On the back of what has been a successful year thus far for the Ithaca-based Blank Slate, the fifth release from this unstoppable imprint clearly shows these guys are not slowing down with the invigorating sounds. This EP is from a new cat – for me anyway – on the scene called Düve. A favourite is ‘Streets’ which projects the image of Ron Morelli and co. getting caught up in a bustling Middle-Eastern market, feigning of hagglers with their raw weapons of analog. The EP’s sound also ranges from the off-kilter, percussive elements of ‘Karv’ to the escalating, filtered ambience of ‘660’, this offering from Düve is full of unexpected curve-balls. It is music with balls. Music that takes risks.

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This year’s unstoppable upstart Blank Slate unveil a fifth release from newcomer Düve.

If there’s been a label that’s impressed the world of house and techno in 2013 it’s the Supply Records sister label Blank Slate. Since launching at the beginning of this year with an impressive V/A sampler, featuring contributions from North Lake, Qy, Arnaldo and Mirko, the label has almost overnight achieved buy-on-sight status. Subsequent Blank Slate drops have come from the London-based artist Arnaldo, Mirko and label co-founder René Audiard and now the label turn to the unheralded Düve for release number five. Streaming below, Düve expresses a penchant for combining middle eastern percussion, brass, strummed strings and Medina atmospheres with the trippy and longwinding “660″.

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Check the new René Audiard previews via Blank Slate [002]

“In 1965, the Ventures unleashed their alien music onto an audience in Tokyo, unaware that they were in the midst of a miniature cultural revolution. Soon to follow was the explosion of the ‘Group Sounds’ scene, which made sensations out of bands with names like The Tigers and The Mops and caused Japanese instrument manufacturers to churn out ice-white Mosrite-knockoff guitars by the thousand. GS was massive. But dissent lay at the periphery of this meticulously stylized, tightly controlled, and entirely commercialized scene. A handful of disgruntled musicians, most bedecked entirely in black and with hair longer than was permitted by the record labels, rejected the widespread Beatle-worship and refused to bow to the west. Out of this refusal sprung the intense desolation of Jacks’s Vacant World (banned from the airwaves for nihilistic lyrical content), the ‘Total Sensory Assault’ wrought by militant Rallizes Denudés, and the dizzying jazz-rock mash-up of Masahiko Satoh’s Amalgamation, to name just a few of the countless seminal works which defined this epoch. English-language homages to Western rock gods saturated the psychedelic scene in Japan, but this mix is devoted [almost] entirely to those who sang in Japanese, who married distorted guitars to Buddhist chanting, who went beyond the Western rock paradigm and made something far richer, weirder and, in many cases, better.”


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Blank Slate is a new record label out of Ithaca started by Soren Jahan and Kamal Naeem.

Their first release will be vinyl only and out 12/25/12 via Honest Johns.  Artists on the Blank Slate 001 compilation will be Arnaldo, North Lake, Mirko, and B2 QY.

Take a listen for some wandering grooves and floor stomping