Monday, 17 November
Proxima returns with three shades of techier, up-to-the-second dubstep, from clipped Coki styles in 'Trapped' to snarling dungeon slither of 'Fate' and crushing Dutch style darkness in 'Fallout'.
The freak pop genius returns sans Haunted Graffiti with the amazing 'Pom Pom', his first "solo" album proper. Aided by collaboration with legendary psych pop producer Kim Fowley, among other as-yet-uncredited contributors, it's a 17-song reminder of Pink's inimitable slant on '70s/'80s pop, applying a magpies eye and vultures beak to the bones of bubblegum garage, glam power pop and sun-kissed indie. We daresay this is Mr. Pink at his very, very charming best, doing ludicrous prog jams such as 'Exile On Frog Street' just as well as jinglistic psych with 'Jell-o' and timeless beachside harmon… Read more
Stephan Olbricht finds a sympathetic home among Turin's Gang Of Ducks with the crunchy, skudged house abstractions of 'Emtee'. Seven songs flay the flesh of house convention leaving behind the residue of kicking, skeletal patterns formed by sodden drums and blunted chords tussling it out under heavy ferric atmospheres. At times there are glimpses of the crafty hi-tech funk of Olbricht's Budapest peer, Gábor Lázár, in the singular twists of 'Wowno' and the obtuse rhythms of 'Emtee' and the off-kilter notes of 'Very Deep', but to be fair it's all probably better compared with a dead cranky Actress who's just realised his dog ate his stash.
Efdemin ropes in a killer E.R.P. remix on the 'Decay Versions Pt.2' selection. Gerard Hansen aka Convextion aka E.R.P. gives one of his signature electro-soul reworks whirring with slinky machine rhythms and cloaked in gorgeous pads beside a classy, pumping Don Williams mix of 'Track 93', whilst Johannes Volk connects with the Millsian spirit of 'Parallaxis', which Traumprinz hears as a beautiful, trancing breakbeat roller with lush new vocal motif.
Massive riddims from Brackles, Fox and Famous Eno, sparking up the new label wing of Manchester best dance, Swing Ting. Brackles is a long-time pal and semi-resident of the club-night/DJ-team run by Samrai, Platt, and Joey B with MC Fox, and makes the perfect opening play with 'Skank', a signature mash of Fox's bashment flavour and up-to-the-second UK Street Rave that sums up everything Swing Ting is about - proper roots and future dance music with an all-inclusive outlook. On the remix, Mixpak's Famous Eno gives 'Skank' a sleeker, technoid finish galvanised with a sorta robotic Afro-futurism and… Read more
Sick Sleng Teng mutation from Steve Spacek aka Beat Spacek on the first taste of his promising new album for Ninja Tune. Produced and vocalled by Spacek, ' I Wanna Know' purportedly harks back to Steve's formative roots in S.E. London circa mid '80s at a time of cross-cultural pollination between suede heads, soul boys, dreadlocks, punks, and new romantics. Hence, it's a dread-heavy, frictional stepper, boiling a whole lotta trouble down to 2mins 37 of potent, paranoid UK dancehall class. Bring on the 'Modern Streets' album, pronto!
Politicised party house bangers from Essex's garage answer to Russell Brand, aka DJ Haus ov UTTU. 'Feel The Change Comin' On' burns up the titular vocal phrase over positivist flute parps and rugged garage skip laced with natty acid lines to make 'em dance like it's '94 and the plod are watching; 'When U Look At' goes a shade deeper with teasing filter treatments applied to a darker, contemporary jackin' sound designed for cuttin' shapes.
The results of Spatial's opti-sonic installation, 'Primitives' reinterpreted by the man himself, Broken20's TVO, Bass Clef, and Sculpture. The light-controlled software at the core of the installation generates unique tones which are subsequently re-shaped into hulking UK techno patterns crawling with strange electronic figures in Spatial's own version; the TVO|SPL mix is more freakish, shot thru with piercing oscillations and slow slamming beats; Bass Clef twists it into a quirky robo-boogie; while Sculpture render a dynamic diorama of radiophonic blips and scrambled rhythms.
Jamal Moss and Noleian Reusse jack up a pair of electric stormers for Biorhythm. Some mad sh*t always happens when these two record together as Africans With Mainframes and these trax are no exception. 'Nubian Rainbows' sublimates electrical current to a vapourous light show of keening harmonic kaos and nagging bass motif tussling with metallic buck beat; 'Tonkolili' comes off like a Green Velvet or DJ Rush rhythm run ragged, proper psychosexuadelic Chicago styles for the headstrong.
*Classic Theo circa 1997, available on download formats for the first time* 'Children Of The Drum' has been poached from Apricot records by the Sound Signature folk and is here given a re-release as a 'Predecessor Mix', whilst on the back Jerry the Cat makes another appearance for the previously unreleased 'I Am These Roots'. As ever, the quality assured Theo stamp is in full and reliably deep effect - with the top side offering up a nice and sparse production that embeds Jerry the Cat's languid vocals to devastating effect and sees Theo presenting the kind of spaciously harmo… Read more
*The record that started it all for Theo Parrish, available on digital formats for the first time* Originally released on Theo's first short-lived label, Elevate Recording's, The Baby Steps EP became a legendary release in the world of Detroit House, as it showcased the delicious talents of our man Theo whose dubbed out and lo-fi tracks have changed the face of House Music as we know it. The opening track, 'Early Byrd' loops up Donald Byrd's horn and a cut vocal, add the crunchy percussion and solid sub bass kick drums and some superbly subtle filtering and the raw early sound of Theo… Read more
**Desiccated post-hardcore punk by members of Bone Awl for BEB** "Privacy is the new album by Raspberry Bulbs. Their second full-length offering for Blackest Ever Black, following 2013’s Deformed Worship, Privacy is a defence of the anti-social, the secretive, and the inward-looking; a call to resist the contemporary obsession with “connection”, exhibitionism and peer approval, and to claw back ownership of the self. It’s only then that the real battles begin. Raspberry Bulbs is the invention of visual artist and musician Marco del Rio, who, under the guise of He Who Crushes Teeth, co-fo… Read more
Supersolid techno reductions marking Stroboscopic Artefacts' fifth anniversary. Speedy J & Lucy's Zeitgeber duo roll out eleven minutes of billowing dub techno bass and chiming, phasing Reichian minimalism; in L.B. Dub Corp mode Luke Slater drops the dry, heaving swing of 'Take It Down Again (In Dub)'.
Wicked session from Rinse's Roska on his his first solo mission of 2014. This is Roska at his most diverse, with five tracks oscillating between colder, technoid jack in the juddering swing of 'Wave' and the killah dread house rufige of 'Light Dem Up' feat. Illaman, to warmer, deeper garage/Funky soul buzz with 'Higher', and the feminine, tribalist pressure of 'Pez Dispenser'.
Gaul in Montreal, Valntin Stip serves an extended solo piano interpretation of the dramatic, titular closing piece to his 'Sigh' album for Nico Jaar's Other People.
"Special and expanded version to acknowledge the artists sixtieth year of his life; thus Chronicle XL. The Original Commission - The partly autobiographical album was first commissioned for a performance in April 2011 at The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. During this period, Vini and Poppy (his girlfriend of 9 years) parted company and it was a heartbroken Vini that went on to complete the production. Despite the breakup, Poppy had agreed to perform on piano that evening for two of the songs that she had written with Vini accompanying on guitar. Over the following three years… Read more
*Debut solo album from Sigur Rós' and Jónsi's touring keyboard player/percussionist Óbó* In his passport it says Ólafur Björn Ólafsson - and although comprised of no more than 7 compositions, it does run the gamut of suburban bliss turned upside down: After the LP's minimalistic opener "Úthverfi", a track that melancholically opens up after a long, immensely dark and brooding intro, that ultimately offers some respite in the form of playful Glockenspiel over layers of slow-moving sonic lava, the equally cinematic "Svartur galdur" leaves much room for Óbó's trademark baritone: Like a bespectacled pu… Read more
**Diverse debut release of purified electronic experiments on Bass Clef's label** "Vi (pronounced 'vee eye') is the audio project of Graeme Hogg, one of the founders of and still the lynchpin of The Cube Mircoplex in Bristol, legendary counter-cultural hub, underground cinema, concert venue and much more. He makes Mutant machine music that channels This Heat’s maverick spirit and Pansonic’s dystopian vision. This is his first release, but follows over a decade of sporadic and seminal love shows, supporting DJ Rupture, Murcof, Max Eastley, The Radiohponic Workshop, Pole, Black Dice. … Read more
Tel Aviv's VesperTown blazes in with a hyper-funked debut for Rinse. The follow-up to a well received cassette earlier in 2014 for Brighton's Donky Pitch, 'King George' and 'Sugar Rush' approximate the effect of a Haribo binge whilst smothered in mallow fluff and listening to Hud Mo in your birthday suit.
Twleve track world tour of modern electronic dance music including tracks from Pinch, Debruit, Batida, DrumTalk, Chico Mann, Fantasma…
One of Detroit techno's most sublime associates, John Beltran corrals 18 mellow, romantic ambient pieces by himself and others. It's very '90s chill-out album for the most (just the name Mick Chillage screams valerian tea), but with some nice contributions coming from Sons of Melancholia in the smudged slug of 'For Val' and Beltran himself with the sweeping, GAS-like strings of 'Music For Machines'.
Latest Bubblers compilation from Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood, including tracks and exclusives from Lil Silva, Photay, Zackey Force Funk, Moonchild, Hakim and many more.
The Finnish analog wunderkind follows up his lovely drops for No Pain In Pop with four signature cuts of minimal, melodic electronica for Uncharted Audio. The A-side is a lovely thing, some ten minutes of slow-paced , druggy chug and radiant, chiming melody perfect for midnight waltzes; on the B-side he ups the tempo on a trio of knotted grooves full of charming stumbles and woozy, off-key synth strokes.