Monday, 07 April
The first album ever outside of Spain to focus on the history of Gipsy Rhumba, one of the most interesting musical culture clashes, first taking place in the early 1960s. In the Catalan region of Spain gipsies, primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, came up with a fascinating hybrid style - Gipsy Rhumba - which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own flamenco, as well as the emerging rock ‘n’roll from America. As well as a musical overview of this unique art form,… Read more
*Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri team up with Martyn Heyne of Efterklang for their new album* "For "Yearling" ORCAS members Benoît Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisarri (The Sight Below) teamed up with Martyn Heyne (of Efterklang) on guitar and piano, and Michael Lerner (Telekinesis) on drums to built upon the subdued ambience of their self-titled debut, adding a huge dose of analog warmth to their hazy pop leanings. Whereas many songs on ORCAS' first album were built from guitar improvisations and impromptu vocal sessions, most of "Yearling" was constructed from short pieces Pioulard wrote… Read more
*Upfront Exclusive* Deft, spaced-out instrumental Grime riddims from Spare on the up-and-coming Coyote Records. Following an appearance on the 'Coyote Kings' compilation, the London-based producer debuts proper with a slippery, kinetic sound taking on mercurial, darker grime garage on '1bit', beside the silvery arpeggios and sensual chord progressions of 'Venom' and a the aggy 8-bit bounce of 'Boss Hog', but best of all is the sweeter feminine pressure of 'Glide' with its dancing melody and rugged breakbeat flow nodding to Zomby.
Nightwave's second EP for her own Heka Trax imprint, featuring the one and only ghetto house legend DJ Deeon, whose signature vocals can be heard on the lead track Hit It bringing together Chicago and Glasgow in a unique and refreshing way...
Mr Mitch's Gobstopper label releases one of its strongest yet with the new EP from Strict Face. It's another minimized Grime masterclass, 'Fountains' sounding like slowed down Eski meets "Moments in Love' - all emotive strings, lots of space and low-end synths that cut through it all to disorientating effect. 'Highbury Skyline' is more menacing and tough, still retaining that dizzying sonic separation that makes this new wave of Grime productions so compelling and fucking out there. Amazing EP this.
Rush Hour reissue of a highly-coveted and emotional Dance Mania classic from 1990. Original copies now go for ten times this shelf price, and for good reason. 'Your Eyes' is a beautiful bit of warehouse soul, Chan's poised vocal floating over subtle shoreside sounds and an effortless bassline glyde. There's an equally magical instrumental on the flip, swapping the vocal for some attuned synth soloing, beside a superb, mystical deep house jack track called with 'I'm So Deep'. Indeed!
A beautiful suite of extended kosmische/ambient pieces from Suzanne Kraft for Running Back.
RIYL: Explosions In The Sky, Eluvium, Sigur Rós, Stars Of The Lid, Brian Eno. "Inventions is the new band formed by longtime friends, tourmates, and labelmates Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. Smith of Explosions In The Sky. There are plenty of talking points here: The fact that Cooper hasn’t been in a “band” of any sort since he was a teenager; no member of Explosions In The Sky has released an album outside of the context of EITS since their inception in the late 90s; and, of course, this is a dream duo for anyone familiar with the unparalleled emotional resonance of Cooper and Smit… Read more
"This time, the marvellous nighttime world of Buenos Aires is reflected by the rhythms and sounds of Carisma (Carolina Stegmayer and Ismael Pinkler), who live together in the centre of the South American capital. Since three years they are delivering these tracks directly (directamente) from their flat through the city’s dark alleys to its underground venues producing music to play it right away, written in a dialogue between studio and booth, at the Djs Pareja’s legendary FUN FUN parties, the famous Dengue nights, and other spots."
"Charles-Eric Charrier is a French bassist and pianist mining the remote seams of music between post-classical, jazz, acoustic blues and ambient. Hidden or distant those seams may be, but all the richer for those who take the time to seek them out. Echoes of innovative artists like Earth, Anouar Brahem, Bohren und der Club of Gore, Chet Baker or even Malian musicians such as Ali Farka Toure and Tinariwen sometimes appear on the horizon, only to disappear at the next turn. Charrier’s music as band-leader on ‘Petite Soeur’, his first release for Gizeh Records, is endlessly yearni… Read more
"Lufth´s "Distanz und Nähe" on Marsen Jules' Oktaf Records accompanies the return of German experimental-dubtech and electronica producer Joerg Schuster. With his unique trademark sound and former releases on Source Records, Thinner and Archipel as Digitalverein and Sensual Physics – Schuster already established a loyal and enthusiastic fan crowd all around the world. His debut album as Lufth now introduces us to his most personal and experimental release so far. A 55 minute long collection of nine tracks that have been created over the past decade. As already done in other releases Schust… Read more
"2013 saw the Croydon man skilfully hopping from headphone to dance styles, often within a track, his signature blend of cinematic soundscapes and crisp, intricate percussion covering hip-hop, house, and ambient. What’s more, his noteworthy contributions to the burgeoning UK footwork scene means the young producer can now count Mark Pritchard, DJ Shadow and Rockwell among his biggest fans, and boy does this boy have fans, check this Bandcamp review of his Project Mooncircle EP Voight Kampff: Emeralds opens with bubbling synths, building into epic space-station jungle juke with haunting toplin… Read more
‘So It Goes’ is the debut album on XL imprint Hot Charity from arsonists Ratking - aka Wiki and Hak - and producer Sporting Life. Wiki met uptown-raised Hak, now 19, when they were both in the 2nd Grade. They’ve been friends and conspirators ever since. Sporting Life, 32, hails from Virginia but has been in the city since 2005. Eventually they all met at a rap show and soon started serious collaboration. The sound isn’t the boom-bap and outmoded slang of ‘95. The circumstances have changed but the melting pot mentality and cold-blooded scepticism remain. You can hear the Krylon color and sylla… Read more
"The third album from Canadian composer Christopher Bissonnette sees him expanding his palette by narrowing his sound sources to a self built analog synthesizer. Eschewing the whiplash and/or everything including the kitchen sink style of assembly so common among current analog aﬁcionados, Bissonnette instead applies his signature compositional style of using long held tones and sweeping drones that alternate between, and fuse, pure tonal transcendence and patient, sparkling melodies that slowly reveal themselves. “Essays in Idleness was born from a desire for a more ta… Read more
Ultra late night and streetlit collab from two of Portland’s key electronic reinterpreters. These 60 minutes and 18 tracks are all fully live, born out of a couple of sessions fueled by kush, coffee and tonnes of LaCroix pink grapefruit Soda Water. “Zirconia Reign” is an organic manifestation of imagery and psychic connection from their collective experiences living in Portland, working as civil servants for the more desolate and bleak suburban areas. Connecting the disparities between the urban/suburban divide in a place renowned as an “alt” mecca with a stack of synths, s… Read more
The 50th Exit release features DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn and Stray collaborating with Alex Perez, delivering a hybrid of Juke, bass, hip-hop and footwork influenced styles of drum’n’bass, with a distinct London slant.
Various Production are back. A-side, they roll out the nocturnal neon streak of 'Rush' with it's nagging techno chords, floating vocal and swaggering slow/fast swerve primed for city cruises behind blacked-out windows. B-side is a sweeter, downbeat piece of modern urban folkpop - not a f**king banjo in sight - inspired by the Hungarian soundtracks of Panta Zorán and meditating on digital culture to a syrupy glisten of magenta chord vapours and husky soul croon in classic VP style.
Calibre has gone through his hard drives, DAT tapes and mini discs to find more gems for ‘Shelflife 3’. Thirteen of his most requested unreleased productions from 1997 to 2013 including 'Miraculous', 'Honey Dew', 'Bellamee', 'Instant'. 'Sagan' and 'Eschaton (Feat DRS)'.
"Having tantalised with ‘The Wheel’, ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Lessons’, SOHN has added the final touches to his debut solo album, the anticipated ‘Tremors’. ‘Tremors’ is the way in which past traumas, as much as past successes, linger like the aftershocks of an earthquake. Even in the calmest moments its effects continue to reverberate and inform who we become. Throughout the eleven songs that form ‘Tremors’ runs a sense of the nocturnal - a sensitivity to the darkness and its inhibitions - with London-born SOHN adopting a night time schedule for an intense period of long nights writing and recording in hi… Read more
Scratcha compiles material from Shy One, Joss Ryan, Butti, Tsunga and more for his DVA imprint.
Smooth, party-ready UK house from Cardiff's Bodhi duo following drops for Grizzly and Future Classic. A-side burns up US garage-flavoured vocals and, warm chords and swinging drums on 'I Need You' for the side-parting and air max posse; B-side plays a bit kinkier with the shifty organ stabs and jazz-dusted drums of 'Wuh', and tips out on the slinkier 'Soul Seeker'.
Bumper remix pack featuring reworkings from Factory Floor, Falty DL, Happa, Bullion, John Roberts, Robag Wruhme and more.