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[3EEP-2014_05] Alex Burkat - 285 Kent EP [Official Trailer]

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Directed and produced by: Alex Burkat (www.alexburkat.com)
After Effects Artist: Max Groff (www.maxgroff.com)

Artist: Alex Burkat
Title: 285 Kent EP
Label: Third Ear Recordings
Cat No: 3EEP-2014_05
Distributed by: Clone for vinyl (worldwide); Finetunes for digital (worldwide)
Release date: 2014/06/02 all formats

All the tracks on Alex Burkat's latest release, the ep 285 Kent are references to, homages to, and an elegy for various NY clubs and clubbing experiences. Alex Burkat, resident of Brooklyn NYC, lands on (in?) Third Ear with an ep that further develops the sound he has been imagining since he was inspired to write Shower Scene, his to-date, most well-known track. Shower Scene, which was subsequently released on the Mr Saturday Night label, was conceived while returning from a Mr Saturday Night party. Clearly, the clubbing experience, in particular in New York is still an inspiration to Alex Burkat's music. 285 Kent was a well-known DIY warehouse venue that hosted Punk, House and Techno parties in Brooklyn that closed only recently in January 2014. Sullivan Rom in the West Village of NY is a well-known House party venue. The BQE is the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. The track evokes for Alex, people speeding to and/or from NY parties. House Of Yes, the name of another famous DIY New York venue that closed in the Summer of 2013 was where Mister Saturday Night threw their Saturday night parties. All four tracks are distinctive. Alex Burkat has his sound now. It may not be the only sound he ever creates, and given his propensity for evocation his catalogue will probably be prodigious and varied. For now, he is honing in on his subject; the rapidly evolving club scene based around Brooklyn in New York. There is soul in these tracks and a refreshing lack of artifice. For all the wide-eyed imagination and wide-screen soundscapes (huge bass and shimmering sonics out on the perimeters), there is no sentimentality; just a forward-looking gaze that takes in the past and the future with clarity and honesty.

A1) 285 Kent
A2) Sullivan Rooms
B1) The BQE
B2) House Of Yes

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[3EEP-2014_04] Why Sheep? - Radiation EP Play


Video from the Fukushima Nuclear Facility taken from the film 'Real Times' by Chim Pom.
© Chim Pom 2011
Courtesy of MUJIN-TO Productions.

A1) Radiation #1
A2) Radiation #1 (Kare San Sui Surrounding Remix)
B1) Radiation #2
B2) Radiation #2(Kare San Sui Surrounding Remix)

Japanese electronic musician and sound sculptor Gaku Uchida, aka Why Sheep? returns after over 10 years with the Radiation ep, a taste of his forthcoming album Real Times. The Radiation ep is Why Sheep?'s response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Gaku Uchida's last release was the album The Myth & i in 2003 on third Ear. The ep culled from that album has Recloose's remix of Earthborn.

The Radiation ep contains four tracks; Radiation 1 and 2, together with remixes by Kare San Sui Surrounding, another Why Sheep? moniker.

Kare-San-Sui Surrounding is a project aiming to create a relationship between people and sound from a new perspective. Kare-San-Sui Surrounding likens the handling of sound to the Japanese garden-making art of Kare-San-Sui, to create a sensorial garden of sound within public spaces. Radiation 1 and 2 Kare-San-Sui Surrounding remixes place the tracks Radiation 1 and 2 in a public space. Radiation 1 is suffocated by the intensifying sound of a Geiger counter, the instrument used to measure background radioactivity. Radiation 2 creates an idyllic garden setting with sound, probably a temple garden as we hear the sound of temple bells and the trickling sounds water. A sense of foreboding soon overshadows the idyll, with the sound of a huge drum, of rushing air and of the ground shaking. Overall the effect of these tracks, these sounds of radiation emanating and shrouding, leave the listener with a combination of a profound sense of unease and of supernatural power created through the exciting effect of wonderful sounds and arrangements.

Artist: Why Sheep?
Title: Radiation ep
Label: Third Ear Recordings
Cat No: 3EEP-2014_04
Distributed by: Clone for vinyl (worldwide); Finetunes for digital (worldwide)

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