Switchboard Of Souls (SOS) is primarily led by Christopher Quintos, a Fresno, California-based musician who puts together darkwave and industrial tracks that smell like they come from a parallel universe in 1986. His music is modern and synth-driven, but the musical structures, melodies and sometimes even lyrics are throwbacks to a past age.
SOS is one of the QED artists we’ve never met in person, but who has contributed a massive amount of music to the archive: as of September 2009 he has 5 releases in the QED Records catalog. We caught up with him via email soon after the release of his 10-track album “Don’t Bother Me – Remixes” [qd-4257] to ask about his music and his process.
When Switchboard Of Souls sings: “Don’t bother me, just leave us alone, don’t you know that we’re all just as human,” he sounds the anthem of the alienated and the disenfranchised. It’s a simple enough tune, but the variations do bring new viewpoints to the plate.
The first two original 8-minute-plus tracks utilize a driving darkwave synth with guitars and vocals reminiscent of early New Order, but subsequent versions range from electro 808 State-like arrangements (Common Prayer Mix), to industrial stylings (BlenderMix), to sinister downtempo (Hands & Feet Mix), to 90s pop remix (InstrumentalMix), to new age piano (Sonata), to a combo of everything on the 2 reprises.
DETAILS: Total runtime: 47:10 | 10 MP3s encoded at 192 kbps, 44.1 kHz stereo.
Neon City is a 6-track drum-n-bass full-length album that never veers far from its core goal of providing a smooth series of jazz-influenced accompaniments to urban exploration. A little bit sparkling Tokyo, a smidge of vast California, and a whole lot of grimy Manila, the release becomes a unified whole, because it is cut from a single template of light, but driven, grooves. Evo Evolver’s signature sinister mood is abandoned for a different flavor of DNB.
FILE UNDER: drum&bass, jungle, downtempo DETAILS: Six MP3s at 192 kbps.44.1kHz stereo. | Total Running Time: 27:10. | Released: April 3, 2008.
From the city of Bacolod, Philippines, the ever-prolific and long-lasting industrial collective known only as FoodShelter&Clothing have released otherpeoplessongs, a remastering of tracks from a self-released 1997 cassette. These are lo-fidelity 80s cover versions of songs by The Police, Prefab Sprout, Big Audio Dynamite, Sandbox, David Bowie and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. The 5-track EP is an advanced online release of their upcoming remastered re-relesed full-length of the same title, on June 12, 2007, the tenth year anniversary of the original cassette release.
FILE UNDER: cover songs, lofi, electropop, new wave, synthpop, industrial DETAILS: Five MP3s at 192 kbps. 44.1kHz stereo | Total Running Time: 22:22 | Released: May 12, 2007 – Mothers Day DOWNLOAD: Entire EP as a single ZIP FILE (21.6 MB)– from Archive.org | Individual tracks after the jump
When food shelter and clothing decide they feel like sh** today, then they make sure you feel the same sentiment grinding deep into your bones. This single is one of their recent masterpieces of industrial rocktronica, singleminded in mood and delivery. Watch out for that dog!
First Degree have been around since 1997, performing their brand of industrial machine rock wielding guitars, keyboards, and fiery rap-rock vocals long before it became in vogue.This 2-song EP is a collection of new abrasive, industrial-grade songs which breaks the several-year-long hiatus that First Degree have enjoyed till recently. It’s back to their happy reality of music influenced by Ministry, KMFDM, Nine Inch Nails, and peppered with hip hop beats and guttural screams.
FILE UNDER: Industrial, rock, guitar, digital hardcore, digital punk, sounds like Ministry, KMFDFM, Nine Inch Nails DETAILS: 2 MP3s, encoded at: 160 and 192 kbps. 44.1kHz stereo | Released: Oct 30, 2004. DOWNLOAD: Get EP as a ZIP FILE (7.1 MB) -Archive.org | Individual tracks after the jump
Presenting the industrial-strength electronic instrumentals of Philippine beatmaster MIC FREAK in a 5-track EP filled with heavy distortion-laden guitar grooves and fatbellied crunchy loops. Head-bobbing funkiness for rock aficionados and dance lovers alike.
By day, Mic Freak is a music teacher at an educational institution in Arizona. By night, he designs music that cuts frogs into pieces and makes the innards dance with joy.
FILE UNDER: industrial, breakbeats, electronica, crunchtronica, fuzz, Nine Inch whales. DETAILS: 5 MP3s encoded at 128 kbps stereo.| Released: August 15, 2004. DOWNLOAD:Get the EP as a ZIP FILE(20 MB) -Archive.org | Individual tracks after the jump