Monday, 08 September
"The Big Dada resident teases a brand new track from his upcoming album, Petals Have Fallen that'll drop in November, on Pigeons & Planes. The album - whose title is inspired by what Gallear describes as “the urge to protect something precious that will ultimately fall apart" - is the second of its kind for Big Dada and sees Dels working alongside Executive Producer Kwes, as well as Bonobo, Micachu, Blue May, Eli-T among others."
**Denovali Reissue** Yves De Mey, John Tejada, Recondite, Paul Jebanasam and TM404 put their best jaw forward in slick remixes of Ricardo Donoso's vintage Goan trance-formations. Belgium's Yves De Mey follows impressive outings for Opal Tapes and Semantica with a midnight black take on 'The Sphinx', coolly transposing its darkly sublime early '90s vibes with up-to-the-minute, free-floating sound design, whereas Berlin's Recondite doses the 'floor with a powerful, droning remix of 'Diagonal Environment' amped by rolling bass and pistoning hi-hats. Paul Jebanasam's take on 'Af… Read more
*Denovali Reissue - The retro-futurism of Leyland Kirby's "Intrigue & Stuff" series meets classic John Carpenter and the kind of squashed arpeggiated electronics Emeralds are so loved for.* The electronic obsessions of the U.S. underground follow the current somewhere darker and literally tranced-out on the first full length album of synth music by Brazilian ex-pat Ricardo Donoso. A background in jazz drumming and as member of avant-metal outfit Ehnare give little indication of what Ricardo has been up to in his own time, which probably couldn't be any further from those disparat… Read more
**Denovali Reissue - Killer album of arpeggiated and refracted synth music somewhere between Emeralds, Jean Michel Jarre, Cluster and Manuel Göttsching.** Ricardo Donoso made a very fine impression last year with his debut album of sunrise rave moments, 'Progress Chance' . The label have nabbed his sterling follow-up, 'Assimilating The Shadow', another beautiful suite of tingling arpeggios and rippling rhythmic tactility recalling memories of Goan beach parties and Amazonian raves you never visited. While Ricardo's more recent Perispirit movement with Luke Moldof is more … Read more
"Interpol release their first album in four years, ‘El Pintor,’ on Soft Limit. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios and Atomic Sound in New York City, the ten tracks on ‘El Pintor,’ – taut and epic in equal measure – find the band completely reinvigorated after a three year break from touring. All songs on ‘El Pintor’ were written and produced by Interpol, with Daniel Kessler playing guitar, Samuel Fogarino on drums, and Paul Banks on vocals, guitars, and taking over bass duties for the first time. The album also features Brandon Curtis (The Secret Machines) playing keyboard on nine songs, Roger… Read more
Monday, 01 September
Cutting across techno's current face with 14 tracks from old hands and new bodies alike. Starting out West, there's peaking filter techno bombs from D'Marc Cantu and Rob Hood's Floorplan alias, plus 'Invasive Species' from NYC's Helmer and Function/Inland's sublime Anglo/American overhaul of Photek in 'Odeon'. From Europe, the Berghain posse are strongly represented in the PAS rework of Marcel Dettmann, in Answer Code Request's searing 'Breathe', and Norman Nodge's subtle but deadly remix of Roberto Clementi, while Roman Lindau, Bill Youngman and the Zenker Brothers t… Read more
Airhead curls out a coupla bass-sprung aces for Untold's Hemlock label. 'October' pivots crisp, live drums off big boy 808 booms and dissonant electronics like some mutant offspring of AFX's 'Windowlicker'; 'Macondo' goes wiggly, spannered tribal house laced with scuttling electronic gremlins.
German house and electronica's most enduring producer presents a deadly new album - only his 2nd solo LP in 18 years! In contrast to 2011's 'Fatty Folders' side, 'Happiness Is Happening' is more inquisitive, lush but gritty, and still crafted with the same exquisite delicacy we've come to expect from the man behind total classics as Acid Jesus, Warp 69, Alter Ego, and not least Eight Miles High. It starts out with fine nods to motorik kosmische styles in the grinding momentum and smudged celestial synths of 'Connecting The Ghost' and the Kraftwerkian elegance of 'Friendship S… Read more
KILLER Ruffneck griot rap and tumbling mbalax from Senegal circa 1994: another stunning discovery by Awesome Tapes From Africa! Showcasing the remarkably fierce "taasu" - a form of oral poetry set to sabar and tama drums - style of Aby Ngana Diop, the undisputed "taasukat" of her generation, 'Liital' presents a shock of six cuts charged with ferocious talking drums, subtle DX7 tones, and Diop's stentorian call-and-response vocals. Whilst many of us have heard the mbalax style via classic recordings from Youssou N'Dour and even Mark Ernestus' Jeri-Jeri ensemble, we, for one, have never hear… Read more
Black Rain dials deep into the Blackest Ever Black psyche with 'Dark Pool', its first new material in 18 years. An eagerly awaited follow-up to 'Protoplasm' (2012) and 'Now I'm Just A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95' (2012), it features New York's dark interpreter, Stuart Argabright - Ike Yard instigator and erstwhile member of Dominatrix, Death Comet Crew - realise his starkest sci-fi fantasies in degrees of pitch black relief streaked with strobing neon flashes and whirring tribal/industrial rhythms comparable with his label-mates, Regis or Cut Hands. Thematically it builds upon the literary … Read more
Slackk triggers one of *the* albums of 2014 with his debut LP 'Palm Tree Fire' for Local Action. Requiring little introduction around here, Slackk has been a steadfast lynchpin for grime for nigh on a decade now. From running the invaluable grimetapes source back in the day, thru his pivotal hybrid productions for Numbers and latterly Local Action, and not to mention his innumerable radio slots and club sets, most crucially at the Boxed events, founded in 2013 as an incubator for new, instrumental talent which has more than proved its worth. Basically the guy's a don in the truest sense of… Read more
Vital new electro and techno trax from the one and only Dopplereffekt, and Berlin's Objekt. Once again, Leisure System bring out the best from Dopplereffekt, following the excellent 'Tetrahymena' 12" with some of their sharpest rhythms and inimitably romantic synth arrangements in 'Delta Wave' - the kind that only adventurous DJs will spin out, and the best crowds will appreciate. Objekt, meanwhile, keeps face with a strong effort called 'Ganzfeld' that sounds something like DJ Stingray in a step-off with Optical, all angular geometrics and moody blue pads...
Lethal drum trax from the new look Randomer on Clone's excellent Basement Series. It's manna for DJ and dancer who just wanna get the fxxk doon, dropping two slamming mixes of the title track up top and a pair of echoic 'Percussion Workout''s dicing purely with tribalised techno drum cadence. Bangers all round.
Doom rock's sandman, Dylan Carlson returns with Mark Lanegan (QOTSA) and Rabia Shaheen Qazi (Rose Windows) in tow for Earth's 7th full-length studio album. 'Primitive and Deadly' by name, it yields seven signature pieces of crushing, tectonic guitar chords leavened by poised vocals from the aforementioned, and augmented by Brett Netson ov Built To Spill's 2nd guitar. The addition of another axe, together with the extra vocals makes for a more proggy, psychedelic affair than their previous 'Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light' dispatch, to these ears at least.
Peckham's newest imprint presents tasty, rooted rhythms from Al Dobson Jr, backed with remixes from Ptaki and Ruf Dug. The well-tucked shuffle of 'Santiago Black' is expanded to nearly 7 minutes of dusty balearic disco bump suffused with a silky new vocal, breezy synth and keys by Poland's Ptaki for the connoisseurs. Taking it slower, lower, the tickled boogie loop of 'Kirton Street' is teased into a chug on Ruffy's 3am Canavans Special.
The exotic, alien tone of 'Valley Girl' marks the welcome return of Oakland, CA's Madalyn Merkey, whose previous release, 'Scent' was one of 2012's most spellbinding ambient/electro-acoustic charms. As a student of the famous Mills College, Merkey's work is understandably rooted in academic process and research, yet also inspired by the agriculture and rolling landscapes of the surrounding region. However, we'd be inclined to liken them to images of martian landscapes in '70s sci-fi than anything of this planet. Using computer generated tones and sequences, she spreads out a unique to… Read more
'Marishly cinematic and Coil-esque debut EP by Berlin-dwelling duo for Downwards. Offering a cold and gaunt hand of introduction, A-side 'Drenba nih sendaut' proceeds with muffled machine-gun percussions amidst foggy atmospheres pierced by pealing metal strikes whilst garrotting strings and wailing glossolalia raise the tension to pupil-dilating degrees. B-side, pitched choral pads uncannily reminding of John Avery's Force Nostalgia issue lay an icy bed for possessed female vocals and untoward gothic steppers undulations in 'Erajh nur dwfa', for Cut Hands-like death march drums and escalating strings to stoically finish the job.
**Sleepy ambient/shoegaze on the new album from Christopher Willits** ""For years, I’ve imagined the work I do in music, photography, video/film, immersive audio and meditation all coming into one space," says music-art guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. "Sound and light can transform and inspire our imaginations," he continues. "It can be used as a tool to awaken our consciousness." And that is exactly what he has set out to do with OPENING, the veteran Ghostly artist's new im… Read more
Deaf Center dig out two extended, beautifully solemn movements to inaugurate Sonic Pieces' Pattern series. Recorded during sessions from 2008-2012, 'Recount' is a sublime entry documenting their ghostly actions before and after 'Owl Splinters' (2011), their last record for Type. Time is suspended in their eternally crepuscular headspace, affording solitude for nostalgic remembrance in an immersive, orchestral environment defined by slow swelling organs and keys, warm guitar amp fuzz and willowing strings fed thru a fuzzy matrix of FX pedals. 'Follow Still ' was recorded in Berlin 2012 with a… Read more
Numero present David Blair Stiffler's breathtaking 1988 excursion to the isolated, landlocked Mountain Province of the Northern Philippines. Risking "life and limb" to document the region's under-recorded cultures, the noted field recordist's trip actually ended as a hostage of the MNLF rebels, who confiscated his party's equipment bar the clothes on their back and a single cassette. Upon return to America, the masters, intended for release by Folkways, were shelved in light of Folkways founder Moses Asch's death, but thankfully they' were rediscovered to become the rec… Read more
'Imagin' is the eagerly awaited debut album from Dark Sky for Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Since their early 12"s for Black Acre and Pictures Music, we've witnessed Dark Sky evolve from a dextrous duo dealing in twisted post-dubstep, pop and techno hybrids to a canny trio pushing near-symphonic big room electronica/techno on a level with the likes of Jon Hopkins and Modeselektor. It feels very much of its time, spanning murky trip hop/dubstep-pop references in 'Nothing Changes', 'Vivid' and 'Rainkist' alongside lean, techy London house in 'Odyssey', and at best in the Kraftwerk-meets-Thom Yo… Read more
Deftly broken house and shifty tech swingers from Appleblim & Komon. In duo, they deal the trippy mixing and squashed rave vibes of 'Motion Blur' and the late night tuck of 'Key Vision'. Gwan dolo, Komon goes darker with the dirge-like chords and scuffed. hard-edged swagger of 'Astir', contrasting with the lucid cosmic synths and off-kilter shuffle of 'Blim's 'Echo's Retreat'.