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Friday, Mar 24 2017 | 07:55
Image: 1609018 Veteran Italian hardware lover Bochum Welt returns with ‘April’, due on !K7 as their first ever Record Store Day release in April 2017.

A1 Ghost
A2 Garden (NYC Mix)
A3 Crescent Heights
A4 Suddenly Spring
A5 Hills On Fire
A6 Gauloise Scented
A7 Marylebone
A8 Lauren Canyon
B3 Test Mode 2
B4 Family Computer Robot
B5 HC-012
B6 Interlude
B7 Flag (Take 2)
B8 Azure

Veteran Italian hardware lover Bochum Welt returns with ‘April’, due on !K7 as their first ever Record Store Day release in April 2017. ‘April’ is a broad 16 track exploration of ambient and downtempo that revisits and re-edits a selection of old works as well as offering up brand new music - and sees the first release on vinyl of all tracks compiled here.
Real name Gianluigi Di Costanzo, Bochum Welt has long been experimenting with his various machines, and as far back as 1994 was releasing on Aphex Twin’s influential Rephlex label. He went on to put out many EPs and three full lengths there, as well as linking with BMG and Sony Music Japan. He is an accomplished musical engineer, sound designer and master of electronic atmospheres, and in his time he has made it into The Wire’s Top 15 albums of the year, and has also worked with the legendary Thomas Dolby's California based Beatnik and Headspace Inc. Live, he has opened for Aphex Twin and Thomas Dolby, often the sketches on display in ‘April’ form the basis for Welt’s live show, having been transposed using various vintage pedals and sound manglers. All of these accomplishments are proven here across short but absorbing tracks which are all previously unreleased or newly reworked. A number of
the selected tracks here previously appeared on ‘R.O.B. ( Robot Operating Buddy)’ and on ‘Good Programs (To Be Coloured In Yellow)’, originally released on Rephlex in 2008 and 2013 respectively but never before on
vinyl. Among these, the likes of ‘Garden (NYC Mix)’ showcase a return to the originals with an inventive re-edit and re-invigoration. Additionally, ‘Ghost’ and ’Azure’ are brand new and previously unheard material from Bochum Welt - the former a beautiful daydream introduction to ‘April’, and the latter an equally atmospheric bookend to the release. Indeed, from crunchy beats overlaid with pixelated pads to blissfully organic and spring-like sound tracks via tender piano laced ambient numbers, the music on ‘April’ is never less than beautiful. It can be heavenly yet of this world, but also synthetic and computerised. Together, though, it makes for dynamic and standalone work that is utterly timeless. Expressive and personal throughout, this album is about sound research and melodic sensibility and is as technically awe inspiring as it is purely enjoyable.
‘April’ sees its release on clear blue vinyl on Record Store Day worldwide (22nd April 2017) through !K7

• Exclusive Record Store Day release
• Available for the first time on LP
• Clear blue vinyl
• Includes download card Available from 22.04.2017
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