Monday, 10 May 2010
Anthem time!!! Funkineven just set our stylus on fire with two boogie power moves for Eglo! Thus far, we've only caught a couple of dazzling glimpses of this fella, namely on the 'Kleer' 12" and a bumpin' couple of beats for Fatima, but this 12" is sure to set him out as the UKs finest answer to Dâm-Funk. With 'She's Acid' he imagines a timewarp where the early 80s boogie funk scene plugs directly into '87 acid. Maximized machine beats are subtly but painstakingly inched together for serious dancefloor impact while a FAT acid line fills in the gaps with pure luminous funk. This is… Read more
"AGCG has spent the last couple of years flitting through shadows, turning up on labels like Perlon, Beatstreet and Sender like a peripatetic prophet of the Berlin underground, seeding the scene with cryptic singles that return to the past to suggest alternate futures. Now he returns to Berlin's Laboratory Instinct label with the follow-up to 2006's Proto Acid: The Berlin Sessions. You could call Tronic Jazz' sound classic: its Spartan drum machines, analog synthesizers and carefully sculpted funk are all modelled after a blueprint laid down decades ago in Ch… Read more
Man like El-B makes his presence felt in 2010 with four tracks of harder dark garage for Night Audio. Unlike his previous 'Think Ur Greezy', he reverts to the style that made his name in the first place, from the aggy juggernaut of his and Laze's 'How U Like Dat', to the classic ghost-isms of 'This Thrill' and the fluid flex of his and Rolla's 'Dirty Dirty' shooting for the most mash-up ends of the night. Ruff an' tuff!!!
All the hype around Ninja Tune's new darling, Emika, is clearly justified with this dark treat featuring a crushing remix from Pinch. 'Double Edge' is probably the most forward thinking pop track we've heard all year, that is if you like your pop dark like a Berlin backstreet at 4am in the middle of December. Quite remarkably, the track is also credited with additional production from Rashad Becker, aka one of the most revered mastering and cutting engineers in the world. She's only the second person after Tin Man to be honoured with such an accomplished presence as far as we know. No… Read more
With such a deep well of musical heritage at their disposal, Strut Records compile a second compendium of 'Soultown, R&B, Funk and Psyche sounds from the Townships 1969-1976'. While the first album looked at the local fusions of indigenous jazz and jive, this set covers a more explicit frame of reference from US and UK soul and funk music from a turbulent time in South African history. To a backdrop of rising black consciousness these 22 young bands made some incredible music. The stomping 'Khubani' by J.K. Mayengani… Read more
Pine is the debut release from the soundscaping duo of Alex Smalley and Svitlana Samoylenko, who compose and record together as Olan Mill. Using the manipulated sounds of violin, piano, pipe organ an guitar these two musicians introduce themselves with 'Spare Smoke Template', which at first brings to mind the slowcore elegance you'd associate with Stars Of The Lid - diverting a pseudo-classical palette of instruments towards a droning, harmonious soundscape. 'Country' immediately capitalises on this form with an even more discerning take on the same sound, swelling in symphonic ambient waves ove… Read more
**Reissue of Dr Who Dat's 'Beyond 2morrow' under his Jneiro Jarel moniker** Philadelphia's Jneiro Jarel really is a legend among beatmakers, having already shifted templates under his Dr. Who Dat? moniker and as part of the hugely innovative Shape of Broad Minds, as well as a whole ruck of productions under his own name over the last decade. This full-length (originally released under the Dr. Who Dat moniker last year) once again illustrates how Jarel's production is just off the scale and somehow more convincing than many of the newer producers emerging out of either L.A.'s burgeoni… Read more
In a music industry that's becoming increasingly fixated on overnight, flavour-of-the-month success stories and general disposability, it can only be regarded as a great positive that The National are a band whose appeal continues to grow after some ten years of recording together. Despite not being the fresh-faced pups normally required to cause such a stir, High Violet is one of 2010's most talked about and anticipated albums, following on from the massively acclaimed Alligator (2005) and Boxer (2007). The lead-up single 'Bloodbuzz Ohio' previewed the impressive sense of scale this b… Read more
Very smart garage augmentations from the restless mind of T-Polar. His previous catalogue spills over micro-house, techno and electronica, but for L2S he goes strickly garage with two tracks of classically informed but future looking steppers. 'Theme From Roxy' shapes itchy, metallic-edged 2-step rhythms and broad atmospheric sweeps while 'Jupiter' rolls on some tighty wound and subs-driven garage-soul business. Tidy!
Over the latter half of the last decade various gems from the South African house scene have bubbled up into a wider circulation. Of course, the most recognisable of these was DJ Mujava's 'Township Funk', an electrifying jolt of raw dance music that made the world's clubs stand to attention. Ahead of a pivotal year for South Africa with the world cup and all (even if you don't like football, it's hard to ignore its presence), Out Here Records have compiled a definitive guide to the juiciest bits of current Kwaito, joining the dots between DJ Cleo, Muja… Read more
Nikola Gala hails from Greece and has previously produced a succession of heavy modern house tracks for Ibadan and his own Escada imprint. For Rekids he presents five tracks of upbuilding and straight forward house for the bigger floors. We'd recommend drawing for the filtered throb of the title track or the tribalist roller 'The Vandal' if you're into the likes of Spencer Parker, Len Faki or Radio Slave.
France's Ytac gets weird with two tracks of left-sided funky and garage breaks for Bomb Shop. there's no easy category for 'Switchsm' which takes in uptempo Soca-Funky programming, tense disco strings and stormy widescreen FX, while 'Barbusse 5k' swigns with brukken swingers patterns and nautical synth stabs with an odd IDM flavour. Very good indeed.
After ripping a hole in your cones with 'Autumn Rot' Dead Fader spew out nine tracks of caustic dancefloor noise for their debut album. 'Corrupt My examiner' is no easy listen, in facts it's willfully difficult but that's probably half the pleasure if you're into the likes of NHK or Ben Frost. With a rhythmic palette of post-industrial brokebeats and a discordant sense of melodic texture they set about deconstructing your home stereo, steadily developing ever more foul and noxious noises to interject their rhythms and drive the message of scuzzy dancefloor moods home. If it means a… Read more
Another exceptionally lovely transmission from the Alpha Pup family of distributed labels, this time coming from Baltimore's fledging Wigflip imprint and enigmatic first signing Do While. If you've found yourself enamoured with the tampered shoegaze templates of Ulrich Schnauss or Bibio or the pastoral loveliness of Windy & Carl - this will rule your world. Its so easy to get this kind of thing wrong, but Do While manage to offset any overwrought emotional constructs with more rugged elements, at times aping the wall-of-sound cacophony of My Bloody Valentine, and at others layering shimmering … Read more
Some five years ago André Galluzzi kick started the OstGut label with his Berghain 01 mix CD. Now after singles for Cocoon and Cadenza he returns to OstGut alongside Dana Ruh for two tracks of wiggly tribalist house and jiggling tech-house minimalism. Their 'Freya' collaboration shuffles up Latin-infused Hip-notic rhythms with escalating party vibes, while the kinky 'Mauersegler' controls the b-side with spring-loaded delays and clinical carnival-esque minimalism to keep the floor percolating.
Spectral Sound give a brilliant statement of intent on 'Document' featuring exclusive tracks and remixes from Hieroglyphic Being, Kassem Mosse, Bodycode, James T Cotton, Mike Parker, Audion and more. In typically refined fashion, the label has managed to coherantly traverse a range of styles, from the deeply grounded abstraction of 'Got No Place To Go' by Hieroglyphic Being, to pounding acid techno from Mike Parker's 'Protolanguage', and frothy minimalism from Audion, all keeping mandate of quality and finesse over anything else. Bodycode's 'I'm Holding On' is another treat, sucki… Read more
Warp bring back the mighty larynx of Jamie Lidell for the lead single from his forthcoming 'Compass' LP. For 'The Ring' he works with longtime collaborator Chilly Gonzales on the keys, and a mass of top class session musicians who mirror his husky blues holler with a loose and skronky coarseness, like they were all made to drink a mandatory amount of whiskey before sitting down in the studio. Excellent.
Soundway's carefully curated reissue scheme continues to cover the nexus of indigenous tribal and foreign funk & soul influences upon Nigerian music in the heyday of 1970-79. In the 70's this African powerhouse had one of the largest and most diverse recording industries on the continent, allowing a prolific polyphony of musics to mesh and mingle on the dancefloors of Lagos and beyond. In these 12 tracks we can find electric keyboards and Cuban trumpets on Dr Victor Olayas International All Stars' 'Omelebele', killer R'n'B riffage in S… Read more
Good work from the Clandestine Cultivations crew, presenting two debut cuts from Ultrasound and Hizzle Guy. The first release for the label since Narcossist's awesome 'Brothel Creeper' shows a defined ear for new talent, pulling up the odd machinations of Ultrasound's 'New Direction', moving with a strange 100bpm flow, the cut combines unintelligible rasta vocals over an aerodynamically challenged riddim, perhaps coming off like Mala in a wind-tunnel with Kode 9 playing a drowsy melodica line, if that helps? Just peep the sample and get your fill. On the flip, Hizzle Guy… Read more
Soundway have compiled easily one of the most brilliant collections of Colombian grooves in existence with 'The Golden Age Of Disco Fuentes 1960-76'. They've drawn from the golden years of the country's largest record label - Disco Fuentes - to present 20 tracks of various tropical styles, from Cumbia to Salsa and Champeta, bursting at the seams with kinky cowbell polyrhythms, keys, brass and VIBES a plenty.
Following an acclaimed dubstep drop on Studio Rockers and an inclusion on Fabric's 'Elevator Music' session, Hackman lives up the hype with a blazing slab of pressure in 'Always' backed with a Brackles remix. Much like the Blunted Robots gear, Hackman's production cleverly straddles electronica for the boys and dancefloor friendly vocal house for the gyal dey, combining the two in succinctly sunny blend. His 'Multicultural' track follows with a slightly noisier bit of electronic funk, while Brackles lubricates 'Always' as garage-schemed Funky roller to slip into his sets. Big with Dusk & Blackdown, Shortstuff and Ben UFO.
Following his ace drop on Fright Recordings, Anton Maiovvi assimilates his soul into an array of vintage hardware for Caravan. As the sleeve states "The Thorns Of Love is dedicated to those moments of murderous heartbreak" and sees Antoni articulate his pain via the medium of heroic Italo disco with oodles of arpeggiated basslines. 'This Is The Beast' cuts a melodramatic figure with cinamtic synth arcs and cruising machine rhythms. 'The Sigh From The Sky Was A Lie Without Doubt' hits a tender spot of throbbing disco with heartaching chord changes and 'Treason' really nails the v… Read more
Reissued for the first time, Mebusas' Blood Brothers arrives via the Academy LPs imprint, revealing one of Nigeria's overlooked Afro-funk/rock gems from the 1970s. The band introduce the instrumentation and arrangement tactics of US funk records, throwing in some great horns and a few scorching fuzz-rock guitar lead parts - there's even a dalliance with reggae on 'Grooving Out On Life'. The band's excellent 'Son Of Mr Bull Dog' (the opening cut on the album) is Included on the new Soundway release, Afro Baby: The Evolution Of The Afro-Sound In Nigeria 1970-79, so it seems as if the… Read more
Some call it Disco, some call it Boogie, henceforth all will now call it 'Lagos Disco Inferno'. 12 smokin' rarities from Nigeria, dating from 1976 to 1982, compiled by Frank Gossner (aka DJ Franc O, Soulpusher) of Voodoo Funk fame. Surprisingly familiar, yet intriguingly unknown, these tracks sound just as fresh today as they did 30 or more years ago. 12 tracks rife with horns, moog and bells and whistles to keep you up all night. Great liner notes by Dean Disi (journalist and former executive of TYC Records, Lagos) and a special message from extreme record hunter Damian I… Read more
Ambidextrous production work from the prolific Marek Hemmann on Freude Am Tanzen, with each track featuring the vocal presence of Fabian Reichelt, The south-paw themed 'Left' proves to be the most alluring of the two, throwing in some lovely string samples at strategic points, which adds to the elegant pop vibes running through the piece. 'Right' is a touch more clubby in orientation, featuring a bit of a Prince-via-Jamie Lidell inspired falsetto.
Philpot and Sonar Kollektif contributor SoulPhiction hooks up with the mysterious MK for three tracks of deeply funked mid-tempo house ranging from dramatic and sensual to screwed and abstract vibes. The highlight must be the title track with it's tense orchestral strings and slow-shaking percussion but if you're of a stranger persuasion then 'I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night' is a choice bit of fuzzy 100bpm abstraction for the most psyched-out ends of the night/morning. Fans of the Workshop series or Trus'me should check this!