Thursday, 06 March
Ardcore, rootical dubstep from Utrecht, Holland's TMSV. 'Haze VIP' rides a tumultuous skank accented with splashing cymbal, tribal percussion and billowing subs, and 'Gunman' comes stronger with darting, snake-like syncopation and dread subs on a vintage DMZ tip beside the airborne triplets and X-Files vibes of 'The Cosmonaut'.
"I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition is a companion to the feature-length documentary, I Dream Of Wires. An alternate/extended cut, the Hardcore Edition is 4 hours in length, custom made for hardcore modular synthesizer and electronic music fanatics. The DVD includes an exclusive, lengthy historical primer, exploring the early development of modular synthesizers from pioneering companies Moog Music Inc. and Buchla and Associates. From there, we find out what's happening now: the phenomenal resurgence of the modular synthesizer — exploring the passions, obsessions and dreams of… Read more
All region DVD documenting a 5 song performance by John Foxx at RTVE's Madrid TV studio in late 1983 during The Golden Section Tour. Includes brilliant versions of 'Twilight's Last Gleaming', 'The Hidden Man', 'Pater Noster', 'Systems Of Romance', 'Your Dress'.
Purple jump-up gear from Swindle & Joker's 040 duo. 'Let It Be Known' brings a very UK mash of dubstep, West Coast G-Funk and dive-bombing synthline pressure; 'Minors' leans on a hyper-fruity funk sounds nodding to the excessive wares of Hud Mo and Rustie.
Smarter Tech-House party trax from UK scene stalwart Tom Demac. On his return to Aus, following the 'It Grow Again' EP with Will Samson, Demac displays his craftiest side with the canny transitions between bassbin-rocking house, mad folk string dischord and vintage samples (anyone care to let us know what it's from?), on the surefire 'Linda's Theme', whilst flipside deals the deft tech-house shunt and strafing vocoder wail of 'Vodocoder's Revenge', and the rugged yet supple swing of 'Days With Poly' for the dancers.
**Edition of 450** Andrea Belfi, BJ Nilsen, and Simon James Phillips' The Swifter trio follow their 2012 debut for The Tapeworm with this recording of a live performance at Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, 2nd February 2013, made by Pedro Alçada. Augmented by the floating organ shimmer of special guest David Maranha, they coax a slow-moving, gaseous atmosphere from piano, percussion and electronics, at once fluidly jazz-wise but also patiently precise. The results are quietly intoxicating, building steadily over 30 minutes duration to a lush and heady whorl of sound with each player neatly mixed to flesh out the frequency spectrum. RIYL Supersilent.
**Ltd edition one-sided clear vinyl - this Regis remix was previously released on a split 12" with Blackest Ever Black** Regis is the perfect nomination to revise the stripped down paranoia of 'Loss'. Now working with a proper analogue desk, techno's arch outsider gets his claws right in there, filleting the original into a mesh of fibrillating, twitchy machine pulses, heaving subbass and vaporous voices, hopefully marking an exciting new phase of his oeuvre.
Debut release from The Girls Of The Internet on Bob Bhamra's WNCL imprint. Apparently "they come from the countryside and use hardware" and that's all we can tell you about their provenance. As for the record, there's four tracks ranging from skittish electro to jacking house and techno with google baiting names such as 'Prostate Exam' and 'Spam Folder', and the very bumpkin 'Four Pints' all covering ground between Matthew Herbert, The Analogue Cops and Nochexxx.
Crunching deep house bangers from Warm Sounds' most prolific contributor. Some rugged gear right here, reeling from the breakbeat-sparked swing and dope chords of 'A One part 2' to the dusty, down-pitched amen rolige and woozy keys of 'House Brake' thru the brilliant, Shake-like shiftiness of 'Groove The Beat' and the wizzy hi-tek wiggle of 'I Need Some'. Proper badness!
"Developed over a four year period, and entirely funded by a part time job working as a SAT university entrance exam mathematics tutor, Nº2 was composed using synthesizers and a variety of unidentiﬁed samples that were manipulated beyond recognition. Christina Vantzou then collaborated with Minna Choi of the San Francisco based Magik*Magik Orchestra. Vantzou and Choi worked on the notation and arrangements and recorded the compositions with a 15-piece ensemble at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco. The chamber layer on Nº2 follows a similar pattern as her ﬁrst record with the addition of … Read more
**Debut physical release of cinematic atmospheres finding darker ground somewhere between early Oneohtrix Point Never, Lars Holdus and David Lynch soundtracks. C25. Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 60** "'Permanent Liminality' leads the 25 minute journey with it's cinematic, Vangelis-esque opening, where end of life gasps of breath pierce through a dense choral hum, conjuring the ghosts of Brian Eno's 'Music for Airports' before morphing into a dry, desolate, Ballardian expanse of unease & dread... 'A fish hook in my finger' picks up where things have been left, ag… Read more
Distance returns with a steely brace of halfstep dreadnaughts on his Chestplate label. Volume 1 proves his longevity and originality in the scene with a fearsome display of scything, body-wise dynamics and expansive atmospheres. The burning synth brass on 'Broken Down' bears strong comparison with recent Kuedo aces while the rhythmic syncopation feels more supple, elastic and deadly than ever. 'Andromeda' is a proper war riddim, raising the hackles with doomy intro before cutting loose with snarling hounds-of-hell guitars/synths and ravenous, slavering bass.
**Edition of 20** Debut cassette release from Manchester-based miscreant Voval on his home-brewed Bliqa label. 'Programme 1' features 13 minutes, 4 tracks of detached, ductile, freestyle drone sounding something like Though Broadcast communing with the duppies of Korean fan death. It's lo-fi yet visceral stuff carved like sonic alabaster on a 4th hand Amiga. Chekkit!
**Hand-screened sleeves. Edition of 300** Proper outernational dub business from Algeria's El Mahdy Jr, Gulls, XJ, and Alter Echo, issued by Portland's Boomarm Nation. A mystic mesh of cultures and styles, 'Raï Dubs' was borne from El Mahdy Jr's twin passions for vintage Algerian Raï and deconstructed audio. Using samples sourced from cassettes and youtube, he twists out ghostly, elusive rhythms and woozy, melodica-like motifs around tight guitar licks and duppied wails in 'Disco Maghreb', which Alter Echo versions even further into the abstract with tumbling delays and swirling reverb. Fl… Read more
Deep and slinky Detroit-inspired techno from Scotland's Stephen Brown. 'Spray Shop' plays around with pinging, pizzicato synthlines and swinging hi-tek funk rhythms; 'Stand Down' is a minimal, serpentine dub chord-rider.
**Clear Vinyl** Third and best 12" yet from UK techno producer Blue Hour. Three cuts build on the functionally tracky but emotive style established with his first two singles, from the percolating 909 patterns and AI synth drift of 'Reference 97' thru the big boned Dance Mania jack attack 'Don't Speak' to the beautiful pads and churning, stepping groove of 'Moments'.
Rolling, radgy Uk techno from Pris' London-based Resin label. Bleaching Agent opens with a mind-bending acid techno bucker, 'Akplenc', beside Divided's droning, woody thumper 'Losses'. Label head Pris plays straight ahead with the monotone pound of 'Pencil Pusher', and Manse follows his Opal Tapes session with the funky up techno tool, 'Slacker'.
*New on Nicolas Jaar's 'Other People' label* "Several years ago, Valentin Stip was sitting alone by a harbour in the small French town where his parents grew up. “I heard all the sailing strings hit the masts, and I realized that every sound you hear is potentially music,” he says. “The only thing that makes sound into music is the mind, arranging it.” Since then, Valentin Stip has been building a bridge between the sounds that live inside and outside his head. On ‘Sigh’, the 21-year-old producer’s full-length debut on Other People, Stip organizes classical piano, lightly sputtering grooves and in… Read more
**Two-colour risographed sleeves on recycled stock. Edition of 50** Brighton's ever-excellent Where To Now debut Devon Hansen's skillful concrète craftwork in the engrossing 'Speak In A Low Voice Which Is Difficult To Hear'. Taking a step away from the beat-oriented output of his Lotide guise - last heard on Astro:dynamics' 'Moonless' album, this piece of work is equally comparable with mid-century avant-garde and concrète by the Pierres as the contemporary works of Jar Moff, Helm and Bruce Gilbert. Field recordings are twisted, serrated and re-sculpted in… Read more
On the strength of 'Superscope''s heavyweight techno rollers, we suspect Clark's been hanging out in clubs a lot more recently. His first new material since the 'Iradelphic' (2012) LP swerves that album's fancier tendencies to go hard for the 'floor, especially with A-side 'Superscope', meshing sheer, ghoulish white noise shapes to a rude UK techno swagger somewhere between Regis and Beneath riddims. 'Riff Through The Fog' is more typical Clark, flush with tiered melodies and vaulted harmonics, but kitted to a rugged undertow of bouncing bass hits and intricate hi-hat play. Really good EP this.
**Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman provides the naturally perfect accompaniment to Deadbeat's dry, heavy techno dubs** "Deadbeat. Tikiman. Infinity. Dub. A quadrangle of such obvious statement and perfect musical inference may very well never have been uttered for those of the wholly weeded out persuasion. Indeed, when the great book of Dub music is written the names Scott Monteith and Paul St Hilaire will undoubtedly figure highly in its chapters devoted to recent years. Monteith, the last great prodigal son of the doctrine handed down from the Blue Mount of Lord Scrat… Read more
**54-page book and CD** "Inspired by and incorporating fragmentary notes written by Franz Kafka on his deathbed to communicate with friends and family, The Patient draws from the texts of these conversation slips for specific imagery, textures, mood, gestures, and instrumentation. The score — essentially an index of suggestions to guide structured improvisation — was initially performed at Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio in the fall of 2012 by Olivia Block (piano/walkie-talkies/objects), Noé Cuéllar (accordion/psalter/cassette player/objects), Steven Hess (percussion/cassette playe… Read more
**Orange wax with hand-numbered insert and tiny centre label. Edition of 444** Mere months after stocking a record with one of the biggest centre labels we've seen (Janet's 'Shouldn't), Blind Jacks Journey presents the the smallest centre label we ever seen. It covers the modesty of Jimini's 2nd release, 'The Return Trip Volume One' the latest in Crow Castle Cuts' enigmatic deep house series. Four tracks play out a sweeter beatdown house sound, ranging from warm vocal house to synth-heavy breakbeat house and strong, square bass driven Chicago/Detroit homage.
Deep, filtered house by Sweden's Mr Tophat & Art Alfie backed with an acidic Locked Groove remix on the first release from No Fit State. 'Vretis' works as a canny scene setter with patiently growing dub filters applied to a slinky disco loop, evolving into a sub-heavy, rolling house groove, whereas 'Takelant' works to a skippier New York garage coda. Locked Groove squares it off for the DJs on a condensed, sub-heavy remix laced devilish acid squirms.
Vowel-averse Swedish techno duo SHXCXCHCXSH return to Avian with a slick follow-up to their 'Strgths' album. 'VVVLLLLVVV' rolls out with sub-aquatic square bass pulses and eerie, almost Drexciyan synth pads, and 'MRRRWRRRDS' locks into heavier, bleeping rolige charged with cavalcade of churning toms and swarming synths. 'MRRRCHNNNN' is roughest of the pack, pumping pneumatic bass and pistoning hi-hats thru the silty murk at 20 knots.
Infectious disco/house cut-ups done good and proper by John Barera and Will Martin for the former's Supply Records. There's four shades of the same sound, taking in skippy, disco-looping NJ garage styles on the delightful 'Awake', beside the sultry, bass and chords-driven deep house of 'Say It Now', whilst 'Unknown factor' deals heavier dub chords and rolling bass balanced with an excellent, folksy string motif, and 'Yen' dips down to a more sensual 6am vibe.
Monday, 03 March
Following on from releases from the likes of Powell, Mark Leckey and Merzbow, The Death Of Rave is buzzed to present the exceptional debut album from L.A.-based upstart Delroy Edwards. Combining combustible little noise sessions made with guitar pedals and reel-to-reel tape at Art school, together with shocking recent productions, 'Teenage Tapes' showcases a lesser-heard aspect of Delroy's highly aware and divergent tastes owing more to Minimal Wave, Noise, EBM and Black Metal than the Chicago Ghetto-House sound of his releases for L.I.E.S. and his own L.A. Club Resource label. For anyone… Read more
Over 5 years ago, Dozzy and fellow Italian engineer/producer Manuel Fogliata aka Nuel coined a strain of pure techno distilling their deeply engrained experience of '90s techno with a further reduction of noughties minimalism made with finely tuned hardware production techniques, basically burning away the cliches and impurities to leave a potent ambient techno residue. The result was a series of powerfully monotone, hypnotic and droning 12"s issued in typically low-key fashion by Berlin's Hardwax crew and feted in reverent tones by everyone from Miles Whittaker to Mnml S… Read more
Kassem Mosse brings his surprise debut album to land with minimal fuss or fanfare on Workshop. In case you don't know, Kassem is responsible for some of the finest, most definitive techno-house productions of the last decade, racking up soulful, forward-facing anthems for FXHE, Trilogy Tapes and Nonplus and, of course Berlin's Workshop, which remain firm favourites in myriad DJs boxes. For his low-key debut album, he sticks to the shadows and the eerier, sensual spaces between house, techno and electronica, finding a graded mid-ground between midnight Detroit beatdown and European electr… Read more
Sleazy West Coast Dutch disco mysteries from the man like Legowelt, originally issued in 2002. The title track could be something plucked from a classic Ron Hardy Music Box set, "The Dream That Doesn't Stop" again picks up the notion of Italian disco from its heyday, but pitching sounds clearly at club arenas circa 2003. "Theme from the forgotten cable car" could be incidental music from a disturbing slasher flick, brooding and dark, while "The Night Must Fall" persists with the foreboding, dramatic feel, distilling the kind of excitement that works brilliantly in a club, s… Read more