Friday, 07 August
"Amorphous and polyrhythmic techno pallette from UMFANG aka Emma Olson, a NYC producer and Discwoman affiliate. Influenced by latin drum patterns, dj breaks and minimal percussion. “Ok”, her second release, is experimental edged and fervent in its constant cycle of rhythmic ‘eureka’ moments and subtle incorporations of simple melodies and textures, with aims of shaping techno into approachable, unstuffy music made for everyone. The 48-minute release leaves her previous MPC and Volca beats in the dust with the acquisition of a BOSS Dr. 202 (from Octo Octa,) that forms the backbone of “Ok” around which … Read more
“There are many great soul singers, but few have inspired hip hop from its early beginning to now. Syl Johnson is a unsung pioneer of musical fusion.” – RZA. Syl Johnson began the ‘60s a blues singer and session guitarist and concluded it having synthesized his own brand of gritty Chicago soul. Their first signee, Syl Johnson set the tone at Twinight Records, writing and producing fifteen 45s during his four year tenure with the label. This double LP neatly bundles each side of each of Johnson’s Twinight 45s, from the heavily-sampled grunts on “Different Strokes,” to the ghetto-conscious “Concrete Reservation.”
Blazing Electro-Shaabi outta Cairo's Studio Sardena, featuring a host of local Mahragan MCs including Salsa El-Ageeb and Halabessa. The energy levels are high on this one, from the polychromatic synth cadence and rush-up drums of 'Baheya' - played out long enough for the dancers - thru to the skanking punch of 'El-Malaab' and euphoric autotune of 'Ayn Asha'y'.A must for anyone feeling that EEK and Chipsy Islam madness!
Victoriaville reissue two slick techno cuts by Macro boss, Stefan Goldmann, remastered for 2015 by Rashad at D&M.
Spencer Parker kicks it like he means it with 'No More Silly Club Songs Vol.1' for Rekids. High-strength, tracky house in four banging versions. The devil is in the details, from the singing hi-hats and rolling subs of 'No.1' to the ruffneck old skool Chi bounce of 'No.2' and the crunching amens laced into the lamping flow of 'No.3'. Deadly.
**Properly fuzzed-up psych-rock from '69.** "When tape rolled on these songs, guitarist Bob Theen and drummer Alex Love were a decade deep into their tenure as Kansas City rock n’ roll journeymen. After spending two years holed up in the real-life underground chambers of Cavern Recording Corporation, they emerged with eight songs and a temporary name—their fourth in a string that necessitated five business-card reprint orders. Their band—dubbed “Pretty” by engineer and producer Michael Weakley—managed to spelunk only two songs out of the cave, which were issued in 1969 as a promo-on… Read more
Orphan101 returns with Tugger in tow for a pair of upfront and visceral acid-bass-techno mutations. 'Fat Jay' dispenses overlarge boulder kicks and crankiest percussions galvanized to action by a fierce acidic synth. 'Darkie' trims back to a pointed techno stepper swilled with pinging arpeggios.
Melja gets down dirty and jackin' for Mister Saturday Night. The NYC party/stable's latest pick-up rides across the A-side on a cantering techno groove called 'Steady Mobbin'' spun out with rushing arpeggios to an icy brekadown and back into a big warm dancefloor embrace for the 2nd half. Flipside, 'But It Really Didn't Matter' juggles ricocheting rimshots and kaotic Detroit-style harmonics with a grubby late night B-line, and 'I Won't Forget You' loses it to dynamic underwater techno flux reminding of recent Call Super and TTT moves.
"Like the days of Steely Dan, Harry Nilsson or Prince releasing a classic every year (or less) comes Mac DeMarco’s Another One, a mini-LP announced almost one year to the date of the meteorically successful Salad Days. Conceived and recorded entirely by himself in a short period between a relentless tour schedule at his new place in Far Rockaway, Queens, Another One is eight, freshly written songs, expanding the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalog. There’s a bittersweet, romantic sensibility present. The overall feeling is lost love, or perhaps love never found, yet Mac embraces … Read more
Dublin's Lumigraph follows up a Ben UFO-approved debut on Opal Tapes with four skudgy, raw house swaggers for NYC's Mister Saturday Night. The pace is generally slower than his Opal Tapes issue 'Nautica', but works persistently infectious grooves ranging from wobly midnight acid beatdown on 'Yacht Cruiser' to the slackened, mutant chug of 'Playing My Numbers' and over to a sweeter piece of smudged but twinkling, jazz-debted slow-house in 'Small Doses'.
*Third of three Laraaji reissues via Leaving Records* "Leaving Records present three re-issues of seminal works by new age musician, composer, and laughter meditation workshop leader Laraaji. Recorded between 1978 and 1983, these works have not been re-issued in full since their original release. Although some excerpts of the material have been featured on various compilations, this is the first time in over 30 years that one can experience the uninterrupted duration of these cosmic etudes in their complete form. The added length creates an immersive environment of fresh, explorator… Read more
*Second of three Laraaji reissues via Leaving Records* "Leaving Records present three re-issues of seminal works by new age musician, composer, and laughter meditation workshop leader Laraaji. Recorded between 1978 and 1983, these works have not been re-issued in full since their original release. Although some excerpts of the material have been featured on various compilations, this is the first time in over 30 years that one can experience the uninterrupted duration of these cosmic etudes in their complete form. The added length creates an immersive environment of fresh, exploratory, exp… Read more
*One of three Laraaji reissues via Leaving Records* "Leaving Records present three re-issues of seminal works by new age musician, composer, and laughter meditation workshop leader Laraaji. Recorded between 1978 and 1983, these works have not been re-issued in full since their original release. Although some excerpts of the material have been featured on various compilations, this is the first time in over 30 years that one can experience the uninterrupted duration of these cosmic etudes in their complete form. The added length creates an immersive environm… Read more
Running Back's sun-blessed and sought-after sub-label, Mondo reaches its first label compilation. Captained by Francesco De Bellis a.k.a. Mr. Cisco, Mondo endeavours to focus on the "downtempo, "balearic" and organic side of house music", collecting four releases, 13 tracks of breezy, deckside disco and cosmic drug chug exemplified in L.U.C.A.'s 'Cacciatori Di Frodo' for instance, whereas ROTLA tends to a burbling, synthi pastoral sound; Studio 22 charm with wiggly disco winks and cinematic strokes; and Odeon cup a hand to their brow for the long distance gaze of 'Anxur' and two other reveries. RIYL the Music From Memory or Melody As Truth labels.
Laser-beamin' old skool electro fetishism from Koova on Sheffield's own CPU. Head straight for the Kraftwerkian nod, 'This Is Not My Future', or the Bambaataa-infected electro-boogie winner, 'In Search Of'.
Noise-addled house and dub techno trax from Okayama, Japan's Keita Sano, especially for New York's Mister Saturday Night crew. There's a fine depth a diversity to these three cuts, taking in the kind of distorted, over-driven jakbeat lunacy you'd associate with Trilogy Tapes or Opal Tapes on the two A-side grinders, whilst B-side 'She Was The One' would appear to have trapped a sample of Basic Channel in its glacially unfolding aquatic techno groove.
**Includes remixes by Devendra Banhart & Eluvium** Hauschka revisits his 'Abandoned City' head-space with an addendum of 5 outtakes plus more expansive remixes by Devendra Banhart and Eluvium. "A NDO C Y is a continuation of the Abandoned City story, told as a tale of two sides. Side A features five tracks conceived during the Abandoned City sessions, a suite of songs that together form an exceptionally resonant whole. As with Abandoned City, these songs owe as much to minimalist techno as modern composition, which makes them particularly conducive to remixes. On Side B, experimental folk ico… Read more
Mister Saturday Night goes 'ard with Hank Jackson's ace debut EP. A-side 'Deposit' jacks clattering 727 drums on a full sunken subbass thwack, all sounding thoroughly live and in-the-moment to transfer that frenzied, hectic party energy. Flipside, 'Cole's Lullaby' delivers a shock of overdriven distortion before subsiding to the ragged, buzzing, psychedelic buck of 'Shave'.
* "Written, performed and produced by multiinstrumentalist, producer and songwriter Georgia Barnes in its entirety and recorded in her own home studio, debut eponymous album ‘Georgia’ is the product of two years of obsessive work but also a young lifetime of voracious music listening. Elements of the glacial yet hyper-melodic tone of early 2000s grime, sweltering, mid-Summer West London dub and ragga, sophisticated pop, first wave postpunk agitation, the formative influence of Missy Elliott and the high-concept, illuminated sound design work of contemporary artists such as The Knife and Hudson … Read more
General Ludd makes a big disco entrance with his debut 12" for Mister Saturday Night. 'The Fit Of Passion' EP is proper New York club gear, very much in the mould of DJ Sprinkles but also bearing comparisons with a ruffer Soundhack, especially in the rumpy party jam of yelps, hollers, loose disco bass and liberal dub FX applied to 'Woo Ha', whereas 'Brothers and Sisters' is more sultry, sexy, riding a strutting B-line with Theo-like percussion and woozy disco vibes. Dancefloor killer!
Black ice industrial and noise pulsations from techno's nether region - Rome's Love Blast and Stirpe 999 labels. Subsound studio engineer, Luciano Lamanna galvanises one side with the tight, rolling and monotone techno precision of 'Giammai Per Sempre';flipside, Fire At Work deals in hulking 110bpm techno stress test working somewhere between Fishermen and recent Sigha, whilst the UK 's darkside techno pioneers Somatic Responses concentrate their noisy ADD tendencies to the cranky lurch of 'Dark Ervption'.
Eveson's reprises his Dead Man's Chest moniker with another spectral homage to OG '90s jungle. Most effective in the darkside dipper, 'Cut-Throat Hardcore' and frayed, dreamy suspense of 'The Future'. RIYL Sully, HATE, Zomby.
The Dark Sky trio make an unexpected yet successful detour into deep house avenues for the label wing of New York's Mister Saturday Night parties. With a lightness of touch and experimental bent not normally found in the often staid and hermetic genre, they nimbly realign the sound with classy vision, resulting breezier European styles reminding of Lawrence with 'In Brackets', while '5AM swings wide' with almost 2-stepped garage flair. Flipside, the sparkling-but-dusty jazz percussion and quicksilver edits of 'Voices' recalls classic Pepe Bradock and Shake, but with the up-to-the-minute … Read more