Friday, 17 July
Breezu mid-tempo NYC house chug and ruddy tribalism, backed with an acidic garage house remix by John Barera and Will Martin, and hypnotic sub-heavy Sisterhood remix.
Original catalysts of the US - UK bass dialogue, Philadelphia's Slit Jockey Records juice out 38 of their best moments from 10 years of operations in the grimy field. Includes highlights from both sides of the pond between Starkey and Trim's hard-edged 'DPMO'; the haunted dancehall-grime minimalism of Mr. Mitch's 'Bethlem Royal'; Rustie's bouncing remix of 'G41' by 8Bitch; J-Sweet's 8-bar muder, 'Streethawk'. A crushing halfstep raver from Wonder in 'RaveT'.
*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M* Janus crew's M.E.S.H. unpackages a vast internal world across the ornate topographies of his incredible debut album. Combining scything club dynamics and Hollywood sound design with a sample bank of archaic renaissance instruments, 'Piteous Gate' describes a hyperreal place-out-of-time framed by matrices of tessellating grids and vapour-trace contours rent in near-VR detail. Collapsing the stadium-sized structures of "festival trance" with oblique elements o… Read more
Alessio Natalizia and Emotional Response make some class curatorial choices on the first batch of remixed Not Waving trax. A-side, Pye Corner Audio curls the slow, silvery waves of 'Ability To Gain Access' with tactile sensitivity, blooming to a magnificent climax, while Tomaga recalculate 'Mathematical Man' as a bright, chiming roil of burred drums, flutes and grumbling bass with traces of celestial jazz. B-side, Bronze Teeth's L/F/D/M boosts 'Double Blind' as a proper EBM/acid techno piece, and then there's a heart-breaking ambient rendition of 'Future Rain' by Abul Mogard - the retir… Read more
Exceptional debut 12" of trippin', tape-saturated techno and electro by Antinote's latest discovery. Coming not long after the rugged techno punishments of his 'Human Condition' tape for New York Haunted, 'Menti Singole' portrays a more sensitive, melancholy character between the buttoned-up electromance of opener 'Filippo' and the roiling Andy Stott-meets-Aught styles of 'Marco', soaring under covert ferric skies across the Urban Tribe-like panorama of 'Francesco' to the noirish Lynch-meets-Gesloten Cirkel vibes of 'Leonardo'. Based on the strength of these tracks, by all rights Leonardo Martelli's name should be everywhere very soon. Massive tip!
"Super charming electro obscurity from Trinidad, 1986, dug out and remastered for Emotional Rescue's Caribbean reissue scheme and backed with a wicked rerub by Nick The Record and Dan Idjut. "Singer song writing duo Carl and Carol Jacobs have been a fixture of the Trinidad music scene for over 30 years. As a duet they have released a series of Soca and Reggae tinged 12”s and LPs for Rohit, Straker, Crosby and Eddy Grant’s ICE label. It was more of the same on their 1986 Bend Down And Rock release on Crosby Records, however over on the flip things got really interesting. Sampling Sant… Read more
The German producer does Chicago acid in his own, devilish style with a trio of nervy and spaced-out box bangers for the Kelly Twins' Happy Skull. All three works only shades away from AFX's Analord sessions, twysting between the skittish, skating trills and grubbing acid flecks of 'Yes or No' to the lush, layered synth arrangement and knotted groove of 'Summer Time in Coloniae', and with a more mystic Jamal Moss tilt in 'Going By'.
Emotional Response's 1st Schleißen volume pairs a grand expanse of ecstatic drone by Serbian former factory worker Abul Mogard, with the pulsating, hyaline patterns of Harmonious Thelonious. Mogard's 'Dizziness That Shakes Rivers And Mountains' unfurls 18 minutes of yearning synth drone conducted with a glacial patience and romantic intent that's hard to ignore, especially if you've ever fallen for the frayed, somnambulant projections of Leyland Kirby or William Basinski. By contrast, the two Harmonious Thelonious pieces are markedly different - bright, pointillist, quicksilver - but share much of Mogard's transcendent intent.
Welcome to the world of ascendent, London-based beat builder Drae Da Skimask '95 with the heavy stoned tone of 'Mindfulness'. So named after the year of his birth, at the age of 19, Drae Da Skimask '95 is already well established with UK & US hip hop fraternities via production for Piff Gang, Jesse James Solomon and Onoe Caponoe. Yet the 11-part 'Mindfulness' is his first widely available batch of instrumentals beyond his soundcloud, establishing a low-key, soft-lit and slow-mo style operating in the mists beyond American producers such as Clams Casino or Main Attrakionz, and the… Read more
*Exclusive version of Bullion's new EP with an additional track!* On his brilliant first new release in 3 years, Bullion is sure to draw some big grins with the menagerie of technicolour, cartoonish funk in 'Rooster'. Unhinged to say the least, you get the sense that Nathan Jenkins a.k.a. Bullion has spent up all his pop chips with production for the wonderful Nautic and Laura Groves, and now really wants to reveal what's going on the "musical barnyard" of his bonce. Taking in radiophonic bloops, dubbed-out rooster crows, digickal dancehall, Gaelic jigs, ersatz Ethiopiques and Indian raga, it's … Read more
The Quietus Phonographic Corporation dice with the 'floor thru Chrononautz's debut single of mutant techno roil following the zine/label's more typical indie-rock fayre from East India Youth, The Charlatans and Grumbling Fur. The Chrononautz duo have previously turned up on Photonz' One Eyed Jacks, and here they smear two sides with an effluent flux of raw machine rhythms and banking, shearing noise playing thru seamlessly like an album.
Adroit, abstract rhythm trips from De Leon on his 2nd session for the impeccable Aught imprint. Some really outstanding pieces to be found in this outing, not least the high-velocity flux of '10', which sounds something like Cut Hands gone gamelan, or the dusty, sinuous tribal techno extractions of ''08' which is maybe best compared with Bookworms' intuitive style of drum programming and arrangement. Mix in the sweltering mass of coruscating chords and echo chamber clangour in '07', and the grounation-like patter of '06', and you've got a really strong, uniquely immersive selection. Tip!
**Highly recommended to fans of Grouper, Loren Connors, Richard Skelton** Original Bristol shoegazer, Flying Saucer Attack, completes a quietly breathtaking return with his first new album in 15 years. Where all too often this sort of return can simply reprise an old sound for diehard fans, 'Instrumentals 2015' is a timeless and otherworldly recording with a radiant, transcendent appeal for anyone with a taste for blown-out guitar drone scapes. Across 15 pieces it covers a vast, impressionistic topography in a spellbinding narrative coursing from Eraserhead-like industria… Read more
Mark Barrott blows fragrant kisses from Ibiza with his 3rd set of 'Sketches from an Island'. The spirits of new age ambient, African music and sun-dazed disco are summoned in four tracks ranging from the liadback exotica of 'Right 4 Me' thru the chiming chug of 'The Mysterious Island of Dr Nimm, and the feathered thumb piano tones of 'Cirrus & Cumulus'. Definitely one for the Balearic dreamers.
Lazer Sword's Lando Kal caters to Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic with five sleek house and electro come-ons. Check for highlights in the tensile rave minimalism of 'Show Me Tricks' and the hard-wurkin' house of 'Stunts'.
Heavy rolling trance techno in two parts; the megadome panoramas of 'Synchrotonic' and slower, sinuous arpeggiations of 'Holiday In Singularity'.
"Following up on the experimental sounds of LP3 and LP4, Ratatat return to their core guitar-driven sound on Magnifique. Combining the bedrock beats and primordial riffs from their first two albums with the sonic experimentation and production prowess of LP3 and LP4, Mike and Evan arrived at a new plateau with Magnifique."
Atlanta meets West London as Suicideyear linx with K9 on the dark pearl of 'Scarr'. Still hot from his 'Mad in the Cut' mixtape, UK roadrap MC K9 sounds hungry and fierce as f**k, barking from a hollow space in the midst of Suicideyear's patented gothic trap architecture.
Matt Morandi's Jahiliyya Fields yield a long-delayed and highly-charged second 2LP of hypnotic loops, drones and rhythmic noise for L.I.E.S. Found in sharp relief with the meditative tone of 'Unicursal Hexagram' (2012), his debut album, this set veers between wavy alien square dance and layered, ecstatic techno impulses. But, the occultist, esoteric intentions remain the same, urging a state of dancefloor transcendence thru repetition and chaotic, hallucinogenic derangement across eleven mental stages. It's all much closer to the projections of Astral Social Club, or the febrile atm… Read more
"Future Archaic records head honcho Freejack brings a six tracker that ranges from minimal, brooding, grim reaper terrorscape, to dense, mechanical, percussive, mutated techno. This is a ritualistic body music for dying days, it’s sound for a fading spirit, a mantra that momentarily both grips and lurches us from the deepest depths and throws us back towards the shining light. Definitely one for fans of Muslimgauze, Container, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement etc etc…"
**Squashed techno abstractions, at best in the wickedly discordant wonk of 'Noisey Neighbourhood'** '"Roman Nails (Cooper Bowman / Altered Tapes) is a prolific figure within the Australian DIY/NOISE/TECHNO tape underground, a central player within the Future Archaic family, and a man who never allows his sound to be pigeonholed, allowing his varied palette of interest to feed in to his own unique productions. To get real, this is four tracks of epic analogue techno experiments. The perfect baller cruising music, primed and ready for when cruising music suits the inevitable scorched, desolate, future wasteland earth we currently inhabit. RIDE."
Ollie Holmberg's much-whispered about Moon Wheel hovers into sight on Where To Now? with the frayed, introspective beauty of 'Okänt Land'. Following up 2013's well-received 7" for Wool Recordings and an eponymous album for Not Not Fun Records, this EP plots a mazy path thru gauzy, cloud-like topologies precipitating silvery acid drips and plumes of wistful analogue synth anchored by slow-heaving yet elegant machine rhythms. Their effect equally recalls a faded version of Andy Stott's knackered house in the creaking yet viscous groove of 'Sky City' as much as Pye Corner Audio's most blunted… Read more
**Sterling session 50/50 split between abstract techno and tonal explorations. The techno trax range from Ilpo Väisänen-alike swing reps to ecstatic and powerful drone lifts and devilish acid deviation primed for the 'floor, whilst the other half gets under the skin with microtonal frequency f**kery** "This album was made for labour equivalence. A tax may be defined as a "pecuniary burden laid upon individuals or property to support the government [...], a payment exacted by legislative authority." A tax "is not a voluntary payment or donation, but… Read more