Monday, 14 February 2011
'Boesoek' is Coco Bryce's debut album, arriving after a string of idiosyncratic electronic wonk beats for MYOR and a couple remixes from Pixelord and Kelpe. His tracks have also slotted neatly into Skweee comps for Harmönia and Mässy, setting his sound somewhere between the intersecting worlds of electronic hiphop and 8-bit funk. Highlights are found on the swaggering nu-skool electro-funk of 'Embarcadero', the R&B bounce of 'Nineteen', and the strange, twinkling dissonance of 'Shorty'.
Leeds-based Stateless serve the indie-rock-tronica of 'Assassinations' backed with Om Unit and Falty DL remixes. The group counts Illum Sphere remixer Kidkanevil among their number, but their sound is quite far removed from that. Om Unit tempers the rockier dynamics for a chopped 'n screwed trance-pop vibe, while the prolifically proficient Falty DL gives a deeply smudged and swinging rave afterthought mix.
James Ruskin remixes 'Alpha' from Robert Hood's 'Omega' soundtrack album, b/w Hood's own edit of 'The Family' from the same album. Ruskin's mix retains the wide-eyed sci-fi vibe of the original with widescreen synth atmospherics and a sublime breakdown, while Hood slightly edits 'The Family' (originally 'The Family Watches') to function as a classically effective 'floor hypnotizer. Solid wares.
Although this might be labelled 'Volume 1', this large collection of Morton Subotnick's work (featuring three of his pieces - 'Touch', 'A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur' and 'Gestures') actually showcases some of his most recent compositions. The pioneering electronic composer shot into the public eye with his very well known album 'Silver Apples of the Moon', but his work didn't end there and here we get 'Touch' which was composed just after 'The Wild Bull' in 1969 set next to 'A Sky of Cloudless Sulphur' from 1978 and 'Gestures' which was composed in 1999-2001. 'Touch' is c… Read more
Here's a real marvel harvested from the vaults... Philip Cohran made his name as a member of Sun Ra's Arkestra only to splinter off in the pursuit of a more spiritual jazz variant, amassing a band who would later go on to carve out quite a reputation for themselves - first as the Pharoahs and then as Earth, Wind & Fire. During their time together, Cohran and his Artistic Heritage Ensemble self-released this 1968 LP (pressed up in an edition of just 1000 copies), dedicated to the political and spiritual life of Malcolm X, a personal friend … Read more
Morton Feldman's epochal Triadic Memories from (1981) stands as one of the defining entries into his catalogue of works. Here Marilyn Norken takes on the ninety-minute solo piano epic, and accordingly observes the supremely quiet restraint Feldman prescribes for the erformance of such a piece. Although Triadic Memories is concerned with a low volume, meditative anti-dynamism there's really nothing about this music that might be described as easy or ambient. This is music at its most resolutely slow-burning, with its vastness and low volume subtlety mimicking t… Read more
Monday, 07 February 2011
Two future-rude Funky riddims from North London's Funkystepz on Hyperdub! Both tracks have received maximum rotation on the crew's Rinse FM show and from scene supporters Marcus Nasty and Kode 9, now it's your turn. 'Fuller' rides a tuff 4/4 bounce with some tweakin' radioactive lead keeping the energy strapped to the core for lean and heavily concentrated effect. The urgent mission strings, hard-arpeggiated synths and snare tattoo of 'Hurrican Riddim' is just gully-to-f**kery. A DNA test on this would find genes spliced from 8-bar Grime, Techno, Soca and tuffer US House, but essentially that's just Grade A Funky, no? Go hard or go home! TIPPED!!!
Ramadanman adopts his new, US Garage-sounding Maurice Donovan alias to join Midland in remixing Julio Bashmore. Distinguished from his Pearson Sound and Ram's styles, the remix for 'Battle For Middle You' is more conventional NYC garage albeit with a UK subbass pressure and his crisp production style. Midland's 'Ask Yourself' remix shows why he's tipped for big things this year, hitting a sweet stride between lushly proggy House and Bass-soaked swing grooves. Big big twelve.
Continuing a blinding streak of releases, Cosmin TRG heads up the first 50 Weapons solo release. 'Separat' is closer to the sound of Ben Klock and the Berghain posse than his previous outings, churning heavyweight haughty techno bass and shivering hi-hats in classic-yet-modern effect. Again 'Izolat' finds that perfect reverb kick-back on the bass to sculpt a proper dance dominator with shades of MDSLKTR's simian synthline style. Recommended!
Local Action come correct with two debut productions by Contakt strapped with a killer Rolando remix! Keeping the label's versatile yet focussed agenda in line, 'Not Forgetten' tips the balance towards boldly melodic and tranced-out motifs powered by a cool and clipped Funky roll, whereas 'Rhodophyta' is all about rugged, highly rinsable dub chord flares and staggered Funky rhythm construction for the movers. Detroit's son, Rolando revises 'Not Forgetten' with a deft Latin tuck, savouring the build with a skilled restraint and teasing the rhythm like he's loving it. Healthy!
Jam City and Scratcha DVA spike Bad Autopsy's 'Gin Mixer' with Eski and ruder Funky styled remixes on a dapper orange wax! The original is a bit of a banger, unruly and kinetic, but the remixes split in two other direction. Scratcha DVA's eases the rhythm with his rolling bassline sound and less frantic snares for a weighty DJ tool track, while Jam City diverts the energy into angular bursts of Wiley-style synths and cold-swinging drums compatible with productions from Zomby and Slackk of late. Run it!
Black Acre's Bulgarian anomalies 1000Names jam on two drag disco aces backed with slump-hop remix by Steve Lynx and Hellrazor. The sensually slow groove of 'Before Sunrise' is only a few shades away from the Balkan disco of Sare Havlicek but with a more modern twist, while you could almost imagine Danielle Baldelli spinning 'Kaleidoscope' at the cosmic club. Steve Lynx and Hellrazor chime in with a stoned-flow rerub of 'Pocket Calculator' from 1000Names' 'Illuminated Man' LP. Tipped to fans of Architeq, Kelpe and co.
Much-anticipated debut label comp from dBridge's Exit Records, featuring 22 exclusive tracks from Scuba, Indigo, Commix, Instra:mental, Distance, ASC, Synkro and many more. It's a testament to dBridge's A&R skill and vision that there are 20 individual, but similarly minded artists involved, setting the label parameters beyond D&B tempo constraints to investigate something more esoteric and rarified; Exit Records as a mood or feeling rather than a defined geometry. The highlights run deep on this one, counting Indigo's stealthy return from hibernation on the surefooted cyber-dre… Read more
Timely digital reissue of Dolphins Into The Future's sublime 2009 NNF release. The man also known as Cetacean Nation Institute For Environmental Sounds, Wildlife Tapes Portal Jams, or Lieven Martens to his friends, pillow dives into a semi-conscious ocean of improvised New Age loops, field recordings and pitch-refracted, Riley-esque synthline wanderings, webbed-fingers navigating the way across the keys. Like a saltier Monopoly Star Child Searcher or JD Emmanuel shored on a pacific desert island 'On Sea-Faring Isolation' plays through nonstop with a delightful mys… Read more