Monday, 22 September
Lee Gamble jacks directly into a latent stream of electronic wonder with his dream-like 'Koch' opus for PAN. Running to 76 minutes over 16 tracks, it's Gamble's most substantial and arguably definitive work, following the beautifully effective 'Diversions 1994-1996' and 'Dutch Tvashar Plumes' releases for PAN in 2012. Where those records deconstructed the elusive, enigmatic timbre of '90s electronic dance music - jungle, techno, ambient - 'Koch' (pron. 'Cotch' - UK slang for relax) is a sort of 'Pataphysical reflection and projection of what lies beyond; a symbolic, imaginary solution to what co… Read more
In case you hadn't noticed, the gurning genius is back in a big way with 'Syro', his first new LP since 'Drukqs' (2001). Culled from his legendary trove of recordings, it's apparently "about a fifth" of what he's done in the last 10 years, "…one album out of many possible ones", according to his interview with Rolling Stone. After a couple of whizzes thru, we'd say it lands somewhere between 'Drukqs' and the Analord series of 2005 - no real surprises there, then - leaning heavy on trademark breakbeat funk and hyper-jazzy/classical arrangements for the most, and saving one saunter into pastoral … Read more
"The eponymous debut album from Redinho is finally out on Numbers. The 15 track record, three years in the making, showcases those trademark Redinho vocal styles and the full weight of his unique production skills. Inspirations may come from the songs, synths and drum machines of 80’s Funk records and classic British Electronica but this record is very much a product of 2014."
Ahhh this one’s a real peach. Veering far from what we expected, ‘Games Have Rules’ is a brilliant late night excursion made in the spirit of classic Artificial Intelligence albums, instantly reminding us of that killer first Reaganz (Move D & Jonah Sharp) album from ’94 with it’s atmospheric soundscaping and nods to John Carpenter. In fact it’s not all that removed from the better end of the Fax/Rather Interesting catalogue - especially those Atom Heart/Namlook collabs that seemed to go on forever and soundtracked many a late night back in the mid 90’s. Fittingly, the a… Read more
Soaring new age electronica from Londoner Jo Johnson - a co-organiser of the Bleep43 club/label and former guitarist for riot grrl act, Huggy Bear. Taking flight on Seattle's Further Records, 'Weaving' pays tribute to myriad composers, from Alice Coltrane to Laurie Spiegel and arch minimalists, Steve Reich and Terry Riley, whilst also informed by an anthropological theory stating that musical ability predates language in humans. With that in mind, 'Weaving' works thru a starategy of ostensibly simple/primordial, and acutely mesmerising moiré patterns that unfold across the sound-field with l… Read more
Tempa Allstars Vol.7 represents a widening and readjustment of UK dread/bass space with a mixture of new halfstep and cyber/tribal aesthetics. Keysound hero Wen defines the new sound with the gutted grime-techno sound designs of 'Push Back', where Alex Coulton and Batu follow suit with a palette of tribal drums and cyber-dub dread also at 130bpm - Batu's 'Ghosted' is a big one for Beneath fans. The rest of the session tends towards subtle mutations of the halfstep genome, from Innasound's Loefah-style loper 'Step Fourth' and the tectonic shockwaves in Perverse's "Jacobin', to the biting electric edge of 'Jacobin' from Perverse.
Ahhh, Tin Man returns to vocal house with inimitable style on 'Ode' for LA's Absurd Recordings. Split roughly 50/50 between vocal cuts and their instrumental versions, the album is a return to the Tin Man sound we fell hard for with the 'Wasteland' and 'Cool Wave' mini-LPs, only this time driven by much tougher kicks. Few artists operating in the house/techno realm manage to juice as much emotion and atmosphere as this guy, and 'Ode' is a prime case in point, from the exquisite reverbs, elegant acid lines and poised, opiated vocals of 'No New Violence', thru the gorgeous warehouse impressionism of '… Read more
Fiercely disciplined debut from Japan's Ueno Masaaki, presenting the 7th edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. In four concise pieces, Masaaki articulates a unique style of techno apparently taking "his musical cue from natural phenomena and the laws of nature", and manifest in a chain reaction of hyper-ventilating rhythm and shifting percussive tone. In some respects, his minimalist efficiency and the evolution of his rhythms strongly remind of productions by Hungary's Gábor Lázár and Rotherham's Mark Fell, but the difference lies in his taste for saltier, scuffed drum hits a… Read more
Featuring exclusive tracks from Lee Gamble, Inga Copeland, DJ Earl, Borys, among many others, Hyperdub parse their ambient elements in the wake of dancefloor and sing-a-long sessions. By its nature, ambient is a nebulous term, taken to mean many things by many people. Hyperdub's definition is one we can really get down with, spanning the emotional punishments of Burial's 'In McDonalds' and 'Night Bus' alongside the super-sensual romance of Cooly G's 'Trying' and the ambiguous sensations of Inga Copeland's 'I Am Your Ambient Wife', or the stirring syn-phonics of DJ Earl's 'Hexagonic Sound'.… Read more
Hot-tip, Suicideyear, bridges the gap betwixt Big Boi and Terry Riley in his debut album for Mexican Summer. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Prudhomme aka Suicideyear has crafted a gorgeously sensual, lucid hybrid of ATL trap beats and classic mid-late 20th century American minimalism, first heard in the 'Japan' mixtape, and now polished up with 'Remembrance'. We'd imagine this stuff to be like a iced-tea on the ears if heard in the humid climes of Louisiana and Florida where it was created, and equally the same on a muggy Manchester afternoon. Although we don't really d… Read more
EDMX sounds fresher than ever on the 'Wicked Drummer' EP for Berlin's Scrufix label. It's a London ting thru and thru, from nimble 2-step bubbler 'The Fizzy Track' to the boogie-house wiggle of 'No Papa', the breakbeat rave razz ov 'Wicked Drummer' and midnight electro swerve, 'Bedtime Banshee'.
A perfect candidate for L.I.E.S., Black Dice figurehead Eric Copeland follows the trajectory of his Post Present Medium and DFA sessions to some of his strongest dancefloor gear on 'Logo My Ego'. His loops are still sloppier than yer nana's sunday lunch but feel as though he's maybe given the carrots a trim especially for this platter. The five tracks bear a very similar approach to $hit & $hine's diesel-stained No wave disco (kinda kicking myself for not noticing that before), from the loose disco smut of 'Logo My Ego' and the bouncing, sweltering psych chug of 'Uncle Sams Blues' and … Read more
Jimmy Tamborello reigintes his excellent Dntel project for Leaving Records with his 'Human Voice' album, the follow-up to 'Aimlessness' for Koze's Pampa Records. Speaking from the heart, 'Human Voice' makes crafty use of kerned and pitched vocal samples to lends the whole album a unique timbre, whether he's doing flighty footwork rhythms ('If I Stay A Minute'), plinky plonky electronica ('Bike Path'), iridescent electro ('Connections') or cottony trance ('Ashby').
Liminal Sounds follow that deadly Air Max '97 plate with three grimy jungle and R&B mutations by Berlin's She's Drunk. 'Talk To Them' strikes out with a taut fusion of grimy bass pressure and split jungle breaks alloyed in airborne structures; flipside drops the quickstepping ragga wine-up 'The Wild Yard', and something a lickle more unique with the Mariah Carey cut-up, 'Mariah Believes'.
NTS's Throwing Shade dance between kosmische jack and arabesque electronica for Happy Skull, the label run by Bristol house 'slebs The Kelly Twins. Infected with a mutant, spooling techno remix from Kowton, the original tracks flit from piquant melodies and spaced out teutonic chords to warehouse jack in 'Chancer' and onto the ornate, poised drum programming and chiming psilocybic sequence of 'Blanx'.
A subtly evolving 45 minute piece by Thomas Köner and Jana Widneren recorded live from the cloisters at Evreux Cathedral, Normandy, France by Franck Dubois, mastered by Köner. Bird calls, swelling organ resonance and the sound of passing voices unfold across a richly detailed sound-field that seems to morph like some metaphysical presence.
Violet Poison is the dark, enigmatic and esoteric side-project of Francesco Baudazzi, already known as Obtane, co-owner with Giorgio Gigli of the defunct techno label Zooloft. The new project is focused on analogue proto-techno with influences from 70’s Italian progressive bands like Goblin or OST composers like Fabio Frizzi and earlier Downwards records from 1994-1995. Check his debut full lenght on HAR, after the releases for Vatican Shadow’s label (Bed of Nails), for his own label Violet Poison, for Repitch Recordings and a remix for Frozen Border.
"A “northern soul” style compilation is just the latest Numbero product to bootleg the extensive Numero catalog… a label you may have heard mentioned through clenched teeth concerning our preference for “replicating” original 45s, rather than splashing them with shite contemporary design. This is a peace offering: a compilation of both talc-covered classics and unheard floor-fillers. What better way to reintroduce our fledgling concern to the UK than by playing straight to the middle? It is the Numbero way. Some, like Walter & the Admerations’ “Man Oh Man,” Lou Ragland’s “I Travel A… Read more
A relative veteran of Northern Line, More 2 Da Floor and Butterz skips back 2 Bristol's outstanding Crazylegs label/event. 'Closer' pivots on that lip-biting-point between metallic funk futurism and feminine pressure with slickest production and a real ear-worming vocal from Lily McKenzie.
“Sun Ra said he came from Saturn, because white America treated him like an alien, like a creature from outer space, so he became one, an anarcho‐emperor of the fantastic, who made it to the moon before America or Russia, because the moon was nowhere near as far out as he could really go.“ Paul Morley Strut and Art Yard join forces for a special release to mark what would have been Sun Ra’s 100th birthday with ’In The Orbit Of Ra’, a new collection curated by the longest serving member of the Arkestra and current bandleader, Marshall Alle… Read more
**Edition of 300** Hyper-fresh electronica from John Flynn aka Spaces, on London's Warp-affiliated Bleep label. After first appearing in Bleep's 2012 round-up, he debuts proper with four tracks clearly indebted to Mark Fell or Autechre, and comparable, to an extent, with the productions of Holly Herndon or Gábor Lázár. Lead cut, 'Apologies' is a deft, forward exercise in slippery, metallic electro, syncopating hiccuping vox and flash stabs seared with darkside Reese bass in a style explored to different degrees in the slower swagger of 'Outside In', and the punchy swing of 'Lever' with it's Fairlight… Read more
American artist, composer, essayist, Seth Cluett returns to Line with a patiently glacial follow-up to his acclaimed 'Objects Of Memory' (2011) work. Again, 'Forms of Forgetting' focusses on one of the central themes of his oeuvre, the fidelity and nature of memory, manifest over an extended electro-acoustic studio construction intended for immersed, concentrated listening with the potential to warp our perception of time and space.“It is then no longer oblivion that materiality begets, forgetting by the effacement of traces, but forgetting in terms of a reserve or a resource. Fo… Read more
Church's altar boy, Seb Wildblood comes with a diverse follow-up to his Madtech single. A-side finds the low-slung, lo-fi house of 'Hunney', the sun-dazed electro-boogie 'Come Into My House', and a crispy Edmondson remix of 'Hunney'. B-side he moves in closer with the hazy chords and percolated drums of 'Warm' beside a synth-fuelled Apes remix of the same cut, and Kommune1's artmospheric techno-house remix of 'Come Into My House'.
Ricardo Donoso simulates the intense claustrophobia and "death anxiety" of near-drowning experience in his Scuba Death mask. Essentially 'Nitrogen Narcosis' inverts the aesthetics of his humid, tropical trance recordings released on Digitalis, and more recently Denovali. Operating at between 75-100bpm - the normal resting heart rate for adults - he fathoms a mixture of stark electronic pulses and organically shifting atmospheres reflecting his childhood memories of a close call in the South Atlantic. Using field recordings made at the same place the undertow nearly robbed his life,… Read more
Another' wild one from SBTRKT, placing A$AP Ferg against schizoid backdrop of cosmic modular tweaks, tumbling jazz breaks, synths and keys reminding of El-P at his most unhinged.
On a hot streak, SBTRKT teams up with another new vocalist, Denai Moore, for the twisted, brooding R&B/UK soul of 'The Light'.
SBTRKT is flying the flag for mutant, new forms of UK dance-pop with his most recent batch for Young Turks. 'Look Away' is one of his most dramatic, compelling pieces, pitching Chairlift's Caroline Polachek against reversed piano phrases and taut, agitated trap beats with totally unique flair. A real lesson in how to skew convention with imagination.