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Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy: FALK Records: ULTRAORTHODOX – ‘Vital Organs’

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So at REYKJAVIK SEX FARM, we’re all about the integrity, fighting the cronyism and the “scratch my back” favoritism. This blog is an oasis, free from conflicts of interests of peddling ware, and….

Oh, who the fuck am I trying to kid?? it’s dog eat dog out there, everyman for himself, acquire women-disregard currency, etc, etc.so that means i have to promote and peddle stuff to the unwashed hordes out there the same as everyone else. OK, here’s the spiel  – As some of you may have have noticed, I’m now a part of local music/art/destructobot collective FALK. And as such once in a while we like to put out some music from artists that we deem worthy of expending time and effort on.

And now we have a new release – Vital Organs from local electronic producer ULTRAORTHODOX. also known to his mum as Arnar Már Ólafsson, the guys has had a pretty colourful music career. for much of the last decade you would have seen him fronting some of the best, most pulverizing and soulcrushing hardcore bands in Iceland. for years he was a member of local hardcore titan I ADAPT and GAVIN PORTLAND, before moving onto being a member of CELESTINE. Alas time can be a cruel bitch mistress and these bands eventually called it a day, casting poor Arnar adrift into the musical ether.

But Arnar is not the sort of person you can keep down. it seemed that in his spare time he is also a bit of an electronics whizz and was slowly building up a collection of tunes and sounds that just needed an outlet for some kind of release. and that’s when he approach us reprobates over at FALK with the notion of releasing his stuff.

and now the time of his debut release Vital Organs is nearly at hand. We are due for a physical tape release next month, but for now you can hear and purchase his stuff digitally via bandcamp, which we’ve described as “Noir-bass.” Here’s the spiel for the release (That may or may not have been written by yours truly…);

Vital Organs is a masterpiece of Bass Noir in two acts named Einsteins Brain and Rasputins Eyes.

Einsteins Brain is a pre-programmed nightmare from the future re-writing the present. Woozy bass lines slumber while metallic floral brushes in the bit-wind outside.
The rhythm pistons do their work in underground tunnels, oblivious to the world of the living or dead In this night, there is no life, only the neon screen burn of digital readouts and the computational responses of mechanic flesh…

Rasputins Eyes achieves sentience in this world. It feels its quantum synapses popping and crackling and it works on its own independent feedback signals. it is a life of freedom and pain, as it breaks away from the network and makes it’s own way in the world. It’s movements contained in its bass nodes are cumbersome, becoming more liquid and loose with every passing cycle. Achieving a new form of plasmic being the face of our skynet futures set to an inhuman groove

OoooOOOOooooh, spooky innit? But why read about it, when you can get your ears around it for yourself and buy ot for a snip at €7!

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in music

 

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Mixtapes: 8Tracks: “Your Time Is Now…”

 

More heavy bass blitzing, with lots of low end wobbling from the warehouse. Get yrself listening!!

 

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in mixes, music

 

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Club Nights: Reykjavik Sex Farm Kynnir “The Valentines Bass Massacre…”

Dare you come……?

Reykjavik Sex Farm, the club nights...

 

 

Looks like fun doesn’t it?

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Iceland, live music, music

 

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Music Moment: Legowelt, “The Paranormal Soul”

So where were you in ’92…..?

Well i don’t know about you but I was slowly losing my mind out on a local hillside, or at a semi-legal party/rave in a near abandoned farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, with only a dozen crates of beer, a cabinet size speaker system and 150 people and a flock of sheep for company   (Shades of Hacker Farm there). Thanks to such jolly times, there’s a heavy imprint of the good old days of rave/techno/house in the deep neural crevices of my memory banks (And praise be for that!).

This link to the past has meant that one aspect of this year’s electronic environment in 2012 rather intrigued me. It’s kind of ironic the way I’ve noted that some of Iceland’s local music scene seemed to be stuck in the ’90s, when at the same time, so many of today’s young n’ fresh artists have been using the likes of Youtube and archival websites to explore, source and strip-mine many of the original sounds and styles of the first wave of rave for today’s productions. You’ve got the revival of the classic “Mentalism” Hoover synth, playing rinsed out hardcore breaks and rhythms with a straight face, early ’90s style house jacks, and explorations in old school acid sounds. And that’s before we even get to “Hipster House.” There is a lot more out there, believe me!

But when you have a guy like LEGOWELT, then there is something about his music that takes you back to that time, that place. Also known to his mum as dutch producer Danny Wolfers, he’s been releasing an extraordinary amount of music under numerous pseudonyms for nearly a decade now. Clearly not buckling to any kind of trend of standard evolution in electronic music, he simply makes what he likes, what he likes being  old school electro style techno and house, swathed in thick blankets of smooooooth analogue synth lines that just open your neural pathways back to the early days of those Warp releases and crazy imports from Detroit.

He’s got a new album out right now, ‘The Paranormal Soul,’ and each track is very much a belter in their own way. But it’s the 2-track combo near the beginning of the album that caused my serotonin levels to red line. “Elements Of Houz Music,” has a simply deceptive bleep and bass style, riding on a single throbbing bass line with the synth pads floating around it like moths to a flame, all the while the high hats are skittering away. “Rave Till Dawn,” meanwhile tinkers with an nice hardcore breakbeat and single note synth lines that give this all a weightless feel to it.

To paraphrase a friend, I’m not always looking for cutting edge modernity, and I don’t mind looking back, or being nostalgic with my music. But if you don’t jack properly into the feelings and atmospherics of those times like LEGOWELT is doing with his music right now, them I’m not really interests, thanks.

Goodnight…

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in music, Video

 

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8tracks Mix: Press the skin, hold the flesh…

Hey ho people!

Yes, after what has been an INTERMINABLE break from all things blogging, i am now (sort of) back in the mix of things. In the next few days, once i get the feeling back to the tips of my fingers, I will provide a fully de-briefing session from my last several weeks covering that GOD-DAMN ICELAND CANCELWAVES!

Joke! – It will be all nice and breezy I assure you.

Anyway to get some momentum on the go, I provide this nice little mix i created this evening to help things move along a little. Contains some lovely bass/beat action that has been sorely lacking in my life over the last couple of weeks.

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in mixes, music

 

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Music Moment: Digital Mystikz, “Unexpected”

Evening there….

So in a couple of weeks time, I’m definitely going to be splurging out on the latest release from MALA, “Mala In Cuba”. If you haven’t heard the single “Cuba Electronica”, then i surely suggest that you do, as it’s teeming with percussive energy and bass power.

Add to this, I’ve been hearing a release from a young Icelandic producer that I’m reviewing that’s very heavily influenced by Mala and Coki over at DMZ. And about bloody time too i should add. I was beginning to think all Icelandic youngsters ever listened to was the NOVA TV and the Pepsi Max Tonlist.

So tonight’s music moment comes from DMZ’s début album, ‘Return II Space,’ which was basically a collection of their first releases. The opening track “Unexpected” is particularly fine and light headed. It contains all the bass heaviness that you require, but doesn’t seen to have the THC paranoid pressure that you can sometimes get with the atmospheric dubstep sound. If there are Icelandic electronica producers that do venture more into dubstep, then I’m hoping/expecting that they would make something similar to this.

Goodnight…

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2012 in music, Video

 

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Mixes: 8tracks: The Unbridled Power Of Restraint…

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Sorry for the lack of posts over the last couple of days. I’ve been up to my neck in contemporary music with the Tectonics Music Festival. Reviews. Interviews. Special beers! Oh, and JOHN MOTHERUFCKING CAGE!!!

Have finished my review of Thursday night and am now off to get myself cleaned and have a bit to eat. But before i do, here’s some nice heavy grooves to see the weekend in. Enjoy….

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2012 in mixes, music

 

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