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Ghost Kwini - Dark Address EP
Format: Digital download
Out: 9th June 2014
Sonic Router Records’ ninth release proper comes from the Netherlands based newcomer, Ghost Kwini. Dark Address is his debut release; a succinct four track EP that aims to explore Kwini’s relationship with internet technology and the way it influences and blurs the recall of memory.
Akin to the instrumental grime movement spearheaded by outfits like the London based Boxed and its component members, Kwini’s music runs at a similar spacious tempo and utilises the same impactful soundsystem-primed tactics of careering low end, but his tracks are littered with more distant ideas and ghostly voices than they are driving drums. ‘Black Google’ fuses 8bit stabs with an unsettling discordance, ‘Netscape Navigator’ reformats a little bit of grime’s obsession with low string samples, ‘Gothic Sheikh’ plays more with a funky tempo and ‘Uncanny Valley’ fragments the diva vocals.
“I’m very much into grime, both the old and recent stuff,” offers Kwini of his inspirations; “and, to me, one of the best things about grime music is the use of wild and strange sounds and samples. My music is definitely comparable to that particular aspect of grime, with it being so weird and wild and ‘wot u call it.’”
“This EP is my reflection on everything internet related,” he offers of the EP. “The internet these days seems like it’s almost organic; like it moves and grows so freely that it almost seems autonomous. I wanted the music to be imagining certain parts of that monster or to serve as the soundtrack to such an impossible to film idea.”
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Follow Ghost Kwini:
1. Black Google
2. Netscape Navigator
3. Gothic Sheikh
4. Uncanny Valley
Artwork by Joeri Woudstra.
Ghost Kwini’s Dark Address EP will be out on digital download from the 9th June 2014.
My Panda Shall Fly - Higher [SRR007]
Format: Pea green casette and digital
Out: 27th January 2014
Pre-order: via Bandcamp
Our first release of 2014 comes from the South London dwelling producer, My Panda Shall Fly. Long since a friend of the label, MPSF’s music has blossomed through numerous fits, starts and collaborations with his work adorning multiple imprints since he first emerged in 2011. But with his latest 6 track EP, Higher, his tonal and textural ideas have found a consistent voice adapting to the array of different tempos perfectly.
“These tracks are loosely based around the concept of ‘sacred pain’,” offers MPSF of the EP; “an extremely fascinating subject I’d found myself digging into without any real prior warning. After learning about the myriads of ways individuals endure affliction and suffering for their various beliefs across the planet, I recalled witnessing such an act for the first time when I was aged nine, in my home-town of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Without doubt the spectacle left quite a mark upon my psyche, so much so that it evokes this memory some eighteen years later.”
“In practice, I wanted to keep pushing myself to explore new modes and forms of making music, sometimes to a point of never repeating or re-using a particular effect that I’d used previously. Upon later reflection, I found that the assorted approaches I applied to these six tracks paralleled the diversity of discomfort which individuals put themselves through in the name of religion around the planet.”
1. haus / transferring sorrow
2. ark (spirit servant)
4. groupp mind
6. fish r friends
Fuewa’s Birth Palace EP is out today on cassette & digital.
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SRR005: Fuewa - Birth Palace
Pre-order: via Bandcamp
After the boom of pitch perfect, cleaner than clean house-music-with-heavy-bass deflated and subsided, fuzz and decay are two tools that seem to have crept into a lot of producer’s arsenals more and more. And whilst it’s important to acknowledge the fact that emphasizing rough textures isn’t really something new - it’s a concept that artists whose work has endlessly influenced the direction of our record label have built careers out of - it’s definitely an approach that’s had an impact on the musical output of Chris Sallows.
Working as Microburst, he’s released music on Svetlana Industries and Cleaning Tapes, but through accepting and developing his output to incorporate more distorted elements, he emerged out of his Dorset studio with a fully-fledged new artist project: Fuewa. Birth Palace, is the first official outing under his new moniker and across the 6 tracks he explores the reams of potential he found amongst a sound palette of blown out kick drums and jagged pads.
2. Outa Banks
4. La Void
5. Time Paint
6. Black Illusion Fall Out
Fuewa’s Birth Palace will be released on 1st July 2013 on metallic red cassette & digital. Pre-order the cassette here: sonicrouter.bandcamp.com/album/birth-palace