Monday, 11 May
*Kid606 shows his softer side with an ambient suite informed by Eno* “After what would be my last Post-Berghain 9:00 A.M. psychotic break with reality, I knew I needed a change but decided that checking myself into a Berlin psych ward when I still only speak English was probably not the best idea. I realized this kind of thing never happened to me back in California and I should probably just get my shit together and move to Los Angeles immediately. “Reading about how Brian Eno was inspired to create the first ambient album Discreet Music while healing … Read more
One of the UK's most nattered-about techno bods crashes in on Berlin's Leisure System. Following a volley of shots on Power Vacuum, Turbo and Hype_LTD, his latest salvo deals in fierce bruk techno mechanics carving up no-man's-land between the rabid funk of 'Oleum' and Randomer-style warp and heft of 'Mormon Shuffle' thru to the more rolling techno discipline of 'Standard Issue' and a welting wickedness in the aggy breakbeat funk reductions of 'FS3+4'.
Body-clattering techno from Guy Andrews, following his 2011 single for Untold's Hemlock with two bludgeoning cuts for his Pennyroyal offshoot. A-side doses bouncing bass drums and a banking wall of noise building to a breathless climax, cooling off before rolling out sweeter, burning off the lactic acid. B-side is more roguish, spitting a barrage of claps on top of tussling kicks and vicious modular squall.
Finnish producer Gremino becomes the first non-Yank to drop on Kingdom's impeccable Fade To Mind imprint. After crafty sessions on Rag 'n Bone and Car Crash Set, he comes with a hyperjackin' HD sound, rolling to sweetened cyber-junglist vibes on 'Lush', while 'Let's Jack' ramps a rapid, nervy sci-fi sound for the wallbangers. 'Faerietales' is the weirdest and most colourful of the lot, spooling chromed synthlines over Grimy swerves kinda like Starkey on a large dose of amphetamine.
Heady tribal house patter from Antinote's MVP. The results of his 'Pure Ground Research' sound like the barefoot travels of a free spirit circa 1990 in Goa, wandering from the sub-tropical panpipe visions and rolling trance-house of 'Tone Loc' to the lathered digital suncream of 'Minus Jam' and chiming tones of 'Box of Exotica' seducing us to a humid proto-trance sound strafed by a multitude of worldly voices, to settle at the balmy bob of 'Green Resident' and its melting harmonics. For those who long for simpler times and warmer climes…
'Twelve O'Clock Shadow' works as a fine taster for fLako's lush 'Natureboy' album and also a vehicle for two exclusive new pieces. In the title cut, a pivotal track from the album sequence, L.A.'s Miguel Atwood Ferguson arranges gorgeous strings moving between Mica Levi-esque discord to Alice Coltrane-like blooms around fLako's pointillist guitar and breezy shuffle, and 'The Shape Of Things To Come' nods sagely in the direction of Ornette with a harmolodic matrix of strafing syn-flutes, vocal chorales and staggered footwork/hip hop drums. Flipsiude brings the newnuss with slowfast me… Read more
Matthew Mondanile is back with a summery lick from his upcoming new album, 'St. Catherine'.
DMX Krew riffs on classic acid mutations with '5 Ways 2 Jack' for Jerome Hill's Super Rhythm Trax. It's a party from the crust to the run-out, checking off big-box-little-box styles with 'Vicious Bleebz' and proper Yorkshire bleep rufige with 'Bleepology'. Harder heads will be all over the cascading 303s and warehouse bang ov 'Up 'n Down', and we can't wait to catch the Lil Louis-gone-Bashment pressure of 'Ragga Clash' in a club soon.
**Sampledelic classic based on the notorious British TV series, The Prisoner. Reissued for 2015 by the good folk at Room 40** "Recorded at Baby Monster Studios, New York City, Summer 1993. Published early 1994. David Shea was born in 1965. Pupil of Morton Feldman, he has been active in the New York downtown new music scene from a very young age. He has been involved in many projects of John Zorn and has performed with him in many places in Europe and USA. He has also worked in close collaboration with Marc Ribot, Jim Pugliese, Anthony Coleman, etc. From 1986 to 1990, he worked as a club dj p… Read more
Christina Nemec (Comfortzone) presents an unheimlich vision of future ambient music with 'Empty Airport', further to her aktions with Peter Rehberg and Christian Schachinger in Shampoo Boy. Also including additional mixing from Christian Fennesz in the gauzily layered introduction, 'Abandoned House', the album unfolds a finely-parsed mixture of field recordings and electronics laced with inorganic techno drums and stalked by slow moving black masses of bass. If Eno's 'Music For Airports' is a dreamy experience, this is its nightmare analog; recreating, for us at least, that sensation of being… Read more
The Italian producer kicks off his 2015 with the first of two techno tool packs. Styles range from sub-aquatic rolige in 'Oberdan Mall' to bleeping minimalism in 'Steps' and the slippery acid of 'Congas Tool', but if you're only gonna check one then the bittersweet arpeggios and skeletal swing of 'Self Research Afternoon' is a must.
The master percussionist and his vocal spar present new cuts and versions further to their 'Cease To Matter' (2014) album. 'Clock' is cut for the 'floor with tilted 5/4 rhythms explored in two mixes; an original keeps it cool and mysterious whereas the version layers up angular strings and darting bass plucks with a future 4th world flex. Diodd-Ellis comes into his own on two shorter sound poems, sounding kinda like the Spaceape (R.I.P.) on 'Inward Sun Reprise', and as some enigmatic spirit guide in the echo chamber swell of 'Lovestruck Battlefield'.
"Bobby Browser’s human counterpart, Andre Ferreira, decamped to Brooklyn last year after nearly a decade in San Francisco but his Pacific moods and Portuguese slang remain undiminished. Clubspinning is his latest EP, culled from a series of 2013 sessions based around a Yamaha SU700 Sampling Unit, the tracks “selected to represent the most unique and memorable performances during that time.” Mission accomplished: “Clubspinning” and “No Attachments” are rich glitterball glides, soft-lensed and silk-spun; “Manchester” a baffling bass-prowler dubbed with synthetic flute and Factory sample… Read more
BNJMN mints his Brack label with a useful taste of his unique take on techno. Up top, he percolates nagging, nervy voices and panicky stabs before a serotonin flood of lush drone pads balances the vibe in 'Penumbra', while 'Keel' plays the gruff, direct techno card with somewhere between Terrence Dixon and Breaker 1 2. Down below, he gives the whole side to a creepin' house joint pecked with cold bleeps and fostering infectious EBM/acid synth licks on a rude groove.
Thee definitive library disco rescue reissued in its entirety! 40 years since it was penned by Bernard Fevre in a Paris suburb, 'Disco Club' has taken on a life of its own, reeled in from obscurity by AFX's Rephlex in 2004 to become a staple of disco fraggles and freakier 'floors from Ouagadougou to Shenzhen. So, additional to the tracks you probably know and own on the Rephlex version, we now discover the psychedelic wormhole of '"H" Friend' and the keening Hi-NRG rush of 'We Never Fly Away Again' for your delectation, augmenting the unforgettable brilliance of 'Timing Forget … Read more
Louche, tribal-tinged house from San Fran's Avalon Emerson, bolstered with a fiery Afro psych-funk remix by HNNY.
Stu Robinson a.k.a. ASOK is the 2nd scouser after John Heckle to share his machine soul with M>O>S. Following on from 2014's 'Poltergeist' 12", he nails a warm, rounded analogue house sound deeply informed by the holy Chi / 313 / NYC axis. Check for the sub-aquatic dive of 'Final Battle' for the lushest treats.
Monday, 04 May
*Download edition includes mixed and unmixed versions* Actress presents a sweeping, poetic summation of his tastes for DJ-Kicks. His first commercially available mix-tape draws a jagged freehand from the raw house of Breaker 1 2 (Greg Beato) thru to Gherkin Jerks (Larry Heard) via his own, exclusive 'Bird Matrix', and stacks of esoteric connections between Autechre, Beneath, UR, $hit & $hine and Mark Fell, to name but a few. A tour de force of the last 25 years of electronic dance music, it lays bare the far flung coordinates of Actress' deeply skewed sound, whether jamming the coarse textures … Read more
Clone continue their Drexciya reissue series with a trio of alternate mixes and unreleased cuts. The topside is given to an prime Aqualung version of 'Black Sea' from 'The Journey Home' 12"; down below you'll find the stinging electro of 'Unknown Journey XI' and a very handy Aqualung Version of 'Wavejumper' without the infamous skip. The best.
Kieran Hebden collects his Percussions output circa '2011 Until 2014'. Featuring six tracks from his trio of 12"s, plus five new and formerly unreleased tunes, it finds Hebden heads down for the 'floor with the most tracky gear in his ever-expanding arsenal. You'll find filtered garage techno mutants such as 'Blatant Water Cannon' bouncing next to orgiastic cluster of vocal stabs in deep swinger, 'Sext' along with the bumpty ride of 'KHLHI', the trancey luft of 'Ascii Bot' and more experimental arrangements in the feathered sound design of 'Bird Songs'. The new cuts offer highlights … Read more
**Hardcore, FWD dance music from two leading sound artists. Mastered by Matt Colton** Mark Fell and Gábor Lázár ratchet the game with their razor-sharp debut collaboration, 'The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making'. As promised in the wake of Gábor's acclaimed vinyl debut, 'EP16', the duo have colluded on a full set of ten tracks, ranging from short synapse bursts thru to an uncannily emotive 12 minute masterpiece on the closing side. As the 10th release on The Death of Rave, it demonstrates the distance travelled since the early '90s paradigm sh… Read more
LA beat dude Jason Chung breaches new dimensions in his 3rd album as Nosaj Thing. Alongside Shlohmo, FlyLo and the whole Low End Theory lot, he's been partly responsible for switching up the instrumental hip hop game in recent years, and look set to leave others for dust with the filigree touch of 'Fated' for Innovative Leisure. Throwing his collabo net far and wide, he brings everyone from avant-garde sound designer Katie Gately to Chance the Rapper and Maceo Haymes on board for a woozily surreal beat suite efficiently running 15 tunes in just over 33 minutes. In the best way it feels twice a… Read more
Four Tet and Machinedrum on the buttons for Roots Manuva's 2015 comeback. The godfather of UK hip hop keeps pace with a loping quickstep in Kieren Hebden's rude techno-bop grind in 'Facety 2:11' - instrumental included - and again on a slow/fast hiphop dip somewhere between DJ Premier and double-tapped UK jungle 808s in 'Like a Drum' - instrumental also included.
Man like Wen on a darq wan for Tectonic, now deep in its 10th year of operations. Remember that sensi fantasy you had back in 2007 that grime would cross-breed with techno and dubstep? That's the A-side 'Backdraft'; a crushing reduction of darkside sub pressure and shanking stabs with a 127bpm heartbeat. B-side, 'Finesse' follows that line with dread rollers purpose and 'Ghost' finds him stretching out on a deadly unique 160bpm flex, somewhere between halfstep D&B minimalism and Twwth's icy electro. Forward ya dancer >>>
The master meets his acolytes as the AOR/yacht-disco cap'n Todd Rundgren teams with Norsk disco king Lindstrøm and Sereena Maneesh's Emil Nikolaisen. The results will likely be a shock to many, and exceed the expectations of many others, presenting a swirling session of lush prog-disco closer in vision to OPN than any of the modern nu-disco travellers. It sounds like they had a top time recording it, stacking synth upon synth and parsing it all with unparalleled experience. We'd say it's roughly split 50/50 between glorious synth-capades and dancefloor-oriented gear, sweeping us… Read more
**Lossless format for this release contains 24 bit audio** "The Epic is a 172-minute, three-volume set that includes a 32-piece orchestra, a 20-person choir, and 17 songs overlaid with a compositional score written by Washington. Pulsing underneath is an otherworldly ten-piece band, each member of which is individually regarded as among the best young musicians on the planet – including bassist Thundercat and his brother, drummer Ronald Bruner Jr., bassist (yes, there are two) Miles Mosley, drummer Tony Austin (of course there are two), keyboard player Brandon Coleman, pianist Camero… Read more
Superb pair of muggy bleep techno and post-punk disco-drone jams from the consistently brilliant and innovative French producer. With 'Cryptoporticus' he does slow bleep techno with effortless finesse, screwing the essence of Ability II's 'Pressure' (1991) classic to a 105bpm swagger augmented with dreamy drops outs and backed with a very tasty 'Bleepappella' mix. 'Hovercraft' is amarkedly different beast, landing somewhere between Steve Moore's cosmic disco and the wavey motorik shoegaze of Not Waving, but with a twist of Gallic elegance.