Monday, 30 March
Dreamy house with a raw edge on The Netherlands' Dekmantel label. UK's Palms Trax at the controls, taking in the mellow, atmospheric jacker, 'In Gold', Legowelt-styled shimmer of 'People of Tusk', and the saucy acid winks of 'Sumo Acid Crew'. RIYL Juniper, Vester Koza, Willie Burns.
Iceland's Örnólfur Thorlacius a.ka. Ozy returns to the fray with a diverse new album crossing lines between ambient, IDM and broken beats and starring remixes from Laurel Halo, Miles Whittaker and Japan's College Drop.
Alterantely super-bright, blue and driving electro-pop from New Jersey's Dave Hawke a.k.a. Memory Tapes. Check for the dusky cruise of 'House of Fire'.
"Ten years after his debut-album “Herbstlaub“ on CCO, german ambient composer Marsen Jules takes us to his “Empire of Silence“. An impressing soundtrack to the epic power and beauty of nordic snow and ice-landscapes. Thereby he sounds even more elegiac, warm and romantic as ever before. This might be a result of a strict reduction to bittersweet symphonic string-sounds. Sounds which Jules elapses like a prism on the timeline and lets them meander on the slightly on the listeners eardrum. While others are still talking about “modern classic“, Jules is already moving on the part… Read more
"Dutch minimalist composer Jozef van Wissem’s score for this "non-narrative" film experience directed by Domingo Garcia-Huidobro of Föllakzoid. The film consists of appropriated 12-string electric guitar drone, black baroquelute mirror images, and minimal electronics."
"From an unassuming, self-sufficient musical micro-industry in the north of England comes more finely tuned fastidious femme pop from Jane Weaver and her growing Bird Records imprint with a new split single available of vinyl and download this spring. Combining domestic synth pop with falsetto melodics and 10cc sounding prog pop arrangements in Don’t Take My Soul, Jane depicts a theatrical electronic pop character that fuses Kate Bush karaoke with a J-Pop Erykah Badu whilst retaining her own very distinctive songwriting, con… Read more
**Deluxe Version with ten bonus tracks** Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, in an desperately evolving industry, Ja… Read more
Geeneus darkens the house with his first solo release since 'Volumes One' waaay back in 2008! He hasn't been slouching since, running this little ting called Rinse FM and that, beside production for Katy B and more recently P Money, but this is pure uncut Geeneus, and it's wicked. 'ELE' lashes that sick lick from Ed Rush & Optical's 'Alien Girl' (or near enough) over a rugged house shunt and clambering chords while 'Red Velvet' reaches peak levels with trancey stabs and a tight, pneumatic UK jack.
**Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make texture and grain become as important a part of the vocab… Read more
*Follakzoid return with 'III', their third release for Sacred Bones* "Föllakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends Diego, Juan Pablo, and Domingo from Santiago, Chile. Heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate this influence with contemporary sounds of their times, creating a rich yet minimal atmosphere. III is a four-part minimal sound voyage in which you can hear Föllakzoid’s musical language developing into something more upbeat, obscure, and sharp, yet even simpler in terms of elements."
Denmark's Damien Dubrovnik return to Alter with a 2nd LP of studied noise prurience. "Copenhagen-based industrial duo Damien Dubrovnik (aka Posh Isolation founders Loke Rahbek and Christian Stadsgaard) follow up 2013's First Burning Attraction (ALT 008LP) with Vegas Fountain. Rahbek and Stadsgaard have continued to be consistently busy as label bosses but even more so as artists, performing more frequently worldwide and building a reputation for their fierce and powerful live show. They have also continued to hone their craft in the studio and found a working rhythm in which thei… Read more
**Deviant breakbeats and hair-brained Moog wig-outs. Deadly!!!** "As an artist whose name has become mutually synonymous with the instrument he plays Bruce Ditmas is a very unique heavy musician from one of those special tightknit communities that tried (and almost succeeded) to change the facade of progressive pop music and jazz via musical technology. Raised in Miami (an unknown incubator for future synthesists) Bruce carved the image of a teen prodigy playing jazz drums at the most exclusive Miami Beach hotels. After being whisked off to New York by none other that July Garland he be… Read more
**Gorgeous dream-pop and warbly, Basinski-esque ambient music. RIYL the recent Jefre Cantu-Ledesma LP** ""The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 - whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines - that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions. Several of the pieces are recreations of harmony loops that I heard in a series of extraordinarily vivid dreams, and then woke up and recorded. A few pieces had lyrics … Read more
Monday, 23 March
Jlin breaks thru the Chicago footwork ranks with one of the scene's most fascinating, essential mutations in 'Dark Energy', co-presented by Planet µ and Jamie Kuedo's very promising new Knives label. It's quite possibly the most distinctive contribution to footwork since the RP Boo album and Rashad's jungle splices, and, in such a fast-moving (quite literally) and active scene, that's gotta be saying something. Keener Chi watchers may have previously checked Jlin's standout 'Erotic Heat' and 'Asylum' joints on the Bangs & Works Vol.2 compilation but, since then, the Gary, Indiana-based producer… Read more
Numbers tick one off the booty bucket list with this invaluable set of ghetto house classixxx by the original DJ Deeon. Almost as well appreciated in Glasgow as they are in Chicago, they include the awesome Arthur Russell-sampling freak of '2 B Free', the irresistible 'House-O-Matic', a ruff-ass R&B throw-down in 'Freak Like Me', plus a proper pounding in 'The 604'. For the strippers, for the street.
**Upfront Exclusive** Wicked reassemblies of yung producer, Grovestreet, by M.E.S.H., Strict Face, Byrell The Great and Morcee & 199? for the burgeoning Tight Knit Records crew. Returning the favour from Grovestreet's 'Scythians' remix, M.E.S.H. rends 'Ground Zero' as bouncing para-techno bomb, metabolising ballroom, B-More and dub-tech inna gauntlet of gyroscopic b*tchslaps and nervy grooves. Struct Face heads way into weightless territory with his iced out mix of 'Altars', while Byrell The GReat makes a fierce introduction with a razor-sharp cut of 'Ground Z… Read more
DJ Nigga Fox goes hard on the heels of Nidia Minaj and CDM with his 2nd 12" for the amazing Príncipe label. Pushing arguably the most exciting dance sound in the world right now, Rogério Brandão aka DJ Nigga Fox is all about sinuous rhythms and mad technoid sounds, coiling the legacy of Angolan and Congolese drum patterns with up-to-date electronics in the styles known as Batida, Tarraxinha, Funana, Kuduro. They're dynamite on the 'floor, wrecking a body between the triplet techno tumble of 'Um Ano' and the incendiary builds and twysting vortices of 'Apocalipsiii' on the A-side, before… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** 'Expressions' is the lush 2nd album from Edinburgh's Linkwood on Firecracker. It's the sort of album you can spend a whole evening, or equally a whole lifetime with, perfectly crafted and sequenced for immersed listening and also to be broken down into DJ components - of which there are some super strong moments in the hypnotic Detroit disco-tech of 'Object', the sophisticate house stride of 'Expressions', and a sublime dub chord lather in 'Love Lost' to close. From Firecracker's own malty sales notes: "Ah, yes! Finally some real flavours to sink our teeth into. The n… Read more
Tessela leaves the boisterous big beats at home in favour of sickest EBM/electro-acid patter in 'Bottom Out', backed with a squashed and jagged Kowton remix. The original 'Bottom Out' picks up where Kowton's remix of 'Erotic Discourse' left off, rejecting kick 4/4 kick drums to focus on prickling industro-dub drums and acidic squirts with loadsa room to dance. Always a step ahead, Kowton's OTT remix extrudes those patterns with mind-bending phase shifts to a saltier, shiftier effect, neatly prepping for the tumultuous abstraction of Tessela's 'Total Music'.
Rhythmic Theory smite the deadly first blow for Ancient Monarchy - a new sublabel administered by Berceuse Heroique. Holding his corner at the juncture of rude techno, D&B and darkside electronica, both tracks sustain the near-impeccable levels of his self-released singles and 12"s for Idle Hands, Happy Skull. 'Lucid State' surveys a ruff technoscape churning up ruggedest tribal drum patterns streaked with late '90s Bristolian D&B pads - think Krust, Dom & Roland, Decoder. On the other hand, 'Shores of Caladan' is one for the aerobic mystics, rolling out with hydraulik bass pressure … Read more
Jam City flourishes a breathtaking pop sound with his not-so-difficult 2nd LP, 'Dream A Garden'. Phase-shifting from the sleek contours of his seminal 'Classical Curves' to a much grittier, slower and bittersweet style laced with his own vocals, he discerns a gap in contemporary electronic/pop music, and proceeds to boldly prise it open, casting coy glances at Prefab Sprout, Prince and Talk Talk from the midst of his finely-layered, swirling arrangements. It's the antithesis to the Club Constructions - themselves influenced by his own reductionist style - stitching a dis-affected heart t… Read more
Important compendium of early works by London's unsung industrial pioneers, Bourbonese Qualk. In constant operation from 1979 - 2003 on the fringes of the breakcore/extreme electronics scene, this selection looks at a crucial phase in BQ's agitations, bang in the middle of the '80s, located in a South London squat/stronghold/studio amidst the The Miner's Strike, Falklands War, Thatcherism and Anarchism. They've always wilfully existed on the periphery, but haven't gone unnoticed, whether on their 1985 joint 'Pogrom' (included here) or their continued support for the a… Read more
A quartet of proggy rave boosters from from Warp. Ranges from super-bright breakbeat 'ardcore rush, 'Silver Sun' to the rattling techno of 'To Live And Die In Grantham', thru a buoyant chug-off 'Springtime Linn', to the widescreen sound designs of 'Unfurla Cremated'.
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff and Martin Rössel posture a heavy techno-rock sound on the penultimate edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. Effectively bringing the project full circle to Mika Vainio's earlier 'Vandal' EP, the Swedish veterans of avant-garde and pop swagger balls-out with the crushing lurch of 'Leibniz' before tacking to more experimental arrangements with mutant Balearic chug of 'Ramon Llull' and the convulsive croaks and drones of 'Calculus' warranting comparisons with Nick Klein or Emptyset.