M_nus have added another office. Debut release on new M_nus sub-label Items & Things sees the Run Stop Restore crew team up with Konrad Black for a four-track EP.
Fans of M_nus will know what’s in store. First release on the label Spaceships & Pings features a track apiece from minimal techno busy beavers Marc Houle, Magda, Troy Pierce and Konrad Black.
Konrad Black is most known for his bass-heavy swing approach to minimal techno with releases ‘Draconia’ and ‘Medusa Smile’ on Matthew Jonson’s Wagon Repair label. Konrad’s track for the EP ‘Coma Couch Surfing’ is described in the PR as ‘spacey disco full of dreamy melodies and a sick bassline.’
Richie Hawtin's right-hand woman Magda weighs in with ‘Black Leather Wonder’, a stuttered electro-ish number which'll serve as a taster for her upcoming mix CD ‘She’s a Dancing Machine’ out soon.
On the flip, production machine Marc Houle weighs in with ‘Kicker’, a outing described as ‘building and building until the bass drops, presenting a crazy melody which sends the track over the edge’.
Finally, Troy Pierce continues to mine his dark vocal techno vein on ‘The Day After Yesterday’ featuring minimal crooner Gibby Miller at the mic. It’s billed as ‘a trippy vocal excursion into the mind of an obsessed stalker’ so don’t play it in the dark.
A1. Konrad Black – ‘Coma Couch Surfing’
A2. Magda – ‘Black Leather Wonder’
B1. Marc Houle – ‘Kicker’
B2. Troy Pierce featuring Gibby Miller – ‘The Day After Yesterday’
It sounds like something out of Dr. Seuss, but Spaceships & Pings on Items & Things will be released August 4, 2006.