Monday, 13 December 2010
Bit of a Bunker classic, this, now available to download for the first time. Seven tracks of fierce, robotic Miami electro from The Hague's notorious DJ Technician.
First digital issue of some real raw 808 and synth trax originally released on Bunker back in 2001. We should direct your attentions to the cheeky percolations of 'Italotrack' and the boogie spiced 'Wake Up'. Fans of Legowelt or Dynamo Dreesen should check.
Superb comeback from Clone's out-of-action Dub sublabel, presenting the debut from young Dutch producer Astroposer. 'Meet My Brother' clearly recalls the advanced, bit-crushed electronic hiphop of Funckarma, EOG and Machinedrum, which is no coincidence because Astroposer was directly inspired by those records from his older brother's collection. Carefully avoiding any sentimental remakes, these six tracks are like a more 'lectronic adjunct to the Beat Dimensions series, still HipHop at heart, but very forward thinking. Hand-stamped copies, with free download code redeemable from the label. Tipped for fans of classic Skam and IDM/Hiphop!
Dirty raw Chi-town-inspired House from Legowelt aka Salamandos! This is the first time these tracks have been available for digital download, making the likes of 'Jack That Dick', the red-light acid of 'World Of Salamandos' and the porno-perk of 'Kick Out The Jocks' available to greasy jack-offs the world over.
Quirky one this – LOAF have taken the skewed electro-pop joint ‘Infinite Capacity’ from Ben Butler & Mousepad, and farmed it out to a bunch of very able remixers. The track sounded bonkers to begin with, and with the help of Fulgeance and Dam Mantle it’s taken into glorious realms of peculiarity. Fulgeance takes the chop-chop haphazardness of the original and slows things down to a witch-housey crawl before adding a shaken 4/4 and some hypercolour synth action. Dam Mantle goes to the other extreme, accentuating the hyperacti… Read more
The rumours are true, David Lynch, famed creator of Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and countless other unsettling oddities has decided to embark on a career in electronic music. Weirder still, the music is actually kind of uplifting, with a driving bass-laden squelching 4/4 lying beneath Lynch’s own heavily altered vocals. Peaks fans among you will probably recognise the first couple of synth chords too (a not-so-sly reference, Mr. Lynch) and while this all might sound like a 2010 version of Moby’s ‘Go’, it’s not. Despite being called ‘Good Day Today’ and sounding relatively upbeat, th… Read more
Continuing LOAF and Arctic Circle’s series of EPs comes this latest three-track record, just in time for the winter snow. The Arctic theme prevails throughout with a spoken word ode to a penguin (Vincent Oliver’s ‘Ballad of a Lonely Penguin…’) and Sone Institute’s Efterklang-esque ‘Explorers Theme’, but the highlight comes from Static Caravan’s Inch Time who explores ‘Life on the Tundra’ with an eerie cascade of electronics and Popul Vuh-esque percussion. Lovecraft would no doubt be proud.
The Lips regroup with a new album for their Lipservice label, now including new member Jonny Spencer on vocals, alongside the old lineup of Steve Kotey, Dean Meredith and Andrew Meecham. Their trademark analogue style is still very much intact, deploying classic synthesizers and drum machines with their cheeky floor filling sound.
No Pain In Pop introduce Echo Lake, the latest addition to a growing army of maudlin shoegaze mongers. Following initial acclaim for their demos from the likes of Pitchfork and The Fader, 'Young Silence' is their take on the dronier, dreamier side of psy-pop, starting out relatively upbeat on 'Sunday Evening' before heading to their pillows for the cloudily distanced 'In Dreams' and reminding of Forest Swords-come-Beach House in the reverb-laden swoon of 'Everything Is Real'. At their most serene in 'Memory Lapses', both the title track and the gorgeous 'Buried At Sea' pay homage to Cocteau Twins with a sleeping pill potency.
A compilation to celebrate the 1999 edition of ‘Music Unlimited’ festival, this brings together a handful of bands picked by the festival’s curator Otomo Yoshihide. Unsurprisingly the lineup is pretty astonishing – drawing from the Japanese scene as well as the European elite, so we have Austrian rhythm fiends Radian sitting alongside Japanese noise godfathers Incapacitants and British musique concrete lynchpin Kaffe Matthews. It might be an intense spread of artists, but there is a common thread of cohesion running through the disc, and Otomo Yoshihide himself offers a handful of tra… Read more
On ‘Sepsis’, we find the regular Sissy Spacek duo of John Wiese and Corydon Ronnau joined by a veritable ensemble of LA’s finest experimental operatives. Underrated guitar damager Peter Kolovos, 16 Bitch Pile Up’s Shannon Walter, Damion Romero, Mitchell Brown, LAFMS’s Rick Potts and The Locust’s Joey Karam all team up in a studio setting to create one of the band’s most engaging electro-acoustic sets to date. ‘Sepsis’ is far from the chop-up splatter-punk of the band’s early releases, rather it owes more to worlds of musique concrete and improvised academia. That’s not to say this music is co… Read more
Recorded at 21 Grand in Oakland, California, this disc features a truly monster lineup of musicians adding to the Sissy Spacek core duo of John Wiese and Corydon Ronnau. We’ve got guitarists, woodwind, percussion, drum and double bass – hell, even a koto player makes an appearance, and each musician is a shining light of the Californian experimental musical landscape. Guided by a graphic score the musicians play in a semi-improvised manner, eschewing the traditional punk hyperactivity of the band’s usual output and ending up with a sound that owes more to the world of academia than it… Read more
‘Dash’ is just over eight minutes long, and it’s forty-three tracks. If you’ve heard the band before then you might know what this means – short hyperactive bursts of the finest extreme noise punk the world has likely ever witnessed. And I don’t say that lightly, noise punk that is; there are instruments or at least there were, at some point, but these are chiselled away by hellish jackhammer beats and electrical blasts. It is telling that Lasse Marhaug joins the core duo of John Wiese and Corydon Ronnau for these recordings. The Norwegian noise God injects his distinct sonic signature into pro… Read more
Remixer and producer of some repute for a host of premier disco outlets, Tiago Miranda gives up his latest Neo-disco joint on DFA. 'Disambiguation' is one of those canny disco/house hybrids that the label specializes in, merging the two disciplines with playful and considered style. Flip it and you'll discover 'Nada A Perder' a chunky piano house bomb with heaps of Balearic cool.
Monday, 06 December 2010
One look at the tracklisting for 'Bangs & Works' vol.1 is enough to give even the passing Footwork fan a touch of the jukin' jitters. Planet Mu's most comprehensive and substantial overview of Southside Chicago's younger brother to booty, aka Juke or Footwork, collates a good proportion of those deadly cuts you could only previously hear on youtube or if you were lucky enough, a p*ssy 128k mp3. Of course the quality of either format was never a hindrance to our enjoyment, but now properly pressed on CD and wax it all sounds heavy as hell (even if… Read more
Hemlock have a habit of thrusting highly impressive new artists upon the world - think James Blake, Untold, or Fantastic Mr Fox. London's Breton are the latest in line, emerging fully formed with a sound that's equal parts post-dubstep, rakish indie bloke vocals and Big Dada-style leftfield HipHop. Their five track 'Counter Balance EP' has already won favour with er, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and is set to achieve much acclaim going into 2011. The minimal framework of African guitar, crisp halstep drums and ethereal cockney vox in 'RDI' hints at something on the edge of dubstep, while th… Read more
The enigmatic master of outernational dystopia and psychedelic rhythms turns in an outstanding Fabric mix full of exclusive, unreleased material. As anyone who has submitted themselves to his ritualistic live shows will attest, this producer operates in a very special dancefloor dimension. Those shows have become the stuff of legend, reworking the most potent elements of his records into a stunningly febrile, in-the-moment context designed to elicit absolutely primal urges. In our opinion, his live show is one of the best in the world right now, and has been for a few years, so th… Read more
Hype Williams have cultivated a sublime aura of mystique around their heady sound with only a few 7"s and an almost-mythical LP for Carnivals. Ahead of a forthcoming HiT EP, their latest, 'Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite And Start Gettin Reel' is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year, a 24-minute portal into their hypnagogic vortex. If you've checked their warped videos on youtube or picked up the 'Do Roids And Kill E'rything' 7" you'll have a good idea what to expect, but much like their b… Read more
‘Hold/Sick’ features Liz Harris’ first new material for some time, and pits two effortlessly haunting tracks of layered loveliness up against each other for our enjoyment. ‘Hold’ kicks things off with that patented guitar haze we’ve all come to expect, before her echoingly mournful vocals drift slowly into the mix like molasses. With the pitched-down, chopped-and-screwed likes of Salem and Balam Acab grabbing all the column inches at the moment, it seems just the right time to re-eveluate Grouper's singular sound, it somehow fits so well with the aesthetic. ‘Sick’ arrives on the flip and Harris… Read more
Tectonic collect the twelve exclusive and previously unreleased original tracks which were versioned by Scientist on the accompanying release. Counting productions from the likes of Shackleton, Pinch, RSD, Distance, Mala, Kode 9 & Spaceape, and Guido, this is very much a showcase of 1st generation dubstep producers, with only a couple of notable exceptions. Generally these are producers who found common ground in the rooted principles of dub and laid the template for the diverse sound we know today. Highlights have to be Shackleton's … Read more
The long awaited and much debated Scientist mixes of exclusive dubstep material from the likes of Pinch, Kode 9, Mala and Shackleton finally lands for all Sound System crew. It's undoubtedly Tectonic's most ambitious project to date, some 12 months in the echo chamber spent duppying contemporary material until it heaves and breathes courtesy of masterful mixing board trickery. The man at the controls ranks among the finest Dub engineers ever to grace a desk, and although his prime period was nearly 30 years ago he's still got an innate … Read more
Night Slugs introduce the debut proper from the highly touted Jam City, following his essential estival anthem 'Ecstasy'. While he's been tipped as "the most exciting prospect in House" by the likes of Fact magazine, the three tracks of 'Magic Drops' are fundamentally influenced by early Grime, specifically Wiley's lean and efficient Eski Beat. The lead cut rolls off a damn cold fusion of taut, swaggering crunk snaps and glassy bleeps with glaring robo-grime synthline and a necessary trace of heat from alien-exotic, neon-lit keys. On the flip the equally sparing 'Scene Girl' will make lesser… Read more
Available digitally for the first time, Hype Williams' 'Han Dynasty' 7" tracks, plus a bonus cut not previously available on the vinyl. From the sound of duppied R&B in pt.1, pt.2 fragrances a more secluded post-punk space with zombied bass guitar hook and probably-drooling vocals delivered so slack-lipped and munted that drugs or strong religious invocations must have been involved. Part 3 is the most substantial, wandering along some cheap casio keyboard with a faded baroque, chamber music-like quality that sounds like Spencer Clarke starting to suffer fatigue in the 57th hour of a no… Read more
Three eerily strange martian techno burners from Redshape on his fifth EP for Delsin. 'Future Shock' makes first contact, powered by undulating, ominous bass drones and lifted in an updraft of spiraling space-age synthlines. Test this in the club for momentous effect. 'Kung Fu' is equally astrally-inclined, layering slivers of freestyle jazz-spiritual flute and rich analogue bassline into a bumpy rider while 'Manhattan' jams on a heads-down deep end techno jam. Smart.
It doesn't get any easier writing about dark-ambient music, and certainly there are only so many adjectives you can usefully throw around the place to describe the music at hand. Often in this genre, what separates the good from the mediocre, and in turn the great from the good, tends to be something intangible that resides within the atmosphere a piece conjures, and (speaking from first-hand experience) trying to verbalise just what that is can often make you sound like a bit of a divvy. Having said all that, Rafael Anton Irisarri's music is rich in imagery, and like Wolfga… Read more
With his Pattern Repeat releases and a clutch of 12"s on his own Baum Records label Dennis Bøg aka Resoe has made an impression on the DubTech scene. Backed by a chilling Sigha remix, he drops the rugged undulations of 'Minus & Plus', never quite settling into 4/4 but keeping the swing and roll simmering with loosely synced dub chords while 'Demoon' is more of a straight-up digital Dub tune in the vein of Andreas Tilliander or Echologist. If you've got a 'floor to put into submission we reckon the Sigha remix will come in very handy.
Type records break new ground with Jed Bindeman's Heavy Winged trio. Contemporary avant and heavy instrumental rock fiends will probably be familiar with the group's sprawling, cacophonous mass of CDRs, cassettes and wax for NNF, Digitalis and Aurora Borealis, but unless you're in the band yourself, you've never heard them playing quite like this before. The underground safety net of lo-fi recording techniques has been torn down in order to reveal electrifying sheets of distorted guitar noise and a heavy welt of blast drums with unsettling proximity the listener. There's still enough grit… Read more
Ahead of a forthcoming album for Meanwhile, Delta Funktionen adds another killer to his collection of Ann Aimee 12"s. The darkened spirit of Detroit/Benelux techno burns deep in this one, from colossal throbbers such as 'Devolution' and the tense, upbuilding 'Eruption' through the sleek mechanical pound of 'Theatre' and a moment of more melodic relief in the sci-fi pounder 'Conflict Data'. Strong stuff for those that know.