Hey everyone, we’ve added five items from Amplexus to the store for you this week, and we hope you’ll find them very interesting!
Red Sector A – Transients –$11.99
“Andrea Bellucci’s “Red Sector A” is probably one of Italy’s best kept secrets, and for sure the project of an author who has always preferred quality over quantity. In 1995, after hitting the European dance charts with a few successful 12″ releases, he signed to Minus Habens, the hystorical Italian label. Between 1995 and 2012 he released with them four albums of evolute electronic music, merging deep atmospheres and Techno rhythms, microsounds and Ambient-Dub, big beats and Drum’n’Bass, installing his refined aesthetics on assimilated codes. During the years Bellucci also dedicated himself to Dark-Ambient under the Subterranean Source guise, whose two CD albums were released in the U.S. by Relapse via their Desolation House imprint. He also had the merit to bring Alio Die’s music to a wider “Non-Ambient” audience with Son-Dha, a remix project centered on selected tracks culled from the Italian ambient master’s early releases. “Transients” is Red Sector A’s fifth full-length work and also the first one released by Silentes. The path traced by Bellucci in twenty years of activity is perfectly fulfilled in an album characterized, as always, by complex rhythmic textures. The quality of the music produced is remarkable, the sound is clear and well defined with the album working quite well as a whole without any single weak track. The list of guest-artists who have contributed to the greatness of this work is simply impressive and includes the following: Andrew Lagowski, Teho Teardo, Retina.it, Dean Dennis (ex Clock-DVA), Giorgio Ricci (Templezone), Eraldo Bernocchi of Sigillum S fame, and Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo of Larsen. Since we enjoyed every bit of this release it’s quite hard to pick up any favourite: the analogic waves of “Luv – 426” (with Lagowski), the cold sequences of “The Depht of Balance” (featuring Dean Dennis) and the Dub-infected “Think – L” (with Eraldo Bernocchi) are just a few examples. A total winner that will appeal to fans of labels like Minus Habens, Warp, Rephlex, etc.”
A masterpiece of abstract-electronic music with a great cast of guest musicians. Andrea Bellucci craftsmanship in creating eerie soundscapes is absolutely remarkable. The production and mixing is simply stunning.
Listen to the title track from this album HERE.
“A new collaborative effort between two prominent artists of Italy’s electronic and experimental scene, Corrado Altieri (Candor Chasma, Monosonik, Uncodified) and Gianluca Favaron (ab’she, Under The Snow, Z’been). Inspired by Jean Baudrillard’s essay of the same name, “The System of Objects” offers seven compositions combining field recordings, analogue textures, computer music and concrète sounds. Altieri e Favaron dig deep in the unconscious of the french philosopher, devising a hypothetical music score of his manifesto on the relations between objects universe and consumer society ideologies: drones and digital pulses, processed tapes and multi-layered frequencies make for a voyage to the borders of ambient, noise and radical experiments.”
“Gianluca Becuzzi is known for his projects Limbo, Kinetix and Noise Trade Company. “Trax To Trax” is a double CD that collects tracks recorded between 2006 and 2011, most of them have already appeared on compilations or on limited edition CDRs. Among the musicians who have collaborated on some of these tracks are mention Simon Balestrazzi (T.A.C., Kirlian Camera), Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions), Fabio Orsi and Pietro Riparbelli/K11. Surrounded by dark presences we enter this listening experience enjoying Gothic scenarios covered with electronics and noise, pressing and suggestively evocative, in a relentless series of images and sensations, in the emotional crescendo of a close confrontation with our inner world. Comes in an outsized gatefold sleeve.”
Listen to the track, “Unspeakable” from this album HERE.
Maribor – De Immenso –$11.99
“Following the previous “Atrocity Exhibition”, dedicated to the figure of Girolamo Savonarola, the new monumental chapter of the Maribor collective project is finally available. Based on a concept by Stefano Gentile, this new CD is inspired by the works and life of Giordano Bruno. In addition to Stefano Gentile himself, this new work includes contributes by Maurizio Bianchi/M.B., Mauthausen Orchestra/Pierpaolo Zoppo, Nimh/Giuseppe Verticchio, Andrea Marutti and Gianluca Favaron. Almost 80 minutes of driving and all-involving music where bleak and dark atmospheres alternates with consuming assaults of Industrial distorted sonic masses, cinematic and descriptive passages enriched by detailed layers of field recordings, throbbing electronic progressions, melodic inserts, strings parts, guitar arpeggios, soft, slow and hypnotic ambient stasis… Another surprising and unmissable listening experience, for a work that once again gathers together some of the most representative artists both of the historical and of the more recent groundbreaking experimental and industrial Italian scene.”
Listen to the track, “1548” from this album HERE.
Under The Snow – The Other Room –$11.99
“Seven ‘rooms’ described through the visual essence of sober and linear photographic black and white images, and through sonorities based on whispered and discrete synthesis, often bordering on silence, violated by occasional harshness, chimes of plucked strings, hissings, cracklings, electrical tensions, gurgles and digital creaks. An intimate and introspective path, through long and deserted corridors, entering spacious and bright rooms surrounded by white large walls, walking on reflective polished floors, cold and aseptic just like the sounds that Gianluca Favaron and Stefano Gentile chose to fill with vibrations of their spaces and architectural forms. Ltd x 300 hand-numbered copies in an outsize 6-panel sleeve, including a unique slide with each copy.”
Listen to the title track from this album HERE.