Monday, 19 January
Raster-Noton present the brain-flossing results of Frank Bretschneider's calculated muck-about on the Buchla and Serge modular synths in Stockholm's hallowed EMS facility. 'Sinn + Form', translating to "meaning + form", is the Raster-Noton co-founder's attempt to simulate the "fundamentally chaotic world as we know it" via mathematical and physical theories - dynamical systems, probability theory, stochastic systems - in an extension of humankind's endless endeavour to "recognize this world and to describe, predict, control and change it." To our ears, the results flux wildly betw… Read more
"You need people like me…" so says Tony Montana, and the sentiment rings true for yung Delroy Edwards. His 'Kickin Butts!!' EP opens with one of the most famous samples in cinematic history and pushes on thru four darker, trackier follow-ups to his addictive 'Can U Get With' 12". The raspin' rhythms and murky drones of the title track could have easily appeared on his 'Teenage Tapes' LP, while 'Die Motherfxxker' slips into Slowed Down Gangsta mode, and there's a pair of bucking raw house rhythms in 'Str8 Fuckd' and 'Insane In The Membrain' for the wall-bangers.
Dixon, Recondite, Tale Of Us and Dubfire tweak Plastikman's EX for the club. Dixon's 'Just A Different Mixdown Version' of 'EXhale' tenderises the tensile contours of the original with stacked acid harmonies and sweeping pads for proper dancefloor catharsis; Recondite clips and tucks 'EXplore' to an electroid shuffle with soaring breakdown; Tale Of Us concentrate 'EXpand' to a sort of whirring, bluesy tech-house for the first half, before turning into a Morricone-gone-to-Ibiza anthem; Dubfire plays the long game with a 13 minute take on 'EXposed' building to a panoramic trance-house peak.
Doublepack of fluid house from Vancouver's, BC's Mood Hut player, Hashman Deejay. Practically clipping the heels of his lush 12" for Berceuse Heroique, 'Sandopolis' marks his return to Future Times with six tracks tipping the tempo scale between slackened ambient hip hop and strident, heavily swung house with patented patterns of filigree, spiralling arpeggios and bouncing square basslines cuddled with a lovely analogue production. It's lip-smackingly sweet sh*t, channelling that sought-after Mood Hut vibe shared by Pender Street Steppers, Aquarian Foundation or Jack J into the deftly … Read more
Anthony Parasole lines up alongside Silent Servant and Marcel Dettmann on a banging new single from The Corner. Poised for the big rooms and writhing masses, Dettman plays out a stealthy sort of tension with the burning intensity of 'Take One'; Silent Servant yokes darkside EBM synthlines and brooding chords to a muscular techno-house canter with drily emotional climax; Anthony Parasole rallies the room with a concentrated tribalism entitled 'Intel'.
The ever-surprising Love Cult twyst between EBM techno and gothic house with strange, cut-up psych-folk inflections on the 'Wonderland' EP. From the hunched intro of 'Scenario', they fake left with the naif vocals introducing 'Wonderland', before slipping into pacey electro and keening drones, while 'Daddy Issues' grinds to a sleazier house tattoo and 'This Good' pulls off the oddest fusion of moto-roiling shuffle laced with alien chirps and leading to a blunt conclusion. Original styles.
Strickly bangers from Dance Mania legend Paul Johnson. Ain't no messing with the anthemic bounce of 'Feel My M.F. Bass', the percolating rudeness of 'Jack-U-Later', the psychosexual madness of 'U So Silly', and the hard-to-resist 'Bootycall'. You know what to do!
Class techno session from the master. 'When The Music…' follows Brinkmann's Guy Martin-dedicated EP with four sleek bits of dancefloor momentum ranging from the full flight of 'Odecca' to cruising house in '8 Ba' and the oil-spattered razz of 'Moto', taking a slower off-road vibe with 'Step a Nova'.
One of 2014's most hyped labels, 1080p, kick off 2015 with crisp and kinetic club functions from Max McFerren aka McFerrdog. Last spotted on SLO's Aery Metals label, here he's given room to explore his maddest, funkiest ideas across 12 tracks juggling ghetto house and ambient electronica with traces of Jersey club and vaporwave. Colourful doesn't start to describe it: this guy's beaming rainbows all over the dance; from the chromatic swirl of 'Bless This Mess' thru the clipped swing and garbled samples in 'Peak Of My Curiosity' to the lean but fruity club construction, 'Timeless' and j… Read more
Sick, stringently minimal D&B for 2015. Skeptical killing it right here with the tightest drums and soundbwoy-burying subs, operating at totally-crucial levels with the Muhammad Ali-step and digitally distorted B-lines of 'Playground Chat Back' and the pendulous, droning dancefloor stare-down, 'Delusions Of Grandeur'. Check also for the neo-Shy FX tribalism of 'Imperial' and the spring-loaded tension of 'Instant Reflex'. BIG tip|!
Bronze Teeth's Richard Smith aka L/F/D/M reveals a bittersweet side of radiophoniq techno and EBM for Not Waving's Ecstatic label. Weaving between snake-charming techno and surprisingly elegant, melodic motifs, it's all much freakier and freeform than his debut 12" for Optimo Trax. Cutting from sawn-off synth experiments to dusted Sleeparchive bleep styles on 'Insect Cylinders', and jiggy, atonal techno with 'Sun Shape'; he carves a course of salty waltz with 'Book of Five' on the flipside, leading to the banging EBM highlight of 'Black Shadows' with its sampled intro of some lass recalling… Read more
Sean McCann completes his transition from ambient to classical & avant-garde musics with these ten breathtaking pieces realised over a four year period. Recorded throughout 2010 and 2011, assembled in 2012 and later committed to vinyl, they can be taken to document his maturation from shepherd of slow moving ambient clouds to an architect of steepled composition who graduated with 2013's 'Music for Private Ensemble', released on his Recital imprint. All but the stoniest hearts will be melted by McCann's tempered grandiosity and feel for weightless space in moments s… Read more
Adam-X and Jimmy Crash reprise their X-Crashed duo for a pair of proper New York Techno bangers via Anthony Parasole's label, On The Corner. 'Where Were You In '92' offers a different perspective on Zomby's '92, one driven by memories of pounding 909s and alarm signal acid lines; 'Pre-Gentrified' harks back to a pre-Giuliani New York with bass drum thunder and tunnelling synthlines bets heard off your chops in a warehouse or pounding the sidewalk.
1995 Dance Mania bangers reissued for the digital era. 'The Big Band' sounds like electroswing with nads and it missable for precisely that point, but the cut-up horns and string stabs of 'Hydro' are on the money.
"It takes less than sixty seconds of album opener "Newspaper Spoons" for you to decide that Viet Cong is a winter record. The album has barely begun, and the guitar doesn't snarl until the end of that opening minute, but it still presents a palpable iciness in just a few short moments. It's bitter. It stings. But once you're in it, and you're bracing yourself and charging ahead, "Newspaper Spoons" moves from a punishing, almost militarized drumbeat to a melody that's still menacing but also delicate, almost celestial… "Continental Shelf" orbits a thousand-watt hook with a thick crackle and a… Read more
"Between 1979 and 1982, The Universal Togetherness Band tracked unearthly portions of their sprawling songbook for bewildered students in Columbia College’s audio engineering program. Storming the gates of Chicago’s premier recording studios, the erudite party band explored permutations of soul, jazz-fusion, new wave, and disco with little regard for studio rates or the availability of magnetic tape. Universal Togetherness Band captures the brightest, never-before-heard moments from this visionary group’s 5-semester recording bender."
Chicago on patrol! Traxman delivers six bangers for the recently revived and legendary Dance Mania campaign to work your booty proper. Uptown features a slamming juke version of the Pacman theme plus a brittle, jerkin' workout 'Getting Da Hoe' and the minimalist, bass-concentrated tool 'Work ME 2013'. Downtown he brings the funk with the chopped samples of 'U Wanna' and the outstanding footwork funk cut-up '1976', plus a tweakin' acid madness named 'AcidHouse 2013', funnily enough. Bang it, work it, jerk it.
Following exemplary 12"s from Fred P, Anthony Parasole and Shawn O'Sullivan/Civil Duty, Tom Dicicco sustains the No Corner quality levels with four of his toughest, darkest tunes to date. They're probably the closest we've heard to the Levon Vincent template; a sterling balance of measured, powerful torque and wide-open spatial dynamics that really stand out from the heavier techno and house crowd.
Neat remixes of Todd Terje from Golf Channel associate and former member of !!!, Justin Van Der Volgen. 'Inspector Norse' is tweaked out to 10 minutes of louche groove and sustained synth excess; 'Strandbar' is soused in psychedelic disco sweetness.
Terntemøller shoots from the hip with a low slung remix of The Soft Moon's 'Black' gunning for gothic EBM 'floors.
**Gentle, loop-based works coaxed from guitar, effects pedals into cinematic scenarios. RIYL Hood, Labradford, Loren Connors** "Apnoeic is the second EP from London-based composer and cineaste Clint Trofa. Whereas Trofa’s previous work had focused much more on a diverse pollination of sounds and instrumentation, ‘Apnoeic’ see a vast reduction in compositional tools; strictly using the electric guitar and a handful of effects pedals to create an eerie, cinematic tapestry of mood and atmosphere that is far more mature, direct and clear in its songwriting and characterised by a bruise-blue… Read more
The Chicago Bad Boy in e-f-f-e-c-t on a crucial reissue of his 1991 bomb, 'Chaotic Nation'. Six aces to choose from, but the best have to be the Detroit-esque, latinate body shuffle of 'Happy Stick' with it's killer rimshots and busy hi-hats, or the steppin' techno-house of 'Mental Problems (Bonus Track)'.
Murderous Chi-town techno winners from Beau Wanzer (Civil Duty/Streetwalker/Mutant Beat Dance) and Shawn O'Sullivan. Adhering to stringent analog values, Shawn O'Sullivan gives the unrepentant, pounding modulations of 'Security' on one side, and the droning, swaggering, Regis-style swing of 'Crisis' on the flip. Beau Wanzer seals the deal with a jagged pneumatic wave jacker named 'Courier'.
"In the wet heat of a Japanese summer, legendary musician Ryuichi Sakamoto was joined on stage by Taylor Deupree and the duo of Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date, known as Illuha. The Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media hosted the event as part of their 10 year anniversary which also included a captivating installation by Sakamoto called Forest Symphony. The days surrounding the concert brought the artists together for food, talk and exploration. Informal but meaningful moods that prepared them for performing together. The performance, an improvised set for piano, … Read more
Seattle's Further Records project deep inwards/outwards with the psychedelic kosmiche of 'Dose' by label co-owner, Raica. In sharp contrast to the muddied fidelity of 'Lucent Glances' - the last we heard from her - Chloe Harris aka Raica delivers eight compositions of piquant, pineal clarity and vision, creaming glassy harmonics in 'Satmor' alongside the widescreen panorama of 'Tiwie', crisply scrambled rhythms in 'Slep_Non', and tangles modular streaks of 'Watr Drgn'. Better yet, the caoptivating 'Couchfire Dron' enters Autechrian hyperspace and 'Harchone' glistens with Heinrich Mueller-esque finish… Read more