ORGAN: Monday’s five slices of music with Baseck, M o k r o ï é, Mt. Wolf, Hauschka and the Swiss Viking death metal of Hypocras…

Five? it was a silly idea, there really is no time for all this Organ stuff now, there’s no time ot be gathering five slices every Monday…. here are your five slices for this Monday, you will thank us in the end…

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1:  BASECK “In celebration of his west coast tour with clipping. (which starts tonight!), Baseck has a released a new ep called ‘Erisfall’. Available on Deathbomb Arc, who recently co-released clipping.’s latest with Sub Pop, ‘Erisfall’ will be available on rugged hand-dubbed cassettes at the shows. It is also available to download for FREE right now” – Here is is, free to downlad via Bandcamp

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“Clipping. fans will recognize Baseck as one of their long time collaborators, doing all the scratching on their tracks. These shows together will be audiences’ first chance ever to see him play these parts live with clipping. Baseck will also do a solo set at these shows, focused on his modular synth work.

Baseck is a Los Angeles based experimental electronic musician. His roots run deep in L.A.’s underground rave scene since the early 90s. Baseck’s fascination with sound brought him to turntablism at an early age. The attraction to hands-on hardware learned from scratching records lent its way to audio manipulation with small battery powered toys, drum machines, and then modular synthesizers. His unique style and mastery of a wide range of music hardware created a segue into music technology. Since 2013, Baseck has been working with synthesizer companies offering design concepts that will enhance user playability. Dave Smith’s analog drum machine, Tempest, is released with presets designed by Baseck. Variatic Basicus, a Eurorack module created by Noise Engineering, was built for his live performance needs.

At the peak of his performance, Baseck’s style builds on past musical experiments combining 80s drum machine sounds of Breakdance and Industrial, with a future approach to Drum & Bass and Braindance using analog/digital hardware” so said Brian… .

clipping./Baseck tour dates: 02/17 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory, 02/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Broad, 02/20 – Portland, OR – Holocene, 02/21 – The, Seattle, WA – The Crocodile, 02/22 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret, 02/24 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club (Noise Pop!), 02/25 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar Club (Noise Pop!

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2: HYPOCRAS “Viking Death Metal from Switzerland” so we’re told, how does that work then? Give it a moment, the first minute or two sound like standard issue death thrash whatever, give it a moment and let the flute-thing kick in while you look up the history of Vikings raiding the alps and messing with the cookoo clocks on the History channel   Enjoy the flute on the first three tracks then get out of there before those damn vikings take their triangular chocolate to Ibiza for the last track of four – rest of it sounds like Jethro Tull going all heavy heavy cookie monster battle metal. Actually this Ibiza thing is growing,  the idea of Ibiza if it sounded a bit more inviting whe nit sounds like this…

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3 M o k r o ï é  =  This one is by m o k r o ï é, “a mysterious electro/hip-hop/spoken word multimedia project. The project involves five collaborative artists, including Pulitzer-winning photographer Sergey Ponomarev. Their new release, Global – Systerm – Error, will be released March 3, 2017″.

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So They Walked,  the official video and a track from the forthcoming E.P. Global System Error, you have the links up there should you wish to know more.

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4:  HAUSCHKA has announced a new video and European tour dates, here comes the video right now, “Volker Bertelmann (born 1966) is a German pianist and composer who mainly performs and records under the name Hauschka…

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Hot on the heels of Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his score to the BAFTA winning film ‘Lion’ (in collaboration with Dustin O’Halloran) and in anticipation of his forthcoming album ‘What If’, Hauschka has announced a new video and European tour dates.  The video for ‘Constant Growth Fails’ (taken from ‘What If’) is a stunning, dystopian yet humorous piece of moving illustration created by the award winning director Daniel Gray”.

Daniel Gray’s video is a beautiful and minimalistic. It represents for me the absurdity that humans feel the need to change everything – even things that are healthy and functional”, Hauschka tells IndieWire. “The madness of believing that economically we can always grow leads to not seeing the big picture and losing perspective for future generations. We have such a small amount of time on earth and there shouldn’t be a higher purpose than investing this time in sustainability, for the good of our children and grandchildren.”

Hauschka’s live dates include a UK show at London’s Village Underground on May 30th, the new album ‘What If’ released 31st March on CD, download and vinyl – via City Slang records

“I definitely decided with ‘What If’ to make a record that might be my most radical. The lyrical piano has disappeared, and the sounds I’m fascinated by – like noise and electronic elements – have taken over” says Volker  Bertelmann AKA Hauschka.

 

5 Mt. WOLF say they are delighted to share their new single and video for ‘The Electric’. Taken from the forthcoming album

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And here’s comes the cut n’ paste hype, you’ve got the video there, you don’t need additional word from us do you?

London’s Mt. Wolf ended last year teasing the world with the smart-pop stylings of “Golden”, which saw significant pick-up internationally from the likes of The Independent, Indie Shuffle and others but was moreover a distraction of sorts, to maintain momentum whilst the band continued working away in the studio on a debut album and the huge sound they have always threatened. With the 6 minute + “The Electric”, the first material from their as yet untitled debut LP, this sound is very much realised. This year marks a fresh start for a band whose promise is set to be fulfilled.

The road up to now has been nothing if not eventful – including a line-up change, sell-out shows across Europe and the US, a brief hiatus last year that only invigorated the band and significant, ongoing critical support. Getting to this point hasn’t been easy but the feeling is that the real rewards, for the band and for us the listeners, are now just around the corner.

Punctuated by apocalyptic visions, the accompanying lyric video ebbs and flows as the song swells, and shows the strength – and importance – of lyrics in the band’s ever-growing sonic palette.

Since last year’s comeback EP and single the band have kept busy writing and recording with Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83, Daughter). Early listens confirm this as their boldest, most ambitious output yet; expect the full album to land, and awe, shortly before the summer.

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