Monday, 19 January
Seattle's Further Records project deep inwards/outwards with the psychedelic kosmiche of 'Dose' by label co-owner, Raica. In sharp contrast to the muddied fidelity of 'Lucent Glances' - the last we heard from her - Chloe Harris aka Raica delivers eight compositions of piquant, pineal clarity and vision, creaming glassy harmonics in 'Satmor' alongside the widescreen panorama of 'Tiwie', crisply scrambled rhythms in 'Slep_Non', and tangles modular streaks of 'Watr Drgn'. Better yet, the caoptivating 'Couchfire Dron' enters Autechrian hyperspace and 'Harchone' glistens with Heinrich Mueller-esque finish… Read more
Tuesday, 13 January
Easing into 2015 with 14 smarts straddling spiritual jazz, broken house, hip hop and celestial techno. Either rooted-in or referencing African-American musics, they span a cosmos of interrelated worlds linked by heavy vibrations, fluctuating from the spiritual jazz of Ahmadu Jarr to Ariel Kalma's sax-soaked 'Rainy Day' meditation via fresh cuts from Marcellus Pittman and Theo Parrish; spinning thru Derrick May's pivotal 'Kaotic Harmony' to the hypnotic, broken shuffle of Mono/Poly and Afrikan Sciences; an overlooked, Alice Coltrane-referencing house ace by … Read more
Monday, 12 January
**Flac format for this release contains 24bit 44.1KHz audio** Deep house savant and pioneer Theo Parrish serves one of his's most eagerly awaited, not to mention controversial, albums with 'American Intelligence'. Featuring more tracks than the vinyl, 15 cuts as opposed to 9, you definitely get more Parrish to the pound here, but scandals about pricing aside, we really shouldn't be focussing on the bloody price tag. As expected, it's a sterling session, unfurling inimitable (no matter how much everyone tries) grooves tangling signature drum calculations and lissom keys with s… Read more
Oake really find their gothic muse in debut album, 'Auferstehung' for Downwards. Firmly building on the foundations of two shadowy 12"s released in 2013, the duo distill and transcend their influences across eleven stations of unrepentant gothic histrionics and industrial techno prostration. The production is now right up there with the detailed, excoriating levels of The Haxan Cloak, and also matching the rhythmic heft of label-mate Samuel Kerridge (with whom they recently formed the UF collusion), but with a kohl-eyed romanticism all of their own creation. From the swooning black metal/shoeg… Read more
Very necessary New Beat / Acid House / early Belgian techno survey highlighting the pivotal output of Rembert De Smet aka Ro Maron. Hailed as "one of the top 5 best users of a 303 of all time" by JD Twitch (Optimo), Maron defined The Sound of Belgium circa '87-'90 with a string of then-unprecedented productions spinning elements of Chicago House, EBM and Freestyle Electro with a glammed-up Belgalo swagger and fizzy, melodic mentalism that remedied the relative cheese of prolific New Beat production team, Morton Sherman Bellucci, for example. After pop success in the mid '80s with 2… Read more
Your dreamboy, Noah Lennox aka Panda Bear meets The Grim Reaper in a magical 5th solo album outside of his Animal Collective duties. Crafted in conjunction with psychedelic supremo Pete Kember (Spacemen 3 etc), it professes a mixture of loping drums influenced by the '90s hip hop of ATCQ and Pete Rock, coupled with a colourful instrumental/hardware palette of synths, guitars and vocals, rather than the sampling methods employed in his seminal, signature side, 'Person Pitch' (2007). The songs are patently written by Panda Bear - the lilting melodies and stacked, almost… Read more
Completely essential official reissue of THE industrial/EBM classic by Liasons Dangereuses, mixed at Conny Plank's studio in 1981 by Liaisons Dangereuses and officially unavailable on any format for what seems like forever. Written and produced by Beate Bartel & Chrislo Haas (aka CH-BB) in 1981, their only album would define a blueprint for so much bare-bones, darkside electronic body music to come, invading and irrevocably influencing discotheques from Cologne and Berlin to Manchester, Chicago and New York with a potent, sexy distillation of disco, punk and latin music… Read more
First white label roundup release from the East London Club Trax crew, feat 8 trax from the first 4 releases re-mastered for digital. Deamonds and Dean Lyon present the best of East London Club Trax, so far.
Reissue of a super sweet Chicago house session circa 1987 by Bam Bam. Previously only available on a sought-after white label, 'Hot Spot' is another horny killer jam by the legendary producer behind the darkside house classic, 'Where's Your Child?', coming with wicked male/female call-and-response vocals set to funked-up drum programming in four mixes, at best in the near-Freestyle funk of the 'Club' mix and strutting 'House' mix. Let me find your hot spot…!
Optimo pluck out a trio of overlooked and long forgotten rhythm trax for your dancing satisfaction. A-side features Illumination's freakish half-tempo house meets jungle dub wrecker 'The Way Out Is The Way'; B-side hauls up Mr Marvin's lean and hypnotic tribal shake-down 'I Want You' (1993), and Fuel's staccato techno jack attack, 'Rigid' (1995).
Cologne-based Dame, Lena Willikens, debuts on Cómeme with a cracking EP of darkside dancefloor mystique heavily influenced by '80s wave heritage. Her 'Phantom Delia' EP pits years of experience DJing on the radio and at her residency for free-spirited Düsseldorf nightspot, Salon Des Amateurs, together with a rarified knowledge of classic wave musics, outernational rhythms and weirdo techno. The result: a delicately patterned, phantasmic meld of styles; slipping gears between the furtive, droning EBM of 'Howlin Lupus' to the poised Dominatrix ambience of 'Nilpferd' (mistress, do that… Read more
STL crosses paths with Echocord again in the low-slung house skanks of the 'Dubs Etched Into Relief' EP. As any dub house connoisseur knows, it's a fine line between bland imitation and watermarked subtlety in this field. We'd easily place his two original tracks in the latter category, from the slow but nimble nudge and silty background atmospheres of 'Dub's End' to the reflective, blue shade of his gauzy strings, keys and disembodied voices in 'The Dark Future'. B-side, Grad-U bolsters 'Dub's End' with a more driving momentum set out for late night floorplay.
Sweetest first taste of the new album by Johan Agebjörn aka Sally Shapiro's producer, featuring dreamy coos from the lady herself. The graceful piano pirouettes and breathy synths of 'The Boy Who Thought It Was A Good Idea To Cry' could easily be mistaken for a Jon Brooks production until Ms Shapiro's dry-iced glide hints at its more northerly provenance. There's also a beautiful acoustic version full of slipping pitches and romantic, moonlit space to wander and wonder.
Kareem's Zhark Recordings deliver the penultimate blow by Dave Foster aka dark techno legend, Huren, and a member of Teste. Sourced from his 'Zeckendorf Phase 1996 - 2000' and activities as recent as 2014, it mixes archival material with new for thee most bitter taste of Huren's hoofing kicks and rotted electronics. It's a beast: A-side sustains glowering techno pressure with a grinding darkstyle mission, 'MRTVI' and a carnivalous breakbeat techno shake-down named 'Nuklearni' primed for the most 'orrid bastards; B-side gets more intimate with the invasive tones and thrust of 'Sentinonaut' and the d… Read more
Killer incision from one of 2014's most intriguing new labels, kicking off 2015 with a typically obfuscated, technoid enigma from another new name, Xth Réflexion. Coming off like a lo-fi Autechre meets Chain Reaction, '/\\05' deals in fractured steppers momentum and abstract dub structures, sucking us in with the flux of acousmatic source material, strobing dub rhythms and coruscating noise in '01' before winding up the tightly coiled, double-time flex of highlight, '02'. Deeper in, '03' fires a lip-bitingly ace round of skittish steppers drums reminding of that Skee Mask 12" trapped in a hall… Read more
Lee Norris aka Metamatics makes up for lost time with an emotive return on 'Instamatic'. Seven years since his last appearance, a cover of DM's 'Personal Jesus', he still sports a sharp, supple electro sound gilded with signature sci-fi synth arrangements owing to early Autechre or AFX and classic Drexciya. If we're talking highlights, make sure to check the cyan slowburn and trim rhythms of 'Neon Future Blue', the crepuscular electro glow of 'Haether', and the intricate projections of closing couplet, 'Reflect The Future' and 'Future World'. Good stuff.
M.E.S.H. and Renaissance Man's remixes for Berlin-based pop singer/songwriter, Dan Bodan. In M.E.S.H.'s version of DP' we can hear traces of the spacious, whirring rhythmic hybrids which would be refined and diffused to exquisite degrees in his 'Scythians' EP for PAN, only here alloyed with the soft pop croon of Bodan, whereas Renaissance Man yoke the same original elements to a swinging bass drum and flighty electronic figures for a more direct dancefloor effect.
Istanbul's Iskeletor gives up a singed mutant dub session for Boomarm Nation building on the cracked styles of his 'Gallows' 7". Imagine El Mahdy Jr soused in Ekoplekz's patented dub noise and smashed by Filter Dread and you've nearly got the measure of Iskeletor's sound, running the voodoo down from the churning muck groove of 'Gossamer Web' thru the dancehall/trap lurch of 'Deprem' to the labyrinthine scramble of 'Yangin' via a series of porous, crumbling miniatures spelling a narrative of abstract arabesques.
Darren Keen joins the 160bpm explorers at Seclusiasis with his debut shot of colourful footwork percolations. A quartet of cuts unfold, collapse and glitch between the spattered trap drums and crystalline melodies of 'Higher' to VHS Head-alike fibrillations and sample chops in 'One Beat', and soulful animations in 'Walk the Water' reminding of Lil Jabba.
Hour long tech-house session from Suokkas ov Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia. Originally issued on tape, 'Being' breaks down to four extended pieces fanning out from hypnotic house shimmies to rugged swingers softened with widescreen ambient pads, and string-heavy house rollers.