Monday, 20 October
When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind. With a career spanning more than five decades, Scott Walker’s cult status remains as significant as ever before. Experiencing mega-stardom as part of The Walker Brothers before carving out a career as a solo crooner who released a quartet of peerless self-titled LPs that painted rich vignettes… Read more
**Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Photography by Joe Dilworth and artwork by Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis** Widely championed techno/electronica producer Objekt deposits his detailed and complex debut album on PAN. Since 2011 at least, the Berlin resident known as TJ Hertz has been a vital cog in the European techno machine, self-releasing some of this decade's most vaunted white labels, plus 12"s with Hessle Audio and Leisure System - including this year's great split with Dopplereffekt - beside his role as software engineer for Native Instruments. With 'Flatland' he takes the opportunit… Read more
*New edition re-mastered from the original DAT tapes* This 35 minute EP from BoC is arguably their most complete outing, having landed a couple of years before their still unbeatable ‘Music Has The Right…’ album and including some of their best material bar none - the brooding Detroit inversion ‘See Ya Later’, the Colonel Abrams inspired ‘Nlogax’, the career-defining “Everything You Do Is A Balloon’ and ‘Turquoise Hexagon Sun’ which would later appear on ‘Music Has The Right’. Unlike so many of their peers from the era, this stuff has aged incredibly well… Read more
Dave Huismans (A Made Up Sound) returns under his 2562 codename with the oneiric ambient/concrète dancefloor states of 'The New Today', his 4th solo album in this guise. Where its predecessor, 'Air Jordan', also for his When In Doubt label, took inspiration from the arid landscapes of the Middle East, 'The New Today' draws upon ideas sketched out whilst 2562 was in New York, late summer 2013, and was later finished at his home studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rather than disco samples, as with his last LP 'Fever', he sources from and splices together an enviable library of European synth e… Read more
Shed kicks Lone onto the 'floor with a class remix of 'Restless City' from the 'Reality Testing' album. The Shake-style jazz chord chops and dusty clapping rhythms of the original are subtly rekeyed to a rolling bass ballast by Head High, recalibrating from jazz-dancing swing to skipping garage-techno with really sweet AI-style breakdown pads for peak time play. Expect to hear this out a lot.
Chicago's Karl Meier & Johnathan Krohn aka Talker properly realise the project's industrial potential with 'Hari', their debut LP for Downwards. Last spotted on a 12" with expanded version of 'Cut The Weight' from the 'Halha' compilation, this appearance feels more affected, atmospheric, bitterly resolved. There's eight tracks on offer, including the monstrous doom copulation of 'Meniscus' featuring label-mate, Kerridge, amongst the Eraserhead ambience of 'Hari' or the ghostly industrial romance of 'Image Union', whilst the bombed-out techno hulk of 'Behemoth' and the 'floor-razing mission, 'Frame C… Read more
Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infat… Read more
Glacial Sound finally supply the Riko's fierce VIP of Rabit's 'Black Dragons' for the masses. The Roll Deep frontman sounds utterly fearsome over the Houston-based producer's tensile square waves and prickling electro/grime jolts, importantly in a way which should appeal to American audiences without losing any of the tune's UK-rooted credentials. In case the rents are listening in, there's a cleaner radio edit, too. Tip!
Shocking, extended double AA 12" from Russell Haswell paying tribute to OG Latino freestyle and industrial funk edits with inimitable, improvised flair. Back on Diagonal following his scintillating and unusually "pop" structured '37 Minute Workout' LP, plus a couple of furnace blast LPs for Bocian and Editions Mego, this entirely improvised session captures Russell in the wild, trapped between daemonic nO!se and snapjaw drum patterns nodding to early Omar Santana or Carlos Berrio and his own past as a go-to studio editor for labels such as Mute. The A-side is a slyly arousing but terrif… Read more
Big-boned dancefloor take-down from London's Rushmore, back on Trax Couture after a wicked one for Hot Haus Recs. A profligate approach to stripped down dance styles results in five unique fusions of Chicago house, grime, Jersey Club and ballroom beats, switching outifts from the pumped-up c*nty funk of 'Paladium' to grimier string slashes and bouncing Jersey beats in 'Highroad' and the honky jump of 'NPG'. 'Silent Melody' is possibly the most striking, mixing the kind of choral pads favoured by the Her Records crew and Visionist with a more rugged palette of kicks and industrial ice-pick snares… Read more
'Venice' is the official follow up to the groundbreaking 'Endless Summer', a record with a legendary pedigree and with sales substantial enough to have shaken up its label (Mego) to the extent that they seem to have been on a mission ever since to keep it as difficult as it gets. It seems Touch has no such hangs up. This is an amazing album that will no doubt come to be as highly regarded as 'Endless Summer' though musically its a much more varied affair, reflected by the contrasting imagery in the digipak photography (an old and new rowing boat moored up / nature and cla… Read more
Saga serves an icy six-track instrumental grime payload for the burgeoning Lit City Trax one year on from his debut for Visionist's Lost Codes label. 'Flight Risk' feels more muscular and reduced, optimising rhythms to skeletal silhouettes in cavernous sound designs streaked with strobing, synths and flash, brassy stabs. If we're picking favourites, then the coiled dread of 'Flight Risk' is up there alongside the sublow shift of 'Shades' and the manic chamber grime flex of 'Whistle Grip' and the super crisp punctuations of 'Witch Slap'. Sick session. RIYL Visionist , Rabit, Bloom, Slackk.
*Upfront Exclusive* Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound plays host to a smart deviation from ManMakeMusic's U. From the top he rolls in between Andy Stott and Fishermen with the molasses drag motion of 'The Kids Will Take Care Of Themselves'; 'Monogamy' stifles a spry garage groove with crushing concrète dynamics; 'Shame' collapses between Sunn 0))) and Samuel Kerridge zones; 'Pilgrimage' fades out with dilapidated, elegiax guitar and piano chords like Basinski or Leyland Kirby piece. Don't sleep on this, it's great.
"Following the label’s acclaimed ‘Next Stop Soweto’ compilation series, Strut returns to the rich music heritage of South Africa for another landmark compilation celebrating the influential and heavily political music of drummer Julian Bahula since the mid-‘60s with the Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula and Jazz Afrika bands. Bahula’s first group was the Malombo Jazzmen, led by guitarist Philip Tabane with flautist Abbey Cindi and they broke the mould, introducing indigenous malombo drums alongside guitar and flute to create a st… Read more
Rodion G.A.'s magnum opus 'Behind The Curtain' offers a further nosey into the colourful archives of Romania's synth-y psych-disco pioneer. Following on from 'The Lost Tapes' and the 'Misiunea Spațială Delta' soundtrack, 'Behind The Curtain' rescues another 14 songs from almost certain obscurity on decaying reel-to-reels at his country cottage in Romania. It's a wonder that they escaped the hands of the notorious Romanian authorities, never-mind the oxidisation process, to still convey a life-affirming and joyous take on electronic music romping from the swaggering p… Read more
Rugged, hypnotic house from the virulent Redshape on Running Back. 'Leaves' is a real builder, escalating from locked-in voices and low-pass filtered jack to peak-time party vibes with crafty subtlety, whilst further parts break down to component elements for the DJs.
Prime Numbers collect the entire series of remixes for Trus'me's 'Treat Me Right' album. Highlights include Alan Fitzpatrick's booming rework of 'I Want You', the kinky Truncate remixes of 'It's Slow', and the powerful Skudge rework of 'Moonlight Kiss'.
Madrid's Svreca gives dry, dusty and spaced-out techno remixes of TM404's purist hardware grooves. Fives tracks range from bleak minimal bleeps techno to fizzing dub techno rolige and Raster-Noton-style pulses.
**Hand-stamped white label** Driven but slinky tech-house on Ben Westbeech's Naked Naked label. The work of Leeds-based producer Jordan Saxton aka Viers, both tracks sit comfortably on the label roster with Dusky, Breach, Dark Sky etc, offering pumping techno-house funk of the DVS1 variety up top in 'Ryomi', and a more low-key, proggy vibe with the B-side's Usagi'.
Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts features James Sedwards of Nought (guitar), Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine (bass) and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (drums), the album radiates with both his signature thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads..
"On ‘Industry’ Stefan Goldmann tests how far you can get by using presets only. All sounds are factory presets of 3 obsolete 1990s Japanese workstation synths, all effects are presets, all notes are quantized and most panning is purely accidental (laid out in the preset sounds). These recordings don't rely on successful presets, but on failed sounds of now obsolete synthesizers – industrial assumptions of where culture will go, but where it chose not to. The result is a surprisingly pleasant listening experience with effortless grooves and rich textures – and mildly demonic connotations… Read more
"Infinite Greyscale is delighted to present a new long-form composition by Stara Rzeka. The Polish village of Stara Rzeka and its surrounding countryside were devastated by a huge tornado on the 14th of July 2012. Stara Rzeka is where musician Kuba Ziołek, who adopted the name as one of several artistic projects, spends his summers, and the morning following the storm Ziołek was present to witness the aftermath. This self-titled piece opens to the crackle of electricity in the air and a distinct impression of menace. The distortion softens, but never truly fades, as it gives way to song;… Read more
"With his new album “What's Fruit”, Schlammpeitziger touches the danceﬂoor more than ever before in his 22-year long career. Yet his danceﬂoor is a playful one. The Cologne based composer's sounds electrify with their multi-layered melodic structures. He weaves countless details in perfection, to a high density of musical activity, always focusing on the slow, driving beats which hold everything together. Each of the eight tracks represents shades of the unique humour we love about Schlammpeitziger. Unlike his previous records which had been mostly made with analogue synths, this a… Read more
Cómeme pull in some big guns to rework Philipp Gorbachev's 'Silver Album'. Danny Daze moves further from the Hot Creations sound with a moody drug chug version of 'What Do You Need' and Ana Helder reduces 'New Sound & Silver Symphony' to a slower, stately momentum. Predictably, JD Twitch sounds like he has a tonne of fun with a fierce edit of 'Arrest Me' full of recursive delays and proper, pent EBM funk, leaving Matias Aguayo to jam down on 'Distance' and Barnt to get clinical with strobing synths and mid-tempo jack beats with an Addit of 'Silver Symphony'. Your 'floor needs this.