Monday, 02 December
Surreal, complex and hyper-edited collages of field recordings, drones and electronics by Gonçalo F Cardoso aka Gonzo for Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong's Discrepant label. Gonçalo weaves edited field recordings made by Jeanneau with raw and digitally treated analogue modulations by Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk) and drums by David Naan into fractally morphing, impossible and otherworldly scenes segueing between up-close recordings of flies, dissonant Chinese chorales, layered location recordings and dramatic drone panoramas. RIYL Rashad Becker, Russell Haswell's field recordings, Sublime Frequencies, Francisco Lopez.
Endearingly ruffcut UK soul bumpers from new, Peckham-based player, Reginald Omas Mamode IV. His debut EP, the follow-up to an inclusion on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers 10 compilation, is a product of his background steeped in his parents record collections of Northern Soul and Native Music and a love of rugged classics by Slum Village and the legendary Rawkus Records. On six tracks of hard-workin' drums, deft bass and nuff soul vibes he comes off like a quirky Prince variant, safely avoiding the cloying slickness of, say, Jamie Lidell, in favour of an effortless, original cool.
First single from Xiu Xiu's upcoming 'Angle Guts: Red Classroom' is a dystopian mini-epic featuring almost cabaret-styled Klaus Nomi vocal from Jamie Stewart over blistering Col cave-styled drum machine and gripping, slightly demented synth noise.
Andrea Parker's Touchin' Bass crew remerge for a proper electro showcase. The timing feels appropriate as everyone from the Swamp81 crew to James T Cotton are appropriating vintage electro tropes, perhaps in defiance of the term's bastardisation, or probably because they work so damn well on the 'floor. Either way, Andrea Parker's electro credentials are certifiable and she's picked a fine selection spanning veteran button-pushers and new skool electroids. For fans of that vintage '90s/early '00s sound there's plenty to check, from the Drexciyan darkness of Sonar Base's 'Last T… Read more
The spawn of a mind-melt between Tom Middleton and Joe Muggs in 2010, Sounds Of The Cosmos debuts with five diverse tracks from the nu bass/electronica quadrants. 'Something Wrong With Daisy' is a three-way astral chug-off between South London's Silkie and Atlanta's Mite & Distal, crowbarring a liberal chunk of Basement Jaxx into an extended tribal acid dub at 33-not-45, whilst Jabru leans on a bashier digital dread vibe with the Hyperdub styles of 'Glass Floor (Dub)' and VVV beams way out on the ambient vectors of 'Arrival'. Next up is Sapience, who swings with crisp, punchy … Read more
Rekids sift out five remixes by German producers and producers based in Berlin. Includes Marcel Dettmann's early remix of Mr. G piece, 'U Askin?' and the rugged Ben Klock timepiece mix of Jamie Anderson and Deepgroove's 'The Clock', plus a minimal, pumping Ryan Elliott remix of Nikola Gala, and Roman Flügel's trance-wsie remix of Radioslave's 'My Bleep'.
A lower-than-low priced compilation highlighting some of Matador’s most exciting 2013 moments, including (but not limited to) previously unreleased version of songs from Queens of the Stone Age, Yo La Tengo and Savages.
Barcelona's Hivern Discs team up with Young Turks to give The xx a dope disco makeover. Marc Piñol turns 'Fiction' into a chugging balearic disco fact with canny Larry Heard-style bassline and Mistakes Are OK give 'Reunion' a much happier outcome with unravelling triplet groove, choral pads and a triumphant finale. Round hears 'Missing' as a piece of piano-house-pop in the vein of Everything But The Girl's moody '90s pop classics, and New Jackson turns 'Swept Away' into a grown-up late night shuffler.
Tight Brum-style bangers from Berlin's Sleeparchive. Taking cues from classic Downwards and German EBM the 2nd part of Tresor's 'A Man Dies In The Street (Pt.2)' sessions ranges from jagged, synthline driven romps to tense, metallic pounders and sub-heavy bleeping minimalism, all built with the kind of infectiously prodding efficiency you'd hope from this fella.
"It is important to remember that sound is ultimately a physical medium. Vibrations, emitted through the airwaves collide with surfaces, reflecting and inflecting in a blissfully chaotic interplay before finding their way to our ear drums. It’s here, in this space of reflection, that Simon James Phillips has created Chair. It’s an album of clustered piano works, where notes compound and flutter in a spiraling flow of attack and decay. Using the natural sustain of both his chosen instrument and the recording environment - the Grunewald Church in Berlin - Phillips’ playing draws out the … Read more
*Ships Friday* **Marbled sky blue wax in debossed, reverse card jacket ** James Fox explores swinging, dubbed-out garage-techno grooves on his 2nd EP as Severn Beach, backed with smart Rick Grant and Leon Vynehall assistance. On 'We Continue' he synchs crisp hi-hats, rimshots and wiggly bass with debonaire synth pads for the high rollers, before linking with Rick Grant on the rolling square bass and shifty drums of 'Slow Clap' and handing 'We Continue' to Leon Vynehall for a more in-depth Basement Dub.
Rod returns for a 2nd session of lithe, hypnotic techno tools on Ben Klock's label. 'Anindica' meditates on modulating acid sequences and rattling old-skool 909 rhythms intent for strobe-lit peaktime action. 'Hux' is slinkier, sensual, riding dubbed-out, building chords and deft, swinging hi-hats with nods to classic M-Series and reminding of Shed's EQ'd tools.
Project Mooncircle cut off the audio half of Robot Koch's recent A/V collaboration with Lukas Feigelfeld, 'Unpaved'. The music is richly visual, ranging from the pastoral scapes of 'Unpaved' featuring Alek Fin to the undulating bass structures, piquant melodies and diffuse sound design of 'Sugar Owl' and the slow, cinematic drama of solo piano and sweeping electronics in 'Calle Tierra'.
Colourful Finnish psychedelia painted with weird synths, drum machines, psychobilly guitars and psilocybic folk melodies.
'Wunderland' is a dizzying example of 1983-84 digital synth exploration conducted by Ata Tak co-founder, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator. As you may imagine froman album adorned in surrealist caricatures of mutant, hybrid animals frolicking and playing instruments, the music in 'Wunderland' is more than a touch eccentric. It was created by NDW pioneer Dahlke after moving to New York from Wuppertal in North Western Germany, looking for inspiration amidst the madness of a megatropolis fully adopting the plugged-in sounds of electro after early hip hop. But 'Wunderland' is light years away from elect… Read more
Ms Kraviz follows her classy debut album with this collection of unreleased and early material. 'Mr. Jones' includes the eponymous B-side from her early Rekids single shimmied up against the tantric 12 minute session of 'Desire', a twinkling Afro-beat infused groover, 'Black White' and the seductively low-lit sweetness of 'So Wrong' and the mesmerising 'Sheer' plus the subtly building techno-house arrangement of 'Remember' with Luke Hess.
"‘Live from KCRW' is a live radio session recorded in Los Angeles in April 2013 & is the fourth official live album in the band's history. It features a stripped-down line-up performing classic Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds material alongside four songs from their recent global hit album ‘Push the Sky Away’. The tracks “Into My Arms” and “God Is In The House” are exclusive to the LP version*. ‘Live from KCRW’ album line-up: Nick Cave: Piano, vocals Warren Ellis: Tenor guitar, violin, piano, loops, backing vocals Martyn Casey: Bass Jim Sclavunos: Percussion, drums, back… Read more
"This pair of Minneapolis-by-way-of-Chicago tracks masterfully capture Master Plan Inc.’s silky vocal moves and break-heavy, horn-laden funk riffs. Led out of the early ’70s by vocalist Doug Shorts—alongside guitarist Joe Stevenson, drummer Dean Knox, and bassist Eddie Manning—Master Plan Inc.’s brief 1975 furlough in Minneapolis came at an opportune moment, as rising studio wiz David “Z” Rivkin scoured his Twin City environs for black talent. A year shy of his contract-fetching demo for local prodigy Prince Rogers Nelson, Rivkin mapped out the Sound 80 fac… Read more
Melodic, London-style tech-house backed with remixes by U and Quarion. Love & Mercy's debut EP strides between the sweet but gritty swing of 'Rainfall' and the tumbling breakbeats and bass workout 'Polytomy' to U's grubbing, basslin-heavy rework of 'Polytomy' and a light-footed, trance-infected Quarion remix of 'Rainfall'.
"Sixteen tracks of thunderous mixing by the Upsetter at his best. Eleven of the tracks come from one master tape that has been laying on a shelf for 30 odd years. The other 5 tracks are made up of dub plates and alternate takes of previously released tracks. We know what your thinking, another Lee Perry album on Pressure Sounds. This one in our opinion is excellent and is good as any of the previous Lee Perry albums on pressure Sounds."
XDB, Steven Tang, and Carsten Jost & DJ Richard rework the poised deep house of Lawrence's 'Films & Windows' album. 'Angels at Night' is reframed in contrasting perspectives; XDB reworks it with gritty shuffle and lovely mystic house vibes building to a stepping finale, and Steven Tang tempers it to a ghostly, driving sound somewhere between Jamal Moss and Convextion. Lawrence's Dial Records co-founder, Carsten Jost and White Material's DJ Richard give 'Marlen' a rolling, sub-aquatic techno-house revision.
7th volume of the celebrated series collecting searing guitar music from Western Sahara. Make sure to check out the wild swagger of 'Adounia' and 'Taghlamt'.
Leeds-based producer follows his 10" for Lone's Magic Wires label with a powerful 3-track single for Berlin's Leisure System. 'Kronos' brings a Neil Landstrumm-style ragga-techno rave vibe, whereas the swinging flex of 'Mesonoxian' dices with moody mix of techno and sprung Yorkshire bassline sounds and 'LS6' pounds out a prime Berghain techno tattoo.
Classy, timeless deep house done Berlin-style by Ji-Hun Kim and Julian Braun for the quietly consistent Just Another Beat label. 'Somewhere Else It's Going To Be Good' is a lovely debut album, mingling new versions of tracks from their two 12"s with a brace of brand new recordings tracing similar connections between brake pedalling deep house and electronica/ambient home listening. The pace rarely trouble the 120bpm barrier, tending more to the Balearic tempos with warm, padded machine grooves and dusty but lucid melodies recalling early AFX and Global Communications.
*Extended Digital Edition* Mad techno / dubstep / jungle / electronica mutations from one of the current scene's brightest and most prolific. Killwatt's 'Bring Down The Walls' does just that, darting across a dancefloor no-mans-land into 4/4 techno, moody electronica and noisy bass experiments. It's a sound he's been hinting at on recent collaborations with Kryptic Minds and a remix of Paul Mac, but never explored quite so thoroughly as this. Up top he reels between sub-heavy slammer, 'Highway Hypnosis' to the industrial abstraction of 'Backed Into A F**ked Up Recess' via noise an… Read more