Sunday, 31 July 2011
Lushly pastoral neo-kosmische/new age ambience for the lovers. "Hopefully lost dreamscapes rife with broken strings, disembodied ethereal voices, multi-dimensional logic. Behind the veil, a constant breath, steering you home."
Haruki's 'Falling' is one of the most explicitly noirish entries to Nomadic Kids Republic, following a run of releases from Bvdub & Ian Hawgood, Lefolk, and offthesky. It's the work of one Boris Snauwaert from Ghent, Belgium, and paints doom-laden impressionistic scapes from an array of field recordings, acoustic instrumentation and electronic processing. These are richly detailed yet abstract, painterly arrangements, from the thick swipes of ghoulish subbass and shaded, creaking strings of 'Shrinking Cities' opening a chasm for the finely layered tonalities of 'When To Stumble And When To Fall', … Read more
"The Act of Shimmering is the act of leaving conscious thought behind. It’s accepting what lies beyond the corporeal, transcending the physical; the soul is aware and the body, eyes, skin are distant empty casings. A clamorous, chaotic cacophony surrounds a beatific center. An endless assault of guitar, of noise that glistens, a poignant rigor. Jannick Schou, proprietor of tape loop drone, places himself within the tunnel of din to produce this profound work: an ethereal dream using nightmarish parts and images. Black and grays generate vibrant innards. Brightness is unearthed wit… Read more
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma re-casts his elusive 'Shining Skull Breath' album from 2007 with two new tracks on an expanded edition remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin. Arguably it's one of Jefre's definitive solo statements outside of his work with The Alps and Tarentel, immersing the listener in an ecology of shoegaze pop drones where ambient atmospheres and elemental noise define the climate. The A-side is structured to expose us to the elements, from open expanses of rolling, grey sky and moorland on 'Distant Star (For Pete Swanson)', its howling climax leading to the caves … Read more
Darker, shark-eyed House moves from German duo, JTRP. 'Hypnotise' rolls with a tightly tucked hardcore flex for the House crowd, while 'Ceddybu' is cheekyier, live a dub-blunted, minimalist DVA riddim, and 'Shady' is all stylishly fluid synth motions and ultra-reduced percussion.
Jazzman dig deeper than most, and come up trumps with this exceptional suite by a criminally unknown French composer. Jef Gilson's career spanned the best part of a century, performing with European and American jazz greats, composing innumerable scores for film, albums and 45s, besides running the Palm Jazz record label, but you'd struggle to even find a wikipedia entry with his name. This 19 tracks selection travels across decades of his catalogue uncovering the modal masterpiece 'Modalite Pour Mimi', plus the extraordinary incorporations of cathedral choirs in 'Chakan' and 'A… Read more
Kelpe is back with a tidy new 7" single on MYOR that defies easy pigeonholing. It swaggers along on a thumping, slower-than-slow-house beat, with live percussion samples and careering synth arpeggios somewhere between Boys Noize electro-techno, Joker's purple funk and the most sweet-toothed skweee. For us though it's all about Nino's remix, which recasts Kelpe's perhaps rather tentative original as a rampaging slice of psychedelic Nintendo grime, adding some awesome pitched-up vocal edits and some monstrously effective builds and drops. Think Rustie at his most lurid, or Guido on an all-night … Read more
NNF present the hallucinatory first LP from Rangers associate Peter Berends aka KWJAZ after a blink-and-miss-it debut cassette for the Brunch Groupe in 2010. We enter a potently warped world of decomposing ambient electro-jazz with 'Once In Babylon', ferrying us along a ferric-murky exhalation of blurry mixtape-styled moments flopping from loungey, twinkling keys to blunted synths nd proggy rhythm switches to the deserted-harbour-cruising drones and soggy bossa-lite inflections of 'Righteous Wane'. His sound has been aptly compared with the more esoteric jazz of Madlib's YNQ outings and the culture m… Read more
Debut release of glacial and tender minimalism from Leif Folkvord of Grand Rapids, Michigan USA. Its an unavoidable cliche, but Leif's sound is certainly immersive, the kind of blanketing ambient spaces and comfortingly crisp production which gently suspend the listener in a solipsistic sort of state. He slowly lulls us through the icy, melodic surfaces of 'Glimpse', to more Köner-esque field recordings on 'Suddenly, Through The Obscuration', pulsing glitch tones on 'Varia' and more dubby variants on 'Downpour' or the lugubrious 'Shrap'. He's at his most impressive with the acousmatic shadow play of 'Weak Field' and the sublimely crystalline harmonics of 'Initial'.
Wayne Lotek dubs up his 'International Rudeboy' album with some help from his local melodica-wielding players, Melbourne's Ubiquitous Dub Legitimizers. Tipped for fans of Fat Freddy's Drop.
Meditative electric guitar miniatures from Canadian player, Michael Mucci. Originally released as a micro cassette run on Boston's Private Chronology imprint, 'The Secret Is Knowing When To Close Your Eyes' takes in 24 minutes of tender, downbeat and gracefully melodic work nodding to Loren Connors and recorded with a rich clarity.
Former Aftershock mistress, Mz Bratt comes in for the remix treatment. Bok Bok's on a staggered Grime-Tech swagger with his Sluggin' remix, while Royal T cuts to the chase with a rompin', road-ready Grime roller next Redlight's original Junglist riddim. Includes Acapella for the DJs.
Offthesky aka Jason Corder returns to Ian Hawgood's family of labels with an atmospheric suite of plangent piano and electro-acoustic ambience. 'Enter Off Color Tear' makes an arresting entrance, sparse keys fragrance an undecided and wide open space while closer concrète textures and lustrous drones toy with our spatial perceptions. In 'Swallow Shallow' a similar blend of acousmatic sound sources texture glassy half-melody and sighing strings, while the cicadas and hushed electronics of 'Gemutcycle' suggest a more unnerving, ghostly and nocturnal scene. 'Tight Phase Of Pollen Inertia' off… Read more
Planes is the new pseudonym for Point B's more squashed and melodic Hip Hop electronics on Lab Beat. With his debut album he's smoothed the angular glitches he's best known for into a slower, woozier brand of electroid boom bap with breezy melodies like a more digital take on Jon Brooks work for Cafe Kaput. You'll still hear traces of his more brooding, darkside tastes on the likes of 'Steel Curve', but generally these track are on that stoned robot vibe akin to bits of Com Truise or Dabrye.
Britt Brown, and Alex Brown unleash their latest Robedoor communications. 'Parallel Wanderer' is an epic drifter serving up ten minutes of raga-like drones before blowing the roof off it with crashing drums and upwards spirals of guitar. '(In The) Cybershade/Universal Migration' starts out down corridors of dubbed-out sci-fi drone, before turning the corner to a dread outlash like a wounded Sun Araw. Best of all is the sloth-like 4/4 push of 'Afterburners', laced with heaving kicks and all the distortion wiped from the vocals to dramatic effect.
Detroit's Rick Wilhite aka The Godson presents a choice sampler for his forthcoming 'Vibes new&rare Music' compilation on Rush Hour. All three tracks from Glenn Underground, Marcellus Pittman and Vincent Halliburton are previously unreleased and hand picked by Rick, collecting the first in a series of 4 x 12"s. His fellow 3 Chairs contributor Marcellus Pittman offers the lush key work of 'In Due Time', while Glenn Underground gives a properly authentic jazz house cut on 'Ninja'. But, the real club tackle is saved for the longer B-side with Vincent Ha… Read more
Voodoo Funk's Frank Gossner digs out two rare African Funk treasures for the promising Academy Special Single series. The first release is from a veteran of the Nigerian music scene, Stoneface and Life Everlasting, featuring the gritty but soulful psyche rock thrust of 'Love Is Free', and a bustling-but-cool Afro-Funk killer 'Agawalam Mba'. Great voice, scorching tunes. check!
Deeper Tech-House cuts from the Crosstown Rebels camp, introducing the debut from Anomaly Jones. Persistent bassline, rolling percussion and moaning vocals make for a teasing winner in 'Misleading', while 'Positive Expression' is more a stealthy builder nodding to classy Carl Craig styles.
Jonathan Canupp has been knocking off releases as Ten And Tracer for ten years now, with his latest landing on the Home Normal-affiliated Nomadic Kids Republic. 'Friendless Now' is a suite of impressionistic IDM soundscapes coloured with drifting drone hues crafted from an array of organic instruments and processed via macbooks and a rack of outboard equipment. He was actually requested by the label (specifically Ian Hawgood) to prepare an album of beat driven music but what you'll find is contrarily sublime and heavy-lidded, just right for an afternoon snooze.
Brad Rose (Charlatan/Altar Eagle/Digitalis Records) contributed 'Last Great November' to the promising Private Chronology tape series earlier this year. Now available digitally, it features Brad on five expansive meditations for synthesizer and harmonium ranging from the majestic swells of 'City View', to detuned drone on 'Pearl' and hypnotically layered dissonance with 'Greenwood Remains'.
With contributions from M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, Warm Heart Of Africa is the product of a collaboration between Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and British DJ and producer Radioclit. Previously this pairing released a mixtape that accumulated it's fair share of favourable press, sampling a host of hip contemporary artists (among them M.I.A. and Vampire Weekend), but this album marks the first collection of original material, and as culture-clash experiments go, this comes off very nicely indeed, with the title track in particular sounding like a brilliant Africanised take on the kind of sample-pop Noah Lennox trades in so fluently. Ace.
Kate Simko offers two classy reductions of Tevo's 2009 original 'Move' backed with his own bonus mix. Simko's remix crisply tempers the drums and grooves to warm, slowly rising chords and lean bass, while her Beat Mix is more focussed on tidy, locked-in percussive fills. Howard's own Bonus mix is a shiftier, more layered affair executed with his signature, instinctive flow.
Throwing Snow & vocalist Py drop four sweet but melancholy electronic soul joints backed with remixes by Lapalux, PhOtOmachine and Raffertie. Original highlight happen with the electro-stepped rollidge of 'As The Rain Spits' and the clipped 2-step pivot of 'Wallow', while PhOtOmachine serves a Prescription styled 'Underground Haus remix of 'Wallow' and Raffertie gives a beautifully restrained and beatless version.
Further remixes of Roots Manuva and Toddla T's party smasher. Andrew Weatherall gives tripped-out and dubby Techno version next tot he calamitous saw-tooth Electro-step synth rework from Ed Banger's Sebastian, and best of all S-X's heavyweight, Grime-y triplet bangs.
One-off killer from the godfather of Grime, following his ace '100% Publishing' album. Bass-dunked 808 riddim minimalism is the order of the day, laying it out grimey for Wiley's hilariously, err, seductive chat.
Sunday, 24 July 2011
Matt Cutler's druggy, pitch-bent productions are generally guaranteed to give us the tingle, and 'All Those Weird Things' is no different. Against a backdrop of tough, pared-down 4/4, our boy just runs riot with ravey chords that are as hard to follow as the narrative of a big night on '89-strength E; they seem to fold in on, out of and around themselves in a way that defies audio logic, but without once compromising the track's melody and momentum. We can only imagine what havoc it's going to be reaking in clubs this year, especially when the brazen synth-shredding kicks in at 3:40. … Read more
Storming new album on Ramp Recordings from Ras G, featuring no less than 19 tracks. Ras has been a cult figure among beat-heads for at least three years, with a string of dizzying releases on labels like Brainfeeder, All City and Poo-Bah; he actually first appeared on Ramp back in 2009 with the impeccably wonked-out Destination Three EP. If you've been following him all this time, you'll know roughly what to expect: druggy boom-bap derivations that wear their Dilla influence proudly (if you had any doubts about where your man's coming from, there's a track on here called '… Read more