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Zenevloed picks: 10 outstanding releases of November
Going towards the end of the year, releases are going full speed. It’s been some work to keep up with the pace of all labels we usually keep an eye on, but we are happy to present our list for November. We have decided to compile this monthly list, because of the sheer amount of underground releases that simply deserve a mention due to their beautiful quality, cutting-edge sound, and inspiring artwork. This list is in no particular order! As always we will also provide links to where you can buy these gems and support the artists/collectives.
01. Time Consumer, Antikteeth – Texas Weed [Unidentified Techno]
Zenevloed has already covered some of the output of the new Washington D.C based label, so it is needless to say that we are already very impressed. Unidentified Techno set the tone with their first release Texas Weed, a split between Time Consumer (Pater Noster Ltd) and Toulouse based Antikteeth. Half uncompromising, grungy techno, half minimalist, tonal explorations.
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02. Peder Mannerfelt – Daily Routine [Peder Mannerfelt Produktion]
Daily Routine comes close to the musical equivalent of an autobiographical archive. Collected sounds, from over a decade, are transposed, collaged through which an assemblage is created. Amazing intersections, a record for both the club and at home.
03. V/A Tropical Goth Records Compilation #01 w/ Le Chocolat Noir, Shredder, Snuffo, Hellboii, Deirdre Direktor, Facket Strejkar
NY founded, Berlin based Tropical Goth occupies itself with synth laden tracks for a generation reminiscent of earlier decades of rave. Part of a special new wave in “wave” and electro, Tropical Goth does its best to give a new take on these old-school sounds. Their latest compilation combines some interesting names, for example Netherlands (West Coast) based Deirdre Direktor, representing different flavors of the current scene. Highly enjoyable, wet, driving electro, flipped techno, melancholic lofi, and powerful body music.
04. The Soft Moon – Criminal Remixed [aufnahme + wiedergabe]
Massive remixes of an already great album. Criminal Remixed beautifully shows the characters of each remixing artist through their contributions. The solo-project The Soft Moon evidently got into the spotlight with Criminal, a bittersweet mixture between lyrics and melody. Criminal Remixed loads up on that productive anger, amplified by the high quality remixers. Surprising: the Ansome remix, showing a side to his signature sound we haven’t seen before.
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05. Agnarkea – Black Helicopters [Natural Sciences]
“Black military helicopters flying over black neighbourhood”
“Black helicopters when some shit goes down”
“Black helicopters when they planning shit”
“Gov elite soldiers n shit”
“I mean it’s just like a general thing associated with this type shit, it’s a real thing”
Black Helicopters breathes old-school south-side rap compiled in an amazing +2hr undertaking by Agnarkea. Natural Sciences is (among contemporaries like Berlin-based 777 Recordings) known for their grimey, hip hop, jungle influenced output, but Black Helicopters takes it to another, more spiritual level. Definitely a record that should get more love.
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Vinyl + additional merch via https://agnarkea-ns.bandcamp.com/album/black-helicopters
06. Demian Licht & Eomac – ETXC003 [Eotrax]
Eomac continues the collaborative sonic explorations with Demian Licht, known for her conceptual take on techno and immersive AV experiences. ETHC003 draws parallels to Eomacs characteristic broken percussions, ethnic influences and is overall more tailored to the body than the predecessor with Seán Carpio.
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07. MA – Silent Perfume [Semantica] (cover image)
A stronghold in (dub) techno, Semantica continues to innovate their sound by releasing Silent Perfume. Hypnotizing, intricate rhythms, slowly evolving as the process of time moves. Perhaps MA is derived from the specific Japanese characteristic in architecture, which describes the space between two elements, a slightly more subtle take on negative space, which is very fitting for this album.
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08. Acronym w/ Korridor – Untitled [Vaagner]
Mesmerizing, rare endeavor from Acronym and Korridor re-issued by Vaagner. Well-known for their solo work, Untitled is a deeper look into their creative souls through magnificent patterns of light and dark.
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09. Tara in Tibet – Motor Dementia [Italian Olympics]
“MUSIC TO TORTURE PRIESTS TO”
Showing another side of the similar underground spectrum of lofi synth, noisy wave (see #3), we have Tara In Tibet going in full force after releases on Last Europa Kiss and Clan Destine Records. Nasty industrial sounds.
Tape sold out.
10. Evitceles – Constant Yearning [Yerevan Tapes]
Going deeper into introspective investigation, Constant Yearning captures the mental state of young Bulgarian producer Evitceles. Read further on his inspirations + watch the beautiful video for Dream I Had / Virgin Fields here: https://zenevloed.nl/featured/evitceles-picks-inspirations-for-dream-i-had-virgin-fields-yerevan-tapes/
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