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Artist: DE MEY, YVES
Title: Metrics
Format: LP
Label: Opal Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $20.00
“Brussels-based Yves De Meys minimal discography belies his profound ability for sound design and narrative in electronic music. Previous releases on LINE and Sandwell District have blended techno and sonic art practices into an abstract landscape full of disjointed rhythm, cavernous depth and an enduring originality in his choice of sound. This 12" release on Opal Tapes consolidates those practices with a darker sonic palette than usual. "Box Caisson" opens side A with an ultra-deep shuffle through open circuitry, amp buzz and stabbing kick and bass line combination. Side B both brightens and darkens simultaneously as a stronger sense of melody is introduced on "Eye Splice," a cinematic cut evoking science/fact industrial work lines and gelatinous mid-range detailing.” - Opal Tapes.

Artist: GONDWANA
Title: Aum
Format: LP
Label: Opal Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $24.00
“As a member of Lumisokea, Berlin-based Andrea Taeggi shapes acoustic and electronic sound alongside Koenraad Ecker into their singular take on bass music. Time signatures fold into themselves, volleying voluptuous percussions and seismic synthscapes. This fixation extends beyond press hyperbole into aesthetic and philosophical study on Aum, the debut release of Taeggis Gondwana project. As Gondwanaland was a pre-Pangaean unified land mass, so is Taeggis solo mission to draw all of his influences together and mediate the whole. Opener "A Gospel of Dirt" sets the scene with sparse sonic elements fused against a metallic backdrop. Sounds morph from liquid to solid shapes, melodies set to scales of a different time and place. "Bootstrapping" tickles ears with its off-color arpeggios backed up by a nine-legged gallop in the tesseract. "Þingvellir" opens the B-side in majestic style, a paean to glaciation, to gargantuan movement unmeasurable in human time. Cast in bronze tones, fizzing with combs before its deafening crescendo. Aum is a special record from a special musician and presents a modern take on cinema for the ear. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering.” - Opal Tapes.

Artist: HOLOVR
Title: Holo Earth
Format: LP
Label: Opal Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
“Jimmy Billingham returns to Opal Tapes with Holo Earth, the firstHOLOVR 12". The two sides are comprised of blended suites covering Billinghams past working with tapes and hardware into a future of more complex composition and convolving sample work. At times the record is sweet, drums bounce and bip with filigrees of synth whirling through like wind in a bottle. At other points the record empties and the lonely pulse ofVenn Rain (Jimmys earlier project) is felt most strongly. Estranged and blue-lipped, the field recordings of alien environments litter the blur emerging. A haunting listen.” - Opal Tapes.

Artist: KAUMWALD
Title: Hantasive
Format: UK
Label: Opal Tapes
Country: LP
Price: $22.00
“Electric charges on Hantasive. Kaumwald lights up his dials and twists out five rolling generations to terrify and animate. Plying a line between glitch-like manifestation and cruder analog sewage, these tracks are forged from degrees of digital and analog that gives a contemporary edge to the gritty grey-scale industrial and proto-rhythm you might find while digging through the Vanity Records catalog. Warm kicks and clipping digital synthesis is interlaced with acoustic sourcing and a curious, magnetic primacy -- developing vital color and tactility to these here wares. Think to those contemporary and necessary combinations of computer and combustion engine, but repurposed to a more Jean Tinguely-esque display of machinery for machineries-sake; built to chatter and clunk, to error, and essentially deteriorate. That quest for the perfect minimal weirdo beat re-cut for now.” - Opal Tapes.

Artist: LUMISOKEA
Title: Apophenia
Format: LP
Label: Opal Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $22.00
“The rich, dark sound of Lumisokea, the Belgian-Italian duo of Andrea Taeggi and Koenraad Ecker, annexes a dark, foreboding aura from an abundance of reference points -- codifying and making concrete the connections that which might otherwise have been elusive or intangible in the worlds of noise, dub, techno and musique concrète. Apophenia follows their Opal Tapes debut Contrapasso, and sees their sound continue to develop; growing in intensity and twisting into more complex, aggressive, and euphorically bent shapes. All seems abstract, not as "whoa, thats weird," but as though every element exists in direct opposition with nature and organic order. Industrial and technoid beats are rolled over sub-sonic, hyper-digital abrasions of noise and synthetic texture to reinforce and fortify the more extreme end of Opals sonic interests. Synthetic stomp and precise, premeditated glissandi form sonic sculptures where the unreal is turned towards something frighteningly palpable.” - Opal Tapes.

Artist: MCMXCI (1991)
Title: Skogen, Flickan och Flaskan
Format: LP
Label: Opal Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $27.00
“Following on from his stunning High Tech High Life and self-titled albums in 2012, 1991 returns under the MCMXCI mode for a raspin raw techno blast on Skogen, Flickan och Flaskan ("Wine, Women, and Food"), the first vinyl release on the promising Opal Tapes imprint. Sharing more in common with Jamal Moss at his maddest, Regis in full swing circa 97 or Unit Moebius as wed imagine them every day, the young Swede bucks all expectations with five tracks of blistered machine drum jack, overdriven to fuck and liable to take your eyebrows off. Its funky as hell and noisy as sin and does it with so much more swerve, sexiness and off-the-cuff cool than so many boneheaded, funkless techno types we dont care to mention. Basically, it pushes all the right buttons and then ends with Huerco S lovely new age reduction. Limited to 500 copies -- big recommendation for the noise techno set.” - Opal Tapes.

Artist: ONTARIO HOSPITAL
Title: Future Ready
Format: 12"
Label: Opal Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
“Ontario Hospital is a collaboration between Dave Foster (Huren, Teste, etc.) and Rich Oddie (Orphx, Oureboros, etc.). Future Ready is a four-track EP that conflates their histories in noise, power electronics, industrial techno, and rhythmic noise and marries all methods together into a ritual assault. There are lots of adjectives to describe this music and youve heard them all before so just skip the bullshit and listen. Each record ships with a vial of bull hormones.* *This is a lie.” - Opal Tapes.

Artist: SHAPEDNOISE
Title: Until Human Voices Wake Us
Format: LP
Label: Opal Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $20.00
“This album by Shapednoise opens with the violent techno deconstruction of "Witness of a Heart Attack Death," an oddly syncopated gallop through hard layers of analog scree and earth-breaking kicks. A despairing atmosphere dominates the remainder of the side with less percussive yet still deeply rhythmic tracks evocative of the power electronics of Slaughter Productions yet brought to be with the sensibility of a techno producer. Everything is darkened with sonic dirt and dismal vibes but remains nuanced, layered and highly dynamic.” - Opal Tapes.

Artist: SIOBHAN
Title: Southgate
Format: LP
Label: Opal Tapes
Country: UK
Price: $25.00
“Detroits Travis Galloway, he of ALL GONE Records and Traag brings theSiobhan alias to Opal Tapes for a bout of lo-fi, hoods-up battery. Shifting templates of dank electro and raw, cracked techno step together withRaudive announcements commentating on the current disorder of the head. Michigans industrial backbone is present throughout the recording -- many sounds black on grey, but this time, Siobhan hangs gobs of pink muck and faded neon over his rolling perc. Like the district the release is named after, watch where you put your feet.” - Opal Tapes.
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