Monday, 21 April
Sublimely hypnotic house from SUED character SVN and Gothenburg's Porn Sword Tobacco. It's a masterclass of locked-in and reduced house music, pairing supple bass pulses with gorgeous Badalamenti-style chords on the A-side and remerging flipside with a more kinetic, dubwise acid groover.
Wicked Bass follow aces from Innershades, Parris Mitchell and Huerco S with four diverse trax ranging from hazy techno to deviant disco by PhOtOmachine. A-side kicks up the swaggering techno rolige of 'Black Motorcycle' and the heads-down, metallic thump of 'Good News Bad Dope', whilst flipside switches tack to coked-up electro-boogie swing with 'Zapp (Fantasy Version)' and the Thriller-style boogie edit of 'Special Luv' with a its seriously ear-worming vocal loop.
Fresh from the Punch Drunk crew, the Idle Hands imprint delivers undercover operations from one of Bristol's finest on the label's debut release. The A-side rolls out the heavy dub-swingers vibe in brilliant style, laying pressure on techno-steppers subs and Berlin-influenced chords set at strolling tempo somewhere between techno and dubstep. On the flipside, the unnamed producer takes a different route to the dancefloor with a killer future-dub aesthetic. A tightly chopped and looped reggae-guitar is sequenced into hypnotic techno patterns over luscious subbass and pen-on-glass percussion for o… Read more
"Otto von Schirach drops another comic book of downright Miami bass, err ... a new EP on Monkeytown. This record has such a strong viusal content, that even when listening to it on bad speakers you will hallucinate pictures of parrots, birds of paradise and other likewise vivid tropical creatures. Miami's supermeng mixes beautifully scuplted bass drums with classical 808 hihats to shape this crazy sound on top of which he raps and sings in his very own interpretetation of Spanglish. It sounds like Sancho Panza with Goldchains on a beach with lots of girls, dinosaurs and… Read more
Italy's excellent Mannequin Records charge up two electrifying coldwave/EBM studio demos by Musumeci recorded 1985, and now backed with a must-have Traxx edit of 'Tag Für Tag'. The demos take no prisoners, bowling between deranged yelps galvanised by lip-bitingly hard and brittle machine groove to a spikier, more melodic variant sparked with barking vox and fizzing electro-stepper pulses. Ask us though, we'll tell you Traxx's edit is the one; a driving EBM number shackled to toiling kick and detuned, sour synth motif prone to wickedly slip in-and-out of time. Tip!
"Mirage is the project of Robin Nydal, a 19-year old Los Angeles native who began putting his recordings on Bandcamp earlier this year. "Blood For The Return" is the first collection of his songs. He's been labelled as a "soft-prog impresario" for the scrappy yet highly intricate compositions that weave between solo recordings and collaborations with guest musicians. The instrumentation sidesteps that of the traditional guitar/bass/drums rock band and includes piano, cello, viola, violin, oboe, and timpanis. Ari Balouzian's lush arrangements of these orchestral elements throughout the… Read more
Sub-100bpm cosmic disco drug chug from Southern Italy via Glasgow with love. Michele Mininni's debut release yields four buoyant electronic grooves distilling elements of kraut, post rock, new wave and disco with a romantic vision of the dancefloor. 'Tupelo Love' is a sub 100bpm cosmic trancer while Telekomdisko raises the tempo and heads off into sun drenched space territory. The EP is completed by Michele's fellow countrymen, Boot & Tax's great acid inflected remix of 'Tupolev Love'.
MJC marks the next big step in her flourishing catalogue with a signature mix of deep and techy house for Fabric 75. Since the late naughties, the London-based British-Japanese producer has been at least partly responsible for a sub-mainstream swing towards fresh, raw house music with a classic integrity. This mix showcases where she's at right now, blending mature house grooves with party-time peakers in seamless style. Over 17 tracks she wends a way from Trus'me's 'Somebody' to Fran Von Vie's trancy synth-pop piece 'Lonely Nights' via her own edits of KSKY's 'Madness' … Read more
Squashed house and idiosyncratic electronica from Brit-in-Melbourne and RBMA graduate, Andy Donnelly aka Kloke for Brooklyn's Styles Upon Styles. 'Sea Levels' comes across like a hazy recollection of urban UK dancefloor styles and IDM recounted thru a skunk-addled mind, bumping between washed-out jazz-house on 'Deep City' to the BoC-like reverie 'Mayfield' and the blunted 2-step of 'Ritual' to the radar-evading, arpeggiated techno shunt of 'Room With A View' and an Actress/Zomby-like bag of writhing paranoia in 'Unlearning'. Canny moves.
"Secret Stash Records present the first ever reissue of this rare Nigerian funk gem from one of the most influential musicians in the genre. Co-produced by Uchenna Ikonne (Brand New Wayo, Who Is William Onyebar?), this reissue has been lovingly remastered and meticulously restored. In the early 1970s, Harry Mosco formed the now legendry funk-rock band, The Funkees. In search of greater opportunity and a wider audience, the group moved to London in 1973. Four years and two albums later they disbanded. Meanwhile, back in Nigeria, prominent businessman G.A.D. Tabansi was interested i… Read more
Jan Jelinek's Faitiche label presents a new album and, at the same time, a well-known name: Farben presents James DIN A4. In the summer of 2013 Farben (Jan Jelinek) remixed his way through the extensive oeuvre of the sample and collage artist James DIN A4 (Dennis Busch) – and gathered ten of his favorite titles here.
"The newest signing to the Friends of Friends squad, Evenings delivers his first release on the label, 'Yore', a remastered LP consisting of songs previously included on his 'North Dorm' EP and 'Lately' LP. After developing his aesthetic through a steady intake of analog equipment, old cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel machines dug up at yard sales and thrift stores, Broaddus emerged from the vein of second-hand lo-fi haze to produce crisp, crystalline hi-fidelity art that encourages introspection and zen-like meditation. It's music for the morning after the after party to save your soul; drawing in… Read more
"With Dauwd, one of UK's most promising talents joins the Kompakt fold. After remixing Coma's 'My Orbit' last year, the London-based producer continues to move into new musical territory with the Kindlinn, a lushly orchestrated journey drawing on infectious rhythms and epic melodies. Three colourful cuts see him moving further away from the UK sound he's originally become known for and reinventing himself as a virtuoso of propelling house and romantic techno."
"A Sagittariun returns to Elastic Dreams after 2013’s debut album, ‘Dream Ritual’. A Sagittariun gets right back to business with this eclectic 4 track release."
Monday, 14 April
Vibe receptors at the ready: Drew Lustman aka Falty DL's Blueberry Records introduces Luke Vi..err, Luke Warm with a super charming debut of broken beats and deep house dopeness. Essentially it's a modern rare groove showcase, distilling the best from 30 years of urban dance research with X amounta soul swerve. 'Daydreamin'' starts up like 4Hero and Machiendrum doing breezy slow-fast bounce, and 'Brockley Spears' jumps to a classic hip-house coda with a Steinski-esque edit agenda and proper, up-to-date production chops. 'Instant Vibe' dips a bit deeper with infectious meld of Chicago st… Read more
*Epic drone and industrial soundscapes from Eric Holm, new on Subtext, highly recommended to followers of Emptyset, Vainqueur and classic Chain Reaction* Subtext presents the debut album from the London based American electronic musician Eric Holm. The release brings together a collection of recordings produced on the arctic island of Andøya, an outpost 300 kilometers north of the arctic circle. Developed entirely from a single contact mic recording from a remote telegraph pole that connects the island's array of military listening stations, Holm crafts a detailed expansion of this solitary son… Read more
Blackest Ever Black continue a strong run of releases with with this cold-burning EP from Dalhous, bringing more of the same ramshackle yet profound electronica that made their debut album An Ambassador For Laing an interesting proposition. The title was a phrase coined by theorist of punishment Michel Foucault, and the dull horror of imprisonment and surveillance seeps slowly into the fabric of this release. But there's also a gothic triumph in its eroded and barnacled fragments, robust beats swept up in cinematic reverb and hymns to drowned sailors. The eerie, expl… Read more
The Hague's prolific producer of retro-fitted nEuro Techno-House presents his latest chapter of pulpy sonic fiction thru Creme Organization. Currently riding another crest of popularity, we find Legowelt at his most engaging and spaced-out over 12 tracks of fluent analogue storytelling couched in the atmospheres and mystery of classic sci-fi, film noir and dark, pumping basements. Let's be fair, it's nowt new, but Wolfers' has refined his art to something beyond criticism over lack of "newness"; taken for what it's meant to be, his 'Crystal Cult 2080' is a flawlessly dark dream sequenc… Read more
Latest on Luke Younger's Alter label is a beguiling set of edited electronic improvisations by the wayward French duo, Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard (Él-G) aka Opéra Mort. The follow-up to their last LP for the sadly defunct Parisian record shop Bimbo Tower, 'Dédales' arrives a few years after Él-G's 'Mil Pluton' LP, and the pair's brilliant 'Globe Et Dynastie' side (seriously, go check this!) with cult French outsider Ghédalia Tazartès in the Reines D'Angleterre trio. Those facts should all give you some indication of the abstract, nether territory this LP occupies. It's a result of true electro… Read more
After a great series of vinyl issues, Desire collect the recent remixes of Ike Yard in this crucial digital package. With a span of some 30 years between the originals and the remixes, it's an interesting way to weigh up and study the influence of Ike Yard's radically stripped down post-punk/techno prototypes on the successive generation of electronic producers. It starts up with a remastered mix of Regis' desk-chopped version of 'Loss' - arguably the album's standout moment - and cycles thru some exceptional work from Powell and Tropic Of Cancer on sharply contrasting - and equally brilliant -… Read more