You give up after listening to hundreds of mediocre tracks on soundcloud, you retreat to facebook for a bit of relief, and BAAAM. You click on a link from a friend who's notorious for finding "off the scale" music, and all of a sudden you're in paradise.
The Blackwood EP is breathtaking in an intelligently mean way. Progressive and atmospheric breaks are something that you don't hear on every corner. In fact it's deep down in the underground right now. It wasn't always like this: in the mid-late 90's, when progressive and atmospheric breaks were sort of well known, Hybrid and Way Out West being the most important influences as far as the internet can tell. Almost two decades later the scene is on the rise once more. It is a flourishing scene with Labels like Morphosis or artists like Slighter, Dave Gluskin, E.F.G., and many more.
If you consider the above mentioned "ingredients" mixed together as a cake then the Blackwood EP is the cherry on the top, or the strawberry, because I...
When it comes to dark music we prefer to think of brutal sounds, nightmarish tempo and screaming vocals. For me, tracks like these are just like the most common daemons using the most conventional methods to scare our very souls into the endless abyss of fear. If you want something more you have to seek the dark intelligence, where it's not about random spooky stuff, but something that comes from deep inside. So I gathered some tracks that I consider the best dark intelligent ones. Sit back and enjoy.
1. The Throbbing Gristle - Hamburger Lady
2. Slighter - Outbreak
3. Soulwax - E Talking (Hybrid remix)
4. Loco & Jam - Medusa
5. Psure Psyon - Though Case
6. Dub Phizix and Skeptical feat Strategy - Marka
7. Q.G. - Six Feet Under
8. Perturbator - Raining Steel
9. Gesaffelstein - Pursuit (and the whole album - Aleph)
10. Social Kid - Heart Energy
In interested in more compilations check out Top 10 Free Downloads, Top 5 Electro Bangers and The Best Progressive Breaks of 2013-14
As you can read it in a previous review, Slighter's album Science of Noise came out quite a while ago. "Pathways" was one of the many tracks featured on the album. The album wasn't for the faint-eared. "Pathways" featuring R. A. Desilets was one of the easier ones, considering the fact that the whole album is an audiophile playground.
I've never ever thought that I could imagine Pathways playing at a techno crazed German venue but now I canThe new EP aims to bring this track even closer to the general public, to you and me. The EP contains four remixes of the track and ohhh booay the remixers did a great job. Springa's remix stands out by miles for me, but that doesn't mean the other three are worthless. All four tracks have their own unique atmosphere but if I have to list them I would stick to the order as they follow one another on the EP. Maybe they were listed following the very same principles that I had in mind when deciding which is better.
I've never ever thought that I...
7 years ago (next month to be exact) Radiohead did the same thing with In Rainbows. Screams of "Omg! we're doomed!" began. A year later Nine Inch Nails did the same with The Slip... And certain people took to the streets with their "END IS NEAR" signs... Yet here we still are, enjoying music, and there's plenty of it. Tell me again how vinyl record plants can't keep up with the DEMAND for physical vinyl presses* again?
Ask yourself, who's behind this outcry? Chances are, it's a musician who's music we've forgotten about (and chances are, it wasn't great to begin with.) Others following suit are most likely in shitty bands, that can't get anyone to listen to them... NOT because people don't care about music, but entirely because THEY MAKE SHITTY MUSIC. Stop projecting your creative failure onto the rest of us please, be better at your craft instead.
Great music is still being made, bought and sold, I'd say some of the BEST music I've heard in my life so far has been in the last few...
But before discussing it some insight might be needed about the previous works of Slighter for the sake of better understanding his craft.
Slighter latest album the "Science of Noise" is a strange creature and a musical challenge. It didn't surprised me that it evolved even further into something that is far beyond the well-known shiny surface of the sea of music.
The most of us are just swimming on the surface of the music. Some submerge after taking a deep breath too look around what's underneath. But these are shallow waters and there is light. By going deeper and deeper one finds itself in the twilight zone and this is exactly where "Science of Noise" is. There is no sense in going deeper. It is cold, it is dark, and it's dangerous.
The most of us are just swimming
on the surface of the music
These dark, cold, unknown places are filled with dangers, new stuff and a heck of an adventure I might add. This is the point where the whole thing turns from hobby into profession and a...
I equate this to entering an art store to argue over which paint brush will paint you a better painting: If you can't paint, there's not a brush that an art store can sell you to make you paint like Renoir. The same is true for any tool used to make art, be it software or whatever. A tool in the hands of an artist becomes great because of the artist, and never the other way around. People who take the time out of their day to make statements about DAW "X" being better than DAW "Y" are simply attempting to justify their own choice, their money spent, and their own investment to learn/use that choice. Usually this argument will include something about how their favorite producer uses the same, and that MUST make it superior.
Yet the rebuttal to that is counting the numerous artists who've championed rudimentary software to make their art: "I hear Burial uses only Audacity" or "Liam Howlett used mainly Reason to make Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned"...
But honestly, who cares...
"Science of Noise" is one of the links that connects the listener to the sounds of the unique, untouched by business universe. The album takes the listeners for a ride of twelve tracks. The first half of the album is there to calm the disturbed consciousness by escaping the lights of those messy constantly flashing worlds. It's so peaceful and sweet that if you're tired while listening to it you will fall asleep instantly. The first time when I was listening to it and writing about it I was instantly sent into the dream world, literally. I wanted to write, but ultimately the music was writing my dreams. So I was trolled by the music. Music – Me 1-0.
connects the listener to the unmapped universe of sounds With no doubt "Above Ground" was the one track that knocked me out. Even now, after ten hours of sleep I find it hard to resist the temptation to close my eyes and to wander off just to fall asleep again. And then "Pathways" grabs you with the sound of magic. As soon as you open...