Thursday, 05 December
Deadbeat dubs two cuts from The Upsetter and The Orb's 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'. Topside he gives a slow, heaving Rhythm & Sound style extended Nyah dub for 'Ball Of Fire'; flipside 'Fuzzball' is reduced and stepped-up on a Champions League Dub.
**Green and yellow duck vinyl housed in heavyweight casebound tip on jacket with 4 page booklet of liner notes by Stephen Thrower and Nick Percival** "The score to the notorious banned in many countries Lucio Fulci video nasty is a revelation tracks such as ‘New York One More Night ‘ mix disco funk and latin to striking effect while slower tracks such as ‘The Ripper’ manage to capture the sleazy pre disney clean up of New York perfectly with their moody sax breaks and 42nd street atmosphere."
**Fascinating recordings of Italian Futurist, Luigi Russolo's legendary Intonarumori, or Noise Intoner, machines orchestrated by Blixa Bargeld, Mike Patton, Pauline Oliveros, among others** "The famous intonarumori (or 'noise intoners') of the Futurists could be considered the earliest 'techno music' instruments of the twentieth century. The 1st public performance of Luigi Russolo's intonarumori project took place in 1913 at Modena's Teatro Storchi, Italy. Luciano Chessa conducted this new orchestra of early Futurist pieces as well as specially commissioned works from… Read more
**10" in gatefold jacket** New six-tracker by Mark E. Smith and co. A-side: 'Thje Remainderer', ''Amorator!', 'Mister Rode'; B-side - 'Remeberance R', 'Say Mama / Race With The Devil', 'Touchy Pad'.
London-style house backed with a Skudge techno remix. Dixon's three originals romp between the jacking bass and nagging vocal stabs of 'Heirloom' to the darker warehouse mode of 'Park Row' and a deeper, dubbed-out play called 'The Things I Gave You'. Skudge bring up the rear with a driving minimal remix of 'Heirloom'.
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.
**One-sided pressing** 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.
**Includes 4 art inserts** Young Turks proudly parade the fruits of their 2013 catalogue on this fairly priced CD. In among them you'll find an exclusive release of Sampha's Kuedo-esque cosmic soul bomb, 'IMO' alongside the likes of FKA Twigs' incredible, Arca-produced masterpiece, 'Water Me', The xx's 'Reconsider', and the strobing majesty of 'Sun' by Koreless plus the extended dub 12" version of Pional's 'Invisible/Amenaza' and Lost Scripts' bumping indie-boogie, 'I'll Be watching You'.
Monday, 02 December
Clipping the heels of their killah 'Genesis EP', Mumdance & Logos rinse off 2013 with two searing 'ardcore mutations for Tectonic. Recalibrating the genes of '93-style jungle with bootybass claps, pneumatic bass and razing mentasms, the darkcore dread of 'Legion' is tilted at the most delirious hours of the dance, whilst 'Proto' comes with a kaotic chemistry of Belgian techno hoovers, Detroit-style pads and timeless darkside swerve. Watch yer eyebrows!
*One of Numero's finest and most fascinating compilations yet - a gargantuan effort bringing together formative Minneapolis sounds starting with Pepé Willie’s 94 East project which gave local prodigy Prince his first airing, onto Terry Lewis and Flyte Tyme and Prince’s childhood sidekick/departed bassist André Cymone. Double CD housed in a gorgeous gold-embossed oversized box which includes a detailed book* "In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound began bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Buried beneath 50 solid inches of annual snow, Minneapo… Read more
Sterling Sound Signature debut 12" from 22 year old Detroiter, Jay Daniel. Ruff, rugged, and driving, the 'Scorpio EP' yields four tracks steeped in classic 313 house styles, and blessed with an irrepressible vitality bound to work marvels on the 'floor. A-side 'No Love Lost' eases in with a tight blend of Omar-S like keys and bustling machine groove programmed with the itchy swing of Howard Thomas or Kyle Hall, and 'Brainz' knuckles down to a proper buck session a la Anthony Shakir, all noisy, tracky drums with nary a care for melody. B-side is a proper disco heater, 'I Have No Name… Read more
Team Doyobi return with more digitally damaged breaks and quivering, glitchy minisynths. Volume 2 presents a continuous barrage of pixelated explosions and implosions, music alternately small and cute enough to stroke in the palms of your hand and fierce enough to give it the odd chomp. But even within the pocket-monster digital framework there are some spectacular vistas, such as 'Parallax Avenues' and 'Azure Systems,' where solo SNES melodies and sweeping harmonies combine into something modestly mighty. Another fun, detailed and well-made adventure with Team Doyobi.
Another tasty offering from 1080p, the label founded by the Rose Quartz and Altered Zones blogger Richard MacFarlane - a key player in the burgeoning hypnagogic pop and dance aesthetic of recent years. Mind Dynamics reflects this context, sluicing out a kaleidoscopic lo-fi flow for fans of the Skaters et al, but takes it further by applying a certain unique restlessness and energetic beats that range from caffeinated trills on the hi-hat to rivet-guns toted by angry robots. What you're hearing is the blissful, child-like warmth of hazy memories being eaten up and converted by … Read more
Synkro follows his Akkord aktions alongside Indigo with a return to his ambient/dubstep sound. Manos contributes breathy vocals to the lingering halfstep swoon of 'Lost Here' and the blissed out bass cuddle of 'In My Arms'; Synkro goes dolo with plush atmospheres and minimalist D&B rhythms on 'Nights Of Pleasure' and the taut, techy junglism of 'Fading Lights'.
Marcell Dettmann and Head High (Shed) take Modeselektor and Apparat's three-headed beast to the 'floor. In his raving Head High mode René Pawlowitz aka Shed retools 'Bad Kingdom' as a moody rave-pop anthem with a scuffed garage-techno chassis, making great use of the originals soaring chords and Sascha Ring's pleading vocal over gritty, swinging rhythm engine. Dettmann's remix is squared at peaktime use with a sort of industrial carnival techno momentum mauled with coruscating distortion for unrelenting effect.
Atom ™, Kangding Ray and Ancient Methods revamp These Hidden Hands' album tracks for the 'floor. In Uwe Schmidt aka Atom ™'s hands, 'When Told' becomes a sprung, roiling techno weapon rent with dazzling spatial diffusions and streaking, Deathprod-like synthlines whilst saving that gloomy vocal for the most crucial moment. With 'Diesel' Kangding Ray flexes some brute, driving techno muscle, and Ancient Methods lock 'Isopod' down to a determined drone techno march...
Murky ambient flux from Ten Hyphen Twenty for Brighton's Where To Now? crew. Two extended pieces unravel with enigmatic logic; 'Portrait Of A House Plant' dissolving between darker ambient drones and composted ferric textures to pockets of trapped bass music, frictional rhythms against morphing swells of noise and detached melodies in between blurry ambient dimensions. 'Still Life With Indoor Water Feature' is lusher, traversing processed field recordings, crushing/crushed concrete textures and lost, ambient motifs deep into the sort of cracked, kaleidoscopic vortex you might expect from Wanda Group or DJ Purple Image. Recommended!
Eerie, oneiric electronic psychedelia from Lisbon's Ondness for Brighton's excellent Where To Now? label. 'Poor Man's Twilight Zone' exists in a headspace somewhere between Negra Branca's ethereal H-Pop scapes, Wanda Group's murky ambient and the kind of zonked post-techno purveyed by Opal Tapes, feeling out in the half light resonant, gamelan-like tones and lushest chord swirl in the 12 minute 'Trono', whilst 'Ongoing To Zona' combines celestial flute with a sort of lo-fi take on Porter Ricks' aquatic techno churn. 'Edit Sombre' is closer to techno proper with a buoyant 4/4 step… Read more
Distal and Mite represent a techy Atlantan bassbin sound on 'Concrete Space' for Distal's Embassy Recordings. Five tracks apiece render sinuous moires of house, bassy club music and sliding synthlines meshed with trap trills and swooshing concrète-like simulations. Distal's at his best with the spacious, Jam City-alike structure of 'Defnet' and the nimble mixture of air-carving dynamics and pointillist drum programming in 'Facebook Federali', whilst Mite impresses with the cold, hardcore-injected minimalism of 'Drum Habit', the shifty bubblers' flow of 'Cop Car', and holo'd UK grime style flex of 'Witch Doctor' or 'Duppy Dem'.
The intriguing DJ Purple Image returns with a new album, this time for Leaving Records.
Slugabed returns to Ninja Tune with two intricate electronica/trap mutations. 'Do U C Me Tho' steps into a surreal interzone of piped melodies, brassy bottom end and sparse, strangely distant trap beats accelerating the oddest styles shared with Hud Mo or Rustie. 'U Right' comes off like a Yeezus instrumental that was way too weird to make the final cut, segueing from blown-out electronics to odd psilocybic melodies, hardstyle trance hooks and lean, whirring trap percussions.
OPN's 'Zones Without People' was released in 2009 on a highly limited vinyl run for Arbor. All seven tracks featured in his Wire chart-topping 'Rifts' compilation, predating his mindblowing 'Returnal' album (surely one of the best of 2010) and displaying its prodigiously gifted creator amidst some of his most affective synthscapes. From the outset we could consider this to be classic material, as the miniature 'Computer Vision' - one of his very earliest creations circa 2004 - plugs into a spiraling matrix of arpeggiations leading us into his pastoral dimensions. Follow… Read more
Oneohtrix Point Never's sublime 'Russian Mind' is centred around the evocative theme of a Russian cosmonaut past his prime, composing the score to a film from his hospital bed in a room on the east wing of an orbiting infirmary, facing a window overlooking a grove of holographic birch trees, lending a brilliantly romantic sci-fi feel to the entirely synthetic sounds within. As it's already been noted, OPN manages to capture the pastoral synth spirit of Boards of Canada or the legendary Kosmiche experimentalists Moebius & Roedelius with a shockingly tender touch, one that you mi… Read more
Back in 2007 Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin pricked the hive mind's consciousness with this, his debut album. Recorded in Massachusetts between 2004 & 2007 on Roland Juno-60 and Sequential Circuits Six-Trak synthesisers, Roland SQ-700 Sequencer, voice and delay, it still stands as wonderful example of unselfconscious and richly tuneful analog synthesis practically guaranteed to please fans of Popol Vuh, Emeralds, J. D. Emmanuel and early electronics exponents like Raymond Scott. If you've not immersed yourself in the poignant new age pleasures of 'Woe Is The Transgression II' or connected with 'Parallel Minds' before, here's your chance.
Daniel Lopatin and his Software label present 'Drawn And Quartered', collecting tracks from various, sought-after tapes, CDrs and obscure releases previously found on his 'Rifts' boxset. Presented in a library style jacket replete with Dan's own succinct descriptions (i.e. 'Lovergirls Precinct': "Uncool, biased"), it orbits some total gems such as the spine melting 'Ships Without Meaning' and the ecstatic arpeggios of 'Transmat Memories' alongside the gyroscopic 16 minute cosmic meander of highlight, 'When I Get Back From New York'. Recommended!
'The Fall Into Time' is a collection of those bonus pieces that appeared on the 2012 boxset of 'Rifts', itself drawn from rare and obscure tapes and CDrs for the underground network which first supported the young synth master on his quest for sonic enlightenment. They count the 10 minute valium drift of 'Blue Drive' and the deadly cute baroque piece 'The Trouble With Being Born' on the A-side, and one of his most evocative early pieces, the breathtaking 'Memory Vague' and BoC-like lushness of 'Melancholy Descriptions Of Simple 3D Environments' on the B-side.
Surreal, complex and hyper-edited collages of field recordings, drones and electronics by Gonçalo F Cardoso aka Gonzo for Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong's Discrepant label. Gonçalo weaves edited field recordings made by Jeanneau with raw and digitally treated analogue modulations by Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk) and drums by David Naan into fractally morphing, impossible and otherworldly scenes segueing between up-close recordings of flies, dissonant Chinese chorales, layered location recordings and dramatic drone panoramas. RIYL Rashad Becker, Russell Haswell's field recordings, Sublime Frequencies, Francisco Lopez.
Endearingly ruffcut UK soul bumpers from new, Peckham-based player, Reginald Omas Mamode IV. His debut EP, the follow-up to an inclusion on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Bubblers 10 compilation, is a product of his background steeped in his parents record collections of Northern Soul and Native Music and a love of rugged classics by Slum Village and the legendary Rawkus Records. On six tracks of hard-workin' drums, deft bass and nuff soul vibes he comes off like a quirky Prince variant, safely avoiding the cloying slickness of, say, Jamie Lidell, in favour of an effortless, original cool.
First single from Xiu Xiu's upcoming 'Angle Guts: Red Classroom' is a dystopian mini-epic featuring almost cabaret-styled Klaus Nomi vocal from Jamie Stewart over blistering Col cave-styled drum machine and gripping, slightly demented synth noise.