Wednesday, January 13, 2016

anatomy 27 - stephanie sykes

it is now time for anatomy 27... with stephanie sykes in the mix!

born and raised in germany, formerly a longtime resident of manchester and now living in rugby, warwickshire, stephanie sykes makes a unique mix of atmospheric techno and otherworldly ambient drones. i first discovered her music in late 2014 when she appeared alongside fjäder on the very cool luna tactus EP for dasha rush's always-intriguing fullpanda records. last year, she put out her first solo record, one of my 2015 favorites, the haunting black simulation, via turkish label VENT, which also had rush appearing for a remix (i wrote more about those records over here), and the quietly majestic digital EP, too many goodbyes, through cenotaph records. this year she's already got a few more EPs in the works...

meanwhile, stephanie has also built a reputation for her skills as a DJ. she now holds residencies at birmingham's long-running techno party atomic jam, and at the jaded afterhours series in london, and in 2015 she scored some pretty big international gigs... look for that to continue in 2016, as she's already got four more confirmed for the next month or so, including debuts in malta and italy.

i'm really happy to be sharing this mix of fresh, perfectly-paced techno, which builds, twists and turns toward a mind-bending finish. yes - it is an excellent addition to the series. dig in, and update check the tracklist below:

(dropbox download link!)

Evigt Mörker - Ögat Av Regan
Chptr - Chtpr 01
DJ Deep & Roman Poncet - Exsurgence (Main Mix)
Abdulla Rashim - Red Pool
Ben Buitendijk - Equilibrium Two
Error Etica - Country of Thieves (RVO remix)
Modern Heads - Beginning (Claudio PRC remix)
Dorian Gray - Nyctophilism
Sleeparchive - Window 092 (Oscar Mulero remix)
RVO & Claudio PRC - Field 2
Deepbass - The Light That Never Was
SNTS - Olivion (Polar Inertia remix)

thanks to stephanie for sharing this great mix. i'm looking forward to seeing (and hearing) what she does in 2016!

(photo credit: modvs)

favorites from 2015

with my list of favorite music stuff from 2014, i cast a pretty wide net. this year (or last year, whatever), i've gone with a more to-the-point selection. these were the albums and EPs and tracks and remixes that i tended to revisit, again and again, more than anything else, in 2015.

cio d'or all in all semantica

sarah davachi barons court students of decay
abdulla rashim a shell of speed northern electronics
refracted through the spirit realm silent season
steve roach skeleton keys projekt / diophantine discs
raica dose further records
kangding ray cory arcane raster-noton
alva noto xerrox vol. 3 raster-noton
dasha rush sleepstep raster-noton!

stephanie sykes black simulation (w/ dasha rush remix) VENT

polar inertia kinematic optics DEMENT3D
stanislav tolkachev walk along the bottom semantica
svreca narita semantica
emptyset signal subtext
litüus 19805. -_ 19905, avian 
ivic in your rosary JSMË
SPR her eyes are an abyss JSMË & EP1 vis
felix k tragedy of the commons blackest ever black
various (ko-ta, artefakt, iori, kiyokazu hamawaki) body 1:1 mind tikita
ASC beneath the surface silent season
ena meteor samurai red seal
israel vines RMXD (silent servant, talker, BMG) eye teeth
max loderbauer & jacek sienkiewicz ridges recognition
birds of prey orphan anvil self-released

skymn "okuyi (korridor interpretation)" hypnus
kassem mosse / simone white "flowers in may" honest jon's
scarpa "pilgrim's plea" frozen border
claudio prc & ness (TGP) "icore (nuel remix)" outis music
stave "circle pit" repitch
the exaltics "instinct (dopplereffekt hubble constant remodel)" solar one music
sleeper cell "suffocate" lovers rock
marco shuttle "sing like a bird (reprise)" eerie
exos "áttfalt" thule
aaron 'fit' siegel "carmine" fit sound

... thanks, as usual, for reading. more to come soon!