Monday, 13 June 2011
Rodney Smith reveals a New Jack boogie-funk side to his oeuvre on this little winner, taken from his forthcoming album '4everevolution'. He suits the style with ease, croon kinda like the late-great Gil Scott-Heron over Bootsy-style bass squelch and swing drums.
I’m not usually one for remix compilations, but this latest effort from London band The Doomed Bird of Provicence is notable for the inclusion of a mix from the rarely seen Position Normal. We’ve been fans of the dude for many years here and it’s positively thrilling to hear him work on ‘Fedicia Exine’. His rework takes the track through time into a cavernous, industrial space, full of atmosphere but somehow peaceful. It’s gorgeous and emotive, yet as with all good Position Normal tracks sort of bonkers too. If you like Many Fingers, you really need to check this right now. Recommended.
Hey, of Hey-O-Hansen, offers a killer confection of German nursery rhyme melodies and dubby electronics. The remix omits the vocal for a jaunty downbeat dub shuffle. Recommended!
*6-Track Digital Edition* Party-ready modern House remixes of Round Table Knights by L-Vis 1990 & The Neon Dreams, Mercury and Homework. That L-Vis 1990 & The Neon Dreams remix is the one, a sweeping emotive statement deploying vocals from Javeon McCarthy (last heard on Julio Bashmore's 'Father Father') over rising and expanding trance-like synths. Dub included. Mercury's remix of 'Say What?!' is more of a chunky House groover, and Homework's dub version slips down a gear or two for boogie-jazzed and more soulful effect.
Fairly crazy album this, a self-released, produced, mixed and recorded collection of rudimentary yet-ahead-of-its-time New Wave from Parasites Of The Western World. In 1978 the duo of Terry Censky and Patrick Burke were joined by guitarist Mark Weatherford on their one and only release as a group, hatching an oddly endearing agenda involving a Beatles cover version, a Blues instrumental and most importantly the use of some really strange lo-fi electronics. On the lyric sheet insert the group cryptically credit one of the strangest moments 'Electrokill… Read more
Fachwerk's House-dedicated offshoot, Colombage, makes a fine opening statement. Reno Wurzbacher, a longtime friend of the label, makes his release debut on the deliciously warm and breezy 'Julischkaa', a beautifully unhurried and romantic House groove with shifty bassline. To be fair Dehnert's 'Mischkaa' is a far removed shade of TechnoHouse, but it's stealthier and slightly less obvious than his previous output. Strong tracks.
You should already be prepared for any kind of new Southern Lord signing with ear-plugs in hand, and Alpinist are no different; this is loud, punishing and technical metal, but it’s not particularly slow. Rather the band rely on a knowledge and love of US hardcore and funnel it into a grimy Nordic metal template – something like the recent Raspberry Bulbs LP on Hospital, or a more passive Bone Awl. It’s not exactly anything new, but it sounds to me like these kids have an insane drive and passion, and to be honest with metal that’s all you need. We don’t need bands to re-invent t… Read more
Entrancing and subtly uplifting Tech-House. The original weaves Benoit & Sergio's hushed vocals into a steady dancefloor ascension with crisp, spellbinding synths. The longer Autumn Version calmly arrives at a more subdued conclusion on a more spacious and dreamy mix, and the extended mix teases it out with for finely delayed gratification.
Adelaide's Carter Bros. put Australia on the modern disco map with a charmingly sophisticated groove sounding like Moodymann meets Newworldaquarium. The Nebraska remix pops some more funk into the blend with patented compression techniques for a real dancer's special.
Okay I’ll admit it; this wasn’t what I was expecting from Cian Nugent’s debut album ‘proper’. I’ve heard his music before, and while he can clearly play guitar better than most pretenders to the Takoma throne, I’m getting somewhat bored with the seemingly endless stream of Fahey-esque guitarists out there. Well thank goodness that ‘Doubles’ is so much more than that as Nugent uses the Fahey/Rose axis as merely a jumping off point, and like James Blackshaw has managed to come up with something gorgeous out of the ashes. The first piece begins simply enough, but as it progresses we’re greeted b… Read more
Crackling pop. Dial is always a label which has proudly explored simple black and white imagery, rather than extravagant sleeve design. Last out the blocks was the splendid Lawrence album 'Absence of Blight' which snuck up on many people late last year, finding its way into numerous end of year lists. Pantha explores similar sound forms here, melodic reduced pop tracks, a touch of grooving minimal and a splash of well directed dancefloor acumen. Less melancholy, more music, well worth an explore for those of you who like the four/four coated by that fluffy feelgood factor that Cologne can be so good at delivering.
‘Deep In The Woods’ is an excellent grab-bag sampler showing exactly what the Bathetic label has to offer, and what a selection it is. There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of the label, but they’ve recently branched out from cassettes to wax and digital, so that won’t last long. From the fuzzy drone-wave of Wet Hair, through the pristine lo-folk of Angel Olsen and the zipping electronics of Wild Safari (check their full length NOW) there’s something for everyone and the quality is astounding for such a young label. We predict very good thin… Read more
Tom Trago and Awanto 3 (Steven de Peven ov Rednose Distrikt) serve the 'C/D' editions of their Alfabet sessions - 13 two-track singles. In case you were under any illusion otherwise, 'Chicago Thank You' is a pure Chi-town dedication, seven minutes of dusted groove moves paying tribute to the late night sensuality of that city's sound which has been exported across the globe. The craftier 'Waus Music' stretches out a more killer groove, cut with canny edits, irresistible swing-jacking drums and a 'floor prowling bassline. House music, all night long.
Chuggin' cosmic Italo disco from your boy Bottin, and his pals Rodion and Francisco. 'BFR (Space)' jams on preening glam guitar licks and grinding, mid-tempo bass with fancy breakdown and vocoder vox. Next, a spot of disco necrophilia on 'Zombie Erotic', indulging their shared passion for vintage Giallo and Italian Horror on a sexy Italo throbber.
Monday, 06 June 2011
Jamie xx finally lands his Numbers debut! The distinctive steel-pan tones of 'Far Nearer' were touted since the end of last summer but only now make their way to full public consumption, just in time to soundtrack a hundred thousand (and one) sessions in the sun. It's anthemic potential is undoubted, but it's built with genuine class and the widest appeal imaginable (unless you don't like dancing, or fun, or timelessly gratifying pop music), treading that fine line between sincere, melancholy soul and romantic pop with innate finesse. The newer production, 'Beat For' cuts a similar p… Read more
This is the one we've been waiting for!!! Following their ongoing exposé of Chicago Footwork, Planet Mu turn their keen ears to the 'floor and the sound of Bubbling; the hyper-futuristic Dutch dance craze perpetuated by the 2nd and 3rd generation descendants of Caribbean immigrants. We'll let the ever-knowledgeable Dave Quam explain the origins "At a party in the late 80s in The Hague, a local DJ by the name of DJ Moortje accidentally dropped a dancehall twelve-inch at 45RPMs, causing chaos in the audience. Not the kind of negative heckling you get when a record skipped, but the … Read more
Utterly exquisite offerings from Eglo's blessed soul vocalist, Fatima Bramme Sey, atop the creamiest beats from equally talented producer/label boss, Floating Points. If you've dipped into the warm waters of modern Soul in the last few years it's highly likely you're familiar with Fatima's output already, from her appearances on DVA's 'Just Vybe (Soule:Power Mix)' to Shafiq Husayn's 'Lil Girl' or a slew of Eglo releases. Make no mistake, though; this is the one you need! The A-side is a luxurious showcase in three parts: from the bass-suspended red-carpet introduction of 'Cinnamon', through … Read more
Four effortlessly diverse dance weapons from man-of-the-moment, Machinedrum. The rippling 808s and psyche-y soul infusions of the title track are comparable with early Diplo outings, while 'Flycatcha (ft. Body Language)' offers an adroit and unstable take on Chicago footwork and 'Fantastix' runs off a Plug-style Breakbeat jungle workout. Best of the bunch is 'Listen To Me', a body hypnotising Afro-rhythmic number with wonderfully tilted synths and strings.
Brand new album from The Caretaker! Seeping to the surface two years since his cherished and widely acclaimed 'Persistent Repetition Of Phrases' LP, 'An Empty Bliss Beyond The World' returns our doddering protagonist to the deserted ballroom, wandering its waxed floor and dilapidated grandeur in an attempt to capture an era which has long since disappeared but still haunts the atmosphere. In the meantime he's accessed an alternate set of memory banks with his derivés into Leyland Kirby land, but back in The Caretaker role, James Leyland Kirby conjures a quieter, mor… Read more
Hud Mo comes correct on this bashy number for Warp, heralding the forthcoming 'Satin Pathers' EP. If 'Thunder Bay' is anything to go by, that record could be a potential killer, this is your boy in full-on dancefloor mode, riding crackishly addictive chord changes, spartan hollers and crunked-out claps before letting the chain off on a zoomin' mentasm to bring the house down. It's a BIG look!
Having first entered our lives in 2009 with an album so singularly terrifying that it still gives us nightmares, Pepijn Caudron - the elusive mastermind behind Kreng - plunges even deeper into the heart of darkness with a new full-length offering for Miasmah. The results are just phenomenal, combining a palpably European antique grandeur with cutting edge sound design and a pervasive occult charge (a 'grimoire' is a book of spells, don'tcha know). 'Karcist' is the curtain-raiser, wherein ambiguous midnight ambience soon gives way to hands-around-the-throat dread; 'Le Bateleur' is a zombie waltz of… Read more
Keysound commendably unite two of UK Bass music's foundational architects, Steve Gurley and Zed Bias, for the first time on 'Roll'. Both producers require little introduction: Gurley was an integral member of seminal jungle unit Foul Play, and one of the very first UK Garage producers, while Bias is credited with the creation of Dark Garage, and both sewed the seeds for early Dubstep. Their collaboration is a sharp-edged fusion of swingin' Garage and edgy electro rooted with dread intent. However, we're feeling Blackdown's 'A Debt Paid' remix much more. The dippin' accents on the b… Read more