Monday, 10 March
"Austin legends Tim Kerr (Big Boys, Poison 13) and Jerry Hagins’ new project of old time music is called Up Around the Sun. Take old time tunes played on a banjo, claw hammer style …. add an open tuned guitar… playing a loose Irish style ….. sprinkle in some harmonica and fiddle , and you get Up Around The Sun...."
Rotterdam cyberpunks deliver the most substantial release in their 15 years of recording. A fine and potent distillation of their tastes, 'Sweet Sadness' draws inspiration from '90s Detroit techno, European minimal wave and classic electro to brew a dark, psychoactive sound produced exclusively on vintage hardware in the closely related Acid Planet/Bunker Records tradition. It's a uniquely varied ride, taking in awkwardly funky electro in 'Attack of the Law Suits' and 'RC' alongside gully low-rider 'Sweet Sadness' and pretty, beatless electronica in 'Fahrenheit' and muggy, Drexciyan electro-house on 'Detroit Summer'.
"San Francisco native Patrick Sexx (real name Patrick Sexton) creates electronic-tinged works that are birthed from the combination of his constant search for experimental sounds along with a never-resting intuitive mind. His debut full length album The Shadow That Took Shape, is set for release March 11th on Alpha Pup Records and weaves together energetic sub frequencies with triumphant synthesis to forge his singular sound. Patrick builds upon both melody and rhythms that create a constant pulse across various patterns that take shape across the album. A good indicator o… Read more
The deft fingers behind the awesome 'Chinoiseries' LP returns with another album of triple dope Dilla styled beat offcuts and idiosyncratic sample sketches for French label Favourite. His last effort is one of the best instumental hiphop albums we've heard in the last few years so expectations were high for this one, but no worries, the man done good with a set of compact riddim visions and refried snippets of vinyl ephemera ranking up close to the likes of the late, great Dilla, Madlib or even the RZA due to his predilection for far Vietnamese and Far Eastern score samples and dialogue. The sample po… Read more
Still baffling folks the world over, Harmonia give us another glimpse into the odd in-joke of 'Skwee International Vol.2'. It's madness as usual with this follow-up to Ramp/Harmonia's 'Skwee Tooth' comp, collecting new names like Iceland's Rabbi Bananas, the Swedish/Irish duo Uday and Markis Sage, adding their own spin to the strange discipline. Easy and Center Of The Universe fold in odd Anatolian influences on 'Hamada' while Markis Sage makes a sticky brew of R'n'B, dub and IDM on 'Creature Of Lagoon'. On Daniel Salvio's touching 'People Die, Love Don't' he nails brilliant Sca… Read more
"The second release on diametric. continues to form the sound of the label with music by tangula, a project by a well known artist around the deep techno scene. As both, the artist and the label, agree in the fact that techno should be faceless, the focus is not on names and faces here. Listen to the music and enjoy a release full of deepness, melodies, melancholy but also driving beats, funk and futurism. Pure techno with balls."