Monday, 18 August
Fugged-up, emotive electronica from Jimmy Billingham's Holovr alias, returning to Opal Tapes with his first vinyl release. 'Holo Earth' follows the scuzzy sci-fi themes of 'Lunar Lake' with a spirited collection of droning pads, murdered jungle and cracked techno nodding to early Autechre, no wave electronics and dark ambient musics. We can hear contemporary parallels in certain sectors of the Bristol sound between Young Echo and No Corner, but it's all much more blown out and degraded, even ambiguous, strung between celestial new age dreaminess, rugged rhythms and morphing patina of hiss and… Read more
Lil Jabba brings different, trippy styles to the fore on his keenly awaited follow-up to the 'Scales' album for Local Action. On 'Gully' for True Patnther, the Brooklyn-based producer adds potent traces of techno, trap, and jungle to his Footworking frameworks in six parts covering a broader range of tempos and moods. We can think of few producers in this field who apply such a painterly sensibility to their work, from the fluid darkside strokes, sprayed beats and pointillist melody of 'GRoTTo Anthem' to the hyper-detailed, lucid nightmare vision of 'FLeXIN. (Jabba's CuT.)', taking in the odd-wo… Read more
*Excellent collection of fractal electronics and disrupted 808 beats from New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Artwork constructed using viral images from James Hoff with typography by Bill Kouligas** James Hoff's razor sharp second LP for PAN, 'Blaster' reveals the effects of computer viruses upon the composition process, and their potential to fxxk with networks of communication. Across a seven-track A-side suite, and a B-side of 'Scratch' tools, Hoff uses the eponymous computer virus to infect 808 drum patterns which become the mutant build… Read more
Pye Corner Audio expands on 'Black Mist', taken from 'The Outer Church' compilation released by Front & Follow, now backed with new track and a blown-out Old Apparatus remix. The dramatic original is given time and space to let that Dr. Who-style bass riff and soaring synth to take flight across the A-side, whilst the flip brings the funereal slow techno processional, 'Bulk Erase', into play beside a roiling, radiant render from Old Apparatus, who also fold in oriental field recordings to abstract and exotic effect.
Nerve-rattling electro and cyber-punk from Travis Galloway (Traag, All Gone Records) in Siobhan mode for Opal Tapes. The title of 'Southgate' refers to a nefarious area of his home city, Michigan, and signifies a broke, rusty industrial aesthetic that creeps under the skin like crack bugs in a Philip K Dick novel. The mood is harsh and unforgiving from the sludgy trudge of 'Del Ray '97' to the Mid-West electro-tech shudder of 'Rail Spit', cutting loose on neon-lit city street scenes like some leather-clad golem brought to life by 'Citrac'-era James Ferraro and Cleveland's James Donadio aka Pro… Read more
'Intercepts' is a declassified dispatch of industrial espionage and ambient adventures from the chambers of Pye Corner Audio and Alessio Natalizia aka Not Waving. Inspired by the arcane, furtive world of spy rings - from the Rosenburgs to the Cambridge Five and the Duquesne case - they present encrypted analog communiques resonating with the mystery and drama of those covert operations. Pye Corner Audio sets out a killer suite of signature, lustrous synth arpeggios and soft-soled but driving bass perfect for purring around European cities behind blacked out windows, whilst… Read more
Percolating psych-dub stepper from Peaking Lights. Aaron Coyes juggles sprightly dub bass, piquant chords and electronic gremlins below Indra Dunis' breezy delivery, replete with a chorus you can sing-a-long to. Just don't tell the Balearic types that they're dancing to a dubstep rhythm…
Ghostly International's most emotional artist makes good with the shoe-gazing, euphoric electronica of 'Spectre', blessed with a tender, jazzy Bibio rework. The original is all heart-rending guitar chords and stadium-sized dance-rock thump, whereas Bibio's remix is dead sweet, reworking the chords on acoustic guitar with little reverse tape loops and Rhodes fills burnished with bird song and quiet, rustic drums.
**Deliciously strung out twilight music for fans of Ensemble Economique** "Legendary Hearts ooze an elusive chemistry. The collusion of Andrew Cowie’s disembodied synth sensibility and Kieran Hegarty’s fluorescent liquid guitar lines result in strange medicated states not easily grasped on first pass. Their previous (and only other) recording, 2012’s Songs From The Elevator, plays a little like the softest soft-rock sieved through a porridge of melted pills: chemical, blank, alluring, indistinct. The duo’s latest psychoactive sculpture garden, Aerial View, takes inspiration from a s… Read more
*Incredible new album from one of the most intriguing artists on the Hospital Productions roster, mining the precious, uncomfortable space between early ‘80s Italian industrial music and the claustrophobia typified by Coil* Lussuria came to prominence with the release of three tapes as part of the ‘American Babylon’ series in 2012 which where eventually championed by the likes of Blackest Ever Black who listed them at the top of their 2012 year-end charts. Lussuria's opiated atmospheres bring together dark and brooding Industrial signatures with augmented and re-purposed fragment… Read more
**Ambient pot-pourri from St, Petersburg via LA** "“…our music goes to ambient, and sometimes atmosphere, of disturbance and worry, sometimes meditation. But it doesn’t lie.” So sayeth singer/soothsayer of Saint-Petersburg haunted romance duo Delicate Features, Radmila Nikogosian. We’re fully of the mind to concur. Nikogosian and bandmate/beau Pavel Diakov-Astvatsaturian have been lurking in the off-grid steppes for roughly two years, scotch-taping microphones to fragile percussive objects and folk flutes amidst glowing grey electric swells of depressive sensuality. The Passenger… Read more
2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far outweighs the sum of its parts. Augmenting the sublime templates of her two mind-blowing EPs, 'LP1’ slots everything together with a hyper-lucid logic and unreal geomet… Read more
M=minimal presents a guided tour of their neatly formed catalogue via music from Borngräber & Strüver, Superconnection, Andreas Reihse, Denseland, and Ernestalbrecht Stiebler. Core to the Berlin since 2010, local duo Borngräber & Strüver make three appearances, Borngräber solo with the mannered downbeat keys of 'Tiem Teller', and in duo for the darker krautrock thrust of 'Reise' and the haunting swell of neo-classical strings and ghostly soprano swept up in 'Wellen'. Meanwhile, Superconnection rolls out the slow, pendulous momentum and overcast melancholy of 'S-Bahn', contrasting sharply with … Read more
*Expanded edition - doubled in length to include his cover of Cat Power's 'The Greatest' and an ambient collaboration with Richard Formby* "Halls - the solo project of 23 year old South London musician Sam Howard - released a debut album, ‘Ark’, in November 2012. A long twelve months later - after rapt reviews and a stint modelling for Hedi Slimane in Paris - Howard’s second album is here, and the changes are marked. “This is an album about opening up. Ark is the cold album, closed-off, obscure and confusing. I obscured lyrics and hid behind reverb and mumbling. For this albu… Read more
Stunning release from Cristian Vogel and SØS Gunver Ryberg as SGR^CAV for The Tapeworm. The label informs us that "Their compositions encourage the listener to observe and explore the resonances of a powerful musical awareness" and 'Moved By Magnets' exhibits a keen sense of spatial perception, tone and presence which entirely justifies that claim. Over four pieces they explore diffuse, free-formed spaces charged with a slow-moving, chaotic sort of energy ranging from the shuddering metallic resonance and bleak, streaking industrial tones of 'Qzhyd' to t… Read more
"The next Donky Pitch release comes from Chicago based artist Starfoxxx. ‘Baby I’m Off Drugs And I’m Ready To Marry You’ is a 12 track full length that takes the listener in a multitude of musical and rhythmical directions – from smudged 4×4 to hazy psychedelia, widescreen synth pop and saturated ambient, all the while connected by a strong sense of melody and a unique personality that stands out across each track. Starfoxxx is the solo project of David Beltran, who has had numerous releases on Feeltrip / Boy House Records as well as releasing on legendary Chicago imprint Ghettophiles."
2014's most anticipated release is finally in our grubby mitts, marking a new pinnacle of R&B/pop composition. Helmed by the visionary singer, producer, writer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Tahliah Barnett, 'LP1' sets a high benchmark for new pop and R&B, pulling together some of the most interesting studio alchemists around right now - Arca, Clams Casino, Paul Epworth and Devonte Hynes - for a project that far outweighs the sum of its parts. Augmenting the sublime templates of her two mind-blowing EPs, 'LP1’ slots everything together with a hyper-lucid logic and unreal geometry, from its pol… Read more
Monday, 11 August
21 years in the game, Mike Paradinas aka µ-Ziq sticks to his guns with the charming retro-futurism of 'Rediffusion'. It's a sweet exercise in melodic nostalgia filtered thru modern rhythm prisms, starting up with the utopian, footwork-infected junglism 'Taxi Sadness' before investigating slower tempos in the following five cuts thru the airborne waltzer 'Rimmy' and Kuedo-esque dry drum programming of 'Blem' to the collapsing sci-fi structures of 'Smeester' and the eerie, Library-style themes of 'Tambor'. As always, that blend of naif insouciance and eldritch oddness hits the spot like the few others.
Super-charming ambient pop and slo-mo grooves from North Vancouver's Evelyn Mason (Evy Jane) and Olivia Meek (Regular Fantasy) for the on-form 1080p. Their 'Midnight Pearl' inhabits the same moonlit world as Maria Minerva and early Hype Williams, pairing drily funky machine rhythms with etheric vocal pop hooks and woozy synths. On paper/screen that may sound a bit prosaic, but their nine tracks are just brimming with inventive twists and and a reel sense of late night romance, from the Palmistry-esque dancehall efficiency and seductive keen of 'Seaside', thru the ambi-pop drift of 'Air … Read more
The lone raver returns to PAN with his first new material since 2012's widely acclaimed 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' sides. In the meantime he's been a busy lad, remixing Special Request, Mount Kimbie and Marcel Dettmann, and honing his A/V show with CYRK co-founder, Dave Gaskarth, not to mention prepping imminent, excellent new album, 'Koch'. But back to the here and now - the 'Kuang EP' seems to occupy multiple dimensions at once, refracting dancefloor and bedroom head-space and detached, parallel worlds torn between the impending weight of history and accelerated cybe… Read more
Falty DL's 4th album finds the Brooklynite at his most diffuse, spacious, and dreamy. As you'd hope, there's still a strong, ductile rhythmic base to 'In The Wild' but it's largely mixed to tantalising effect, embedded fathoms deep within his radiant, dub-wise structures. Jazz and hip-hop are the album's touchstones, but heard thru a poetic prism of broken beat, electronica and latinate new age atmospheres shaping up to be some of Falty DL's most distinguished, nuanced productions. Previous single 'Danger' is the rudest thing here alongside 'Heart & Soul', with its 4Hero-style breaks, bass a… Read more
**Lushest 4th world electronic timbres and dream-like arrangements from the uniquely talented My Panda Shall Fly** "A kaleidoscope of rainbow textures and rhythms disperse into the exotic soundscape of ‘Tropical’. Electronics, real folk instruments and noise-making objects feature here generously on this six-track concept album, blending together a sonic palette influenced by a rich variety of music, people and places. The material was initially written over the course of a few months during what Seneviratne called "a beautiful burst of inspiration". Working with veteran producer Asi… Read more
**Reissue of the 5th volume in Hans-Joachim Roedelius' self-portrait series. Originally issued in 1982** From Asmus Tietchens' liner notes: "Measured against its predecessors, however, the audio quality is notably superior on this edition. Roedelius clearly improved the sound of the old tapes in the process of compiling the pieces at the Erpel Studio in Vienna, also taking the opportunity to add a few tracks. Strictly speaking, these relatively complex multitrack recordings can no longer be bracketed together with the fleeting sketches as heard on the earlier albums. Now and again, … Read more
"Sunny Graves’ debut release comes in the form of a four track EP recorded, assembled and mixed via analogue and digital means between Barcelona and New York during 2013 and marks the first official output for Simon Williams’ (formerly Jahbitat) most personal and focused project to date. ‘Bayou EP’ comprises a thoroughly meditated collection of work made up of four carefully constructed rhythmic, melodic, textural and emotional explorations in which dense layers of synthesisers and processed samples collide and breathe with pulsing beats, and where bass frequencies, soundscapes, field rec… Read more
Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet fixes a subtle 4/4 groove to the twee strums and vocals of Caribou with Luke Lalonde, Adem & One Little Plane.
**Massive 11 disc digital collection taken from the original cassette series** Well this is quite an earful: Bathetic Records deliver the digital edition of their 11-cassette 'Dynasty at Ghost Town' collection starring myriad underground American artists. There's so much we don't know where to start - there's supreme desert doom scapes from William Cody Watson; the spectral lullabies of Ekin Fil; 45 minutes of scarmbled modular coordinates from M. Geddes Gengras; lush, pulsing kosmiche from Panabrite aka Jürgen Müller; wistful folk fr… Read more
Stephan Laubner aka STL gets closer to nature in an extensive library of field recordings under the banner of 'From Coast To Mountain'. From birds that sound like screaming children to the swell of the North Sea, it's an immersive suite of richly detailed recordings miles away from his other dancefloor stuff.