Monday, 08 December
Richard H Kirk and Ancient Methods rip the skin off Powell's mutant 'Club Music' EP in a quartet of killer remix pillages for Diagonal. Rigorously tested everywhere from Mancy warehouses to Berlin power stations, the Ancient Methods mixes of 'Club Music' are among their very finest; whether in the rictus EBM funk of the 'Körpersaure91' version with its stentorian Front242-style bark and graphene-tipped snares, or the 'phet-sparked clobbering of the manic 'Pogo Im Säurebad' - surely their maddest outing ever. Richard H Kirk, however, takes a different tack entirely with 'So With Went El… Read more
Diverse, techi dubstep and D&B torsion from Gijs Snik aka Proxima, including a collaboration with his brother, Jeroen Snik aka Icicle, and vocal by P Money. First plate comes with the creepy darkside lurch and Coki-style bleeps of 'Trapped' beside the grimy slaughter of 'Pressurized' with P Money and the raving old skool Skream styles of 'In Vacuo'. 2nd plate is all about the pensile pressure of 'Gravity' and the aforementioned, killer D&B mutant, 'Redshifted' featuring Icicle.
Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker tantalise and excite our spatial and textural perceptions in this deeply involving collaboration recorded across the Antarctic Peninsula and later produced in Brisbane, Australia. 'Shadow Of The Monolith' features electroacoustic transformations of atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric materials which have been layered, processed and restructured into a spectrum of of microtonal gradients, vibrant frequencies and fractured nonspaces. Basically, it vascilates between dark as hell and white as snow, quite as you'… Read more
Double CD compilation album of the works of Robert Wyatt curated by Robert together with biographer Marcus O’Dair, the two volume album features ‘Ex Machina’, the ideal introduction for the Wyatt novice, compiling tracks from Robert’s entire career to date and acting as a companion to O’Dair’s new biography, also titled ‘Different Every Time’ . The second disc brings together the best of Robert’s collaborations and guest appearances or, as Robert has it, ‘Benign Dictatorships’, including some very special oddities and rarities available here for the very first time.
**The 300th NNF catalogue number!** "Philly trawler Noah Anthony’s pulverized industrial designs under the black Profligate flag have grown increasingly caustic and cracked, culminating in the eight misery beat clawhammers comprising his sophomore full-length, Finding The Floor. What’s particularly impressive given Anthony’s history in form-frying outfits like Form A Log and Social Junk is how deft and purposefully these pieces are arranged – asylum weaponry fashioned from scavenged hardware. Of the record’s eight cuts, only “Can’t Stop Shaking” has seen release before (though the L… Read more
Teched-out, Afro-centric grooves from Pedestrian & Jasperdrum backed with a sharp jungle/footwork remix by Alix Perez. With 'Origin' Pedestrian & Jasperdrum find their groove in tight, shuffling drums and offset steppers bass at a laidback swing urged on by chants and darker neuro stabs. B-side: Alix Perez turns their 2013 tune, 'Kalakuta' into a hovering, quicksilver piece of slow/fast bass twists and rapidfire drums balnced with sweet chords.
Murky post-dubstep moves from the Blank Mind posse. The 'Trial' EP plays out a Kafkaesque quartet of mutant techno and cyber-dub steppers streaked with neuro stabs and burnt-out, paranoid darkside vibes ripe for fans of Shackleton, Fishermen, Cut Hands.
Oil Gang Return with a quartet of killers from JT The Goon and Murlo, including Twin Warriors (Murlo Remix) & Garden of Eden.
'Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams' is the first of two contrasting new Janek Schaefer LPs for Hamburg's Dekorder. It follows his much acclaimed tribute to J.G. Ballard, 'Lay-By Lullaby' (listed in Pitchfork's Top 10 under-the-radar releases) with a softer, more tactile collection of signature ambient textures and slowly shifting space spread around seven sublime pieces united by an elegiac solemnity. They range from tributes to friends and family who've passed on, thru sweeping orchestral moments woven with field recordings, to one gorgeous num… Read more
The 2nd of Janek Schaefer's two new albums for Dekorder presents a pair of ecstatically vaulted and longform compositions. In contrast to the willowy drones of 'Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams', this record documents Schaefer's more highly-charged, almost ecclesiastical style of composition in two pieces originally written for installation and exhibit. The A-side's 'Inner Space Memorial in Wonderland' continues a long tradition of Janek writing in tribute to J.G. Ballard - quite recently with 'Lay-By-Lullaby' - featuring twenty one minutes of sweeping… Read more
Chicago's Ike Release serves a debut album of rugged, broodingly spaced out house music for M>O>S. Following the progression of his singles for Infrasonics to a raw, hardware-driven style for the steadfast Dutch label, 'Noir' manifests Ike's most intriguing, dextrous, and engrossing material to date, with highlights in the kinky square bass and cowbell roil of 'Vapor' or the superb nightflight of the title track.
Flirting with the sweeter, electronic edges of what could be called deep house, the Irish-born, London-schooled, Berlin-based producer gives nods to Konono No.1, Caribou and Four Tet with the chiming melodic lilt and warped bass shapes unfolding and dancing across the A-side's 'Khayyam Grey', while 'Get On' slows the vibes to a bouncy space boogie flex, and 'Vowels' gets frisky with the disco on the B-side.
Belgium's GoldFFinch follows the line of last recent 12" for Turbo into three slick reductions for the newly coined Clubwerks label. A-side rides with the rubbery wiggle and insectoid synth buzz of 'Endless Year'; B-side homes in on a chiming, hypnotic bleep techno sound with 'Eenah' and ketty after-partywobble with 'Network'.
Goldman Records return with an atmospheric heavy D&B roller from G.H.O.S.T. 'Syrup' billows out across the A-side with diaphanous chords and warm, super-wide subs laced with liquid steppers rhythms. 'Swinger' comes out drunken master style on the B-side with diffuse Busta Rhymes samples squashed into a mad half-step/hardstep swagger; 'Pecker' clocks out with mutant gangsta jungle styles.
Fred P and Chevel take 'Change The Past' from French Fries debut album to more sophisticated deep house and swinging beat down zones. Fred P's reshape focusses on lush, glistening pads and a nudged, shuffling groove with smart but rugged New York house production values. Chevel keeps up his side with a warm and blunted display of slouching, crunchy drums and woozy pads reminding of something Kowton might do.
*Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album now reissued via Finders Keepers...* "With track titles translating as ‘Song For The Devil’ and ‘The Witches’, Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album casts an early stylistic premonition of the vampire themed improvised soundtracks recorded for director Jean Rollin merely months after its release. Assembling the very same group of musical sorcerers this album’s personnel (featuring, amongst others, soprano saxophonist Barney Wilen) reads like a who’s who of France’s early improvised music / fre… Read more