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CA042R: Actual Russian Brides | Wife Beats

Wife Beats is Actual Russian Brides’ second solo release.

If 2010 album Miss Sled on Berlin’s Brigade was the the only thing you’d want playing in your opium den, Wife Beats ups the tempo.

Actual Russian Brides have a diverse and quixotic creative output, layering dense lyrical excursions onto electronica extracted from old and new synthesizers and drum machines that keep their Sydney studio warm at night. Wife Beats is the duo at their most ironic and darkly witty: highly danceable tracks expertly fused with seductive storytelling.

Colonel Panic, an homage to the cold-war Connery/Bond era, heads up the 6 track EP with its deeply felt groove. Exxxy has become something of an anthem for fans of the band; from its recognisable opener, it is rousing electronic quirk-pop. Nu-rave Balloons sees vocalist Aitelya Bebietsova (aka Elle Knox) experiment with helium and producer Baby Swindle (aka Lindsay Webb) grind that crank on the street organ. Hot Yoga is the perfect workout track, if working out means wiggling your arse. [Actual Russian Brides have never been to a gym and aren’t sure what that entails.] Gathering Dust dusts off the MPC with a downtempo piano loop. Anywhere pairs a late summer hick beatdown with hip-poetry from some future-nostalgic road movie.

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With the recent Australian premiere of their live electro-cabraret Bild-Lilli (nominated for a Victorian Green Room Award) and tracks on compilations by New Weird Australia and Clan Analogue, Actual Russian Brides are as excited as actual Russian brides tend to get. You can hear more of Actual Russian Brides at actualrussianbrides.com. As Actual Russian Brides like to say: “Get us while we are still cheap!”

Wife Beats is one of three new EPs released by Clan Analogue. Also check out the new releases from Aeriae and Tiatto.

“curiously exotic melodic touches that play against the harsh, almost industrial-sounding snares, the entire fusion coming across like Laibach’s take on space lounge music.” Cyclic Defrost

Tracklisting:

1. Colonel Panic
2. Exxxy
3. Balloons
4. Hot Yoga
5. Gathering Dust
6. Anywhere

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CA042T: Tiatto | Full Moon

Tiatto join jazz funk greats with Full Moon

Tiatto formed in a chance encounter between Melbournite Ben Wah and Mancunian Max Devere in a Brixton garret opposite a crackhouse. This led to an intensive 6 months of all-night UK garage parties, trips to mental health wards and work experience sessions at the top recording studios in Brixton. Proudly emerging from the chaos with a bunch of demos, they were shortly afterwards thrown out of the office of Radio One’s head of programming for “wasting his time with some fusion shit”.

Ben Wah had his work visa revoked and Max Devere fled the country with him. Relocating to Melbourne they realised they needed to establish some musical credibility and the will to power. They enlisted classical pianist and master synthesist Nick Fakeman along with Canadian conceptual svengali Ganz Enfarben and re-entered the studio with some real musicians. Minimalist composer Rae Howell, of Sunwrae Ensemble fame, poked her head around the studio door and was soon channelling the spirit of Bitches Brew on her platinum trumpet. Having been evicted from the Gentlemen of Fortune, Graeme Cameron decided to turn his back on the rock’n’roll lifestyle forever, expressing his inner turmoil through a melancholic haunting melody which should see him inducted into the pedal steel guitar hall-of-fame.

So what is ‘Full Moon’? Miles Davis jamming with Squarepusher or The KLF meets Hawkwind might get you part way there. Perhaps its an elegy for UK breaks before dubstep or a journey through the night from insanity to redemption. Hear the Winduptoys remix for extra abstraction.

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Full Moon by Tiatto is one of three new EPs from Clan Analogue. Also check out Wife Beats by Actual Russian Brides and Nurse 2 Alyssa Type by Aeriae.

“a langorous wander out into deep digi-dub coloured with delicate xylophone tones and mournful, e-bowed guitar howls, before sinister robotic synth arpeggios and horns rise up out of the woodwork and the rhythms suddenly accelerate up into nu skool breaks territory, the darting synths adding a touch of electro-funk” 
Cyclic Defrost

Tracklisting:

1. Full Moon (Radio Mix)
2. Full Moon (Winduptoys Underwater Mix)
3. Full Moon (Album Mix)
4. Soul Kitchen Sink
5. Ruben’s Dodecahedron

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CA041: Headspace: A Tribute to Severed Heads | Various Artists

To mark its twentieth anniversary, Clan Analogue are proud to release the new compilation album Headspace uniquely celebrating the heritage of this Australian electronic music and arts collective. Headspace is a tribute album to the legendary Severed Heads, with Clan Analogue’s artists reinterpreting their favourite tracks from this seminal Australian electronic music act.


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Severed Heads are one of the pioneers of electronic music in Australia. With their infectious dark robotic rhythms and quirky lyrics, they broke electronic music firstly in the Australian underground during the post-punk era then the mainstream during the 1980s. Having produced work spanning experimental and industrial sound art through to techno, electro and synth-pop, Severed Heads provided unique inspiration to a generation of Australian electronic artists and made a huge impact overseas. In 2011 they impressed a new generation of fans when they reformed to tour supporting Gary Numan.

Clan Analogue members acknowledge the influence Severed Heads has had on them and their music. The collective formed in 1992 drawing inspiration from the example of Severed Heads, pushing boundaries in the use of new and obsolete technology in music, sound and visuals and to explore avenues for multimedia distribution outside of the mainstream. Once word spread that Clan Analogue were compiling Headspace, artists from as far away as London and Tokyo put their hands up to contribute. The album includes tracks from long-running Clan Analogue acts such as Telemetry Orchestra and Kazumichi Grime, current stalwarts such as Lunar Module, Telafonica and Winduptoys, along with new emerging artists like Aeriae, Actual Russian Brides and Philosophy of Sound. International guests Scanner and Little Nobody also demanded to be included once they heard the news.

As befitting a collective of technologically-inspired, forward-looking sound artists, the traditional notion of a cover version for Headspace was deconstructed and reinvented. Rehashing chord progressions and vocal melodies was not often the best method to rework abstract sound pieces and industrial electro masterpieces. Artists needed to distil the essence of their chosen track and rebuild with a new sonic palette for the decade. Approaches included cut-up collages using the original recordings as source material or using the original tracks as inspiration for further explorations into sound.

Headspace is available in classic CD jewel-case format, as well as in non-physical formats.

“Who better than Australian collective Clan Analogue to pay tribute to Severed Heads? The Sydney pioneers blended synth-pop and industrial with dark techno over three decades, and here they get reinterpreted by their diverse acolytes.” Stack

Track Listing

1. Telafonica l Twister
2. Philosophy of Sound l Ugliest Twenties
3. Scanner l Adolf a Karrot? [on CD version only]
4. Lux Voltaire l Pilot in Hell
5. Telemetry Orchestra l Propeller
6. Valley Forge l Twenty Deadly Diseases
7. Lunar Module l Hot With Fleas
8. Aeriae l Snuck
9. Kazumichi Grime & Andrew Jones l Petrol [on CD version only]
10. Data Transmit & Nick West l Dead Eyes Opened
11. Inflatable Voodoo Dolls l Big Car
12. Stewart Lawler l Now, An Explosive New Movie [on CD version only]
13. Clone l All Saints Disco
14. 15-11 Enterprises l We Choose Moon
15. Actual Russian Brides l Kittenette
16. Winduptoys l Ottoman
17. Little Nobody l A Million Angels [on CD version only]
18. The Process Void l Godsong [on CD version only]

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CA040: Valley Forge | Artificial Heart

Valley Forge’s Artificial Heart – Implant yours today

Following on from the recently-released Wayfaring Stranger EP Artificial Heart is one of the most impeccably-crafted albums to be released in the modern Australian electronic music ecosystem. The debut album from Valley Forge is a true synthesis of the organic and synthetic, a new form of transhumanist electronica.

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Spanning rich, cinematic synthscapes to intimate and melancholic techno-pop, Artificial Heart is a modified microarray of electro, dub, ambient and world music elements. With influences such as Tangerine Dream, Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, Boards of Canada, Wendy Carlos, BT and Air gene-spliced with sounds from gamelan to gospel, Artificial Heart transforms these nanosonics into a new organism of sound.

Valley Forge was formed by biosonic engineer Freeman Lowell, joining with a selection of notable collaborators on Artificial Heart, including Australian music legend Kamahl, Sydney indie band So I’m Jo’s Glen Cassidy and Japanese experimental music artist Amos Wong. Tracks such as ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, ‘Follow Suit’ and ‘Machine-Built Rhythm’ have preceded the album, with contributions to Clan Analogue compilations Doppler Shift, In Version and Re Cognition anticipating Valley Forge’s first full-length work.

Now Artificial Heart has arrived at its destination – a singularity of pure emotive machinery. Embrace the transformation – implant yours today.

“A trip-hop sci-fi soundtrack, merging sinister technology with spiritual soundscapes… Artificial Heart is an excursion into our own warped, inconsistent world.”
Rave Magazine

Tracklisting:

1. Power-Up
2. Machine-Built Rhythm
3. Ne10
4. Muscle and Grit
5. Follow Suit
6. Unfurl
7. I Want Us to Merge
8. Stonerich
9. Sea of Simulation
10. Payload
11. Wayfaring Stranger (featuring Kamahl)
12. Flatline

 

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CA040W: Valley Forge featuring Kamahl | Wayfaring Stranger

The legendary Kamahl teams up with Sydney producer of cinematic electronica Valley Forge for a haunting down-tempo updating of the 18th century spiritual ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ on the newest release from Clan Analogue. In perhaps his most personal musical statement yet, Kamahl is the ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, journeying through cyberspace on an endless search for refuge from existential isolation. Valley Forge and Kamahl channel Tron and Scot Walker in equal measure, exploring the quest for human connection within our modern technological dystopia.

‘Wayfaring Stranger’ is the second single from Valley Forge’s debut album Artificial Heart. The Wayfaring Stranger EP includes a remix by Itch-E & Scratch-E’s Andy Rantzen and follows the release of Follow Suit which featured remixes by iconic dance acts Boxcar and Single Gun Theory.

“An eerie downbeat crawl of vocoders, gliding hiphop-inflected rhythms and shimmering electronics, dark pop hooks lurking just beneath the surface”
Cyclic Defrost

Tracklisting:

1. Wayfaring Stranger [Radio Edit]
2. Wayfaring Stranger [Andy Rantzen Remix]
3. Pain Threshold
4. Sea of Simulation [Dubliminal Mix]
5. I Want Us to Merge [Recombinant Mix]

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Clan Analogue meet with Bob Moog Foundation

A representative of Australian electronic music collective Clan Analogue met recently with Michelle Moog-Koussa, daughter of Bob Moog and Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, in Asheville, North Carolina, at Moogfest.

Nicole Skeltys, musician and sound artist, known for her work with B(if)tek, Artificial, Dust, Jilted Brides and more, has been traveling and working on music projects in the US. She met with Michelle Moog-Koussa to discuss the legacy of Bob Moog, his influence on Clan Analogue and to officially hand over a copy of Clan Analogue’s retrospective compilation Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection for the Bob Moog Foundation’s collection.

The two had much to discuss regarding Clan Analogue and the Bob Moog Foundation’s shared passion for sound synthesis and technological development in electronic music. Clan Analogue are now investigating ways of sending a delegation of its artists to perform in the US for the next Moogfest.

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Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection is out now from Clan Analogue, along with new EPs by Valley Forge, Koshowko, Lunar Module and Tiatto.

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Clan Analogue release four new EPs

Following the recent release of the acclaimed Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection, electronic music collective Clan Analogue release four new EPs from a selection of underground Australian electronic acts. From dreamy indietronica to new wave electro nostalgia, nu-disco groove to two-step rocktronica, this selection of releases continues Clan Analogue’s proud tradition of dragging new Australian electronic music artists out of the bedroom and allowing people to hear them.

For more information on the releases, check out:

Valley Forge: Follow Suit

Lunar Module: Lunar Module

Koshowko: The Truth In Me

Tiatto: Theme From Tiatto

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CA039L: Lunar Module | Lunar Module

Ride the rocket into the new wave of new wave and get ready for Lunar Module‘s new self-titled EP. Blending the greatest synth sounds of the eighties with modern cutting-edge dance music sensibilities, Lunar Module stalk the Zone between industrial electro and classic synth-pop.

“Joins some of the dots between early, vocal-led electro and it’s turn-of-the-millenium counterpart”
Cyclic Defrost

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Lunar Module remixed Nerve Agent on the recent compilation Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection. Their previous Maxxi Single Get Low, featuring several remixes by Sydney electronica extraordinaires Telafonica and Bleepin’ J Squawkins, sent pulsating synth-bass throbbing through the airwaves.

Now they return for their new self-titled EP containing a critical mass of seven new tracks bound for escape velocity, including the epoch-defining single ‘I Want To Be On TV’.

The Lunar Module EP is available now from iTunes, Juno Records and other online digital retailers. Check out filmclips for the tracks ‘Illusionary’ and ‘I Want To Be On TV’ on Youtube.

Lunar Module feature Ant Banister on vocals, Albert Martinez on backing vocals, keys and guitar, Morph on bass guitar, Peter Davies on guitar synth and backing vocals and Mel Grogan on keyboard.

The Lunar Module EP is one of four new EPs released by Clan Analogue showcasing the work of the collective’s newest artists, along with new EPs by fellow Sydney-siders Valley Forge and Melbourne bands Koshowko and Tiatto.

Tracklisting:

1. Illusionary
2. I Want To Be On TV
3. Haunted
4. Let Go
5. Berlin Wall
6. Elektoral Fear
7. The Neuromantic

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CA039T: Tiatto | Theme From Tiatto

The story of Tiatto begins in a Brixton garret opposite a crackhouse in 2001, with the chance meeting of Ben Wah and Max Devere, who quickly whipped up a couple of albums of material. After leaving their laptop on the tube one night, the project went into hiatus until the Reason files suddenly appeared on a warez board several years later.

Relocating to Melbourne they were joined by Nick Fakeman, the notorious twin-handed keyboard demon of Clifton Hill, and Canadian renegade entrepreneur Ganz Enfarben. Producer extraordinaire Simon Grounds stepped in to help turn the chaos into a record.

Theme From Tiatto is the first taster. Teutonic slabs of analogue synthesizer, random breakbeats, funky distorted clavinet stabs, ambient drones and earsplitting guitar noises from special guest Penny Ikinger – what more could a music fan want? How about Andy Rantzen, who needed some practise to warm up his dance music production chops before getting stuck into work on the new Itch-E & Scratch-E album. Check out his remix, full of reverse polarity groove.

“Elements of more abstract noise rearing their heads amongst the more dance-friendly rhythms, through hypnotically glimmering analogue synth tones, grinding broken machine rhythms and spectral dub drop-outs”
Cyclic Defrost

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You won’t find Tiatto on Myspace or Facebook. With their international business interests and illegitimate children around the world, people in their position don’t have time for such trifles. But you can find Theme From Tiatto on iTunes, Juno Records and other online retailers. Look out for the album, to be released later this century.

Theme From Tiatto is one of four new EPs released by Clan Analogue showcasing the work of the collective’s newest artists, along with releases by fellow internationalists Koshowko and Sydney bands Lunar Module and Valley Forge.

Track Listing

1. Theme From Tiatto (Radio Mix)
2. Theme From Tiatto (Andy Rantzen Remix)
3. Cellophane
4. Theme From Tiatto
5. Lateralis

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CA039V: VALLEY FORGE | FOLLOW SUIT

After a string of great moments on Clan Analogue’s last three compilation albums, Valley Forge release their double A-side debut EP Follow Suit, spanning classic electro-pop and club sounds through to melodic introspective indietronica.

“downbeat indie synth-pop that fuses twinkling electronic landscapes with slow, clattering beats and swelling vocal harmonies”
Cyclic Defrost

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Opening track ‘Follow Suit’ features guest vocals and guitar from Glen Cassidy of Sydney duo So I’m Jo, bringing his lo-fi bedroom electronics sensibility to the studio for this collaboration. ‘Follow Suit’ is also presented with an exclusive new remix by the legendary and reclusive Single Gun Theory, emerging out of a dream for this one ethereal moment.

Bonus double-A-side ‘Machine-Built Rhythm’ bridges the club sounds of the last twenty years with remixes from Clan Analogue nu-disco comrades Koshowko and Sydney’s prodigal synth-pop sons Boxcar, ending their exile from Australian dance music by delivering three globe-trotting monster remixes bounced during production between studios in New York and Sydney.

Valley Forge produce a genetic fusion of cinematic electronic textures and rhythms of machine-like precision. The Valley Forge debut album Artificial Heart will be released on Clan Analogue later this year.

The Follow Suit EP is one of four new EPs released by Clan Analogue showcasing the work of the collective’s newest artists, along with new EPs by fellow Sydney-siders Lunar Module and Melbourne bands Koshowko and Tiatto.

Tracklisting:

1. Follow Suit [Radio Edit]
2. Follow Suit [Single Gun Theory Remix]
3. Machine-Built Rhythm [Album Version]
4. Machine-Built Rhythm [Boxcar Club Malfunktion]
5. Machine-Built Rhythm [Boxcar Complete Malfunktion]
6. Machine-Built Rhythm [Koshowko/Philosophy of Sound Remix]
7. Machine-Built Rhythm [Boxcar Radio Malfunktion]