Volume X // 03.09.20
At Dance Wax we always unearth the best old records and new releases. We constantly speak to artists in order to get an exclusive lowdown on what they are listening to as well as their recent movements. Nothing formal, just an insight into what your favourite producers are jamming to. Rules are simple, we ask our guest for their current five favourite records.
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Marco Bruno has many unique focuses as an artist, to transmit, to communicate something, to forge whole elements that are both corporeal and transcendental, to conjure up a sonic and emotional scene that is diverse, pure and free. Bruno’s journey as an artist began back in Apuila, South Italy, where he was a resident for a whole host of clubs, including the infamous Clorophilla Club centred in his hometown of Taranto. During these earlier years, the young Italian producer experienced many different scenarios which have helped him develop, especially the essence of patience, determination and charisma in order to generate the perfect dynamism. This has essentially allowed Bruno to keep alive his concept of ‘Mindset is geared toward versatility and completeness’. A concept that has seen him grow from strength to strength, highlighted by his recent announcements surrounding his very own record label, Evighet.
It has been made clear that Evighet is a dimension in which Bruno can express his polyhedral approach in regards to electronic music. The label is linked to the principles of expression, identity and belonging, and cementing his interpretation into an undefined temporal space. The word Evighet has been borrowed from the Swedish language and means eternity. With this in mind, it is important to understand the concept and the motto of the label, which is; “Reinventing yourself everyday is the proof of being yourself forever”. Bruno believes that to keep alive, we cannot refuse change, as living beings we are part of nature and in order to be complete as much as we can, we adapt our ideas and skills to existing criteria's to make them change. This is why Bruno’s mindset is aligned to versatility and completeness. Whilst having only been established recently, every release on the label is going to be a storytelling, album format, through styles and genres that have characterised Bruno since he became a musical artist. The debut release [EVIGHET001] witnessed Bruno deliver six rather stunning tracks, focussing on a crossover of stylistic boundaries. Humans Emerge From Unknown essentially catalyses emotional climaxes of tangible reality, and spotlights the transcendental visions surrounding the adventure of Evighet. Following this, the second release [EVIGHET002] is already in the pipeline and will soon be announced by Bruno in the coming months.
Having grown up surrounded by music, Bruno’s musical taste was heavily influenced by the likes of Detroit-UK’s techno axis, all the way to Electro-DnB. His productions are defined by more than one genre and contain glimpses of ambient, broken beats and techno, but stray away from specific classifications. Having already made several appearances on Ben Sim’s highly regarded labels Symbolism, Hardgroove and Machine, Bruno has well and truly established his name within the electronic music scene.
Top Five Wax Takeover w/ Marco Bruno
1. The Fear Ratio - They Can't Be Saved
James Ruskin and Mark Broom’s electronica duo, The Fear Ratio, tends to knit ruggedly offset rhythm programming with atmospheric anguish in their second album for record label, Skam. The pair have created a unique style, offering abstract synths, heavy bass lines and experimental soundscapes that lie somewhere between IDM, electronica and ambient. Having already released their acclaimed album, Lightbox, back in 2011 on Ruskin’s Blueprint Records, the duo since formed a strong relationship with cult Manchester-based label Skam, upon which their follow up album in 2015 was delivered. Fast forward several years later and The Fear Ratio have returned with an album that solidifies their reputation as experimental producers. They Can’t Be Saved is an album loaded with details, with every track being defined by interruption. From the ethereal opening bars of Sender slowly twisting into a brooding dub breakbeat, to the staccato, bugged out atmospherics of Grey Code, each track has its own identity. The album continues to provide electronics with Small World and Game Plan until bowing out with the techno gun of Final Vision. A satisfying LP from two techno legends.
B1. Grey Code
B2. Small World
[Released: 13.03.20 on Skam]
2. Scandinavian Swords IIII - Atlas of Visions Pt. 1
The fourth instalment of the Scandinavian Swords series breaks with its predecessors forms. Deviating from the austere brevity that marks Northern Electronics out, Scandinavian Swords IIII: Atlas of Visions completes a survey of the label’s confidants and components in the same breath as it introduces a swarm of new artists and genre collisions. With the swell of the last 12 months behind them, Anthony Linell and Jonas Ronnberg have forged the compilation with a paradoxical formula, Atlas of Visions stakes itself as a milestone release that retains the sure-footed programming of its proprietors yet cuts a new silhouette for what the platform of a Northern Electronics release consists of. Presented across two volumes, Atlas of Visions courses through the hyper-pigmented and infectious fallout zone between club-focussed works and the abstract territories of experimental modes. Label co-founder, Varg, features on both compilations. This is not one to miss.
A1. Noah Gibson - Returning
A2. The Pelican Company - Temple Bells
B1. Varg2 & VTSS - VARGTSS1
B2. Anthony Linell - Hallucinations
[Released: 12.06.20 on Northern Electrics]
3. Versalife - Manifold
Following two well received releases on 20/20, Machine Life and Asimov’s Code, Versalife returns to the label with his latest album Manifold. The record serves up eight highly engaging futuristic electro with a side of emotive synth work to trigger the imagination. The Dutch producer has continued his Dystopian journey with peppered moody tones and robotik funk which are immersed in deep bass lines, enough to create a futuristic landscape in true Versalife fashion. The scene is initially set with smokey pads and crisp drums through the track Binary Worlds, with nastier and more strafing sounds following closely with Covert Ops, until the edgier and luxurious samples take over within the closing four songs. The quality levels of this album are staggeringly high, as the listener is taken on a classically informed electro journey. Have fun.
A1. Binary Worlds
A2. Covert Ops
B1. Shadow Union
[Released: 01.06.20 on Delsin]
4. Davide Piras - Cluster EP
Producer, live-act and DJ, Davide Piras, is constantly evolving, aiming to improve and investigate any possibilities of post-techno and experimental electronic music. Ever since the young artist from Northern Italy began producing his own music, his outputs have been circulating within techno and house genres. Whilst the impossibility of classifying his music has become one of Piras’ strengths, he has been able to shape his very own and unique musical path. Having already clocked releases on the likes of Star Dub, BXR and RTCT.records, Davide continues to make moves within the underground scene having released multiple records in 2019 alone. For his latest release, Piras has delivered a purposeful electro EP all the way from Italy. Containing three solid soundtracks, Cluster takes the listener on a hyperspace journey, immersing one in dark pads, mechanical electro patterns and old school drum machine patterns.
A1. Cabin Pressure
A2. Derek's Theme
B1. Dead Metal
[Released: 13.11.20 on Pareidolia]
5. Creep Woland - Chamberlain
Fresh out of Glasgow, Creep Woland has returned on the Astral Black heli-pad with an EP named Chamberlain. Within this EP are four blistering breaks-led, club-ready, jungle tracks intended as an ode to the rolling bass and rainy days that raised him. Picking up near enough where his Close Reading debut left off, Chamberlain sees a more refined and honed execution of the hard hitting electronica Woland has since become known for. Informed by the experience of playing to dance-floors, as well as educational journeys down to London for radio sets, the new tracks that Woland has delivered are finely tuned and bass heavy, perfect for existential club experiences or the driving of sports vehicles. The subdued intrigue of EP opener Imposter Syndrome sets the mythical and reflective tone of the record, whilst jungle anthems Medieval Draw and 0800-Falkirk Triangle call for slow motion gunfingers. Lower down the record, Lord Chamberlain immerses the listener in an orchestral trip full of promise.
A1. Medieval Draw
A2. Falkirk Triangle
B1. Imposter Syndrome
B2. Lord Chamberlain
[Released: 06.05.20 on Astral Black]
HOR is a live streaming service based in Berlin, offering the very best techno DJ's. Having taken the scene by storm, HOR have exploded over the last year and provided the streams we all need over lockdown. Check Bruno's set full of mesmerising techno and dance music to get you going.
The first release to feature on Marco Bruno's very own record label is Humans Emerge from Unknown. Containing six beautiful tracks, the record catalyses emotional climaxes of tangible reality. With 002 shortly to come, we certainly cannot wait.
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OECUS is a former collective of artists which co-works together as a label, booking agency and hosts underground events. They release exclusive podcasts featuring emerging and affirmed artists. For number 207, Marco Bruno took the reigns. Expect a few surprises.