Monday, 08 September
Spanish artiste, Belén Vidal aka Bflecha, ropes in some heavy remixers to overhaul tracks from her debut album, 'Beta'. Chicago's DJ Manny flips 'B33' as a lush. heat-seeking footwork bomb making seductive use of her Spanish language vocals; DJ Q recalibrates 'Mundo Bizarro' to a dainty 2-step bubble, chopping the killer vocal, Todd Edwards style; DJ Big O brings the B-More bounce to 'A Marte'; Hosoi hears 'B33' as a Jam City-esque hyperboogie pop prism. More, please.
Desiccated deep house and faded techno from Ottawa, Canada's Riohv on the industrious 1080p label. neatly slipping in line with the label's hazy aesthetic, 'Moondance' gives up nine grooves sashaying between the kind of fuzzy new age tones you'd find in a Mood Hut release, to more bittersweet acid boogie styles, impressionistic house scapes, and one slamming bit of warehouse techno boogie.
France’s electronic duo M83 return with their second album, their first to be given a more overtly international push. Good timing, for its an adequately analogue collection of electronic pop songs mounted on a bed of fuzzy guitars and computerised vocals – hitting the zeitgeist with considerable aplomb. The tracks often contain a warm, almost romantic undercurrent, something which isnt often associated with music of this kind, and the soundscapeish scope of the composition, rather than the execution, hints at a deep love for My Bloody Valentine and their pioneering execution of electronic pioneering via acoustic means. Surprisingly moving.
Sampledelic soul moves from Slowfoot's Crewdson and ascendent singer, Femme, aka Eckoclick for Sonic Router. Coming off like Matthew Herbert and FAY recording for Eglo, their eponymous debut is an impressively well-rounded and accomplished session, meeting Crewdson's meticulously scalpel-cut concrète arrangements with the natural fluidity of Femme's adroit vocals in six songs swerving between low-slung house ('Dream In Colour'), clipped future disco soul ('Dance With Me'), and '90s R&B ('Controller', 'Bad Luck').
**Edition of 250** Wayward mixture of Chicago house and darkwave disco from Twins for Glasgow's Clan Destine. Up top, 'Creepsick' comes off like Vindicatrix doing the Gherkin Jerk, and 'Deal With It' jams on with proper tracky Chi styles. Down below, 'No Comfort' sounds like a wavier Bodycode/Portable groove, and 'Peachtree Industrial' jacks off the kind of jagged groove you might expect to hear in one of Jamal Moss's Medusa Edits.
NYC's Lord Raja reveals a unique style of beatcraft on the brilliant 'Darwin', taken from 'A Constant Moth' - his forthcoming debut album for Ghostly International. The ill-timed syncopation and dusty flux of 'Darwin' takes us right back to when FlyLo's beats felt fresh and vital circa 'Reset', toying with our sense of rhythmic anticipation in the canniest fashion, perhaps best compared as a raw, frayed analog to Arca? Whatever it is, it's wicked. Here's looking forward to the full album.
"NYC post-punk outfit YOU. may have a heart that beats for Detroit (vocalist and founding member Trever Millay and synth/drum programmer Brad Taormina both hail from there), but the soul of their music stretches far beyond the Midwest. Sunchaser is their third record, and first for Dais, and also their first to feature their expanded lineup of guitarist Scott Kiernan and bassist Lee Lichtsinn. YOU.’s music up to this point has always pitted its more reflective elements against the austerity of electronics, not so much as to create a warm sound as to invite the listener in as respite from the cold… Read more
Mystic, meandering expressions of a yearning machine soul from the untouchably titled Philip K Glass Dick. Working in a weird wormhole somewhere betwixt Design A Wave, Hype Williams and M. Geddes Gengras, 'Gift of Love = Homies' orbits expansive proto-trance-techno zones in the clattering motorik epic 'Mass Raves', alongside the Coil-gone-minimal boogie vibes of 'Tastes Like Fennel' and richly detailed kosmiche psychedelia in 'Centuries of Black Iron' or the gorgeous pastoral wheeze of 'I-5'. PK Glass Dick explains his process behind the music: “In order to jam, one must … Read more
"The KVB's new six track EP is the culmination of a week long recording session at Anton Newcombe's studio in Berlin last autumn. They recruited the help of Joe Dilworth (Stereolab) to contribute live drums to the recordings, this was the first time the band have worked outside of their own studio set up at their home in South London. 'Out Of Body' is a further exploration of the bands interest in phenomenology, bodily immersion and consciousness. Introspective lyrics are suspended in dream like melodies, further expanding upon the duo's hypnotic aesthetic which they explore both sonically and visually on the record..."
Conrad Schnitzler is without a doubt one of the most important figures in 20th century electronic music. His CV includes a prominent role initiating the seminal Zodiak Free Arts Lab in Berlin circa 1967, essentially creating the nucleus of what would become known as the Kosmische movement. From this he became a founder member of Kluster and collaborated with the likes of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, laying the foundations for future generations of Techno and Ambient electronic musicians. It's not often that unreleased material of his comes to the surface, but Further Records have… Read more
Effortlessly fluid, effervescent deep house from the originator. The production is prime and the results should be irresistible to any swingers or late night rug cutters.
Badass tech-step from Friske for Metalheadz' MethXX series. 'Speculate' goes in hard with snarling neuro lashes and pointillist punctuation leavened by classic sounding sci-fi pads inna old skool Dom & Roland style; 'Autumn' is more atmospheric, rolling, and 'Dark Venture' rounds out with a funked-up hard-step.
*Includes bonus tracks 'Filthy City' & 'Filthnoid Mix'* Gully New York hip hop coated in scuzzy noise by Gut Nose, back on his home city's Styles Upon Styles label. Landing squarely between the eyes of Parallel Thought's rugged beat suites and classic El-P produce, 'Filthy City' evokes a bloodshot, street-level view of a wasted metropolis in eleven concise parts. It all feels haunted by the dread ghosts of late '90s boom bap, DJ Spooky, Wordsound, RZA's 'Ghostdog' soundtrack et al, and is also prone to wigging out into collapsing industrial house structures at will. As a sort of sonic psychogeographic derivè it really takes us there.
Roisin Murphy ropes in trusted remixers, JD Twitch ov Optimo, plus Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi, to touch up her Italian pop confections from 'Mi Senti'. Glasgow's JD Twitch plays it cool with a swinging, shuffling take on 'In Sintesi' full of whirring trills and a yearning acid/Italo burn. Italian legend Daniele Baldelli and his studio buddy Marco Dionigi re-wire 'Ancora Tu' with signature cosmic suss, turning the vocal alien and dubbing up the groove.
Wicked album of rugged and rude hip hop from Brainfeeder posse's animé-obsessed Azizi Gibson. The cloud rap backdrops from Kamandi on the title cut or 'Toast', and the lo-slung rap whirr of 'Eden After Hours' produced by Millz Dpuglas are choice.
Tricky's back, flanked by a squadron of female vocal accomplices - Tirzah, Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Bella Gotti - plus a hook-up with Mykki Blanco and production from Blue Daisy. Whilst he still sounds vocally menacing and paranoid as ever, he still can't give up that thing for naughty rock guitars which really dates the whole thing. OK, there are moments of relief in the mercurial electro glyde of 'Nicotine Love' with Francesca Belmonte, in the dank boogie of 'Right Here' featuring Oh Land, and the pulsing trip hop slink of 'Something In The Way', but then those guitars reappear…
"Follow up to the critically acclaimed debut and features the highlights ‘So What’, ‘Memories Of You’, ‘Think It’s Gonna Happen Again’ and ‘Oxygen Tank’. The album was produced by bandleader Avi- Zahner-Isenberg and recorded at various locales in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, with engineering assistance from Jay Pellicci at Tiny Telephone and mixing by Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room Studio."
"A fresh, vibrant take on the lush, emoting tropes of Eighties pop and rock but sounding resolutely 21st Century. ‘The Dew Lasts An Hour’s diverse influences place Ballet School at the forefront of pop’s new alternative."