Mainstream-Media, pushers from the shadows in the service of terror

Media in the service of terror is the latest release from Dominick Fernow under alias Vatican Shadow. Its a progressive, emotive techno album which takes on classic beats, pushing them to their limit with racing tempos and excitable synths. It feels though it builds on a narrative, telling the story of the modern day status quo, highlighting the issues with powerful vibrations. It is hard to overlook the political connotations and I feel they really add to the power of this record.

Starting off with Ziad Jarrah studied mathematics, a slow paced atmospheric track with thunderous crashes echoing around. A reverby organ plays in the background painting the scene of a lone figure deep in study of mathematics somewhere in the fringes of society.

More of the same  features pumping drums supplemented with lo-fi distorted claps and a teasingly simple synth which keeps you peering over the edge looking for more. This is such a powerful track for me, and potentially techno track of the year, check it out below:

Take vows is a boomy slow paced thumper which literally sounds like the thudding heart beat of a, to be initiated, assailant echoing around an airy space. Gradually building energy with more drums and a harsh acid synth to a subtle euphoria coming in the last minute, as though the vows have just been said and endorphins are flowing. Unfortunately the flow is completely broken in the album with a harsh finish an contrasting following track.

Where there is money there is unforgiveness features some floaty synths, and noisy mechanical high pitched drums with very little low end and lots of distortion. It is short an feels more like a skit then a track, for me serving only to break the momentum.

Interrogation mosaic pierces the silence with deep, reverberating synths leaving you in a constant state of flux and anticipation, but again lets it down loosely, Really playing on the constant perpetual fear the media push, with little or no end product. Following this are remixes of take vows and more of the same.

Media in the service of terror is an atmospheric techno record with deep feelings and emotion, leaving the listener in a disorientated state of mind. It is definitely physiological and gets in your head, a skill full homage to both the media and terrorism which operate in a similar headspace.

Check out the full album on Spotify

Media In The Service Of Terror
Album by Dominick Fernow

Have you come from Farr?

Nestled away in Bygrave woodlands just north of London a few miles off the North Circular, Farr Festival manages to create a unique sense of isolation in which you can leave your worries behind and immerse yourself in the woodland vibes. This year was no exception with an expertly curated selection of music, across nine stages featuring the likes of John Talabot, Paranoid London, Move D, Dorisburg, Project Pablo, Denis Sulta, Helena Hauff and of corse the long awaited 6hr B2B2B with Ben UFO, Joy Orbison and Midland.

The festival offered both camping and day ticket options, capping at around 4,500 revellers; it never felt too crowded or busy. Even at peak times you could generally find space to get loose. All of the stages had their own unique charm, scattered throughout the woodlands you could really loose yourself in the mix; I constantly found myself finding little hidden cotches and areas I’d missed before. The campsite was a short way down the hill which provided both an impressive view on the walk back to the campsite, often to the backdrop of a beautiful sunrise, along with a walk up full of anticipation as the woods gradually came into view, the slogan “Back to the Woods” felt fitting indeed.

Group journey past the corn onwards to Farr, Bygrave Woods
cheeky
Flying Farr colours
Flying Farr colours

The Hidden Palace was as the name suggests, nestled deep into the heart of the woods and due to its more enclosed nature compared to other stages played host to a number of intimate standout sets. Funkineven was one hot on the lips of many after a funky lit acid electro set, eluding cool and charisma the crowd loved it when he stopped the music to get his smoke on, one of the many little touches by artists which really help to create a intimate atmosphere. A highlight for me was Tesselate Soundsystem dropping Oh Jabba by O B Ignitt, one of my all time favourites such a treat to finally hear it out. Giles Peterson was another highlight from this stage, a real crowd pleasure. Unfortunately I didn’t get to check out the extended set by A Love from outer space who hosted the stage, but I’m sure that was nothing short of intergalactic.

Farr Festival 2016 - Hidden Palace Stage
“~…Rummaging through a dustbin left by the old tenants, and there she was starring right back into me~”
[Rhys Salt] 2016
Farr festival 2016, blessed at the Hidden Palace stage
Blessed at the Hidden Palace

The FARR sign proved both a perfect meeting spot and even better vantage point, looking out across the rolling fields of surrounding Hertfordshire; It was a real perfect hub for gathering friends and brewing spirit.

Revelers sit upon the Farr sign, looking out over the rolling hills
FARR

FARR sign rolling hills rhys oosh squat

Although this seemed too much for some people, when one of the most savage out breaks of “Get if for the gram” I’ve ever seen killed it so hard, Some people just fully lost their shit shouting crazy, no lie it was fucking ridiculous. I say people but it was really only one person, I’m just so shocked never have I ever met witnessed someone kill tha vibe so hard in my life it is difficult to portray just how astonished I was… see squalling clear 20 plus people out the way to “Get it for the gram” was simply bizzare, so much for peoples ponchos huh… shame because they did look legit.

Girl at Peoples Ponchos move revellers aside to "get it for the gram"
Power to the People…’s ponchos.
Peoples Ponchos @ Farr
Peoples Ponchos @ Farr
Peepin at the people through the peephole
Peepin at the people through the peephole

ensue party people

The Shack Stage at Farr Festival 2016, earlier in the day before the madness ensued
The Shack Stage earlier in the day before the madness ensued
Warm Up stage
Warm Up stage was great during the day, providing lush warm and deep grooves for the afternoon sun. Its a shame this stage didn’t stay on later to float the party people up to the sunrise with some magical melodies and

The Terrace was popping the majority of the Friday night as you would’ve guessed, although I managed to catch first two hours before dashing off to see Move D at the Shack.

Alex and friends @ The Shack for  Move D
Alex and friends @ The Shack for Move D

After an hour of the legend Move D, I had to move on to the late and great Dances Tunnels stage wile out with Dorisburg. Bumped into my buddy Steveo and the Warm Up head honcho Aidan; getting excited for them to host the Terrace stage on Saturday.

Steveo and AidanSteveo and Aidan (Warm Up)  happy times
Steveo and Aidan big love

Hunnee was simply perfect to close out the Friday at the shack, a beautiful selection of soulful music transition through disco, funk to techno and house, his mixing was impeccable, a joy to behold.

 

Come take a trip
Come take a trip
Have you seen the Yo Yo Man ? Farr Festival 2016
The Yo Yo Man, have you seen him?

 

Waves at the Hidden Palace
Waves at the Hidden Palace

Wavelord

The Ran$om Note went deep on the Saturday evening with Paranoid London playing live along with Helena Hauf and finished by OGs Optimo

Ran$om Note stage at Farr Festival 2016
Ran$om Note stage at Farr Festival 2016

 

Dancing @  Farr Festival 2016

 

 

Aj and Steveo @ Farr Festival 2016
Aj and Steveo

 

See you next time
See you next time

 

At the start of the festival I was surprised when my friend steveo described Farr as a boutique festival, but now thinking back I wouldn’t describe it as any other way. The taste is delicious  throughout, great music selection, festival setup, atmosphere were all on point, Only thing is that it didn’t go on longer! The 4am finishes and wrapping up on the Saturday night were a surprise, and a little bit of a shame.

 

Shoot film, stay broke.

Five years of Grey skateboard magazine video

It’s been a very bleak few years for skateboard print magazines, but luckily we have Grey – a real Phoenix from the ashes. In its small form size its super easy to grab from your local skate store an read on the go. Always packed with the interviews you wanna read an shots you need to see. Grey magazine have been a truly essential part of the UK scene for the past few years, an it shows with this brilliant retrospective

 

Here’s to another five more amazing years of Grey!!!

Cheers guys!!!