MMx032 Stjerna – Bekkestua Bronx

Bekkestua Bronx – home of the hard, finally being paid proper homage to by one of its finest citizens, Stjerna, who started shaping his skills with Fruity Loops back in the day when occupying the only crack den not to have been raided by the police this side of Baltimore (said crack den much depicted in the ‘Brik’ music video posted below). Some of those older experiments ultimately lead to a few of the tracks on this record, which is why you can smell a light hint of purple caps and yam-yay sieving through your speakers when you listen to them. There’s also a mystique going on in this record, people in the know claim it contains a hidden underlying melody, if decoded correctly, it reveals the location of a secret haven known as ‘Bakgaarden’.

Mostly hard hitting, well produced, intrinsically rhythmic, weird, experimental and downright brilliant, Bekkestua Bronx delivers with one of the best odes to life on the streets in contemporary Bekkestua. Artwork by Morten.

1. Skuxxx
2. Base Di Alcool
3. Brik
4. Hilfe
5. It’s Not
6. Kompl
7. Paethon
8. Pwnd
9. Showdem

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MMx024 Applikation Neptun – #01 – 3417-41CB

Heavily inspired by Autechre and Amon Tobin, 21 year old Nikolai Straarup, aka Applikation Neptun, dives into the world of avant-garde techno and breakbeat with a somewhat puritan approach. Nikolai produces his sounds without using regular hardware or software synthesizers, he generates sinus-, saw- and square-waves and puts effects on them manually. It’s probably what gives his sound that cold and techy feeling and a sensation of being shot somewhere at random through wires at high speed over barren synthethic tundras, like a futuristic teleport signal gone astray. It sounds dark and cold, metallic, and incredibly intricate in its layering of especially drums and bass. Some of the rhythmic patterns on show on this six-piece EP are nothing short of stunning. Equally so, the mind bending atmospheres associated with early morning raves that has stalled in some sort of static claustrophobic blender.

Nikolai’s live show is also somewhat remarkable – he draws abstract and colorful images on a big screen in whatever simple image making program he has available on his computer. One of Nikolai’s more laborious efforts in Paint Shop Pro resulted in the cover for the EP.

01. The Sewers
02. Into Craziness
03. Nestesaippua
04. Ned I En Slugt 2
05. Treasure
06. Automatic Garden Improval System

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