Monday, 28 March 2011
"Pete Nolan was Spectre Folk before drumming and strumming in Magik Markers was his main gig, and will be Spectre Folk long after he shuffles off this mortal coil. The main benefit of ghost-folk is: you can play it way after you’re dead, and while you’re alive the Spectre can haunt any decent willing body with a gift for the unreal. This time around, fellow Michigander Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) runs drums, Peter Meehan (The Grey Lady) glues guitar and Aaron Mullan (Tall Firs) slithers bass, creating an alchemy the Spectre hasn’t floated since the days of basement wig-w… Read more
'Floor-dedicated services from Christian Prommer, Adam Port and DJ Hell. Driven by fat bassline arpeggios and sleek production, Berlin-style, with strings and jazzier motifs done Detroit style, Prommer gives one up for the more sophisticated rooms, while Adam Port gives it some rolling old-skool Berlin flavour and DJ Hell teases it out for the longer sessions.
London-based DJ/Photographer/AV artist Shelley Parker presents a compilation of 11 dark, minimal and experimental electronic tracks from Scanone, Kansas City Prophets, Cursor Miner, Filter Feeder and herself as the first release on her Structure imprint. The set opens to the sharp contrasts of oily black subbass and teeth-gritting noise on Structure's 'Zero Point Energy', before a Breaks-y charge from Kansas City Prophets 'Drome' and the sci-fi scape electro of Scanone's '1002' and his spiky remix of Shelley's 'Nintendo Love'. Sound design expert Cursor Miner provid… Read more
Jesse Rose's party-primed Tech remixed by Catz 'n Dogz & Martin Dawson. Round Table Knights and Mason. The Catz 'n Dogz remix of '(Where Were You) Last Night' brings bulkier bassline and cool cut-up edits to the 'floor, while Round Table Knights do a bumpty Chicago trick on 'Non-Stop', next to Mason's heavily filtered and steadily building mix.
SYCH is a baffling look inside the minds of some of today’s most confusing and brilliant experimental minds, we’ve got horn player Wally Shoup, Burning Star Core’s C Spencer Yeh, percussion deity Chris Corsano and West Coast guitar legend Bill Horist and when stuck in a room together they don’t let things get dainty, that’s for certain. ‘Lunar Roulette’ is a cacophonous racket, but one with such pointed intensity it’s easy to get totally lost in its clouds and flurries of notes, coughs and breaks. Corsano is on absolute top form here, and as he did in the legendary Flower/Corsano duo lays dow… Read more
Two deep and robust Techno tracks from Glasgow's Solab unit. On their latest Seventh Sign mission they take in uplifting disco vibes on 'Litho', balanced with a crafty Detroit-styled bassline and strings, whereas 'Elko' submerges in fluid Dub Techno motions with enough spellbinding melody and nuanced arrangement to keep a head above.
Expertly juiced, exclusive edits of Milton Hamilton's Bob Blank-produced 'We Have All The Time' and a new, stereo Extended version of 'Let's Clean Up The Ghetto' by Philadelphia International All-Stars, pressed up extra loud for the DJs. The former is taken from the 1976 LP 'Disco Madness' on Tito Rodriguez' TR imprint and is one of Bob Blank's earliest productions. The latter removes the 'floor-unfriendly bits for an eminently mixable, DJ-primed party maker.
Bangkok Impact, Munk, and Hannulelauri re-spin tracks from Bottin's 'Discocracy' player for Eskimo. Crème Organization's Finnish ambassador Bangkok Impact diverts the energy of 'August' into suave, Hi-NRG-peaking and funkier Turrican2 remixes, while Gomma's Munk goes down the brassed-out and killer proto-disco route. Another Finnish unit, Hannulelauri give a very cool, entrancing mid-tempo rework of 'Discocracy' and Bottin offers a tougher, fresh-assed and Freestylin' electro remix. For the heroes...
Al packs in another session of overlooked disco greats, including a slew of previously unissued re-edits, spliced specially for this album and set in a seamless mix by Al himself. His Northern Soul past comes to the fore in the sort of gritty backstreet crackhouse recordings, uplifting dancefloor gems and funky burners he prefers, making for a full strength selection to set your soul on fire.
*Charming "come-back" album from a legendary and versatile Benin-based group featured heavily on recent West African funk compilations from Soundway, Analog Africa and Popular African Music. Includes contributions from Franz Ferdinand's Paul Thompson and Nick Mccarthy - oddly enough.* "Orchestre Poly-Rythmo are national institutions in Benin, West Africa. Formed during the late '60s, they soundtracked the years following Benin's independence under Kerekou's Leninist - Marxist regime, whipping up a groundbreaking fusion of traditional highlife, Afrobeat, soul, funk and the indig… Read more
Brooding Techno trax from Darko Esser plus remixes by Lucy and DVS1. The sprawling 'Clean Slate' sets the tone with tightly shuffled patterns and expansive dub atmosphere, before DVS1 gives a streamlined, 909-driven version and Lucy infects with a gruffer, grinding attitude.
Perc and Giorgio Gigli embrace the darkness on three tracks proper, plus three tools for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. Gigli's signature atmospheres merge perfectly with the welting drive of Perc on 'Sg8', while '0165' is more sinister, industrial and unrelenting. 'Ehdc' completes the trio with a sound reminding of the recent Sandwell District LP.
Next level grimy soul from the Butterz camp! The schizoid skunky switch of 'Mood Swings' is Grade A dancefloor dirt, flipping from super-sweet intro to pneumatic bass pulses and electroid Dubstep signatures with a Grime sense of swagger and straight-to-the-head deliverance.
Lavish compilation spelling the untold story of late '60s/early '70s Indonesian psyche-funk. It follows Sublime Frequencies' recent exposes of the same period of Indonesian musical history on their revelatory reissues of albums by Dara Puspita and Koes Plus, who coincidentally appear on this album, too. 'Those Shocking, Shaking Days' is a labour of love compiled, researched and assembled by Stones Throw/Now-Again's Egon, together with notorious crate digger, Jason "Moss" Connoy, and a young Indonesian ex-pat, Chadra Drews, whose sleevenotes lend some historical and p… Read more
Subtle Audio scan the most esoteric and experimental strains of modern D&B with five tracks taken from their 42 track, 3xCD compilation. On the first plate Requiem turns out frantic and florid sub-continental percussion with 'Ancient Dub', while Accidental Style keeps the funk tight in the pocket with an arrangement of complex, skittering jazz breaks. The second plate swings out further, from the epic sci-fi vibes of Macca's dynamic drumfunk attack 'Virtual Affair' to Dan Habarnam's minimal, halfstep-infused 'Virtual Affair' and a tender moment of hushed ja… Read more
Monday, 21 March 2011
**Exclusive upfront release!** Proper cheeky, caricatured rave fusions from Unknown To The Unknown, an alter ego of Hot City's DJ Haus, backed with a killer DJ Stingray remix! 'Assasin' makes the first incision, sounding like a drunken Ron Hardy making a Skweee splice of Kraftwerk, Egyptian Lover and LFO on a dicky copy of Ableton for a set at a CBBC presenters convention. If that's too daft for you, just peep Stingray's intensified version, flipping the track with his deadly intuition for a minimal, industrial-tinted and ghetto-ready electro rockers special. Back to the nutty fusions and si… Read more
Nonplus maintain a relentless streak of form with this stunning sampler 12" for Instra:Mental's forthcoming debut album 'Resolution 653'. The duo's production values have never been in doubt but this time executed to a fierce degree. Face up, 'Thomp' operates like some Cyborg funk ritual, deploying Untold-style, cone-folding kicks and grazing percussion with earth-moving subs and minimalist splashes of airlock pressure synths. Face down, 'When I Dip' is a certified future rudeboy anthem (by the international association of future rudeboys, don't u know), a double 'ard elec… Read more
Ramadanman heads up the latest Fabriclive session with a crucial 30+ track selection spanning House and Grime to Shangaan Electro. This guy should require little introduction: his singles and remixes over the last three years are some of the most forward thinking dancefloor productions coming from the UK, and the Hessle Audio label he co-runs with Ben UFO and Pangaea is just owning things right now. His mix embraces the best of electronic dance music in 2011, judged with a pacing and narrative well beyond his years. The first section sets an efficie… Read more
Much anticipated debut 12" from touted Glaswegian producer, Koreless - a must check for fans of Becoming Real, Dam Mantle or Jamie xx. '4D' is as simple as it effective, pitching delirious, yearning female vocal with bouncing subs and clipped percussion for the swingers. 'MTI' flips the formula with a more defined and tightly tucked Juke flavour, droning subs flesh out the bottom, alternating melodic duties with percolating toms and seductive, chopped-up vocals. All the usual suspects are onto this guy, we recommend you get on it, too!
Alfred Darlington’s charmingly bizarre ‘Tailor Made’ showed up a few weeks back as a teaser for his forthcoming ‘Bespoke’ LP, and the kitchen-sink electronic salsa has now been shaken up by a smartly picked duo of talented hands. First up to the plate is LA wonky lass TOKiMONSTA, who takes Alfred’s original and pushes into a blur of down-tempo West Coast funk. You might recognize the style as somewhat indebted to the Brainfeeder crew, but Jennifer Lee handles proceedings with an expert hand and the result is hard, chunky and heavy. The standou… Read more
Following on from appearances on Hyperdub, Kevin Martin (The Bug) and Kiki Hitomi (Dokkebi Q) take a temporary leave of absence from King Midas Sound (of which they are both members) to deliver their first EP proper as Black Chow, this time for the excellent Jahtari label. Black Chow is an altogether less submerged proposition to King Midas, replacing that signature spiritual narcosis with a more overtly digital-dub-indebted aesthetic. Opening track "Wonderland" carries many of the Jahtari signatures, with the sonic detritus of 8bit machinery strewn all over the arrangement, and Hitomi's… Read more
Lighworks have the honour of dropping Ossie's anthemic 'floor killer 'Tarantula' as the first release on the label. In 2010 it picked up attention across the board after becoming a staple in the sets of Ossie's mate, DJ Petchy on Live FM, followed by support from Joy Orbison, Kode 9, Ben UFO, Bok Bok, and yer ma. For a debut production he's displaying chops ahead of his years with a firm grasp of crisp, Afro-rhythmic beat programming and silky synths, while his flipside production 'Creepy Crawlies' takes a tougher, electroid stance but still with the same sense of finesse. Cherry o… Read more
**If you're into Oneohtrix Point Never, don't miss this.** Digitalis activist Brad Rose maps out three passages to synthetic galaxies with Kevin Danchisko of Sovetskaya Gone. For the keenest of observers, they dropped two tapes last year, but 'I Will Be Missed' is their first vinyl release, containing three new tracks of vast and mysterious drones punctuated with starbursting synth patterns and a wide-eyed effect harking back to early 90s ambient qualities with a nod to narcotically laced Americana that fand of Oneohtrix will adore. However, as it's a Digitalis release, there's somethi… Read more
Police in Helicopter return for another heavy-hitting 45, this time featuring Jahtari lynchpin Disrupt alongside labelmate and forever on-it producer Jackson Bailey, aka Tapes. Disrupt helms the a-side for one of his perfectly executed digi-dub modifications, all smokey vibes and 8-bit flourishes, before Tapes obliterates the soundsystem with the hissy magnificence of "Atomica Rydim" on the flip, and you remember that everything this guy does is just S O L I D G O L D.
Heavily engaged mission music from the mysterious sect of Niggas With Guitars, coming correct with a stunningly evocative debut vinyl for Digitalis. In the vein of Dylan Ettinger's 'New Age Outlaws' or Leyland Kirby's muddled memories, 'Ethnic Frenzy' is a vivid internal soundtrack for hypnagogic dreamers, warping the memes of Vangelis or Carpenter in much the same way Pat Maher's DJ YoYo Dieting did to DJ Screw or Indignant Senility to Wagner. Cruising in to the A-side we're slowly immersed in smoked-out and sludgy choral drones punctuated with fractured gasps of drum machine r… Read more
From the exotic mind of Tandy Love the Turk Jerk comes a followup to his Fat City LP, 13 de-pipped and delectable edits of obscure and unknown Anatolian psyche. From the Bosphorus to the Irwell, nobody does it quite like this fella, selecting only the ripest, most exotic fruits from his collection and serving only the juiciest bits. On the A-side psych heads will be in their element with the ruck of fuzzy guitar driven bombs like 'Indian Zone Drum Killer Inc' and its majestic folksy flourishes, or the hard head-nodders groove of 'Vachina-Vabham' while cuts like 'Miste Me' … Read more
Om Unit presents a killer EP of fractured Electro for Civil Music, one of his very best to date. Paying dues to Aux 88 'The Timps' jams on a shark-eyed, night-hunting Detroit vibe and 'Prawn Cocktail' craftily loosens the rigid swing of the old stuff with trickily programmed patterns and cascading arpeggiations for the electro swingers. He also provides a more shaking Kenny Larkin-like 'Alternative Mix' of 'The Timps' next to Hrdvsion's dramatically slow and menacing remake and Salva's killer slowfast remix of 'Prawn Cocktail'. Solid.
Mutant dubstep ruffige fom Bristol's ID & Skinnz on Tectonic's sister imprint. 'The Most High' takes no prisoners on a tribalist Breakstep pillage armed with rugged polyrhythms and blunderbuss-up-the-dance bass. One craftier, 'No Love' initially rolls out with the Addison Groove-style dubstepXjuke patterns but can't hold back a torrent of junglist breaks and brick-hard subs getting tangled up in the madness.
Some fresh blood for the Brainfeeder label, Jeremiah Jae is a Chicago native who somehow manages to blend the cut-and-paste of the LAFMS, the synthetic pulse of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and rare groove of Madlib and emerge with something effortlessly engaging and shockingly coherent. Madlib might just be the best reference, but this is far from an exercise in second-rate ‘Unseen’ pastiches, just flip over to the Delia Derbyshire-esque ‘Stones Passage’ and prepare to have your brain cells frazzled by Jae’s genius-level of control over his unexpected, pulsing rhythms and the kin… Read more