Monday, January 9, 2017
New AST Batch: Circular Ruins / WRX / Suburban Cracked Collective / Jerome / 2200.
Circular Ruins is the guise under which Berlin resident Marijn Degenaar operates his electronics. On his two excellent releases for his own Portals Editions label, CR has crafted an excellent niche of kraut-influenced ambience and drone. This is a split release with Portals with a different variation on the artwork for local punters.
Dizzy is best known as a string-wrangler for important Sydney groups Low Life, Oily Boys and Orion (among others). WRX is a drastic departure from his previous rock n’ roll roots, seeing Diz take on 90’s Chicago acid-drenched and deep house sounds. I played his first show with him at weird dive pub, The Bald-Faced Stag, a few months back in Sydney and it blew me away, as did his three-track demo earlier in the year. These five tracks show a keen ear and time spent with the classics, albeit with a refreshingly personal twist. Ultimately, “Crackdown” is an effectively mixed bag of goods.
Shaun “Stan” Leacy was a member of highly influential Newcastle sextet, Castings. Castings made a major impression on me as a teenager, their seminal “Punk Rock Is Bunk Squawk” release pretty much opened my ears to what was possible with sound and led me on the path to where I am today, for better or worse. Similarly, every project undertaken by its’ members since has been of note. Bringing me to Stan, perhaps the most elusive member of the group. Cracked Suburban Collective sees him return to making loop-based music with guitar and electronics. At times ambient, at others more melodic and beat-driven. SCC recently contributed a piece for excellent UK label Where To Now? ahead of this, his first release proper.
I was introduced to Jeremy Harris’ Jerome project through his “Up 4 Daze” tape on influential US tape label, Night People when it came out in 2015. Since then, it has remained on steady rotation, forcing me to get in touch with the man behind the project seeking more material. On “The Ship Has Sailed...”, Harris presents a rock solid mix of lo-fried techno with a fittingly dire sample concluding preceedings.
Under his excellent 2200 project, Rory McPike returns to Altered States. This release was recorded as preparation for his set at Maggot Fest in October, the one-jam take sees McPike exploring the subterranean depths of electro to excellent effect.
Available direct from bigcartel / from the usual outlets soon. All orders will be posted Monday, 16th January.