Friday, 7 March 2014
A playlist mainly driven by the thought that 6+3+14 = 23, time to dig into some old "industrial" sounds and mix with the new! On my way to the studio the mist and fog was drifting over the moor towards Totnes making the Current 93 piece the perfect soundtrack … The Academy 23 + The Grey Wolves track is from the compilation "Power To Destroy" on Lebensborn and the Hunting Lodge track is from the Vinyl On Demand box set rather than the original Nekrophile cassette.
01: Current 93 : "She Is Naked Like The Waves" (Coptic Cat) 2010.
02: Trepaneringsritualen : "ÅKALLAN:Mimir" (Malignant Records) 2014.
03: Dieter Mũh : "Let Him To Sleep" (Licht Und Stahl) 2010.
04: Psychic T.V. : "Themes 2 (Part 2)" (Cold Spring Records) 2011.
05: The Anti Group : "Love Flowers In The Desert" (Atonal Records) 1985.
06: Phauss : "Supreme Bliss (She Killed Them All And They Liked It)" (TOPYScan) 1990.
07: Academy 23 + The Grey Wolves : "Terror Intensifies" (Lebensborn) 1983.
08: X-TG : "Breach" (Industrial Records) 2012.
09: Wertham : "Which Way Western Man" (Old Europa Cafe) 2008.
10: Z'ev : "Wipe Out" (Fetish Records) 1982.
11: Throbbing Gristle : "The Old Man Smiled" (Industrial Records) 1980.
12: Hunting Lodge : "Learn To Will 2" (Vinyl On Demand) 2010.
13: The Pop Group : "She Is Beyond Good And Evil" (Radar Records) 1979.
14: The Desperate Bicycles : "(I Make The) Product" (Refill Records) 1978.
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Friday, 21 February 2014
Back on air after a month, and back with some exclusive tracks by Kay Hill the new project from SKCE & W>A>S>P>S main man Benjamin Hallatt. The new year sees MuhMur Radio Programme now having a Facebook page for those who are interested and want to get in touch.
Next programme is on March 6.
01: Plurals : "Kamu" (Oaken Palace Records) 2014.
(From the LP "Bugunés Melissae).
02: Kay Hill : "Summer Delta" (Not On Label) 2014.
03: Kay Hill : "Lake Cold" (Not On Label) 2014.
(Both tracks exclusive for MuhMur Radio Programme).
04: SKCE/// : "Ornaments #7" (Kiks/Girlfriend) 2004.
05: Kay Hill : "Magnetic Tape Wall" (Not On Label) 2014.
(Exclusive for MuhMur Radio Programme).
06: Kay Hill : "Marshall #1" (Anti) 2014.
(From the Cdr album "Cold Title").
07: Kay Hill : "Concentric Bass Wall" (Not On Label) 2014.
(Exclusive For MuhMur Radio Programme).
08: W>A>S>P>S : "SIOAO105" (Smell The Stench) 2013.
(From the Cdr album "Obsession Tapes).
09: Kay Hill : "Rock n' Peak" (Not On Label) 2014.
(Exclusive for MuhMur Radio Programme).
10: Neil Campbell : "Rabbitfoot Oof" (First Person) 2004.
(From the split 3" Cdr with Fickle).
11: Cathartec : "Varroa Destruktor" (Sonic Munitions) 2011.
(From the 3"Cdr "Apis").
12: Home Service : "Wake-Up!" (Crystal Groove Records) 1979.
13: John Murphy & Ben Taylor : "Untitled #4" (Cipher Productions) 2014.
(From the eponymous CD album).
14: Hydra & Death Squad : "Neurology 2" (Segerhuva) 2003.
(From the split 10" EP with Barrikad).
01: In the DJ Chair.
02: Dave at the controls.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Have spent a pleasant while listening to the latest compilation cassette release from the fine Swedish label Styggelse : "Slutstationen" (Translates as "The Endstation" in English). "Slutstationen" is the final piece in a trilogy of compilations that began with "Piller Thriller" and followed by "Pundartugg-Argot Bruit".
Over the past couple of years the Swedes have been on the ball with their fine compilation releases, I am thinking of the "Tapeworks" series on Hästen & Korset as well as the "Venice Of The North" and "Nördostra Malmö" tapes … Also the "Stein" compilation on Verlautbarung Records and the "Sverige" vinyl album on the now defunct Release The Bats Records. A few names that appear on the aforementioned releases also appear on "Slutstationen".
The compilation starts with Vit Fana. Cold open synth a la John Carpenter - desolate landscape screen shot as opening credits roll. Explosions … and … cue action. Puce Mary. This album is my first exposure to Puce Mary, a name (to me) being banded about rather like Cremation Lily and Lust For Youth were a few months back and Lettera 22 before them, and I now know why - impressive sounds. A throbbing pulse with pummelled metal reliving "Leichenschrei", indecipherable distorted vocals build and scream. Brighter Death Now enter with "Enough". An excellent bass line and a classic slice of (unsurprisingly) old school Industrial Noise. I am not a fan of the description old school but I can't think of a better one to describe Brighter Death Now. Alfarmania follow. Alfarmania is now the solo project of Styggelse label boss Kristian Olsson with Tony Hallén leaving - maybe to concentrate on Erektus 2K? Alfarmania bring a live multi-layered wall of noise and chaos. A sonic vortex that sucks you in and spits you out in to Shift. Shift is the UK based project of Swedish exile Martin Wilford. "Wipe Them Out" is a brutal all out assault on the senses. A table of effect boxes, a noise source and the voice as an instrument. Classic Harsh Noise Wall. The sound drops in to Händer Som Värder. Veterans of the Swedish compilation with appearances on "Tapeworks" and "Venice Of the North". They present "Jag Blev Stout" which sounds like something Paul Watson would drink on a Saturday night but is a masterful piece of tape splicing / radio manipulations and contact mic'ery. Theta follow with "Scopaesthesia". A track that doesn't thrill or interest me. Arv & Miljö close side one with "Johnny". The sound of a mechanical wheel turning, a big sound. Looping sounds, abstract sounds pieces introduced to the pattern before disappearing and reappearing moments later. Arv & Miljö are big favourites here, an excellent track.
"Slutstationen" is a C90. Sometimes too long for a compilation, but listening to side one time just flew by. The sounds transfixed me.
Side two opens with Ochu. Ochu is former Segerhuvaite Love Rosenström. "Sopa" has a threatening low level vibration that builds in to a chaotic hum and battle scene. Like Vit Fana and their opening piece on side one, this piece is very visual. New name to me Negative Climax bring a hint of Club Moral to the proceedings. Repetitive vocals and lots of reverb. There is an attractive recorder / gourd sound in the mix giving the track an "Eastern" feel. Treriksröset are pure noise, noise from the Japanese school of noise electronics. "Tillägnad Gubb" is surprisingly slow, but far too long for my ears. Maniac Cop follow on similar lines with lo-fi looping and circuit bending. I know little about Maniac Cop…they may be from Gothenburg. Teufelsdöckh follow with a similar sound to Ochu with a low frequency pulse predicting an oncoming threat … the sounds of a disturbed lair. An excellent track but then they were one of the highlights on "Nördostra Malmö". Värtgärd are Harsh Noise Wall. Arkhe deliver "Vrakloge" (Wrecked Lodge), a track that was part of last years MuhMur Radio session. A Rotorik Sound (I just made that up), the sound of fast cutting blades and tempered frequency - it all creates for an audio-visual carnage. Beautiful. The tape finishes with the dubiously named A Feast For Vultures. "The Prodigal Returns" has the sound of early Broken Flag releases with lots of crackle and distortion - there are voices in the swirl too, but unfortunately the tape ends and cuts the piece off in its' prime.
An excellent compilation, I still want to hear more Vit Fana and sample some Puce Mary, and there are some priceless classics in there too - Arv & Miljö, Ochu and Arkhe springing to mind. I think the cassette is limited to 250 and probably close to selling out but try Styggelse (www.alfarmania.se) Its worth it.
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Whilst searching through some old files I found these pictures from an exhibition by Peter Fengler & Killerlady. Last October I played The Elefant in Bremen, and helped out with things .. the P.A. came courtesy of Spedition, a small gallery / space in Gūterbahnhof. Whilst collecting the speakers, stands etc I browsed the exhibition - not ever having heard of either artists (OK - I claim my ignorance) I was quite simply bowled over by the presentation & art. Peter with his one-off lathe cut vinyl and Killerlady, with his (their) loop works and droning keyboard. Fascinating stuff - I unfortunately missed the Fengler performance by a couple of days … It took place at the top of a small set of stairs and was (allegedly) quite amazing. These pictures (only 6 I am afraid) bring that visit back - I also bought a limited flexi disc - I've played it on the radio …
1-3: Peter Fengler & De Player.
4-6: Killerlady "1 Im Bild".
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Grand Mal X. Who are they? And, how does Thomas Ekelund of Belaten find these projects? Release after release, tape after tape of high quality electronica…that is apart from the last Belaten cassette I mentioned - the pointless Nordwall/Vainio "Monstrance" reissue that was even more limited than the original, that one threw a spanner in the works of an impeccable roster of releases.
Grand Mal X. Please don't let it be the project of some ex-member from X Mal Deutschland. That would prejudice my ears somewhat. In 1984 I travelled on a coach from Manchester to London to see 400 Blows support X Mal Deutschland at The Lyceum, only to be told (after entrance) that they had been replaced by The Guana Batz. I was told by Robert (guitarist with The Blowers) that the reason they had been pulled was that they turned up for soundcheck with no drum kit or bass player and X Mal Deutschland took exception to this. I watched The Guana Batz and the following act, Flesh For Lulu, from the balcony and then got ejected by the bouncers for "skinning up".
Anyway…Grand Mal X. Research. They have a Facebook page which tells me little but for some reason I think they are East European exiles living in New York. That's one of the joys about the Belaten series. Thomas releases stuff by folk I have never heard of and it is always quality "different" electronica and to some extent quite commercial. Club music, night music, electro-pop, cold wave, E.B.M. All genres that exist but mean nowt (to me).
To digress somewhat, the other night, I was watching some shit on the TV hosted by Danny "Pets Win Prizes" Baker about music in the 1980's and he claimed that after punk in the 1970's came "post punk" but that is not how I remembered it. The "independent / DIY cultured music wasn't called "post punk", that terminology came much later. I remember it as "New Wave" which was an umbrella for all things "indie" - Power Pop, 2Tone, Industrial, Electro, Oi, Gloomy Shoegazers etc. But then again, I suppose I don't like Danny "Daz Doorstep Challenge" Baker that much, a man desperately trying to re-write music history to fit his own agenda. I once heard that mobile phones were invented for people who had very little to say but didn't know how to shut the fuck up….I bet Danny has a few mobiles…
Anyway….Grand Mal X. "Life EP" brings us six tracks on a C36. Every track a beauty. It is all reminiscent of other sounds without sounding "carbon copy". "Units" has a Clock DVA vibe - DVA circa "Buried Dreams" and the following piece "Tricks Of the Trade" with an infectious Latin beat is lyrically and musically in Wir territory. "Four Chambers" also has a Duet Emmo / Cupol feel. "Late Night Call" closes side A and "The Crossing"opens side B, both have exquisite sequencer patterns that just exude neon. Driving motorik. The last piece "Sudden Portal" brought the Pet Shop Boys to mind (or Flight Of The Conchords being PSB)! At the turn of the 1990's I knew a DJ in Tokyo who used to send me Pet Shop Boys CD's and rarities …
Grand Mal X. I certainly want to hear more … it is like that with virtually all of Belatens' releases … The tape has sold out from the label but get in touch with them via Facebook …