Monday, 16 February
Proper freaky dance music from Physical Therapy for the UTTU cause. Booty, house and techno are taken for a joyride in four parts, going on strong with the hardstyled jit pressure of 'C'mere' and the raw, electroid misshape, 'The Black Night Is Calling My Name', while 'The Waiting Room In DJ Hell' offers a salty rub of melting tropical signatures and soggy house next to a blown-out low-rider named 'Giving Me Life'. Indeeed.
Tensile techno tools from Mark Broom. From cantering acid techno funk with 'Attitude' to skippy pounder, 'Luxe', and the kicking pressure of 'Three Forms'.
Digital Edition of "A-morality" - released on cassette as an addendum to the excellent "A-tranquility" EP.
*Shadowy electro-acoustic dimensions for those who appreciate the darkness of Mika Vainio, Valerio Tricoli, or Main* "On Sleepwalkers in a Cold Circus Belgian sound artist Koenraad Ecker creates a biotope of musical characters that is sober, delicate, complex and vivid, with a restrained intensity, a “cold fire.” The characters discuss, hesitate, fight, pull closer, push back. Through the use of microtonality and recordings of acoustic instruments it is the elusive sound of a somnambulistic travelogue. “I’m searching for ways to create an intricate narrative, switchi… Read more
**10th anniversary edition with two bonus tracks** Hard to believe it's now 10 years since Hauschka (aka Volker Bertelmann) released his second album 'The Prepared Piano'; a daringly candid musical letter to his obvious one true love... the grand piano. Although willing at times to allow other instruments into the relationship (most apparent on the percussive masterpiece 'Traffic'), Bertelmann never lets them overshadow the ivories. Evidently enthralled to the likes of John Cage and Henry Cowell, 'The Prepared Piano' seems to revel in the dusty, careworn soun… Read more
"Eric Chenaux has emerged as one of the most distinctive, innovative and original voices in what might be called avant-garde balladry, juxtaposing his gorgeously pure and open singing against a guitar sound and style that truly stands alone. Skullsplitter is the impressive new album that confirms Chenaux’s singular aesthetic: genuine, natural, unaffected vocals gliding through slow, smoky melodies while electric and nylon-string guitars are deployed with adventurously experimental, dextrous, semi-improvisational technique and texture. Skullsplitter stands as a welcome and natural evol… Read more
Belter ghetto antics from DJ Paypal for Glasgow party starters, LuckyMe. Operating with similar levels of dizzying tempo and hair-kissing disco sentiment as Slackk's Patrice & Friends project, 'Buy Now' pelts out febrile samba with 'I'm Ready', beside Footworking disco chops with 'You Got Me', taking a minutes breather to soar with 'Sonnade' and getting right back on it with lashing funk of 'bEbay' and the booty freaker, 'Fire'. Heat!
D.K. glydes back onto Antinote with a quartet of boogie house hustles. Blessed with a certain Gallic charm, 'Love on Delivery' pays in full with the chiming electro-soul of 'License To Dream' and the romantic wash of 'Marimba Theme', plus the tropical synth breeze and tumbling 727 percussion of 'What Ever Turns You On', and a lovely kiss-off with 'Softest Place'.
Carter Tutti remix their Chris & Cosey alter-egos in something of a dream project for their legion acolytes. The eX-TG duo lube-up and re-haunt five classic numbers with sterilising production to slot cleaner with contemporary dance styles, at best in the oneiric scapes of 'Deep Velvet' and an effervescent overhaul of 'October (Love Song)', reminding us that they were always a killer pop duo.
Killer techno rolige by Al Matthews aka Bleaching Agent - who was outed as half of Blacknecks - backed with rugged Shawn O'Sullivan remix. The gasping, latinate grind and overcast pads of 'Colo' reminds of DJ Pete's 'Latifah' done over by BoC, and 'Elastique' jacks a nasty, off-centre techno assault compatible with Ancient Methods. NYC's O'Sullivan is at his best with a whirring, percussive take down of 'Colo'.
Lee Douglas' indomitable An-i drops another deadly, mutant EBM session for Cititrax! Much like the outstanding 'Kino-i' 12", this one delivers exactly where it matters, shooting jagged, 16th note bassline from the hip around strapping kicks and searing synthlines. 'Gutz' does it for nine-and-a-half minutes with perfect 'floor control while 'Rut' pelts 6 minutes of haywire modular sequences and stomach-tightening groove replete with those white-out breakdowns, and 'Save Us' railroads rampant kick drum patterns with pent and explosive sytnh shocks. P-A-R-T-Y guaranteed.
Obligatory remix session for Aby Ngana Diop's amazing EP of Senegalese Mbalax reissued by Awesome Tapes From Africa. It's interesting to hear the far-removed perspectives of New Zealand's Orchestra of Spheres, Melbourne's Michael Ozone, and Brooklyn's Black Dice on the original material but, with the lack of multi-track tape stems to go on, they're not much more than loopy edits with a few fills and safe basslines, pretty much defusing the griot grit and energy of the originals. Ignore these and cop the proper release if you haven't already!
Always welcome 'round our place, Aardvarck returns on the Voyage Direct series with nifty reworks of Dizz1 and NWAQ's Ross 154 alias. The A-side is a re-phreak of Jochem Peteri aka NWAQ aka Ross 154's 'Mayflower', originally issued by Eevo Lute in '93 and now flipped as a shifty breakbeat techno swanger with bouncing chords and swooping subs in Mike Kivits aka Aardvarck's indomitable fashion. Flipside, he augments another Dutch production, Dizz1's 'Konotakosuke Yaro', flipping it from hip hop slug to hypnotic dancer, and strangely sounding like a lost NWAQ gem in the process. Mint.
Monday, 09 February
Toronto's Egyptrixx heavily impresses with the expansive industrial sound designs of 3rd LP, 'Transfer of Energy [Feelings Of Power]'. Launched on his newly minted Halocline Trance label, it's a sleek mixture of tensile club constructions and sci-fi atmospheres shot thru with blazing pop signatures and hyperreal textures. Industrial is the keyword here - connoting imagery of classic, dystopian cinema and computer games in the pensive, pranging dynamics of the title track and lush, intra-dimensional refractions in 'Mirror Etched on Shards of Amethyst', while making … Read more
Gyroscopic club shockers from scene-leading producer, M.E.S.H. proceeding the hugely acclaimed 'Scythians' EP for PAN with crucial incisions for Black Ocean. In M.E.S.H.'s hands, myriad dance musics become plastic and pliable, woven into fascinating new styles and patterns. With 'Infra-Dusk' he dissolves American club, Teutonic techno and UK grime tropes with amorphous dexterity, effectively creating the aural equivalent of the cloaking devices in A Scanner Darkly. On the other hand, 'Infra-Dawn' exhibits a smoother touch, holding tight to wavey contours and blended gradients punctuated with a stuttering new skool riddim grammar.
Root Strata founder, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma scales supernal heights of dream-pop and shoegazing noise bliss with 'A Year With 13 Moons' for Mexican Summer. We'll get it out right now - this is easily Jefre's magnum opus; a consolidation of all that we already loved about the incendiary romance of his work, boosted by a renewed sense of wonder and a catalytic clash of pop pangs fighting against avant garde instincts. Under a title inspired by a Fassbinder film, 'A Year With 13 Moons' is the result of a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, during w… Read more
Tuffened techno dub and sound system concrète from On-U Sound's Adrian Sherwood and Tectonic's Pinch. Staring down the dancefloor and blackened bedrooms, 'Late Night Endless' twists the Bristol-London axis in ten variations of hybridub. Guest vocals come from Sherwood's extensive roladex of sound system warriors and singjays, with Daddy Freddy sounding ravenous in 'Bucketman' and sweetened harmonies by Bim Sherman, Bernard Fowler and Skip McDonald in 'Run Them Away', and traces of Lee Perry, Prince Far I and Congo Natty laced to the noisy tech dub tackle of 'Music Killer Dub'.
South African accelerationism meets crushed techno concrète in 'Wa Chacha' for Bleep. Shangaan Electro boss, big "Dog" Nozinja pelts out one of his signature 180bpm+ missiles peppered with piquant stabs and pinging rhythmelodies; Tessela systematically deconstructs the same elements to a quasi-speed bump tumbled with hi-tech electro-acoustic dynamics for a similarly forward, yet much slower style. Wicked.
**Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M. Photography by Traianos Pakioufakis and artwork by Bill Kouligas** 'Live Knots' presents two immersive live recordings of Oren Ambarchi playing the epic 'Knots' from 'Audience Of One' (Touch, 2012) in Tokyo and Krakow's Unsound Festival. Captured with alternately intimate and widescreen fidelity, the original elements of cyclonic guitar harmony and quicksilver percussion are twisted different ways across the two performances, exploring and testing every nuance of the track's framework. 'Tokyo Knots' intimately documents their show at SuperDelu… Read more
Killer dubs from the one like Kahn for Mala's Deep Medi. In a stark contrast with the tetchy flex of his 'Bandulu EP' with Neek - also out this week - this one's all about sound system pressure, lurching in with the double-dipped subs and Coki-style mid-range synth lash of 'Abattoir' on the A-face, while 'Over Deh So' smacks the levels with concatenated kicks and evil snares inna heavy mechanised steppers style on the B-side. Outrageous stuff.
Japanese techno tearaway Kouhei Matsunaga aka NHK gets lively on a killer, 5-track, 26 minute debut for Diagonal. Viewing classic dance tropes askance, 'Hallucinogenic Doom Steppy Verbs' follows his trio of 'Dance Classics' volumes for PAN thanks to a keener, almost aggressive thrust/lust for the 'floor, chucking up buckled variants of tech-step, acid, and garage-techno in the process. Making up for lost time since his last releases in 2013, he warms up with a spot of fractured tech-step before going hard with a febrile, 12-minute 2-step techno roller coming off li… Read more
Following a banner 2014, Seven Davis Jr. takes to Ninja Tune with 'Wild Hearts' - his first cut for 2015. The lead cut is possibly his most accomplished, yet not at the expense of his ruddy production grit and spark, juicing maximum soul from jazzy double-bass line, crunching drums and skanking guitar licks smushed with his own vocals, back and forth between deft verses and raw processed chorus. Likewise, 'Let Somebody Love You' starts out like sounding like some blown-out Arthur Russell cello riff, which turns out to be the main vocal refrain rubbed as a bassline below infectious garage-disco-house drums. Good times.
Divine aerobic mysticism from Healing Force Project b/w Hashman Deejay's Ambient Mix. Analog wunderkind, Antonio Marini aka Healing Force Project coaxes ribbons of blue synth bliss around sozzled subs and midnight jazz sax peals in the enchanted original of 'Strange Apparitions in my Recording Room'. Mood Hut and Future Times associate, Hashman Deejay ov Vancouver, takes the reigns flipside for a light-headed ambient mix sublimating the original's heavy effect with shuffling percussion and patented production analogue production tricks.
Delectable dancehall from Murlo… 'Jasmine' is a super-sweet mix of piano chords, DX7-like synth voices and swaying dancehall bump furnished with Gemma Dunleavy's soul burn; 'Deep Breath' is equally piquant, full of pizzicato strings and dainty synth tickles with a future gangsta lean. Again, Gemma Dunleavy is the perfect vocal foil, lending a soulful grittiness comparable with Kelela. TIP!
The bottomless slag heaps of industrial music yield yet more overlooked gems from early '80s Italy. Compiling impossible-to-find tapes by Errata-S-Corrige, Gasdehyde, and Herpes-Z - all released on Musumeci's Turin-based Der Zeltweg label between 1983-1984 - it widens the mark left by Mannequin's two 'Danza Meccanica' volumes which already illuminated areas of electronic music largely unknown even within Italy itself. Errata-S-Corrige contributes three cuts, chasing some mad muse thru prickly effects and rattling machine rhythms oscilating between br… Read more
There's a certain oriental tint to Suicideyear's latest cloud-trap delicacy for Software Recording Co. RIYL Fatima Al Qadiri, Visionist, Kode 9.