Friday, 21 August
The world's most uncanny pop star, FKA Twigs, blindsides everyone with the jaw-dropping 'M3LL155X'. Announced via a game-resetting promo video, it accelerates the hypeR&B aesthetics honed in her early EPs and LP1 to critical levels, accentuating her captivating audness from every angle whilst lyrically skewering her critics and trolls like a T-1000 with liquid metal talons (or an alien blow up doll). The production is this time handled by FKA herself with Young Turks' Tic and even a guest contribution by Happa on the bittersweet centrepiece, 'In Time'; twysting with preternatural sensuality f… Read more
Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in 24 exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder, grittier with the cranky tribal drums and buzzing bass synth of 'The Stickler' betraying noisier influences, and Rex The Dog jacks up a treat in 'Sicko'. From the realtively newer skool, ther… Read more
Huerco S returns to Anthony Naples Proibito label with the elusive house lushness of 'Railroad Blues'. Keyed in to new age bliss themes and squashed boogie house dreams, the Brooklyn-based producer unfurls three gorgeous pieces between the rubber-bassed fudge and NWAQ-style haze of 'Rushing To Paradise' and the head-swimming dub house lagoons of 'Marais Des Cygnes' before the mercurial disco motifs of 'Transit V (See See Rider)' layer and fray across the B-side with a sort of liminal house hymn quality. This is gonna melt some hearts, mark our words.
Slowdive's Simon Scott swallows us whole with the majestic 'Insomni', his debut for Ash International. As the album title implies, this album deals with sleep, or a lack of it, and most particularly the liminal spaces between light/dark, waking/dreams, and natural/noumenal realms. In Scott's own words "Couldn't sleep...; arose to forage for sound. The hum of the fridge encouraged further investigation of hidden, domestic sounds; the fish tank, dvd player, a broken laptop...; Dawn and morning light allowed more sound and the guitar, in its case, beckoned...; From darkness to light…" And thus … Read more
**Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Edition of 500** Crushing celestial tech-noise objects from Black Rain (a.k.a. Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright) with Shapednoise and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker. 'Apophis', so named after asteroid 99942 which poses an uncertain threat to humanity, was written and realised over summer 2014 and supposes four cuts of destructive electronics describing a potential, eschatalogical event and its aftermath in grim and unflinching detail. Black Rain and Shapednoise are clearly steeled and ready for what may come, from 'Metal Home's' premoniti… Read more
New EP preceding Dam-Funk's forthcoming album Invite The Light. Glyde 2nyte features Leon Sylvers III and Leon Sylvers IV. The EP also contains two non-album tracks, Haunting Me and 'Fisticated. All music by Dam-Funk; Mastered by Matthewdavid; Artwork by James Leigh.
Afro-rhythmic techno-house from one of Huntleys + Palmers dopest new discoveries. His 2nd EP, 'x0x' pursues 2014's 'Tumble' with keener production detail and percussive bite explored in two killer, titular parts coming off like Gqom done by patten or Roska meeting T++, whilst 'Ribbon' jams down on dubbed out and sweetly distorted rhythmelodies beside the cyber-tribal bounce of 'LOA' and the sub-aquatic 'floor warping 'St. Clear'. Tip!!
Classic Vibracathedral Orchestra line-up - Michael Flower, Neil Campbell, Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport and Julian Bradley, plus John Godbert - firing on all psychedelic cylinders for their first proper label releases, recorded binaurally between Leeds and London 2013-2014. Includes download.
Deepest Dutch/Detroit-style electro lean from Versalife. Unfolding like some short sci-fi noir soundtrack, 'Before The Interrogation' sets the scene with midnight electro-jazz chimes before picking up momentum with the cruising stepper 'Utilize the Secondary Suspensor'. Fathoms deeper, 'Mariana' plumbs a pitch black scene of eel-like acid lines and pulsating bass, and the nimbly dubbed breakbeats of 'I See Myself' dance like an Optic Nerve production.
First release on Whities - Young Turks' new offshoot manned by Boiler Room figurehead Nic Tasker - is a low slung and gritty House session by two Italians-in-London, Terron. Lodged somewhere between Kassem Mosse's moodier jaunts and the poised momentum of producers such as Vester Koza, it hits the London/Berlin House zeitgeist head-on. A-side 'Nº17 Governing' rides a strident industrial groove of clanking, hollowed drums before deploying a 'room-razing acid-electro line to the close. Flipside, 'Nº3 Proportion' keeps matters straight and direct with a slightly kinkier, uptempo tech-house groove rent with subtle dubbing and bruxist 4am synthlines bound to infect the club.
"Say hello to fresh captured field-recordings from Stephan Laubner, now released on his Something imprint with much positive and natural vibrations. This album keeps always authentic in every situation. And the extended playing-time gives a good reshow and uptakes each surrounding richly in detail. All of the nine tracks were taken on a trip in Nordfriesland, at the more natural untouched places. From sea birds to crispy ocean surfs - from dike to beach scenes. Everything you hear on this release was recorded and captured with much care and joy. The effort is to bring natu… Read more
Peaking Lights present Sinkane's soul hues psyched-in-dub. Refracting his 'Mean Love album in four versions, they range from super louche and mellow take on 'Hold Tight' thru a stepping dub-funk mix of 'Yacha' working shads away from Seven Davis Jr, to the greazier, bluesy twang of 'How We Be' softened up by flighty flute and Sinkane's soul buzz vocal.
**Soft focus blend of ambient-pop, R&B and cute mnml electronics wrapped to a warm and winding narrative** "Inspired by a long lost tale from dark and cold northern lands, written many ages ago, ‘Neida‘ is the story of a young boy who one day noticed an eerie call, so peculiar and odd that he could not resist but to follow it. While it resonated through remnants of ancient settlings, the boy had to overcome many obstacles and solve numerous quests, journey through mystical forests, foggy mountains and ghostly villages, battle the forces of nature and lose himself in this adventure. Finally reaching … Read more
Masami Akita presents a reissue of his 2007 CD, 'Zophorus' on Editions Merzbow. We can posibly detect some proper black metal thunder amidst the electronic squall of 'Pt.1' whilst 'Pt.2' is one of his more colourful, pulsating creations, and 'Pt.5' delivers roiling kicks and noise where it hurts the most.
Masami Akita infuses your surroundings with reactive ferric noise in 'Space Metalizer', his 1997 album for Alien8, now reissued on Editions Merzbow. Akita performs noise eletcronics, metals, Novation synthe rack, EMS Synthi A, audio generator, MKII filter bank, Theremaniac theremin, tapes and Moog.
"Tough, to the point, no-nonsense machine music is a longstanding Midwestern tradition. Drawing a line all the way back to the old guard, The Bunker New York's latest EP is Walk The Distance, courtesy of Mark Verbos, a techno veteran and New Yorker by way of Milwaukee who put together four pieces of heavyweight dancefloor artillery, informed by an intimate, inside-out knowledge of the machinery used in the production of these tracks. No punches are pulled here—the record starts in top gear with "Start Up Drive," a devastating techno bomb centered around a throbbing, repeating bassl… Read more
Superior Viaduct uncover and expose the roots of downtown no wavers, Liquid Liquid - one of the most-sampled groups in dancefloor history - in their earliest and little known guises. The original Liquid Idiot were coined at Rutgers University in the late '70s before moving to NYC where they played CBGB's, Tier 3 and Mudd Club, and would subsequently swell their ranks with peers and audience members encouraged to "bring percussive objects" to their shows, playing together as Idiot Orchestra. Paying dues to no-one and guided only by their fai… Read more
Kowton comes rugged but slinky on Nic Tasker's Whities label with his first solo 12" of 2014. A-side locks off a smart blend of roiling bass pressure and buoyant synth chimes in 'Glock & Roll' landing somewhere between Meng Syndicate's early Belgian techno and more twinkle-toed UK garage-house styles. On the B-side, 'Bits & Pieces' plays out that pensile light/dark flex with flash FM synth chords glinting off pinched bass and skittish marimba hook beside the infectious, booty-jugglin' percolator, 'Doing Nothing'. Straight tip!
Expansive Joris Voorn collage/mix for Fabric83, spanning some 66 tracks in 76 minutes. Taking the concept of a mix to DE:9 levels of the edit, Voorn fillets, isolates and elides myriad elements in a sweeping tech-house topography seamlessly incorporating traces of classic jungle, innovative electronica and heartbleed shoegaze from artists as disparate as Fennesz, Doc Scott, T C F and Robert Hood.
No Pain In Pop present a glistening web of parellel midnight dimensions in 'The Bedroom Club III'. Like the prior two volumes which introduced us to early work from club mutants, D'eon, Pariah and patten, a.o., this edition rounds up established artists such as NTS' Throwing Shade with the noctilucent ambience of '38 000', or NPIP's own Jire with the screwed brain enema, 'Sout', alongside a handful of new acquaintances. Sim Hutchings crosses our radar for a 1st time with the depressed techno slug of 'I Will Unify The Hood Through My Vision', and, likewise S… Read more
The Funckarma brothers remerge at sharp electro/acid/IDM angles for native Dutch imprint, Shipwrec. Their first joint outing since 2012 tests out four signature dancefloor mutations: 'Reasch' cloaks quicksilver electro-acid with widescreen harmonic pads; 'TRrnt' dips on a sort of halfstep acid D&B flex; 'Spud Bencer' wrenches darkside synths into alien hip hop graffiti; 'Grone' tilts headlong between VSnares-style drum breaks and Autechrian synth shudder. Techy heads - chow down.