Christoph de Babalon – EE503 | 11th Birthday Special
"This mix mostly consists of my favourite producers at the moment. I mainly tried to include fresh, rare or even unreleased music by them. I am very happy to present it through the amazing Electronic Explorations."
01 Pure - Unreleased
02 Amboss - Odd Code
03 In Search Of Shores - This Feeling Never Leaves (Unreleased)
04 Wasteland - Has It Come To This?
05 Istari Lasterfahrer - Ridddance
06 Fret - Murderous Weight
07 Overlook - Purr
08 Senate - Gangstalker (Consulate Ruffige Definition)
09 Ike Yard - K55
10 Pessimist - Bloom
11 Bombardier - She (Dead Fader Remix)
12 Yair Etziony - It’s All Connected
13 Prole Sector - One Space
14 Breakforce One - Illusion of Self (Unreleased)
15 Alma Construct - Month
16 Noize Creator - Where There is no Darkness
17 Larry - Evelyn In The Woods With A Letter (Parts I+II)
After releasing a few recordings on smaller record labels in Germany and his own Cross Fade Entertainment Imprint, and being heralded as a favorite on John Peel's radio show in 1994, de Babalon signed to DHR in 1996, releasing a few EPs and later releasing his only full-length album for the label, If You're Into It, I'm Out of It in 1997.De Babalon was signed after he befriended label operator Alec Empire at a rave in 1994.
The album was well received and gained mostly positive reviews, with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke describing it as "the most menacing record [he] owns", but in sound was different to other DHR releases, offering a new vision of electronic music that varied greatly from that of artists such as Atari Teenage Riot and EC8OR, who used industrial sounds with hardcore punk and gabber influences. With the release of If You're Into It, I'm Out of It, de Babalon solidified his signature sound as a combination of extreme complexity in construction and complete experimentation in form. Songs span many electronic genres including noise, soundscapes, dark ambient, drum and bass and breakcore. Some of his tracks are also known for their length, lasting up to 15 minutes.
Since 2008, de Babalon has been releasing music more often, even reissuing rare unreleased tracks as a compilation via his own bandcamp page titled The Haunting Past of Christoph de Babalon, Vol. 1 in 2014. He issued his long awaited follow up studio album to If You're Into It, I'm Out of It, titled A Bond With Sorrow, digitally through Kid606's TigerBeat6 imprint in 2012. His fourth full-length album, Short Eternities, was issued in 2015 through Love Love Records.
In his review of the 2018 remaster 'If You're Into It, I'm Out of It', Philip Sherburne of Pitchfork concluded that "no one has ever made another record quite like this one".
When the topic of the combination of dark ambient and electronic music is brought up, many writers often bring up ‘If You're Into It, I'm Out of It’ and its significance.