Monday, 20 June 2011
MoM pay tribute to a bona fide Detroit legend, Aaron Carl, who sadly passed away to the big dancefloor in the sky late 2010. This 12" contains his trademark 'Wallshaker' anthem in original 12" and 'Midnite Dub' fixes, backed with a luxuriant, deeply respectful remix by Sven Weissmann. If you don't already own it, this is essential!!!
Deftly techy, deeper atmospheric Dubstep/Wot U Call it? fresh out out Bristol. Leading from his link with Komanazmuk on If Symptoms Persist, and a slick outing on Deca Rhythm, 'Trapped In Tivoli' comes across like a limber, double timed version of Distance's lumbering sound, largely due to that choppy guitar riff running under slick 2-step drums. 'Little Red Firewerk' drops the tempo to an Acid House jack, but the surface detailing belies adrker sense of modern rave psychedelics.
Bristol's Futureboogie Recordings follow J. Bashmore's massive 'Father Father' 12" with Christophe's cowbell-sprung disco move 'The Force', backed by remixes from Lukas, J. Bashmore and the PBR Streetgang. Bashmore's sound stands out a mile, slipping in the neatest triplet fills around signature plump subs and sprightly keys on the NYC-flavoured 'Piano Mix', adding some suave space to the kinetic, cowbell-kinked and acid-licked original. PBR Streetgang and Lukas both tighten up the original with amped-up synthlines and crisp, disco-friendly drums.
Pure fire from Analog Africa. Whether you're a connoisseur of West African music or a complete newcomer, know that this 1973 recording from Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou (try spelling that when you're drunk) is as vitally raw and psychedelic as it gets. Long regarded as Benin's most innovative outfit, OP-R (as we'll call 'em from here on in) have featured on numerous previous Analog Africa releases, but this is the very first airing of some of their most classic, foundational material. Working with the traditional rhythms of Vodoun and injecting some well-ju… Read more
Superb single taken from Amon Tobin's 'Isam' album, backed with a Two Fingers mix, a radical Emika version and dextrous 16Bit mix. The original furthers his fascination with dynamically arranged concrète and foley sounds, resulting in an impressive juxtaposition of electrifying timbres, textures and acousmatic sounds formed into a frictional 2 minute maelstrom. The Two Fingers mix strafes away slightly from the avant-garde to the dancefloor, prepped with plummeting subs and angular percussive spurts. Emika's version leaves only an ethereal trace of the original, like ghostly contrails left hangi… Read more
Toro Y Moi hands 'Still Sound' from his 'Underneath The Pines' LP to Toby Tobias for plush mid-tempo disco reworks. His 'Moving Sound' version is a creamy confection of vibin' organ chords over melted bassline and dreamy drag House beats sounding not dissimilar to a dubbier Junior Boys production. The Deep Dub on the flip is more serene, while Voodoo Bears round up with a subtly spacious and twinkling, electro-edged remix.
Four rugged pounders from Dutchman, Delta Funktionen. His first release since the excellent Inward Content LP for Meanwhile reverts back to his tried and tested chuggy propulsion, from the straight kicking hit of 'Mass Communication' to the churning, bruising toms and razing noises of 'Minds Into Meltdown' or the tripping 'Data Economics'.
Nicholas Jaar calls upon the incomparable Pepe Bradock to work his magic on tracks from his sensationally well-received Space Is Only noise LP. The Frenchman doesn't disappoint, channelling spy-flick shuffle-funk into a shop-soiled house groove for his Blind Pig refix of 'Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust'. His Train Fantome remix of the same track is probably the choice cut, exploring murkier, dubbier techno terrain, harnessing all manner of acoustic oddity into his supple, inexorable 4/4 rhythm progression. Jaar’s fellow Circus Company's operative Dave Aju brings a warm, chuggin… Read more
Full frontal Perc Trax showcase, including remixes by Jonas Kopp, Forward Stretegy Group, Lucy, Perc, Sawf, Donor, Truss and the rest. Our personal highlights start with FSG's mutant rollers remix of 'Backshredding' by Justin Berkovi, and run through Sawf's 'ardcore-arranged mix of Perc's 'Benwell', to the shifty Lucy remix of 'Postmodern' and a pounders treat on Jonas Kopp's 'Raw Jam' version.
Retro-disco charms from Ed DMX's Fresh Up imprint. BBII are apparently "…a mysterious all-star session group gathered from the four corners of London to comose and record funky disco and soundtrack gems." Their 'Red Giant' is a charming Italo chugger with cute melodies and a "cold breakdown". 'Car Chase' is more jazz-funky, frilling out on keys ripe for a '70s cop show jam.
Lush long player from "one of the most notoriously meticulous producers around". For the past ten years Tejada has been a mainstay of the international Tech-House set, by-passing trends while remaining consistently true to a melodically sophisticated and perenially groovesome style. 'Parabolas' is his first major LP in three years and finds John in his most refined and dreamily spacious mode. Opener 'Farther and Fainter' draws us into a featherweight world of lambent electronic tones and effortlessly supple, square-bass driven groove, like Claro meets Lawrence, maybe? There's time for refle… Read more
Lostlojic heads up the 2nd release on Millions Of Moments' UK-Bass indebted sublabel with 2 tracks of deep but effervescent Garage soul/Dub Tech fusions. A-side the rhythm for 'Out Of Ctrl' oscillates between mercurial 2-step drums and rolling 4/4 pressure with diva loops and dub chords neatly tying it all together. Flipside 'We Can Not Hide' is more atmospheric, infected with a more tender R&B vibe and swung around nimble 2-step programming.
Wicked extended Lee Perry remix of 'Mindkilla' from Gang Gang Dance's 'Eye Contact' LP. Like his recent collaboration with Bill Laswell, we find Perry in wily form, casually rearranging the keys and Lizzi Bougatsos' vox from the original over a stepping rhythmic backbone, deftly shuffling the faders for a quite magical effect. But the real star is Lee himself, taking pops at fat bellied dibble who shall "be eaten by the rat". We can dance with this sorta rhetoric. Check it.
Superb unter-pop pickings from Planet Mu's new signing, Clermont-Ferrand-hailing Matthieu Le Berre aka Vezelay. We'll be the first to admit that Planet Mu's dalliances with pop music haven't always hit the spot for us, but this one is a far simpler, and by turns a far more successful effort. Le Berre is ticking all the right boxes, hinting at BoC like harmonic wooze on 'Archetype', or Junior Boys-meeting-Autechre on the lovely opener 'Sedative', but we'd be more inclined to file his sound closer to Tri Angle's R&B/Soul sensitivities than anything else. The sparse ambient melancholy and svelte str… Read more
Mr Cloudy presents a pair of deeply smudged Dub House tracks for MoM. Over the last few years he's dropped albums on Shoreless (home to BVDub), Silent Season and U-Cover, but these two are slanted towards more reclined dancefloors, between the graceful lope of 'Warmer' and the sub-dripping 'Goodbye Last Snow (Love Sprockets Dub)' both paced around a leisurely 115bpm.
Starkey's autotuned synth&bass roller with Charli XCX comes prepped with remixes by Innerpartysystem, Om Unit, Darling Farah and Kuhn remixes. With the original and even neater radio mix, Starkey has finely tempered his sound to a pop-ready format and it undoubtedly works well. The V.I.P adds more sheer drop dynamics and a some cracking 808 programming. Remixes cover electrolined jack, slow-jamming electronics, massively dubbed-out House and skittering Juke styles.
We could have sworn Quantec had released on MoM before, but aside from his Aaron Carl remix this is his 1st solo 12" for the label. No major change to his style, just thick, dreamy House rhythms rendered in spacious, minimalist dub style. Ace.
Sturdy three track serving from Sigha on the mighty Blueprint. Man has obviously had his nose to the grindstone since his run of twelves on Hotflush, honing an intensely driven and shark-eyed sound for this strong new EP. Covering the A-side, the adamantium-laced kicks and nagging metallic hook of 'I Am Apathy, I Am Submission' feel more raved-up than his usual style, and sound all the better for it. Shifting further towards EBM territory, 'The Black House' rolls with a leather-clad, jackal-grinning bassline and mesmerising acidic tweaks, while 'Between Here And Yesterday' tips out on a tensely pure and monotone aesthetic. Potent.
Captivating kNew Age "Gnomic" no-fi psychedelia from a Finnish supergroup including Jonna Karanka (Kuupuu), Laura Naukkarinen (Lau Nau), and Merja Kokkonen (Islaja). It appears on the excellent De Stijl records, which should be triggering lights in your head already, while the music within is like the sound of a dream within a dream. The trio have been touring together as Hertta Lussu ÄssÄ since 2005 with a playfully improvised live show, releasing micro-runs of tour only albums with names such as 'The Butterfly Fart Album', and 'You Are Such An [sic] Pretty Sucker', but unless … Read more
'Hash Bar Remnants' is the first new Deepchord release in a year, and deals with a particularly smoky take on Rod Modell's immersive sound. The title is more explicit than we'd expect, but let's be honest, it's a fairly apt reference. In their time honoured style, 'Amsterdam Remnant 1' builds a ghostly groove from the barest, but most potent ingredients, and perhaps we can detect a hint of byzantine resonance at the back of the throat? 'Amsterdam Remnant 2' feels like the after effects of a few, moving with a heavy-limbed and muggy-headed yet meditative effect. Modell is just a class a part - really strong material.
"‘H-p1’ is the second White Hills album on Thrill Jockey following their self-titled album and many sold-out vinyl-only releases. Musically, ‘H-p1’ expands on the explorations of previous albums in ambience, noise, and space rock all led by guitarist Dave W.'s blistering solos. This is the most fully realized White Hills album to date and the one that takes them furthest from their pure space rock roots."
"Gedichterbe is a project by AGF (Antye Greie) that investigates German poetry and the heritage of german language within electronic music and society. Starting with the first known female German poet Frau Ava (11th century) till todays "wunderkind" poetess Ann Cotten (born 1982), poets are chosen from the romantic period of the 18th century via jewish poets during 20th century till poets from both Germanys after WW II." This extensive work features AGF's minimal and suggestively melodic style juxtaposed with glitched and treated vocals, including collaborations with the oi polloi of Berlin's fem… Read more
Soca-flavoured swing-Tech specials from Vibezin, making a rude debut on Keysound. 'Hot 4 U' gets involved with rugged Reggaeton-like drums worked into swinging Garage patterns, pure London 2011 vibes. Again, 'Mad Sick' comes off like some vintage Sticky groove faxed forward from 1999 into the cyber-tropic decade, while 'Vicious' dips with a different Dubstep lean, all billowing subbass and broken beat-style chord progressions.
Fresh from dropping her jaw-droppingly beautiful sophomore album The Magic Place, Julianna Barwick teams up with Ikue Mori of legendary New York no wavers DNA for a 12" of vocalisation and eldritch electronics. In the years since DNA tore apart the Gotham art scene, Mori has been busying herself as a distinguished developer of digital synth and drum machine and synth technology, and here she applies her considerable laptop chops to casting Barwick's plangent, patiently looped plainsong in a chattering, whirring, ever-shifting electronic setting that's too busy, mischievous… Read more
Though we've enjoyed some of his recent more club-oriented fare, for us Scott Monteith is at his most vital when exploring more broken and desolate dub-techno sounds - and that's exactly what his new album is about. Released on his own BLKRTZ label, Drawn & Quartered feels almost like the definitive Deadbeat statement, comprised of five 10 minute+ tracks designed for deep immersion. Expansive scene-setter 'First Quarter' is proper dub, a rolling lovers' riddim haunted by echoing chords, panning effects and strange audio involutions; 'Second Quarter' is propelled by a steady 4/4 rhyth… Read more
Fabric's musical director, Craig Richards, gives a broad taste of The Nothing Special nights he curates at the influential London club on Fabric 58. Richards has been at the helm of this dance music institution for 11 years now, catering his sets to reflect the diversity of his guests, who range from Dopplereffekt to Shackleton, to Moritz Von Oswald or The Emperor Machine. He's dug deep for this special presentation, covering unknown House gems from Chicago's Gemini through to the deepest strains of Techno by Convextion and Conforce. Over a seamless 74-m… Read more
**Sweet, slick retro-modern synth-pop from New York's premier cold wave stable Wierd Records.** This might just be the most direct, accessible and open-hearted record yet to come out of the minimal synth revival - from the opening track, 'Hazy Haze' a lo-fi yet epic girl-group anthem that sounds like summat Phil Spector might've produced if his only tools were a mic and a couple of kit-built synthesizers. A couple of cuts lapse into electroclash-by-numbers, but even these are lifted by the quality of songwriting, the infectious guitar-playing (which variously summons Johnny Marr, ea… Read more