Tuesday, 18 November
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Lars T C F Holdhus follows one of the very best releases of the new millenium so far, the 'Untitled' tape for YYAA, with another cryptic future-shock, his 1st for Liberation Technologies. Continuing a trajectory away from the calculated dance mash-ups of his now-defunct Cracksmurf alias, this project and mini-album is based on a whole other algorithmic strategy, rendering densely coded formulae into utterly mind-boggling and synaesthetically affective compositions. Once you've heard his music and done a little research into his academic background and visual practice - he studied at Frankfurt… Read more
Akkord's 'HTH020' 12" undergoes exceptional transformations at the hands of The Haxan Cloak and Vatican Shadow for Houndstooth. It's arguably a pinnacle of the label's sustained attack since emerging in 2013, due in large part to The Haxan Cloak's shocking render of 'HTH020'. In the course of nearly eleven minutes, the original is hard-panned for gold, sweeping from stereo-strafing concrète dynamics into a staggering display of head-compressing delays and chest-bursting post-rock/metal dynamics over a series of concatenated peaks and noisy harmonic eruptions with an elas… Read more
Raw, visceral psych-dub killers by a wicked new duo featuring Valentina Magaletti, who drummed on Raime's 'Quarter Turns Over A Living Line' LP. Hailing from London and releasing on Hands In The Dark - which released albums from Co La and Ensemble Economique, a.o. - their 'Futura Grotesque' side weaves and frays the lines between Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza's jazzy avant-garde incursions, the possessed communal percussions of Cannibal Movie, and the wavey, dubbed-out post-punk of Gray or Not Waving. Mark our words: this one will travel. TIP!
Faith In Strangers’ was written and produced between January 2013 and June 2014, and was edited and sequenced in late July this year. Making use of on an array of instruments, field recordings, found sounds and vocal treatments, it’s a largely analogue variant of hi-tech production styles arcing from the dissonant to the sublime. The first two tracks recorded during these early sessions bookend the release, the opener ‘Time Away’ featuring Euphonium played by Kim Holly Thorpe and last track ‘Missing’ a contribution by Stott’s occasional vocal collaborator Alison Skidmore who also a… Read more
Two radically contrasting composers work out their differences in this 2004 collaboration commissioned for Singhur's Suite in Parochial festival, now released by Line and Volume. The results manifest two extended pieces consolidating Roden's signature, scuttling small sounds with Bretscheider's super crisp, crackling tones and pulses.
Mr. Oizo cuts loose on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label in his first solo LP since 2011's 'Stade 2'. Now an LA resident, Oizo seems perfectly placed to show America how EDM should really be done, contextualising current production palettes with strong elements of old skool electro alloyed to fierce saw-tooth synthlines and screwed rave stabs. It all dovetails very neatly with Brainfeeder's hectic aesthetics, too, applying a freeform, jazz-funked approach that plays at odds with the surgical precision of his edits, resulting in a delirious yet disciplined party sound that straight-up kills in t… Read more
**5 new instrumental songs dialled in from the former Emeralds man's space pod above LA and Cleveland, Ohio. Includes download code** "'Noctilucence' is a new 12" recorded between in 2013 and 2014 between Los Angeles, California, and Cleveland, Ohio. The term "noctilucence" comes from "noctilucent clouds", the name given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the vast deserts of America. It's a recording about the discovery and understanding of th… Read more
**Stellar collection of worldly new age and spiritual composition. RIYL Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Charlemagne Palestine** "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979) compiles unreleased recordings from the archives of multiversal artist Ariel Kalma. Concerned as much with musicality as spiritual facility, Kalma’s work vibrates aside fellow travelers along the great rainbow in curved air of the 1970s avant-garde. Ariel Kalma’s boundary-blurring electronic music is heard here in radiant detail across a selection of work spanning … Read more
Stephan Olbricht finds a sympathetic home among Turin's Gang Of Ducks with the crunchy, skudged house abstractions of 'Emtee'. Seven songs flay the flesh of house convention leaving behind the residue of kicking, skeletal patterns formed by sodden drums and blunted chords tussling it out under heavy ferric atmospheres. At times there are glimpses of the crafty hi-tech funk of Olbricht's Budapest peer, Gábor Lázár, in the singular twists of 'Wowno' and the obtuse rhythms of 'Emtee' and the off-kilter notes of 'Very Deep', but to be fair it's all probably better compared with a dead cranky Actress who's just realised his dog ate his stash.
Tel Aviv's VesperTown blazes in with a hyper-funked debut for Rinse. The follow-up to a well received cassette earlier in 2014 for Brighton's Donky Pitch, 'King George' and 'Sugar Rush' approximate the effect of a Haribo binge whilst smothered in mallow fluff and listening to Hud Mo in your birthday suit.
One of Detroit techno's most sublime associates, John Beltran corrals 18 mellow, romantic ambient pieces by himself and others. It's very '90s chill-out album for the most (just the name Mick Chillage screams valerian tea), but with some nice contributions coming from Sons of Melancholia in the smudged slug of 'For Val' and Beltran himself with the sweeping, GAS-like strings of 'Music For Machines'.
Teengirl Fantasy returns from a short hiatus with four skewed mutations of R&B/Footwork/IDM hybrids found in their R&S records. Since 2012 they've twisted their sound in new directions between the refractive, sweetly discordant club enigma, 'Cavescape' to ghostly refinement of their R&B-pop tastes in 'Lung' feat. Lafawndah, and the '90s-into-2014 flex of 'U Touch Me' with Hoody, whilst '7:30 A.M.' deals in an airborne, alien techno funk recalling Lotic and Arca productions.
**Schizoid, oneiric ambience and android funk from LA's Angel 1 for the rapidly expanding 1080p label** "Los Angeles-based producer Angel 1’s latest burst of unique plasticity finds middle ground between classic ambient electronica and spacious future club ideals. 1080p debut “Allegra Bin 1” is about stepping outside; the constant unfolding that occurs as you move through the city with communication and drama on many levels, interpreting the messages and signifiers that can hit at any moment and getting extremely buzzed in the process."
Gaul in Montreal, Valntin Stip serves an extended solo piano interpretation of the dramatic, titular closing piece to his 'Sigh' album for Nico Jaar's Other People.
Lonelady breaks a four year hiatus with a return to Warp with the retro-post-punk disco of 'Groove It Out' backed with a murky Ekoplekz dub. The Michigan Dub featured a heavy motorised bassline and lean, snappy machine rhythms, whereas the Ekoplekz dub flings the sound somewhere far messier, mutant.
Sick Sleng Teng mutation from Steve Spacek aka Beat Spacek on the first taste of his promising new album for Ninja Tune. Produced and vocalled by Spacek, ' I Wanna Know' purportedly harks back to Steve's formative roots in S.E. London circa mid '80s at a time of cross-cultural pollination between suede heads, soul boys, dreadlocks, punks, and new romantics. Hence, it's a dread-heavy, frictional stepper, boiling a whole lotta trouble down to 2mins 37 of potent, paranoid UK dancehall class. Bring on the 'Modern Streets' album, pronto!
The most notable thing about this new album from Jon Hopkins is how dancefloor-friendly it strives to be, the fluffly ambient electronica we’ve come to expect from the sometime Eno collaborator bolstered for the first time by firmly foregrounded, repetitive drum patterns. They certainly give Hopkins’ dewy compositions some welcome momentum and forward-propulsion: ‘Disappear’’s Penguin Cafe-style pastoralism is powered by a genteel, Burial-aping 2-step sequence; the airy prog-trance of ‘Breathe This Air’ and ‘Open Eye Signal’ suggest Hopkins has been OD’ing on early Border Co… Read more
'Vortex' is the first cut bled from John Carpenter's 'Lost Themes' collection of new music made with Cody Carpenter (Ludrium) and Daniel Davies.
**Crepuscular avant-folk composition released on a new series by Bass Clef's Magic + Dreams** "Originally from Brooklyn but currently based in London, Ashley has released a slew of excellent albums over the past few years, both solo and as a duo with Eli Keszler.Last year she had records in the Wire Magazine's “Top 50 Releases of 2013” and Pitchfork's “Best Experimental sounds of 2013”. For 12,000 seconds she has put together a suite of fractured guitar slices, hyper-mesmeric vocals and apocalypse saxophone."
**Diverse debut release of purified electronic experiments on Bass Clef's label** "Vi (pronounced 'vee eye') is the audio project of Graeme Hogg, one of the founders of and still the lynchpin of The Cube Mircoplex in Bristol, legendary counter-cultural hub, underground cinema, concert venue and much more. He makes Mutant machine music that channels This Heat’s maverick spirit and Pansonic’s dystopian vision. This is his first release, but follows over a decade of sporadic and seminal love shows, supporting DJ Rupture, Murcof, Max Eastley, The Radiohponic Workshop, Pole, Black Dice. … Read more