Friday, 28 August
Wyatt's dusky highway dreams from 'Teen Hawk', made-over in four tender remixes. Eddie Ruscha's Secret Circuit renders 'Bertone Stratis' as a chiming, chugging, synthetic dream sequence; Willie Burns a.k.a. Black Deers diffuses 'I Recommend Starman' into a shimmering cloud of Durutti Column'esque ambience; Not Waving squeezes tight the harmonic heart of 'Time of Thick'; Tropical Hi-Fi introduces his self with a diaphanous, gloaming take on 'The Music You Hear At Sea World And Never Forget'.
Laura Cannell returns with a beautiful suite recorded with deconstructed bow and of double recorder.
"Gagakiriseye is a collaborative release from Japanese noise rock duo Gagakirise and EYE, the legendary founder of Boredoms. This is the first new recording to feature EYE in over five years. Gagakirise is the Tokyo based duo of Sachio Yoshizawa on guitar and Ryo Inoue on drums. They are a major force in the Japanese underground since 2006, having released 2 albums and a split with Juiceboxxx as well as touring the US several times. They have toured Japan with the likes of Black Pus and others. Gagakiriseye is their first release for an American label and features the notorious EYE o… Read more
Apophenia, Inhalt and Jamie Paton fillet Food Pyramid in killer reworks of 'Oh Mercy' from their 'Mango Sunrise' album. [Emotional] Especial play host to this drippin' platter, including a grubbing tribal acid edit from Apophenia alongside the late '80s Haç-meets-Miami swagger of Inhalt's mix, and a pair of brooding Jamie Paton versions - one sounding like a moody Yello, the other like Carl Craig-meets-Suicide. Tip!
Gauzy, lower case ambient suite from Japan's DJ Hotel. Originally self-released in 0213, now issued by London's videogamemusic 'Hope' dwells in a shadowy space between ambient-pop and the worn-down ferric treats of Opal Tapes, quietly focussed on microtonal shifts, barely-there bass padding and lo-fi dub FX, and is complimented by a low key BAT version of 'Vacancy'.
"Poison Season opens with Vancouver native Dan Bejar swathed in Hunky Dory strings. He’s a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters—Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack—simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record—first as swaying, saxophone-stoked “street-rock” and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. “The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet,” explains their author. “I even sang with the band. That song always swung between super austere and super mid-’70s Springsteen/Bowi… Read more
London souljazz tronix from Connie Constance, making her debut with production by Blue Daisy.
Chunky, mongrel club constructions from the house of Trax Couture. Scanning a scene of sublow B-More breaks (inc. bonus B-Beat Girl stabs) with 'Poisonous Eye', he ramps the megadome reverbs and industrial drums with force in 'Optical Fracture', and tests out a killer UK jackin' mutation in 'After Image', to check out with the c*nty flounce of 'Bounce Track'.
"‘Depression Cherry’ is the fifth full-length record from Beach House. In general, this album shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of previous albums ‘Teen Dream’ and ‘Bloom’, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove the band towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from their natural tendencies."
Friday, 21 August
*The first release on Rabit’s new Halcyon Veil imprint is the debut from 21 yr old SW Londoner Myth. 7 Track EP including an instrumental version of Myth & Rabit’s rework of Ciara’s ‘Backseat love’* ‘Evaporate’ is the first issue from Rabit’s highly promising Halcyon Veil label, and also the exceptional solo debut from 21 year old s.w. Londoner, Myth. Infectiously emotive and nimbly weightless, it rotates seven slick grime and 2-step instrumentals including the instantly recognisable version of his and Rabit’s flip of Ciara’s ‘Backseat Love’. Its seven tracks were salvaged from a series of cheap,… Read more
Your favourite analog radge-packet puts the 'floor thru its paces on his 1st AFX outing since 2005. Housed in a homage to Warp's debut 12" from Forgemasters, the 'Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-08' session returns to a twysty, funked-up sound last heard in the 'Analord' series - bending the lines of acid, electro and hardcore techno to his will. From the first whizz throughs a few jump out at us, especially the hi-velocity acid chicanery of 'Serge Fenix Rendered 2', or the agitated warehouse accelerations of 'Bonus EMT Beats' on the A-side, whilst the B-side's Hardwax-era pelter,… Read more
The world's most uncanny pop star, FKA Twigs, blindsides everyone with the jaw-dropping 'M3LL155X'. Announced via a game-resetting promo video, it accelerates the hypeR&B aesthetics honed in her early EPs and LP1 to critical levels, accentuating her captivating audness from every angle whilst lyrically skewering her critics and trolls like a T-1000 with liquid metal talons (or an alien blow up doll). The production is this time handled by FKA herself with Young Turks' Tic and even a guest contribution by Happa on the bittersweet centrepiece, 'In Time'; twysting with preternatural sensuality f… Read more
Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in 24 exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder, grittier with the cranky tribal drums and buzzing bass synth of 'The Stickler' betraying noisier influences, and Rex The Dog jacks up a treat in 'Sicko'. From the realtively newer skool, ther… Read more
Huerco S returns to Anthony Naples Proibito label with the elusive house lushness of 'Railroad Blues'. Keyed in to new age bliss themes and squashed boogie house dreams, the Brooklyn-based producer unfurls three gorgeous pieces between the rubber-bassed fudge and NWAQ-style haze of 'Rushing To Paradise' and the head-swimming dub house lagoons of 'Marais Des Cygnes' before the mercurial disco motifs of 'Transit V (See See Rider)' layer and fray across the B-side with a sort of liminal house hymn quality. This is gonna melt some hearts, mark our words.
Slowdive's Simon Scott swallows us whole with the majestic 'Insomni', his debut for Ash International. As the album title implies, this album deals with sleep, or a lack of it, and most particularly the liminal spaces between light/dark, waking/dreams, and natural/noumenal realms. In Scott's own words "Couldn't sleep...; arose to forage for sound. The hum of the fridge encouraged further investigation of hidden, domestic sounds; the fish tank, dvd player, a broken laptop...; Dawn and morning light allowed more sound and the guitar, in its case, beckoned...; From darkness to light…" And thus … Read more
**Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Edition of 500** Crushing celestial tech-noise objects from Black Rain (a.k.a. Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright) with Shapednoise and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker. 'Apophis', so named after asteroid 99942 which poses an uncertain threat to humanity, was written and realised over summer 2014 and supposes four cuts of destructive electronics describing a potential, eschatalogical event and its aftermath in grim and unflinching detail. Black Rain and Shapednoise are clearly steeled and ready for what may come, from 'Metal Home's' premoniti… Read more
New EP preceding Dam-Funk's forthcoming album Invite The Light. Glyde 2nyte features Leon Sylvers III and Leon Sylvers IV. The EP also contains two non-album tracks, Haunting Me and 'Fisticated. All music by Dam-Funk; Mastered by Matthewdavid; Artwork by James Leigh.
Afro-rhythmic techno-house from one of Huntleys + Palmers dopest new discoveries. His 2nd EP, 'x0x' pursues 2014's 'Tumble' with keener production detail and percussive bite explored in two killer, titular parts coming off like Gqom done by patten or Roska meeting T++, whilst 'Ribbon' jams down on dubbed out and sweetly distorted rhythmelodies beside the cyber-tribal bounce of 'LOA' and the sub-aquatic 'floor warping 'St. Clear'. Tip!!
Classic Vibracathedral Orchestra line-up - Michael Flower, Neil Campbell, Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport and Julian Bradley, plus John Godbert - firing on all psychedelic cylinders for their first proper label releases, recorded binaurally between Leeds and London 2013-2014. Includes download.
Deepest Dutch/Detroit-style electro lean from Versalife. Unfolding like some short sci-fi noir soundtrack, 'Before The Interrogation' sets the scene with midnight electro-jazz chimes before picking up momentum with the cruising stepper 'Utilize the Secondary Suspensor'. Fathoms deeper, 'Mariana' plumbs a pitch black scene of eel-like acid lines and pulsating bass, and the nimbly dubbed breakbeats of 'I See Myself' dance like an Optic Nerve production.
First release on Whities - Young Turks' new offshoot manned by Boiler Room figurehead Nic Tasker - is a low slung and gritty House session by two Italians-in-London, Terron. Lodged somewhere between Kassem Mosse's moodier jaunts and the poised momentum of producers such as Vester Koza, it hits the London/Berlin House zeitgeist head-on. A-side 'Nº17 Governing' rides a strident industrial groove of clanking, hollowed drums before deploying a 'room-razing acid-electro line to the close. Flipside, 'Nº3 Proportion' keeps matters straight and direct with a slightly kinkier, uptempo tech-house groove rent with subtle dubbing and bruxist 4am synthlines bound to infect the club.
"Say hello to fresh captured field-recordings from Stephan Laubner, now released on his Something imprint with much positive and natural vibrations. This album keeps always authentic in every situation. And the extended playing-time gives a good reshow and uptakes each surrounding richly in detail. All of the nine tracks were taken on a trip in Nordfriesland, at the more natural untouched places. From sea birds to crispy ocean surfs - from dike to beach scenes. Everything you hear on this release was recorded and captured with much care and joy. The effort is to bring natu… Read more
Peaking Lights present Sinkane's soul hues psyched-in-dub. Refracting his 'Mean Love album in four versions, they range from super louche and mellow take on 'Hold Tight' thru a stepping dub-funk mix of 'Yacha' working shads away from Seven Davis Jr, to the greazier, bluesy twang of 'How We Be' softened up by flighty flute and Sinkane's soul buzz vocal.