Lovebox – Paul Kalkbrenner – Aaron

23 07 2013

So, on the 21st July 2013, I was once again privileged to be in the presence of the one and only, big bald, Paul Kalkbrenner. I was given this experience via the festival Lovebox situated in Victoria Park, centred in the east end of London. It was a most enjoyable event displaying real vibrancy, raw enthusiasm, without the crowd and performance schedule pressures encountered at some festivals. It was very relaxed, chilled, you could meander from tent to tent and allowing the various artists to capture you with their ambient sounds and deep bass. Other than the great Kalkbenner, some other notable acts were Kim Ann Foxman, Miss Kittin and Solomun. Kalkbrenner was awesome as ever, enjoy his closing track of the set: “Aaron”.

To view the event: http://mamacolive.com/lovebox/

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Blue Sky Black Death – Shoot You Dead

7 07 2013

For all of you suffering from illnesses, hangovers or comedowns, just sit down relax and allow this lofty, silky track sooth you into relaxation. Allow the eerie sound echo; allow the whispering voice whirl in your mind. The space between the living and the dead.

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NIcolas Jaar – Variations

1 07 2013

On these long, warm summer evenings I like to sit in my garden with a beer and a cigarette, listening to some more downbeat tracks. The perfect artist to come to mind is the exciting Nicolas Jaar. The album “Space is only Noice” is a incredible experience, haunting and beautiful, Jaar takes you on a slow, whimsical voyage, simultaneously unnerving yet comforting, with his interesting combinations of sound. The song “Variations” is one of a handful of amazing tracks, on this truly complete album. To view more of Nicolas Jaar check this:

https://theartchiveproject.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/nicolas-jaar-angles/

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Moby – Porcelain

27 05 2013

An introspective classic. ‘If this doesn’t move you, you probably have no pulse’.

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Vondelpark – Camels

25 05 2013

Describing their musical style as ‘Radiohead quiet storm’, this newly formed 3-piece band from London manage to create a distinctively dreamy sound. It’s not exactly party music, but really hits the spot on a quiet night in.

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Klangkarussell – Netzwerk

9 04 2013
‘ Love and hate are just two sides of the same coin. But with love something very drastic has happened. It is unimaginable how this drastic step was taken by people who had all the good intentions in the world. You may never have expected what has destroyed love. It is the continuous teaching of love that has destroyed it. Hate is still pure. Love is not. When you hate, your hate has an authenticity. When you love, it is only hypocrisy. This has to be understood. For thousands of years, all the religions, politicians, pedagogues have been teaching one thing, and that one thing is love. Love your enemy. Love your neighbour. Love your parents. Love God.
Why in the beginning did they start this strange series of teachings around love? They were afraid of your authentic love. Because authentic love is beyond your control. You are possessed by it. You are not the possessor, you are the possessed. And the society wants you to be under control. The society is afraid of your wild nature. It is afraid of your naturalness. So from the very beginning it starts cutting your wings. And the most basic thing that is dangerous in you is the possibility of love. Because if you are possessed by love, you can go even against the whole world.’  Osho
So through the teaching of love, we’re forced to try to love rather than letting it come to us naturally, making it lack in sincerity. Personally, I think he’s wrong about why the teachings of love originated – surely those with the full capacity to love authentically wanted to pass it on and teach it to others, rather than using it as a controlling device against us. Maybe it’s the absence of love,  derived from its teaching, that has become the controlling mechanism, and if so how do we rectify it?
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Paul Kalkbrenner – Mad World

2 04 2013

Following Paul Kalkbrenner’s spectacular performance at The Roundhouse on Friday, it would be rude not to pay tribute to big bald Kalk with one of the highlights of his set.

Kalk had the audience captivated, ceremoniously rising and falling in perfect unity to his constant rhythm, reverberating through the venue. What impressed me the most was the subtlety with which he blended his notoriously powerful bass drum with soft ambient overtones. Dates to his upcoming events can be found on the following link:

http://paulkalkbrenner.net/events/?y=2013

 

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