Monday, 25 August
Enchanting, refreshing house from Deepblak's Damon Bell for London's Meda Fury division of R&S. Positively spilling over with good vibes, 'Hue-Man Made' serves five tracks of Afro-centric rhythms sprinkled with lush keys and radiant synths to mark out ground between Jamal Moss at his most lucid, and the supple grooves of Mr Raoul K or Aybee. Check for the breezy strums and triplet gyrations of 'Hue-Man Made' or the beaming cosmic grooves of 'Radius' and 'Enthusiastic Minor'.
End-of-the-rope business from Sweden's D.A.R.F.D.H.S., debuting on Opal Tapes after a dread-filled slab for Clan Destine. 'Fã-Rintelsen & Dã-den' is possibly the bleakest Opal to date, conducting a stygian descent to blank-eyed doom scapes prodded by icy pulses and systolic bass thru the buried harmonics of 'Andens Desperata Framåtanda' to the pealing breakdown of 'Dödsuppväckningar' and paralysing torture chamber ambience of 'Vaneföreställningsvärlden' and the utterly gutted gangster dread dub 'Kadaverdiciplin'.
Slickly irresistible swing-jaxx from one of the biggest UK house production units. 'Mistakes' is a perfectly measured, in-the-pocket burner with sweet vocal, '90s Korg M1 riff and supple subs; 'Dimensions' is tuffer, reminds of Karizma productions; 'Bird Flu' is a freakier tribal driver with wicked balance of dark stabs and frothy 4th world vibes; 'Foorest' is a sonar-scanning reduction of trippy bleep techno and skanking minimal house.
'Our Love' is the 2nd single from Dan Snaith aka Caribou's upcoming 4th solo album of the same title. A predictably sweet dancefloor move meshing froth, airy vocal processing with a rugged house bump, subtle Reese surges and disco strings until it turns into a full blown big room romp.
Bobby Champs, West Norwood Cassette Library, Kevin McPhee and J. Tijn as remixed by J. Tijn, Knowing Looks, Kamikaze Space Programme, and WNCL. J. Tijn turns Champs' 'Krenshaw' into a bruising/bruised techno tool and Knowing Looks sparks WBCL's 'Drop' as a breakbeat 'ardcore ruction. Kamikaze Spacxe Programme runs roughshod over Mcphee's 'In Circles' for a rugged drum tool, and WNCL cools off on a remix of J. Tijn's 'Flat'.
BNJMN nails a darker, heavier sound on his first 12" for Technicolour. On 'Tonight' he teases a snatch of This Mortal Coil's 'Song To The Siren' over strobing chords and submerged 4/4 welt to come off like The Field's up-for-it alter ego. Flipside, 'Arc' hews closer to that psycho-acoustically attuned techno sound also done by Actress and Lee Gamble, and 'IV' gets under the skin with opiated Eastern string samples rolled in murky EBM/house rhythm to gloomy effect.
Following a cool Public Information album, Austin Cesear's debut for Anthony Naples' Proibito is by turns one of the label's lushest and most challenging releases to date. On one hand you've got a dreamy deep house groove rich with warm sub-bass and strewn with breezy soul-strung samples on the B-side '1 Year', while the flipside is all about deferred gratification and experimentalism, with the filtered, detached loops of 'Yep' and the brittle strangely compressed space and unyielding build of 'Slink'.
Anthony Naples mans up the 3rd 12" on his Proibito label after sessions from Huerco S (Royal Crown Of Sweden) and Local Artist. Side A jams hard with booty-slamming kicks and filtered synthlines coming off like Delroy Edwards reworking old skool Daft Punk before sailing out to a finale of lush new age chords. On Side B he comes craftier with nifty drum programming and shifty, strangely dubbed-out chords, again descending to a blown-out breakdown only to return groggier and washed out. Canny stuff, check it oot.
Monday, 18 August
**Upfront Exclusive** Samuel Kerridge puts a donk on it for Blueprint, backed with three of his signature doom scapes. The Berlin-based artist's follow-up to 'A Fallen Empire' opens with the pounding coda and descending tones of 'Operation Neptune', streaking slow-motion Stuka screams over tortured bass hits to asphyxiating effect, whilst the bombed-out 'Surrender To The Void' sculpts monolithic black metal riffs and slow roiling drums reminding of Pan Sonic. B-side, 'Paint It Black' spills evil, muscle-wasting drones and bone-snapping percussion before rearing up the twisted metal relief of 'Paint It Black (Reprise)'. Strong twelve.
**Gatefold jacket with a free download of the album** Werk Discs' new MVP, Moiré, patterns a unique fusion of leftfield House and Techno with debut album, 'Shelter'. Rooted in wayward modern funk, and brimming with emotive chicanery, 'Shelter' is a thoroughly considered, robust LP statement that stands out from the current crowd. Sounding out somewhere between Carl Craig's erogenous house and the psychedelic zones of Actress, it occupies an unstable, shifty mid-ground, in flux between tiered layers of classic analogue synths, tape machines and drum computers (check his feature on Fact magazine for… Read more
"This collaboration – featuring the two strongest Nordic voices around today – started back in 2009 as an exchange of letters, then developed into two live performances, one at Oslo Jazz Festival, the other at the Henie Onstad Art Centre, where this album was recorded. Mixed and mastered by Helge Sten (Deathprod, Supersilent), Meshes Of Voice presents a stunning vocal universe of confessions, whispers and seductions. A key inspiration was film maker Maya Deren’s surrealist, cyclical Meshes of the Afternoon, a milestone of visionary film from 1943, creating a complex world of musical fictions akin to those of Julia Holter and Joanna Newsom"
21-track Reissue of Drexciya's first album proper and a milestone for Detroit and electronic music in general. It was first released in 1999 and has since been hailed as one of the enigma's most crucial missives. Opinions will differ, but this CD version is arguably the definitive edition, containing 21 tracks to the LP's 13, and a discernibly lucid digital mastering compared with relatively smudged frequencies on the 2LP vinyl. To put it simply, and without overstatement: this is one of the finest electronic albums ever made.
'Intercepts' is a declassified dispatch of industrial espionage and ambient adventures from the chambers of Pye Corner Audio and Alessio Natalizia aka Not Waving. Inspired by the arcane, furtive world of spy rings - from the Rosenburgs to the Cambridge Five and the Duquesne case - they present encrypted analog communiques resonating with the mystery and drama of those covert operations. Pye Corner Audio sets out a killer suite of signature, lustrous synth arpeggios and soft-soled but driving bass perfect for purring around European cities behind blacked out windows, whilst… Read more
*Incredible new album from one of the most intriguing artists on the Hospital Productions roster, mining the precious, uncomfortable space between early ‘80s Italian industrial music and the claustrophobia typified by Coil* Lussuria came to prominence with the release of three tapes as part of the ‘American Babylon’ series in 2012 which where eventually championed by the likes of Blackest Ever Black who listed them at the top of their 2012 year-end charts. Lussuria's opiated atmospheres bring together dark and brooding Industrial signatures with augmented and re-purposed fragment… Read more
The Berghain resident mans up a killer Fabric 77 selection heavily biased to his MDR label and own productions. Of 19 tracks on show, 15 of them are either original Dettmann productions, remixes or edits, or have been released by his label. It makes for a super-cohesive and distinguished selection, introducing the likes of Ryan James Ford with the pensive build of 'Arthure Iccon' and maintaining a slick tension and momentum throughout the mix from Terence Fixmer's creepy 'Inside Of Me' thru Dario Zenker's exclusive roller 'Nearlin', and Rob Hood's Monobox classic 'Film'… Read more
Kompakt gang on annual manoeuvres with 2 CDs, 25 tracks of European house and modern disco. In among the minimal tech-house standards you'll find some peachy highlights, none more so than the Voigt Brothers' swaggering 'Tischlein Deck Dich'; Saschienne's darkside EBM driver 'Horacio Delirium'; the big room romp of Maceo Plex's 'Conjure Superstar'; the tucked triplets of Thomas Fehlmann's 'Eye'; or the midi pomp of Jürgen Paape's 'Heuriger'.
Lil Jabba brings different, trippy styles to the fore on his keenly awaited follow-up to the 'Scales' album for Local Action. On 'Gully' for True Patnther, the Brooklyn-based producer adds potent traces of techno, trap, and jungle to his Footworking frameworks in six parts covering a broader range of tempos and moods. We can think of few producers in this field who apply such a painterly sensibility to their work, from the fluid darkside strokes, sprayed beats and pointillist melody of 'GRoTTo Anthem' to the hyper-detailed, lucid nightmare vision of 'FLeXIN. (Jabba's CuT.)', taking in the odd-wo… Read more
*Excellent collection of fractal electronics and disrupted 808 beats from New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Artwork constructed using viral images from James Hoff with typography by Bill Kouligas** James Hoff's razor sharp second LP for PAN, 'Blaster' reveals the effects of computer viruses upon the composition process, and their potential to fxxk with networks of communication. Across a seven-track A-side suite, and a B-side of 'Scratch' tools, Hoff uses the eponymous computer virus to infect 808 drum patterns which become the mutant build… Read more
Pye Corner Audio expands on 'Black Mist', taken from 'The Outer Church' compilation released by Front & Follow, now backed with new track and a blown-out Old Apparatus remix. The dramatic original is given time and space to let that Dr. Who-style bass riff and soaring synth to take flight across the A-side, whilst the flip brings the funereal slow techno processional, 'Bulk Erase', into play beside a roiling, radiant render from Old Apparatus, who also fold in oriental field recordings to abstract and exotic effect.
Fugged-up, emotive electronica from Jimmy Billingham's Holovr alias, returning to Opal Tapes with his first vinyl release. 'Holo Earth' follows the scuzzy sci-fi themes of 'Lunar Lake' with a spirited collection of droning pads, murdered jungle and cracked techno nodding to early Autechre, no wave electronics and dark ambient musics. We can hear contemporary parallels in certain sectors of the Bristol sound between Young Echo and No Corner, but it's all much more blown out and degraded, even ambiguous, strung between celestial new age dreaminess, rugged rhythms and morphing patina of hiss and… Read more
Demented, Brutal, heavy techno session from Surgeon and Regis - finally available on download formats.
Ketev is the work of Berlin based Yair Elazar Glotman, here following up his well received debut Cassette on Opal Tapes with the full length 'Singular Stare'. Ketev's sound is one that you cannot help but give your whole self over to. There's a uniqueness in his mantra, he achieves an engrossingly lucid state within listening that is quite unlike anyone else currently working within the realm of damaged and mutated techno ambience. Ketev's music initially sounds as if it's purpose is to illicit fear within the listener, but once immersed within opener 'Remains as a burning coal' it's clear … Read more
Irresistible Tsonga Disco House from Penny Penny circa 1994, backed with equally infectious remixes. Now 20 years old, 'Dance Khomela' works the slinkiest SA take on the US garage-house phenomenon that was burning up everywhere from New Jersey to Newcastle at the time. Taken from the amazing 'Shaka Bundu' reissue, it's now backed with the brooding bass and uptempo shake of DJ Moruti's 'Milandu Bhe', plus the inimitably tucked syncopation of Tshepang "Rambo" Ramoba's 'Aye Papa Penny', and the Black People Msanzi's remix of Ntsako's 'Xirilo'. Lot of names most people won't know here, but trust us they're all outstanding! Big TIP!
Nerve-rattling electro and cyber-punk from Travis Galloway (Traag, All Gone Records) in Siobhan mode for Opal Tapes. The title of 'Southgate' refers to a nefarious area of his home city, Michigan, and signifies a broke, rusty industrial aesthetic that creeps under the skin like crack bugs in a Philip K Dick novel. The mood is harsh and unforgiving from the sludgy trudge of 'Del Ray '97' to the Mid-West electro-tech shudder of 'Rail Spit', cutting loose on neon-lit city street scenes like some leather-clad golem brought to life by 'Citrac'-era James Ferraro and Cleveland's James Donadio aka Pro… Read more
Second Storey - fka Al Tourettes - sets the scene for his upcoming debut album 'Double Divide' with the dense, fizzing techno of Shaman Champagne' and corresponding remixes by Perc and Aden. Like recent examples from Untold or Randomer, Second Storey boots UK techno into more wayward new shapes here, whereas Perc takes it right back to knuckle-dragging industrial pound and Aden gives it a kinky electroid boost.
Sigha's Our Circula Sound label racks up cat#002 featuring one original track, and remixes by Shifted and James Ruskin. 'The Politics Of Dying' is a solid DJ tool, structured rigid and unremitting for dark room actions. The Shifted remix smudges its sharp contours for a more dubbed, swinging groove, while James Ruskin subtly strafes closer to Regis' patented hydraulic flow with his optimised dystopian atmospheres and rolling bassline.
M=minimal presents a guided tour of their neatly formed catalogue via music from Borngräber & Strüver, Superconnection, Andreas Reihse, Denseland, and Ernestalbrecht Stiebler. Core to the Berlin since 2010, local duo Borngräber & Strüver make three appearances, Borngräber solo with the mannered downbeat keys of 'Tiem Teller', and in duo for the darker krautrock thrust of 'Reise' and the haunting swell of neo-classical strings and ghostly soprano swept up in 'Wellen'. Meanwhile, Superconnection rolls out the slow, pendulous momentum and overcast melancholy of 'S-Bahn', contrasting sharply with … Read more
Ghostly International's most emotional artist makes good with the shoe-gazing, euphoric electronica of 'Spectre', blessed with a tender, jazzy Bibio rework. The original is all heart-rending guitar chords and stadium-sized dance-rock thump, whereas Bibio's remix is dead sweet, reworking the chords on acoustic guitar with little reverse tape loops and Rhodes fills burnished with bird song and quiet, rustic drums.
DJ Q and DJ Haus pipe up with a 2nd set of 'floor burnin' garage-house swingers. On top deck they whisk up the champagne bubble and pan pipes of 'Str8 Jugglin' and the ruder rudder of 'Eros Dance'. Below deck they shake out the kinky swing of 'All Nite' and a DJ Q remix fired up with 'ardcore breaks and a West Yorkshire rudeboy stance.