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Listen to IDS001, the Official ID Spectral Launch Compilation by Louis Sterling-Snell

"Ability II has been a hugely influential bleep 'n' bass milestone" (Bleep.com on Ability II)

"Auxx demonstrates that we are privy to something truly un-matched and admirable" (URBNET / Fontana on AUXX) 

"Yu Miyashita (aka Yaporigami) continues to baffle the ears.” (Igloo Magazine on Yaporigami)

“I listen to so many artists that wield a vivid sense of atmosphere, but London’s Anji Cheung goes one step further.” (ATTN Magazine on Anji Cheung)


ID Spectral records are to release their launch compilation on 02/08/18. The compilation album will feature over an hour of innovative and experimental music, from artists such as Aphex-twin approved artist Ability II, Anji Cheung, Yaporigami, Valance Drakes and BBC music's AUXX. The launch compilation marks the birth of the new label, introducing many promising young artists to their roster.

Listen to IDS001 on your preferred service : https://fanlink.to/IDS001

ID Spectral is a UK based record label and multi-disciplinary arts collective promoting the sounds of innovative creatives worldwide. The multi-media imprint was founded by BBC supported artist Louis Sterling (aka. AUXX), with A&R assistance from Jamie Moore (aka. Mote), both of whom will feature on the compilation. The imprint is running out of Brighton, UK, having secured support from Resonance Extra and Radio Cascabel - as well as relationships with the State 51 Distribution and Frisson Radio.


ID Spectral are also running bi-weekly radio shows on Resonance Extra (https://extra.resonance.fm), which will feature guest mixes from artists on the compilation, as well as regular mixes by the labels founders.

Expect impending updates about ID Spectral and our upcoming releases.

Follow ID Spectral :

www.idspectral.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IDSpectral

Twitter: https://twitter.com/idspectral

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/idspectral

Bandcamp : https://idspectral.bandcamp.com

 

IDS Feature : Hironori Nagatsuma by Louis Sterling-Snell

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Feature by Jamie Moore. 

When you hear the term “ambient”, in the west - one might consider musicians such as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin or Harold Budd. However in Japan, there have been a vast amount of producers that have utilised musicality and the soundscape by means of cultural expression. 

Hironori Nagatsuma is an Ambient/Glitch artist and producer working out of Izunokuni, Japan. He has self-released 10 Compositions albums on his bandcamp page with the latest surfacing this May. His work focuses on the deconstruction of the voice, coupled with expansive sound design and refined, yet dynamic minimalism.

He also displays a keen eye for the visual arts, especially photography, with the release of his work often accompanied by series’ of vivid photographs of urban Japan, published on instagram. His music will feature in our upcoming compilation, and will be doing a guest mix of his own music for IDS on Resonance Extra on 25/7/18.

Interview : Hironori Nagatsuma

Your music juxtaposes jarring vocal glitch elements with smooth, airy synths, is there a deeper conceptual message behind the aesthetics of your work?

Each songs are produced to express something. I think human voice is an excellent instrument that evokes feelings. 

In genres such as electronica or noise music as well as pops, I think that those who likes it find some sort of melody in it. 

Human voice is used to express melody and emotion.

I totally agree with the expression of an airy synth. The fact that shapes are not clear, I think those things result from showing various forms depending on the viewpoint.

There is some thoughts in myself that the world is full of variety and interesting place and sometimes we cannot understand each other.

Was there a specific musical experience, or set of experiences, that motivated you to create the music that you do?

Thinking of the connection between sound and emotion, and the analysis of other people's songs. And creating the sounds that I use for tracks themselves is one of the motivations towards new expressions.

Could you give us a brief description of the electronic/experimental music scene in Japan, perhaps highlighting any differences to the scene here in the UK?

Although it does not change from before, I do not think that the scale of the Japanese scene is so big. 

However, recent SNS development has enabled direct connection with artists who I am interested and it is very convenient. 

Modular synths are getting popular in my surroundings.

I do not understand UK scenes well. Since we began acquiring music on the Internet, we often know the origin of the artist(s) afterwards.

 

Do you have a favourite track or album at the moment?

This year's album is "Oneohtrix Point Never / Age Of".

"More recently, I listen to old radio programs and radio communication sound on youtube regardless of countries. It is interesting that the atmosphere of the era is confined there.

What was your favourite record when you were younger?

  1. Alva Noto - Prototypes
  2. Mono Fontana - Ciruelo
  3. Charles Koechlin - Paysages et Marines Op.63
  4. Rino Cerrone - Rilis Label
  5. Rhythm & Sound – Rhythm & Sound

Are there any specific people, musicians or otherwise, that you find especially inspiring?

Artists taking no notice around them relentlessly pursuing their own expressions are stimulated regardless of genre.

If you had to compare your work to that of a visual artist, who would it be?

I can not answer because I do not have any knowledge about visual artists.

Is there a direction which you can see your music taking which you haven’t yet explored?

The use of acoustic instruments. Or making the simple instrument itself.

Follow Hironori : 

Bandcamp : hnagatsuma.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud : soundcloud.com/hnagatsuma

Instagram : www.instagram.com/hngtm/

Twitter : https://twitter.com/hnnggttmm

Distant Animals to Feature on IDS Launch Compilation by Louis Sterling-Snell

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#IDS Artist | 007 :

We are incredibly proud to announce that Distant Animals will be featuring on the ID Spectral launch compilation.

"A true researcher of sound, Daniel Alexander-Hignell has recorded, written, performed and researched numerous socially-oriented sound works across Europe, often choosing to work with a diverse range of collaborators, including visual artists, choreographers, theologians, lawyers, and political activists.'" With his latest release "Lines" on Hallow Ground, and a more recent feature on the French Revue & Corrigée - he has blurred the lines between an experimental practise, pulling new and unique takes of jazz and modern classical, whilst drawing contemporary concepts of the soundscape.

Listen to Distant Animals : https://bit.ly/2NrVBmw

Distant Animals Live at Brighton Modular : 

Anji Cheung to Feature on IDS Launch Compilation by Louis Sterling-Snell

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#IDS Artist | 006 :

We are incredibly proud to announce that Anji Cheung will be featuring on the ID Spectral launch compilation.

With a truly unique approach to sound, the atmosphere of Anji's works has fallen under the umbrella of avant-garde music; more specifically the industrial, ambient and contemporary spectrum of electronic music. And it is by no surprise that through this she has gained the attention of The Quietus, NTS Radio, and ATTN magazine, accompanied by ritualistic live performances in spaces that inhibit the ethereal environments of her strong-bodied soundscapes. 

Listen to Anji Cheung : https://anjicheung.bandcamp.com/

Anji Cheung (NTS Radio) : https://bit.ly/2NohFhY

Loraine James to Feature on IDS Launch Compilation by Louis Sterling-Snell

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#IDS Artist | 005 :

We are incredibly proud to announce that Loraine James will be featuring on the ID Spectral launch compilation.

With a plethora of works, live performances and radio shows on platforms such as NTS Radio and BBZ LDN, Loraine's electronic and experimental works have been considered closely to that of Telefon Tel Aviv or Aoki Takamasa, sitting somewhere amongst the experimental banner of Warp Records or Ninja Tune.

Listen to Loraine James : https://bit.ly/2JtONCH

Watch Loraine's performance at EditedArts London.

 

 

 

 

RHGT to Feature on IDS Launch Compilation by Louis Sterling-Snell

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#IDS Artist | 004 :

We are incredibly proud to announce that RHGT (Red Hook Grain Terminal) will be featuring on the ID Spectral launch compilation.

RHGT is the industrial moniker of sound artist Jordan Edge, who's works have gained the attention of Opal Tapes, Always Human Tapes and Panatype recordings - with his releases 'L A T E X E S' and "Inorganic" encompassing the concepts of 'dampened acoustics, half destroyed spaces, dead room tones and manipulated environmental surroundings'.

RHGT (Official Website) : https://www.jordanedge.co.uk/

Watch "Le Souffle", soundtracked by RHGT : 

 

 

 

 

Valance Drakes to Feature on IDS Launch Compilation by Louis Sterling-Snell

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#IDS Artist | 003 :

We are incredibly proud to announce that Valance Drakes will be featuring on the ID Spectral launch compilation.

Crafting complex sequences for well over a decade, Valance (formerly MusSck), has been previously been labelled as “London's glitch pioneer”, and is a well respected producer within the Glitch / IDM scene, from England to as far as Japan.

Over his career as an artist, he has gained the attention of Richard Devine (Warp Records), Annie Hall and more - with releases on many different imprints, including Detroit Underground and the Schematic Music Co.

In 2016, Valance was featured in "What is IDM? Meet Valance Drakes : London’s Glitch Pioneer" - an article originally published on Rhythmist Music. 

Read here : https://bit.ly/2KZgt7Q

Listen to Valance : https://bit.ly/2umYM84

What is IDM? Meet Valance Drakes : London's Glitch Pioneer by Louis Sterling-Snell

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“Mate, where do you go these days to listen to IDM these days? Is it still a thing?.” Asked a drunken friend of mine. We were outside of a nightclub in the small town of Bath, playing the most generic drum and bass records on the dance floor - through a system that sounded like the speakers of an old Sony Ericsson mobile. It was shit. I came outside to rest my ears, and escape the catastrophe of Bristolians that flocked here to listen to - what they thought - was a relatively underground, rebellious and industrial style of music.

IDM, an abbreviation of “Intelligent Dance Music”, “It Doesn’t Matter”, or... “Isosceles Dodecahedron Maths” (as sarcastically labelled by a friend of mine), is a genre of music most commonly demonstrated through the works of Aphex Twin and the array of artists signed to Warp Records. Warp were originally based in Sheffield, and it’s no surprise that Yorkshire’s industrial environment, bitter cold air and endless cups of tea then lead founders Steve Beckett and Rob Mitchell to set up the most morally-obscure, yet incredibly influential electronic music label. Autechre? Flying Lotus? Squarepusher? List can go on. But these guys are indeed pioneers of today's forward thinking electronic dance music.  

“Basically, all of the artists on Warp need therapy”. - Steve Beckett

After Warp released their first “Artificial Intelligence” compilation in 1992, they proceeded on with the development from Techno oriented music, to releases that were more obscure and industrial, sonically to speak. The artistic collaboration Autechre, are a duo on warp that practiced this particular sound, releasing records that aesthetically fit perfectly to their name. Below, is a screenshot of an Autechre track with their software - digital performer. It’s yet another one of their complex compositions, and would’ve quite honestly given Beethoven a seizure.

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Remember, this is music that was practiced heavily throughout the 90’s to the early noughties, so software and technology weren’t as accessible enough for them to produce everything simply in their bedroom, with something as basic as a laptop. Tom Jenkinson, better known as Squarepusher, is an artist that experiments heavily with arrangement, using an 8 track and tape recorder to layer his bass guitar to drum machine sequences, early computer programs and synth patches. He’s been a keen user of PD and the early version of NI Reaktor, primitive programming environments of which enable him to practise DSP (Digital signal processing) in his work.

I interviewed Valance drakes, a UK based producer of Detroit underground - a record label and artistic platform that ties Warps influential glitch aesthetics to their catalogue of music and sound design. As reserved and quiet as the producer comes across, Valance has been previously been labelled as “London's glitch pioneer”, and is a well respected producer within the IDM scene, from England to as far as Japan.

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[Interview : Valance Drakes]

Louis : Thank you for taking the time out to answer a few questions man.

Valance : Not a problem.

Louis : So you’ve had a very strong discography spanning over many years. How long have you been producing music for? What essentially got you into it?

Valance : ‘97, that was a savage year for me, a friend of mine played Delarosa & Asora (Prefuse 73) Sleep Method Suite, I never heard this style of Ambient or Hip Hop before and was hooked. His release in ‘99 - “Crush The Sight Seers” blew me away.

Louis : There seems to be a big conflict between producers that use hardware and software these days. What’s in your setup? And how do you go about producing your records?   

Valance : It doesn’t matter what you use it’s how you use it, my setup has always been a laptop and FL Studio, and even though it has its limits I gave meaning within my limitations. Creativity is sometimes a difficult situation by challenging yourself. Put some sounds together and wait for the outcome - if you vibe to it then continue. If not, save, because you never know it might come handy for later on. The only conflict that I know is creativity comes from a conflict of ideas.

Louis : I hear a great Hip Hop and Breakbeat influence in some of your music. Have you always been keen for IDM and glitch orientated music? What are your roots, musically?

Valance : Hip Hop, but with its references such as Glitch, Ambient, Experimental (etc).

Louis : Are you keen with the abbreviation “IDM”? Steve Beckett, the founder of Warp Records seems to not associate with the term. What’s your take on this?

Valance : Everyone is entitled to their own opinion if the choices are before them. Music is music - downtempo, fast pace or out of this world. If it’s good, then vibe to it.

Louis : Do you have any producers, or labels you aspire to?

Valance : Yu Mitashita, Hiroto Kudo, Ametsub, Geskia, Kiyo, Notuv, Flady, and a bunch of savage producers from Japan.

Louis : I understand you used to release under the alias Muss_ck? What was the motive behind your name change?

Valance : Two people: Giovanni Marks: He wanted me to use my real name for the release of Tales From A Game Boi (RIP David del Monaco for doing the artwork) and Jimmy Penguin for when I released my first ever vinyl record with him. Most people think Valance Drakes is not my real name and that it’s made up, classic people ha.

https://soundcloud.com/mussck/untitled-is-a-title-feat-arovane

Louis : Your last project “Struggle Experienced Internally” was amazing. It very seemed to be a concept album, explored with crazy drum sequences, glitches and ambient melodies. What did the record personally mean to you?

Valance : I made a lot of beats filled with anger when my old man passed away from cancer back in 2012 and this album were some of those tracks. During that same year, Geskia from Japan released an album entitled “Muon”, and that album meant a lot to me as it was a healer and eventually became fond on the sound and that’s the path I took. I owe the people of Japan. The likes of Yu Miyashita - that’s my brother right there.

Louis : So following on from your record “Struggle Experienced Internally”, what have you been up to recently?   

Valance : I released a vinyl on my own entitled “Promise is a Comfort to a Fool” for the 10th Annual Community Skratch Games which took place in Galway, Ireland at Easter and sold out which I was surprised about. UK BMX Flatland Rider Jason Forde been using some of my tunes for promos for his event Ground Control, which I wish him all the best.

 

Louis : I understand that record was released with Detroit Underground? How did you get into contact with them? They seem to be a very respected label.

Valance : Annie Hall via Soundcloud, she forward my stuff to Kero. Those guys helped me a lot putting together the EP (A Fatherless Child) which came out on Vinyl.

Louis : You also mentioned Richard Devine of Warp Records hit you up for a remix a while back? How did that come about?

Valance : The legend himself posted two projects - one that I did with Bedroom Research and the other with Schematic. I got an email by the Detund (Detroit Underground) label boss Kero saying he wanted me to remix for him, and honestly I thought Kero was chatting shit, and now I’m a shadow man of his crew ha ha.

https://soundcloud.com/mussck/richard-devine-oxin2lin 

Louis : I want to ask - where do you think the IDM scene stands in today's electronic music scene? Japan always seemed to quietly be all too familiar with the genre since it started. I’m also hearing the term “IDM 2.0" by the way? What is that exactly?

Valance : I’ve not a clue what IDM 2.0 stands for, you’re asking the wrong guy.

Louis : Finally, labels such as PC Music and Brainfeeder are still exploring IDM through styles of modern pop music and Jazz. Do you think musicians and labels are still exploring the genre as it was in the 90’s?

Valance : Always, and there’s no harm in it as long as they remain true to themselves. Honour their visions and respect their influences by paying homage.

Follow Valance -

https://soundcloud.com/mussck

https://www.facebook.com/valance.drakes

https://www.discogs.com/artist/2334191-Valance-Drakes