I realize I haven't posted yet anything from Greece, so this is a first.

Fluxion is Konstantinos Soublis, owner of Vibrant Music and an extremely proud member of the Chain Reaction roster (who wouldn't be, right?) through which he released several 12"s and two albums (3CDs overall) of deep techno and Berlin dub of the Hardwax variety. And interesting ones, actually, for those who don't own them (*).
Later on he established Vibrant Music to release his projects mostly, though quickly came along some newcomers (Qebo, Naono, Pridon) as well as the rather famous in Greece Coti K. A change in his style became apparent, especially in his CD-formatted outputs (his 12"s and sporadic live sets are a bit more energetic), moving away from the nautical dub excursions of the BC camp to sound art/ sonic landscapes territory and sound-designed ambient.
Best suited for headphones, this album is more for the isolationist than the smoker.
Some more of Vibrant will be posted in the future, though by visiting their site here you can listen to most of their stuff.

Fluxion - 2001 Spaces
Part 1 - Part 2
Info here.

(*) And if you really don't own them, just stop reading and go buy them and have a great weekend.

Time Trap Technik

Some more of The Advent. Just Cisco Ferreira, that is (earlier posts here and here).

This is the electro side of The Advent, mechanistic and jittery and spacey. First released on his own Kombination Research and then on Gigolo Records (half of the tracks were previously released in his KR 12"s), most tracks are typically loops in rather fast BPMs, without many changes and far from the average electro pop song structure, while others sound as if they were customized for Hell's label, with '80s feeling and arpeggios. The basic fierce energetic Advent feeling is always there, of course, so an old fan would hardly be disappointed (I know I wasn't). On the other hand, the whole project seems caught somewhere in the middle between Ferreira's desire to experiment with pure electro forms and his natural tendency to produce club tools. When it works it's great (see 'E-Tox', a masterpiece) but in my opinion his tracks are designed for and work better as breaks between his more 4/4 tech tracks. Still, for that special night when you'd like to listen to robots music, 'Time Trap Technik' delivers.

The Advent - 2000 Time Trap Technik
Part 1 - Part 2
Info here.


Yesterday I came by this one which has a lot of direct downloads - interesting live and DJ sets from a lot of people I like. And a couple of great mixes. So go there and get them.

By the way, every once in a while I update the 'Detroit Audio' post with links of new sites.

Art Of Dance: Exhibits

Back from a relatively short but much needed summer break, I thought I'd kickstart this season with more Detroit goodies.

Art Of Dance is an early '90s label run by Kenny Larkin, a rather famous one of the 'Third Wave', also known as Dark Comedy, Yennek, Lark, Pod, etc. He had some early releases in Plus 8 and WARP so it's no wonder he quickly got big, especially in Europe. Through Art Of Dance he released only a few 12"s. This is the CD version of ART-2001 plus a few extras and was first out through Distance, then through its sub-label... Substance. Of course, most tracks are by Larkin, along with the Sean Deason (*) track 'The Shit' (which was re-vamped by 2003 through Matrix) and Stacey Pullen's self-explanatory 'Freeky Deeky' (as Kosmic Messenger). Soulful deepness and banging beats in a nice package, with love from Detroit.

Larkin is preparing a new album, while aspiring to work as a stand-up comedian in California where he now resides.

VA - 1996 Art Of Dance: Exhibits
Part 1 - Part 2
Info here.