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Zenevloed picks: 10 outstanding releases of September
September has been a busy month. The end of the ‘festival season’ always brings a renewed focus on releases tailored to make an impact for the remainder of the year. Past list got some nice feedback from readers, thank you for that! 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. RAUM – Wreck The Bloodline [Clan Destine Records]
Half of Orphan Swords, Yannick Franck, returns to Clan Destine as RAUM after their 12″ in 2016. Wreck The Bloodline delivers unsettling landscapes from a wide variety of genres, of which the rhythmic noise component is very noticeable, compiled into an amalgam of fury. With this new release and accompanying live set, RAUM opts for a disorienting take on basement ready music.
02. TWINS – Make Life Before You [Gooiland Elektro]
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As ever, the output of Gooiland Elektro continues regardless of hype, fame, and notoriety. The TWINS (or That Which Is Not Said) 7″ vinyl delivers two pieces of fresh elektro as distinct from each other as day and night. Wait For Harm on the A-side is an old-school inspired minimal synth/coldwave track showing the kids how it’s done. What Should I Expect on B is a tight, modern tune fit for city life reminiscing.
03. Safa – The Subtleties Of Elevated Things [Modular Mind]
Modular Mind has a knack for pushing great underground artists with their well-curated releases. We can for example look at tracks from Mas and Hkkptr being brought out. Already thinking about the next step with an unannounced VA, Modular Mind has brought out The Subtleties Of Elevated Things by the Lebanese Safa. This 12″ contains enveloping, intricate sonic soundscapes, with a pace strongly linked to artists like Grebenstein and ANFS.
More information on this release can be found here in this nice interview with Modular Mind label head Kujo.
04. Celldöd – Sadist [Tripalium]
Anders Karlsson aka Celldöd is one of the artists who has created a strong musical identity, especially live. Sadist on the French label Tripalium intends to stir up the current EBM genre with something more wonky, dirty, and swinging along the expected repetition. Music for sinning.
An article we did about a year ago revealing Celldöds influences in his live performances can be found here.
05. O/H – Market Values [L.I.E.S.]
Already acclaimed before the record was on sale, Oddie’s and Fosters Ontario Hospital returns on L.I.E.S. to make dance floors shake while commenting on our neo-liberal society. Best of both worlds if we may say so.
06. Shrouds – Pagan Blood Rituals [Strange Therapy]
Pagan Blood Rituals is a slow floor burner, integrating lustful acoustics and stretching vocals into a record equally reverent of an Industrial past as it is forward-facing. Remixes from Matriarchy Roots and Zosima respect the ambiance given by Shrouds, yet dare to turn the noise up a notch.
07. Shell Fantasy – Abraxas [Janushoved]
Shell Fantasy aka Yuri and Internazionale take the listener along to the memory-saturated parts of our consciousness. Part of a new tape batch (with Ziyek, Ballista, and Tevere) brought out late September, it was hard to choose any of them over the other to be featured here.
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08. Nelegat – Intolerance [AMEK]
Intolerance contains big cinematic ambiances, bringing images of Alice in Wonderland to mind, while operating on the fringes of noise, techno, and ambient. AMEK has brought out two stunning tapes in September of which Nelegats Intolerance is one.
09. Crystal Geometry – Black Leather & Chrome [RND. Records]
Dystopian Blade Runner-esque sped up EBM fully intent to seek and destroy anyone who’s not dancing. Having previously released on AREA Z, X-IMG, and Oraculo Black Leather & Chrome continues Crystal Geometry’s relentless pace.
10. Of Habit & Dane Law – Empty Gesture [Opal Tapes]
Tense atmospheres fed by algorithms have created the stunning detailed material reality found on this tape. As sonic flirting with the digital continues to push our thinking on the merging of body and AI, Empty Gesture does not intend to take any stand, merely inform us of the status quo.