Monday, 21 July
Acting as a counterpart to the first floor dedicated installment, Surgeon makes no bones that this is for the dancers, with the first untitled track uncannily prophesising the dubstep/techno crossover thing with dub chords licked into shape over a brittle shaking Surgeon-special rhythm. The second is an outright Chicago styled box banger for all the Green Velvet lovers with an added metallic sheen, thirdly a heads down dark chuggin tool, and finally a Suburban Knight influenced midnight cruiser with ace Detroit synthlines. Ideal!
"Credence" features some of the most cutting techno from Surgeon - from the opener with its brutal and crunchy percussive line that builds up with a tweaked single kick drum that's added to complete the groove and turn it into a demented breakbeat techno number. A2 has a more looped feel with grinding synth noises and ringing percussion that's a tad more minimal than its predecessor, yet still retaining that signature complex sound. The beatless B1 is pretty full-on and distinctive, Surgeon builds the atmosphere up with percussion, a tense and cold vibe, but with a severe jackhammer bass sound that rams across the rhythms and cements the track to the floor.
Dan Snaith (Daphni) puts his Caribou bonnet on for an extended mix of 'Can't Do Without You' from his upcoming 'Our Love' LP.
The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm charm of their music; ten spaciously layered, s… Read more
"Since the age of seventeen, Houston-born Daniel Hipólito has been capturing, fragmenting, and reconfiguring his life experiences as Smokey Emery… Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense depicts a catalog of human conditions from multiple viewpoints and chronologies, allowing each composition to coalesce into a greater framework of substantive contextual meaning and expression… Recorded between 2006-2010 during stints in Austin and San Francisco, Qui Mal y Pense is an Anglo-Norman phrase that translates as "Who Thinks Evil of It" a… Read more
**Diagonal deliver the second of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Bronze Teeth bite back with a 2nd EP of bony, hardware-driven techno fizz for Diagonal, housed in another blinding sleeve by Guy Featherstone. Cut from the same electrifying sessions which yielded their debut 12", 'A Waif's Rent' follows suit with rolling, driven momentum and caustic electronics. A-side they jack up … Read more
Rome's Adam Bourke returns to Fivefold with four slick grooves on the cusp of deep and tech house. 'Divvy' starts up with clipped garage/micro-house shuffle harking back to vintage Farben, and 'Driving Flow' ducks deeper to a dubbed-out aquatic house sound. Flipside, the laidback and hypnotic pastoral arpeggios and jagged electro-house move 'Redlight' marks the EP highlight, and 'Naked Eye' closes to a beatless flutter of jazz piano chords and ambient electronics.
Experimental and functional techno from the Cassegrain duo. 'Blood Distributed as Pure Colour' jacks up jagged industrial rhythm and keening, discordant synth lines, and 'Yokai' locks into a tunnelling acid formation whereas 'Hexagon Fifteen' pares back to sort of robotic tribal ritual.
20 track comp featuring Szare, Remote, Voiski, Resoe, Bleaching Agent and more.
Frisky boogie disco-inflected house from Erdbeerschnitzel, following 12"s for Delsin and 4Lux. Check for the Amp Fiddler-esque funk of 'The Ample Waters', Lone-style electronic house melabcholy in 'With Level Hopes', and the sweetend downstroke of 'Yet Unfulfilled'.
"This is King Creosote’s first album since his Mercury-nominated collaborative record with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine. Composed of eleven stunning and emotive tracks, From Scotland With Love was written by King Creosote and produced by music supervisor and guitarist David McAulay, with additional production by Paul Savage, in Chem19 Studios in Glasgow. The record features King Creosote accompanied by his band – Derek O’Neill (keyboards), Andy Robinson (drums), Pete Mcleod (bass), and Kevin Brolly (clarinet) – as well as an additional string section (arranged by cellist Pete … Read more
Hefty minimal techno from Leiras backed with powerful Sleeparchive remix. The original variously take on big room pound ('Beginning Of Visions') and slick, Function-style slick minimalism ('Emisario' + 'Penitent'), but best by far is the hydraulic momentum of staggered bass roll and pinging bleeps in Sleeparchive's remix for 'Beginning Of Visions'.