Monday, 14 February 2011
Morton Feldman's epochal Triadic Memories from (1981) stands as one of the defining entries into his catalogue of works. Here Marilyn Norken takes on the ninety-minute solo piano epic, and accordingly observes the supremely quiet restraint Feldman prescribes for the erformance of such a piece. Although Triadic Memories is concerned with a low volume, meditative anti-dynamism there's really nothing about this music that might be described as easy or ambient. This is music at its most resolutely slow-burning, with its vastness and low volume subtlety mimicking t… Read more
Monday, 07 February 2011
Two future-rude Funky riddims from North London's Funkystepz on Hyperdub! Both tracks have received maximum rotation on the crew's Rinse FM show and from scene supporters Marcus Nasty and Kode 9, now it's your turn. 'Fuller' rides a tuff 4/4 bounce with some tweakin' radioactive lead keeping the energy strapped to the core for lean and heavily concentrated effect. The urgent mission strings, hard-arpeggiated synths and snare tattoo of 'Hurrican Riddim' is just gully-to-f**kery. A DNA test on this would find genes spliced from 8-bar Grime, Techno, Soca and tuffer US House, but essentially that's just Grade A Funky, no? Go hard or go home! TIPPED!!!
Ramadanman adopts his new, US Garage-sounding Maurice Donovan alias to join Midland in remixing Julio Bashmore. Distinguished from his Pearson Sound and Ram's styles, the remix for 'Battle For Middle You' is more conventional NYC garage albeit with a UK subbass pressure and his crisp production style. Midland's 'Ask Yourself' remix shows why he's tipped for big things this year, hitting a sweet stride between lushly proggy House and Bass-soaked swing grooves. Big big twelve.
Continuing a blinding streak of releases, Cosmin TRG heads up the first 50 Weapons solo release. 'Separat' is closer to the sound of Ben Klock and the Berghain posse than his previous outings, churning heavyweight haughty techno bass and shivering hi-hats in classic-yet-modern effect. Again 'Izolat' finds that perfect reverb kick-back on the bass to sculpt a proper dance dominator with shades of MDSLKTR's simian synthline style. Recommended!
Local Action come correct with two debut productions by Contakt strapped with a killer Rolando remix! Keeping the label's versatile yet focussed agenda in line, 'Not Forgetten' tips the balance towards boldly melodic and tranced-out motifs powered by a cool and clipped Funky roll, whereas 'Rhodophyta' is all about rugged, highly rinsable dub chord flares and staggered Funky rhythm construction for the movers. Detroit's son, Rolando revises 'Not Forgetten' with a deft Latin tuck, savouring the build with a skilled restraint and teasing the rhythm like he's loving it. Healthy!
Jam City and Scratcha DVA spike Bad Autopsy's 'Gin Mixer' with Eski and ruder Funky styled remixes on a dapper orange wax! The original is a bit of a banger, unruly and kinetic, but the remixes split in two other direction. Scratcha DVA's eases the rhythm with his rolling bassline sound and less frantic snares for a weighty DJ tool track, while Jam City diverts the energy into angular bursts of Wiley-style synths and cold-swinging drums compatible with productions from Zomby and Slackk of late. Run it!
Black Acre's Bulgarian anomalies 1000Names jam on two drag disco aces backed with slump-hop remix by Steve Lynx and Hellrazor. The sensually slow groove of 'Before Sunrise' is only a few shades away from the Balkan disco of Sare Havlicek but with a more modern twist, while you could almost imagine Danielle Baldelli spinning 'Kaleidoscope' at the cosmic club. Steve Lynx and Hellrazor chime in with a stoned-flow rerub of 'Pocket Calculator' from 1000Names' 'Illuminated Man' LP. Tipped to fans of Architeq, Kelpe and co.
Much-anticipated debut label comp from dBridge's Exit Records, featuring 22 exclusive tracks from Scuba, Indigo, Commix, Instra:mental, Distance, ASC, Synkro and many more. It's a testament to dBridge's A&R skill and vision that there are 20 individual, but similarly minded artists involved, setting the label parameters beyond D&B tempo constraints to investigate something more esoteric and rarified; Exit Records as a mood or feeling rather than a defined geometry. The highlights run deep on this one, counting Indigo's stealthy return from hibernation on the surefooted cyber-dre… Read more
Timely digital reissue of Dolphins Into The Future's sublime 2009 NNF release. The man also known as Cetacean Nation Institute For Environmental Sounds, Wildlife Tapes Portal Jams, or Lieven Martens to his friends, pillow dives into a semi-conscious ocean of improvised New Age loops, field recordings and pitch-refracted, Riley-esque synthline wanderings, webbed-fingers navigating the way across the keys. Like a saltier Monopoly Star Child Searcher or JD Emmanuel shored on a pacific desert island 'On Sea-Faring Isolation' plays through nonstop with a delightful mys… Read more
The Deeep very recently charmed us with their muggy avant-disco for 100% Silk, but 'Life Light', released on cassette in 2010, is a much darker, tormented affair. The mugginess is still firmly apparent but the disco is all but gone, save some blunted beats on 'Slow Coaster' and 'Mudd', but you'd hardly dance to them. The real mood of these six tracks is subterranean and slightly occult, thanks largely to the hypnotic catharsis and sub-Carpenter-esque synth drones, especially on the amazing two part 'Ballad Of The Abyssal Plain' and the much stranger 'Dream'. Really pushing the right buttons here. Another great, hugely rewarding album from Not Not Fun.
Evocative side of primordial psyche mantras from Daughters Of The Sun. 'Ghost with Chains' was summoned into being in August '09 at Nichollet Park Recording services in the Minnesota by one Collin Gorman Weiland - who put out that deadly 7" on Downwards not long ago (and we mistakenly thought was from the North East of England - sorry, son) - and floats between seven tracks of psyche-rock with ghostly vocal drifts, ritualistic drumming and a special earthy tonality which stands out as their defining feature. File somewhere between Animal Collective, Barn Owl and High Wolf. Full colour jacket with artwork by Oakley Tapioca and pro-printed insert in an edition of 490.
Austin Peralta (son of groundbreaking skater, Stacy) makes his recorded debut outside of Japan on a fiercely confident Brainfeeder release. It's a marked step away from anything Fly Lo's label have previously offered, entering the contemporary jazz arena with Peralta commanding an ensemble including The Cinematic Orchestra and Strangeloop on electronic manipulation, Zane Musa on alto saxophone, Ben Wendel on tenor and soprano saxophone, vocals from Heidi Vogel and percussion from Zach Harmon. Like we say, he's already released two albums for the Japanese label Eighty-Eight's (four … Read more
**Contains digital-only bonus track** Superbly clean and classic sounding debut album from Panorama Bar resident and all round House music dynamo, Steffi. Since 2000 Steffi has run the ace Klakson label with Dexter, responsible for the era defining releases 'I Don't Care', and since last year she's branched out with the Dolly label, home to vital vinyl from Dexter, Jakob Korn and Tyrez. Her own productions have only emerged in the last couple of years, landing on Ostgut Ton and UQ, showcasing a supple, simple and highly effective style of deeper modern house music. All nine cuts on 'Yours & Mi… Read more
Alfred Darlington has been perfecting his ‘pots ‘n pans’ electronic subgenre for some time now, and under the Ninja Tune umbrella has put together some of the weirdest collections of post-everything dance music I’ve come across. ‘Tailor-Made’ is no different, and while it features vocals from Milosh pushed right to the front in what seems to be an attempt at full-on pop, it still sounds utterly spannered. There’s a bit of rave in there, a bit of house, a nod to the LA beat scene, a large-ass dollop of soul and then something altogether Alfred about the whole thing. There can be only one!
Originally released in 2009, now issued digitally for the 1st time, 'Quitter's Raga' is the tune that attracted a lot of attention to Gold Panda. In its tantalisingly brief 2 minute lifespan he folds samples of lush Hindi film music with crisp but cutely organic glitches and cracking head nod beats to charm the pants off anyone who encounters it. 'Fifth Avenue' is looser, free to drift in the clouds of ambient electronic HipHop and we'd have to compare the infectiously uptempo 'Police' to Actress's pseudo organic digital techno sound.
A BIG look from Oil Gang, dropping four ballistic Grime instrumentals from Spooky, Darq E Freaker, Mistayif and Splurt. We just can't get over Splurt's devastating 'The Return VIP (Mega Remix)', and it would appear that Starkey and Mosca have the same feelings, with Starkey wheeling it twice on a recent radio show! Also up there is Darq E Freaker's classic cut-up 'Rhythm & Slags', a sidewinding romp from Sppoky on 'Over Capacity' and the string-loaded 'Fortress Riddim' from Mistayif. Fiyah!
Fresh tropical bubblers from Belgium's Tete De Tigre, dropping his debut for Sheffield's Squelch & Clap crew. Both 'Omerta' and 'Pelican Bay' have that current Benelux sound on lock, taking in elements of Kuduro, Bubblin' and techno with shifty House slips and party-dipped synths. Rene van Munster's remix lends 'Pelican Bay' a discoid sidespin and Karl Kanalje refries it with a more acute Bubblin' angle. Serious.