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Review: T-Woc – Hoshorom

“The diligence and experience of this producer shines through in this accomplishment. It is full of life, stuffed with emotion, and rammed with coherence. It has a solid grounding, a bold angle, and driving direction. Diverse integrity. Simple clarity. A tinge of insanity. A glowing intrigue” Read more

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Netlabelism Cast 18: Dub, Bass, Experimental Mix

Netlabelism Cast 18 by Netlabelism on Mixcloud

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Review: T-Woc – Hoshorom

This is the latest corking release brought into the world for our collective thanksgivings via Invisible Agent. If I have the correct t – woc then this t – woc is a bloke from Dublin who, going by this smacker of a seventeen-minute, 4-track EP is a dab hand when it comes to voice sampled, beat-funk electro all done in a Luke Vibert stylee.

Hip-hop beats, playful acid squelches, bizarre musical shapes that seem to come together, meet in the middle against all the odds. And this only describes third cut ‘sufferers’. Elsewhere, things are more spaced out and trickety, whether it’s the skitter-footwork in ‘bacaloa’, or the harder-edged, slow-break dubstep in ‘enough’. Each track is different to the one that came before, with the perhaps biggest change kept for the final, and longest, cut ‘pantog’; here it’s more about the ambience and the dub, the comedown as the sun rises. Nicely done.

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The Underground Club Scene in Phnom Penh

Coming very much from the left-field art and music scene, Invisible Agent’s Swagger night has been creating quite the stir amongst Phnom Penh’s avant garde with its combination of cutting edge sounds, live visuals and even live painting.

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Hypnagogue Review: Zoid – Selected Zoidworks 05-12

Originally posted by Hypnagogue

I’m not sure how easy it will be for some listeners to get into and stay with the churning, jazz-informed, bass-synth-driven electronica on Zoid’s Selected Zoidworks 05-12. My first few listens were a little on the off-putting side, trying to catch hold of Daniel Jacobson’s unlikely tempos and unnatural musical angles as I was being repeatedly punched by the low-end force of a 303 synth. And, to be honest, I can’t say I’ve entirely invested in it. But I’ve kept going back to it. It’s like standing back and watching an experiment you’re not sure you comfortable with, but in which the results keep you watching more than they drive you out of the lab. Jacobson lures you in with the reasonably accessible “Aerosoul,” where a smooth jazz guitar vies for your attention with an in-and-out tide of whooshing electronic sound. The contrast is excellent, and it takes a lot of potency from its deceptively simple appearance. Then things get trickier. “Phorph” dials down the obvious jazz influence and puts an almost-minimal rhythm against very quiet synth chords. The pulsing overtones read very retro, and the underlay is content to mind its business back there. The track takes on a slightly hypnotic quality through a repetition some may find grating. “Acid Leaves” tears up the scene with on-fire glitch snaps highlighting Jacobson’s use of non-standard–which is to say, non-electronic music-standard–time signatures. Along with mentor Bruce Morley, he manages to slide a funky guitar take of the standard “Autumn Leaves” into this semi-tamed tangle. This is one of the things that kept me checking out Zoidworks–the well-practiced pairing of the “norm” with the twisted and how well Jacobson, who is jazz-trained, makes it fit into a whole. But it does take some time to wrap your head around it. Try diving into “Obelisk,” another pairing of textbook jazz guitar playing underneath a rush of chittering, rapid-fire microsounds. Or submit to the grinding, over-modulated bass sounds powering “Cember” before a chipset-style melody creeps innocuously into the mix. A funky drum riff in the back makes it catchy even as it’s pounding away at your head. Drums take the forefront in “jwrong,” a twist of complex signatures snapping out over slow-paced bass. Sighs of sound and more of the guitar come in to find their own place in it.

Selected Zoidworks 05-12 won’t sit well with everyone. It takes some work and some patience, but through repeated sessions the method behind Jacobson’s sometimes overwhelming madness becomes clearer. It’s a tricky blend to pull off, this skidding collision of electronica and jazz, but in the hands of Zoid, it tends to work.

Listen and read more about Zoid Selected Zoidworks 05-12

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T-Woc – Hoshorom

Available now on Bandcamp and on Juno. Available on Itunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Emusic, Deezer and 100+ other stores next week…….

There are two T-Wocs. Those who have seen this Dublin-based producer in any one of a number of hot and sweaty basement bars across the city will know him as a purveyor of big bouncing basey beats and thumping reggae goodness that propel the dance floor into a furious frenzy. Those who know him from his prolific releases will know him as a serious producer of instrumental dub and deep-filled electronic soundscapes.

The frenetic energy of T-Woc live would never work as well beyond the sweat-filled basement, but Hoshorom, his latest 4-track EP on the genre-bending net label Invisible Agent, still manages to tap in to it and infuse a collection of dark and brooding dub sounds with a cheeky playfulness. 

bacoloa, the opening track, hits you from the off with a hectic impatience that drives you forward then suddenly collapses, fading away into the subtle ether where the factory-floor beats of enough hammer out an industrialised dub before emerging fully formed and triumphant on suffered, a space-hopper of track that bounces along in a direction you never expected. panong, the seven minute-long final destination of your journey through Hoshorom, arrives like the terminus on a train journey where you fell asleep and missed your stop, awakening somewhere that you never expected, dark and unsettling at first but as familiarity grows it cocoons you with its warm embrace, filling you with sad regret when it all ends and its time to go back home.

Hoshorom is T-Woc at his most accomplished as a producer. He may never fully reconcile his two halves, but on the strength of this EP, why would he want to?

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 27th March 2013 2 Comments

EP Release: T-Woc – Hoshorom

T-Woc – Hoshorom EP

Bass heavy goodness from T-Woc. Available as a pre-order on Bandcamp and Exclusively on Juno (26th of March 2013).

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Video: ZoiD – Particle Dither


From the latest ZoiD album Selected ZoidWorks 05-12

Reviews

“Utilising both expermemtation and improvisation to create something unique is a tough task in today’s world. Zoid seems to have utilised both and has created something that will be tough to top in its field.” – We Are Noise

“This album is a real joy. The odd time signatures add a pleasingly unsteady organic quality that complements the crisp artificial beats.” – ContactLight / Michael Noble

“Plenty of really enjoyable stuff going on here.” – Louder Than War / Philip Neeson

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Netlabelism Cast 17 – The best of 2012, Part 2

Netlabelism Cast 17 by Netlabelism on Mixcloud

Downtempo and Ambient – Best of 2012 – Part 2

My latest podcast for Netlabelism Magazine is out now. I selected some of my favorite Ambient Netlabel tracks from 2012 and including them on 2 Podcasts. Enjoy the mix.

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Album Release: ZoiD – Selected ZoiDworks 05-12

ZoiD – Selected ZoiDworks 05-12

Selected ZoiDworks 05-12, from ZoiD, the electronica alias of Dublin musician Daniel Jacobson and the latest addition to the genre-warping series of album releases from net label Invisible Agent.

Available now on BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Emusic, Google Play, spotify, LastFM, and 100+ other stores.

Reviews

“Utilising both expermemtation and improvisation to create something unique is a tough task in today’s world. Zoid seems to have utilised both and has created something that will be tough to top in its field.” – We Are Noise

“This album is a real joy. The odd time signatures add a pleasingly unsteady organic quality that complements the crisp artificial beats.” – ContactLight / Michael Noble

“Plenty of really enjoyable stuff going on here.” – Louder Than War / Philip Neeson

Download the onesheet here

While the title alone is a clear nod to the groundbreaking AFX releases of Richard D. James, and those looking for squelchy breaks and glitchy beats with the occasional old school acid overtone will not be disappointed, Selected ZoiDworks 05-12 is so much more than a frenetic exercise in ambient electronica. (read more below the player…)

Jacobson is a classically trained jazz musician, and from the opening bars of Aerosoul to the asynchronous beats of Particle Dither you are transported to the smoke-filled club of an improvising trio, though the free jazz notes they play were midwifed by a 303. Acid Leaves (with Bruce Morley) builds up to an acid rise and then subverts the expected break with a segue into a classical guitar riff that would not sound out of place on The Deer Hunter soundtrack, a theme continued on the soft yet driven Obelisk.

The ambient East Morning Pier, the darker Bluesqueek and pulsing Cember, and the 8-bit exercise in glitchy thumps Munch would reject any attempt to classify them as jazz, but even here its tempo, breaks and styling continue as a noticeable undercurrent, though one evolved almost beyond recognition.

The jazz/electronica path is one that is not well worn, perhaps because the cut-and-paste rhythmic regularity of a 4/4 laptop beat rarely plays well with the improvised fast-and-loose clashes of an off-tempo noodler. Where Brad Mehldau has drawn on Radiohead for his fusions, Jacobson has created something new and original, organically splicing the two with his own compositions, sometimes seamlessly, sometimes with a jarring dissonance, but always stronger than the sum of their separate traditions.

A difficult task, but done with apparent ease.
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About ZoiD

“This album is dedicated to the memory of Bruce Morley, who passed away on 22nd November 2012. An inspirational person who I’m fortunate to have met. In a short space of time he taught me an incredible amount about music and life.” – Daniel Jacobson

ZoiD is one of the many projects of Daniel Jacobson, a Dublin-based musician and producer.
He began using this particular moniker while living in New Zealand in 2005, and it’s been his main outlet for jazz-tinged electronica ever since.

In 2006 he was a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy in Melbourne where he attended workshops and seminars with Soundmurderer, Mu-Ziq, Mark Pritchard, Cut Chemist, Derrick May and others.

His first album, “ZoiD Versus the Jazz Musicians of Ireland Vol 1″ (2007, Diatribe) was a battle between ZoiD’s electronics and six prominent Irish jazz musicians – “this is either the future of jazz, or the end of jazz as we know it” Cormac Larkin, Sunday Tribune. “wonderful future-bop realms” Jim Carroll, Irish Times.

After taking a three year hiatus for world travelling and meditation, he returned in 2011 with “Sundillion EP” by zoiBand. According to Harmless Noise, this was “…a mesmerising, singular release that melds the spirit of jazz with the ghosts of future sounds”.

zoid thanks: lisa, matthew, mum and dad, warren, aoife mooney, robin fuller, dorota konczewska, dennis macnulty, alan o’boyle, eomac, nick and olesya, pawel wysota for the bass notes on jwrong, roger doyle, derek, alan dobbyn, chris o’connore, drew mcmillan

Available now on BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Emusic, Google Play, LastFM, and over 30 other stores.

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