Monday, 26 January
Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account. That last bit is actually b******s, but the album isn't. Rather than a showcase of studio pre… Read more
To kick off their 20th year, Planet Mu present the widescreen visions of 'Sun Czar Temple', the 2nd EP by Berlin-based Scotsman, Claude Speeed. Steeped in all sorts of mannered loveliness, from classic American minimalism to cinematic post-rock and retro-futurist electronica, its intent is matched by its reach over five succinct pieces fanning out from the distorted dream sequence of 'Traumzeuge' to soaring synth scape 'R U Sorry?' via the curling chimes and zinging digital harmonics and binary cream of 'Dr. Liz Wilson', ascending to the crashing MIDI drums and longing vocal glossolalia of 'Fret'. RIYL Oneohtrix Point Never, Kuedo, Mogwai.
'Head/Body' is the exceptional debut release from Scottish hype®&B producer, Dressing Red. Ballin' a super bright sound concentrated with lush, feminine pressure on Glasgow's Astral Black label - home to DJ Milk Tray, Inkke, Jon Phonics - it's probably one of the sharpest fusions of new, vaporous electronics with cut-up 2-step and R&B vox that you'll hear in 2015. Matching the piquant clarity of Local Action's Drippin' with the warm, strange electro-soul of Mr. Mitch or label mate Inkke, he pushes all the right buttons from the smudged pixels of 'Our Love' thru spiralling trap gem, 'North … Read more
Fresh from his woozy Amsterdam session with Gaussian Curve for Music From Memory, an oneiric solo debut from Jonny Nash on his own label, Melody As Truth. Classicist ambient meandering manifest on electric guitar, keys, synths and zither, seeking solace somewhere between Detroit Escalator Comnpany and Brian Eno. Dead lovely.
Fresh from sharing a slab with Lnrdcroy on Swiss label, L.P.C., New York's Solpara makes a low key and smart solo debut with 'Swing' for Nico Jaar's Other People. Arrviing stealthily with the swurling chords and padded kicks of 'The Descent', the session draws us in closer with spare, mesmerising minimalism of 'Swing', taking a tuffer tack with the dented, oxidised drums cadence of 'Vitamin D', finally spending his load proper with the frazzled tones and haphazard stabs swarming tcrack jak beat in 'Short Circuit'.
Andrea Parker rallies a fine selection of sound images created by veteran IDM and electronica artists in response to visual works by the Gamma Proforma label/publisher. Includes the bouncing, discordant bomb 'Cubicle Haze' by Cristian Vogel alongside a host of diverse electro deviations, from Luke Viberts' rapid acid razz, 'Fast', to the scrambled complexities of Dalglish's 'Dubach Fasach'; taking in exquisitely mulched electronica by Arovane with 'Die Eitelkeit Der Tone' thru to the pulsing, noisy swell of Einoma's widescreen projection, 'Sculpt Beginning' and, right at the core, a keening, nine minute drone scape twinning visions from Andrea Parker and Daz Quayle.
**Features Dylan Carlson (Earth), and Markus Popp (Oval) among others** "Miscontinuum Album documents an impressive new work by seminal electronic musician Jan St. Werner, whose innovations with Mouse on Mars and Microstoria are well documented. Over a period of approximately four years Miscontinuum has been developed and refined as an operatic live performance in Munich, as well as a radio play. This recorded incarnation of the work is the third entry in Werner’s lauded Fiepblatter series, and features contributions by Dylan Carlson (Earth), Markus Popp … Read more
Vintage-sounding blue-eyed soul from a new solo artist picked as one to watch by Pitchfork, Time, Fader, Stereogum. In his own words: "I didn’t listen to any 70′s music when I was young or even until I heard it’s what people thought my music most sounded like. When I was younger I listened to things like the Fugees and Aretha, along with all the other radio hits of the time. My favorite song was ‘give me one reason’ by Tracy Chapman, I remember going to listen to it in the vegetable section at the grocery store because they played it all the time and I didn’t have it on tape u… Read more
Heart-strung shoegaze pop shimmer from Greece's Keep Shelley In Athens. Danish producer Tomas Barfod contributes a slower, swaying remix for romantic dancefloors.
Leading up to his 'Notes' album, Johan Agebjørn meets Paper Bag label-mates Young Galaxy amidst the romantic, Gallic atmospheres of 'You Passed Through'. Canadian dream-pop duo Memoryhouse condense and furnish the same elements with a rustling march rhythm for a more succinct pop effect.
Friday, 23 January
Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or even cultivating the natural infidelities of sy… Read more
Monday, 19 January
One of 2014's most hyped labels, 1080p, kick off 2015 with crisp and kinetic club functions from Max McFerren aka McFerrdog. Last spotted on SLO's Aery Metals label, here he's given room to explore his maddest, funkiest ideas across 12 tracks juggling ghetto house and ambient electronica with traces of Jersey club and vaporwave. Colourful doesn't start to describe it: this guy's beaming rainbows all over the dance; from the chromatic swirl of 'Bless This Mess' thru the clipped swing and garbled samples in 'Peak Of My Curiosity' to the lean but fruity club construction, 'Timeless' and j… Read more
Raster-Noton present the brain-flossing results of Frank Bretschneider's calculated muck-about on the Buchla and Serge modular synths in Stockholm's hallowed EMS facility. 'Sinn + Form', translating to "meaning + form", is the Raster-Noton co-founder's attempt to simulate the "fundamentally chaotic world as we know it" via mathematical and physical theories - dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems - in an extension of humankind's endless endeavour to "recognize this world and to describe, predict, control and change it." To our ears, the results flux wildly betw… Read more
The ever-surprising Love Cult twyst between EBM techno and gothic house with strange, cut-up psych-folk inflections on the 'Wonderland' EP. From the hunched intro of 'Scenario', they fake left with the naif vocals introducing 'Wonderland', before slipping into pacey electro and keening drones, while 'Daddy Issues' grinds to a sleazier house tattoo and 'This Good' pulls off the oddest fusion of moto-roiling shuffle laced with alien chirps and leading to a blunt conclusion. Original styles.
Kessler twists the lines of European and American dance music for the Cleveland, Ohio and Cologne-based Low Hanging Fruit label. Wonky electro meets B-more club and dubstep in opener, 'Say Hey', alongside the pressurised jack of 'True Love After Almost Rape', and the Wolfgang Voigt-gone-EDM stomp of 'Factum'.
Seattle's Further Records project deep inwards/outwards with the psychedelic kosmiche of 'Dose' by label co-owner, Raica. In sharp contrast to the muddied fidelity of 'Lucent Glances' - the last we heard from her - Chloe Harris aka Raica delivers eight compositions of piquant, pineal clarity and vision, creaming glassy harmonics in 'Satmor' alongside the widescreen panorama of 'Tiwie', crisply scrambled rhythms in 'Slep_Non', and tangles modular streaks of 'Watr Drgn'. Better yet, the caoptivating 'Couchfire Dron' enters Autechrian hyperspace and 'Harchone' glistens with Heinrich Mueller-esque finish… Read more