Monday, 21 July
Class debut from one of Glasgow's hottest tips, launched on Optimo Trax. The progeny of Subclub/Subculture's Harri, Jasper cut his teeth DJing in the southside Glasgow institution before progressing to production with a very healthy knowledge of house and techno thanks to his dad's record collection. On the 'Sneaky EP' we hear classic '90s & '00s house influences filtered with a younger energy and swagger from the Mood II Swing style funk of 'Sneaky' to the Carl Craigstyle synth drama of 'Listen To My Buttons' and the Beltram/Reese-informed rave techno of 'V-moog'. Cannily, his dad Harri's Hillhead Young Team duo with Esa give the latter a fruitier boost.
**Revelatory, amazing Japanese album somewhere between jazz-fusion, free-improv, and new age ambient** "An enigma. A band records their second album in 1985, but sits on it for twenty-nine years, and releases it as a new album, not a "lost gem", in 2014. The authors of this enigma are known as Inryo-fuen, a Japanese trio formed in 1978, meeting via a Surrealism circle in Yokohama. With the intent of applying the Surrealist idea of Automatic Writing to sound, they began performing their improvised music in 1980, with their first performance at the legendary Tokyo venue "Minor", which was run by… Read more
**Cut-up, sampledelic collage from' Container and co aka Form A Log** "We reside on a planet, in a time, where it feels as though nearly every avenue, artistically, has been explored. But every now and again, and artist or group of artists comes along and shakes things up, breaks in new ground, and allows a different view of the art at hand. Form A Log‘s members’ (Ren Schofield, Noah Anthony, and Rick Weaver) projects, such as God Willing, Container, Profligate, The New Flesh, and Dinner Music have been highly revered over the years for their ability to stand out from the crowd. Form A… Read more
Hefty big room techno trax from a new trio dug out by Modeselektor's 50 Weapons. No messing on either side: 'Don't Leave Me' thinks big with slamming kicks, slicing hi-hats and roof-raising filtered chords; 'Plan A' tucks into a more aerodynamic, Hood-style techno formation.
Frisky boogie disco-inflected house from Erdbeerschnitzel, following 12"s for Delsin and 4Lux. Check for the Amp Fiddler-esque funk of 'The Ample Waters', Lone-style electronic house melabcholy in 'With Level Hopes', and the sweetend downstroke of 'Yet Unfulfilled'.
"The Giallo princess returns. Raised into a unique pop-cultural landscape surrounded by Giallo comic books, whistling Morricone film scores, vibrant religious imagery and expensive furniture design, Italian born Emma Tricca’s childhood playground formed a very different backdrop to that of the many whispery femme-folk revivalists that have popped up and pooped-out over the last hum-strummed decade. Emma Tricca didn’t fall into a comfy kaftan via her parents’ bottle fed record collection during her pre-paid college off-years nor was she torn out of a style mag via a few guitar lessons to decora… Read more
LA's Dva Damas follow up that killer 10" on Downwards' DO series with a debut album of swaggering songs for serial killers and rogue souls. 'Nightshade' blends the same traces of Morricone's western themes often adopted by Monte Cazazza, with a stripped down gothdub approach and the kind of noirish, druggy '50s intrigue felt in Lynch classics, resulting a sinister, creepy and hip-driving sorta sawdust-and-shots backwater bar vibe. You could imagine these songs played by the duo of Taylor Burch and Joseph Cocherell from behind chicken wire to a crowd of disinterested loggers and hep kids cra… Read more
Dissociative drone techno enigmas from longtime Hospital Productions associate, Mathew Folden aka Dual Action. Preceding a reissue of Dual Action's sought-after debut, 'Auto Body' on Shifted's Avian label, we're privy to a private world of numb, throbbing techno and droning industrial darkwave in the schitzoid oscillations of 'Sex Toys', switching from sullen systolic pulses in 'Piston Grip' to swarming distortion and elegiac keys in 'Fuel Injection Father' and gloaming, marish scapes of ''Tire Prick' or the asphyxiated techno of 'Monoxide Mother'.
Londoner Dale Cornish's 3rd album for Entr'acte further explores the questions of a/rhythm, space, silence and perception of pulse/percussive gestures initiated with the acclaimed 2012 album, 'Glacial'. Five tracks toy with our sense of rhythmic anticipation and spatial awareness in oblique, minimalist structures at once recalling the percussive meters of Phork's experiments for NNA Tapes, Mark Fell, or Nicola Ratti and Seth Nehil for Senufo Editions, and the precise use of space and timbre in records by Mika Vainio's Ø project or The Automatics Group. Yet for any connotations of cold austeri… Read more
Experimental and functional techno from the Cassegrain duo. 'Blood Distributed as Pure Colour' jacks up jagged industrial rhythm and keening, discordant synth lines, and 'Yokai' locks into a tunnelling acid formation whereas 'Hexagon Fifteen' pares back to sort of robotic tribal ritual.
Dan Snaith (Daphni) puts his Caribou bonnet on for an extended mix of 'Can't Do Without You' from his upcoming 'Our Love' LP.
London's Budgie breaks thru with a dope solo beat suite on Theo Parrish's Wildheart Recordings. Known for work with the likes of Action Bronson, J, Rocc and The Alchemist, Budgie brings a wealth of soulful experience to seven cuts spread out from the butter slyde of 'Once You Pop' to the Dilla-esque MPC strokes of 'The Only Power' and 'Clevage' and the big juicy highlight, a twinkle-toed boogie-soul bomb called 'Budgie's Groove'.
Immense and twisted brace from Surgeon and Regis. 'Learn Your Lesson' revolves around spinning sonar-esque bleeps and some deft filtering that overrides a robust framework, while a disorientating breakdown allows crazy cut-up radio voices to interfere with the mix, turning it into a Basic Channel style clanger, melodic keys bouncing around the speakers, filtering down to a crushing finish. Flip for 'Rule By Law' which treads a harder line complete with brutal drums that relentlessly plough their way, dark and shadowy reverbs and subtle edits all making for a relentless and incredibly solid cut.
Demented, brutal, heavy squashed techno, the collaboration between Surgeon and Regis that just gets better and better.
Second in the British Murder Boys 'series'. While the trademark intense, industrial atmosphere is still at the fore, there's also an increasing use of disorientating and ever-evolving delays that give the EP a dub edge. Of course the beats are still slamming, so club destruction is inevitable...
Demented, brutal, astonishingly heavy squashed techno, the collaboration between Surgeon and Regis that just gets better and better.
Rome's Adam Bourke returns to Fivefold with four slick grooves on the cusp of deep and tech house. 'Divvy' starts up with clipped garage/micro-house shuffle harking back to vintage Farben, and 'Driving Flow' ducks deeper to a dubbed-out aquatic house sound. Flipside, the laidback and hypnotic pastoral arpeggios and jagged electro-house move 'Redlight' marks the EP highlight, and 'Naked Eye' closes to a beatless flutter of jazz piano chords and ambient electronics.
Monday, 14 July
*Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Roland MC 202 fed th… Read more
Scything breakbeat techno and electro from Tessela on his follow-up to 'Nancy's Pantry' for R&S. A-side brings the bullish 'ardcore churn of 'Rough 2' with its febrile bleeps, rattling breaks and hovering chords built to demolish warehouses, whilst flipside 'Butchwax' updates that pre-'ardcore sound of NYC electro and UK fast rap breaks with modern discipline, and 'C'mon Let's Slow Dance' teeters on the edge of EBM, concrète noise and current Grime styles.
Much needed reissue of the debut album of ambient Techno meditations from much loved DJ and producer Donato Dozzy. 'K' consists of two extended tracks clocking in at nearly half an hour each. The first roams sparse half-tempo terrain like some ancient AI chillout session, the atmosphere coloured with pale synth washes and splashing downbeat 909 rhythms. It's actually a number of tracks segued together, but it's seamless so you'd never notice anyway. The second track flows more like one of Dozzy's DJ sets, floating along linear drum machine pulses enveloped by enchanting drones and choral voices...
*22 Track Digital Edition* The Masse Box comprises the album “Masse“ and the three remix EPs from DIN (Efdemin + Marcel Fengler), Dettmann & Wiedemann and Henrik Schwarz in one set.
Minimal Wave present the quintessential collection of rehearsals, rare outtakes and live recordings by Karl O'Connor and co's notorious Sandra Electronics. Spanning the group's early years in Birmingham circa late '80s/early '90s thru to more recent re-dos with Juan Mendez (Silent Servant), 'Sessions' gives room for O'Connor's post-punk/goth alter ego to really get his rocks off, rending clear the binds between punk and techno in the process. It includes a handful of reworked tracks from rehearsal tapes, including electrifying, snotty versions of 'Her Needs' plus t… Read more
1080p's Perfume Advert and M/M deliver the laid-back output of their email exchanges between Middlesbrough and New York. Meeting between the wires somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic, 'Xerox' is a charming, gently insistent set of ambient house grooves distilling bits of R&B, New Age electronica and deep house in foggy, clapped-out constructions. In the finest tradition of ambient music, their sound is both a beautiful atmospheric enhancer with near subliminal effects, coaxing us into their swing with illusive sleight of hand and hypnotic vibes flitting from warm, dusty beatdown in 'Colour Block' to the str… Read more
Arch dark ambient master, Lussuria returns to Hospital Productions with the follow-up to his widely-acclaimed 'American Babylon' volumes. Whilst those tapes - later compiled as a 2LP - tended to beat-driven structures and varied arrangements, 'Immemorial' tends to purer dark ambient sensations inspired by Current 93's 'In A Foreign Land, In A Foreign Town', Coil's 'Time Machines' and the films of Konstantin Lopushansky: all drawn-out, sub-aquatic drones, whispered voices and pensive torture chamber atmospheres spread viscous like slow moving blood on polished flagstones. There are four x 18 … Read more
Superb new dancehall ballad from South London's Palmistry bak on Mixpak following last year's underrated 'Catch' ace. 'Protector' is sweeter than a rubicon shower, pairing proper JA pop hooks and squeaky clean R&B synths with Palmistry's affected vocal for the most romantic flex. So. Damn. Good!