FREE DOWNLOAD : CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE – NEVER MIND THE BÖREKS EP

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Norwegian artist Center of the Universe aka Jørgen Skjulstads has been on the Generation Bass radar for a few years now. Center of the Universe does a unique brand of quirky electronica that takes in all manner of things. His releases contain traditional songs remade alongside original compositions inspired by archaic entertainment consoles and pre-iPhone computer culture ranging from Azeri Skip, Post-Reggaeton, BalkanBit, Oriental Dub, Arabic Skweee, Balkan Skweee through to Post-Rembetika amongst many other things.

For Generation Bass he has dropped this free Arabic Skweee/Oriental Dub/Greek/Turkish EP which he calls “Never mind the böreks”. This EP consists of 4 tracks.

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Following our short preface, C.O.U. tells us about the tracks in his own words:

1. Sigara Böreği

This track has a very Kraftwerk vibe about it in terms of tempo and melody.

“This started out as a remix for Oslo avant-rockers Moon Relay. First I sang upon their guitars and added a lot of instruments for their remix. Then I wanted to do a break-dance-version of that remix and in the process everything except some ring modulated synths and the beat was gone out in favour of some more oriental vibes. The track is heavily inspired by Swedish Skweee-pioneer and Dj Daniel Savio.”

2. Black Feta

This is an epic track and we love the way that it builds up to that nastier wobble section. It’s got an air of Oum Kalthoum about it, that epic, lengthy, big Egyptian sound.

“A few years ago I made a bootleg of the Bendaly family “Do you love me?” I wanted to do a similar track but without sampling someone. For this I recorded some oud, some synths and a cimbalon and tried to edit them into an oriental dub-mix.”

3. Songs of Today

At first, we thought this was a Balkan track, Serbian or Bosnian, surprised when we found it was Greek. It’s got a Trap vibe about it and is a great opener for a DJ set. Sounds like a contemporary urban version of a track from a good time musical soundtrack.

“This song started with a sample from a Greek old record bought at a flea-marked. There are only Greek letters on it except of the title “Songs of today” I got a Greek friend to translate the words and it is a nice love song.

Chorus goes like: (get out my delalis* and agas** in
sejiani***) * Turkish word for the man that used to shout the news on the streets ** Turkish word for the prince *** serjiani = relaxing by looking at the horizon without doing anything.

Pretty lyrical innit!”

4. The Power of Börek

This reminds us 50 Cent. A very melodic track with an awesome DnB section.

“This song is named after a home-made semi-modular synth called the Börek energy, which provides the bass-line for the track. It is homage to US producer Lazercrotch that made a lot of nice music a bit similar to this”.

5. Sigara Böreği (Streamer’s Late Night Take-Away Remix)

A bonus remix by our friend Streamer (“Walking with Camels” EP on GB) takes C.O.U. into 90’s Madchester territory with a bumpy, groovy ‘twistin’ my melons man’ mood!

BIO:

Inspired by folk music and rhythmic excesses from all over the world the Center of the Universe made his first recordings in 2000. The group, which admittedly is not a band, but rather Jørgen Skjulstads (Now we’ve got members, Salvatore) solo project, combines heavy bass, odd meters and various exotic elements with a lo-fi approach in his recording methods.

Center of the Universe has been active in the Norwegian underground music scene since 1998 and has in addition to participating in several other projects, found the time to release a whole host of solo albums, including a trilogy where the theme was space and time. It is difficult to give a clear definition of the band’s musical impression, as this tends to change from release to release, but it would not be wrong to say that melody is always at the center. What apparently may begin as a pop song entices you into a world where nothing is as it seems and musical expectations are seldom met. For the Center of the Universe no surna is too high and no bass too deep. He has always walked off the beaten path next to the road less travelled and keeps trudging on in a landscape where the sun shines, vulcanoes erupt and it’s raining guitars, sitars and just plain’ol tars.

LINKS:

C.O.U.
centeroftheuniver.se/
www.facebook.com/centeroftheu
@sissyfus
meau.bandcamp.com/

STREAMER
@streamer
www.facebook.com/profile.php?_rdr=p&id=555299102

Center Of The Universe – Never mind the böreks EP [Exclusive Stream]

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Norwegian artist Center of the Universe aka Jørgen Skjulstads has been on the Generation Bass radar for a few years now. Center of the Universe does a unique brand of quirky electronica that takes in all manner of things. His releases contain traditional songs remade alongside original compositions inspired by archaic entertainment consoles and pre-iPhone computer culture ranging from Azeri Skip, Post-Reggaeton, BalkanBit, Oriental Dub, Arabic Skweee, Balkan Skweee through to Post-Rembetika amongst many other things.

For Generation Bass he has dropped this free Arabic Skweee/Oriental Dub/Greek/Turkish EP which he calls “Never mind the böreks”. This EP consists of 4 tracks.

DOWNLOADS WILL BE ENABLED ON THURSDAY 10 MARCH!  STREAM FOR NOW!

Following our short preface, C.O.U. tells us about the tracks in his own words:

1. Sigara Böreği

This track has a very Kraftwerk vibe about it in terms of tempo and melody.

“This started out as a remix for Oslo avant-rockers Moon Relay. First I sang upon their guitars and added a lot of instruments for their remix. Then I wanted to do a break-dance-version of that remix and in the process everything except some ring modulated synths and the beat was gone out in favour of some more oriental vibes. The track is heavily inspired by Swedish Skweee-pioneer and Dj Daniel Savio.”

2. Black Feta

This is an epic track and we love the way that it builds up to that nastier wobble section. It’s got an air of Oum Kalthoum about it, that epic, lengthy, big Egyptian sound.

“A few years ago I made a bootleg of the Bendaly family “Do you love me?” I wanted to do a similar track but without sampling someone. For this I recorded some oud, some synths and a cimbalon and tried to edit them into an oriental dub-mix.”

3. Songs of Today

At first, we thought this was a Balkan track, Serbian or Bosnian, surprised when we found it was Greek. It’s got a Trap vibe about it and is a great opener for a DJ set. Sounds like a contemporary urban version of a track from a good time musical soundtrack.

“This song started with a sample from a Greek old record bought at a flea-marked. There are only Greek letters on it except of the title “Songs of today” I got a Greek friend to translate the words and it is a nice love song.

Chorus goes like: (get out my delalis* and agas** in
sejiani***) * Turkish word for the man that used to shout the news on the streets ** Turkish word for the prince *** serjiani = relaxing by looking at the horizon without doing anything.

Pretty lyrical innit!”

4. The Power of Börek

This reminds us 50 Cent. A very melodic track with an awesome DnB section.

“This song is named after a home-made semi-modular synth called the Börek energy, which provides the bass-line for the track. It is homage to US producer Lazercrotch that made a lot of nice music a bit similar to this”.

5. Sigara Böreği (Streamer’s Late Night Take-Away Remix)

A bonus remix by our friend Streamer (“Walking with Camels” EP on GB) takes C.O.U. into 90’s Madchester territory with a bumpy, groovy ‘twistin’ my melons man’ mood!

BIO:

Inspired by folk music and rhythmic excesses from all over the world the Center of the Universe made his first recordings in 2000. The group, which admittedly is not a band, but rather Jørgen Skjulstads (Now we’ve got members, Salvatore) solo project, combines heavy bass, odd meters and various exotic elements with a lo-fi approach in his recording methods.

Center of the Universe has been active in the Norwegian underground music scene since 1998 and has in addition to participating in several other projects, found the time to release a whole host of solo albums, including a trilogy where the theme was space and time. It is difficult to give a clear definition of the band’s musical impression, as this tends to change from release to release, but it would not be wrong to say that melody is always at the center. What apparently may begin as a pop song entices you into a world where nothing is as it seems and musical expectations are seldom met. For the Center of the Universe no surna is too high and no bass too deep. He has always walked off the beaten path next to the road less travelled and keeps trudging on in a landscape where the sun shines, vulcanoes erupt and it’s raining guitars, sitars and just plain’ol tars.

EP DOWNLOADS WILL BE ENABLED ON THURSDAY 10 MARCH!  STREAM FOR NOW!

LINKS:

C.O.U.
centeroftheuniver.se/
www.facebook.com/centeroftheu
@sissyfus
meau.bandcamp.com/

STREAMER
@streamer
www.facebook.com/profile.php?_rdr=p&id=555299102

Skweee pioneer now known as "Trauma Trauma" – Svart Hål

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Yep, you’ve probably never heard of Trauma Trauma, neither had we until today. However, you’d be mistaken cause you have heard of the man behind Trauma Trauma, as have we, it’s Frans Carlqvist aka Limonious aka Pavan and one of the pioneers of the Skweee sound and head honcho of the awesome Skweee label Flogsta Danshall.

He is now going under the guise of Trauma Trauma for his latest release with Swedish label Flora Fauna and this is the first track from an album that will drop on 8th April.

The album will consist of “10 tracks of passive monotone repetitive electronics!”.

This is such a beautiful, hypnotic and unusual Electronic Ambient track, I’ve played it about 10 times already, just love it and it’s free!

THE SOUNDS OF THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE

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I’ve been following the brilliant Norwegian artist Center of the Universe aka Jørgen Skjulstads for a few years now. This dude does a unique brand of quirky electronica that takes in all manner of things. His releases contain traditional songs remade alongside original compositions inspired by archaic entertainment consoles and pre-iPhone computer culture ranging from Azeri Skip, Post-Reggaeton, BalkanBit, Oriental Dub, Arabic Skweee, Balkan Skweee through to Post-Rembetika amongst many other things. A great mix and fusion of different types of Electronic music from Video Game Music, Chiptune, Skweee and Dub all inspired by different parts of the world too, including the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Scandanavia.

I was at first struck by his Arabic Skweee, Oriental Dub, BalkanBit and Balkan Skweee productions which got me straight away. He has an impressive track record going back 15 years.

He is due to drop his first EP on the Generation Bass Digital label very soon, it’s an EP I’ve been begging him to do for us for about 2 years now and trust me, it is worth waiting for.

So I thought it was time for us to introduce him and his wonderful creations to many of you who probably have never heard any of his material before.

Check out his stuff here including a playlist that I created especially to highlight some my favourite material from his soundcloud. A lot of his other great stuff is on his Bandcamp label Metronomicon Audio which he defines as “a small record label based in Oslo, Norway. Strictly speaking, it is not really a label, but rather a community with some 20 active members and a wide range of affiliates which together aim to promote new and interesting music.”

Inspired by folk music and rhythmic excesses from all over the world the Center of the Universe made his first recordings in 2000. The group, which admittedly is not a band, but rather Jørgen Skjulstads (Now we’ve got members, Salvatore) solo project, combines heavy bass, odd meters and various exotic elements with a lo-fi approach in his recording methods.

Center of the Universe has been active in the Norwegian underground music scene since 1998 and has in addition to participating in several other projects, found the time to release a whole host of solo albums, including a trilogy where the theme was space and time. It is difficult to give a clear definition of the band’s musical impression, as this tends to change from release to release, but it would not be wrong to say that melody is always at the center. What apparently may begin as a pop song entice you into a world where nothing is as it seems and musical expectations are seldom met. For the Center of the Universe no surna is too high and no bass too deep. He has always walked off the beaten path next to the road less travelled and keeps trudging on in a landscape where the sun shines, vulcanoes erupt and it’s raining guitars, sitars and just plain’ol tars.

WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

SOUNDCLOUD

BANDCAMP

Arabtronix Volume 4 [Arabic Synth-Pop/Italo/Electronica/Trip Hop/Skweee]

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This is the latest instalment of my Arabtronix mixtape series.

Arabtronix is a mix series focusing upon Western Club & Bass sounds inspired by the Middle East, North Africa & including some Turkish, Hebrew & Persian sounds thrown in for good measure too. It is purely electronic in its roots! A lot of the artists who feature are indigenous to or who originate from the Middle East, North Africa, Persia & Turkey.

It draws upon recently released music & also from music that I’ve been collecting for some years. As A DJ I use to specialise in this kind of music & so I’ve collected some great stuff throughout the preceding years.

Arabtronix 4’s main focus is on Synth-Pop & Electronica. It’s a mix that showcases the latest electronic Arabic incarnations & also it goes back in time to the 80’s too.

I wanted to do a mix purely of Arabic material which evoked the spirit of 80’s New Wave but this proved to be quite a difficult task to accomplish as there just isn’t enough of that kind of vibe around that was given the Arabic sugar-coating. So I had to ditch that idea and instead went through some of the Arabic music I had collected from various decades, all of which were imbued with a western electronic influence.

This mix starts off with some awesome 80’s influenced New/Cold Wave by artists based in the Middle East & North Africa. It then goes into some Electronica & Trip Hop from the 2000’s period taking in some Arabic & Turkish vibes. It pauses for breath with some vintage Lebanese Pop from the 80’s before taking in some tasty Hebrew Electronica. It then takes a stop at Skweee junction with some incredible Skweee influenced by Arabic sounds & scales. This is followed by some Italo Disco from the early 80’s including Arabic covers of some big (& some cheesy) tracks from the 80’s & 90’s including an Arabic version of ‘Tom’s Diner”! Penultimately, the mix soaks in some B-Boy 80’s influence with a Middle Eastern tinge before it finishes off with some new sounds fusing Egyptian Electro Chaabi with Indie Rock (think, Arabian Stone Roses!).

This is another unique mix encompassing a lot of material that a majority of people will not be familiar with and would not have heard of before.

Think of it as a cinematic trip to the Middle East with a predominant Western aesthetic.

Download it now:

ArabTronix Volume 4 [Feb 2015] by Dj Umb on Mixcloud

Grab all 4 whilst you’re at it: