Review: If you are lucky enough to have visited Dusseldorf club Salon Des Amateurs, you may be familiar with one of its residents, the cultish Serbian DJ Vladimir Ivkovic whose daring sets are inspiration to another of the venue's stars in Lena Willikens. Often Music is Ivkovic's new label and their first release shines a light on the unreleased archives of pioneering Serbian electronic artist Rex Ilusivii, real name Mitar Suboti?. The Serbian artist sadly passed away in a studio fire in 1999 leaving behind a vast number of unreleased works recorded over a decade from 1980 onwards. Six of those rescued tracks feature on this double 12" release In The Moon Cage (side 4 houses an etched illustration) and the more daring selectors out there will find them quite inspirational.
Review: With this latest release on his fine Offen Music imprint, Vladimir Ivkovic has pulled off something of a coup. Ma is the first collaborative release from Ivan Smaghhe and Rupert Cross, a composer and sound designer who is best known for his work with fellow score maestro Patrick Doyle. It's an interesting and unusual set, with the duo utilizing a range of acoustic and electronic instruments to create tracks that variously touch on Don't DJ style polyrhythms, ambient mood pieces smothered in evocative field recordings, eccentric drone soundscapes, krautrock influenced compositions, shoegaze moods, and creepy, soundtrack style workouts. It's the kind of album that takes a few listens to really get under your skin, but it's more than worth the effort.
Review: More posthumous work by the legendary Mitar Subotic aka Suba. He was a Serbian-born musician and composer, set to become one of Brazil's most prominent producers until his untimely passing (in 1999, at only 38 years of age) when his studio in Sao Paulo caught fire. Offen Music have already released two albums by Subotic - under his other well known Rex Ilusivii moniker, but Wayang proves most interesting in that the latin polyrhythms that comprised the bulk of this alias are not featured on the album, as it explores lush ambient and electronic soundscapes instead. The album was said to be conducted in 1995, just shortly after Subotic produced an album together with his old Yugoslavian friend Milan Mladenovic under the project name Angel's Breath.