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Disconnect Store Berlin: Crowdfunding ending soon, Store opening soon!

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NEW Praxis Online Shop – 10% off until the end of March 2019


The new Praxis Webshop is online now . Help us test and improve it. Everything seems to be working, still many pictures missing and the design is basic, but many improvements are already implemented or on the way. Everyone has to make a new account (even if you had one in the old shop). Feedback welcome! Until the end of March you get 10% off most items (only exception: new German books) by using the code NEWSHOP2019 at checkout!
https://praxis-records.net/shop/news/

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Bulkrate: Wake (praxis_digital 00011) added to the Praxis YouTube channel

Bulkrate’s 2018 mini-album is now also available on our Youtube channel!

check the discography page HERE

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praxis_digital_00001 – Noirodyn: Infradesigns Added to YouTube Channel

The first praxis_digital release from 2013 was Noirodyn’s Infradesigns. Here’s another upload to our youtube channel with the new cover design.

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praxis_digital_00010 – Noirodyn: Eyes of Ages added to YouTube channel

Now added to the Praxis YouTube channel: the second release in the praxis_digital series from 2016 by Noirodyn, titled Eyes of Ages.

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Review by Peter Shapiro of Ambush 06 and Maschinenbau 02 in THE WIRE 1998

Found another review of Total Destruction (and Bodysnatcher) in the archives. I only have a bad quality photocopy, hence the re-type. If someone happens to have the issue and could send a good quality scan of the review page would be much appreciated!

DJ Scud & Christoph Fringeli
Bodysnatcher AMBUSH06 12”
Scud & Nomex
Total Destruction MBAU02 7”

As producers, DJs, theorists and fanzine editors, DJ Scud and Christoph Fringeli are the real breakbeat extremists. Harder, faster, louder than anything else around, the Bodysnatcher 12” and “Total Destruction” embody art as collision and rhythm as punishment. Emerging from the free party scene where pure visceral noise seems to be appreciated more than anywhere else, these records have moments of feedback whiteout that border on Boyd Rice territory, but are constructed with a sense of rhythm and an awareness of texture – something like Masami Akita in an Afro and hot pants. The Bodysnatcher EP makes any pretence of Ed Rush and Optical as hard men seem laughable, while “Total Destruction” sounds like a Sam Peckinpah film breaking out at a reggae dancehall. When the US Army wanted to get Noriega out of his bunker, this is what they should have played.
Awesome.

Peter Shapiro, The Wire #177, November 1998 in his “critical beats” column.

In issue #188, October 1999, there’s another brief mention: ‘Scud & Nomex’s awesome “Total Destruction” was last year’s best single’!

Of course Total Destruction has recently been repressed on the Maschinenbau EP (Praxis 56) which you can (and should) buy HERE on vinyl, or HERE as digital files.

A short snippet is here:

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Scud & Nomex: Maschinenbau EP

Scud & Nomex
Maschinenbau EP
Praxis 56

cut at Finyltweek by Shane
330 copies pressed at Optimal
Official release date 08-10-2018

Maschinenbau was a label run by DJ Scud from Ambush and Nomex from Adverse which released only two 7”s in 1997/98. The first, Eurostar/Piling Machine, was limited to just 300 copies. It combined psychogeographical exploration and field recordings with Amiga-produced non-conformist breakcore and noise-abuse, while the second one, Total Destruction, became a classic of breakcore / noise crossover with several appearances on compilations such as Collision Drive on PIAS (compiled by Kevin Martin, aka The Bug), but nevertheless fell into relative obscurity – like most of the great early breakcore – during the following decade. Listening back, one can only be astounded by the raw energy and urgency of these tracks.

Twenty years after the original 7”s, Praxis is proudly releasing a 12” with all four original tracks in
October 2018 with the catalogue number Praxis 56.

‘Ambush meets Adverse to proliferate and diversify into Maschinenbau. On Eurostar the concrete sound source of a high speed train engine is cut up to provide bass sears, rumbles of re-harnessed energy and grainy Doppler-effects. These dense timbres are set into further movement by tinny breakcore rhythms and quicksand sucks to create a vertigo of sound quality and a collage of propulsions. If this track blows out the ‘the battle of the bass sound’ at the same time that it is distantly ironic then Pilling Machine does the same for the hardcore 4/4 kick by making a construction site mobile and ever relocatable. Waves of noise, a kitsch refrain and a voice sample move in and out of the ever more insistent pacing, waging a guerrilla struggle in defiance of the irrovocable tyranny of the 4/4. Rhythms make light aural tonnage.’
Flint Michigan in Datacide 3.

‘Scud’s best union of post-industrial scuzz, bionic steppers’ riddims and rootical reggae was his mind-boggling collaboration with Nomex, “Total Destruction” (1998) on the Maschinenbau label. With a ragga DJ gleefully singing , “Total destruction, the only solution” in the face of searing whiteouts of white noise and escape velocity “Amen” drum shrapnel, “Total Destruction” sounded like a Sam Peckinpah film breaking out in a Kingston dancehall.’
Peter Shapiro in Drum’n’Bass – The Rough Guide

Paul Kidd aka Nomex was a noise musician and video artist. He ran the label Adverse and released a 12” on Praxis titled Trocante Gramofony in 1998 (Praxis 33). Formerly based in Croydon and London, he moved to New Zealand in the early 2000s where he continued his noise research. He died in a motorcycle accident in 2014.
A section of the Almanac for Noise & Politics 2016 is dedicated to him.
Toby Reynolds aka Scud is a DJ and producer who was a co-founder of Ambush, the seminal breakcore label based in South London in 1996. He also co-ran the Transparent label with Isound and collaborated with Panacea under the name The Redeemer on Position Chrome. Currently based in Cape Town, he produces (see Praxis 52) and blogs under the name Prole Sector.

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Low Entropy: Malfunction

Low Entropy
Malfunction
Released 01-09-2018 on bandcamp.
Artwork by Lynx

Following his amazing 12″ ‘Anarcho-Psychotic’ (Praxis 36), there was talk of an album or double 12″ as a follow up. Somehow this never happened… until now. The original tracks – produced around 2002 – are finally released on praxis_digital!

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Praxis/Yaya23 Store in Berlin Closing and Moving!

Praxis and Yaya23 are forced to close our shop after nearly 6 and 15 (!) years respectively. The juggernaut of gentrification is pummeling the last remaining autonomous holdouts in Berlin-Friedrichshain‘s Ostkreuz area.

Rising rents and new commercial and residential developments have already caused major shifts in the local population.
In our case these changes affect and severely curtail the possibilities of operating the paradoxical project that our shop is. Over the years we‘ve strived to create a meeting point and outlet for different types of experimental electronic and dance music, subversive ideas, networks, and self-published cultural creations.

Of course both projects will continue and with them the numerous connected projects like record labels, print creations, event organisation and sound system.

While we are now looking for new headquarters, we are still open at Lenbachstraße 9 until the end of September. The next event in our Countdown to Gentrification series will take place at the shop August 31, from 7-10 pm.

UPDATE: The last instore event in our Countdown to Gentrification series is taking place September 29th!

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Noirodyn: Psyborg

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