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Artist: BLACK MECHA
Title: AA
Format: LP
Label: The Death Of Rave
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"The Death of Rave is proud to host the initiation of Black Mecha with AA, their sci-fi vision of heavy electronics strongly informed by the outer limits of black metal and a cryptic, esoteric Weltanschauung. Official communiqué from the Grand Lodge of Internal Masonry: "Black Mecha AA provides fragmented metaphoric sci-fi audio conceptualization based around some of the formative ideology developed by the Grand Lodge of Internal Masonry. With centralized focus on the deterrence and defence technique aspects of Internal Masonry, namely, Black Ray and its resulting Architecture Antithesis, or AA, mental effect, the six tracks create a realm conducive to execution of thought rumination, and an embankment for sharp inner pathways." Black Mecha does not exist safely within any pre-defined idiom. It is by nature a noumenal gesture in the void, projecting uncharted escape beyond staid, putative perceptions of genre. Fascinating for its sense of discipline and focus, AA is poised in the balance between meditative hypostasis and raging yet controlled emotion, characterized in the bellicose momentum of "Starship Aspicio" or the strobing, stately majesty of "Altruego," and to cataclysmic impact with the eviscerated electronics of "Black Ray." But make no mistake; its not showboating industrial noise or melodramatic angst -- the sense of control amid panic and dread is palpable and compelling in a way hardly experienced with such elemental force. For listeners of a steeled disposition and open mind there is a logic and ingenuity at play in this record that begs the rarest private consideration. But overall, enjoy this music in your own way, because that is the only way of Black Mecha!" - The Death of Rave.

Artist: KIDEL, SAM
Title: Disruptive Muzak
Format: LP
Label: The Death Of Rave
Country: UK
Price: $19.00
"Sam Kidels debut for The Death of Rave is a deft subversion of Muzaks meaning, application and affect, employing government call centers as unwitting agents in a stroke of Cagean and Kafka-esque compositional genius. Its a remarkably innovative, emotive and incisive 20 minute sound piece (with an additional 20 minute version on the other side) that reflects and refracts an aspect of the modern world in a way that arguably few other records have achieved. In aesthetic, Disruptive Muzak highlights a range of ambient, electro-acoustic and aleatoric composition techniques intersecting classical minimalism, dub and vaporwave spheres, all whilst revealing a spectrum of regional British accents commonly heard in call centers, yet seldom heard on record, certainly in this context. Disruptive Muzak also questions our relationship with music and technology, economics and socio-politics. By subtly but straight-facedly inverting the delivery and reception of Muzak, Kidel subverts its meaning, hypnotically suspending the listener in its lush, lingering sub bass swoops and piano motifs but, paradoxically beckoning the call center staff and us listeners to pay attention to the subtext of what is normally considered background sound or noise. Make no mistake, though: the artist is definitely not taking the piss out of call center workers; if anything hes highlighting a dreamy melancholy and detachment in their tedious roles and tortuous systems, one known from first-hand experience. The way in which Kidel executes the idea, both musically and conceptually, is little short of breathtakingly emotive and cathartic. Mastered and cut to vinyl by Matt Colton at Alchemy." - The Death of Rave.
"This piece came about during a research project into Muzak in 2015... Research by the Muzak Corporation found that Muzak must sound familiar, predictable, and non-disruptive to be effective. Drawing from this research, I composed a series of pieces that I call Disruptive Muzak. These pieces share a similar sound palette to Muzak, but their structure is less familiar, less predictable and more disruptive. To test these compositions I called up government offices that use Muzak in their telephone queues and played them down the phone instead of my voice. The music I played and the officials responses were recorded and assembled into the piece that you hear on Side A. Side B contains the music only, that can be used to DIY." -Sam Kidel, 2016.

Artist: STERLING, MAXWELL
Title: Hollywood Medieval (2017 Edition)
Format: LP
Label: The Death Of Rave
Country: UK
Price: $23.00
"Necessary first vinyl edition of Hollywood Medieval, the debut album of psycho-geographic dramaturgy by Manchester-born soundtrack composer, Maxwell Sterling. It was initially issued as a digital release on LA-based Memory No.36 Recordings in 2016 to a round of acclaim from Fact Magazine and The Wire and has now been remastered by Matt Colton for this vinyl edition. It sounds as plasticky sensuous as it should, and arguably looks worthy of a wall or pedestal in a Bel Air or Moss Side pad thanks to its striking bespoke cover art collage, titled "She Who Gave Birth To The Three Worlds", by radical feminist and Manchester punk legend, Linder (Sterling), aka Maxwells mum. Hollywood Medieval is an album about the glaring disparities and elaborate, underlying convolutions the composer observed and felt while working as a nanny for wealthy parents during his film composition studies at UCLA in the early part of the 2010s. Using an augmented palette of classic DX7 and Juno 60 synths along with a severely warped bank of library samples and iPhone recordings, it spells out a queasily evocative simulacra of the city in flux, animating a sort of Ballardian tableaux thats hyper-descriptive in its rendering of the hazy, dosed-up, and often delirious transitions between Hollywoods glamor and grime, using LAs gurning facades and ostentatious wealth as prompts for a richly visual side of sawn-off emotive signposts and jazz-taut turns of phrase that vividly etch on the memory in neon freehand. From the dizzying sugar rush of the opening sequence, "Hollywood Medieval I", to its spiraling counterpoint in "Hollywood Medieval II", the album is an inception-like concerto, with Maxwell smartly subverting the film score composers role by placing the music center stage and allowing the narration to be carried by virtuosic flourishes owing to the artists classical and jazz music schooling, In a sense, Hollywood Medieval resonates with the way Sam Kidel subverted the nature of ambient music on Disruptive Muzak (RAVE 014LP, 2016), and offers an alternative, lucid view of the hazy LA offered by Delroy Edwardss Teenage Tapes (2014), and likewise, works like a present diagnosis of the dystopian future worlds dreamed up in The Sprawls dystopian, widescreen visions on E.P.1 (RAVE 013EP, 2015), effectively broadening and illuminating The Death Of Raves own sonic hauntology. RIYL: Oneohtrix Point Never, James Ferraro, TCF. Master and lacquer cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy; Edition of 500." - The Death of Rave.
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