Monday, 22 June
Crucial techno pressure from one to watch on Frozen Border, anchored with a killer Regis remix. In the best tradition, FB introduce us to yet another new name with the taste for darkest strains of industrial techno fresh on their lips. On three tracks he/she/they cast a spellbinding blend of biomechanically efficient rollige streaked with gothic atmospheres, dragging us from CUB-like swagger riddim to burned-out black metal-style atmospheres and brittle-boned tribal percussions to the plunging steppers' techno depth charges and oxidised, buckling noises ov Regis' Concrete Fence-like remix. Recommended!
Berlin resident Mary Velo follows up her 'Minutes In Ice' appearance with a slamming solo debut 12" backed with a slick Silent Servant remix. Mary's three originals are measured with a sort of driving pressure, at once powerful and tilted forward but with an etheric elegance and spectral sort of suspense, at best in the Orphx-like bangers 'Syntax' and 'Manhattan Project'. Better still however, is Silent Servant's remix of the latter, a tunnelling reduction focussed on the nagging hypnotic hooks and sharpening the groove to a jagged EBM burn.
Muscly techno DJ tools for the big room players. Check for the clipped, airborne strut of 'B-PAX' and poised balance of stalking EBM bass and tender pads in 'For Real'.
**Ambient techno and electronica...1080p at their best** "Deep Pacific Northwest vibes on these hardware explorations from Journeymann Trax, the ghosted side project of Vancouver producer Bobby Draino. These tracks chronicle a summer of dank late-night voyages into the lush realms of British Columbian consciousness, full of hazy epiphanies, vibed out percussion, hypnogogic synths, emergent harp flourishes, softly acid-tinged arpeggios and a misty backdrop of forestial atmospherics. 47 minutes of meditative, flotational house and techno abstractions eventually open out into the temper… Read more
Kinky '90s Italo-house rollers and squashed acid jack on yung Dutch House label, Bitter Moon. Innershades hits up a strident, Italo-bassed ace for fans of Legowelt; Snuff Crew go deep and sexy with 'Your Hands'; White Rabbit Recordings' Giovani Damico grinds out a chewy acid number.
"On 2/11/14 Hauschka performed two improvisations loosely based on his last album, 'Abandoned City'. This release documents that performance, seamlessly segueing from recursive, airborne keys to jaunty, padded rhythms and ambient noise. Hauschka says: "“Yufuin is a small picturesque town on the Japanese Island Kyushu. We arrived in the afternoon at the main station after a long train ride. After Yoshiyuki Tanigawa picked us up we drove all the way up into the mountains. At the center of a residential area we found a very modern museum called Artegio. We started to set up our equipment and tools… Read more
Danse Noire present a darker shade of Haf Haf with 'This Sick Beat' following up the Italian producer's 'Notch' [Gang of Ducks, 2014]. Backed with a killer Gatekeeper remix and self-described as "sad music for a sad life", Haf Haf's 2nd EP revolves three wickedly misshapen, amorphous takes on techno, hip hop and lysergic electronica, spooling out from the screwed modes of 'Kuro No Meiro' to the knackered trudge of 'The Wasabi That You Ate' with its excellent use of watery, Youtube-like compression, and the intra-dimensional seepage of 'Blue Dragon'. On the remix, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper pu… Read more
Always defying categorisation, heres the press release for Goodiepal's latest - see if you can make sense of it! "The music of Goodiepal is often described as emanating from playgrounds, fairgrounds and other surreal locales, yet that image is wrong. The significance of his music is found in other places : it is the sound of death, though death in the form of play. Modern anthropology tells us that neolithic inhabitants of Northern Europe were unable to see their own faces. In a time of no mirrors, in a land of moving waters, one could only see what an other looked like.Some accepted t… Read more
Djrum expands and diffuses 'Bliss' with widescreen dancefloor vision. Taken from Gacha's debut album, 'Send Two Sunsets', the original's meandering Balearic serenity is retained but, also kitted with a lissom acid bass and smudged drums, saving the vocal of Natalie Beridze a.k.a. TBA, until the half way point for a gently ascending 2nd half.
Killer Fracture update of DJ Monita a.k.a. The Skeleton Krew's 1992 'ardcore missile, 'Luv Ta Luv Ya' for 2015. Donna Summer gets rinsed out over manic, disciplined 'ardcore jungle breaks, Reese bass and hip hop stabs benefitting from a lick of modern production class. Fiyah.
The prolific US West Coaster from Barn Owl pursues an apocalyptic synth/noise sound in 'Meridian' upon his return to Thrill Jockey. Keening away from the more natural inflections and ambience of his previous projects towards a proper, Terminator II-having-an-existential-crisis sound, Caminiti rarely looks over his shoulder across a forward-facing suite of nine pieces embracing industrial-strength synth tones, physical rhythm and arcing ambient pads. For us, it lands somewhere between the possessed visions of Sir Richard Bishop and W. David Oliphant's 'Beyond All Defects' and the elaborate… Read more
Strictly nasty pounders from repitch boss D. Carbone on Sunil Sharpe's Black Sun Records. No effing about, just getting down to business with gargantuan kicks and prickling melodies doused in salty distortion to taste.
A superb extended track lasting just under 40 minutes is made up from original static pulsations, mobile phone tones, wild tempo changes, chirping synth pops and rasping drones. Excellent music from the Raster-Noton and Coil related artist Ivan Pavlov.
Bicep curls a trio of proggy '90s tribal, acid and breaks formulas. On top, 'Just' nods to early bleep and Sasha-like prog arrangements, and 'Celeste' meets rolling congas with breathy, floating vocals and piano keys. B-side, 'Back 2 U (Tranz Dub)' nods to Plastikman's sweeter acid side and again with the Sasha-lite melodic prog arrangements.
Slickly emotive electromance from J. Alvarez a.k.a. 214 on Frustrated Funk. The title track of 'Lyle at Dawn' works out somewhere between classic Drexciya, Claro Intellecto and Convextion, all whirring electro mechanisms and heart-rending synth arrangements, whereas 'Ektes' is more opiated, Murder Capital styles, and the woozy pastoral tones of 'Time For' could almost pass for a Kettel or BoC production.
Monday, 15 June
*Triple album edition compiling all the material originally released as a set of six cassettes via Hospital Productions in an edition of 100. Audio Mastered by Miles* “Death is Unity With God” finds Dominick Fernow returning to the kind of feral, burned-out productions which for our money find Fernow at his very best and which dominated “Ornamented Walls” released on Modern Love back in 2012. Nodding to classic Muslimgauze but inspired by the parallels between religious fundamentalism at home in the USA and abroad, the oppressive atmospheres and destroyed … Read more