Sunday, 30 March
Achingly fragile, sublime folksong from Tokyo's Ai Aso - an occasional collaborator with Boris, and White Heaven members You Ishihara and Michio Kurihara. Somewhat of an about-turn for Stephen O'Malley's notoriously heavy Ideologic Organ label, 'Lone' showcases Ai's exquisite, "whisper-thin acid folk" voice in a live setting at Daikanyama UNIT, Tokyo 3rd November 2012. Her performance is nothing short of captivating, accompanied by keyboard and guitar, she glides sylph like thru a suite of seven songs, each seemingly on the verge of evaporation yet delivered with an unwavering confidence that's almos… Read more
Butterz Royal-T and Flava-D set the levels to fruity UK garage house on their debut collaboration. 'On My Mind' bubbles up classic Korg M1 bass notes, zipping purple riffs and slinky swing for the big people; B-side brings a ruder, bassline-driven Version 2, and a lush, airborne 2-step Version 3.
Constructed from material recorded between 1987 and 2013, 'Bauteile' is an intensely detailed electronic study constructed by two veterans of the German electronic scene. It's one of the freakiest emissions we've heard from either producer, a fractal melee of avant-electronic funk and gyroscopic sound design culminating their extensive research in all areas of contemporary music. The piece plays thru as an unbroken, 70-minute wormhole of sorts, effectively spanning two centuries of musical development in a mind-bending chicane of psycho-acoustic trickery and advanced processes.
Florian Hecker's latest major work for Editions Mego investigates the serrated schism of nature and culture through a further focus on the unique timbral properties of the voice and our perceptions of language. "Articulação deepens Hecker’s collaboration with Reza Negarestani, author of the libretto created for Hinge . In two distinct renderings this piece articulates a complex scene in which the two obelisks of the script - one from the perspective of nature and one from the perspective of culture - are recited simultaneously in an informational yet dramatic style. Hinge* features the legenda… Read more
*Extended Digital Edition* 'Music for Stocking Top, Swing and Staircase' is a spellbinding archival discovery documenting a performance by one of the missing links in experimental electronic and prototypical industrial music. John Lacey is one of the background players in British electronic music and conceptual performance art. He was an early collaborator with Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti and a crucial member of COUM Transmissions alongside Throbbing Gristle's Genesis P-Orridge. Lacey contributed technical direction … Read more
Kowton, Bonobo and Dark Sky remix MJC's 2011 tech-house roller. We'd recommend heading straight for Kowton's rugged, spaced-out reduction for scuzziest thrills.
**Churning techno for fans of Lucy, Eomac, Lakker** "Touchin’ Bass takes a different turn this time by introducing you to newcomers MKFN, a live production project formed in 2012 by Babar Raza (US), Ovais Hassan (UK) and Fahad Ahmad (Canada). Over the course of the year they have designed a system that allows them to create music across borders that has been defined as experimental, dark and gritty. The collective integrates each member’s extensive musical background gained from working across multiple genres. This unique combination invites distinctive sounds into the studio forming the founda… Read more
"It is important to remember that sound is ultimately a physical medium. Vibrations, emitted through the airwaves collide with surfaces, reflecting and inflecting in a blissfully chaotic interplay before finding their way to our ear drums. It’s here, in this space of reflection, that Simon James Phillips has created Chair. It’s an album of clustered piano works, where notes compound and flutter in a spiraling flow of attack and decay. Using the natural sustain of both his chosen instrument and the recording environment - the Grunewald Church in Berlin - Phillips’ playing draws out the … Read more
Four-way face-off from Osiris' hand-picked yung-guns. Killawatt opens with a roiling techno-stepper and Ipman twists out a proper sound-system test loaded with cone-crumpling sub pulses and dive-bombing dread synthlines. Kryptic Minds' own Simon Shreeve debuts his Mønic alias with a bleak as f**k dubstep techno vortex, and Metrist cuts out an undulating piece of noise techno chicanery.
'A Series Of Shocks' collates the latest house and techno research from Tobias Freund's Non Standard studio. It appears three years since his debut solo album, 'Leaning Over Backwards' on Ostgut Ton, and a year since his latest outings with longtime collaborator Atom ™. There's eight tracks in total, delving deep into a classically stripped down, powerful club sound characteristic of *that* Berghain/P'bar vibe. We're really feeling the darkside breakbeat house Wild Pitch vibes of 'If' and the rolling techno aerobics of 'Ya Po', and its 'Heartbeat' inversion, but also the cavernous daft o'clock techno minimalism of 'The Scheme Of Things'.
Lovely new age synth excursions by Russian producer Vladimir Karpov for Constellation Tatsu - home to Panabrite, Jona Reinhardt, Pulse Emitter, White poppy etc. Sounds a bit like Artemiev's trippier scores for Tarkovsky flicks.
"William Arcane returns with his new single 'Reflected'. Arcane states his intentions with swirling ambience that drops into an uplifting vocal hook set to a two step beat and trademark repitched vocal stabs. B side, Fade, is beatless but is based around a simple but irresistible driving rhythm. Showing progression from his debut release 'Permanence', Arcane takes influence more from the dance floor with this, his second single."
A guided tour around Germany's M=Maximal catalogue. Ranges from dreamy, creamy Craxxxsoft (aka Cracksmurf aka T C F) remix for o F F Love, to the Kwaito mutation of Markus Wormstorm and Spoek Mathambo's 'Greedy Fingaz' and a cold, slow thumping Afro-industrial groover from Exchampion called 'Mozombique'.
Plush new age synth rituals originally released on cassette, now available to buy digitally.
Smarter Tech-House party trax from UK scene stalwart Tom Demac. On his return to Aus, following the 'It Grow Again' EP with Will Samson, Demac displays his craftiest side with the canny transitions between bassbin-rocking house, mad folk string dischord and vintage samples (anyone care to let us know what it's from?), on the surefire 'Linda's Theme', whilst flipside deals the deft tech-house shunt and strafing vocoder wail of 'Vodocoder's Revenge', and the rugged yet supple swing of 'Days With Poly' for the dancers.
Total holy grail techno business from Detroit's Erik Travis, reissued by Frustrated Funk. 'Programming' collects four rare-as-fxxk electro-techno peaches by one of Detroit's original booty-techno producers - including the skipping funk of 'Programming', the darker techno-pop instrumental of 'Joy One Mile', a mind-blowing 'Techno World' and the deranged funk of 'This Is My Beat'. U-N-M-I-S-S-A-B-L-E!
**Sophomore side of indie-folk/Americana from Bon Iver's Sean Carey** "Range of Light incorporates elements of his previous work, but also amplifies Carey’s percussive proclivities, and is altogether more developed than its predecessors, with more input on the performance and even composition side from the band of musicians and best friends he assembled originally to bring All We Grow to life in the live setting. “There were times during recording sessions when there were three percussionists, all with different styles and fortes, playing at once, adding different textures." From the flurr… Read more
"Phon.o´s new E.P. continues his quest into the deeper zones of club music. Combining influences from UK House, Garage and Berlin Techno he manages to further define his very own sound. Featuring guest appearances from malaysian duo Bass Sekolah on the hymnic 'Here now' and additional keyboards from San Franciscan mastermind Joshua Kit Clayton on the more introverted 'Moonwalk', this record has a strong narrative that manages to work on the dancefloor as well as on the home stereo. Or, simply speaking: for the girls and the boys. The 50WEAPONS035 is intimately tied to the forthcoming #… Read more
**Includes excellent reimxes by the Cyclist and OOBE** "Cleaning Tapes 5th release comes as a 6 track collaborative EP from Norwell and S Olbricht (Opal Tapes, Farbwechsel), Mastered by Opal Tapes' Stephen Bishop featuring remixes by OOBE (Opal Tapes,) M. Buckley and The Cyclist (Leaving Records/Stone Throw.) With artwork by Studio Hopt."
Pumpin' analogue techno ravers from Landstrumm and Optimo's Keith McIvor in Doubleheart mode, including a jam with the ubiquitous Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef. Landstrumm's confessional 'I Trade My Ass For Drugs' confides a jackin' New York House-meets-UK rave sound, and Doubleheart's 'Tetse' tucks into a reggaeton-meets Bleep Techno sound. Maddest of all is 'Ode To Passive Souls' from Landstrumm, Cumbers and Operator, riding gnarzy triplet techno swagger and discoid bleeps to the darkroom.
A bit of dissident rock history - two live recordings of legendary NY no-wavers DNA made on May 6th, 1978. They capture the quartet of Nancy Arlen, China Burg, Sumner Crane and Mark Cunningham from the perspective of two different microphone set-ups during the same performance alongside Teenage Jesus And The Jerks on the last night of a five day festival. Apparently nobody cared at the time, but the performance has since entered the halls of legend. It could be said that this LP documents the genesis of a short lived but catalytic scene whose revolutionary influence has created a long lasting impression in the forms of bands like Sonic Youth.
'Four Corners' is Markus Wormstorm's eclectic electronic soundtrack to a South African coming of age film directed by Ian Gabriel and released in 2013.
Mac DeMarco gone done it again with an infectious blend of indie seduction and blue-eyed soul.Mac DeMarco gone done it again with an infectious blend of indie seduction and irresistible, blue-eyed soul songcraft on 'Salad Days' - his keenly awaited follow-up to 'Rock And Roll Night Club'. We've had a total love/hate thing with this guy since his solo debut first crossed our paths back in 2012. There's something about his whole image and even half his songs which gets right on our tits, but then we manage to ignore that endearing gap toothed grin and get hooked on the sheer pop brilliance o… Read more
'Tres Cosas' is the follow up to 2003's amazing 'Segundo' album, even though that only got a UK release earlier on this summer. This new album is slighty less electronica based, instead concentrating more on Juana's so lush vocals, acoustic guitar playing and subtle keyboard tone colouring. Again all sung in spanish, this artist is from argentina you know. Like 'Segundo' it's a perfect marriage of the cooler school of Beleza Tropical musics and the more reflective side of US indie folk. A perfect come down from these hard and stressful times. Extra cool digipack packaging with a stitched down booklet, crazy.
A welcome and typically beguiling return from Finland's Merja Kokkonen aka Islaja, who's now dropped the freakier folk elements in favour of trippier, modern art-pop and minimal wave. Four years since we last heard from her on Fonal with 'Keraaminen Pää', and in the Hertta Lussu Ässä trio for De Stijl, it would appear she's had a radical revision of her sound now stalking ground somewhere between Björk and Maria Minerva, yet without any concession to her strikingly unique, oneiric sound. You could possibly attribute her palette shift to the input of Heidi Mortenson, who co-produced and mixed the alb… Read more
**Sublime small-sound electronics and neo-classical minimalism** "Akari is the third album from Tokyo duo Illuha. Following 2011’s debut Shizuku (12k1067) and 2013’s Interstices (12k2028), Akari takes the next artistic step for the band. While Shizuku was recorded in the US and completed separately by the artists, Interstices captured the duo creating their exceptionally detailed music together live during a Japaneses tour. Akari, in turn, is the first studio album where Illuha recorded and mixed together, throughout the entire process. The beautiful st-robo studio in Tokyo put a collection of amazi… Read more