Monday, 17 November
Monday, 10 November
Steadfast UK techno label Perc Trax presents eleven exclusive killers from Kareem, Happa, Drvg Cvltvre, FSG, Perc, Truss and more to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Accompanied by a 64 minute mix from the label's top boy, Ali Wells aka Perc, the session shifts with incandescent energy from the moody, mittel European acid slug of Drvg Cvltvre's '(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House' thru the stoic stare-down of Kareem's 'Just When You Thought It was Over' via Happa's Joyrex-style joyride, 'To Die Hating Them', Sawf's disco bullying 'Goves', and… Read more
Always coming with the strangest new creatures, NPIP present the compelling debut of an 18 year old South London composer called Nathan Geyer aka Jire. Emerging from a background in classical composition, Jire's 'Kiowa Polytope' is a keenly considered new take on classical minimalism, acoustic improvisation and lower case electronica woven with inspiration from "across the visual arts and literature". In it he employs elements of rhythmelodic tribal percussion, acousmatic sampling and concrète process to shape four buckled structures at once recalling the crooked designs of Micachu and the d… Read more
Following the frenetic, rhythmic experiments of the Ripatti 12” series, Vladislav Delay returns with his first ambient album in over a decade. ‘Visa’ is a thing of immense, absorbing beauty - harking back to his classic albums for Chain reaction and Mille Plateaux, extending 6 longform pieces over an hour of heady dub reductions. And in the fine tradition of some of the best albums, ‘Visa’ was borne out of serendipity - Ripatti was denied entry to the United States and was forced to cancel an entire tour. Suddenly left with unhindered time and a surplus of creative energy, he produced this … Read more
Hyperdub and Chicago's Teklife powerhouse join forces in tribute to fallen footwork pioneer DJ Rashad with the 20 track 'Next Life' compilation. 'Next Life' provides the broadest, most crucial overview of Chicago's febrile, fertile footwork scene you'll likely hear in 2014, running bullets from brand new producers such as DJ Phil, DJ Tre, Boylan, and Sirr Two along with bombs from elders like DJ Spinn, RP Boo, Traxman, and of course DJ Rashad, plus a handful of aces from the scene's non-Chicago cousins. Pushed to pick instant favourites, we'd draw for the mellow pressure of Traxman's 'Sit Ya S… Read more
Bloom sets new precedents for instrumental grime with a quartet of nexx dimension productions for Bristol's Crazylegs. Last spotted on the label remixing Toyc's 'Keychain', in the 'Hydraulics' EP he cuts the fat with ruthless incision, leaving a shocking display of scything, mechanised rhythms tessellating in negative 3D space. Nary a fxxk is given towards rhythmic convention as he re-tools the original templates of Wiley, Waifer, and Splurt to the nth degree, replacing practically all traces of sinew or unnecessary material with explosive concrète dynamics. Quite importantly, it's also some of… Read more
**2LP gatefold** Primo Roman sound designer Giuseppe Tillieci aka Neel takes to Spectrum Spools with his debut solo album proper, inspired by the entropic, 50 million year lifespan of Mars' 2nd and larger moon, Phobos. It's a spellbinding attempt to deal with sound on the vastest scales imaginable, using a combination of modular synths and hardware to traverse the full frequency range and achieve an immense soundscape streaked with massive sound objects and microscopic details. We were lucky enough to catch him perform a similar sound live alongside his Voices From The Lake partner, Donato Dozzy, at… Read more
Jacques Greene returns with a 4 track EP for LuckyMe, inc Sei A and Suicideyear remixes.
The great instrumental grime rush of 2014 continues with Loom's killer debut, 'Grade' for Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper label. Riffing on early memories of the sound absorbed thru pirate radio, he opens with the scratchy, half-heard transmissions and struggling sub-bass of 'Grade' before emerging, butterfly like with the spiralling arpeggios and bittersweet melodic emotions of 'Rain Falls Hard Here' landing somewhere between Lorenzo Senni and Visionist. With 'North' he inverts current rhythm formulas to a sullen trudge matched by gorgeous blue chords recalling vintage mid-'90s Autechre, contrasting sharply with the radiant energy burst of 'Fukiushima'.
Following his ‘Beautyfear’ album, Marsen Jules returns with two extended pieces recorded during a two week residency at the renowned GRM institute in Paris.The institute was founded in 1958 by composer Pierre Schaeffer, one of the main protagonists of Musique Concrète, a musical movement that focused on recorded sounds and sound manipulations as a basis for compositions. For these two extended pieces (35 minutes) Jules dives deep into the level of subatomic sound-particles. Clusters of string crescendos emerge from a nearly psychoacoustic sound-wall of warm drones in which they disappear wi… Read more
Certified UK house practitioner Doc Daneeka links with Seven Davis Jr on a stylish pair of deep house and boogie numbers for Ten Thousand Yen. On 'What's It Gonna Be?' he drizzles Davis Jr's soul-fired vocal over a crunchily persistent tech-house groove, whereas 'I Promise' comes off like some naked Moodymann joint, leaving the kicks at home to vibe out with finger pops, diaphanous chords and weightless bass. You'll also find the very KDJ-styled disco-funk of 'Together' and the whirring, latinate shimmy of 'Ghosttext' for fine measure. Classy.
Diagonal put a gallon in the tank with The Skull Defekts' devilishly hypnotic 'Street Metal' album clad in ludicrously wicked artwork by Guy Featherstone. Where the majority of modern psych rock is about as psychedelic as listening to Steve Wright, The Skull Defekts' lysergic clarity and locked-on grooves feel like they might have *actually* done some heavy drugs in their time, hence their music works where it matters. Headed up by Swedish scene lynchpin, Joachim Nordwall (vocals, guitar, oscillator), alongside Jean-Louis Huhta (percussion, electronics), Daniel Higgs (ghost catche… Read more
As the title promises, 'LPs 2002-2005' collects Deadbeat's trio of albums, 'Wild Life Documentaries', 'Something Borrowed, Something Blue', and 'New World Observer' in one handy package. We'd wager that for many listeners, they are the definitive Deadbeat works, released into a then murky pool of producers such as Pole, Substance & Vainqueur or Daniel Meteo were exploring dub techno aesthetics in the wake of BC/Rhythm & Sound/M-Series. Ten years later they still sound choice, partly due to their rooted, post-dated aesthetics, partly due Deadbeat's timeless feel for simple, effective hooks and full-bodied sonic weight.
Norwegian producer Erik Spanne comes cold correct with the technoid 'Silver Cloak' EP for Lit City Trax. Working in similar spheres to Nguzunguzu or Fatima Al Qadiri, the Her Records crew, and fellow viking Lars T C F Holdhus, he strikes with a taut, direct sound charmed with colourfully complex arrangements between the weightless zones of 'Kyselina' and the trap bounce of 'Silver Cloak'.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* 'Stateless' is Alex Zhang Hungtai aka Dirty Beaches' sweeping, beat-less swan-song under this guise. Where his previous album wallowed in the darkest recesses of post-punk pop composition, this one is still super heavy-hearted, but almost weightlessly so. It was recorded by David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley and features viola from italian composer Vittorio Demarin meshed with Hungtai's synth and saxophone in four widescreen, airborne compositions laced with an aching sense of melancholia. If we were to read into the music, the sleeve … Read more
Kompakt's seminal series presents a ruck of new names - Thore Pfieffer, Gregor Schwellenbach, Leandro Fresco, Max Würden, Ulf Lohmann, Gustavo Lamas - on the forward looking 'Pop Ambient 2015' volume. Perfectly poised for cold nights indoors, it circulates eleven lovely pieces in the series' finest tradition, radiating inwards from the Gas-like choral bliss of two bits by Thore Pfieffer, thru the trickling radiophonic bleeps of Dirk Leyers' 'Daydreamer' to the light-headed float of Leandro Fresco's 'Nada Es Para Siempre' and the swelling crest of strings in Ulf Lohmann's 'Refresh', alongside new pieces from old hands, bvdub and Jens-Uwe Beyer.
Hard-assed and shifty techno bangers from NYC strongman Anthony Parasole for Ostgut Ton. A regular feature on Berghain line-ups and playlists, Parasole's music perfectly fits the bill for haughty techno with a slinky-but-brute big room heft. 'My Block' starts the dance with soured lead line and infectiously latinate drum patterns before 'Bizarre' puts the kicks in with belly buckling force under heady chimes. 'Typhoon' sustains the intensity with a more submerged feel, like some Von Oswald or NWAQ joint pitched up and pounded into submission.
LA's 18+ land the icy heat of debut album 'Trust' on Rob Booth's Houndstooth label. Pushing a coolly disaffected blend of '90s trip hop and screwed pop gloom since their trio of self-released mixtapes, they arrive at 'Trust' as a fully fledged and distinctive unit with an eviscerated sound palette and design perfused by proper slacker vocals. Production is handled by a cast including West Coaster Butchy Fuego, plus Mura Masa, Heavy Feelingz and Morbidly-o-Beats, all hitting a blue vein of blown-out trap and minimal, gothic atmospheres sweeping us somewhere between Tri Angle's early roster of AlunaGeorge, Holy Other, Evian Christ, and more recent Tricky works.
The master of mottled retro-vintage audio dreams under Mexican Summer's glowing halo with 'Let's Cry and do Pushups at the Same Time'. It's his 2nd LP of 2014 and one of many releases under this moniker and own name, Luke Wyatt, to be released by the likes of L.I.E.S., NNF, NPIP, Rush Hour and his own Valcrond Video label in the last couple of years. Subtly, instinctively combining his background in video art with a real knack for ear-worming hooks and driving, transcendent grooves, his music here is at its most visually appealing, dissolving classic movie and… Read more
**Eyrie mixture of Nico-esque chamber pop and woozy, fluid electronica on Public Information.** "This is Odd Rumblings, a two-piece residing in Brooklyn U.S.A and this is their debut record. An EP of icy grace, haunted atmosphere and devastating pop-hooks pitched in the half-light of a steel sharpened moon. Audrey Lim and Gabriel Sedgwick are creators of sparsely inhabited pop-dramas, mini epics in chorus and reverb reflected through a chromium camera obscura. Their voices always at play, always at war, twisting in the echo chamber soaring through whipcrack-snares, Badalamenti synth washes… Read more
Watch yer facking bon bons, Luke Vibert aka Amen Andrews back in the dance on Falty DL's Blueberry Records. Let us scroll back 11 years to 2003 and Vibert's 5 volume Amen Andrews series was a staple on wayward floors, taking his seminal Plug sound to rugged IDM and jungle dances. Fast-fwd 2014, Falty DL has teased out a four new AA cuts, brukking between the natty funk of 'Automatic Truth' and the Valve-style blowout 'Amotherfucker' via pastoral braindance rave with 'Amen HQ' and nutty 'ardcore rufige in 'News Of The World'.
Grown-up downbeats and deep house from Prequel on Bradley Zero's Rhythm Section International imprint. Hailing from melbourne but deeply indebted to late night Detroit flavours, his 'Polite Strangers' session is pointed for slick city greasers and sleazy behaviour. A quartet of juicy cuts spin out from twinkle-toed shuffle and shooting star synthlines in 'Searching' to rimshot-wriggling bluenuss in 'Fidelio', whilst 'Michelle' takes the tempo up for shot of Pepe Braddock-style psych-house, and 'The Test Dream' takes it right back down to orchestral hip hop soul bump.
Tracky ballroom techno bangers from a feverish new talent, NPLGNN on the consistently brilliant Where To Now? label. We'd argue this is one of their strongest releases to date; a fearlessly stripped down and effective set of 'floor tools mixing a rugged old skool sensibility and romance with an uncompromisingly upfront sense of efficiency. 'Acid UFO' deploys bouncing kicks and splashing acid with a murderous swerve, whilst the two parts of 'Variance' tessellate the drum patterns of grime, jersey and ballroom beats with OG, brute Chicago class, whereas 'K' consolidates the essence of early Detroit, Belgian and UK hardcore with the canniest nerve. Highly recommended!
Keiji, Ambarchi and O'Malley reprise their fearsome Nazoranai trio with a heavyweight 2nd album accentuating their improvised, hard rock foundations. Recorded by Chris Fullard at CCSO, Birmingham 9th July 2013, 'The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Already?' barrels right into the mouth of hell from the off. Powered by Ambarchi's thunderous, roiling battery, the cavernous 19-minute space of 'You Should Look Closely Those Shattered Spells Never Attaining Embodiment as Prayer They Are Born Here Again' is deeply infected wit… Read more
Back on Trax Couture following his Hot Haus raid, Rushmore serves 'World Series (Vol.1)'. Make no mistake, this guy is making some of the rawest, direct dance trax around right now. No time for overly fancy arrangements, just four tracks juciing the best bits of grime, ballroom, ghetto house and acid into lean and stylish killer grooves. Check out the EBM-reinforced DJ Rush styles of 'It's Me' and 'Ment Drum' and the grime-gone-Jit flex of 'Highroad Works' and you'll understand. Tip!
Remarkably diverse, brilliant split from Eugene Hector aka Tuff Sherm and the mysterious PMM. Well, we say split, but Reckno's press release alludes to the fact that Tuff Sherm and PMM may be two sides of the same whole… anyway, 'Gracefully Force Concensus' is a real slippery fish, vacillating from quietly breathtaking ambient scapes to mutant techno and back via thee most unpredictable deviations into grimy, dread house swagger and scuttling cyber dance gremlins. If you told us each track was actually written by a different artist we probably wouldn't bat an eyelid, bu… Read more
Further to his lovely 'Shaker Notes' LP, Paul White 'fesses three stoned, blue new cuts for R&S. Combined they make for a very smart stand-alone release revealing a shadier corner of White's sound between the dubwise meditation of 'Running In A Rainy Day'; the brooding Reese bass and parched bump of 'Sahara Deserts'; and an outstanding deviation into psychedelic doom metal/industrial with the ricocheting rimshots, iron-clad guitar riffs and streaking synth dynamics of 'I Call You'.
*Fourth album by Swedish husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin* Their first album in four years sees Wildbirds return lean, hungry and defiant . In returning to their roots they have discovered an unblinking directness, a taut muscularity honed from years of intensive live performance . For the first time, the pair wrote, recorded and produced everything in their own Stockholm studio “We wanted it to feel like a live experience. Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same room, no screens or isolation, looking each other in the eyes. In recent … Read more
Soul Jazz present a sterling, 32-track audio accompaniment to their 100-page book of photography '90 Degrees of Shade'. Mambo, calypso, goombay, mento, merengue, cult and compas music from the '50s and '60s all come under the banner 'Hot Jump Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean', providing an authentic soundtrack to the archival photographs of local performers and rich, white westerners holidaying in Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and more, shot over 100 year… Read more
Rough Trade finally reissue Ultramarine’s pioneering electronic album ‘Every Man And Woman Is A Star’. Acclaimed and respected at the time of it’s original release on Rough Trade in 1992, it now stands as a classic of it’s genre, an electronica record made before the term was coined. This reissue includes additional John Peel Session tracks available for the first time and recorded in 1992, featuring the tracks; ‘Saratoga’, ‘Nova Scotia’, ‘Honey’ and ‘Pansy’.