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Specimen is very proud to present a promotional video for “Eastend Tales” EP produced Kumo and directed by Vladimir Podovsky. AKA the Stalker from Transylvania.. additional music credits; Holger Werner on clarinet. This film features WEATHER BOMB MIX by KUMO
Eastend Tales produced by KUMO AKA Jono Podmore, is a 6 tracker which features other veteran colleagues from the once prolific Plink Plonk label of the 90’s. These remixers include Pluto (Rolo McGinty), with the Weather Bomb Remix of the original. Hijacker (Laggy Panteli) with an eerie styled acid electro remix. Eugene Black’s AKA (Paul Rip) techno dub remix. Ramjac AKA (Paul Chivers delivers a jazzy dubstep remix entitled nocturnal.
Kumo Kicks off the EP with a hard hitting techno powered acid bass track Weather Bomb and ends with a Live cut from the play performance of the Eastend Tales, written and directed by Nick Rawlings 2015. This is a suburb mixture of sound sub genres and experiments designed to propel you into the dark and mysterious worlds of the East End of London through an interpretation of mixed musical cultures.
Kumo’s Weather Bomb is driven by an acid fuelled bassline giving rise to a techno industrial floor thumper that is a visceral mix of dark sound design and IDM. This is a killer track that retains the Kumo edginess in all its typical analogue glory. A must for any aspiring Dj to propel at the peak of their set. The mix sets precedence for the remix stage that only those involved could compliment, but not compete.
Pluto remix is much on the same vibe but with a mystical middle eastern essence and sophistication. This puts us on a psychedelic journey with its long unwinding string sequences and key changes that we are drawn to under its magical spell. This is a clever rendition on the title theme by an expert in the field of dance and musical exploration.
Hijacker delivers an acid electro mix that builds into a very dark excursion of techtronic and industrial mechanisation. This brings home the idea of a controlling machines that enslave us with the sense of force behind an oppressive state. This track is what could be termed steam punk techno, its layers of sounds and noises become a collage of imaginings of a future world driven into an apocalyptic past.
Eugene Black aims at the ghetto for its underworld as a living element that finds space in the mind of an imaginary individual, a kind of exit to real life it pulsates and observes as a stalker waiting in the shadows. The change of sequences bring us closer to the underlying musical humour that the East End may present with its mix of culture going about its seedy night time routines. Typical dub stabs are the metaphorical actions of a surgeon at work.
Ramjac, puts together a very clever soundtrack of broken beat and acid that opens into a heavy dub-step sequences propelled from a jazz infused mystery of the night. As if we are being mesmerised and slowly submerged into an acid bath we are dissolved in the power of its melody and quirky noises and sequences. This renders a very unique style of dance and with Ramjac’s past offerings for Plink Plonk his musical compositions have always proved to be ahead of their time.
Kumo finishes with a beautiful dub vibe that comes directly off the stage at St Michael’s Croydon. The elements are a special selection of electronic programming with the use of analogue beats and synths, These were originally developed for the live sound design of the stage play. It makes an essential mix of rhythm and ethnic styles in combination with the acoustic accompaniment of mystic clarinet melody and spoken word. The mix accentuates the dark psychological space of the Eastend revealing its myopic war zones and poverty. The industrial changes and immigrant cultures that evolve over time, become a musical montage, which leaves us with a sense of open ended possibilities. This is a mindscape, a chilled downtempo affair, abstract, esoteric and yet refined in its rawness.
Kumo’s relationship with specimen records historically commenced from 1993 at Plink Plonk Records. Kumo was quick to reveal his technical prowess, engineering and helping to realize the sound of Plink Plonk. His involvement working in underground science, soon led on to him producing his own projects that extended from the mother label to Psychomat and Autoi, stylised broken beat and drum and bass. Kumo was a dub hand producing many single releases and an album entitled “Kaminari” encompassing all the spiritual essence of Japan and with his blend of esoteric electronica culminating into a prodigious live band performing at Sonar festival and the ICA “Nerve: a multi disciplinary arts event at the ICA London in 2000.
Specimen is honoured to welcome Kumo aboard with a stunning new EP Eastend Tales. The soundtrack originated from Fin Kennedy’s stage play of the same name performed in Croydon 2015 and directed by Nick Rawlings. All the artists kumo has employed for remix duties are old hand veterans of the Plink Plonk stable submitting a variety of styles to compliment this release due out in early April 2016.
Jono Podmore aka Kumo – professor of the practice of popular music at the prestigious “Hochschule für Musik” in Cologne, Germany – is best known latterly for his tireless work curating and managing the archives of Krautrock pioneers Can. In this respect, his masterstroke to date has been assembling the essential The Lost Tapes boxset; which distilled, edited and spliced together reels and reels of Can’s studio outtakes, film scores and live recordings into a labyrinthine yet accessible package that adjoins the band’s already illustrious catalogue with well-crafted cohesiveness.
Podmore’s established group Metamono finds new life in vintage analogue and hand made electronics. Metamono released their debut album With the compliments of Nuclear Physics late 2013, and continue with live performances, installations and film projects across Europe, including Secrets of Nature: live electronic scores for silent natural history films premiered at the Bradford International Film Festival. Outside of Metamono & Can duties, Podmore has been no slouch with his own musical projects. Amongst many things, Podmore has worked under his Kumo alias across multiple releases that have included collaborations with the likes of B.J. Cole, Irmin Schmidt; Burnt Friedman and Jaki Liebezeit, his ongoing Horrorshow multimedia venture grafts short films to soundtracks