Monday, 11 August
Superb three-tracker from the highly-rated Shifted project, released on Sigha's Our Circula Sound imprint. A-side 'Telic' is a beast, sleekly stripped down and rolling on syncopated bass swing with crisp, Sleeparchive-like bleeps. B-side 'Solus' is defined by a throbbing, itchy friction intended to dominate any club, while 'Image/Channel' affords a crucial moment for bleak industrial sound design recalling the work of Zhark's Kareem. Heavy.
Scherbe builds on the idiosyncratic house styles of his Fourth Wave 12" with a smart set of trax for Dresden, Germany's Uncanny Valley. Working between the jaunty angles of Matthew Herbert and soulful Detroit beatdown, 'Late Nite Safari' cuts unique shapes from the off kilter wiggle and teasing arpeggios of 'Poison Hillz' to the strutting, minimal funk of 'Long Time No Sea' and the breezy elegance of 'Mosquito Beach' and 'Specimen'.
**Reissue of the 5th volume in Hans-Joachim Roedelius' self-portrait series. Originally issued in 1982** From Asmus Tietchens' liner notes: "Measured against its predecessors, however, the audio quality is notably superior on this edition. Roedelius clearly improved the sound of the old tapes in the process of compiling the pieces at the Erpel Studio in Vienna, also taking the opportunity to add a few tracks. Strictly speaking, these relatively complex multitrack recordings can no longer be bracketed together with the fleeting sketches as heard on the earlier albums. Now and again, … Read more
Newworldqquarium, Roman Flugel, Terrence Dixon, Borrowed Identity and Tuff City Kids weigh in exclusive joints for Ryan Elliott's Panorama Bar 06 mix. In a sign of the times, the 2014 edition of Ostgut Ton's flagship series is their first to be released as a free digital download, but thankfully they've still pressed up the exclusive tracks on wax. A-side we hear the first new NWAQ track in over six years, a heart-rending, concise ambient beauty called 'Thousand Oaks' that leaves us drooling for more (seriously, a new album, 12" anything?!) whilst the others get down to … Read more
**Lushest 4th world electronic timbres and dream-like arrangements from the uniquely talented My Panda Shall Fly** "A kaleidoscope of rainbow textures and rhythms disperse into the exotic soundscape of ‘Tropical’. Electronics, real folk instruments and noise-making objects feature here generously on this six-track concept album, blending together a sonic palette influenced by a rich variety of music, people and places. The material was initially written over the course of a few months during what Seneviratne called "a beautiful burst of inspiration". Working with veteran producer Asi… Read more
Michel Hann (Rejections) shape-shifts into Marreck for his 2nd cassette on Tesla Tapes. Stepping on from the Ballardian infatuations and physical blows of his releases for Opal Tapes and Jehu and Chinaman, he's conceived a pointedly streamlined, visceral sound on 'Mechanism' which attempts to burrow right into any willing/unwilling host in proximity. The nine minutes of steam-powered, pneumatic pulses and eviscerating distortion in 'Prima' leave a serrated incision where 'Descending' enters and spreads like some vicious noise virus, before the banking squeals and chaotic flux of 'Herds' swarms… Read more
The Oliverwho Factory, Deadbeat, Nick Höppner, Makam and Marcel Dettmann contribute exclusives for Ryan Elliott's Panorama Bar 06 mix. In a sign of the times, the 2014 edition of Ostgut Ton's flagship series is their first to be released as a free digital download, but thankfully they've still pressed up the exclusive tracks on wax. A-side yields a haughty, tribal-tinged Detroit swinger from The Oliverwho Factory, plus Deadbeat's junglist garage-techno roller, 'Woah!'. Flipside, Ostgut Ton boss Nick Höppner simmers off the slinky boogie house of 'Track For Eb', beside the supple dub techno swing of Makam's 'Girls Night', and Dettmann's short shaft of ambient 'Light'.
**Massive 11 disc digital collection taken from the original cassette series** Well this is quite an earful: Bathetic Records deliver the digital edition of their 11-cassette 'Dynasty at Ghost Town' collection starring myriad underground American artists. There's so much we don't know where to start - there's supreme desert doom scapes from William Cody Watson; the spectral lullabies of Ekin Fil; 45 minutes of scarmbled modular coordinates from M. Geddes Gengras; lush, pulsing kosmiche from Panabrite aka Jürgen Müller; wistful folk fr… Read more
Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet fixes a subtle 4/4 groove to the twee strums and vocals of Caribou with Luke Lalonde, Adem & One Little Plane.
Super-charming ambient pop and slo-mo grooves from North Vancouver's Evelyn Mason (Evy Jane) and Olivia Meek (Regular Fantasy) for the on-form 1080p. Their 'Midnight Pearl' inhabits the same moonlit world as Maria Minerva and early Hype Williams, pairing drily funky machine rhythms with etheric vocal pop hooks and woozy synths. On paper/screen that may sound a bit prosaic, but their nine tracks are just brimming with inventive twists and and a reel sense of late night romance, from the Palmistry-esque dancehall efficiency and seductive keen of 'Seaside', thru the ambi-pop drift of 'Air … Read more
Pumping and dubbed-out big room business and craftier constructs from Auden on Hotflush. The UK-based producer debuts with four tracks ranging from the muscular rolige of 'Trip To Fade' to a murkier aquatic techno style on 'Flux' and, best of all, the rimshot-pivoting swing and parry of 'Whispers', and the Burial-esque ambient vignette, 'Tension'.
Monday, 04 August
Exquisite ear candy from SOPHIE on Numbers. Every bit as addictive as his debut and the 'Bipp/Elle' 12", these two feel even more sculpted, dynamic, kerning and canting every millisecond of material to visceral, kawaii effect. 'Lemonade' is just under two minutes of visionary pop architecture coming off like Florian Hecker doing J-Pop with Scratcha DVA, whilst the slow-fast hyperfunk of 'Hard' crams a delirious amounta synaesthetic detail into 3 minutes of accelerated dance-pop topped with fetishistic lyrics about platform shoes and latex from an unknown vocaloid. It's sickeningly strong stuff. Mind yer dosage…
Exactly one month on from TP#5, Demdike Stare unleash the 6th instalment in their ongoing tespressing series, a split session focusing on damaged dancefloor articulations on the a-side, and demented metal edits on the flip. ’40 Years Under The Cosh’ spans the A-side and finds Demdike in feisty form, re-framing the bare-boned floor-bound funk of classic Artwork and Anthony Shakir within more brutal parameters, complete with some seriously disorientating shenanigans halfway through proceedings. ‘Frontin’ on the flipside heads somewhere else entirely o… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** Heavy techno pressure from Helix in his DJ Vague guise for UTTU. Following his 'Porsche Trax' 12" for Templar Sound, the American producer brings di boum boum in three parts ranging from Len Faki-style big room behaviour to skippier, dubbed out styles reminding of Shed's Wax and EQ'D tools to a ferocious, spaced-out closer approaching old skool Luke Slater levelz. Tip!
Lil Silva reveals his tender underbelly alongside label-mate Banks in the romantic, modern blues of the 'Mabel' EP. Moving much closer to the sound of former collaborator Sampha, the London-based producer balances rhythmic weight with emotional impact in five tracks contrasting metallic halfstep and house flux with heart-swelling trance chords on 'First Mark' or naked, vaulted vocal harmonies in 'Kimmy' and its sister-piece, the bittersweet slide guitar-infused soul surge of 'Don't You Love' with Banks. The title track is best, suspending his vocals in the chromatic ether over a sumptuous, sw… Read more
Two figureheads of UK techno duke it out on the 'Two Hundred' EP. Arriving one year after their 'Spiker' 12", it documents more recent analogue studio actions in four pieces ripping from the acidic EBM and Phillip Best-style vocal of the title track to the welting triplet techno schranz of 'Judd', and burned-out dub tech swing in ' Van Der Valk'.
Another soul-squeezing beauty lifted from FKA Twigs' 'LP1'. We recognise this from her recent live show in Manchester - a heart-wrenching ballad refracting in a hall of mirrors against teetering trap polymetrics and melting lounge keys produced by the lady herself with Arca. So good.
Karl O'Connor clears his cache of four tripping industrial techno specials for Downwards. A-side features one tightly shuffled banger arced by delicious kosmiche drones and grey noise, plus a proper uptempo thrust with howling drones for the fearless 6am crew. B-side opens with a piece reminding of Female's 'Serverlan' but lashed with masochistic acid and stentorian stabs, beside an ominous, slower, reduced and droning bit reminding of recent issues on Fullpanda.
Some of the UK's most colourful producers make-over Joker classics. Swindle deep fries 'Purple City' with typical flair, and Gemmy yokes the bombast of 'Snake Charmer' to leaner hiphop/halfstep. Trolley Snatcha amps the electric potential of 'Newham Generals' with cutthroat dubstep style, and the OG Kromestar reworks 'Tron' with pendulous, cosmic swagger.
Truss fixes up the fourth release on Sigha's Our Circula Sound label, backed with Svreca and Tommy Four Seven remixes. A-side: 'Clytha' briefly charges the air with roiling metallic timbres before 'Beacon' furrows a mucky rut of stomping industrial 4/4 and plangent bleeps. B-side: Tommy Four Seven pulverises 'Clytha' into a submissive, bilgy swing and Svreca does his cold, rolling thing with 'Auden' to stealthy, club owning effect.
"We return for a second cassette reissue of penitentiary field recordings, in the form of the Alan Lomax compiled 'Murderers' Home' LP - a collection of work songs and field hollers performed by inmates of the Mississippi State Penitentiary (also known as Parchman Farm) in 1947. Originally released in 1957 on the UK's Pye Nixa label, many of these recordings also found their way onto the 1958 LP 'Negro Prison Songs', released by US label Tradition. "These songs belong to the musical tradition which Africans brought to the New World, but they are also as American as the Mississippi River. … Read more
Kai Alcé, Hercules & Love Affair, and Juju & Jordash rework tracks from Ultramarine's 'This Time Last Year' album. Detroit disciple Alcé gives 'Eye Contact' a bustling, buoyant house dub, and NYC's Hercules & Love Affair squash 'Passwords' with a mad kinda electro-boogie funk. Best of all, Juju & Jordash - who released some of their earliest and best gear on Real Soon - decelerate 'Decoy Point' to a droning Balearic raga for melting sunrises.
Greeen Linez do that buttered boogie thang again with 2nd album 'Izu King Street' for the Diskotopia label. Greased up thicker than a cross-channel swimmer, it's a beaming celebration of vintage future disco packed with all the horny sax bleats, chime tree washes, and electro-soul pivots you could hope for - perfect for cruising Tokyo at night, or any major metropolis for that matter. It's very much indebted to that shiny strain of early '80s Japanese electronics a la Haruomi Hosono and co, as much as late '80s/early '90s British and American sould spectrum, from boogie-soul thru ho… Read more
Ghosts On Tape shakes out a pair of sturdy house rollers backed with a kicking Innerspace Halflife remix. The San Fran producer builds a stealthy groove from scissoring layers of percussion synched to percolating chords, modulating between slinky shimmy and big room drive on 'Only Now', and riding powerful kicks with kinky shuffle in the heads-down moodiness of 'Snake Box'. The Innerspace Halflife remix condenses 'Only You' to a walloping kicks and soaring pads twisted with Chicago funk.
Freshly-trimmed, in-the-pocket garage jackers on Rinse. Birmingham legend Tom Shorterz in control, driving the super infectious mesh of gremlin voices, bobbling bass runs and stylishly dark synth motifs in 'Mainline' and laying the foundations for Paranoid Resistance's achingly crisp and tucked-in remix of 'The Grid' with its pneumatic, minimalist hi-hats and subs synched for the swingers. This is so rude, big tip for the dancers!
Originally scheduled for release on Halloween 1985 this privately pressed all female post-punk / broken-folk collective concept album was resurrected from the ashes of the original line-up of The Fall and Velvet Underground singer Nico’s Blue Orchids backing band at the command of pioneering Manchester female punk icon Una Baines before disappearing into the annals of UK punk purgatory. Comprising all the DIY traits and snarling attitudes of Manchester’s smartarsed punk retaliation, with haunting mechanical folk, pastoral drones and a back story that unites sleeve artist Linder Sterling (Ludus),… Read more
Pumping London techno standards from Pris back on Resin for 2nd helpings. No nonsense, heads-down techno in 3 parts rolling off the clattering polyrhythms and thudding kicks of 'If She Bends, She Breaks' to the dry drama of 'St. Elmo's Fire' and cannier, minimalist tribal funk of 'If She Cracks, She Bears'.
Stentorian KMS killers from Detroit '88, handily reissued as a download for the first time. Right here you have the roots of so much good stuff since, offering a masterclass in proper techno funk taking in the muscular Detroit-meets-NYC haughtiness of the 'Power Hit Mix' and the seedlings of breakbeat 'ardcore in the outstanding 'Smooth Groove' mix, plus Derrick May's inimitable rework of signature anthem, 'The Sound'.