Monday, 27 April
Recollection GRM offer a rare entry point to the rarified electro-acoustic worlds of composer Beatriz Ferreyra (1937, Córdoba, Argentina) with this necessary collection spanning four works realised between 1968/9 and 2011. An original pioneer of early musique concrète alongside Pierre Schaeffer during the '50s and '60s, Beatriz would come to work with instrument creators, the Baschet Brothers, and begin to to move away from the institutions in order to develop and explore an idiosyncratic, intuitive method of free electro-acoustic composition. This collection's earliest piece, 'Demeur… Read more
Michel Redolfi's pioneering, underwater expositions are next up for reissue in the illuminating Recollection GRM series. Both pieces in 'Pacific Tubular Waves / Immersion' were inspired by the Californian Pacific seaboard and created using the first Synclavier digital synthesiser back in 1979-1980. While based in San Diego at the end of the '70s, Redolfi began to investigate oceanic dynamics. 'Pacific Tubular Waves' (1979) can be considered a sort of surface study on the kinetics of the Pacific breakers around San Diego, transcribing the sensation of surfing atop t… Read more
Top draw flashback here, presenting the sonic ying and yang of Miller & Shill's dreamy 'The Moomins Theme' and the darkside tribalism of 'Midwinter Blues'. Almost everyone with a functioning memory will be able to half-recall that camp theme tune, and almost as many may be able to find some closure for that nagging feeling that The Moomins was actually pretty f**king dark at times, thanks to the full, unabridged version of 'Midwinter Rites' haunting proto-techno vibes. We reckon that one's got a lot to own up to…
Pure icy grime burns from Iglew with a killer debut on Mr. Mitch's Gobstopper. As he admits, Iglew only recently experienced bass from a proper soundsystem, and, as such, approaches the genre from a relative outsider perspective. No matter though, as he's clearly developed an acute melodic instinct in the absence of physical pressure, and has clearly caught up with soundsystem dynamics since. Anyway, his 'Urban Myth' EP is straight up killer; a slick lesson in economy of production and emotion, with heart-in-mouth effect in the title track's weightless zone of flutes and slyding squares contras… Read more
Gang of Ducks get weirder with this dispatch of Badalamenti-esque knackered techno from a black hole in Turin, Italy. The rather mysterious XIII offers a tortuous session weaving thru collapsed techno structures and darkside synth zones to numbed EBM trance and '90s ambient indictators across 'No (The Relative Effect of Explication)', before culminating in a series of collaborations with fellow ducks, Sabla, Traag and Vaghe Stelle. The A-side is really special, tripping lines between the kind of Italian industrial ambient feel heavily referenced by Demdike Stare, and a… Read more
To-the-bone house gear from the DABJ hero, working to heavy inspiration from Ron Hardy, Gene Hunt, Roy Davis Jr. Back on Houndstooth following the buckshot of late 2014's 'Fifty Fathoms Deep', the Berlin-based producer does druggy ghetto vibes in the warm 'n gritty percolations of 'Raw Materials' on the A-side, before the sozzled swang of ''Ave That' cuts loose on the flipside along with the freeky early Dance Mania jabs of 'Jerk U Later'.
Strong debut from Paula Temple's new Noise Manifesto platform featuring a loosely affiliated quartet of femmes - RRoxymore, Aquarian Jugs (a.k.a. Planningtorock), Jaguar Woman (a.k.a. Paula Temple) - and one homme, Oni Ayhun. All tracks are uncredited and simply titled 'DR-1 - DR-4', leaving the question of authorship aside and focussing on an otherworldly take on techno convention. 'DR-1' comes over like an electro-swing cabaret soundtrack; 'DR-2' is a solid techno roller with glassy harmonics; 'DR-3' is a hybrid of coarse strings and industrial techno. But the best track here b… Read more
Beautiful noirish "movies for ears" by much loved singer/songwriter/producer Ela Orleans, produced by Howie B and the first release on his newly minted HB Recordings imprint.
Mordant Music hits square between the oculars with Glass Isle's debut album of diaphanous, eldritch ambience. The Glass Isle would appear to be a mystical landmass dreamt by a duo named Natalie Williams and Zuleika AvTes. It's the sorta desolate place we'd imagine to be covered in soupy haar half for the year, and scorched for the rest, turning the sandy land into hyaline tone sculptures resembling singing statues. A drift between its twenty songs is an intoxicating experience, perceptions diffused and confused by disorienting recursive melodies and a maze of siren-like voices pinging like… Read more
William Basinski presents a live companion of his new piece 'The Cascade'. Recorded live at New York's Issue Project Room and reframed as 'The Deluge', he homes in on a fragile piano loop patiently propagated through several feedback filters until it finally blossom a full blown orchestral denouement in the dying light of its lifespan. Full drench.
William Basinski returns with 'Cascade' - a gorgeous 40 minute meditation on a solitary piano loop coaxed by NYC's neoclassical maestro, William Basinski. Teechnically, that's all you really need to know, but we should stress that Basinski's way with a loop transcends any prosaic, earthly description and manifests a music in its own self-sufficient world of infinitely morphing harmonics and decay as imperceptibly slow moving yet ever-changing as life itself. Highly Recommended.
*Ghostly and Adult Swim's second collaboration featuring all previously unreleased tracks, plus an exclusive bonus track from White Material's Galcher Lustwerk. CD packaged in embossed black O-card with full colour 4-panel digipak inside* "Legend has it that Brian Eno's concept of ambient music came to him while laid up in a hospital bed after an automobile accident in the '70s. A friend brought him some records, playing them too low to be properly heard, and Eno couldn't get out of bed to adjust the volume. While the record spun softly, Eno's idea for music you could ignore as easily as … Read more
René Pawlowitz aka Shed returns in WK7 Power House mode. 'Washer' churns up a dizzy swing from brukked drums and nagging alien vocal stabs like some long lost KMS from '92, whereas 'More Music' locks into a dead kinky NYC/Detroit flex nodding to seminal Chez N Trent burners.
Düsseldorf's Durian Brothers collect all three of their brilliant 12"s issued 2009-2012 on Diskant. Their self-described "rough, dense, hypnotic clubmusic" is honed from a stripped down and physically tactile set-up of turntables prepared with elastic bands fed thru FX and sequencer to achieve jagged, off-centre rhythms emulating the inimitable percussive polyphony of African tribal music. In a now well-established German musical tradition, what is altered in translation results a instinctively effective set of rhythmelodies and textured harmonics that grip the hip and p… Read more
Esteemed NYC multimedia artist Delia Gonzalez presents the films and solo piano soundtrack of her most recent project, 'In Remembrance', augmented by Bryce Hackford remixes, some ten years after her landmark DFA release, 'The Days of Mars' with Gavin Russom. Inside you'll discover a DVD with her four 16mm films accompanied by a sparkling solo piano suite of cascading scales inspired a text written by Henry Miller as well as by Gurdjieff's theory that "to play scales is to become more in tune with your inner self." In fact, the whole project deals with inspiration, or, in Delia's ow… Read more
The archduke of electro-pop, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore, presses a heavy 2nd solo album statement with the all-instrumental 'MG' for Mute. With nearly a lifetime's experience of shaping modern electronic pop to his credit, Gore boldly pushes at new doors of sonic perception with this follow-up to 'Counterfeit²' (2003). Eschewing vocals in favour of purely synthesised instrumental expression, he lets his machines do the talking in a 16 song suite that feels timeless yet remarkably fresh compared with the latter day output of many veteran synthesists. In fact it's probably moot to compare him wi… Read more
Niagara does that wavey Atlantic house sound again for Portugal's Príncipe, where he was last spotted debuting in 2013 on P003. 'Arruda' commands a laidback, bouncing house groove oiled with acidic splashes and ravey chord stabs, juggling a smart balance of sticky swagger and breezy vibes for fans of Photonz, Legowelt, IVVVO.
**Gigi Masin, Max D, Co La, Jordan GCZ and friends unite for this shimmering improv session for PAN** Lifted is a stellar new project sparked off by Matthew Papich (Co La) and Future Times overlord Max D for PAN. Realised and rendered together with Jordan GCZ and Gigi Masin, among others, their debut LP '1' is an elegant exercise in breaking free of the grid, consolidating a spectrum of congruent ideas and idiosyncratic styles with a beautifully communal spirit putting a contemporary spin on the freedoms of '70s jazz fusion. From initial studio sessions recorded by Matthew and Max in their respective B… Read more
*Remastered and Reworked Edition of the limited edition Cassette released in 2014 on Demdike Stare’s DDS Imprint* Mica Levi more or less owned 2014 with the release of that astonishing soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s ‘Under the Skin’, followed by this hour long album-cum-mixtape for Demdike Stare’s DDS imprint which was released at the end of the year and sold out in a flash. It has now been reworked for this vinyl edition, and then given a full remaster by Matt Colton. Mica is an artist who basically seems to channel attention deficit into exploring and re… Read more
Oneohtrix Point Never presents a strong 2nd set of commissioned soundtrack works. The two 'Bullet Hell Abstractions' were commissioned by the RBMA and inspired by the work of computer game composer Manabu Namiki - known for his shoot-em-up soundtracks - and veers headlong between rabid Sonic Subjunkies style breakcore and buckling digital noise dimensions. The 20 minute 'Suite From Magnetic Rose' is the captivating soundtrack to a rarely seen short film by Koji Morimoto, the creator of Akira. It was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and premiered at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, The University of Manchester, U.K. October 4, 2014.
The artist commonly known as Alex Smoke reveals his most intimate suite of music with 'Order & Disorder'. Operating under his birth name, Alex Menzies, he mostly strips away the tricky beats he's known for and presents 29 poised miniatures; a sequence of concise and oneiric electro-acoustic nocturnes and flighty solo piano pieces. RIYL Eno, Leyland Kirby, Erased Tapes.
Debut dancefloor spurt from U Know The Drill on the baddest party imprint, Hot Haus Recs. 'Off The Chain' is a 'floor-dedicated bassline-house womper and 'Like Thiz' builds a more hardcore vibe with cheeky organ stabns and sped-up samples fitted to a swaggering bassline groove.
Berlin tech-house wrought with swelling, proggy emotions by former Tresor resident Dave DK. 'Val Maira' builds on the example of his split 12" with Ricoshëi in fine style, exapdning on a flush of warm, 'floor-friendly strokes at best in the night-light charms of 'Immer Gut', the spaced-out sound designs of 'We Mix At Six', and Burial-esque ambience of 'Naschi'.
Echocord dip into their ample remix vaults to pull out a fresh 2nd collection. It's notable not only for the rare instance of a beat-less Convextion remixing Fluxion's 'Burst Mode' but, also Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer's jazz-wise diffusion of 'Latoma' by Vladislav Delay, and the again, a rare halfstepping techno trip by Marcel Dettmann remixing Mikkel Metal's 'Kenton'.
Pinging hardware rhythm trax from the ever effective I:Cube. '123bpm' bites down with stereo-dancing blips yoked to grubbing kicks and Linn snare crack like some early Ø transposed back to mid '80s Chicago; '118bpm' loosens up more with frisky layers of latinate percussion and nowt but; Pilooski chips in a bendy edit reduction of 'Makossa' to ramp the tribal vibes. Aces.
One of Reckno's finest transfers to Ramp for the elegantly weightless trap gauze of 'New Palms', including a cameo from Joane Skyler. In equilibrium between street brawn and more unstable, airy headspace his five cuts give trap a trippier overhaul in the fractious 'New Palms' and jerk off dubstep in the dibby 'Bastet', whereas 'Stevie Nicks' flits in soft focus like a ghosted Clams Casino and 'Nichiren' teeters cut-up glossolalia and fibrillating trap tics in mid-air before turning footwork in a blink. It's left to his collaboration with Joane Skyler to provide the most memorable moment fr… Read more