LE NOMBRIL DU DIABLE ” BY CARDBOARD LAMB.
Inspired by a water source in a village she knows in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Cardboard Lamb has created a mixtape loosely based on the feeling of exploring the landscape at night. An old Parish house stands across from an abandoned church. A scythe is needed to cut through an overgrowth of nettles, descending slowly unto a pool of crystal-clear, turquoise water. The pool is ice-cold and dangerous. Slivers of soil swirl above powerful quicksand. It has long been referred to as “devil’s bellybutton” in the region. If you step in, you perish.
Her best friend grows wasabi on its banks. Discover more here
“PLAYGROUND(S)” BY SOFABYOUDIE.
In Playground(s), SoFabYouDie explores a future where partying would be more than capitalist leisure. Simarly to Junk Playgrounds, ruins would become landscapes of imagination for all homo ludens thus creating clubs where we don't dance and bars without conversations. Only the violent kicks and metallic sounds shall remain. Playground(s) is a series of nostalgic and dark projections of imaginary games. Discover more here
"HARDAMBIENT" by LUCUS.
Hardambient is composed of bare superposed loops from techno, hardtechno, gabber, trance, etc., tracks (but the mere 1st), mixed with 4 decks. These loops are picked from the "quiet" parts of the tracks, sometimes with only one kick before or after the drop, to be merged into a magma, in which the identity of the tracks is suspended to form a faded metallic whole, until its implosion that opens over a not-yet-sketched future. The result is some hardambient, oxymoron of which the immanent meaning is expressed through the continuity that sounds like a perpetuous entrance. Discover more here
"ELEGY OF OUR DEMISE" by DIM LIGHT.
The initial idea for this mix was to just contrast light and dark by means of ambient and related genres. But while compiling the tracks I realized that there was a second driving force at work. Over the course of the last few years my already strong contempt for mankind has grown into proportions I never imagined. Looking back on our most recent historical events and the conclusions not drawn from them, neither on a larger scale nor in our multiple small „underground“ communities, there is not much left apart from giving in. Discover more here
“TOOTH OF LIFE AND DEADLY ORGANS" BY HA KYOON
Here is a physical journey through body, a succession of loneliness, as a succession of inner rituals.
HA KYOON imagined a sort of geographic card where all those different loneliness could meet themselves and have a dialogue.
These loneliness take forms through darkness or violence, or more rhythmical approach, voices or atmospheric sounds; taken at a turning point, before or after something, with a common point a vital energy to transform death into life. Discover more here.
“LES FLEURS DU MAL COLLAGE” BY ANCIENT METHODS
Like all great poets he was an acute observer and an ingenious translator of feelings. His words paint precise and poignant pictures of the shapeless and inenarrable, like a mood or a sentiment. Sometimes only music can have the same effect on me. Discover more here.
"TWO BLOOD TRAILS, TWO RIFFLES" BY LIEU NOIR
"2 Blood Trails, 2 Riffles" is a podcast through which Lieu Noir introduces a selection of tracks moving us into a post-apocalyptic landscape similar to Richard Stanley's movie Hardware. Lieu Noir uses this opportunity to give us exclusively "Absent Gods & Dead Immortals", the eponymous track from his EP to come in February on his own label PIT (Paso Inferior Tapes). This selection also perfectly reflects the complementarity of both John Z. K.'s projects..... Discover more here
“PERCOLATION" BY RAWKORDER
This mix is the logical follow-up of two years of you-know-what, I continued to buy a lot of records during this period but without the « physical » aspect of a club sound system, all the pure and harsh techno part of the spectrum has lost its appeal for living room listening and I have focused more on ambient, dub and other unclassifiable things. These are records that we have little opportunity to play during techno events while they are also part of my influences and what I would like to be inspired by in terms of production so it seemed logical to me to be able to also introduce them. So there are quite a few dancing moments, it is more thought of as the soundtrack of a calm evening at home. There are new stuff but also older tracks that I never tire of listening to.... Discover more here
“AUGURY" BY MUTANT JOE
This mix was somewhat of a departure from my typical live mixes in its arrangement/ tonal considerations. Having developed a slight cynicism towards the current direction of dance music, I chose tracks with little to no regard for genre or BPM, focusing more on tone and intensity. While there are a couple of danceable moments, it’s definitely hard to call this a ‘dance mix’, but more so a collection of tracks that explore the deconstruction of genre and my hopes for the direction of electronic music in the future... Discover more here.
“A VIAL OF MY SPIT AS A WARM KEEPSAKE" BY ACIDIC MALE
An honest reflection of emotional duality, an exorcism of the past self and a return to my corpse. A hard-to-describe state of memorializing, the feeling of fighting something exhausting to its core, resulting in shying away in fear or a in sudden need to rage against with adrenaline...
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“I ONCE EMBRACED THE ABSURD” BY NEKYIA & FOSSADELRUMORE
Few months after the release of their collaborative 12" Facing the Absurd on Voidance Records, including remixes of Karim Mass (UVB-76) and Grebenstein (Downwards/Horo), Florentine experimental artists Nekyia and FossaDelRumore come back on their shared and long-lived obscure sound theories with an extreme journey into irrational territories, landscapes flooded with chimeras and mud creatures, organisms and thoughts still be shaped or evolved beyond all limits... Discover moere here.
“SÉPARATISME” BY FRÉDÉRIC D. OBERLAND
Secede. To become a pack. A playground endlessly plowed by the restless of experimentation, those who choose off the beaten peaks path, radical, poetic, sensory, esoteric. A glittery black mixtape, enraged and radiant, to dance on the embers and celebrate dissent. «We are all separatists. France is your desert. The only thing missing from the arson is fire.»... Discover moere here.
“LUNE NOIRE” BY AESTHESIS
The evocation of a feeling of devotion related by changes of forms of these sound conceptions between the infernal and the divine, the attraction and the danger, the freedom or the narrowness, coming from a black abyss where the stars descend?
A multitude of sparks combining experimental music, neo-classical, electronica and industrial noises in an experience stimulating the relationship to meaning and loss of reference.
Beyond the lyrical narrative are instrumental mists, island works and distorted rhythms blending into a deep intensity... Discover more here.
BLANK is a serie of podcasts which have for goal to promote contemporary, experimental and extreme music.
Leads by Marie-Emmanuelle Arouet, founder of the independent label AarteAll visuals are selected by Vecteur Dissident. Bad to the Bone has been founded and is published by Hervé Coutin