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 what lies beyond; a symbolic, imaginary solution to what co… Read more
In case you hadn't noticed, the gurning genius is back in a big way with 'Syro', his first new LP since 'Drukqs' (2001). Culled from his legendary trove of recordings, it's apparently "about a fifth" of what he's done in the last 10 years, "…one album out of many possible ones", according to his interview with Rolling Stone. After a couple of whizzes thru, we'd say it lands somewhere between 'Drukqs' and the Analord series of 2005 - no real surprises there, then - leaning heavy on trademark breakbeat funk and hyper-jazzy/classical arrangements for the most, and saving one saunter into pastoral … Read more
This week's selection parses bold, recent electronic mutations twysting traces of grime, R&B/hip hop, trance and electro-pop into beguiling, avant shapes. Exemplified in the WTF-ness of SOPHIE's incredible, divisive 'Lemonade/Hard' single for Numbers, there's a wave of bright new producers who revel in the sheer sensation of HD electronic texture and supposedly "naive" production styles. Between the pirouetting, pointillist trance optimism of Lorenzo Senni's 'Elegant, and Never Tiring', to the pandrogynous discord of The Knife, thru Mykki Blanco' camp, trap beats … Read more
Ahhh this one’s a real peach. Veering far from what we expected, ‘Games Have Rules’ is a brilliant late night excursion made in the spirit of classic Artificial Intelligence albums, instantly reminding us of that killer first Reaganz (Move D & Jonah Sharp) album from ’94 with it’s atmospheric soundscaping and nods to John Carpenter. In fact it’s not all that removed from the better end of the Fax/Rather Interesting catalogue - especially those Atom Heart/Namlook collabs that seemed to go on forever and soundtracked many a late night back in the mid 90’s. Fittingly, the a… Read more
Keysound's most rooted unit return with a lean suite of broken beat and Afro-centric mutations on 'Islands'. Tied together with Josh Idehen's observant, poetic narration, 'Islands' follows the much-loved 'Routes' (2011) LP with a bright, spacious haul, flexing from wicked breakbeat and bass agitations to eerier ambient interludes. It feels constantly in flux between an omnipresent urban dread and moments of elation, tracing the underground/overground, hyper-capitalist/realist topologies and analogues of London town itself, from the deft bounce of 'New Pen' to lonely, solemn close of 'Is… Read more
One of Bristol's most interesting artists returns with an ace, oddly organic 2nd album for Tri Angle. 'Punish Honey' cements Vessel's unique position in modern electronica, not least as the first artist bestowed the honour of a 2nd full length on Tri Angle, but also due to his kink for a queered, oxidised alloy of organic and electronic tone, texture and timbre. In it, he uses electro-acoustic/concrète techniques and process to embody a unique voice and character, rather than towards any academic purposes. Employing sheet metal as percussion and sawn-off bicycles as flutes, he arrives at a r… Read more
Humid, post-D&B ecosystems from Fis, backed with killer Kassem Mosse and Oren Ambarchi remixes. The first release on Loopy, a new label administered Sam Strang, 'Speech Spirits' follows on from the 'Iterations' 12" with two cuts of unquantised riddmic roil, staggering from the bomber-streaked drunken-master styles of the title track to the plangent percussions and duppied atmospheres of 'Knecht' - not a million miles from his early ace, 'Love, Drama, Stress', only without the vocal. Remixing, Kassem Mosse returns to the spiky (machine?) drum palette of … Read more
Brilliantly unexpected pop/house from Paul White, heralding his hugely promising album for R&S. Bolstered with a neat Andrés remix, 'Where You Gonna Go?' features White dicing with a more populist dancefloor sound to captivating effect. On the original he yokes signature palette of bright, tropical drums to a swinging 4/4 kick/bass and Jamie Woon's wounded/haunted soul vocals with the sorta class that should make this it a Radio 1 anthem. Similarly, 'Peace It Together' tempers his craftier beat skills in favour of plush, exotic instrumentation rent in gorgeous, electro-dubbed widescreen. On the remix, Andrés rolls some of his butteriest, soulful Detroit house.
**Ships Friday** **2LP. Printed inners. Embossed PVC jacket contain art insert** One of Techno's slipperiest operators presents his debut album statement in the subtle but lush structures of 'Suzi Ecto' for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth. Over the last four years the London-based musician has garnered the respect of everyone from PAN's Bill Kouligas to Ben UFO and Objekt, exemplifying his artistic versatility and aptitude for transcending cerebral and club dimensions. With 'Suzi Ecto' he opens a lucidly gorgeous space between the 'floor and our imagination, sweeping us thru eleven concisely… Read more
As promised, The Bug presents a heady sniff of his additional EP of material not used in 'Angels & Devils'. Following her appearance on album highlight 'Void', Liz Harris aka Grouper lends another ghostly vocal presence to the sublimated chamber dub silhouette of 'Black Wasp', working almost closer than ever as the spiritual twin to her namesake, Liz Fraser in the process. Strong stuff this.
Richard H Kirk makes his keenly awaited appearance on Minimal Wave with four archival tracks that have never appeared on vinyl before. As is well documented, Kirk was a founder member of Sheffield's legendary Cabaret Voltaire, who forged one of the most distinctive, dilated styles of Industrial music between the late '70s and mid '90s. He also had a prolific solo and collaborative oeuvre, from where these track are taken circa 1978 to 1987. The A-side is a burred, sour peach called 'Never Lose Your Shadow', short-circuiting No Wave and Industrial to a grubby disco agenda, s… Read more
18 months since 'Nostalchic', Brainfeeder's UK attache returns bittersweet as ever with 'Movement I, II & III'. The lysergic lovechild of celestial jazz, hip hop and electronica, his return is a triumphant epic - as you mighta guessed - in three parts structured around whirring trap drums, swallow-diving flutes and hyper-coloured synth dimensions humanised with genuinely lovely folk-soul vocals.
Black Acre's Clap! Clap! fathoms unique, Afro-futurist mutations on his island-minded debut album 'Tayi Bebba'. Under the moniker Clap! Clap!, Italian producer Cristiano Crisci has arrived at a whirlwind fusion of African-inspired rhythmelody and far-flung urban groove on a trio of well-received singles, and 'Tayi Bebba' is the project's most impressive, colourful dispatch to date. It feels like the Awesome Tapes From Africa and Celluloid catalogues have been stripped for parts and reassembled within the prism of modern footwork and ghetto electro. Shredding and punctuating exotic source ma… Read more
Cutting across techno's current face with 14 tracks from old hands and new bodies alike. Starting out West, there's peaking filter techno bombs from D'Marc Cantu and Rob Hood's Floorplan alias, plus 'Invasive Species' from NYC's Helmer and Function/Inland's sublime Anglo/American overhaul of Photek in 'Odeon'. From Europe, the Berghain posse are strongly represented in the PAS rework of Marcel Dettmann, in Answer Code Request's searing 'Breathe', and Norman Nodge's subtle but deadly remix of Roberto Clementi, while Roman Lindau, Bill Youngman and the Zenker Brothers t… Read more
Exquisite ear candy from SOPHIE on Numbers. Every bit as addictive as his debut and the 'Bipp/Elle' 12", these two feel even more sculpted, dynamic, kerning and canting every millisecond of material to visceral, kawaii effect. 'Lemonade' is just under two minutes of visionary pop architecture coming off like Florian Hecker doing J-Pop with Scratcha DVA, whilst the slow-fast hyperfunk of 'Hard' crams a delirious amounta synaesthetic detail into 3 minutes of accelerated dance-pop topped with fetishistic lyrics about platform shoes and latex from an unknown vocaloid. It's sickeningly strong stuff. Mind yer dosage…
Punch Drunk's 'Worth The Weight Vol.2: From The Edge' documents the 2nd wave of Bristolian bass mutations in the wake of dubstep's innovative eruption in the mid-late '00s. It does so thru the prism of Peverelist's ever-evolving yet rooted tastes, cannily reflective of - and influential upon - the contours of contemporary London and Berlin dancefloor trends. Yielding cuts from Kowton, Hodge, Tessela, Kahn, Andy Mac, Zhou, Bass Clef, Ekoplekz and Peverelist on CD for the first time, it covers a broad spectrum of styles within its niche, manifesting that Bristolian thi… Read more
Featuring exclusive tracks from Lee Gamble, Inga Copeland, DJ Earl, Borys, among many others, Hyperdub parse their ambient elements in the wake of dancefloor and sing-a-long sessions. By its nature, ambient is a nebulous term, taken to mean many things by many people. Hyperdub's definition is one we can really get down with, spanning the emotional punishments of Burial's 'In McDonalds' and 'Night Bus' alongside the super-sensual romance of Cooly G's 'Trying' and the ambiguous sensations of Inga Copeland's 'I Am Your Ambient Wife', or the stirring syn-phonics of DJ Earl's 'Hexagonic Sound'.… Read more
Nuel follows in the footsteps of his Aquaplano label co-owner, Donato Dozzy to release on Seattle's Further Records. And much like his production partner's downbeat 'K' LP, he heads away from functional 4/4 linearity into a more organic solution of acoustic instrumentation and electronics, still experimenting with hypnotic repetition albeit at a more mellow and cosmic tilt. Recorded in a single week with one day devoted to each track, 'Trance Mutation' gently spirals with a meditative introspection, using the sparest guitar, electric piano and rippling percussion run through a matrix of liv… Read more
Fist taste of Dean Blunt's keenly awaited 'Black Metal' album, his first for Rough Trade, following the critical success of 'The Redeemer'. Shoegazing ambient guitars and dry drum machine loop and lope underneath a male/female call & response dialogue in which Dean laments the loss of a girlfriend who won't take him back. Of course, being Blunt it's all mixed uncomfortably askew and ambiguously ethereal to keep you guessing for days.
20 years since completion of their foundational 12" series, Basic Channel present a full 14 minute version of 'Q-Loop' backed with first ever vinyl cuts of 'Q 1.2' and 'Mutism' - previously found on the 'BCD' (1995) and Scion's 'Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks' releases. Need we say any more?
"The eponymous debut album from Redinho is finally out on Numbers. The 15 track record, three years in the making, showcases those trademark Redinho vocal styles and the full weight of his unique production skills. Inspirations may come from the songs, synths and drum machines of 80’s Funk records and classic British Electronica but this record is very much a product of 2014."
Dark0 follows his Lost Codes debut with a lean, trancey grime session for Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper label. Like Slackk or Ikonika's forward styles, Dark0 fuses brittle 2-step/grime patterns with well-oiled, fluoro folk/road melodies in a distinctly UK fashion. However, unlike the aforementioned, his sound also errs close to Hybrid or Sasha-like prog arrangements, and if we're getting wavey in the club at 3am, it's got strobe appeal...
14 synth and guitar-fuelled tracks for the journey, from motorik krautrock to strung-out dusty blues and ecstatic highway burners. Driving from Hollywood soundtrack composer Brian Reitzell's 'Last Summer' collaboration with Kevin Shields to Koen Holtkamp's incredibly lush modular scape 'Endlessness', the trip takes in the smooth German momentum of down 'In The Traffic' from To Rococo Rot's new album, plus the unfurling topographies of Mark McGuire and new BEB signings, Bremen, heartbreak motel stops from Labradford and Ensemble Economique, and star-blanketed scenery from … Read more
Matthew Herbert turns out four lop-sided house grooves on 'Part Seven'. The EP ranges from percolating, wooden drums and breezy vocals of Hejira's Rahel in 'Bumps' to the hydraulic house swing of 'Suckers' on the A-side, to a tuff but quirky techno chug reminding of Wolfgang Voigt in 'Pretty Daddy', and daft, loopy funk on 'Get Strong'.
**Idiosyncratic boogie-techno-dub** "Diskotopia co-owner BD1982 eases the transition from the sweltering summer heat of the Greeen Linez Izu King Street album to a brisk and concise single in the form of Operratorr. The three tracks represented here were built with an immediacy reminiscent of BD1982’s Throw Shade released earlier this year on the split DSK020 EP with A Taut Line. Taking initial cues from a classic smooth slice of R&B, Operratorr whirs into gear sounding like a lost cut from The New Dance Show in an alternate universe. A taut synth lead cuts through intrepid percussion and dubw… Read more
Rugged deep house mysteries from the analog supremos MarcoAntonio Spaventi and Gijs Poortman aka Crystal Maze. Driving thru heavy tape fog at 117bpm, 'Twilight People' is a classy piece of crepuscular house for the connoisseurs; 'Off The Grid' steps up with more kinetic, urgent drum programming shrouded in gloomy ether voices; 'Encounter' closes this chapter with a dazed, noirish stagger into sleaziest slow-house zones.
**Stunning new album from Milanese accelerationist Lorenzo Senni. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi** We're more than a bit gassed to pop the cork on Lorenzo Senni's thrilling, incisive new LP, the 10th release for Boomkat Editions. The conceptual sibling to his blinding 'Quantum Jelly' side for Editions Mego in 2012, 'Superimpositions' finds the Milan-based multi-disciplinary artist and owner of the brilliant Presto!? Records accelerating and evolving his idea of "Pointillistic Trance" - an ascetic, extreme approach to the aesthetics of '90s-style trance/hard-trance - in a broader rang… Read more
Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
My oh my...this doesn't really need any introduction at all now does it???? Well, what we have here is a brand new REMASTERED edition of one of the most influential electronic albums of all time, and surely STILL the most instantly recognisable and affecting album from Richard D James. Truly marvelous, put a smile on your face and give this album another whirl...
Remastered (by Matt Colton) reissue of Juan Atkins' (and Marty Bonds') sought after ambient techno gem, originally released in 1992. 'The Passage' is a classic piece of Detroit breakbeat techno science flush with celestial synth arrangements and powerful electro/breakbeat techno torque buffed up for 2014 on the A-side. Flip it for the darker techno-pop drive of 'Mind Changes' and the midnight sci-fi mission, 'Vessels In Distress'.
Exactly one month on from TP#5, Demdike Stare unleash the 6th instalment in their ongoing tespressing series, a split session focusing on damaged dancefloor articulations on the a-side, and demented metal edits on the flip. ’40 Years Under The Cosh’ spans the A-side and finds Demdike in feisty form, re-framing the bare-boned floor-bound funk of classic Artwork and Anthony Shakir within more brutal parameters, complete with some seriously disorientating shenanigans halfway through proceedings. ‘Frontin’ on the flipside heads somewhere else entirely o… Read more
The lone raver returns to PAN with his first new material since 2012's widely acclaimed 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' sides. In the meantime he's been a busy lad, remixing Special Request, Mount Kimbie and Marcel Dettmann, and honing his A/V show with CYRK co-founder, Dave Gaskarth, not to mention prepping imminent, excellent new album, 'Koch'. But back to the here and now - the 'Kuang EP' seems to occupy multiple dimensions at once, refracting dancefloor and bedroom head-space and detached, parallel worlds torn between the impending weight of history and accelerated cybe… Read more
Masterful modular techno poundings from the Brummie techno boss - his first proper Token release following a remix of Grovskopa's 'Sex and Violins' in 2008. Both cuts are recognisably Surgeon productions, but perhaps not instantly so due to his new palette of modular synths. The original 'Fixed Action Pattern' galvanises signature shuffle and bruising kicks with a bristling, chaotic noise energy that's a thrilling new addition to his sound, whilst the aquatic Dub carves the groove to a solemn halfstep lurch steeped in sepulchral groans and consumed by oncoming waves of masticated electricity. It's a real burner.
Vital new electro and techno trax from the one and only Dopplereffekt, and Berlin's Objekt. Once again, Leisure System bring out the best from Dopplereffekt, following the excellent 'Tetrahymena' 12" with some of their sharpest rhythms and inimitably romantic synth arrangements in 'Delta Wave' - the kind that only adventurous DJs will spin out, and the best crowds will appreciate. Objekt, meanwhile, keeps face with a strong effort called 'Ganzfeld' that sounds something like DJ Stingray in a step-off with Optical, all angular geometrics and moody blue pads...
Raw, hard-wired house deviations from Pxshdog on London's Trax Couture boutique. After a couple of killer 12"s from Rushmore consolidating Footwork, Ballroom and Chi House, they go shades tougher here with Pxshdog's debut striking a throbbing vein of tracky goodness. Uptown he balls between cowbell-stung Bassline garage-meets techno on 'Juicy Chocolate', blocky buck in 'Akira's Drift', and fierce filter house on 'Nubian 124'. Downtown they play nice 'n nasty with the darkside Dance Mania of 'Dancin N Shit' and the electroid slammer 'Tittytron'. Well aye we're dancing.
Superb archival transmission from unknown sources on Mordant Music. The label's latest cassette neatly slot into the folds of time between early AFX, Portion Control and Urban Tribe, shaking a leg and melding minds between cuts that remind of Polygon Window's remix of Soft Ballet's 'Sand Lowe' thru to the lush electronic romance of The Connection Machine. It's yet another treat from one of the most staedfast, restless British labels around. The Baron speaks: "Pyramids of Space…an excavated MMusty broadside from Cornwall circa 92-96 replete with misty provenance…a nebulous col… Read more
Violet Poison is the dark, enigmatic and esoteric side-project of Francesco Baudazzi, already known as Obtane, co-owner with Giorgio Gigli of the defunct techno label Zooloft. The new project is focused on analogue proto-techno with influences from 70’s Italian progressive bands like Goblin or OST composers like Fabio Frizzi and earlier Downwards records from 1994-1995. Check his debut full lenght on HAR, after the releases for Vatican Shadow’s label (Bed of Nails), for his own label Violet Poison, for Repitch Recordings and a remix for Frozen Border.
**Includes a digital exclusive remix by Jack Dixon** Low Concept in control for the 3rd single from London/NYC's White Asega label, backed with a ruddy good Alex Coulton re-step. The originals carve between sodden, gritty techno a la Happa or Blawan in 'Bugz' to low-riding, blown out electro with New York swagger on 'The Prick'. Alex Coulton's remix blows both of 'em out the water, resetting 'Bugz' to a Mala or Kode 9-esque dubstep lean swarmed with a menagerie of bleeps and dread gremlins and dubbled-up Footwork drums.
Ahhh, Tin Man returns to vocal house with inimitable style on 'Ode' for LA's Absurd Recordings. Split roughly 50/50 between vocal cuts and their instrumental versions, the album is a return to the Tin Man sound we fell hard for with the 'Wasteland' and 'Cool Wave' mini-LPs, only this time driven by much tougher kicks. Few artists operating in the house/techno realm manage to juice as much emotion and atmosphere as this guy, and 'Ode' is a prime case in point, from the exquisite reverbs, elegant acid lines and poised, opiated vocals of 'No New Violence', thru the gorgeous warehouse impressionism of '… Read more
Tempa Allstars Vol.7 represents a widening and readjustment of UK dread/bass space with a mixture of new halfstep and cyber/tribal aesthetics. Keysound hero Wen defines the new sound with the gutted grime-techno sound designs of 'Push Back', where Alex Coulton and Batu follow suit with a palette of tribal drums and cyber-dub dread also at 130bpm - Batu's 'Ghosted' is a big one for Beneath fans. The rest of the session tends towards subtle mutations of the halfstep genome, from Innasound's Loefah-style loper 'Step Fourth' and the tectonic shockwaves in Perverse's 'Jacobin', to the biting electric edge of 'Nano' from AXH.
One of Jackmaster's favourite new producers lands on Numbers with two razor-sharp shots of electro futurism. 'BIPP' comes off like the prodigious child of Miami Freestyle reared on AFX's 'Windowlicker' and a diet of sugar-glazed silicon; a stunning mutation of cybernetic pop syncopation. 'Elle' is its conjoined cyborg sibling, mute apart from the ability to whistle like Goodiepal's mechanical bird and so painfully beautiful that to experience it's saccharine, sliding string glissandi and elegant contours is akin to staring at the strobing eyes of a dancefloor medusa and exploding to a cloud of M… Read more
*Debut album from Andy Stott and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker, aka Millie & Andrea* Millie & Andrea are Miles Whittaker and Andy Stott, fellow labelmates at Modern Love who collaborated on an occasional series of 12” releases of jungle, garage and techno hybrids between 2008 and 2010. It’s been four years since we last heard from them but they now return with “Drop The Vowels”, their debut album. Produced fast and loose through late 2013 / early 2014, it’s an album that recalls the strict and stripped funk of Anthony Shakir as much as it does Leila’s incredible debut ‘Like Weathe… Read more
The prodigal rare groover returns with two delectable beatdown moves on his first release since last summer's one-sided 'Wires' 12". A-side he plays crafty with 'King Bromeliad' segueing from live field recording into a full bodied shimmy bumping off a loping bassline with crisp drums and wandering Rhodes bowing to the dons of Detroit house, Theo Parrish and KDJ, but with a swagger all of its own. B-side, 'Montparnesse' simmers down to a slower coda of percolating house chords and haunting, gaseous brass motifs, which actually turn out to be a lonely vocal sample thre… Read more
Master-craftsman, Kevin Martin absolutely murders it with his fourth and finest LP as The Bug. A perennial pest at the outposts of dub, ragga, extreme noise and electronics, The Bug treats his periodic albums as dispatches from the brink, and 'Angels & Devils' is his most captivating of them all. Blessed with, and structured around sterling vocals from some of his favourite artists - Liz Harris (aka Grouper), Gonjasufi, Death Grips, Copeland, Flowdan, Manga, Miss Red, Warrior Queen - plus a collaboration with JK Flesh, it marks a pinnacle of not only his hard-wrought sound design skills, b… Read more
'Enduring Mysteries' yields some of the most kinetic, driven gear from Vatican Shadow's recently-released 6-tape boxset, 'Death Is Unity With God'. With 'A.T.F. Sinful Messiah' he pounds a blistered techno steppers tattoo juggling grimy drums and cold drones, whereas 'F.B.I. God' reduces the drums to scorched blasts against some of his most delectable darkside chords, and 'Koresh Babylon' ratchets the urgency with a blitz of percussive thunder.
Another amazing piece from the 'Death Is Unity With God' 6 x tape boxset by Vatican Shadow. Marking his first new material since 'Remember Your Black Day', we find Dominick Fernow at his most vulnerable in the misty-eyed glaze and detached, distant synth washes of 'Shadows on the Courthouse Wall', whilst Waco (Postmortem)' also operates nearly out of earshot with elegant, sashaying synth motifs persisting with its struggle against the patina of hiss and exasperated rhythms.
Dominick Fernow back to his best as Vatican Shadow with 'Fireball' from the blink-and-miss 'Death Is Unity With God' boxset. All the bombast and military pomp is substituted for oppressive atmospheres and depressed rhythms in three extended scapes, crawling hungry from 26 minutes of blank-eyed synth and crushed groove reminding of Ensemble Economique in 'Al Qaeda (Branch Davidian)' to the arid ambient climes of 'Desert Storm (Waco)' and the gutted toil of drums and drone in 'It's To Come'.
14 crucial cuts of that sound with no name, herein referred to as Hardwave. Bookended by two fierce pieces from Diagonal boss Powell and the Bronze Teeth duo, Dom Butler (Factory Floor) and Richard Smith (L/F/D/M), this collection stalks ground between red-lit basement and toxic warehouse sounds. There's sleazy slow EBM from Colombia's Cute Heels and Oliver Ho in Broken English Club guise, plus the peakin' NRG razz of An-i's 'Kino-i' and Traxx's ragged edit of an old Italian wave beauty to fire you up. We then track Powell's influence on Demdike Stare in the robotic 'ardstep… Read more