Friday, 21 August
**Soft focus blend of ambient-pop, R&B and cute mnml electronics wrapped to a warm and winding narrative** "Inspired by a long lost tale from dark and cold northern lands, written many ages ago, ‘Neida‘ is the story of a young boy who one day noticed an eerie call, so peculiar and odd that he could not resist but to follow it. While it resonated through remnants of ancient settlings, the boy had to overcome many obstacles and solve numerous quests, journey through mystical forests, foggy mountains and ghostly villages, battle the forces of nature and lose himself in this adventure. Finally reaching … Read more
Masami Akita presents a reissue of his 2007 CD, 'Zophorus' on Editions Merzbow. We can posibly detect some proper black metal thunder amidst the electronic squall of 'Pt.1' whilst 'Pt.2' is one of his more colourful, pulsating creations, and 'Pt.5' delivers roiling kicks and noise where it hurts the most.
Masami Akita infuses your surroundings with reactive ferric noise in 'Space Metalizer', his 1997 album for Alien8, now reissued on Editions Merzbow. Akita performs noise eletcronics, metals, Novation synthe rack, EMS Synthi A, audio generator, MKII filter bank, Theremaniac theremin, tapes and Moog.
"Tough, to the point, no-nonsense machine music is a longstanding Midwestern tradition. Drawing a line all the way back to the old guard, The Bunker New York's latest EP is Walk The Distance, courtesy of Mark Verbos, a techno veteran and New Yorker by way of Milwaukee who put together four pieces of heavyweight dancefloor artillery, informed by an intimate, inside-out knowledge of the machinery used in the production of these tracks. No punches are pulled here—the record starts in top gear with "Start Up Drive," a devastating techno bomb centered around a throbbing, repeating bassl… Read more
Superior Viaduct uncover and expose the roots of downtown no wavers, Liquid Liquid - one of the most-sampled groups in dancefloor history - in their earliest and little known guises. The original Liquid Idiot were coined at Rutgers University in the late '70s before moving to NYC where they played CBGB's, Tier 3 and Mudd Club, and would subsequently swell their ranks with peers and audience members encouraged to "bring percussive objects" to their shows, playing together as Idiot Orchestra. Paying dues to no-one and guided only by their fai… Read more
Kowton comes rugged but slinky on Nic Tasker's Whities label with his first solo 12" of 2014. A-side locks off a smart blend of roiling bass pressure and buoyant synth chimes in 'Glock & Roll' landing somewhere between Meng Syndicate's early Belgian techno and more twinkle-toed UK garage-house styles. On the B-side, 'Bits & Pieces' plays out that pensile light/dark flex with flash FM synth chords glinting off pinched bass and skittish marimba hook beside the infectious, booty-jugglin' percolator, 'Doing Nothing'. Straight tip!
Expansive Joris Voorn collage/mix for Fabric83, spanning some 66 tracks in 76 minutes. Taking the concept of a mix to DE:9 levels of the edit, Voorn fillets, isolates and elides myriad elements in a sweeping tech-house topography seamlessly incorporating traces of classic jungle, innovative electronica and heartbleed shoegaze from artists as disparate as Fennesz, Doc Scott, T C F and Robert Hood.
No Pain In Pop present a glistening web of parellel midnight dimensions in 'The Bedroom Club III'. Like the prior two volumes which introduced us to early work from club mutants, D'eon, Pariah and patten, a.o., this edition rounds up established artists such as NTS' Throwing Shade with the noctilucent ambience of '38 000', or NPIP's own Jire with the screwed brain enema, 'Sout', alongside a handful of new acquaintances. Sim Hutchings crosses our radar for a 1st time with the depressed techno slug of 'I Will Unify The Hood Through My Vision', and, likewise S… Read more
The Funckarma brothers remerge at sharp electro/acid/IDM angles for native Dutch imprint, Shipwrec. Their first joint outing since 2012 tests out four signature dancefloor mutations: 'Reasch' cloaks quicksilver electro-acid with widescreen harmonic pads; 'TRrnt' dips on a sort of halfstep acid D&B flex; 'Spud Bencer' wrenches darkside synths into alien hip hop graffiti; 'Grone' tilts headlong between VSnares-style drum breaks and Autechrian synth shudder. Techy heads - chow down.
**Dead charming debut album of haunting pop by the erstwhile Dirty Projector and current member of Avey tare's Slasher Flicks. If Julia Holter linked with Flying Lotus and Stereolab…** "The Expanding Flower Planet is an album, a song, a cosmic ideal, a form of psychic expansion and expanded capability. It’s original and personal. It transmutes ethereal abstractions into crystalline harmonies and sinuous grooves. It’s music nurtured with the idea of healing, exciting, inspiring, enlightening. Drones, dissonance, warmth, and love. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Angel Derado… Read more
The Dutch producer does hydraulic electro-techno amongst good company on Mojuba's A.R.T.Less sublabel. 'Juilce' erects glistening trance towers over fluid, booming 808 pulses; 'Myriad' trims back to a slower techno agenda gilded with E.R.P.-style pads and sonar pings. Detroit, in effect.
A fine showcase of bvdub's heart-on-sleeve ambient house sound, crossing lines between the sleepy dancefloor styles of his Earth House Hold alias and the bottomless scapes of his bvdub stuff like 'A Careful Ecstasy'.
Creepy drone and eviscerated coldwave tropes by a new, Brooklyn-based unit - Grant Aaron, Eric Holmes and Camille Altay a.k.a Birds of Prey for Ricardo Donoso's Kathexis label. Working shades away from their label boss's own practice, their eponymous debut album evolves from the morphing spectral introduction of 'Black Vulture' thru the gaunt cyberpunk tone of 'Hollow Object' to plumb swampy nocturnal zones in 'Camber' before turning darker, febrile with the swarming electronics and dustbowl guitar of 'The Horse Thief' beside the fleshly arpeggiations of 'The Field'.
"It’s been three years since Advance Base’s debut album, A Shut-In’s Prayer, made #19 on MOJO Magazine's Best Albums of 2012 list. Since then, singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Owen Ashworth has published a book of drawings, made beats for Chicago rapper Serengeti, recorded the debut single by psych-folk troubadour Julie Byrne, paid tribute to gospel & outsider music legend Washington Phillips (see 2013’s The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP), contributed electric piano & co-writing credits to Sun Kil Moon’s critically acclaimed 2014 album, Benji, & produced more than… Read more
Friday, 14 August
**Upfront Exclusive** Happa, pursues a uniquely infectious big room sound on Pt/5, the label he set up with Al Gill in 2014. We're really feeling the coruscating tang of A-side, 'Chewy Teeth', with its lightshow of keening, bittersweet synths displaying Happa's wayward electronic tastes, whilst the jagged groove offers a subtly twisted take on current arena techno styles. Flipside, he cools off with swaggering bassline and sparse, blank-eyed vocal stabs in 'Ascension' subtly alleviated with trancing synth build to sound a bit like New Order gone techno, before 'Crickets' deals in a crankier sort of industrial house akin to Kassem Mosse gone L.I.E.S.