For the Testpressing series, Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker strip away the ornate art that long accompanied their releases to reveal equally raw tracks with no end point in sight.
For our second 2Q Report, Chris Miller showcases 10 mixes from 2012 that have stood out from the surfeit of free mixes on offer.
Demdike Stare’s new reissue label, Dead-Cert Pressings, unearths a forgotten gem in Suzanne Ciani’s Voices of Packaged Souls.
After a week’s rest, LWE correspondents Chris Miller and Jordan Rothlein file their report on Unsound New York 2012.
As Slant Azymuth, Andy Votel of the Finders Keepers label and Demdike Stare find still more ways to synthesize their bottomless record collections into dark and otherworldly electronic music.
01. Burial, “Kindred” [Hyperdub]
02. Blondes, “Business” (John Roberts Remix) [Rvng Intl.]
03. Huxley, “Let It Go” [Hypercolour]
04. Sanys, “Ice VII” [Downfall Theory]
05. Rivet, “Sleepwalker” [Kontra-Musik]
06. Obsolete Music Technology, “Mmmmmusic” [Emphasis Recordings]
07. Maxmillion Dunbar, “Polo” (Extended Version) [Live At Robert Johnson]
08. Demdike Stare, “Ishmael’s Intent” [Modern Love]
09. Objekt, “Cactus” [Hessle Audio]
10. Ital, “Privacy Settings” [Planet Mu]
Demdike Stare’s 4XLP package Elemental is a considerable investment, but one that generously repays the time and money spent enjoying it.
Miles Whittaker’s latest, Facets, for long time home Modern Love, is tellingly published under his own name and represents some of the most personal music he has made.
Lest you think that doom and gloom is all there is to Demdike Stare, our chat with member Sean Canty touched on the group’s mix CDs, their incessant record-digging habits, and the possibility of a Nu-Groove style Demdike Stare record.
Leaving behind the techno found in last year’s Symbiosis, Demdike Stare’s planned 2010 run of three LPs — of which Liberation Through Hearing is the second — is more abstract and soaked in gallons of dread.
Brrr, did anyone else just feel the temperature drop a few degrees? Autumn is on the way and the days are getting shorter, but there’s no doubt Symbiosis adds to the gloomier atmosphere. A collaboration between Miles Whittaker (aka MLZ and one half of Pendle Coven) and Sean Canty, Demdike Stare draws on a range of influences to create a subdued yet menacing collection of mood music. There’s an underlying sense of dread audible here, with Whittaker’s love of sampling obscure music — something Canty probably enjoys too — giving Symbiosis a familiar yet eerie feeling. The fact that the project’s name, like Pendle Coven, references witchcraft and the supernatural, and is accompanied by album artwork featuring skulls, white roses and a lone eye suspended under a woman’s wig while an arm holds what looks like either a small wand or a big needle, only adds to the occultish theme.