Monday, 17 November
"SQÜRL's final release in their 3-part series of EPs, following the soundtrack to 'Only Lovers Left Alive', done in collaboration with Jozef Van Wissem. The atmospheric heavy drones of surreally epic horror-country contained within this limited edition of 1000 heavyweight 12" vinyl picture discs for the world further demonstrate Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, and Shane Stoneback's forever expanding breadth of talent and scope of vision. The group, described by Pitchfork as "part drone-rock, part metal, part blissful stoner fatigue" and by NPR as "gloriously gritty" are an enthusiastically marginal New … Read more
Ouch! Roy Davis Jr brings the bang in rudest fashion on Clone's Jack For Daze series. 'Chemical Warfare' is an artful lesson in over-driven Chicago house, going heavy on the distorto sauce over a whirring, mystic display of synths and drum machine ruggedness that burns to the bone. Flipside, styles are no less soiled in the brittle, tweaky buck ov 'Broken Machines' and a fizzy, grumbling rhythm track called 'Jack Da Rhythms'.
Fine tributes to slinky mid '80s disco and proto-house styles, produced by Roy Comanchero. Four tracks slip right into that sultry, sophisticated aesthetic owned by Running Back, from the strutting bass and Linn crack of 'Lucid Memory' to the chiming synth voices of The Delete Of Society' and slow-mo deckside stroller, 'New Horizon'. RIYL Beautiful Swimmers.
Primest party tackle outta London 1996 dusted down and re-released by Optimo Music. Dominic Dawson and Rob Mello aka Reel Houze are behind both sides, including the eleven minutes of pure 'floor hypnosis sampling Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L's 'Go Bang' against toilet seat percussion from DJ Harvey (what's he like, eh?) and frantic Moog soloing from Rob Mello in 'The Chance', whilst flipside 'The Difference' yields another extended psychedelic disco trip, this one quite aptly described as "the closest thing we can imagine to Basic Channel doing disco" by Optimo themselves. Tip!
Honest Jon's return to Kenya with this spellbinding suite of Dodo songs sung by 70 year old Ogoya Nengo. A legend in her country, Ogoya is the most prominent exponent of the vanishing Dodo artform - a musical means of spreading messages and social commentary, much like Indo-European bardic traditions and the griots of Mali. Following his work on the Mkunguni, New Recordings from Coast Province, Kenya, Stefan Schneider again had the pleasure of recording Ogoya's spellbinding performances, and those of local percussionists and … Read more
Portable delivers a real beauty to Live at Robert Johnson with 'Surrender', his follow-up to 'A Process' (2012) for Frankfurt's finest. And much like this year's 'Sportable' 12" for Perlon, it's another dose of his sensitive, expressive baritone and gilt-edged grooves, playing hard-to-get over loose, swinging drums, Lcio's heart-lifting flutes and thee most elegant keys, all broken down to instrumental dub and acapella on the B-side.
Bass Clef's Magic + Dreams start the 12,000 seconds series with what is effectively a mini LP from from his Bristol pal Peverelist. Adhering to the series' strict temporal guidelines - each EP must have 6 tracks with track lengths of 0:06, 0:23, 1:11, 2:37, 3:03, 3:14, 4:20 and 6:06 - the Livity Sound and Punch Drunk boss turns out some of his tightest gear in ages, from the broken beat swivel of 'Caught A Glimpse' thru the natty tribal shakedown of 'In A Spin' to amorphous, skeletal experiments such in 'Silvers' and the slippery chromatic grime shimmer of 'OK Run It'.
Sullen, strident tech-house from London's Natan H and ManMakeMusic label. 'Glen park' sets the standard with a trim and shifty London take on deeper dub house aesthetics; the deft shimmy of 'Civic Centre' picks up the pace with effortlessly swing; 'Never Been To Detroit' gets off on a glum beat down tip.
Huntleys + Palmers serve up a killer side of oriental disco by Mehmet Aslan. Previously appointed to the label's Highlife sub-label volumes and Ata's For Disco Only series, here he's the star of the show with a filigree mix of traditional Turkish melodies and European-meets-African grooves blessing the swirling keys of 'Mechanical Turk', the hypnotic darkside oscillations of 'Hidden', and his twysted electro trip 'New Africanism' with an otherworldly, dancefloor-transcending beauty.
**5 new instrumental songs dialled in from the former Emeralds man's space pod above LA and Cleveland, Ohio. Includes download code** "'Noctilucence' is a new 12" recorded between in 2013 and 2014 between Los Angeles, California, and Cleveland, Ohio. The term "noctilucence" comes from "noctilucent clouds", the name given to clouds which, for some reason, emit a brilliant vibrance at night. On this recording we find our subject diving into the electric waters of the night sky, in long drives across the vast deserts of America. It's a recording about the discovery and understanding of th… Read more
Following his 'Product Of Industry' album, West Midlands man Mark E continues to pay dues to The Black Country with the sterling 'Avion' EP, also for Spectral Sound. The chugging mid-tempo wobble of 'Molyneaux' is perhaps the 2nd tribute to Wolverhampton Wanderers we've had on this site after Actress's 'Rainy Dub' 12" artwork, whilst the others references a bit too local for us, just leaving some lissom electro house in 'Avion Central' and the bouncing acid chug of 'Clares Gate'. White Material associate Alvin Aronson gives a sylvan house remix of 'Bog Dance' and Leon Vynhall teams up with Christian Piers as Laszlo Dancehall to give a buttery version of 'Being Hiding'.
Lonelady breaks a four year hiatus with a return to Warp with the retro-post-punk disco of 'Groove It Out' backed with a murky Ekoplekz dub. The Michigan Dub featured a heavy motorised bassline and lean, snappy machine rhythms, whereas the Ekoplekz dub flings the sound somewhere far messier, mutant.
Diverse trio of techno bangers by Kopp for Tresor. A-side he goes head-down at 130bpm thru the brambled acid bang of 'Red Plented; B-side brings a Mills/Dixon-styled piece of chiming Detroit minimalism in 'Blackbird', and the ruder PAS-like rolige of 'Message From Solaris'.
'Vortex' is the first cut bled from John Carpenter's 'Lost Themes' collection of new music made with Cody Carpenter (Ludrium) and Daniel Davies.
My word - this is the real deal. Two massively hunted-after Chicago underground acid classics from 1988 that have NEVER been re-issued. Maximum damage is inflicted by wigged out 303 lines and pounding 909 beats. Total acid bedlam that was so totally ahead of its time - the real sicknes. Buy!!
"Soft Gamma Repeater finds Graze continuing to develop and refine their style, enmeshing a tough percussive edge with the rich textures of dance music at its deepest."
"Every clap, breath, harmony, and note was performed by Gabriel direct to 2" tape through a Helios console in real time. Aside from a dip into Pro Tools to loop the 25 overdubs that build the claps & stomps of "6 8" and drum programming on “Me Alone” and “Pour Maman”, computers had little place in Gabriel's world. Not to imply Bishouné is a product of vintage fetishism; rather, the songs are a humble and urgent bout of self-expression guided by the natural limitations of a solo performer. Gabriel's compositions revel in such unabashed personhood. "Eve… Read more
Solo and collaborative house productions by London's Fybe.One with Deft, Francesca Belmonte, and more, plus remixes from Warsnare, Capes, Boean.
Two radically contrasting composers work out their differences in this 2004 collaboration commissioned for Singhur's Suite in Parochial festival, now released by Line and Volume. The results manifest two extended pieces consolidating Roden's signature, scuttling small sounds with Bretscheider's super crisp, crackling tones and pulses.
Forma follow on from their Spectrum Spools LPs with two extended, expansive kosmic techno rollers for The Bunker New York. Since those early LPs they've reshuffled the line-up to include the swirling synthlines of John Also Bennett in these two 15 minute burners, the radiant new age techno panorama of 'Cool Haptics' and the sublime chromatic washes of 'Cloud Pillar'.
Exceptional house music on DJ Qu's Strength Music Recordings. Italy's Massimiliano Vianello aka Pixel Music steals the scene with the deeply infectious bassline, sprung drums and trancing sytnh progressions of 'M-Theory' on the A-side - worth the entry twice over - whilst newcomer Nicuri makes good with the latinate shuffle, thrumming subs and Wolfgang Voigt-like strings of 'Thoughts Of You', and DJ Qu cleans up with an ear-worming, body-tucking wiggler named 'Undescribed (Believer)'. Dancers, DJs; fill yer boots!
Early release on DJ Qu's excellent Strength Music Recordings, containing tracks by DJ Jus-Ed, DJ P-Funk and Ramon Lisandro Quezada aka Qu himself. A-side Jus-Ed gets all Steve Vai on your booty with some naught shredding over over a rugged House beat while DJ P-Funk plays it cool with a downbeat Boogie entrance before shifting into swinging New York/New Jersey House mode for the dancers on 'Can't Boogie'. The highlight is Qu's very first release 'Air's Force' on the flip, a haughty but deep piece of individual House archtitecture with a swelling orchestral finish. Smart.