Monday, 04 August
"Soundway Records present a special summer tribute double a-side 12" with two tracks from African musicians that both passed away within a couple of months of each other at the end of 2013 / start of 2014. Both tracks are perfect summer tropical DJ fodder for the dancefloor. On the first side South African singer Shaluza Max's massive Mashkandi / house anthem from 2002 gets a first release on vinyl. This track was a huge hit in South Africa and around the world on its release. With a soaring Zulu vocal and big sound it's a fitting reminder of a very talented music… Read more
Deep 'n rugegd technohouse tackle from Dutchman, Presk, for Germany's Something Happening, Somewhere label. Styles are more straightforward, driving than his previous for Fourth Wave and ten Thousand Yen, playing out the swinging, proggy jack of 'Babou' and the aquatic dub, 'Sink Shift' on side A, and cutting deeper with the Detroit-influenced, NWAQ-alike vibes of 'Gomero', which is given a dope, droning techno remix by Single Point Edge.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Jahtari gives up the 4th instalment of 'Jahtarian Dubbers' featuring staunch bassbin pals, Pupajim, Disrupt, Rootah, Mungo's Hi-Fi and more. Psychedelic digi-dub styles in effect from Scotland to Australia, troddin' heavy from the desolate darkside of Monkey Marc's 'Danger Earth' to the mellow drift of Mungo's Hi-Fi's 'Know Your Roots' starring Shanti D via Disrupt's barking MIDI skank, 'Chrono Trigger', and and Jah Screechy's dancehall murder, 'Love We A Deal With'. Happy anniversary indeed.
The remixes of Trus'me continue with Alan Fitzpatrick and Roman Flügel takes on his 'Treat Me Right' album trax. Fitzpatrick's version of 'I Want You' brings perfectly balanced kicks/bass synched to heavy infectious vocal chopping and slicing hi-hats; Flügel's rework of 'Somebody' is all tucked up in the lower end with pneumatic bass shuffle buoyed by pinging cowbells and aquatic white noise washes.
"Yair Etziony is back with his 2nd release on his Mist in the Corners trilogy. Delphi starts where Baltia ended, The beats that were so important to the structure and feeling of Baltia are replaced with desolate textures and shimmering harsh melodies. Delphi is an album that deals with isolation and desolation. Its about the lost knowledge our society threw away, and its about the degradation of ideas in our time. All analog and electric instruments were processed and manipulated by software to give the album specific sound of decay and degradation. Its a trip into a past that (historically … Read more
Luke Hess, Truss and Truncate flip tracks from Trus'me's 'Treat Me Right' album. In Hess' hands, 'I Want You' is reduced to a slinky Detroit dub techno agenda, and Truss turns 'Defunct' into a slippery techno roller. Best of all all two Raw Trax Mixes of 'It's Slow' from LA's Truncate, one a hissy re-tuck with wobbly, swinging groove, the other a proper Chicago style percolator.
Masters of emotive chamber pop, Wild Beasts, present 'Mecca' from their 'Present Tense' album backed with Sohn and Juan Atkins remixes. The sweetly mannered original is given a slower, swaying remix rifled with fluttering electronics by SOHN, and strangely enough, prodded with warm Detroit electro jolts and smoothed out with lush pads by Juan Atkins to make it more than acceptable for the dancefloor.
Skudge and Marcelus re-route cuts from Trus'me's 'Treat Me Right' album. In Skudge's safe hands, 'Moonlight Kiss' becomes more of a midnight pound with funked-up, rolling bass and driving hi-hats balanced against choppy vocal stabs and floating blue pads. On the flip, Marcelus views 'Hindsight' as a dryly minimal monotone jacker rotated with submerged bleep coda and what sounds like a recording of Barry White in the dark rooms.
Remastered reissue of Soma Holiday‘s cult classic, Shake Your Molecules. Soma Holiday was a Franco-American duo consisting of Jean-Marc Vallod and Jane Honicker, based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn back in the early 1980s. They recorded “Shake Your Molecules” along with “Too Many People” and “Art Dimension” in 1984, at Unique Studios in Manhattan. The studio was known for being the first NYC studio with MIDI capabilities. With the help of Eric Dufaure, they had their 12” released on Cachalot Records in the US, and later a further pressing was made by Les Disques Du Soleil Et De L’A… Read more
No, you're not dreaming, this tantalising hookup really is taking place, in front of your very eyes, right now. Embarking on another excursion to the land of deepest 4/4, Shackleton seems to have settled into a very rich and fertile furrow of late. 'Death is not final' focuses the sound into a headstrong direction, laying the route with insanely deadly kickdrum pressure which will work so well on a massive system you might just need to upgrade your hardware to capture the full breadth and devastating impact of the production. Shackleton weaves his percussion into limb fla… Read more
The return of our favourite psyched out and scuzzed up dubstep imprint Skull Disco with two squashed steppers from headman Shackleton and the mysterious Gatekeeper. Shackleton chases the dragon into a dank cave of resonant bass and urgently percussive halfstep of the truest sense. A restless barebones breakbeat is given space and time to evolve into a lush polyrhythmic structure underpinned with dreadman bass as only this man can. A shocking and sometimes nightmarish journey into the singular mind of a producer on a personal steppers mission. T… Read more
New Skull Disco releases are always more than welcome round these parts, consistently providing us with an entry into the darker recesses of the dubstep psyche and constantly upping the ante in a sometimes slow moving scene requiring new directions and ideas. In the early days of DMZ and FWD Laurie and Sam Skull Disco were always to be seen skanking out wildstyle to the freshest fwd thinking riddims around, compared to the wall hugging regulars doing their best to hold it back. Interpreting the mandate of dubstep to mean a new method of creating … Read more
Skull Disco get them bones shaking with some low end styles of the highest order on skull002. Shackleton comes in from the far leftside with 'Majestic Visions', a truly original composition, combining dramatic Turkish pipes, steppin middle eastern flavoured percussion and awesome sub bass into a genius slice of dubsteppin weaponry. On the flip Appleblim keeps things dutty with two electro flavoured half steppers with cavernous bass weight sound constructions designed to test on the biggest and baddest rigs. Caned by them what know at raves such as DMZ, Subloaded and Ploy, a… Read more
The return of Shackleton and Appleblim for another Skull Disco reunion. Appleblim wins the toss and kicks off the A-side with the monstrous 'Fear' riddim (versioned by Riko on Appleblim's myspace), decimating the step to a rigid pattern allowing room for nasty hoover manuevers and grumbling bass to carve out slo-mo actions kinda like Bizzy B on ketamine. Shackleton invades Muslimgauze territory on the flip (coincidentally both producers hail from deepest Lancashire, strange eh?), with deliciously tangible percussion, abyssal bass undulations and… Read more
Spanning the whole of the a-side, "Blood on My hands" kicks off with the willful presets one might associate with another genre altogether, late night Detroit lounge business or even the midnight chimes of some kind of mutant R&B - that's before the bassline drops. Keeping the mood decidedly blue, it's is just impossibly deep, a padded bottom-end sub that seems to re-draw battle lines, every now and again throwing a massively delayed snare into the mix for maximum impact. The flipside doesn't quite reach the same dizzy heights, sticking to a more familiar agenda while retaining the … Read more
'Soundboy's Suicide Note' finds Shackleton and Appleblim's groundbreaking Skull Disco imprint finally reach its 10th release. Shackleton takes over duties with four tracks of the darkest Skull Disco styles to date, finally committing the oppressive echo chamber tripper 'The Rope Tightens' to wax, and allowing the rest of the world to share in it's glorious misery. Acting as a two-part show on the A-side, 'But the branch is weak' follows from 'The Rope...' with another classic Shackleton track formed from horrifically grim synthlines and a claustrophobic bassline delivered from… Read more
You've probably read us and a heap of blogs and forums banging on about this for months now, but it's finally here, Villalobos epic revision of Shackleton's 'Blood on My hands' classic refracted through an MDMA crystal into 18 minutes of tripping minimal techno genius similar in scope to his Fizheuer Ziheuer rhythm, but a hell of a lot darker. The source material was always ripe for versioning, with a massively disparate selection of top name DJs from Panorama bar's Cassy to Radio 1's Rob Da Bank mixing the track up with house and r'n'b alongsid… Read more
Smart dub techno from Roberto Clementi with a superb Norman Nodge remix. Italian producer Clementi proceeds his debut album 'N Lights' for Soma with the smooth rolling and skanking 'Barrell', and a proper, smokey dub house number named 'Traps'. But if we're picking favourites then Norman Nodge's slinky rebuild of 'Bonton' with its dusty swirl and almost Bruce Gilbert-style bassline flux is the one you need.
Odd Future affiliate Pyramid Vritra drops a smart, tortuous 2nd album of moody, soulful hip hop only six months since 'Indra'.
Pional's midnight showstopper 'It's All Over' arrives backed with Talabot's own remixes after appearing on a blink-and-miss 12" and in John Talabot's DJ-Kicks selection remixed by Locked Groove. The fragile, blue original is an exemplary slice of late night house soul, the sort that subtly suspends time and brings bodies closer on the 'floor, and now appears alongside Pional's plusher 'Fosc Version' beside Talabot's sinuous, fruity 'Stripped Refix' and bendy, heatsick 'Stormbreak' version, and Locked Groove's debonaire, string-heavy rendition.
"Not only has Muslimgauze’s work survived the death of Bryn Jones, so have his working methods; with so much worthwhile material still in the vaults and much of it having little in the way of information or context left by the artist upon his untimely passing, recent reissues and new releases have seen Staalplaat going largely by the way the working tapes were originally organized. Here we have an excellent example of the perils and rewards of that approach; eight mixes, just over an hour, of some of the dubbiest, most spacious material Jones ever put to tape. The tracks c… Read more
"Some might say that the continued stream of releases from Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze, who sadly passed away in 1999, is beginning to beggar belief. But Jones had always been prolific, creating not just song after song but variant version after version of his existing work, and so Muslimgauze continues to reach out from the last century into this one. Although an intensely dedicated and creative producer and composer, Jones could be a little cryptic when it came to keeping his massive body of work organized. The recently unearthed Turkish Berlina dates back to 1997, shortly after Mus… Read more
**Reissue of a super sought-after near-mythical Muslimgauze album from 1994 including the 20 minute title track.** ""Oftentimes when a reissue has bonus tracks their provenance can be tangential or suspicious; in this case, they’re more like a homecoming. When Bryn Jones turned into the master for what would become 1994’s Drugsherpa mini CD to once and future label Staalplaat, the label selected the twenty-minute title track, truly one of Muslimgauze’s most distinct and awe-inspiring tracks, to fill the release. The sinuous, doom-haunted “Drugsherpa” still sounds fresh today but in 1994 i… Read more
"The original two-disc Deceiver from 1996 is a seminal release in Bryn Jones’ sprawling discography, one of the first major ones to really pivot into the noisier/more abrasive side of Jones’ sound as Muslimgauze. From its epic, vinyl-side-long title track down to terse, rhythmic snippets like “A Parsee View,” Deceiver set out many of the avenues that Muslimgauze would continue to explore before Jones’ death in 1999. Since then, Staalplaat has continued to release the massive backlog of Jones’ work, with the nine-disc set Box of Silk and Dogs seeing the release of a third volume of D… Read more
Max Richter's original score for 'Perfect Sense', which is directed by David McKenzie (Yong Adam) and stars Ewan MacGregor, Eva Green, Connie Nielsen and Ewen Bremner.
"After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Jeff McIlwain, better known as Lusine, is back with a more tightly focused EP. McIwain's discography is intimidating, and over the course of the last few decades, he's been known for exceeding in a wide array of electronic styles, a rarity among artists of his kind. The release of Arterial, his fourth EP for Ghostly, marks another successful foray into a niche that most artists would spend their careers immersed in. A calmly effortless work, Arterial is economical in everything it does, creating its own tiny universe to house expertly … Read more
Lucien Goethals was born in 1931 in Ghent, Belgium. He completed his musical education at the Royal Academy Of Music in 1956 where he was awarded the highest accolades for advanced organ, history of music and theoretic notions, after which he eventually pursued his studies of seriated music technique and electronic composition with GM Koenig. He was awarded further awards for composition in both his own country as well as abroad and was a member of the renowned Spectra work group. In 1963 he was appointed to the post of producer of the BRT (Flemish division of the Belgian Broadca… Read more