Monday, 25 November
**Taut, authentically vintage wave funk from Group Rhoda and her pal, Max. If you wanted hear Group Rhoda go darker, this is it…Recommended!** "Dark Entires is excited to introduce the debut album “Less Ness” from contemporary Bay Area duo, Max and Mara. Their collaboration began in 2012. Max is based in Oakland and has been a part of various projects most notably Brotman and Short and his current solo work as Business Etiquette. Mara is based in San Francisco and is known for her solo work as Group Rhoda. On “Less Ness” they worked with a hardware set up: 808 and Elektron drum machine, Moog, … Read more
**Sophisticated darkwave pop. RIYL Mushy, Ike Yard, ToC, Xeno & Oaklander** "the debut album by Figure Study, a contemporary band from New York. Figure Study is the Manhattan-based duo of Nathan Antolik and April Chalpara. They formed in 2009, after meeting through the Wierd Records weekly party, where they would play their first concert soon after. While their debut 7″ contained two songs recorded in 2009, this full length contains all new material recorded throughout the past year. For their debut self-titled album, Figure Study utilizes a carefully tailored set up of vintage analog s… Read more
NYC's Hood By Air/GHE20 G0TH1K R&B singer corrals the likes of Mykki Blanco, Brenmar, Gobby, Boody, Shy Guy and Royal to produce on his debut album/mixtape. The whole thing sounds like it was written under the influence of some particularly potent MDMA, resulting a litter of boastful, freaky sex rhymes, hypercoloured synth sensuality and dreamy, gravity-defying R&B grooves, at best in the Sinjin Hawke-produced slow jam, 'Private Party', and the intensely saccharine sensations of 'Freak U Down'.
**Including collaborations and work with Cocteau Twins and Robin Guthrie, John Foxx, and Brian Eno.** "Emerging from the 60s US avant garde and originally influenced by the likes of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Harold Budd rebelled against the heavily conceptual works of his peers to explore his own artistic path of ‘existential prettiness’. This two disc set is the first ever career-spanning collection of his music, featuring tracks from classic albums such as ‘Plateaux Of Mirror’, ‘The Pearl’ and’Lovely Thunder’, alongside collaborations with Brian Eno, Cocteau Twin… Read more
**Spellbinding new album produced by Susanna and Deathprod** "Barely one year after the Rune Grammofon-release of critically acclaimed “Wild Dog”, Susanna returns with a new album. Released on her own label SusannaSonata on CD, vinyl and download in September 2013. Susanna is known for both her own songwriting, with songs such as ‘Believer’ and her huge range of highly personal interpretations of other people’s songs. She is an intensely arresting performer; holding audiences captive with her hypnotizing vocal timbre and the powerful, all consuming sound of her band, her concer… Read more
"Frank Schültge aka F.S. BLUMM has released his melodic experiments around the acoustic guitar for over 15 years. In their contemplative reduction they miraculously always hit right in the heart. "The man makes some damn charming music", Pitchfork said about his last album. With Up Up And Astray F.S. BLUMM proves that he doesn't opt for routine with his eighth full-length solo release: his unfailing arsenal of acoustic instruments and choice circuits frame the most energetic BLUMM sound we have lived to see so far. It all goes on, and always up, and from there into unknown dimensions. … Read more
**Cute and woozy Kraut electronics backed with a cracking remix full of werid sounds and grubby techno groove by Hamburg's Jem Circs** ""Kugeln" is Alien Radio's 3rd release after the sold-out split-LP with Keith Fullerton Whitman and a 4-way split 7" on the Belgian Kraak label with Köhn, Ducktails and Peaking Lights. AR is one of many aliases of Northern Germany's Ulf Schütte, a (part-time) member of Datashock, Black To Comm, Aosuke, Phantom Horse, etc. and founder of the Tape Tektoniks cassette label (Heatsick, Ducktails, Cloudland Canyon, etc.). Like his previous works "Kugeln" has been pro… Read more
Reissue of Orland Voorn and Blake Baxter's '94 house bomb backed with new edits. 'From The Ghetto' is a masterclass in disco-sample filter funk, flipping a well known hook with ripe organ licks and infectious techno-house groove. Baldo's Ghetto Edit simmers the funk with slinky flair, and there's also the original club mix of 'Here We Are' starring a class vocal by Blake Baxter, also included as an acid Clip! rework.
Carl Craig and Louie vega break down a killer shot from Detroit legend Terrence Parker. Leaving Reno Ka's vocal as an Accapella, C2 deftly renders 'Finally' as a perfect lesson in deferred gratification with sprung keys, razor sharp synth chords and tickled hi-hats synched to tease. Louie Vega's DJ Tool Dub rides the groove nice 'n easy with hypnotic chords and plump, swinging bassline leading up to some really sweet, pitchbent oriental synthlines.
The excellent Masha Qrella return with a typically evocative cover version of The Cure's classic.
The man with the red face deals out his signature, rugged deep technohouse in two parts. 'Made Of Steel' rolls with fat, wide square bass and tense strings seared with a fizzing electro lead; we prefer the grubbier, jagged metallic groove of his 'Punked' mix on the flip.
Techy, jazziest drumfunk D&B from Subtle Audio's new scene hero, Nic TVG. RIYL AFX, Squarepusher, Paradox.
"With an array of handmade modular and vintage keyboard synthesizers Daryl Groetsch crafts melodic and layered compositions that evoke microscopic and interstellar landscapes inspired by nature, science fiction and the cosmos. Groetsch has been working under the Pulse Emitter monicker since 2002, composing and recording in his Portland, OR home studio. Writer David Keenan has called Pulse Emitter “the undisputed king of planetary scale synth hypnosis” and has said, “no one is making synth music that feels so organic, so rapturous and so ‘in tune’ with the contours of outer and inner spa… Read more
**Improvised jazz from two titans of their arena** "On a sultry July evening on an intimate stage at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Norway, two elder statesmen of improvised music – one wearing a grey shirt, the other sporting a T-shirt with the legend ‘Thunder Pussy’ – stepped up to the platform. What followed resembled an in depth conversation between two old friends and sparring partners – one that ranged from the amicable to the argumentative, from hush to harmony. Now, Norway’s adventurous Rune Grammofon label is releasing a forty minute recording of that event. … Read more
Detroit-inspired, deep and analogue Techno. 'Forward Thinking Logic' carves up swinging drums on a low-swung and grinding bass accompanied by escalating synth chords, while B-side 'Front Row' yields simmering hi-hats and hypnotic, swirling chords in solid, classic form for the DJs.