Friday, 17 July
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed’ arches up a skeletal, mutant 8-bar onslaught and ‘Trashe… Read more
Superb, carbonated disco-house and good times boogie from the Pender Street Stepper and Mood Hut collective member. Doing it for Future Times, Jack J bubbles up the dub-scattered drums and walking disco bass of 'Thirstin' with soul-quenching vocals on the A-side, whilst 'Atmosphere' opens out across the flip with diaphanous jazz chords and a deep forest of shimmering chime trees giving way to a lissom boogie shuffle shivered with nifty edits from the top pocket.
Exceptional debut 12" of trippin', tape-saturated techno and electro by Antinote's latest discovery. Coming not long after the rugged techno punishments of his 'Human Condition' tape for New York Haunted, 'Menti Singole' portrays a more sensitive, melancholy character between the buttoned-up electromance of opener 'Filippo' and the roiling Andy Stott-meets-Aught styles of 'Marco', soaring under covert ferric skies across the Urban Tribe-like panorama of 'Francesco' to the noirish Lynch-meets-Gesloten Cirkel vibes of 'Leonardo'. Based on the strength of these tracks, by all rights Leonardo Martelli's name should be everywhere very soon. Massive tip!
**Highly recommended to fans of Grouper, Loren Connors, Richard Skelton** Original Bristol shoegazer, Flying Saucer Attack, completes a quietly breathtaking return with his first new album in 15 years. Where all too often this sort of return can simply reprise an old sound for diehard fans, 'Instrumentals 2015' is a timeless and otherworldly recording with a radiant, transcendent appeal for anyone with a taste for blown-out guitar drone scapes. Across 15 pieces it covers a vast, impressionistic topography in a spellbinding narrative coursing from Eraserhead-like industria… Read more
*Exclusive version of Bullion's new EP with an additional track!* On his brilliant first new release in 3 years, Bullion is sure to draw some big grins with the menagerie of technicolour, cartoonish funk in 'Rooster'. Unhinged to say the least, you get the sense that Nathan Jenkins a.k.a. Bullion has spent up all his pop chips with production for the wonderful Nautic and Laura Groves, and now really wants to reveal what's going on the "musical barnyard" of his bonce. Taking in radiophonic bloops, dubbed-out rooster crows, digickal dancehall, Gaelic jigs, ersatz Ethiopiques and Indian raga, it's … Read more
Adroit, abstract rhythm trips from De Leon on his 2nd session for the impeccable Aught imprint. Some really outstanding pieces to be found in this outing, not least the high-velocity flux of '10', which sounds something like Cut Hands gone gamelan, or the dusty, sinuous tribal techno extractions of ''08' which is maybe best compared with Bookworms' intuitive style of drum programming and arrangement. Mix in the sweltering mass of coruscating chords and echo chamber clangour in '07', and the grounation-like patter of '06', and you've got a really strong, uniquely immersive selection. Tip!
Neck-snapping instrumental grime slaughter from the Slackk-championed producer, Edgem. 'Terror Fortress' runs four dramatic and concentrated DJ tools, flaring nasty brass and 8-bar lunges in the title cut alongside the string-heavy aggression of 'I See Everything', ruthless darkside bass pressure in 'Route One', and boss-level intensity of 'The Crypt'.
Downwards remind us the genius of Female's shatterproof productions with 'The Exotic Three' presenting a previously unheard belter, 'Hung' alongside 'Cold Steel' and Contact' from his 'Into The Exotic' (1997) album. The lesser known co-founder of Downwards and early contributor to Sandwell District has too long been absent from the release schedule, so consider this a necessary reminder of his deadly and uncomprising style, from the lip-bitingly tight, latinate shufflez of the two album trax to the pensile, minimalist and properly sexy dynamics of 'Hung'. TIP!
Chicago's own DJ Roc volleys an electrified 2nd album of footwork with 'Practice What U Preach' for scene supporters, Duck N' Cover. Working a perfect balance of sampled soul and technoid Afro-futurism, it weighs up some of his deadliest cuts and jabs in the likes of 'Lowend Unity', named after his 'hood and flush with a mix of pealing sax, droning subs and mercurial synth drops; with the lump-in-throat brilliance of his hyper Jhene Aiko flip, 'The Worst'; and not least the staccato pulses, ricochet rimshots and choking bass pressure of 'I Make Gutta'.
Black Channels summon the spirit of Broadcast, hauntology and dreamy psychedelia in their deeply uncanny debut release for Death Waltz. Revolving around two spellbinding songs and an etheric outerlude, 'Oracles' hovers into view with the dry iced synth drift and roiling drums of the title track wreathing Becky Randall's swooning vocal in thorns and wilting, blood-red petals, before 'Depth of Field' sinks so low into a gothic miasma of squirming bass and ceramic rimshots perfused with glossolalia recalling classics by Pink Industry, Cocteau Twins, Chris & Cosey, and aesthetic analogues in certain Andy Stott or Jenny Hval tunes.
Justin K Broadrick and Black Rain reshape cuts from AnD's cranky debut album in their own image. Darkside hero Justin Broaderick does his JK Flesh thing on 'Non Sky Signal Noise', turning it into a charred, 100bpm banger bulging with red-lined bass protrusions and sweltering distortion before opening the hatch on a payload of nuclear drones and acid malevolence. The remixes from Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright in Black Rain mode are quieter and more subtle, whether shrouding the frazzled bleeps and stumbling techno of 'The Surface of Last Scattering' in thorny, viscose distortion, or decelerating and expanding 'Galactic Motion' inna grumbling industro-acid-dub style.
**Upfront Exclusive** Silent Servant and Lili Schulder (51717) bring the darkside out of each other in 'Jealous God 06'. Both sides build on the most unheimlich elements of their respective releases, 'Negative Fascination' (Hospital Productions) and '0VUL' for Opal Tapes, or the cracking 'Shadowlust' LP with Svengalisghost for L.I.E.S. A-side, Lili's a spectral presence, whispering like a gynoid Cosey amid industrial ambient moires and queasy trudge. B-side, Silent Servant mutters bleak nothings thru his walkie talkie (?) dialled in from a lost highway.
Berlin-based sound artist Yair Elazar Glotman returns to Subtext with the powerful electro-acoustic scapes of 'Études' a year on from his 'Nimbes' soundtrack with James Ginzburg and his pair of Ketev tape works for Where To Now? and Opal Tapes. This, his 2nd album proper, involves ten studies for contrabass, using newly-honed, counter-intuitive technique to, in a sense, bybass his classical training and draw out an "unnatural" range of secreted resonance and physically affective vibrations. By probing his instrument's acoustic dynamic range with close micing and post-production, he re… Read more
Matt Morandi's Jahiliyya Fields yield a long-delayed and highly-charged second 2LP of hypnotic loops, drones and rhythmic noise for L.I.E.S. Found in sharp relief with the meditative tone of 'Unicursal Hexagram' (2012), his debut album, this set veers between wavy alien square dance and layered, ecstatic techno impulses. But, the occultist, esoteric intentions remain the same, urging a state of dancefloor transcendence thru repetition and chaotic, hallucinogenic derangement across eleven mental stages. It's all much closer to the projections of Astral Social Club, or the febrile atm… Read more
Killer debut transmission of Millsian techno disciplines, intercepted by Function's Infrastructure New York radar. Fresh from his appearance in Function's Berghain 07 mix, Post Scriptum's eponymous double pack reveals an uncompromisingly powerful sound in eight DJ-ready parts, perfectly balanced between rolling heft and diffuse, airy dynamics. The production is delectable, detailed to microscopic degrees but not at the expense of the bigger picture, meaning steely, supple and infectious rhythms for the dancers and vast, gaseous atmospheres and hypnotic, mazy bleep patterns to really get lost in. Ace.
Ollie Holmberg's much-whispered about Moon Wheel hovers into sight on Where To Now? with the frayed, introspective beauty of 'Okänt Land'. Following up 2013's well-received 7" for Wool Recordings and an eponymous album for Not Not Fun Records, this EP plots a mazy path thru gauzy, cloud-like topologies precipitating silvery acid drips and plumes of wistful analogue synth anchored by slow-heaving yet elegant machine rhythms. Their effect equally recalls a faded version of Andy Stott's knackered house in the creaking yet viscous groove of 'Sky City' as much as Pye Corner Audio's most blunted… Read more
For anyone too lazy to go outdoors this summer, Stephan Laubner brings the 'Wilderness of Harz 2' to the comfort of your living room. "This album is an extended playing journey full of beautiful crisp and enchanted captured places within the wide Harz Mountains nature park area. All recordings were made in different techniques in 2015 by Stephan Laubner with his outdoor gadget fellows on various day and early morning excursions in native surroundings. It can be a pleasure trip and relaxation happening to get inside of this release at easy silent times or whenever you need natur… Read more
Throwing Snow's restless electronic soul burns thru on his first new material since his well-received 'Mosaic' LP. 'Glower' rolls out a slippery electro-techno chassis galvanised with spiralling chromatic arpeggios to soft trancing peaks. 'Clasp' follows suit, focussing on a lone, luminous arpeggio and rippling machine patter with a teasing sense of deferred gratification.
"In alphabetical order, Terepa is no less than: Rashad Becker, Charlotte Collin, Lucrecia Dalt, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Kohei Matsunaga, and Grégoire Simon. Following a method conceived by Kohei Matsunaga (aka NHK’Koyxen) years ago out of a desire to collaborate with people living distantly, the seven artists recorded two sessions in disparate locations across Los Angeles, Berlin, Osaka, and Paris, the only creative parameter being that they all begin recording simultaneously for a twenty-minute period and that they use no means of communication or monitoring outside of their own telepathic cap… Read more
Atlanta meets West London as Suicideyear linx with K9 on the dark pearl of 'Scarr'. Still hot from his 'Mad in the Cut' mixtape, UK roadrap MC K9 sounds hungry and fierce as f**k, barking from a hollow space in the midst of Suicideyear's patented gothic trap architecture.
Killer, effortless techno ballistics from Sweden's SP-X. The 3rd and final installment of 'Moving Through Mirrors' dispenses the effortless momentum of cantering bass and swinging claps in the dank, dubbed-off 'Fleeting Image', and 'Lingering Resentment' bucks up a perfectly aerodynamic banger.
Up-to-the-second Tokyo disco-house from Ryota Arai on R&S' Meda Fury sub-print. Contemporary of Cos/Mes, Kuniyuki and KZA, among others, Arai is also a respected DJ and promoter, and now proves his productions chops with five cuts circling darkroom house ('Zombie Boogie'), effervescent ambience with a cinematic twist ('Fluid'), and 4th worldly house ('Sweet Claim').
Muscular London house flex from Roska, backed by a technoid, freakier collaboration with DVA.
**Squashed techno abstractions, at best in the wickedly discordant wonk of 'Noisey Neighbourhood'** '"Roman Nails (Cooper Bowman / Altered Tapes) is a prolific figure within the Australian DIY/NOISE/TECHNO tape underground, a central player within the Future Archaic family, and a man who never allows his sound to be pigeonholed, allowing his varied palette of interest to feed in to his own unique productions. To get real, this is four tracks of epic analogue techno experiments. The perfect baller cruising music, primed and ready for when cruising music suits the inevitable scorched, desolate, future wasteland earth we currently inhabit. RIDE."
Alessio Natalizia and Emotional Response make some class curatorial choices on the first batch of remixed Not Waving trax. A-side, Pye Corner Audio curls the slow, silvery waves of 'Ability To Gain Access' with tactile sensitivity, blooming to a magnificent climax, while Tomaga recalculate 'Mathematical Man' as a bright, chiming roil of burred drums, flutes and grumbling bass with traces of celestial jazz. B-side, Bronze Teeth's L/F/D/M boosts 'Double Blind' as a proper EBM/acid techno piece, and then there's a heart-breaking ambient rendition of 'Future Rain' by Abul Mogard - the retir… Read more