Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Just one week on from the release of FM3's album, Hou Guan Yin, Monolake and Ableton main man Robert Henke unleashes this epic dissection of the Buddha Machine and its sonic capabilities. Over the course of an hour, Henke pitch-shifts, filters and multitracks the various loop permutations offered by the device in order to engineer a staggeringly rich and complex ambience. The key point to make about this album is that the soundworld Henke creates is vastly sophisticated, almost inexplicably far-removed from the lo-fi murmur of the Buddha Machine's loops; only the grainy, haz… Read more
Monday, 11 January 2010
Type Records regulars Peter Broderick and Ryan Teague line up alongside Mercury Prize-nominated Sweet Billy Pilgrim for this new venture on Loaf. This is the first installment of The Explorer's Club, Loaf's new monthly singles series featuring work by various pioneering artists from across the globe. This "London - Paris" edition gets underway with the modern folk balladry of Sweet Billy Pilgrim, the Buckinghamshire trio offering a beautiful, highly maudlin piece driven by fingerpicked guitars, banjo, organ and some incredibly tight… Read more
Former Broadcast member Roj follows his mind-bending album with a dippy two-track single for Ghost Box. The very short, very cute 'You Are Here' winds up spectral music box melodies and shimmering synths into the sort of interlude ephemera you'd expect to hear during an educational programme on Cornish folklore in 1983. But, 'The Salt Path' is far less innocent, using the German spoken vocals of Wolfram Wire over twinkling keys and radiophonic library sounds to create a thoroughly unsettling atmosphere. Recommended!
Multi-coloured drunk-funk from Debruit! The French w*nkster finally drops the vinyl copies of his long-awaited 'Spatio Temporel' EP on Civil Music, rammed to the lugs with irresistible thumb pianos, Afro-house heaters and swaggering streetfunk. The unruly R'n'B bounce of 'K.O. Debout ' uses the distinctive likembé (the small thumb pianos also used by Konono No.1) to great effect over mullered vocals stabs and some of the tightest drums we could imagine, while '149 Dalston Airline' conflates African vocals with white-light electro-soul synths and the exceptional 'Nigeria What' rocks up … Read more
Golly gosh! Skream makes a dash forward with two stunning cuts for Instra:mental's Nonplus imprint, remixing their 'No Future' cut from Nonplus #001, backed with the extraordinary 'Minimalistix'. For the better part of '09, Martin 'Blackdown' Clarke has been threatening Skream's detractors with promises of future-leaning gear to make up for the ruck of bigger productions in the wake of early growth spurts, and we reckon this must be what he's talking about. The mix of 'No Future' is still typically Skream, but hones the formula to critical levels, flipping t… Read more
Punch Drunk's new 'Unearthed' imprint revives two Bristol classics from Smith & Mighty, originally released in 1994 on Three Stripes. 'Bass Is Maternal' flexes on an early jungle tip with hardcore breaks and sumptuous subbass, while 'U Dub' lays down heavy-steppin' bassline roots with rolling breakbeats and proper soundsystem dub vibes. Top!
Guido adds yet another string to his bow with a very smart future R'n'B mix of Rox's 'No Going Back'. The hotly tipped Bristolian gives his own spin to Rox's vox with militant kicks, strafing strings and lush synth pads to further cement his own style next to the likes of Joker, Ginz and Gemmy.