Monday, 09 March
**Includes download code** Herva comes with that crooked breakbeat-house fonk on Dublin's All City label. Hitting a particularly fecund patch of Dego, Aardvarck or Shake-like breaks and sampler jazz, the Italian producer puts his past experience as a drummer to great use in 'HTYMO''s tricksy drum programming and dusty MPC knocks. Peak vibes to be found in the noisy big beats of the title track; the 4Hero-style jungle-jazz expression, 'She Is 32 Bit'; a dextrous and lush dipper titled 'No Money No Honey' reminding of Pepe Braddock at his wildest. Them's the breaks…
Ahead og Gabi's Sympathy' album, Autre Ne Veut offers a "Club" mix of 'Fleece' for Software. Of course, it's ANV so that club's gonna be a surreal dreamspace full of ecstactic and melancholy aliens sashaying, prostrating and performing slow-motion mid-air pirouettes. Ultimately it sounds a bit like a modern Portishead, though.
Frazzled, extended freak-outs from Nick Edwards' Ekoplekz. A-side, 'Entropy Flash' pelts at a 150bpm tilt with signature flux of mini-modular elements yoked to fibrillating bass sputter and planed-out with icy blue drones. B-side, 'Entropy Symphony' melts plonging dub bass and radiophonic bleeps into electronic ether via clusters of noisy signal disturbance
DJ Deep and Roman Poncet's debut collaboration sounds like that dream where you're dancing into a headwind around Tresor, and then realise you forgot to put your keks on. It's the first of two EPs from the duo, and deals in proper, heads-down techno ranging from the shuddering, tunnelling exercise of 'Extracapsular Extraction' thru the slinkier momentum of 'Data Retrieval' to the tightly dubbed flux of 'Extraction Force' for those that know. We look forward to part 2.
The Moeller train pulls up to Brooklyn's Bangers & Ash with a quartet of salty dub house and piquant electronic pieces.
Chunky Dance Mania and B-more Breaks hybrids banged out by Bodyjack and Soundbwoy Killah for the party.
Monday, 02 March
Diagonal pull another coup with 12"s of brute bitterness from Philip Best, Sarah Froelich and Russell Haswell's Consumer Electronics. With the spray of their blinding 'Estuary English' still wet on our cheek, 'Repetition Reinforcement' is a bruising, visceral reminder of CE's position on the periphery of extreme electronic music. Holding steadfast to the transgressive subject matter which Best has explored since the early '80s as part of Whitehouse and Ramleh, in this excursion he trades explicit rage for a much more reserved and creepily effective style of delivery… Read more
Ata Kak's debut album of dibby Ghanaian hiplife, 'Obaa Sima' is the stuff diggers' dreams are made of. It's the cassette that sparked Awesome Tapes From Africa to life as a blog back in 2006, before it morphed into a record label of world-renown from 2011. Written and self-released by Ata in edition of 50 circa 1994 and subsequently re-discovered by ethnomusicologist Brian Shimkovitz at a roadside stall in Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2004, it would take nearly a whole decade for the Fulbright University graduate to track down and request official reissue permission from Yaw Atta-Owusu a.k.a. Ata. It… Read more
Janus resident Lotic fracks the future with five expansive club visions in 'Heterocetera', his first vinyl release and debut for Tri Angle. Finding and opening fissures of possibility in the facade and body of current club music, his unique approach to meter, space and tone results a genuinely affective impact: it challenges the way we dance; probes and teases our pleasure centre's tolerance for off-kilter, oily tones and soured timbre. It's quintessentially queered to the core, all deliquescent structures and plangent harmonics, perhaps finding close analogs in the music of Arca or certain E… Read more
Nervy electro from the Hamburg native, taken from her upcoming 2nd EP for Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune. Much slinkier, crisper than her soggy acid bangers, 'The First Time He Thought, He Died ' is a shivering, skeletal piece of electro with brooding Bunker-style basslines and creepy gothic tronix.
Club music's pre-eminent mutant, Powell, launches a daring raid on the mainstream with this screaming double header for XL. Marking his highest profile release to date, following the '11-14' 2CD issue and remixes for Nico Jaar and Daniel Avery, he unswervingly sticks to his modern No Wave mission with the tumbling, ravenous rhythm and noise of 'Sylvester Stallone' and 'Smut'. Operating at the extremes of the XL's remit, the Diagonal Records captain takes a hot-wired joyride thru techno badlands, colliding a cornucopia of reference points with a Ballardian sense of visceral, descri… Read more
Delinquent, deliquescent grime from Damu on return to Keysound. M.I.A. since 2013, his 'Holed In The Hovel' session reveals an even shinier chassis and curdled silicon aesthetic, in chromatic flux somewhere between SOPHIE and PC Music or the most lucent Her Records releases. 'iPolice' starts up like some Matrix sentinel, all laser scanning bleeps and wavey synths with a sci-fi agenda, while 'Whirlybird' rolls out like a mutant mix of Fis-t's 'Night Hunter'. At his maddest, 'Holed Up In The Hovel' wields wild claps and meter-melted Ballroom beats, and 'No Pain, No Gain' gives up frantic, frothing grime patterns infected with some mad computer virus.
HD-ready trap vapours from Rinse FM's new signing, Celestial Trax. Fresh from his special guest appearance on Tri Angle's recent Rinse show with Björk, he reveals a pyrex-clear mix of cloud rap signatures and Atlantan futurism in 'Stargate', unequivocally adept at working with American MCs Shady Blaze and Tynethys in the title tune's stately bounce, as well as UK singer, BBHollogramz in the Clams Casino or Evian Christ-styled trance arpeggios of 'Verticals'. On an instrumental tip, there's also the squeaky clean ace, 'Tru Love' juicing optimal emotion from brittle trap tics and ghostly synth chorales a la Visionist.
Dasha Rush fully explores her latent ambient side with 'Sleepstep', her debut suite of tech-nocturnes for Raster Noton. It's quite a departure from her sleek, signature club sound, largely leaving the big kicks at home and heading towards dark, brooding scapes and skeletal rhythms perfused with her own vocals and icy-fingered melodies. The ambient/sound design aspect is a constant throughout Dasha's oeuvre, whether in the drone elements or expansive club track intros like LADA's 'Indust' or in her work for Fullpanda sub-label, Hunger To Create. But 'Sleepstep' is clearly her most expansive … Read more
Sublime, introspective ambient from a new artist presented by Brighton's superlative Where To Now label. According to the artist, Nadia Khan; "Open Interior explores feelings of loneliness and anxiety. It is a sense of disconnection to the outside world. My intent was to form a mixture of light and heavy sounds that reflect these emotions." The results manifest these feelings in five quietly despondent transmissions, willowing from the barely-there pulse and keening chords of 'Grid Work' to the 12 minutes of stygian momentum in closer, 'Selective Thoughts', taking in menthol residues of… Read more
Kai Hugo aka Palmbomen II drops one of the most distinctive entries to the proto and lop-sided slo-house discourse with this suite of sidelong, sidereal chuggers. RIYL High Wolf, Danielle Baldelli, Beautiful Swimmers… "Guided by voices hardwired into machines of dance productions past, Kai Hugo redirects the collaborative context of his Palmbomen project and escapes within to create the self-titled debut of Palmbomen II. Possesses the qualities of an artist slipping from one reality to the next, yet welcomes listeners to experience this transcendence in tandem."
**Sterling dark pop and stark ambient noise somewhere between Grouper and Vatican Shadow** There's some genuinely dark magick at work in Paper Dollhouse's debut LP for Finders Keepers. The London-based duo of Nina Bosnic and Astrud Steehouder are in possession/possessed by a gothic, oneiric spirit which has previously been revealed on Jane Weaver's Bird Records - who also present a cassette version of this LP - and alongside Magpahi for Devon Folklore Tapes Vol. IV. But this is arguably their most effective invocation to date. Guided by black light they offer 10 concentric circles cro… Read more
Killah consolidation of drone, techno and D&B from the Ruffhouse trio on their debut Samurai mission. A-side, the 18-wheel juggernaut 'Straight 9's' rolls with shuddering sub pressure and restrained, serpentine hi-hats wrapped to a super dense drone. B-side, oh my fxxking days! 'UVB-76' comes with a military-grade warehouse hard-step that makes up for all that went wrong with D&B post '98. Strongly recommended to those that know.
Zombi's Steve Moore takes a celestial spin on Ghost Box's 'Other Voices' series. The space cadet who never graduated presents two earthbound visions of the cosmos painted in analogue synth, Hammond organ and vintage string machine; cutting the most melancholic figure across the sky with 'The Moon Occults Saturn at Dawn' and with more inquisitive, optimistic effect in the slow burning lushness of 'Val Sans Retuor'.
Jon Brooks meets Friendly Fires as The Pattern Forms for Ghost Box's 'Other Voices' series. FF's Edward MacFarlane lends his finest indie dream-pop coos and harmonised gasps to a creamy pastoral scene of flighty synths and strummed strings in 'Fluchtwege' - it's very well accomplished but the Panda Bear impersonations are perhaps a little cloying. Thankfull his bandmate Ed Gibson replaces him with an instrumental contribution to the airborne waltz of 'The Sacrifice', alongside Brooks' signature vintage zesthetics and piano provided by Will Dutta.
Swinging modern rare groove by South London's Wbeeza. His first entry for 2015 errs to a stripped down, ascetic house style, dicing with Joe-style Afro-centric kick/clap syncopation with 'Can Of Worms', and minimal, gritty filter house in 'Circles' while 'If I Ever' gets on the boogie downstroke inna Moodymann style, and 'Upside Down' blushes a more romantic, uptempo house vibe for big people.
Parisian bang gang ClekClekBoom do their raw, kinky house thing. Up top, French Fries and NSDOS double-down on the moody groove, '8 Hours From Nation', and Aleqs Notal tweaks out the midnight electro-house shift of 'Mare IMB'. Down below, Jean Nipon and WL run the clean, biting drums and willowing blue pads of 'Cause Of Action' and Barbara Ford glydes off with the smooth vibes of 'Frostbite'.
*For fans of electronic soul with a public access aesthetic* "For 23 straight Saturday nights of 1982, The Chicago Party dance show assaulted Chicagoland UHF eyeballs with Spandex, Southside fly guys, tender tenderonies, magicians, contortionists, prismatic video gimmickry, and lip-synched singles by a rising regime of local post- disco casualties. Unfettered nightlife and outlandish humor poured out of oddball outpost The CopHerBox II and onto TV screens. The compilation features five previously unreleased tracks, joined by music culled from a trove of self-rele… Read more
Coarse but canny house trax from Venetian producer, Steve Murphy aka DJ Octopus, Die Roh… Murphy clearly doesn't mind a bit of grit under the nails, running hard-working house rhythms thru a crackly filter for proper bite on the 'floor, from the kinky build of 'Climax' thru the burned-out piano house banger, 'Something Around The Sun', to the Analogue Cops-style slam of 'Venus' and the jagged jack of 'Movida'.
Rolling tech-house minimalism from Montreal, Canada's Devon Hansen in Stefan Jós mode. Last spotted on a lovely ambient split with Austin Cesear for Opal Tapes, he presents another side of Jós for Japan's Flau with four tracks of tenderly melodic, dubbed out and lower case dub-house. Mastered by Miles Whittaker, cut by Lupo.
Shifted takes a quieter, creepier tack towards cinematic industrial scapes and pulsing rhythms on 'Part 2' of his 'Arrangements in Monochrome' session. Dangerously opiated and out-of-reach, his sound here marks a subtle step forward/away in terms of sound design, and a more noxious reduction of his signature palette, guiding us from lightless drone and drizzle in 'The Incoherent' to urgently scan ocean floor depths in 'Arrangement In Monochrome II' and the bleakly gorgeous 'Second Wash', while 'Entartung' gets tangled in a flux of rusty aquatic rhythm and 'Lenine' leaves us stranded in alien space station atmospheres.