[PNR004] The Marx Trukker – Couldn’t See Too Clear For Edges

pn004Artists & Title: The Marx Trukker – Couldn’t See Too Clear For Edges
2 x 12″ Vinyl


“Having delivered two outstanding EPs and a landmark triple compilation, Portugal’s Pluie/Noir now returns with its first full-length album.
Assigned with the enviable task is enigmatic German producer The Marx Trukker, who has thus far kept us on our toes with a string of high-quality EPs on a handful of respected independent imprints. With a natural affinity for experimental soundscapes that challenge dancefloors, Pluie/Noir offers the perfect platform for him to really express himself.
As much a palette of textures as it is a dance-focused collection of tracks, Couldn’t See Too Clear For Edges is a kaleidoscopic and utterly transfixing listen all the way through. The very first track, “Alongside ashortside” (A1) is infused with the sort of jazzy, impulsive flavours that are part of the album – and the label’s – DNA.
But the tempos ebb and flow, at times withdrawing all intensity (“The Gin Bay Hoss Ballad” (A2)), before cascading into tightly compressed microhouse rhythms (“A Kind Shaped Mind” (A3)) and other more expansive 4×4 examinations: “Couldn’t see too clear for edges (Second Movement)” (C1); “As Rivers Stand” (C2).
Regardless of the occasionally dramatic shifts, the album never once loses its focus. “Minor Belongings” (C3) is arguably the album’s finest creation in terms of a true artistic indulgence. Dreamy and deeply absorbing, it feeds into the album’s powerful finale, “Blaue Drift” (D1), which is one of the more aggressive works on show here.
As we’ve come to expect, Pluie/Noir again challenges what can be achieved within the parameters of dance music by empowering its carefully selected repertoire of artists. As standard, the album will come as a limited pressing with beautiful sleeve artwork, ensuring this is as collectible as it is listenable.”

Written & Produced by The Marx Trukker
Mastered by Stefan Betke at Scape Mastering, Berlin
Artwork by Jav Arshad
Design by Max Binski
Manufactured by Pallas Group.
Distributed by DD Distribution.
Limited pressings.

[PNR003] Pluie/Noir – Year One Compilation

Artists & Title:
 Pluie/Noir – Year One Compilation
3x 12″ Vinyl


“There is certainly no shortage of independent record labels today, each promising to deliver their own unique brand dance music, but few truly stand out like Portugal’s Pluie/Noir. In a definitive first year it has released two exceptional EPs from Petre Inspirescu and Vlad Caia, endorsed numerous acclaimed Podcasts and served as the platform for various artistic endeavors. To commemorate this achievement, a hefty 12 track compilation spread across three 12”s will be released, showcasing the various sounds that personify the imprint.

The narrative to the compilation reflects Pluie/Noir’s minimalistic musical template. Each track is a concise exploration of house music’s skeleton, leaving nothing to waste but never feeling in slightest bit sterile. Neither is the compilation monotonous: at times it’s surprising and unpredictable, but in an organized, artistic manner. Three Angel’s ‘Hor-Ma’ (A1) progresses subtly, shaped by soft bumps and clicks. It’s welcoming, cleverly paving the way for the rest the compilation to interact. The now familiar Radiq follows with a typically eccentric addition, ‘Goodbye South Goodbye’ (A2). Characterised by its splintered hybridization microhouse and ambient techno, it’s certainly a head turner. Pluie/Noir founder Cleymoore contributes with ‘Starpauseflash’, a sleek and delicate number that uses looped keys and syncopated percussion to create something thought provoking. ‘New Way’ by Ztrl (B2) follows in this vein, the funky, tripped-out pattering of percussion and dreamy keynotes are spread out across a remarkably stripped-back rhythmic blueprint. Vlad Caia’s ‘Subject 238’ (C1) represents the taste of Romania that has been so inspirational to Pluie/Noir. It’s simple, clean and devastatingly effective. Diogo’s delightfully named ‘Insecuriosity’ (C1) is an impudent tapestry of sounds, rich with idiosyncratic sampling and impulsivity, reminiscent of early Perlon. This evocation is carried over to Dr. Nojoke’s alluring ‘Awrani’ (D1), which again exposes its very delicate compositional layers by draining everything from its low-end. It’s a divine afterhours groove that ripples and shakes in all the right places.

French-born, London-based Seuil changes gear with ‘Prelude’ (D2), which draws from the same diverse sonic palate as those before him on the compilation but works from a noticeably more solid 4/4 foundation. Albert Schwartz’s ‘11aa99’ (E1) introduces the compilation’s first use of vocals- the deep, soulful American lyrics work alchemically with the shuffling house beat. ‘An Apple Pie a Day’ by Andres Marcos (E2) is another percussive session, but the experimental Pluie/Noir touches keep the piece alive. The penultimate ‘White Steps’ by Levat (F1) is gorgeous slice of microhouse, lean and groovy, the vocal slivers adding a little Melchior to the mix, before the compilation closes with S.A.M’s ‘You’re Gonna Be Okay’ (F2), another outing of enigmatic, stripped-back house.

Elegantly presented in gatefold format, this highly collectable release reflects on a successful first year for Pluie/Noir while also signifying a very promising future. A canon of DJ delights on one hand, it’s also wonderfully applicable in the home setting, ensuring its practical longevity and status as a musical treasure for a long time to come.”

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[PNR002] Vlad Caia – Swan Lake

Artists & Title: Vlad Caia – Swan Lake
27 Dec. 2012
12″ Vinyl, Limited

Vlad Caia – Swan Lake
Vlad Caia – Eternal Sunshine

Pluie/Noir is finally back with a two-track EP from Vlad Caia.

Swan Lake shows with finesse his staggering skills to craft cinematographic atmospheres in danceable patterns, bending musical styles and constantly reminding us that club music can be so much more. Both sides share the same classical-inspired background while still being quite different in mood and lightness. Striking at 14 minutes each, the progression on these tracks remain sophisticated and visionary, messing with your head and heart in unexpected ways.

‘Swan Lake’ is a delicate yet striking piece, with a precise yet unusual drum-programming and intelligent classical-music sampling. The flip-side ‘Eternal Sunshine’ is a darker toned track, with slight-flashes of acid in it’s core bass-line and ever-lifting tense chords that unexpectedly rumble between the intense atmosphere and lift both your body and soul.

Artwork was handpainted by designer Max Binski, Pluie/Noir’s curator and art director.

Written & Produced by Vlad Caia.
Mastered by Gregor Zemljič at Earresistible Studios, Slovenia.
Artwork & Design by Max Binski, Pluie/Noir

Distributed by Intergroove Germany.
Limited pressings.

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Pluie/Noir Recordings 001 – “Un Livret de Duminica”

Pluie/Noir Recordings 001
“Un Livret de Duminica”

Sound by Petre Inspirescu.
Video by Max Binski.

“Lisbon-based collective Pluie/Noir has been mixing the worlds of music and graphic art through a bi-monthly podcast series of music and artwork interpretations in triptychs, featuring artists from all over the world. Their debut as a vinyl-only imprint came as the most logic step on the map.
Signed by Romanian tour-de-force Petre Inspirescu, this EP delivers two quite distinct yet immersive moments of intricate delicacy and incredible production forte.
A-side “Un Livret de Duminica” strikes somehow familiar to his musical adventures as π Ensemble (out on his own imprint Yojik-Concon), and re-imagines it in a different yet dreamy setting where classic music once again bends with the finest micro-house grooves. The flip-side “Synth Society” draws the listener away from the skyline and lands him inside a giant modular system. Here the hooks are on the addicting bassline and the unsettling sense of room space and frequency-depth of analog sounds, proving that Petre is without a doubt one of the most intelligent and provocative music writters/producers around.
Artwork was drawn by fine-arts student and music producer Traian Chereches (TC Studio), member of the P/N Artist Collective.
Definitely a great start for the portuguese imprint, and a mere glimpse of what’s coming next.”


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Pluie/Noir Podcast 013 – “Mindspin Repetition” by Pheek

Platform: Soundcloud
Title: Pluie/Noir Podcast 013 – “Mindspin Repetition” by Pheek
Profile: Pluie/Noir
Date: 4 August 2012
Time: 1:01:21

Pluie/Noir Podcast 013
“Mindspin Repetition”

Sound by Pheek.
Visual Interpretation by Nicolai Sarbib.
Video by Max Binski.

Pluie/Noir Podcast is a bi-monthly audio-visual episode representing our work as an artist collective. Each episode will feature a one hour collage/mix by one of our producers/djs and a poster triptych by one of our designers.
We interviewed both artists and dropped some questions about their vision:


P/N- Mr Pheek, how have you been? 
Pheek- Writing you back from the beach, as I’m currently on vacation, fuelling up on energy for the second stretch of the year. I’ve been really busy all year until now and also, coping with trying to fit my music activities with a full time job that I now have. That forced me to be extremely creative on my time use.

P/N- You have been somehow related to this project and Cleymoore’s plans since the start, it’s nice having you in our podcast series at last. How do you feel about pluie/noir, your podcast submission and the way you recorded did it? 
Pheek- When Cleymoore joined Archipel, we started exchanging a lot and chatting about music, eventually becoming friends so when he started his label, it made sense for me to be part of it, somehow. His tastes and also, the people who he surrounded himself with, made me feel like I was part of a creative team. When he started his podcast series, he asked me if I wanted to do it and I thought it could be something
inspiring because of the format of the project. I receive a lot of podcast requests but its rare that you’ll see so much commitment in the presentation.
So far, all P/N’s podcasts were more atmospheric or experimental and I have to say it is the first time I work on something and gave myself some pressure about it. It’s also the first time I had to redo the mix multiple times before getting to something I thought was satisfying.
What listeners need to know is, I really approached my mix as a whole and even if the end result doesn’t feel like experimental, the craftsmanship behind it is. But in techno, this is rarely seen or recognized unless you give it a proper listening. I really worked on making something repetitive and loopy, to give the mind spin feeling.
One where you question what is next. I think it worked.

P/N- Archipel managed to survive and be consistent throughout the years. With the rebirth of the sub-label Kalimari Musique and Archipel Soundtracks, you seem busier than ever. How’s the music industry treating your projects lately? 
Pheek- I stopped caring about that aspect of music because when I did, it was depressing me. Nowadays, I came back to the very first mission of the label which is building bridges and a community of friends before the music. The netlabel feeling is more than ever present for me but I now just manage things differently. The way I see Archipel and Kalimari are a very personal presentation of music I believe in. It’s sort of my “private wine collection I share to the world.” With that approach and seeing it as a hobby, it gave me wings to work more. With the approach of the 100th release, I got a kick of energy as well.
Soundtracks is the opposite approach which to me, is how a label should be. Artists are chosen and asked to build something out their control with barriers that guide them into freedom. I feel it’s a trip and exploration artists will have. That project format really drives me but it’s just frustrating to depends on others to make every technical details work. So I guess it will be a work in progress over time.

P/N- It’s been almost 2 years since your latest album “Channeling Worlds/Cycles”. Is there a new one on the way? And about your side-projects and collabs? 
Pheek- Yes, like I said, with time lacking, I work extremely fast in a slow way (eg. about 15 minutes a day to work on music(!)). So I have an album that has been sketched out in the last 6 months but it is really in need of polishing. I feel like I want to make something less experimental, more approachable and mature at the same time. That demands to work on a track blueprint and let it sit for weeks before going back in, adjust a tiny details and wait again. It will take the time it takes.
I also have EEBB with Hubble that is on my mind a lot these days. We received overwhelming feedback from everywhere about the recording of our live show in Montreal. It even got us a booking in Ukraine. I feel we have something there and that will demand proper work.

P/N- Future agenda? 
Pheek- Over the years I really have made all the goals I had set back in early 2000’s when I started. I’m often questioning what’s next. I think it’s all about remaining happy at what I do and work on making some magic happening, because that’s what we’re all looking for I believe.


P/N- The newest entry to the collective. How are you feeling? 
Nicolai- Feeling pretty good, thanks. In need of a vacation though.

P/N- Art seems to take a big chunk out of your timeline. What do you do for a living?
Nicolai- Nowadays I seem to be doing a bit of everything… I’m a “rogue” graphic designer, after having the experience of working for the big ad company league I quickly decided I wanted to dedicate more of my time to music and other artistic pursuits. Right now I balance my day to day between deejaying, freelance design work and an array of projects I seem to fall into.

P/N- Pheek’s submission dealt with his own & Archipel’s vision on music. How was the experience of making an interpretation of a podcast in graphics? What can you tell us about your triptych? 
Nicolai- It was a great experience, in a way Pheeks mix struck me as a trippy journey into sound that really built a landscape in my mind.
I’d just gotten back from Oporto and a really intense weekend, trying to come up with the triptych I went down a kind of creative spiral of nothingness and at the end I realized I wanted to create some sort of visual pattern of evolving repetitiveness and the idea of some kind of vortex or expansion that are the elements that strike me on this kind of soundscape.

P/N- What were your latest activities in both art exhibitions and music-related events? 
Nicolai- So recently just got back from Oporto where I was invited to participate in a truly great art project called “Troca-se por arte”, in which different artists are invited to create pieces that are then displayed in different shop windows of traditional shops in the city’s downtown area.
Was a unique chance for me to do something totally outside my usual comfort zone.
This year has been pretty great in that aspect, I’ve had quite a few chances to be involved in interesting projects, like composing the soundtrack for João Pedro Vale and Nuno Ferreira’s art movie “Rei dos Gnomos” that was shown in Guimarães as part of the european capital of culture, later in São Paulo and now finally in september will finally get screened in Lisbon as part of the Queer cinema festival, all wrapped up in an insane theme party I’ll also be playing records at. In between all this and the graphic work that tends to come my way, weekends have seen me pretty busy with DJ gigs.
This year I’ve been fortunate to play at some great parties including a mind blowing 10 hour rave in Berlin, some amazing nights next to Dexter at Lux and the regular nights with live acts and Djs that have been put together by Fungo a collective I’m also proud to be a part of.
Musically things are picking up… this year finally I have a couple of releases coming out, a 12″ on Discos Capablanca headed by Hugo Capablanca in Berlin and a few tracks on some compilations that will be out real soon together with some real musical and artistic inspirations, even a certain David Lynch I heard…

P/N- What’s next for 2012? 
Nicolai- Up next I intend on putting more time and focus on music and producing side of the spectrum… everything else that just seems to happen usually comes as a surprise to me and hopefully time will continue to take me to unexpected interesting new areas, thats what really keeps things going for me.


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[PNR001] Petre Inspirescu – Un Livret de Duminica (Collector’s Edition)

Petre Inspirescu ‎– Un Livret De Duminica (Collector’s Edition: ‘Clear Vinyl’ + A2 Poster)

Label: Pluie/Noir Recordings
Catalog#: PNR001
Format: 12″ Vinyl, Clear, Collector Edition 75 copies
Country: Portugal
Released: 27 Jun 2012
Site: Pluie/Noir

Un Livret De Duminica
B. Synth Society

Limited to 75 copies. Only available from Pluie/Noir Recordings website. Includes A2 tall poster with original artwork.
Note to all our supporters: If you are somehow wealthy in this age of economical crisis and you want to support our project and work, you are free to offer us any value you want for this special edition (minimum is still 25€). To everyone who offers us some extra support, we’ll make sure we send you over an extra surprise in the package! Thank you.

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Artista: DIOGO LACERDA (Pluie/Noir)
Data: 26-06-2012
Durata: 1:09:53
MB: 159.90
Download: Here

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[PNR001] Petre Inspirescu ‎– Un Livret De Duminica

Petre Inspirescu ‎– Un Livret De Duminica
Label: Pluie/Noir Recordings
Catalog#: PNR001
Format: Vinyl, Limited Edition
Country: Portugal
Released: 27 Jun 2012
Site: Pluie/Noir

Un Livret De Duminica

B. Synth Society

Pluie/Noir has been pushing the boundaries between the worlds of music and graphic art. Slowly gaining reputation with their already respectable podcast series of music and triptych artwork interpretations, their debut as a vinyl-only imprint comes nothing short of daze. Signed by no other than Romanian tour-de-force Petre Inspirescu, this EP delivers two quite distinct yet wonderfully immersive moments of pure bliss and incredible production forte. Un Livret de Duminica strikes somehow familiar to his musical adventures as TT Ensemble out on his own Yojik-Concon, and re-imagines it in a different yet dreamy setting where classic music once again bends with the finest micro-house grooves. Synth Society draws the listener away from the skyline and lands him inside a giant modular system. Here the hooks are on the addicting bassline and the unsettling sense of room space on all frequencies of modular sounds he used, proving that Petre is without a doubt one of the most intelligent and provocative music writters/producers around. Artwork was drawn by talented fine-arts student and music producer Traian Chereches (TC Studio), member of the P/N Artist Collective. Definitely a great start for the imprint, and a mere glimpse of whats coming next

Distributed By – Intergroove
Printed By – Handle With Care
Copyright (c) – Pluie/Noir Recordings
Artwork – Traian Chereches
Design – Max Binski
Producer – Petre Inspirescu