more praise for code 17 abstraction from awkward movements magazine/record label

After a few days getting back to nature we were plunged in to a week of travel and a new level of hecticness reserved for the inner-circle of hell, hence the radio silence over the last seven days. Very pleased to be returning not only with new discoveries from Melbourne, but also to a few welcome deliveries of tapes and wax.

Had to get my hands on this record after Paul dropped a track on our NTS show a few weeks back. It's been some sort of perverse waiting game having not even listened to the previews of the remaining six tracks from the seven on the Code 17 Abstraction plate.

Released on Ana Ott, this is the first time we've come across Michael Valentine West, though it turns out he's got a slew of aliases and has been working behind a load of joints for time. Next steps will be hunting down the rest, because this guy's on to something, and we're possibly just scraping the surface on what he's done.

Every time we open the email we read press releases with fifteen or so genres and influences crammed in, discussing the melting pot of sounds stating it as 'breakthrough'. In reality, the best case scenario is generally a decent record in a genre we like. And while Ana Ott makes no such promised of Michael Valentine West, it would be oddly at home doing so.

Code 17 Abstraction changes direction as often as it strips down it's tracks and rebuilds them. This in-depth soundcrafting using templates from jazz and glitch to put you on an abstract journey with each cut. Across these templates experimental analogue electronics and field workings might drop in and out to set the scene and vibe of joyous franticness and new directions.

 Head to the Ana Ott bandcamp to order yourself a copy.

 20th November 2014 by Keith Pettinger [awkward movements.com]

sonic seducer magazine reviews code 17 abstraction

In the past, the composer and musician Michael Valentine West has entered the public under various names such as Twiggy And The K-meson, Suck Susan, Lower Third or Mikimo Sosumi. "Code 17 Abstraction" is the first release under his real name. West mixes electronica and glitch with influences from jazz and drum 'n' bass pieces. A similar musical setting is found in Squarepusher, unlike that West does not seek the abstruse grand gesture. West draws attention to the smallest details, such as mutually evolving, while canceling each other, Rhodes and drum sounds - at least on the first side of the album. For the second is almost completely dominated by "Betsy" - a monster between pulsating Industrial Bass, a freak out in the spirit of Sun Ra and flawless Funk. Rich in contrast and yet completely inherently consistent.

[sonic seducer.de]

code 17 abstraction by michael valentine west





a post-jazz glitch odyssey.
released 17 October 2014 on 12" vinyl.
All tracks decomposed by Michael Valentine West. Mastered by Pascal Gehrke. Published by Ana Ott.

Get it [here]

video: kim m directed by daria jelonek and julia schwarz

from the album code 17 abstraction by michael valentine west, released by Ana Ott Records.
video directed by Daria Jelonek and Julia Schwarz.

for more information, click [here]



mvw becomes part of the ana ott family

 all about it here:

Introducing Michael Valentine West from Ana Ott on Vimeo.

andrew dubber reviews pucker up by michael valentine west


You can locate some obvious elements of Prince, Jamie Lidell and therefore also Beck in the music of Birmingham-based producer Michael Valentine West – but it’s as if those elements had been through a complex journey involving a tour through glitch electronica, late 80s industrial music, Weather Report, Cameo and Rick James at their most camp, Brechtian theatre, Jazz Messengers, Nina Hagen, the mothership, and back to Aphex Twin’s house for a cuppa afterwards.

Released on French electronic music label Bedroom Research and [well worth a listen] if you like your music beautiful, intelligent and deeply twisted. And who doesn’t?

[andrewdubber.com]

igloo magazine review no head in the helmet by suck susan

"Sliced into fragments of minutes, Suck Susan manages to somehow elaborate on form and function, offering a maze of definitive, decomposed fractures that yield a smattering of processed vocals, samples, found sounds, bass and heavy beat workings..."full review [here]

sloucher.org review hiromi restaint by lower third

"O.K. I am back on Planet Earth after a visit to Planet Tatooine.
I stayed in the pirate city of Mos Eisley and during my stay I hung out in the Cantina there. The food was unusual, the clientele abrasive and the music adventurous. Some geezer gave me a recording of the house band to review!"

more [here]

igloo magazine review technique by twiggy and the k-mesons

"Tethered to loose wires dangling from analog machinery, Technique is an unusual listening experience. Broken synthesizers, knobs and sliders cascade their audio interruptions in the form of well-oiled love stories..."
more [here]


evol over no star

11 track album. Released on the 27th of February 2014 at 7pm GMT,
Deleted 27 hours later on the 28th of February at 10pm GMT.
Link was posted at 7pm
and deleted 27 hours later.