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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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Random Acts of Elevator Music Android App

Experience the soothing oscillations and melodies of Random Acts of Elevator Music in your very own portable lift. Celebrating six years since these undercover sonic redesigners first played their improvised muzaktronica in lifts throughout Melbourne’s CBD, this Android App enables users to hear a live set from 2006 combined with a selection of elevator images captured during those covert performances.

The Random Acts of Elevator Music Android App includes a live performance recorded in the lift of the Manchester Unity building at 226 Collins St during the 2006 tour of Melbourne CBD office buildings. Just what you need to lift your workplace productivity!

For further information visit: City Frequencies website

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Clan Recordable: Available now for download

2012 sees Clan Analogue celebrate its twentieth anniversary with a series of releases and events. To mark this epochal milestone, Clan Analogue has a unique new compilation lined up for release in May. This top-secret project involves Clan Analogue artists both old and new exploring the heritage of one of the greatest pioneers in Australian electronic music.

In the meantime, to launch the festivities Clan Analogue has retrieved from the archives two releases initially compiled in 2002 to mark the collective’s tenth anniversary – the Clan Recordable compilations.

Clan Recordable was originally released as a free promotional compilation commemorating the 2002 tenth anniversary of Clan Analogue, compiled by 2SER’s Jonathan Sykes. The tracks were available for a limited period for download from the Clan Analogue website with the CD artwork also downloadable for printing so that fans could burn their own CD copies.
Clan Recordable features styles ranging from trip hop to minimal techno to breakbeat, forming a snapshot of Australian electronic artists active in the early part of the decade. Hear Deepchild collaborating with FourPlay and many other highlights from artists such as Nerve Agent, Zog and Null Object.

Clan Recordable was so popular on its first release that it was quickly followed by Clan Recordable 2, collecting together exclusive tracks by artists such as Disco Stu, Audio Cephlon and Telafonica in another diverse and upbeat collection.

Clan Analogue has now made these albums available for free download:

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Clan Analogue: the cassette releases

Clan Analogue have a full schedule of releases and events lined up for 2012 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the legendary Australian electronic music and arts collective. First up, Clan Analogue are pleased to announce that a selection of albums originally released only on cassette in the mid-90s are now available in digital format from iTunes, Juno Records, Beatport and other digital retailers. These releases have been remastered from the original master tapes.

The cassette releases come from an era when Clan Analogue released the first recordings by acts who later established international reputations in techno and electronic music, such as B(if)tek, Infusion, Terra 9 and Dark Network.

Now available in digital non-physical format are:

Schizmatrix – various artists (catalogue number CAC01)
One of the rarest releases in Australian electronic music, Schizmatrix launched the Studio Series of Clan Analogue cassettes. With classic early tracks by Infusion, B(if)tek, Dark Network and others, it is of immense interest to any aficionado of this musical era.

Clan Analogue Melbourne – various artists (catalogue number CA006E)
Capturing perfectly the 7am vibe at 90s Victorian forest raves such as Earthcore and Technofest, Clan Analogue Melbourne collects ambient electronic sounds and subtle grooves from artists such as Moo, Seo and The Spartacus Barraworn. This release launched the Melbourne branch of the Clan Analogue collective.

Music For Aliens – Holy Terra and Nanotech (catalogue number CA009)
Containing a side each by Sydney acts Holy Terra and Nanotech, Music For Aliens explores sounds from techno and trance through to chilled downbeat ambience. Holy Terra later metamorphosed into the internationally-acclaimed Terra 9 while Nanotech’s Ant Banister went on to form acts such as Eidolon, The Flow, Galactic Gangstars and Lunar Module.

Clan Analogue plan to make more archival recordings available in 2012 and also have a brand new compilation in the works which celebrates the heritage of the collective in a unique way. Stay tuned to Clan Analogue via Facebook, Twitter or the Clan Analogue website for more details as they emerge….

Check the Releases section and see if your favourite classic Clan release is ready for your ipod.

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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.

To see this historic meeting and handover ceremony, watch here:

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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CA038P: Clan Analogue | Plug In & Switch On

For the first time the story of Australian electronic music collective Clan Analogue has been told in the documentary Clan Analogue: Plug In & Switch On, featured on the limited-edition DVD with the new triple-disc set Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection. The documentary examines the original formation of the Clan Analogue collective in 1992, moving through the late 90s when it gained a reputation as one of Australia’s leading underground electronic music labels and looking at where the collective is today. Clan Analogue: Plug In & Switch On is a timely contribution to a historical perspective on Australian dance and electronic music.

Click here to see a trailer

Plug In & Switch On also explores the appeal of electronic music and issues faced by electronic music artists in Australia. Interviewed are founding members Brendan Palmer and Toby Grime, artists such as B(if)tek and Deepchild, past and present Label Managers Gordon Finlayson and Nick Wilson, and a new generation of artists including Winduptoys, Koshowko and Bleepin’ J Squawkins. Plug In & Switch On also includes excerpts from live gigs and rare archival footage.

Clan Analogue: Plug In & Switch On is available on the limited-edition DVD with the new triple-disc set Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection

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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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The Clan’s Greatest Hits

The latest Clan Analogue compilation is out now. Packaged in a very limited edition double-CD plus DVD pack and featuring a historical voyage through the Clan Analogue archives from the likes of Itch-E & Scratch-E, Bleepin’ J Squawkins, Disco Stu, Atone, Biftek, Deepchild and many more – plus a bonus disc of remixes by more recent members of the Clan like Koshowko, Valley Forge and many others. PLUS for a limited time, with every CD purchased,you will receive a special download ticket with instructions for how to access a bonus collection of Clan Analogue rarities.

For more information on Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection click here

And for some interesting historical essays, a video promo and other related stuff about Re Cognition: The Clan Analogue Legacy Collection click here

And if you just want to get straight onto buying it, click below!

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Sampled Synthesis for download

Clan Analogue Melbourne has produced ‘Sampled Synthesis’, a sporadic series of free sampler albums since 2000. Here all six so far have been collected together for convenient free download.
It represents (to a small extent) Clan Analogue as it has existed in Melbourne, Australia, over the last decade.
Clan Analogue Melbourne was started in 1995, with early meetings held at Little Reata’s, home of the legendary Global Warming Club.

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