Monday, 29 June
Dave Quam comes correct with his debut proper for Kingdom's Fade To Mind label - an insightful, fresh-eared take on Footwork, Eski Grime and Dancehall fused with outernational soundsystem elements. As a blogger/journalist/DJ, Quam's coverage and knowledge of the Chicago scene has been invaluable in the virulent spread of Footwork. He's still a relatively new producer so there's no flash gimmicks on 'Dead Long Time', but there's a haul of new ideas, or rather established ideas, colliding in a vortex of metastable dancefloor structures. At the top 'Dead Long Time' twists the templat… Read more
Clinical techno hypnosis conducted by Sweden's Peder Mannerfelt and Simon Haydo for Shifted's Avian label. This is some of the purest, most visceral Techno we've heard in a while, grappling with sheer frequencies and shifty patterns with a proper, bloody-minded focus. It more or less blends the best of both their worlds - Mannerfelt's uncanny studio skill and Haydo's sleek, purified dance tracks found on DEM. There's five cuts of finer wave functions oscillating between monotone jacks, rumbling rhythmic noise and EBM-tainted throbbers for the hardest-to-please experimental techno heads.
Koehler conducts a mutant acid skank, backed with a cranky-assed remix by A Made Up Sound. Swedish producer Koehler's 3rd shot for Berceuse Heroique knuckles out grubby sub wobbles, twysted 303 drops and shanking chords like some lost Abi Shanti acid dub. On the flip, it feels like A Made Up Sound dragged the same track backwards thru a hedge, turning out like some wild-eyed and feral bashment acid attack sparked up with crushed breaks inna Ambush records fashion. Good stuff.
*Newly remastered audio* "The work of Karin Krog may be unfamiliar to much of the world, but in her native Norway and Scandinavia at large, she’s practically a household name. This says much about the local enthusiasm for post-bop jazz but also about the tyranny of distribution: until 1994, Krog’s albums weren’t available in the USA or UK, meaning three decades of recordings were waiting to be discovered. With this anthology of her best recordings from 1963 to 1999–curated with Krog’s own input–we hope to set the record straight. To listen to opening t… Read more
Juju & Jordash take it to the hilt with a bag of fruity house percolations for Dekmantel. Amsterdam's jazziest house cats return to the label they sparked off with two releases in 2009, only this time with peak, eye-fluttering club times in mind - giving up the goods in four parts they nod to classic Cajual and Glenn Underground styles between the sublime bounce of 'Down To The Roach' and its stripped dub, whereas 'Bean Bag Motel' checks out a stranger, jazzier vibe rife with wiggly, layered synths and 'Lights At Night' shows off with the dopest '80s Detroit styles.
"John Beltran continues his relationship with Delsin Records with the release of a new ambient album, Espais. Beltran has long been a master of his art, turning out seminal LPs and EPs on labels like Peacefrog, Millions of Moments and Text Records. Back in 2013 he released the well received Amazing Things following a wide ranging compilation on the label, and in the near future he is to release another full length project, but first comes this. Espais is an absorbing soundtrack featuring 17 pieces of immersive, sonically lush and rich music. As he has throughout his career, Beltran makes use… Read more
Glowering electro-techno styles from Ms. Hauff, making superb use of vocals for the first time on this teaser for her 'Discreet Desires' album. To be fair, we can't confirm the vocals are Helena's, but they certainly make a welcome change from her obtuse style. On 'Sworn to Secrecy Part II' she comes across as a cold gynoid, whispering like Victoria Lukas over distorted, bittersweet synth discord and serrated machine drum punctuation.
An emotive piece of ambient tech-house pop from Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based Jakub Alexnader, a.k.a. Heathered Pearls and the boss of Moodgadget records.
Percussive house tricks from General Ludd, who was known as Dam Mantle before enlisting in the house army with releases for Clan Destine, Mister Saturday Night Records and Autonomous Africa. 'Wigu Hill' jerks out like Soundhack meets Dego; 'Molycorps Mountain Pass' deals in flanging metallic tribalism; 'Garimpos' locks down to a Diskant-like loop-off; 'Prisoners Dilemna' gets down liek a Bookworms bewt with taut layers of writhing, driving drum patterns.
One of Germany's most feted IDM acts reunite on their first new album in over 10 years. Since disbanding with 'Disconnected', the duo followed separate paths, with Chiurs De Luca continuing to make music as Phon.o and executing mastering duties at Calyx, before MoM's Andy Thoma brought them back together in 2014 for the 21 project. After a bit of bro and to, they've conjured a new album that goes easier on their signature "glitch" style and brings forward a warmer sense of soul in that sterile sense of hazy chords and swung beats accentuated by neo-trilby jazz vox from Taprikk Sweezee, Jamie Lidell and Jay-Jay Anderson.
The Legendary Flying Saucer Attack return with a temptingly pensive taste of what to expect from 'Instrumentals 2015', their first album in fifteen years.
Panda Bear, Larry Gus, Fhloston Paradigm, and Anthony Naples realign the misshapes of Eric Copeland's 'Joke In The Hole' album. The versions of 'Cheap Treat' could hardly be more different; Panda Bear deigns for a wonky, melodic mix focussed on progressive pop arrangement and bittersweet vox whereas King Britt a.k.a. Fhloston Paradigm takes the same elements down a winding path of crushed, psychedelic grooves propelled by swampy bass subsidence and sloshing arpeggios and keening from dry groove to black hole suction in its nine minute lifespan. G… Read more
Smarter, deeper tech-house from the prolific Spanish producer for Boddika's Nonplus Records. Seeing a stack of releases for Hivern Discs, Cadenza and Mule Musiq behind him, 'The Sequoia Symposium' EP tests out a fine range of 'floor styles, teasing in with the slinky shuffle and sinuous synth weave of 'The King Pariksit' like a plusher 'Channel B', before 'Sudha Nityananada Parivara Vaisnava' sparks a supple minimal techno pulsation with flickering dub chords and over-the-shoulder vocals. Deeper yet, 'The Sudama Song' rolls out a skeletal Millsian bleep pattern with perfect timing, and 'Sri Sri Ragendra DAS' plays to lip-smacking big room moments.
Perky yet melancholic pop from Ducky, reinforced with bouncing club remixes by Margaret Atwood, Ballast, and Seapoint.
**The French synth-pop freaks return in colourful, spiky fashion** "Their new album ‘NO VOID’ is now being released on SHITKATAPULT, whose label slogan ‘Special Musick for Special People’ fits perfectly to the often euphorically rocking music of the French duo. DAT POLITICS themselves refer to their latest LP as a “hallucinating ride in a space roller coaster: scary and funny!” This time around, their songs took shape once again under influences outside of music such as astronomy, philosophy and programming language as well as surrealism, fantasy films and their own dreams. The nine tracks,… Read more
"Tangents #02 is from BrokenThree, recorded live and improvised in Edinburgh in 2013 as part of The Outer Church. BrokenThree is a collaborative effort from Erstlaub, Production Unit and TVO, who are collectively the heads behind Broken20. The group was borne of necessity when The Wire’s Joseph Stannard requested a contribution from all three artists for his ‘The Outer Church’ compilation on Front & Follow records. When Joe brought his uncanny audiovisual activities to Glasgow and Scotland in 2013, the three embarked on an improvised live performance. A vi… Read more
Time to get loose and freaky with Aybee & Afrikan Sciences' 2014 collaboration now availed digitally. 'Sketches of Space' renders an uncompromising vision of future jazz and broken beats 52 minutes wide and fathoms deep. Their three-part 'Deep East Suite' opens a wormhole to other dimensions and lop-sided hip hop (not wonky!) and spiralling synths tettering over each other in crooked calculations a noisy overstepping climax. Closer to the 'floor, 'K-Fetisch 01 (Kosmo Bahn)' synchs pendulous swing from brittle drums and tiered, polymetric keys and synths with fusioneering… Read more
Potently concentrated and visceral electronic abstraction from Private Archive label owner, C. Latina a.k.a. Article Collection, for Barcelona's Anòmia. From ductile, amorphous shapes to engrossing techno flux, this dude clearly has an uncompromisingly intimate relationship with his machines. Flying in the face of techno scene obsessed with distortion, the production on 'Stirling June '72' is all about precision and bite, working on a plane somewhere between the sensitive yet brute force of Exoteric Continent and the layered dimensions of Lee Gamble. For more invasive sensati… Read more
Monday, 22 June
Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare's hugely promising Knives label debut the hyper-lucid constructs of J.G. Biberkopf with 'Ecologies', housed in suitably striking artwork by Joe Hamilton. Hailing from Lithuania, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf has hatched a dramatic and immersive aesthetic, drawing upon cutting edge instrumental grime, net phenomenology and cyber-ambient sound design to patch collaged spheres working across club, theatre and digital radio contexts. As with the output of contemporary artists like T C F or Elysia Crampton, thru to his networked peers such as v1984 and Sentinl, J.G.B's m… Read more
**Audio for Flac format is 24 bit / 44.1kHz** "Virtuoso bassist and singer-songwriter Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat returns to the Brainfeeder fold with his first solo material in two years, having already made outstanding contributions to not one, but two, of the best albums of 2015 - Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Kamasi Washington's The Epic. This mini-album picks up where 2013's Apocalypse left off, with Thundercat joined on production duties by longtime sparring partner Flying Lotus for six spiralling excursions to the outer limits of jazz-funk. The leg… Read more
Dreader UK pressure from Bristol via London on PAN affiliate Beneath's Mistry label, coined for his peers and like-minded bass cadets. The label's 4th drop is Laksa's first, framing the ruggedest UK house sounds with red-eyed night vision. 'Draw For The' strides over the A-side with drunken master style; all sloshing subs and roiling drums inna cold and brittle echo chamber style. B-side, 'Baded' drops the tempo a few notches but brings up the celsius at the same time, finding a woozy sub-tropical swagger in its hard surfaces and synthetic bird calls, whilst 'Touchdown' forges a killer sort o… Read more
Dark0 debuts with typical drama on Rinse, following a striking shot for Visionist's Lost Codes label in 2014. It's a sweetboy grime ting, treading a fine melodic line of effusive heartburst and melancholic heart-break between the teetering trance arpeggio peaks and crashing trap snares of 'Abrasion', and the beat-less R&B lush-out of 'The Past', also taking in the buoyant Reese and 808 bass and breathlessly ascending blips of 'Fuschia', and a slippery, colourful grime zinger in 'Spiral'. On the remix buttons, American producer Suicideyear follows his releases for OPN's Software label with a masterful bit of aerated, ambient trap bounce in his version of 'Abrasion'.
Studio Barnhus co-boss Kornél Kovács on a dope house flex for Numbers. With 'Radio Koko', the Stockholm-based producer and DJ demonstrates a deep and colourful knowledge of classic and current house and techno mechanics with four tracks of characterful grooves. They're full of 'floor-charming fake-outs and kinks, from the filtered cocktail of B-more breaks and horn stabs chopped and swung about disco bass and strings in 'Lighthouse', to the diamond-cut freestyle house slam of 'Pantalón' - proper anthem material! - thru the hip hop-cooled swing of 'Gangsta', and the Joe-style drum juggling of 'Malon'. Bit of a no brainer for the party, this one. TIP!
'Whips' is a masterclass in tape-saturated house cryptography by Warsaw, Poland's Lutto Lento. Leading on from the crooked equations of his 'F T D 001' debut for Charles Drakeford's label, this six-tracker exhibits a broader range of variations on that ferric-choked, grubby and bugged-out style. Employing the deftest tape loop edits and playful sense of construction/derangement, he uses the format's natural fidelities to distinguish, mask and accentuate his sound from every angle - whether coaxing noxiously murky harmonics out of the asphyxiating bass in darkside bomb, 'Vengo'; disorienting wi… Read more