Monday, 08 June
Grimacing EBM charge from some nasty bod named Tzusing for L.I.E.S. Shorn of the label's noisier tendencies, but still ruff-to-taste, all four tunes bite where it matters - banging out the sickst darkroom EBM fantasies between the bruxist mission, '4 Floors of Whores', the cantering New Beat sauce of 'Frankincense and Myrrh', and proper industrial techno with 'O.D.D.'. TIP!
“Different things are happening in my life now, so there is no doubt that it will be a very different album.” - Mark Kozelek ‘Universal Themes’ includes ‘The Possum’, a nine minute track featuring Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley about dead possums and hanging out with Godflesh. Guitars and vocals by Mark Kozelek. Percussion by Steve Shelley. Recorded in San Francisco, 2014 / 2015. Additional recording in Hoboken, 2015."
The legendary producer behind cult electro-pop act, Gina X Performance presents his first solo debut album since 1981. Steeped in allusions to classical European philosophy, literature and composers, 'Logic of Coincidence' follows an extraordinary career arc stretching from his late '70s disco-not-disco masterpieces, thru production work for John Foxx, Fashion, Nina Hagen and Birth Control, to a 2013 collaboration with Austra. On the record's ambitious concept, influences and execution, Zeus explains: "I have always been fascinated by the mathematical and philosophical aspects o… Read more
**Paul Dickow a.k.a. Strategy explores beatless, textured ambience recalling the work of Lee Gamble, Bellows and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is the best way** "With a quiet intensity over the last 12 years, Strategy has proven himself to be an incredibly resourceful and rewarding musician in both group settings and as a solo artist. In the latter guise, this Portland producer/multi-instrumentalist (aka Paul Dickow) has released a prolific amount of excellent work for quality indie labels such as Kranky, Orac, 100% Silk, Endless Flight, and Entr'acte, putting a cerebral yet sensual spin on dub, … Read more
**Ben Greenberg (Hubble, The Men) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver) get their rocks off on a synth and drum machine-heavy punk assault. Presented by Luke Younger's Alter imprint** "On 'Perfect World', that machine is firing on all cylinders. The guitar is run through a cheap ’80s preamp marketed to metal kids. The drum machine is equally no-frills, an Akai XR20 that Greenberg says “most people wouldn’t want to keep around.” These humble components are combined with noisy synth and Berdan’s profound howling to form something much greater. Post-punk, synthpunk, and in… Read more
The Mothmen's brilliant Manchester post-punk-dub oddity, 'Pay Attention' (1981) is pulled up for reissue by Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound. Featuring Chris Joyce and Tony Bowers - who later formed the rhythm section for Simply Red's first three albums - plus Bob Harding - who would manage the internationally renowned reggae distributor Blood & Fire - and the late David Rowbotham, The Mothmen were appreciated by those who knew their music at the time, but, due to label complications and delays, their playful, prescient mix of reggae, disco and art rock landed outside of contemporary norms… Read more
**Includes download code** DFA's brooding, Brighton-based disco duo yield a lean but warm 3rd album with 'Home Economics'. "The starting point for the new record was the band’s “amazing” first US shows - two of their own and a triumphant showing at DFA’s 12th anniversary - in May 2013. Inspired by their American adventure, Prinzhorn Dance School brought the recording process into the heart of their everyday lives. Played and recorded on the move between different flats in Brighton and Hove, then wheeled around town on a hard-drive wrapped in a sleeping bag in a s… Read more
P.O.I. chases his in-demand debut for L.I.E.S. with three further cuts of no-mans-land House. With 4am stamped all over its melting jaw, 'What You Think You Want' sprawls wigged-out synthlines and dusted drums on one of his extended swing excursions, holding the groove with expert suss. B-side, he conserves the energy levels in a dreamy shuffler rife with alien synth chirrups and sleep-house pads, and takes the vibe somewhere else entirely with a unique fusion of field recordings, clipped electro patterns and furtive grime strings. Strange but true!
Kickin' UK garage-house in two flavours from Palace for Hot Shit Recs in Effekt! 'Codex' plays it down with simmering organ and diva coos kept tight in the pocket, whereas 'NRG' starts out darker, only to build a raving vibe with streaking vocal stabs, rugged subs and sharper chords.
Deep disco-jackin' trade from Hodge in Outboxx mode. His 2nd single for Futureboogie Recordings follows 'The Fade' with four kinky tricks, at best in the dry glyde of 'Day One' and plush, pumping disco-house standards of 'Under The Lights'.
On U Sound do the right thing, collecting Kode 9, Digital Mystikz, Congo Natty, Horsepower Productions and Bullion remixes of Lee Scratch Perry on one disc. Moody Boyz open the account with a sweet 'n sticky Dubstep rework of 'God Smiled' while Dialect & Kosine and Congo Natty represent the junglists with dread Reese basslines and jump-up versions respectively. However, the highlights come from Mala Mystikz, turning 'Like The Way You Should' into a haunting digidub ace, and boosting 'Obeah Room' with seismic subbass pressure, while Kode 9 flips 'Yellow Tongue' into a natty Funky Dub.
Still mighty cool after all these years, Lee "Scratch" Perry has been teasing us for the last few months with ace remixes of his new album tracks from Kode 9 and Moody Boyz ahead of the release of 'The Mighty Upsetter'. Now upon us, it's clear that those remixes are better than anything from the album but there's still enough quaintly odd lyrics and cheeky riddims to keep the faithful bobbing. Roots Manuva crops up on 'International Broadcaster' next to wickedy-wack scratching and a horns lead production from Adrian Sherwood and Jazzwad while 'Rockhead' is amusing for the c… Read more
Hand-in-the-air tech-house trance from Denmark's Kölsch. Nine tracks of it on the vinyl, 13 on the CD, including a number featuring the folksy strings of Gregor Schwellenbach.
The highly influential Olde English Spelling Bee label return with a prime piece of electro-pop from Bristol's Powerflex. Everything about it is so very, very right, but oh so wrong in the finest sense, nailing the templates of classic freestyle-pop, EBM and late '80s digital funk, but with a much more wayward taste for off-kilter hooks and instrumental dynamics. It's kinda like a brighter, ostensibly straighter adjunct to Autre Ne Veut, whom OESB introduced to the world back in 2010, but swap ANVC's falsetto for John Maus-like baritone, and factor in loads of sleek, synthetic space and you … Read more
On his 4th solo album, Café del Mar legend José Padilla swerves expectations of a chill out album for your dad by dialling in Telephones, Mark Barrott, Wolf Müller, and Tornado Wallace to bring him closer to the 'floor. "Barrott brings a deep oceanic mellowness; Tornado the electronic, synthesized, melodic beats and grooves; Wolf Müller the afro sound; and Telephones the beautiful dream-like house. Each producer was flown to Ibiza to work at Padilla's home in Santa Agnes, with their studios set up in the house overlooking one of the island's most beautiful valleys, for a week collab… Read more
Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart a.k.a. JETS pull up to the club with a quartet of contemporary boogie trax featuring Jamie Lidell and Jesse Boykins III. Uptown, they jam on silvery arpeggios and hard-bitten drum machine funk with 'The Chants' beside Jamie Lidell's appearance on the beggin' downstroke of 'U - N - I'. Downtown, Jesse Boykins is chopped up over lingering slow/fast drums and vapourous chords, also explored to more intimate degrees with the footwork-compatible, 'Pink Beat'.
"Politically speaking, not much has changed about the way Austin’s Institute exists as a band since signing to Sacred Bones. Having members in Glue, Wiccans, and Back to Back, all fellow stalwarts of the Texas punk scene, helps streamline the approach for them, as all of their bands operate from the same basic ethos (i.e. operating outside of the normal cycle of PRs, agents, social networking and self-promotion). In fact, singer Moses Brown has said they’re only comfortable being on Sacred Bones because he considers the label “a punk label on steroids.” (A note from the label—“Drugs, yes. S… Read more
"ABABABABABABAS (Blue Lion Child) makes Hans Dens a.k.a. Innercity's rather strange first album on Further, 2012's A Lion's Baptism, seem like radio-friendly fodder by comparison. The producer admits, “This release is surely one of my harsher, bleak ones... I tried to keep it pure, and again bleak. Also put the keyboards in the shelf for this one; it's all guitar and violin through an array of effects...” “BAAL'S (KITTEN TRUMPETEER CHOIR)” fades in with what sounds like waves of harsh, scalding feedback—let's call it “the black metal of ambient.” Dens conjures pitiless, … Read more
Stefan Schwander (The Durian Brothers) continues to explore ground between the African rhythm patterns and the minimalism of Steve Reich with his 3rd LP as Harmonious Thelonious. This is the brightest, driving iteration of this sound we've yet heard from him, cycling eight tracks of coarse yet slinky drums and chiming rhythmelody with an hypnotic appeal suited to the sophisticates of Salon Des Amateurs club in Düsseldorf (is that the crowd we can hear in the background?). It straddles a fine balance of grittier gear like the Konono No.1-like juggernaut, 'Rendezvous of the Dead', mys… Read more