*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered by Matt Colton, digital edition includes 4 bonus tracks not on the vinyl* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s been selling for crazy money (theres a copy up on discogs at the moment for $600 - go figur… Read more
**Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Photography by Joe Dilworth and artwork by Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis** Widely championed techno/electronica producer Objekt deposits his detailed and complex debut album on PAN. Since 2011 at least, the Berlin resident known as TJ Hertz has been a vital cog in the European techno machine, self-releasing some of this decade's most vaunted white labels, plus 12"s with Hessle Audio and Leisure System - including this year's great split with Dopplereffekt - beside his role as software engineer for Native Instruments. With 'Flatland' he takes the opportunit… Read more
Bruce rolls off an ace 12" for Livity Sound into a trio of murky, mongrel techno trax for Hessle Audio. The lop-sided wamp of 'Not Stochastic' is a refreshing, exemplary take on the noisy, abstract techno nexus; yoking minimal, thrumming techno from the brink of psychedelic chaos to tensely gritted effect. By turns, 'Trip' takes the opportunity to investigate niche ambient zones between Burial, Inga Copeland and Dynamo, before 'My Legs Wouldn't Go Quick Enough' delivers a sort of dream-state return to the dancefloor with tetchy drums and morphing atmospheric pressure. It's a bewt. Tip!
Listening to this latest album from Liz Harris’ Grouper project it’s easy to forget how much of a hard sell her music was back when 'Way Their Crept’ landed with us back in 2005. Her eerie, layered mix of bare vocals, guitar and tape delay didn't quite fit in with what anyone else was really doing on the scene back then - and it completely knocked us out even if no one was buying it. By the time her breakthrough ‘Dragging a Dead Deer…’ arrived on Type three years later she was more or less playing to a baying mob hungry for any little morsel she cared to throw their way, her (by now) more fleshed … Read more
The clocks have gone back and Samhain is upon us: let's bring out the beasts. These 14 tracks stalk voodoo ground between black metal, drone noise and the avant-garde, scaling the depths of The Body's ''Alone All The Way' thru to Wolves In The Throne Room's 'Celestite' highlight, 'Initiation at Neudeg Alm'. In the void between there's the diseased 'Bestial Burden' of Pharmakon, and the guillotine drums of Demdike Stare's 'Frontin'' alongside the ritual clangour of Cut Hands and eldritch discord from Vessel and The Bomber Jackets. Stefan Jaworzyn's 'Apocalypse' captures… Read more
In 2014 the ambient/electronica zeitgeist can be read as an impressionistic projection of our dreams inspired by current technologies and past memories. From T C F's mind-blowing work focussed on block chain encryption (the algorithms that run BitCoin), thru Lee Gamble's rave sublimations, to the hyper-coloured synthetic tone of 12 year old Henry Plotnick and computer games soundtrack designer, David Kanaga, we can hear a schism opening between the previous era of composition and those lush new 3D spaces favouring stranger, alien discord over staid convention. Rathe… Read more
**Flac format for this release is in 24 bit / 44.1kHz** Dave Huismans (A Made Up Sound) returns under his 2562 codename with the oneiric ambient/concrète dancefloor states of 'The New Today', his 4th solo album in this guise. Where its predecessor, 'Air Jordan', also for his When In Doubt label, took inspiration from the arid landscapes of the Middle East, 'The New Today' draws upon ideas sketched out whilst 2562 was in New York, late summer 2013, and was later finished at his home studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rather than disco samples, as with his last LP 'Fever', he sources from and… Read more
A brilliantly lucid dose of Chicago house psychedelia from Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being on Photomachine's Technicolour label. Everything is rendered with crystal clarity and spacious mixdown which might come as a real shock for anyone used to Jamal's noisier excursions, but to be fair just feels like a natural progression from the more lucid episodes peppered across his vast catalogue. 'The Fourth Dimension' is a real peaktime blinder, ascending spiralling crystal staircases to enlightened harmonies, gushing acid and the kind of pounding, rushing … Read more
Oren Ambarchi caps a vintage and truly prolific year of releases with the pulsing, searching, 5-part narrative of 'Quixotism'. Underpinned by the pulsing truth of Thomas Brinkmann's computable drums, the session unfolds with a preternaturally hypnotic logic, consolidating a wealth of contributions from the likes of regular collaborators Jim O'Rourke (synth), Crys Cole (contact mics, brushes), Eyvind Kang (bowed gender & violas) and John Tilbury (piano) with new input from U-zhaan (tabla) and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, plus co-production and engineering by Randall Dunn at Avast, Se… Read more
Funkineven comes as rough as yer nan's stubble on three killer analogue sessions - his most focused and stripped release to date. In fact, it's so gnarled there's even a warning on the centre label "It's Not Your Speakers, It's The Beat", a sure sign of great things ahead. On the A-side you'll feel the gravelly wallop of 'Beat Crash', a bruxist confection of wildly overdriven electro bass, surging hyper-Boogie keys and needling hi-hats, kinda like Alec Empire jamming with Dâm Funk. Flipside 'F*ck Off' churns any remaining residue between your ears with gargled acid tweaks and brittle-but-boo… Read more
Saga serves an icy six-track instrumental grime payload for the burgeoning Lit City Trax one year on from his debut for Visionist's Lost Codes label. 'Flight Risk' feels more muscular and reduced, optimising rhythms to skeletal silhouettes in cavernous sound designs streaked with strobing, synths and flash, brassy stabs. If we're picking favourites, then the coiled dread of 'Flight Risk' is up there alongside the sublow shift of 'Shades' and the manic chamber grime flex of 'Whistle Grip' and the super crisp punctuations of 'Witch Slap'. Sick session. RIYL Visionist , Rabit, Bloom, Slackk.
Bumpty Chi-house/disco splice job from some cat called Laurent on the Delroy Edwards-affiliated Gene's Liquor label. It's a while since we've heard this sound done so well, so gritty, with nuff verve and swerve in all the right places. The first cut's the best, full of reverse/forward edits, crispy claps and tricksy filtering to cream the crowd, whilst the other two come with mucky funk a la Shake, Sneak or Van Helden.
When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind. With a career spanning more than five decades, Scott Walker’s cult status remains as significant as ever before. Experiencing mega-stardom as part of The Walker Brothers before carving out a career as a solo crooner who released a quartet of peerless self-titled LPs that painted rich vignettes… Read more
Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen's Kiamos duo follow their 2012 debut 12" with a fully fledged LP of posh dance music. Both artists approach the project from similar angles, marrying mutual taste for mnml tech-house rhythms with more mannered neo-classical sensibilities. It includes the previous single track, 'Thrown' plus seven new compositions, at best in the elegant swing of 'Swayed' and the melancholic electro-house shuffle of 'Bent'. "“We decided to start almost completely over with this record, so most of the material is written this year with the idea of making a record that can stand a… Read more
Eternal wanderer and erstwhile Yellow Swan, Gabriel Saloman presents the latest in his series of abyss-staring post-YS ambient and drone compositions. The follow-up to his split side with Peter Broderick and the agitated themes of 'Riots Don't Just Happen' and 'Soldier's Requiem' follows suit with a desolate drone tract of keening strings under fire from militant "poly-vocal drumming" before seceding to shimmering guitar chords and a blistering post-rock crescendo almost worthy of Godspeed or MBV over its 37 minute duration.
**Flac format for this release is in 24 bit / 44.1kHz** Lee Gamble jacks directly into a latent stream of electronic wonder with his dream-like 'Koch' opus for PAN. Running to 76 minutes over 16 tracks, it's Gamble's most substantial and arguably definitive work, following the beautifully effective 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' releases for PAN in 2012. Where those records deconstructed the elusive, enigmatic timbre of '90s electronic dance music - jungle, techno, ambient - 'Koch' (pron. 'Cotch' - UK slang for relax) is a sort of 'Pataphysical reflection and projection of wh… Read more
Most forward dubstep murder from OG South Londoner Silkie. 'Bird In The Sky' comes heavy with the tribalised, hard-boidy style skanking from darkside vibes to more optimistic breakdown and back; M3000' leans in with a percolating techno-step monster; 'Limits' caresses the dance's boogie needs on a proper '80s electro-soul flex. In case you thought dubstep was dead, Silkie proves it was just off having a zoot while the shiny new grime kids came in the back door.
Throughout 2014, the hyper-reflective electronic surfaces of instrumental grime have emerged as one of the year's defining sounds. From the "weightless" projections of Mumdance, Logos and co, to the iridescent prisms of Visionist, Shriekin, Cyphr and Moleskin, via retro-futurisms from Filter Dread, Slackk and JT The Goon, the scene has never been more open-minded, quick-moving or eager. This selection, whilst by no means comprehensive - there's obviously glaring omissions from the likes of Murlo, Kahn & Neek, Finn, to name a few - draws for those moodier, stranger, fo… Read more
Flighty junglist rollers from Bristol's Eveson. 'Archangel' harks back to vintage Commix and Marcus Intalex liqud styles with smooth amens runnin' off plush subs and soul-dizzy vocals. 'Tempest' is a sweeter mixture of dreamy vocal washes and manicured breakbeats.
Another reminder of Fantastic Mr Fox's dance-pop brilliance, backed with a sterling Visionist refraction. Arriving six months on from the 'On My Own' single, FMF's 'You-Turn' transmutes inspiration from early house-and-boogie prototypes into a deceptively detailed groove with minor anthem potential landing somewhere between Joe and Julio Bashmore. The Visionist mix ain't concerned with pop potential though, flipping Kid A's vocal into wavering, liquid reflections of itself around his signature pads and a re-sequenced bassline right out of the Actress or Zomby textbook.
Belgium's Curle pluck out Matthew Herbert & Charles Webster's deep DJ Boom banger 'Kinda Kickin'' for reissue, backed with a bassier re-shuffle from Efdemin. Originally released on Matthew Herbert's Phonography label, it's the sort of proper house obscurity that will get a lot of fiends hot under the collar. Edfemin's remix readjusts the slow-burning appeal with a poised, druggier groove accentuated by killer subbass swing and stoner guitar motifs.
A prime, if lesser-known, Drexciyan classic issued to download for the first time! Like the album it accompanied, 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is notable for its stripped down and bass-biased electro-techno aesthetic, yielding three tracks which stand out uniquely from the duo's oeuvre: the funky trudge and sonar melodies of 'Power Of The 3rd Brain'; the spine-shivering all time classic 'Disrupted Neural Gateway'; an abyssal electro monster named 'Do You Want To Get Down'. Yes please, all day.
A late pinnacle of the Drexciyan oeuvre, Storm 2 aka Transllusion's 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is issued to download for the first time! This is the original CD track-listing, including 12 songs, as opposed to eight on the original 2LP. We're not quite sure what they were using on this one, but it's all remarkably bass-heavy, even saturated, compared with a lot of other Drexciyan workouts, resulting some of their most ruggedly stripped down electro-techno functions ranging from the pounding might of 'Transmission Of Life' to the militant march of 'War Of The… Read more
Sam KDC returns to Auxiliary with a brooding, almost doomy D&B variant in 'The Order and the Entry'. Exploring space between Fis and The Haxan Cloak, four shadowy tracks shape-shift from the spellbound zombie lurch of 'Immolate' to thundering but blank-eyed techno-step in 'Navigation to Nowhere', and over to the desolate tracts of 'Vessel', before the stygian recourse of 'Purgatory'. Hands-down the best we've heard from this producer.
Fearless techno jags from Paula Temple, back on R&S after the 'Colonized' EP in 2013. This time out she's much noisier, dynamic, baiting the apocalypse in three dramatic, tribalised onslaughts: 'Deathvox' is an outstanding collision of galloping, shuffling techno torque with 'Elephant Song'-style howls and a stunning doom denouement; from majestic intro, 'Monstro' bombs the senses with heavy artillery harking back to Techno Animal and Scorn at their fiercest; 'Ful' casts a long shadow of brassy synth plumes and thunderous drums reminding of Randomer. Tip!
Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infat… Read more
One-sided special request from the hand of Mala. Released to accompany the collector's book, 'Passion For Vinyl', it yields Part 2 of Digital Mystikz' 'I Wait' from the Soul Jazz compilation, 'Box of Dub: Dubstep and Future Dub' (2007). Choice picking for all DMZ completionists and modern digi-dubbers.
Chicago's Karl Meier & Johnathan Krohn aka Talker properly realise the project's industrial potential with 'Hari', their debut LP for Downwards. Last spotted on a 12" with expanded version of 'Cut The Weight' from the 'Halha' compilation, this appearance feels more affected, atmospheric, bitterly resolved. There's eight tracks on offer, including the monstrous doom copulation of 'Meniscus' featuring label-mate, Kerridge, amongst the Eraserhead ambience of 'Hari' or the ghostly industrial romance of 'Image Union', whilst the bombed-out techno hulk of 'Behemoth' and the 'floor-razing mission, 'Frame C… Read more
Flying Lotus flexes his most earnest jazz muscles on this fifth solo album, his 4th for Warp. Star-lit with guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, it's the work of heightened, enlightened minds projecting into spheres beyond this mortal coil. Funny then that it all sounds so familiar; the references to Alice Coltrane's celestial jazz legacy, the kinetic percussion, the intensely "vintage" sounding production all paint an almost objectively "psychedelic" vision that leaves little room for ambiguity or in… Read more
Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O'Halloran reprise their acclaimed strings and keys duo, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, with 'Atomos I - XII' for Erased Tapes. We can safely report that it's every bit as gorgeous as their eponymous debut, but you probably already got the hint from their teaser 12", 'Atomos VII' which landed earlier this year backed with a fearsome Ben Frost re-interpretation. The further XI parts sweep us to the most picturesque modern classical panoramas imaginable...
Shed kicks Lone onto the 'floor with a class remix of 'Restless City' from the 'Reality Testing' album. The Shake-style jazz chord chops and dusty clapping rhythms of the original are subtly rekeyed to a rolling bass ballast by Head High, recalibrating from jazz-dancing swing to skipping garage-techno with really sweet AI-style breakdown pads for peak time play. Expect to hear this out a lot.
'That Horn Track' from Bleep's 10 year compilation takes a seeing to from Marcel Dettmann. On the original Untold flashes his new fangled modular system in a knotted, chaotic tribute to Egyptian Empire's 'ardcore classic, which Dettmann duly straightens out for the techno 'floors with stone-cut kicks and combustible, discordant surface disturbances.
What looks like the penultimate edition of FatCat's split series contrasts a remarkably epic Katie Gately composition with a side of spannered psychedelic house by Tlaotlon. This is the first we've heard of Katie Gately since her fascinating side for Public Information a year ago. Again she returns to the painstaking method of sampling and editing her own vocals and concrète sources into uncannily detailed, kinetic arrangements liable to buckle, vault and twist in the most unique geometries. Her 'Pivot' plays through as one 14 minute piece collaging a tortuous narrative fro… Read more
One of the most interesting producers in Grime, Mr. Mitch returns with another knockout drop for his own Gobstopper label. The productions here are largely about space and pressure, a reduced/fwd Grime template that retains an odd, melancholy heart. It makes for a mighty EP from a genuinely inimitable producer that just gets more interesting with every release. Highly recommended!
Nexx-level club dynamixx from Berlin's M.E.S.H. for new music thunk tank, PAN. As a co-founder and resident at the influential Janus club-night, M.E.S.H. is hard-wired to the core of Berlin's accelerated night scene and deeply connected to the global digital arts diaspora thru collaboration with contemporary artists, Aleksandra Domanovic, Fatima Al Qadiri, Arca and TCF, among others. Operating at the intersection of electronic hip hop, techno and chimeric sound design, the 'Scythians' EP motions a bracingly fresh sound modelling skeletal 808 patterns perfused with hyper-criss foley and thri… Read more
Big people's D&B/dancehall minimalism from Fracture, Sam Binga and Rider Shafique backed with a weightless Logos remix. 'She Want It Ruff' is a self-explanatory tale of bedroom athletics set to tight-belly minimal wine; 'Back It Up' keeps it lewd on a dark 'n slow flex with squirting synths; 'Bubble' takes it to the dancehall proper. Check the Logos Space Jam of 'She Wants It Ruff' for a more sensuous, tactile inversion of the original's pent energy.
'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an unmistakably gorgeous and refreshing suite of microtonal minimalist composition by New York-based ensemble, Bing & Ruth. Helmed by writer, conductor and lead pianist, David Moore, and supported by two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, Bing & Ruth genuinely sweep us off somewhere sublime without recourse to overblown conceit or cliche - something all too prevalent and cloying in today's neo-classical quarters. Their skill lies in the ability to drift, almost imperceptibly, between microtonal harmonies an… Read more
Massimo Di Lena and Padice team up on a deep house/disco session for Dekmental. Four tracks cover bases between slinky acid disco in 'Motor'; bumpty Chicago juice in 'Oman Jazz'; wiggly Border Community-style tech-house in 'Design The Future'; grumbling cosmic styles in 'Arctic Lodge'.
Shocking, extended double AA 12" from Russell Haswell paying tribute to OG Latino freestyle and industrial funk edits with inimitable, improvised flair. Back on Diagonal following his scintillating and unusually "pop" structured '37 Minute Workout' LP, plus a couple of furnace blast LPs for Bocian and Editions Mego, this entirely improvised session captures Russell in the wild, trapped between daemonic nO!se and snapjaw drum patterns nodding to early Omar Santana or Carlos Berrio and his own past as a go-to studio editor for labels such as Mute. The A-side is a slyly arousing but terrif… Read more
Lukid joins the Lib Tech gang with his first release in nearly two years. A producer's producer and a perennial outsider persistently mutating styles in the cracks of current techno, electronica and bass music, Lukid still evades any net we might chuck at him with 'Crawlers'. The A-side opener, 'Nine' may well be known to you for it's brittle, anguished lead motif which was snatched by Evian Christ for his 'Propeller' on the 'Waterfall' EP. Here it sounds more sombre and petrified, shaken up with rasping drums and bass beside the strobing spectres of 'La Cucaracha'. B-side, he thwacks off angular… Read more
Living up to his unrivalled reputation as one of the most versatile and capable producers in electronic music, Mark Pritchard rolls off two of his most deadly riddims for Mala's Deep Medi stable. If you've not caught one of Mark's releases as Harmonic 313, Jedi Knights, Reload or Global Communications you need to go and do some revision mate, but if you've been keeping track of the last 20 years of dance music you'll know what we're talking about. The steamroller subs of 'Elephant Dub' are crushingly heavy, creating a dense pressure that causes the snares to ping off the surface with… Read more
This.Is.The.Sh*t! Mariano D.C. debuts on Function's revived Infrastructure New York label with five hard-working, sub-heavy techno monsters. Hailing from Argentina, Mariano duly articulates his rhythms with a proper, latinate accentuation that works so damn well in techno context. There's an almighty big-room battery on the front called 'Kaverna', but we're even more into the shifty hydraulik lash of 'Estalaktita', followed by the thunderous title track, the pendulous 'Incidental' - give us a longer edit, please! - and the bombed-out juggernaut, 'Cascada'. F**k your stodgy, funkless techno; this is how it should be done. One for the dancers.
Easily the best Applepips since the Martyn 12" comes from the hands of our favourite Berlin producer and techno pioneer Torsten Profrock with two tempo varied techno steppers ranking among the best tracks in his catalogue. The real good techno stuff lies on the A-side with 'Audio1995*8', sitting next to his MDR remix or the sick 'Aquatic/Storm' tracks on a throbbing 130bpm techno flex with utterly alien synthlines decaying into fine abstract forms and anchored by deeply submerged beats shot through with that intricate rhythmic rattle that signifies the best of his work. Flip the script for 'Audio… Read more
Latest hookup from Appleblim and Ramadanman, once again displaying the uber-crisp production vibe these two are so fond of, sounding twice as loud as almost anything else we've played in the office today. 'Justify' paces along at a relatively chilled 110bpm, built around a flexed halfstep routine with a nicely technofied sound palette and the requisite low-end pressure that always elevates these productions beyond the ordinary. There's a big synthy breakdown halfway through which shimmers and builds nicely as the track almost imperceptibly gains momentum before it all comes to a sud… Read more
**Download format includes two bonus mixes** Dusk & Blackdown seal a vintage year for Keysound Recordings with the darker pressure of their 'Back 2 Go FWD>>' doublepack, including remixes by Horsepower Productions and Facta. The pair's first material since the 'Dasaflex' (2012) album finds them reminiscin' about the red-lit sweatbox at Plastic People, which used to host the foundational FWD>> events - the Rinse-affiliated precursor to the DMZ events and today's influential Boxed nights. But Dusk + Blackdown don't feel beholden to it, instead finding a healthy balance of respect … Read more