Monday, 09 December
Absolute cracker from Delsin: three properly skooled techno trax from Ross 154 (New World Aquarium), Convextion, and Sawlin. VAR3 is a suitably timeless yet forward looking instalment of Delsin's 100 release anniversary, casting one ear back to the sublime Dutch/Detroit/Martian techno vision of Ross 154's 'Moon FM Desire', originally issued on the CD-only 'Going Through Life' compilation and now finally making its debut on wax, whilst Sawlin represents a ruff, insistent, up-to-the-minute sound with his swaggering 'Zeitstempel' bomb, and Convextion does his inimitably shifty, lush Detroit-style thing on 'Verna'. Tipped!
Conforce plumbs icy, electro-dubbed techno depths on his third album, 'Kinetic Image'. Cold fusing desolate, aquatic aesthetics comparable with Drexciya or Dopplereffekt and the spaciously rent sound design of say, Thomas Köner, the Dutch producer has conceived his most impressively realised long player to date, carving a path from sub-heavy and deeply blue stepper 'Excess Mortality' thru the Convextion-like techno romantic pads and hydraulic flow of 'Spatiotemporal' to find water on Martian landscapes in 'Temporary Reversals' and pinging delays in the ice palace structures of 'Scientific … Read more
Blacksmif brings his UK-distilled funk flavour to Ramp's PTN sublabel. '23 Waist' deep fries a choop 'n screwed sample in a swinging garage groove, putting a very London-style pin on US flavours, whilst 'Swimming With Jack Lumber' brims with jazzy, futurist broken beat bounce a la Seiji, and 'Effectivmarkt' dices with badboy bass swoops and brukken garage groove in a lush, hypersoul swirl.
Solid single from the warm, noisy Manchester cosmonaut, blessed with a precision remix from Zed Bias and a re-run for a dancier feel. 'Sleeprunner' rolls along with a gravitational synth riff before giving way to gorgeous vibes and a smiling saw-wave solo. Zed Bias dresses this in smooth house attire, while the re-run takes a harder edge.
Killer, hypercoloured grime-instrumentals on Visionist's Lost Codes label, backed up with a remix from the boss himself. To date the LOLGurlz have released on Bastard Brigade and produced a track for Le1f's 'Fly Zone' mixtape, whilst Bok Bok picked up their bootleg of his own 'MJT' for his Fade To Mind mix. The orignals orbit the kinda holo-cored grime 'n electRo&B mutations of Nguzunzu, Total Freedom and the boss, Visionist, at best on their raving, ghostly garage of 'Love You' and the extra-tropical nexx level simulations of 'Red Pill & Blue Pill'. The Visionist mix is a … Read more
One year on from 'Perceiver', Peter Van Hoesen presents his first live album, documenting his performance during the Time To Express label night at Tresor on July 19th 2013. Armed with three synths, a drum machine, two iPads and some outboard effects, he covers a brace of new material woven with recent releases in typically disciplined and unrelenting PvH style, capturing his highly efficient energy transfer and breathless momentum in full effect and perhaps providing better context for his music than any studio album could.
Blissful dream pop single from the celebrated South-African duo and a couple gorgeous remixes too. 'Muizenberg' blends highlife, heavenly synth and dappled North American guitar sounds, but the key is Emmanuel Nzaramba's feather-light falsetto vocals. Then in comes Seiji mixing sweet pianos and surround-sound electronic dazzle, followed by The 2 Bears, who come up with a nice long maximalist house jam that has a really warm feeling running through it. Nicely done.
Dopest Dilla/Madlib style hip hop from J. Jae and raps from Tre, Isreal & E Snow. The third and final instalment of his 'Dirty Collections' bumps from the low-slung MPC sample bump of 'Bright Works' to the darker knocks of 'Nu Bad Man' and the spaced-out weirdness of 'Outer Onto Other'.
Industrial techno vitriol from Shifted's Avian label. A Vision Of Love follow down the mucky rut of their debut with the listing, tetchy charge of 'A Modern Romance' on one side and the heads-down stomp of 'An Education' on the flip.
**Includes bonus track 'Hing'** Class tech-house session from Sei A backed with strong Breach remix. 'Make It Work' slings razor sharp, metallic dub chords and a hydraulic subbass shook down with frisky hi-hats for the swingers; 'I'll Take You There' rides a plump but light-footed square bass with scissoring hi-hats practically guaranteed to enhance your dance. Flipside Breach extends and teases out the bouncing chords and slamming bass of 'Make It Work' with a slinkier sense of deferred gratification.
Sub-heavy and strident techno house from Project Squared's sub-label. Melbourne-based Craig McWhinney at the wheel, cutting across deep and desolate dub-techno zones with 'Pulse For Harvest', and working a cannier step with the Pole or Deadbeat-like 'Citadel' and the persistent swing of 'Six Hundred Furlongs'.
London-style house backed with a Skudge techno remix. Dixon's three originals romp between the jacking bass and nagging vocal stabs of 'Heirloom' to the darker warehouse mode of 'Park Row' and a deeper, dubbed-out play called 'The Things I Gave You'. Skudge bring up the rear with a driving minimal remix of 'Heirloom'.
Eight atmospheric experiments from the desk of Auxiliary boss, ASC. Our highlights have to be the Bladerunner-esque cue, 'Los Angeles 2019' and the suspended halfstep architecture of 'Rare Earth'.
Bristol's Komon is back with another delectable pair of house cuts, further proof of his considerable craftsmanship. 'So Easy' brings together perfect little keys, polished bass weight and vocal-science soul, while 'Cosmic John' opens out beautifully into a syncopated paradise of pianos and warm bass sprinkled with stardust.
*Ships Friday* Klose One follows Dusky and Paleman onto Loefah's School Records with two slabs of technoid, ragga-infected swagger. 'Trigga's Tale' churns up robust toms and creeping synthlines on a squashed subbass, all poised with a badderman house stance. 'Slippery' is a grubbier bit of acidic bleep techno for 2013, coming off like a road-wise LFO.
Bass-sprung techno mutants from Manni Dee for Shades Of Grey Recordings. Four tracks roll between hydraluic, stepping techno on 'Loop 84' to the tight Hessel-gone-acid licks of 'Objective Form' thru to the swinging churn of 'Red Paint On The Roses' and the breakbeat-splitting roil of 'Eroded Viewpoint'.
Nautiluss reps a melodic, Montreal-style tech-house sound on Holland's Audio Culture label, following 12"s for Turbo and Hemlock Recordings. 'Solstice' is a nicely tempered builder strealed with plush strings and fruity synth parps; 'Corvus' gets down with a hip-winding square bass and progressive chords; 'Neptune' spirals dainty bleeps on an itchy, sub-heavy garage house groove.
Tense, crisp, driving techno from the Stroboscopic Artefacts boss backed with Chris Liebing and Dadub remixes. '201 Phasing' burrows deep into the dance with modulating layers of chiming rhythmelody powered by a rugged, hydraulic bass roll which Dadub renders more spacious, ghostly, and Liebing locks down to a pounding, hypnotic 4/4 churn.
**Ships Friday** Keeper of dubstep's darkest light, Compa steps up to Deep Medi with two rolling dreadnaughts. A-side, 'Narabeh' dices with bouncing nyabinghi drums in a pressure chamber of claustrophobic bass and dynamic noise textures. B-side, 'Alpha' locks those drums down to a halfstepping lurch and throws the subs downtown inna mystic steppers atmosphere.
Freak-out post-punk on NNA tapes like a troupe of four-year-olds in a hurry to redecorate your front room with a complete set of easy-squeeze poster paints. Actually though this Boston band can really play, with twangy funk, precision synth wiggles, complex math-rock structures and all kinds of detail hiding within the chaotic thrills. The distorted, outraged vocals riding the lurching guitars like a cartoon character are a particular delight. This is for those into the crazier strains of late-seventies / early-eighties post-punk, and particularly for those us who mourn Les Georges Leningrad. Maniacal.
*Orange Vinyl - Ships Friday* Full team effort from M-Zine, Scepticz, Distant Future & Makros for Doc Scott's revitalised 31 Records. M-Zine & Scepticz go toe-to-toe with the sparring minimalism of 'Revolve' and they all pitch in on the taut, nuclear-tipped weaponry of 'Bloodspread'.
Slick disco from London's AD Bourke, following releases for Domu's Treble O label, Nature and Citinite. The vibe is deep and debonaire as you like on all four tracks, ranging from low-slung boogie house foreplay on 'Prelude' to deft Detroit-style chord riding and sweeping crimson pads in 'Astral' thru to the fruity synth funk of 'Equinox' and the beautiful solo piano and pads to close with A night in Almeria'.
Industrialised house rockers with balls from the L.I.E.S. coven. The A-side mauler 'Fear Eats The Soul' works up a sweat with pistoning hi-hats and big-handed claps lashed to a virulent EBM bass synth with deadly intent. Proper leather and grimace funk. B-side, 'Next' is druggier, submerged jack-off, like industrial acid house heard from a cubicle by the bassbins, and 'Untitled' doses up on darkside synths over taut 303 sequences.
Numbers celebrate ten years of legendary parties in style with a 30+ minute Villalobos remix of their earliest anthem, Sparky's 'Portland' split into two parts. The handiwork of home-town legend Dave Clark- who notably supported Jeff Mills on his first ever Glasgow show - the track's infected ears far beyond Glasgow as part of an early Stuff Records (remember them?!) compilation, even infiltrating Ricardo V's record box. The big Chilean himself gives the emotional electro heart-punch of the original an "experimental" overhaul here, breaking down to an unspooling 30+ minutes of la… Read more
Nicolas Jaar's Other People label present the debut from Visuals, including a dose of his own Darkside production on the nimble electro-pop of 'No result (Solve for X)'.
Dixon, Tale Of Us and Akufen rework cuts from MJ's 'Her Blurry Pictures' album for Crosstown Rebels.
Reissued for first time in 15 years. Cool pickings for Kraut and Balearic disco jocks. "‘On The Way To The Peak Of Normal’ is the third album by Holger Czukay, originally released in 1981. After ‘Movies’, his first post-Can solo album, Czukay continued exploring the methods of sampling and laidback jamming on this follow-up. The side long ‘Ode To Perfume’ / ‘Fragrance’ coasts along on some heavily twangy guitar, shortwave static, treated vocals, and drunken trumpet, all in a hypnotic late night groove. Intended as environmental music for some underlit, velvet clad chillout room, the album can be seen as one long rumination on improvised understatement."
"After nearly a decade of Audion—in which Matthew Dear has exorcised his dancefloor demons through sometimes heavy, occasionally dirty, always ecstatic techno—a career-spanning retrospective is not only deserved, it's welcome. Audion X culls only the best tracks from Audion's singularly reckless mind: the swarm-of-bees climax of the DEMF-defining "Mouth to Mouth" and the stair-step hook of "Look at the Moon"; the serrated mayhem of 2004's "Kisses" and 2005's Suckfish full-length, the mischievous sensuality of 2009's singles series. And with a new Audion full-length (and accompanying A/V tour) on… Read more
"Adrian Crowley teams up with Fife balladeer James Yorkston to pay homage to the songs of Daniel Johnston. The album’s origins can be traced back to 2006 when James asked Adrian to play with him at The Barbican in London for the ‘Devil And Daniel Johnston’ tribute concert. In 2008 the decision was made to make an album of Daniel Johnston songs, forsaking a studio for home recordings sent back and forth between Dublin and Fife. Recording onto weather-beaten Portastudios, the album features a baby monitor, a magpie, a smashed bouzouki and,… Read more