Monday, 06 October
**Flac format comes in 24 bit** 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'.
Cardopusher goes retro house on the 'Police Are Coming EP'. Nodding to classic Chicago, Belgian and UK house templates, he shunts the weight jack of '1989 Warehouse' and the Italo-spiked darkside chuggernaut, 'Police Are Coming (Emergency Mixx)', plus the grungy gargle of 'Mouthwash Acid'. His Classicworks co-owner Neuhen shakes 'Police Are Coming' down to a naked, tracky weapon, and Phran flips '1989 Warehouse' with some Juan Atkins-esque electro technique.
**Avant-leaning psych rock experiments by the artists behind legendary library work used for 'Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue' and 'The Underground'** "Collectively known under their production pop group moniker The Pawnshop, Italian Giallo/Spaghetti legends Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini and Giulia De Mutiis (using their Giallo-psych alter egos of Braen, Raskovich and Kema) would reconvene behind the curtain in 1973 to craft this lost full-length LP as a mythical addition to their tiny group discography. Pin-pointing a bona fide crossroads between the compose… Read more
“Debut album from new Montréal kraut-funk supergroup led by J.S. Truchy of Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche began in 2011, with bassist, singer and composer Jean-Sebastien Truchy seeking a new live ensemble to fuel his desired return to exploring the highly structured afro-kraut trance rock that was one of several stocks-in-trade during his tenure in early Constellation project and pseudo-legendary Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil initially formed with guitarist/engineer Sebastien Fournier and drummer Nasir Hasan; a rotating cast of additional players join… Read more
Monday, 29 September
The Hyperdub capo and his dread spar at their best on 'Killing Season' - their first joint release since 2011's 'Otherman'. Strikingly, it reveals The Space Ape at his most honest, both lyrically and aesthetically, with sparing use of effects and pitching sharpening his position over whipsmart drill snares and depth charge subs in 'Chasing A Beast', or eerily panned and centred around the coil groove and drones of 'Devil Is A Liar'. In 'Heart' he's heard lucid amidst recursive echoes and skittish hi-hat patter, whilst the beatless 'Pictures On The Wall' could almost be one o… Read more
Regis and Ancient Methods augment their deadly Ugandan Methods duo with vocals from Prurient on 'Dial B For Beauty' - and it's quite the tantalising prospect. Two years since 'A Cold Retreat' (2012) for Boomkat Editions, UM release the beast in four break-bone techno assaults furnished with Prurient's sharp, visceral holler. On 'Call1' he's in a proper firey mood over pitching war drums, whereas in 'Call 3' he's used as a looming presence akin to 'You Show Great Spirit' over a proper Berlin techno drill. He's further into the murk on ''Call 4' over CUB-style breakbeat … Read more
Cyphr returns with the eighth Her Records release, his second for the label and another standout re-calibration of stripped/fwd Grime and tech aesthetics. If you imagine the sweet spot between Jam CIty, Lorenzo Senni and The Art of Noise you’ll get the general idea, tapping into those uber-spacious club variants that have become the defining sound of 2014 - a big recommendation to those of you who've enjoyed releases by Strict Face and Mr Mitch for Gobstopper, as well as all those aces from Her Records in recent months.
*Fully remastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy* One of the most destitute and absorbing albums in Leyland Kirby’s canon is finally given a much needed vinyl pressing, following on from its initial CD release 6 years ago. ‘Bleaklow’ is harrowing from the start, the opening "Something To Do With Death” reverberating dread via layers of unstable, radiant drones punctuated with pained, hi-pitched howls that cut through the mix with violent intent. ’Solemn Dedication’ adds percussion to the mix and sits somewhere between classic John Carpenter and Nate Young, but it’s on 'Indefinite Rid… Read more
Boothroyd serves one of the most striking debuts on Tri Angle with 'Idle Hours'. Hailing from sunny North Manchester but now defected to London, Boothroyd's music is a slyly ambiguous, 'marishly-warped mesh of lo-fi samples strung together with a deceptively grand plan. Like the mutant, half-finished offspring of Coil and Lars Holdhus, it occupies a uniquely detached space in the peripheries of modern composition, vapour wave and ambient pop, scuttling between heart-racing peaks and petrified electronica like some fractal distillation of darkweb's babylonian data flux and the stark numbness… Read more
Kaleidoscopic styles from Paul White on his excellent album debut for R&S. With 'Shaker Notes' he swaps his hip hop garb for a psych dashiki - most literally on the album sleeve, and metaphorically speaking thru his worldly palette of jazz-wise, Afro-centric instrumentation and 4th world electronic tones. With many other producers that transition could be tragic, but White pulls it off with aplomb, much like his former One-Handed Music label-mate, Bullion's entirely successful switch from beats to luscious pop psychedelia. His production is totally prime, juggling live and programmed dru… Read more
Mickey Pearce comes to freak the dance on Loefah's 81 label. The 'Instructions' EP picks up where his 'Up West' beat tape from early '14 left off, giving a vinyl life to the coiled machine groove and lurid, spattered melody of that session's 'Instructions' beside the moody tattoo of 'Jam 01' on the A-side. Flip it, you'll find an even weirder wriggler in the reversed loops and drily skewed thwack of 'Loop For D', whilst 'Jersey' shakes out a misshaped take on US and UK club styles with skeletal groove punctuated by detuned growls, steam-engine parps and wry electronics. Go figure. It's a mad 'un.
**Hot on the heels of her 'Folkways II' cassette mix for Trilogy Tapes, Beatrice Dillon does a dubbed-out "mutant shuffle" somewhere between Joe and Madalyn Merkey. Edition of 50 housed in two-colour risograph sleeves printed in recycled paper stock** "Where To Now? Are proud to present 'Blues Dances', a 30 minute exploration of sound and style which serve as a precursor to a forthcoming 12” and full length LP landing with us in early 2015. Beatrice's music although primarily electronic and sample based does not exist solely or comfortably within this world, there's an understated, … Read more
Marcus Intalex aka Trevino coins the Birdie label for his burgeoning c.130bpm output. Essentially he's transposing his patented liquid D&B vibes onto Detroit and UK tech-house templates, manifest in the clean, metallic chassis and rolling underlying heft of 'To The Core', in the sweeping proggy arrangement of 'Warmer', and over into darker filtered funk with 'Playtime' and smooth, swinging tech-house styles on 'Mezmerise'.
This is so ace - and another example of why everyone envies Scotland, and Glasgow in particula - Laps are a mysterious and achingly cool duo who sound like the mutant siblings of Saâda Bonaire. Their 'Ladies As Pimps' EP stalks well-trodden yet timeless styles with serious attitude and allure, bringing members of Golden Teacher and the Green Door Studios gang to abet their salacious grooves between the louche ESG dip of 'Dirty Guys Dirty Corners' thru the Peaking Lights-like dub-pop lope of 'All The Kids' and the Glas-cago swagger-jack of Mojo', to blown-out Thought Broadcast meets Ecto… Read more
Anstam veers into vaulted prog-pop territory on his 3rd album, 'Names', for Monkeytown. The knotted, fractured rhythms and hi-gloss techno surfaces are all still in place, but now augmented by his vocals placing him closer to the likes of Rudi Zygadlo or his label bosses, Modeselektor.
*Ships Friday* Marquis Hawkes makes moves on Houndstooth with the 'Fifty Fathoms Deep' EP, featuring the Ben UFO and Move D-sponsored 'Can't Find a Reason'. That one cuts a flash Jersey house figure across the A-side, replete with Todd Edwards-esque vocal chops and fruity groove for the friday night playas, before A'dam's Stee Downes chimes in all dreamy and nipple-rubbing in the floaty depths of 'The Way'. Flipside, Hawkes swings solo with the jazzier motifs of 'Fifty Fathoms' and some class Linn chops in the haughty house boogie of 'Fat Man'.
More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
Oakland, CA dreamer, Austin Cesear smudges back into view on Public Information with his follow-up to aces for Opal Tapes and Anthony Naples' Proibito. 'West Side' was inspired by Austin's time spent gazing over the dock of Oakland port in the San Francisco bay, and duly yields six tracks of gauzily impressionist groove and foggy atmosphere, or, as PI poetically proffer; "This is Austin Cesear beside black water in the darkest hours, white sodium light bouncing across the surf. Searching across the bay, industry stands proud in the early morning haze. Cargo, containers, machines. Cranes … Read more
Silent Servant and Oliver Ho's Broken English Club pay tribute to coldwave, J.G. Ballard and Lady Di with four deep techno wounds for Minimal Wave's Cititrax sublabel. Prowling across the front, Silent Servant yields the pelvic funk and blank-eyed vocals of 'Speed and Violence', primed for 3am autobahn missions and bloody noses, beside the tangled EBM muscle and metal of 'Cut Unconscious' - both outstanding pieces of work. On the turn, Ho's Broken English Club straps up a sorta proto New Beat swagger with 'Divinity', and the numbed, nary-give-a-f**k roil ov 'Delays'. Recommended.
**Unique ambient piano suite** ""If I had to choose [Brian Eno's] greatest contribution to popular music it would be the idea that musicians do their best work when they have no idea what they’re doing." - Sasha Frere-Jones on Brian Eno (Ambient Genius, July 7). This is something Babe Rainbow (aka Cameron Reed) believes wholeheartedly. He hadn't really made electronic music before starting Babe Rainbow a number of years back, and shortly thereafter he was signed to Warp. Before that, he had been making angular punk music in Vancouver. Each of these 12 tracks a… Read more
Hud Mo brings a rambunctious, hyper-coloured sound to 'Chimes'. Currently soundtracking an Apple advert, the lead cut flips the switch between airborne arpeggios and chest-puffing brass vamps inna Drill style we could easily imagine Kanye romping over. He's equally impressive when leaving the beats behind too, as with the wobbly kosmische flash of 'Brainwave', whilst 'King Kong Beaver' brings back the funk showmanship with flamboyant chops and the nuttiest drums. For the insatiable, there's also a rushin' junglist trap remix by Gammer.
Hot Haus Recs right on the money with Willie Burns' deep garage-pop massage, 'I Wanna Love You'. From the top, this is inarguably Burns' strongest 12" to date, bubbling up with the lip-bitingly effective garage minimalism of 'I Wanna Love You' - (1 x M1 hook) + (1 x killer vocal stab) + kinkiest kick/clap/hi-hat = 1 x proper anthem - and cooling down with the gauzy drift of 'Even If It Takes All Night', backed with the strobing disco chin-chewer 'Everybody Everybody', and a proper hot-bodied tribalism 'Picking Up Promises'. Bigga Tip!
**Deluxe edition with 7 xtra trax** Yung Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such as 'New Dorp. New Dorp', 'Hi… Read more
"Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus – otherwise known as Alfred Darlington – is an inventor, a creator of sonic labyrinths combining sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own. With The Light Brigade, Daedelus returns to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, a fitting home for the Los Angeles electronic pioneer. A successor to his 2009 Righteous Fists of Harmony (an EP inspired by the Boxer Rebellion), The Light Brigade recalls the Crimean war of 1853-56. The music was written and recorded before the recent troubles broke out in that region, a turn of events which… Read more
Ras G drops volume 3 of his 'Raw Fruit' beat tape adventures. Still sippin' on that Sun Ra juice and blowing big green smoke rings to the sky, he crumbles, mixes and rolls up 17 nuggets with patented freeform flair. We're particularly feeling the taste of 'Tomita Kush' and 'T.V. Party' with their scratchy wave samples, and the Afro-concentric spirals of 'Wulu Rhythm'. Can't wait to spark this up in the easy chair.
Nexx up on Beneath's excellent Mistry label: Hull-based producer, Webstarr with the technoid hydraulics of 'Aegrus' b/w a new Chevel remix. Last spotted in Beneath's RA. 407 mix, the title tune strikes a mid-ground between tribalised, bass-heavy rufige and insectoid minimal techno - all bashy kicks and depth charge subs crawling with itchy crack bugs. The dancefloor lizards will come out to play for this. B-side, Italian producer, Chevel (Enclav/Stroboscopic Artefacts) trims back the drums, leaving acres of icy space around ricocheting snares and hi-hats buoyed up by dread subs in the re… Read more
Nicolas Jaar's Other People celebrate a year in the game with a smart collection of unreleased music by Powell, Ancient Astronaut, Jelinek, Darkside, Visuals, and more. The obvious highlight is Powell's sly rework of Ancient Astronaut, launching from a fragment of 'SCSS' into a slicing, frothing industrial cut-up as only he does. It stands out like a sore thumb against the rest of the field, such as Visuals' dusty indie country in 'A Pixel', the lo-slung indie-disco of 'Gone Too Soon' from darkside, or Jan Jelinek's crafty deconstruction of Ancient Astronaut's 'B2'.
Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.