Prog Rock: Algorhythm – Why Now

Why Now is Algorhythm’s first single. Band from Montréal, Canada, they make a prog rock that reminds us the golden age of British progressive rock, with bands like Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Yes or their Canadian counterpart Rush. Remarkable instrumentals, they show us all their virtuous skills during 4 minutes, but with special remarks to the bass solo that starts at around 2:30 and stands for a long time, which is complemented harmoniously by guitar, keys and drums. I’m really looking forward listening their new single scheduled for release on the 24th of February. Lots of cool bands coming from Montréal, such as Ellemetue featured here in January.

Meanwhile, you can listen Why Now is our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden:

Techno: Cook & Stans – Das Boot (Special Place Version)

Cook & Stans is a duo formed by two friends from Freiburg, Germany that make some “Raw Melodic Techno”, just like Das Boot. It has originally been released in the album The Unexpected, released last year. The name “Cook & Stans” was influenced by the game The Secret of Monkey Island (1990), a point-and-click graphic adventure game, Pirates of Caribbean like and produced by Lucasfilm Games (that now belongs to Disney), that was responsible for lots of classic games such as Green Fandango, Full Throttle etc. For sure something they were playing before making music. According to them, the previous version of Das Boot was more trance like.

Techno: KULTOFF – Don’t Sleep

Art by LPascolatti

From the same producer of Aliens Must Die, featured here earlier. KULTOFF from Rome, is back with a new single Don’t Sleep, released Friday, 25th of January by Capiroto Records. The single has two tracks inspired by acid techno, with the usual sequenced bass lines (famous for using Roland 303 groove machine). Nonetheless, with both tracks, KULTOFF dares to innovate, applying different style of vocals, such as Don’t Sleep, featuring Frank Sepioni and in Love Is Revolution featuring vocals plus acoustic guitars by Special West, with an amazing sequenced bass line. The drop of Love is Revolution makes you feel like in between psychedelia and acid techno at the same time, due to its guitars.

Don’t Sleep has been featured in our Spotify playlist Synths of Techno. The single is also available to be purchased in Beatport and in Bandcamp. Check the retailers link here.

Besides being a techno music producer, KULTOFF is also a playlist editor, with his playlist Techno Kult in Spotify and in Instagram. So, today instead of embedding Synths of Techno, as usual, I’ll embed his playlist, Techno Kult instead:

IDM: Rik Ronner – Aghori (2019)

Artwork – Shueti:

The music channels practices related to the Aghori, including processes of reaching enlightenment through years of meditation, and rituals such as smearing cremation ashes on the body and using bones from human remains as jewellery and ornaments. Accordingly, the four tracks follow on this theme through the Hindu concepts of Samsara (worldly wandering), Maya (the creation of a sensible world), Moksha (spiritual emancipation) and Tapasya (meditation and self-discipline).

Aghori is an album released by Outtallectuals and produced by Rik Ronner, from Amsterdam, from Wondermonster. It is a dark and obscure journey involving death, through an Indian cultural perspective, in 4 acts: starting with Samsara, proceeded by Maya (embedded), then Moshka (with a video by Shueti) and ending with Tapasya. A 4 tracks EP based on post-mortem rituals of ascetic Hindu sadhus. The four songs were originally composed for the conceptual dance piece, AGHORI, created by Shailesh Bahoran, and produced by Korzo and ISH Dance Collective.

Production, Composition & Mixing – Rik Ronner
Mastering – Sandy Finlayson
Vocals – Raj Mohan

Experimental: The Theory For Our Revenge – Oboro

Picture by Kenya Ishikawa

Bizarre neon signs, street intersections and glacial fuman faces in this city.
They are beautiful and vain phantoms for “us”.
I will always keep pursuing them. 
Maybe forever.
The broken mirror and my bloodstained fist.
The flow of my blood melts into soil.
The broken mirror and my bloodstained fist.
Every night when “our” brain makes a noise.
I believe that only you who stand in front of me are the real. 
The moment I touch you, I get cold from my fingertips.

Oboro by The Theory For Our Revenge is the newest experimental release coming from Japan. It’s a mixture of meditative and minimalistic voices followed by aggressive rhythmic textures, what has become famous with many of Bjork’s recordings.

The Theory for Our Revenge is a duo composed by COLD FAITH and Jhas, that have been working with music production and fashion design. The Japanese word OBORO (朧 ) means “it seems to be obscure and unclear”. The lyrics have been written and performed by COLD FAITH.

Oboro has been added to our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden:

Psychedelic Rock: Gator – Gator (2018)

Gator from San Francisco, sounds like a mixture of early-post punk with psychedelic rock, David Bowie on Station to Station style. Their homonymous album has been released in 2018, with 12 tracks, including Full Moon. The band is also organising a vinyl pre-order, which is great. Although it has a psychedelic rock kind of sound with Full Moon, all Gator tracks are pretty short, heavily influence by punk-rock, specially in the tracks’ length. The opening track The Middle Part / Summertime, is as punk as Dead Kennedys. The track Gator, sounds like being influenced by Iron Maiden or British Heavy Metal from the 80s blended with Slayer or Sepultura in the guitar, specially in the closing seconds. One thing is true, watching Gator alive would be great!

Check our playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden for more modern progressive/psychedelic rock:

Techno: Jeremy Wahab – Nothing Else

A dark techno from Jeremy Wahab, from UK. Nothing Else has been released by Lenjam Records 9 days ago, label founded by Three CP. This track has whispering vocals singing “Nothing else, what happened, it was a mistake”, or something like that. It is guaranteed enjoyment, with physical reactions in your body. It’s been added to our Spotify playlist Synths of Techno:

New Techno: MASINO – Un Poco De Eso

Un Poco de Eso, is a techno by Italian producer Masino. It’s been released 11th of January by Thirsty5 Records, as it’s well clear by the cover art, as an ode to music indudstry’s objectification, or a simple satire of typical European receipts. Un Poco de Eso is a track full of energy, with vocals whispering in Spanish, “Yo quiero un poco de eso” or in English, “I want a bit of this”. All this energy in a danceable mood. Great drop, the ideal track for your DJ Mix. It’s been mixed and mastered by Gabriele Giudici.

Check our playlist Synths of Techno for more:

Techno: SecondNature – 21st Century (2018)

Synths of Techno’s newest feature is 21st Century, by SecondNation, which is the combination of Sebastian Kühne & Emil de Beer’s minds at making techno music. This duo of producers come from South Africa. They have been voted in the Top 25 Artists under 25 in South Africa by MyCityByNight. The Second Nature sound is accustomed to a combination of aggressive basslines and driving drum work in their genre of club focused, Avant-Garde Electronic music. 21st Century has been released as a single by Fleeting Vice Records 2nd of March, 2018.

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Chilling in Eden: Salvatore Cordova – Yuumei

Our chill electronic playlist Chilling in Eden now present you Salvatore Cordova, from Chicago (USA) and his track Yuumei, from The Mountain (EP).

Salvatore Córdova’s truly masterful instrumentation mixes traditional guitar riffs, keys and percussion with deep electronic beats and danceable rhythms.

It’s soft, the usual downtempo type of track, it’s a good one for a lounge DJ Mix while being a good fit for an introspective and meditative time with a headphone. The Mountains is highly recommendable for fans of downtempo electronic music.