Monday, 24 November
Tempa goes Bristolian with two lean and slinky riddims from Hodge & Facta. Both arrive at this 12" off the back of their strongest work, Hodge with the 'Mind Games' for Hotline and 'Amor Fati' for Dnuos Ytivil, and Facta on the 'Loveless' 12" for Idle Hands. Here, with 'Spheres Of Costa' they find a super-cooled balance of noirish chimes and humid, playfully tropical percussion for the early swingers, whereas 'Visions' is blatantly dark and moody, all Brizzle bass shifts and spiny drums worked for the 130bpm crew.
Berlin's Positive Centre pays up on the slow techno promise of his early 12"s with this focused and powerful debut album for Sigha's label. On paper/screen it works to a seductive concept - decelerating industrial techno back to its temporal roots in EBM and New Beat - that proves itself in physical reality with a "blend of extreme momentum and forced introspection." Never raising its head above 115bpm, he divides a palette of squashed kicks, wide bass and polluted atmospheres across ten tracks, each as bleak and unrelenting as the next but also peppered with moments of pellucid… Read more
Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like the demented Ron Hardy edit of 'Happiness' or the freakishly ra… Read more
Daniel Ansorge aka Barnt backs up a deeply unique swathe of singles with his debut album, 'Magazine 13' for the eponymous label he started with fellow Köln types, Crato and Jens-Uwe Beyer. Since 2010 he's released a steady stream of records which brought back a sense of kosmiche wonder and electronic enigma that was arguably lacking in German house and techno sounds. And most crucially, he did it without sacrificing the fundamentals of big bad kicks and minimal percussion, resulting absolute bewts such as 'All Worlds All Times' and more recently with the staggering chops of 'Chappell' for Joy … Read more
Steffi serves a sophisticated sophomore LP for OstGut Ton with 'Power Of Anonymity'. Deeply indebted to classic Detroit house and techno, it plays out ten tracks of romantic machine soul driven by elegant grooves and alleviated by expansive atmospheres - exactly the kinda thing you'd expect to hear her spin at her Panorama Bar residency. It's a real mood setter, keeping the lights dimmed but reassuringly glowing throughout, from the E.R.P.-style electro hush of opener 'Pip' and the astral-bound techno of 'Everyday Objects' thru the Share Vari-referencing funk of highlight 'Treasure See… Read more
Maoupa Mazzocchetti debuts with the sleazy darkwave allure of 'A-Tranquility' for Unknown Precept, who previously delivered 'The Black Ideal' compilation of noise/techno hybrids. This 12" sees them head down a narcotically sexy avenue of modern hypnobeat, working with a salty, writhing aesthetic highly comparable with your JTC, Traxx or Beau Wanzer bits. A-side delivers three cuts stretched between Carpenter-esque chimes a bubbling jakbeat with lashings of spring reverb and ghoulish chord progressions and B-side comes with the hench industrial swagger of the Skinny Puppy-esque 'Coexistence' and the killer EBM churn of 'Vernacular'. Strong twelve this.
Straight-up techno murder from Sleeparchive and Mike Parker for Repitch. Sleeparchive's in deadly form with the slamming Brummie momentum of 'Fifth The Station' and the spaced-out bleeps of 'White Angel Breadline' intersected by two beastly locked grooves. Mike Parker takes control on the other side with the signature lizard-tongue synth lashes and caving kicks of 'Flying Nerves' plus the aquatic flux of 'Lustrum'.
Appleblim and Second Storey go toe-2-toe as ALSO with their first session for R&S. Arriving four years after their 'Lipsmacker' 12" for Aus Music, this time they're darker, crunchier, and moodier, with three cuts taking in the tetchy, hay-wired electro of 'Sids Conundrum' next to the cyber dread swing of 'Ashford Swaithes', and chromed-out breakbeat twists in 'Dive Prophets'.
Rugged, acidic electro-techno from UK veteran Milo Smee in a Bintus mood. Following up his 2013 album with four radgey tracks bowling between the sub-swung tribal industrial winner 'Reflections On Brown' to the sequencer escapades of 'Lightnin'' and on thru tired Landstrumm raver styles in 'Warwick Castle Meltdown', or breakbeat-spiked New Beat grind reminding of auld Caustic Window trax on 'Looking In Your Fridge'.
Swing Ting co-founder Samrai meets Rüf Dug, on a filtered street-rave tip for UTTU, backed with Hashman Deejay and Zanzibar Chanel remixes. Their first observation muddles Manc dancefloor history with an anachronistic blend of dusted boogie soul and jungle breaks sounding like some mutant Juice Box TP discovered in the Chorlton Oxfam, and likewise, the breathy synth voices, tropical chirps and latinate shuffle of '2nd Observation' could almost be from some Hulme-o-naut's bedroom in '91. Hashman Deejay gives a smoother ambient house re-lick of '1st Observation' and Zanzibar Chanel chimes in with a greased up remix of '2nd'.
Outstanding mid-tempo disco session from Mark E for Futureboogie. Ask us, we'll tell ya this is probably the best we've ever heard from the Brummie producer. The A-side's 'Activity' is a dangerously hypnotic chugger riding the slickest bass arpeggio on astral trajectory to proper, Carpenter-esque peaks; B-side gets right down with the buttered claves and fruity yet minimal synth strokes, and 'Shapes' comes off like some long lost NWAQ production. Choice.
*A new label from Shapednoise, featuring a remix from the man himself* "Centaure is artist Franck Vigroux’s newest solo studio effort, following a period of both live and studio collaborations (with artists such as Ben Miller, video artist Antoine Schmitt as Tempest, and Mika Vainio) and music specifically written for multimedia performances. As the inaugural release for Cosmo Rhythmatic, the 12” sees Vigroux indulging in his taste for dynamic intensity, pairing abstract freenoise of the heaviest sort with a taste for dense electronics beats, in order to explore new structural possibilit… Read more
"For his debut full length on Planet E, the dexterous producer has crafted an album of contrasts that gleefully scribbles outside the lines for an otherworldly 12-track trip of galactic proportions that mines inspiration from everyone from Todd Terje to Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones, while retaining an undeniable thread to the Motor City. Launching with the steely tension-filled ‘Born To Be Wise’ that sounds somewhat akin to the opening musical score of a Bond film, if said flick was set on Mars, the tempo is soon set to disco via the ultra-smooth vocal injection from Hard Ton o… Read more
Strident posh trance and minimal tech-house from the BPitch and Kompakt regular. Zug Um Zug' is a nicely off-kilter builder with keening, awning kosmiche drones, and 'Alles Im Allem' canters to a more exotic, almost Middle-eastern vibe.
"If there’s one thing Jonas Kopp has proven over the last decade is that he can turn his hand to just about anything. Since debuting on Pﬁrter’s revered MindTrip Music back in 2006, the Buenos Aires native has managed to rack up a rich and compelling discography, coursing with ease through electronic music’s various forms. From warm Chicago house through to deep, dark and driving techno on labels like Deeply Rooted House, Stroboscopic Artefacts and more, Kopp’s hypnotic and heady sentiment has remained the red thread throughout, which has allowed him to ﬂourish as one of techno’s … Read more
"The Exaltics is back with a new EP on Shipwrec that comes with a remix by Unit Moebius and artwork by Jaco Putker. The Exaltics is co founder of the Solar One Music label and has turned out a steady stream of EPs and LPs for Trust, Creme Organization and Clone West Coast Series, always coming on strong with a dense techno style. Opener 'The New Beginning' continues in that tradition where electro drums are run through with racing acid and more serene and tender synths colour in the backdrop. 'Coroded' is a much more bulky and brutal techno affair with tough drums that roll up and down, even… Read more
Jorge Velez puts his Professor Genius alias to bed with a fine debut LP of searching hardware manoeuvres for L.I.E.S. Six tracks spell out a cosmically detached sound scoping out immersive ambient xones in the black hole of 'Blood and Bone' and underwater bliss of 'Wrecks', along with dancefloor-courting mutant chug in 'Festival Mounds' and more abstract, industrial expressions in the murky rhythms and synth washes of 'Curves', or the blunted pulses of 'Ley Lines'.
The yung Parisian crew step deeper with the blue sci-fi atmospheres and in-the-pocket grooves of Jean Nipon's 2nd 12" for the label. Sealing the airlock entrance with the near beatless 'Eerie', the session turns to simdeck deep house ambience with 'Daydream Nation' before tucking into the crooked machine patter and sino melodies of 'I Ow You So Much', saving the best for last with a percolating piece of steel drums, jagged drum machine patterns and exotic robo voices in 'Up North'.
Extended, Krautische interpretations of Paper Dollhouse's ritual praxis from Dva Damas drummer and techno producer Joe Cocherell, and Montalk. Taking to 'Space III', Cocherell renders 11 minutes of rippling motorik techno groove and prickling kosmische arpeggios that eventually subside leaving us stranded for the final minutes in outer space. Montalk's rework of 'Drone II' is more subtle, working with coolly isolated bass frequencies and salty electronics to shape a spectral scene of detached vocals and space station distress signals.