Monday, 06 July
Krampfhaft presents one of the lushest remixes for Björk's 'Vulnicura' album. At the Dutch producers digits, 'History of Touches' is rent as a widescreen play of sweeping searchlight synths illuminating gasping chorales and picking out micro-rhythmic details amidst its loping, swooning structure.
Björk's famously wide-reaching tastes come into play here as she hands 'Family' to West Coast American avant-garde sound designer, Katie Gately. Last spotted on FatCat's split series, Katie executes a thorough abstraction and revision on 'Family', boldly tweaking Björk's already unique timbre into queered, curdled reflections of itself around a crushed bottom end and a swarm of diaphanous, ghoulish synth spectres.
Automatic Tasty milks purest acid funk cream from his machines in a wobbly 2nd EP for CPU. 'The Life Parochial' pursues a slew of releases for Dublin's Lunar Disko Records and Acid Waxa, among others, with a quartet of colourful, almost cartoonishly charming 'floor jaunts, from the EDMX funk electro-modes of 'Aromatic Tasty Hits the Town' and the Vibertian acid-breakz of the EP's title track, thru to Italo disco sauce of 'The Parish Hotline', and the one-too-many-Tizers buzz of 'The Twofold Exaltation of an Acid Called Tinfoil Hat'.
Modulating dub techno reductions from Markus Suckut for Horizontal Ground. Three studies in the art of optimised efficiency ranging from rugged, virulent synthlines weirdly reminding of a tuffened 'Typerope' on the front to dry, DIN-style halfstep techno and Dettmann-esque DJ tools on the flip.
Masayoshi Fujita, better known as Moteer's Vibraphone-playing 'El Fog' re-appears on Erased Tapes. Recommended by Mary Anne Hobbs.
Monday, 29 June
'The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now' is the staggering debut album by Oliver Perryman a.k.a. FIS. In pursuit of a sound ecology reflecting the complex dynamics of nature thru electronic music, FIS' un-quantised, texturally abstract compositions have practically ripped the rug from beneath the feet of D&B, techno and ambient music to leave them spinning in gyroscopic hyperspace. Now, after a series of cultishly acclaimed singles for Samurai Horo, Exit and Tri Angle, a.o., he atomises that aesthetic to exhilarating and utterly arresting new levels, leaving the dancefloor and bedro… Read more
Hyperdub pull out a posthumous collection of unreleased DJ Rashad bangers. All tried and tested in the circle, they get wild in a variety of styles, from the discofied DJ Spinn hook-up, 'CCP2', and the soul-belting burn of 'Vause I Know U Feel' with Gant-Man, to the strobing Footwork hyper-funk of 'Ya Hot', feat. Taso, and the virulent blend of trapped siren stabs, palpitating subs and darkside D&B-style synth lashes in 'Do Not Fuck With', which could well be one of the most FWD, unique footwork cuts we've heard, no messing. R.I.P. Rashad.
RP Boo, the OG source of all things Chicago footwork, comes correct with a killer 2nd solo album for Planet Mu. 'Fingers, Bank Pads & Shoe Prints' is an armoury of battle trax for the 'floor, delivered with a conviction and density of energy that's impossible to ignore if you're into electronic dance music or the lineage of Afro-American sonics. As with its predecessor, 'Legacy', this album is a showcase of RP Boo's finely-honed dancer's instinct and incisive sampling technique, using uniquely fractured motifs and complex repetitions to reconfigure our physiology, so firmly … Read more
*2015 reissue on Magic Wire* Deriving its name from a lost, mythical continent, Lemurian has little to do with lost undersea cities and the like, although there is something ever so slightly fantastical about these heavily compressed instrumental hip hop productions and their evocative song titles: 'Lens Flare Lagoon' conjures up the glistening, watery effect suggested by its name, and 'Buried Coral Banks' has a Boards Of Canada-meets-Jacques Cousteau feel that's hard not to love. Incongruous with all this, interlude tracks like the gratuitous '80s soul sampling of 'Green Sea Pageant'… Read more
Like bloody buses, you don't get a new Nico Jaar for four years and then two come in the space of months! 'Nymphs Vol.III' yields a pair of subtly emotive cuts for the 'floor and home, with 'Swim' sharing 13 minutes of tousled tech-house melancholy and 'Mistress' 'fessing an richly evocative and warped solo piano vignette pulling on the auld 'art-strings.
Badboy Beneath rolls out his most substantial collection for a while with 'Shlocky' for Berceuse Heroique. His follow-up to the 'Vobes EP' [PAN, 2014] delivers 4 pressurised, shoulder-barging rollers cherry-picking from the last 25 years of rave music and updating its essence with an austere sense of modernism. In '50/50' he comes off like early '90s Shiver clashing late '90s Optical, whilst the crushed swagger of 'Freeze' feels like Digital doing UKF. In the crushed swagger of 'Soho' he spend nearly eight minutes exploring the crankiest syncopation of ruddy dancehall and dread techno tones, bef… Read more
Manchester's Walton consolidates grime, techno and dubstep frames in a taut collection for Tectonic. Last spotted on a trio of 12"s for Hyperdub, he remains true to a mutant 130bpm stylein the 'Bulldoze' EP, throwing down the icy strings and whirring worksite percussion of 'Wrench' beside the ruffneck bongos and wheezing grime melodies of 'Flute Riddim' up top, whilst B-side brings a killer sound synching pirate radio barks with EBM-strength drums and massive subs, and 'L.E.A.N.' comes off like some Chiraq drill infused with roadwise UK flex. Cold and deadly.
Nonplus trigger a keenly awaited series of Source Direct remasters + remixes with their Hokusai killer, 'Black Rose' (1996), reworked by Blawan. This is truly momentous stuff, illuminating a pivotal pinnacle of '90s dance music for a new generation whilst also providing fresh, state-of-the-art context thru modern scenes. Beloved of everyone from Kode 9 to Nonplus+'s infamous boss, Boddika, the original 'Black Rose' is an unparalleled blueprint for mid '90s jungle, a 'marish phantasia of slashing strings, bowel-spilling Reese bass and ouroboros-like breakbeats chasing their… Read more
Panda Bear collects remixes by Andy Stott, PC Music's Danny L Harle, DJ Marfox, Container and Pete Rock.
Berlin's Sleeparchive furnishes Mord with four cuts of prime bleep techno. No messing about here - it's pure techno - stoking the club with perfectly paced ice-drip bleeps and thundering momentum in the first track, beside a body-scanning 2nd part, and absolutely slaying us with the psychotomimetic cadence and raw noise stabs of the 3rd cut, before locking in the deliquescent chimes and guttural bass jabs of the 4th track.
The Room Below blends classic Chicago and Detroit strains to make their own rich blend of experimental house for DBA. Up top, Henry Keen a.k.a. the CDR regular and Gilles Peterson-favoured Soundspecies and The Room Below welcomes us in with the conscious sampling and shimmering mid-tempo move, 'Trusted', beside the pastoral acid house of 'Rainy Friday'. Down below, it gets freakier with the frayed blips and and salty, splashing drums of 'Mad Energy' and a bit-crushed samba buzz entitled, 'Freedom'.
N.M.O.'s electronic half, Rubén Patiño, flies solo on Anòmia with a batch of "impulsive edits realized in trains, airports, buses, living rooms, public libraries and temporary bedrooms in Western Europe." Birthed from a series of recordings made at the Danish Institute of Electronic Music in Aarhus, 2009, the results were initially abandoned, left to marinate since 2009, and are now mercifully retrieved for your entertainment. As you'd hope and expect from Pato, they're cerebral but cheeky pieces, existing in a lineage of skewed avant-garde research and practice twisting betwee… Read more
A natural album artist, Boris Bunnik a.k.a. Conforce returns to Delsin with the latest findings from his new Rotterdam lab. Ironically enough, considering he's moved from a coastal island to the city, 'Presentism' feels more pastoral, fluid than previous transmissions. Covering a silty spectrum of styles below the surface of Detroit techno-electro and A.I. electronica, he motions an ambiguous sound shot thru with a positive, almost joyful light between the astral synth voices and machine patter of 'Artefact from a Higher Dimension' to the wistful Martyian beach tones of 'Monomorphic' and ageless ambience of 'Predictive Flow'.
Clipped electro-house from Rob Clouth on his return to Leisure System, backed with Kowton and Vessels remixes. The original makes great use of a convulsive, dubstep-style toad tone wrapped to a swaggering IDM-boogie groove. Kowton's remix ruffs up the drums and spikes the atmospheres to lush, prickling effect, and Vessels (note the extra 's') knead the same elemebnts into a whirring tech-house wormhole.
Welting techno deviation from SP-X on the 2nd of 3 'Moving Through Mirrors' volumes. The whip-sharp ballstics of 'Out of the Trap' are primed to drive bodies wild with barrelling kicks and slashing synths that cut thru the mix with hydraulick warp effect. 'Spectrum Drift' works to a more even, rumbling keel offset with sandpaper claps and flying razor hi-hats.
Italian techno producer SNTS returns to Horizontal Ground with a pounding, broken darkside session. Four tracks deep running from roiling steppers to nautical 4/4 navigations cloaked in the most evil 4am drones and spectral pads. Winner.
Ruskin and Broom take on Aaliyah and R Kelly… joke… drop two slabs of high pressure UK techno class on Blueprint's limited white label series. If they are actually edits we're not feeling brave enough to hazard a guess who of, but we can tell you there's some peaking, sub-heavy swing and drone business on the front, and a stone-cold acidic slammer on the flipside.
Syn-pop duo Rosen & Spydett make their vinyl debut on Denmark's Posh Isolation with a gorgeous, gauzy follow-up to a handful of early cassettes. Floating in a breezy, bright white space beyond Moon Wheel, Pye Corner Audio or Cold Cave, 'Fortuna' tends to a special brand of Scandinavian synth melancholy over 8 songs in just under 30 minutes. Detached drum machines clack and punch time from a distance beneath diaphanous, chiffon synth voice melodies that cascade and fizz like burned-out stars depicted in a fragile diorama. A lot of the romantic types are bound to be smitten with this one. Posh Isolation at their best.
Ninja Tune catch Romare at his most reduced, unfancy with the straight playing house groove and bluesy inflections of 'Rainbow (Club)'.
"Berlin's Redshape returns with a new EP, in the vein of his sci fi laden Detroit techno style that continues to evolve but stay true to his unmistakable Redshape sound..."
Proper box-bangers and sci-fi house from Steven Tang aka Obsolete Music Technology, backed with a cracking Specter remix. Face up features the kicking, spacious jack of the title track, lean, punchy machine drums with just the right amount of warehouse reverb laced to a twirling acid line and Bam Bam/John Carpenter style darkside chords.There's also a 'Bonus Beat' mix for the DJs, and the minimal yet plush Detroit atmosphere of 'Descending' for contrast, while Specter's chirruping, smudged remix of the title cut sounds like James T Cotton at his best.
Steven Tang is a producer of sadly-underappreciated merit, who blends the best of the motor and windy cities' dancefloor sounds here into a slamming slice of goodness with some raw 326 remix action from fellow jackman Jamal "Hieroglyphic Being" Moss of Mathematics fame. TR707 drums and addictive basslines from the deep end of jack. On the flip, the lush strings and pads of 'Reminiscence' warm the soul while a space-aged acidic bassline moves it and 808 drums take you to a mystical place. Finishing off 'Pulsating Through' just throbs, with a rounded bass sound at a higher octave providing the lead melody.