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Monad

    The magical, Liverpool based MELODIEN release their fifth LP for the Polytechnic Youth label as the New Year kicks off. Harry Sumnall’s superb Kraut tinged project continues to produce some of the most authentic Germanic Kosmische currently out there, also drawing inspiration from classic US and European electronic artists such as Suzanne Doucet, Lapre, and Peter Michael Hamel, and contemporaries such as Jonathan Fitoussi.

    As Harry himself explains: “Monad is a meditation on the indivisible; the past and future that unfolds; the pre-established harmony that unveils the universe. Built on soft and ornate synth sequences, live bass, and clockwork rhythms, tracks range from Kosmische new age excursions to Linn lysergic disco”.

    The album features wonderful, original album artwork by Fernando Manfrini, and is released as a one time pressing of 300 copies. 

    M.Rux

    Vermonische Melodien

      Vermonische Melodien is a collection of compositions by DJ-producer M.RUX, made with old VERMONA machines from Eastern Germany. The nine Electronica tracks can’t conceal their influences from Exotica records of the 1960s as well as their fondness for vintage music technology. We hear voices singing lullabies ("Magische Time"), mumbling chopped up syllables ("Seelnatrax") or reciting a Shakespeare quote ("Bakelit") - are they real? Yes! But they are mostly generated by the world’s first speech synthesis hardware, the IBM 704 from 1954, and processed into off-key melodic beauty with vocoders.
      "I’ve always been especially curious about musical visions from the 1970s", says M.RUX about his inspiration for Vermonische Melodien. "Those nifty Vermona machines can today be seen as future machines from the 1970s, they seem almost mystical to me like relics from an epoch long ago… and I wanted to find out how music from that time could have sounded." On the album M.RUX uses, above all, equipment by Vermona, a brand from Eastern Germany manufacturing electronic musical instruments until 1990. The company was founded as VEB Klingenthaler Harmonikawerke in the 1950s, who also produced home-organs under the Weltmeister tag before the name Vermona was finally established in 1972. The drum machine VERMONA ER-9 (1976) was not only the first instrument which M.RUX ever possessed (or does it possess him?), it also forms the rhythmical backbone of M.RUX’s studio on this record. The melodies on the other hand have mainly been played on a Vermona Formation-1, a suitcase synthesizer from 1980. Although these two machines are joined by countless other instruments and effect units from all over the planet, their particular soft sound is present in every single moment of this soothing album. "I also take a deep bow to „Lacky“ Reinhard Lakomy who passed away 6 years ago", M.RUX adds. "His releases were the first electronic instrumental records on the Amiga label which has been a huge influence for my work in general and this record in particular."

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Die Polnische Gitarre
      A2. Laikas
      A3. Bakelit
      A4. Seelnatrax
      A5. Faradai
      B1. Wartburg
      B2. Klint (Stevns)
      B3. Re Acht
      B4. Magische Time


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