Monday, 21 April
For the 1st time, sibling labels Night Slugs and Fade 2 Mind join forces to present a reissue of DAT Oven's darkside tribal banger 'Icy Lake' (1998), backed with killer re-swerves by Total Freedom, L-Vis, and DJ Rashad & NA. The original was recently rediscovered by Fade 2 Mind's LA captain Total Freedom and could hardly be a better fit for current dancefloor aesthetics with its uncannily Eski-ish hook, welting drums and tracky Chicago stabs. Also factor in that plain weird answer phone message motif and you've got a straight ace, whatever the weather. Remixing, Night Slug L-Vis 1990 knocks the… Read more
Fade To Mind flounce back to the 'floor following Kelela's 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape with two ballroom bangers by Mike Q and DJ Sliink. Up top they juggle a choppy Miss Jay vocal into staccato stabs on a strobing, acidic synthline and all-important kick/clap syncopation to technoid, haughty effect. Downtown, 'Werk'd It' blazes a trail to the centre of the 'floor with tightly edited, almost minimalist drums and stabs laced with "pussy" and "work it" stabs to drive 'em wild. Use with caution.
The hottest gang in Glasgow bang the disco-not-disco drum on a killer 3rd 12" for Optimo Music. A potent brew steeped in cosmic, no wave and industrial disco skools, this is the leanest and most infectious set of Green Door Studio recordings to date from Cassie Ojay, Laurie Pitt, Oliver Pitt, and Richard McMaster aka Golden Teacher. The taut, bristling machine funk of their masterfully controlled A-side 'Love' comes off like Liasons Dangereuses meets Factory Floor in a Chicago darkroom, whereas they sound like LCD Soundsystem's badder, buckie'd-up cousins on 'Party People' and 'S… Read more
Shawhin Izaddoost aka VVV returns with his finest material yet on this 6-track EP for Hush Hush. The sound here is heavily indebted to Burial, but the vocal arrangements provide a flash of brilliance, making this a recommended listen to those of you enamoured by those amazing Arca productions for FKA Twigs.
On this second album, husband-and-wife duo Mike Paradinas (μ-Ziq) and Lara Rix-Martin have honed their craft further and teamed up with French singer Vezelay for some supremely chill rides. The delicate synths and vocal harmonies, both positioned just so, can trace their origins to Paradinas's earlier milieu of 90s electronica, and even further back to 70s and 80s cosmicism, but they also resonate appealingly with contemporary moods in downtempo, such as those of Tory Y Moi or How To Dress Well. A work of calm and carefully engineered beauty.
Blondes return with a well-picked remix selection featuring Claro Intelecto, Function, Huerco S. and Simian Mobile Disco.
Man-machine Mike Dehnert deposits a sturdy second album for Delsin - his tenth since a 2007 debut on Fachwerk. Nine tracks, including interludes, cover a spectrum of late night house and techno styles in Mike's closely defined style, taking in shades of ghetto house, Berlin techno, New York swing and industrial strength rollers. Mastered by Neele.
Subeena Plamenova aka Alis turns out two techno trax for Fifth Wall backed with Ital and Matrixxman remixes. 'Apache' skanks and swings on an airborne techno coda buoyed by plush synth arrangement and restless percussion beside the firmly grounded acid attack of 'Modus'. On the flip, Ital turns 'Apache' inside out with a delirious flux of delays and warehouse reverbs and Matrixxman licks up the same cut with raging power surge mentasms and kinky drums.
Diffuse dancefloor workouts from Stray taking smooth D&B, Footwork jungle, Hip Hop and electronic soul music in his stride. 'Award Tour' rolls out with a nimble, sparring Footwork D&B flex, and 'Eazy Boy' leans in with a dope halfstep/Hip Hop rhythm galvanised by darkside synthline and helium vocal. 'Chatterbox' is our percy, chopping tightest drum breaks, sirens and accelerated vocals in a twitchy Footwork structure, then there's the dusty, pitching chords of 'Fragile' coming off like OPN dicing with slow/fast on an album interlude.
Kelis switches to a Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) produced glossy sixth album dripping with funk, soul, gospel and Afrobeat influences. 'Food' is the equivalent of comfort eating, heavily informed by a nostalgic impression of the music Kelis grew up with - her father was a Jazz musician - and therefore flush with "proper" instruments accompanied by some electronic embellishments just to let you know it was actually released in 2014. It revolves around an eponymous theme relating to her studies as a saucier - she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school - crowbarred into the track titles, 'Breakfas… Read more
Sinogrime badman of the moment Murlo remixes the top tune from TRC's recent Come Bring It / You & Me 12" with deliciously cutting-edge results. With only percussion and spare use of odd synth timbres veiled in close reverb needed to accompany Ruth's pristine vocal, it's both a great melodic track and a fresh bit of sound design.
Huntleys + Palmers supplement the Latin-flavoured club sounds of Auntie Flo and Alejandro Paz with this tasty tune from Carolina Paz of Santiago, Chile. Classic 80s dance-pop sounds bring out its decent hook, and a remix from South American house star Ana Helder seals the deal with technical prowess and creativity.
Following that standout debut for King Deluxe the hugely promising Evy Jane (aka Evelyn Jane Mason and Jeremiah Klein) have been snapped up by Ninja Tune, this being a first taster for what to expect.
Belgium's idiosyncratic Vlek label ventures further out with their first release of 2014; a potent suite of hypnagogic drones and keening, bittersweet ambient dissonance by Brussels-based Aymeric de Tapol. It's a welcome introduction to a new artist, for us at least, who's been releasing music since 2005. Over six tracks he calmly unfolds a personalised sound world taking in ghostly minimalism on 'Future Flute', and wistful folk-drone maybe best compared with Natural Snow Buildings in 'Lumiere D'hotel', whilst 'Soleil Levant' is a bolder construction of billowing, vaulted ambient ha… Read more
**Redux version with killer bonus cuts - including three previously unreleased tracks** This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: 'Burn Dat Boy' and 'Horns' are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G's 'Narst'. 'Torture Rack' is brutal and brilliant, beat-'em-up vocal snippets and stanked-out, dissonant synths stretched to breaking point acros… Read more
**Includes bonus track 'Virgo Cluster (The Beat Broker Remix)'** ""Virgo Cluster" by Jonas Reinhardt fuses elements of cosmic disco and krautrock into a live transcendental package, with amazing guitar work by Phil Manley (Trans Am/Life Coach), and a bonus remix by the Beat Broker (digital only). "Seven Miles Down" from London's Timothy J. Fairplay (The Asphodells) is a testament to Zombie Horror Cinema, featuring a pulsing dub-house beat that dives into cavernous sonic territory. "Guave" by PLAzA is a playful dancefloor workout, that evokes a slow acidic line and classic Chicago h… Read more
"The Peninsula’s finest purveyors of everything bass-related are back for the fourth installment of the Tax Haven EP series, featuring cuts from Geiom, Noaipre, Pacheko and Klipar. Berkane Sol label founder Geiom showcases the unpredictability that led him to sign with diverse labels such as Planet Mu, Frisfjo Beats and Skam as he gets things started on a percussive mood with 'I Don’t', a subterranean voyage through deconstructed breaks, bouncy bass and vocal chops, followed by the rolling beats and hypnotic lowend of 'Lost Monarch'*. A Coruña native and RBMA alumni Noaipre, one of the rising… Read more
"Vaghe Stelle presents the 4th release of Shabu Recordings: 6520. This EP moves away from the dancefloor and explore new horizons, moving into the fine line between listening and experimental dancefloor-oriented music. While Notti Bianche clearly takes influences from the bass music scene and Vaghe Stelle’s usual melodic synth-fest universe, 6520, I Read it in my Eyes and The Platform take a more ambient course. This EP also includes remixes by Niccolò Bianchi, who takes 6520 on a darker approach while maintaining his shoegaze-ish sounds, and by BNJMN (Rush Hour/Stolen Kisses), who delivers a more Techno take on 6520, in the spirit of his previous releases."
he Exaltics make a successful maiden voyage on Clone's West Coast Series with the introspective electro dramas of 'Some Other Place Vol.1'. Six tracks showcase the German producer's most spaced-out, cinematic tastes, from the widescreen intro thru two furtive, uptempo electro missions on the A-side to a suite of warm, alien-exotic synth themes nodding to classic library sounds, Heinrich Mueller and sci-fi soundtracks on the B-side. One for the night watchmen.
"Subsequent Materials continues in the tradition of his previous releases 2002′s Other Materials and 2008′s Further Materials (LINE_035). This digital edition is a new collection that includes out-of-print compilation tracks, soundtracks for visual pieces, unreleased works, and compositions previously only available as bonus tracks from 2006-2012. Included on this 3 hour long release are collaborative works with AGF, Taylor Deupree, Evelina Domnitch + Dmitry Gelfand, as well a rework of Autistici."