Sunday, December 28, 2014

Best of Volor Flex

Pretty excited about this one. Volor Flex started out a few years ago making music that sounded remarkably like Burial. This is not a criticism, not at all, as he not only nailed the sound but added his own special vibe to it. 

He recently dropped the Volor Flex moniker and has moved on to a different sound as Trampique and his Face To Face release under this new name is very highly recommended.

Anyhow, he just dropped the 'Best Of Volor Flex' at a 'Name Your Price' offering which will give you an idea of how his sound has evolved over time.  From the bandcamp page:

This collection features 5 parts that add up to a continuous mix. Each one features 13 tracks and they have been split as such for both an easier listening experience and the choice of mood that they offer.
As previously stated, "Sabo" was the final official Volor Flex album, however seeing that this collection has unearthed a fair amount of previously unheard songs we will be releasing them individually in the next 6 months.
With his creative roots openly stated from his first album, Alex Frolov had the opportunity to craft his personal take on what influenced him the most free of bias or ethic debates. The exclusive tracks follow the timeline of Volor Flex's works but they are not outtakes from any of his official output but rather stand-alone tracks that were not part of any projects.
Show some love and support


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ultimae | records - Enfold (2014)

Free download from Ultimate Records, one of the best, and longest running, 'chill' (an unfortunately overused tag but still representative nonetheless) labels out there.

From the label:

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we are pleased to offer you the first volume of « Enfold », a compilation of songs created with the idea of gentleness and chill. With the kind and generous participation of Lars Leonhard, I Awake, Fingers In the Noise, Scann-Tec, Asura, Miktek, Martin non-Static, Circular, Master Margherita and AES Dana.
Get it in any format you like, including 24-bit


Have a chilled out Christmas from HTCIS. Thanks for the support over the years.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Blueneck - Night Of The Meek (2014)

Ok, so the Christmas thing and the obligatory artist covers of Christmas songs is way overdone. Has been for years. Probably always will be. Blueneck, however, is new, at least to my ears. May not bring anyone to tears but it's got pull and it may just shake the dust off the accumulated layers of cynicism and syrupy sentimentality that surrounds the media saturation this time of year.

'Name Your Price' download

And if you haven't checked out their newest release, King Nine (the vinyl is a stunning work of art), you can download an acoustic version of the track 'Man Of Lies' at a 'Name Your Price' offering


P.S. If you haven't checked it already, Lustmord's take on 'Silent Night' is, oddly, a beautiful reflection on what it means in the world in which we live today.

Monday, December 22, 2014

isolatedmix 50 – bvdub (Sleep Tight, Ono)

Brock has suffered some personal losses this year and this mix should reflect the mood of such losses, both the grief and the gratefulness. As with all of his mixes it is meant to be absorbed without preconceived notions derived from a track list.

Direct download option is available from one of the best music sites on the entire Web:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Just listen.

Then get the story.


Saturday, December 13, 2014


Simply astounding how good this is. 'The future' was correct. It's here and it still sounds like it's from the future.

Go back into the future and enjoy the strobe lights in outer space.

Roderick Julian Modell ‎– The Autonomous Music Project (1999)

In between V 1.0-1.9 as Waveform Transmission and Electromagnetic-Etheric Systems Approach and before Deepchord became a parent in the evolving sound of dub techno there was this masterpiece that truly sounds better with maturity.

It is a release "which harboured a batch of fabulously suggestive dark-light soundscapes incorporating "electro-organic, virtual reality audio textures" into a recording which, in the current climate of texturally abraded digital-denying ambient, sounds freshly contemporary." (Source)

It's basically analog ambient done right. As the music washes over the listener, there is an almost "spiritual" immersion a la David Hykes, Baraka-ish in intensity. Of the entire DC/ES catalogue, this remains at the top of the list.

It's strangely affecting "music" that bridges the gulf between the natural harmonic of the human voice and the "clinical" tones so often generated by computer made music.

Long out of print. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lustmord - Silent Night Redux

'Tis the season.

I know that Lustmord calls himself a 'godless heathen' but, though I have other sentimental reasons that this song has meaning, there is something true about this version that gives it a rather profound significance that may or may not have been his intent.

It's a 'Name Your Price' offering but support if you are able.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sense​/​Net: Music for Outskirts (2014)

My new favorite netlabel with a perfect compilation to catch the vibe.

This compilation was thoroughly and carefully produced by people who don’t seem to be connected to each other by any way possible: a theologian, a philosopher, a biologist, an ex-drug dealer and a wandering pornographer. The only things that united us were the vortex of melancholy and the eeriness of night. We bloom like flowers by the lights of monitors and street lamps, but not by the sunshine. We’re longing for something more, something big, even global. 
Ordered the cassette, more for the story than anything else. There's something tangible about the weirdness of the whole thing.

It was really hard: we took 47 cassettes from Malaysia, 47 cases from China, 47 covers from Ukraine, 9 tracks from ex-USSR artists and now we are ready to sell.
Highly recommend a download of everything they have to offer and put in on repeat to really absorb yourself into why I find this so bloody enjoyable.

It's all at a 'Name Your Price' offering though I do recommend truly supporting their efforts to keep the music alive.

Highly recommended.

The compilation can be found

You can also check an assortment of mixes offered up from the label on Mixcloud

And, on an aside, their main page has one of the best images I've ever seen on the web:

Thursday, December 4, 2014

aspect. - bp4 [CFM059] (2014)

Incredible lineup of some of the best among the current roster of 'dub techno' and all its iterations and variations offering up remixes a track from one of the "elders" of the post-BC/DC/ES wave of pioneers. 

From Cold Fiction Music, one of the best netlabels on the Web at the moment:

From the ashes of Textural Being rises... aspect.
By way of introduction, Portland, OR, producer Sage Taylor offers bp4, a floating dub techno track to demonstrate the new alias...
Or, that's how it began, anyway. A few months, several emails and many remixes later, an album is born. Calling on multiple sources of talent spread across the far flung corners of the world, Sage has gathered an impressive list of remixers, including: Mandrasigma, Rabbit Rabbit, Zander One, Katsura, Substak, Fingers in the Noise, Zwei Kreise, Desove, Warmth, Coppice Halifax and The Downgrade Complex...
And as a bonus, at the end, are two alternate mixes by aspect. himself. It's an album for rainy days and headphones... One to get lost in. use that one
Check out the names and track down works under each of their names. You will not be disappointed.

It's offered up as a 'Name Your Price' offering but be generous to allow musical offerings such as this to not only continue but evolve among continuing generations of artists.