Monday, 09 March
Acidic, Teutonic house reductions from Reinhard Voigt on Kompakt's digital series. Following 2014's 'Rachanee', Reinhard tacks to the darkside with determined jacker, 'RV 01', and lightens up some with cantering groove and tentative siren drones of 'RV 02'.
Andy Stott reworks Panda Bear's 'Boys Latin' into a brilliantly fxcked Grime/Woodblock killer.
A compelling and shunting industrial sound: Nick Klein with 'Failed Devotee' for Unknown Precepts. Touted as "techno's top bachelor of 2015" by Tiny Mix Tapes, Brooklyn-based Klein specializes in hard-baked and fetid slow techno gauntlets here, delivering some of the grimmest gear this side of Low Jack or Dual Action. There's a real weight behind his kicks and an infectious venom to his synthlines that prompts primal action on the 'floor. RIYL L.I.E.S. Preserved Instincts, Hospital Productions.
**Pretty, piquant synth melodies and elegant rhythms RIYL Palmistry, Lorenzo Senni, Murlo** "The first Donky Pitch release of 2015 is a debut on the label from Brighton based Mount Bank. Out 9th March 'Island Life' features five original tracks of classically influenced electronic music that calls on melancholic piano lines brushed up against bright synth melodies, intricate percussive movements and a restless energy that runs through each composition. Anenon (Non Projects) provides a driving remix featuring rising synths, bristling drums and saxophone. Mount Bank is the solo project of S… Read more
Mo Kolours makes out on Paul White's One-Handed Music with five loosely frayed and soulful beat gems. Hard to deny the sweetness of this session, cutting rug from the sun kissed Tropicalia of 'How I' and the Ernestus-like outernational dub lope of 'Sega Chuckle' to a deeply unique take on electro-soul with 'On My Way', dopest Madlib vibes in 'Sumerian Mother', and the psychogeographic swagger of 'South LDN' featuring Henry Wu.
'Europa Hymn' is a quietly heart-breaking vignette taken from Martin Gore's upcoming solo album. It sounds like the Depeche Mode lynchpin has been listening to some classic Arovane and quaffing Reisling whilst soaking the vista from the Fernsehturm, Berlin… Bodes well for the album...
In which a suitably sensitive array of artists revise the ambient structures of LCC's debut for Editions Mego. Tujiko Noriko furnishes a crystalline take on 'Quarz' infiltrated with her fragile vocals, and Spain's Komatssu render 'Graphein' as a diaphanous IDM piece nodding to mid '90s Æ. We find Houndstooth's Throwing Snow at his best with a blooming footwork jungle tackle on 'Adámas', and To Rococo Rot's Robert Lippok reduces 'Calx' to a gauzy, Gas-eous throb, while LCC rework their own 'Chroma' somewhere closer to Andy Stott or Carter Tutti's slow droning techno tunnels.
Charming deep house minimalism from Hamburg's finest. Returning to the Smallville fold, he lays out a neat shuffle 'n swing gilded with 'Amber'-era Æ motifs and brightly feathered chords in the lovely drift of 'Nowhere Is A Place', and gives a sage nod to Larry Heard and Ben Cenac with the lissom stride and soaring skyscraper pads of 'Manhattan'. Likewise, he refreshes classic templates with the hypnotic square bass and lathered bleeps of 'Dark & Stormy' for the connoisseurs. Tip!
Kelela linx with Arca on her 1st new material since the world-taking 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape (soon due on LP). Heralding her 6-track 'Hallucinogen EP', they present an digitally oiled dose of hyper-sensual R&B sprinkled with Arca's devilish production tics and glowing with Kelela's forlorn, writihing soul vocal.
Subtle, direct dancefloor mixes of Howling's Thom Yorke-like 'Signs'. Rødhåd gives it a limbre, softly lit techno version; Zurich's Kalabrese smudges phrases of the original vocal to a thrumming blue tech-house groove; Radioslave & Thomas Gandey (t.k.a. Matom) stretch out with a laidback house move punctuated with pen-on-glass percussion and underlined by warmest subs.
"Horace Sprott performed on Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of folklorist Frederic Ramsey, Jr's Music of the South series of field recordings released in 1955 on Folkways. 'Ain't This a Mean World' pulls together tracks from all three of these volumes. Ramsey Jr. met Sprott in Marion, Alabama in 1954 and subsequently recorded seven sessions with him in April and May of that year. Born some time between 1886 and 1890 in Talladega Forest, Alabama, Sprott learnt the old religious songs of the bush arbor and the plantation from his mother and grandmother, and from his father, the "worldly … Read more
**Includes download code** Herva comes with that crooked breakbeat-house fonk on Dublin's All City label. Hitting a particularly fecund patch of Dego, Aardvarck or Shake-like breaks and sampler jazz, the Italian producer puts his past experience as a drummer to great use in 'HTYMO''s tricksy drum programming and dusty MPC knocks. Peak vibes to be found in the noisy big beats of the title track; the 4Hero-style jungle-jazz expression, 'She Is 32 Bit'; a dextrous and lush dipper titled 'No Money No Honey' reminding of Pepe Braddock at his wildest. Them's the breaks…
Ahead og Gabi's Sympathy' album, Autre Ne Veut offers a "Club" mix of 'Fleece' for Software. Of course, it's ANV so that club's gonna be a surreal dreamspace full of ecstactic and melancholy aliens sashaying, prostrating and performing slow-motion mid-air pirouettes. Ultimately it sounds a bit like a modern Portishead, though.
Frazzled, extended freak-outs from Nick Edwards' Ekoplekz. A-side, 'Entropy Flash' pelts at a 150bpm tilt with signature flux of mini-modular elements yoked to fibrillating bass sputter and planed-out with icy blue drones. B-side, 'Entropy Symphony' melts plonging dub bass and radiophonic bleeps into electronic ether via clusters of noisy signal disturbance
DJ Deep and Roman Poncet's debut collaboration sounds like that dream where you're dancing into a headwind around Tresor, and then realise you forgot to put your keks on. It's the first of two EPs from the duo, and deals in proper, heads-down techno ranging from the shuddering, tunnelling exercise of 'Extracapsular Extraction' thru the slinkier momentum of 'Data Retrieval' to the tightly dubbed flux of 'Extraction Force' for those that know. We look forward to part 2.
The Moeller train pulls up to Brooklyn's Bangers & Ash with a quartet of salty dub house and piquant electronic pieces.
Chunky Dance Mania and B-more Breaks hybrids banged out by Bodyjack and Soundbwoy Killah for the party.
Monday, 02 March
Diagonal pull another coup with 12"s of brute bitterness from Philip Best, Sarah Froelich and Russell Haswell's Consumer Electronics. With the spray of their blinding 'Estuary English' still wet on our cheek, 'Repetition Reinforcement' is a bruising, visceral reminder of CE's position on the periphery of extreme electronic music. Holding steadfast to the transgressive subject matter which Best has explored since the early '80s as part of Whitehouse and Ramleh, in this excursion he trades explicit rage for a much more reserved and creepily effective style of delivery… Read more
Ata Kak's debut album of dibby Ghanaian hiplife, 'Obaa Sima' is the stuff diggers' dreams are made of. It's the cassette that sparked Awesome Tapes From Africa to life as a blog back in 2006, before it morphed into a record label of world-renown from 2011. Written and self-released by Ata in edition of 50 circa 1994 and subsequently re-discovered by ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz at a roadside stall in Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2004, it would take nearly a whole decade for the Fulbright University graduate to track down and request official reissue permission from Yaw Atta-Owusu a.k.a. Ata. It… Read more
Janus resident Lotic fracks the future with five expansive club visions in 'Heterocetera', his first vinyl release and debut for Tri Angle. Finding and opening fissures of possibility in the facade and body of current club music, his unique approach to meter, space and tone results a genuinely affective impact: it challenges the way we dance; probes and teases our pleasure centre's tolerance for off-kilter, oily tones and soured timbre. It's quintessentially queered to the core, all deliquescent structures and plangent harmonics, perhaps finding close analogs in the music of Arca or certain E… Read more
Nervy electro from the Hamburg native, taken from her upcoming 2nd EP for Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune. Much slinkier, crisper than her soggy acid bangers, 'The First Time He Thought, He Died ' is a shivering, skeletal piece of electro with brooding Bunker-style basslines and creepy gothic tronix.
Club music's pre-eminent mutant, Powell, launches a daring raid on the mainstream with this screaming double header for XL. Marking his highest profile release to date, following the '11-14' 2CD issue and remixes for Nico Jaar and Daniel Avery, he unswervingly sticks to his modern No Wave mission with the tumbling, ravenous rhythm and noise of 'Sylvester Stallone' and 'Smut'. Operating at the extremes of the XL's remit, the Diagonal Records captain takes a hot-wired joyride thru techno badlands, colliding a cornucopia of reference points with a Ballardian sense of visceral, descri… Read more
Delinquent, deliquescent grime from Damu on return to Keysound. M.I.A. since 2013, his 'Holed In The Hovel' session reveals an even shinier chassis and curdled silicon aesthetic, in chromatic flux somewhere between SOPHIE and PC Music or the most lucent Her Records releases. 'iPolice' starts up like some Matrix sentinel, all laser scanning bleeps and wavey synths with a sci-fi agenda, while 'Whirlybird' rolls out like a mutant mix of Fis-t's 'Night Hunter'. At his maddest, 'Holed Up In The Hovel' wields wild claps and meter-melted Ballroom beats, and 'No Pain, No Gain' gives up frantic, frothing grime patterns infected with some mad computer virus.
HD-ready trap vapours from Rinse FM's new signing, Celestial Trax. Fresh from his special guest appearance on Tri Angle's recent Rinse show with Björk, he reveals a pyrex-clear mix of cloud rap signatures and Atlantan futurism in 'Stargate', unequivocally adept at working with American MCs Shady Blaze and Tynethys in the title tune's stately bounce, as well as UK singer, BBHollogramz in the Clams Casino or Evian Christ-styled trance arpeggios of 'Verticals'. On an instrumental tip, there's also the squeaky clean ace, 'Tru Love' juicing optimal emotion from brittle trap tics and ghostly synth chorales a la Visionist.
Dasha Rush fully explores her latent ambient side with 'Sleepstep', her debut suite of tech-nocturnes for Raster Noton. It's quite a departure from her sleek, signature club sound, largely leaving the big kicks at home and heading towards dark, brooding scapes and skeletal rhythms perfused with her own vocals and icy-fingered melodies. The ambient/sound design aspect is a constant throughout Dasha's oeuvre, whether in the drone elements or expansive club track intros like LADA's 'Indust' or in her work for Fullpanda sub-label, Hunger To Create. But 'Sleepstep' is clearly her most expansive … Read more