Monday, June 15, 2020

amek044 Mytrip "Keeper" LP


The new Mytrip full-length album “Keeper” is a work of progress and growth, of pushing oneself out of comfort zones while managing to stay true to a carefully nurtured and developed aesthetic. A continuation of the sound hinted at in “Filament” (Amek, 2016) and Angel Simitchiev’s recent work with other projects, “Keeper” is a more rhythmic and loop-based work that explores and juxtaposes a plethora of atmospheres and moods, thus resulting in a sonically and emotionally complex and mature piece of music that manages to communicate its author’s singular vision.

The backbone of “Keeper” was originally written for a live performance at the Bulgarian National Radio in October 2018. Self-recorded with the intention to be preserved as a live album, most of the music retains the original structure, feeling, and intensity of this first performance but was further explored and expanded during recording sessions and selected live shows throughout the next year. Some ideas were dismissed while others were expanded on. As a result, “Keeper” has become a record that is polished and meticulous, while sounding and feeling utterly real, raw, and immediate.




Written and recorded by Angel Simitchiev between 2018-2020 
Mixed and mastered by Marius Costache (Studio 148) 
Track 04 features textures, mix and mastering by Ivan Shopov 
Artwork photography by Silvana Ilieva 
Live photography by Ivaylo Totev




Friday, May 29, 2020

amex002 Amek Drone Ensemble "Op. 1" (CS)

"Оp. 1” was performed spontaneously during Sofia Drone Day on May 25, 2019, that took place in Fabrika Avtonomia. It's a lengthy improvisational piece of mostly drone music performed on hardware synthesizers, samplers, lap steel guitar and tape loops.


On this recording Amek Drone Ensemble is:

Linus Schrab (V I C I M)
Angel Simitchiev (Mytrip)
Margarit Aleksiev (OOHS!)
Ivan Shentov (krāllār)
Maxim Mokdad (OOHS!)

Not being able to celebrate Sofia Drone Day in 2020 we are now publishing this archival recording to celebrate one year since the 2019 edition. The release is a part of EXPERIENCE, our tape series of live recordings, captured during Amek Collective events.


Recorded live by Martin Lukanov
Mastered by George Anagnostopoulos
Live photography by Silvana Ilieva

amek042 Valerinne "A Ghost Year" (CS)

In "A Ghost Year" Romanian noise rock trio Valerinne are exploring the most distant and atmospheric corners of their music. This drifting and ambient-influenced EP feels is a spiritual companion to their monumental full-length "Desire" and it reveals Valerinne's search for inner rhythm, contemplation and an offers a new chapter in their already quite free-form take on instrumental music.

 Originally self-published as a digital-only release in March 2020, "A Ghost Year" is now given a second life on a limited run of cassette tapes. This version features two exclusive, previously unpublished tracks, which were written during the same sessions. These are the finishing touches in the fragile soundscapes of "A Ghost Year". Equally filled with uncertainty and hope, the EP is the perfect soundtrack for existing among the shambles of normality. Especially when played on loud volume and solitude.




Recorded in isolation between March and April 2020 in Bucharest, Romania.
Written and produced by Valerinne.
Artwork photography by Mircea Smarandache.
Design & layout by Alexandru Das.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

RIP young brother.

With heavy hearts we say goodbye to Stoyan Yovchev, whom you may know for his work as Omori. It's crushing and unfair to witness such a young, kind and talented soul's departure from the world. We feel powerless, hurt and angry because we couldn't prevent his untimely end. Our deepest love goes to his beautiful family. Together, and when the time comes, we'll do our best to preserve his music and pass it on to whoever is there to listen. Even if you didn't have the chance to know our brightest star, let his passing be a waking up call. Look around, reach out to those you hold dear. There are people who are not suited for a world that gets uglier every day, we need to be there for them.

Hours before this happened, Tony changed his account name to 'it doesn't matter anymore'. He was wrong, he will always matter and we'll never be forgotten. Rest in power, young brother.

Please, let his music in your life.



Sunday, March 1, 2020

*CANCELLED* V-Stók & Mytrip playing Bristol & Birmingham, March 19-20, 2020

Mytrip is cooking a new LP scheduled for April/May while V-Stók just released 'Aquatic Rituals' via Amek. What better reason for them to team up for two shows in the UK while it's still possible to low-key tour there. 


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

amek041 V-Stók "Aquatic Rituals" CS

'Aquatic Rituals' by V-Stók is an ambient album which explores the human connection to water bodies such as rivers, seas and ponds through sound metaphors in which melodic and rhythmic elements float through dense layers of aquatic noise, atmospheres and chaos. On one hand sybmolising an attempt for ecological coexistence with nature and on the other the human strife to build and look for meaning, harmony and symmetry through the organised chaos and immensity of nature.

Production-wise, 'Aquatic Rituals' employs a combination of methods and tools such as: hydrophone and field recordings (from various places in France, Italy, Bulgaria, Iceland, UK), analog and digital synthesis and electro-acoustic performance.




Written & produced by Valentin Doychinov. 
Photography by Jeremy Bishop. 
Artwork designed by bogomi.

Friday, February 14, 2020

amek040 Omori "Embryogensis" CS

Omori is the youngest artist in the Amek ranks and with 'Embryogenesis' he returns to us with a more mature, refined and deeper offering of his muti-dimensional experimental ambient work. The album unfolds within six abstract pieces, built from morphing pads and drones, vocal cuts, cold dub-influenced basslines and silenced percussion. It's carefully arranged, perfectly paced but still raw enough to feel real and dangerous.







All music written & performed by Stoyan Yovchev.
Artwork by Delyo Dobrev.

Monday, February 3, 2020

a-m_e|k p_83 OMORI (tape release) + XI-N & LATE

Omori returns to Amek with a new tape. Celebrating this with a release show at Fabrika Avtonomia. Special guests are XI-N & LATE



Thursday, January 30, 2020

Comfort Club #1 Zine

Comfort Club is an annual zine by Amek Collective. Its aim is to document our activities beyond the internet and social media. Done, in this case, through a collection of interviews we've conducted throughout 2019 with artists who performed during our events in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Get your copy from our Bandcamp store.

Issue #1 features:

 • Interviews with Altrimenti, CIA Debutante, Elvin Brandhi & Daniel Blumberg, Die! Goldstein, Linus Schrab, Niels Geybels

 • Collage works Georgi Ivanov, Niels Geybels, Nikola Kostov, Mild Kiriya

Pro-printed, black and white zine, 50 pages.
Limited to 100 copies.





Monday, January 6, 2020

a-m_e|k p_82 Amek meets Czaszka Records (PL/UK)

Starting 2020 with a very special event. Edinburgh-based tape label Czaszka Records are visiting Sofia. We're having sets on tape, huge distro, a zine launch and chilled out beginning of what we hope wil be another exciting and big year for the whole Amek crew.



Monday, December 16, 2019

amek039 VA - Vanishing Standards CS



Just announced, our last 2019 release. 'Vanishing Standards' is an effort to reach outside our creative circle and explore the music of fellow artists, who share a similar vision for contemporary electronic music. We invited people who've never before released for us but also asked our artists to leave their own comfort zones and collaborate. The result is a homogeneous mixture of genre-crossing music spanning over 15 tracks and 86 minutes of sound ranging from ambient dub, to experimental, abrasive drone and decaying post-club music.

Out December 20, 2019 on tape limited to 133 copies & digital via Bandcamp and selected distributors.



01. ate & Randomorb – Sequence_01 
02. Nocktern – Mind Over Heart 
03. Zhe Pechorin – Silently Gone 
04. Phlp. – Immobility 
05. Maxim Anokhin & Ivan Shopov – Angela 
06. Valance Drakes & Mytrip – Lies That Were Built And Observed 
07. Environments – Gradient 
08. Ergomope – Отблъсквам се II 
09. NIANDRAZ – The Wish Someone Made In The Dark 
10. Vague Voices – Damage Field 
11. Crosspolar & Mytrip – Eastern Squad Strike 
12. LATE – Unwavering 
13. Yuzu – Catcher 
14. V-Stók & Nicola Serra – Static Transmission 
15. krāllār – Recovery 






All music written & produced by its respective authors.
Additional mastering by Ivan Shopov (Etheraudio Studio).
Artwork by Nikola Kostov.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019

a-m_e|k p_81 Шумна неделя #10 с Die! Goldstein (DE)

Amek & Abandonment combine efforts for the 10th edition of our Sunday concert series. This November Berlin-based audio-visual artist Die! Goldstein will present his live cinema piece Dystopia Utopia in Sofia for the first time. 



Wednesday, November 6, 2019

"When A Forgotten Memory Returns" is taken from "An Angel In Alliance With Falsehood", a rare full-length by Valance Drakes and his return to Amek Collective.

Order on tape & digital via Bandcamp. Limited to 111 copies (half of which are gone).

Video by Svetlin Stoyanov (Iniakick).