Monday, 07 July
The original DJ Jackmaster, Chicago's Gene Hunt kicks out two butt-naked, bucking acid trax for Delroy Edwards' L.A. Club Resource. On the Bull logo side's 'Pandemonium' he throws down the most ragged, hypnotic jack track wrapping wiggly acid sequence to pounding kicks and infectious shuffles. Flipside 'Jackzone' is gullier, dragging the tempo to a sleazy slomp and gwan with spurts of sticky acid and tumbling toms for the freaks. Badboys, both of 'em.
Deep house dopeness from Parisian producer Geena for Antinote. Really feeling the sound here, from the luxuriant atmosphere and gritty drive of 'How Sensisitve' to the floating acid house of 'jam Packed (92 AM Mix)' and the mystical early '90s vibes of 'Watch Em Go Mental' thru those clipped cowbells and budgin' bassline on 'Softening (Dub Guru Mix)' and the heavy-lidded flutter of 'Softening (Acid Shade Mix)'. Tipped!
*Includes bonus track 'One'* Hot on the heels of G.H.O.S.T. 001, the label sprays a 2nd round of diamond-cut D&B. On top they spark up the neuro styles of 'Red Eyes'; down below the gangsta hardstep of 'New York'.
Deliciously warm, woozy electro-house soul seduction; the first statement by Wiesbaden's Florian Kupfer. Evidently influenced by the most mellow E.R.P. romantics, early AI bots and US garage pioneers, Kupfer has concocted a yearning, burning and ever so slightly noirish sound that fits perfectly with the L.I.E.S. ethos. The top face is greased with his electro-soul flavours, namely the deft 808 ripples, chiming keys and wriggling, Mr De-style bass of 'Lifetrax' and its sublime, In Sync-like 'Version 2'. The other side is for 'Feeling', riding dustiest toms and crunchy claps for that smud… Read more
The one and only DJ Rush in control. Six tracks spark up the dance like few others, reeling between the industrial acid shunt of 'Da Flow' to the freaky techno funk of 'I Like It Like This' and a wigglin' bucker called 'Do The Dirty Ghetto'.
Freestyling, noisy dancefloor hammers from Delroy Edwards in DJ Punisher mode on LA Club Resource! Hot on the heels of his killer 'Teenage Tapes' mini-LP for The Death Of Rave, Delroy takes that album's aesthetic one step further with four tracks veering from schranzy pound to banking walls of distortion and dub. It boots up with a jagged acid noise assault coming off like Russell Haswell meets Gene Hunt on a furious whiskey session before descending into a pair of brutalist beat-offs oscillating between wild knob twisting and crushing, Prurient-style noise violence on the front; the unrele… Read more
Rompin' Chicago-skool bangers from DJ Harlow for (by?) Delroy Edwards' L.A. Club Resource. 'Waxwork' comes in three rugged edits for the DJs and wallbangers: up top he rides the claps and skippin' hi-hats like a rodeo-star on a buckin' bronco; down below he strips it back to a drier, skeletal but big-boned jabber and a wicked chord mix laced with pads that sound like Badalamenti toying with Hardstyle.
Really Wicked debut drop from Delroy Edwards' LA Club Resource label. Arriving the same week as his freaky Funkineven hook-up, these untitled tracks temper the distortion and up the trippy kinkiness for your pleasure. One side is a brain-worming jacker budging grubby acid bass, skippy kicks and ferric-phasing hi-hats to frisky effect; the other is odder, twysting virulent, metallic and psychotomimetic synth modulations under synched drum machine patter for the jackers. Really strong debut!
Cyber-punk industrial warehouse zingers from Greg Shin aka Delivery on Delroy Edwards' label. With LACR's aesthetic steadily emerging like some imagined alternative soundtrack to the techno adventures of John Connor, Delivery's debut 'Drama' gives up trip-sequence warehouse acid on the A-side, arcing sci-fi synths over shifty, pacy, burned-out 909 programming, whilst flipside knuckles out a brutal bucker primed for PCP-raggin' Hells Angels, or then again it's just as effective for basement bashes and banging Bradford bedsits.
Debut session of deeptime techno, house and boogie sprinkles from Parisian producer D.K for local label, Antinote. It's a lovely drop of retro-futurist sophistication sitting up comfortably next to your PPU bargain bin rescues, Mood Hut missives and Lone records. The range-finding chords and boogie bobble of 'Juicy' part the curtains for a sublime suite taking in the breezy swing of 'We Ride' and the percolating party business 'Pool Rules' beside the divine downstrokes of 'All Due Respect' and the liquid electro-funk of 'Loosing Ground'.
**Ltd edition pressing on clear vinyl** Diverse, deep-burning jakbeat trax from Chicago acolyte D'Marc Cantu, presented in Desire's ace mock old skool Warp jacket. Stepping slightly outside his usual remit, Cantu takes the opportunity to flex some uptempo energy with the filtered bassline funk and warm synth pads of 'Irregular Bedfellows', the DJ Rush-styled slam of 'Partydaze', and the Roulé-meets-Reese filter freaker 'Svetlana', whereas the 303-riding party hustle of 'Maddance' and the druggy AI techno dream of 'Uneven' return to tempos more typical of his usual output. Smart joint.
Bittersweet IDM pearls from Sunderland's Graeme Evans aka Carbo Flex. Nine tracks capture that yearning, melancholic essence of late '90s Autechre and Gescom records, from the twitching glitches and serene harmonic arrangements of 'Amme Dot' thru the angular hip hop swing of 'Flirty Fox' and the mournful, bit-crushed bounce of 'Trifolium'.
Roguish underground wriggles from L.I.E.S.' recent NYC discovery, Bookworms. We know bot all about Bookworms, but we we can tell you they make some wild dance music. A-side's 'Love Triangles' is built from deliciously blown-out samples and jerry-rigged machine rhythms playing to a jacked-up and voodooed agenda somewhere between classic Muzique and a Ron Hardy jam done 3 days into a heavy session. B-side's 'African Rhythms' interestingly enough already turned up on a Water Borders DJ mix from 2010, and hits between the eyes of Theo P's more frayed and freeform rhythm excursions and a lo-fi Pepe Braddock. You really need to check this out!
Monday, 30 June
Pinch and Mumdance go B2B carving thru 19 exclusive versions and unreleased tracks from the the Tectonic and Cold laboratories. Following their september 2013 mix together, it's rooted UK dance futurism at its finest, twisting the lines of D&B, dubstep and techno thru grime and up-to-the-second bass dimensions. Opening and closing with atmospheric bookends by Logos, they skulk between Alex Coulton's darkside tribalism 'Sinners', Pinch and Shed versions of 'Obsession (The Possession)' to Mumdance's manic 'Sprawl', to Ziro's rigid overhaul of El-B's 'Buck & Bury', Nurve's aquate… Read more
Dettmann & Emika nod to Heinrich Mueller's recent experiments with female vocalists in the free-floating tones and elegant electro-techno pulses of 'Seduction'. On the Deuce remix Dettmann reprises his duo with Rene Pawlowitz (Shed) for a rolling drone techno intensifier, while Anthony Parasole's remix keeps all the energy tucked below the belt with shifty bass patterns and Ryan Elliott keeps his hand in with a minimal techno-house remix.
**UPFRONT DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE - Infectious, worldly debut drop from Bradley Zero's London dance music institution, Rhythm Section** "Sprung up from his much-fted clubnight of the same name, Bradley Zero has enlisted fellow Peckham local Al Dobson Jr to inaugurate Rhythm Section International with this: Rye Lane Volume 1, an 11 track mini-LP stuffed to the rafters with summery goodness. The importance of location on Rye Lane Volume 1 appears both tantamount and inconsequential: many of the titles on offer dot specific points of reference on the map (Peru, Grenada, Cameroon, Columbi… Read more
Stunning 1st single from FKA Twigs' imminent debut album, 'LP1'. Ready to ascend her throne as the queen of avant-R&B, 'Two Weeks' breaches more pop-wise ground than her debut 12" and last year's incredible 'EP2', again all produced by the singer with the incredibly talented Arca. As the accompanying video makes patently clear, she makes no bones about referencing Aaliyah, Ciara, Mariah, both visually and vocally, but sonically and lyrically she's in a dimension of her own. We may call this sound avant-R&B, but you kinda know that this sorta production and aesthetic is going to be the norm b… Read more
**Diagonal unveil the first of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M** Dom Butler (Factory Floor) and Richard Smith (L/F/D/M) debut their fierce Bronze Teeth sound on the first of two hard-ass 12"s for Diagonal. Sustaining the momentum of Powell's crackshot 'Club Music' EP, recently issued on Diagonal, the 'O Unilaterals' 12" yields a trio of modular hardware-honed bangers belying the ongoing significance of steel and flesh. On the A-side they yoke rampant, fleshly pulses to a roiling industrial tech… Read more
In the 'IIVA' EP, Loops Haunt augments the sounds and structures of his widely acclaimed 'Exits' LP with a tuffened, ferric aesthetic. The Scottish producer gives a extended edit of album track 'IIVA' strewn with spring reverb ricochets and radiant harmonic aurora - which NHK remixes as a spiralling folk-techno vortex - and uses a similar palette of destroyed, rusted tones and beguiling spatial convolutions to render further material as urgent, febrile dancers, ranging from the granite techno groove of 'TIIYL' and the unstable 2-step of 'IIHX' to the FIS-alike mulch of 'IILTN' and the grazing roil of Vessel in 'FIISR' and 'RYIIG'.
Dance Mania don DJ Slugo turns up on Nicolas Jaar's Other People label (of all places) with four freaky ghetto bangers. The guitar chops in percolator, 'From The Back' get off to a poor start but it gets better with the minimalist funk of 'Get Down (What The Fuck)', the wild, pitching stabs of 'Work Them Jaw' and the frantic flux of 'Worker'.
Theo Parrish sheds his rooted perspective on the concept and semantics of Chicago 'Footwork' with two devilish deep house twysters. As depicted in Heather Sommerfield's accompanying video, 'Footwork' is dedicated to those that move, (rather than the recent iteration of Juke), giving up the kind of tricksy, jazz-wise syncopations and pensile atmospheres that anyone with half-an-ounce of bounce in their bones won't be able to refuse. Sadly, the art of free-styled dancing - in our clubbing experience at least - is increasingly on the wane, so it's a timely reminder of the ear… Read more
**Hi-NRG techno-pop originally written for Atari adverts** "For all your discotheque, roller rink and amusement arcade needs Finders Keepers Records in collaboration with synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani bring you the full version edit of her intergalactic vocoder driven TV jingle for Atari’s classic Liberator arcade game. Originally proposed for a possible promotional flexi-disc release this remastered feature length version includes a lost second verse and extra custom-made space age sound designs that hark back to her earlier work on Meco’s Star Wars Galactic Funk cash-in… this single com… Read more
We'll be damned if this isn't the most enlightened, radical soul album you'll hear in 2014. The LA-based resident of Dublab and Leaving Records CEO broadsides all expectations with a densely crafted psy-pop experience that's taken us for six. It's as if he smelted the purest bits of hip hop, psych-folk, dub and electronica in order to cloud seed the fug of former releases and reveal his dazzling chromatic structures in all their gyroscopic glory. Patched with the expert warp and weft of a maestro DJ/producer and blessed by his most soulful sung/rapped/crooned vocals, it breaks down to t… Read more
Claro canters back into town on a real killer four-track house and techno session following the ten year reissue of his 'Peace Of Mind' classic. The 'Stanza' EP features some of the most urgent, darkest gear we've heard from him in years, kicking off with the grinding groove and blue ecstasy of 'Remember' to dive deep under in the halfstep aqua techno of 'White Sun' on the A-side. Flip it for the concentrated, knackered funk of 'A Nightmare Before Bedtime', before he tears the head off it in the unexpected but entirely welcome 130bpm techno boost of 'Blank CC'. Really strong EP this.
Naples-based producer Dave Saved rematerialises with a melancholic quartet of tunes for native Italian label Gang Of Ducks, backed with G.O.D and Aisha Devi remixes. Dave's sound is hard to pin down yet neatly coherent, tripping balls between gauzy electronic ambience in 'Power and Silence' to Opal Tapes-type techno mush in 'No Lights' and the grungy 'Virtual Feelings', thru Inner City-esque sci-fi synth flux in the EP highlight 'Random Souls Fluidity'. Remixing, Aïsha Devi (fka Kate Wax) follows her debut EP and appearance on Vaghe Stelle's 'Out Of Body' EP with… Read more
Orientalist techno audities from Shanghai Den, who last appeared as guest on a Falty DL single. This is some freaky sh*t fo' sure, finding the fat-bottomed breakbeat chicanery and strange sino sidesteps of 'The Sun' uptown, and a wicked mixture slashing film noir strings, darkside Reese bass and skittish techno on south side.