Monday, 17 June
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Tuesday, 11 June
Too skint for a summer holiday? Check our budget kosmic package for a celestial sojourn from the comfort of your bedroom. This all-inclusive deal takes in proper modular jams alongside motorik modern disco and offworld wave gems; a virtual soundscape for daytrips to the alien ruins of Jupiter or sipping battery juice cocktails to martian sunsets. Our armchair adventure projects a trip from Pearson Sound's lift-off sequence, 'Figment' via the alien hyperrhythm rituals of Co La and Egyptian Sports Network (aka Spencer Clarke and Matt Mondanile), through an assortm… Read more
Monday, 10 June
Following his ace trio of 2012 releases - including 12” drops on The Trilogy Tapes and Kyle Hall’s Wild Oats - Detroit’s Manuel Gonzales returns to the on-fire Don’t Be Afraid with a superlative 6-track workout. Once again he flits effortlessly between bugged-out beatdown abstraction and flexing, swishing club gear: the EP begins with raw keyboard and drumbox experiment ‘Hand Over Fifth’ before settling into the lithe, dark, pumped-up acid of ‘Proxy’, which will have fans of KMFH, Anthony Naples, Moon B and the L.I.E.S crew locked. ‘Funnel Vision’ is a rougher, more scuzzed-out stu… Read more
Fragile electronic pop melancholy and bass from the ever busy Pictures Music. Neatly cutting somewhere between James Blake's well-mannered arrangements and the more twisted, progressive styles of his Pictures label mate, Rudi Zygadlo, 'Permanence' revolves five crisply clipped songs ranging fromt he icy melodic trickles and pleading vocal of 'Departed' and the dainty 2-stepper, 'Want Somebody' on the front, to flex his more epic inclinations with 'Safety' and the lurching sway of 'Paradigms' to close.
Mellow house and ornate, shimmering techno from Gold Panda on his sophomore LP. Fans of Caribou and Four Tet will find much to love in the generously melodic, intricately constructed 4/4 grooves the London-based producer puts on display, embroidered with samples and imbued with an organic, everything-is-alright essence that seems to make sense with summer (supposedly) on the way. We run the gamut from the supple minimal of 'Brazil' and more jaggedly programmed house swing of 'An English House' through to the chiming, circadian ambient of 'My Father In Hong Kong' and downtempo sunset of 'Reprise', the mood always wistful but never less than optimistic.
Following the excellent Helical Scans cassette compilation (which featured the likes of Wanda Group, Huerco S. and Sagat), Cleaning Tapes present a diverting collaboration between My Panda Shall Fly and Microburst. The tactile 'Rew Antigram' draws you right in with it woozy, involuted loops and surface crackle, sounding like Nathan Fake meets Pole; 'A Violet V-Forever' is a lively house stepper for the dreamtime dancefloors, lushly textured and gunning for an ecstasy that remains just beyond reach; and both 'Accede To Subvene' and 'Honest Robot' offers a nice… Read more
Chunky, nicely swung analog bombs from Moire on Rush Hour, the follow-up to his debut on Actress's Werk Discs. 'I Don't Get It' is hard-grooving, faintly trippy house, plain and simple, with a nod to the time-dilating disco-mist of Newworldaquarium and finished with some smart soul licks. The title track 'Rolx' rides into deeper techno climes, its triplet rhythm equal parts schaffel and glitterbeat, and its lush pads are Detroit space-opera-grade, but at it's heart it's pure LDN. It's back to the jack on 'Real Special', a nicely sluggish basement jam with a KDJ-ish swerve, all coarse hi-hats and atonal, rave-stoking synth stabs.
Richard Chartier's darkly seductive Pinkcourtesyphone project unites with Kid Congo Powers - guitarist founder of The Gun Club also know for work with The Cramps, and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - on two serpentine post-techno grooves packed alongside an excellent CoH remix. The duo's two original pieces build of the sanguine pleasures of Pinkcourtesyphone's amazing 'Foley Folly Folio' album and its followup, 'Elegant & Detached' with the addition of svelte, writhing minimal techno rhythms. 'Iamaphotograph (slowsleazemix)' integrates Kid Congo Powers' suggestive voca… Read more
Ostgut Ton present their 2nd suite of music scored for ballet - featuring exclusive works commissioned from Henrik Schwarz, Dettmann | Wiedemann (Âme), and DIN aka Marcel Fengler and Phillip Sollmann (Efdemin). In comparison with the label's first Staatsballet excursion - 2007's 'Shut Up And Dance! - this is a more expansive and ambitious affair: each production unit contributes a whole movement in collaboration with a different choreographer. Henrik Schwarz yields a six-song cycle sweeping flamenco-style guitars, pizzicato strings and keys in elegant, effervescent rhythms underlined by plush bass … Read more
Astro:Dynamics haul up another woolly headful of ferric dreams, following up aces by BAT, Tapes and 1991 with Dave Saved's debut EP suite. Known as Davide Salvati in his hometown, Naples, Dave arrives almost fully formed with 'Prisoners Of Gravity', using his chosen medium to neatly obfuscate his morphing features for the sort of timelessly evocative appeal that applies to Sand Circles, or indeed their fellow Swede, 1991. And coupled with the pinched rhythmic dexterity of say, Lukid or Actress, it all makes for a very alluring sound, bowling between knotted kosmische, dystopian post-punk themes, and mind-churning trance-outs.
Speedy J and Lucy's Zeitgeber alliance come on strong with a killer debut album of forward facing, abstract and noisy techno - just how it should be. Its a finely balanced feat of hi-end engineering, mixing tonal and textural experimentation with well considered, functional rhythms, marking out some of Speedy J's best work since his classic 'A Shocking Hobby' LP and the strongest in Lucy's relatively young, yet distinctive catalogue. Our big highlights are the gritty, brownian flux of 'These Rhythms' and 'From Here' or the Porter Ricks-like 'Now Imagine', and the mixture of crushed, Andy Stott like flow and lullaby melodies in 'Before They Wake'.