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Great to see a glowing review of Verses Records and Romeda Records present VR on the YeahIknowitsucks blog. Copied in below. The review can be found online here.

Title: Verses Records & Romeda Records present: VR
Keywords: experimental world ambient electronic violin Washington
Labels: Verses Records & Romeda Records

A good listenable compilation that is smart from start to finish is a rare breed, sometimes they are simply too jumpy (jumping all over the place) or too immersive to be fully playable. But this twelve track feast delivered by Romeda records and Verses Records is one of those that is of the enjoyable kind that seems to highlight both label’s compatibility. It’s hard to hear whose artists are on which label’s artist roster, as their togetherness in style is pretty much as if they are twins. It is the material for a real nice listen, safe and sane, fancy, rhythmic or chilling out, tripping or relaxing while dancing.. it features it all, but goes so well into each other that it simply feels like all these artists are one big family.

I’m aware that my report of this compilation is one full of praise, lacks critical criticism or negative opinions; which might be a bit boring too read: so please, do listen to the compilation instead.. or if you really need to read all the feathers being stuck in these artist’s behinds: feel free to read along:

Owlbinos of northfield open up this compilation with enough stable warmth to provoke a listener into some kind of unconscious state of sound appreciation. One in which a single tone seems to hang around forever, while a rhythm seductively lays underneath for the ultimate bringer of audio pleasure. Less abstract is the appearance of DMLLL who brings a classy musical piece named ‘the strangeness of love’ ,it feels like it is made for a French art house cinema movie, with its violinistic skills that are so full of story telling emotions that you simply just want if to be attached to a cinematic piece of wonderful culture!

Dublock goes more for a electronic enduring trance, banging its four by four programmed beats with the sedating additives of techno movements that become funny in its acidic artifacts. It simply shouts: Get your glow sticks out and dance (while the cat is away!) with the naughty mice on the table! After that this compilation gives it’s time for more humbling material, but now brought by the two names Huda&Kamyar. It comes across as super-world-music, telling the tale of ancient history, traditional traditions and the never ending power of the always glowing sun. On paper (or printed here on a screen my descriptions probably don’t make a whole lot of sense, but trust me: hearing it makes the puzzle complete!

The collection of delicate yummy music tracks proceeds on a high making groove delivered by Glitchfield Plaines. It’s the rhythm and sound that is as hypnotic and fun as it could be, driving ravers, ex-ravers, techno maniacs and chilled out trip explorers together for a time of pure entrancement. It might be minimal, but it is pretty bringing the exact stuff that a good track needs to get the muscles going. Thanks to Pete Prescription’s Oscar Charlie Delta Blues the party vibe continues in uplifting happy ways. With a stable rhythm, upsweeping noise elements and a jolly guitar and swingy stable beat it is the one that celebrates extremities, making it a track that could be played (as a surprise!) in a deejay set of pure noise, at a party of friendly cowboys and cowgirls or somewhere in the future in which all lovers of sounds and styles simply had come together as one: it’s a real feast!

Starless by Tag Cloud seems to relish on minimal issues, delighting with a sound that is intriguing in its build up, slowly but surely entrancing in similar styles of when someone had laced the bottom of the tongue with some sensible drop of LSD. This track moves as if it is alive, freaking away while exploring in a kind way the sounds of modernity. It made me all bugged out when it had to disappear; my wish was for it to go on for at least one hour more… but sometimes less is more + we should all appreciate what we got & what we got over here is pretty damn good!

More musical and composed is the interesting piece as produced by the illustriously named mrscientificterms. It made me think of some kind of ‘doctor Who’ or perhaps the agents of ‘the X-files’ entangled in space, solving mysteries while a backdrop of synthesizer greatness, spiced up with the support of toned piano tones. It’s dramatic effects gets wiped away by the inclusion of the instant swinger as delivered by Dub Not Pop. It’s a warm groovy track, with delicious depth, focusing on the baselines, techno spiceness and most notable the in your face irresistible beat programming. It feels to me like the ideal music to hear when driving around in a car on sunny summerish days. Windows lowered and spreading the vibes among the high way!

James Wolf’s my cataract is simply beautiful, bringing out a silkiness that feels like it’s made by a alternative approach to the violin sound. It sound like it is made to complement beauty, perhaps a wonderful view of a land in which the grass looks impossibly green, the valleys incredible and inhabitants all good hearted saint like figurines. It speaks to the imagination, coloring my head with lots of colorful pretty images… what’s not to love? From tripping out in the beautiful soundscape views, you might want to kick back, relax and chill out for some special ‘me’ time. Luckily there is the Landscape Leisure Lodge by Kanal Dry. Providing a chilled out zone with a rhythm to relax and a minimal set of sleep inducing music. It’s a bit as if you had placed yourself in a massage chair, getting a massage by a groovy masseuse while the mind can drift away into the nothingness. But once ‘there’ the compilation doesn’t stop… it reveals the kind Valhalla sound of a music composition so kind and friendly that it felt as if it had successfully managed to combine the sound of being soft as a feather with the pulse of feeling reborn; being wiser, kinder and perhaps even younger at the same time. The Hunted Hare brings the best possible caring ending to this massive compilation of works that I cannot say anything negative about.. they are all so good! Perhaps that might be a boring read, but musically speaking it is a real treat!
https://versesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/verses-records-romeda-records-present-vr

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Midlands Metalheads reviewed a rare live D.N.P performance last week. Here’s what they had to say…..

 First up is Birmingham’s black ambient drone performer, D.N.P. (Dona Nobis Pacem) (7). He is an unassuming figure in the corner of this basement room; being set up with a assortment of electronic gadgetry from which he produces some hauntingly absorbing noise. The D.N.P. experience is reminiscent of being trapped in a wind tunnel with nothing but your own anxiety for company… in a good way, if you can imagine such a thing!

​Kind words indeed. Truly appreciated. To read the full review of the whole evening head to http://www.midlandsmetalheads.com/review-adam-probert-and-john-e-smoke-perform-the-battle-for-tomorrow-with-mutate-sandy-thomas-stanton-and-d-n-p-six-eight-kafe-birmingham-24-march-2017/

Thanks to Jon E Smoke for the offer of performing.

​Owlbinos of Northfield’s ‘My Spirit Animal is a Goth Teenager’ remix album in which D.N.P contributed 2 remixes is reviewed. Good too! https://andrulianblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/review-of-my-spirit-animal-is-a-goth-teenager-remixes-album-on-romeda-records/

​ Those throughly decent folk at ‘The Sunday Experience’ have reviewed the Phonic Entrails compilation in which D.N.P was recently involved. Some very kind words. 

The collection opens ominously with DNP. I think its safe to say its been a while since we had the pleasure, or should that be displeasure, of having groove from DNP morbidly sucking to its dark lair where once there was light, a brooding encounter, ‘pigeon park’ glowers with calculated menace issuing forth pulse waves of dread born drone.  

Read the full review at https://marklosingtoday.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/phonic-entrails/

Listen to Phonic Entrails

Raffaele Pezzela, curator of the Unexplained Sounds group had this to say about ‘237’.

New release on Petroglyph Music from D.N.P. I appreciated a lot this work, an exploration into abandoned industrial landscapes, where noise reduces itself almost to the silence. This is a great quality for a musician into the electronic area: reduce the sound almost to the silence, making that the simple sonic waves talk themselves, without adding too much. Fascinating and oppressive. Recommended!

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

Super chuffed to receive a glowing review of ‘Transmissions In Extremis’ by freelance writer and dark author Casey Douglass. Here it is ….

Transmissions In Extremis is a dark ambient album from Birmingham based Dona Nobis Pacem and came to my attention awhile ago after I reviewed Metadronus and Ager Sonus’ great album Shortwave. I was particularly impressed with that album’s use of transmission noises and signals and was put onto D.N.P’s Transmissions In Extremis for the same reason.

The ten tracks that make up Transmissions In Extremis do all indeed contain these same kinds of audio sources, but it is a credit to D.N.P that each track has its own feel and sound that doesn’t make the whole thing sound boring to the ear.

Some of the tracks, like the first, might feature a strong drone and little else for the first segment but then expand to include whooshing static and beeps that make you think of hulking machines and their operators. The beeps evoke images of deep space satellites bouncing their signals from the planetary bodies of far distant star systems, and at times make the listener ponder what eyes or equipment may be watching our own as it floats past their planet.

A particularly nice effect is the distorted vocalisations that emerge in more than a few of the tracks, some sounding a little demonic, as if travelling from a long way only to fall at the last hurdle when they hit whatever equipment recorded them. There are also instances of voices more audible, such as female voices in track 4 listing lots of numbers.

At least one track seemed to feature some kind of morse code in the body of the sound which, in the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit made me entertain the notion of learning morse code to see what the message might be. I also got lost in the fantasy of how cool it might be to know morse code. Not that it would change my life or anything, or help me pull women, although you never know. Anyway, moving on.

Transmissions In Extremis has a very dark feel to it, but I found most of the tracks to be quite relaxing to listen to. The mixture of transmission noises, human vocals and drones creates a real sense of listening in to distant communication, and takes the mind out into space on eerie flights of dark fantasy. Maybe it speaks to my love of codes, encryption and the transfer of information, or maybe it just tickles my dark sci-fi loving gland. Either way,Transmissions In Extremis is a great dark ambient album that I highly recommend for anyone that might have a taste for dark things and technology. For this reason, I give it 4.5/5.

Thanks Casey! This review can be found on Casey’s site at http://www.casey-douglass.com/2015/06/dark-music-review-transmissions-in.html

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

Andy Dodds in the Altered State Reflections Facebook group has provided the best comment about the new album so far. This made me smile…

‘Delectable, sounds like being alone in an underground Antarctic missile silo after everyone else has died. That’s a compliment!

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

Wow that was quick reviewing by Rafaelle Pezzella aka Ra Sonologyst in the Unexplained Sounds group. He made my day with this.. 

Sometimes musicians are so in love with their gears, expecially analogue ones, that the music is in the background, like an accessory. Looking at this post by Chris Downing, the man behind the project D.N.P. (already on board of UK experimental underground 015 survey – volume I), I was afraid of that. So I started this 45 minutes trip through voltage control oscillators, low frequency oscillators and voltage control frequency stratifications. Well, instead of being a simple and no sense noise succession, the sound is like a solid organism in motion, with an internal musical attitude. Obviously it’s recommended to listeners with a deep taste for electronic, or better electrified, stuff. They will taste the exquisite flavor of circuits in musical action.Unexplained Sounds at all. ***1/2

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace

Thanks to Sonologyst for reviewing ‘The Nikolayev Effect’ in the ‘Unexplained Sounds’ Facebook group

Minimal ambient noise track made in collaboration between D.N.P. and David Duell. Music fits very well, not just for spoken words, the atmospheres we could expect from a movie soundtrack, based on the controversial hypothetic russian experiment, known as The Nikolayev effect. Here’s a link to know something about this experiment. Very cinematic and enigmatic. Unexplained Sounds ! ***1/2

Thanks to fellow artist Ra Sonologyst who keyed a short review of the ‘Transmissions In Extremis’ album preview in the Unexplained Sounds Facebook group. He wrote ‘I like a lot this dark release from Birmingham. Based on a series of samples coming from short wave transmissions, it’s the kind of research I prefer, cause it’s similar to sculpting process. And in this case the sculptor makes a very good job. Recommended. ***1/2’
Thanks very much Ra Sonologyst!

D.N.P…Dona Nobis Pacem…Grant us peace