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Monday, 20 November 2017

Headroom 11 : Minerva presents "Founding Myths"



After a short break on the Headroom front we're back with a bang and a truly mesmeric and extensive mix session from Minerva. The Greek/Hungarian producer and DJ is in full on club mode as she takes you on a trip through some of the most recent additions to her expansive collection of music. There's an undeniably fresh feeling to the listening session due to the majority of the tracks being released this year. Minerva kicks off proceedings with a beautifully strange vocal piece from an unknown artist before launching into a rich variation of dancefloor ready house rhythms, stylistic melodic consistencies and plush pad swirls that are all laced with progressive tendencies. There's room for a flawless transition into some harder territory in the form of some grittier techno productions, although the overall deep vibe of the sounds on show remain at the core and then we find ourselves navigated back to the familiar hypnotic melodic elements from earlier but this time sandwiched in between them is some skewered rhythms, euphoric chords and lots of vocal cuts before we filter out of the mix on the same unknown acapella from the intro.

As always you can stream the mix below or at our mixcloud.




TRACKLISTING

1. Unknown Intro
2. Rafael Cerato - Koncept
3. Norris Division - Full Moon
4. Just Breathe - Free Your Mind (Rob Me remix)
5. Spektre - Holdin U
6. Ian O'Donovan - Voodoo Doll
7. AFFKT - Sunday Ghost (Dave Seaman remix)
8. Pleasurekraft - Tarantula (7 Year Itch rework)
9. Eric Louis - Danger (David Grylls remix)
10. The Montini Experience II - My House Is Your House (Tom Hades remix)
11. Oliver Koletzki - Iyewave (Hatzler remix)
12. Black Acid - Quasar
13. Gallya - Detroit
14. Dead Space and Dateless - Psychedelic World
15. Gabriel Moraes - Green Shelter
16. Frankyeffe vs Ithaka - So Get Up
17. Reiner Zonneveld - Dominance
18. Tube and Berger feat Richard Judge - Ruckus (Dennis Cruz remix)
19. Unknown Outro

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Owl of Minerva

Tomorrow night we bring you the latest edition of our Headroom mix series. It's been a while since we've indulged in our 2 hour sessions. It was the end of summer to be exact when Glaswegian heavyweight Boom Merchant locked together a solid collection of his favourite DJ weapons for your listening pleasure.

This time round we have the mysterious music machine that is Minerva settling in behind the decks for her debut Headroom session. We've already had a listen here at Bricolage HQ and you're in for a real treat full of flawless mixing and enthralling electronic music. To get you in the mood for the upcoming session you can have a listen to a few of Minerva's recent mixes including her Bricolage podcast from January this year. As you'll hear from the links below she's been on form with her mixes throughout 2017.....

Minerva (Bricolage Podcast) January 2017



Minerva (International Womans Day Mix for Hohm Productions) March 2017



Minerva (Quixotic Manchester Guest Mix) August 2017



Minerva (Bricolage 2nd Anniversary Mix) September 2017

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Bricolage Podcast #27 : Blue Notes



Our November podcast is one with a twist, it comes not as a mix of influences, selections or favourite tracks but this time as an album preview of sorts.

On the 11th of December we release the full length album, "Tetrahedron" from Glasgow based producer, Blue Notes. It's our final release of 2017 and we're set to round out the year in fine style with 12 tracks of true sonic diversity that cover ground in the fields of IDM, ambient, rhythmic glitches, drum n bass and industrial leftfield soundscapes.

So, with 4 weeks until the release date, Blue Notes is sharing a sneak preview of what's in store come next month in the form of this exclusive "Tetrahedron" preview. It's worth noting that Blue Notes is taking the opportunity of this full length album to introduce his side project "C4" properly to the world and features two tracks from that alias.

We don't want to give too much away just yet so you'll find a bunch of new and exciting works in this session and you'll need to wait for the rest......

As always you can stream the podcast below or at our mixcloud.



1. Product of Society
2. Juniper Green
3. Sanctuary
4. Tetrahedron
5. Embers (excerpt)
6. C4 - 100 Rounds
7. C4 - Ghost In The Machine

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Wrek

A late Halloween present in the form of "Wrek". A horror short from Lost World Media that's soundtracked by our very own Mute Branches.

“A man takes it upon himself to seek out his missing younger brother, and the monster that took him away” Wrek is the culmination of a love for 80s monster flicks, English folklore and societal-horror giants like Romero, Cronenberg, and Landis. Although brief in total expected runtime (around 6 minutes), the film contains a number of strong cinematic references, packed into a tight, tensely paced film.



Writer / Director / Editor: Mathew Hammond Producer: Daniel Hutchinson Starring: Matt Kitson, Sophie Brierley, Tom Sheldon Original Soundtrack: James Cresswell Puppet Creation: Leo Kane Horton Assistant directors: Tommy Hoyle and Jay Middleton

You can also hear the isolated music on the Soundcloud link below.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Ghost Stories 2017



As Hallows Eve arrives again, this year, we’ve once more asked a few artists from the label to give us a Top 5 of their favourite creepy/eerie Halloween type songs for your blood curdling pleasure.


Arran Trax has provided us with a bunch of trick or treat dancing devils and one or two eerie soundscapes. Belial Pelegrim has given us a selection of some of his most ghoulish creations and collaborations. Whilst, Minerva, has selected her Top 5 skin crawling soundtrack excerpts. Lastly, revered selector Loui Cleghorn digs out his most deviant tracks to play out.

ARRAN TRAX

  1. Rude 66 - Paranoia



    "First up is this hair-raising slice of pumping Horror Disco, excellently executed by the Amsterdam based analogue-synth guru Rude 66. This 2014 release on the fine Dutch vinyl label Bordello A Parigi is now highly sought after on discogs. Just wait till those vocoder lyrics come in!!!!"


  1. Hesperius Draco -  ASI Kingdom



    "This must be one of the best melodic compositions I have heard in the last couple of years. Majestic, melancholic and ever so slightly malevolent, Draco (Italian, Alessandro Parisi) conjures up images of ghostly armies marching through snow-covered Transylvanian forests."

  1. Scotch - Disco Band



    "What the fuck is going on in this video?' any sane person has to ask themselves.
    So weird it's kinda creepy!!!
    This Italo-Disco classic came out in 1984 on the American Disco label."

  1. U - Friendly Ghost



    "I just LOVE the artwork on this slab of heavyweight vinyl. A subtle sense of mystery from the anonymous U."
  1. Luke Vibert - Halloween



    "Last one is this ghastly acid-trip by the very talented Luke Vibert."
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BELIAL PELEGRIM

  1. Enfield



    "I'm a big skeptic when it comes to the paranormal, but I'm open-minded enough to never rule anything out. I also love a good ghost story. The Enfield Poltergeist is one of those stories that captured my attention because the documentary really left me wondering what the fuck was going on in that house. This song was my attempted to peak other people's interest and tell a bit of the tale in a soundscape format."

  1. Dismemberment Goblins



    "One of the sub-groups within the Sleepless Collective is the Darksiders. They were putting together a compilation playlist on Soundcloud of music written expressly for a 'Cabin in the Woods' tribute set that focused on "The Purge", where all the monsters in the glass rooms are unleased into the Facility. All of the tracks are rather amazing. Dismemberment Goblins was my choice and my track."

  1. Rosemary



    "One of my good Soundcloud friends and collaborators is the very talented Roots Dubman. He sent me over some strange sounds that inspired me to produce this dark and foreboding, electro-horror track. The name came from Roots informing me that he started putting together his sounds after watching Rosemary's Baby alone in the dark."

  1. Funeral March For The Golem



    "This derge-like processional was inspired by books I was reading on animating inanimate objects with consciousness. Let's just say it's not a good idea to try this out at home. Not a deeply dark track, but fitting for this time of year. If you have a chance, check out the remix that BELP made of the track as well."

  1. Insular Vampire Hovering



    "I always enjoy collaborating with Berlin's Lutz Thuns on dark ambient projects. He and I worked hard at creating a very creepy setting on this one in particular."
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MINERVA

  1. Ennio Morricone - Eternity (The Thing)



    "Morricone was mainly famous for soundtracking Spaghetti Westerns before he did the OST for 'The Thing' but that all changed after this. Minimalistic, atmospheric and very, very effective. The descending church organ on this particular track creates a deep sense of tension"

  1. Lady In The Radiator - In Heaven (Eraserhead)



    "This film contains, like, two pieces of music at most but it works really well within the style and overall feel of the horror that is slowly unfolding.  'In Heaven' was written specifically for the film and it helps carry that feeling of intrigue and inevitability through to your ears as well as your eyes."

  1. Krzysztof Komeda - Lullaby (Rosemarys Baby)



    "50 years old this year and it's still terrifying in it's own unique way. Feelings of unease linger all around and Mia Farrow adding vocals brings the creepy levels up."
  1. Harry Warren - Jeepers Creepers (Jeepers Creepers)



    "This is essentially some jazz from the 1930's but the almost ridiculing nature and delivery, personally, make it very scary for me. It appeared in the film of the same name 70 years later and is heavily featured in many different styles and versions which only add to the eerieness!"

  1. Toru Takemitsu - Kwaidan Theme (Kwaidan)



    "I have so much love for Asian horror and I am a bit of a human encyclopedia when it comes to Japanese films and soundtracks in particular. 'Kwaidan' was one of the very first horror film I ever saw and the avant garde theme tune startles me to this day still. So much silence in this one but when the warped use of traditional Japanese folk instruments make themselves known it brings with it a layer of suspense."

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    LOUI CLEGHORN

    1. Alex Under - Bola 6.1


    "This song is slow, rumbling evil. Ominous as hell and a beautiful way to start a set. This was released on Soma a few years ago curiously enough. There's a Bola 6.2 and a 7 that are more friendly but they dont come close to this transient gem."

    2. Andrea Roma and Mar - Dark Matter


    "This is one of those tunes that I don't think will ever leave my collection. Andrea Roma bringing ever part of his arrangement into a cacophony of dark harmony. Another old favourite."

    3. Loui Cleghorn - Yorick (Boom Merchant remix)


    "A remix by Boom Merchant of my own tune 'Yorick' that is coming out on my own label 'Unstrung' very soon. One of the more aggressive numbers from the Cleghorn collection given a tribal overhaul. Spooky yet inviting and warmly arresting."

    4. Robert Babicz - Cristal Sun


    "Something I've been playing a lot recently. A twisted acid rave number with shifting, contorting synth lines. One of the best Babicz tunes for a good while."

    5. Nick Dow - Goujian



    "I'll let wikipedia do the talking - King Goujian's army was known for scaring its enemies before battle because its front line consisted of criminals sentenced to death who committed suicide by decapitating themselves."

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    You can see last years playlists here.

Monday, 30 October 2017

No Arrival "The Chance To Fail" (bc030)



“The Chance To Fail” is the new four track EP from Scottish producer ‘No Arrival’ that perfectly captures his distinct creative tendencies and experimental nature all in one release. From the opener “Earhart”, with its bobbing acidic sounds that intermingle with carefully designed rhythms, to the closing title track that slowly builds off a platform of slow, well placed percs before morphing into a sonic IDM whirlpool of drums and sound design. Inbetween those two tracks you have the ambient, tribal experimentation “Love Will” and the uniquely rhythmic “Savage Human” with it’s slow burning trip hop heart surrounded by a body of melodics and a beautifully placed vocal sample.

No Arrival has weaved together a union of diverse percussive elements and abstract, yet concise, electronic compositions. Miss this one at your pearl.

Listen to album opener "Earhart" on Soundcloud



Stream and DL the EP in full below or at our bandcamp.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Bricolage Podcast #26 : No Arrival



Here at Bricolage we pride ourselves on providing unique podcasts for our listeners every month and this month is no different. We've drafted in No Arrival for our October session and he doesn't disappoint. He brings a fantastic fusion of sounds to the table, squeezing almost 30 tracks into an hour long mix, which when cut together with a selection of finely placed samples and interview snippets, ends up portraying the idea that your skipping through a series of radio stations. The major benefit here is that you don't need to touch the dial. Just get yourself comfortable and sit back and enjoy the eclectic ride that includes all manner of sounds from Pan Pot to Flying Lotus, Howie B to Howlin' Wolf, Boards of Canada to Miles Davis, Bob Marley to Massive Attack and many, many more. There's also an exclusive listen to the new No Arrival track "Love Will" that features on his upcoming release on Bricolage. The 4 track EP, "The Chance To Fail", is released on the 30th of October. Stay tuned.

Stream the mix below or at our mixcloud.