Monday, 08 November 2010
**Featuring 26 exclusive, specially recorded tracks from Shed, Scuba, Marcel Dettmann, Substance, Emika, Cassy, Soundstream, Norman Nodge, Luke Slater and much much more** Ostgut Ton celebrates five years at the forefront of the House and Techno arena with a muscular display of prowess. 'Fünf' collects 24 tracks from most of the label's artists and the roster of Berghain and Panorama Bar's resident DJs, all working with a shared palette of field recordings made by Berlin resident, Emika, at the venue itself. The concept tangibly links the intrinsic noise of the building with the music pla… Read more
Rolling off their widely acclaimed 'North' album, Darkstar drop an edited version of 'Gold', their cover of Human League's 'You Remind Me Of Gold', backed with a terrific John Roberts remix. There's a clear hint of more recent Junior Boys productions to their revision, from the effete, subtly effected vocals and slow pulsing tempo to their sumptuous rearrangement and emotive attraction. However, we much prefer John Roberts' Deep House rework, bulking the cut up with crisp Chicago rhythms and sparse layers of glassy, marimba-like percussion to lock down a standout dancefloor groove with proper underground anthem potential.
Crammed yield a frankly stunning array of remixes, reworks and cover versions of the influential Congotronics collection from a veritable who's who of contemporary electronic, dance and indie music. It's undoubtedly one of the most vital dialogues between Western and tradi-modern West African musical cultures in years, practically unprecedented in its scope and quality. The skillfully curated list of contributors includes (among others) Shackleton, Mark Ernestus (of Basic Channel/Maurizio fame), Michachu & The Shapes, Optimo, Jua… Read more
DJ/Rupture and Matt Shadetek's Dutty Artz imprint continue a heavyweight run of form this year with 'New York Tropical', gathering twelve new tracks from the likes of Rita Indiana (remixed by Kingdom!), Lamin Fofana, Maga Bo, DJ Orien, Nguzunguzu, Chief Boima and more. It's essentially a brilliant overview of the label's aesthetic and the wealth of Tropical fusions occurring in the crucible of the Big Apple, covering the spectrum of international dancefloor rhythms Brooklyn style. Top of the pile is Kingdom's scorching rework of Caribbean megastar chanteuse Rita Indiana, cut… Read more
Two truly unruly riddims from Icelandic producer Hypno for the Ramp stable. While his previous 12" for Ramp's funkier little brother, Pattern, went on a 2010 House mission, these two are faster and more agile, like a high impact collision of styles between Joe, Shortstuff, and Untold. From the A-side 'Go Shorty', swinging like an ADD gibbon, and chopping up rap samples over rambunctious B-More-meets-Garage patterns, we're spun into the flipside 'Sunkin', where he tucks into a tighter groove of super clipped percussion with sub-aquatic bass swells and woozy synth spirals. Very tidy dancefloor tools for all dancer and DJ!
Chaz Bundick (aka Toro Y Moi) limbers up for the dancefloor with two heavily treated disco diamonds as Les Sin, recorded in 2009 at his home studio in Columbia, South Carolina. No doubt, his celebrated 'Causers Of This' album was a happily danceable effort, but these two tracks have a more clearly defined purpose, and they fulfill it in style. The instantly infectious 'Lina' cuts straight to the chase with ebullient strings, filtered guitar licks and irresistible uptempo groove laying the way for an anonymous female vocal (perhaps from Lina?). 'Youth Gone' goes even harder on the filters… Read more
Collecting the exclusive tracks from Sascha Ring's new DJ Kicks compilation, this EP brings you unmixed versions of both Apparat cuts, plus the previously unreleased Telefon Tel Aviv contribution. 'Sayulita' is typically clinical in its pristine, spacious production, but the chiming guitar melodies give the track a driving, emotional edge that takes the track beyond the confines of a dancefloor-focused mindset. 'Circles' is less beat-oriented, instead treading into Four Tet territory with its spiralling string plucks; otherworldly vocals and scrappy percussion join in too, … Read more
J Kenzo follows DJ Naughty to release on Roska's homegrown Kicks & Snares label, backed with a swinging Martin Kemp remix and Roska's 2nd VIP mix of 'Feeline'. The chest hammering silverback riddim 'Ruckas' does the damage on the A-side, built with explosive dynamics yet keeping the tropical funk tucked tightly in the pocket. Martin Kemp rolls out a more dextrous swing-jacking remix on the flip, while Roska sees fit to tackle his early anthem 'Feeline' with a bulkier, heavier jacking VIP version, because the last one ran out of Cognac and blunts. Rude.
Scottish composer and multi-instrumentalist Bill Wells teams up with To Rococo Rot's Stefan Schneider for his latest project. Wells performs at the piano while Schneider records his performance via old reel-to-reel tape machines, playing the music back at altered speeds. These strange duets are kept interactive and in real-time, as Wells adapts his playing according to Schneider's tape treatments. One of the earliest pieces, 'PNTPS 4' makes especially good use of an old Roland Space Echo, casting muffled, instantly aged reflections of the original performance, whilst 'PN… Read more
""Blimey" I said as the bloke at Spitalfields record fayre held this up for me. Never seen it before and never likely to see it again I said to meself, so I had to buy it. From 1957 this is possibly the rarest UK soundtrack, only pressed as an EP. It's on that jazz label Tempo and is quite super. Very strange use of cowbells which I like, and it's also worth noting that the fat one they call Tubby Hayes is also blowing off on this. This probably explains why it's so damn rare. Musically it's dark and quite tense, which I also enjoy a lot. Killer noirish sleeve too..."
After a 7 year hiatus, Jan Jelinek finally returns to arguably his most interesting project: Farben. Over the course of 30 of the most sumptuous and layered minutes imaginable, Jelinek draws deep on a mix of unreleased archival material and new constructions to re-define his position as one of the most interesting producers in electronic music. Between 1998 and 2004 he released a succession of Farben releases for Klang Elektronik that more or less defined "microhouse" with a magnified attention to detailed sound aesthetics and elegant, streamlined rhythm constructions. The four long tracks feat… Read more
Don't be put off by the tag "comedy album", this fine piece of work comes from the entirely excellent Tim Key: performance poet, contributor to Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe/Newswipe, and co-writer/star of gameshow We Need Answers and the criminally not-yet-recommissioned sketch show, Cowards. This album finds Key reciting his poetry and other writings in real-time collaboration with a string quartet's musical accompaniment, aboard a boat. These unorthodox poems are always subject to digressions and distractions, and this bizarre format seems to further complicate… Read more
Red Rack'em tunes have been a staple part of the nu-disco and deep house fraternity's diet for the last three years. The man behind the project, Danny Berman, is also responsible for the highly celebrated Hot Coins series of pirate soul and bootleg disco edits released between 2004-2006, counting Gilles Peterson, The Idjut Boys and Greg Wilson among his biggest fans. 'The Early Years' collects 13 of his rarest productions, many previously only available on super limited vinyl runs, plus a small handful of brand new exclusives. The vibe rolls from deep jazz edits done w… Read more
Michel Baumann re-visits the deepside once again under his Soulphiction guise with two new tracks of emotive, soulful Motor City variants. The title track is punctuated by a nicely rugged square bassline and Theo-style chord progressions. 'S 950 Recovery' repeats the trick, this time with more robust drums and Rhodes sequences lifted straight off the KDJ rulebook - and that ain't no bad thing in our book.
Silent Your Body Is Endless was released in an earlier form via a private press CD edition last year, but this new version for Constellation comes "re-sequenced, re-mixed and re-mastered" for the Canadian label's Musique Fragile series (alongside works by Nick Kuepfer and Les Momies De Palerme). Khora is the solo guise of Toronto's Matthew Ramolo, who single-handedly creates remarkable instrumental soundscapes that combine acoustic and electric instrumentation with field recordings and very organically realised digital processing. The two lengthy bookending tracks are especial… Read more
Lost In A Dark Place is the debut album from Illinois producer Decimal, aka David Spacek. The album features ten tracks, including anthemic former single 'Forgotten Requiem' and another 12" track, 'Melody Attack', but amongst the other cuts you can expect, big, trancey chords from 'Soulchamber', perennially useful Detroit hues from 'Simulation', electro-infused proto-IDM designs on 'A Physical Sense Of Time' and even an epic kosmische-flavoured synth epic, 'The Lesson Of Hope'. Of course, in amongst such highlights there's a healthy supply of thumping, club-primed techno - notably 'Ghost' and Tightly Wound'.
This latest signing to Kompakt is a real breath of fresh air, obscuring divides between dancefloor music and Animal Collective style electronic psychedelia. Jatoma have chosen to shroud themselves in secrecy, although we do know that they're Danish and may or may not be a trio who are already involved with better known projects. Whoever they may be, they're onto a winner with this vibrant and enormously creative debut; while other recent Kompakt acquisitions - Walls, for example - have cross-pollinated club sounds with home-listening, Jatoma take this blurring of boundaries to the next level, sound… Read more
"Thus far, Zach Saginaw’s releases as Shigeto have been fragments, albeit singularly satisfying fragments—EP-length glimpses into the Brooklyn producer’s creative psyche. After releasing two EPs on Ghostly International, Shigeto’s lush, sumptuous take on instrumental hip-hop has fully materialized. 'Full Circle', the artist’s first full-length album, completes the journey begun with Shigeto’s Semi-Circle EP, synthesizing the drummer/producer’s signature themes of family, continuity, and musical boundary-pushing into a vibrant, fully unified artistic statement. The sounds on Full Circle come f… Read more
Following up on their Soundlines and Ghost Lanes collaborations of last year, the fine experimental clarinetist Gareth Davis and one-man music industry Rutger Zudervelt resume duet duties for this mightily impressive full-length follow-up. These tracks came from the same sessions as the Ghost Lanes 3"CD and the forthcoming Grower album, all laid down on the spur of the moment. These sessions marked the duo's first work together in person, and for all the refined production and immaculate poise of the exercise it still manages to feel very spontaneous. As a performer, Zuyd… Read more
D'Marc Cantu and Tadd Mullinix continue on their seemingly never-ending mission to recreate the most rugged and authentic variant of analogue JACK on this new 2-tracker for MOS. You can't fault their efforts either, particularly when those snares kick in and you know you're in the presence of two talented producers smart enough not to mess with the programme. Heavy!
The ever-reliable Ann Aimee camp deliver Brendon Moeller's finest material for some time on this excellent 2-tracker. 'Close Up' stars off with the kind of sinister stabs that first brought Burial to our attention, all rugged intensity and menace. The beat, when it comes, takes to a more teutonic shuffle, making for a slightly discordant but highly effective mix. "Mobility", meanwhile, sticks to a more familiar Dub Techno agenda, albeit produced with Moeller's typical attention to detail and flair.
Fine four-tracker of twitching, glitchy D&B/electronica, the first release on his self-curated Auxiliary imprint. The twisting metallic deflections of 'Reality Check' opens the A-side, before expanding into luscious widescreen synth pads for a proper techy treat. 'Spectrum' follows with a lightfooted halfstep rhythm suspended in a matrix of Eastern-tuned synth washes. On the other side 'Metronomic' is a very crafty rhythm experiment flitting between a broad palette of drum sounds arranged in quicksilver concatenations while 'Autoreceptor' tips out into motive electro territory akin to his peer, dBridge.
This Montreal duo consists of Marie Davidson and Xarah Dion, previously to be found performing as part of Sam Shalabi's Land Of Kush orchestra. Brulez Ce Coeur is the second album from these two, following on from 2007's self-released L'Amour Sincere CD-R, and one of the key tracks here ('Solis') has been lifted from that first outing and re-recorded under studio conditions, using an array of synthesizers, violins and vocals that have an eerie, hauntingly ecclesiastical slant to them - at times recalling Fursaxa (after a bit of a kosmische makeover), Islaja's more otherworldly moments, and even some of Xela's voice-driven compositions.
DFA present a deeply trippy avant-disco treasure from Justine and The Victorian Punks. That fancy title is just one of the psuedonyms adopted by Tunisian-born, French national Collette - a mainstay of New York's downtown scene noted for her work in film, photography, paint and performance. Her outstanding title track was conceived in 1979 with considerable help from legendary producer Peter Gordon and His Love Of life Orchestra, taking sounds from a music box used in one of her installations, and slyly working it into a mid-tempo disco groove topped with he… Read more
Benjamin Boguet and Julien Briffaz (Cosmo Vitelli & Tekel)with the long-awaited Bot'ox full length.
In addition to ploughing his own furrow as an avant-folk solo artist, Nick Kuepfer has spent time playing as part of bands such as Aids Wolf and Hrsta. For this solo collection, Kuepfer compiles unusual sketched vignettes made up from acoustic guitars, layered loop pedal narratives and field recordings gathered from travels through Argentina. Avestruz isn't quite a travelogue, but it does feel like a diary of musical ideas that's been shaped by experience as much as by introspection. Kuepfer acts as a conduit for Latin American street sounds on the lively jig of 'Red Sand Market' - one o… Read more