Monday, 10 March
Former Yellow Swan Gabriel Saloman presents another beautifully dystopian composition for dance, nearly one year on from his elegantly sombre solo debut, 'Adhere'. This time he's soundtracking Daisy Karen Thompson's choreography for 'Riots Don't Just Happen', reflecting it's themes of causality with a brooding mass of overcast drone precipitating massive battery of militant percussion. Meditating on a Martin Luther King statement, "Riot is the language of the unheard", Saloman tempers and transposes the incendiary rage of Yellow Swans to a more sophisticated and theatrical… Read more
Reduced, hypnotic techno from Italy's Prologue camp. Etapp Kyle makes the highlight with his subtly aquatech roller 'Lotos' and Mod21 gives the crepuscular, monotone pulses of 'Twilit'.
*Includes Both Volumes* Distance returns with a steely brace of halfstep dreadnaughts on his Chestplate label. The burning synth brass on 'Broken Down' bears strong comparison with recent Kuedo aces while the rhythmic syncopation feels more supple, elastic and deadly than ever. 'Andromeda' is a proper war riddim, raising the hackles with doomy intro before cutting loose with snarling hounds-of-hell guitars/synths and ravenous, slavering bass. 'Untouchable' betrays a return influence from Araabmuzik, whom, it could be said, borrowed from Distance's style on 'Electronic Dream', … Read more
Possibly best known for his emotive electro 12"s for the now-defunct Ai label, and last heard on a 12" for Shipwrec, Datassette drops four tight electronic funk grooves on R&S' rebooted Apollo label. Two parts of the title track bookend the 12", opening with Lone or SDC-esque synth romance and twysted Linn funk of part 1 and closing with the woozy, side-chain compressed gyrations of part 2, sandwiching a killer slowfast electro number named 'Vacuform' nodding to Dopplereffekt, Bochum Welt or Cylob, and the Mu-zig-like IDM boogie of 'Helvetica Calcium'.
Ruff 'n tuff Ragga hybrids from Cardiff's Darkhouse Fam. At their heaviest on the darkcore-zipped 'Brockwild' they intercept ground between Dabrye and Kaman Leung's baddest raggamatic hip hop/D&B replete with face-tearing mentasms, whereas 'Arphouse' features Eglo fam's Arp101 firing fruity purple synthlines and 'Elephant Large' gyrates on a big-bottomed hip hop sound nodding to Dipset, Timbaland and The Neptunes. DJ support from Kutmah, Gilles Peterson, Arp101, Alix Perez, Fracture, Rockwell…
A grip of Swedish producers including Andreas Tilliander aka TM404 and Martin Skogehall (Smell The Flesh/Fishermen) revise the gauzy invocations of D.Å.R.F.D.H.S.'s 'Det Stora Oväsendet' Lp for Glasgow-based Clan Destine Traxx. The group's own Michael Isorinne opens with a bleakly detached piece of hovering, glacial drone, and Smell The Flesh heats it up with a rugged, rolling techno sound next to TM404's untangling modular acid drift. D.Å.R.F.D.H.S.'s Varg and Northern Electronics' Acronym give an Aquaplano-style monotone techno vortex, and two more new names - to us at… Read more
Submerged, bittersweet electronic murk from Sweden's D.Å.R.F.D.H.S, dug out by Glasgow shadow-dwellers Clan Destine. 'Det Stora Oväsendet' comes off like something like the moody cousin of 1991, all mottled electronics and gauzy tape texture pushed by padded beats and wet-eyed nostalgic synth sentiment. It's an elusive and intangible sound, seeping between sepia-toned vignettes, systolic techno throbs and dead-end drones on the A-side, before allowing traces of light to suffuse the B-side in stepping drum machine dub and crepuscular, Badalementi-esque atmospheres leading to a climactic eschatological soundscape.
**Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 50** Brighton's ever-excellent Where To Now debut Devon Hansen's skillful concrète craftwork in the engrossing 'Speak In A Low Voice Which Is Difficult To Hear'. Taking a step away from the beat-oriented output of his Lotide guise - last heard on Astro:dynamics' 'Moonless' album, this piece of work is equally comparable with mid-century avant-garde and concrète by the Pierres as the contemporary works of Jar Moff, Helm and Bruce Gilbert. Field recordings are twisted, serrated and re-sculpted in… Read more
David Tibet and his cohorts return three years hence 'Honeysuckle Æons' with the neofolk laments of 'I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell (A Channel)'. Mutually dreamt with These New Puritans' Jack Barnett (organ, sound design and voices), James Blackshaw (bass), Ossian Brown (hurdy-gurdy and sidereal SingSong), Nick Cave (voice and voices), Antony Hegarty (voice and voices), Reinier Van Houdt (piano), Norbert Kox (voices), Andrew Liles (electric channel), Tony (TS) McPhee (acoustic and electric guitar), Jon Seagroatt (bass clarinet and flute), Ca… Read more
"Before Asmus Tietchens released four albums on Germany's Sky Records label (home of Cluster, Michael Rother etc.), he recorded "Nachtstücke" (nocturnes) for the french EGG label, produced by Tangerine Dream's Peter Baumann. It was recorded between 1975 to 1978 and features shadowy, ghostly, predominantly solemn synthesizer music, far removed from the oblique synth pop albums of his subsequent Sky Records phase."
"Asmus Tietchens is one of the most renowned German artists in the abstract music scene. He began by recording a handful of Residents-influenced synthesizer albums, launching into a peerless mix of stuttering beats and off-kilter harmonies which earned his music the generic tag “pseudo pop”. Der fünfte Himmel reaches back to a time before and after the so-called Zeitzeichen phase, gathering up unwanted or rejected pieces, the ones considered unsuitable or simply left behind."
Monday, 03 March
Following on from releases from the likes of Powell, Mark Leckey and Merzbow, The Death Of Rave is buzzed to present the exceptional debut album from L.A.-based upstart Delroy Edwards. Combining combustible little noise sessions made with guitar pedals and reel-to-reel tape at Art school, together with shocking recent productions, 'Teenage Tapes' showcases a lesser-heard aspect of Delroy's highly aware and divergent tastes owing more to Minimal Wave, Noise, EBM and Black Metal than the Chicago Ghetto-House sound of his releases for L.I.E.S. and his own L.A. Club Resource label. For anyone… Read more
Over 5 years ago, Dozzy and fellow Italian engineer/producer Manuel Fogliata aka Nuel coined a strain of pure techno distilling their deeply engrained experience of '90s techno with a further reduction of noughties minimalism made with finely tuned hardware production techniques, basically burning away the cliches and impurities to leave a potent ambient techno residue. The result was a series of powerfully monotone, hypnotic and droning 12"s issued in typically low-key fashion by Berlin's Hardwax crew and feted in reverent tones by everyone from Miles Whittaker to Mnml S… Read more
Kassem Mosse brings his surprise debut album to land with minimal fuss or fanfare on Workshop. In case you don't know, Kassem is responsible for some of the finest, most definitive techno-house productions of the last decade, racking up soulful, forward-facing anthems for FXHE, Trilogy Tapes and Nonplus and, of course Berlin's Workshop, which remain firm favourites in myriad DJs boxes. For his low-key debut album, he sticks to the shadows and the eerier, sensual spaces between house, techno and electronica, finding a graded mid-ground between midnight Detroit beatdown and European electr… Read more
Sleazy West Coast Dutch disco mysteries from the man like Legowelt, originally issued in 2002. The title track could be something plucked from a classic Ron Hardy Music Box set, "The Dream That Doesn't Stop" again picks up the notion of Italian disco from its heyday, but pitching sounds clearly at club arenas circa 2003. "Theme from the forgotten cable car" could be incidental music from a disturbing slasher flick, brooding and dark, while "The Night Must Fall" persists with the foreboding, dramatic feel, distilling the kind of excitement that works brilliantly in a club, s… Read more
Loud pressing of two hotly-tipped, Afrobeat-inflected House anthems from London's DrumTalk. His 3rd vinyl appearance in as many years - following a debut 12" and remix for Soundway and Sofrito - has already made its way into the sets of James Holden and Jackmaster, signalling a summer of heavy rotation everywhere from Berlin to Ibiza and sweaty East London basements. It's easy to hear why: 'Time' plays it simple and super effective with infectious polyrhythms hingeing on a massive kick and laced with blue but uplifting synthline and aching soul vox, whilst 'Magnetic' mixes industrialized, swaggerin' drums and trippy party synths to sound like Carl Craig gone Kwaito.
R&S present one of Lakker's strongest sessions to date with the 4-track 'Containing A Thousand' EP. Over the last ten years the Dublin-based duo have cultivated a unique take on electronic dance music, contouring techno with traces of electro, noise, and broken beats in a shifty, powerful style that's rightly earned the respect of the likes of AFX, who's been known to pepper his DJ sets with Lakker aces. Their muscular, dynamic sound designs are in full effect here, refusing gridlocked techno patterns to dice with skittish electro nodding to late '90s Autechre in the title track, whe… Read more
The dude behind productions for Fever Ray and Roll The Dice makes his solo album debut for Digitalis with the hypnotic hardware rituals of 'Lines Describing Circles'. The production on here is just immense - no doubt aided by Pole's pristine Master: there's an epic, bass-heavy undercurrent running throughout the album's 10 tracks that gave us goosebumps listening at high volume, harnessing humming electricity and acoustic sources into amorphous, crushingly oppressive shapes and structures with a bleakly Nordic sensibility. The pieces oscillate between caustic, peaking no… Read more
**180g wax. Edition of 300* SLO continues to forge a personalised, proggy fusion of Bass-heavy techno and D&B rolige on the 2nd release from his Aery Metals label. Like some modern magpie with an ear for the most sensuous, affective bits of UK dance music, SLO borrows and bends traces of many styles into a sleek, supple style hovering around the 125bpm mark. A-side, the darkyl sexy 'Dead Cell' rides a swinging, kinky groove anchored by cone-blowing subbass and haunted by atmospheres somewhere between classic Metalheadz and early Tectonic pieces, especially the latter when that woo… Read more
**Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman provides the naturally perfect accompaniment to Deadbeat's dry, heavy techno dubs** "Deadbeat. Tikiman. Infinity. Dub. A quadrangle of such obvious statement and perfect musical inference may very well never have been uttered for those of the wholly weeded out persuasion. Indeed, when the great book of Dub music is written the names Scott Monteith and Paul St Hilaire will undoubtedly figure highly in its chapters devoted to recent years. Monteith, the last great prodigal son of the doctrine handed down from the Blue Mount of Lord S… Read more
Highly influential, Norwegian fine artist Lars Holdus aka TCF debuts on the beautifully presented YYAA label with an incredibly lush, head-spinning hit of ultra-modernist electronic composition. For the unaware, TCF is the latest handle for the artist formerly known as Cracksmurf, whose raft of hyper-eclectic DJ mixes and nascent productions circa 2011/2012 were a strong, if not pivotal inspiration for Arca's diffuse, forward style. That will become swiftly apparent once you experience the gyroscopic sound design and breathtaking vision of 'YYAA002'. It's music which quite simply wouldn't exist witho… Read more
Ralph Cumbers kicks off a slew of imminent releases with the modular indulgence of his 'Bugbranded EP' on Public Information's latest dispatch. It's a quintessentially British display of voltage control and knob-fondling, blending that explorative Radiophonic feeling with proggy-minded, live arrangements in debt to early '90s AI styles. In a proper man-machine show down, Ralf tweaks out crisply psychoactive melodies and halcyon acid jack on 'Sometime The Only Way To Go Out Is Further In', and a more delicate, psilocybic folk dance on 'Elsewhen', while the flipside tracks take a more eldri… Read more
So the money-shot here is that 17 minute Autechre remix, and it doesn't disappoint. There used to be a time when you could clearly define an autechre track by the era from which it came - Chiastic Slide era material being wholly distinct from, say, Tri Repetae, Garbage or LP5 productions. These days it's a little more complicated, since 2001's Confield Ae seem to have decided to stop fxxcking with us quite as much and employ a more accessible modus operandi, with their last couple of releases containing moments that you could just about classify as an easy listen. This remix f… Read more
The UK's foremost Footwork/Bass fiend synthesises a taut fusion of Juke, Jungle and Bristol bassbin styles on his 2nd album. Whilst tempos regularly push the 160bpm bracket in a nod to Teklife's Rashad and Spinn, Addison Groove links with local talents DJ Die, Josefina, and Sam Binga to acknowledge more influence from his home city than the Windy City. It's a swift moving but cooled-out session, working that forward tension between itchy syncopation and half-stepping swagger across 14 tracks oscillating between Junglist rush, rolling techno ('Space Apples'), 'ardcore acid ('M… Read more