Monday, 04 May
Warped techno designs from a new Scottish producer, Perth Drug Legend, following up Divided's ace debut for London's Resin label. Arching up with the Happa-like soggy slam of 'Hillend Hyper Squad' the session twists down darker, abstract alleys with the emulsified throb of 'God Save Queen Jean', and even more whacked out with the glue-huffers anthem 'Tweet Tweet Mill Street Fleet', before checking out with tortuous minimalism of 'South Inch Posso'. RIYL Lakker, Happa, Perc…
"Paul de Jong is best known as the cofounder, cellist and resident found sound savant of the beloved, defunct collage-pop duo, the Books. Five years after that band delivered their final album, The Way Out, to much acclaim, de Jong delivers his first solo album. IF sets the Books' early albums (particularly The Lemon of Pink) as a starting point, and elevates that beguiling sense of wonder and amazement to genuinely transcendent new heights. De Jong's ability to find the musical in the mundane has always been uncanny — it is part of what made the Books so magical — and that gift is what makes IF… Read more
Stylish slow motion cosmic travels from JG Wilkes (Optimo) and James Savage's lesser-spotted Naum Gabo duo. These are either early evening scene-setters or end-o-night comedowns, depending your preference (heck, you might be a mad scone who plays them at peak time) but either way these are lush synth excursions, of the strongest order, pacing with sombre cymbals along plonging synth pathways and poised pads in 'Fyei', and like a sluggish Schulze in the earthbound but black hole-beckoning beauty, 'Hantas'.
Rolling techno tackle from the man machine Mike Dehnert. A-side deploys modulated dub chord-driven techno with his signature slinky gear shifts; B-side works out the skippy but grumbling reduction of 'Losange', and the hollowed-out swing of 'Chaleur Tournante'.
Fancy Scandi disco from the don Lindstrøm. A considerately measured RDA of cowbells, slinky pencils-on-glass and gently muscular bass work out for nine minutes of plush disco in the original, alongside neater versions for the ADD DJs.
The sombre synth tones and blunted voices of 'Artificial Stasis' pave the way for a change of direction from Lee Bannon in his new album, 'Pattern of Excel'. Operating in proximity of Oneohtrix Point Never's cinematic sound dimensions, it's light years away from his jungle/hip hop output and promises a more abstract approach in future from the Oakland-based producer.
Horny acid house trax from two US producers for The Netherlands' Delft imprint. Kevin McHugh, who's perhaps best known for his Ambivalent 12"s on M_nus, drives the acid grind of 'Sweat' and 'Harness', and Matrixxman takes it right down there with with the greazy bleep house of 'Escort Service' and early Chi styles in 'Acid City' featuring Vin Sol.
Febrile soul psychedelia from Matthew Kirkis and his gang, back on Eglo for a more substantial follow-up to the 'Worm Jelly' EP. Without a doubt the wildest thing on the label, the 'Liverbleach' EP clatters upside your head with a shock of synthetic discord welded to strobing jazz signatures and octo-limbed breaks, coming off like the starchild of Jameszoo and Thundercat raised on Sun Ra and nowt but.
Jonwayne sees off his rap career: “Pay attention: Jonwayne Is Retired. He is no longer making beats. Or rapping. He is not writing rhymes. There will be no clever contemplation. No new flips of phrase; no witty banter. Your brain won’t try to keep up. Jonwayne Is Retired.”
Bittersweet jack trax by L.A.'s John Tejada on his spiritual home, Palette Recordings. Worth it for the A-side aces alone, with the salty discord and shifty edits of 'Dramamine' or the nifty modular twang and clipped swing of 'Code Ext'.
North London's biggest grime gob drops his 1st album since 2010 with the crew-crammed 'Integrity>'. Still ruthlessly confident and teamed with some of the best UK producers out there, JME puts his weight behind his boasts in 16 cuts lyrically dealing with everything from twitter to vegetarianism with that blade-edged diction that still stands out from the crowd. He handles a number of beats himself, at best in the G-funk swagger of 'Again' with D Double E and the darkside trap slap of the title track and finishing word, 'Integrity', but our favourite moments occur in the Joker-produced 'Test… Read more
'Shadows' is the slippery electro-pop collaboration between Victoria Lukas (Zerkalo) and Jauzas The Shining, with Orgue Electronique and Ekman remixes. Both Victoria and Jauzas have appeared previously on Last Known Trajectory with respective solo projects, but this is their first time recording together. The mode is stripped-down and ethereal electro for three original tracks, at best in the shivering pop of 'Cold Sweat' and brooding swagger of 'Fluid', while the remixers head straight for the 'floor - Ekman with a grotty acidic wipe-down of 'Cold Sweat', and coke-numbed Italo House roll of Orgue Electronique.
**Strong recommendations for fans of Godflesh, Swans, Trepaneringsritualen - new on Miasmah** Gird thine loins for this lurching attack from the darkside via James Welburn and The Necks' drummer, Tony Buck. Taking on Mick Harris, Swans and Justin K Broderick at their own game, 'Hold' wields some of the heaviest drums and drone thunder we've heard this year, matching the might of Buck's percussive brawn with apocalypse-baiting low-end surge and face-filleting clouds of guitar/synth distortion. "Hailing from the UK, but located in both Berlin, Germany, and Lillehammer, Norway, Welburn has follo… Read more
The cherry-picking Astral Black label deals a cracking sophomore side by in-demand beat-breaker, Jaisu. Since 'A Short Album' (2013), the Edinburgh-based MPC fiend has cemented his rising resumé with production credits for Big Twins (Mobb Deep) & L.A.'s LMNO, plus work with The J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (Maybach Music/Drake/ Lil' Wayne) alongside his bangers for Danny Brown, Tony Yayo and Maxsta. With 'A Long Player' he offers a far more refined beat suite, crimped with a distinctive MPC nudge and thwack and vibed out with synth-y atmospheres verging on West Coast shroomy. Baddest instrumental h… Read more
Rushmore's perfectly wide-reaching yet locked-on 'World Series' hands the reigns to new UK producer Grovestreet with sick results. The man is positively brimming with new dancefloor tricks, from the tortuous, synth-laced twysts of 'Shy [Reprise]' thru an incisive take on jakkin' club constructions with 'Blue Ribbon', to Lurka or Lotic-like ultra-freshness in 'Place No More', and haughty, brassy-assed spins on ballroom and grime with 'Soliloquy' and 'Disqualified'. BIG tip!
Adult London house from a new player on Roska's label. 'Pussay Patrol' stalks the 'floor with a clipped swing and a mantra at the back of its head intoning the title over and again. Aye, it's pretty rude, like. Likewise, 'Just Like That' plays off some male/female call-and-response to a piano-laced and curvy house house groove.
"After releasing a string of driving, dancefloor-oriented singles on European labels Rush Hour and Hotflush, Brooklyn’s own Praveen Sharma aka Braille keys up his debut LP, Mute Swan, on Friends of Friends. With an ear for sentimental melodies and an unprecedented step into the vocal arena, Braille’s first full-length is rife with narrative appeal and rich songwriting, collapsing dozens of genre signifiers into a cauldron of pathos. Sharma’s own vocal experiments are aided by Jessie Boykins III on “I Assume” and Angelica Bess on “Ports” and “Better Than Nothing”, as well as additional producti… Read more
Pure techno tools by Berlin's Blue Hour. Solid club wares in the tense synth tension and driving 909s of the A-side, backed with more Detroit-styled sky-watchers on the flip.
"Composer and producer Ben Chatwin releases his new album 'The Sleeper Awakes' through Village Green. Written and recorded at Chatwin's home studio in Scotland. Inspired by the writing of H.G. Wells, 'The Sleeper Awakes' is Chatwin's first album to appear under his own name and follows last year's highly-lauded Talvihorros project 'Eaten Alive'. "I wanted 'The Sleeper Awakes' to represent the idea of a future that has been and gone. Before the information and telecommunications revolution there was a beautiful yet weird, naivety about what the future might bring and it… Read more
Monday, 27 April
*Remastered and Reworked Edition of the limited edition Cassette released in 2014 on Demdike Stare’s DDS Imprint* Mica Levi more or less owned 2014 with the release of that astonishing soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under the Skin’, followed by this hour long album-cum-mixtape for Demdike Stare’s DDS imprint which was released at the end of the year and sold out in a flash. It has now been reworked for this vinyl edition, and then given a full remaster by Matt Colton. Mica is an artist who basically seems to channel attention deficit into exploring and re… Read more
Oneohtrix Point Never presents a strong 2nd set of commissioned soundtrack works. The two 'Bullet Hell Abstractions' were commissioned by the RBMA and inspired by the work of computer game composer Manabu Namiki - known for his shoot-em-up soundtracks - and veers headlong between rabid Sonic Subjunkies style breakcore and buckling digital noise dimensions. The 20 minute 'Suite From Magnetic Rose' is the captivating soundtrack to a rarely seen short film by Koji Morimoto, the creator of Akira. It was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and premiered at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, The University of Manchester, U.K. October 4, 2014.
Pure icy grime burns from Iglew with a killer debut on Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper. As he admits, Iglew only recently experienced bass from a proper soundsystem, and, as such, approaches the genre from a relative outsider perspective. No matter though, as he's clearly developed an acute melodic instinct in the absence of physical pressure, and has clearly caught up with soundsystem dynamics since. Anyway, his 'Urban Myth' EP is straight up killer; a slick lesson in economy of production and emotion, with heart-in-mouth effect in the title track's weightless zone of flutes and slyding squares contras… Read more
**Essential Greek New Wave Disco reissue includes the original version of the hugely in-demand 'Shadows of Blood'** Dark Entries make our day with this remastered reissue of Lena Platonos' 2nd album, 'Gallop' (1985), featuring the hugely sought-after dream-pop sequence of ''Bloody Shadows From Afar') - a version to 'Shadows of Blood'! Recently trading 2nd hand for over 300 euros, this record has long been the preserve of Greek diggers and synth-pop pickers yet, it remained largely hidden from ears beyond the Hellenic borders. That started to change in 2012/2013 when Into The Light and Kunst… Read more
William Basinski returns with 'Cascade' - a gorgeous 40 minute meditation on a solitary piano loop coaxed by NYC's neoclassical maestro, William Basinski. Teechnically, that's all you really need to know, but we should stress that Basinski's way with a loop transcends any prosaic, earthly description and manifests a music in its own self-sufficient world of infinitely morphing harmonics and decay as imperceptibly slow moving yet ever-changing as life itself. Highly Recommended.