Sunday, 18 September 2011
Cardopusher expands his remit with a squashed electro-boogie number featuring marble mouthed MC Sensational, plus the squelchy acid HipHop joint 'School Daze'. Remixing the title track, Neuhen flips a faster Juke style, Sesped jams on a boldly Techy Boogie sound, and Baconhead drops the natty 8-bit vibes. Kid 606 comes hardcore with the 'Pupusa' remix and Pocz & Pacheko fire off the rampant Kuduro flex of their 'Antisharkz' remix.
New material from Jan Jelinek is always cause for celebration, and ‘Xango’ marks the second outing in as many years for his seminal micro-house project Farben, reactivated in 2010 after a six year absence. On first listen, the four tracks assembled here are on the kind of lo-fi, experimental house tip you'd more readily associate with STL or Jamal Moss, but on closer inspection their surface toughness conceals a depth and an attention to detail that's just staggering, and pure Jelinek: with its primitive palette of playful, vaguely aquatic, ping-ponging sounds, 'LesssseN' could've been made by his r… Read more
A rare and typically beautiful outing from Nest, aka Deaf Center's Otto Totland and Huw Roberts of Wales' Serein Records. Quiet, meditative piano and ambient electronics are dealt in sublime manner over four compositions. 'Stillness' is drifting and pastoral, with plangent keys against a widescreen backdrop, while 'The Dying Roar' is more bleak and droning, leaden with heavy hearted emotion. Further in, 'Koretz's Meteor' makes odd use of field recordings and the sound of camera snapping to texturise a swirling drone symphony, and 'The Ultimate Horizon' is more concisely constructed from aquatic s… Read more
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Ultra-crisp, hard-bodied future flexes from Pangaea, dropping one of his deadliest singles to date. The man's hardly known for his high work rate, releasing only a handful of records since he started in 2008, but he's evidently born of a rare breed who exert exacting quality control over their music, hence one of the most definitive catalogues in the modern Bass music canon. Disciplined, and distinctively rooted rhythmic control coupled with the keenest production values keep his tracks timelessly futurist, and no more so than 'Hex', a tautly syncopated and wickedly weighty ragga-jungle upda… Read more
Radiohead's favourite party unit, Modeselektor and Berlin's rising star Objekt, remix tracks from 'The King Of Limbs'. This is the one many of you have been waiting for. A-side, MDLKTR run 'Good Evening Mr Magpie' with a Funky-infected Technoid tilt full of deftly stuttered vocals and crowd-igniting peaks. Flipside the versatile Objekt jams on a ruder acidic swing, working off centre bass bumps and squirmy 303 with efficient motor control. Aces.
One of the more elusive producers out there, Sully isn't the most prolific, but everything he does release is of the highest quality: his 'Phonebox', to take just the most shining example, never leaves the box. Though he arrived on the crest of dubstep's second wave, it's not easy to pin down his sound: gritty, burnished UK garage is the key influence, but on this album there are significant nods too to footwork and 8-bar grime. 'It's Your Love' and '2 Hearts' openly pledge Sully's allegiance to the original El-B and Groove Chronicles sound, while 'I Know' and Trust' are juke made cinematic, their… Read more
*Absolutely killer, squashed & f*cked technoid mutations - the best Spectrum Spools yet* A few months back we clocked Emeralds synth wizard and Spectrum Spools curator John Elliott claiming on Twitter: "container lp on spectrum spools is like surgeon on DMT covering cybotron jams with a bubble machine". Needless to say, we've been awaiting the arrival of said album with bated breath ever since. It's now here, and we're pleased to be able to confirm that it lives up to Elliott's hype - sidestepping the cosmic drift of most other Spoolers, Container has created a twisted, time-warping and … Read more
Hippos In Tanks have the honour of presenting a startling, updated sound from the inimitable "man with the moon-lit pompadour", James Ferraro - a prelude to 'Far Side Virtual' due out later this year. For anyone familiar with Ferraro's previously preferred mode of ferric obfuscation, hearing the 'Condo Pets' EP is like when your parents switched up from tape to CD way back when, and you were just shocked at the neon green display on the console and couldn't stop playing the cack sample CD of MIDIfied classic TV themes that came with it (or is that just us?). Only, in this case Ferrar… Read more
*Features two new and exclusive edits made by Demdike Stare, plus a selection of label rarities and gems selected by them* Demdike Stare compile the second crackin' 'Make Do And Mend' selection from the Finders Keepers catalogue, including two totally exclusive edits and a sneak preview of the forthcoming Jean Rollin OST 'Fascination'. Making an outlandish entrance with their 'Double Drop Crash Edit' of a recent fave, Billy Green's 'Toadstrip' from the 'Stone' OST, Vangelis' 'The Dragon' bridges the way to their 2nd edit, the 'Les Vampires Emeu… Read more
At the risk of repeating ourselves, 100% Silk drop yet another superb EP, four tracks of deep, sexy, emotional House music from Octo Octa. Nope, we've never heard of them before either, but judging from the fresh calibre of these cuts, we hope to hear more. Compared with recent offerings from Magic Touch and Ital, these cuts are ostensibly crisper and more modern-sounding, as though they forgot to turn the 100% Silk fug machine on, and they're all the better for it. A-side there's the restrained energy and grinding House drive of 'Let Me See You', next to the beautifully suspended emotio… Read more
VHS Head’s Video Club and Trademark Ribbons Of Gold rank as some of the finest outer-tronic records of recent times, representing as they do a completely unique, IDM-inflected and VCR-mangling take on the whole hypnagogic/hauntological fetish for re-processing the half-forgotten TV memories of yesteryear. This new EP finds the ‘Head going for a slightly heavier, harder sound, and in doing so he really strikes gold, from the cathode-fried cosmic undulations of ‘Decapitron’ to the itchy glitch-boogie of ‘Death Dimension’ and ‘Siege Express’ - clearly he’s been raiding the mid-80s exploita… Read more
Sci-fi stepper Joe Seven, aka They Live's Joe Smaje, drops his 2nd single for Exit Records. The emphasis is placed on rich and deeply immersive atmospherics for 'All Prologue', entering to noirish backdrop of space station ambience and locking into a skulkin', robotic rollers rhythm. Flipside 'Untitled Monotron' is more urgent, riding dry, Krust-style hardstep drum & bass patterns circled by swooshing stabs and cryptic, etheric communications from the on-board systems. Spooky aces for the Autonomic crew.
"Wooden Shjips stand at the forefront of modern psychedelic rock and they present here their first album for Thrill Jockey. ‘West’ is the first Wooden Shjips album recorded in a proper studio. Production was handled by Phil Manley (Trans Am) at his Lucky Cat Studios. 'West’ was mastered by Sonic Boom (Spacemen 3) with additional mastering by Heba Kadry at The Lodge in New York. CD version in four panel mini-LP style gatefold package."
*Worldwide edition, excluding USA and Mexico* We were always going to dig a band called 'A Winged Victory For The Sullen', but we’re pleased to find that their music's actually very special too. It's a collaboration between composer Dustin O'Halloran and Stars Of The Lid's Adam Wiltzie, bolstered by contributions from Hildur Gudnadottir and Peter Broderick, and if you're familiar of the past work of all these sizeable talents then you'll have an idea of what to expect from the album: richly emotive chamber music with a supremely advanced grasp of sp… Read more
Ryan York is perhaps best known for his Asura project, but we guess that's about to change with this dazzling release under his own name. 'If I Am This Forest' is a lush and vivid mesh of chamber-pop vocals and west coast psychedelia knitted together with frayed, organic-feeling synthesis. It's a immersively synaesthetic experience, entering to the blooming, phosphorescent 8-bit ecosystem of the title track, which sounds like Panda Bear programmed by Laurel Halo, or drifting in the seductive swing rhythms of 'Sea Water' splashed by gentle percussion and tangibly effervescent elec… Read more
Frijsfo catch Cardopusher on a roll, following some of his best work over the last 12 months. He finds a tidy roll, kinked - El-B style - with Latin syncopation and strong but floaty synth arrangements on 'Instant Glue' and 'Then What', whereas 'Loving U' is quite different, pulling some especially squashed swing-jack moves with craftily frayed drums and droning bass decorated with ace, icey '80s stabs and warm pads.
Slick, mid-tempo electro-boogie from the one and only DMX Krew on his boutique Fresh Up Records label. 'Funky Dancer' keeps the tidy machine groove tight in the pocket, but you've gotta chuckle at the estuary-affected "Darrrnce With Me" vocoder line. The other joint, 'That Wild & Freaky Robot Funk' works another hip rut with finger poppin' finesse and proper wet acid squelch. Do it, yeh?
Reissue of a classic Hip Hop sample treasure trove by Del Close and John Brent, originally released in 1959 by Mercury Records. The premise is thus; a "square" teacher attempting to "dig" hipster chat, with some pretty funny results including field trips in the street. There's a strong chance you'll recognise many of the samples, which has probably got the users balking that their secret source has been uncovered.
Dark, Technoid, Bristolian rollidge on Deca Rhythm. On 'Trippin' Dread MC adapts his flow from D&B to a tuff steppers beat with menacing consequences, while the Jakes remix accents the snares with metallic bite and rubs the synthline with some salty flavour to skinning effect. One for the shadow skankers.
'Echo Relics' is Chris Federson's 2nd album of laidback and hazy Dub electronics. With opener 'Classical Unity' we're instantly reminded of Tikiman's solo endeavours on his False Tuned label; you know that kind of beach-side, smoked-out and languorous sound. Meanwhile, 'Alpha' resides next to the likes of Echocord's exquisite, padded grooves, and 'Gamma' adds a more electroid infusion to the friendly chord sequences, and you'll find more dancefloor-ready grooves in the likes of 'Phytoplankton', albeit for a very stoned dancefloor.
Cocker kicks off a collectable series of bargain-priced Finders Keepers compilations made to support the label in light of the recent warehouse fire at PIAS' North London depot. A long time fan of the label and their doings, he was granted full access to rifle their catalogue and he's picked some absolute treats for ya, including, if we're not mistaken, some which have never appeared on CD before. To start there's the perspicacious poetics of Carol Batten's 'Beeing', besides the legendary pseudo J-Pop of Yamasuki (made by none other than Thomas… Read more
Rick 'The Godson' Wilhite and Moodymann remix archival Urban Tribe aces. Moodymann's is darkly funked-up, licking tense spy-theme guitar and strings with crafty samples to shifty, downtown effect. The Godson's 'D2000' remix is more smudged and beatdown, similar to his work in The Three Chair with like minded soul, Theo Parrish.
Nonprivate is Cylob's special project for his zaniest synth productions. 'Catastropic' documents Chris Jeffs at his most experimental, and would normally go with visuals, but the original was released on tape, and therefore you're probably going to have to make them up yourself. The funny thing is, he manages to completely avoid going actually noisy, per se, and it all sounds like a cartoon version of say Bob Ostertag, or something. All the sounds are really cute and bubbly and there's some beautifully glassy radiophonic moments on Side B. Bonus to this digital version is the more salty Side Z, which does actually go a bit more aggressive, but it's only 3 minutes long.
*Boomkat Upfront Exclusive* Melancholy downbeat electronica from Dundee's Samoyed. A contemporary of Loops Haunt and Architeq, both of whom he remixed last year, he's got a more introspective sound than either here, layering his own distant and forlorn vocals around brittle, pen-on-desk percussion and gently hypnotic keys with a wooly, ferric finish not far from the LA psych hop sound of Caural or a shyer Shlohmo. Recommended!
*White box welcome the return of Manchester's Stranger Son, who provided the label's first release back in 2009.* "Stranger Son's new 12" 'Inside Many Summers' is an EP of hazardously infectious disco-not-disco grooves and loose-ass, Pennines-jams. The title is taken from their forthcoming album 'Luna Marseille' whereas the other two tracks ('On Pterodactyl Sofa' and the monolithic twelve and a half minute instrumental sprawl that is 'Iceman Part II Extended'), are exclusive to the EP."
Sweetly emosh Garage from Submerse, backed with extensive remixes from Contakt, Famous Eno, Tofu Beats, Kingsin, and Kozee. It's hankies at the ready for 'Move On' with its fluttering synth motifs, warm pads and back-of-the-bus vocals giving way to a slick 2nd half roll-out. 'Need To Know' is ruder, run through with saw-tooth Bassline vibes, and 'Stay With Me' is a tender 2-stepper next to the Electro-Jackin 'Monster'. Make sure to check the dubbed-out Contakt remix of 'Move On' and the Grimy Breakstep lash of Famous Eno's 'Need To Know' version.
Reserved, mnml Tech-House-Pop roller from Swedish Kitsuné dude, Andreas Bygdell, backed with an ace Lunice remix. The Touch's originals are clean and fresh for the classier Indie/Tech-House 'floors, we're could even imagine Roska playing the bendy. subtly Tribalist rhythm of 'Bodies Waiting' on radio, but the real heat ironically comes from the iced Lunice remix, mixing coldwave synths and minimal 808 beat, while French Fries give a snappier Technoid overhaul.