Monday, 14 July
Killer, Club Constructions-style futurism from Hackney Wick's Wallwork & RZR. From a shared past as ghost-writers for other producers, the duo step up a strikingly bold, forward sound comparable with the likes of Night Slugs, Her Records and Various Production. We've no doubt that 'Mad Techno Invasion' is the best yet from Canada's Infinite Machine label, proving itself at every turn from the super rugged chops of 'The 361' to the dynamic sound design of 'Massive Reactor' and the whip-cracking jungle-techno futureshock, 'Mad Techno Invasion' and breakstep rave hulk, 'Keep Going'.
Much needed reissue of the debut album of ambient Techno meditations from much loved DJ and producer Donato Dozzy. 'K' consists of two extended tracks clocking in at nearly half an hour each. The first roams sparse half-tempo terrain like some ancient AI chillout session, the atmosphere coloured with pale synth washes and splashing downbeat 909 rhythms. It's actually a number of tracks segued together, but it's seamless so you'd never notice anyway. The second track flows more like one of Dozzy's DJ sets, floating along linear drum machine pulses enveloped by enchanting drones and choral voices...
Superb new dancehall ballad from South London's Palmistry bak on Mixpak following last year's underrated 'Catch' ace. 'Protector' is sweeter than a rubicon shower, pairing proper JA pop hooks and squeaky clean R&B synths with Palmistry's affected vocal for the most romantic flex. So. Damn. Good!
1080p's Perfume Advert and M/M deliver the laid-back output of their email exchanges between Middlesbrough and New York. Meeting between the wires somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic, 'Xerox' is a charming, gently insistent set of ambient house grooves distilling bits of R&B, New Age electronica and deep house in foggy, clapped-out constructions. In the finest tradition of ambient music, their sound is both a beautiful atmospheric enhancer with near subliminal effects, coaxing us into their swing with illusive sleight of hand and hypnotic vibes flitting from warm, dusty beatdown in 'Colour Block' to the str… Read more
Remastered haul of foundational grime riddims from Plasticman/Plastician. Features 21 tracks reaching as far back as 2002 and including seminal scene touchstones such as 'Hard Graft', the neck-snapping snares of 'Cha', the grime rave hybrid 'White Gloves', and the lethal 'Venom / Shockwave' slaughter for Slimzee's label. It'd cost a small fortune to pick all these up on wax. A must for the digital grime diggers.
Arch dark ambient master, Lussuria returns to Hospital Productions with the follow-up to his widely-acclaimed 'American Babylon' volumes. Whilst those tapes - later compiled as a 2LP - tended to beat-driven structures and varied arrangements, 'Immemorial' tends to purer dark ambient sensations inspired by Current 93's 'In A Foreign Land, In A Foreign Town', Coil's 'Time Machines' and the films of Konstantin Lopushansky: all drawn-out, sub-aquatic drones, whispered voices and pensive torture chamber atmospheres spread viscous like slow moving blood on polished flagstones. There are four x 18 … Read more
A quiet highlight of Vatican Shadow's recent 6 tape boxset, 'Death Is Unity With God', his first release since 'Remember Your Black Day'. Making reference to the Oklahoma City bombing, his 'Elohim City' session is one of the bleakest episodes, taking in the haunting chorales and chiming percussions of 'Living on and off at the Shadows Motel' and the scything techno roil of 'Small Explosives and Blasting Caps Inside the Pages of a Phonebook', plus a particularly affective chamber-like meditation, 'McVeigh Figure' drawing aesthetic lines between ambient black metal, Coil and early Autechre.
'Enduring Mysteries' yields some of the most kinetic, driven gear from Vatican Shadow's recently-released 6-tape boxset, 'Death Is Unity With God'. With 'A.T.F. Sinful Messiah' he pounds a blistered techno steppers tattoo juggling grimy drums and cold drones, whereas 'F.B.I. God' reduces the drums to scorched blasts against some of his most delectable darkside chords, and 'Koresh Babylon' ratchets the urgency with a blitz of percussive thunder.
'Easing Of Our Task' is one of the most concise and thrilling from Vatican Shadow's 6 x tape boxset inspired by American cults and the war on terror, 'Death Is Unity With God'. Compared with rest of the set, these are short, sharp, uptempo attacks rattling off machine gun rhythms and blunted drones in four worm-holing pieces.
From Vatican Shadow's super-limited 'Death Is Unity With God' 6-tape boxset… Four tracks of burned-out, blunted rhythms and atmospheres nodding to classic Muslimgauze but inspired by the parallels between religious fundamentalism at home in the USA and abroad. Includes the spirit-crushing drones and gunfire of 'Theology Is Life And Death (Pakistan)' and the bruising torrent of 'Arms Of Yahweh' plus the quasi-speed trudge and torment of 'Manufactured Silencers Under Direct Orders'.
Another amazing piece from the 'Death Is Unity With God' 6 x tape boxset by Vatican Shadow. Marking his first new material since 'Remember Your Black Day', we find Dominick Fernow at his most vulnerable in the misty-eyed glaze and detached, distant synth washes of 'Shadows on the Courthouse Wall', whilst Waco (Postmortem)' also operates nearly out of earshot with elegant, sashaying synth motifs persisting with its struggle against the patina of hiss and exasperated rhythms.
Dominick Fernow back to his best as Vatican Shadow with 'Fireball' from the blink-and-miss 'Death Is Unity With God' boxset. All the bombast and military pomp is substituted for oppressive atmospheres and depressed rhythms in three extended scapes, crawling hungry from 26 minutes of blank-eyed synth and crushed groove reminding of Ensemble Economique in 'Al Qaeda (Branch Davidian)' to the arid ambient climes of 'Desert Storm (Waco)' and the gutted toil of drums and drone in 'It's To Come'.
Minimal Wave present the quintessential collection of rehearsals, rare outtakes and live recordings by Karl O'Connor and co's notorious Sandra Electronics. Spanning the group's early years in Birmingham circa late '80s/early '90s thru to more recent re-dos with Juan Mendez (Silent Servant), 'Sessions' gives room for O'Connor's post-punk/goth alter ego to really get his rocks off, rending clear the binds between punk and techno in the process. It includes a handful of reworked tracks from rehearsal tapes, including electrifying, snotty versions of 'Her Needs' plus t… Read more
*Hospital Productions debut from Nine Inch Nails’ Alessandro Cortini, a suite of 9 analogue synth pieces complete with found and ambient sounds* Alessandro Cortini is best known as the lead electronics performer in Nine Inch Nails’, but in recent years his work as ‘Sonoio' and a pair of fine albums for Important Records under his own name have highlighted his own individual productions. Known as one of the pre-eminent Buchla masters in North America, Cortini makes a surprising departure on this debut album for Hospital Productions by making use of little more than a Roland MC 202 fed th… Read more
Youandewan plays out three sultry house swingers backed with smoove Andrés remix on his solo debut for Aus. The bouncing acid groove of 'Tino' is the one for us, whilst 'Alright Son' leans on a warm Larry Heard vibe, and 'FM Jam' cuts some late night boogie house rug. Always sought after, Detroit's Andrés gives a sweeter, looser remix of 'FM Jam' with juicy live bassline and keys.
The unpredictably brilliant Downwards label spins out three tracks of snotty goth garage from California's Dva Damas (pronounced duh-va duh-mas apparently). Their songs are brief but assured, from the the ghoulish Rock-a-billy strut of 'Brand New Head' with its sneering bassline and numb synth drones to the motorik bass rev and cascading circus synths of 'See Me' or the cantering Suicide-inspirations of 'Time Dilation'. In essence this record draws a line between the attitudes and aesthetic of leather-jacketed 50s rockers, late 70s New York punks and 90s techno industrialists to end up in 2010 where it's everything, all at once. Need!
Double feature starring selections from two solo albums by the Can mastermind. Includes the odd mix of bellicose tribal drums and MIDI orchestrations from 'Der Osten Ist Red (The East Is Red)' (1984) and mellow but eerie palette of motorik drums, spooky organ and African chants of 'Rome Remains Rome' (1987).
Four neck-snapping, collapsing hip hop beats from UK's Jon Phonics. "Drawing as much from early 90’s hip-hop as it does early 00’s grime and 80’s funk, the predominantly instrumental EP is topped off with two stand- out vocal performances from South-London rapper Rup and soul vocalist Yasine. With early support from Alexander Nut, Moxie, Scratcha DVA and more, this is a must have for any fans of twisted hip hop-infused electronica."
Shifted dons his Relay guise for Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. It's tuff stuff, coming to maul your bassbins with the blown-out undertow and struggling hi-hats of the A-side backed by a Downwards-style Industrial punishment and a Rrose-like wormhole to close.
Kelis' homely soul number 'Friday Fish Fry' backed with an extensive remix suite. We'd Rrecommend running straight for the Visionist and Darq E Freaker version - the former dicing Kelis with his signature synthetic cadence and 'ardcore grime bounce, the latter drawing her out over what sounds like an old AGCG rave riddim played on 33 not 45.
Coherently diverse 2nd set of trax cut from Modeselektor's latest round-up. A-side features the emotive posh-trance charge of Alex Banks and Elizabeth Bernholz's 'Be The One' and the killer hyper-boogie 'Blast' by Onra. B-side holds Henrik Schwarz's jazzy tech-house pop number 'We Are Bankrupt', and the squirming funk of Brandt Brauer Frick's 'Jungle Love' starring Om'Mas Keith and Vic Mensa.
"Fueled by the financial drippings of number runners and boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, Cleveland, Ohio's Way Out Records offered asylum for a rising crop of rogue soul men, rust-belt vocal ensembles, and trial-by-fire producers. Helmed by a friendly consortium of hustlers, police officers, and gridiron giants, pet project beget obsession as Motown arrangers, gospel choirs, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra were all beckoned to the wrong side of the tracks to mint masterpieces for the Sensations, Volcanic Eruption, the Exceptional Three, and Bobby Wad… Read more
Marcel Fengler & Phillip Sollmann aka DIN rework their contribution to Ostgut Ton's ballet music suite, 'Masse'. 'Euphorium' is a right big room builder tiered with lush synths and driven by aerodynamic Detroit/Berlin-style techno groove. 'Aetas' is more expansive, fluidly dubwise, rolling off warm bass into a sea of shimmering machine rhythms for the dancers.
*22 Track Digital Edition* The Masse Box comprises the album “Masse“ and the three remix EPs from DIN (Efdemin + Marcel Fengler), Dettmann & Wiedemann and Henrik Schwarz in one set.
Classier gear from Scuba on his 'Phenix' series. Four tracks drop in on abstracted dub sound design in 'Aphids', the dry rolling techno heave of 'Choke' and the acidic ambient techno of 'Solitary Confinement' to a Ruskin-like IDM techno piece 'Distance'.
Pure, stripped down box bangers from Ann Arbor, Detroit's Todd Osborn aka TNT, Soundmurderer etc. This is just what the doctor ordered - four non nonsense rhythmelodic workouts for the wall-bangers and buckers, just how they used to make 'em at Dance Mania, Trax, DJ International etc. Badboys.
Second label comp from ClekClekBoom, featuring Bambounou, French Fries, Coni, Manaré, Jean Nipon, Aleqs Notal, Aethority and more.
Crafty, swinging beat suite from My Dry Wet Mess, backed with four remixes from Auntie Flo, Dam Mantle, and Ikonika. The styles of 'Laptop Lapdance' reduce and build upon the taut funk of his Brainfeeder release, 'Stereo Typing' (2012) in four parts flexing from the jazz-funky dip and woozy chords of 'Twos Too' thru the glistening SND-like skip of 'Nailed Scale' and the baffling rhythmic calculations of 'Eyelids' Secret' and 'Infinito'. Remixing, Auntie Flo smooths 'Nailed Scale' to a lilting, Afro-centric groove, and Dam Mantle turns it into… Read more