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Deardrums is the new project of two established Italian artists: Bottin and Leo di Angilla.
Deardrums deploy an arsenal of analog drum machines (mostly played by hand!) in what feels like a neo-tribal soundscape, drawing from prehispanic elements (think Mayan and Aztec, not Latin) and pseudo-African rhythms.
Nearly all sounds, including bass and leads, are crafted with skillfully
tuned drum synthesizers. Just after listening to the first couple of songs the project was immediately signed to Brooklyn-based 2MR label, under the supervision of Italian Do It Better and Troubleman founder Mike Simonetti, and the first release was also the first 12″ single on 2MR.
The second release from Deardrums on 2MR features three standout originals from Bottin and Leo di Angilla and is made with a serious array of hardware gear.
The brilliantly bespoke ‘Dum Dum’ is fully of trippy jungle heat, with a tough drum riff and cooing vocals all mixed together with wooden percussive hits and frazzled synth lines. It is stuffed with neo-tribal sounds from deep within nature and makes for a terrific opening.
‘Mami Wata’ makes use of acoustic percussion to create a lovably idiosyncratic, poly-rhythmic drum track straight from some ancient tribe. Layered up and increasingly pressurised, the loose drums make for physical listening and recall the work of Shackleton, amongst others, whilst thick bass really adds to the sense of presence. This track appears exclusively on this EP and won’t be available on the forthcoming album or anywhere else.
The last cut ‘Into Darkness’ is a whacked out, machine made and mechanical rhythm that lays its bare bones out for all to see. Incessant hits, micro-funky keys and paddy kicks all add up to one of the freshest and most original basement tracks you will hear this year.
Fantasy Techno collective DUST – a trio comprised of audio engineer Michael Sherburn, DIY nightlife entrepreneur John Barclay and multi-disciplinary artist Greem Jellyfish – announce today their debut full length, Agony Planet.
The nightmarish, alien horror narrative will be released January 22nd on Mike Simonetti’s new 2MR imprint. Immersed in Brooklyn’s DIY rave community, all three members held roles in the genesis of notable extinct venues 285 Kent and Trip House, and now Bossa Nova Civic Club. In 2012 Sherburn and Barclay joined forces to found DUST and were joined shortly thereafter by Jellyfish; the following year they released their first 12”, “Onset of Decimation,” on Mannequin. Between 2013 and 2015, they released several more 12”, two on Mannequin, as well as one for Sci-Fi & Fantasy and one for 2MR.
Over these years, with Sherburn at the helm, the framework and themes for Agony Planet began to be conceptualized. Thirteen tracks, spanning in genre from digital hardcore, dungeon techno, and celestial ambience, are all held together by a theme of extravagant extraterrestrial warfare. Club-savvy techno engineering accompanied by frontwoman Greem Jellyfish’s bizarre monologues and warped screams beckon listeners on a journey through the occult mysticism of the nightmarish and torturous deep ocean of an alien hell. Agony Planet is an unrelenting and bold debut from a trio not afraid to explore the dark caverns of the underground
Kedr Livanskiy is Russian for Lebanese Cedar. The sinister synths in Sgoraet (English: Burning Down) are inspired by the otherworldliness of Russian winter; Russia in winter is a terrible thing, but it also has a strange romantic presence to it. The drum and bass coda emulates the feeling of impending death and transition to another state when winter is over one’s shoulder.
Razrushitelniy Krug’s (English: Destructive Cycle) mood is a little lighter, but it is about self-reflection becoming self-destructive in a vicious cycle. It’s not all doom and gloom; April is almost tropical in its celebration of the arrival of spring. It’s for exploring the Russian countryside after the sun has unlocked the trees, debris and dilapidated buildings frozen in time.
Kedr on growing up in Russia and the influence that had on her music: “Of course the big problem was perpetual drunkenness—people would drink themselves to death. I was born on October 4, 1990. It was a very interesting but critical time for Russia—a time of great change. The Soviet Union was no more, and old values were anathematized because of the reconstruction. In my early teens no one seemed to understand me in this world (I thought), so I read Washington Irving novels and listened to The Cure. At around 20 years old I felt a real need to find myself, so I entered the directing department of the Moscow School of New Cinema. At the same time, electronic music fascinated me completely. A small circle of my friends formed around a mutual interest in music. We always went to concerts together, of which were mostly international artists: Inga Copeland, DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad, Legowelt, Death Grips, Florian Kupfer, Dean Blunt, etc. It wasn’t long until we organized the community and DIY record label known as John’s Kingdom. It’s not only about music; it’s also a channel for art, videos and lifestyle. Now it’s the most alive and honest thing in Moscow. My music is strongly inspired by Autechre, Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada, but with the lyrics and mood of Mazzy Star. I admire contemporaries Inga Copeland and Laurel Halo, however, my songs are more pop-leaning because of the powerful influence MTV had on my adolescence.”
After heading taste-making underground labels like Italians Do It Better, Perseo, and Troubleman Unlimited, DJ / editor and elite vinyl connoisseur Mike Simonetti finally drops some original material on his debut LP. He’s certainly had releases under his name in the past, but those were all edits of other peoples tracks. On Capricorn Rising, Mike takes us on a journey through realms of his own cosmic disco and house, plus some ambient synthscapes too. Check the 8 minute opener “Third Of The Storms(1)” that sets it off coasting on the smooth cosmic disco tip with Australian pop singer Sam Sparro laying down vocals. Up next, “Song For Luca(2)” ups the tempo into instrumental new disco mode, while “Dust Devil(3)” breaks up the beats for a bit of moody ambience. The title track “Capricorn Rising(4)” is an epic piece of space travel music that has bits of italo mixed with rock guitar, all rocking to a relentless, pounding beat.
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None of the Above aka N/O/T/A is an escape from reality plan. Made in between London and Toronto, it joins Dinamo Azari (AZARI & III) and Mixhell’s Laima Leyton and Iggor Cavalera (SEPULTURA). Eager to collaborate and make music in a non compromised way, the trio brought together live and electronic drum beats, strong bass lines, unexpected samples and dark synths to an unknown place. It is none of the genres we are listening to nowadays but it still brings together a live feeling of techno, industrial and acid, yes, we love acid.
Mike Simonetti has decided to split from Italians Do It Better (Chromatics, Glass Candy) to focus on his new project, Pale Blue, as well as his new venture: the freshly minted label 2MR (Two Mikes Records). A collaboration between Simonetti and Captured Tracks, 2MR is an opportunity for Simonetti to start from a blank slate and release music he believes in. The first release on 2MR will be The Past We Leave Behind, the debut album from Pale Blue.During the writing process of Capricorn Rising, Simonetti was asked to remix tracks from the West Coast twosome Silver Hands. Immediately taken by the incredible range of lead-vocalist Elizabeth Wight, he reached out to collaborate. The result of the bi-coastal email exchange would eventually become Pale Blue.Pale Blue, referencing the term ‘Pale Blue Dot’ , coined by Carl Sagan to refer to a photograph of planet Earth taken by the Voyager 1 space probe in 1990, was originally conceived around the time that Hurricane Sandy hit New York and came to completion with Simonetti’s severance from Italians. Thus, many of the tracks that make up The Past… grapple with themes of loss and new beginnings.The Past… encompasses a myriad of sonic elements, ranging from rhythmic, melodic techno to atmospheric ambient productions, while also incorporating Simonetti’s varied background in noise, drone, and even experimental dream pop. Above it all though, Wight’s vocals remain the focal point, saturating the record with a lush melodic warmth that’s so often missing in the electronic world.Musically, Pale Blue is a response to modern dance music and its constant fluctuations. It intentionally bears no obvious singles, nor club hits. While Simonetti, Wight and Jana Hunter (vocals on “Dusk in Parts”) remain at its core, Pale Blue’s philosophy is to keep everything open to collaboration. It does not aim to pigeonhole itself into a genre or any new vistas in music, but instead to a unifying sound produced collectively and harmoniously.
Who would’ve thought one of the first female skateboarders and a psych rock singer would spawn a house music prodigy? If you’ve seen RA’s Real Scenes LA docko, then you might’ve noticed Sage casually rolling some ‘herbs’ while being interviewed, so maybe it’s not hard to fathom after all… These tracks are not one bit spaced out though, they’re all sharp, layered, banging house tracks. Like his previous EPs on Spring Theory and Huxley’s No Idea’s Original, Sage somehow manages to keep things exciting while using very traditional house structures. I guess it’s all in the detail.
Listen back to Mike Simonetti’s set from our inaugural show at The Lot Radio. Lots of unreleased stuff in there among the rain sound effects, tracklist below.
Air date: 9 April 2016
1. Deru – 1979
2. Eberhart Schooner & Sting – Why Don’t You Answer
3. Neu! – Seeland
4. Stereolab – Transona Five (Mike Simonetti pitched down edit)
5. African Vibration – Hinde
6. Sandii – Zouk Zouk
7. Rebolledo – Pow Pow
8. Zombies In Miami – This Is Not The End
9. Monoloc – Flaneur
10. Pale Blue – One Last Cowbell
11. Sage Caswell – Goodbye
12. S.W. – E2E4
13. Deardrums – Zone B
14. Z (Bernard Szajner) – Dune
15. Mike Simonetti (feat. Santana) – Slave
16. Earth Boys – You Were Mine
17. Donato Dozzy – Quadra Sette
18. Underworld – I Exhale (Koze Remix)
19. Klanken – Twee
20. Atlus – Zopiclone
21. Craft Spells – Mike Simonetti Remix
22. Front 242 – Commando Remix
Listen back to our first guest Cristiano’s set for our The Lot Radio show. Lots of weird stuff on there!
DAS grosse wunschkonzert- Heinzelamannchens Watchparade
Revolting cocks – let’s get physical
Melted Men – Earnest ‘s Tub
Beaufort 106 – Storm Warning
Fausto Papetti – Gesma
Francisco -Sequenza Basso
Shafty- Deep Inside of you (the deep creep mix)
Bjorn Torske – Brus
Motorcycle Boy – Goodnight Mr Bailey
Tetes Noires – Plato’s
Zoovox – Gymnesian Dawn
Art of Noise – Opus 4
Mugwump (magnet rekrump mix) – Rocha
Disco Blu – Nuovo sistema poliglotta per inglese e Francese
The FlowerPot Men- Jo’s So Mean
Loony Toony- The Right Size (Small Mix)
Air date: April 23 2016
Prince – I can’t love you anymore
Lack – polytrichacaea excerpt
Seahawks – Islands -mike simonetti remix
Bruce – Steals
Pinch -Croydon House
Field – The Follower
Bulkhead – Luis Luvs His Nail Gun
Justin cudmore – Crystal – Mike Servito remix
T&P – Shoot The Geek
Moodcut- Stuck In Socks
Tuning Circuits – Un Our Brain
Deardrums – Winding Wires
Air date: May 7th 2016
George Duke – Say Hello
Dunn Pearson jr – Programmed For Love
Omar s- I Know Chun Li
Arrakis Walk – Paul Atreides
No smoke – righteous rule dub
Rhythum Composers – All I Want To Say Is
The Incident – Che
DSR- Deep Trance Dance
Will DiMaggio- Fusion
Col Abrams- Runnin
Air date: May 7th 2016
Il etait une fois
Die verboten- live in eivissa
Eric copeland- Ms Pretzel
Earth wind fire – Drum
Max Berlin – el et mois
Charden – allez bijou
Kusuri wo Takusan – drug drug drug
Jose Padilla – Afrikosa wolf
Johnny sender – zhivago
Philippi and Rodriguez – karma
De Los medios- Zaid
Linda majika – the majika dance
Mountain Of One – Bones
Ig- take me high