niedziela, 14 stycznia 2018

(Not So) Short history of EXTRATONE Rec.

The fifth year has passed since the founding of the EXTRATONE (Rec.) group, so it is a good time for a wider summary of our activity ...

When I heard extratone for the first time (some track of Ralph Brown ) I thought to myself, "What is it all about?" however, listening to many genres of extreme music, I quickly discovered that this musical branch (imo) is the punk simplicity, black metal rawness and the stylistics known to me from the Gore-Grind bands, translated into electronic music. I was hooked.

Wishing to share my discovery with the world, I've founded the EXTRATONE group, which aims to share information and to concentrate artists dealing with this field of electronic art in one place. Almost every member of the group was the administrator then, and the only requirement for posting (this works until today) was to put only extratone music, and things more or less related to it. As well as mutual respect.

At the time, still watching the speedcore / breakcore scene, I've decided to try my luck in the new genre I discovered, creating my first extratone EP "Extratone FUNky". What surprised me, the labels I've known so far, have been purging my request to release this material, claiming that its not even music, or complains about the low quality of the material, at the same time referring me to the label "1000+", focused on publishing things above 1000bpm. Inspired by their activity, I've decided to go a step further.

In 2013, with the help of Thorsten Kuznik, I published the compilation "EXTRATONE Sampler Vol.1 (Simple ... but POWERFUL)" in Speedcore Worldwide Audio Netlabel, on which I collected music mainly from people inside the group. I made a meaningful cover in paint and Jakub Bobowski (Loffciamcore) was asked for mastering the songs.

The compilation aroused considerable interest, as evidenced by its continuation in "EXTRATONE Sampler Vol.2 (BREAKE The SPEEED)", in 2014, containing twice as many performers. Other artists, also got involved in collecting songs. The idea of the second part was to show extratone as a more diverse style, which is why the tracks were divided into the more typical and the more broken ones. Mastering was taken care of by the same man, and the cover created by me again, referred (partly also to the title) to my intense desire to break with my addiction at the time.

The year 2015 was heavier for me. Events organized by me, originally focused on promoting this genre, meet with practically zero attendance. I started to believe, that extratone is completely exhausted and my further involvement in its development and promotion is decreasing. However, later this year I release the next part of "EXTRATONE Sampler Vol.3 (Underground IN Underground)", which title reflects my attitude towards the stage at the time. Not wanting to impose anyone, I've done it independently, without mestering, only by leveling the volume of the songs received, with the thought, that it will be the last compilation.

However, it did not happen. Motivated by questions about my further activity, I've decided to set up my own label, which will be aimed at publishing further compilations, as well as solo materials of more or less known artists from the xtrtn circle. I added the REC suffix to the already known group logo (composed of squares to be associated with the WAV graph of thick beat), stylized as a diode from a hand-held camera, inspired by a B-class film of the same title. For help with covers I've asked Alex Montana, whose strict style suits me very much, and I've entrusted my care over the YouTube channel to Daniil Zolotukhin. I've set up a blog, for the first official release, acknowledging the third part of the sampler and starting March 2016 with solo publishing of other artists.

In May, we released the next part of the compilation "EXTRATONE Sampler Vol.4 (... above US There Is Only SILENCE)". The title and cover refer to the fact, that the repeatedly accelerated kicks eventually turn into frequencies and into silence finally. At the same time, I've asked Ramon Fokkema for promoting the label, who starts with a series of events called LEGION OF SPEEDCORE. Works on the radio stream were in progress, which lasted only for a moment. After that, the project was postponed.

In June, I completely resigned from organizing my own events, leaving the RAVING RABBITS collective, just to focus on subsequent releases. The fourth sampler have aroused so much interest, that in the creation of its next, smaller version "EXTRATONE Sampler Vol. 4,5 (Music for the TILTED Generation)", we used songs sent after its release. Its title and cover refer to a certain, well-known album of The Prodigy. At the time there were more solo EP's published also.

The year 2017 brings further changes. For the promotion of LEGION OF SPEEDCORE #2, our first physical release "Legion Of Speedcore Anthem (The Remixes)" is created, this time more speedcore. Costs of it were entirely covered by Ramon, and the money earned on it, were spent on the further event development. At work on the cover, based on my drawing, Koh David known as DJ MUCUS helped us and was asked for further cooperation. The release, as usuall, is also free to download.

Works on the next CD, this time the thematic release of the sampler, which for years has become my "eye in mind" were underway. Unfortunately, the requirements of the printing and stamping company, as the quality of the files turned out to be quite high, and the implementation of my idea (the earth globe covered with mold, which I specially grew for this purpose in a jar on my balcony) no one wanted to take. I was looking for another artist, and the release of "EXTRATONE Sampler Vol.5 (World Disease)" was delayed. Jakub Szajba Bińkowski, a graphic artist and photographer, who commits to take up the challenge, comes to help. The sampler finally reveals itself. The cost of its production and copies being shared with Ramon in half. At the same time, Marcel Paas aka Gabberdoom began to support our label promotion.

We have the beginning of 2018, what will it bring? We do not know yet, but I'll try to write about the changes on a regular basis.

P.S. I'm sorry that I did not mention all the artists involved by name and surname, but I tried to focus on the most important things.

Also big thx for support to: Neil Lar, Akira Sato, Jacek Chałas Dashkowsky, Erik van den Berg, Sergio Noizover Gallagher, Sven Lindt, Lik Dakorshikyo, Michael Arne Hansen, Szymon Błoński, Zadok Allen, Ian Garside and Maciej Rydelek.

środa, 20 grudnia 2017

Gabberdoom - Moments In Life [ER036]

There are such moments in life, when buying a bottle of liquor would be appropriate thing to do. EP which goes to You right now, is like that bottle, from Gabberdoom, on his 50th birthday. It is
noble, and long maturing liquor (in limited edition - as we can read on label), with a power of pure fire. Cheers!

01. Never Forget
02. The past ...
03. You don't know me!
04. Half a Century 

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poniedziałek, 11 grudnia 2017

7!cHO - EXTRATONE FUNkill [ER035]

The continuation, or if You prefer, the second part of released some time ago (by 1000+) "EXTRATONE FUNky". It is hard to write something about own material, so let's try this way:

... a bit of philosophy, a bit of fun, and some killing speed...

01. Just Ashes and Amen
02. If Music is a Woman, I treat Her like a Whore
03. FUNkill Fodder
04. Paris HILL Tone
05. Becouse I CAN
07. Ear Burner 

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środa, 1 listopada 2017

Eater of Sheep - New Food Chain [ER034]

Eeater Of Sheep comes back with a new dose of mad tempos, sounding very industrial and metallic. No compromise here. No mixes with other genres. Just get drown, flooded by Tone. If you think that our last releases were too soft, or extratone is dead, this EP is perfect for You.

01. Future Washing Machine
02. Deep Sea Extratöne
03. Weed Killer
04. Tetanospasmin
05. Rusty Nails
06. Tetanospasmin 17000

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wtorek, 3 października 2017

Kral - Short Game [ER033]

On Kral's 3rd EP, every track sounds original, reminds about old good videogames from our childhood. Chiptune-like sounds and pure pulsive extratone. Sometimes it sounds like pneumatic hammer, sometimes like a swarm. Short, but nice sound trip.

01. Level 1
02. Level 2
03. Level 3
04. Game Over

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środa, 23 sierpnia 2017

DZKYIN - All We Need Is Love Shock [ER032]

What you expect to hear on this EP? (Made by DZKYIN, owner of Antropofagia records) Wobble bassline? Beautiful singing? Absolutely not! Get ready for brutal noise patterns, ultra speed bassdrum (which you can hear in background) extratone drops, and great work with pitch effect.

01. All We Need Is Love Shock (Part 1)
02. All We Need Is Love Shock (Part 2) 

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czwartek, 17 sierpnia 2017

Death To Your Eardrums - The Most Annoying Sounds In The World [ER031]

The latest DTYE material is extratone of the highest quality. Atmospheric and hellish, but this artist is also not afraid to experiment with other genres (check out "Stepping Out My Tone"). Recommended to all black hearted souls. Satan Inside!

01. Blood Leaking Eardrums
02. Psycho Sounds
03. Stepping Up My Tone
04. The Most Annoying Sound In The World 

(The pack also includes tracks in WAV format)

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czwartek, 10 sierpnia 2017

PilzKrieger - Vlad der Pfähler [ER030]

With his new EP, PilzKrieger (eng. Mashroom Warrior) continues his journey. It is uncompromising, disturbing, classic extratone. Brutal. Every fan of this genre will enjoy that Trip.

01. Ausrotten
02. Bergenot Teufel
03. Qualvoll Verrecken
04. Sterbende Schwämme 

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czwartek, 3 sierpnia 2017

DJ Mucus - Summer of Love [ER029]

While most producers make a song or EP, DJ Mucus releases another album. "Summer of Love" is a collection of typical summer hits (of course, typical for this artist). I can't say more about this album than it's just pure version of Mucus himself. The track which caught the most of my attention is "Fix Bloody Fix" due to its unique blockbuster. Have fun listening in the shade of the palm trees.

1. 666 cpr
2. Let's Defecate Together
3. Sikorsky
4. Flex Bloody Flex
5. Futa Festival
6. It's All Right
7. My Track For Anti-Flex Records
8. Decrepit Luncheonette
9. Janis Dumpilng
10. Fix Bloody Fix
11. Ramon Has Vocaloîd
12. Summer of Love
13. The Actual Schnetz
14. I Hate What U Do But I Like The Way U Do It
15. The Champion Of My Love
16. Church Of Zion
17. Raw Fixageddon
18. Swarming Of Lovely Drones

Bonus: Liner (Author note)

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wtorek, 25 lipca 2017

EXTRATONE Sampler Vol.5 (World Disease) [ER028] - CD or FREE Download -

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