Monday, 13 October
"New instrumental rock project of Simon Trottier and Olivier Fairfield from Timber Timbre long active in Quebec's experimental/punk scene. Also features Timber Timbre frontman Taylor Kirk. When Timber Timbre’s ambient music for a horror film went unused back in 2012, Trottier and Fairfield began revisiting the sound palette they had built up for the soundtrack at Trottier's studio in Hull, Quebec, expanding on their techniques and textures, adding drums, bass and various other instruments, and. The duo found that they had dug into some very fertile territory, writing additional songs throughout … Read more
Klaves kicks off PMR's Beat Club with two lean London house shufflers. 'People' gets up with deep house keys and tight, scissoring drums for the shape-cutters; 'Oh No' simmers down on a slinkier swing with more infectious percussion.
**Vinyl edition of 500** Sound travels: Laurent Jeanneau returns us to the endangered minority cultures of South East Asia with the mesh of location recordings and electronics in 'Gongs', his follow-up to the haunting 'Voices' for Discrepant. Two extended sides develop his understandable fascination with the unique timbre of S.E. Asian Gong orchestras, revealing and contrasting their resonant acoustic tonalities and accompanying voices with a subtle patina of electronic processing and augmentation. The first piece uses an array of source material recorded in Laos and Cambodia to lure us into a d… Read more
"Formed in Austin in March 2013, Institute includes members of Wiccans, Glue, Blotter, Recide and more. Before they were even a proper band, singer Moses Brown had a couple of raw post-punk songs sitting on a four-track at his house. Once the lineup solidified, the band touched up one of those songs (“Dead Sea”) for a demo, then quickly wrote enough material to flesh out that demo (re-released on Deranged), a seven-inch (on Katorga Works), and now their debut EP for Sacred Bones. The Salt EP is as sharp as the band’s earlier work but suggests longer, more experimental forms (“An Absence”) and … Read more
Pumping four-track session from L.I.E.S. cadet, Gunnar Haslam, for Delsin. Freeform house music in four parts, rolling from the spare, corrugated groove and icy, awning atmospheres of 'Corridor Metaphysics' to grittier techno-house roil in 'Ataxia No Logos', and over thru the dub-smudged jazzy breakbeat twist and aerial drones of 'Dunsinane Hill' to a pumping dub techno motor, 'Discrete Markov Dub'. Crucially, it's all got that right balance of fizzing grit and weight where it matters.
Adam Marshall & Christian Anderson's Graze run a mutant breakbeat and techno sound on New Kanada. 'Coax' is a case of chuck it all in and see what happens - making winks to darkwave synth music, breakbeat rave and electro but never quite hitting any of them. 'Thundare' is better, finding its groove in rugged, swinging techno with an icy finish.
Techy, percussive reworks of Barcelona's Downliners Sekt. There's straight-playing techno from Blondes; sulky, schizoid filter treatments from Patten; a swraming breakbeat fracture from Italy's Chevel; a rugged techno deviation by Monomood; submerged electronic dramatics from The Wanderer.
Divided finds a fine balance of atmospheric space and gritty heft in 'Moment (Historical)' for London's Resin label. 'Eigen' leans twards the dry, scuffed sound favoured by Blawan or Shifted, but with a percolating funk of its own; 'Eventide' is craftier, rolling with trim breakbeats and eerie spectral dubbing; 'Dawn' perfects that contrast of agitated techno groove and open space reminding of certain 2562/AMUS pieces; 'First Light' rolls out into darker industrial techno zones a la Milton Bradley or Dasha Rush.
David Holmes presents his sombre soundtrack to '71, a new feature film by Yann Demange set at the height of the troubles in Northern ireland. Following discussions with the director, Holmes wrote the entire soundtrack - presented here as a seamless 30 minute suite - before a single scene had been shot, preferring to draw upon his own experience of life in Belfast and follow the precedents of Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone, who also worked with a similar method of writing the music before shooting. The mood is almost painfully tense and overcast throughout, making nods to J… Read more
William Bennett reloads his battery of djembes, doundouns, ksing-ksing and synths for an outstanding 2nd album under the Cut Hands coat of arms. Unless you've entered your nuclear bunker way ahead of schedule, you can't fail to have noticed the clamour of attention around this project - from the delirious voodoo of 'Afro Noise I' to the incredibly compelling live-shows - and, if you're owt like us, you've probably played the records to death; so we'd imagine this album is already at the top of your wishlist. We can report that there are no major changes to the setup, but there is more atte… Read more
Surely one of the most celebrated, provocative electronic projects of recent years, beloved of everyone from The Wire to Blackest Ever Black/Fact Mag's Kiran Sande and far beyond. Whitehouse's William Bennett indulges his passion for Congolese and Ghanaian percussion on a brilliant debut as Cut Hands. 'Afro Noise' is (surprisingly) relatively short on Noise, but heavy on the African rhythms which form the core of the majority of tracks. The drums are largely suffused and rendered with spacious, industrial-sounding reverbs but played with a polyrhythmic, African/Voodoo sleight of groove whic… Read more
Slickest jazz-fusion from Boxcutter mixing lush electronics, slow/fast rhythms and radiant instrumental arrangements. It's a sterling return to the jazz-wise textures and dexterity of his first coupla albums, 'Glyph' and 'Oneiric', recapturing that sense of celestial soul with the wide-open arrangement and dusted drumfunk syncopations of 'Retina Grains', and again with the nimble knit of sweeping Eastern strings, percolating Footwork funk and plangent electronic sound sphere of 'Travel By Dragonfly'. RIYL Lone, FaltyDL, FlyLo.
Ash International present a 23 minute live recording of BJNilsen performing at Hackney's Arcola Theatre earlier in 2014. As with Nilsen's excellent cassette for Bomb Shop's Fuse Editions series, the piece takes shape as an impressionistic perspective on urban sound ecologies, collaging sirens, bird sound, human traffic and mechanical drones into a tense, slow moving sound-scape littered with incremental detail constantly enticing the ear to explore new tangents before new sources hover into view, feeding into and out of the swelling, near oppressive drone mass.
'Golden Circle Afternoon' is the trippy, fractured travelogue of a European tour undertaken by Argentinian avant-guitarist Anla Courtis and sound artists, BJNilsen & Stilluppsteypa. It's a dense and often frightening session, condensing some months of field recordings and transitional concepts into a heavy moving mass of drones, acousmatic sound sources and noisy flux, as though hearing their lives played in fast-forward and super slow, almost as you'd imagine the sense-scrambling experience of extended touring to be. To be honest I couldn't really sp… Read more
'Fountain Transmitter Medications' is a timely reminder of Neil Campbell's utter psychedelic brilliance and enduring relevance. Still operating way out on his own, this album is the first we've heard of him for some time, and lands on the mind with a potent energy. There's over 100 minutes of completely freeform expression, ripping us through a series of spangled vortices from the lysergic chuggernaut, 'Infinity Thug' and frothing brain-scramble of 'Diamonds in the Deich' thru a series of 'Squeegee Anthems' culminating with the jaw-dropping vision of #3 which … Read more
Monday, 06 October
Flying Lotus flexes his most earnest jazz muscles on this fifth solo album, his 4th for Warp. Star-lit with guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, it's the work of heightened, enlightened minds projecting into spheres beyond this mortal coil. Funny then that it all sounds so familiar; the references to Alice Coltrane's celestial jazz legacy, the kinetic percussion, the intensely "vintage" sounding production all paint an almost objectively "psychedelic" vision that leaves little room for ambiguity or in… Read more
As promised, with 'Exit', The Bug presents deeper, further versions and cuts that couldn't fit on his 'Angels & Devils' LP. The Grouper-starring 'Void' appears again, backed with a starker version and the vaulted vocal of her yearning new piece, 'Black Wasp', again with an instrumental full of worm-charming subs and decayed drones. The flipside of this dread pound is a louder cut of the murderous 'Function' featuring Manga, and the heavy troddin' march of 'Blaow' featuring The Bug's long-time spar, Daddy Freddy.
Lukid joins the Lib Tech gang with his first release in nearly two years. A producer's producer and a perennial outsider persistently mutating styles in the cracks of current techno, electronica and bass music, Lukid still evades any net we might chuck at him with 'Crawlers'. The A-side opener, 'Nine' may well be known to you for it's brittle, anguished lead motif which was snatched by Evian Christ for his 'Propeller' on the 'Waterfall' EP. Here it sounds more sombre and petrified, shaken up with rasping drums and bass beside the strobing spectres of 'La Cucaracha'. B-side, he thwacks off angular… Read more
Adam Wiltzie (Stars Of The Lid) and Dustin O'Halloran reprise their acclaimed strings and keys duo, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, with 'Atomos I - XII' for Erased Tapes. We can safely report that it's every bit as gorgeous as their eponymous debut, but you probably already got the hint from their teaser 12", 'Atomos VII' which landed earlier this year backed with a fearsome Ben Frost re-interpretation. The further XI parts sweep us to the most picturesque modern classical panoramas imaginable...
Chicago's Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being is 'The Seer Of Cosmic Visions'. Arriving not long since his amazing 'Worst DJ Ever' mix for Reel Torque, this is his first studio album of 2014 - unusually so, considering that he self-released some seven albums in 2013 - drawing from previously vinyl-only releases and new experiments to document his most vivid, recent revelations. They all tend to the noisier, innately abstract side of his oeuvre - call it Rhythmic Cubism or Cosmic Be-Bop rather than "outsider house" - steeped in the … Read more
Reckno's finest cassette cadets double-down on some of the strongest material in either's arsenal. Following his ace Boomkat Editions LP, Joane Skyler meets Hamish Trevis aka Kinlaw mid-air in eerie digital space, cutting elegant, melancholic figures buoyed by fractured minimal beats - from mutated JB's breaks to coiled, skeletal trap patterns - in refreshingly spacious and subtle arrangements veering from manic 'ardcore cut-ups to gorgeous ambient motifs with an endearingly eldritch eccentricity. It's like some cheeky choose-your-own-adventure mission set in the cutest recesses of y… Read more