Friday, 28 August
Kelpe's 5th album unpackages a hazy mirage of radiophonic boogie electronics and percussive tribal house in signature, colourful fashion. Check it out for highlights in the Thom Yorke-meets Modeselektor styles of 'Doubles of Everything'; the trippy tribal dub of 'Drums for Special Effects'; and the proggy, bittersweet Caribou compatibility of 'Canjealous'.
"Londoner Loz Caulton, PKA Lokane, fresh off his Nervous Horizon debut and his breakout Boiler Room performance, delivers his first EP-length offering, courtesy of Infinite Machine. Titled The Eastway Project, it comprises four no-frills, no-holds-barred club constructions - machinistic grime ballistics are interwoven with myriad Afro-Carribean continua while a clear, vocal-stuttering foundation of Jersey club anchors everything firmly in danceable territory. This is best exemplified on Shake The Gears, the EP's frontrunner cut, which definitely does NOT twist and warp its vocal sampl… Read more
**An emotionally tortuous suite of seamlessly arranged ambient electronics, 4th world instrumentals and sweeping synth music. Hands-down the best 1080p release to date. RIYL Elysia Crampton, Alessandro Cortini, T C F** "“Ikea stores next to huge burnt out shipping warehouses, squats next to Whole Foods, Artisan flower shops with dead dogs outside. Litter on the breeze and foghorns blowing across the water. Sirens, porn stores, storage, prisons, dogs barking, carparks, fast food, highways, burnt out massage parlors, old tires, wire fences, empty buildings, bus depots, raw sewage flowing." … Read more
Wyatt's dusky highway dreams from 'Teen Hawk', made-over in four tender remixes. Eddie Ruscha's Secret Circuit renders 'Bertone Stratis' as a chiming, chugging, synthetic dream sequence; Willie Burns a.k.a. Black Deers diffuses 'I Recommend Starman' into a shimmering cloud of Durutti Column'esque ambience; Not Waving squeezes tight the harmonic heart of 'Time of Thick'; Tropical Hi-Fi introduces his self with a diaphanous, gloaming take on 'The Music You Hear At Sea World And Never Forget'.
Dusky, wistful downstrokes from a dude in disguise, Diego Herrera a.k.a. Suzanne Kraft. Breezing in on Jonny Nash's melody As Truth label, 'Talk From Home' renders a beautifully intimate and melancholic vibe in seven lolling pieces showcasing the L.A.-based Kraft's tender blue side, as opposed to his mid-tempo chug-offs on Running Back, or deep house as Dude Energy. They were all written and recorded between his home city's Café Ale and his home studio, making a sublime play between languorous guitar licks, heat-hazy synth chords and the gentle patter of dubbed drum machines, all su… Read more
Houndstooth rope in a class selection of turns to rework 18+'s 'Trust' album for the bedroom and the 'floor. Suicieyear casts a Palmistry-like dancehall spell over 'Cake'; Mr. Mitch really impresses with two trippin' mixes of 'Nectar' - an oily, grimy 'Lights Off' grine, and a haunting, slo-mo 'Lights On' ace; Príncipe's Tia Maria Produções rub it up for the best Lisbon dances and beyond; Puerto Rican rapper Audri Nix asserts her own vocal on 'Crow' with strong flow.
**A reminder of the purified techno excellence and electro-acoustic menace of Emptyset's 2009 debut album**Uncompromising minimalism from the Bristol underground courtesy of Emptyset and their long-awaited debut full-length. The duo have been exploring brutally reduced techno styles over the course of three 12"s for Caravan and Future Days since 2007, aligning the bass heavy sound of their Bristol heritage with the streamlined and linear structures of Berlin's Sleeparchive or Marcel Dettmann. For their self titled release they've extended the concept to a full album, allowing themselves to mov… Read more
Kinda irresistible goth-pop from new 4AD darling, Pixx. You know that feeling when you hear a song for the first time and it feels like you heard it a hundred times but didn't know its name? That's called déjà entendu and we just felt it hard with 'Fall In', which sounds something like a collab between Grimes and The Cranberries produced by Danny Hyde. The rest of the EP offers diminishing rewards, but that title track is likely to prick the mass market.
Bittersweet, prurient ambient noise from Mikkel Valentin Dunkerly a.k.a. Internazionale - a recent addition to Denmark's Posh Isolation clan. originally available as limited edition 4-tape boxset. 79 minutes of bleak and washed out synth tones. RIYL Alberich, Vatican Shadow, Lussuria.
"Zefan Sramek plays Precipitation for a second time with Meditations on the Self and the Other. The four tracks are equally mesmerising. A1's fragile synths dancing under, above and around an insistent monologue that's far too easy to lose yourself in. B1 borrows from the same airy palette, introducing a small-but-confident drumbeat that preps us real nice like for the albums most energetic offering, the muted acid boogie of B2. Finally we're given a heartbreaking send off by B3's delicate, winding synths, it's voice cracking with emotion as it drifts off int… Read more
Gauzy, lower case ambient suite from Japan's DJ Hotel. Originally self-released in 0213, now issued by London's videogamemusic 'Hope' dwells in a shadowy space between ambient-pop and the worn-down ferric treats of Opal Tapes, quietly focussed on microtonal shifts, barely-there bass padding and lo-fi dub FX, and is complimented by a low key BAT version of 'Vacancy'.
"Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Music of 2011, calling the music "remarkably soothing," and The Guardian has compared Rosenfeld's delicate piano and sparse ambient motifs to lege… Read more
Raving make-overs for Jamie xx's 'In Colour' album. Check for the hardcore-flavoured rolige of Tessela's remix and Special Request's messed up junglist VIP.