Monday, 03 November
**Sublime ambient works for gongs and bowed cymbals from Jon Mueller and Eleh collaborator Duane Pitre, edition of 500, first 200 on gold wax, cut at D&M, Berlin** 'Inverted Torch' is an incredible, immersive session of treated gongs and bowed cymbals from Jon Mueller (Volcano Choir) and dedicated minimalist Duane Pitre for Type. It's the 3rd Type release for percussionist Mueller, and the first for former pro skateboarder Pitre, who's been quietly amassing a catalog of sublime LPs for Important Records and others since 2007, including a superlative split with Eleh. In col… Read more
Joey Anderson and Deepchord rework rootsy dub house trax from Fluxion's 'Broadwalk Tales' album. Joey Anderson brigns out latent Afro-centric vibes of 'You Don't Know' to the fore with hovering rhythmelodies and alien pads dubbed out to mesmerising effect. On the flip, Deepchord furnish two remixes of 'For You', one with a breezier, light-headed skank, and another sodden with tape FX.
Sh*t-hot EP of taut, technoid post-punk steppers and gamelan-infused no wave madness from Cured Pink on excellent new label, Another Dark Age. Cured Pink hail from Brisbane, Australia and sound quite unlike anyone else right now. The A-side, 'As Enderie Nuatal' lands somewhere between the menace of Raime's Moin workouts, SPK's industrial invocations and the psychoative impulse of Astral Social Club, yoking febrile drum machines to heady synth washes and possesed vocals with a clear, distinct vision. The B-side tracks are wilder in a slower, humid manner, mixing the sort of crisp clank a… Read more
Sully follows his junglist rinse for Keysound with another killer bassbin session for Hsüan Records backed with superb Banshee remix. Hitting that classic Foul Play/Steve Gurley sound on the nose, he refracts classic samples thru deftest breakbeat chops to deep blue effect in 'Concord', and to searing darkside impact with the streaking synthlines and sweeping breakbeat sensuality of 'Inroads'. Hotly tipped newcomer Banshee updates 'Concord' with a slick remix yoked to percolating, Afro-centric trap rhythms. BIG tip!
The opening cut from Tricky's 'Adrian Thaws' album gets deranged by Actress in a killer remix. The original's big studio production is promptly smudged and shaded by Actress to much more menacing effect with a juxtaposition of clanking post-punk/industrial drums and Carpenter-esque synth hook cut to a hip hop lean. StraightFace also contributes a moody, murky remix of 'Nicotine Love' featuring Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers.
The man best known for his NNF/100% Silk releases returns to Mogwai's Rock Action with two low-flying darkwave missiles. Bearing a much bulkier and spacious sound design than previous efforts, he starts the mission with a moody, furtive swagger in the tight flux and awning arpeggios of 'Cry Havoc', and comes off like some Fever Ray instrumental in the plangent, icy drums and trickling synth romance of the brilliant B-side, 'Heathen Birth'. Great stuff.
AnD deliver their long-coming debut LP, 'Cosmic Microwave Background' for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. It's a proper session, choking back 12 tracks (eight on LP) of galloping productions and acid with all the brute force and caustic atmosphere you'd hope for. But it's actually at its best when they step out of the loops and repetitive tricks into more wayward structures, as with the crushing lurch of 'Relic Radiation', the masticated industrial funk of 'Galactic Motion', or the plangent Alien transmission of 'The Surface Of Last Scattering'. If you're craving the out-and-ou… Read more
Cache Cache / Finders Keepers commission Felix Kubin to trawl through his collection of German Home Recording Tape Music Of The 1980s to put together this killer comp - one of the label's very best. Running to 25 obscure one-hit wonders and hardly-known tracks - CHBB's 'Ima Iki Mashoo' is probably the best known to us, at least, which says a lot! - it's a rippin' trip around the tight knit but diffuse tape networks that Kubin was inspired by and tied to from an early age after witnessing a TV show starring performances by Palais Schaumberg, Der Plan, DAF and Der Körpe… Read more
Romare returns with the 'floor-friendly follow-up to his much loved pair of EPs. 'Roots' carves out a blunted, bluesy house swagger from murky filter tricks and swinging, Afro-centric drums with a style reminding of La Funk Mob and all that dope '90s gear from Paris.
Fresh from his cover feature in The Wire magazine, Richard Dawson rises up from the bed of the River Tyne with a voice that crumbles and soars, steeped in age old balladry and finely-chiselled observations of the mundane. Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music hall tune- smithery to spidery swatches of noise-colour, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and w… Read more
Banging Hood tracks originally issued in 1995. Rock solid 909s and percolating minimalist synths do the biz in three parts, including the absolute welter, 'Untitled Sketch'.
"Stills Lit Through offers the first comprehensive body of work from musician and visual artist Tallesen. Hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York, Tallesen – born Cayman Johnson - describes Stills as a response to the “continuous flexibility of the physical setting by the additive of sound.” A reference to his joyful erasure of the distinction between music and experience. The twelve songs of Stills Lit Through conjure an eidolon of melodies painted with watercolor brushstrokes both calm (“Glenticast”) and frenetic (“Emmel”). To our ears, this closely characterizes Johnson’s work … Read more
Diverse techno murder from UK's Witch duo backed with Shifted and Truss remixes on the 1st release from Happa and Al Gill's Part Five Records. From the heads-down, rugged approach to their noisily visceral production values, Witch's original tracks stand as prime examples of the new techno skool, differentiated from former classes by their more ascetic, blistered style. The A-side is a spring-loaded industrial kicker packing proper heat which is channelled into a more funked-up, carefully stuttering remix by Truss. B-side, they come on like AFX's 'Elephant Song' with the strobing alarm stabs and crus… Read more
L.I.E.S. looks closer to its current Parisian HQ with the 2nd twelve of deft and heavy electro-techno from Voiski. A-side: 'wax Fashion' is a peach, rolling from pensile electro thru a spiralling breakdown into lush disco-techno NRG. B-side 'Bloodthirsty Romantic Shark' hews to a thrumming techno bass scratched up with mechanical hi-hats on a descent into blistering distortion, and 'Eccentric Habits' wobbles off axis with a triplet techno groove compatible with Wolfgang Voigt's Profan exploits. Aces.
"This latest compilation is an excellent illustration of the Subtle Audio sound. From atmospheric Jungle to glitch-y breakbeat jazz and from liquid with an edge to all out Drumfunk lunacy, you'll hear it all over the 26 brand new, previously unreleased tracks. Also check Code's Vol III DJ Mix CD for past, present and future sounds from the Subtle Audio vaults."
The Belgian techno powerhouse cuts right across the face of modern big room techno with trax from Luke Slater's Planetary Assault Systems, James Ruskin, Surgeon, Inigo Kennedy, Karenn and more in the 'Aphelion' compilation. Includes serious highlights in PAS's fruity 808 workout, 'The 808 Track (Parts 1 & 2)' and Karenn's darkside wormhole 'Pace Yourself'.
Vienna's finest electro/techno label celebrates turning 20 with three exclusive trax by Tin Man, Elektro Guzzi, and Digilog. On the front, Tin Man does his best to distill the essence of 'Detroit' in a pounding, acidic night-flight recalling Richie Hawtin and James Pennington classics. Flipside, techno mann-band Elektro Guzzi go thru the tight, driving drill of 'Radicale', and Digilog deals the lustrous minimal techno of 'Mind Gap'.
**First new album in three years by Ronald Lippok and Bernd Jestram** ""Adrift" contains 13 songs, four of which are instrumentals. The opening track, "The Tape", is an introduction to the sonic landscape of the album. Drum 'n' Bass in slow motion: A recurring hissing sound meets an acoustic bass and associative percussion. Tarwater roguishly refer to the acoustic bass as their "weapon of choice" and are fascinated by its elastic, vague expressiveness. The drumkit in the traditional rock format is conspicuous in its absence. Tarwater, who particularly in the British music press are happily and q… Read more
Sick twist on the classic dubstep template from Sleeper on Distance's label. 'Lander' recoils an electroid take on halfstep at 130bpm, almost bearing more in common with reggaeton or tarraxho than your usual dubstep styles. B-side, 'Crucially Dubbing' rocks up with a proper future rudeboy skank, and 'Stronghold' does that crooked Lurka-style shift with dread finesse.