Since 2001, Berlin’s Ad Noiseam has quietly become one of the world’s penultimate electronic labels. Superlatively produced recent releases from Larvae, Raoul Sinier, the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Broken Note, and Roel Funcken all sit at the cutting edge of IDM, dubstep, breakcore, and glitch music today. No genre is too far out there to fit into their aesthetic.
What’s more, while they are undoubtedly one of the finest noise mongers this side of Planet Mu, they are also ethical. Label boss Nicolas Chevreux has seen fit to set a fixed donation to Amnesty International with every MP3 album bought through the Ad Noiseam website. Music industry slump, be damned!
While the label’s history stretches back almost a decade, the quality of their stable of long time artists and new signees has been growing exponentially with each passing year. So, to showcase the absolute best of the label, most of this mix has been culled from the last few years of releases. Believe me, there is a lot more gold in them thar hills. After hearing this mix, I’m sure you’ll agree that Ad Noiseam is a force to be reckoned with.
01. Roel Funcken - “Martyrz” (Vade, 2010)
- Start time: 0:00; Links: Ad Noiseam - Roel Funcken
02. Somatic Responses - “Reformation” (Reformation, 2009)
- Start time: 4:34; Links: Ad Noiseam - Somatic Responses
03. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation - “The Admirals Game” (Succubus, 2009)
- Start time: 8:35; Links: Ad Noiseam - The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation
04. Matta - “Mass” (The Lost EP, 2010)
- Start time: 15:45; Links: Ad Noiseam - Matta
05. Detritus - “Beautiful People Die [Mothboy Remix]” (Things Gone Wrong, 2009)
- Start time: 21:03; Links: Ad Noiseam - Detritus
06. Broken Note - “Let ‘Em Hang” (Terminal Static, 2009)
- Start time: 25:35; Links: Ad Noiseam - Broken Note
07. Math Head - “Terror Inc” (Stab City, 2009)
- Start time: 31:56; Links: Ad Noiseam - Math Head
08. Exillion - “Bairyhack” (It’s OK To Dance, 2008)
- Start time: 36:40; Links: Ad Noiseam - Exillion
09. Cardopusher - “Low End Legacy” (Unity Means Power, 2009)
- Start time: 39:22; Links: Ad Noiseam - Cardopusher
10. Chevron - “Renegade Cherryade” (Tuff Shite EP, 2008)
- Start time: 43:59; Links: Ad Noiseam - Chevron
11. Enduser - “More Distant Than You Think [Larvae Remix]” (Bollywood Breaks, 2004)
- Start time: 48:10; Links: Ad Noiseam - Enduser
12. Larvae - “Dischord” (Loss Leader, 2008)
- Start time: 52:17; Links: Ad Noiseam - Larvae
13. Wilt - “The Many Armed Beast [Larvae Remix]” (Cemetery Road / Dead Electroniks, 2009)
- Start time: 56:27; Links: Ad Noiseam - Wilt
14. Raoul Sinier - “Alternative Rush” (Tremens Industry, 2009)
- Start time: 59:51; Links: Ad Noiseam - Raoul Sinier
15. The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - “Embers” (Here Be Dragons, 2009)
- Start time: 63:54; Links: Ad Noiseam - The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
Total Running Time: 01:08:14
Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!
, CBC Music
and Tiny Mix Tapes
, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize
, Pazz & Jop
, and Juno Awards
. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys, with a butt that won't quit.