Monday, 03 November
Monkeytown celebrate 21 years of Mouse on Mars' wonderfully dextrous, eccentric poptronics with the first of three extensive collaboration collections. Best among this volume include the avant dancehall bogle of 'Errormom' with Errorsmith and the enchanted Afro-centric flex of 'Queen für Erschein' with Dodo NKishi beside more fine stuff with Eli & Mark E Smith, Tortoise, Siriusmo…
Superb electro-acoustic jazz session from Sähkö's Puu sublabel featuring the legendary Pekka Airaksinen (piano) plus Anton Nikkilä (electronics, guitar), Ari Salonen (bass), and Samuli Tanner (drums, electronics). The mention of Mr. Airiksinen should be ringing alarm bells for anyone aware of his Sperm output or those incredible, cryptic jazz slabs of the '70s/'80s and he's still an endearing presence here, vibing out on the ivories against the skronkiest, sharpest electronics and darting rhythmic calculations. Most importantly, Modern Feelings extrapolate a fresh sensation from … Read more
Released just in time for the second series of Toast of London, here's that ace theme tune with some added words from the great man. Game of blow table football anyone"?
Marble Sky was the moniker under which chameleonic nomad Jeff Witscher, best known for his work as Rene Hell, recorded his most intimate and contemplative music. The material that comprises this eponymous 2xLP was originally released in the late aughts as short-run cassettes—highly coveted and personal releases that imparted mystery and a strange sense of hermetic romanticism. Although Witscher’s musical sensibilities are remarkably diverse, what remains consistent in all his projects is an idiosyncratic knack for composition and a boundless capacity for ingenuity. Indeed, his wo… Read more
Low Jack lands his debut LP of exotic, esoteric riddims on L.I.E.S. after a slew of white-hot, down-slow club bangers. Originally commissioned as a live performance at the Quai Branly Museum (MQB) of indigenous art, the 'Garifuna Variations' feature percussive samples taken from the museum's collection of recordings from Honduras, Central America and remodelled into Low Jack's signature technoid gyrations. You'd be hard pushed to pass them off as peaktime dancefloor tackle, but as a flavour of Low Jack's oeuvre it's his strangest and most intriguing sensation to date, scudding from… Read more
Chaz Bundick (Toto Y Moi) flirts with the 'floor on his debut album as Les Sins. 'Michael' follows a trio of slickly discofied 12"s for Daphni/Caribou's Jiaolong label with eleven tracks indebted to '90s filter house, sytnh-pop and almost Mo'wax style broken beats, all factored with his super keen pop and R&B sensibility. RIYL Falty DL, Four Tet, 100% Silk.
Wild one from LuckyMe: the debut proper of bubblegum techno pop from Edinburgh's Joseph Marinetti. Operating in that same wipe-clean sphere as Felicita, SOPHIE and the PC Music gang - he contributed to their Christmas 2.0 release in 2013 - Marinetti arrives squeaky clean and fresh with the Makina bounce of 'Ms. Telesales' and indulges some '90s nostalgia with the natty garage bubble of 'Kenzo Lee' and the laminate 'flooring of 'Lipsync' whilst '3D Hentai Stud' freaks out with a sort of piquant, grimy hardstyle burn, and French ghetto house player Big Dope P flips 'Lipsync' for the club.
Opal Tapes' Patricia and synth-o-naut Jahlliya Fields team up as Inhalants for three mind-bending, abstract-yet-functional deep techno kicks on L.I.E.S. For our 2p, it's the best we've heard from either artist, hitting a sweep spit dead on between Fields' cosmic trips and Patricia's shifty, tracky dancefloor patterns. The eponymous A-side carries a tangled, frayed mass of fluid, gritty synth modulations on a swinging, perpetual techno motion coming off like a frazzled Terrence Dixon groove. B-side, 'No Hats' follows that aesthetic with a noisier, blown-out effect strongly recalling Actress ace… Read more
Huxley expands upon 'I Want You', the moody lead track from his debut album, 'Blurred'. Roses Gabor coats chiming chords, wraped bass and icy trance sprinkles with her velvety vocal in the original, which Huxley beefs up with more rugged bass and straighter arrangement in the Club Rub. Youandewan's version takes it to a much quieter corner of the dance for some heads-down, neckin' effect, and Huxley brings the party up with again with the infectious, swinging momentum of 'Sphere'.
**Bittersweet, Latinate pop laced with lustrous electronics and fragile vocals** "Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange, recorded Double Youth, his fourth LP, in his home studio with a computer, his voice, and telepathic input from a poster he found buried in a closet in his childhood home. Helado Negro owes something to his contemporaries (Chancha Via Circuito, Matias Aguayo, Juana Molina, Bear in Heaven, Prefuse 73, and School of Seven Bells) but Double Youth is more a spiritual long-lost cousin to the great masters of funk, like Parliament, Prince, and George Duke, whose finely tuned beat… Read more
One of L.I.E.S. most promising artists pays up a superb session of sub-aquatic house murk on 'Porte Maillot'. A-side 'Fleuve' works right up our alley with tumbling voodoo drums and woozy pads like some soundtrack to being chased by evil spirits thru swampland at midnight. Not sure if that's what you want in a club, but we wouldn't say no. Similarly , 'Laghi Sotterranei' isolates the same sort of mystic tension at a much slower pace, whilst B-side 'Kohle (Beats)' ups the ante with bristling drum patterns and insistent bass surges layered with psychoactive samples drawing the ear outwards, and 'Archives' clocks out with a darker abstract tape vignette.
Gobby lets the strangeness out with his latest beat suite for UNO, suitably titled 'Beats By Gobby'. 20 tracks deep and brilliantly deranged, it amounts to one of the weirdest collections you'll hear in 2014.
Funkineven comes as rough as yer nan's stubble on three killer analogue sessions - his most focused and stripped release to date. In fact, it's so gnarled there's even a warning on the centre label "It's Not Your Speakers, It's The Beat", a sure sign of great things ahead. On the A-side you'll feel the gravelly wallop of 'Beat Crash', a bruxist confection of wildly overdriven electro bass, surging hyper-Boogie keys and needling hi-hats, kinda like Alec Empire jamming with Dâm Funk. Flipside 'F*ck Off' churns any remaining residue between your ears with gargled acid tweaks and brittle-but-boo… Read more
Barcelona's excellent Arnau Sala aka Exoteric Continent serves his 3rd lot of throbbing industrial machine killers via Hospital Productions. This digital release collects both volumes of the super limited cassette (48 copies of each), 'Referèndum', spanning nine tracks of toiling drums and groaning synths with highlights found in the chewy knots of 'Definició d'Estat', the nimble techno hulk of 'La mirada llarga' and the Powell-esque synth fizz of 'Autoritat'. Highly Recommended!
Vincent Koreman aka Drvg Cvltvre makes a strong deposit on Permanent Vacation, backed with a 'floor-charming OB Ignitt remix. Fusing the stickiest traces of Acidic New Beat, experimental house and electronica in his own image, Drvg Cvltvre yields the chiming narcotic chug of 'Night Time Is The Right Time' and the slower proto-goan styles of 'Ne Prilazita' on the A-side, whilst Omar-S protégé OB Ignitt spices up the title cut with fizzing Detroit soul across the flipside.
Mordant Music surpass themselves again with this unearthed, alien gem by library composer Donald Fraser and British folk band, Steeleye Span, recorded in 1975. The 15 minute 'Locomotion' is a real ace, locked into a tunnel of glue-huffing krautrock groove suffused with the fumes of psychedelic folk and ritual drums. MM's DLR remix squashes the thing to a demented acid church-hall bogle sparked up with gremlin voices and mutant electronics beside a eerily detached, barely-there Ghost Train Version left to roil in the murk. Or, as MM put it: "Radiophonic folk in continual accelerando for … Read more
Updated yet timeless Italo-disco by Dimitri From Paris collaborator, DJ Rocca. Frontside fires up the original 'Flying Mix' of 'Destination To The Sun' replete with dreamy vocal and well toned 12-cylinder bass arpeggios. Backside drops the vocal for a driving, elated Dubstrumental, and a more spaced-out remix from Leo Mas & Fabrice.
Skewed and scuffed garage trax from Marco Zanin aka DJ Octopus and half of Venetian duo, Die Roh. His 3rd 12", following releases for Enlightened Wax and Chiwax, comes with a pendulous, rugged reminding of John Swing or Battista in the gritty groove of 'Smack My Pitch Up' whilst 'Cycling' serves a tape-saturated sort of bumpty garage-house. Better yet, the B-side lays out a killer fusion of technoid snares (snatched off Dimi Angelis & Jeroen Search's 'Jupiter'?) and heavy house bass with that classic "Love Fantaseee" sample, and 'A Day At The Lake With Carlos' simmers down to a blue strain of mid-tempo garage.
**DELS' sophomore LP starring production by Micachu and Bonobo plus vocals from Tirza, Rosie Lowe, Kerry Leatham** "Kieren Gallear aka DELS returns with his second album, Petals Have Fallen, and makes the step up from potential contender to full scale champ. Delivering on the potential he displayed on his first album, GOB, DELS has developed his own unique take on hip hop – intensely personal and poetic but also funny, scuzzy, raw and sonically adventurous. All the elements were there with his first record, but no one could have expected him to display them with such consistency, such de… Read more
"Blame it on the Ramones. After Deerhoof finished recording demos for La Isla Bonita this past February, they began rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Halfway through a run-through of a long-time Deerhoof live favorite, their cover of the Ramones classic "Pinhead," someone offhandedly asked, "Why don't we ever write a song like this?" So Greg quickly dashed off a song on a scrap of paper, showed it to the band, and they recorded the breakneck stomper "Exit Only" in one take. "And we suddenly realized," Greg says, "this is the whole thing, this is what the whole record is about! A little b… Read more
Class disco-tech music from Willie Burns and Entro Senestre as Daywalker & CF. The follow-up to their sought-after 'Supersonic Transportation' ace for L.I.E.S. arrives on Emotional Response, rending four diverse pieces dancing between the straight-up, club rocking epic 'Snake Charmer' to lush techno house shuffle in 'Take Me To Your Leader' and further out to the motorik, uptempo flex of 'Shimmer' and the majestic come-down 'Hold Me Take Me Leave Me'.