Austrian producer Dorian Concept released the vibrant electric piano and synth-heavy album Joined Ends this time last year and to mark the passing of a year since, he’s dropped a 25-minute mix of music that didn’t make the release but is very worthy of your time.
As I tend to leave a lot of half-finished music behind in the process of making an album, … thought that it’d be nice to share some of the more developed ideas in the form of a mix for the 1 year anniversary of “Joined Ends”.
With the endless possibilities inherent in the creation of music, it’s a wonder sometimes that so many artists end up sounding all too similar, whether by influence, design, structure or imagination (and lack thereof).
The Austrian autodidact multi-instrumentalist Oliver Thomas Johnson embraces a limited vision on his second Dorian Concept album. Limitations can be negative, but as Eno suggests, they can also be a positive.
Joined Ends suggests that Johnson is a fan of limitations but he’s also aware that his palette and vision for his music are unlike any of the homogenous producers at work in most of electronic music. Dorian Concept has its own signature and it’s exploited at every level Joined Ends. So much so that the album is bursting with melody.
Much of the album is built using the sound that emanates from a Wurlitzer electric piano and analogue synths and the peculiar output of those instruments leave their imprint across Joined Ends.
Press release references to “sonic geometry” are well chosen as the album fits together a series of warped synth lines, jazz-inflected passages, exuberant runs of melodies that recall orchestral dynamics made by a fresh set of instruments, exalted melodies and bright-toned textures.
The music of Hudson Mohawke and Flying Lotus would be close comparisons but in tone, Joined Ends succeeds in conveying its own sense of dazzling uplift, suggesting there’s an expansive power in limiting yourself.
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It was also announced that Red Bull Music Academy returns this year. A full lineup will be announced but names include Boddika, Joy Orbison, Dark Sky, Sunil Sharpe, Dorian Concept, Rift, CLU, Republik DJs, Kobina, Handsome Paddy and Colm K.
If you’re one of the unlucky procrastinators, keep an eye out on #ticketfairy, toutless.com or perhaps the only legit way left to get in, by cycling 80km for charity – Tour De Picnic.
Dorian Concept’s second album Joined Ends is coming in September on Ninja Tune and the first track from the Austrian’s release, ‘Draft Culture’ showcases Oliver Thomas Johnson’s peculiar brand of percussive warped electronica.
The album is being described with references to “sonic geometry”, “a floating lucid dream”, “a deep trip into a synaesthetic wonderland”. ‘Draft Culture’ was the first track worked on the album that made him pursue these ideals using mainly a Wurlitzer electric piano and analogue synths that along with his background in Sound Design & Music Production at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences give the album a studious sonic ambient dancefloor appeal with a jazz edge. Instruments were recorded then sampled in favour of his normally trusted MicroKorg.
There will be live dates with a three piece band later this year in support.
Joined Ends Tracklist:
1. The Sky Opposite
2. Ann River, Mn
4. Clap Track 4
5. Draft Culture
7. Nest Nest
8. The Few
10. —Do, Undo, Redo
12. Tried (Now Tired)
After her excellent Amada compilation for All City, Mamiko Motto latest mix for Dazed is equally worth your time. Loving the Dorian Concept, Hud Mo remix and the ‘Boss Ass Bitch’ track into Busta in particular.
Jackson & His Computer Band – Vista [ Hud Mo Remix ]
Crookers – Get Exited
Dorian Concept – Toothbrush
Kavsrave – Aerola
DJ Yolo Bear – That Good Good
Travis Porter – Do A Trick [ Suicideyear RMX ]
207737 – Sexuality
Chits – Looking So Good [ Helix RMX]
Pretty Taking Fades – Boss Ass Bitch
Busta Rhymes – Light Your Ass On Fire [ Instrumental]
Mamiko Motto of NTS has put together a compilation called Amada for All City. Featuring some great underground music from Bobby, Dorian Concept, Georgia Anne Muldrow, James Pants, SCNTST, Obey City and seven other artists, it’s a superb collection of music drawn from the world of electronic, hip-hop and soul. There’s Obey City’s ambient-funk opener, Bobby’s boogie-down pop ‘Tame The Shrew’, James Pant’s twisted kraut-electronica, the stabbin’ trap production ‘Pyschosis’ by Dark E Freeker, Fatima Yamaha’s frenetic hi-BPM synth glider ‘AAA’, SCNTST’s jazzy floorfiller, Claude Speede’s Brainfreeze/AFX’s workout ‘Crushed Rave’ and GMCFOSHO oddball rap of ‘Comupout’.
DJ Tu-Ki put together a 21 minute minimix of the tracks featured on the comp. Check it out. You can get the compilation on vinyl from All City direct and digitally Bandcamp.
‘D&T’, the latest single from Wolverhampton’s Letherette is a synth-gilded house funk monster that finds itself at a OTT guitar solo. Even better maybe is what Ninja Tune label mate Dorian Concept has cooked out out of the track, a more direct dancefloor monster of on its own percussive/horn parp persuasion.
[From the D&T EP, Ninja Tune on March 11th / Letherette’s self-titled album is out April 15th.]