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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

Follow @ Boom Merchant (Facebook)
Follow @ Boom Merchant (Soundcloud)
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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.


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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Monday, 22 May 2017

Introducing The Collective 56-59

On the 12th of June we release Volume 5 in our Various Artists compilation series. Once again, we've scoured the electronic terrain to bring you some innovative artists from across the world mixed with some ultra creative home grown talent . Tonight, with 3 weeks until the release date, we start introducing some of the new faces and provide you with a bit more info about them and their respective sounds.

56. BELIAL PELEGRIM



Belial Pelegrim is a Los Angeles born electronic musician and producer whose work covers a blend of dark IDM, avante garde and experimental genres. Taking acid and jazz compositional ideas, the jostling rhythms and hip hop and dub, as well as the twisted sonic mayhem of ambient and drone. Mr Pelegrim explores the periphery of experimental IDM, weaving melody with dissonance and has worked on collaborations with artists around the globe.

Belial Pelegrim (Soundcloud)

Belial Pelegrim (Twitter)

Belial Pelegrim (Bandcamp)

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57. ARRAN TRAX



Arran Trax is the pseudonym of Martin Grafton, a Scottish producer based in Hamburg, Germany. His passion for music was lit at an early age by tinkering on the synths in his uncles studio. These days he prefers the hands on pleasure of sound design on hardware synths. His upbringing on the West coast of Scotland still resonates through his music and his output can lean towards an one of his various influences, be it Italo Disco, Detroit Techno or Scottish folk music.

After taking an extended break from electronic music, Arran Trax returned in 2016 with vinyl and digital releases on Envy Music and Expressive Waves.

Arran Trax (Soundcloud)

Arran Trax (Beatport)

Whiting Bay EP (Rubadub)

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58. SUNCASTLE




Suncastle is a seven-year long recording project of UK native, George Ernest Evans.
A veteran of the Mangled Music Collective, Evans has elected to produce bizarre and unconventional electronica ever since the means to do so became available. Growing up on a diet of weird tunes from the usual suspects; Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, with a healthy obsession with all things classical.
Suncastle tunes suggest a giddy fascination with erratic melodies and textures that often find themselves chopped and filtered into straightforward pop sounds before the music stops playing. You might hear echoes of happier times and nostalgic flourishes that evoke a feeling that everything is going to be alright. Then again, repeated listens may 'reward' the listener with eerie suggestions of sounds from the dark side. 'Was that a children's choir? Or was it a Manson Family sing-song?' This uncertainty will keep you coming back for more, like morbid curiosity keeps you glued to the silver screen in times of peril.
The casual listener may delight in the ever-so-slightly-fucked-up vibes the Suncastle project has to offer, for those willing to dig a little deeper, that is an entirely different matter.
Suncastle (Soundcloud)

Suncastle (Facebook)

Suncastle (Twitter)

Suncastle (Bandcamp)

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59. BLUE NOTES



Blue Notes is an independent electronic artist from Glasgow with a serious love for making noise in general. Everything from IDM to downtempo to drum n bass and gabber is fair game for this producer who enjoys incorporating sample based music which allows him to explore his love of crate digging whilst combining digital and analogue sounds.

Blue Notes (Soundcloud)

Blue Notes (Twitter)

Blue Notes (Bandcamp)

Blue Notes (YouTube)

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Stay tuned to the blog and our social media accounts for more new artist bios soon.











Saturday, 20 May 2017

Oscurito - Find Your Centre (Remix Competition)



Later this summer we release the second EP from Glaswegian producer Oscurito. His debut EP, Octopus, was released on Bricolage in January last year and contained three big house tracks with a psychedelic tinged space theme running throughout. This time out on "Eastern Philosophy", as a much improved all round producer, Oscurito has stuck with the psychedelia mindset but went more a more a varied release featuring some beautiful ambient interludes, Eastern influences and his trademark driving basslines alongside bulkier beats. "Eastern Philosophy" is released on Bricolage on the 24th of July.

The "Eastern Philosophy" EP contains three tracks. "Kunoichi", "The Nihon Shoki" and EP closer "Find Your Centre".

Tonight we're launching a remix competition for "Find Your Centre". You'll find the stems available as a free download through our Bandcamp. All you have to do is head there and grab the components and have a go at remixing the track. There will be two winning remixes, one chosen by Bricolage label head Fragile X and the other, of course, by Oscurito himself. Both of the winning remixes will feature on the EP release in July.

The competition officially launches tonight and will close on the 21st of July, three days before the EP release. This provides a total time frame of almost 9 weeks for any potential remixers.

"Find Your Centre" is in the key of Cm with a BPM of 119. Feel free to change either as you please.

*Once you have uploaded your remix to Soundcloud you should PM the Bricolage page with a link to your track where we will proceed to repost your track and also add it to the specially made remix playlist.*

You can grab the stems below or at the bandcamp page.



You can find a low bitrate version of the full track below or at our YouTube channel.










Monday, 15 May 2017

Fragile X "Insert Coins To Continue" (bc026)



Twothousandandseventeen. A world full of super computers, mass surveillance, privacy encroachments, corrupt governments, censorship, broken moral compasses, fear mongering and cyber wars. Twothousandandseventeen. The beginning of the end.

"Insert Coins To Continue" is the latest EP from Bricolage label head, Fragile X. It sees him explore themes of futurism, dystopian warnings and the current political climate over the course of 5 new compositions of sprawling digital landscapes, where machines rule the world and humans have dropped to the bottom of the intelligence ladder. Mangled, mechanical, electronics and crunching metallic structures collide as they sit atop a wasteland of glitches, cuts n clicks and futuristic ambience. "Insert Coins..." is the caustic creation of a fractured and twisted cybernated world in which syncopated rhythms clamber over the top of each other, vying for supremacy as they wire themselves together in contorted sonic waves that spread themselves around the electronic web of sounds that is carefully weaved out over the listening experience.

You can stream and download the EP below or at our bandcamp.



Saturday, 13 May 2017

Summer 2017

If you keep up to date with our social media accounts then you'll know that earlier this week we said that we'd have a few announcements coming this weekend regarding many aspects of a creative summer here at Bricolage. There's new music, guest mixes, a remix competition and a very big collaborative release coming at the end of summer.



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First off, we're proud to announce that, after four successful Various Artists compilations, we're officially moving onto our fifth edition of the series with VA5 penciled in for official release on the 12th of June. Once again, we've rounded up a collection of established and creative producers from around the globe. All of them with their own unique sounds and creations to bring to the table. The latest compilation release will be featuring American electronic wizard Belial Pelegrim, Finnish downtempo specialist Sect-ion, the mysterious Suncastle, Edinburgh producer All Buttons In, Glaswegian experimental musician No Arrival and the exceptional work of Devras Plexi to name but a few. It's safe to say that we have another very eclectic Various Artists album coming your way next month. Stay tuned for the standard introduction and bio posts starting on our blog next week, as we welcome the new faces to the Bricolage family. As always, you'll get to learn a little bit more about the people behind the sounds.

To have a listen to the previous VA compilations head to our bandcamp page where you'll find the releases alongside the rest of our back catalogue.

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Ever since the inception of Bricolage in 2015 we've ran our monthly podcasts and bi-monthly Headroom mix series to great effect over on Mixcloud. Our artists have consistently provided listening experiences that span across every spectrum of the electronic genre.

For June, we've managed to pull off a coup in getting some one off mixes from some very special guests. Friend of the label, Esef, takes over our podcast for the month. His monthly residents slot, alongside Loui Cleghorn, in Glasgows Flat 0/1 venue is known for it's sweat inducing mayhem and the boundless energy provided by the precise and remarkable tune selection on show.

As someone with a broad range of influences and tastes, Friday night club sets and after party marathons are just the tip of the iceberg with Esef though. A few years back he fused together ever evolving moods of dub, ambient sounds and house music for the very first guest session for the Fragile X "Cult Zer0es" mix series. So who knows what we're in for next month. Either way it's going to be a fun ride.



Be sure to check out his Return To The Cities EP over on soundcloud.



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Our second guest mix next month sees Glasgow based powerhouse, Boom Merchant, take the wheel for the latest episode of our Headroom mix series. He's an astonishingly well established all rounder with an unwavering dedication to his craft in terms of both DJing and production. Known just as much for carving his own brand of house and techno as he is for his ability to hold club goers attention from start to finish with his cosmic sets at his very own Tribal Pulse club night. With an extensive and meticulously assembled record collection to choose from we should be in for a huge treat come June. Have a listen to a guest mix for Proton Radio below alongside the latest Boom Merchant release, "Haka".



Boom Merchant @ Facebook
Boom Merchant @ Soundcloud
Tribal Pulse @ Facebook



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Last summer we ran a remix competition for Loui Cleghorn's "Waterworks" track, where the two winning remixes got to feature on the title tracks EP.. This summer we're back again with another remix competition, this time for Oscurito. He releases his second EP, "Eastern Philosophy", on Bricolage this July and next Saturday we'll be officially launching the competition for his new track "Find Your Centre". Stay tuned for remix stems and more info coming soon.

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Last but definitely not least, to celebrate Bricolage turning two years old in August we've lined up a very special collaborative project.

All of our releases so far have been digital only but thanks to the help of Rick at Dark Fidelity Hifi we've managed to secure a physical release for what should be one of our most ambitious projects to date. A CD run of 200 copies is in the pipeline and if it proves to be a success we'll be looking at more physical releases down the road whether it's CD, vinyl or cassette.

For the August release, we've pooled together an assortment of producers from a bunch of our previous releases over the past 20 odd months and paired them together to collaborate and come up with a track between them for the album. So far we have around 14 musicians on board, with many paired off and already in the early process of production. We're currently still looking for another 6 or 8 names to round off the production team and then it's all systems go.

More details on the physical release as they arrive. When we know, you'll know.

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Friday, 12 May 2017

In The Loop : Episode 21

The latest episode of In The Loop is a special entry that looks at some of the albums and EPs released either through other labels or independently by some of our roster and alumni.


April 29th saw The Oscilloscope self release his new album "Secret Chamber". It's a fantastic album from the Swiss based producer, who just keeps getting better and better. By now, it's well known that The Oscilloscope is an advocate of finger drumming and this release sees him sticks to his guns. Well rounded, technical, rhythms are supported by electro undertones and lots of acid variations. The mixture of analogue and digital recording methods brew up a space age style that runs throughout and keeps things interesting.

Listen to Rec B8 below and check out the full album over on his bandcamp.






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Edinburgh techno specialist Willy recently released his debut EP, "Organo", through French label Carceres Records. Four tracks of supremely well executed warehouse techno. Thumping, but intricate, perc work and dark techno melodies sit side by side on industrial tinged sound palettes. More than worth checking out.



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Sleep Maps released on the label back in 2015. Contributing some stunning post rock compositions to two of our compilations in our first year in the form of "Biologic Trust" on our Various Artists Volume 2 release and again at the end of the year when he specifically wrote "The Brief Sun" as his entry for our special Winter Solstice release. Since then he was quiet on the output front, but it's been worth the wait. March saw the release of his latest album "No More Good Dreams". The tagline is "We Are Not Always Who We Think We Are" and that rings true in an album of deep and evocative post rock soundscapes. A lot of time and effort has went into the release and it's clear to here in the quality of the sounds.

Check out "The Lonelies" below alongside the full album stream





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"Seltrac" is the latest offering from International Debris. An album, partly inspired by travelling on the Docklands Light Railway, that was released on Third Kind Records last month. Personally, here at Bricolage, Ross Baker is one of our favourite producers. One that's always able to perfectly find the mark between experimentation and listenability. "Seltrac" does exactly that. The music itself is a stirring concoction of cinematic electronica bursting with enviable synth work and pinpoint melodies that will no doubt invoke feelings of nostalgia in listeners of a certain age. It's available as digital or limited edition cassette through the Third Kind Records bandcamp.

Stream and DL links below.



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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Bricolage Podcast #21 : Subsequent



Exactly 18 months to the day since his first Bricolage podcast back in November 2015, today, sees the proficient Dutch selector Subsequent return to the front line for another trek through his collection of mesmerizing electronic music. There's a combination of minimalistic but powerful compositions layered over each other in a steely, broken environment of industrial rumblings and field recordings. Points of abstract tension play out alongside moments of hazy charm and hypnotic beats. Add all that to a "twist" at the end and you've got a creative and borderline avant garde session that will transfix and transport the listener to another portal. Welcome back to the world of Subsequent.

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


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Fragile X : Insert Coins To Continue (EP Preview)

The 15th of May sees label head, Fragile X, release his latest EP, "Insert Coins To Continue", right here on Bricolage. It's a sprawling and engaging digital field of glitches, cuts n clicks fused together with syncopated rhythms, robotic techno, broken beats, experimental IDM, samples and futuristic ambience.

Below you can check out both an audio/visual preview from our YouTube channel and also the Soundcloud link for the original preview.

0:00 Private Enterprise 0:59 Utility Fog 1:55 Gletshn 2:46 Under The Counter Culture 3:44 Survival Research Laboratory

Monday, 17 April 2017

Headroom 09 : Fragile X presents "Voight-Kampff"



Label head, Fragile X, returns with his first mix for Bricolage in just over a year. His last offering was the April 2016 podcast full of progressive sounds and breakbeats with a slightly cinematic vibe. This time out, with 2 hours to play with, the cinematic elements have been turned up full with a sci-fi themed mix inspired by cyberpunk, neo-noir and dystopian films and novels, mainly the Philip K Dick classic, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" aka Blade Runner. This particular listening session is a trip through your consciousness via a hybrid of carefully chosen breathtaking ambient soundscapes, cuts n clicks, dark drones, broken beat experiments and film samples. The mix almost plays out into separate scenes, with moments of calm and serenity counteracted by futuristic techno and crumbling, uniquely designed, industrial audio landscapes. There's a consuming visual element to the mix that is outlined by it's unusual drifting between lights and shadows. Get yourself comfortable, put on your headphones and let your imagination flow.

As always you can stream the session below or over on our mixcloud.



TRACKLISTING

1. Rick Deckard "I Dreamt Music"
2. Oval - Do While (X)
3. Katsuhiro Chiba - Elegant Slope
4. Way of Tea - Aranyani
5. Pact Infernal - Circle IX (Treachery)
6. Gridlock  Edit364
7. Kattoo - Place 7
8. Hazcauch - 0001
9. Leon Kowalski's Voight-Kampff Test
10. Hazcauch - Scept
11. Pessimist - Paian
12. mmph - Sun God
13. Synkro - Lunar Cycle (Phase 1)
14. Prayer - Without You
15. Roy Batty "It's Not An Easy Thing To Meet Your Maker"
16. Bwana - Vveding
17. Protector 101 - Runners
18. Spectrums Data Forces - Devastation
19. C-System - Poison
20. Headless Horseman - The Day She Vanished
21. Pessimist - The Empty House
22. Condensed Utopia - In Fine Aeternam
23. Plastikman - Ask Yourself
24. Lanark Artefax - Touch Absence (Intimidating Stillness Mix)
25. Pendulum - Coma
26. Jim Morrison "Do You Know We Exist?"
27. SE - No Need For Voices
28. Roy Batty "...Like Tears In The Rain"

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

In The Loop : Episode 20

In The Loop casts an eye and an ear on the latest sounds from some of our roster. This particular post focuses on the sounds of Dark Fidelity HiFi, Subsequent, Oco, SlowDeepBreath and Kure.

We start by checking in on Dutch producer, Subsequent.The experienced head is all set to take the helm for his second Bricolage podcast next month. Check out his November 2015 podcast on our mixcloud. His most recent upload to Soundcloud is a blast from the past. The track "Chilled Moods" was released on Berlin label "nonine recordings" back in 2008. Exquisite guitars , trip hop beats and blissful vocals ensure the track does exactly what it says on the tin.


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Rick Jones aka Dark Fidelity HiFi is a busy man. Always on the go creatively, making his own tunes as well as remixing others. One of his most recent reworks was of the Belial Pelegrim track "Starless". The original is a stellar piece of off kilter electronica and key work. DFHF adds his own spin with a more glitch style base whilst adding even more spruce to the already melodic track with some class pads. Listen to both tracks below.




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SlowDeepBreath is known for his breathtaking soundscapes and his latest offering "The Little Satellite" more than hits that mark. The ability to make the perfect ambient, chill out zone is harder than a lot of people think but SDB makes it seem effortless. Calming drones and expressive synths combine to create the perfect piece of space ambience.


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Danish ambient enthusiast, Kure, is carefully sculpting away at crafting his own unique sound and "Echo Park" is just one of many playful, melodic numbers that the young producer has been generating recently.


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'Oco' just recently released his "Warmth" EP on fellow Glasgow stable he Umbrella Collective. It's three tracks of downtempo electronica with Oco's knack for songwriting shining through and providing a beautiful surface for guest vocals from some of his friends. For us, "Let Me Talk" is the stand out track with it's deep sounds, manipulated vocals and unique rhythm. Check out the EP below and grab a download.


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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

In The Loop : Episode 19

In The Loop Episode 19 takes a look at what some of the artists we've released through the label have been upto recently.

First we turn our attention to serial beat maker, Lo-Jacker. His most recent uploads include a phenomenal remix of the HEALTH track "Crusher" that gets the complete Lo-Jacker make over. There's also new track "Infinite Latitude" with it's hypnotic beat and swirling pads and to round it off, the track "In Media Res" that was written for Piano Day 2017. Listen to them all below.







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Since their "Fifteen Minutes Of Fame" release back in October, 'futurendeavours' have kept their collective production head quite low. There's more in the pipeline coming soon but for now wrap your ears round the skittering drums and dubby groove of "Beatroot".



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The next few weeks will see the release of two International Debris albums, "Myosphere" and "Seltrac" on No Problema Tapes and Third Kind Records, respectively.

Listen exclusively below to "Grotesk" from the Seltrac release and also another recent upload, the beautiful and haunting "Rexta".





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The latest Sunn Boo sounds are as raw and hard hitting as ever,

The demo of  "6 Dogs Against Me" is a sneak preview of the bulky techno that the young Frenchman has been building away at.



Meanwhile, "ra-w line" provides a more melodic line of work with a slightly spiritual edge.



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"True Devotion" sees Bedless Bones cast her spell by conjuring up a powerful and stirring piece of emotive darkwave. Allowing her vocals to soar over an intriguing concoction of sounds.



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The Oscilloscope never disappoints and his latest uploads are yet more proof of his finger drumming genius and knack for supplying weird, glossy, acidic sound patterns. Check out "When You Draw" and "Warm Calm" below.





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Bricolage alumni, Bloempot, released his debut 12" (For The Deaf) on the Disposable Commodities label last month.

Prepare to enter an all-devouring tornado of dissonant machine rumblings, well-rounded melody and thunderous percussions billowing out in toxic black smokes"



Read more on the release @ Inverted Audio.

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Bricolage Podcast #20 : The Jaffa Kid



For our latest podcast we delve into the past a little with The Jaffa Kid. The Newcastle native is an experienced head when it comes to production and mixing and has provided us with a special Motor City mix of his from "years ago" which incorporates all manners of Detroit techno and electro together with elements of ghetto, trip hop and vocal cuts. All in all it's a supremely danceable, uplifting session that presents a unique look at bygone days of electronic music.

Stream the mix below or over at our mixcloud.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Ix Prospectum : Telescope (Audio/Visual)

We're back on the audio/visual trail for the second time in a week and this time it's for Ix Prospectum and his hypnotic track "Telescope". Once again, Digi Aye have taken stock footage and Creative Commons art pieces and blended them together with the work of visual design specialist, Mike Winklemann to create a shimmering, transfixing spectacle full of silver spheres, electric movements and digital landscapes.





You can download your copy of "Telescope" and the full "First Step" album over on the labels bandcamp or below.


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Figurate : An Exist Strategy (Audio/Visual)

Tonight we're happy to be able to premiere the new A/V for Figurate's "An Exist Strategy". Our visual team, Digi Aye, have constructed a backdrop created purely from edits of the futuristic work of cult visual artist Mike Winkelmann. It's a fitting scene for the fragmented, altered reality and sound design of Figurate. Tune in and enjoy the trip.





You can grab a copy of the full debut EP from Figurate below or at our bandcamp.

Monday, 13 March 2017

The Jaffa Kid "In Orbit" (bc025)



The Jaffa Kids sound palette knows no bounds. One listen through his vast back catalogue of tracks and official releases will bring you a rare but consistent assemblage of many styles. The electronic sector is his home and he's more than comfortable in every room in the house. Just at ease banging out pumping techno beats as he is with slowing down the pace and bringing his curious and free flowing taste for ambient to the table. When you fill in the gaps between those two with old school influences like breaks, jungle, acid and IDM then you have a bunch of captivating and irresistible productions.

Having being late to the table we only discovered the music of The Jaffa Kid in 2016 and quickly got him on board as soon as we could before releasing his track "Experience" on our VA Volume 4 compilation last November. With previous releases on Expanding Electronic Diversity, Recycled Plastics and Retropublik to name a few, we're more than happy to have secured a full EP release from the diverse electronic wizard in the form of his new "In Orbit"



The EP itself is a nice 50-50 split of three tracks from late 2016/early 2017 and three previously unreleased tracks. All lovingly crafted on classic synths like the Nord Lead A1, Access Virus TI2 and more. The groundwork is laid down on the percussion side with a brew of all sorts from four to the floor tech, jungle rhythms and edgy break formations. Those beats are covered by a fusion of intelligent electronic compositions that encompass all manners of progressive techno, psychedelic tinged passages, ambient atmospherics, IDM tendencies and weaves of acid. There's a distinct 90's edge and influence coursing through the spheres of "In Orbit", that could almost channel it as a throwback to the early golden times of experimental electronic music, thus giving Jaffa Kids latest offering the feeling of a classic era release that's bleeding into modern times. EP. Influenced by the likes of Plastikman, Gerald Donald, John Carpenter and Robert Hood, it's a real treat for electronic music fans of all ages.

Full streaming and download is available below or at our bandcamp.