Monday, 18 May
**Featuring members of Emeralds and Cloud Nothings** "The bouncy, surf-esque qualities pitch Total Babes a million miles from their Cloud Nothings connections (the bands share the octopus-onamphetamine drumming of Jayson Gerycz), with ‘Heydays’ instantly presenting itself as a beachcombing ode to sweaty summers. Lead by the undulating basslines of Nathan Ward (Smooth Brain / Cruelster) and fleshed out by warped synth work John Elliot (Emeralds / Outer Space), the choruses are a masterclass in the ability to shift perceptions - “I only want to be beautiful,” frontman Christopher Brown cries but it’s in their rough edges that Total Babes really shine."
Their sixth album proper (not counting the various tour-only CDs), Calexico's Carried To Dust is another collection of dusty, cinematic songs from America's South West, all set in airy, widescreen arrangements populated by echoing lapsteel and fiery mariachi horns. On Carried To Dust, the band are at their best on the downbeat numbers, running into danger of sounding a bit stuffy on the weird prairie skank of 'Fractured Air (Tornado Watch)' or opener 'Victor Jara's Hands', which sounds like something that might get nominated in the Best Latin Rock/Alternative category at the Grammy Awar… Read more
The Black Light is much just classic Mariachi-style Calexico - unusual and dark Mexican-flecked songs about crime, sleazy dim-lit bars and flowing tequila. Here we are witnessing two musicians at their peak, happy in each other's company and ready to take risks when they can to provide ammunition for their uncompromising vision of Americana. If you haven't already got this classic record in your collection - the summer's coming and it's time to serve out those cocktails and let the sun come in. Classic.
Born from the same Athens, GA punk and new wave scene that birthed the likes of REM, Pylon and The B52s, seminal duo The Method Actors are given a reintroduction via this extensive retrospective on Acute Records. "With just two members, Vic Varney on guitar and vocals, David Gamble on drums and vocals, the Method Actors were an experiment in just how much you could do with so little. Using repetitious grooves and guitars and thunderous drums, they underpinned surprisingly pop, hook-laden song writing with an angsty racket of barely controlled chaos. While it was the energy of… Read more
Sunday, 17 May
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'Cranky Dub Infection' scopes disparate applications of dub inna abstract, moody and febrile fashion thru tunes from Tapes and Actress to Ilpo Väisänen and Charles Cohen, amongst many others. Dub, by nature and in terms of its success, has proven adept at adapting to almost any set of sonic circumstances. It's among the most effective musical metaphors; here used to convey a sense of underlying dread, confusion and malaise which perhaps rings true with the current socio-political zeitgeist. Dub is the malleable matrix which connects Adrian Sherwood's tense, exoti… Read more
Monday, 11 May
Christina Nemec (Comfortzone) presents an unheimlich vision of future ambient music with 'Empty Airport', further to her aktions with Peter Rehberg and Christian Schachinger in Shampoo Boy. Also including additional mixing from Christian Fennesz in the gauzily layered introduction, 'Abandoned House', the album unfolds a finely-parsed mixture of field recordings and electronics laced with inorganic techno drums and stalked by slow moving black masses of bass. If Eno's 'Music For Airports' is a dreamy experience, this is its nightmare analog; recreating, for us at least, that sensation of being… Read more
Hell just froze over: Pan Sonic's lesser-spotted Ilpo Väisänen finally returns with a solo album of industro-dub rhythms recalling his little-known but killer output as Liima and Piiri. It's all new material, stringently focussed on the bare-bones dynamics of Jamaican dub proper but, filtered with the precise, austere approach of Pan Sonic as a "statement against technocracy and the erosion of human community." Dub's organic qualities are swapped for patterns of barbed-wire structure and tones so cold that they perpetually shatter on impact, presenting a uniquely stubbo… Read more
**Includes a Boomkat exclusive bonus track** Lakker beautifully find their voice in this eagerly awaited 2nd album. Working with vocalist Eileen Carpio on four out of ten tracks, they considerately expand their soundworld to encompass bludgeoning techno alongside elaborate IDM structures and vicious noise tear-outs, realising the most dramatic and perhaps definitive statement in their catalogue so far. Since 2011, the duo of Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell (Eomac) have come to define something that was maybe lacking (pun intended) in modern electronica with a gush of 12"'s finding the pressure point … Read more
Sharp Veins reveals a captivating debut dream sequence of emirg-ent hybrids for new age grime pushers, Glacial Sound. Hailing from Alabama via the U.S. East Coast, he was one of Fact magazine's "producers to watch in 2015" based on the strength of his soundcloud alone. Like fellow American mutants Elysia Crampton or Rabit - with whom he shared a side for Bristol's Blacklink Sound - the Sharp Veins sound errs to a more electronic, IDM-style sci-fi atmospheres, but with the economy of UK grime instrumentals and emotive incision of R&B. He describes them as "functional places - idyllic,… Read more
Thee definitive library disco rescue reissued in its entirety! 40 years since it was penned by Bernard Fevre in a Paris suburb, 'Disco Club' has taken on a life of its own, reeled in from obscurity by AFX's Rephlex in 2004 to become a staple of disco fraggles and freakier 'floors from Ouagadougou to Shenzhen. So, additional to the tracks you probably know and own on the Rephlex version, we now discover the psychedelic wormhole of '"H" Friend' and the keening Hi-NRG rush of 'We Never Fly Away Again' for your delectation, augmenting the unforgettable brilliance of 'Timing Forget … Read more
Hodge joins Pev's Livity Sound gang with a pair of mutant Bristolian rollers. Up top, their '21 Versions' finds a balance of Shackleton's recent psy-trance trajectories and a more rugged, tucked-in UK flex. B-side, 'What Your Heart Knows' is much stronger, electro-plating hydraulick bass flux with lustrous Detroit-style synth tones that arch up and explode in BugBranded chromatic rainbows.