Monday, 28 March 2011
Girl Unit, Brenmar, Bad Autopsy, Samo Sound Boy, DJ Pierre, Munchi, Gongon, and Canblaster & Berou line up to rework tracks from the 'Mirage EP' by LA's Nguzunguzu. Highlights have to be Girl Unit's fusion of rave sirens, Bubblin' synth licks and steel-tipped Electro, Brenmar's piquant R&B stinger - one for the Kindom fans - or Munchi's hyper-mental '...Likes Excessive Amounts Of Bass Mamba Juke Remix'. Ace.
Massively impressive debut from multi-instrumentalist talent, Memotone, backed with a smudged House refit by Lukid! Lead track 'Multicolour' is a masterful frisson of crisp and sharp, technicoloured hi-end riffage cushioned by wide subs with a magical, BoC like wow & flutter breakdown, but 'Bellatrix' is more on the Zomby tip, calculated synth arpeggiations running over tumultuous hiphop/double-timed rhythms. In a stroke of A&R genius, Lukid appears on the flip with a cyber-dreamy refit infused with padded 4/4 House kicks while the sugary melody is caramelised into a sticky, shiny residue. Don't sleep on this one!
Supremely dynamic, Technoid futurism from the studio of Boddika aka Instra:mental's Alex Green. Boddika is the name he uses to exercise those areas of his production palette which are possibly too freaky for his better known alias, so here we get the dazzling architecture of 'You Tell Me' with its highly individual torsion and detuned lead riff, while 'Breez'in' jams on a fruity House tip, albeit a fruity flavour spiked with genetically modified enzymes and programmed two steps ahead of anyone else you'd care to mention. This label is hard ON IT at the moment!
Over the last 2 years Rene Hell has emerged as one of the most distinctive characters from a wave of neo-Kosmische and synth noise operators. Since his debut album for Type, 'Porcelain Opera', his restless talent has been diverted into cassettes for Night People and Agents Of Chaos, a brilliant 7" track for Kraak and sterling collaborations with Daren Ho's Driphouse as Cuticle and Mandelbrot & Skyy, all displaying an artist confidently in his creative stride. 'The Terminal Symphony' is a bold evolution of his sound, reframing analogue synth and drum machine experiments with a more… Read more
Four tracks of properly advanced electronic funk. Since 2008 Dorian Concept has made an indelible imprint on electronic music, not least with his incredible 'When Stars Explode' album and the outrageous 'Trilingual Dance Sexperience'. For Ninja Tune he drops a suite of surprisingly DJ-friendly dancefloor idiosyncrasies, shimmying between the Funky-compatible, jazz-twirling dip 'n jak of the title track to the Bashment bouncing propulsion of 'My Face Needs Food', sounding uncannily like a Siriusmo production, and into the stereo-flitting drums of 'Toe Games Made Her Giggl… Read more
Hatchback is the solo moniker of San Francisco producer Sam Grawe. While his day job might be producing syrupy house and disco under the Windsurf moniker (along with producing buddy Daniel Judd), the Hatchback material shows his more sensitive, calmer side. I want to refrain from dropping the dreaded ‘chill’ tag, but this is decidedly chilled material, with slowly developing synthesizer textures and pads and propulsive analogue rumbles and sequencer patterns building underneath. Somehow it reminds me of Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom, albeit slowed down to a near-crawl and heard from the n… Read more
For the fourth release on her excellent Opit imprint, Subeena serves three tracks of deeper, House-inspired electronics. 'Wrong For Me' layers Soul-warmed chords and vocals over swooning subbass to woozy swinging effect while 'Space Of Flow' fuses a bumpy mid-tempo Afro-beat rhythm over dynamic, spiraling electro synths. Lifting the tempo, 'End Of Reason' goes heads down into square-bassed '90s acid jack style.
A proper Detroit House affair: Scott Grooves remixing Norm Talley. In Panther mode it's all about subtly stealthy chord progressions and cool percussion while the beats mix strips it all back to the rhythm.
BBE continue their valiant effort to give Dilla’s work the royal treatment and ‘Come Get It’ is the third single in the 10 Year Anniversary of Dilla’s classic ‘Welcome To Detroit’ set. ‘Come Get It’ is probably the least well-known track so far, but is a keen reminder of Dilla’s immeasurable production skill. Fans of Slum Village’s classic ‘Fantastic Vol.1’ will be able to trace the sonic signature here and Dilla’s dusted snares and soulful clipped bass is presented in glorious widescreen. There are few producers for me who ha… Read more
Kozzie goes on hard over a remix of Spooky's anthemic 'Spartan', backed with a bruising Darq E Freaker version. Big on road!
Experimental electronic type Rafael Toral started his Space series back in 2004, and since then he’s been exploring new ways to implement his signature electronic squiggles into performance and composition, reframing his arsenal of modified oscillators as jazz instruments (of a sort). ‘Space Elements III’ is possibly the closest Toral has come yet to realizing that dream – with the alien blips and hisses hitting up alongside jazz percussion and even Rhodes. In a dark room and not listening too carefully you might even mistake ‘Space Elements III’ for a jazz record, but on clo… Read more
Monkeytown deliver an addendum to Siriusmo's debut LP, 'Mosaik' in the form of four full-fat party tunes. 'Sirimande' is like Bassline taken to Berlin, jacked-up and electronified; 'Programchild' is a cute stab at angular, heavily tweaked Electro-pop; 'Feed My Machine' is a discombobulated HipHop/Techno head-wrecker; the erratic 'Auf Wiedersehn' is a rogue polyrhythmic dance crasher with badass drums and complex melodic arrangement.
Techy Electro/Garage split from Sclist and Point B. Both producers have an appreciation of efficient minimalism, keeping their riddims clipped and tight with a paucity of cliches. Following his drops on L2S and Urban Scrumping, Sclist rolls out the trim 2-step skip of 'Safari', a little like a reduced T++ production with quirkier sounds, while Point B's 'Battery operated' ends up sounding something like a grittier Akufen production, all razored edits and angular blurts of melody.
Pixelord, aka Gultuskra Artikler, drops four diverse tracks of neon-hued dancefloor fusions backed with remixes by Submerse, SRC, VVV, Milyoo and more. We find a huge highlight on 'Equis', a quicksilver 2-stepper with dramatic Burial vibes and a killer Tracey Chapman sample, next to the raved-up and techy trance power of 'Oh Lord' and the stuttered Funky drums of 'Kiwi Dream'. Pick of the remixes comes from Submerse and his turbo-rushin' 'Oh Lord' version and the crafty jack of Milyoo's 'Kiwi Dream' refit.
The titan of Berghain applies his discretely effective, driving therapies to O/V/R's 'Post-Traumatic Son' in three versions. 'Construction 1' sets the pace with systolic, spherical bass throbs and dry, moody vibes. 'Construction 2' teases in extra layers of percussion and probing synthlines. 'MDR Version' feeds the whole thing through his meat grinder for gristly, prickly, pounding effect. Strong.
"Swarms are Bristol-based production trio, originally from Malvern, where they came together under a shared love of many different influences; Sam and Pete both have a diverse background in post-rock, electronica, shoe gaze and ambient styles, while Tom brings in a deep understanding of drum and bass and dubstep. The merging of these sounds and ideas manifests itself in the uniquely evocative output of Swarms. Early tracks were created “just for fun” and sent to a few radio stations, and before long Mary Anne Hobbs was playing ‘Never Step On Me’ to global audiences on her famed Radio 1 progr… Read more
Sterling debut album effort from Edinburgh's Fudge Fingas aka Gavin Sutherland. We know some House heads have been counting down the days until this landed, such is the level of love for this guy's productions. As a multi instrumentalist talent, he's played on Prime Numbers from Linkwood and Trus'me, but it's his own productions that have garnered the most attention, landing in mixes from the likes of Joy Orbison and Ame and loved by the likes of Gilles Peterson and Fact magazine. His multi-dimensional dancefloor template is equally informed by "organic" forms of music from the Black A… Read more
Six tracks of jazzy, beatdown German House music from Berlin/Jena's Taron-Trekka. Smoky vibes abound on 'Where' and the sweetly smudged 'Smithereens', whereas 'Kome Dime' and 'Adoly' are more blunted HipHop numbers, leaving 'Blown To' to fill the House quota and the lovely 'Lo-Fi Autumn' to float freely in simulated jazz space.
Expansive second album from Amsterdam's talented Tom Trago, featuring guest appearances from Om'Mas Keith of Sa-Ra, Tyree Cooper, Oliver Daysoul, Meikbar, Romanthony and San Proper. Moving beyond the pure disco inspirations of his 'Voyage' sessions, 'Iris' dilates his scope to incorporate elements of R&B, Soul, Techno, Electro and HipHop with his supremely deft touch. From classy Moroder styles on 'Life Of Plants & Flowers' we're coridally swept through Timbaland-does-Boogie vibes of 'Being With You', to the 'Falling Up'-alike Hip-House of 'What You Do' with Tyree Cooper. Album highlight, 'So Cold… Read more
Clued-up House and Techno heads will be well aware of this Polish born, California-raised DJ/Producer via her acclaimed mixes for RA, LWE or most recently Fact, and equally her small but immaculate catalogue of releases for premier outlets such as Perlon and NSI. Her brand of electronic music is well aware of the experimental approach which informs the finest dancefloor records, subtly involving her taste for avant-garde electro-acoustics and hypnotic rhythm programming with the finesse of her labelmate Villalobos or the inherent intricacy of Tobias and Max Loderbauer's NSI. producti… Read more
Deep house opulence from Herr Weisemann, paying tribute to classic Prescription sounds in reverent fashion on the ever-reliable Mojuba. The lauded producer has been reatively quiet of late so this record is a real treat. The epic 'Emphasized' is a sublime, swinging journey to the deepside, finding its groove in rugged dub chords synced with crispy drum shuffles and offering an emotive payload of heart-wrenching strings in the closing quarters. Turn it over and 'Caprice' tucks into a grandly spacious dub-house groove with Moritz-style offbeat organ stabs within a resplendent dub sound sphere. Choice!
Rinse FM's DJ MA1 lays out three slick Funky rollers, including versions. Featuring Sophia, 'Do It Better' is a smooth tribal roller but check for the Technoid, dub-chord driven 'Static' if you're in the mood for some.
Inimitable Techno productions from Luke Slater in his Planetary Assault Systems guise. 'Sucktion' is a deadly monotone pounder with dynamic forcefield of metallic synths while 'Powwow' is stoic, square bassed and tweaking, very much in the vein of Norman Nodge releases. 'Raid' is classically minimal, subtly menacing and propulsive.
Ace debut album from the highly intriguing June, following a blink-and-miss-it 12" last year and ahead of a forthcoming Mathematics release. Including two DJ Sprinkles remixes, 'Cyntheria' is a canny mix of vintage Chicago moods and grooves with more European Italo influences, best heard in the Sally Shapiro-like title track, the Jamie Principle-aping 'Blue City' or the slightly camp French jack of 'Les émotions s'éteignent'. Make sure to check DJ Sprinkles' Breakbeat and jeep-bass infused 'Lost Dancefloor' mix or his sublime, Leyland Kirby-esque 'Enpty Dancefloor' mix. TIP!
Terror Danjah's imprint comes correct once again with the killer instincts of P Jam's slewing '04 instrumental 'Anger Management', a ruggedly sinuous, snake biting riddim built with the coldest drums and seething, barely muzzled bassline. The swagger-tech special, 'Sorefoot' is equally deadly, one for warehouse spaces and hard-jawed headphone sessions. Heavy.
Scuzzy goth darkness from down under on a six-track frightener from Sacred Bones. References to Bauhaus and legions of Post Punk groups aside, Sydney's Naked On The Vague make memorably eerie songs driven by the twin engines of Matthew Hopkins' ghoulish bass and Lucy Cliché's keys and vocals, now with some extra flesh from drummer Lachlan Vercoe and bassist Nic De Jong. It all sounds like the sort of stuff you'd imagine kids in a backwater Ozploitation B-movie to listen to at a local sinking hole before becoming embroiled in some nightmarish serial killer storyline.
I’ve always had a soft spot for Hamburg-based band Mountaineer. Led by the silky vocal tones of Henning Wandhoff, ‘The Real McQueen’ again finds him accompanied by Alexander Rischer on guitar, Anna Berermann on vocals and Christian Ebert on omnichord. It’s unsurprisingly sunny stuff too, bringing together the crisp Latin-via-alt country haze of Calexico and the nostalgic glow of classic 70s exotica to create an album that unreservedly revels in the finer things in life. This might sound too positive for some of you cold, dark souls out there but ‘The Real McQueen’ isn’t sugary, rathe… Read more
Volume 2 presents 26 stone cold aces from the vaults of one of NYC's most lauded disco producers. Includes John's first credited mix on Inner City's 'Caught Up In A One Night Love Affair', plus dancefloor dynamite such as WAR's 'Slipping Into Darkness' and more reworks of Loletta Holloway, Teddy Prendergrass, First Choice, Harold Melvin and many more.