After Icon’s freeformish remix of Inner Universe I was hopeful that we’d hear some other versions that could fit more smoothly into a set – Hyphen has taken on the challenge, and come up with a very fine track that definitely lives up to expectations. There’s no overwheming the vocal with freeform elements here, but the pace is excellent and even with the acid lines and filters the production is somehow just as crisp as always. Definitely worth mentioning that the track is a free download from Hyphen’s SoundCloud, so there’s no excuse not to check this one out asap.
Slightly belated notice of a new(ish) set from me and Shimotsukei that went online recently and was part of Lucky Lotus 6 back in June. We decided to make things more interesting than the usual ‘one half each’ setup and try a more aunthentic back to back, alternating every few tracks. It all came together far easier than I was expecting, and there are a fair number of rarer/unreleased tunes amongst the classics.
Big thanks of course to Lucky Lotus and Shimotsukei for such a nice opportunity to take on something different, and I hope we’ll have a chance to give this another try in the future. Tracklist is below, and the set is downloadable on the FINRG SoundCloud.
01. Tyranoid vs Strongstream – Spice／Epice
02. Epyx & Cyrez – Game Over (Tyranoid/Strongstream Remix)
03. Epilim – Rapid Fire
04. Carbon Based & DJ Rx – Reptile
05. Pain On Creation & Fea – Unconsciousness
06. Epyx & Cyrez vs Fea – Untitled 4 Evah (Unfinished edit)
07. Nomic – Neptune
08. Alabaster – Galaxy
09. Re-form – Cyanide
10. Epyx & Cyrez – Neverlasting
11. Le Dos-on – Rising Sun
12. Proteus – Venla
13. DJ RX – Hellfire
14. A+D+A+M Lab4 – Psychopath
15. GULD – Hannya 2
16. VICE TEK HEAVY INDUSTRY – 3M3SIS
17. Betwixt & Between – Matsukin (Remix)
18. Nomic – Mutantit
Just realised that I gave a post-release update on Facebook but not here – mainly it’s to thank everyone for the support so far, and to let you know what’s been going on in the days since.
The release at CODEX was a big success, and from the first few minutes the online store went live there have been orders from all over the world. The FB announcement was to let people know that I made the first round of deliveries on Monday and Tuesday, but since then there have been plenty more and they’ll probably be sent out tomorrow.
Really heartfelt thanks to everyone for supporting and promoting the release, it gives me hope that there’s still an audience for our music and the potential for growth is definitely there. I’m hoping to get on the case with advertising more widely in other scenes, and there might need to be some alternative ways to buy the album for people in Japan, so stay tuned for that.
As an aside, I forgot how bad I am at packing anything, so apologies in advance for some over-enthusiastic efforts that might require a chainsaw to get through…
I’m in the midst of Codex prep right now, but just time for a quick note to announce the release of In Praise of Shadows. I’ll be out for the day, but the store is now active and I’ll be keeping an eye on things as soon as I get back. Any issues or questions, please let me know!
In Praise of Shadows finally has a release date, and it’s the day after tomorrow – you will be able to order the compilation on Saturday, or head along to CODEX where you’ll be able to pick up a copy on the day. Orders placed online will be sent out asap – probably the following day, depending on the response.
The compilation will cost a fairly standard 1500 yen, but some good news is that postage will be free (or absorbed within the cost of the CD, whichever way you want to look at it) and will take 6-8 days to most countries via airmail. I’ll have a simple guide to the ordering process over on the Music page, but of course feel free to drop me a message if you have any questions. The online store side of things is another expedition into uncharted territory, but I’ll be doing my best to make things as smooth as possible.
I’ll be promoting the release in all the usual places, but as time always seems to be short these days some word-spreading from the Horsers would also be really appreciated. How about thoughts on music sites etc. that might be interested in reviewing the album? I have a couple of places in mind, but I’m open to suggestions.
Apologies again for the silence here lately, but it was for a good cause – and hopefully things will pick up again after this weekend.
[Apologies for a shameless timesaving copy/paste from the TYFTH Facebook page]
Bad news with a silver lining, this time:
Earlier this week In Praise of Shadows arrived in seemingly finished form, and the release date was all set to be announced. Unfortunately a small but incredibly important mistake was made during the manufacturing process and there was no option but to put another round of CDs into production. This is happening as we speak – although the hoped-for release on the 20th won’t be possible, there is still a fair chance that the album will appear this month.
In the midst of it all there was at least time for a preview photo. Here you can see more of the album’s wraparound cover art by Gabriel Wigren, plus Sellekhanks’ work on the logo and design.
More info very soon, and thanks as always for the patience and support.
This year is turning into a vintage one for freeform releases, and now we can add the soon-to-appear CODEX EP courtesy of Raqhow and the CODEX crew. The release was a nice surprise for me too, so I’ll be looking forward to each preview as much as anyone – Hyphen’s Ignition is the first, and bodes very well indeed. Keep an eye on Raqhow’s SoundCloud for more until the release at CODEX7.
One of those ideas that has been lurking in the background for a long while, but now with In Praise of Shadows imminent it feels like time for a proper talk about a TYFTH forum. I’m grateful to a couple of Horsers for recently bringing up the topic, giving me a kick to look into how possible it would be with all the time restrictions I seem to be battling lately.
Seems like a bare bones WordPress forum would be doable with very little trouble (famous last words), which would at least be a start. Making it even slightly attractive might be beyond me, mind, so any advice from those who know would be welcome.
Interest around the compilation might mean a few new arrivals to the site, and potentially a new group of recruits to the TYFTH community. Even if dreams of the forum being a long-awaited replacement for the FINRG site turn out to be too optimistic, it’d be nice if the current TYFTH crew had a proper place for discussion and I wouldn’t be too bothered if it remained as niche as that.
Let me know if you think this is something worth pursuing – I’m confident that a release date for the compilation will be announced in a couple of days, and a simple forum could be the next project after that.
Nomic – Lucky Lotus Online Music Festival 6 / Solvynt – Lucky Lotus Online Electronic Music Festival 6
Lucky Lotus 6 was very high on quality, and I’m still working my way through a few of the sets from the event. So far my favourites have been Nomic and Solvynt, two distinctive sets that did a fine job representing freeform.
Nomic’s hour won’t disappoint – it’s one of the nicest balances of melancholy and harder stuff that I’ve heard for a long while, while the WIPs and new tracks mean there’s plenty for Nomic veterans to check out, too. We have to mention the opening, of course, as the third part of Falling Star is an absolutely beautiful track that does more than enough to distinguish itself from the ’08 version. Watch out for new track Shattered, as it starts a very classy section from there to Black Lotus, before the traditional harder finale, this time of Leave Me Alone / Mad Man and Holocaust.
Solvynt’s set comes at things from a DJ angle, and so in my book the transitions, selections and ‘story’ of the set should take centre stage. Right from the start it’s clear that Solvynt has kept that in mind, as the Superstition – Purple – Tendrils of Reality combination is about as good as you’ll hear anywhere. There’s a lovely flow to it, from the psychedelic darkness to the way things build up to the harder stuff with Tendrils, and if things had maintained those standards for the entire set we’d be looking at an all-time classic.
Easier said than done (and I certainly don’t think I’ve ever managed it either), but even when the flow is interrupted slightly the tracks themselves are high quality choices. It’s from Brionac, though, where things get back into top-level territory and the kind of twisted atmosphere that’s so hard to get right with freeform – that move into The Ghost of Jupiter is great, followed by some superb use of Nomic and Pain on Creation. Unicorn Grove signals a classic Alek/Betwixt finish, a nice way to end a very impressive hour.
Back from a recuperative few days away, and time for another update. In the back of my mind I’ve had 10th August as a release date to aim for, but alas there’s some more waiting to do and that won’t be possible. Two weeks ago I was told by the plant that an ETA on the CD’s arrival would be possible within seven days – still yet to hear anything, and so today/tomorrow will be spent chasing those responsible.
More news as soon as I have it, of course…