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Dave Clarke shares the Origins of his new single with Mark Lanegan, “Charcoal Eyes (Glass Tears)”: Stream

Even though he hasn’t released an album in 14 years, Dave Clarke has remained an influential force in underground electronic scene. The Baron of Techno has been performing the world over, DJing at clubs and hosting his weekly White Noise radio program. He’s written plenty of music since 2003’s Devil’s Advocate and remixed dozens more songs, but nothing in his entire career has come together the way his new album, The Desecration of Desire, does.

Due out October 27th via SKINT, The Desecration of Desire feels like the first full-length effort Clarke has written for himself, not for industry or label reasons. “I decided to write it as I would a book,” he said in a press release, “so the track order you have was also the order in which they were also written, like chapters.” Those chapters find the electronic icon delving into more than the revolutionary techno he’s known for, all with the help of a string of friends like Mt. Sims, Anika, and Gazelle Twin.

And then there’s Mark Lanegan. The legendary Screaming Tress and Queens of the Stone Age member joined Clarke in his Amsterdam studio to lend his vocals to two tracks, “Monochrome Sun” and “Charcoal Eyes (Glass Tears)”, the latter of which is premiering today. The song is a cerebral pulse of low-end thumping underneath the ebbing and flowing tension of synths. With a delivery like he’s delivering poetry, Lanegan digs into the environment of 2017 and comes to one conclusion: “I have fucked with the past, now it is time to dance with the future.”

Take a listen:

The Desecration of Desire Tracklist:
01. Exquisite
02. Is Vic There? (feat. LOUISAHHH)
03. Frisson (feat. Mt. Sims)
04. Plasmatic
05. Dot Forty One (Mute)
06. Charcoal Eyes (Glass Tears) (feat. Mark Lanegan)
07. Monochrome Sun (feat. Mark Lanegan)
08. Cover Up My Eyes (feat. Gazelle Twin)
09. I’m Not Afraid (feat. Anika)
10. Death Of Pythagoras

To help fans further understand the sound he displays on The Desecration of Desire, Clarke has shared some of the influences that informed the album’s creation for Consequence of Sound’s latest Origins.

Carole King — Tapestry:

This may seem a completely unexpected point of reference for T.D.O.D., but I had already decided that I would write the tracks in the order that they would appear on the album across all formats. I have had that idea for a while: You don’t approach writing a book generally by putting the chapters together at the end of writing them, and an album, already a luxury format for an audio artist in this ADHD world, might as well be taken advantage of, at least on physical format. I had already embarked on my project and I just stumbled across a documentary on the making of Carole King’s Tapestry. I always enjoy watching these docs, they give you an unexpected perspective … Anyway, they got to talking on how long it took to put the tracks in order on the album, apparently it took them six months to get it right and I then felt even more compelled to carry on with the task of writing the tracks in the same order they would appear.

Department S — “Is Vic There”:

I spend a lot of time listening to Punk / New Wave; for me it still has an honesty and vibrancy with a sweet naivety that gives my spirit a lift during interesting times. This already favourite track just sprung at me during a random phone shuffle and I thought, why not? So my idea was to only use the vocals and put down a new instrumental base and style and try to create something modern but still keeping true to the feeling of the original lyrics. I do have great hope that we are heading back to a new era of more politically savvy guitar music though, especially with The Idles and Maddonatron.

BBC 6 Music:

screen shot 2017 08 15 at 2 24 40 pm Dave Clarke shares the Origins of his new single with Mark Lanegan, Charcoal Eyes (Glass Tears): Stream

Now that European mobile laws have relaxed data usage costs, I constantly listen to 6 Music on the road and it just educates me and feeds my non clubby side with music that inspires constantly. Even their 6 week rotational air play doesn’t annoy, so listening to this opened my mind from being in my 30 years of clubs to more songwriting and natural dynamics. I also have this on in my studio, so when updating my computer or doing any general tech stuff I again get my mind taken elsewhere, which is really important to be creative. If you immerse yourself solely into one genre at all times, I cannot imagine the spirit being fed.

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Tommy Four Seven is releasing his 7th EP December 7th | Join him for a club showcase featuring Oake, Ancient Methods. and VSK

Prolific Berlin Based Techno producer Tommy Four Seven (who along with Alain Paul perform as These Hidden Handshas just shared details of the the number 7 47 EP. The 4 track release showcases some dark and chill—slow-paced techno quickenings on the first three selections from Eomac, Cosmin TRG, Szare—with the track from the label head picking up the kinetic pace.


A1. Cosmin TRG “Singe”
A2. Eomac “Refugee”
B1. Szare “Invern”
B2. Tommy Four Seven “UUU”

47007 will be released December 7.

This release follows 47006, which featured Headless Horseman, Stephanie Sykes and Phase Fatale—whose track Under Marble we premiered here on

Tommy and his label 47 are curating the 9th installment of his club night series at Berlin’s Arena club on Friday November 25, which will feature performances from the post-punk techno crossover artist Michael Wollenhaupt aka Ancient Methods, along with the atmospheric poetry that is Oake’s introspective brand of techno—along with VSK, and Tommy Four Seven himself

Listen to New Brvtalism No. 075 featuring Ancient Methods below:




Tommy Four Seven is releasing his 7th EP December 7th | Join him for a club showcase featuring Oake, Ancient Methods. and VSK

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Balkan Noise: A Brief Intro to the Ex-Yugo Underground Music Compilations

For those who missed last 25-30 years or skipped history classes, Yugoslavia was a socialist and communist country in the Balkans. But unlike the similar countries of Eastern Europe “behind the Iron Curtain”, Yugoslavia was out of any blocs. In fact, the country was a founder of Non-Aligned Movement, but still had a good influence on Western culture.

That was the reason why all subcultures were present and started developing few years after their beginnings in Western countries. We had R’n’R, punk, post-punk, hardcore, disco, pop, comics, art etc. scene, you name it. The “Ljubljana-Zagreb-Belgrade axis” (capital cities of the republics) was very strong, connections were made, people traveled a lot, exchanged ideas, played and you can tell that was “the Golden age” of our underground scene.

The year of 1992 was the end of Yugoslavia. We’ve split into six countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia. I am sure some of you have heard about the civil wars that ended in 1995. Most of the contacts were broken or hard to maintain, a lot of artists moved to some other countries, or stopped being active, however, there were some new generations that grew up in between.

After the war, the connections between ex-Yugoslavian republics were slowly restored, mostly by fanzines. The Internet came few years after, and fanzines were moving slowly to their demise. Here and there you will find some punk, art, sci-fi or other fanzine, but by now they are more of “by accident” than a regular thing.

Video Killed The Radio Star…

Internet Killed The Fanzine

Webzines are now dominating underground media scene, and every few months there is some new portal, blog or something like that popping up. Like fanzines, most of them last just for a year or two. Though, there are few of them that last for more than a decade-decade and a half.

Labels? Physical labels are disappearing as well. There are few indie labels in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, and I think they are doing pretty well. But most of new labels are starting as net-labels. There are all kind of them that support punk, metal, noise, industrial, electronic, D’n’B, and many more.

Fortunately, we have younger generations that are active, and that’s a pretty good start.

Since it is hard to cover all of underground genres, maybe the best way to scratch the surface is to check some of the labels and compilations they prepared throughout the last few years. You’ll see how diverse the scene is, from obscure bedroom projects to artists who have a commercial potential.



So, let’s start with LIBRARION, which is basically art fanzine, but almost every issue was followed with release. Sometimes it was a single track, but through time the net label became a parallel part of Librarion project. So far three compilations were made:

“Strah” (Fear) as part of issue #3 of the zine, as well as “Opasna ženska muzika” (Fearsome female music) with #2 issue. This compilation is quite interesting since only girl bands and acts were gathered there. It was made to highlight the Balkan women of the underground.

Their freshest compilation is published under minimalistic title “~”, released just few days ago. Unlike previous comps, this one has a totally free-form in its subject. You’ll find some noise, harsh noise, electro, metal, post punk and punk acts from Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia blended together. This last Librarion release is notable since it brings a bunch of new names, and also digs through the past. These are the contributors from ‘~’:

  • Dangerous Beat (Croatian techno/IDM producer, this time in noise outfit)
  • The Bane (two-piece ad-hoc band from Serbia, from military days)
  • Olja Wagner (solo project from prominent musician and poetess from Niš)
  • Summer Deaths (one of the rare Vaporwave/chill acts from Serbia)
  • Psihokratija (cult goth/dark cabaret band from Belgrade, they are active these days)
  • No No Instigator (fresh post-punk/no wave duo from Croatia)
  • Litanije Čaranja (one of the rare funeral doom projects, from Croatia)
  • Bitchslap (experimental act from Serbia, by owner of the Deathfuckarmageddon Records)
  • Monosiped (weird, melodic musical act from Serbia)
  • Acoustic Torture Chamber (experimental/noise from BiH, by owner of the Human Cross Records)
  • BxOxKx (digital punk/ska/hip-hop act from Kraljevo, by the editor-in-chief of AkuPUNKtura zine)
  • King Ubu (reactivated alt. rock sensation from Zagreb)
  • Antitalent (harshnoise/minimalistic project from Brus, Serbia, by owner of the underground label Jesboligakurac Records)
  • The Ant (minimalistic instrumental rock from Majdanpek, Serbia)
  • :dARM (one more experimental project from the owner of the Human Cross Records)
  • Nekro Batica (noisican from Serbia, owner of the Deathfuckarmaeddon Records and editor-in-chief of Ciklonizacija blog)
  • Eva Ras (post-screamo project from Serbia, by owner of the Confusion Specialist net-label)
  • Misha Mashina & Mashtrakala (very noisy and weird alt. rock act from Serbia)
  • KSEA (mysterious ambient/minimalistic project from Serbia)
  • Dosis Letalis (ANW/HNW artist from Serbia)
  • Ex You (experimental no-jazz ensemble from Serbia)
  • .vernacvlaar destrvction. (HNW/static noise artist from Serbia)

This label released some other weird releases, no fancy shit, just pure underground for the underground geeks like you.



Now, let’s move to the Crime:Scene Records. One of the oldest and most productive net labels from the front man of massacre industrial act dreDDup, that released more than 150 releases in 10 years or so. CSR is more oriented to some dark sounds, industrial, noise, post punk, goth, EBM etc. They organized some festivals and radio shows in the past.

Among releases there are some of nice compilations that will give you nice insight into this kind of sound.

Dark Balkan Music Vol.1 & Vol.2

Alchemy, VA release with ex-Yu bands doing covers

Also, there is a series of CSR regular compilations. For now, there are 14 volumes.

Black Planet Records


Black Planet Records is also active in connecting bands and producers in ex-Yu. They are most known by their series of compilations entitled “Balkan Under The Radar”. The name is self-explanatory. Every issue is like double or even triple CD edition. They do physical copies as well, in limited number. Style? You name it, they have it.

Vol 1 The Invisible Scene

Vol 2 The Black Wave

Vol 3 Black Generation

Vol 4 Antisocial Network

Underground Alliance


Underground Alliance has 60 releases under their belt, but I think this label is on hiatus right now. Check the compilations they made (similar idea like BPR above) two trilogies.



Ubivae is the youngest label/collective. So far they released two compilations, check it out if you are into electronic, D’n’B, experimental.

Panda Jesus


In the end, I’d like to mention a label from my hometown, Ćuprija, that just started as well.

Panda Jessus is dedicated to some alternative electronic genres: witch house, vaporwave, down-tempo/chill, etc. They have three releases so far, but you can check the first compilation they made, first one that gathered the next generation of artists that produce genres mentioned above.

I think this would be enough for now. I am sure that even just these few labels mentioned above will be enough to give you hours and weeks of new music and insight that music from Balkan is still alive.

There are more labels and bands to present but feel free to explore them yourself. This is just something to scratch the surface. I am sure you’ll find something exotic and I’ll be glad to hear your comments below.

About the author: Nenad Popović is editor-in-chief of HELLYCHERRY webzine.

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