Monday, 27 October
Reissue of Surgeon's debut template for hard-as-f**k Brummie techno, originally issued in 1994. We hardly need to tell any hard techno fans the history of this 12", but for everyone else it was released in 1995 on his pal Regis' Downwards label as Lino 06. It contains the stringent, scowling minimalism of 'Magneze' and the buck-wild Chicagoan styles of 'Move' on the A-side, backed with the slinkier, dub chord-driven 'Atol' and the thunderous attack of 'Argon' on the flip. P-r-o-p-e-r pounders.
Oren Ambarchi caps a vintage and truly prolific year of releases with the pulsing, searching, 5-part narrative of 'Quixotism'. Underpinned by the pulsing truth of Thomas Brinkmann's computable drums, the session unfolds with a preternaturally hypnotic logic, consolidating a wealth of contributions from the likes of regular collaborators Jim O'Rourke (synth), Crys Cole (contact mics, brushes), Eyvind Kang (bowed gender & violas) and John Tilbury (piano) with new input from U-zhaan (tabla) and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, plus co-production and engineering by Randall Dunn at Avast, Se… Read more
Outta the top drawer (literally), four never-before-heard Insync jams recorded in Forest Hill, South London, 1991! The combination of name and date should be ringing alarm bells for any techno fiends - it's one year before Insync released the timeless 'Storm', which, it turns out was actually recorded in 1990 with a very similar set-up of SH101, Roland 909 drum machine and some delays. As it was sourced from a dusty old tape the hiss levels are understandably high, but thanks to a subtle mastering job from Stefan Betke aka Pole, the tape reveals 4 gorgeous tracks ranging from weigh… Read more
Killer debut drop from someone named Skee Mask on the scene-taking Ilian Tapes label. 'Serum' works in five stages flexing lean dub-tech muscle between the salted twitch and tuck of 'Cylo' thru the dessicated Dettmann styles of 'Torpor (Session)', and the Shed-alike breakbeat skank of 'Reduct Live' and two shorter tools diving deep into Chain Reaction territory. A must for T++ or Peverelist fans.
Fearless techno jags from Paula Temple, back on R&S after the 'Colonized' EP in 2013. This time out she's much noisier, dynamic, baiting the apocalypse in three dramatic, tribalised onslaughts: 'Deathvox' is an outstanding collision of galloping, shuffling techno torque with 'Elephant Song'-style howls and a stunning doom denouement; from majestic intro, 'Monstro' bombs the senses with heavy artillery harking back to Techno Animal and Scorn at their fiercest; 'Ful' casts a long shadow of brassy synth plumes and thunderous drums reminding of Randomer. Tip!
Soft As Snow's debut pop shot for Houndstooth gets reworked by Lucy, Gang Gang Dance's Brian DeGraw, Factory Floor, and Maria Minerva. Stroboscopic Artefacts' Lucy turns 'Halo Heart' into a slinky techno burner with strobing snippets of the original vocal slightly reminding of Dettmann's Fever Ray rework; GGD's DeGraw gives 'All Our Beasts' a fidgety electro version; FF's Gabe Gurnsey locks 'Gklass Body' to an EBM coda; Maria Minerva really stands out with a bittersweet, elegant take on 'Black Birds' full of off-key discord and choppy samples.
Sa-Ra's Shafiq Husayn leans on a soulful downstroke with 'It's Better For You', the first glimpse of his upcoming album, 'The L∞p'. It's both his Eglo Records debut and his first solo release since 2009. Up top, 'It's Better For You' strikes to the hip with greazy bass licks, keys and shuffling drums laying the ground for his male/female harmonies with Anderson Paak beside an instrumental version and the cosmic boogie budge of 'Re-Incarnation' featuring J Mitchell. Downtown, the strident 'Twelve' bubbles up the plushest soul symphony next to further instrumentals.
**Download format includes two bonus mixes** Dusk & Blackdown seal a vintage year for Keysound Recordings with the darker pressure of their 'Back 2 Go FWD>>' doublepack, including remixes by Horsepower Productions and Facta. The pair's first material since the 'Dasaflex' (2012) album finds them reminiscin' about the red-lit sweatbox at Plastic People, which used to host the foundational FWD>> events - the Rinse-affiliated precursor to the DMZ events and today's influential Boxed nights. But Dusk + Blackdown don't feel beholden to it, instead finding a healthy balance of respect … Read more
Baron Mordant and Ekoplekz's dangerously underrated eMMplekz project regroup to agitate and baffle on the 'You Might Also Like' addend to the 'Your Crate Has Changed' and 'IZOD Days' sessions. In it, the 'plekz furnishes an increasingly confident, ever-sardonic, and acutely incisive Baron with some of his leanest, driven riddims for a furrow-browed mooch around a Southern English bloke's outsider psyche. Expect sordid, name-dropping tales about an olde English tobacconist ('Name Blotter') and misanthropic rituals set to psychoactive dub in 'Stag Don't', next to unsettling kosmic dub… Read more
This.Is.The.Sh*t! Mariano D.C. debuts on Function's revived Infrastructure New York label with five hard-working, sub-heavy techno monsters. Hailing from Argentina, Mariano duly articulates his rhythms with a proper, latinate accentuation that works so damn well in techno context. There's an almighty big-room battery on the front called 'Kaverna', but we're even more into the shifty hydraulik lash of 'Estalaktita', followed by the thunderous title track, the pendulous 'Incidental' - give us a longer edit, please! - and the bombed-out juggernaut, 'Cascada'. F**k your stodgy, funkless techno; this is how it should be done. One for the dancers.
Nicolas Jaar's Other People coax out a pair of gauzy, beat-driven aces from Catalan avant-pop composer/singer, Lucrecia Dalt. Let's get it out of the way up front, her music bears some striking resemblances with her Human Ear Music label-mate Julia Holter, both in the tone of her voice and the fine balance of emotions. But for our money Lucrecia is pursuing a more intriguing path with her inimitably shifty and suggestive sound, from the keening bass shapes, wistful electronics and slow-motion rhythms buoying her sparse, deliberate delivery in 'Esotro', to the wonderfully ambiguous se… Read more
"Sharing social circles and spiritual ideologies with artists such as Iasos, Connie Demby and Deuter, whilst splitting label release schedules with Laraaji, Laurie Spiegel and Wendy Carlos, the unique Florida raised soulmate duo known as Emerald Web released their privately pressed albums at an axis where postprog rock met proto-new age and ambient electronic music. These tracks are taken from the second ever (and rarest) release by this early synthesiser duo consisting of husband and wife synthesists Kat Epple and the late Bob Stohl. ‘Whispered Visions’ is finally committed to vin… Read more
Most forward dubstep murder from OG South Londoner Silkie. 'Bird In The Sky' comes heavy with the tribalised, hard-boidy style skanking from darkside vibes to more optimistic breakdown and back; M3000' leans in with a percolating techno-step monster; 'Limits' caresses the dance's boogie needs on a proper '80s electro-soul flex. In case you thought dubstep was dead, Silkie proves it was just off having a zoot while the shiny new grime kids came in the back door.
What looks like the penultimate edition of FatCat's split series contrasts a remarkably epic Katie Gately composition with a side of spannered psychedelic house by Tlaotlon. This is the first we've heard of Katie Gately since her fascinating side for Public Information a year ago. Again she returns to the painstaking method of sampling and editing her own vocals and concrète sources into uncannily detailed, kinetic arrangements liable to buckle, vault and twist in the most unique geometries. Her 'Pivot' plays through as one 14 minute piece collaging a tortuous narrative fro… Read more
Funkineven comes as rough as yer nan's stubble on three killer analogue sessions - his most focused and stripped release to date. In fact, it's so gnarled there's even a warning on the centre label "It's Not Your Speakers, It's The Beat", a sure sign of great things ahead. On the A-side you'll feel the gravelly wallop of 'Beat Crash', a bruxist confection of wildly overdriven electro bass, surging hyper-Boogie keys and needling hi-hats, kinda like Alec Empire jamming with Dâm Funk. Flipside 'F*ck Off' churns any remaining residue between your ears with gargled acid tweaks and brittle-but-boo… Read more
4-Track taster for Panda Bear's upcoming album 'Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper' - due out in January.
Jim lad pumps out four buck trax on his Ultramajic label, including vocal cameo by DJ Rashad (RIP). 'Burn' plays the electro-house card with coke-numbed verve; 'Decalcify' raise the temperature with a wilder ghetto-house sound; DJ Rashad is cut into barking stabs in the haughty ballroom strut of 'Walk Show'; 'Who's Watching' cools out with a taut, elastic jackin' riddim.
**Köln-based pop charms return with a typically slick sound nodding to Laid Back and their home-city's dual Krautrock and ambient pop heritage** "Precarious bon vivants, gifted musicians, radical guys – VON SPAR are many things, but above all, they are one of the most amazing bands in the realms that the British music press once baptized as Krautrock. Sebastian Blume, Jan Philipp Janzen, Christopher Marquez and Phillip Tielsch have in past been praised even more than the revenants of the genre (in 2012, together with Stephen Malkmus, before the watering eyes of CAN founding members Irmin Sch… Read more
"Vermont’s eponymous full-length debut also introduced the public to a different musical side of the project's founders Marcus Worgull and Danilo Plessow (of Motor City Drum Ensemble fame). An album worth of adventurous jam sessions and sleek synth soundscapes, it rather drew from sonic curiosity and the spirit of informal collaboration than the laser-like focus of the club tunes both producers have become known for. For this 12" Prins Thomas plunges into three reworks that emphasize the rhythmic elements of original cuts."
"Eskimo Recordings brings you ‘The Green Collection’, the third installment in the compilation series on Eskimo based around colours. It’s the follow-up to ‘The Pink Collection’ and ‘The Blue Collection’, the first two chapters in this series. Once again, the Ghent based imprint selected 12 brand new songs with care. An effortless journey encompassing a range of sounds through indie dance, nu disco and electronica, it’s reassuring to find that Eskimo still stands for timeless quality and originality."
Easily the best Applepips since the Martyn 12" comes from the hands of our favourite Berlin producer and techno pioneer Torsten Profrock with two tempo varied techno steppers ranking among the best tracks in his catalogue. The real good techno stuff lies on the A-side with 'Audio1995*8', sitting next to his MDR remix or the sick 'Aquatic/Storm' tracks on a throbbing 130bpm techno flex with utterly alien synthlines decaying into fine abstract forms and anchored by deeply submerged beats shot through with that intricate rhythmic rattle that signifies the best of his work. Flip the script for 'Audio… Read more
One-off techno-house missile from Ratchett Traxxx working up a head of steam with dub-chord driven darkside bass rolige.
Latest hookup from Appleblim and Ramadanman, once again displaying the uber-crisp production vibe these two are so fond of, sounding twice as loud as almost anything else we've played in the office today. 'Justify' paces along at a relatively chilled 110bpm, built around a flexed halfstep routine with a nicely technofied sound palette and the requisite low-end pressure that always elevates these productions beyond the ordinary. There's a big synthy breakdown halfway through which shimmers and builds nicely as the track almost imperceptibly gains momentum before it all comes to a sud… Read more
Massively anticipated new 12" from Ramadanman landing on the consistently ace Applepips label and backed with an awesome dub techno rerub from Sven Weisemann remix. Ramadanman aka David Kennedy is a member of a small core of artists in the dubstep arena who can be relied upon to exert stringent quality control with their output. His productions have trickled out over the last three years with a clear streak of progressive talent and a keening sense of rhythmic structures increasing in quality and value throughout, resulting in one of his most anticpated tracks on 'Humber'. This is a masterclas… Read more