There's a story behind this one that is a prime example of the larger scale of the loss of this community behind the focus on its legality (e.g. this headline) which, in this day and age, no longer means what it was assumed to mean.
Remember, those who are accused of being criminals are often the ones who ensure that freedom reigns as it wrests control from those in power.
Easily one of my favorite discoveries as an artist and his various monikers but also the various labels on which his music has appeared.
Both of these were released as смерть в летнюю полночь (aka death in the summer midnight) on the fine label Southern City's Lab out of Russia and I've just digested them in full - finally - on a rare day off. The first one is drum 'n' bass oriented but it's much more than that and is a stellar listen.
The second one was released some time ago and I have a digital copy but was pleasantly surprised to find they had released a physical copy on their first ever cassette release. Not sure if it's a fetish or a longing for days of old but I dig these cassettes. Picked up a couple from Sense/Net (currently my favorite netlabel out there) and have been pleasantly surprised by the tactile joy of receiving these (and, truth be told, a few bonuses as well).
Great artist in all his guises and great label(s) that deserve an attentive ear and, when possible, real support.
Warp veteran Nightmares On Wax has unleashed a new collection of unreleased tapes stretching from producer George Evelyn’s earliest days before the project into its late 90s heyday.
Collectively named The NOW Experience, the releases captures a unique time in the life of Evelyn and the Leeds crew he worked with including Code Name Tee, Tozz 180, FST, Ten Ton and Thunder.
“We all used to practice making demos in my mum’s living room from around 87. We used a 4 track cassette and a sampler and these are some of these demo tapes,” he says in a statement, explaining that many elements from the releases went on to form his early albums A Word Of Science and Smoker’s Delight.
Still plugging away here at HTCIS. Getting harder and harder to find that balance between harder to find or sleeper gems that are not overly nostalgic and not drowning in the overwhelming amount of music being released daily.
This one took a while to track down but these guys put out some incredible tracks during the heyday of the 'trance' sound before it devolved into mere formula and raves became tourist attractions. This release features remixes they did for other artists during this fertile period of time. Dig in to the roster and follow the leads and discover the beauty.
For those who were there this will take you right back to what made those times special. For those who may not have been there this will take you back to a time when this sound was unique and new.
Couple of hard to find 'samplers' from the mysterious and elusive Teargas & Plateglass. Though covering the bulk of their tracks from their two album releases these also contain some non-album tracks as well to round out the discography.
With inspiration from Koyaanisqatsi and sampling from Baraka, what's not to love?
This one is a little more personal than most posts here. Aside from the occasional story here, I realize many of the posts here are just shy of anonymous, directed toward the insiders.
You'll have to follow the remnants of another blog to get the connection of this album, follow the link below.
I just learned, having known this album all these years, that it was dedicated to Christopher McCandless who achieved fame for all the wrong reasons and whose legacy has veered toward myth.
Check out the remnants from another blog of mine lying dormant for the rather detailed, though strangely interesting and relevant, story on the significance of the person to whom this album here is dedicated.
The parent of this label, though I'm not sure exactly how, I only know they share the same logo. Made a brief appearance for two years and introducing some of us to artists such as bvdub, Quantec and Atheus.
Still need to track down originals of this one and this one for those who may be feeling generous as a lossless source is the missing link and we need to rid the world of price gouging sellers (trust me when I tell you that it is working).
The remnants of this label, in ways I have yet to decipher, became the label here which appeared three years later and, within a year, vanished without a trace.
This label introduced many of us to artists such as Teemu T., Mr. Cloudy, The Nautilus Project and others who are still expanding our sonic universe today. I believe this is music whose time has not yet come and will be discovered, like lost treasures, by later generations.
With too many projects to mention and too many artists sharing a rather large and expansive roster, always with a bent toward something magic, even mystical, this collaboration takes on the Tibetan vibe, with chanting monks to boot.
It's amazing to me to see this stuff come back around 20 years later. It was exploding around this time, bubbling up from underground. As I have aged, and the music with it, I cannot help but grin now in recognizing what a special time that was as the sounds laid down during that time are now the base of so much of modern music.
What sounds new to the untrained ear here brings a smile to the knowing ear as we acknowledge that we really did live through and experience something new rather than revisit it as historical relic.
They had been silent for a few months leaving me unable to get my fix and then, bam, five releases within a few weeks. Happy ears.
Though short in some cases the label remains true to its experimental nature. With sounds ranging from ambient to techno to noise not every release will satisfy everyone's taste unless, like me, the greater the variety the greater the joy.
The description for one of the releases states
lost-radio has gone mad. Mad in a good sense.
Unusual rhythms. Strange melodies. Atmosphere of the city filled with drugs, crime and violence.
This may as well apply to the label as a whole.
Most releases are Name Your Price offerings but even when there's a charge it's not enough to not show some support to keep the music flowing.
There seems to be some potential bootlegs of this making the rounds on a certain website which shall remain nameless. I can personally trace the lineage back to the source so there is no doubt where this one originates. However, this now appears to be a 'legitimate' bootleg, an unauthorized copy from within the ES camp. Stay tuned. Even with all the Echospace reissues upon reissues this one has remained elusive and is still out of print in any format and there is yet another layer of this that needs uncovered.