This is some TRIPPY stuff, both track & video alike. The track was composed by Steve Mensink aka Urkelle & the video was a collaborative effort with Scottish sound designer + video editor/director Sam Spreckley.
The track can be found in the Ondergrond album. Put together by Dutch label, Lomechanik, Ondergrond is a compilation composed of 19 tracks featuring raga hiphop cut ups, loud drill & bass tracks, weird electronics & even sweet pop songs with a mild electronic twist. It’s everything Lomechanik believes on, “people who love to experiment”.
XLR8R has given some attention to the next vinyl release on my label Lomechanik! Check out their article on our release with an offering of a bonus track, ‘Cathy Eldred’ by Urkelle, as a free download here.
The release is a 12" by Urkelle entitled 'When Her Language Goes On Holiday’, and is set to be released in one week exactly, on monday the 25th of june. Besides deep broken bass music it features a hardcore black and white op art design designed and silk screen printed by me personally by hand. Pre-order it via our distributor Triple Vision, or send me a message here via Tumblr.
The following excerpt comes from the promotional text that accompanies this release.
'Intelligent, deep bass music that fits just as well on the dancefloor as on your headphone. This EP resonates with an intruiging tension between repetition and progression. The release will appeal to the fans of the subtle progressions of Theo Parrish, as well as those of the broken bass music by Objekt or the hypnotic atmospheres of classic Autechre releases. ‘When Her Language Goes On Holiday’ takes you on a sonic journey.’
Abrasive and dust-drenched dance music has been a recurring theme so far in 2012, with Actress’s latest LP receiving plaudits across the board and Hessle Audioannouncing their first new artist in quite some time, the enigmatic and distortion-dousing British producer Bandshell. “Cathy Eldred” by Dutch artist Urkelle burrows deep into this aesthetic, too, as he sends his hi-hats into the microwave and sands down his kick drums for a fuzzy effect that will have a late night crowd practically coughing on the disorienting haze. A digital bonus track that arrives ahead of Urkelle’s new EP for Lomechanik, When Her Language Goes on Holiday, the tune nonetheless hammers home the producer’s unique style that seems to exude high-velocity polyrhythms and caustic textures all while staying playful with a skipping two-step beat. The snaking and obtuse bassline that creeps into the tune adds yet another layer of menace to an already paranoid and intriguing composition. You can check out previews of Urkelle’s forthcoming four-track 12" before it drops on June 25, below.
Release Note: For this 22nd release on Lomechanik we present the EP ‘When Her Language Goes On Holiday’ by Urkelle, which will be available on vinyl and digitally. Intelligent, deep bass music that fits just as well on the dancefloor as on your headphone. Urkelle is one of the aliases of Steve Mensink, a Dutch producer which is based in the city of Utrecht. This EP resonates with an intruiging tension between repetition and progression. The release will appeal to the fans of the subtle progressions of Theo Parrish, as well as those of the broken bass music by Objekt or the hypnotic atmospheres of classic Autechre releases. ‘When Her Language Goes On Holiday’ takes you on a sonic journey.
We recently featured Urkelle on our digitally released ‘Ondergrond’ compilation. The latest vinyl release by Steve Mensink was ‘Bouree’, which he released as Felix Lenferink on the forward-thinking label Fourth Wave, a sublabel of Ramp Recordings. A vinyl release on Shipwrec, another electronic music label from Nijmegen which we are good friends with, is also underway. Besides his Urkelle and Felix Lenferink monikers, he has succesfully been releasing more house-oriented music as Frits Wentink, on Rotterdam based Triphouse Records amongst others.
On Friday, the 6th of July we will present this release in ‘Etalage Derde Wal’ in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. This night the sounds of Urkelle will be presented in conjunction with live vocals by singer Loes Jongerlink, combined with an exposition of the MIDI-controllers that Steve Mensink builds himself out of wood. The visual theme of this night will be based on the cover design for this record. This vinylrelease will be the first in a new triptych of releases on Lomechanik, which will all feature a characteristic hand silk screen printed design on the cover.
The sixth FIBER podcast is the premiere of Urkelle, the pseudonym under which Steve Mensink will be releasing his deeper, more experimental work. This mix proves that Steve can easily vear away from the 125 bpm rut and it takes you on a journey through an obscure spheric soundscape of pulsating sub-basses, laidback beats and magical melodies; much in contrast to his more house oriented work he has been showcasing at festivals and clubs, which he’ll be mixing under his other pseudonym “Frits Wentink” in the future.
Steve grew up in Nijmegen, where he began producing at an early age and like a real ‘Nijmegenaar’ befits, he was a regular at the Planet Rose parties hosted by Darko Esser at Doornroosje. As he began producing at a more serious level, he moved to Utrecht to study audio design and musicology. The skills he attained during his study can be heard in this podcast, which has been composed solely of his own unreleased material. Incorporated in his mix are melodic influences, dating from early 20th century French piano music, such as edits of “Louange à l’Ëternite de Jésus” by Olivier Messiaen and fragments of the work by Maurice Ravel. Next to Steve’s edits of these French masters, the podcast has been enriched with vocals by Loes Jongerling.
Aside from producing music, Mensink also builds his own midi controllers. These devices have beautiful wooden casings and are portrayed as still lifes on his website. The handmade controllers serve not only as a technological aid for music production, but also as a visual enhancement. A good example is the controller of which Steve chose the illustration as artwork for this podcast. The positioning of the buttons leads to a chaotic pattern that suits the granular synthesis technique this controller is intended for. As such the controllers are a guide/model to understanding Steve’s music.