Monday, 14 April
Gritty swing-jack joints from one of the UK's dopest yung house producers, backed with two 'floor-scrambling Redshape remixes. Read's 'Shrubby' runs motor city bassline through a thicket of scratchy drums and slicing, Chez Damier/Maurizio chords to rugged effect, which Redshape duly reroutes with patented kick drum thump, haywire electronics and a surging, club-slaying synthline. On 'Zig Zag' Read locks down to a haughty, humping computer jack pattern with wickedly delirious finale, and Redshape takes it to a deeper, stranger, place with progressive builds. Tipped!
Unknown Precept follow their industrial compilation 'The Black Ideal' with a noisy, clattering vinyl debut by Damaskin. Toiling scorched earth between AnD, Prostitutes and the Weevil series, four tracks rove from heads-down industrial churn to skippier, sub-heavy off-beats, wild-eyed experiments and grubby monotone slammers.
Gunnar Haslam, Invisible Conga People, and Daniel Avery overhaul the jagged jakbeat 'How You Say' from Factory Floor's debut LP. L.I.E.S.-regular Haslam softens the edges and boosts the bass on a pumping, hypnotic reduction ready for open-minded 'floors, whereas IDIB/DFA dudes Invisible Conga People drag down the tempo to a waltzing chug inflected with fizzing electronics and lushest, BoC-like pads for a proper mogadon disco sound. However, we reckon it's Daniel Avery's dreamy, drugged-up tech-house version, finding the sweetest space between vaulted, Cocteau Twins-like atmospheres and Kompakt-style groove that's gonna see the most dancefloor action, and rightly so.
Tightly-coiled minimal techno from Italy's Dario Tronchin aka Chevel on return to Stroboscopic Artefacts after many missions for his own Enclav label. As with the best SA releases, the five tracks of 'One Month Off' are built with a fine balance of experimentation and dancefloor suss. A-side he does this best with the chiselled but elastic swingjack of 'One Month Off' and the Itinerant Dubs-style sprung buck of 'The Wall'. B-side deals in more experimental grooves with the bare bones jack and bristling electronic textures of 'Cave Dwellings', a Lakker-like breakbeat techno number named 'Mark… Read more
"The fifth release on disko404 Records is by IZC, an artist who has been active for almost two decades in the local scene of Vienna, Austria. In 2008, he finally started Dubsquare Records together with media artist Boris Kopeinig. For "Zig-Zag", IZC brings together the sounds of dark UK Funky/Grime and Detroit House. A stripped-down hardware setup in combination with a restriction to a basic stereo-track recording technique results in four raw and direct dance tracks with an unmatched live-feeling to them. While the opening tune, "Zig-Zag", starts out as a straight 4/4 beat, its rhythm is soon twist… Read more
Blue Hour improves on his debut with three tracks of raw, emotive techno. 'Axis Motive' rides chunky tom/kick patterns into through a fog of dark, mystic trance-techno chords; 'Front' dries out on a claps-driven bumpty Chicago techno groove; 'Reef II' wraps up with an hypnotic 6am techno tool.
Cold, hardware-driven Russian techno from Sanys, backed with Eomac's splintered jungle-tekno remix. The sixth release on Downfall Theory is defined by Sanys darkest atmospheres and industrialised rhythms, coolly taking in the swinging momentum of 'Dominance' alongside the reduced acid techno throbs of 'My Concern', and the radioactive pumper 'Told You So'. Eomac promptly switches tack with his remix of the latter, deviating into broken techno rhythms with rusty, unstable textures and gloomy ambience.
Horny Cologne house and techno from Terranova on Kompakt. On 'Headache' they do that kinky dark disco thing for the big rooms with juicy b-line and sultry, building vocal by Cath Coffey. 'Headlock' is a ruder reduction riding the b-line with dubbed out vocal and invisible bitch-slap synth for the darkrooms, beside the chugging electro haughtiness of 'Tourette'.
Swinging, driving disco/house kinks from DJ Kaos and friends. Dr Dunk opens with a writhing, tribalised remix of 'Horny Morning Loop' saving a celestial synth flourish until crucial moment; Softwar spurts the fruity deep house chords of 'Afterhours'; Split Secs lock down to some chugging New York house fun; Jacques Renault gives a tweaky budge to the hypnotic synthlines of 'Red Axes'.
**Full three-track EP** Another superb, wide-scoped dancefloor session from the inimitable Djrum. Fifteen minute epic 'The Miracle' works in two sections: First part is a breezy, swinging garage groove riding wide, skanking subs and bustling but spacious drums against his signature backdrop of cinematic, widescreen pads, exotic vocals infusions and nagging dancefloor hooks. In the 2nd part he slows his roll to a mellow sway urged by insistent subbass and dubble-timed drums bookended with dream sequence chords, field recordings and snatches of film dialogue adding up to a haunting atmosphere… Read more
Strickly pounders from techno strongarm J. Tijn for Untold's Pennyroyal label. 'Yearn' stomps across the A-side with engorged kicks and strobing rave alarm synthline filtered at crucial moments; 'Innart' cog up the B-side with a grubbing, masticated acid assault beside the buzzing techno dub 'Nuke'.
One of modern techno's outstanding producers sets the ground for his 'Vaudeville' album with two superb productions. Following the increasingly melodic themes of his recent releases for Token, both cuts are sensitively strung-out and driven by uniquely contoured grooves. 'Lullaby' is a brooding, offset roller with vaulted harmonics and shimmering, mercurial melodies harking back to Autechre's 'LP5' but with a smoother, effortless flow, and 'Petrichor' follows suit with another emotionally involved arrangement of ascendent chords, intricate reverbs and a bustling, slinky groove tha… Read more
The prolific deep/dub house producer returns to Thaddi Hermann's Just Another Beat boutique with a coupla sweet treats. On 'Whatever It Is' he feels out a seductive deep house sound of purring subs, hi-hat spritz and hovering, hazy chords threaded with silky keys, whereas 'Igneous' feels a little more urgent, bluer, thanks to its weighty bass heft and those strafing, teasing chords. Plush stuff.
Mystic lo-fi acid grinders from Villa Abo on Bio Rhythm. The bittersweet discord and jakk rhythms of 'Ruff Swing' reminds of Jamal Moss, whilst 'From Askew to Eternity' and 'Assiduous Feeling' are grubbing acid numbers.
Boston's Keith DeViere Donaldson returns to Jamal Moss' Mathematics label with a kicking, slightly abstract house session. His 2nd EP to date, 'Genetouche' shares his latest dancefloor research in four detailed and finely sculpted techno-house models. His 'HANA' opener is a right banger in the mould of Oliverwho Factory's urgent hard house aces, and 'Postulating shows the noise techno kids how to do freaky but with a funked-up swagger. 'SYMP' is the deepest piece, 8 minutes 08 seconds of submerged yet celestial techno elegance, and 'Genetouche' captures a beautiful balance of frantic drums and serene, centred vibes for the dancefloor mystics.
Deep, driving, and spaced-out house romance from Italy's Giorgio Luceri for Jamal Moss's Mathematics Recordings. Rippling machine rhythms, lush layered synth harmonies and ornate arrangements add up to a stellar trip inspired by classic Detroit, Chicago and Italian house styles.
Rolling UK garage-house backed with broken beat and discoid garage remixes by Fybe:One and Arkist.
After releases on Fifth Wall and Grizzly, Physical Therapy returns for a follow up to the first release on his own Allergy Season label, with the EP "Million Years Crushed." Three cuts of maximal electronic dance music, along with a deep retrofit from Berghain resident Norman Nodge.
Ruddy electro-house funk from San Fran's Justin Martin and UK big room type, Eats Everything. Check 'Steven Jello' for a wiggly jaunt drippin' with sawtooth synthlines and some dubstep-style bass pressure, or 'Kong' for a strutting, bass-pressured house riddim streaked with jet engine FX and tribal drum breaks.