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AAAA – Shiva Watts (Antime#014)

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We will re-release AAAA’s debut album »Shiva Watts« on vinyl and embark on a tour with AAAA and ˆL_.

Tour dates and official press release see below. (A bit) more information forthcoming.

AAAA is the alias of Gabo Barranco, a Paris-born producer who was raised in suburbs of Ciudad de México. During his relatively short career under his AAAA moniker, Barranco has already shared the stage with bands like Lucky Dragons or producers and DJs like Mouse On Mars, Developer and Tin Man. His performance at Mexico’s Mutek festival in 2014 was praised by critics and festival-goers alike and his appearance on Boiler
Room Mexico was voted as one of the year’s best performances by Boiler Room’s editorial staff. In the autumn of 2014, AAAA released his debut album »Shiva Watts« as a small-run CD version on the Mexican imprint Maligna. ANTIME is proud to announce its re-release on vinyl. The release of »Shiva Watts« will coincide with a tour through Germany on which AAAA will join forces with his Brazilian label mate ˆL_ who currently has a new EP in the works.

Chances are there to be taken, but not to be missed. After ANTIME label founder Martin Steer had stumbled upon Barranco’s work in mid-2014, he immediately invited the Mexican producer to contribute a track to the third instalment of the Berlin-based label’s ongoing compilation series. The polyrhythmic frenzy of AAAA’s »Bennu« had not yet settled when AAAA announced his debut album »Shiva Watts«. After hearing the album Steer, who coincidentally happened to be in Mexico by that time, exchanged some messages with the other members of ANTIME and shortly thereafter met with Barranco in Ciudad de México. Hands were shaken and an agreement was made: ANTIME would release »Shiva Watts« on vinyl in Europe and send AAAA on a tour through the old world.

Gabo Barranco got into Jean-Michel Jarre when he was not more than six years old and started making tracks with FruityLoops and Reasons as a young teenager before attending raves and dancing to House and Techno. He co-founded DDA with some friends in high school and while the trio was still debating if their noisy style could be pigeonholed as Shoegaze, Post-Punk or even Post-Rock, they found themselves sharing big stages with bands like No Age and others. After DDA’s amicable split-up, Barranco concentrated on his solo work and following a long period of trial and error experimentation with his vast array of analogue hardware, he recorded the 16 tracks that make up »Shiva Watts«. It is an album which celebrates stylistic and emotional ambiguity and provides the perfect soundtrack for a world yet to come – and everything that will follow after that.

For the vinyl release of »Shiva Watts« ANTIME’s in-house graphic designer Johann Steer developed a special new artwork in collaboration with Baranco. While Steer’s design still references the original which used circuit patterns by the renowned director and sculptor Theo Kamecke, it takes Barranco’s visions one step further. Through his music, the former student of classical harmony, composition and trained audio engineer channels abstract visions of the future which are at once dystopian and hopeful. »That’s what Electronic music is all about – the future. Imagining how human life might be like in one or two hundred years from now,« explains Barranco. »It’s all about envisaging the changes, different ideas, the new technology and the possibilities of applying this technology to our lives. I myself imagine dystopian worlds.« However, neither does Barranco consider all hope to be lost nor indulge his intense, acidic hardware jams in hopelessness and despair.

»Shiva Watts« is not so much a conceptualised album as it is the product of years of experimentation with different sounds and devices. After having produced music digitally for years, Barranco wilfully narrowed down his set-up and went fully analogue. »I get lost in the computer!«, he laughs. »If you have one thousand plug-ins, that just happens eventually. However, it is different when you work with an analogue synthesizer. You only have so many options and if you fail once, you have to start over from the beginning.« Hence »Shiva Watts« sounds both vivid and complex, as it captures the raw energy of AAAA’s globally praised live performances and at once is a direct result of tireless, disciplined experimentation.

The 16 tracks on »Shiva Watts« take their cues from a variety of musical styles, most notably Acid. However, Barranco does not confine himself to only one approach to the genre’s rich sound palette, quoting Richard Devine, Aphex Twin or even Boards Of Canada as examples of what Acid can sound like – if you dare giving it a twist. »Shiva Watts« combines elements of hard-hitting Techno, textural IDM, dry-but-funky Electro, trance-inducing House with lush Ambient-leaning interludes. It is a striking example of what can happen if a visionary mind dedicates itself to the machines. The sound of a distant future or what will come after that.

AAAA websites
aaaa.com.mx
www.facebook.com/cuatroaaaa

Full album stream
Bandcamp: gabobarranco.bandcamp.com/

Full performance on Boiler Room Mexico
Video: boilerroom.tv/recording/aaaa/
Audio: soundcloud.com/platform/aaaa

Video for »Shiva Watts«
Vimeo: vimeo.com/100768195
YouTube: youtu.be/MzT3kiWhVl4

Live performance of »Shiva Watts«
YouTube: youtu.be/qpnVcy-wMq8

AAAA + ˆL_ Germany Tour 2015:
08.05. Berlin / ACUD MACHT NEU
09.05. Leipzig / Goldhorn
10.05. Hamburg / Golden Pudel Club
14.05. Augsburg / tba
15.05. Landshut / Flux
16.05. Munich / Hades (AAAA only)

SPUR – ALL THESE THINGS / VINYL OUT NOW!!!

Spur – “Nowhereland” (LP/ official #013)

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»Nowhereland« marks the coming together of Spur alias André Wittmann’s vast influences which transcend both genres and cultural boundaries. »I find it disturbing to see how all those fields of music are still strictly separated until this day. I’d rather see them all combined«, he explains the idea behind his album to which he also refers to as »a dance of cultures«. Seemingly odd – to the Western ear, at least – time signatures form the backbone of what are essentially club-orientated tracks. »I don’t really write music to make people dance to«, says Wittmann. »But during my live sets I have witnessed that it’s possible, even when my music is sandwiched between two Techno sets.«

Both his ambition and his remarkable perfectionism were there from the beginning: When young Spur first opened his mouth to emit something that would finally make sense to the world, it wasn’t a single word but a whole sentence. However, some twenty-something years later he prefers expressing himself through music. »Sometimes I really hate myself when I am talking – I’d rather say it with a chord or a progression of notes”, he says. Does he consider music to be an ersatz or maybe even a universal language? Not quite. »I see it as an extension of language.« Where words fail, notes can fill the gap. Incorporating elements from – quite literally speaking – all over the place thus seems only natural to Spur. »It’s similar to borrowing different words and phrases from other languages.«

After having uttered his first sentence, Wittmann habitually took to his Bavarian family’s kitchen to seek out anything that he could use to make rhythms and noises with. His parents finally complied with his unrelenting passion, giving him his first drum kit at the age of 10. When he was 13, he first joined a local big band before becoming a member of the renowned Landes-Jugendjazzorchester Bayern and taking over drum duties in pandoras.box, the band he founded with Antime founder Martin Steer and others. Spur meanwhile took to other instruments, learning to play the guitar, jamming on violins or marimbas and taking piano lessons in preparation for his studies in Lübeck where he is currently enrolled and will receive his Master of Music in the foreseeable future.

Just like you can’t pinpoint Wittmann’s influences – Hip Hop was his first love, he still holds a great passion for The Beatles, Radiohead and Björk, but has also extensively studied composers like Beethoven or Stravinsky and cites Flamenco and Gamelan as significant points of reference –, it is hard to pigeonhole the essence of »Nowhereland«. »Basically, it’s about getting to know yourself better and putting the vocabulary you have acquired over the years to good use«, muses Wittmann about his first full-length album under the moniker Spur. »I’ve always loved both the analytical and theoretical side of music«, he explains. »I aim at putting the mind and the body in motion.«

»Nowhereland« compiles a selection of the best cuts out of 20 to 30 compositions Spur perfected them during a month-long stay in Ghent in early 2014. It was a busy time in the Belgian city which he visited for his long-time friend and collaborator Lucie De Lay, who contributed vocals to »Flavoured Green« and »Allthesethings« as well as the album’s title track which also prominently features Antime founder Martin Steer on vocal duties. Antime label mate Sebastian Dali contributed his signature bassoon playing to »The Beautiful Bird« and Siranush Asatryan played violin on »Nowhereland«. Their distinctive voices perfectly complement an already polyglot album which was made with both the body and the mind in order to indulge in a beautifully odd and yet very familiar dance of cultures.

Spur – Dancing at a Corner (Video)

LABELNIGHT / Nowhereland Release Show

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