The following track, "Iridescent", showcases well the depth of the sounds recorded by Swarm Intelligence for this album, his synthesis work and the approach he took on his new album. Enjoy, and not that three more tracks can be streamed here.
DJ Hidden's fourth studio album displays yet again a refinement in this remarkable musician's techniques and a shift of styles. Rather than offering a long cinematic experience, Noel Wessels gathers here a wide range of tracks, with some of his most experimental tunes to date to some of the hardest. Sharp as always and extremely imaginative, "Directive" impresses in the way it marries genres in a very cohesive way, keeping true to DJ Hidden's aesthetics while pointing out in new directions. A new essential album by an essential producer. (Get this on CD / as digital files)
From well-kept secret to one of the most praised names for dark, distorted techno, Ontal are already among the most talked about names for the genre. With "Entropia", this Serbian duo gets the chance to display its talent in a full-length format, offering very diverse material rich in heavy percussive beats, grating noise soundscapes and dynamic arrangements. Drawing inspirations from industrial forefathers as well as from modern producers, Ontal confirms with this album its position as one of the driving force when it comes to heavy, noisy and precise composition. Ever-changing but constantly powerful, "Entropia" is an industrial tour-de-force. (Get this on CD / as digital files)
Swarm Intelligence's new album is a remarkable homage to decay and bleakness. He has spent the last year gathering recordings of abandoned power stations and factories, corroded metal and found objects. The source material was rearranged, processed and woven into intense, distorted landscapes and sharp, metallic drums. With "Rust", Swarm Intelligence has taken the cold hard elements of metal and forged them into a warmer, more organic sound, resulting in a strikingly stark, dissonant and immersive journey. (Get this on clear double LP / on CD / as digital files)
Few works have been as eagerly awaited as Drumcorps’ second album. Coming out nine years after "Grist" (Ad Noiseam adn70, 2006), "Falling Forward" looks to the future while staying true to the project's heavy guitar music roots. Dense riffs, vocals, melody, guest musicians, and a diverse array of modern electronics combine with concise songwriting to form a complete work of integrity. The result is powerful, cohesive, tender, and in a class of its own: keeping all the elements which made "Grist" a success and taking them forward, confirming Drumcorps’s position as not only a perfectionist, but also an innovator. (Get this on blue & white LP / on black & white LP / on black LP / on CD / as digital files)
Following a couple of weeks of silence (due to our much dreaded move to a new office and warehouse) and the recent releases of new albums by 2methyl, Stavros Gasparatos and Igorrr, we are proud to give everybody an hindsight of what is coming in the next months on Ad Noiseam.
All the following releases are planned for releases in October and November. We'll post more information, audio excerpts and pre-order links soon.
We have survived moving the office and warehouse and are happy to announce Ad Noiseam's Autumn 2015 roster: -Drumcorps "Falling Forward" - adn188 - LP / CD -Swarm Intelligence "Rust" - adn189 - 2xLP / CD -Ontal "Entropia" - adn190 - CD -DJ Hidden "Directive" - adn191 - CD -Mago "Definition of Raw Moments" - adn20 re-release - CD
Friday Freebie: 2methyl is known for his excellent remixes, in which he combines the original material with his own brand of futuristic bass and sharp arrangements. The track below, a re-work of something originally written by Horskh, is no exception. With its vocals, it also carries a delightfully retro industrial feeling which should appeal to many people here.
Friday Freebie (on a Sunday this week): we don't much about the young TSS Podcasts series, but the fact that these people's third episode was recorded by Swarm Intelligence makes them very interesting already. This musician, whose new album is getting closed (remember this?) is no stranger to free mixes and sets, as proved here, there and there again, among others. This week's offering starts very slow and deep, slowly mutating into the kind of bassy and industrial technoid noise we have learned to appreciate from him.
You can listen to Swarm Intelligence's "TSS Podcast #3" here or below. The playlist is after the cut.