We have a brand new release for you!
NM053: HYDRUS – NODES
FORMAT: CD / DIGITAL
RELEASE: OCTOBER 11 2013
IDM. Intelligent Dance Music. It might very well be the most loathed name for a musical genre ever. The name suggests rationally conceived music, or even music that contains no emotion. The two musicians behind Hydrus have a quite cerebral way of working alright. They program their own patches for electronic software and they love to work on their sounds endlessly. We were told they once tweaked the sound of a hi-hat for one whole week. Hydrus are obsessed with giving each of their sounds the room it needs, the right place in their music. They know how to isolate it or let the different sounds talk to each other. The end result is a graceful musical environment of their own.
On their early releases for Narrominded, their style was in line with IDM-icons like Plaid and Autechre. But Hydrus are slowly – it’s almost ten years since their debut release, a split lp with Kettel – finding their own sound. On Nodes, they incorporate a tad of electronic jazz and deep dubby basses. Highlight is Micronaut, an emotional electronic track that goes straight to the heart. That’s what Hydrus can do with technology.
STILL AVAILABLE (NOTE: orange vinyl is going fast! Buy it here!)
NM067: HUNTER COMPLEX – HEAT (lp / digital)
‘The strong positivism that leaks from the melodic and warm synths make the pain even worse – it’s a brilliant combination.’
‘If Giorgio Moroder would be depressed or paranoid for a day, he would make this kind of music’
musicfrom.nl (4 out of 5)
‘Most of the compositions contain a subtle way of repressed tension, the kind that makes you slide restlessly in your seat.’
dark entries (7 out of 10)
‘Heat could pass for a soundtrack from 1985′
written in music (4 out of 5)
‘Cosmic romanticism’, ‘future noir’ and ‘artisanal synthesizerpop’
‘This is music for standing on top of buildings and gazing intensely over the skyline after saving the city from certain destruction. (…) This is really excellent.’
norman records (9 out of 10)
‘Heat is a record that you should let soak in slowly , like a healing balm. (…) who perseveres will be rewarded.’
‘It’s a cinematic, imaginative en wonderful record that will appeal to every melancholic.’
subjectivisten / caleidoscoop
‘I’m not sure whether you can take my word for how good this LP is (…) Maybe Hunter Complex are serial sentimentalists.’
‘That whole 80s feel is what makes this record strong (…) a very pleasant record, highly entertaining. Great value!’
‘Dropping John Carpenter influenced keyboard noir (Serious Glass), analogue slabs with goth poetry lyrics (China Rain) and goose-bump guaranteeing synth arpeggios (Daylight).’
‘Heat is full of such cinematic, mysterious spacepop with a slightly ominous undertone that you continue to return to.’
kicking the habit
HUNTER COMPLEX MIXTAPE @ GONZO (CIRCUS)
Hunter Complex made an exclusive mixtape for Gonzo (circus) featuring new and old synth music and an exclusive version of the Heat album track Highway Hypnosis. Listen here.
NARROMINDED @ KINKY STAR RADIO
Tune in to Kinky Star Radio, a very fine online radio station. They recently played some Narrominded stuff by Hunter Complex and Hydrus. Dig!
HUNTER COMPLEX @ INCUBATE
Not only did we had a very nice time at the incubate label market organised by our homies from Subroutine, Hunter Complex also did a very nice gig. ‘Live @huntercomplex sounds even better than on his new brilliant album’. Read the reviews here.
That’s it for now!
All the best from us at narrominded.com