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Monday, 13 August 2012
With their incredible fifth album, OM wisely expand on the dilated visions of their mighty 2009 LP 'God Is Good'. Assisted by long-time engineering collaborator Steve Albini, among others, on 'Advaitic Songs' they incorporate richer, ornate strains of string drone and vocals into their sharply defined aesthetic while remaining devoted to the stripped down, ritualist practice and near-religious philosophy which has taken them thus far. It's a stunning achievement, using doom-drone as a bedrock on which to erect totems of timelessly spiritual affect and purpose. From the vaulted reverb space of opener … Read more
Spectrum Spools delves into the distant past - well, 1981 - for its latest tranmission, a reissue of the debut album by revered multi-instrumentalist / avant-garde operator Robert Turman. Turman first came to cult prominence as a member of Boyd Rice's NON, before going on to enjoy a sporadic solo career that has taken in DAF/Normal-style electronics (Way Down) and superior noise outings (Blizzard, with Aaron Dilloway). Flux, which Turman self-released on cassette, is a one-off - a patient investigation of classical minimalism and new age tropes, an attempt to create "a complex bed of interweavin… Read more
Friday, 10 August 2012
**Classic album re-packaged in a cardboard digipak, with a silver foil R&S logo block printed on the front, and contains the original booklet artwork inside with new liner notes.** The very lovely people at R+S have finally seen fit to reissue this seminal collection Detroit techno/electro auteur Juan Atkins, and in fully buffed and polished remastered form too! 'Classics' was originally released in 1993 via the legendary R+S imprint and was the first record to compile the early solo work of Juan Atkins post Cybotron, including the legendary cuts from 'No UFO's', 'Off to Battle', 'Nigh… Read more
Thursday, 09 August 2012
*Now available on a double CD edition* Rachel Evans continues her pursuit of the synthesised sublime on a new album for John 'Emeralds' Elliott's Spectrum Spools imprint. Fans of her jaw-dropping Seeping Through The Veil Of Unconscious LP, and its follow-up Luminaries & Synastry, will feel right at home with the time-space-warping mantras of this fine effort, the self-titling of which suggests that Evans considers it to be her definitive artistic statement to date. While the utopian drift of 'The Dream' is all well and good, we've always been more drawn to… Read more
Wednesday, 08 August 2012
Apollo pick up another smart artist from the ambient-leaning ends of D&B/Bass music: Japan's Makoto. The 'Another Generation' EP exhibits his breakbeat finesse and sweeter, jazzier electronic touch in fine style, from the crispy funky drummers chops and cascading synths of the title track through the plush, beaming Broken Beat vibes of 'Summer Nights', before cooling out on the beatless miniature '73' and hitting a strident and colourful Electro groove called 'Skyline'. Fans of Floating Points, 4Hero, LTJ Bukem should check!
Tuesday, 07 August 2012
Drvg Cvltvre is the current vehicle for Vincent Koreman's dark and grotty Dutch DiscoTech fantasies. Aside from recent ructions on his brilliant Snug Life label - home to top records by Leyland Kirby, Ekoplekz and Cosmic Dennis Greenidge - long-term observers may know his previous material as Ra-X, including the brilliant 'Opium Den' sessions on Mighty Robot (go track 'em down!), or his various missives on Angelmaker or Bunker Records. But we're only scraping the surface there; he's been at it for over 15 years now and that experience strongly manifests throughout 'Everything Oblivion'… Read more
Kassem Mosse & Mix Mup, Downliners Sekt, and BNJMN twist the work of mysterious Barcelonan producer Mistakes Are OK for Hivern Disc. He's yet to release a record yet, so if anything these remixes reaffirm MAOK's enigmatic status at the least. A-side Kassem Mosse and Mix Mup trip out on a dub-stoned and hazy remix of 'Best Before'; a slack, hobbling groove haunted by sampled chorales and after-hours Balearic vibes. Downliners Sekt make a rare appearance on the flip, diffusing 'Crumbs' into banking clouds of static and… Read more
Monday, 06 August 2012
**Absolutely astonishing, revelatory collection of commercial and "secret" synth music by "the American Delia Derbyshire of The Atari Generation". Includes booklet with intro by Andy Votel and track notes by the artist** Suzanne Ciani is a foundational electronic explorer who created a wealth of experimental synth music traversing academic and commercial boundaries. After completing an MA in music composition, Ciani was introduced to synth designer Don Buchla, whose Buchla 200 synthesizer would come to define much of her work for the next two decades. She counted the likes of synth maverick V… Read more
Wednesday, 01 August 2012
Back in stock. That difficult second album then. Not content with having to follow-up on the success of his staggering debut, the kind of uncontrollable hyperbole electronic musicians have rarely had to deal with and the small matter of keeping his identity concealed from all but his closest friends (and some of those apparently don't even know), Burial has just gone and produced an album that appeared on first listen to satisfy even our most unreasonable expectations and, on repeat play, surpass them. "Untrue" is a much more emotive beast than its eponymous predecessor, a mood augmented by the vocal emph… Read more
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Moritz Von Oswald, Max Loderbauer and Sasu Ripatti play out a sterling third album as a trio, "their darkest and most driving... their best yet." The basic material for 'Fetch' was improvised and recorded in a four hour session at the end of summer 2011 and features additional live contributions from ECM's Marc Muellbauer (bass) and Tobias Freund (effects). Von Oswald later overdubs Jonas Schoen (flute, clarinet, saxophone) and trumpeter Sebastian Studnitzky to four uniquely fluid and spacious grooves. Converging in jazz-wise dialogue on opener 'Jam', Ripatti and Muellbauer's rhythm sectio… Read more
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Lovely stuff from longtime sparring partners Peter Broderick and Nils Peter Frahm, their first "50/50 collaboration" to date. Born largely out of improvisation, its a plaintive mingling of strings, pianos, acoustic guitar and intuitive vocalisation; the recording is exquisite, the use of reverb powerful, giving these intimate miniatures a broad, cinematic scope. It's undoubtedly one of the most exquisitely realised projects that either artist has been involved with, touching on American folk forms, pastoral ambient, neo-classical and, most of all, a precious, from-the-heart songcraft recalling, among other things, Lambchop's minimalist country masterpiece Is A Woman.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Bay Area producer Eprom steps up with a heavy album inspired by hip-hop, dubstep, IDM and contemporary club styles. We're all over 'Honey Badger', with its splashy drums, intricate morse code melodies and laconically thuggish, low-riding sub-bass. Recent single 'Regis Chillbin' takes B-more and ghetto-house rhythm batters and computerises the f*ck out of them, with pleasing results, while 'Prototype' is knockabout, bass-enhanced hip-hop made to soundtrack end-of-level boss battles, and 'Can Control' is a masterful exercise in controlled tension, its big stabs and vocal samples prepping you for a drop… Read more
Monday, 16 July 2012
Something a little different for the Spectrum Spools label, 'Parthenon' is the debut from PLVS VLTRA, the pseudonym of veteran musician Toko Yasuda, who's probably best known for her work as part of Blonde Redhead. Yep that Blonde Redhead, and 'Parthenon' is, for all accounts and purposes, a pop record. Of course it's not your regular kind of pop, but pop it is - there are vocals, choruses, melodies and it's likely to get stuck in your head. 'Parthenon' is mercilessly put through the smoothie maker though; sounds are eroded, jacked up and chopped to bits resulting in a sing-song album of crispy … Read more
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Solid three-tracker from Manchester-based Walton, building on the bashy grimeXhouse sound he laid down on his 2011 debut. 'All Night' is a seemingly chaotic but in fact coolly controlled floor-wrecker, all coin-op FX, life-affirming string pads and blissed-out vocal pressure, really nice indeed; 'Mallet' is as functional as its title suggests, a cheeky, bleepy Funky roller for the DJs, but it's closer 'Kush' that' lingers in the mind - Walton drops the tempo right down to explore trippy but thugged-out hip-hop atmospherics with shades of Lone's Ecstasy & Friends and even Boards of Canada.
Monday, 09 July 2012
Greg Feldwick aka Slugabed is one of the most distinctive producers working within contemporary electronic parameters. Three years after his fractal, wilfully dissonant productions helped boot the game into the nexx phase, Ninja Tune present his striking debut album. 'Time Team' puts an unpredictable, complex side-spin on fluoro Boogie and Emo-tronica rich with wit, musical dexterity and virtuosic hardware production values. Across its twelve tracks Slugabed expresses something which doesn't translate well to words, but must be felt, experienced, to be understood. His peculiar grasp of timbre - the … Read more
Thursday, 05 July 2012
It's always a pleasure to usher in new work from Austrian auteur Fennesz, and this under-the-radar gem is especially interesting as it showcases a softer side to the usually noisy master. 'Aun' was put together as a soundtrack to Edgar Honetschlager's film of the same name, and as such finds Fennesz in subdued but fine form. While there are three tracks here culled from his collaborative venture with pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, the rest of the material is totally new, and works as the perfect showcase for his more minimal mediations. From the very beginning it's clear that 'Aun' is an exercise in r… Read more
*Includes a full bonus CD with 12 extra tracks not included on the original version plus remixes from Falty DL, Traxman, Lando Kal and Chrissy Murderbot** We've been waiting for an album that encapsulates all that's really happening in the clubs right now, and it seems to have arrived in the shape of this beauty from Machinedrum. With his uniquely exploratory and free approach to beat-making, New York producer Travis Stewart has long been an acknowledged hero to the likes of Rustie, Hud Mo et al; his recent work has seen him cultivate a harder, leaner club-oriented sound, evidently inspired… Read more
Wednesday, 04 July 2012
Ten years since his last album, Surgeon returns riding a nine-headed beast on 'Breaking The Frame'. A decade is a relatively long time in musical terms, and while his (increasingly uncommon) singles over that period have remained resolutely 4/4 and heavy, his DJ sets have incorporated a wealth of influence from Dubstep and Bass music in general. This album absorbs those influences and refracts them into an impressive spectrum of styles. His taste for Scorn-like halfstep manifests on opener 'Dark Matter', finding that dynamic tension between turbulent flow and hunchback lurch. Next 'Transpare… Read more
*Limited edition art print by Zeke Clough* Three-colour Risograph print on thick art paper, A3(29.7x42cm), edition of 50 only printed by Ditto Press. Ships in a postal tube.
Tuesday, 03 July 2012
Wrap yourself in the ultimate luxury kimono - an hour plus of 100% SILKs sleekest dance swatches. Move your body from Brooklyn baths to London lounges, LA love dens to Frisco fountains, Portland parties to Orleans orgies. French filter, Hacienda baggy, pleasure cruise, runway glare, gritty jack soul, bangin sexuality anthem, escapist bliss-co fantasy, blurry synth tension, chrono tech support SILKs got the feel. This is our house. !! 75 minute mix from Sir Stephen of some recent tracks and future wax from the 100% Silk stable... Limited to 1000 copies only.
Given that this is a Moondog record, there's always an outside chance that he is in fact being accompanied by actual honking geese, but alas no, this rare 1955 set of recordings features the composer in collaboration with a brass section, although one of its defining aspects is the extensive influence of Native American musics on its rhythmic makeup. From the irrepressibly unconventional jibber-jabber of 'Rabbit Hop' to the tribal weirdness of 'Single Foot', this could only have come from the pen of Moondog. 'Dog Trot' is a more conventional swingtime piece, offering an oasis of … Read more
Monday, 02 July 2012
Precision engineered doublepack of powerful Dubstep torque from Icicle. On his first record of 2012 Icicle unleashes the Industrial-strength 'Acid Step' and the tribal twyster 'BNC' - both of which previously appeared on his ace Rinse mix - beside the bubblin' tuck and parry of 'Get A Job' and the jack-steppin' beast 'Together In The Dust'. Tip!
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
The debut album from SBTRKT on Young Turks is here, and it's a strong set, managing to infuse the sounds of London's dance underground with a poppier essence. It's a vocal-heavy affair, with mic duties largely handled by formidable night bus crooner Sampha, while the rhythms are rooted in swinging, post-dubstep house, albeit with nods to various staging-posts in British soundystem culture - the masked producer's affection for both ragga-jungle and El-B style dark garage comes to the fore in the romping sub-bass of 'Right Thing To Do', while the excellent, almost gospel-flavoured 'Sanctuary' teams shuff… Read more
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
**Double gatefold CD edition of this sought after collection** Legendary Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid is the venerable subject of Sublime Frequencies' latest CD release, providing a dazzling 18-track insight to one of the most progressive Arabic musicians of the late 20th century. Born in Cairo, 1945, Omar showed a natural aptitude for music, playing violin and piano to classical standards. However, during the 1960s and the ensuing worldwide cultural revolution he was smitten with the electrified sound of the Beatles and Elvis Presley and quickly adapted himself to the electric guitar… Read more
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* Planet Mu introduce The Host with his eponymous debut album. It's no secret that The Host is a pseudonym for a well known µ cadet, as you'll be able to tell within seconds of hearing the samples, but for less aware listeners we'll leave that mystery to your google search bar. His first album in this mode is an impressionistic, nostalgic reflection on the internet and its otherworldly nature. It's apparent in track titles such as 'Neo Geocities', '3AM Surfing', 'Second Life' or 'Angel Fire' - some of which we suspect might only be relevant to user… Read more
**Double gatefold digipak 24 track 2CD with artwork by Will Bankhead** Hessle Audio are surely the UK's finest forward-thinking dance label. Their ascent to the bassbin vanguard is cemented with '116 and Rising', a comprehensive double CD affair looking back over 12 of their finest moments from the last four years, and looking forward to 12 crucial exclusives from their deadly roster. Since 2007 their band of advanced sonic thinkers and bassbin assassins have produced a stream of achingly ON IT records, including no small amount of debuts and genre classics from figures who've come to m… Read more
100% Silk are out in force to remix Peaking Lights' adored '936' LP. One of the year's most nattered about names, Ital refits 'Marshmellow Yellow' with a struttin' Mr. Soft groove, all spongy bass bumps and refracted melody, while Xander Harris views 'Birds Of Paradise' as a sludgy piece of Balearic baroque with spy-eyed arpeggios. Best of all is Innergaze's baggy acid re-tweak of 'Shines For U', full of lip-smacking MDMA charm, and Cuticle make a welcome return to the label with the seeping, sideways Chicago revision of 'Tiger Eyes'. Perfectly trippy.
Really strong, hugely hyped new album from John Maus - sounding something like a cross between Autre Ne Veut and Joy Division - with a bit of Joe Jackson and Visage thrown in for good measure. And if that all sounds a bit lazy - all we can say is that it's just one of those albums, it reminds you of something else almost constantly, yet leaves a smudged mark all its own on your psyche. One of the albums of the year - and a big recommendation to any of you with a penchant for anything with the word Wave in it, or if you're just into good, joyous, melancholy - all-round affective pop music.
Friday, 15 June 2012
London-based Patten has been operating on the fringes of electronic music for a couple of years now, with some reputable CD-Rs and other low-key releases under his belt, but this debut album proper for No Pain In Pop is a revelation, presenting a prismatic vision of narcotic, wonked-out, grid-dissolving house aimed at the cerebellum rather than the dancefloor. It's reminiscent of all sorts of things - the slanted techno of Diamond Catalog and Container, the hyper-kosmische of Bee Mask, the most disturbed Omar-S productions, and particularly the rich, isolationist machine-funk of Actres… Read more