Monday, 14 April
Gunnar Haslam, Invisible Conga People, and Daniel Avery overhaul the jagged jakbeat 'How You Say' from Factory Floor's debut LP. L.I.E.S.-regular Haslam softens the edges and boosts the bass on a pumping, hypnotic reduction ready for open-minded 'floors, whereas IDIB/DFA dudes Invisible Conga People drag down the tempo to a waltzing chug inflected with fizzing electronics and lushest, BoC-like pads for a proper mogadon disco sound. However, we reckon it's Daniel Avery's dreamy, drugged-up tech-house version, finding the sweetest space between vaulted, Cocteau Twins-like atmospheres and Kompakt-style groove that's gonna see the most dancefloor action, and rightly so.
Now this is interesting - one of the most unusual projects to have emerged on Editions Mego for a while. Markus Schmickler is better known for his electronic output as Pluramon, while Julian Rohrhuber is a Professor of Music Informatics and Media Theory at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Politken der Frequenz ('Politics of Frequency') draws on concepts from economics and advanced mathematics, including the work of contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou, for a literal sonification of cutting-edge theory and the abstractions of the modern world… Read more
Ital Tek liquifies the bind between Footwork and IDM/electronica in the super-structured 'Mega City Industry'. The Brighton-based producer continues to build on the theme of his 'Hyper Real' and 'Control' EPs for Civil Music and Planet Mu with an elastic muscularity and dramatic appeal over these four glistening new cuts. The title tune renders a brutalist arrangement of face-melting synthline rushes meshed to teetering, filigree slow-fast programming like some futurist Michael Mann soundtrack, and 'Shinra' heads far east in a spiralling vortex of hyper arpeggios punctuated by heavy s… Read more
Ralph Cumbers' Bass Clef debuts on PAN with four pieces of fluent modular acid. The most substantial dancefloor drop on a tour of duty which has seen him release on Public Information, Punch Drunk, Alter, and Mordant Music (as Some Truths) in the past 6 months or so, his 'Raven Yr Own Worl' EP carves a dead English dance sound from his favoured Bug Brand modular system, made by Tom Bug of Bristol. For want of a more concise phrase, it's a Radiophonic Dub Rave style, coming off like the eager offspring of Luke Vibert and Graham Massey after a night on Cornish acid. A-side fires up the … Read more
Hot on the heels of that ace John Lacey/COUM Transmissions release, Andrew Hargreaves returns to his Other Ideas label for a bleak, No(rthern) Industrial battery under his Beppu alias. Beppu releases in the past have been largely confined to limited CD runs that have mostly all sold out on the day of release - but this edition is the first in a proposed trilogy of albums, and the first material Hargreaves has released on vinyl under this alias. 'Coercion' was conceived whilst reading Stanley Milgram's 'Obedience To Authority' tome, and consequently closely mirrors the book's themes of claustrophob… Read more
Klara Lewis debuts on Editions Mego with the electronically animated sound organisms of 'Ett'. Sampling from a palette of modified and reconstituted field recordings, Klara's debut compositions yield ten terrarium-like sonic ecologies rich in organic texture and detail enlivened by bristling electronics and insectoid rhythms. They're strange, self-contained units amounting to a complex, beguiling lattice of unique timbres, atmospheric space and coarse yet fluidly woven texturhythms, all infused with a subtle sort of ambient (de)compositional sorcery. At its best in the wormy, humus dub 12 minute … Read more
Tightly-coiled minimal techno from Italy's Dario Tronchin aka Chevel on return to Stroboscopic Artefacts after many missions for his own Enclav label. As with the best SA releases, the five tracks of 'One Month Off' are built with a fine balance of experimentation and dancefloor suss. A-side he does this best with the chiselled but elastic swingjack of 'One Month Off' and the Itinerant Dubs-style sprung buck of 'The Wall'. B-side deals in more experimental grooves with the bare bones jack and bristling electronic textures of 'Cave Dwellings', a Lakker-like breakbeat techno number named 'Mark… Read more
"Donky Pitch deliver the debut album from Lockah. 'Yahoo or the Highway' packs 13 tracks into it's 45 minute running time with Lockah's sense of synth driven melody and pop tendencies being weaved into a rich mix of influences, from italo disco to electro, rave to r&b all whilst remaining resoundingly original and unconventional..."
"The fifth release on disko404 Records is by IZC, an artist who has been active for almost two decades in the local scene of Vienna, Austria. In 2008, he finally started Dubsquare Records together with media artist Boris Kopeinig. For "Zig-Zag", IZC brings together the sounds of dark UK Funky/Grime and Detroit House. A stripped-down hardware setup in combination with a restriction to a basic stereo-track recording technique results in four raw and direct dance tracks with an unmatched live-feeling to them. While the opening tune, "Zig-Zag", starts out as a straight 4/4 beat, its rhythm is soon twist… Read more
**Sorely overlooked NDW gem from 1982** "Medical Records presents a reissue of one of Germany’s most interesting records. The German duo Aloa only made one album in 1982 but it is one of the most peculiar and innovative records of the Neue Deutsche Welle movement. Long out of print, somewhat obscure, and very expensive, this record is due for an official reissue. The duo consisting of Al Kanz and Matthias Brendel both grew up in Kassel, Germany. Though both had different tastes of music, they fused influences and injected them into their own unique blend when they purchased Roland 606 and 808 drum mach… Read more
"Imagine Kraftwerk playing Steven Merritt songs. Medical Records presents Roladex, its first contemporary artist based in the US. Roladex nostalgically borrows from music of the past to carefully craft unique futuristic-mechanized pop, with an emphasis on songwriting and layered production. Waeaving sparse, sequenced arpeggios into fuzzy bass and bubbly melodies creating a canvas of sound where they paint a somehow bright melancholia. Part minimal synth-wave, part dream-pop Roladex fits nicely with other non-traditional pop acts such as Ariel Pink as well as Synth contemporaries… Read more
Blue Hour improves on his debut with three tracks of raw, emotive techno. 'Axis Motive' rides chunky tom/kick patterns into through a fog of dark, mystic trance-techno chords; 'Front' dries out on a claps-driven bumpty Chicago techno groove; 'Reef II' wraps up with an hypnotic 6am techno tool.
Cold, hardware-driven Russian techno from Sanys, backed with Eomac's splintered jungle-tekno remix. The sixth release on Downfall Theory is defined by Sanys darkest atmospheres and industrialised rhythms, coolly taking in the swinging momentum of 'Dominance' alongside the reduced acid techno throbs of 'My Concern', and the radioactive pumper 'Told You So'. Eomac promptly switches tack with his remix of the latter, deviating into broken techno rhythms with rusty, unstable textures and gloomy ambience.
Horny Cologne house and techno from Terranova on Kompakt. On 'Headache' they do that kinky dark disco thing for the big rooms with juicy b-line and sultry, building vocal by Cath Coffey. 'Headlock' is a ruder reduction riding the b-line with dubbed out vocal and invisible bitch-slap synth for the darkrooms, beside the chugging electro haughtiness of 'Tourette'.
Swinging, driving disco/house kinks from DJ Kaos and friends. Dr Dunk opens with a writhing, tribalised remix of 'Horny Morning Loop' saving a celestial synth flourish until crucial moment; Softwar spurts the fruity deep house chords of 'Afterhours'; Split Secs lock down to some chugging New York house fun; Jacques Renault gives a tweaky budge to the hypnotic synthlines of 'Red Axes'.
Bureau B dig deep into their vaults and reach for the good stuff- delivering another essential curio, this time from Germany circa 1981 and Die Partei's largely forgotten "La Freiheit Des Geistes". It's an offbeat slab of proto-industrial edging into electro-pop, the kind of tackle that's an absolute must for those of you into Der Plan. Another essential missive from one of the finest archival labels out there - required listening for those of you in need of further education.
**Full three-track EP** Another superb, wide-scoped dancefloor session from the inimitable Djrum. Fifteen minute epic 'The Miracle' works in two sections: First part is a breezy, swinging garage groove riding wide, skanking subs and bustling but spacious drums against his signature backdrop of cinematic, widescreen pads, exotic vocals infusions and nagging dancefloor hooks. In the 2nd part he slows his roll to a mellow sway urged by insistent subbass and dubble-timed drums bookended with dream sequence chords, field recordings and snatches of film dialogue adding up to a haunting atmosphere… Read more
Strickly pounders from techno strongarm J. Tijn for Untold's Pennyroyal label. 'Yearn' stomps across the A-side with engorged kicks and strobing rave alarm synthline filtered at crucial moments; 'Innart' cog up the B-side with a grubbing, masticated acid assault beside the buzzing techno dub 'Nuke'.
One of modern techno's outstanding producers sets the ground for his 'Vaudeville' album with two superb productions. Following the increasingly melodic themes of his recent releases for Token, both cuts are sensitively strung-out and driven by uniquely contoured grooves. 'Lullaby' is a brooding, offset roller with vaulted harmonics and shimmering, mercurial melodies harking back to Autechre's 'LP5' but with a smoother, effortless flow, and 'Petrichor' follows suit with another emotionally involved arrangement of ascendent chords, intricate reverbs and a bustling, slinky groove tha… Read more
Highly impressive new developments from Ben Vida, featuring percussive virtuoso Tyondai Braxton, and vocals by Sara Magenheimer. The latest in a hot streak of intriguing Vida releases for PAN, Alku, and Future Audio Graphics, 'Slipping Control' derives from a text piece 'Tztztztzt Î Í Í….' which he wrote and was subsequently published as a book by Shelter Press. Using the text as a score or source material, much like Florian Hecker's recent works with Reza Negarastani, and Markus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber's 'Politiken Der Frequenz' LP, Vida processes the recitations in varying Contr… Read more
'Mondo Black Chamber' is an important collection of David Toop's entire works for Sub Rosa between 1996-2003. The inestimable writer (Ocean Of Sound), musician (The Flying Lizards, General Strike, The 49 Americans) and musical thinker should really require little introduction to you lot so we'll crack on. 'Mondo Black Chamber' compiles the releases '37th Floor at Sunset - Music For Mondophrenetic™' (2000) and 'Black Chamber' (2003) with a compilation cut from the 'L'inacheve/Unfinished' set plus two rarities, framing a wide-angled yet focussed perspective on modern avant-garde and … Read more
The prolific deep/dub house producer returns to Thaddi Hermann's Just Another Beat boutique with a coupla sweet treats. On 'Whatever It Is' he feels out a seductive deep house sound of purring subs, hi-hat spritz and hovering, hazy chords threaded with silky keys, whereas 'Igneous' feels a little more urgent, bluer, thanks to its weighty bass heft and those strafing, teasing chords. Plush stuff.
Mystic lo-fi acid grinders from Villa Abo on Bio Rhythm. The bittersweet discord and jakk rhythms of 'Ruff Swing' reminds of Jamal Moss, whilst 'From Askew to Eternity' and 'Assiduous Feeling' are grubbing acid numbers.
A fuzzed-up, hairy rock blast from Glasgow three-piece Holy Mountain for local stable Chemikal Underground. This, their debut album 'Ancient Astronauts' follows up 2012's 'Earth Measures' mini-LP with a classically-skooled display of monstrous riffage and heavy rock posturing reeling with a psychedelic savagery.
Boston's Keith DeViere Donaldson returns to Jamal Moss' Mathematics label with a kicking, slightly abstract house session. His 2nd EP to date, 'Genetouche' shares his latest dancefloor research in four detailed and finely sculpted techno-house models. His 'HANA' opener is a right banger in the mould of Oliverwho Factory's urgent hard house aces, and 'Postulating shows the noise techno kids how to do freaky but with a funked-up swagger. 'SYMP' is the deepest piece, 8 minutes 08 seconds of submerged yet celestial techno elegance, and 'Genetouche' captures a beautiful balance of frantic drums and serene, centred vibes for the dancefloor mystics.
Deep, driving, and spaced-out house romance from Italy's Giorgio Luceri for Jamal Moss's Mathematics Recordings. Rippling machine rhythms, lush layered synth harmonies and ornate arrangements add up to a stellar trip inspired by classic Detroit, Chicago and Italian house styles.
Hsuan Records boss Graeme S faces up a tight, soulful jungle/footwork riddim backed with two re-swerves by Teklife member Deejay Earl. Graeme's debut piece, 'Nothing' is a fine slice of forward dance music, but if you want the real Chicago deal we recommend heading straight for the remixes. In Deejay Earl's trusty hands 'Nothing' is flipped with mad pitching drums, subs and subtly rearranged chords, whilst he absolutely kills it with a supreme throw down of 'Autofac' tussling with proper breakbeat rufige and classic Chi vocal. Deffo TIP dat!!!