Monday, 10 November
*Original 1998 album from these slow-core pioneers, remastered* "I met them in full flower, in the depths of their mania, pursuing contemplative music with the kind of intensity normally found in psychopaths. No detail was too small to sweat, no crack in the veneer not worth gluing and clamping. We built a common language, equal parts philosophy, rock music, and disdain for the dullness around us." - Steve Albini, on recording Transaction De Novo
*Original 1998 album from these slow-core pioneers, remastered* "Beheaded was such a quiet record out of necessity. I was living in a small apartment. Some of the songs I did are really quiet with no drums because I couldn't think of anything to do, we couldn't practice, and I didn't want to wake up the neighbors. It's a definite case of environment affecting the creative process." - Matt Kadane
"The complete studio recordings of Dallas, Texas, slow-core pioneers. Every cymbal crash, guitar brush, and whisper, across five LPs or four compact discs. Deluxe box includes WhatFunLifeWas, Beheaded, Transaction De Novo, and an additional disc overflowing with singles, EPs, and outtakes, alongside a perfect bound book dissecting the quintet's nervous slouch through the '90s. "I met them in full flower, in the depths of their mania, pursuing contemplative music with the kind of intensity normally found in psychopaths. No detail was too small to sweat, no crack in the veneer not worth gluing … Read more
"Natura Morta, "dead nature" or "still life". This album can be understood as a powerful study of the minute details of the art of electro-acoustic composition, as much as the Renaissance "nature morte" were a masterful display of the artist’s skill in portraying the glow of a ripe fruit, or capturing the light beaming on a vacant chair. Six tracks, to be listened to as two long explorations in the art of variation and repetition. Layers of drums and percussions intertwine with synth waves making the portrait come to life, detail after detail, until a complex figure emerges from the wh… Read more
1000 Names take flight from their hip hop and boogie-oriented style to more diverse zones of broken beat and house on 'Migration Pads'. It's not a wholesale switch, but more a natural progression to explore the roots and branches connected to the sound, resulting some deeper dancefloor potential in the Fantastic Mr Fox-alike 'The Caravan' or the knackered, synthi boogie of 'Streets' alongside dope slow/fast percolations in 'Radar Orgazm' and the ruder bounce of 'Another Beaten Sunday'.
Monday, 03 November
The 4th set in Hyperdub's 10th anniversary series features an exclusive Burial track among 28 cuts exploring the label's deep, rude and rugged dancefloor side. It's stuffed with killer new gear, not least Burial's blue roller 'Lambeth' but also nuff VIPs and remixes from core roster and friends of the fam. Highlights run from Cooly G's Dub Organiser era swinger 'Him da Biz' thru the lean, mean techno of Kode 9's 'Oh' ace and the minimalist slink of Ossie & PHRH's 'Ugly Observation', to a bubbling bambounou remix of Jessy Lanza's 'Fxxk Diamond' and a jazz re-fry of Matyn's 'Mega Drive Gneer… Read more
'Xen' sets a definitive new apex for 24 y.o. Venezuelan artist Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca following his pivotal production roles on two of the most important hip hop/R&B albums in recent memory; Kanye's 'Yeezus' and FKA Twigs 'EP2' & 'LP1' - plus production work on Bjork;s next album still to come. Suitably housed among the roster of electronic legends on Mute, it's a nimble leap forward from last year's incredible '&&&&&' mixtape/LP, refracting myriad variations of his chamber-like fusion of vaporwave 'tronics, tarraxho and technoid pop queered with completely unique tunings and rent with exquisite 3D … Read more
One of London's most outstanding new grime producers turns out on Planet Mu with four cuts of signature, stranger grime juice. Asymptomatic of the scene's shift towards almost IDM-styled production and arrangement, the 'Don't Leave EP' mixes up boogie-soul samples with off-kilter synths and rugged beats in four parts, ranging from the slow-burning drama of the title track to halfstepping, alien R&G with 'Be Somebody', and thru the melancholic poise of 'Padded' to iced-out styles reminding of Visionist in the pitched vocals and precise shuffle of 'Oh'.
The mercurial Mr. Blunt keeps everyone guessing with the 'Black Metal' follow-up to his widely acclaimed LP, 'The Redeemer' (2013). Let's get it out of the way: it's not black metal, in the cold, Northerly sense, at least. Musically, its palette actually bears more resemblance to early Factory or Rough Trade records by The Durutti Column or Scritti Politti - or even Serge Gainsbourg - than anything remotely connected to Bathory or Burzum. And taken in light of his oeuvre, both with Hype Williams and solo, it's actually a canny appropriation of the term, subverting pre-conceived and conno… Read more
Back on Big Dada - Wiley rises to the top again with 'Snakes & Ladders' featuring guest spots from JME, Footsie, Wrigz, Flirta D and more. He's as mad as ever, dropping baffling bars and signature non sequiturs across 17 of his strongest tracks in years, from the bouncing summer 2014 anthem, 'On A Level' to the gulliest new skool grime in 'Reel Off' to the extended, eleven minute chicanery of 'Snakes & Ladders (Part Two)' which surely sets a new precedent for modern grime. Get in.
Baauer brings the party back to LuckyMe with the AlunaGeorge-starring 'ß' EP. Trailing in the wake of his 'Harlem Shake' devastation, he's working a more diverse range of dancefloor moods here, offering 'One Touch' feat. AlunaGeorge and Rae Sremmurd as a moody roller and an amped-up VIP club construction beside the heat-seeking tropical motifs and pitching groove of 'Floreana', some of that Harlem Shake-style juice in 'Boog' and bellicose trap on 'Swoopin'.
Pev, Kowton, and Asusu collect all 12 remixes of their Livity Sound cache from like-minded and compatible producers. It's a smart showcase of their combined tastes, tasking the likes of Mix Mup & Kassem Mosse to rework Kowton's 'More Games' as a squashed, spacey bogle beside a pair of wrecked, kinky remixes of Asusu's 'Velez' from A Made Up Sound, and a pair of steaming reworks for Kowton & Pev from Surgeon and Pangaea. There's also a slamming MMM remix of Pev & Asusu's 'Surge', a high-pressure Tessela take on Pev's 'Aztec Chant', and much more from Ilian Tapes Stenny & Andrea, Beneath, Dreesvn, Ghost-202 (aka Ron Morelli & Svengalisghost) and Nick Höppner.
Nexx level grime instrumentals from the one and only Murlo on Rinse. A key player on the UK street rave scene (kinda like a street party, but with more bun-ting) he's crystallised a hyper-lucid and colourful signature style over the last few years that's arguably at its sharpest and most compelling here. From the nimble sino motifs and prickling electroid body music of 'Into Mist' thru the bassline-style feminine pressure of 'Vertigo' and the strangely stately, head-high elegance of 'Roman Baths' or 'Dripstone (The Chase Scene)', these are surely some of the classiest, unique examples of the … Read more
Grebenstein debuts on Downwards with a roiling industrial session primed for fans of his label-mates Samuel Kerridge or Talker. Rife with slow, bellicose drums and miasmic atmospheres, four tracks play out a soundtrack for end times between the tribal trudge of 'Acting Within Your Terms' and the uniquely offset swagger of 'That's Where The Answer Was, In Your Body' via the Raime-like mood guitar chops and malefic attitude of 'No You Don't'. Sterling stuff for fans of The Haxan Cloak etc.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "‘Block Boundaries’ is the new album from minimalist composer Ryan Teague building on his previous releases for Type, Sonic Pieces and current label Village Green. Inspired by the theme of Psychogeography, the record fuses acoustic instrumentation with electronic and processed material, taking the listener on a hallucinogenic Ballardian journey through from the thrumming urban activity of New York, Amsterdam and London. Brooding opener "Site & Situation" sets the tone with hypnotic guitar and mallet chimes, emotive cel… Read more
Fatima Al Qadiri, Lit City's J-Cush, Nguzunguzu's Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda team bring their debut Future Brown single to land on Warp. Their presence has been felt on the scene for quite some time now, via inclusions in Visionist and Kode 9 mixes and much-hyped shows across the world. Their first physical offering is a worldly blend of trap, ballroom and grime with nods to global dancefloor diaspora, resulting in the low-lying bounce and chiming Far Eastern influences woven below Tink's and 3D Na'Tee in the original and remix of 'Wanna Party', and a fine stab at authen… Read more
Steve Hauschildt and BNJMN select a wide range of post rock, ambient and abstracted techno aces for the latest Air Texture volume. Former Emeralds meber Hauschildt bookends tracks by Le Révélateur, Pulse Emitter, Dino Spillutini, and Jonathan Fitoussi on disc 1 with two of his own, lush compositions, 'Watertowers' and 'Pismo'; BNJMN follows suit with a canny collection of mutant, morphing electronics at best in Legowelt's eerie 'Vanished In Tromso', the rustling ambience of Best Available Technology's 'Sectomy', and a really gorgeous meditation called 'Rumori Circostanti di Melody Pops & Clic & Silenzio' by Hieroglyphic Being.
**Ships Friday** Thirteen years since his debut LP, (Chris) 'Clark' strips back his sound to pure techno muscle and brainy arrangements on his 7th album. Presenting his sound as sculpture, thirteen tracks model dynamic electronic spaces flush with intricate, acrobatic arpeggios and endless reverbs urging his melodic flourishes into vaulted harmonies. Consumed as an album rather than individual cuts, it oscillates back and forth from dramatic moments and 'floor-ready slam, at best in the knackered trance chug of 'Winter Linn', the Visionist-like vocaloids flitting around 'Snowbird', and the swarming Black Midi-style arpeggios of 'Beacon'.
Esteemed dark ambient pioneer Thomas Köner casts a beautifully sombre solo piano shadow with the 68-minute piece, 'Tiento de las Nieves' for Denovali Records. Whilst he's previously used the piano as an indistinct element within his widescreen scapes, here it's the main focus, sustaining super sparse, plangent notes which radiate out across the soundsphere with longing decay until they fade, freezing and slowly thawing in a sequence of deep blue moments bridged by stratospheric, slowly expanding pads. Once rested to the piece's meter, it's easy to let go and imagine yourself as… Read more
**Sublime ambient works for gongs and bowed cymbals from Jon Mueller and Eleh collaborator Duane Pitre, edition of 500, first 200 on gold wax, cut at D&M, Berlin** 'Inverted Torch' is an incredible, immersive session of treated gongs and bowed cymbals from Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir) and dedicated minimalist Duane Pitre for Type. It's the 3rd Type release for percussionist Mueller, and the first for former pro skateboarder Pitre, who's been quietly amassing a catalog of sublime LPs for Important Records and others since 2007, including a superlative split with Eleh. In col… Read more
Joey Anderson and Deepchord rework rootsy dub house trax from Fluxion's 'Broadwalk Tales' album. Joey Anderson brigns out latent Afro-centric vibes of 'You Don't Know' to the fore with hovering rhythmelodies and alien pads dubbed out to mesmerising effect. On the flip, Deepchord furnish two remixes of 'For You', one with a breezier, light-headed skank, and another sodden with tape FX.
Sh*t-hot EP of taut, technoid post-punk steppers and gamelan-infused no wave madness from Cured Pink on excellent new label, Another Dark Age. Cured Pink hail from Brisbane, Australia and sound quite unlike anyone else right now. The A-side, 'As Enderie Nuatal' lands somewhere between the menace of Raime's Moin workouts, SPK's industrial invocations and the psychoative impulse of Astral Social Club, yoking febrile drum machines to heady synth washes and possesed vocals with a clear, distinct vision. The B-side tracks are wilder in a slower, humid manner, mixing the sort of crisp clank a… Read more
Sully follows his junglist rinse for Keysound with another killer bassbin session for Hsüan Records backed with superb Banshee remix. Hitting that classic Foul Play/Steve Gurley sound on the nose, he refracts classic samples thru deftest breakbeat chops to deep blue effect in 'Concord', and to searing darkside impact with the streaking synthlines and sweeping breakbeat sensuality of 'Inroads'. Hotly tipped newcomer Banshee updates 'Concord' with a slick remix yoked to percolating, Afro-centric trap rhythms. BIG tip!
The opening cut from Tricky's 'Adrian Thaws' album gets deranged by Actress in a killer remix. The original's big studio production is promptly smudged and shaded by Actress to much more menacing effect with a juxtaposition of clanking post-punk/industrial drums and Carpenter-esque synth hook cut to a hip hop lean. StraightFace also contributes a moody, murky remix of 'Nicotine Love' featuring Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers.
The man best known for his NNF/100% Silk releases returns to Mogwai's Rock Action with two low-flying darkwave missiles. Bearing a much bulkier and spacious sound design than previous efforts, he starts the mission with a moody, furtive swagger in the tight flux and awning arpeggios of 'Cry Havoc', and comes off like some Fever Ray instrumental in the plangent, icy drums and trickling synth romance of the brilliant B-side, 'Heathen Birth'. Great stuff.
AnD deliver their long-coming debut LP, 'Cosmic Microwave Background' for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. It's a proper session, choking back 12 tracks (eight on LP) of galloping productions and acid with all the brute force and caustic atmosphere you'd hope for. But it's actually at its best when they step out of the loops and repetitive tricks into more wayward structures, as with the crushing lurch of 'Relic Radiation', the masticated industrial funk of 'Galactic Motion', or the plangent Alien transmission of 'The Surface Of Last Scattering'. If you're craving the out-and-ou… Read more
Cache Cache / Finders Keepers commission Felix Kubin to trawl through his collection of German Home Recording Tape Music Of The 1980s to put together this killer comp - one of the label's very best. Running to 25 obscure one-hit wonders and hardly-known tracks - CHBB's 'Ima Iki Mashoo' is probably the best known to us, at least, which says a lot! - it's a rippin' trip around the tight knit but diffuse tape networks that Kubin was inspired by and tied to from an early age after witnessing a TV show starring performances by Palais Schaumberg, Der Plan, DAF and Der Körpe… Read more
Romare returns with the 'floor-friendly follow-up to his much loved pair of EPs. 'Roots' carves out a blunted, bluesy house swagger from murky filter tricks and swinging, Afro-centric drums with a style reminding of La Funk Mob and all that dope '90s gear from Paris.
Fresh from his cover feature in The Wire magazine, Richard Dawson rises up from the bed of the River Tyne with a voice that crumbles and soars, steeped in age old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane. Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music hall tune- smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and w… Read more