Monday, 25 May
Skee Mask slings a 2nd lot of crackshot techno on Ilian Tape with the 'Junt' EP. His 1st release, 'Serum', issued in late 2014, injected a much-needed dose of broken, sparky and rude funk to the techno scene, and this one does much the same, with an added swell of blistered, psychedelic noise texture and shots of sweetened melody for good measure. The title track kicks up a cloud of dusty atmospheres and dub-sprung dynamics to ease us in, before 'Hover' almost loses its mind in a roil of atonal apparitions, to be rescued by rolling groove and sweeping, sunken pads. 'Larus Canus' follows at a more… Read more
Laurence Guy pays duez to those originators with four cuts of gritty drums and woozy chords...
Wicked session of of raw and smart house trax inspired by early Sheffield bleep styles. Klasse Wrecks' Luca Lozano and Mr. Ho on the buttons, paying tribute to their time spent in the Steel City circa 1990, and generating four joints jacking from the ruddy dark funk of 'Dripbox' to frayed and dusty bleep memories in 'Bear Samurai', and over to the box-cutting swagger ov 'Hot Trak', tipping out with our personal highlight, the clipped machine funk minimalism of 'Autonomika'.
Toronto's MKFN return to Touchin' Bass with the shuddering techtronics of 'This Divide' EP. A strong quartet of cuts veering from strobing halfstep flux and swarming ambient ecologies à la Fis in 'Terrain' and the turbulent super-dub of 'Somewhere, Here', to slightly more serene zones of 'Inland', before 'Stasis' contacts to a more controlled sorta rolige aching with radioactive chords and briztling noise textures.
An Easyjet-set fantasy come to life; Lucy and (Ben) Klock team up for Stroboscopic Artefacts. 'Bliss' pulses icy ambient tones setting the scene for a tunnelling big room squeeze, 'War Lullaby' and over into slower, experimental oscillations of 'Santeria' and the spectral resonance of 'A Ghost Lovestory'.
Laidback tech-house swing from new player, Edmondson, for new label, Lissoms. The A-side's 'Nocturnal 92' casually evolves from low-lit chords and tape noise pivoting on a breezy kick/clap syncopation to trancier electronic motifs before filling the gaps with tight breaks and warm vibes. B-side rolls straighter with the clipped drums and fidget funk of 'Caraiba' offset by dope cowbell, and 'Loop finding (4JO)' tips out on a weightless, dusted breakbeat flex.
Special request for Regis and Fis remixes of Akkord from Houndstooth. Last spotted on 'HTH035', these two sympathetic mixes correspond with the original's bloodied and brutalist sound design, with Fis absorbing and infusing a conflagration of 'Gravure' and 'Continuum' with rolling, windswept ambient motifs and turbulent hydro-electric charge reflecting the semi-industrial, semi-pastoral landscape of the 'Hayfield To New Mills' trip, whereas Regis carves the same cuts into a lurching, monolithic techno-stepper disciplined with the cranky Whip Hand of a maniacal Mill overse'er.
Swanky, diverse new Dial compilation featuring exclusive material from all your deep, techy and ambient house faves. This has to be the most far-flung suite we've heard fromt he Hamburg-based label, unravelling a fine spectrum of coherant styles between Christian Naujocks' poignant opener, 'For A While' and Dawn Mok's R&B abstraction, 'Like Thoughts Or Moments We'll Fall' via the simmering, airborne deep house of Lawrence's 'Chex Dupont', drifting shoegaze-pop from Pawel, Physical Therapy's skewed junglism, and the posh trancey luft of DJ Richard's 'Zero'.
Bass Clef does his bright and melodic modular dance thing for Belfast's Rudimentary Records. 'Humming Blurs' sprawls the A-side with chiming, avian synth tones ruffled by stuttered and collapsing techno-dubbed drum chicanery for the IDM sweetboys and girls.On the other side, 'Chanson Du Ricochet' charges up a freakish, sputtering sort of alien techno deviation wrapped in shredded ribbons of salty modular scree and amorphous noise.
Art Crime debuts on London record shoppe, Phonica's in-house label after a fine 12" for Willie Burnett's W.T. label. Pushing a plush vibe from from the lovely balance of diaphanous synth voice and raving stabs in 'Obsession' to the Italo-techno drama of 'Show Interest', taking a moment for reflection with the starry keys of 'Eye Contact', and finishing with the OPN-goes-techno flourish of 'Rise Fall Run'.
Once-a-year kinda guy, Still Music boss Jerome Derradji drops a smart Chicago update for 2015. Upstairs, 'Wurk It' dispenses a full-bodied percolator ripened with bucking claps and twanging lead line in a smooth-but-rugged take on classic Dance Mania; downstairs, 'Acid Nothing' drags the tempo down for a skudgy and subtly proggy 303 jam.
Legowelt and hirsute pal bang the box on a 2nd Seaside Houz Boys session. You get four patented hardware rubs, ranging from adrenalized panic to vintage faces Drums style and the electroid winner 'Deepness of X70002'.
*Collection featuring Hieroglyphic Being, Kaseem Mosse, Andres, Ras G and more* "The first half of this new collection features tracks recorded exclusively for Soul Jazz Record’s bespoke Sounds Of The Universe label. These were originally issued under their ‘Art + Sound’ series between 2012 and 2015 as unique hand-etched and original commissioned art pieces (reproduced here), collectors’ 12” singles pressed in micro-editions of 250 copies each that were only available exclusively from Soul Jazz Records’ boutique Sounds Of The Uni… Read more
Steve Rachmad rides the rhythm for Luke Slater's Mote Evolver. Four tracky cuts, at best in the molten metallic funk of 'Stroke 1' and a sparking jack attack, 'Stroke 4'.
Truss churns out three chunks of industrial techno grot for Perc Trax. His first release in this guise since 2012, 'Kymin Lea' does rusted electro rhythms and bleached-sky pads across the A-side, with a surprisingly sentimental tenderness to be found in his steely structures, whereas flipside, 'Clawdd D' trades in beligerant, discordant UK techno, and 'Wyefield' gets off on a spooked South Western techno bang à la Polygon Window.
Giddy up with two cantering techno jaunts by Berghain staple and one half of MMM. Fiedel in the saddle for a a kinky acid techno buckaroo named 'Deare' and the pony-prance fancy of 'Likedeeler'.
Banging UK house jaxx for Lobster Boy's consistently ace imprint. 'Do 4 Me; rolls out on a darkside flex with brooding Reese-style bass buoying belting diva stabs and raw-but-slinky house drums. 'Blue Suede' is more bittersweet, percolating Chicago-meets-London drums with blue vocal signature and an alkaline synth tang.
Warp set off their 2nd showcase of killer new dance music from Lisbon's Príncipe crew. Up top, you'll find the mystic flutes and streaking synths of Alto Nivel Produções' low slung tarraxinha, 'Directamente', next to the slamming-but-slinky drums and jagged, SND-like chords of Nidia Minaj's 'Pra Fechar', and DJ Maboku's slow and super wide remix of 'Tarraxo Electrico' by DJ Lilocox ov CDM. Flipside, we're introduced to Puto Anderson & Deejay Ninoo with the kinky, woody drum syncopation of 'Camarate' at a mean slow flex, and, likewsie, we hear from DJ Big Vado and DJ Estra… Read more
'Anna Love' peals with keening hi-end timbres lending a dash of romance and drama to his white noise builds and scratchy tech-house rhythm. 'Dim Sum,' cools off with a rolling groove giving way to off-kilter chords and bittersweet harmonics beside the fractured drums and intimate samples of 'Purple', precipitating a ruder UK warp in later stages.
Dany F makes his debut solo vinyl flight with four ruddy, spiked grooves for Cómeme in the 'Wouhau' EP. A regular on the label's numerous compilations, Dany steps up with neatly functional spins on timeless templates, from the mystic Mayan flutes mixed with Chicago house ballast in 'Magia', to trippier acid invocation 'Monitos de la Selva' and the dark-to-light journey of 'Wouhau', always with an sharp cut but subtle latin shimmy.
Seductive dancefloor alchemy from Optimo's Italian duo, Claudio Brioschi and Cristian Croce a.k.a. Boot & Tax. Cross-pollinating traces of Afro-beat, dub and European synth music for the good of the dancefloor, as exemplified in the skanking steppers lilt and wiggle of opener 'Good Fela', essentially this is a modern iteration of the Italian cosmic disco genre coined by Danielle Baldelli and Beppe Loda in the '70s/'80s. It's super-easy going and timelessly infectious (even JD Twitch's 80 year old step-mother has been rinsing it), weaving elements of spaghetti westerns ('red Guitar') alongside … Read more