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posted: Jan 10, 2008 category: Positron! Records

Happy New Year from Positron! Records!

We've got big plans for 2008 and our first major change is that Positron! is going entirely digital. To begin our transition, all posiCDs are now on sale at shopPOSI. Most are priced around $8.00 and they will be on sale until they are sold out at which point they will be available as digital only.

For those of you that are not familiar with our digital downloads, they are extremely high-quality, DRM-free, and will play in any device or through any program that supports variable bit-rate MP3s. Furthermore, as we make this transition we will be also be adding the option to download uncompressed versions - we're still deciding on a file format, but it will likely be FLAC. When this occurs, the new download links will simply appear in your shopPOSI download locker, next to your mp3 links. There will be no extra cost to you to download the new format if you wish to do so.

Within the next month we will have two brand new releases for you under this new system: Atomica's "Grayscale" and Micronaut's "Callisto". Atomica is also working on some remixes for "Grayscale," so we will have some great new music for you very soon!

And for those of you mourning the demise of the posiCD, please understand that Positron! has _always_ put as much power into the hands of their artists as possible. All Positron! artists own their own masters and thus can do whatever they want. They can also profit from whatever they do. So what begins its life as a digital download at shopPOSI, may at some point in the future turn into a box set on the artist's website, or CDs on tour. And you'll know that buying it from them meant every dollar went into their pocket.

The object of the exercise here is not simply to cut costs, but to cater to the creativity of our artists rather than their output. We have always told our artists to make the records they want to make; under this new system, they will also be able to release them whenever they want to - which means more new music for you more often.

To take advantage of our sale, visit the CD section at shopPOSI. All on sale items are marked as such and as the CDs sell out they will be removed from that page.

This April, Positron! Records will be 10 years old. Thank you to each and every one of you who has been with us over the years. We appreciate your business and hope to bring you more new music than every before.

posted: Mar 12, 2007 category: posiNEWS

Bounte: One

After a mix-up at the pressing plant and a few shipping delays, we are very happy to announce that Bounte: One has arrived and is shipping! If you placed a pre-order for the CD, it is on it's way!

Bounte: One
One is the debut album from Chicago native Bounte. Combining a breakbeat and IDM backbone with strong melodic textures and melodies, One is an unique take on the current electronic music scene. From the spacious female vocals of "Going Nowhere" and "Glide" to the skittering instrumental programming of "del Frompson," One showcases Bounte's musical inventiveness, all the while maintaining a current sensibility. The production by Wade Alin (Atomica) adds a modern shine to the mix, and brings the music's ambient undercurrent in to the open.

Bounte: One is available as a CD and digital download. CD orders receive a free full album download at the time of purchase.

CD Price: $15.00
Digital Price: $9.00
Track Price: $.99

Chris Randall: The Devil His Due + Cheap Sensation

Also in stock and shipping is Chris Randall: The Devil His Due.

Chris Randall: The Devil His Due
The Devil His Due is the long-awaited solo album from Chris Randall, former frontman for Sister Machine Gun. A drastic sonic departure from the electro-industrial rock of his previous band, The Devil His Due pays homage to more traditional American music, while still maintaining the chaotic edginess that Randall is known for. Blues with a tinge of manic-depressive craziness is the order of the day, as Randall builds images of fictional people and events with stark clarity. The album is incredibly raw in sound, yet is full of subtlety that won't be readily apparent on the first listen.

Chris Randall: The Devil His Due is available as a CD and digital download. CD orders receive a free full album download at the time of purchase.

CD Price: $15.00
Digital Price: $10.00
Track Price: $.99

Also from Chris Randall

Chris Randall: Cheap Sensation
The Cheap Sensation EP is the digital-only companion to The Devil His Due. Three exclusive tracks, one cover, and three alternate takes comprise this EP of extras and out-takes. From the laid-back jazz groove of "City Streets" to the stomping rock of the title track, this EP gives an excellent insight in to the writing process, as these were all created before the final decision was made as to the direction The Devil His Due would take.


Digital Price: $6.00
Track Price: $.99

posted: Feb 2, 2007 category: posiNEWS

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

Chris Randall: The Devil His Due and Bounte: One are now available for pre-order! Each album is available as both a CD and digital download. CD pre-orders will receive a free full album download at the time of purchase, and the CD will be shipped to you when it arrives. Estimated shipping date is currently on or about February 27th, 2007.

Chris Randall: The Devil His Due
The long-awaited solo album from Chris Randall, former frontman for Sister Machine Gun, pays homage to more traditional American music, while still maintaining the chaotic edginess that Randall is known for.


CD Price: $15.00
Digital Price: $10.00
Track Price: $.99

Also from Chris Randall

Chris Randall: Cheap Sensation
Three exclusive tracks, one cover, and three alternate takes comprise this digital-only companion EP to The Devil His Due.


Digital Price: $6.00
Track Price: $.99

Bounte: One
One is the debut album from Chicago native Bounte. Combining a breakbeat and IDM backbone with strong melodic textures and melodies, One is an unique take on the current electronic music scene.


CD Price: $15.00
Digital Price: $9.00
Track Price: $.99

NOW ON SALE

Impossible Recording Machine: Axioms $12.00
Micronaut: Ganymede $12.00
Sister Machine Gun: Transient 5.2 $8.00
Sister Machine Gun: SMG 6.5 Record Release Show DVD $15.00

posted: Jan 15, 2007 category: Reviews

On The One And The Zero:

Secondary projects are always interesting. Normally they don't feel the necessity of living up to expectations -except for those that end up being more popular than the original artists- and can play with a wide range of possibilities. Fun, experimentation or simple curiosity can make artists compose songs in very different ways they would normally, and Scanalyzer is no exception. The band composed by Chris Randall (Sister Machine Gun) and Wade Alin (Christ Analogue) takes music to a different level for both of them. Full bodied and very melodic. That was the sound you first find in the liquid approach to drum'n'bass that Scanalyzer bring. The band uses a main theme line and presents modulations over it. Introduces breaks, cuts and stops, keeping the rhythm uniform and using only slight variations in velocity. They introduce some industrial sounds, crunching bases and dirty arrangements over cleaner and darker melodic lines. "Zwischenspiel Eine" is one of the first of four, and introduces the first distortions, composition freedom and industrial feeling to it. It hooks up directly with "Scan 7" where the long sharp notes penetrate through the highly danceable thick techno lines, while the broken beats and drums fly all around.

The main orientation of Scanalyzer's music doesn't seem to be the dance floor. The beats are fast, sometimes hectic, and grinding; but it is simply a consequence of the style they have chosen. Their compositions are far wider and aspire to much more that simple drum'n'bass / drum'n'noise dancing. Scanalyzer does not hesitate in creating a slower realm with many more possibilities, vertexes and transformations. It is also extremely interesting the way they have created the record as a whole. The order of the songs, and the introduction of the "Zwischenspiel" follows the main reason of displaying the record as a complete story-line that once you start listening to, you feel compelled to follow through intensively to its end.

"Hifishit" lowers the velocity and introduces the song into a mid-tempo full of changes, where, as a ghost a dark cinematographic melody is introduced for a moment and then torn away. Piano notes, voice samplers and background noise catch a brooding attitude for the closing of the song. Except the sound develops directly into "Monotreme" that keeps the atmospheric feeling to it, and takes it into a far more epic and grander place. The melodies that take possession of the composition, over the broken beats, various arrangements and noises are powerful and captivating, transforming the fifth cut of the record into a soundtrack of heroics and insurrection. "Zwischenspiel Zwei" is an end for the darker side of Scanalyzer and opens the door of a harsher place.

"Herstius" brings back the velocity and anger in the form of crunching beats, the spotlight on short melodic lines of bases and a remarkable amount of overlapping percussion. Followed by another "Zwischenspiel", this time its goal is to smoothly take the thicker techno synthesizer work into a lighter liquid world of "One Seventy Five". This song is very melodic, sort of naïf and, although it opens easily as an accessible composition, it soon shows its distorted side of noise and deconstruction. These two are perhaps some of the most predictable songs they offer, converting it into the one with most possibilities of belonging to the rhythmic industrial scene, and taking control of the alternative demanding dance floors.

"Screamer" introduces much more voice samplers than previous songs, defending the name it was given, and strongly underlining the broken beats that it is made with. "Additionally All That Work" has an ambitious catchy tune that is surrounded by creeks, noises, bleeps and frequencies. The song is built on repetition, growth and destruction of a very powerful nature. "Neutron Dub" is dirtier and much haughtier, with standing out beats and an actual vocal line passed through distortion. "Modsinth" keeps the speed and throws some clashes, noises and blows over uniform broken beats.

The last "Zwischenspiel Vier" is charged with samplers, but evolves into a song of its own. It seems to be in a way a bit more primitive than the preceding compositions, and appear sort of as a 'take' on a melody possibility that shuts down to give entrance to "Screenbitter", a strong, fast and danceable song that is full of energy. It is perhaps one of the most direct cuts of the record. On The One And The Zero is meant to be listened to as a whole. For sure one can find amazing individual songs, with great possibilities; but I recommend you take an hour of your quotidian life and use Scanalyzer as a soundtrack. Life will be much more savory, exciting and alert.


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On The One And The Zero @ shopPOSI

posted: Nov 21, 2006 category: posiNEWS

ATOMICA LIVE

Atomica will be performing at the Darkroom in Chicago on Thursday, Dec 7th with Corporate X and Firelight Rising.

Date: Thursday, Dec 7th
Doors: 9:00 PM
Venue: The Darkroom
Address: 2210 W Chicago between Damen and Western
Age: 21+
Price: $7

Atomica website
Atomica @ myspace
The Darkroom

ARTIST UPDATES

Our newest artist, Bounte, who contributed the song "Going Nowhere" to komposi003, has completed his debut album! A cross-boundary electronica producer from Chicago, Bounte blends slices of pop, IDM, hip-hop, rock, dance, jazz, and classical, into a hypnotic, yet energized, collaged groove. His album is produced by Wade Alin of Atomica.

Also, Chris Randall is nearly finished with his debut solo album, The Devil His Due. We will be launching a brand new posiNET site for Chris - details and address coming soon! Until then you can stream 2 tracks from the album on his myspace page.

We still have to finalize track listings and artwork for both albums, but hope to have them available at shopPOSI very soon!

Bounte website
Bounte @ myspace
Chris Randall @ myspace

posted: Oct 30, 2006 category: Reviews

komposi003:

287. You read that correctly. 287. That's how many compilations I currently have in my collection. Correction. 287 compilations of the neo classical + folk / ambient / experimental / power + extreme electronics variety. I've missed out the other 124 compilations of more rock, in all its forms, orientated releases and many other genres from this figure. But if you did add them all together you would get 411 releases in total. I'm so anal I've counted them so know it's true. Therefore when another one comes in for review I'm not exactly getting over excited about the prospect of hearing it. Just what I need. Or not as the case may be. Haven't made my mind up yet. Compilations are just such a mixed bag, the essential and the pure crap, that you never know what to expect from them. A reviewer's got to do what a reviewer's got to do.

Positron Records was founded by Chris Randall of Sister Machine Gun fame. Look up your Industrial music manual for information on that group. The label releases music that forges a bridge between electro noir and post Industrial music. On this release, the third under the komposi name, Mr Randall has compiled some fascinating acts that mixes jazz tinged influences with trip hop and dark electronica…with silky grooves that wouldn't be out of place on any dance floor. I must be mellowing with age because if you had played me this 10 years ago I would have told you to go fuck yourself. Not my scene man. Now though…well I'm older and wiser and willing to accept the odd bit of mellow influences into my life. The recording starts will an absolute thumping stonker of a track by Amish Rake Fight. All horns a blaring and cosmic bass lines which reminded me of Rip Rag and Panic crossed with A Certain Ratio. Surely it would be downhill from here after that ecstatic opener. Not so my friends. The quality keeps on a coming. Milkfish go for a glitch mid tempo piece of ambient light which is chilling in the extreme. Bounte go for a dance floor sizzler that reminded me of a more mature Dubstar…see I am hip in my own way. Micronaut's effort features more beats over some Eastern influenced electronics and vocal modulations.

It just keeps getting better. Mr Randall's own contribution sounds like a milder Foetus over stunning guitar & organ played in some smoke filled 40's joint of ill repute. S.Sturgis goes for a hippy trippy ambience which actually sounds better than it looks written down. Atomica hit base with a track reminiscent of a slowed down Sarah McLachlan, after she's been shagged stupid, sound-a-like over jazz and electronica flecks. By now I didn't want this release to end. Aizome have an acid casualty John Carpenter vibe with clinking beats. Scanalyzer go for jugular with a heavy, by comparison to previous tracks, Industrial electro funk chunk of horns and ecstatic beats. Graphic produce a melodic song infused tribal beat free form piece of music which is highly entertaining. Rounding off the release Sister Machine Gun have a techno inspired piece of modulating snazz wrapped up in warped beats and Cabaret Voltaire styled vocals circa "The Crackdown" era.

I've got to hand it to Mr Randall. He's cherry picked a bunch of fine artists and music for this release. One of the few compilations I've heard that didn't have one duff track on it. The fact that I, a connoisseur of darkest gloom and noise fests, actually thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience speaks volumes for the music to be found on here. One I'm not ashamed to say is now part of my collection. Number 412 in fact. If it can turn me onto this musical direction then I'm pretty damn sure it will do likewise for yourself. Me thinks I'll be checking out komposi 01 & 02 in the very near future if 03 is anything to go by.

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komposi003 @ shopPOSI

posted: Sep 22, 2006 category: posiNEWS

ATOMICA & BOUNTE LIVE

Atomica will be performing at the Darkroom in Chicago on Sunday, October 22! In addition, Bounte will be doing an exclusive DJ set including new tracks from Positron! artists Atomica, Bounte, Micronaut, and Chris Randall. Atomica will also be joined by DJ Michael Lacey and Salva Me.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 22
Doors: 8:00 PM
Venue: The Darkroom
Address: 2210 West Chicago between Damen and Western
Age: 21+
Price: $7

Atomica website
Bounte website
The Darkroom

ATOMICA: METROPOLITAN SALE

Metropolitan
Enter the code atomica at checkout at shopPOSI and get 20% off Metropolitan. Discount applies to both the CD and the Full Album Download. Discount code is good through October 31st.

posted: Sep 5, 2006 category: Positron! Records

Atomica & Bounte Live in Chicago

Atomica will be performing at the Darkroom in Chicago on Sunday, Oct 22. In addition, Bounte will be doing an exclusive DJ set including new tracks from Positron! artists Atomica, Bounte, Micronaut, and Chris Randall. Atomica will also be joined by DJ Michael Lacey and Salva Me.

Date: Sunday, Oct. 22
Doors: 8:00 PM
Venue: The Darkroom
Address: 2210 West Chicago between Damen and Western
Age: 21+
Price: $7

Atomica website
Metropolitan @ shopPOSI
Bounte website

posted: Aug 31, 2006 category: Reviews

komposi003:

Oh what fun I thought when this one kicked in. With a band named Amish Rake Fight, and a song called "Artist With a Thompson," and a high-brow jazz/drum 'n bass ensemble that blew my doors off with its speed and interesting brilliance, use of Orleans style horns and speed laced rhythm. komposi003 is the third various artists relase by Positron! Records. One of its claims to fame is the debut of "The Things You Do" by Graphic, side project of 16 Volt's Eric Powell. Positron! claims to release music by "eccentric artists." I like that ideal.

Milfish's "Shame" slows things down as it crawls in like a caterpillar dance, static laced and multi-legged. Next comes Bounte with "Going Nowhere." Circular in motion, very electro and uplifting with brilliant female vocals that hold you close so you don't leave – hence, I'm guessing, the track's name.

"Quartz Clock's" subdued style and step format is well done and seems to pulse with life. Created by Micronaut, aka Chris Randall of Sister Machine Gun. The first real vocal work other than the elusive lady from "Going Nowhere" appears in Chris Randall's "Be There Tonight," a loping jazz like tune with a shuffle step and a gritty guitar.

I found s.sturgis' "Euphondisson" (remixed by Chris Randall) a bit hum drum, but certainly not bad. Moving on to Atomica's "Airways" we are met by another woman who slowly walks along with us in the orchestra-like arrangements of the song. A very slow moving drumset keeps time with rising strings as we step. Aizome's "Terminal" gets a bit misty and can't hold my interest as well as some of the previous work. "Sink" by Sister Machine Gun closes the komposi003 compilation brilliantly.

Overall komposi003 is a fine release, with its strongest tracks mostly stacked in front. Amish Rake Fight, Milfish and Bounte wow me with style, panache and interesting arrangement. Sister Machine Gun slams closed komposi003 with the same energy Amish Rake Fight opened it with.

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komposi003 @ shopPOSI

posted: Aug 2, 2006 category: Reviews

komposi003:

An exciting collection of modern electro-noir, full of dark jazzy atmospheres and beats perfect for the electro night life.

After Sister Machine Gun left WaxTrax! Records in 1997, Chris Randall went on to form Positron! Records to be the new outlet for his jazz-inspired pseudo-industrial creations. In the last decade, the label has gone on to sign a number of artists, many of which known for their eclectic genre-bending sounds. Now, Positron! releases this third entry into their compilation series, komposi003, creating a veritable soundtrack for the modern industrial noir community. The music on komposi003 is jazzy and cinematic, throbbing with darkness and energy, and showcasing some of today's top talents with music that belies their more aggressive alter-egos.

Starting things off is the fevered bebop of "Artist With a Thompson," courtesy of Amish Rake Fight. As the project of former Machines of Loving Grace keyboardist Mike Fisher, this track just rocks with a killer bass line, hot-tempered drumbeats, and some searing horns for good measure. Imagine being chased down a neon-lit alleyway by federal agents in trench coats; this track would be the perfect soundtrack. The same could be said for Scanalyzer's "Culture Shock," with its energetic tempo and edgy bass lines, and those jazzy horns offset by a helping of noisy static synths. Chris Randall's solo track is reminiscent of his slower work in Sister Machine Gun, particularly Metropolis-era. With bombastic drumbeats and wailing guitars complemented by some lovely organ solos suitable for a smoke-filled nightclub at 2:00 a.m., the track comes across like a rocking out version of Barry Adamson. Other tracks take a slightly more off-kilter approach, like Milkfish's "Shame" with its chilled-out down-tempo ambience, and Randall's remix of s.sturgis' "euphondisson," which combines subtle glitches and fading pad progressions with an almost Brit-hop cadence. A softly feminine touch is also present in the slinky electroclash of Bounte's "Going Nowhere," and even more so with Atomica's Sarah McLachlan-esque "Airways," truly one of the best tracks on the CD. 16 Volt's Eric Powell also makes an appearance as Graphic, showing yet another side to his musical self with "The Things You Do," a track full of tribal drum loops and flowing vocal choruses reminiscent of his later work in 16 Volt. The CD closes out with Sister Machine Gun's "Sink," which could very well have been a leftover track from their last album, Influence. Driven by a straightforward dance beat, a tense bass loop, and Randall's trademark aggro vocals building up to a powerful climax, "Sink" ends komposi003 on a loud and satisfying note.

With komposi003, coldwave music fans are treated to a wonderful counterpoint to the harsh industrial rock of their heroes. No less forceful, yet far more atmospheric and musically varied, fans of 16 Volt, Machines of Loving Grace, and Sister Machine Gun will certainly find much to behold in these latest outings. This music presents the missing link between the gangster-ridden jazz nightclubs of the '40s and the clubs of today overridden with goth kids and rivetheads looking for something to satiate their aggression and belt out their rage. If you're looking for an exciting time in the post-modern nightlife, komposi003 is the CD for you.

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komposi003 @ shopPOSI

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