Various Artists "Book Of Shadows: Various Spells Vol. 1"
Occultists is a label concept born out of the idea of playing with the polarities of finding the light within the darkness and curating a musical output of techno that has an esoteric flair. After making some noise with the imprint’s freshman release from Dugong, label founder James Demon continued on the hunt for some fresh new artists to officially join the Occultists family. Finding just that, the label is proud to present its sophomore release Book Of Shadows: Various Spells Vol. 1.
Starting off the journey is Adra, an old time friend of James Demon – the two met as young ravers in the underground scene of Las Vegas as teenagers. Though reconnecting in their adult techno lives while based in San Francisco, it was finally when James moved to Berlin that he discovered Adra as a techno producer. Bringing a pure techno approach to her track “Ami”, she adds a special flair that is destined to create magic on the dance floor.
Following Adra is none other than Occultists artist Dugong who made her debut on the label with last year’s well-received Dead Man Rising EP. This time around Dugong shows her diversity as a producer by delivering a techno-friendly track while still being true to herself with her one-of-a-kind voice and songwriting style. The track “Heart Of War” takes the listener on a journey through the world of Dugong while remaining ready for those special moments in the club.
Turning the pages of the book of shadows brings the listener to James Demon, the founder Occultists. Taking inspiration from his favorite horror and sci-fi films James creates a club ready track “Old Magick” that tells a tale from the dark side that is sure to bring out the light within.
In the beginning stages of the label when James was looking for artists that fit the vibe of the occult concept, a friend from Berlin reached out to introduce the next artist, F600. When James heard this music he was immediately sold on his eerie approach to techno and chose the track “CH2=CH2” for this little book of spells.
Rounding out the EP is the only non-techno track on the release, creating a sense of diversity in the line-up of artists. Berlin based duo Zoid^ was discovered by James after meeting artist Ze Royale at one of his events in Berlin. After seeing the unique performance of Zoid^ with production and visuals from Misster Mystery James instantly knew he wanted them to be part of the Occultists concept. Their track “Freak” takes the listener on a journey through an android’s exploration of something or someone strange.
Emerging from the darkness we’ve found the light, a conscious and spiritual movement of esoteric knowledge and electronic music. We are Occultists and we are here to spread ancient teachings through dance, music, culture and magic. Occultists is a techno brand created by James Demon, who always dreamed as a young child of the night to merge his love for the occult and techno into one entity in the form of a record label.
Searching out artists far and wide that matched with his vision he was to stumble upon Montreal based producer and vocalist Dugong. He instantly fell in love with her one of kind style of dark minimalistic beats with spiritually in-depth lyrics that speak to the audience and capture them in its spell. Mixing elements of gothic and techno together into a brand of witch techno that will undeniably be dance floor music for the Occultist in all of us.
Now launching in 2016 with a limited vinyl pressing of two Dugong tracks with exclusive vinyl only remixes and a digital extended release to follow shortly after with remixes from Öona Dahl (All Day I Dream), Alicia Hush (HushLamb), and Jamaica Suk (Face To Face).