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Philipp Otterbach has been around for a while, publishing records at Grokenberger and Tour Messier Records. Although he is now based in Berlin, Philipp was one of the first residents of the famous Salon des Amateurs in Düsseldorf. Together with his friend Vladimir Ivkovic he has organized the Substance parties for many years.

His productions sound like floating in the unruly waves of life, reflecting its flow and resistance. Otherworldly beauty is conveyed through cinematic, pulsating soundscapes, where contextually sampled and poly-rhythmically designed, electronic percussion generates impulsive rhythms.

The Rest is Bliss conjures up the stillness of dawn, where fog shrouds a pristine forest far away from civilization. The damp confines of a sauna come to mind as well. The heat slowly overtaking the senses, leaving you with nothing more than the urge to breathe and a feeling of being alive.

KH

Only Human

The mystery is revealed! 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Four Tet adopts his KH moniker, turns the vocals from Nelly Furtado's "Afraid" into a pseudo-African chant and creates the biggest system rinser of 2k19! Massive! Get yer Pre-orders in now! #nellylovesapinger

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12" Info: One sided 12".

The Knekelhuis hot streak continues this week as the Dutch label provide an introduction to the richly rhythmic and deeply esoteric world of Zaliva-D. Based in the Chinese capital of Beijing, they’ve been circling the country’s borders for more than a decade due to the extreme difficulty of streaming music there. Zaliva-D consists of musician Li Chao and mixed media artist Aisin-Gioro Yuanjin, who takes care of their stunning live visuals.

Their fourth album (but first on vinyl), "Forsaken" transports us to an imaginary Eastern underworld of hackers, drug traffickers and gangsters, conjured out of a cyberpunk Hong Kong flick. Wrapped around a core of gut wrenchingly ferocious kicks and haunting vocals, these tracks possess a mantra-like quality and drown the listener into a world of Chinese and South East Asian textures. "Forsaken", mastered by Wouter Brandenburg, is their most well-written, organic and esoteric record to date, but still retains the steely core of their previous work. Dark machine voodoo, electronic witchcraft and evil rhythms for the witching hour.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: A-grade weirdshit for the witching hour here as Knekelhuis give Chinese duo Zaliva D their first vinyl release. Slow and sinister techno-pagan crunchers for eyeball lickers and backwards dancers - file next to Tolouse Low Trax, Patricia Kokett and Tzusing.

Taking a brief diversion from their usual fare of clattering industrial stormers and minimal wave magic, Knekelhuis take us off into the upper atmosphere this week with a killer 12" from Meo. A pseudonym of Daniele Mei, a key DJ on Rimini's cosmic scene, Meo dropped debut 12" "Fine Corsa" back in 1985. In those days Meo was active in what was later considered to be the most famous Afro Dance Club in Italy: Melody Mecca. As you'd expect, the freestyle approach to sonic selection and total disregard for genre confines informed Meo's production style, resulting in a glorious hybrid of styles and feelings. The set opens with the rolling bass, syncopated percussion and soaring synth-flute of "Chichita", a proggy piece of slow disco with hints of jazz, astral accents and chanted vocals. Next up, "Oriental Lodge" leads us into pastoral plane with calming harpsichord, operatic vocals and a drifting rhythm. Flip the disc and the titular "Fine Corsa" comes through with cop show clavs, pulsating bass and smudged sci fi vocals - totally nailing all those intergalactic ingredients needed for a full scale cosmic bomb. Finally, "Monday's Coma" closes the set with shoulder rolling percussion, prominent bass and trippy keyboards emphasizing the mystical melodies at play.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Knekelhuis come through with a cosmic killer here, reissuing Meo's debut 12", originally released in 1985. If this one's new on you, expect OG Rimini cosmic packed with loose funk, proggy tones and low tempo grooves.


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