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Various / The Advent Presents Kombination Phunk

Posted 2020-04-22. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, collection, electro, music, photo, techno, vinyl.

Photo of KP's cover Photo of KP's back

I started this website back in 2016 with the intention of blogging about my music collection. It seems like a good time to try that again. No downloads or audio samples will be provided with these posts (for what I hope are obvious reasons). I just want to talk about music. Without further ado...

The Advent Presents Kombination Phunk. Metalbox records (Kombination Research affiliate), 1997. Vinyl, 4x12". Flac 16bit/44.1khz, ~373M. Tracklist and durations as per the jacket and center labels:

No.Artist / Title BPMDur.
A1.Dopplereffekt / Porno Actress 12804:22
B1.R.A.C. / Quexos 13804:58
B2.DJ K1 / Metaphysica 13504:41
C1.The Advent / Elektra Fix 14205:03
D1.Dopplereffekt / Plastiphilia 12804:18
E1.The Advent / C-On 13805:10
F1.Damon Wild vs Function / Waveterm 13804:42
F2.Outline / Untitled [BP05 B3] 14004:57
G1.Planetary Assault Systems / Battle 13504:28
G2.JB3. / Believer 13605:28
H1.Surgeon / Scorn 13804:28
H2.Morgan / Flower Child 13505:20

I picked this up from a mailorder shop in the mid 2000s as part of a large order (one of those records you throw in to try and get your money's worth out of shipping fees, you know). This is the only record I remember from that order. It's terrific. I like all these tracks.

The first five are all electro tunes. The two Dopplereffekt tracks have been edited: Porno Actress is double the length of the version on Gesamtkunstwerk, and Plastiphilia is a combination of Plastiphilia 1 & 2. These two edits in particular are perfect for DJs, four minutes and change is exactly the right length. RAC's Quexos is the original version (I think). Metaphysica by K1 has also been edited, I hear some reverse snares and things going on. The Advent's Elektra Fix is unique to this compilation, I believe.

The remaining pieces are heady techno. C-On like Elektra Fix is original to this compilation. Waveterm by Damon Wild & Function and Flower Child by Morgan are both big tunes, New York techno by way of Synewave. Outline's track is listed as Untitled on the label and sleeve, but a helpful discogs comment identifies it as Blueprint 5 B3. Luke Slater's Battle is the most abrasive track on the comp, and the one I like the least, though it does command respect. That leaves Joey Beltram's bouncy lopsided Believer and Surgeon's menacing Scorn.

20 years later and the whole compilation still sounds great. Sides A, C, D, and E all play at 45 RPM and are cut loud. I've read that The Advent remastered everything for this release, but there's nothing on the packaging to indicate that. I don't think this is available new anywhere, so if you want it you'll have to find a used copy. Check your local used bins or the discogs marketplace. It's very much worth seeking out.

All photos in this post were taken by me (that's why they're blurry) of my copy (which is beat-up and stickered). The center label photos on discogs are tiny, so I'll close with some medium-size unreadable ones:

Photo of side A Photo of side B Photo of side C Photo of side D
Photo of side E Photo of side F Photo of side G Photo of side H

Hellven, Demoscene Group and Netlabel

Posted 2018-01-02. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, 2000s, demoscene, digital release, music.

Hellven Link Button

Something I wrote last week didn't sit right with me:

RS3 later went on to start (or maybe join?) the group Hellven

I knew that couldn't be correct. A small amount of research led me to this interview with Xavier Dang, the founder of Hellven. That gave me enough information to start digging in the Internet Archive. The Hellven v5 homepage helpfully links to a forum post that explains the timeline and history of Hellven. Quote from that forum post:

hellven was founded in 1998 by Xavier Dang a.k.a. "mv" (previously melvyl). When it started, hellven was a music group of aspiring/hobbyist musician pals from various places around the globe aiming to release their tracked music of any style for free on the net.

Hellven went through a series of versions, each with a corresponding time period. 1.x spanned 1998-1999, 2.x 1999-2000, then 3.x and 4.0 lasted from 2000 to 2003. The final revision appears to have been 5.0; I don't know if any music was released during this time.

The files.scene.org archive appears to have the Hellven v3 and v4 releases, specifically the Urbanism musicdisk and the 001-099 single releases. The archived Hellven v4 webpage is useful for figuring out the details of the various releases.

So now I know: RS3 did not "start" Hellven. He joined during the Hellven 2 period.

This journey inspired me to download the Hellven mod releases available on scene.org and render the ones I liked out to flac. There's a lot of good stuff! Melvyl's tracks, particularly hv001 Disfigured and hv032 Someone EP are great. hv041 Odyssey by Funkymuskrat is a nice surprise; that's an artist I'll have to look out for. And of course RS3's tracks, my favorites of which are hv024 Phases of Identity EP and hv039 Among the Fallen.

There's more Hellven for me to discover: I haven't found any v1 or v2 releases, and I've spent no time listening to the (128kbps, 160kbps...) mp3 releases on scene.org. But this seems like a good start.


T.Power / The Self Evident Truth Of An Intuitive Mind

Posted 2016-01-11. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, collection, digital release, drum & bass, music.

Self Evident Truths Cover T.Power
Self Evident Truth Of An Intuitive Mind

Released 1995, Remastered 2015.
Flac, 24bit, 495MB.

  1. Circle
  2. Square
  3. Trapezium
  4. Octagon
  5. Triangle
  6. Indigo
  7. Silver
  8. Turquoise
  9. Amber

Source: tpower.bandcamp.com.
Absolute stone classic.


Various / The Mad Circus EP

Posted 2016-01-10. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, collection, electro, music, vinyl.

Mad Circus EP Cover Art Various Artists
The Mad Circus EP

Released 1999.
Vinyl, 12".
Flac, 92MB.

  1. Detroit Grand Pubahs / Sandwiches
  2. Run Stop Restore / Light My Fire (1999 Future Mix)
  3. Mas 2008 / Antimaterie Materie

Great track from Mas 2008 on this one.