Monday, 03 March
Amsterdam techno institution Delsin celebrate their 100th release anniversary in style with 20 tracks by their core roster and close friends - from Claro Intelectro to Convextion, A Made Up Sound and Ross 154 - split over 2 x CDs. It's the culmination of a recent series of 12"s and not far off 20 years in the game, consistently turning out some of the deepest, Detroit-rooted house and techno in history - from the timeless emissions of NWAQ/154 to those early Shed 12"s, mould-breaking Aardvarck output and the best from Redshape. However, with '100DSR' they don't rest on their laurels an… Read more
Blue, downbeat, conscious Hip Hop/Dub hybrids from Amos & Truenoys for Mala's Deep Medi. 'A Taste Of Struggle' is their debut album following a teaser 12" with Skream and Commodo remixes. It's a low-lit, late night confessional hingeing on Truenoys slow, caramelised vocals delivered with impassioned urgency to a backdrop of shifty, molasses bass movements, dusty drums and trip hop atmospheres.
Luke Slater returns with the powerful, hardware-driven techno of his 'Future Modular' EP. The A-side is a beast, urged on by massively swollen bassline/kicks and laced with brain-eating acid line and bursts of distorted electro energy. B-side offers more Millsian 909 tackle with the morse patterns and intercepted sci-fi synth transmissions of 'Riot In Silo 12", but our favourite has to be the lip-bitingly infectious shuffle of prickly hi-hats, pinging bleeps and spherical, rolling bass in 'Serc'. A master in action.
Iberian return with a dancefloor session from Bass Clef, Photonz, Cauto, and Niño. Ahead of his upcoming Public Information and PAN releases, Bass Clef goes slow and low with the dusty modular shuffle of 'Acid 8' and Photonz do a wicked, elastic and psychedelic slowfast thing on 'The Fire Shower'. Cauto's 'Lu-Fuki' brings some swirling 2-step boogie to the table, and Niño follows suit with a blinging, P-funky electronic number named 'Midnighters'.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "The Men's new LP for Sacred Bones is the tongue-in-cheek-but-still-auspiciously-titled Tomorrow's Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their most high fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward record. Tomorrow's Hits is a concise collection of songs that nonetheless expands the band's ever-evolving musical palette. It's an album full of genre-bending risks, but it reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men… Read more
"With Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the impacts of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath on US shores and heartlands is revealed as a bludgeoning previously undescribed. In this collection, medieval Bonham thunk and febrile Iommi guitar leads crowd out the bluesy Americana that foregrounded those bands, replacing hippie pastoralism with mythology, armored conflict, sorcery, and doom. From legions of occult-obsessive 1970s bonehead teens, we summoned a horde of 16 bands, cloaked in eons of tortured obscurity, whose sole release amounts to a blist… Read more
"Acclaimed singer, songwriter, band leader from Ethyl Meatplow and The Geraldine Fibbers. First solo album in seven years, following a string of releases with her Evangelista project. Bozulich’s self-proclaimed “pop record”! Carla Bozulich, an art-punk heroine with almost three decades of exceptional, iconoclastic musical activity under her belt, returns with the third record of her storied career to be issued in her own name. Boy is Carla's self-proclaimed "pop record" and is a refreshing and much-needed reminder of what pop can mean in the hands of a ferociously commanding singer/lyricist w… Read more
Nimble improvisations from Hungarian outfit 12z - Marci Kristóf (electronics, kalimba, non-identifiable objects, vocals), Áron Porteleki (drums, viola, vocals), and Bálint Szabó (guitar, electronics, log drum, vocals). Their eponymous debut is markedly different to nearly everything else we've heard on this intriguing new label from Budapest. In contrast to the house and electronics of Silf or S Olbricht, 12z explores and deconstructs the differences between dark ambient, post rock, jazz and no wave electronics, at best in the midnight-fevered 'Reflecting Bean' and the loose jam of 'Sunning Lizard On The Sleeve'.
**Glassy, synthetically warm house deviations from Detroit's Coyote Clean Up** ""Star light, plane lights, city lights, head lights, spot lights. Ghetto bird soaring through the sky. “KITKKOLA” scribbled on the door of an abandon building on a dead end street. Empty warehouses and the echo of nothing. Empty warehouses and the echo of stock speakers on brand new car. Bass rattling through the trunk. Throw it out the window, throw it in the back seat. Sounds in the cracks of crumbling concrete. The parties next door. Next summer. This summer. Next winter. This winter. Right now. Live in Detr… Read more
Jamie Paton ov Cage & Aviary fame delivers a 'Bizarre Feeling' of New Order-esque synth-pop for Emotional Especial. We could imagine shoulder-jacking in high-waisted duds at Medusa's to the Italo B-line and coiffed guitars of the original and dub, whilst 'To The Light' drops a gear into sleazy DM styles, and 'Ju Know' takes it even slower for a sorta Jan Hammer gone acid vibe.
"The beautiful unreleased jazz score to the classic Anthony Newley 60s Soho underworld thriller. Recorded in 1963 and never issued the master tape was discovered in the loft of Kenny Graham’s daughter’s home by Jonny Trunk. Don’t ask what he was doing up there, but he found the tape. History: Little is known about this jazz score, apart from the fact that it comes from one of the great early 60s London movies, and was written and performed by one of the more important jazz mavericks of the age. Kenny Graham was a jazz musician like no o… Read more
Minimal Wave reset the history books again with another pair of proto-techno zingers by their French favourites. As with the outstanding 'La Piscine' 12", MW have rooted In Aeternam Vale's 1990 archive and come up with goodies incomparable to little else from that era. A-side 'Machine A Laver' is a masterclass in darkside slow-mo dancefloor narration, unfolding with stealthy guile over 12 minutes of halfstepped bass roil, arcing blips and glinting steppers' percussion with a poised and powerfully hypnotic appeal. Flipside, we're floored by their prescient dub techno piece… Read more
**Includes fold-out A3 lyric sheet** "The West Coast’s weirdest hidden-treasure trio, Bronze, have plied their molten composite of serpentine metro-gnomic drumming, oscillator raga, hash-oil free verse, and pendulum bass patterns for seven shaded years, but sonic documentation remains sparse. The new decade, thankfully, has seen them reversing this deficit, first with 2011’s Copper LP, and now with World Arena, which unfolds another octagon’s worth of their signature spellbound, smoke-ringed, psych-fusion explorations. Tracked at their Trojan Cavern studio / bunker in San Francisco and mastere… Read more
"French Quarter diva-house decadent Sir Stephen explores fresh palatial terrace party terrain on Sanctuary, a six-song rosary for SILK streetwear subsidiary House Of Silk. Seemingly inspired by that short-lived (and culturally off-limits) stylistic intersection of 90's club music and devotional New Age – think early Enigma, deep house PM Dawn white labels, wind chime samples, etc – the EP glides between moods of self-reflection and celebration, often in the same track. Vocals rise through synth-swells of incense and candlelight, tag-teaming with sub-currents of tribal percussion, trumpet, s… Read more
Former Gang Gang Dance dude Tim DeWit debuts his Dutch E Germ project with the striking hybrid collages, crafty rhythms and meshed contours of 'INRAK.DUST'. With strong affiliation to the Ghe2o G0th1k crew and New York's electronic underground, his music recently soundtracked Hood By Air's acclaimed recent A/W runway show at New York Fashion Week, and has previously remixed Fatima Al Qadiri's 'D-Medley' and his 'HBA WAR' track was sampled by Kanye on 'New Slaves', no less. But 'this is really Dutch E Germ's introduction to the world at large, an intricately edited and finely layered urba… Read more
UNO NYC cut loose a set of smooth-but-jittery, loopy house deviations written entirely at a Starbucks cafe by SFV Acid. We're not quite sure how it worked, but apparently 'The Dwell' was "conceptualized and recorded at a local Starbucks… on analogue gear, seated maniacally at a table", which is a pretty bold and funny, if not very James Ferraro-esque gesture, if you ask us. Nodding to classic templates of Chicago, Detroit and New York House, it's a sort of send up of The Other People Place's 'Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café' reduced with an economical approach more akin to Mark Fell's early SND,… Read more
Gunnar Haslam follows his L.I.E.S. LP with dark, killer, weirder club trax for Chicago's Argot label. Where his 'Mimesiak' LP was a collection of experiments, these tracks put the research into dancefloor practice. A-side 'Bera Range' scopes out welting bass drum and well spaced Roland rhythms against beautifully dark synth drones, rolling breakbeats and epic chord progressions bound to affect the mood of any 'floor. Flipside, 'Optional' rolls condenses a darker sort of breakbeat house meets electro-techno and early IDM vibe reminding of early Æ or Black Dog, and 'Nevenoe' slinks slower, lower with a moody sorta Kassem Mosse warehouse vibe.
Wild Beasts enlist some remix brawn from The Field and Factory Floor on the first single from their 'Present Tense' LP for Domino. The Field duppies and draws out 'Wanderlust' to a thrumming eight minute shoegaze techno piece with dreamier vocal processing, and Factory Floor rework the same piece as a clipped 2-step techno thing laced with gurgling acid tweaks and gender-bent vocals.
"'Atlas’, the new album by New Jersey’s Real Estate, is a triumph of highly evocative, perceptive songwriting and graceful, precise musicianship. The album is intimate and spare. It conjures quiet, late night drives down wooded highways, rural rambles with friends on the sunniest afternoons of the year, and hazy summer evenings spent alone, thinking back to those times and the people who were with you for them. Within the music one can catch hints of Galaxie 500, Little Wings, Luna, Neu, Nick Drake, and Pavement, and also Fairfield Porter, Milton Avery, and Albert York."
"Robin Saville has been plying his electronic wares as one half of electronic luminaries Isan for over fifteen years. Earning a reputation for bringing an emotional dimension to music with a reputation for the cerebral, Isan have claimed to be in the business of making easy listening out of difficult sounds. In addition to keeping his end of the Isan bargain, Robin occasionally records music under his own name, exploring more acoustic and bucolic textures (see also 2008's 'Peasgood Nonsuch' on the excellent Static Caravan label). Robin's new solo album, 'Public Flowers', is about c… Read more
Ralph Cumbers kicks off a slew of imminent releases with the modular indulgence of his 'Bugbranded EP' on Public Information's latest dispatch. It's a quintessentially British display of voltage control and knob-fondling, blending that explorative Radiophonic feeling with proggy-minded, live arrangements in debt to early '90s AI styles. In a proper man-machine show down, Ralf tweaks out crisply psychoactive melodies and halcyon acid jack on 'Sometime The Only Way To Go Out Is Further In', and a more delicate, psilocybic folk dance on 'Elsewhen', while the flipside tracks take a more eldri… Read more
Fairly demented/psychpotomimetic hardware deviations from a longtime Bunker/Unit Moebius affiliate. Expect seven tracks of freestyling EBM and Krautrock-influenced jams ripe for strobe-filled basements. RIYL Container.
"For a few years now California’s Danny Gonzalez, aka DJ Pound, has been banging up raw beats with nasty spaced out synth work. “New Endings” is his Seclusiasis debut and the songs run a gamut of tempos while all sharing a vibe and impact that is uniquely his own. Hard thumping tracks that scream “Street Bass” in your face and force your body to bounce around. Standout tracks include the melodic vibe out of Silver Rain Blanket, the unabashed hip hop in a volcano of Dropped A Bomb On U and the brutally minimal riddim Work. DJ Pound has released on Saturate! Records, Monkeytown, Robox Neotech,… Read more
The excellent 'Reassimilation EP' by Detroit funk technician Keith Tucker was the opening gambit for Glasgow's underground guardians Diametric back in 2009. The all-too-short opener's a total ace, Keith on the talkbox over tense, dark 313 synth pads, which he expands with more sensual, futurist electro-funk on 'Origins' proper. On 'Elements' he locks down to a more rugged, bumpy electro-techno groove with lush symphonic synths delivering the emotional punishment, and 'Anomaly' returns to the vintage electro-funk styles of his Direct Beat and Puzzlebox classics.
Bristol's Distro works the 'floor with nasty and nice riddims for Roska Kicks & Snares. 'Thug Girl' kits rudeboy bassline to tribal drums to sound shades away from DJ Champion or Redlight styles; 'Deep Down' plays sweeter with chiming keys and smudged soul sample coming off like a caffeinated Julio Bashmore.
One of the sweeping shoegaze highlights of Tycho's new, instrument-heavy album for Ghostly International. Get lifted.
Low-slung boogie crunch from the man down under coming off like the freaky cuz of Ste Spandex and Dam Funk. Check for the ruddy acid bogle of 'Cherry Cola (Live Version)', the saccharine soul buzz of 'Aspartame' and those crackin' Linn drums on the frothing gyrations of 'Soda Stream' or the uptempo purpose of 'Strawberry Jam (Stuff Kids Like)'.