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Taking cues from the long shadow of the mid '80s, this selection circles original European new wave disco styles and their modern antecedents. We're talking slower, sleazier and darker grooves like Liaisons Dangereuses' 'Aperitif de la Mort' or Lena Platonos' 'Shadows Of Blood beauty, right thru to Lena Willikens with the narcotic deliquescence of 'Nilpferd' or the brooding swagger of INIT's 'Talking About Talking' beauty for Hivern Discs. We've included a couple of old gems you would likely find at the AB in Brussels circa '86, namely Executive Slacks' 'So Mote It be'… Read more
"Existential P-Funk and techno experiments from Wellington, New Zealand from Wywy Brix, a producer who took up synth and piano after a long and classically DIY stint with his experimental percussion project “Cartoon”. Ending up somewhere between Miharu Koshi and Omar S on his debut electronic release, Wywy Brix steps into dance music as a vehicle for somatic/catharsis/release/healing. “Clear Licorice” uses emotional melodies and repetition to sit on feelings and move the body for a wonky, acid-y take on spirituality stoked on swinging rhythms, romantic vibes and jazz chords. The specifi… Read more
Monday, 18 May
Nick Edwards a.k.a. Ekoplekz explicitly pays homage to his formative influences with 'Reflekzionz' - kosmisch electronics and '90s electronica - on his 3rd LP for Planet Mu. Radiophonics references are swapped for a reverie of early AFX, Autechre and Wolfgang Voigt, among others, filtered thru his grubby dub lense to slot grittily with his previous. And, rather than bleached out tones, 'Reflekzionz' is fringed with a faded colour scheme psychedelically reflected in Zeke Clough's dreamlike sleeve artwork, creating a sort of false-memory implant aesthetic that frames his sound like a polaroid recollection of the originals.
Aught's enigma grows with each new release, here revealing the 2nd batch of blunted yet kinetic techno deviations from ACI_EDITS. We don't know who they are or what they use to make this stuff, and we like it that way. It's proper techno. There are five cuts again, keeping the vibe elegantly f**ked between what sounds like vintage Matrix in '06' to the phasing tribal techno swarm of '07' and full sunken aquatic techno in '09' and '10'. There are clear comparisons to be made with Opal Tape aesthetics but, we can hear more of a dancer's sensibility and sensitivity to slippery syncopation in these grooves, rather than rockin', locked-on jack. So, so good.
Rolling on for Loefah's 81, Mickey Pearce takes a breezier, technoid tack with 'Warm Barzz' following the freaky funk of his 'Instructions' EP. The title cut is lushed out yet driving, marrying crisp ambient chords with a swinging tribal techno groove and stranger cyber-dub FX, whilst 'Stick Fingerprints' explores new age chimes and Gold Panda or OPN-like vocal chops and creamy silicon froth at a slower, shoulder-dropping pace unravelling over 7 minutes of dancefloor dreamstates. There's also a neat pair of Loops to get down, testing out dry drum machine functions in 'W' and mutant, alien grime in 'X'. Wicked gear.
Holly Herndon presents an incisive 3rd album of dance-pop deconstruction couched in heavy concepts relating to contemporary hyperreality for 4AD. Flanked by fellow modern artists such as Amnesia Scanner, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Spencer Longo and Mat Dryhurst, the Tennessee-raised, Berlin-skooled and San Francisco-based doctorate student has realised her most vivid, elaborate treatise on the surveillance state, systemic inequality and electronic fantasy with 'Platform'. Catalysed by the intention to create a new music which better represents our now non-linear temporality, she fractures th… Read more
From unknown to XL entity in the space of two records, Shamir's success story is being quickly written to catch up with his debut LP, 'Ratchet'. Hailing from Las Vegas and in possession of the sweetest, playful soul voice, Shamir Bailey debuted in 2014 with a unique treat in 'Northtown' produced by Nick Sylvester for the Godmode label. Working again with Sylvester for 'Ratchet', Shamir posits himself as a nu-skool disco-not-disco prince, backed with a selection of largely uptempo and light-footed grooves perfectly suited to his effortless, flighty tone. It's a summer record through-and-through, f… Read more
Pure dread dub weight from Kaiju, steppin' up to Deep Medi after shots for Osiris and Ruffcut. A-side is swaggering halfstep standard with piping flutes and swinging nut-crack snares to leave you bruised and bowling. The ten minute B-side is the one for us; 'Creeper' eases off to come up darker, stronger with swollen subs and rufige breaks trimmed for that stepping-on-air dancefloor ballistics bound to trip some up, and launch others into orbit, moving thru multiple sections with visionary dancefloor arrangement.
'Antigravity' is a sui generis invocation of the rarest, compelling order coaxed from the French avant-garde by Blackest Ever Black. Around the locus of cult trumpeter Jac Berrocal - who famously appeared in the NWW list and collaborated with Steven Stapleton - David Fenech and Vincent Epplay unfold a deliciously psychedelic mystery steeped in the esoteric traditions of musique concrète, dub and jazz, and played with a DIY post-punk freedom. Whilst best heard deep in the night with lights low and something burning, ironically enough, it's gotta be the most co… Read more
Lil Silva cuts hard and wild on his 2015 shotta, 'Drumatic'. With the title track he forges a fresh sorta UK techno-bruk tribalism infected with buzzing grime bass and razor-cut breakbeat rattle, and 'New Squeeze' updates OG West London bruk funk with a tauter, gleaming techno edge, all percolating perfussion and melting chromatic chords. '606' clocks out with a pinging UK electro-funky zinger that could only come from this don. If his previous form is anything to go by, this may be your one and only 12" from Lil Silva this year, so make the most of it!
Slackk's Sulk label hold down a killller EP from OG Slew Dem producer, JT The Goon. A producer of quality, not quantity - well, unless you're in his inner circle and loaded with dubs - JT serves a masterclass of instrumental grime economy with 'Goon Patrol', trimming back on overblown statements in favour of making every drum, stab and sparkling motif work sharp and deadly. His productions quite simply have a swagger that a lot of yungers haven't honed yet, from the shoulder-rolling syncopation and lazer-etched melodies of 'War' thru the searing yet buttoned-up balance of Maniac-like agg… Read more
**Brilliant hallucinatory disco hyperstitions - massively recommended if yr into Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss!!!** Cerberus Future Technologies present the hallucinatory disco hyperstitions of Montauk Boys in a superlative 16-track suite of disco deviation. Last spotted on the revelatory volumes of 'Frequency Adjustments', the blond Montauk Boys are apparently our distant antecedents from the year 6037 and evidently specialise in a form of hardware-driven dance therapy owing much to the Chicago precedents of Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss, as well as the neo-tribal concepts of Romulus … Read more
Tight-ass acid trax from the Dutch studio meister, backed with sharp remixes by LA-4A and Vin Sol. Tyrell's originals put the 303 through its paces in two versions, a sparse and hypnotic 'Acid 7' backed with a stickier, electroid La-4A remix, and the crunchy bang of 'Acid 3', given a percolating Dance Mania-style rework by Vin Sol.
"Sophomore album from Regal Degal, produced in tandem with Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, and recorded in both Berlin and New York at the legendary Grizzly Bear church and Mexican Summer's Brooklyn studio. 'Not Now' toys with a dense array of sonic influences ranging from 60s psych pop, 70s glam and krautrock, 80s post-punk, 90s shoegaze, and a post-00s appreciation for a variety of electronic music (Italo disco, minimal synth, classic Chicago house) creating the album's vibrant and intricately woven fabric."
Mike Paradinas sticks his butterfly net back in the murky space between Ekoplekz' ears for a diverse follow-up to 'Unfidelity'. Spawned from the same sessions at its predecessor, 'Four Track Mind' is not so much the offcuts, as the bits that were too dark, detached, for the psychedelic swirl of 'Unfidelity'. There's eleven of 'em, making for one of Nick Edwards' moodiest collections, all hingeing on silty rhythmic currents filter-clogged traces of melody fanning out from the Skaters meets Goblin on 'Ariel Grey' to faded Wolgang Voigt styles of 'Interstice' and 'Death Watch', thru the Ra… Read more
Floaty-but-driving deep house styles. B-tracks' John Barera reprises his duo with Will Martin for Argot after a Dolly outing in 2014, sustaining vintage-sounding grooves between '1,2,3 (feel Right)', the uptempo Detroit shimmy of 'High Tide', and the latinate weave of 'Spin Cycle'.
"Primitives is the spacious and bugged-out sequel to 'Things You Left Behind'. Careful restraint remains, but the sober crispiness of the EP is subsumed on Primitives by loose and moody rhythms, wood and metal, weird noises in wet caves and other goodies for ground-dwellers and mole people alike."
Synth-led big room techno trax by Alan Fitzpatrick for Scuba's Hotflush, tooled with a brukken Auden remix. 'Falling Down' is a lip-smacking 4am burner twirling massive shiny arpeggios and booming kicks, while 'Vanishing' eases off with a shifty dub-techno stride. On remix duties, Auden opens up 'Falling Down' with electro breaks and sweeter pads around the central synth motif.
A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the likes of Ocho's far-out 'Tornado', replete with blustering intro; the hip-gripping battery of drums cycling thru tempo changes in Stone Alliance's 'Amigos'; the visionary fourteen minutes of modular synth and expansive electro-acoustic jazz scapes in Eddie Palmieri's 'Un Dia Bonita'; wayward fusion of folk and delicious dissonance in Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino's 'Anabacoa'. Highly recommended summer listening!!
Brooding dubstep/bass mutations from the Tempa regular. Four tracks stretch out between Reese-loaded darkside 2-step, Burial style, with 'Closed Doors', to woodblock built steppers' house in 'Empty Room', and over into bellicose grime with '99' Aachen' featuring 9ER, and clocking out with a canny tribal house swagger in 'Voodoo Native'.
*The album that appeared in the box set of the same name is now available as a standalone digital download* "Laurent Garnier is back on F Communications for ‘La HOME Box’, a brand new album from Laurent Garnier and the first new music on F Communications in 5 years. The album heralds a new direction as yet unseen in Garnier’s discography. It contains a collection of tracks released over the last year on five very different labels, originating in five different countries; Still Music, 50 Weapons, Musique Large, MCDE and Hypercolour. There are also brand new unreleased tracks."