Friday, 31 July
Legowelt's Smackos adventure, 'The Age of Candy Candy' (2004). Apart from a couple tracks, it's a practically beat-less affair finding Danny Wolfers in a full blown, pulpy and noirish synth style loosely based on a Japanese historical drama. Longtime followers of Wolfers work will no doubt recognise this mode of his but, in case you've only paid witness his slew of dancefloor 12"s in recent years, 'The Age of Candy Candy' represents a whole other side of his oeuvre, one steeped in celluloid and charged with late night cathode rays. RIYL Leyland Kirby, samurai, John Carpenter.
Dubstep-cum-techno manband, Dark Sky do stately kosmiche-meets-tribal drums in 'Voyages' for Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records. Australia's Francis Inferno Orchestra gives a kinkier Tamburo Mixx full of carnival percussion, and Redshape resets the same elements as a radioactive techno roller rife with head-swallowing oscillations.
**Critical studies in velocity and rhythm conceived by Berlin's N.M.O. duo and following on from their 12" for The Death of Rave. RIYL the bleep test, EVOL, Military Space Music, Fluxus Techno** "Tempo is a decisive factor in how we relate to music. Whole genre separations and notions of taste can revolve around the BPM at which samples are triggered or musicians play. In live music BPM is obviously often a fluctuating quantity, a loose constrict affected by the musicians' spirits / audience / etc. Electronic music genres are usually more rigid in their ad… Read more
**Tempestuous noise/techno and concrète swell-on by Max Bacharach, a.k.a. Tengui** "The album’s been a long time coming. It seems like Max has been building and tweaking these tracks for as long as we've known him, a good five years plus by our broken watches. What's emerged from those steady, patient processes is an album that knows itself, understands the crevasses in its own character, and wants to tell you its stories by cold firelight. Opener ‘Shadows’ sets the scene: intricate sound design, smudged blue chords and reclaimed sonic artefacts that dance between left and right like neurone… Read more
"Following on from the dissonant formalism “Sarava Exu”, “Machine to Machine”, Donoso’s newest full length work sees a return to a more melodic sound. “Machine to Machine”, continues to bridge the gap between Donoso’s more rhythmic and melodic work alongside his more experimental, loose and dissonant side yet still maintaining his unique signature feel; “WTF”-polymertric rhythms, elegant cinematics and spine chilling tension. Recorded over the last two years in between visual commissions and more through-composed heady works such as “Sarava Exu” and “A Song for Echo”, “Machine … Read more
Atom TM's 'HD' LP yields another single with the sleek electro shape of 'Riding The Void' remixed by Scuba, Nought and Consumed. The warm, woozy pressure of the original is still best, while the remixers kern it towards straighter techno 'floors, from Scuba's surprisingly muted and efficient Pulse mix to the sunken techno of Nought's, and a swinging electro refit from Consumed.
The prodigal son of sci-fi electronica re-enters orbit with an astounding new EP as Kuedo for his newly coined Knives imprint. Arriving almost a decade to the day since his game-changing Vex'd album with Roly Porter, 'Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence' manifests his first major new work since 2011's acclaimed 'Severant' album, and also marks a lucent new pinnacle of sound design/engineering in his field. Accompanied by cameo production roles from erstwhile Vex'd bod, Roly Porter, plus Berlin's Phoebe Kiddo a.k.a Mind:Body:Fitness, and Canada's Egyptrixx, the nexx chap… Read more
Lorenzo Senni's inspired Presto!? imprint presents one of 2015's most singular electronic albums with the solo debut proper from Theo Burt. Originally written circa 2009/2010, it's an album that was never really intended for public consumption but, thanks to Senni's efforts, is now presented here in all it's hugely individual glory. Perhaps best thought of as avant electro-pop or even some sort of Compute/R&Baroque composition, the Casio phase synth-sculpted arrangements of 'Gloss' elicit some of the strangest, most curious sensations, visceral melodies, harmonic convolutions and pol… Read more
**Spellbound archival home recordings revealing the esoteric sonic adventures of David Tyack (1978-2002), a founding artist from Andy Votel's Twisted Nerve label who sadly passed away in 2002. Includes liner notes by Andy Votel** Dave Tyack's haunting/soothing electro-acoustic project Luxury Apartments is given a necessary posthumous release via Andy Votel, Doug Shipton and Sean Demdike's Dead-Cert imprint. A heady mix of improvised electronics, mechanical folk and late night North West ambience, the Luxury Apartments project was completed just months before the G… Read more
Friday, 24 July
Koreless dices with strobing vocals and synths on his widely anticipated return to Young Turks. Last spotted in 2013, with 'YT 140' the Welsh producer whips up a steepled vortex of 32nd note phonemes and synths to a pointillist trance peak on the A-side, whereas the 2nd side fillets gynoid vox into a stuttering, pitching declaration of love maybe best compared with the fine-processed aesthetics of Holly Herndon or Katie Gately.
Kasket comes back to Apollo, scene of his first three singles, with a diverse, jazz-taught session twisting between bustling latinate grooves ('Wait For It'), roiling dubstep ('Hollywood'), and even muggy, bluesy psych-pop ('Egal').
**Lossless format for this release contains 24 bit audio** New age meets ambient trap tropes in Shiva's romantic debut for Alpha Pup.
Following on from that mighty Drum & Bass mixtape from Karl O’Connor, Sam and Hayley Kerridge's Berlin event series-turned-label return with a killer addendum to their first release - Kerridge's 'Always Offended Never Ashamed' album. These two new tracks are a clarion call to arms - both sides excerpted from a Kerridge live performance for the NTO, Berlin 2013. Convulsing chunks of distorted, heaving junglist venom on the A-side's brutal 'Sonic Instruments Of War #01', the flipside explores more abstract terrain thru vicious, atonal outbursts. Highly recommended if yr into the Downwards catalogue, HATE or recent material from Shapednoise.
Greeen Linez do their boogie-junglist-space-funk thang with finesse on Diskotopia. The duo's 3rd LP, 'The Calm' could be the soundtrack to an eccied-up weekend in Tokyo, rolling lushest vibes between the melting ambient panorama of 'Dreamwalker' and the silken downstroke of 'Blue Tomorrow', taking in saxy Good Looking jungle in 'Asa Mist', midnight sun-kissed shuffles in 'Clutch', and ambient new jack swing with 'Findings' for the debonaire set.
"Newly romantic and melodic tropic terrains on the signature perma-zoned alien electronics of Montreal (now Vancouver) based-producer RAMZI’s latest release and 1080p debut. Phoebé Guillemot’s parallel autonomous sci-fi RAMZI world is at once utopian and dystopian in the most wondrous, wide and red-eyed way, and these digital vine cutting expeditions span a vast and varied section of her own CGI’ed imaginary world of disorientating, bouncy hybrid genre experiments, heavily filtered samples, inverted dancehall rhythms, shredded jungle, distroid-vibed atmospheres and super weird, melodic repetiti… Read more