Monday, 23 March
"Belgian DJ and producer Mugwump presents his debut album on his Subfield imprint. A nine track LP, informed by two decades as a touring DJ, producing tracks that have been played by everyone from Andrew Weatherall to Mr. Scruff. A mainstay from the Belgian club scene, on the ground in Ibiza in the early 90‘s, behind the cult Food Club in the late 90’s, now running his own Leftorium clubnight in Brussels, with releases on the Kompakt label but also on R&S, Gigolo, Cocoon, Gigolo, Eskimo, Permanent Vacation or Throne of Blood. Produced with his partner Olivier Grégoire, it also gathers a solid li… Read more
Ricardo Villalobos and Tobias. take Max Loderbauer, Claudio Puntin and Samuel Rohrer's Ambiq trio to the dancefloor. Adapting tracks from their eponymous album for Arjuna Music, Villalobos does a hypnotic tango with 'Tund', dancing around sloshing subbass and lilting, almost Moondog-styled rhythmelodies in the trippiest soundsphere, whereas Tobias. augments and rends 'Toxic Underground' to a pointillist techno pulse tunnelling thru ghostly electro-acoustic vortices. Tipped!
Mark System returns to dBridge's Exit Recordings with a pair of lean D&B aces. The ruder rolige of 'Optix' clearly and concisely nods to Matt Quinn's classic Optical productions; 'Pursuit' steps with snappier snares and desolate, finely sculpted techno atmospheres.
The Black Country's kinkiest does it with style for ESP Institute. 'Laurentian Abyss' seduces us to a slinky 5/4 coda wrapped up with milky synthlines and daubs of colourful, breezy pads for heady and bodily effect. The Nodge-y acid base of 'Emergency' sounds unusually quick by Mark's normal standards, but the layered arrangement is still measured with the sort of poise and mesmerising patience we've come to expect from his productions.
Label boss Lucy leads the fifth 12" in Stroboscopic Artefacts' five year anniversary sessions. His 'Rema Rema Canoero' is an extended, subtly proggy techno play, whereas Donato Dozzy gets downt o business with proper EBM techno thrills in 'OZ Taped' and the PvH/YdM axis of Sendai twists out the precise hydraulic swing and shuffle of 'Inverse Array'. Smart.
'Presque Rien' or 'Almost Nothing' collects four magical electro-acoustic/field recording pieces by one of the GRM's famous founding fathers. Featuring four pieces recorded and released over a period of 31 years, these collected works offer a telescopic cross-section of Ferrari's far-reaching oeuvre, ranging from the subtly faithful, non-diegetic documentation of a Dalmation fishing village waking on 'Presque Rien nº1' (1967-70) to the altered reality of nocturnal field recordings meshed with ultra-fine electro-acoustic processing and his hushed commentary in the more dramatic compositi… Read more
New album of affected electro-pop homage to classic Factory Records, by Manchester-hailing Lonelady for Warp Records.
Kink caters to Running Back's sexier aesthetics with four stylish party aces. He does that brooding Carl Craig or Redshape-style synth sound with the hunky 'Cloud Generator', and brighter, MDMA-triggering chord in the sweeter rave sound of 'Diversion', while the elegant acid of 'Pocket Piano' comes in stripped-down, melodic 4/4 version reminding of Pye Corner Audio, and a spunky breakbeat mix harking back to early AFX and Warp styles.
Talabot's !K7 mix exclusive, 'Without You' now teamed with sweet remixes by Melchior Productions, Oskar Offerman and Mistakes Are Okay. The original's blue Balearic chug is rent as an effortlessly supple, psychedelic tech-house play by Melchior Productions, whereas Offerman prefers a low-lit, late night house sound, and Mistakes Are Okay take it to Midnight with chiming marimbas and ghostly chorales.
The vital Recollections GRM series yields some of its finest treasures yet from the Paris archive with three iconic, prototypical pieces of computer music by Jean Claude Risset. It's notable not least for the first vinyl pressing of the amazing electro-acoustic sonorities in 'Sud' (1985), but also two very early pieces recorded between 1968-69, marking some of the very first significant instances of computers used in the creation of sound itself, with 'Computer Suite From Little Boy' featuring sounds synthesised using the Music V program whilst working with Max Mathews at … Read more
Melancholic techno moods from James Kumo, who was last spotted on Dan Curtin's Metamorphic Recordings. 'Believe' appears in two mixes; a driving but atmospheric original, and subtly faded mix bringing the subs forward to warmer effect.
Recollections GRM present two major works by Croatian-born, Paris-based composer, Ivo Malec, on their crucial reissue series. Originally issued on INA-GREM in 1978, 'Triola' and 'Bizarra' are challenging works of electro-acoustic abstraction conducted by steady hand to articulate a steely, cold and individual vision of sonic possibility. As an early member of the Groupe de musique concrète since 1959 alongside Pierre Schaeffer, Malec also honed his technical skills at the research services of of the french national broadcasters, ORTF prior to realising these works. Co… Read more
Superlative dark disco plays by a new, Frankfurt-based duo, backed with straighter remixes by C.P.I., Willie Burns and Cliff Lothar. The originals are both pretty special, working a palette of brooding doom voices and creepy neo-classical motifs around the slouchiest, stumbling triplets and head-turning vocals. 'Talking About Talking' comes off like a long lost dustbowl waltz between Cosey Fanni Tutti and Jhonn Balance, whilst 'Blackbird' really gets under the skin with frayed, smacky drums and exquisitely layered synths hinting at some kinda Goblin/Carpenter chimera. The remixes re-tune them for mor… Read more
Ilyas Ahmed really finds his voice in th captivating songs of 'I Am All Your Own', his first solo album since 'With Endless Fire' (2012). Rather than his usual instrumental arrangements, or the wordless poems of his Visitor duo-mate, Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper, the Ahmed's dreamy, folk-tinged vocals are front and centre against wide, plush backdrops of his multi-tracked acoustic and electric strings blown out like some Fripp & Eno or Lawrence English composition. "Written and recorded entirely on 12-string and electric guitars, I Am All Your Own was recorded using a 4-track cassett… Read more
Recollections GRM collect four pieces by one of the 20th century's most important avant-garde musicians and thinkers for one of their most anticipated editions: Iannis Xenakis' 'GRM Works 1957-1962'. Xennakis co-founded the GRM in 1958 (the same year he designed the Philips Pavilion for the Brussels World Fair) and created a peerless body of work uniting studies in mathematics, architecture, engineering and musical theory/composition, pushing the boundaries of new music in the post-war years and pioneering the use of computers in music. His four pieces here are genuinely remar… Read more
**Another remarkable reissue from the hallowed GRM (Groupe de Recherche Musciales) archive in Paris - home to some of the world's most fascinating, advanced electronic music research. The 2nd GRM Recollection was realised in 1974 and 1976 by Guy Reibel (1936, Strasbourg, France), the first assistant to Pierre Schaeffer during his electroacoustic composition courses at the Conservatoire de Paris and a member of GRM from 1963 to 1983. Strongly recommended!** "Franges du Signe (1974): Franges du Signe, the third part of an electroacoustic triptych completed in 1973… Read more
Another breathtaking Recollection GRM release: Francois Bayle's acousmatic masterpiece, 'L'Expérience Acoustique', presented in its entirety on vinyl for the first time. Realised between 1966-1972 using the best technology available at the time, this 2 hour opus "investigates the true nature of the listening process itself" according to the GRM's Christian Zanési & François Bonnet. It's an investigation of acoustic sound at its purest levels and borders on psychedelic in effect. Chopping material from the world around him, manipulating it and juxtaposing against other, unl… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP** Premo beat breaker fLako presents a sterling 3rd album and magnum opus with 'Natureboy' for UK's Five Easy Pieces. Where many in the beat scene can tend to twiddle off into jazzy frippery, fLako defines a filigree balance of restraint and technical innovation with jazz-wise expression, meshing slick, tensile electronics nodding to footwork, grime and lush 4th world ambient tones with grid-skipping drum patterns and feathered instrumental touches.
The original, hugely influential '138 Trek' (1999) comes round again for a defintive digital version. Includes the technoid UK party bounce of the original, plus the tickier VIP, vocal version with GQ, and a darkside Zed Bias remix. Anthem.
Fracking heavy techno from the smart duo of DJ Deep and Roman Poncet. Straight-up club constricts for the DJs, building a right head on it with the unrelenting kicks and rasping shuffle of 'Hydraulic Jack' up top, and to tenser degrees with the jagged slam of 'Hydraulic Pump', whereas 'Artesian Well' hydroplanes beat-less.
Brooklyn's Denetia & Sene debut on Rinse with a curious pop hybrid of thumping slow disco and gothic R&B.
Forward-facing but classically-styled disco house budge from London's Dauwd. Refreshing timeless templates with nimble flair, he grooves between dope and lush Detroit-meets-London filter-house techniques in 'Jupiter George' to the low-slung and supple jazz shuffle of 'Ritter Sport', and intimately soulful broken beat house with 'Take Four'.
Hyper-funky chops from Austria's Cid Rim, loaded with a sweetly unhinged remix by Jameszoo. Check out 'Charge' or 'Kano' for Hud Mo/Rustie-styled future funk blaze, or the remix for kinkier, stranger, unpredictable thrills.
Patented deep house styles from Hamburg's Christopher Rau ov Smallville. Taking a trip out for Office Records here, he deals a superb slice of Sprinkles style body hypnotics with the nine minute 'Mehris Groove' plus some STL-alike jazz-house grit in 'Broke', and the faded ambient hosue designs of 'Im Sumpf' for dessert.
"Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic-era chamber music as today's addictive pop. Gestures from rap, ambient, easy listening and th… Read more
**Flac format for this release contains 24 / 48 kHz bit audio** Lovely lower case ambient guitar pieces and sweeping, cinematic neo-classical statements from Michael Krasner's Boxhead Ensemble.
Mannequin task Ancient Methods to remix/re-edit a Bourbonese Qualk classic with superb results. The all-too-brief original version of industrial proto-techno kicks and haunting atmosphere laced with an end-of-tether vocal is handily extended to twice the length in AM's faithful edit, before they really get to work on the remix with added Burroughs samples supplementing their whirring teutonic techno efficiency and clarity. Quite seriously, nobody else makes us want to dance quite like Ancient Methods.
Editions Mego's unarchiving of the unparalleled INA GRM catalogue reaches a momentous double header by Bernard Parmegiani - one of the 20th century's most revered and important electro-acoustic composers. Born 1927, Parmegiani started as a sound engineer for French TV in the early '50s, establishing a connection between sound and vision which he would explore to the deepest degrees after joining Pierre Schaeffer's Groupe de recherches musicales in 1959 for a two year masterclass. With his first works composed in 1962 and released in 1969, he essentially headed up t… Read more