Wednesday, 08 September 2010
Tuesday, 07 September 2010
The world of drone and microtonal music can be forbiddingly academic, yet it can also provide subtly visceral thrills which don't require a degree from the Conservatoire de Paris to enjoy and understand. These 14 tracks traverse the interlocking avant-garde disciplines of microtonal composition, noise, and drone music to give a deeply engrossing overview tracing some 50 years of experimentation and exploration between the notes and tunings of conventional music, attempting to examine time and space through rigorous research and sophisticated techniques. We've purpo… Read more
Monday, 06 September 2010
Pariah justifies the hype following his debut release with six tracks of Detroit-infected post-garage, hiphop and ambient. Firstly 'The Slump' makes a connection with his labelmate Juan Atkins, arranging 313 electro beats with a distinct garage swing and vastly atmospheric synth pads. 'Prism' continues the vibe with juiced electrobass riffs and Burial-style garage vox and then there's the highlight of 'Crossed Out', delivered in deadly Joy Orbison style. Meanwhile 'C-Beams' drops off into hiphop mode with a Dilla-style swagger and the title track expands his remit to include gorgeous deep ambient somewhere between Global Communications and Biosphere. Lush.
The eighth album from ambient icon Thomas Koner, Daikan (the Japanese word for 'coldest') was originally released in 2002. This digital edition features not only the original, continuous one-hour piece, but also a trio of short edits from the recording. Captured live at the European Media Art Festival in Osnabruck 2001, this long, drifting composition is typical of Thomas Koner's inscrutable, overcast compositions. You'll hear glacial, subtly formed melodic junctions within its imposing superstructure, but predominantly this music is all about texture, dynamics and atmosphere. Different s… Read more
Riding a wave of adulation surrounding his debut LP on Brainfeeder, Lorn drops off album highlight 'None An Island' backed with a new Samiyam collab and two solo excursions exclusive to this release. If you copped the album you'll probably be very familiar with the lead track's mutant take on 'lectronic hiphop. If not, you're in for a treat. The Samiyam hookup is pretty smart too, squashing their groove into a dark growling nodder before 'Until There Is No End' diverts his energy into a prog-hoppy joint akin to recent Eskmo and Rudi Zygadlo exploits.
Originally released in 2003, Thomas Koner's Zyklop is a double album consisting of an hour-long composition for Radio France with fellow sound artist Yannick Dauby plus a second half featuring shorter sound installation works (with contributions from Jurgen Reble and Yann Beauvais). The lengthy first composition is just stunning. Here Koner sets about fashioning an auditory map of the Col De Vence mountain region in the south of France, integrating dissolved synthetic ambient textures into a patchwork concrete soundscape, full of natural environmental noise and man-made interference. If th… Read more
Originally released in 1997 as part of the Driftworks boxset (which also featured works by Paul Schutze, Nijiumu, Pauline Oliveros and Randy Raine-Reusch), Nuuk - named after Greenland's capital city - was later reissued via Mille Plateaux in a 2004 edition which included a DVD of frost-bitten imagery to correspond with the music. Now available digitally (audio-only, of course), Nuuk harks back to Thomas Koner's arctically-inclined early work. This was the ambient legend's fifth full-length release and it remains one of his most powerful and unyieldingly immersive contributions to the field o… Read more
Man like Mike Kivits aka King Of The Pigs aka Aardvarck gives the finely structured beats of 'Choice' on a killer 21-track album for Eat Concrete. Within its grooves he dismantles house, hiphop, jazz and electronic boogie soul with a strong cinematic feel, making for a superb listen. The tracks are generally shorter, more concise beat ideas tied with a defined sense of narrative and moving from bluest, piano-lead downbeats like 'Dik' to melodic beatless experiments and slow-crushed hiphop like it ain't no thang. For many the luscious sweep of 'Heal' has gotta be the biggest surprise, introducing… Read more
This excellent debut-proper from hotly tipped duo Altar Eagle finds itself nestled somewhere between the icy drum machine pop of Cold Cave, the Kosmische refractions of Emeralds and the classic layered shoegaze of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine. Eden Hemming and Brad Rose have previously made music together as Corsican Paintbrush before changing their name and style on a pair of sought-after cassettes absorbing darkwave pop genius and the 1st wave techno moods of Juan Atkins. With a heavy heart and distorted touch they've drafted a deeply affected sound where vocals are typically… Read more