Monday, 06 July
"Italian Records return with another retro-futuristic step through its kult 80’s catalog. In the late 70’s Gaznevada had been one of the most relevant Italian Punk-Wave Bands coming to light from the Italian underground scene. In 1982 with I.C. Love Affair Gaznevada moved from post-punk to new-wave pop; and this tune is, without any doubt, considered as a proto-house anthem. For this 2015 release Italian Records include reconstructions by I-Robots and Giangi Cappai, the already well know Munk Edit and finally the David DePino edit."
Modulating dub techno reductions from Markus Suckut for Horizontal Ground. Three studies in the art of optimised efficiency ranging from rugged, virulent synthlines weirdly reminding of a tuffened 'Typerope' on the front to dry, DIN-style halfstep techno and Dettmann-esque DJ tools on the flip.
Monday, 29 June
'The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now' is the staggering debut album by Oliver Perryman a.k.a. FIS. In pursuit of a sound ecology reflecting the complex dynamics of nature thru electronic music, FIS' un-quantised, texturally abstract compositions have practically ripped the rug from beneath the feet of D&B, techno and ambient music to leave them spinning in gyroscopic hyperspace. Now, after a series of cultishly acclaimed singles for Samurai Horo, Exit and Tri Angle, a.o., he atomises that aesthetic to exhilarating and utterly arresting new levels, leaving the dancefloor and bedro… Read more
Hyperdub pull out a posthumous collection of unreleased DJ Rashad bangers. All tried and tested in the circle, they get wild in a variety of styles, from the discofied DJ Spinn hook-up, 'CCP2', and the soul-belting burn of 'Vause I Know U Feel' with Gant-Man, to the strobing Footwork hyper-funk of 'Ya Hot', feat. Taso, and the virulent blend of trapped siren stabs, palpitating subs and darkside D&B-style synth lashes in 'Do Not Fuck With', which could well be one of the most FWD, unique footwork cuts we've heard, no messing. R.I.P. Rashad.
RP Boo, the OG source of all things Chicago footwork, comes correct with a killer 2nd solo album for Planet Mu. 'Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints' is an armoury of battle trax for the 'floor, delivered with a conviction and density of energy that's impossible to ignore if you're into electronic dance music or the lineage of Afro-American sonics. As with its predecessor, 'Legacy', this album is a showcase of RP Boo's finely-honed dancer's instinct and incisive sampling technique, using uniquely fractured motifs and complex repetitions to reconfigure our physiology, so firmly … Read more
*2015 reissue on Magic Wire* Deriving its name from a lost, mythical continent, Lemurian has little to do with lost undersea cities and the like, although there is something ever so slightly fantastical about these heavily compressed instrumental hip hop productions and their evocative song titles: 'Lens Flare Lagoon' conjures up the glistening, watery effect suggested by its name, and 'Buried Coral Banks' has a Boards Of Canada-meets-Jacques Cousteau feel that's hard not to love. Incongruous with all this, interlude tracks like the gratuitous '80s soul sampling of 'Green Sea Pageant'… Read more
Like bloody buses, you don't get a new Nico Jaar for four years and then two come in the space of months! 'Nymphs Vol.III' yields a pair of subtly emotive cuts for the 'floor and home, with 'Swim' sharing 13 minutes of tousled tech-house melancholy and 'Mistress' 'fessing an richly evocative and warped solo piano vignette pulling on the auld 'art-strings.
Badboy Beneath rolls out his most substantial collection for a while with 'Shlocky' for Berceuse Heroique. His follow-up to the 'Vobes EP' [PAN, 2014] delivers 4 pressurised, shoulder-barging rollers cherry-picking from the last 25 years of rave music and updating its essence with an austere sense of modernism. In '50/50' he comes off like early '90s Shiver clashing late '90s Optical, whilst the crushed swagger of 'Freeze' feels like Digital doing UKF. In the crushed swagger of 'Soho' he spend nearly eight minutes exploring the crankiest syncopation of ruddy dancehall and dread techno tones, bef… Read more
Manchester's Walton consolidates grime, techno and dubstep frames in a taut collection for Tectonic. Last spotted on a trio of 12"s for Hyperdub, he remains true to a mutant 130bpm stylein the 'Bulldoze' EP, throwing down the icy strings and whirring worksite percussion of 'Wrench' beside the ruffneck bongos and wheezing grime melodies of 'Flute Riddim' up top, whilst B-side brings a killer sound synching pirate radio barks with EBM-strength drums and massive subs, and 'L.E.A.N.' comes off like some Chiraq drill infused with roadwise UK flex. Cold and deadly.
Nonplus trigger a keenly awaited series of Source Direct remasters + remixes with their Hokusai killer, 'Black Rose' (1996), reworked by Blawan. This is truly momentous stuff, illuminating a pivotal pinnacle of '90s dance music for a new generation whilst also providing fresh, state-of-the-art context thru modern scenes. Beloved of everyone from Kode 9 to Nonplus+'s infamous boss, Boddika, the original 'Black Rose' is an unparalleled blueprint for mid '90s jungle, a 'marish phantasia of slashing strings, bowel-spilling Reese bass and ouroboros-like breakbeats chasing their… Read more
Panda Bear collects remixes by Andy Stott, PC Music's Danny L Harle, DJ Marfox, Container and Pete Rock.
Berlin's Sleeparchive furnishes Mord with four cuts of prime bleep techno. No messing about here - it's pure techno - stoking the club with perfectly paced ice-drip bleeps and thundering momentum in the first track, beside a body-scanning 2nd part, and absolutely slaying us with the psychotomimetic cadence and raw noise stabs of the 3rd cut, before locking in the deliquescent chimes and guttural bass jabs of the 4th track.
The Room Below blends classic Chicago and Detroit strains to make their own rich blend of experimental house for DBA. Up top, Henry Keen a.k.a. the CDR regular and Gilles Peterson-favoured Soundspecies and The Room Below welcomes us in with the conscious sampling and shimmering mid-tempo move, 'Trusted', beside the pastoral acid house of 'Rainy Friday'. Down below, it gets freakier with the frayed blips and and salty, splashing drums of 'Mad Energy' and a bit-crushed samba buzz entitled, 'Freedom'.
N.M.O.'s electronic half, Rubén Patiño, flies solo on Anòmia with a batch of "impulsive edits realized in trains, airports, buses, living rooms, public libraries and temporary bedrooms in Western Europe." Birthed from a series of recordings made at the Danish Institute of Electronic Music in Aarhus, 2009, the results were initially abandoned, left to marinate since 2009, and are now mercifully retrieved for your entertainment. As you'd hope and expect from Pato, they're cerebral but cheeky pieces, existing in a lineage of skewed avant-garde research and practice twisting betwee… Read more
A natural album artist, Boris Bunnik a.k.a. Conforce returns to Delsin with the latest findings from his new Rotterdam lab. Ironically enough, considering he's moved from a coastal island to the city, 'Presentism' feels more pastoral, fluid than previous transmissions. Covering a silty spectrum of styles below the surface of Detroit techno-electro and A.I. electronica, he motions an ambiguous sound shot thru with a positive, almost joyful light between the astral synth voices and machine patter of 'Artefact from a Higher Dimension' to the wistful Martyian beach tones of 'Monomorphic' and ageless ambience of 'Predictive Flow'.
Clipped electro-house from Rob Clouth on his return to Leisure System, backed with Kowton and Vessels remixes. The original makes great use of a convulsive, dubstep-style toad tone wrapped to a swaggering IDM-boogie groove. Kowton's remix ruffs up the drums and spikes the atmospheres to lush, prickling effect, and Vessels (note the extra 's') knead the same elemebnts into a whirring tech-house wormhole.
Welting techno deviation from SP-X on the 2nd of 3 'Moving Through Mirrors' volumes. The whip-sharp ballstics of 'Out of the Trap' are primed to drive bodies wild with barrelling kicks and slashing synths that cut thru the mix with hydraulick warp effect. 'Spectrum Drift' works to a more even, rumbling keel offset with sandpaper claps and flying razor hi-hats.