Monday, 09 December
Boysnoize pay tribute to Chicago's legendary Dance Mania label with twelve bangers by Bok Bok & Tom Trago, Scntst/DJ Scholar, Pipes, Feadz, Strip Steve Housemeister and more. There's also a CD copy featuring an exclusive DJ Funk weapon, 'High Frequency' for erm.. the freaks. Bust a nut.
L.I.E.S. bossman Ron Morelli and multi-monikered jacker Jason Letkiewicz are Two Dogs In A House. Their 3rd set of walkies is a dark, grungy pair of analogue jak trax (what else?!) designed to burrow deep into the mind of the floor and finger its collective buttons for trippy results. A-side 'Eliminator' initiates a grubby, soiled Chicago sequence, riding debased 303 undertow with eerie sci-fi synths and rasping drums until it builds a throbbing, jagged momentum. 'Eliminator II' stays down there, teasing the sequence into dubbier, overspilling acid gurgles and twisted metallic tones on a dyspeptic machine pattern. Aces.
Stoned, retro Chicago-esque house tracks from Jason Letkiewicz and L.I.E.S label owner Ron Morelli. Between the four tracks they reference a wholly analogue sound from the early Trax releases and Mr Fingers, from the massive warehouse reverbs on 'Gone Stray' to tracky jackers such as 'Scream In The Night' and the kicking 'Next To You'. Fans of James T Cotton, Tevo Howard, Jamal Moss - check!
Trackman Lafonte & Bonquiqui is a fine handle for Danny Wolfers' 'Pacific House' sound, landing fresh and breezy on L.I.E.S. The titular A-side is a proper dream house journey, flush with cottony chords and stuttering, body-synced bassline alternating with diced vocals. B-side 'Cholas Live Free' is our jam, chopping those chords and pads with real swerve for the 'floor over hard-working 707 percussion, leaving 'Believe In Something' to give the almost requisite, romantic Larry Heard tribute. "Surfer house will never die!!!"
A couple of killer, demented hardware house cuts and a tunnelling groover picked out by the impeccable L.I.E.S. Torn Hawk really cuts loose on the A-side with 'This Is A Crime'; a halfstepped industrial anomaly coming from the same black hole as Jamal Moss with equally psychedelic impact. Marcos Cabral kicks off the B-side at a saner setting with the slow, gripping intent of 'Tio Rico', for Delroy Edwards to get on it like Steve Poindexter with the ghetto percolations of 'Feelings'.
After a succession of excoriating bangers, L.I.E.S. take it easy with three deep dub house soul rubs by Terreke. Top side, he comes off like a lo-fi Mike Huckaby with a languid dub house strider buoyed by effervescent hi-hats while swirling, tape-cosseted chords and ass-stalking bass beg your eyes shut and your body fluid. Turn her over and he sinks even deeper into the tape, leaving only tarces of muffled bass and filtered chords barely bobbing to the surface, beside one gorgeous piece of anti-gravity deep house skank sounding like a Main Street record as heard from within a thick feather duvet.
Svengalisghost makes a 2nd appearance on L.I.E.S. with three cuts of industrialised acid house in the 'Vicious Circle' EP. Nudging the label to ever tuffer avenues, his 'A-side 'Hidden Cities' is a relentless and unforgiving techno groove riding pile-driving kicks with a maelstrom of acidic synth noise in heads down form. B-side, he takes his foot off the gas for a more psychedelic, atonal jackers descent called 'High Heel Sleaze' polishes you off with the jagged, rasping EBM rhythms and masticated acid of 'Judged By Machine'.
Ron Morelli sniffs out another ace debut for his L.I.E.S label! Chicago's Svengalighost (p.k.a Below Underground) delivers three muscular, psycho-activated House grooves, shifting gears between the intrepid sci-fi vibes of 'Mind Control' to the chaotic cosmic harmonies and bumpy bass rhythm flux of 'Mars Out Of Range' to the haughty warp-jacker, 'Marathon'. Tipped for fans of Marcus Mixx, Jamal Moss, JTC.
'The Outermaze' EP is arguably one of Steve Summers' finest moments, new on LIES. The man of many names locks into robust and rumpy jack formation on the A-side ace 'Call Of The Wild', sending barely-hinged synthlines skidding across the groove in dissonant and arcane melodic hallucinations. B-side, 'New Surroundings' tweaks that feel for foil-biting metallic sourness on a throbbing bass chug, and the title track cuts loose with stereo-strafing synth shapes across another stodgy thud.
Jason Letkiewicz reverts back to his jackin' Steve Summers alter ego after an ace outing as Innergaze for 100% Silk. 'In The Mode For Love' raises the temperature with grungy bass and shark-eyed strings next to the mystic warehouse jack of 'Different Paths'. Flipside features the shaking machine rhythms and woozy Teutonic synths of 'Nethermead Arches' and the very Legowelt-like mission-jak theme 'Sun In Your Eyes'.
The prolific Steve Moore, responsible for records as Zombi, Titan, Gianni Rossi and countless other outfits, excels himself on two Techno trips to the very ends of the galaxy. While he's hinted at this style in his many guises, it often tends towards more Italo disco or Krautrock styles, whereas this time he's really nailed the essence of pulsing Techno linearity while retaining his trademark vintage synth flourishes. We love the wide-eyed stabs on the more uptempo night-glider, 'Zero-Point Field' (roughly 135bpm tempo fans), while the trancier 'Frigia' will have to be reserved for those points of the morning when the pupils can get no wider. Strong stuff.
Proper sci-fi synth techno inspired by William Gibson's Neuromancer from Zombi's Steve Moore. Avoiding radar detection, 'Panther Moderns' skulks in slow and low on a sub-heavy rhythm encoded with molten arpeggios and memory-sparking pads. 'Beyonds Tyken's Rift' amps the adrenaline levels with escalated tempo and a glorious symphony of synth chorales and cascading chords, with the ultimate conclusion of 'Ancient Shorelines I.' leaving us stranded in a bleakly simulated interzone of slow-morphing triplet pulses and epic synth sequencing, questioning reality itself.
**21-track compilation charting the rise of underground punk across the USA. Features tracks by Pere Ubu,The Zeros, X Blank X, Theoretical Girls, plus 35-page booklet with writing by Jon Savage, Geoff Travis, and Peter Saville among others** "Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk in the United States 1973-80 is the first in Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series of album releases coincidin… Read more
**Includes bonus track 'Hing'** Class tech-house session from Sei A backed with strong Breach remix. 'Make It Work' slings razor sharp, metallic dub chords and a hydraulic subbass shook down with frisky hi-hats for the swingers; 'I'll Take You There' rides a plump but light-footed square bass with scissoring hi-hats practically guaranteed to enhance your dance. Flipside Breach extends and teases out the bouncing chords and slamming bass of 'Make It Work' with a slinkier sense of deferred gratification.
Absolute cracker from Delsin: three properly skooled techno trax from Ross 154 (New World Aquarium), Convextion, and Sawlin. VAR3 is a suitably timeless yet forward looking instalment of Delsin's 100 release anniversary, casting one ear back to the sublime Dutch/Detroit/Martian techno vision of Ross 154's 'Moon FM Desire', originally issued on the CD-only 'Going Through Life' compilation and now finally making its debut on wax, whilst Sawlin represents a ruff, insistent, up-to-the-minute sound with his swaggering 'Zeitstempel' bomb, and Convextion does his inimitably shifty, lush Detroit-style thing on 'Verna'. Tipped!
Hood at his best on home-brewed M-Plant label. A-side he rides roughshod with corrosive, glancing hi-hats and escalating chords powered with rollicking bass; flipside plays deeper before unleashing a lip-bitingly mean metallic synthline morphing into a tribal trance-out.
Wobbly triplet driven welter from Redshape. There's one track here and it's all you need to kill any crowd worth playing for, building a mouldalting head of acid pumped by powerful kicks and spun off axis with tripping cross-rhythms, all optimised with that Redshape tocuh.
Jorge Velez aka Professor Genius delivers the most asked-for and most-delayed L.I.E.S. transmission in their short but influential life so far. You may have stumbled across Jorge's MMT Tapes series recently: this sounds nothing like them. Operating in mid-space between Bryn Jones-like eastern drama, motorik Klaus Schulze-like celestial romantics and lo-fi synth drone, he's created a world unto itself, melting from the chromatic glow of 'Hassan One' to the banking drum and synth dramatics of 'Merciful And Blessed' to the uncannily Vatican Shadow-like 'The Valleys Of … Read more
One year on from 'Perceiver', Peter Van Hoesen presents his first live album, documenting his performance during the Time To Express label night at Tresor on July 19th 2013. Armed with three synths, a drum machine, two iPads and some outboard effects, he covers a brace of new material woven with recent releases in typically disciplined and unrelenting PvH style, capturing his highly efficient energy transfer and breathless momentum in full effect and perhaps providing better context for his music than any studio album could.
Nautiluss reps a melodic, Montreal-style tech-house sound on Holland's Audio Culture label, following 12"s for Turbo and Hemlock Recordings. 'Solstice' is a nicely tempered builder strealed with plush strings and fruity synth parps; 'Corvus' gets down with a hip-winding square bass and progressive chords; 'Neptune' spirals dainty bleeps on an itchy, sub-heavy garage house groove.
Bass-sprung techno mutants from Manni Dee for Shades Of Grey Recordings. Four tracks roll between hydraluic, stepping techno on 'Loop 84' to the tight Hessel-gone-acid licks of 'Objective Form' thru to the swinging churn of 'Red Paint On The Roses' and the breakbeat-splitting roil of 'Eroded Viewpoint'.
Heavy filtered house edits from Malvoeaux aka Clone contributor Steve Summers. 'Targets' initiates the Long Island Electrical Systems label with a meaty chunk of Members Only discohouse swamped in hazy compression and propelled by an over-driven bassline learnt from the Theo Parrish/Jamal Moss finishing skool. 'Shivers' goes a notch deeper with swirling loop edits and a wash of shimmering disco strings and keys. Meanwhile, 'Weeknight Warriors' gets on it with distanced disco samples heard beneath a glazed patina of tape and a groggy-but-determined energy. Aces!
Tense, crisp, driving techno from the Stroboscopic Artefacts boss backed with Chris Liebing and Dadub remixes. '201 Phasing' burrows deep into the dance with modulating layers of chiming rhythmelody powered by a rugged, hydraulic bass roll which Dadub renders more spacious, ghostly, and Liebing locks down to a pounding, hypnotic 4/4 churn.
L.I.E.S delve deep with three timeless, superlative acid cuts from Legowelt. The man is in awesome form on this plate, sucking us right into an abstract narrative "...in which woodland creatures attempt space travel, lonely middle-aged men cast off by society perform circuit bending experiments in their parents suburban basement and autistic fans of late night talk radio call in form the outer-reaches to discuss world politics." Yeah! A-side 'Sark Island Acid' is a beautiful lather of almost-Drexciyan melodic touches and rippling machine rhythms with a light-headed tension. B-side 'Back… Read more
*Ships Friday* Klose One follows Dusky and Paleman onto Loefah's School Records with two slabs of technoid, ragga-infected swagger. 'Trigga's Tale' churns up robust toms and creeping synthlines on a squashed subbass, all poised with a badderman house stance. 'Slippery' is a grubbier bit of acidic bleep techno for 2013, coming off like a road-wise LFO.
Blissful dream pop single from the celebrated South-African duo and a couple gorgeous remixes too. 'Muizenberg' blends highlife, heavenly synth and dappled North American guitar sounds, but the key is Emmanuel Nzaramba's feather-light falsetto vocals. Then in comes Seiji mixing sweet pianos and surround-sound electronic dazzle, followed by The 2 Bears, who come up with a nice long maximalist house jam that has a really warm feeling running through it. Nicely done.