Monday, 17 June
Kinkier big-room tech-house-disco from Locked Groove, armed with superb Juju & Jordash and Iron Galaxy remixes on Tiga's Turbo label. 'Keep Thorough' finds a skilled balance of disco swing and propulsive techn-house; Juju & Jordash give a more analogue-sounding overhaul with spacious percussion, C2-style bass throb and deliciously subtle, pitch-bent synths. Tipped dat last one!
Excellent UK tech-house offset with tuffer techno and subtle African influence. Birmingham's Lakosa and London's Rick Grant make a great pairing, whether riding Sleeparchive-like bass pump spiked with funked-up drums on A-side 'Core', or swinging with sleek, moody bass and reduced, shaking polyrhythms in the deeper cleft of 'Tambourine'. Expect to hear both tunes everywhere from Berlin to Brighton. Support from Appleblim, Alex Coulton, South London Ordnance, Akkord, Locked Groove…
**Darkly cinematic Americana doom incursion with a modern patina of electronics. RIYL Barn Owl, Zelionople** "Bathetic is pleased to bring to the masses, Make All The Hell Of Dark Metal Bright, the debut long player from Kwaidan. This project brings together Mike Weis (Zelienople), André Foisy (Locrian), and Neil Jendon – when you look at a line-up like this, it’s easy to see how important and profound the outcome will be…Heavy, lumbering, and dense, Make All The Hell Of Dark Metal Bright is a sprawling affair with a foggy aesthetic – bleak, but beautiful and all-su… Read more
Proper stylish and heads-down techno from Ben Klock for his personal Klockworks imprint. With 'Under Pressure' the monotone bassline propulsion is balanced with tight loops of soulful Chicago-style organ, whereas 'Voyage one' is more rigid, bucked with body hitting kicks and tribal toms to grip the 'floor and hold it firmly in place. 'You' is the most economical and deadly of the lot, giving up arid, frictional rhythms offset with pointillist keys in a heavily functional yet refined manner. Makes us wish it was friday night again!
Ben Klock is riding high on the wave of love for the Berghain sound right now, and his Klockworks series is definitely the place to look for the freshest developments in the style he has developed alongside fellow Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann. This latest addition to the killer series of club tools doubles the number of tracks for your money compared with previous editions, and expands his ouevre to include dub house variants on top of his usual club slaying techno behemoths. 'Pulse' starts the dance with a strictly orthodox Berghain piece, thumping out those powerfully reverbed kic… Read more
Absolutely prime techno this week, and pick of the bunch comes from Ben Klock. Following the insanely good 'October' 12" for BPitch, and last years immense album with fellow Berghain resident Marcel Dettman, Ben Klock has steadily risen to the top of the pack as a purveyor of the trippiest and most technically proficient techno currently doing the rounds. His Klockworks imprint is generally reserved for the more experimental end of his functional techno repertoire, but this doesn't mean it's any less than entirely effective, here on 'Steady plus' creating the sort of stripped and lean sq… Read more
The second Klockworks emission from Ben Klock - and it's a total killer. This is exactly the sort of thing that will satisfy all the Minimal instincts in you without compromising on any low-end expectations, "Onyx" delivering a metallic percussive skeleton that's underpinned by all manner of panning deconstructions, sharp hi-hats and a pulsating bassline that's the best kind of low-end transmission this side of Andy Stott. "Sean" on the flip is even better - a squashed 4/4 shuffle that comes across as almost barren fast aquires a funked-up percussive template that sounds like a stripped,… Read more
Another week of tuneage, and yet more shockwaves land fresh from Berlin. We love the idea of artist title and label all apparently as one, and with warehouse music as good as this such matters fade into insignificance. "Glandula piti" builds into stinging hihats, a rattling rhythm guaranteed to leave any site where its played in need of maintenance. "Glimmerman part one" boasts a mighty central riff, its huge production simply dwarfing the thinner sounds of other lesser tunes and morphing through all the percussive swells necessary for a primetime killing techno tune. The part one only s… Read more
Raving acid bass bouncers from a rebel alliance of UK imprints, 877 and Well Rounded Records. Klic & Riskotheque drop the gangsta club heat of 'Compton' on the A-side, and Brighton's Dong & Blake give it a more rugged house swing on the flip beside their EP highlight, a very strange techno abstraction with garbled vocals coming off like Thomas Brinkmann meets Mordant Music.
Champion's Formula Records weighs out two deeper, electroid funky rollers from newcomer, Jamie Hustle. Up top his 'Pleasure Dome' works out a supple swing-jack rhythm and moody blue pitchbent synthlines for the shades-on-at-midnight crew. Down under, 'One Objective' gets looser with nagging rave hook underpinned by a powerful subbass and taut, crisp percussion.
Genuinely freeky boogie badness from the down-under producer, Inkswel, issued on the excellent and exploratory Faces Records. With fidelity set to *crunchy-ass* and party vibes flowing throughout, Inkswel finds that rare balance of in-the-pocket but loosely psychedelic where too many in his scene are just buttoned-up and frankly, f**king boring. Over eight tracks he switches up and flips the groove with effortless flair, strutting from the tucked and bumpin' drum chops of 'Australaborialis' to the crispy battered loop funk and wheezy synths of 'Circle Jerks', thru the beat-off vinget… Read more
London house rollers from Rinse FM's Foamo. Takes in the moody feminine pressure of 'Release Me' with lushed-up Lotti vocal alongside the rugged shufflers' spesh 'Without You' and the bassline garage-infected swing of 'Running'.
In lieu of any new movies, David Lynch has been investing his energies in some truly strange musical endeavours. 'Are You Sure' is the first taste of 'The Big Dream', his Blues-wise follow-up to 'Crazy Clown Time', a lonely bar scene of one man and his drum machine on a dim-lit stage crooning his woes to the bar-tender and the couple drunkenly swaying in the corner.
"The Philly-stewed Cough Cool return with their sophomore long-player for Bathetic with 29, and with it further perfect their bedroom burnout bliss. Cough Cool has always stroked an edgy toss of the hair through their washes of gritty pop. This is an act not afraid to embrace a charismatic flow to their music, while keeping things shifty and weird. They’ve made their pies with flavors of Ween, Suicide, and 90s alternative and they taste really fucking good. 29 is a natural maturation of their sound, with all the peaks getting a little loftier. They haven’t lost their hazy state, their eyes still ti… Read more
Superb sci-fi sound designs from a shadowy collective inspired by William Gibson's prophetic 'Neuromancer' novel. Borrowing its title from the book's opening chapter, 'Tuned To A Dead Channel' presents us with nine pieces of fear-inducing cybernetic simulation bowing to '80s and '90s sci-fi atmospheres meshing gloomy pads, hyperreal electro pings, perilous bass detonations and distant clanks, all rendered as code on luminous green grids in glossy black surfaces in tessellating, 3D-sculpted spatialisations. Fans of everything from Ike Yard to the Autonomic lot, Bitstream, Synth Sense and Ital's tripper album moments need to make themselves acquainted.
Apollo collect rare highlights and new productions from the desk of Moscow's premier deep house producer. Disc 1 is drenched with the luscious 'Water', his rugged 'Road Trip Song' and the spectral original, 'Fade To What' from his Ethereal Sound releases; Disc 2 features 'Miles and More' from the C.O.M.E compilation on Fred P's Soul People Music label, plus the exclusive beatdown number 'Funky Man' on side A, backed with one of our favourite A. Zap cuts, 'Captain Storm' from his eponymous debut on Underground Quality circa 2008, and finally the beautiful ambient house patter of 'Miniature'.
Cleaning Tapes follow that outstanding 'Helical Scans' compilation with a summer-ready collection of downbeats and shimmering electronics by London's Alphabets Heaven. Their original tracks swoon across crystalline melody and glassy footwork refractions in 'Sadglitterface' to breezy acoustic strums and simulated pastoral space in 'Mydreamsarequiet' and dusty R&B bump on 'Showme'. Check also for The Range's deft D&B steppers delays applied to the 'Mydreamsarequiet' remix.
**Upfront Exclusive** Portugal 'fesses up a soul side from the rap duo A.M.O.R. backed with techy and rugged remixes by VVV and Altered Natives. Vocals alternate between Timberlake-like soul sweetness and robotic ghetto raps on a plush, bumping rhythm and swirling, sensuous synthlines produced by Photonz's Markur. VVV gives it a tighter, uptempo re-flex laced with Zomby-style bleep goop; Altered Natives gets nastier with rambunctious breaks and a scything synth hook.
Monday, 10 June
Seven years since their last transmission, the brothers BoC yield the darkly infected crop of 'Tomorrow's Harvest'. They've seemingly burned for fuel the guitars used to icky effect on 'The Campfire Headphase' and bunkered down to watch John Carpenter movies and 'Threads' on repeat, now returning to the sublime dystopia of 'Music Has The Right To Children' but filtered with a sort of entropic nuclear soul depletion. If we take the artwork and promotional cock-teases literally, they're now stationed in the deserted dust belt of a near lifeless metropolis, decoding ciphers from … Read more
Eagerly anticipated full-length on RVNG Intl. from Christelle Gualdi's Stellar Om Source, marking a significant departure from the no-age synthcraft she's long been known for and has showcased on numerous self-released CDRs and sides for the likes of Olde English Spelling Bee and Big Love. Joy One Mile began life when Gualdi acquired a mint Roland TB-303 and began experimenting with it; over the course of a year's gigging, she perfected seven compositions which she then laid down live, without overdubs. To get a fresh perspective on the material she handed it to Gunnar Wendel aka K… Read more
Mellow house and ornate, shimmering techno from Gold Panda on his sophomore LP. Fans of Caribou and Four Tet will find much to love in the generously melodic, intricately constructed 4/4 grooves the London-based producer puts on display, embroidered with samples and imbued with an organic, everything-is-alright essence that seems to make sense with summer (supposedly) on the way. We run the gamut from the supple minimal of 'Brazil' and more jaggedly programmed house swing of 'An English House' through to the chiming, circadian ambient of 'My Father In Hong Kong' and downtempo sunset of 'Reprise', the mood always wistful but never less than optimistic.
Shelter Press have caught Keith Fullerton Whitman at his sweetest on this excellent split with Belgium's Floris VanHoof. We're not quite sure how they did it - maybe stuffed him with haribo, or sent him some flowers - but they've got four of the loveliest modular experiments outta Mr KFW; proper delicacies glazed with dancefloor potential for stranger 'floors. They range from the elastic, crystalline waltz of 'Automatic Ping' to the filigree dissonance of 'Automatic Melody' and the buckled patterns of 'Automatic Drums', before he weaves their constituent parts in the … Read more
Appleblim keeps all camps happy with his first solo single since 2007! In the meantime he's become a standard bearer for the post-dubstep movement, delineating dubstep into its constituent parts - garage, house, techno and dub electronics - with his Applepips label and celebrated DJ sets across the globe. His A-side 'Fluorescent' manifests his taste for buttoned-up swing on the cusp of tech-house and boogie with supple b-lines and chiming chords punctuated by crisp claps ready for the summer season. Flipside, 'Past Present Future' is far more up our alley, conducting rudeboy bounce syncopat… Read more
Hospital Productions launch a volley of Alberich's deadliest drawn from their extensive cache. For those unfamiliar with Alberich; he's the label's go-to mastering engineer and one of the most compelling artists to breach the no mans land between noise and techno. 'Machine Gun Nest: Cassette Works, Vol. 0' scopes material from rare and out-of-print compilations and albums issued over the last six years, cutting from the widescreen darkwave vision of 'Gold' and the stunning, heart-in-mouth ambient piece 'No Mistake', to the diesel-powered rhythmic noise destruction o… Read more
Following his ace trio of 2012 releases - including 12” drops on The Trilogy Tapes and Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats - Detroit’s Manuel Gonzales returns to the on-fire Don’t Be Afraid with a superlative 6-track workout. Once again he flits effortlessly between bugged-out beatdown abstraction and flexing, swishing club gear: the EP begins with raw keyboard and drumbox experiment ‘Hand Over Fifth’ before settling into the lithe, dark, pumped-up acid of ‘Proxy’, which will have fans of KMFH, Anthony Naples, Moon B and the L.I.E.S crew locked. ‘Funnel Vision’ is a rougher, more scuzzed-out stu… Read more
**Gallic psych-droner High Wolf offers his clearest vision of lush harmonics and lulling rhythms. Much less distortion and lots more light. Big recommendation to fans of Peaking Lights!** "French globe-tourist High Wolf has hand-rolled his way up Mount Fuji, trainspotted every corner of Europe, hitch-hiked across America and Australia, chugged Ganges water, and crouched on all manner of smoke-stained prayer rug since first looping a bongo back in ’09. His apprenticeship in the House of Wah nearly complete, he’s hinted at a potentially seismic shift in the High Wolf third eye doctrine lur… Read more
**Track three is exclusive to Boomkat** On-U Sound-man meets the Tectonic boss inna proper UK-style weed devotional. The project sprouted from Pinch's involvement on the 'Recovery Time' dubs to Sherwood's 'Survival & Resistance', where the elder gave the relative dubstep strapling his full seal of approval. Their next move was 'Bring Me Weed', the vocal sweetened dread A-side of this single, pairing their respective styles brimming with fire and soul. Better yet, the B-side 'Weed Psychosis Mix' is gutted to proper 2013 specs, leaving only serpentine st… Read more
**SHIPS FRIDAY** Untold's Pennyroyal label curls out another blistered techno session, this time from Finland's Boner M. A-side 'KopKopKop' isn't a terrace anthem but a tracky, hard-nosed banger with glinting electro inflections slashed with grubby, atonal noise and pulverized hi-hats for the stompers. B-side 'Poke' comes off like a rudimentary Regis of old, accreting filthy, jagged noise over proper kick drum punishment; 'Fakmii' pumps electro hydraulics like the bastard, gutter-born son of Dynamix II and Michael Forshaw.