Monday, 07 April
*A beautiful suite of minimal percussive compoisitions from Eric Thielemans, new on Miasmah* "Adventurous Belgian percussionist Eric Thielemans makes a fairly unusual entry into the Miasmah catalogue with the surprisingly positive sounding album Sprang. Thielemans has actually appeared on the label earlier - as guest percussionist on Kreng´s debut album L´Autopsie Phenomenal De Dieu. Although you can recognize the sound on this record, the main focus of Sprang is to revert to the pure joy of sound experimentation and letting go of your foothold. Thielemans's previous exercises in expanding… Read more
Loops Haunt returns with an excellent album of heady, layered, woozy percussive jamz for Black Acre on his new album 'Exits'. "Toying with Jungle and Hip Hop on Zenith and outright sound design on Ark, the wilderness-bound beat alchemist uses his isolation to explore and create his otherworldly sound palate. Lurking behind immaculate drums are the windswept sounds of the desolate North and mechanized textures plucked from his Father’s workshop. Exits is designed to be listened to as one continuous track, opening with ambient mood and emotion, layering outboard synths and found-sounds on the tit… Read more
DJ Clent - the low end legend - has been known for his music since the days of Dance Mania, releasing tracks such as 'Bounce' and 'Back Up Off Me' which are juke classics. He also released the grimy call to arms footwork track '3rd Wurle', as well as tracks on both Bangs & Works Compilations. 'Hyper Feet' starts off the EP with a high-speed footwork homage to Mike Dunn's classic 'Magic Feet', replicating the hits and using 303 acid to make a sparse but precision-tooled piece of footwork. Next up, 'Baby Yeah' works a vocal and sax sample into shimmering cut-ups and high-speed rhythmic shapes. … Read more
"NameBrandSound is the latest incarnation of IG Culture and Alex Phountzi aka Bugz In The Attic. ‘Nowadays Pressure’ is a hugely refreshing, invigorated EP of electronic songs, the sound of which the pair dub ‘pressure’. IG Culture and Alex Phountzi are pioneers of the broken beat scene, and in particular its flagship night at Plastic People, Co-Op. Broken beat is one of the genres NameBrandSound have in their musical bones with both members gaining notoriety and dropping albums for Virgin Records and V2 as New Sector Movements and Bugz In The Attic. NameBrandSound see themselves… Read more
Fuzzy, rooted dub techno from Fluxion featuring guest vocal from New York's Teddy Selassie on 'Everyday', backed with the wide-stepping, atmospheric skank of 'Expansion'.
Quite easily the most interesting artists on InFiné's books, Downliners Sekt deliver their debut album proper following a string of excellent EP's for Disboot and a run of MP3 albums released some years back on their own dsekt[dot]com label. The label notes reference everything from Autechre to Rhythm & Sound and My Bloody Valentine, and there is indeed a dubbed-out, rhythmically complex aesthetic that runs throughout the album, but DS work best when they step outside of those parameters and forge stylistic hybrids which are much harder to place - such as on the excellent 'Balt Shak… Read more
Chaos In The CBD drop down on Hot Haus Recs In Effekt with 2 house bangers backed with a Legowelt remix. Having released records on Clek Clek Boom to much fanfare the New Zealand brothers have honed a more analogue houz sound for their Hot Haus 12 keeping with Unknown To The Unknown spirit of "offf the wall bangers".. This ones been on heavy rotation with all your favourite JOCKS!
Under the Some Truths guise, Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef delivers the best of his vintage 2014 crop so far. Proceeding his glut of much-loved releases for PAN, Punch Drunk, and Public Information, these tracks, recorded in July 2012, are by far the most enigmatic, wayward of the bunch and quite befitting of Mordant Music's eldritch aesthetic. As with the other releases, Cumbers explores the potential of a Bugbrand modular system loaned from Bristolian synth builder Tom Bug, tweaking its sliding sinewaves through a matrix of Electro-Harmonix delay… Read more
Gantz just gets better with each new release. His latest for Innamind features the deadly unique dubstep swagger of 'Baby Face' and a darting remix of Lurka's 'Refresher' tweaked out with some of the canniest steppers' syncopations you'll hear all year. TIPPED!!!
*20 year retrospective from Downwards featuring exclusive tracks from Regis, Anthony Child (Surgeon), Kerridge, Oake, Antonym, Talker, Concrete Fence vs Sleeparchive, Mark Farmer and more* "From one of the most inimitable labels in the electronic underground. Downwards started life in Birmingham as the child of one Karl O'Connor aka Regis, pushing a particular brand of hard-edged Techno and taking it's influences from the great alchemists of the British Isles such as Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and The Normal. In recent years the label has expanded from it's… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** Third label compendium from 7even featuring F, Joaan, Likhan and Ena.
The first album ever outside of Spain to focus on the history of Gipsy Rhumba, one of the most interesting musical culture clashes, first taking place in the early 1960s. In the Catalan region of Spain gipsies, primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, came up with a fascinating hybrid style - Gipsy Rhumba - which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own flamenco, as well as the emerging rock ‘n’roll from America. As well as a musical overview of this unique art form,… Read more
*Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri team up with Martyn Heyne of Efterklang for their new album* "For "Yearling" ORCAS members Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below) teamed up with Martyn Heyne (of Efterklang) on guitar and piano, and Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) on drums to built upon the subdued ambience of their self-titled debut, adding a huge dose of analog warmth to their hazy pop leanings. Whereas many songs on ORCAS' first album were built from guitar improvisations and impromptu vocal sessions, most of "Yearling" was constructed from short pieces Pioulard wrote… Read more
*Upfront Exclusive* Deft, spaced-out instrumental Grime riddims from Spare on the up-and-coming Coyote Records. Following an appearance on the 'Coyote Kings' compilation, the London-based producer debuts proper with a slippery, kinetic sound taking on mercurial, darker grime garage on '1bit', beside the silvery arpeggios and sensual chord progressions of 'Venom' and a the aggy 8-bit bounce of 'Boss Hog', but best of all is the sweeter feminine pressure of 'Glide' with its dancing melody and rugged breakbeat flow nodding to Zomby.
Nightwave's second EP for her own Heka Trax imprint, featuring the one and only ghetto house legend DJ Deeon, whose signature vocals can be heard on the lead track Hit It bringing together Chicago and Glasgow in a unique and refreshing way...
Mr Mitch's Gobstopper label releases one of its strongest yet with the new EP from Strict Face. It's another minimized Grime masterclass, 'Fountains' sounding like slowed down Eski meets "Moments in Love' - all emotive strings, lots of space and low-end synths that cut through it all to disorientating effect. 'Highbury Skyline' is more menacing and tough, still retaining that dizzying sonic separation that makes this new wave of Grime productions so compelling and fucking out there. Amazing EP this.
Rush Hour reissue of a highly-coveted and emotional Dance Mania classic from 1990. Original copies now go for ten times this shelf price, and for good reason. 'Your Eyes' is a beautiful bit of warehouse soul, Chan's poised vocal floating over subtle shoreside sounds and an effortless bassline glyde. There's an equally magical instrumental on the flip, swapping the vocal for some attuned synth soloing, beside a superb, mystical deep house jack track called with 'I'm So Deep'. Indeed!
A beautiful suite of extended kosmische/ambient pieces from Suzanne Kraft for Running Back.
RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Eluvium, Sigur Rós, Stars Of The Lid, Brian Eno. "Inventions is the new band formed by longtime friends, tourmates, and labelmates Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. There are plenty of talking points here: The fact that Cooper hasn’t been in a “band” of any sort since he was a teenager; no member of Explosions In The Sky has released an album outside of the context of EITS since their inception in the late 90s; and, of course, this is a dream duo for anyone familiar with the unparalleled emotional resonance of Cooper and Smit… Read more
"This time, the marvellous nighttime world of Buenos Aires is reflected by the rhythms and sounds of Carisma (Carolina Stegmayer and Ismael Pinkler), who live together in the centre of the South American capital. Since three years they are delivering these tracks directly (directamente) from their flat through the city’s dark alleys to its underground venues producing music to play it right away, written in a dialogue between studio and booth, at the Djs Pareja’s legendary FUN FUN parties, the famous Dengue nights, and other spots."
"Charles-Eric Charrier is a French bassist and pianist mining the remote seams of music between post-classical, jazz, acoustic blues and ambient. Hidden or distant those seams may be, but all the richer for those who take the time to seek them out. Echoes of innovative artists like Earth, Anouar Brahem, Bohren und der Club of Gore, Chet Baker or even Malian musicians such as Ali Farka Toure and Tinariwen sometimes appear on the horizon, only to disappear at the next turn. Charrier’s music as band-leader on ‘Petite Soeur’, his first release for Gizeh Records, is endlessly yearni… Read more
"Lufth´s "Distanz und Nähe" on Marsen Jules' Oktaf Records accompanies the return of German experimental-dubtech and electronica producer Joerg Schuster. With his unique trademark sound and former releases on Source Records, Thinner and Archipel as Digitalverein and Sensual Physics – Schuster already established a loyal and enthusiastic fan crowd all around the world. His debut album as Lufth now introduces us to his most personal and experimental release so far. A 55 minute long collection of nine tracks that have been created over the past decade. As already done in other releases Schust… Read more
"2013 saw the Croydon man skilfully hopping from headphone to dance styles, often within a track, his signature blend of cinematic soundscapes and crisp, intricate percussion covering hip-hop, house, and ambient. What’s more, his noteworthy contributions to the burgeoning UK footwork scene means the young producer can now count Mark Pritchard, DJ Shadow and Rockwell among his biggest fans, and boy does this boy have fans, check this Bandcamp review of his Project Mooncircle EP Voight Kampff: Emeralds opens with bubbling synths, building into epic space-station jungle juke with haunting toplin… Read more
‘So It Goes’ is the debut album on XL imprint Hot Charity from arsonists Ratking - aka Wiki and Hak - and producer Sporting Life. Wiki met uptown-raised Hak, now 19, when they were both in the 2nd Grade. They’ve been friends and conspirators ever since. Sporting Life, 32, hails from Virginia but has been in the city since 2005. Eventually they all met at a rap show and soon started serious collaboration. The sound isn’t the boom-bap and outmoded slang of ‘95. The circumstances have changed but the melting pot mentality and cold-blooded scepticism remain. You can hear the Krylon color and sylla… Read more
"The third album from Canadian composer Christopher Bissonnette sees him expanding his palette by narrowing his sound sources to a self built analog synthesizer. Eschewing the whiplash and/or everything including the kitchen sink style of assembly so common among current analog aﬁcionados, Bissonnette instead applies his signature compositional style of using long held tones and sweeping drones that alternate between, and fuse, pure tonal transcendence and patient, sparkling melodies that slowly reveal themselves. “Essays in Idleness was born from a desire for a more ta… Read more