Monday, 07 July
Crushing and febrile club gear from pivotal Austrian artist Philipp Quehenberger. 'Content' feels like a strange, lost transmission or reminder from a bygone European techno era untainted by trend and dedicated to tweaking out the most unusual, awkward sensations from hardware and computers. Rather than crude noise, sleek minimalism or inter-dimensional trippiness, Quehenberger's sound is best defined in terms of raw, repetitive muscularity and dissonant ambient qualities, doing what the likes of Prostitutes or Container do, only far better, and with cooler sense of discipline.
**Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique) meets Felicia Atkinson (Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier) in ambient techno dimensions** "Naked Island is the striking debut collaboration from Brian Pyle (Ensemble Economique) and Felicia Atkinson (Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier). Their respective unique visions fuse into one bold new deep space soundscape. Their S/T debut is two expansive tracks spread luxuriously across 35 minutes of mutant ambient techno. In a delicate fugue of influence, amidst ethereal synth mastery, suggestive percussion and whispered vocals, a total collaborative experience is reached."
Kryptic Minds' Simon Shreeve commits to a tumultuous hybrid techno sound on the 1st fully-fledged Mønic 12". Four tracks explore the elastic binds between dubstep and industrial/dub techno, cutting from the hydrolick flow dubstep-techno flow of 'Blood Hound' to a slow rolling killer called 'Blink' redolent of Fishermen and CUB 12"s, and over to the droning halfstep techno torque of 'Viscous' and a powerful modular mass called 'Human Pattern' working dark space between Rrose and Kareem's 'Druids' 12". Recommended.
Maison Sky follow rolling technohouse remixes for Route 94 and Shadow Child with an infectious solo debut on Rinse. You'd be forgiven for thinking this EP was made by some new European acolytes of Dettmann and Klock but in reality it's a duo from London who've blended that efficient techno momentum with funkier UK appeal. Opener 'It Is What It Is' nods to Detroit with Groove La Chord style dub chords and canny vocal hook, and 'Ludes' hits a strident sort of filtered disco techno. 'ASND' is much tougher, rolling with proper big room thrust comparable with South London Ordnance as m… Read more
Vividly immersive sonic fiction from Samo DJ and Max Stenerudh for L.I.E.S. Conceived as the imaginary O.S.T. to a fantasy set in Kowloon City, Hong Kong, 'Dream Of The Walled City' stalks exotic ground between widescreen flute and synth soundscapes and backstreet bass techno zones. It's a perfect fit for L.I.E.S.' anachronistic, semi-mythical world of leather clad industrial fiends and sci-fi techno spacecakes, picking up the thread from Black Rain' 'Now I'm Not A Number' or the wilder fantasies of Legowelt and Willie Burns to skulk in shadowy, cinematic headspace with the g… Read more
With Trevino remix in tow, McPhee brings his ass back to Hypercolour three years on from his Hype_LTD 12". There's two wicked bits of funked-up techno called 'CC-XXX-YY-NNNN' and 'Branch' making smart use of ripping, electroid synth licks on otherwise neat and kinky house and techno grooves, whilst 'DD-YYY-ZZ-OOOOO' rolls with a co-efficient Klock techno sound. Trevino yokes 'CC-XXX-YY-NNNN' to a deep and frisky electro-techno agenda.
Jorge Velez follows his 'Territories' side for L.I.E.S. with a 'floor-dedicated four-track EP in his unique, hardware-driven style on Creme Organization. The fluttering high-end hooks and tribal cadence of 'Aventuras' and 'Chant D'Ombres' recall the spiritual grooves of Jamal Moss and Torn Hawk, nodding to Afro-latin-centric and Native American memes, whereas 'Medusa' jacks up a freakier, hypnotic Midwest machine sound comparable with certain Woody McBride bits, and 'Airplanes' lends some balance with warm, chiming chords and shuffled groove for a more introvert as opposed to cosmic effect.
Shuddering sound sculptures from Lyon-based Insiden, mastered by James Plotkin, who's also a big fan of the group. Very much in the vein of fellow doom/sound design harbingers The Haxan Cloak, Roly Porter or Emptyset, the group uses electronically rendered recordings of acoustic sources (keys, cello, voice) to conjure vast, awning basslines, distant percussive rumbles and dense clouds of keening metallic harmonics rooted as much in Indian raga as avant-metal, kosmiche and industrial disciplines.
This collaboration between Bill Seaman and Daniel Howe came about after the pair exchanged ideas and recordings while both where travelling separately - in effect making for an album recorded between North Carolina, Seoul, Bremen, Frankfurt, Berlin, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mainland China and New York - covering a bit more than the "Minor Distances" referred to in the title. The recordings began life with Howe's improvised guitar recordings and Seaman's simple Piano loops - before being dissected and manipulated into the kind of delicate electro-accoustic arrangements syno… Read more
L.I.E.S. grab Miami prodigy Greg Beato for a gritty, hard-wired House follow-up to that killer for Funkineven's Apron Records. With lip-sucking finesse and funk, the 19 year old producer revitalises classic templates with instinctive drive and swagger, unafraid to make mistakes and really manhandle his machines. Up top is the ruggedly judged bang of 'PMA' with its thumping kicks, energised jakk patterns, ruddy offset bassline and darkside basement pads. Down town, 'Hawo' shakes out itching hi-hats and grizzled industrial bass with a bunkered techno drive, and the jagged, malfunctioning, off-the-cuff jak ov 'Gimme A Light' sounds like Legowelt's roguish younger sibling.
The original DJ Jackmaster, Chicago's Gene Hunt kicks out two butt-naked, bucking acid trax for Delroy Edwards' L.A. Club Resource. On the Bull logo side's 'Pandemonium' he throws down the most ragged, hypnotic jack track wrapping wiggly acid sequence to pounding kicks and infectious shuffles. Flipside 'Jackzone' is gullier, dragging the tempo to a sleazy slomp and gwan with spurts of sticky acid and tumbling toms for the freaks. Badboys, both of 'em.
Deep house dopeness from Parisian producer Geena for Antinote. Really feeling the sound here, from the luxuriant atmosphere and gritty drive of 'How Sensisitve' to the floating acid house of 'jam Packed (92 AM Mix)' and the mystical early '90s vibes of 'Watch Em Go Mental' thru those clipped cowbells and budgin' bassline on 'Softening (Dub Guru Mix)' and the heavy-lidded flutter of 'Softening (Acid Shade Mix)'. Tipped!
*Includes bonus track 'One'* Hot on the heels of G.H.O.S.T. 001, the label sprays a 2nd round of diamond-cut D&B. On top they spark up the neuro styles of 'Red Eyes'; down below the gangsta hardstep of 'New York'.
Deliciously warm, woozy electro-house soul seduction; the first statement by Wiesbaden's Florian Kupfer. Evidently influenced by the most mellow E.R.P. romantics, early AI bots and US garage pioneers, Kupfer has concocted a yearning, burning and ever so slightly noirish sound that fits perfectly with the L.I.E.S. ethos. The top face is greased with his electro-soul flavours, namely the deft 808 ripples, chiming keys and wriggling, Mr De-style bass of 'Lifetrax' and its sublime, In Sync-like 'Version 2'. The other side is for 'Feeling', riding dustiest toms and crunchy claps for that smud… Read more
The one and only DJ Rush in control. Six tracks spark up the dance like few others, reeling between the industrial acid shunt of 'Da Flow' to the freaky techno funk of 'I Like It Like This' and a wigglin' bucker called 'Do The Dirty Ghetto'.
Freestyling, noisy dancefloor hammers from Delroy Edwards in DJ Punisher mode on LA Club Resource! Hot on the heels of his killer 'Teenage Tapes' mini-LP for The Death Of Rave, Delroy takes that album's aesthetic one step further with four tracks veering from schranzy pound to banking walls of distortion and dub. It boots up with a jagged acid noise assault coming off like Russell Haswell meets Gene Hunt on a furious whiskey session before descending into a pair of brutalist beat-offs oscillating between wild knob twisting and crushing, Prurient-style noise violence on the front; the unrele… Read more
Rompin' Chicago-skool bangers from DJ Harlow for (by?) Delroy Edwards' L.A. Club Resource. 'Waxwork' comes in three rugged edits for the DJs and wallbangers: up top he rides the claps and skippin' hi-hats like a rodeo-star on a buckin' bronco; down below he strips it back to a drier, skeletal but big-boned jabber and a wicked chord mix laced with pads that sound like Badalamenti toying with Hardstyle.
Really Wicked debut drop from Delroy Edwards' LA Club Resource label. Arriving the same week as his freaky Funkineven hook-up, these untitled tracks temper the distortion and up the trippy kinkiness for your pleasure. One side is a brain-worming jacker budging grubby acid bass, skippy kicks and ferric-phasing hi-hats to frisky effect; the other is odder, twysting virulent, metallic and psychotomimetic synth modulations under synched drum machine patter for the jackers. Really strong debut!
Cyber-punk industrial warehouse zingers from Greg Shin aka Delivery on Delroy Edwards' label. With LACR's aesthetic steadily emerging like some imagined alternative soundtrack to the techno adventures of John Connor, Delivery's debut 'Drama' gives up trip-sequence warehouse acid on the A-side, arcing sci-fi synths over shifty, pacy, burned-out 909 programming, whilst flipside knuckles out a brutal bucker primed for PCP-raggin' Hells Angels, or then again it's just as effective for basement bashes and banging Bradford bedsits.
Debut session of deeptime techno, house and boogie sprinkles from Parisian producer D.K for local label, Antinote. It's a lovely drop of retro-futurist sophistication sitting up comfortably next to your PPU bargain bin rescues, Mood Hut missives and Lone records. The range-finding chords and boogie bobble of 'Juicy' part the curtains for a sublime suite taking in the breezy swing of 'We Ride' and the percolating party business 'Pool Rules' beside the divine downstrokes of 'All Due Respect' and the liquid electro-funk of 'Loosing Ground'.
**Ltd edition pressing on clear vinyl** Diverse, deep-burning jakbeat trax from Chicago acolyte D'Marc Cantu, presented in Desire's ace mock old skool Warp jacket. Stepping slightly outside his usual remit, Cantu takes the opportunity to flex some uptempo energy with the filtered bassline funk and warm synth pads of 'Irregular Bedfellows', the DJ Rush-styled slam of 'Partydaze', and the Roulé-meets-Reese filter freaker 'Svetlana', whereas the 303-riding party hustle of 'Maddance' and the druggy AI techno dream of 'Uneven' return to tempos more typical of his usual output. Smart joint.
Bittersweet IDM pearls from Sunderland's Graeme Evans aka Carbo Flex. Nine tracks capture that yearning, melancholic essence of late '90s Autechre and Gescom records, from the twitching glitches and serene harmonic arrangements of 'Amme Dot' thru the angular hip hop swing of 'Flirty Fox' and the mournful, bit-crushed bounce of 'Trifolium'.
Roguish underground wriggles from L.I.E.S.' recent NYC discovery, Bookworms. We know bot all about Bookworms, but we we can tell you they make some wild dance music. A-side's 'Love Triangles' is built from deliciously blown-out samples and jerry-rigged machine rhythms playing to a jacked-up and voodooed agenda somewhere between classic Muzique and a Ron Hardy jam done 3 days into a heavy session. B-side's 'African Rhythms' interestingly enough already turned up on a Water Borders DJ mix from 2010, and hits between the eyes of Theo P's more frayed and freeform rhythm excursions and a lo-fi Pepe Braddock. You really need to check this out!
Monday, 30 June
Pinch and Mumdance go B2B carving thru 19 exclusive versions and unreleased tracks from the the Tectonic and Cold laboratories. Following their september 2013 mix together, it's rooted UK dance futurism at its finest, twisting the lines of D&B, dubstep and techno thru grime and up-to-the-second bass dimensions. Opening and closing with atmospheric bookends by Logos, they skulk between Alex Coulton's darkside tribalism 'Sinners', Pinch and Shed versions of 'Obsession (The Possession)' to Mumdance's manic 'Sprawl', to Ziro's rigid overhaul of El-B's 'Buck & Bury', Nurve's aquate… Read more
Dettmann & Emika nod to Heinrich Mueller's recent experiments with female vocalists in the free-floating tones and elegant electro-techno pulses of 'Seduction'. On the Deuce remix Dettmann reprises his duo with Rene Pawlowitz (Shed) for a rolling drone techno intensifier, while Anthony Parasole's remix keeps all the energy tucked below the belt with shifty bass patterns and Ryan Elliott keeps his hand in with a minimal techno-house remix.