Monday, 07 April
"Lufth´s "Distanz und Nähe" on Marsen Jules' Oktaf Records accompanies the return of German experimental-dubtech and electronica producer Joerg Schuster. With his unique trademark sound and former releases on Source Records, Thinner and Archipel as Digitalverein and Sensual Physics – Schuster already established a loyal and enthusiastic fan crowd all around the world. His debut album as Lufth now introduces us to his most personal and experimental release so far. A 55 minute long collection of nine tracks that have been created over the past decade. As already done in other releases Schust… Read more
'The Enlightenment Machine' is a welcome return from one of European House music and electronica's true originals. As with his whole catalogue since 1994, Khan finds an ambiguous sweetspot between soulful synth-pop, house, German cabaret and electronica with a uniquely refined production touch and elegant vocals. Released on the recently minted AlbumLabel division of Random Noize Musick (Apparat, Oval, Phon.O), it's a concerted effort to play within and around the LP format, structured with a novel-like song cycle wending thru a spectrum of both blurred and clear-cut emotions intri… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** Third label compendium from 7even featuring F, Joaan, Likhan and Ena.
RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Eluvium, Sigur Rós, Stars Of The Lid, Brian Eno. "Inventions is the new band formed by longtime friends, tourmates, and labelmates Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. There are plenty of talking points here: The fact that Cooper hasn’t been in a “band” of any sort since he was a teenager; no member of Explosions In The Sky has released an album outside of the context of EITS since their inception in the late 90s; and, of course, this is a dream duo for anyone familiar with the unparalleled emotional resonance of Cooper and Smit… Read more
Gantz just gets better with each new release. His latest for Innamind features the deadly unique dubstep swagger of 'Baby Face' and a darting remix of Lurka's 'Refresher' tweaked out with some of the canniest steppers' syncopations you'll hear all year. TIPPED!!!
Fuzzy, rooted dub techno from Fluxion featuring guest vocal from New York's Teddy Selassie on 'Everyday', backed with the wide-stepping, atmospheric skank of 'Expansion'.
*A beautiful suite of minimal percussive compoisitions from Eric Thielemans, new on Miasmah* "Adventurous Belgian percussionist Eric Thielemans makes a fairly unusual entry into the Miasmah catalogue with the surprisingly positive sounding album Sprang. Thielemans has actually appeared on the label earlier - as guest percussionist on Kreng´s debut album L´Autopsie Phenomenal De Dieu. Although you can recognize the sound on this record, the main focus of Sprang is to revert to the pure joy of sound experimentation and letting go of your foothold. Thielemans's previous exercises in expanding… Read more
Ekman, aka Roel Dijcks, has been gaining some deserved attention with his terse brand of Electro. With releases on the likes of Panzerkreuz, Solar One Music and Berceuse Heroique, Dijcks has rattled souls with his bare mechanics and cold-hearted sounds. Arctic blasts descend from the outset with his latest for Shipwrec. Frosted coils ensnaring clipped beats, roaming bass lines kept in check by tight drum patterns. Emotion is masked, feelings enveloped and embedded beneath those arrangements of aluminium and steel. Distress is never far from Ekman's work. The flipside jangles with fear and retributi… Read more
"2013 saw the Croydon man skilfully hopping from headphone to dance styles, often within a track, his signature blend of cinematic soundscapes and crisp, intricate percussion covering hip-hop, house, and ambient. What’s more, his noteworthy contributions to the burgeoning UK footwork scene means the young producer can now count Mark Pritchard, DJ Shadow and Rockwell among his biggest fans, and boy does this boy have fans, check this Bandcamp review of his Project Mooncircle EP Voight Kampff: Emeralds opens with bubbling synths, building into epic space-station jungle juke with haunting toplin… Read more
"The third album from Canadian composer Christopher Bissonnette sees him expanding his palette by narrowing his sound sources to a self built analog synthesizer. Eschewing the whiplash and/or everything including the kitchen sink style of assembly so common among current analog aﬁcionados, Bissonnette instead applies his signature compositional style of using long held tones and sweeping drones that alternate between, and fuse, pure tonal transcendence and patient, sparkling melodies that slowly reveal themselves. “Essays in Idleness was born from a desire for a more ta… Read more
"Charles-Eric Charrier is a French bassist and pianist mining the remote seams of music between post-classical, jazz, acoustic blues and ambient. Hidden or distant those seams may be, but all the richer for those who take the time to seek them out. Echoes of innovative artists like Earth, Anouar Brahem, Bohren und der Club of Gore, Chet Baker or even Malian musicians such as Ali Farka Toure and Tinariwen sometimes appear on the horizon, only to disappear at the next turn. Charrier’s music as band-leader on ‘Petite Soeur’, his first release for Gizeh Records, is endlessly yearni… Read more
"This time, the marvellous nighttime world of Buenos Aires is reflected by the rhythms and sounds of Carisma (Carolina Stegmayer and Ismael Pinkler), who live together in the centre of the South American capital. Since three years they are delivering these tracks directly (directamente) from their flat through the city’s dark alleys to its underground venues producing music to play it right away, written in a dialogue between studio and booth, at the Djs Pareja’s legendary FUN FUN parties, the famous Dengue nights, and other spots."
Calibre has gone through his hard drives, DAT tapes and mini discs to find more gems for ‘Shelflife 3’. Thirteen of his most requested unreleased productions from 1997 to 2013 including 'Miraculous', 'Honey Dew', 'Bellamee', 'Instant'. 'Sagan' and 'Eschaton (Feat DRS)'.
Smooth, party-ready UK house from Cardiff's Bodhi duo following drops for Grizzly and Future Classic. A-side burns up US garage-flavoured vocals and, warm chords and swinging drums on 'I Need You' for the side-parting and air max posse; B-side plays a bit kinkier with the shifty organ stabs and jazz-dusted drums of 'Wuh', and tips out on the slinkier 'Soul Seeker'.
"Arbeit, Färber, zeitblom have been collaborating under the name Automat since the end of 2011. Their debut album features Lydia Lunch, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Blixa Bargeld. A Berlin Affair. Just to untangle the threads: Jochen Arbeit, the guitarist who came to world prominence with Die Haut and Einstürzende Neubauten; Achim Färber, a sought-after drummer with the likes of Project Pitchfork, Prag or Phillip Boa; and finally the bassist zeitblom, known from Sovetskoe Foto and through his award winning radio play works, especially in collaboration with author/publisher Michael Farin, with who… Read more
"In true Disposable Music style the label concludes their successful second series by combining two very different global music projects from totally different eras and cultural climates. Andrzej Korzynski’s French funk inspired lost 1974 soundtrack to a Polish crime film directed by a Russian filmmaker shares vinyl sides with a compendium of modern field recording from Thailand and Pakistan assembled by UK born producer and Sound Of Wonder / Paradise Bangkok compiler Chris Menist. Sharing evident stylistic trademarks with other classic 70s crime / thriller s… Read more
The 50th Exit release features DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn and Stray collaborating with Alex Perez, delivering a hybrid of Juke, bass, hip-hop and footwork influenced styles of drum’n’bass, with a distinct London slant.
Sunday, 30 March
Skip-master DJ Q deals in pure UK dancefloor pop on debut album 'Ineffable' for Tom Lea's Local Action label. Since the early 2000's the Huddersfield-based DJ has been central to the UK garage scene with a massive catalogue of original productions, remixes and not least for his DJ duties at Radio 1 Xtra and countless clubs across the country. For his debut album proper - following nuff compilations and mix CDs - he channels the classic vibes of Todd Edwards and MJ Cole with rugged touches of UK grime and a filtered French disco touch, accompanied by radio-and-club-friendly vocals from a select pos… Read more
'Psychic 9-5 Club' is the nigh-on flawless 3rd album from HTRK - quite easily their most ambitious and rewarding outing yet. In contrast with the affective weight and morbid pallor of their 'Work (Work, Work)' LP - which was constructed as a duo after band-member Sean Stewart tragically died halfway through recording, this new suite finds space for a sliver of reflective light epitomised by the pathos of Jonnine Standish's vocals and Nigel Yang's deft, spaciously dub-wise production. There's still that sense of grief and dysphoria, but it feels like they've come, or are coming to terms wit… Read more
Probably our favourite release on RVNG Intl comes from metal duo Lee Buford and Chip King aka The Body produced by Bobby Krlic aka The Haxan Cloak for their crushing 4th album, 'I Shall Die Here'. Abetted by Krlic's visceral production, The Body sound more fearsome and physical than ever before, shaping a series of tracks which only seem to get more intense and nightmarish as the trip takes hold. From the funereal trudge of opener 'To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me' we pass through successive stages revealed like some hemlock-induced hallucination, from the eschatological resignatio… Read more
Forward hypeR&Boogie heat from the chief Night Slug and the hottest vocalist on the block. Following their debut collaboration 'Guns & Synths' which opened the acclaimed 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape, Bok Bok kit's Kelela with a Jam City-styled, Eski-reduced diffusion of Linn snare crack and sparking funk guitar chops held tense against those honeyed vocal flits and gasps. So good!
The xx producer strikes solo with 'Sleep Sound'. Imagine Four Tet meets Panda Bear and you've got the gist of 'Sleep Sound' - a seductive melange of harmonised, cut-up vocals, bubbling UK garage house and warmest pop undercurrents to tickle the cockles.
Phillip Sollmann aka Efdemin returns to Dial for his third album of sleek, purring deep techno and house. Under this guise, Sollmann has more or less defined soulful German take on house and techno with a string of albums and acclaimed singles pursuing the aesthetics of '90s Detroit and Chicago thru a prism of Cologne and Berlin-styled minimalism. The result is an intimately detailed sound, driven by twin engines Motor City alchemy and Euro-dynamik sound design to "express the paradoxical relationship between beauty and decay." Recording mostly took place in his Berlin-Wedding studio, The Meadow, a… Read more