Monday, 26 January
Burial returns to Keysound nearly ten years after his underrated, KILLER remix of Blackdown's 'Crackle Blues'. Hurtling at +140bpm, 'Temple Sleeper' sounds like the theme to an episode of the BBC's Bugs drama set in a towerblock in South London, strafing '90s strains of trancey 2-step, hardcore garage and full tilt techno in just under 7 minutes. Dry your eyes if you missed the wax, this one's for U!
Curl a lip, drop a hip with the deadly swagger of Chunky's 2nd session for (Swamp) 81. Landing three years since his eponymous dubble-pack, the Manchester-based MC-cum-producer rolls with the craftiest, stripped-down swerve for Loefah's label, pitting years of experience at the head of the dance, both on mic and the 'floor. 'Oun_C' is a proper natty burner, juggling dubbed-out halfstep bass patterns with slinkiest hi-hats in the most fluid sorta new skool rolige; 'Call Me, Let's Do Lunch' tucks a similar drum palette to more laid back, liquor-laced effect, subtly shifting weight onto the other foot… Read more
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
'Ghetto Madness' is another invaluable collection of classic Dance Mania bangers. Picking up where Strut's 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995' left off, it focusses on the label's unrivalled early-mid '90s output, a sound defined by hyper BPMs and the rawest, butt-naked machine rhythms. This CD/digital edition creams 15 of the filthiest Chicago bangers you ever heard, setting the levels with Jammin Gerald's bare-bones 'Pump That Shit Up'; cycling thru a coupla Deeon killers, 'The Freaks' and '1112'; taking it back to roots with Steve Poindexter's 'Computer Madness… Read more
Air Max '97 follows one of 2014's sickest singles with three fluoro aces on 'Fruit Crush', including an exceptional hook-up with Strict Face. This is the new skool in full effect, twysting the genes of grime, kuduro and freestyle electro with vaporous 'tronics in sheer hyperspace. 'Fruit Crush' steps out first with a grimier analog to SOPHIE and PC Music styles, streaking mad FX around sharp electro stabs, chattering melodies and wobbly bogle; 'Shape Cut' resets to a slower roll nodding to Lisbon's taraxho sound, but with xtra subs and off-kilter, lilting licks. Best of all, 'Armour Form'… Read more
'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
Lean, mean hybrids of UK rolige and European techno from Roska, Roska, Roska. Back for his 3rd outing on Tectonic, he reflects the label's current aesthetic with tightest, jabbing drums and dread bass for the darkside skank 'n shuffle. 'Hyperion' rolls with effortless momentum guided by zombied 4/4 bass pressure and frankly fxxking evil drones; 'Off' is distinctly UK-centric, synching the widest swing from fractured drums and offset sub swells for the dancers; 'Only Human' really gets our vote though, setting a pensile balance of crisp rimshots and slicing claps poised with noirish dub chamber vibes precipitating the nastiest bass shapes..
Holy Grail territory here from Andy Votel and Demdike’s mighty Dead Cert imprint - here finally bringing you this incredible album of previously unreleased Industrial-themed recordings made in 1976 by experimental pioneer and Ennio Morricone cohort Alessandro Alessandroni. The concept itself is riveting enough: the guy who provided that infamous guitar riff for 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' providing utterly bent and synth-heavy recordings previously unheard by the wider world - but the material and execution is just nothing short of a revelation, unlocking an uncannily pre… Read more
Sabla's debut set of buckled, technoid texturhythms are arguably the best yet from Turin, Italy's Gang Of Ducks label. Backed up by smart reworks from Ital and the G.O.D. bosses, the four original tracks feel out freeform, roiling rhythms and rusted timbres in transtion somewhere between Andy Stott's knackerd crack, the whirring mechanics of Lukid, and Phork's staggered drum patterns. In the best sense, each piece sounds like two tracks in a battle to resolve their rhythmic differences, from the ragged techno lurch of 'Di Lei' to the crushed, Bellows-style dub of 'Spirits' and the thrumming undert… Read more
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
Throwing Snow turns three cuts off 'Mosaic' into VIP beasts. Popping the cork with a blistered, stomping re-smack of 'Maera', he rubs a saltier, rugged version of 'Linguis' squared up for the club, and gives 'The Tempest' feat. Adda Keleh a crunchy techno overhaul.
UK's baddest duo do it again with the '1 Sec' EP landing on XL after the blinding 'Take Time' 12" for Rinse. Mumdance makes the music, Novelist runs rings around it. This is the OG sound developed by BBE and Wiley accelerated with incredible vision, imagination and tenacity; bending your ear to the preternaturally observant, incisive lyrics of 17 year old MC, Novelist, while Mumdance's ballistic, collaged production slaps up from every angle. Both the title track and 'Shook' set the levels head-high for 2015, outmaneuvering all comers at every swerve, each near miss with a bus and in every rave-eyed bass stab. This is what music needs to sound like in 2015.
Sleek and supple late night house from Virginia for Berlin's Ostgut Ton, with additional production by Steffi Doms. Firm kicks and floating chords drive 'Fictional' for the 5am swingers; 'My Fantasy' heats up a vintage late '80s Chicago/Detroit sound with her pleading vocals'; 'Never Enough' lends a dash of lissom electro funk to proceedings with elastic bassline and skidding synth stabs.
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.
"‘Burn Rubber City, Burn!’ charts the rise of the music scene in the mid-West city of Akron, Ohio, at a time when the city and the rubber industry it was associated with was in deep decline. Featuring a fantastic collection of Akron groups including Devo, The Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels, Jane Aire, Chi-Pig, The Waitresses and more. The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records’ earlier ‘Punk 45’ albums about USA and British punk (‘Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!’ and ‘There Is No Such Thing As Society’) as well as the … Read more
Youngsta and Truth on weighty remix session for Tempa. Rinse FM OG, Youngstar launches a nimbly technoid steppers take on Truth's 'Devil's Hand'; Truth refigures J: Kenzo's 'Invarderz' as a swooping halfstep heat-seeker.
**Raging, boundary-testing heavy metal alloy from the American South. Rip your face off and spit in the abyss business** "The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create… Read more
Facsimile repress of an 1983 electro-funk shock by Sumy. A hugely sought-after cult favourite, 'Tryin to Survive' was recorded and cut on the Caribbean island of Suriname - a former Dutch colony, hence its connection with Amsterdam's Rush Hour. Nine tracks of squirting synth beams and tickled basslines licked up with Sumy's mad swagger. Expect more Surinamese digs from the vault in 2015…
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'.
"Siskiyou returns with ‘Nervous', a majestic album of carefully constructed art rock built around songwriter and lead singer Colin Huebert's stacked acoustic guitars and intimate, whispery vocals. Siskiyou’s sound has been previously dubbed a sort of ‘Northern Gothic’, conjuring cold winds and the life-saving warmth of temporary shelters and tiny hearth fires. With ‘Nervous', the band continues to push beyond the crisp lo-fi intimacy of its early work, and has forged its most confident and finely-crafted recording to date, moving fully into auteur and chamber-pop territory with a song cycle th… Read more
Quartet of tropical footwork/jungle hybrids featuring vox by Redders and a fierce Enei remix exclusive to this digital release. Binga's originals bounce the dancehall between sprung, double-timed bogle in 'Tek Nuh Chat', to the colourful Joker styles of 'Elastic', before 'Steppin' comes with volleys of jungle/footwork beats on a halfstep lean, and 'Chasic' rolls out big bad amens. Check the Enei remix of 'Lef Dem' for some proper, face-melting business.
Roland Tings graduates from charming early singles for 100% Silk and Club Mod to this lush debut LP for Internasjonal. An impressionistic take on the golden era of late '80s/early '90s house filtered thru a pastel-toned Aussie heat haze, it swaggers across tempo zones from the buoyant, chirpy jack of 'Coming Up For Air' and the woozy piano house bumper, 'Who U Love', to the slow-building centrepiece 'Floating On A Salt Lake' before taking a downtempo turn with the chugging slow-house of 'Devotion' and the squashed strutter, 'Cultural Canal', and back deckside with the glorious 'Venus'.
Rabid, mongrel deconstructions of '90s dance classics by Roger West aka Somaticae. With nods to V/Vm and Actress, and analogs in the mutant creations of Basic House or The Automatics Group's 'Summer Mix', West's 'Wasted House' is an exercise in collapsing the putative timeline of dance music and re-imagining it as a "twisted uchronia" - a sort of impressionistic, alternate history open to more ambiguous interpretation. To be honest we can't pick out the original material, which is a great thing, leaving us grasping at and dancing to an array of refracted '90-s disco shrapnel and lurching… Read more
Nina Kraviz’ returns with the latest DJ Kicks, featuring tracks from Population One, Jay Denham, Steve Stoll, Bradley Strider, Armando, Baby Ford, Porn Sword Tobacco & SVN, Plaid, DJ Bone, Polygon Window, dBridge as well as exclusives from Nina herself.
Dope 12" of deep, percolating and tracky house shifters from the up 'n coming San Franciscan producer. His analogue production values and moody verve place him in good stead next to the likes of Joey Anderson and Juju & Jordash on Amsterdam's Dekmantel label, proven in the taut, electroid funk and brooding pads of 'Sermons' and a spaced-out jak bomb called 'Siamese Twins', while 'System Blackout' runs down some tribalist voodoo business.
"Medical Records presents the debut full-length release of Le Cliché, entitled ‘Consumer Behaviour’. The album consists of 11 songs influenced largely by European synth pop of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s (The Human League, John Foxx, OMD, early Depeche Mode, Japan, Gary Numan, Propaganda and Kraftwerk.). More recent influences include the first album by Miss Kittin & the Hacker, Tiga, Benny Benassi, Erlend Øye and Ladytron. The music might be best described as minimal synth, synth pop, postmodernist, cold assembly line with neo consumerist themes, based on the use of synth sequ… Read more
The preternaturally-attuned trio present the 2nd section of their amazing concert at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo on 17th March, 2013, which already spawned the 'Only Wanting To Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen'. Where that set was focussed on new instrumental configurations, this one sees them return to a signature line-up of guitar, bass and drums, documented in unflinching intimacy and entirety. The first … Read more