Sunday, 31 July 2011
Steely, muscular techno from Marcel Fengler and friends. Fresh from dropping the latest Berghain mix CD on Ostgut Ton, Fengler is back on Luke Slater's Mote Evolver to revisit the title track from last year's Thwack EP. Norman Nodge leads the charge with a low-slung, dub-spiced 4/4 prowler that creates incredible tension with the sparest of elements. Luke Slater himself provides two remixes: his Planetary Assault Systems offering is warehouse techno in excelsis, industrial accents peeling off a relentless, tunnelistic pulse - proper… Read more
Ryan Crosson, Sei A and Roof Light refresh some Alex Smoke classics in fine style. 'Make My Day' becomes a lean, spellbinding Tech-House roller in Crosson's hands, while Sei A beautifully diffuses 'Never Want To See You Again' into an exceptionally spacious, brooding shuffler, and Roof Light renders 'Meany' with a skipping New York Garage/Broken Beat flex on the slinky Falty DL tips. Aces.
Tidy edits from MYOR's most prolific contributor. 'Polaroid Sunset' is a ruggedly chopped 8-bit banger with frayed bleeps and hardcore club attitude.'Ginormous Bliss' is a screwed remix of Verb+'s original, throwing the vocals long and dissolving the synthlines into a sticky haze of woozy electronics.
Putrid Noise from Pierre-Marc Tremblay's Âmes Sanglantes alias, originally released as a C46 in 2010. Blustering distortion, some lopped-off machine beats and howled vocals are on the agenda, working best on the factory floor stomp of 'Into Nothingness' and the alarming caterwaul of the title track.
Misty-eyed ambient session pairing two lost souls in a melancholy marriage of blissed-out electronica. BVdub should need little introduction, his sighing ambience is beloved by many, from dub Techno boys to drone drones, while Ian Hawgood is a busy guy responsible for the Home Normal, Nomadic Kids Republic and Tokyo Droning labels, besides productions under his own name and the Koen Park alias, among others. On 'The Truth Hurts' it's hard to distinguish who does what, but no mither, you'll probably be too busy lost in ambient space to be bothered. The first track features vocal … Read more
Three years after their releases for Table Of The Elements, Collections Of Colonies Of Bees make a welcome return with their blend of Krautrock drive and Bluegrass/Folk instrumentation. Uplifting, decpetively simple melodic arrangements and attuned musicianship make a delightful blend for fans of Rhys Chatham who'd like a bit more experimental pop.
Debut release of haunting, minimal electro-acoustic improvisations by Rhode Island composer Caroline Park, originally released on Private Chronology's tape series, now available digitally. 'Improv 1' configures a molasses slow spectral rumble, like distant traffic or crowd sound heard through slow-drying cement or some such. 'Minor Pigeon' is more clinical electronics shaped from glistening Komet-like tones and rich bass, while 'Monochrome' is a very still microtonal work and '5' an unsettling array of brooding, noirish tones.
Commendable De Stijl reissue of '60s improvisor/instrument maker Charlie Nothing's totemic and highly sought after private press 'Outside/Inside', the follow-up to his equally obscure 'Psychedelic Saxophone Of...' recorded a couple years earlier in 1967. The aura of this record hits you from the off, taking you right into their communal '60s west coast hippy vibe with entrancing, ritualistic hand-drums from Tox Drohan and Charlie's deeply channelled reed blowing sweet and free through the smoky air. You can easily imagine the hairy drop outs lounging around soaking up his sound, an… Read more
Primed for immediate detonation, a dynamite alternative update of the 'Pow' riddim from Dexplicit his-self, featuring vocals from Big H, Nig Narstie, Durrty Goodz, Dot Rotten, Black The Ripper & Shizzle. The riddim, also included as an instrumental, is much tougher than the other pop-inclined version doing the rounds right now, and perhaps better suited to all the skeng chat. Fierce stuff.
Daren Ho follows some very cool releases as part of Cuticle (with Glamorous Pat Maherr and Nimby) and Mandelbrot & Skyy (with Jeff Witscher), with something more indecipherable for Root Strata. Working alone as Driphouse, Daren creates an oddly alluring simulated space where stray layers of bloopy modular synth zig-zag across more placid, reflective piano notes and crooked arpeggios stumble across the stereo field in a sort of strange virtual reality concocted according to the half-baked visions of an experimental AI programmer.
"The second in a series of reworkings of Sohrab material by artists showing solidarity to his cause…all label and artist money goes towards the fund for his appeal against refusal to be granted political asylum in Germany…" A continuous blend of the following pieces: Daniel Menche 'Zarinn' (menche mix) 11:45, Jana Winderen 'Susanna' 7:00, Philip Jeck 'Susanna (remix) 5:23, Philip Marshall 'Somebody, Hidden' 7:45 (Mastered by BJNilsen, Berlin, 20th May 2011, Michael Esposito 'Somebody's Ghost' 6:47
Lushly pastoral neo-kosmische/new age ambience for the lovers. "Hopefully lost dreamscapes rife with broken strings, disembodied ethereal voices, multi-dimensional logic. Behind the veil, a constant breath, steering you home."
Haruki's 'Falling' is one of the most explicitly noirish entries to Nomadic Kids Republic, following a run of releases from Bvdub & Ian Hawgood, Lefolk, and offthesky. It's the work of one Boris Snauwaert from Ghent, Belgium, and paints doom-laden impressionistic scapes from an array of field recordings, acoustic instrumentation and electronic processing. These are richly detailed yet abstract, painterly arrangements, from the thick swipes of ghoulish subbass and shaded, creaking strings of 'Shrinking Cities' opening a chasm for the finely layered tonalities of 'When To Stumble And When To Fall', … Read more
"The Act of Shimmering is the act of leaving conscious thought behind. It’s accepting what lies beyond the corporeal, transcending the physical; the soul is aware and the body, eyes, skin are distant empty casings. A clamorous, chaotic cacophony surrounds a beatific center. An endless assault of guitar, of noise that glistens, a poignant rigor. Jannick Schou, proprietor of tape loop drone, places himself within the tunnel of din to produce this profound work: an ethereal dream using nightmarish parts and images. Black and grays generate vibrant innards. Brightness is unearthed wit… Read more
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma re-casts his elusive 'Shining Skull Breath' album from 2007 with two new tracks on an expanded edition remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin. Arguably it's one of Jefre's definitive solo statements outside of his work with The Alps and Tarentel, immersing the listener in an ecology of shoegaze pop drones where ambient atmospheres and elemental noise define the climate. The A-side is structured to expose us to the elements, from open expanses of rolling, grey sky and moorland on 'Distant Star (For Pete Swanson)', its howling climax leading to the caves … Read more
Darker, shark-eyed House moves from German duo, JTRP. 'Hypnotise' rolls with a tightly tucked hardcore flex for the House crowd, while 'Ceddybu' is cheekyier, live a dub-blunted, minimalist DVA riddim, and 'Shady' is all stylishly fluid synth motions and ultra-reduced percussion.
Jazzman dig deeper than most, and come up trumps with this exceptional suite by a criminally unknown French composer. Jef Gilson's career spanned the best part of a century, performing with European and American jazz greats, composing innumerable scores for film, albums and 45s, besides running the Palm Jazz record label, but you'd struggle to even find a wikipedia entry with his name. This 19 tracks selection travels across decades of his catalogue uncovering the modal masterpiece 'Modalite Pour Mimi', plus the extraordinary incorporations of cathedral choirs in 'Chakan' and 'A… Read more
Kelpe is back with a tidy new 7" single on MYOR that defies easy pigeonholing. It swaggers along on a thumping, slower-than-slow-house beat, with live percussion samples and careering synth arpeggios somewhere between Boys Noize electro-techno, Joker's purple funk and the most sweet-toothed skweee. For us though it's all about Nino's remix, which recasts Kelpe's perhaps rather tentative original as a rampaging slice of psychedelic Nintendo grime, adding some awesome pitched-up vocal edits and some monstrously effective builds and drops. Think Rustie at his most lurid, or Guido on an all-night … Read more
NNF present the hallucinatory first LP from Rangers associate Peter Berends aka KWJAZ after a blink-and-miss-it debut cassette for the Brunch Groupe in 2010. We enter a potently warped world of decomposing ambient electro-jazz with 'Once In Babylon', ferrying us along a ferric-murky exhalation of blurry mixtape-styled moments flopping from loungey, twinkling keys to blunted synths nd proggy rhythm switches to the deserted-harbour-cruising drones and soggy bossa-lite inflections of 'Righteous Wane'. His sound has been aptly compared with the more esoteric jazz of Madlib's YNQ outings and the culture m… Read more
Debut release of glacial and tender minimalism from Leif Folkvord of Grand Rapids, Michigan USA. Its an unavoidable cliche, but Leif's sound is certainly immersive, the kind of blanketing ambient spaces and comfortingly crisp production which gently suspend the listener in a solipsistic sort of state. He slowly lulls us through the icy, melodic surfaces of 'Glimpse', to more Köner-esque field recordings on 'Suddenly, Through The Obscuration', pulsing glitch tones on 'Varia' and more dubby variants on 'Downpour' or the lugubrious 'Shrap'. He's at his most impressive with the acousmatic shadow play of 'Weak Field' and the sublimely crystalline harmonics of 'Initial'.
Wayne Lotek dubs up his 'International Rudeboy' album with some help from his local melodica-wielding players, Melbourne's Ubiquitous Dub Legitimizers. Tipped for fans of Fat Freddy's Drop.
Meditative electric guitar miniatures from Canadian player, Michael Mucci. Originally released as a micro cassette run on Boston's Private Chronology imprint, 'The Secret Is Knowing When To Close Your Eyes' takes in 24 minutes of tender, downbeat and gracefully melodic work nodding to Loren Connors and recorded with a rich clarity.
Former Aftershock mistress, Mz Bratt comes in for the remix treatment. Bok Bok's on a staggered Grime-Tech swagger with his Sluggin' remix, while Royal T cuts to the chase with a rompin', road-ready Grime roller next Redlight's original Junglist riddim. Includes Acapella for the DJs.
Offthesky aka Jason Corder returns to Ian Hawgood's family of labels with an atmospheric suite of plangent piano and electro-acoustic ambience. 'Enter Off Color Tear' makes an arresting entrance, sparse keys fragrance an undecided and wide open space while closer concrète textures and lustrous drones toy with our spatial perceptions. In 'Swallow Shallow' a similar blend of acousmatic sound sources texture glassy half-melody and sighing strings, while the cicadas and hushed electronics of 'Gemutcycle' suggest a more unnerving, ghostly and nocturnal scene. 'Tight Phase Of Pollen Inertia' off… Read more
Planes is the new pseudonym for Point B's more squashed and melodic Hip Hop electronics on Lab Beat. With his debut album he's smoothed the angular glitches he's best known for into a slower, woozier brand of electroid boom bap with breezy melodies like a more digital take on Jon Brooks work for Cafe Kaput. You'll still hear traces of his more brooding, darkside tastes on the likes of 'Steel Curve', but generally these track are on that stoned robot vibe akin to bits of Com Truise or Dabrye.
Britt Brown, and Alex Brown unleash their latest Robedoor communications. 'Parallel Wanderer' is an epic drifter serving up ten minutes of raga-like drones before blowing the roof off it with crashing drums and upwards spirals of guitar. '(In The) Cybershade/Universal Migration' starts out down corridors of dubbed-out sci-fi drone, before turning the corner to a dread outlash like a wounded Sun Araw. Best of all is the sloth-like 4/4 push of 'Afterburners', laced with heaving kicks and all the distortion wiped from the vocals to dramatic effect.
Detroit's Rick Wilhite aka The Godson presents a choice sampler for his forthcoming 'Vibes new&rare Music' compilation on Rush Hour. All three tracks from Glenn Underground, Marcellus Pittman and Vincent Halliburton are previously unreleased and hand picked by Rick, collecting the first in a series of 4 x 12"s. His fellow 3 Chairs contributor Marcellus Pittman offers the lush key work of 'In Due Time', while Glenn Underground gives a properly authentic jazz house cut on 'Ninja'. But, the real club tackle is saved for the longer B-side with Vincent Ha… Read more