Jordan Levie (same eyes behind 'Let This Unravel' and 'Sadie's Tears') captures a fever dream made manifest in a home haunted by nature's fiends. Featuring vocals from Bear In Heaven's Jon Philpot, "In Safety of Cold Light" traverses cavernous production from Certain Creatures, whose voice opens the song (first time we hear the man sing - but not the last!) with resonance not unlike Scott Walker's less freaked moments.
Decoder Magazine includes Kloke's 'Rhythm #1' from the upcoming 'P.H.O.N.E.' 12" which will be out 10.16.15.
A bit over a month before the release of Certain Creatures’ double-LP opus Vipassana, Styles Upon Styles announced a brand new 12-inch by Melbourne-based beat-maker Kloke, feature two new tracks of the project’s caterpillar-like dance music and a remix by Hieroglyphic Being. Listen to A-side banger “Rhythm #1″ below and jump to SUS’ site for pre-order options before the 10.16.2015 release date.
Pre-order SUS010 directly from us here: https://goo.gl/5uZf7f
Currently based in Brooklyn, Certain Creatures is the solo project of Oliver Chapoy, a perpetual knob-twiddler and former member of a number of bands that overlap harsh and beautiful aural areas.. Having cut his teeth in the Floridian hardcore and post rock scenes before jumping ship for more elusive, exploratory sounds, Chapoy doesn’t seem to care much for being locked into any single sonic tag or scene. But to allow a meager amount of context, Certain Creatures makes the sort of noirish, abstract techno of NYC’s post-LIES-breakout world, incorporating more than a modest amount of his prior experience to cultivate a truly singular take on ambient dance music. “Passages,” the lastest single from Certain Creatures’ upcoming double-LP on Styles Upon Styles, a Brooklyn-based imprint that dabbles in a variety of thoughtful, genre-agnostic sounds, emphasizes Chapoy’s approach to more headphone- or soundsystem-centric dance music. Neon-streaked rhythms appear like a slow simmer in the distance, piling on the propulsive dread with eager curiosity. Headstrong low-ends pulse under ground, providing some anonymous pacing for the roiling action high up above. Soon enough, the droning peripherals seep into the foreground, folding melodies into one another and celebrating the resonant tones and blipping inconsistencies. It’s a stark but satisfying trek through inner-space.
Certain Creatures’ Vipassana is out 10.30.15 via Styles Upon Styles.
Certain Creatures joins a stellar lineup for the 3rd edition of the Mysteries of the Deep party series. As always, location is TBA.
Nihal Ramchandani (Brooklyn)
Jonas Reinhardt (Further Records) - live
Certain Creatures (Styles Upon Styles) - live
Birds of Prey (Kathexis) - live
Matthew Patterson Curry & Abby Echiverri - live
Patrick Russell (Interdimensional Transmissions)
Gabriel Garzón Montano heads to Europe. Catch him at any of the dates below:
09.02.15 / Pula, Croatia / BUY TICKETS
09.03.15 / Paris, France / BUY TICKETS
09.04.15 / Marseille, France / BUY TICKETS
09.10.15 / Glasgow, UK / BUY TICKETS
09.11.15 / Manchester, UK / BUY TICKETS
09.12.15 / London, UK / BUY TICKETS
09.13.15 / Leeds, UK / BUY TICKETS
09.15.15 / Berlin, Germany / BUY TICKETS
09.16.15 / Cologne, Germany / BUY TICKETS
09.17.15 / Rotterdam, Netherlands / BUY TICKETS
09.18.15 / Tillburg, Netherlands / BUY TICKETS
09.23.15 / Madrid, Spain / BUY TICKETS
We're proud to announce the debut solo LP from veteran NYC producer and sound provocateur Certain Creatures (born Oliver Chapoy), who wrestles with the three marks of existence - impermanence, suffering and realisation of the non-self - throughout his new album, Vipassanā.
Having first dropped the insidious fifth edition of our Bangers & Ash series back in October 2013 + a collaborative mind-melt with Moeller and Wilson in 2014 (BMCCCW Spectrum), SUS010 emerges as a complete body of work chronicled across eleven episodes of power electronics, techno and darkwave pop. Oliver addresses a spectrum of expression, from ferocity and indifference to love and transcendence, with a narrative strength emanating from over 15 years of writing experience across various genres.
This September-October our man Zac Nelson will be embarking upon an East Coast tour.
For all booking inquiries contact: email@example.com
The stage is set from minute one on Clay Wilson's new 4-track EP, "Skandha," his second release for The Bunker New York. The eponymous first track begins with a familiar techno throb, but is quickly overcome by a blooming swirl of coruscating synthesizer pulses that seem to gather inside the listener's head, a phenomenon Wilson seems particularly interested in: "I've never been into really straightforward club techno that works in neat 8- and 16-bar sequences," he says. "I'm always looking for things that have forward momentum, ways to escape that 'block-y,' downbeat-centric feeling that you find in so much contemporary techno. For me, it's the drone—what's going on in the background—that serves to hold my interest."
Nowhere is this more apparent than on the record's second track, "Cataleptic." The meat of the track is its tightly-wound techno core built from insistent, hypnotic percussion, but it's what's happening in the background that keeps you coming back for more: The sound of a babbling brook and a plaintive, meandering bird call ("the only actual recorded animal sounds on the record," notes Wilson) gently give way to the tintinnabulation of a distant bell, whose meditative timbre brings to mind a Tibetan singing bowl. It turns out that the naturalistic, organic sounds in many of Wilson's tracks are often just that: "I make field recordings all the time, actually—on my phone," he says. "I've found field recordings have been a great way to pull things along, never repeating themselves, but also never being so upfront as to draw your attention away from the synths and drums."
That's a key point, and make no mistake—for all the flora and fauna lurking in the background of Wilson's productions, they're designed for the dancefloor through and through. "Feres," the EP's third track, slows down the pace a little bit, keeping time with a static kick-hat pattern while chunky, stepped percussion laid on top makes the track feel remarkably dynamic. The final cut, "Pict," seems to slowly unfurl like flowers at dawn, while a ghostly vocal sample (or merely something approaching it) repeats itself underneath it all.
While at times the drawn-out shimmering tones in Wilson's work may recall modern minimalism, "getting into techno, and more specifically techno production, was kind of a way for me to get away from [formal, classical musical] training," he recalls. "I had been headed down an open-minded, anything-goes path with a compositionally-geared approach, and … all those paths led to techno." And for that, we're glad.
SUS bosses, James Place & Cambo, supply a churning track from their Fossil project for Seagraves' latest Various release, 'Savage Re' [SR011]. Dive into it below and purchase the compilation for a mere £2.99 over here: http://goo.gl/tsoUnQ
Industry of Machines presents:
Reade Truth (Blkmarket Membership | NSyde || NYC)
Løt.te DJ/LIVE (The Bunker NY | Rote Productions || NYC)
Certain Creatures LIVE (Styles Upon Styles || Brooklyn)
House music may to many speak more to the warm climes of summertime, but given a stellar season for techno releases still going strong, it's hard for us not to be swayed towards these harder sounds. There has been a continuous stream emerging of the purest form, on well-regarded labels worldwide, and with this tone set Industry of Machines is happy to announce a heavy techno lineup to shake off the mid-July doldrums as New York's Reade Truth, Løt.te, and Certain Creatures all step up in one night at Bossa Nova Civic Club to bring it rough for summer.
A longtime DJ and producer and former Sonic Groove employee, few people are closer to the history of New York techno than Reade Truth. Like most electronic musicians of his era, unraveling his discography takes some research, but he made his vinyl debut in 1994 on Direct Drive Limited before moving on to the legendary Sonic Groove imprint and founding his own Path Records, with a later appearance on Planet E Communications just to shore up his already unassailable techno credentials. After a split on Nsyde last year, we happily anticipate new material from him in fall with the launch of the BlkMarket Membership label. Reade has some of the fastest hands we've seen in New York on the decks and a record collection that fully shows the eras he lived through and that he's been keeping up since, so IofM is proud to welcome him to Bossa Nova again to close the night in true NYC techno style.
A newer name in techno but also an electronic artist with considerable back story, Løt.te has made an impressive entry onto dancefloors worldwide with a pair of formidable EPs for The Bunker New York and continues to impress us with his Resident Advisor podcast, live sets, and recent DJ appearances. With his origins as a noise artist stretching back a decade and also a label, Rote Productions, that he operates for more abstract productions from him and others, Mehmet Irdel is definitely keeping busy, but it's still the Løt.te project that has grabbed us the most. The exact ingredients that make his sound compelling are complex: he combines a sound designer's ear for detail and atmospheres with a deep love for nails-hard techno, particularly the Birmingham strain birthed by Regis and Surgeon in the mid-90s. We welcome back Løt.te for a second BNCC appearance after a recent weeknight gig for Cultivated Sound.
Certain Creatures is Oliver Chapoy, another recent entry into the techno world but a musician with significant history. A member of abstract metal band Shai Hulud and post rock group Saxon Shore, Chapoy has for years worked as a studio engineer, which provided a natural conduit for his transition into electronic music. To date Certain Creatures has released just one 12-inch for Styles Upon Styles Bangers & Ash series, but there is a forthcoming album from the project in the fall that IofM has been lucky enough to hear that suggests a very promising future, and his modular-centric live sets have routinely impressed us. Returning to Bossa after a scorching appearance for IofM here last year, we're pleased to have him back and expect more of the same.
TODAY! Catch James Place goin toe to toe with Hexbreaker, Sugarm, and Seabeat over at Schoolhouse (9pm). Then over at the always trusty Trans-Pecos, catch Cambo and Nathaniel Young going b2b on the decks for Astro Nautico's, Space Camp (11:30-12:15pm).
Don't forget to check the follow SUS shows as well!
Our dearest, Nico Guerrero (aka White Visitation) will be gracing the next Mexico City Boiler Room session along with Kelpe (live), Marcos Cabral, Alexis Yasky, and Tino.
Snag WV's excellent 12" from us here: http://goo.gl/i5G3JR