Monday, 13 September 2010
Rush Hour turn their reissue agenda to Recloose in the 1st part of a well warranted retrospective. This 12" features the three tracks from his 'Spelunking EP', originally released 1999 on Planet E to much acclaim, and cementing his reputation as a unique purveyor of techno funk. Added to classics like the Innerzone Orchestra-esque 'Get There Tonight' and the soul melting fusion of 'Soul Clap 2000' is the exclusive 'Land Of The Lost Dance', a glorious example of his hybrid discofunk/Detroit techno style, plucked from the archives. This material is often regarded as his best and we wouldn't argue!
Friday, 10 September 2010
The highly sought after 'Farmers Angle' 3"CD was the debut recording from Ghost Box co-founder Jim Jupp and also the label's very first release. Six years down the line and it receives a timely reissue, presented in a revised and expanded edition with three bonus tracks including one with The Advisory Circle. Looking to the classic TV themes and library music of his youth, creator Jim Jupp set the template for the label's whole aesthetic, from the textbook sleeve to the frothy, pellucid electronics inside. In the title track and 'The Eleventh House' Jupp beautifully ar… Read more
Monday, 06 September 2010
DJ Nate, the aptly donned "Trak Genious" is a 20 year old producer from the south side of Chicago. His music is a fiercely unique blend of techniques derived from Hiphop and Juke (aka Ghetto House or Booty) made to soundtrack intense Footwork battles, best seen on youtube for those outside of Chi-town. For us, it's one of the most exciting sonic anomalies of the last decade, combining the raw, febrile functions of Jungle with unquantifiable elements drawing comparisons to the repetitious phasing of Steve Reich and the complex, esoteric B-Boy programming of Autechre, next to the more obvio… Read more
Pariah justifies the hype following his debut release with six tracks of Detroit-infected post-garage, hiphop and ambient. Firstly 'The Slump' makes a connection with his labelmate Juan Atkins, arranging 313 electro beats with a distinct garage swing and vastly atmospheric synth pads. 'Prism' continues the vibe with juiced electrobass riffs and Burial-style garage vox and then there's the highlight of 'Crossed Out', delivered in deadly Joy Orbison style. Meanwhile 'C-Beams' drops off into hiphop mode with a Dilla-style swagger and the title track expands his remit to include gorgeous deep ambient somewhere between Global Communications and Biosphere. Lush.
Oh gosh. Deep Medi come to crumble your foundations with a super-heavyweight 4-tracker by V.I.V.E.K, following the acclaimed triple disc album from Mala. If medical science is working towards some form of non-invasive treatment using ultrasonic therapy, we think they should really enlist the services of this fella. With the title track he hits a frequency that's just made my armpits tingle (that doesn't happen often), and sustains it until any atom within proximity is quivering with kinetic potential. We sh*t you not, this is seriously strong stuff, think Loefah's 'Goat Stare' plus four year… Read more
Yet another stunning release from Blue Daisy, this time featuring vocals from Anneka and remixes from Permanent Vacation's John Talabot, and Sunken Foal. The two original tracks from Kwesi Darko aka Blue Daisy are as lush and affecting as anything we've heard from him yet. In 'Raindrops' Anneka sounds like she's been summoned to haunt, drifting between rickety drum machines, burred electrobass and Burial-esque atmospheres while a matrix of seasick compression effects enhance her spectral grace. 'Blood Petal Roses' is a grandly symphonic construction, breathing deeply with chest swe… Read more
All you boogie funkateers, listen up! Eglo drop some of that red top, gangster cruising illness with Arp 101's debut release, a pair of down-slow and effortlessly groovy R'n'B joints featured heavily on Alex Nut's radio show of late. Fresh-sealed drums punctuate each side for a slow drawling effect while 'Dead Leaf' licks up Kraftwerk-on-the-strip synths and 'Warriors Galactic' is all about the oversized bassline spilling gin and juice over your new crepes. Mary Anne Hobbs, Sinden and Falty DL are all signed up to this guy's fanclub, get in quicksharp!
Sound the alarm! Ben Westbeech aka Breach drops a proper karnival anthem in 'Fatherless' backed up with a brilliant remix from Doc Daneeka. That tribal romping, bass-spillin' original has been topping the playlists of Joy Orbison, Gilles Peterson and Sinden of late and it's really not hard to hear why. Drop this in a sweaty room full of ravers and it's guaranteed to raise the roof. Meanwhile on the flip, Breach's 'Man Up' rolls off a tuff-but-sweet percussive roller, and Doc Daneeka rounds up any stray rumps on a taut remix punctuated with signature soca-snares. For all dancing crew!
Jens Massel aka Senking is responsible for one of our very favourite electronic albums of the last decade with his 'List' LP for Raster Noton. His music takes the dramatic spirit of classic John Carpenter and Badalamenti themes and updates it with advanced, ultra-modern studio production in order to elucidate his occluded atmospheres. With a deeply personal touch he conjures expansive synematic moods on 'Pong', often tainted with a sinister, midnight jazz appeal and always sculpted from the sort of tactile, synthesized wave shapes and tones your ears simply can't wait to grasp and fondle like a prec… Read more
Man like Mike Kivits aka King Of The Pigs aka Aardvarck gives the finely structured beats of 'Choice' on a killer 21-track album for Eat Concrete. Within its grooves he dismantles house, hiphop, jazz and electronic boogie soul with a strong cinematic feel, making for a superb listen. The tracks are generally shorter, more concise beat ideas tied with a defined sense of narrative and moving from bluest, piano-lead downbeats like 'Dik' to melodic beatless experiments and slow-crushed hiphop like it ain't no thang. For many the luscious sweep of 'Heal' has gotta be the biggest surprise, introducing… Read more
This excellent debut-proper from hotly tipped duo Altar Eagle finds itself nestled somewhere between the icy drum machine pop of Cold Cave, the Kosmische refractions of Emeralds and the classic layered shoegaze of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. Eden Hemming and Brad Rose have previously made music together as Corsican Paintbrush before changing their name and style on a pair of sought-after cassettes absorbing darkwave pop genius and the 1st wave techno moods of Juan Atkins. With a heavy heart and distorted touch they've drafted a deeply affected sound where vocals are typically… Read more
Essential re-issue of one of the most talked-about LPs of the last few years, the first vinyl album from Ducktails. One of the most tangible reasons 'Ducktails' had such an impact is the uncontrived and gentle manner which Matthew Mondanile conveys his hypnagogic nostalgia, managing to elicit such vividly hazy memories of beach holidays you never had, with the same sort of deft skill as likeminded operators Skaters, Gary War or Oneohtrix Point Never. But, while his melodies are pop sharp, they're consciously shrouded in fuzz and gunk, making his music potently psychedelic and acutely uncommer… Read more
The first Circle Bros album in almost a decade, Haven has in fact been pieced together from tracks originally composed for a number of different releases, but ultimately found themselves compiled into a single sequence and mastered by Drekka's Michael Anderson. The first - and longest - piece introduces itself with layers of ultra-lo-fi guitars and jumbled, processed percussive details, all of which you tend to expect will collapse into a horizontal, droning arrangement. Instead there's a more pop-oriented (if still rather dark) agenda afoot. Using the kind of worn-out tape delay grooves tha… Read more
A wonderful new collection of modern post-folk songs from Toronto songwriter, Eric Chenaux, Warm Weather With Ryan Driver is collaboration with the keyboard instrumentalist of the title. These two clearly gel brilliantly on these songs, conspiring to create some highly original and always very emotive takes on balladry. Of Chenaux's three Constellation full-lengths to date, Warm Weather is surely his most fully formed and accomplished, with the sublime 'Since We're Smokey' and 'New Boon Harp' ranking amongst the finest works in this songwriter's repertoire. While Che… Read more
Returning with his Bvdub project, San Francisco's Brock Van Wey presents his cheerily titled new album, The Art Of Dying Alone. Previously seen on Kompakt's Pop Ambient 2010 compilation, Van Wey capitalises on this growing momentum by delivering what's almost certainly his finest hour to date. The album is a shining example of its genre, an astutely constructed flow of of ambience and introspection that navigates considerable depths. With a bucketful of heavy-headed melancholy, 'Descent To The End' sets you on your way, immediately plunging you deeply into Van Wey's verdant, multi… Read more
Cosmin TRG and Falty DL unleash mutual reworks of their recent tracks for Rush Hour's Direct Current series. Both producers are perched right at the top of their respective trees right now and seem to have synchronized their styles perfectly with contrasting, yet complementary executions. On the A-side Falty DL goes for TRG's 'See Other People', twisting the track through a matrix of tricky filters while augmenting the groove with devastatingly fluid subbass movements and the tightest Latin drum swing. On the flip TRG re-does Falty's 'St. M… Read more
Riding a wave of adulation surrounding his debut LP on Brainfeeder, Lorn drops off album highlight 'None An Island' backed with a new Samiyam collab and two solo excursions exclusive to this release. If you copped the album you'll probably be very familiar with the lead track's mutant take on 'lectronic hiphop. If not, you're in for a treat. The Samiyam hookup is pretty smart too, squashing their groove into a dark growling nodder before 'Until There Is No End' diverts his energy into a prog-hoppy joint akin to recent Eskmo and Rudi Zygadlo exploits.
Jahtari roll in with a heavyweight from Solo Banton, produced by deadly talent Disrupt. 'No' appeared recently on the Jahtarian Dubbers vol.2 comp as a Rootah refix but in original form Disrupt drops a spiralling, echo-laden slab of digi-dub wickedness topped with humourous, observant and memorable lyrics from the legendary UK soundman. On 'Dancehall Nice Again' Solo Banton links with singer Trevor Irie on a charging "100% vibes-powered space rocket that won't miss it's aim...". Rude.
Back in 2004 Aksel Schauffler released 'Here Comes Love', one of the most acclaimed records in Kompakt's venerated catalogue. Since then Superpitcher has collaborated with his label boss, Michael Mayer, on the SuperMayer LP, before working on this, his superb sophomore album. 'Kilimanjaro' is a lush dancefloor/head space including 10 brand new productions in his wonderfully intimate and loved-up style, defining the label's pop-house aesthetic in a similar vein to The Field or Matias Aguayo's Closer Musik project. The Aguayo comparison is particularly apt for 'Country Boy', a blushed 10 m… Read more
Terror Danjah's production spar drops two purple gangsta grime riddims for Danjah's Hardrive label. Heavy!
Roots Manuva hands the keys to his catalogue over to Wrong Tom for a thorough dub overhaul on 'Duppy Writer'. It's a collection of dub reductions taking up where his bonus disc on the 'Slime & Reason' album left off, picking out gems from all four of Roots' main studio LPs as well as 'Dub Come Save Me' and 'Alternately Deep', complete with new artwork from Tony McDermott - the legendary Greensleeves art director. 'Proper Tings Juggled' from the classic 'Brand New Second Hand' (originally 'Juggle Tings Proper') is a wicked highlight, revised here as a smoked-out digi-dubber, … Read more
The voice of Crazy Cousins' biggest tracks, including the seminal 'Do You Mind' drops a wicked R'n'B/Dubstep hybrid including LD, Roska and Paleface (Crazy Cousins) on remix detail. 'Don't Play With My Heart' has been rinsed on all the major radio stations with a decent playlist, hitting a typically British (maybe, London) seam of R'n'B sweetness with a rugged rhythmic drive hinting at Tinie Tempah's 'Pass Out'. On the remix front LD follows his killer remix of her 'Day Dreaming' with an exotic soca-techno roller primed for club wreckage, while Paleface goes fathoms deep with crimson late-night house vibes and Roska gives a strong but sensual Funky mix.
Originally released in 1997 as part of the Driftworks boxset (which also featured works by Paul Schutze, Nijiumu, Pauline Oliveros and Randy Raine-Reusch), Nuuk - named after Greenland's capital city - was later reissued via Mille Plateaux in a 2004 edition which included a DVD of frost-bitten imagery to correspond with the music. Now available digitally (audio-only, of course), Nuuk harks back to Thomas Koner's arctically-inclined early work. This was the ambient legend's fifth full-length release and it remains one of his most powerful and unyieldingly immersive contributions to the field o… Read more
Originally released in 2003, Thomas Koner's Zyklop is a double album consisting of an hour-long composition for Radio France with fellow sound artist Yannick Dauby plus a second half featuring shorter sound installation works (with contributions from Jurgen Reble and Yann Beauvais). The lengthy first composition is just stunning. Here Koner sets about fashioning an auditory map of the Col De Vence mountain region in the south of France, integrating dissolved synthetic ambient textures into a patchwork concrete soundscape, full of natural environmental noise and man-made interference. If th… Read more
The eighth album from ambient icon Thomas Koner, Daikan (the Japanese word for 'coldest') was originally released in 2002. This digital edition features not only the original, continuous one-hour piece, but also a trio of short edits from the recording. Captured live at the European Media Art Festival in Osnabruck 2001, this long, drifting composition is typical of Thomas Koner's inscrutable, overcast compositions. You'll hear glacial, subtly formed melodic junctions within its imposing superstructure, but predominantly this music is all about texture, dynamics and atmosphere. Different s… Read more
Animal Totem was the very first release by High Wolf, a four-song cassette outing made up from lo-fi cosmic loops, droning synths and tribal percussion. Not Not Fun use the phrase "equatorial electronics" on their website, and that description is pretty much bang on the money. The fizzy heat-haze of 'Swimming With Piranhas' makes for a jubilant starting point, settling into a psychotropic(al) groove that ascends towards a distorted, feelgood crescendo. It could almost pass for a Sun Araw track deprived of the dub influence. The recording fidelity leaves the mix in a state of severe fud… Read more
Opening with the effects-coated chiming of a grandfather clock, Holly Lane immediately sets out its stall as an album steeped in all things antiquated and dusty. Expect a slow barrage of 78rpm static, dissolved, haunted house piano motifs and strategically atmospheric field recordings throughout. Present throughout the album is a floating palette of synthetic ambiences and string-like pads, ranging from the grand and orchestral strains of 'Mistletoe Lane' to the more ambiguous blend of 'Holly Lane', which seems to mix vinyl static with a rumbling rhythmic sound not dissimilar to the to-and… Read more
Four tracks of diverse future garage from hotly tipped Welsh production unit C.R.S.T., following their limited and sought after 10" on Ten Thousand Yen and remix of The Count & Sinden's 'After Dark'. The range of garage styles may be attributable to the fact there are four members in the unit, yet they clearly retain a taste for the deep and sophisticated, yet party-wise end of the scene. 'Feel You' works with a very healthy Todd Edwards-style shuffle, while 'May Not Be Real' percolates like a Jeremy Sylvester winner. On a more forward tip, 'Dial The Operator' tightens up an itchier 2-step riddim wi… Read more
Debut album time from premier German house producer, Sascha Dive. Besides tracks on his his own respected Deep Vibes label (also home to records from Brothers Vibe, DJ Qu, and Scott Ferguson), Sascha has been busy remixing and releasing hi-end tech-house for the cream of European boutiques including Love Letters From Oslo and Drumpoet Community. Much like Sven Weisemann, Sascha neatly bridges the gap between Detroit and Berlin disciplines with a blend of smooth rolling, dubby electronics and soul signatures nodding to the likes of Theo Parrish and Mike Huckaby. 'Restless Nights' is te… Read more