Monday, 03 November
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'.
Six months since his Kompakt debut, Dauwd returns to Cologne's finest with two supple, hypnotic tech-house rollers. 'Saleh' sashays across the A-side, ushered by padded kicks and woozy acid bass smudged with celestial melodies in the nicest manner. 'Moiety' on the other hand is urged by a pensive bass hook and dusty, slinky drums to levitating effect for floaty dancefloor moments.
Manic electronica/techno fusions from BNJMN on his follow-up to the darker shades of 'IV' for Technicolour. Each track here feels almost torn between two worlds, from the leaden throb and flighty, frantic Manga samples of 'Coil' thru the crushed groove and sparkling electronic dimensions of 'Berth' to the strange schism of mechanical bird noise and pounding techno in 'Merge' and the spatialized ambient trickery of closer, 'Azure'.
Brendon Moeller (BM), Clay Wilson (CW) and Certain Creatures get down on three pumping modular jams for New York's Styles Upon Styles. Born of a 2 hour session in the studio/gym, 'Spectrum' travels from the rugged thump and chaotic surface disturbances of 'Spectrum 1' thru fizzing late night jackin' zones in 'Spectrum 2' and finally to the juggernaut wormhole momentum of 'Spectrum 3', cut loud and effective at 45rpm across the B-side.
Contemporary takes on a vintage jungle sound from ArpXP and HLZ. Some real muscle on the B-side's ArpXP & Nitri neuro-ller 'Makes Me Wonder', backed with the slick Optical styles of 'Good Old Days' and the glancing amen breakage of 'Gaia'.
Applepips continues a funked-up prog boogie vector with fruity, wiggly grooves from Arkist. A-side, 'Summer Shimmer' yields dead naughty disco bass chops, piano keys and spiralling synthlines with one eye on 2014 summer festival bookings; B-side gives a firm nod to Theo Parrish and Marcelus Pittmann with wiggly, boogie funk.
NYC techno renegade reprises the ADMX-71 alias for a trio of 111bpm sewer trotters on L.I.E.S. As regular readers of these pages will know, slow industrial techno really multiplies our bacteria. Adam has really nailed that swagger on the A-side 'Disentangle Me' with a spiralling helix of pendulous bass arpeggio, glancing industrial drums and untoward vocal that wouldn't sound outta place soundtracking that horrific club scene from 'Irreversible', and pursues that murky path thru the B-side with grubbier, minimalist results on 'Strife Within' and the effluent acid oscillations of 'Cryptic Language'.
Monday, 27 October
Listening to this latest album from Liz Harris’ Grouper project it’s easy to forget how much of a hard sell her music was back when 'Way Their Crept’ landed with us back in 2005. Her eerie, layered mix of bare vocals, guitar and tape delay didn't quite fit in with what anyone else was really doing on the scene back then - and it completely knocked us out even if no one was buying it. By the time her breakthrough ‘Dragging a Dead Deer…’ arrived on Type three years later she was more or less playing to a baying mob hungry for any little morsel she cared to throw their way, her (by now) more fleshed … Read more
*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered by Matt Colton, digital edition includes 4 bonus tracks not on the vinyl* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s been selling for crazy money (theres a copy up on discogs at the moment for $600 - go figur… Read more
A late pinnacle of the Drexciyan oeuvre, Storm 2 aka Transllusion's 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is issued to download for the first time! This is the original CD track-listing, including 12 songs, as opposed to eight on the original 2LP. We're not quite sure what they were using on this one, but it's all remarkably bass-heavy, even saturated, compared with a lot of other Drexciyan workouts, resulting some of their most ruggedly stripped down electro-techno functions ranging from the pounding might of 'Transmission Of Life' to the militant march of 'War Of The… Read more
'That Horn Track' from Bleep's 10 year compilation takes a seeing to from Marcel Dettmann. On the original Untold flashes his new fangled modular system in a knotted, chaotic tribute to Egyptian Empire's 'ardcore classic, which Dettmann duly straightens out for the techno 'floors with stone-cut kicks and combustible, discordant surface disturbances.
Stone cold classic Surgeon gear remastered for optimal impact. The 'Pet 2000' 12" was first released in 1995 and ratcheted Surgeon's taste for bittersweet microtonal discord to largely unprecedented levels within the techno scene. The evil 'Badger Bite' attacks from the front with a whirlwind of flying knife synth noise powered by storming drums that have seen more than enough carnage in their 19 years on the 'floor. Flipside, 'Electric Chicken' locks down to a skippier sort of techno brutalism, and 'Reptile Mess' really gets under the skin with its slippery synthlines and coiled groove. Now, pet…
Another reminder of Fantastic Mr Fox's dance-pop brilliance, backed with a sterling Visionist refraction. Arriving six months on from the 'On My Own' single, FMF's 'You-Turn' transmutes inspiration from early house-and-boogie prototypes into a deceptively detailed groove with minor anthem potential landing somewhere between Joe and Julio Bashmore. The Visionist mix ain't concerned with pop potential though, flipping Kid A's vocal into wavering, liquid reflections of itself around his signature pads and a re-sequenced bassline right out of the Actress or Zomby textbook.
Bruce rolls off an ace 12" for Livity Sound into a trio of murky, mongrel techno trax for Hessle Audio. The lop-sided wamp of 'Not Stochastic' is a refreshing, exemplary take on the noisy, abstract techno nexus; yoking minimal, thrumming techno from the brink of psychedelic chaos to tensely gritted effect. By turns, 'Trip' takes the opportunity to investigate niche ambient zones between Burial, Inga Copeland and Dynamo, before 'My Legs Wouldn't Go Quick Enough' delivers a sort of dream-state return to the dancefloor with tetchy drums and morphing atmospheric pressure. It's a bewt. Tip!
A brilliantly lucid dose of Chicago house psychedelia from Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being on Photomachine's Technicolour label. Everything is rendered with crystal clarity and spacious mixdown which might come as a real shock for anyone used to Jamal's noisier excursions, but to be fair just feels like a natural progression from the more lucid episodes peppered across his vast catalogue. 'The Fourth Dimension' is a real peaktime blinder, ascending spiralling crystal staircases to enlightened harmonies, gushing acid and the kind of pounding, rushing … Read more
A prime, if lesser-known, Drexciyan classic issued to download for the first time! Like the album it accompanied, 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is notable for its stripped down and bass-biased electro-techno aesthetic, yielding three tracks which stand out uniquely from the duo's oeuvre: the funky trudge and sonar melodies of 'Power Of The 3rd Brain'; the spine-shivering all time classic 'Disrupted Neural Gateway'; an abyssal electro monster named 'Do You Want To Get Down'. Yes please, all day.