Monday, 28 July
Tlaotlon gives 1080p their most frayed, cheeky release to date with 'Ektomists'. Hewing to a crooked axis of air-tumbling house drums and buoyant bass, Tlaotlon sparks off all manner of corkscrewing pings, synth stabs and scrambled electronics in a psychoactive manner belying his participation with wayward acts such as Finnish psych troupe, Kemialliset Ystävät. The results range from psilocybic sequencer arrangements like the Larry Heard-meets-Fonal styles of 'Spetra' thru the 4th world jack of 'Novodene' to the skudged, noisy disarray of 'Juicerays', and unstable house in 'Fuji VI', all keenly recommended if you like FAY, Ital, Jamal Moss, Noleian Reusse…
Delectable deep house, Berlin style, from Workshop founder and caretaker, Jens Kuhn aka Lowtec. One year on from the squashed functions of his 'Port Carbon' 2LP, he's operating at infectiously dope levels on three tracks taking in the two-part, ten minute swagger of 'A1' - switching from sub-swung beatdown to something like BoC's 'Twoism' - on thru the gently levitating waltz house and occidental cuteness of 'B1', to the slompy wooden knock and drowsy Berlin 'tronics of 'B2'. Witness a master at work.
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a m… Read more
First new Monobox gear from Rob Hood on M-Plant since 2001! Following the gospel truths of his Floorplan alias, Hood explores his most minimal side with two supple, rolling aces: 'Film' meets noirish, stealthily building chords with panther-style bass and chiming martian harmonics; 'Rectangle' is signature Rob Hood - tight chord flux and poised, kicking Motor City techno groove.
Simple/Aus Records boss meets longtime collaborator Tam Cooper on two dubbed and gritty tech-house groovers. 'Pedal Power' plays dry and rugged with plonging acid bass and skittish drums before a widescreen atmospheric breakdown, and 'Valhalla' aims higher with swinging jackers tackle rent skyward with massive reverbs and woolly ambient motifs.
Shifted bosses it up on three crafty, Birmingham-style techno tools plus an industrial intermission. 'Sickness By Means Of Clairvoyance' is the follow-up to his 'Crossed Paths' album, following that trajectory into the walloping, corrugated gallop of 'Chapter' and the MB-like offcut 'Feeding'. Flipside the Brum accent is more pronounced in the Regis-style foundry work of 'Aun Weor' and with the oxidised textures and throbbing force of 'Unveiled'.
Classic Derrick May rarities, now available to download. Taut, minimalist, moody Detroit techno funk from 1989…
*Includes bonus track 'Segelboot'* Taron-Trekka follow 'Purple Magic' with their 'Yellow Magic' EP of laid back, swinging house on Freude Am Tanzen. It's a lean and gritty but sophisticated session, flexing out from the sub-hinged swing and skip of 'Yellow Magic' to the Teutonic deep house of 'Consoli' and 'Segelboot', and Herbert-styled rhythms of 'Trsnumak'.
"Inspired by the musical lineage of London, Chicago, New York and Detroit, elements of house music, techno music, bass culture and the rhythms of West Africa are all to be found here. Distinctive in its raw immediacy, DrumTalk's music belongs in the same dark corners of the dancefloor as Daphni, Midland and Eliphino."
Tuff City Kids, Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson get loose and ravey with Sparky's Glasgow anthem, 'Portland'. In early '90s brekabeat house mode their Looney Mix pivots off piano stabs, tight breaks and swinging New York house drums, whilst the TB Mix brings the breaks, acid spurts and dreamy chord progressions forward to weightless effect.
Mathew Jonson and The Mole, Peter Van Hoesen, and Blue Hour remix tracks from Tobias.' 'A Series Of Shocks' LP for Ostgut Ton. Canadaians at the controls, Jonson and The Mole give a masterclass in the art of subtle, swinging build with trimmed electro drums and pendulous, scissoring synthlines guaranteed to trap bvodies ont he floor, whereas PvH takes a more atmospheric route with his acidic rework of 'Cursor Item Only' and Blue Hour burns up 'He Said' as an alarming techno romp.
Hard-to-resist techno from American producer DVS1 for Ben Klock's label. 'Black Russian' is a timeless piece of rolling, swinging 4/4 momentum and teasing blue chord progressions primed for anthem status; 'Creepin' is shades darker, lurking; 'Spying' gets crafty with a stop/start, Something In The Sky-style Millsian techno shuffle.
Italy's Aconito Records cap their digital series with the aquatic techno motions of Nicola Ruffino aka Ink's 'Exploring Planet X'. Nicola's previously contributed to 'The Acromorphe' 12" but this is his solo debut proper. It's a powerful, immersive sound, fathoming the distant dread rumble and coruscating shimmer of 'Unknown Land' and the swarming underwater phantoms of 'Amygdaloid Voices / On The Threshold' beside the cold shuddering pulses of 'Underworld Jungle' and drone roller 'The Ancient Being Is Dancing In Your Mind'. Fans of Milton Bradley, Alan Backdrop, Donato Dozzy should check this.