The Mirror and the Light by Middlemarch

 

The Mirror and the Light album cover

Finally something new from cubus ! The duo of Dimitris Avramidis and Ross Baker, better known as Middlemarch, join the Carpe Sonum roster after the quietly devastating Wolf Hall, issued on Time Released Sound in 2014. This disc of remixes retains the magisterial heft and splendor of that sterling debut, with all the album’s participants building on the duo’s template while adding numerous idiosyncratic touches of their own. The opening “Visitation”, strangely enough, doesn’t really prepare you for the detached, pixillated sparsescape of “The Dead Complain of their Burial” but its cinematic vocabulary is as revealing in its own atmospheric way as its predecessor. Across the record’s timespan, the collective of remixers that includes Mick Chillage, Maps and Diagrams, Darren McClure, Ambidextrous, Neotropic, Off Land, and others wrestle with the duo’s blossoming & Budd-ing tendencies, reflecting the subtly shifting piano motifs and flurrying electronic textures in their own inimitable fashion. Chillage especially shines, as his interpretation of “A Painter’s Eye” is a thing of regal beauty. Neotropic’s post-classical side is also especially notable, as her version of “Visitation” channels a strange, quasi-glitchy/ivory-tickled hybrid, maximizing a myriad of odd warbles and Derbyshire-esque touches to produce over six minutes of pure pleasure. So rarely do remix albums succeed on their own merits; here’s one where the sum easily transcends its component parts, setting a new gold standard by which successive others will no doubt be judged.

The remix album can be streamed and purchased here – https://middlemarch.bandcamp.com/

Memories Overlooked: A Tribute To The Caretaker

 

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Memories Overlooked: A Tribute To The Caretaker”, is a collaborative effort of over 90 artists (including a new one from cubus), paying tribute to the visionary works of Leyland Kirby — in particular his Caretaker project, a long-running ambient affair exploring memory, nostalgia, and more recently, the effects of dementia. In proper fashion, this compilation was diagnosed with having early onset dementia, and is mixed and arranged in accordance with the advancement of the disease. Every passing hour, to quote Mr. Kirby in regards to his ‘Everywhere At The End Of Time’ series, “will reveal new points of progression, loss and disintegration. Progressively falling further and further towards the abyss of complete memory loss and nothingness.” The project began as a compilation for the fans, by the fans – yet upon receiving numerous submissions from artists whose family members had battled with dementia, it seemed to take on a more meaningful purpose.

100% of the digital proceeds of this compilation will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), who for 37 years, have been advancing research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease. The prestigious No Problema Tapes will be releasing an exclusive run of 4x cassette box sets before the end of the year. (stay sharp…)

Tonight, let’s all raise a golden drink to Leyland Kirby, aka The Caretaker. We know the score.

Listen and download here – https://caretakertribute.bandcamp.com/

Exclusive new cubus track on Touched 3 mega-compilation

 

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After much anticipation Touched Music has finally put out a new compilation titled ‘Touched 3’. The mammoth release contains 417 tracks, with some of the world’s most prominent electronic artists featured.

808 State, Amon Tobin, Autechre, Bibio, (cubus!), CJ Bolland, Future Sound Of London, Holly Herndon, Mark Broom, Mr Signout, Nils Frahm and Plaid represent a fraction of the wealth of talent featured on ‘Touched 3’.

All proceeds will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support, a cause that Touch has already raised over £38,000 for since its launch in late 2013.

Speaking about the project, label founder Martin Boulton said: “After three years of running Touched, ‘Touched 3’ is the biggest and (I think) the best release to date. I’ve been overwhelmed from the start with the support and kindness of everyone who has contributed to, and been touched by, Touched Music. Not only can people feel good from giving to charity, they get a shitload of top tunes – a win-win in my book. Music can make a difference.”

(original words from Patrick Hinton of Mixmag.net)

Download here: https://touched.bandcamp.com/album/touched-3

vole-kaye-knows

 

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The annual most IDM competition on watmm.com has chosen a large volcano on Mars as this year’s winner, and asked for contributions in tribute to the 25km beast.

Tracklisting:

Tricone – Mars Base Night Watch (05:07)
Northern Plastics – When the Red Dust Clears (03:04)
Grain Bastard – 72 Pascal (03:01)
Nimajeb – Omon (08:08)
Sweguno – Psalm of the Polypheme (06:58)
Grain Bastard – Tumbling Red Tragments (03:00)
kamulja – sherpa (01:52)
Zephyr Nova – Ascending Olympus (04:56)
Zephyr Nova – Red Majestic (04:20)
Raccoon Acid – Tharsis Bulge (03:45)
cubus – Nix Limpus (12:14)
iteritinerant – scarpfall (03:51)
Embers Lucent – Hypoxic Ascent (Venture Beyond…) [Excerpt] (10:21)

Downloadable for free on bandcamp here – Clickedy click face

New cubus remix released through Bandcamp

 

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A rather more old skool remix by cubus for the band International Debris, it’s a near 10 minute piece opening with glitchy drones before swiftly jumping to a more accessible beaty venture

Download here for free (or whatever price you want!). EDIT – Currently unavailable for download as International Debris reconstructs their discography