Percussion Loops (2021 Repress)




Mads Emil Nielsen: Percussion Loops

Four pieces based on drum/cymbal + synthesizer recordings from Copenhagen-based musician Mads Emil Nielsen. Recorded in Berlin & Copenhagen, 2012 / 2015.

A2 Untitled was originally featured in Secret Thirteen Mix 056 "Percussion Bitter Sweet" - mix compiled + synth played by Andrew Pekler.

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arbitrary04 | December 2015
7" vinyl (45 rpm, red transparent) + DL
Edition of 300, inside-out sleeve

w + p and artwork by Mads Emil Nielsen

Mastered by Kassian Troyer. Cut at D&M, Berlin.


A1: Untitled Percussion Loop
A2: Untitled
B1: Distance
B2: Unfold


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2021 Repress

Available via:
Morr Music Distribution - info

ANOST (DE)
Bandcamp (arbitrary)
StaalplaatRumpsti Pumsti (DE)
SoundOhm (IT)
Underbelly (NL)


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"A nice set of unruly tracks that originate with percussion loops (from samples of recordings of solo percussion and also orchestral works), but achieve a strangeness and beauty all their own when manhandled by this Copenhagen based musician. If they're technically composed of beats, they are not built on a foundation of beat-as-beat so much as rest on beat-as-sound. Wrenched in a variety of unexpected directions, the percussion is about as dancy as a random shard from Han Bennink or Chris Corsano. Which suits me fine. Hard to not think these snippets wouldn't be great to use for soundtracks to antic animated films."

- The Wire Magazine (UK) issue 386, April 2016

Listed on Beatrice Dillon's Year-End Chart at Boomkat (UK), December 2016.
B2: Distance featured in the Late Junction Mixtape on BBC Radio 3, January 2017.

Track 02 and 04 included in Secret Thirteen Mix 195 by Jake Meginsky (US), September 2016.

Interview / article in SEISMOGRAF (DK), May 2016 - posted here.


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Special thanks to Andrew Pekler and Hanno Leichtmann.



January 2021