Monday, 08 December
The 2nd of Janek Schaefer's two new albums for Dekorder presents a pair of ecstatically vaulted and longform compositions. In contrast to the willowy drones of 'Unfolding Luxury beyond the City of Dreams', this record documents Schaefer's more highly-charged, almost ecclesiastical style of composition in two pieces originally written for installation and exhibit. The A-side's 'Inner Space Memorial in Wonderland' continues a long tradition of Janek writing in tribute to J.G. Ballard - quite recently with 'Lay-By-Lullaby' - featuring twenty one minutes of sweeping… Read more
'Unfolding Luxury Beyond the City of Dreams' is the first of two contrasting new Janek Schaefer LPs for Hamburg's Dekorder. It follows his much acclaimed tribute to J.G. Ballard, 'Lay-By Lullaby' (listed in Pitchfork's Top 10 under-the-radar releases) with a softer, more tactile collection of signature ambient textures and slowly shifting space spread around seven sublime pieces united by an elegiac solemnity. They range from tributes to friends and family who've passed on, thru sweeping orchestral moments woven with field recordings, to one gorgeous num… Read more
Only 15 years since their seminal 'Multi Ordinal Tracking Unit' 12" (reissued in 2012), Unspecified Enemies launch a sick 2nd 12" of hi-tech funk. Two London-based producers with a serious thing for Detroit, Unspecified Enemies are separately known as Simon Walley and Louis Digital. Together they craft some of the sharpest techno tackle known to mankind, exemplified here in the turbulent cut-up of 'Ms. 45' and the Lauren Hill-slamming booty pressure of 'Chip Mode' up top, while the iced shake of 'Liquid Floor' and gritty funk friction of 'Lifestyles of the Minidisc Era' get nasty wid it on the back. Premo gear, this.
Teched-out, Afro-centric grooves from Pedestrian & Jasperdrum backed with a sharp jungle/footwork remix by Alix Perez. With 'Origin' Pedestrian & Jasperdrum find their groove in tight, shuffling drums and offset steppers bass at a laidback swing urged on by chants and darker neuro stabs. B-side: Alix Perez turns their 2013 tune, 'Kalakuta' into a hovering, quicksilver piece of slow/fast bass twists and rapidfire drums balnced with sweet chords.
Richard H Kirk and Ancient Methods rip the skin off Powell's mutant 'Club Music' EP in a quartet of killer remix pillages for Diagonal. Rigorously tested everywhere from Mancy warehouses to Berlin power stations, the Ancient Methods mixes of 'Club Music' are among their very finest; whether in the rictus EBM funk of the 'Körpersaure91' version with its stentorian Front242-style bark and graphene-tipped snares, or the 'phet-sparked clobbering of the manic 'Pogo Im Säurebad' - surely their maddest outing ever. Richard H Kirk, however, takes a different tack entirely with 'So With Went El… Read more
The beastly '11-14' collects all of Powell's incendiary solo 12" club trax on 2CD for the first time. It arrives as the man-machine rides a crest of adulation for his recent live show debut at Unsound '14 and a string of ruthless DJs sets that have seen him put his mutant mechanics firmly into action for Boiler Room and clubs/warehouses across the world. Spanning 3 years, 18 tracks, including the searing 'Maniac' collaboration with Russell Haswell, it frames a singular, ground-breaking body of work that consolidates, without compromise, the intentions and effects of D&B, techno and industria… Read more
**The 300th NNF catalogue number!** "Philly trawler Noah Anthony’s pulverized industrial designs under the black Profligate flag have grown increasingly caustic and cracked, culminating in the eight misery beat clawhammers comprising his sophomore full-length, Finding The Floor. What’s particularly impressive given Anthony’s history in form-frying outfits like Form A Log and Social Junk is how deft and purposefully these pieces are arranged – asylum weaponry fashioned from scavenged hardware. Of the record’s eight cuts, only “Can’t Stop Shaking” has seen release before (though the L… Read more
Double CD compilation album of the works of Robert Wyatt curated by Robert together with biographer Marcus O’Dair, the two volume album features ‘Ex Machina’, the ideal introduction for the Wyatt novice, compiling tracks from Robert’s entire career to date and acting as a companion to O’Dair’s new biography, also titled ‘Different Every Time’ . The second disc brings together the best of Robert’s collaborations and guest appearances or, as Robert has it, ‘Benign Dictatorships’, including some very special oddities and rarities available here for the very first time.
Regis, Evian Christ, HTRK, Kangding Ray and Dutch E Germ line up suitably epic, brooding remixes for Ben Frost's 'A U R O R A' album. In pole position, Evian Christ takes 'Venter' to his anti-G club space with sprung trap drums and iridescent trance chord blooms, whereas Dutch E Germ dismantles, guts and reassembles the same original stems in a battered, noisy dub, and HTRK retune those elements in their own sallow image with slow cooked machine rhythms and elusive, opiated synth tones. On the flipside Kangding Ray turns 'No Sorrowing' into a moody roller with a patented, muscular dynami… Read more
We Can Elude Control gets the best out of Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef aka Some Truths in the tensile, technoid modular and broken drum-machine deviations of 'Bliss Abyss'. As opposed to his more self-consciously "quirky" gear, there's a taut sense of discipline informed by dancefloor structures in these eight tracks released by Paul Purgas ov Emptyset's label. We can hear ideas filched from Footwork, house, techno and dancehall and wedged into these tracks, along with Cumbers unique feel for melodic arrangement and evolutionary, dub-wise space. Matching the crisp, kinetic aesthetics of r… Read more
"Lapalux drops the stone cold dancefloor killer "Make Money" as featured on Flying Lotus's "FlyLo FM" radio station for Grand Theft Auto V."
Goldman Records return with an atmospheric heavy D&B roller from G.H.O.S.T. 'Syrup' billows out across the A-side with diaphanous chords and warm, super-wide subs laced with liquid steppers rhythms. 'Swinger' comes out drunken master style on the B-side with diffuse Busta Rhymes samples squashed into a mad half-step/hardstep swagger; 'Pecker' clocks out with mutant gangsta jungle styles.
"As a follow up to their exuberant debut album, ‘Confidence’ sticks with the “play it all live” pluck we’ve come to expect from Trash Kit. There’s a minimal bent, a lyrical directness, an unadorned ethic that all evokes the sense that the song is being written at the same time as it’s performed. Yet whilst the first album at times felt too fleeting, its succinct songs flashing by so fast, ‘Confidence’ is startlingly more assured, allowing ideas to develop, conclusions to be gathered. Tracks like ‘Hair’, ‘Skin’ and ‘Boredom’ embrace dynamics like never before. Their clatter and chime are com… Read more
Planet Mu has made a name for itself with its persistant persuit of new talent, this latest endeavour bringing to life the debut work of L.A's Edward Ma, aka Edit. The sound is a somehow familiar blend of acoustic "song" constructions developed with electronic means, but the delivery stands out for its intricacy and warmth. Album openers "Ashtray" and "Ants" play around careful guitar strums and post-rockish tendencies, interjected with vocal hiccups and loops more reminiscent of the man Prefuse 73. The instrumentation seeps through with a lo-fi, distant tinge … Read more