Douglas Deep – “&U” – New Album

If you actually do read my various missives/rants/acts of self-promotion (have you got nothing better to do?!), you’ll be aware that I have a liking for the music of SK123. His stuff has appeared in various playlists/mixtapes and posts of mine, not just out of solidarity for a fellow DIY music traveller (which is sometimes the case with me, I’m afraid), but because I actually like his music. Take a smattering of virtually every electronic music genre since the early 90s you can think of, add a pinch of eclecticism, throw in some dark atmospheres and eery soundtrack motifs and then layer with club-friendly and varied beats…..that pretty much sums it up. I gave up on ‘dance music’ quite some time ago; but SK123’s music is “dance music+”. So often the term IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) is bandied around, but basically it means nothing. In SK123’s case, ‘intelligent’ is exactly what it is. Coupled with a sense of melody, drama and incredibly deep production (creating the subtlest of sound-scapes at times; or the hardest audio assault at others).
Anyway. What the hell am I talking about SK123 for when the title of this post says ‘Douglas Deep’? Well, SK123 is actually dead. In fact he’s been reincarnated as two distinct, yet unified persona in Macerator and Douglas Deep.

Today, Douglas Deep released his debut album “&U” unto the world and so I eagerly headed over to Bandcamp and downloaded.


If you’ve just hit ‘play’ on the embed above, you’ll already be listening to it, but I’m still gonna try to describe it (in case, y’know…you can’t be arsed to listen, you too-cool-for-skool hipster fool, you).

First off, let me just say that I’m not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to ‘techno’/IDM/club-orientated music. For me ‘techno’ started and ended in Detroit in the late 80s/early 90s along with ‘proper’ acid house; that’s what I know, that’s what I like.

However, what I do know is that Douglas Deep has conjured aural images of this era of electronic music; a kind of futurism which occasionally harks back to Juan Atkins, Mr Fingers, Frankie Knuckles and A Guy Called Gerald, but is basically of the here-and-now. He doesn’t imitate, plagarise or create pastiche; what he does is use ultra-modern production and sound to give you the same emotional rush of the kind I first felt listening to the aforementioned pioneers. “You (Ewe/U)” contains the kind of droning bass and kick combo that became synonymous with Chicago and Detroit 20-odd years ago, but there’s a more relentless feel to it. Darker, perhaps. The beats are crisp and full, but never overshadow the other sonic components. Played loud, it’s devastating.

Also, throughout the album, there are subtle sonic incidentals: besides occasional vocal phrases and gasps, there are bits of found-sound, synth bleepery, background noise and other elements which are normally associated with ambient genres, but are mixed into this context with subtle flair.

The track I’m currently listening to, the epic “Nothing”, consists of a minimal structure but with constantly changing timbres. The word ‘repetitive’ is often used as a criticism leveled at dance music, but here it is utterly essential to allow sound itself to evolve and implant itself in your brain. The simple lead synth line features a repeating set of notes, which similarly to Phillip Glass’ music, gradually evolves in timing, nuance and tone. It starts all monolithic but develops into psychedelicism. Visually, I think of Harvey Keitel in ‘Mean Streets’ weaving nauseously around the bar, trying to stay upright…only in slow motion. That’s as close as I can get, description-wise.

Anyway, suffice to say, I really like this, the first and hopefully not the last DD album. Recommended.

Cwtch – “Silver” EP nothing to do with global sports shock!

Hello,

As you may well know, when I’m not recording as Dementio13, teaching as ‘Sir’, or moaning/ruminating as Paul The Miserable Bastard, I’m recording as Cwtch with my  talented antipodean collaborator Marie Craven. We’ve been really quite busy over the past few months, what with new solo releases and (in Marie’s case) preparing/rehearsing live projects. But we always find time to make some new stuff as Cwtch.

Well here is our latest offering, released to no particular fanfare, with no big promotional ‘build-up’. What can I say about it? Well, we’ve made music which we want to hear. We’ve made the music despite a distance of thousands of miles between us. We’ve taken the best bits of what we do as solo musicians and thrown them into the blender. 5 songs which call to mind music past and present, mainstream and niche.

I hope you can share in this music….and, of course, if you like what you hear, share it with others….. we kinda rely on that.

SILVER

Please enjoy.

Welcome To ‘Crash St’

A short one……here it is. Am so pleased that it’s now here for you to listen to in its entirety. If you like it and download it, please share it on your favourite social networking sites. Thanks.

February Mailout – ‘Crash St’ Imminent

Hello again. This is just a reminder to tell you that my new album ‘Crash St’ is available from Thursday 1st March (ie. next Thursday) at http://dementio13.com . I’m really pleased with it and hope you can share in the music.

It’s a pay-what-you-want download, with no minimum price, so you could have it for free. All I ask is that, if you decide to download it and like it, please share links on Twitter and/or Facebook; your recommendations help it reach a wider audience.

Bloggers/DJs have been very complimentary in their reviews:

“…electronic, programmed machine music, bursting at the seams with humanity and soul, imprinted with the traces of its creator…….Dementio13 has mastered the art of creating human music, organic music that breathes, while capitalising on the power and impact of the machine.” (Jan 26, 2012)
Oliver Arditi – oliverarditi.com

Full review at oliverarditi.com/2012/01/26/dementio-13-crash-st

“…his forthcoming Crash St album reveals him to be still moving forward in invigorating and never predictable directions, his exploratory electronica more varied in texture and mood than pretty much any of his contemporaries.” (Jan 31 2012)
Unwashed Territories – unwashedterritories.blogspot.com

Also, there’s a free album of my older stuff over at http://cutmatrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/alt-delete, so help yourself. You don’t even need to join a mailing list to download….no strings.

CRASH ST. PREVIEW:

Thanks,

Paul”

Preview: ‘Crash St’ Album Mix on Mixcloud

Here’s a preview of the new album as a single mix – ‘Crash St’ Album Mix Cloudcast on Mixcloud.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

New Release in Six Weeks

As we’ve just passed the mid-point of January and the festivities of Christmas and the New Year have faded into the mist of memory, it seems like a reasonable time to mention/remind those of you who care about these things that the new album is released in six weeks. 1st March to be exact. I’m really looking forward to it…nay, excited.

A few people have already heard the album (it’s called “Crash St”, by the way) and the initial feedback seems quite positive. As usual, I’m not sure how to describe it; does it matter how I describe it? After all, it’s difficult for me to be objective about it. But I guess you could say that it’s a mixture of lo-fi 8-bit video game and cinematic percussive electro (with some mellower moments  too). Think: a soundtrack to CCTV footage. That’s my interpretation, at least. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, mind.

Either way, it’s a progression from my last few releases which seem to have dwelled on the variety offered by modern eclectic ‘post-rock’ music, with a nod to the past. You’ve got to move on to move forward, I feel. So, there is a bit of a change in the wind, not just in the music style but also in my involvement in social media, etc: no more Twitter, no more Facebook.

Anyroad, it’s available from Dementio13.com from 1st March (pay what you want, no minimum). Please feel free to tweet/post/share/torrent (when it’s released)… in fact, I’d thoroughly encourage it! Cheers.

I’ve also got a remix on the go, for a very cool collaboration (a “coolaboration”) ep between two artists I respect. It’s in its very early stages yet….more news to come on that.

So, there you are.

Jewellers Remix EP

Just a quick post, in between wrapping presents and drinking mulled wine. Those great Newport-based electronicists, Jewellers have released a short ep of remixes of their tracks “Amber” and “Forward Life”. It includes a remix by me and two other artists I wasn’t aware of beforehand: Andre Uhl and Atheist Mathematician and their mixes are brilliant. Please give them a listen if you get the chance. I really like Jewellers’ brand of ethereal melodic electronica, you may also want to check out their various eps and albums.

Anyway, here’s the ep:

Where I’m at…and Where I’m Going…

I’m currently making music which is constructed from layers which sometimes hide the other elements of the track; but without all those separate parts, the music wouldn’t sound the same. Y’know what I mean?

I like the occasional lack of restraint and I’m getting a bit sick of trying to create ‘space’ in tracks, when the space often ends up sounding like ‘the boring bit’ of the track (to me). My favourite producers/musicians did this to varying degrees: Martin Hannett (very spacious production, yes, but lots of hidden, imperceptible components); Brian Wilson, Aphex Twin, Phil Spector, The Jesus & Mary Chain, even Squarepusher to some extent. Though I’d never reach their brilliance.

I’m trying to make tunes also, so it’s important that the music holds together despite all the layers and occasional noise. It’s tricky….but I’m discovering that time, reflection, constant listening and tweaking works wonders!!! No rush…