Monday, 26 January
One year on from the raw rump smack of 'Detroit Heat', Big Strick rounds up his boys - Omar-S, Generation Next, and Reckless Ron - for album #2, 'Resivoir Dogs'. Family ties run deep: Omar-S is Strick's cousin and 16 year old Generation Next is extended fam, lending these 13 tracks a sense of shared vision and grooving cohesion that works damn well. His yung cuz opens with the motor city astro fuel of 'Sequence 11' and also contributes the remarkably elegant minimalism of 'Windsor Nights' and 'Slow Ride', plus the gritty sci-fi jack of 'Metro' for balance. Big Strick is in large and in … Read more
Throwing Snow turns three cuts off 'Mosaic' into VIP beasts. Popping the cork with a blistered, stomping re-smack of 'Maera', he rubs a saltier, rugged version of 'Linguis' squared up for the club, and gives 'The Tempest' feat. Adda Keleh a crunchy techno overhaul.
Ben Westbeech aka Breach meets Dutch lynchpin, Cinnaman for two trance-etched and deeper house groovers. Both tracks find a fine blend of warm, piquant synth clarity and dusted bass heft drawing on the producer's shared background in hip hop, soul and bass styles - Cinnaman was a pioneer of the Beat Dimensions sound and resident at Amsterdam's Trouw (RIP), Breach steeped in soulful D&B. Their A-side mixes tight, rugged bass drive with the kind of slow-burning synth arrangements you'd expect from Carl Craig, rising to a peak that earns the title 'Liberty', while B-side bumps a funked-up flex with phasing disco loops and garage-tucked swing and D-troit string pads.
Nina Kraviz’ returns with the latest DJ Kicks, featuring tracks from Population One, Jay Denham, Steve Stoll, Bradley Strider, Armando, Baby Ford, Porn Sword Tobacco & SVN, Plaid, DJ Bone, Polygon Window, dBridge as well as exclusives from Nina herself.
New York's Anthony Parasole & Phil Moffa make good with two strong cuts on Parasole's The Corner label. 'Pressure' is a simmering piece of 4/4 making the most out of modulated, filtered synthlines, slinky hi-hat patterns and rumbling but light-footed 4/4. Flipside, 'Pitched Black' is a proper builder, playing it down with percolating toms and sturdy kicks before stealthily rising to a mind-bending, discordant breakdown that pushes all the right buttons.
**Features Dylan Carlson (Earth), and Markus Popp (Oval) among others** "Miscontinuum Album documents an impressive new work by seminal electronic musician Jan St. Werner, whose innovations with Mouse on Mars and Microstoria are well documented. Over a period of approximately four years Miscontinuum has been developed and refined as an operatic live performance in Munich, as well as a radio play. This recorded incarnation of the work is the third entry in Werner’s lauded Fiepblatter series, and features contributions by Dylan Carlson (Earth), Markus Popp … Read more
**Raging, boundary-testing heavy metal alloy from the American South. Rip your face off and spit in the abyss business** "The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create… Read more
"Jib Kidder is the performing moniker of musician and artist Sean Schuster-Craig. Born in Louisville, raised in Georgia, educated in Michigan and bouncing between California and New York ever since, he has spent the last decade exploring a variety of approaches to psychedelic collage. In his audio recordings, songs, videos, sculptures, digital paintings, chalk murals & written work he has attempted to harness the humour and ambiguous poignancy specific to the experience of dreaming. The latest addition to Schuster-Craig’s unique and under-exposed body of work comes in the form o… Read more
"Irreal, the ﬁfth long player from Chicago's Disappears, is another trip down the rabbit hole. The album plays out as a dream sequence - hazed dub landscapes give way to the groupʼs most experimental and open music yet. If their last album Era conﬁrmed the fact that Disappears are on their own trip, then Irreal is where it kicks in. Eternalism, roboethics, identity - it's a Ballardian mix of imperfect melodies, half thoughts and good ol' dystopian modernity. Itʼs a master class in texture, pace and control. Produced by John Congleton at famed Chicago recording institution Electrical Audio, Irr… Read more
'Last Days of Montrose House' is an enveloping collage piece sweeping from diaphanous field recording textures to treacherous drones and semi-organic modular scree. It's a welcome return from Anduin, whose series of LPs for SMTG Limited between 2009-2012 have aged beautifully. Check also for the rumbling, Gas-like ambient techno of Tag Cloud's mix, and Radere's deeply abstracted version.
**Elaborate, jazz-wise electronic beat craft** "Having last appeared on Five Easy Pieces in 2012 with the Eclosure EP, Kuku is the long- awaited new release from London-based producer Dario Rojo Guerra also known as Flako. Following two collaborations with Fatima on her Eglo Records debut album Yellow Memories, Kuku is both Guerra’s first solo release in two years and the first single to be taken from his forthcoming debut album, Natureboy. Featuring two tracks from Natureboy and two productions exclusive to this release, Kuku sees him continue to build on the uncanny natural world created on Eclosur… Read more
"Chemikal Underground kick off the label’s 20th Anniversary year in style with a new Phantom Band record. Just as two wildly singular, diverse albums in ‘Checkmate Savage’ and ‘The Wants’ sprung up one after another between 2009 and 2010, before a period of quiet (solo projects notwithstanding), so the group’s more direct third record released in June 2014 (the critically acclaimed ‘Strange Friend’ more art-rock than rock-art) comes followed by seven tracks cut largely from the same recording sessions at Chem 19 in Blantyre, in the form of ‘Fears Trending’."
Squashed, soulful downbeat sentiments from British singer/songwriter Colonel Red, his 2nd for the rebooted Apollo label.
"Medical Records presents the debut full-length release of Le Cliché, entitled ‘Consumer Behaviour’. The album consists of 11 songs influenced largely by European synth pop of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s (The Human League, John Foxx, OMD, early Depeche Mode, Japan, Gary Numan, Propaganda and Kraftwerk.). More recent influences include the first album by Miss Kittin & the Hacker, Tiga, Benny Benassi, Erlend Øye and Ladytron. The music might be best described as minimal synth, synth pop, postmodernist, cold assembly line with neo consumerist themes, based on the use of synth sequ… Read more
"Medical Records in partnership with Crispy Nuggets Blog present the unreleased recordings of England’s Mixed Feelings. Mixed Feelings grew up in Basildon which was also the home of Depeche Mode (in fact, they went to the same school). In 1981, Sean Cooper met Martin Gore on holiday (around the time of “New Life”), and they instantly hit it off discussing synthesizers, school, teachers, etc. Martin was inspirational for Sean to follow his dream of making music. After a few bands, Sean started a band with longtime friend Geoff with influences like old disco (Chic, etc) and a bit of Bauhau… Read more