Monday, 02 December
Another tasty offering from 1080p, the label founded by the Rose Quartz and Altered Zones blogger Richard MacFarlane - a key player in the burgeoning hypnagogic pop and dance aesthetic of recent years. Mind Dynamics reflects this context, sluicing out a kaleidoscopic lo-fi flow for fans of the Skaters et al, but takes it further by applying a certain unique restlessness and energetic beats that range from caffeinated trills on the hi-hat to rivet-guns toted by angry robots. What you're hearing is the blissful, child-like warmth of hazy memories being eaten up and converted by … Read more
*Extended Digital Edition* Mad techno / dubstep / jungle / electronica mutations from one of the current scene's brightest and most prolific. Killwatt's 'Bring Down The Walls' does just that, darting across a dancefloor no-mans-land into 4/4 techno, moody electronica and noisy bass experiments. It's a sound he's been hinting at on recent collaborations with Kryptic Minds and a remix of Paul Mac, but never explored quite so thoroughly as this. Up top he reels between sub-heavy slammer, 'Highway Hypnosis' to the industrial abstraction of 'Backed Into A F**ked Up Recess' via noise an… Read more
Synkro follows his Akkord aktions alongside Indigo with a return to his ambient/dubstep sound. Manos contributes breathy vocals to the lingering halfstep swoon of 'Lost Here' and the blissed out bass cuddle of 'In My Arms'; Synkro goes dolo with plush atmospheres and minimalist D&B rhythms on 'Nights Of Pleasure' and the taut, techy junglism of 'Fading Lights'.
Team Doyobi return with more digitally damaged breaks and quivering, glitchy minisynths. Volume 2 presents a continuous barrage of pixelated explosions and implosions, music alternately small and cute enough to stroke in the palms of your hand and fierce enough to give it the odd chomp. But even within the pocket-monster digital framework there are some spectacular vistas, such as 'Parallax Avenues' and 'Azure Systems,' where solo SNES melodies and sweeping harmonies combine into something modestly mighty. Another fun, detailed and well-made adventure with Team Doyobi.
'The Fall Into Time' is a collection of those bonus pieces that appeared on the 2012 boxset of 'Rifts', itself drawn from rare and obscure tapes and CDrs for the underground network which first supported the young synth master on his quest for sonic enlightenment. They count the 10 minute valium drift of 'Blue Drive' and the deadly cute baroque piece 'The Trouble With Being Born' on the A-side, and one of his most evocative early pieces, the breathtaking 'Memory Vague' and BoC-like lushness of 'Melancholy Descriptions Of Simple 3D Environments' on the B-side.
Daniel Lopatin and his Software label present 'Drawn And Quartered', collecting tracks from various, sought-after tapes, CDrs and obscure releases previously found on his 'Rifts' boxset. Presented in a library style jacket replete with Dan's own succinct descriptions (i.e. 'Lovergirls Precinct': "Uncool, biased"), it orbits some total gems such as the spine melting 'Ships Without Meaning' and the ecstatic arpeggios of 'Transmat Memories' alongside the gyroscopic 16 minute cosmic meander of highlight, 'When I Get Back From New York'. Recommended!
OPN's 'Zones Without People' was released in 2009 on a highly limited vinyl run for Arbor. All seven tracks featured in his Wire chart-topping 'Rifts' compilation, predating his mindblowing 'Returnal' album (surely one of the best of 2010) and displaying its prodigiously gifted creator amidst some of his most affective synthscapes. From the outset we could consider this to be classic material, as the miniature 'Computer Vision' - one of his very earliest creations circa 2004 - plugs into a spiraling matrix of arpeggiations leading us into his pastoral dimensions. Follow… Read more
Back in 2007 Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin pricked the hive mind's consciousness with this, his debut album. Recorded in Massachusetts between 2004 & 2007 on Roland Juno-60 and Sequential Circuits Six-Trak synthesisers, Roland SQ-700 Sequencer, voice and delay, it still stands as wonderful example of unselfconscious and richly tuneful analog synthesis practically guaranteed to please fans of Popol Vuh, Emeralds, J. D. Emmanuel and early electronics exponents like Raymond Scott. If you've not immersed yourself in the poignant new age pleasures of 'Woe Is The Transgression II' or connected with 'Parallel Minds' before, here's your chance.
Oneohtrix Point Never's sublime 'Russian Mind' is centred around the evocative theme of a Russian cosmonaut past his prime, composing the score to a film from his hospital bed in a room on the east wing of an orbiting infirmary, facing a window overlooking a grove of holographic birch trees, lending a brilliantly romantic sci-fi feel to the entirely synthetic sounds within. As it's already been noted, OPN manages to capture the pastoral synth spirit of Boards of Canada or the legendary Kosmiche experimentalists Moebius & Roedelius with a shockingly tender touch, one that you mi… Read more
The intriguing DJ Purple Image returns with a new album, this time for Leaving Records.
Murky ambient flux from Ten Hyphen Twenty for Brighton's Where To Now? crew. Two extended pieces unravel with enigmatic logic; 'Portrait Of A House Plant' dissolving between darker ambient drones and composted ferric textures to pockets of trapped bass music, frictional rhythms against morphing swells of noise and detached melodies in between blurry ambient dimensions. 'Still Life With Indoor Water Feature' is lusher, traversing processed field recordings, crushing/crushed concrete textures and lost, ambient motifs deep into the sort of cracked, kaleidoscopic vortex you might expect from Wanda Group or DJ Purple Image. Recommended!
Eerie, oneiric electronic psychedelia from Lisbon's Ondness for Brighton's excellent Where To Now? label. 'Poor Man's Twilight Zone' exists in a headspace somewhere between Negra Branca's ethereal H-Pop scapes, Wanda Group's murky ambient and the kind of zonked post-techno purveyed by Opal Tapes, feeling out in the half light resonant, gamelan-like tones and lushest chord swirl in the 12 minute 'Trono', whilst 'Ongoing To Zona' combines celestial flute with a sort of lo-fi take on Porter Ricks' aquatic techno churn. 'Edit Sombre' is closer to techno proper with a buoyant 4/4 step… Read more
Surreal, complex and hyper-edited collages of field recordings, drones and electronics by Gonçalo F Cardoso aka Gonzo for Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong's Discrepant label. Gonçalo weaves edited field recordings made by Jeanneau with raw and digitally treated analogue modulations by Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk) and drums by David Naan into fractally morphing, impossible and otherworldly scenes segueing between up-close recordings of flies, dissonant Chinese chorales, layered location recordings and dramatic drone panoramas. RIYL Rashad Becker, Russell Haswell's field recordings, Sublime Frequencies, Francisco Lopez.
**Severely destroyed and eccentric electronics** "Hoofus performs and records electronic improvisations from the undergrowth of rural Norfolk, using fuzzy analogue aesthetics and FM synthesized unease to create visceral ritual rhythms smeared with restless feral yearning and the distant hum of moss covered machinery. Drawing on notions of ramshackle existence on the edges of the wilds, he attempts to express ideas of Arcadian alienation and backwoods neurosis. He has always tried to re-invigorate attitudes to live electronic music by performing in a very physical tactile way rather than hid… Read more
"The title of this release refers to a French adjective — concrescence — used by composer François Bayle to describe and underline in his music, the concrete substance of sounds, the quality of an object or sound to evoque the down to earth quality of its aural image (or its ruggedness, its wabi-sabi). It also plays on the specific meaning of sens, meaning direction. The direction towards concrete. This was Emmanuel Mieville’s framework while composing these pieces, close to the essence of musique concrète, as defined by Pierre Schaeffer. He gathered found sounds and recordings, fr… Read more
Tuesday, 26 November
Egyptrixx becomes the latest member of the Night Slugs crew to emerge from the maturation chamber dripping with futurist fluids and wielding terrifying cybernetic implants. The Canadian producer had always been one of the more alien elements of the NS team, a status borne out by his neglected 2011 LP Bible Eyes. While whatever memo almost all the label's producers got has often resulted in stylistic changes beyond recognition, Egyptrixx has retained his unique character in the chiming synths, dark chords and flair for the epic. While other ice-hot future releases of this ilk: Jam City'… Read more
Monday, 25 November
Rushing futurism from Teengirl Fantasy on their striking follow-up to the widely acclaimed 'Tracer' LP for R&S. Four cuts orbit intersecting styles of junglist footwork, trap and streaking, vapourous electronica all meshed together with the duo's signature, lush harmonics. 'Nun' is a taut exercise in pointillist, hyper electro and the kind of gleaming, marimba-like chimes also used by Fatima Al Qadiri, whilst 'Eric' projects a rapid flux of Footwork and Jungle with sweeping '90s trance motifs recalling D'eon at his fanciest, whilst 'Platinum' is a brief but lovely piece of romantic sci-fi nodding to computer game soundtracks and classic New Age.
Kaleidoscope curator, Patten returns on this lushly disorienting and super handsome EP for Warp. Since dosing the waters with his unpronounceable 'GLAQJO XAACSSO' LP for No Pain In Pop in 2011, Patten's stepped back from releasing his own material and issued acclaimed and singular works by Sculpture and Karen Gwyer on his Kaleidoscope label in the meantime. On 'Eolian State' we're presented with some 22-minutes of mercurial electronica bending time, space and light in five uniquely elusive grooves fathoming the discordant merry-go-round of 'Aviary' alongside the decelerated swang of 'Toward… Read more
Aerobic mystics, Joe McBride (Synkro), and Liam Blackburn (Indigo) aka Akkord, present a slickly engrossing debut album for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. It's the definitive manifest of their convergent interests in sacred geometry, mathematics, minimalism and bassbins, deftly balancing dancefloor appeal with the sort of detailed production appreciated by headphone and home listeners. Over its ten tarcks the genes of jungle, dubstep, techno and ambient electronics are spun out and re-encoded with razor-sharp grasp of spatial dynamics and rhythmic aptitude, presenting a perspective on … Read more
**78-minute suite of totally detached, free-floating dark ambient electronics from Stephan Laubner aka STL aka Lunatik Sound System** "This extended playing soundscape called Black Hole Sun was made with one ear to the microscopic and the other to scientific sound programings receiving data from deep dark space. These transformed signals are floating endless as one big piece subdivided in eight parts, perfect as an effective disconnect and journey to the miracles of our universe. A stellar black hole is the end state of an mass heavy star at least three times bigger as our sun… Read more
Brian Pyle aka Ensemble Economique delivers a wide-reaching 3rd part in Dekorder's 10 year anniversary series following editions from Pye Corner Audio and Alien Radio. "(no thing-ness)" comes hot on the heels of Brian Pyle’s latest highly acclaimed Ensemble Economique album on the Not Not Fun label. While "The Fever Logic L.P." saw him head diving into a sort of ambient goth pop this brand new 12“ appears to be more influenced by industrial, almost EBM-ish textures. The atmosphere seems more aggressive with an almost militaristic touch, and titles like "New Banking System" hin… Read more
**Fascinating recordings of Italian Futurist, Luigi Russolo's legendary Intonarumori, or Noise Intoner, machines orchestrated by Blixa Bargeld, Mike Patton, Pauline Oliveros, among others** "The famous intonarumori (or 'noise intoners') of the Futurists could be considered the earliest 'techno music' instruments of the twentieth century. The 1st public performance of Luigi Russolo's intonarumori project took place in 1913 at Modena's Teatro Storchi, Italy. Luciano Chessa conducted this new orchestra of early Futurist pieces as well as specially commissioned works … Read more