Monday, 18 May
"It was only a matter of time before the prolific electro stalwart Scape One aka Kurt Baggaley made an appearance on CPU. Scape One's penchant for Sci-Fi is reflected in Recombination; an electronic adventure through space time, stopping briefly for an atomic war. Kurt's vast experience and collection of analogue synthesizers can be heard to full effect with crushing bass, bubbling leads and arpeggiated sweeps throughout. Strong artistic influences on the EP from John Foxx, Vangelis to Autechre (Incunabula-esque)."
Disco-readied remix of the DFA duo, ramped with super wobbly, Black Devil Disco Club-style Moog bass.
Brooding dubstep/bass mutations from the Tempa regular. Four tracks stretch out between Reese-loaded darkside 2-step, Burial style, with 'Closed Doors', to woodblock built steppers' house in 'Empty Room', and over into bellicose grime with '99' Aachen' featuring 9ER, and clocking out with a canny tribal house swagger in 'Voodoo Native'.
The G's strike from grime's dancefloor darkside. Armed to the teef with steel-plated riddims, from the jawside Bassline-techno warp of 'Levels' to brassy war tune, 'Bang Boy' feat. Brakeman and Chronik, the squealing pressure of 'Murkin Yearly' and the Zomby-like shockout, 'Soundboi Killa', plus a 2015 revamp of the anthemic 'Frontline', with Tubby and D Double E joined by OG NG, Monkstar. Not messing about.
Restless Cómeme dancefloor bod, Matias Aguayo on his 3rd round of 'El Rudo Del House'. Nowt but drums, vocal stabs and bum bum vibes for the DJs and dancers, cantering out with the kinky 'El Grubb' and mirroring current Lisbon sounds with the dipping syncopations of 'Ven Aqui Que Te Destapo'. Not for prudes, 'Chup Chup' peppers a ruddy sorta EBM banger with orgiastic samples, precipitating the tracky 4/4 groove gush of 'El Volcanico'.
*Løt.te are back for banging 2nds on The Bunker NYC* "True to its name, "History of Discipline" is the darker track here. Built on a foundation of heavy, swinging kick drums and shuffling hi-hats, the track builds to an enormous climax before winding down into a rattle of metallic percussion. "A Mutable Constant" is more ambiguous, featuring a rubbery bassline and steadily-building background percussion - until a moody, longing synthesizer pad begins to take center stage. "I don't honestly know where the emotion in 'A Mutable Constant' came from. That wasn't the plan when I started… Read more
Lockjaw on a tear-out neo-D&B lash for Dispatch Recordings' Limited series, 10" dubplate style. Like the sprightly yunger sibling of Rockwell and Current Value, both sides fashion ripping synth dynamics, bleak drops and razor-edged beats for the headstrong.
Trio of tender ambient house tones from the Welsh producer, Leif Knowles, for Bristol's Idle Hands. 'Life Through Analogies' burns gently with dusted breaks and breezy, open atmospheres perfused with duppy voices and glowing chords, setting a vibe that carries thru the dancing dust mites and filtered soul samples of 'My Heart Stopped Beating' to the low key and slompy shuffle of 'Salix'.
Floaty-but-driving deep house styles. B-tracks' John Barera reprises his duo with Will Martin for Argot after a Dolly outing in 2014, sustaining vintage-sounding grooves between '1,2,3 (feel Right)', the uptempo Detroit shimmy of 'High Tide', and the latinate weave of 'Spin Cycle'.
'Antigravity' is a sui generis invocation of the rarest, compelling order coaxed from the French avant-garde by Blackest Ever Black. Around the locus of cult trumpeter Jac Berrocal - who famously appeared in the NWW list and collaborated with Steven Stapleton - David Fenech and Vincent Epplay unfold a deliciously psychedelic mystery steeped in the esoteric traditions of musique concrète, dub and jazz, and played with a DIY post-punk freedom. Whilst best heard deep in the night with lights low and something burning, ironically enough, it's gotta be the most co… Read more
Extended dub-techno and dub-house trips compatible with your Echospace and Deepchord excursions.
The Belgian producers kicks up a quartet of techno-house ravers for Berlin's Valence label in the wake of aces for Innervisions and Turbo. At best in the mesmerising, industrialised pressure of 'Interception' and a brooding dark house scudder called 'Migration'.
Gerry Read and Kevin McPhee meet again with the metallic techno twang and swinging house of 'FRUMMPPP', following their 2011 hook-up, 'Demolition Man'. The original version is a bare bones jack track irradiated with waves of metallic synth to send the club spinning; the remix brings out the drums for a skippier, bucking house take on the same base elements.
The beguiling man-not-machine band, Elektro Guzzi deliver almost unfeasibly linear, precisely metronomic grooves made entirely on live instrumentation. In case you're not au fait, the trio of Bernhard Breuer, Bernhard Hammer, and Jakob Schneidewind have released three perception-defying albums on Berlin's techno-focussed Macro label before this one, honing a style of motorik groove played entirely in real-time without a computer in sight. For this tape they contribute two lengthy, rolling compositions. 'Circle One' is 28 minutes of strident, swinging dub techno-like flux expertly mi… Read more
Mike Paradinas sticks his butterfly net back in the murky space between Ekoplekz' ears for a diverse follow-up to 'Unfidelity'. Spawned from the same sessions at its predecessor, 'Four Track Mind' is not so much the offcuts, as the bits that were too dark, detached, for the psychedelic swirl of 'Unfidelity'. There's eleven of 'em, making for one of Nick Edwards' moodiest collections, all hingeing on silty rhythmic currents filter-clogged traces of melody fanning out from the Skaters meets Goblin on 'Ariel Grey' to faded Wolgang Voigt styles of 'Interstice' and 'Death Watch', thru the Ra… Read more
Doc Scott's lush, jazzy, soulful Metalheadz number from '94. But where's the B-side 'It's Yours'?!
For the first time, Dillinja's definitive classic EP officially available on digital format. And good timing too with price of the original vinyl climbing all the time. Of course, you really can't beat the OG wax, but this is the sh*t that needs to be shared, in good quality, with new generations, from the Bladerunner-sampling burial tune, 'The Angels Fell' to the inimitable twyst of 'Ja Know Ya Big' and 'Brutal Bass'. A pinnacle of the artform known as jungle.
A new duo to L.A.'s Time No Place present expansive, melancholy R&B/electronica flights. Picking up where Tri Angle left off a few years ago, they boost the styles of Holy Other or Evian Christ into orbit with radiant webs of reverb and delay applied to brooding, blue-eyed soul vocals and crafty slow-fast beat tricks at best in 'driving Blind' and the head-down roll of 'Relapse'.
Cloaka proves some technoid chops with the hard-swung 'Lessun' backed by stripped and clattering remixes from Viers, Ansome and Bleaker. The original mix finds a line between classic electro-techno and up-to-the-second club construction styles with chunky drums and luminous bleeps sharing certain traits with the clunq funq of Ansome's blocky re-bang. On a techno tip, Bleaker squares up a slick 4/4 peppered with B-More bed-spring squeaks and canny edits and Viers locks down to a tunnelling trajectory with raw, salty drums.
2nd of two tracky techno tool packs by Dario Tronchin a.k.a. Chevel. A-side dispenses bleep minimalism ('Detrimental') and blank-eyed kick drum patterns ('Summer'); B-side comes a bit craftier with slippery blips and pacey kicks ('2020') and a latinate industrial ruckus ('Nofilt').
Ostgut Ton serve the 2nd of two exclusive collections spawned from Function's Berghain 07 mix. Cassegrain and Tin Man cut first with sub-aquatic acid stride of 'Oxide', and Ed Davenport's Inland coolly conserves energy with the effortless acid techno charge of 'Sca Fell'. On the other side, DVS1 rolls out the tensile dub techno of 'Electric', and Steve Bicknell sounds more like we remember him with the modular lashes and driving force of 'Odyssey #2' (the first being found on the other plate).
Patten's Kaleidoscope twists back into/out of focus with the first issue in his 50/50 series. Manchester's Aldous RH (f.k.a. Egyptian Hip Hop) indulges a sanguine side of yacht-rock pop vignettes nodding to Todd Rundgren and highly compatible with early Hype Williams, sweetly defined by his sugary croon, gauzily off-kilter synth harmonies and wistful pallor.
Tight-ass acid trax from the Dutch studio meister, backed with sharp remixes by LA-4A and Vin Sol. Tyrell's originals put the 303 through its paces in two versions, a sparse and hypnotic 'Acid 7' backed with a stickier, electroid La-4A remix, and the crunchy bang of 'Acid 3', given a percolating Dance Mania-style rework by Vin Sol.
Synth-led big room techno trax by Alan Fitzpatrick for Scuba's Hotflush, tooled with a brukken Auden remix. 'Falling Down' is a lip-smacking 4am burner twirling massive shiny arpeggios and booming kicks, while 'Vanishing' eases off with a shifty dub-techno stride. On remix duties, Auden opens up 'Falling Down' with electro breaks and sweeter pads around the central synth motif.
Thursday, 14 May
**Wraparound artwork. Edition of 300. Massively recommended if you’re into Arca, TCF, Lotic, Total Freedom** We're over the moon to present the vinyl debut of Elysia Crampton with 'Moth / Lake' thru Boomkat Editions. Formerly known by the moniker, E + E, this single marks the first chapter of her Shenandoah series, "a concept work that explores Virginian American history and brownness beyond culture, as geology - as mud, dirt, and mineral." Breaking with the artist's highly influential and formerly sample-rich arrangements, the material on both sides is entirely, uniquely original. With th… Read more
*Ships Friday* *Includes download code* Holly Herndon presents an incisive 3rd album of dance-pop deconstruction couched in heavy concepts relating to contemporary hyperreality for 4AD. Flanked by fellow modern artists such as Amnesia Scanner, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Spencer Longo and Mat Dryhurst, the Tennessee-raised, Berlin-skooled and San Francisco-based doctorate student has realised her most vivid, elaborate treatise on the surveillance state, systemic inequality and electronic fantasy with 'Platform'. Catalysed by the intention to create a new music which better represents our now non-… Read more
*New from Root Strata - a huge recommendation if you're into Pye Corner Audio, John Carpenter or early Depeche Mode* Perfectly realised homage to OG '80s VHS library music from Jared Blum as VisionHeat. Root Strata had the pleasure of picking out 19 pieces for 'The Chosen Themes - Program I', ranging from hi-NRG adrenalizers to ominous 'ludes and swanky electro-disco showcasing Blum's remarkable breadth of styles and a carefully assembled aesthetic wisely nodding to the likes of Carpenter/Howarth, Goblin's Claudio Simonetti, Klaus Schulze, Harold Faltemeyer and those other gu… Read more
**Extremely limited remastered vinyl reissue of the much sought after Swans debut EP. Originally released on Labor Records in 1982. Includes 12" x 12" lyric sheet insert** Bit of a must have, this: Swans debut record, originally issued on Labor Records in 1982, now reissued in conjunction with Mute a generation later. Sonically located at some distance from their current praxis, Swans self-titled maiden zinger emerged as one of the leanest, meanest from the early '80s No wave milieu, resetting rock music with a rude ounce of bounce in the trunk backed by a probing feel for the textures and dynamics o… Read more
'Antigravity' is a sui generis invocation of the rarest, compelling order coaxed from the French avant-garde by Blackest Ever Black. Around the locus of cult trumpeter Jac Berrocal - who famously appeared in the NWW list and collaborated with Steven Stapleton - David Fenech and Vincent Epplay unfold a deliciously psychedelic mystery steeped in the esoteric traditions of musique concrète, dub and jazz, and played with a DIY post-punk freedom. Whilst best heard deep in the night with lights low and something burning, ironically enough, it's gotta be the most colour… Read more