Monday, 23 March 2009
Ostgut Ton expand their remit beyond their immediate family of skilled operators to invite the legendary Surgeon and man-of the-moment Martyn to remix tracks from Shed's future classic 'Shedding The Past '. The remix selectors tie in nicely with the label/club's recent forays into steppy and uber deep techno events with their Sub:stance and Leisure Systems nights respectively inviting said artists to abuse their overwhelming Funktion 1 rig with alternative styles to the usual pump-a-thon techno and house sessions. Surgeon's mix is just an out and out killer, perha… Read more
Marco Bernardi returns with a cool 12" of uplifting deep techno remixed by Mark August and Redshape. 'Mystery Of Nazerus' features Bernardi on top form, working up a sophisticated Detroit techno via Den Haag and Glasgow style that should bring a warm glow to a better techno club near you. Dutch fella Mark August remixes 'Nazerus' into a rippling Chicago burner keeping the sweet old skool IDM electronica melodies firmly intact, before handing over to Redshape who rearranges all the elements into one of those indefinably classic Redshape builders. Classy and effective.
Boy 8-Bit, TRG and Diplo revisit Mujava's 'Township Funk' to squeeze out the remaining dance juice from THE riff of the last 12 months. When it gets to the 3rd round of remixes for most projects you'd expect to be scraping the barrel, but these are some of the strongest yet with Boy 8-Bit's wonky electrohouse rerub reconfiguring the riff with a faithfully effective version, Diplo touching it up with big room reverbs and crowd freaking synth pressure and TRG providing the best of the lot with an impatient garage steppers mix, roughing up the drums and laying the subbass like a carpet of marshmallows. Even if you've got the first two, this one's still a winner.
Baltimore's Dan Deacon found himself on the receiving end of ream upon ream of positive press following on from his Spiderman Of The Rings album for Carpark. The laptop performer is also one of the very few electronic solo artists in recent memory to earn praise for his live shows, and over the past couple of years Deacon has maintained his profile by playing blog-worthy sets across the globe. Bromst is a clear step forward for Deacon, who takes a step beyond the confines of that exuberant variant of electropop found on his debut, instead embracing a more ambitious - you might even say, more … Read more
A varied pack of fresh and esoteric techno and deeper house productions compiled by the Meakusma crew in the 3rd of their limited run. Immer chic provides a cool techno abstraction on 'The End Of Eternity' with swirling atmospheres and dislocated field recordings making for a strange and curious trip. Even Tuell's 'Thanden Strakk' is a a trippy beatdown number with vintage Radiophonic soundscapes making for an unusual combination, Vakula's 'We Shall Dance' continues the abtstract dance theme with a weirdly wired slice of techno and Move D hooks up with Benjamin Brunn for the seductively sedated 'Vorhaus' crafted for the minimal slackers and electronic house heads.
Monday, 16 March 2009
The "Hose" as he's known to his mates, drops another trusty 12" of dark techno reductions for Time To Express backed with one of the best tracks we've ever heard from our man MLZ. Mr Van Hoesen sticks with his grumbling techno methods on 'Attribute 1' and 'Above 90', paring the elements down to the bare essentials and modulating some nasty basslines to sound like a more old skool version of Marcel Dettmann, but it's the MLZ remix that will be getting the plays around here, attaching a layer of sick hi-hats and feeding the bassline copious amounts of illicit substances to make it writhe like a beast. PLAY LOUD!
Originally released in 1956, More Moondog was the second album by Louis Thomas Hardin, followed the next year by a further LP, The Story Of Moondog - this new Honest Jons issue combines both these essential early albums. The tone of this fragmented, wildly eclectic body of work tends to rest its focus on percussion, exploring the Eastern-influenced, gamelan-styled sounds developed by homemade instruments like Moondog's famed "trimba" and "oo". The majority of the compositions here are brief, often very intricate miniatures, which within the space of a mere minute or two instantly place you i… Read more
Finally, after a long long wait, the first new SND album proper in almost 7 years drops on the wonderful Raster Noton label. Followers of these pages will no doubt be aware of our long, drawn-out love affair with this project, beginning back in 1998 with the anonymous arrival of their first self-released 12", through the series of albums produced for Mille Plateaux, the 'Blir' releases and all the way up to last year's amazing '4,5,6' triplepack. The sound they make is an oblique and utterly unparalleled variant of minimalism - a kind of oddly shaped integration of academic concepts guided by a stric… Read more
The almost unfathomably good, groundbreaking collection of unreleased electronic work from Raymond Scott is thankfully, finally available again!!! This is a 69 track edition of over two hours of Raymond Scott's unreleased electronic recordings from the 1950s and 60s. In 1946, Scott formed Manhattan Research Inc. (MRI), billed as Designers and Manufacturers of Electronic Music and Musique Concrète Devices and Systems. His colleague Robert Moog said, Scott was definitely in the forefront of developing electronic music technology and in the forefront of using it commercially as a mu… Read more
How classic is this? Finally we've managed to lay our hands on early electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott's absolutely breathtaking collection of compositions for babies and it's a pleasure to list them. I think all of us fell in love with the marvelous 'Manhattan Research' composition from a while back, but this is where Scott really came into his element. The composer felt that there was a wide open playing field for productions to help parents lull their young offspring to sleep, and what better way to lull them to sleep than with blipping experi… Read more
Volume 2 in the 3 part series sees mad-genius composer Raymond Scott (who might be better known for the killer Manhattan Research boxset) take his soothing sounds into the 6 to 12 months age bracket. I don't know if by advancing 6 months the baby has developed a keen ear for rhythmic abstract electronica but that's the only reason I can find for a track like 'Toy Typewriter' which is 18 minutes of decaying analogue rhythms. It is a truly breathtaking piece of work, but not the thing you'd instantly think of playing to a developing child, unless of co… Read more
It seems in Raymond Scott's mind as the child gets old the possibility for the use of psychedelics becomes more likely, as this third volume in the series of 'Soothing Sounds for Baby' which sees the baby reach a year old, is the most trippy of the lot. We kick off the rather peculiar show with 'Tin Soldier' - now don't get me wrong, I can see his intentions were pure; this is a piece of pseudo-militaristic electronica complete with echoing marching drums and olde-world melodies, but the wobbling sounds and reverb make it an extraordinary listening … Read more
Billed as a soundtrack to an imaginary road movie this latest album from Jon Egeskov's Pixel project (his third in all) reaches into your subconscious and yanks out whatever images are lodged in there. Using a basic palette of miniscule percussive elemnts and delicately manipulated amplifier hiss Egeskov instils a sense of gentle motion, sounding out dream-like engine noise that propels the listener down whatever shady lane they're prepared to venture down. The floating hum and crinkled analogue warmth of Pixel's sound shifts around in a subtle, noir-ish fashion, rising and falling with an implic… Read more
Onra and the very nice people at Favourite Recordings have pressed up limited copies of this absolute nugget of wax containing an extended version of 'The Anthem' from his brilliant Chinoiseries backed with 'Last Tango In Saigon', 'Clap Clap' and 'Relax In Mui'. the Chinoiseries album was inpired by Onra's travels to South-East Asia where he picked up a ruck of vintage vinyl and set about reworking it into nuggets of gems of hiphop goodness inna Jay Dilla style. 'The Anthem' is one of the most prominent cuts from the album, sounding like a prime Dilla banger but with all the soul… Read more
Friday, 13 March 2009
Fourth instalment in the series. A side cut "Triple Bypass" keeps it busy on the strings for another Juicebox style archival killer re-edited and re-moulded in November 2008 with precision crafting and damaged bass levels. "Submariner" on the flipside is a slow and toughened bass excursion, deep and undulating with a rugged Amen keeping it tight. Mastered and cut super deep and loud, act fast.
This album is built upon an unusual collaborative process between Tenniscoats and Room40 label boss Lawrence English. Prompted by the Japanese duo having been played some of English's new, field recording-based material, an album was proposed that would be based upon recordings of Tenniscoats songs in a variety of unlikely locales in Japan, ranging from parks and rivers to busier urban environments. 'Ninichime' is so entrenched in traffic noise you'd have to say it's less of a background element and more like an instrument in its own right. It's not all so confusing and 'displaced' soun… Read more
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
The people behind Brooklyn's Barge imprint have clearly spent the last six months trying to work out how to follow up last year's jaw-dropping "Baby, It's Cold Inside" album from the oddly monikered 'The Fun Years', one of the most satisfying and immersive releases of the year. Their response? Why they've only gone and produced this astonishing, multi-layered epic from Kevin Micka, aka Animal Hospital. "Memory" is a record that engages with familiar techniques and proceeds to completely f*ck with the programme. The album starts with a shimmering duet for music box and guitar, laying the fo… Read more
Monday, 09 March 2009
Steve Goodman continues to shift his style towards the Funky light wih two more brilliant cuts for Hyperdub further removed from his previous dread bass dubstep explorations. 'Black Sun' is quite the shocker, sounding like the mutant basschild of Drexciya and 4 Hero with rippling junglist/dubstep subbass wrapped around a bobbling square-wave bassline and tucked under the tidiest rhythm syncopations this side of Anthony Shakir. That's not to mention the unruly synthline that just owns the whole thing, sounding like James Stinson jamming with Quartta 330 with a seriously ear-worming eff… Read more
Tomorrow Today brings electronic pop with a real pedigree: Seeland is the duo made up by Tim Felton (formerly of Broadcast) and Plone's Billy Bainbridge, both of whom have spent their fair share of time with a synthesizer or two. The early Seeland material seems like a distant memory now, but finally the debut full-length arrives, having been announced by the quite wonderful 'Library'/'Call The Incredible' double A-side single (both tracks included here). The songs boast perfectly judged arrangements balancing modern Super Furries-style psych-pop with more extravagant retro sound designs… Read more
The first of the Berghain residents to produce a full length album, Ben Klock was always the likely choice to come up with something a bit special. 'One' is definitively a techno album, with the focus on a club friendly sound which Klock excels in every weekend with his extended DJ sets at Berghain and across the world. I was initially wary when I clocked vocalists listed on the tracklisting, but Elif Bicer (who previously contributed to the ace Prosumer & Murat Tepeli LP) provides a restrained and entirely welcome layer of drifting abstracted soul to tracks 'Goodly Sin' and 'OK', to balance out th… Read more
Monday, 02 March 2009
Wonderfully well-made psych-soul productions from Bullion, combining chopped-up digitised hip hop with an ear for warped pop narratives. The EP's title track leads the way with disorientatingly high levels of compression and sliced-up, pitch-scrambled samples. For all its eccentricities the production retains a solid song-like focus, maintaining a heavy duty beat in the process. Another EP highlight is the gauzy, altered-state disco of 'Time For Us All To Love', which has a magical Boards Of Canada-visit-Studio 54 feel. Highly recommended.
Since their 2003 debut 'Trouble At Mill', Pendle Coven have produced seven exceptional, restless twelves for the Modern Love label, not including work undertaken by one half of the recording duo under the MLZ moniker and a handful of projects produced and delivered under the radar. Typified by an inability to rest on their laurels, Pendle have explored areas of Techno and electronic music as diverse as their interests, taking in early-90's style 'ardkore, drone, Basic-Channelisms, Drexciyan electro and warehouse minimalism along the way. This debut album features 7 exclusive and prev… Read more
Alongside this weeks double hitter from 2000F & Joker, Guido's massively awaited 'Orchestral Lab' has to be our pick of the dubstep crop. Part of Peverelist's Punch drunk stable, Guido is in good comapny with Gemmy, Pinch, Gatekeeper and the rest of the Bristol crew seriously holding it down at the moment. 'orchestral Lab' is the immediate attention grabber on the A-side, squeezing in more synthfunk and subbass into four minutes than most producers manage in an album, this guy has funky fingers just like Joker, that blatantly love to eak out the most curdled riffage possible and in the proce… Read more
**CD version includes the bonus tracks Berzerk Dub and Echobombing** Germany's top soundbwoy Disrupt aka Jan Gleichmar drops the follow-up to Werk Discs awesome 'Foundation Bit' LP, teasing our bowels with rumbunctious subbass and cheeky 8-bit game music lifts on 'The Bass Has Left The Building'. Almost anyone that's come into contact with Disrupt's fun dubs has quickly developed an addiction for his compact and highly disciplined form, channeling the spirit of early Jamaican digi-dub and dancehall produced on early Casio keyboards and cheap drum machines through a matrix o… Read more
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
A kaleidoscopic myriad of skewed astrokrunk and neon burning synthlines from the hugely tipped Dorian Concept outta Vienna, Austria. Taking cues from the widest possible blend of sources, Dorian Concept has created a multi-facted album of immense quality and longevity, fusing technical jazz flair with intense programming skills, and strictly bumping beats with abstract electronica harmonics for a head sweltering affair. This album will find fans on all corners of the musical universe, from the anthemic 'The Fucking Formula' finding its way onto Benji B's Deviation sessions of … Read more
Monday, 23 February 2009
A strong contender for single of the year, and it's only february! The Hyperdub onslaught for 2009 picks up pace with the blazing hot double header from Joker and 2000F laden with two of the most in-demand tracks in circulation right about now. Both tracks have set the forums alight with excited chatter about the future of dubstep and the possbilities being forged with dubstep's low-rolling bass structures combined with Zapp style lazer-funk synths and voice boxes. It seems everyone is getting seriously hot for 2000F's 'You Don't Know What Love Is', a r… Read more
Ohio's Emeralds are a band that we cherish dearly here at boomkat. Last years 'Solar Bridge' EP was a (third) eye opening experience and the entry level opener to their self created world of synthesized pschedelia. The group, consisting of members John Elliot, Mark McGuire and Steve Hauschildt, have some 20 odd releases to their name since 2006, generally produced on the deliberatly lo-fi cassette and CDr formats for a number of tiny boutique imprints like Hanson Records, Wagon and Fag Tapes. Their distinct brand of freeform deep space emotions found them on many end-of-year charts for 200… Read more
Monday, 16 February 2009
The first installment in the Thriller series was easily one of our favourite 12"s of 2008, one of those records you could play to anybody into the good stuff and watch their jaw drop instantly. The shadowy collective have again surpassed all expectations with this second platter, shifting their palette from choice electro soul edits to crushed rave hop and psyched slow house delivering absolute dancefloor genius. We'd love to tell you who produced 'Swarm' on the A-side but we're actually unsure ourselves, as we're only informed with a few tantalising clues and as you'll gather from … Read more
This year's Pop Ambient pulls together quite a lineup - Tim Hecker, Sylvain Chauveau, The Fun Years, Klimek, Mint (aka Wolfgang Voigt!), Marsen Jules and Andrew Thomas to name just some of the 12 artists featured. Bringing the compilation to a predictably lovely start is Klimek, whose 'True Enemies & False Friends (Yesteryears Suite)' stitches together orchestral loops in a grandiose fashion reminiscent of Ekkehard Ehlers' epic 'Plays John Cassavetes'. Approaching classical instrumentation without the digital scalpel, Sylvain Chauveau arrives, slotting in beautifully among the… Read more
The Clone Classic cuts series provides us with one of their most essential releases on their invaluable retrospective covering the life of Unit Moebius, North Holland's answer to UR in the early 90's. Formed around core members Guy Tavares (responsible for the Bunker empire), Ferenc E. van der Sluijs (aka I-f) and Menno van Os (aka Duracell), the crew would throw freaking wild acid parties playing Detroit and Chicago house & techno to a crowd tripping their collective nut off on damn fine Dutch pharmaceuticals and psychedelics in bunkers around Den Haag and … Read more