Monday, 24 March
Diskotopia co-founders drop a diverse missive from the Far East. BD1982's 'Throw Shade' is a deftly detailed hybrid of haughty New York ballroom style and refracted Afro rhythms which A Taut Line duly doubles in length and burns up with distorted drums and proggier arrangement on 'Throwing Shade Too'. Gone dolo, 'BD1982 drops the collapsed chopped 'n screwed hip hop of 'MNTHS', and A Taut Line bumps up the cosmic boogie disco futurism of '4TRCK'.
Computer generated genre-splicing from Eugene, Oregon's Karmelloz, back on the excellent 1080p label. Dissolving decoded traces of house, Footwork, ambient techno and instrumental hip hop in nine diffuse, cloud-minded hybrids, 'Source Localization' ties together strands of thought stemming from Karmolloz's background in neuroscience together with progressive ideas about the deconstruction and recombination of disparate musical ideas thru the prism of Max/MSP. The results feel lush, wide-eyed and optimistic, with the pensive, expansive mystery of some epic computer game soundtrack se… Read more
Prurient presents his incredible 'Cocaine Death' - collecting three C10 tapes individually issued in 2007 - 'Cocaine Death', 'Caribbean Overdose' and 'Tylenol Murders' - released on CD in 2008, it serves to highlight some of the most viscerally affective, evocative material in Dominick Fernow's arsenal. The opening "Pretext (Bahamian Burial)" sets the scene well and avoids easy classification: buried between layers of distortion and noise you discover an exposed, beautiful core that belies the sheer brutality of its exterior. There are direct parallels with the submerged aesthetic that has… Read more
"Future Islands release ‘Singles’, their debut album for 4AD and their boldest and most immediate work to date. The Baltimore trio consists of enigmatic frontman Sam Herring, bassist /guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist / guitarist / programmer Gerrit Welmers. Herring’s poetic tales of heartbreak, love and loss are up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear)"
French Fries and Laurent Garnier rework fellow Gaul, Bambounou for 50 Weapons. French Fries reduces 'Take It Out On me' to a sparse coda of blips and prickling 808 percussion laced with effervescent acid lines, whereas Laurent Garnier gives 'Ignition' a heavier, proggy jackin' overhaul hingeing on pumping bass and escalating chords to hypnotise the club.
"Mo Kolours is a half-Mauritian, half-English producer, singer and percussionist. On his self-titled debut album he displays dazzling inventiveness and joyous spirit. The album Mo Kolours follows a trilogy of EPs for One-Handed Music that mixed soul, dub, hip-hop, various electronic styles and the Sega music native to Mauritius. There’s an exotic appeal to Mo Kolours and his music but there’s also something very British about this record. Mo Kolours follows in the footsteps of UK artists who have synthesised a variety of imported styles and added the indelible stamp of our rainy island, fr… Read more
"Infinite Greyscale presents a new long-form composition by Jan St. Werner, Split Animal Sculpture, a companion piece to the artist’s ongoing Fiepblatter series on Thrill Jockey, Jan St. Werner (Mouse on Mars, Lithops, Microstoria, Von Südenfed) has been at the forefront of forward thinking electronic music for over twenty years. As an artist concerned primarily with sound as a sculptural material, St. Werner has also exhibited his work in museums and his numerous collaborators include Rosa Barba, Markus Popp, Mark E. Smith. As the title Split Animal Sculpture suggests, this … Read more
Digital Soundboy present the experimental and deeply soulful sides of Zed Bias. In his lesser heard experimental mode, 'Heavy Water Riddim' finds the UK legend dealing in forward brownian bashment vibes with a mad palette of Afro-Industrial percussive timbres roiled in tumbling, Joe-like syncopations for the dancers whilst his 'Hurting Me' groove operates on a slick and infectiously soulful tilt. Tip!
YYU makes a charming vinyl debut with two fuzzy charms for the Mount Kimbie lovers. A-side 'Kiss as we Walk' smudges Footwurkin' percolations with pitched vocals and hazy field recordings to come off something like a lo-fi James Blake or Mount Kimbie; 'When We Are Old' is a tender, spindly folk number recorded with the windows open and the sound of birds strafing YYU's sensitive strings and melancholy delivery.
XDB deals three blue-tinted techno-house grooves on Steffi's Dolly label, backed with a monstrous Answer Code Request remix. It's a subtle follow-up to the plush styles of last year's 'Frocks' EP for Sistrum, paring down to moody Detroit and Chicago signatures over three original pieces that contrast sharply with the powerful, rolling techno of the remix.
Deep, grimy and kinetic hybriddims from Varsity on Plastician's original Grime imprint. 'Grunt' is a tense piece of staccato 808 programming for the SunkLo fans, and 'Lingerer Dub' dices Ballroom, Jungle Techno and Grime riddims with a Jam City-like flair.
"Elements of light and dark meet dense orchestration, breakbeats and a fresh approach to sampling across all six tracks, which remain true to The Range’s love of R&B, Hip Hop and Drum & Bass channeled in a way that he has made his own. After several EP’s across the last two years, The Range released his breakthrough album Nonfiction in October 2013 on Donky Pitch, receiving ‘Best New Music’ and a place in the Top 50 Albums of the year on Pitchfork. Further praise came from Billboard, XLR8R, Dazed & Confused, Line of Best Fit, Dummy and many others. Since its release, The Range has toured exte… Read more
Portugal's Jorge Caiado proceeds an impressive debut for Chez Damier's Balance imprint and his duties as executive producer at Groovement with refreshed take of some house classics from Terrence Parker, Orlando Voorn, Clip! and Lay-far.
"Stefan Goldmann nails it 'four times in 4x4 for you. From the *monster bass* of 'Minute Blaze' to the edgy grind of 'Fat Tails'; from the dark chocolate shavings of 'Beautiful Loot' to the soothing sparkle of 'Peak Phosphorus': SIGNS TAKEN FOR WONDERS is a magical mystery trip into the space between a kickdrum and a sawtooth bass, weeping tears of joy together at the lovesong of a filter. This does to dancefloors what Jules Verne does to kids' imaginations: wide awake all night by the thrill of wonders. There's a secret ingredient, hidden in between all four. Your body will know. Sparkle sparkle…"
Bleak, isolationist electronics from the Czech Republic, issued by Gnod's Tesla Tapes. Sister/Body are the synth/vocals/electronics duo of Miss Camilla and Lightning Glove's Head in Body. They've got previous form with releases on Baltimore's Spleencoffin and their self-run KLaNGundKRaCH label/blog but this is the first we've heard from them. The five tracks of 'Lucifer Efekt' come from the most blunted, spellbound headspace, tracing a elusive thought pattern from skudged, effluent drones and pulses in the title track to keening, bittersweet discord and roiling machine rhythm on 'Secret… Read more
**Trippy bar music** "During off map excursions Seahawks encounter the WOO tribe, legendary creators of celestial tones. Via mind-meld the two groups merge and blur to create two eleven minute plus journeys that explore the outer reaches of mystic disco, warped house and psychoactive boogie. Drenched in delay and smeared with hazed reflections of a thousand birds lost in a tropical jungle mist, the results leave you fazed, stunned and overflowing with euphoric intent. Designed with the most creative dance floors in mind, both journeys are deep, disorientating and empowe… Read more
Trensmat's Nute sublabel serve a session of mal-formed techno and discordant electronics from Run Dust. 'Top Whack' is the follow-up to Run Dust's two cassettes that Gnod's Tesla Tapes released in 2013. It follows very much in that vein with totally obliterated No Wave techno styles hammering crude rhythms and billowing distortions into hypnotic, motorik grooves interspersed with the odd radgy rant.
**Edition of 50. Mastered by Stephen Bishop** David McLean debuts his Punctum alias on Tesla Tapes with four glowering pieces for drum machine, synth and samples. As a skilled multi-instrumental improviser, David mans myriad monikers and collaborations - Stushevatsya, River Slaughter, Cornered Yet Climbing, McLean/Macarte - and is also responsible for running the Tombed Visions label and Fatouttilyoupassout festival. But forget what you know about him so far because Punctum swerves sharply from his usual practice into an atmospheric, rhythm-driven style possibly best compared with th… Read more
Noleian Reusse, the inimitable Chicago producer behind Africans With Mainframes alongside Jamal Moss, drops five cuts for Love What You Feel. This is the special stuff, only decipherable to open minds and bodies and ranging from wriggling machine funk to harmonious cosmic interludes, chiming astral boogie and wild, orientalist jack trax. Recommended!
Excellent cosmic noise and disco trips with certain Gallic suss and swagger. "Antinote is back to Cosmic. Nico Motte rings the soundtrack music bell and gives us the occasion to show our love for psych-prog-and-synth music. Nico Motte comes right on time with five tracks full of cult references, but also a very personal and romantic vibe. Through his record, the robot poet talks about a dangerous and pessimistic world but also about hope, light and future. If you like obscure and synthetic sounds don't miss this record."