Episode 38 - Anywhere on Torpor
- 01. Low Island - Anywhere
- 02. Lowly - Deer Eyes
- 03. Odd Beholder - Isometry
- 04. Soldier's Heart - Let It All End
- 05. Mai Kino - The Waves
- 06. Oaktree & Poltrock - 44,2 Km
- 07. These Hidden Hands - Lima 3AM (feat. Ale Hop)
- 08. Barker & Baumecker - Encipher & Decipher
- 09. NUAGE - Rivers Reverse feat. bop
- 10. De Osos - Campo de terror absoluto
- 11. Public Memory - Ecco
- 12. Tusks - Toronto
- 13. Swimming Tapes - Cameos
- 14. Shadowgraphs - Scarlet Tunic
- 15. Do Make Say Think - War on Torpor
Oaktree & Poltrock
These Hidden Hands
Barker & Baumecker
The intriguing collaboration of Sam Barker and Andreas Baumecker has already produced some mesmerizing results. Their debut release ‘Candyflip’ touches upon techno, house, trance, broken beat, IDM and dub styles during one 9-minute dancefloor opus, yet despite referencing this multitude of genres, their clear intent was to throw away the rulebook and write their own.
Not at all surprising when you understand the pair’s background in music and the journeys they have been on; hailing from Frankfurt and residing in Berlin, Andreas began DJing as nd_baumecker in the early 90’s. Refusing to stick to one sound, his DJ sets have always crossed borders, effortlessly entering new sonic worlds at every turn. He was a regular guest DJ at the original Ostgut club until it was flattened to make way for a hulking commercial concert arena in 2003. Since its re-opening as Berghain/Panorama Bar a year later at its current location, Baumecker has been resident DJ, booker and a key member of the Berghain family.
Sam Barker grew up learning every instrument he could get his hands on and by age 13 he had started with his own electronic productions. In 2002 he moved to Brighton to study music, and became involved with the flourishing experimental scene there. He started promoting his own events under the name ‘Instrumentality’, encouraging improvisation, collaboration and electronic experiments there every week for four years. During this time he built up a sizeable collection of analogue hardware that became the backbone for his work as Voltek. In 2006 he started work for Ned Beckett at the Littlebig agency and a year later moved with the company to Berlin.
The Barker & Baumecker story naturally centers around Berghain. In 2008, following a move to introduce a more genre-defiant program to the venue, the pair worked together for the first time - not as musical partners, but organizing a concert for electronic luminaries Autechre - Andreas as booker for the club, Sam as booking agent. The concert’s success led to the regular Leisure System events, which continue to bring new forms of dance music to Berlin’s attention.
The pair struck up a close friendship and when Andreas was asked to produce a remix for Seattle’s ‘Sleepy Eyes of Death’, he proposed to Sam that they do it together, pleased with the results, they continued working on new music in partnership. The results quickly developed into a sound that was distinct, refreshing and encompassed the myriad of influences they both brought with them. A year later, Ostgut Ton’s Nick Höppner offered them a release in the label’s schedule, resulting in their aforementioned debut EP in 2010. To support the 12“, the pair toured extensively throughout Europe’s techno clubs and festivals, playing live from behind a mountain of hardware.
When they returned to the studio, Sam and Andreas set to work trying to condense all their various musical ideas into one album. From the early sessions came two versions of the track ‘A Murder Of Crows’, which were released as a 12“ on Ostgut Ton this year. One side a heavy techno floor burner, the other a shuffling and darkly melodic version of the same track which shifts it into a completely different direction.
Now Barker & Baumecker miraculously found a way to consolidate the whole spectrum of their sound into 11 tracks on their multi-faceted debut album 'Transsektoral'.
Hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, Dimitry Kuzmin aka Nuage is no newcomer to the producing world. Kuzmin began producing under the musical alias of Nuage six years ago with his early releases deeply rooted in drum and bass. His first solo release ‘Missing You’ was included in the Medschool ‘New Blood Compilation’.
His more recent productions have shifted in sound to encompass a wider range of influences and styles, in his own words “to express a broader spectrum of emotions”. Nuage’s first full length release, the incredibly vibrant and deep ‘Music Of Branches’ paid homage to the stylings of Garage, Deep House and 170BPM Eletronica, dropping on Dublin-based Absys Records. With a second LP ‘Print Of You’ released on American Translation Records, Nuage saw further records released on labels such as French imprint Roche Musique, Food Music and Blu Mar Ten.
Nuage continues to create emotionally charged, elevating music, channeling his love of various contrasting genres into his compositions, the end result of which is always a mutiformity of sonic brilliance.
"Absolutely love that, so good" - Annie Mac, BBC Radio 1
"Gorgeously atmospheric" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
"The sickly sweet vocals and shimmering broken romance of Tusks are a highlight" - Mixmag
Newly signed to One Little Indian, Tusks - aka London based artist and producer Emily Underhill – releases a second set of songs as the ‘False’ ep, on the 10th June.
Tusks self-produced debut EP ‘Ink’ clocked up over a million streams on Spotify and pricked up the ears of Radio1, 6Music, BBC London Introducing, Amazing Radio, Mixmag and numerous blogs. Over the past year she’s gigged regularly around London with the likes of Phoria, Jarryd James and Dream Koala, also joining Submotion Orchestra on their UK tour and packing out her set at last year’s Great Escape.
Shadowgraphs is a neo-psychedelic band from Charlotte, NC, comprised of internationally known collage artist Bryan Olson and fellow German cosmonaut Charles Glade (Wils). Both ends met after being introduced through a mutual friend who thought the two shared similar musical interests. Bryan and Wils instantly sparked a connection and songs began to emerge. The two would experiment late nights with tape machines, sharing music and production ideas, and writing songs. After only four months of meeting, an EP titled “Return to Zero” was written and the band was officially born with Ethan Ricks on Bass and Cody Hare on Drums.
“The six-song release is a mesmerizing psychedelic overtaking in the vein of 13th floor Elevators and the golden age of enlightening psychedelic rock. The tracks blend together so stylishly it makes me want to drink spiked strawberry lemonades in the sunshine. “Moonchild” is one of those unattainably perfect nights where the groove is set by smart, steady rhythm and lights fizz around your head even (and especially) when your eyes are closed. “Return to Zero” is straightforward, bluesy and a completely distinctive sound to come out of our Queen City.” –Shirley Griffith CltureMag
Since Return to Zero, Shadowgraphs put out a two song EP titled “Midnight Tea” containing a Syd era Pink Floyd cover of "See Emily Play" along with an unreleased Kinks cover of "This Strange Effect." The EP was featured on New Zealand music Blog “The Active Listener”.
Venomous Blossoms, Shadowgraphs follow-up 10 song LP, is finished and currently being pressed for Vinyl with an expected release date in April under the label Golden Brown out of Portland, OR. This LP was recorded all to 2” 24 track tape at Bryan’s home studio with the band, followed by mix down to 1/2” tape in Athens, GA at Chasepark Transduction Studios with Drew Vandenberg (Toro y Moi, Of Montreal, Deerhunter), and then finally shipped out to Telegraph Mastering in Portland, OR for Mastering.
In the meantime the band has been picking up momentum playing shows and festivals with acts such as Son Lux, Vinyl Williams, Sunflower Bean, Ringo Deathstarr, Shonen Knife, Natalie Prass, Neon Indian, and many more.