Monday, 23 March
Fracking heavy techno from the smart duo of DJ Deep and Roman Poncet. Straight-up club constricts for the DJs, building a right head on it with the unrelenting kicks and rasping shuffle of 'Hydraulic Jack' up top, and to tenser degrees with the jagged slam of 'Hydraulic Pump', whereas 'Artesian Well' hydroplanes beat-less.
Scuba returns with his 4th solo album, 'Claustrophobia'. Penned in convalescence following a bout of illness during 2014, it reframes the Scuba sound with moodier lighting and literal existential heft implied by track titles such as 'Why You Feel So Low' and 'All I Think About Is Death'. Essentially it's Scuba's Health Goth album, appropriating some traces of the collaged designer sounds associated with Total Freedom/HBA/Tri Angle to a palette of big room techno and brooding IDM/electronica signatures, leaden with industrial-referencing field recordings, like the Whitehouse-esque 'Family En… Read more
Tessela leaves the boisterous big beats at home in favour of sickest EBM/electro-acid patter in 'Bottom Out', backed with a squashed and jagged Kowton remix. The original 'Bottom Out' picks up where Kowton's remix of 'Erotic Discourse' left off, rejecting kick 4/4 kick drums to focus on prickling industro-dub drums and acidic squirts with loadsa room to dance. Always a step ahead, Kowton's OTT remix extrudes those patterns with mind-bending phase shifts to a saltier, shiftier effect, neatly prepping for the tumultuous abstraction of Tessela's 'Total Music'.
DJ Nigga Fox goes hard on the heels of Nidia Minaj and CDM with his 2nd 12" for the amazing Príncipe label. Pushing arguably the most exciting dance sound in the world right now, Rogério Brandão aka DJ Nigga Fox is all about sinuous rhythms and mad technoid sounds, coiling the legacy of Angolan and Congolese drum patterns with up-to-date electronics in the styles known as Batida, Tarraxinha, Funana, Kuduro. They're dynamite on the 'floor, wrecking a body between the triplet techno tumble of 'Um Ano' and the incendiary builds and twysting vortices of 'Apocalipsiii' on the A-side, before… Read more
Brooklyn's Denetia & Sene debut on Rinse with a curious pop hybrid of thumping slow disco and gothic R&B.
Numbers tick one off the booty bucket list with this invaluable set of ghetto house classixxx by the original DJ Deeon. Almost as well appreciated in Glasgow as they are in Chicago, they include the awesome Arthur Russell-sampling freak of '2 B Free', the irresistible 'House-O-Matic', a ruff-ass R&B throw-down in 'Freak Like Me', plus a proper pounding in 'The 604'. For the strippers, for the street.
Can it really be almost 15 years since Hood released the brilliant ‘Cold House’? An album we were properly obsessed with for years, it marked the creative and commercial pinnacle for a band that perfectly brought together a love of brooding post-rock and bass-heavy electronic production, anchored by the exceptional songwriting and arranging skills of brothers Richard and Chris Adams. Hood haven’t released any new music for a decade, but both brothers have been musically active with a number of different projects, and Richard now returns with his latest work as The Declin… Read more
The original, hugely influential '138 Trek' (1999) comes round again for a defintive digital version. Includes the technoid UK party bounce of the original, plus the tickier VIP, vocal version with GQ, and a darkside Zed Bias remix. Anthem.
Talabot's !K7 mix exclusive, 'Without You' now teamed with sweet remixes by Melchior Productions, Oskar Offerman and Mistakes Are Okay. The original's blue Balearic chug is rent as an effortlessly supple, psychedelic tech-house play by Melchior Productions, whereas Offerman prefers a low-lit, late night house sound, and Mistakes Are Okay take it to Midnight with chiming marimbas and ghostly chorales.
Hyper-funky chops from Austria's Cid Rim, loaded with a sweetly unhinged remix by Jameszoo. Check out 'Charge' or 'Kano' for Hud Mo/Rustie-styled future funk blaze, or the remix for kinkier, stranger, unpredictable thrills.
Forward-facing but classically-styled disco house budge from London's Dauwd. Refreshing timeless templates with nimble flair, he grooves between dope and lush Detroit-meets-London filter-house techniques in 'Jupiter George' to the low-slung and supple jazz shuffle of 'Ritter Sport', and intimately soulful broken beat house with 'Take Four'.
Ricardo Villalobos and Tobias. take Max Loderbauer, Claudio Puntin and Samuel Rohrer's Ambiq trio to the dancefloor. Adapting tracks from their eponymous album for Arjuna Music, Villalobos does a hypnotic tango with 'Tund', dancing around sloshing subbass and lilting, almost Moondog-styled rhythmelodies in the trippiest soundsphere, whereas Tobias. augments and rends 'Toxic Underground' to a pointillist techno pulse tunnelling thru ghostly electro-acoustic vortices. Tipped!
Dope, darkly tinted house trax hailing from Estonia, picked for release by Optimo's JD Twitch. It opens with the title track, a dreamy mix of druggy NYC swing and weirdly detached jazz licks which previously featured on a tape for Trash Can Dance. 'Falling' follows with an effervescent lather of keys and pendulous, booming groove but, it really gets going on the B-side with the bloody hard-to-resist swing and dip of 'The Addiction' there for dancers, and again on a deeper tip with the sparse but effective 'U Took My Love'.
Kink caters to Running Back's sexier aesthetics with four stylish party aces. He does that brooding Carl Craig or Redshape-style synth sound with the hunky 'Cloud Generator', and brighter, MDMA-triggering chord in the sweeter rave sound of 'Diversion', while the elegant acid of 'Pocket Piano' comes in stripped-down, melodic 4/4 version reminding of Pye Corner Audio, and a spunky breakbeat mix harking back to early AFX and Warp styles.
The definitive collection of Jah Thomas-produced dubs, Roots Radics on the rhythm, recorded at Channel One and mixed by King Tubby and Scientist between 1980 and 1983 at King Tubby's studio. High quality, pre-digital roots dub classics. Proper gear.
**Gatefold 2LP** Premo beat breaker fLako presents a sterling 3rd album and magnum opus with 'Natureboy' for UK's Five Easy Pieces. Where many in the beat scene can tend to twiddle off into jazzy frippery, fLako defines a filigree balance of restraint and technical innovation with jazz-wise expression, meshing slick, tensile electronics nodding to footwork, grime and lush 4th world ambient tones with grid-skipping drum patterns and feathered instrumental touches.
More old techno/house gold from the Parisian tape crypts of Iueke. 'Tape 5' yields a diverse trio of direct-to-tape recordings made in the early '90s, gently descending from padded kicks and cloudy kosmiche/new age vibes thru firm analogue house chug to the deliquescent ambient synth structures.
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff and Martin Rössel posture a heavy techno-rock sound on the penultimate edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. Effectively bringing the project full circle to Mika Vainio's earlier 'Vandal' EP, the Swedish veterans of avant-garde and pop swagger balls-out with the crushing lurch of 'Leibniz' before tacking to more experimental arrangements with mutant Balearic chug of 'Ramon Llull' and the convulsive croaks and drones of 'Calculus' warranting comparisons with Nick Klein or Emptyset.
Mannequin task Ancient Methods to remix/re-edit a Bourbonese Qualk classic with superb results. The all-too-brief original version of industrial proto-techno kicks and haunting atmosphere laced with an end-of-tether vocal is handily extended to twice the length in AM's faithful edit, before they really get to work on the remix with added Burroughs samples supplementing their whirring teutonic techno efficiency and clarity. Quite seriously, nobody else makes us want to dance quite like Ancient Methods.
José Padilla returns to DJ Harvey's International Feel backed by a charming Telephones remix. 'Day One' dispenses your RDA of Ibizan sunshine in sonic form; Telephones really brings out the 'Sueño Latino' vibes with layers of chiming melody and added swing to the drums.
Editions Mego inaugurate their hugely exciting Recollection GRM series with a radical piece by the inventor of musique concrete and Groupe de Recherches Musicales founder. Created in 1975-76, with electronic sounds prepared by Bernard Dürr, 'Le Trièdre fertile' is important not only as Pierre Schaeffer's only purely electronic music piece - his work up until this point dealt with "acousmatic" or "sound that one hears without seeing the causes behind it" - but also as the point where he confessed "of a late repentance" to the fertility of the three fundamental measurements of … Read more
Richard Chartier presents an expanded digital version of the elusive Pinkcourtesyphone release, 'Three Themes', made available after a micro-run of 10 x 7" copies for Superior Standards in 2012. Also sharing elements with his magical 'Foley Folly Folio' album, it unfurls long versions of the gorgeous ambient drifts, 'Afternoon' and 'Evening' themes, plus the doomier envelope mix of '62000 Valentines' to soundtrack your come-downs and come-ons.
**Exceptional, unhinged "no vinyl" mixtape by some of Manchester's strangest creatures of the night. Includes 1hr 20 min mix plus 18 individual tracks** Future Cerberus Technologies present a phantasia of corrupted memory extractions from the unheimlich mind of Ste Spandex. Heavily inspired by the raw Chicago aesthetics of Ron Hardy and Jamal Moss, but filtered thru a chemically altered psyche in the depths of Cottonopolis, Volume 1 yields 18 re-discovered productions by semi-fictional names such as Montauk Boys, The Zest, and, our favourite, Licking Mirrors - all the brainch… Read more
**Exceptional, unhinged "no vinyl" mixtape by some of Manchester's strangest creatures of the night. Includes 1hr 25 min mix plus 18 individual tracks** Future Cerberus Technologies present a phantasia of corrupted memory extractions from the unheimlich mind of Ste Spandex. Heavily inspired by the raw Chicago aesthetics of Ron Hardy and Jamal Moss, but filtered thru a chemically altered psyche in the depths of Cottonopolis, Volume 2 yields 18 re-discovered productions by semi-fictional names such as Skanky Magic, Kindred Dicks, Licking Mirrors - all the brainchildren of Ste (… Read more
A quartet of proggy rave boosters from from Warp. Ranges from super-bright breakbeat 'ardcore rush, 'Silver Sun' to the rattling techno of 'To Live And Die In Grantham', thru a buoyant chug-off 'Springtime Linn', to the widescreen sound designs of 'Unfurla Cremated'.
Jam City flourishes a breathtaking pop sound with his not-so-difficult 2nd LP, 'Dream A Garden'. Phase-shifting from the sleek contours of his seminal 'Classical Curves' to a much grittier, slower and bittersweet style laced with his own vocals, he discerns a gap in contemporary electronic/pop music, and proceeds to boldly prise it open, casting coy glances at Prefab Sprout, Prince and Talk Talk from the midst of his finely-layered, swirling arrangements. It's the antithesis to the Club Constructions - themselves influenced by his own reductionist style - stitching a dis-affected heart t… Read more
New album of affected electro-pop homage to classic Factory Records, by Manchester-hailing Lonelady for Warp Records.
Superlative dark disco plays by a new, Frankfurt-based duo, backed with straighter remixes by C.P.I., Willie Burns and Cliff Lothar. The originals are both pretty special, working a palette of brooding doom voices and creepy neo-classical motifs around the slouchiest, stumbling triplets and head-turning vocals. 'Talking About Talking' comes off like a long lost dustbowl waltz between Cosey Fanni Tutti and Jhonn Balance, whilst 'Blackbird' really gets under the skin with frayed, smacky drums and exquisitely layered synths hinting at some kinda Goblin/Carpenter chimera. The remixes re-tune them for mor… Read more
Patented deep house styles from Hamburg's Christopher Rau ov Smallville. Taking a trip out for Office Records here, he deals a superb slice of Sprinkles style body hypnotics with the nine minute 'Mehris Groove' plus some STL-alike jazz-house grit in 'Broke', and the faded ambient hosue designs of 'Im Sumpf' for dessert.