Monday, 10 May 2010
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!
The debut single release from hip-hop/soul artist Lady Daisey on BBE, produced by Batsauce and featuring remixes from DJ Vadim, Supa Dave West and Paten Locke, with instrumental alternatives supplied for each.
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