Monday, 06 July
"The new project from Vancouver’s Daniel Rincon aka NAP sees this Colombian-born experimenter investigating proto IDM and rhizomatic house and techno with the same scruffy, warm touch as his previous guitar-based noise projects. For debut “Uncharted”, NAP’s primitive four-track ideas have been realized to the next level (ie. a computer) with the production help of Jesse Creed (The Passenger) and Sophie Sweetland (D. Tiffany) for 51 minutes of diverse, inclusive and classically DIY excursions into light, lo-fi house, textural IDM, as well as darker acid vibes and hazy, rhythmic ambience. “Uncharted… Read more
Beguiling, personalised synth-pop/post-punk from Danish outlier, Max Guld Madsen, previously only available in edition of 100 tapes back in 1985. Now, 30 years later, the good folk at Dark Entries have thankfully uprooted, remastered and brought Guld's one and only recording to light, revealing a dreamy, pop-tweaked young composer falling deeply into his own sound and space circa 1984-1985 at home in West Copenhagen. Clearly under the influence of The Residents, Eno and Kraftwerk, yet not entirely beholden to them, 'For Enden Af Corridoren' mixes eerily emotive synth and guitar … Read more
"Since debuting in 2013, J.Tijn has found his corner of the electronic music world, developing a hard techno sound that is raw and unforgiving. A core member of Untold’s Pennyroyal label, Jesse Tijn has also released on Overlee Assembly, Power Vacuum and Bedouin Records. For Naked Naked’s eleventh release, J.Tijn provides two versions of “Pick Your Battles”On the A side, “Pick Your Battles V1” gives us a dark rolling rhythm being led by a crisp snare hit through a sea of machine bleeps and grinding waves of noise. On the flip, “Pick Your Battles V2” hits harder with distorted kick drum… Read more
Borrowed Language bossman Israel Vines returns for this killer remix EP, feat a smart remix by fellow LA-resident, Silent Servant, as well as reworks from Talker (Downwards) and Eye Teeth founder and curator, BMG.
Mikkel Valentin Dunkerley a.k.a. Internazionale wallows in washed out, icy synth ambience perfect for the stylish vikings at Posh Isolation with 'Elegy for the Victors'.
Efdemin, Regis, Kangding Ray and Dasha Rush have their respective ways with 'Requiem' from Inigo Kennedy's 'Vaudeville' album. Efdemin pursues that Millsian magick with a spacious, bleeping 'Journey to the Stars' mix, whereas Regis proffers a more viral, itchy 'Human Host' version riven with tinfoil drums and killer radioactive discord. Kangding Ray reshapes the same elements at a swanging mid-tempo tilt, and Dasha Rush's 'Requiem for Humanity' comes off like some Profan experiment.
"A one-time session player and behind-the-scenes man, analog synthesist Harvey Sutherland emerged from Melbourne’s bubbling underground with a cassette tape in hand. 2013’s Nexus EP on This Thing Records - a trip through lo-fi boogie and Roland house music - was a cult hit amongst dancefloor aficionados, priming listeners for a lauded EP on Echovolt Records and the best-selling ‘Brothers’ on Voyage Recordings. His music has been played and appreciated worldwide, with enthusiastic support from prominent tastemakers and weekend warriors alike..."
Subtly infectious, rolling techno-electronica from Belgium's GoldFFinch duo. The proggy build and electroid minimalism of 'Unworthy' could almost be a Modeselektor cut if we weren't told otherwise; 'Brother' plays down a slinkier darkroom techno wiggle; 'Layers' jacks up a nervy acid jag with super precise production. On the remix, Bangkok's Sunju Hargun reduces 'Unworthy' to a sleazy, sub-powered prowler.
"Italian Records return with another retro-futuristic step through its kult 80’s catalog. In the late 70’s Gaznevada had been one of the most relevant Italian Punk-Wave Bands coming to light from the Italian underground scene. In 1982 with I.C. Love Affair Gaznevada moved from post-punk to new-wave pop; and this tune is, without any doubt, considered as a proto-house anthem. For this 2015 release Italian Records include reconstructions by I-Robots and Giangi Cappai, the already well know Munk Edit and finally the David DePino edit."
Fort Romeau tasks associates of Frankfurt's Running Back and Live at Robert Johnson labels to remix his 'Insides' album. Check for the hazy shimmy of Massimiliano Pagliara's rework of 'All I Want' and Orson Wells' raw, swinging and elegantly poised overhaul of 'Lately'.
(Steffi) Doms & (Martyn) Deykers indulage old skool breakbeat/house fantasies with 'Fonts For The People' on the latter's 3024 label. The title tracks' the one for us, twisting running man breaks and wobble-eyed synthlines on a big gnarly 'ardcore bass. Flipside, 'Penny's Groove' tweaks out some '92 Detroit style techno, and 'Tepper' tips out on a darkside electro flex.
BNJMN stokes the 'floor with four slices of pummelling, bluntly hypnotic techno making up the 2nd EP on his BRACK label. The barrelling ballistics of 'Chromed' starts the session at a heart-racing throb fizzing with radiophonic quarks and bleeps, and 'Rattled' squeezes that vibe off centre with a sweltering, amorphous bass roil harnessed to metronomic pips. With 'Sallow' he introduces harmonised layers of chiming Detroit-like pads to his scuffed techno patterns, and 'Broil' clocks off with a murkier swamp of stuttering tribal rhythms, and nowt but.
Björk's dalliance with the Tri Angle crew blooms strange new fruit in Lotic's amorphous, ambiguous Keptsafe Version of 'Notget'. The vocal remains mostly intact but is buffeted with noisy, granulated, and polymetric rhythm structures folding and unfolding in upon themselves, sustaining a perilous and unstable trip pocked with swampy subsidence, beautifully discordant synths and insectoid dynamics.
Björk's current live partner, The Haxan Cloak takes his turn to remix a 'Vulnicura' album track, flipping Ms. Guðmundsdóttir and the Icelandic choir of 'Mouth Mantra' into a tempestuous, gothic piece of EBM/hardstyle chaos whipped with 3D cinematic FX.
Mica Levi's sweeping, instrumental "Kareokiejid" remix of Björk's 'Lionsong' really stands out from the remix suite of her Arca-produced 'Vulnicura' LP. Deleting Björk's vox, what remains is a tortuous symphonic arrangement of blossoming and willowing strings conducted with the uncanny ability to really reach in and massage, squeeze and yank our heart muscle. Sing-a-long if you must.
Untold applies his patented technogrime drum funk cadence to Björk's 'Lionsong'. The ecstatic, wrenching, vaulted vocal is diffused thru a coiled lattice of pitching, tribalist drums primed to be detonated in the mix with some hard-ass ruckus.
Another new Tri Angle recruit, Rabit provides one of the standout remixes from the dismantling of Björk's 'Arca-produced 'Vulnicura' LP. The US grime producer's Naked Mix for 'History Of Touches' melts away the flesh of the original,leaving snatches of the original vocal suspended in viscose synth fumes and prickling plastique tendrils, with poignant, disorienting use of lacunæ making it feel like some recurrent waking dream/trauma you can't escape from.