Monday, 06 July
Oscar Mulero's Warm Up serve two shots of big room techno thunder by Sleeparchive, backed with the boss's own, slinkier remixes. On top, Sleeparchive pushes the strapping 16th note synth pulses and 909 pelt of 'Windows 057', and the long dark techno tunnel of 'Windows 092' for the bruxist monkeys; down below Mulero trims the former to pizzicato arpeggios and rumbling kicks, and streamlines the latter to a brain burrowing sub-aquatic acid sound.
Techno hypnotist, Rrose, returns to Eaux with the pocket watch attractions of 'For Aquantice'. Made up like the unholy offspring of Papa Lazarou and Norman Bates in mummy's boy mode, Rrose peddles three patented and mindbending wormholes, subtly sucking us in with Eleh-esque purist sine tones to the rasping rhythmic skeleton of 'Levitate' and the recursive abyss of 'Vellum' on the A-side, whereas the sleek, pulsating throbs and spiralling oscillations of B-side's 'Signs' take hold with intra-venus strength and potency. They're proper deep brain and tissue stimulators.
Berlin's Positive Centre slow rolls onto Stroboscopic Artefacts' Monad series with his first release beyond Our Circula Sound. The tempos are still depressed, but actually a little more energetic this time out, from the vertiginous plunge of 'Great Excavator' rolling at 120bpm, down to the near-beatless, abyssal plateau of 'Disappearing Trick', bringing on a hard case of the bends with the belting 115bpm knocker, 'Figure is in the Form', and passing out into the comatose drone zone of 'Signal Structure'.
Loose and rude breakbeat/house/techno functions from Dave Huismans (2562) in A Made Up Sound mode. His 3rd outing for Clone's Basement series opens up with the sub-heavy bruk house shunt of 'Cheaters VIP', last heard on his Boiler Room set, giving way to the noirish, Source Direct-like strings and cranky swagger of 'Funkstation', whilst B-side he plays out the fast yet low key and hypnotic 'Us' beside a sort of big band jazz gone dark techno roll-out with the Krupa-like drum cadence and layered darkside bass pressure, 'Them'.
**Lossless format for this release contains 24 bit / 44.1kHz audio** **Impeccably distorted and bittersweet dream-pop. RIYL Motion Sickness of Time Travel, High Wolf, Sun Araw** "Crystal Dorval from Vancouver, Canada has been making healing, distorted rug-gaze music from a coastal mindset all her own since 2011. Natural Phenomena is her second album, and it echoes 2013’s previous self-titled effort in its isolationist origins, as the record emerged slowly across a 9-month retreat alone on a farm on Vancouver Island: “Some days I would only add one tiny guitar line or keyboard text… Read more
'Dream memory' is the 2nd album of soul-burning celestial synth music by Implodes guitarist Ken Camden for Kranky. Drawing upon Indian raga, chamber-like plainsong and classic kosmiche, it's a richly synaesthetic and heightened sensory experience harmonised to the rafters and radiating lushness from every angle.
Berlin's exquisite Sonic Pieces present the shadowy solo piano and electro-acoustic compositions of Moon Ate The Dark's new album. "Driven together by a shared love of film music and a mutual interest in repetition, Anna Rose Carter and Christopher Brett Bailey have been feeding pianos into guitar amplifiers since 2009. With their second album Moon Ate the Dark is taking the next step of contemporary piano composition. Moving on from their well-received debut album in 2012, Moon Ate the Dark II is based on an extraordinary playful and varied approach to melodies and dr… Read more
A pioneer of the new Italian electronic scene, Vaghe Stelle joins Nicolas Jaar's Other People enclave with the seven-song cycle of 'Abstract Speed + Sound'. Last spotted alongside A:RA and Lorenzo Senni in their One Circle trio, the Turin-based artist reveals a cleaner, bolder sound here, strafing from the minimalist IDM pointillism of 'Out' thru lilting synth chorales in 'Eva', to the rugged reggaeton styles of 'Hyper' and the scrambled R&B tekno night flight of 'Tempo'. However, he carves directly to the 'floor with a stuttering Afro-trance-techno wind-up called '25 Minutes',… Read more
'Woman's Work' is the 2nd song to be previewed from Megan Remy a.k.a. U.S. Girls' 'Half Free' album. "Following up on the release of the mutant dub of 'Damn That Valley' earlier this year, 'Woman's Work' builds further anticipation and intrigue; Remy has delivered a nagging, arpeggio-laced stormer, picking away at the themes of beauty and neurosis."
STL tests out a colourful new sound with 'Simply Positive', his 5th release for Smallville following last year's 'At Disconnected Moments' LP. Grooves are still gritty like sand in your pants, but it feels as though the melodic arrangements are brought into brighter, if somewhat smudged focus as 'Heaven's Vape' rolls out with proper, early Detroit-style synth programming frayed like some Jamal Moss meditation, whilst 'Joy operator' reduces the momentum to a Marcesllus Pittman-style shuffle layered up with wistful chords to dusky, tactile effect.
Dark Entries plate up a necessary and acrid taste of Smersh's cranky industrial dance prototypes with this 1983 -1993 compilation, 'Super Heavy Solid Waste'. Following on from the 'Cassette Pets' compilation, this set ransacks the duo's extensive arsenal to squeeze in all the other mad nuggets they couldn't fit in the first time around. Further proving their position as forerunners of the mongrel, junkyard techno aesthetic adopted by everyone from Prostitutes to Helena Hauff and Powell, the set revolves eight scabbed and ruffneck cuts ranging from the jagged metallic drums and pat… Read more
**Hyperreal lifestyle techno from California's Raymond Sky for Dramatic Records** "Raymond Sky debuts with six high-fidelity excursions into our not-so-distant future. Opener 'In the lap of luxury' sets the tone – a shimmering ode to maximised potential, laser-cut from the charged air of a Bay Area penthouse. The fizzing techno of 'Final fantasy' brings things to a close, burning its way towards an irresistible date with its own optimised future, perfect abstraction, and the big data cloud in the sky."
"The new project from Vancouver’s Daniel Rincon aka NAP sees this Colombian-born experimenter investigating proto IDM and rhizomatic house and techno with the same scruffy, warm touch as his previous guitar-based noise projects. For debut “Uncharted”, NAP’s primitive four-track ideas have been realized to the next level (ie. a computer) with the production help of Jesse Creed (The Passenger) and Sophie Sweetland (D. Tiffany) for 51 minutes of diverse, inclusive and classically DIY excursions into light, lo-fi house, textural IDM, as well as darker acid vibes and hazy, rhythmic ambience. “Uncharted… Read more
Beguiling, personalised synth-pop/post-punk from Danish outlier, Max Guld Madsen, previously only available in edition of 100 tapes back in 1985. Now, 30 years later, the good folk at Dark Entries have thankfully uprooted, remastered and brought Guld's one and only recording to light, revealing a dreamy, pop-tweaked young composer falling deeply into his own sound and space circa 1984-1985 at home in West Copenhagen. Clearly under the influence of The Residents, Eno and Kraftwerk, yet not entirely beholden to them, 'For Enden Af Corridoren' mixes eerily emotive synth and guitar … Read more
"Since debuting in 2013, J.Tijn has found his corner of the electronic music world, developing a hard techno sound that is raw and unforgiving. A core member of Untold’s Pennyroyal label, Jesse Tijn has also released on Overlee Assembly, Power Vacuum and Bedouin Records. For Naked Naked’s eleventh release, J.Tijn provides two versions of “Pick Your Battles”On the A side, “Pick Your Battles V1” gives us a dark rolling rhythm being led by a crisp snare hit through a sea of machine bleeps and grinding waves of noise. On the flip, “Pick Your Battles V2” hits harder with distorted kick drum… Read more
Borrowed Language bossman Israel Vines returns for this killer remix EP, feat a smart remix by fellow LA-resident, Silent Servant, as well as reworks from Talker (Downwards) and Eye Teeth founder and curator, BMG.
Mikkel Valentin Dunkerley a.k.a. Internazionale wallows in washed out, icy synth ambience perfect for the stylish vikings at Posh Isolation with 'Elegy for the Victors'.
Efdemin, Regis, Kangding Ray and Dasha Rush have their respective ways with 'Requiem' from Inigo Kennedy's 'Vaudeville' album. Efdemin pursues that Millsian magick with a spacious, bleeping 'Journey to the Stars' mix, whereas Regis proffers a more viral, itchy 'Human Host' version riven with tinfoil drums and killer radioactive discord. Kangding Ray reshapes the same elements at a swanging mid-tempo tilt, and Dasha Rush's 'Requiem for Humanity' comes off like some Profan experiment.
"A one-time session player and behind-the-scenes man, analog synthesist Harvey Sutherland emerged from Melbourne’s bubbling underground with a cassette tape in hand. 2013’s Nexus EP on This Thing Records - a trip through lo-fi boogie and Roland house music - was a cult hit amongst dancefloor aficionados, priming listeners for a lauded EP on Echovolt Records and the best-selling ‘Brothers’ on Voyage Recordings. His music has been played and appreciated worldwide, with enthusiastic support from prominent tastemakers and weekend warriors alike..."