Monday, 07 July
Her Records gang rack up grimy, vital diamonds from Miss Modular, Sudanim, Murlo, NKC, CYPHR and more. Label boss man, Sudanim deposits the hyperkinetic 'Floor Lock' and a hypercoloured Funky bomb called 'U Most' with CYPHR, who also kills it on a grime-screwed version of Rihanna's 'Dddiamondsss', and the sheer synthetic drama of his 'Momentos De XTC' remix. We also make acquaintance with new cat Kid Antoine in the 'ardcore futurism of 'Expected Encounter', and Murlo's slings the lean, finely tuned torque of 'Ravine'. Unmissable!
Alex Coulton makes the deft first mark on Beneath's Mistry label, a new home for darker, techy UK riddims, with a necessary vinyl cut of his in-demand 'Bleep Sequence' and the slick forward motion of 'Tension'. A secret weapon in Beneath's DJ sets for the last few years, 'Bleep Sequence' weighs up a definitive reduction of dark garage, dubbed techno and Yorkshire-style bleep 'n bass with plangent radar pings and body-scanning subs rolling from a spare, halfstep swagger into dread techno momentum. B-side: 'Tension' is a deadly new cut, well known to UK underground circles, sy… Read more
None hotter right now: UK's Moleskin drops his hugely anticipated solo debut proper on Goon Club Allstars - the label home to Mssingno. Heavily influenced by UK and US club sounds, namely Eski Grime, Baltimore Bass, and that hyper-funked Night Slugs aesthetic, Moleskin builds on the reputation of his Wiley edits and 'Burst' ace for Keysound with four up-to-the-second zingers cutting from brassy B-More bang on 'We Been Ready' to the percolating club fizz of 'Clemency', and his bouncing technoid bomb, 'Chips'. Mad tip for all fans of Jam City, Bok Bok, Her Records!
The Bug's back to haunt your headspace, accompanied by a trinity of hip hop/bass music shamans. Salting the scene for arrival of 'Angels & Devils', his 4th LP as The Bug, Kevin Martin commands great performances from each respective vocalist, teaming up with Gonjasufi for the burned-out blues dub crackle of 'Save Me', and with Burial collaborator, Spaceape in the ambient dread scape, 'At War With Time'. But best of all is 'Fxxk A Bitch', welding MC Ride of Death Grips to a block party-destroying industro-dub riddim in classic Bug style and fashion. The album's gonna be a belter if this set is any indication...
Proper Bristolian swagger-tech from Lurka, making his debut on Black Acre after hot shots for Hotline and Black Box. Up top his anxiously coiled 'Holding' riddim consolidates dancehall and minimal techno with motorik groove and serious low-end dynamics whilst flipside 'Nah So' skanks to an even dread coda of voodoo drums and bass, and 'KMT' comes to bury the dance with Carpenter-esque arpeggios lcoked to garotting hi-hats and belly churning subs. RIYL Visionist, Kowton, Commodo…
Superb sci-fi soul moods & grooves from Philly's Fhloston Paradigm, aka deep house/jazz/hip hop legend King Britt. After escalating anticipation since his widely acclaimed 'Chasing Rainbows' EP, Britt allows space to fully immerse in his vision of a futurist sound-world on 'The Phoenix', drawing us into a gauzily impressionistic yet exquisitely detailed sphere of celestial soul sirens, frayed techno and hi-tech jazz motifs traversing orbital styles of UR, Sun Ra, Vangelis and Theo Parrish. Marrying masterful sound design with jazz-wise percussive dexterity and precisely affective sc… Read more
Babe Rainbow brings his debut album to land on the Kinky Beggar label. Comprising reworks of material recorded with Grimes circa his two 12"s for Warp in 2010, plus a brace of new productions, it amounts to his clearest and most substantial statement to date, working beyond genre borders in a hazy, introverted netherworld where dub, hip hop, pop and electronica are all geometric building blocks re-assembled in the dark and revealed as strange, unstable shapes and structures in the light of day. RIYL D'Eon, Grimes, Wife…
Skudged, noisy techno jags from Metrist, who was last last spotted on NYC's Fifth Wall label and remixing for Kryptic Minds. All four cuts bristle and clank with a combustible industrial energy and friction, jamming between the rigid swagger of 'Letch' to effluent electro-step on ''Symphony for the Palpitation' to the crazed lurch of 'Cowlick' and the knotted discombobulations of 'Stanza For The Weak'. One for fans of Happa, Mønic, AnD.
Leon Vynehall proceeds his much-loved LP for Martyn's label with this chestnut on Clone's Royal Oak series. It's really all about the in-demand piano house heat-seeker 'Butterflies', with its Med-ready vocal hook and stealthy build destined for discerning house 'floors everywhere. Flipside 'This Is The Place' plays out a deeper style laced with massive synthline sounding like the work of Kassem Mosse's frisky cousin.
Lewisham grime prodigy Novelist shows some serious production chops on the follow-up to his vocal for Mumdance's 'Take Time'. Much like his angular, agitant mic style, Novelist's beats are all clipped vectors and kerned bars laced with luminous lines of logic, very similar in fact to the relation between Wiley's vocal and production styles. Anyway, these debut productions are fiyah, popping off from the gunshots and snake-charming sino-melody of 'Sniper' to the cheeky bubble of 'Christmas Riddim' and the Chipsy-like motifs of 'Mee2 Remix', and the sparring dancer, 'Messy'. Recommended.
Lakker's Ian McDonnell aka Eomac/EeOo follows a cracking 12" for UTTU with the densely sculpted 'Monad XVII' edition. Barrelling down the 4/4 vortex of 'Tube' to the whirring rhythms and weightless melodies of 'Moon Obelisk' before properly flexing out with the electroid 'ardcore torque of 'DF4' and closing to the BoC-like transmission of 'We Are All Going To Die'.
'Will To Be Well' marks a critical new chapter in the development of Blackest Ever Black's ambassadors for RD Laing. Their 2nd studio album blooms with a richer sonic palette over 15 instrumental songs showcasing an increasingly disciplined approach to their compositions. Still taking inspiration from the life and works of RD Laing, as much as "more universal and enduring mysteries: the relationships between body and mind, illness and wellness, the physical and the metaphysical", their sound still operates in a curious schism, feeling at once in and out of step with current tastes, mixin… Read more
**Stunning black metal vision manifest thru the prism of classic synth music, aided by über-producer Randall Dunn** On the incredible 'Celestite', Olympia, Washington's forest-dwelling Weaver siblings, aka Wolves In The Throne Room, synthesise a majestically stark follow-up to the cosmic turmoil of 'Celestial Lineage' . Whilst traces of the Weavers' archetypal guitars are still present, they're largely superseded by an array of synths played by themselves and by Seattle's darkside se'ers Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn 0))), Master Musicians of Bukkake) and Timm Mason, plus additio… Read more
**Available to buy in Flac format only** Bradford's excellent Fuse label/art space coin their Fuse Editions series with two live recordings of BJNilsen made in early 2014. The first documents the Swedish sound/recording artist at Fuse Art Space on 10th January, 2014, with 35 minutes of glacial drone melt and hydrophonic swirl using richly textured field recordings to eke out immersive environments which train our attentions to the sound of nature and, by turns, its effect on humans. Likewise, the 2nd piece, recorded at Theatre Royal, Marrakech, 27th February 2014 draws us in to a mag… Read more
Killer dread techno rollers from Rhythmic Theory, back on Bristol's Idle Hands outlet. Both sides carry a torch for that classic Bristol darkside vibe, mixing traces of dub techno, D&B, and dubstep with a fine strain of proggier AI techno atmospheres. A-side their 'Endless Forms' pushes quaking kicks with hulking sub-bass and slicing hi-hats to supremely powerful, almost sci-fi gothic effect, before they tug on the heart-strings with bruising stepper 'Tales Of Dystopia' synching post-punk bassline with glancing drums and HIA-style synth washes into the blue sublime. Well recommended.
Sublime ninth edition in Wolfgang Voigt's series of oneiric travelogues from within the loop. 'Musik Für Kulturinstitutionen' was conceived and released to coincide with the Kompakt boss' appearance in the exhibition, 'Doofe Musik, Lieder zum Träumen, Betäuben und Vergessen' - which means 'Dumb music, songs for dreaming, numbing and forgetting' - currently showing at Berlin's HKW. In key with rest of the series, it questions the mechanics of time thru a prism of ambient music, hypnotically effected loops of brass and accordion which are at once sta… Read more
Tidy tune lifted from Drew Lustman's incoming album, 'The Wild' for Ninja Tune. Mixing clinically precise production and sawn-off samples in simulated space, 'Some Jazz Shit' shakes out a plush sound somewhere between Floating Points' rare grooves, the neo-classical/jazz phonics of Erased Tapes, and Mark Pritchard's most subtle electronics.
Downwards' collect the best of their DO series, together with a handful of exclusive aces on 'So Click Heels'. Since 2009 the label's affections for the miasmatic drizzle, sonic innovation and repressed violence of post-punk and shoegaze has manifested itself in some twelve releases veering between the scuzzy basement noise of Collin Gorman Weiland, the blissful feedback blooms of The KVB, and swaggering rock'n'roll from DVA Damas. A good proportion of them feature here - including Richard H Kirk's droning remix of Tropic Of Cancer's 'Be Brave', the desiccated drum… Read more
AnD & Whirling Hall of Knives beat down tracks from Valved's debut release, 'Blood On The Controls', for Ireland's finest, Trensmat. AnD clearly relish the task with two dread-filled, red-lining remixes of 'Tipping Point', one which sounds like a cranky Emptyset kicking the fxxk out of an oil tanker, and another like some Kevin Drumm beat-off. B-side Whirling Hall Of Knives leave no prisoners either with alternately rabid and blank-eyed industrial techno versions of 'Blood On The Controls'... careful now.
Dope 2nd suite of wayward hip hop instrumentals built from anime samples and analogue equipment. Sounds like Jay Dee doing Skweee. Support from Gilles Peterson, Kutmah and Lefto.
"Haunted soil... Abstract electronic transmissions from A Field in England… Set within a landscape of sugar beet factories, deep murky fishing ponds and nettle strewn country lanes, Bloodhounds is a sonic exploration of a childhood spent in the English countryside. Time Attendant is Paul Snowdon, a painter and musician recovering from a rural Northern upbringing by eking out a liminal existence across South East London bunkers. Following on from the highly acclaimed Treacherous Orb EP (More Than Human) and from startling contributions on The Outer Church compilation (Front & Follow), … Read more
Heat-hazy dub-house from one of L.I.E.S.' quietest, subtlest producers. In the classic fashion of Actress or NWAQ, his 'Damn' groove keeps our attention with the most minimal elements, juggling square bass, raspy rhythm boxes and floating pads to gorgeous, time-suspending effect. Equally, the wiggling acid motifs and phasing tape noise of 'Pf Pf Pass' effects a similar, or even smokier atmosphere to noxiously heavy degrees.
""Who says experimental musicians can’t play pop? Norway’s Stian Westerhus is best known as one of Northern Europe’s most fascinating abstract guitar stylists. His recent album Didymoi Dreams with vocalist Sidsel Endresen was a fascinating pairing of extreme guitar abuse with gibbering vocal explosions. As well as collaborations with Puma, Terje Isungset, Nils Petter Molvær, Jaga Jazzist, the Britten Sinfonia and others, he has released three acclaimed solo albums since 2009, the latest being the stunning The Matriarch And The Wrong Kind Of Flowers (2012). Stian now admits … Read more
Detroit-styled electro-funk and house from Berlin via Amsterdam, courtesy Dolly bods Steffi & Dexter. 'Rosser' lays down some lovely Convextion/E.R.P.-like electro; 'we're Not Alone' looks to Detroit-debted UK techno from In Sync to 808 State for answers and finds them; 'Warme Hap' is a sweeter deep technohouse ohrwurm.
Corking techno stompf from Fachwerk's finest. 'Now' is a properly stripped down, percussive groove tool for skilled dancers and DJs, and 'Rave' really cuts loose with the sort of radioactive synthlines and basdrum thunder last heard on his 'Crasse' killer.
Three re-Geed Rob Hood romps from the man's Re-Plant series. This time it's the turn of his 1994 single, 'Protein Valve', given a big room-ready Re-Plant and two quicksilver edits for the DJs.
Deep space techno masterclass from Terrence Dixon as Population One for Metroplex, 17 years since his 'Earth 2976' 12" for Juan Atkins legendary imprint. This is the real trippy Detroit business, four tracks of transcendent, machine-made dance music patterned with completely unique rhythmic fingerprints. It includes one of the purest cuts in his catalogue, the glacial drones and strafing bleeps of 'Musical Promises' beside the serpentine sequencer magic of 'The Jazz Student', backed with the oily basslines and martian melodies of 'Starting Over' and 'Encircle'. If the recent ne… Read more
Crushing and febrile club gear from pivotal Austrian artist Philipp Quehenberger. 'Content' feels like a strange, lost transmission or reminder from a bygone European techno era untainted by trend and dedicated to tweaking out the most unusual, awkward sensations from hardware and computers. Rather than crude noise, sleek minimalism or inter-dimensional trippiness, Quehenberger's sound is best defined in terms of raw, repetitive muscularity and dissonant ambient qualities, doing what the likes of Prostitutes or Container do, only far better, and with cooler sense of discipline.