Monday, 11 May
Nico Jaar serves his 1st single in four years with the moody/pastoral ambient techno tones of 'Nymphs II'. In the time that's elapsed since then, he's started and finished the Darkside project and closed his Clown + Sunset label to concentrate on Other People, which has revealed itself a fruitful endeavour with some 30 releases since 2013. These tracks, penned in NYC between 2011 and 2015 reassert his position between modern composition and dancefloor music: 'The Three Sides of Audrey and Why She's All Alone Now' moves thru the distinct movements, sweeping from ghostly pastoral shades to … Read more
Hodge joins Pev's Livity Sound gang with a pair of mutant Bristolian rollers. Up top, their '21 Versions' finds a balance of Shackleton's recent psy-trance trajectories and a more rugged, tucked-in UK flex. B-side, 'What Your Heart Knows' is much stronger, electro-plating hydraulick bass flux with lustrous Detroit-style synth tones that arch up and explode in BugBranded chromatic rainbows.
Smart session of tensile techno tools from Caspar Clarke a.k.a. Volte-Face. 'Charlatan' marks not only Volte-Face's solo debut but, also the christening of BleeD Music, the label spawned from Caspar's boundary-pushing series of events which hosted events by everyone from Blackest Ever Black to PAN and L.I.E.S. in London. It's possible to hear slight traces of those label aesthetics in 'Charlatan', yet the impetus is ambiguously torn between big room techno and bunkered intensity, whether nailing a muscular, driven sound with the dramatic 5am pounder, 'Until The Light Takes Us' and the ca… Read more
"Rivington Não Rio revels in the kind of compassionate complexity that marks Prefuse 73's greatest works, with a profound new element added to the mix: Patience. Herren's ability to marry the manic to the melodic has always been uncanny, but here it feels downright magical as the songs inhale with his trademark sense of urgency…then exhale in longer, more revealing breaths. The prismatic textures that have long been a staple of Prefuse 73 are bound to beats and melodies with the spirit of hip-hop and the subtlety of modern minimalism. The album's guests treat the material with a hu… Read more
Visonia presents a serious emotional payload with debut album, 'Impossible Romance'. The follow-up to their uncannily effective 'Die Reisen' 12" collaboration with Dopplereffekt (all three tracks are featured here) reprises that same heart-on-sleeve emotive appeal across 12 compositions indulging a real passion for Italo and '80s synth-pop spliced with tensile EBM and electro-techno signatures. It really pulls no punches, delivering tear-jerking, maximalist synth peaks and yearning vocals propelled by pumping yet elegant machine rhythms at every turn. It's a triumph of sincere vulnera… Read more
Koza returns from hiatus to Maslo with a quartet of bolder house deviations in 'Prisn'. Where his previous trio of Ben UFO-championed 12"s trod heavily between dub house and dank techni minimalism, these trax take inspiration from Apple and Google operating systems to conjure a more abstract and foreboding vision of modern house music descending from the subterranean tone of 'GET_INTENT' to the sluggish capacity of 'DECIVEID', allowing a glimmer of optimism with the glassy notes and tempo nudge of 'OPT_iCAL_IN', and slipping back into gadget-induced torpor with the subtly crooked and serpentin… Read more
For the DJs and dancers, a special set of concatenated grooves from house heavyweights. Manuel Tur goes darkroom with '121 BPM'; I:Cube cuts tribal rug at a leisurely '109 BPM'; the mysterious Blank Spanner (who're they?) show off with the dub-synched lather of '126.5 BPM'; Disco Nihilist swings wide with the fruity '124 BPM'; Âme gets sand in their pants with the gritty jack ov '119 BPM'; Radio Slave owns your body with a brilliant batacuda charge at '122 BPM'.
Making themselves available to purchase, the dolls of PC Music giggly gang up for their first label comp. Featuring all your faves - Hannah Diamond, GFOTY, Danny L Harle, Lipgloss Twins, A.G. Cook - they now start to turn that X-amounta soundcloud listens into cold, invisible cryptocurrency with some of their choicest hot-shots, from the pointillist '90s pop acceleration of Hannah Diamond's 'Every Night' to the frankly f**king hilarious tri-step haikus of GFOTY's 'USA', thru the glassy buck and collaged imaginary idents of Lipgloss Twins' 'Wannabe', to the Tammy Girl R&B bubble of 'Keri B… Read more
Monkeytown juice exclusive remixes for RSD 2015. Brighton's Alex Banks flips between nice and nasty with a schizoid electro-pop remix of Robot Koch's 'Let Me'; Anstam recalculates Dark Sky's brooding man-pop song 'Manuka' to a strange circus techno swagger; Gajek takes Mouse on Mars and Tyondai Braxton's 'Off Sea' into orbit with a rush of Reichian loops soaring to a climax of B-more breaks and brass ebullience.
**Idiosyncratic cold wave pop and industrial fizz from early '80s Belgium. Ace** "Van Kaye + Ignit is the Dutch duo of Ed Van Kasteren (Van Kaye) and Ignatine Bekken (Ignit), who joined forces in the city of Arnhem during early 1980. While at university, Van Kaye was the singer of The MoNoMeN, a local new wave band. By the end of 1979 he had become more interested in the use of electronics and rhythmic industrial patterns. In April 1980 he released a demo cassette with 30 minutes of his own work titled “A Slight Delay”. While experimenting with synthesizers and developing extreme s… Read more
Skam regroup with Mark Broom and James Ruskin inaugurating their new Kasm sub-print under their lesser spotted alias, The Fear Ratio. 'Kasm01' recalls early-mid '00s style techno anticipating the full length album delivery of 'Refuge of A Twisted Soul'. The A-side dispenses the scuttling technorganisms of 'FRT3' and a booming electro-techno stepper called '201222' riddled with metallic wormholes. Flipside, 'Arel' works out a frayed and tangled techno pattern spitting sparks over a screwed grid held together by scowling pads.
Leaving Records introduce the wild and lush electronic topographies of Mexico City's Smurphy with 'A Shapeless Pool of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended in the Darkness'. A product of her times and location, Smurphy's music feels helplessly, instinctively torn between dimensions and planes of psych-pop surreality, combining the giddy harmonies of her label boss Matthewdavid with the tribal rawness of Black Zone Myth Chant and the strange sensuality of Teresa Winter. It's a psilocybic sound, flush with lucid nature sounds mixed with her own, d… Read more
Shamir Bailey follows his striking debut, 'Northtown' with a maiden flight for XL. Leaving the house beats behind and placing Shamir front-and-centre, 'Darker' juxtaposes the kind of soulful balladeering your mum, gay uncle or baby sister could sing-a-long to, with a backing of droning organ pads and what could be a squealing choir of harpies. Aye, it's not quite what you'd expect. Bodes well for whatever XL have planned for Shamir...
Tevo Howard stokes the art of reel Chicago machine music with his 2nd Sequence Report, 'Vanity'. A sophisticated bunch of trax paced out for the DJs, drawing on classic synth-pop and electro-funk thru the prism of proper house music. A sterling showcase of sequencer skills and deft drum programming.
**Lossless format for this release is 24 bit / 44.1kHz** After leaving us hanging in 2013 with a delectable 7", Sally Dige commits her debut album of neon noir synth-pop to Night School Records. With the exception of that single's ice cold, 'Losing You', it's all new material, nocturnally skooled in classic 4AD and '80s FM pop, a perfectly manicured balance of cracking drum machine punctuation and swooning synth/vocals expressing a dark, luxuriant sensuality painted in a brooding, new romantic relief. With 'Hard To Please' she nods to the latin freestyle inflections of Madonna, whereas… Read more
**First new album from the Moloko singer in 8 years!** "It begins with ‘Gone Fishing’ that chimes like the bells of a buoy bullied by tide, everything hanging from a two-note octave. The lyric written after watching Jennie Livingston’s ‘Paris Is Burning’, a study of race, class, gender and sexuality in America. A walk of ‘Realness’ with Pepper LaBeija, Angie Xtravaganza, Willi Ninja, and their Houses. Surviving the slap of love and the weight of what media would have us believe are beauty and success. ‘Evil Eyes’ pits an elastic thunder of ruff punk bass against explosions of mirrorb… Read more
**Concise ambient dream pop from the West Coast USA label who brought us that great Fay LP** "Haunting in it's ardor for subdued atmospheric murk and dissipating electronic dream-pop transmissions, Pazes' debut full-length album 'Induced' is loosely an exercise in musical intent vs. unknown forces that forge the end result in-between. Commenting on the process, the Berlin-based (by way of Brazil) Pazes remarks, "I like to think feelings and ideas are separate things and if I’m expressing anything with music, I want it to be the latter. However within the process it becomes very hard to control wh… Read more
Big release from Kingdom's new American wing of Night Slugs, the Fade To Mind imprint. Nguzunguzu make the first incision with three lean and agile, synth-drippin' bangers, backed by nexx-level Kingdom and Total Freedom remixes. Hailing from LA, Nguzunguzu have built a very solid reputation over the last 12 months or so with remixes for Lazer Sword and Rainbow Arabia, plus nuff spins from players like Bok Bok and Kingdom. Their style here is efficient and shark-eyed, dippin' between the deceptively light and skippy 'Timesup' to the whirlpool synthlines and hydraulic sub pressure of 'Water … Read more
Mikkel Meldgaard plumbs deeper, gothic techno depths with three new pieces plus an EBM-jacked Pattern repeat remix. With 'Kigs' he puts a noirish, Giallo-esque spin on dub techno, whilst the uranium-enriched tones of 'Trash' irradiate a skeletal techno groove and 'Tall Buildings' allows some light in with a teasing trance arpeggio. At the EP's darkest point, Pattern Repeat lock 'Further' to a minimised EBM pulse and jagged synths with a sleazy, oily effect.
OH f**king yessssss. The Kingdom-curated Fade To Mind imprint makes a deadly 2nd incision with this allstar showcase of C*nty East Coast Ballroom beats from MikeQ, Vjuan Allure, Nadus, Jay Karan, Kevin JZ Prodigy and DJ Slink. Simply, they don't come haughtier than this, bringing the undiluted, optimised taste of an underground scene generally reserved for those "in the know". Once inside, you'll find collagen-injected versions of scene classics, from 'The Ha Dub' to the catty scats of Kevin JZ Prodigy's 'Feels Like' and a 2012 version of the Jay Karan-starring 'Let It All Out', besides … Read more
Melt-Banana deliver their second compilation of singles and tracks from split releases. Originally released between 2000 and 2009, the collection includes covers of “Tintarella Di Luna,” by Italian singer Mina, Toots & the Maytals’ “Monkey Man,” DEVO’s “Uncontrollable Urge” and The Damned’s “Love Song.”
A touch of mittel European house klasse from Phillip Lauer on his very satisfying 2nd solo LP. Well known for his collaborative spirit - he's just appeared on Sotofett's latest double pack and regularly contributes to the Arto Mwambe and Tuff City Kids duos - Lauer carries an open-ended but singular aesthetic into his solo work with a spectrum of nocturnal, neon dance tones steeped in late '80s dance music. The tracks on 'Borndom' sound expensive, reeking of sophisticated excess. They rarely peer over the 120bpm barrier, tending towards that mid-tempo swagger and cusp-of-acid house romance between… Read more
Proggy dub techno and IDM prisms from Lars Leonhard back on BineMusic. If you like your electronica super crisp, melancholic and spacey à la Monolake, this one's for you. Includes mixes by Quantec, Scanner and Thomas Touzimsky.
Atlantic-facing techno killer backed with a deeply driven Legowelt remix. Portugal's Lake Haze and IVVVO make a potent pairing on the front with a bareback jacker built from salty 909 and stormy synth arrangement spilling over a sense of dancefloor drama. B-side, Legowelt picks and runs with that vibe, filling in the space with patented kick drum welt and expanded, unfolding arrangement weaving yoghurt and sand like some Atlantean psy-trance anthem.
**Remastered on 180g clear blue vinyl - top tip for fans of Bark Psychosis, Laika, early post rock/rave hybrids** Medical Records turn their attentions from the '80s to the '90s with brilliant returns in this issue of Texan group Kitty's mutant debut album. Formed in Austin, TX in 1994 around a mutual love of My Bloody Valentine and an urge to make something that sounded different to everyone else, Kitty fashioned a prescient, outstanding body of work before they disbanded by the end of the decade without a single official release to their name. However, they did garner a loyal and ferven… Read more