Monday, 05 January
DBA's Special Editions DJ tool series takes San Francisco's Jack Murphy in for a subtly effective deep techno-house session. Going deeper than his pair of 12"s for Frozen Border's Reference sublabel, here he glides from the pent percolations of 'Points Zero' to darkside, monotone groove and sci-fi drones with '4MT', and over to the astral detachment of 'Prefec-R' and the noirish hush of 'Thieves'.
Scuba back for a 3rd session of naughty Berlin tech-house shuffle as ESS. 'Come' mixes traces of the UK's virulent Jackin' sound with a Breaks-y production palette and proggy, Berlin-ready arrangement.
One of D&B's most faithful originators rolls out on the smart Tempo series. Roots and future style in full effect, from the hi-pressure Amen onslaught yoked to spiralling arpeggios in 'Logged Ibn', thru the technoid hardstep dubbing of 'Africa' and more epic, Amit-compatible halfstep styles with 'Fire'. Run it.
Crstal Bandito debuts a slick and powerful electrro-techno sound on Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label. Stripped, supple grooves in four parts, setting it out nice and easy with the hushed swing and sexy gynoid vocals of 'Feel So Free'; ratcheting the ante with an 808 pumper, 'Let It All Out'; getting frisky with it in 'EEEWalk', and stepping to the runway with 'Work It'.
Burgeoning Manc techno producer Cleric gets his kicks on London's Ear To Ground label after a pair of killer 12"s for Len Faki's Figure label. A-side gets to work with the dry, ascetic jack of 'Distress Signal' and the big room buck of 'Shadow'; B-side he gets looser with the playful acid jack of 'Gery Detail' and polishes off with the full-bore bang of 'Sangha'.
Widescreen tech-house sound designs from Bwana, bakced with an SMD remix on his debut for Aus Music.The powerful bass momentum of 'Flute Dreams' is neatly offset with whirring percussions and lush pads, which SMD soon enough yoke to a slinkier tech-house acid coda, while 'Fizzle' locks to big room techno-house groove and 'Aomame' works out in more melodic triplet shuffle zones.
Marcel Dettmann's pals do the techno biz: Answer Code Request nails it with a fine balance of lamping, tribal brutality and dizzying Detroit chords; Norman Nodge brings the party with rudest Chicago acid flair; Lockertmatik aka Kryptic Universe serves the cosmic jazz techno-meets-Profan flex of 'M_Lock 4', as heard on Dettmann's Fabric 77 mix; Ryan James Ford impresses most with his near-weightless 'Arthure Iccon' move doing to techno what Logos et al are doing to grime right now.
Monday, 22 December
Shackleton triggers another tribalist chain reaction with 'Deliverance Series No. 2'. Shack presents two extended trips subtly refining his craft to a fluid, rhythmelodic flux sparking with vital, hypnotic energy. The eleven minute 'Dominion Rings' coolly charges up percolating drums and fizzing synth dynamics to a signature lather of lilting groove and keening pads linked with a lattice of dub-fried electronics to a staggered polymetric finale. 'Cast The Die' deals in a more worldly fusion of Eastern-gazing chant, Raga-like motifs and natty percussive patter with a queered eldritch quality that's Shackleton to the core.
Monday, 15 December
One of 2014's sickest 12" gets a makeover from Grovestreet, Lotic, Logos and DJ J Heat on PAN's first digi-only release. We've become so familiar with the original cut that it's great to hear some new perspectives on its accelerated vision. M.E.S.H.'s Janus pal, Lotic diffuses the elements in a dazzling display of polymetric acrobatics and complex, sweeping synth shapes; Logos sublimates its structures into widescreen weightless gases and noirish strings with serious late night, gazing-from-the-30th storey appeal. We're also introduced to a pair of relative unknowns: Grovestreet impres… Read more
Kevin Martin and Earth's Dylan Carlson summon the apocalypse in this crushing addendum to 'Angels & Devils'. Devoid of vocals, on both sides the battle-scarred titans bunker down to a fusion of teeth rattling trap and dub rhythms with strung-out, world weary guitars as stripped back and glaring as anything from the album. A-side 'Boa' frames Carlson's contemplative electric guitar strokes inna pregnant, widescreen scene of windswept ambience and keening metallic timbre before delivering worm-charming bass shocks and shuddering trap drums; B-side plays even icier with etheric SAW II-sty… Read more
One of 2014's most virulent labels, 1080p, give Moon B some room to stretch out with the fug-house styles of 'Lifeworld'. Dense with crushed samples lopped from boogie, new age and electro-soul tapes and wax, it's a well stoned mooch around Moon B's ferric headspace, previously glimpsed in his productions for PPU and Going Good. The closest comparison would be DJ Screw mixtapes and Delroy Edwards' 'Slowed Down Funk' sessions, but there's also something more esoteric, dreamy about B's vibe and selection that should be taken with caution if you're listening while driving, y'know? Otherwise, "stuff a stocking wid it!"
**Triple LP includes download code** David Moufang aka Move D reprises his celebrated Reagenz duo with Jonah Sharp aka Space Time Continuum for The Bunker New York, five years since their Workshop album and two decades on from their seminal, eponymous debut LP on Source. A live recording conflation of correlating ideas from jazz, house, and ambient electronica, 'The Periodic Table' plays-through six extended meditations effortlessly, imperceptibly segueing between effervescent machine rhythms, dub house momentum and fractured jazz abstraction over the course of … Read more
Proper fug-house flex from Masks, the new duo of Patricia and Alexis Georgopoulos ov Arp, The Alps a.o. It's dreamiest techno-house soused in ferric noise, pushing deep into the night with the claggy jack of 'Wormhole' parting to the booming kicks and dusty shafts of melody in 'Vapors', alongside an tracky, trancing workout reminding of Legowelt or Xosar in 'Zebra', before easing off the 4/4 kicks for the clipped machine funk flight of 'Fragile Feelings'.
Massive Gorgon Sound versions of Kahn's 'Dread' (2012) missile for Deep Medi. 'Dread' gets a heavy-troddin' gangsta overhaul with bloodshot vocal FX and re-tuned riddmic chassis aimed straight at the biggest speaker stacks. Likewise, 'Late Night Blues' is duppied with darker vibe, making the strings cut nastier, more electroid, and the galvanizing the mid-bass to biting impact.
Matthew Herbert's cut-and-run dancefloor series reaches number 8 with four servings of louche, soulful house in his inimitable style. At its sweetest, the crooke soul of 'The Wrong Place' gets it right with woozy vocals by Hejira's Rahel and the laidback, string-heavy shuffler, 'Remember Ken' with Ade Omotayo, who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Kindness. For something a grittier, get on the twanging, motorik techno-stepper 'Ticket', or the Durian Brothers-esque Afro-centric wiggle and dreamy thumb piano bleeps of 'Her Face'.
Meakusma coax out a dead druggy Porter Ricks remix - their first in 12 years! - on this dubbed out session from Japan's Ryo Murakami. The originals stir up a sub-aquatic roil of elliptical bass hits swarmed with silty electronics and driven into darkest dub crevasses filled with strange voices. The remix from Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig's Porter Ricks is a masterclass of intangible sound design, rending 'Statical' to the peripheries with fizzing electronics and weighted with an unhurried sub-bass that unfolds below fathoms of heady swirl to a glorious conclusion.
Lil Jabba takes it back to Local Action with a flighty follow-up to his 'Scales' LP and the more recent ace, 'Gully' for True Panther. The '47' EP cycles six triptomatic cuts consolidating coldest instrumental grime, numb trap and dainty footwork with his signature, surreal atmospheres. 'Stalka' starts up with a tetchy trap/grime flex tussling against bittersweet hooks, lush pads; 'Dusty' does footwork tension with stomach-tightening syncopation and soulful swoon. The icy/warm couplet of 'Skates' and 'Tea' check into that same strange, slow and glassy headspace as Mr. Mitch's recent, brilliant d… Read more
Klasse Recordings boss Luca Lozano follows his Optimo Trax session with a trio of rugged early techno-house emulations backed with divine DJ Fett Burger remix. There's a certain turn-of-the'90s vibe to Luca's originals, from the pumping Dance Mania flava and gritty drums of 'Mister Right Now', thru the sub-loaded and killer early hardcore/Belgian rave vibes of 'Come With Me', to the whirring, jacking R&S psychedelia of 'The Afterworld'. DJ Fett Burger's Orgonitt Meme Deep mix is icing on the cake, taking the vibe of 'The Afterworld' to New York City circa 1991 with big ol' Nu Groove-style B-line and drusm wrapped up with mad samples chatter and lush chords. TIPPED!
Klara Lewis follows her acclaimed 'Ett' album debut for Editions Mego with four ghostly industrial inversions for Peder Mannerfelt's personal imprint. The 'Msuic' EP investigates greyscale, internalised worlds of malcontented timbre and intangible textures, drawing out darkly romantic spirits from a mesh of field recordings and electronics that resemble something like a chimeric hybrid of Micachu's mottled sculptures and the tactile spectres of Peder Mannerfelt's own electro-acoustic machine wranglings.
**Lossless format for this release is 24 bit audi0. Ace, drum machine and guitar-driven post-punk produced by Moon Wheel** "Lean times trio Ill Winds play a starved, sunken, and stained vein of bleached grey rock, as much post-life as post-punk. Formed in Berlin in 2011 by Australian ex-pats Jack Dibben (guitars, voice) and JFW (bass), they soon added scrying Dutchman Marijn Degenaar (synth), infusing their chemistry with a damp, psychotropic paranoia. When decision was finally made last year to track a full-length, the Winds set up camp at a historic squat-turned-project-housing space in Be… Read more
Wolfgang & Reinhard get familial with their follow-up to 2013's 'Erdingertrax' series . A-side, 'Superpitch' treads that fine line between rave frivolity and mannered jack with see-sawing sinewave underpinned by hungry rave bass, before spilling over into the B-side's psychedelic 'Supertrip' extension. We'd advise getting two copies and knitting them together for super results.
Anòmia's co-owner Arnau Sala reprises the darkness of Veiled with Dexter Industries in the knackered industrial minimalism of 'Testimoni'. Operating in a hexed nexus somewhere between Andy Stott, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, and Dual Action, they apply a muscular, minimalist approach to groove and texture that drives and burns hard. From Pan Sonic-like beginnings with 'Enterrar la memòria' they lock to dry industrial jack pulses a la Traversable Woprmhole with 'Residual Static', adding a teasing sliver of gothic synth romance to the techno swagger of 'Testimoni', and crushing the sense with the taut, cold industrial dubbing of 'Washing The Surface'.
**NNF at their very best, sourcing sweetest, strangest pops from Russia and Ukraine** "A cultural experiment as much as compilation, She Knows More Than She Thinks is the result of St. Petersburg musician Galya Chikiss deciding “to show something beautiful, unusual, unknown, and talented from different sides,” by uniting six different solo female DIY electronic artists from Russia and Ukraine within a shared document. She saw it bluntly: “Everybody exists in her own world, lonely and closed. Suddenly I’ve thought – it’s a cool idea – to connect them.” The purity of her mot… Read more
Includes remixes from Peaking Lights, Grumbling Fur, Carter Tutti, Invisible Conga People and The Other Two, aka Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order.
Lo-fi beats on the downlow from Shlohmo for True Panther Sounds. Sounding closer to Vessel's exfoliated industrialisms than most in his scene, 'Emerge From Smoke is a blackened and moody thing riding with whipcrack snares and Carpenter-esque synth bass perfect for cruising the city at night.