Monday, 01 September
Collecting 10 'Lost Reworks' by, and of, probably the best goth tech-house producer in Denmark. Watch out for the searing kohl-eyed missile 'River Of Life', the Powell-esque clatter and throb of 'Deceive', and the shifty T.O.M. And His Computer Band remix.
Heaving techno drama from Tommy Four Seven, braced with a wicked Oscar Mulero shake-down. T47's trax veer from distroted and broken in 'OX1' to snarling industrial 4/4 momentum on 'OX2', whereas Oscar Mulero shakes in between the cracks and around them with the kinky shift and gear-crunching edits of his 'OX1' remix.
All-American house showcase from Anthony Naples' Proibito gang. Former psy-trance producer Alexander Falk thuds out the fudgy but floating house of 'Mitsuda' beside the hazy subtlety of Hank Jackson's 'Mongoos' up top; down below Jackson Lee grips the hips with a shuffling, sub-heavy Afro-centric groover 'Sumba Togola', and Independence Ave charms with the faded deep house of 'Welfare'.
Engrossing debut album from Iranian sound artist, Pouya Ehsaei, sublimating samples of traditional Iranian music to "reveal the rage hidden beneath its melancholia." 'There' was produced in 2010, using fractured and brutally processed instrumentation indigenous to Iran to isolate a palpable feeling of tension articulated with a timbre unique to the artist's background. In the course of its six pieces we perceive a stark and grinding sadness from his aerated arrangements, gleaning elusive emotions from a rich, whisked swirl of glistening tones that remain dangerously high in the mix, sustainin… Read more
Peter Van Hoesen distills his Belgian industrial/EBM roots as much as current Berlin techno styles on his first 12" for Time To Express since 2012. The meantime has seen him release an LP of live material on Tresor, but 'Call & Response' is five tracks of pure studio muscle. 'Rift' makes the first move with an powerful update on Front 242-styled Fairlight basslines and rugged kick drum swing; 'Situation Two' is slinkier, Berlin-ified techno with hints of Ron Hood; 'Hollow Eye' is skippy, almost psychedelic; 'Chroma 3 (Dark Dub)' is a heads-down acid techno charge; 'call and Response' twysts out a modular tribal shake-out.
"Peter Jefferies (This Kind of Punishment) released his brilliant sophomore album Electricity in 1994. While his solo debut, 1990’s The Last Great Challenge in a Dull World, has drawn comparisons to classic singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and Townes Van Zandt, Electricity is a far more sparse and nocturnal affair. Jefferies’ earthy baritone weaves between piano, guitar, cello and analog tape machine noise, pulling in listeners to the deep pastoral life of his music. With guest appearances from heavyweights in the New Zealand music scene (Straitjacket Fits’ Shayne Carter, Plagal Gr… Read more
'Marishly cinematic and Coil-esque debut EP by Berlin-dwelling duo for Downwards. Offering a cold and gaunt hand of introduction, A-side 'Drenba nih sendaut' proceeds with muffled machine-gun percussions amidst foggy atmospheres pierced by pealing metal strikes whilst garrotting strings and wailing glossolalia raise the tension to pupil-dilating degrees. B-side, pitched choral pads uncannily reminding of John Avery's Force Nostalgia issue lay an icy bed for possessed female vocals and untoward gothic steppers undulations in 'Erajh nur dwfa', for Cut Hands-like death march drums and escalating strings to stoically finish the job.
"Self-titled debut LP by the contemporary USA based minimal synth artist. Formed in 2012, Kline Coma Xero is influenced by a number of projects in the past, spanning a realm of styles from experimental noise, tape loops and early industrial. Recorded on a plethora of hardware sequencers driving analog instruments, Kline Coma Xero produces a uniquely oblique interpretation of past-meets-present in modern electronic music. Standout tracks include the only previously released track "Left Behind" as well as the brilliantly catchy "Rewind". This record will certainly appeal to fans of… Read more
Sweetest, deepest house from Hamburg. After years in orbit of the Smallville family, collaborating with Christopher Rau and contributing to the 'Thirtyfive Ways' compilation, he makes his fully fledged solo flight with four tracks rounding on classic Chicago, New York and Detroit templates, from the plump square bass rump of 'Jasemine's Dream' and the Carl Craig-like sensuality of 'Sunday Evening' to the sublime, chiming chords and Dream 2 Science styles of 'The Sails' vintage NWAQ vibes realised in 'Vision Of Blue'.
Killer UK house rufige from Champion's Formula label. Three tracks get progressively tuffer from the tight house stepper, 'Drop To The Max' to the billowing bassline and clipped cowbells of 'Raw Sex' and the grimy dread lash of 'Dollars'. Check!
**Ram jam with edits of Fela classics plus an exclusive live track** "The soundtrack to the documentary, ‘Finding Fela,’ directed by Acadamy Award winning director, Alex Gibney. The film tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, and his social and political importance contrasted against the hit Broadway musical, Fela! and culminates in the bringing Fela! to The Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (the fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) includes 17 of Fela's classic tracks plus a never-befor… Read more
"German minimal composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler celebrated his 80th birthday this year. M=minimal honours the work of this master of reduction with the third release dedicated exclusivly to his work. Unlike many modern composers that use avantgardistic special effects, Stiebler builds his compositions around small sound spaces. As the composer himself said in an interview, his music is not intended to be easy. He demands a certain concentration of his listeners. Once you accept it you get rewarded with shifted time perception. A piece of 15 minutes duration can be perceived … Read more
Presenting a digital edition of the super-limited (65 copies) 8 x tape boxset by longtime Hospital Productions associate Matthew Folden aka Dual Action. 'Nightmare Angel of the Expressways' is a personal vision of isolationist industrial and EBM probably best consumed on very long drives down the infinitely straight highways of North America. The tracklist reads like the psychogeographic diary of a modern day highwayman getting progressively sozzled on neat booze behind the wheel, drifting thru 33 glistening electronic reveries powered by sodden motorik throbs and choking on noxious FX.
Deaf Center dig out two extended, beautifully solemn movements to inaugurate Sonic Pieces' Pattern series. Recorded during sessions from 2008-2012, 'Recount' is a sublime entry documenting their ghostly actions before and after 'Owl Splinters' (2011), their last record for Type. Time is suspended in their eternally crepuscular headspace, affording solitude for nostalgic remembrance in an immersive, orchestral environment defined by slow swelling organs and keys, warm guitar amp fuzz and willowing strings fed thru a fuzzy matrix of FX pedals. 'Follow Still ' was recorded in Berlin 2012 with a… Read more
Chicago's D'Marc Cantu at his most atmospheric, sci fi-inspired. 'Zone 4' was conceived as a singular release around the same time 'A New World' (2012) was produced. It finally arrives on Shaddock, involving a four-part narrative leading us from the scanning, slow-motion groove and epic synth strokes in 'Point Of Fracture' thru lush, dark house in 'Psychotronics', heavier electro on 'STS - 115', to the acid-driven jakk ov 'Zone 4'.
In 1994 the seminal electronic duo Cluster (Dieter Moebius & Hans-Joachim Roedelius) continued what they had begun in 1990 with 'Apropos Cluster', their comeback album. The more mature 'One Hour' condenses essential passages from two lengthy sessions into 60 minutes. We hear sprawling soundscapes, clear acoustic sketches, musical extravaganzas, in short: highly impressionistic electronica.
**Sleepy ambient/shoegaze on the new album from Christopher Willits** ""For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space," says music-art guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. "Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations," he continues. "It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness." And that is exactly what he has set out to do with OPENING, the veteran Ghostly artist's new im… Read more
'Local Agent' is a spellbinding new addition to the vast electronic worlds of Digitalis boss Brad Rose aka Charlatan. Steeped in sci-fi references, from the track titles such as 'Blur Suit' and 'Antiprism', to its cinematic industrial atmosphere and sense of retro-futurist romance/dystopia. Anchored by plonging, tactile dub bass for the most, 'Local Agent' sucks us into an abstract narrative of spatial chicanery and chattering, alien melodies given momentum by his kinetic, ever-evolving electronic synthesis. It could be an imagined soundtrack to the rasta chapters in Neuromancer or a parti… Read more
"The Nature Of Connections" almost entirely features pieces composed by Arve’s collaborators. Recorded in the sparkling acoustic of Oslo’s legendary Rainbow Studio by Jan Erik Kongshaug, it’s an album with closer ties to Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music than any of Arve’s previous releases. At the same time it features some of the most melodic and seductive music he has recorded. The trumpeter had planned to make an album with a string quartet for many years but never quite found the right formula. Finally, a special commissioned tour brought him to… Read more
Deftly broken house and shifty tech swingers from Appleblim & Komon. In duo, they deal the trippy mixing and squashed rave vibes of 'Motion Blur' and the late night tuck of 'Key Vision'. Gwan dolo, Komon goes darker with the dirge-like chords and scuffed. hard-edged swagger of 'Astir', contrasting with the lucid cosmic synths and off-kilter shuffle of 'Blim's 'Echo's Retreat'.
Afrikan Sciences' superb 2nd album, 'Theta Brain Wave Sync' arrives in digital form. For those new to the world of Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences, this is a perfect portal to his colourful sound field of chiming, bustling rhythmelody and kaotic harmonies hingeing on house music but projecting much further into the musical cosmos. Imagine a Jamal Moss DJ set deconstructed by Plaid and re-fused with The Arkestra and you're in the right zones.
KILLER Ruffneck griot rap and tumbling mbalax from Senegal circa 1994: another stunning discovery by Awesome Tapes From Africa! Showcasing the remarkably fierce "taasu" - a form of oral poetry set to sabar and tama drums - style of Aby Ngana Diop, the undisputed "taasukat" of her generation, 'Liital' presents a shock of six cuts charged with ferocious talking drums, subtle DX7 tones, and Diop's stentorian call-and-response vocals. Whilst many of us have heard the mbalax style via classic recordings from Youssou N'Dour and even Mark Ernestus' Jeri-Jeri ensemble, we, for one, have never hear… Read more
Monday, 25 August
Master-craftsman, Kevin Martin absolutely murders it with his fourth and finest LP as The Bug. A perennial pest at the outposts of dub, ragga, extreme noise and electronics, The Bug treats his periodic albums as dispatches from the brink, and 'Angels & Devils' is his most captivating of them all. Blessed with, and structured around sterling vocals from some of his favourite artists - Liz Harris (aka Grouper), Gonjasufi, Death Grips, Copeland, Flowdan, Manga, Miss Red, Warrior Queen - plus a collaboration with JK Flesh, it marks a pinnacle of not only his hard-wrought sound design skills, b… Read more
Sudanim drops a pair of proper bobby dazzlers on Her Records, backed with serious remix treatments from new cats, Drippin and Amotion. 'Pleasure Flood' is a fiercely shark-eyed reduction of ballroom, Baltimore and London club styles littered with the sound of spent shells and, quite brilliantly, not a melody in sight; it's a pure percussive thrill. Likewise, 'Abondance' allows any excess, twysting out industrialised drums and surging bass to steel the best 'floors. Remixing the former, Drippin makes an impressive introduction with his tetchy, quarter-tone edits and trap whirrs, whilst Amo… Read more
Dark0 follows his Lost Codes debut with a lean, trancey grime session for Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper label. Like Slackk or Ikonika's forward styles, Dark0 fuses brittle 2-step/grime patterns with well-oiled, fluoro folk/road melodies in a distinctly UK fashion. However, unlike the aforementioned, his sound also errs close to Hybrid or Sasha-like prog arrangements, and if we're getting wavey in the club at 3am, it's got strobe appeal...
Hot on the heels of his lovely 'King Bromliad' 12", Floating Points deals another one-sided treat for the DJs and dancers. 'Sparkling Controversy' has all the hallmarks of a sterling F.P. joint - cone-caressing subs, dusted drums and effervescent keys - given nuff room to slyde and rub up the slinkiest sorta dancefloor friction.
From hooded Wegie scamp to world-taking producer, Rustie continues to blaze a neon trail with his crackshot 2nd album, 'Green Language'. Packing all the stomach-churning, heart-bursting rush of a triple-barrelled mitsi, it's a dancefloor melding, accelerationist expression of emotions that can't be adequately summed up in the English lexicon, amped with guest vocals by D Double E, Redinho, Danny Brown and Gorgeous Children. It scales up the thizz attacks of 'Glass Swords' to impossibly ecstatic levels with his signature blend of tiered harmonies, crashing trap dynamics and traces of jaw-br… Read more