Friday, 24 July
Red-lining techno ripper and acid dub from Berlin's EMG for the Berceuse Heroique juggernaut. 'Reaction' holds its ground on the A-side with surging kicks and body-swilling 303s stabbed up with samples and soused in EMG's patented distortion. Pure panic mode techno. B-side, 'Exosphere' goes all zombied acid dub with bone-cold effect, beside the bestial house grind ov 'Animal'. A riot.
*Concentrated, Bendy Acid From Computer Rave Hooligans Evol, debuting their first release for Diagonal. RIYL: Belgian Techno, Licking Batteries, Coloured Plastic Discs!* "‘Flapper That’ sees Diagonal invite EVOL — arch propagators of “computer music for hooligans” — to their own, unique establishment for a proper headshrinker of a session. Since Diagonal’s incarnation, EVOL’s hardcore aesthetic and sense of absurdity has been a key influence on the label and Powell’s DJ sets. In effect, 'Flapper That' marks a knowing gurn of respect between these mutually advanced mentalists. The two-part, 20 … Read more
"Hermetically sealed and reveling in tumult, All Tense Now Lax is the most significant and developed work yet forged by Liberez. Based in main orchestrator John Hannon’s remote studio No Recordings in Rayleigh, England, Liberez have expanded their palette from previous outings on Alter to produce a perfectly engineered machine that consumes the beholder. A tense, gut-wrenching listen wrought with carefully considered space, the range of techniques and the depth of atmosphere is staggering. All Tense Now Lax never settles on a simple depiction of dread, foreboding or anxiety but layers … Read more
Yorkshire's Ashtray Navigations deglaze and infect your mind with their umpteenth album of borderless psychedelia. Just ahead of their 20th Anniversary Best Of 4CD set for Golden Lab, the Wire's latest cover stars arrive at this point after two decades of operations stranded in the hinterlands of UK underground psych and noise, where they've cultivated a peerless reputation for unblinkered expression of a rare and beguiling kind. In this 100 minute head-opener they, a.k.a. original member Phil Todd and Melanie O'Dubhshlaine (member since 2004), hunker down to four epic p… Read more
"Kawabata Makoto emerges from a period of relative quiet with his first widely available solo release in several years, the blockbuster Krautrock-flavored Astro Love & Infinite Kisses. This lovely and impressionistic record showcases the other side of Makoto’s outrageous works with Acid Mothers Temple. Taking cues from classics of the genre like Tangerine Dream’s Phaedra and Steve Hillage’s Rainbow Dome Musick, “Dos Nurages” is the album’s centerpiece, a 41-minute hypnotic epic, with echoplex’d guitar anchoring a stream of expertly done glissando. The title track is a … Read more
Callahan knuckles out a ruffneck UK dance sound with 'Armshouse', the 1st drop from 4Seasons Records. The titlular club construction weighs in somewhere between Night Slugs and Wen's technoid grime riddims; 'Got Me' dips on a ghostly Uk bass bounce; 'Amalaya' plays ruffer with pilfered grime samples and bleak tower block receptor vibes; best of all, 'Basement Serial' deals a sick line in collaged subterranean styles with rudimentary drums and cloaked in ominous distortion before revealing a Burial-esque breakdown and slinking back into the shadows…
"AUS ready their latest offering - a curveball from Gerd who dusts off his Geeeman alias and offers up ‘Wanna Go Bang’: a ghettocentric package backed up with fellow Clone associate Alden Tyrell on remix duties. Under his many guises, Gerd is an artist who has consistently reaffirmed his reputation as a producer capable of soundtracking peak-time moments across releases on Catch, Royal Oak, Clone and his own 4Lux. Punctuated by classics such as ‘NY House Track’ under NY Stomp, ‘Bang’t’ as Geeman and the stellar remix for George Fitzgerald’s ‘Child’ that instigated his link with AUS - hi… Read more
Enigmatic, ornate Balearic creations from two young producers, backed with a tripping Ital remix. Aster debuted in 2011with a fine 12" for Mathematics, a crooked take on abstract Mediterranean groove built for dusky dances on the beach. Here they drop a simmering, UKF-compatible rhythm called 'Assis', swimming in magical chants and peppered with '80s synth flares, and a steadier mid-tempo flow called 'Lamneto Castellano' in a psychedelic style reminding of Portugal's Photonz. Flipside, their 'Danza' cut dallies with feathered, stepping syncopation and beautifully harmonised synth chorus, which Ital … Read more
Kresy doffs his cap to classic Nu Groove, Strictly Rhythm and DJ International on four tracks of classic-sounding, acid-inflected house musique for Barcelona's Hivern Disc. There's some really strong grooves here for the retro-vintage connoisseurs, taking in the vocal-laden and acidic swing of 'Day Into Night' and the misty-eyed, synth-wise pleasures of 'Miles In The Galaxy' on the A-side, contrasted against the darker-tinted Sheffield warehouse chug and bleep of 'Mystic Strings' and the sensually hypnotic acid romance of 'Baby In Love' on the flip.
Thursday, 23 July
Friday, 17 July
Up-to-the-second Tokyo disco-house from Ryota Arai on R&S' Meda Fury sub-print. Contemporary of Cos/Mes, Kuniyuki and KZA, among others, Arai is also a respected DJ and promoter, and now proves his productions chops with five cuts circling darkroom house ('Zombie Boogie'), effervescent ambience with a cinematic twist ('Fluid'), and 4th worldly house ('Sweet Claim').
Chicago's own DJ Roc volleys an electrified 2nd album of footwork with 'Practice What U Preach' for scene supporters, Duck N' Cover. Working a perfect balance of sampled soul and technoid Afro-futurism, it weighs up some of his deadliest cuts and jabs in the likes of 'Lowend Unity', named after his 'hood and flush with a mix of pealing sax, droning subs and mercurial synth drops; with the lump-in-throat brilliance of his hyper Jhene Aiko flip, 'The Worst'; and not least the staccato pulses, ricochet rimshots and choking bass pressure of 'I Make Gutta'.
Berlin-based sound artist Yair Elazar Glotman returns to Subtext with the powerful electro-acoustic scapes of 'Études' a year on from his 'Nimbes' soundtrack with James Ginzburg and his pair of Ketev tape works for Where To Now? and Opal Tapes. This, his 2nd album proper, involves ten studies for contrabass, using newly-honed, counter-intuitive technique to, in a sense, bybass his classical training and draw out an "unnatural" range of secreted resonance and physically affective vibrations. By probing his instrument's acoustic dynamic range with close micing and post-production, he re… Read more
Muscular London house flex from Roska, backed by a technoid, freakier collaboration with DVA.
Throwing Snow's restless electronic soul burns thru on his first new material since his well-received 'Mosaic' LP. 'Glower' rolls out a slippery electro-techno chassis galvanised with spiralling chromatic arpeggios to soft trancing peaks. 'Clasp' follows suit, focussing on a lone, luminous arpeggio and rippling machine patter with a teasing sense of deferred gratification.