Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Fluorescent Records Summer Vacation compilation

It's been a while since my last transmission (2.5 weeks to be exact) which is pretty terrible of me... HOWEVER! I bring with me joyous sounds for you to enjoy. I have, for your aural pleasure, a compilation, brought to you be the glorious Fluorescent Records, based loosely around the the theme of Summer Vacation. Fluorescent Records are a relatively new label, but after having started in October 2011, they are garnering a solid reputation for harvesting some very fresh and beautifully produced beats. It's fair to say at this point that this label, for me, is second only to Tri-Angle in providing music that I consistently love.

The label is run by two of the artists (POLYHYMNIΔ and fathomm) who set up the label initially to share their friends' music out of their geographical locale, however since getting online, they've opened themselves up to artists across this blue-green ball we call Earth. Much like my own efforts in the record whoring business, they firmly believe that digital music should be free to share, if not free to download. Which brings us neatly back to this FREE compilation. At 30 tracks, it's a rapturous slog of a listen, so I've brought you a few tidbits to help ease your journey through it...

Khan Kurra – Nadjya – this track revolves around recurring beat and noise patterns that honestly sound like a walk through a marketplace, looped and toned down, while gentle and un-intrusive percussion underlines the pitched up vox. Imagine if Demdike Stare toned it all down a bit. Beautiful music.



ARPPEGI8 – CHOIR GIRLZ/PRAISE POSEIDON – sounds like a chillout/holy/watery day by the ocean. Fusing dreamy pads, soft percussion and bouncy arpeggios, combining with abstract vocals it creates a softer, more beautiful and hazy form of techno.



Chris Rehm – Coming Up Roses
– coming across like lo-fi noisey gothic pop. I hesitate to use the word “Shoegaze” but it's there in this creature's genetic make-up. Bonus points for creating a greatly catchy singalong chorus.



Other notables: VS//YOUTHCLUB coming across like M83 with a case of the blues and a taste for bouncy techno. Okay, maybe that's a crap description. VS//YOUTHCLUB tend to make music I often find difficult to classify easily... PrettyFacesSplitOpen delivers a quietly stunning track, based around carefully glitched beats and abstract crystalline synth sounds that flow easily from movement to movement and moment to moment. ”Coffins” displays BL▲CK CEILING's own take on the traditional Witch House sound as per usual, with gliding bass synths and a melancholy piano melody that demonstrates why many consider hima t the top of his game at the minute. Other points of interest include :The Ceremonial Dagger, Koda, DARK MOTHER, and, of course the labelheads themselves, POLYHYMNI╬ö and fathomm.

In the interests of full disclosure, I also produced a track for compilation using a vocal sample that PrettyFacesSplitOpen thankfully provided, but I could hardly write about THAT could I?

Go get this stunning bit of compilation below.

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