Tuesday, 30 June
Monday, 29 June
*2015 reissue on Magic Wire* Deriving its name from a lost, mythical continent, Lemurian has little to do with lost undersea cities and the like, although there is something ever so slightly fantastical about these heavily compressed instrumental hip hop productions and their evocative song titles: 'Lens Flare Lagoon' conjures up the glistening, watery effect suggested by its name, and 'Buried Coral Banks' has a Boards Of Canada-meets-Jacques Cousteau feel that's hard not to love. Incongruous with all this, interlude tracks like the gratuitous '80s soul sampling of 'Green Sea Pageant'… Read more
'The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now' is the staggering debut album by Oliver Perryman a.k.a. FIS. In pursuit of a sound ecology reflecting the complex dynamics of nature thru electronic music, FIS' un-quantised, texturally abstract compositions have practically ripped the rug from beneath the feet of D&B, techno and ambient music to leave them spinning in gyroscopic hyperspace. Now, after a series of cultishly acclaimed singles for Samurai Horo, Exit and Tri Angle, a.o., he atomises that aesthetic to exhilarating and utterly arresting new levels, leaving the dancefloor and bedro… Read more
N.M.O.'s electronic half, Rubén Patiño, flies solo on Anòmia with a batch of "impulsive edits realized in trains, airports, buses, living rooms, public libraries and temporary bedrooms in Western Europe." Birthed from a series of recordings made at the Danish Institute of Electronic Music in Aarhus, 2009, the results were initially abandoned, left to marinate since 2009, and are now mercifully retrieved for your entertainment. As you'd hope and expect from Pato, they're cerebral but cheeky pieces, existing in a lineage of skewed avant-garde research and practice twisting betwee… Read more
Panda Bear collects remixes by Andy Stott, PC Music's Danny L Harle, DJ Marfox, Container and Pete Rock.
One of Germany's most feted IDM acts reunite on their first new album in over 10 years. Since disbanding with 'Disconnected', the duo followed separate paths, with Chiurs De Luca continuing to make music as Phon.o and executing mastering duties at Calyx, before MoM's Andy Thoma brought them back together in 2014 for the 21 project. After a bit of bro and to, they've conjured a new album that goes easier on their signature "glitch" style and brings forward a warmer sense of soul in that sterile sense of hazy chords and swung beats accentuated by neo-trilby jazz vox from Taprikk Sweezee, Jamie Lidell and Jay-Jay Anderson.
"Tangents #02 is from BrokenThree, recorded live and improvised in Edinburgh in 2013 as part of The Outer Church. BrokenThree is a collaborative effort from Erstlaub, Production Unit and TVO, who are collectively the heads behind Broken20. The group was borne of necessity when The Wire’s Joseph Stannard requested a contribution from all three artists for his ‘The Outer Church’ compilation on Front & Follow records. When Joe brought his uncanny audiovisual activities to Glasgow and Scotland in 2013, the three embarked on an improvised live performance. A vi… Read more
**The French synth-pop freaks return in colourful, spiky fashion** "Their new album ‘NO VOID’ is now being released on SHITKATAPULT, whose label slogan ‘Special Musick for Special People’ fits perfectly to the often euphorically rocking music of the French duo. DAT POLITICS themselves refer to their latest LP as a “hallucinating ride in a space roller coaster: scary and funny!” This time around, their songs took shape once again under influences outside of music such as astronomy, philosophy and programming language as well as surrealism, fantasy films and their own dreams. The nine tracks,… Read more
Ninja Tune catch Romare at his most reduced, unfancy with the straight playing house groove and bluesy inflections of 'Rainbow (Club)'.
An emotive piece of ambient tech-house pop from Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based Jakub Alexnader, a.k.a. Heathered Pearls and the boss of Moodgadget records.
The first glimpse of Roseau's upcoming debut album for Big Dada spells out the tale of a troubled night out against spacious drums and vaulted vocal harmonies recorded in a vast warehouse.
Sunday, 28 June
Monday, 22 June
Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann a.k.a. The Orb return to Kompakt with 'Moonbuilding 2073 AD' - their 16th studio album and first for Kompakt in a decade. The pair still sound like a pair of stoners making music for themselves to hotbox the studio, and that's pretty much exactly what their legion followers are after. 'Moonbuilding 2703 AD' breaks down to four extended pieces, each one swimming in oceanic sub-bass and swarming with psychedelic FX. 'God's Mirrorball' hovers into first with their patented formula of daft vocal samples precipitating heavier clouds of dub-house cho… Read more
Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare's hugely promising Knives label debut the hyper-lucid constructs of J.G. Biberkopf with 'Ecologies', housed in suitably striking artwork by Joe Hamilton. Hailing from Lithuania, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf has hatched a dramatic and immersive aesthetic, drawing upon cutting edge instrumental grime, net phenomenology and cyber-ambient sound design to patch collaged spheres working across club, theatre and digital radio contexts. As with the output of contemporary artists like T C F or Elysia Crampton, thru to his networked peers such as v1984 and Sentinl, J.G.B's m… Read more
Beautifully feathered French fancies from Domenique Dumont for the Antinote crew outta Paris. Using a mix of vintage analogue machines and burbling synths, Domenique draws upon a rich Parisian heritage of African dance music, Caribbean dub and achingly cute Gallic pop in 'Comme ça', blending effete, deliquescent vocals with Upsetters-style dub magick and the sort of drum patterns you might hear in a Francis Bebey record. It's at best in the mesmerising percolations and deft dub moires of 'La basse et les shakers', in the shimmering, late evening allure of the title track; the creamy sun… Read more
Danse Noire present a darker shade of Haf Haf with 'This Sick Beat' following up the Italian producer's 'Notch' [Gang of Ducks, 2014]. Backed with a killer Gatekeeper remix and self-described as "sad music for a sad life", Haf Haf's 2nd EP revolves three wickedly misshapen, amorphous takes on techno, hip hop and lysergic electronica, spooling out from the screwed modes of 'Kuro No Meiro' to the knackered trudge of 'The Wasabi That You Ate' with its excellent use of watery, Youtube-like compression, and the intra-dimensional seepage of 'Blue Dragon'. On the remix, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper pu… Read more
Djrum expands and diffuses 'Bliss' with widescreen dancefloor vision. Taken from Gacha's debut album, 'Send Two Sunsets', the original's meandering Balearic serenity is retained but, also kitted with a lissom acid bass and smudged drums, saving the vocal of Natalie Beridze a.k.a. TBA, until the half way point for a gently ascending 2nd half.
*Simon Pomery aka Blood Music returns with a new EP for Diagonal, including a stellar remix from Luke Younger, aka Helm* Simon Pomery makes an emphatic return to Diagonal with the Taiko fire of ‘Chicks’, the brutal percussive workout of Badgering’ and a hardcore remix from Helm. On this long-gestated follow-up to 2013’s eponymous EP, the Blood Music project continues to rage, syncing Taiko-inspired drumming patterns with vicious metal guitar dissonance and contact mic haptics. ‘Chicks’ runs at an over-stepping, febrile EBM heart rate, pelting modular palpitations made alongside … Read more