Monday, 28 July
Widescreen visions of modern classical and electronics on the debut album from American Men's Claude Speeed. Ostensibly the odd one out in LuckyMe's fluorescent roster, the Glaswegian artist actually shares a lot in common with his native label-mates, in terms of proggy compositional nuance and his taste for glittering, emotively synthetic backdrops. Distilling a mixture of ebullient grandiosity and majestic melancholy at its core, it percolates a spectrum of modern music from the stadium rousing epics of Mogwai and Rustie to the subtler tones and sweeping, folksy arrangements of BoC o… Read more
James Harmon Stack finally delivers a debut album of Baltimore, House, Grime and R&B hybrids for Innovative Leisure.
Mouth-watering first taste of SBTRKT's 'Wonder Where We Land' LP, starring vocal by Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. It's pitch-perfect indie dance pop, fitting motorik funk bassline to squashed samba drums and techno twitches beneath Ezra's split vocal personalities, alternating fey indie soul verses and morphed trap lord gargle.
Bittersweet 2nd taste of SBTRKT's eagerly-awaited new album, 'Wonder Where We Land'. Sampha returns to give a melancholy vocal for the cascade of purple arpeggios and rolling R&B fizz of 'Temporary View'.
Monday, 21 July
Slicker sophomore EP of mutant bass and twisted electronics from Lorenzo Senni, Daniele Mana (Vaghe Stelle) and Francesco Fantini's One Circle. 'Transparency' follows their 2013 debut for label/incubator, Left Blank with a murkily ambiguous mixture of production fidelities, textures and styles delivered with a unique electronic accent. They and it are testament to a rooted yet accelerated Italian electronic music scene, presenting impressionistic, emotive visions referencing recent and hypermodern styles from a forward, somewhat detached perspective, as with the beautifully garish visio… Read more
The legend unfurls three broken beat beauties for Falty DL's Blueberry Records, backed with the label boss' rework. Hot on the heels of his Dego and Kaidi 12", a reissue of his Cousin Cockroach classic 'This Ain't Tom 'N Jerry', and his Theo Parrish hook-up, 'Just Begin', Dego's arguably on classic form right now, turning out the swinging budge of 'Nuts!' and the fluid electro-funk of 'Could Murder A Burger' on top, and the shadier, seductive shuffle of 'Celestian Ditton' on the flip. Falty DL remixes the latter with his signature sense of space and intricate rhythm mechanics, and even a dash of jazzy scat, causing Dego to exclaim "The force is strong with this one…".
'Body Sound' is a dynamic collaboration from sound artist Holly Herndon and dancer/choreographer Cauahtemoc Peranda, composed and performed at Stanford University's famous CCRMA. Using Peranda's body as a voice, Herndon maps and spatialises a kinaesthetic grammar of stomping feet and flying limbs punctuated by shuddering shockwaves and wrenched gasps. Like her previous work with vocals and laptops, 'Body Sound' is a unique duet between the corporeal and the computerised, a unique, abstracted expression of the relationship between digitised dynamics and physical movement which should spark the imagination of any forward-looking dance music fans and electronic connoisseurs.
Londoner Dale Cornish's 3rd album for Entr'acte further explores the questions of a/rhythm, space, silence and perception of pulse/percussive gestures initiated with the acclaimed 2012 album, 'Glacial'. Five tracks toy with our sense of rhythmic anticipation and spatial awareness in oblique, minimalist structures at once recalling the percussive meters of Phork's experiments for NNA Tapes, Mark Fell, or Nicola Ratti and Seth Nehil for Senufo Editions, and the precise use of space and timbre in records by Mika Vainio's Ø project or The Automatics Group. Yet for any connotations of cold austeri… Read more
The Bug distills the dark/light dichotomy of eagerly awaited album 4th album, 'Angels & Devils' in two choice pieces featuring Liz Harris (Grouper) and Roll Deep's MC Manga. After teasing us with mention of her contribution ages ago, the Liz Harris hook-up is worth the weight, perfusing heavenly vocal thru dense clouds of white noise and trill 808 to sound like what Massive Attack should have been doing by now. 'Function' on the other hand, is a brassy dancehall plough wreaking havoc with bellicose stabs and barely-harnessed drum machine chaos. Big sound.
Montreal's finest new beat builder in full effect on LuckyMe. Away from his TNGHT bro, HudMo, Lunice plays out a more concentrated, shark-eyed style nodding to darkside Chicago drill instrumentals and the more playful strains of Montreal's wayward electronic music scene.
The 1-800 Dinosaur label drop different, deadly styles from Airhead. Rather than his sweeter constructions, here we hear a side of Airhead we always suspected was lying in wait for the dancefloor. A-side heaves out the massive mid-tempo house bomb 'Believe' with its motivational lyrics matched by propulsive subs, beside the screwed hip-hop breaks of 'Shekure'. B-side brings it grimy with the Jon E Cash style string slashes and smashed drums of 'Shirin', and the warped swagger of his Arca-like 'Hundred Years'. Surefire tip!
**Cut-up, sampledelic collage from' Container and co aka Form A Log** "We reside on a planet, in a time, where it feels as though nearly every avenue, artistically, has been explored. But every now and again, and artist or group of artists comes along and shakes things up, breaks in new ground, and allows a different view of the art at hand. Form A Log‘s members’ (Ren Schofield, Noah Anthony, and Rick Weaver) projects, such as God Willing, Container, Profligate, The New Flesh, and Dinner Music have been highly revered over the years for their ability to stand out from the crowd. Form A… Read more
The fella behind non-genre, Seapunk, yields a 2nd album of incisive, chimeric dance music as Ultrademon. It's a sly dissection of contemporary left-field tropes, rinsing and augmenting classic elements of rave, garage, Footwork-Jungle and tech-house to juxtapose mutant grooves as playful as they are sickly and unhinged.
Houndstooth present their answer to The Knife in Norwegian duo Soft as Snow, backed with an remix from Old Apparatus' Asher Levitas. An experimental pop duo based in Oslo, they arrive at an emotive Scando-pop style on 'Glass Body' after years collaborating in art projects and even starting their own "utopic" art and music festival in a Swedish forest. Their sound is a dramatic and passionate brand of technoid wave-pop, inescapably comparable with the Dreijer siblings or even Grimes, but also sharing moody, synthetic similarities with the likes of Sand Circles, Frak or 1991 thanks to thei… Read more
**Revelatory, amazing Japanese album somewhere between jazz-fusion, free-improv, and new age ambient** "An enigma. A band records their second album in 1985, but sits on it for twenty-nine years, and releases it as a new album, not a "lost gem", in 2014. The authors of this enigma are known as Inryo-fuen, a Japanese trio formed in 1978, meeting via a Surrealism circle in Yokohama. With the intent of applying the Surrealist idea of Automatic Writing to sound, they began performing their improvised music in 1980, with their first performance at the legendary Tokyo venue "Minor", which was run by… Read more
Dan Snaith (Daphni) puts his Caribou bonnet on for an extended mix of 'Can't Do Without You' from his upcoming 'Our Love' LP.
The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm charm of their music; ten spaciously layered, s… Read more
"Since the age of seventeen, Houston-born Daniel Hipólito has been capturing, fragmenting, and reconfiguring his life experiences as Smokey Emery… Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense depicts a catalog of human conditions from multiple viewpoints and chronologies, allowing each composition to coalesce into a greater framework of substantive contextual meaning and expression… Recorded between 2006-2010 during stints in Austin and San Francisco, Qui Mal y Pense is an Anglo-Norman phrase that translates as "Who Thinks Evil of It" a… Read more
Monday, 14 July
Superb new dancehall ballad from South London's Palmistry bak on Mixpak following last year's underrated 'Catch' ace. 'Protector' is sweeter than a rubicon shower, pairing proper JA pop hooks and squeaky clean R&B synths with Palmistry's affected vocal for the most romantic flex. So. Damn. Good!