Monday, 09 December
L.I.E.S delve deep with three timeless, superlative acid cuts from Legowelt. The man is in awesome form on this plate, sucking us right into an abstract narrative "...in which woodland creatures attempt space travel, lonely middle-aged men cast off by society perform circuit bending experiments in their parents suburban basement and autistic fans of late night talk radio call in form the outer-reaches to discuss world politics." Yeah! A-side 'Sark Island Acid' is a beautiful lather of almost-Drexciyan melodic touches and rippling machine rhythms with a light-headed tension. B-side 'Back… Read more
Jason Letkiewicz reverts back to his jackin' Steve Summers alter ego after an ace outing as Innergaze for 100% Silk. 'In The Mode For Love' raises the temperature with grungy bass and shark-eyed strings next to the mystic warehouse jack of 'Different Paths'. Flipside features the shaking machine rhythms and woozy Teutonic synths of 'Nethermead Arches' and the very Legowelt-like mission-jak theme 'Sun In Your Eyes'.
Deepest House burners from the imagination of Willie Burns, who's p'raps best known for his Grackle and Speculator releases related to Legowelt's Strange Life organization. Like those projects, this one's informed by a lifetime of electronic osmosis and a genuine melodic intuition, which really suits the tracky Chicago flow of these tracks. From his darker take on Virgo, 'Fantasy MD', through the sensually satisfying moire of delayed keys and bass in 'Key Horizon' to the cool chords of 'You For Her', his take on the vintage sound is faithful yet fresh, but there's also some weirder, a… Read more
Heavy filtered house edits from Malvoeaux aka Clone contributor Steve Summers. 'Targets' initiates the Long Island Electrical Systems label with a meaty chunk of Members Only discohouse swamped in hazy compression and propelled by an over-driven bassline learnt from the Theo Parrish/Jamal Moss finishing skool. 'Shivers' goes a notch deeper with swirling loop edits and a wash of shimmering disco strings and keys. Meanwhile, 'Weeknight Warriors' gets on it with distanced disco samples heard beneath a glazed patina of tape and a groggy-but-determined energy. Aces!
Ron Morelli sniffs out another ace debut for his L.I.E.S label! Chicago's Svengalighost (p.k.a Below Underground) delivers three muscular, psycho-activated House grooves, shifting gears between the intrepid sci-fi vibes of 'Mind Control' to the chaotic cosmic harmonies and bumpy bass rhythm flux of 'Mars Out Of Range' to the haughty warp-jacker, 'Marathon'. Tipped for fans of Marcus Mixx, Jamal Moss, JTC.
Proper sci-fi synth techno inspired by William Gibson's Neuromancer from Zombi's Steve Moore. Avoiding radar detection, 'Panther Moderns' skulks in slow and low on a sub-heavy rhythm encoded with molten arpeggios and memory-sparking pads. 'Beyonds Tyken's Rift' amps the adrenaline levels with escalated tempo and a glorious symphony of synth chorales and cascading chords, with the ultimate conclusion of 'Ancient Shorelines I.' leaving us stranded in a bleakly simulated interzone of slow-morphing triplet pulses and epic synth sequencing, questioning reality itself.
Deepest retro-vintage House trips from Simoncino, following his faithfully authentic debut album and a string of cool 12"s on Mathematics, Skylax and more. There's no deviation from his root styles - classic Chicago and Detroit House - just a solid affirmation of his love for lush, reel-skool analogue House from Virgo Four to Larry Heard, Gene Hunt and Ron Trent.
Trackman Lafonte & Bonquiqui is a fine handle for Danny Wolfers' 'Pacific House' sound, landing fresh and breezy on L.I.E.S. The titular A-side is a proper dream house journey, flush with cottony chords and stuttering, body-synced bassline alternating with diced vocals. B-side 'Cholas Live Free' is our jam, chopping those chords and pads with real swerve for the 'floor over hard-working 707 percussion, leaving 'Believe In Something' to give the almost requisite, romantic Larry Heard tribute. "Surfer house will never die!!!"
Stoned, retro Chicago-esque house tracks from Jason Letkiewicz and L.I.E.S label owner Ron Morelli. Between the four tracks they reference a wholly analogue sound from the early Trax releases and Mr Fingers, from the massive warehouse reverbs on 'Gone Stray' to tracky jackers such as 'Scream In The Night' and the kicking 'Next To You'. Fans of James T Cotton, Tevo Howard, Jamal Moss - check!
Top notch deep and throbbing House music from one of the most talked-about labels around. 'Tropical Cruize' is the debut of Xosar, and credited to one S. Rahman, with guest vocal from none other than Smackos aka Legowelt. A-side is the gorgeous title track, conjuring a delicious groove from floating pads and driving machine momentum with an fragrant, sub-continental vocal you won't forget in a hurry. B-side gets groovier with the the weighty, bass-driven 'Voodoo Castle' featuring backing vox from Smackos, plus the heavy-lidded hypnosis of 'Xephyr'. Tip!
L.I.E.S. boldly go where most other House labels wouldn't dare, presenting an excellent LP of cosmic synth music with religious overtones conceived by Matt Morandi aka Jahiliyya Fields. It's one of the label's most substantial releases to date, and not only by length. The music itself is of a wholly more gratifying calibre than their usual - albeit excellent and unconventional - dancefloor releases, drawing upon a wealth of exploratory synth music and symbology from Islam and Thelema to set the mind off on more spiritual, intellectually nourishing forays. From a Terry Riley-li… Read more
Jorge Velez aka Professor Genius delivers the most asked-for and most-delayed L.I.E.S. transmission in their short but influential life so far. You may have stumbled across Jorge's MMT Tapes series recently: this sounds nothing like them. Operating in mid-space between Bryn Jones-like eastern drama, motorik Klaus Schulze-like celestial romantics and lo-fi synth drone, he's created a world unto itself, melting from the chromatic glow of 'Hassan One' to the banking drum and synth dramatics of 'Merciful And Blessed' to the uncannily Vatican Shadow-like 'The Valleys Of … Read more
L.I.E.S. bossman Ron Morelli and multi-monikered jacker Jason Letkiewicz are Two Dogs In A House. Their 3rd set of walkies is a dark, grungy pair of analogue jak trax (what else?!) designed to burrow deep into the mind of the floor and finger its collective buttons for trippy results. A-side 'Eliminator' initiates a grubby, soiled Chicago sequence, riding debased 303 undertow with eerie sci-fi synths and rasping drums until it builds a throbbing, jagged momentum. 'Eliminator II' stays down there, teasing the sequence into dubbier, overspilling acid gurgles and twisted metallic tones on a dyspeptic machine pattern. Aces.
Ron Morelli's L.I.E.S. finally deliver the immense 'American Noise Volume One' compilation featuring 23 tracks ranging from Bookworms' amazing 'African Rhythms' shakedown to the surfer house of Bonquiqui and Jahiliyya Fields' sublime synth ragas - it more or less defines the intersection of raw, analog house and new age electronics which the label has worked towards since 2010. On disc 1 we're sequenced through the expansive drift of Steve Moore's epic 'Frigia' to Legowelt's 'Sark Island Acid' bubbler via Maxmillion Dunbar's tripping EBM jack 'Cassette Arabic' to Torn H… Read more
The prolific Steve Moore, responsible for records as Zombi, Titan, Gianni Rossi and countless other outfits, excels himself on two Techno trips to the very ends of the galaxy. While he's hinted at this style in his many guises, it often tends towards more Italo disco or Krautrock styles, whereas this time he's really nailed the essence of pulsing Techno linearity while retaining his trademark vintage synth flourishes. We love the wide-eyed stabs on the more uptempo night-glider, 'Zero-Point Field' (roughly 135bpm tempo fans), while the trancier 'Frigia' will have to be reserved for those points of the morning when the pupils can get no wider. Strong stuff.
M. Ward is a Portland, Oregon based songwriter whose music seems to occupy a place that is uniquely “out of time”. A place that bridges the gaps between the roots of various American musical traditions—folk, country, blues and rock. Armed with a guitar, harmonica, sparse percussion and a tin-pan alley-esque piano, Ward spins timeless classics that seem to flow effortlessly. In composition and style his music has been compared to such luminaries as Tom Waits, Granddaddy, Sparklehorse and Howe Gelb (the Giant Sand front man has been one of Ward’s strongest champions, releasing the… Read more