Monday, 27 April
Legowelt tries something a little different on 'Vaporware Tracks Vol.1'. Possibly realising that there's a limit to how many space house jams a man can take, Creme Organization have plucked out four freakier Legowelt pearls for y'all: dicing with stuttered sample-jam techno in 'Norwegian Crack Dealer' and giddy disco-techno in 'XYZ Southwest British Airlines' on the A-side, while the flip comes with a rugged, nearly-bust techno groove in 'Satierian Moon Breeze' plus a heads-down stomper named 'The Sea Is So Silent'.
Esteemed NYC multimedia artist Delia Gonzalez presents the films and solo piano soundtrack of her most recent project, 'In Remembrance', augmented by Bryce Hackford remixes, some ten years after her landmark DFA release, 'The Days of Mars' with Gavin Russom. Inside you'll discover a DVD with her four 16mm films accompanied by a sparkling solo piano suite of cascading scales inspired a text written by Henry Miller as well as by Gurdjieff's theory that "to play scales is to become more in tune with your inner self." In fact, the whole project deals with inspiration, or, in Delia's ow… Read more
Recollection GRM offer a rare entry point to the rarified electro-acoustic worlds of composer Beatriz Ferreyra (1937, Córdoba, Argentina) with this necessary collection spanning four works realised between 1968/9 and 2011. An original pioneer of early musique concrète alongside Pierre Schaeffer during the '50s and '60s, Beatriz would come to work with instrument creators, the Baschet Brothers, and begin to to move away from the institutions in order to develop and explore an idiosyncratic, intuitive method of free electro-acoustic composition. This collection's earliest piece, 'Demeur… Read more
Michel Redolfi's pioneering, underwater expositions are next up for reissue in the illuminating Recollection GRM series. Both pieces in 'Pacific Tubular Waves / Immersion' were inspired by the Californian Pacific seaboard and created using the first Synclavier digital synthesiser back in 1979-1980. While based in San Diego at the end of the '70s, Redolfi began to investigate oceanic dynamics. 'Pacific Tubular Waves' (1979) can be considered a sort of surface study on the kinetics of the Pacific breakers around San Diego, transcribing the sensation of surfing atop t… Read more
Strong debut from Paula Temple's new Noise Manifesto platform featuring a loosely affiliated quartet of femmes - RRoxymore, Aquarian Jugs (a.k.a. Planningtorock), Jaguar Woman (a.k.a. Paula Temple) - and one homme, Oni Ayhun. All tracks are uncredited and simply titled 'DR-1 - DR-4', leaving the question of authorship aside and focussing on an otherworldly take on techno convention. 'DR-1' comes over like an electro-swing cabaret soundtrack; 'DR-2' is a solid techno roller with glassy harmonics; 'DR-3' is a hybrid of coarse strings and industrial techno. But the best track here b… Read more
William Basinski presents a live companion of his new piece 'The Cascade'. Recorded live at New York's Issue Project Room and reframed as 'The Deluge', he homes in on a fragile piano loop patiently propagated through several feedback filters until it finally blossom a full blown orchestral denouement in the dying light of its lifespan. Full drench.
**A captivating slab, conjured live - no loops or overdubs - by superhuman saxophonist Colin Stetson and Arcade Fire' violinist, Sarah Neufeld. How on earth do they achieve that low end?! 180g vinyl in heavyweight jacket with black poly-lined dust sleeve, insert, poster, and download code** "Two of Constellation's acclaimed solo instrumental artists join forces on this tremendous new album of original compositions for horn and violin. Stetson and Neufeld first began playing in duo formation while on tour together as soloists in 2012, joining each other on s… Read more
Cosmin TRG follows suit from the likes of Surgeon and Peter Van Hoesen with two tracts of pure, modular synth-carved techno. The bruising 'Uzura' carries some serious momentum with pounding kicks and brain-burrowing modulations swarmed by ether voices and noxious fizz; 'Vitriol' vents saltier drones and slompy bass thwack eaten away by toxic modular fluids.
The artist commonly known as Alex Smoke reveals his most intimate suite of music with 'Order & Disorder'. Operating under his birth name, Alex Menzies, he mostly strips away the tricky beats he's known for and presents 29 poised miniatures; a sequence of concise and oneiric electro-acoustic nocturnes and flighty solo piano pieces. RIYL Eno, Leyland Kirby, Erased Tapes.
Düsseldorf's Durian Brothers collect all three of their brilliant 12"s issued 2009-2012 on Diskant. Their self-described "rough, dense, hypnotic clubmusic" is honed from a stripped down and physically tactile set-up of turntables prepared with elastic bands fed thru FX and sequencer to achieve jagged, off-centre rhythms emulating the inimitable percussive polyphony of African tribal music. In a now well-established German musical tradition, what is altered in translation results a instinctively effective set of rhythmelodies and textured harmonics that grip the hip and p… Read more
**Gatefold jacket includes CD** "Colours Of The Night, Peter Broderick’s first full-length for Bella Union in three years, had a rather odd conception to say the least. The American born multi-instrumentalist and songwriter went along for the ride when invited for a so-called “recording residency” in the small town of Lucerne, Switzerland. “I arrived with a pile of songs and just sort of watched as they got carried through the filter of this group of musicians who were coming from an entirely different place,” says Broderick. “It was exciting to let go a little bit, to… Read more
Wicked shot of Atlantic house laced with Congolese kalimba and backed with diverse remixes on Photonz' One Eye Jacks label. Pal+'s return to the label, some three years after his psychedelic romp, 'Reflorestation', yields the tightly sprung flex of 'Kalimba', centred on the a twanging lead refrain from the thumb piano commonly associated with Konono No.1. The remixes channel its taut energy between laidback house from Roundhouse Kick to a killer fusion of acid squelch, reverse edits and romantic Detroit strings by Silvestre, and a subaquatic Dealy version.
LTM delve into the complex and intriguing world of 20th Century Avant-Garde music from France. Commencing with pioneers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, this chronological collection moves forward to absurdist and dreamlike Dada and Surrealist compositions (Duchamp, Picabia, Desnos, Ribemont-Dessaignes), as well as the more conventional work of Jean Cocteau’s celebrated ‘Group des Six’, and onwards to postwar electronics and musique concrète by Schaeffer, Henry and Varèse. Works by a number of modern composers (Messiaen, Boulez, Greif, Catoire, Hersant) are also … Read more
"Music of Tanzania is a spectacular collection of field recordings gathered by Laurent Jeanneau between December 1999 and March 2000. This debut volume of Sublime Frequencies’ exploration of indigenous Tanzanian music compiles sacred and profane songs and dances of the Hadza, Datoga and Makonde people. Highlights include stoned ecstatic dancing in a Hadza encampment; a drunken celebration of preteen sexual initiation from a Makonde fishing village; baboon imitations performed on the malimba; electrified Islamic trance percussion; and useful tips for amateur hyrax hunters. Many of these… Read more
*Ghostly and Adult Swim's second collaboration featuring all previously unreleased tracks, plus an exclusive bonus track from White Material's Galcher Lustwerk. CD packaged in embossed black O-card with full colour 4-panel digipak inside* "Legend has it that Brian Eno's concept of ambient music came to him while laid up in a hospital bed after an automobile accident in the '70s. A friend brought him some records, playing them too low to be properly heard, and Eno couldn't get out of bed to adjust the volume. While the record spun softly, Eno's idea for music you could ignore as easily as … Read more
Without knowing a lot about the troubled lands of Laos it's hard for me to really work out a difference between music that is or isn't from the various ethnic minorities gathered there, but trust Alan Bishop's Sublime Frequencies imprint to get us more than simply a history lesson with this latest release from the label. Compiled by regular contributor Laurent Jenneau, the explores the ethnic diversity of Laos and specifically the music of the minority groups in the area; the Brao , Heuny, Nkriang, and Harak, and across this disc he attempts to document the kind of… Read more
**Otherworldly location recordings made in the remotest regions of China.** "The 5th Sublime Frequencies volume in Laurent Jeanneau’s amazing documentation of vanishing indigenous music of the rural Asian frontiers, this release focuses on ethnic minority groups of Southern China. Presented here are 17 tracks of supremely infectious vocals and folkloric instrumentals played on a wide variety of local traditional instruments. The centerpiece of this collection is the 13 minute Do Djui Atsei (track 5), an absolutely epic male and female group choral vocal piece whi… Read more
"Laurent Jeanneau and Shi Tanding have returned from the northwest corner of China's Xinjiang province with an amazing batch of recordings collected during the weeks leading up to the volatile Uyghur uprising of 2009. Armed with their trusty audio gear, the couple was set on getting married and recording various styles of regional ethnic music near the Chinese border with Kazakhstan. However, the local authorities suspected that the pair had other intentions, shadowing and interrogating them wherever they went. Their marriage in Shi Tanding's home town o… Read more
Apparently this is among the first commercially available recordings to collect ceremonial music from the mysterious tribes of Northeast Cambodia, so trust it to come out on the ever intriguing Sublime Frequencies label eh?! A largely vocal release, 'Ethnic Music of Northeast Cambodia' features pieces recorded from tribal elders hoarsely wailing chants and religious rites. It's as gripping as it sounds, and music like this which is rarely heard by Western ears has a serious power to amaze and astound me. It makes me envious of the person who got to record all … Read more
A third volume in the series, compiled by sonic adventurer Laurent Jeanneau, this disc features recordings made in the most remote, tribal extremities of North Vietnam taking in the music of a number of different peoples along the way (the Giay Lu, Red Zao and Black Hmong). There are some incredible documents here, covering pieces played on bamboo percussion, kheng, Jew's harp, and best of all the truly unearthly Baozoo singing of the Red Zao, based on peculiar polyphonic repetition cycles made by an ensemble, based on the initial intonations of a lead singer figure... it's hard to explain, but you have to hear it. Truly bizarre and very wonderful indeed.
Echocord dip into their ample remix vaults to pull out a fresh 2nd collection. It's notable not only for the rare instance of a beat-less Convextion remixing Fluxion's 'Burst Mode' but, also Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer's jazz-wise diffusion of 'Latoma' by Vladislav Delay, and the again, a rare halfstepping techno trip by Marcel Dettmann remixing Mikkel Metal's 'Kenton'.
"From director Ana Lily Amirpour and Executive Producer Elijah Wood, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" is a Western vampire noir set in a small Iranian town that has an effortlessly cool soundtrack featuring music from artists such as Kiosk, Radio Tehran, and Federale. With no solo composer providing a score, the sound of the film has instead been curated by Amirpour with a variety of tracks selected to supply a unique atmosphere, recalling less traditional vampire films such as "Near Dark" and "Only Lovers Left Alive". Despite not being scored, the music selected by th… Read more
Debut dancefloor spurt from U Know The Drill on the baddest party imprint, Hot Haus Recs. 'Off The Chain' is a 'floor-dedicated bassline-house womper and 'Like Thiz' builds a more hardcore vibe with cheeky organ stabns and sped-up samples fitted to a swaggering bassline groove.
"Runddans is result of the collaboration between Todd Rundgren, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm and Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh). It’s a spiritual magnus- opus, that stands alongside Rundgren’s most worshipped trippy albums of the seventies, fusing his blue eyed soul with Lindstrom’s disco epics and Emil Nikolaisen’s studio trickery into a cosmic mix of soul, synth, pop and disco. The collaboration was born after Rundgren did a stomping remix of Lindstrøm’s track “Quiet Place To Live” in 2012 (Rundgren’s first ever remix). The three of them met… Read more