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Isabella - Melody Depleted
Isabella
Melody Depleted
2LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Ideal)
25,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
At long last, Boston’s Isabella Koen delivers her long-in-the-making debut album of raving mutant body music, Trance riffs and industrial synth topographies forged with raw and brooding industrial sound design that marks her out among N. America’s most interesting new producers of electronic music. Big tip if yr into Jasss, Helena Hauff, Gesloten Cirkel, AFX. Spanning proper techno artillery, Trance riffs and noise excursions, ’Melody Depleted’ expands on the ruffcut but classy ideas put forth on her tapes and 12”s for the likes of Peder Mannerfelt Production, Börft and Jacktone over the past half decade. It serves a broad but singular showcase of her ability to generate club punishing rhythms, barely-tamed electronic noise and surprisingly sensitive ambient space probes that revel in electronic music’s capacity to evoke fine spectra of technoid feelings with a say it-without-saying-it instrumental finesse.
Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann - Agua Feat. Xenia Beliayeva
Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann
Agua Feat. Xenia Beliayeva
12" | 2014 | EU | Original (Ideal)
8,99 €*
Release:2014 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Ideal Audio presents the fourth and final instalment of Oliver Huntemann and Dubfire's seminal ELEMENTS series. These techno heavyweights have worked together on numerous projects over the years, but it is their Elements collaborations that have shone impressively as a complete body of work. AGUA is the final piece of the music puzzle and completes the series that first saw the light of day back in 2010 with the scorching FUEGO. 2011 brought us TERRA, firm and powerful with its devastating breakdown. 2013 saw us breathe in the mystical AIRE, harnessing the elements of the previous tracks to build a fresh and magical moment. AGUA, as its name suggests, flows effortlessly, helped in no small part by the sultry vocal of Xenia Beliayeva, but kicks in equal measure. Signing off in such style has also lead to Ideal Audio drafting in some heavy weight talent on the remixes. Carl Craig, under his C2 moniker, dives straight in to strip the original to its core. A single drum beat, siren, clap... and then the kick.
Index - Kainos Green Vinyl Edition
Index
Kainos Green Vinyl Edition
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Ideal)
18,99 €* 19,99 € -5%
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Simon Scott (Slowdive) debuts his Index alias with a visceral new sound that absorbs and transmutes political, ecological and psychic dread into a caustic, dissonant style of noise sculpture for iDEAL. Recorded 2016-2019 in Los Angeles, ‘Kainos’ sees veteran UK composer, field recordist, drummer and mastering engineer Scott explore ongoing concerns of his oeuvre via a prism of formative musical influences from the post-industrial music of Coil, Throbbing Gristle and early Black Sabbath, plus non-musical and conceptual inspiration from the turmoil of Brexit - including recordings of the Houses of Parliament - thru to the radical feminist scientific writing of Donna Haraway, and the conceptual vigour of Luigi Russolo’s Futurist manifesto, ‘The Art of Noises’.
Idealist, The - Deep Shit / The Drop
Idealist, The
Deep Shit / The Drop
7" | 2019 | EU | Original (Ideal)
9,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Heavy, mutant dub pressure from Joachim Nordwall as The iDEALIST, leading down the path from a cracking album, mixtape, and Genesis P-Orridge-starring outing already in 2019. Faithfully brought to life with mastering by Jack Callahan ov Sunburned Hand Of The Man and Bánh Mì Verlag esteem, The iDEALIST’s 2nd 7” sees him knuckle out two minimalist, monotonic steppers that fall in the gulf between dub, noise and Pan Sonic-like techno purism.
Idealist, The - Say Yes To No
Idealist, The
Say Yes To No
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ideal)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Joachim Nordwall digests and mutates dub in unique industrial style on The iDEAList’s almighty follow-up to a tape and 7” in this killer mode, bringing guest vocalists, JA’s Nazamba and polymath John Duncan, for a deeply crooked ride worthy of rinse & repeat. Picking up where his raw ‘Early Tactical Experiments In Techno & Dub’ left off in spring 2019, the rugged styles of ‘Say Yes to No’ poses only slightly less risk of contracting salmonella with a more stewed and treated suite taking in proper songs starring Nazamba and John Duncan amid all manner of virulent, wayward electro-dub variation.
RM - Spazi Futuri
RM
Spazi Futuri
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ideal)
9,89 €* 17,99 € -45%
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Echoes of classic Italian industrial experiments ricochet thru Riccardo Mazza’s crackling 2nd album of cyberpunk techno and inquisitive ambient incursions for iDEAL. Where RM’s ‘Unfit’ (2016) LP perhaps tentatively dipped his tootsies in technoid waters after years of encrypting noise filth as Lettera 22, his follow-up for iDEAL betrays a steelier confidence and physicality to his music, manifest in a turbulent range of daring club music mutations intersected by spacious industrial percussion experiments and atmospheric pieces blessed with the romance of abandoned factories. In effect, ‘Spazi Futuri’ bridges dimensions between Maurizio Bianchi and the kind of experiments collated by the Trax label, with the modern freeform industrial of Roberto Crippa and the immersive structures divined by Donato Dozzy.
Sins For Beginners (CM Von Hausswolff & Joachim Nordwall) - Fireburn The Bloodlot
Sins For Beginners (CM Von Hausswolff & Joachim Nordwall)
Fireburn The Bloodlot
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ideal)
15,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
‘Fireburn the Bloodlot’ commits crenellated walls of guitar noise by CM Von Hausswolff and Joachim Nordwall under their Sins For Beginners alias for avant-garde powerhouse, iDEAL. Mantled after a phrase Richard Kern graffitied on the bathroom wall of Hausswolff’s Lower East Side apartment in the late ‘80s, ‘Fireburn the Bloodlot’ dispatches a pair of unrelenting and incendiary exercises in amp worship and FX-mutilated electric guitars - which is perhaps not what one might expect from these masters of the oscillator.
John Duncan & Joachim Nordwall - Conventional Wisdom
John Duncan & Joachim Nordwall
Conventional Wisdom
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ideal)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Venerable avant-garde composer John Duncan follows his prized cycle of cover versions ‘Bitter Earth’ [2016] with ‘Conventional Wisdom’; a truly beguiling new suite of original, stony avant-blooz songs produced in collaboration with iDEAL boss Joachim Nordwall, and marking another high point in both of their catalogues After coming out as a vocalist to memorably striking effect in 2016, Duncan compounds the effect with ‘Conventional Wisdom’, placing his original lyrics in stark arrangements ranging from shortwave radio-streaked dark ambient settings and Mika Vainio-esque isolationism, to deathly dubs driven by Nordwall’s rugged rhythms in a style that heavily recalls Jay Glass Dubs’ recent ‘Epitaph’ LP.
Dungeon Acid - Dungeon Acid
Dungeon Acid
Dungeon Acid
2LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ideal)
32,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Jean-Louis Huhta’s Dungeon Acid turns out a devilish debut album proper of Detroit-inspired techno and 303 extrusions, plus sidewinding psychedelic dance music, recorded and edited between 2010-2019 for his pals and admirers at iDEAL. Synonymous with Gothenburg’s iDEAL for the past decade, Dungeon Acid has become the most vital of drummer and producer Jean-Louis Huhta’s many projects, following a musical arc since the ‘80s which has seen him variously play with crust punk group Anti Cimex (and tour the UK alongside Napalm Death in a van with no seats), become a member of cult Swedish rave band Lucky People Centre, play ritual rock tribalism with The Skull Defekts, and duel with electro-acoustic heavyweights such as Zbigniew Karkowski and CM Von Hausswolff.
Villa Abo - Carpet Proof Of Daily Reports
Villa Abo
Carpet Proof Of Daily Reports
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Ideal)
16,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
It’s a Swedish house thing. Börft boss Jan Zwarre Svensson a.k.a Frak returns to his early project, Villa Åbo, for six deep and rude acid rub downs.
J.O.S. - Ultra
J.O.S.
Ultra
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Ideal)
16,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Phantasmagoric sci-fi soundtrack styles from Swedish synth-fondler Johan Öhman Sollin, landing square between the styles of early 0PN, Hype Williams, and James Ferraro.Marking his debut for iDEAL after more than a decade of trading as Johan Rohbau, Time Deleters, Knife and Ape, Minimen, and Sphinxes for a handful of secretive labels, J.Ö.S. draws from classic pulpy ‘80s cyber-goth and video nasty horror soundtracks for a personalised and totally immersive suite of home-brewed, synthy hauntology.
Nadine Byrne - Dreaming Remembering
Nadine Byrne
Dreaming Remembering
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Ideal)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Ectoplasm Girls’ Nadine Byrne lures listeners into woozy mental states on Dreaming Remembering, her soundtrack to a short film of the same name, providing a solo follow-up to A Different Gesture: Collected Soundtracks 2011-2012, and her first outing since Ectoplasm Girls’ New Feeling Come [2016], which were both issued by Joachim Nordwall’s ever-adventurous iDEAL Recordings.One of three Stockholm-based Byrne sisters along with Tanya, her partner in Ectoplasm Girls, and Ambra, who has recently provided EG’s live visuals, Nadine Byrne operates at the intersection of intuitive sonic and visual arts. Where Ectoplasm Girls tend to a bewitched sort of industrial experimentation, Nadine’s personal work is defined in terms of its relative, mutable electronic sleight of hand, with vocals handled by the mysterious Sarah Kim.
Carlos Giffoni - Vain
Carlos Giffoni
Vain
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Ideal)
18,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Vain marks the prodigal return of Venezuelan artist Carlos Giffoni to the avant-electronic music scene he was instrumental in shaping with the seminal, hybridising No Fun Fest and No Fun Productions label, which was home to debut releases by Oneohtrix Point Never and Noveller, and classics from Haswell and Prurient during the late ‘00s to early part of this decade. Master by Al Carlson. Cut at D&M, Berlin. Cover painting by Wiley Wallace
Good Area - Macbeth White Vinyl Edition
Good Area
Macbeth White Vinyl Edition
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Ideal)
13,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Ideal recordings follow up aces by JASSS and Vanligt Folk with an album of insane, hand-cranked, lo-fi anti-music in Gabi Losoncy and Allen Mozek’s Good Area’s Macbeth, coming off the curled back of their sides for Kye, Recital, and Hanson Records. Sounds like a sedated Yeah You or Smegma jamming with anguished alley cats on a battery of garbage cans...plus, that artwork.
Vanligt Folk - Palle Bondo
Vanligt Folk
Palle Bondo
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Ideal)
12,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Ideal throw a total curveball with Vanligt Folk’s doomdub body music mutations on Palle Bondo, where the Oslo/Gothenburg trio drop their punk leanings in favour of a stark sound lodged somewhere between Mika Vainio, CS + Kreme, Fever Ray, Toresch, and even Autechre - TIPPED!!!

The origins of the record are a bit cryptic and personal, which perhaps prompted the abrupt switch from their earlier styles to this, a more grown-up and pointed set of songs that vent their worries in a coolly gripping and cryptic style - not least because we can’t translate their Swedish lyrics.

However, it’s not difficult to comprehend their music - a starkly spacious but invitingly introspective sound whose icy exterior is belied by a quietly seething rage against socio-political and medical convention. In the first song, that comes out as a subtly warped take on Scando ambient dub in Kostymfest/Sken Av Palmpsalmighet, whose combo of looming darkside pads, torchlit croon and pendulous snare cracks uncannily recalls a munted Toresch, before Är Du Min Dotters Ängel plumbs a cyberpunk dancehall style somewhere to the shadier side of Fever Ray and Simone Trabucchi’s STILL.

Curiosity is only heightened on the flipside with Nipt/Gensangerin, where the vocals unavoidably conjure direct comparison with Karin Dreijer, but against a mystic synth backdrop redolent of that recent, amazing Laszlo Hortobagyi reissue, then calving off into a sumptuous mid-section of swooping subbass contours, dembow drums and pointillist hooks like something from Equiknoxx, only to finish with a wicked sample of Autechre’s Piezo strapped to gremlin vocals and spectral horror flick sounds on Mer Än Normal.

Don’t miss this one.
High Boys - Dead Zones
High Boys
Dead Zones
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Ideal)
12,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Jean-Louis Huhta (Dungeon Acid) and Ideal label head Joachim Nordwall unite once again as High Boys for an EP influenced by their love of old school acid, bad vibes, dub 7”s, William S Burroughs and 80s industrial music.The pair are already bandmates of sorts as part of the mighty Skull Defekts, but anyone familiar with Dungeon Acid’s much sought after catalogue or Nordwall’s sprawling, eclectic interests will no doubt already have their ears pricked for this one. The results are pretty much inline with what you’d expect: warehouse productions infused with all the grit and experimental determination you’d imagine.Described by Nordwall as “Claustrophobic industrial acid”, there’s a definite sense of dread permeating these tracks, situating them somewhere between the Nordic, gothic techno ambience of Varg and Mika Vainio’s analogue prowess. It will be interesting to see what happens if these two put their minds together for a full length, but on the evidence presented here High Boys is a project well worth tuning into...
Stephen O’Malley - End Ground Second Edition
Stephen O’Malley
End Ground Second Edition
LP | 2016 | EU | Reissue (Ideal)
18,39 €* 22,99 € -20%
Release:2016 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
End Ground forms the third and final installment in a series of records documenting the solo prowess of Sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley released on Sweden’s iDEAL Recordings. It was performed on electric guitar thru Sunn model T amps, and captured on a zoom H4 at Centre Cultural Suisse, Bad Bonn Carte Blanche, Paris, France, on 18th October 2013.

In solo mode, stripped of his usual accomplices and collaborators, O’Malley is no less than an elemental force. His durational meditations absorb and consume with steady-handed wave after wave of charred, sustained, and sub-harmonised chords casting the mesmerising minimalist practice of La Monte Young into the physicality of Black Sabbath’s original, heavy metal die.

The A-side/first half of this 45 minute performance features O’Malley tentatively coaxing out languorous riffs which turn the air around him to a pensive, vibrating mush. As the 2nd half dawns he begins to deliver more crushing blows, drawing out and subsiding the chords with a patented, gut-wrenching and vivifying power that transcends rock, avant-garde, minimalism - all of that - to awaken dormant senses not usually experienced with other musics or concise temporality.

As with many of the most affective heavy drone recordings by Sunn 0))), among others, a modicum of patience is required in order to attain the right state for reception, but once your mind and body are malleable, the impact is deliciously visceral, primal and whelming.

Colour us blown away, once again.
Sewer Election - Malign
Sewer Election
Malign
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Ideal)
16,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Swedish noise agitator Dan Johannsson bothers his good pals at iDEAL with a brilliant new LP following his Aska split album with Puce Mary in 2013. Malign by nature and intent, his overdue return to Joachim Nordwall’s label is a sorely strung out and decayed thing, a dank space hankering to be inhabited by listeners who want or need to be pushed into uncomfortable headspaces. If you're into anything from Jandek to Wolf Eyes to The Caretaker - this one's for you.

Malign trades in a sense of depression and negativity that draws strength from the vacuum behind hope, vacillating forlorn, Loren Connors-like guitar melodies and rubbled shellac samples that recall The Caretaker with passages of fierce distortion and slurried atmospheric textures that project hellish images of waterboarding and abject terror on the mind.

The guitar pieces are almost Jandek-like in their awkwardness, often morphing mid sentence into the kind of shuddering knots that Aaron Dilloway would be proud of, steadily toeing away hope in favour of full depressive immersion and feelings from the brink.

Ultimately, though, the record wouldn’t be so convincing without its severe sense of sincerity, honestly conveying that pall of darkness without any ironic distance. It’s a proper downer in the best way.
Dionysian - Dionysian
Dionysian
Dionysian
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Ideal)
11,89 €* 16,99 € -30%
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
iDEAL and Börft pay tribute to their pal Joel Brindefalk (1975-2013) with the posthumous issue of a long-lost tape of concrète noise created in 1992 during a wavey weekend with his mates, Joachim Nordwall, Christian Topac and Johan Petersson.
In making these recordings available for the first time, the closely-related labels reveal another side to Brindefalk’s known catalogue of ‘90s techno and warmer electronic dub stuff, one much more likely to broach black metal tropes and discomfiting concrète than anything warm or friendly.
From the chaotic scramble of its opening couplet, the tape cuts into what sounds like a free astral jazz jam captured in bristling lo-fi, before flinging us back into the abyss with a druggy passage of hoary howls streaked with traffic noises.
It gets no less wigged-out on the flip, serving as proper ear floss across four paper-cut-raw pieces of choked electronics, clattering hip hop cut-ups, and what could almost be the sound of an ogre doing the dishes.
EVOL - Purple Melters
EVOL
Purple Melters
12" | 2015 | UK | Original (Ideal)
14,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Invasive psychoacoustic acid killer from EVOL for the sympathetic freaks at Sweden’s iDEAL.
Continuing a pursuit of altered states induced by pure frequency manipulation, ‘Purple Melters’ is the fourth work in a series that started with ‘Proper Headshrinker’ (Editions Mego, 2013), a series which will also see a release on Diagonal later this year.
Essentially, it’s acid house without the house, drilling down to the 303’s micro phase variations and psychedelic sleight-of-mind conjuring a sense of movement from ostensibly static phrases.
Granted, you have to be a bit of a sadist to enjoy this, but really only in the same sense as a proper hardcore hooligan who gets their rocks off jackin’ in man-made synthetics to amplified music while gobbling illicit chemicals from a Dutch laboratory supplemented by synthetic hormone-infused energy fizz.
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