Monday, 16 May 2011
The fourth part of their series of releases, 'Secret Rhythms 4' marks nearly ten years of collaboration for the duo of electronic producer Burnt Friedman and legendary Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit. It's been a fruitful partnership, generating umpteen records and countless live performances, and it's nice to hear that the two still have music to share, and more pressingly that it's still good. This album might be the duo's most minimal so far, concentrating on rhythmic elements, and less on the near-dub expressionism of its predecessors. Liebezeit's rhythms are fired through ligh… Read more
Rick Wilhite drops an album of the good stuff for Rush Hour, collecting tracks from his three KDJ 12"s including remixes from Moodymann, Theo Parrish and Urban Tribe, plus unreleased exclusives. In case you don't know, Rick is one of Detroit's deepest house cats, a member of the revered Three Chairs ensemble with Theo, KDJ and Marcellus Pittman, and regular contributor to The Rotating Assembly. These tracks are just pure Detroit gold all spun between 1996-1999, from the padded grace of Urban Tribe's 'Good Kiss', to Moodymann's notorious edits of 'Dr… Read more
For the three years it's been in existence, Peter Van Hoesen's Time To Express has been a watchword for techno quality, Return To The Centre is its first compilation, and in collecting key work from Van Hoesen and his fellow travellers it shows just why the Belgian imprint is held in such high regard. Time To Express grew out of the more experimental Foton Records, and Van Hoesen pays homage to that questing past with three productions under his old Foton alias, Object. These largely beatless, industrial-edged interludes beautifully frame the 'floor-oriented material that dom… Read more
New New Age practitioner Matt Baldwin might now have a wide-reaching scene around him that probably wasn’t as visible when he released his debut album ‘Paths of Ignition’ in 2008, but he still sounds totally alone in his vision. A favourite of one Julian Cope (who describes Baldwin as ‘a one-man heavy metal band’), it’s not hard to understand why Baldwin’s music has been accepted in the outer realms of music present. On ‘Night In The Triangle’ we hear the guitarist take on Judas Priest, Neu!, The Durutti Column and Conrad Schnitlzer, a daring task for any musician but for a sol… Read more
Reworks of Jahcoozi from Tayo, LV, Ikonika, Ramadanman, Sterotyp, Milanese, Clickbox, Object Object, Deadbeat, Raw Milk and many more. Diverse, deep and techy styles abound, from the highlights of Object Object and Raw Milk's exhilarating 'Barefoot Dub' remix, to the street swagger of Ramadanman's, the febrile Soca-Tek shove of LV or Stereotyp's, and the nightvision synths of Deadbeat's. You'll also find more Tech-House variants from Mr. Statik and Clickbox, and a couple of new Jahcoozi jaunts on 'Hologram Honeys' and the blunted downbeat 'Rumours'. Impressive set.
Hot on the heels of his playfully aggro split release with Keith Fullerton Whitman, Ben Vida returns in more subdued mood with two extended sides of new age-inflected synth raga majesty. These pieces were actually created in 2008 as a soundtrack for a 5-channel synchronized video projection by Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib, but they’re plenty captivating even without visual accompaniment: ‘Synthesizers of The Atlantic East’ combines lunar drones and insect chatter with layered pipe sounds – the results sound like a bizarre but not unwelcome peyote reverie involving a gaggle of th… Read more
Oh K! THE rudest Funky riddim of the last 2 years finally gets the full release treatment from Terror Danjah's Hardrive label!!! Every Funky fan with a functioning set of ears knows that 'Motherboard' is a massive tune, but the fact that it's been picked up by ardent anti-Funky head, Danjah proves it's wider appeal to Grime, Bassline, and Junglist fiends alike. Factor in a brand new and exclusive tribalist special, 'Lose Control' and a VIP of the original B-side 'Tribal Affair', and you have some of the most effective riddims on road. ESSENTIAL.
CyberDance present a debonaire debut label compilation featuring veteran neo-Italo stallions (Ali Renault, Tommy Walker, Mark Du Mosch) and a new class of disco usurpers (Brassica, Martin Aston, Bill Ambrose). 'Messages From The Void Vol.2' confidently reasserts the labels sound with a fresher, wider-reaching remit. Within, you're destined to find surprising entries like Tommy Walker's sleazed-out Bossa disco number 'Let's Not Go', and the 2-step pivot of Brassica's 'Lydden Circuit' or the New Beat-y jack of Flemming Dalum's 'Flight To Zanzibar' edit, all searchin… Read more
Led by flautist Stelios Romaliados, Luup is a collective of vocalists and musicians bringing self-described "shimmering folk tendencies" to bear on neo-classical compositions. It really avoids the trite and cloying vibe of so much similarly oriented fare, opening itself up to eerie loop effects, jazzy inflections, artfully glitched percussion and tremulous string arrangements; we end up with an electro-acoustic music that's full of detail, drama and emotional resonance, but which leaves enough space for reflection. 'Spiralling's spooked celtic ambience recalls the classic 4ADism of This Morta… Read more
Detroit's inimitable electro legend, Erik Travis turns up on Clone's Crown LTD series with four badass electrofunk joints. Operating in the 313 since late '80s, Erik is well known to Detroit fans for classic records such as 'Programming' and more recently appeared on Databass in 2003 with 'Return Of Voices'. We're not sure if these are new productions or vintage vault finds, but either way the wickedly warped cowbells of 'Make You Rock', the uptempo ride of 'Arise' and the raunchy snap of 'Phone Sex' are grade A material. ACE.
Following a strong introductory 12" on Subeena's Opit label, Kentucky's Milyoo drops four deep-fried and unclassified beats for Saigon. As anyone who peeped the 'Dasein' 12" will testify, there was simply no stable bracket for his sound, so we won't try and fix him with one. Inside the 'Kazduon EP' you'll find fluctuating shards of House and R&B wrapped with rogue acid squirms and the techiest beat science, all dynamically diffused with sweetest electronica melodies. We could easily hear the jacking title track working with your Actress or Joy Orbison tracks, while the killer 'Takedown' in tuc… Read more
Spectrum Spools, the bespoke imprint run by Emeralds' John Elliott through Editions Mego in Vienna, is going from strength to strength. Latest to join its ranks are the Brooklyn minimal synth trio Forma, whose debut LP is a self-styled tribute - and testament - to the enduring power of kosmische. Sumptuously melodic, with flights of improvisational fancy nicely anchored by taut, repetitive drum structures, it's hard not to fall in love with this record. We're particularly smitten with 'Forma 237A'; with its hollow, heavily-dubbed tom sounds, and the bass-heavy dronescape 'Forma 247' (catchy titles, w… Read more
P Money heads up Butterz' first vocal release with the unshakeably infectious 'Boo You' backed with Royal T retooled Garage remix. For the original P rides an augmented version of TRC's 'Oo Aa Ee' riddim from BRW001, padded out with extra subs and skipping 2-step vibes for wicked impact. Royal T's 'I <3 Garage' remix is essentially the instrumental, primed for the DJs. BIG.
Hypnotic EBM jacks and more exotic electronics from Düsseldorf's Tolouse Low Trax aka Detlef Weinrich from Kreidler. The blatant highlight is a remix of artpunk duo Noblesse Oblige's 'Prokery', ramping up the original intent with an Industrial force akin to classic DAF. The other tracks are weirder in that experimental SD sense, snaking between the strange Afro-Baroque elegance of 'Asimad' to the dry, Cab's-like drum machines and melted bass of 'Local Vers', and a blunted New Beat sound on 'E-Sarto'. Well recommended for the freaks.
**Pungent, droning works for guitar from seasoned shredder and Charalambides man Tom Carter, now available digitally after appearing on cassette in an edition of just 120.** These two extended pieces – described by the label as “metallic raga” - manage to sound nicely scuzzed and streetwise while also managing to chart the astral sublime. 'Gonna Tune Right In On You' comes over like a grungier, hypnagogically-attuned descendent of Glenn Branca's multi-layered axe symphonies, charged with a faint whiff of Dolphins Into The Future’s cetacean ambience 'Go To The Mirror Boy' sounds like Ter… Read more
'Yr Fifteen Minutes Are Up' is Cardopusher's third album, and cements his shift from Breakcore into heavyweight pan-Ghetto Bass mutations. Packing the original tracks and Ghosts On Tape remix from his 'Coppertoned Punch EP', he also presents a slew of fresh material and guest vocal appearances from Sensational and Juakali. It's strong stuff, swaggering from fusions of Zomby-like bloops and Roska-style rhythms on 'Paintbrush', to Latinized Funky for 'Juice In Blender' and lazer-Cumbia on 'Tuff Titty Rap', while Sensational rides a wicked halfspeed electrofunk beat on 'We want Ca$h' and Juakali spices up the hypnotic Bashment of 'Nice Up'. Very cool.
Following a string of well received albums for Japan's Lantern imprint, Martin Schulte appears on Traum's new Telrae sublabel. The four tracks of 'Urban Spirit' are suspended between a cats cradle of half-heard field-recordings, magically spectral synth pads and richly sonorous dub bass, all executed with a finesse approaching that of Sven Weisemann. We recommend checking 'Satelite' for a more experimental moment, finding Martin on a swung and off-centre 4/4 groove with sumptuous, plummeting subbass and unfathomably wide atmospheres. RIYL Deepchord!!
Coming across like a treasured bootleg of a long rumoured demo from a band that probably split before releasing its best work, ‘Sweet Hassle’ is an album to cherish. Ryan Garbes is probably better known for offering his instrumental prowess to Wet Hair and Raccoo-oo-oon, and here he finally gets to flex his solo muscles, and comes up with a record that stands tall and proud in the Woodsist catalogue. It’s not an electronic album but there’s a hell of a lot of electronics, neither is it a rock album but damned if there aren’t a bunch of rock songs scattered across the record. It’s a singu… Read more
'Stay Away' is a dazzling introduction to Charli XCX - This Is Music's very promising pop starlet - via heavyweight remixes from Salem and Deep Teknologi's T. Williams. You'll have to hunt elsewhere for the original right now, but in Salem's hands 'Stay Away' becomes a slow-motion collapse of suspended 808 fills coated with synaesthetically corrosive synths and mumbled vocals, like it was heard through a narcotic stupor (which it probably was). Turn over and T. Williams takes it upbeat, cradling her affected vocal, which sounds somewhere between Fever Ray and M.I.A, in a flitting Funky rhythm and caustic electro synth burns. Road ready and very good to go. TIP!
*Includes a Move D remix* Leif joins 20:20 Vision's new Fina Records offshoot with four tracks of classically informed, fresh and deep House music. 'So Long' works on some sprightly Mood II Swing styles replete with sweet vocal and tender chords, while 'Tell You Something' grooves with tweaking electronic murmurs and a classy, subs-driven rhythm. In the hands of House veteran Move D, 'So Long' is dipped with his inimitable swing and diffused with a deft jazz-dub touch to envelope the floor.
Record store day has come and gone this year, but there’s still just enough remnants left over to get excited over. This killer split pits two nu-psych behemoths against each other – Philly pscyhedelic giants Purling hiss and doomy noisers Puffy Areolas. Both bands have left a trail of EPs, 12”s and 7”s in their wake the last few years, and hearing them knocking on each others doors makes perfect sense; Purling Hiss contribute a shred-heavy slice of extended psych jamming, but it’s Puffy Areolas who emerge victorious on this double header. With a barrage of sc… Read more
Classy Detroit House business by Reggie Dokes, backed with a sterling remix from Morning Factory. Reggie's originals strike that inimitable balance of raw and gritty but silky smooth, coming with liquid keys and infectious Afro-Latin drums on 'Haiti', and again with fancy organ tinkling, sweeping strings and deceptively simple but definitely propulsive drum programming for 'God Of House'. In the vision of two young Dutch producers, Morning Factory, Reggie's 'Once Again' becomes a passionately bristling, sensually kinetic late night House tool for those who know.
Sleek and spacious Techno-House from Cologne's Niederflur duo. After the stringent minimalism of their M-nus releases, there's slightly more melodic colouration to the gracefully chords-driven 'Neue Heimat', but those lookign for the darker, techier stuff will find it on the the metallic bass shudders of 'Nitribitt', the acid grip of 'Konrad Kujau' or the moody, Monolake-esque soundsphere of 'Flick'.
Fachwerk follow the uncompromising Mike Dehnert album and a KILLER Roman Lindau 12" with two steely focused and grumbling Techno trax by Berlin's Sascha Rydell. A-face rolls out the quaking, systolic thrum of 'SR2', a restrained but surprisingly shifty groove considering the bulk of that bass. Flipside, 'SR3' is a driving Dub Techno churner.
A sludge metal band from Nottingham, Kogumaza might not seem like the most obvious addition to the Low Point stable, but on closer listening it all begins to make perfect sense. While their regular setup seems pretty ‘regular’ (drums, bass, guitar), the band have a secret weapon in fourth member Mark Spivey, who operating behind the mixing desk throws the band’s sound into realms closer to dub than you’d usually expect to hear on a metal record. I’m talking sleazy, degraded delays, haunted echoes and the kind of top cropping that makes this self titled debut the kind of antithesis of the black … Read more
Like James Blackshaw before him, Alexander Turnquist has taken the 12-string guitar and reframed its folkish twang into a dreamy cloud of harmonic beauty. With Christopher Tignor on violin and Matthew O’Koren on vibraphone there seems to be enough depth to Turnquist’s compositions to elevate the pieces into the realms he clearly wishes to be placed. There are nods to Steve Reich, Jack Rose and of course John Fahey, but it remains Blackshaw’s influence that echoes resounding across ‘Hall of Mirrors’. The shimmering notes, the restraint and Turnquist’s sense of melody make listening a becalming experience; listen and sink away into the dense air.
Tangles provide another gem on the Triple You Tapes series run by the Friendship Bracelet blog. We've already been quite charmed by Ivan Mairesse's 'Lovers Lane' and 'No Sweat, The Frolixian Said' has had a very similar effect. Tangles' sound is much more shoegaz-y, but not the heavier, noisy stuff. On 'One Hundred Million Billion Is a Lot but You Should Know More' they achieve a sound somewhere between James Ferraro's 'Last American Hero' and Dolphins Into The Future's 'Ke Ala Ke Kua', a sanguine, somnambulent drifter sound shaped from gaseous wordless vocals and languid liqui… Read more
Sublime psych-pop jams from San Fran's Ivan Mairesse, serving his full debut length album through Friendship Bracelet's Triple You Tapes label. Ivan's previously played with his ex-schoolmate Julian Lynch and some of the guys from Rangers so it's no big punt to place him alongside Olde Spelling Bee's H-Pop sound. However, where those guys are more prone to go a bit stranger, Ivan's songs are simply more sweetly tempered and the strangeness manifests more subtly, like on the woozy harmonics of 'Out Of My Way' or the distanced alien chirrups of 'Buckingham'. Just like those artists, his s… Read more