Monday, 06 October
Wolfgang Voigt returns to sometime handle, SOG, for a smart lesson in Teutonic swagger. On 'STOA 1.1' he cuts an elegant figure with massive bass drum and swinging triplet rhythms carving a stately, head-high groove across the A-side, accentuated by only slight filter modulations for effortlessly hypnotic effect. 'STOA 1.2' on the other hand is more driving, determined, with a dry 4/4 heft sounding like a saltier take on his foundational Studio 1 series.
'Memoosh' is the collaborative project between William Yates (memotone) and Soroosh Khavari (Soosh). Without any pre-planning, the project started to grow and develop a life of its own as soon as the first session started. Over the course of more than eight weekends spread over a year, the two visited each other for recording sessions, not relying on modern modes of communication. Making all the music in person to keep to the collaborative nature of the project, leaving more room for improvisation and opportunity to jam out all their ideas. The album is a mixture of live instrumentation (… Read more
Fierce, crushing techno rufige from Perc Trax's Japanese ambassador. 'Radiate The Ocean From My Back' stomps about like an acid-addled Surgeon romp beside the droning, deft clatter and shuffle of 'Unvanquishable Number'. B-side, 'Something For Those Who Wait' sets it sights underwater with fluid hydraulic rhythms and plangent sonar blips, and the mauling industrial funk of 'Lose The Ability To Withstand Existence' takes no prisoners.
"Nine years after ‘Lookaftering’, her last album of new material, legendary British singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan returns with a new LP. Recorded largely in her home studio, ‘Heartleap’ is a unique and entrancing collection of ten songs forming what Vashti is adamant will be her final album. The record reveals an artist at her peak, capturing her songs within fluid settings that masterfully marry content and form."
Suite of colourful home-made synth scapes from a new addition to Paris' Antinote crew. With a decade or more of releases as Domotic under his belt, Stéphane Laporte takes this opportunity to release under his own name, presenting eleven concise, crisply melodic and dynamic scenes recorded to hissy tape. One for followers of the dreamiest radiophonica, Madalyn Merkey, early AFX.
NYC residents Soramimi and Cory James inaugurate the Dusk Notes label with an EP of interchangeable dancefloor/home listening contrasts. Soramimi seals the A-side with three sci-fi-infected visions of spectral synth music ranging from romantic sentiments to furtive darkside scenes reminding of Stuart Argabright's Black Rain output. James, one half of Point Break, contributes three spaced out, moody New York techno trax redolent of Adam X and Anthony Parasole styles.
Radge-packet techno from Lyon, France-based Somaticae for the home of spannered Gallic techno, In Paradisum. 'Rexd' jaxx up a gravelly sort of EBM techno slam with proper wrong'un vocals; 'Pacurgis' dries off with a salty, bruxist techno determination; 'Zouk' cuts loose with hollowed metallic breakbeats and tek style bass wallop; 'Feedbacks' describes the title with unflinching force.
Remember HotFlush's early golden years? No? Scuba's got you covered with 'Hotflush (Vol.1 The Formation Years)', featuring 14 tracks from 2004-2005 - dubstep's infancy - it includes massive anthems such as Toasty's 'The Knowledge' and 'Like Sun' or evil Distance riddims such as 'Nomad' and 'Empire' alongside Slaughter Mob's breakstep classic, 'L'Amour' and a few early aces from the label bossman, Scuba.
Rebekah presents four techno bangers on CLR. There's a black hole vortex from Perc called 'Grindr'; nastier rolige from Dark Chambers; grumbling industrial torque from Pfirter; a cavernous 4/4 pounding from Operator (UK).
Another phenomenal Pauline Oliveros re-issue from Important Records, 'The Wanderer' originally surfaced back in 1984 and is a collection of her seminal accordion work and a companion record to the hugely influential 'Accordion & Voice'. The first piece here is a peculiar meditation in restrained playing and silence, sounds emerge from the instruments and then drop into nothingness just as quickly as they had arrived. It's strange but you begin to sink deeper and deeper into the quality of the room, the recording itself as you hear the two musicians (Oliveros is joined by bandolion … Read more
West Coast Dutch Electro from Syncom Data's Jan Katsma aka Nukubus. As proved in his small but well formed catalogue, Nukubus knows proper electro - just check the killer 'Second Moon' EP or thgis, his 1999 debut for evidence. There's six tracks, each as tight as you like, from the oily, minimal wave of 'Baby Here It Comes' to the grubby acid of 'Earthshaker' and the wickedly awkward fynk of 'Haenosaki', and the Pametex-alike slow-motion drum programming of 'Sonne und Stern' and the blown-out instrumental refix.
Edit Select, Cassegrain, and Svreca have their way with Mike Parker's 'Lustration' for Prologue. The Edit Select remix is built for booming rooms with super-solid groove and subtle atmospheric disturbances; Cassegrain's is shiftier, full of coruscating dub FX for that slinky but rugged motion; Svreca's descends to sonar-scrambling minimalist depths.
Massimo Di Lena and Padice team up on a deep house/disco session for Dekmental. Four tracks cover bases between slinky acid disco in 'Motor'; bumpty Chicago juice in 'Oman Jazz'; wiggly Border Community-style tech-house in 'Design The Future'; grumbling cosmic styles in 'Arctic Lodge'.
James T Cotton shows off some lean, disco-ready house and heavy electro moves on 'Escalator to Sorga' for Bopside Records. The title track and pacier 'Infinite Organism' get down and frisky with tribalised percussion and jazz-fonky synth squiggle, but the one for us is the 12 minute slow/fast killer, Veronja One' which sounds lands somewhere between Kassem Mosse and Stingray. Tip dat one!
Hypercolour present new tech-house productions by Laurent Garnier. 'Enchanté' is moodier, string heavy house underpinned with healthy subs; 'Confused' ramps the energy levels pounding, rolling bass and prodding bleeps.
A Steel City dance legend-in-his-own-time, Richard Barrett (All Seeing I, Sweet Exorcist) dons his Crooked Man cape for Optimo Trax. If you ask us, the label's tenth release is also their best since the L/F/D/M debut in 2013, following a taut, kinetic agenda from the dark room electro-disco bounce and killer vocal of 'Undigitize Me' thru the more dubbed-out but dirivng electro-techno pop of 'Skink', before twisting right to the slower, scuffed balearic chug of 'Try Me'. Spunky stuff for the modern disco freaks.
The man, the legend known as Cosmic Dennis Greenidge returns on Mordant Music with a whole hour's worth of improvised pause-button befuddlement. This is a really hardcore dose of Dennis and probably the best way to really gain entry to his world, a free, psychedelic headspace that sounds something like a particularly wild Hieroglyphic Being mix scrambled by Wanda Group and decayed by Basinski - hence its superlative title, 'The Denseintegration Tapes'.
Manchester's Chimpo comes 'Out an Bad' on Exit with five caricatured footwork/jungle and hip hop mutations. 'Restless Leg Syndrome' stretches out first with a rapid footwork/jungle flex; 'Haymaker' drops cold instrumental hip hop weight. On the potty-mouthed 'Out an Bad' he sounds like some mad lad on the backseat of the 86; 'Bun It' rolls with a minimal D&B sound voiced by Fixate, who also appears on the bubbling mutant swing of 'Dumb'.
Yung guns, Happa and French Fries treat Chevel's album tracks to more colourful, rough-textured remixes for Non Series. Following his Habits Of Hate hook-up with Manni Dee, Happa gives 'Harsh Times' a laidback but insistent remix with emphasis on a dry bassline and well-paced drums rubbed with bittersweet distortion to taste. French Fries' version of 'Lumen' is quirkier, grinding out some kinda steel drum-inflected acid bogle as though he's the halfprice hooligan sibling disowned by Jamie xx.
**Flac format comes in 24 bit** Dan Snaith indulges his most sensitive indie-disco-pop side with 'Our Love', his sixth solo album as Caribou. Hingeing on the slippery ohrwurm of the title track's electro-disco-tech romp, the rest of the album features Jessy Lanza in the technoid R&B flux of 'Second Chance', plus numerous contributions of Owen Pallett's violin and viola in the moody slo-mo slug, 'Silver', that title track, and the dusty radiophonic disco-tech of 'Your Love Will Set You Free'.
Cardopusher goes retro house on the 'Police Are Coming EP'. Nodding to classic Chicago, Belgian and UK house templates, he shunts the weight jack of '1989 Warehouse' and the Italo-spiked darkside chuggernaut, 'Police Are Coming (Emergency Mixx)', plus the grungy gargle of 'Mouthwash Acid'. His Classicworks co-owner Neuhen shakes 'Police Are Coming' down to a naked, tracky weapon, and Phran flips '1989 Warehouse' with some Juan Atkins-esque electro technique.
**Avant-leaning psych rock experiments by the artists behind legendary library work used for 'Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue' and 'The Underground'** "Collectively known under their production pop group moniker The Pawnshop, Italian Giallo/Spaghetti legends Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini and Giulia De Mutiis (using their Giallo-psych alter egos of Braen, Raskovich and Kema) would reconvene behind the curtain in 1973 to craft this lost full-length LP as a mythical addition to their tiny group discography. Pin-pointing a bona fide crossroads between the compose… Read more
“Debut album from new Montréal kraut-funk supergroup led by J.S. Truchy of Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche began in 2011, with bassist, singer and composer Jean-Sebastien Truchy seeking a new live ensemble to fuel his desired return to exploring the highly structured afro-kraut trance rock that was one of several stocks-in-trade during his tenure in early Constellation project and pseudo-legendary Fly Pan Am. Avec le soleil initially formed with guitarist/engineer Sebastien Fournier and drummer Nasir Hasan; a rotating cast of additional players join… Read more
Monday, 29 September
The Hyperdub capo and his dread spar at their best on 'Killing Season' - their first joint release since 2011's 'Otherman'. Strikingly, it reveals The Space Ape at his most honest, both lyrically and aesthetically, with sparing use of effects and pitching sharpening his position over whipsmart drill snares and depth charge subs in 'Chasing A Beast', or eerily panned and centred around the coil groove and drones of 'Devil Is A Liar'. In 'Heart' he's heard lucid amidst recursive echoes and skittish hi-hat patter, whilst the beatless 'Pictures On The Wall' could almost be one o… Read more
Regis and Ancient Methods augment their deadly Ugandan Methods duo with vocals from Prurient on 'Dial B For Beauty' - and it's quite the tantalising prospect. Two years since 'A Cold Retreat' (2012) for Boomkat Editions, UM release the beast in four break-bone techno assaults furnished with Prurient's sharp, visceral holler. On 'Call1' he's in a proper firey mood over pitching war drums, whereas in 'Call 3' he's used as a looming presence akin to 'You Show Great Spirit' over a proper Berlin techno drill. He's further into the murk on ''Call 4' over CUB-style breakbeat … Read more
Cyphr returns with the eighth Her Records release, his second for the label and another standout re-calibration of stripped/fwd Grime and tech aesthetics. If you imagine the sweet spot between Jam CIty, Lorenzo Senni and The Art of Noise you’ll get the general idea, tapping into those uber-spacious club variants that have become the defining sound of 2014 - a big recommendation to those of you who've enjoyed releases by Strict Face and Mr Mitch for Gobstopper, as well as all those aces from Her Records in recent months.