Two new releases from MRM this June
This June sees the release of two new discs by label owner Matthew Atkins on Minimal Resource Manipulation. Probably his most personal and emotive music to date, these tracks were recorded during a period of great personal and emotional upheaval wherein the label itself was put on ice for a number of months.
‘Lovelorn’ is classic Platform, where stripped back beats mesh and collide over simple, haunting fragments of melody and shards of disembodied found sound. Over the space of five fragile and delicate tracks, ‘Lovelorn’ takes us on a real journey through minimalist house, glitch techno and abstracted electronica, with its heart on its sleeve at all points therein, the soulful core of the music radiating from beneath the icy surfaces of the mix. It’s like listening to robots with broken hearts weeping together in automated unison.
‘Hiatus’ is a different beast altogether. The first release under Atkins’ own name is a reflection of the personal nature of this full length album. ‘Hiatus’ represents an ending and a beginning, the stripping away of memories past in order to find a point from where to move off again. The music here is pared down to a series of blurred and smudged drones, with all surface detail obliterated by layers and layers of deep reverb. This reductivist approach is also represented by the artwork encasing the disc, a blank canvas from which the sounds within can slowly emerge to envelop the listener in its luminous fog. Placed in the same ballpark as Celer or William Basinski, ‘Hiatus’ is an isolationist drift towards the darker end of the drone spectrum.
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Platform – “Flock of Scissors” (MRMCDR12)
MRM are pleased to announce the release of two new EPs this month.
Label owner Matt Atkins provides us with four tracks of experimental electronic soundscaping on ‘Four Elements’, a deep and darkly beautiful collection comprising of two short and two longer form pieces that are as hypnotic and unsettling as anything else in the Platform back catalogue.
Next we have a new collaborative EP that is the second release from Matt Atkins (AKA Platform) and avant free improv drummer Paul May. This is the follow up to last year’s acclaimed ‘Broken Hulk Display’ and sees more of May’s impressive and incomparable percussive work treated and twisted into new shapes and soundscapes by Atkins. The duo have performed live recently and are hoping to follow up with the release of this EP with more dates around the capital.
Matt Atkins’ Discography:
'The latest Platform EP, 'Pseudochromis' is being released by Smallfish records on December the 5th and is available for pre-order now from their online shop. It comprises three brand new, exclusive tracks and is limited to 100 copies.
Go to: http://www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/release/?cat=FISH8CM-27
Paul May + Platform will be performing live for the first time on saturday the 8th of August under the name "Shaded Monocle" at the Flea Pit in Hackney, London.
Platform – “Untitled 3” (MRMCDR09)
“Untitled 3” sees MRM founder Matt Atkins re-visit his electronic roots with a new album of sparse, jagged, asymmetrical tracks that utilise the classic sounds of 808 and 909 drum machines as the underlying mesh for a journey across brittle digital landscapes. Minimalist in execution and style, the album is a more beat heavy affair than the last couple of Platform releases and is his first full album since 2007’s “Untitled 2”.
The excellent Escala net label have released the "Open Grid Diffusion" EP by Platform as a free download via their website.
Direct Link: http://escalared.com/archives/394