Friday, 21 August
**Right little Aussie punk ripper from '83 channeling heavy influence by The Stooges and Suicide** "After trekking east from the suburbs of Perth to take new root in Sydney, in 1983 the Scientists hooked up with producer Chris Logan, who’s credited with the album’s imposing sonic girth and rumbling low end, and premier Aussie punk label Au Go Go for an album that would define their unmistakably swampy, psychotic aura. These six songs revisited band leader Kim Salmon’s interest in the Cramps and the Stooges, while adding in the repetitive dementia of Suicide and elements of cow pun… Read more
**Right little Aussie punk ripper from '83 channeling heavy influence by The Stooges and Suicide** "The Scientists' 1981 wild debut bewildered Perth, Australia's punters with its charging anthems centered on themes of young love and alienation. Obvious in its rebellion yet more pop than punk, the self-titled “Pink Album" deftly embodied the tough-yet-danceable outsider aura of The Ramones, and its unheard of, feverish clip shook the shores of the geographically confined Swan Coastal Plain of down under. Recorded just as the lineup of guitarist-vocalist Kim Salmon (The Cheap Nasties… Read more
Slowdive's Simon Scott swallows us whole with the majestic 'Insomni', his debut for Ash International. As the album title implies, this album deals with sleep, or a lack of it, and most particularly the liminal spaces between light/dark, waking/dreams, and natural/noumenal realms. In Scott's own words "Couldn't sleep...; arose to forage for sound. The hum of the fridge encouraged further investigation of hidden, domestic sounds; the fish tank, dvd player, a broken laptop...; Dawn and morning light allowed more sound and the guitar, in its case, beckoned...; From darkness to light…" And thus … Read more
"Say hello to fresh captured field-recordings from Stephan Laubner, now released on his Something imprint with much positive and natural vibrations. This album keeps always authentic in every situation. And the extended playing-time gives a good reshow and uptakes each surrounding richly in detail. All of the nine tracks were taken on a trip in Nordfriesland, at the more natural untouched places. From sea birds to crispy ocean surfs - from dike to beach scenes. Everything you hear on this release was recorded and captured with much care and joy. The effort is to bring natu… Read more
Pan-bashment batty workouts from Bristolian riddim obsessives, Interface and LAZAbeam a.k.a. Jus Now. Chasing their remix of Kahn & Neek for Hotline, the 'Cyah Help It' EP ramps the dance from tribal funky in 'Cyah Help It', thru the soca-jungle energy of 'Wave Something', to the dubbed-out play of classy keys and ramping drums in 'Culture'. Bring on carnival!
The Horrors' Tom Furse explores the borders of Balearia, 4th world and new age kosmiche in 'Child of a Shooting Star', his latest for Lo Recordings. He start off dancing with the drug-smudged electro shuffle of 'Trans-Universal Express', before swimming among coruscating chime trees of 'The Ocean Is The Teacher' and hypnotising with the plangent gamelan ritual, 'Let Your Body Go', in order to ascend the acoustic strums and breezy rustle of 'Cloud Mountain'. RIYL Mike Cooper, Bullion, Johnny Nash.
Detroit techno and electro bottled at source. Highlights found in The Mercenary's voodoo bomb, 'Birth'; the ruddy electro pressure of 'Wires' by DJ Psycho, or 'Cerecillium' by Annix; and the industrial booty slammer, 'The Arka, Tekt', from Loner 9.
The Dutch producer does hydraulic electro-techno amongst good company on Mojuba's A.R.T.Less sublabel. 'Juilce' erects glistening trance towers over fluid, booming 808 pulses; 'Myriad' trims back to a slower techno agenda gilded with E.R.P.-style pads and sonar pings. Detroit, in effect.
Expansive Joris Voorn collage/mix for Fabric83, spanning some 66 tracks in 76 minutes. Taking the concept of a mix to DE:9 levels of the edit, Voorn fillets, isolates and elides myriad elements in a sweeping tech-house topography seamlessly incorporating traces of classic jungle, innovative electronica and heartbleed shoegaze from artists as disparate as Fennesz, Doc Scott, T C F and Robert Hood.
"Tough, to the point, no-nonsense machine music is a longstanding Midwestern tradition. Drawing a line all the way back to the old guard, The Bunker New York's latest EP is Walk The Distance, courtesy of Mark Verbos, a techno veteran and New Yorker by way of Milwaukee who put together four pieces of heavyweight dancefloor artillery, informed by an intimate, inside-out knowledge of the machinery used in the production of these tracks. No punches are pulled here—the record starts in top gear with "Start Up Drive," a devastating techno bomb centered around a throbbing, repeating bassl… Read more
Deepest Dutch/Detroit-style electro lean from Versalife. Unfolding like some short sci-fi noir soundtrack, 'Before The Interrogation' sets the scene with midnight electro-jazz chimes before picking up momentum with the cruising stepper 'Utilize the Secondary Suspensor'. Fathoms deeper, 'Mariana' plumbs a pitch black scene of eel-like acid lines and pulsating bass, and the nimbly dubbed breakbeats of 'I See Myself' dance like an Optic Nerve production.
Afro-rhythmic techno-house from one of Huntleys + Palmers dopest new discoveries. His 2nd EP, 'x0x' pursues 2014's 'Tumble' with keener production detail and percussive bite explored in two killer, titular parts coming off like Gqom done by patten or Roska meeting T++, whilst 'Ribbon' jams down on dubbed out and sweetly distorted rhythmelodies beside the cyber-tribal bounce of 'LOA' and the sub-aquatic 'floor warping 'St. Clear'. Tip!!
Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in 24 exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder, grittier with the cranky tribal drums and buzzing bass synth of 'The Stickler' betraying noisier influences, and Rex The Dog jacks up a treat in 'Sicko'. From the realtively newer skool, ther… Read more