28 Nov 2014

Tree Of Wolves get remixed by Canadian producer On Planets.

Tree Of Wolves are formed out of the music passing through Carmarthen’s music scene combining beautiful vocal harmonies and catchy hooks. Having recorded their first single 'Icy Water' in 2013 travelling up North Wales to ‘Nant Y Benglog’ and working with producer and  ex-Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci band member John Lawrence. This year they have released another two singles 'Half Light' and  'Let The Night Take Me' recorded and mixed by Owain Jenkins at StudiOwz, Haverfordwest.

They have recently had the track 'Half Light' remixed by electronic producer On Planets who has turned the already great song in to a well crafted piece of electronic wonder. Stripped back and turned in to a reverb drenched and chilled production, keeping focus on the vocal harmonies of the original, On Planets does this track great justice moulding it in to a gem of a house track. The great news is that you can stream the track and download it for free on the Vancouver based artists Soundcloud. Take a listen -

27 Nov 2014

International focus: Thriftworks releases trilogy of albums, Fade, Fader & Fadest.


Filled with intricate details and beats that give way to ambient interludes, found sounds occupy the space between evolving synth lines, pitched vocals and heavily manipulated samples. Elements of instrumentation on this predominantly instrumental piece. Fade is a starting point to a journey through the mind of a sonic perfectionist. What's good about this release is that it's not just one banger after another but has movement and a playfulness with focus on several aspects which makes for a well rounded electronic work. 

Available now for 'name your price' on Bandcamp - http://jatlas.bandcamp.com/album/fade


Fader is the 2nd of the trilogy. It is the most generous with 33 tracks in total! Bubbling in to existence, Fader has the sensibilities of DJ Vadim with the synth lines found on productions by the likes of the Glitch Mob yet never losing the playfulness of Fade. A blend of eastern samples, percussive elements and the deepest of subs, give way to straight up Hip Hop beats. This is a joy to take in and will be on repeat for a long time. 

Available now for 'name your price' on Bandcamp - http://jatlas.bandcamp.com/album/fader


We come to the end of this trilogy with Fadest. If Fade is an introduction then Fadest could be seen as a farewell. Combining the aesthetics of  the two previous releases it explodes  through the headphones, jumping around from left brain to right brain firing off the synapses. Definitely more directed at a club sound system there is still time for elements of jazz and pshycadelia to keep the heads interested. Release date - 1.12.14 

Just uploaded on to Thriftworks Soundcloud yesterday here is the opening track from Fadest. Free download available -

For fans of experimental electronic music from the likes of Soulection, Brainfeeder, Ninja Tune et al 

Thriftworks is a head therapist and Fade, Fader and Fadest are his latest prescriptions. I'd suggest taking your medicine. 

Hear more from Thriftworks over at http://jatlas.bandcamp.com/music

24 Nov 2014

'Tracks' Peski Records latest release from the field recordist Location Baked.


This sometimes disjointed sometimes perfectly musical work from Location Baked titled ‘Tracks’ is an exploration of field recordings gathered during travels around Europe. It is possible to hear influences from the experimental works that came from the German movement of Krautrock and also the more academic works of field recording pioneers such as Pierre Schaeffer, John Cage and Walter Ruttman. Loops of found sound built up and combined to create musical collages of sound. 

These field recordings are broken up occasionally with instances of electronic percussion or what can at least be translated as a drum track. ‘Tracks’ is definitely borrowing from loop culture that we have become so accustomed to and infatuated with but also leans in to the more experimental side of sound manipulation especially noticeable on the track ‘Club’, if this is what clubbing is like in the mind of Location baked then it must be a great place to be.

Through capturing these different sound worlds Location Baked has managed to present short moments of time, and therefore memories of his travels in a very interesting way and as an EP this release works, each track flows in to one another well and it is definitely a piece that should be experienced in its entirety. It is great to see experimental music getting a platform from a label based in Wales (Peski) and hopefully we will continue to hear releases like this and other works getting the exposure they deserve. 

For fans of field recording and experimental electronica from the likes of Luke Vibert, Prefuse 73 et al.

Here is another track titled 'Pub' from the EP. 

You can download this release today direct from Peski - http://www.peski.co.uk/release/1005/peski031/tracks-ep

"Earlier self-releases have included a fictional road trip around South Wales by Kraftwerk under the moniker Stuttgarter Strasse (Soundcloud) and the first EP 'Dislocation Brakes' under the Location Baked name (Soundcloud). His track ‘Caution’ was featured earlier this year on the ‘CAM 1’ compilation album of experimental music from Wales, whilst the 'Tracks' EP is his first release on Peski." http://www.peski.co.uk/release/859/peski024/cam-1

20 Nov 2014

Electronic Music Wales loves you and needs you this Christmas!

This Christmas I have decided to run with a re-launch of my blog EMW in line with a University project at USW where I am currently studying Creative Sound and Music. I will be conducting interviews with a few exciting projects happening in the music world and I will use the Christmas holidays to promote the relaunch through a Newsletter designed on Mailchimp. I will be gathering emails in the run up to the relaunch and using my social streams on Twitter, Facebook and Google + to reach a large audience. 

I believe that around Christmas more people will have free time to read about and listen to the featured artists and this will help EMW gain popularity within the music community. 
Alongside conducting the interviews I will take this opportunity to give the blog/website a makeover and I plan to have it ready by the time the newsletter is sent out. At the moment the blog is running on Googles Blogger platform at this URL (http://electronicmusicwales.blogspot.com). I would like to take this opportunity to create new collaborations and connections to keep the concept of EMW alive and kicking in to 2015. 

I will be featuring influential figureheads who have been doing amazing work within the different communities of electronic music including a Q+A with a Dub festival in North Wales, a charity project that is raising funds for Macmillan cancer through releasing electronic music, an artist who is deeply involved in the electronic music community in Cardiff and I am currently making more connections to have a nice spread of news to take in as we all munch on mince pies. 

My aim is to build up a strong community of like minded people with a dedication and love for making and listening to music. Wales has always been overshadowed by it’s larger cousins in England such as Bristol, London and Manchester and I believe it is vital for young musicians growing up in Wales not to be disheartened by where they are living but to feel empowered to continue creating, collaborating and sharing their projects with the world. 

I take inspiration from melting pots that have grown in to massive influencers within the music makers world such as Detroit, Bristol, LA and Berlin. All of these places have managed to become bastions of electronic music despite the struggles each have faced thanks to individuals and groups of passionate people.

Wales being predominantly rural with small pockets of towns connecting the dots can sometimes feel like a struggle to make anything happen but with the exciting times we live in both technologically and socially and with the amount of attention and influence electronic music and music has now, I believe it is possible to continue building a community that talks to each other, collaborates and continues to add new perspectives of making and enjoying music to the world.

EMW will continue to join the dots and will also become a platform to release new music to the community it builds. As with anything that works it involves more than one head to keep a project going and I am always looking for new ideas and people as passionate as I am to lend a helping hand. 

Please take a second to read the first EMW newsletter here - eepurl.com/8UWE9 
 and see where it is right now by reading a few of the posts. Please sign up to the newsletter and help by sharing with family and friends. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I wish you all a beautiful end to this crazy year.

If you have any criticism or would just like to show me you are out there get in touch:

Twitter: EMWBlog Facebook:ElectronicMusicWales Email: electronic.music.wales@gmail.com

13 Nov 2014

Update: Save The Parrot Campaign Hits Fundraiser Target.

The Save The Parrot campaign has hit their £10,000 target with just under a week to go. This is great news for live music and the Welsh music circuit. Looking forward to seeing what the West Wales Music Collective will do with the venue to make it better. Comedian Rhod Gilbert has already said he will pull some pints and I'm sure there are lots of exciting gig ideas coming up!

They're still fundraising and -

"We've just added two new perks to the crowdfunding campaign, the Beer Bundle and an exclusive limited signed print from Carmarthen artist and WWMC member Mared Lenny (Swci Delic)"

Here are a few to keep in mind -

The Drum and Bass collective who brought such legends as Calyx & Teebee and Ed Rush to West Wales hold a residency night on 28th November - https://www.facebook.com/events/320115551506779/?fref=ts

Fasta Benj/Sling Shot with DJs Vinyl Rich and Doobs 'The Wig Flipper'  29th November - https://www.facebook.com/events/379847908857425/?fref=ts

Save The Parrot! The States / Comma Dee / Culture Vultures / Spitting Feathers / Billy Phono & Cen / Duble Dutch & Boofy / Zubat / The Parrot  19th December - https://www.facebook.com/events/551743881636992/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

4 Nov 2014

Wales Live Music - Save The Parrot Campaign.

If you have been to any live music in West Wales in the last couple of years and follow Welsh music and UK music then there is a chance that you ended up at some point visiting 32 King Street, Carmarthen also known as the Parrot music bar. This small 150 capacity venue with a record store above it hosted some historical events over the last three years, introducing so many people to the vibrant music that travels through Wales. Some would argue that the Parrot even started to create vibrations itself and for me personally I could not agree more. Live music is an essential part of any community, it gels people together, introduces new experiences and allows for stressful days to be forgotten and replaced with loud noises. 

Whether it be blast drumming, electronica synth pop, spoken word or Welsh traditional folklore, the Parrot was and still can be a stage for West Wales week in week out. And so it is with great importance that the West Wales Music Collective have taken on the honourable task of raising enough funds to keep this most valuable stage open. They have already managed to raise an amazing £6099 of the £10,000 target required and with 18 days left it is vital that support is shown. 

If like me you would like to see more young musicians play their first ever live show alongside retired legends of music making extraordinary appearances in an intimate and exciting venue then please consider helping in anyway you can, the obvious way would be to donate but if money is not possible then please consider taking a few minutes to share this link around your social networks and give live music a fighting chance in West Wales. Here is a link to the campaign - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-parrot-and-make-it-even-better 

EMW have been asked to put on a benefit gig to raise more awareness and funds and if you are an artist, musician or music lover with ideas of what we could do to make the night that little bit more special please do get in touch - electronic.music.wales@gmail.com. Put 19th December in your diaries and lets spread the word! It seems that the word truly is the bird. 

The track playing in the video is Carmarthen's very own band 'Tree of Wolves'.

Nils Frahm - Hammers (Official Music Video)

Combining various keyboard instruments including a grand piano, an upright, what looks like a Juno and a Rhodes with electronics Nils Frahm is an inspirational musician for the electronic music world. Here is a video that is a great insight in to how much work goes in to setting up one of his live shows. The track Hammer is a good introduction to his more piano based work but I would recommend checking out some of his more electronic pieces on his albums 'Felt' and 'Spaces'.