Monday, 15 September
"South Carolina-born and now Boston-based 20 year old Dylan Scheer is above all else mischievous in her negotiations with techno and house. Dizzy, dark but extremely funky, Via App’s “Dangerous Game” goes deep in the most manic and precarious of ways. As a visual artist interested in recontextualizing sounds that function to synthesize hype/excitement, “Dangerous Game” turns out a mixture of sludgey, textural techno and more paired back four-to-the-floor tracks that build off of traditional forms and flirt with outsider dance vibes for multi-layered zone of playful subversion. Jacked on n… Read more
Tracky house and sensuous, technoid boogie from Todd Osborn. Returning to Running Back after 'T-Rhythm Trax Volume 1', Ann Arbor's finest nods to Running Back's 'hood with the driving EBM momentum of 'Put Your Weight On It (Frankfurt Mix)', and a kinkier Chicago Mix that was recently picked by Erol Alkan for inclusion on his Fabric 77 mix. On a slower flex, 'Medium' brings some slickly hypnotic boogie swerve, and 'Market' makes nice with stellar Detroit house vibes.
**Excellent, Deranged avant-dance music from the Slip Discs co-founder. For fans of Micachu, Patten, G.O.D.** "SNAZ [SLP009] is the first in a series of deranged dancefloor studies by Tom Rose, for which he is adopting his TCR moniker. Bookended by two remixes of cuts from Micachu’s Meat Batch Mix with Kwake Bass and I’m Not Dancing EP with Tirzah are three TCR originals borne out of an admiration for the producer’s bludgeoning and eccentric dance music. On Leaves, Vixen and Peach, TCR contorts blunted beats into glitched, fuzzy complexity whilst remaining true to the music’s dancefloor functio… Read more
Detroit-styled electro-disco energy boost from Glasgow's Stephen Lopkin. Clearly schooled in the classics, Lopkin locks down a kinetic set of grooves ranging from the bristling shake and hi-tech soul of 'The Haggis Trap' to proper Transmat/Metroplex funk ecstasy in 'Catherine's Track' and 'Let's All Talk About Me' and the timeless vitality of 'Mugs Alley'.
**Debut LP of brooding neo-classical/noise composition built from deconstructed instrumentation fed thru computer software and analog hardware by Sophia Loizou. Mixed & mastered by Paul Jebanasam. Edition of 100 designed by Alex Digard. RIYL Roly Porter, Ben Frost, The Haxan Cloak**"Astro:Dynamics return with Sophia Loizou's debut album, and indeed debut release, in the form of Chrysalis. It is an exploration of conflict and balance. Using a unique set of sonic transformations, synthetic materials and archival recordings of life both natural and mechanised, the work depicts forms across … Read more
Gritty but well mannered electronica from the Erased Tapes stable. Rival Consoles in control over six tracks of fuzzily motorik groove with uplifting arrangements ranging from the kosmische flutters of 'Sonne' to the ruddy slug of '3 Chords', thru the noisier, sun-dazed elation of 'Helios', spindly spectral trance notes in 'Haunt', and lovely, chiming electronica on 'Think Tank', or at best in the free-moving geometries of 'Recovery'.
"Musikaliszer Pinkos is the Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas’ first recording issued through Slip Discs, under his REFUSENIK alias. Recorded on a Polyvox synthesiser salvaged from a local market in Vilnius, this substantial suit of analogue meditations sees the composer approach material sourced from a Hebrew music book of the same name, published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in Vilna (1927). Surpassing mere analogue fetishism, Bumšteinas’ album is grounded upon a delicate flow between performer, instrument and score, with the composers’ tactile approach daubing the original … Read more
Brooding big room tech-house/techno tackle from Berlin's Recondite. In 'Caldera' he applies massive reverbs to spooky chords and welting kicks with signature delicacy; 'DRGN 2' is darker, driven, with a room-razing synth drop in the third part.
Superb archival transmission from unknown sources on Mordant Music. The label's latest cassette neatly slot into the folds of time between early AFX, Portion Control and Urban Tribe, shaking a leg and melding minds between cuts that remind of Polygon Window's remix of Soft Ballet's 'Sand Lowe' thru to the lush electronic romance of The Connection Machine. It's yet another treat from one of the most staedfast, restless British labels around. The Baron speaks: "Pyramids of Space…an excavated MMusty broadside from Cornwall circa 92-96 replete with misty provenance…a nebulous col… Read more
Raw, hard-wired house deviations from Pxshdog on London's Trax Couture boutique. After a couple of killer 12"s from Rushmore consolidating Footwork, Ballroom and Chi House, they go shades tougher here with Pxshdog's debut striking a throbbing vein of tracky goodness. Uptown he balls between cowbell-stung Bassline garage-meets techno on 'Juicy Chocolate', blocky buck in 'Akira's Drift', and fierce filter house on 'Nubian 124'. Downtown they play nice 'n nasty with the darkside Dance Mania of 'Dancin N Shit' and the electroid slammer 'Tittytron'. Well aye we're dancing.
Nuel follows in the footsteps of his Aquaplano label co-owner, Donato Dozzy to release on Seattle's Further Records. And much like his production partner's downbeat 'K' LP, he heads away from functional 4/4 linearity into a more organic solution of acoustic instrumentation and electronics, still experimenting with hypnotic repetition albeit at a more mellow and cosmic tilt. Recorded in a single week with one day devoted to each track, 'Trance Mutation' gently spirals with a meditative introspection, using the sparest guitar, electric piano and rippling percussion run through a matrix of liv… Read more
**Diverse, 3CD suite of sampledelic concrète and electronic composition from Lebanese musician and sound designer Nadim Mishlawi** "The box-set is comprised of three albums: 1. Dreams of the Primitives: The basic intention behind the music of this first album in the compilation was to create a unique sonic experience by fusing together diverse musical genres within the individual tracks. This first CD of the compilation is therefore a synthesis of various genres of music, combining elements of post-rock, classical, jazz, and electronics. The title of the album was inspired by the documentar… Read more
"Maurizio Bianchi's unreleased 2-track album entitled, 'Teknoise'. Originally recorded in August 1980 this album has never been released in any format and is an extremely rare artifact from Maurizio's collection. Two long tracks, 'Tek' and 'Noise', deliver that unique sound that M.B. has made his own. Primitive drum machines pulse over sinister analogue synths, that create an unsettling atmosphere, perhaps only the true Italian master of Industrial and Musique Concrete could ever create."
*Expanded Digital Edition* The Berlin-based Italian disco/house expert weighs in a lustrous, lucid dream of a 2nd album for Live at Robert Johnson. 'With One Another' is clearly all about the joys of a shared dancefloor experience, ripe with lushly tiered, trancing synthliens owing as much to the heritage of his homeland as the mittel European legacy of the Robert Johnson and Frankfurt, or Berlin's flouncing dancefloors. This vinyl version flaunts eight sparkling gems ranging from the sneaky kosmiche lift of 'A Dream I Get Stuck In' and the kinky c… Read more
**Includes a digital exclusive remix by Jack Dixon** Low Concept in control for the 3rd single from London/NYC's White Asega label, backed with a ruddy good Alex Coulton re-step. The originals carve between sodden, gritty techno a la Happa or Blawan in 'Bugz' to low-riding, blown out electro with New York swagger on 'The Prick'. Alex Coulton's remix blows both of 'em out the water, resetting 'Bugz' to a Mala or Kode 9-esque dubstep lean swarmed with a menagerie of bleeps and dread gremlins and dubbled-up Footwork drums.
**Gorgeous solo piano works and subtle ambient scapes by a master of his art. Warmly recommended** "Jane 1-11 is at least among Harold's very best work and may be his all-time best. Start to finish, this is Harold at his most inspired and most tapped in to his unique gift. There is no other Harold Budd record on which he so strongly expresses his singular avant sensibility. --Mr. Darla. "It's simple. I broke out and broke back to my earlier days: A triangle of risk, improvisation and joy -- as I say, very simple. My rules to myself were: No plan, no notes, no ideas, no microphones; excep… Read more
A real Italo-Disco Cult: Funky Is On. Originally released on third label in 1984 by Funky Family: producer Nicola Nicolosi and vocalist Dora Carofiglio just before their massive pop hits with Novecento. The two 80's original tracks are on the A side while, on the B side, a remix by italian legendary DJs Leo Mas and Fabrice that is built for darker rooms along with a new pumping vocal edit by DJ Rocca (aka Luca Roccatagliati) .
Industrialized D&B from Finland's Lightless boss, Fanu. Frontside fires up the spot-welded metallic drums and haunted atmospheres of 'Paracosm' for the heavy steppers; flipside leans in with pendulous subs and skittish tribal drums accentuated with wailing vocal for mystic effect.
Powerful aqua-tech grooves from two esteemed Italian producers. The tribalised hydraulic thrust of 'Telemacus' places it very neatly in that category of slow-rolling techno killers we love so much from CUB, Regis, Fishermen, Shifted; 'Penelope' churns infectious bass flux and silty drones with hypnotic sleight of hand.
Rugged deep house mysteries from the analog supremos MarcoAntonio Spaventi and Gijs Poortman aka Crystal Maze. Driving thru heavy tape fog at 117bpm, 'Twilight People' is a classy piece of crepuscular house for the connoisseurs; 'Off The Grid' steps up with more kinetic, urgent drum programming shrouded in gloomy ether voices; 'Encounter' closes this chapter with a dazed, noirish stagger into sleaziest slow-house zones.
*Featuring Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, Gyda Valtysdottir and Shahzad Ismaily* "Currently based in Belgium, Dutch-born Chantal Acda (b. 1978) has worked under the Sleepingdog moniker since 2006, making three acclaimed albums that closed on the With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields (2010) album for which she collaborated with Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory For The Sullen). They toured the UK and Benelux with Low in 2011. After all this, it was time for her first real solo record. Playing in various formations had made her conscious of the pattern… Read more
**Idiosyncratic boogie-techno-dub** "Diskotopia co-owner BD1982 eases the transition from the sweltering summer heat of the Greeen Linez Izu King Street album to a brisk and concise single in the form of Operratorr. The three tracks represented here were built with an immediacy reminiscent of BD1982’s Throw Shade released earlier this year on the split DSK020 EP with A Taut Line. Taking initial cues from a classic smooth slice of R&B, Operratorr whirs into gear sounding like a lost cut from The New Dance Show in an alternate universe. A taut synth lead cuts through intrepid percussion and dubw… Read more