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Lauren Ritter “Rift Vision 001” EP

Debut Rift Vision EP out on November 20th!

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A1. Lauren Ritter “Vespers”
A2. Tenesha The Wordsmith & Lauren Ritter “Thirst Trap (Feat. JB!! AKA Dirty Moses)” – single out now!
B1. Lauren Ritter “Quartz”
B2. Lauren Ritter “Value of a Piece Taken”

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Acid Pauli – MOD

“Basically my albums have developed into my personal field of experimentation” says Martin Gretschmann, aka Acid Pauli. Known primarily for his psychedelic, leftfield club sounds that weave between slo-mo beats and deep burners, his EPs, remixes and collaborations have generally been more focused on the dancefloor. With his latest album, MOD (his third full-length released on his own Ouie label), Gretschmann goes in a tangential direction, drawing inspiration from modular synthesis and the scene that has flourished around it over the last years. The result is an album produced almost entirely with modular systems, inspired by the possibilities and restrictions of carefully shepherding machines that sing to themselves.
“I know a lot of people who somehow found themselves and electronic music in a boring dead-end alley, and who have now found completely new worlds through modules”, he explains. Experimental as MOD may be, it certainly isn’t ‘difficult’ or inaccessible – or as someone put it, the nine tracks here are “soft, elegant, fluent, dreamy – the tracks achieve the effect of space-time morphing – magical states”.
The album is best heard as one continuous piece, allowing it to unfold its delights gently. Most of the tracks were recorded live in one take – often with Gretschmann recording up to 10 different versions before choosing the final piece.
Propagating Flip Flops starts things off – its glitchy textures and sync-shifting set the scene for the album – the sounds evolving and developing before resolving into a warm, ethereal tone. Intellijel Bell is made up of deep loops of rhythmic sounds, while metallic sounds and a submerged jazzy undertone hint at the classic Acid Pauli sense of fun. Acid On Yusef uses looped up rhythmic pulses and bass tones, joined by modulated beeps and blips. A touch of that iconic liquid acid sound pulls it together and gives the track its name. Sublime Frequencies Of Cairo is another beatless, floating collection of loops that shift and morph – seemingly suspended in space, before an ambient orchestral element resolves the track.
As the title suggests, Du Brecht, Ich Dub revolves around a bass heavy sound, building up a rhythm of disparate elements that develop into a tense yet somehow weightless groove. Life Polarizer is further evidence that an Acid Pauli album will always somehow drift back towards the groove. The track works the effects pretty hard – sounds pinging between left and right and ebbing and flowing into the mix. Peace Waer Schoen also makes heavy use of delay to create a dubbed-out, wonky feel. The freedom of getting away from computer based production is referenced sardonically in Quantize Hell – its bleepy sounds find a rhythm and progression outside of the grid. Finally, No Kick, No Cry brings the journey to a close – it’s the first and only kick drum of the album and adds a structure to the magical unpredictability of the looped sounds.
The album’s artwork perfectly reflects these sounds within – created by musician and artist Billy Caso. Each track is also accompanied by a minimalist video, created with a device from this modular world – the “Vidiot”. It’s clear that in MOD, Gretschmann has produced a homage to the modular scene that might inspire as many people as it delights.

Label: Ouie Music

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Audiojack – Neon City Lights

N is for Neon City Lights. The 9th and final part in our series of 9 weekly releases that make up Audiojack’s Isolation Tapes.

‘The Isolation Tapes came together accidentally during lockdown. Getting lost in the music-making process was our way to escape the feelings of anxiety and uncertainty which presented themselves with the emergence of Covid. We had no plan beyond escapism, but a cleared schedule gave us lots of time to explore new ideas. After we’d made a few tracks we started to realize the importance of bringing this music together under one project, a musical reference point for this strange period in time, and so the Isolation Tapes was born – a series of singles we made during lockdown whose titles all begin with a different letter from the word: I S O L A T I O N.’ – Audiojack

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Penner+Muder – Gernika [Snippet]

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Penner+Muder are best known for their releases on Moodmusic, where they have been churning out quality tunage for well over a decade. They have been dubbed the original odd couple of German Deep House because of their differences in terms of musical backgrounds as well as appearance. In this case opposites don’t only attract, they also make for a great sound as you will hear on this full-length album, which we are thrilled to be releasing on Suol.
‘The Long-Awaited Comeback’ is a journey through P+M’s sonic universe. We can’t go into detail on each of the 12 tracks in this little write-up, but just looking at some of the gems on this longplayer, there is deepness and lightness, melancholy and joy, softness and toughness, with both organic and electronic elements.
There is so much to discover here, whether it’s the solemn guitars and pianos on ’Gernika’, the opener, or the carefree interplay of Rhodes and vocals on ‘Heart And Sold’ as well as the funky bass lines dancing around classic drum machine grooves on ‘Feeling Down’.
At times, Penner+Muder delve into depths bordering on Deep Techno without ever losing the overall feeling of positivity. We are taken on epic rides by tracks like ‘69 Minutes’ with its floating delays, goosebump harmonies and massive bass frequencies, modulated to perfection.
There are nods to Chicago as well as Detroit, such as the grooves and distorted vocals of ‘24 Hour Ticket’, reminiscent of techno pioneers like Model 500.
This might just be what you’ve been waiting for.

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The Emanations – Spread A Little Love (Soul Clap Extended Mix)

Earlier this year The Emanations announced their arrival with a Technicolor debut single ‘Love’, signalling a new direction for Super Weird Substance, bringing in a more youthful energy. Working as The Emanations, Greg Wilson and Ché Wilson explore a new cut and paste approach to production, having collaborated on a number of remixes these past couple of years.

Returning the favour for the GW/CW remix of New York’s Underground System, acclaimed Boston-based DJ and production duo Soul Clap have worked their magic on the Emanation’s debut, which now sees three new versions titled ‘Spread A Little Love’ – a Soul Clap extended mix and dub version plus a special Greg Wilson edit. The remix, and its variants, with a nod to D.C. LaRue and Firefly, evoke the jazz-funk vibes of the late-‘70s/early-‘80s.

Featuring SWS favourites The Reynolds and flautist Manon McCoy, who adds a deeply emotive and delicate layer of ethereal magic, Greg and Ché had already created a blissed-out slice of a Balearic summer with the original, although, to date, it’s unfortunately received sparse dance floor action given the shutdown of the clubbing industry due to COVID-19. Soul Clap’s workout runs at a mammoth 10 minutes plus, giving the track a whole new spaced-out dimension and allowing the listener to get further lost in the depths of its sonic realms, whilst their dub version boils the track down to a more visceral concentrate that’s sure to ignite dancefloors.

Soul Clap have been incredibly prolific the past few years, with a continuous stream of quality originals, remixes and compilations being released via Soul Clap Records, alongside various collaborative works like this release with Super Weird Substance.

Greg and Ché have hit a similarly productive work-rate together, with remixes for Confidence Man, Jarvis Cocker, Simply Red, DSK, Sleight Of Hands, The Cuban Brothers, Hipnotic, Bella Technika and Jungle Giants under their belts, they’re still attracting more remix requests and have further original music in the works with The Emanations, utilising stems provided by Tyrell, the Canadian-based multi-instrumentalist for further SWS releases.

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