The Sum of A Year: xorzyzt's 2014 favorites

After an embittering barrage of ever-multiplying year-end lists, UnReaL is here to provide you with the definitive last word, finally. 2014 was an excellent year of music. The almost tantric release of some long hyped young artists yielded mixed results, but simultaneously long gestating talent took leaps forward. While it seemed mainly dominated by heavy-hitting EPs and singles more than albums, perhaps that’s also a symptom of my listening habits being mainly geared towards the search for dance floor weapons these days, but surely not mine alone. Online music journalism demands an artist and label to create reasons to continuously be featured and rise above the constant flow of new names and stylistic mutations – and once you’re in, you’re in, but forging the way there is no easy feat. This became ever more clear to us this year with launch of our UnReaL Audio and Portals Editions labels in Autumn with releases from Born in Flamez and Shaddah Tuum, after gestating for most of the year. What is clear is that there is no formula, but fitting into a paradigm never hurts. As bridgers of said paradigms, UnReaL faithfully give you our top picks across the spectrum of the music underworld, starting with my xorzyzt list.

Dark / Ambient:
Killing Sound – S/T (Blackest Ever Black)
Grouper – Ruins (Kranky)
Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestite (Artemisia Records)

Boothroyd – Idle Hours (Tri Angle)
Ketev – Singular Stare (Opal Tapes)

Rock / Metal:
The Body – I Shall Die Here (RVNG Intl)
Myrkur – S/T (Relapse)
Swans – To Be Kind (Mute)

Behemoth – The Satanist (Nuclear Blast Records)
reliq – Empire of Broken Signs (aufnahme+wiedergabe)

Noise / Industrial:
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden (Sacred Bones)
Youth Code – A Place To Stand (Dais)
Mondkopf – Hades (In Paradisum)

OAKE – Auferstehung (Downwards)
Franck Vigroux – Centaure (Cosmo Rhythmatic)

Kangding Ray – Solens Arc (Raster-Noton)
Vessel – Punish, Honey (Tri Angle)

SHXCXCHCXSH – Linear S Decoded (Avian)
Perc – The Power & The Glory (Perc Trax)
Black Rain – Dark Pool (Blackest Ever Black)

Pop revisionists:
The Bug – Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune)
Andy Stott – Faith In Strangers (Modern Love)

Arca – Xen (Mute)
Gazelle Twin – Unflesh (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray Records)

Mutant Bass:
Sd Laika – That’s Harakiri (Tri Angle)
Lakker – Containing A Thousand (R&S)

M.E.S.H. – Scythians (PAN)
CYPHR – Ekleipsis (Her Records)

Holly Herndon – ‘Chorus’ & ‘Home’ (RVNG Intl)
An-i – Kino-I (Cititrax)

Pinch & Mumdance – Turbo Mitzi / Whiplash (Tectonic)
Damien Dubrovnik – Patterns of Penetration (Alter)
Sudden Infant – What Am I Doing Here (Gang of Ducks)

Sam Kerridge – Crack Magazine 081
Pharmakon – Fader Mix
Lotic – ‘Damsel in Distress’
M.E.S.H. – ‘Truants: Functions of The Now VII’
Honzo – Secret Thirteen Mix 135
Venus X & Fatima Al Qadiri – ‘Superego’
Xosar – ‘Dazed Digital – Sustain:Release’

Best live shows:
Cyclobe @ Unsound
Powell @ Unsound
Pharmakon @ Unsound
Karen Gwyer @ Unsound
UF @ Atonal
Tim Hecker @ Atonal
Millie & Andrea @ Atonal
Demdike Stare @ Mount Analog, Hollywood Forever Cemetery

DJ sets:
Janus crew (Lotic, M.E.S.H., DJ Hvad) @ Berghain and Unsound
Young Echo @ Urban Spree
Powell @ Blackest Ever Black, Urban Spree
Samuel Kerridge B2B Shapednoise @ CONTORT
Subkutan @ CONTORT

Also of note:
One Circle – Transparency EP (Gang of Ducks)
Ben Frost – A U R O R A (Mute)
Maoupa Mazzocchetti – A-Tranquility (Unknown Precept)
Lumisokea – Apophenia (Opal Tapes) / Eavesdropping on Pianists (Eat Concrete)
Joe Farr – Sentry (Power Vacuum)
Dracula Lewis – Technical XTC mixtape
Grebenstein – EP (Downwards)
Born in Flamez – Polymorphous (UnReaL Audio)
Shaddah Tuum – Merkabah / S-nInYourHead (Portals Editions)





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// Sept. 4 // Club ADS Berlin

//The Summer is over. Embrace the darkness. A never-ending night of ceremonial rites, shamanic concerts, DJ sets, and video art//

KING DUDE kingdude.bandcamp.com

MODERN WITCH modernwitchmusic.com

GEMEINE GESTEINE gemeinegesteine.bandcamp.com

RELIQ reliq.de

DEATH OF ABEL soundcloud.com/deathofabel

Tom Ass (The Darkness)
Andy Black Forest (Radio Black Forest)
BlackBlackGold (GucciGoth)

dielamb & xorzyzt

//Ritual Space
Nino Magick Consultancy

Video documentation: Viviana Druga

Thanatopsis Ecstasis - mix by xorzyzt for Psychic Mule

1) Sunn O))) Meets Nurse With Wound - Ash On The Trees [The Sudden Ebb Of A Diatribe] 
vs. Phurpa - Conferring Empowerment & Self-transformation I 
vs. Locrian - At Night’s End 
vs. Raime - Foundry (Regis version)

2) Ensemble Economique - Somewhere Anywhere 
vs. Tim Hecker - Hatred of Music Vol I 
vs. Young Hunting - A List of Indignities

3) Phurpa - Conferring Empowerment & Self-transformation I 
vs. Demdike Stare - Demdike Stare Meets Shangaan Electro

4) Current 93 - LAShTAL 
vs. Death in June - Europa: The Gates of Heaven 
vs. JK Flesh - Posthuman

5) JK Flesh - Posthuman 
vs. Burial Hex - The Night 
vs. Emptyset - Return

6) Gum Takes Tooth - Hermaphrodite & Nourishment 
vs. Yellow Swans - Neon War 
vs. Coil - Dive (Wheel of The Law) 
vs. Cut Hands - Shut Up And Bleed

7) Anstam - Watching The Ships Go Down 
vs. Dead Can Dance - Musica Eternal Garden Of The Arcane Delights

8) Yamataka Eye & John Zorn - Shiso Baba 
vs. Petro Loa - No rada no rada 
vs. Wolves In The Throne Room - Woodland Cathedral

9) Wolves In The Throne Room - Woodland Cathedral 
vs. Shackleton - Majestic Visions 
vs. Roly Porter - Tleilax 
vs. Ayshay - WARN U

10) Prurient - Myth of Sex 
vs. Mascara - Ghosts/Blanket 
vs. Colin Stetson - Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun


xorzyzt is organizing berlin rituals for musical shamans, is one third of PURGE and dj-ing regularly all over the city. this time he brings his selection of drone induced meandering soundscapes and blissful dark tunes to Das Gift!

All that in a moderate volume, to drink to.


presented by NoiseKoelln

Every week on thursday, Michael Aniser invites exceptional people to das gift to play their favorite tracks and drink a lot.

14.06.12 // 21:30 // Das Gift // Donaustrasse 119 // U8/U7 Hermannplatz or U7 Rathaus Neukoelln

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Lurking in the shadows since his 2008 LP Scylla & CharybdisChristoph de Babalon must have been busy probing the darker areas of the soul until now … with his Tigerbeat6 debut A Bond With Sorrow, Christoph de Babalon has returned more powerful than ever, conjuring up unknown worlds.

An IRL collision of URLs. OMG. Gucci Goth + Destroy Culture bring you your darkest bass desires, acid dreams, trap shit, thug wave and dragged magick. Featuring sets by:

M.E.S.H. (Berlin)

BlackBlackGold (Gucci Goth, Berlin)

Shaun Bass (Destroy Culture, London)

xorzyzt (BL4CK M4G1CK, Berlin)

23:00 // 5€ b4 01:00 // Sameheads // Richardstr. 10 // U7 Karl-Marx Str.

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