I've got a certain sunshine on a cloudy day today and, indeed, all the other days of late. But I guess that you'll say, what can make me feel this way? Well, that would be the current object of my fickle aural affections; Micromattic. Yes, music is the food of my love and I do play on... and on, and on to the point where I'm glad I can't wear digital out. So, lend me your ears, please, for I have something I'd like to play to you...

When I first heard Reconstellation by the literally awesome Bulgarian master of electronic noise, Nikolay Seizov (aka Micromattic,) it was love at first listen. But I wasn't merely taken with some ephemeral moment of audible delight for my happy ears, I was utterly fascinated, structurally, in a way that I haven't been since I was young listening to Eat Static's Prana. So, this is something pretty special, of course, but this musical wizard has many more tricks up his sleeve than the incredibly skilled array of bleeping goodness in Reconstellation.

The now London-based artist formerly known as Microwave has had many years on the music scene, from djing in his home country to collaborative live sets and the beginnings of production that led to his current incarnation as Micromattic; the Wii controller-manipulating, audio/visual show-stopper who's busy gaining recognition by some heavy-hitters in the industry for his talents. Earlier this year he released his debut EP Under Over The Clouds on Absolutive Records (who, I might add, set up their label purely so they may sign his lovely output) and it is quite the thing of dreamy IDM brilliance. How does he do it? He's so clever! (my Zippy mug.) But will this new-found love be an audio affair that goes the distance? Well, all I can say right now is I'm thinking he's one to watch, and watch I most surely will.

I don't need no money, for I have been gifted with the audible treats, but people do please be good to your ears (and each other) by heading on over to purchase the 12" vinyl at Juno Records (yes I know it's currently out of stock, but good things come to those who wait an' all.) 

Or, if you prefer, you can get yourself the download, complete with the inordinately sublime Reconstellation and two exclusive and beautiful UOTC remixes at BeatsDigital.

Also check out SoundCloud, for amongst the delights is a free download of January - Careful What You Tell The Skies.



Win A 3 Single Deal With Lot49 Records

November sees the launch of an exciting competition for new producers, with the chance to win a 3 single deal with a top label, inclusion on an exclusive compilation album and a host of prizes. The competition is to be judged by a panel of leading industry figures including Timo Maas, Orbital, D Ramirez, James Zabiela, Steve Mac, Meat Katie and Dylan Rhymes....

To enter the competition is quite simple, just write an extraordinarily good and original piece of dance music and submit it to the label via their dedicated dropbox (full details below).

There will be 14 finalists chosen by our resident producers (see artist page on www.lot49.co.uk).

Those chosen will then go on to the next stage - this means you are already a winner and you are guaranteed a release on Lot49 as part of the "Nu Lot" compilation and you will receive a selection of goodies from the label’s sponsors.

From here the chosen recordings will be voted on by a panel of world class DJ/Producers who will pick out one winner for the top prize.

Nu Lot Competition Details:

Top Prize: Lot49 Recordings 3 E.P. deal, Native Instruments' Komplete 6, All 10 titles from the Loopmasters Artist Series,All 24 titles from the Loopmasters Origin Series
Soundcloud Pro Max yearly account, Ableton Live 8 software package (donated by Soundcloud)

*Also the winners EP will be mastered at the legendary Wired Masters in London by Kev Grainger, who has worked with the likes of Steve Angello, Bjork, Erick Morillo, Gilles Peterson and Gary Numan to name but a few.

14 Finalists: Inclusion on Lot49 Recordings "New Lot Compilation" for release early 2010, Soundcloud PRO Light yearly account, Any 3 titles from the Loopmasters Artist Series (excluding Deadmau5 Xfer).

How To Enter:
1) Go to www.lot49.co.uk competition page and register with your email, artist name and country

2) Submit up to three separate tracks with them clearly labelled by artist and title in the following format [Artist_title.wav] to the competition dropbox at soundcloud.com/newlotcompetition/dropbox

The competition starts Nov 1st and ends Dec 1st. No entries submitted after this date will be eligible. The winner will be announced on the Lot49 website on December 14th 2009.

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