Monday, 01 June
Rolling and jacking big room techno brawn from Scuba, backed with an adroit remix extension by Audion. 'PCP' is a cavernous shunter powered by massive bassline and surging light-show dynamics. The Audion remix is craftier, tweaked out to over eight minutes of teasing arpeggios and kinky, off-kilter disco-techno tropes.
"Exponate is a new concept series curated by Wolfgang Voigt with the intention to bring together artists from diverse experimental music backgrounds. To open up new musical spaces and to sound out the increasingly liquified confines between abstract ambient music and art music, between electronica and new music - that's the stated goal of EXPONATE. The new series starts with Berlin-based artist SCHNEIDER TM aka Dirk Dresselhaus, who is well-known for most diverse projects and collaborations across genres since the 1990s. The work at hand MOBILEE is comprised of originally 5 stems with diff… Read more
King Midas Sound's dub poet, Roger Robinson, in a dread-filled tribute to his Brixton 'hood circa the London riots, framed by Disrupt's unique dub production. Nodding to classic works by Linton Kwesi Johnson, Prince Far I, and, perhaps most poignantly, Stephen "Spaceape" Gordon (R.I.P.), Robinson relates his experiences of those smoke-filled nights in late summer 2011 when the youth of London were pushed too far and reacted in kind. Against the slowly unfolding havoc of Disrupt's frayed dubscapes fashioned from samplers, DIY synths and additional licks from Julien Neto, we're lea… Read more
Cómeme's Russian ambassador coins his PG label with the haughty house heft of 'Power of the Funk'. Combinging the best bits of proper New York house, salacious EBM and some ice-cold Russian spirit, it's a surefire 'floor killer to be racked up next to your lines of An-i, Greg Beato, L'Estasi Dell'oro.
O B Ignitt returns with his Obonit imprint. A doozy of an EP, Ignitt serves up his last Reese Cup on the A side, while Omar S gives us a mix of Ignitt's own "Let It Do What It Does". Perfecto.
The American producer bangs out the brukken rolige and fizzing darkside tones of 'Glamour Comma' for TVO's Broken20 label. DJ Votive gives a longer, viscous remix reduction of 'However Comma', and label boss TVO hears the same elements as a thrumming techno wormhole akin to an Edit Select formation.
The vocalist formerly recognised as Butterclock steps up solo under her own name with four Rinse-ready pop tracks. 'Fade' crosses reggaeton and dreamy '90s pop modes; 'Slowly' marries blue trap and ethereal, echoic vox plus raps by Nina B; Cold' is a dated autotune outing; 'Fantasy' gently bounces in a mid-air pop reverie.
The esteemed Norwegian troupe forge a tougher, dizzying sound galvanised by electronic experimentation in their 6th studio album. Since their last LP, 'Live With Britten Sinfonia' (2013), the band's principle song-writer Lars Hortveth took off to L.A. where, inspired by the scale of space and its flashing neon lights, he started composing the material which would become 'Starfire'. Recorded back in Oslo at his band's own studio, the album neatly transposes the rolling, glittering landscapes of California to Jaga Jazzist's rockier topographies and smart jazz chops, manifesting a wide-… Read more
LA's Israel Vines inaugurates Eye Teeth, a sub-division of Ectomorph's Interdimensional Transmissions, with a killer hydraulik techno session. A-side 'WWKD' is the one for us - a reticulated monster of snakey subbass and coiled, latinate drum patterns swarmed with industrial pads placing it in the same district as LADA, Mike Parker, Regis at his best. B-side, 'Relapse' yokes to a subs-driven 4/4 kickdrum agenda offset with super precise and shivering layers of hi-hats and percussion and subtly applied dub chords beside the beatless industrial vent of 'Tone Approach 1'. Recommended!
Longtime Touch collaborator gets right under the skin with this intently focussed album of bleak drones. Heitor Alvelos is perhaps best known for his photography on the cover of Biosphere's 'Substrata' beside a plethora of other work for the roster, such as Fennesz, BJNilsen, Rafael Toral and Phillip Jeck. Visual work aside, his music has been released under as Autodigest, Antifluffy and Before Surgery thru Ash International and The Tapeworm, too. With 'Faith' he commits his debut solo recordings, a low-lit showcase of gloomy spectres and confessional confrontation manifest as dense, monoli… Read more
Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff's Golden Retriever stretch out to near infinity with the searching modular-meets-clarinet improvisations of '2', their follow-up to 'Seer'. This is free music, in a lineage that connects Sun Ra with Richard Youngs and Merzbow, plotting open-ended coordinates that spiral the listener from ecstatic, angelic fanfare thru chromatic wormholes and atom-smashing thickets of modular twang and ruckus. As far out as they might go, they always know when to reset and remind of their lusher properties.
Delsin resurrect Exos' dub techno classic, 'My Home Is Sonic' for a fresh generation of deep techno listeners. First issued in 2001 by Iceland's Æ Recordings, it's a little known but much-loved take on that sound we'd associate with later Chain Reaction releases - monotone, laced with teasing drones, and driven by hypnotic repetitions deftly rent in modulating dub matrices. Sits very nicely with your Fluxion, Deepchord or Matrix releases.
Class electro tackle from Entro Senestre, fittingly for the Dutch label, Dekmantel. Following from his acclaimed Daywalker & CF session for L.I.E.S. with Willie Burns, this one is out and out electro in the mould of classic Drexciya, Bunker and Murder Capital, rocking darkside pads and slick 808s in 'The Screen' beside the fluid electro-house wriggle of 'Hit The Road' on the A-side, and flipping over to the E.R.P. like programming sophistication of 'Trials of Love' and the aquatic Transllusion nod, 'Slow Motion Disaster'.
Dawn of Midi emulate the grid-like tensions of electronic/FX-driven music with only acoustic instruments - drums, bass and piano - in 'Dysnomia' (2013). originally issued by Thirsty Ear and now reissued by Erased Tapes, it's an impressive feat in the same way that Elektro Guzzi's albums are for their unnatural sense of timing and precision, attempting to synch ever closer to internal clocks of Midi linked music-making machines.
Oren Ambarchi's Black Truffle presents two curious pieces of lower case, haptic sound exploration by Crys Cole, his partner and collaborator heard on last year's engrossing 'Sonja Henies Vei 31' LP for Planam. They're both long-form pieces, including nineteen minutes of intimate, loitering rustle and lurking drones in 'Sand', which was previously self-released in 2009, whilst 'Layna' features the discernable presence of Crys' own presence thru a range of heavy breathing and nimble extended vocal techniques at the quietest end of the register, blended with phono-lead crackle and aleatoric scrabble for those who really like to get closer to the sound.
Nute pull no punches with Constellation Botsu's strobing, over-driven rhythmic noise assaults backed by Lakker, Whirling Hall of Knives and Dwellings remixes. As manic and frazzled as they come, 'Constellation Botsu' dispenses six unstable equations flinging between the kawaii noise-techno of 'Botsu 267' to the hyperactive flux of 'Botsu 258', and honking brainfloss of 'Botsu 239'. The remixes are only slightly less unhinged, with Lakker running roughshod techno circles around 'Botsu 267' and Dwellings' Psygggabba Mix of the same elements recalling some late '90s French Tek sound.
"On Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains, Tokyo’s Chihei Hatakeyama evokes an instrumental poetic grace, that marks him out as one of the icons of his generation. Drawing broadly from aesthetic references, that traverse music of the past 30 years, he seamlessly melts glacial ambient drifts with richly harmonic guitar strata that echo the gliding motions of My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Cocteau Twins. Never resolving to clear melody, his interest in unrestrained harmonics creates a depth to his compositions and moreover a profound sense of the personal. Lik… Read more
A sublime suite of Phillip Glass compositions, reinterpreted and perfromed by concert pianist and devoted acolyte, Bruce Brubaker. It would take the stoniest of hearts to not be seduced by this collection of ten pieces, such is Brubaker's deeply personal understanding and tact towards Glass' music. Thanks to close microphone placement during the recordings at the new Thater and Auditorium of Poitiers, the performance are achingly intimate, capturing all the chair creaks and bum shuffles between the notes, lending a proximity to the music that reveals the pieces intentions with immediate, enchanting clarity. No tricks or untruths. A real gem.
**Includes soul-twisting remixes by Animal Collective, Seven Davis Jr, and dBridge** Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account.… Read more
Under the marvellously portentous title, 'Your Favourite Colour is Green Yet You Dress In Black', Arnaldo presents a trio of deep house DJ tools.
Moscow's premier deep house player drops a swirling follow-up to his 'Water' album for R&S' ambient sibling, Apollo. The 'Subculture' EP is the most diverse record we've heard from Anton Zap, effortlessly and sensitively touching on strains of brukken dub tech with 'Pauspapier' next to the slow-motion pastoral BoC-styles of 'Freefall' on the A-side, and neatly switching tack between accomplished nods to early, jazz-fusing Squarepusher with 'Incident', or mid '90s Æ and NYC illbient with One Week'.
"André Bratten grew up in Oslo on the border between a bustling city and a dense forest. That juxtaposition has informed his sound: Bratten skillfully imbues cosmic disco with intense cerebral techno. Bratten's cinematic tendency stems from his experience as a theater score composer, while his dancier side is influenced by the Norwegian disco scene that raised him. He released his debut album Be A Man You Ant (2013) on Prins Thomas' Full Pupp label, and shares a studio with Thomas, Todd Terje, and Lindstrøm. However, rather than simply emulate these figureheads, Bratten blazed his o… Read more
Monday, 25 May
**PAN manage to coax out the first new Errorsmith release in 11 years - and in collab with Mark Fell no less - making for one of the deadliest and best twelves you'll hear this year** PAN plays home to the return of pioneering composer Erik Wiegand a.k.a. Errorsmith - in collaboration with anterior artist Mark Fell, no less - for his first release in eleven years! Technically, it's not the first time that these two have worked together - Fell put Wiegand's Razor software to stunning use in the 'Manitutshu' album (EMEGO 116, 2011) - but it is their first time recording toget… Read more
*First new solo album in six years from founding member of pioneering chamber-rock ensemble, Rachel’s. Features members of Loscil, Rachel’s, Shipping News, Amsterdam Sinfonietta* "Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kentucky – most renowned for her work in Rachel's, the groundbreaking chamber-rock ensemble that introduced an entire generation of underground rock fans to the unexpected similarities and appeal of neoclassical music. Grimes has toured the world as a solo pianist, and as a collaborator with chamber ensembles such as Portland Cello Project, astrïd, … Read more
Frrresshhh outta Durban, South Africa, Rudeboyz deliver the first properly administered dose of Gqom heard outside their country. Sounding something like Kwaito made for baddies in a Neil Blomkamp flick, it's a darqer strain of SA house defined by hollow drums (Gqom is Zulu for "bang" or "hit") and weightless yet heavily-impending atmospheres comparable with current Logos and Mumdance designs. Our perception of the "weightless" bit may be attributable to the low bitrates the tunes are distributed in via sites such as Kasimp3 (there's a chuffload of 128kbps gear on there, run go check!), len… Read more
We find Wolfgang Voigt in his natural habitat amidst the sweeping, Gas-like ambient scenery of 'Rückverzauberung 10'. Written to commemorate the opening of German national park, Hunsrück-Hochwald, where the piece is played through loudspeakers to enchant the woodland and vice-versa, it gracefully unfurls just over an hour of deep forested strings and quietly intoxicating atonality in a reflection of the the wild, rolling landscape and its natural topography. From the elegiac appeal to the woodland cover art, it's arguably the closest you'll come to Voigt's templa… Read more
Luke Abbott coins his Buffalo Temple label with the cracked serenity of 'Music For A Landscape'. His 3rd album, an original soundtrack to 'The Goob', also doubles up as a canny lead-on from 'Wysing Forest' (2014), pursuing that LP's sonic psychogeographic themes from Cambridgeshire to his home ends in Norfolk, also the location for filming of 'The Goob'. Incorporating richly scenic field recordings of insects provided by Chris Watson and Anna Bertmark (to be clear, they provided the sounds, not the insects), the albums gently unfolds with t… Read more
Skee Mask slings a 2nd lot of crackshot techno on Ilian Tape with the 'Junt' EP. His 1st release, 'Serum', issued in late 2014, injected a much-needed dose of broken, sparky and rude funk to the techno scene, and this one does much the same, with an added swell of blistered, psychedelic noise texture and shots of sweetened melody for good measure. The title track kicks up a cloud of dusty atmospheres and dub-sprung dynamics to ease us in, before 'Hover' almost loses its mind in a roil of atonal apparitions, to be rescued by rolling groove and sweeping, sunken pads. 'Larus Canus' follows at a more… Read more