Monday, 11 May
Leaving Records introduce the wild and lush electronic topographies of Mexico City's Smurphy with 'A Shapeless Pool of Lovely Pale Colours Suspended in the Darkness'. A product of her times and location, Smurphy's music feels helplessly, instinctively torn between dimensions and planes of psych-pop surreality, combining the giddy harmonies of her label boss Matthewdavid with the tribal rawness of Black Zone Myth Chant and the strange sensuality of Teresa Winter. It's a psilocybic sound, flush with lucid nature sounds mixed with her own, d… Read more
Shamir Bailey follows his striking debut, 'Northtown' with a maiden flight for XL. Leaving the house beats behind and placing Shamir front-and-centre, 'Darker' juxtaposes the kind of soulful balladeering your mum, gay uncle or baby sister could sing-a-long to, with a backing of droning organ pads and what could be a squealing choir of harpies. Aye, it's not quite what you'd expect. Bodes well for whatever XL have planned for Shamir...
Tevo Howard stokes the art of reel Chicago machine music with his 2nd Sequence Report, 'Vanity'. A sophisticated bunch of trax paced out for the DJs, drawing on classic synth-pop and electro-funk thru the prism of proper house music. A sterling showcase of sequencer skills and deft drum programming.
**Lossless format for this release is 24 bit / 44.1kHz** After leaving us hanging in 2013 with a delectable 7", Sally Dige commits her debut album of neon noir synth-pop to Night School Records. With the exception of that single's ice cold, 'Losing You', it's all new material, nocturnally skooled in classic 4AD and '80s FM pop, a perfectly manicured balance of cracking drum machine punctuation and swooning synth/vocals expressing a dark, luxuriant sensuality painted in a brooding, new romantic relief. With 'Hard To Please' she nods to the latin freestyle inflections of Madonna, whereas… Read more
**First new album from the Moloko singer in 8 years!** "It begins with ‘Gone Fishing’ that chimes like the bells of a buoy bullied by tide, everything hanging from a two-note octave. The lyric written after watching Jennie Livingston’s ‘Paris Is Burning’, a study of race, class, gender and sexuality in America. A walk of ‘Realness’ with Pepper LaBeija, Angie Xtravaganza, Willi Ninja, and their Houses. Surviving the slap of love and the weight of what media would have us believe are beauty and success. ‘Evil Eyes’ pits an elastic thunder of ruff punk bass against explosions of mirrorb… Read more
**Concise ambient dream pop from the West Coast USA label who brought us that great Fay LP** "Haunting in it's ardor for subdued atmospheric murk and dissipating electronic dream-pop transmissions, Pazes' debut full-length album 'Induced' is loosely an exercise in musical intent vs. unknown forces that forge the end result in-between. Commenting on the process, the Berlin-based (by way of Brazil) Pazes remarks, "I like to think feelings and ideas are separate things and if I’m expressing anything with music, I want it to be the latter. However within the process it becomes very hard to control wh… Read more
Big release from Kingdom's new American wing of Night Slugs, the Fade To Mind imprint. Nguzunguzu make the first incision with three lean and agile, synth-drippin' bangers, backed by nexx-level Kingdom and Total Freedom remixes. Hailing from LA, Nguzunguzu have built a very solid reputation over the last 12 months or so with remixes for Lazer Sword and Rainbow Arabia, plus nuff spins from players like Bok Bok and Kingdom. Their style here is efficient and shark-eyed, dippin' between the deceptively light and skippy 'Timesup' to the whirlpool synthlines and hydraulic sub pressure of 'Water … Read more
Mikkel Meldgaard plumbs deeper, gothic techno depths with three new pieces plus an EBM-jacked Pattern repeat remix. With 'Kigs' he puts a noirish, Giallo-esque spin on dub techno, whilst the uranium-enriched tones of 'Trash' irradiate a skeletal techno groove and 'Tall Buildings' allows some light in with a teasing trance arpeggio. At the EP's darkest point, Pattern Repeat lock 'Further' to a minimised EBM pulse and jagged synths with a sleazy, oily effect.
OH f**king yessssss. The Kingdom-curated Fade To Mind imprint makes a deadly 2nd incision with this allstar showcase of C*nty East Coast Ballroom beats from MikeQ, Vjuan Allure, Nadus, Jay Karan, Kevin JZ Prodigy and DJ Slink. Simply, they don't come haughtier than this, bringing the undiluted, optimised taste of an underground scene generally reserved for those "in the know". Once inside, you'll find collagen-injected versions of scene classics, from 'The Ha Dub' to the catty scats of Kevin JZ Prodigy's 'Feels Like' and a 2012 version of the Jay Karan-starring 'Let It All Out', besides … Read more
Melt-Banana deliver their second compilation of singles and tracks from split releases. Originally released between 2000 and 2009, the collection includes covers of “Tintarella Di Luna,” by Italian singer Mina, Toots & the Maytals’ “Monkey Man,” DEVO’s “Uncontrollable Urge” and The Damned’s “Love Song.”
A touch of mittel European house klasse from Phillip Lauer on his very satisfying 2nd solo LP. Well known for his collaborative spirit - he's just appeared on Sotofett's latest double pack and regularly contributes to the Arto Mwambe and Tuff City Kids duos - Lauer carries an open-ended but singular aesthetic into his solo work with a spectrum of nocturnal, neon dance tones steeped in late '80s dance music. The tracks on 'Borndom' sound expensive, reeking of sophisticated excess. They rarely peer over the 120bpm barrier, tending towards that mid-tempo swagger and cusp-of-acid house romance between… Read more
Proggy dub techno and IDM prisms from Lars Leonhard back on BineMusic. If you like your electronica super crisp, melancholic and spacey à la Monolake, this one's for you. Includes mixes by Quantec, Scanner and Thomas Touzimsky.
Atlantic-facing techno killer backed with a deeply driven Legowelt remix. Portugal's Lake Haze and IVVVO make a potent pairing on the front with a bareback jacker built from salty 909 and stormy synth arrangement spilling over a sense of dancefloor drama. B-side, Legowelt picks and runs with that vibe, filling in the space with patented kick drum welt and expanded, unfolding arrangement weaving yoghurt and sand like some Atlantean psy-trance anthem.
**Remastered on 180g clear blue vinyl - top tip for fans of Bark Psychosis, Laika, early post rock/rave hybrids** Medical Records turn their attentions from the '80s to the '90s with brilliant returns in this issue of Texan group Kitty's mutant debut album. Formed in Austin, TX in 1994 around a mutual love of My Bloody Valentine and an urge to make something that sounded different to everyone else, Kitty fashioned a prescient, outstanding body of work before they disbanded by the end of the decade without a single official release to their name. However, they did garner a loyal and ferven… Read more
*Kid606 shows his softer side with an ambient suite informed by Eno* “After what would be my last Post-Berghain 9:00 A.M. psychotic break with reality, I knew I needed a change but decided that checking myself into a Berlin psych ward when I still only speak English was probably not the best idea. I realized this kind of thing never happened to me back in California and I should probably just get my shit together and move to Los Angeles immediately. “Reading about how Brian Eno was inspired to create the first ambient album Discreet Music while healing … Read more
One of the UK's most nattered-about techno bods crashes in on Berlin's Leisure System. Following a volley of shots on Power Vacuum, Turbo and Hype_LTD, his latest salvo deals in fierce bruk techno mechanics carving up no-man's-land between the rabid funk of 'Oleum' and Randomer-style warp and heft of 'Mormon Shuffle' thru to the more rolling techno discipline of 'Standard Issue' and a welting wickedness in the aggy breakbeat funk reductions of 'FS3+4'.
Body-clattering techno from Guy Andrews, following his 2011 single for Untold's Hemlock with two bludgeoning cuts for his Pennyroyal offshoot. A-side doses bouncing bass drums and a banking wall of noise building to a breathless climax, cooling off before rolling out sweeter, burning off the lactic acid. B-side is more roguish, spitting a barrage of claps on top of tussling kicks and vicious modular squall.
Finnish producer Gremino becomes the first non-Yank to drop on Kingdom's impeccable Fade To Mind imprint. After crafty sessions on Rag 'n Bone and Car Crash Set, he comes with a hyperjackin' HD sound, rolling to sweetened cyber-junglist vibes on 'Lush', while 'Let's Jack' ramps a rapid, nervy sci-fi sound for the wallbangers. 'Faerietales' is the weirdest and most colourful of the lot, spooling chromed synthlines over Grimy swerves kinda like Starkey on a large dose of amphetamine.
Heady tribal house patter from Antinote's MVP. The results of his 'Pure Ground Research' sound like the barefoot travels of a free spirit circa 1990 in Goa, wandering from the sub-tropical panpipe visions and rolling trance-house of 'Tone Loc' to the lathered digital suncream of 'Minus Jam' and chiming tones of 'Box of Exotica' seducing us to a humid proto-trance sound strafed by a multitude of worldly voices, to settle at the balmy bob of 'Green Resident' and its melting harmonics. For those who long for simpler times and warmer climes…
'Twelve O'Clock Shadow' works as a fine taster for fLako's lush 'Natureboy' album and also a vehicle for two exclusive new pieces. In the title cut, a pivotal track from the album sequence, L.A.'s Miguel Atwood Ferguson arranges gorgeous strings moving between Mica Levi-esque discord to Alice Coltrane-like blooms around fLako's pointillist guitar and breezy shuffle, and 'The Shape Of Things To Come' nods sagely in the direction of Ornette with a harmolodic matrix of strafing syn-flutes, vocal chorales and staggered footwork/hip hop drums. Flipsiude brings the newnuss with slowfast me… Read more
Matthew Mondanile is back with a summery lick from his upcoming new album, 'St. Catherine'.
DMX Krew riffs on classic acid mutations with '5 Ways 2 Jack' for Jerome Hill's Super Rhythm Trax. It's a party from the crust to the run-out, checking off big-box-little-box styles with 'Vicious Bleebz' and proper Yorkshire bleep rufige with 'Bleepology'. Harder heads will be all over the cascading 303s and warehouse bang ov 'Up 'n Down', and we can't wait to catch the Lil Louis-gone-Bashment pressure of 'Ragga Clash' in a club soon.
**Sampledelic classic based on the notorious British TV series, The Prisoner. Reissued for 2015 by the good folk at Room 40** "Recorded at Baby Monster Studios, New York City, Summer 1993. Published early 1994. David Shea was born in 1965. Pupil of Morton Feldman, he has been active in the New York downtown new music scene from a very young age. He has been involved in many projects of John Zorn and has performed with him in many places in Europe and USA. He has also worked in close collaboration with Marc Ribot, Jim Pugliese, Anthony Coleman, etc. From 1986 to 1990, he worked as a club dj p… Read more
Christina Nemec (Comfortzone) presents an unheimlich vision of future ambient music with 'Empty Airport', further to her aktions with Peter Rehberg and Christian Schachinger in Shampoo Boy. Also including additional mixing from Christian Fennesz in the gauzily layered introduction, 'Abandoned House', the album unfolds a finely-parsed mixture of field recordings and electronics laced with inorganic techno drums and stalked by slow moving black masses of bass. If Eno's 'Music For Airports' is a dreamy experience, this is its nightmare analog; recreating, for us at least, that sensation of being… Read more