Monday, 12 April 2010
New York's Reade Truth brings his sexually charged deep disco house sound to Wurst, backed with a Brennan Green refix. If you checked his ace 12" for Planet E you'll probably know about this record already. 'Let's Go To Heaven' succinctly combines his techy deep house sound with a fluid disco sensuality and NY vibe, which Brennan Green run all the way with on 'Let's Go To New York Instead', sounding very similar to recent DJ Sprinkles expeditions. Very cool!
Finders Keepers' Germanic Miner series of "Krautsider Music" captures the wonderful Sam Spence in his charming 70s epoch. Spence was one of a number of ex-pat Americans, alongside David Johnson and Malcolm Mooney of Can among others, to work alongside the original German rock musicians of the Krautrock era. Travelling from California to Paris, where he studied at the École Normale de Musique, he would eventually end up in Munich, the home of national TV studios from whom he earned a handsome crust scoring groovy commercial music for German TV and a series of motivational music for th… Read more
Deepest dub-tech rhythm experiments from Denmark's Kenneth Christiansen and Resoe. The A-side develops a lush techno rhythm from lilting percussive timbres offset with insistent kicks and glorious dub chord licks, while the flipside gives a tasty comment of the garage-techno crossover with 2-stepped rhythm programming and sprightly chords zipping around the atmosphere. Fans of Infrasonics' Spatial or xxxy and the beat investigations of Shed should really check this!
The enigmatic GonjaSufi is by far one of the more interesting recent recruits to the Warp roster. With a voice as distinctive as his, and a solid rep in the LA beat scene, it would appear that he's got the pick of the production litter at his disposal too. The Gaslamp Killer-produced 'Kowboyz&Indians' sounds like some pedigree nugget from the Finders Keepers archives, weaving fuzz-toned psyche beats with mesmerizing chants and his strange vocal cadence, a raspy blues twang with a mysterious hint of the exotic. On the flip 'My Only Friend' maybe gives a better display of his range, setti… Read more
Heavyweight funk and soul selectors Jazzman Gerald and Malcom Catto put their funkheads together, picking a prime clutch of 21 ultra rare Funk cuts from the Golden State. Together with the 23-page deep booklet, this is a treasure trove of scorching post-James Brown funk circa late 60s, a vibrant and energetic soundtrack to life in California at that time. As Jazzman makes clear, the area between San Francisco and LA developed its own take on Funk, evolving its own style away from the east coast metropolis' of Chicago, NYC and Detroit etc. A massively increased black population in … Read more
Warp records make another concession to the dubstep arena with two tracks from San Francisco's Eprom and Eskmo. Between them they've notched up releases for Ancestor, Studio Rockers, Vertical Sound and Planet Mu to date, taking the UK dubstep template and twisting it with elements of techy IDM and an electronic drama that's much more American in style to their UK counterparts. Eskmo's 'Lands And Bones' features the lush vocals of Swan over tumultuous, electro-rounded halfstep percussion, while Eprom's 'Hendt' builds complex bass patterns amidst techy flourishes of colouful synthlines.
Canada's Babe Rainbow makes a bold debut entrance on Warp with the apocalyptic mine-steppin' sound of the 'Shaved EP'. It would appear that the reverberations of dubstep have reached the shores of British Columbia as a muffled clang, rusted with industrial detritus and encrypted with ritualistic tribal percussion. The first shock of Cameron Reed aka Babe Rainbow's sound comes on the sludgy 'Popcommon' sounding like the Substance remix of Monolake's 'Alaska' mixed with Russell Haswell in warm-up mode. 'Screwby' follows, circulating tribal steppers rhythms around marshy subs and banshee scre… Read more
Shaping up their sound for Philpot, Das Krause Duo get on a lo-fi, raw and scratchy jackers groove with 'Up', while 'Spalter' revolves around moody minor chord piano keys and and helplessly bouncy Chicago house rhythm. Deep fun.
Icelandic artist Benni Hemm Hemm first came to our attention via his output on Morr, but here he continues to impress with his first collection of all-English songs, stirring up a lovely folksy feel thanks to warm, acoustic dynamics and some deft, sympathetic accompaniment from double-bassist Emily Scott and trumpet/alto-horn playing from Peter Liddle. The title track is a slow-moving, languid wonder, full of fireside charm, although a less obvious highlight is buried four tracks in: 'Shipcracks' features some truly lovely melodies and a bit of a Bryter Layter feel.
Brazil's Gotan Project offer one of their modern Tangos backed with a Ghislain Poirier remix. Their original beefs up the classic sound with electrobass and a contemporary polish, but if you're after some excitement check Poirier's dutty 4/4 Funky version and get on the floor.
Releasing a remix-packed single based upon the title track from his forthcoming debut album, laptop pop boffin Mr Fogg makes a return. 'Moving Parts' is an electronic ballad in the tradition of all the finest Morr Music acts, spinning through intricate, clicky beats, warm, glockenspiel-laced melodies and fastidiously constructed production. You get the sense that if he keeps this sort of form up, Mr Fogg might just be the first exponent of this sort of sound to crossover to an audience beyond the usual electronica crowd. The remixes rattle through an assortment of stylistic variations on … Read more
Sonar Kollektif regular Christian Prommer reworks a further handful of house and techno classics for 'Drumlesson Zwei'. Sicking with the concept from the first session, he re-imagines dancefloor standards like Laurent Garnier's 'Acid Eiffel', Aril Brikha's 'Groove La Chord' and Rolando's 'Jaguar' as percussive jazz-driven grooves, re-contextualising them for the bar, the patio or the coffee table. It's a brilliant feeling when the melody of each track comes into earshot and you can turn to your mate or whoever is sitting next you and give that "ahhh, i know this one!" look, but you don't have to say anything, you both just know it when the feeling hits. Go deep.
Another cracking new single from the Vivian Girls camp, uncharacteristically and extravagantly breaching the two-minute threshold (just) on this occasion. This grungy, miniature yarn about jealousy - and indeed dancing - features some of the best hooks the Girls have laid down on record to date. Smashing.
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Another exceptional release from the Brombron series handled by Korm Plastics, In De Blaauwe Hand is a collaboration between the renowned Spanish composer and sound artist Francisco Lopez and New Zealander Richard Francis. These two set up shop in Nijmegen during a short residency, pooling a small number of source sounds for the construction of a lengthy co-fabricated narrative. The two worked in parallel studios, making for a strange, very isolated and solitary slant on what "collaboration" tends to infer, but it all comes together in splendid fashion for the… Read more
This latest album from Phil Elverum is of epic proportions, clocking in at over an hour (with three bonus tracks exclusive to this Tomlab edition) and taking on a fragmented array of stylistic approaches that covers the Microphones man's dabblings with introspective post-folk, searing black metal and drone-based sound-sculpting. Actually, I'd like to withdraw the word 'dabblings', because that suggests Elverum is neither one thing nor another, and in truth he's in complete command of the various arrangement strategies at his disposal, and the result is an intensively atmospheric voyage in… Read more
After their mammoth anniversary boxset, we could safely say this is one of the most anticipated and easily the best release on Warp's 2009 schedule. 'Broadcast and The Focus Group investigate Witch cults of the Radio Age' is a dream sequence of sonics for the Hauntology canon, pairing Ghost Box's Julian House, aka The Focus Group, with longtime favourites Broadcast for a head swirl of psychedelic sampling, wistful vocals and charming melodic ephemera with an ominous underlying tension. If you're at all familiar with eith… Read more
The inimitable Chirs Jeffs aka Cylob rocks off three tracks of exceedingly discordant electro acid for his own imprint. 'Rock The Trojan Fader' features weirdo vocoder voices set to seasick acid, 'Cassini' slows the groove to a rewired electrosoul style and 'Goodnight' offers a rare opportunity to catch him in beatless ambient mode, probably ranking as the biggest attraction here.
Ace electro-pop from the legendary Cylob, giving us another good chuckle with 'Pepper Spray'. Aboard killer Detroit electro patterns and melancholic synths he sings into his vocoder about protecting himself against a stalker (as far as we can tell) with his trusty pepper spray. We'd recommend going for the oddly lush 'Extended Vocal Mix'.
It's pretty impossible to ignore the fact that we're in the midst of an 80's revival right now. We've been fed movies and classic pop culture for the last 20 years, so even by the slightest processes of osmosis, the youth of today are going to be affected by it, unconsciously or hypnagogically. One character to fully appreciate this is Hud Mo, who was probably still slobbering over rusks when the Berlin Wall came down. While his previous releases have explored spangled R'n'B and Hiphop, his long anticipated debut album immerses itself in a half-remembered nostalgia for the 80's with shards … Read more
The debut full-length offering from Mark Pritchard's Harmonic 313 project follows on from a couple of great 12" releases, both having helped establish a creative distinction between the Global Communication contributor's current line of work and the similarly monikered Harmonic 33 output he helmed alongside Dave Brinkworth. While that project distinguished itself thanks to a diligently authentic appropriation of library music aesthetics, you'll find virtually none of that carried over to Harmonic 313, the only notable exception being the Radiophonic-inspired s… Read more
There are moments of absolute brilliance spread across this long awaited 17 track album, and its those tracks that refuse to settle comfortably into any recognisable genre that give credence to the assertion that Steven Ellison is one of the most gifted and interesting producers operating in hip hop at the tail end of the noughties. Of course this guy has been hyped to death in recent months - his tantalising family connections (his great-aunt is the late Alice Coltrane), his much sought-after interlude music for the Adult Swim TV network, and his position at the forefront of what has be… Read more
Blazing wooze from Mark Pritchard's Harmonic 313 project for Warp with four more prime examples of his take on Detroit style hiphop. 'Dirtbox' initiates proceedings with a darkside Detroit production, working something like a soundtrack for Robocop getting ready to go out with his homeboys. 'Arc Light' is pure Sa-Ra astral synthology styles mixed with a Teutonic melancholy that has always been shot through the finest Detroit indebted productions, but things take a turn for the dancefloor on the flipside. 'The Returners' sounds something like Dilla smoking with Kraftwerk to get you started wi… Read more
The concluding section of Flylo's 3x12" remix trip takes an astral derivé through meditatively calm avenues guided by Dimlite, MatthewDavid, Take, Breakage and Rebekah Raff. In comparison to the previous 12"s there's more emphasis on beatless ambience here, from the head swimming dynamics of Matthew David's 'Comet' rework, to two exclusive Flylo compositions featuring the talents of Harpist Rebekah Raff; the DMT-dreamy 'Endless White' and 'Spin Cycles', plus Raff's own emotive remix of 'Auntie's Harp' making for a spiritually lush experience. Breakage's mix of 'Testament' is proba… Read more
The first of three mad limited 12"s from the man like Flylo bumps off with some ultra fresh non-album cuts, turning on with the ace 'Sleepy Dinosaur' before bugging the rhythm for 'Rickshaw' with a wicked South East Asian string instrumentation providing a point of focus while the beat blurs in and out of view with a heavy lidded vibe hard to find anywhere else in hiphop. Dripping butter soul cut 'Roberta Flack' eases up the b-side with a fragrant vocal from Dolly over slapping boom bap percussion and a late afternoon pished vibe that demands to be sat on, while the rest of the EP… Read more
A friend of Flying Lotus, a practising Sufi and a cryptic psyche-hop prophet, not the usual credentials for admission to the Warp sect these days? From almost any perspective, Gonja Sufi is one of the most interesting acts to arrive on the esteemed imprint in a long time. His debut album 'A Sufi And A Killer' is largely co-produced with the immeasurably talented Gaslamp Killer, also featuring guest beats from Fly Lo and Mainframe. Evidently all involved have tapped into their finest rhythm reserves, with The GLK splicing obscure psyche samples into swirling beat collages befitting o… Read more
Following well-recieved singles on Tirk, Bear Funk and Electric Minds Ilija Rudman adds a touch of Miami groove with the 'Calypso' single for Red Music. With a handsome electrofunk bassline, he shuffles proper analog drums into kinky Latin signatures , pushing all the right buttons for fans of the deep-house/boogie/disco divide. The smart extended mix gives more time to play around with the drums and results in a real killer dancefloor groove for dudes what like to wear their waistband high.