Monday, 08 December
Flirting with the sweeter, electronic edges of what could be called deep house, the Irish-born, London-schooled, Berlin-based producer gives nods to Konono No.1, Caribou and Four Tet with the chiming melodic lilt and warped bass shapes unfolding and dancing across the A-side's 'Khayyam Grey', while 'Get On' slows the vibes to a bouncy space boogie flex, and 'Vowels' gets frisky with the disco on the B-side.
Belgium's GoldFFinch follows the line of last recent 12" for Turbo into three slick reductions for the newly coined Clubwerks label. A-side rides with the rubbery wiggle and insectoid synth buzz of 'Endless Year'; B-side homes in on a chiming, hypnotic bleep techno sound with 'Eenah' and ketty after-partywobble with 'Network'.
Goldman Records return with an atmospheric heavy D&B roller from G.H.O.S.T. 'Syrup' billows out across the A-side with diaphanous chords and warm, super-wide subs laced with liquid steppers rhythms. 'Swinger' comes out drunken master style on the B-side with diffuse Busta Rhymes samples squashed into a mad half-step/hardstep swagger; 'Pecker' clocks out with mutant gangsta jungle styles.
Fred P and Chevel take 'Change The Past' from French Fries debut album to more sophisticated deep house and swinging beat down zones. Fred P's reshape focusses on lush, glistening pads and a nudged, shuffling groove with smart but rugged New York house production values. Chevel keeps up his side with a warm and blunted display of slouching, crunchy drums and woozy pads reminding of something Kowton might do.
*Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album now reissued via Finders Keepers...* "With track titles translating as ‘Song For The Devil’ and ‘The Witches’, Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album casts an early stylistic premonition of the vampire themed improvised soundtracks recorded for director Jean Rollin merely months after its release. Assembling the very same group of musical sorcerers this album’s personnel (featuring, amongst others, soprano saxophonist Barney Wilen) reads like a who’s who of France’s early improvised music / fre… Read more
"Death Waltz bring you a bit of early Christmas spirit in the form of the score to the classic 1980 yuletide slasher movie Christmas Evil. When young Harry sees his mother being seen to on Christmas night by Santa Claus, it causes a shockwave that starts to convince him that he is Father Christmas. Grown up, Harry makes toys for children and spies on neighbourhood kids, checking if they really are naughty or nice, and violently dismembering anyone who gets in his way, be it churchgoers or co-workers.… Read more
Wicked deep jungle rollers from Eveson as Dead Man's Chest for the Ingredients label. A classic sound done dead well - nuff Reese bass, amen choppage and layered samples arranged with a refreshing dexterity placing it up next to modern productions from the likes of Amit, Killing Sound etc
D-Ribeiro brings his squashed Rotterdam funk to Meda Fury with 'Purple Ghost Dance EP'. Snugly fitting in with the label's colourful Afro-futurist vibe, six tracks swing and shuffle from the flanging strut of 'The Purple Ghost Dance' to inter-dimensional beats of 'Goku's Revenge' via the elastic swing of 'Nightosphere', filtered disco house in 'D4NGR' and the psychedelic, futurist R-funk of 'Subliminal Seducer'. Sweetest dope.
"The Bedroom Slant is the new album by Bruno Pronsato, under his new Archangel moniker The new project is a new chapter in the evolution of his sound. The human voice acts as one of it's major elements (with Pronsato himself stepping up to the mic to take on vocal duties), it incorporates traditional instrumentation to a larger degree than his previous work (bass guitar lines, played by his brother David Ford, act as the rhythmic foundation for many of the new songs). Acknowledging his love of pop, rock and post-punk in his music for the first time, (music he f… Read more
Extended, proggy acid techno missions from Uwe Schmidt aka Atom™ for The Bunker New York. Both sides weigh in at least 10 minutes long, powered by 303-combustion engines thru dark, cavernous tunnels lit up with lustrous synthlines and pounded with reverberating kicks. 'Ground Loop 1' is stalked by one of Uwe's signature vocaloids intoning "acid" inna proper mid '90s yoghurt weaver style; 'Ground Loop 2' boots up the prog factor to Sacha-like levels with eleven minutes of chugging bass and streaking synthlines.
Monday, 01 December
Mr. Mitch chimes into the current grime dialogue with the chrome-dripping instrumentals of his brilliant debut LP 'Parallel Memories'. Ever since appearing on Butterz' 'Quality Street' 12" in 2010, the S.E. London-based producer and grime se'er has been a crucial figure on the scene's most curious front, stealthily moving the game with a series of releases on his own Gobstopper label and cooperations with Slackk, Logos and Oil Gang at the keenly influential Boxed club nights. With 'Parallel Memories' he projects a uniquely defined vision of instrumental grime influenced by a vivid ima… Read more
Stellar 2nd album of Detroit techno sci-fi from Terrence Dixon's Population One avatar. Arriving a mere 20 years since his Population One debut, 'Unknown Black Shapes' - whose 1995 follow-up EP, 'Hippnotic Culture' coincidentally inspired Rush Hour's moniker - we're made privy to Dixon's most intimate, noirish portrayal of a 313 psyche in eight tracks traversing hi-tech jazz and cryptic electro along mesmerising minimalist patterns. It's a proper Afro-futurist document, taking flight from desolate 313 interzones with the introspective opener 'Out Of Control'. propelled … Read more
Acre on a mad one for Tectonic with four brukken, mongrel club constructs. In the best sense, each cut nimbly evades concrete classification, twysting out between battered 'ardcore mutation reminding of Millie & Andrea in 'Ping' to the bit-crushed aquatic dancer, 'Blue Moon' and further out into hyper Afro-centric styles with the Shangaanese percolations ov 'Icon', and an MDMA-smudged flux of chords and dub detritus in the bittersweet close, 'Reload'. RIYL Andy Stott,, Actress, Dynamo.
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; 'Pusherman' cuts a moodier, slower figure with sluggish drums and blunted vocals in a noirish, jazzy hip hop style.
Prostitutes caps a profligate 2014 with his stomping return to Diagonal after hot sessions with Spectrum Spools, Night School, and Mira. In 'Ecstasy, Crashing Beats and Fantasy' it feels like he's really cemented and distinguished his toiling funk from the hardwave horde, equally due to his uncompromising hardware aesthetic and fine balance of menacing subtlety. The devil is in the detail, from the hypnotic drones and shark-toothed bite of industrial jakker 'Crawl In From Broadway' to the possessed, wobble-jaw electro chatter of 'Side Effects Of Living', arguably h… Read more
Further to their 'Rave Tapes' album, Mogwai curl off three cuts that didn't make it to the album, backed with three suitably sublime remixes from Blanck Mass, Pye Corner Audio, and Nils Frahm. Of the originals, 'HMP Shaun William Ryder' has a great title. It's also worth checking for Pye Corner Audio's 'slow, steady ascension to post rock/kosmiche glories in his remix of 'No Medicine For Regret'.
Deepchord return to Soma with the insistent techno drive of 'Luxury' in two further parts. 'Luxury 3' barrels along at a fair clip powered by whamping, padded bass through dense dub clouds. 'Luxury 4' on the other hand drops the pace slightly and brings in layers of rippling, coruscating percussion with a more sensuous, swirling appeal.
Portugal's mutant techno answer to Zomby, IVVVO arrives at Danse Noire with the excellent 'Theories Of Anxiety' 12". Steeped in faded, classic rave motifs and riven with nervous rhythm, the EP plays out a sehnsucht for some kinda emotion or moody blue sentiment in modern dance music. Without wanting to lessen his other work, we'd say he's properly realised his potential here, spending his energies equally between the airborne, elegiac rave themes of 'Closer' and the chokingly gorgeous beatless blow-out 'Consumed' up top, and the heads-down ambient rave thump of 'Repetition' with Infini… Read more
In a stroke of A&R genius, Rinse pull two of London's finest, subtlest song-writers to their fold. Sunless '97 charm with the watery Youtube compressions and bittersweet bop of 'Pure4sure' with its male/female vocals and sino-grime referencing flutes + filigree electronics providing a necessary drop of vitamin C in your musical diet. Better yet, the achingly sweet marimba refrain and skeletal dancehall bump of 'Aia' is a spine-shiveringly effective piece of minimalist pop class. TIP!
Nightwave seduces with the bright lights of 'Nightlife' for her Hekatrax label. Sourcing inspiration from trap, electrobass and ghetto house, she carves off six club constructions shape-shifting from the gritty kicks and SND-style chord flashes of 'Nightlife' to pneumatic electro-bass in 'Kiss Kat' feat. Ashnikko, thru laidback slow/fast in 'Birdland', bleepin' trap attack, 'Shut It Down', and their instrumentals.
Houndstooth bite off the lead cut from Throwing Snow's debut album, backed with a banging VIP and remix of 'Hypnotise' from Will Saul and Komon. The keening string discord and depressed Reese bass of the original is beefed up with bulky Chi-house patterns in a shifty VIP version for the 'floor, as is the swooning 'As You Fall' featuring Py, while 'Hypnotise' is treated to a more rugged, subtly epic remix from Will Saul & Komon.
M.I.A. junglist Jamie Boyle aka Breakage returns with an epic pop glint in his eye. 'Treading Water' places a shiny pop vocal from Detour City amidst brooding Reese bass and prickling synths in a big ol' breakdown that never quite goes anywhere. The V.I.P. gives a little more to grab onto with the addition of a classic 'ardcore break placing it up close to the likes of Route '94 or Last Japan's hardcore pops.
*10th Year Anniversary of Florida, includes seven bonus unreleased tracks and remixes* "10 years ago, Diplo - the man behind Mad Decent, Major Lazer etc - released his debut solo album via Big Dada. In some ways, ‘Florida’ represents Diplo’s most personal work. ‘F10rida’ features unreleased tracks as well as a 10 page ‘scroll’ booklet containing brilliant and surreal emails between Big Dada and Diplo - an insight into how the record came to be - plus updated artwork. “I made ‘Florida’ between a small apartment in Philadelphia and my mother’s house in Florida. I was working late nights and taking … Read more
Murky, mystic ambient techno dub from the darkside on Glasgow's Clan Destine label. Imagine what Depchord's Nordic cousins might sound like; you're in the same forest as Varg and Hypnobirds, foraging for the strange, psychoactive nodules of 'Bandhagen', the depressive skank and cawing stabs of 'Hogdalen', and glaring black metal dubstep atmospheres of 'Ragsved' or the celestial scape, 'Hagsatra'.
**Fracking the well-worn American psyche for vintage hypnagogic elements… Mastered by Brian Pyle. RIYL older James Ferraro, Torn Hawk** "Trans-american Joe Knight recently caravanned his custom duffel bags of woozy jukebox esoterica from the Bay to the plains of central Texas but, before and during so, crafted and released the double-volume Scrap collection for multifaceted Midwestern organization, Bezoar Formations. Reconsider Lounge distills a portion of this material into different arrangements, intercut with an assortment of unreleased curiosities and classics, comprising an essent… Read more
New York's Chester Raj Anand aka Lord Raja brings his psychedelic beat arrangements back to Ghostly International for his debut album, 'A Constant Moth'. Working to the East of Machinedrum and Lee Bannon and further south than Ras G, 12 tracks refract footwork, ambient electronica and hip hop thru a new age prism (quite literally reflected on the cover) where Jeremiah Jae appears mottled into the psychedelic swagger of 'Van Go' and Chicago footwork spirals up and out into celestial strata in 'Throw TRhem Out (System)' beside the sub-aquatic vision of 'Red Sun' and the glitching virtual reality projections of 'Golden Gravity Birds'.
Emotional Response have trawled through boxes of old cassette recordings from L.A multi-instrumentalist Eddie "Secret Circuit" Ruscha to compile a follow-up to 2012's brilliant Tropical Psychedelics compilation. Predictably, the resulting collection is nothing short of brilliant. Typically eccentric, melodious, atmospheric and bristling with interesting ideas, Cosmic Vibrations delves deeper into Ruscha's archives and comes up with gold. Highlights are naturally plentiful, but keep an eye out for the psychedelic ambience of "Electric Brain", the analogue electronic explorations … Read more
"Yo La Tengo are one of the most beloved and respected bands in America. Their uninterrupted 30-year career is unparalleled in its creative breadth and refusal to rest on laurels. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms - playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, dominating critics’ lists, doing a Simpsons theme, playing the Velvet Underground in the film ‘I Shot Andy Warhol’, sharing stages with some of the most important musicians of our time and even creating a holiday tradition onto themselves with their yearly s… Read more