- JFrank & TopforTom



Oregon Vortex- INVICTUS

As we skip through genres and styles of electronic music this August brings Oregon Vortex with a very specific sub genre of Italic synthwave. Unlike other brands of the ongoing retrowave scene, that tend to give the glorious old a modern glow, INVICTUS feels like it is out of a timewarp; a limbo somewhere between a roguelike dungeon and the recesses of a Vatican library. Bitter riffs take us further into the occult practices of heretics with themes from games we could have played and movies we might have seen.


For some of our followers OTHER_FORMAT will be a new name but the eraliest contribution dates back to 2009, collaborating with XZICD under the probably more familiar name CUT_REPEAT. For our more die hard followers, this marks the end of a long wait. Plenty of o_F music has been briefly glimpsed in the outback of the interweb, to then disappear never to be heard again. Now all those rare long lost specimens will get their own Hardiskeology series. Being a gentleman of criteria, o_F's releases come across as concept albums or studies. Starting with OPERATOR, that comes across as a workout in FM synthesis, in a relentless set of 8. The cover design by o_F says everything about the approach without giving away the mood. Also featured is a remix of another modfreak we all know and love - XZICD, which didn't make it in time for BSL_051.

Nick R 61 - Bessonnizza

Insisting in our numerological intent at 61 we happen upon Nick R 61 with Bessonnizza. A lullaby to accompany those last moments awake to the gates of sleep and beyond.. But all dreams and nightmares come to an end when broken by the the morning. Music that watches you while you sleep - best listened to in a comfortable bed or a padded cell..

Nukua - EP.10

Since around 2009, every 8th release here on brainstorm has been a Nukua release. And rounding nicely off at cat. number 60 Nukua is back with his 5th solo release on BSL and 10th in total - hence EP.10. A slightly different flavour of unfamilar nostalgia from what one might expect.. Already the old photo on the cover, for those in the know, is a world away from the usual dark environments and clinically lit genetic mutations - the music on the other hand, though certainly lighter than usual, is not so far from the Nukua we knowand yet something is different, something has changed. And that change is described in EP.10 so subtly that it feels like nothing has changed at all.

IQbit - Hello Mahadev

Always a pleasure when our very own mystical nomad comes "home" - IQbit dropping another album of eclethnic beats with Hello Mahadev. For those familiar with IQbit from his early days as A-Cycle and period of extreme glitch with Sytrjv by way of his foley project FIELD ABUSE will know by now that he has traded in his glitched 'camels' for real camels and the journey he takes you on is as physical as it is cerebral. The VIDEO by Claudio Curciotti, released with this album, proves as much...


The nightmare corpse-city of Heracleion was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great XZICD and his hordes, hidden in blue lofi vaults.. you can watch the video by Claudio Curciotti for the track Quetzlacoatl in the video section or by clicking HERE

Orgatanatos - flΛwrex_Sc!nt

From AO-DD's impressions of the past we now go -eeer - back to the future! First timers here in the lab, duo Orgatanatos, hailing from Uzbekistan with flΛwrex_Sc!nt. A heavily conceptual album bordering on the maximal side of minimalism, and following in the vein of deliberately dehumanising sound. The idea of a bored AI resorting to producing electronic music to pass the time, however improbable, is something I'm sure many a producer can identifiy with - both in relation to boredom and in occasionally feeling artificial (possibly the result of prolonged proximity to machines). The result is 1:00:10 of intercepted communication - to you the interpretation..

Part of a twin release this album is the first of two (conceptually if not by release date!) Check out the second part by Orgatanatos on Russian label MNMN


Debut album for Swedish duo AO-DD. Haling from the textile town of Norrköping, which hosts a small but rich electronic scene, they bring us a very specific blend of electronic music. By their own definition an EP inspired by early hip hop and a local sub-genre called cut 'n' lotto. My listening of the album was more like a sonic history lesson. The music is atmospheric with cyclical rhythms and the undertones of locally recorded foley sounds - as well as the track names - take us through the charred bones of a once thriving harbour town at a faultering industrial pace. On many levels a clear aural interpretation of urban environment.

Sytrjv - Lateral Latency

After the mysterious disappearance of the ethereal entity known as Sytrjv in 2009, all that remained were a a couple of tracks on an abandoned myspace page and a few remixes for the likes of Iqbit, Unterm Rad and Hecq. But a recent discovery at a hardiskeology site on the outskirts of Rome has unearthed a vast array of out of place artifacts from as early as 2003. The artifacts will be organised and progressively released here on brainstormlab. Since their discovery, some of the specimens have shown signs of life, which, if the allignment is right, may harbour a return of the obscure occurrence... Be prepared..

Bunai Carus - Veil EP

And here it is. French duo Bunai Carus are on the rise since their formation in early 2013 and we are happy they made a pitstop in our edge of the universe.Veil merges clean cuts on soaring pads to great visual effect. Ranging from abstract sound design to syncopated glitch, this album plays as a single story line to be heard from start to finish, for the whole cinematic experience.

In the video section is the music video for the track "LUCID" taken from the upcoming EP by French duo Bunai Carus - The video is courtesy of Nicolas Millot and Caroline Collinot.

Bunai Carus - LUCID Video

XZICD with another unspeakably named hit to keep you fit with a live take workout in the player.

Upcoming KAIJU #5 on the 8th of March. The KAIJU team bring their formula to the Muzak club in Rome with live sets by PIERLO, INICOLABUG and JFRANK as well as DJ SETS by eclectic selector MALACARNE and vinyl junkie ORREE - who's pre party mix you can get HERE. The party is linked to the first release of the KAIJU vs format and they will be selling tapes for 3.50 at the party - Listen to K001 HERE

IQBit / Mahmoud Refat / Maurice Louca - CAIRO JAM

From the Archives IQbit sends us a live recording from his travels. An electro acoustic jam session recorded on the 8th of April 2011 with 2 prominent members of Egyptian underground electronica - Mahmoud Refat and Maurice Louca - Founder and releasing artist respectively on the label 100COPIES MUSIC


A new name to our mutable face here on brainstormlab - and long over due for that matter. MITOMA's first contribution to community is no less than a 12 track LP. Coming from that realm of electronic music where fronts collide as warm and melodic sheets melt over robotic splicing appendages, all to the sound of pulsing progressive rhythms *breathe*. Cover art by Theresa Silver shows the frozen landscape in wave capturing tectonics. Being an LP there is more space for construction and narrative confirming that album needs to be seen as well as heard.

Nukua_ Compressed

No longer a coincidence and punctual as ever, Nukua returns every 8 releases. The sacrifice in this ritual is a collection of 7 clinically cut, cautionary tales for all ages and persuasions. Preferably absorbed in a peaceful environment and feel the closeness..

XZICD _ Denocleosis Reutomaghafth Remix Album

Once upon a time, portuguese afro-donning movie nerd XZICD makes 4 track EP and giant derivative remix pack. Sends to 11 friends without original track reference and entices liberal use of samples. And so the camel got his Denocleosis Reutomaghafth. The end.

RALP _ 0812

From the recesses of some chunky hard drive on a shelf between a stack of gameboys and a broken monitor, comes Ralp's retrospective _ a Ralprospective! All pieces created from 2008-2012 this marvel of self-historification contains 14 tracks in what can only be described as the voice of machines. Ralp is a true synthesis purist and every sound is meticulously produced from scratch... and they are legion! This collection is emblematic of Ralp's style and will be marked with a limited edition hardcase CD - ORDER NOW @ WWW.RALP.ORG or

COMING SOON Rule 03 compilation + more from IQBIT, o_F, XZICD as well as unreleased SYTRJV tracks from the Archives...

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Oregon Vortex

Free Download.Italian Occult Synthwave with Oregon Vortex - INVICTUS EP.

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Free Download. /o_F/ for the Hardiskeology sries with an all FM oriented EP from the archives

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Nick R 61

Free Download. Nick R 61 for music that watches you while you sleep...

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Free Download. Nukua returns with a slightly different flavour of unfamiliar nostalgia

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Hello Mahadev

Free Download. IQbit returns with more sonic tales of nomadic spirituality

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Free Download. XZICD from the depths with his new album - ROTODYNE

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Free Download. Crisp sounds and thrashing cuts by Uzbek duo Orgatanatos

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EP 1

Free Download. Debut for Norrköping duo on brainstormlab introduce their special brand of Cut n Lotto

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Lateral Latency

Free Download. Unearthed artifacts from the ethereal entity that is Sytrjv.

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Bunai Carus
Veil EP

Free Download. Rising stars Bunai Carus take us on an astral trip with Veil EP. Check the Lucid video on the right..

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IQbit / Mahmoud Refat / Maurice Louca
Cairo Jam

Free Download. From the Archives electro acoustic jam session recorded live by IQbit with Mahmoud Refat and Maurice Louca of 100COPIES MUSIC.

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Free Download. MITOMA's first release on brainstormlab with mythical 12 track LP.

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Free Download. Nukua returns by 1/8ths with new EP C___O___M____P___R___E__S____S_____E_____D

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Denocleosis Reutomaghafth Remix Album

Free Download. XZICD EP with 11 mashed up remixes by JFrank, Dubit, Ralp, Amyloid, Maesia, Randomform, Vicetto,Nukua, Enabl.ed, Huron and Somaticae.

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Free Download. Premute project on glacial abductions in Alaska.

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Set Controls
Warm Front Monuments

Free Download A new metereological phenomenon by Set Controls.

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Free Download mp3 / 50 copies limited edition CD - to order contact: /

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Groove Quotient.

Free Download. Classically trained composer rachMiel electronically decomposes himself > Groove Quotient.

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Dino Felipe

Free Download. From the Archives Dino Felipe's last 'electronic' outing dated 2007-2008.

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Vapr Core EP

Free Download. Randomform debut on Brainstorm with Vapr Core EP..

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RULE 02_compilation - software included

Free Download.Various Artists showcase Datadada Download includes Win/Mac/Linux binaries and source code > January 2011 > BSL_034

No, Seriously Nukua- December 2011_BSL 044

Sound.Paper 2 Enabl.ed- November 2011_BSL 043

jStenBibiÔgta_gitgitcht'nde-Blsák XZICD-October 2011_BSL 042

Sundial Set Controls- September 2011_BSL 041

Nexbiome Digital Dubplate Plaster VVAA- August 2011_BSL 040

Inconsistency JFrank- July 2011_BSL 039

Musik Baucher Noten Dino Felipe - Fm control- June 2011_BSL 038

Clar EP Somaticae- May 2011_BSL 037

Phorme Nukua- March 2011_BSL 036

Confussion Nerv'OZ- February 2011_BSL 035

Pur Beurre Iqbit- November 2010_BSL 033

1001 EP Rec_Overflow - October 2010_BSL 032

mLeeCyru_JellBeiTrrrCtntinu XZICD- 2009_BSL 031

walk the static snow Jfrank- 2009_BSLive090310

Point Paradis Essa.M- 2009_BSL 030

Sound.Paper Enabl.ed- 2009_BSL 029

Live - Fur EP Somaticae- April 2009_BSLive170310

Csoscoma Nukua- February 2009_BSL 028

B_n EP Plaster- January 2010_BSL 027

RULE 01 COMPILATION Various Artists- December 2009_BSL 026

Urntseinnde Edbripmxpeers XZICD - October 2009_BSL 025

The 3 Necks And Sea EP Dubit - August 2009_BSL 024

Megamorph Iqbit - 2009_BSL 023

Adiscipling Vehicula Sytrjv - April 2009_BSL 022

Objects FMcontrol - 2009_BSL 021

-com Somaticae - 2008_BSL 020

Live @ Tuscania 2004 Iqbit & Sytrjv - 2008_BSLive 241003

Buclo EP Ralp - 2008_BSL 019

Un1q Deconstruction Dubplate Various Artists - 2008_BSL 018

7 Acid Sundaes Jfrank - 2008_BSL 017

L-ECTRO NO-EFFECTS Iqbit - 2008_BSL 016

Laptop Tans & Digital Cowboys Jfrank - 2007_buy on iTunes.

B-side Trash & Fairytale Electronica Jfrank - 2007_BSL 015

Just 10 more minutes... Jfrank,TLK - 2007_BSL 012

Bootleg_06 Jfrank - 2006_BSL 010.

Laptop Orgy 25 Live - 2005_BSLive 251005.

Saund Scraund TopforTom - 2005_BSL 009

Random Generation Jfrank, Curzio - 2005_BSLive 140405

Greenbottle Jfrank - 2004_BSL 007

Mixtape 01 Jfrank, Dabs - 2004_Live Jam Session

JFrank & TopforTom JFrank,TopforTom - 2003-BSL 006. NOT AVAILABLE

4b J, Bij, Gabe - 2003-BSL 005. NOT AVAILABLE

Crowd dynamics Judge - 2001-BSL 002. NOT AVAILABLE

001 Nick Damone - 2001-BSL 001. NOT AVAILABLE


Pandit 02.16
Video - Claudio Curciotti
Audio - IQBIT

Video - Claudio Curciotti
Audio - XZICD feat. IQBIT

Lucid 02.14
Video - Caro / Nico
Audio - Bunai Carus

Twinkling 2 11.13
Video - Syl Kougai
Audio - Syl Kougai

Isocore 02.12
Video - Isocore
Audio - Isocore

Puffy Nipples 11.11
Video -Diogo Gil
Audio - XZICD

Portable Couch Surf 06.11
A/V - Jfrank / Ralp / Mr sYn

Light Waves 02.11
A/V - Alterazioni Video

the sound of something eating itself 01.11
A/V - Jfrank

Rule 02 - Teaser 12.10
Video - Jfrank
Audio - Jfrank

Torus Looper 11.10
Video - Charlie V.
Audio - XZICD

Tolbiac's Tear 09.10
Video - Diogo Gil
XZICD with [//cut*repeat]

LOUD INDIA trailer 08.10
Video - Iqbit
Audio - Iqbit

Cupcake Gunfight 04.10
Video - Movax
Audio - Enabl.ed

Structure 02.10
Video - David Terranova
Audio - Plaster

Htznoi 02.10
Video/Audio - Me-Zee

Goniometrie 11.09
Video - Lasal
Audio - XZICD

Kristallographie 06.09
Video - Lasal
Audio - IQbit

Space-Age Cut 10.08
Video/Audio - Jfrank

BSL_5years 02.08
Video - Jfrank
Audio - IQbit

sINK 10.07
Video - Jfrank
Audio - Jfrank / IQbit

PTA126_151.07 04.07
Video - Quayola
Audio - Jfrank

Ennesima 11.06
Video/Audio - TopforTom

Life on The Rerun 06.06
Video/Audio - Jfrank

Death Surprise 04.06
Video - EMFK
Audio - IQbit

Dentistry 01.06
Video - Jfrank
Audio - Fm Control / Jfrank

Me n the devil - trailer 08.05
Video/Audio - Jfrank

Live@Il Locale 04.05
Video - TopforTom
Audio - Jfrank/Curzio live

Greenbottle 09.04
Video/Audio - Jfrank

Damone shaver 07.04
Video - TopforTom
Audio - Jfrank & TopforTom