Another month and another dizzying schedule of releases from across the electronic music spectrum. Whether techno, industrial or experimental, there is no shortage of new music coming out and new labels popping up almost every week. Given that we’ve made it through January, we thought it would be a good time for another Selections piece where we highlight some new and notable releases. (see below)
Oake - 47019 (47)
Longtime Brvtalist favorite Oake debuts on 47 with a new EP out February 1st. This marks the first solo material of Oake (previously a duo) but we find ourselves in familiar territory - and that is a good thing. This is a seductive four track EP which sees the Berlin producer craft epic, cinematic soundscapes while maintaining a heavy industrial soul. From the tension building “Telane” to the grand finale of “Lilln”, this is a strong and well rounded EP from one of the genre’s cornerstone names. Out now via 47.
V/A - Sacred Grounds (Larmes)
Staying with dark, experimental tones, next we arrive at the new compilation Sacred Grounds. Released by French label Larmes, this is twelve tracks of haunting compositions that send shivers down the spine. With some familiar names like Ōtone and Useless position to Hexrose and label head Clarence Park, there is a little bit of everything on Sacred Grounds. Whether it be the ominous chants on Night/T\mare’s “Holy War” or the hypnotic serenity of dreadmau, the comp can act as a soundtrack to all of life’s turmoil. Out now.
Wvalaam Klous - Misery (RnD)
Great new dark wave and body music from London’s Wvalaam Klous. Misery is a new EP set to come out this month on French imprint RnD, and it’s packing some hard hitting wave and EBM for the most depraved floors. With Misery, Klous brings some of her best energy and production methods to the forefront and the result is a twisted yet beautifully crafted EP that is bursting with layers of inspiration. It’s great to hear celestial vocals over the driving rhythms and tracks like “Convulsion” and “Burn in Hell” send you tumbling down the darkest tunnels of oblivion. For more visit Bandcamp.
Cherushiii + Maria Minerva - S/T (100% Silk)
A bittersweet release from L.A.’s lo-fi groove center 100% Silk. We’ve been longtime fans of this imprint and was glad to see this release announced. The story goes that when Estonian native Maria Minerva first arrived in L.A. she needed a driver to venture across the west coast for her tour. That person wound up being San Francisco electronic producer and performer Cherushii. The two formed a strong bond on that trip and ultimately recorded this 6 track EP of synth wave, acid pop and left-field house compositions. Tragically, Cherushii was one of the many special souls who perished in Oakland’s Ghost Ship Fire perhaps making this release even more poignant. Out February 15th on 100% Silk.
Qual - Cyber Care (Avant!)
Perhaps most known for his work in the classic duo Lebanon Hanover, William Maybelline is also becoming known for destroying the stage as his solo project Qual. Cyber Care is a 12” maxi single following up his debut album from 2015. The release does not disappoint as we see Maybelline deliver three tracks of crushing body-wave music which reads like a nightmarish romance novel. From the machines of “Cyber Care” to the devious slasher “I Have to Return Some Videotapes”, Qual is one of the most exciting artists to watch right now. Pick up the vinyl here.
Tara in Tibet - The Sacred Circle of Lucia (Last Europa Kiss)
One of our favorite projects right now, Tara in Tibet continues to amaze with uncompromising and hard to define ritual electronics. The Sacred Circle of Lucia is raw, industrial rhythms which sound like a hymn for summoning the most evil spirits. Recorded during 2018 and 2019, the release connects the body and mind for a bloody spell of noise, wave and drums which take you deeper and deeper into the unknown. Out February 22nd. Pre-order here.
December - Night of Nights (Pinkman)
Parisian star December sets off a firestorm with Night of Nights, a new EP on Rotterdam’s Pinkman. With previous releases on Jealous God and Mannequin, these four tracks are rough, rugged and built to last. Infusing industrial, EBM and beyond, the tracks fit perfectly on one of the hottest labels today. With the forceful push of “Intervention Tune!” or the more cerebral “Sociability Is As Much A Law Of Nature As Mutual Struggle”, December is in top form here, delivering some of his most complete and cataclysmic work to date. Out February 22nd. Pre-order here.
The Horrorist - Separate Dimension (Aufnahme + Wiedergabe)
While the 80’s and 90’s continue to be regurgitated, one of the most iconic names of the era steps up with a brand new LP that showcases why the artist has defied genres and trends for decades. Out now on Berlin’s Aufnahme + Wiedergabe, Separate Dimension contains eleven massive tunes which drive straight to the heart of the artist’s sound. While leaning more toward body music, traces of wave, industrial and more can be found throughout the record and of course we hear the signature robotic vocals and verses which continue to hypnotize and force us to obey. This record has been a long time coming and it’s great to see a complete LP from one of the biggest names in EBM, hardcore and more. Order the vinyl here.