Monday, 02 March
New music from Alter ego to kickstart 2007. Flugel and Wuttke are still in a style and class of their own - "Blitz" is a veritable handclap assault - restless and lively, innovative yet somehow pure. "Blank" sees our boys toying with distortion again - cowbells, massive groaning and a percussive solo kills it good and proper...
Tuesday, 24 February
We head back to the slow zone with 14 variations on a chugging 'floor sound. Embarking with the psyched-out thump of 'Congress' by Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland-collaborator, John T. Gast, the session scouts Kodwo Eshun-sampling slow vibes from U alongside industrial swing from ADMX and underground pop from Maria Minerva and Lust For Youth/Silent Servant. There's murky album cuts from Lee Gamble and Andy Stott rubbing shoulders with the Italian wave mutations of OOBE, Shape Worship, and Herpes-Z, plus sublime ambient styles from Donato Dozzy/Tin Man and Austin Cesear, and eve… Read more
Monday, 23 February
Feted new UK artist, Romare, scales his cut-up, Afro-American-centric sound to a family-sized debut album for Ninja Tune. Elaborating on the deftly woven tapestries of his two 12"s for Black Acre, he continues to pay tribute to Romare Bearden - the seminal American cut-up artist and painter whose work recently adorned The Roots' '…And Then You Shoot Your Cousin' LP - with eleven loosely syncopated and blues-wise grooves. Through the dusty disco of 'Rainbow', or gospel soul with the self-explanatory 'Nina's Charm' he perceives a coherent, if endearingly hazy, line from 20th century African Ame… Read more
Outstanding, otherworldly debut album proper by the Hype Williams collaborator known as Henny Moan and John T. Gast. An ambient enigma steeped in post-hypnagogic tristesse, 'Excerpts' is a cryptic hash of mutant dance music, lo-fi pop, and screwed lounge styles every bit as skewed and enigmatic as you might hope from someone who's worked so closely with Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland (he contributed to 'Black Is Beautiful' and 'The Redeemer' a.o.). Written and recorded early 2014 in South West England, it treats nostalgia and electronic romance with equal amounta shadowy ambiguity and screwba… Read more
One of the UK's most virulent producers steps to Hemlock with a sack of coiled and heavy riddims. To date he's done the business for Berceuse Heroique, Punch Drunk and Tempa, among others, establishing a ruffneck take on house and techno riven with bellicose drums and alien tribal elements. 'HEK025' catches him at his most diverse, crafty, rolling out proper Bristolian artillery with the panicked strings, palpitating bass and brute grine of 'Blood Moon' up next to the ghostly bass buzz and furtive marimba lines of 'I Don't Recognise You Lately'. On a more stripped flex, the salted night slug of 'Re… Read more
Beamin' straight outta Lisbon, CDM shake out a ruffneck ghetto sound for the good of your glutes. Following their contribution to Príncipe 005, Maboku and Lilocox, a.k.a. CDM, traverse the tempo scale over seven succinct piece; from pelting, NRGetic kuduro to the slow, bubblin' style of tarraxo armed with bold percussions, rude samples and stark dub FX. A firm sign of any great * new* music lies in its ability to physically make you move differently, and we're having loads of fun finding new shuffles for the marimba laced dip of 'CDM A Comandar' or finding a way thru the gauntlet of batida d… Read more
Fierce debut of f*cked and trippy ghetto funk from 18 year-old producer Nidia Minaj. Hailing from south of Lisbon via Bordeaux, Nidia is in possession of a genuinely astonishing and exciting sound, concisely crammed with levels of detail, colour and ruggedest dancefloor funk that make other, older producers seem boring by comparison. There's eight absolute treats inside, from the lush bump of introduction, 'Afro' to the auto-tune gilded crush of ghetto-dance-pop in 'House Kaliente' featuring DJ Olifox, and the tussle of sweeping string motifs and clipped, swanging drums in 'Sentimentos'. We'r… Read more
Avian Records' Mira sibling presents Shifted's new project, Covered In Sand. Originally featured on the 7" accompanying the Heaven's Gate Suicides 10 inch, these two tracks expose his taste for heart-rending ambient melancholy in a lineage stretching thru Autechre, Trent Reznor and Prurient.
The KVB unveil their gloaming industro-goth alias, Burma Camp on Avian's Mira sublabel. Three tracks home in and expand on the more coruscating, abrasive side of The KVB's sound, isolating and tempering its most esoteric side. The noxious cloud of tortured vocals and jagged pulses in 'Repulsion' falls somewhere between the desolate black metal of Wold and Silent Servant's most blown-out post-punk techno, full of evil, pregnant suspense and 'marish intent. 'Isa' reminds more of Zhark Record's bleakest, thundering techno, but alloyed with stentorian, dystopian dungeon vocals, and 'Attraction'… Read more
Morphine present a very welcome, if unexpected, return from Sote, an American-based Iranian artist who delivered one of Warp's most interesting releases of the '00s with 'Electric Deaf'. We've spoken previously about our fascination with hi-end Middle Eastern electronics and Sote would fall well in that category with these complex, super-dynamic projections gleaned from a range of synthesis techniques. We won't bore you with the finer details - google it if you're bothered - but can tell you there's some dazzling work here; a hyperkinetic rush of trance-inducing tones and completely unstable,… Read more