Monday, 15 December
Kevin Martin and Earth's Dylan Carlson summon the apocalypse in this crushing addendum to 'Angels & Devils'. Devoid of vocals, on both sides the battle-scarred titans bunker down to a fusion of teeth rattling trap and dub rhythms with strung-out, world weary guitars as stripped back and glaring as anything from the album. A-side 'Boa' frames Carlson's contemplative electric guitar strokes inna pregnant, widescreen scene of windswept ambience and keening metallic timbre before delivering worm-charming bass shocks and shuddering trap drums; B-side plays even icier with etheric SAW II-sty… Read more
One of 2014's most virulent labels, 1080p, give Moon B some room to stretch out with the fug-house styles of 'Lifeworld'. Dense with crushed samples lopped from boogie, new age and electro-soul tapes and wax, it's a well stoned mooch around Moon B's ferric headspace, previously glimpsed in his productions for PPU and Going Good. The closest comparison would be DJ Screw mixtapes and Delroy Edwards' 'Slowed Down Funk' sessions, but there's also something more esoteric, dreamy about B's vibe and selection that should be taken with caution if you're listening while driving, y'know? Otherwise, "stuff a stocking wid it!"
**Triple LP includes download code** David Moufang aka Move D reprises his celebrated Reagenz duo with Jonah Sharp aka Space Time Continuum for The Bunker New York, five years since their Workshop album and two decades on from their seminal, eponymous debut LP on Source. A live recording conflation of correlating ideas from jazz, house, and ambient electronica, 'The Periodic Table' plays-through six extended meditations effortlessly, imperceptibly segueing between effervescent machine rhythms, dub house momentum and fractured jazz abstraction over the course of … Read more
Proper fug-house flex from Masks, the new duo of Patricia and Alexis Georgopoulos ov Arp, The Alps a.o. It's dreamiest techno-house soused in ferric noise, pushing deep into the night with the claggy jack of 'Wormhole' parting to the booming kicks and dusty shafts of melody in 'Vapors', alongside an tracky, trancing workout reminding of Legowelt or Xosar in 'Zebra', before easing off the 4/4 kicks for the clipped machine funk flight of 'Fragile Feelings'.
Massive Gorgon Sound versions of Kahn's 'Dread' (2012) missile for Deep Medi. 'Dread' gets a heavy-troddin' gangsta overhaul with bloodshot vocal FX and re-tuned riddmic chassis aimed straight at the biggest speaker stacks. Likewise, 'Late Night Blues' is duppied with darker vibe, making the strings cut nastier, more electroid, and the galvanizing the mid-bass to biting impact.
Matthew Herbert's cut-and-run dancefloor series reaches number 8 with four servings of louche, soulful house in his inimitable style. At its sweetest, the crooke soul of 'The Wrong Place' gets it right with woozy vocals by Hejira's Rahel and the laidback, string-heavy shuffler, 'Remember Ken' with Ade Omotayo, who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Kindness. For something a grittier, get on the twanging, motorik techno-stepper 'Ticket', or the Durian Brothers-esque Afro-centric wiggle and dreamy thumb piano bleeps of 'Her Face'.
Meakusma coax out a dead druggy Porter Ricks remix - their first in 12 years! - on this dubbed out session from Japan's Ryo Murakami. The originals stir up a sub-aquatic roil of elliptical bass hits swarmed with silty electronics and driven into darkest dub crevasses filled with strange voices. The remix from Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig's Porter Ricks is a masterclass of intangible sound design, rending 'Statical' to the peripheries with fizzing electronics and weighted with an unhurried sub-bass that unfolds below fathoms of heady swirl to a glorious conclusion.
Lil Jabba takes it back to Local Action with a flighty follow-up to his 'Scales' LP and the more recent ace, 'Gully' for True Panther. The '47' EP cycles six triptomatic cuts consolidating coldest instrumental grime, numb trap and dainty footwork with his signature, surreal atmospheres. 'Stalka' starts up with a tetchy trap/grime flex tussling against bittersweet hooks, lush pads; 'Dusty' does footwork tension with stomach-tightening syncopation and soulful swoon. The icy/warm couplet of 'Skates' and 'Tea' check into that same strange, slow and glassy headspace as Mr. Mitch's recent, brilliant d… Read more
Klasse Recordings boss Luca Lozano follows his Optimo Trax session with a trio of rugged early techno-house emulations backed with divine DJ Fett Burger remix. There's a certain turn-of-the'90s vibe to Luca's originals, from the pumping Dance Mania flava and gritty drums of 'Mister Right Now', thru the sub-loaded and killer early hardcore/Belgian rave vibes of 'Come With Me', to the whirring, jacking R&S psychedelia of 'The Afterworld'. DJ Fett Burger's Orgonitt Meme Deep mix is icing on the cake, taking the vibe of 'The Afterworld' to New York City circa 1991 with big ol' Nu Groove-style B-line and drusm wrapped up with mad samples chatter and lush chords. TIPPED!
Klara Lewis follows her acclaimed 'Ett' album debut for Editions Mego with four ghostly industrial inversions for Peder Mannerfelt's personal imprint. The 'Msuic' EP investigates greyscale, internalised worlds of malcontented timbre and intangible textures, drawing out darkly romantic spirits from a mesh of field recordings and electronics that resemble something like a chimeric hybrid of Micachu's mottled sculptures and the tactile spectres of Peder Mannerfelt's own electro-acoustic machine wranglings.
**Lossless format for this release is 24 bit audi0. Ace, drum machine and guitar-driven post-punk produced by Moon Wheel** "Lean times trio Ill Winds play a starved, sunken, and stained vein of bleached grey rock, as much post-life as post-punk. Formed in Berlin in 2011 by Australian ex-pats Jack Dibben (guitars, voice) and JFW (bass), they soon added scrying Dutchman Marijn Degenaar (synth), infusing their chemistry with a damp, psychotropic paranoia. When decision was finally made last year to track a full-length, the Winds set up camp at a historic squat-turned-project-housing space in Be… Read more
Wolfgang & Reinhard get familial with their follow-up to 2013's 'Erdingertrax' series . A-side, 'Superpitch' treads that fine line between rave frivolity and mannered jack with see-sawing sinewave underpinned by hungry rave bass, before spilling over into the B-side's psychedelic 'Supertrip' extension. We'd advise getting two copies and knitting them together for super results.
Anòmia's co-owner Arnau Sala reprises the darkness of Veiled with Dexter Industries in the knackered industrial minimalism of 'Testimoni'. Operating in a hexed nexus somewhere between Andy Stott, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, and Dual Action, they apply a muscular, minimalist approach to groove and texture that drives and burns hard. From Pan Sonic-like beginnings with 'Enterrar la memòria' they lock to dry industrial jack pulses a la Traversable Woprmhole with 'Residual Static', adding a teasing sliver of gothic synth romance to the techno swagger of 'Testimoni', and crushing the sense with the taut, cold industrial dubbing of 'Washing The Surface'.
**NNF at their very best, sourcing sweetest, strangest pops from Russia and Ukraine** "A cultural experiment as much as compilation, She Knows More Than She Thinks is the result of St. Petersburg musician Galya Chikiss deciding “to show something beautiful, unusual, unknown, and talented from different sides,” by uniting six different solo female DIY electronic artists from Russia and Ukraine within a shared document. She saw it bluntly: “Everybody exists in her own world, lonely and closed. Suddenly I’ve thought – it’s a cool idea – to connect them.” The purity of her mot… Read more
Includes remixes from Peaking Lights, Grumbling Fur, Carter Tutti, Invisible Conga People and The Other Two, aka Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order.
Lo-fi beats on the downlow from Shlohmo for True Panther Sounds. Sounding closer to Vessel's exfoliated industrialisms than most in his scene, 'Emerge From Smoke is a blackened and moody thing riding with whipcrack snares and Carpenter-esque synth bass perfect for cruising the city at night.
Carl Craig provides a smart re-model of Caribou's ubiquitous title, lending a more satisfying balance of brooding groove, radiophonical electronics and wry vocal processing.
Strickly deeper bangers from Palace on Hot Haus Recs. A-side is a big winner called 'Vision' wurkin' with slamming kicks, skippy hats and blue, dubbed-out techno chords for peak time drive. B-side deals in more sensuous, scuffed garage with the plonging square bass shift of 'Solstice' and the light-footed, bubble-headed shimmy of 'Element'.
Roiling UK techno pressure from Makaton for Gent's Token stronghold. The 1st Makaton 12" in 5 years was worth the wait, breaching the 'floor with craftily spaced and rolling EBM drums and lip-biting string discord in 'Lead You Astray', galloping techno proper in the dynamic sound design of 'Night #1' or 'Spit To Lubricate', and an incisive balance of skipping rhythms and pensive drones in 'Dstabilise'.
Rugged, London-style house ravers in four parts. We'd advise drawing for the twisted modern electro-house funk of 'Tempest' and the infectious, darkside swing of 'Granulate' for the shape-cutters.
Lorca does his rolling, shuffly house thing with style for Breach's Naked Naked label. 'Calcutec' makes the first move with low slung groove underpinned by wide-style garage subs, built with a proggy arrangement primed for bigger rooms and London 'floors. 'Ndlamu' figures a more Afro-centric, jackin' sound with spacey dubbing and tribal momentum, and also in a slower, more rugged Alternative Mix.
Joker plays nice 'n nasty on his follow-up to the 8-bit bounce of 'Head Top', backed with Rustie, Bassnectar and Picard Brothers remixes. The original flips J-Lo into a tightly controlled dubstep-trap riddim laced with bitter electro synths. Remixing, Rustie juices it up with spiralling scales and glassy '80s boogie keys for the soul crew; Bassnectar charges it up for the biggest pleasuredomes imaginable; and the Picard Brothers follow remix worjk for Jessie J with the slickest slow/fast flex juggling trap, Jersey and overlarge EDM elements for the EP highlight.