Monday, 18 May
The G's strike from grime's dancefloor darkside. Armed to the teef with steel-plated riddims, from the jawside Bassline-techno warp of 'Levels' to brassy war tune, 'Bang Boy' feat. Brakeman and Chronik, the squealing pressure of 'Murkin Yearly' and the Zomby-like shockout, 'Soundboi Killa', plus a 2015 revamp of the anthemic 'Frontline', with Tubby and D Double E joined by OG NG, Monkstar. Not messing about.
Restless Cómeme dancefloor bod, Matias Aguayo on his 3rd round of 'El Rudo Del House'. Nowt but drums, vocal stabs and bum bum vibes for the DJs and dancers, cantering out with the kinky 'El Grubb' and mirroring current Lisbon sounds with the dipping syncopations of 'Ven Aqui Que Te Destapo'. Not for prudes, 'Chup Chup' peppers a ruddy sorta EBM banger with orgiastic samples, precipitating the tracky 4/4 groove gush of 'El Volcanico'.
*Løt.te are back for banging 2nds on The Bunker NYC* "True to its name, "History of Discipline" is the darker track here. Built on a foundation of heavy, swinging kick drums and shuffling hi-hats, the track builds to an enormous climax before winding down into a rattle of metallic percussion. "A Mutable Constant" is more ambiguous, featuring a rubbery bassline and steadily-building background percussion - until a moody, longing synthesizer pad begins to take center stage. "I don't honestly know where the emotion in 'A Mutable Constant' came from. That wasn't the plan when I started… Read more
Lockjaw on a tear-out neo-D&B lash for Dispatch Recordings' Limited series, 10" dubplate style. Like the sprightly yunger sibling of Rockwell and Current Value, both sides fashion ripping synth dynamics, bleak drops and razor-edged beats for the headstrong.
Trio of tender ambient house tones from the Welsh producer, Leif Knowles, for Bristol's Idle Hands. 'Life Through Analogies' burns gently with dusted breaks and breezy, open atmospheres perfused with duppy voices and glowing chords, setting a vibe that carries thru the dancing dust mites and filtered soul samples of 'My Heart Stopped Beating' to the low key and slompy shuffle of 'Salix'.
Floaty-but-driving deep house styles. B-tracks' John Barera reprises his duo with Will Martin for Argot after a Dolly outing in 2014, sustaining vintage-sounding grooves between '1,2,3 (feel Right)', the uptempo Detroit shimmy of 'High Tide', and the latinate weave of 'Spin Cycle'.
'Antigravity' is a sui generis invocation of the rarest, compelling order coaxed from the French avant-garde by Blackest Ever Black. Around the locus of cult trumpeter Jac Berrocal - who famously appeared in the NWW list and collaborated with Steven Stapleton - David Fenech and Vincent Epplay unfold a deliciously psychedelic mystery steeped in the esoteric traditions of musique concrète, dub and jazz, and played with a DIY post-punk freedom. Whilst best heard deep in the night with lights low and something burning, ironically enough, it's gotta be the most co… Read more
Extended dub-techno and dub-house trips compatible with your Echospace and Deepchord excursions.
The Belgian producers kicks up a quartet of techno-house ravers for Berlin's Valence label in the wake of aces for Innervisions and Turbo. At best in the mesmerising, industrialised pressure of 'Interception' and a brooding dark house scudder called 'Migration'.
Gerry Read and Kevin McPhee meet again with the metallic techno twang and swinging house of 'FRUMMPPP', following their 2011 hook-up, 'Demolition Man'. The original version is a bare bones jack track irradiated with waves of metallic synth to send the club spinning; the remix brings out the drums for a skippier, bucking house take on the same base elements.
The beguiling man-not-machine band, Elektro Guzzi deliver almost unfeasibly linear, precisely metronomic grooves made entirely on live instrumentation. In case you're not au fait, the trio of Bernhard Breuer, Bernhard Hammer, and Jakob Schneidewind have released three perception-defying albums on Berlin's techno-focussed Macro label before this one, honing a style of motorik groove played entirely in real-time without a computer in sight. For this tape they contribute two lengthy, rolling compositions. 'Circle One' is 28 minutes of strident, swinging dub techno-like flux expertly mi… Read more
Mike Paradinas sticks his butterfly net back in the murky space between Ekoplekz' ears for a diverse follow-up to 'Unfidelity'. Spawned from the same sessions at its predecessor, 'Four Track Mind' is not so much the offcuts, as the bits that were too dark, detached, for the psychedelic swirl of 'Unfidelity'. There's eleven of 'em, making for one of Nick Edwards' moodiest collections, all hingeing on silty rhythmic currents filter-clogged traces of melody fanning out from the Skaters meets Goblin on 'Ariel Grey' to faded Wolgang Voigt styles of 'Interstice' and 'Death Watch', thru the Ra… Read more
Doc Scott's lush, jazzy, soulful Metalheadz number from '94. But where's the B-side 'It's Yours'?!
For the first time, Dillinja's definitive classic EP officially available on digital format. And good timing too with price of the original vinyl climbing all the time. Of course, you really can't beat the OG wax, but this is the sh*t that needs to be shared, in good quality, with new generations, from the Bladerunner-sampling burial tune, 'The Angels Fell' to the inimitable twyst of 'Ja Know Ya Big' and 'Brutal Bass'. A pinnacle of the artform known as jungle.
A new duo to L.A.'s Time No Place present expansive, melancholy R&B/electronica flights. Picking up where Tri Angle left off a few years ago, they boost the styles of Holy Other or Evian Christ into orbit with radiant webs of reverb and delay applied to brooding, blue-eyed soul vocals and crafty slow-fast beat tricks at best in 'driving Blind' and the head-down roll of 'Relapse'.
Cloaka proves some technoid chops with the hard-swung 'Lessun' backed by stripped and clattering remixes from Viers, Ansome and Bleaker. The original mix finds a line between classic electro-techno and up-to-the-second club construction styles with chunky drums and luminous bleeps sharing certain traits with the clunq funq of Ansome's blocky re-bang. On a techno tip, Bleaker squares up a slick 4/4 peppered with B-More bed-spring squeaks and canny edits and Viers locks down to a tunnelling trajectory with raw, salty drums.
2nd of two tracky techno tool packs by Dario Tronchin a.k.a. Chevel. A-side dispenses bleep minimalism ('Detrimental') and blank-eyed kick drum patterns ('Summer'); B-side comes a bit craftier with slippery blips and pacey kicks ('2020') and a latinate industrial ruckus ('Nofilt').
Ostgut Ton serve the 2nd of two exclusive collections spawned from Function's Berghain 07 mix. Cassegrain and Tin Man cut first with sub-aquatic acid stride of 'Oxide', and Ed Davenport's Inland coolly conserves energy with the effortless acid techno charge of 'Sca Fell'. On the other side, DVS1 rolls out the tensile dub techno of 'Electric', and Steve Bicknell sounds more like we remember him with the modular lashes and driving force of 'Odyssey #2' (the first being found on the other plate).
Patten's Kaleidoscope twists back into/out of focus with the first issue in his 50/50 series. Manchester's Aldous RH (f.k.a. Egyptian Hip Hop) indulges a sanguine side of yacht-rock pop vignettes nodding to Todd Rundgren and highly compatible with early Hype Williams, sweetly defined by his sugary croon, gauzily off-kilter synth harmonies and wistful pallor.
Tight-ass acid trax from the Dutch studio meister, backed with sharp remixes by LA-4A and Vin Sol. Tyrell's originals put the 303 through its paces in two versions, a sparse and hypnotic 'Acid 7' backed with a stickier, electroid La-4A remix, and the crunchy bang of 'Acid 3', given a percolating Dance Mania-style rework by Vin Sol.
Synth-led big room techno trax by Alan Fitzpatrick for Scuba's Hotflush, tooled with a brukken Auden remix. 'Falling Down' is a lip-smacking 4am burner twirling massive shiny arpeggios and booming kicks, while 'Vanishing' eases off with a shifty dub-techno stride. On remix duties, Auden opens up 'Falling Down' with electro breaks and sweeter pads around the central synth motif.
Monday, 11 May
By Pitchfork’s reckoning Dominick Fernow’s discography now stands at over 150 releases long - so it isn’t without much consideration that we say that ‘Frozen Niagara Falls’ is his defining, most exploratory and ultimately rewarding work to date. It’s an epic undertaking too - spanning two discs (the vinyl edition which will follow next month is a mammoth 3LP) and includes over an hour and a half of music, veering from the surprisingly contemplative destroyed-folk of ‘Greenpoint’ and 'Christ Among The Broken Glass’, to painfully blissful, Vangelis-esque night-scapes ('Jester In Agon… Read more
Sharp Veins reveals a captivating debut dream sequence of emirg-ent hybrids for new age grime pushers, Glacial Sound. Hailing from Alabama via the U.S. East Coast, he was one of Fact magazine's "producers to watch in 2015" based on the strength of his soundcloud alone. Like fellow American mutants Elysia Crampton or Rabit - with whom he shared a side for Bristol's Blacklink Sound - the Sharp Veins sound errs to a more electronic, IDM-style sci-fi atmospheres, but with the economy of UK grime instrumentals and emotive incision of R&B. He describes them as "functional places - idyllic,… Read more
**Includes a Boomkat exclusive bonus track** Lakker beautifully find their voice in this eagerly awaited 2nd album. Working with vocalist Eileen Carpio on four out of ten tracks, they considerately expand their soundworld to encompass bludgeoning techno alongside elaborate IDM structures and vicious noise tear-outs, realising the most dramatic and perhaps definitive statement in their catalogue so far. Since 2011, the duo of Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell (Eomac) have come to define something that was maybe lacking (pun intended) in modern electronica with a gush of 12"'s finding the pressure point … Read more
Hell just froze over: Pan Sonic's lesser-spotted Ilpo Väisänen finally returns with a solo album of industro-dub rhythms recalling his little-known but killer output as Liima and Piiri. It's all new material, stringently focussed on the bare-bones dynamics of Jamaican dub proper but, filtered with the precise, austere approach of Pan Sonic as a "statement against technocracy and the erosion of human community." Dub's organic qualities are swapped for patterns of barbed-wire structure and tones so cold that they perpetually shatter on impact, presenting a uniquely stubbo… Read more
Another masterstroke from the maestro, Oren Ambarchi, this time in conjunction with a 20-piece ensemble conducted by Ilan Volkov and featuring members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & Speak Percussion. Oren's 4th LP release of 2015 already (and it's only May!) presents a necessary space for unconscious meditation following a vintage streak of releases as diverse as they are brilliant and challenging in their respective forms. As the title alludes, 'Sleepwalker's Conviction' can be taken as a study of unconsciousness manifest in sound, a continuation of Oren's preterna… Read more
Dennis Bovell performs an outright dub murder 'pon Glasgow's always-brilliant Golden Teacher at The Green Door. Bovell reduces a new cut, 'Instigator' to a heaving 100bpm mass of prickling, rocksteady drum machine pulse, spooling keys and dread vox destined for the heads of the rebels in the best dances. Flipside, 'Like A Hawk' (lifted from their 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night' 12") gets shook up to a 111bpm patter, coming off like a hydro-charged update of Carl Craig's refit for the Congos - one of our favourite all time 12"s. Totally indispensable gear.
'Dumb Flesh' is the ecstatic new album from F**k Buttons' Benjamin Power in Blanck Mass mode. His 2nd album in this guise after 2011's eponymous debut, it retains much of the fizzy noise harmonics and thrills of his duo with Andrew Hung, but channels a more direct dancefloor and pop attitude, 'Dumb Flesh' isn't quite techno, noise or post-rock, but rather a distillation of all their affective memes boiled up, reduced and smeared across these eight tracks. The result: a viscous goo of legal-high potency, conducting strangely heart-racing arrangements at slouchy tempo in 'Atrophies' or goin… Read more
**Incredible new album from Type - a study in bass tones massively recommended if you’re into Earth, Sunn 0))) or Phill Niblock** Type suck us in head first with Retribution Body's blooming black mass of acoustic drone alchemy, 'Aokigahara'. Known to his pals and employers at Boston's Berklee College as world class acoustic technician Matthew Azevedo, Retribution Body is the very occasional moniker for his musical exploits, revealing a rarified grasp of low end frequency manipulation on a par with the likes of Earth, Sunn 0))) or Phill Niblock. Specialising in architectural acoustic … Read more