Monday, 24 February
'Churches Schools and Guns' is the 2nd album of dystopian, forward-facing techno architecture by Italian-in-Berlin producer, Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy. The follow-up to his well-received 'Wordplay For Working Bees' is an obliquely abstract yet emotive twelve song cycle exhibiting an ear for microscopic detail and an attuned feel for slinky, seductive rhythms. It's leagues ahead of his field of terms of sound design and atmosphere, drawing on and subtly incorporating a wider confluence of ideas than many of his contemporaries. The grey, gloomy spectre of machine driven post-punk expe… Read more
After a bit of a break the Silverback label returns with this solid 7-track EP from Piri Piri, including reworks from Visonist, Neana, Jean Nipon and Matthias Zimmermann. The original tracks float between Tropical and industrial Techno on the opener "Peak" and clunky electro on "Ice Cream", so it's left to Visionist's typically canny refix to elevate proceedings with a nicely toughened quasi-Grime stepper, while Neana re-shapes 'Quest' into a highly effective percussive banger complete with fxxcked vocals and sharp, industrial drums.
"Developed over a four year period, and entirely funded by a part time job working as a SAT university entrance exam mathematics tutor, Nº2 was composed using synthesizers and a variety of unidentiﬁed samples that were manipulated beyond recognition. Christina Vantzou then collaborated with Minna Choi of the San Francisco based Magik*Magik Orchestra. Vantzou and Choi worked on the notation and arrangements and recorded the compositions with a 15-piece ensemble at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco. The chamber layer on Nº2 follows a similar pattern as her ﬁrst record with the addition… Read more
London's highly-rated club-night serves the 2nd soundtrack to their very own club catwalk shows. Resident deejay Rushmore manhandles four cuts fusing flyest elements of prancin' ballroom and bashy B-more with a booty-wise UK grime sensibility, switching it up from the Eski-optimised ghetto-bass bounce of 'Bloodlines' to the haunted warehouse flex of 'Jump Shot' and over to the stabbin' c*nty behaviour of 'Turn It On', the sub-loaded flamboyance of 'Bitch Please', and the digitally exclusive cut 'Ignite'. RIYL Deamonds, Night Slugs, Dance Mania, jackin', showin' off.
*New on Nicolas Jaar's 'Other People' label* "Several years ago, Valentin Stip was sitting alone by a harbour in the small French town where his parents grew up. “I heard all the sailing strings hit the masts, and I realized that every sound you hear is potentially music,” he says. “The only thing that makes sound into music is the mind, arranging it.” Since then, Valentin Stip has been building a bridge between the sounds that live inside and outside his head. On ‘Sigh’, the 21-year-old producer’s full-length debut on Other People, Stip organizes classical piano, lightly sputtering grooves an… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** Shuffling, toughened, gnarly Techno from Qoso on In Pardisium, following up that excellent split EP with Low Jack from last year. If you're into AnD, Mondkopf etc this one should do nicely for you.
Following on from that amazing reissue of "Half Dead Ganja Music" on Spencer Clark's Pacific City Sound Visions label, Cut Chemist puts together this incredible compilation from 1980’s French post punk, industrial, minimal collective Vox Populi!,. Cut Chemist discovered their material in 2004 while on tour/record digging in Milan where he picked up a compilation featuring their track “Megamix”. Originally released in the 80s, the track was not rooted in disco, hip hop & DJ history but rather post punk and industrial influences. The rudimentary “scratching” pre… Read more
"Present Tense is a dramatically new album – taking cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century. Longer in creation than any of its predecessors, Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Chris Talbot and Ben Little took almost a full year away from touring to conceive and construct the eleven tracks of Present Tense. Written in London and recorded at Konk Studios in London and at The Distillery in Bath, the band worked in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx and Brian Eno… Read more
“Formed originally as a jam-based project in the ever-fertile analogue studio 'Green Door’, Whilst jump seamlessly between free jazz, primitive electronics, dubby post-punk, North African and motorik stlyings, underpinning their sound with a strong punk ethos“.
Wesley Matsell returns from his Studio Barnhus excursion to the merry gang at Border Community. On 'Total Order Of Being' it sounds like he found some vintage Garys left over from Castlemorton along the way, yielding four tracks of ecstatic, utopian dance music clearly in thrall to the halcyon aura of early '90s rave. The percolating synths and arpeggiated bass of the title track offer a lush slingback to classic Orbital, and the colourful, frothing breaks of 'Future Beacon' brims with the kind of positive brio best associated with early AFX and the Rephlex gang. The Wales-vi… Read more
Proper unusual signing from Lex here, Wertheimer bring together an intriguing mix of squashed electronics, boogie and House that sound like a cross between Andy Stott, Matthew Herbert and Leila, with a closing hook that bizarrely sounds like it could have been lifted off Baauer's 'Harlem Shake'. It''ll take a couple of listens to get our heads round it, but there's enough here to pique our interst, for sure.
Soul Jazz Records new release Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers is a unique CD (and 2LP) release that comes with an exclusive limited-edition specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp-fiction writer Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham). The music on the album is a killer selection of funky, deep, rare, exciting and dancefloor heavyweight ‘spy themes’, ‘detective music’ and thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. The music spans heavyweight break-beat funk, deep and heavy jazz, sup… Read more
The Notwist return with their first album in 6 years, 'Close to The Glass'. "The Notwist have always been pioneering their own sound, walking a trail of songs across genres toward something definitively new and distinctly them. Yet the German born band are never running ‘from’ their previous creations rather ‘toward’ the next, and in doing so have crafted a series of personal yet impeccable records that warmly thread together the far corners of independent music. Simply speaking, the Notwist make this careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going … Read more
Outta nowhere, former Skam/Warp regular Simon Pyke aka Freeform presents a 20 minute extended version of the soundtrack to the installation 'Universal Everything & You - Drawing In Motion' currently showing at Media Space, Science Museum, London. It feels very much in key with his Skam releases from the early '00s, sequencing ornate, folk-wise, organic and electronic instrumentation into 20 minutes of lilting, percussive grooves which become progressively noisier and more discombobulated.
"Here’s a new installment in Upset The Rhythm’s split LP series, that’s previously seen Gary War, Purple Pilgrims, Please and Spin Spin The Dogs swap sides most recently. This record teams up like-mindedly loopy, art-damaged Londoners Ravioli Me Away and Dog Chocolate. Inspired by an evening when both bands performed at London’s DIY-hub Power Lunches this LP came together through mutual appreciation, as well as gastronomic necessity. Ravioli Me Away are a dangerously ambitious and delusional all-girl jazzy, post-pop-punk, hip-funk outfit with a stylistic theme sp… Read more
Paxton Fettel drops the follow up to 'Not bad for a Tenner E.P' for Greta Cottage Workshop, limited edition stencil-sprayed sleeve.
"Canadian artist Nicolas Bernier creates sound performances, installations, musique concrète, live electronics and video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and interdisciplinary contexts. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. The sound of Nicolas Bernier is somewhere between the old and the new. It is electronic music made from objects of the past: typewriter, old machines, tuning forks, soundscape memories an… Read more
Yes, please… a totally choice reissue of a deadly Boo Williams swinger, originally launched on the Daisy label in 1996. This is real Black Art house territory; four tracks of deeply infectious grooves synching pendulous B-lines and kinky drums ranging from the sub-loaded piano house zinger 'Lucky Star Ship' to the copulating square bass of 'Moon Patrol' and over to the poignant vibes of 'The Great Speech' and the floating chords of 'Laid Back'.