Monday, 20 October
Shed kicks Lone onto the 'floor with a class remix of 'Restless City' from the 'Reality Testing' album. The Shake-style jazz chord chops and dusty clapping rhythms of the original are subtly rekeyed to a rolling bass ballast by Head High, recalibrating from jazz-dancing swing to skipping garage-techno with really sweet AI-style breakdown pads for peak time play. Expect to hear this out a lot.
Huxley deals in rudest, deepest UK dance functions on debut album, 'Blurred' for Aus Music. Hovering around the idea of a deeper UK dance sound, he proves equally effective in a spectrum of styles under the original house umbrella, from D&B, garage and dubstep, to vocal house and rolling electro. Fresh production, smart songs, choice grooves.
Andrew Pekler and Entr'acte present hypnotic, deviant selections from the installation The Prepaid Piano, recorded 21-24 February 2013 during the Unmenschliche Musik/Inhuman Music exhibition at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin. The title is a very canny description of the installation: a grand Piano was prepared by laying five pre-paid mobile phones on the strings in five different areas on the soundboard, which the audience was encouraged to ring from five stationary telephones. Using contact mics, the vibrations of the strings were then sent to a modular synth, yiel… Read more
Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts features James Sedwards of Nought (guitar), Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine (bass) and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (drums), the album radiates with both his signature thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads..
Glacial Sound finally supply the Riko's fierce VIP of Rabit's 'Black Dragons' for the masses. The Roll Deep frontman sounds utterly fearsome over the Houston-based producer's tensile square waves and prickling electro/grime jolts, importantly in a way which should appeal to American audiences without losing any of the tune's UK-rooted credentials. In case the rents are listening in, there's a cleaner radio edit, too. Tip!
Illicit darkroom gear from Jay Ahern's Cheap and Deep Productions, backed with an exceptional Ectomorph remix. Riding back downtown on Modular Cowboy, Cheap and Deep's latest offerings get intimate with the splashing electronics and over-the-shoulder vocals in 'EVP', and darkest dark room sex techno in 'Freqmusique', both built with the kind of production values that matter in the right place. The roiling Ectomorph remix of 'Time Stops' is really something else though, locking into a slippery vortex of overstepped bassline spillage and horny gynoid vocals gilded with filigree acid flecks.
Another ace from fresh new American label, Aught; five cuts of filtered No Wave disco mania. Curiously detached but yearning to be danced to, ACI_EDITS' music operates in that same dazed headspace as Actress, Bookworms or NWAQ with toiling, hypnotic house and disco loops fed through a barrage of glancing filters until they resemble music for a haunted dancefloor hall of mirrors. It's a deliciously disorienting yet driving style, with some real goodies for adventurous DJs in the beyond-Ron Hardy vibes of '01', the Patten-esque tumble of '02' & '05', or the tracky Afro-centric blur of '04'. Recommended!
A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instrumentation done with a light-hearted soul and heavy funk. Now worki… Read more
Eminent Dutch DJ/producer Benny Rodrigues (aka Rod) turns out two slinky burners for Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series. 'Master French' is a classy, simmering tribute to the Lil' Louis classic, 'French Kiss', only sans vocal and with reshuffled, filtered drums. 'Z' steps up the pace but keeps the mood low key and seductive with feathered chords and shakers for that 6am dreamstate effect.
"Raresh is the final Romanian of the Ricardo Villalobos-endorsed [a:rpia:r] triumvirate to join the fabric series. Fabric78 features an array of textural atmospheres, intricate percussion lines and penetrating low end tones, all instilled with mind- bending complexities to perfectly capture the essence of his sound."
Nearly three hours of well tanned, shades-on house from Guillaume Duchastel De Montrouge aka DJ W!ld.
Tuff City Kids' Phillip Lauer does it for Beats In Space with two EBM-infected house sure-shots. 'Hands & Feet' balances piano house chords with sharp and sticky electronic drums in a poised Frankfurt fashion. 'Stigma' scrolls back to mid-late '80s styles with uplifting disco/house keys and cantering wave groove softened by lush arpeggios and breathy synth voices.
**Electronic pop and ambient electronica from a trio of Denmark's most trusted producers, Anders Remmer (Dub Tractor), Jesper Skaaning (Acustic), Thomas Knak (Opiate) aka Future 3, joined by vocalists Benoit Pioulard and Anja T. Lahrmann** "Future 3 return with an album of airy, ethereal-yet-epic compositions that both nod to the trio's nineties roots but also take in all the various musical experiments, ventures, and releases that have seen the light of day since 2001. The band's first album in 13 years, With and Without inhabits, as the title indicates, two different kinds of sonic realm… Read more
**Diverse, classy beat suite by Dutch DJ/producer, from neck-snappers to softer soul styles including an ace with Detroit's Guilty Simpson** "Percy Samidjono, better known by his stage name I.N.T. is a Dutch producer, DJ and performing artist originally from Amsterdam and Rwina's newest addition to its artist roster. "Percy La Rock" was the name given to I.N.T. by Charlie Ahearn, the director of Wildstyle. This seven-track EP is a diverse and unique record in the hip-hop/soul spectrum, with dreamy vocals from singers like Steve Hartley and Sasha Vee and some proper brag n' boast raps from… Read more
Six warm and melodic addendae to Dntel's 'Human Voice' album for Leaving Records. But even if you're no DNTEL die-hard, there's nice stuff to be uncovered in the deep and frothy acid house reduction, 'Bordeom' and the deep fried circuitry of 'Goonie House'.