Monday, 18 May
Lockjaw on a tear-out neo-D&B lash for Dispatch Recordings' Limited series, 10" dubplate style. Like the sprightly yunger sibling of Rockwell and Current Value, both sides fashion ripping synth dynamics, bleak drops and razor-edged beats for the headstrong.
*Two premo synth revivalist synch minds for Death Waltz Originals* "Death Waltz Recording Company are proud to bring you an all-new aural experience via the latest installment of the Death Waltz Originals series. LAW UNIT is a brand new creation by maestros Umberto (PROPHECY OF THE BLACK WIDOW, NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND SCREAMS) and Antoni Maiovvi (YELLOW, DELTA CITY), an original concept that in the composers' own words “moves past the retro-futurist works of their individual solo releases to explore a world of early industrial and experimental music”. The resulting album is made up of ten … Read more
Sven Weisemann presents a trio of elegant, signature dub house moves. 'Nijo' carves a deep trough of skippy house weighed by big square bass and blanketed with starry synth pads. B-side, 'Icaria' plumbs deeper with radiant dub chords and rumbling toms, and 'Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus' touches down a skanking slice of mid-tempo ambient house.
You've had the CD single, mini-CD, 7", 10" and 12", now here comes the full digital version for those who can't keep up with Trevor Jackson's 'Format' fetish. Collecting all 13 tracks, this version marks the illustrious producer, visual artist and video director's most substantial solo release, bar none, of his 25-odd year oeuvre; strafing from killer proto-house rawness in 'Lumiline' to fizzy electro in 'They Came From NY' to blunted acidic techno extrusions recalling recent Ron Morelli aktion in the 12 minute, 'Until Now'. It's rudimentary yet adroit man-machine business, consolidating f… Read more
"It was only a matter of time before the prolific electro stalwart Scape One aka Kurt Baggaley made an appearance on CPU. Scape One's penchant for Sci-Fi is reflected in Recombination; an electronic adventure through space time, stopping briefly for an atomic war. Kurt's vast experience and collection of analogue synthesizers can be heard to full effect with crushing bass, bubbling leads and arpeggiated sweeps throughout. Strong artistic influences on the EP from John Foxx, Vangelis to Autechre (Incunabula-esque)."
Trio of tender ambient house tones from the Welsh producer, Leif Knowles, for Bristol's Idle Hands. 'Life Through Analogies' burns gently with dusted breaks and breezy, open atmospheres perfused with duppy voices and glowing chords, setting a vibe that carries thru the dancing dust mites and filtered soul samples of 'My Heart Stopped Beating' to the low key and slompy shuffle of 'Salix'.
*Løt.te are back for banging 2nds on The Bunker NYC* "True to its name, "History of Discipline" is the darker track here. Built on a foundation of heavy, swinging kick drums and shuffling hi-hats, the track builds to an enormous climax before winding down into a rattle of metallic percussion. "A Mutable Constant" is more ambiguous, featuring a rubbery bassline and steadily-building background percussion - until a moody, longing synthesizer pad begins to take center stage. "I don't honestly know where the emotion in 'A Mutable Constant' came from. That wasn't the plan when I started… Read more
The sampledelic don, Luke Vibert revives his disco alias, Kerrier District for Hypercolour a decade on from his much-loved album for Rephlex. Still sounding like a library record from 1979, his '4' album collects 14 cuts of kinky disco breaks and wobbly Moog lines crammed with cheeky samples under naughty names like 'Treacle Tits' and 'Brush The Bush' or any combination of the word "Disco" plus suffix/prefix. Consider your party started.
"The fourth studio album by acclaimed Belgian cold wave group The Names, known for their early association with Factory Records and producer Martin ‘Zero’ Hannett. Recorded in 2014, Stranger Than You marks a conscious return to the sounds and styles explored on their debut album Swimming in 1982. “There’s a strong element of reconnection,” explains singer/songwriter (and bassist) Michel Sordinia. “Yet at the same time it’s also about developing your own legitimate strangeness, just as the great Surrealist poet Rene Char invited his readers to do. A new mystery singing in your bones.… Read more
Crook'd dub ting by Seekers International, bolstered with a weightier dub-house version clash with Gulls. Last spotted on No Corner, before that on Digitalis, they link with Portland's Boomarm to tease out the charmingly off-kilter dub original of 'Gyal Circuit', before fixing the same elements to a stepping 4/4 ballast inna Borderclash Version.
2nd of two tracky techno tool packs by Dario Tronchin a.k.a. Chevel. A-side dispenses bleep minimalism ('Detrimental') and blank-eyed kick drum patterns ('Summer'); B-side comes a bit craftier with slippery blips and pacey kicks ('2020') and a latinate industrial ruckus ('Nofilt').
Mixed bag from the French producer, touching on sweeping neo-classical/ambient arrangement ('Anna Livia') next to rolling dry techno grit ('Enter') and classy ambient techno shuffler ('Blue Note').
"Within their 1973 European tour, Sun Ra and his Arkestra had just completed a residency at the legendary Gibus in Paris in October before travelling to Amiens for a Sunday afternoon concert. Those filing into the city’s Maison de la Culture that day would have little idea of the intense, visceral experience that awaited them. “Sun Ra’s use of the Arkestra as his instrument in an onslaught of sound, colour and movement stimulated and even shocked the senses and the shakras of audience participants onto a higher plane of spirit consciousness,“ explains the Arkestra’s Knoel Scott..."
The G's strike from grime's dancefloor darkside. Armed to the teef with steel-plated riddims, from the jawside Bassline-techno warp of 'Levels' to brassy war tune, 'Bang Boy' feat. Brakeman and Chronik, the squealing pressure of 'Murkin Yearly' and the Zomby-like shockout, 'Soundboi Killa', plus a 2015 revamp of the anthemic 'Frontline', with Tubby and D Double E joined by OG NG, Monkstar. Not messing about.
Druggy breakbeat disco and blunted house trax from the mind of Germany's Benedikt Frey. Rolling out with the avian synth flutters and feathered acid breaks of 'SH Birds', the session turns gloomy with the slower heart-rate and sullen pads of 'Signals', and stays moody thru the New Beat-style trudge of 'Mind The Gap', and a class Kassem Mosse-like disco squash of 'Good Night Houston'.
A new duo to L.A.'s Time No Place present expansive, melancholy R&B/electronica flights. Picking up where Tri Angle left off a few years ago, they boost the styles of Holy Other or Evian Christ into orbit with radiant webs of reverb and delay applied to brooding, blue-eyed soul vocals and crafty slow-fast beat tricks at best in 'driving Blind' and the head-down roll of 'Relapse'.
Gerry Read and Kevin McPhee meet again with the metallic techno twang and swinging house of 'FRUMMPPP', following their 2011 hook-up, 'Demolition Man'. The original version is a bare bones jack track irradiated with waves of metallic synth to send the club spinning; the remix brings out the drums for a skippier, bucking house take on the same base elements.
Extended dub-techno and dub-house trips compatible with your Echospace and Deepchord excursions.
Restless Cómeme dancefloor bod, Matias Aguayo on his 3rd round of 'El Rudo Del House'. Nowt but drums, vocal stabs and bum bum vibes for the DJs and dancers, cantering out with the kinky 'El Grubb' and mirroring current Lisbon sounds with the dipping syncopations of 'Ven Aqui Que Te Destapo'. Not for prudes, 'Chup Chup' peppers a ruddy sorta EBM banger with orgiastic samples, precipitating the tracky 4/4 groove gush of 'El Volcanico'.
Ostgut Ton serve the 2nd of two exclusive collections spawned from Function's Berghain 07 mix. Cassegrain and Tin Man cut first with sub-aquatic acid stride of 'Oxide', and Ed Davenport's Inland coolly conserves energy with the effortless acid techno charge of 'Sca Fell'. On the other side, DVS1 rolls out the tensile dub techno of 'Electric', and Steve Bicknell sounds more like we remember him with the modular lashes and driving force of 'Odyssey #2' (the first being found on the other plate).
Optimo pull out and edit some '88-'90 dancefloor peaches from legendary Aussie industrial unit, Severed Heads. The tuff and ecstatic proto-trance drive of 'Greater Reward' (1988) is given a 'Piano Power' edit by Optimo, riding killer kicks and flickering rimshots with slick keys and swarming tribal voices chopped at crucial points beside the original 12"'s irresistible dub mix. The more exotic, chattering tribalism of 'Big Car (Crash Dub)' (1990) conjures images of stomping, tanned and nearly-naked Goan revellers, while 'All Saints Day (Saints Day Dub)' swings to r… Read more
Ostgut Ton serve the first of two exclusive collections accompanying Function's Berghain 07 mix. A-side, UK techno legend Steve Bicknell plays to the big rooms with plangent radar bleeps and surprisingly reserved yet muscular groove, 'odyssey #1', and the mysterious Post Scriptum heads into orbit with the chiming, Millsian trip, 'Human Timescales'. B-side, Luke Slater jacks up a treat as L.B. Dub Corp with the roto-rimshots, toms and Reese bass of 'So Much' on a classic Detroit tip, and Blue Hour powers thru with the stern buck and sci-fi strings of 'Parallels'.
An unlikely yet strong meeting of minds: Dave Clarke remixing The Soft Moon for Captured Tracks. Clarke rewires a highlight of Luis Vasquez a.k.a. The Soft Moon's 'Deeper' album, galvanising it as a brute electro weapon ready for action.
Disco-readied remix of the DFA duo, ramped with super wobbly, Black Devil Disco Club-style Moog bass.
After minting Nic Tasker ov Boiler Room's Young Turks sub-label, Terron turns out another quartet of big room and basement-rumbling tech house with 'Whities 004'. Toiling shades away from Kassem Mosse's earlier, ruder emissions, A-side 'No.29 Pareto 20/80' synchs gruff kicks and sparing-but-crucially timed subs with a streaking synthline that cuts like a lazer thru sweat fog. Flipside, the dank sound design of 'No.33.1 The Game's Ouverture' gives way to the sunken swagger of 'No.33 Hawk [Part I]' and the v.v. KM-styled shunt of 'No.34 Dove [Part II]'.
Patten's Kaleidoscope twists back into/out of focus with the first issue in his 50/50 series. Manchester's Aldous RH (f.k.a. Egyptian Hip Hop) indulges a sanguine side of yacht-rock pop vignettes nodding to Todd Rundgren and highly compatible with early Hype Williams, sweetly defined by his sugary croon, gauzily off-kilter synth harmonies and wistful pallor.
Patten's Kaleidoscope twists back into/out of focus with the first issue in his 50/50 series. Tel-Aviv-based Vanilla Hammer served the label's cinematic, heatsick 'Retreat' back in 2012. Here on 'Diss Patches' he glitches, pops and cranks thru eight unstable (de)constructions, unravelling techno with a mix of avant-garde and pop-wise strategy, allowing chiming half-hooks to glint thru crooked pulses, ill pads and scattered field recordings breaking his local environment and traces of his youth spent devouring hip hop mixtapes in South London into the music.
**Wraparound artwork. Edition of 300. Massively recommended if you’re into Arca, TCF, Lotic, Total Freedom** We're over the moon to present the vinyl debut of Elysia Crampton with 'Moth / Lake' thru Boomkat Editions. Formerly known by the moniker, E + E, this single marks the first chapter of her Shenandoah series, "a concept work that explores Virginian American history and brownness beyond culture, as geology - as mud, dirt, and mineral." Breaking with the artist's highly influential and formerly sample-rich arrangements, the material on both sides is entirely, uniquely original. Wit… Read more