Monday, 13 September 2010
Solid techno groove tools from Truss, sometime partner of Donor, on Perc Trax. 'Osbasten' rolls like it means it, arranging chunky toms and acrid stabs into a bulky dancer's rhythm, while 'Dry Bridge' injects a crafty shake reminiscent of Peter Van Hoesen's more sinuous moments, and 'Creigau' goes one 'step further with off-kilter techno syncopations. On the remix tip Tessela gives a dar droning dubstep version reminding of older Pinch or F tracks, while Donor embellishes the subaquatic techno elements of 'Osbasten'. Fans of Samuli Kemppi, SP-X or Mike Dehnert should check this!
J Da Flex and El-B showcase the current Ghost roster with tracks from well known names including Burial, DJ Narrows, MRK1 and Zed Bias, alongside newer faces such as Orion, Itchy Robot, Hizzle Guy, Dismantle, and Yoof. The Burial track 'Prophecy' is actually his collaboration with El-B which was circulated on the internets some months back, now included in fully mastered form and sounding quite exactly as you'd expect this pairing to come off. Highly influential garage vet DJ Narrows drops some dubstep science on 'Conscience Of A Ghost', and there's no messing with J Da's … Read more
Onmutu Mechaniks is an alter ego of the prolific Arne Weinberg for Echocord. To date it's given us two 12"s of loners techno soul nodding towards Convextion and Drexciya, a vibe he expands and asserts with 'Nocturne'. Much like Sven Weisemann or the Echospace figures, Arne creates sounds worthy of, and ready for, an album. From the dub stasis of 'Catatonic' he guides us on an inward trajectory with the heavy breathing shuffle of 'Aspiring To Aspire' and continues an internal spiral with the soundtracky space of 'Lupos Moon', recalling the bleakness of Demdike Stare's spare grooves. Dow… Read more
Intoxicating disco winners from Matias Aguayo, bumped with a prime Prins Thomas remix! 'Menta Latte' will be instantly recognisable to many as the opening track from the crackishly addictive 'Ay Ay Ay', lending Prins Thomas some excellent source material in the form of synthetic bird trills, tipsy congas and all kinds of vocal onomatopoeia which he rubs into nine minutes of sticky space disco. Meanwhile, Vincente Sanfuentes (aka Original Hamster) and Aguayo himself give a burlier version with sozzled berimba rhythms and the catchy-as-hell radio version is there in case you don't want to feel drunk before 9pm.
Although best known for cult '70s Euro-horror faves like Grapes Of Death, Fascination and Requiem For A Vampire, French director Jean Rollin also dabbled in an altogether racier sub-strand of trash cinema. This excellent Pierre-Raph soundtrack is attached to one such Rollin film (for which he used the pseudonym Michel Gentil). Known more widely as The Schoolgirl Hitchhikers (indeed), this 1973 film features a great folk-pop theme and comes with some additional acid-rocking sequences ('Gilda & Gunshots', cut with plenty of yelping and fight noises from the film), some great … Read more
Fresh out the left coast, Stones Throw drop 'Hood Pass' from 'Toeachizown' including vocals from Comptons Most Wanted's MC Eiht and lead singer of Slave, Steve Arrington, plus a Devonwho edit. The title cut is a bit of an allstar LA affair, with an appearance from Menace 2 Society star Eiht marking their first collaboration in nearly a decade. '4 My Homies' is also enhanced with Steve Arrington's authentic soul glow vocals and then there's the exclusive 'How It Be Between U & Me?', a sensuous late-night slow jam featuring florid synthwork from J.T. Donaldson. Devonwho's edit of … Read more
Legendary collector and DJ turns it out for a second volume of rare, obscure and downright classic disco and funk edits. Each track is guaranteed winner from the front of his crate, opening with Patrice Rushen's sun-drenched 'Music Of The Earth', moving into Milton Hamilton's 'We Have All The Time', via the heavyweight polyrhythmic throb of Black Blood's 'Chicano', and the instantly gratifying 'Let Me Down Easy' by Rare Pleasure, whose keys were famously sampled on David Morales' 'Needin U'. He also offers the lethal '80s funk of Blue Moderne's 'Through… Read more
Smart moves from Ostgut Ton, representing the techier sound of Berghain's Leisure System event with a collab from resident DJ ND Baumecker and Sam Barker of Voltek. The heart of 'Candyflip' beats purest electrotechno for the 'floor, with the arrangement and hi-end editing giving a functional futurist spin which we'd normally associate with progressive 'tronica labels like Warp or Planet Mu. 'The Hole' presently brings us back to throbbing 4/4, albeit swung with twitchy acid misshapes before the pair link with Jimmy Edgar for 'Refugee Hipster', an advanced electro track draped with Edgar's signature melodic sensuality and cavernous, club-ready reverbs.
*Beautiful album of aged recordings, drones and field recordings - a must for followers of William Basinski* Caesarean's lead track, 'Discrete Memorial' is a real rarity within the field of ambient music: it's a piece that instantly takes hold of you, dragging you deeply into its faded, tape-eroded realm. Rather than stringing out drones from analogue synths, soft synths or field recordings, Concern's Gordon Ashworth instead calls upon the services of various acoustic sound sources (clarinet, banjo, guitars, organs and more), all collaged together in an almost tangibly physical recording envir… Read more
Hiphop's most enigmatic recording artist proves his live mic skills over 50 minutes captured in New York, September 2009. A live DVD and inferior bootleg downloads aside, this is a very rare glimpse of the rapper is prime form, and on home turf to boot. On stage he's joined by MC spar Big Benn Klingon and DJ Poncho, but all attention is on the metal faced one, Daniel Dumile Thompson - and yes, it is him, no metal-masked, skinny imposters this time! The first act mainly runs through relatively recent tracks from 'MM...Food' and his Madvillainy collab, while the second act is pure heat f… Read more
Italian electronic duo Giorgia Angiuli and Pierro Fragola deliver their debut album for Bpitch. This first full-length comes after only a very brief period of incubation (the project only began in the winter of 2009) but they've quickly found their feet. The album's early tracks establish a musical idiom that encompasses the bleepy, emotionally charged electro-pop of 'Don't Cross' and the processed, melancholic cello instrumental, 'Cruise Control', complete with skittering staccato beats. As the album continues you get a fuller sense of what We Love are all about: 'Even If' could almost pass f… Read more
The Italian disco quartet face off with Chicken Lips on a four track remix set. On the A-side Chicken Lips give a smooth and simple disco mix and Love Supreme give a canny 'Kraut Diversion' refix with motorik bassline and propulsive percussion. On the flip you'll find Chicken Lips' 'Warehouse Dub' with beefier kicks and cowbells while Love Supreme offer an electro disco 'Reversion'.
Following on from heavy-hitting twelves for the Numbers and Rwina imprints, SRC return with a new 3-tracker for the No Hats No Hood label and three new tracks of fluoro-Grime. Slotting into the same niche carved out by Terror Danjah, SRC nudge Grimey elements into more synth-heavy terrain somewhere between classic electro, G-funk and Skwee, all underpinned by enough urban ruffage to unsettle most bassbins. 'Ryouko' on the a-side deploys a sino melody with a nicely squashed synthfunk vibe, while 'Quarterback Circle' over on the flip squeezes out a more sinister organ-grinding central hook. Switch U… Read more
Gloriously sunny debut album of space age tropicalia from El Guincho! With his series of beaming releases on Young Turks, El Guincho aka Pablo Díaz-Reixa has put a smile on the mug of almost anyone who has encountered his music. Maybe it's because he lives in the sun drenched idyl of Barcelona, or maybe he's just a genuinely nice and talented guy, but it's still hard to make music this ecstatic while staying cool-as-f*ck. His music has distinct precedents in the harmonies of Panda Bear (and Beach Boys obvs), but it's the unmistakable Latin and Afrobeat elements which make his music addictive… Read more
Strong release from DjRum, two tracks of deeply atmospheric and cinematic dubstep gestures. 'Plead With Me' introduces itself with tense film dialogue and noirish strings shackled to an efficient 2-step syncopation and brooding subbass. 'Emerald (The Antidote)' follows on a melancholy 4/4 steppers vibe akin to Scuba, with widescreen cello for emotive impact. Slick stuff, keep an eyes on this one...
Brooding, witch-house styled darkness from Dublin-based producer Hunter-Gatherer, who goths it up brilliantly on the ghoulish drum machine lurch of 'Pere Lachaise' before setting about an atmospheric 4/4 workout in the shape of 'Undergrowth'. One for fans of Salem et al, for sure.
Penny Sparkle is the third Blonde Redhead album to be released by 4AD, following on from Misery Is A Butterfly and 23. The veteran New York trio sound quite fantastic here too, launching straight into recent single 'Here Sometimes', whose appeal seems to heighten with every listen. Immediately the band establish a more iced-over electronic sound - something that accommodates Kazu Mazino's voice beautifully and helps inform a kind of reboot of the classic 4AD dream-pop template on the magical 'My Plants Are Dead'. If a new band had come up with this stuff, the internet would be abl… Read more
The Humble Soul label teams up with London-based promoter Arctic Circle for this new mini album. The purpose of the release is to uncover "unsung heroes and ground breaking artists" from specific parts of the UK, and in the case of this installment, focus rests on Manchester and Bristol. Opening with a spine-tingling, stripped bare rendering of The Smiths' 'Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want', Nancy Elizabeth gets the release underway in beautiful, acoustic, harmonised fashion, setting up fellow North Westerners Homelife to t… Read more
Seven future garage swingers from Sclist, backed with a remix from labelmate, Gyu. 'Cyanide' starts the session with an echo chamber dubtech number, 'Transient' follows with a more fractious rhythm blooming widescreen sci-fi synths. The darting dub chords of 'Fina' meanwhile reminds of Pole, before 'Mirrored' heads on a Pangaea-style deep mission, reworked with a darker flex by Gyu.
The second album from Seeland finds the band (started by Broadcast's Timothy Felton and Plone's Neil McAuley) in fine voice, taking their particular brand of "Retro Futurist" pop to the next level. Although introductory number 'Black Dot, White Spider' sounds fairly familiar for its analogue, motorik aesthetic, Seeland quickly prove to be far more qualified than most to be working within the now highly fashionable krautrock idiom, and besides which, there are far more sides to the band's craft on show here: 'Local Park' is a beautiful piece of antiquated synth-pop - like a pastoral Ghost Box… Read more
The under-represented Russian beat scene gets a good leg-up with this ace comp on the promising Error Broadcast label. The set is curated by Moscow-based online beats and culture zine, Gimme5, who would appear to have top taste just from a glance at their site (shame we can't read it though!). While the majority of these tracks reference the better known Beat Dimensions and Low End Theory sounds outta Europe and LA respectively, Russia's definitely got it's own style, often articulated with a predilection for melancholy blue electronics, as with the cinematic downbeat vibes of … Read more
Jose Gonzalez returns with his two fellow Gothenburg-based pals Elias Araya (drums) and Tobias Winterkorn (organ, synthesizer) for a fine full-length offering. Junip has been something of a stop-start affair for this trio, with other projects getting in the way of a solid stretch of releases and touring - as you'd imagine, Gonzalez has been quite busy over the past couple of years - but for now the musicians have elected to channel all their creative energies into Junip. The threesome enjoy an unusual sound that doesn't really throw up too many external reference points, something that's partly to… Read more
Drew Lustman's kaleidoscopic prism of styles locks onto juicy boogie house and IDM rare groove for his latest Planet Mu release as Falty DL. 'Endeavour' opens with a deep blush of hovering NY House chords and extremely tidy mid-tempo rhythms, keeping the funk deep in the pocket for all able hips and asses. 'Filthy Divinity' follows with heavier Funk agenda, working it like a prime Luke Vibert joint with super crisp drums and dreamy synth trickles with very subtle IDM production traits. It's when he keeps the edits laidback and unfussy that Falty DL's magic works best, and this is a great example. Future classic vibes.
Gargantuan 34-track compilation skirting nu-disco, pop, house and 80s funk, including two DJ mixes from compilers, Mighty Mouse. They've squared off some very tasty cuts here, from Jinder's 'Youth Blood' to Mujava's 'Township Funk' and tech-house from SIS, via disco-cumbia from Charanga 76, all included in original, unmixed form. The two mixes are separated largely by tempo restraints, basically slow, and mid-tempo. Nu-disco beardy types, your time!
With releases from XXXY, Hyetal, and Shortstuff to their credit, Formant Recordings drop a three-track EP featuring Phaeleh, HxdB and Psychonaught. Winding up bobbling Marimba and clipped 2-step drums with a droning Reese style bass, Phaeleh starts the session on 'Cheki', while HxdB offers a techier, R'n'B spiked snaker 'Invisible Touch' and Psychonaught sends for the rave with a melancholy Synkro-esque stepper. Heavy.
Second of two sampler 12"s lifting crucial cuts from Danny Krivit's 'Music Of The Earth' edits compilation for Strut. It's hard to pick a favourite between these two, so we'll say they're both killer! On the front he rejigs tough funk of The Soul Searchers cut 'We The People', while the on the flip it's an electrifying edit of Black Blood's 'Chicano', a scorching hard Latin groover from 1975.
First of two samplers lifting crucial cuts from Danny Krivit's 'Music Of The Earth' edits compilation for Strut. He lays down a phat edit of Chairman Of The Board's psychdelic soul burner 'Life & Death' on the A-side, thick with slow, heavy drum and fuzzed up guitars. On the flip he drops a chop of Midnight Mover's infectious disco stomper 'Follow The Wind'.