstrations happening in 2019, a field recording collage that you can hear here. (cdrk)


Fiona Lee – Hong Kong 9 June to 12 Sep 2019 (digital, self-released)

“This track is the field recordings on the protest to No Extradition Law in Hong Kong, from 9June 2019 to 12 Sep 2019.
From the first day till now, we Hong Kong people step out to fight for our right and freedom.
This track is including around 7 days recordings during the protest.” (Fiona Lee)


4lienetic – Abstract (digital, self-released)

4lienetic is a solo project based in Mumbai, India. This new album contains six ambient tracks, mostly electronic but here and there with post-rock or classical music influences, that remind of a film score. (cdrk)


DETHOMEGA – sub singularity (digital, Acid Distribution)

Filipino electronic music composer Dethomega is back with a new album that mixes plunderphonics, ambient, post-industrial, noise electronics that reminds of some music productions from the late 1990s. (cdrk)


madamdata – 3f requiem (digital, self-released)

One long onkyokei track by Singaporean artist madamdata : filtered minimalistic high pitch tones (feedback ?). (cdrk)


Fahmi M. – Climate Change (digital, self-released)

Hyper active Indonesian composer Fahmi M. provides us here some electroacoustic tracks made with modular synth. (cdrk)


BRRR. – Gendam Sukma (part1) (digital, self-released)

BRRR. is Mahamboro, a musician from Jogjakarta, Indonesia. This one track release is inspired by Javanase culture (no gamelan in here !) and rhythmical industrial music. (cdrk)


Arcade Ghoul – Heart of a Statue (digital, self-released)

Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, Arcade Ghoul released a ten tracks album that oscillates between post-industrial, distorted electronics, rhythmic industrial and lo-fi ambient ballads. (cdrk)


Torturing Nurse / Bobryk – Vutuv / Why (cassette & digital, ЩЫЛ)

Split between Chinese harsh noise performer Torturing Nurse and Ukrainian noise artist Bobryk. (cdrk)


Reza Solatipour – The Gate (cassette, CDr & digital, Eighth Tower Records)

Reza Solatipour is an Iranian dark ambient artist. This new album contains ten dark and cinematic tracks that include many traditional ingredients of the genre : whispering, drones, reverberated choirs, tribal rhythm deeply buried in the background, dark melodies, and so on. (cdrk)


Ecko Bazz – Kyusa Embela (digital, Hakuna Kulala)

Great hip hop made in Kampala, Uganda, Ecko Bazz teams up with UK music producer pq to deliver three dark, distorted and heavy tracks between bass music and industrial hip hop. (cdrk)


Hoshiko Yamane & Mikael Lind – Spaces In Between (CD & digital, Time Released Sound & Time Sensitive Materials)

“Hoshiko Yamane is a classically trained violinist, and a current member of the legendary band Tangerine Dream. She’s also an accomplished composer, and whether releasing and playing under her own name, or as Tukico, her unique sound often features looped strings together with Moog synths and effects.

Mikael Lind has released several albums of experimental ambiances, often drifting between either more classical Warp style electronica, or a modern classically oriented sound. Early this year, Hoshiko and Mikael decided to try to compose two tracks together, mostly out of curiosity. Thrilled by the outcome of the first two songs, they ended up finishing this entire album!” (from the label’s page)


Miki Yui – wigawiga​/​wigawigawiga (casette & digital, Hasana Editions)

“Based in Germany for the last two decades, Japan-born Miki Yui’s music is relatively small in scale but exceptionally rich in texture. She is known for her peculiar minimalistic and organic approach towards sound, balancing a delicate tiny hiss to a distant hum, quirky electronic clicks and field recordings, and sculpted it into unhurried pieces of composition with suspense and narrative tension. wigawiga/wigawigawiga was recorded live earlier this year in her Düsseldorf studio, and is a manifestation of the memory of lived events. An ever-flowing streams, constantly rise and recede, reveal then erase its own traces, fading after having appeared or being awakened, crafting a poem of abstract landscapes.” (from the label’s page)


Das B – Canopy (CD & digital, ТОПОТ)

Das B is an international project founded in 2015 in Berlin and including Lebanese free improv musician Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet), German improviser Magda Mayas (piano), Australian improvisers Mike Majkowski (double bass) and Tony Buck (percussion) well known for playing with The Necks. Excellent team for an excellent result, a perfectly crafted free improv live recording at the Konfrontationen festival in Austria.

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.