*Fourth instalment in this ongoing series, initial copies on transparent coloured vinyl, includes an insert with artwork by Alex Solman and handstamped sleeves* Searing, tormented darkside f**kery from Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty’s Demdike Stare on their rinse and run Testpressing series. On the A-side ‘Fail’ is a slowly descending panic attack of pealing hi-end frequencies and impending bass doom reaching a pit of noisy no return. On the flip, ‘Null Results’ bruks loose with a scything jungle attack; frantic 16th note hi-hats and cone-crumpling subs laced with a rudeboy mentasm to incite warehouse capoeira. Come test.
Ships in 7 days"Hyperdub will release an EP by Burial on December 16th 2013. Comprised of three new pieces with a total running time of 28 minutes, it will be available on 180g 12" vinyl, jewel-case CD, and digital download."
**Hand-stamped Transparent vinyl pressing, one-sided 12", mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Earlier on this year Andy Stott found himself playing on the same bill as New York “Heavy Metal hoarders” Batillus. Despite operating in completely different spheres, Batillus had been playing ‘Luxury Problems’, Stott’s most recent album, on their tourbus and suggested a remix. The result is pressed up on this one-sided 12”, a deadly reduction that pitches the original down into the abyss, sounding unlike anything we've heard from him before, growing from static drones into a kno… Read more
**Pro-duped 70 minute cassette housed in a stamped outer sleeve with artwork by Alex Solman** Demdike Stare return this week with a brand new mixtape for their own DDS label, their fourth released mix and second to appear on cassette. In the time since their last tape 'The Weight Of Culture', was released in February, Demdike inaugurated and released the first three instalments of their ongoing and open-ended 'Testpressing' series and have found themselves on the cover of this month's issue of The Wire magazine, setting the scene for the fourth Testpressing due imminently. In the mean… Read more
Ships in 7 days"Hyperdub will release an EP by Burial on December 16th 2013. Comprised of three new pieces with a total running time of 28 minutes, it will be available on 180g 12" vinyl, jewel-case CD, and digital download."
**Second release on Zomby's Cult Music label - 180g wax mastered at Abbey Road. Includes Cult Music sticker** Transcendent electronic soul killers from Forever Forever and Prayer on Zomby's Cult Music - the follow-up to his reissue of 'Where Were U In '92'. For all intents and purposes these are exceptional debut productions from unknown artists, but you'd be forgiven for being suspicious about their provenance - as we've all come to learn, there's always going to be a lot of enigma attached to anything Zomby-related. Prayer's A-side is a heart-melting mix of hybrid … Read more
**140g wax in silk-screened PVC sleeve, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker, artwork by Steven Warwick and Bill Kouligas in typically gorgeous PAN packaging including a printed inner sleeve** Steven Warwick aka Heatsick cocks a unique and compelling perspective on contemporary dance music with his bold follow-up to 'Intersex', a gorgeous, layered work that those of you into DJ Sprinkles should check out without delay. Now woven with leaner dancefloor muscle, the deeply funked views of 'Re-Engineering' are characterised by the artist as a "cybernetic poem". We can take this quite literally in hi… Read more
The second of our 2013 round-ups intersects all manner of cosmic electronics, avant-pop and lustrous R&B. Rather than a definitive overview of this nebulous spectrum, we'd rather take this opportunity to highlight those pieces that might not end up on every end-of-year list, but rather quietly stood out as unique or affecting and stuck in the memory more than others. We've been smitten with Ensemble Economique's epic, defocussed soft rock number 'We Come Spinning Out Of Control' off his amazing 'Fever Logic' album, and can't help but return again and again to the breathtak… Read more
**Clear vinyl with prime Powell remix plus bonus mix CD by Ning Nong and postcard in poly sleeve** Second helping from Silent Servant on Jealous God, backed with a cracking Powell remix. Following his recent production assistance with the Vatican Shadow project and a handful of remixes in 2013, Juan Mendez aka Silent Servant plays ice cool with the low key swagger and noirish minimal wave atmosphere and voices of 'Lust Abandon' sounding like a prime offcut from his stunning 'Negative Fascination' LP. In contrast, Powell's reconstruction incorporates slivers of the orig… Read more
Clipping the heels of their killah 'Genesis EP', Mumdance & Logos rinse off 2013 with two searing 'ardcore mutations for Tectonic. Recalibrating the genes of '93-style jungle with bootybass claps, pneumatic bass and razing mentasms, the darkcore dread of 'Legion' is tilted at the most delirious hours of the dance, whilst 'Proto' comes with a kaotic chemistry of Belgian techno hoovers, Detroit-style pads and timeless darkside swerve. Watch yer eyebrows!
Once again split over four parts, our 2013 round-up commences with 14 unique pieces of electronic music you really need to know about. They range from mind-bending avant-garde systems to rugged house and clinical electro, taking in the cutting edge of UK grime, grid-dissolving Kiwi D&B and styles that haven't been christened yet. Joane Skyler's playfully fractal jungle jaunt, 'Foam', has provided us no end of fun this year, whilst the advanced structures of Rashad Becker's 'Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol.1' and the psychoacoustic techniques of Xopher Davidson & … Read more
*One of Numero's finest and most fascinating compilations yet - a gargantuan effort bringing together formative Minneapolis sounds starting with Pepé Willie’s 94 East project which gave local prodigy Prince his first airing, onto Terry Lewis and Flyte Tyme and Prince’s childhood sidekick/departed bassist André Cymone. Double CD housed in a gorgeous gold-embossed oversized box which includes a detailed book* "In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound began bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Buried beneath 50 solid inches of annual snow, Minneapo… Read more
Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded with razor-sharp grasp of spatial dynamics and rhythmic aptitude, presenting a perspective on … Read more
Sterling Sound Signature debut 12" from 22 year old Detroiter, Jay Daniel. Ruff, rugged, and driving, the 'Scorpio EP' yields four tracks steeped in classic 313 house styles, and blessed with an irrepressible vitality bound to work marvels on the 'floor. A-side 'No Love Lost' eases in with a tight blend of Omar-S like keys and bustling machine groove programmed with the itchy swing of Howard Thomas or Kyle Hall, and 'Brainz' knuckles down to a proper buck session a la Anthony Shakir, all noisy, tracky drums with nary a care for melody. B-side is a proper disco heater, 'I Have No Name… Read more
Synkro follows his Akkord aktions alongside Indigo with a return to his ambient/dubstep sound. Manos contributes breathy vocals to the lingering halfstep swoon of 'Lost Here' and the blissed out bass cuddle of 'In My Arms'; Synkro goes dolo with plush atmospheres and minimalist D&B rhythms on 'Nights Of Pleasure' and the taut, techy junglism of 'Fading Lights'.
Marcell Dettmann and Head High (Shed) take Modeselektor and Apparat's three-headed beast to the 'floor. In his raving Head High mode René Pawlowitz aka Shed retools 'Bad Kingdom' as a moody rave-pop anthem with a scuffed garage-techno chassis, making great use of the originals soaring chords and Sascha Ring's pleading vocal over gritty, swinging rhythm engine. Dettmann's remix is squared at peaktime use with a sort of industrial carnival techno momentum mauled with coruscating distortion for unrelenting effect.
After a pair of real killer EP's last year (both of them making it to our top 100 singles of 2012), Tri Angle present the label debut from FIS on his 'Preparations' EP. FIS has evolved a unique mutation of core D&B electronics with a shocking sense of rhythm structure and abstract texturing resulting in those mind-blowing records for Exit and close Kiwi pals, Samurai Horo, in the last few years. For Tri Angle, he offers up a necessary reissue of his aerobic-mystic modern classic, 'DMT Usher' - which now fetches mad money 2nd hand - backed with three exclusive new forms: the crushing/crushed geometri… Read more
Outstanding darkside jungle rinse-out from Akkord's Liam Blackburn aka Indigo. The follow-up to his Apollo double pack and, of course, the Akkord LP, is arguably his finest solo mission to date. Three cuts exhibit a shocking display of junglist dexterity, from the taut halfsteppin' torque of 'Volta' to the wide-screen atmosphere and Amiga-mashed amen choppage of 'Spirit Of The Winds' with Versa, and the skittish, last-man-in-the-warehouse flex of 'Storm', whilst 'Condition' checks out on a weighty halfstep/slow-house tip.
**Includes bonus tracks 'Tug (Alt Mix)' & 'Ooh'** One of the most enduring, influential and critically respected UK dance producers brings a weighty album to land for Loefah's Swamp81 label. Ahead of launching his new Biasonic label platform for the UK scene, he delivers this timely reminder of why he's king of the bassbins, swaggering across lines between house, garage, broken beat and even electro-funk with Roy Davis Junior. In fact, the electro thing seems to be a running theme throughout the album, whether in the shocked-percussion of 'Eingang', as a Mr De' like presence on the aforementioned … Read more
Egyptrixx becomes the latest member of the Night Slugs crew to emerge from the maturation chamber dripping with futurist fluids and wielding terrifying cybernetic implants. The Canadian producer had always been one of the more alien elements of the NS team, a status borne out by his neglected 2011 LP Bible Eyes. While whatever memo almost all the label's producers got has often resulted in stylistic changes beyond recognition, Egyptrixx has retained his unique character in the chiming synths, dark chords and flair for the epic. While other ice-hot future releases of this ilk: Jam City'… Read more
Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka The Sight Below) returns with a breathtaking suite of ambient panoramas bathed in tape noise, pressed in a limited run by the Room 40 label. It's an album that recalls some out-and-out scene classics, from Xela's lush 'For Frosty Mornings And Summer Nights' to Shuttle 358's much-overlooked 'Frame' and, at some points, the most desolate moments from Aphex Twin's 'Selected Ambient Works Vol.II'. The album was apparently inspired by the true story of the Salton Sea and is a follow-up to the acclaimed “The North Bend”, further developin… Read more
Massive grime 12" starring the blinding 'XE2' from promising first timer, Mssingno on Leeds-based Goon Club Records. Already hotly tipped by the likes of Fact and Pitchfork, Mssingno's debut is a blazing highlight of the UK's revitalised instrumental grime scene in 2013. 'XE2' is the big one, a low-riding blend of buyoant Reese bass, twinkling marimbas and an earworming R Kelly vocal hook that somehow refreshes the whole R&B-sampling thing by virtue of its simplistic innocence and Ruff Sqwad-like emo swagger. There's also the darker, roadwise Nightmare On Elm Street vibes of '124th', a Rihan… Read more
What have Keysound been putting on their Weetabix recently? Following exemplary issues from Beneath and Mumdance, it's the turn of Logos with his debut album, 'Cold Mission' to leave a big mark on the scene. Isolating the quintessence of Eski Grime, New Age electronics, cinematic sound design and hyper-forward Vaporwave, his definitive album statement can stand up next to Jam City's 'Classical Curves' as one of the UK's finest contributions to the ongoing dialogue between futurist labels such as Fade To Mind (Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu), Software (Oneohtrix Point Never, Co La, David Kanaga) and… Read more
One of 2013's most exciting producers follows exemplary issues for Leisure System , Lit City Trax and his Lost Codes label with two uniquely ductile riddims for Ramp. They're both ghostly, mesmerising things, siphoning from and augmenting essential traces of grime, dubstep and that vapourous sound with reductionist efficiency. On 'M' he meditates in cool, glassy cyberspace with flitting synth voices suspended above plunging, precisely punchy subs and razor-cut hi-hats synched with exquisite swagger, whereas 'Secrets' feels like everything's dragged down an octave with the sensation of rolling… Read more
'Event Of Your Leaving' features four gauzily impressionistic pieces by West Coast dreamers Liz Harris (Grouper) and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (The Alps, Tarentel) as Raum in response to the visual work of Latvian artist Vija Celmins. Using piano, tapes, guitar and keyboards they impress a beautifully hazy, half-remembered set of dreams and mottled memories succinctly consolidating their not-so-distant respective sounds. With 'In Stellar Orbit' they float free in ferric space with thirteen minutes of chiming guitar harmonics and tantalising glossolalia,… Read more
*Please note audio here is completely different to the CD version sold separately. Tape housed in a carefully re-produced Computer game style clamshell case, limited to 150 copies only** Sibling to Moon Wiring Club's 'A Fondness For Hats' CD, this 45 minute tape features Soft Confusion chasing the original into a lower resolution world of fancy dressed role-playing memory dredge. As they put it, "A sprawling world of skill and strategy is now theoretically available and you can join the growing number of unsatisfied customers who have yet to escape. This … Read more
*Edition of 500 copies, see-through speckled vinyl sold out, remaining copies on black wax, includes a download card redeemable from the label plus foldout poster/liner notes.* 'The Space Lady's Greatest Hits' is one of the most exquisite, quirky and heart-warming synth-pop collections you'll hear this year. It captures The Space Lady in her natural habitat - the streets of late '70s San Francisco - beaming messages of peace and harmony via cover versions of pop classics - an ohrwurming 'Major Tom', the haunting 'Ghost Riders In The Sky' and a hypnotic version of 'Fly Li… Read more
Distal and Mite represent a techy Atlantan bassbin sound on 'Concrete Space' for Distal's Embassy Recordings. Five tracks apiece render sinuous moires of house, bassy club music and sliding synthlines meshed with trap trills and swooshing concrète-like simulations. Distal's at his best with the spacious, Jam City-alike structure of 'Defnet' and the nimble mixture of air-carving dynamics and pointillist drum programming in 'Facebook Federali', whilst Mite impresses with the cold, hardcore-injected minimalism of 'Drum Habit', the shifty bubblers' flow of 'Cop Car', and holo'd UK grime style flex of 'Witch Doctor' or 'Duppy Dem'.
**Nils Frahm presents the truest representation of his feted piano performances with this gorgeous treatment of over two years worth of live performance, recorded on all sorts of devices and then carefully assembled in his Durton Studio and referred to by Frahm as "a collage of field recordings rather than a live album." Presented in die-cut slipcase with liner notes** "Berlin-based contemporary composer Nils Frahm has built a steady reputation for his intimate, poignant piano recordings, yet they so far only showed a fragment of what to expect from a Nils Frahm concert. Frahm’s heart lies in i… Read more
After a pair of real killer EP's last year (both of them making it to our top 100 singles of 2012), Tri Angle present the label debut from FIS on his 'Preparations' EP. FIS has evolved a unique mutation of core D&B electronics with a shocking sense of rhythm structure and abstract texturing resulting in those mind-blowing records for Exit and close Kiwi pals, Samurai Horo, in the last few years. For Tri Angle, he offers up a necessary reissue of his aerobic-mystic modern classic, 'DMT Usher' - which now fetches mad money 2nd hand - backed with three exclusive new forms: the crushing/crushed geom… Read more
Midland cuts loose on his Graded label with three trax: some of his best work yet. He plays out three pieces of deep, tribal and tricky broken House, swinging from the electro-technoid funk and freakin' weird voices of 'Drumtrak' with its surging bassline on the front, and over to the lush minimalism of 'Diving Bell' and crooked, percussive drum dub backed with two useful locked grooves.
Kowton breaks down grime, house and techno down to the barest essentials on the 2nd shot from his Pale Fire label. On 'H-Street' he ruffs up the classic Eski template with his signature white-noise snares synched to gut-punch subs and sirens to make a seething, lip-bitingly tight racket. With 'Helsinki Sunrise' he drops the tempo to a bashy house swagger laced with machine gun snares and the nastiest, knotted subs. TIP!
Madteo returns to Morphine Records half a decade after they first introduced him with 'Memoria'. In stark contrast to last year's amazing 'Noi Na' Lp and the 'Strumpetocracy' 12" for Nuearth Kitchen, it sounds like the machines/computer's barely hanging in there long enough to do their thang. A-side, 'Insider' marks a pocked bleep coda countered with wormy bass , evading any kind of easily gratifying "drop" in favour of intricate psychedelic patterning which works a treat. B-side, 'Hiding Hand Principle' feels like an illicit recording of some ritual you weren't meant to be privy to; hushed voices in… Read more
*2013 Re-Press* at long last the remastered edition is back in, pressed up on glorious double vinyl and housed in the original artwork...
Kyle Hall cuts off a killer bonus round to his impressive debut album statement, The Boat Party'. On top it's a rugged, near-psychedelic funk session with the tumbled soul samples and devilishly crooked groove of 'Need Sum!' and the crafty, R&B house swing of 'Skeeter!' for the dopest cats. Downtown he's in techno mode - our favourite KMFH mode - with the virulent modular synthlines and filtered slam of '12 Doors' featuring Nas1, and a heavyweight drum machine-rocking 2k13 mix of album highlight, 'Flemmenup'. Recommended!
Andrea Parker's Touchin' Bass crew remerge for a proper electro showcase. The timing feels appropriate as everyone from the Swamp81 crew to James T Cotton are appropriating vintage electro tropes, perhaps in defiance of the term's bastardisation, or probably because they work so damn well on the 'floor. Either way, Andrea Parker's electro credentials are certifiable and she's picked a fine selection spanning veteran button-pushers and new skool electroids. For fans of that vintage '90s/early '00s sound there's plenty to check, from the Drexciyan darkness of Sonar Base's 'Last T… Read more
British techno veteran Ben Sims steams thru 44 tracks in 70 minutes on his Fabric 73 entry. Kicking off with his pal Paul Mac's Kryptic Minds collaboration, 'Icon', the mix takes in some of the freshest techno and jackin' house releases around, scanning recent aces from Alden Tyrell, J Tijn, Clouds, L-Vis 1990, Mike Dehnert, Fokus Group, Ø, Truncate, Gingy & Bordello, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Rod and many, many more. Pounders a plenty.
Leeds-based producer follows his 10" for Lone's Magic Wires label with a powerful 3-track single for Berlin's Leisure System. 'Kronos' brings a Neil Landstrumm-style ragga-techno rave vibe, whereas the swinging flex of 'Mesonoxian' dices with moody mix of techno and sprung Yorkshire bassline sounds and 'LS6' pounds out a prime Berghain techno tattoo.
What have Keysound been putting on their Weetabix recently? Following exemplary issues from Beneath and Mumdance, it's the turn of Logos with his debut album, 'Cold Mission' to leave a big mark on the scene. Isolating the quintessence of Eski Grime, New Age electronics, cinematic sound design and hyper-forward Vaporwave, his definitive album statement can stand up next to Jam City's 'Classical Curves' as one of the UK's finest contributions to the ongoing dialogue between futurist labels such as Fade To Mind (Total Freedom, Nguzunguzu), Software (Oneohtrix Point Never, Co La, David Kanaga) and Night… Read more
Rushing futurism from Teengirl Fantasy on their striking follow-up to the widely acclaimed 'Tracer' LP for R&S. Four cuts orbit intersecting styles of junglist footwork, trap and streaking, vapourous electronica all meshed together with the duo's signature, lush harmonics. 'Nun' is a taut exercise in pointillist, hyper electro and the kind of gleaming, marimba-like chimes also used by Fatima Al Qadiri, whilst 'Eric' projects a rapid flux of Footwork and Jungle with sweeping '90s trance motifs recalling D'eon at his fanciest, whilst 'Platinum' is a brief but lovely piece of romantic sci-fi nodding to computer game soundtracks and classic New Age.
Endearingly ruffcut UK soul bumpers from new, Peckham-based player, Reginald Omas Mamode IV. His debut EP, the follow-up to an inclusion on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers 10 compilation, is a product of his background steeped in his parents record collections of Northern Soul and Native Music and a love of rugged classics by Slum Village and the legendary Rawkus Records. On six tracks of hard-workin' drums, deft bass and nuff soul vibes he comes off like a quirky Prince variant, safely avoiding the cloying slickness of, say, Jamie Lidell, in favour of an effortless, original cool.
Future-tribalist swagger from one of Bristol's finest young producers. 'Up top, 'Murda' comes off like Joe meets Blank Mind's Alan Johnson inna step-off - all crazed percussive cadence and a promiscuous, ruffneck approach to funky, techno and wot-the-f**k-dya-call-it sounds. Flipside he harks back to the junglist sound of Brizzle elders, Smith & Mighty, with the dubwise rolige of 'Break Pressure'.
**2 x 180g LP's housed in printed inners, debossed jacket and Houndstooth-printed PVC sleeve** Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded wit… Read more
Having been active in the underground with smaller offerings and his North Carolina label Hot Releases for four years, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Martin finally has a longplayer to his name with this diverse and intriguing collection of lo-fi landscapes. Martin mixes delicate songcraft and acoustic strumming with a tabletop cosmos of synths, or follows raindrops of guitar and keys falling in free-rhythm by rocking out in the red. Inner contrasts are explored when folky chords are paired intriguingly with harsh drum-machine hits as if from early eighties minimal wave… Read more