Monday, 17 March
"Perfect Pussy are one of the boldest and most intriguing projects to surface in recent years, garnering widespread critical acclaim following the release of a four song EP, "I have lost all desire for feeling". Veiled beneath layers of exquisitely abrasive noise, frontwoman Meredith Graves’ lyrics are disarming, brutally honest and poetic, possessing a feverish intensity that can only be matched by Graves’ electric stage presence. Hailing from Syracuse, New York, the band is comprised of members from the local punk and hardcore community. Since releasing their 4 song demo cassette … Read more
"Numero Group unravels Rat Conspiracy, installment #2 in the label’s exhaustive 4-part Unwound reissue undertaking. This chapter intros the Olympia, Washington, noise-punk trio anew, kicking off with hi-hat thwaks on “Dragnalus” from drummer Sara Lund, whose lockstep partnership with Justin Trosper and Vern Rumsey marked the forging of a 1990s indie-rock legend. The band’s advancing threat is captured in 32 tracks, a trove of house-show b&w period photographs, and a vivid 10,000-word narrative by latter-day Unwound diarist David Wilcox. Rat Conspiracy, its name a one-time working title for… Read more
'Aika' captures revered Finnish techno/electronica producer Ukkonen at his most romantic, deft and involving with two extended narratives p'raps best suited for home listening. 'Luomus' sweeps in with Detroit strings gone trance over off-grid machine pulses with the aerobic agility and elegance of an olympic ice skater before a midway transition into almost Lynchian exotica and airborne electro-jazz/classical motifs. The sweetly charming 'Aikomus' is equally intricate, morphing minimal techno patter and bleeping elements with the deceptively effortless "how'd he do that?" melodic calculations and al… Read more
Darkside D&B rolige from new signing to Doc Scott's 31 Records. 'Future Roots' wields mammoth subbass and insectoid, dubble-timed percussion with the sternest glare and 'Untitled Render' gets craftier with super crisp, sparring rimshots underpinned by turbulent but tightly tucked bass shapes.
Trio of thumping, epic chug-offs from The Twins. Optimo are playing their cards close to their chest s on this one - we're only told "The Twins once lived in Glasgow. We Believe they are French, and maybe they live in Germany now." That's that sorted, then. A-side, 'You've Got A Twin In The Attic (You Lunatic)' is a proper European disco thruster boosted by massive kick/bassline and cosmic bleeps; B-side bears the sweeping synths, simmering boops and cantering groove of 'Water Coaster' and a searing synth disco bomb with massive intro called 'Love Monarchy'.
Stephan Laubner' Something release from 2012 finally available on digital formats. Ever playful, instinctively groovy and psychedelic, his four 'Good Vaporations' are entirely befitting of a producer many regard as one of the most intriguing and unique in today's scene. A-side we find the charmingly chaotic harmonies and inimitably programmed rhythms of 'Sudden Bliss' and a very canny use of a looped trumpet sample woven into the bumpy fabric of 'Manblind', all complemented with a useful breakbeat in the locked groove. Flipside's 'Kinetic Farel' is odder, wriggling with oily synths, sticky… Read more
Powerful, minimalist dubstep-techno hybrids from Sleeper on Kryptic Minds' Osiris label. There's seven of 'em total, ranging from heads-down 4/4 stomp 'n roll to twysted acidic shake downs, churning bleep techno and succinct noise shots.
Sisyphus is the new name for the collaboration between Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti and Son Lux (formerly s/s/s), with a self-titled album partly inspired by the art of Jim Hodges. "Take the romantic stings and catchy choruses from the Illinois era, throw in some crazed electronic percussion, melted synths, rapped verses, and autotuned vocals, and stir."
Groggy Amsterdam funk trips from san proper for Rush Hour. 'Inside All Of Us' vibes with rhodes, tussling drums, and malted, liquid Moodymann suss for the dancers before he really stretches out the KDJ correlations with the cool-ass sample chops and loosey goosey arrangements of 'Leave It All Up to the Doc'. Ace.
On the first of three remix sessions Donato Dozzy and Sigha revise tracks from Peter Van Hoesen's 'Perceiver' album. Donato Dozzy gives a slightly cheesy but inarguably plush widescreen ambient remix of 'Attribute 39' on one side; Sigha does the business with dense kick drum pressure and neatly swung slivers of hi-hat for a killer rebuild of 'Attach On The Reality Principle'.
PvH goes drier, deeper on two tracks of sleek minimal techno for Curle. 'Outlands' tucks a knotty, rumbling bassline under glassy, spindly electronic motifs and ghostly white noise figures across the longer A-side, marking up one of his most reduced and mysterious numbers to date. 'Three Circles' feels like a continuation of the A-side, picking up the pace and introducing quicksilver percussions and tweaky modular electronics to get the groove really driving with a fine-tuned modicum of restraint.
Spiky new wave pop and darker gothic doings from 1984, reissued by Paris' Desire and Mitzvah Records.
"Welcome to the wondrous world of Eva Van Deuren's one-girl project Orphan Fairytale. She creates a fairylike, mystic and hypnotizing sound world using only self-made electronics, toy instruments , cassette loops and small keyboards. The music show a great deal of playfulness. Dreamlike patterns are enriched by carefully placed notes and tones. After almost 10 years of performing and recording, the time has come for a round-up and Aguirre is happy to present a wonderful set of four sidelong pieces. The 2xLP set consists of delicate twinkling tunes recorded during the perio… Read more
**Rare live actions from Nurse With Wound, recorded between 1984 and 1986 at Bar Maldoror at in Ghent, Belgium, 2007** "“In our very short spell as a ‘live band’ Nurse With Wound performed eight times, five in public, between the years of 1984-86. These events were shambolic, chaotic and uneven affairs, sometimes as boring for the performers as the non-plussed audiences but at other times reaching an amazing intensity. Some were quite amusing—I remember one in particular, a Christmas event in Amsterdam. We had decided no electric lights, just hundreds of candles around the stage and… Read more
**Often deranged but somehow collected Krautrock from Teutonic elders** "In 1996 three old hands of German underground music came together to record nine improvised "one take recordings" without overdubs or corrections: Dieter Moebius (Kluster, Cluster, Harmonia) on synthesizer and electronics, Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) on drums, and Jürgen Engler (Male, Die Krupps) on guitars. The result: a fascinating electronic world of sonic spectra, cacophony on the one hand, harmony on the other; dark but not murky, outlandish without being weird – an almost magical, ritualistic atmosphere."
**A far less manic but still dotty follow-up to the trio's 1996 album** "Dieter Moebius, vital protagonist of the Krautrock/avant-garde scene (Kluster, Cluster, Harmonia) since the late 1960s, another Krautrock stalwart and Guru Guru drummer Mani Neumeier, Jürgen Engler from the epicentre of Germany’s (post) punk scene as a member of Male and later head of steel machine musicians Die Krupps. After a 17 year hiatus, the successor to 'Other Places' (1996). The result: no repeat performance, instead a clear progression from its predecessor – the ambitious, but never unduly cerebral improvisation of three musical eccentrics."
**House party sauce from playboy Damon Palermo and friends** "After three thick years of performances, passport abuse, and pumping, pleasure-principle EPs, Damon Palermo, a.k.a. classic house torchbearer Magic Touch, presents his pinnacle statement to date: Palermo House Gang. Joining forces with a vast cast of collaborators sourced from his intercontinental travels—Octo Octa, Newbody, Benny Badge, The Horses, Sarah Bates, Sorcerer, Ash Williams—Palermo swings and sweats through funky new wave club mixes, freestyle R&B, mesh-top house, freeform hardware workouts and decadent disco… Read more
"Double A-side single, the first single to be taken from ‘Haul Away!’, the follow up to Liz Green’s debut ‘O, Devotion!’ (2011). Recorded at London’s legendary Toe Rag Studio with producer Liam Watson. Rybka’ translates as ‘little fish’ in Polish, and that’s precisely what the song is about, says Liz: “the little fish getting lost in the big pond. A boy who tries to do right but always seems to end up on the wrong side of the glass.”
7even Records serve their best bits from Likhan, Helixir and F. Makes sure to check for F's deep end dub techno/step hybrid 'Phantom' and Ramadanman's cool remix of his 'Epilogue', and Helixir's twitchy 2-step dub 'Let Me Drive Now'.
Kassel Jaeger's 3rd release for Editions Mego - his best yet - is an inquisitive suite of expansive soundscapes questioning creative processes of material and structural decay. On the extended, 25 minute piece of 'Toxic Cosmopolitanism', the current GRM member renders the processed timbres of instruments such as the balafon, tremolo, gnbri, gee, tibetan gong, and pan flutes, in an interzone of icy drones removed from their cultural contexts. The result of his experiment is a desolate, immersive space as abstract and mysterious as The Conet Project recordings and feeliung somet… Read more
"Dead Man is a 13th Floor Elevator descent headlong into southern-fried bloody Sabbath. Released on the Hookah imprint in 1970, the LP’s gaping cranium cover, sludged-up blues, and bone-bleached riffs outsold Let It Be, if only locally, being far “too psychedelic” and skull-crushing for Houston’s International Artists label to touch. A Texas-bound band except in tracking Dead Man inside the furnace of Phoenix, Josefus strode loud and longhaired amid the oil fields, peddling their own brand of black gold. As US involvement in the Vietnam War peaked and human boots sunk into lunar dust, Josefus po… Read more
**A gorgeous, delicate and diverse suite of idiosyncratic composition ranging from solo piano to acoustic folk and neo-classical by a previous collaborator with Radiohead and Matthew Herbert** "John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The Turner Prize for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. Also known for this collaborations with Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut, Mattias combines ambient, post classical pieces with h… Read more