Monday, 20 April
Italy's Herva drops a stack of crooked 'floor tricks on Semtek's Don't Be Afraid label following his aces for Delsin, Kontra, M>O>S and All City. As we've come to learn, Herva's a bit of a free spirit, always keen to buck the grid and feel out for uniquely sensual, visceral thrills. With 'Dreamers of Unknown Tales' he follows suit into a unstable world of electro-acoustic tones, shredded breaks and mutant acid, twisting the lines from beat-less concrète zones of the title track to a sort of desiccated, nervy funk attack with the spitting drums and fuzz-junky dip of 'From The Ins… Read more
Three outstanding, abstract deep house cuts from the man. We're truly spoilt for choice here. Uptown he comes with the writhing, jazzwise 'Dance Of The Medusa', nudging his drums and bass to the edge of distortion while Sun Ra-esque synth chords, jagged keys and sax spumes tumble in astrospace beside the dusty Afro-futurism of 'Bubbles' with its scratchy, Jamal Moss-like hi-hats and bleeps purled to glutinous bass strafes in the knottiest, hypnotic phunk. But if we're picking favourites it's gotta be the incredible downtown joint 'Ambalamps'; eight minutes of super-heavy, bumpin… Read more
Brilliantly demented avant-House trips from the Det/Chi master - finally available on download formats. Cutting up some high-kicking, wrist-burning Shaolin movie samples on a bumpy-as-hell rhythm, 'Any Other Styles' possibly betrays a return influence from Kassem Mosse and Mix Mup's off-the-grid escapades on Trilogy Tapes - well, possibly not, but listen to that jabbing, psychotic arrangement and tell us we're totally wrong?! Flipside there's a shorter, condensed version, and a naked, riddimic instrumental called 'Beat Those'. Recommended!
Full Strength house music from the inimitable DJ Qu on his own label - home of his best works. A-side plays it steady driving but with gruff bass offset by his signature shuffles and strafing synth sweeps to cream the 'floor. B-side plays out the funeral keys and ghostly vocals of 'Sadness In The Static', setting the stage for a welting acid weapon called 'Sweaty One'.
Danny Wolfers spins the warehouse dizzy in his latest Legowelt mission. Doing it for Ninja Tune's Technicolour series this time, he presents some really dope gear following suit from smarts by Kutmah, Hieroglyphic Being and BNJMN. Best of all is the darkside Chi finesse of 'Evaporate With Me 2 Infinity', yoking a gutter EBM/acid bass to stern drums and magickal synth glistens, and likewise with the slinkier breakbeats tucked to windswept filters and fizzy-bonce keys in the title.
**Includes 50-minute track featuring texts written and performed by Alexandra Kennedy & Campbell Irvine. RIYL Muslimgauze, Demdike Stare, Ninos Du Brasil** Exceptional take on techno tribalism from yung Australian producer, Campbell Irvine. Picking up where Shackleton left before he went psy-trance, Campbell runs with a proper dread techno vibe on two extended walkabouts strafed with duppied voices and urged by layered, syncopated percussion and deep subs. We're particularly feeling the scratchy swing and shuffle of B-side 'Reunion Of Two Bodies', which sits somewhere betwe… Read more
EPM present two definitive aspects of Detroit techno. Robert Hood offers one of his signature minimal techno propulsion systems with the tunnelling, darkside 'Shaker', before boosting the energy levels with an organ-burning Floorplan 'Ritual' in his gospel-techno guise.
Where To Now? present two sidelong trips into a lysergic avant-techno otherworld by Daragh Monaghan a.k.a. Baba. "‘Odd Potion’ manages to create a world that is aesthetically always referencing a fantastical vision of imagined mystery, yet allowing the real history of dance music into this otherworldly space. Daragh cites Jeff Mills as an influential figure, in terms of his ability to allow his genuine interest in Sci-Fi and space into the DNA of his music - it’s success lies in it’s clear passion for other subjects, as Daragh notes about his own music “I guess i’m not too interested in the grit… Read more
**Noisy techno beat-offs** "GDL is the work of 21 year old Washington DC resident Garret Littler. This self titled debut release takes its cue points primarily from the 80’s underground German electronic DIY tape scene - kickstarted by the likes of DAF, Der Plan, Palais Schaumberg, Grauzone etc, and whilst such influences are certainly prevalent throughout, there’s also an undeniable nod to some of the more recent works of those operating on the fringes of underground techno and noise. Yes, the world of GDL is brutal, uncompromising, and at times full of chaos, and it’s this direct, and more importantly… Read more
Tommy Four Seven boots up his 47 label with a forceful techno session. The boss twists out a raging stomper called '131' beside the rolling industro-dub of Kwartz's 'Locked Target', a bleeping missile from Killawatt, and the bruising, dank techno reduction of 'Obsid' by Isolated Lines.
Dedicated to the famous Lynns of Norfolk - King's Lynn and Alan Partridge's PA - this is Dense & Pika's latest for Hypercolour. Check for the swaggering modular brawn of 'Tantrum', the screwy industro-disco charge of 'Sycophant', and the messed-up rave lurch of 'Hitting The Ceiling'.
The fifth Speicher release from Kolsch follows the face-twisting madness of “Loreley“, the piano-driven melancholy of “Opa“ and the bestselling chords from his collaboration with Gregor Schwellenbach, somehow paying tribute to all of these within the confines of one two-track EP. Featuring Rune's first new original material in a while, these cuts follow remix work for artists as diverse as Coldplay, Monkey Safari and Henry Krinkle.