Monday, 27 April
"Laurent Jeanneau and Shi Tanding have returned from the northwest corner of China's Xinjiang province with an amazing batch of recordings collected during the weeks leading up to the volatile Uyghur uprising of 2009. Armed with their trusty audio gear, the couple was set on getting married and recording various styles of regional ethnic music near the Chinese border with Kazakhstan. However, the local authorities suspected that the pair had other intentions, shadowing and interrogating them wherever they went. Their marriage in Shi Tanding's home town o… Read more
Apparently this is among the first commercially available recordings to collect ceremonial music from the mysterious tribes of Northeast Cambodia, so trust it to come out on the ever intriguing Sublime Frequencies label eh?! A largely vocal release, 'Ethnic Music of Northeast Cambodia' features pieces recorded from tribal elders hoarsely wailing chants and religious rites. It's as gripping as it sounds, and music like this which is rarely heard by Western ears has a serious power to amaze and astound me. It makes me envious of the person who got to record all … Read more
A third volume in the series, compiled by sonic adventurer Laurent Jeanneau, this disc features recordings made in the most remote, tribal extremities of North Vietnam taking in the music of a number of different peoples along the way (the Giay Lu, Red Zao and Black Hmong). There are some incredible documents here, covering pieces played on bamboo percussion, kheng, Jew's harp, and best of all the truly unearthly Baozoo singing of the Red Zao, based on peculiar polyphonic repetition cycles made by an ensemble, based on the initial intonations of a lead singer figure... it's hard to explain, but you have to hear it. Truly bizarre and very wonderful indeed.
Echocord dip into their ample remix vaults to pull out a fresh 2nd collection. It's notable not only for the rare instance of a beat-less Convextion remixing Fluxion's 'Burst Mode' but, also Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer's jazz-wise diffusion of 'Latoma' by Vladislav Delay, and the again, a rare halfstepping techno trip by Marcel Dettmann remixing Mikkel Metal's 'Kenton'.
"From director Ana Lily Amirpour and Executive Producer Elijah Wood, "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" is a Western vampire noir set in a small Iranian town that has an effortlessly cool soundtrack featuring music from artists such as Kiosk, Radio Tehran, and Federale. With no solo composer providing a score, the sound of the film has instead been curated by Amirpour with a variety of tracks selected to supply a unique atmosphere, recalling less traditional vampire films such as "Near Dark" and "Only Lovers Left Alive". Despite not being scored, the … Read more
Debut dancefloor spurt from U Know The Drill on the baddest party imprint, Hot Haus Recs. 'Off The Chain' is a 'floor-dedicated bassline-house womper and 'Like Thiz' builds a more hardcore vibe with cheeky organ stabns and sped-up samples fitted to a swaggering bassline groove.
"Runddans is result of the collaboration between Todd Rundgren, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm and Emil Nikolaisen (Serena-Maneesh). It’s a spiritual magnus- opus, that stands alongside Rundgren’s most worshipped trippy albums of the seventies, fusing his blue eyed soul with Lindstrom’s disco epics and Emil Nikolaisen’s studio trickery into a cosmic mix of soul, synth, pop and disco. The collaboration was born after Rundgren did a stomping remix of Lindstrøm’s track “Quiet Place To Live” in 2012 (Rundgren’s first ever remix). The three of them met… Read more
Mike Oliver's Remote project has kept us enthralled since his fabulous releases for the Meanwhile imprint, two twelves that deployed flawless dubby techno with an airiness and attention to detail that have gained him a sizeable following. Here we have nine tracks (only two of which have been previously released) and every one is so delicately woven you begin to forget that it's 4/4 at all as it shares just as much in common with the glacial world of 12k as it does with the Detroit pioneers of yore. Maybe it's also Oliver's keen ear for dancefloor subtleties; these tracks have soul but ar… Read more
To-the-bone house gear from the DABJ hero, working to heavy inspiration from Ron Hardy, Gene Hunt, Roy Davis Jr. Back on Houndstooth following the buckshot of late 2014's 'Fifty Fathoms Deep', the Berlin-based producer does druggy ghetto vibes in the warm 'n gritty percolations of 'Raw Materials' on the A-side, before the sozzled swang of ''Ave That' cuts loose on the flipside along with the freeky early Dance Mania jabs of 'Jerk U Later'.
Future Loop Foundation's Mark Barrott proceeds his 'Sketches From An Island' volumes with two chiming drug chug trips for the breeziest balearic minds. 'Bush Society' takes ten minutes to set a humid scene of cicadas, tropical storms and percolating marimbas tones precipitating a lush and oily disco dream sequence. 'Saviours or Savages' is the waking afterthought of rippling gamelan-like patter and lilting acidic synths dusted with MDMA pad magic.
**In which the legendary Can drummer and multi-percussionist Holger Mertin converge a lushly kinetic, outernational meld of complex rhythms and percussive melody** "Like a zen master of the minimal, repetitive beat, Liebezeit -- famous for his hypnotic precision -- creates with only few sound colors the perfect matrix for Mertin's unleashed playing on any imaginable percussion instrument. The result is a mighty, complex pulse -- the groove of a better world. On the basis of that musical matrix, sound magician Joseph Suchy has produced a jaw-dropping album that defies any categorization. E… Read more
Pinging hardware rhythm trax from the ever effective I:Cube. '123bpm' bites down with stereo-dancing blips yoked to grubbing kicks and Linn snare crack like some early Ø transposed back to mid '80s Chicago; '118bpm' loosens up more with frisky layers of latinate percussion and nowt but; Pilooski chips in a bendy edit reduction of 'Makossa' to ramp the tribal vibes. Aces.
Blinking megatropolis panoramas from F.E. Denning for Posh Isolation. In keeping with the label's hard-on for Hospital Productions, 'Cities Of Light' finds that tenderised balance of night-vision synth tones and salty noise distortion in five parts synching neatly with the bleaker scapes of Alberich, Lussuria or Virile Games.
Berlin tech-house wrought with swelling, proggy emotions by former Tresor resident Dave DK. 'Val Maira' builds on the example of his split 12" with Ricoshëi in fine style, exapdning on a flush of warm, 'floor-friendly strokes at best in the night-light charms of 'Immer Gut', the spaced-out sound designs of 'We Mix At Six', and Burial-esque ambience of 'Naschi'.
Lissom tech-house sophistication from the Canadian trio helmed by Mathew Jonson. Their first offering in over 3 years was worth the wait, dealing in exquisite posh trance tones and feathered groove in 'Northern Lights' and its deeply seductive inversion, 'Drawn From the Side of Crime'.