Monday, 25 November
Mista Men flex some feminine pressure on UTTU's sister label, Hot Haus Recs. Check 'All Of You' for a dainty, organ-spiced blend of New York and Doncaster garage styles, or 'Yours' for a more bassline-driven style, and our percy, 'Screw Ball' for a wicked mix of old-skool ardcore/techno stabs and skippin' bassline garage.
**Taut, authentically vintage wave funk from Group Rhoda and her pal, Max. If you wanted hear Group Rhoda go darker, this is it…Recommended!** "Dark Entires is excited to introduce the debut album “Less Ness” from contemporary Bay Area duo, Max and Mara. Their collaboration began in 2012. Max is based in Oakland and has been a part of various projects most notably Brotman and Short and his current solo work as Business Etiquette. Mara is based in San Francisco and is known for her solo work as Group Rhoda. On “Less Ness” they worked with a hardware set up: 808 and Elektron drum machine, Moog, … Read more
The excellent Masha Qrella return with a typically evocative cover version of The Cure's classic.
**78-minute suite of totally detached, free-floating dark ambient electronics from Stephan Laubner aka STL aka Lunatik Sound System** "This extended playing soundscape called Black Hole Sun was made with one ear to the microscopic and the other to scientific sound programings receiving data from deep dark space. These transformed signals are floating endless as one big piece subdivided in eight parts, perfect as an effective disconnect and journey to the miracles of our universe. A stellar black hole is the end state of an mass heavy star at least three times bigger as our sun… Read more
Kit Grill succinctly melds slinky house rhythms and lush, harmonious minimalism on his debut album issued via GetMe! (Dam Mantle, Graphics, o F F Love). Over twelve tracks Grill gives knowing nods to the rippling, repetitive phrasing of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich as much as Neu!'s motorik simplicity and the pastoral dance music of CFCF or earlier James Holden. The fidelity is crystal clear and his tone is warm and friendly, oscillating between tenderly suspended melodies and gently insistent, motorik grooves almost oriental in their delicacy and folkwise in their simplicity.
**Heady, psilocybic folk and electronics from the Finnish psych-supergroup featuring Tomutonttu** "While we have never worked with the whole band before, Kemialliset Ystävät have obviously been a massive influence on the label from the beginning. They are the eye of the storm of the Finnish psychedelic/experimental music scene with a dozen musicians gravitating around them, many of whom we have worked with in the past: Kuupuu, Uton, Hevoset and of course KY main man Jan Anderzen’s Tomutonttu. "Kultaista Kaupunkia EtsimässäI" was originally lined up for release o… Read more
**Includes bonus track 'TX'** Muscular electro-bass turn by former Instra:mentalist Jon Convex, backed with smart remixes by Ore and dBridge. 'Losing Time' rolls out a taut mix of glinting breakbeats, sci-fi electro-bass and darkside voices for a reet robo-boogie, whereas 'TX' works up a head of steam with slamming bass and Kraftwerk-esque electro signatures remodelled for the 2013 ro-bro-ts. Civil Music's new signing Ore makes a fine introduction to the scene with his pounding techno remix of 'TX', and dBridge turns it into a gyrating digital dancehall weapon.
*Ships Friday* DJ Haus' Hot Haus label revives two turn-of-the-millenium French filter funk bombs by Parisian DJ/producers, Jess & Crabbe. Frontside they get freeky with the disco-debased Roulé styles of 'Big Booya' and flipside again with the Daft Punk flair of 'Council'. Kodiak follow killer reworks of Capracara and drops for UTTU and Numbers with a mad fusion of B-More and jungle party music on their 'Big Booya' remix, and Matrixxman tempers 'Council' to a canny piano house bump.
2nd of three 7"s from Brainfeeder's up-and-coming beat maker/MC issued by Warp. The drawling rap delivery and muggy, barely standing beat of 'Pop Shoot Pop' sounds something like Gaslamp Killer recording for Anticon, and 'Shake Stunt (feat Oliver the 2nd)' bumps sex rhymes and crooked MPC knocks.
Inigo Kennedy caps a vintage year of releases for Token with three subtle and highly effective new tracks. There's the pounding nightflight of 'Pithead', and two slightly more experimental, shifty aces on the two-part 'VHSK' folding in strong elements of doomy drone, noise and hydraulic rhythms.
NYC's Hood By Air/GHE20 G0TH1K R&B singer corrals the likes of Mykki Blanco, Brenmar, Gobby, Boody, Shy Guy and Royal to produce on his debut album/mixtape. The whole thing sounds like it was written under the influence of some particularly potent MDMA, resulting a litter of boastful, freaky sex rhymes, hypercoloured synth sensuality and dreamy, gravity-defying R&B grooves, at best in the Sinjin Hawke-produced slow jam, 'Private Party', and the intensely saccharine sensations of 'Freak U Down'.
**Including collaborations and work with Cocteau Twins and Robin Guthrie, John Foxx, and Brian Eno.** "Emerging from the 60s US avant garde and originally influenced by the likes of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Harold Budd rebelled against the heavily conceptual works of his peers to explore his own artistic path of ‘existential prettiness’. This two disc set is the first ever career-spanning collection of his music, featuring tracks from classic albums such as ‘Plateaux Of Mirror’, ‘The Pearl’ and’Lovely Thunder’, alongside collaborations with Brian Eno, Cocteau Twin… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Reissue of a sweetly succinct side of "Cosmic Americana' vignettes originally issued by Harold Budd on his own label, Cantil, in 1981. "Short but incisive piano meditations with carefully layered electronic washes and bursts of pedal steel guitar, conjuring images of Harold's desert upbringing."
Reissued pair of dark, deeply arresting widescreen synth visions originally issued in 1984 on Harold's own label, Cantil. "Perhaps the darkest entry in his voluminous back catalogue with a quasi-industrial element to the sonic palette. Two 20-minute plus tracks that evoke a post-apocalyptic soundworld with heavy synth drone and suspended single piano notes." Recommended!
**Reissue of an amazing, late Kraut-rocket mixing echo-laden guitar, electronics and field recordings originally issued on David Elliott aka Pump's YHR tape label, now presented with two previously unreleased bonus tracks. Mesmerising, driving, mind-blowing stuff - do not miss!** "Acclaimed in the Krautrock scene, Gunter Schickert is the most closely associated with the repetitive echoes of his distinctive guitar sound. Following "Samtvogel" (1974) and "Uberfallig" (1979), he released "Kinder in der Wildnes", a collection of songs from the 1981 to 1983 period. The fact that… Read more
Reissue of Orland Voorn and Blake Baxter's '94 house bomb backed with new edits. 'From The Ghetto' is a masterclass in disco-sample filter funk, flipping a well known hook with ripe organ licks and infectious techno-house groove. Baldo's Ghetto Edit simmers the funk with slinky flair, and there's also the original club mix of 'Here We Are' starring a class vocal by Blake Baxter, also included as an acid Clip! rework.
**Sophisticated darkwave pop. RIYL Mushy, Ike Yard, ToC, Xeno & Oaklander** "the debut album by Figure Study, a contemporary band from New York. Figure Study is the Manhattan-based duo of Nathan Antolik and April Chalpara. They formed in 2009, after meeting through the Wierd Records weekly party, where they would play their first concert soon after. While their debut 7″ contained two songs recorded in 2009, this full length contains all new material recorded throughout the past year. For their debut self-titled album, Figure Study utilizes a carefully tailored set up of vintage analog s… Read more
"Brooklynite Jorge Day's musical CV includes synth duties in Wierd Records mope-pop act Plastic Flowers as well as production for sultry neo-wavers Lingerie, but when left to his own devices he crafts gritty skeletal house sketches under the Fast Times flag. Bodytalk is his debut after a year of workshopping demos and touring Europe, and the results caress a spectrum of SILK sweet-spots: reverbed runway themes ("Mon Petit"), warehouse memory tapes ("Ephemera"), dirty drum machinery ("Eternity Is Past"), naked soul samples ("Toxic City"), luxe lo-fi hypnosis ("Male Polish," "Midnight Vamp"), e… Read more
"Frank Schültge aka F.S. BLUMM has released his melodic experiments around the acoustic guitar for over 15 years. In their contemplative reduction they miraculously always hit right in the heart. "The man makes some damn charming music", Pitchfork said about his last album. With Up Up And Astray F.S. BLUMM proves that he doesn't opt for routine with his eighth full-length solo release: his unfailing arsenal of acoustic instruments and choice circuits frame the most energetic BLUMM sound we have lived to see so far. It all goes on, and always up, and from there into unknown dimensions. … Read more
**Improvised jazz from two titans of their arena** "On a sultry July evening on an intimate stage at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Norway, two elder statesmen of improvised music – one wearing a grey shirt, the other sporting a T-shirt with the legend ‘Thunder Pussy’ – stepped up to the platform. What followed resembled an in depth conversation between two old friends and sparring partners – one that ranged from the amicable to the argumentative, from hush to harmony. Now, Norway’s adventurous Rune Grammofon label is releasing a forty minute recording of that event. … Read more
Brian Pyle aka Ensemble Economique delivers a wide-reaching 3rd part in Dekorder's 10 year anniversary series following editions from Pye Corner Audio and Alien Radio. "(no thing-ness)" comes hot on the heels of Brian Pyle’s latest highly acclaimed Ensemble Economique album on the Not Not Fun label. While "The Fever Logic L.P." saw him head diving into a sort of ambient goth pop this brand new 12“ appears to be more influenced by industrial, almost EBM-ish textures. The atmosphere seems more aggressive with an almost militaristic touch, and titles like "New Banking System" hin… Read more
Lisbon's DJ Nigga Fox follows up an appearance on that 'Bazzerk - African Digital Dance' compilation with five tracks of Kuduro-cum-Afro House-cum-Tarraxinha-cum-Batida. It's mercifully free of the steroid-driven dynamics of so much mutant Kuduro-style appropriations, instead focussed on kinky rhythmic intricacy and hypnotic hooks, ranging from the tumbling, hip-winding bumble of Hwwambo' with its naif chants, flitting accordion and polyrhythms up top, to the off-kilter, percussive techno cadence of 'Weed' and the knotted, nutty syncopations of 'O Badaah' dung below. A mad look for the riddim fiends.
Advanced techno sound designs inspired by Greek myth and created using up-to-the-minute software. A-side is a sprawling, tortuous 12-minute techno narrative titled 'Misresses March', based on the story of Demeter's search for her abducted daughter Persephone and employing the Diachronic VST to churning, physically challenging effect. Flipside, Dadub uses a handmade modular synth system developed by Nicola Buono and Lino Monaco to shape the fluid, rolling groove and unfolding wave shapes of 'Kykeon', which takes its name from a ceremonial psychoactive drink, whilst on 'Ergot Kernel' he employs a so… Read more
AC Slater, Ludwig Persik and Bames take Creep and Lamb's Lou Rhodes to the dancefloor and the opium den. AC Slater goes for the jugular with a ruder electro/bassline garage version, whereas Fools Gold's Bames hears it as mutant mix of minimal techno and trap coming off like Jon Hopkins smirking crack with Pantha Du Prince, and Ludwig Persik drags it into a strange, murky trip hop vibe.
**A beautifully impressionistic suite from shadow-dwelling producer, Blue Daisy. Imagine RZA and Burial meets wanda Group and you're kinda there** "This is the story of an emperor who fell prey to the idle hands of evil doers. The journey through pain and tragedy that a great man incurs in life. The emperor’s late wife bore one child, a boy, the emperor’s only son, the next to fulfil the emperor’s position once deceased. But, this fulfilment was not destined to be accomplished for on a day that bore the characteristics of grey clouds and stormy waves the emperor’s life was to dras… Read more
"Anarchic trash-techno trios from Minneapolis aren’t necessarily a plentiful commodity in our experience, especially ones as freewheeling and funked up as Beat Detectives. Comprised of visual artist Aaron Anderson, Chris Hontos (also of Food Pyramid and Dreamweapon), and the multi-talented Oakley Tapola, the group got their start playing a heavily smeared form of rudimentary dance music at “dirt raves in punker basements” around the Twin Cities before Anderson relocated to NYC. Music 2 is the perfect sophomore stepping stone slab, following their Casual Encounters Of The Third Kind debut … Read more