Friday, 28 August
Stone cold killer right here - is this the closest we're gonna get to hear Zomby's Eski gear?
Weighty one-off from Kevin Martin, going hard in the wake of his 'Angles & Devils' LP. 'Zim Zim Zim' packs a barking performance from dancehall OG Burro Banton over depth-charge subs, parched drums and heatsick electronics, farther explored in the arid, warehouse-shocking 'Zim Version'. Heavy.
Outstanding dub-techno-skronk mutations from Beatrice Dillon, furnishing Where To Now? with her 2nd solo release after a string of acclaimed mixes and collaborations. With 'Face A/B' she pursues the more dubbed-out and technoid angles of the 'Blues Dance' session into crankier, stranger corners of the echo chamber in her own sort of uchronic parallel dimensions. 'Face A' is fired for the 'floor with her patented mix of tactility and abstraction, swirling Verity Susman's salty sax bleats around a stepping M-series dub base and swarming electronics with hypnotic sleight of hand and gyrosc… Read more
Dope and grimy London soul and electronic mutations from the mind of DVA and pals. His first outing since 2013 kicks off with the unstable electro-jazz hybrid, 'Allyallrecords' featuring reserved 808 contribution by Addison Groove, and goes on to stroke the R&B beauty, 'Pink22' featuring Clara la San, next to squirrelly, staggered collage oddness of 'Spoonbender' with Mickey Pearce and the pitching, Gqompatible solo mission, 'Perxoflyf'.
Tiger's Milk Records and Strut perfectly plug a gap in our collective knowledge with this unparalleled set of bass-heavy bleeps and bumps from modern day Peru. Focussed on a handful of like-minded artists from the capital city, Lima - Dengue Dengue, Tribilin Sound, Deltatron, Animal Chuki and Chakruna a.o. - it rotates 16 fresh and unique productions fusing traditional, native cumbia grooves with new sounds and structures adopted from dubstep, techno and electronica. Whilst their sound bears up to obvious comparisons with everything from… Read more
Dubstep's strongest torch-carriers rally together on a crushing three-way mission for Deep Medi. Over the past half decade all three producers, Commodo, Kahn and Gantz have emerged as stalwarts of the 140bpm sound under custodianship of Mala and also for a bunch of the scene's most interesting, boundary-pushing labels. With their forces combined in this LP they frame the 2015 sound at its most far-flung and darkly engaging with a mix of mystic, textured samples and precision production yielding six overlarge, mutant creations. On the 1st disc you'll find the noir collages of 'AMK' wi… Read more
Kelpe's 5th album unpackages a hazy mirage of radiophonic boogie electronics and percussive tribal house in signature, colourful fashion. Check it out for highlights in the Thom Yorke-meets Modeselektor styles of 'Doubles of Everything'; the trippy tribal dub of 'Drums for Special Effects'; and the proggy, bittersweet Caribou compatibility of 'Canjealous'.
"Minecraft Volume Alpha, the first instalment of a two-part OST, is the work of German composer and musician Daniel Rosenfeld. Using C418 as his moniker, Rosenfeld crafted the sweeping soundtrack and vibrant sound design which helped breathe life into Minecraft's voxel-based universe. Fans and critics were universally enamored with his beatless, nuanced electronic pieces upon release. Popular gaming site Kotaku named it among The Best Game Music of 2011, calling the music "remarkably soothing," and The Guardian has compared Rosenfeld's delicate piano and sparse ambient motifs to lege… Read more
**An emotionally tortuous suite of seamlessly arranged ambient electronics, 4th world instrumentals and sweeping synth music. Hands-down the best 1080p release to date. RIYL Elysia Crampton, Alessandro Cortini, T C F** "“Ikea stores next to huge burnt out shipping warehouses, squats next to Whole Foods, Artisan flower shops with dead dogs outside. Litter on the breeze and foghorns blowing across the water. Sirens, porn stores, storage, prisons, dogs barking, carparks, fast food, highways, burnt out massage parlors, old tires, wire fences, empty buildings, bus depots, raw sewage flowing." … Read more
Rrose serves the DJs and dancers what they want with another descent into deepest experimental techno zones. Following a fallow few years, this has been a productive annum for the masked producer from the American West Coast, pursuing the esoteric exercise of 'Having Never Written A Note For Percussion', and the danceflkoor drills of 'For Acquantice' with five tracks purified and uncannily hypnotic number scanning slow techno in 'Adrift' along with the screwball bleep techno of 'Purge' and bloody minded abstraction of 'Curl'.
Houndstooth rope in a class selection of turns to rework 18+'s 'Trust' album for the bedroom and the 'floor. Suicieyear casts a Palmistry-like dancehall spell over 'Cake'; Mr. Mitch really impresses with two trippin' mixes of 'Nectar' - an oily, grimy 'Lights Off' grine, and a haunting, slo-mo 'Lights On' ace; Príncipe's Tia Maria Produções rub it up for the best Lisbon dances and beyond; Puerto Rican rapper Audri Nix asserts her own vocal on 'Crow' with strong flow.
**Barbara meets Lucrecia Dalt, Robert Lippok, and Schneider TM** "Barbara Morgenstern follows her 2012 English-language album Sweet Silence (MONIKA 074CD) with Doppelstern (Double Star), featuring 13 collaborations, each created in a different studio. This pre-album EP includes "Übermorgen (Extended)," which features a vocal duet with Justus Köhncke, who first suggested the double star concept to Morgenstern; Robert Lippok, with whom Morgenstern has crossed paths on numerous occasions, appears on the electronic instrumental "Scrambler (Extended)"; "Gleich ist gleicher als gleich" took … Read more
Superb, charming EP of wistful and dreamy house fuzz, fresh outta Belgium. Working in orbit of Dresvn and the Acido crew or Pye Corner Audio, he swills wet electronics and pink-hued, gaseous pads in the Mr Soft swagger of 'Floor' and cuts deeper with the rounded yet scratchy groove called 'Liquide' that's loaded with lush, breathy synth voices. 'Pollution' is a delightfully coy and effervescent bit of ambient house, and 'Story' brings this chapter to a close with wheezing electronics and Crépuscular guitar strums. Tip!
Fresh from celebrating their 30th anniversary together, Yo La Tengo release their new album. "The trio of Ira Kaplan (acoustic guitar), Georgia Hubley (drums) and James McNew (upright bass) now return as a quartet, reuniting with former member Dave Schramm on electric guitar as they revisit the original concept of their beloved Fakebook (a mix of cover songs, “covers” of Yo La Tengo songs, and brand new originals) on its 25th anniversary." Features covers of The Cure, Thye Parliaments, Hank Williams, The Lovinb' Spoonful...
Dusky, wistful downstrokes from a dude in disguise, Diego Herrera a.k.a. Suzanne Kraft. Breezing in on Jonny Nash's melody As Truth label, 'Talk From Home' renders a beautifully intimate and melancholic vibe in seven lolling pieces showcasing the L.A.-based Kraft's tender blue side, as opposed to his mid-tempo chug-offs on Running Back, or deep house as Dude Energy. They were all written and recorded between his home city's Café Ale and his home studio, making a sublime play between languorous guitar licks, heat-hazy synth chords and the gentle patter of dubbed drum machines, all su… Read more
Davis Jr sounds like the illegitimate child of Mr. De and Moodymann in Try Me (I'll Funk You)', reworked with acres of space and spiralling synthetic funk in the Mono/Poly remix.
**A reminder of the purified techno excellence and electro-acoustic menace of Emptyset's 2009 debut album**Uncompromising minimalism from the Bristol underground courtesy of Emptyset and their long-awaited debut full-length. The duo have been exploring brutally reduced techno styles over the course of three 12"s for Caravan and Future Days since 2007, aligning the bass heavy sound of their Bristol heritage with the streamlined and linear structures of Berlin's Sleeparchive or Marcel Dettmann. For their self titled release they've extended the concept to a full album, allowing themselves to mov… Read more
The icy machine maiden reveals a 2nd cut from her 'Discreet Desires' album. 'Spur' nods to classic Murder Capital, Bunker, SCSI-AV styles.
The arch avant-pop genius returns to a song from her 'Live Recordings' (NNA Tapes, 2010) for the eagerly anticipated 'Have You In My Wilderness' LP. The obfuscated original is illuminated with harmonised vox and lush production to reveal something close to a lost Yoko and John song. This will float a lot of boats.
Addendum to the '2011 Until 2014' set, Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Percussions offers the brooding yet piquant kosmiche techno progressions of 'Digital Arpeggios'. Now available to download for the first time.
Shane English comes with slew of slo-mo industrial crushers for the excellent Unknown Precept label. Wall-to-wall filth in six gut-punching and petrifying parts, cranking from the sprung low-riders mechanics of 'Silent Coup' to manhandled industrial ambience in 'X (For Gray)' via the storage tank clangour of 'Retrograde' to effluent Low Jack styles in 'Am I That', and a swell of claggy bass lacerated with ice-pick snares in 'Negativ'.
The 1st of two best-of, multi-artist compilations from Jamal Moss's Mathematics label. Disc 1 takes in jazzy house from IFM, classic boogie wiggle by Bon Voyage, and electro from Echo 106. Disc 2 spans classy electro-house from Joe Drive, slick Chi-Troit gear from the 'pool by John Heckle, and Marcello Napoletano's slamming 'Space Voodoo'.
**Massive-sounding homage to late '80s stadium pop and shoegaze romance** "Time and changes distance Tamaryn’s Cranekiss from her earlier efforts, and for that matter, from everyone else’s. Time, by way of the long period spent crafting this material, both on her own and with Weekend’s Shaun Durkan, who with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Violens, Lansing-Dreiden), make up the creative team behind Cranekiss. Changes, by relocating across the country from San Francisco to New York City, by expanding the approach taken on her two previous albums (2010’s The Waves and 2012’s Tender New Signs), by makin… Read more
Eddie Ruscha receives a lush rub-down from his L.A. peers and favoured artists. Suzanne Kraft rolls 'Afrobotics' with extra subs and proggy tribali vibes; Nite Jewel producer Cole M.G.N. a.k.a. The Samps drenches 'Shockers' in lysergic tropical synth juice; Disco edit mastermind Tom Noble turns 'Underdogs' on a boogie pivot; Cameron Stallones (Sun Araw) a.k.a. Aristocrat P. Child edits 'Roll' with colourfully frayed and messy chops.
Debut EP of deeper Berlin techno by the newest addition to Marcel Dettmann's MDR label. After contributions to Dettmann's Fabric 77 mix and MDR 14.1, Ford proves dab hand at ghostly suspense with 'Arco Pitcairn', and tests out finer mix of rugged groove and floating atmospheres with 'Lidya Birkett' and the slinky gait of 'Rjiyen Orandin'.
Progression sees off his 2nd release with Blueprint Limited, marking his solo debut in style with four welting bangers. We're most partial to the mesmerising bleeps and bruising kicks of A1 and the powerful, insectoid industrialism of B1.
"Zefan Sramek plays Precipitation for a second time with Meditations on the Self and the Other. The four tracks are equally mesmerising. A1's fragile synths dancing under, above and around an insistent monologue that's far too easy to lose yourself in. B1 borrows from the same airy palette, introducing a small-but-confident drumbeat that preps us real nice like for the albums most energetic offering, the muted acid boogie of B2. Finally we're given a heartbreaking send off by B3's delicate, winding synths, it's voice cracking with emotion as it drifts off int… Read more