Monday, 03 November
"Stills Lit Through offers the first comprehensive body of work from musician and visual artist Tallesen. Hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York, Tallesen – born Cayman Johnson - describes Stills as a response to the “continuous flexibility of the physical setting by the additive of sound.” A reference to his joyful erasure of the distinction between music and experience. The twelve songs of Stills Lit Through conjure an eidolon of melodies painted with watercolor brushstrokes both calm (“Glenticast”) and frenetic (“Emmel”). To our ears, this closely characterizes Johnson’s work … Read more
Diverse techno murder from UK's Witch duo backed with Shifted and Truss remixes on the 1st release from Happa and Al Gill's Part Five Records. From the heads-down, rugged approach to their noisily visceral production values, Witch's original tracks stand as prime examples of the new techno skool, differentiated from former classes by their more ascetic, blistered style. The A-side is a spring-loaded industrial kicker packing proper heat which is channelled into a more funked-up, carefully stuttering remix by Truss. B-side, they come on like AFX's 'Elephant Song' with the strobing alarm stabs and crus… Read more
L.I.E.S. looks closer to its current Parisian HQ with the 2nd twelve of deft and heavy electro-techno from Voiski. A-side: 'wax Fashion' is a peach, rolling from pensile electro thru a spiralling breakdown into lush disco-techno NRG. B-side 'Bloodthirsty Romantic Shark' hews to a thrumming techno bass scratched up with mechanical hi-hats on a descent into blistering distortion, and 'Eccentric Habits' wobbles off axis with a triplet techno groove compatible with Wolfgang Voigt's Profan exploits. Aces.
"This latest compilation is an excellent illustration of the Subtle Audio sound. From atmospheric Jungle to glitch-y breakbeat jazz and from liquid with an edge to all out Drumfunk lunacy, you'll hear it all over the 26 brand new, previously unreleased tracks. Also check Code's Vol III DJ Mix CD for past, present and future sounds from the Subtle Audio vaults."
The Belgian techno powerhouse cuts right across the face of modern big room techno with trax from Luke Slater's Planetary Assault Systems, James Ruskin, Surgeon, Inigo Kennedy, Karenn and more in the 'Aphelion' compilation. Includes serious highlights in PAS's fruity 808 workout, 'The 808 Track (Parts 1 & 2)' and Karenn's darkside wormhole 'Pace Yourself'.
Vienna's finest electro/techno label celebrates turning 20 with three exclusive trax by Tin Man, Elektro Guzzi, and Digilog. On the front, Tin Man does his best to distill the essence of 'Detroit' in a pounding, acidic night-flight recalling Richie Hawtin and James Pennington classics. Flipside, techno mann-band Elektro Guzzi go thru the tight, driving drill of 'Radicale', and Digilog deals the lustrous minimal techno of 'Mind Gap'.
**First new album in three years by Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram** ""Adrift" contains 13 songs, four of which are instrumentals. The opening track, "The Tape", is an introduction to the sonic landscape of the album. Drum 'n' Bass in slow motion: A recurring hissing sound meets an acoustic bass and associative percussion. Tarwater roguishly refer to the acoustic bass as their "weapon of choice" and are fascinated by its elastic, vague expressiveness. The drumkit in the traditional rock format is conspicuous in its absence. Tarwater, who particularly in the British music press are happily and q… Read more
Sick twist on the classic dubstep template from Sleeper on Distance's label. 'Lander' recoils an electroid take on halfstep at 130bpm, almost bearing more in common with reggaeton or tarraxho than your usual dubstep styles. B-side, 'Crucially Dubbing' rocks up with a proper future rudeboy skank, and 'Stronghold' does that crooked Lurka-style shift with dread finesse.
*Expanded Digital Edition with 3 bonus tracks* RBMA grads Pick A Piper, Squalloscope and Love Cult team up on a pair of dreamy, jazzy ambient pop drifts. 'Never Get Lost' is angled to early dance floors with soulful indie vocals and laidback strings guided by a Floating Points-style bump. 'Ruin' is more spacious, etheric, finding a way in between Grouper-style vocals, blossoming ambient noise and tumbling, shuffling drums.
**Outstanding '82 oddity out by the knowledge at Superior Viaduct. RIYL John Bender, The Shadow Ring, The Fall. Includes download code.** "Philip Johnson, a lost figure in the dark waters of early industrial music, self-released over 25 tapes starting in the late '70s. As a part of the "cassette culture" in the UK, he produced ethereal soundscapes, damaged electronics and undanceable drum patterns, along with homemade j-cards. For his first and only LP, 1982's Youth In Mourning, Johnson further refined his approach with mesmerizing audio collages and Mark-E-Smith-ian vocals to … Read more
Unyielding, deeply impressive machine music sculptures from the Swedish studio boffin on his home-brewed label. These are five snapshots of Mannerfelt's sought-after production palette, stretching from skewed, Liima-esque rhythms to immersively dynamic electro-acoustic spaces and stunning sci-fi techno abstractions. Tip!
Gorgeous, wistful kosmische and new age suite by Norm Chambers, the fella sometimes known as Jürgen Müller. Dialled in from the misty North West climes of Seattle, 'Pavilion' provides refreshingly clean, clear space for contemplation and mental drift; a warm and inviting place where time is slowed and stress is washed away. RIYL Emeralds, Iasos, Jo Johnson, Cluster.
Greta Cottage Workshop's finest, Mudkid returns with two murky, psychoactive house trips. A-side is a strident late night/early morning winner swarming ghoulish voices around full sunken kicks and ricochet hi-hats to guide you thru the smoke. B-side sticks in that heady territory with skanking dub house groove and pinging metallic tones to rob your mind at 5am.
Monkeytown celebrate 21 years of Mouse on Mars' wonderfully dextrous, eccentric poptronics with the third of three extensive collaboration collections. Here, they've managed to reunite Funkstörung for the glitching IDM roil of 'Bon Djerry' alongside the bonky bubble of 'Double Gum' with Matthew Herbert and the keening discord of 'Gitto Ski' with Oval, beside more hook-ups with Yoshimio, Mesak & Claws Costeau, Tyondai Braxton…
Monkeytown celebrate 21 years of Mouse on Mars' wonderfully dextrous, eccentric poptronics with the second of three extensive collaboration collections. Highlights to be found in the fractious funk of 'Putty Tart' with Junior Boys, a sparkling gem called 'Juice Clr 9' with Machindrum, and the dubbed-out cyber-pop of 'Key My Brain' with Atom ™, among other cuts with Helado Negro, Laetitia Sadier, Candie Hank, Schlammpeitziger…