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Monday, 12 June 2017

BRICOLAGE : VA VOLUME 5 (bc027)



Volume 5 of our various artists compilation series is yet another assemblage of colourful and eclectic sounds from a unique array of musicians from around the world alongside a few, closer to home, names from right here in Scotland. It's a massive auricular adventure that traverses through a combination of styles and tastes.

As with all our previous VA compilations, each and every one of the producers has been cherry picked for their ability to create distinctive and appealing musical art. There's a generous assortment of engaging work throughout the compilation from start to finish, It's a particularly wide ranging selection of electronic compositions that more than deserve your full listening attention. There's a bit of everything to go round your ears. A truly broad horizon that sweeps through some finely detailed and multifaceted IDM cuts, mutated drum n bass patterns and a medley of woozy slow burning ambient infused electronica voyages to let you catch your breath. Then there's some expertly designed melodic experimental efforts to keep your brain occupied and a couple of hypnotic and gritty house/techno numbers for good measure before the conclusion of the release leads us to some more experimental productions that encompass all manner of abstract techniques and patterns from glitch, industrial, noise and breakcore.

As always you can stream and download the compilation below or at our bandcamp.



There's also a Soundcloud playlist to stream



Bricolage would like to thank all the artists involved for contributing their work and making this release possible, We couldn't have done it without you.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Introducing The Collective 64 - 68


 With Volume 5 of our new Various Artists compilation only a few days away, it's time for us to introduce you to the remaining five producers we've managed to get on board. You can find our previous artist bios for Vol 5 here and here respectively.

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64. SECT-ION


Sect-ion is, the alias of Arto Arpiainen, A Finnish producer who likes to mix both acoustic and electric sounds in his music. Arto does not disparage any genres as better or worse than each other, instead he sees them all as forms of energy, needed by different people in different situations. This beautiful viewpoint means that Arto finds it hard to decide on which kind of artist he'd like to be and therefore just produces what feels right for him at the current time and moment.


Sect-ion (Soundcloud)

Arto *Secondary Account* (Soundcloud)

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65. DEVRAS PLEXI



Devras Plexi is an electronic musician living in Austin, Texas. Creating a sound palette that embraces digital as much as analog sounds, melody as much as glitch and harmony as much as texture. With beats that are distinctly IDM but flavoured with hip-hop and dance influences. A producer that is always striving for forward thinking ideas but often with an emotional edge.

Devras Plexi (Soundcloud)

Devras Plexi *Tech* (Soundcloud)

Devras Plexi (Twitter)

Devras Plexi (Website)

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66. COLAB


Toronto-based musician Mikael Hansson has made music under the "colab" alias since 1990.
He uses a blend of traditional and electronic instruments to create melodic soundscapes that are deeply influenced by Nordic melancholy, and that try to capture the tension between the vastness of nature and fast beats of urban life. 
Mikael is a firm believer in the idea of building on musical ideas to create new works, and frequently collaborates with other musicians on both new work and remixes.
He has been working on finishing an album for the past 10 years, but the album refuses to be locked down. Mikael and his album are currently not on speaking terms.

colab (Soundcloud)

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67. 
PEDRAW 


Pedraw is a mysterious French producer who has declined to gave away too much info about himself. All we know is that he was eager to be a part of the compilation and has a penchant for making some seriously fuzzy and distorted sounds and pulsing techno rhythms. Lo-fi grit and an underground feel are evident throughout.


Pedraw (Soundcloud)

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68. 
BLACK LUPUS



Black Lupus is the pseudonym of Cologne prodcuer, Mathias Seibert. A self confessed audiophile, Black Lupus, aims for perfection in both the creative and listening process. It shows in the quality of his productions which range from drum n bass, ambient, 2-step and a variety of other concoctions. The refusal to use samples of any kind ensure that his sounds stay original and true to his values.


Black Lupus (Soundcloud)

Black Lupus (Bandcamp)

Black Lupus (Facebook)

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So that's it our 13 artists for Voume 5 fully unveiled. Stay tuned to our social media accounts over the weekend where we'll unveil the artwork for Volume 5 and, of course, keep your eyes peeled for the compilation dropping on Monday.










Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Bricolage Podcast #22 : Esef



Our June podcast is the first in our guest sessions mixes and comes from Glaswegian producer and local stalwart, Esef. He brings with him a tonne of mixing experience due to his monthly barn burning residency spot in Flat 0/1 and his role as the renowned after party starter for the Glasgow based label, Tribal Pulse. As anybody who's witnessed Esef in the flesh will testify he provides a relentless energy that coarses through his sets. A prime selector of the highest order, his ability to keep the pace flowing is one of his greatest weapons behind the decks. Here, on his Bricolage podcast, he does just that and then some. It's a groove laden hour with a deluge of chunky basslines, direct, no nonsense rhythms and an abundance of prominent melodic sequences that merge as one throughout. Throw in his penchant for emotive pads into the equation and you've got a mix that keeps your ears and your feet happy.

You can stream this months mix below or over at our Mixcloud.



Monday, 29 May 2017

Introducing The Collective 60-63


Last Monday, we introduced you to four of the fresh faces that are making up our new Various Artists compilation next month. This week we introduce another quad of creative artists that will be involved in Volume 5, out on the 12th of June.

60. ALL BUTTONS IN



All Buttons In is a UK based producer whose melodic, glitchy, style combines analogue and digital sounds, hardware/software alongside big beats and experimentation.

All Buttons In (Soundcloud)

All Buttons In (Twitter)

All Buttons In (Facebook)

All Buttons In (Bandcamp)

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61. MOSCOW MACHINA



Moscow Machina is the alias of an elusive Russian producer/musician. Dima plays guitar in a local band by day and moonlights as an electronic producer whose secret passion is techno. The creations of Moscow Machina are an introspective space designed for the mind of the casual home listener as much as they are for the body of the club dancer. Intelligent and intriguing sounds that are hard to ignore.

Moscow Machina (Soundcloud)

Moscow Machina (Bandcamp)

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62. NO ARRIVAL



No Arrival is an on going project located in Scotland. Based primarily around electronic sounds, though not adverse to the use of acoustic instruments. The ambition of No Arrival is to creatively channel the echo of the universe with small audio pockets of truth and resonant clips.

No Arrival (Soundcloud)

No Arrival (Bandcamp)

No Arrival (YouTube)

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63. /CAVE



/Cave initially started out as a visual artist project of Paul Souviron before it began progressing into its current audio nature. The music is sculpted individually with each sound considered a material. The result is texturised electronic music that swings between house and techno with coldwave and tribal influences. Primal ambience and the use of vocal repetitions as rhythms ensure that the outcome is as engaging as they come. Paul is also part of the musical duo, "B√Ęton", with his brother, Croco.

/cave (Soundcloud)

/cave (Youtube)

/cave (Facebook)

Paul Souviron (Website)

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Introducing The Collective 56-59

On the 12th of June we release Volume 5 in our Various Artists compilation series. Once again, we've scoured the electronic terrain to bring you some innovative artists from across the world mixed with some ultra creative home grown talent . Tonight, with 3 weeks until the release date, we start introducing some of the new faces and provide you with a bit more info about them and their respective sounds.

56. BELIAL PELEGRIM



Belial Pelegrim is a Los Angeles born electronic musician and producer whose work covers a blend of dark IDM, avante garde and experimental genres. Taking acid and jazz compositional ideas, the jostling rhythms and hip hop and dub, as well as the twisted sonic mayhem of ambient and drone. Mr Pelegrim explores the periphery of experimental IDM, weaving melody with dissonance and has worked on collaborations with artists around the globe.

Belial Pelegrim (Soundcloud)

Belial Pelegrim (Twitter)

Belial Pelegrim (Bandcamp)

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57. ARRAN TRAX



Arran Trax is the pseudonym of Martin Grafton, a Scottish producer based in Hamburg, Germany. His passion for music was lit at an early age by tinkering on the synths in his uncles studio. These days he prefers the hands on pleasure of sound design on hardware synths. His upbringing on the West coast of Scotland still resonates through his music and his output can lean towards an one of his various influences, be it Italo Disco, Detroit Techno or Scottish folk music.

After taking an extended break from electronic music, Arran Trax returned in 2016 with vinyl and digital releases on Envy Music and Expressive Waves.

Arran Trax (Soundcloud)

Arran Trax (Beatport)

Whiting Bay EP (Rubadub)

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58. SUNCASTLE




Suncastle is a seven-year long recording project of UK native, George Ernest Evans.
A veteran of the Mangled Music Collective, Evans has elected to produce bizarre and unconventional electronica ever since the means to do so became available. Growing up on a diet of weird tunes from the usual suspects; Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, with a healthy obsession with all things classical.
Suncastle tunes suggest a giddy fascination with erratic melodies and textures that often find themselves chopped and filtered into straightforward pop sounds before the music stops playing. You might hear echoes of happier times and nostalgic flourishes that evoke a feeling that everything is going to be alright. Then again, repeated listens may 'reward' the listener with eerie suggestions of sounds from the dark side. 'Was that a children's choir? Or was it a Manson Family sing-song?' This uncertainty will keep you coming back for more, like morbid curiosity keeps you glued to the silver screen in times of peril.
The casual listener may delight in the ever-so-slightly-fucked-up vibes the Suncastle project has to offer, for those willing to dig a little deeper, that is an entirely different matter.
Suncastle (Soundcloud)

Suncastle (Facebook)

Suncastle (Twitter)

Suncastle (Bandcamp)

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59. BLUE NOTES



Blue Notes is an independent electronic artist from Glasgow with a serious love for making noise in general. Everything from IDM to downtempo to drum n bass and gabber is fair game for this producer who enjoys incorporating sample based music which allows him to explore his love of crate digging whilst combining digital and analogue sounds.

Blue Notes (Soundcloud)

Blue Notes (Twitter)

Blue Notes (Bandcamp)

Blue Notes (YouTube)

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Stay tuned to the blog and our social media accounts for more new artist bios soon.











Saturday, 20 May 2017

Oscurito - Find Your Centre (Remix Competition)



Later this summer we release the second EP from Glaswegian producer Oscurito. His debut EP, Octopus, was released on Bricolage in January last year and contained three big house tracks with a psychedelic tinged space theme running throughout. This time out on "Eastern Philosophy", as a much improved all round producer, Oscurito has stuck with the psychedelia mindset but went more a more a varied release featuring some beautiful ambient interludes, Eastern influences and his trademark driving basslines alongside bulkier beats. "Eastern Philosophy" is released on Bricolage on the 24th of July.

The "Eastern Philosophy" EP contains three tracks. "Kunoichi", "The Nihon Shoki" and EP closer "Find Your Centre".

Tonight we're launching a remix competition for "Find Your Centre". You'll find the stems available as a free download through our Bandcamp. All you have to do is head there and grab the components and have a go at remixing the track. There will be two winning remixes, one chosen by Bricolage label head Fragile X and the other, of course, by Oscurito himself. Both of the winning remixes will feature on the EP release in July.

The competition officially launches tonight and will close on the 21st of July, three days before the EP release. This provides a total time frame of almost 9 weeks for any potential remixers.

"Find Your Centre" is in the key of Cm with a BPM of 119. Feel free to change either as you please.

*Once you have uploaded your remix to Soundcloud you should PM the Bricolage page with a link to your track where we will proceed to repost your track and also add it to the specially made remix playlist.*

You can grab the stems below or at the bandcamp page.



You can find a low bitrate version of the full track below or at our YouTube channel.










Monday, 15 May 2017

Fragile X "Insert Coins To Continue" (bc026)



Twothousandandseventeen. A world full of super computers, mass surveillance, privacy encroachments, corrupt governments, censorship, broken moral compasses, fear mongering and cyber wars. Twothousandandseventeen. The beginning of the end.

"Insert Coins To Continue" is the latest EP from Bricolage label head, Fragile X. It sees him explore themes of futurism, dystopian warnings and the current political climate over the course of 5 new compositions of sprawling digital landscapes, where machines rule the world and humans have dropped to the bottom of the intelligence ladder. Mangled, mechanical, electronics and crunching metallic structures collide as they sit atop a wasteland of glitches, cuts n clicks and futuristic ambience. "Insert Coins..." is the caustic creation of a fractured and twisted cybernated world in which syncopated rhythms clamber over the top of each other, vying for supremacy as they wire themselves together in contorted sonic waves that spread themselves around the electronic web of sounds that is carefully weaved out over the listening experience.

You can stream and download the EP below or at our bandcamp.