Monday, 29 September
Ghost Box bruk out the dancing clogs with Listening Center's charmingly optimistic library disco moves. Following his Study Series 7" with Pye Corner Audio, David Mason aka Listening Center makes two solo flights urged by beaming arpeggios and the kind of heart-swelling melodies that childhoods were made of. 'Quotidian Forgotten' could be the soundtrack to the best school trip to Rimini via Munich that you never had, whilst 'Our Material' sounds like The Human League scoring a TV for schools module on astrophysics.
Lovely, fluffy ambient house from Canada's Cloudface for Opal Tapes, fronting his first new material in over a year. Since his in-demand 'Devonian Garden' 12" for Mood Hut in 2013, Cloudface's 'Wyre Drive' cassette for Nice Up International was reissued by London label Going Good, which have both rightfully earned him something of a cult status in the lo-fi house quarters. His 'Untitled' effort for Black Opal is arguably one of the label's sweetest releases since those early 1991 and Huerco S tape joints. Its seven tracks are naturally blessed with a sort of synthetic serenity that could only… Read more
Opal Tapes and the Blowing Up The Workshop mix-blog-cum-label introduce two new artists to our ears on 'Mirror & Gate Vol. IV'. Aniello sprawls across the A-side with some 30 minutes of uniquely syncopated percussive loops and tape FX oscillating somewhere between Thought Broadcast and Decimus in its refusal to stick with any discernible structure and wickedly atonal no wave qualities. Freaky ish. John Sandia's 'Pierrot Lunaire' opens up an equally aud, abstract space on the flip with the possibly Schoenberg-referencing four-part movement of worn-down rhythms, ambient gloom and spectral presence.
The excellent Blowing Up The Workshop mix-tape blog and Opal Tapes team up again to present the machine madness of Ged Gengras' Personable and Gnod's Dwellings & Druss on the latest Mirror & gate volume. In jackin' modular synth mode, Personable churns out two bits of overheated electronic scree powered by thumping kicks on his side; Gnod squadron's Dwellings & Druss 'fess up a live set recorded on 20/06/13 on the flip, stepping off into a vortex of acidic chain reactions, staggering dub rhythms, cacophonous noise and thunderous drum patterns so dark and disorienting we can't tell up from down.
Creep's Lauren Flax serves a killer cover of Janet Jackson's 'Pleasure Principle', aided by Kim Ann Foxman and Eli Escobar remixes. The mystic '90s house aura of the original cover is best, but if u like it tuffer check Kim Ann Foxman's deep 'n rugged NYC house version.