Monday, 25 April 2011
Prolific Techno producer Paul Mac has been quiet for the last few years, but remedies that with two refined grooves for Kirk Degiorgio's revived ART label. Back in the saddle, 'Odd Things Amount to Nothing' drives forth like some streamlined Ben Klock tackle, revolving around a hypnotic siren and stealthily modulated synthlines. 'Here Comes The Swing' is more melancholy, powered by a wandering baseline and shrouded in moody, arcing pads.
Motivational deep House music with a sexy twist from Art Department and Seth Troxler. Riding a rhythm built from soggy synth squelches and copulating cowbells, Seth Troxler lends his soulful croon. The Aba Therapy version gives 'em a Dubbed-up overhaul, dipping the bass and vocals a few levels lower while reorganising the melody to a moodier scheme.
Dubbed-out D&B from Nether, backed with a bulkier 'Dancehall' remix by Marcus Intalex featuring Ras T-Weed. The blooming dub chords of the original actually sounds like something from the Echospace catalogue before the hi-hats and sullen, sunken subs give its D&B provenance away. The end result is somewhere between the clipped halfstep sound and luscious Dub House, one for the very early, or very late hours of the night, depending. Titling his remix 'Dancehall' is a bit of a misnomer, as there's bot-all dancehall about the Marcus Intalex mix, but it's a sleek and useful liquid stepper if that's what you're after.
Baba Black is a fresh nu House project from Danish producer Torsten Bo Jacobsen, who's best known for his cheeky Run Jeremy edits. For New York's Palms out Sounds he drops the teasing dub chords and peaking warehouse jack of 'All Red' and its inversion 'All Black'. Fellow Dane, Jean doe gives a slinkier remix, next to Mike Hindle's discombobulated swinger and a Gary Granted's dense, acidic Chicago Roast remix and a fluid flowing vocal dub by Resoe.
Dessous and Poker Flat regular, Ryo Murakami offers two raw-but-buffed Tech-House jacks for Curle, backed with a delicious Fred P remix. 'In Chain' is a lovely bit of old-skool House music produced with up-to-date production values, figuring gritty but elegant drum machine rhythms, swooping subbass and fluttering melodic synthlines. 'Feel It' is more sumptuous, strongly reminding of tracks from NWAQ's 'The Dead Bears' LP, while Fred P's reshape of 'In Chain' teases it out with a more svelte and velveteen finish. Quite lush.
Slinkier Technohouse from the veteran Deetron and Ripperton. The 'Depth Frame' single showcases their more hypnotic, heavy grooving side with the lubricated shimmy of 'In-depth' and to great effect on the pneumatically driving 'Out Of Frame'.
One of James ‘Wooden Wand’ Jackson Toth’s favourite bands, these Midwestern lo-fi poppers make a good case for why the Velvet Underground are one of the most influential bands of the last fifty years. While they add their own spin to the sound, for the most part ‘Dost’ is an unpretentious and timeless garage-rock trawl through that very specific druggy Velvets-style basement subgenre. They manage it well too, apparently the band have been largely unrecorded even though they have been playing shows incessantly, and the sound of this full-length doesn’t try and cover any of the w… Read more
Blending the intensity and musical anarchy of math-rock (think Don Cabalero or Battles) with chip rock, jungle and electronica wouldn’t seem like a good idea to most people, but Japan's World’s End Girlfriend have done it anyway, and it sort of works. These guys sound like a hiccupping modern answer to Yellow Magic Orchestra, and while their hyperactive brand of sugar-coated indie-dance might not suit the masses it sure goes down well at the right moment. The fact that they throw so much into ‘Seven Idiots’ is in itself an achievement, and mid-way through the record you begin … Read more
Choice cuts from Chicago's Latin Soul Brotha on Rush Hours place for the prime stuff, Hour House Is Your Rush. 'Floorwax' features a niggling acid line like something out of an early DJ Funk tune or a more minimal mix of Lil Louis' 'Why Fall', rubbing resonant 303 against slinkin' 909 to deadly effect. This will burn the 'floor! B-side is equally heavy, building a head of acid tension before delivering the payload of rugged clap patterns to make you go for it. TIP!
Breezin' disco versions of Mountaineer's 'Golden Chalk' by two premier dancefloor outfits, Idjut Boys and Tuff City Kids. It's hard not to be charmed by Idjut's version, which drifts in like a Ducktails cut before everything becomes dub smudged and lushly heady. Tuff City Kids aka Running Back's Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer only use a fraction of the original to turn out a proper Nu Groove-style mid-tempo House groove. Aces!
Copenhagen's Whomadwho trio (formerly on Gomma) make their Kompakt debut with third album 'Knee Deep'. It's by far one of the most rock/pop oriented releases on the label for some time, but their guitar/drum/vocal equation is well balanced with enough electronics to warrant their signing. The trio crafted the album in a "semi-built hotel" in their home city, and ended up with two sets of quite different songs. 'Knee Deep' would appear to be the more reflective, sombre side of them, apparently influenced by marriage breakups, label disputes and so on. But that's not to say these aren't dancef… Read more
The hugely tipped debut from one of the most blogged and hyped new artists of the last 12 months...
Gatekeeper represents for Bristol on a Grimy pair backed with remixes from Asa & Koan Sound and Statix. There's a notable elevation of his production values on the sharply rendered and powerful bass shapes and cutting edits of 'Rawtones', while 'Ignite' links with local MCs Grizla and Dread for a menacing session of darkest bass weight. Screwloose regular Koan Sound and Asa rework 'Rawtones' with a ruffed-up and gothic Garage swing, while Statix is the ideal candidate to take 'Ignite' one step darker with his armour-plated production licks.
Pair of lean and agile minimal D&B/Neurofunk steppers. Skeptical's 'Structure' features MC Fokus on a snake-style twyster; all minimal, metal-tipped snares and muzzled subs in a darting syncopation. Ant TC1's 'Mode Destruction' starts out echoic and dubby but soon evolves into a hard-stepping beast with snarling neurofunk synthlines.
As proved by Nicolas Jaar's debut album, it's not all just hedonistic party times at Circus Company. Aquarius Heaven further reveal their deeper side with four tracks of moody, blunted House music from dOP's Damien Vandesande and Clement Zemstov, with the notable inclusion of vocalist Brian Brewster. '7 Days' explores a more sinister side of their character, entering to a Rhythm & Sound-inspired piece of dub poetry and skulking about to the squashed bob of 'So Low'. 'Before U Go' raises the tempo some for a fat piece of modern, dubby Deep House and 'Universe' swings to a sparse but bass heavy electro-House gripper.
Soul Clap apply their ultra cool demeanour to Laid Back's reworked version of the classic 'White Horse' aka 'Cocaine Cool'. Inside you'll find an iced vocal mix and the bumpy Dub plus a saxy mix of their lesser known '89 groove 'Bakerman' and Laid Back's reworked original instrumental. Sniff.
There’s not a lot of information to be found on this dusty archival find from the ever-reliable Trunk imprint. Could it be that beloved ‘rotter’ Terry Thomas actually recorded this comedic slice of rock ‘n roll way back when? I’m not totally sure, but whoever recorded it did a great job of capturing not only the classic rock ‘n roll sound but also a winking sense of irony that is missing from most recorded music these days. I don’t know how Johnny Trunk manages to do it, but there’s a definite thread that links all the releases, no matter how far… Read more
*Featuring additional production, recording and mixing by Moritz von Oswald and Max Loderbauer* Substantial collection of three albums by Berlin ambient-electronic pioneer Udo Heitfeld aka TV Victor, digitally remastered and officially available to download for the first time. It features the double disc album 'Timeless Deceleration' from 2000 and the never-officially-released 'Ways Of The Bodies' from 2002, both quite unlike almost anything else that Tresor have released. Like his collection for NSI. in 2010, TV Victor works in a very particular brand of langorous, clean and cri… Read more
Barry Lynn's fourth album for Planet Mu effectively sees him disengage with Dubstep and embrace the esoteric strands of Jazz, Techno and Electronica which always richly informed his music. It's no surprise really, given that his previous album 'Arecibo Message' and singles on Kinnego Records have been moving towards a finer balance of electro and acoustic instrumentation for the last few years. Worry not though, he's not lost his head up his arse with over-egged "experimentalism", the 13 tracks of 'The Dissolve' are still definitively Boxcutter, but now rubbed with that same pseudo lo-fi a… Read more
ISAM is Ninja Tune stalwart Amon Tobin’s first record since 2007, and his loyal legion of fans will no doubt be pleased to know that it doesn’t stray too far from his tried and tested sound. The Canadian DSP wizard has been chipping away at his very specific brand of electronic music for many years, and here he makes a good case for ISAM being his most consistent to date. Dragging in traces of Brainfeeder-patented beatplay, dubstep and lord knows what else, every sound is crushed into AE-like realms of electrified experimentation. Drums crash through high pitched glass walls of synthesizer and To… Read more
Chicken Lips crew in effect. A-side features two mid-tempo boogied disco burners, while the flipside gets on a cowbell-driven Warehouse bounce and a fuzzier 'Dirty Tape Edit' for the real pernickety DJs.
Japan's R2 regulars, Rhythm Of Elements hand their 'Tribe' cut to Atjazz and Alton Miller for sweet and funky Deep House remixes. Highlights have to be Atjazz's Latinized Assessment dub with its twirling lead synth and Carl Craig vibes, or Alton Miller's rippling Jazz-Tech mix of 'Guitar Suite'.