Stone cold killer right here - is this the closest we're gonna get to hear Zomby's Eski gear?
Dubstep's strongest torch-carriers rally together on a crushing three-way mission for Deep Medi. Over the past half decade all three producers, Commodo, Kahn and Gantz have emerged as stalwarts of the 140bpm sound under custodianship of Mala and also for a bunch of the scene's most interesting, boundary-pushing labels. With their forces combined in this LP they frame the 2015 sound at its most far-flung and darkly engaging with a mix of mystic, textured samples and precision production yielding six overlarge, mutant creations. On the 1st disc you'll find the noir collages of 'AMK' wi… Read more
Tiger's Milk Records and Strut perfectly plug a gap in our collective knowledge with this unparalleled set of bass-heavy bleeps and bumps from modern day Peru. Focussed on a handful of like-minded artists from the capital city, Lima - Dengue Dengue, Tribilin Sound, Deltatron, Animal Chuki and Chakruna a.o. - it rotates 16 fresh and unique productions fusing traditional, native cumbia grooves with new sounds and structures adopted from dubstep, techno and electronica. Whilst their sound bears up to obvious comparisons with everything from… Read more
Weighty one-off from Kevin Martin, going hard in the wake of his 'Angles & Devils' LP. 'Zim Zim Zim' packs a barking performance from dancehall OG Burro Banton over depth-charge subs, parched drums and heatsick electronics, farther explored in the arid, warehouse-shocking 'Zim Version'. Heavy.
Huerco S returns to Anthony Naples Proibito label with the elusive house lushness of 'Railroad Blues'. Keyed in to new age bliss themes and squashed boogie house dreams, the Brooklyn-based producer unfurls three gorgeous pieces between the rubber-bassed fudge and NWAQ-style haze of 'Rushing To Paradise' and the head-swimming dub house lagoons of 'Marais Des Cygnes' before the mercurial disco motifs of 'Transit V (See See Rider)' layer and fray across the B-side with a sort of liminal house hymn quality. This is gonna melt some hearts, mark our words.
**Hot on the heels of her 'Folkways II' cassette mix for Trilogy Tapes, Beatrice Dillon does a dubbed-out "mutant shuffle" somewhere between Joe and Madalyn Merkey. Edition of 50 housed in two-colour risograph sleeves printed in recycled paper stock** "Where To Now? Are proud to present 'Blues Dances', a 30 minute exploration of sound and style which serve as a precursor to a forthcoming 12” and full length LP landing with us in early 2015. Beatrice's music although primarily electronic and sample based does not exist solely or comfortably within this world, there's an understated, … Read more
Dope and grimy London soul and electronic mutations from the mind of DVA and pals. His first outing since 2013 kicks off with the unstable electro-jazz hybrid, 'Allyallrecords' featuring reserved 808 contribution by Addison Groove, and goes on to stroke the R&B beauty, 'Pink22' featuring Clara la San, next to squirrelly, staggered collage oddness of 'Spoonbender' with Mickey Pearce and the pitching, Gqompatible solo mission, 'Perxoflyf'.
*The first release on Rabit’s new Halcyon Veil imprint is the debut from 21 yr old SW Londoner Myth. 7 Track EP including an instrumental version of Myth & Rabit’s rework of Ciara’s ‘Backseat love’* ‘Evaporate’ is the first issue from Rabit’s highly promising Halcyon Veil label, and also the exceptional solo debut from 21 year old s.w. Londoner, Myth. Infectiously emotive and nimbly weightless, it rotates seven slick grime and 2-step instrumentals including the instantly recognisable version of his and Rabit’s flip of Ciara’s ‘Backseat Love’. Its seven tracks were salvaged from a series of cheap,… Read more
Outstanding dub-techno-skronk mutations from Beatrice Dillon, furnishing Where To Now? with her 2nd solo release after a string of acclaimed mixes and collaborations. With 'Face A/B' she pursues the more dubbed-out and technoid angles of the 'Blues Dance' session into crankier, stranger corners of the echo chamber in her own sort of uchronic parallel dimensions. 'Face A' is fired for the 'floor with her patented mix of tactility and abstraction, swirling Verity Susman's salty sax bleats around a stepping M-series dub base and swarming electronics with hypnotic sleight of hand and gyrosc… Read more
Rrose serves the DJs and dancers what they want with another descent into deepest experimental techno zones. Following a fallow few years, this has been a productive annum for the masked producer from the American West Coast, pursuing the esoteric exercise of 'Having Never Written A Note For Percussion', and the danceflkoor drills of 'For Acquantice' with five tracks purified and uncannily hypnotic number scanning slow techno in 'Adrift' along with the screwball bleep techno of 'Purge' and bloody minded abstraction of 'Curl'.
The prodigal son of sci-fi electronica re-enters orbit with an astounding new EP as Kuedo for his newly coined Knives imprint. Arriving almost a decade to the day since his game-changing Vex'd album with Roly Porter, 'Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence' manifests his first major new work since 2011's acclaimed 'Severant' album, and also marks a lucent new pinnacle of sound design/engineering in his field. Accompanied by cameo production roles from erstwhile Vex'd bod, Roly Porter, plus Berlin's Phoebe Kiddo a.k.a Mind:Body:Fitness, and Canada's Egyptrixx, the nexx chap… Read more
Dr. Zygote, Ayman, The Maghreban returns to Versatile with another imaginative, mutant house charge. 'Wonder Woman' heads up the session with dusty, crooked disco drums dubbed to the rafters and spun with wavey Eastern synths for your hypnosis. 'Frénétique' catches a more choppy electro edit flex strewn with madcap samples and bound for peak time mess-ups. 'Kung Fu' goes low on the disco bass, layered up with furtive Giallo tropes.
**An emotionally tortuous suite of seamlessly arranged ambient electronics, 4th world instrumentals and sweeping synth music. Hands-down the best 1080p release to date. RIYL Elysia Crampton, Alessandro Cortini, T C F** "“Ikea stores next to huge burnt out shipping warehouses, squats next to Whole Foods, Artisan flower shops with dead dogs outside. Litter on the breeze and foghorns blowing across the water. Sirens, porn stores, storage, prisons, dogs barking, carparks, fast food, highways, burnt out massage parlors, old tires, wire fences, empty buildings, bus depots, raw sewage flowing." … Read more
Shane English comes with slew of slo-mo industrial crushers for the excellent Unknown Precept label. Wall-to-wall filth in six gut-punching and petrifying parts, cranking from the sprung low-riders mechanics of 'Silent Coup' to manhandled industrial ambience in 'X (For Gray)' via the storage tank clangour of 'Retrograde' to effluent Low Jack styles in 'Am I That', and a swell of claggy bass lacerated with ice-pick snares in 'Negativ'.
The world's most uncanny pop star, FKA Twigs, blindsides everyone with the jaw-dropping 'M3LL155X'. Announced via a game-resetting promo video, it accelerates the hypeR&B aesthetics honed in her early EPs and LP1 to critical levels, accentuating her captivating audness from every angle whilst lyrically skewering her critics and trolls like a T-1000 with liquid metal talons (or an alien blow up doll). The production is this time handled by FKA herself with Young Turks' Tic and even a guest contribution by Happa on the bittersweet centrepiece, 'In Time'; twysting with preternatural sensuality f… Read more
This selection seeks out music for the twilight hours and beyond, attempting to divine a contemporary, ambient and abstract zeitgeist between non-related yet spiritually-connected artists. Embarking with the sublimated concrète scape of Helm's 'Sky Wax (London)', the tracklist takes in floating sensations from Body Boys and Thomas Brinkmann beside heart-in-gob beauties such as Nadia Khan's 'Milky Sweat' or Lara-Lis Coverdale & LXV's 'Disney', plus the bittersweet timbre of Alessandro Cortini's 'Ricadere', or 'My Nocturne' by Beatrice Dillon. At sci-fi cinema… Read more
Superb, charming EP of wistful and dreamy house fuzz, fresh outta Belgium. Working in orbit of Dresvn and the Acido crew or Pye Corner Audio, he swills wet electronics and pink-hued, gaseous pads in the Mr Soft swagger of 'Floor' and cuts deeper with the rounded yet scratchy groove called 'Liquide' that's loaded with lush, breathy synth voices. 'Pollution' is a delightfully coy and effervescent bit of ambient house, and 'Story' brings this chapter to a close with wheezing electronics and Crépuscular guitar strums. Tip!
Willowing solo piano pieces from the Erased Tapes ladz. Both songs are exclusive to this 7" and capture the duo blowing kisses and winks over the ivories at each other. Includes digital download code and insert...
With carnival season in full flow we pull up 14 crucial riddims from the dancefloor diaspora. It's a worldwide ting, scattered between Ata Kak's infectious 1990 highlife 'Obaa Sima' thru the tracky Argentinian swerve of Matias Aguayo, and searing heat from Bordeaux-based kuduro star Nidia Minaj. At sticky points between, you'll cross the killah S.A. Gqom styles of Menchess, Dutch-Surinamese panic-tech from Anti-G, and even Detroit's Anthony Shakir flipping Grenadian Soca, plus a sassy little Shangaan number by Nozinja and the Trini-UK torque of Jus Now's 'Badder Than' attack… Read more
Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Four Tet takes a proggy saunter from hybrids of Indian classical music and House to Kosmische and rustling breaks on his 8th solo studio album. 'Morning/Evening was first conceived in summer 2014 and completed early 2015 to follow the frayed and fractured pirate/rave buzz of 'Beautiful Rewind' with a more open, rolling and entrancing framework. It's a sound that dovetails his love of long-format jazz records with the play-thru hypnosis of DJing, layering far flung yet neatly compatible elements around repetitive and subtly morphing templates for up to and over 20 mi… Read more
Detboi comes thru on Keysound with a quartet of squashed and nasty jungle-tekno plays. It's a signature sound for the label, augmenting the ghosts of garage and jungle with a warped and up-to-the-second cyber-spacious quality. 'Scatter' leans in first, swallowing amens and super-wide bass at 130bpm, before 'Give Love' deals in diva-lead 'ardcore garage drama and we catch him at his ruggedest , most effective with the unshackled, mid-air amen 'ardcore geometries of 'Shots' and 'Pin Point'. Motion sickness.
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed’ arches up a skeletal, mutant 8-bar onslaught and ‘Trashe… Read more
Appleblim tests the parameters of his sound with a trio of murky, proggy and noisy electronic abstractions. 'Avebury' rolls on a laidback tech-house groove cast with salty soft trance arpeggios, whereas 'Auburn Blaze' sounds like Vainqueur gone rogue, darkside, and the 'Wandered' convects nine minutes of inception-like modular synth noise. Great new direction for this producer, we look forward to hearing where he goes next.
Progression sees off his 2nd release with Blueprint Limited, marking his solo debut in style with four welting bangers. We're most partial to the mesmerising bleeps and bruising kicks of A1 and the powerful, insectoid industrialism of B1.
Kinda irresistible goth-pop from new 4AD darling, Pixx. You know that feeling when you hear a song for the first time and it feels like you heard it a hundred times but didn't know its name? That's called déjà entendu and we just felt it hard with 'Fall In', which sounds something like a collab between Grimes and The Cranberries produced by Danny Hyde. The rest of the EP offers diminishing rewards, but that title track is likely to prick the mass market.
Davis Jr sounds like the illegitimate child of Mr. De and Moodymann in Try Me (I'll Funk You)', reworked with acres of space and spiralling synthetic funk in the Mono/Poly remix.
The icy machine maiden reveals a 2nd cut from her 'Discreet Desires' album. 'Spur' nods to classic Murder Capital, Bunker, SCSI-AV styles.
Addendum to the '2011 Until 2014' set, Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Percussions offers the brooding yet piquant kosmiche techno progressions of 'Digital Arpeggios'. Now available to download for the first time.
Warp set off their 2nd showcase of killer new dance music from Lisbon's Príncipe crew. Up top, you'll find the mystic flutes and streaking synths of Alto Nivel Produções' low slung tarraxinha, 'Directamente', next to the slamming-but-slinky drums and jagged, SND-like chords of Nidia Minaj's 'Pra Fechar', and DJ Maboku's slow and super wide remix of 'Tarraxo Electrico' by DJ Lilocox ov CDM. Flipside, we're introduced to Puto Anderson & Deejay Ninoo with the kinky, woody drum syncopation of 'Camarate' at a mean slow flex, and, likewsie, we hear from DJ Big Vado and DJ Estra… Read more
**PAN manage to coax out the first new Errorsmith release in 11 years - and in collab with Mark Fell no less - making for one of the deadliest and best twelves you'll hear this year** PAN plays home to the return of pioneering composer Erik Wiegand a.k.a. Errorsmith - in collaboration with anterior artist Mark Fell, no less - for his first release in eleven years! Technically, it's not the first time that these two have worked together - Fell put Wiegand's Razor software to stunning use in the 'Manitutshu' album (EMEGO 116, 2011) - but it is their first time recording toget… Read more
Ipman triggers a devastating, hardcore UK sound with his Tectonic debut. Amidst bad company on the Bristol label, he sounds a junglist clarion call for 'Regicide' with ruffneck breaks and stare-down bass amping a sentiment we agree with, whereas 'Ghostrunner' tests out something new entirely with a ferocious cold-fusion of noise techno, EBM and pitching trap trills that frankly sounds like f**k-all out there. TIP!
Neck-snapping instrumental grime slaughter from the Slackk-championed producer, Edgem. 'Terror Fortress' runs four dramatic and concentrated DJ tools, flaring nasty brass and 8-bar lunges in the title cut alongside the string-heavy aggression of 'I See Everything', ruthless darkside bass pressure in 'Route One', and boss-level intensity of 'The Crypt'.
Kelpe's 5th album unpackages a hazy mirage of radiophonic boogie electronics and percussive tribal house in signature, colourful fashion. Check it out for highlights in the Thom Yorke-meets Modeselektor styles of 'Doubles of Everything'; the trippy tribal dub of 'Drums for Special Effects'; and the proggy, bittersweet Caribou compatibility of 'Canjealous'.
Remastered reissue of Source Direct's sought-after '95 killer, 'Approach & Identify', backed up with a black hole inversion by Demdike Stare. Leading on from their essential 'Black Rose' reissue, 'Approach & Identify' presents a lusher slice of '95 jungle life with roll-out amens and tight subs swept up in a rip tide of swirling, sub-aquatic synths borrowed from Electrotete's (a.k.a. Juno Reactor) goan trance classic, 'Shark'. On the remix, Demdike Stare's Cross Border Incursion shapes amorphous black masses of sub-bass and spectral noise banking to a slowly intense, rubbling climax/collapse. Killer wares.
In the spotlight this week: 14 rugged, rude and techy rhythms from the UK's bass/house prism. Centred around the 115-130bpm framework, we find a number of players pushing house and techno down stranger, darker nooks and alleys in UK hotspots. From Manchester, you'll find the likes of Chunky, Paleman and Walton working a stripped-down, natty sound focussed on syncopated sleight and ruddy flava, whilst Bristol holds tight to a brooding dread sound in the skeletal step of Laksa's 'Touchdown' and gritty rolige of 'Lucid State' by Rhythmic Theory. On an inter-city tip, Bristol'… Read more
Diaphanous ambient-grime designs from down under. Sydney's Mokona elides styles with seamless precision, plumbing the lusher depth of '80s new age and '90s ambient where many of his scene peers prefer to keep everything upfront in the mix. A-side features the wistful weightless arrangement of synth voices, flaring lead and airborne flutes in 'Morning Vapour', and with a hazy, meditative patina of bird calls and gaseous pads punctured by swooping drums in 'Shrine Garden'. Turn it over and 'Inner City Test Run' unloads crunching dancehall snares and crushing subs streaked with polychromatic synt… Read more
Wen rolls out a crucial double-pack hot on the heels of his killer 'Finesse' EP and one year on from his widely-acclaimed 'Signals' - one of the best albums of 2014. Doing it for Soundman Chronicles this time, the vibes are more atmospheric and technoid across 'Senary Cycles', still full of dread but laced with a bittersweet salvation. The first plate dances from knife-sharpening electro-acoustic sound designs in 'Arlington CT9' thru to piquant, Zomby-style pirouettes of 'Pace Myself', and a smudged rollers delicacy called 'She Giv', whilst the 2nd plate deals in vivid ambient detail and bi… Read more
In this selection we cast an ear over some of our favourite, intimate and far-flung solo string releases from recent times and far beyond. It covers a broad spectrum of emotions and (mostly) instrumental notions, taking in improvisation by US-based Bhutanese guitarist Tashi Dorji, as well as Arthur Russell's cello drone pop and the barely-there presence of Ashley Paul; plus the serrated arrangements of Bill Orcutt and the otherworldly atmosphere of Indonesia's Senyawa; ancient-sounding visions by Dean McPhee and Jozef Van Wissem; and seductive nocturnes by Loren Connor… Read more
Time for another proper techno round-up. We've got your session sorted for kicks and thrills covering recently unearthed gems from Drexciya, Female and Surgeon, along with up-to-the-second artillery by Sleeparchive, Blawan and Bjarki. You'll also find noisy belligerence EMG and Domenico Crisci; slamming celestial techno by Aybee; Detroit skills from Big Strick and DJ Bone a.k.a. Differ-Ent; visceral trickery from Sigha and Rrose; and a deeper burner from Ilian Tape's Skee Mask - all 100% dancefloor proof!
Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in 24 exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder, grittier with the cranky tribal drums and buzzing bass synth of 'The Stickler' betraying noisier influences, and Rex The Dog jacks up a treat in 'Sicko'. From the realtively newer skool, ther… Read more
Effectively Stephen O'Malley-on-ice, 'Eternelle Idole' is the Sunn 0))) agent of doom's debut composition for ice-skating choreography. His score for Gisèle Vienne's eponymous piece sparingly spreads 47 minutes of modular synth, guitar, clavichord, piano keys and vocal over 3 sides of 2 discs - the 3rd side is mysteriously left blank - accompanied by familiar collaborators, Steve Moore, Daniel O'Sullivan, Peter Rehberg, Jesse Sykes, Bill Herzog and Randall Dunn. Arriving quick on the heels of his high register explorations in the 'Gruidés' slab for DDS, here he shifts focus towa… Read more
"Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Music of 2011, calling the music "remarkably soothing," and The Guardian has compared Rosenfeld's delicate piano and sparse ambient motifs to lege… Read more
"‘Depression Cherry’ is the fifth full-length record from Beach House. In general, this album shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of previous albums ‘Teen Dream’ and ‘Bloom’, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove the band towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from their natural tendencies."
Off 2 Work is a tune not to be found on the latest album, rocking the ringtone chic with that trademark lyrical style, half compelling, half infuriating. Man must be knocking out tunes like this on the hour every hour - no wonder the pressing plants can't keep up with his flash styles. Demented broken sublow that's as grimey as you like - check the instrumental for bonus points. Ruff!