Monday, 11 April 2011
Oh HELL yes! Building anticipation for a forthcoming Morphosis album, Newworldaquarium and Just For One Day have just floored us with two remixes of Rabih Beani (aka Ra.H) originals. Both remixers have defined something so rare and precious in Techno/House over the last few years that they're the perfect choice to version such distinctive material. NWAQ's 'Via Mezzacane' manipulation of 'Dirty Matter' is outstanding. Centred on a pummelling kick drum and spaced-tae-f*ck, hypnotic sound design, it jacks and glides through we… Read more
Lone brings his sound to R&S for a six track session of skin-tingling, face-wiping House music. With a sound redolent of Fabio & Groovrider playing the Hacienda circa '91, 'Echolocations' cannily closes a 20 year circle for R&S, time-splitting us between '91 and '11 with the Funky snares and one-finger keys of 'Coreshine Voodoo' before coming off like a hyper BoC on 'Explorers' and retiring to the chill-out room for a breather on 'Dolphins'. Back in the mod for some, 'Approaching Rainbow' incites a baggy jack in the finest style of 808 State, all hands-in-the-air chord progressions undersco… Read more
We've always been of the opinion that much of Autechre's finest work could be found on their EP's and singles, so as far as we're concerned this gargantuan 47 track set pretty much reads like a connoisseur's best-of. So much of the music contained within has been an integral part of our electronic music listening since the early 90's that the only way we could possibly tackle this compendium is with a large dose of nostalgia. When the Anti EP came it out in '94 it was in the midst of (and in reaction to) the criminal justice bill, and in particular that part of the legislation aimed squa… Read more
'Resolution 653' is probably one of the most anticipated album's from the UK electronic underground in the last 12 months. It's the culmination of two musical lifetimes spent immersed in Electro, D&B, Techno, House and Bass music, and sounds very much like it. For the past decade the duo of Kid Drama and Al Bleek have released a catalogue of clinically executed dancefloor tricks from their studio (presumably a hermetically sealed bunker in the bowels of London) on labels such as Source Direct's Demonic, and more recently for the Autonomic family of imprints which includes their own … Read more
When ‘Person Pitch’ appeared, it felt like even non Animal Collective fans had suddenly started to give a sh*t. It was clear from just a handful of songs that Panda Bear (Noah Lennox to his mates) was the creative mind behind the best bits of the best Animal Collective songs (I’m lookin’ at you ‘Peacebone’), and his landmark album was a disc that everyone could agree on with its ambitious, gregarious mix of genres and ideas. That's exactly the kind of praise that can make a followup album a ‘dreaded’ and ‘long-awaited’ album, and ‘Tomboy’ with its weird lineup of 7” pre-release singles and cont… Read more
*Exclusive upfront download* 'Sorry I Took So Long' is the debut release from the excellently monikered My Panda Shall Fly. After Dam Mantle, he's expands the Growing Records roster to two, backed with some remix assists from his labelmate, Pirate Soundsystem and Do Re Mi. His sound lands squarely in the synth-driven quadrant shared by Becoming Real, Throwing Snow or Koreless, showing some deftly jazzy chops on the sunblind chords of 'Injury', while 'Xerox' leans on a clipped halfstep vibe with swirling gamer bleeps and 'Yoyo' feels like some electronic dread gospel odd… Read more
Sublime temporal intervention of fragile drone pop from Motion Sickness Of Time Travel, the solo alias of Hooker Vision co-curator, Rachel Evans. Between graduating from college and starting grad school last year she committed these five tracks onto a cassette for Digitalis which has since been remastered onto emerald green vinyl by Brad Rose, who hailed the album as "the best demo I've ever received" - and it's really easy to believe him. 'Seeping Through The Veil of the Unconscious' finds Evans' individual sound suspended like a time-la… Read more
Experimental titans Akita, Jim O’Rourke and Mats Gustafsson join forces to spill a molten jet of free jazz and electronic freakery released by Peter Rehberg’s Editions Mego. Over the years Swedish reedsman Gustafsson has been pushing the limits of his instrument both solo and in collaboration with Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Yoshimi and the like, while legendary Japanese noise artist Akita tussled with Russell Haswell on the infamous Satanstornade LP for Warp back in 2002, and as producer/improviser O’Rourke has crossed paths with pretty much every living avant-garde artist … Read more
A maverick among us mere mortals, grime godfather Wiley returns to Big Dada with the killer minimalist riddim of 'Numbers In Action'. It's one step skinnier than his 'From The Drop' hookup with MJ Cole, but not a jot less addictive, the paucity of beat only attracting more attention to his compelling lyrics.
Robert Johnson, Playhouse and Klang Elektronik CEO, ATA, curates the seventh 'Live at...' volume with an expert selection of synthpop and '80s Italo club grooves. A DJ of over 25 years experience, Atanasios Christos Macias has helmed the infamous Frankfurt club since its inception in 1999, so there's no doubt he knows what works on the 'floor. His mix is all about the tunes, not the mixing. Each track simply fades into each other, crackle an' all, respecting the groove to the fullest. Highlights are just too many to name them all, including international Music System's '83 killer… Read more
Kaboom Karavan is the working moniker of Belgian Bram Bosteels, and true to Miasmah’s unshakable form he conjures dense and beautiful soundtracks to lost reels of flickering cinematic weirdness from the embers of Eastern European cinema and Gallic surrealism. Bosteels has been at this for a while too, and has his scraping soundtracks perfectly in check – they never get overwhelming or drift into self indulgence, instead constructing small vignettes, odes to puppetry and the Grand Guignol. There is a sense that Bosteels may have grown up just around the corner from a carnival that's se… Read more
I’m an absolute sucker for Johan Agebjorn’s production, and this latest jaunt with Le Prix is no disappointment. Like his tunes with Swedish songstress Sally Shapiro, these have Agebjorn’s very particular sense of aged disco sheen it’s almost impossible not to fall head over heels in love with. Disco might have moved into sleazier places with Nite Jewel and 100% Silk giving grit where grit might never have existed, but ‘Watch the World Go By’ is a song for the brighter days, the warmer nights. Enjoy!
London-based Brazilian punk-funk renegades serve a 2nd album on their self-curated Slum Dunk label. 'Voodoo Dance & Other Stories' is distinguished by a darker atmosphere than their previous Soul Jazz efforts, perhaps more informed by the current synthwave revival or simply a change in mood. That said, while ostensibly of a sunny disposition, their music has always had a subtly bitter twist and this has probably just risen to fore here. The dissonant disco and vocal hysterics of 'Why N586' reminds us of Crazy Bitch In A Cave or Aerea Negrot, while 'Voodoo Dance' is more melancho… Read more
New on the amazing Dug Out imprint - Steam-powered Digi-killer from 'Up and Coming Superstar Of The '80s' Tenor Saw. The hydraulic bassline on 'Victory Train' is just crushingly heavy, specially laid down by the Studio One Band and voiced by one of the most distinctive souls of the Dancehall era. 100% vintage dynamite housed in full colour sleeve. Once again, KILLER!!!
A master of extreme digital minimalism, Richard Chartier wields silence like a sledgehammer; in his patiently wrought compositions the weight of what's not there is alone enough to pulverise you. His spotless CV takes in installations at innumerable prestigious galleries around the world and collaborations with the likes of William Basinski and Taylor Deupree, and a lifetime of experience informs his latest. This captivating live performance was inspired by, and deploys recordings of, the Grand Tonometer, a set of 670 tuning forks created in the 19th century by the Germa… Read more
Heavyweight classic Afro-Funk from Ghana - in fact, one of the heaviest of all time! Recorded in 1976, 'This Is Marijata' is the standard by which all other Afro-Funk albums are measured - it's power, vitality and rawness have been emulated but never equalled. Lovingly remastered, fully licensed and reissued by Academy/Voodoo Funk, this is presented on digital format for the first time!
Bewitching deep Techno session from Obtane and Giorgio Gigli, including a potent remix by the notorious Mike Parker. Spanning the A-side, their original is a pulsating, droning mass powered uncompromising kicks and coated in the kind of atmospheres that absorb your mind like a dry sponge dipped in acid. Keeping matters economical yet driving, Mike Parker replaces the atmospheric pressure with a virulent acidic charge over concussive kicks in typically hypnotic fashion, while an 'Abstract Narrative Edit' closes to a darkly romantic drone track reminiscent of classic Italian horror themes. Powerful tracks
**Spectral folk gem from the US tape underground** This assured and moving debut from Angel Olsen first emerged on cassette last year and has since become a word-of-blog hit, coming to the attention of Pitchfork and prompting comparisons with Joanna Newsom, Francoise Hardy, Beth Gibbons and Joni Mitchell along the way. It's difficult to pull off the eccentric, caterwauling folk thing without sounding irksomely cute and kooky, but Angel sidesteps all that with confidence and class. The recording is sparse - all you hear is her voice, her finger-picked guitar and the haunting ambience of … Read more
Some of the heaviest dancefloor friendly electronic pop to ever emerge from Southern India!!! Impossible to pigeonhole and characterised by his own indefinable style, Ilayaraaja Isaignani is the undeniable prince of Kollywood cinema, India's second largest film industry. Ilaiyaraaja is more than equal to his forward-thinking contemporaries in Bollywood and Lollywood in both productivity and experimentation - with a 34-year career spanning more than 900 film scores in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada - the man is a genre in his own right. And it's an odd occurrence, this: in so… Read more
In recent times we've been bombarded with reissues of solo work from the shelf-straining catalogues of Cluster herren Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, so you could be forgiven for letting some of the lesser-known albums pass you by, particularly those made post-1990. But you really don't want to miss this one. Selbsportrait VIII is, as its title suggests, the eighth instalment in Roedelius's ongoing series of tranquil, meditative LP offerings which began in 1979. Electronic sound is a liquid quantity in Roedelius's masterful hands, and on Selbsportrait VIII he… Read more
**Serene ambient/drone tapestry from acclaimed New York sound artist** The field he operates in is a crowded one, but New York artist Seth Cluett's latest is executed with enough skill and feeling to stand out from the pack. On 'Objects In Stillness' snatches of bassoon, viola and guitar whisper and whine across a Spartan backdrop of sine tones, conjuring rural landscapes caught between seasons. 'A Murmur Which Redoubles' stretches out further into minimalist abstraction, summoning the work of Cluett's label-mate Richard Charthier, while 'Doleros (Audio Tourism At Ringing Rocks) com… Read more
Clone present the first of three transmissions from Versalife aka a West Coast Dutch producer with some killer releases over the last few years. The obvious highlight is 'Solenoids Of Insomnia', an impeccably clean yet rocking electro-techno track with shades of Aux 88 and Egyptian Lover, a must for any self-respecting electro fiend! There's also another three tracks, reminding of classic Convextion and others, but with a signature strength of production and melodic fingerprint of his own. TIP!
**Advanced doom machinations from the deepest bowels of the Viennese underground, helmed by Peter Rehberg.** Editions Mego describes this outing as "modern electronic rock", but that scarcely does justice to the exquisitely disgusting and disquieting sounds on offer. Rehberg is of course no stranger to avant-metal excursions thanks to his work with Stephen O'Malley in KTL, but Peterlicker eschews the more pensive qualities of that project in favour of an altogether more severe and guttural artistic vision. Opener 'Always Right' is a righteous exorcism: across jabbing sequenced sub-bass that fee… Read more
A two minute highlight of Deerhunter’s recent ‘Halcyon Digest’ LP, ‘Memory Boy’ shows Bradford Cox and co. at their most radio-friendly. There’s almost a 60s pop sheen to the track with its sing-along chorus, jangling guitar and CB Radio vocal, and it’s a style that fits the band like a leather glove packed with Vaseline. ‘Nosebleed’ on the flip is a different beast; a punky, lo-fi jammer that sounds like a track off a Fierce Panda four-way split 7” back in 1996. All it needs is a photocopied tracklist and a mail-order address (physical mail, guys… argh!) and we’re there. Ah memories…
Four hungry Hi-Tech Garage/Funky grooves from Submerse and his pal, Resketch. Still riding high from his 'Hold It Don' anthem and a a wicked hookup wth Neat for Airflex Labs, Submerse opens the A-side with the zippy speed-garage styles of 'Mecha' next to the more skippy and tranced-out chords of 'Searching'. With Reskethc on the flipside, 'Fruit Salad' comes off like a flavoursome Crazy Cousins romp, while solo on 'I Can', Submerse reverts to his heart-tugging melodic tricks.
After drops from Broke DJs and Dodger Man, NKC gives up the crooked strut of 'Marie' and 'Ghettotechno'. Working on some tribal swingers tip, 'Marie' bashes out martial drum cadences and stuttering bleep melodies akin to some of the Sound Pellegrino output, whereas 'Ghettotechno' feels like a Hot City track gone tropical.
Man like SBTRKT is back on Young Turks with a spruce, steppin’ house groover bolstered with imploring vocals from Sampha. While its distant rudeboy bass is somewhere between Reese and vintage El-B, its dainty chords and cinematic strings makes us think of the Jazzanova/Compost set in techno mode. 2:24 it’s awful short, and an extended dub for the DJs would’ve been welcome, but fair play, it makes its point with impressive economy and will nice up the dance regardless. On the flip Machinedrum AKA Sepalcure whips up ‘Look At The Stars’ into a lithe, electro-inflected dubstepper. Its tough d… Read more
**Doxy presents another spectacle of electro-acoustic history from Pierre Henry with both versions of his symphonic concrete music composed for an opera 'Orpheus 53' written with Pierre Schaeffer for the Donauescliingen Festival.** "At the time it stood out from among the many experiments as finished and significant; it sounds as valid today despite the great progress made by the technical evolution upon which electro-acoustical music so closely depends. I say symphonic because the score calls for a large number of "concrete instruments" the history and specifications of which we n… Read more