Monday, 29 September
Burnt Friedman tempers his percussive skills to slinky house mode accentuated with Daniel Dodd-Ellis' hushed vocals. 'Skies Okay Blue' lurks somewhere between Bodycode and Tin Man styles with shuffling, pensive groove and noirish atmosphere, and 'Cycles' hypnotises with it's dubbed, glinting syncopation, leaving more conventional Friedman drums and Eastern inflections of 'Siberne Libelle' to drift to close.
Sh***t, that Roska sample's been bouncing around for at least 6 years now?! Celebrating that fact, the Rinse FM regular and UKF pioneer showcases his label's talents, both new and old, with jackin' house from Alex Parkin & Chris Lorenzo plus the soulful swing of Nudist's 'Crossroad Wishes' beside a stack of fresh Funky and broken house joints: at best in Bakongo's technoid tribalism 'Rolling Blackouts'; the 'ardcore razz of Beer Fridge Project's 'Motorboat'; and Tickles' rude-style dancefloor rudder, 'Between The Lines'.
**Retrovert deep house romanticism** "Berlin sequencer Thomas Pahl aka Vertical67 pitches his latest sheaf of sim city nostalgia acid away from the lovers lanes of his last SILK sides, Soulmates, towards a new nocturnal dome. Faded neon, concave rubber basslines, fluorescent synths, and Roland rhythm patterns interweave across expanses of spheric interior space – an Aura pervades. The EP’s 5 pieces patrol different perimeters, evoking various shades of windswept, moon-burned, ecstatic, restless states of mind. Pahl’s interests in electronic textures spill over into his ambient work as The Colour… Read more
Subtle but muscular techno/house trax from Darko Esser aka Tripeo for Clone's Basement series. 'Kuebiko' is a stranger ace, mixing diving subs with stepping techno groove and sparkling pads to infect the basement. 'Nargy' gets down proper with a steaming but coolly controlled techno momentum, and 'Qwerty' goes underwater with a fine flux of blips and scratchy jack attack.
Smartly forward dub-techno deviations from Topdown Dialectic on promising new label, Aught. The follow-up to their eponymous EP for Seattle's Further Records advances the most choking/choked aesthetics of Actress or Andy Stott into fully blown-out abstraction, blowing with force between noisily skudged Chain Reaction styles to crushed Wanda Group mulch, heaving Thriller boogie and kinetic, swarming techno buried beneath acres of atmospheric pressure. Aces.
Rrose and Dino Sabatini rework Dave Huren and co's Teste techno classic 'The Wipe' for 2014. The Rrose version opens a headlong vortex of mind-swilling synth waves and shuffled drums recalibrating the original to a sexier schematic. Berlin-based Italian, Dino Sabatini switches up with a more fluidly proggy, stark-naked version swept with ghostly, siren-like pads.
"Stewart Walker returns with his new album release Ivory Tower Broadcast. A quarter century of the same drum machines and basslines turned future music into golden oldies. Visionaries don't make techno based on particular instruments but a set of techniques which can dilate time, implode sound, and confound expectation. Stewart Walker returns after a six-year retreat to bring his own future sound with Ivory Tower Broadcast. The Ivory Tower refers to a cloistered and elitist mental space removed from practical considerations and criticism. It's a perfect metaphor for a music … Read more
**Claggy dub techno drift from a new Manchester duo. For fans of vintage Vladislav Delay, Echospace. Edition of 50 housed in two-colour risograph sleeves printed in recycled paper stock** "Above / Below the concrete' is the debut 40 minute offering from Manchester duo 'Space Afrika'. Approaching from a concept based around the industrial architecture in the north west, specifically Manchester, Space Afrika employ a drifting balance of scorched soundscapes, field recordings and rolling dubbed out techno dread. There is a refreshing element of fearlessness to adm… Read more
"Jagjaguwar & Death Waltz Recording Company are proud and excited to release a true masterpiece into the world with the soundtrack to Panos Cosmatos' BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW. Posited as a "lost film" of the 1980s, the picture is inspired by classic dystopian fiction and the obscure SF movies one used to see lining the shelves of the local video store. As such, the brilliant soundtrack blends seamlessly amongst its influences; Tangerine Dream, Wendy Carlos, and of course John Carpenter, with the latter's mark heard on the oppressive synth percussion of t… Read more
**Flac format of this release is 24 bit audio** London-based sound artist/producer/DJ, Shelley Parker presents an inquisitive album of alien concrète structures compiled from edits and extracts of her performances/installations/videos over the last five years. 'Spurn' follows the aesthetic themes of her 'Sleeper Line' EP for Entr'acte in eight pieces that tease out and augment a latent sense of "techno" from industrial field recordings and documentation of her work, focussing on its rhythmic and spatial qualities. The results are best defined in terms of their physical bass presence … Read more
Yung Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such as 'New Dorp. New Dorp', 'Higher' and 'Voices In My Head' have… Read more
Toiling techno grind from an intriguing Italian project named Roughlung. Improvised on hardware from nose to tail, their 'Untitled' session hauls ass from muggy, tracky industrial percolators to bleached-out, knackered house and hydraulic techno minimalism striding just the right side of noisy-but-craftily defined grooves. RIYL CUB, Positive Centre, Shifted, Fishermen.
**Sounds like a Craig Leon re-score for Mad Max** "Regional Curse is the scarred, spectral incarnation of Melbourne-by-way-of-Adelaide musician Stacey Wilson aka Rites Wild. Her instrumentation remains similar – cyclical keyboard figures, downward tracing synths, skeletal drum machinery – but the execution follows a more disembodied, ceremonial logic. Her latest collection of uneasy electronics murmurs and seethes like threatening shadows silhouetted through the blinds. Low-lit drones stalk their waveforms, unraveling into pulsing, blank dubs for unknown presences. Like all of Wils… Read more
Randomer returns to Hemlock on a rampant acid breakbeat tip. The label's latest recruit and North London resident has honed his sound to punchily aggressive impact, swangin' out with masticated 303 lines, roiling breaks and ruddy samples on 'We Laugh, We Scream', before launching the reduced martial flex of 'Nar' with its grimy strings and wide-ass bass on the B-side, next to the Dillinja-style bass threshold distortion and Breaks-style flow of 'Freak Dub'.
A *stone cold* wave anthem reissued by Emotional Rescue! Since Lights Sounds Dark introduced us to the pleasures of Pink & Black's 'Sometimes I Wish' life has never been the same, basically. A perfect distillation of dancefloor ecstasy and melancholy, that vocal will not be leaving your head any time soon, and you might as well take out a restraining order on those toms and bouncing bass before it gets any worse; they're simply not gonna leave your ass alone. Essential disco music, no less.
The excellent Blowing Up The Workshop mix-tape blog and Opal Tapes team up again to present the machine madness of Ged Gengras' Personable and Gnod's Dwellings & Druss on the latest Mirror & gate volume. In jackin' modular synth mode, Personable churns out two bits of overheated electronic scree powered by thumping kicks on his side; Gnod squadron's Dwellings & Druss 'fess up a live set recorded on 20/06/13 on the flip, stepping off into a vortex of acidic chain reactions, staggering dub rhythms, cacophonous noise and thunderous drum patterns so dark and disorienting we can't tell up from down.
**Plush grooves from 100% Silk's new sister label, House Of Silk** "LA/Detroit two-steppers Newbody (aka Roberto Ramone and Jonathan Roshad) keep the faith on their latest single. “Emotional” and the flip “Wut U Do” share the duo’s brisk vocal house signature: cooled garage energy, uptown piano, bass calisthenics, satin shirt soul. The remixes flex different tendons of the tracks: Emotion II Emotion pumps it to Jack City, piano stabs and discotheque horns over a lush, lewd bounce, while Cromie & Sage go more stereoscopic, dizzying the song into an abstract sunrise awakening. Also includes a ra… Read more
Matt Edwards (Radio Slave) meets best pal Thomas Gandey (Cagedbaby) to indulge in some abstract soundscaping as Matom for Planet E. 'Love Mistakes' was created at Berlin's legendary Hansa Studios as a sort of tribute to it's hallowed clients and productions - Bowie, Iggy Pop, Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno. "The entire essence of Matom’s Sounds is based around live takes and recorded snippets of conversations and ambiences from their tours, with no midi or samples so when they joined the line up for the Pyramids of Mars label showcase at Berghain’s Kantine it was a seamless transition from studi… Read more
Ghetto don Marquis Hawkes continues to flirt with Dutch labels following his stack of classics for Glasgow's Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and Clone's Jack For Daze series. He's already won with the opening track's hybrid of jacking house and the spine-tingling bell synths from Origin Unknown's jungle classic, 'Valley Of The Shadows', and then gets freakier still with the purple house screw of 'Prince Among Men', plus a chewy acid jam called 'Acid Sofa', and some of dat knackered box business in 'October Blues'.
Strongback techno from a spearhead of the new French techno wave for Berlin's Tresor. 'Red Dance' runs ruffshod with clattering drums and guttural bass shift yoked to a tight, driving momentum; 'Worship The Bass' brings a grittier Chicago-style buck; 'Shine' dices with trippier, hypnotic dubbing, cutting the kick drum anchor before drifting into the celestial ambient space of 'Astral'.