Monday, 16 March
Jungle tek another 'ardcore remix beating, this time at the hands of London's Special Request. 'Busy Earnin'' is stuffed in the back of a boot, taken to an East London warehouse and forced to bruk out with early '90s breakbeat chops and organ vamps.
Ms. Herndon's latest laptop exploits herald her 'Platform' album, forthcoming on 4AD. 'Interference' could be considered a follow-up the trance peaks of 'Fade' from her 'Movement' LP - a roiling shock of forward trance-tronics dense with chopped, refractive vocals and chaotic harmony reminding of T C F's ecstatic data overloads.
Inga Copeland flexes a new moniker and altered palette in the surreal chamber pops of 'RELAXIN' with Lolina'. At an avant intersection of R&B, dancehall minimalism and electro-pop, Lolina creates her own world of sonic oddity and nursery rhyme delivery. The self-titled opener sounds like Autechre's 'Piezo' given a lo-fi baroque pop make-over, while the MIDI keys and grubby bounce of 'Miss Understood' warp like a funfair mirror version of a Palmistry riddim. Most unsettling of all, 'Relaxx' hits stranger pleasure centres with deliciously discordant piano and disconcerting vocal reminding us of Carole Caroompas. It's really kinda genius.
Belter debut album by the untouchable Sleaford Mods on the legendary Harbinger Sound. "Sleaford Mods rule" sez Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), but you probably knew that already. Nuff said.
Burly Jerome Hill edits of Marshall Jefferson, Adonis and Frankie Knuckles standards. Jefferson's Hercules killer , 'Lost In The Groove' takes a bassier beating on the A-side; Adonis and Knuckles' devilish Dancer bomb, 'Boom Boom' gets jacked up with extra samples and busier edits on the backside.
"The making of ‘Soft Connections’ was a lengthy process that took place during a crucial period of musical growth and self-exploration. It’s an optimistic and introspective record about being in-and-out of feeling - on the brink of a personal breakthrough, yet still seeking direction, purpose, truth and permanence. Anchored by the Catwalk favourite ‘Please Don’t Break Me’ - a song that, at one point, could very well have launched Nic Hessler into ‘indie celebdom’ - this record is now a send-off to Nic’s lost time; he’s moved forward, sounding better than ever and ready to soundtrack your long road trip or failed crush."
Features production from Chet ‘JR’ White (formerly of Girls), Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Haim, Sky Ferreira).
"Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat’s much anticipated follow up to ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ Wrapped in the handiwork of Moffat’s six-year-old son and taking its name from an IKEA marketing slogan, ‘The Most Important Place In The World’ reunites Bill and Aidan with Chemikal’s imperious in-house producer Paul Savage (Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, King Creosote). Recorded at Chem19 and Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom in Glasgow, the sessions feature saxophone, trumpet and tuba as well as contributions from the Cairn String Quartet, members of Wells’ National Jazz Trio … Read more