Monday, 08 December
*Gorgeous collaboration between Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen featuring Hildur Guðnadóttir on cello* The enigmatic Ash International imprint yields the willowing beauty of Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen's original score for 'I Am Here' (2014), written and directed by Anders Morgenthaler. The score also features guest contributions from Hildur Guðnadóttir (cello), and the celestial voices of Elfa Margrét Ingvadóttir and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson, it's a deeply effective synthesis of BJNilsen's intangible electro-acoustic atmospheres and Jóhannsson's celebrated string arrangeme… Read more
Lawrence English and Werner Dafeldecker tantalise and excite our spatial and textural perceptions in this deeply involving collaboration recorded across the Antarctic Peninsula and later produced in Brisbane, Australia. 'Shadow Of The Monolith' features electroacoustic transformations of atmospheric, hydrophonic and ionospheric materials which have been layered, processed and restructured into a spectrum of of microtonal gradients, vibrant frequencies and fractured nonspaces. Basically, it vascilates between dark as hell and white as snow, quite as you'… Read more
Prosumer loads up Fabric's 79th mix CD with 24 golden house selections. Following his 'Panorama Bar 03' CD, the former resident of Berlin's vaunted danceteria steps to Fabric with a direct and bang-up-for-it selection cruising between classic cuts, percy obscurities and unreleased new gear. It's testament to Prosumer's uncanny knack for picking and flawlessly blending pure belters that he's now releasing his second official mix CD, edutaining the masses to raw-ass foundations like the Traxxmen's 'Emergency' as well as exposing new talent such as Wilma with the gorgeous 'Fabio', whils… Read more
Before New Age hit terra firma at the dawn of the 1980s, the classically-trained Bay Area composer Jordan De La Sierra’s consciousness soared with cosmic concepts. With cues and lessons from the great minimalists La Monte Young,Terry Riley, Pandit Pran Nath, and help from the venerable public radio program Hearts of Space, De La Sierra embarked on a journey in alternate tunings and resounding reverberations, transporting entranced listeners from the Golden Gates to the intergalactic. Take an interstellar ride on the sensory engulfing space piano with this lovingl… Read more
**2x140g vinyl mastered + cut by Rashad at D&M. Artwork by Bill Kouligas & Louis Reith** Easily one of our most anticipated LPs of 2014, Afrikan Sciences' 'Circuitous' transcends jazz, techno and hip hop with pineal Afro-futurist vision. Hailing from Saturn via Oakland, CA, Eric Douglas Porter aka Afrikan Sciences has carved an elliptic orbit thru the sonic cosmos with three albums and a string of 12"s for Aybee's Deepblak label, an empathetic home for his abstract, groovesome suppositions improvised on turntables, upright bass, and a matrix of digital tablets. Now taking flight with… Read more
Solid longform 2-tracker from Floating Points to seal off the year. 'Nuits Sonores' is great - nice to hear Sam Shepherd edging away from the coffee table for a mooch round moodier environs, delivering a 12-minute number that sounds like a smudged Paperclip People tangling with a bit of jazzzz as it builds. 'Nectarines' is again kinda indebted to classic Carl Craig and Main Street productions, although that floaty vocal towards the end is p'rraps a little too smooth. Still, his best for a while.
Triple-disc set spanning 20 years, 33 tracks of seminal and influential Detroit techno by the maestro, Robert Hood. Alongside Jeff Mills, Mad Mike and Carl Craig, Mr. Rob Hood is a noted pioneer of Detroit's 2nd wave, first setting up Underground Resistance with the Mills and Mad Mike, before establishing the M-Plant label in 1994 as arguably the birthplace and incubator of minimal techno. This 'M-Print' collection is a cherry-picked and comprehensive survey of pretty much all you need to know about the label, ranging out from his timeless blueprint, 'The Grey Area'… Read more
J&J’s last album 'Techno Primitivism’ totally floored us here, finding a sweet spot between elements of dub, jazz and psychedelia within a tactile house and techno framework. This new album - 'Clean-Cut’ - left us a bit cold on first listen, taking a much straighter approach feeding off classic Detroit and swung Chicago styles, but in the space of a couple of listens it has completely earwormed its way deep into our heads and refused to let go. From that off-ish pan-pipe hook on the killer title track to the red-lining drums on "Wheeze Please”, the production details and exotic flourishe… Read more
Golden Püdel's Helena Hauff and F#X charge a rampant 2nd session of gristly hardware roil as Black Sites for PAN. Relentlessly bloody-minded and primed for strobe-and-smoke-lit 'floors, both sides give up some of the most damaged no wave/acid that we've heard all year. A-side: 'Unit 2669' locks lampin' kicks and mind-swilling 303s to a rusted thumb piano/cowbell motif for 12 minutes of noxious, incessant club fuel in the mould of classic Bunker/Acid Planet bangers. B-side: 'Mockba' is a different kettle of radioactive, three-eyed fish, fxxking the beats off in favour of pulsing S.O.S. signals and waves of tarry black noise with a chaotic rhythmic agenda.
"The Bedroom Slant is the new album by Bruno Pronsato, under his new Archangel moniker The new project is a new chapter in the evolution of his sound. The human voice acts as one of it's major elements (with Pronsato himself stepping up to the mic to take on vocal duties), it incorporates traditional instrumentation to a larger degree than his previous work (bass guitar lines, played by his brother David Ford, act as the rhythmic foundation for many of the new songs). Acknowledging his love of pop, rock and post-punk in his music for the first time, (music he f… Read more
D-Ribeiro brings his squashed Rotterdam funk to Meda Fury with 'Purple Ghost Dance EP'. Snugly fitting in with the label's colourful Afro-futurist vibe, six tracks swing and shuffle from the flanging strut of 'The Purple Ghost Dance' to inter-dimensional beats of 'Goku's Revenge' via the elastic swing of 'Nightosphere', filtered disco house in 'D4NGR' and the psychedelic, futurist R-funk of 'Subliminal Seducer'. Sweetest dope.
Belgium's GoldFFinch follows the line of last recent 12" for Turbo into three slick reductions for the newly coined Clubwerks label. A-side rides with the rubbery wiggle and insectoid synth buzz of 'Endless Year'; B-side homes in on a chiming, hypnotic bleep techno sound with 'Eenah' and ketty after-partywobble with 'Network'.
Wicked deep jungle rollers from Eveson as Dead Man's Chest for the Ingredients label. A classic sound done dead well - nuff Reese bass, amen choppage and layered samples arranged with a refreshing dexterity placing it up next to modern productions from the likes of Amit, Killing Sound etc
*Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album now reissued via Finders Keepers...* "With track titles translating as ‘Song For The Devil’ and ‘The Witches’, Francois Tusques’ rarest commercially released album casts an early stylistic premonition of the vampire themed improvised soundtracks recorded for director Jean Rollin merely months after its release. Assembling the very same group of musical sorcerers this album’s personnel (featuring, amongst others, soprano saxophonist Barney Wilen) reads like a who’s who of France’s early improvised music / fre… Read more
Flirting with the sweeter, electronic edges of what could be called deep house, the Irish-born, London-schooled, Berlin-based producer gives nods to Konono No.1, Caribou and Four Tet with the chiming melodic lilt and warped bass shapes unfolding and dancing across the A-side's 'Khayyam Grey', while 'Get On' slows the vibes to a bouncy space boogie flex, and 'Vowels' gets frisky with the disco on the B-side.
"Sync 24 aka Phil Bolland is taking a break from his Cultivated Electronics label to get some well deserved binary treatment. Starting out on Andrea Parker's UK electro imprint Touchin' Bass, Phil has consistently produced electro of the highest caliber, be it his solo efforts or remixes for Morphology and Exaltics to name a few. Twilight Zones - 4 tracks of raw electro with an experimental approach, pushing the genre into what can only be described as ice cold circuit bent funk."
Diverse, techi dubstep and D&B torsion from Gijs Snik aka Proxima, including a collaboration with his brother, Jeroen Snik aka Icicle, and vocal by P Money. First plate comes with the creepy darkside lurch and Coki-style bleeps of 'Trapped' beside the grimy slaughter of 'Pressurized' with P Money and the raving old skool Skream styles of 'In Vacuo'. 2nd plate is all about the pensile pressure of 'Gravity' and the aforementioned, killer D&B mutant, 'Redshifted' featuring Icicle.
Oil Gang Return with a quartet of killers from JT The Goon and Murlo, including Twin Warriors (Murlo Remix) & Garden of Eden.
Fred P and Chevel take 'Change The Past' from French Fries debut album to more sophisticated deep house and swinging beat down zones. Fred P's reshape focusses on lush, glistening pads and a nudged, shuffling groove with smart but rugged New York house production values. Chevel keeps up his side with a warm and blunted display of slouching, crunchy drums and woozy pads reminding of something Kowton might do.
Already established as one of D&B's yung hopes, Clarity cements his status with debut album, 'Infinite'. Since 2012 he's been a noted presence via releases for Exit Recordings, Horizons Music, Nu-Directions, and most recently Samurai Music, whose fwd family provide focussed context for his precision-tooled blend of minimal D&B, techno, dubstep and ambient tropes. Stepping up to the album format, he elevates and expands his sound, exploring a wider range of BPMs and rhythm structures with clinical execution. His D&B peer Skeptical appears on the super tight, 'Warhead'-like tribal minimalism of '… Read more
Extended, proggy acid techno missions from Uwe Schmidt aka Atom™ for The Bunker New York. Both sides weigh in at least 10 minutes long, powered by 303-combustion engines thru dark, cavernous tunnels lit up with lustrous synthlines and pounded with reverberating kicks. 'Ground Loop 1' is stalked by one of Uwe's signature vocaloids intoning "acid" inna proper mid '90s yoghurt weaver style; 'Ground Loop 2' boots up the prog factor to Sacha-like levels with eleven minutes of chugging bass and streaking synthlines.
"Death Waltz bring you a bit of early Christmas spirit in the form of the score to the classic 1980 yuletide slasher movie Christmas Evil. When young Harry sees his mother being seen to on Christmas night by Santa Claus, it causes a shockwave that starts to convince him that he is Father Christmas. Grown up, Harry makes toys for children and spies on neighbourhood kids, checking if they really are naughty or nice, and violently dismembering anyone who gets in his way, be it churchgoers or co-workers.… Read more
Chicago's Ike Release serves a debut album of rugged, broodingly spaced out house music for M>O>S. Following the progression of his singles for Infrasonics to a raw, hardware-driven style for the steadfast Dutch label, 'Noir' manifests Ike's most intriguing, dextrous, and engrossing material to date, with highlights in the kinky square bass and cowbell roil of 'Vapor' or the superb nightflight of the title track.