December 30, 2011
A series of five virtual 12-inch singles by Not Me, mixing elements of minimal techno, dubstep and glitch. Featuring remixes by some of your favourite experimental electronica artists, including Loscil, Fieldhead, Kuma and Vincent Parker.
Things start off deep and ambient, with a truly stunning mix from Loscil – aka Destroyer drummer Scott Morgan. CSAF is sincerely honoured to have an artist of Scott’s calibre contributing to this project.
The connect_icut mix brings in a sub-aquatic bass drum thump that will be instantly pleasing to fans of the Chain Reaction label. Finally, the Luminaries mix strips everything way down for a skeletal and downright funky 14-minute workout.
Full track-listing below, with embedded players for previewing the individual tracks. Click on the download link to get the whole darn thing as a single .zip file.
1. Loscil Remix (6:35)
2. connect_icut Three Pad Mix (7:10)
1. The Luminaries Somnolent Dancefloor Dub (13.56)
Vincent Parker’s remix is packed with swagger. Or should that be stagger? In any case, every time you think this track is going to fall flat on its face, Vincent pulls everything back up into place. He even supplied his own artwork to go with the mix (see below). A class act all ’round.
The connect_icut mix starts off atmospheric but brings in the beats just when you need ’em. Like Vincent’s mix, this a fevered exercise in raw improvisation, with all the bloody edges left un-sanitized.
The Luminaries mix is rather more refined and contemplative. It’s based around a series of bleak time-stretched drones, which betray very little trace of the original samples. These are arranged around ominous silences that – while undeniably spacious and panoramic – do little to dispel the claustrophobic mood of the first two tracks.
1. Vincent Parker Remix (5:21)
2. connect_icut 2011 Mix (7:25)
1. The Luminaries House of Bhutan Remix (10:15)
Featuring mixes by Kuma, Esperik Glare and connect_icut. Kuma’s mix is a (post-)dubstep banger that will delight fans of the big fluffy bear’s acclaimed bass-heavy productions. The connect_icut “Ill Mix” features an unwitting guest appearance from a legendary rapper. The connect_icut/Kuma collaboration was produced by connect_icut using elements of Kuma’s remix but none of the original “flt” samples! The Esperik Glare mix is dark, abstract, complex and yet oddly beautiful.
1. Kuma Tope Suicida Remix (6:24)
2. connect_icut Ill Mix (5:50)
1. connect_icut/Kuma Once Removed Mix (5:30)
2. Esperik Glare Remix (3:55)
This volume begins with a typically excellent mix from Fieldhead (aka Paul Elam of The Declining Winter). Probably the most melodically developed and rhythmically solid track in the whole series so far, this is an ideal entry point for newcomers. If you were so inclined, you could even “skank” to this.
Next comes a mix from Ross Birdwise of Vancouver’s legendary EDR (don’t ask what it stands for) and hmbkr. Ross adds a virtual choir of extended vocal techniques to the mix. Scary and brilliant in equal measure, this will appeal to folks who enjoyed Carsten Nicolai and Blixa Bargeld’s anbb project.
The EP is rounded off by two new mixes from CSAF stalwart connect_icut. These are in a dub-techno style that fans of Basic Channel will appreciate.
1. Fieldhead Remix (3:30)
2. Ross Birdwise Nicotine Stain Banshee Mix (4:05)
1. connect_icut 2011 Mix (5:20)
2. connect_icut Infinite Mix (10:00)
Long delayed (it was scheduled for October 2011 but wasn’t ready until December), this final volume in the series was definitely worth the wait.
It begins with a mix from Connecticut resident Darren Milos – aka – Lim. The deeeep dub techno of Darren’s “Verges of Tears” version sounds like the best damn 12″ Deepchord Presents Echospace never made. It’ll make you wonder why Lim isn’t a massive star of the international electronica scene.
Next up comes a submission from Mute Branches. Like the Lim mix, this is notable for its highly dynamic structure as well as the crystalline clarity of its mix. Mute Branches is, it turns out, James Cresswell, a prodigiously talented 20-year-old from the depths of England’s Black Country.
The B-side begins with a remix from legendary Vancouver electronica duo coin gutter, whose mix builds slowly, gradually ramping up the hypnotic intensity over the course of 11-and-a-half minutes. The series concludes with another murky, chaotic mix from CSAF mainstay connect_icut.
As ever, the full track-listing is provided below, with embedded players for previewing the individual tracks. Click on the download link to get the whole thing as a single .zip file.
1. Lim’s Verges of Tears (9:39)
2. Mute Branches Remix (7:04)
1. Coin Gutter Mix (11:24)
2. connect_icut 2011 Mix (7:43)