Serene. Empty. Cave. Ice. Wave. Elegance. Journey. Rock. Wind. Tears. Drone. Horizon. Void. Star. Dream. Expedition. Thought.

Depth. Fog. Endless. Eternal. Circle. Crystal. Blue. Honesty. Hidden. Sky. Pillar. Echoe. Friend. Mesmerise.

Technique. Secret. Close. Inside. Heart. Water. Temple.

Distance. Eureka. Life.

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Artist: Conforce
Title: Depth Over Distance
Label: Delsin Records
Catalog#: 107DSR
Releasedate: 08-09-2014

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Serene. Empty. Cave. Ice. Wave. Elegance. Journey. Rock. Wind. Tears. Drone. Horizon. Void. Star. Dream. Expedition. Thought.

Depth. Fog. Endless. Eternal. Circle. Crystal. Blue. Honesty. Hidden. Sky. Pillar. Echoe. Friend. Mesmerise.

Technique. Secret. Close. Inside. Heart. Water. Temple.

Distance. Eureka. Life.

Florinsz Janvier
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Hailing from that strange neutral country hidden in the mountains, the Swiss Timoka has been making strange music. Music that can’t be placed in boxes, or in bags or whatever little corner you try to fit it into. It will simply, and happily, bounce back serving you more and more details every time you find the time to sit down and pay attention while listening.

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Artist: Timoka
Title: Sundower
Label: Holger Records
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Releasedate: ?

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Hailing from that strange neutral country hidden in the mountains, the Swiss Timoka has been making strange music. Music that can’t be placed in boxes, or in bags or whatever little corner you try to fit it into. It will simply, and happily, bounce back serving you more and more details every time you find the time to sit down and pay attention while listening.

‘Cause yes, that’s what Timoka’s tunes deserve: attention. Even if it’s only a little, it’s the least what can be done to return the favour. If there’s one thing that becomes clear while listening, it’s the sheer amount of attention to detail that’s been put into the music. And heaps of pleasure, that’s easy to spot as well.

Not bound by conventions, up high in the mountains, Timoka soldiers on. Backed up by the tiny but mighty Holger records, every release has been solid, and has been listened to by us many time. In fact, we’re putting his recent Tulgey (of which Sundowner comes from) on the turntable as we speak.

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In the very distant future, we might look at this as our ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ moment. That song (by the Buggles) was the first video ever broadcasted by MTV when they started airing on August 1 1979 (12:01 AM). It sent a clear message that radio was dead (although it still isn’t really) and video was taking over.

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Artist: Arara
Title: Art in Quadrat (Powel remix)
Label: Submarine Vibes
Catalog#: SV012
Releasedate: 16-02-2015

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Lamija Alhasan (Submarine Vibes)

In the very distant future, we might look at this as our ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’ moment. That song (by the Buggles) was the first video ever broadcasted by MTV when they started airing on August 1 1979 (12:01 AM). It sent a clear message that radio was dead (although it still isn’t really) and video was taking over.

That’s not to say that we’ll only be posting music videos from now on. We don’t have the means to make a music video for every track we share unfortunately. We do, however, still believe in music videos, since it provides additional context to the music. Just like our texts, pictures and animations do hopefully. We try to explain why we like certain music and why everyone should hear it.

That’s why this music video is the perfect one to start with. The title ‘Art In Quadrat’ says it all: it’s art about art. Thus, we’d like to thank our friends at Submarine Vibes for approaching us with this track and music video. And we’d like to thank Arara and Powel for creating a gem of a composition that’s beautifully animated by Lamija Alhasan. We hope to do more of this in the future, but that’s all dependent on the material that’s supplied. We hope this encourages more artists and labels to provide some visual adornment to their sonic art. In return, we would be happy to share it (provided it matches our musical stamp, of course). – C.

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With Shed, the play button almost functions like a portal into your own self consciousness. His psychedelic brand of techno has a way of sucking you in and transporting your thoughts to where they shouldn’t be at that moment. This actually made it really hard for us to write something about it.

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Artist: Shed
Title: The Lower Upside Down
Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: OSTGUTCD06LP02
Releasedate: 15-09-2008

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With Shed, the play button almost functions like a portal into your own self consciousness. His psychedelic brand of techno has a way of sucking you in and transporting your thoughts to where they shouldn’t be at that moment. This actually made it really hard for us to write something about it.

Shed, the producer of golden compositions under more aliases than we might know, might be one of the best of this era. This ambient piece of art can offer a moment of clarity in any heavy techno set or it can be enjoyed from the comforts of your own home or headphones. The title might refer to your consciousness – the lower – being influenced and jumbled about – or upside down. Just let this one sit and leave your own daydreams with it. – TS.

Tom Stigter
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How about some Lithuanian music for your Saturday night? The title ‘Voices From The Past’ is very fitting, since this is in a way a throwback to the sound we liked to represent in our earlier days. That deep bass synth combined with those organic bells, we’re still suckers for that.

Gardens of God’s best known tune is perhaps Fiddler, a dark and ominous cello and bass driven track, but we prefer this one. Either way, both tracks show the immense emotive and musical range that Gardens of God encompasses, from the thumping sinister techno to the more hopeful and melancholic. Let’s encourage him to keep spending a lot of time in the studio, excreting gems like this one.

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SCALA is back! Together with Bright we’ll be joining forces at Kingsnight on April 26th at our trusty Poppodium EKKO in Utrecht. Staying far from the big crowds and rough masses, we’re going for cosy, compact and a strong sense of togetherness. To make this happen, we’ve invited house royalty Leon Vynehall to show us what it’s all about. It’s called Kingsnight for a reason.

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SCALA is back! Together with Bright we’ll be joining forces at Kingsnight on April 26th at our trusty Poppodium EKKO in Utrecht. Staying far from the big crowds and rough masses, we’re going for cosy, compact and a strong sense of togetherness. To make this happen, we’ve invited house royalty Leon Vynehall to show us what it’s all about. It’s called Kingsnight for a reason.

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Tempelhof, the artist’s name, is in stark contrast with the track’s title ‘Barbados’. A deserted locality within the city of Berlin, juxtaposed with the Caribbean island that’s probably most known for bringing forth Rihanna and probably coconuts or pineapples.

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Artist: Tempelhof
Title: Barbados
Label: Aficionado Recordings
Catalog#: NADO009
Releasedate: 2014-07-24

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Tempelhof, the artist’s name, is in stark contrast with the track’s title ‘Barbados’. A deserted locality within the city of Berlin, juxtaposed with the Caribbean island that’s probably most known for bringing forth Rihanna and probably coconuts or pineapples.

This might explain the beautiful mixture of sunny instrumentation, supported by pretty cold, yet light percussions. It expresses a sentiment of hopeful longing. Melancholic, yet sanguine. Especially the turnaround at 3:12 is quite exhilarating in a subtle way. At some point the guitar kicks in again, and this time the same melody that gave the track a doleful sub tone, ensures a reassuring feeling. Perfect for these waking moments of spring time.

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We’ve noticed that Olaf Stuut has a certain signature element that he puts in every track. It’s probably best described as the eerie, strange vocal that comes out of the blue. A few years back we heard one of his tracks and we noticed a distinct coot-like sound. This time around it’s a goosebumps-educing female vocal (around 1:36) that’s most reminiscent of Aphex Twin’s ‘Window Licker’.

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Artist: Olaf Stuut
Title: Lus
Label: Atomnation
Catalog#: ATMANN25
Releasedate: 20-01-2015

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We’ve noticed that Olaf Stuut has a certain signature element that he puts in every track. It’s probably best described as the eerie, strange vocal that comes out of the blue. A few years back we heard one of his tracks and we noticed a distinct coot-like sound. This time around it’s a goosebumps-educing female vocal (around 1:36) that’s most reminiscent of Aphex Twin’s ‘Window Licker’.

These elements are a unique selling point of Olaf Stuut’s music. They give his otherwise quite slick productions a certain edge. This track especially is all over the place, making it interesting throughout. Especially the ‘bridge’ at the end of the track, consisting of a string orchestra makes it one of those peculiar yet special ones on our channel.

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Milan. A smooth and fashionable city. It offers a stage to one of the most important fashion weeks annually and poses as a symbol of Italian class and style. That might be the reason Neotnas chose the city as the title of this track.

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Artist: Neotnas
Title: Milan
Label: Deeplimit
Catalog#: DPLM15
Releasedate: 09-02-2009

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Milan. A smooth and fashionable city. It offers a stage to one of the most important fashion weeks annually and poses as a symbol of Italian class and style. That might be the reason Neotnas chose the city as the title of this track.

With that pacing kick drum, you almost feel obliged to imagine a cortege of models parading down a catwalk. The chirping of various percussive elements posing as the flittering of photo cameras and the droning synth line offering an ambiance that’s somehow both enervating and relaxed at the same time. Yes, this track is made for the catwalk.

Guido de Beer
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It’s amazing how some children’s stories can reveal their true meaning when we come into adulthood. The same goes for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. What used to seem nothing more then a cute story about a girl that falls into a magical rabbit hole, encountering fascinating creatures that teach her a lot about life.

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Artist: Tone of Arc
Title: Run Rabbit Run (Eric Volta Down The Rabbit Hole Mix)
Label: Touch of Class
Catalog#: TOCR006
Releasedate: 2015-02-02

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It’s amazing how some children’s stories can reveal their true meaning when we come into adulthood. The same goes for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. What used to seem nothing more then a cute story about a girl that falls into a magical rabbit hole, encountering fascinating creatures that teach her a lot about life.

A lot of people have likened the book to an LSD-trip, although truthfully, the original book was written 73 years before Lysergic Acid Diethylamide was first synthesized. So the parallels lie more in the discovery of a bizarro world through existential thinking.

Exactly that is what is so great about Eric Volta’s remix of Tone of Arc’s ‘Run Rabbit Run’. The intro of the track is something different from your usual techno track. Instead of slowly building through adding small elements, he chooses an abstract, almost confusing intro, that leads to acceptance (1:41 and finally to joy (3:41). A truly masterful and refreshingly different approach to telling a story through music.

Cédric
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