Monday, 03 March
So the money-shot here is that 17 minute Autechre remix, and it doesn't disappoint. There used to be a time when you could clearly define an autechre track by the era from which it came - Chiastic Slide era material being wholly distinct from, say, Tri Repetae, Garbage or LP5 productions. These days it's a little more complicated, since 2001's Confield Ae seem to have decided to stop fxxcking with us quite as much and employ a more accessible modus operandi, with their last couple of releases containing moments that you could just about classify as an easy listen. This remix f… Read more
Highly influential, Norwegian fine artist Lars Holdus aka TCF debuts on the beautifully presented YYAA label with an incredibly lush, head-spinning hit of ultra-modernist electronic composition. For the unaware, TCF is the latest handle for the artist formerly known as Cracksmurf, whose raft of hyper-eclectic DJ mixes and nascent productions circa 2011/2012 were a strong, if not pivotal inspiration for Arca's diffuse, forward style. That will become swiftly apparent once you experience the gyroscopic sound design and breathtaking vision of 'YYAA002'. It's music which quite simply wouldn't exist witho… Read more
Our first sniff of the rather handsome YYAA Recordings comes from solo Swede-in-Berlin Linda Spjut. With 'Into The Flesh' she casts an intricately woven grimoire of doomy drones, wistful ambient folk song, laptop noise and sublime electronics sounding to these ears something like a gothic version of Ghédalia Tazartès' outpouring incantations or the baroque pop of Group Rhoda. But that's just us grabbing for comparisons in the dark - Linda's music is so prone to flit from one style to another we could compare her with a raft of other artists, but she's decidedly unique. Side A sweeps wi… Read more
The dude behind productions for Fever Ray and Roll The Dice makes his solo album debut for Digitalis with the hypnotic hardware rituals of 'Lines Describing Circles'. The production on here is just immense - no doubt aided by Pole's pristine Master: there's an epic, bass-heavy undercurrent running throughout the album's 10 tracks that gave us goosebumps listening at high volume, harnessing humming electricity and acoustic sources into amorphous, crushingly oppressive shapes and structures with a bleakly Nordic sensibility. The pieces oscillate between caustic, peaking no… Read more
**Glassy, synthetically warm house deviations from Detroit's Coyote Clean Up** ""Star light, plane lights, city lights, head lights, spot lights. Ghetto bird soaring through the sky. “KITKKOLA” scribbled on the door of an abandon building on a dead end street. Empty warehouses and the echo of nothing. Empty warehouses and the echo of stock speakers on brand new car. Bass rattling through the trunk. Throw it out the window, throw it in the back seat. Sounds in the cracks of crumbling concrete. The parties next door. Next summer. This summer. Next winter. This winter. Right now. Live in Detr… Read more
Former Gang Gang Dance dude Tim DeWit debuts his Dutch E Germ project with the striking hybrid collages, crafty rhythms and meshed contours of 'INRAK.DUST'. With strong affiliation to the Ghe2o G0th1k crew and New York's electronic underground, his music recently soundtracked Hood By Air's acclaimed recent A/W runway show at New York Fashion Week, and has previously remixed Fatima Al Qadiri's 'D-Medley' and his 'HBA WAR' track was sampled by Kanye on 'New Slaves', no less. But 'this is really Dutch E Germ's introduction to the world at large, an intricately edited and finely layered urba… Read more
Ralph Cumbers kicks off a slew of imminent releases with the modular indulgence of his 'Bugbranded EP' on Public Information's latest dispatch. It's a quintessentially British display of voltage control and knob-fondling, blending that explorative Radiophonic feeling with proggy-minded, live arrangements in debt to early '90s AI styles. In a proper man-machine show down, Ralf tweaks out crisply psychoactive melodies and halcyon acid jack on 'Sometime The Only Way To Go Out Is Further In', and a more delicate, psilocybic folk dance on 'Elsewhen', while the flipside tracks take a more eldri… Read more
"The Bunker New York label kicks off with a long-awaited debut EP from Michael Hopkins aka Leisure Muffin, a regular attendee and performer at the legendary NYC Bunker party since it first originated in 2003. The centerpiece of the record is "In Wearable Hertz," a soaring epic pairing modular synths with violin that brings to mind vintage Klaus Schulze or Laurie Spiegel. "Heldscalla" begins with a disorienting cascade of filter sweeps before falling into a deep pool of sound. "Alys" recalls vintage LFO and 808 State, while sounding ruthlessly modern. Reference points includ… Read more
Tuesday, 25 February
Peachy meeting between two of the canniest neo soul units around. Whether it's a one-off or heralding an upcoming collaborative project, we're just not sure, but it's a gorgeous piece of pop music with FKA Twigs at her tantalising, vapourous best, and inc. providing her with one of their most mercurial productions, all evaporating country guitars and blue synth pads slyding in silky hypersoul space. So goood.
Monday, 24 February
Nochexxx follows his debut album with the more accessible electro-funk freak beats of 'Thrusters' on Ramp. Working in space between Legowelt's sonic fictions and the skronky avant-dance music of NYC's Gobby, Nochexxx is on a wild dancefloor tip, bowling between body-rattling uptempo electro-techno, weird-ass electronica, spiralling acid, ghetto-tech and dotty synth dérives that sound like they were written with an infected sequencer. Good stuff.
It's been a while since we heard anything new from Andrew Johnson, former member of Hood and The Remote Viewer. Back In the days when he used to make music with Craig Tattersall we'd sometimes get to hear tapes of unreleased recordings the pair had made and wonder why the picky old bastard was so unwilling to release any of it - it was just so good. So, we're pretty excited that just as we thought he'd more or less stopped working on music altogether he's re-emerged with a new project and a whole new album, released under the "A New Line (Related) moniker. Made from what sou… Read more
A spoil of splintering, lushly awkward rhythms, kaotic harmonix and fractal electronics, it's a proper, future shock of a record. it exists in it's own parallel dimension, holding up a smashed mirror to 30 years of developments in the avant-garde, on the dancefloor, and in virtual reality. It's a sound Patten's been edging towards since orbiting underground echelons with his releases for his own Kaleidoscope label, and the excellent 'Glaqjo Xaacsso' LP for No Pain In Pop, but we reckon few would have predicted quite how glorious this album would turn out, us included. At it's whirring, amor… Read more
*New on Nicolas Jaar's 'Other People' label* "Several years ago, Valentin Stip was sitting alone by a harbour in the small French town where his parents grew up. “I heard all the sailing strings hit the masts, and I realized that every sound you hear is potentially music,” he says. “The only thing that makes sound into music is the mind, arranging it.” Since then, Valentin Stip has been building a bridge between the sounds that live inside and outside his head. On ‘Sigh’, the 21-year-old producer’s full-length debut on Other People, Stip organizes classical piano, lightly sputtering grooves an… Read more
Proper unusual signing from Lex here, Wertheimer bring together an intriguing mix of squashed electronics, boogie and House that sound like a cross between Andy Stott, Matthew Herbert and Leila, with a closing hook that bizarrely sounds like it could have been lifted off Baauer's 'Harlem Shake'. It''ll take a couple of listens to get our heads round it, but there's enough here to pique our interst, for sure.
Make no mistake, "Solens Arc" is an IDM record through and through. There are certainly some nice bits here, but the overall feeling it left us with was an odd kind of nostalgia for an era we had presumed long forgotten in electronic music. The sound seems in-thrall to Chiastic Slide era Autechre, and even on moments that seem more directly aimed at the floor such as "Evento" or "Blank Empire" there's an odd kind of retro-active choice of palette that seems at odds with the futuristic, minimal aesthetic that's typified Raster Noton all these years.
Cult Finnish musician and tram driver Jaakko Eino Kalevi gets a proper seeing to from Heatsick, Tom Noble, Peaking Lights and Vezurro on this sold remix EP for Weird World. Heatsick does his Casio thing in fine style on the opener, while Peaking Lights deliver a dusted funk makeover and Vezurro goes all out for a fine Disco number crying out for a Sally Shapiro vocal. Good stuff.
Outta nowhere, former Skam/Warp regular Simon Pyke aka Freeform presents a 20 minute extended version of the soundtrack to the installation 'Universal Everything & You - Drawing In Motion' currently showing at Media Space, Science Museum, London. It feels very much in key with his Skam releases from the early '00s, sequencing ornate, folk-wise, organic and electronic instrumentation into 20 minutes of lilting, percussive grooves which become progressively noisier and more discombobulated.
Hard on the heels of that incredible Prurient side, Blackest Ever Black introduce Alexander Lewis to the fold with this maiden LP of bitter industrial electronics and "S-M Techno". Recorded in one take with minimal computer processing or post-production, its blinkerdly linear construction, billowing feedback clouds and glazed stare instantly and strongly reminds of Hospital Productions' criminally underrated Kris Lapke aka Alberich, which is high praise indeed. A paucity of elements are optimised to effect, using only microphone, synth and pedals to create the arpeggiated tunnel w… Read more
Blackest Ever Black present recordings of Black Rain's riveting performance at Corsica Studios in October 2012. It's the first release by Stuart Argabright (Ike Yard/Death Comet Crew) since BEB compiled and reissued their seminal cyberpunk missive 'Now I'm Just A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95' on LP, and offers a murky glimpse of what to expect from the Black Rain album due in early 2014. There are few others who do this sound with such authenticity and integrity, as evidenced in the vivid interzone simulations of 'Night City.Tokyo (London Version)' or the brittle roil of 'Endourban', and per… Read more
Blackest Ever Black's 7th release is a lost classic of post-industrial music: a genuine cyberpunk artefact rescued from possible digital degradation and remastered to vinyl for the 1st time. 'Now I'm Just A Number: Soundtracks 1993-94' is an outstanding collection of cues by Stuart Argabright of NYC's seminal post-punk unit Ike Yard and his Death Comet Crew accomplice Shinichi Shimokawa. Working together as Black Rain they were originally commissioned to score Robert Longo's '95 cinematic turkey Johnny Mnemonic, and an audiobook version of seminal cyberpunk no… Read more