Monday, 01 December
Berceuse Heroique present Koehler's kicking follow-up to his wayward Skudge debut. A-side is given to the bright, prodding synth stabs and guttural garage-techno roll of 'Dynasty; B-side features the synth vignette 'Spiral Light' and the corrugated breakbeat techno flex of 'Deleted Scene'.
Vereker's 'Flesh & Blood' is one of THE most vital techno tracks of 2014. On front of his 'Murder License' for Berceuse Heroique 008, it's the first and arguably most powerful in a slew of scene-defining tackle coming from the British-born, American-based producer for L.A. Club Resource and Endangered Species - his hugely promising new label. The scolding A-side rolls out like DJ Rush meets Rowland The Bastard inna Soviet gymnasium - pure 4/4 pressure for those that fxxkin' knows - whilst the flipside yields the sculpted noise incursion of 'Event Horizon' as LJV with Low Jack, and a ce… Read more
The one known as Tuff Sherm (Dro Carey) takes to Berceuse Heroique for some slow and gritty house kinks backed with a dead moody Delroy Edwards remix. Tuff Sherm's greasy A-side humper 'Smugglers Bureau' is the one for us; an airless tunnel of slamming kicks and flinty drums mauled with wayward, noisy synthlines. B-side, he keeps the vibe trippy with the gravelly jack and spindly notes of 'Easy Company', which Delroy promptly remixes as a dark blue sorta Chicago mutant with wistful chords and rugged, bleeding bass closer to the styles on his 'Untitled' MiniLP than his early bangers.
Ekman returns to Berceuse Heroique with a banging techno number backed by fiercely f**ked Vereker remix following his opening shot on BH 001. The original 'Acid7' burns up bucking claps and bruising kicks in a firestorm of distorted tape noise and psychedelic FX. Vereker goes one heavier with severe lashing of pure, guttural ghetto bang on the B-side. Watch yer eyebrows!
Mr. Mitch chimes into the current grime dialogue with the chrome-dripping instrumentals of his brilliant debut LP 'Parallel Memories'. Ever since appearing on Butterz' 'Quality Street' 12" in 2010, the S.E. London-based producer and grime se'er has been a crucial figure on the scene's most curious front, stealthily moving the game with a series of releases on his own Gobstopper label and cooperations with Slackk, Logos and Oil Gang at the keenly influential Boxed club nights. With 'Parallel Memories' he projects a uniquely defined vision of instrumental grime influenced by a vivid ima… Read more
In a stroke of A&R genius, Rinse pull two of London's finest, subtlest song-writers to their fold. Sunless '97 charm with the watery Youtube compressions and bittersweet bop of 'Pure4sure' with its male/female vocals and sino-grime referencing flutes + filigree electronics providing a necessary drop of vitamin C in your musical diet. Better yet, the achingly sweet marimba refrain and skeletal dancehall bump of 'Aia' is a spine-shiveringly effective piece of minimalist pop class. TIP!
"Yo La Tengo are one of the most beloved and respected bands in America. Their uninterrupted 30-year career is unparalleled in its creative breadth and refusal to rest on laurels. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley and James McNew have enjoyed success entirely on their own terms - playing the world’s best concert halls, museums, and dives, dominating critics’ lists, doing a Simpsons theme, playing the Velvet Underground in the film ‘I Shot Andy Warhol’, sharing stages with some of the most important musicians of our time and even creating a holiday tradition onto themselves with their yearly s… Read more
Prostitutes caps a profligate 2014 with his stomping return to Diagonal after hot sessions with Spectrum Spools, Night School, and Mira. In 'Ecstasy, Crashing Beats and Fantasy' it feels like he's really cemented and distinguished his toiling funk from the hardwave horde, equally due to his uncompromising hardware aesthetic and fine balance of menacing subtlety. The devil is in the detail, from the hypnotic drones and shark-toothed bite of industrial jakker 'Crawl In From Broadway' to the possessed, wobble-jaw electro chatter of 'Side Effects Of Living', arguably h… Read more
*10th Year Anniversary of Florida, includes seven bonus unreleased tracks and remixes* "10 years ago, Diplo - the man behind Mad Decent, Major Lazer etc - released his debut solo album via Big Dada. In some ways, ‘Florida’ represents Diplo’s most personal work. ‘F10rida’ features unreleased tracks as well as a 10 page ‘scroll’ booklet containing brilliant and surreal emails between Big Dada and Diplo - an insight into how the record came to be - plus updated artwork. “I made ‘Florida’ between a small apartment in Philadelphia and my mother’s house in Florida. I was working late nights and taking … Read more
New edition from UK based sound artist Chris Herbert following on from releases for Kranky. Recorded in restless bursts between from 2007 and 2013, Constants was collated in early 2014 and draws on a mixed musical palette interweaving sounds sourced from field recordings and scavenged from domestic environments.
"Long awaited follow up to the original game-changing Jukebox Mambo set of sweltering rumba accented Rhythm & Blues. Two years in the making, this sequel ploughs deeper still into the revolutionary '40s and '50s Afro-American musical canon, pulling together another combustible collection of lascivious Latin-edged blues exotica. Issued with extensive biographical notes and a deluxe old style 2LP paste-on gatefold (with A3 size show poster inside)"
Russell Haswell, Pye Corner Audio, Beneath, Scanner, Geiom and Mark Fell yield divergent revisions of Martin & Richard Dust's (2/3rds of The Black Dog) Japanese Itamae-inspired Application project. We'd recommend drawing straight for the dark technoid dancehall flux of Beneath's 'Flange 7' rework, the asymmetric calculations of Mark Fell's take on 'Steve Reich's Ice Cream Van', and Haswell's blistered but quietly sensitive, even melodic, remix of 'Cron Job'.
Chillaxed ambient house chuggers from the Viscount of come-downs. Three tracks sashay from the Afro-inflected bobble of 'Flashlight' to the insistent disco shuffler 'Pelican' and the fade-to-beige boogie of 'Return to Air'.
Portugal's mutant techno answer to Zomby, IVVVO arrives at Danse Noire with the excellent 'Theories Of Anxiety' 12". Steeped in faded, classic rave motifs and riven with nervous rhythm, the EP plays out a sehnsucht for some kinda emotion or moody blue sentiment in modern dance music. Without wanting to lessen his other work, we'd say he's properly realised his potential here, spending his energies equally between the airborne, elegiac rave themes of 'Closer' and the chokingly gorgeous beatless blow-out 'Consumed' up top, and the heads-down ambient rave thump of 'Repetition' with Infini… Read more
Acre on a mad one for Tectonic with four brukken, mongrel club constructs. In the best sense, each cut nimbly evades concrete classification, twysting out between battered 'ardcore mutation reminding of Millie & Andrea in 'Ping' to the bit-crushed aquatic dancer, 'Blue Moon' and further out into hyper Afro-centric styles with the Shangaanese percolations ov 'Icon', and an MDMA-smudged flux of chords and dub detritus in the bittersweet close, 'Reload'. RIYL Andy Stott,, Actress, Dynamo.
Steve Roden and Stephen Vitiello are sound artists working at the nexus of sculpture and acoustics. It’s a shared horizon of listening that is at the core of 'The Spaces Contained In Each'. This collaboration sounds out new pathways into fields of sound well explored by each of these artists. It marks an accumulation of their works, both individually and as collaborators. Steve Roden is a visual and sound artist from Los Angeles, living in Pasadena. His work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, film/video, sound installation, text and performance. Ste… Read more
Diverse clutch of forward house and footwork hybrids crossbred with atmospheric electronica by Deft. Soaring beatless pieces bookend a dynamic set of productions swooping into neuro-sparked slow/fast Footwork with 'Vapid (Pt.2)' and hardcore future-tribalism with the sparring percussion of 'Promise Me', whereas 'Drawn' enters similar airspace occupied by Machinedrum's Vapour City and 'The Night Time' switches tack entirely to electro-boosted techno-house tempos with proggy trance chords.
Ruder Berlin techno from the prolific Mike Dehnert on his Fachwerk label. He puts a signature palette of crisp, woody drums, elastic bass shapes and murky vocal stabs to great use in four lean and muscular cuts, from swaggering techno step to brute dub chord swangers and a craftily tucked 909 rhythm that sounds like Plastikman fell off his hoss.
Junes returns to his Galdoors label with a deep trio of garage variants after 12"s from Elgato and Tames. A-side is given to the expansive swing and awning, brassy motfis and breathy pads of Root Pattern'; B-side holds the subtle, hypnotic shuffle of 'Transfer' and the shifty EP highlight of syncopated hi-hat shiver and dry bass budge in 'Iced'. Support from Roman Flügel, Zip, Joy Orbison, Ben UFO etc.
"Silk Rhodes are the dynamic duo of astro- traveling producer Michael Collins and singer Sasha Desree. Their voyage began in a 1997 Honda CRV turned DIY recording studio built to capture and share lightbulb moments as they happened. The approach was simple: run a microphone into loop pedal, connect the looper to the car stereo via cassette-tape adaptor, and start spitting out ideas.Then Collins and Desree, alongside a host of roving lunatics and pranksters, would broadcast their experiments to the streets, commenting on their observations in rhyme, soliciting ideas from strangers, and in… Read more
Raw, hypnotic space-house trax from Antinote's newest French signing. Panoptiquye proves himself a dancefloor dreamer with three grooves spiralling from reverse loops and chiming chords to a flighty 12 minute house swing in 'Boiler Room', before keening farther into the wormhole with the mind-extruding phase of 'Interlude, Pt.1', and the pastoral kiss-off, 'Interlude, Pt.2'.
*Digital Edition includes the mixed version, as well as each individual track separately* Much-loved NYC party duo behind Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday present a 66 minute mix reflecting what they do every weekend. Perpetuating the traditions of The Loft and Paradise Garage etc, they give up a party-ready selection spanning Maurice Fulton's low-slung electro-boogie remix of Alice Smith's 'Love Endeavour' thru the swirling electronica of Bass Clef's 'Ghost Kicks In The Spiral', taking in a smart blend of Anthony Parasole's 'Quickstrike' with Elgato's 'Zone', a choice Adesse edit, and classics from House of Gypsies, DJ Duke, and Recloose along the way.
The skilled Dutch producer toys with future funk conventions in five twisted beats for the UK's Chasing Unicorns label. Up top he comes with that 33-not-45 wooze in the dubbed-off, stumbling drums and Eastern-flavoured synthline fray of 'The Same Species Occur' beside the decelerated samples and gaseous 808 patter of 'Lodges In The Mind'. On the flip, 'Dim Depths' steps off with thee most crooked slowfast drum calculations and the squeaky swagger of 'Doubloons', leaving the wistful keys and corrugated machine funk of 'Geronto' to close. RIYL Jameszoo, Vessel, Micachu.
"Gayna Florence Perry and Robin Surtees are perhaps best known for their work with cult 80’s band Shiny Two Shiny. Signed to Red Flame Records, they released one mini LP entitled ‘Halfway Across The Rainbow’ and one single ‘Waiting For us’ c/w ‘Ritual Hate’, in 7” and 12” formats. A mixture of bright and breezy synth pop with some darker undercurrents both records made a dent in the indie charts gaining positive reviews in the music press for releases and live appearances and acclaim from John Peel as well as daytime airplay on Radio 1. They also toured Europe and appeared on… Read more
M.I.A. junglist Jamie Boyle aka Breakage returns with an epic pop glint in his eye. 'Treading Water' places a shiny pop vocal from Detour City amidst brooding Reese bass and prickling synths in a big ol' breakdown that never quite goes anywhere. The V.I.P. gives a little more to grab onto with the addition of a classic 'ardcore break placing it up close to the likes of Route '94 or Last Japan's hardcore pops.
London vs Liverpool in the street rave stakes; everyone's a winner. Champion and Melé go toe-to-toe with the sparring breakbeat swagger and wide-ass bass wobble of 'Get Down' up top, and step off again with sparring, fractured breaks and caged animal bass prowl in 'Radio Babylon'. Wicked and bad.
Ripperton's acephelic phantom returns to Clone Royal Oak with a dreamy house session. The original 'Swept Illusions' plays out a poised tech-house groove smoothed off with sparkling keys and flyaway synthlines; Dorisburg gives an Afro-centric 808 Dance Mix; Akajo dubs it out for the we small hours.
Glasgow's Mia Dora do it right in a quartet of sleazy house cuts for Optimo Trax. We're all over the delayed cowbells strung out over the darkroom jack of 'Un.sub', and could easily imagine embarrassing ourselves with some shuffling skills to the slinky rimshots and rumpy bass of 'Raw Kiss'. 'Et Elle Le Mien' brings the late night EBM/tribal flavour in style, and Mash lends a sexy vocal to the low-slung swing of 'Feathers'.
Subtly noirish and intimate electronic composition from Belgium's Brice Dreessen aka Lowcommittee for the consistently great Vlek Records. While the title, 'Race at Neon Club' may connote speed and bright lights, the results are actually almost gothically greyscale and lower case in aesthetic, coming across like the moody OST to a darker, drug-fuelled version of Drive set in Antwerp.