Monday, 10 May 2010
Lo Recording's discofied sublabel with a nice and acidic slow-disco shuffler, complete with remixes.
German electronica legend Roman Flugel (aka Alter Ego, 8 Miles High etc etc) offers two sets of lushly futureproof techno. Lead track 'Brian Le Bon' jacks on a classic, kicks-driven Teutechno rhythm with old-skool electronica chords and spacious pads for that fluffy head effect, leaving the acronymic 'N.M.I.S.M.D' to experiment with Kraftwerkian electro re-grooved with an acid-house bounce for modern floors. Peerless gear as always.
More no-wave shenanigans from Angular Recordings' all-grrrl trio Wetdog, lifting the thoroughly demented 'Wymmin's Final' from their Frauhaus! LP. In addition to the disjointed lead track, the single comes with the manic (and thoroughly entertaining) new B-side 'I Can't Say It', which splutters about comically in a knockabout 2/4 fashion, plus an alternative version of album closer, 'New Year'.
Fourteen years into their recording career, Los Angeles rockers Radar Bros. return with their sixth album, once again adorning the Chemikal Underground catalogue with a great Californian psych-pop extravaganza. For The Illustrated Garden the band have a tweaked billing (Radar Bros. has become Radar Brothers) and a rebooted line-up based around the creative nucleus of frontman and producer Jim Putnam. 'Dear Headlights' proves a strong opening offer, latching onto a solid '70s style West Coast sound that brings to mind favourable comparisons with Grandaddy. A little further… Read more
Glam-stompin' wavey disco from Cologne's Von Spar backed with remixes from Prince Language and the very excellent Rebolledo. Prince Language enhances the lush disco potential with piquant melodies and a vast swirl of Balearic heated guitars on the 'Pleasure Edit', sounding even better when he drops the vocals for a 7inch Dub edit. Meanwhile Rebolledo offers one of his punky raw rhythm workouts with punchy live drums and gives the groovy bass arpeggio more room to breathe. Cool.
Yes aye! Mental collision of styles here from Aquadrop, tucking wonky dubstep rave riffs into G-funked garage with a hit of samba percussion just for the craic. 'Dancehall Girls' meanwhile builds some feminine pressure with fluttering rhodes keys over skanking dubgarage beats and a juicy, halftimed bottom end. They'd both get us bouncing in the ballroom.
Four tracks of mutant electro-step from Point B. 'Industrial Revulsion' carries on from where previous album 'Suicide Beauty Spot' left off, using skittering, electroid garage syncopations as a central rhythmic meme while aligning piquant IDM synthlines and moments of AFXian harmonics. 'Burgendy' is the best of these, dropping warehouse ready bass surges and limbre aluminum beats, and we'd also have to recommend checking the bouncing square bass 2-step shapes of 'Misspent Youth'.
Toronto based Basic Soul Unit (aka Stuart Li) is back on Creme with a 4 track ep full of Deep and raw, at times industrial edged emotional JACK trax that are firmly rooted in the Detroit/Chicago tradition while keeping an eye on the floors of Berlin. Nice and deep textured productions - Recommended!
Picked up for reissue in 2010 but first released in 1974, 'The Kusum Beat' was a very popular album in The Sweet Talks' native Ghana. An original copy will now cost you approxiamtely the GDP of a small African nation, but thankfully we can all savour the fusion of highlife, funk and Afrobeat for a far more reasonable price....Highly Recommended!
Lucien Nicolet, better known as Luciano, has dropped many a classic tune this year, and near enough built his career around releases on Cadenza, Peacefrog and Bruschtucke. On the Monne Automne project he's joined by Piere Bucci and Argenis Brito for a lush electronic driven dream-House.'Automne' dispenses with the introduction to get serious with its solid drums and floor friendly groove, the melodies stading out a mile, it seems Luciano's Swiss/Chilean roots really come out in the music as a strength, class tune. Flip and head straight to 'El Salvador' which is classic Luci… Read more
By all reports the last part of the Monne Automne saga, for now. Teco is subjected to 2 grilling remixes - first up is Pier Bucci of Crosstown Rebels reknown and Lo Fi associate Pink Elln. They have performed a mighty deed here, apparently managing to unspool Luciano's already open groove even further into infinity. Straight four fou kicks of course but shelving into some pattering and sliding drum machine technology which will reach into the deepest recesses of any space in which its played. Massive. Flip for a remastered 'Too Late', previously unreleased on vinyl, and with my fave ra… Read more
New Sub Pop signings Male Bonding hail from Dalston in London town, and have a scuzzy punk-inspired sound that would fit with the agenda of a UK label like Upset The Rhythm, yet this trio have already won the attention of the mighty Sub Pop. This seems like a bit of a coals-to-Newcastle type arrangement given how indebted to grungey garage aesthetics the band are - you might think of them as a British answer to someone like No Age (another Sub Pop band, of course). You can hear shades of Nirvana in the belting middle-eight to opener 'Years Not Long', but by the closing chorus there's… Read more
Aksak Maboul is the long-abandoned project of Konono No.1 producer Vincent Kenis and Crammed Records label head Marc Hollander. Back in 1977 they made a fantastic album called 'Onze Danses Pour Combattre La Migraine', a strange delicacy full of keen young ideas that would even foreshadow Detroit techno and much modern electronica, with a widely scoped "world music" twist. Seriously, check it out! 'Un Peu De Lame Des Bandits' was their follow up, originally released in 1980 and infused with a far more avant garde jazz element next to the typical international influences, from African to Balkan and whatever else they fancied.
Artists don't come much more influential or important than the great Carl Craig, it's no surprise that his records never last long around these parts! This lavish 12" is a recording of selections from last year's live show in Paris and sees the great man joined by Wendell Harrison on Clarinet and Saxophone, and Underground Resistance main man 'Mad' Mike Banks and Kelvin Sholar on Keyboards all of whom add an extra dimension to Craig's tracks. The addition of the saxophone is the most obvious and the instrument soars over new versions of 'At Les' and 'Twilight' - it's maybe going to upset the purists but then what doesn't? Ace.
Yet another great release from the Highpoint Lowlife imprint, this time showcasing the experimental solo musings of Keung Mandelbrot, who sculpted this four-part outing using only a guitar and a handful (well, eighteen actually) effects pedals. During the opening (title) cut especially, there are comparisons to be made between Mandelbrot's scrappy, pedal-driven DSP action and early Fennesz recordings, often bringing to mind the glory days of Hotel Paral.lel. Certainly at various points you'll be struck by the early-days-of-Mego vibes emanating from your speakers. All this is offset som… Read more
Some great power-pop action from Manatee, the new band featuring Black Tambourine's Mike Schulman. Keith Neal's lead vocal evokes the unlikely presence of Ian Curtis while the rest of the band romp through a full-throttle, upbeat jangle. Comparisons have been made to the likes of The Replacements and The Ramones, although you'd have to say that 'Indecision' is far more playful than that - something confirmed by the cheery DIY, bedroom indie scrawl of 'Fifteen Minute Drive'. Let's hope there's an album in this band that can sustain this sort of form.