Well now then: I’m starting a monthly column, so I can update all the Submerged and Ohm Resistance family on what’s going on with the label, what records I’m playing, and whatever else I feel like directing your attention to in the world. And we’ve got a lot of ground to cover…
Ohm Resistance officially moved to Portland, OR in 2016, after a long spell in Brooklyn, my original hometown. We are still settling here, a year in, but it’s starting to feel like home, and we’re about geared up to get to playing some shows. I’m live at the Liquor Store DJing with Amit on 10/18 in Portland for the Subduction Audio crew – come out and see us!

Glad and grateful I am to have new partners with which to work the label. We’re undertaking a massive project coming up, that I am super excited about – a 7″ vinyl subscription series. We pulled this off in 2004 with 10″s and it was a massive success then, so I’m beyond chuffed to revisit this method of getting music delivered to you. I love vinyl and always will…and I can’t give away too much yet outside of that we have new staff onboard in conjunction with the series and the website:

nem0 aka Lacey Wood aka north-40 has built us a beautiful website, and continues to be the IT brains behind the new Ohm Resistance.
Our old friend from DC / Tangent days Alexandra Portaluppi has come aboard as Executive Producer of the subscription series.
And -haZMat- is in PA, doing US order fulfillment and making noises with electronic insect repellent machines. 

First order of business now that we’re passed introductions:
end.user – left 2017 deluxe edition

Lynn and I kept saying we were going to do this, we were going to do this…it took us 2 years but we did it!! Who knows, we may someday do another Blood of Heroes at this rate (Justin, Doc, here’s looking at you…)

This record has always needed a re-master, I did the original master in a room not so suited for mastering, and it really benefits from Robert Galbraith’s touch. All the incredible Drum & Bass tunes really flourish, and we got in 2 new remixes from monolog + liza aikin and Syk2une that are fucking off the charts, and the re-master really accentuates how good the drum & bass originals on “left” are.

Second up is the amazing record that fell out of the sky at me one day:
N400’s “Should I Erase You?”

Concurrent energy in the universe must have put this on my doorstep, it’s a break up record of the most intimately painful variety. It’s so good. Great shoegaze + industrial, if you like Pale Sketches/Pale Sketcher-vibe you would kick yourself to miss this. 3 bonus remixes on the CD or digital direct from us!

Last of the new Ohm Resistance releases is my band with our Montanan technomancer, nem0.
You Will Choose Fire – s/t EP

We built a studio in the Montavilla neighborhood in Portland above Nitro Print (forever thanks Jed and Ashanti) and recorded this, and played some super fun shows in the last year (Dante’s, with end.user at XV, and during a literal blizzard for 7th place Portland mayoral candidate Jessie Sponberg’s clothing drive). Looking forward to finally treating everyone to what we made in one of the weirdest years of both of our lives. We do a cover of the Cranberries “Zombie”; it’s breakcore and will tear your face off. As will Amanda Lockwood’s art on the CD, as will Rob Galbraith’s mastering job again. I’m a lucky dude for sure.

I’m also going to mostly, normally, use this column to boost releases that I’m playing. Lucky that I have so many kick ass producer friends who send me their sounds. Diasiva, who are Ohm Resistance alumni, have a new record out, deserving highest praise with “Station 1805” on Acroplane Recordings.

I met Mads and Simon when we played together at Subland in Berlin on NYE 14/15 and that whole trip was a memorable catastrophe on so many levels; it’s its own film at some point, truly. But I was psyched to play with these guys, and they do not disappoint on this EP – you have a tempo variety, but contextual sonic parity, which is exactly what I’m down with!

Neckbrace is a techno stormer, fully industrial right to the edge of the line between EBM and Techno. Scrape is a track I’ve been playing out in my dnb sets, it’s a great opener, and tone setter, one of those truly mechanical tracks that are versatile mixing underneath amens or other more broken up beat style tracks. In fact, it recalls, stylistically at least, Ultravibe’s The Swirl 12″ on Second Movement; just a vicious drum machine pattern 4, all 8th notes hammering away. And Stifle Your Woes holds a bit of a special place for me, heard this falling asleep one evening with the monster opening bass just reverberating in my head…I didn’t even realize there was a beat to the song until second listen…massive low end and low grunge in this! Superb EP, can’t recommend it enough. TIP!

Compactor – Multicore is equally enthralling.

Derek Rush rode up with me to a festival we played together in Boston in 2015, and I’ve been a fan of his ever since. I’m absolutely in love with his home crafted, small run unique approach with his music. One can only scratch the surface of his prolific output, but when I’m lucky and pay enough attention, I get in on time. Multicore is a cassette release available from Low Noise Productions, and also has a bad ass t-shirt that goes with it. Again, got lucky and got my shirt.

Multicore is super rhythmic, and evokes Pan Sonic at certain points, but only in aesthetic similarity of electro beat + noise; Derek is firmly on his own track, with a bit of Prince what does come through in the music. Seriously, for rhythmic white noise, this probably has the most pound for pound funk on the drum machine. You can hear a bit of New York City 80s freestyle even, in the programming. Pro-tip: end of Peripheral Interface Chain, Very Loud Please, yes yes yes yes. Derek also put together the fantastic #noDAPL noise compilation from last year that my band You Will Choose Fire appeared on, on his Chthonic Streams outlet.

And I didn’t even get to talk about Have Demons yet…but next month/Dark Hop It’s On.

For those of you who made it this far: new DJ mix, next week to kick off the week. Promise.

Maximum benevolence to all,

Kurt Submerged < | | | >

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