Monday, 25 October 2010
Metalheadz present the Marcel Dettmann, Sigha, Kassem Mosse, and Two Armadillos remixes of Commix on one mighty handsome double pack. If you missed out the Burial 12", then bully for you, but if you're of a future Techno/House persuasion this is basically "the sh*t", as someone once said. Marcel Dettmann and Sigha share the first plate, contrasting nicely with Sigha's elegiac Tech-House mix of 'She's Still Smiling' on one side, and Dettmann's sub-rumbling and shifty Techno version of 'Satellite Type 2' on t'other. On the secon… Read more
An all-out stunner from Brian Pyles aka California's Starving Weirdos, joining in on NNF's current soundtrack-y agenda with an incredible solo album. 'Psychical' is about as heavy as they come, for synthesized dreams of dark African dread and blood curdling ambience, at least. The whole album plays through like a movie itself, tracks blending into one another like scenes to effectively toy with your senses of fear and what-the-f**k comes next... doom laden drones blacken the horizon to all the peripheries creating a tense atmosphere for panned hand-drums, incantations of "Blood and … Read more
Kent quintet Codes In The Clouds delivered something of a post-rock opus with their Paper Canyon album of last year, and now the band present this fine remix LP as an appendix, featuring such artists as Machinefabriek, Library Tapes, Nils Frahm, Rival Consoles and Worriedaboutsatan. The set gets underway with an opening cut that isn't strictly a remix at all. Instead, it's a reworking of epic album track 'Don't Go Awash In This Digital Landscape' featuring Paul Mullen of The Automatic, bringing vocals to the already immense original. Although there's a healthy supply … Read more
Not Not Fun summon the gloom of an oncoming apocalypse with three tracks from LA visi-goths, Robedoor. Spanning the A-side, 'Pacific Drift' elicits the imagery of a washed-up, coastal California town at midnight, nowhere to go, nothing to do but blank out the depression with crushing OM style riffs and a sliver of cosmic hope in the form of twinkling keys giving to something to reach for. On the other side the spirit rises with 'Exploited' where motorik Krautrock drums mow a path for wheeling psyche guitars and munted vocals with reams of reverb, before sheltering from the acid rain in 'Bl… Read more
Jeremy Duffy switches tack from his Duff Disco project into the path of Future Garage with two ready-made anthems for Saigon Recordings. His recent 'Getting To Sirius' 12" caused a commotion with everyone from Flying Lotus to Erol Alkan and 'Know You' is set to do the same. Put simply, it's a massive club tune, built with exothermic techno stabs, restless garage syncopations and a blustery bassline designed to put the wind up ya. Fans of Joy Orbison, F, or Doc Daneeka will be very impressed. Over on the flip he inverts that energy into a darker roller with 'More Lies', erring to the tears-on-the-dancefloor kind of vibe in polished style.
This new single from indie-dancefloor crossover stars !!! comes packed with remixes: DFA man Tim Goldsworthy, Warp's own Bibio, Liv Spencer, Canyons, Thomas Bullock are all on hand to tackle assorted tracks from the recent Strange Weather, Isn't It? album. Lead track 'Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass' might be one of that long-player's more gnarled and gritty entries, cranking out a soulful, disco-styled chorus between expertly observed electro-funk verse passages. Of all the remixes, Bibio's take on 'The Most Certain Sure' proves to be the most eccentric and sonically in… Read more
Jay Haze goes deep with his peer Ricardo Villalobos, plus a melancholy pop house track with Leila Tov. With 'I Wait For You' Laila almost sounds like a Spanish Karin Dreijer Andersson over effortless tech-house beats and moody melody, but the real treat here is on 'The Darkest Disco'. Together with Villalobos, Haze rustles up a subtly insistent 12 minutes of crisp, lithe congas and submerged synthline, with subliminal bassline accentuating the rollidge factor. Tuck in.
Back in stock! Well, are all Drexciya fans glad that they signed to Tresor? They should be, because thanks to Tresor Drexciya's output has gone up since they signed, and we all know you can never have enough Drexciya. There are moments from Drexciya's past, present and future on this album. There are also moments of clear oceanic beauty, and deadly sub-aquatic harshness. The standout tracks include 'song of the green whale' which will be considered a classic in a short time, beautiful clear synths descend into warm carribean waters. 'Lake Haze' likewise could be from anytime in the l… Read more
Soma square off the complete remixes of The Black Dog's 'Further Vexations' album, plus the Slam remix of 'CCTV Nation' in one package. Includes Autechre's sinister, screwed version of 'Tunnels Ov Set', next to Claro's throbbing remix of 'Northern Electronic Soul' and a deeply rugged Detroit techno mix of 'CCTV Nation' from Redshape, besides a warped steel city jacker from The Bass Soldier and a hi-tek electro remix of 'Kissing Someone Else's D.O.G' inna Suburban Knight style from Octogen aka Marco Bernardi.
One year after his 'Saturation Point' debut, Kazuhiro Okuda aka Nuearz drops the followup 'Face Lift' for Skam. His sound is comfortably at home among the label's roster, sharing certain traits with VHS Head and Mr 76IX in his complex, ever-morphing arrangements and taste for more caustic electronic textures than you're average IDM head. Most brilliantly, it's incredibly hard to tag Nuearz's sound as anything other than his own, able to scope everything from naughty rock chop-ups like 'Neu, neu, neu', to Meat Beat Manifesto-style beat-breaking on 'Hedonism' or restlessly complex and kinetic comp… Read more
Following the release of his seminal Hard Techno workout in 1997, Surgeon and Mick Harris revisited the material for this 'Remake' session. '(Intro) Version II' is reinforced with extra noise and viciously filtered strings while 'Krautrock (Version III)' loses the melody, ups the bass levels and reworks the rhtyhm according to a stricter agenda. Mick Harris meanwhile manipulates 'Waiting' as an uncomfortably sub-heavy halfstepper and 'Depart (Version II)' exercises Surgeon's more abstract dancefloor inclinations. Classic material.
Nutty jacking killer from Portugal's Photonz duo, following their recent remix of Shake and 12"s for Dissident. The A-side should be getting a fair rinse round these parts, filtering centrifugal breakbeat edits in a properly dynamic Anthony Shakir style, while the flipside 'Urban Dreams' jacks up mystical Chicago melodies and sharply sliced, ruffneck box beats. Guaranteed floor movers. Heavy.
A wonderful selection of music to accompany Debra Granik's acclaimed big screen adaptation of Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone, featuring authentic folk sounds from the Ozarks region of Missouri plus some wonderful contributions from Tindersticks member Dickon Hinchliffe. "Among the highlights of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack are the old time sounds of the Ozarks translated into the 21st century by stellar vocalist Marideth Sisco. Her Ronnie Gilbert (of the Weavers) inspired vocals are absolute joy - and she's an expert storyteller of the Ozarks region… Read more
Two years in the pipeline for Home Normal, Elian's 'Whispers, Then Silence' is a long-overdue work from composer/producer Michael Duane Ferrell. Apparently the album had been consigned to a state of release schedule limbo, as the folks at the label themselves say: "it's taken a while to get together, tweak and time right for the arc of Home Normal". You can immediately hear why Ian Hawgood and co. have been saving this one up. While prior releases in the label's catalogue have converged on a predominantly pastoral-ambient agenda, this recording is a far more ambitiously ambiguous a… Read more
Originally released in 1984, The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall was the band's eighth studio album and their first for the Beggars Banquet label. This LP saw the band line-up expanding with the inclusion of Brix Smith (these days to be seen on Gok's Fashion Fix), while John Leckie helped refine the band's sound as producer. The Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall has become one of this most prolific of bands' key releases receiving massive critical acclaim over the ensuing years. This special new omnibus edition of … Read more
This all-too short collection of folktronic instrumentals and sketched songs is the result of a collaboration between Dollboy's Oliver Cherer and Roman Bezdyk of Sone Institute. Clocking in at a mere seventeen minutes in total length, this EP certainly doesn't outstay its welcome - that old adage "small but perfectly formed" springs immediately to mind. The seven tracks flow between one another beautifully - giving a sense of fluid continuity - but it still functions as a series of standalone moments too. 'Play For Today' is especially memorable, sounding uncannily like it … Read more
Finders Keepers magnate, Dom Thomas, offers the follow-up to the masterful 'Exploding Disco Inevitable' mix with a further blend of obscure proto house, denizen loops, far flung folk, cosmic rock and post punk. Again, we don't have the foggiest ferkin' clue what he's playing, but the vibes are exceptionally heavy as to be expected. From a whirlpool of cosmic Krautrock beginnings we're plunged into a morphing vortex of unknown delights, traveling from salacious post-punk into a charge of saxed-out skronk, probing sophisticated Gallic proto-House, onto fat Turkish breakbeats, m… Read more
Previously to be heard on Root Strata, RV Paintings is the recording project of brothers Brian and John Pyle. You may already be familiar with Brian Pyle's music through either his Ensemble Economique alias, or more likely, Starving Weirdos, whose releases have graced the catalogues of labels such as Digitalis, Students Of Decay, Bottrop Boy, Olde English Spelling Bee and Weird Forest. It all gets off to an incredible start: lengthy opener 'Millions' sets distant, hovering droning tones amongst field recordings of fireworks and aircraft taking off. After a while piano chords chime i… Read more
Baobinga links with Mensah and DVA on his self-curated Build imprint. The standout is 'This Is Wavey' a heavy hookup with DVA on a carnival-styled romp, mixing Scratcha's drum palette with next sound design. Recommended.
Having recorded his previous album (last year's Dia, released on Locust) in a cabin out in the Catskills, Amen Dunes' Damon McMahon made this record in a Beijing apartment whilst living out in China. Quite remarkably, all the tracks here bar 'Diane' and 'Murder Dull Mind' were one take recordings completely made up on the spot. Fans of McMahon's previous work might be surprised by the lack of structure on show for some of these improvisations, but those aforementioned two 'proper' songs make up the balance with some heartfelt, haunting acoustics.
Rob Hood slips back into his disco duds to revive the Floorplan project. He's been a very busy man of late but thankfully the quality levels haven't budged a bit, from the filtered and funked up vibes of 'Living It Up', to another Chicago-esque groover 'Wall To Wall' with commanding claps and kinked Latin shuffle patterns.
Cosmin TRG does it again, serving two heavyweight House heaters for Rush Hour's Direct Current Series. It's been simply impossible to ignore this guy's releases this year; witnessing his metamorphosis into a House music futurist has been an absolute pleasure to witness. This time out he gives the haughty thrust of 'Liebe Suende' on the A-side, where it's all about the kinked kick drums and chopped R'n'B samples, kinda like a hornier version of Ramadanman and Midland's exploits for Aus. On the flip, 'Sores Of Attraction' tucks into a ruder Techno/House burner, erecting majestic chords remi… Read more
New York's "...premiere improvisatory, vocal-and-electronics cosmic beat-box band..." return to Woodsist with a brilliant side of loopy hypnotics, including an insert code for free digital download of the 2007 cassette-only release for Tank Tapes redeemable directly from the label. All four tracks are previously unreleased, arms-out eyes-shut wanders through darkly tinted terrain. 'Oboh' opens up with what sounds like reversed field recordings made inside a washing machine at a Native American ritual ceremony, before 'Lal8' intrepidly changes tack into a forest of doomy 808 bass hits and… Read more
Big moves from Well Rounded Records, dropping the much-talked about 'Hold It Down' from Submerse. This soul burning skipper came to much wider attention recently as the closer for Jackmaster's anthem-rammed URB session, putting the final kiss of sweetened garage on a seriously heavyweight mix. Favourable comparisons to Burial will abound, but this seems to be the tip of the iceberg for Submerse, whose previous cuts for L2S and Night Audio have already proved him to be head and shoulders above the crowd. Over on 'Only' he links with Resketch for a rude swinger, switching up from sli… Read more