Monday, 01 December
Further to their 'Rave Tapes' album, Mogwai curl off three cuts that didn't make it to the album, backed with three suitably sublime remixes from Blanck Mass, Pye Corner Audio, and Nils Frahm. Of the originals, 'HMP Shaun William Ryder' has a great title. It's also worth checking for Pye Corner Audio's 'slow, steady ascension to post rock/kosmiche glories in his remix of 'No Medicine For Regret'.
Deepchord return to Soma with the insistent techno drive of 'Luxury' in two further parts. 'Luxury 3' barrels along at a fair clip powered by whamping, padded bass through dense dub clouds. 'Luxury 4' on the other hand drops the pace slightly and brings in layers of rippling, coruscating percussion with a more sensuous, swirling appeal.
Portugal's mutant techno answer to Zomby, IVVVO arrives at Danse Noire with the excellent 'Theories Of Anxiety' 12". Steeped in faded, classic rave motifs and riven with nervous rhythm, the EP plays out a sehnsucht for some kinda emotion or moody blue sentiment in modern dance music. Without wanting to lessen his other work, we'd say he's properly realised his potential here, spending his energies equally between the airborne, elegiac rave themes of 'Closer' and the chokingly gorgeous beatless blow-out 'Consumed' up top, and the heads-down ambient rave thump of 'Repetition' with Infini… Read more
In a stroke of A&R genius, Rinse pull two of London's finest, subtlest song-writers to their fold. Sunless '97 charm with the watery Youtube compressions and bittersweet bop of 'Pure4sure' with its male/female vocals and sino-grime referencing flutes + filigree electronics providing a necessary drop of vitamin C in your musical diet. Better yet, the achingly sweet marimba refrain and skeletal dancehall bump of 'Aia' is a spine-shiveringly effective piece of minimalist pop class. TIP!
Nightwave seduces with the bright lights of 'Nightlife' for her Hekatrax label. Sourcing inspiration from trap, electrobass and ghetto house, she carves off six club constructions shape-shifting from the gritty kicks and SND-style chord flashes of 'Nightlife' to pneumatic electro-bass in 'Kiss Kat' feat. Ashnikko, thru laidback slow/fast in 'Birdland', bleepin' trap attack, 'Shut It Down', and their instrumentals.
Houndstooth bite off the lead cut from Throwing Snow's debut album, backed with a banging VIP and remix of 'Hypnotise' from Will Saul and Komon. The keening string discord and depressed Reese bass of the original is beefed up with bulky Chi-house patterns in a shifty VIP version for the 'floor, as is the swooning 'As You Fall' featuring Py, while 'Hypnotise' is treated to a more rugged, subtly epic remix from Will Saul & Komon.
M.I.A. junglist Jamie Boyle aka Breakage returns with an epic pop glint in his eye. 'Treading Water' places a shiny pop vocal from Detour City amidst brooding Reese bass and prickling synths in a big ol' breakdown that never quite goes anywhere. The V.I.P. gives a little more to grab onto with the addition of a classic 'ardcore break placing it up close to the likes of Route '94 or Last Japan's hardcore pops.
*10th Year Anniversary of Florida, includes seven bonus unreleased tracks and remixes* "10 years ago, Diplo - the man behind Mad Decent, Major Lazer etc - released his debut solo album via Big Dada. In some ways, ‘Florida’ represents Diplo’s most personal work. ‘F10rida’ features unreleased tracks as well as a 10 page ‘scroll’ booklet containing brilliant and surreal emails between Big Dada and Diplo - an insight into how the record came to be - plus updated artwork. “I made ‘Florida’ between a small apartment in Philadelphia and my mother’s house in Florida. I was working late nights and taking … Read more
Murky, mystic ambient techno dub from the darkside on Glasgow's Clan Destine label. Imagine what Depchord's Nordic cousins might sound like; you're in the same forest as Varg and Hypnobirds, foraging for the strange, psychoactive nodules of 'Bandhagen', the depressive skank and cawing stabs of 'Hogdalen', and glaring black metal dubstep atmospheres of 'Ragsved' or the celestial scape, 'Hagsatra'.
**Fracking the well-worn American psyche for vintage hypnagogic elements… Mastered by Brian Pyle. RIYL older James Ferraro, Torn Hawk** "Trans-american Joe Knight recently caravanned his custom duffel bags of woozy jukebox esoterica from the Bay to the plains of central Texas but, before and during so, crafted and released the double-volume Scrap collection for multifaceted Midwestern organization, Bezoar Formations. Reconsider Lounge distills a portion of this material into different arrangements, intercut with an assortment of unreleased curiosities and classics, comprising an essent… Read more
New York's Chester Raj Anand aka Lord Raja brings his psychedelic beat arrangements back to Ghostly International for his debut album, 'A Constant Moth'. Working to the East of Machinedrum and Lee Bannon and further south than Ras G, 12 tracks refract footwork, ambient electronica and hip hop thru a new age prism (quite literally reflected on the cover) where Jeremiah Jae appears mottled into the psychedelic swagger of 'Van Go' and Chicago footwork spirals up and out into celestial strata in 'Throw TRhem Out (System)' beside the sub-aquatic vision of 'Red Sun' and the glitching virtual reality projections of 'Golden Gravity Birds'.
Emotional Response have trawled through boxes of old cassette recordings from L.A multi-instrumentalist Eddie "Secret Circuit" Ruscha to compile a follow-up to 2012's brilliant Tropical Psychedelics compilation. Predictably, the resulting collection is nothing short of brilliant. Typically eccentric, melodious, atmospheric and bristling with interesting ideas, Cosmic Vibrations delves deeper into Ruscha's archives and comes up with gold. Highlights are naturally plentiful, but keep an eye out for the psychedelic ambience of "Electric Brain", the analogue electronic explorations … Read more
"Yo La Tengo are one of the most beloved and respected bands in America. Their uninterrupted 30-year career is unparalleled in its creative breadth and refusal to rest on laurels. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms - playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, dominating critics’ lists, doing a Simpsons theme, playing the Velvet Underground in the film ‘I Shot Andy Warhol’, sharing stages with some of the most important musicians of our time and even creating a holiday tradition onto themselves with their yearly s… Read more
The third release on Sasu Ripatti's eponymous imprint is the first on the label to come from the producer under his better known Vladislav Delay moniker, a complex, high velocity missive. It proceeds his Heisenberg collaboration with Max Loderbauer - Ripatti's partner in the MvO Trio with Moritz Von Oswald - with two tangled, forward-facing riddim attacks as detailed and daring as they are unforgiving. A-side '#5' hurtles on a double-timed meter accelerating his usually sparse aesthetic into denser structures of Juking percolations and knotty convolutions coming off something like Aute… Read more
Ratchett Traxxx collates his rugged, monglrel actions thus far in 'Fear Of The Blacc Haccer'. Check for highlights in the bucking electro-house reduction, 'DSL Thots' and the lean, angular electro-funk of 'Snapchat Blaccmail'.
Vereker's 'Flesh & Blood' is one of THE most vital techno tracks of 2014. On front of his 'Murder License' for Berceuse Heroique 008, it's the first and arguably most powerful in a slew of scene-defining tackle coming from the British-born, American-based producer for L.A. Club Resource and Endangered Species - his hugely promising new label. The scolding A-side rolls out like DJ Rush meets Rowland The Bastard inna Soviet gymnasium - pure 4/4 pressure for those that fxxkin' knows - whilst the flipside yields the sculpted noise incursion of 'Event Horizon' as LJV with Low Jack, and a ce… Read more
"Long awaited follow up to the original game-changing Jukebox Mambo set of sweltering rumba accented Rhythm & Blues. Two years in the making, this sequel ploughs deeper still into the revolutionary '40s and '50s Afro-American musical canon, pulling together another combustible collection of lascivious Latin-edged blues exotica. Issued with extensive biographical notes and a deluxe old style 2LP paste-on gatefold (with A3 size show poster inside)"
*Featuring Nicolas Jaar, Rome Fortune, Shlohmo, Salva, Deru and more* For five years, Friends of Friends has been at the forefront of Los Angeles' scene, propagating a rich catalogue of releases from across the electronic music spectrum. This year, FoF is celebrating its fifth anniversary with this compilation featuring Shlohmo, Salva, LOL Boys and Tomas Barfod alongside B-sides, rarities, remixes and brand new tracks from Rome Fortune, Shigeto, Nicolas Jaar and many others.
**Glowering, crepuscular coldwave electronics and poetry from Gnod's label** "Tesla Tapes has been excited about getting this tape out for a while. Vanishing is a project involving collaborations from Gareth Smith(Stranger Son), Paddy Shine (Gnod) and Zak Hane (Warm Widow). It's a heady mix of industrial meets pastoral with a poetic, sometimes cryptic type of social commentary from G.Smith. The words paint pictures of raw beauty and dark times delivered in Smiths most original style. A heavy, brooding listen with no fat around the edges. Fans of Mike O,Neill, Lightning Glove, Black Tempest and Sister Body will appreciate this release straight off the bat."
The one known as Tuff Sherm (Dro Carey) takes to Berceuse Heroique for some slow and gritty house kinks backed with a dead moody Delroy Edwards remix. Tuff Sherm's greasy A-side humper 'Smugglers Bureau' is the one for us; an airless tunnel of slamming kicks and flinty drums mauled with wayward, noisy synthlines. B-side, he keeps the vibe trippy with the gravelly jack and spindly notes of 'Easy Company', which Delroy promptly remixes as a dark blue sorta Chicago mutant with wistful chords and rugged, bleeding bass closer to the styles on his 'Untitled' MiniLP than his early bangers.
"As a follow up to their exuberant debut album, ‘Confidence’ sticks with the “play it all live” pluck we’ve come to expect from Trash Kit. There’s a minimal bent, a lyrical directness, an unadorned ethic that all evokes the sense that the song is being written at the same time as it’s performed. Yet whilst the first album at times felt too fleeting, its succinct songs flashing by so fast, ‘Confidence’ is startlingly more assured, allowing ideas to develop, conclusions to be gathered. Tracks like ‘Hair’, ‘Skin’ and ‘Boredom’ embrace dynamics like never before. Their clatter and chime are com… Read more
Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello are sound artists working at the nexus of sculpture and acoustics. It’s a shared horizon of listening that is at the core of 'The Spaces Contained In Each'. This collaboration sounds out new pathways into fields of sound well explored by each of these artists. It marks an accumulation of their works, both individually and as collaborators. Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. Ste… Read more
**2014 Reissue** This is the band's sixth full length, bandleader Jason Molina recorded the group live with no overdubs. Molina has delivered his strongest Songs:Ohia album to date, creating a work that resembles the warmth and personality of the classic Muscle Shoals sound recordings of the early to mid 70's ala Willie Nelson's ‘Phases & Stages’ and Aretha Franklin... Inspired by the Mahalia Jackson song of the same name, the title track is a beautiful song about the shifting tides of life! This is modern day americana/alt country for want of lazy terminology, yet with a foot firmly in the fashions of old.
"Originally released on vinyl in an extremely limited run via Twig’s own Calico Corp label and Pleasence Records, DFA give ‘A Hound At The Hem’ a wider release. Self-produced in 2010 and featuring string arrangements by Owen Pallett, ‘A Hound At The Hem’ is a suite of narrative songs thematically inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’. For fans of The Rapture, Les Savy Fav, Sleaford Mods and Alvvays."
"Silk Rhodes are the dynamic duo of astro- traveling producer Michael Collins and singer Sasha Desree. Their voyage began in a 1997 Honda CRV turned DIY recording studio built to capture and share lightbulb moments as they happened. The approach was simple: run a microphone into loop pedal, connect the looper to the car stereo via cassette-tape adaptor, and start spitting out ideas.Then Collins and Desree, alongside a host of roving lunatics and pranksters, would broadcast their experiments to the streets, commenting on their observations in rhyme, soliciting ideas from strangers, and in… Read more
"Gayna Florence Perry and Robin Surtees are perhaps best known for their work with cult 80’s band Shiny Two Shiny. Signed to Red Flame Records, they released one mini LP entitled ‘Halfway Across The Rainbow’ and one single ‘Waiting For us’ c/w ‘Ritual Hate’, in 7” and 12” formats. A mixture of bright and breezy synth pop with some darker undercurrents both records made a dent in the indie charts gaining positive reviews in the music press for releases and live appearances and acclaim from John Peel as well as daytime airplay on Radio 1. They also toured Europe and appeared on… Read more
Another cult Italo classic resurrected by Italian Records! Written and produced by Ricky Persi and Stefano Previsti, vocals by Australian singer David Sion, while Dutch duo Shambok provide updated versions.
**Knockout fourth transmission - the finest yet - from Vladislav Delay's Ripatti imprint.** The 4th and finest of the series so far features Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay) going toe-to-toe with Finnish brethren Matti Pentikäinen aka Twwth (fka Teeth). On two killer tracks they project the polymetric patterning of Chicago Footwork styles into a nexx-level hyperspace. It's arguably the rudest gear in either's arsenal, planing wide, glacial pads across ridiculously heavy subbass and the deftest drum programming. A-side '#52' is an ultra-minimal, in-the-pocket recalibration of Footwork's fi… Read more