We don’t know much about Showtwave Research Group. According to the press release, Based in Central Europe, Shortwave Research Group experiments with applying the heft of these physical structures to sound waves, weaving together influences ranging from minimalism, drone and cinematic scores to heavy drum and bass music.
He announced the release of his third full-length. Fabryka is out on May 8th via Social Proof. It was written over a two year space between London and Berlin. It was influenced heavily by time spent in dense cities while the 2017-19 political landscape seemly blurred the lines between reality and science fiction. “Coherence” is the latest single and it comes with the official video. Watch it below and check a short playlist which features ten songs which inspired his sound.
He explains: “It’s harder than I imagined to select just ten tracks to represent your influences! It was fun, though—and illuminating to focus on how different strands of music that I listen to have woven their way into what I produce…“
Young Echo – Bigger Heads. Sound systems and dub music have been an enormous influence on my own productions. In particular the Bristol scene has been consistently putting out some of the highest grade bass-oriented music of recent times—there’s an uncanniness and off-kilter feel to it that really appeals to me. “Bigger Heads” is a little more straightforward but is a great representation of the power of low end.
Ben Frost – Ich kann die Vergangenheit Ändern. I’m cheating slightly because I think this was only released as an actual record shortly after I was finishing Fabryka, but I was addicted to the show itself during the recording process. I listen to a large number of soundtracks nowadays—the form really appeals to me and I’d love to work on one myself one day. Ben Frost’s soundtrack work has been a perpetual source of inspiration to me, especially the Dark soundtrack, which so perfectly complements the atmosphere and story.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jesus Alone. I have a fascination with music that holds a kind of stasis, a focal point around which things can build and develop, but that’s also perpetually pinned to its core. Apart from Cave’s ability with imagery–something that’s important to me in my own music, even though it’s purely instrumental—“Jesus Alone” is a perfect example of the ebb and flow of tension around a fixed point.
The Haxan Cloak – The Mirror Reflecting, Part 2. This whole album is one of my all-time favourites. Hearing the unrelenting darkness that perpetuates “Excavation” was something that freed me to go and explore the same thing myself. This record taught me a lot about the use of space and emptiness in music.
Zamilska – Front.Zamilska’s sound design is exquisite and all of her productions are laced with a dark, violent atmosphere. Although a lot of Uncovered contains more techno-oriented tunes, a real highlight of the album for me is “Front”, whose more restrained side really allows Zamilska’s mastery of atmosphere and sonics to come to the front.
Lawrence English – Negative Drone. Lawrence English is another heavyweight in ambient, noise and drone circles and for good reason—his wealth of solo work, collaborations and the impact of his Room40 label can’t be underestimated. I love music that feels monolithic, like something huge and unfathomable, and Lawrence’s music definitely has that for me.
Syny – Hitykamienie. Syny are without a doubt the thing that I’ve listened to more than any other in the past few years. Both 1988 and Piernikowski are phenomenal producers in their own right with excellent solo albums, and I could probably have filled this list just with their tracks. “Hitykamienie” is one of my favourite Syny tracks, mostly due to that loose, lopsided feel of the beat.
Gaika – Blasphemer. Like Syny taking the hip-hop template and pushing it to new places by messing with its structure, Gaika does the same for dancehall—moving it from away from the communal space and into much more lonely, isolated territory.
Deftones – Digital Bath. A lot of the atmosphere I try to capture in my work is that feeling of wandering through deserted streets in the early hours of the morning, and Digital Bath captures that feeling so well—it’s cavernous, longing and mysterious. Much of Deftones’ work is like this to various extents, but here it’s laid bare.
Burial – Ghost Hardware. Speaking of that feeling, which artist could represent it more than Burial? So much has been written about him and this album in particular that it almost feels futile for me to add anything, but suffice to say had I not heard this record I don’t think my music would sound anything like it does now.