Alic – Digital Diamonds Netlabel


Alic are electronic musicians and founders of the free netlabel Digital Diamonds.

With strong physical and digital output on labels like Horns And Hoofs Entertainment, Boshke Beats Records and Nachtstrom Schallplatten they developed a unique, eclectic and sophisticated style, which merges Techno with Trance elements to a kind of music…

…they call Psychedelic Techno.

Download Alic – In The Heat Of Delight [Creative Commons license]
Download full album.

Thanks to Digital Diamonds Netlabel for the tip.

SLAM and HOWIE and the Reserve Men at LesAmis, Berne – Interview

Lt-Slam LesAmis

Lt. Slam is a professional musician based in Berne, Switzerland. He is constantly touring Europe wide and plays about 80 concerts a year in Swiss clubs. chrigu from starfrosch talked with him before a concert he gave at LesAmis, Berne.

starfrosch: when we started to include journalism, my first question usually was: how do you use the internet? – is it useful or rather an unfilling promise?

sandro: in general its a working progress i think. for the last years the most important tool for us was facebook.
it even replaced our hompage – exept for the organisation of concerts. with facebook the communication possibilities are quite the best.
the second important use of the internet for us is the CD market. physical selling is still more counting, but the virtual store takes more and more place within.

starfrosch: we originally offered free music tracks on our feeds. could you still imagine this for your band, or do you even offer free samples on your channels?

sandro: on our webpage we don’t offer any music. we have a webshop and the online buying runs on itunes.
in general we prefer working with Bandcamp, a much more independent web service for musicians.
there you can put the prices yourself, and you get more money per transaction. just the volume of the market is not as big as on itunes, of course. our ratio is now about 1:10 for online sellings.

starfrosch: your physically sold discs – are they put on market mostly by yourself?

sandro: we have our own labels. 80% of the CDs are sold at live concerts. also the merchandising takes its
part in the income.

starfrosch: is the cd market still decreasing in your perception?

sandro: we published our fifth disc last year. but we didn’t sell more CDs – although our reputation grows constantly. so i sould conclude that the CD market in our sector is still decreasing.

starfrosch: so the itunes flow increased on the other side?

sandro: yes, definately. but this is not so important for us because of the physical/virtual ratio in our output.
generally the changing CD-market is not a primary concern for us…

starfrosch: instead of complaining about these changes you just built up your own business that is working fine…

sandro: yes, but this did not happened fully consciently.
we just tried to move and let behind all the prejudices about the musical style with the big “C”. most of the people shut down when the word Country is spelled…

starfrosch: whithout being aware of the fact that in America the country scene is developing as always…

sandro: yes, but the difference is still big between Europe and the US – such as anywhere.
with a lot of work it is possible to let become more well known all the different variations of ‘country’ music.
it’s quite the same as with Blues music.

starfrosch: how would you describe your style of music now?

sandro: on the beginning it always was ‘bastard speed country’. now it’s more like Rock’n’Roll, Americana or Rockabilly.
the problem is the perception of the audience. in switzerland the use of the word Country is working well now. in other countries we sometimes change the names a bit to not let the cliché machine start in peoples minds…

: what about ‘kraut country?’…

sandro: there are many ways…

starfrosch: and, what about the possibility of living of your own music?

sandro: since 7 years i do! the liberty is f… great! you just have to modify your lifestyle, but most of that is even lifting your quality of life principally. ‘less tune, more life’ – in a way.

Crennwiick – Digital Diamonds Netlabel


Crennwiick from Lisbon, Portugal is here with two new tracks. “First Reflexion” is available in two interesting versions, one for the mind, one for the club while “Other Eyes” got a remix by his sideproject “Code Therapy” with Floating Machine. Anyway this EP is

Modern polished oldschool psycodelic electro sound.

Download Crennwiick – Other Eyes (Code Therapy Remix) [Creative Commons license]

Download full album.

Thanks to Digital Diamonds Netlabel for the tip.

KJ Olafs – Kstream


KJ Olafs from Berne, Switzerland are tape dj’s. They copy the tracks to ordinary tapes and mix it with analog gear on live parties. People are encouraged to bring their own tapes to the parties. This gives a wild stile mix with a lot of interaction with the audience. KJ Olafs are Olaf φ and Olaf ρ, they publish their Kstream mixes with an excellent selection of tracks to soundcloud.

Tapes, Mixtapes and Booze.

[Creative Commons license]

Thanks to PasteBin for the tip.

Subversion above all or the question about form

Kutti MC describes himself as a musician since quite a while.

Cit. P.M.: “Then i have to be a bit scared about my professional stand.”

Poiesis and Aistesis are the oldest terms in occidental high culture.  (G.M.)

“‘Art is a term created during the renaissance. For me there is only  ‘poetry’!” (J.T.)

If now Jürg Halter speaks of himself as a musician,  then that means nothing but a poorly hidden “squint towards the audience”. (T.W.A)

His poetry is not to discuss. But his musical  output is still questionable after all. The band members and guest musicians are altogether highest level – perhaps exept their grade of reflection concerning the way they are included in Kutti MCs projects.

The session itself  is very intense and entertaining. But only if one manages it to forget all the chatting about liberty, improvisation and spontanity. In relation to this thematics in music artists like Kutti MC are no comparison to Jazz or Classical Music. (B.B.)

The  location belongs to the category AAA.

Club Helsinki, 01.01.2014.

P.M.: Patrizio Mazzola

G.M.: Guerino Mazzola, The Topos of Music

J.T.: Jean Tinguely

T.W.A.: Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno, Die Philosophie der neuen Musik

B.B.: Boris W. Beresowski, interview on the question of improvisation in Jazz and Classical Music, youtube


Boogie Belgique – Dusted Wax Kingdom Netlabel

Boogie Belgique

The Belgian swing-hop producer Boogie Belgique drops his second release.
Delightful old jazzy samples blended with phat dusty drum breaks bring an enchanting old school urban atmosphere.

Groovy, groovy, jazzy, jazzy.

Download Boogie Belgique – Forever & Ever [Creative Commons license]
Download full album.

Thanks to Dusted Wax Kingdom Netlabel for the tip.

Garmisch – blocSonic Netlabel


Garmisch has been together for about six years now. They’ve previously released two EPs on the Swedish netlabel “Go, Jukebox!” and have on and off been doing live shows in the Malmö region. They’ve from the start been putting together a mixture of influences and ideas, still trying to find their intended style; without any intentions about ever really getting there.

Some small humans inside.

Download Garmisch – Truth Is [Creative Commons license]
Download full album.

Thanks to blocSonic Netlabel for the tip.


mabafu – blocSonic


Mabafu‘s sound is best described as lo-fi latin dub influenced by hip hop and electronic elements. The two most important elements are trumpet and bass.

Excellent Dub, Reggae and Latin in a box.

Download mabafu – changes [Creative Commons license]
Download full album.

Thanks to blocSonic for the tip.


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