Monday, 04 May
Adult London house from a new player on Roska's label. 'Pussay Patrol' stalks the 'floor with a clipped swing and a mantra at the back of its head intoning the title over and again. Aye, it's pretty rude, like. Likewise, 'Just Like That' plays off some male/female call-and-response to a piano-laced and curvy house house groove.
"After releasing a string of driving, dancefloor-oriented singles on European labels Rush Hour and Hotflush, Brooklyn’s own Praveen Sharma aka Braille keys up his debut LP, Mute Swan, on Friends of Friends. With an ear for sentimental melodies and an unprecedented step into the vocal arena, Braille’s first full-length is rife with narrative appeal and rich songwriting, collapsing dozens of genre signifiers into a cauldron of pathos. Sharma’s own vocal experiments are aided by Jessie Boykins III on “I Assume” and Angelica Bess on “Ports” and “Better Than Nothing”, as well as additional producti… Read more
Pure techno tools by Berlin's Blue Hour. Solid club wares in the tense synth tension and driving 909s of the A-side, backed with more Detroit-styled sky-watchers on the flip.
"Composer and producer Ben Chatwin releases his new album 'The Sleeper Awakes' through Village Green. Written and recorded at Chatwin's home studio in Scotland. Inspired by the writing of H.G. Wells, 'The Sleeper Awakes' is Chatwin's first album to appear under his own name and follows last year's highly-lauded Talvihorros project 'Eaten Alive'. "I wanted 'The Sleeper Awakes' to represent the idea of a future that has been and gone. Before the information and telecommunications revolution there was a beautiful yet weird, naivety about what the future might bring and it… Read more
Monday, 27 April
*Remastered and Reworked Edition of the limited edition Cassette released in 2014 on Demdike Stare’s DDS Imprint* Mica Levi more or less owned 2014 with the release of that astonishing soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under the Skin’, followed by this hour long album-cum-mixtape for Demdike Stare’s DDS imprint which was released at the end of the year and sold out in a flash. It has now been reworked for this vinyl edition, and then given a full remaster by Matt Colton. Mica is an artist who basically seems to channel attention deficit into exploring and re… Read more
Oneohtrix Point Never presents a strong 2nd set of commissioned soundtrack works. The two 'Bullet Hell Abstractions' were commissioned by the RBMA and inspired by the work of computer game composer Manabu Namiki - known for his shoot-em-up soundtracks - and veers headlong between rabid Sonic Subjunkies style breakcore and buckling digital noise dimensions. The 20 minute 'Suite From Magnetic Rose' is the captivating soundtrack to a rarely seen short film by Koji Morimoto, the creator of Akira. It was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and premiered at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, The University of Manchester, U.K. October 4, 2014.
Pure icy grime burns from Iglew with a killer debut on Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper. As he admits, Iglew only recently experienced bass from a proper soundsystem, and, as such, approaches the genre from a relative outsider perspective. No matter though, as he's clearly developed an acute melodic instinct in the absence of physical pressure, and has clearly caught up with soundsystem dynamics since. Anyway, his 'Urban Myth' EP is straight up killer; a slick lesson in economy of production and emotion, with heart-in-mouth effect in the title track's weightless zone of flutes and slyding squares contras… Read more
**Essential Greek New Wave Disco reissue includes the original version of the hugely in-demand 'Shadows of Blood'** Dark Entries make our day with this remastered reissue of Lena Platonos' 2nd album, 'Gallop' (1985), featuring the hugely sought-after dream-pop sequence of ''Bloody Shadows From Afar') - a version to 'Shadows of Blood'! Recently trading 2nd hand for over 300 euros, this record has long been the preserve of Greek diggers and synth-pop pickers yet, it remained largely hidden from ears beyond the Hellenic borders. That started to change in 2012/2013 when Into The Light and Kunst… Read more
William Basinski returns with 'Cascade' - a gorgeous 40 minute meditation on a solitary piano loop coaxed by NYC's neoclassical maestro, William Basinski. Teechnically, that's all you really need to know, but we should stress that Basinski's way with a loop transcends any prosaic, earthly description and manifests a music in its own self-sufficient world of infinitely morphing harmonics and decay as imperceptibly slow moving yet ever-changing as life itself. Highly Recommended.
**Gigi Masin, Max D, Co La, Jordan GCZ and friends unite for this shimmering improv session for PAN** Lifted is a stellar new project sparked off by Matthew Papich (Co La) and Future Times overlord Max D for PAN. Realised and rendered together with Jordan GCZ and Gigi Masin, among others, their debut LP '1' is an elegant exercise in breaking free of the grid, consolidating a spectrum of congruent ideas and idiosyncratic styles with a beautifully communal spirit putting a contemporary spin on the freedoms of '70s jazz fusion. From initial studio sessions recorded by Matthew and Max in their respective B… Read more
"It has been four years since Guillermo S. Herren released anything significant from his most famous and respected moniker, Prefuse 73 (though he did keep busy with live shows, collaborations, and remixes). That's a long time for virtually any artist, but it's an eternity for Herren, whose first three Prefuse 73 albums dropped in the span of four years. As if to make up for lost time, 2015 will see the release of not one, but three major works from Prefuse 73. After several albums that saw Herren progressively drift away from the beatmaking prowess that made him synonymous with emotio… Read more
Mordant Music hits square between the oculars with Glass Isle's debut album of diaphanous, eldritch ambience. The Glass Isle would appear to be a mystical landmass dreamt by a duo named Natalie Williams and Zuleika AvTes. It's the sorta desolate place we'd imagine to be covered in soupy haar half for the year, and scorched for the rest, turning the sandy land into hyaline tone sculptures resembling singing statues. A drift between its twenty songs is an intoxicating experience, perceptions diffused and confused by disorienting recursive melodies and a maze of siren-like voices pinging like… Read more
One of Reckno's finest transfers to Ramp for the elegantly weightless trap gauze of 'New Palms', including a cameo from Joane Skyler. In equilibrium between street brawn and more unstable, airy headspace his five cuts give trap a trippier overhaul in the fractious 'New Palms' and jerk off dubstep in the dibby 'Bastet', whereas 'Stevie Nicks' flits in soft focus like a ghosted Clams Casino and 'Nichiren' teeters cut-up glossolalia and fibrillating trap tics in mid-air before turning footwork in a blink. It's left to his collaboration with Joane Skyler to provide the most memorable moment fr… Read more
Gang of Ducks get weirder with this dispatch of Badalamenti-esque knackered techno from a black hole in Turin, Italy. The rather mysterious XIII offers a tortuous session weaving thru collapsed techno structures and darkside synth zones to numbed EBM trance and '90s ambient indictators across 'No (The Relative Effect of Explication)', before culminating in a series of collaborations with fellow ducks, Sabla, Traag and Vaghe Stelle. The A-side is really special, tripping lines between the kind of Italian industrial ambient feel heavily referenced by Demdike Stare, and a… Read more
René Pawlowitz aka Shed returns in WK7 Power House mode. 'Washer' churns up a dizzy swing from brukked drums and nagging alien vocal stabs like some long lost KMS from '92, whereas 'More Music' locks into a dead kinky NYC/Detroit flex nodding to seminal Chez N Trent burners.
The archduke of electro-pop, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, presses a heavy 2nd solo album statement with the all-instrumental 'MG' for Mute. With nearly a lifetime's experience of shaping modern electronic pop to his credit, Gore boldly pushes at new doors of sonic perception with this follow-up to 'Counterfeit²' (2003). Eschewing vocals in favour of purely synthesised instrumental expression, he lets his machines do the talking in a 16 song suite that feels timeless yet remarkably fresh compared with the latter day output of many veteran synthesists. In fact it's probably moot to compare him wi… Read more
Top draw flashback here, presenting the sonic ying and yang of Miller & Shill's dreamy 'The Moomins Theme' and the darkside tribalism of 'Midwinter Blues'. Almost everyone with a functioning memory will be able to half-recall that camp theme tune, and almost as many may be able to find some closure for that nagging feeling that The Moomins was actually pretty f**king dark at times, thanks to the full, unabridged version of 'Midwinter Rites' haunting proto-techno vibes. We reckon that one's got a lot to own up to…
Niagara does that wavey Atlantic house sound again for Portugal's Príncipe, where he was last spotted debuting in 2013 on P003. 'Arruda' commands a laidback, bouncing house groove oiled with acidic splashes and ravey chord stabs, juggling a smart balance of sticky swagger and breezy vibes for fans of Photonz, Legowelt, IVVVO.
Legowelt tries something a little different on 'Vaporware Tracks Vol.1'. Possibly realising that there's a limit to how many space house jams a man can take, Creme Organization have plucked out four freakier Legowelt pearls for y'all: dicing with stuttered sample-jam techno in 'Norwegian Crack Dealer' and giddy disco-techno in 'XYZ Southwest British Airlines' on the A-side, while the flip comes with a rugged, nearly-bust techno groove in 'Satierian Moon Breeze' plus a heads-down stomper named 'The Sea Is So Silent'.
Esteemed NYC multimedia artist Delia Gonzalez presents the films and solo piano soundtrack of her most recent project, 'In Remembrance', augmented by Bryce Hackford remixes, some ten years after her landmark DFA release, 'The Days of Mars' with Gavin Russom. Inside you'll discover a DVD with her four 16mm films accompanied by a sparkling solo piano suite of cascading scales inspired a text written by Henry Miller as well as by Gurdjieff's theory that "to play scales is to become more in tune with your inner self." In fact, the whole project deals with inspiration, or, in Delia's ow… Read more
Recollection GRM offer a rare entry point to the rarified electro-acoustic worlds of composer Beatriz Ferreyra (1937, Córdoba, Argentina) with this necessary collection spanning four works realised between 1968/9 and 2011. An original pioneer of early musique concrète alongside Pierre Schaeffer during the '50s and '60s, Beatriz would come to work with instrument creators, the Baschet Brothers, and begin to to move away from the institutions in order to develop and explore an idiosyncratic, intuitive method of free electro-acoustic composition. This collection's earliest piece, 'Demeur… Read more
Michel Redolfi's pioneering, underwater expositions are next up for reissue in the illuminating Recollection GRM series. Both pieces in 'Pacific Tubular Waves / Immersion' were inspired by the Californian Pacific seaboard and created using the first Synclavier digital synthesiser back in 1979-1980. While based in San Diego at the end of the '70s, Redolfi began to investigate oceanic dynamics. 'Pacific Tubular Waves' (1979) can be considered a sort of surface study on the kinetics of the Pacific breakers around San Diego, transcribing the sensation of surfing atop t… Read more
Strong debut from Paula Temple's new Noise Manifesto platform featuring a loosely affiliated quartet of femmes - RRoxymore, Aquarian Jugs (a.k.a. Planningtorock), Jaguar Woman (a.k.a. Paula Temple) - and one homme, Oni Ayhun. All tracks are uncredited and simply titled 'DR-1 - DR-4', leaving the question of authorship aside and focussing on an otherworldly take on techno convention. 'DR-1' comes over like an electro-swing cabaret soundtrack; 'DR-2' is a solid techno roller with glassy harmonics; 'DR-3' is a hybrid of coarse strings and industrial techno. But the best track here b… Read more
William Basinski presents a live companion of his new piece 'The Cascade'. Recorded live at New York's Issue Project Room and reframed as 'The Deluge', he homes in on a fragile piano loop patiently propagated through several feedback filters until it finally blossom a full blown orchestral denouement in the dying light of its lifespan. Full drench.
**A captivating slab, conjured live - no loops or overdubs - by superhuman saxophonist Colin Stetson and Arcade Fire' violinist, Sarah Neufeld. How on earth do they achieve that low end?! 180g vinyl in heavyweight jacket with black poly-lined dust sleeve, insert, poster, and download code** "Two of Constellation's acclaimed solo instrumental artists join forces on this tremendous new album of original compositions for horn and violin. Stetson and Neufeld first began playing in duo formation while on tour together as soloists in 2012, joining each other on s… Read more
Cosmin TRG follows suit from the likes of Surgeon and Peter Van Hoesen with two tracts of pure, modular synth-carved techno. The bruising 'Uzura' carries some serious momentum with pounding kicks and brain-burrowing modulations swarmed by ether voices and noxious fizz; 'Vitriol' vents saltier drones and slompy bass thwack eaten away by toxic modular fluids.
The artist commonly known as Alex Smoke reveals his most intimate suite of music with 'Order & Disorder'. Operating under his birth name, Alex Menzies, he mostly strips away the tricky beats he's known for and presents 29 poised miniatures; a sequence of concise and oneiric electro-acoustic nocturnes and flighty solo piano pieces. RIYL Eno, Leyland Kirby, Erased Tapes.
Düsseldorf's Durian Brothers collect all three of their brilliant 12"s issued 2009-2012 on Diskant. Their self-described "rough, dense, hypnotic clubmusic" is honed from a stripped down and physically tactile set-up of turntables prepared with elastic bands fed thru FX and sequencer to achieve jagged, off-centre rhythms emulating the inimitable percussive polyphony of African tribal music. In a now well-established German musical tradition, what is altered in translation results a instinctively effective set of rhythmelodies and textured harmonics that grip the hip and p… Read more