Pressure Loss. Nicola Ratti. Where To Now?

Posted in 2016, distribution, Vinyl on April 1st, 2016
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Artist / Title : Nicola Ratti ‘Pressure Loss’
Format : LP + Download Card.
Cat : WTNLP04

Tracklist;
A1. W9
A2. W12
A3. W10
A4. W11

B1. W6
B2. W5
B3. Decrease
B4. W4

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Mixed by Nicola Ratti, additional mix and mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi.

Sleeve Photograph by Allegra Martin.
Design by Studio of the immaculate heart.

LP + Download card. limited to 500 copies.

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Nicola Ratti holds a rich history in the world of experimental and minimalist composition, having released music under his own name on labels such as Kning Disk, Anticipate, Preservation, Holidays, and Senufo Editions and in recent times concentrating his energy into his collaborative project ‘Bellows’, work which has seen the light thanks to Entr’acte Records and most recently Boomkat Editions. His latest solo work ‘Pressure Loss’ finds Ratti at a potential turning point in his musical career, exploring rhythm and tonality with a new vigour, in a way which embraces the fluid and consistently evolving modern world of electronic music, yet still references a history of electronics, limiting his sound palette to work only using the Serge and ARP Modular Synthesizer.

Bass, rhythm and melody, those basic ingredients of musical composition, are always present throughout the 8 compositions Ratti presents here, although it is almost like this balance was only briefly explained to someone who had never heard a conventional music piece before and was then left alone to improvise with the recipe with deep curiosity. A devastating pulse runs throughout, acting as a basin for a world of strange syncopated rhythms caught amid sonar blips, ghostly serrated hi-hats and dripping stalactites. The fluttering melodies that creep around the compositions’ edges sound like a tentative and childlike version of grime’s simple but visceral paranoid hooks. Bass, rhythm and melody, those basic ingredients of musical composition, are always present throughout the 8 compositions Ratti presents here, although it is almost like this balance was only briefly explained to someone who had never heard a conventional music piece before and was then left alone to improvise with the recipe with deep curiosity. A devastating pulse runs throughout, acting as a basin for a world of strange syncopated rhythms caught amid sonar blips, ghostly serrated hi-hats and dripping stalactites. The fluttering melodies that creep around the compositions’ edges sound like a tentative and childlike version of grime’s simple but visceral paranoid hooks.

17.80€
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Face A/B. Beatrice Dillon. Where To Now?

Posted in Vinyl on August 25th, 2015
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Where To Now? records are proud to present Beatrice Dillon’s follow up release to the widely well received ‘Blues Dances’. This three track 12” sees Beatrice step things up a gear in terms of intricacy, experimenting wildly to add to her already astute palette of timbre and rhythm.

‘Face A’ leads the record with the unmistakable skronk of saxophone cutting and jamming over the skeletal pulse of Beatrice’s signature dubbed out techno landscape. Initially the inclusion of saxophone acts as an aural abstraction or diversion to extract a little freedom from the pumping cavern of dark dub techno atmosphere punctuated with the mechanical juddering saw-bass, but as the piece develops and we become deep into the groove the inclusion of wild sax snorts trips us up and become the focus itself as new levels of complex melodic and rhythmic detail become apparent within this otherwise structurally obedient space. Taking it’s cues from Rabih Beaini, Miles Davis ‘Big Fun’ era, Dresvn and Keith Hudson, undoubtably ‘Face A’ is a compelling, complex trip… heads down but arms flailing.

‘Face B’ continues the theme but takes the listener far deeper into the cavern. Here the concern is more the effects of space within song, a moment where Beatrice allows herself to move away from the floor to find a little more room for playful experimentation. The saxophone is further treated with a plethora of effects to compliment the array of dub signals that scatter and skip around the basin.

The record closes with ‘Sonnier (Walk in the light)’ which strangely somehow manages to feel jazzier in its components, even in comparison to a pair of tracks riffing on a manipulated free-jazz sax part. It sounds strangely unsure of its world, adding to this whole loosely slung, loping feel which somehow fits amongst the stern, brooding, and efficient synth play. Beatrice masterfully manages to create a piece here that grows in intensity without ever increasing in pace or texture, every drop is intended to stir the listener a little more than the last. There’s a sense throughout all the pieces of having rhythm imposed or even inflicted upon the listener but this is certainly not a conflict of ideas… there is optimism, harmony and above all – wild groove nestled within Beatrice’s world of mutant shuffle.
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releases 21 August 2015

Written and produced by Beatrice Dillon, tenor saxophone on ‘Face A/B’ by Verity Susman.
Mastered by Rupert Clervaux at Grays Inn Road.
Sleeve drawing Sam Porritt, ‘We’re tripping myself up’, 2012, ink on paper, courtesy of the artist.

€13.65

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Where To Now? In-store presentation @ Motto Berlin. 14.08.15

Posted in events, music on August 12th, 2015
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Where To Now? In-store presentation @ Motto Berlin. 14.08.15

Where To Now? label heads Matt Hendon and James Hines and Berlin based electronic artists, Moon Wheel, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier, and N.M.O join us in-store to play some records and celebrate the release of their respective releases on the label. WTN? alumni FDG – and KETEV, who are both preparing albums for the label will also be of attendance.

Where To Now? Stock available in store!

https://soundcloud.com/where-to-now-productions

Jesse Osborne-Lanthier is a conceptual electronic musician, sound/visual artist aiming to make material which engenders different cognitive responses than those engendered by established music, but which is all the while accessible through the modification of recognisable tools used in that very music. However, Jesse is not just an artist. He’s a refreshing phenomenon in the music world who constantly keeps surprising us with his dynamic, multifaceted productions and collaborations.”
—Sounds of a Tired City.

Moon Wheel’s cerebral, shape-shifting compositions are inspired by “nature, history, and wandering”, synthesizing electronic and organic sounds through dubby groove deconstructions, uncanny ghost-in-the-machine moods, and grey psychedelic hazes.”
—CTM

“N.M.O. are an exceptional, pan-European duo deploying SuperCollider software and stripped-down, roiling drums under the mantra, As Strict As Possible….they’ve coined a visceral, effectively unprecedented sound that’s hard to ignore. Like their radical, aerobic take on live performance (if u get a chance, go see ’em!) these trax are a playful snub to convention, primed for adventurous DJs and dancers alike.”
—Boomkat

6pm – 9pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68
im Hinterhof
Berlin 10997

Refreshments will be served!