Friday, 24 July
**SDJR turns out a whole party's worth of funk with an infectious debut album sporting guest spots by Julio Bashmore, fLako and Kutmah** "From time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness… a loose-knit, lolloping groove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Recorded in LA, San Francisco, Amsterdam and London, Universes is a unique exploration of his musical landscape, traversing tempo… Read more
Kurt Dahlke a.k.a. NDW pioneer Pyrolator takes his turn to reconstruct and adapt the work of pivotal Berlin-skool composer, Conrad Schnitzler. This posthumous, inter-generational collaboration is even better than it reads on paper/screen, with Dahlke aiming to "present a side of Conrad which I has always heard in his music but one which often goes unnoticed: a darker, technoid side". He arguably fulfils his intentions in style over 12 vast, amorphous synthscapes foregrounding the compatibilities between Schnitzler's modular extractions and a modern day sound of Berlin tec… Read more
*Reissue* Matt Edwards aka Radio Slave builds on the foundations of tracky Chicago house styles with his first Rekids release since the 'Live Edits' EP. By the artist's own admission, 'The Clone Wars' is meant to be taken as a "my 'Screaming Hands' for 2014… a war cry to people out there , music or otherwise, who think it's creative and cool to replicate the past." It appears as a wiggly original with nagging vocal stab and infectious, ear-weevlin' synth hook, backed with a stripped down instrumental, acapella and synthapella.
"In quick succession to his Tessier-Ashpool junglist reinvention via the "Emphasis" EP, Otik follows up with companion piece "Strangelove" - a statement of his versatility, and of the liminal variety possible within the framework of 130-ish BPM breaks-led electronic compositions. Operating on the boundary between a fragmented grime take and a rolling jungle stepper, opener "Glimpse" is as stammering as its telltale vocal sample, urging listeners to "do a double take"...; and leading by example, it proceeds to constantly fracture and reassemble itself in real time. Follow-up "Futile" is most rem… Read more
Paul Woolford leaves his Special Request bomber jacket at home for a powerful return to techno-house styles on Hotflush. His first release under his own name since 2013, 'Orbit' hammers out finely engineered techno propulsion systems on the front, whilst the back-breaking EBM piano house reinforcements of 'MDMA' keep it hardcore on the turn.
Hot on the heels of their Sound Signature session, Dego & Kaidi return to Eglo with a quartet of super-soulful rug-cutters. Vibes are strong on this wan, whether greazing the parched drums and mirage-like synth shimmers of 'Black Is Key' with deep jazz vocal harmonies and fruity keys, or loosening up the pointillist shuffle of 'Man Made' with wobbly, wavey chords on the A-side, or travelling from the Afro-centric idiosyncrasies of 'Orbiting Uhuru' to inimitably clipped and charming summer-in-West London styles with 'The Vault Descends'.
In classic dub fashion, Deadbeat reworks three of his smartest, stripped down rhythm tracks for Visionquest's label. 'Berghain Drum Jack (2015 Edit)' is a fgreshly trimmed mix of 'Grounation (Berghain Drum Jack)' from his 'Roots And Wire'  album; 'Mecca Drum Jack (2015 Edit)' is a neat nip 'n tuck of the same cut from 'Eastward On To Mecca' ; the juicy 303 and writhing dub FX of 'Acid Dub Jack' make for an entirely new cut, by our reckoning.
Ruddy UK/US club transfusions from the one like DJ Haus. A-side, he galvanises the floor with a sick metallic take on Jersey club trax in 'Get Tha F**k Out' beside the horny garage rave tone of 'Need Sum Time'. B-side he takes it there with a breakbeat-charged booty smasher, 'Hot In Dis Muthaf**ker', and a straight-up sleaze play, 'Work Ur Body'.
Fierce throw-down from P.O.L. Style backed da fuq up with killer remixes from Mike Q and Neana. Pursuing last year's 'Angry Frogs' jack-off with Vin Sol & Matrixxman, your boy raids ballroom house and Dance Mania for ideas, pumps them up with hard-bodied production, and lets them walk the runway in P.O.L. Style. On the remix flex, Mike Q flounces all over 'Saw' with catty and concussive stabs next to a brutal, industrialised fix-up from Neana. Proper DJ and dancer specials.
Grumbling dark techno from the Bradford/Serbia axis of Dronelock & Ontal. Check for the dynamically sprung sound design of 'Parallax' and the toiling Yorkshire fun of 'Drop Steel Forge'.
Austere techno from Sigha on Shifted's Avian imprint. A tense and bitter product of its times, 'Techno Derivatives' reduces the style to its most skeletal form with visionary, precision tooled engineering. The A-side cuts are sick, with the tantric '02' teasing the kick drum around shuddering mass of metallic synths and '04' economically rolling with reversed kicks and match-strike percussion sparking in the darkness. Likewise, B-side, '09' holds steadfast to a muted palette with eerie success, and '12' delivers venomous, pounding kicks.
Matrixxman and Mr. G rework Convex Industries 'Zero Point' product for the 'floor. Jon Convex's 'Day After Day' is reduced and curved to an aerodynamic bleep techno dub by Matrixxman, whilst Light Year and Louisahhh's 'Inside' is asphyxiated with white noise in a furtive house mix by Mr. G.
Anthony "Shake" Shakir, Harmonious Thelonious and Alan Johnson uproot and shake down Blank Mind's first release in four exceptional remix excursions. As the label's debut release, 'Cover Me' set a wild precedent which followed thru into subsequent aces from DJ Clent, Dance, and Mirror. Now on their 7th release, the label have pulled in some heavy remix action exemplifying their open-ended yet focussed aesthetic. Anthony Shakir absolutely kills it with a Detroit No wave style take on Adrian Lenz's Grenadan dab dab ace, 'Cover Me', marrying air raid bass sweeps with sparking b… Read more
Kink and Elektro Guzzi remix each other for Berlin's Macro Recordings with brooding, proggy results.
Mr. Beatnick flexes a proper disco-tech sound with 'Formed In The Stance' for Semtek's DBA label. 'Stutter' opens with some weighty momentum balanced between slyding synth flares and bristling electro NRG bass, whilst the coruscating scales and slippery disco moves of 'Jellyfish' recall classic Patrick Cowley. The title track dims the lights to a noirish, jazzy West London bustle, and 'Obsidian Morning' synchs a lissom swing between wood-crack claps, dubble-dip bass and flighty arpeggios. Great stuff.
Under the cutting title, 'Conscious C*nt', Swiss-born, Nepalese-Tibetan artist Aïsha Devi explores notions of "womanhood, spirituality, materialism and societal pressure" for her Houndstooth debut. Arching up with escalating trance arpeggios and bruised bass palpitations before a spectral denouement introduces her pitched vox in 'Kim & the Wheel of Life', she continues to pursue stranger, processed vocal timbres in a beat-less recitation of an Urdu poem by Pakistani feminist Kishwar Naheed, 'Aurat (Tool)', and scales up haunting chant and hard-textured synth to a captivating accumulation of energy and emotion.
Gauzy blue deep house from the NYC duo, taken off their 'Apprentice' EP for Scissors & Thread.
Cómeme run a ruddier, sexier bum-bum sound from Carisma on their 2nd full EP following numerous remixes and compilation appearances. It's a signature fit for Matias Aguayo's label, whether slyding '90s house into slippery, latinate psychedelia with 'Fruta' or serving sub-heavy carnival functions with 'Discoteca Profunda' on top, or carving to the darker side with the polychromatic EBM trip of 'Vertigo', and giving the disco something to suck on with the salty synth thrust of 'Dueños De Este Instante'.