Monthly Archives: February 2010

News update

Hey folks!

Just a short note to let you know what’s going on. The Remix Project launched two weeks ago and is seemingly a success. We’ve had quite extensive traffic and vast numbers of remix file downloads. Happy times! A few submissions started dropping in, but with two months left we expect those numbers to rise significantly within a few weeks.

On another note, we’ll have out thirteenth release out soon. Socket Science has spent over a year assembling the follow up to his debut Pulver Stunts. The result is a mind blowing EP with three long dark tracks that is more melancholic, heavy and club friendly than the playful and pop oriented predecessor.

Socket Science – Ephedra

Tracklist:

  1. Ephedra
  2. A Friend of the Family
  3. Silent Fight

Arriving soon at a netlabel near you!

(Stay posted with the RSS feed)

All for now. Love etc,

/AB HQ

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First Anniversary Remix Project

Anniversary!

Oh how time flies when you’re releasing, what we consider to be, forward-thinking and creative electronic music! Just one year ago we pushed the big green button marked “GO” and launched Astor Bell for public consumption. In the past 12 months we’ve released 12 titles, all very near and dear to our hearts.

As our first anniversary started to near we began kicking around ideas to mark our progress. We could’ve released a sampler, another label mix, or maybe even some unreleased tracks: All valid ways to help us turn the page into the next 12 months. But the winning idea surfaced quite clearly. That being to loosen our grip and open the gates into the Astor Bell brain.

The sum of our contributing artist’s work is greater than the label name we put on it. And it is surely greater than two 30-somethings sitting behind computers making the files available to you. The broken beats, the down-sampled waves, the backwards bass and the organic subway samples accumulate like a snowball rolling down a ski slope into complete pieces of audio that dig themselves into the deeper parts of our being.

Our artists have backtracked into their harddrives and extracted these singular moments, scattered them over the floor and are hoping you can assist in pasting them back together into something wonderful.

We would like to invite you to participate in Astor Bell’s 1st Anniversary Remixes.

The deadline for entries is May 1st, 2010.

The remixes that we enjoy the most will be released as a compilation in June 2010.

Thanks for listening and happy remixing!

For further details on the remix project, click here.

Interesting article on Audioteka

Audioteka in action

A quite different article on Audioteka was published yesterday at Far From Russia, a magazine/portal focused on on new Russian music and based on UCLA in Los Angeles. Prof. David MacFadyen digs deep into the more cultural aspects of their recent Astor Bell release Just So Simple, analysing not so much the music in itself but rather the context of it; the artwork, the liner notes and other available info on the boys. Matching this with a bit of Siberian history and other shares of Mr MacFadyen’s academic knowledge, it makes for an interesting read.

See for yourself here.