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Multicast Dynamics returns with a sixth studio album that marks something of a new chapter. Ancient Circuits is an advancement from previous works on Denovali and one that stands the project aside as a powerful electronic act that tells stories while also serving up heavy hitting soundscapes that are persuasive, unexpected and disturbing. Each of the four 25-minute pieces of Ancient Circuits are clearly demarcated yet sequential sci-fi stories that introduce new characters and are drawn out of long and complex studio experiments. They are collages of sound that glimmer, disturb, shine, dive deep and explore new realms and make for ambient so arresting that it pulls you deep inside. Once again here, Multicast Dynamics draws together cinematic sound design and conceptual intergalactic fiction to come up with a work that is a multi-sensory exploration that puts you as the central character in an expressive musical world.

Shorelights

Bioluminescence

Written and produced by Shorelights (Rod Modell & Walter Wasacz) with executive production by Ario Farahani (head of Astral Industries), "Bioluminescence" is the sixteenth release on this exquisite label and sees Rod make a much welcome return.

Two sides of impenetrable noise and static; a thick, acrid air suffocates both productions as they crawl forward with a slow but devastating tectonic thrust. Occasional moments of optimism and brightness break through, before being buried under more metamorphic electrostatic. It's an arresting and heavy piece of sounds that will affect any environment it's aired in. Essential for lovers of Rod's extensive catalogue, his work with Waler Wasacz is different to that of his Deepchord / Echospace work and very deserved of your attention!

Another sterling addition to this amazing label...

Artwork by Theo Ellsworth. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Big Roddy M and Astral Industries are like lemon cake and prosecco. They go well every time! Here the Echospace dub surgeon gets heads even more into the ether dropping an ambient exercise in electrostatic alongside his chum Walter Wasacz. Tip!

'I had the honour of remixing all of the Bamboo tapes that J.Derwort ever recorded. Most of my mixes were approved by the master himself during the last days of his life in Oliva, Spain. For "Eleven", I sampled from his last live performance at Jazzcafe Dizzy in Rotterdam on February 11th, 2018. He died on the day of the release of our latest Chi Factory album, ‘The Mantra Recordings’, on February 11th, 2019. We will miss him, life will not be the same. Farewell soul brother!' - Hanyo van Oosterom.

Astral Industries continue to be market leaders in esotertic electronics, this latest offering channelling the spirit of the Amazon through a plethora of outboard gear and field recordings. It's another essential addition for AI collectors and sure to tickle the fancy of anyone with a penchant for the occult and ritualistic sounds....


The Chi Factory

The Kallikatsou Recordings

    Hanyo van Oosterom lived in the small cave of the Kallikatsou in the early eighties, finding inspiration there for the Chi project (1983-1986). From the nineties to 2006 he created drones, loops, samples and soundscapes, traveling numerous times annually back and forth to the Kallikatsou for fine-tuning. With the Original Recordings and Bamboo Recordings, both strongly connected to the Kallikatsou, creating the perfect timeframe, 'the circle [is] closed. Together these recordings reflect and express the different aspects of the experience. A trilogy of random dream-catching over 30 years.'

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: Fans of Chi Factory's "Original Recordings" and "Bamboo Recordings" can finally get some closure as the final record in the triptych lands this week. More unfathomably esoteric sounds from a true witch doctor.


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