Mar 252014
 

Hello,

following you can find our new April releases – pre-orders can be done from now

until 3rd April. For pre-orders of those 3 new cds there’s a special offer for:

42 Euro incl. worldwide postage.

Pre-sale and shipment will start at 4th of April – our new releases will be also

available at our stands in April at:

ELEKTROANSCHLAG 2014 – 4th and 5th April 2014

www.facebook.com/events/695556067127190/?fref=ts

www.elektroanschlag.de

FORMS OF HANDS 14 – 25th and 26th April 2014

www.facebook.com/events/685202544826364/?fref=ts

www.formsofhands.de

For forthcoming showcases please check:

www.facebook.com/hands.official/events

Pre-orders / Orders can be done over:

webshop www.handsproductions.com/mailorder.asp

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Out on HANDS 14th April:

HEIMSTATT YIPOTASH Mecanismos De Control cd

HANDS D202 Hands Paper Pack 13 euro

Heimstatt Yipotash, notoriously headstrong hybrid project, surrender their

fifth album for HANDS: Highly political and subversive, “Mecanismos De

Control” is an accentuated criticism of the Orwellian times we live in.

Musically their unique blend of electro and industrial elements comes all of

a piece; the leitmotif of (mostly) Spanish language vocal samples makes

for coherent listening, and the intense rhythms will let you shake the

chains of control – for sure!

“Mecanismos De Control” follows Heimstatt Yipotash’s massive anniversary

remix package, but actually picks up where the 2009 album “Urban Night Motifs”

ended, in modern day metropolis. This time, the focus shifts from the urban

structure itself to the people who live in it: Anonymous, working like the

gearwheels of a globalized machine constantly mislead to work for accelerating

economic growth. “Mecanismos De Control” denounces corruption in high

finance and the politicians’ involvement in it (“Putsch”, “Banco Malo”), it brings up

the lack of diversity in media (“Receptor Universal”), arbitrary police action and

the various levels of state control in general (“Mecanismo De Control”).

Musically it somehow suggests itself to drop the Esplendor Geometrico

reference, not only for the Spanish language samples, but also for the raw and

repetitive rhythmic backbone of all tracks. But of course Heimstatt Yipotash acts

in a much more ample scope, with lots of diversified, contemporary elements to

be found throughout the album: Spotless electro sequences (“Diez Segundos”,

“Pulsador”), almost organic percussion (“Banco Malo”), shuffling all-but-grooves

(“Magnetar”, “Rescoldo”), an electric harp in “El Mal Menor” and a swelling acid

sequence in “Fuerza Devastadora”. And the final say goes to The_Empath, who

transforms “Rescoldo” into a solemn lullaby for man, bereft of his dignity in the

Brave New World of today.

“Mecanismos De Control” works in the attractive contradiction of its dystopian

theme and being at the same time thoroughly enjoyable, in larger parts actually

dance floor compatible. A coherent, conceptually feasible and convincing album.

Tracklist:

1. Diez Segundos

2. Que Se Vayan Todos

3. Mecanismo De Control

4. Zombis

5. Putsch

6. Banco Malo

7. Pulsador

8. Magnetar

9. Receptor Universal

10. Marcha Experimental

11. Rescoldo (Revisada)

12. El Mal Menor

13. Fuerza Devastadora

14. Rescoldo (The_Empath’s Lullaby)

Out on HANDS 14th April:

SYLVGHEIST MAËLSTRÖM Pripyat cd

HANDS D203 Hands Paper Pack 13 euro

Sylvgheist Maëlström hasn’t taken much of his time to produce the follow-
up to his HANDS debut “Skaftafell”. On “Pripyat” he deals with

transformation and extinction of nature, thus he discards the majestic

minimalism of the predecessor and adopts a very different musical

language, with chunky IDM rhythms and dense soundscapes to portrait the

numerous disturbances man inflicts upon nature – and the way nature

reacts to that, reinventing itself. A heavyweight, unsettling electronica

album that is topped off with crackling remixes by [basementgrrr] and Yura

Yura.

Pripyat is the “nuclear city” where the Chernobyl power plant is located.

Abandoned after the infamous 1986 disaster, it stands a rude reminder of man’s

ruinous effect on nature – and the inimitable way nature achieves a weird

comeback after the seemingly worst blow.

Such forbidding thoughts are the main preoccupation Sylvgheist Maëlström used

as an inspiration for this album, and it shows soundwise: Heavy rhythms

throughout, sinister melodies, throbbing bass sounds, all tracks saturated with

sharp-edged fuzz. “Pripyat” flows in a multi-layered sound design, which creates

a constant atmosphere of unease, quite appropriate for tracks dealing with the

world’s worst industrial disaster in “Bhopal”, where thousands died due to

exposure to toxic substances in 1984, or “Agbog Bloshie”, the infamous e-waste

dump in Ghana.

Even the most seasoned connoisseur of electronic music will be challenged to

discern on first listen all the details to be found within every single track as even

the comparably calmer tracks like “Prion” (a fatally infectious protein composition)

or “Mountain Pass” overflow with sounds, not to speak of the massive noise-
flavoured tracks like “Ajka” (a town in Hungary where an industrial accident

caused a flood of toxic mud in 2010). The contributed remixes by [basementgrrr]

and Yura Yura remain within the sonic framework of “Pripyat”, but add dynamic

bass sequences and a noise rhythm respectively.

As an album, “Pripyat” serves a dual function: Each of the tracks is strong

enough to stand alone, as a whole they merge into an utterly disturbing, yet

absorbing 78 minute trip, a reminder that man is dying in his own changed

substance.

Tracklist:

1. Inlandsis

2. Kartaflik

3. Kvanefjeld

4. Dysprosium

5. Prion

6. Mountain Pass

7. Bhopal

8. Deepwater Horizon

9. Ajka

10. Okuma

11. Pripyat

12. Agbog Bloshie

13. Kessler Syndrome

14. Kychtym

15. Inlandsis (basementgrrr) Remix

16. Kvanefjeld Yura Yura Remix

Out on HANDS 14th April:

hyDrone Chronos cd

HANDS D201 Hands Paper Pack 13 euro

HANDS welcomes hyDrone, an act with a remarkable pedigree already, now

ready for a proper debut CD release. “Chronos“ is a captivating, deeply

atmospheric conceptual release about time and its perception, revealing

influences from various eras of electronic music, pouring into a very

individual musical language. Nine tracks plus remixes by Gjöll, Libido

Formandi and Proyecto Mirage let you take a 57 minute lapse from the

regular course of time!

Preface: hyDrone is the alias of Panos Kouretas from Greece, who has got CD-R

releases on Fich-Art and Le Petit Machiniste and a fancy vinyl on Sealt under his

belt, as well as a performance at Maschinenfest – the accolade of the industrial

scene. Now it’s time for Χρόνος, an album which truly deserves a distinguished

presentation.

Takeoff: The opener “Carefully and patiently [we are counting time]” draws the

listener in with vocal snippets, atmospheric parts and insidious bleeps, while

“Always late” moves along accordingly slow in eerie halfstep mode. “Whenever”

is a grainy drone piece, “Backwards” fuses bass heavy drones with a cinematic

melody and the title track draws heavily from 70s Kosmische Musik in an ambient

mode. “Passing time” is a masterpiece, the perception of time during a human

being’s lifespan in a nutshell, seemingly accelerating, while the actual pattern

never changes. With “Chronotaraxis” we have finally left the time continuum for

good and are prepared to plunge into the psychedelic ambience of “Time is

running out of time” and “To maintain the balance”.

Overtime: Jóhann Eiriksson aka Gjöll contributes a fuzzy, Raster-Noton style

drone piece, Libido Formandi turns out a nicely accessible electronica track and

also label mates Proyecto Mirage get the final say with archaic, analogue

distorted beats.

Epilogue: Far from easy listening, sometimes demanding, this album is a treat for

anyone into atmospheric electronic music. Panos displays a knack for sound

design and composition, the result being well-defined and yet complex, abrasive

and beautiful at the same time. Worth your time!

Tracklist:

1. Carefully and Patiently [We are Counting Time]

2. Always Late

3. Whenever

4. Backwards

5. Chronos [Cronos/Chronos]

6. Passing Time

7. Chronotaraxis

8. Time is Running out of Time

9. To Maintain the Balance

10. Always Late [Remix by Gjöll]

11. Carefully and Patiently [Remix by Libido Formandi]

12. Whenever [Remix by Proyecto Mirage]