Friday, September 15, 2023

amek068 Valance Drakes "Hate Devours Its Host" LP

In the year of our 15th anniversary, we've been extremely picky with the records we want to put out so we are delighted to be announcing the release of "Hate Devours Its Host", a brand new full-length by Valance Drakes and his third one for Amek. This is undoubtedly the enigmatic and shadowy producer's most ambient-leaning work and we are proud to be sharing this with the world on limited vinyl & digital. Thanks to everyone who's been involved in this project.

Pre-order at Bandcamp.

Four years lay between An Angel In Alliance With Falsehood and Hate Devours Its Host, Valance Drakes’s brand new full-length for Amek Collective. This deeply personal record sets the producer on yet another path of narrative-driven musical alchemy. Without a doubt, Hate Devours Its Host is Valance Drakes’ most atmospheric work to date. Multilayered ambient soundscapes and spiraling melodic debris are used not as a backdrop but as the backbone of the record. The producer's signature intricate rhythmic structures, subterranean basslines, and hypnotizing sample manipulation are entangled in this drifting sonic environment. All these elements become an inseparable and emotionally intense whole.

We watched this album grow and unfold. As with all things Valance Drakes, the music in Hate Devours Its Host seems that it can be experienced in a breath but truly grasping everything that lies within requires patience and attention to detail. All elements in Hate Devours Its Host are carefully considered, meticulously organized, and purposeful. This full-length is another showcase not just of Drakes' sound design and compositional craftsmanship but an honest representation of life as beautiful or punishing as it can get.

Produced by Valance Drakes
Mastered by Marius Costache
Artwork by Nikola Kostov

Sunday, September 3, 2023

a-m_e|k p_103 Passepartout Duo (IT), Musical Statues, Dayin at Koncept Space - 01.10.2023

For the 14th event of our Sunday concert series шумна неделя, we return to Koncept Space with the Italian electroacoustic and experimental music project Passepartout Duo and local support by Musical Statues and Dayin. See you there!


Sunday, July 23, 2023

Angel Simitchiev & Lucia Udvardyova at ReBonkers, Varna (gallery)

Angel Simitchiev & Lucia Udvardyova

Amek x Easterndaze
Listening Biennial 2023 
21/07/23 ReBonkers, Varna 
Photos by Silvana Ilieva

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

a-m_e|k p_102 Amek x Easterndaze: Angel & Lucia live at ReBonkers, Varna

It's been ages since we put together a show outside of Sofia so here's one happening in Varna on July 21st. We're gathering forces with Easterndaze to make a Bulgarian seaside edition of this year's The Listening Biennial. Read more about them here and see you in Varna. It's a free donation gig.


Monday, May 1, 2023

a-m_e|k p_101 Tim Holehouse (UK) & Maxim Mokdad at Fabrika Avtonomia on May 14

It's been a while since we've seen Tim Holehouse in Sofia and on May 14 this is changing. Catch you at Fabrika Avtonomia for an evening of nomad blues, lo-fi pop and fun times. 

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Sunday, April 23, 2023

a-m_e|k p_100 Sofia Дrone Day w/ V0LAND, Vestimir Markov & DWAAL

On May 27 Sofia will be celebrating International Drone Day for the seventh time. Expect live sets by Bulgarian acts V0LAND, Vestimir Markov & DWAAL. It's a free donation event so no excuses! 

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Monday, April 17, 2023

Vague Voices, Trace Amount, The Soft Moon at Mixtape 5, Sofia (gallery)

Vague Voices

Trace Amount

The Soft Moon

05/04/23 Mixtape 5, A-Side, Sofia 
Organized by Indioteque & Alarma Punk Jazz

Friday, April 7, 2023

a-m_e|k p_99 Stéphane Clor & Komoru at Fabrika Avtonomia on May 3, 20:00

On May 3 we're welcoming avantgarde cellist Stéphane Clor in Sofia for a show at beloved Fabrika Avtonomia. He'll be sharing the space with the local improv duo Komoru. It's a free donation event.
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Friday, March 17, 2023

a-m_e|k p_98 Sara Persico (IT), Yoana Robova, Evitceles and Blessed by Saturn at Koncept Space - 04/22/23

Another special event is coming up on April 22, part of the year-long celebrations of the 15th Amek Collective anniversary. Advance tickets are available here.  

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023