Monday, 28 July
Deep and techy London house music from Rinse FM's Funk Butcher. Swerving the prevailing Dutch house sound, Funk Butcher hits a more indigenous mixture of swinging garage-house and broken beats with that unique UK accent, from the tempered burn of 'Logan's Run' with Whitney Williams to scuffed skip and wobbly funk of '4ward Thinking Retro' and the technoid reinforcements of 'Adventurous'.
Collecting all four editions of the 7" series on digital format; from Lockah's 8-bit hip hop bouncers to a pair of footworking percolators by Yoin, the etheric rhythm structures of Grobbie, and moody slow/fast winners by Bones & Money.
New skool grime remixes of Plastician's earliest Plasticman joints. Check for the smashed cyber dread space of Mr. Mitch's 'White Gloves' reduction and the Eski-dancehall bounce of Inkke's 'Section 7' overhaul.
Mutant hardstyle/bass music from Eprom and Bong-Ra. The dense, focussed energy and razrored trap patter of American producer Eprom's 'Center of the Sun' is channelled into the crushing junglist torque of Bong-Ra's remix and a scything, blown-out halfstep VIP.
Hard-to-resist techno from American producer DVS1 for Ben Klock's label. 'Black Russian' is a timeless piece of rolling, swinging 4/4 momentum and teasing blue chord progressions primed for anthem status; 'Creepin' is shades darker, lurking; 'Spying' gets crafty with a stop/start, Something In The Sky-style Millsian techno shuffle.
Mouth-watering first taste of SBTRKT's 'Wonder Where We Land' LP, starring vocal by Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. It's pitch-perfect indie dance pop, fitting motorik funk bassline to squashed samba drums and techno twitches beneath Ezra's split vocal personalities, alternating fey indie soul verses and morphed trap lord gargle.
Bittersweet 2nd taste of SBTRKT's eagerly-awaited new album, 'Wonder Where We Land'. Sampha returns to give a melancholy vocal for the cascade of purple arpeggios and rolling R&B fizz of 'Temporary View'.
"Land Observations (aka musician and artist, James Brooks) presents ‘The Grand Tour’, the follow up to 2012’s debut album, ‘Roman Roads IV-XI’. Where the debut album was concerned with the roads of communication and conquest that stretched across the former Roman Empire and Republic, the new album creates an imaginary travelogue through Western, Central and Southern Europe with reference to the historic Grand Tour. The album was recorded on the edge of the Bavarian Alps on just one electric 6-string guitar - exploring the potential of the instrument in relation to layers, rhythm… Read more
Wildest Dreams are a Modern Day Equivalent of the L.A wrecking crew. They make music inspired by the landscape of L.A and it's surrounds for your road and acid trip. The brainchild of DJ Harvey as a means to keep his multi-instrumentalist hand in so to speak. The album was recorded over a week a couple years ago and unearthed by Smalltown Supersound.
"The Whole Truth returns for a second round of precision engineered dub boogie hybrids, this time featuring the mighty Mo Kolours on vocal duties. The first Whole Truth release, which featured Errol Bellott, garnered praise from DJs like JD Twitch, Hugo Mendez and Zaf Chowdhry, and WT002 finds this anonymous project exploring even more dubwise territory. One-Handed's Mo Kolours guests as a singer and percussionist on the lead track, Don't Tell Me No Lies, while Steppas Don't Lie, Truth Groove and Myth Dub represent a more stripped down instrumental approach. Full… Read more
Italy's Aconito Records cap their digital series with the aquatic techno motions of Nicola Ruffino aka Ink's 'Exploring Planet X'. Nicola's previously contributed to 'The Acromorphe' 12" but this is his solo debut proper. It's a powerful, immersive sound, fathoming the distant dread rumble and coruscating shimmer of 'Unknown Land' and the swarming underwater phantoms of 'Amygdaloid Voices / On The Threshold' beside the cold shuddering pulses of 'Underworld Jungle' and drone roller 'The Ancient Being Is Dancing In Your Mind'. Fans of Milton Bradley, Alan Backdrop, Donato Dozzy should check this.
"Ziguri is a project formed by Krautrock legends Gunter Schickert, Udo Erdenreich and Dieter Kolsch. Active only from 1987 to 1997, the trio reformed in 2011 and now present their first album - some 27 years after they they broke up to be exact. The music: hypnotic trancepsychic rockdriven repetitive beats & bass lines, overlaid by floating patterns from Schickertís inimitable echodrive guitar."