Monday, 17 November
Diverse trio of techno bangers by Kopp for Tresor. A-side he goes head-down at 130bpm thru the brambled acid bang of 'Red Plented; B-side brings a Mills/Dixon-styled piece of chiming Detroit minimalism in 'Blackbird', and the ruder PAS-like rolige of 'Message From Solaris'.
'Vortex' is the first cut bled from John Carpenter's 'Lost Themes' collection of new music made with Cody Carpenter (Ludrium) and Daniel Davies.
My word - this is the real deal. Two massively hunted-after Chicago underground acid classics from 1988 that have NEVER been re-issued. Maximum damage is inflicted by wigged out 303 lines and pounding 909 beats. Total acid bedlam that was so totally ahead of its time - the real sicknes. Buy!!
"Soft Gamma Repeater finds Graze continuing to develop and refine their style, enmeshing a tough percussive edge with the rich textures of dance music at its deepest."
"Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer. Gabriel's compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. "Eve… Read more
Solo and collaborative house productions by London's Fybe.One with Deft, Francesca Belmonte, and more, plus remixes from Warsnare, Capes, Boean.
Two radically contrasting composers work out their differences in this 2004 collaboration commissioned for Singhur's Suite in Parochial festival, now released by Line and Volume. The results manifest two extended pieces consolidating Roden's signature, scuttling small sounds with Bretscheider's super crisp, crackling tones and pulses.
Forma follow on from their Spectrum Spools LPs with two extended, expansive kosmic techno rollers for The Bunker New York. Since those early LPs they've reshuffled the line-up to include the swirling synthlines of John Also Bennett in these two 15 minute burners, the radiant new age techno panorama of 'Cool Haptics' and the sublime chromatic washes of 'Cloud Pillar'.
Exceptional house music on DJ Qu's Strength Music Recordings. Italy's Massimiliano Vianello aka Pixel Music steals the scene with the deeply infectious bassline, sprung drums and trancing sytnh progressions of 'M-Theory' on the A-side - worth the entry twice over - whilst newcomer Nicuri makes good with the latinate shuffle, thrumming subs and Wolfgang Voigt-like strings of 'Thoughts Of You', and DJ Qu cleans up with an ear-worming, body-tucking wiggler named 'Undescribed (Believer)'. Dancers, DJs; fill yer boots!
Early release on DJ Qu's excellent Strength Music Recordings, containing tracks by DJ Jus-Ed, DJ P-Funk and Ramon Lisandro Quezada aka Qu himself. A-side Jus-Ed gets all Steve Vai on your booty with some naught shredding over over a rugged House beat while DJ P-Funk plays it cool with a downbeat Boogie entrance before shifting into swinging New York/New Jersey House mode for the dancers on 'Can't Boogie'. The highlight is Qu's very first release 'Air's Force' on the flip, a haughty but deep piece of individual House archtitecture with a swelling orchestral finish. Smart.
Ruggedly effective New York house styles from DJ Qu on his Strength Music Recordings. The A-side's 'Untitled (Hi-Life)' lends a surprising dash of colour to his usually stripped down styles, lacing his Afro-latin shuffle with a bold, lustrous lead synth melody bound to spark up any 'floor, whereas the B-side turns back the darkside with the gritty, hip-notising shuffle of 'Soma' and the ibnfectious, dirivng whirr of rhythm mechanics in 'Raw 7'.
DJ Qu's deadly outing as Passing States, on his NYC-based Strength Music from 2007. This is clearly the darker side of Qu's sound, and we don't use that term lightly. A-side 'Repozitioned Souls' is a ritualistic Afro-Latin Voodoo shakedown, layering truly haunting samples of what could be ceremonial sacrifice (we don't honestly) over his trademark shuffled hi-hat and driving kick drum syncopations. Flipside 'The Zones' is a bit of Qu classic, running almost-EBM style percussion with his unique shuffles under ethereal jazz keys and mystic chords. If you don't know, get to know. Recommended.
One of New York house music's finest lays the shake-down on ya. It's his finest batch of trax since last year's mighty 'Gymnastics' album, and he's evidently saved the best for his own label, Strength Recordings. A-side comes with the hypnotic, elliptic shuffle of 'Out', accentuating and emphasising his personalised Afro-Latin percussion influences and background as a dancer to deadly, body-synched effect putting reams of by-numbers, plodding house music into sharp and unforgiving relief. Flipside, he comes smoother, more sensual with the offset tuck of 'Swayzee' sounding like some deeply related N… Read more
Damn essential debut album of unique House music from DJ Qu! From his base in New York, Qu (real name Ramon Lisandro Quezada), has become an increasingly respected producer and DJ, managing a residency at the revered HouseDanceConference besides his own brilliant Strength Music Recordings. After four years of highly sought after releases he presents 12 tracks of inimitable and downright irresistible Deep House music, the kind of stuff that makes most other dance music seem bland, clunky and uninspired. Qu's music does not go through the motions: it is a motion all of it's own. Deeply informed b… Read more
Prime house music from DJ Qu! One of New York's finest offers two polarised cuts of connoisseurs dancing music. 'Secret Place' on the A-side sucks us in with warped rhodes and a heavy breathing sensuality adding a wonderfully organic and soulful evolution to the track. On the flip 'Circuit' builds from the bottom up with groaning bass and highly sophisticated jackers patterns locking limbs with a supple but vice like grip. Fans of Levon Vincent, Omar S and Jus Ed do not want to miss this!
Vintage DJ Qu on Strength Music from 2008. Some serious tackle, this. The Main Mix is a bare-bones Afro-Latin House groove tool, nudged and tweaked with that signature quicksilver shimmy for deeply sensuous, mesmerizing effect on the 'floor, while the Hardknock Shaker's Dub places emphasis on heavyweight, booming kicks cloaked with a darkly sexy sense of atmosphere and late-night potential. If you copped his 'Gymnastics' album or have had the pleasure of seeing him DJ, you'll know that this guy is a weapon. Recommended.
Rich, late-night and old skool flavoured house trax from the studios of DJ Qu, Jus Ed and Fred P. At the top of the set is Jus Ed's luxuriant 'Maryland Jam' with sophisticated chord arrangements driven by raw oily bass lunges. You can always trust Fred P to go one deeper and 'It Is What It Is' takes it downlow with emotive deep jazz chords and lush strings leaving DJ Qu to do his abstract but heavily functional thing on 'Ahead', packed with hypnotic loops and a deadly bass kick to keep you going through the night.
**Cristian Vogel gets down like few others on his dub-wise, cerebral follow-up to 'The Inertials' for Shitkatapult** "‘Polyphonic Beings’ begins with a surprisingly dub track which twists and turns, the sounds growing darker and more unexpected from track to track, minute by minute. An eerie and unbelievable sound, with all as it should be: every reverb tail, every movement of the fader, every composed note takes the listener piece by piece into Vogel’s own cosmos. He foregoes interwoven elements for swaying towers of rhythm, powerful sound passages, spaces, roads, mirrors and p… Read more
*New project from members of Zombi and Majeure and acclaimed film composer Paul Lawler. Riyl: Zombi, John Carpenter, Maserati, Vangelis* "Contact is the new duo of A.E. Paterra (aka Majeure) of famed sci-fi synth-rock group Zombi, and acclaimed British film composer, Paul Lawler. Exploring a similar orbit as Majeure and Zombi, multi-instrumentalist Lawler infuses heavy doses of melody and drama to give First Contact a sound and feel that blends late 70s Pink Floyd sprawl, the nostalgic wonder of early 80s science documentaries, and John Carpenter's 80s sci-fi action films. Equal parts fasc… Read more
Grün appeared in 1981, but contained recordings from the years 1976 to 1980. Schnitzler's tracks in the 1970s were lengthy and shared a musical pattern which varied only minimally. Hence the green album has just one track on each side and any changes in melodic structure are subtle in nature. Both pieces are very much typical of Schnitzler in style, but less so tonally. An analogue rhythm machine ploughs almost brutally through the astoundingly delicate electronic veil of "Der Riese und seine Frau" ("The giant and his wife"), bearing little resemblance to Schnitzler's usual sequencer casc… Read more
Gelb appeared in 1981, but contained recordings from the year 1974, originally released in a limited run on cassette ("The Black Cassette"). The chronology of Schnitzler's solo releases in the 1970s-and even more so in the 80s-resembles a book with seven seals. Schnitzler regularly issued his music on analogue cassette or LP, often on his own as "private releases", without any help from a label or professional distributor. Gelb, for example, was issued on vinyl in 1981 by a private press run by an art gallery - Edition Block. The album is subtitled "12 pieces from the year 1974", pointing… Read more
Fruitiy, stripped-down garage-house riddims from Bambounou for 50 Weapons. 'Feel Like This' gets down with proper pneumatic hi-hat and bass swing tucked to a filtered French coda; 'Onto This' ramps the energy levels with a powerful, metallic take on Todd Edwards-style organ motifs and super skippy groove. It's infectious to say the least.
*Includes bonus tracks 'Dem Howl feat. Troels Abrahamsen (Michael Mayer Instrumental Mix)' and 'Dem Howl feat. Troels Abrahamsen (Joris Voorn Mix)'* Matthew Dear puts his Audion mask on for Kompakt. Teaming up with Troels Abrahamsen 'Dem Howl' he delivers a subtly effective big room anthem splitting the difference between posh trance and tech-house. Michael Mayer gvies a more succinct rework on the flipside, beside a moody blue instrumental version of the original.
**Stellar collection of worldly new age and spiritual composition. RIYL Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Charlemagne Palestine** "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979) compiles unreleased recordings from the archives of multiversal artist Ariel Kalma. Concerned as much with musicality as spiritual facility, Kalma’s work vibrates aside fellow travelers along the great rainbow in curved air of the 1970s avant-garde. Ariel Kalma’s boundary-blurring electronic music is heard here in radiant detail across a selection of work spanning … Read more