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Neka Neka' (on General Purpose) is the first solo release by multi-disciplinary artist, Ex Ponto (Ivan Mašic). Coming of age during the mid-90s Melbourne rave scene, Ivan was infected with music by the legendary Kate Bathgate on 3RRR community radio.
Hearing music by the likes of Oliver Lieb, Will E Tell, HMC & and other producers of the time, an infection quickly turned into a music obsession that lives on today.

In the following years Ivan would go on to manage one of Melbourne's longest running record stores (Dixons Records) and in 2005 built a recording studio, aptly named The Womb. From 2005-15, he produced and played on over 20 albums for improvisation collective, Council of Elders and experimental, no-wave band, Wunderlust.
'Neka Neka' is a nod to ex-Yugoslavian experimentalists of the 80s (Rex Ilusivii, Kozmetika, Miha Kralj etc) and the thriving, late-night hedonism of Belgrade's Club 20/44.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Excellent experimental electronics and wave here from lesser known Melbourne musical mainstay Ex Ponto. Amid the buzzing textures and immersive compositions, the humid "Straight To The Tropics" and Bush-of-Ghosts styled "Stuck In Oberon" sparkle particularly.

Australia's Balearic mystic is outback, ready to take us on another sunset stroll through the bush on his own General Purpose imprint. Originally written between 2014 and 2015, these discarded, lost ideas persisted enough to require further investigation. Taking a pause between his dub explorations, "Initials" is an electronic experimentation in forward-thinking Balearic music. "TFTC" opens the set in vintage Leise fashion, freewheeling through New Age melodies, woozy pads and nuanced percussion while a host of otherworldy idents shimmer in the distance. Birdsong and whirlytube introduce the madcapped and metallic rhythms of "MITD" on the B1, a fresh twist on the fourth world vibe built out of the skeleton of '92 ambient house releases. Finally, "STTS" gives us subtle percs, echo drenched sound design and robotic rainforest idents, all filtered into a haunting and atmospheric vision of Balearic dub-techno.




STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Lysergic, cryptic and kind of mystical, Len's music is like a Monday morning conversation with our own Matt Ward - and I'm more than glad the Aussie producer is back. Where recent releases have crashed and womped through dubspace, "Initials" sees Len return to the outback esoterics of old, offering up a trio of Balearic dancefloor hits tinged with his otherworldly oddness. Killer!

Len Leise, Salvador Ricardo AKA General Purpose

Also Known As Edits

Those general purps, Len Leise and Salvador Ricardo return to our shelves with the first release in snazzy little sub-series 'Also Known As'. Edits are the order of the day, beginning with the long awaited, feverishly anticipated repress of Len's LL Edits from back in 2015. Pressed in a run of about 27, the original was in such high demand that the scalpers price had hit £90 before my copy had even arrived. The hype was fully deserved too, as "Stars For Jorge" delivers a warming kick, Spanish guitar licks, glistening keys and enchanting choral vocals, beguiling all and sundry with its organic charms. Then you get "Desperado Dining", a hypnotic, echo drenched fusion of outback funk, Basic Channel dub and Balearic boogie, filtered to perfect for cocktail sippin enjoyment. Flip it to the B-side and we have a couple of freshly pressed edits, the polyrhythmic pigmy chug of "Concerto De Chasse" and the breezy Balearic bossa of "Cha Cha Flamongo".

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: 'kin 'ell! Len and Ricardo return with an absolute barnstormer of an edit 12" here, boasting the repress of Len's LL Edits AKA Best Balearic Edits of 2015, alongside the frisky and freaky rainforest rumble of "Concerto De Chasse" (DJ Froglicker's pick of the week) and the hot and sultry South American jam "Cha Cha Flamongo". TIP!


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