June 30,2021
Formaviva May Selection 2021

Track of the Month

Pulso AS - Calypso (Stefan Goldmann Remix) [Arido Records]

SCI-FI TECHNO | Berlin legend Stefan Goldmann serves up two stunning remixes as part of a weighty new EP by Paraguayan producer Pulso AS. Goldmann’s rework of ‘Calypso’ weaves tripping, staccato percussion and metallic synth patterns, punctuated by an almighty bleep that will sweep your feet right out from under you on the dancefloor!

May Selection

Darkduction - Volumetric Module [Granular Spectrum]

DRONE / EXPERIMENTAL | Colombian experimental producer Darkduction reaches new levels of reduction, abstraction and conceptualisation, with his latest LP, ‘Granular Air Material I’. An extensive foray into atmomic-level synthesis, sampling and processing, reset your attention dial and prepare for active listening in this pure electronic exploration.

Cardioactive - Love Talks [Khoros Records]

HOUSE / LEFTFIELD TECHNO | Tough and contemporary house, with enough bottom end to work super well in a harder techno set, Bulgarian producer Cardioactive comes correct with ‘Love Talks’. Snaking and swinging with a super funky and playful edge, this has been on repeat in the Formaviva Selections underground lair all month!

Tina Jander - Dark Blue [Tina Jander]

EXPERIMENTAL | We love to see new artists arrive on Formaviva who represent something outside of the status quo. Tina Jander is a German artist currently studying sound art under the masterful tutorage of UK pioneer Mark Fell. The diverse and brave collage of styles and techniques on Tina’s ‘Protest’ album will make any listener think twice before pigeon-holing the independent artist into any one genre or scene!

IORI - Andromeda [Kynant Records]

MELODIC TECHNO | A special vibe for long, time-stretching sets and misty early morning moments, Japan’s faithful IORI arrives on Kynant Records with this Detroit-via-Tokyo depth charge. Backed up by a sub-heavy reduction by Wata Igarashi, the whole EP is highly recommended.

Milena Glowacka - Prithvi [Semantica]

LEFTFIELD / DUB TECHNO | Swathed in ethereal melodic bursts, churning undercurrents flow with a glowing, organic pulse in Milena Glowacka's new track 'Prithvi,' part of the ever-prolific Semantica’s latest cassette compilation, ‘Burn’ (Semantica 103.1).

Oliver Si, Hesh - Plunderer [Initiate Records]

UK BASS / DUB | Precisely carved rhythm sculpting from Oliver Si and Hesh, whose myriad of influences are clear to hear throughout their excellent new EP on Initiate Records. ‘Plunderer’ picks up a thread of UK Bass and Dub influences in the Skull Disco tradition. Bursts of ecstatic pads and organic textures swirl in a tune to get us excited about the long-awaited summer!

Vardae - DSCHL [Circular Limited]

DUB TECHNO | Sublime, up-tempo Dub Techno primed for the discerning floors, and introspective moments. Vardae, actively sending out research signals across the whole spectrum of leftfield techno and dubbed-out electronics, is a French artist based in Lyon who also has links with the excellent Lett Records. label.

Salah - Breather [Aarden Records]

IDM / ELECTRO | Perhaps taking influence from the breathy organic minimalism of early Japanese electronic music, Salah’s beautiful and bizarre ‘Breather’ is a joy to the ears. The Brussels based co-founder of Sketchy Lines Records represents some of the freshest, quirkiest IDM and electro emerging at the moment.

Barefoot - Becoming Someone Else [Kizen Records]

AMBIENT / EXPERIMENTAL | Gently blending organic textures, bird song and static waves with the touching dynamics of the celestial main theme, ‘Becoming Someone Else’, like all great ambient works, could easily be the ‘intro’ or the ‘outro’ for our whole selection this month! Barefoot’s sensitive take on contemporary ambience stretches out over four tracks on this gorgeous new EP for Kizen Records..

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