Monday, 14 April
Hsuan Records boss Graeme S faces up a tight, soulful jungle/footwork riddim backed with two re-swerves by Teklife member Deejay Earl. Graeme's debut piece, 'Nothing' is a fine slice of forward dance music, but if you want the real Chicago deal we recommend heading straight for the remixes. In Deejay Earl's trusty hands 'Nothing' is flipped with mad pitching drums, subs and subtly rearranged chords, whilst he absolutely kills it with a supreme throw down of 'Autofac' tussling with proper breakbeat rufige and classic Chi vocal. Deffo TIP dat!!!
Pinch, Acre, Elmono, Ipman and Batu feature on COld Recordings first compilation.
Gnod's Tesla Tapes pay tribute to the anti-fracking resistance camp at Barton Moss, miles from Gnod HQ at Islington Mill, Salford, with half an hour of stentorian rants by Michael O'Neill set to desolate northern drones produced and mixed by Druss & Dwellings. It's a fxxking uncomfortable listen, but probably not as uncomfortable as the protestor under attack from corporate dibble depicted on the inlay. There's four tracks in total, all delivered with politicised vitriol and a stoic glare, ranging from slow-marching No Wave drones and pulses to blown-out, polluted du… Read more
Accompanied by Surgeon, Richard Youngs and Matmos, among others, Daniel Lopatin returns to tracks from his outstanding 2011 LP 'Replica'. 'Dog In The Fog: 'Replica' Collaborations & Remixes' takes shape as four edits and radical revisions. Matmos splice 'Replica' with the sort of clinical precision that made their 'A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure' LP such a lasting classic, leaving the piano riff more or less intact while arranging a far denser and kinetic patina of samples around the original's sparse framework. Lopatin himself re-approache… Read more
The Hague's prolific producer of retro-fitted nEuro Techno-House presents his latest chapter of pulpy sonic fiction thru Creme Organization. Currently riding another crest of popularity, we find Legowelt at his most engaging and spaced-out over 12 tracks of fluent analogue storytelling couched in the atmospheres and mystery of classic sci-fi, film noir and dark, pumping basements. Let's be fair, it's nowt new, but Wolfers' has refined his art to something beyond criticism over lack of "newness"; taken for what it's meant to be, his 'Crystal Cult 2080' is a flawlessly dark dream sequenc… Read more
A low slung, soulful taste of what to expect from Kelis' upcoming Ninja Tune album, backed with three Breach remixes. The slow, brassy shuffle of the original is brought right up to date for UK 'floors with Breach's clean and radio-friendly remix, a dirtier extended remix, and stripped dub.
Phil Kay ov Manchester's Working For A Nuclear City indulges his love of BoC and classic electronica in this charming debut solo album as King Of The Mountains. Whilst his bandmate and co-songwriter from WFANC Gary McLure has drifted towards writing acoustic songs, Phil Kay fully embraces his computer, along with a dash of sax and other "real" instruments to paint ten grand, lucid landscapes evidently influenced by the pastoral melodies and rugged grooves of BoC. These interests manifest clearly in the album's precise, imaginative arrangement and sound design, contouring unyielding… Read more
**Eyrie Eldritch electronics for fans of Cyclobe/Coil et al** "Utilising such diverse elements as sound collage, folk balladry, documentary and noise, coupled with a fierce political intelligence, KEMPER NORTON uses the 4-song structure of his LOWERMOOR EP to investigate the scandal of the Camelford water poisoning of 1988, which occurred on the eve of water privatisation in the UK by the Thatcher government. Themes of isolation, loss and centrality of water and the sea to the British psychology surge through the work. From the uncanny montage of voices and sound in 'SWW Circular' to t… Read more
"More Than Human has unearthed an archival recording from the future by Time Attendant, the London-based audio-visual time sensitive Paul Snowdon. This work features six new soundscapes invoking macrocosmic awe and microscopic terror. IRIDIUM WATCHER is our slightly anxious guide, wise but weary, opening forbidden portals. We pause briefly at VOIDERS DELIGHT, an utterly alien sonic landscape, before arriving at the disturbing arcane ceremony of THE HEXAPOD STAR SHUFFLE, where our only help is the spoken evocations of poet Dolly Dolly. LETHARGY QUEST is the beginning of our journ… Read more
Darkest shades of dubstep from District on Distance's Chestplate label. The achingly emotive 'Roy's Theme' is, we're guessing, an unsolicited and highly effective theme for the hunted android in Bladerunner (Ridley, if you're reading, cop this for the remake!), and again 'Aftermath' summons proper darkside sci-fi vibes with 3D synth projections and cyber-dread bass pressure. 'Tempest' seals the session with a dramatic flourish of spring-loaded halfstep syncopation and tearing but tightly controlled synth motifs.
Rolling UK garage-house backed with broken beat and discoid garage remixes by Fybe:One and Arkist.
Heavy skewed hip hop/electronica instrumental from the former Anticon recruit. The 2nd single from Tobacco's upcoming Ghostly debut.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Beautiful modern composition from LA's prolific Sean McCann and En/Root Strata's San Fran-based Maxwell August Croy. Their first collaboration, 'I' feels timlessly enigmatic, drawing on a wealth of aesthetic and compositional tropes from their respective oeuvres to synthesise something wholly new and uniquely engaging, weaving the exotic timbres of Croy's koto and McCann's keening string arrangements in a sound that defies easy categorization. Beaming forth with the flurry of strings and breezing wind instruments of 'Parting Lig… Read more
“Woods’ brand of pop shamanism has undergone several gradual transformations over their past few albums, but on With Light and With Love, the tinkering reveals an expanded sonic palette that includes singing saw, heavier emphasis on percussion, and a saloon piano that sounds like it was rescued from a flooded basement. Distinct from both the stoned volk of their earliest recordings and the kraut-y dalliances of more recent fare, With Light and With Love showcases a more sophisticated brand of contemporary drug music that owes more to Magical Mystery Tour than motorik. “If you’ve ev… Read more
After releases on Fifth Wall and Grizzly, Physical Therapy returns for a follow up to the first release on his own Allergy Season label, with the EP "Million Years Crushed." Three cuts of maximal electronic dance music, along with a deep retrofit from Berghain resident Norman Nodge.
"The Amazing Snakeheads - Dale Barclay, William Coombe and Jordan Hutchinson - are truly a force of nature. ‘Amphetamine Ballads’ is the soundtrack to the dark corners of nightclubs and those dimly lit alleyways off the main drag. The smell of smoke and liquor pervades everything. Recorded at night time at The Green Door Studio in Glasgow, this is a subterranean record, an album that can show you ‘round the parts of a city that come alive after dark. A monument to the redemptive powers of rock & roll, full of rage, romance and dark humour, ‘Amphetamine Ballads’ is an uncompromising, astonishingly visceral debut album"
Ruddy electro-house funk from San Fran's Justin Martin and UK big room type, Eats Everything. Check 'Steven Jello' for a wiggly jaunt drippin' with sawtooth synthlines and some dubstep-style bass pressure, or 'Kong' for a strutting, bass-pressured house riddim streaked with jet engine FX and tribal drum breaks.