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An oddly familiar / familiarly odd entity floating about the relatively cohesive surface of contemporary electronic music, Belgium-via-Italy based duo Front De Cadeau has been knocking genres askew and blowing overused terminologies out of the water with unrelenting panache over the past decade. Championing a sound unmoored by vanishing trends and cross-pollinating approaches, F2C punch back in on Antinote with their anticipated debut album, “We Slowly Riot”, an 8-track mishmash of tunes previously released and not.

Bastardizing tried-and-tested rave tropes by slowing the tempo down to barely recognizable shapes and contours, Hugo Sanchez and Maurizio Ferrara dish out a new high in their ever expanding discography. Free-falling down the K-hole with no parachute on, “La Ketamine” burns slow but steady. A practically immersive dub filled with processed minutiae and vibrational drums out a mystic forest, it’s a helluva trippy post-industrial joint that unfolds, heady and empyreumatic to the bone. “We Slowly Rot” puts on offer a buggy script-like swing, adorned with F2C’s trademark blend of spoken word and jacuzzi-warm vibes, whereas “There is Something Wrong” steers us into further sizzling, syncopated groove territories through a fevered meshwork of sliced-and-diced vox samples, overheated machine talk and primitive percussions on a African Headcharge tip.

Draped in eerie, 8-bit-infused layers and Arabian Nights ambiences, “Slam is Slam” treats us to a spookily fun Oriental mix of hot-tempered darbukkahs and FX-soaked riffs. The outrageously sensual “Ouvre Ta Bouche” is a tactile invitation to get down in some dark alcove of sorts and more if you hit it off. A steely dub primed for post-party divagations, “Climate Change” slowly veers off into verbed-out industrial jazz as bars run by, while “Legal Illegal” cuts a path of acid-dipped dancehall from outer-space across the club. Last but not least, Jewish clarinets quietly move along waves of sedated bass on “Casa Gaza”, rounding it all off on a dreamy, cinematic note that serenely phases into a liquid-like roller over one solidly deeper-than-deep home stretch.


TRACK LISTING

La Ketamine
We Slowly Rot(Alternative Version)
There Is Something Wrong
Slam Is Slam (Bass Version)
Ouvre Ta Bouche (Fm Dub)
Climate Change
Legal Illegal
Casa Gaza

On their way from Roma to Brussels, Maurizio and Ugo AKA Front de Cadeaux (F2C) made a little stop in Paris to slow down the beat at Antinote.

Two slo-mo Mollusc dance™ rockets, certain to cause tectonic movements on the slower more cosmic leaning dancefloors, or handily double as techno power tools when played at 45rpm! Danielle Baldelli would be proud!

An incredible level of poise and restraint is matched by equally adventurous sound design and drum synthesis - resulting in two high grade pieces of body music that's guaranteed to please.

Limited copies, most recommended. 


TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Trans Emois (feat Rodion) (6:52)
Side 2
1. Sad Is Fashion (8:32)

In an era of increased nationalism and xenophobic bullshit, Antinote reach out to make their first French-Russian connection. Olga is from Moscow. She introduced herself to the label after Dominique Dumont's show in Paris, winter 2018. Zaltan et al immediately fell in love with the song 'Mojno' and step by step built up a nice collection of tracks which became the "1905" LP! Very active in the electronic music scene, she’s spent the last ten years releasing music, performing, recording & DJing as well as being busy with her tech-project Playtronica (with them she's created 3 controllers with which you can play scales on people, objects and colors). Across the "1905" LP she utilises some DIY devices such as Yamaha sampler vss-33, voice glitcher from the Russian company “Naked Boards” and organelle synth that creates this synesthetic tone in “ready when you are”. Besides dreamy pads and dancy beats Olga is ironically singing on Russian about her daily routine, in a positive way. There's no sadness and melancholy in the dark snowy days, where even the full moon or retrograde-mercury don’t even bother you ...if you are in harmony with mother nature's 5 elements.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Contemporary cold wave, icy electro-pop and melodic minimal wave from Russia's Omma here, who works her magic in the same vein as Carla Del Forno, Epsilove and fellow Antinote fam Domenique Dumont.

TRACK LISTING

A1. La Qi
A2. 1905
A3. Romantika
A4. Vmeste
B1. Ready When You Are
B2. Mojno
B3. Hearteater
B4. Normalno

D.K.

Distant Images

    Fresh off the back of an exceptional collaboration with Suzanne Kraft for Melody As Truth, the mighty D.K. returns to his usual Antinote haunt for a sublime LP of serialist textures, esoteric electronics and exotic ambience. His fourth release on the label, "Distant Images" sees Dang Khoa Chau heading deeper into his own sonic world, refining his palate, defining his palette as a unique blend of new age pads, fourth world influences and minimalist arrangements. Despite these heady influences and fractal obsessions, "Distant Images" is also D.K.'s most organic album to date - the most attentive ears will hear seagulls on the title track while rain falls softly on "Leaving" - and slightly departed from the digital universes that his
    previous records seemed to set in motion. From the most abstract songs, like the Reich-ian "Shaker Loops", to the most evocative ones, the five compositions on Distant Images are like stained glass, gently filtering natural light. It is therefore no coincidence if, of all the senses, the titles of the songs mostly refer to sight: close your eyes while listening to the cinematographic "Days Of Steam" and visions of an industrious city might appear before you. Put this on your player and let your mind be free, there's beauty in the world after all.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Patrick says: Simply put, this is breathtaking. Not only is it D.K.'s finest release, but also an arguable highlight of the whole Antinote catalogue. 'Distant Images' sees the Paris based producer combine minimalism, new age and 80s jazz into a kaleidoscopic slow listening masterpiece.

    Various Artists

    Five Years Of Loving Notes

      Over five years of vinyl endeavours, Antinote have gone from strength to strength, rising from the underground to become the first port of call for the forward thinking DJ. Menthol fresh, ever-interesting and way ahead of the curve, Antinote releases come and go quickly on the good ship Piccadilly, swiftly finding their ways into the most discerning record bags before soaring in price on Discogs. Comprised of 14 sketches - each reflecting one of the many shades of the label’s catalogue - "Five years of Loving Notes" places new names alongside those who've been involved with the label since it’s very beginning, like Geena or Iueke - responsible for the first 12” released on Antinote. Musically, the collection covers the broadest spectrum of mood and atmosphere, skulking from the dark and raw excursions of Tolouse Low Trax or Iueke to the lush instrumentals crafted by Nico Motte and Syracuse’s Antoine Kogut; Though disparate and diverse, the set seems to breathe as one; contrasting cuts all pointing in the same direction, seeking out the emotional response in all of us without relying on the trite cliches you might find elsewhere. Prepare to take a sensory trip, hurtling from the opening Latvian arabesques from Domenique Dumont to the Pink-Floyd-ian ending from Alek Lee, via Leonardo Martelli’s smoggy electro and Raphael Top Secret’s ominous talk-over. Long live Antinote.

      One of the many musical entities the French collective Simple Music Experience sent to earth to vociferate electronic incantations, Radiante Pourpre is the name of a duo comprised of Alex and Leopold as well as the name of their 2017 debut album on Antinote. Last year, they have released an acclaimed LP on Kneklehuis under another moniker, Violent Quand On Aime, but the place from which they keep on transmitting musical signals has not changed: a post-exotic world ("No Zone") where the only remains of the societies we live in are barbwires, battered radio transmitters ("Takato") and deserted oil rigs the duo uses as fictional shelters.

      From their precarious haven, they send us field recordings of waves mixed with analog glitters ("Interlude"). From their lost at sea run down tower, they record the cries of ominous seagulls ("Small Talk") and a bewitching Spanish voice ("Mala 800"), incorporating these to primitive drum machine patterns… And then…

      A miracle happens when the record is flipped: a Balearic hit for post-apocalyptic times ("Lemanja")! Begining exactly like the opening track ("The Cops, The Jazz, The Birds"), in an unexpected twist of fate, it summons the angelic voice of Galadriel Andrade for a delicate Brazilian conjuration. There might even be a sunny spell lurking in the spirited closing tune ("Ms Butterfly"): “No Borders, No Cops, No Problems”.

      TRACK LISTING

      The Cops, The Jazz, The Birds
      Lesson Tropic
      Untitled
      Mala 800
      No Zone
      Iemanja
      Interlude
      Small Talk
      Takato
      Ms Butterfly

      Succhiamo

      Mani In Fuoco

        Remember that straightforward mix of EBM and synth-punk that came out on Antinote last year, wrapped in a suggestive black and gold sleeve? The lyrics were far from ambiguous and the music produced by Panoptique and Paula was joyfully aggressive.
        Broken glass, dogs barking & cats roaring: Succhiamo is back and gives us news from the scrapyard.
        The thing is, it seems that Succhiamo’s scrapyard has been animated by Bill Plympton : in place of dogs and cats, it’s a lewd Pink Panther chasing a spaced-out Scooby-Doo on Dolore Dentro or Stai Male. Happily championing bad taste, the two musicians even venture into the illegitimate territories of italo-pop missed hits, shaped for lipsync performances on Rai Uno with the nagging Que Pena.
        As we’re getting close to the middle of the record, the music gets openly punkier, climaxing with the explicitly named "Desiderio Di Violenza", brushing past 200 BPM. While the inevitable silence following the last notes of "Que
        Pena" temporarily puts an end to the pleasant nightmare that is "Mani In Fuoco", the figures – somehow similar to those inhabiting the world of Fritz the Cat – that Succhiamo insidiously inserts into the listener’s head don’t fade
        away: they patiently wait for the duo’s pulsing drum machines and the saturated synths to wake up again and set them in motion for another ride.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: After last year's sleazy exercise in electroclash revivalism, Succhiamo return to Antinote with their bedut longplayer "Mani In Fuoco", a scuzzy synth-punk journey through brash EBM, bruised electronics and S&M techno. Fans of Liaisions Dangereuse need to check out "Vecchia".

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Dolore Dentro
        2. Mani In Fuoco
        3. Desiderio Di Violenza
        4. Stai Male
        5. Vecchia
        6. Que Pena Sin Ti 

        Leonardo Martelli

        Menti Singole Vol.2

        Two years after Leonardo Martelli made his debut with the retro-futurist four tracker 'Menti Signole', he returns to Antinote with Volume 2, an update of that initial electronic vision. Sparse, clear-cut and slightly nerve-racking, "Micaella" opens the record with the precision of a neurosurgeon. The song can be seen in many ways as a good introduction to the music of the Italian musician – past and probably future. Ethereal string machines balance the nagging acid leitmotiv, dancing cheek to cheek above a restless drum pattern. "Alice" is another triumph of opposition, pairing joyous melodies and exuberant electo rhythms over a melancholic vocal sample and bittersweet pads. On "Laura" - just like with "Alice" - Martelli keeps on playing with the potential of abstraction of rap samples, lending the glassy melodies and snapping beat a freestyle feel. "Sofia" gives a particularly striking example of this weird game he likes to play with language as Biggie Smalls’ words get progressively eviscerated from their meaning. Backed by bare percussive samples (a numerical metronome, copyright-free digital ersatz of percussions, strange string pluck) "Sofia" depicts despair in a post-industrial world, where everything has lost any sense of materiality. Disarmingly simple, Menti Singole Vol.2 offers electronic mourning music at its most elegant.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: Antinote continue to push the boundaries of the current electronic scene with another genre blurring release from Leonardo Martelli. Avant garde instrumentation, abstract composition and a decidedly melancholic tone twist the electro, techno and freestyle in strange new directions.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Micaela
        2. Alice
        3. Laura
        4. Sofia 

        Geena's Peace Love Earth

        Mental DJ's Land Vol. 2

          The world has changed since Geena last took a weedy excursion on Antinote, but now the Parisian producer is back, inviting one and all to break down the walls and dive into an Olympic size swimming pool full of MDMA. When you're deep in the backlash of all those pills you light-heartedly ate during the previous night, "Peace, Love & Earth: Mental DJ’s Land Vol. 2" might be your best ally to deal smoothly with those never ending morning afterparties of yours: a perfect mix of tribal anthems for happy ravers and a bunch of reassuring, Balearically-named, New Age tunes. Even Geena’s most banging compositions seem to be lurking on the quilted side of house music on "Peace, Love & Earth". "Keep", the most “Metroplexian” moment of the 12”, draws away from the dryness of some of its illustrious Detroit-born predecessors by integrating some liquid elements to its raw structure, while the synthetic choirs of "KG Voice" and tribal rhythms of "Blue Transfer" dip a straw into a big glass of Sizzurp. Behind the overtly suggestive names “La Isla” and “Natural High” lay some quality ambient interludes, taking us back to those halcyon days when ambient records had the word “Ambient” in their titles (both tracks are heavily reminiscent of Aphex’s Ambient Works or the Worms Armagedon’s OST). "Peace, Love & Earth: Mental DJ’s Vol. 2" is as good as the amazing artwork by checkmorris suggests: healing music for quirky party people.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Buy-on-sight Parisian boutique Antinote end 2016 on a Rick James level high here with a superb sensory boost from Geena. Soft focus house music meets come down ambience in that typically atypical Antinote style.


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