Monday, 06 April
Wrong Steps makes more smooth-yet-gauzy house moves on his 2nd EP for Huntleys + Palmers. It's a right viber, sashaying via chiming rhodes, silty electronics and padded kicks thru 'NTYS' to something approximating DJ Sprinkles on Main Street in the depths of 'ASCN'. The effortless elegance of 'RNME' hints at the European poise of the Villalobos/Loderbauer duo, and 'Grey' eases off the drums for the first half, segueing from spidery electronics and melting chords into a bluesy halfstep shuffler. Sweet.
Leeds and London house heroes team up on two trax backed with Lauer and A Sagittariun remixes. Their originals are quintessentially late night UK house moves; Lauer's remix lends a touch of Mittel European glamour, A Sagittariun gives a bit of analogue authenticity.
"Culture Of Volume’ is East India Youth's first album since signing to XL. The record follows his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Total Strife Forever’ (released in January 2014 on Stolen Records) that went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize."
**Chaz Bundick a.k.a. Toro Y Moi spills pure pop juice all over your shredded tennis shoes with 'What For?'** "Opening to the scream of F1’s speeding around a racetrack, and maintaining that intensity with booming guitar riffs and psychedelic effects throughout, the forthcoming album from Toro Y Moi is definitely making a statement. Or maybe a few statements. But Chaz Bundick, the frontman and songwriter, is leaving it up to you to figure out what they are. While it is obvious that each song is crafted around a personally meaningful experience, Chaz seems to purposefully leave the lyrics jus… Read more
Pixelord comes across like a glitchy, schoizoid answer to Lone with his sparkling debut album, 'Places'. With a catalogue of kinetic releases under his hat for the likes of Berlin's Leisure System and Civil Music, he arrives at 'Places' brimming with a taut and colourful electronic funk breaking down garage, footwork and slow/fast hip-hop into ten lush, flighty arrangements. If we're pointing out highlights, then the deep and gritty house swirl of 'Berlin' is up there, as is the druggy, refractive electro sensuality of 'Phuket' and the strange, squirming electronic figures and psychedelic derangement of 'Beijing'.
The Full Of Nothing label make space for Hmot's queasy, noirish techno deviations. 'Barricades' features four doses of techno from Siberia, offering an genuine outsider's perspective running the gamut from Shackleton-esque percussive kinks with 'Khronos' thru frayed concrète/electro-acoustic prangs in 'Kosmos', to the oily, Villalobos-style sensuality of 'Eros', and what sounds like minimal techno meshed with free jazz and recorded in a pan of icy water with 'Rasse'.
Stenny rules with the hybrid techno-breaks of 'Hagale' for Ilian Tape. Picking up where Shed left with 'Shedding The Past' (before going IDM proper), Stenny finds that perfectly weighted balance of rumbling brukbeats and bruised boom, leaning heavier on the scuffed breaks in powerplant-dedication 'Caveberg', and the glittering roil of 'Sublimation', whereas 'Hagale' runs a skipping garage-techno model and 'Ruins' wrecks-a-body with swanging, percolating patterns from the future. Unmissable techno. Can't wait to hear an album from this cat.
In which the RHCP guitarist synchs ten or so machines thru a small mixer into a CD burner… His first Trickfinger album arrives with some degree of trust implied by the reputable Acid Test label but, is it any good? If you're a committed Rephlexian it may all seem very familiar, perhaps even derivative. On the other hand, if you're coming from the RHCP angle or most others, he's got a nimble grasp of his machines and manages to apply a distinguished "musicality" to melodic arrangements which many will appreciate, while other acid vegan types may find too fancy.
"Nadine Shah released her debut album 'Love Your Dum and Mad' in 2013. Created with trusted collaborator and producer Ben Hillier the follow-up 'Fast Food' is here. Born from a fervid 2 month writing session, Fast Food was recorded at Ben’s studio The Pool, its jagged nature is owed in part to the contributions of guitarist Nick Webb and bassist Pete Jobson (I Am Kloot)..."
London's Church gang present the breezy house soul of Wolf Music regular, Ishmael. 'Time and Time Again' drapes swriling jazz vocal and keys over a dusted house kick, filtered for sunrise and sunset moments. Flipside, 'Cold Comfort Farm' slips down a gear to something approaching Moodymann or Theo Parrish-styled Detroit beatdown,
Proggy tech-house builds from the Feench producer, Agoria. Check out the strange dance pop tint to his retouch of 'Lucky Blue Eyes'.
Shlomo rolls emotional in his long-awaited 3rd LP of instrumental hip hop hybrids. 'Dark Red' distills a viscous mix of coldwave and shoegaze memes together with ghostly traces of jungle, grime and footwork to a more mature, vintage-sounding appeal. It feels as though the tracks were created out of time and place; cherry-picking and arranging the choicest morsels of bygone styles before burying them in a rusty reel-to-reel tin and allowing the whole thing to gently emulsify. The resulting, foisty candies are aged beautifully and marked up with titles that ring true with their dysphoric pallor a… Read more
"The meaning of dreams usually stays hidden in stacks of abstract layers, obscuring their essence in surreal and bizarre imagery. Exploring the depths of our subconscious, they lead us from stories of lighthearted innocence to our most gruesome ghastly fantasies, making us live through multiple scenarios each and every night. While in sleeping-state, we are at our most vulnerable and at a total loss of control over mind and body. At the same time, we feel most free and safe during REM, with none of our worldly worries breathing down our neck while our minds find ways to cope with exactly … Read more
Narrowly beating Vitalic to the 'dance act most likely to get played by Zane Lowe' award, Alter Ego here give 'Gate 23 (Lost on Arrival)', from their 'Transphormer' LP, the 12" treatment. Opening with their own refit, Alter Ego crank up the dub for a rubbery slow-build that more than significantly improves on the original, whilst Isoleé chops it about with a queasy alacrity that appears equal parts Dr Who and Akufen. On the back 'Daktari' is given the once over by Matt John, wherein the original's stripped beats act as scaffolding for an increasingly obtuse set of rhythmical adjuncts. Lost and found...
I don't know where they get off taking the urine out of our Monarchy, but what I want to say to Alter Ego is how would they feel if the British started ripping on the Germans? Oh, okay fair point. Despite the title though, Alter Ego carry on their mission to destroy the electro-house dancefloors with this selection of heavy duty remixes. Most of you will no doubt sidle over to Modeselektor's version first, and it just kills it with the usual sense of dark bass humour, iwith m'selektor on a stripped dubstep rampage!!! Deepgroove and Jamie Anderson, meanwhile, turn in a stunnin… Read more
The haunting tech-house pop of 'Stole The Night' foreshadows the debut album, 'Sacred Ground' by Howling, a.k.a. singer Ry X and Âme's Frank Wiedemann. RIYL Thom Yorke, Apparat, The xx.