Passive/Aggressive

Janushoved – “I always wanted a feeling of anonymity” (interview)

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Interview and all photos (Yuri & Internazionale, Soho Rezanejad, Raquin, Manon Lescaut 22.06.2018 @ Mayhem) by Cameron Pagett

“I always wanted it to have a feeling of anonymity.” Mikkel Valentin, founder and recording artist of Copenhagen electronic label Janushoved reflects. “I started making noise music when I was 16, I thought I had invented a completely new genre.” (laughs). Some years later and a total of 80 releases past the beginnings of Janushoved it feels like a big step forward to him. Showcasing and coming out and connecting physically as a label and a unit hasn’t always been directly on the cards. With numerous releases under different aliases, the label has a feeling of mystery and familiarity. Having established itself firmly as a name in the local Copenhagen DIY electronic scene, it feels like this could have or should have been done much more than it has. With an adoring local and international audience and a unique presence in the noise community with a sound normally bearing a romantic and sensual aura, Janushoved has grown organically from the seeds of pure sound and a penchant for exotic, bizarre and sentiment driven visuality. “It’s a label that draws the intellectually stimulated melody junkie,” an admirer reveals, “The style is distinctively Copenhagen but feels less harsh and calculating then some others … it’s more like red wine on a Saturday night rather than vodka.”
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Raquin – Musikalsk eufori i nye facetter

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Raquin “Ariclone” (Janushoved, 2018) – anmeldelse af Alexander Julin

Raquin er et af de nyeste projekter, der er udkommet på båndselskabet Janushoved. På mange måder ligger det i tråd med det væld af lo-fi synth-projekter, der er udkommet på selskabet siden dets begyndelse. Der hersker den samme enten vemodige eller euforiske grundstemning på tværs af udgivelsens numre, og den lydlige æstetik er fortsat umådeligt skrabet.

Projektets debutudgivelse, “Ariclone”, er dog ikke blot endnu en udgivelse fra Janushoved. Projektet fremstår særegent i lyset af Janushoveds øvrige diskografi, fordi den euforiserende spænding flere gange på uvant og uforudsigelig vis accelereres til nye højder. Læs resten