Tuesday, 16 December
Monday, 15 December
Kevin Martin and Earth's Dylan Carlson summon the apocalypse in this crushing addendum to 'Angels & Devils'. Devoid of vocals, on both sides the battle-scarred titans bunker down to a fusion of teeth rattling trap and dub rhythms with strung-out, world weary guitars as stripped back and glaring as anything from the album. A-side 'Boa' frames Carlson's contemplative electric guitar strokes inna pregnant, widescreen scene of windswept ambience and keening metallic timbre before delivering worm-charming bass shocks and shuddering trap drums; B-side plays even icier with etheric SAW II-sty… Read more
Gang of Ducks flash the winsome pop chops of DYD's Vaghe Stelle-produced 'GOD' EP from the frontline of the new Italian weird scene. In the Turin-based label's chronically cryptic style, the DYD trio and Vaghe Stelle bring the best out of each other, Stelle tempering his noisier proclivities in order to let the group's aching bleats and wiry funk out from the autotuned slink of 'Archistar' thru the stepping electro-pop-dub, '#Magic' to the whirring aerosoul bounce of 'Y Factor' and soaring, near beatless Vocal Tool Edit of 'Archistar'.
Includes remixes from Peaking Lights, Grumbling Fur, Carter Tutti, Invisible Conga People and The Other Two, aka Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order.
Lo-fi beats on the downlow from Shlohmo for True Panther Sounds. Sounding closer to Vessel's exfoliated industrialisms than most in his scene, 'Emerge From Smoke is a blackened and moody thing riding with whipcrack snares and Carpenter-esque synth bass perfect for cruising the city at night.
Outstanding side of modular experiments by London's Deas for Luke Younger's Alter label. 'String Studies' is, quite remarkably, the first all-electronic record from Cameron Deas. Recorded at home in February/March 2014, he uses his usually favoured acoustic guitar as a source to trigger dizzying displays of modular noise twisting out virulent, kinetic sculptures that sound like guitar strings physically twisted into complex circuits. We guess there are clear precedents for this music in the work of Keith Fullerton Whitman or Jim O'Rourke's electronic works, but there's also something wonderf… Read more
Alter return with this album of brilliantly unclassifiable doings by London-based enigma D. Shan, aided and abetted by Vindicatrix and D. Bolger (ov The Pheromoans / The Bomber Jackets). In our mental chart of madness from these shores in 2014, this one is right up there, expanding upon the audness of his 'Known Nonsense' 7" with a further delineation and deconstruction of eldritch avant-pop tropes. Comparisons could be made with Art Bears, the Cold Storage scene, The Residents and Ralph Records roster, but ultimately Acolytes are a unique quantity.
Tuesday, 09 December
Monday, 08 December
"The Bedroom Slant is the new album by Bruno Pronsato, under his new Archangel moniker The new project is a new chapter in the evolution of his sound. The human voice acts as one of it's major elements (with Pronsato himself stepping up to the mic to take on vocal duties), it incorporates traditional instrumentation to a larger degree than his previous work (bass guitar lines, played by his brother David Ford, act as the rhythmic foundation for many of the new songs). Acknowledging his love of pop, rock and post-punk in his music for the first time, (music he f… Read more
James Blake channels Prince on the title cut, actually much better then we could have imagined - nice production touches n'all. '200 Pressure' delivers micro-boogie styles riding massive detuned synths, while 'Building It Still' feels like it might go a bit, you know, softy walter at any moment but just about keeps it together. The closing, minute long 'Words That We Both Know' sounds like Position Normal having a chinwag with London Grammer...??. All in all, a solid EP, nice to see JB with a bit more of a stiff upper lip.
Regis, Evian Christ, HTRK, Kangding Ray and Dutch E Germ line up suitably epic, brooding remixes for Ben Frost's 'A U R O R A' album. In pole position, Evian Christ takes 'Venter' to his anti-G club space with sprung trap drums and iridescent trance chord blooms, whereas Dutch E Germ dismantles, guts and reassembles the same original stems in a battered, noisy dub, and HTRK retune those elements in their own sallow image with slow cooked machine rhythms and elusive, opiated synth tones. On the flipside Kangding Ray turns 'No Sorrowing' into a moody roller with a patented, muscular dynami… Read more
We Can Elude Control gets the best out of Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef aka Some Truths in the tensile, technoid modular and broken drum-machine deviations of 'Bliss Abyss'. As opposed to his more self-consciously "quirky" gear, there's a taut sense of discipline informed by dancefloor structures in these eight tracks released by Paul Purgas ov Emptyset's label. We can hear ideas filched from Footwork, house, techno and dancehall and wedged into these tracks, along with Cumbers unique feel for melodic arrangement and evolutionary, dub-wise space. Matching the crisp, kinetic aesthetics of r… Read more
Planet Mu has made a name for itself with its persistant persuit of new talent, this latest endeavour bringing to life the debut work of L.A's Edward Ma, aka Edit. The sound is a somehow familiar blend of acoustic "song" constructions developed with electronic means, but the delivery stands out for its intricacy and warmth. Album openers "Ashtray" and "Ants" play around careful guitar strums and post-rockish tendencies, interjected with vocal hiccups and loops more reminiscent of the man Prefuse 73. The instrumentation seeps through with a lo-fi, distant tinge … Read more