My Favourite Color is French artist Tracy Lee Summers’ first CD release on the Greek label More Mars and follows three earlier MP3 downloads still available from the LEEP netlabel.
Trying to categorise Summers’ work is a particularly difficult task as it is a mix of many styles and techniques fused to form something new and original. Although largely based around a core of minimal drone work, the combination of instruments highlights the contrast between crisp synthetically generated sounds and the warmth of traditional instruments.
Japanese experimental artist and Electr-Ohm label head Sunao Inami releases Disinfectant, his seventh album under his own name. The album is composed of tracks recorded live in Tokyo in May 2003 which have been cut up and remixed with the intention of to creating new material whilst maintaining the live feel inherent in the original tracks.
Despite working as a producer and mixing engineer for several years John Valasis – aka Poordream – only now releases his debut album Immaterial Monarch. The album collects two original tracks inspired by the Zeitgeist movie series and offers a further eight remixes of the title track by an assortment of artists including Valasis himself.
Probably best known as half of electronic experimentalists Pan Sonic, Mika Vainio also records under his own name as well as Philus and ø. This album, his fourth solo album since 1997 for the UK’s esteemed Touch label, sees him further explore the minimal side of his electronic palette.
Although John Valasis has worked for several years as a producer and mixing engineer for a number of artists Immaterial Monarch sees the debut of his own material under the Poordream moniker. The album is a collection of two original tracks inspired by the Zeitgeist movie series along with a further eight remixes of the title track by an array of artists including one from Valasis himself.
Kempers Hands compiles the first two UK only 12” singles (15 and Weapons) from the four piece Ulterior. Added to the tracklist are three bonus MP3 mixes from the Weapons single, a collection of images and the videos for both singles. The London based band consists of brothers Paul (vocals) and Benn (keys), together with Simmons (guitars) and Karl (bass) who have collectively earned a strong reputation with their live shows.
Besides recording under his own name, Columbus, Ohio based David Reed also records as Luasa Raelon and Envenomist. This, the latest in a long line of cassette, vinyl and CDR releases under the Envenomist moniker, features sounds sourced solely from synthesizers in the style of Maurizio Bianchi, Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze.
Recorded largely during 2007 and 2008, Enquiries is the debut album of Lloyd James of Naevus recording under the name of Retarder. Essentially a collection of experimental pieces, some instrumental and some with vocals, Enquiries is at time challenging but always intriguing and interesting.
Formed by John Zewizz early in the 1980s, Sleep Chamber like many other underground bands of the time featured an ever-changing cast of members. They also have a long list of single and album releases on many labels to their name over the years covering such genres as experimental, ritual ambient, EBM through to rock in the 1990s.
City Rain is the solo project of Ben Runyan of Philadelphia, USA. ‘Light Turned On’ is his debut release for the UK based label Boltfish who have established themselves as purveyors of quality electronic music over the past few years.