Friday, 17 July
Superb, carbonated disco-house and good times boogie from the Pender Street Stepper and Mood Hut collective member. Doing it for Future Times, Jack J bubbles up the dub-scattered drums and walking disco bass of 'Thirstin' with soul-quenching vocals on the A-side, whilst 'Atmosphere' opens out across the flip with diaphanous jazz chords and a deep forest of shimmering chime trees giving way to a lissom boogie shuffle shivered with nifty edits from the top pocket.
Black Channels summon the spirit of Broadcast, hauntology and dreamy psychedelia in their deeply uncanny debut release for Death Waltz. Revolving around two spellbinding songs and an etheric outerlude, 'Oracles' hovers into view with the dry iced synth drift and roiling drums of the title track wreathing Becky Randall's swooning vocal in thorns and wilting, blood-red petals, before 'Depth of Field' sinks so low into a gothic miasma of squirming bass and ceramic rimshots perfused with glossolalia recalling classics by Pink Industry, Cocteau Twins, Chris & Cosey, and aesthetic analogues in certain Andy Stott or Jenny Hval tunes.
**Upfront Exclusive** Silent Servant and Lili Schulder (51717) bring the darkside out of each other in 'Jealous God 06'. Both sides build on the most unheimlich elements of their respective releases, 'Negative Fascination' (Hospital Productions) and '0VUL' for Opal Tapes, or the cracking 'Shadowlust' LP with Svengalisghost for L.I.E.S. A-side, Lili's a spectral presence, whispering like a gynoid Cosey amid industrial ambient moires and queasy trudge. B-side, Silent Servant mutters bleak nothings thru his walkie talkie (?) dialled in from a lost highway.
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed’ arches up a skeletal, mutant 8-bar onslaught and ‘Trashe… Read more
*Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley delivers an incredible solo work for Demdike Stare’s DDS imprint, recorded together with French 35-piece improv orchestra ONCEIM* The dark interpreter, Stephen O'Malley ov Sunn 0))), presents his towering debut orchestral composition 'Guidés'; commissioned by French 35-piece improv orchestra ONCEIM - l'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations et Improvisation Musicales - and released thru Demdike Stare's DDS label. In early 2014 O'Malley was approached by pianist and composer Frédéric Blondy to write a work for the orchestra, comprised of excepti… Read more
Thursday, 16 July
Tuesday, 14 July
Latin freestyle electro in the crosshair this week, tracing its influence thru early House, tropical Boogie, and up-to-the-minute electronics. Conceived in the Latino communities of Miami and NYC, the original sound of freestyle electro emerged in the mid-'80s as a deadly effective hybrid of nascent electro/hip hop, machine Boogie and Italo Disco. Whilst characterised by super crisp, syncopated drum machines (cowbells!!!) and shiny melodic synthlines, it was arguably the razor-sharp tape edits and programming of producer/engineers such as Carlos Berrios and… Read more