I had the privilege of meeting Yorg and Sjoerd whilst I was at the Freemote Festival in Utrecht. They run the Lomechanik label, an eclectic, high quality net label offering great releases in various underground styles.
“…breakcore, to dubstep, … instrumental hip-hop, noise, if it’s electronic, it’s Lomechanik.” Sam a la Bamalot, 2011.
I also met Sam, who played a fantastic live set, and was also kind enough to let me record him in a short interview for my Freemote article (linked above). Most of his music follows in the vein of synth-driven wonky slow jams, and is very comparable to the organic bass-heavy music of Flying Lotus, the twitchy beats of Mike Slott, or the wild and experimental braindance of Dorian Concept.
One of my favourite tracks by Sam is his tune ‘Tainted Voice’ on a compilation ‘Zonnebrand’ released at Lomechanik a few months ago. In fact all of the tracks on the compilation are rather special, definitely check it out if you want a general overview of the label. The compilation and Sam’s new release are available as a paid download from Bandcamp, and although it does not quite fit the CC-driven attitude that we appreciate so much at Netlabelism, the compilation is €2 and Sam’s new release is likely to be a similar cost. This is not big bucks, and if it means supporting the label to encourage new material in the future, it is easily justified.
‘What Happens When You Sleep’ is a funky, smooth, uplifting EP sporting tracks with superb depth and finesse. Grinding synth chords, quirky melodies and tight detailed basslines elevate this EP above other EPs of similar style in the net audio world. The amount of musical involvement and versatility demonstrated in this work is a pleasure to be subjected to, and with production skills to match, I can see this EP going a long way.
Sam A La Bamalot – Delta Waves: