Monday, 25 November
Massive grime 12" starring the blinding 'XE2' from promising first timer, Mssingno on Leeds-based Goon Club Records. Already hotly tipped by the likes of Fact and Pitchfork, Mssingno's debut is a blazing highlight of the UK's revitalised instrumental grime scene in 2013. 'XE2' is the big one, a low-riding blend of buyoant Reese bass, twinkling marimbas and an earworming R Kelly vocal hook that somehow refreshes the whole R&B-sampling thing by virtue of its simplistic innocence and Ruff Sqwad-like emo swagger. There's also the darker, roadwise Nightmare On Elm Street vibes of '124th', a Rihan… Read more
**Includes bonus tracks 'Tug (Alt Mix)' & 'Ooh'** One of the most enduring, influential and critically respected UK dance producers brings a weighty album to land for Loefah's Swamp81 label. Ahead of launching his new Biasonic label platform for the UK scene, he delivers this timely reminder of why he's king of the bassbins, swaggering across lines between house, garage, broken beat and even electro-funk with Roy Davis Junior. In fact, the electro thing seems to be a running theme throughout the album, whether in the shocked-percussion of 'Eingang', as a Mr De' like presence on the aforementioned … Read more
Mutant electronica from Turin, Italy's Daniele Mana aka Vaghe Stelle, backed with BAT's murky remix refraction and a future-primitive Gand Of Ducks version. As with his excellent 'Out Of Body' EP for Danse Noir, Vaghe's original tracks fall outside any pre-ordained genre, preferring to let his imagination run free in the dark from the off world R&B romance of '4th Hope' to the pneumatic grime and lushly discordant trance sensations of '8th Hope', and something like a radioactive mutation of Saharan cellphone anthem on '10th Hope', thru to the Ferraro-esque '11th Hope'. The Best Available… Read more
IVVVO deads the rave on five darkly infectious killers for Ramp. Stepping on from his ace 'Future' EP for Public Information, the Portuguese producer triggers strangest emotions with his gauzy style of impressionist collage and worn-out yet driving meld of 'adrcore, house and techno. 'Light Moving' sets the pace with bouncing techno blips cheered by a choir of hyperventilating Gregorian monks, and 'Hardcore World '94' cannily crowbars samples from Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci…' soundtrack over lip-biting DHR-style mentasms. On 'Strangers' he spins in the dark with more of those nasty mentasms and c… Read more
Kaleidoscope curator, Patten returns on this lushly disorienting and super handsome EP for Warp. Since dosing the waters with his unpronounceable 'GLAQJO XAACSSO' LP for No Pain In Pop in 2011, Patten's stepped back from releasing his own material and issued acclaimed and singular works by Sculpture and Karen Gwyer on his Kaleidoscope label in the meantime. On 'Eolian State' we're presented with some 22-minutes of mercurial electronica bending time, space and light in five uniquely elusive grooves fathoming the discordant merry-go-round of 'Aviary' alongside the decelerated swang of 'Toward… Read more
'HD7' sees Darkstar remix themselves alongside a dreamy Zomby take on 'You Don't Need A Weatherman'. The trio give their own 'Timeaway' a lilting, glassy overhaul for the 'floor, sweetly synching a swinging house groove with chiming harmonics to sound even more like Pantha Du Prince, whilst their 'Hold Me Down' is budged towards a sort of pastoral techno sound. The 'Cult x Zomby remix Kollaps' is the highlight, taking the original to celestial, slinky garage heights.
Future-tribalist swagger from one of Bristol's finest young producers. 'Up top, 'Murda' comes off like Joe meets Blank Mind's Alan Johnson inna step-off - all crazed percussive cadence and a promiscuous, ruffneck approach to funky, techno and wot-the-f**k-dya-call-it sounds. Flipside he harks back to the junglist sound of Brizzle elders, Smith & Mighty, with the dubwise rolige of 'Break Pressure'.
Midland cuts loose on his Graded label with three trax: some of his best work yet. He plays out three pieces of deep, tribal and tricky broken House, swinging from the electro-technoid funk and freakin' weird voices of 'Drumtrak' with its surging bassline on the front, and over to the lush minimalism of 'Diving Bell' and crooked, percussive drum dub backed with two useful locked grooves.
Blackest Ever Black welcome Barnett + Coloccia to their coven with the desolate scapes of 'Retrieval'. Whilst both artists have a background alloying metal and experimental modes - Faith Coloccia with Mammifer, Pyramids and Everlovely Lighteningheart, and Alex Barnett in Oakeater or more recently, solo for the likes of Catholic Tapes and Nihilist - their introspective 'Retrieval' collaboration is perhaps best defined in terms of their palette: tape-manipulated recordings of acoustic instruments layered with synths and AM radio sounds. Recording sessions for the album with legendary eng… Read more
Rushing futurism from Teengirl Fantasy on their striking follow-up to the widely acclaimed 'Tracer' LP for R&S. Four cuts orbit intersecting styles of junglist footwork, trap and streaking, vapourous electronica all meshed together with the duo's signature, lush harmonics. 'Nun' is a taut exercise in pointillist, hyper electro and the kind of gleaming, marimba-like chimes also used by Fatima Al Qadiri, whilst 'Eric' projects a rapid flux of Footwork and Jungle with sweeping '90s trance motifs recalling D'eon at his fanciest, whilst 'Platinum' is a brief but lovely piece of romantic sci-fi nodding to computer game soundtracks and classic New Age.
When You Are Crawling' is a 35 minute addendum to Vatican Shadow's recent album, 'Remember Your Black Day'. The iconography and track titles clearly follow the album's theme, but the music is more focussed on the 'floor thanks to assistant production from Juan Mendez aka Silent Servant and the crucial inclusion of the 15 minute techno stepper, 'Atta's Apartment Slated For Demolition (Bouthayna Engineering)' on vinyl for the first time. It opens with a reinforced mix of Remember Your Black Day (Bouthayna Tradition)', suitably augmented by kevlar kicks and flaying hi-hats fo… Read more
The man with the red face deals out his signature, rugged deep technohouse in two parts. 'Made Of Steel' rolls with fat, wide square bass and tense strings seared with a fizzing electro lead; we prefer the grubbier, jagged metallic groove of his 'Punked' mix on the flip.
"Femme fronted pocket punk and domestic-synth pop from French DIY workaholics X Ray Pop. Compiled from the mastertapes of the original 1980s privately pressed vinyl LPs and minuscule cassette runs. X Ray Pop are a group of whom are easy to scratch the surface, but almost impossible to get the bottom of. With an iconic moniker, telltale graphic style and demanding ‘buy me’ Day-Glo colour coding policy the French vinyl output of X Ray Pop as a specialist subject is, at first glance, memo- rable and achievable. Cocksure fans of Euro wave pop often proclaim X Ray expertise from behind many… Read more
**Fascinating recordings of Italian Futurist, Luigi Russolo's legendary Intonarumori, or Noise Intoner, machines orchestrated by Blixa Bargeld, Mike Patton, Pauline Oliveros, among others** "The famous intonarumori (or 'noise intoners') of the Futurists could be considered the earliest 'techno music' instruments of the twentieth century. The 1st public performance of Luigi Russolo's intonarumori project took place in 1913 at Modena's Teatro Storchi, Italy. Luciano Chessa conducted this new orchestra of early Futurist pieces as well as specially commissioned works … Read more
The UK's psych-rock ringleaders, Rocket Recordings, celebrate 15 years with an eclectic selection drawn from established roster heroes (Gnod, Goat, Teeth Of The Sea), relative unknowns (Uran), friends ($hit & $hine), and faves (The Lay Llamas). There's twelve tracks total, the best of which are Gnod's rave-rattling 'Holy Empire' droner, $hit & $hine's fuzzed-up one chord f**ckery, 'Please Don't Share', and a tripped-out earworm from Cherrystones called 'Cats Cradle'.
Rising LA-based label Body High, founded in 2011 by Samo Sound Boy and Jerome LOL of Lol Boys, has been building its crew through a series of succinct EP-length statements on club sounds past and present. Work Vol. 1 is the label's first official compilation, collecting together previously released tracks and fresh material, and it makes a great introduction to the various heads-down dance heavens Body High calls home. Alternately tinted in shades of Bmore, vogue and acid, it has a bit of everything along the contemporary house spectrum, with tracks more towards the classic 80s/90s e… Read more
**Perfectly discomforting post-punk pop from Pheromoans characters on Luke "Helm" Younger's Alter label** "The Bomber Jackets are the London based trio of Russell Walker, Daniel Bolger and Sian Dorrer. The former two names you may recognise from their roles in prolific post-punk nitwits the Pheromoans, whilst the latter has played in various groups in London’s thriving DIY scene and opened the notorious London venue Power Lunches. Founded by Walker and Bolger after the death of an ill-fated trio with Nik Void who went on to find greater fame and fortune with Factory Floor, the group… Read more
Carl Craig and Louie vega break down a killer shot from Detroit legend Terrence Parker. Leaving Reno Ka's vocal as an Accapella, C2 deftly renders 'Finally' as a perfect lesson in deferred gratification with sprung keys, razor sharp synth chords and tickled hi-hats synched to tease. Louie Vega's DJ Tool Dub rides the groove nice 'n easy with hypnotic chords and plump, swinging bassline leading up to some really sweet, pitchbent oriental synthlines.
**Spellbinding new album produced by Susanna and Deathprod** "Barely one year after the Rune Grammofon-release of critically acclaimed “Wild Dog”, Susanna returns with a new album. Released on her own label SusannaSonata on CD, vinyl and download in September 2013. Susanna is known for both her own songwriting, with songs such as ‘Believer’ and her huge range of highly personal interpretations of other people’s songs. She is an intensely arresting performer; holding audiences captive with her hypnotizing vocal timbre and the powerful, all consuming sound of her band, her concer… Read more
"On Ending/Returning Steven R. Smith has recorded the same set of songs first as Steven R. Smith and then as Ulaan Khol. Ending is a quiet, minimal record as Steven R. Smith while Returning is a blown-out, maximal record as Ulaan Khol."
Detroit-inspired, deep and analogue Techno. 'Forward Thinking Logic' carves up swinging drums on a low-swung and grinding bass accompanied by escalating synth chords, while B-side 'Front Row' yields simmering hi-hats and hypnotic, swirling chords in solid, classic form for the DJs.
"With an array of handmade modular and vintage keyboard synthesizers Daryl Groetsch crafts melodic and layered compositions that evoke microscopic and interstellar landscapes inspired by nature, science fiction and the cosmos. Groetsch has been working under the Pulse Emitter monicker since 2002, composing and recording in his Portland, OR home studio. Writer David Keenan has called Pulse Emitter “the undisputed king of planetary scale synth hypnosis” and has said, “no one is making synth music that feels so organic, so rapturous and so ‘in tune’ with the contours of outer and inner spa… Read more
Strange Uncle Jonny Trunk pulls another treat from behind his ear - the beguiling, self-pressed suite of disco, pop, country and rock 'n roll by an enigmatic chancer called Palmer Rockey. Entirely composed, written and produced by the ambitious American with a Philosophy PhD who looked like a "weird rockabilly cult hero" and was described as "disco lounge-lizard from hell", it's a crazy collection of potential earworms noted by Jello Biafra in his 'RE Search Incredibly Strange Music Volume II' book in 1994, and held in highest regard by Mr. Trunk. Variously known as 'Roc… Read more
Techy, jazziest drumfunk D&B from Subtle Audio's new scene hero, Nic TVG. RIYL AFX, Squarepusher, Paradox.
Ruddy raw and psychoactive house charmers from Lisbon, Portugal's trio of António and Alberto Arruda, and Sara Eckerson aka Niagara. Like a lower-fidelity, tropical contrast to the weirdly wired grooves of Frak or even Mix Mup, these five tracks are endearingly off-beat and strange, ranging from the merry-go-round melody and swing of 'Onda Blue' and 'Urmeiras' up top to a luvvly dubbly disco skanker 'Caracas' and the gritty-as-'eck beatdown House styles of 'Verde' on the flip. Proper party juice.