Monday, 14 April
**Eyrie Eldritch electronics for fans of Cyclobe/Coil et al** "Utilising such diverse elements as sound collage, folk balladry, documentary and noise, coupled with a fierce political intelligence, KEMPER NORTON uses the 4-song structure of his LOWERMOOR EP to investigate the scandal of the Camelford water poisoning of 1988, which occurred on the eve of water privatisation in the UK by the Thatcher government. Themes of isolation, loss and centrality of water and the sea to the British psychology surge through the work. From the uncanny montage of voices and sound in 'SWW Circular' to t… Read more
"The fifth release on disko404 Records is by IZC, an artist who has been active for almost two decades in the local scene of Vienna, Austria. In 2008, he finally started Dubsquare Records together with media artist Boris Kopeinig. For "Zig-Zag", IZC brings together the sounds of dark UK Funky/Grime and Detroit House. A stripped-down hardware setup in combination with a restriction to a basic stereo-track recording technique results in four raw and direct dance tracks with an unmatched live-feeling to them. While the opening tune, "Zig-Zag", starts out as a straight 4/4 beat, its rhythm is soon twist… Read more
One of modern techno's outstanding producers sets the ground for his 'Vaudeville' album with two superb productions. Following the increasingly melodic themes of his recent releases for Token, both cuts are sensitively strung-out and driven by uniquely contoured grooves. 'Lullaby' is a brooding, offset roller with vaulted harmonics and shimmering, mercurial melodies harking back to Autechre's 'LP5' but with a smoother, effortless flow, and 'Petrichor' follows suit with another emotionally involved arrangement of ascendent chords, intricate reverbs and a bustling, slinky groove tha… Read more
Deep, driving, and spaced-out house romance from Italy's Giorgio Luceri for Jamal Moss's Mathematics Recordings. Rippling machine rhythms, lush layered synth harmonies and ornate arrangements add up to a stellar trip inspired by classic Detroit, Chicago and Italian house styles.
Gritty swing-jack joints from one of the UK's dopest yung house producers, backed with two 'floor-scrambling Redshape remixes. Read's 'Shrubby' runs motor city bassline through a thicket of scratchy drums and slicing, Chez Damier/Maurizio chords to rugged effect, which Redshape duly reroutes with patented kick drum thump, haywire electronics and a surging, club-slaying synthline. On 'Zig Zag' Read locks down to a haughty, humping computer jack pattern with wickedly delirious finale, and Redshape takes it to a deeper, stranger, place with progressive builds. Tipped!
'Channel Pressure' is the debut LP from Ford & Lopatin, formerly-known-as Games (Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin & Joel "Tiger City" Ford). Without a shadow of a doubt it's one of the years defining records, a postmodern pop dazzler patching elements of discoid '80s pop and jazz-funk fusion with early '90s R&B in a lucidly fractal digital simulacra that sounds like an updated and oddly screwed version of classic Scritti Politti. Like any "progressive" album worth it's gatefold sleeve, there's a conceptual narrative at its core: "The year is 2082. Joey Rogers is a Teenage Tech… Read more
Bureau B dig deep into their vaults and reach for the good stuff- delivering another essential curio, this time from Germany circa 1981 and Die Partei's largely forgotten "La Freiheit Des Geistes". It's an offbeat slab of proto-industrial edging into electro-pop, the kind of tackle that's an absolute must for those of you into Der Plan. Another essential missive from one of the finest archival labels out there - required listening for those of you in need of further education.
Boston's Keith DeViere Donaldson returns to Jamal Moss' Mathematics label with a kicking, slightly abstract house session. His 2nd EP to date, 'Genetouche' shares his latest dancefloor research in four detailed and finely sculpted techno-house models. His 'HANA' opener is a right banger in the mould of Oliverwho Factory's urgent hard house aces, and 'Postulating shows the noise techno kids how to do freaky but with a funked-up swagger. 'SYMP' is the deepest piece, 8 minutes 08 seconds of submerged yet celestial techno elegance, and 'Genetouche' captures a beautiful balance of frantic drums and serene, centred vibes for the dancefloor mystics.
'Mondo Black Chamber' is an important collection of David Toop's entire works for Sub Rosa between 1996-2003. The inestimable writer (Ocean Of Sound), musician (The Flying Lizards, General Strike, The 49 Americans) and musical thinker should really require little introduction to you lot so we'll crack on. 'Mondo Black Chamber' compiles the releases '37th Floor at Sunset - Music For Mondophrenetic™' (2000) and 'Black Chamber' (2003) with a compilation cut from the 'L'inacheve/Unfinished' set plus two rarities, framing a wide-angled yet focussed perspective on modern avant-garde and … Read more
**Sorely overlooked NDW gem from 1982** "Medical Records presents a reissue of one of Germany’s most interesting records. The German duo Aloa only made one album in 1982 but it is one of the most peculiar and innovative records of the Neue Deutsche Welle movement. Long out of print, somewhat obscure, and very expensive, this record is due for an official reissue. The duo consisting of Al Kanz and Matthias Brendel both grew up in Kassel, Germany. Though both had different tastes of music, they fused influences and injected them into their own unique blend when they purchased Roland 606 and 808 drum mach… Read more
Monday, 07 April
"Second full-length album from Mtendere Mandowa, better known as Los Angeles-based producer Teebs. ‘E s t a r a’ finds Teebs returning to Flying Lotus’ genrebending Brainfeeder imprint, following 2011’s ‘Collections 01’ and 2010’s full-length ‘Ardour’, an effort that came together in the midst of personal turmoil and the death of his father. In contrast, ‘E s t a r a’ encapsulates a time when the producer (and painter) has been making art entirely on his own terms. That freedom has not only strengthened his creative voice, but led to some of the finest work of his career and a remarkable album… Read more
*Ron Morelli returns with an 8-Track / 30 Minute EP of tense, claustrophobic all new material for Hospital Productions, a follow-up to last year’s ‘Spit’ and ‘Backpages’ releases* Ron Morelli returns to Hospital Productions with a deeply claustrophobic set of new tracks, described by Morelli himself as "...the culmination of a mission gone wrong." Far removed from anything you might have heard on L.I.E.S. over the last couple of years, 'Periscope Blues' evokes a sense of isolation and alienation so palpable and affective that it belies the off-the-cuff production style Morelli has spo… Read more
Loops Haunt returns with an excellent album of heady, layered, woozy percussive jamz for Black Acre on his new album 'Exits'. "Toying with Jungle and Hip Hop on Zenith and outright sound design on Ark, the wilderness-bound beat alchemist uses his isolation to explore and create his otherworldly sound palate. Lurking behind immaculate drums are the windswept sounds of the desolate North and mechanized textures plucked from his Father’s workshop. Exits is designed to be listened to as one continuous track, opening with ambient mood and emotion, layering outboard synths and found-sounds on the tit… Read more
*Todd Terje returns with his massively Hyped, summery album of feelgood discoid variants…* "Oslo disco-dance champ, DJ and producer Todd Terje finally releases his debut long-player 'It's Album Time' via his own Olsen Records. Terje presents 12 of his works known and unknown. Ever since Todd dropped 'Eurodans' back in 2005 he's had many a beady disco eye trained in his direction. Here he puts all his experience and nordic sense of fun into twelve tracks of straight up home listening pleasure. It comes packing the huge 'Strandbar' and 'Inspector Norse' tracks, it's got a guest spot fro… Read more
DJ Clent - the low end legend - has been known for his music since the days of Dance Mania, releasing tracks such as 'Bounce' and 'Back Up Off Me' which are juke classics. He also released the grimy call to arms footwork track '3rd Wurle', as well as tracks on both Bangs & Works Compilations. 'Hyper Feet' starts off the EP with a high-speed footwork homage to Mike Dunn's classic 'Magic Feet', replicating the hits and using 303 acid to make a sparse but precision-tooled piece of footwork. Next up, 'Baby Yeah' works a vocal and sax sample into shimmering cut-ups and high-speed rhythmic shapes. … Read more
Laurent G bangs the box for Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. Three cuts roll between the proggy, jagged techno jack of 'M.I.L.F.' to the kicking techno power surge of 'D.S.K.' and a dirty EBM/Jakk-attack called 'H.E.'
Mr Mitch's Gobstopper label releases one of its strongest yet with the new EP from Strict Face. It's another minimized Grime masterclass, 'Fountains' sounding like slowed down Eski meets "Moments in Love' - all emotive strings, lots of space and low-end synths that cut through it all to disorientating effect. 'Highbury Skyline' is more menacing and tough, still retaining that dizzying sonic separation that makes this new wave of Grime productions so compelling and fucking out there. Amazing EP this.
*20 year retrospective from Downwards featuring exclusive tracks from Regis, Anthony Child (Surgeon), Kerridge, Oake, Antonym, Talker, Concrete Fence vs Sleeparchive, Mark Farmer and more* "From one of the most inimitable labels in the electronic underground. Downwards started life in Birmingham as the child of one Karl O'Connor aka Regis, pushing a particular brand of hard-edged Techno and taking it's influences from the great alchemists of the British Isles such as Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and The Normal. In recent years the label has expanded from it's… Read more
Under the Some Truths guise, Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef delivers the best of his vintage 2014 crop so far. Proceeding his glut of much-loved releases for PAN, Punch Drunk, and Public Information, these tracks, recorded in July 2012, are by far the most enigmatic, wayward of the bunch and quite befitting of Mordant Music's eldritch aesthetic. As with the other releases, Cumbers explores the potential of a Bugbrand modular system loaned from Bristolian synth builder Tom Bug, tweaking its sliding sinewaves through a matrix of Electro-Harmonix delay… Read more
Quite easily the most interesting artists on InFiné's books, Downliners Sekt deliver their debut album proper following a string of excellent EP's for Disboot and a run of MP3 albums released some years back on their own dsekt[dot]com label. The label notes reference everything from Autechre to Rhythm & Sound and My Bloody Valentine, and there is indeed a dubbed-out, rhythmically complex aesthetic that runs throughout the album, but DS work best when they step outside of those parameters and forge stylistic hybrids which are much harder to place - such as on the excellent 'Balt Shak… Read more
*Upfront Exclusive* Deft, spaced-out instrumental Grime riddims from Spare on the up-and-coming Coyote Records. Following an appearance on the 'Coyote Kings' compilation, the London-based producer debuts proper with a slippery, kinetic sound taking on mercurial, darker grime garage on '1bit', beside the silvery arpeggios and sensual chord progressions of 'Venom' and a the aggy 8-bit bounce of 'Boss Hog', but best of all is the sweeter feminine pressure of 'Glide' with its dancing melody and rugged breakbeat flow nodding to Zomby.
Chaos In The CBD drop down on Hot Haus Recs In Effekt with 2 house bangers backed with a Legowelt remix. Having released records on Clek Clek Boom to much fanfare the New Zealand brothers have honed a more analogue houz sound for their Hot Haus 12 keeping with Unknown To The Unknown spirit of "offf the wall bangers".. This ones been on heavy rotation with all your favourite JOCKS!
‘Music For Robots’ is a five track mini album composed by Squarepusher and performed by the three robots that comprise the Z-Machines. In 2013, a team of Japanese roboticists were assembled with the challenge of creating a music-performing system that was beyond the capabilities of the most advanced musicians - Z-Machines were the result. The roboticists’ music producer - Kenjiro Matsuo - and his team invited a number of Japanese composers, as well as Squarepusher, to develop music specifically for the project. The opportunity to explore the compositional possibilities … Read more
"‘Enter The Slasher House’ is the debut album from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, comprised of Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian), and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail, Dan Deacon), Avery Tare’s Slasher Flicks unites Avey Tare’s songwriting abilities with Deradoorian’s melody lines and Hyman’s flexible rhythms. The band could be described as a monstrous and nightmarish jazz power trio inspired by campy horror movie themes…"
Various Production are back. A-side, they roll out the nocturnal neon streak of 'Rush' with it's nagging techno chords, floating vocal and swaggering slow/fast swerve primed for city cruises behind blacked-out windows. B-side is a sweeter, downbeat piece of modern urban folkpop - not a f**king banjo in sight - inspired by the Hungarian soundtracks of Panta Zorán and meditating on digital culture to a syrupy glisten of magenta chord vapours and husky soul croon in classic VP style.
"Opening further doors in the sprawling labyrinth of unreleased music by Polish composer Andrzej Korzynski, Finders Keepers Records present the soundtrack to the 1977 Polish film ‘Man Of Marble’ by national filmmaker and long-term collaborator Andrzej Wajda. Presented for the first time ever on vinyl (featuring exclusive unreleased bonus tracks) this synthesiser fuelled soundtrack marks a distinct stylistic manoeuvre towards a unique brand of Polish cosmic disco, celebrating the cinematic debut of Korzynski’s Arp-Life project, widely respected as Poland’s first ‘synthesiser orches… Read more