Thursday, 11 November 2010
Debut album of feral, blistered Rock 'n Roll and distorted cold wave from Timmy's Organism for the brilliant Sacred Bones label. All ten songs were recorded between 2007-2010 and cross electrified train lines between raucous stompers like 'Ugly Dream' to more tender moments of piano, distortion and electronics on 'Building The Friend-ship', visiting emaciated, Suicide-esque wavey sh*t in 'Give It To Me Babe' or the Cold Cave-ish 'Silver Mountain' in between. All comes in brilliant metallic screen-printed sleeve with lyric sheet insert.
Having previously impressed on a World Of Winter split 7", Dean McPhee offers a more complete picture of his talents as a solo guitarist on this EP for the Blast First Petite label (originally released on vinyl by Hood Faire). Playing clean electric guitar without too much in the way of reverb, McPhee plucks his way through some lovely instrumentals here, perhaps bringing to mind John Fahey's more melodic Table Of The Elements output or certain Six Organs Of Admittance recordings. Best of the bunch is the B-side filling title track which makes good use of delay/loop pedals and stirs up a wonde… Read more
Thursday, 04 November 2010
Hyperdub seal Terror Danjah's position at the top of UK Grime with his stone cold solid 'Undeniable' album, featuring guest spots from Mz Bratt, Griminal, D Double E, Bruza, and Lauren Mason. Unlike his 'Gremlinz' LP, or previous 'Hardrive' volumes this feels much more like an artist album proper, rather than a "best of" or a collection of recent riddims. Basically all the fat has been trimmed to reveal 14 heavyweights portraying Terror in his most futuristic form, dispensing with UK Funky - Danjah styles - on 'Breaking Bad', and performing Wiley-style Devil fixes on classic material with 'So… Read more
Peverelist's Punch Drunk imprint illuminates the wealth of Bristol's dubstep history with a killer 2CD comp featuring 26 tracks from the city's finest producers. For the past five years Bristol has proudly held its own against the Croydon and South London originators, hosting celebrated dances and creating a solid community of DJs and producers based around Pev's Rooted record shop, engaging the city's bass music veterans such as RSD/Smith & Mighty and Jakes in a subbass dialogue with youngers like Joker and Guido. The two discs show the breadth and scope o… Read more
Christopher Rau has the honour of releasing the first solo debut on Hamburg's bijou Smallville imprint. We've previously witnessed him on a handful of lovely 12"s alongside Sven Tasnadi and Smallpeople but this is obviously his most substantial offering to date. 'Asper Clouds' is a tenderly intimate journey through the deeper shades of House music, richly informed by classic Detroit and Chicago House, and accentuated with pristine, minimalist production values. Fans of Jus-Ed, Move D or Newworldaquarium will get a sweet kick out of this.
Twenty-Two track double CD featuring new, unreleased, classic and remixed tracks from Dapayk Solo; representing ten years of work. The first cd is 'for couches, cars and headphones...' with 'Cheated' offsetting clanging drums and squash ball percussion bouncing around the mix overlaid by the soft vocal of Miriam Liegner. 'Emergency 2010' deploys a lone guitar before getting the electronic treatment combined with a heartbroken female vocal singing about "looking into the emptiness of her lovers eyes..." Dapayk even steps into minimal drum and bass territory with the broken b… Read more
One of the best things to emerge from the Upset The Rhythm camp of late, Former Ghosts' New Love finds the Freddy Ruppert-fronted project returning with a new full-length - yet again calling upon the collaborative talents of Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart and Nika Roza Danilova (aka Zola Jesus), this time adding Yasmine Kittles (of LA band Tearist) to the personnel roster. Ruppert's sound is a fizzy and raw take on synth-pop that's probably just as indebted to punk and the eloquently angsty electronics of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone (or indeed Xiu Xiu) as it is more conventional electronic fare,… Read more
**Triple CD digipak edition** "In the late 1920's and early 1930's, the Depression gripped the Nation. It was a time when songs were tools for living. A whole community would turn out to mourn the loss of a member and to sow their songs like seeds. This collection is a wild garden grown from those seeds." - Tom Waits Songs of death, destruction and disaster, recorded by black and white performers from the dawn of American roots recording are here, assembled together for the first time. Whether they document world-shattering events lik… Read more
Badass comp of Eastern European and Russian party tunes from the intrepid Trikont camp. Yuriy Gurzhy, a Ukranian DJ and curator of the Russendisko clubnight in Berlin is behind the selections, picking out a nutty cross section of exotic tracks mixing reggae and ska with klezmer and traditional Russian songs. Check for Vavamuffin's pretty hilarious party Polish dancehall party starter 'Prawda Policyjna', the gypsy skank of Banda Bassotti's Arbeitsloser Marsch', and Yiddish Twist Orchestra's twanging rock 'n roll. Off the chain.
Another sterling pop gem from the Captured Tracks label, following Wild Nothing's 'Gemini' debut LP with their six-track EP of new material, 'Golden Haze'. This is just pure and unadulterated pop melancholy, from the jangle and shimmer of 'Golden Haze' to the more populsive New Order-esque dance-pop of 'Quiet Hours' and the yearning shoegaze feel of 'Take Me In'. Best of all, the accomplished expanse of 'Your Rabbit Feet' just gets it so right with hazy layers of guitar, Hooky-esque bass and crisp drum machine complementing Jack Tatum's unfussy, directly emotive vocals. A must for fans of Blank Dogs, Puro Instinct or The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.
*Beautifully packed double cd in a deluxe 48 page book style digipak from Made To Play - celebrating five years of the label* Jesse Rose follows up 36 single releases and numerous compilations with a very lovingly packaged compilation. The first cd features upbeat tracks showcasing some of the best house music from the catalogue including the party inducing Jesse Rose and Riva Starr and Zombie Disco Squad Vs Miman's remix of Calypso by Round Table Nights, a tropical house track that could slip into any DJ's UK Funky or disco set with ease. Disc two is a mix by Ro… Read more
Lasse Marhaug has been around on the Norwegian noise scene for years, releasing mercilessly extreme yet abundantly artful compositions as a solo artist, serial collaborator and founding member of Jazzkammer (or Jazkamer, as they're occasionally known). The Quiet North is an outstandingly good entry into this man's lengthy discography; it's unbelievably extreme stuff, but far from being a single-minded distortion blow out there's a crispness and poise to the production, and a level of detail in Marhaug's performance that sets this music apart from the work of less accomplished disciples o… Read more
Formed in the early '80s by Gary Mundy (in simultaneity with his Broken Flag label), Ramleh was a Whitehouse-inspired power electronics outfit that underwent a number of changes over the years, seeing it switch between its original noise-purveying format and a more straght-forward rock mode. These days Ramleh has two different line-ups running concurrently to fulfill both roles, but Valediction marks the first new power electronics material from the project for some twenty-five years. It appears that Mundy and his collaborator Anthony Di Franco (of Skullflower) have not lost the knack for it. Val… Read more
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Fire Records follow a heap of Soul Jazz reissues to present another crucial history of South Bronx discopunk upstarts, ESG. As the sleevenotes eloquently depict, the three sisters of ESG (Renee, Marie and Valerie Scroggins) grew up in a tuff New York neighbourhood under the auspices of a mother who would give them instruments early on in the hope they could stay off the streets and away from the dangers of crack cocaine and AIDS. Safe to say, she was successful and the girls would define an era of "post groovy, pre-fresh" New York with their spare, dubbed out and deadly form of funk. Over … Read more
Best known as a founding member of Tarentel and The Alps, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma returns with a brand new album for Type having previously released solo material through Spekk, Arbor and his own label, Root Strata. "Love Is A Stream" marks a radical rethink of the classic dream-pop template, taking an impressionist's brush to the established genre traits. Full of noise and expertly sculpted feedback, tracks such as 'Loving Love' feel like an all-analogue take on Fennesz's noisier moments, complete with hazy exchanges between skyscraping major 7th chords; you might equally suggest tha… Read more
The first official solo full-length from Animal Collective's Avey Tare (aka Dave Portner) arrives in the midst of a singles series from bandmate Panda Bear. To be very general it would seem that on recent evidence Panda Bear is the confirmed pop architect of the group - entrenching his music in lavish whirlpools of Brian Wilson vocal tracking - while Avey Tare leans more heavily in the direction of experimentation. You can hear some of Merriweather Post Pavilion's more sonically adventurous elements being given a chance to play out in full here, with plenty of squished, watery rhythms and field … Read more
Nowadays better known as novelist and screenwriter Alex McAuley, Charles Douglas made this long-lost album in 1999 with the assistance of producer Moe Tucker (of Velvet Underground fame) and engineer Kurt Ralske (best known for his work in Ultra Vivid Scene), who owned the rat-infested NYC studio in which it was recorded. Douglas spins a good yarn about the making of this album, and gives the distinct impression that everyone connected to this (bar Tucker) was permanently wasted. The Lives Of... sounds suitably rough and ready, and considering it's essentially a guitar-d… Read more
This full-length return from Nicholas Palmer' Directorsound begins with the lapping sounds of waves against a beach, played out as a natural rhythmic accompaniment to slippery Hawaiian guitars and kind of ornate chamber pop whimsy that permeates the entirety of 'Somewhen By The Sea / Balance The Balloon'. After this, Palmer seems to relocate from his beachside situ to the end of a pier somewhere, ploughing through the quirky and occasionally bedraggled multi-instrumental excursion 'Sirens In August/ My Shaggy Parasol / When The Sun Sets Over The Yard Arm'. Completing a triumvirate of s… Read more
In his notes for this record, Swans frontman and Young God label boss Michael Gira says: "To me, it's obvious Toth is animated with the same spirit that's moved through Willie, Waylon, Merle, and Hank." High praise indeed, but perhaps not quite as outlandish as it might initially seem. Having spent the early part of his career vacillating between lo-fi singer-songwriter records and sprawling improv outings with The Vanishing Voice, Wooden Wand (aka James Toth) has built up an impressive if erratic catalogue over the past few years, and Death Seat might just represent the peak of his output to … Read more
Thursday, 21 October 2010
The first solo album released by Jane Birkin, Di Doo Dah was made in conjunction with Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier, originally released in 1973. This new Light In The Attic reissue adds a further two bonus tracks on the CD version: 1971's 'La Decadanse' and 'Les Langues De Chat'. The original artwork is supplemented with previously unseen photographs, French and English lyric transcriptions and extensive liner notes in the booklet including a new interview with Birkin herself. Di Doo Dah follows on from the 1969 duet album Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus' and the classic 1971 release, L… Read more
Having previous appeared on the Manimal Vinyl label, all-girl LA quartet Warpaint release their debut album for Rough Trade, produced by Tom Biller (Karen O, Liars) with mixing from Andrew Weatherall and Adam Samuels (Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam). The band have attracted a certain amount of buzz in the build up to this release, thanks in part to high profile touring slots with the likes of The xx, The Walkmen, Yeasayer and Band Of Horses. Unusually for a record steeped in a certain amount of hype, The Fool is a fairly understated affair that announces itself with the spooky, skeletal … Read more
Kent quintet Codes In The Clouds delivered something of a post-rock opus with their Paper Canyon album of last year, and now the band present this fine remix LP as an appendix, featuring such artists as Machinefabriek, Library Tapes, Nils Frahm, Rival Consoles and Worriedaboutsatan. The set gets underway with an opening cut that isn't strictly a remix at all. Instead, it's a reworking of epic album track 'Don't Go Awash In This Digital Landscape' featuring Paul Mullen of The Automatic, bringing vocals to the already immense original. … Read more
For her third album, Marnie Stern has raised her game all over again, sounding consummately at ease with the utterly unique sound she's been developing ever since her In Advance Of The Broken Arm debut album. It'd be hard to think of any other artist who achieves such a remarkable symmetry between sheer technical ability and credible songwriting. Amidst a flurry of two-handed tapping runs Stern always manages to assert a strong and highly personal artistic presence. 'For Ash' is a real tour de force, tumbling through wildly different, segmented passages while a stellar rhythm section, comp… Read more
The second album from the awe-inspiringly weird West Yorkshire combo Cleckhuddersfax arrives on Upset The Rhythm. There's no way to approach categorising this band, and the rate at which they churn out ideas is truly baffling - tearing through eight absolutely unique songs in around half-an hour. 'Four Principles' belts through some weird garage-prog shapes and features a great Middle Eastern-sounding synth line, while further bizarre angles are thrown by the truly unclassifiable 'Stellar's Sea Cow', complete with honking synth silliness and a Fever Ray-esque vocal pitch-shifting effect. K… Read more
Based on the novel of the same name by Murakami Ryu, Lignes is a highly unusual, avant-garde electroacoustic composition from French composer and guitarist Bruno Letort, featuring contributions from chamber ensemble Musiques Nouvelles (as conducted by Jean-Paul Dessy) and vocalists Kumi Okamoto and Klaus Blasquiz (former singer with French prog rockers Magma). "Bruno Letort is a French composer born in 1963 in Vichy. This guitarist published a series of albums on the border of jazz and rock in the early '80s (with Manu Katche, Noël Akchoté, Didier Malherbe...). His discography from the '90s contai… Read more
The Throbbing Gristle founding member's 1999 solo album Small Moon is an experimental techno-leaning album released just before he embarked upon the Electronic Ambient Remixes series. While the first couple of tracks on the record - in particular the rampant 'Praxiz' - converge on a kind of high-tempo, dancefloor-geared post-industrial minimalism (or something to that effect...), as the album develops it begins to delve into the kind of deep-set soundscapes and abstract rhythmic experiments to be found strewn across the EAR series, only to wrap up with 'Soho... 3am' a unique clash of field recording and nocturnal drum & bass.
Debut album from Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti in their guise as Carter Tutti. Having established themselves as electro/industrial pioneers as Chris & Cosy, the pair have now returned for 11 brand new original compositions. Cabal combines chris carter's instrumentation and cosey fanni tutti's unique vocal, guitar and cornet techniques with music styles encompassing dense electronic soundscapes, dub influenced rhythms, extreme vocal manipulations and spacious electro patterns. Check.
Originally released in 1995, In Continuum: The Library Of Sound - Edition 3 is another highly abstracted foray into the gloopy recesses of ambient music from Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti. There's probably a greater range of stylistic variations and textures at play here than on the Electronic Ambient Remixes series, absorbing the rich, string-based drones 'Audio Lava' and the loping, filtered beats of 'Spectrophilia' whilst sifting through the EAR series' familiar palette of panned resonances.