Storm Stereo #35

tonio_rubioWhat’s up dreamers?

Another show ready for your audio pleasure. We return to one-hour length, short and sweet, with more focus.

We kick in with a now-classic, almost timeless gem by Yves Tumor, a musical master of our times, truly. His whole record Serpent Music is brilliant. We keep it mellow with a sweet and charming track by Savages and something equally dreamy by Armen Miran (those vocal samples!) – a new discovery for me, who is opening me up to the world of underground Armenian electronic music. A special on the underground electronic scenes of Armenia, Georgia, and Morocco among other places will follow in the near future, so stray tuned if that’s your jam.

I’ve being a Parov Stelar fan for well over a decade and, though his swing-revival chill-out house (which many know him for) is not my cup of tea, I find what he does to be of consistent quality – plus I’m a sucker for violins and heartbreaking vocals like on “Beauty Mark.” We keep in line with my marimba obsession and listen to something from Tonio Rubio’s excellent (and only) LP Rhythms, and something by no-inroductions-needed minimalist Steve Reich, a fellow marimba-lover.

Seeing as the day of this show, January 31, was Philip Glass’ birthday, we also hear something from his Reworks album – which is an amazing compilation of reworked Glass tracks by some of the best – then transition via a brass connection and move further electronically afield into Tau City and a coming storm.

We close it all off with an all-time fave track of mine, “Do What You Want” from 2002 and some ever-enjoyable Timothy J. Fairplay.

Next week prepare for a gear-shift, as we enter the fast lane with some punk and hardcore! Until then, stay strong, fuck national pride, fight fascism!

With love from outer space

—Obsessionist

 

STORM STEREO #36

YVES TUMOR – The Feeling When You Walk Away
SAVAGES – You’re My Chocolate
ARMEN MIRAN – For Eternity
PAROV STELAR & ANDUZE- Beauty Mark
TONIO RUBIO – Dead Slow
STEVE REICH – Mallet Quarter
PHILIP GLASS – Alight Spiral Snip (Dan Deacon Rework)
THE CONNECTION MACHINE – Echoes from Tau City
HODGE – There is a Storm Coming In
JACE FROM OUTTA SPACE & CLAIRE SKY – Do What You Want
TIMOTHY J. FAIRPLAY – Messengers of Deception

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Storm Stereo #32: Along the Silk Road and Beyond

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 3.14.32 PMHello my loves and happy new year!

First Storm Stereo for 2018, and we start off our first hour with some current Greek electronic acts: PS Stamps Back, whom I saw live recently and was mighty impressed – definitely check out his releases and live shows if you can – followed by Athens’ dark darlings The Rattler Proxy, and a remix done by one-half of the Rattler, Lucas Savidis. Then we pay a small tribute to some current acts on PAN Records, followed by two highly inspiring, badass forces in techno right now, both of whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting (while trying not to gush), Umfang and Aurora Halal.

The second part of our show had been in the making for a while, and we explore diverse and unique musical traditions from along the Silk Road and beyond, with a one-hour set curated specially for Storm Stereo by my friend, painter and musician, Yiannis Panoutsopoulos (Sun of Nothing). Since we first met in 2005, he has shared with me unusual music from around the world and opened my ears to weird, beautiful and often rare sounds from remote locations and unknown cultures – so much so, I requested he gather some of his favourites in a set for your audio pleasure.

Starting in one of the coldest places on Earth, we travel to the snow-capped mountains of southern Siberia and visit the nomadic tribes of Tuva, with artists Radik Tyulyush, Chirgilchin and Huun-Huur-Tu, then explore Japan’s national instrument, the koto, with music by Zumi-Kai. The word koto might look familiar, as koto music was recently rediscovered by many thanks to YouTube’s algorithmic autoplay of this rather obscure record by blind koto player, Kimio Eto.

Afterwards, we delve into the rhythmic world of throat music (locally know as kai) from the Altai Republic, with songs by Alta Kai sung in their native Altai language and featuring native musical instruments, then move around the globe to listen to more throat singing, this time in Inuit by Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq.

We also listen to the Tibetan monastic choir Phurpa, and their ritualistic compositions based in the pre-Buddhist Tibetan Bon tradition, and revisit the deep and sorrowful sounds of Iran, with heartbreaking vocals (and moving strings and chords to accompany them) by one of Iran’s most respected classical singers, Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, and contemporary Kurdish-Iranian tenor Shahram Nazeri.

For me, however, the most moving track from this list was ‘Midnight Tale’, the collaboration between Tuvan band Huun-Huur-Tu, the Moscow Art Trio (who have collaborated with the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, among others) and Angelite, the absolutely stunning Bulgarian Voices Women’s Choir. Perhaps you recall the sound, made popular by Stefka Sabotinova with this incredible song:

To close it off, we listen to Yiorgos Katsaros and his masterpiece ‘Vre Ti Mangas Poume Go’, a rebetiko whose chords and riffs are ever so slight but ever so powerful, piercing straight to the core of the wandering hedonist soul. For more Greek pre-war and diaspora rebetika, check out this excellent mix by Death is Not the End.

Discovering new instruments (whether old or contemporary) and hearing different approaches to music is definitely an obsession for me, so perhaps in the near future we’ll dedicate a show to the weird and obscure sounds of unusual vocals and native instruments.

Until then, apologies for the delay in the Bowie special that was supposed to air this week. It’s not the side-effects of the cocaine.

With love from outer space

—Obsessionist

 

STORM STEREO 33 TRACK LIST

DIRTY BEACHES – Love Is the Devil
PS STAMPS BACK – Todo los Fuegos el Fuego
ANTONI MAIOVVI – Autoguerra (Lucas Savidis remix)
THE RATTLER PROXY – Dead City
PAN DAIJING – Act of the Empress
STILL – Sound Boy Test (Interlude)
M.E.S.H. – Inspired by True Story
UMFANG – Where Is She
AURORA HALAL – Just Tell Me
CHROMATICS – Yes (Love Theme from Lost River)

Along the Silk Road and Beyond:
RADIK TYULYUSH – Intro
RADIK TYULYUSH – Er-le Changys
ALTAI KAI – Warrior’s Words
VLADIMIR OIDUPAA OIUN – The Girl of the Tes River
ANGELITE & MOSCOW ART TRIO & HUUN-HUUR-TU – Midnight Tale
MOHAMMAD REZA SHAJARIAN – Saz o Avaz
ZUMI-KAI – Midare
PHURPA- The Visualisation (Trowo Phurnag Ceremony)
SHAHRAM NAZERI – Mystic
CHIRGILCHIN – Igor’s Solo
TANYA TAGAQ – Qiujaviit
ALTAI-KAI – Koionok
HUUN-HUUR-TU & ANGELITE – Fly, Fly My Sadness
(Outro) YIORGOS KATSAROS – Vre Ti Mangas Poume Go

 

Storm Stereo #30: Greek Noise Special

kavvadiasHello my little freaks!

We have a very special show for you this time, paying tribute to contemporary Greek noise musicians and sound artists. This show was curated and put together by Andreas Kavvadias, and all acts featured are currently active in the underground electronics scene, which seems to be going nothing but strong. You’ll discover a variation of sounds, noise and melody on this show; from claustrophobic harsh noise and meditative drone to modular electronics, analogue beats and breaks, spacey ambience, and avant-garde experimentation. Three of the acts included (AZA, d E, PS Stamps Back) will be playing a live show tomorrow in Athens, and you can find more info here.

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The last couple years have seen many scenes and sounds resurface – history repeats itself after all – whether for the first time or as a second or third wave of regeneration, not least among them beatdown US hardcore, noise as art, experimental trap and witch house, African psychedelia, Arabic pop, Eastern EDM, early UK house, and minimal techno to name but a few. For me what was interesting was the rise of electronic music among punks. Sure, a lot of us have been listening to electronic music in all its forms since forever, but that wasn’t the case for everybody.

Whereas in the past, “shitty dance music” or “Eurodisco” was laughed at (two unfair blanket terms often used by punks I know to describe electronic music, often played after punk shows at European gigs), things have changed. Electronic music, be it funky disco house or heavy industrial noise, is increasingly moving from bedroom projects and house party mixtapes to indie radio shows and underground basement shows, with electronic projects playing alongside punk bands, headlining festivals and releasing material on typically punk-leaning labels.

Fine examples I witnessed recently are the B-side of Limp Wrist’s most recent record Facades, Pharmakon headlining (and perhaps polarizing) a punk fest, more and more punks getting into and playing techno, exploration and reissues of early electronic acts like Delia Derbyshire. I will attempt a future show with electronic (side)projects done by punks, so stray tuned if that’s your jam, and if you’re a closeted punk electronic music producer (whether you use analog or digital means) send me your projects  – I wanna hear them.

This is not to say punks weren’t listening (many of us have been) just that we weren’t necessarily congregating around or collaborating with our respective electronic music scenes the way we have done with punk. Things have changed and personally I couldn’t be happier. Surely the mix of punk and electronic music has been happening since the inception of both those sounds, and I find this crossover of ideologies, practices and ideas can only lead to better things.

Collective and personal electronic projects currently exist across most punk scenes around the globe – whether mixed with rap, techno, funk, disco, hip-hop, ambient, noise, folk, field recordings or anything in between. What was often (narrowly) misunderstood by a lot of punks to be a one-dimensional genre made of inorganic 0s and 1s (“digital computer music”) created by obnoxious, trendy DJs lusting after mainstream success, has been acknowledged as a diverse, driving and longstanding force of music history worldwide. And in part I think that’s because, much like punk, a lot of these underground electronic scenes are and have been independent and working on their own terms. When talking about techno for example, what was often thought of by many as a wannabe-mainstream genre made to satisfy drug-fueled party people with little taste for quality has in fact proven time and time again that it is an extremely musically varied scene with a rich history and astonishing output across nations, decades, formats, and subgenres.

Punk often closes itself off from other scenes, assuming it is the only one to function in an underground, anti-conformist and DIY manner, but that has never been true. Since the beginning, the global underground electronic scene (like rebetika, or early hip-hop and disco culture), has supported and amplified voices often silenced or marginalized, and operated outside the mainstream, creating communities of solidarity and havens of creativity. And while capitalism encourages the popularization and ‘legitimization’ of sub- and countercultures, that lead to their appropriation and ultimate erasure or normalization and control (the punk MET Gala a couple years ago was one inescapable example of the mainstream co-opting and capitalizing upon something it once opposed) I believe that this crossover, the exchange of information, experiences and knowledge ultimately creates and uncovers opportunities which might have previously been overlooked. Free the beat, “amplify each other.”

We live in dark times, but I read recently that perhaps this is not the dark of the tomb, but the dark of the womb. Much could be said (and better) about the history and impact (and future) of electronic music. For now I’m just happy I get to share some of it with you, and be part of a growing wave of interdisciplinary, global musical thought.

Until next time, do what you do with love and believe in yourself. With love from outer space,

—Obsessionist

SS_30 SETLIST

GRIM MACHINE – Untitled 12, from Heterodoxa (E.D.A. / E.C.T, 2017)
LAST DAN’S MOTE – Spoiled Penny’s Dream, from VA – Συνθετικό Παράγωγο, (E.D.A., 2015)
EMDY – Os2 da kos 4 Synchropainted Penalties, from Synchresis (self-released, 2012)
FUN WITH NUNS – Vinyl Side B Part 1, from Fun With Nuns (Wax / More Mars, 2012)
POPI’S ORCHESTRA – Once Again, the Dream in the Garden, from Popi’s Orchestra (B-Otherside, 2015)
THE ZYKLONS – Doxology I, from (Still) Unknown Traditional Music (self-released, 2017)
LOVE EXOTICS – Love Suite (Part 1), from Mediterrana 3 – Exotic Sounds From Athens (Lampros Tsamis Archives / Kworks, 2017)
CHRISTOS CHONDROPOULOS – Sequence of Three Stars, from Fingerpainting (self-released, 2013)
ADAM_IS – Mars Attacks (excerpt), from Mars Attacks (self-released, 2014)
KOSTADIS – Part 1, from Slumber (self-released, 2017)
COEL – Athens Fahrenheit 110 (unreleased)
DROG_A_TEK – I Sea Things, from Homeland (Inner Ear, 2010)
ΦEY – Ηχω 1 (excerpt) (unreleased)
ILIOS – Gis Mi Trovita Vian Lumon, from El Amor Es Mi Motor (Αntifrost, 2009)
PS STAMPS BACK – Περτούλι – Νεραϊδοχώρι, from Μουσική Για Διάσχιση Δασών (1000+1 Tilt, 2014)
AGGELIKI K. – ΕΛΔΧ (excerpt) (unreleased)
d E – Overload (unreleased)
AΖΑ – The Bitt (excerpt) (unreleased)
GRIM MACHINE – Exotera Schemata, from Heterodoxa (E.D.A. / E.C.T, 2017)
Z64 – B5, from Xtematic/Z64 split (E.D.A., 2016)
MEZZO COPRANO – The Four Of Us Are Dying (Retreat) (unreleased)
PANDELIS PANDELOPOULOS – V – Trio (unreleased)
LOST BODIES – Έτσι Μίλησε Ο Ζαρατούστρα, from Υποτροπή (Lazy Dog / Res Integra, 2002)

Storm Stereo #29

Screen Shot 2017-12-13 at 1.39.14 PM.pngHello friends and foes, lovers and losers

I don’t feel like saying much—though it seems I always do, even if the people I want to be listening aren’t anyway—so just a few words on last week’s show. I’m happy to include some highlights from this year’s Static Shock Weekend, which happened in the Old Smoke this past November. Its long and rich punk history aside, the UK at large has been a hotbed for some incredible bands in recent years, with scenes budding and blossoming from Brighton to London and Leeds and from Cardiff to Glasgow and Sheffield. Perhaps I’ll put together a UK special in 2018 at some point, stray tuned, send me your suggestions.

I just want to say a few words about Haram, the most poignant hardcore band in Nuke York right now – if not because of their catchy and driving hardcore music but for their potent personal-political message. Meaning forbidden in Arabic and with songs sung entirely in Arabic, Haram stand at a charged intersection, challenging but also connecting all sides of the Venn diagram they inhabit: identity, religion, punk, politics, history, perception, purpose to name but a few. After their set, I had the chance to talk for a few minutes with their singer Nader, who is originally from Lebanon. With a calm and steady voice, articulate and eloquent, he spoke to me about some of the profound and deeply human concepts that drive his lyrics: the Lebanese civil war and its atrocities, losing friends and family, having to abandon one’s home, being an immigrant in a deeply troubled and divided USA, being persecuted for racial or religious differences, the various physical and emotional by-stories that come with such an experience. His expression was so powerful and thought-provoking, I felt humbled listening to him speak. He said that trip to the UK for the festival had helped open his eyes to new perspectives and he repeated how lucky and grateful he felt to be part of such a nurturing and supportive global punk scene—something that for me highlighted the humanity us punks often try to shake off because being human usually hurts more than being a mutant freak. At the end he also said ‘thank you for giving me the space to talk about this.’ I almost teared up. And for me, that’s what punk is all about: that dense and difficult but real-as-fuck feeling, that gut-churning proof that what we do—with our music and lyrics, our show spaces and radio shows, our art and our collectives—really does speak to people, and really can change lives.

As you may have noticed, the second part of the show had a recurring Sega Bodega theme. He’s one of my favourite sound architects and producers right now (perhaps you know him from his magical Soundtrack Series on NTS radio) and he’s just self-released a mixtape with original compositions inspired by cult cinema. It’s a brilliantly perceived and executed body of work, and I liked it so much I decided to play three tracks from it, from the movies Ghost, Dogtooth and X. There’s something to be said of music that is simultaneously fierce and bold while also unafraid to be delicate and moving, drawing inspiration and strength from the dark and difficult corners of our own psyche. He recently performed some of these compositions at St Barnabas church in London and you can watch it here.

Also on this show we listen to Princess Nokia, a force to be reckoned with and a bright example of what the future of music looks like (hint: ‘bad bitches we run shit’), Delia Gonzalez, a composer whose mix of minimal keys and cosmic beats is perfect, Hiroshi Yoshimura, whose ingenious Music for Nine Postcards record was just reissued, and much more.

Next show we delve into the dark and damp world of Greek underground noise and experimental electronics, with two hours of drone, ambient, noise, harsh electronics, dark techno and much more, specially curated by Andreas Kavvadias (d E).

Until then, don’t you fuck with my energy. With bitter love from outer space,

—Obsessionist

 

STORM STEREO 29 SETLIST

DOM THOMAS – Tropicalia Dream
RAKTA – Intro
RAKTA – Atrativos Da Mentira
RATA NEGRA – Por No Estar Sola
EXIT ORDER – Mass Panic
HARAM – Not A Terrorist – ليست ارهابي
L.O.T.I.O.N. – Born in 1984
ULTRA – Porno
LIMP WRIST – Square One
NEKRA – Art School
RUNT – DWP
MONOTON – Wasser
SADE – Soldier of Love (Exotic Remix)
PRINCESS NOKIA – Brujas
FKA TWIGS – Two Weeks
POST MALONE – Rockstar
SEGA BODEGA – Ghost
SEGA BODEGA – Dogtooth
DELIA GONZALEZ – Roulette
HIROSHI YOSHIMURA – Blink
AYYA – Second Mistake
LENA PLATONOS – Thalassa
SEGA BODEGA – X
DJ RICHARD – Path of Ruin
RAÄR – Sometimes I Hear Sirens
ANTONI MAIOVVI – Revenge is Sweeter Than Wine
EMAK – Tanz In Den Himmel
LE SYNDICAT ELECTRONIQUE – Strawberry Flower
STEPHAN EICHER – Miniminiminijupe
FACTRIX – A Night to Forget
RAKTA – Outro
LIMP WRIST – In My Mind

Storm Stereo #28

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Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Solar Catastrophe

Hello my loves,

Bringing you the first episode of Storm Stereo for InterSonik Net Radio, where you’ll be able to catch the show every Wednesday night, 22:00–00:00 (EET) on intersonik.net. I’ll also be DJ-ing some Storm Stereo faves on Saturday, December 23 at B-Side Bar, so come say hello if you’re about Athenstown.

On with the show! Included in this episode of Storm Stereo are a favourite by living inspiration Cosey Fanni Tutti, plus stellar tracks by Suzanne Cianni, Damien Dubrovnik (accidentally said Croatian Amor on air!) and Bill Kouligas, all three of whom played wicked electronic and experimental music festivals this year, such as Milano’s Terraforma, Berlin Atonal and Unsound in Kraków. PAN label-master Kouligas also recently played Plisskën Festival in Athens, as did Ethiopian jazz genius Mulatu Astatke (whom we also hear on this show) and both of them were superb, each in their own unique way – go see them if they’re coming through your town!

We also listen to a couple recent/upcoming reissues. First, an instant classic and perhaps my #1 record for 2017, Japanese instrumental minimalist Midori Takada (out on WRWTFWW Records), Solid Space, an early-’80s British duo who wrote a brilliant minimal-wave record packed with distinct and memorable gems (out on Dark Entries who are also helping with the much-anticipated Lena Platonos documentary λπ – Lambda Pi), and synth pioneer Pauline Anne Strom and her spacey synth ambient LP Trans-Millenia Music (out on RVNG Intl. Records).

Also on this show, the master Moondog because he’s always relevant, plus commanding and evocative tunes from Cameroon’s Hamad Kalkaba and Capo Verde’s Antonio Sanches, both from excellent releases (with incredible stories) on Analog Africa, a label with impressive consistency and quality to its truly original catalog.

November was a busy month, and not least because I went to London and saw great bands at Static Shock Festival (fest highlights set coming next week) and amazing modern art at Tate Modern (hello wall of Jenny Holzer wisdom!) and Everything at Once at 180 the Strand (field recordings project featuring sounds from this and other 2017 trips coming early 2018). The exhibit has been extended until December 14, I highly recommend you go and see it if you’re in London and have the chance.

So many inspiring pieces at this exhibit. Shirazeh Houshiary’s Breath, a mainly audio installation that featured Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Islamic prayers, all played at once (one from each point of the compass, rising and falling in intensity),  in a small, almost pitch-back, square room.

Haroon Mirza’s Sonakinatography Composition III, a light installation that focuses on the sounds made by the changing electric current of the coloured lamps used, creating a beautiful and vibrant light and audio composition.

Arthur Jafa’s Love is the Message, the Message is Love, a beautiful, painful, moving, powerful (and I want to believe ultimately empowering) video collage/vision of contemporary Black America, set to Kanye West’s ‘Ultralight Beam’, that watches like a music video but speaks like a prayer.

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla’s Solar Catastrophe (featured image), made from ‘discarded polycrystalline solar panel cells’ that reflect the light and change colour as you move around the canvas, highlighting the process of ‘greenwashing‘.

Tatsuo Miyajima’s Time Waterfall, with numbers from 1 to 9 projected onto a wall, varying sizes ‘falling’ at varying speeds, representing our passage through time.

Until next week… just be thankful for what you’ve got.

With love from outer space,

—Obsessionist

STORM STEREO 28 TRACKLIST

ULUKEN MELESE with MULATU ASTATKE – Wubit
HAMAD KALKABA – Astadjam Dada Saré
ANTONIO SANCHES – Pinta Manta
MIDORI TAKADA – Crossing
MOONDOG – Marimba Mondo 2
HALIM EL-DABH – Wire Recorder Piece
SOLID SPACE – Destination Moon
COSEY FANNI-TUTTI – Pussy Got The Cream
PAULINE ANNE STROM – Energies
SUZANNE CIANI – Paris 1971
DAMIEN DUBROVNIK – Arrow 3
BILL KOULIGAS – VXOMEG
MOONDOG – Pastoral

 

Storm Stereo #22: New Moon Mood

Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 4.36.28 PMWhat’s up meine Lieben?

Life has been quiet and repetitive in Prague. Between working a corporate 9-6 job, trying to stay on top of my freelance duties (and falling behind admittedly), house-hunting and still trying to adjust to everything, I’m feeling a bit out of sorts, and spread thin. Unlike Athens, finding/making time for quality time alone to re-calibrate seems like a luxury – as do fresh produce, dark curtains, and the ability to be around loved ones, or in the very least people who get you. But, walking is my favourite way to process things, and thankfully this city is very walkable; with rivers, bridges, parks and cobbled streets ideal for pensive walks immersed in thought and moonlight.

Relocating is always a challenge. You’re thrown into a new, transient environment, often radically different to the one you used to inhabit, with people from all over, each one seemingly stranger or more random than the next (an uptight Australian told me, “I guess the term ‘eurotrash’ had to come from somewhere”), confirming yet again how odd you feel among “common people” and what a freak you must appear to some (most?) despite your efforts to hide behind “your favourite pair of black shades” and be left the fuck alone. Answering questions you’ve heard a thousand times, astounded at the things some people believe and say, having to defend your opinions or be questioned about your choices. It’s a strange world out there, sure with lots to discover, but I’m tired, and happy to hide out in my attic room and listen to music, for now.

For this mix, again we keep it rather quiet, with some cinematic-sounding Italian composers and soundtracks from the ’70s (got some cash to spare? Alessandro Alessandroni’s Prisma Sonoro is only about $800 online), some meditative ambient and emotive modern classical (a new fave discovery is violinist Ameen Modkad from Mosul in Iraq, whose moving music is as potent as his message of peace), and some minimal and spacey techno (the whole Ebi Zen record is fantastic, as is the cover artwork!). Also, a couple rougher Spanish and UK industrial/EBM acts (check out Diseño Corbusier’s record out on Dark Entries, Tuning Circuits fanclub reissue is sold out on vinyl, Shining Path LP is grrreat, and Cosey Fanni Ttutti’s memoir is number #1 on my book wantlist) and some experimental sound exploration. What a discovery the Cristal Baschet was – I was watching a Delia Derbyshire video and she mentioned Structures Sonores Lary-Bacschet and, well… good ol’ YouTube took me down the rabbit hole from there. Unique instruments creating unique sounds; spellbinding and otherworldly. Also newer stuff by Chino Amobi, Mr Mitch, Fatima Yamaha and Triad God, some faves by Chicks on Speed (a rare occasion where the cover is a million times better than the original) and Black Marble (don’t know why it took me so long to play them, they’ve been a fave, and somewhat underrated IMHO, for years) and much more.

Coming soon will be that Japanese special I can’t get round to working on, some more ’60s oldies (one of my first music loves), and maybe even a rebetiko special. Also, I’m becoming obsessed with the marimba and other percussion instruments, so maybe more on that too. In punk related news, there’s an interview I did with Berlin’s Life Fucker  in the new MRR and, whenever I get round to it, I’m gonna transcribe a very interesting chat I had with Berlin’s P.U.F.F. when they came through Prague last month, and a review of their recent LP, Living in the Party Zone.

Until next time, stay posi, stay strong, sending love to all my worldies and mates!

with love from the Omniverse

—Obsessionist

 

Storm Stereo #22 Tracklist

1 Walking in the Dark by STEFANO TOROSSI
2 Breve Dialeticca by ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI
3 Main Theme, Fantasma d’Amore OST by RIZ ORTOLANI
4 Mister Blues by STRUCTURES SONORES LASRY-BASCHET
5 The Lonely Ones by BASIL KIRCHIN
6 Invisible World by DIE FORM
7 October by TIM HECKER
8 (Wake) Original Work by CRISTAL BASCHET
9 Chronos by JEAN HOYOUX
10 First Momento the Birth by AMEEN MOKDAD
11 Constant Growth Fails by HAUSCHKA
12 Fire in My Heart (Remain Edit) by ESCAPE FROM NY
13 Pretender by BLACK MARBLE
14 Babe Don’t Go by TRIAD GOD
15 What’s A Girl to Do (Dancefloor Edit) by FATIMA YAHAMA
16 Golas Empula Yulun by OCEANVS ORIENTALIS
17 Suis-Je Normale by NINI RAVIOLETTE
18 The Man Waits by MR. MITCH
19 Passion by CHRIS & COSEY
20 Release by THE SHINING PATH
21 Come Again (Sleazy Orgiastic Version) by TUNING CIRCUITS
22 Comida Para Todos by TORESCH
23 Poema Fonético by DISEÑO CORBUSIER
24 Regeneración by ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO
25 Izlämic Europe by CHINO AMOBI feat. RABIT
26 Euro Trash Girl by CHICKS ON SPEED
27 Faith in Strangers by ANDY STOTT
28 Narcossa by 808 STATE
29 Zen by EBI aka SUSUMU YOKOTA

Storm Stereo #21: Abstract Romanticism

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ss21Čau my loves,

There’s a lot happening around the world right now, but I have, no surprise, yet again dodged the radar. It’s nice being in a place where no one really knows you and you don’t particularly want to know anyone. There’s a refreshing, often underappreciated sense of space that comes from not understanding the language either – verbal communication drops, audiovisual and informational clutter decreases, and sound and vision take on a more fluid, abstract form. It becomes more about observing than interpreting.

Being in a new place is also the perfect opportunity to clean the slate – tabula rasa. We waste so much time doing things and being around people who are useless or even damaging to us; chipping away at our dented armor, getting under our skin. I’d rather be alone than around “most people,” and to compromise for the sake of strangers seems counterproductive. My head has occupied a different space to my body most of my life – seemingly never present in both the right time and space simultaneously – why come back to Earth now? Existence is just a state of mind.

This mix, we open with the stunning Mr. Piero Umiliani, whose collections of world and outernational music composition have shot way up on my wantlist for their diversity, arrangement and amazing cover artwork, some jazzy santouri by ehtnomusiocologist and Persian and Afghan music enthusiast Lloyd Miller, enchanting tropicalia by Brazil’s Pedro Santos, psych folk from India, lover letters from Prague and Neruda, modern minimalism (including masterpieces by Marie Davidson and Alessandro Cortini), old school beats (Omar S’s anthem ‘The Further You Look, the Less You Will See’ seems to echo my life status right now), my new fave pop boy Spooky Black, a new gem by Helm and much more.

That said, silence is nice sometimes. I like visiting the space it shares with sound, and hopefully these tunes pleasantly echo around your ears like they do for me when the noise of the crowd rings hollow. Until next time, don’t forget to love yourself and not the haters.

With love from outer spacz
—Obsessionist

Storm Stereo #21

PIERO UMILIANI – Nel Villaggio
LLOYD MILLER – Gol-e Gandom
PEDRO SANTOS – Sem Sombra
KISSOON RAMASAR AND FAMILY – Shiva Shankar Ho
IMAM BAILDI feat. SOFIA VEMBO – Poso Lypame
BARRY SISTERS – Franz Kafka in Love
BONNIE BEECHER – Come Wander With Me
SUSO SAIZ – Un Hombre Oscuro
TIM HECKER – Haunt Me, Haunt Me, Do It Again
WILLIAM BASINKSI feat. PABLO NERUDA – Melancholia II feat. Si tú me olvidas
THE CARETAKER – You and the Night and the Music
DON BRADSHAW-LEATHER – Distance Between Us
HELM – Blue Scene
MARIE DAVIDSON – The Voyage Out
ALESSANDRO CORTINI – La Sveglia
ION – Stay With Me in Dreams Forever
PUCE MARY – The Temptation to Exist
BODY SCULPTURES – Before She Allows the World to Judge Her, She is Entitled to Create It
VARG – Champagne Ceremonies
MECANICA POPULAR – Siempre Tú
SOMALI EXTRACT – Chains
OMAR S – The Further You Look, The Less You Will See
DEAD CAN DANCE – Yulunga (Alvaro Suarez Edit)
SAHALÉ – Nlreb Mra Alrrih
OSCAR AND THE WOLF – Strange Entity (Friend in Paris Edit)
PALMISTRY – Lil Gem
MSSINGNO – Baiders
ANSWER CODE REQUEST – Strange Days
CROATIAN AMOR – Keepers
BLADEE – Into Dust
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER – I Only Have Eyes For You
SPOOKY BLACK – Remember Me
JENNY HVAL – Conceptual Romance (The Twinner Eccomix)
TRIAD GOD – So Pay La
JOE MCPHEE – Cosmic Love Organ Alone