Friday, 24 July
"AUS ready their latest offering - a curveball from Gerd who dusts off his Geeeman alias and offers up ‘Wanna Go Bang’: a ghettocentric package backed up with fellow Clone associate Alden Tyrell on remix duties. Under his many guises, Gerd is an artist who has consistently reaffirmed his reputation as a producer capable of soundtracking peak-time moments across releases on Catch, Royal Oak, Clone and his own 4Lux. Punctuated by classics such as ‘NY House Track’ under NY Stomp, ‘Bang’t’ as Geeman and the stellar remix for George Fitzgerald’s ‘Child’ that instigated his link with AUS - hi… Read more
Enigmatic, ornate Balearic creations from two young producers, backed with a tripping Ital remix. Aster debuted in 2011with a fine 12" for Mathematics, a crooked take on abstract Mediterranean groove built for dusky dances on the beach. Here they drop a simmering, UKF-compatible rhythm called 'Assis', swimming in magical chants and peppered with '80s synth flares, and a steadier mid-tempo flow called 'Lamneto Castellano' in a psychedelic style reminding of Portugal's Photonz. Flipside, their 'Danza' cut dallies with feathered, stepping syncopation and beautifully harmonised synth chorus, which Ital … Read more
Kresy doffs his cap to classic Nu Groove, Strictly Rhythm and DJ International on four tracks of classic-sounding, acid-inflected house musique for Barcelona's Hivern Disc. There's some really strong grooves here for the retro-vintage connoisseurs, taking in the vocal-laden and acidic swing of 'Day Into Night' and the misty-eyed, synth-wise pleasures of 'Miles In The Galaxy' on the A-side, contrasted against the darker-tinted Sheffield warehouse chug and bleep of 'Mystic Strings' and the sensually hypnotic acid romance of 'Baby In Love' on the flip.
Thursday, 23 July
Friday, 17 July
Up-to-the-second Tokyo disco-house from Ryota Arai on R&S' Meda Fury sub-print. Contemporary of Cos/Mes, Kuniyuki and KZA, among others, Arai is also a respected DJ and promoter, and now proves his productions chops with five cuts circling darkroom house ('Zombie Boogie'), effervescent ambience with a cinematic twist ('Fluid'), and 4th worldly house ('Sweet Claim').
Chicago's own DJ Roc volleys an electrified 2nd album of footwork with 'Practice What U Preach' for scene supporters, Duck N' Cover. Working a perfect balance of sampled soul and technoid Afro-futurism, it weighs up some of his deadliest cuts and jabs in the likes of 'Lowend Unity', named after his 'hood and flush with a mix of pealing sax, droning subs and mercurial synth drops; with the lump-in-throat brilliance of his hyper Jhene Aiko flip, 'The Worst'; and not least the staccato pulses, ricochet rimshots and choking bass pressure of 'I Make Gutta'.
Berlin-based sound artist Yair Elazar Glotman returns to Subtext with the powerful electro-acoustic scapes of 'Études' a year on from his 'Nimbes' soundtrack with James Ginzburg and his pair of Ketev tape works for Where To Now? and Opal Tapes. This, his 2nd album proper, involves ten studies for contrabass, using newly-honed, counter-intuitive technique to, in a sense, bybass his classical training and draw out an "unnatural" range of secreted resonance and physically affective vibrations. By probing his instrument's acoustic dynamic range with close micing and post-production, he re… Read more
Muscular London house flex from Roska, backed by a technoid, freakier collaboration with DVA.
Throwing Snow's restless electronic soul burns thru on his first new material since his well-received 'Mosaic' LP. 'Glower' rolls out a slippery electro-techno chassis galvanised with spiralling chromatic arpeggios to soft trancing peaks. 'Clasp' follows suit, focussing on a lone, luminous arpeggio and rippling machine patter with a teasing sense of deferred gratification.
Neck-snapping instrumental grime slaughter from the Slackk-championed producer, Edgem. 'Terror Fortress' runs four dramatic and concentrated DJ tools, flaring nasty brass and 8-bar lunges in the title cut alongside the string-heavy aggression of 'I See Everything', ruthless darkside bass pressure in 'Route One', and boss-level intensity of 'The Crypt'.
Breezu mid-tempo NYC house chug and ruddy tribalism, backed with an acidic garage house remix by John Barera and Will Martin, and hypnotic sub-heavy Sisterhood remix.
Original catalysts of the US - UK bass dialogue, Philadelphia's Slit Jockey Records juice out 38 of their best moments from 10 years of operations in the grimy field. Includes highlights from both sides of the pond between Starkey and Trim's hard-edged 'DPMO'; the haunted dancehall-grime minimalism of Mr. Mitch's 'Bethlem Royal'; Rustie's bouncing remix of 'G41' by 8Bitch; J-Sweet's 8-bar muder, 'Streethawk'. A crushing halfstep raver from Wonder in 'RaveT'.
*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M* Janus crew's M.E.S.H. unpackages a vast internal world across the ornate topographies of his incredible debut album. Combining scything club dynamics and Hollywood sound design with a sample bank of archaic renaissance instruments, 'Piteous Gate' describes a hyperreal place-out-of-time framed by matrices of tessellating grids and vapour-trace contours rent in near-VR detail. Collapsing the stadium-sized structures of "festival trance" with oblique elements o… Read more
Alessio Natalizia and Emotional Response make some class curatorial choices on the first batch of remixed Not Waving trax. A-side, Pye Corner Audio curls the slow, silvery waves of 'Ability To Gain Access' with tactile sensitivity, blooming to a magnificent climax, while Tomaga recalculate 'Mathematical Man' as a bright, chiming roil of burred drums, flutes and grumbling bass with traces of celestial jazz. B-side, Bronze Teeth's L/F/D/M boosts 'Double Blind' as a proper EBM/acid techno piece, and then there's a heart-breaking ambient rendition of 'Future Rain' by Abul Mogard - the retir… Read more
Exceptional debut 12" of trippin', tape-saturated techno and electro by Antinote's latest discovery. Coming not long after the rugged techno punishments of his 'Human Condition' tape for New York Haunted, 'Menti Singole' portrays a more sensitive, melancholy character between the buttoned-up electromance of opener 'Filippo' and the roiling Andy Stott-meets-Aught styles of 'Marco', soaring under covert ferric skies across the Urban Tribe-like panorama of 'Francesco' to the noirish Lynch-meets-Gesloten Cirkel vibes of 'Leonardo'. Based on the strength of these tracks, by all rights Leonardo Martelli's name should be everywhere very soon. Massive tip!
"Super charming electro obscurity from Trinidad, 1986, dug out and remastered for Emotional Rescue's Caribbean reissue scheme and backed with a wicked rerub by Nick The Record and Dan Idjut. "Singer song writing duo Carl and Carol Jacobs have been a fixture of the Trinidad music scene for over 30 years. As a duet they have released a series of Soca and Reggae tinged 12”s and LPs for Rohit, Straker, Crosby and Eddy Grant’s ICE label. It was more of the same on their 1986 Bend Down And Rock release on Crosby Records, however over on the flip things got really interesting. Sampling Sant… Read more
The German producer does Chicago acid in his own, devilish style with a trio of nervy and spaced-out box bangers for the Kelly Twins' Happy Skull. All three works only shades away from AFX's Analord sessions, twysting between the skittish, skating trills and grubbing acid flecks of 'Yes or No' to the lush, layered synth arrangement and knotted groove of 'Summer Time in Coloniae', and with a more mystic Jamal Moss tilt in 'Going By'.