Octobird Salad #6 | I still don’t know what I did last Summer

Damn, the last winter of the decade! Outside, in front of the clubs, queues doze in puddles and slowly soak themselves up with mud. Inside, as a precaution, the soundtrack of the indivual is bashing down the faces in a minor key in order to push the impending depression back into subconscious. And I’m crouching here in my over-heated flat and still don’t remember what I did last summer.

Time to put my smartphone into the video recorder to recapture.

It was definitely a happy one. Always nice and LoFi, but most companions out there already realized that there’s need for more than a 64bit tape plugin on an 808 beat to make everything 12bit.

World Crime League cruises with us through a wonderfully wonky, housy album thing, cheerfully wagging their feet between throttle and brakes. Sweely and Ex-Terrestrial inject their light-footed acid house with springy breakbeats and rewind our listening habits back into the next subgenre of the 90s. And Marco Bernardi shows that he can do totally, completely different than dystopian and dissonant. Same Ingredients but with loads of sugar. A nice dessert before the next rough meal.

Last but not least, it is still a tongue-in-cheek pleasure to look back on a decade of tape rewinds, in which we’ve been daydreaming all nights in long forgotten associations of a brighter future.
Not to be imagined if, from 2020, completely new genres may pop up again. Then it’s over with cozy!

TRACKLIST

1 Palmbomen II – Pure Tibet [Beats In Space Records]
2 World Crime League – Palm Haze [Temporize Records]
3 Dreems and Jamie Blanco – Percussive Racing Cars [Futureboogie Recordings]
4 Leo Anibaldi – Universal [Safe Trip]
5 Sweely – You Don’t Really Want Me [Lobster Theremin]
6 Marco Bernardi – Space Coral [Futureboogie Recordings]
7 Nackt – Let’s Go Shopping [Left Hand Path]
8 RIP Swirl – Possessed
9 Ex-Terrestrial – Urth Man [Pacific Rhythm]
10 SFV Acid – Trader Joe [SFV Records]
11 Junk Runner – Nanofax [Pr0gramma]
12 Leonardo Martelli – Alice [Antinote Recordings]

Octobird Salad #5 | Mind-bending Monotony

Oh my dear Analord! I just realise that it’s been quite a while since my last recorded confession. So forgive me as I have been hiding in dark places jamming out tunes. What actually brought me back into recording another episode of Octobird Salad was a quite significant update in my gear arsenal. I just recently got myself a pretty good deal on an Allen&Heath Xone:DB4 mixer. And as most A&H DJ-Mixer this one is in particular great for straight on Techno music, advancing the gracile art & craft of carving out elements and layer them over a workspace of four decks.

Preeminently I went for a certain style of Techno I think I first encountered through the one and only Developer. A hypnotic and driven sort of music, embedded in evolving textures and floating hi-hats, worn by a straight four to the floor kick drum. It vehemently refuses catchy hooklines and replaces it with repetitive textures and sequences to drill itself a path into ones subconscious.

Another representative of this guild is probably Luke Slater under his alias Planetary Assault Systems. Unbelievable he only managed to get on my radar two or three years ago. Especially on his recent releases on A-tone Records (a very courageous, offbeat offshoot of the Berghain label Ostgut-Ton) he indulges these style elements with immense sensitivity. His current release Plantae is no exception from this development.

And just before it might get a bit too repetitive, we take the branch into the relatively sluggish rhythms of electro. Not only to carry the current release of my trusty companion Vortex Traks into the world. With Kafkactrl’s “Entropy Model” they travelled again into harsher areas, which are personally always my favourite.

Last but not least, Animistic Beliefs deserve a mention. While the finally played track still makes use of the usual tools of electro, particularly on their current release Mindset: Reset they managed to give the genre a very personal touch. Perfectionist, smooth and yet playful enough to let both sides of your brain play table tennis together.

TRACKLIST:

1 Etienne Jaumet: For Falling Asleep (Christian Vance Slow Burning Saxless Remix) [Versatile Records]
2 NHK yx Koyxen: Parallel Displacement [-ous]
3 S Olbricht: T
4 Donato Dozzy: Back [Tresor]
5 Staffan Linzatti: Dizziness [Balans Records]
6 Planetary Assault Systems: Give It Up [Mote-Evolver]
7 Developer: Over the Eurphrates [Coincidence Records]
8 Simon Haydo: Contortions [MindTrip Music]
9 Israel Vines: Afterever [Interdimensional Transmissions]
10 DJ Spider & Franklin De Costa: F Planet [Berceuse Heroique]
11 Ekman: Doomsday Argument [Crème Organization]
12 Kafkactrl: Occam’s Razor [Vortex Traks]
13 Animistic Beliefs: Digitone X005 [Solar One Music]

“Tram Komputer” out on Zanderhythm

Tram Komputer is the first compilation put together from a vast number of eight-track-sessions recorded at Vodor L. Zeck‘s Studio over the last five years. On a regulary basis Vodor L. Zeck, DBH and Octobird (and who ever else wanted to join in) came together, simply to create portions of energy made with electronic machines, press record and catch some magic.

The tracks captured on this tape were cut and edited as less as possible and then mastered by Octobird. While all these sessions over the years spit out a vast variety of sounds and styles ranging from Hi-Speed Acid to Trippy Downbeats to Speed-Ambient, this first release represents the more melodic Brain Raves.

A special note of thanks also goes out to Vertical67 for the Tape Cover Design visualizing the different Tram stations it took to get to the Zanderythm studio in Berlin Marzahn.

Tentacle Loot #9 | Mindcolormusic aux4410

Mindcolormusic’s one man label mastermind DJ mnvr has been pretty busy releasing wonderful little mindbending braindance gems since last year. Sympathetically he skips back and forth between Compilations, EPs and Split-Eps on which he relies less on proven formats than on his sense of coherent track compilations. And so – behind the superstructure of Braindance, Acid and IDM – his publications  always tell a flush story beyond genre boundaries.

The fact that we are choosing the aux4410 from these short stories is, of course, due to the fact that Veglord Vodor L Zeck contributes his part on the knobs here. But together with Quadratschulz, Bromic, Sonornote, Bovaflux and a few others, it creates a wonderful something of nervous drum shuffle, sprinting acid lines and hovering disharmonic megarave emotions.

May the end of this story remain open for a long, long time!

Tentacle Loot #5 | Beathaven – Electro Sonatas

The mighty Beathaven himself labels it Devonshire Electronic Music.

“Unknown to the masses, techno and electro was invented in the dangerous back streets of North Devon. This music is in our veins, brains and hearts.”

Like most of his releases he published Electro Sonatas on his very own playground Midievil Records. And it’s yet another excellent example of the healthy diversity of acid infected, machine loving, intelligent dance jamming scene you can find under the hood of Bandcamp, Soundcloud and on various smaller Vinyl Labels.

It’s stunning how Beathaven keeps his tunes from the straight Four-To-The-Floor recipe but still gives you no other choice than follow with your body like a wigglely worm. Add some detuned Synth Lines on top and you can imagine how life was back in Midievil times. Dark but adventurous, rough but also spontaneous. So hopefully Beathaven will keep on leading us the way trough Devonshire Forest.

Tentacle Loot #4 | Ghostband – Grime Synthesis

Got that little scamp! Ghostband is not a band! It’s a kid in a candy store smearing his tunes with glittering melodies and evil plans to put you on one leg. And before you know it you are in the middle of a breakcore massacre.

Ghostband is throwing out self released recordings since 2011 but came first into my consciousness with his Tape Release Acid Deco which got some promotion via the legendary Bleep Store (Which is an offshoot from Warp Records as far as I’m aware). It had “Acid” in it’s name, so what could you do wrong by grabbing it. But it sure wasn’t an Acid Album. It reminded me somehow of Venetian Snare’s early sample based Breakcore mayhems, that always contained this errant wicked humor. But it wasn’t a Breakcore Album by definition. Instead it took all these ingredients and tossed them around with a very playful attitude.

Grime Synthesis takes this musical diversity even further (let alone that it’s not a Grime Album). It feels like AFXs Donkey Rhubarb on heavy rotation. Rhythmically it feels like a bouncing ball that refuses to listen to the laws of gravitation and while the melodies always start kinda fluttering around friendly, you know that this ain’t gonna end in peace.

Tentacle Loot #2 | Tape Squize – XOOWO EP

It sounds like Tape Squize had to squeeze his 5 Braindancer Megahits on double tempo onto the Tape because he got a bit tight on Tape length. This guy from Portland, Oregon gets straight to the point. Highspeed Rephlex Drums, melting Acid Lines and washed out Melodies that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about Love. If you are just tough enough to listen.

The YOOWO EP joins a full handful of releases from msh3005 Records. But this one is by far my favourite from what I’ve heard so far.

Collectors can get the EP in lovely old-fashioned formats. A tape version – which should be sold out by now. And also a CD version in an oldschool Floppy Disc Case.

“Handmade by the artist himself while he was struggling to find impossible (for him) inner peace and get proper amount of sleep.”

This explains a lot.

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