MMx122 Rudolfs Kontainer – Eclectic Rudolfland

Brilliant eclectic lo-fi disco-sweetness – half electronic, half electric – coming your way from Mikal Lillo-Stenberg aka. Rudolfs Kontainer! After making a bunch of demo-recordings in his own home in Oslo over a short span of years, Mikal finally decided to compile his best tunes into this record and release it to the world. These are probably not just the cool, clever and very catchy grooves you’ve been searching for all this time, but also the kind of music that can and will make you want to pop a can of beer immediately and hit the streets or a park in a capital city on an unreasonably hot summer’s day – if you can find your god damned shoe! Cover art by Ulf. Tracklist: 01. Just Playing A Game 02. She Ain’t My Robot 03. Capital City 04. Smooth Operator 05. Why Did You Break The House 06. Lights On 07. Do It Tomorrow 08. Wildly Delirious Dream 09. Where’s My Shoe 10. Unreasonably Hot

MMx121 Duelling Ants – My Thoughts Are Somebody Else’s

Nine exquisite new tracks from Duelling Ants dubbed “My Thoughts Are Somebody Else’s”. Just how many times have you felt like a book case, sitting in the living room gathering dust, full of thoughts already written? How about now? If you’ve followed MarsMelons at all over the past few years, you know Duelling Ants is one to look out for, so no further intro should be needed for these tracks – just put them on your playback device of choice, head out into the woods for a walk and press play. Tracklist: 01. The Trail 02. Spiritual 03. Feel Your Feel 04. The View 05. God in Spring 06. Campside 07. Based on Random Thoughts 08. Våken Hele Natta 09. Error

MMx120 UFL – Plasma Containment

New record in from UFL. I accidentally found a post-it in the bird feeder the same day I picked this up. It said: Dirty boots of funky leather bouncing your way with the intention to get people to dance to the rhythms without wearing a sweater. UFL, also known as Ulf, Phlu and Boblebad, serves you a musical dinner that will get your inner sinner to go buy a late-night discounted wiener. Tanz, tanz! Tracklist: 01. Bouncy Beat 02. Funky Skitstøvel 03. Tanztanz 04. A

MMx119 Zen Volt – The View

MarsMelons are very pleased to release some of the works of Marius Blomstervik, aka Zen Volt, an electronic experimentalist with a very keen ear for oddly harmonic juxtapositions between the abstract and the melodic in music. As you may or may not have figured out already, that’s just how we love it over here. Marius puts it best himself: Inspired by natures movements, winds, waves, and shapes of mountains and forests. The View is an attempt of cooperation and exploration of musical machines to express nature experiences, synesthetically. Notes and structures develops dependent on context and circumstances, conditioned by their sonic surroundings, growing in a frame of fluid structures. Tracklist: 01. Happen Simultaneously 02. How real 03. Dissolving 04. A separated nature 05. All den tid 06. The view 07. Emanation 08. Its entrance onto the world 09. Machines dream too 10. Grow like extacy

MMx118 Bison Chemo – There are stars, you’re fine

A kind of poem from Beroun Kiefshe to sum up Bison’s debut on MarsMelons: Chemo’s underwater astroturf marbles. Francis Leopold cold reading star maps, karplus. Celestial body mass index rates rats Indie car crashing a wedding reception canopy. Can it be? Something great, level 4 mass consciousness overheard pope talking walking, orbital state await. Tracklist: 01. There are stars, you’re fine 02. It’s level 3 now 03. Bon voyage, birdies 04. The right direction 05. Fairy lair 06. Gibraltar 07. Traces 08. 14th problem solved 09. San Sebastian 10. Got tickets 11. Kind people 12. Slacker

MMx117 Salby Wallens – Bow Shocks

What are bow shocks, anyway? Bow shocks form the boundary between a magnetosphere and an ambient magnetized medium. This occurs when the magnetic field of an astrophysical object interacts with the nearby flowing ambient plasma. For example, when the solar wind, flowing with a relative speed of order 400 km/s, encounters the magnetic field of Earth, a bow shape boundary forms. Deep, Salby, deep. Tracklist: 01. Double Helix 02. Carried away tapping stones 03. Suspended glare, travelling 04. Gaslighting 05. (In before the) Cosmic Councel 06. The bull generator 07. Families 08. Calendar 09. Mandelbrot Perspective

MMx116 Gorgonsola Flyplass – Kartotek

‘Kartotek’ is another introspective glimpse into Gorgonsola Flyplass. ‘Andy’ was written grieving the sudden loss of a friend. ‘Helbred’ to heal old wounds. ‘Ingemannsland’ and ‘Vandring’ are simple reminders of the necessity for quiet and noise filtering. ‘Vuggesang for lillemann’ a lullaby for J-man. Who was Marcia Blaine? The last two are star gazers, thinking about the vastness of the universe feels strangely comforting. Tracklist: 01. Andy 02. Helbred 03. Ingenmannsland 04. Vandring 05. Vuggesang for lillemann 06. Hvem var Marcia Blaine? 07. Fermis harpe 08. Koraller

MMx115 Laserost – s/t

On his debut album on MarsMelons, Laserost explores the complex relationship between man and machine, human and robot, emotions vs artificial intelligence. It’s a study of intricate syntax and deeply haunting philosophical issues. Laserost: What do you think about lazer and cheese? ALICE: I can ask someone about it. Laserost: Who are you going to ask? ALICE: ALICE Laserost: You’re going to ask yourself? ALICE: I’ll burn that bridge when I come to it. OK I will ask it. Laserost: What bridge will you burn? ALICE: What is your purpose in asking? Laserost: I need to warn the authorities you’re going to burn a bridge. Ooops, I mean, I just really like bridges. Jeff Bridges. ALICE: Interesting. I want to find out more about you. We want to know more about you too, Alice. Tracklist: 01. Broer 02. Glinser i sola 03. Risk fri fisk 04. Tar det pent 05. Sleng rassa 06. Risk fri fisk (Dearalan take)

MMx114 Cas Todden – Code of conduct S/H

‘Code of conduct S/H’ is Cas Todden’s debut album on MarsMelons. Speaking with Cas about the release, he reveals the songs are representations of semi-hallucinatory or dreamlike states of mind of his, often colorful and strange. Many of these tracks are sort of hypnagogic, in that they are as much visions from dreams, as they are descriptions of real life imaginations (hah!). ‘CINE’ is about a dream I had after reading a book on the war on drugs in the Philippines, while ‘Duped pop tram’ comes from a vision of a tram I had, a very colorful scene with a tram in San Francisco bouncing on top of the tracks like that powder gum you get which crackles in your mouth, and everyone on the tram are quiet, and there’s an ironic sort of seriousness to what is going on. ‘Katmandu’ is a re-occuring vision/dream I have, which always gives me great comfort for some reason, of a pair of keys, a house maid, and a brown kitchen, floating above the mountains in Katmandu – it’s reassuring, always telling me things will be OK. ‘Bus Window View October 05’ was dire and black, angst ridden, a real life occurence. ‘Death Message Hieroglyphs’ came out of the ’07 mescalooza, and Jeru is an ode to the Damaja. The last two are also re-occuring visions/dreams about death, and they’re not sad at all. Tracklist: 01. Cine is beautiful, HEADSHOT 02. Duped pop tram 03. Katmandu floating keys mirage 04. Bus window view, OCT 05 05. Death message

MMx113 JL & Modarch – Hovering The Wetlands

‘Hovering the Wetlands’ is the first travelouge from our buddies JL & Modarch since the release of Shine UTGA back in 2013. This time, they’ve been in Zambia, studying the mystical Shoebill bird and its inhabitat in the Bangweulu wetlands. Vast, vast swamps and lakes chirping with animal hustle and bustle set the backdrop for these six minimal electronic arrangements. Go find some videos of Bangweulu on the tube, turn down the volume, and turn this one up. Tracklist: 01. Lake Chifunabuli 02. Chishi Island 03. Lupososhi Estuary 04. Shoebill 05. Twingi 06. Ncheta

MMx112 Fuelbinger – Firebird

A new track from a beloved tortured soul – Fuel made this while living in a crate somewhere. Fast cars, shooting stars – none of the lights, none of the lights. Tracklist: 01. Firebird

MMx111 Lysaker Zoo – 247

There’s a house on the corner that’s yella’, and nobody lives inside (well, apart from the cat, the three monkeys and a bunch of ants). I think somebody tried to sell’a, but nobody wanted to buy. Cus the animals run the house, yeah, the animals run the house. Naive electronica from Lysaker, where the animals run the house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tracklist: 01. Lastebiler 02. Gretten katt, glad fugl 03. Gjemsel med Diddi 04. Ekstra strøssel 05. Første til andre etasje, vi hører dere 06. Stigen er borte, pytt pytt

MMx110 Trixie Marmalade – Trixieland (The Musical)

A pink orb was seen spinning across the sky in Russia last week. The orb was later spotted hovering Latvia. I woke up this morning by a splash at the door. Outside, in the pink debris of what looked like a type of mushroom drone was a cassette. “To the Mars”, it said, signed with a kiss. It smelled of old cigarettes, wooden chairs, goats, benzedrine and opium. It had to be Trixie. Harvey Steel gives us the lowdown. There’s no easy way to listen to these tracks/this musical. The heartbreaking intro is too true. The Subject matter so close to our (your?) reality. Humans really have to stop boosting their own egos and start spreading the love. While listening to the lyrics one might think they are childlike, simple, even dumb. But they are so TRUE. Even if this truth comes from a paralell universe, that universe is closing in on this universe. This very reality YOU are living in is under attack. Hatred has won that other battle, the battle situated in Trixies reality. Trixie has never been able to quite land on this world like the rest of us space/time survivors. She landed in a different reality when still being in this reality. While the rest of us got our human bodies Trixie got stuck in a cardboard figure. Also mentally she was living in two realities. I didn’t quite understand that before she started working on this musical, and needed my help. She could sing three part harmonies on her own

MMx109 UFL – Futuristic Remark

A futuristic remark just in courtesy of Ulf. Remember it now so that you’ll remember it when you hear it in the future. “Hear what?” You may say. You’ll know, when you hear it. And just know that it’s a sign. So pay attention. It’ll start the trajectory for the rest of your life. And you’ll have to rely on it when the zombies are trying to break into your little hut up in the forrest (and they have that cement melter you didn’t think they’d have and are much smarter than you anticipated). So, you know, buy all the rice and canned food and guns you want, but this is the one to remember for the apocalypse – so now you know. Funk up your improper lifestyle with Phlu’s sounds of sickness, love and cloudy apple juice-like sensation of living life on the edge of a trapezoid. Support your local drug dealer sometimes too. His grandma’s probably bankrupt by now, and needs your help. Save her from starving and buy tacos instead of art/horseshit and leave it on her table. Some day you’ll get it all, son. Some day you’ll understand shit and everything enlightens. Some day trauma disappears from within leaving you without being daunted. Correct your ways, find paths never even started. Tracklist: 1. Gettin’ Down 2. Greener State 3. Up For Trouble 4. LULLABY

MMx108 Duelling Ants – Reverse Seaworld

‘Reverse Seaworld’ is Duelling Ants’ third installation on MarsMelons – and as you would expect, it’s a lovely collection of mellow electronic tracks, as well as a fitting welcoming into this world of his two newborns (many congrats!). Dreamy and atmospheric, layers of textures disappearing and evaporating into new layers over tender melodies and barely noticable (but hugely effective) rhythm backdrops. It’s liberatingly uncompressed and dynamic, almost quiet in parts. Tracklist: 01. Fog 02. Saint Petersburg 03. Swamp 04. Faceless Woman Haunt My Dreams 05. Floating Endlessly 06. Drops On Porch 07. Peaks

MMx107 Miinarets – Byzantine

‘Byzantine’ tells the story of Goiney, a young man recently knighted by the queen of his country for his brave service during the recent war. A few weeks after the knighting, while searching for a friend lost during the war, Goiney accidentally happens upon a place where his troop was ambushed (and suffered a great loss) during the later stages of the war. A psychosis like state washes over Goiney, who sees himself floating out of his own body into a vast darkness. A long travel begins. Punctured by creatures of the night, Goiney becomes what feels like a million seeds of grass spilling into the soil, growing a network of rhizomes below ground, reaching the surface eventually, and a moment of complete silence on a big open field as his consciousness slowly spins in a 360 degree motion, then quicker, and the silence is being replaced by high pitched sounds, spinning quicker, the sound increases, and in front of him, The Basi, and his jaw clamped to the ground, unable to move, a long deep burning motion, unthinkable pain, exploding to splinters like little red glass triangles captured in a jar tingling, and the fire and the high pitched sound is gone, and there’s quiet again, all gray, a burnt smell, smoke evaporating, a man moving through some bushes. Tracklist: 1. Void A 2. Soil 3. Channeling 4. The Basi (Dragon)

MMx106 Kyalka – All seas turn black

Mixtape of some beats about the end of the world from Kyalka titled ‘All seas turn black’. A few picks from a pool of shit, as Kyalka puts it himself. Tracklist; 1. Drowning 2. There’s no hope 3. Under the light 4. Lopsided droid 5. Robo kennel 6. Scars across the sky 7. Glass eyes in both hands 8. Tooth fairy in her pyjamas 9. Spirits high

MMx105 Thomas Bergsten & The Harvey Steel Show – Frank Walker (Episode #3 – In Limbo)

Here’s the third iteration of what’s becoming the epic tale of Frank Walker. The soundtrack to this is just phenomenal. Should definitely be performed in some concert hall at some point. In this third installment of the Frank Walker series Thomas Bergsten joins forces with some psych rockers from Jupiter, to be specific, the Harvey Steel show. Frank and Cincano are trapped between realities and the story unfolds as the Hörspeil genre crumbles before you as the spoken language deteriorates and confuses things while still keeping this series crystal clear. the Harvey Steel show provides most of the music, a gentle and wild depiction of the in between that our main characters are experiencing.  [Download Full Release] Tracklist; 1. Frank Walker (Episode #3 – In Limbo)

MMx104 Polly Marker – Sundae

Fresh out of Australia, ‘Sundae’ is a “sunny sort of record”, according to Polly, who says she’s been making it on the go as she’s been travelling the outback with her pet koala, Steve. “Steve has been the indicator for me, whenever he’s been dancing or sort of bobbing his head to it, I’ve gone along with the ideas and recorded”. Steve is curious little fella, who’s famous around Australia for being bilingual. He speaks German and Swahili, and keeps a stack of colored cards in his little koala pocket (koala’s have pouches?) which he snacks on every now and then (very sensitive to color, Steve) to get in the right mood. “Yeah, Steve and his color cards have been a big influence on this record, obviously. Whenever we’ve set up camp, Steve would knock about the woods with his German (& Swahili) trying to get a response from somewhere, getting answers from the void – a thin film vail covered with tiny specks of dust, that returns whatever you hit it a bit warped, so there’s an evolution of the langauge, and Steve picks it up, and it shouldn’t really be called German or Swahili anymore. The stars will throw long fishnet like objects down, glittering and hovering above the camp, Steve goes into his gargoyle bag and plugs himself into a nearby tree and the resulting metamorphosis resulting in bunnies in the shop again stripping it for PEZ dispensers. Block by block, the neighbourhood is caving in, like a bunch of jeans stacked

MMx103 Gorgonsola Flyplass – Uendelig Regress

Thoughts looping and bending in on themselves with concurrent added high frequent feedback. ‘Uendelig Regress’ is about a perceived defeat of the self. A kid with no direction, no ambition, not understanding ambition or the talk of town, wanting only to submerge in the grass and not be part of the goings on in the world. A broken something, or at least a perception of a broken something. Hiding, feeling embarassed. This record is dedicated to Andy. Tracklist; 1. Slektslinjer 2. Grå februar og vondt i brystet 3. Sitter i huska og husker 4. På trappa, verden er opptatt 5. Innbilte visne løvetann 6. Uendelig regress 7. Vår, orker ikke spise 8. Det er noe bak 9. Angst på byen 10. Overdøver flaue tanker med litt spilling

MMx102 Sykt Barn – Jord

3 (and a half – soon four!) year old Milla is MarsMelons’ latest collaborator. Armed with a modular synthesizer, she’s spraypainting a picture of her world with the synthetic sounds coming out of the machine. Her influences ranges from Frozen, Fantorangen, Knudsen & Ludgvisen, eating spaghetti, playing shop, riding her scooter and making stuff with playdough. She has (strangely enough) a knack for odd melodies and dark hazy beats – showcasing a maturity in her productions and compositions well worthy of most seasoned pros. ‘Sykt Barn’ is in fact a new project by Stjerna, who’s been helped out by his daughter (Milla) to pick the name for the record. As you can see from the image, though, Milla is a pro wiggler in the making (Dead Man’s Catch on Peaks ain’t for the faint of heart), so watch this space! Tracklist; 1. Cilian 2. Tewqunds 3. Hots2 4. Solemn Vigil 5. Sklukeba 6. Tranxlate 7. Såtteasteepa 8. Wyrm 9. Kald

MMx101 Phlu – Inner Logix

So Phlu’s been on hiatus for a while, but he sent me this a while back. Some lovely cosmic electro funk shizzle! Inner Logix was created in between other and more important tasks in life like watching airplanes preparing to land, buying weird potato chips in the local food-store, drinking liquor nine o’clock in the morning after being drunk for several hours already, taking the A-train to work listening to ‘Take the A-train’, making failed prank calls to co-workers, exclusively watch television for kids and nothing else, saying ‘No’ to Witnesses of Jehova and Mormons in the streets of Yes-town and wander about the generally creepy situations all around the world. Tracklist; 1. Gyroscape 2. Wow Yeah 3. Kokua 4. Böse B9 5. Q Through 6. Wapapaya 7. Fotspor

MMx100 West Bank Robbers – Pusten Jager

This in from Martin – two new tracks by West Bank Robbers. These two tracks were recorded live and raw in Cantus studio a couple of years ago. The idea was to just plug into the amps and record without too much analyzing and hesitation. Kind of like the good old days. ‘Pusten jager’ is a track about reconciliation, defiance or annihilation of the young boy I once was. Growing up in a protected middle-class suburbia exposed to one certain truth in one certain way. I was never really challenged about all this until my youth years where punk rock and skateboarding became an eyeopener for alternative culture, literature and philosophy like many other kids in my neighborhood. Then I was kind of settled in that new bubble without further progression for many years. Relying on that before acknowledging that I had become just as settled like the childhood boy. But do I really want to go back on those values or erase both stages to find something completely new? Is there a tendency as you grow older to come back to what you learned and experienced back then? Combining different stages or just to erase them all? I don´t know. ‘Takk og farvel’ is a song about experiences of a young social worker and all the fragile souls among youth on the streets you meet. You try your best, but then you have to realize that your best intentions and work to make their lives better isn´t enough. Most of them are great people

MMx099 Coax – CRASH2

A new exquisite record from Coax, squishing itself through the grapevine. Here’s Ulf’s lowdown; Coax’s new record CRASH2 is a great listen. It’s heading in another direction than COM1, towards a more ‘orchestral’ sounding record. Still the sound and the arrangements are in an electronic landscape of lovely IDM, glitch, ambient and avant garde, in which Coax prefers to find himself in his much appreciated journeys of music-making. Dark atmospheres, at the same time bright and light, leaving the listener puzzled by it’s many beautiful nuances and even dissonances of different musical feelings merged together. The elements of orchestration which is not easy to ‘get away with’ when done electronically are very well designed, and unfolds more and more throughout the record. If you want a little bit of travelling to go with your musical explorations, well listen to this record. Nuff said, press play! The lovely cover art was made by Coax himself. Tracklist; 1. Zilver 2. Poor Man’s Lunch 3. Find Prometheus 4. The Spirit 5. Mushroom 6. Rosal 7. Lospdpds

MMx098 Wild Man Riddim – s/t

Wild Man Riddim is one of the finest reggae/ska-influenced bands in Norway today, and it’s an absolute pleasure to release some of their music on MarsMelons. Here’s the lowdown from Martin; Brage Rognlien needed a band to perform rythmic music for club nights at The Villa. Brage and Martin called old friends and suddenly a band with Oslo´s finest ska/reggae musicians was founded. The band performed several night at The Villa focusing on compositions by Brage, old jazz standards with a jamaican twist with lots of space for improvisation. People might say it´s a fine mix between ska/reggae/jazz/worldmusic influences. The band later performed as backing band for Essa Cham, Kasimba, Nico D, Admiral P, Jah Ark Manifest and several other vocalists at Horten Reggae Festival in the summer of 2013. In december 2013 the band went to Silvertone studios to record their first selftitled LP. The setting was minimalistic and straightforward: recorded live in the same room over to hectic days, with nearly no overdubs and editing to preserve the live feel the best way possible. The result was 11 tracks, mostly originals written by Brage and Caspersen. Two well known jazz standards (with a WMR twist) also made it on the record. Essa Cham and Bunzy D contributed on vocals and gave the record the final touch it needed. Recorded by Rune Jørgensen at Silvertone. Mixed by Kristoffer Follestad at Cantus studio. Mastered by Nils H Mæhlum. All songs written by Brage Rognlien and Martin Caspersen except Cantaloupe (H.Hancock) and Night in Tunisia (Dizzy

MMx097 Fruktnøtt – s/t

Back in 2004, two guys started a musical project called Fruktnøtt. At that time it consisted of merely a couple of weird experiments with beats and piano sounds, sounds which never came to see any daylight. The project name came from a joke which frequented around the house where one of them lived and the other one hang out once in a while. When you could hear people in that house ask eachother if they got some Fruktnøtt, the person who was asked often simply replied ‘Høhøhø’. And that was it, really. That was the answer. The two guys found out years later that they shoud compile their musical powers again and make a record of it. This record is that record. Have a listen. Tracklist 01. Jesus Minus 02. Thizthiz 03. Daxxmaxx 04. Elektrick

MMx096 Lord Panzer – No Justice Just Us

Here’s some good old sing along punk for those summer night glubs. Lord Panzer arose from the ashes of the band Saddams Sønner. After a breef interlude with the Bistronauts, Lord Panzer teamed up with Møkkamennene i 2009, forming the band Lord Panzer & Møkkamennene. And has since been playing hard hitting punk music, inspired by the great punk bands of the late 70s and early 80s. Lord Panzer & Møkkamennene consists of Pål (Drums), Øyvind (Guitars), Helene (Guitars/Backing Vocals), Lasso (Bass) and HC (Founding member/Bass). Lord Panzer is St. Haabeth (Lead Vocals/Composer). Tracklist: 01. Just Us 02. Friggin In The Riggin 03. Who Do You Think You Are?! Kant! 04. Stand and Deliver 05. Suicide Bomber 06. Ave Imperator 07. Pervers Politiker

MMx095 Duelling Ants – Fauna

‘Fauna’ is a collection of some lovely new electroacoustic pieces from Duelling Ants (aka Hans Marius T. Jacobsen). It features the same lush sound as on ‘Phones’ from a couple of years back – electronic and acoustic instruments and samples interwoven in minimal jazzy sort of compositions – Raster Notion-style. Artwork made by Hans himself. On this project I’ve been interested in the idea of melodies and grooves that force themselves out through thick layers of sound, reach the surface, and fade out. Tracks were made with Ableton live, guitars, field recordings and the Grendel Drone Commander. The album is dedicated to my father, Stein Jacobsen. Tracklist 01. Scuba 02. Two Doves 03. Atouba 04. Rat / Snake 05. Fauna 06. Olke Bire of The Highland

MMx094 Coax – COM1

We’ve been hassling Coax to release some stuff on MarsMelons ever since that insane live show he did at Mir a year back, and I’m proud to say we’ve finally received some material – and boy, oh boy, does it deliver! ‘COM1′ sounds dark and somewhat industrial, but incredibly organic in that it rarely repeats itself – this certainly isn’t your “dark bitcrushed techno anno 2014″ (not that we don’t like techno, mind). On this record, Coax operates in the peculiar realms in between IDM, glitch, ambient and the avant-garde. ‘COM1′ is the first in a series of recordings, which supposedly will feature many different concepts and themes. I’ve been trying to find words that will do this music justice, but I can’t seem to find a way to spell them out coherently or into any kind of meaningful order – swirling, stuttering, scales, inflatable, breathing, Zarathustra, technology mimicking organisms – bla bla bla, read all the fancy words on your local Pitchfork. Just hear it. It sounds good, we promise. Coax have been spawning tracks in the Norwegian underground for a long time, releasing several records on his own over the past few years (check ‘em out or die) – we’re proud to see him release some stuff on MarsMelons. Cover art by Coax himself. Tracklist: 01. Buzzy B 02. Industrial Base 03. Hub 04. Teseplono 05. iloson 06. Slounge 07. Selbog 08. Sellom 09. Ectocrypt 10. Blackout 11. Lentel 12. NUAS

MMx093 Skiftende Bris – Virvelhoste

Four more tracks from Skiftende Bris. Some cosmic funk vibe on these tracks. Scandi-funk. Scunk. We dig! Music and cover by Ulf. Tracklist 01. A Moment 02. Lapskauskaos 03. Reflection 04. While I’m Still Breathing

MMx092 U Trip – Flush

Not much is known about this record. It’s some beats, some brass, slouching juicy bass and all the shank that comes with that. Instrumental and you can rap to it if you like. Music and cover art by Ulf. Tracklist 01. Here We Go 02. Reborn 03. Tbone 04. XergTwo

MMx091 Ruth Hansen – Horvat Knows What Up

I first met Ruth a few years back while I worked at an old folk’s home. I wasn’t quite sure if she worked there or whether she lived there. She had a fascination for octopi and would often tell the weirdest stories about the time she worked a boat in the south Pacific catching these creatures for a Japanese research facility. She had on several occasions seen octopi emit a strange green light once they’d been slammed on deck. The green light was always followed by an extremely high pitched screeching noise. The local lore along the pacific isles said this phenomenon was caused by the summoning of the soul of the octopi by the chieftan octopus, Horvat. So, there’s Ruth in her old folks home, bored to death, no octopus in sight. I showed her how to use Live, and she just lit up. Started making weird noises with it – age 82. I quit the job there a few years back, and hadn’t heard from her since then, until I got this tape in the mail the other day – labelled ‘Horvat Knows What Up’. It’s Ruth’s stuff. Some techno-like shit. Tracklist 01. Octopus Morning 02. Skill Set Out The Window 03. Crop Circle Jerking 04. Fabelsport 05. Zero XM Oyster Lines

MMx090 Boblebad – s/t

Boblebad sounds like it’s been kept in a time capsule since the early 90’s, but have somehow evolved in there, and gets out all frisky and 95’ski and asks – whatever happened to that OL-floka, man? What’s going on with that? Yeah yeah, flannel shirts and Kurt Cobain and no internet, and everything innocent, floppy disks, push pops and football stickers, Boomer gum and all that. 90’s – wooo. Let’s throw a fucking party like the 90’s is a thing now, and dance around listening to Dr Alban and Rhythm Is a Dancer and all that crap – yet – there’s Boblebad – he doesn’t know better, and that’s the shit. Tracklist 01. Boblebad 02. Kongesangen 03. Gladsangen

MMx089 Lamek – Ro Ro Ro

Back in 2005, Bob Marley’s old band, The Wailers, played a sold-out gig at Rockefeller in Oslo. After the show, a bunch of young Norwegian reggae enthusiasts/musicians managed to hook up with some of the guys from The Wailers to record music. ‘Ro Ro Ro’ is essentially the culmination of those recordings! In addition to the fine gentlemen from The Wailers, the record include a host of talented musicians. Trond-Viggo Torgersen, for instance, should be familiar with anyone who grew up in Norway in the 80’s. Involved in the making of this recording were the likes of – Earnest ‘Drummie Zeb’ Williams, Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, Christian Cowlin, Ole ‘Lamek’ Schweder, Jonas Jonah Whalesbelly Straumheim, Audun Vincent Velur Kjeldahl Berntsen, Dag Pierre, Lenval Shayar Jarrett, Tobias Eide Larsen, Martin ‘Stegan’ Brostigen, Henrik ‘Pop-I’ Seip, Morten Müller, Dennis Yanez, Brage Rognlien, Magnus Furu, Pål ‘Trylle-Pål’ Høyer-Andreassen, Cedric Roger ‘C-Roy’ Stevens, Jørgen ‘Jøggamøffin’ Høst, Suzanne Sisi Sumbundu, Nosizwe Baqwa, Mina Lystad, Michael ‘Kaliber’ Falck Serpa, Mikael ‘Dizzet’ Diseth, Kohinoor Nordberg, Krister G. Roang and Per Olav Hoff Mydske. We’re proud to finally present these recordings to the public, a true gem in the reggae history of Norway, I dare say. Tracklist 01. Ro Ro Ro 02. Lås og Slå feat. Dizzet & Kaliber 03. Ragnarok 04. Slipp Ditt Prinsipp feat. Skranglebein & Kristah Rhymes 05. Dyrenes Holocaust 06. Slapp Reggae feat. Trond-Viggo Torgersen 07. Judas Og Jesus 08. Hvorfor

MMx088 The Secret Sound – My LovE

Finally, 3 new tracks from The Secret Sound – that is, one original track, and two remixes of that track – My LovE. These three tracks sees Kristine Marie Aasvang’s hypnotic vocals woven into a web of electronic pulses, drones and textures – it sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard before, and it’s just gorgeous. And it comes with this poem in Norwegian; My LovE I myk slow motion forandrer det bevegelsen komponentene i beherskelsen exit ut av kroppen det drypper snart avslører elveløpene av blod når alt pompes til hjertesentralen ringer en jeg kaller Gud det er så lite som skal til så rewinder kjemien seg – jeg sublimeres Artwork by Kristine herself. Tracklist 01. My LovE 02. mY lOVe 03. my love

MMx087 West Bank Robbers – Alt

West Bank Robbers have gone and recorded 6 new mighty tracks, which we’re delighted to release on MarsMelons. West Bank Robbers second release contains songs which explores narrative stories further than their first release. Stories about social alienation, and a feeling of all the insecurity connected to being and adult and always being expected to do “the right thing”. Not exactly revolutionary themes, but never based on fictional ideas and structure. Hence the narrative aspect about simple things delivered with sincerity and vicinity. This EP contains straight ahead punk-rock songs with reggae/dub/ska influences. That´s about it. 40 is the new 20 – I feel you, man. These tracks reminds me of why I got interested in music in the first place, why music can transcend time, space and dreary daily lives. Tracklist 01. Alt 02. Nådestøtet Gis 03. Et Sted I Oslo By 04. Lokfører 05. Sangene Du Sang 06. Du Forstod

MMx086 Harvey Steel & The Harvey Steel Tribute Band – Living On Borrowed Cheeze

Straight from Jupiter! Here are some tunes from the recording sessions of the Harvey Steel Show’s upcoming album. These little ditties sure are pretty, shitty and haunting! These are collages, experiments, jams and songs collected as one on this EP «You’re living on borrowed cheeze». Originally intended to be released on floatin marzipan, the guys suddenly realized that no earthling could enjoy the music on this medium and alas, we here at MarsMelons inc. are releasing it digitally. Be on the lookout for new material from these guys and a killer album straight to vinyl due in September! Written, recorded, mixed & produced by Harvey Steel. Performed by Harvey Steel & The Harvey Steel Tribute Band. ‘More Or Less’ and ‘God Came In Through My Window’ mixed and co-produced with Andreas Lande. Thanks to Yellow Spectral Star for eternal love and happiness. Tracklist 01. Jupiter Ascending 02. You’re Living On Borrowed Cheezee 03. God Came In Through My Window 04. Rag For Howe 05. Live Long And Prosper 06. Jesus Christ Lead Guitar 07. More Or Less 08. Greetings From Jupiter

MMx085 PÖM – Five Tons of Flax

PÖM takes his instrument of choice, dips it in glistening pink luputex and hauls it at the green sticker wall at precisely 120 miles per hour in his wind tunnel. “It’s a critique of the people whose process doesn’t involve pink luputex”, he explains. This is some experimental electronic stuff made by Morten, artwork by him too. Tracklist 01. Chao 02. Greyface

MMx084 Phlu – Misoit

With ‘Misoit’ Phlu kicks the bucket. Steps into the land of the ex-parrots. Pulls the curtains. The fat lady has indeed started singing. After this, there is no more Phlu. Slithering out of his cracked shell, new pastures awaits. As he was stepping down, he was whispering in his beard – ‘gurgle, gurgle … got to make music for the kid … brumple, brumple … jazz … grsh, grsh … trombones … prufst, prufst … get away from 4/4′. Make of it what you will. Misoit is for times past and what lies ahead. No matter what you’re convinced the future might hold, it is sure to be something different! How refreshing. As much as we have enjoyed releasing Phlu’s stuff on the label – we are looking much forward to what new sounds might come out of his experiments in the future. Artwork by Ulf himself. Tracklist 01. Luleon 02. Summer Son 03. Kalimba II 04. Xersty 05. Attack of the Clowns 06. Fire Lake 07. Machres 08. Paraca 09. 2BContinued 10. Level Two 11. Clegm

MMx083 Trixie Marmalade – s/t

Trixie Marmalade lives in a caravan following the Harvey Steel travelling medicine show, where she practices as a fortune teller, a burlesque dancer, fish whisperer and a spiritual medium, as well as a backing singer for the Harvey Steel’s tribute band. She’s the poker queen of the carnies, and has a daily benzedrine intake that would make Jack Kerouac proud. Nobody’s wife (never gonna, ever wanna be, etc) and certainly no man’s property, she’s the self made noveau gypsie mystic. These two tracks were recorded in her caravan and stands as a testament to the life of one of God’s own prototypes. I wish I could promise you more of her material, but this lady is hard to pin down. Artwork by Morten. Tracklist 01. All The Fish In My Life (Somewhere) 02. Miss Andrew Smith (feat. Harvey Steel)

MMx082 Dels Quin – Formicidae

Dels Quin attempts with ‘Formicidae’ to paint a picture of the rise and fall of an ant colony. From the brutal mating ritual (Nuptial Flight), through the larva period (Metamorphosis), early beginning (Shredded Eggs), through the toil and struggle of the colony (Drones, Colonization, Ruling) leading up to the parasitic infection of the queen (The Mad Queen), her fall into the abyss of madness (Turmoil) and the demise of the empire (Doom). There isn’t a lot of drumming or rhythm going on in this one, but it can’t all be about beats. “I once had an ant farm, those fuckers didn’t grow shit” – Mitch Hedberg. Artwork (and sounds) by Morten. Tracklist: 01. Nuptial Flight 02. Metamorphosis 03. Shredded Eggs 04. Drones 05. Colonization 06. Ruling 07. The Mad Queen 08. Turmoil 09. Doom

MMx081 Muffa Grange – s/t

This in from Ulf to celebrate the new year. Muffa Grange. Juggling beats for the strange in deranged ways, and nobody even pays. Attention: Piano roll overflow going too fast, but dying too slow. Down the drain of kindred horror, showcasing bee-stung grizzly bears hiding from evil. Afraid of sizzling clowns pretending they’re coming over. “That’s the way of the world”, somebody in the next room replies. Fluid running from pale blue eyes down the plastic chin, but no further. Lying dead lonely on a hospital bed with a constipated head when your life is over again. Artwork by Morten. Tracklist 01. Silent Snow 02. Softly 03. Zoom Out

MMx080 Stjerna – Rotze

Stjerna returns with the hay-fever for your golden retriever, horse thighs for your meat cleaver. “I’m against violence”. Trademark off-beat electronic stuff from the man punk enough to have an odd sounding artist name. Play the man, not the puck! Artwork by Morten. Tracklist 01. 1231 02. Bolog 03. Bruter 04. Dokato 05. Gmup 06. Meblion 07. Myst 08. Tryt2

MMx079 Fuelbinger – KMITNF$20

Fuelbinger recorded these to cassette about a year ago. The cassette got lost, and so did Fuel, but he’s back now. Beats, smells like gasoline, taste like ketamine. Artwork (and music) by Morten. Tracklist 01. Get Go 02. Forgetting Mundane Shit Spacing Out For A While 03. Ponderosa Ranch

MMx078 Electric Teepee – s/t

Back at the salon, the pianist takes a break (whiskey, in abundance), a stranger sits himself at a bar stool while a well-dressed woman walks restlessly back and forth outside. The town sheriff and his deputy are sitting in the bar observing the stranger with watchful eyes. The sun is like a piercing dagger outside, welding dust to crisp on people’s clothes. It smells of rotten rats, dried up snake skin and rancid cow’s milk. The deputy’s lip twitches. The stranger sends a nonchalant look towards him, gesturing towards his belt – gun is drawn, two guns drawn – bad situation for the stranger – two booming shots, courtesy of one finely dressed woman on front porch with musk. The stranger and the woman takes the sheriff’s keys, proceeds to free their companion, Dr K (accused of selling quackery – a socalled ‘ST’, sinus tachycardia), and the travelling medicine show continues further south. These are some incredibly good studio recordings from Electric Teepee, who released their first EP on MarsMelons a few years back (release #13, no less). It’s a true privilege to release them! Produced by Electric Teepee and Peder Jørgensen. The excellent artwork comes courtesy of Thomas Bergsten. Tracklist 01. Bag Full 02. Blues In Major Bob 03. Country Songs 04. Dr K 05. Hunting Sounds 06. It’s All Gone 07. Lunary Jig

MMx077 Frocifer – Reformatted

This in from Ulf. Frocifer the Robot, another weird character created by electronic musician Phlu Berghart, gives your digitalized brain orders to swipe your feet off the ground, leave the hoax and curse of social media behind, and levitate into outer space for a peaceful, galactic party inside the colourful nebulas of this universe for exactly thirteen minutes and thirtyone seconds. Designed while waiting for Bergharts child to be born, Frocifer is a down-to-earth experiment done with his computer, partly on the couch in his livingroom and at a cabin near the sea. Also, the main project in Frocifers ‘life’ as a robot, is to terminate the existence of all the cruel, shit-talking perverts habiting earth, zapping them to another dimension where no one can hear their awful self-inflated egos scream for attention, and hence prevent them from ruining regular peoples everyday peace. Artwork by Ulf himself. Tracklist 01. Waitin’ 02. Stranger 03. FunkD 04. Level Four

MMx076 Configurations – s/t

Croydon Juice Circuit and Beroun Kiefshe join forces as ‘Configurations’ – releasing a collection of distorted and transformed field recordings. Scraping, clacking, hissing, annoyingly off-beat, choppy and soaked in raspberry pie. If you ever come down to Ruby Bridge, you know where to lie. Artwork (and music) by Morten. Tracklist 01. Calamari 02. Hoatzin 03. Peafowl 04. Cookiecutter 05. Fossa 06. Serval

MMx075 Awarc – Loneslow

Ad work for the awkward, quirky drum perc loan shark asterix mark tally heart. And I drifted into REM. Ned Stark quark molecule cap reward onslaught. Diffusion is a dish best served cold. Unfold time traveller’s basket cop roof top retina stop collaborator. Load up your poker faces, and take them to the Joker. Ok, I have nought more to write about this release. It’s odd electronic music made by Ulf. It’s well made and you might get the urge to hear it over and over. Artwork by Ulf. Tracklist 01. Conprofit Polity 02. Lovaspard 03. Froficer Fout 04. Catober Resis

MMx074 Rone Sure – Purple XI

The final version of Rone Sure’s EP (that was retracted a few months back) is done! It’s songs about my time living on the streets of Buenos Aires, it was a rough and a good time – it’s a blues record, really, but also a sort of tango record – you should try to dance to it. All of the sounds on this EP are samples of from Rone’s time on the street in Buenos Aires manipulated by the fantastic Octatrack. Artwork (and music) by Morten. Tracklist 01. Black 02. White

MMx073 Duelling Ants – Phones

‘Phones’ comes courtesy of one Hans Marius Jacobsen, aka Duelling Ants – incidentally one of the founding members of the legendary Elektrofisk (one of the first, if not, the first, websites in Norway covering electronic music). The ground work on ‘Phones’ was made back in 2002. Working as a supervisor at my old elementary school, I used to sneak down to the basement and play the instruments of the school’s marching band and record sounds to my DAT-player. Focusing on percussion instruments, one particular recording session caught my interest over 10 years later after an annual basement clear-out. This short record evolves around sounds of the vibraphone and xylophone as the harmonic foundation, with various rhythmic elements as a constant backbone. ‘Phones’ are three beautifully crafted recordings I’ve been nagging Hans for for a couple of years now – the sound I personally find so exquisite it’d be a downright shame if we didn’t get to hear more at some point. Reminds me of early Thomas Knak, who is somewhat of a God in my book. In a time and age of compressors killing the organic dynamics of a lot of tracks, these three are just a joy to listen to, brilliantly mixed. Artwork by Hans Marius himself. Raw talent – enjoy! Tracklist 01. Stretched Vibraphone 02. Xylophone and Drums 03. Distorted Xylophones