Monday, 30 March
Luis Vasquez a.k.a. The Soft Moon nails his strongest, most-malleable take on post-punk/wave techno to date with third album, 'Deeper'. Since his last LP effort, 'Zeros', he's moved from Oakland, CA to Venice, Italy, with numerous raids on Berlin between. This has clearly influenced his sound, lending a more stringent focus and amped-up studio production ringing deeply true with his mix of formative influences; American EBM muscle and synthetic European emotions. It's kinda what we hoped the last Cold Cave album would sound like, before it went horribly wrong and Fernow scarpered. RIYL Silent Servant, Lust For Youth, Factory Floor.
'Abstraction' continues The Boats' industrial cycle with a remorseless instalment. Quite possibly the most potent of all three slabs, it finds the usually gentle souls of Andrew Hargreaves and Craig Tattersall revealing what they get up to when no-one is listening -- you'd think they're out bothering fields and folding paper until the candles run out but, oh no, they're actually cranking out thunderous industrial beat-offs and dry stone walls of noise. This one is a meaty beast, piling the kicks and distortion higher than a VIP plate at Toby's carvery but, not without glimpses of their vul… Read more
It's 2015 and the guitar as an instrument is pretty f**king exhausted, right? Not in Tashi Dorji's hands. This album was first issued on cassette by Blue Tapes in 2014, just prior to the amazing compilation of his earlier gear on Ben Chasny ov Six Organs… Hermit Hut label and serves to illustrate our point above - where so many guitarists are happy to tread old ground and pay dues to heroes, Bhutanese maverick Dorji is spiralling away, expressing untapped thoughts and feelings on his very own plane, making his guitar sound something like a modular synth system playing ancient Korean clas… Read more
"‘Carrie & Lowell’ is Sufjan Stevens' first album in almost 5 years and is somewhat of a return to the sparse, pared-back sounds of ‘Seven Swans’. While it sounds like a memory, it does not trade on pastiche or nostalgia. Each song begins with a fragile melody that gathers steam until it becomes nothing less than a modern hymn. The album accomplishes the rare thing that any art should achieve, particularly in these noisy and fragmented days - by seeking to understand, Sufjan makes us feel less alone…"
SD's 1996 killer remastered and reissued to download for the first time. Originally issued as part of Metalheadz seminal Razor's Edge series. Here's hoping 'This is A Baad Rmx' gets a look out for the newer heads too, massive percy that one…
Deep ambient techno dubs by the long-out-of-action Son.Sine. Arriving no less than 15 years since his last outing in this alias, it's worth checking for the dark stepper, 'An Island', or the submerged pound of 'A Room'.
Grime's weirdest outpost, Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper Records, drop the freakish debut from Social State. 'Human Error' is a wheezing, gasping, quasi-speed grime mutation that sounds something like a melted Scratchy ting spliced with Giallo synths and accordion. 'She Was Loved' heads even farther into grime's nether zones with staggered trap claps and extruded synth drones holding the strangest tension. Out there, now!
Radgy motorik electronics from Run Dust for Paris label, In Paradisum, arriving off the back of his Tesla Tapes trio and issues for Opal Tapes, Nute Records. Polished is perhaps not the right word to describe 'Serf Rash', but there's definitely a biting clarity to these cuts that we haven't heard in his previous jags, lending a more effective insistence to the helter skelter pelt of 'Wharf Rat' or a lucidity to the entrancing synth colours of 'Doctor John Dee' and the psychoactive affray of 'Scythe Toon'. If we're playing favourites, then the title and gauzy glow of 'British Jumpsuit' gets a … Read more
Roska cracks out his old skool (if 2008 is old skool) drum palette for a wicked Funky session. Returning to similar styles as 'The Climate Change' EP or 'Elevated Levels', it's a pure bass 'n drums session with infectious highlights in deep and rugged thrust of 'This May Take A While', a darkside brokebeat player called 'N.D.O.W.' and tribalist grunter, 'WIAS'.
Dreamy house with a raw edge on The Netherlands' Dekmantel label. UK's Palms Trax at the controls, taking in the mellow, atmospheric jacker, 'In Gold', Legowelt-styled shimmer of 'People of Tusk', and the saucy acid winks of 'Sumo Acid Crew'. RIYL Juniper, Vester Koza, Willie Burns.
Iceland's Örnólfur Thorlacius a.ka. Ozy returns to the fray with a diverse new album crossing lines between ambient, IDM and broken beats and starring remixes from Laurel Halo, Miles Whittaker and Japan's College Drop.
Alterantely super-bright, blue and driving electro-pop from New Jersey's Dave Hawke a.k.a. Memory Tapes. Check for the dusky cruise of 'House of Fire'.
"Ten years after his debut-album “Herbstlaub“ on CCO, german ambient composer Marsen Jules takes us to his “Empire of Silence“. An impressing soundtrack to the epic power and beauty of nordic snow and ice-landscapes. Thereby he sounds even more elegiac, warm and romantic as ever before. This might be a result of a strict reduction to bittersweet symphonic string-sounds. Sounds which Jules elapses like a prism on the timeline and lets them meander on the slightly on the listeners eardrum. While others are still talking about “modern classic“, Jules is already moving on the part… Read more
"Dutch minimalist composer Jozef van Wissem’s score for this "non-narrative" film experience directed by Domingo Garcia-Huidobro of Föllakzoid. The film consists of appropriated 12-string electric guitar drone, black baroquelute mirror images, and minimal electronics."
"From an unassuming, self-sufficient musical micro-industry in the north of England comes more finely tuned fastidious femme pop from Jane Weaver and her growing Bird Records imprint with a new split single available of vinyl and download this spring. Combining domestic synth pop with falsetto melodics and 10cc sounding prog pop arrangements in Don’t Take My Soul, Jane depicts a theatrical electronic pop character that fuses Kate Bush karaoke with a J-Pop Erykah Badu whilst retaining her own very distinctive songwriting, con… Read more
**Deluxe Version with ten bonus tracks** Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, in an desperately evolving industry, Ja… Read more
Geeneus darkens the house with his first solo release since 'Volumes One' waaay back in 2008! He hasn't been slouching since, running this little ting called Rinse FM and that, beside production for Katy B and more recently P Money, but this is pure uncut Geeneus, and it's wicked. 'ELE' lashes that sick lick from Ed Rush & Optical's 'Alien Girl' (or near enough) over a rugged house shunt and clambering chords while 'Red Velvet' reaches peak levels with trancey stabs and a tight, pneumatic UK jack.
**Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make texture and grain become as important a part of the vocab… Read more
*Follakzoid return with 'III', their third release for Sacred Bones* "Föllakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood friends Diego, Juan Pablo, and Domingo from Santiago, Chile. Heavily informed by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate this influence with contemporary sounds of their times, creating a rich yet minimal atmosphere. III is a four-part minimal sound voyage in which you can hear Föllakzoid’s musical language developing into something more upbeat, obscure, and sharp, yet even simpler in terms of elements."
Denmark's Damien Dubrovnik return to Alter with a 2nd LP of studied noise prurience. "Copenhagen-based industrial duo Damien Dubrovnik (aka Posh Isolation founders Loke Rahbek and Christian Stadsgaard) follow up 2013's First Burning Attraction (ALT 008LP) with Vegas Fountain. Rahbek and Stadsgaard have continued to be consistently busy as label bosses but even more so as artists, performing more frequently worldwide and building a reputation for their fierce and powerful live show. They have also continued to hone their craft in the studio and found a working rhythm in which thei… Read more
**Deviant breakbeats and hair-brained Moog wig-outs. Deadly!!!** "As an artist whose name has become mutually synonymous with the instrument he plays Bruce Ditmas is a very unique heavy musician from one of those special tightknit communities that tried (and almost succeeded) to change the facade of progressive pop music and jazz via musical technology. Raised in Miami (an unknown incubator for future synthesists) Bruce carved the image of a teen prodigy playing jazz drums at the most exclusive Miami Beach hotels. After being whisked off to New York by none other that July Garland he be… Read more
**Gorgeous dream-pop and warbly, Basinski-esque ambient music. RIYL the recent Jefre Cantu-Ledesma LP** ""The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 - whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines - that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions. Several of the pieces are recreations of harmony loops that I heard in a series of extraordinarily vivid dreams, and then woke up and recorded. A few pieces had lyrics … Read more