Monday, 16 March
Tuesday, 10 March
Rounding up sterling ambient and minimalist modern composition, this selection is intended as a salve for sore heads and bodies. Ready for midnight consumption and after-after-party introspection, tracks were selected and sequenced for their sense of space and spectral presence, oscillating back and forth between passages of melancholic sweetness and more abstract, intangible emotions, steering clear of anything too obtrusive or shocking. Among them you'll find recently released material such as Nadia Khan's quietly breathtaking 'Nuuk' beside modern string and… Read more
Strong showing from the 1080p camp, pairing the blown-out psy-house of Junior Loves with a killer suite of EBM/New Beat/Techno codas by Scientific Dreamz Of U. Together they showcase a dark, mystic sound, as heard on their NTS show, 'Kestrel Explorations', wandering along the fringes and alleys between myriad techno and psych-minded styles. Junior Loves' half tends to a more esoteric mix ranging from glum shoegaze and doom to ambient dread via street-ready EBM/electro, whereas the Scientific Dreamz Of U sound is predisposed to a prime mix of mid-late '80 Belgium coldwave, Carpenter-esque motifs and brooding industrial grooves - a proper proto-techno style. Recommended.
Monday, 09 March
Killer Afro-Germanic grooves from Mark Ernestus Ndagga Rhythm Force. Featuring all members of Jeri-Jeri plus the Basic Channell/Rhythm & Sound boss under a new moniker, 'Yermande' yields some of their strongest material to date, making the connections between Senegalese Mbalax, Jamaican dub and Berlin minimalism ever more inseparable. Comes in a stripped-down 'Kick and Bass Mix' featuring Mbene Diatta Seck dubbed to sound uncannily like Tikiman in parts, and backed with the achingly dextrous instrumental. Better yet, the 'Prophet 5 Mix' introduces the legendary Sequential Circuits model to the blend with hypnotically technoid effect. Truly outstanding gear.
A compelling and shunting industrial sound: Nick Klein with 'Failed Devotee' for Unknown Precepts. Touted as "techno's top bachelor of 2015" by Tiny Mix Tapes, Brooklyn-based Klein specializes in hard-baked and fetid slow techno gauntlets here, delivering some of the grimmest gear this side of Low Jack or Dual Action. There's a real weight behind his kicks and an infectious venom to his synthlines that prompts primal action on the 'floor. RIYL L.I.E.S. Preserved Instincts, Hospital Productions.
Liminal Sounds gang-up on their first label compilation after a string of zingers from Air Max '97, Arctic, Youngstar. 'Liminality 01' introduces five new new names: Copout comes with bouncing ballroom X sino-grime pressure in 'Fluttering'; Shining Force impresses with the militant sublow swagger of 'Initiative'; Bushido goes all dramatic with the ornate, emotive 'Bashful'; JGYB calculates some kinda mad 2-step / trap thing with twanging Fairlight-effect stabs and sharp-cut vocal chops. Forward!
NYC's Kim Ann Foxman follows her ace 'Pleasure Principle' hookup with some proper local dance knowledge in 'Firehouse 002'. Go straight for the original mix of 'Open The House' for a fierce, deep and hypnotic '90s house sound rife with rumping toms and ghostly pads how u like it.
SLO boots up Aery Metals for 2015 with two bits kinky techno-house class. The ruddy 'Sex Fortress' comes with jagged, industrialised bass and drums eased off with a housier slink set to ruffle big 'floors. 'Photobox' tightens up with a steely sorta EBM/acid mutation with effortlessly fluid dynamics. Tip!
In which a suitably sensitive array of artists revise the ambient structures of LCC's debut for Editions Mego. Tujiko Noriko furnishes a crystalline take on 'Quarz' infiltrated with her fragile vocals, and Spain's Komatssu render 'Graphein' as a diaphanous IDM piece nodding to mid '90s Æ. We find Houndstooth's Throwing Snow at his best with a blooming footwork jungle tackle on 'Adámas', and To Rococo Rot's Robert Lippok reduces 'Calx' to a gauzy, Gas-eous throb, while LCC rework their own 'Chroma' somewhere closer to Andy Stott or Carter Tutti's slow droning techno tunnels.
Pearson sound has the honour of releasing Hessle Audio's 1st solo artist album with his adroit and concise self-titled opus. It arrives 7 years since his earliest transmission, 'Blimey' [HES005] as Ramadanman, in which time he's carved a distinct niche between the sub-strata of UK techno, dubstep and electronica, building one of the most distinguished catalogues in modern dance music - including high profile remixes for Radiohead and Disclosure. Clearly inspired by the 'floor but not beholden to it, 'Pearson Sound' gives him wriggle room for experimentation; space to pursue those way… Read more
Andy Stott reworks Panda Bear's 'Boys Latin' into a brilliantly fxcked Grime/Woodblock killer.
Backed up by a monstrous Regis remix, Stave's taking no prisoners on this one for Repitch. Jonathan Krohn, the Chicagoan also behind Male and Talker (with Karl Meier), sets the tone with a gravelly slammer called 'Hardened Chord' which Regis promptly kicks the fxxk out of in his nastiest, noisiest remix for quite some time. B-side, Stave gets his rocks off on a thoroughly unpleasant, thundering 'Circle Pit' assault and the cloven hoofed swarm of 'Paid Jazz'. Have mercy on the children, we beseech thee…
Kelela linx with Arca on her 1st new material since the world-taking 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape (soon due on LP). Heralding her 6-track 'Hallucinogen EP', they present an digitally oiled dose of hyper-sensual R&B sprinkled with Arca's devilish production tics and glowing with Kelela's forlorn, writihing soul vocal.
**Mastered at D&M from the original DAT tapes in their original sequence** Rawest, illest hip hop/dub mixtape from '98 by Wordsound capo, Skiz Fernando Jr a.k.a. Spectre, feat contributions from sometime Madteo collaborator Sensational, Kevin ‘The Bug’ Martin’s Techno Animal alias, Bill Laswell’s Dubadelic project, Godflesh’s Ted Parsons and more. This is a fine history lesson for many yungers, and a red-eyed flashback for many heads who came thru in the '90s. Originally released on cassette in edition of only 100 copies, it documents late night sessions recorded in New York during the formati… Read more
**Bonus edition with two bonus sections previously only available on the deluxe version of the vinyl** 'Xen' sets a definitive new apex for 24 y.o. Venezuelan artist Alejandro Ghersi aka Arca following his pivotal production roles on two of the most important hip hop/R&B albums in recent memory; Kanye's 'Yeezus' and FKA Twigs 'EP2' & 'LP1' - plus production work on Bjork;s next album still to come. Suitably housed among the roster of electronic legends on Mute, it's a nimble leap forward from last year's incredible '&&&&&' mixtape/LP, refracting myriad variations of his chamber-like fus… Read more
Reissue of a sought-after Anthony "Shake" Shakir session circa 1993. The original 'That's What I Want (A Mix)' is a proper deep swinger with a mad, poppy edge in that rope-skipping vocal; a 'Different Mix' reduces it to bare bones swing and Detroit pads for the club. B-side, the Frictional Mix of 'The Ying & Yang' rides the bass into the red under the nastiest drums and sweetest strings, and the bright chords and inimitable bump of 'Mantra' set the scene for would come from one of Detroit's greatest.
'Cosmopolitan 1987' collates the best of Tevo Howard's raw Chicago House-style covers of '80s dance-pop classics. Includes a charming take on Culture Club's 'Romance Beyond The Alphabet'; the extended mix of Madonna's 'Holiday'; multiple New Order versions including 'Blue Monday', 'Confusion', 'True Faith' and 'Subculture'; the Pet Shop Boys' 'My October Symphony'…