Maurizio Pustianaz

Dec 092019
Out today from Com Truise
Persuasion System (Anastasia Kristensen Remixes)
Following the spring 2019 release of his mini-LP Persuasion System on Ghostly International, producer Seth Haley aka Com Truise has toured worldwide, and shared mixes for Bleep and his longrunning Komputer Cast series. Now, ahead of his DJ Tour in 2020, Com Truise connects with Copenhagen techno hero Anastasia Kristensen.

The title cut from Persuasion System receives two contrasting treatments. First, Kristensen takes the track to the dancefloor in a punishing remix that ups the original’s urgency. Then she smooths it out with a meditative ambient rework, reducing the system to trace elements of static. Kristensen has made waves lately with releases on Warp’s Arcola imprint and Fabric’s Houndstooth label, and sought after DJ sets at festivals around the world.

Stream Anastasia Kristensen Remixes

Digital single via Ghostly

Com Truise DJ Tour 2020

01.22 Seattle, WA – Q Nightclub
01.23 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
01.25 Denver, CO – Vinyl
01.31 San Francisco, CA – 1015 Folsom
02.01 San Diego, CA – Bang Bang
02.05 Washington, DC – Flash
02.06 Brooklyn, NY – Good Room
02.07 Boston, MA – Bijou Nightclub & Lounge
02.13 Chicago, IL – Smartbar
02.14 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
02.15 Montreal, QC – NewSpeak

Released in May 2019, mini-LP Persuasion System is about duality — melancholy + optimism, then + now — which permeates throughout the 33-minute widescreen collection. It finds Com Truise leaving past sci-fi narratives behind, settling into a new period marked by change — on this planet, in the present — putting forth his most grounded and visceral work to date.

Seth Haley took a different approach on Persuasion System, switching digital audio workstations, rebuilding his palette of sounds, and tasking himself with experimenting. This freed him of expectations and permitted a process that echoed the tones of more immediate external environments, and created new avenues and soundscapes of exploration. A gravity had seeped in; resulting material shifts between bleakness and sublime suspense, awe at the expanse of existing, in looking back and letting go.
Dec 092019

NORDVARGR“Daath” CD / LP (150th Cycle) Nordvargr returns to Cyclic Law with yet another crushing offering that follows in the footsteps of it’s highly acclaimed predecessor “Metempsychosis” and develops the sound even further. Daath was recorded back to back with MZ. 412´s “Svartmyrkr” and the creative maelstrom that infused that masterpiece also can be heard in Nordvargr´s solo efforts. The ambient parts have been put in the backseat in order to make way for heavy percussion, stringed and bowed instrumentation and thundering vocals delivered with serious intent. The title refers to the false sephira which also can be interpreted as the great abyss that needs to be crossed in order to attain higher knowledge; a fitting analogy for the ordeals that took place during the composition of this album as well as a perfect symbol of the new sound and direction of Nordvargr’s creative universe. 
CD Edition of 500 copies in 6 panel Matt Laminated Digisleeve 
Special LP Edition of 100 copies, Matt Laminated sleeve with printed Inner Sleeve on Black & White Vinyl. 
Standard Edition LP of 200 copies, Matt Laminated sleeve with printed Inner Sleeve on Black Vinyl.
Release Date: December 21 2019

Dec 042019


A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum

(無常 Anitya Records/Acanto)

«The only legal trip you can take. A hypnotic sound experience. A perfect cut in the vacuum»

A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum” is the title of the new album by the Italian musician and producer Paolo Tarsi, released on his label Anitya Records in collaboration with Acanto. The album was released a few weeks after the success of the single “Seven Nights Awake”, which was released in collaboration with the producer Francesco Novara, and climbed the Swedish iTunes charts, reaching seventh position (Top Songs Electronic).

The 21 tracks on this new release – which consists of two CDs – pulsate towards a climax where ever more intense sounds follow one another, as if in an immense celestial dance. Ambient sounds merge with Kosmische Musik and progressive, via techno and electro, peaking in the irresistible universe of synth pop.

The first CD, entitled “Unique Forms of Continuity in Sound”, features ideas from “Furniture Music for New Primitives”, the solo debut album released for Cramps and unanimously accepted as one of the best records of 2015.

It’s a sound investigation that explores the sense of anxiety of the emptiness innate in human nature, a Horror Vacui that the early inhabitants of the Earth tried to fill by reproducing images of everyday scenes on the bare walls of caves. This is exactly the opposite condition to that faced by mankind today, completely saturated with media inputs corresponding to an excess of stimuli, generating a sort of Horror Pleni – a horror of overflow – in contrast to the ancient Horror Vacui of prehistoric man.

In contrast the second CD “Artificially Intelligent”, moves in the direction of an increasingly accentuated digitization, through a panorama of synthetic sounds. It addresses the ever-current theme of artificial intelligence, in perfect balance between experimentation and pop attitude.

Paolo Tarsi (1984) is a composer of electronic and chamber music. He writes for the theatre and video art, working regularly with visual artists, DJs, film-makers, galleries and contemporary art museums. He specialized in composition with the Oscar award winner Luis Bacalov and collaborates with musicians from the sophisticated avant-garde, as well as with leading figures in the electronic, jazz and rock scenes (Esecutori di Metallo su Carta, Calibro 35, Litfiba, CCCP, CSI, Diaframma, Area). His compositions have been performed in classic locations of contemporary music such as the Spectrum in New York and he has made music for video art and installations presented at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry (UK), as well as at the last editions of the Athens Digital Arts Festival (Greece) and Synthetic Mediart Festival (Taipei, Taiwan). In 2018, he published his first book, entitled “L’algebra delle lampade” (“The Algebra of Lamps”), available from Ventura.

A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum: collaborations & special guests

A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum” features artists who have contributed to reshaping the aesthetic canons of an musical revolution. This begins with some legends of electronics, such as the violinist Hoshiko Yamane from Tangerine Dream with and the renowned keyboardist Steve Schroyder, as well as Lothar Manteuffel of Elektric Music and three former Kraftwerk members: Emil Schult, Eberhard Kranemann and Fernando Abrantes.

The presence of the latter is particularly significant when we consider that, during the course of his career, the brilliant Düsseldorf group was engaged in collaborations with stars such as David Bowie, the band’s first supporter before the media, and also with Michael Jackson (the greatest star on the planet would apparently have liked to entrust the production of “Thriller” to Kraftwerk, but this was then passed into the hands of Quincy Jones).

Still others come from equally important and significant experiences, such as King Crimson, Tuxedomoon, Henry Cow, National Health, Area, Afterhours, Ulan Bator, Rheingold, along with session men who recorded alongside Brian Eno (“Here Come the Warm Jets”), Radiohead (“Amnesiac”), Soft Machine (“Third”, “Fourth”), Bryan Ferry, Neu!, faUSt, Ash Ra Tempel, Caravan, Hatfield and the North, as well as some of the main protagonists of the electronic scene and contemporary music, such as Robin ‘Scanner’ Rimbaud, DJ Ralf, Andrea Tich, Valerio Cosi, Alek Hidell, Violres and Fauve! Gegen A Rhino.

Bad Consumers: the exhibition

Bad Consumers” is the title of the exhibition that anticipated the release of the album “A Perfect Cut in the Vacuum”, previewing the artwork and videos made by Luca Domeneghetti, Roberto Rossini and Emil Schult – artist, musician and co-author of songs such as “Talk” by Coldplay and designer of some of Kraftwerk‘s biggest hits (including “Autobahn”, “Radio-Activity”, “Trans-Europe Express” and “Computer World”) – with the involvement of Ahmed Emad Eldin, author of the album cover “The Endless River” by Pink Floyd.
The exhibition ran from July 12th to 29th 2018 in the prestigious Doge’s Palace in Genoa and was documented in the catalogue “Bad Consumers” (Ventura Ed.). It included graphic scores, video art, as well as artwork and video clips made to accompany previous works.

Nov 132019
Now we have something to look forward to on Black Friday 11/29. Full length LP by Yobkiss! MR-084 $18
Yobkiss (Paul Börchers) has been active for over a decade now with stunning releases on a multitude of modern labels. Never a dull moment on this well-crafted album. Best described as an emotive journey, YobKiss explores the regions where techno, electro, acid house, and that hard-to-define Dutch sound; all melt into pure analog synth magic. Standout dancefloor burners include “Silence Arriving“ (with Yuko Araki on vocals) and “Full Moon Party”. Mastered by the legendary Alden Tyrell. Limited Edition

Preorder HERE – Includes instant digital download!

 Purchase Backstock hereFull Medical Distro List (tons of euro labels at cheap USA media mail shipping prices as well as LOTS OF TECHNO, ITALO, SYNTH, etc!)
Oct 302019

Three years after releasing Sizike–U Zemlji Čuda With Lost DATA Tracks LP (featuring 6 songs from their original 1985 album U Zemlji Cuda, and 6 previously unreleased recordings of group DATA from 1981-1984 period), we discovered another amazing archive: Night Club 1985-86 LP, recorded for international market by the oddball queens Sizike and their leaders Zoran Vracevic and Zoran Jevtic!

Sizike–Night Club 1985-1986 is a collection of 9 previously unpublished italo-disco, Hi-NRG, synthpop tracks. As in our previous Sizike release, fans of the 80’s sound & gear will relish the authentic 808 beats, vocoded rap and vocals, Pro-One signatures and hand-tweaked analog FX. Moreover, they will be meet with a good old song structuring, nearly 2-minute-long intros and plenty of instrumental parts between verses, making many tracks sound like remixes rather than Sizike’s typical tunes. All vocals are sung in a witty, cheeky girls style, with lyrics in English emphasizing fun and having good time.

A-side begins with Sizike’s best known song: Don’t Stop!, but in a significantly different arrangement. Compared to its previous version, with lyrics in Serbian, this track sounds more raw, unpolished and dusty, with a remarkable groove. If you liked the original Don’t Stop!, this one you will simply adore! The next song, Be My Lover, introduces a more italo-disco feeling to the record. Vintage string riffs, naive and predictable harmonies, cheesy lyrics and vocals, flavored with Simmons toms and vocoded rap. No opportunity is lost in the catchy Live With A Lie, which surely should’ve been on Italo charts back then. A-side closes with the song simply called 1,2,3,4, its high tempo octave bass delivering intense energy and vibe that will drive your feet to dance.

B-side features a really special opener: Soldier Boy is a mid-tempo, italo-synth-pop pearl, brilliantly composed and structured (intro lasts 1:21 min), showcasing the irresistible Roland System 100M, punchy LinnDrum and ripping synth bass. Her, the vocals sound more advanced and its lyrics shun the overall light-hearted premise found in Hi-NRG Love All Around, Too Shy For You and, to some extent, I Can’t Stand. However, the top track of the album comes at the very end: Night Club unifies the musical endeavors two Zorans were developing throughout the album in an almost perfect way. The song structure is broad but not too extensive, the harmonies and melodies simple yet exciting and while the singing is relaxed but convincing, the lyrics are clear and evocative. The combination of instruments optimal without overwhelming the whole expression, yet we must point out the fantastic, pulsing Pro-One bass, hypnotic synth riffs of Korg Mono/Poly, warm string pads of Juno 106, and more…

Ultimately, Sizike–Night Club 1985-86 LP brings a fresh sparkle to the old gold. It is not just a testimony to the lost music, it is a juxtaposition of one unjustified musical negligence. It is hard to understand how these songs were not a part of Italo-disco charts during the ’80s and it is even harder to understand why none of them were

published. Surely, if Den Harrow, Bananarama, Tom Tom Club, Baby’s Gang could successfully top the charts in those days, then one Italo-disco-inspired group from Yugoslavia should’ve at least had a record! Well, we believe it is never too late for good music… even if it’s brought out 33 years later!

Review: Luka Novakovic, Vanja Todorovic
Text Revising: Zoran Jevtic


A side:

A1 Don’t Stop! (English Version)
A2 Be My Lover
A3 Live With A Lie
A4 1,2,3,4

B side:

B1 Soldier Boy
B2 Love All Around
B3 I Can’t Stand
B4 Too Shy For You
B5 Night Club

Music, Lyrics, Programming: Zoran Jevtic, Zoran Vracevic
Vocals: Jasmina Brankovic, Jasna Dimitrijevic, Ljiljana Dimitrijevic
Artwork, Design: Zoran Jevtic
Executive Production: Vanja Todorovic, Luka Novakovic
Mastering: Dadi Stojanovic, Studio Kazablanka Belgrade
Lacquer Cutting: Moritz Illner, Duophonic GmbH
Pressing: Pallas Schallplattenfabrik GmbH

This is a selection of 9 previously unreleased tracks by group Sizike recorded Belgrade, Yugoslavia 1985-86.

The first 100 copies include a “Secret Download Card” which can only be obtained by buying the record directly from the label.

400 copies in pink color and 100 copies in black color.