Monday, 24 February
*New on Nicolas Jaar's 'Other People' label* "Several years ago, Valentin Stip was sitting alone by a harbour in the small French town where his parents grew up. “I heard all the sailing strings hit the masts, and I realized that every sound you hear is potentially music,” he says. “The only thing that makes sound into music is the mind, arranging it.” Since then, Valentin Stip has been building a bridge between the sounds that live inside and outside his head. On ‘Sigh’, the 21-year-old producer’s full-length debut on Other People, Stip organizes classical piano, lightly sputtering grooves an… Read more
"Canadian artist Nicolas Bernier creates sound performances, installations, musique concrète, live electronics and video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and interdisciplinary contexts. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. The sound of Nicolas Bernier is somewhere between the old and the new. It is electronic music made from objects of the past: typewriter, old machines, tuning forks, soundscape memories an… Read more
'Churches Schools and Guns' is the 2nd album of dystopian, forward-facing techno architecture by Italian-in-Berlin producer, Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy. The follow-up to his well-received 'Wordplay For Working Bees' is an obliquely abstract yet emotive twelve song cycle exhibiting an ear for microscopic detail and an attuned feel for slinky, seductive rhythms. It's leagues ahead of his field of terms of sound design and atmosphere, drawing on and subtly incorporating a wider confluence of ideas than many of his contemporaries. The grey, gloomy spectre of machine driven post-punk expe… Read more
Pummelling Techno from London's Ear To Ground imprint, featuring remixes by AnD and Samuli Kemppi. Face up, Chris Stanford & Dax J's stentorian industrial kicker 'Kommand' is subject to a bruised 'Demented Drums' remix by AnD. Face down, Gareth Wild's modulating, acidic tunnel groove, 'Get Raw' is dried out in a cavernous remix by Kemppi.
Proper unusual signing from Lex here, Wertheimer bring together an intriguing mix of squashed electronics, boogie and House that sound like a cross between Andy Stott, Matthew Herbert and Leila, with a closing hook that bizarrely sounds like it could have been lifted off Baauer's 'Harlem Shake'. It''ll take a couple of listens to get our heads round it, but there's enough here to pique our interst, for sure.
Wesley Matsell returns from his Studio Barnhus excursion to the merry gang at Border Community. On 'Total Order Of Being' it sounds like he found some vintage Garys left over from Castlemorton along the way, yielding four tracks of ecstatic, utopian dance music clearly in thrall to the halcyon aura of early '90s rave. The percolating synths and arpeggiated bass of the title track offer a lush slingback to classic Orbital, and the colourful, frothing breaks of 'Future Beacon' brims with the kind of positive brio best associated with early AFX and the Rephlex gang. The Wales-vi… Read more
"Francisco López is an artist who has continued to challenge listeners with the fringes of acoustic perception over his long career. 'Presque Tout' is a collection of works spanning 20 years of sonic activity. This 7 hour long edition presents some of the artist's most tantalizingly subtle pieces. Culled from many obscure and out-of-print editions, most of these compositions have been unavailable commercially for years. Presque Tout also contains the stunning new 3 hour work "Untitled #313." This data DVD edition contains 7 hours of audio files (uncompressed … Read more
London's highly-rated club-night serves the 2nd soundtrack to their very own club catwalk shows. Resident deejay Rushmore manhandles four cuts fusing flyest elements of prancin' ballroom and bashy B-more with a booty-wise UK grime sensibility, switching it up from the Eski-optimised ghetto-bass bounce of 'Bloodlines' to the haunted warehouse flex of 'Jump Shot' and over to the stabbin' c*nty behaviour of 'Turn It On', the sub-loaded flamboyance of 'Bitch Please', and the digitally exclusive cut 'Ignite'. RIYL Deamonds, Night Slugs, Dance Mania, jackin', showin' off.
"Unknown To The Unknown present a new 4 track club EP from New York's Willie Burns. By day a swimming instructor & record buyer at the world famous thrift store The Thing. By night he can be found in his studio in Greenpoint surrounded by a collection of analogue hardware that make up his alias’ Speculator, Black Deer & of course his SP1200 aided Willie Burns. Having released numerous EPs on L.I.E.S, The Trilogy Tapes, Rush Hour & Crème Organisation he’s turned in 4 spectacular hazy low slung house jams for Unknown To The Unknown..."
Soul Jazz Records new release Inner City Beat! Detective Themes, Spy Music and Imaginary Thrillers is a unique CD (and 2LP) release that comes with an exclusive limited-edition specially created 60-page graphic novel (by the mysterious cult 1960s pulp-fiction writer Mark ‘Badly’ Antringham). The music on the album is a killer selection of funky, deep, rare, exciting and dancefloor heavyweight ‘spy themes’, ‘detective music’ and thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s. The music spans heavyweight break-beat funk, deep and heavy jazz, sup… Read more
Yes, please… a totally choice reissue of a deadly Boo Williams swinger, originally launched on the Daisy label in 1996. This is real Black Art house territory; four tracks of deeply infectious grooves synching pendulous B-lines and kinky drums ranging from the sub-loaded piano house zinger 'Lucky Star Ship' to the copulating square bass of 'Moon Patrol' and over to the poignant vibes of 'The Great Speech' and the floating chords of 'Laid Back'.
Crème Organization give up a 2nd helping of deep, muggy Detroit chug from Alex Israel. 'A Man Of Qualities' kinda sums up Israel's expertise - over the years he's played as a session musician for Earth Wind and Fire, Chic and Prince before detouring into the house and techno sound of Chicago and his native Detroit in the '90s. Nowadays, he makes lean, quality dance trax, here showcasing a sound that runs from from squashed, atmospheric beatdown through the tangy chug of 'Mustard Greens' to slightly pacier, but still <120bpm house with the JTC-like acid churn of 'Angulas' and perkier Jersey house on 'Colugo'.
“Formed originally as a jam-based project in the ever-fertile analogue studio 'Green Door’, Whilst jump seamlessly between free jazz, primitive electronics, dubby post-punk, North African and motorik stlyings, underpinning their sound with a strong punk ethos“.
Nutty dubstep gyrations from K Man ov Dub Mechz. A-side 'Electro Magnetic Destroyer' staggers out the gates on a freakish, pitching synthline into a proper bassbin tumult smacked up with ricochet claps and murderous subbass undertow. B-side 'Propaine' is its inverse, concentrating on wobbling bass weight and triplet groove with bleeping electronics.
Patrick Gräser has already caused a stir with his recent releases for MDR and his own eponymous ACR label, this is his first release for Ostgut. The 12" opens with “The 4th Verdict“ consisting of hammering beats in sawtooth formation while 'Ghostes' combines drums and dreamy synths for a mystic mood and “Breathe“ involves a synthwinding itself relentlessly through the song in a quasi-Trance style.
"Christian S has been around since the mid 1990s, getting his education from the legendary Cologne house underground. Teaming up with Matias Aguayo he soon found himself a key figure in the scene when launching an equally influential club night called "Lost“. With a blissfully darkened tone in dance, a fearless repertoire and illustrious like-minded guest DJs from everywhere,“Lost“ evolved into a haven for enigmatic dancefloor mavericks, setting the pace for what was to become the Comeme phenomenon of here and now…"
Make no mistake, "Solens Arc" is an IDM record through and through. There are certainly some nice bits here, but the overall feeling it left us with was an odd kind of nostalgia for an era we had presumed long forgotten in electronic music. The sound seems in-thrall to Chiastic Slide era Autechre, and even on moments that seem more directly aimed at the floor such as "Evento" or "Blank Empire" there's an odd kind of retro-active choice of palette that seems at odds with the futuristic, minimal aesthetic that's typified Raster Noton all these years.
The new class of House music remix tracks from Nosaj Thing's 'Home' album for Innovative Leisure. Kyle Hall treats 'Try' to a luxuriant deep house massage rubbed with greazy bass and warm, woozy synth washes. Gerry Read deftly refracts 'Light #3' into a Shake-like blend of brittle, swinging drums and wormy bassline building to a crooked outcome of grumblin' drums and old-skool, Manix-like synths 'n strings.
Cult Finnish musician and tram driver Jaakko Eino Kalevi gets a proper seeing to from Heatsick, Tom Noble, Peaking Lights and Vezurro on this sold remix EP for Weird World. Heatsick does his Casio thing in fine style on the opener, while Peaking Lights deliver a dusted funk makeover and Vezurro goes all out for a fine Disco number crying out for a Sally Shapiro vocal. Good stuff.
Another fine cassette release from 100% silk made available for the digital crew, this one from "Madisonian synthesizer omnivore" Golden Donna. The opening "Remember" sets the scene nicely with a tempered Deep House, almost Balearic vibe reminiscent of classic Move D while "Looking Glass Forest" sounds like it could have come off an old Donna Regina production - meaning it oozes a bittersweet kind of euphoria that we just love. good stuff once again from 100% SIlk.
"Neneh Cherry releases her first solo album in 16 years – a collaboration with RocketNumberNine, produced by Four Tet, and featuring a guest appearance by Robyn. While her energy and demeanor may not have changed since the days of Rip Rig + Panic, Blank Project is a departure from anything Neneh has previously done, initially written as a means of working through personal tragedy. What stands out upon first listen is the album’s sparseness: loose drums and a few synthesizers are the only accompaniment to Neneh’s wildly poetic, sometimes-spoken, sometimes-screeching, soul-flooded and ra… Read more
Outta nowhere, former Skam/Warp regular Simon Pyke aka Freeform presents a 20 minute extended version of the soundtrack to the installation 'Universal Everything & You - Drawing In Motion' currently showing at Media Space, Science Museum, London. It feels very much in key with his Skam releases from the early '00s, sequencing ornate, folk-wise, organic and electronic instrumentation into 20 minutes of lilting, percussive grooves which become progressively noisier and more discombobulated.
'Sochi 2014' is a beguiling, Muslimgauze/Vatican Shadow-esque tribute to Sochi's controversial Winter Olympics, conceived by Estonian Black Metal outsider Mihkel Kleis aka Edasi in his Istishhad guise. Relevant to Sochi's location on the Black Sea coast, close to the Caucasus and Turkey - a region historically cleft by religious, political and cultural rivalries - Istishhad's commemoration collages haunting samples of Islamic prayers with churning percussions, fireworks, and detached, distant synthlines every bit as enigmatic as the most obscure Muslimgauze pieces or Vatican Shadow's 'Orname… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** Shuffling, toughened, gnarly Techno from Qoso on In Pardisium, following up that excellent split EP with Low Jack from last year. If you're into AnD, Mondkopf etc this one should do nicely for you.
The Notwist return with their first album in 6 years, 'Close to The Glass'. "The Notwist have always been pioneering their own sound, walking a trail of songs across genres toward something definitively new and distinctly them. Yet the German born band are never running ‘from’ their previous creations rather ‘toward’ the next, and in doing so have crafted a series of personal yet impeccable records that warmly thread together the far corners of independent music. Simply speaking, the Notwist make this careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going … Read more