Friday, 31 July
Legowelt's Smackos adventure, 'The Age of Candy Candy' (2004). Apart from a couple tracks, it's a practically beat-less affair finding Danny Wolfers in a full blown, pulpy and noirish synth style loosely based on a Japanese historical drama. Longtime followers of Wolfers work will no doubt recognise this mode of his but, in case you've only paid witness his slew of dancefloor 12"s in recent years, 'The Age of Candy Candy' represents a whole other side of his oeuvre, one steeped in celluloid and charged with late night cathode rays. RIYL Leyland Kirby, samurai, John Carpenter.
Dubstep-cum-techno manband, Dark Sky do stately kosmiche-meets-tribal drums in 'Voyages' for Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records. Australia's Francis Inferno Orchestra gives a kinkier Tamburo Mixx full of carnival percussion, and Redshape resets the same elements as a radioactive techno roller rife with head-swallowing oscillations.
**Mike Cooper brings the exotic home with a diaristic new dispatch from his Pacific state-of-mind** "Fratello Mare, a reference to Folco Quilici’s classic film of the same name, is the latest tropical opus from UK born, Italian based musician Mike Cooper. It’s Cooper’s continuing ode to the Pacific, its people and the traditions that have flowed from that part of the world into seemingly endless iterations within contemporary culture. Recorded across 2014, the album dovetails neatly with his other Room40 editions White Shadows In The South Seas and the post-everything classic Rayon Hul… Read more
Weighty wanz from Frenchman, Simo Cell, making his debut on Dnuos Ytivil (Livity Sound). With 'Cellar Doors' he triggers a rudely scuffed bass/techno roll working out close to Hodge or Rhythmic Theory's tuffer outings, while the tight subs and sizzling hi-hats of 'Piste Jaune' nail a mean impersonation of Peverelist's signature, slinky style.
Blanck Mass corrals a haunting spectra of sounds from Helm, Phil Julian, C Spencer Yeh, Konx Om Pax, and Roll The Dice to provide an alternative score for Bruno Forzani and Héléne Catet's 2013 giallo homage, 'The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears'. Each artist augments the classic atmosphere and feeling of Italian horror cinema soundtracks in their own way, ranging from the throbbing heartbeat of Roll The Dice's 'Portal' thru Helm's expanding trio of tense, lugubrious drone pieces to a concise quartet of C Spencer Yeh pieces as you'… Read more
**Critical studies in velocity and rhythm conceived by Berlin's N.M.O. duo and following on from their 12" for The Death of Rave. RIYL the bleep test, EVOL, Military Space Music, Fluxus Techno** "Tempo is a decisive factor in how we relate to music. Whole genre separations and notions of taste can revolve around the BPM at which samples are triggered or musicians play. In live music BPM is obviously often a fluctuating quantity, a loose constrict affected by the musicians' spirits / audience / etc. Electronic music genres are usually more rigid in their ad… Read more
"Medical Records is very pleased to present the debut album by U/V Light. U/V Light sounds more than a bit like Cloudland Canyon at times. This is because it is the first “solo,” effort from Kip Uhlhorn of CC. Kip played, sang on, engineered, mixed, and collaborated with Gabby Weiss on this new recording. Eschewing standard German comparisons that CC usually receives, U/V LIGHT often sounds like either early electro or dance-pop but without the typical blueprint so commonly replicated these days. Kip's rockist tendencies make this recording more interesting and fresher than those usual refer… Read more
Slow/fast wickedness from Om Unit, including a killer hook-up with OG junglist, Digital. Om Unit weighs in four aces ranging from the nimble, sparring syncopation and airy pads of 'Wagonist Riddim' to the '95-meets'15-style pressure of 'Spiritwerk', and at more atmospheric angles with the expansive sound designs of 'The Lake' and 'Demons Out'. For our 2p, the future 4/4 steppers flex of 'Midnight Oil' with Digital is the one, tho!
**Tempestuous noise/techno and concrète swell-on by Max Bacharach, a.k.a. Tengui** "The album’s been a long time coming. It seems like Max has been building and tweaking these tracks for as long as we've known him, a good five years plus by our broken watches. What's emerged from those steady, patient processes is an album that knows itself, understands the crevasses in its own character, and wants to tell you its stories by cold firelight. Opener ‘Shadows’ sets the scene: intricate sound design, smudged blue chords and reclaimed sonic artefacts that dance between left and right like neurone… Read more
Excellent debut of stylish, brooding, and muscular techno by Emanuele Porcinai and Sciahri (Ilian Tape) a.k.a. UNKNOT. Hailing from Florence, Italy, via Manchester, England, the duo's debut platter collects four precisely measured reductions of rolling techno and diffuse yet heavily impending atmospheric sound designs exceptional for their grittily fluid momentum and capacity for classic horror suspense. Up top they make a ghostly impression with the stone-carved abstractions of 'Modem' working somewhere between Metasplice, Autechre and Raime, whilst 'Magha' stomps out 4/4 scifi-techno terrain b… Read more
"Soul Jazz Records' new album Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83 charts the many links between reggae music and the Rastafarian faith. Featuring the music of Count Ossie, Johnny Clarke, The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, Bongo Herman, Roy Ashanti (Congos), Earth & Stone, Mutabaruka and many more, this is an in-depth look at some of the most unique and righteous music ever made and comes complete with a 40+ page outsize booklet, con… Read more
"Blackest Ever Black presents Fooling Around, a new E.P. from David West’s Rat Columns. The title track is nothing short of a modern rock ’n roll classic: co-written by West and Mikey Young (Total Control, Eddy Current Suppression Ring et al) it appeared in truncated form on Rat Columns' album Leaf (R.I.P. Society, 2014), but this is the first time that the original, longer, and definitive version has been given the vinyl pressing it so richly deserves. Its combination of void-chasing motorik, moody jangle, West’s plaintive vocal delivery and Young’s spaced-out synth embellishments ma… Read more
'Black on Black' from 'Claustrophobia', backed with the darkroom techno ballistics of Len Faki's 'Goes Black' remix.
Remastered reissue of Source Direct's sought-after '95 killer, 'Approach & Identify', backed up with a black hole inversion by Demdike Stare. Leading on from their essential 'Black Rose' reissue, 'Approach & Identify' presents a lusher slice of '95 jungle life with roll-out amens and tight subs swept up in a rip tide of swirling, sub-aquatic synths borrowed from Electrotete's (a.k.a. Juno Reactor) goan trance classic, 'Shark'. On the remix, Demdike Stare's Cross Border Incursion shapes amorphous black masses of sub-bass and spectral noise banking to a slowly intense, rubbling climax/collapse. Killer wares.
Total techno winner from Russian producer, Bjarki, the highly-touted new signing to Nina Kraviz' трип label. Quite inarguably, it's all about the adrenalising welt of 'I Wanna Go Bang'; a proper big room techno play loaded with the kind of weaponised, humping sub-bass wallop that leaves internal bruising when played thru a proper pair of speakers. We're gagging to hear this in a club. Roll on the weekend!
Detroit's DJ Bone rolls out a slick yet rugged 2nd 12" for UK's Leftroom. 'It's All About' jams poignant samples about life in the D around tight, flashing chords and direct groove, whereas 'Tipping Point' is jazzier, sweeter, with Jamal Moss-like sense of synthetic expression.
"Invada Records present brand new four track ‘double B-side’ EP, featuring two tracks from BEAK> and two from their ‘alter-ego’ < KAEB, who differ in the aspect that < KAEB can have an ever expanding and floating membership. The 4 track EP features ‘The Meader’ and ‘The Broken Window’ by BEAK> and ‘When We Fall’ and ‘There’s No One’ from < KAEB, the latter featuring vocal contributions from Californian based artist Jonwayne. BEAK> are Billy Fuller, Geoff Barrow & Matt Williams. The trio hail from Bristol, UK and are signed to Invada Records, they have released two full length albums and sever… Read more
"Following on from the dissonant formalism “Sarava Exu”, “Machine to Machine”, Donoso’s newest full length work sees a return to a more melodic sound. “Machine to Machine”, continues to bridge the gap between Donoso’s more rhythmic and melodic work alongside his more experimental, loose and dissonant side yet still maintaining his unique signature feel; “WTF”-polymertric rhythms, elegant cinematics and spine chilling tension. Recorded over the last two years in between visual commissions and more through-composed heady works such as “Sarava Exu” and “A Song for Echo”, “Machine … Read more
Atom TM's 'HD' LP yields another single with the sleek electro shape of 'Riding The Void' remixed by Scuba, Nought and Consumed. The warm, woozy pressure of the original is still best, while the remixers kern it towards straighter techno 'floors, from Scuba's surprisingly muted and efficient Pulse mix to the sunken techno of Nought's, and a swinging electro refit from Consumed.
Dego & Kaidi find their 2000Black feet for Rush Hour Recordings with the project's 1st ever 12". 'Make It Hard' tips in with scissoring latin shuffles and percolatin' jazz notes on a long-time patented, debonaire dip. 'Counter Attack' follows with a squashed and frisky boogie tucked well in-the-pocket, and 'Steady Jam' quietly stokes the blues or after-hours with grubbing, hip-wise motion.
*Upfront Exclusive* Killah brukbeat and swing techno functions from Spatial on his resuscitated Infrasonics imprint. 5 years since leaving his label on ice with a CD round-up of their first four releases, Infra12006 marks its return with signature, minimalist efficiency and dancefloor insistence. With 'HeLa' he syncs pendulous kicks and scything chords in möbius loop twysts occurring somewhere between the oblique swing of Phork and the latinate shuffles of El-B at his slinkiest. In 'Referent' he tests out a more crack'd sorta bruk funk nodding to A Made Up Sound's earlier, ruder transmissions, but also with a squashed, in-the-pocket London funk that's tuff to fake.
UK techno stalwart Al Matthews a.k.a. Bleaching Agent in twisted effect for Overlee Assembly's 5th release, Perc on remix detail. BA's three original reveal a cleaner, dynamic sound when compared with his grittier, abrasive deviations on Opal Tapes or Shifted's Mira label. They're more focussed on chewy grooves and knotted synths, at best in the polychromatic warp of 'Static Renegade' and the sloshing acid cadence of 'Quango (The Cobble)', whilst Perc ramps 'Static Renegade' to a rattling peak time techno play.
Wen rolls out a crucial double-pack hot on the heels of his killer 'Finesse' EP and one year on from his widely-acclaimed 'Signals' - one of the best albums of 2014. Doing it for Soundman Chronicles this time, the vibes are more atmospheric and technoid across 'Senary Cycles', still full of dread but laced with a bittersweet salvation. The first plate dances from knife-sharpening electro-acoustic sound designs in 'Arlington CT9' thru to piquant, Zomby-style pirouettes of 'Pace Myself', and a smudged rollers delicacy called 'She Giv', whilst the 2nd plate deals in vivid ambient detail and bi… Read more