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Featured Artist: Wep One & Timmo

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Now available on Hello.L.A., a France based art label created by Bertrand Blanchard, Turn From the Grave by Wep One & Timmo, is an complex and interesting album which combines electronic, Hip Hop, and Metal into an explosive buffet of sound. The seven song collection is a co-production between U.S. based electronic musician and rapper, Wep One, and Timmo, a Japan based electronic musician and producer.  The two collaborated over the internet and have not met in person, although you wouldn’t guess that by listening to Turn From the Grave.

The album  begins with “Compound 47” a gritty mix of Wep’s vocals, static synths, and phased guitars, with minimal to sparse drums underlying the melee. Wep one’s lyrical mastery harkens to the most hardened of hip hop artists laced with a growl of wolf like mastery. The electronic samples and synths add an ethereal and alien soundscape with a futuristic quality. This could be hip hop circa 2062, sent back through a time portal. The second track “Turn From the Grave” starts with a robotic pulse sweeping the listener along into an interstellar starship dance party with robot DJ’s and Captain Wep leading the rabble rousers with his command of vocal form. “Imprint” the third song continues the galactic dance party and was co-produced along with Timmo and Wep by KaeoFLUX . The rest of the album continues along these lines and never ceases to be an interesting integration of sonic fortitude.

This is for hip-hop fans and electronic music fans alike, and even those who are tired of the same old thing. This album is certainly breaking new ground in electronic music and hip hop. Ready for something new? You’ve found it. You’re welcome.

 

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Experimental Music: Kramar Zaibatsu

The music of Kramar Zaibatsu is not classifiable. You could add some genre examples to show where it might fit such as, experimental, noise folk, electronic spelunking, but none would quite fit his sound. When his album “The Dark Enlightenment” begins you might think you’ve left your sound too low, and need to turn it up. Then you realize it’s all a part of the song, Entropy Wins. There are blips, static, synthesizers communicating on some robotic scale, and varied lengths of silence. I rather enjoy the effect. Kramar plays with silence the way Square Pusher plays with beats. The album that starts with some listener confusion leads you further down a path of the unheard. The next song, Always Have a Positive Outlook on Life and a Sense of Well Being of Self  has similar arranging with lapses of audio and then leads into static footsteps. It gives you a feeling that you are not listening to a new album, but that you are headed down into the recesses of Kramar’s mind. It seems a little dark in there, self aware, or at least trying to discover itself. “The Dark Enlightenment” is like walking into someone else’s auditory hallucination. You don’t know how you got there, but you can’t stop listening.

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Music Interview: Brando Albers, Fading Away

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Brando Albers self released album, Fading Away, released 14 January 2013, is an interesting mix of electronic wanderings. What started as a hobby has transformed into his full time affection. He started with a whopping forty five songs during this song writing period and knocked that down to just ten. His vocal style follows in the tradition of Bauhaus with his reverby transcendence, but Kraftwerk seems to be a large influence in his electronic renderings. The album starts off slow with a pulse here and there of repetitive synthesizers. His voice is added as the album goes along and is a nice alternative to the squaty synthisizers on the rest of the album. You can download the entire thing for free from his website or his bandcamp.

Where are you located/from?
I live in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

How does your location effect your creativity?
When it comes to seeking inspiration I venture into Shorthills Park, a local protected natural area. I then attempt to get lost within the trees finding my way out when I’m ready to.

What influenced your sound on this album?
A current situation I found myself within; I had a high stress healthcare job that didn’t work out and left me at rock bottom. I decided to focus back on music to help release me and uplift me from the situation.

What programs do you use to create music?
I’ve used Cubase SX and Magix 12 Deluxe Edition. I record direct input. My equipment is nothing to rave about. I focus more on production technique and skill rather than owning a bunch of overpriced bells and whistles. I like to think of it as a bare bones honest effort.

What programs would you like to try that you haven’t yet?
There was one suggested to me, although its name escapes me. I do remember it having very flexible MIDI instruments with a huge selection of synthesizers and realistic classical instruments.

When did you begin creating music?
My friends and I were young. At the age of 15 my friends and I would record songs using a karaoke machine, guitars, amps and a cassette tape recorder. It was fun to pass the time making up strange songs and showing them to our friends.

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How does songwriting begin and end for you?
I have hundreds of demos and ideas clogging up my computer. Sometimes I will get an idea out and it will take off and I will finish it within a day such as my song “Procrastinate”. In other situations I will have an idea get stale and fall to the wayside. Once I forget about it I will discover it again, wonder why I didn’t finish it and then get it done. That happened when writing “Nothing Left To Be Afraid Of”. In terms of structure I always start with the drums, guitars, bass and keyboard. I always come up with my vocals and melody last. Then I clean it up and master it.

What are your top five favorite albums?
1-Pinback – Self titled
2-Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
3-The John Francis – The Unspoken Rules of Frontier Justice
4-Run Chico Run – Shashbo
5-AAKismet – What’s the Use of Crying When the Wolves Have Arrived?

Was going from 45 tracks to just ten a difficult process?
Yes, I felt as though it was never a finished recording. I felt like the next song I wrote for the project would be better. It was a black hole process.

How did you decide which tracks to keep and which to toss?
I Just decided it was time to get the album out there. I became very critical and cut any song that irked me. All of the cut songs can be found on my website under “downloads” for free. I just kept cutting the fat until Fading Away emerged. It became quite clear near the end of the process.

What inspires you?
Mostly nature, exploring the outdoors. Getting lost physically is calming because it seems to fit how I feel on the inside. I also enjoy painting. Also Jason Lytle from Grandaddy truly inspires me. His music speaks to me. I’ve seen him live before in Toronto. He opened for a great band called Midlake. It was a surprise because I originally went to see Midlake. I had no idea he was opening. If I smiled any bigger my mouth would have ripped straight to my ear holes.

What do you do when you’re not creating?
I make abstract films and have had an art showing for a bunch of paintings I’ve done. But aside from art I am going to college for Healthcare Nutrition. I am very focused on personal health, be it foods or fitness. I plan to one day build myself an earth ship house/studio. Dreams.

Does that have any effect on your creative side?
As for my videos, each video has an instrumental song I created specifically for that video. Painting is what I do to release aggression, especially if I have a block musically.

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What is your favorite noun?
Stability

What’s next?
I am going to take a short break from recording so I can promote my album Fading Away. I have a new music video that I’m animating myself for the song “Nothing Left To Be Afraid Of”. It’s a big enough project to keep me busy for a while. I have a few trips and places to go before I will feel comfortable enough to start recording my next release. It is coming for sure though, I just hate rushing things.

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Kodacrome New Release: Perla EP


It’s official, the long awaited release of the Perla EP by Kodacrome happens today and is available both as a download and vinyl here. The Limited edition 10″ Vinyl is hand numbered, 110gram 33rpm 10″ from Pirates Press. Get yours before they sell out!

Kodacrome is: Phil Da Rosa, Elissa Pociask and Ryan Casey. Their first EP is a six-song album of glorious synth, guitar and a power house of vocals all held together by their quality songwriting. Don’t let their location fool you, based out of Martha’s Vineyard (a small island off the cape of Massachusetts) their sound is anything but sleepy little island folk songs. They are minimal to be sure but embrace the future of music wholeheartedly. They employ straight ahead beats, synth melodies and distorted guitar to their most perfect use, sparse but placed in the exact part of a song to which they belong. There is no need to fill their tracks full of technology and erratic synthesizers and beats, even though they aren’t afraid of using even iPhone apps in the creation of their sound.

The Perla EP is pretty stupendous. It’s every hip kids wet dream yet reaches out to a wider audience easily. There is much in the way of synthesizers, guitar picking, strumming, and a foxy female lead singer in Elissa Pociask. Her voice is sultry, perfectly on key and powerful in it’s honesty. There no need to hide behind false falsetto or glorious soul solos. Her voice is spot on, just like the rest of Kodacrome’s members musical talents. This may be their first release but they sound like industry familiars. I’m sure this EP is but a glimpse of the excellence Kodacrome has to come.