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Monday, 20 November 2017

Headroom 11 : Minerva presents "Founding Myths"



After a short break on the Headroom front we're back with a bang and a truly mesmeric and extensive mix session from Minerva. The Greek/Hungarian producer and DJ is in full on club mode as she takes you on a trip through some of the most recent additions to her expansive collection of music. There's an undeniably fresh feeling to the listening session due to the majority of the tracks being released this year. Minerva kicks off proceedings with a beautifully strange vocal piece from an unknown artist before launching into a rich variation of dancefloor ready house rhythms, stylistic melodic consistencies and plush pad swirls that are all laced with progressive tendencies. There's room for a flawless transition into some harder territory in the form of some grittier techno productions, although the overall deep vibe of the sounds on show remain at the core and then we find ourselves navigated back to the familiar hypnotic melodic elements from earlier but this time sandwiched in between them is some skewered rhythms, euphoric chords and lots of vocal cuts before we filter out of the mix on the same unknown acapella from the intro.

As always you can stream the mix below or at our mixcloud.




TRACKLISTING

1. Unknown Intro
2. Rafael Cerato - Koncept
3. Norris Division - Full Moon
4. Just Breathe - Free Your Mind (Rob Me remix)
5. Spektre - Holdin U
6. Ian O'Donovan - Voodoo Doll
7. AFFKT - Sunday Ghost (Dave Seaman remix)
8. Pleasurekraft - Tarantula (7 Year Itch rework)
9. Eric Louis - Danger (David Grylls remix)
10. The Montini Experience II - My House Is Your House (Tom Hades remix)
11. Oliver Koletzki - Iyewave (Hatzler remix)
12. Black Acid - Quasar
13. Gallya - Detroit
14. Dead Space and Dateless - Psychedelic World
15. Gabriel Moraes - Green Shelter
16. Frankyeffe vs Ithaka - So Get Up
17. Reiner Zonneveld - Dominance
18. Tube and Berger feat Richard Judge - Ruckus (Dennis Cruz remix)
19. Unknown Outro

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Owl of Minerva

Tomorrow night we bring you the latest edition of our Headroom mix series. It's been a while since we've indulged in our 2 hour sessions. It was the end of summer to be exact when Glaswegian heavyweight Boom Merchant locked together a solid collection of his favourite DJ weapons for your listening pleasure.

This time round we have the mysterious music machine that is Minerva settling in behind the decks for her debut Headroom session. We've already had a listen here at Bricolage HQ and you're in for a real treat full of flawless mixing and enthralling electronic music. To get you in the mood for the upcoming session you can have a listen to a few of Minerva's recent mixes including her Bricolage podcast from January this year. As you'll hear from the links below she's been on form with her mixes throughout 2017.....

Minerva (Bricolage Podcast) January 2017



Minerva (International Womans Day Mix for Hohm Productions) March 2017



Minerva (Quixotic Manchester Guest Mix) August 2017



Minerva (Bricolage 2nd Anniversary Mix) September 2017

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Bricolage Podcast #27 : Blue Notes



Our November podcast is one with a twist, it comes not as a mix of influences, selections or favourite tracks but this time as an album preview of sorts.

On the 11th of December we release the full length album, "Tetrahedron" from Glasgow based producer, Blue Notes. It's our final release of 2017 and we're set to round out the year in fine style with 12 tracks of true sonic diversity that cover ground in the fields of IDM, ambient, rhythmic glitches, drum n bass and industrial leftfield soundscapes.

So, with 4 weeks until the release date, Blue Notes is sharing a sneak preview of what's in store come next month in the form of this exclusive "Tetrahedron" preview. It's worth noting that Blue Notes is taking the opportunity of this full length album to introduce his side project "C4" properly to the world and features two tracks from that alias.

We don't want to give too much away just yet so you'll find a bunch of new and exciting works in this session and you'll need to wait for the rest......

As always you can stream the podcast below or at our mixcloud.



1. Product of Society
2. Juniper Green
3. Sanctuary
4. Tetrahedron
5. Embers (excerpt)
6. C4 - 100 Rounds
7. C4 - Ghost In The Machine

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Wrek

A late Halloween present in the form of "Wrek". A horror short from Lost World Media that's soundtracked by our very own Mute Branches.

“A man takes it upon himself to seek out his missing younger brother, and the monster that took him away” Wrek is the culmination of a love for 80s monster flicks, English folklore and societal-horror giants like Romero, Cronenberg, and Landis. Although brief in total expected runtime (around 6 minutes), the film contains a number of strong cinematic references, packed into a tight, tensely paced film.



Writer / Director / Editor: Mathew Hammond Producer: Daniel Hutchinson Starring: Matt Kitson, Sophie Brierley, Tom Sheldon Original Soundtrack: James Cresswell Puppet Creation: Leo Kane Horton Assistant directors: Tommy Hoyle and Jay Middleton

You can also hear the isolated music on the Soundcloud link below.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Ghost Stories 2017



As Hallows Eve arrives again, this year, we’ve once more asked a few artists from the label to give us a Top 5 of their favourite creepy/eerie Halloween type songs for your blood curdling pleasure.


Arran Trax has provided us with a bunch of trick or treat dancing devils and one or two eerie soundscapes. Belial Pelegrim has given us a selection of some of his most ghoulish creations and collaborations. Whilst, Minerva, has selected her Top 5 skin crawling soundtrack excerpts. Lastly, revered selector Loui Cleghorn digs out his most deviant tracks to play out.

ARRAN TRAX

  1. Rude 66 - Paranoia



    "First up is this hair-raising slice of pumping Horror Disco, excellently executed by the Amsterdam based analogue-synth guru Rude 66. This 2014 release on the fine Dutch vinyl label Bordello A Parigi is now highly sought after on discogs. Just wait till those vocoder lyrics come in!!!!"


  1. Hesperius Draco -  ASI Kingdom



    "This must be one of the best melodic compositions I have heard in the last couple of years. Majestic, melancholic and ever so slightly malevolent, Draco (Italian, Alessandro Parisi) conjures up images of ghostly armies marching through snow-covered Transylvanian forests."

  1. Scotch - Disco Band



    "What the fuck is going on in this video?' any sane person has to ask themselves.
    So weird it's kinda creepy!!!
    This Italo-Disco classic came out in 1984 on the American Disco label."

  1. U - Friendly Ghost



    "I just LOVE the artwork on this slab of heavyweight vinyl. A subtle sense of mystery from the anonymous U."
  1. Luke Vibert - Halloween



    "Last one is this ghastly acid-trip by the very talented Luke Vibert."
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BELIAL PELEGRIM

  1. Enfield



    "I'm a big skeptic when it comes to the paranormal, but I'm open-minded enough to never rule anything out. I also love a good ghost story. The Enfield Poltergeist is one of those stories that captured my attention because the documentary really left me wondering what the fuck was going on in that house. This song was my attempted to peak other people's interest and tell a bit of the tale in a soundscape format."

  1. Dismemberment Goblins



    "One of the sub-groups within the Sleepless Collective is the Darksiders. They were putting together a compilation playlist on Soundcloud of music written expressly for a 'Cabin in the Woods' tribute set that focused on "The Purge", where all the monsters in the glass rooms are unleased into the Facility. All of the tracks are rather amazing. Dismemberment Goblins was my choice and my track."

  1. Rosemary



    "One of my good Soundcloud friends and collaborators is the very talented Roots Dubman. He sent me over some strange sounds that inspired me to produce this dark and foreboding, electro-horror track. The name came from Roots informing me that he started putting together his sounds after watching Rosemary's Baby alone in the dark."

  1. Funeral March For The Golem



    "This derge-like processional was inspired by books I was reading on animating inanimate objects with consciousness. Let's just say it's not a good idea to try this out at home. Not a deeply dark track, but fitting for this time of year. If you have a chance, check out the remix that BELP made of the track as well."

  1. Insular Vampire Hovering



    "I always enjoy collaborating with Berlin's Lutz Thuns on dark ambient projects. He and I worked hard at creating a very creepy setting on this one in particular."
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MINERVA

  1. Ennio Morricone - Eternity (The Thing)



    "Morricone was mainly famous for soundtracking Spaghetti Westerns before he did the OST for 'The Thing' but that all changed after this. Minimalistic, atmospheric and very, very effective. The descending church organ on this particular track creates a deep sense of tension"

  1. Lady In The Radiator - In Heaven (Eraserhead)



    "This film contains, like, two pieces of music at most but it works really well within the style and overall feel of the horror that is slowly unfolding.  'In Heaven' was written specifically for the film and it helps carry that feeling of intrigue and inevitability through to your ears as well as your eyes."

  1. Krzysztof Komeda - Lullaby (Rosemarys Baby)



    "50 years old this year and it's still terrifying in it's own unique way. Feelings of unease linger all around and Mia Farrow adding vocals brings the creepy levels up."
  1. Harry Warren - Jeepers Creepers (Jeepers Creepers)



    "This is essentially some jazz from the 1930's but the almost ridiculing nature and delivery, personally, make it very scary for me. It appeared in the film of the same name 70 years later and is heavily featured in many different styles and versions which only add to the eerieness!"

  1. Toru Takemitsu - Kwaidan Theme (Kwaidan)



    "I have so much love for Asian horror and I am a bit of a human encyclopedia when it comes to Japanese films and soundtracks in particular. 'Kwaidan' was one of the very first horror film I ever saw and the avant garde theme tune startles me to this day still. So much silence in this one but when the warped use of traditional Japanese folk instruments make themselves known it brings with it a layer of suspense."

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    LOUI CLEGHORN

    1. Alex Under - Bola 6.1


    "This song is slow, rumbling evil. Ominous as hell and a beautiful way to start a set. This was released on Soma a few years ago curiously enough. There's a Bola 6.2 and a 7 that are more friendly but they dont come close to this transient gem."

    2. Andrea Roma and Mar - Dark Matter


    "This is one of those tunes that I don't think will ever leave my collection. Andrea Roma bringing ever part of his arrangement into a cacophony of dark harmony. Another old favourite."

    3. Loui Cleghorn - Yorick (Boom Merchant remix)


    "A remix by Boom Merchant of my own tune 'Yorick' that is coming out on my own label 'Unstrung' very soon. One of the more aggressive numbers from the Cleghorn collection given a tribal overhaul. Spooky yet inviting and warmly arresting."

    4. Robert Babicz - Cristal Sun


    "Something I've been playing a lot recently. A twisted acid rave number with shifting, contorting synth lines. One of the best Babicz tunes for a good while."

    5. Nick Dow - Goujian



    "I'll let wikipedia do the talking - King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle because its front line consisted of criminals sentenced to death who committed suicide by decapitating themselves."

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    You can see last years playlists here.

Monday, 30 October 2017

No Arrival "The Chance To Fail" (bc030)



“The Chance To Fail” is the new four track EP from Scottish producer ‘No Arrival’ that perfectly captures his distinct creative tendencies and experimental nature all in one release. From the opener “Earhart”, with its bobbing acidic sounds that intermingle with carefully designed rhythms, to the closing title track that slowly builds off a platform of slow, well placed percs before morphing into a sonic IDM whirlpool of drums and sound design. Inbetween those two tracks you have the ambient, tribal experimentation “Love Will” and the uniquely rhythmic “Savage Human” with it’s slow burning trip hop heart surrounded by a body of melodics and a beautifully placed vocal sample.

No Arrival has weaved together a union of diverse percussive elements and abstract, yet concise, electronic compositions. Miss this one at your pearl.

Listen to album opener "Earhart" on Soundcloud



Stream and DL the EP in full below or at our bandcamp.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Bricolage Podcast #26 : No Arrival



Here at Bricolage we pride ourselves on providing unique podcasts for our listeners every month and this month is no different. We've drafted in No Arrival for our October session and he doesn't disappoint. He brings a fantastic fusion of sounds to the table, squeezing almost 30 tracks into an hour long mix, which when cut together with a selection of finely placed samples and interview snippets, ends up portraying the idea that your skipping through a series of radio stations. The major benefit here is that you don't need to touch the dial. Just get yourself comfortable and sit back and enjoy the eclectic ride that includes all manner of sounds from Pan Pot to Flying Lotus, Howie B to Howlin' Wolf, Boards of Canada to Miles Davis, Bob Marley to Massive Attack and many, many more. There's also an exclusive listen to the new No Arrival track "Love Will" that features on his upcoming release on Bricolage. The 4 track EP, "The Chance To Fail", is released on the 30th of October. Stay tuned.

Stream the mix below or at our mixcloud.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Dyadic (bc029)



21 global electronic producers coming together on one album that roams through the electronic music sphere leaving no stone unturned.

"Dyadic" is an album of specially designed collaboration works from a select group of producers on the Bricolage roster.

A true sonic adventure and exploration of sound that, over a 60 minute duration, traverses through all manners of musical landscapes including glitch, DnB, acid, IDM, dub, electronica, trip hop and ambient.

You can stream the album below or at our bandcamp.

If you follow the link you can grab a digital DL of the album for £3 or a very limited edition CD for just £5.







Sunday, 1 October 2017

Dyadic (Soundcloud Stream)

The full "Dyadic" album is now available for streaming from our Soundcloud account ahead of tomorrows release. Get yourself an early listen to all the tracks below.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Bricolage (An Ambient Tribute from Hohm Productions)


For the third part of our anniversary mixes we asked Hohm Productions 
resident Kinoko to weave together a selection of his favourite ambient based works that we've released over the last two years.

Here's what they had to say:
"Recently it was the adventurous electronic net label Bricolage Collective's 2nd birthday and to commemorate this they have ask three artists to mix a selection of their favourite releases (Techno, IDM and Ambient mixes respectively). With this they have bestowed the honour of making an ambient mix to HOHM Resident Kinoko from the tracks released so far which he jumped at the chance to do so here it is and thanks Bricolage for this enjoyable opportunity"

You can stream the mix below or at the Hohm mixcloud.



TRACKLISTING

1. Fragile X - The Outer Circle
2. B-Side Boy - Pissholes In The Snow
3. Liapei - When We Were All So Very Different
4. Merriman's Ghost - Owl
5. Microvolt - A Touch Of The Vapours
6. Neon Idol Lodge - Resonances
7. Mute Branches - (I'm Dreaming Of A) Severe Weather Warning
8. Hiramatsu Toshiyuki - Mountain Call
9. Roy Or Bison? - Eidetician
10. Roy Or Bison? - Night Vision
11. International Debris - Hypogeum
12. ...From The Benthic Zone and Mute Branches - Outlines
13. Sleep, Data - The Drone That You Find In The Back Of Your Mind
14. Fragile X - Saturn9ne
15. Mute Branches - Goon Squad (Part 2)
16. Fragile X - Under The Counter Culture (Leit Motif remix)
17. Slow Deep Breath - The Crow Pheasant
18. The Next Commuter - The Dozen Paces
19. Jazzdefector - Lost Without You
20. Nova Noma - Who Are You?
21. Leit Motif - A Lovers Reincarnation
22. Oscurito - The Nihon Shoki

Monday, 25 September 2017

"DYADIC" TRACK PREMIERE : Fragile X and Minerva - Dancing To A Different Drum

The countdown to the new Bricolage compilation album "Dyadic" is now truly on. One week today we unleash 11 specifically produced collaborative efforts from a select group of producers on our roster. Over the past few weeks we've slowly unveiled details, artwork and snippets of each track in the build up to the 2nd of October release date. Tonight we're going that bit further than simple track previews and giving you a premiere of the experimental DnB production "Dancing To A Different Drum", the result of an electronic alliance between the fast rising Minerva and Bricolage label head Fragile X. Music by J.Gorecki and Ariadne Vinerma (Fragile X) (Minerva) Promo video made by Rick Jones of Dark Fidelity HiFi and Lo-Fi Deluxe (DFHF)
Rick Jones (YouTube)
Keep your ear to the ground for another exclusive track premiere from the "Dyadic" album coming on Soundcloud before the weekend. BC (Facebook)
BC (Soundcloud)


Sunday, 24 September 2017

bc029 : Dyadic (Promo Video and Album Preview)

"21 global electronic producers coming together on one album that roams through the electronic music sphere leaving no stone unturned...." In just over a weeks time we release the much anticipated Bricolage collaboration album, "Dyadic", in both digital and physical format. We gave Marcel the monkey a promo copy. It seems the collaboration between Devras Plexi and The Oscilloscope is his personal favourite.....
*ALBUM RELEASED 02/10/2017* For a preview of the full album head to Soundcloud or listen below.
FULL TRACKLISTING 1. Figurate and Futurendeavours - Pale Blue Dot 2. Fragile X and Minerva - Dancing To A Different Drum 3. Dark Fidelity Hifi and Subsequent - Your Eyes That Say No 4. Bacteria (Blue Notes and Arran Trax) - Spore 5. Jaffa Kid and Leit Motif - Eeehran 6. Belial Pelegrim and Dark Fidelity Hifi - Numbers In The Mirror 7. Mister Left and Roy Or Bison? - Corporation Street 8. Devras Plexi and The Oscilloscope - The Chronic 9. Lo-Jacker and Loui Cleghorn - Turpitude 10. Get-Effect and Oscurito - Space Interpreter 11. ...From The Benthic Zone and Mute Branches - Outlines

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Bricolage (Kedvenceim)




The second installment of our anniversary mixes comes from our very own Minerva. The Hungarian producer has put together some of her favourite experimental sounds from the labels back catalogue. You can expect a broad range of IDM, broken beats and electronica as she trawls through two years worth of unique productions. Recommended Sunday night listening.

Here's what she had to say:

"
Bricolage (Kedvenceim) = Bricolage (My Favourites)
My favourite music label Bricolage had 2nd birthday last month and to celebrate for them I make together a mix of some of most innovating tracks from their collection. Always exciting and interesting sounds within! Lots of complexity! Some of these music can be hard to mix together but I do my best and I think is ok :)
I have lots of love for all these guys and I am thankful to be part of this Glasgow crew "

You can stream the mix below or over at Mixcloud



TRACKLISTING

1. Bedless Bones - Foreign Blood Heat (bc020)
2. Belial Pelegrim - Exoskeleton (bc027)
3. Figurate - Like A Moth To The Light (bc023)
4. Blue Notes - Icarus (bc027)
5. Fragile X - Utility Fog (bc026)
6. All Buttons In - Back To The Beginning Of The End (bc027)
7. No Arrival - Vex (bc027)
8. Ix Prospectum - RX (bc024)
9. Octavia Bannon Clark - Heavy Construction (bc020)
10. Rain - Cold (bc020)

Monday, 11 September 2017

Quixotic : Bricolage (Label Showcase)



Manchester based after party troupe "Quixotic" recently honoured Bricolage with a special mix consisting purely of material from our back catalogue. It spans a broad range of our techno infused releases and ranges from our early days to the present.

Here's what they had to say:

"Session 6 is a celebration for friends. The forward thinking Glasgow label, Bricolage, recently celebrated their second anniversary. Quixotic have been huge fans of the label since its inception. Label head, Fragile X, has tirelessly and consistently provided a seemingly endless stream of electronic pearls from musicians far and wide for fans to sink their teeth into. From humble beginnings to underground respect, Bricolage has developed over the last 24 months into an open platform for people that think that little bit differently when it comes to listening habits and production traits. Providing and producing ambient, glitch, electronica, IDM, techno and a bit of everything under the electronic umbrella.
To celebrate the more beat driven side of the Bricolage back catalogue, Quixotic resident "General Zero" has mixed together a bunch of his fave techno flavoured tracks released on the label."



TRACKLISTING
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Pedraw - Turbo16 (bc027)
Willy - What Was That? (bc011)
Sunn Boo - Ladyland Pt2 (bc001)
Crae - Injection (bc022)
Gewatte - X 08 (bc001)
Jaffa Kid - Melgar (bc025)
Bloempot - R3V3R5 Y0UR 8R07H3R5 (bc004)
futurendeavours - Fifteen Minutes Of Fame (bc019)
Minerva - Oligarch (bc020)
Mister Left - This Is Your Captain Speaking (bc020)

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Autumn/Winter 2017



August was a relatively quiet month here at Bricolage HQ but we spent the end of summer working away behind the scenes to ensure that there's some real treats lined up for the remainder of the year. Unique podcasts, special guest mixes, two EPs plus the latest volume of our various artists compilation series. All that topped off with our most ambitious release to date in the form our first physical release.

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To start off September we had Austin based sound design boffin, Devras Plexi, curate an hour of underground electronic gems from the underground. A unique selection of sounds from a unique talent. This particular podcast has proven to be one of our most popular yet. Listen for yourself below.



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As we hit September, Bricolage enters into it's third year of existence. To celebrate this mini milestone we've got three special guest mixes lined up that take a look at a slice of our discography over the last two years.

For the first mix we got Manchester after party troupe "Quixotic" to mix together some of their favourite beat driven tracks from the label. They've been long time supporters of the label and have concocted a variety of tracks from our early days right through until the more current releases.



The second mix will come from Bricolage's own Minerva and explores the more experimental side of our catalogue before friend of the label, Kinoko, closes out the anniversary mixes with a presentation of some of our ambient works. Keep your eyes peeled for them as they drop.

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To round off the month we have Oscurito returning behind the decks to provide us with our latest mammoth Headroom session. A two hour extravaganza awaits. The Glaswegian released his second EP on Bricolage in July. The "Eastern Philosophy" EP combined cinematic influences with Eastern tinged melodics and full bodied rhythms.



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OCTOBER
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In October we drop our very first physical release on Bricolage. Over the summer months we brought together an assortment of names from the roster to work on the "Dyadic" project, this collaboration album, consisting of 11 specifically made exclusive tracks, lands at the start of next month. The finished article is a melting pot of sounds from all over the electronic spectrum. This meeting of musical minds will be officially released on limited number CD and digital format on the 2nd of October.

Have an exclusive first look at the artwork below. You can expect a full tracklisting and audio previews in the next few days. Stay tuned.




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October also sees a double header from one of our most recent roster additions, No Arrival. His podcast lands in early October followed by a new 4 track EP "The Chance To Fail" at the end of the month. Check out his contribution to our last VA compilation back in June below.




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NOVEMBER
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We start off November with another double header. Glaswegian electronic experimentalist, Blue Notes, drops both his first podcast and standalone release for the label. Both are guaranteed to be sonic works of art.

Have a listen to the full length "Hymn" collection from earlier this summer.



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Our last Headroom of the year will come in late November and is provided by the diverse mixing skills of Minerva. She followed up her 2016 "Oligarch" track on Bricolage with a rousing all vinyl podcast for us back in January this year. We're excited to give her free reign over the extended two hour timescale of Headroom before the year's out and you can fully expect a stellar journey with many a twist and turn.




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DECEMBER
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December kicks off with a podcast from the scarily consistent US producer, Belial Pelegrim. This is a man that is continually producing flawless and out there yet accessible music and we're sure his podcast will be in a similar vein. This is yet another mix that we're incredibly excited about landing in our inbox. It'll be that good.

Check out his phenomenal production skills on "Exoskeleton" which was released on Bricolage this summer.



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We round off the year with Volume 6 of our Various Artists compilation where we'll once again be bringing plenty of new and intriguing sounds to your ears courtesy of more specially handpicked artists from around the world. We've already started the demo and selection process on collating new and interesting producers for Volume 6 and we'll feed you more info on this release as it progresses.

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The remainder of 2017 is shaping up to be special. Join us for the ride.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Bricolage Podcast #25 : Devras Plexi



Tonight we hit a quarter century of podcasts as we glide into our 3rd year of existence. To mark this mini milestone we invited electronic maestro, Devras Plexi, to contribute his first mix for the label. He's put together an hour of hidden gems full of radiating melodies and unique palettes alongside broken but elegant rhythms that are soldered with digital experiments overflowing with pop sensibility. Intriguing patterns, warm, playful sounds and all manner of genre defying works are littered throughout yet it never loses it's key, bright, elements and brings proceedings to an end with an exclusive unreleased track by Devras Plexi himself which is rather ironically titled, "Ender". Given that his own productions are abstract, intricate and catchy, we had an inkling that this mix would be something a bit different from the norm and it's safe to say it more than delivers on that front. This years September podcast is a perfect coming together of sweet tempered sonic selections to lead us into the Autumn months. Listen in and treat your ears to a bit of musical escapism.

As always you can listen below or over on our mixcloud.



Devras Plexi (Facebook)

Devras Plexi (Website)



Thursday, 3 August 2017

Bricolage Podcast #24 : Loui Cleghorn




Just over a year after his 2016 Headroom mix, Loui Cleghorn returns to the fray for our latest podcast. The swirling , lush, electronics and intricate melodies are back but this time they're backed up with a plethora of even brighter, emotional sounds . There's an almost filmic nature to elements of the mix as soaring string sections and pads take centre stage occasionally before retreating to let the rhythm take over once again. It's a powerful and fluid mix from a man with a finely tuned style and musical palate. Lots of layers, big synth lines, crescendos and an impressive flow make Augusts podcast a sublime piece of ear candy.

As always you can listen below or over on our mixcloud.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Oscurito "Eastern Philosophy" (bc028)



Eighteen months on from the release of his "Octopus" EP at the start of 2016, Oscurito, returns to Bricolage with fresh ideas, new philosophies and a whole new production skill set. The "Eastern Philosophy" EP sees the Glaswegian indulge his ambient side that bit more. 'Kunoichi' opens things up with a buzzing, calming drone, sparse keys, sumptuous synth work and some stunning string sections that slowly engulf your headspace before 'The Nihon Shoki' slowly flutters into view with yet more string arrangements and synths. This time they come backed up with carefully selected and perfectly placed percussive elements and a humming bassline. Then the deep vocals of "Find Your Centre" introduce us to the most danceable track on the EP. Out goes the overall ambient side of things and back in come those trademark bulky basslines, sliding perc work and psychedelic melodies to form a big, truly Eastern flavoured tech house special. It's been a pleasure to watch the evolution of Oscurito over the past year and a half and there's way more to come from a producer who's just starting to find his own sound.

The EP comes backed up with two remixes of "Find Your Centre". the first is an electro flavoured take on things from Dreamland Fantasy. Keeping all the main ingredients of the original at the fore and adding his own elements to create a fresh and engaging remix.

Minerva chooses to go down a more progressive route by manipulating the original percussion into her own bustling style and letting things slowly evolve in a repetitive and hypnotic fashion that harks back to the early days of that old school prog house feel of 2000's. Big kicks at the forefront to really drum things home.

As always you can stream and download the release below or from our bandcamp.



Thursday, 20 July 2017

Headroom 10 : Boom Merchant presents "Cosmic Voyager"



Our final guest mix of the summer sees Glasgow powerhouse, Boom Merchant, take the wheel for a mammoth 2 hour Headroom mix session. A revered DJ and extremely well rounded producer known for his impeccable taste and his ability to effortlessly carve out powerful and cosmic listening journeys for both the club goers and the bedroom listeners. Having already built up a stellar reputation for his sounds and sets in and around his home city of Glasgow, recent years have seen the esteemed selector spread his wings and take his DJ sets around the world to the Netherlands, Malta, Switerland and more. With Italy and Japan up next, the Boom Merchant freight train shows no sign of slowing down.

His Headroom session is exactly what you'd expect from a man with a meticulously assembled and enviable music collection. No stone is left unturned as the mix flows perfectly between a collection of deep electronics, splashes of colour and tough beats that seamlessly merge as one. It's a slowly evolving trip through some of his current favourites alongside some of his own unique creations.

As always you can listen to the mix at our mixcloud account or below.



TRACKLISTING

Tadir - Sailing Rocks
Ricardo Tobar - Eleven
Alex Session - Angels
Fritz Kalkbrenner - Changing Face (Maya Jane Coles remix)
Sosandlow - Fantasma
Ray Okpara - Satin Curtain
Simos Tagias - Airlock (Arthur Minnahmetov remix)
Boom Merchant - Dramatic
Leftwing - Inception
Boom Merchant - Smooth Drive
Harry Romero - Retroversy
Mr Bizz - Big Clean (Spektre remix)
Boom Merchant - Sub Nine Point Nine
Dave Angel - Inside Out
Mauro Picotto - Unthinkable (Full Vox mix)
Boom Merchant - Haka
Crazy Sonic - Broken Heart (Drunken Kong remix)
Oliver Koletzki - Iyewave (Hatzler remix)
Jamie Bissmire and Ben Long - The Key (Tool)
Boom Merchant - Release
Mazepa - Moja

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If you're in Glasgow at the weekend you can catch Boom Merchant live in Stereo as his renowned label Tribal Pulse swings back into club night action with Italian techno kingpin, Johnny Kaos, headlining a 4 hour extravagana of sound and colour. You can RSVP to the event @ Tribal Pulse : Johnny Kaos and Boom Merchant.




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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.