Monday, 30 June
Louche yet strident daydream house music from Edmonton, Canada's Dylan Khotin-Foote, or just Khotin to you and us. Operating in proximity of 100% Silk, Mathematics and Opal Tapes spheres, Khotin's sound is a light, melodic and gauzy take on classic house memes, with highlights in the hypnotic warehouse jack of 'Infinity Jam', the jazzy wooze of 'Flight Theme' and the Vibert-esque charms of 'Why Don't We Talk'.
Reissue of Kenny Larkin (aka Dark Comedy) Detroit house trax, originally issued in 1991 on KMS. Versions 2 & 3 feature soulful vocals and fruity basslines whereas Version 1 is tuffer, technoid and deep burning.
Reissue of sought-after Jovonn action backed with smart Ian Pooley dub. Originally issued in 2001, 'Back To House' swings wide with bulbous bass and friskiest drum fills offset with that grimy ass string stab. Skip Ian Pooley's remix for the techier New Dub ace.
Power Vacuum on pounders patrol with joeFarr in the wake of his 'Vectors' appearance. Clattering, noisy, and headstrong, the 'Sentry' EP scouts five belligerent techno weapons bowling between the gutter welt of 'On Your Life' to the broken roll of the title track and the bone-head bounce of 'What Time Is Now'.
Danny Wolfers (Legowelt) returns to his House of Jezebel alias for a debut on Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series. The follow-up to his 'Love & Happiness' cover of DJ Pierre's 'Love Trax' takes a darker tack with the mystic acid wiggle of 'Back in DogTown USA' and the uptempo hi-tech jazz of 'I Took A Train in 1976'.
"Double-tracked with a ghostly haze of background fuzz, Hedvig’s lightning-rod guitar blazes a trail that comes in the wake of the heaviest guitar giants – there’s Hendrix, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Led Zep’s Jimmy Page swirling around the cauldron, but also the exploratory, disciplined freeplay of Pete Cosey, John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana buzzing out of her fingertips. Born in the Norwegian town of Ålesund in the early 80s, Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen has been steeped in the guitar since fooling around with her mother’s nylon-strung acoustic at the age of ten. She… Read more
Oh boy, we've been waiting for you, 'Submit X'… The debut album by techno producer Gesloten Cirkel aka Ratsnake is a masterclass in the dark art of machine funk. It lands very heavily on I-F's elusive Murder Capital imprint with ten doses of achingly precise, fluid electro attacks of the calibre and assassin-like efficiency you really don't hear these days. To date he's only had three 12" releases in the past 5 years - including our office fave for Moustache Techno - besides some killer remixes for Conforce and Candyblasta. This album however, marks the pinnacle of his oeuvre so far, fr… Read more
Dapper deep house from Laurent Garnier for MCDE's label. 'Psyche-Delia' is a nice, spacious piece of swirling house driven by guttural subbass roll and dusted drums, whilst 'Whistle For Frankie' nods to Theo Parrish and STL with wigglin' groove and jazzy refrains.
**Space-cadet techno-electronica from Australia. RIYL Blondes, Gardland, M. Geddes Gengras** "The transformation from trashed noise to tranced programming irks some technocrats but the truth is such shifts only highlight the kinship between these parallel modes of longform electrical activity; hypnosis and confusion can be achieved with or without drum machines. Newcastle transplants Nick Senger and Cooper Bowman both share storied pasts in improvisational amplifier damage as performers (Castings/Cistern Corrupt and Dry Mouth/Junk Sick, respectively) and label heads (Spanish Magic and … Read more
"“Melt Into Nothing” is Ensemble Economique’s most lucid seance to date. The prolific Humboldt County musician has stripped layers off of his trademark haze but retained the beautiful desolation that’s earned him a rabid fanbase. The solo project of former Starving Weirdos member Brian Pyle, Ensemble Economique has crossed a land bridge from apocryphal world music and dusty soundtracks to gauzy 4AD-style atmospherics. Trellises of guitar embolden Pyle’s whispered, threadbare lyrics. On “Hey Baby”, the itinerant tone feels like an update on Neil Young’s stark and beautiful s… Read more
Back with a bang, DJ Haus kicks the party into action with four UK/US-style ghetto killers. Up top he rides a Chicago-style booty banger with 'Clap Yo Handz' and brings the B-More Club funk with James Brown breaks and classic stabs. Down below he teams up with Matrixxman for the flighty garage warper 'Feel It' and the skippy Jersey flex of 'Lez Get 2getha' for the late night freaks.
Rolling, radgy Uk techno from Pris' London-based Resin label. Bleaching Agent opens with a mind-bending acid techno bucker, 'Akplenc', beside Divided's droning, woody thumper 'Losses'. Label head Pris plays straight ahead with the monotone pound of 'Pencil Pusher', and Manse follows his Opal Tapes session with the funky up techno tool, 'Slacker'.
Billy Love and Theo Parrish rekindle their relationship in sublime fashion. As Theo says "So I called Bill since we hadn't recorded in a while. He came by and I started playing ideas for him and these four happened that day. Full length coming" resulting in the burgundy soul of 'Melloghettomental'. Their fruitful working relationship started a few years back on the Rotating Assembly tracks 'Seasons Of My Life'/'Feedback' and still seems to be in damn fine working order. Each cut is unmistakably Theo, from the shuffled arrangements and impressionistic daubs of ghostly re… Read more
Monday, 23 June
The prodigal rare groover returns with two delectable beatdown moves on his first release since last summer's one-sided 'Wires' 12". A-side he plays crafty with 'King Bromeliad' segueing from live field recording into a full bodied shimmy bumping off a loping bassline with crisp drums and wandering Rhodes bowing to the dons of Detroit house, Theo Parrish and KDJ, but with a swagger all of its own. B-side, 'Montparnesse' simmers down to a slower coda of percolating house chords and haunting, gaseous brass motifs, which actually turn out to be a lonely vocal sample thre… Read more
After ten solid releases (12 including Misterio sub-label), NYC's Mister Saturday Night round up their best on 'Brothers & Sisters' - an epic 25 track comp featuring their finest moments so far, as well as newly recorded exclusives. Combining the perpetual momentum of house music with the possibilities of electronica and an over-arching, jazz-wise looseness, the label have coined an aesthetic fetishised by lovers of leftfield dance music. Of these 25 tracks, jazz/electronica trio Archie Pelago present three pieces which sum up the label's vibe, alongside the emotive movements of UK's Da… Read more
Four years on from the acclaimed 'Holkham Drones', Luke Abbott smudges deeper with this sublime sophomore LP. Titled in tribute to the Cambridge-based arts centre, 'Wysing Forest' feels more abstract than its predecessor, offering a bold but friendly challenge to those who simply wanted more of the same. To be fair it's not radically removed, but there are strong echoes of early radiophonic experimentation and a looser, noisier, ecstatically free-form approach to arrangement that unpredictably toys with our sense of anticipation and gratification. It's mixed as a play-through listen, ea… Read more
In the egalitarian, sample-happy spirit of UK Rave, Jamie xx liberally filches from Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' soundtrack for his festive anthem 'All Under One Roof Raving'. Flyknit with extra snatches of atmosphere from rave tapes and youtube videos, Jamie underpins it all with rolling subs, crafty 2-step percussion and those signature steel drums to beautiful effect. Long live the spirit!
MMM bust a sweat with two precise, wall-banging aces paying tribute to classic Chicago styles. 'Jack7' juices optimal amounta funk from a camp, twanging lead, kinky bass fills and heavy kicks reducing elements of NRG disco, house and techno to a sticky, potent residue. 'Syncro' follows suit with dry-ass drum machine patterns causing silky friction with wiggly synth for that Green Velvet/Dj Rush style Chi-wiggle/jack.
Downwards capitulate to demand with this digital issue of two highly sought alternate versions to Regis' 'Blood Witness' 'In A Syrian Tongue' 12" - originally released by Blackest Ever Black. The original single is easily one of Regis' best, and these new takes are equally crucial. The gritted churn of 'Blood Witness' is now extended and re-calibrated to a more reduced, aggressive agenda with burred beats and swooping bass comparable with the CUB records, while the edit gets further inside the groove with serpentine, lip-bitingly strong effect. Hugely recommended.
Super slick, technoid grime mutations from man-of-the-moment Wen and Soundman Chronicles' Parris following their 'Time collaboration on the 'Signals' album. Key to both pieces is a ice-cool sense of efficiency and restraint, meeting '06 dubstep aesthetics with Eski grime and minimal techno tropes. A-side, 'Caught' pings precise bleeps and shivering hi-hats off plangent subs and echo chamber dynamics. B-side 'Collide' condenses the dark energy of '94 jungle and '98 tech-step in a slippery reduction of fluid dark garage and dub technoid hydraulics. Tipped!
Epic anthems from Edinburgh's burgeoning beat-maker/writer/arranger to the hip hop cognoscenti. Building on the promise of his 'Billboard' EP, he aims even higher with these five tracks ranging from the G(lasgow) Funk of 'Outside (Intro)' feat. YC The Cynic and Rustie, the Eclair Fifi-caned 'Rosario' heavyweight, Diwali riddim styles on 'Franco', and searing, star-eyed leads in 'Lost Girls'. RIYL Rustie, Hud Mo, TNGHT, Bauuer, Joker.
Cosmin Nicolae debuts the first release on his own Fizic imprint with a strong pair of looped Techno bangers.
LA-based modular synth maverick M. Geddes Gengras returns with a gorgeous extended suite for Matthewdavid's Leaving Records. The session is named in respect to the lone survivor of the Yahi Indian tribe, subject of the 1961 book Ishi: In Two Words, symbolising the personal loss of two of Gengras' friends. Over four increasingly extended pieces ranging from 6 to 43 minutes in length, he opens huge harmonic spaces, at once moving forward, outward yet very centred and serene, scoping out pink-hued harmonic overtones in 'Ishi', glorious astral waterfalls in 'Passage', and widescreen vistas in … Read more
**Sublime ambient/dub techno suite from highly revered Icelandic producer, Yagya** "Since 2002 the definitive member of the Thule Musik collective has been crafting lush electronic albums under his Yagya alias and always manages to find pure bliss and beauty and his simple, nature inspired soundscapes. He deals exclusively in full lengths and to date they have come on labels like Sending Orbs, Force Inc. and Subwax Bcn. "I wanted to create an album that's atmospheric, repetitive, and easy to listen to over and over again," says the man himself. "Something that works well in the background (e.g… Read more
**Double vinyl with CD copy** Just in time for summer, Dummy Magazine round up 15 new and exclusive tracks and reworks from John Wizards, Palmistry, Kwes, East India Youth, EMMA & LV, Larry Gus, Tirzah and more. It could arguably be taken as a survey of current London tastes, cutting across the face of it with warm blends of soul, indie-pop, grime, hip hop and electronica and finding highlights in John Wizards' sun-blushed 'Welcome To Cape Town, Cape Town Welcomes You', the dancehall/reggaeton minimalism of Palmistry's 'Ascensión' featuring BlazeKidd and Uli K, and EMMA's tumbling footwork dub mutant, written with Will LV.
**Recordings of 1950s folk-blues-gospel music from inmates of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, issued here on a lovingly packaged and designed cassette** "New reissue label Death Is Not The End debut with a limited cassette release of folklorist Dr. Harry Oster's collection of recordings from Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, originally released in 1959 on the Folk-Lyric label. For a brief period, the American South was full of musicologists keen to record and archive the great and expansive tradition of folksong. The context of these particular recordings conve… Read more