Bill Kouligas’ PAN label, ISSUE Project Room and the Goethe-Institut have announced details of a joint festival in New York and Boston this June.
London promoters BleeD return to South London venue Corsica Studios later this month for a specially curated night of electronic chaos featuring Morphosis, Objekt, Container, John Heckle and more – win entry here.
Say hello to the Deli Twins, otherwise known as Future Times co-founder Max D and L.I.E.S. Records boss Ron Morelli. Read the rest of this entry »
Greek chamber music is next on the menu for PAN with the label debut of three piece act Mohammad. Read the rest of this entry »
With his role as one half of Snd, Mark Fell has been party to a hushed kind of reverence for well over a decade now, existing in the fringe micro-electronic realm of labels such as Mille Plateaux and Raster-Noton. The allure of the formative Snd releases is palpable, as the sheer elegance and grace of composition hits you instantly, devoid of any sonic detritus as winsome chords duck and parry around sugar snap slices of beat. Subtle and deep it may be, but its lack of complexity makes it quite immediate, so that the tricks of canny rhythmic programming can shine even brighter.
Record labels are the bricks and mortar of the independent music industry, the foundations upon which artists and scenes flourish and grow. During 2012 there seemed to be a glut of new labels popping up across the board, and though some made strong statements with their initial releases, our list largely acknowledges the imprints who continue to lead the way for others to follow. The people behind our top labels are individuals we – and many others – willingly place our trust in; their curatorial abilities are integral to ensuring they stand tall amidst a sea of samey musical dross.
In many cases, passion for the music these labels have released is the over-riding factor, any notion of profiting from the releases secondary to the rush of seeing it out there, pressed on wax and housed in a nicely presented sleeve. For regular readers of Juno Plus, these ten names should make perfect sense; a selection of labels whose output has made it easy for us to show our support for over the course of the last 12 months.
There’s definitely a strong pedigree behind Kouhei Matsunaga’s latest release for the Bill Kouligas-helmed PAN label. Releasing music since the late 90s, the Osaka-born artist has produced for Mille Plateaux, Tigerbeat6 and Skam amongst other greats of leftfield electronica, not to mention collaborating with artists as revered as Merzbow. Even with a frankly intimidating career to delve into, and a sterling first volume released just earlier this year, Dance Classics Vol. II seems like an ideal jump-off point for grasping what Matsunaga’s M.O is.
Athens based artist Jar Moff will release his debut album, Commercial Mouth, next month on Bill Kouligas’ PAN imprint.
Among the frankly intimidating number of releases Bill Kouligas’ PAN imprint have put out this year is a strand of material that seems to recompose familiar dance music forms in unusual ways; Heatsick’s lo-fi demo-track house music made on a basic Casio keyboard, NHK’Koyxen’s incandescent, hyper-processed take on breakbeat and techno, and NHK’s split release with SND that further decimated standardised house music tropes into a shattered prism. UK artist Lee Gamble is another name to add to that list, with Diversions 1994-1996, an album composed entirely from samples taken from old jungle mixtapes. However, unlike the aforementioned artists on PAN, who are imitating and reconstructing established forms with their own set of tools, Gamble uses Diversions as an opportunity to examine the genre itself at a microscopic level; just as everyday objects become alien bodies when examined at the cellular level, so Gamble hones in on jungle by sinking the listener so deep into it that he obscures almost all of its recognisable signifiers.
More audio visual intrigue from Bill Kouligas and his PAN imprint in the shape of this video clip for NHK’Koyxeи’s “703″.
Lee Gamble’s 10-track album entitled Dutch Tvashar Plumes will see release on Bill Kouligas’ PAN imprint next month.
PAN Records chief Bill Kouligas has presented a dizzying 26 track selection for Juno Plus Podcast 45; Keith Fullerton Whitman, Theo Parrish, Objekt, Severed Heads and more all feature.
Berlin-based imprint Pan have offered a peek into their next release, a 10-track offering from Lee Gamble made entirely of samples procured from 90′s jungle cassette tapes – listen to one of the tracks inside.
Our selection of the best artwork from June’s releases features more of those records you need two copies of: one for the turntable and one to hang on the wall.
When you look to Heatsick’s discography, the majority of his output to date is coated over in the comforting nostalgia of “Cass, Album, C90” and other such indicators of that most resurgent of redundant media. Digging deeper, you discover that the driving force behind his music is a Casiotone keyboard which has commanded the dizzy heights of Panorama Bar among other places. It’s quite a charming notion to consider an artist so doggedly sticking to his one weapon of choice and forging a sound from within the shackles of that device, and fortunately it seems to be paying off.