Secretly broadcasting since 2009...That could mean one month or thirteen…
Either way, Secret Station Records have built up a wealth of talented electronica/IDM artists, with albums and EP’s free to download from Lunar Testing Lab, Verulf, Drexon Field, United Club Wear, Specta Ciera, and Fur.
Your first download from the bunch should be, Fur’s ‘Black Castles’ EP. Have a listen to Drexon Field’s remix of Fur’s ‘Friends’ and you’ll see why…Then take a chilled trip down ‘Seashore Blvrd’ and stick ‘Lunar Testing Lab’ as number two in your download queue. An album easily worth the money should it not have been free.
Out of the full list on offer, I’ve only managed to listen to the above albums so far, as well as Drexon Field’s ‘August’. Reminding me in places of AFX, this is well produced electronica rich in bleeps and unexpected beats.
"Secretly broadcasting since 2009″? I cant wait for 2010.
(Let me know what the rest are like if you manage to get through them all!)
**EDIT** Just got round to listening to ‘Specta Ciera’ ‘Snowflake Collections’, be sure to download this too – awesome…
Drexon Field, Devin Underwood & Jared Sheehan, from Cambridge, Massachusetts have been creating music together for 6 years. The boys make great music, it makes you feel like you are a child again – carefree and playing outside. The music has such a joy to it, some parts are so calming while others make you feel you should get up to run around. Devin and Jared also extend there creativity to film and graphic design, which I have been told makes there live shows amazing. Drexon Field has been labeled Electronic, Expireimental, Jazz, Classic and Indie – I am not sure what I would label them as… so we’ll just go with awesome!
Tadoma. You don't remember them. It's OK, it's been a couple years. The Philadelphia-based ambient electronic concern helmed by former Diagram principal Joe Patitucci resurfaced this week with the digital release of the first in a series of EPs. The new, evenly blissed-out collection is titled Field Notes, and after spending time with it we can report that our 2008 assessment of the band, "Boards Of Canada meets More-era Pink Floyd," still holds true. Tadoma's Field Notes is both generous -- at 10 tracks -- and expedient -- it clocks in at a little more than 25 minutes. The spooky, pastoral songs are constructed from e-bowed and acoustic guitars, vintage synths and Fender Rhodes electric piano, and -- unsurprisingly given the title of the EP -- field recordings. From the sleepy opening drone of "Recovery Operations" through the closer "Reconstruction" you will feel as if you are channel surfing through sedate, early '70s BBC sci-fi programming. It's decidedly wintry, overnight sound. Tadoma fetes the release of Field Notes Saturday night at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia, on a hot bill supporting Philly shoegaze standouts Arc In Round. Full show details are right here. A physical CD version of Field Notes will be available next week.
My first post on Phuturelabs and it’s a cracker i think!
Released yesterday (31/10/09) for free legal downloadon Secret Station Records' website, FUR’s "Black Castles EP" and his upcoming album "Colorful People" is some of the most exciting & interesting electronic music i’ve heard in a while.
Fur aka Bryce Isbell originally hails from Denver, Coloradoin the United States. With an incredible 51 releases to his name, and aged only 22, his "Black Castles EP" features ethereal and psychedelic electronic music in the IDM downtempo ambient style. He lists some of his influences as being Michael & Marcus Sandison (aka Scotland's finest "Boards of Canada"), Richard D. James (Aphex Twin), Ryuichi Sakamoto & Trevor Wishart.
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Since 2006, Denton-based artist Bryce Isbell's been steadily self-releasingexperimental recordings--51 full-length albums and EPs worth of self-released material to date (According to his facebook page). His first release, Downstairs Room, consisted of a single 45-minute-long freak-folk track that Isbell describes as "experimental electro-acoustic."
Sounds like fun, right? Well, even Isbell admitted by phone yesterday that he "had a hard time getting people to listen to that one."

So Isbell's been reinventing himself with every consecutive handmade CD-R, cassette or digital release he's offered since Downstairs Room, and, after adopting the FUR moniker in 2008, Isbell left behind his freak-folk gobbledygook for a more stream-lined, conceptualized, electronic sound.

And, guess what? Isbell's not self-releasing his recordings anymore: FUR's Black Castles EP and Colorful People full-length were both released on October 31 on Secret Station Records. We're thinking Isbell probably won't have as hard of a time finding an audience with this release. And it probably doesn't hurt too much that the album features some choice collaborations including one with Neon Indian's Alan Palomo ("Black Castles") and another with ex-Ghosthustler member in Gray St. Germain Gideon ("Andante Grazioso").

Isbell was kind enough to send us along two tracks to offer our readers this afternoon, including the original version of the down-tempo ambient cut "Black Castles." (A few other remixes are available on the Black Castles EP, which Secret Station is offering as a free download.)
The synth work on the "Black Castles" sounds pretty much unmistakably Palomo's, right? Well, that's fitting: As Isbell explains, "the idea behind Colorful People was to have different representations of musical personalities, to have a each track represent a person that I know."

Good luck guessing which other Dentonites were captured on the album...
this little number showed up in my inbox a few days ago and I was pleasantly suprised. Spacious,atmospheric and at times quite gorgeous, this album is definitely one to get lost in. Out now on Secret Station Records.
Paneye is the moniker of Will Treffry. Will resides in Sydney, Australia and his sound is heavily influenced by the deserted swamps, marshes and forests that are scattered around the outer suburbs of the city. In a grand manner "Along The Way To The Bigtop, My Life Just Dissolved" is broadly a one man project with the exception of some bits the project also enlist Jess Mutascio as a back up vocals.
Paneye is the kind of music that makes one realize that sometimes its not only about the riffs, distortions and noise but its also about the mood the blissful and ecstatic state, a particular sound can magnetize you in. Paneye sound can get you completely lost.
A strong doze of ambient ~ soundscaping ~ post-rock and even "slightly or widely" tripcore. You decide.
The 1st half of the album is quite something. Right up till "Tents Hide Creatures". However the second half takes a slightly different turn. Make no mistake though… still very good. No doubt… but just a different atmosphere. VERY GOOD LISTEN all together.
What else is there to live for, really? That's just the title track on Sydney-based Paneye's along the way to the bigtop, my life just dissolved. Track two's "balloon skin suits of rainbow gimps" takes us into Black Moth meets Funky Chicken territory or the aptly titled "Tidal Breeze" that washes everything out with barely-there vocals and a Boards of Canada melody line swirling around like the sea slowly receding towards where it came from.
I know that some of you people out there have been waiting for more music by PANEYE since listening to his first release posted here some time ago, so this new record will surely make some of you guys quite happy, I guess!
Though sounding a little different from "Wilt and Loom" this again is a fantastic album – more dreamlike soundscapes and very atmospheric time freezing moments. Perfect flowing album.
Uber-underground Specta Ciera's Snowflake Collections is very smooth, sometimes to a fault--for stretches, it's pretty uneventful. What sets it apart, however, is not complexity or originality, but that it simply does ambient electronica consistently well. "It's barely there" is the standout, and a perfect example of the album's gracefully minimalistic high points.
For a couple weeks, this was the background sound for my more intensely focused review writing sessions. You know, the ones where I light up my freshest candles (Yankee or bust in my house) and throw on the old prayer beads while spontaneously trancing out and having visions of the Twilight 3 soundtrack outlined in light. Try it out. You, too, might find yourself inspired.
Some very stoned and relaxing electronic tunes out of Pennsylvania. Tobacco of BMSR is a fan, which means you will be too. This EP is another release to add to my "listen to this shit next time you're at the beach" playlist. On par with Boards of Canada and Casino Versus Japan.

Lunar Testing Lab comes highly recommended - Dan at OngakuBaka describes it as "another release to add to my "listen to this shit next time you're at the beach" playlist". It's not the fantasy beach that's always in the mind of the vacationer on the way to the coast, it's the real beach that remains in the memory once you've left. Dreamy wistfulness that doesn't stray far into the realm of imagination - which is what the rest of these songs are as well.
Lunar Testing Lab - Seashore Blvd. - This pitter-patter-y album of surf via synth doesn't seem like much at first but in the past two days I have been able to completely clean my daughter's room, run library errands, get a haircut and acquire a coffee cream snowball, all while it was playing, and suffice to say, I don't generally get results like this from other albums.
I’m drinking coffee and talking to a loved one, discussing this album. He says, "If Boards of Canada released this album, people would go fucking insane." I said, "It’s not a bad thing though, it’s lovely to be in the vain of genius musicians." Not to mention, Lunar Testing Lab is a small time artist. He sold 20 copies of Seashore Blvd relatively quickly and then put it up for free on the internet. But this album deserves more than just respect on Black Moth Super Rainbow message boards, and Lunar Testing Labs website. This album deserves to be blogged and talked about for days. Tasted and dissected for all. For certain, my favorite release so far, this year. "Bossa" just reminds me of being in a futuristic grocery store. "Shoreline at Dawn" makes me want to watch the stars in front of the ocean.
calm soundscapes to help settle a move closer to the beach, a soundtrack for a roadtrip to the west and a summer in the sun. the album, Seashore Blvd., carries the vibe over eight tracks and is a key record for evening chill-outs. on a porch, on a patio, on a resort, on a coast, on a hill, on a cliff; take this music anywhere you want - it will travel well, and bring you with it.
LUNAR TESTING LAB is Eric Watson from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
His "Space Program" album, officially released on "i, absentee", was picked as # 5 cd of 2008 by Tobacco of Black Moth Super Rainbow.
The EP "Seashore Blvd" was recorded in May 2009, and was strongly recommended for posting on HLFP by Will Treffry of PANEYE, who is a big fan of it ("You will not regret listening to this. It is without question some of the best music i've heard in quite a while..." - I totally agree!)
Eric is into electronic music since 1991 or so; he began the LUNAR TESTING LAB project in 2004; influences he mentions are Boards of Canada, BMSR, funk, and 1970's moog music, and he uses a lot of samples and "a few synth sounds" to make his music. The result is a unique mixture of jazz, funk, electronic and lounge; guess I'll call that "space lounge music" – a truely great record, strongly recommended to fans of AIR and psychedelic electronic music.
Favourite track: hmmm, difficult. Probably the opener: "Black Sands" and "Topaze Bay". The whole EP is great. Recommended especially for Sunday morning listening.