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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

In The Loop : Episode 22



Episode 22 of In The Loop takes a look at what the 13 artists from our most recent compilation (VOL 5) have been upto recently. We'll work our through the tracklist in order so without further ado....

colab

Mikael Hansson aka colab has managed to create his own distinctive style over the years and continually sculpts small ambient/glitch universes at every turn. His latest offering "kids" is no different. There's an air of nostalgia that flows through the dream like nature of the track.



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Devras Plexi

A producer that refuses to be tied down to any specific genre. The sounds of Devras Plexi map themselves out over landscapes of beats, alien sounds and a whole body of textured melodies. There's always LOTS going on but never too much that it becomes a jumble. Having that skill in terms of production can be all to rare these days. His latest SC upload "greenYellowGlow" shows off that technique perfectly.



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Black Lupus

There's been nothing new from the German producer since our compilation release date but we can still take a look back at a track from the start of 2017. "Illumic Curves" is a track that we were potentially looking to release before settling on his more DnB themed "Fractal Particles" for Volume 5. This track has a unique feel and time signature to it then draws you into an almost psychedelic realm.



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Arran Trax

The Hamburg based Scottish producer has released a fair amount of danceable tracks over the past month or so. "Journey To A Better Future" is something a little bit different. It's still danceable, it's still got the trademark AT spacey synths and pingy drums but the message behind it is a little different. The track was made with a certain mindset....... "I had in mind the dangerous journeys so many people have made to Europe fleeing war, persecution & poverty. Maybe someday the whole of mankind will have to leave this planet in search of a new home too."



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Sect-ion

"Angel of Life" sees the Finnish producer let his guitar skills come to the fore as he mesmerises with some beautiful tones before letting the sounds drift off into a melancholic wonderland full of  The Cure-esque basslines and catchy lead lines.



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/cave

The French sound designer has brewed up a slow burning fusion of electro, house and techno for his newest creation. A perfectly executed, reverb soaked, sound collage of micro beats and ping pong basslines that dance in and around each other.



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Blue Notes

The track "Shadowlands", from Blue Notes, has an eerie and spooky vibe floating throughout. Church like synth notes stab through the piece and build up tension before dashes of acid slide their way into the equation and add to the atmosphere. Dark electronica at it's purest.



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Belial Pelegrim

It's sometimes hard to keep on top of the phenomenal output of this supremely talented producer and given the quality and quantity of his releases it's even harder to pick a track to share in here. We've gone for "Tetrahedral Kites" due to it's insane sound detail and remarkably fresh big beat feel. A true hybrid of electronic music. Think of a tone, it's probably in there. Think of an instrument, it's probably in there. The term "braindance" was coined for these kinda tracks.



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Moscow Machina

Every few weeks a new production falls of the Moscow Machina production line and onto Soundcloud. The latest noise coming from the studio is "Taboo". It's a hypnotic, warm, acid based number with effective percussion leading the way for an overlay of trippy sounds.



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Pedraw

Clearly an advocate of the raw, lo-fi sound, Pedraw's latest track sees him stick to his guns. Gravelly , understated perc work acts as the backbone for a solid groove that worms its way into your ears.



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No Arrival

"Solution" from No Arrival starts off as a wonky ambient soundscape before traversing into a rapid fire barrage of drums complimented and acid tinged bass. Throw in the fascinating amient noises that linger over the top of the track and you've got anther unique electronic track from a very unique producer. Personally, we think this guy is really one to watch for.



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All Button In

"Room 13" sounds a tad unsettling. It is. But in the best possible way. There's a wave of paranoia gnawing away through this industrial synth effort from All Buttons In. A tense atmosphere born through beats that whip at you through the headphones and a deep, deep bass that constantly buzzes and intertwines itself with the bleepy leads. A complex but worthwhile listen.



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Suncastle

"Monster With 21 Faces" really has to be heard to be believed. A true journey in sound. Classical elements clash with modern electronics to create, pardon the pun, a monster. Suncastle seems like a producer who values his experimental side and this track takes things to the perfect level of the experimental genre. It glides along with ease, never once feeling disjointed. The further you listen the deeper you fall into it's charm. You can grab it as part of the most recent Mangled Music compilation release.



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Volume 5 of our various artists compilation, featuring music from all of the artists featured here, is available on our bandcamp or below.





Monday, 10 July 2017

Collaboration Opportunities (Nocturnal and UMFC001)

It looks like summer 2017 is all set to be the summer of collaborations. Here, at Bricolage, we currently have a batch of artists working together for our first physical release set for a September release date. "Dyadic" will be a compilation album that consists of the work of several unique duos from the depth of the Bricolage roster. Among the artists currently working away together on music for the release are Minerva, Devras Plexi, Lo-Jacker, The Oscilloscope, Fragile X, Loui Cleghorn, Dreamland Fantasy and many more.

But that's not the only project on the go, there's many more opportunities to get involved in musical teamwork through our new alliance with the multitude of creative artists at United Music Front.


Firstly, there's the "Nocturnal" project that's been set up by the UMF founder Soundshift. It's a longform collaboration project where anybody involved in the various collectives can get involved. There's some quick entry details below about the new project but for more information about how to get involved head to the Soundshift soundcloud page and message the man himself.

Nocturnal Project:

A minimum 60 seconds of beats/melodies
Cmaj pentatonic
108 bpm

Soundshift (Soundcloud)

Below you can also check out the resulting sounds of the previous Nocturnal project from earlier this year, where 65 artists participated in the project.





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Secondly, fellow UMF member, Supply Fi, has set the very first 'challenge' to the United Music Front members on the Slack website.

"Create a piece of music using all drums with a melody line made using toms of different tunings. No mallet percussion, only drums (cymbals are acceptable too)
No due date, no obligation. If you choose to participate, please use the tag "UMFC001" when you upload. Please post a link to your finished track in the comments section of this post.
Downloadable WAV files please. If we get enough participants, we can throw together a little compilation for free. That is all. Happy drumming."

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Monday, 3 July 2017

Bricolage Podcast #23 : United Music Front



This months podcast is an extra special showcase featuring a diverse pool of talent from the United Music Front. To cut a long story short, the UMF is a new online hub where various collectives and labels have came together in musical solidarity of sorts. The aim is to bring the sounds of a huge body of artists together in one place through weekly online playlists featuring members of all the contributing factions. The UMF also aims to encourage collaborations, remixes and more between all the intertwined artists.

So with all that in mind, this months podcast is a strange and heady brew of ambient, abstract dub, IDM patterns, electronic stories, glitch designs, waves of melodics and a huge labyrinth of all kinds of different beats. Take a plunge into the deep waters of the United Music Front and you're bound to find something you'll enjoy.

Get involved at United Music Front (Soundcloud)

As always you can stream the mix below or over on our Mixcloud.

You can find links to all the groups involved in the United Music Front at the bottom of the post. I'd recommend exploring them more.




Tracklisting

Time Rival - Muir
Roots Dubman - Close Your Eyes
*Rob Gordon/High Fidelity sample*
Nocturnal Status and Dillard - Death Stroke
Devras Plexi - Libre
Evolv - YANWYTYA
*Robert Spano sample*
Black Lupus - Fractal Particles
Mood Exhibit - Return To Nexus
All Buttons In - Broken Circuit Complex
Ix Prospectum - Telescope
Grids/Units/Planes - Ocean Depth
Fragile X - Amygdala (Lo-Jacker remix)
Suncastle - Death Of A Theme Park
Soundshift and Supply Fi - Corporate Anxiety
Pi Wrecks - Something Wrong With Me


UMF LINKS

Bricolage Collective

Sleepless Collective

WUMP Collective

Mangled Music Collective

Rumourtone Music

Climatronica Collective

Pink Dolphin Music Ltd


Monday, 12 June 2017

BRICOLAGE : VA VOLUME 5 (bc027)



Volume 5 of our various artists compilation series is yet another assemblage of colourful and eclectic sounds from a unique array of musicians from around the world alongside a few, closer to home, names from right here in Scotland. It's a massive auricular adventure that traverses through a combination of styles and tastes.

As with all our previous VA compilations, each and every one of the producers has been cherry picked for their ability to create distinctive and appealing musical art. There's a generous assortment of engaging work throughout the compilation from start to finish, It's a particularly wide ranging selection of electronic compositions that more than deserve your full listening attention. There's a bit of everything to go round your ears. A truly broad horizon that sweeps through some finely detailed and multifaceted IDM cuts, mutated drum n bass patterns and a medley of woozy slow burning ambient infused electronica voyages to let you catch your breath. Then there's some expertly designed melodic experimental efforts to keep your brain occupied and a couple of hypnotic and gritty house/techno numbers for good measure before the conclusion of the release leads us to some more experimental productions that encompass all manner of abstract techniques and patterns from glitch, industrial, noise and breakcore.

As always you can stream and download the compilation below or at our bandcamp.



There's also a Soundcloud playlist to stream



Bricolage would like to thank all the artists involved for contributing their work and making this release possible, We couldn't have done it without you.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Introducing The Collective 64 - 68


 With Volume 5 of our new Various Artists compilation only a few days away, it's time for us to introduce you to the remaining five producers we've managed to get on board. You can find our previous artist bios for Vol 5 here and here respectively.

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64. SECT-ION


Sect-ion is, the alias of Arto Arpiainen, A Finnish producer who likes to mix both acoustic and electric sounds in his music. Arto does not disparage any genres as better or worse than each other, instead he sees them all as forms of energy, needed by different people in different situations. This beautiful viewpoint means that Arto finds it hard to decide on which kind of artist he'd like to be and therefore just produces what feels right for him at the current time and moment.


Sect-ion (Soundcloud)

Arto *Secondary Account* (Soundcloud)

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65. DEVRAS PLEXI



Devras Plexi is an electronic musician living in Austin, Texas. Creating a sound palette that embraces digital as much as analog sounds, melody as much as glitch and harmony as much as texture. With beats that are distinctly IDM but flavoured with hip-hop and dance influences. A producer that is always striving for forward thinking ideas but often with an emotional edge.

Devras Plexi (Soundcloud)

Devras Plexi *Tech* (Soundcloud)

Devras Plexi (Twitter)

Devras Plexi (Website)

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66. COLAB


Toronto-based musician Mikael Hansson has made music under the "colab" alias since 1990.
He uses a blend of traditional and electronic instruments to create melodic soundscapes that are deeply influenced by Nordic melancholy, and that try to capture the tension between the vastness of nature and fast beats of urban life. 
Mikael is a firm believer in the idea of building on musical ideas to create new works, and frequently collaborates with other musicians on both new work and remixes.
He has been working on finishing an album for the past 10 years, but the album refuses to be locked down. Mikael and his album are currently not on speaking terms.

colab (Soundcloud)

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67. 
PEDRAW 


Pedraw is a mysterious French producer who has declined to gave away too much info about himself. All we know is that he was eager to be a part of the compilation and has a penchant for making some seriously fuzzy and distorted sounds and pulsing techno rhythms. Lo-fi grit and an underground feel are evident throughout.


Pedraw (Soundcloud)

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68. 
BLACK LUPUS



Black Lupus is the pseudonym of Cologne prodcuer, Mathias Seibert. A self confessed audiophile, Black Lupus, aims for perfection in both the creative and listening process. It shows in the quality of his productions which range from drum n bass, ambient, 2-step and a variety of other concoctions. The refusal to use samples of any kind ensure that his sounds stay original and true to his values.


Black Lupus (Soundcloud)

Black Lupus (Bandcamp)

Black Lupus (Facebook)

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So that's it our 13 artists for Voume 5 fully unveiled. Stay tuned to our social media accounts over the weekend where we'll unveil the artwork for Volume 5 and, of course, keep your eyes peeled for the compilation dropping on Monday.










Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Bricolage Podcast #22 : Esef



Our June podcast is the first in our guest sessions mixes and comes from Glaswegian producer and local stalwart, Esef. He brings with him a tonne of mixing experience due to his monthly barn burning residency spot in Flat 0/1 and his role as the renowned after party starter for the Glasgow based label, Tribal Pulse. As anybody who's witnessed Esef in the flesh will testify he provides a relentless energy that coarses through his sets. A prime selector of the highest order, his ability to keep the pace flowing is one of his greatest weapons behind the decks. Here, on his Bricolage podcast, he does just that and then some. It's a groove laden hour with a deluge of chunky basslines, direct, no nonsense rhythms and an abundance of prominent melodic sequences that merge as one throughout. Throw in his penchant for emotive pads into the equation and you've got a mix that keeps your ears and your feet happy.

You can stream this months mix below or over at our Mixcloud.



Monday, 29 May 2017

Introducing The Collective 60-63


Last Monday, we introduced you to four of the fresh faces that are making up our new Various Artists compilation next month. This week we introduce another quad of creative artists that will be involved in Volume 5, out on the 12th of June.

60. ALL BUTTONS IN



All Buttons In is a UK based producer whose melodic, glitchy, style combines analogue and digital sounds, hardware/software alongside big beats and experimentation.

All Buttons In (Soundcloud)

All Buttons In (Twitter)

All Buttons In (Facebook)

All Buttons In (Bandcamp)

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61. MOSCOW MACHINA



Moscow Machina is the alias of an elusive Russian producer/musician. Dima plays guitar in a local band by day and moonlights as an electronic producer whose secret passion is techno. The creations of Moscow Machina are an introspective space designed for the mind of the casual home listener as much as they are for the body of the club dancer. Intelligent and intriguing sounds that are hard to ignore.

Moscow Machina (Soundcloud)

Moscow Machina (Bandcamp)

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62. NO ARRIVAL



No Arrival is an on going project located in Scotland. Based primarily around electronic sounds, though not adverse to the use of acoustic instruments. The ambition of No Arrival is to creatively channel the echo of the universe with small audio pockets of truth and resonant clips.

No Arrival (Soundcloud)

No Arrival (Bandcamp)

No Arrival (YouTube)

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63. /CAVE



/Cave initially started out as a visual artist project of Paul Souviron before it began progressing into its current audio nature. The music is sculpted individually with each sound considered a material. The result is texturised electronic music that swings between house and techno with coldwave and tribal influences. Primal ambience and the use of vocal repetitions as rhythms ensure that the outcome is as engaging as they come. Paul is also part of the musical duo, "B√Ęton", with his brother, Croco.

/cave (Soundcloud)

/cave (Youtube)

/cave (Facebook)

Paul Souviron (Website)

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