'The Initiation' was released by Lage Landen Lawaai on August 12th 2015 as Digital Download and two track Cassette limited to 23 hand numbered copies.
Label nr. LLL017
All music by CS²
Mastering: Mike Kramer
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CS² is one of the monikers used by Mike Kramer from Heerlen. Under this name he combines elements from the dark sounds from industrial acts such as Godflesh and Scorn with the ambient techno world from early Kompakt acts such as Gas and the typical Basic Channel sound.
The Initiation, released on the small DIY label Lage Landen Lawaai, presents in 20 minutes 2 tracks of pulsating beats with haunting soundscapes. It is not clear if you should just listen to it or start dancing.
I can imagine this on a rave in a completely dark space on extreme loud volume getting people to trip.
The Initiation was released on limited cassette and download. The cassette is sold-out, but you can still get the download here: cs2music.bandcamp.com/album/the-initiation
Be sure to check his other release Dark Dwellings as well. (author: Sietse van Erve)
In the southern Dutch city of Heerlen nobody is interested in finding the perfect pop song. Since the mines closed in the late seventies the city is left with all kinds of social and economical problems. During the cultural spring a couple of years ago it seems to have revived itself, but after the city cut backs on spending on culture Heerlen is back were it started. That’s okay. With one of the most interested street art scenes in The Netherlands, a healthy hip hop community and some of the most innovative dance producers (Raadsel, Luisterwaar, Kijk ene Ster, Subp Yoa) the city is an interesting place for underground culture.
Artist, curator and producer Mike Kramer was born in the vicinity of Heerlen, moved to Amsterdam but came back. As the curator of the electronic art and music festival (h)ear - experimental audio research he is one of the key-figures in the Heerlen underground. After making some excellent techno-tracks for a couple of commissioned assignments, Kramer started producing experimental ambient techno as Core Shift on CD and cassette. CS² is his new moniker, combining his love for the dark and overwhelming sound of Godflesh, Scorn and various Kevin Martin projects as well as the alienating ambient techno of GAS and Basic Channel. The three tracks on Dark Dwellings sound uncanny, rough and, on the other hand, introvert, distant and reassuring. Even though it is full of tension, slow and estranging like a repetitive ritual to exorcise demons, it still carries a glimpse of hope. (author: Theo Ploeg)
CS² is the noisy spin-off from Mike Kramer’s Techno|Ambient project Core Shift. CS² produces loud(er) beats with layered repetitive sounds slowly altering creating an intense character, live resulting in a more ‘ritualistic’ experience.
CS² can be pronounced as Core Shift square, or whatever you feel suites you.