Monday, 02 February
Robot Koch, recipient of germany's "best electronic composer of the year" award, brings his intricate sound back to Monkeytown. "“Tsuki” features 5 accurately crafted pieces, all of them dark but beautiful, all of them heartfelt but cool, all of them inclined to a straighter bassdrum but still far away from four to the floor. The EP also features a bunch of collaborators from different camps from all over the world. Indian producer and singer Curtain Blue (The Circus) coproduced “Let Me” and “Erase”, the mysterious Born in Flamez, who was also featured on the Modeselektion compilation earlier t… Read more
'Deterrence' is the formerly cassette-only 2010 release by Ricardo Donoso. It plumbs a darker, primordial space that pre-echoes the submerged qualities of his excellent albums for Digitalis, drawing us into abyssal zones of bleakest ambient electronics perfused with looming electro-acoustic structures that tesselate in the pitch blacknuss or scrape the clammy walls of his shapeshifting chambers.
*Edition of 100 copies* "Death Is Not The End return with a compilation of 12 tracks that Rev. Edward W. Clayborn recorded for Vocalion in the mid to late 1920s. Very little is known about Clayborn, besides that he is likely to have hailed from the Alabama area. Playing an open tuned guitar with a simple alternating bass line, Clayborn's music has been referred to by some as overtly basic, however amidst the simple beauty lies a depth of passion and conviction."
Ras G & The Koreatown Oddity are a stoned force to be reckoned with as 5 Chuckles. G mans samplers, turntables and software; Oddity brings off-the-dome bars in eight concise beats built around cracking snares and dustiest bass bumps spun out with space age electronics and an endearingly ramshackle approach that belies their hazy dexterity. The original tape edition of 100 copies came packaged in a blunt wrapper pouch but you'll just have to use your imagination with this one.
The Corner's most prolific producer returns to Anthony Parasole's label with 'Attempt No Landing'. No nonsense techno in three parts, fromt he super minimal modulations of 'Magnetic' thru the sexier swing and infectious synth hook of 'Molecular' to the skittish hypnotiser, 'Ignition'.
Harbinger Sound serve the results of Phil Julian's stint at Stockholm's hallowed EMS Studio in 2013. Originally recorded for diffusion over the 21-channel Audiorama surround system, this stereo mix condenses the elements to a paltry two channels, but we've only got two ears and one set of headphones so we'll happily make do. There are three pieces on offer: the 18-minute 'Open Form' spans the A-side with shivering microtones and microtemporal rhythms precipitating more invasive psycho-acoustics and desolate drones; B-side 'Corona' deals in bristling, insectoid harmonics and piquant high freque… Read more
Heady, swinging house from 100% Silk regular, Octo Octa, making his debut on Running Back. Four track keep the vibes ticking nicely between the electronic spritz of 'More Times' and the pseudo-moody 'Take Me To The Dark' via mellow breakbeat drifter, 'Dresses', and the slink perc of 'Fever Dream'.
Mesak turns on the sweet 'n salty skweee charm for Cleaning Tapes. "Frottage Frottage follows 2014's 'howto readme' released on Harmoenia and there's some clear lineage between the two. The stripped back electro funk of previous releases is more heavily weighted with saturated drums, globular bass lines, laser blast synths and pitted with dense interference. Mesak demonstrates a more robust and 'physical' techno leaning sound, not in a typically industrial sense but more so feeling like sound design for whatever undetected micro movements and erroneous processes take place inside heaps o… Read more
**Immersively collaged and enchanting sound journey across the American south** "Herein sits a sound panacea for what ails you, me, thee… a collection of sound meant to place tiume, place memory in that space beyond remembrance… This recording represents a 25 day sojourn (#southernsojourn2014) I took through parts of the/my american south by am, greydog, thumb, through pecan trees, farm fields, rivers running me, dark allies, cemeteries people no longer visit… curious places below the mason dixon line: a segment of the globe more foreign to me than any other… Read more
"Inspired by a lethal cocktail of Drexciya, Swans, Jung, and Moby Dick, Marreck follows his 2014 Tesla tape with an album of exploding audio blubber, making a mess of both outer and inner space in the process. Vaguely reminiscent in places of Trensmat/Nute favourite/alumnus Tlaotlon, there's a restlessness at work. It seems hexagons can fit in triangular holes after all, as jarringly dissimilar sonic events live together in harmony such as the morse code percussive chatter in Duodecimo sparring with its upfront drones and corrosive high-end manic melody; washes of cosmic fizz attempt to cleanse… Read more
Raw, knuckled house from Dukwa and Herva for M>O>S's Cos_Mos label. Pacy machine rhythms rub and spark against heavy breathing synths and keys in three bits, from Shake-style twitchy of 'Srtone' to the raining claps and keys of 'Velocity', and the deep but up-for-it ghetto pounder, 'Invisible Symphony'.
Sublime, vaporous sonics from north west America's Karmelloz. The title, 'Silicon Forest' refers to the artist's locale, and specifically the cluster of hi-tech companies clustered between Beaverton and Hillsboro in the U.S. state of Oregon. When coupled with his background in studying neuroscience and psychology, Karmelloz' sixth album can be taken as an abstract reading of the region's shifting psycho-geography, whether emulating the invisible buzz and convulsing chaos of massed electronic signals in 'Nighttime Silence' or the strange meld of accelerated culture and natural wilderness… Read more
Diverse techno session celebrating five years of Stroboscopic Artefacts. Check for the skin-crawling synth discord and rollign kicks of Kopp's 'Shibu' and the deft percussive articulation of Chevel's Cylob or AFX-like 'Alicia'.
John Tejada adds a subtly effective layer of grit to his hypoallergenic tech-house sound in 'Signs Under Test'. Raising his tolerance for the infidelity and idiosyncracies of analog recording results heaps more space and atmosphere across all eleven tracks, lending his drums a sweet bite and loads of room for his modules to really spill and breathe. His melodic sensibilities and deftest drum programming /sequencing skills are in full effect, too. Whether rolling with AFXian lushness in opener 'Two 0 Two' or swinging with clipped electro drums and vaulted harmonies in 'Vaalbara', it'… Read more
**Excoriating rhythmic noise dynamics from the "lone occupant" at Helen Scarsdale Agency** Jim says: "Scarlet is an album of extreme electro-acoustics built from hot-wired strobe-lights and wire-tapping microphones. I've made attempts at rhythm in the past, but here I throw caution to the wind with numerous variations on the noise-pulse theme. I debuted a variation on this work at The Grey Area Foundation For The Arts at the end of the summer of 2014, when I had the privilege of opening for Tim Hecker. I continued that line of research in the studio with 9 completed pieces to show for my labo… Read more
*Obscure country and western delights for the journey, new on Numero* "Ten road-weary tales from the wrong side of outlaw country. Jeff Cowell may have huffed the same narcotic air as Townes Van Zandt and David Allan Coe, but hunkered far from the Nashville city limits, nary a Cash or Paycheck would drunkenly slur through his tunes. Recorded in 1975, Lucky Strikes and Liquid Gold is an isolated, backwoods loner epic, top-loaded with odes to hitch-hiking and rambling the crumbling Michigan countryside of Cowell’s hard-drinking youth. Previously available only out of the back… Read more
Cracking techno-house jags from an Aussie producer and label - J. Albert on Cult Trip. 'Vertigo' is the one for us; a proper, haughty shunter holding percolated New York house flex and nasty PCP industrial vibes in a taut floorshow. The murked-out B-side, 'Contracto' is wicked too, blunting the edges of prurient Chi-house in line with the aesthetics of Delroy Edwards or Vancouver's vaunted Mood Hut gang.
Milan & New York-based Italians, Hunter/Game put a gritty, live hardware spin on Kompakt's usual, vacuum-sealed aesthetic with the smart Speicher 83. Submerged to tape, both sides spill rolling bass and well-timed percussive developments gilded with bleeps and subtle pads, with 'Hexagon' coaxing the elements to a canny triplet swing and 'Bermuda' sailing out to more ghostly late night/early morning zones. RIYL Border Community, Pye Corner Audio,
Kickin' New Beat and mutant acid jams from Vincent Koremann on the new COS_MOS division of M>O>S. Arching up with the '88 Lowlands sound of 'New Earth Army''s psychedelic synthlines and rigid buck, he ploughs in a similar direction with the grotty acid slammer, 'We Have Become The Filth Of The Universe' and takes it right down to a sludgy 108bpm with the viscous trudge of 'Possessed'.
This is pretty special: an album of unreleased home recordings made circa 1982-83 by Liquid Liquid percussionist Dennis Young - aye, the same fella sampled on Grandmaster Flash's 'White Lines'. Edited and arranged in summer 2014, it illuminates 16 pieces primed for the heads and DJs, ranging from dubbed-up, extended No wave disco roll-outs, thru singeing synth escapades equally comparable with Craig Leon and Bruce Lacey, via a number of little guitar ditties and experiments. It's perfectly symptomatic of that febrile air of creativity surrounding New York in that era, keen to expand th… Read more
Rhythm Cult catch Deadbeat on the good foot with three tightly coiled dub-tech and breakbeat aces. With 'Hot Mess' he trims back a sprung techno-steppers momentum for peak time deployment, while 'Deep Space' rolls out with slippery toms and quicksilver chord flux for the big rooms. However, the best of all is a roiling, Afro-centric winner called '7th And 33rd' sparring with sickest percussion like some Shackleton-meets-T++ mission. Straight ace.
Dan "The First Man Outside of Detroit to Debut On Moodymann's Mahogani Label" Shake chases last year's debut with two faithfully deep house moves for Black Acre. Paying dues to Tony Allen & Fela Kuti with firm nods to J Dilla and, naturally, KDJ, he gets busy with grubbing bass and slicing hi-hats laying the rhythm for soulful gospel stabs on 'Out Of Sight', before teaming up with Japan-based Rennie Foster for the dusted hi-hat shuffles, oily bass and pealing sax solo of 'Out Of Sight' on the B-side.
*New, reworked version. First time on vinyl, includes a free copy of the album on CD inside* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisat-ions. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of elect-ronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "A… Read more
*New, reworked version. Originally released 1997 on Captain Trip Records* "Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. The t… Read more
Feathered footwork sweetness from the Chi's DJ Earl, spinning Blacksmif into cirrus vocal float and hovering soul chords around well whisked rhythm.
Pumped-up techno and raspin' breakbeat excursions from Auden on his 2nd 12" for Hotflush. A quartet of cuts run the gamut from dark, strident techno in 'Lock In' to the inverted kick-step and grainy pads of 'Utopian', and over to snarling breakbeat lash of 'Xirox' via big room banger, 'Perished'.