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“Boundaries between dance floor and headphones don't exist”, according to the Interdisco team. They’re not the only ones with this belief. The Stadtgruen label, which I only recently discovered, applies a similar approach and unites Ambient patterns and Techno beats under one roof. At Interdisco, however, the two disciplines don’t only see eye to eye, but actually appear as a highly huggable hybrid. The latest release to prove the validity of the argument is “at home with the ghosts” by Basel-based artist “and me”. According to the biographical information, “and me” had ten-years of band experience under his belt before replacing his fellow group members with samplers and laptops - and you can hear it: These tracks have a warm swing and an element of vivid interaction between the different instruments to them, as well as working with the charm of endearing irregularities. The material appears to be half electronic, half organic, as acoustic guitars, field recordings of dripping water, vocal harmonies, xylophone melodies and even handclaps turn up next to analog synthesizer sounds and digital drums. “at home with the ghosts” is a poignant affair, its seven tracks just taking up 16 minutes, but it is full of associations and little hooks and caters just as much to the fans of songs as of free-form electronica. A sort of naive Miniature Electropop, if you like. “love us.” the label requests – but we already do!
www.interdisco.net


Over to Munich and Labil Recordings, who hold a similar philosophy: “Supporting new, fresh and innovative Artists.” Is their aim, “Electronic Music has no specific Colour, because its just only Music!” their creed – yes, sir! Bejamin Eisenhofer’s (aka flann's) “Keine Zeit”, a straight-forward, impulsive yet self-reflective track marked by a thick, rotating bass line and lyrics taking a critical stance of the “no time to relax” attitude serves as inspiration for twelve remixers: In Georg Neufeld’s Dub version, the bass line takes center stage, as it mutates from a trancy beginning to an abrasive blast, before Neufeld throws in some deliciously reverbed chords and gently shakes his suddenly magnetically flowing cocktail. Matthias Hampel keeps the vocals intact, but integrates them into a hypnotic piece of threatening creakings, dreamy textures and minimal percussion patterns, while Sturmfrei’s “extrem entspannt mix” ripps all structures apart, only to reconnect them in images of technoid abstraction – its nervous palpitations a reflection of the original’s topic. Many different approaches, many different results, but for the open mind, this collection is a true feast, which never shows any signs of fatigue until Mando Mango’s strangely funky contribution kicks in and closes off things in style. No reason to be afraid of the German vocals, by the way – in the context of the various reworkings, they are more and more awarded a textural status.
www.labil-recordings.de


How can one improve on one’s idols, if they include Kraftwerk and Autechre? By using their influences wisely, if we may believe Intelec from Granada. Their relentless focus on quality, not quantity has meant that they were already winning competitions with their music, when there wasn’t even a single proper release available. Those times are over, however, and ever since "Esquemático", they have become a name to watch, sharing line-up honours on the same night with Richi Hawtin and Karl Bartos. Intelec’s music is a seemless amalgam of crackling rhythmical fequencies, deep reverbed spaces, zen-like sound appearances, floating textures and chiming melodic patterns, which creep up from the void to take over a track completely. Such, too, is the mood on “Giro”, an EP which must be a gift from the gods to be available freely on the net. The majestic abstractions of “Antártida” quickly make way for the sweet and soft lullabys “Acróbata” and “Paisaje roto” – musical pillows Rob Brown and Sean Booth would gladly fall asleep on. There is a lot of change going in in these pieces and yet they seem perfectly relaxed: calm storms in the eye of a hurricane.
www.miga-label.org

By Tobias Fischer

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