*Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Roland MC 202 fed th… Read more
This selection documents bold, emergent worlds colliding between the dancefloor and virtual dimensions. Breaking down and refracting the structures of grime, hip hop and techno in computerised prisms, they form a compatible nexus of future-shocking styles best described in terms of dynamic geometry, sheer textured gradients, simulated space and ambience. Modelling polymetric rhythms and intricately impossible sonic environments, they're all acutely reflective of how the internet has re-calibrated our perception of time and space, opening portals to a possible future w… Read more
Scything breakbeat techno and electro from Tessela on his follow-up to 'Nancy's Pantry' for R&S. A-side brings the bullish 'ardcore churn of 'Rough 2' with its febrile bleeps, rattling breaks and hovering chords built to demolish warehouses, whilst flipside 'Butchwax' updates that pre-'ardcore sound of NYC electro and UK fast rap breaks with modern discipline, and 'C'mon Let's Slow Dance' teeters on the edge of EBM, concrète noise and current Grime styles.
The 1-800 Dinosaur label drop different, deadly styles from Airhead. Rather than his sweeter constructions, here we hear a side of Airhead we always suspected was lying in wait for the dancefloor. A-side heaves out the massive mid-tempo house bomb 'Believe' with its motivational lyrics matched by propulsive subs, beside the screwed hip-hop breaks of 'Shekure'. B-side brings it grimy with the Jon E Cash style string slashes and smashed drums of 'Shirin', and the warped swagger of his Arca-like 'Hundred Years'. Surefire tip!
**Diagonal deliver the second of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Bronze Teeth bite back with a 2nd EP of bony, hardware-driven techno fizz for Diagonal, housed in another blinding sleeve by Guy Featherstone. Cut from the same electrifying sessions which yielded their debut 12", 'A Waif's Rent' follows suit with rolling, driven momentum and caustic electronics. A-side they jack up … Read more
7 months on from TP#4, Demdike return with the 5th instalment in their ongoing research and development series - a double-headed monster split between gnarly reductions on the A-side, and industrial strength edits on the flip. ‘Procrastination’ edges through Grimey detritus and gunshot snares within a vast open space perfectly primed for that Demdike slow build. ‘Past Majesty’ on the flip offers up a feral take on some kind of cyber-industrial insanity, somewhere between Ministry and Powell - with a denouement which should probably come with a public health warning attached to it. All we’re saying is - watch yr eardrums.
Glasgow's highly-touted beat builder debuts on Local Action with a killer EP reinforced by Gage and JT The Goon remixes. Since first appearing on Big Dada's Grime 2.0 collection, he's dropped the unique beat suite 'Faded With Da Kittens' for Astral Black and remixed DJ Q's 'Trust Again', synthesising a unique mix of grime, fluoro/sino folk melody and moody technoid pads. 'Crystal Children' gives up his best work to date, including the bubbling grime-techno of 'Zen' and balance of pounding subs with delicate hooks in 'Thinkk Star', whilst the subtler sweetness of 'Daisy Chain's sino-fol… Read more
**Includes exclusive songs by Jessy Lanza, Kode 9 & Copeland, DVA, Morgan Zarate…** Hyperdub compile sweeter, soulful classics and new exclusives on the 2nd part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. The presence of feminine pressure has always been core to Hyperdub's aesthetic, from the earliest iterations of Warrior Queen's fearsome hook-ups with The Bug, to the new skool of Jessy Lanza or Inga Copeland's exclusive collaboration with Kode 9, 'Lies, Lies', via Cooly G's sensuous swing. They've plucked 14 of the best for you on '10.2', flexing from the ghostly 2-step of Burial's 'Shell O… Read more
Much needed reissue of the debut album of ambient Techno meditations from much loved DJ and producer Donato Dozzy. 'K' consists of two extended tracks clocking in at nearly half an hour each. The first roams sparse half-tempo terrain like some ancient AI chillout session, the atmosphere coloured with pale synth washes and splashing downbeat 909 rhythms. It's actually a number of tracks segued together, but it's seamless so you'd never notice anyway. The second track flows more like one of Dozzy's DJ sets, floating along linear drum machine pulses enveloped by enchanting drones and choral voices...
The legend unfurls three broken beat beauties for Falty DL's Blueberry Records, backed with the label boss' rework. Hot on the heels of his Dego and Kaidi 12", a reissue of his Cousin Cockroach classic 'This Ain't Tom 'N Jerry', and his Theo Parrish hook-up, 'Just Begin', Dego's arguably on classic form right now, turning out the swinging budge of 'Nuts!' and the fluid electro-funk of 'Could Murder A Burger' on top, and the shadier, seductive shuffle of 'Celestian Ditton' on the flip. Falty DL remixes the latter with his signature sense of space and intricate rhythm mechanics, and even a dash of jazzy scat, causing Dego to exclaim "The force is strong with this one…".
Jay Daniel, Seven davis Jr and Ph0t0machine put a new spin on Four Tet's 'Beautiful Rewind' album tracks. Detroit's yung wunderkind, Jay Daniel rides roughshod drum machine rhythms, dissolving keys and field recordings of birdsong over a sublime rework of 'Aerial'; Seven Davis Jr nimbly tweaks Buchla' into a skipping, floating garage-house groove, and Ph0t0machine gives 'Crush' a mercurial electro-techno momentum.
Young Echo's Jabu duo drop haunted beats and crackling soul styles on their 'Kwaidan' mini-LP for Ramp. Last heard on local Bristol label, No Corner, and assisting on Young Echo's 'Nexus' album, here they've refined a smoky midnight sound using Alex Rendall's elegant, detailed productions and dusty, half-lit backdrop for a trio of diverse vocalists ranging from the mannered enunciation of Amos Childs to M.S. Harris' honeyed croon and the slow, deliberate poetry of Rider Shafique. Like their related projects, Killing Sound and Young Echo, the record is steeped in classic Bristol dub and trip hop, at… Read more
*22 Track Digital Edition* The Masse Box comprises the album “Masse“ and the three remix EPs from DIN (Efdemin + Marcel Fengler), Dettmann & Wiedemann and Henrik Schwarz in one set.
Hefty house tools from UK legend, Mr. G. In fine style four track roll between the dub-bassed and soul-fired drive of 'Let Down (Badly)' to the cavernous kicks and chords of 'Getting There… DETROIT' and the sub-heavy canter of 'Mangos in Season'.
Youandewan plays out three sultry house swingers backed with smoove Andrés remix on his solo debut for Aus. The bouncing acid groove of 'Tino' is the one for us, whilst 'Alright Son' leans on a warm Larry Heard vibe, and 'FM Jam' cuts some late night boogie house rug. Always sought after, Detroit's Andrés gives a sweeter, looser remix of 'FM Jam' with juicy live bassline and keys.
Antipodean trio throw their weight behind three moody halfstep pieces featuring vocals by Bijou and Taso. 'How Strange' could be darker cousin of Morcheeba; 'Justify' rolls out with the bleeping dread junglist vibes; 'Yesterdays' works mournful blues sample into a hulking halfstep framework.
Pinch and Mumdance go B2B carving thru 19 exclusive versions and unreleased tracks from the the Tectonic and Cold laboratories. Following their september 2013 mix together, it's rooted UK dance futurism at its finest, twisting the lines of D&B, dubstep and techno thru grime and up-to-the-second bass dimensions. Opening and closing with atmospheric bookends by Logos, they skulk between Alex Coulton's darkside tribalism 'Sinners', Pinch and Shed versions of 'Obsession (The Possession)' to Mumdance's manic 'Sprawl', to Ziro's rigid overhaul of El-B's 'Buck & Bury', Nurve's aquate… Read more
Proper Bass/Techno hybrids from Pinch and Shed on Tectonic. Recently premiered on the Pinch & Mumdance mix CD, 'The Obsession (Possession)' renders Pinch at his most militant, shark-eyed with pendulous bass hits and nexx-level 'ardcore stabs reduced to potent base form. One dab; you're done. Shed's remix amps the underlying tension 'til the filters crack and the 'ardcore harpies swarm forth charged by swollen Reese bass and scissoring techno swing. Deadly wares.
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
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
London's Budgie breaks thru with a dope solo beat suite on Theo Parrish's Wildheart Recordings. Known for work with the likes of Action Bronson, J, Rocc and The Alchemist, Budgie brings a wealth of soulful experience to seven cuts spread out from the butter slyde of 'Once You Pop' to the Dilla-esque MPC strokes of 'The Only Power' and 'Clevage' and the big juicy highlight, a twinkle-toed boogie-soul bomb called 'Budgie's Groove'.
Killer, Club Constructions-style futurism from Hackney Wick's Wallwork & RZR. From a shared past as ghost-writers for other producers, the duo step up a strikingly bold, forward sound comparable with the likes of Night Slugs, Her Records and Various Production. We've no doubt that 'Mad Techno Invasion' is the best yet from Canada's Infinite Machine label, proving itself at every turn from the super rugged chops of 'The 361' to the dynamic sound design of 'Massive Reactor' and the whip-cracking jungle-techno futureshock, 'Mad Techno Invasion' and breakstep rave hulk, 'Keep Going'.
Superb new dancehall ballad from South London's Palmistry bak on Mixpak following last year's underrated 'Catch' ace. 'Protector' is sweeter than a rubicon shower, pairing proper JA pop hooks and squeaky clean R&B synths with Palmistry's affected vocal for the most romantic flex. So. Damn. Good!
1080p's Perfume Advert and M/M deliver the laid-back output of their email exchanges between Middlesbrough and New York. Meeting between the wires somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic, 'Xerox' is a charming, gently insistent set of ambient house grooves distilling bits of R&B, New Age electronica and deep house in foggy, clapped-out constructions. In the finest tradition of ambient music, their sound is both a beautiful atmospheric enhancer with near subliminal effects, coaxing us into their swing with illusive sleight of hand and hypnotic vibes flitting from warm, dusty beatdown in 'Colour Block' to the str… Read more
Pure, stripped down box bangers from Ann Arbor, Detroit's Todd Osborn aka TNT, Soundmurderer etc. This is just what the doctor ordered - four non nonsense rhythmelodic workouts for the wall-bangers and buckers, just how they used to make 'em at Dance Mania, Trax, DJ International etc. Badboys.
Leon Vynehall proceeds his much-loved LP for Martyn's label with this chestnut on Clone's Royal Oak series. It's really all about the in-demand piano house heat-seeker 'Butterflies', with its Med-ready vocal hook and stealthy build destined for discerning house 'floors everywhere. Flipside 'This Is The Place' plays out a deeper style laced with massive synthline sounding like the work of Kassem Mosse's frisky cousin.
Pure heat from Tia Maria Producoes on Lisbon's Príncipe label. Tia Maria Producoes crew in control, repping a further flung sound from Rennes and Paris, and back home in southside Lisbon. Their aesthetic is probably best described as a slower, "deeper" strain of the Príncipe sound, compared with the ruffer, grimier strains of DJ Marfox or the B.N.M. / P.D.D.G. crews. Under the gangster banner "TáTipo Já Não Vamos Morrer" - meaning "It's like we won't die anymore" - they drop six slick riddims ranging from DJ Téilo's strangely haunting "Afrohouse torchsong", '7 Marav… Read more
Minimal Wave present the quintessential collection of rehearsals, rare outtakes and live recordings by Karl O'Connor and co's notorious Sandra Electronics. Spanning the group's early years in Birmingham circa late '80s/early '90s thru to more recent re-dos with Juan Mendez (Silent Servant), 'Sessions' gives room for O'Connor's post-punk/goth alter ego to really get his rocks off, rending clear the binds between punk and techno in the process. It includes a handful of reworked tracks from rehearsal tapes, including electrifying, snotty versions of 'Her Needs' plus t… Read more
The Bug distills the dark/light dichotomy of eagerly awaited album 4th album, 'Angels & Devils' in two choice pieces featuring Liz Harris (Grouper) and Roll Deep's MC Manga. After teasing us with mention of her contribution ages ago, the Liz Harris hook-up is worth the weight, perfusing heavenly vocal thru dense clouds of white noise and trill 808 to sound like what Massive Attack should have been doing by now. 'Function' on the other hand, is a brassy dancehall plough wreaking havoc with bellicose stabs and barely-harnessed drum machine chaos. Big sound.
The untouchable Mumdance tags in a particularly hungry Novelist for the maaad 'Take Time' killer, backed with a Spyro hook-up and instrumentals. With this 12" and recent outings on Tectonic and Keysound alongside Logos and Pinch, the man Mumdance has arguably done more than most UK producers to boot Grime and UK club music forward. Using a palette of pointillist samples and frantic drum programming diffused in arrangements owing as much to Eski templates as D&B and electro-acoustic music, he's coined a very London style of concrète bass music. On 'take Time' Novelist lends his unique syntax, … Read more
On his sixth album in as many years, Lone leaves us dizzy and vajazzled with his synaesthetically enhanced palette of coloursound and rhythmelody. It's been said by someone, somewhere that's it's possibly harder to make happy music than sad music, and if that's the case, then Lone's every bit the genius everyone makes him out to be. 'Reality Testing' is simply soul drunk and and sincerely beaming with good vibes, wending a mazy path between house, boogie and hip hop rhythms gilded with the lushest synthlines and diffused into gaseous pink, orange and turquoise hues. There's a sincerity and … Read more
Theo Parrish sheds his rooted perspective on the concept and semantics of Chicago 'Footwork' with two devilish deep house twysters. As depicted in Heather Sommerfield's accompanying video, 'Footwork' is dedicated to those that move, (rather than the recent iteration of Juke), giving up the kind of tricksy, jazz-wise syncopations and pensile atmospheres that anyone with half-an-ounce of bounce in their bones won't be able to refuse. Sadly, the art of free-styled dancing - in our clubbing experience at least - is increasingly on the wane, so it's a timely reminder of the ear… Read more
Classier gear from Scuba on his 'Phenix' series. Four tracks drop in on abstracted dub sound design in 'Aphids', the dry rolling techno heave of 'Choke' and the acidic ambient techno of 'Solitary Confinement' to a Ruskin-like IDM techno piece 'Distance'.
In the egalitarian, sample-happy spirit of UK Rave, Jamie xx liberally filches from Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' soundtrack for his festive anthem 'All Under One Roof Raving'. Flyknit with extra snatches of atmosphere from rave tapes and youtube videos, Jamie underpins it all with rolling subs, crafty 2-step percussion and those signature steel drums to beautiful effect. Long live the spirit!
Remastered haul of foundational grime riddims from Plasticman/Plastician. Features 21 tracks reaching as far back as 2002 and including seminal scene touchstones such as 'Hard Graft', the neck-snapping snares of 'Cha', the grime rave hybrid 'White Gloves', and the lethal 'Venom / Shockwave' slaughter for Slimzee's label. It'd cost a small fortune to pick all these up on wax. A must for the digital grime diggers.
Red-raw noise and ghetto techno from new cat Skander on Delroy Edwards' LA Club Resource. Coming to bury your party body-by-body, four dirges variably take on searing 909-driven techno and grinding textures ranging from the strongback bounce of 'Dirge 1' to the corrugated razz of 'Dirgfe 2' and skippy Chi style in 'Dirge 3' whilst 'Dirge 4' chokes from distortion OD. Killer.
Due to imagined demand, we've got your BBQ and garden sessions covered for an hour or so with these sun-blushed digital peaches. Nothing says deck(ing)side suave like a bit of Ned Doheny's 'Get It Up For Love' and his modern antecedent, Todd Terje's 'Preben Goes to Acapulco', and we can hear traces of Tom Ze's dapper Tropicália classics seeping out into Mac Demarco's blue-eyed indie soul on 'Passing Out Pieces' and to dreamier degrees in Nautic's gorgeous 'Show'. On a super-fresh soul flex, LA-based Matthewdavid's 'In My World' album is one of our favourites in 2014 so far,… Read more
Alex Coulton makes the deft first mark on Beneath's Mistry label, a new home for darker, techy UK riddims, with a necessary vinyl cut of his in-demand 'Bleep Sequence' and the slick forward motion of 'Tension'. A secret weapon in Beneath's DJ sets for the last few years, 'Bleep Sequence' weighs up a definitive reduction of dark garage, dubbed techno and Yorkshire-style bleep 'n bass with plangent radar pings and body-scanning subs rolling from a spare, halfstep swagger into dread techno momentum. B-side: 'Tension' is a deadly new cut, well known to UK underground circles, sy… Read more
A quiet highlight of Vatican Shadow's recent 6 tape boxset, 'Death Is Unity With God', his first release since 'Remember Your Black Day'. Making reference to the Oklahoma City bombing, his 'Elohim City' session is one of the bleakest episodes, taking in the haunting chorales and chiming percussions of 'Living on and off at the Shadows Motel' and the scything techno roil of 'Small Explosives and Blasting Caps Inside the Pages of a Phonebook', plus a particularly affective chamber-like meditation, 'McVeigh Figure' drawing aesthetic lines between ambient black metal, Coil and early Autechre.
'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.
London's most-hyped soul crew finally unveil their debut album after a studied viral marketing campaign. Includes all the tracks from their singles plus a ruck of new gear."Jungle are based around a core musical duo of lifelong friends known simply as ‘J’ and ‘T’, who expand to a thrilling seven piece live, and make mesmeric, kaleidoscopic modern soul that’s unmistakably born in the UK but has true global appeal. The album was recorded between the band’s own home studio in Shepherds Bush, London and the XL Recordings studio in nearby Ladbroke Grove."
Killer 2013 debut from Bristol's Facta for fans of Beneath, Rhythmic Theory, Gage, Neana. Check for the rugged grime-techno rolige of 'Montpelier', the coiled torque of 'Kobra', and Kryptic Minds-like dread skank, 'Upsetter'.
Neo-grime's pre-eminent architect returns six special moves for Lit City Trax. The follow-up to his Fatima Al Qadiri-starring first volume projects further into a holographic soundfield of disembodied, octave-scaling R&B vocal snippets and glassy synth contours modelling mercurial, 3D hybriddims. In the process, he's brought forward Grime's stylish swerve in favour of aggier elements, resulting in stunning pieces like serpentine sublow killah 'First Love' and the spectral digital chorales of 'Something Old, Something New', or the riddling structures of 'More Pain'. Quite crucially, thi… Read more
Eagerly-awaited solo debut of dense, dynamic Grime productions from Manchester-based artist Samename. Combining inspiration from OG grime, Japanese anime, film soundtracks and plugged-in culture generally, his 'Yume' EP slots neatly into an active field presently shared by the likes of Murlo, Swingting, Her Records, Sulk, or Gobstopper Records. 'Sakura' starts up with plush sino-grime harmonies and simulated ambience structured around a mean, slicing grime pattern at 130bpm. 'Nuriko' is more aggressive, dramatic take on Jon E Cash styles, and 'Shinigami' ramps to a densely arranged 155bpm madnes… Read more
Downwards' collect the best of their DO series, together with a handful of exclusive aces on 'So Click Heels'. Since 2009 the label's affections for the miasmatic drizzle, sonic innovation and repressed violence of post-punk and shoegaze has manifested itself in some twelve releases veering between the scuzzy basement noise of Collin Gorman Weiland, the blissful feedback blooms of The KVB, and swaggering rock'n'roll from DVA Damas. A good proportion of them feature here - including Richard H Kirk's droning remix of Tropic Of Cancer's 'Be Brave', the desiccated drum… Read more
***KILLAH set of '94-style junglisms inc. Logos dub!** Ah, Sully. We've been waiting for you! Notable by his absence from the scene since debut album, 'Carrier', he returns with a crackshot collection of junglist killers for Keysound on the 'Blue' EP. It's a straight-up and highly effective exercise in recreating the sounds he heard whilst a wide-eyed raver chasing and buzzing off free parties back in the early '00s, and a damn fine stab at reviving that sense of youthful optimism. Much like HATE or Zomby's 'Where Were You In '92?' album, he fetishises that vintage sound, but in stark contrast he's… Read more
**Superb, sun-dried memory implant of the soundtrack to a swingers cruise ship circa '79. RIYL early James Ferraro or Matrix Metals** "Optimism's easier to ruin than restore but Perth fantasy windsurfer John William Tanner's elusive soft rock miniatures under the Eleventeen Eston handle evoke, in his own words, "a type of optimism and sincerity that exists (or did exist) in popular music, beyond any notion of nostalgia." Too true. The 13 themes and pleasure cruises comprising Delta Horizon, his debut, exude a loose, relaxed warmth, cyclical and sun-soaked and spacious, like the so… Read more