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October 16, 2017

isolatedmix 73 – Astral Industries



Since 2014, UK-based label, Astral Industries have been responsible for some of the most enlightening and entertaining releases of recent years. Their output has helped otherwise forgotten or out of print music see the light of day, provided new takes on previous classics, whilst also pushing forward new music by some of the most well-respected artists within the ambient genre. 

Debuting with a release by dub-techno legend DeepChord in 2014, Astral Industries went on to release Wolfgang Voigt’s live project, Rückverzauberung Live In London in 2015.  In 2016 they followed with a 1985 recording from disbanded dutch collective Chi – a timeless and undoubtedly classic record, whilst in the same year pitching Wolfgang and Deepchord together for the very first time, with reinterpretations of Peter Michael Hamel’s classic, Colors of Time. By then, and combined with the continually brilliant artwork of Theo Ellsworth, we knew that Astral Industries was a label with staying-power, and a growing catalog of releases worth collecting – be it just for the framed artwork, or moreover, the complete music package. 

In 2017, we’ve seen an LP by Heavenly Music Corporation, aka Kim Cascone (likely encouraged by the recent re-release of his own label Silent Records), a third LP by The Chi Factory, and then just last month a beautiful album by Waveform Transmission (Rod Modell of DeepChord and Chris Troy), with a sublime follow-up album, a massive 20 years after their first. 

The man behind the Astral Industries machine, Ario is a proven expert at plucking obscure gems from the past, or ensuring that good music gets the platform and artistic presentation it deserves. In just a few years, Ario has curated a highly respected and anticipated label roster that demands attention, and has yet to disappoint. The music is always gentle, deep and often extremely vivid, be it deeply hypnotic ambient, or gentle murmurs of dub-techno. 

With curatorial talents like this, we’re overjoyed to host an exclusive 2hr+ mix of Ario digging into his record collection, and interlocking a few select exclusive Astral Industries bits in-between. It’s one hell-of-a hypnotic journey and just like the Astral Industries releases, deserved of your full undivided, escapist attention.


No track list on this one, due to the many unreleased pieces included in the mix. 
Artwork image by label artist Theo Ellsworth

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Locked In: An Interview with Electronic Producer Lee Gamble (Feature)

“I like the alchemy of the whole thing. You have nothing and you build something and keep working and it feels like yours.”

Bjork details her experience of sexual harassment by ‘Danish director’

In the wake of the allegations of sexual misconduct against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, Björk has detailed her own experiences of harassment in the film industry.

Taking to Facebook, Björk wrote: “I am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience with a Danish director.”

Though she didn’t name the director, Björk has only starred in one feature film – 2000’s Dancer In The Dark, which was directed by Lars von Trier. The pair famously clashed on set though the full details of the fall out have never been revealed.

She continued: “It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it.

“I became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it.”

The singer went on to say that whenever she turned down his advances, “He sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one. Because of my strength, my great team and because I had nothing to [lose] having no ambitions in the acting world, I walked away from it and recovered in a years time. I am worried though that other actresses working with the same man did not.”

She concluded her statement saying: “Let’s hope this statement supports the actresses and actors all over.

“Let’s stop this.

“There is a wave of change in the world”

Polish death metal band Decapitated issue statement after being formally charged with rape

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl gives his shoe to a fan on crutches

Dave Grohl’s move to rock’n’roll canonisation took another step forward to becoming a reality when the ‘The Best Of You’ hitmaker gave one of his shoes to a fan to aid her recovery from a foot injury.

Foo Fighters fan Sabryn (Twitter handle @SebrynSucks) was hobbling backstage on crutches with her friend Kaydee after the band’s gig in Washington DC, when she was told by Dave Grohl’s orthopaedic doctor that her foot injury wouldn’t recover if she didn’t put a shoe on her foot.

It was at this point that Grohl came in and gave her one of his shoes.

Speaking to Alt Press, Sabryn said: “Dave brought him [the doctor] out once he saw that I was on crutches, and that’s when his doctor mentioned that I was supposed to wear a shoe with my brace.

“I told him that my shoes didn’t fit over it because it’s pretty big and my shoes are kinda small. So Dave said, ‘You need one of my big high tops!’ and I laughed it off.”


tonight dave grohls orthopedic doctor told me if i didn’t put a shoe on my foot it wouldn’t get better. so dave gave me one of his shoes? pic.twitter.com/updeujumtx

— sabryn (@sabrynsucks) October 13, 2017

Proving that he was serious, Grohl went back to his dressing room and gave her the extra shoe he wore when his own leg was broken.

“I wore it for the rest of the night after Dave told me to put it on,” Sabryn continued. “It’s definitely one of the coolest things to ever happen, and probably the funniest.

“If you wanted to know what we did with the shoe, it’s sitting on Kaydee’s shelf in her room because we thought it would be a nice display piece.”

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters are set to return to the UK to play two massive stadium gigs in support of their new album, Concrete And Gold. They play the Manchester Etihad Stadium on June 19 and then the London Stadium on June 22 and 23. Tickets are on sale this Friday (October 20) and you can get yours here.

Liam Gallagher celebrates As You Were album chart domination with over 100,000 sales

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Adele honours George Michael with cover of ‘Fastlove’ on Freedom documentary

Adele has paid a moving tribute to the late George Michael in the form of a cover version his hit, ‘Fastlove’. The track will appear during the opening the opening credits of the George Michael documentary, Freedom, which will be aired on Channel 4 tonight (October 16).

The documentary, which George Michael was working on when he died last year, features contributions from Coldplay’s Chris Martin and supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

The Sun reports that ‘Someone Like You’ hitmaker Adele decided to contribute to the documentary at the last minute and entered a studio late in the production process to record her version of ‘Fastlove’. She’d previously sung her version of the song at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony.

“Adele did not feature until a very late stage,” a source told the paper. “But George’s best friend David Austin, who was making the film with him, asked her if she would be involved and she said yes straight away.

“She was a massive fan and wanted to make sure her tribute was perfect. The result was incredible and will be aired during the opening credits.”

It’s been mooted that the track may well be released as a single.

The documentary features a contribution from Kate Moss who took cameras into George Michael’s Highgate home in north London. This is the first time that cameras have been allowed into the singer’s home.

An insider told the newspaper: ”Kate and George were friends for years and knew each other really well. They lived just a few seconds walk away and Kate would hang out with him. She slipped into the house through the back door with the crew to avoid causing a scene as there are still fans who go there to pay tribute. Everything was kept very hushed.

“Filming at his home will give fans an insight like never before. Many of them have never been able to go through the keyhole to see where he actually spent his time.”