Monday, 15 June
*Mastered by Rashad Becker, features photography by Kim Thue and artwork by Bill Kouligas* Luke Younger's Helm undergoes a captivating metamorphosis from noise agitator to industrial ambient alchemist with 'Olympic Mess', his new album for PAN. Prompted by a period of personal turmoil and a chaotic lifestyle on the road playing support for Danish punks, Ice Age; Younger expands his sonic palette here with nods to the loop-based structures and textural sensuality of balearic disco, dub techno and industrial music. When filtered into his patented mix of hi-fidelity electro-acoustic process, fiel… Read more
**Includes both individual tracks and continuous mix version* Germany's DJ Koze has the honour of heading up DJ-Kicks' 50th mix + compilation set. As a figurehead of minimal, melodic and soulful tech-house and electronica, Koze ranks amongst the scene's most respected and venerable producers. He ain't too shabby on the decks either - widely regarded as a selector of the topmost order, with classic mixes such as 2004's timeless, 'All People Is My Friends' CD for Kompakt still ranking among our favourites of that decade. Now, ten years later, he rustles up a typically laidback 17-track selection … Read more
Moritz Von Oswald conducts a cabinet reshuffle, exchanging Vladislav Delay for legendary Afrobeat percussionist Tony Allen on his superb fourth Trio album and follow-up to 'Borderland' with Juan Atkins. Alongside original member Max Loderbauer, the trio embark on a new and deeply charming chapter of elemental rhythm and sound exploration, positioning them ever closer to some modern day version of the Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Dub is still the foundation, and jazz the teacher, but the languid roll of Allen's drums and Loderbauer's lissom bleeps now hint at … Read more
"Nils Frahm writes his first score for one-take feature film Victoria and is nominated for German film prize. Nils Frahm has always said that he's just waiting for something real special when being asked if he would ever score the music for a film. And that's exactly what German director Sebastian Schipper presented to him with his one-take feature Victoria. Filmed in Berlin, Victoria's plot sees a runaway party girl, who's asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town, but their wild night of partying suddenly turns into a ban… Read more
Blawan reveals his bleakest, most bleached-out and finest constructions on his second modular techno session for his Ternesc label. In contrast to the all-out barrage of 'Warm Tonal Touch', these trax are reduced to bare, viscous vibrations and spooked sci-fi atmospheres in four parts. A-side sets a shivering tone with the sputtering bass pattern and gloomy ambient motifs of 'Hanging Out With The Birds', for 'Mine Oh Mine' to pick up the pace while concentrating the vibes to serpentine effect somewhere between Baby Ford & Ifach Collective's 'Sacred Mahcine' and recent Vereker/Restra… Read more
Hessle Audio's Pangaea grapples with gritty UK techno/bass mutations in his 3rd, self-released number for Hadal. Raking over and reigniting an embarrassment of UK rave riches, he cuts out four tracks ranging from the early Autechreian inflections of 'Something In Your Eye' to the roguish roil of ragga chat and halfstep techno rolige in 'Stimulant Dub', before the rusty bassline house shank of 'New Shapes In The Air' bowls out on the B-side next to a Norman Nodge-like shake-down entitled 'They Buy Gold'. Super solid set for the DJs and dancers.
Purified silicon squeezy cheeze from megastar producer Hudson Mohawke. A steadfast adherent of the more-is-more production outlook, Mohawke's tightly packed 2nd album features guest spots from Antony, Jhene Aiko and Miguel, following his production details for the cream of the American hip hop crop, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake and Pusha T. There are interesting moments to be discovered, as with the OPN-esque majesty of 'Kettles', the searing synth excess of 'Scud Books', and the pointillist percussion of 'Lil Jembe', or the concise instrumental rave attacks such as 'Shadows' and 'System'… Read more
The modular maestro presents a luminous 4th side of original Buchla soundscapes for Morphine. Recorded in Berlin in September 2014 and incorporating production help and assistance from label boss Rabih Beaini aka Morphosis, 'Brother I Prove You Wrong' speaks with a sharper clarity and diction than Cohen's trio of archival recordings circa 1976-1989 already reissued by the same label to much acclaim. They're sharp as a tack, following sleek lines and rendered with a punch and sense of space and momentum which possibly betrays a return influence from the contemporary operat… Read more
Edge-blunted house budge from Mix Mup a.k.a. half of the MM/KM duo with Kassem Mosse. Proper, minimalist hip-notizers in four parts, holding noirish, sub-aquatic vibes in 'Seaweed', beside the ruggedly rudimentary electro-jazz-house of 'Wellpappe', whereas 'Plastic bag' allows some room to show-off in his lo-fi style, with fragile, mystic synth motifs driven by soggy kicks, and 'De Balkons' fades to close with a washed-out scene of field recordings and spectral vibings.
RA journo-cum-producer Angus Finlayson curls off a 2nd Minor Science session, this time for Nic Tasker's Whities sub-division of Young Turks. Arriving over a year since his well-received 'Noble Gas' 12" for TTT, this one again parses current London trends to offer two frayed and prosaic Actress via Theo Parrish impersonations. 'Closing Acts' deals in manicured fuzz and Oompa-Loompa swagger on the A-side, whilst 'Glamour' nudges out a fudgy London-style line-dance groove peppered with Radiophonic winks on the flip.
Blawan returns with 'Warm Tonal Touch', a cold-hearted modular techno assault on the senses. It's also the first release on his Teresc label and represents a scything new streak in his oeuvre harnessing the maximalist might of modular electronics. As with any instrument, it's only as good as the artist's imagination and intentions, and, whilst other operators manage to make their machines sound frankly boring, Blawan manages to animate his discipline with visceral force and effect. A-side unloads the lip-bitingly brutal wallop and noise of 'Talatone' plus a clattering, dissonant jacker e… Read more
Shades of lustin' NYC house from the former member of Hercules & Love Affair, backed with dope remixes. The exotic, orientalist house-pop of 'Creature' serves much to work with, spun out between Kim's own Chez N-Trent-styled remix, to the rolling tribal acid sensuality of two mixes by a/jus/ted; mystic house and techno mixes by Simoncino; and the tightly tucked square bass funk licks of Hot Creations and Rinse FM's Richy Ahmed remix.
Depicted as two greying gents on the front cover, Kompakt veterans Mayer & Voigt share a fresh plate of classy, timelessly effective Cologne techno. Mayer mans the front with a taut mix of tribalized drums and glassy chords precipitating a swollen electro bass switch-up to trigger the 'floor. On the turn, Reinhard Voigt locks down to a droning, wobbly jack layering fine-tuned oscillations to a a big disco drop and shark-eyed swagger kinda compatible with your Diagonal records.
Blackest Ever Black resuscitate a most memorable cut from Downwards' 'So Click Heels' compilation, backed with brand new reprise for the faithful. The original's a blissfully vicious reverie of cold, pounding machine pulses and utterly gorgeous, siren-like vocals beckoning from its barbed and barbiturate sound design. The reprise picks up without the beat, rendering a keening slow motion swoon of skin-peeling, shattered glass harmonics and piercingly lush melody. A must.
**4AD sum up the short, dark and brilliant life-span of London post-punk unit, In Camera, circa 1979-1982 thru a collection of singles, Peel Session recordings and previously unreleased tracks** "Active between 1978 and 1981, in the thick of London’s post-punk scene, they enjoyed an intense and fruitful short time together. Coming to the label’s attention when they supported Bauhaus at the Billy's venue in Soho, their only releases came with two singles in 1980 – the double A-side 7” of ‘Final Achievement’ and ‘Die Laughing’ (AD 8) and the IV Songs EP (BAD 19). Calling it a day before they recor… Read more
No Corner serve up the stygian soul of Jabu and chester giles' 'Slow Hands' on a one-sided 7" lick for the late night fiends. Working at a quasi-speed crawl with splashing cymbals and shimmering rhodes motif, chester giles complements the vibe with ponderous poetry amplifying the lethargic atmosphere until a gorgeous denouement from Jabu's vocal half, Alex Rendell, offers a redemptive closing. It's "Achingly smooth", according to the one like Steve Barker.
Zero Figure's debut of thrashing guitar and drums punk now available to download.
"Five years flies by in a flash, but feels like an eon. Sunset Silk reflects on the label’s half-decade dim glow in the distance of dance with new tracks and remixes by Prison Garde, Jupiter Jax, James Booth, C.L.A.W.S., Cruise Family (a vintage unreleased 11-minute recording), Strategy, Sapphire Slows, Afterhours, Roche and his brother CB Radio, as well both Bobbys: Draino and Browser. Though the rhythms come far-flung – Montreal, Malta, Vienna, beyond – the approaches feel unified, faded, fogged, and heavily felt. Woozy coastal house, MIDI new wave, cosmic techno, Oakland dark jack, ripper… Read more
Duck 'n Cover Records catch one of Chicago's finest Footwork producers at his most minimal, tracky, in 'Slash Time'. Some killer bullets inside, especially the baffling 'Lava', which somehow seems to work at a standard jackin' house tempo and footwork pace at the same time; liekwise the FFWD soul burn of 'Survive' and 'Da Best Thing I Can Affar'; and the frenzied blips of the title tune.
Pépé Bradock, Joakim and Eric Duncan in the remix hotseat for Todd Terje. Monsieur Bradock spoils us with two cuts, one sousing Inspector Norse in psychedelic jazz finery, the other turning 'Swing Star' into a cosmic house VIP, whilst Joakim pumps 'Strandbar' up to bright but moody big room house play and Eric Duncan resets it to a camp, cantering NRG groove.
*Recorded on vintage analogue equipment in an ancient church on the Isle of Wight...* "This major new release from the Greg Foat Group sees celebrated jazz quintet making the most of the acoustics of an ancient church, accompanied by a full ensemble of supporting musicians. The fourth album from the celebrated jazz combo will further delight Foat fans who have been consistently enthralled by the taste and finesse with which they execute their beguiling arrangements and instrumentation. Last year, during the long, hot summer of 2014, a couple of tons of vintage… Read more
Joey Anderson, Lotic, Holly Waxwing, and Dinamarca rework Teengirl Fantasy's 'Thermal' (2014) single for Break World Records. New Jersey's Joey Anderson reduces 'U Touch Me' to an hypnotic techno-house coda whereas Holly waxwing hears the same elements as a hyaline IDM prism; Tri Angle's Lotic renders 'Lung' as a hyperreal and FWD R&B phantasia, contrasting with the rugged reggaeton heft of Dinamarca's take on the same cut.
**Tipped to the drum fiends!** "“I’m an afrobeat drummer but Pat Thomas is highlife. That is what he does so well.” -Tony Allen. Strut present the brand new studio album by one of Ghana’s all-time great vocalists, “The Golden Voice Of Africa”, Pat Thomas, in conjunction with the Kwashibu Area Band led by multi-instumentalist Kwame Yeboah (Cat Stevens, Patrice) and saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (Ebo Taylor, Poets of Rhythm). A regular collaborator with Ebo Taylor, Thomas was mainstay of the ‘70s and ‘80s Ghanaian highlife, afrobeat and afro-pop scenes… Read more
Banging club constructions including a wicked Neana remix and a PC Music-style ace by Joseph Marinetti.
Andy Stott dismantles Martin Gore's 'Europa Hymn' and rebuilds it is a rugged and frayed analogue jam that sounds somewhere between Musique Concrète, Grime and Industrial music. Brilliant stuff...
The Cómeme ringleader whacks out a 4th party-load of bare-boned and killer rhythm trax. Highlights on this one have to be the machine-gun snare fire and industrial sound designs of 'Turbulencia' (127BPM), or the dancehall-meets-early Chi house jack gyrations of 'Lecciones De Perreo' (120BPM).