Monday, 21 June 2010
Detroit's Luke Hess and Brian Kage combine as Reference for two big-room tracks on Planet E. 'Best Day In Detroit' arranges C2 styled kicks and subtly building stabs into a proper string-filled crescendo, while 'Best Night In Detroit' goes for a moodier bass-driven sound, keeping the vibes low-lit and tense, like anything could happen (but doesn't really).
This is the first solo audio only release by Melbourne-based sound and laser artist Robin Fox. His previous solo release was a multichannel DVD for the Synaesthesia label but he has also contibuted to EMego in that time alongside the notoriously multi-disciplined Anthony Pateras. 'A Handful Of Automation' is extreme computer music for the connoisseur, wrangling vastly complex and bewildering shapes from his machine that are as chaotic as they can be beautiful. One wonders that these tracks would impact even more intensely with corresponding laser visuals, but as they are, the dy… Read more
**Special edition exclusive to Boomkat with remixes from Bibio, Nathan Fake and more...** Grasscut is the latest project from songwriter and film composer Andrew Philips, an artist also known for his contributions to the One Giant Leap project (which saw him working as vocalist and arranger amongst the likes of Baaba Maal and Neneh Cherry). This debut album is a tremendously accomplished affair with an expansive scope. Philips calls upon all his experience as an arranger for this project, pooling great pop ideas with complex, intertwining instrumentat… Read more
"A humble tribute to the truly original and passionate American guitarist, musician and composer - Robbie Basho. This tribute (a collection of both original compositions and new interpretations of Basho songs) befittingly begins and ends with German guitarist and painter Steffen Basho Junghans, who has devoted almost 20 years to composing guitar music in the spirit of Robbie Basho, and who's own compositions reflect a spiraling poetic universe like Basho's, creations of majestic musical vistas. In addition to Junghans'there is a gorgeous compo… Read more
'Totem 2' is the latest album from No-Age supergroup Master Musicians Of Bukkake. This lineup of the band features members of Earth, Asda, Burning Witch, The Diminished Men and guests from Secret Chiefs 3 and the thriving Istanbul music scene. Production is handled by Randall Dunn, who is responsible for amazing albums by Six Organs of Admittance, Sunn 0))) and Earth, and the record was pressed at RTI for highest possible fidelity. It looks stunning too. "MMOB has now solidified into a 7 piece cosmic psyche force. Like a reverse dark side of the New Age sound, on the Totem s… Read more
Big ravers from Dubbel Dutch, hitting up the massive 'Throwback' b/w 'deep Underground' and 'Fool In You'. That A-side has been on heavy rotation within the party circles of the Numbers and Night Slugs camps of late, and with total justification. When the hardcore break drops and the diva hits her stride there's not a still limb in the room! 'Deep Underground' on the flip comes off like a well measured blend of Deep Teknologi and Bok Bok's respective styles, swinging between Afro-heated Funky and triplet R'n'B infusions and 'Fool In You' sends swathes of swampy subbass under spiralling … Read more
Avant-garde banjo virtuoso (not a billing you can give too many recording artists) Paul Metzger delivers a 6-part suite for 23-string banjo, recorded over a single take in a deconsecrated church. Anyone who heard Metzger's excellent Deliverance long-player will know roughly what to expect from The Uses Of Infinity, but to the uninitiated, this is set to be quite a revelation. In equal parts influenced by the most experimental of Takoma artists and traditional far-eastern string instrumentalists, Metzger is a wonderful musician and these recordings find him in masterful form, c… Read more
Eight-piece jazz housing outfit from Jena, Germany drop three tracks for the Musik Krause crew. With 'Felafresh Maxi Version' they suck up a confluence of ideas from Afrobeat to jazz to brew a smart deep houser. In 'Tex Ass' they go Batacuda with dope drums layered into a frothy latin-house number and Vulgarian Knights comes off like some fonky Wighnomy Bros job gone deep with live brass and rhodes.
Following on from his Sharp Teeth and Fear Of Flying albums, songwriter David Karsten Daniels once again returns to Fat Cat, this time with a nine-piece jazz ensemble in tow. The addition of Fight THe Big Bull undoubtedly adds much to Daniels' sound, and the conventional songwriter defaults of introspection and languid acoustics are replaced by adventurous brass fuelled arrangements courtesy of band leader Matthew White, who by turns compliments and utterly sabotages the flow of Daniels' compositions. This all goes down a treat on pieces such as the uplifting 'The Funeral Bell', but equally, the manic Afro-jazz of 'On Fields' comes off beautifully.
Continuing their tenth anniversary celebrations, Mo's Ferry invite Vladimir Corbin and Gamal Kabar, Peddy, Karaoke To Stardom, and Kolombo to remix Dapayk Solo. Corbin and Kabar turn 'Emergency' into a chunky tech-house gallop, before Peddy gets on a darker minimal tip with 'Right Here' and Karaoke To Stardom pound off a solid techno shunt. Koolische.
Originally released in 2003, this album harks back to the middle period of the mighty Acid Mothers Temple, taking on a four-part David Bowie-themed opus. In reality, the music bares no resemblance to that of the mercurial popstar, but he's used as an excuse to lever some fairly outlandish puns into the song titles. Speaking of which, 'Ziggy Sitar Dust Raga' opens the record with a half familiar sound to the melody, although it may take a few moments before you realise exactly why: it sounds like a spacey, Indian-styled version of the theme tun… Read more
Yet another release from the Acid Mothers Temple collective, this new incarnation sees the Japanese prism refracting a new sound to mark their 10th year. A whole decade! Including members of The Boredoms, Ghost, Mainliner and Zeni Geva, and with artwork from Stephen O'Malley (member of Sunn O)))/Khanate), ACT & The Cosmic Inferno are up to their waist in ROCK (capitals are mandatory) with huge riffs and squalling barrages hammering down throughout. ACT have drawn yet another distinct sound from their bag that is just as essenti… Read more
Even by this band's high standards, Recurring Dream And Apocalypse Of Darkness is a crunchingly heavy record, taking some of the emphasis away from the psychedelics of old, instead favouring a detuned, predominantly sludge-fuelled guitar sound. Apparently, Kawabata Makoto has compared the album to the sort of low frequency intensive sound commanded by SunnO))) and there's certainly a case to be made for that, but it has to be said, you wouldn't find space echo theremin sounds flapping about the mix on a Stephen O'Malley project. C… Read more
Yes, it's yet another Acid Mothers Temple album, but don't lose interest - like Machinefabriek these guys manage to keep up an insane level of quality even though they might be one of the most prolific bands out there. Led by the twisted Japanese genius Kawabata Makoto we see AMT with the classic Melting Paraiso UFO moniker, and the addition of a new member the female vocalist Kitagawa Hao and across three tracks (don't worry, they're seriously long, the longest clocking in at forty minutes!) the band take their sound and focus i… Read more
Having previously embarked upon a cover version of Terry Riley's perennially popular minimalist opus 'In C', Japanese psych-rock legends Acid Mothers Temple return to the concept, this time offering slightly more... esoteric readings of the text with extended improvisations 'In 0', 'In A' (ok, so that one's not all that weird), 'In Z' and 'In ∞'. As the various titles suggest, this is a mightily weird album - yes, even more so than the usual AMT freak-outs - and it's great to hear the band testing the limits of their experimental parameters. Despite … Read more
And so Merzbow's mighty avian odyssey comes to a close, with a conclusory disc dedicated to the 'chabo', or Japanese Bantam. This final installment takes the form of a single fifty-one minute piece, and by crikey it's marvellous. Not only is this thirteenth volume a roaring success (in a very literal sense, that is), it's also a very late contender for the best in the series, navigating around numerous dynamic shifts and textures that seem to balance both analogue and digital techniques. While there's plenty of feathers and fury flying around the mix, there are also a few… Read more
It's the penultimate volume of Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds series, and at least two of these three longform compositions stand amongst the most impressive and frenzied offerings to date. Despite the ferocity of its onslaught, 'Destroy The Cages' is somehow uplifting: across seventeen minutes of squealing distortion and chirruping, highly detailed distortion textures Masami Akita evokes the sound of thousands of birds all storming towards you at a terrifying rate. This track is so flooded with sound it seems to actually smooth itself out somehow, and consequently it lacks… Read more
Named after the egret, this eleventh installment in Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds series arrives with some pretty confrontational track titles - see 'Once The Human Meat Is Done, Cut It Up And Mix With The Vegetable Curry' for details. Inaugural track 'Transormed Into Food' serves as a good catch-up piece for the kind of territory that's been covered in this series so far. Complex squalls of noise shoot out from Merzbow's electronics, while heavy rock-inspired drums drill out something approaching a concise rhythmic order. The second track is rendered rather more severe… Read more
The 8th volume in Merzbow's 13 Birds Series, Kokuchov opens with an unprecedentedly gentle spill of technicolour noise: 'Mesmerism' is more like a hypnotic My Bloody Valentine outtake than the more customary ear-grazing routine we're used to from Masami Akita - it's actually rather pretty, although the extreme stereo channel panning results in some fairly severe disorientation over headphones. 'Black Swan' is far more gruelling, and preserves that harsh mix of sprawling virtuoso noise articulations, and thrashy, metal-inspired drumming that's come to be the hallmark of re… Read more
We're already at volume seven in Masami Akita's thirteen-part ornithological tribute, and true to form, this one will have you twitching (thanks) with excitement over Merzbow's twin assault of full-blooded electronic punishment and raging percussion. The two book-ending tracks probably rank as the most successful entries on this disc, the first, 'Wind Of Pain' sounding a like a wood-chipping machine devouring itself, while the bass contours and neck-snapping hip hop onslaught of 'Bird Droppings On Your Head' closes the album with one of Akita's most successful marriages… Read more
A sixth volume of prime sonic torment from animal rights campaigner and noise harbinger Merzbow, this album arrives as a three-pronged assault on the ears, kicking off with the decidedly inflamatory 'Bird Killer Governer Ishihara Deserves To Die', a turbulent, drum-driven affair that finds Masami Akita making like a demonic Buddy Rich, energetically romping his way over the kit while familiarly punishing feedback signals and crunched-up distortion run riot. Only intensifying the record, 'Wilderness In Akasaka' adopts a similar strategy, but with an increased dominance of the ele… Read more
We're already up to the 5th release in Masami Akita's thirteen-disc ornithological series, and like the very first installment, this one owes as much to Merzbow the drummer as it does Merzbow the godfather of noise. Billed (if you'll excuse the pun) as a "requiem for the 259,000 quails culled at a farm in Toyashi", Uzura is a monumentally furious and powerful piece of music, divided into three parts and totaling just under an hour's worth of material. Once again, Merzbow's found himself in blisteringly good form, achieving the kind of finely balanced perfection most noise … Read more
As inexhaustibly productive as Masami Akita is, I for one never fail to get at least mildly excited by the prospect of yet another album from the arch-noise-sculptor, and this latest enterprise - his 13 Japanese Birds project - finds Merzbow invigorated by the presence of drumming. Even if you're not wholeheartedly sold on the idea of jarringly 'normal' sounding percussion being cast into Akita's vicious miasma of feedback and oscillations, it undoubtedly adds a thrashy, energetic impulse, even if occasionally it struggles to be heard amongst the volcanic sound designs… Read more
Volume Two of Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds series. Limited edition of 1000. Merzbow's 13 Japanese Birds is a 13 month series of releases inspired by Olivier Messaien's Catalogue D'Oiseaux. Beginning in January 2009 one volume of 13 Japanese Birds will be released each month. The 13th and final volume will be released January 2010. A hand crafted & screen printed 13 CD box is available directly from Important with art by Jenny Akita
Opening up Merzbow's new 13-disc series of monthly releases themed around Japanese birds, Suzume gets underway with even more of a bang than the usual Merzbow fare, combining those familiar, expertly wrought noise emissions with wild, flailing drums. The first track, 'Red Bird Of Summer Part 1' lasts some twenty minutes, dishing out aural punishment at every conceivable frequency. After a while it becomes apparent that for better or worse, the drumming somehow detracts from the intensity of the complex and agile distorted signals - there's something about the (possibly el… Read more
Monday, 14 June 2010
Serious remix session from Shed and Ramadanman tackling dBridge's killer 'ZX81' from the 'Producer #2' compilation! No joke, Shed's remix is quite possibly the best track we've heard from him since the album a few years back. With a bulbous, slow-motion Reese bass, scissoring hi-hats and the kind of bumpy bass swing that made 'Another Wedged Chicken' so addictive, the Berlin maverick has crafted a lethal tune that's guaranteed to be in our boxes for years to come. For his mix, the prolific Ramadanman works with dance-weirding pitch bends and the kind of future-tribali… Read more
*Both tracks not included on the soon to be released 'Liumin' album* Rod Modell and Steve Hitchell return to Modern Love with this new twelve and soon to be released album 'Liumin'. In the years that have passed since their last album both artists have been busy with numerous projects, building their own Echospace imprint and recording under a number of different guises. Modell in particular has developed his longstanding fascination with location recordings, and some made in Tokyo over the last couple of years provide the sour… Read more
In the space of three releases for Styrax, MoM and L2S Roof Light has marked himself out as a producer to keep a close eye on. For Highpoint Lowlife he drops debut album 'Kirkwood Gaps', a hugely varied advance on the shades of dubstep and garage we've heard previously. From BoC-esque pastoral hip-hop 'Kite Tails And Redwings' the album moves in a gradual upwards curve with the Blue Daisy-esque swing compressions of 'Daytrips and Starlight', the Spacek-style brukken beats of 'Outline To Cross' into the Burial-trippin' 'Taro' and beyond. A sumptuous listen, Recommended!
Topping a newly re-energised M-Plant schedule, Robert Hood pays tribute to the 1971 film 'The Omega Man' with a re-imagined techno soundtrack. The original film featured Charlton Heston as a last-man-on-earth figure, sequestered in a penthouse in LA, guarding life-saving serum by day and chased by zombies at night. It originally featured a jazzy easy-listening score courtesy of Ron Grainer, but Hood felt it needed a stronger and more urgent score that better represented his view of the movie. This means a display of his sharpest material for years, ranging from industrial throb-offs like 'Alpha… Read more
Onra makes good on the promise of the 'Long Distance' 12" with a full LP of greazily impressionistic electro-soul. If that taster 12" was for the club, this album is for the ride to the club, whatever happens inside and the slow-roll home, packed out with 20 tracks of romantic boogie and pressurised slo-jamz. Adding to the funkmospherics we've got sexy vocals from Oliverdaysoul, Reggie B, and Slum Village's T3, all sounding crisply authentic and colourful. The album opens with previous All City single, the badass 'My Comet', before swamping us in buttered bass slides, fizzing neon synths an… Read more