Monday, 10 November
Soul Jazz present a sterling, 32-track audio accompaniment to their 100-page book of photography '90 Degrees of Shade'. Mambo, calypso, goombay, mento, merengue, cult and compas music from the '50s and '60s all come under the banner 'Hot Jump Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean', providing an authentic soundtrack to the archival photographs of local performers and rich, white westerners holidaying in Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and more, shot over 100 year… Read more
Ital's Lovers Rock label returns with four tracks of ambient techno from the man and his pals. Former Mi Ami dude Earthen Sea proffers the lowlit and romantic shimmy of 'Beat 13' beside the sprung techno mutant, 'Nosebleed' by DJ Wey. Another Mi Ami member, Damon Palermo aka Magic Touch, lends the arpeggiated, beatless synth stroke of 'Inner Realm', and Ital completes the session with his subbass-saturated dub house stroller, 'Resonant Chamber'.
"Natura Morta, "dead nature" or "still life". This album can be understood as a powerful study of the minute details of the art of electro-acoustic composition, as much as the Renaissance "nature morte" were a masterful display of the artist’s skill in portraying the glow of a ripe fruit, or capturing the light beaming on a vacant chair. Six tracks, to be listened to as two long explorations in the art of variation and repetition. Layers of drums and percussions intertwine with synth waves making the portrait come to life, detail after detail, until a complex figure emerges from the wh… Read more
Masque Femine should be regarded as a total work - much like a film, a ballet, a building, or, an altarpiece - rather than as an album of individual songs. And, its fundamental subject should not be understood to be romantic love. Christina Carter was born in the bayou city of Houston, Texas in November of 1968, and co-founded the group Charalambides there in December of 1991. Ever since then, she has deeply mined her own vein of sound-as-music with voice, guitar (both electric and acoustic), piano, and keys. For the past several years, Christina has utilised extended improvisatio… Read more
Powerful remixes of Eomac's (aka half of Lakker) album tracks on Berlin's Killekill label. Tommy Four Seven plays straightest with a sturdy darkside techno reduction of 'Spectre' aimed at your local megadome; Anno Stam aka Anstam twists the lines of 'Su Riddim' with his inimitable funk; AnD pump 'Shell Of Dark' with a monotone industrial force.
"Debut album from Brassica - featuring a vocoded Italian translation of Slayer's "Dead Man Skin" in Ballo Dei Morti. Brian Ferry's Saxophonist Jorja Renn appears on Be Lost and Psychic Heartburn. Anagrammatic Art Eb Lull Us was written on an old Hammond Organ with a nod towards Mike Oldfield. The Lodger contains the breaths and grunts of a contemporary dance troupe recorded in a collaboration 15 years prior, and the voice of Emile Bojesen (whose little documented collaborations with Brassica as synth punk band Gold Blood) appears on No Apocalypse."
Mondkopf cross-pollinates black metal and cinematic electronics in unique style as Extreme Precautions for In Paradisum. Bitter to the core and prickling a with diseased noise pallor, 'I' renders eleven mutations packing technoid blast beats, Carpenter-esque synth motifs and slabs of doom metal drone serrated by jagged 16th note drum machine assaults.
Hard-assed but soulful D&B stripes on Metalheadz. dBridge eazes off the metal-tipped snares and vicious neurto licks of Jubei's 'These Things VIP' up top; Artificial Intelligence take no prisoners with the hard-step slaughter of 'Dillirious VIP' on the flip.
Further to his lovely 'Shaker Notes' LP, Paul White 'fesses three stoned, blue new cuts for R&S. Combined they make for a very smart stand-alone release revealing a shadier corner of White's sound between the dubwise meditation of 'Running In A Rainy Day'; the brooding Reese bass and parched bump of 'Sahara Deserts'; and an outstanding deviation into psychedelic doom metal/industrial with the ricocheting rimshots, iron-clad guitar riffs and streaking synth dynamics of 'I Call You'.
Certified UK house practitioner Doc Daneeka links with Seven Davis Jr on a stylish pair of deep house and boogie numbers for Ten Thousand Yen. On 'What's It Gonna Be?' he drizzles Davis Jr's soul-fired vocal over a crunchily persistent tech-house groove, whereas 'I Promise' comes off like some naked Moodymann joint, leaving the kicks at home to vibe out with finger pops, diaphanous chords and weightless bass. You'll also find the very KDJ-styled disco-funk of 'Together' and the whirring, latinate shimmy of 'Ghosttext' for fine measure. Classy.
Hard-assed and shifty techno bangers from NYC strongman Anthony Parasole for Ostgut Ton. A regular feature on Berghain line-ups and playlists, Parasole's music perfectly fits the bill for haughty techno with a slinky-but-brute big room heft. 'My Block' starts the dance with soured lead line and infectiously latinate drum patterns before 'Bizarre' puts the kicks in with belly buckling force under heady chimes. 'Typhoon' sustains the intensity with a more submerged feel, like some Von Oswald or NWAQ joint pitched up and pounded into submission.
Following his ‘Beautyfear’ album, Marsen Jules returns with two extended pieces recorded during a two week residency at the renowned GRM institute in Paris.The institute was founded in 1958 by composer Pierre Schaeffer, one of the main protagonists of Musique Concrète, a musical movement that focused on recorded sounds and sound manipulations as a basis for compositions. For these two extended pieces (35 minutes) Jules dives deep into the level of subatomic sound-particles. Clusters of string crescendos emerge from a nearly psychoacoustic sound-wall of warm drones in which they disappear wi… Read more
Rough Trade finally reissue Ultramarine’s pioneering electronic album ‘Every Man And Woman Is A Star’. Acclaimed and respected at the time of it’s original release on Rough Trade in 1992, it now stands as a classic of it’s genre, an electronica record made before the term was coined. This reissue includes additional John Peel Session tracks available for the first time and recorded in 1992, featuring the tracks; ‘Saratoga’, ‘Nova Scotia’, ‘Honey’ and ‘Pansy’.
Back on Trax Couture following his Hot Haus raid, Rushmore serves 'World Series (Vol.1)'. Make no mistake, this guy is making some of the rawest, direct dance trax around right now. No time for overly fancy arrangements, just four tracks juciing the best bits of grime, ballroom, ghetto house and acid into lean and stylish killer grooves. Check out the EBM-reinforced DJ Rush styles of 'It's Me' and 'Ment Drum' and the grime-gone-Jit flex of 'Highroad Works' and you'll understand. Tip!
UK & US ambassadors of ruff house go twos on a rugged pair of hardware bug-outs for Apron. Up top on 'Discipline', London's Funkineven and Detroit's Jay Daniel ride slamming kicks with off-kilter synth squelch and skanking chords, all sparked up with clustered claps and warehouse reverbs to make 'em scatter. Down below, they meet in the noirish 'Abyss' with skeletal, dubbed drum patterns hingeing on heavy subs and streaked with moody midnight sci-fi motifs. A wicked session from two of the dopest cats in the alley.
Complete audio recording of the ‘Turning’ concert, recorded live at The Barbican in London in November 2006. The concert contains songs from the first three Antony And The Johnsons full length albums - ‘Antony And The Johnsons’, ‘I Am A Bird Now’ and ‘The Crying Light’ - as performed by an ensemble of musicians including Maxim Moston, Rob Moose, Julia Kent, Parker Kindred, Jeff Langston and Thomas Bartlett. Plus two rare Antony And The Johnsons studio recordings from that period.
Steadfast UK techno label Perc Trax presents eleven exclusive killers from Kareem, Happa, Drvg Cvltvre, FSG, Perc, Truss and more to celebrate their tenth anniversary. Accompanied by a 64 minute mix from the label's top boy, Ali Wells aka Perc, the session shifts with incandescent energy from the moody, mittel European acid slug of Drvg Cvltvre's '(I Don't Want To Die In) James Franco's House' thru the stoic stare-down of Kareem's 'Just When You Thought It was Over' via Happa's Joyrex-style joyride, 'To Die Hating Them', Sawf's disco bullying 'Goves', and… Read more
John Beltran returns with a seductively trim and techy new sound, backed with label boss Four Tet's sweeter 2-step remix. Squeezing in somewhere between Hessle Joe and LP5-era Autechre, Beltran references his Latino and Detroit inspirations from a unique perspective, synching clipped claps and canted harp hook with pizzicato electronics in a fresh, bittersweet tangle where you'd almost expect Thom Yorke to come in crooning (gwan Thom, do us a version?). Four Tet's mix is much sweeter, easing the original to a dainty ambient 2-step more compatible with Actress and Martyn grooves. Class.
*Fourth album by Swedish husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin* Their first album in four years sees Wildbirds return lean, hungry and defiant . In returning to their roots they have discovered an unblinking directness, a taut muscularity honed from years of intensive live performance . For the first time, the pair wrote, recorded and produced everything in their own Stockholm studio “We wanted it to feel like a live experience. Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same room, no screens or isolation, looking each other in the eyes. In recent … Read more
Just the ticket: an outstanding, genre-hopping return from Brooklyn's finest, delivered on Paul Smith's ever dependable Blast First Petite. 'Familiar' is ten tracks deeper, spiking the senses with electro-pop a la Chris & Cosey in 'Maids' and shoe-gazing motorik pop in 'Palace To Palace'; plus the incredible shamanic techno-pop of 'Sunburned Kids', 808 drone-pop on 'Holy Girl', and future-sprawl blues of 'Grinning In Your Face', culminating in a cover of Tim Buckley's 'Song To The Siren' and a massive black vortex in 'Destroy'. RIYL Animal Collective, HTRK, Chris & Cosey.
"Reckno is extremely proud to present Imminent Orphan, a highly personal collection of music by AyGeeTee and his second release for the label following Eternity's Conceit earlier in the year. The same spirit of endless mutation and forward moving propulsion pushes these eight tracks ever forward and skyward. The real instruments (sad pianos and shimmering drum machines) collide with computer mutation, improvisation and freedom, loads of freedom. A sense that anything can happen is always present in AyGeeTee's tracks. They seem to evolve naturally as if sound is constantly being created … Read more
Superb new ambient techno depth from Alberto Rosso aka Morkebla, following his smart debut for Where To Now onto the like-minded Reckno label, backed with excellent remixes by Opal Tapes affiliates, 1991, BAT and Body Boys. Credentials in place, 'Pisces Sun, Capricorn Rising' lives up to to the title's astrological aspirations with a deeply mystic, dream-like appeal. Eight gauzy original tracks add up to what Morkebla considers to be his debut album, framing an intimately slow moving yet detached otherworld where sampled voices and the artists own weary vocals are smudged ag… Read more
"‘The Hum’ comes eighteen months after the band’s debut album ‘Pearl Mystic’, a record that steadily went on to become one of 2013’s most critically beloved releases. Even more ferocious and uncompromising than its predecessor and yet more melodic and focused than the band have ever recorded, ‘The Hum’ further cements the band’s status as a vital force in British independent music."
Jon Hopkins gives sleepy time versions of his 'Immunity' album tracks alongside King Creosote and Raphaelle Standell.
One of the UK's canniest labels does it again with Happy Meals' debut album of sensual, spellbinding lo-fi pop. Sounding like the work of Saada Bonaire's long-lost slacker offspring, 'Apéro' is actually the produce of two Glasgow-based artists, Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, who originally hail from the Scottish borders. Suzanne sings in a unique mix of French and Scottish, occasionally sharing the mic with Lewis over the course of six songs taking the 100% Silk/NNF pop aesthetic and psych-dub freedom of Peaking Lights to a more ambiguous, enchanted headspace. It's all top notch stuff, from th… Read more
Jacques Greene returns with a 4 track EP for LuckyMe, inc Sei A and Suicideyear remixes.
Japan's EM Records illuminate the liberated early works of Yokohama's no wave improv unit Inryo-Fuen circa 1980-82. First issued on flexi-disc and vinyl, these four tracks have now been remastered, re-edited and remixed from original tapes to provide a record of a fertile, pre-digital era when experimental music was performed on the very fringes of society to a tightly knit audience who really had to work to seek out anything beyond the pale - perhaps unlike today's instant access all areas culture. It opens with the historically poignant 'Dakyo Sezu (Uncompromising)' from their d… Read more