julek ploski – spie
Born in 1998, Warsaw-based Julian Płoski has recently been making noise among the Polish experimental scene. Despite only being 21, he can already boast about taking part in various residencies, performing dozens of gigs including one at last year’s edition of UNSOUND, or founding an ever-fluid label 𝑔𝓁𝒶𝓂𝑜𝓊𝓇. Julek’s critically acclaimed debut album „Tesco“ saw him shoplifting field recordings while hunting for discount groceries, then genuinely fusing them with bare elements of contemporary club music or IDM into ominous sound collages. Gin&Platonic is now pleased to present Julek Płoski’s sophomore full lenght – śpie.
On this yet another conceptual record he leads the listener through extensive hypnagogia occurring during onset of sleep, with all of its abrupt deflections one may eventually take while attempting to enjoy a quality rest. Constantly balancing on the edge of vague vigilance and shallow slumber, śpie teases us with stream of hypergrotesque sound scenarios often submitted by hints of deeply internal insecurities, projected through the lens of dreamstate’s very own oddity. The retained fragments of past day’s experience crawl in uncontrollably and they immediately provoke wicked imagination of rather obscure situations. As the mood flows unpredictably from nightmarish periods of abrasive kick drums to sweet and serene soundscapes, on „śpie“ Julek achieves to connect the wicked with the virtuous, as well as the pleasant with the destructive.
“śpie is an album about can’t wake up and waking up and can’t wake up and non-stop waking up and trying not to wake up and trying to wake up again and again.”
Queimada – Eremocene
Marco Colocci is an Italian producer and a sound engineer based in Berlin. Studying music theory and learning how to play the contrabass has initiated the growth of his interest in the techniques of field recording and sound design, as well as his overall passion for electronic music. After self-releasing music during his teens, and later producing for Taiwanese artist Sabiwa from Chinabot, he now presents a debut record under the moniker „Queimada“, coming out on Gin&Platonic.
Built around a concept proposed by Harvard professor E.O. Wilson, Eremocene depicts a future state of miserable epoch into which human species is slowly but steadily accelerating. Characterized by the existential & material isolation that comes from having calamitously extinguishing other forms of life on Earth while intrepidly fulfilling our immediate needs, the future labeled as The Age of Loneliness sees our identity completely transformed.
On the record, Queimada explores precisely the conflict between the tempting ease and a pang of unconfessed guilt in an attempt to capture the ironical relationship they epitomize. The album represents an encounter between different techniques of granular synthesis and field recording. The encounter between the unstoppable and destructive, altogether resulting in a disruptive anthem of the intensifying burden of the postmodern times.
TRNGS – RLLY INTENSE .WAV FILES
TRNGS is a maximalist hi-fi music producer, multimedial artist and an occasional but quite a good sk8ter from Boston. After us grinding heavy on his last year’s projects BILOCATE and LAPTOP CREMATION, we reached out and he shared couple of very intense wav. files with us to put on our bandcamp.
All three of them contain visceral sound tangles, which TRNGS himself (with our honest confirmation) insists on calling „dance“ music. Like in the cover of the record, which hints at the tragedy of today’s environmental condition in a way, bits of the artificial sound elements blend insensibly into the organic material, all together creating a complicated puzzle, layed out on dark and rather disturbing background. „I am very passionate about making music with sort of uncanny relationship between synthesized and sampled sounds“, describes TRNGS on that note.
We have designed a sleek 3D-printed flower pot as an object accompanying the EP, so you can plant yourself a dose of organic green hope (with possible shades of purple) into this tiny zen garden.
3849 – Raelyr
3849 is the identification number denoting a mutation of the rare condition that Dutch producer Guy Huijbregts suffers from. It also serves as his musical pseudonyme. Under it, he has released a vast catalogue that we’ve been following for years. After contributing to The Virgo Season compilation we put out last year, we are pleased to welcome Guy Huijbregts to our roster with his new EP, Raelyr.
As with most of Guy’s work to date, listening to the sophisticated sound-design practises and ever-evolving rhythmic variations on Raelyr might make you imagine a strange, crystal clear sonic maze, a cold and celestial place. 3849 is not afraid to take his time arranging the elements into an endless digital wormhole, in which even a focused listener is likely to get lost and found over and over again. On “z-rasii,” 3849 includes traces of his own voice, which might serve as the only evidence of human origin haunting this otherwise alien opus.
Aleksei Podat – I Regret Everything I Have Ever Done Online
We return to Ukraine once again, this time to release the debut album by Aleksei Podat (ex-CHSZM).
According to the artist the album is mostly influenced by Mark Zuckerberg’s last year’s congress testimony, where the definition of social media privacy was challenged a lot. It showed just how ridiculous it can get, when you’re trying to demand some kind of responsibility from the person, who’s the head of a social media platform which makes its profit through exploitation – be it people’s natural need for attention or their depressed state after their ego is not fulfilled with an appropriate social media feedback (the number of likes, comments, etc.).
“In this case, I see social media platforms as machines that develop the feeling of inferiority in their users. People are constantly made to develop their image as the most-likable and the most complying with modern societal norms. Personally, I feel depressed myself from time to time, because of the lack of attention on social media. It makes me feel little and miserable and I’m not alone in this. This how this system works: make a person feel miserable. Make them think they can change this state of depression by posting, liking, replying, sharing content + they watch ads while they do all this stuff = make a profit. That sucks and that’s what this album’s about,” says Podat.
ivan skoryna – damage
Damage is done. Nobody is perfect. Sirens are silent nowadays. Damage control is a fair play. And it’s so nice to wake up in the morning all alone.
‚damage‘ is the debut EP by experimental electronic musician Ivan Skoryna.
Himera – Fragile
Himera is an emerging Ireland-based producer, originally born in Latvia to a Russian-speaking family. Last year, a trip back to his motherland introduced him to the atmosphere of eastern European rave culture, which helped to originate Himera’s working process on his sophomore record.
Fragile, a follow-up to his 2017 self-released debut project Angel EP, is a warm and colorful collection of blissful yet thrilling trance anthems, carefully wrapped up in contemporary club-ready aesthetics. Himera’s fascination with Dance Dance Revolution and shoot ‚em up games can be heard clearly throughout the record. Indeed, Fragile feels like a soundtrack to an endless stream of attacking enemies in the form of information overload, coming from screens and signs of various sizes. Pointillistically drawn buildups quickly swell into intense periods of absolute euphoria then descend into celestial beatless compositions, capturing the dialectic of pleasure and exhaustion. It is where nightcore YouTube mixes meet the sounds of early dubstep or EDM, polished according to the advanced trance science of Ferry Corsten or Lorenzo Senni. This album has the potential to overtake huge stadium spaces as well as heal listeners‘ open wounds through their own home speakers.
Truth be told, the tension of an ecstatic state can’t expand forever. It is just as fragile as a butterfly’s wing. And we all are, too.
Strachkvas – Hedonic Treadmill
Ever-hailing from somewhere in-between both Ostrava and Brno (Czech Republic), Strachkvas, a solitaire producer and visual artist, has been successively building a significant local acclamation. Shortly after his extensive study period in Helsinki where he focused on sharpening both DJ and production skills, he now presents his very first comprehensive release coming out on Gin&Platonic.
Just like in his own remarkable visuals, the sound elements in Hedonic Treadmill tend to morph into picturesque percepts of dissolved rhythms formerly to be easily recognizable. The gripping entrée in the form of Skirmish Line is followed by Tipping Cascades, where the long – abandoned regularity is enlightened again from a very different production angle to create new, rather grotesque shadows. By the end of the track, the emotional cocktail of both happiness and anger seems to be well balanced, but is quickly shaked again right after beginning of the next piece. With SoyBoy which marks the most directly driven track off the EP, Strachkvas is speeding up as he stays loyal to his roots in desruptive and ever-accelerating DJ sets. As the hedonic treadmill slowly stops to roll with Face Reveal, it leaves the listener’s pleasure level way below the satiation threshold.
Kagami Smile – Four Selves
Four Selves was made with the idea of living as different selves in mind. That no matter what you are at any given moment, other selves could exist simultaneously in many realities. One can never know if you are your true self, or some other version of you’s dream.
„Kagami Smile takes another step forward with Four Selves, an EP on a new Czech label called Gin&Platonic that represents his most dance floor-focused, but also most challenging, music yet.“ (Resident Advisor)
V/A – platonics 01: The Virgo Season
The need to inform has transformed seamlessly into a desire
to contribute. Platonics 01 reflects our long-term alertness
to our surroundings, it is an impulse to reassess our priorities.
Some things cannot be left for tomorrow.
Gin&Platonic is the common sense of the long-abandoned
extroverts, the new-found introverts, and of those constantly
in-between. It’s comfortable but challenging at times. A matter
of intuition. It’s something sentimental about being cynical.
It is a state of double-edged irony.
respectful but aware | medium and the moment | raw imprint
artifacts & achievements | share & outline | trends but deeply rooted
out of a soapbox | long run with a back-up plan
the virgo season