Monday, 24 March
Gnod's Tesla Tapes debut the steely, greyscale electronics of Anastasia Vtorova aka Machine Woman on 'Pink Silk'. Inspired by "down beat minimal electronica" and "melancholic world wide cinema", the Russian-born Machine Woman's practice stems from live aktions performed on hardware and computers across the world, from Manc-y warehouses to New York basements and Parisian cafés. Her recorded oeuvre begins with these five tracks ranging from brittle, awkward industrialism to roiling, primitive pulses and processed vocal invocations thru smashed rhythmic noise and grotty, malformed electronics.
**Flac format for this release is encoded 24bit** "‘Mess’ is the follow up to 2012’s ‘WIXIW’, the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile, in-between state. ‘Mess’, on the other hand, is an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic electronics that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon. Liars’ career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; no wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st Century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Juli… Read more
Fifth wall join the junglist gold rush with a debut from Handsome Head backed by tuffened techno remixes from Henning Baer and Hound Scales. In key with the likes of Special Request, Lee Bannon or Machinedrum, the duo flip and twist classic junglist signatures with an up-to-date production palette resulting two pieces of Amen break chicanery rent with deft, metallic 3D sound design. Remixing 'Qing Shao Nian Nuo Zha', Berlin's Henning Baer locks to a thrumming, percolated techno pulse and Hound Scales canter in like headless horsemen of the apocalypse with a noisy dread techno stormer.
Tense, hyper-forward debut from Cyphr, the sixth mission on Miss Modular and Sudanim's outstanding Her Records. Re-calibrating flashes of catty Ballroom house, leanest Grime and that sh*t wot don't have a name yet, both tracks spring off the Jam City aesthetic into freshest zones of future funk. On 'Brace', they juggle ricochet claps and militant, hyper-precise kicks in 3D airspace restlessly rent with sinuous FX and synapse-burning peaks. 'Gloss Finish' is more melodic, revolving skittish 808 programming about a laser-shotting, holographic motif like a keenly virulent, drug-resistant new mutation of the Night Slugs sound.
Invaluable, 13th anniversary 2CD reissue of Cyclobe's 2nd album, 'The Visitors', originally released in 2001 and now repackaged with new artwork by Irish artist Alex Rose and a specially recorded new piece. The 2nd missive from the former and then-current Coil orbiters, Ossian Brown and Stephen Thrower revealed vivid glimpses of a rarified electronic delirium paralleling Coil's most far-flung visions, but also manifesting a unique psychedelia of their own, subtly detached and more expansive than their hard-edged debut album. A cycle of seven originals ranging from the hellish, roiling electr… Read more
'Sulphur-Tarot-Garden' collects three mesmerising Cyclobe soundtracks to rare, silent Super-8 films shot by Derek Jarman between 1972 and 1978. An original CDr edition of 200 was debuted to coincide with the films' premiere with their new soundtrack at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2012, and this is the first time they've been made widely available - original copies now sell for a lot. We've not had a chance to check the films yet, but if Cyclobe's soundtracks are any reflection of them it's certainly on our to do list. The first and longest piece, 'Sulphur' yields 15 minutes of i… Read more
Enigmatic debut album of ambient popping candy from Biographs. RIYL Wanda Group! Reckno sez: "must dissolve took me by surprise in it's microscopic attention to detail, echoing some of the weirdest (and most beautiful) early Mego releases like Fridge Tracks. Play it at low volume for a soothing melt out or turn it up for the full textured rub down. Using tools often associated with chiptunes Biographs creates a porous, gridless and organic sound world bubbling with fizz, hiss and distortion. At times like the romantic hum of a far off plane engine at other times like a snowflake melting in your ear."
Big UK house trax from Ed Butler and Robbie Lamond's Billon duo. Launched by Rinse, their debut 'Meditate EP' combines sweeter American garage-soul with a balance of rugged and proggy UK sensibilities, manifest in the plush propulsion of 'Broken', the deep and kinky swing of 'Last Out' and the mesmerising, seductively slower body grips of 'Meditate' and 'Platypus'. Crafty.
**Extended cosmic chug missions** "Endless rolling modern dance music that takes elements of shoegaze bliss out plus the build n collapse of ecstatic jazz. Walking FM basslines anchor the tracks in a lush haze like the melting smile of a pleasantly wrecked good friend. Drums are panned and tweaked till the iiird eye opens and the room starts to slowly rotate. The two tracks on this album are Ay Gee Tee's longest and most emotional works yet and Reckno is super proud to be able to present them to the world."
Fifteen years after the first volume, Tresor demo three killer techno tools from up-and-coming producers. Stockholm's Acronym takes pole position with the tunnelling industrial momentum of 'Nabu' and Bilbao-based J.C. follows entries for Deeply Rooted House and Greener with the pounding 'Chenox'. Zadig from Paris takes the B-side with a pacy Millsian weapon called 'Panic'.
Monday, 17 March
One of the most exciting producers around proves what all the fuss is aboot with his 'Waterfall' EP. Since sidling in with the astonishing beats of his 'Kings and Them' EP, and a concept suite inspired by a Soviet signal transmitter - as you do - the Merseyside-bred producer was rightfully snaffled by Kanye West to produce a highlight of 'Yeezus' - aka the most radical hip hop album in a decade - and, if the rumours are true, is destined to drop heat for even bigger names in the not so distant future. But right now the barely hinged 'Waterfalls' showcases a uncompromising, febrile mind at… Read more
Another pioneer of UK Grime's recent renaissance, Wen is set to floor all-comers with this stunning debut album for Keysound. Since introducing himself on a split with Epoch and 12" for Badimup in 2012/early 2013, he's coined a striking new sound, rending classic UK dance templates with up-to-the-second sound design and uncanny feel for that late night urban atmosphere best defined by Burial. His edit of early Dizzee Rascal joint 'Strings Ho' which emerged in mid 2013 marked a turning point for this sound where the tempos became slower, the production more elastic, sculpted, and the arrangements tigh… Read more
Power Vacuum pack a relentless session of thuggish techno from Objekt, JoeFarr & J. Tijn, An-i, and Positive Merge. Following on from his Jon Hopkins remix, Objekt bats out the busy, gritty ragga-techno tweaks of 'Balloons', and An-i unleashes the militant pound and wormhole 'tronics of 'Convo'. On 'Mustard Sucker' J. Tijn & JoeFarr play out a burly acid techno groove, and Ukraine's Positive Merge fires the monotone, railroading 4/4 grind of 'Note'.
MCDE's Danilo Plessow and Innervisions' Marcus Worgull team up to scale modern kosmiche altitudes as Vermont on Kompakt. Accompanied by august Krautrock elder Jaki Liebzeit (Can), and Dominik Von Senger (Phantom Band), they conduct a plush suite in fourteen parts scoping quietly majestic panoramas, sublime mid-air waltzes and ambient introspections.
DeepChord give Icelandic ambient producer Yagya a deep tissue dub-techno massage. Across six 'Redesigns' of the modern ambient classic, 'Will I Dream During The Process' (2006) they swaddle Aðalsteinn Guðmundsson's drifting, pink-hued harmonics in patented clouds of analogue hiss refracting shimmering chords against a bedrock of rolling, skanking subbass. The results are inarguably sublime, even utopian in scope, primed for better days. The original CD release was super limited so they've really done y'all a favour with this download version.
On his 3rd album proper, Scott Hansen aka Tycho connects greater than ever with his wistful post-rock ambient spirit. 'Awake' is apparently inspired by the energy of Scott's live shows with drummer Rory O'Connor and guitarist Zac Brown, with whom he toured extensively following 2011's well received 'Dive' LP. In an attempt to re-capture that vibe, he took to a cabin in Tahoe last winter to record with Zac Brown, before eventually completing the album in the Santa Cruz hills to realise what, according to Hansen himself, is "in many ways, the first true Tycho record." It's a lush affair, driven towards… Read more
The Gnod affiliated Druss and Public Information / Night School's Love Cult come together for this excellent collaborative LP for Trensmat. Over eight tracks, Love Cult dominate proceedings with original material and deconstructions of Druss - aka Gnod's Paddy Shine - augmented by a couple of original appearances by the man himself. The whole affair is oppressively overcast and perhaps exactly what you might expect from heads dwelling in a Russian satellite state and a former cotton mill in Salford. It's not far removed from their recent, respective outings, but is far more sole… Read more
Hot on the heels of Russell Haswell's '37 Minute Workout', Diagonal Records drop a slow-burning, psychedelic killer from Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer's Streetwalker, backed with a powerful Silent Servant remix. First issued on Catholic Tapes cassette in 2011, the serpentine, twelve minute acid slink of 'Ooze' has been remastered for vinyl and primed for the dance. As opposed to the from-the-hip funk on their 'Future Fusion' LP for Minimal Wave's Cititrax sublabel, 'Ooze' is a more hard-hitting affair, stealthily paced to a sleazy 110bpm strut charged with woody, kinky per… Read more
Athens-based DJ, producer and sound designer Eleni Adamopoulou aka Giganta debuts on Werk Discs with five coolly lucid, colourful garage-house deviations. 'Force' is representative of the RBMA graduate's stance against the negativity and violence connoted with Athens since the financial crash of 2008, or as she says, "Music is the force that creates hopes and dreams. And so it all begins." There's a vital, infectious energy to the EP which shouldn't be ignored, from the hiccuping, Akufen-like funk of 'Can't Stop Playing', thru the chromatic chord flares of her Sensate Focus-like 'Spot Scene', to th… Read more
100% Silk bang on the money with Octo Octa's best release since that awesome debut. 'Cause I Love You' is pure happy house joy, dubbing the best bits of New Jersey swing, acid house, and B-More club music into an flawlessly addictive club romp. 'So Lux' dips down a gear with simmering late night chords and gently insistent groove with a shiny twist of chromed-out keys. 'Give (feat. Raw Moans)' brings back *that* feeling with lip-bitingly dope Basic Channel dub chords and endearingly slack, lazing groove, and 'Mine (Second Chance Mix)' rolls out to hypnotic, swirling synthlines coming off like a sweeter, soft-round-the-edges SFV Acid production.
Blackest Ever Black vent a cold slice of 1982 synth improvisations by former Skullflower and Whitehouse member Stefan Jaworzyn. The original tracks on 'Drained Of Connotation' were recently re-discovered by Jaworzyn when trawling his archives for the recent run of Skullflower reissues and rekindled the British noise legend's memories of poking about with his "beloved Dr Rhythm" and Korg MS10 or 20 and an old EMS. Pre-dating the music on his recently issued 'Eaten By Shadows '82-'83' CD, it comprises crisp, piercing hi-end tones punctured by pulsing patterns on the front, wh… Read more
Matt Hill aka Umberto returns to the spectre of 'Temple Room' from his 'Prophecy Of The Black Widow' (2010) album for extended and alternative dancefloor versions. On the extended version he's doubled the track length, giving himself more time to tease out the kinky disco vibes with camp, Jamie Principle-esque synth runs and, whilst the Silvio mix locks into a stompng, Hi-NRG wiggle.
Alter give Bass Clef's self-released 'Acid Tracts' a double vinyl pressing. It originally appeared as a digital release on the modular maestro's Magic + Dreams label in 2013, spiralling seven "tracts" of intricately detailed acid dub feeling out ground between KFW, Tapes and more recent A Guy Called Gerald releases. It's a quintessentially English sound displaying Ralph Cumbers' talents, and is perhaps best viewed through the prism of vintage IDM. As with his outings for Punch Drunk and Idle Hands, it's tilted towards the 'floor, yet indulges more progressive inclinations, taking in knotty … Read more
**Hypnagogic fug beats for fans of Actress and Opal Tapes** "Astro:Dynamics continue their run of form in 2014 by following releases from Alis and Vaghe Stelle with the debut release from the ever elusive Rasul Gafarov's Nenado moniker. Based in central Russia, Rasul has previously appeared on an erratic flow of 12"s under the name Lenta - including split 12"s with Software's Huerco S on the Other Heights label, and Ahu (the house/techno side project of Touch's Sohrab) on Iran's Shahr Farang label, and has performed rare shows at the likes of acclaimed Moscow club ARMA17. Whilst his work as Le… Read more
UTTU's American ambassadors rep a percolating, jackin' house sound on the 'Angry Frogz EP'. The title cut is built with sub-loaded, wall-shaking kicks and cartoonish stabs to incite dancefloor madness, and 'Moderation' cools off on a more stripped-down style with extended intro and outro for the DJs. 'Power Top' brings back the tracky funk for the dancers with pinging delays and rumpy drum patterns on a future Dance Mania tip.