Monday, 22 September
Wickedly warped electro-techno funk, fresh outta San Francisco. Roche in control with a demented follow-up to his 100% Silk and Mathematics EPs, playing hard and psychedelic with eleven minutes of quicksilver synth contours and slamming warehouse groove in 'Depths', whereas 'Seer' projects a a more contemplative vibe in its odd, off-key chords and filter f**kery, yet still driven by slicing hi-hats and crisp snare punctuation. Sensual, weird and deadly. A perfect combo.
Richard H Kirk makes his keenly awaited appearance on Minimal Wave with four archival tracks that have never appeared on vinyl before. As is well documented, Kirk was a founder member of Sheffield's legendary Cabaret Voltaire, who forged one of the most distinctive, dilated styles of Industrial music between the late '70s and mid '90s. He also had a prolific solo and collaborative oeuvre, from where these track are taken circa 1978 to 1987. The A-side is a burred, sour peach called 'Never Lose Your Shadow', short-circuiting No Wave and Industrial to a grubby disco agenda, s… Read more
In the sublime darkness of 'Description Of Problem', Pinkcourtesyphone rouses itself from whatever reverie with the help of cameos from William Basinski, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Evelina Domnitch, AGF and Kid Congo Powers. Again, we're returned to that noirish, narcotised ambient space which made 'Foley Folly Folio' a staunch fave around these parts (prompting a vinyl release on our Boomkat Editions label), and which deeply infected the proceeding collections, 'Elegant & Detached', and 'A Ravishment Of Mirror'. According to the jacket, it was "formed from places, plastics, and… Read more
A noisy, dread-filled heave from Mordant Music, taken from the Soundeyet blog's compilation/imagined soundtrack for J.G. Ballard's 'The Enormous Space' short. In answer to a proposed question, MM proffers nine minutes of molasses wade thru a chokingly claustrophobic post-techno interzone incurring space between the basements of Andy Stott and Carter Tutti.
Manchester's Marconi Union dial in 'Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol.2)' for Just Music, featuring "the world's most relaxing song" according to Time Magazine. We're fairly sure even the artists themselves would rankle at such a daft mantle, but there's little arguing that 'Weightless' is a relaxing album. It's definitely not vexing, anyway. RIYL Eno, old CCO gear etc.
Diverse round-up of contemporary ambient/noise techno strands, compiled by Manni Dee. Backed with some rhetoric about encouraging listeners to "to engage with music on a visceral level, liberating sound from its potentially functional shackles", it's a necessary nudge for blinkered techno bros to expand their horizons. Across eleven tracks the set covers ground from the muggy chug of Fuewa's 'Body In Earth' to the warped, textural collage of 'Every Single Thing' by Deft; knackered techno from U; chromatic new age scapes from BNJMN; crushing industrial sludge from Shelley Parker'; the mercurial mulch of Wanda Group.
2hours, 30 minutes of floatation tank ambience by Stephan Laubner aka STL cloaked in his dark ambient guise.
18 months since 'Nostalchic', Brainfeeder's UK attache returns bittersweet as ever with 'Movement I, II & III'. The lysergic lovechild of celestial jazz, hip hop and electronica, his return is a triumphant epic - as you mighta guessed - in three parts structured around whirring trap drums, swallow-diving flutes and hyper-coloured synth dimensions humanised with genuinely lovely folk-soul vocals.
In-demand drummer, Tom Skinner (Melt Yourself Down, Owiny Sigoma Band) and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, aka Hello Skinny, covers 'Velodrome' from Kit Grill's 'Mirror Image' album. Rather than remix, the duo deftly recreate the original's electronic tones by way of circular breathing and extended technique, in Shabaka's case at least, presenting a lovely, lilting cover of the original, plus a stripped down and dubbed out Drum Version.
**Includes some killer electro protoypes for fans of Japanese Electronics etc** "Minimal Wave is proud to present a reissue of the seminal first album from Swiss Wavers, Guyer's Connection. Tibor Csébits and Philippe Alioth formed Guyer’‘s Connection in Basel, Switzerland when they were only 14 and 15 years old. At the time they were in a new wave rock band called “Kurtzschluss” which they decided to break from in order to make purely electronic music. They began with two synthesizers, a drum machine, a 4-track tape recorder and a multitude of ideas. They channeled their unique and h… Read more
Rocket Recordings pull out all the stops for Goat's keenly awaited follow-up to 'World Music'. With 'Commune' the Swedish troupe refine their classic sound to a slickly potent trip referencing all the right retro touchstones with all the barrelling drums, fuzzy, eastward-gazing guitars and free-wheeling solos you could hope for, cemented by those howling-from-the-cliff vocals. Rest assured you're getting the authentic luxury "psychedelic" experience - absolutely no messy bits or a longhair out of place. Can't argue with that, can you?
Enigmatic torch song from someone called Gabi for Oneohtrix Point Never's Software Recording Co. We can't find any info online for this, but can tell you it sounds sorta like a younger sibling of Susanna Wallumrød.
Solo piano torch songs from the Erased Tapes camp. Includes Rival Consoles and Throwing Snow remixes
Ram-out Kwaito House session from S.A.'s DJ Spoko for the world-taking Lit City Trax. Endemic dancefloor infection from the bellicose shake-down 'War of the Pizzi' thru the dark trance states of 'Angels and Demons' to the nifty funk of 'Oreng Mo' with DJ Mujava, and the tucked pivot of 'Moon and Sun'.
**Ahem…** "These rare and until now, unissued recordings started life way back in 1966. They were written by the multi-talented Anthony Newley, maybe for a pop release, but possibly - bearing in mind the kinky nature of the lyrics - for an experimental British TV show he was working on at the time. Unusually he wanted some electronic backgrounds for his words, and so called in the help of Delia Derbyshire, moonlighting a little from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. By the time the tracks were completed Newley was on his way to the USA for further acting and songwrit… Read more
Freeky Dutch disco-tech funk from David Vunk on his Moustache Records label. Dude nearly always hits the mark and this one's no different, diverging between the percolating pinger 'De Maas' to slamming deep disco reminding of NWAQ on 'Zenica', thru darker techno zones of 'Mononomsensory' and the dark room dancer, 'Chicago Bills'. Tip!
Sterling deep house and techno from Glasgow's Dominic Capello (ov Dom & Harri) and Lee Duncan. The pair play off deep roots across three tracks of finest dancefloor calibre. A-side gives up the expressive electro-soul leads and tactile, late-night bassline of 'The Light', plus a vintage Carl Craig-style pearl in the muscular bass arpeggios and lustrous, lusting techno pads of 'D3', and B-side, 'Third Thought' follows suit with the moodiest blue chords and strangely distanced groove drawing lines between the techno souls of Detroit and Glasgow. RIYL Lord Of The Isles, NWAQ, DJ Sprinkles.
Monday, 15 September
**Ships Friday** **2LP. Printed inners. Embossed PVC jacket contain art insert** One of Techno's slipperiest operators presents his debut album statement in the subtle but lush structures of 'Suzi Ecto' for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth. Over the last four years the London-based musician has garnered the respect of everyone from PAN's Bill Kouligas to Ben UFO and Objekt, exemplifying his artistic versatility and aptitude for transcending cerebral and club dimensions. With 'Suzi Ecto' he opens a lucidly gorgeous space between the 'floor and our imagination, sweeping us thru eleven concisely… Read more
One of Bristol's most interesting artists returns with an ace, oddly organic 2nd album for Tri Angle. 'Punish Honey' cements Vessel's unique position in modern electronica, not least as the first artist bestowed the honour of a 2nd full length on Tri Angle, but also due to his kink for a queered, oxidised alloy of organic and electronic tone, texture and timbre. In it, he uses electro-acoustic/concrète techniques and process to embody a unique voice and character, rather than towards any academic purposes. Employing sheet metal as percussion and sawn-off bicycles as flutes, he arrives at a r… Read more
Brilliantly unexpected pop/house from Paul White, heralding his hugely promising album for R&S. Bolstered with a neat Andrés remix, 'Where You Gonna Go?' features White dicing with a more populist dancefloor sound to captivating effect. On the original he yokes signature palette of bright, tropical drums to a swinging 4/4 kick/bass and Jamie Woon's wounded/haunted soul vocals with the sorta class that should make this it a Radio 1 anthem. Similarly, 'Peace It Together' tempers his craftier beat skills in favour of plush, exotic instrumentation rent in gorgeous, electro-dubbed widescreen. On the remix, Andrés rolls some of his butteriest, soulful Detroit house.
Humid, post-D&B ecosystems from Fis, backed with killer Kassem Mosse and Oren Ambarchi remixes. The first release on Loopy, a new label administered Sam Strang, 'Speech Spirits' follows on from the 'Iterations' 12" with two cuts of unquantised riddmic roil, staggering from the bomber-streaked drunken-master styles of the title track to the plangent percussions and duppied atmospheres of 'Knecht' - not a million miles from his early ace, 'Love, Drama, Stress', only without the vocal. Remixing, Kassem Mosse returns to the spiky (machine?) drum palette of … Read more
Matthew Herbert turns out four lop-sided house grooves on 'Part Seven'. The EP ranges from percolating, wooden drums and breezy vocals of Hejira's Rahel in 'Bumps' to the hydraulic house swing of 'Suckers' on the A-side, to a tuff but quirky techno chug reminding of Wolfgang Voigt in 'Pretty Daddy', and daft, loopy funk on 'Get Strong'.
Keysound's most rooted unit return with a lean suite of broken beat and Afro-centric mutations on 'Islands'. Tied together with Josh Idehen's observant, poetic narration, 'Islands' follows the much-loved 'Routes' (2011) LP with a bright, spacious haul, flexing from wicked breakbeat and bass agitations to eerier ambient interludes. It feels constantly in flux between an omnipresent urban dread and moments of elation, tracing the underground/overground, hyper-capitalist/realist topologies and analogues of London town itself, from the deft bounce of 'New Pen' to lonely, solemn close of 'Is… Read more
Punch Drunk's 'Worth The Weight Vol.2: From The Edge' documents the 2nd wave of Bristolian bass mutations in the wake of dubstep's innovative eruption in the mid-late '00s. It does so thru the prism of Peverelist's ever-evolving yet rooted tastes, cannily reflective of - and influential upon - the contours of contemporary London and Berlin dancefloor trends. Yielding cuts from Kowton, Hodge, Tessela, Kahn, Andy Mac, Zhou, Bass Clef, Ekoplekz and Peverelist on CD for the first time, it covers a broad spectrum of styles within its niche, manifesting that Bristolian thi… Read more
20 years since completion of their foundational 12" series, Basic Channel present a full 14 minute version of 'Q-Loop' backed with first ever vinyl cuts of 'Q 1.2' and 'Mutism' - previously found on the 'BCD' (1995) and Scion's 'Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks' releases. Need we say any more?