Friday, 10 July
The North American producer deviates between deepest techno, acidic electro and ambient drone-pop in his sterling debut album. The breadth of diversity and quality of his execution in 'Homesick' is as much testament to Matrixxman's skill as a producer as his deft dancefloor instinct; whether he doing ghetto-ready techno-house like 'Switchblade', bending on a breakbeat acid flex with 'Red Light District', or fathoming beatless sci-fi terrain in 'Annika's Theme' or 'Earth Like Conditions', he impresses at every turn.
Proper, mutant UK killers from Bristol's Lurka. 'Partials' follows a steady line of dancefloor inquiry from his early ones for Black Box, thru a killer Hotline drop and last year's unique 'Holding' 12" to twyst farther still from convention with these weird gems. The title track rides a slackened, bashy dancehall bump with calving chromatic synth motifs, sounding something like Pekka Airaksinen and Florian Hecker on a very freaky weekend at Sandals, whilst 'Mach' holds steadfast to that tempo but with kinkier fills and metallic licks. Tip!
Jens Kuhn has distinguished himself of late with a series of critical, glorious twelves for Playhouse, and a track on the fine double Out To Lunch compilation. So it is for one of his fellow contributors to that compilation, Dave Moufang, that Lowtec turn to deliver this album. For an idea of Jens' special ability head straight to Lower Hutt, savour the keys and just wait for the dusty break to drop. There's deep understanding of what will work on the more soulful electronic dancefloors of today, and clear affinties with the work of Moufang himself, as well as other favourites of ours, such… Read more
First taster for Julia Holter's upcoming new album for Domino "Have You In My Wilderness" - check the video, it's ace.
"Straddling her self-propelled one-woman rocket ship from the heart of ‘The Silver Globe’, Mancunian / Liverpudlian earthling Jane Weaver keeps a steady foot in both the kosmische synth scape domain as well as the cinematic funk camp to bring you her new cosmic pop single ‘Mission Desire’. As a standout track from one of the most critically acclaimed albums to bridge 2014 / 2015 (the self produced and auto-promoted album ‘The Silver Globe’), Jane’s unique blend of European comic book pop conjures images of Gallic sci-fi sets and futurist discotheques epitomised in ‘Mission Desire’ as … Read more
*Headiest folk-drone-dance by France's Maxime Perault, aka the brilliant Black Zone Myth Chant!* Where BZMC aimed high for Sun Ra, his High Wolf output feels conversely torn between grounded, outernational rhythms and orbit-velocity electronics, hinting at a seepage between his aliases and, happily for the listener, enhancing an ever more disorienting and involving trip. With patented flair and a sense of freedom, he turns his hand to Shangaan-style madness in '1314' and the incendiary 'Exploratory Impatience' alongside the mind-bending wormholes and hydrodynamics of 'Savage Beasts Be Wis… Read more
"Heather Woods Broderick excels at distilling her experiences into a soulful melancholy that's enduring both for it's intimate relatable moments and its persistent sense of mystery. Her uncanny ear for evocative production and gorgeous vocal harmonies serves her well on her new album Glider. Throughout the album, the rich dreamlike atmospheres she creates hint at a darkness looming on the horizon, while the singularity of her ethereal voice always seems to linger long after the music has stopped. Though the songs on Glider aren't explicitly about touring, her life on the road prov… Read more
**Features co-production by Nate Young and Neil Hagerty. Includes download code** "“Hysteria” is the result of nearly two years spent in various studios with producers and fellow ‘Boone brothers Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux), working diligently together to take a few steps beyond Trip Metal and extract the skeleton out of “rock”, inserting it into a newer, much weirder, humanoid skin. The epicenter of this sound rests humbly on the foundation of guitar and voice, two facets of sound that Moskos has carefully cultivated through years of experimentation and digestion fro… Read more
Jacked-up and bass-saturated techno-house trax from the Dutch producer. Check for the EBM-infused razz of 'RM' and the severe LFO wobbulations on 'Reaility is Here'.
Brand new EP from the AI-era UK techno legends, B12 - their first new release since 2008. Keeping shy of the dancefloor, Mike Golding and Steve Rutter a.k.a. B12 explore four classically-informed strains of downtempo, acidic electronica across 'Bokide 325', plotting out the iciest, Vainio-esque bleeps and 808s with 'Into The Void', next to the whirring mechanics and head-swallowing synth envelopes of 'Descension'. 'Unsound Mind' is more wayward, dicing with inverted bass drops and cruder drums under chemtrail-streaked atmospheres, and 'Terra Incognita' strands us on a lonely, beat-less martian plateau.
Fluffy pink-hued H-pop opiates from Oakland, CA's Dang Olsen Dream Tape. Silken new age ambience cut with safety scissors to ensure absolutely no sharp edges for those times when you just need to roll into your isolation tank and anaesthetise yourself against all the bad stuff. RIYL Dolphins Into The Future, Moon Wheel, Mittland Och Leo…
Monday, 06 July
Deep house maverick, Hunee spills his mind all over the 'floor on his debut album, 'Hunch Music'. Over the last decade, Berlin-based Hunee has emerged a standard-bearer for sophisticated, psychedelic and soulful house music with a trim handful of tracks and 12"'s via Permanent Vacation, Ostgut Ton, and Rush Hour, all leading up to the dizzying colours and gripping arrangements of 'Hunch Music'. Rooted in the deepest traditions and disciplines of New York, Chicago, and Detroit, and with a trace of Korean heritage discernible in the his melodic sweetness, it plays out like a mid-summers dream o… Read more
*Finally reissued - by some distance the best work of Jan Jelinek originally released by Move D in 1999* We were wondering when this one would make a re-appearance, and here it finally is - Jan Jelinek's best ever, and least-known album. Originally released by Move D's much missed Source imprint back in 1999, 'Personal Rock' is one of those albums that no one seems to ever talk about but which has resonated over the years with anyone lucky enough to have crossed paths with it. Situated somewhere between Jelinek's much loved 'Loop-Finding Jazz Records', Farben, Move D's wondrous Conjoint proj… Read more
The square root of hip hop, industrial and electronica, Jack Dangers a.k.a. Meat Beat Manifesto furnishes Skam's 2nd Kasm drop. As a major influence on the label's hybrid hip hop and techno aesthetics, MBM makes a logical inclusion in the series, following James Ruskin and Mark Broom's outing as The Fear Ratio with four cuts of skudgy, eldtrich acid and hip hop. Up top, he extrudes the malleable acid quirks and thrumming EBM bass of 'Nocebo' beside the pulsing, crepuscular house minimalism of 'Lurker'. Flipside, he unfurls the slippery acid dream sequence of 'Present For Sally', and clocks out with a classic Skam hip hop sound in the chiming BoC-like tone of 'Agelast'.
Ash Koosha debuts with a shockingly fresh suite of electronica on the influential Olde English Spelling Bee imprint - strongly recommended to fans of Arca, Mica Levi, Lotic… 'Guud' is one of those kaleidoscopic visions that gets twisted out only very occasionally, rendering a lush spirit with a clear taste for keeling levels of bittersweet, gender-bending dissonance and microtonal tingle. Where Arca keeps his compositions pop-sharp, Ash Koosha bleeds over the edges with teetering polymetrics and oozing tones perhaps better compared with the strange shapes of Lotic, but, again, it also shares mor… Read more
Islam Chipsy and EEK bottle febrile street energy with their first-ever studio recordings for Nashazphone. Pursuing last year's 'Live at the Cairo High Cinema Institute', this LP captures band-leader Islam Chipsy pinging rainbow-coloured synth scales across the scudding, rapid-fire percussion of Islam Ta'ta' and Khaled Mando in four parts recorded at Cairo's 100Copies studio. If you've been lucky enough to catch Chipsy and the lads live, then you'll know exactly what to expect from their sub-tropical dance cyclone; if not, this record is a perfect place to start. We can recognise two crowd favourite… Read more
'Block The Box' finds the master of modern breakbeat/techno/house romance at his lip-smacking best since the legendary 'Natural Selection/Vancouver' 12". Operating at full dancefloor sensitivity, Martyn distills a pure rave buzz over three superb cuts, whether synching West London broken beats and swooping subs with eccied-up pads in the effortless flow of 'Done Away', or hearkening directly to his 2008 period with the clipped breakbeat spun thru golden light chords and gully dubstep LFOs in 'EF40', leaving the title cut to expend its darker energy with a deadly blend of Reese bass and dusted garage-techno momentum.
Shed cuts loose on this towering one-off for Hardwax label, The Final Experiment. A-side is a '90s-style breakbeat techno behemoth putting the boot in with thunderous kicks and armour-plated breaks, mercifully softened up with some really sweet pads at the drop. B-side, he rides with a ruder, heady halfstep in 'Final Distortion', and jumps back on that 2-step techno pivot with 'Up The Hills', whereas the brash thwack of 'Crystal Cubes' yearns for nasty, early Polygon Window styles.
**Includes A4 insert** Lethal breakbeat and squashed techno lashes on the debut from Gramrcy, backed with cracking Bruce and Hodge remixes for Berceuse Heroique sub-label, Ancient Monarchy. Goin' like it's '92 again, the new-blood producer spins on a proper breakbeat 'ardcore pivot with the swarming darkside stings and ruthless misbehaviour of 'Ruffian', which is duly yoked up to 2015 standards in a crushing Bruce remix making sterling use of youtube-style compression and smartly following up his Hessle Audio debut. On the turn, Gramrcy inverts to a dense, stomach-rumbling dub core and gutted ju… Read more
Celestial Trax jumps back on Rinse with a 2nd stack of futurist digickal piff. Working in orbit of Evian Christ, Mumdance or Arca and the Janus pack, he spins out class highlights in the Lotic or Amnesia Scanner-like stim-sim hallucinations of 'Surrender', and kills it with the darkside illuminations of crushed drums and disembodied voices in 'Pheliac'. TIP!