Monday, 11 August
Big room romps from XXXY following his 'Never Enough' 12" for Rinse. 'Goldfish' works a squashed, propulsive London house sound with a hollow, metallic klonk reminding of Marcel Dettmann's debut 12" on MDR, only spiked with shape-cutting funk. On the other hand, 'Evade' is one for the armpit exhibitionists, tracing icy arpeggios up the spine of a swinging tech-house groove replete with jaw-swanging breakdown.
Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet fixes a subtle 4/4 groove to the twee strums and vocals of Caribou with Luke Lalonde, Adem & One Little Plane.
Four fruity, funked-up sample chop 'n paste jobs by Bob Bhamra aka West Norwood Cassette Library.
Standout, unique debut from Ethiopian artist Mikael Seifu and Washington D.C.-based label, 1432r. Twinning inspiration from traditional Ethiopian music with traces of garage, ambient electronica and knackered house, the 'Yarada Lij' EP is an indirect translation of styles delivered by a unique voice and accent. In an interview with Fact magazine, Seifu mentions influence from Zion Rebels to Endeguena Mulu, Burial and Scott Storch, and whilst we can certainly hear Burial's gloomy atmospheres, we reckon he sounds more like an exotic Andy Stott in the low-slung, percolated pound and melodic… Read more
**Massive 11 disc digital collection taken from the original cassette series** Well this is quite an earful: Bathetic Records deliver the digital edition of their 11-cassette 'Dynasty at Ghost Town' collection starring myriad underground American artists. There's so much we don't know where to start - there's supreme desert doom scapes from William Cody Watson; the spectral lullabies of Ekin Fil; 45 minutes of scarmbled modular coordinates from M. Geddes Gengras; lush, pulsing kosmiche from Panabrite aka Jürgen Müller; wistful folk fr… Read more
Michel Hann (Rejections) shape-shifts into Marreck for his 2nd cassette on Tesla Tapes. Stepping on from the Ballardian infatuations and physical blows of his releases for Opal Tapes and Jehu and Chinaman, he's conceived a pointedly streamlined, visceral sound on 'Mechanism' which attempts to burrow right into any willing/unwilling host in proximity. The nine minutes of steam-powered, pneumatic pulses and eviscerating distortion in 'Prima' leave a serrated incision where 'Descending' enters and spreads like some vicious noise virus, before the banking squeals and chaotic flux of 'Herds' swarms… Read more
"There are a number of ways to interpret ‘Volume X’, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious - it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. However, it can also be read as a representation of the band’s remarkable ability to express and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarte… Read more
Scherbe builds on the idiosyncratic house styles of his Fourth Wave 12" with a smart set of trax for Dresden, Germany's Uncanny Valley. Working between the jaunty angles of Matthew Herbert and soulful Detroit beatdown, 'Late Nite Safari' cuts unique shapes from the off kilter wiggle and teasing arpeggios of 'Poison Hillz' to the strutting, minimal funk of 'Long Time No Sea' and the breezy elegance of 'Mosquito Beach' and 'Specimen'.
Stephan Laubner aka STL gets closer to nature in an extensive library of field recordings under the banner of 'From Coast To Mountain'. From birds that sound like screaming children to the swell of the North Sea, it's an immersive suite of richly detailed recordings miles away from his other dancefloor stuff.
Extensive nu-disco remix suite for Midnight Magic's 'Midnight Creepers' album. We find highlights in the soured boogie fizz of Gavin Russom's 'Beam Me Up' version, Juan Maclean's Soundhack-like take on 'Drop Me A Line', and the bouncing chug of Kaspar Björke's 'Paranoid Jungle' rework.
Sultry, fruity boogie house from Downtown Party Network. On top they roll out fat, jiggling synth bass and uplifting chords pushed by big round kicks in 'Disco Ball Drama'; down below, 'Keep On Running' and 'No Drama Afterhours' are cooler, dubbed out electro-boogie struts.
**Cheery, melodic electronica from the house of Ghostly International's much-loved roster** "Hohokum is a distinct creative collaboration between artist Richard Hogg and Honeyslug, a London-based game studio. The vibrantly whimsical game emphasizes exploration and creativity with a playful touch. With the vision to create an experience free of typical video games pressures, Honeyslug delivers inspiring and unique gameplay in Hohokum. Players take on the role of a flying, Technicolor being, like a curious kite. Travelling through the colorful world, players can uncover secrets by inter… Read more
**Brilliantly out-of-step free-jazz/improvised fusioneering on Bradford's Bomb Shop institute. After something different? You've definitely found it** "Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (alto/baritone sax) and Lucy Stein (painting/projections). The group combine references to Medieval music, Sea Shanties and Field Hollars with the ecstatic cry of classic 1960’s fire music. Stein uses primitive devotional images, food stuffs and even her own hair in visceral, highly textured painted projections making Death Shanties a unique and immersive live experience."