Monday, 24 February
"Following on from Mathias Kaden’s effort in September, next in line to mix it up for the ‘Watergate’ CD series is New Jersey house innovator and widely loved scene figurehead Kerri Chandler.Kerri has enjoyed a long running relationship with Watergate, and this album is the perfect coming together of two clubbing tour de forces. Across the course of 18 tracks, the MadHouse and MadTech boss, tireless DJ, and ever evolving house producer lays out his vision of house music as it sounds in 2013, calling on tracks old and new from a wide array of labels, as well as some exclusives, includi… Read more
Nutty dubstep gyrations from K Man ov Dub Mechz. A-side 'Electro Magnetic Destroyer' staggers out the gates on a freakish, pitching synthline into a proper bassbin tumult smacked up with ricochet claps and murderous subbass undertow. B-side 'Propaine' is its inverse, concentrating on wobbling bass weight and triplet groove with bleeping electronics.
Cult Finnish musician and tram driver Jaakko Eino Kalevi gets a proper seeing to from Heatsick, Tom Noble, Peaking Lights and Vezurro on this sold remix EP for Weird World. Heatsick does his Casio thing in fine style on the opener, while Peaking Lights deliver a dusted funk makeover and Vezurro goes all out for a fine Disco number crying out for a Sally Shapiro vocal. Good stuff.
Another fine cassette release from 100% silk made available for the digital crew, this one from "Madisonian synthesizer omnivore" Golden Donna. The opening "Remember" sets the scene nicely with a tempered Deep House, almost Balearic vibe reminiscent of classic Move D while "Looking Glass Forest" sounds like it could have come off an old Donna Regina production - meaning it oozes a bittersweet kind of euphoria that we just love. good stuff once again from 100% SIlk.
"Francisco López is an artist who has continued to challenge listeners with the fringes of acoustic perception over his long career. 'Presque Tout' is a collection of works spanning 20 years of sonic activity. This 7 hour long edition presents some of the artist's most tantalizingly subtle pieces. Culled from many obscure and out-of-print editions, most of these compositions have been unavailable commercially for years. Presque Tout also contains the stunning new 3 hour work "Untitled #313." This data DVD edition contains 7 hours of audio files (uncompressed … Read more
"Christian S has been around since the mid 1990s, getting his education from the legendary Cologne house underground. Teaming up with Matias Aguayo he soon found himself a key figure in the scene when launching an equally influential club night called "Lost“. With a blissfully darkened tone in dance, a fearless repertoire and illustrious like-minded guest DJs from everywhere,“Lost“ evolved into a haven for enigmatic dancefloor mavericks, setting the pace for what was to become the Comeme phenomenon of here and now…"
"This is the first project from Brooklyn DJ/producer Pocketknife (Tambourine Dream, Flagrant Fowl) working under his new moniker Boonlorm. An eleven track album featuring “piano not piano” house music created solely with a prepared piano and raw drum programming that pays homage to Chicago, Detroit, and the 20th century avant-garde. String Figures is “screw music” in the most literal sense with direct ties to the late composer John Cage who created the first prepared piano pieces by inserting objects into the strings of a grand piano. The sound that resonates is a rich combination of tona… Read more
Monday, 17 February
Russell Haswell puts a donk on it for Diagonal in a compelling, combustible and personalised '37 Minute Workout' of fractured noise and techno deconstructions. Working under a title nodding to both the album's physicality and riffing on Paul Morley's idea that the perfect album length is 37 minutes long, it's a typically uncompromising session cocking a contrary view of the dancefloor. Rhythmically, it's by far the most "structured" album in Haswell's solo catalogue, consolidating the freeform, improvised approach and brutalist, visceral timbres of previous releases with an app… Read more
**After many delays' Brock Van Wey's epic, double disc, 3 hour ambient session is finally released** "It's been nearly 5 years since Brock's highly acclaimed "White Clouds Drift On And On" debuted on Echospace earning a plethora of critical acclaim including many coveted top albums of the year list from RA to The Wire. Brock returns in beautiful form with what he's said to us is his most personal and self defining moment in his fruitful musical career. This album however strikes on a very different chord from the last, rather than find contentment in repeating himself he's sculpted a unique so… Read more
Perc proceeds 2011's 'Wicker & Steel' album with a quintessentially English comment on techno and politics with 'The Power And The Glory'. From the track titles - 'Rotting Sound', 'Take Your Body Off' - to the ascetic productions values, the whole thing feel utterly gutted, leaving behind an ironically aware rhetoric that rings true with the producer's glum views on the UK's enervated state of affairs. Drawing parallels in opposition to so much cookie-cutter house in circulation right now, his choice of abrasive, visceral sounds more than just feels right; he's making a political sta… Read more
The Cyclist debuts his Buz Ludzha alias with two fugged-out boogie house duppies for All City. As opposed to the slightly more obtuse styles of his records as The Cyclist for LA's Leaving Records, both cuts here are guided squarely at dreamier dancefloor moments, coming off like Ron Hardy editing Boards Of Canada. A-side's 'Rave With Love' squashes a drippin' boogie bassline beneath rasping jack beats, sparse keys and ghostly, aciiiid-style hollers, culminating in a gorgeous, glassy synth refrain. B-side is a lip-smacking beauty called 'Basslines For Death', playi… Read more
**Digitalis debut from Koenraad Ecker, one half of Opal Tapes’ Lumisokea, highly recommended if you're into Vainio, Joachim Nordwall, The Haxan Cloak** Belgium's Koenraad Ecker swiftly follows his 'Apophenia' LP as part of the Lumisokea duo for Opal Tapes with a personalised invitation to his shadowy solo zones for Digitalis. Inhabiting space between slow techno and electro-acoustic dimensions, 'Ill Fares The Land' surveys similar soundscapes to Mika Vainio and Joachim Nordwall's recent 'Monstrance' LP and Senking's drowned space. Bolstered by extruded cello strings and serrated… Read more
R&S' legendary Apollo sublabel delivers a very special 12" by original rave spirit, James Leyland Kirby (The Caretaker, V/Vm, The Stranger). Consolidating a quarter century love affair with early Belgian Techno and New Beat which has deeply informed his oeuvre, it's safe to say that this 12" brings matters full circle. Together with close pal/mentor and V/Vm associate Acid Alan (who gets a shoutout on the runout groove), Kirby has long drawn much inspiration from the transcendent, subversive appeal of late '80s/early '90s rave and club culture which has been most strongly … Read more
**John Twells (Type) and Walker Chambliss return with their 2nd EP for Modern Love** Jack Dice scale up their ambition with heady success on a crackshot 2nd EP of whip-riding 808s, noisy harmonics and addictive raps by Stash Marina. Following their tentative 'Block Motel' debut, few outside their close pals coulda predicted where the duo of Type Records boss John Twells and cloud rap mogul Walker Chambliss would take the Jack Dice project, and even fewer would predict where it's ended up, us included. We're basically talking about the addictive centrepiece, 'Stash's Theme', a remarkable hip h… Read more
Pearson Sound continues the trajectory hinted at in his 'REM' 12" with two beatless electronic refractions on his own label. Split over two sides, the glinting hi-end melody and warm, slow-writhing Reese bass of 'Raindrops' have rightly been compared with Anthony Manning's 'Islets in Pink Propylene' by FACT, and also warrants comparisons with Actress' 'R.I.P' album tracks - basically it's a nice nod to classic electronica...
David Flores aka Truncate tailors his killer DJ tool-style techno cuts to 50 Weapons' schematics. The 'Pressurize' EP is loaded with four stripped-down, bare-bones groove tracks keenly tweaking out sinuous boom/clap syncopations no doubt influenced by Flores' Latino heritage and LA locale. 'Breakdown' rides a tight, fibrillating techno riddim burning up raspin' claps and electrifying synthline; 'Dial20' cools out on a dry, dub chord tip akin to Shed's Wax tools; 'Pressurize' is a roiling, tribalist kink; 'Bipolar' plays neat and tweaky with deft one note hook and shifty shimmy.
Nicolas Jaar's Other People label picks up new Russian name, Vtgnike (pronounced Vintage Nike dontyaknow) for a diverse debut vinyl album. 'Dubna' collects nine tracks shape-shifting between OPN-like chopped & screwed experiment 'Stimulate' through to Shackleton-esque polyrhythms and aqueous sound design in 'Panarama Bar Shitt', but the majority is given to a ghostly, detached strain of rave and electronica filtered through a mazy prism of Footwork rhythms and smudged, hypnagogia-inducing FX. It's not a sound you might typically associate with Nicolas Jaar and his label, and should come as little s… Read more
A new album from Vaghe Stelle for Astro:Dynamics following on from appearances on Modeselektor's Monkeytown label, Gang of Ducks and Aisha Devi's Danse Noire amongst others. Utilising vocal samples to craft bass and lead sounds, coupled with repeated use of Poly-800 and Juno 106 synthesizers, the label describes the album as "drifting from summoning the bleary-eyed glacial spasms of Wiley's devil mixes and an oddly Final Fantasy-esque emotiveness combining with the smudged electronic aesthetic that has come to define Astro:Dynamics over the past year or so". Although tracks like 'My B… Read more
Karen Gwyer returns to No Pain In Pop for an expansive and hypnotic follow-up to 'Needs Continuum' and her Opal Tape, 'Kiki The Wormhole'. On 'New Roof' she's all but abandoned any discernible traces of her vocals in favour of sky-scraping synth harmonics and deft drum programming in two extended, wide-open pieces which sandwich a shorter wormhole of woozy organ chords. They're incredible pieces of work, drawing firm connections with classic krautrock and cinematic new age meditations tempered by a crisply modernist sense of economy and space. We're most impressed by the 16 minutes of roilin… Read more
Proper party tackle from the UTTU mogul! Four bad-to-the-bone jack tracks bouncing between slippery New York house peak on 'Hey Now, Wait A Minute', to ruffneck Chicago-via-Sheffield-style bleep house on 'Dextrous', thru proper Yorkshire breaks 'n bleep pressure on 'Tell Me' and the rudebwoy scattering 'Hurfdy Jam'.