Monday, 15 November 2010
EOD gives six tracks of classically informed IDM electro for the 030303 label. All ears are on the outstanding title track, a Rephlexian twist on Detroit electro standards, while 'On A herald Go' sounds a lot like Bochum Welt and 'Phontron' finds a very tidy groove of 808 patterns and twinkling neon synth melodies. A choice pick for lovers of nostalgic electronica.
Seeland embark on three diverse cover excursions in 'Under Abraham's Mind'. 'Abraham, Martin and John' is a cover of Dion's 1968 hit with additional electro backing, 'Mindrocker' is a version of psych-pop outfit Fenwyck's best loved songs, and 'Underpass' retunes John Foxx's debut solo single 'Underpass'.
Inch Time have created a delicate and personal sound world of IDM/Jazz electronica with their releases on Static Caravan. With 'The Floating World' they suspend us in ten tracks of warm, autumnal electronic tones, roving from the crisp kosmische strains of 'Videograms' to hushed and dubby jazz motifs in 'Of Times Past' to pulsing, elegiac electro reminding of Space Dimension Controller in 'Ukiyo'.
Swedish techno star Anders Ilar returns with a new long-player for the Yard imprint, boasting six new productions, two remixes and one (sort of) hidden, untitled track. 'Carving Wooden Hearts' is a great opener - a midtempo affair, buckling under its own weight with flecks of distortion spilling out from the mix. As tends to be the case with Ilar's work there's an absorbingly melodic aspect that really holds the ear's attention whilst the production evolves in a sufficiently weird and wonderful fashion. Later on, 'Unfold' summon up memories of Selected Ambient Works, while 'Cries Of… Read more
Wareika's Florian Schirmacher and his pal Helmut Ebritsch drop the luxurious deep House mnmlisms of 'Spend Some Time', re-rubbed by Silicone Soul and EinKa. The original is a slow burner for the warm and floaty points of the night/morning, while Silicone Soul stir in a dollop of dubby Balearic fromage for their 'Ghostmood Mix'. EinKa diverts the vibe into more driving and druggy zones with a mix of 'In The Spirit'
After 10 years of damn fine dancefloor moves, it's high time for a celebration of Spectral's famous catalogue. The cherry-picked 'Spectral Essentials: Classics One' collects unique House and Techno tracks from the likes of Matthew Dear/Audion, Hieroglyphic Being, James T Cotton, Osborne, Seth Troxler and Kate Simko. Top of our personal list is the alien romance of Hieroglyphic Being's 'Lost In Translation' and the lysergic house vortex of JTC's 'Oochie Coo', or on a more modern tip Bodycode's timeless 'Imitation Dub' and the mesmerising 'I Gave You Away' fr… Read more
Classy contemporary Garage styles from the Ten Thousand Yen label, introducing new artists Didz & Chico, and a tightly tucked swinger from C.R.S.T. Cardiff's Didz & Chico make an impressive debut with 'Something New', full of carbonated 2-step beats and warm, vintage-sounding strings with a rich snippet of soul vocals. C.R.S.T's masterful 'Roulette' further proves why they're on the tip of everyones tongue right now, firing organ stabs and fractured rhythm programming to command hips and shoulders in silkily syncopated style.
See Me Not finds German trio Saroos reuniting for a second album, this time overseen by producer Odd Nosdam. The band consists of Lali Puna and Console member Christoph Brandner, Notwist and Contriva man Max Punktezahl and Iso68's Florian Zimmer. As might be expected from such an esteemed bunch, the album is a diverse and multifaceted affair that pulls off the trick of sounding like a virtuosic studio project without neutralising the individual players' contributions; in terms of its fluid relationship between post-production and conventional musicianship there's something very familiarly 'We… Read more
Matt Edwards (Radioslave/Quiet Village) fully unsheathes his The Machine project with an impressive debut album, following its premiere on an Innervisions 12" in 2009. Essentially it consolidates his sound in a kind of experimental collage, drawing on his days at art college to explore a widely scoped fusion of tribalist house, outernational sampladelia and cinematic tropes. Setting the scene, 'Continental Drift' bobs out to sea on slow, creaking rhythms and endlessly spacious atmospheres, all arranged with an enticing narrative. 'Opening Ceremony (Fuse)' was previously remixed by Âme & Dixon… Read more
Jesse Rose follows up 36 single releases and numerous compilations with a lovingly selected compilation. The first part features upbeat tracks showcasing some of the best house music from the catalogue including the party inducing Jesse Rose and Riva Starr and Zombie Disco Squad Vs Miman's remix of Calypso by Round Table Nights, a tropical house track that could slip into any DJ's UK Funky or disco set with ease. The final track is an hour long mix by Rose of tracks handpicked from the archive, flowing from uptempo piano house tracks such as Oliver $'s 'Los… Read more
Distinguished young multi instrumentalist, Nick Rosen - a collaborator with everyone from Leo Wadada Smith to Henry Grime - is deeply involved with the contemporary LA beat/jazz/psyche scene. Backed with an edit from another regular companion and Build An Ark band leader, Carlos Niño, he serves a follow up to his debut album in 'Orchid Room'. His original composition is a tender, joyful piece of jazz freshness, gently burning with late night charm and effervescence. On Carlos Niño's edit, he and Jesse Peterson almost imperceptibly alter the original with washes of coastal field recordings and a moving ambient outro.
King Cannibal presents a mix of 250+ tracks taken from Ninja Tune's back catalogue wedged into one handy 74 minute CD, a kind of compacted version of the recent Ninja Tune XX box set. Tracks come from label heavyweights Roots Manuva, Mr. Scruff, The Bug, Amon Tobin, Wiley and many more with our personnel highlights including heavy hitters from The Bug and Warrior Queen morphed into Coldcut's 'Just For The Kick". 'King Of The Junglism' features a selection of the labels past drum and bass output featuring original remixes by Dillinja and Wagon Christ of past ninja cuts as well as originals by Mr. Scruff and DJ Food among others. Good fun...
Kink & Neville Watson return for a third outing together, knitting robust Chicago House and floating Detroit Techno in their signature style. The robust jacking rhythm and joyful melodies of 'Metropole' are primed for peak-time play and should win over even the most hard-to-please House heads, while the raw and melancholy groove of 'The Long Wait' reminds of Newworldaquarium circa 'Until My Heart Stops'.
*Amazing debut collection of location recordings and drone works somewhere between The Caretaker and Thomas Köner, presented in a beautiful screen printed digipak* Fascinating debut release from Skjølbrot, aka Bristol's Dan Bennett. 'Maersk' is a sort of spectral travelogue using field recordings from various locations together with electronics, vocals and cloaked instrumentation to create a deeply engrossing and peculiar sound world of disparate textural juxtapositions. The seven songs are based around specific locations or events, each designated in the track's title. For example, the first tr… Read more
Norway's Bjorn Torske returns with his fourth studio album 'Kokning'. Opening on a playful note with a slow-building title track, Torske strums a lone acoustic guitar against a background of shimmering synths setting the scene for a highly engaging piece of work. Throughout the course of the album a wide palette of genres are taken in and adapted to the Skrangle-House style (an open ended take on house music stemming from the Oslo nightclub 'Skansen'), and dub looms large over much of the music on show. Often a soft, almost melancholic side to Torske shines through, making use of weird and w… Read more
Both firmly ingrained in the fabric of Nashville life, Lambchop's Kurt Wagner and alt. country chanteuse Cortney Tidwell have reunited for an album that pays tribute to the noble art of the country duet, with a particular focus on the music released by the Chart Records catalogue. Cortney's grandfather, Slim Williamson, ran the Cart label, for which her father, Cliff Williamson, eventually became an A&R man. The family connection is completed by Tidwell's mother, Connie Eaton, who recorded for the same imprint. Kurt & Cortney (blimey) select eleven… Read more
After releases on Lotusland, Liger Music and Peoples Potential Unlimited, Tom Noble joins the debonaire company of Elitechnique, DJ Kaos and Putsch '79 to release on Clone's Loft Supreme series. Moving away from straight edits, he drops six fresh boogie heaters for the freaks, from party-ready disco on 'Dancing Hard' and 'Fun Company', to heat-warped soul reminiscent of Dam-Funk on 'Look' or the very crafty 'Music Engine'. Tasty.
Jazzman bill this latest reissue in their Holy Grail series as the rarest of all, having originally only circulated in a run of only 50 copies back in 1968. "Marvin 'Hannibal' Peterson will be a familiar name to '70s jazz enthusiasts, but his career started with the Soulmasters in Texas back in the '60s. As bandleader and trumpeter, they were a popular outfit around the Texas nightclub circuit with their own brand of funky jazz, soul ballads and RnB showmanship. This album manages to squeeze in all three, including the extended funky jazz workout 'Our Groove', the haun… Read more
Tender electronic dream pop from Dorian White. 'Exit' could almost be from the Advisory Circle catalogue, whereas 'Luxated Hip' is all about more glitchy textures and shoegaze-y ambience.
Psych-pop purveying wife/husband duo Pigeons follow up their Si Faustine album on Olde English Spelling Bee with a further two sides of homespun lo-fi loveliness. Fastened together using the simplest of beatbox loops, a wandering bassline and a few key guitar leads, 'The Paradise' has something quite magical about it, keeping its constituent parts spare and minimal whilst allowing the silvery central vocal to flood through the recording. B-side 'Radio Souvenir' is pretty wonderful too, lacing its shuffling drum machine grooves with some discerning sax soloing and clever, multi-layered guitar e… Read more
More great material from the Explorer's Club series, this time kicking off with a beautiful piece from Expanding Records/Flau recording artist Orla Wren, who with the help of Jessica Constable unveils a beautiful electroacoustic song-scape that coaxes melody from processed field recordings, loose strands of instrumental harmony and unanchored vocal lines. It's all incredibly lovely, and as has generally been the case throughout this series, the accompanying tracks are well chosen: Plusplus & Hybernation offer a similarly tranquil electron… Read more
Brendon Moeller rolls on a heavy techno tip for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe imprint. Lead track 'Connect' leans on a fat and squashed bassline, bolstered by hypnotic white noise and whipping synth licks. 'Connect (To Heat)' beefs up the kicks and adds a Dutch Hardstyle refrain, whereas 'Hummer' goes all beatless aquatic and 'Freak' figures a nastier Tech-House sound.
Errors offer tracks from the recent 'Come Down With Us' album for remixes from Wax Stag, Dam Mantle, Moon Unit, Ceephax, The Field, Gold Panda and Mogwai. In pole position, Wax Stag turns out a salty, 8-bit Italo grooving mix of 'Germany', while Dam Mantle do their unclassifiable toytronica thing with 'Sorry About The Mess' and the celebrity factor is fulfilled with Richard Norris, Andy C and Julienne Davis' psyche-out revision of 'Beards'. The Field give a droning, pulsing kosmic techno workout, next to Ceephax's cannily titled 'Paisley Nightdrive' remix of 'Jolomo' and Mogwai's curious fusion of Hi-NRG beats and pastoral electronica melodies.
Jazzman capitalise on the resurgence of interest around progressive and spiritual forms of jazz in recent years with this celebration of three lesser known, but important figures: James Spaulding, Lightmen Plus One, and James Tatum, split over 6 tracks and housed in a special double gatefold sleeve. This music defines the real undercurrent of 60s/70s jazz music, previously heard on their excellent 'Spiritual Jazz' LP collection, but presented here on the under-represented jazz 45 format. This is cerebral music from the soul with p… Read more
Glasgow born Sei A comes up strong on 'White Rainbow', his first full length release on Turbo Recordings. Across the thirteen tracks on offer a real wealth of talent is displayed with a fine selection of rich, full bodied tech-house tracks primed for the floor. Album Highlight 'Little One Song' opens with a heavy bassline threatening to swallow you whole before a kick drum fires into the mix cascading up against a chopped up female vocal that settles everything back down. The mood goes down a notch on 'Stars' with soft Aphex style ambient synth textures floating up against a glittering house … Read more
First release from Planes, dropping an EP of Teebs or Nosaj Thing-styled downbeat HipHop wonk and wooze. 'High Tides' bumbles along on keenly warped elastic synthlines and crisp, jazzy HipHop beats, while 'Circadian' features a blend of heavy-lidded electronics and lurching syncopations owing some debt of gratitude to dubstep too. Lastly 'Network Effect' sounds out autistic beat programming and trickling music box melody with a sinister twist. Excellent.
Cherry-picked cuts from Polska's '2nd Rate' album, reinforced with a breathtaking Equinox remix! Polska's original 'Setplace' rolls out super crisp and techy drumfunk syncopations, while '2nd Rate' flows on a jazzier tip, complemented with Burial-esque atmospheres and spectral diva vocals. No mistake, the highlight has to be Equinox's 'Retrospective Remix' of 'Outvert', making the drums bristle with tightly controlled kinetic energy while towering synth pads enrich the whole thing with sublime grace.
Monday, 08 November 2010
**Upfront exclusive!** Montreal's exotic digi-funk wizard, D'eon is the latest artist to escape from HIT's vortex of future-vintage pop greats. As if from nowhere, his debut album 'Palinsopia' presents a fully formed package that's so hard to ignore, injecting R&B, Breakbeat Hardcore, and electrosoul with sublime doses of psychedelic raga drones and a devotional pop spirit, subsequently sounding quite like nobody else we can think of. The exquisitely measured opener, 'Palinsopia Intro + Almost Out Of Time' is an epic iintroduction, false starting with a flurry of JD Emmanuel-esque new-Age synth … Read more