Monday, 13 April
*Digital Edition Includes a Bonus Track* *Exceptional slab of squashed, Afro-centric psychedelia and hypnotic Footwork from Low Jack’s Editions Gravats label made in an edition of 350 copies* Low Jack and Jean Carval’s Gravats label open 2015 with a killer new album from prolific psych-drone artist High Wolf under his Black Zone Myth Chant alias. ‘Mane Thecel Phares’ is a wigged-out trip thru Afro-centric, riddim-driven psychedelia, breaking down the boundaries between Sun Ra, DJ Screw, and Vox Populi! with a smoked-out, blurry vision heightening… Read more
*Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kalma's naturalist tendency and invaluable background working at the GRM with Lowe's mal… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Super sturdy reissue of Surgeon's now-classic debut album, Communications'. First released by Downwards in 1996 - the same year as Regis' debut, 'Gymnastics' - it served to define the Brummie techno sound and, in a broader sense, set a high water mark of UK techno. It's a resolutely stripped down and directly functional collection of six trax drawing inspiration from the concentrated energies of Coil as much as Chicago house and the Detroit / Berlin techno axis, channeling a stoic black country grit and humour into t… Read more
**Gorgeous, intricate suite of microscopic, textural dub electronics and bass pulses sounding somewhere between Alva Noto, Pole and Bernard Parmegiani** Italian electro-acoustic maestros Giuseppe Ielasi and Nicola Ratti, aka Bellows, serve an engrossing, labyrinthine LP of freeform concrète dub on our occasional Boomkat Editions label. 'Rustl' is Bellows' 4th album following a critically acclaimed trio of LP's released since 2007 for Entr'acte, Planam and Kning Disc, and also follows our last release by another Milanese artist, Lorenzo Senni, which was coincidentally also mastered by Giuseppe Iela… Read more
Dogged techno licks from Dom Butler & L/F/D/M in Green Gums guise following two searing sessions as Bronze Teeth, also for Diagonal. Where their previous pair of 12"s tended to effluent, extended jams, these are just as mucky but more concise. Uptown, they launch the jagged EBM affray of 'Zozomono' with coarse acid lines yoked to slamming kicks, while 'Dag' marches out like some mutant, blunted offspring of Ancient Methods and Powell. Downtown, they really come into their own with the coiled shuffle and strangely spacious, gutted mix-down of EP highlight, 'Cestoda's Labyrinth', before… Read more
Canada's Local Artist trips from his smudgy house aces on Proibito and Mood Hut (as Slow Riffs) to Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section International. It's a vibe, teasing in with a digital dub of the frayed bleeps and tape-sodden Beatdown sounds in 'Feelings', and cracking out the his dustiest drums and cowbells for the breezy shuffle of 'Ozone'. Flipside, he cuts fathoms deeper with the creamy subs, distanced chords and ear-worming vocal stabs of 'Place I' stretching out to a hypnotic horizon.
**Upfront Exclusive** Semtek provides a pair of ruggedest, weirdest house rollers on Niche N Bump's annual outing. The Don't Be Afraid label boss swaggers up with sullen subs and glass-rubbing synth tones in the crooked 'Bad Teeth' landing somewhere between Beneath's dread rollers and the bashment budge of Swing Ting's Samrai, both previous contributors to the tightly defined label. However, 'John Of Worcester' is a much stranger number, bringing forward those piercing synths over melting subs and slo-mo junglist tics to sound something like the mutant 'ardcore offspring of Arpanet. TIPPED!
Intoxicating Rasta dub biz from the Wareika Hills, Jamaica, via the desk of Jackson Bailey's Tapes in London. Still hot from his reggae-pop standout on Workshop 21, he furnishes two versions of The Wareika Hill Sounds' 'Datura', getting to grips with funde, repeta and bass drums in a heads-down session licked with guitar and flute by Kenrick Diggory. Now that Honest Jon's mention Keith Hudson in their write-up, it's so easy to imagine his husky croon floating over the 'Datura Mystic' mix, however, the dub is really summat else; a rocking swirl of recursive drums recorded right on the biting point, and nowt but. It's a killer!!!
Sneaker Club capture Bass Clef at his sweetest, almost Balearic-sounding, with 'Present Moment Only Moment'. "Across previous releases on Punch Drunk, Werk, Rex Records and Blank Tapes, Bass Clef has effectively melded live instrumentation, nifty analogue synthesis and intricate drum work. In his ‘Moment Only Moment’ EP he makes no exception as he offers up a deluge of saccharine melodies and flecks of 90’s Rave and UK Garage all substantiated by thick, forceful subs."
Manchester's Zed Bias works at a warped electro-house and broken techno bent with 'Couch Life' for Loefah's 81. The sub 120bpm swagger of 'Couch Life' gets busy on a sorta Latin Freestyle update crossed with the kinda mid-tempo zones explored by DJ Samrai, factoring abyssal dub drop-outs into whirring drum machine flickers and wonky LFO dynamics. With 'Chokehold' he pushes the tempo up to 130bpm and rocks the bells over amorphous sub-bass shapes and the kinda bustling drums you'd expect from A Made Up Sound. The dancer's choice.
A welcome return from Belgium's Sagat, back with his dusty, canted rhythm trips on the most excellent Vlek. In each piece he teases our sense of rhythmic anticipation with grid-twisted grooves, from the wickedly schizoid jag of 'Melt' flipping between honking stabs and serene chords, thru the cyber-tribal 2-step zone of 'Body' to blunted Andy Stott styles with the gaseous smudge of 'Earth' punctuated by woodblock cracks, or the slow motion ambient elegance of 'organs'.
Throwing Snow piles his emotional weight behind two bittersweet techno trancers for Houndstooth. They mark a slight departure from his well-loved 'Mosaic' album, moving closer to the laser-guided but gruff grooves of recent Chris Clark than his nimble, jazzier workouts. 'Lumen' beams killawatts of lush synth discord to taste, banking dizzy synth harmonics and swinging breaks with a lip-smacking, ecto-buzz potency. 'Paint' works on the other side of the wave, tempering the sheer high with a sweeping sense of melancholic majesty for a proper friday night rollercoaster vibe. Gwan, gizza dab then.
PMM pelts it out on his solo debut on the unstoppable Berceuse Heroique. In 'Serpent's Promise' he rivets rail-roading kicks with rusted percussion and skittish melodies; 'Growth Hacking' gets loose on a wonky techno tip, sorta like saltier Jerome Hill or Cristian Vogel; 'AACF1' loses it for good with a whacked-out triplet calculation designed to scatter bodies thru the smoke and strobes.
Oi Oi!!! Invaluable reissue of Part 1's death rock/anarcho punk holy grail, first issued on 7" in 1982 on Paraworm Records. The now-seminal 'Funeral Parade' was their one and only release, a seriously heady and grooving whorl of flanged guitars and anti-religious imagery that still incredibly intoxicating more than 30 years later. This remastered edition is packaged in a deluxe gatefold with the 7" artwork blown-up to 12" with accompanying horror zine I… Paraworm, including never-seen text and unpublished artwork from guitarist Mark Ferelli. Heavy tip!
TVO's Broken20 label launches its new live recording series, Tangents, with documentation of his tunnelling collaboration alongside Emptyset's Paul Purgas, captured at Guild of Calamitousintent, Glasgow Art School, 2014. Both well aware of each others work, they approached the performance as an improvisatory, aleatoric happneing, both armed with banks of material and open to what may come. As you might expect, it gets noisy, and there is some semblance of techno in there but, the results are really neither one or the other. They summon an amorphous, involving… Read more
Visonia hits the emosh buttons again with the tortured electro-trance romance of his 'Nausicaa EP' for Rotterdam's Electronic Emergencies. Across five tracks he deftly references Detroit electro-techno with the soaring harmonies and steely groove of 'The Moon Doesn't Want To Look At You', darker nEuro EBM styles with the slamming but slick momentum of 'Blue Mirrors', replete with a wicked deceleration, and harder yet in the mission-'ead techno drama of 'A Lonely White Wolf', before clocking out with the signature nerve tweak of the title track.
"New 4-tracker from Tom Demac who aligns his arsenal of hardware and readies a pack of rattling club tracks peppered with kicks and luminescent textures. The ‘Smoke Stained Ivories’ EP spans a variety of moods and textures that are propelled by his tough, thrumming percussion and sportive synth work."
DJ Hell and Jimmy Edgar remix a track "that has stood the test of time in defiance of every rule of commerciality...."
Ostgut Ton's little sibling, Unterton gives birth to a new artist with the crackshot techno session 'Summe'. Perfectly balanced between sullen and spacey 4:4 and roiling, brukken techno, four grooves touch on slow druggy thump ('Objectness'), adroit and gear-slipping hydraulix ('Schleife I'), old skool Regis ('Schleife IX') and Mills or PAS-style bleep ballistics ('Schleife III') with real class.
Mike Simonetti (Italians Do It Better) inaugurates his 2MR (Two Mikes Records) label with this lush debut double slab as Pale Blue with vocalists Liz Wight (Silver Hands) and Jana Hunter (Lower Dens). The vibe gauge is set to heartfelt from the outset, strafing component elements of melodic techno, dream-pop and disco with a dancefloor-honed sense of motorik trance momentum and romance. Simonetti's previous credentials are as diverse as they are impressive, covering so much ground between his punk background at Troubleman Unlimited and the disco inspirations of Italians Do It … Read more
"First new release in a while from the label that has released albums in the past by The Books, Thee Oh Sees, The Mountain Goats, Final Fantasy, Mount Eerie, Patrick Wolf and many more... Catgut Tape is the debut solo album by the British songwriter O.D. Davey. Recorded by its author during his late teens and early adulthood in the polar British counties of Aberdeenshire and Essex, it is a collection of love songs set amidst the tragicomedy of youth and the landscapes that stage it. Born of necessity, its pallet of sound is simple but singular; a bitcrushed and baseless skeleton of wooden … Read more
Deepest strains of sino-step and mutant house from Tempa's most prolific recent contributor. The (wu)tang of the strings and Gung-Fu film samples in 'Blind Man' remind us of Felicita's 'Bring It' with xtra subs, while the fragrant vocal and minimalist shuffle of 'To The Sky' hums a bit, and 'Nomine's Robot' tests out a sub-swung steppers' house sound.
**Lossless format for this release contains 24 bit audio** **In which Michael Price, composer for the BBC's 'Sherlock' TV series, explores "the spontaneity of performance and the sound of musicians hearing, connecting and responding" ** "‘Entanglement’, the debut album by Michael Price fulfils his long-term desire to explore new musical territories, featuring Michael on the piano, with the addition of cello, soprano voice, string orchestra, modular synth, tape effects and electronics. Throughout the record you will hear street sounds from 'Budapest' captured and processed on Mi… Read more
The San Fran house producer with beats for Le1f and Mykki Blanco under his belt tests his 808 mettle in four tracky parts. His title track serves some proper bassbin pressure with triplet subs and skating drums and nowt else; 'Procedure' evens the keel to a thumping 4/4 with tightest, pinging delays to lock into; 'Fires' lends some sinuous synth muscle to the drums with hypnotic and driving impact, tempered somewhat in the trancier 'Secret Garden'. They're damn solid and classy DJ tools.
Killah dancefloor injection from Matias Aguayo. These are dedicated DJ tools for bodies in motion, no fuss, no fight. Uptown, the bustling techno of 'Tomada' comes close to the percussive Afro-Latin sound currently pushed by Lisbon's Príncipe crew, whereas Groundfloor Left' is pure percolating Cómeme business packed with bullfrog croaks and slippin' syncopations. Downtown, 'Gato Disco' goes ghetto Todd Terry and 'Loca Dance' locks into sprung techno groove beside the rugged patter of 'Ese Pompin'.
Beamed from Montréal via Texas, Marie Davidson yields a gorgeous suite of alien synth pop sung in seductive French and English tongues. Her 3rd album, 'Un Autre Voyage' is an accomplished sound, proving an adroit touch over various sub-strata of coldwave and synth-pop compositional styles. Launching at an astral adjunct to Group Rhoda with the motorik drive and pensile synth drone of 'Boulevard Tascherau', she comes over all SPK or Skinny Puppy with the excellent 'Excès de Vitesse' (god this is sexy) and devolves into ghostly drone recalling 51517 with the expansive vision of 'Kid… Read more
"This cover of Brian Eno's seminal Discreet Music is a musical epilogue for Kid606's Bored of Excitement full length out in May. This single 30 minute song maintains the spirit and harmonic progressions from the original, but it eschews synthesizers and tape loops in favor of multitracked piano, multiple reverbs and pitch-modulated phasing. Discreet music came before Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports. It laid the foundation for modern ambient music by building upon Erik Satie's "furniture music" concept. Eno employed a generative compositional technique … Read more