Monday, 27 October
Easily the best Applepips since the Martyn 12" comes from the hands of our favourite Berlin producer and techno pioneer Torsten Profrock with two tempo varied techno steppers ranking among the best tracks in his catalogue. The real good techno stuff lies on the A-side with 'Audio1995*8', sitting next to his MDR remix or the sick 'Aquatic/Storm' tracks on a throbbing 130bpm techno flex with utterly alien synthlines decaying into fine abstract forms and anchored by deeply submerged beats shot through with that intricate rhythmic rattle that signifies the best of his work. Flip the script for 'Audio… Read more
One-off techno-house missile from Ratchett Traxxx working up a head of steam with dub-chord driven darkside bass rolige.
Latest hookup from Appleblim and Ramadanman, once again displaying the uber-crisp production vibe these two are so fond of, sounding twice as loud as almost anything else we've played in the office today. 'Justify' paces along at a relatively chilled 110bpm, built around a flexed halfstep routine with a nicely technofied sound palette and the requisite low-end pressure that always elevates these productions beyond the ordinary. There's a big synthy breakdown halfway through which shimmers and builds nicely as the track almost imperceptibly gains momentum before it all comes to a sud… Read more
Massively anticipated new 12" from Ramadanman landing on the consistently ace Applepips label and backed with an awesome dub techno rerub from Sven Weisemann remix. Ramadanman aka David Kennedy is a member of a small core of artists in the dubstep arena who can be relied upon to exert stringent quality control with their output. His productions have trickled out over the last three years with a clear streak of progressive talent and a keening sense of rhythmic structures increasing in quality and value throughout, resulting in one of his most anticpated tracks on 'Humber'. This is a masterclas… Read more
Chicken Lips' Dean Meredith and fellow UK producer Ben Shenton consolidate their mutual appreciation of krautrock, psych, soul, and dancefloor voodoo as Mind Fair for DJ Milo's Golf Channel. Check for the nonchalant soul stroll of 'Watt's Cookin'', the boogie downstroke of 'U Got The Lovin'' and the slow-mo poise of 'Neon Carnival'.
**One half of minimal synth souls Xeno & Oaklander ups the visceral noise quotient to noxious, compelling degrees** "Gyors, Lassù marks an important milestone in the evolution of Martial Canterel's music, progressing far beyond the cages of “minimal synth” and embracing the noisier qualities of its sound with a renewed urgency, a kind of thickness embodied in multiple layers using only eurorack, Serge and Roland 100 modular systems at his disposal and flushing out the entire session in one take. Sine waves are rendered into walls of guitar-like noise on songs like “And I Thought”, wh… Read more
Hydraulik techno momentum from Manni Dee on Osiris UK, backed with a head-chopping Monic remix. No doubt: this is the best we've yet heard from Manni Dee, drying and concentrating his sound to a futurist industrial palette with the evil, poised rolige of 'Nicotine Kisses' and the sinuous, Surgeon-style tuck and shuffle of 'Sister Nobody', whereas 'Man Is Free, Man Is Freedom' dices with more abstract dub techno shapes a la Porter Ricks. Kryptic Minds own Mønic weighs in with killer blow, remixing 'Sister Nobody' with brutal concrète techno dynamics.
Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen's Kiamos duo follow their 2012 debut 12" with a fully fledged LP of posh dance music. Both artists approach the project from similar angles, marrying mutual taste for mnml tech-house rhythms with more mannered neo-classical sensibilities. It includes the previous single track, 'Thrown' plus seven new compositions, at best in the elegant swing of 'Swayed' and the melancholic electro-house shuffle of 'Bent'. "“We decided to start almost completely over with this record, so most of the material is written this year with the idea of making a record that can stand a… Read more
'Kollektion 02' is the official release to celebrate the 80th anniversary of august German krautrock pioneer, Hans-Joachim Roedelius. It includes 15 songs selected by British songwriter and lifelong Roedelius fanatic, Lloyd Cole, from Hans-Joachim's unparalleled archives, spanning the creamy ambience of 'Étoiles' from the 'Jardin Au Fou' (1979) LP thru the pastoral bliss of 'Schöner Abend' via the airborne waltz of 'Café Central' and life-affirmingly sweet breeze of 'Wenn der Südwind weht', among many other cherry-picked charms.
Geena brings the boom back to Antinote with four mystic house kickers. 'On the Top of Deep Hearted Fern' picks up where the much-loved 'Mental DJ's Land' EP left us in early summer, cutting from the faded acid jack of 'Gamma Sector' to the underwater/outer space atmospheres of 'Lunar Substance' via slyding flute motifs and blunted deep house swing in 'Niagara Galleries' and the swollen buck beats of 'I Gotta Wear Shades'. One for the cool kids, know who you are.
Eternal wanderer and erstwhile Yellow Swan, Gabriel Saloman presents the latest in his series of abyss-staring post-YS ambient and drone compositions. The follow-up to his split side with Peter Broderick and the agitated themes of 'Riots Don't Just Happen' and 'Soldier's Requiem' follows suit with a desolate drone tract of keening strings under fire from militant "poly-vocal drumming" before seceding to shimmering guitar chords and a blistering post-rock crescendo almost worthy of Godspeed or MBV over its 37 minute duration.
Hard, crunchy techno freaks from a new cat in the Fifth Wall playground. 'Bumper Crop' follows Dualit's workouts for LCR Records and London's Earwiggle with three big-boned bangers laying the law between radged noise techno in 'Rant' and the cosmic techno chaos of 'Metis', whilst Brooklyn's P.O.I. weighs in with a pulverised remix of 'Rant'.
Belgium's Curle pluck out Matthew Herbert & Charles Webster's deep DJ Boom banger 'Kinda Kickin'' for reissue, backed with a bassier re-shuffle from Efdemin. Originally released on Matthew Herbert's Phonography label, it's the sort of proper house obscurity that will get a lot of fiends hot under the collar. Edfemin's remix readjusts the slow-burning appeal with a poised, druggier groove accentuated by killer subbass swing and stoner guitar motifs.
**180g wax** Remastered reissue of a gorgeous 1981 solo flight by Dorothea Raukes, then member of Düsseldorf's Streetmark. The melodic and gently rhythmic appeal of 'Deutsche Wertarbeit' plays acutely at odds with the album's rather stern-looking typographic sleeve art and even the project's moniker itself. Emerging from a member of a fairly well-known prog/krautrock group at the time, it's actually quite poppy, especially in the burbling rhythms, hooks and vocoder vocals of 'Guten Abend, Leute', the beaming sequencer joy of 'Deutscher Wald' and the perfectly uplifting gr… Read more
Worldly, wide-angled blend of R&B, dub and pop from Copenhagen-based American, Steven Jess Borth II. As with almost everything else on the excellent Time No Place label, 'Form Of Release' presents a uniquely skewed perspective on convention. Across eleven diverse and accomplished productions ranging from icy R&B minimalism reminding of inc. or HTDW, thru warmer Junior Boys-alike boogie and uptempo soul-pop burners, CHLLNGR's versatile soul vocal and feel for uncluttered dub spaciousness are really the only common elements, and equally one of the main attractions.
Monday, 20 October
When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind. With a career spanning more than five decades, Scott Walker’s cult status remains as significant as ever before. Experiencing mega-stardom as part of The Walker Brothers before carving out a career as a solo crooner who released a quartet of peerless self-titled LPs that painted rich vignettes… Read more
**Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Photography by Joe Dilworth and artwork by Bill Kouligas & Kathryn Politis** Widely championed techno/electronica producer Objekt deposits his detailed and complex debut album on PAN. Since 2011 at least, the Berlin resident known as TJ Hertz has been a vital cog in the European techno machine, self-releasing some of this decade's most vaunted white labels, plus 12"s with Hessle Audio and Leisure System - including this year's great split with Dopplereffekt - beside his role as software engineer for Native Instruments. With 'Flatland' he takes the opportunit… Read more
*New edition re-mastered from the original DAT tapes* This 35 minute EP from BoC is arguably their most complete outing, having landed a couple of years before their still unbeatable ‘Music Has The Right…’ album and including some of their best material bar none - the brooding Detroit inversion ‘See Ya Later’, the Colonel Abrams inspired ‘Nlogax’, the career-defining “Everything You Do Is A Balloon’ and ‘Turquoise Hexagon Sun’ which would later appear on ‘Music Has The Right’. Unlike so many of their peers from the era, this stuff has aged incredibly well… Read more
**Flac format for this release is in 24 bit / 44.1kHz** Dave Huismans (A Made Up Sound) returns under his 2562 codename with the oneiric ambient/concrète dancefloor states of 'The New Today', his 4th solo album in this guise. Where its predecessor, 'Air Jordan', also for his When In Doubt label, took inspiration from the arid landscapes of the Middle East, 'The New Today' draws upon ideas sketched out whilst 2562 was in New York, late summer 2013, and was later finished at his home studio in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Rather than disco samples, as with his last LP 'Fever', he sources from and… Read more
Shed kicks Lone onto the 'floor with a class remix of 'Restless City' from the 'Reality Testing' album. The Shake-style jazz chord chops and dusty clapping rhythms of the original are subtly rekeyed to a rolling bass ballast by Head High, recalibrating from jazz-dancing swing to skipping garage-techno with really sweet AI-style breakdown pads for peak time play. Expect to hear this out a lot.
Chicago's Karl Meier & Johnathan Krohn aka Talker properly realise the project's industrial potential with 'Hari', their debut LP for Downwards. Last spotted on a 12" with expanded version of 'Cut The Weight' from the 'Halha' compilation, this appearance feels more affected, atmospheric, bitterly resolved. There's eight tracks on offer, including the monstrous doom copulation of 'Meniscus' featuring label-mate, Kerridge, amongst the Eraserhead ambience of 'Hari' or the ghostly industrial romance of 'Image Union', whilst the bombed-out techno hulk of 'Behemoth' and the 'floor-razing mission, 'Frame C… Read more
Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infat… Read more
Glacial Sound finally supply the Riko's fierce VIP of Rabit's 'Black Dragons' for the masses. The Roll Deep frontman sounds utterly fearsome over the Houston-based producer's tensile square waves and prickling electro/grime jolts, importantly in a way which should appeal to American audiences without losing any of the tune's UK-rooted credentials. In case the rents are listening in, there's a cleaner radio edit, too. Tip!