Thursday, 10 April
Stormin' norman techno remixes of Paul Birken's 'Acid Youth Of Malibu' from Blawan, Bas Mooy, Truss, and himself. The original first appeared on his 2012 'Midwest Whippersnappers' collaboration with Freddy Fresh. In case you're under illusions, this stuff ain't pretty, but it does kick like a cranky mule. A-side Blawan bang out a galloping acid techno coda, and Bas Mooy brings the big room pound, whilst Truss lowers the levels with massive, soggy kicks, and steamed organ riffs beside Birken's own, crushing remix.
Laurent G bangs the box for Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. Three cuts roll between the proggy, jagged techno jack of 'M.I.L.F.' to the kicking techno power surge of 'D.S.K.' and a dirty EBM/Jakk-attack called 'H.E.'
Hodge comes heavy with two tribal riddim trips for Dnuos Ytivil, the sister label of Peverlist and co's Livity Sound. Miles away from the buttoned up boogie-house grooves of his Outboxx duo with Matthew Lambert, both tracks here really give the 'floor something to dance with. A-side 'Amor Fati' rolls out the drums like a Beneath reduction of Shackelton, all hypnotic percussive cadence and booming techno junglist bass. B-side is better still, brukking forward with tight-cut drum edits, snake-charming melody and sirens like some secret weapon from A Made Up Sound or dego. Killah sound, supported by Ben UFO, Pangaea, Martyn, Surgeon and more. Big tip!
**Spiky new wave pop and goth classics from 1984, reissued by Paris' Desire and Mitzvah Records. Black vinyl, edition of 500** "Nancy is a Small provincial town in the East of France. But its musical scene has always been fertile. In the early 70s, Gérard N’Guyen started the influential French fanzine Atem to write about improv, electronic, komische, kraut and prog rock bands that you couldn’t find in the local record stores. He started to produce bands for the Atem label like Univers-Zéro, Art Zoyd and Présent. He discovered, produced and managed French synth gods Kas Product. But tired of dealing with m… Read more
*Hand-stamped white label - Limited re-press* The A-side packs some serious weight, loading Levon-like kicks and drugged-up voices ready for the warehouse, while the B-side has a touch of Shed's Wax cuts about it, maybe with a dash of auld skool Kevin Saunderson vibes, too. High quality.
Coiled, cutting-edge tech-house from Glimpse - aka Chris Spero, half of Dense & Pika with Alex Jones - following up his 'True South' 12" for Aus Music. A-side rolls out the sprung, kinky house wiggle of 'Baretta' riding beckoning bassline and pinging reverbs for the shape-cutters; B-side 'L.E.D' is darker, nastier, squeezing fat square bass beneath grittier drums and noisier FX with a supple, dubbed-out swerve.
Gnod's Tesla Tapes pay tribute to the anti-fracking resistance camp at Barton Moss, miles from Gnod HQ at Islington Mill, Salford, with half an hour of stentorian rants by Michael O'Neill set to desolate northern drones produced and mixed by Druss & Dwellings. It's a fxxking uncomfortable listen, but probably not as uncomfortable as the protestor under attack from corporate dibble depicted on the inlay. There's four tracks in total, all delivered with politicised vitriol and a stoic glare, ranging from slow-marching No Wave drones and pulses to blown-out, polluted du… Read more
Blank Slate follow that wickedly oddball Düve debut with four more fine outings from the tech-house zone. Poland's Michal Wolski gives the rolling, elastic house minimalism of 'Derivate' and London's Shcaa twists out the shifty 'Remorse' for Villalobos heads. Commute marks up the darkest, tuffest groove with the driving, tracky house momentum of 'Black Pressure', and Mexico's WV makes like one of Wolfgang Voigt's Profan experiments with the grinding rhythms and salty tonal abstraction of Linthecity'.
New Russian imprint YGROK debuts with a deep and crisp micro-house session from Kjofol. 'Chemin De Crêtes' weaves busy, swinging drums with floating chords and a fine lattice of FX to intimate, locked-in effect. 'Premature' goes a couple shades darker to sound like some lost Perlon number.
Classically-skooled solo debut of deep house romance from Chicago's Aaron "Fit" Siegel, who was last heard on the 'Tonite' 12" with Omar-S, and 'Enter The Fog' with Gunnar "Kassem Mosse" Wendel. 'Cocomo' is a lush, rolling epic flush with heart-rending chords, hypnotic hooks and Red Planet melody locked to a warehouse-bouncing rhythm. Flipside there a lovely beatless mix allowing that icy hook to float free beside the tracky, jackin' tool 'Seedbed'.
Necessary reissue of a 1983 electro holy grail! 'Computer Funk' was produced by P.B. Floyd - the same cat behind Nice & Wild's 'Diamond Girl' and stacks more Freestyle/Electro-funk killers during the '80s - and gone down in history as a masterpiece of early American electro-funk. Part 1 on the A-side features deadliest drum programming synced with mad, slyding sinewaves, Sino melodies and wicked vocoder vocal - definitive sh*t if we've heard it - whilst Part 2 on the B-side mostly strips it all down to the killer rhythm section with an amazing phreak-out to close. Unmissable!!!
The Hague's prolific producer of retro-fitted nEuro Techno-House presents his latest chapter of pulpy sonic fiction thru Creme Organization. Currently riding another crest of popularity, we find Legowelt at his most engaging and spaced-out over 12 tracks of fluent analogue storytelling couched in the atmospheres and mystery of classic sci-fi, film noir and dark, pumping basements. Let's be fair, it's nowt new, but Wolfers' has refined his art to something beyond criticism over lack of "newness"; taken for what it's meant to be, his 'Crystal Cult 2080' is a flawlessly dark dream sequence of d… Read more
Loops Haunt returns with an excellent album of heady, layered, woozy percussive jamz for Black Acre on his new album 'Exits'. "Toying with Jungle and Hip Hop on Zenith and outright sound design on Ark, the wilderness-bound beat alchemist uses his isolation to explore and create his otherworldly sound palate. Lurking behind immaculate drums are the windswept sounds of the desolate North and mechanized textures plucked from his Father’s workshop. Exits is designed to be listened to as one continuous track, opening with ambient mood and emotion, layering outboard synths and found-sounds on the title tra… Read more
South American-born Parisian Valentino Mora returns with a tough and convulsive take on dance music with this long awaited 13 track album for ClekClekBoom. Named after the NASA vessel currently in orbit (which itself is named in honour of seminal Astronomer Johannes Kepler), the album builds on the sound made popular by 2012's "Yo Vogue" fusing elements of House, Ghettotech and Electro nicely over-compressed for maximum impact. Highlights include the Levon Vincent aping "Change The Past" and the Millsian 'K62' featuring compatriot and labelmate Bambounou.
Superlative recording of Gavin Bryars performing his elegy for the Titanic accompanied by an ensemble including his four children on low strings and Philip Jeck playing improvised turntable, among others. Nearly 40 years old now, Bryar's signature and best known composition continues to undergo change and refinement in its partly pataphysical reflection of the tragedy, speculating further on the notion of Bandmaster Hartley's group performing 'Autumn' on the vertical deck of a slowly nose-diving ocean liner, and also below sea level, accompanied by the… Read more
**DVD-ROM housed in embossed digifile** "BINMATU works on different levels than regular music. It has to be experienced for longer time. When you open your ears and eyes and perceive carefully, it reaches in the deepest corners of mind, through brain-twisting modulations of oscillators and hypnotizing visuals. BINMATU is a ‘priest of sound’, delivering complex air pressure modulations towards ears, presenting certain degree of divine experience – connection with higher powers. Compared with regular priests, BINMATU uses visuals and sound – direct touch on a distance. Sound is an intimate power, happe… Read more
Two years after the excellent 'DIN' LP, former Pit Er Pat player FAY Davis-Jeffers returns with a bolder, even more arresting sound on 'Deathwatch', again released by California's Time No Place label. Anchored by wilfully, cannily off-the-grid grooves, we hear a more sultry and warped FAY this time out, much to our satisfaction. Nine tracks twyst and wriggle between the clattering, itchy funk of 'C.a.y.a' to the lo-slung post-punk bass riffing and swaggered sensuality of 'Sex Hats' thru the collapsing industro-dub rhythms of 'Can't Fall' to tumbling, extra-tropical syncopation and synth discord in 'Co… Read more
'Floor-warping techno bangers from the mysterious quantity known as He/aT. Three trax toy with the structures of techno in subtly skewed manner, taking in the lop-sided slam of 'Don't Grow Up, It's a Trap' bending vintage Belgian and New York techno styles to his will, or the oddly balanced groove and spaced drones of 'I Was Young, I Needed The Money' and over to an epic B-side of sci-fi synthscaping and half-stepped drum programming called 'These Are My Principles And If You Don't Like Them I Have Others'.
Klara Lewis debuts on Editions Mego with the electronically animated sound organisms of 'Ett'. Sampling from a palette of modified and reconstituted field recordings, Klara's debut compositions yield ten terrarium-like sonic ecologies rich in organic texture and detail enlivened by bristling electronics and insectoid rhythms. They're strange, self-contained units amounting to a complex, beguiling lattice of unique timbres, atmospheric space and coarse yet fluidly woven texturhythms, all infused with a subtle sort of ambient (de)compositional sorcery. At its best in the wormy, humus dub 12 minute 'Alt… Read more
**180g vinyl reissue** Robert Fripp and Brian Eno originally released their 2nd ambient drone suite, 'Evening Star' in 1975. In the proceeding 40 years it's become a touchstone for myriad artists searching deeper into the musical cosmos. The first three tracks are tranquil tape-loop meditations featuring Fripp's signature guitar swirls looped and textured with piano, synth and all the studio effects afforded to them at the a range of top class studios including Eno's own. The first side finishes with Eno's gorgeous 'Wind On Wind' piece which would later be expanded in his 'Discreet Music' album, before the B-side yields the 24-minute drone flight 'An Index Of Metals'.
* Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The first album ever outside of Spain to focus on the history of Gipsy Rhumba, one of the most interesting musical culture clashes, first taking place in the early 1960s. In the Catalan region of Spain gipsies, primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, came up with a fascinating hybrid style - Gipsy Rhumba - which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own flamenco, as well as the emerging rock ‘n’roll from America. As wel… Read more
The first album ever outside of Spain to focus on the history of Gipsy Rhumba, one of the most interesting musical culture clashes, first taking place in the early 1960s. In the Catalan region of Spain gipsies, primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, came up with a fascinating hybrid style - Gipsy Rhumba - which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own flamenco, as well as the emerging rock ‘n’roll from America. As well as a musical overview of this unique art form, the r… Read more
DJ Clent - the low end legend - has been known for his music since the days of Dance Mania, releasing tracks such as 'Bounce' and 'Back Up Off Me' which are juke classics. He also released the grimy call to arms footwork track '3rd Wurle', as well as tracks on both Bangs & Works Compilations. 'Hyper Feet' starts off the EP with a high-speed footwork homage to Mike Dunn's classic 'Magic Feet', replicating the hits and using 303 acid to make a sparse but precision-tooled piece of footwork. Next up, 'Baby Yeah' works a vocal and sax sample into shimmering cut-ups and high-speed rhythmic shapes. On s… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Beautiful modern composition from LA's prolific Sean McCann and En/Root Strata's San Fran-based Maxwell August Croy. Their first collaboration, 'I' feels timlessly enigmatic, drawing on a wealth of aesthetic and compositional tropes from their respective oeuvres to synthesise something wholly new and uniquely engaging, weaving the exotic timbres of Croy's koto and McCann's keening string arrangements in a sound that defies easy categorization. Beaming forth with the flurry of strings and breezing wind instruments of 'Parting Light (… Read more
Kicking jack attacks from Qoso, following up heavyweights from Low Jack and Mondkopf on the In Paradisum label. A-side whales out the bruising, steely warehouse bang of 'Jura' and an Ancient Methods-like acid techno charge called 'Laphroaig'. Flipside you be forgiven some 33 or 45rpm quandries with the febrile force of machine gun drums and surging white noise in the terminator soca of 'Ardmore', and the Night-Slugs-on-Meth styles of 'Tool'.
**CD mounted on foil-blocked and glossy 6-panel trifold** 'Kallista' collects 24 tracks of icy, bittersweet IDM/electronica made by three artists with the help of Krakow Music Academy's Electroacoustic facilities. The set breaks down to 20 minutes of music from each composer, folding in a library of sounds created by young Slovakian artist Jonás Gruska and Polish composers Michal Pawelek and Marcin Strzelecki. The sounds of vintage synthesizers, modular systems and processors are chewed up and remerged in a fractious derangement of fizzing techno, glitch, and ambient abstraction ins… Read more
Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt dices with deep space house, new age boogie pop for PPU. This is the debonaire dweeb sound, equal parts Carl Sagan soundtrack and greazy, dusty disco panache. Up top the Dutch master tickles out the milky synthlines and bubbling proto-house patterns of 'Puzzles In Life' - one of his creamiest joints to date - plus the slo-mo, weightless gyrations and romantic chords of 'Videophone To Space'; flipside he seriously impresses with the starlit deckside dreamer 'Cruise Till The Sun Shines' replete with a rare instance of his own vocodered vocals, and checks out of 'Los Alamos Motel' with a satisfyingly smudged slow groove.
**Letter-pressed wraparound sleeve. Edition of 100** Mutant and slow, squashed house grooves from the fella with previous form for Millions Of Moments and Night Gallery. There's two canny, contrasting joints on offer, both making fine use of the Eventide H910 Harmonizer: A-side is given to the pitch-shifting, skudgy funk of 'Lower States' with its twitchy drum programming strafed by stray, ghostly melodies and pushed outta shape by morphing, globular jackers bass; 'Lower Sun' deftly levers a vocal sample from Larry Levan's mix of Jaki's 'Sun Sun Sun' into a sparse, infectious deep house groove sprung with elastic square bass.
John Osborn follows his excellent October link-up on two kinky, driving collaborations with Tallmen785, backed with ace Tom Dicicco remix. Their 'Meldrum' A-side is a lean piece of bleeping techno-house, and 'Deskjam' gets fruitier with seductive mix of EBM kicks and grubbing bassline smut for the darkrooms. Tom Dicicco tempers that darkroom vibe with a more rugged, tribalist remix tipped for Levon Vincent fans.
**Limited edition of 50** Sleazy, wavey machine groovers from Gergely Szilveszter Horváth aka Route 8 for the ace Farbwechsel label. From what we're hearing, Route 8 is the label's secret weapon, and on the strength of these cuts certainly due some wider exposure. He's got a proper, raw and rugged touch harking back to the baddest early Chicago jams and equally the loosest, moodiest Legowelt pieces, exemplified in the Larry Heard gone darkside vibe of 'CanYouFeelIt?', on the wiggly ace 'Slim City', with his Delroy Edwards-esque tracky jam 'Mental Murder' and especially on the 'Never Endi… Read more