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YILILOK



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Yialmelic Frequencies – Yililok
2CS/DL | preorder now | WW May 18th 2018
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*total runtime: 68min
*2CS compendium of first release Zjumk (68min), & Yililok (68min).
*Metallic rose quartz goldembossed sleeve.
*Cover art by Adam Ferriss
*Layout & typography by Will Pesta





Yialmelic Frequencies is a project born from the exploration of alien origins in its producer, Diva Dompé. Receiving visions of another dimension since childhood, and meeting these visions with conflicting feelings of wonder, desire, and fear, Diva started creating Guided Meditations as a safe space to explore this cosmic relationship. Yialmelic Frequencies harvests the collection of instrumentals originally made to accompany these meditations, now to be enjoyed as their own sonic journeys.

What Diva found from creating these meditations was Yialmel: a place that radiates with Love and Harmony, where Matter, Energy and Consciousness exist along one gradient of manifest form. Where all manifest matter has consciousness and all of these consciousnesses collaborate in interaction. Where desire, attention, and love are valuable units of exchange. This is a place where Diva simultaneously exists while also fulfilling the role of Human on Planet Earth. In her role on Yialmel, she is a guardian of the Infinite Love Source and creator of Resonant Frequency Sculptures, similar to her role of manipulating frequency on earth in the form of sound.

Yililok is the second release from Yialmelic Frequencies, which is forthcoming on Leaving Records alongside a cassette compendium that also includes the first release Zjumk. Each trek into Yialmel can vary wildly, ranging from bucolic and alien nature scenes to cerebral transmissions from the future. Volume 2’s “Auric Massage” delivers its title literally, a tactile, evocative meditation that tingles and relaxes while gliding through a string of pulsating, decidedly futuristic washes of whirring synthesizers. Focusing on the tonal, ASMR-tinged groundwork of Yialmel yields a deeply personal journal of peaceful self discovery.


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Stargate Music



LR125
Ras G & The Afrikan Space Program – Stargate Music
LP/DL World Wide 4/20/2018
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total runtime: 31min
recorded and mixed at SpaceBase 2912
mastered by MatthewMatthewdavidMcQueen @StonesThrowStudios
art by Ron Browne

“The womb is The Stargate of Humanity” says Ras G, relating to the concept of his latest proper full-length – an astral ode to woman. “Stargate Music is a record that I livicated to the Womb-man…to the Vagina, The Stargate from which beings emanate life on this planet. I gathered these sound pieces and presented it as a reflection of the life cycle of beings on this planet.”

G has always been more to us than an influential L.A. beatmaker, but rather the luminary with an infectiously heartfelt zero-fucks-given philosophy towards raw experimentation in the Los Angeles underground producer scene since the early 2000s.

“From The Primordial Water Formation we flow thru The Stargate….and one’s great journey reconnecting and returning to the sweet nectar that is The Stargate….and this is the soundtrack to the journey.”
-Ras G

photo Rogue Venom


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SIIPI EMPII





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Kemialliset Ystävät – Siipi Empii
DL/CS WW April 6th
LTD VINYL FROM IKUISUUS LABEL

Kemialliset Ystävät is a long running musical collective headed by Finnish multimedia artist Jan Anderzén. The group’s rotating contributors include virtuosic musicians, sound artists, mad electronic music professors, field recorders, singers, amateurs and professionals. Leaving Records presents the project’s latest LP, entitled Siipi Empii (loosely translated from Finnish to A Wing Hesitates.) Anderzén explains, “The English translation unfortunately loses all the music and rhyme of the Finnish title but the meaning’s still there, kind of. The title is aiming to describe the movements of a butterfly and the weight/heat of the idea that every single flap of the wing can cause a storm/revolution.” He has described the group’s sound as sometimes “like an orchestra flying around in a tornado.” These themes embody Siipi Empii, a wildly weird dose of electronic folk music crafted through sheer force of nature, an abstract organism guided gently by Anderzén’s deft artistic touch.

A collaborative spirit can be heard throughout each of the album’s twelve imaginative tracks. According to Anderzén, “The music stays alive only because of the input from my collaborators … The method produces half random, half directed sound events where independent elements intertwine into unpredictable music.” As part of the process, he sends out “musical skeletons” to his collaborators. They then react and contribute their own sounds and ideas. One batch of skeletons came with a motivational letter including a quote from Johan Huizinga, below:

‘We moderns have lost the sense for ritual and sacred play. Our civilization is worn with age and too sophisticated. But nothing helps us to regain that sense so much as musical sensibility. In feeling music we feel ritual. In the enjoyment of music, whether it is meant to express religious ideas or not, the perception of the beautiful and the sensation of holiness merge, and the distinction between play and seriousness is whelmed in that fusion.’

Siipi Empii’s compelling arrangements do contain a playful edge that softens its more experimental tendencies. Unpredicability is the order of the day, as dogs bark, springs boing, and electronic woodwind sections deconstruct themselves over beds of contemplative marimbas. Disembodied voices recite touching poetry, just more instruments playing freely in the endlessly mutating stream of sound. Every element feels perfectly weighed and expertly arranged, as if by gravity itself. Anderzén says: “Battles with gravity are a recurring theme in my work, something to do with changing perceptions of normal.” Siipi Empii is a joyous and playful paradox, beckoning you to embrace its loopy strain of intensely original expression.

Leaving Records and Kemialliset Ystävät make sense together. Both entities have a passion for blurring the lines of genre and exploring creative new frontiers. In Anderzén’s words, “The work needs to be free from predetermined themes or ambitions.” Experimentation is the ideal, and the process is sacred. They strive to find a language to convey something that can’t be expressed with words. You may hear and feel something you’ve never heard or felt before, and that is the aim. Perhaps Anderzén best encapsulates the album in his translation of the first track’s title: “Äimä is an ancient word for a large needle with a big round hole. In an old Finnish saying äimä describes a reaction where one’s jaw drops open in awe / confusion. Tähkä is an ear in the botanical meaning. So we are talking about some sort of potential for astonishment.”

Kemialliset Ystävät on Siipi Empii is Jan Anderzén with Marja Ahti, Niko-Matti Ahti, Francesco Cavaliere, Roope Eronen, Sam Hamilton, Jonna Karanka, Sami Pekkola, Petra Poutanen, Samuli Tanner, Antti Tolvi, Jaakko Tolvi and Paul Wilson.



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