Blackest Ever Black
At the Dojo
Control Freak Kitten
Diagnos have confirmed details of their self-titled debut album, which will be released via CFK Records on July14th, 2017. Founded by Stockholm based artists Marcus Harrling and Per Nyström, Diagnos began taking form eight years ago. Both Nyström and Harrling have long time backgrounds in the Swedish independent music scene in amongst others The Concretes, Monster, Mackaper and Sons of Cyrus.
Harrling, whom is also a film maker and has a masters degree from The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, first approached Nyström with the idea of Diagnos as a project to develop soundtracks to super 8 travel films he had shot. The two then began to improvise further, with film and literature inspiration in the foreground and their music interpretations of those influences.
The result is an emotive record, varied between instrumental and vocal numbers, poetic, drony and folky; ranging anywhere from early Sonic Youth in texture and delivery to 70´s Swedish Prog in vein of Arbete och Fritid. Other times you can be hypnotized into the minimalists worlds of Terry Riley and Philip Glass, as repetition and monotony are key elements in their music and employed through the loops of guitars, keyboards and vintage drum machines their songs are built upon.
For the recording of their self-titled debut album a line-up of guest artists were invited to contribute vocals, saxophone, percussion and other instruments adding colorful organic textures to the songs: Nadine Byrne (Magic State, Ectoplasm Girls), Tove El, Maria Eriksson (The Concretes, Heikki, Strountes), Niek Meul (Das Pop), Oscar Moberg (Ultra El!, Estroboscorpio), Felix Unsöld (Felix Unsöld Kvartett).
Tough Love Records
Release date 30/06/2017
Available on 180 grm Purple coloured vinyl LP .
LeVent are Maryna Russo (BASS) Heike Rädeker (BASS VI / VOX) Frankie Neumeier (DRUMS) . Berlin based trio LeVent got stoned, forgot to replace their guitarist, and then kept his name anyway. Formed in August 2015, the band has kept their shit together enough to have shared the stage with a bunch of talents including Kadavar, The Underground Youth, and Die Nerven, to name a few.
They also self-released a four track EP on cassette in 2016, this is their debut album coming out on 'A' recordings . Like a drunken driver, LeVent swerves up over the curb, drives straight through the garage and total their ride somewhere out in a goat farm.
Bleating at it’s most danceable, they carry listeners far away to get lost in nice nonsense, stuck in heavy forgetting, and transfixed on what was, leaving you thirsty for more.
Heike from the band says “When someone comes up to you after a concert saying, „I´m going to make you a record“ you are stoked for the moment, but you don´t reckon it will happen... Half a year later Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre called LeVent in to his Cobra Studio in Berlin.
Teaming up with studio engineer Andrea Wright from Parr Street Studios Liverpool the red button got pushed. After what was a super pleasant experience of recording and mixing they are now ready to release the album .
1. Wrong Things
6. Lighter Thief
10. Hit Me
1st solo album in 5 years, recorded, produced and written by Richard H. Kirk, founding member of Cabaret Voltaire, the album was constructed at Western Works, Sheffield, over a three-year period. Work began with recording on midi and analogue synthesisers before guitar and vocals (Kirk’s first use of vocals in 10 years) were added.
Kirk explains, “A lot of time was spent on post-production, editing and then living with the material and I think it benefited from stepping back and then revisiting after doing other things.”
Although not an overtly political album, it’s hard not to hear a reaction to recent years’ world events in the overwhelming urgency of ‘Nuclear Cloud’ or ‘20 Block Lockdown’ or in ‘New Lucifer / The Truth Is Bad’. When questioned Kirk admits, “It’s not really a political album, but over recent years – during the recording – all manner of horrorshow events have cropped up and now we seem to be in a rerun of the Cold War with Russia back as the Bogeyman.”
The album’s title, Dasein (a German word meaning “being there” or “presence”, often translated into English as “existence”), is a fundamental concept in existentialism. Kirk explains “culture succumbs to nostalgia in much the same way that an individual looks back wistfully to adolescence or childhood - the nostalgia is partly for a time when he or she wasn’t nostalgic, just lived purely IN THE NOW.”
In 2014, during the recording period, Kirk began work on Cabaret Voltaire live and so the two projects coexisted in tandem. Although Kirk’s varied projects have always existed separate to one another, says Kirk, “in the past some solo works served as a blueprint for what I did later with Cabaret Voltaire”.
RECENT PRAISE FOR RICHARD H. KIRK:
“One of the UK’s pioneering electronic agitators” – Electronic Sound
“In five decades of key-bashing and knob-twisting, Richard H. Kirk has remained at the vanguard of electronic music” – FACT
“…decades of electronic innovation, forged in Sheffield” – Uncut
Cargo Records De/Eagle Rock
American Laundromat Records
“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” says Juliana Hatfield, of her new “Pussycat” album. In fact, she thought her songwriting career was on hiatus, and that she had nothing left to say in song form; that she had finally said it all after two decades as a recording artist.But then the presidential election happened. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” She booked some time at Q Division studios in Somerville, Massachusetts near her home in Cambridge and went in with a drummer (Pete Caldes), an engineer (Pat DiCenso) and fourteen brand-new songs.