Monday, 21 July
**Remastered reissue edition of lovely and super rare recordings by the inimitable finger picker.** "A musical “amateur” that best exemplified true artistry, Lena Hughes was born in Grape Grove Township, Missouri, in 1904. Though she never recorded any 78s and only one LP, Hughes was most influential through her steady performances at various fiddler conventions and folk festivals throughout the Ozarks. She was an excellent fiddler, banjoist and guitar picker who retained the largely extinct repertoire of parlor pieces and the variety of specialized tunings that were ne… Read more
Thursday, 17 July
In the second installment of Steve Spacke's Black Pocket series the winning formula of two ace Flying Lotus style instrumental hiphop grinders holds up the A-side with a cool running liquid D'n'B cut 'For you Alone' in collaboration with Calibre cut for the B-side. Ace.
Tuesday, 15 July
This selection documents bold, emergent worlds colliding between the dancefloor and virtual dimensions. Breaking down and refracting the structures of grime, hip hop and techno in computerised prisms, they form a compatible nexus of future-shocking styles best described in terms of dynamic geometry, sheer textured gradients, simulated space and ambience. Modelling polymetric rhythms and intricately impossible sonic environments, they're all acutely reflective of how the internet has re-calibrated our perception of time and space, opening portals to a possible future w… Read more
Monday, 14 July
Scything breakbeat techno and electro from Tessela on his follow-up to 'Nancy's Pantry' for R&S. A-side brings the bullish 'ardcore churn of 'Rough 2' with its febrile bleeps, rattling breaks and hovering chords built to demolish warehouses, whilst flipside 'Butchwax' updates that pre-'ardcore sound of NYC electro and UK fast rap breaks with modern discipline, and 'C'mon Let's Slow Dance' teeters on the edge of EBM, concrète noise and current Grime styles.
Marcel Dettmann and Âme's Frank Wiedemann remodel their pieces from ballet suite, 'Masse', for the club. Considering who's involved the results are perhaps more pedestrain than you'd hope for, giving up a very minimal and moody piabno house piece called 'Spiritoso' up top and the poised drone techno rolige of ''Martellato' on the turn.
Henrik Schwarz gives the 3rd and best yet remixes of Berghain/Ostgut Ton's ballet suite, 'Masse'. His stuff's normally a bit too sweet and sickly for this palate but the dry pound and scratchy shuffle of 'Lockstep' is primed to really put dancers thru their paces, whilst the pizzicato strings and poised groove of 'Unknown Touch Two' finds the right balance of classical elegance and house function.