Monday, 03 March
Wild Beasts enlist some remix brawn from The Field and Factory Floor on the first single from their 'Present Tense' LP for Domino. The Field duppies and draws out 'Wanderlust' to a thrumming eight minute shoegaze techno piece with dreamier vocal processing, and Factory Floor rework the same piece as a clipped 2-step techno thing laced with gurgling acid tweaks and gender-bent vocals.
*Available on digital formats for the first time* The impeccable Blackest Ever Black label presents a much needed vinyl pressing of two tracks from Vatican Shadow's debut cassette release, backed with a mighty Regis remix. For anyone familiar with the original 2010 tape or mp3 release, we should say this record sounds radically different, thanks in no small part to a pedigree mastering to vinyl by Matt Colton at London's Air facilities. The haunting synth washes, grinding bass distortion and chopper blades of 'Cairo Sword Unsheathed', and the subharmonic bass of 'Gunmen With… Read more
The conclusive chapter of Third Ear's Detroit Beatdown sessions. Includes four deeper, soulful Motor City moves ranging from Mike 'Agent X' Clark's jazzy mood 'U Know How I Feel', Rick wade's wriggling ''Cloud Envy', a strippe down jacker from DJ T-1000 called 'The Cognoscenti', and the synth-heavy lushness of Scott Ferguson's 'A Groove'.
Amsterdam techno institution Delsin celebrate their 100th release anniversary in style with 20 tracks by their core roster and close friends - from Claro Intelectro to Convextion, A Made Up Sound and Ross 154 - split over 2 x CDs. It's the culmination of a recent series of 12"s and not far off 20 years in the game, consistently turning out some of the deepest, Detroit-rooted house and techno in history - from the timeless emissions of NWAQ/154 to those early Shed 12"s, mould-breaking Aardvarck output and the best from Redshape. However, with '100DSR' they don't rest on their laurels an… Read more
One of the sweeping shoegaze highlights of Tycho's new, instrument-heavy album for Ghostly International. Get lifted.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "The Men's new LP for Sacred Bones is the tongue-in-cheek-but-still-auspiciously-titled Tomorrow's Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their most high fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward record. Tomorrow's Hits is a concise collection of songs that nonetheless expands the band's ever-evolving musical palette. It's an album full of genre-bending risks, but it reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men… Read more
"French Quarter diva-house decadent Sir Stephen explores fresh palatial terrace party terrain on Sanctuary, a six-song rosary for SILK streetwear subsidiary House Of Silk. Seemingly inspired by that short-lived (and culturally off-limits) stylistic intersection of 90's club music and devotional New Age – think early Enigma, deep house PM Dawn white labels, wind chime samples, etc – the EP glides between moods of self-reflection and celebration, often in the same track. Vocals rise through synth-swells of incense and candlelight, tag-teaming with sub-currents of tribal percussion, trumpet, s… Read more
UNO NYC cut loose a set of smooth-but-jittery, loopy house deviations written entirely at a Starbucks cafe by SFV Acid. We're not quite sure how it worked, but apparently 'The Dwell' was "conceptualized and recorded at a local Starbucks… on analogue gear, seated maniacally at a table", which is a pretty bold and funny, if not very James Ferraro-esque gesture, if you ask us. Nodding to classic templates of Chicago, Detroit and New York House, it's a sort of send up of The Other People Place's 'Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café' reduced with an economical approach more akin to Mark Fell's early SND,… Read more
"Robin Saville has been plying his electronic wares as one half of electronic luminaries Isan for over fifteen years. Earning a reputation for bringing an emotional dimension to music with a reputation for the cerebral, Isan have claimed to be in the business of making easy listening out of difficult sounds. In addition to keeping his end of the Isan bargain, Robin occasionally records music under his own name, exploring more acoustic and bucolic textures (see also 2008's 'Peasgood Nonsuch' on the excellent Static Caravan label). Robin's new solo album, 'Public Flowers', is about c… Read more
Rick's back with three original Detroit beatdown joints backed with cool remixes from Mr Beatnick and Tommy Taylor & Simon Morell. Check for the sophistcated funk and soul cut-up 'The Chateau' and the slinky, filtered swing of 'Jazz Milita' from Rick Wade, and Mr Beatnick's subtly spacious readjustment of 'Sweet Life'.
Luke Slater returns with the powerful, hardware-driven techno of his 'Future Modular' EP. The A-side is a beast, urged on by massively swollen bassline/kicks and laced with brain-eating acid line and bursts of distorted electro energy. B-side offers more Millsian 909 tackle with the morse patterns and intercepted sci-fi synth transmissions of 'Riot In Silo 12", but our favourite has to be the lip-bitingly infectious shuffle of prickly hi-hats, pinging bleeps and spherical, rolling bass in 'Serc'. A master in action.
Stunning Finnish synth-psychedelia from '78-'85 rescued from the tape archives of The Sperm's Pekka Airaksinen. This definitely isn't Harmönia's usual Skweee fayre, yet neatly contextualises their wave of quirkily futurist electro-fonk in line with Pekka's pioneering work experimenting with drum machines and synths, perhaps best heard on his groundbreaking 'One Point Music' LP, which was re-released to great acclaim in 2011 (scarce originals are over £500 2nd hand). His 1984 album 'Buddhas Of Golden Light' is acknowledged by the Harmönia staff as one of their all-time favourite recor… Read more
Paul Blackford reclaims the UK Bass tag with a trio of speedy, Detroit-styled electro weapons for Central Processing Unit. Darkside fiends will be all over the Bane-samples from The Dark Knight Rises dropped over the snappy, sub-heavy electro minimalism of 'The League Of Shadows', whilst the flipside tracks come off like some Rephlexian bootybass hybrid. Solid session.
The excellent 'Reassimilation EP' by Detroit funk technician Keith Tucker was the opening gambit for Glasgow's underground guardians Diametric back in 2009. The all-too-short opener's a total ace, Keith on the talkbox over tense, dark 313 synth pads, which he expands with more sensual, futurist electro-funk on 'Origins' proper. On 'Elements' he locks down to a more rugged, bumpy electro-techno groove with lush symphonic synths delivering the emotional punishment, and 'Anomaly' returns to the vintage electro-funk styles of his Direct Beat and Puzzlebox classics.
Our first sniff of the rather handsome YYAA Recordings comes from solo Swede-in-Berlin Linda Spjut. With 'Into The Flesh' she casts an intricately woven grimoire of doomy drones, wistful ambient folk song, laptop noise and sublime electronics sounding to these ears something like a gothic version of Ghédalia Tazartès' outpouring incantations or the baroque pop of Group Rhoda. But that's just us grabbing for comparisons in the dark - Linda's music is so prone to flit from one style to another we could compare her with a raft of other artists, but she's decidedly unique. Side A sweeps wi… Read more
*LInda Perhacs returns with her first new album in 44 years, featuring Julia Holter and Nite Jewel* "Linda Perhacs’ Parallelograms was created in the heart of hippy country, LA’s Topanga Canyon, by a dental hygienist who was inspired by nature and by the cultural revolution going on around her. When Parallelograms was finished, it sounded like a masterpiece, but the label had pressed it so poorly, sales were non-existent. Obscurity beckoned. But in the internet age obscurity can be discreetly transformed into a kind of niche immortality. By 2003, Parallelograms had be… Read more
"Mute says: ‘Spectre’ follows the band’s widely acclaimed conceptual album ‘Volk’ (2006), where Laibach interpreted national anthems of historically imperialistic nations, and the release of the side projects ‘Laibachkunstderfuge’ (2008) and ‘Iron Sky: The Original Film Soundtrack’ (2012). Laibach have once again ‘re-invented’ themselves into a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, Laibach call into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about themselves, about their music, intentions, philosophy and ideology. Laiba… Read more
**Glassy, synthetically warm house deviations from Detroit's Coyote Clean Up** ""Star light, plane lights, city lights, head lights, spot lights. Ghetto bird soaring through the sky. “KITKKOLA” scribbled on the door of an abandon building on a dead end street. Empty warehouses and the echo of nothing. Empty warehouses and the echo of stock speakers on brand new car. Bass rattling through the trunk. Throw it out the window, throw it in the back seat. Sounds in the cracks of crumbling concrete. The parties next door. Next summer. This summer. Next winter. This winter. Right now. Live in Detr… Read more
"The beautiful unreleased jazz score to the classic Anthony Newley 60s Soho underworld thriller. Recorded in 1963 and never issued the master tape was discovered in the loft of Kenny Graham’s daughter’s home by Jonny Trunk. Don’t ask what he was doing up there, but he found the tape. History: Little is known about this jazz score, apart from the fact that it comes from one of the great early 60s London movies, and was written and performed by one of the more important jazz mavericks of the age. Kenny Graham was a jazz musician like no o… Read more
Super strong space House from 'Dam-dwelling dons Juju & Jordash. Their latest missive for Dekmantel sounds like it couldn't have come from anyone else, and that's a fairly rare thing in their crowded scene. On 'Waldorf Salad' they jam on with spiralling bleeps and crisp, clean synthlines borne from the eponymous synth, locked to plodding but bubbly groove designed to hypnotise in the wee small hours.That's followed by an unusual sorta synth making canny use of (near) vinyl silence, before the flipside, 'Third Planet From Altair' works up a serious head of steam… Read more
**Incredibly detailed, processed field recordings making inaudible, ultrasonic sound perceptible to human ears** ""Out of Range" is an audio work based on ultrasound and echolocation used by bats, dolphins and other creatures who operate beyond the range of human hearing - 'seeing' with sound, or perhaps 'hearing' objects. All sound is invisible; ultrasound is inaudible. Of course, many species have a greater range of hearing than us humans and also more specific and specialised with complex combinations of the different senses… Creatures on both land and under water produce and/or per… Read more
Jamie Paton ov Cage & Aviary fame delivers a 'Bizarre Feeling' of New Order-esque synth-pop for Emotional Especial. We could imagine shoulder-jacking in high-waisted duds at Medusa's to the Italo B-line and coiffed guitars of the original and dub, whilst 'To The Light' drops a gear into sleazy DM styles, and 'Ju Know' takes it even slower for a sorta Jan Hammer gone acid vibe.
Minimal Wave reset the history books again with another pair of proto-techno zingers by their French favourites. As with the outstanding 'La Piscine' 12", MW have rooted In Aeternam Vale's 1990 archive and come up with goodies incomparable to little else from that era. A-side 'Machine A Laver' is a masterclass in darkside slow-mo dancefloor narration, unfolding with stealthy guile over 12 minutes of halfstepped bass roil, arcing blips and glinting steppers' percussion with a poised and powerfully hypnotic appeal. Flipside, we're floored by their prescient dub techno piece… Read more