Monday, 16 March
*Jeez - think you know Muslimgauze? Check this incredible album out...* Golden Muslimgauze gear retrieved from the vaults by Staalplaat. This is the strain of Bryn Jones' music that we cherish the most, mixing prickling EBM/electro patterns with lilting percussion, gloaming pads and field recordings, rather than his distorted loop jams. As we know, he would create umpteen versions of tracks which could sound very similar but we're actually all subtly different arrangements to each other. There are nine takes on the same palette of elements in 'Zilver / Feel The Hiss', including l… Read more
Squashed and killer psy-house flex from Bristol's Lily backed with a mega Madteo remix. As many clued-up heads know, Lily's 2013 debut for Idle Hands and follow-up cassette album with No Corner were some of the dopest, ruggedest slow house mutations of recent years. With 'Memory Jacket' he follows suit with a crushed, late night chugger primed with murky bass toil and head-spinning electronics for after-hours blues and red-lit basements. Madteo's remix is equally grimy, gradually finding its groove at a skanking 111bpm bounce skudged with acrid white noise and buckled bass buoyed by Berlin dub chords. Straight winner.
'Music for Amplified Keyboard Instruments' is a beautiful synth music obscurity by a largely unsung hero of the genre, David Borden. Originally released in 1981 on the little-known Red label outta Holland, it has been reclaimed from the safety masters and reissued for your delectation by John Elliott's Spectrum Spools nearly 33 years later. Quite understandably, many heads are suffering synth ennui with the sheer tide of forgettable reissues in circulation right now, but this one is like a sad beacon in swelling seas, radiating the sweetest melodies and harm… Read more
Another monstrous blow-out from Craig Clouse's $&$, returning to Rocket Recordings after assaults on Diagonal and ahead of their Editions Mego LP. Brandishing distorted guitars, clogged samplers and bucket-loads of gonzo attitude, Clouse runs amok from the diesel-fuelled horsepower of 'Electric Pony 2' to a loping, trunk-rattling beat jam, 'Egg Mm-Muffin / Pimp Different' via daft sampler exercise, 'C2-6', to cracked and swaggering breakbeats in 'Goat $hit' and the ruder clip of 'Love Your Hair - Hope You Win!'. And the potential song-title of the year award goes to 'Writing Poetry On Your Forehead With The Tip Of a Hunting Knife'. Wot a charmer.
Pev & Kowton serve the first new, original material on Livity Sound in over a year. They return industrialised and eager with the fibrillating kicks and ECG bleeps of 'Signal 3' up top, holding a wicked tension between monotone rhythm 'n drone with gear-slipping chord changes that mark it somewhere between Levon Vincent and recent Beneath plays. Down below, 'Low Strobe' channels the pressure into thrumming, hydraulik subs while flanging notes stalk the scene, waiting for the shaft-of-light breakdown.
Rabit makes a crucial contribution to the current discourse between US and UK club/grime styles with his stunning debut for Tri Angle. Arriving hot on the heels of 'Heterocetera' by another Houston-rooted producer, Lotic, the 'Baptizm' EP presents Rabit's smartest, most concise productions to date; 4 tracks, just over 10 minutes of crystalline, piquant electronics feeding off elements of classical composition, instrumental grime and computer music. Much like Arca, he's a master of reduction and efficiency for maximalist effect, whether cramming lucid, violent detail into every millisecond of music… Read more
*Ships Friday* Mumdance resets the game with his astonishing, dynamic mix for Fabric. Running a gamut of affective styles - from atonal noise thru happy hardcore and full-bore grime - he shows up most modern selectors as pedestrian with the unprecedented breadth of his vision and adroit intricacy of layered blends and angular cuts. Seriously, who else would traverse tracks by Shapednoise, @C, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Fis and Sculpture in the opening passage of a Fabric mix?! We're clearly in bold new territory here, and it's exhilarating to witness where, and just how far out, he ta… Read more
**Edition of 500 mastered by Matt Colton. Includes download** Felix K invokes D&B and techno's most strung-out daemons in his almighty debut for Blackest Ever Black. Clocking in at near enough mini-LP length between the tortuous 17-minute A-side 'Tragedy of the Commons' and a pair of tribal spectres on the flip, it's certainly the most ambitious, and arguably most impressive release in the veteran producer's armoury. That A-side is "exemplary Berlin noir", as BEB put it, administering a heavy dose of subterranean dread that crawls under the skin with opiate effect. Voyeuristic fie… Read more
**A wicked disgrace from Prurient/Vatican Shadow in his lesser-spotted Jezebel costume. FOR ADULTS ONLY** Dominick Fernow's libidinous imagination knows no bounds, as evidenced in his long-awaited 'Exploring Jezebel' shocker for Blackest Ever Black. 'On a Business Trip To London' could be considered the release valve for a hard-touring artist or itinerant noise don, a place to retreat when business is done and playtime begins. Inverting P.E. masculinity with a stilettoed heel, it follows a line of curiosity from a series of releases for Hospital Productions, includ… Read more
Boro's finest follow their ace 1080p debut with three smog-house swingers for Brighton's outstanding Where To Now? label. Like Basic House (who also mastered this EP), Perfume Advert hail from a N.E. english town steeped in '90s house history - former home to Sugar Shack and Tall Trees - but prefer to view that sound thru a smudged, impressionistic lens, swapping friday night big room ecstasy for something more intimate, subtly gratifying. In contrast with their 'Tulpa' album for 1080p, they've peeled away the layer of chemically-altered fuzz here to reveal three sublime grooves, stre… Read more
Housed in brilliant photo-sleeve, DVA Damas' 'Wet Vision' proposes a more technoid, gloomy sound from Taylor Burch and Joe Cocherell on Downwards America. Techno proper is implied by the thumping kicks and tetchy tempo of 'Wet Vision' and the staggered swagger of 'Theme For Silence', but not at the expense of their bone-dry desert goth aesthetic. However, the B-side strays farther from their usual style with the arterial throb of 'Wet Vision Pt. II', which actually sounds closer to HTRK, and the pulsing, slinky stalk of 'On Your Heels' which sounds almost like Tropic Of Cancer doing techno proper.
An absolute doozy from Workshop introducing four new names to the label. Uptown, Manchester's Willow makes her debut entrance with a deeply smudged slice of house soul in 'Feel Me' and Tapes totally blindsides with the perfectly blue R&B/digidub delicacy, 'Somebodies baby'. Downtown, UK electro survivor Steven Horne (Even Steven from Z-Bop) aka The Horn blushes the gorgeous 'Villager', and it's back to Manchester with some woozy NWAQ craic in the 'Lost Track' pearl by meandyou.'s Herron. Highly recommended.
**Kinky No Wave dance drills, fresh outta Berlin. For you if you love Powell, Low Jack, EVOL, Barnt!** N.M.O. are an exceptional, pan-European duo deploying SuperCollider software and stripped-down, roiling drums under the mantra, As Strict As Possible. For The Death Of Rave they present a unique trio of 'Tropocaliptic Excursions' to follow their two releases for Barcelona's Anòmia label, including 2014's critically acclaimed and standout 12", 'Nederlandse Maatschappij Ontwikkeling'. Like all the other oddbods on The Death Of Rave, N.M.O.'s semi-organic … Read more
Beppu (The Boats) ratchets the industrial levels on the second part of an album trilogy that started with 'Coercion' in 2014. With 'Persuasion' he allows the machines to lead the compositional process, letting himself be taken into the red by unrelenting, Vainio-style noise pulses and four-to-the-floor kicks with rail-gun 16ths side-chained to near-oblivion with a bone-head momentum. Sonically, we can trace the record's roots back thru the narky grooves of Spanish industrialists, Esplendor Geometrico, while the album name and track titles pay tribute to J.A.C. Brown's book on brainwashing, 'Tec… Read more
Kid Antoine shots a hyper-lucid set of ballroom/B-more/grime mutations with the 'Proximity' EP for Her Records. Graduating from the Her Records Volume 3 compilation to a full-fledged solo debut, Antoine sits very comfortably amidst the likes of Cyphr, Sudanim, and Fraxinus. From the top, 'Recon' bounces a piquant sci-fi take on B-more beside sparse elegance of the title track and the bittersweet tang of 'Motion Sensor', making connections between '80s Japanese digital ambient and modern grime. Likewise, the breezy clarity of 'Airburst' draws links between contemporary computer game melo… Read more
Legowelt oscillates breakbeat 'ardcore and psyched-out techno styles for kindred spirits, UTTU. Get your vintage 'ardcore rushes in the billowing B-line saturation and tweaky, Afro-inspired patterns in 'Immensity of Cosmic Space' and the rolling Omni Trio-style light/darkside vibes of 'Lumeria'. 'Palm Trees In The Rain' does that swing-jackin' '90s ps-house thing, and 'Phase 5' hits a moody house stride.
Menatllist techno fun with the Power Vacuum posse. Vacated's incendiary 'Quadrat' gives way to a stripped, hyper-kinetic 'Plastic Jam' (possibly riffing on Fiedel's 'Doors To Manual'?); Cylob does straight up Cylob in the spannered 'Spyworld'; Bintus gives Anklepants a groping acid disco remix; Cornwallis does, er, poetry?
UTTU's knack for digging new talent in full effect! Cassius Select follows his split 12" with Tuff Sherm into the crafty-ass drums of his 'Crook' EP, showing off some seriously giddy syncopations ranging from the Mbalax-like talking drum tilt and Joe-style chopping of 'Cross Strut' to the stuttered c*nty funk of 'CROOK'; getting all grimy with the fractious bells and heads-down bass of 'Joy Mile', and simply spinning bodies wild with the killer complexities of 'He Ain't Worth It'. More like this, please!!!
Neuron-sparking braindance from Dave MNLTH on Sheffield's steadfast Central Processing Unit label. Dave does lean and bitterswet electro with finesse over five tracks steeped in classic Rephlex memes, taking in slow, bandy-kneed strutters, trim Drexciyan adventures and rapid-fire chromatic disco flares.
New on Idle Hands - Four tracks of slinky mnml tech-house with a latinate accent by Spanish producer, I.A. Bericochea.
Crackshot jack trax by Matrixxmen backed the f**k up with wicked Hieroglyphic Being and Silent Servant remixes. Stripped-to-the-bopne business in 'Stuxnet 1' with its pinging rimshot and cowbell interplay; gushing acid play in 'Stuxnet 2'. Better yet, Hieroglyphic Being's squirming, metallic jack attack on 'Venetian Mask', and a Plastikman-esque reduction of 'Caravan' by Silent Servant.
**Includes grumbling acid remix by Alex Jones - digital exclusive** A Sagittariun gets down with the Hypercolour kids, backed by a pumping Detroit mix from Rolando. Taking a minute out from his Elastic Dreams series, the enigmatic producer weighs up a slamming sorta hardcore hybrid with the pile-driving 4/4 kicks, sparking breakbeats and celestial arpeggios of '3-4-3', and takes us back to Gescom-style hip hop breaks with the downtempo 'Delta House'.
Emosh London dancefloor flex from the Berlin transplant XXXY. 'Last Dance' works out like the weepy cousin to Joy O's 'Hyph Mngo' on the A-side; 'Close The Door' shakes down a perkier house shuffle pointed with warm strings and juicy bassline bounce beside the shape-cutting squeeze, 'Behind You'.
**Extensive collection of solo piano pieces and wonderful Popol Vuh zone-outs** “Florian was always able to create music I feel helps audiences visualize something hidden in the images on screen, and in our own souls too.” - Werner Herzog (‘Herzog On Herzog’). ‘Kailash’ is a new collection of work from Florian Fricke, leader of Popol Vuh, seminal group in the German rock scene of the 1970s (Can, Faust, Amon Duul, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream) and creators of classic soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzo… Read more
*RIYL Sleater Kinney, Deerhoof, The Raincoats, Kleenex, Grass Widow* "The ‘Six Songs’ mini album Sacred Paws’ debut release for Mogwai’s Rock Action Records label. Sacred Paws craft a twisted pop music that is joyful, ecstatic, spontaneous and essential. A wild-eyed exchange of highlife rhythms and melodic interplay, with spiralling, spidery guitar lines and chattering post-punk drums. Every moment in a Sacred Paws song propels the listener forever forward, open-armed to the world..."
Raffaele Constantino AKA DJ Khaleb steps up for a tribal party on Black Acre. It's all about drums, lilting licks and chants, winding up the Shangaan/Footwork transport of 'Substance', plus the percolated peach 'Tiende!', taking a darker sideroad to the voodoo ritual of 'Amagqoboka' and 'Medal of Freedom' and back into the virtual bush with sampled percussion and chants processed into heady drones and full tilt rhythms.
**Strong, Dilla-meets-Morricone-at-Gaslamp Killer's-place vibe on this one** "Instrumental psychedelic hip-hop hybrid Lilacs & Champagne spent their first two albums shining a light on the darkest corners of vintage European cinematic oddities. Their eponymous debut album and the follow-up, Danish & Blue, were warped, psychedelic takes on damaged funk and b-movie film scores. With their palette now thoroughly smeared, coconspirators Emil Amos and Alex Hall are flirting with the makings of a masterpiece in Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh. From the mournful… Read more
"From the dawn of doo-wop to the death of disco, the Notations saw—and sang—it all. Persisting through changing trends and technologies, on major labels and minor ones, produced by both Syl Johnson and Curtis Mayfield, nothing could stop the Notations from representing Chicago’s Southside for decades. The first overview of their indie label golden age, Still Here 1967–1973 finds the Notations at a musical crossroads, turning from simmering R&B ballads to socially-conscious soul. Offering up a platter of golden-dipped harmonies, inventive arrangements, and super-powered soul, the Notations survived as unheralded legends in their own time."