Friday, 07 August
Melja gets down dirty and jackin' for Mister Saturday Night. The NYC party/stable's latest pick-up rides across the A-side on a cantering techno groove called 'Steady Mobbin'' spun out with rushing arpeggios to an icy brekadown and back into a big warm dancefloor embrace for the 2nd half. Flipside, 'But It Really Didn't Matter' juggles ricocheting rimshots and kaotic Detroit-style harmonics with a grubby late night B-line, and 'I Won't Forget You' loses it to dynamic underwater techno flux reminding of recent Call Super and TTT moves.
"Like the days of Steely Dan, Harry Nilsson or Prince releasing a classic every year (or less) comes Mac DeMarco’s Another One, a mini-LP announced almost one year to the date of the meteorically successful Salad Days. Conceived and recorded entirely by himself in a short period between a relentless tour schedule at his new place in Far Rockaway, Queens, Another One is eight, freshly written songs, expanding the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog. There’s a bittersweet, romantic sensibility present. The overall feeling is lost love, or perhaps love never found, yet Mac embraces … Read more
Dublin's Lumigraph follows up a Ben UFO-approved debut on Opal Tapes with four skudgy, raw house swaggers for NYC's Mister Saturday Night. The pace is generally slower than his Opal Tapes issue 'Nautica', but works persistently infectious grooves ranging from wobly midnight acid beatdown on 'Yacht Cruiser' to the slackened, mutant chug of 'Playing My Numbers' and over to a sweeter piece of smudged but twinkling, jazz-debted slow-house in 'Small Doses'.
*Third of three Laraaji reissues via Leaving Records* "Leaving Records present three re-issues of seminal works by new age musician, composer, and laughter meditation workshop leader Laraaji. Recorded between 1978 and 1983, these works have not been re-issued in full since their original release. Although some excerpts of the material have been featured on various compilations, this is the first time in over 30 years that one can experience the uninterrupted duration of these cosmic etudes in their complete form. The added length creates an immersive environment of fresh, explorator… Read more
*Second of three Laraaji reissues via Leaving Records* "Leaving Records present three re-issues of seminal works by new age musician, composer, and laughter meditation workshop leader Laraaji. Recorded between 1978 and 1983, these works have not been re-issued in full since their original release. Although some excerpts of the material have been featured on various compilations, this is the first time in over 30 years that one can experience the uninterrupted duration of these cosmic etudes in their complete form. The added length creates an immersive environment of fresh, exploratory, exp… Read more
*One of three Laraaji reissues via Leaving Records* "Leaving Records present three re-issues of seminal works by new age musician, composer, and laughter meditation workshop leader Laraaji. Recorded between 1978 and 1983, these works have not been re-issued in full since their original release. Although some excerpts of the material have been featured on various compilations, this is the first time in over 30 years that one can experience the uninterrupted duration of these cosmic etudes in their complete form. The added length creates an immersive environm… Read more
Running Back's sun-blessed and sought-after sub-label, Mondo reaches its first label compilation. Captained by Francesco De Bellis a.k.a. Mr. Cisco, Mondo endeavours to focus on the "downtempo, "balearic" and organic side of house music", collecting four releases, 13 tracks of breezy, deckside disco and cosmic drug chug exemplified in L.U.C.A.'s 'Cacciatori Di Frodo' for instance, whereas ROTLA tends to a burbling, synthi pastoral sound; Studio 22 charm with wiggly disco winks and cinematic strokes; and Odeon cup a hand to their brow for the long distance gaze of 'Anxur' and two other reveries. RIYL the Music From Memory or Melody As Truth labels.
Laser-beamin' old skool electro fetishism from Koova on Sheffield's own CPU. Head straight for the Kraftwerkian nod, 'This Is Not My Future', or the Bambaataa-infected electro-boogie winner, 'In Search Of'.
Noise-addled house and dub techno trax from Okayama, Japan's Keita Sano, especially for New York's Mister Saturday Night crew. There's a fine depth a diversity to these three cuts, taking in the kind of distorted, over-driven jakbeat lunacy you'd associate with Trilogy Tapes or Opal Tapes on the two A-side grinders, whilst B-side 'She Was The One' would appear to have trapped a sample of Basic Channel in its glacially unfolding aquatic techno groove.
**Includes remixes by Devendra Banhart & Eluvium** Hauschka revisits his 'Abandoned City' head-space with an addendum of 5 outtakes plus more expansive remixes by Devendra Banhart and Eluvium. "A NDO C Y is a continuation of the Abandoned City story, told as a tale of two sides. Side A features five tracks conceived during the Abandoned City sessions, a suite of songs that together form an exceptionally resonant whole. As with Abandoned City, these songs owe as much to minimalist techno as modern composition, which makes them particularly conducive to remixes. On Side B, experimental folk ico… Read more
Mister Saturday Night goes 'ard with Hank Jackson's ace debut EP. A-side 'Deposit' jacks clattering 727 drums on a full sunken subbass thwack, all sounding thoroughly live and in-the-moment to transfer that frenzied, hectic party energy. Flipside, 'Cole's Lullaby' delivers a shock of overdriven distortion before subsiding to the ragged, buzzing, psychedelic buck of 'Shave'.
* "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the high-concept, illuminated sound design work of contemporary artists such as The Knife and Hudson … Read more
General Ludd makes a big disco entrance with his debut 12" for Mister Saturday Night. 'The Fit Of Passion' EP is proper New York club gear, very much in the mould of DJ Sprinkles but also bearing comparisons with a ruffer Soundhack, especially in the rumpy party jam of yelps, hollers, loose disco bass and liberal dub FX applied to 'Woo Ha', whereas 'Brothers and Sisters' is more sultry, sexy, riding a strutting B-line with Theo-like percussion and woozy disco vibes. Dancefloor killer!
Black ice industrial and noise pulsations from techno's nether region - Rome's Love Blast and Stirpe 999 labels. Subsound studio engineer, Luciano Lamanna galvanises one side with the tight, rolling and monotone techno precision of 'Giammai Per Sempre';flipside, Fire At Work deals in hulking 110bpm techno stress test working somewhere between Fishermen and recent Sigha, whilst the UK 's darkside techno pioneers Somatic Responses concentrate their noisy ADD tendencies to the cranky lurch of 'Dark Ervption'.
Eveson's reprises his Dead Man's Chest moniker with another spectral homage to OG '90s jungle. Most effective in the darkside dipper, 'Cut-Throat Hardcore' and frayed, dreamy suspense of 'The Future'. RIYL Sully, HATE, Zomby.
The Dark Sky trio make an unexpected yet successful detour into deep house avenues for the label wing of New York's Mister Saturday Night parties. With a lightness of touch and experimental bent not normally found in the often staid and hermetic genre, they nimbly realign the sound with classy vision, resulting breezier European styles reminding of Lawrence with 'In Brackets', while '5AM swings wide' with almost 2-stepped garage flair. Flipside, the sparkling-but-dusty jazz percussion and quicksilver edits of 'Voices' recalls classic Pepe Bradock and Shake, but with the up-to-the-minute … Read more
**Seminal slowcore progenitors Sub Pop albums reissued digitally** "From 1990-1994, New York City's Codeine were making somnambulant waves on a musical landscape reeling from Sub Pop's better known exports. 1991's Frigid Stars LP, 1992's Barely Real, and 1994's The White Birch received much critical praise upon release, but Codeine dissolved before any of that hype would carry Low, Bedhead, and the Red House Painters to international acclaim. All three albums will be subjected to Numero's notoriously elaborate packaging and detailed liner notes, including essays by Seam's Sooyoung Pa… Read more
"Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a scor… Read more
Boya trails last years' appearance on Opal Tapes' 'Cold Holiday' compilation with three cuts of murky, psychoactive house and techno for Mister Saturday Night. He's conceived one of the finest additions to the dialogue between house, noise and lo-fi electronics you'll hear this year. 'That's Us' is a really sweet dancefloor dreamer meshing celestial harps and voices with grubby drums and bass in the strangest, weightless atmosphere, whilst 'The Idler' comes off like some Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss disco looper that's been steeped in a vat of GHB for twenty years. B-sideit gets better yet with the … Read more
Heavy swinging future jazz-dance from NYC house institute Mister Saturday Night Records. 'The Archie Pelago EP' is their debut vinyl and follows digital issues on Car Crash Set and Slime Recordings, plus a mix for Sonic Router, with three deft, loose and abstracted grooves for the late night cats. 'Brown Oxford' seduces us to their agenda with breezy percussions, pizzicato strings and dusted horns in frayed syncopation hinging on a thick bass drum while 'Alice' possibly pays dues to Mrs Coltrane with a blissed whorl of cello, clarinet locked to tight and itchy drums for the da… Read more
Hotly-tipped house playa/producer Anthony Naples proves what all the fuss is about. His 2nd 12" for NYC dance institution, Mister Saturday Night sets a tasty Jersey swing punctuated with purposeful claps, hypnotic chords and hip-swung bass on the front, all mottled by his signature swirl and ferric-filtered trippyness, proper 5am at Panorama bar styles. Going by the same name, the B-side ups the ante with irresistible effect, shuffling the drum pattern to a more rugged, heads-down flex accented by singeing hi-hats and a uniquely abrasive finish. Scorcher.
Choice Brooklyn House musique kicking off the promising Mister Saturday Night label. Anthony Naples debuts with three tracks inspired by and dedicated to the dance floor at the label's eponymous, low-key loft party in New York run by Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin, rigging a slick but dusty and driving sound akin to the likes of DJ Q or Jus Ed. The title track plays around with warm and fuzzy chords, fruity disco bleeps and and a deeply tucked-in latin swing rhythm - those syncopated hi-hats and scissored cymbal patterns are guaranteed to satisfy. Better yet, B-side 'Slackness' … Read more
Darkside electro album from Seattle-based Chris Roman a.k.a. 214, who's previously released on Frustrated Funk and here returns on another Dutch label, Shipwrec. It's a stylishly measured and coolly dramatic sequence of events, drawing us in with the choral pads and icy drums of 'At 10 Knots', to take in the bittersweet sensations of 'Pickles and Mints', alongside the laidback dancefloor crack of 'Windom Earle' and emotive highlights in the E.R.P-like melancholy of 'La Proxima Manana' and gloomy dread of 'Binaural Affirmation'.
Friday, 31 July
The prodigal son of sci-fi electronica re-enters orbit with an astounding new EP as Kuedo for his newly coined Knives imprint. Arriving almost a decade to the day since his game-changing Vex'd album with Roly Porter, 'Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence' manifests his first major new work since 2011's acclaimed 'Severant' album, and also marks a lucent new pinnacle of sound design/engineering in his field. Accompanied by cameo production roles from erstwhile Vex'd bod, Roly Porter, plus Berlin's Phoebe Kiddo a.k.a Mind:Body:Fitness, and Canada's Egyptrixx, the nexx chap… Read more
Clap! Clap! on the bounce again for Black Acre with two booming, nifty dance attacks. In 'Camo' he weaves a party of African tribal percussion and chants around booming B-More kicks and sprung chord stabs at 138bpm for the hotsteppers; with 'Fever' he yokes a battery of cowbells to bustling, woody drums and swooping breakbeat techno for febrile behaviour.
**Critical studies in velocity and rhythm conceived by Berlin's N.M.O. duo and following on from their 12" for The Death of Rave. RIYL the bleep test, EVOL, Military Space Music, Fluxus Techno** "Tempo is a decisive factor in how we relate to music. Whole genre separations and notions of taste can revolve around the BPM at which samples are triggered or musicians play. In live music BPM is obviously often a fluctuating quantity, a loose constrict affected by the musicians' spirits / audience / etc. Electronic music genres are usually more rigid in their ad… Read more
Remastered reissue of Source Direct's sought-after '95 killer, 'Approach & Identify', backed up with a black hole inversion by Demdike Stare. Leading on from their essential 'Black Rose' reissue, 'Approach & Identify' presents a lusher slice of '95 jungle life with roll-out amens and tight subs swept up in a rip tide of swirling, sub-aquatic synths borrowed from Electrotete's (a.k.a. Juno Reactor) goan trance classic, 'Shark'. On the remix, Demdike Stare's Cross Border Incursion shapes amorphous black masses of sub-bass and spectral noise banking to a slowly intense, rubbling climax/collapse. Killer wares.
Total techno winner from Russian producer, Bjarki, the highly-touted new signing to Nina Kraviz' трип label. Quite inarguably, it's all about the adrenalising welt of 'I Wanna Go Bang'; a proper big room techno play loaded with the kind of weaponised, humping sub-bass wallop that leaves internal bruising when played thru a proper pair of speakers. We're gagging to hear this in a club. Roll on the weekend!