X – Ten Years Of Artefacts, a 13-track album on Stroboscopic Artefacts curated by label-boss Lucy, is out today.
The compilation celebrates ten years of his label by boldly confirming its raison d’être: a continual redefinition of modern techno.
X – Ten Years Of Artefacts is a various artists album in which the label’s key artists respond to its tenth anniversary with fresh compositions. Artists with divergent perspectives and MOs are equally at home expressing themselves. These tracks’ timbres, tempos and moods differ greatly yet—somewhat improbably—they seem together, ideologically unified. The album will be later complemented by a special remixes EP, with four new reworks of pivotal back catalogue material from the label (Donato Dozzy, Caterina Barbieri, Xhin and ben Klock). Lucy and an incredible cast of Stroboscopic Artefacts artists have already begun an extended club and warehouse tour to mark the special anniversary.
On X – Ten Years Of Artefacts, Mortellaro features solo as Lucy, in collaboration with Rrose as Lotus Eater and together with Speedy J as Zeitgeber, while Rrose also appears alone with “The Myth of Purity.”
Shifted, Efdemin, L.B. Dub Corp (Luke Slater), James Ruskin, Denise Rabe, Adriana Lopez, Chevel, Alessandro Adriani and Serena Butler each feature, representing a group of singular artists whose relationships with the label range from years to months—Stroboscopic Artefacts’ past, present and future must exist simultaneously.
Back in September 2009, Lucy released “Why Don’t You Change / Dub Man Walking,” the first record from Stroboscopic Artefacts, which began a discography that, ten years later, is almost unparalleled in its ambition and vision. Put simply, Mortellaro wanted to create something that didn’t exist. Stroboscopic Artefacts would be respectful of, and indebted to, the great techno and electronic music artists of the past but would develop new paths forward for the label and the genre. The label refused to perpetuate the established dichotomies of electronic music—between the dance floor and home listening, between club music and experimental music, between the past and the future. It took risks knowing it wouldn’t always work. But within a year or so of the label’s inception, it was obvious Stroboscopic Artefacts’ approach had captured imaginations far beyond its Berlin base, showing us that the boundaries of techno are often constructs of limited imagination.
The label pursued constantly-evolving methods of releasing music, creating concept-driven series like Monad, Stellate and Totem, establishing frameworks that would give freedom in limitation. Standout albums by Lucy, Xhin, Dadub, Zeitgeber, Chevel, Kangding Ray, Lotus Eater and Alessandro Adriani were deeply considered long-form presentations.
With this new album, remix EP and tour, now is the moment for Stroboscopic Artefacts to look fondly at its past while drawing breath, re-energised, and hinting at new chapters.
X – Ten Years Of Artefacts tour dates (CLICK HERE FOR INFO):
12.10.2019 Elysia, Basel (Efdemin, Lucy, Serena Butler)
25.10.2019 999, Warsaw (Denise Rabe, Oake live, Zeitgeber)
02.11.2019 Pal, Hamburg (Alessandro Adriani, Lucy, Shifted)
09.11.2019 Village Underground, London (Lotus Eater, Lucy, Rrose, Shifted)
16.11.2019 Mondo, Madrid (Kangding Ray, Lucy)
22.11.2019 Ankali, Prague (Lucy, Rrose, Silvia Kastel)
29.11.2019 Stereo, Montreal (Lucy, Yotam Avni)
06.12.2019 Warehouse, Chicago (Denise Rabe, Lucy)
07.12.2019 Analog, New York (Alessandro Adriani, Denise Rabe, Lady Starlight, Lucy)
18.01.2020 De School, Amsterdam (Lotus Eater, Lucy, Rrose)
24.01.2020 Kablys, Lithuania (Rrose, Lucy, Chevel)
22.02.2020 Cabaret Aléatoire, Marseille (Lucy, Efdemin, Serena Butler)
X – Ten Years Of Artefacts Tracklist:
Lotus Eater – Tripholium
Shifted – K Pop
Efdemin – Entropie
L.B. Dub Corp – Look Shiny
Rrose – The Myth of Purity
Lucy – The Goat God
James Ruskin – From Here On
Denise Rabe – Paralysed Spheres
Zeitgeber – Double Down
Adriana Lopez – It All Adds Up
Chevel – Va Lavorar
Alessandro Adriani – Two Journeys
Serena Butler – Giubia
X – Ten Years Of Artefacts is available via the label’s website HERE