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Review: Skudge – Convolution / Contamination

Label: Skudge Records
Catalog#: SKUDGE 001

Tracklist:

A: Convolution

B: Contamination

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After a initial release on alphahouse, Skudge has been working hard on their new material – a direction into a more atmospheric and more focused sound. The emphasis on this release lies not so much on “what works”, but on the small details and things that gets people going.

With a more persistant pursuit of a original sound and affection, Skudge seem to only care about the music actually sounding as their own – even though a wide spectrum of musical influences seem to make it’s way into the final “product”. For this release, a more careful listen will reveal a more detailed sound with the same basics.

‘Convolution’ brings the alphahouse release to mind, where a taunting beat and persistent percussion work strikes into the same feeling and structure. The pace is completely different though, with a heavier and more raw sense to it – the track itself without keeping the first release to mind, feels a little bit as a embodied figure of what Skudge seem to look for. This makes in fact the track interesting in that sense, as well as the excellent momentum it creates.

Where ‘Convolution’ lifts off, ‘Contamination’ on the other side sounds as a peak moment for Skudge – a track that does not compromise at all. It is what it is, and it’s really good.

Thanks to Skudge for this release.

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The Office #11 – Donato Dozzy

Thanks to Evelina for all the pictures

Review: Skudge – Depth Buffering EP

Label: alphahouse
Catalog#: alphahouse 015

Tracklist:

A: Depth Buffering

B: WireDrawn

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Skudge has now got their first release out. ‘Depth Buffering EP’ on alphahouse features two tracks that were made as initial tracks for their project, which display their talent and what to expect from them in the future.

Starting off with ‘Depth Buffering’, a very raw but yet fresh track that was made with a lot of hard work, but feels as natural as G-Man’s ‘Quo Vadis’ – featuring vocal elements as well as a steady groove, it maintains an energy that keeps an horizontal line throughout, without losing any focus. Subtle interruptions by small breaks and carefully crafted momentums of drum machinery works very well as “glue” between the very sparse and spacious melody.

‘Wiredrawn’ was made at the same time as ‘Depth Buffering’ – bringing the same atmosphere as the A-side, there is something more haunting about this track. A one note key floats steady in the background, getting mixed up with small shots of keyboarding as the drum machines punch through the analogue wall of sound, everything seems a bit unpredictable but very natural at the same time. Theres a very liquid feeling over this track, which makes sense as there are very few elements featured (more focus on “effects” and mixing them down). A track that feels as an excellent choice as a B side.

Thanks to Skudge for this release.

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Mix: Pre-The Office #10 with Alan Oldham (DJ T-1000)

As some of you might know, this Saturday we bring Alan Oldham from Chicago to our underground world. The 10th celebration called for a special guest and we felt that Oldham (also known as DJ T-1000) would suit this party perfectly!

To get things pumping, get the vibe into place and to make you forget about October 18th, I made a mix here at home. I’m a bit reluctant to make a tracklist, but I hope you will listen to it anyway.

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Robert Henke (Monolake) at OSC09

Yesterday, Robert Henke from Monolake performed his Layering Buddha concert. In a gallery called Färgfabriken in Stockholm, Sweden, one of the most indulging musical experiences took place as Robert started to showcase droning and ambient material in a way that was truly unique.

In a large space, the largest gallery space in the entire building, everybody was either lying or sitting on the floor with Robert in the middle. All lights where out, and only Robert’s computer screen and emergency exit signs lit up the room.

As the sound progressed through various scapes and loops, he created an atmosphere that was mesmerising and very pure – a high quality 6 point speaker system pushed the concert further into a state of hypnosis. I was really calm and lied down on the floor, just focusing on the sounds. A moment of a true genius showcasing what he does best – sound.

Head Office (The Office) @ F12

In about 4 weeks, me and a friend from the Head Office collective will be playing at our friend’s residency Shelter.