Monday, 08 December
Friday, 05 December
Wednesday, 03 December
Tuesday, 02 December
Rolling on with our best-of-2014 selections, in Part 2 we survey more romantic ambient, pop and new composition. From Andy Stott's gorgeous return with 'Faith In Strangers' to Ensemble Economique's heart-rending 'Hey Baby' or the subtly seamless field recording/instrumental gestures of Anne Guthrie's 'Codiaeum variegatum' album, we found a seam of timeless music this year. Nautic's exquisite 'Navy Blue' EP will surely prove itself a perennial comfort, whilst Lucrecia Dalt's sorely overlooked debut for Nico Jaar's Other People pushed the envelope of lower cas… Read more
This latest addition to the Riot Season catalogue comes from UK metallers Sloath, who take inspiration from the greats of doom and sludge on this three-piece debut. You'll hear the influence of slow-mo bass merchants like Earth writ large across these tracks and the group's heavily saturated production doesn't hurt on that front either. The band's sound distills an old fashioned brand of heaviness that stems right back to the glory days of Sabbath, packing a bluesy grind that's full of demonic flattened fifths and lost-soul vocal howls.
Deadly house traxxx from a funked-up Delroy Edwards for Gene's Liquor Store. While we've lately heard him do slick boogie as Rx, hardcore techno as DJ Punisher, and slowed down funk under his Delroy Edwards pseudonym, here he goes back to out-and-out party tricks with the G-funk-spiced breakbeat house throwdown, 'Can U Get With', next to an incredibly infectious piano house slammer, 'Always (Edit)' - almost guarantee you're gonna hear this everywhere! - and the fruity bounce of 'Untitled'. Recommended!
Monday, 01 December
Further to their 'Rave Tapes' album, Mogwai curl off three cuts that didn't make it to the album, backed with three suitably sublime remixes from Blanck Mass, Pye Corner Audio, and Nils Frahm. Of the originals, 'HMP Shaun William Ryder' has a great title. It's also worth checking for Pye Corner Audio's 'slow, steady ascension to post rock/kosmiche glories in his remix of 'No Medicine For Regret'.
Houndstooth bite off the lead cut from Throwing Snow's debut album, backed with a banging VIP and remix of 'Hypnotise' from Will Saul and Komon. The keening string discord and depressed Reese bass of the original is beefed up with bulky Chi-house patterns in a shifty VIP version for the 'floor, as is the swooning 'As You Fall' featuring Py, while 'Hypnotise' is treated to a more rugged, subtly epic remix from Will Saul & Komon.
Romare returns with the 'floor-friendly follow-up to his much loved pair of EPs. 'Roots' carves out a blunted, bluesy house swagger from murky filter tricks and swinging, Afro-centric drums with a style reminding of La Funk Mob and all that dope '90s gear from Paris; 'Pusherman' cuts a moodier, slower figure with sluggish drums and blunted vocals in a noirish, jazzy hip hop style.