Release Date Digital: May 17th, 2013
Release Date 3LP Vinyl: June 21st, 2013
Counter Future is the third release in Equinox Records’ Sound Exposure compilation series, which debuted back in 2004. This album also marks the 50th release on the label and acts as the 10th anniversary compilation, making it a truly special and momentous affair.
“I wanted the selection to sound timeless yet still have a modern, futuristic vibe”, says label founder and compiler Günter Stöppel aka DJ Scientist. The first release in the Sound Exposure series, Welcome to the Neo Golden Age, defined the dual organic/electronic sound that the label has come to be known for. With this latest instalment of the series Scientist wants to set another important landmark for the label’s growing catalogue.
Counter Future is far from just a simple label sampler, composed almost entirely of exclusive tracks from the label’s roster and its extended, worldwide family. It is a coherent and unique album that showcases the broad spectrum and various facets of today’s electronic and beat scenes. Across 21 tracks from 17 different artists Counter Future is the most extensive and complete release on the label yet: you’ll find acclaimed French producer Fulgeance alongside long term Equinox artists such as 2econd Class Citizen and Deckard as well as close affiliates and friends including Los Angeles’ Dday One and Glen Porter. Each artist contribute their own unique musical mark to this anniversary release.
The compilation opens with the epic, film score-like introduction by producer and bassist Geste. It is followed by one of the label’s latest signings, Italy’s Godblesscomputers with his track Romania. Next is the turn of Greek producer Andreikelos and his Beautiful Mountain of Algos, a powerful downbeat and melodic composition. Germany’s Skyence contributes the haunting, neo space age electronica of Scars while Finest Ego Beat Championship winner Playpad Circus brings the splendid Megalomaniac. Fulgeance provides the epic Cypher with his trademark swing and bounce, Anthony Drawn teams up with Graciellita from L.A. on the stunning Lighthouse. 2econd Class Citizen then rediscovers his love for folk, hip-hop and uplifting but melancholic strings on I That I Am and Haunted Days & Witch’s Teat as well as Glen Porter provide their dose of instrumental hip-hop, uncompromising beats and guitar riffs which act as the perfect counter weight to the more electronic sounds on the album.
Counter Future is roughly divided into two parts with another Geste track, Exhale (Intermission), acting as the divider. Following this, come the vigorous Kill Ya Sound by L.A. producer Gone Beyond, Bit-Tuner’s bass heavy Getaway and Kopfklang’s Piet Mann 4, a very interesting composition from the upcoming Berlin producer. Next up, Deckard provides a stunning composition with St. Ella, while 2econd Class Citizen re-appears with another exclusive track, On Emptiness, originally released on his classic 2009 album A World Without. This new version reworks the original with added piano by Kevin Matthews. Underground L.A legend Dday One supplies Anechoic Chamber, J. Baracuz delivers Before The Storm, Andreikelos teams up with Bombers Of Consciousness and Kopfklang provides his second track Ave Mensch, a darker production that is followed by Canada’s David Vangel’s I Heard You Sing, the last track of the album. The song closes the compilation with beautiful choruses and vocals, accompanied with the kind of soulful drumming Vangel has made his trademark.
Despite its length Counter Future remains a cohesive listen and manages to once again showcase the amalgamation of sounds and styles that the label has become known and loved for. All of which makes it an essential album for fans of Equinox Records both old and new.
▼ Tracklist ▼
(01) Geste – Inhale (Spitting Concrete Intro)
(02) Godblesscomputers – Romania
(03) Andreikelos – Beautiful Mountain of Algos
(04) Skyence – Scars
(05) Playpad Circus – Megalomaniac
(06) Fulgeance – Cypher
(07) Anthony Drawn – Lighthouse (feat. Graciellita)
(08) 2econd Class Citizen – I That I Am
(09) Haunted Days & Witch’s Teat – Landing Strip
(10) Glen Porter – The Devil’s Chariot
(11) Geste – Exhale (Intermission)
(12) Gone Beyond – Kill Ya Sound
(13) Bit-Tuner – Getaway
(14) Kopfklang – Piet Mann 4
(15) Deckard – St. Ella
(16) 2econd Class Citizen – On Emptiness (Keys Re-Work)
(17) Dday One – Anechoic Chamber
(18) J. Baracuz – Before The Storm
(19) Andreikelos – Roots Go Deep (feat. Bombers of Consciousness)
(20) Kopfklang – Ave Mensch
(21) David Vangel – I Heard You Sing
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Release Date Digital: May 20th, 2011
Release Date CD / Vinyl: June 3rd, 2011
“Breadth Control“, the debut full length from David Vangel (formerly Vangel), is a mind altering affair loaded with emotive melodies, explosive dynamics, and savage gauntlets of fierce drum programming. Raising the bar, the 13-track collection is a fusion of sampling and live instrumentation, including elements of hiphop, jazz, indie rock, electronic, gentle psychedelia, and even world music. The journey of “Breadth Control” is intense; moving listeners with orchestral string arrangements and an overall cinematic quality that creates abstract visions ranging from optimism to melancholy.
On a thematic level, “Breadth Control” is an exploration of the scope of human thinking while it is engaged in sound and music. A musical experience that is the intermingling of genres, the debut LP is the future of electronic music from the brain of one of Canada’s most prominent sound pioneers.
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(01) A Place Called Home mp3
(02) Breath Me In (Intro)
(03) Sandpaper Script mp3
(04) A Place In Time (Skit)
(05) Take Me By The Hand mp3
(06) Inhale & Exhale (Warm Up)
(07) Split Visionary
(08) The Sound of Poisons mp3
(09) Nearly Lost Myself (Skit)
(10) Cold Rain mp3
(11) Touching Your Feelings
(12) Another Place
(13) Inhale & Exhale (Cool Down)
“Mind blowing; Intricate drum programming and layers and layers of depth.”
“Based out of Toronto on Berlin’s Equinox Records, producer David Vangel is starting to take off – following the paths of greats like Bonobo or Amon Tobin.”
Around In Sound
“It’s good stuff, and if you’re at all into electronic or instrumental music, you should hear this album.”
Hero Hill / herohill.com
“A collection of 13 snappy, yet sonically deep electronic songs.”
“The perfect soundtrack for a trainride to nowhere on a rainy day”
“Definitely one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.”
2econd Class Citizen
“Bang boom – another big one…”
Double D / Radio Offenbach
Equinox Records celebrates its 25th release with a deluxe limited edition box set. Containing a 7inch as well as a custom USB Stick (only with the first 50 copies!!), the main part of the beautiful collector’s box is a 50-minute audio cassette (yes, a real tape!) featuring two incredible Equinox megamixes by Buddy Peace and Phonatic.
Not only that the two deejays had access to the original tracks from the past 24 releases on Equinox Records (plus tracks from the Equinox.Digital and Audiac catalogue), label founder Günter Stöppel a.k.a. DJ Scientist dug through the archives and supplied them with additional and seperated layers, instrumental versions and acapellas. This gave them the opportunity to really blend and mash up the tunes, resulting in a never heard before sound experience.
Free Download the Megamixes right here: Buddy Peace Vs. Phonatic – The Equinox Megamixes
Phonatic from Würzburg / Germany, whose mix can be found on side A of the tape, has been part of the Equinox fam for a long time. Having released well-received mix-cds on the sublabel Audiac as well as providing the last two album preview mixes for Ceschi and 2econd Class Citizen, he has now out-done himself with his 25 minute megamix. Including possibly more than 50 tracks and countless extra layers blended on top, it became a true masterpiece and example of how to use an ableton live / mpd set up in full effect.
To follow on side B of the tape, we find Buddy Peace. Buddy is far from being a no name DJ and has earned a huge fan base of mixtape and underground hip-hop followers over the years. Besides doing dj gigs around the world, having played some of Europe’s biggest festivals and being the support DJ for Prince Po (of Organized Konfusion), he has done several mixes for well-known labels such as Warp, Lex, Bully and Sage Francis’ Strange Famous Records (which he is currently signed to). With his version of the Equinox megamix he definitely took it to the next level: Buddy transformed and mashed the tracks to a completely new and original sounding 25-minute mixture. Using remarkable bits of the songs, chopping them up and adding new drums while maintaining a minimalistic and intelligent touch, this megamix became very special and brilliant.
Next up, the A side of the vinyl 7inch contains an unreleased remix by Deadpan Darling’s “Laugh Track” by Munich based artist Deckard. With this track, Deckard proves once more that he is one of the best downbeat producers in Europe, giving the track an even darker feel, surrounded by dense sounds and striking drums. On the flipside, 2econd Class Citizen’s classic “Wishing Well” gets reworked by The Raincoatman and Vangel from Canada. Although this tune has been remixed previously, this new version gives it a new groovy feel with its additional bass and wah wah guitars.
Furthermore, on the digital version of the remixes release, we find a new version of the early 70s recording “A Year And A Day” by the legendary UK group The Peddlers (with Roy Phillips) by Twistedlogic & Pesticyde and also a new version of “A New Day”, another tune by 2econd Class Citizen this time remixed by DJ Phonatic, showcasing his producer skills as well. Concluding the remixes, electronic producer lodsb (of Karhu) re-works (or better “re-destroys”) Asup’s “Untitled”, that can originally be found on a 7inch picture disc recording on Audiac, into a devasting, uncompromising and thrilling new track.
And finally, the first 50 of the 250 copies of the sets include a USB stick that contains the long time lost and now recouped 2007 tour video with unseen live footage by Ceschi, Noah23, The Dedicated Beatheads, 2econd Class Citizen and more. However, if you miss the limited package with the stick, all copies include a download link for the video as well as the digital version of the remix release and more bonus material, making “Equinox presents – The 25th” a worthy package for all music lovers and collectors.
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The box set release consists of the following parts:
PART I – THE EQUINOX MEGAMIXES (Audio Cassette, eqx-025ac)
Buddy Peace Vs. Phonatic – The Equinox Megamixes
featuring music by Ceschi, 2econd Class Citizen, DJ Scientist, Arcsin, Deckard, Geste, Kraddy, Vangel, Emynd, Free The Robots, K-The-I??? & many others.
PART II – THE UNRELEASED REMIXES (7inch/Digital, eqx-025/eqx-025dgtl)
Various Artists – The Unreleased Remixes
(01) Deadpan Darling – Laugh Track (Deckard Remix) (listen)
(02) 2econd Class Citizen – Wishing Well (Raincoatman Vs. Vangel Remix) (listen)
Digital Release with Download Code:
(01) Deadpan Darling – Laugh Track (Deckard Remix) (listen)
(02) 2econd Class Citizen – Wishing Well (The Raincoatman Vs. Vangel Remix) (listen)
(03) The Peddlers – A Year And A Day (Metamorphosis) (Twistedlogic & Pesticyde Remix) (listen)
(04) 2econd Class Citizen – A New Day (Phonatic Remix) (listen)
(05) Asup – Untitled (Lodsb Remix) (listen)
(06) Deadpan Darling – Laugh Track (Deckard Remix) (Instrumental)
PART III – THE EQUINOX 2007 TOUR VIDEO (USB Stick, eqx-025usb)
One Year & A Day – The Equinox 2007 Tour Video
featuring Ceschi, Noah23, The Dedicated Beatheads (DJ Scientist & DJ Snatchatec)
& 2econd Class Citizen
release pictures by Sindy Kretzschmar
“Biblio”, exemplifies Vangel’s most polished and musical work to date. Making use of public and private libraries as his primary outlet for sample sources, Vangel set out to create the foundation for an original jazz-electronic music hybrid. Track skeletons were combined with live instrumentation by Toronto’s premier session musicians, and songs began to appear. The result is Biblio: a smooth and rich sounding journey that teeters on the edge of elevator music and avant-garde pop genius. “Cheesy, but serious like hipster scarfs and coffee”.
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Following the success of the teaser mini-album “One Year & A Day – The 5inch Files” that gained worldwide attention despite its limited pressing (a hand-numbered limited edition vinyl release, and the first ever 5inch series!), Equinox Records finally drops its second full length album, the second part of the sound exposure compilation series: “One Year & A Day – A Sound Exposure Vol.2”.
„This album is one of the biggest projects in my career. I have put together everything that defines my work for the label as well as what defines me as a DJ and a record collector. I am more than happy with the final result!” (DJ Scientist)
Handpicked from a motley stack of demos and promotional CDs, Günter Stöppel (aka DJ Scientist), the founder of Equinox Records, assembled a product that features 14 outstanding tracks by some of today’s most cutting-edge artists and producers. Spanning various genres and aesthetics, the compilation is as breathtaking in its breadth as it is in its execution. Whether it be a folk-rock inspired breakbeat banger such as 2econd Class Citizen’s “Wishing Well,” the forward-thinking electronic prog-rock tune “Times Like This” by Free The Robots, the original post-instrumental Hip-Hop track “Tibetisches Gutenachtlied” by Aqua Luminus III., or the thrilling “Octobre” by electro/IDM-wunderkind Geste, the second volume of the series succeeds in representing the pioneering ethos Equinox strives to uphold. Likewise, Arcsin’s rock ballad “Scarlet Fever” juxtaposed with the bitter-sweet lyrics of Deadpan Darling’s pop song “Laugh Track,” Emynd’s inexorable electro tune “Identity Through Alterity,” or the classical cinematic introduction by the famous 60s rock group The Peddlers, the “One Year & A Day” compilation covers a diverse range of styles and genres, illustrating the amalgam of sound Equinox is known for, resulting in nothing if not one of the most distinct and forceful collections of songs within the past several years.
The Peddlers – A Year And A Day (Metamorphosis)
This is the song that gave this compilation its name. Recorded in 1972 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and released on the Album “Suite London” it was sung by the legendary composer and lyricist Roy Phillips. His unique and inimitable voice makes it the perfect intro for “A Sound Exposure Vol.2”.
Vangel – A Different Direction
It’s time for a change and we’re back: bigger, better, and louder. Equinox 2008. “A Different Direction” is the wake-up-call of this album.
Free The Robots – Times Like This
“Times Like This“ is an insatiable drum inferno that leaves you begging for more. Taken from the very limited Free The Robots debut-cd “The Prototype”, this track is THE electronic progressive rock song for the year 2008 and beyond. The vocals are sung by Phil Nisco.
2econd Class Citizen – Wishing Well (Re-Wyred Mix)
2econd Class Citizen is the master of contemporary electronic folk rock, and “Wishing Well“ is the genre’s prototypical hymn. In true postmodern fashion, because of a harddisk crash, the final version of this seemed to be lost forever. Now, one year after the release of an unmixed version on his EP „Wyred Folk“, we finally get the official version of this classic. Descry or rediscover: “Wishing Well“ is one of these songs, that won’t let you pass by unaffected.
Arcsin – Scarlet Fever
Since the label’s early days, the music of New York’s Arcsin accompanied me and Equinox. Who said he was too progressive and dark? His most recent album “Oculus Fang“ is a paragon of perfection, and though the noteworthy anthem “Scarlet Fever“ might be more accessible than most of his other work, the song still reflects the cold, brazen sound of post-9/11 New York. This is this album’s love song.
Brenmar – Cavernous
“Cavernous“ is not a merely skit, but an awe-inspiring and fascinating fragment of sound–full of tension and energy, blazing with anger and stirring your blood to just let you return back into a fair and beautiful dream.
Deadpan Darling – Laugh Track
Deadpan Darling is the music of Kingston and Ian Taggart a.k.a Blue Sky Black Death with the vocals of Ceschi Ramos of Toca and Anonymous Inc.. Ceschi travelled with Equinoix on the 2007 Tour and “Laugh Track” finally solidifies him as a recorded part of the label, making him the first vocal artist on Equinox. The bitter-sweet lyrics and the dallying-minimalistic production make it one of the album’s centerpieces. “Laugh Track” tells the story of somebody trying to escape reality; a story about battling the monotony of life. Wouldn’t it be nice to be constantly followed by laughing or a soundtrack in your head – something that nobody else could hear – a little push to get you through our often mundane reality?
Aqua Luminus III. – Tibetisches Gutenachtlied
Aqua Luminus III., producer of the obscure 88:Komaflash, is one of the most challenging composers of the German abstract hip-hop and electronic scene. Who is layering ancient rap heroes’ vocals on brutal beats better than him? “You try to run away but you can’t!”
Deckard – Dignity Of Men
With “Dignity of Men“ Deckard takes his sound to the next level. His typical sequential drums, a pulsing, hummy bass, an energetic guitar sample and a perfect arrangement make it one of the most barnstorming tracks ever made out of a breakbeat.
Geste – Octobre
„Octobre“ was the last track chosen for this compilation and was the first track ever made by the electo/IDM wunderkind Geste out of Paris. To me, it kind of symbolizes the work on this album: the calm before the storm and the storm itself. A story within the story…
DJ Sept – Morning Comes (Revised)
The original version of this track is found on the first DJ Sept demo that I received from a mutual friend. Finishing the revisited version for his EP “A Promise Never Given” was a long, hard endeavour, but it was certainly worth it. In my opinion, “Morning Comes (Revised)“ is a perfectly composed instrumental masterpiece. It has tension, energy, and emotion, all combined in a way that only Sept is capable of producing, fitting complexity with minimalism flawlessly.
Emynd – Identity Through Alterity
Emynd’s quest for the perfect beat isn’t over yet. “Identity Through Alterity” is five action packed minutes, garnished with breaks and 808-claps. This is the grand finale.
2econd Class Citizen – Change & Motion (Outro)
It’s like a movie’s end at the cinema: you don’t want to get up from your cozy seat.
The 12” and 7” vinyl single are common formats in the recording industry. And even the rarer used 10” has always been a favourite pick by labels for special issues and collector’s editions. But who has ever heard of the 5inch vinyl disc? The record in the size of a CD is very rarely made. And now, Equinox Records offers the first ever series in this format! “One Year & A Day – The 5inch Files” features ten awesome tracks on 5 different records that will be available in a limited collector’s box of 250 handnumbered copies.
The difficulty of putting this collection together was basically the length of time available on a 5” plate, meaning that each track could not be longer than 2:30 minutes! So, unless you are doing fast punk rock music this short time span is probably not an easy task for composing a nice well rounded track and not just a simple loop. Nevertheless, all artists on this series did a great job arranging fantastic songs, now assembled to a beautiful collection of contemporary electronic hip-hop beats.
The series starts with a real banging introduction title produced by Vangel from Canada. Due to its hard drums and freakish vocal edits it is guaranteed that you won’t need no more coffee to finally “Wake Up”. Next is Misanthrop, the MC and producer out of Munich who is pushing the envelope with “Commercialism”. Heavy bass, automated FX wizardry and a perfect composition keep the 2:30 minutes packed with excitement. Then, DJ Scientist – founder and owner of Equinox Records – sets the pace with his bass driven, britcore styled “Rewind And Refine”. Snatchatec – the 2007 German IDA Champion – who adds some of the fastest cuts known to man, accompanies him. Then, on the flip, Aqua Luminus III. (of 88:Komaflash) brings in some melancholic vibes. With heavy drumming on “Uplock The Poprock” he pleases the mature B-Boy as well as the electronic music fiend out there. Afterwards, Mnemotrauma is on the go with “Shining”. A challenging and diversified Instrumental Hip-Hop composition. He is followed by J. Baracuz – another newcomer out of the booming German electronic Hip-Hop producer scene. “Yellow Cab” is a dope remarkable track that was previously released as a longer version on his album “Lasergun Romances“. After a very smooth soulful skit by SmoKey131, there is B-Ju with “Soja Extra”. His track is one of our favourites on the album. The banging kicks, snapping snares and a fresh arrangement will please everybody. Coming closer to the end, it is Aqua Luminus III. again – this time together with Misanthrop. Regardless of its somewhat brutal and dark vibe, “Sternhagelblau” is nothing but pure pleasure and will keep your head nodding until the last hit. Lastly, there is an epic outroduction by the Raincoatman, concluding with the words “see you real soon”.
And that’s what we definitely hope for: to see you soon, as this short 5inch compilation is another teaser for the upcoming full-length album “A Sound Exposure Vol.2” due out in early May 2008 featuring brand new compositions by Vangel, Aqua Luminus III., DJ Scientist, as well as Free The Robots, Ceschi, 2econd Class Citizen and many others. So stay tuned!