Monday, 30 June
Dettmann & Emika nod to Heinrich Mueller's recent experiments with female vocalists in the free-floating tones and elegant electro-techno pulses of 'Seduction'. On the Deuce remix Dettmann reprises his duo with Rene Pawlowitz (Shed) for a rolling drone techno intensifier, while Anthony Parasole's remix keeps all the energy tucked below the belt with shifty bass patterns and Ryan Elliott keeps his hand in with a minimal techno-house remix.
**UPFRONT DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE - Infectious, worldly debut drop from Bradley Zero's London dance music institution, Rhythm Section** "Sprung up from his much-fted clubnight of the same name, Bradley Zero has enlisted fellow Peckham local Al Dobson Jr to inaugurate Rhythm Section International with this: Rye Lane Volume 1, an 11 track mini-LP stuffed to the rafters with summery goodness. The importance of location on Rye Lane Volume 1 appears both tantamount and inconsequential: many of the titles on offer dot specific points of reference on the map (Peru, Grenada, Cameroon, Columbi… Read more
Stunning 1st single from FKA Twigs' imminent debut album, 'LP1'. Ready to ascend her throne as the queen of avant-R&B, 'Two Weeks' breaches more pop-wise ground than her debut 12" and last year's incredible 'EP2', again all produced by the singer with the incredibly talented Arca. As the accompanying video makes patently clear, she makes no bones about referencing Aaliyah, Ciara, Mariah, both visually and vocally, but sonically and lyrically she's in a dimension of her own. We may call this sound avant-R&B, but you kinda know that this sorta production and aesthetic is going to be the norm b… Read more
**Diagonal unveil the first of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M** Dom Butler (Factory Floor) and Richard Smith (L/F/D/M) debut their fierce Bronze Teeth sound on the first of two hard-ass 12"s for Diagonal. Sustaining the momentum of Powell's crackshot 'Club Music' EP, recently issued on Diagonal, the 'O Unilaterals' 12" yields a trio of modular hardware-honed bangers belying the ongoing significance of steel and flesh. On the A-side they yoke rampant, fleshly pulses to a roiling industrial tech… Read more
In the 'IIVA' EP, Loops Haunt augments the sounds and structures of his widely acclaimed 'Exits' LP with a tuffened, ferric aesthetic. The Scottish producer gives a extended edit of album track 'IIVA' strewn with spring reverb ricochets and radiant harmonic aurora - which NHK remixes as a spiralling folk-techno vortex - and uses a similar palette of destroyed, rusted tones and beguiling spatial convolutions to render further material as urgent, febrile dancers, ranging from the granite techno groove of 'TIIYL' and the unstable 2-step of 'IIHX' to the FIS-alike mulch of 'IILTN' and the grazing roil of Vessel in 'FIISR' and 'RYIIG'.
Dance Mania don DJ Slugo turns up on Nicolas Jaar's Other People label (of all places) with four freaky ghetto bangers. The guitar chops in percolator, 'From The Back' get off to a poor start but it gets better with the minimalist funk of 'Get Down (What The Fuck)', the wild, pitching stabs of 'Work Them Jaw' and the frantic flux of 'Worker'.
Theo Parrish sheds his rooted perspective on the concept and semantics of Chicago 'Footwork' with two devilish deep house twysters. As depicted in Heather Sommerfield's accompanying video, 'Footwork' is dedicated to those that move, (rather than the recent iteration of Juke), giving up the kind of tricksy, jazz-wise syncopations and pensile atmospheres that anyone with half-an-ounce of bounce in their bones won't be able to refuse. Sadly, the art of free-styled dancing - in our clubbing experience at least - is increasingly on the wane, so it's a timely reminder of the ear… Read more
**Hi-NRG techno-pop originally written for Atari adverts** "For all your discotheque, roller rink and amusement arcade needs Finders Keepers Records in collaboration with synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani bring you the full version edit of her intergalactic vocoder driven TV jingle for Atari’s classic Liberator arcade game. Originally proposed for a possible promotional flexi-disc release this remastered feature length version includes a lost second verse and extra custom-made space age sound designs that hark back to her earlier work on Meco’s Star Wars Galactic Funk cash-in… this single com… Read more
We'll be damned if this isn't the most enlightened, radical soul album you'll hear in 2014. The LA-based resident of Dublab and Leaving Records CEO broadsides all expectations with a densely crafted psy-pop experience that's taken us for six. It's as if he smelted the purest bits of hip hop, psych-folk, dub and electronica in order to cloud seed the fug of former releases and reveal his dazzling chromatic structures in all their gyroscopic glory. Patched with the expert warp and weft of a maestro DJ/producer and blessed by his most soulful sung/rapped/crooned vocals, it breaks down to t… Read more
Claro canters back into town on a real killer four-track house and techno session following the ten year reissue of his 'Peace Of Mind' classic. The 'Stanza' EP features some of the most urgent, darkest gear we've heard from him in years, kicking off with the grinding groove and blue ecstasy of 'Remember' to dive deep under in the halfstep aqua techno of 'White Sun' on the A-side. Flip it for the concentrated, knackered funk of 'A Nightmare Before Bedtime', before he tears the head off it in the unexpected but entirely welcome 130bpm techno boost of 'Blank CC'. Really strong EP this.
Naples-based producer Dave Saved rematerialises with a melancholic quartet of tunes for native Italian label Gang Of Ducks, backed with G.O.D and Aisha Devi remixes. Dave's sound is hard to pin down yet neatly coherent, tripping balls between gauzy electronic ambience in 'Power and Silence' to Opal Tapes-type techno mush in 'No Lights' and the grungy 'Virtual Feelings', thru Inner City-esque sci-fi synth flux in the EP highlight 'Random Souls Fluidity'. Remixing, Aïsha Devi (fka Kate Wax) follows her debut EP and appearance on Vaghe Stelle's 'Out Of Body' EP with… Read more
Orientalist techno audities from Shanghai Den, who last appeared as guest on a Falty DL single. This is some freaky sh*t fo' sure, finding the fat-bottomed breakbeat chicanery and strange sino sidesteps of 'The Sun' uptown, and a wicked mixture slashing film noir strings, darkside Reese bass and skittish techno on south side.
Quick on the heels of her 'Sisto' tape, Stockholm's Quiltland yields a quietly lush debut album including a gorgeous 1991 remix. After acclimating to the lucid highs of her flighty debut, this eponymous entry is a gentler ride with a dreamlike narrative, maybe best heard as the come-down to 'Sisto''s peaks. The idea of narrative is taken quite literally with tracks titled= 'Scene 1', 'A Second Theme' and 'Motivation' all looking and sounding like library themes or cues for a long-lost Scando kids TV programme, the odd sort which would be syndicated to wide-eyed sprogs/ravers at 6am back when… Read more
Sterling solo debut album from Smallpeople's Julius Steinhoff. From the core of Hamburg's Smallville crew/label/record shop, Julius delivers a suite of sweeping yet personal romantic gestures ripe for intimate deep house sessions. Echoing the classic moods & grooves of Chicago, Detroit and New York with crisp German production values and radiant sense of space, the eight trax of 'Flocking Behaviour' are testament to a proper passion for deep house and an awareness of when minimalism can go too far in one direction. Make sure to check for the chiming couplet of late night beau… Read more
Divine debut album from the deeply rooted Dutch DJ/producer. Since 2003 Aroy's been releasing romantic visions of hardware-crafted house music steeped in the tropes of classic 1st and 2nd wave Detroit & Chicago house, techno and electro as much as early Dutch/UK AI/Eevolute styles, including the incredible 'Kiss' collaboration with 154 (which we only cottoned onto a couple of days ago). Since then he's resolutely stuck to his guns, and arrives at 'Sketches' with a deeply instinctive, retro-futurist sound covering gorgeous synth visions such as 'Night Sky' and the ambient techno lullaby 'Descen… Read more
JD Twitch's Optimo Music follows those Golden Teacher zingers with the debut EP of fizzing hypnobeat from London's Shift Work. On four dance cuts the duo wring hovering synth tones, virulent trance arpeggios and slinky rhythm, including JD Twitch's highlight trim of 'Patience' and the Factory Floor or Bronze Teeth-esque 'Scaled To Fit'. The canny interludes add a trippier dimension of fragmented field recordings, synth noise and strange dialogue.
Asusu, Staffan Linzatti and The Borderline State take Efdemin's 'Decay' album tracks at new angles. Livity Sound's Asusu swings 'Some Kind Of Up And Down Yes' with aquatic motion; Linzatti reshuffles the Millsian mystery of 'Solaris with dramatic effect; The Borderline State impress on a supple jazz-fusion remix of 'Parallaxis' full of iridescent keys, celestial electronics and woozy horns practically worth the admission alone.
From smooth soul to rugged house and hypnotic techno; four signature Herbert creations on Accidental. Far as we can tell, it's his first fully-fledged solo dancefloor mission as Herbert since 2009's 'Leipzig' 12", and as such warrants closer inspection to the sweet soul swing of 'One Two Three', and the corrugated syncopation of 'Manny' on the A-side, and equally to the fidgety concrète funk of 'My DJ' and acidic pirouettes of 'Grab That Bottle'.
Regis, William Bennett (Whitehouse/Cut Hands) and Kevin Drumm set about the Downwards boss's 'Chua Rave' and 'Harshing' cuts taken from a 5" vinyl (LINO 51). Regis goes in first with a jagged, loopy rebuild of 'Chua Rave' revolving around a signature, numb hook crawling with insectoid, stereo-swarming textures and swung round a killer metallic clap. William Bennett meanwhile is back to his old tricks, refrying the same cut in a sweltering headfuck of disembowelled modular madness, but the star of the show is undoubtedly Kevin Drumm's "GODDAMNIT!! 1,2,3" Remix. To 'Harshing' he ap… Read more
Shark-eyed techno trax from Steve Rachmad for Ben Klock's label. It's easy to hear some two decades of dancefloor experience in the efficient momentum and hypnotic tone of 'Klockworks' 12 from the Hood/Dixon-compatible minimal organ riffs of 'Track 2' thru the electrifying drones and swarming synth pads of 'Rotary', to the dazed and confused pitch of 'In Circles' and the whirring bio-mechanics of 'Scheepsrecht'. Tipped!
Massive rave buzz from Rene Pawlowitz (Shed) in Head High mode. Juicing the most infectious elements of UK 'ardcore & AI, Detroit techno and New York garage-house, the project pays faithful tribute to the building blocks of rave music in nine tracks cutting new, hybrid shapes like the Reese-loaded breakbeat garage variations of 'Megatrap' itself, plus a febrile ramp of 'It's A Love Thing (The XXX Mono Mix)' from Power House 01, and intense rave feelings in the ecstatic 'Hex Pad' and jaw-swinging closer 'The Higher (V2014). If anyone ever says Germans don't do breakbeats, play 'em this.
In 'Saman' celebrated cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir returns to Touch with the dramatic follow-up to 'Leyfðu Ljósinu' (2012). The album's title, meaning "Together", symbolises the connection of Hildur's two primary instruments, her voice and cello, and the way they complement, contrast and mirror each other. The results are engrossing, a solemnly beautiful, at times heart-breaking suite of richly resonant cello and poised, pensile vocals including a gorgeous reprise of Icelandic hymn 'Heyr Himnasmiður', plus the plaintive beauty of 'Heima' featuring regular collaborator an renowned bassist… Read more
Essential reissue of Kevin Saunderson's hugely influential Detroit techno blueprint, issued as Reese back in 1989. 25 years on, 'Just Want Another Chance' has a lot to own to, being instrumental in the development of European techno and UK's 'ardcore jungle business, most notably on Dillinja's 1993 jungle rebuild 'Deadly Deep Subs'and a whole raft of other tunes which imitated or employed that signature Reese bassline. For us it's one of the greatest dance trax ever written - dark, sexy as fxxk, and deeply effective. A-side features two full length versions plus a nifty reduction, and the B-side deals five killer Rhythm Tracks for the DJs. Unmissable.
"OOIOO have always created a musical language all their own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi P-We, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group have recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into making ‘Gamel’, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse On Mars and Sun Ci… Read more
"The Katalyst Sessions define the Uncomfortable Beats vision for Hip-Hop instrumentalism, and presents an artist whose production exemplifies the future beats movement. Between 2010-2013, Wermonster embarked on an exploration into experimental beats in his Berlin studio, and Katalyst Sessions Vol.1 is a result of the choicest cuts. Each of the 28 tracks and skits on this fast-paced journey are short and hit solidly on point with no redundancy. Wermonster manages to successfully traverse the fragile line of staying true to classic 90's boom-bap, whilst generating questions and providing answers as to what the future holds for Hip-Hop instrumentalism."
A touch of acid class from the Lowlands-dwelling 030303 series. Pulling from an international pool of acid freaks, 'Various II' serves proper box buzzes veering between Kid Machine's sultry sci-fi Italo beamer, 'Mirage' to furious electro from Cosmic Force, sludgy New Beat styles from Drvg Cvltvre, plus a pair of funked up peaches from DMX Krew in 101 Force mode and some big bad jakkers by Jared Wilson and Elec Pt.1.
"New collection spanning Studio One’s dancehall period - singers and deejays on classic Studio One rhythms, studio and electronic wizardry from the Brentford Road headquarters, lots of rare 12” singles, all effortlessly brought together to nice up the dance. When Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd first ruled the dancehalls of Kingston in the 1950s, fighting off the soundsystem competition of Duke Reid, King Edwards and others, few could imagine how far the reign of Studio One would last. However, the emergence of danc… Read more
"In 2012, Country Funk 1969-1975 (Volume I) gathered together songs from a genre with no name. It’s a genre created not from geography or shared ideology but a term applied retrospectively based solely on the feel of the songs: hip-swinging rhythms with bourbon on the breath. These were songs to make your cowboy boots itchy, written and performed by the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Johnny Jenkins and Link Wray. Songs that encompass the elation of gospel with the sexual thrust of the blues; country hoedown harmonies cut with inner city grit. Compiled from tracks dating from th… Read more