Monday, 06 October
*Hyper-forward exercises in technoid reduction and frequency fxxxxckerry from the super talented Gabor Lazar, with a full-length collaboration with Mark Fell due soon on The Death of Rave* Prodigious minimalist Gábor Lázár twysts out six cuts of super-forward techno reductions on his debut vinyl, 'EP16', for The Death Of Rave. Combining viscerally affective electronic timbre and hyperkinetic patterns, they're real-time recordings of Gábor extracting maximum funk from a single note rendered as sheer gradients pitched and punctuated with unique, algorithmic meters. In a sense the process is drily… Read more
Ssaliva (aka Cupp Cave) returns to Matthewdavid's Leaving Records with his charming first new material since 2012's excellent 'RZA' and 'Sync Thrills' sessions. If you've been holding your breath, it was worth the wait. 'Pantani' is a sublime sashay through eleven crystalline chamber electronica pieces each as etheric, heavy-hearted and elegantly moody as the next, and constructed with the sort of filigree, succinct attention to detail that draws us to music from T C F or Dynooo, but perhaps with a more elegiac, late-night appeal.
Dan Snaith indulges his most sensitive indie-disco-pop side with 'Our Love', his sixth solo album as Caribou. Hingeing on the slippery ohrwurm of the title track's electro-disco-tech romp, the rest of the album features Jessy Lanza in the technoid R&B flux of 'Second Chance', plus numerous contributions of Owen Pallett's violin and viola in the moody slo-mo slug, 'Silver', that title track, and the dusty radiophonic disco-tech of 'Your Love Will Set You Free'.
Finally Zola Jesus finds her feet with 'Taiga', her 5th solo LP, and debut for Mute. The lo-fi house horse she rode in on in 2009 has been thoroughly spooked, leaving her as a gothic survivor adapting to new modes in 'Taiga', from the brooding trap/D&B fusion bolstering her distinct vocals in the titular opener, thru martial breakbeat techno in 'Hunger' and R&B-weighted chamber pop in 'Go (Blank Sea)', or emoting like a kohl-eyed Rihanna in closer, 'It's Not Over'. For us, it's all much more palatable than anything since 'Conatus', and at least a few of the tracks, 'Dangerous Days' and that clo… Read more
Second Storey, the new alias of Al Tourettes, presents a complex, tortuous solo debut LP on Houndstooth. Clearly inspired by classic AFX and Autechre, with 'Double Divide', he draws on a deep reserve of melancholy UK bass/techno expressions to realise his most intricate and outstanding compositions to date. Freed of the immediate need to drive a dancefloor, Storey invites the listener deeper into previously unobserved parts of his sound with a ten track narrative vacillating between swirly wormholes and spacious yet knotted grooves in a quicksilver play of tension and release, or lig… Read more
L.A.'s sun-kissed psych-pop duo drop a doozy of a new album on Domino's Weird World. While still mesmeric and free-wheeling, 'Cosmic Logic' sounds as though Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes have been buffing up at a secret pop gym in Los Angeles, resulting a much firmer, efficient approach to their songwriting and production bound to satisfy their legion followers. Tuning in with the bubblegum jangle of 'Infinite Trips', their new diet of pure crystals and mushie juice appears to be paying dividends with their most trim, seductive dancefloor moves to date found in the slick boogie dip of… Read more
Matias Aguayo sounds well moody on his first new single in three years (!) for Kompakt. His follow-up to the party-ready fruit-basket of 'The Visitor' (2013) album renders a decidedly shadier slant to his sound. From the furtive minor key chords, slinky momentum and ghostly croon of 'Run Away From The Sun' to the enchanted slo-mo wine of 'Lola In The City', thru the bent EBM flux of 'Legende' and the faded 4th World voices of 'Walty', this EP marks a stylish retreat from sweaty peak times towards reflective corners of the dance and the bedroom.
Killer, free-wheeling house and electronica ruffed up by Italian anomaly Herva. His 2nd album for Delsin builds on the febrile examples of his debut album 'Meanwhile In Madland' and that wicked hook-up with Mass Prod for Kontra-Musik, shunting and shape-shifting ruffcut blocks of sampled sound into mutant grooves and off-kilter ambient headspace. It all feels like the bastard offspring of Anthony Shakir and Aphex Twin - shifted with twitchy sleight of hand to dizzying, kaleidoscopic effect. When he's kicking it out, as on 'Slam The Laptop' or the choppy skip of 'Jingle Memo Jingle' the r… Read more
*The long lost second album from the enigmatic Lewis Baloue, first time available on CD and newly re-mastered* It’s taken a while for copies of this to filter through since Light In The Attic finally managed to track down the enigmatic producer, but boy what a treat ‘Romantic Times’ is. Even harder to categorise than ‘L’Amour’, this mythical second album (well, no one really knew of its existence until a couple of months back) is a total anomaly - a highly personal, eccentric album that oozes a singular musical vision. It’s true that Lewis’ croning has an almost comic effect to it - overly … Read more
Wolfgang Voigt returns to sometime handle, SOG, for a smart lesson in Teutonic swagger. On 'STOA 1.1' he cuts an elegant figure with massive bass drum and swinging triplet rhythms carving a stately, head-high groove across the A-side, accentuated by only slight filter modulations for effortlessly hypnotic effect. 'STOA 1.2' on the other hand is more driving, determined, with a dry 4/4 heft sounding like a saltier take on his foundational Studio 1 series.
'Memoosh' is the collaborative project between William Yates (memotone) and Soroosh Khavari (Soosh). Without any pre-planning, the project started to grow and develop a life of its own as soon as the first session started. Over the course of more than eight weekends spread over a year, the two visited each other for recording sessions, not relying on modern modes of communication. Making all the music in person to keep to the collaborative nature of the project, leaving more room for improvisation and opportunity to jam out all their ideas. The album is a mixture of live instrumentation (… Read more
Fierce, crushing techno rufige from Perc Trax's Japanese ambassador. 'Radiate The Ocean From My Back' stomps about like an acid-addled Surgeon romp beside the droning, deft clatter and shuffle of 'Unvanquishable Number'. B-side, 'Something For Those Who Wait' sets it sights underwater with fluid hydraulic rhythms and plangent sonar blips, and the mauling industrial funk of 'Lose The Ability To Withstand Existence' takes no prisoners.
"Nine years after ‘Lookaftering’, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a new LP. Recorded largely in her home studio, ‘Heartleap’ is a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what Vashti is adamant will be her final album. The record reveals an artist at her peak, capturing her songs within fluid settings that masterfully marry content and form."
Suite of colourful home-made synth scapes from a new addition to Paris' Antinote crew. With a decade or more of releases as Domotic under his belt, Stéphane Laporte takes this opportunity to release under his own name, presenting eleven concise, crisply melodic and dynamic scenes recorded to hissy tape. One for followers of the dreamiest radiophonica, Madalyn Merkey, early AFX.
NYC residents Soramimi and Cory James inaugurate the Dusk Notes label with an EP of interchangeable dancefloor/home listening contrasts. Soramimi seals the A-side with three sci-fi-infected visions of spectral synth music ranging from romantic sentiments to furtive darkside scenes reminding of Stuart Argabright's Black Rain output. James, one half of Point Break, contributes three spaced out, moody New York techno trax redolent of Adam X and Anthony Parasole styles.
Radge-packet techno from Lyon, France-based Somaticae for the home of spannered Gallic techno, In Paradisum. 'Rexd' jaxx up a gravelly sort of EBM techno slam with proper wrong'un vocals; 'Pacurgis' dries off with a salty, bruxist techno determination; 'Zouk' cuts loose with hollowed metallic breakbeats and tek style bass wallop; 'Feedbacks' describes the title with unflinching force.
Remember HotFlush's early golden years? No? Scuba's got you covered with 'Hotflush (Vol.1 The Formation Years)', featuring 14 tracks from 2004-2005 - dubstep's infancy - it includes massive anthems such as Toasty's 'The Knowledge' and 'Like Sun' or evil Distance riddims such as 'Nomad' and 'Empire' alongside Slaughter Mob's breakstep classic, 'L'Amour' and a few early aces from the label bossman, Scuba.
Rebekah presents four techno bangers on CLR. There's a black hole vortex from Perc called 'Grindr'; nastier rolige from Dark Chambers; grumbling industrial torque from Pfirter; a cavernous 4/4 pounding from Operator (UK).
Another phenomenal Pauline Oliveros re-issue from Important Records, 'The Wanderer' originally surfaced back in 1984 and is a collection of her seminal accordion work and a companion record to the hugely influential 'Accordion & Voice'. The first piece here is a peculiar meditation in restrained playing and silence, sounds emerge from the instruments and then drop into nothingness just as quickly as they had arrived. It's strange but you begin to sink deeper and deeper into the quality of the room, the recording itself as you hear the two musicians (Oliveros is joined by bandolion … Read more
West Coast Dutch Electro from Syncom Data's Jan Katsma aka Nukubus. As proved in his small but well formed catalogue, Nukubus knows proper electro - just check the killer 'Second Moon' EP or thgis, his 1999 debut for evidence. There's six tracks, each as tight as you like, from the oily, minimal wave of 'Baby Here It Comes' to the grubby acid of 'Earthshaker' and the wickedly awkward fynk of 'Haenosaki', and the Pametex-alike slow-motion drum programming of 'Sonne und Stern' and the blown-out instrumental refix.
Edit Select, Cassegrain, and Svreca have their way with Mike Parker's 'Lustration' for Prologue. The Edit Select remix is built for booming rooms with super-solid groove and subtle atmospheric disturbances; Cassegrain's is shiftier, full of coruscating dub FX for that slinky but rugged motion; Svreca's descends to sonar-scrambling minimalist depths.
Massimo Di Lena and Padice team up on a deep house/disco session for Dekmental. Four tracks cover bases between slinky acid disco in 'Motor'; bumpty Chicago juice in 'Oman Jazz'; wiggly Border Community-style tech-house in 'Design The Future'; grumbling cosmic styles in 'Arctic Lodge'.
James T Cotton shows off some lean, disco-ready house and heavy electro moves on 'Escalator to Sorga' for Bopside Records. The title track and pacier 'Infinite Organism' get down and frisky with tribalised percussion and jazz-fonky synth squiggle, but the one for us is the 12 minute slow/fast killer, Veronja One' which sounds lands somewhere between Kassem Mosse and Stingray. Tip dat one!
Hypercolour present new tech-house productions by Laurent Garnier. 'Enchanté' is moodier, string heavy house underpinned with healthy subs; 'Confused' ramps the energy levels pounding, rolling bass and prodding bleeps.
A Steel City dance legend-in-his-own-time, Richard Barrett (All Seeing I, Sweet Exorcist) dons his Crooked Man cape for Optimo Trax. If you ask us, the label's tenth release is also their best since the L/F/D/M debut in 2013, following a taut, kinetic agenda from the dark room electro-disco bounce and killer vocal of 'Undigitize Me' thru the more dubbed-out but dirivng electro-techno pop of 'Skink', before twisting right to the slower, scuffed balearic chug of 'Try Me'. Spunky stuff for the modern disco freaks.
The man, the legend known as Cosmic Dennis Greenidge returns on Mordant Music with a whole hour's worth of improvised pause-button befuddlement. This is a really hardcore dose of Dennis and probably the best way to really gain entry to his world, a free, psychedelic headspace that sounds something like a particularly wild Hieroglyphic Being mix scrambled by Wanda Group and decayed by Basinski - hence its superlative title, 'The Denseintegration Tapes'.
Manchester's Chimpo comes 'Out an Bad' on Exit with five caricatured footwork/jungle and hip hop mutations. 'Restless Leg Syndrome' stretches out first with a rapid footwork/jungle flex; 'Haymaker' drops cold instrumental hip hop weight. On the potty-mouthed 'Out an Bad' he sounds like some mad lad on the backseat of the 86; 'Bun It' rolls with a minimal D&B sound voiced by Fixate, who also appears on the bubbling mutant swing of 'Dumb'.
Yung guns, Happa and French Fries treat Chevel's album tracks to more colourful, rough-textured remixes for Non Series. Following his Habits Of Hate hook-up with Manni Dee, Happa gives 'Harsh Times' a laidback but insistent remix with emphasis on a dry bassline and well-paced drums rubbed with bittersweet distortion to taste. French Fries' version of 'Lumen' is quirkier, grinding out some kinda steel drum-inflected acid bogle as though he's the halfprice hooligan sibling disowned by Jamie xx.