Passive/Aggressive

Sugar – Submerged on the dance floor

English Kritik October 25 2018 sugar

Sugar “No Sex Only Feelings” (Euromantic, 2018) – review by Cameron Pagett

Sometimes it’s good to let loose… really loose. Have the ability to let yourself go and simply move and enjoy the moment, twist your hips, turn your head and give in. It’s nearing 3 AM in Volume KPH at the gateway to spring with the windows shaking and nearly giving out from the booming speaker and footsteps pounding on the pavement. “I’ve never heard him this good,” one remarks.
This show in March was one of the first times an audience got to hear the much awaited new material from local DIY legend and Fast Forward co-founder Nikolaj Jakobsen (aka Sugar). He played a real cracker of a set including a lot of the tracks from his album “No Sex Only Feelings” which was released some months later, in the beginning of September.
The night at Volume was marked by many memorable performances, and from close memories and some worthwhile video evidence the party hit full tilt and begat a frenzy during a fast, furious and melodic 2.5 hours. It was the perfect setting and size with bursting prismatic lights, expansive sound and an attendance hitting the over 1,000 mark.

Now, the album is finally out, and it is fantastic. The diligent and precise mixing is accompanied by a wonderfully executed work in mastering from local wizard Joel Krozer. If you have any familiarity with the Copenhagen techno world which is characterized by a 140 BPM tempo, a hard, pulsing kick with a lean toward dancy melodic bliss, then this album is a coronation of sorts to a style defined and raised in numerous studios across the city. Læs resten

Sortlegeme – Soundtracket til et sted, der ikke findes (interview & mix)

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Af Alexander Julin

Jeppe Dalsgaard Andersen har foruden droneprojektet Outer Nothingness i særdeleshed gjort sig bemærket med soloprojektet Sortlegeme i de senere år. Mens der i 2016 og starten af 2017 udkom Sortlegeme-udgivelser på både Moral Defeat, Memory No. 36 Recordings og srt, Dalsgaards eget label, er det nu lidt over halvandet år siden, at projektet sidst udgav noget, i form af båndet “Permanence”, der udkom i kølvandet på den ligeledes fænomenale EP “kolossal”.

Selvom numrene på den nye EP, “base materialism”, er henholdsvis mellem 10 måneder og to et halvt år gamle, lyder det, som om de er komponeret i en periode, der tidsligt ligger længere væk fra hans foregående udgivelser. De arabiske samples på “kolossal” er skiftet ud med ældre violin-optagelser, og mere overordnet trækker “base materialism” i højere grad på techno. P/A bringer derfor et interview med Dalsgaard om den nye udgivelse samt et mix af Dalsgaard selv, der præsenterer nogle af hans musikalske inspirationer. Læs resten

Terraforma2018 – A festival of superior, sustainable bliss (live report)

Blog English August 10 2018

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Terraforma Festival 2018, Milan, Italy, 29.06-01.07 – review by Sandra S. Borch. Photos by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Guido Borso

For the past four years Villa Arconti, a baroque rural palace just outside Milan, has been home for one of Europe’s most blissful festivals, Terraforma. First held in 2014 with a line up featuring Voices From the Lake, Pierre Bastien, and CB21, and later editions have included artists such as Suzanne Ciani, Mark Ernestus, Millie and Andrea, Aurora Halal, and Rashad Becker. The artistic programme celebrates music with an open-minded and experimental attitude across borders and genres. For its fifth edition the festival had the wizard from Detroit Jeff Mills, spokeswoman for the NON collective Nkisi, Rabih Beaini, Danielle De Santis, and many more. Here follows a selection of performances and thoughts on Europe’s newcomer among experimental music festivals. Læs resten

SØS Gunver Ryberg – En vekselvirkning mellem atmosfæriske kompositioner og skarptskydende rytmer

Kritik June 29 2018 SØS Gunver Ryberg © Emil Hornstrup Jakobsen

SØS Gunver Ryberg “SOLFALD” (Noise Manifesto, 2018) – anmeldelse af Ida Selvejer Faaborg

SØS Gunver Rybergs nye ep, “SOLFALD”, består af seks eksperimentelle numre, som skiftevis bevæger sig fra smukke og atmosfæriske kompositioner til insisterende og ubarmhjertigt hårde technobeats, der omfavner Rybergs mange facetter som komponist og lydkunstner.
Udgivelsen rummer bl.a. optagelser fra live-performances og manipulerede feltoptagelser som f.eks. på åbningsnummeret ”Kredsløb”, der er skabt udelukkende af lyde fra elektromagnetiske felter i Operahuset i København. Her danner SØS Gunver Ryberg med det samme et lydligt rum og en meget kropslig lytteoplevelse, da disse lyde nærmest cirkulerer rundt om lytteren og giver en fornemmelse af at blive omsluttet af en elektrisk strøm. Læs resten

Pinkman – Celebrating five years of distribution

Blog English June 24 2018 tears1

Af Sandra S. Borch

Through the past five years the Rotterdam imprint Pinkman has established itself as one of the most consistent platforms for pushing and distributing retro-futuristic and driving electro grooves. This is marked with a compilation series called “Five Years of Tears”, and the first selection up features three usual suspects and one newcomer. Læs resten