Monday, 07 April
Ultra late night and streetlit collab from two of Portland’s key electronic reinterpreters. These 60 minutes and 18 tracks are all fully live, born out of a couple of sessions fueled by kush, coffee and tonnes of LaCroix pink grapefruit Soda Water. “Zirconia Reign” is an organic manifestation of imagery and psychic connection from their collective experiences living in Portland, working as civil servants for the more desolate and bleak suburban areas. Connecting the disparities between the urban/suburban divide in a place renowned as an “alt” mecca with a stack of synths, s… Read more
The 50th Exit release features DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn and Stray collaborating with Alex Perez, delivering a hybrid of Juke, bass, hip-hop and footwork influenced styles of drum’n’bass, with a distinct London slant.
Various Production are back. A-side, they roll out the nocturnal neon streak of 'Rush' with it's nagging techno chords, floating vocal and swaggering slow/fast swerve primed for city cruises behind blacked-out windows. B-side is a sweeter, downbeat piece of modern urban folkpop - not a f**king banjo in sight - inspired by the Hungarian soundtracks of Panta Zorán and meditating on digital culture to a syrupy glisten of magenta chord vapours and husky soul croon in classic VP style.
Calibre has gone through his hard drives, DAT tapes and mini discs to find more gems for ‘Shelflife 3’. Thirteen of his most requested unreleased productions from 1997 to 2013 including 'Miraculous', 'Honey Dew', 'Bellamee', 'Instant'. 'Sagan' and 'Eschaton (Feat DRS)'.
"Having tantalised with ‘The Wheel’, ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Lessons’, SOHN has added the final touches to his debut solo album, the anticipated ‘Tremors’. ‘Tremors’ is the way in which past traumas, as much as past successes, linger like the aftershocks of an earthquake. Even in the calmest moments its effects continue to reverberate and inform who we become. Throughout the eleven songs that form ‘Tremors’ runs a sense of the nocturnal - a sensitivity to the darkness and its inhibitions - with London-born SOHN adopting a night time schedule for an intense period of long nights writing and recording in hi… Read more
Scratcha compiles material from Shy One, Joss Ryan, Butti, Tsunga and more for his DVA imprint.
Smooth, party-ready UK house from Cardiff's Bodhi duo following drops for Grizzly and Future Classic. A-side burns up US garage-flavoured vocals and, warm chords and swinging drums on 'I Need You' for the side-parting and air max posse; B-side plays a bit kinkier with the shifty organ stabs and jazz-dusted drums of 'Wuh', and tips out on the slinkier 'Soul Seeker'.
Bumper remix pack featuring reworkings from Factory Floor, Falty DL, Happa, Bullion, John Roberts, Robag Wruhme and more.
‘Music For Robots’ is a five track mini album composed by Squarepusher and performed by the three robots that comprise the Z-Machines. In 2013, a team of Japanese roboticists were assembled with the challenge of creating a music-performing system that was beyond the capabilities of the most advanced musicians - Z-Machines were the result. The roboticists’ music producer - Kenjiro Matsuo - and his team invited a number of Japanese composers, as well as Squarepusher, to develop music specifically for the project. The opportunity to explore the compositional possibilities … Read more
"‘Enter The Slasher House’ is the debut album from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, comprised of Avey Tare (of Animal Collective), Angel Deradoorian (of Dirty Projectors, Deradoorian), and drummer Jeremy Hyman (of Ponytail, Dan Deacon), Avery Tare’s Slasher Flicks unites Avey Tare’s songwriting abilities with Deradoorian’s melody lines and Hyman’s flexible rhythms. The band could be described as a monstrous and nightmarish jazz power trio inspired by campy horror movie themes…"
*Ron Morelli returns with an 8-Track / 30 Minute EP of tense, claustrophobic all new material for Hospital Productions, a follow-up to last year’s ‘Spit’ and ‘Backpages’ releases* Ron Morelli returns to Hospital Productions with a deeply claustrophobic set of new tracks, described by Morelli himself as "...the culmination of a mission gone wrong." Far removed from anything you might have heard on L.I.E.S. over the last couple of years, 'Periscope Blues' evokes a sense of isolation and alienation so palpable and affective that it belies the off-the-cuff production style Morelli has spo… Read more
"Midnight Features is a new series of "fantasy records" imagined by Lilacs & Champagne's Emil Amos and Alex Hall. Inspired by the classic Marvel comic series What If?, the duo seek to place themselves into various musical eras, expanding and perverting each new stylistic context they land in. This first volume, Shower Scene, was inspired by the background music from 1970s TV shows - the frenetic solos, sleazy funk lines and jazz-influenced sounds that subtly lurk behind the tales of crime, drama and passion. The band scratch beneath the soft-focus surface of … Read more
Bristol duo follow their eponymous debut album for Idle Hands with three authentic-sounding New York swing joints for Local Talk. 'Planet Love' plays out pendulous bassline and clap syncopation laced with deepest chords, organ stabs and infectious vocal motif, just how the old skool did it, whilst flipside pares down to the mellow shimmy and glinting Afro-rhythmic cadence of 'On My Own (Independence Mixx)' and pumps up the effortless New Jersey motion of 'Denim Dreams'.
SCB and Ø [Phase] recalibrate cuts from Peter Van Hoesen's 'Perceiver' album. Frontside, Scuba in his SCB guise edits 'Seven, Green and Black' to a swinging schematic rolling on plumped bassline. Flipside, PvH's felow Belgian techno fiend, Ø [Phase] reorientates 'To Alter A Vector' with dead ahead momentum powered by massive kicks and ascendant, evil synthline.
Ekman, aka Roel Dijcks, has been gaining some deserved attention with his terse brand of Electro. With releases on the likes of Panzerkreuz, Solar One Music and Berceuse Heroique, Dijcks has rattled souls with his bare mechanics and cold-hearted sounds. Arctic blasts descend from the outset with his latest for Shipwrec. Frosted coils ensnaring clipped beats, roaming bass lines kept in check by tight drum patterns. Emotion is masked, feelings enveloped and embedded beneath those arrangements of aluminium and steel. Distress is never far from Ekman's work. The flipside jangles with fear and retributi… Read more
"Arbeit, Färber, zeitblom have been collaborating under the name Automat since the end of 2011. Their debut album features Lydia Lunch, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Blixa Bargeld. A Berlin Affair. Just to untangle the threads: Jochen Arbeit, the guitarist who came to world prominence with Die Haut and Einstürzende Neubauten; Achim Färber, a sought-after drummer with the likes of Project Pitchfork, Prag or Phillip Boa; and finally the bassist zeitblom, known from Sovetskoe Foto and through his award winning radio play works, especially in collaboration with author/publisher Michael Farin, with who… Read more
'Mood To Funk’ revisits the kind of hypnotic and melodic-driven basslines of classic Skream productions, while Diam revolves around a high-octane synth attack...
"Man Forever is an exploratory percussion project helmed by John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions), one of New York’s most versatile and critically lauded collaborators and a founding member of Oneida. Since its inception in 2010, Man Forever has hosted an impressive list of guest performers, but few have been as specially qualified to perform Colpitts’ technically challenging meditative workouts as So Percussion, the United States’ premiere contemporary percussion ensemble. So Percussion have commissioned and premiered new compositions by Steve Reich and their interpretations of … Read more
‘Dances In Dreams Of The Known Unkown’ is the new album from Swedish group The Skull Defekts, with the legendary Daniel Higgs (Lungfish) joining Joachim Nordwall and Daniel Fagerstroem on vocal duties and acting as the group’s spiritual ringleader. The Defekts have long acted as the backbone of the Swedish experimental underground, but since their 2011 breakthrough ‘Peer Amid’, the group has emerged at the vanguard of a new wave of radical Scandinavian rock music alongside Iceage and the Posh Isolation label. From the opening patter of ‘Pattern Of Thoug… Read more
Konvex returns with a debut release for Wheel & Deal. Antimatter and Parallax are two techy rollers, while Wayfarer delivers a more banging remix.