Monday, 25 October 2010
Rob Hood slips back into his disco duds to revive the Floorplan project. He's been a very busy man of late but thankfully the quality levels haven't budged a bit, from the filtered and funked up vibes of 'Living It Up', to another Chicago-esque groover 'Wall To Wall' with commanding claps and kinked Latin shuffle patterns.
Cosmin TRG does it again, serving two heavyweight House heaters for Rush Hour's Direct Current Series. It's been simply impossible to ignore this guy's releases this year; witnessing his metamorphosis into a House music futurist has been an absolute pleasure to witness. This time out he gives the haughty thrust of 'Liebe Suende' on the A-side, where it's all about the kinked kick drums and chopped R'n'B samples, kinda like a hornier version of Ramadanman and Midland's exploits for Aus. On the flip, 'Sores Of Attraction' tucks into a ruder Techno/House burner, erecting majestic chords remi… Read more
New York's "...premiere improvisatory, vocal-and-electronics cosmic beat-box band..." return to Woodsist with a brilliant side of loopy hypnotics, including an insert code for free digital download of the 2007 cassette-only release for Tank Tapes redeemable directly from the label. All four tracks are previously unreleased, arms-out eyes-shut wanders through darkly tinted terrain. 'Oboh' opens up with what sounds like reversed field recordings made inside a washing machine at a Native American ritual ceremony, before 'Lal8' intrepidly changes tack into a forest of doomy 808 bass hits and… Read more
Big moves from Well Rounded Records, dropping the much-talked about 'Hold It Down' from Submerse. This soul burning skipper came to much wider attention recently as the closer for Jackmaster's anthem-rammed URB session, putting the final kiss of sweetened garage on a seriously heavyweight mix. Favourable comparisons to Burial will abound, but this seems to be the tip of the iceberg for Submerse, whose previous cuts for L2S and Night Audio have already proved him to be head and shoulders above the crowd. Over on 'Only' he links with Resketch for a rude swinger, switching up from sli… Read more
The hugely talented John Roberts arrives at his debut album in style, following a string of celebrated releases on Dial Records. Those releases showcased an individual, beautifully composed sound, combining feathery piano keys and deeply padded, classically-informed House music with elegance and a refined subtlety. His remix services have recently been requested by Darkstar and Creep feat. Romy from the XX, but right now 'Glass Eights' is bound to attract him a lot of attention. He gracefully sweeps and sashays through ten variations on the Piano House theme, from supple Berlin grooves … Read more
2nd full release from KingThing, following a wicked Fortified Audio 12" with two tracks of equally crafty contemporary Garage/Funky fusions. 'Frequent Lover' neatly works into the smarter party slot occupied by the Night Slugs crew, carrying hazy late night melodies over a shifty shuffling techno pattern in unique style and fashion. On a crooked Funky tip 'Bad Times' rolls with punchy, soca-infected percussion and proper old skool rave vibes for a sweet sound reminding of Sully's style.
Tom Trago's 'Voyage Direct' series presents two mid-tempo heaters from Rednose Distrikt aka Steven De Peven. 'Get That BeeDeeBee' is discofied-house music is the stringest Rush Hour tradition, elegant yet dirty, sensuous and hypnotic 'Dam-style beatdown. 'I Am Cumming' pushes up the tempo on the flip, teasing up warmest filtered disco vibes and Detroit-debted soul chords. A must for fans of Trus'me, Rick Wilhite or Recloose.
New on Hsuan Records comes this three-track outing from S^, kicking off with the percussion-heavy, digitised dubstep of 'Pyramixdupup', complete with menacing subs and technicolour synth flurries. As the track develops it seems to increase in urgency, eventually morphing into full-blooded 4/4, though losing none of the bass. 'Glazed Donuts' drops the beats in favour of pure synthesis, cycling through almost harp-like, bitcrushed arpeggios, while closing track 'Avacado' lays down some thumpingly potent beats and weird, scrunched electronics.
Ruthlessly ruff and authentic House music from Italy's Marcelo Napoletano. We've been suitably impressed with his wax for Mathematics and Reincarnation among others, but this is easily one of his finest releases. The psychotomimetic jack of 'Everyday Madness' incites the dance in lethal style on the A-side, keeping matters tracky and relentlessly bolshy for those what do, while 'Raw As Fuck' gets a bit craftier with nods to classic MK and Chez Damier. Finally 'Soul Train' drops us off at the deep end with a groovier cut full of mesmerizing keys and real Chicago vibes. Work it, b*tch!
Latest from Future Garage ringleader, Whistla, on L2S. There's a unique touch to his off-key use of samples in 'Rain Hits The Sun' or the almost glitchy, ruffneck motions of 'Bob' and the weird roller 'Retrace'. Check!
Terrific pair of proper Afrobeat/Ethio-funk recordings from a group of Dutch teenagers! In 'E.T' we can hear shades of the jazzy Ethiopiques sound meshed with super tidy Afrobeat funk ripe for the coolest shebeens, while 'Get Busy' lowers the lights on a smokier, more intimate Afrobeat jazzfunk tip.
The latest addition to K7's long-running DJ Kicks series comes from Sascha Ring, aka Apparat, the highly regarded Berlin-based producer known for his collaborations with Bpitch's Ellen Allien and Modeselektor (under the Moderat guise) as well as his own productions. The tone of this mix gravitates towards electronic music's more melodically conscious acts, whilst making sure to keep the beats coming thick and fast. The mood then is dark, yet busy and tuneful: music comes from artists such as 69, Thom Yorke, Oval, Pantha Du Prince, Burial & Four Tet, Tim Hecker, Joy Orbison, Luke Abbott, Martyn… Read more
In his notes for this record, Swans frontman and Young God label boss Michael Gira says: "To me, it's obvious Toth is animated with the same spirit that's moved through Willie, Waylon, Merle, and Hank." High praise indeed, but perhaps not quite as outlandish as it might initially seem. Having spent the early part of his career vacillating between lo-fi singer-songwriter records and sprawling improv outings with The Vanishing Voice, Wooden Wand (aka James Toth) has built up an impressive if erratic catalogue over the past few years, and Death Seat might just represent the peak of his outp… Read more
Legowelt dreams up two heavy Chicago jackers reminiscent of his DX releases, for Clone's hand-stamped West Coast series. 'Bayville Cove' executes entrancing chord progressions and tactile bass moves with crispy analogue machine rhythms, oh yeah, and a flock of artificial seagulls. 'Colorado Snow Music' is more exotic, riffing with Arabesque, maybe East African scales and classic jackers patterns.
Everybody's favourite bath-house disc jock collects 13 of his tried and trusted disco edits to take your fancy. Includes fruity rearrangements of Patrice Rushen, Heaven 17, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, and Prince, all juiced up and recontextualised for the dancefloor Adonis's and steamy lat night jack offs. Some killer sh*t in here, fill yer boots!
Single track taken from Zola Jesus' recent 'Valusia' EP. In keeping with the style of her majestic 'Stridulum' this is Zola in brazenly confident and near euphoric mode, fuelled by sweeping strings reminiscent of Joy Division's 'Atmosphere' and martial, stadium-sized Tom Toms for that thrust of confidence. This is the big money sound!
Zola Jesus is the alter ego of 21 year old Nika Roza Danilova, a former opera student whose gothic strain of epic cold wave synth pop is attracting a lot of attention. 'The Spoils' originally descended from some dark plain last year, setting a harrowing agenda of doom ridden, barely decipherable lyrics and emaciated drum machines somewhere between Siouxsie Sioux and Cold Cave. She cloaks her distanced howl in layers of gauzy, surface marked crackle, recalling the anchronistic diva in a Ballard short story who refuses to give up her stage to new technology. The effect is a windswept and roma… Read more
Alternately minimal and rugged Funky remixes of Japanese Jazz outfit, Soil & Pimp Sessions, from Doc Daneeka and Wafa. Continuing a busy run of form in 2010, Doc Daneeka gives a restrained, minimal refit of 'Pop Korn', adding small blurts of sax and piano phrases to a rolling rhythm loaded with tuffer soca snares. On the flip Wafa doesn't hold back, flipping the original elements into a steaming slab of Funky pressure for fans of Warrior One or Douster.
Old skool Chicago styles on MOS, remastering and recutting Terrance McDonald's foundational 'Mind Over Matter' complete with a killer Steve Poindexter edit! The original 12" appeared in '91 on the Trax sublabel, Saber, and perfectly suits the MOS aesthetic with raw, Afro inspired drum programming and heady, abstract Chicago soul synths. 'Spaced Out' starts the jack with a strange and bloopy cut, while 'Back Home Canada' is driven by urgent, dramatic synths and brittle drums recorded onto tape for that fuzzy effect. For us, the biggest reason you need this re… Read more
New on Danish label Fake Diamond Records comes the second album from multi-talented producer Peder, whose first album appeared via the Ubiquity imprint. Dirt & Gold is an unusual blend of styles, taking an eccentric trail through soul music, strange vintage soundscapes and the kind of sounds you'd most closely associate with '70s TV themes or old spy thrillers. The likes of 'Light Years', 'Meat Is Murder, Tasty, Tasty Murder' and the self-explanatory cinematic calling card, 'Hello Mr Movie Director, My Name Is Peder And This Is My Friend Asger Baden' all do a fine job of condensing Peder's poly… Read more
In a music world currently overflowing with krautrock re-enactment societies Hallo Gallo 2010 should come as something of an antidote. This is the current solo project of Michael Rother, an artist synonymous with the '70s krautrock boom, having spent time as a member of Kraftwerk and Harmonia, and most famously of all, co-founding Neu! For Hallo Gallo this iconic musician teams up with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and bassist Aaron Mullan of Tall Firs. These two tracks are just what you'd want to hear from Rother in 2010: 'Blinkgurtel' deconstructs the motorik … Read more
This album came about when German artist Anika crossed paths with British band Beak while she was working as a political journalist between Berlin and Bristol. Spending just twelve days in the studio, Anika and Beak came out with a wholly unique album that clashes together punk ethics, dub-inspired production and the sort of songwriting approach you'd associate with the golden era of girl groups, during the sixties. Former single 'Yang Yang' seems to get better every time you hear it, and there's a massively weird DIY reggae cover of Bob Dylan's 'Masters Of War' that's far better than you could possibly expect.
Recently snapped up by Wichita Recordings, Cloud Nothings is the solo outlet for teen lo-fi sensation Dylan Baldi. This True Panther EP is a striking batch of songs, brimming with angsty, slightly shambolic energy. 'Leave You Forever' might bring to mind the likes of Wavves at first - there's a very adolescent, almost emo-ish skate-punk feel to this homemade music that brings to mind Nathan Williams' more intelligible material. Never short of memorable, thrashy melodies fronted by biting guitars, this EP is a pretty blistering experience; there's no misstep across the four son… Read more
Building on the unsteady experience of his 'Miscellaneous Mutant Mishaps' mix session, Finders Keepers and B-Music captain Dom Thomas moves into the realm of Denizen Funk, Proto House and Psyche Rock with 'The Exploding Disco Inevitable'. Adapting its name from a series of cross-media pollinations instigated by Andy Warhol, Dom constructs bridges connecting racy Bollywood disco with ancient psyche and disorientated Anatolian surfbeat, spanning the gulfs of time and place with arcing loops of appropriate funk. We couldn't name a single track here and unless you're Dom, i'd w… Read more