Monday, 06 July
Deep house maverick, Hunee spills his mind all over the 'floor on his debut album, 'Hunch Music'. Over the last decade, Berlin-based Hunee has emerged a standard-bearer for sophisticated, psychedelic and soulful house music with a trim handful of tracks and 12"'s via Permanent Vacation, Ostgut Ton, and Rush Hour, all leading up to the dizzying colours and gripping arrangements of 'Hunch Music'. Rooted in the deepest traditions and disciplines of New York, Chicago, and Detroit, and with a trace of Korean heritage discernible in the his melodic sweetness, it plays out like a mid-summers dream o… Read more
Techno hypnotist, Rrose, returns to Eaux with the pocket watch attractions of 'For Aquantice'. Made up like the unholy offspring of Papa Lazarou and Norman Bates in mummy's boy mode, Rrose peddles three patented and mindbending wormholes, subtly sucking us in with Eleh-esque purist sine tones to the rasping rhythmic skeleton of 'Levitate' and the recursive abyss of 'Vellum' on the A-side, whereas the sleek, pulsating throbs and spiralling oscillations of B-side's 'Signs' take hold with intra-venus strength and potency. They're proper deep brain and tissue stimulators.
Loose and rude breakbeat/house/techno functions from Dave Huismans (2562) in A Made Up Sound mode. His 3rd outing for Clone's Basement series opens up with the sub-heavy bruk house shunt of 'Cheaters VIP', last heard on his Boiler Room set, giving way to the noirish, Source Direct-like strings and cranky swagger of 'Funkstation', whilst B-side he plays out the fast yet low key and hypnotic 'Us' beside a sort of big band jazz gone dark techno roll-out with the Krupa-like drum cadence and layered darkside bass pressure, 'Them'.
**Includes A4 insert** Lethal breakbeat and squashed techno lashes on the debut from Gramrcy, backed with cracking Bruce and Hodge remixes for Berceuse Heroique sub-label, Ancient Monarchy. Goin' like it's '92 again, the new-blood producer spins on a proper breakbeat 'ardcore pivot with the swarming darkside stings and ruthless misbehaviour of 'Ruffian', which is duly yoked up to 2015 standards in a crushing Bruce remix making sterling use of youtube-style compression and smartly following up his Hessle Audio debut. On the turn, Gramrcy inverts to a dense, stomach-rumbling dub core and gutted ju… Read more
Efdemin, Regis, Kangding Ray and Dasha Rush have their respective ways with 'Requiem' from Inigo Kennedy's 'Vaudeville' album. Efdemin pursues that Millsian magick with a spacious, bleeping 'Journey to the Stars' mix, whereas Regis proffers a more viral, itchy 'Human Host' version riven with tinfoil drums and killer radioactive discord. Kangding Ray reshapes the same elements at a swanging mid-tempo tilt, and Dasha Rush's 'Requiem for Humanity' comes off like some Profan experiment.
Shed cuts loose on this towering one-off for Hardwax label, The Final Experiment. A-side is a '90s-style breakbeat techno behemoth putting the boot in with thunderous kicks and armour-plated breaks, mercifully softened up with some really sweet pads at the drop. B-side, he rides with a ruder, heady halfstep in 'Final Distortion', and jumps back on that 2-step techno pivot with 'Up The Hills', whereas the brash thwack of 'Crystal Cubes' yearns for nasty, early Polygon Window styles.
'Block The Box' finds the master of modern breakbeat/techno/house romance at his lip-smacking best since the legendary 'Natural Selection/Vancouver' 12". Operating at full dancefloor sensitivity, Martyn distills a pure rave buzz over three superb cuts, whether synching West London broken beats and swooping subs with eccied-up pads in the effortless flow of 'Done Away', or hearkening directly to his 2008 period with the clipped breakbeat spun thru golden light chords and gully dubstep LFOs in 'EF40', leaving the title cut to expend its darker energy with a deadly blend of Reese bass and dusted garage-techno momentum.
Oscar Mulero's Warm Up serve two shots of big room techno thunder by Sleeparchive, backed with the boss's own, slinkier remixes. On top, Sleeparchive pushes the strapping 16th note synth pulses and 909 pelt of 'Windows 057', and the long dark techno tunnel of 'Windows 092' for the bruxist monkeys; down below Mulero trims the former to pizzicato arpeggios and rumbling kicks, and streamlines the latter to a brain burrowing sub-aquatic acid sound.
Automatic Tasty milks purest acid funk cream from his machines in a wobbly 2nd EP for CPU. 'The Life Parochial' pursues a slew of releases for Dublin's Lunar Disko Records and Acid Waxa, among others, with a quartet of colourful, almost cartoonishly charming 'floor jaunts, from the EDMX funk electro-modes of 'Aromatic Tasty Hits the Town' and the Vibertian acid-breakz of the EP's title track, thru to Italo disco sauce of 'The Parish Hotline', and the one-too-many-Tizers buzz of 'The Twofold Exaltation of an Acid Called Tinfoil Hat'.
Berlin's Positive Centre slow rolls onto Stroboscopic Artefacts' Monad series with his first release beyond Our Circula Sound. The tempos are still depressed, but actually a little more energetic this time out, from the vertiginous plunge of 'Great Excavator' rolling at 120bpm, down to the near-beatless, abyssal plateau of 'Disappearing Trick', bringing on a hard case of the bends with the belting 115bpm knocker, 'Figure is in the Form', and passing out into the comatose drone zone of 'Signal Structure'.
Subtly infectious, rolling techno-electronica from Belgium's GoldFFinch duo. The proggy build and electroid minimalism of 'Unworthy' could almost be a Modeselektor cut if we weren't told otherwise; 'Brother' plays down a slinkier darkroom techno wiggle; 'Layers' jacks up a nervy acid jag with super precise production. On the remix, Bangkok's Sunju Hargun reduces 'Unworthy' to a sleazy, sub-powered prowler.
"More than 25 years after releasing his debut single and dancefloor anthem 'Tears’ Satoshi Tomiie returns with a new album. This legendary collaboration with Frankie Knuckles, that’s now considered as one of house music’s most important moments, was only the start of an exciting career. Satoshi Tomiie has been at the forefront of the global house music movement ever since. He released on a variety of labels going from Strictly Rhythm to Sony, toured with the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra Fame, worked with artists like Robert Owens, remixed many pop inclined … Read more
Smallville regular STL follows his 2014 album 'At Disconnected Moments' with this new two track EP.
(Steffi) Doms & (Martyn) Deykers indulage old skool breakbeat/house fantasies with 'Fonts For The People' on the latter's 3024 label. The title tracks' the one for us, twisting running man breaks and wobble-eyed synthlines on a big gnarly 'ardcore bass. Flipside, 'Penny's Groove' tweaks out some '92 Detroit style techno, and 'Tepper' tips out on a darkside electro flex.
Borrowed Language bossman Israel Vines returns for this killer remix EP, feat a smart remix by fellow LA-resident, Silent Servant, as well as reworks from Talker (Downwards) and Eye Teeth founder and curator, BMG.
Dark Entries plate up a necessary and acrid taste of Smersh's cranky industrial dance prototypes with this 1983 -1993 compilation, 'Super Heavy Solid Waste'. Following on from the 'Cassette Pets' compilation, this set ransacks the duo's extensive arsenal to squeeze in all the other mad nuggets they couldn't fit in the first time around. Further proving their position as forerunners of the mongrel, junkyard techno aesthetic adopted by everyone from Prostitutes to Helena Hauff and Powell, the set revolves eight scabbed and ruffneck cuts ranging from the jagged metallic drums and pat… Read more
Fort Romeau tasks associates of Frankfurt's Running Back and Live at Robert Johnson labels to remix his 'Insides' album. Check for the hazy shimmy of Massimiliano Pagliara's rework of 'All I Want' and Orson Wells' raw, swinging and elegantly poised overhaul of 'Lately'.
"Since debuting in 2013, J.Tijn has found his corner of the electronic music world, developing a hard techno sound that is raw and unforgiving. A core member of Untold’s Pennyroyal label, Jesse Tijn has also released on Overlee Assembly, Power Vacuum and Bedouin Records. For Naked Naked’s eleventh release, J.Tijn provides two versions of “Pick Your Battles”On the A side, “Pick Your Battles V1” gives us a dark rolling rhythm being led by a crisp snare hit through a sea of machine bleeps and grinding waves of noise. On the flip, “Pick Your Battles V2” hits harder with distorted kick drum… Read more
Lord Of The Isles revives his Little Strong Recordings with four inspired deep house and electronica moments. This is the real romantic stuff, blessed with a heady, dreamy concoction of folkwise melody, effortless groove and heavenly harmonies. On one side his 'Fey Folk (Intro)' swirls reversed loops to a creamy lather before 'Ossian's Hall' reaches out with rolling disco percussion and cirrus-like wisps of timeless IDM/folk melody; on the other he envisions classic Detroit/AI bleeps and aerial waltz rhythms with 'Xatsiv' and beams out the divine astral techno boogie of 'Nuston'.