|Benzokai & Tont||Rap Music Rocks||October 2017||CD/DL||SRS3|
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|Hard and boomy, that’s the sound of Tont, blacksmith and drum'n'bass enthusiast from Tallinn. Unsettling and gloomy are the lyrics of Benzokai – they’ll have hard time fulfilling the hopes of the intellectual party-goers. Here’s why:|
“Proper bass makes girls go wild
Proper girls make boys go hard
World needs fixin’ – this I know –
Buyin’ stuff is what I do!”
Our way is that of drum, bass, and unfriendly rapping.
Feels Like Driftin' 4:58
Rap Music Rocks 4:41
Feels Like Driftin' [Benzokai Ambient Edit] 4:58
Rap Music Rocks [Tont Riddim] 4:41
Produced by Benzokai & Tont
Mastered by Oliver Kuusmann
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|Artyom Astrov||Background Music (Vol 1)||February 2017||SD/DL||SRS2|
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|How often must we listen to a sound before we realize it? One time, one million times? Can one single sound be the same twice? How long shall it be? One minute, one eternity? How can we still sense ears wide open when the crunch of worldly affaires lays flat and dry in front of our hearts? Everything has already happened. All emotion has passed.
Of course, there were all those Ligetis, Hendrixes and Pärts. We’ve had it all, so close, so far. Walls covered with microbes, microphones, clicks, cuts, traces of gestures, edges, magnets, charts. Ages of what once would be accomplished, almost, ages of what could never last.
Thus, we reach the island, it suddenly unfolds in front of us. Clear, transparent, wide open, organ of fulfillment, straw of harmony, glimpse of a very moment, point of no return.
More. Colors. Stillness. Emptiness. Synchronicity. Ambivalence. Persistence.
Mirrors, doors, glass. Leaves, leaflets, leafless. Vast –
In other words: Astrov has created an astonishingly decent, pure & present surprise. It seduces our attention to let go of conventional acoustic consumption. It is of great joy to be reminded, that art shall start at the point, where unconceptualized playfulness and serious, serious professionalism tend to explore the yard.
Liner notes by SSMIDD
All by Artyom Astrov, except melodica by Savva Terentyev on ‘Nothing Happens’.
Recorded in Viljandi, August 2016.
Mixed and mastered in Tallinn, January 2017.
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|The negative space, the ambience, or simply said the very surrounding of a busker’s routine captured by a pair of microphones is both the method of and what you hear on ‘Tunnel’. The three components – the underground, the passersby and the melodica player – form an ambient portrait,
manifesting itself as a free play of social and aesthetic hierarchies.
In the tunnel, twenty to thirty seconds is what you have as a street performer to catch the attention of the unintended listener. Unsentimental setting, where for most only clear message matters.
But what really matters? If all this is about entertainment worth some coins, then it’s like squeezing out whatever hasn’t been squeezed out already by the black hole of consumerist inertia. Yet also this kind of rhetoric feels flat in it’s moralistic light; fortunately enough, it doesn’t make us into a dedicated spectator of every non-profit-oriented event.
One part of it is the unintended listener, trapped in the bardo (intermediate state) of travel, with one way in and one way out. The other part is the constanta-like presence of the street artist; although perceived as an object himself, he’s the one with an overview of what is happening. One can tell it by his gaze and body posture. But even the artist’s presence is relative in it’s scope. The tunnel regulates itself day and night, effortlessly and without judgement.
Performed by Savva Terentyev
Produced / Liner notes by Artyom Astrov
Designed by Sandra Kosorotova
Transcribed notation by Terentyev Music Publishing Company
Recorded in December 2015
Supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia