Monday, 04 August
"Some might say that the continued stream of releases from Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze, who sadly passed away in 1999, is beginning to beggar belief. But Jones had always been prolific, creating not just song after song but variant version after version of his existing work, and so Muslimgauze continues to reach out from the last century into this one. Although an intensely dedicated and creative producer and composer, Jones could be a little cryptic when it came to keeping his massive body of work organized. The recently unearthed Turkish Berlina dates back to 1997, shortly after Mus… Read more
**Reissue of a super sought-after near-mythical Muslimgauze album from 1994 including the 20 minute title track.** ""Oftentimes when a reissue has bonus tracks their provenance can be tangential or suspicious; in this case, they’re more like a homecoming. When Bryn Jones turned into the master for what would become 1994’s Drugsherpa mini CD to once and future label Staalplaat, the label selected the twenty-minute title track, truly one of Muslimgauze’s most distinct and awe-inspiring tracks, to fill the release. The sinuous, doom-haunted “Drugsherpa” still sounds fresh today but in 1994 i… Read more
"The original two-disc Deceiver from 1996 is a seminal release in Bryn Jones’ sprawling discography, one of the first major ones to really pivot into the noisier/more abrasive side of Jones’ sound as Muslimgauze. From its epic, vinyl-side-long title track down to terse, rhythmic snippets like “A Parsee View,” Deceiver set out many of the avenues that Muslimgauze would continue to explore before Jones’ death in 1999. Since then, Staalplaat has continued to release the massive backlog of Jones’ work, with the nine-disc set Box of Silk and Dogs seeing the release of a third volume of D… Read more
Max Richter's original score for 'Perfect Sense', which is directed by David McKenzie (Yong Adam) and stars Ewan MacGregor, Eva Green, Connie Nielsen and Ewen Bremner.
"After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Jeff McIlwain, better known as Lusine, is back with a more tightly focused EP. McIwain's discography is intimidating, and over the course of the last few decades, he's been known for exceeding in a wide array of electronic styles, a rarity among artists of his kind. The release of Arterial, his fourth EP for Ghostly, marks another successful foray into a niche that most artists would spend their careers immersed in. A calmly effortless work, Arterial is economical in everything it does, creating its own tiny universe to house expertly … Read more
Lucien Goethals was born in 1931 in Ghent, Belgium. He completed his musical education at the Royal Academy Of Music in 1956 where he was awarded the highest accolades for advanced organ, history of music and theoretic notions, after which he eventually pursued his studies of seriated music technique and electronic composition with GM Koenig. He was awarded further awards for composition in both his own country as well as abroad and was a member of the renowned Spectra work group. In 1963 he was appointed to the post of producer of the BRT (Flemish division of the Belgian Broadca… Read more
Neon 808 heat from Lockah and his trans-Atlantic counterpart Taste Tester. There's four taut, whirring fusions of R&B, Footwork and blazing Yamaha synthlines from the duo, at best in the 3-stepping R&B zest of 'U Don't Know Me' and the Rustie/HudMo-styled excess of 'The End', whilst DJ DJ Booth eases the thizzing 'Higher' to a bouncing house/club style, and Slick Shoota juggles the vocal of 'U Don't Know' with infectious footwork patterns. Support from Starkey, Johnny Dub, Jay Scarlett.
Sublime, festive Balearia from Madrid's Javier Bergia, who, perhaps most famously, played on Finis Africae's seminal, eponymous debut. Expect to be swept away on a warm breeze of floral guitars, keys, exotic percussion and lushest synths coaxed along by Bergia's mellow vocals.
When you think of Ennio Morricone the first thing to spring to mind is probably not improvisational experimental music. It’s soundtracks, but it seems the hallowed maestro had more strings to his bow (or something) than most may have expected, and this gem of a release shows a daringly avant garde side to Morricone’s canon. Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza found Morricone on trumpet next to musicians Franco Evangelisti, Giovanni Piazza, Egisto Macchi, Antonello Neri and Giancarlo Schiaffini and was formed by the pioneer in 1964. ‘Musica Su Sc… Read more
"Melodic and playful techno interactions from one of the most crucial occupiers of the freaked out sweet spot between the hypothesized club/anti-club binary. Gobby’s skill for sampling anything and everything into strange and insanely funky techno loops is particularly apparent on this six track release that has eyes on ultra serene trance heights as much as the most fucked streaks of purist techno. Somewhere beyond the historic thump of Black Dice’s rhythmic experiments and classic acid and freaked out, Gobby’s beats are both sludgey and vivid. On “Wallet and Cellphone”, Gobby comes out … Read more
Shawn O'Sullivan (Vaputeen, 400PPM, Civil Duty, Led Er Est) meets vocalist and songwriter Katie Rose on a suite of druggy, etheric wave dance and pop deviations on Minimal Wave's Cititrax sub-label. There's six diverse but coherently related tracks on rotation, alternating between a de-glazed take on Balearic chug in 'High End Basics', to an atmospherically charged and pumping 'Woodwork', thru the cosmic '90s dream-pop of 'Spectacle Dissolved' to droning Chris & Cosey styles to the Carpenter-esque 'Death To The Beat', and a strident mid-tempo disco wader called 'Beyond Time'. It's no… Read more
Sweetest deep house from Fur, who was last heard on UNO NYC, and now backed with a sublime Linkwood remix. The original is a lovely touch of late night New York City class melting poised keys and pizzicato strings over brushed percussion and sneaky bassline with just the faintest hits of humid nocturnal streetlife bleeding in at the edges. B-side, Linkwood's Stargazer remix retreats to the balcony for a sultry, spaced-out shuffle, those distant sirens turning into silvery contrails and expansive synthlines tracing the city's imagined outline.
Dramatic, aggy grime from Newham Generals' Footsie. Sukh Knight on the buttons, lifting a Bollywood sample as used by Method Man & Busta Rhymes' 'What's Happenin'.
High-velocity jungle and liquid breakbeat styles from DJ Trax. Check for the HD amen chopping of the title tune.
"Minneapolis torn-leather psychedelicists Daughters Of The Sun cop a tripped deathless vibe on their fourth, and most far-gone, full-length, Ride To Die. Severed by distance (singer/guitarist Nick Koenigs transplanted to LA), and pulled omni-directionally by other projects (Koenigs as Filthy Huns; percussionist Bennett Johnson and multi-instrumentalist Collin Gorman Weiland in Dreamweapon), the trio transmute these tolls into seven of their best badlands kosmosis interstate benders yet taped. The disintegrated chemistry of dirt-road hunts like “Desert Grave” or “Sater’s Ghost” s… Read more
One of the UK's more promising young labels returns with the kinetic spatial studies of D Hansen's 2nd release, 'A Pair Of Quiet And Empty Rooms'. Avoiding use of samples in favour of unique tones and "something completely other", Hansen recorded bits of junk at discrete distances in a variety of rooms in order to capture their natural reverbs, which were then processed with artificial ones to create whole new semi-fictional dimensions. The results, split over four pieces, make incisive, playful use of silence and tension in a manner recalling Nicola Ratti/Giuseppe Ielas… Read more
Debut drop of rimshot-riding house from Boyfriend following remix actions for Mad Decent, Enchufada and more. Essentially it's a sort of deeper take on Baltimore House, perhaps more Karizma style than the naughty stuff T & A are known for. Boyfriend's 'Fears' is a brilliant groover effortlessly swinging off percolated rimshots, hi-hats and plump subs, which Saveless runs as a ruddier sort of electro-funk and DJ Ayres fuses with deep garage techno. Tipped!
Appleblim and Peverelist have been responsible for truly taking the Bristol dubstep scene to the forefront of the electronic music consciousness. In their individual guises both have taken the scene on similar trajectories, Appleblim, as joint head of Skull Disco and creator of some of the deadliest, deepest and most esoteric productions the scene has put forth, and Peverelist as Bristols anchorman behind the Rooted records shop, and the awesome Punch Drunk records, home to his personal brand of Berlin debted dubstep magic. Together the… Read more
18+ debut with a haunting brand of indie soul/trip hop on Houndstooth. Their first 7" arrives hot on the heels of Soft As Snow's debut, with whom 18+ clearly share a taste for ear-worming hooks and iced electronics. Their A-side 'Crow' hinges plangent finger pops and looped-up caws around the kind of frothy motif that lodges in your nut for days, whilst processed male/female vox come off like The xx's fugged-up cousins. B-side, 'Horn' is spookier, mixing wheezy concrète textures and sluggish drums to stoned laughter and nonchalant vocals with a wry, Tricky-esque appeal.
Monday, 28 July
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a m… Read more
Jon Brooks (The Advisory Circle) meets Sean O'Hagan of The High Llamas to kick off Ghost Box's Other Voices series of singles. They're two sun-drenched piece of pop, shapeshifting between pastoral strums, bubbling exotica drum machines and fading electronics.
**Upfront Exclusive** Debut shot of dynamic grime futurism from Chemist for Coyote Records, backed up with Last Japan and Rabit remixes. Twinning his studies in composition and technology for film and games with current strains of HD UK grime, Chemist coins two lucidly detailed, kinetic constructions with the intricate polymetrics and strafing square waves of 'Defiance', and the robotic Eski origami of 'Blocks' marking him out as a slick sound designer. Rabit's remix of 'Defiance' is condenses its energy into pensive, droning subs, militant claps and sino licks owi… Read more
**An awesome compilations of the full-length tape releases from NoCorner** Prayers have been answered: Bristol's low key but brilliant cassette label NoCorner label yields prime and sought-after selections from El Kid, Filter Dread and Lily to digital for the 1st times. In the space of two years No Corner has become one of those labels you look for. Ideal for those catching up or keeping up, you'll find El Kid's concept EP, 'Labyrinth' dedicating 30 minutes of coruscating minimal techno and echo-chamber noise to a fictional sunken warship - think a… Read more
Matthewdavid's Leaving Records step correct with a swampy beat suite from Ras G and the promising debut of Veronica Lauren aka VHVL. We find Ras G at his leanest, technoid and psychoactive in seven off beats with nary an "Oh Raaaas" in sight, instead some of his knottiest electronics in '3am Downtown' plus gorgeous, lysergic cut-ups of Lonnie Holley in 'Rendered…' and 'Renderlude…', beside crunching conrcrète soul in 'Breathe_GMIX(08)', and what is effectively Workshop-style slow house meets Sun Ra exotica in 'Can't Fuck up My Good Day'. On the other hand, VHVL takes fifteen minutes - rat… Read more
Tuff City Kids, Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson get loose and ravey with Sparky's Glasgow anthem, 'Portland'. In early '90s brekabeat house mode their Looney Mix pivots off piano stabs, tight breaks and swinging New York house drums, whilst the TB Mix brings the breaks, acid spurts and dreamy chord progressions forward to weightless effect.
Super smart 2nd album from Seattle's foremost hip hop accelerationists. Fronted by Ishmael Butler, formerly of the brilliant Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces have cornered a unique take on contemporary hip hop melding traces of electronica, cyberactive dub and jazz inna cerebral but instantly gratifying style that swerves self-conscious oddness in favour of genuinely psychedelic lushness and off-the-dome freedom. Borrowing its title 'Lese Majesty' from a French term for offending about offending the dignity of a royal, the album is framed as a "…sort of sonic attack on the "me-mania… Read more
Widescreen visions of modern classical and electronics on the debut album from American Men's Claude Speeed. Ostensibly the odd one out in LuckyMe's fluorescent roster, the Glaswegian artist actually shares a lot in common with his native label-mates, in terms of proggy compositional nuance and his taste for glittering, emotively synthetic backdrops. Distilling a mixture of ebullient grandiosity and majestic melancholy at its core, it percolates a spectrum of modern music from the stadium rousing epics of Mogwai and Rustie to the subtler tones and sweeping, folksy arrangements of BoC o… Read more
**First ever digital edition of a 1990 cassette release** At long last, another heart-melting chapter in the musical enigma of Clive and Mark Ives' Woo is revealed to the world at large. 'Into The Heart Of Love' was issued on cassette by two different labels in 1990, containing 22 songs strung out between tropicalia, Canterbury pop, New Age and exotic easy listening styles with a charmingly quiet sort of English humour. For a long time the duo's music was the preserve of those very much in the know, but thanks to recent reissue agendas they've rightfully bubbled up tot the attention o… Read more