Monday, 18 October 2010
Justin Richardson aka Genotype/Just Jungle makes a welcome return to the fray with a new album of cold junglist futurism configured with old skool methods. Between the late '90s and early '00s he produced a string of underground heavy hitters for Renegade Hardware and Reinforced, but while much of the scene has moved into Techier Neurofunked territory, Justin has retained proper dub rooted principles. His aesthetic slots very neatly into Exit Reecords' sparse and dread filled vibe, between the noirish sci-fi strings and cyber-stepping flex of the title track, to the finely sculpted ultra… Read more
Finally landing! The DBridge, A Made Up Sound, Pangaea, and Instra:mental refits of Commix on Metalheadz. For anyone scouting the future of technoid dancefloor music this is surely one of the year's most crucial releases. On the first plate DBridge gives one of his tuffest transmissions in ages with the 'Belleview - Belle Reviewed' mix, next to an ultra-refined and swung techno gem from A Made Up Sound (aka 2562). On the second plate Pangaea makes a rare appearance, reworking 'How You Gonna Feel' with a lubricated dubstep… Read more
Stanislav Sevostyanikhin returns under his Kontext guise with four tracks of tightest dubtech minimalism on Immerse. These are his first Konext productions since the impressive 'Dissociate' album, continuing a trajectory into widescreen Dub techno and clipped, post-dubstep rhythm programming. 'No More Room In Hell' combines the luscious atmospheres of Pendle Coven or Bvdub with subtle glitching rhythms, while 'Daphnia Pulex' adds glassy electronic melodies and padded subs to the equation. Most interesting of all is 'Sattva', rolling raga drones into his morphing dub chords and cra… Read more
Original dubstep don Benny Ill and his current production partner J. King follow up last years Tempa 12" as Horsepower, 'Damn It', with two heavyweights for Deep Medi. 'Kosmic 78' is a tuff, driving cut swirling with heady dub FX and propelled by an almighty subbass with surging synthline power. On the flip 'Lithium Soldier' makes this plate, setting a swggaer flow with descending bass riffs and a tightly controlled martial bounce with Benny's trademark patina of exotic dread samples and dynamic dubbing. Pure ruffige!
K7 and the heads at Cool In The Pool look to the "Sounds From A New American Underground", compiling a timely selection of brilliant tracks from oOoOO, Balam Acab, Washed Out, Crystal Castles vs HEALTH, Animal Collective, Toro Y Moi and many more (18 tracks in total). Thinking abut it, it's a kinda obvious compilation to make, but surprisingly nobody has stepped forward to square these overlapping circles yet, so kudos where it's due! The tracks here fall into four hazily distinct camps; firstly the Tri Angle sound, cr… Read more
Chunky mutant electro-house rollers from Egyptrixx. The tribal march of 'Battle For North America' sounds like it'd be a lot of fun heard half-cut on a friday night, while 'Hexagon Ya' gets loose on a fluoro R&B rave tip for the wonky rollers. The rugged 'Phones' jacks on a snarling electro-house meets dubstep rave sound, and 'Drive U Crazy' reaches for the lasers with a blend of Funky drums and warped chrome synthlines with Deep House vocals. Mad.
Deeper blue shades of tech-house from Washington, DC's Benoit & Sergio, making their debut on Spectral backed with two techno remixes from Technasia. The tentative, noirish 'Midnight People' feels totally modern and just right for the more discerning tech-house floors, cooly taking 10 minutes to unfurl itself and get a feel for the room. Technasia's sensual remixes add a boost of energy with filtered percussion and heavier bass in the first dub, and spacious, haughty chords in the 2nd. Puckered.
Heavy Austrian dub mechanics from Group Niob aka Phlox conspirators Gerhard Potuznik and Martin Sovinz. These tracks are essentially an update of the incremental dub tech advances made by the Chain Reaction label many moons ago. 'Vector' finds its trajectory through massive metallic dub chord disturbances guided by swooping dub bass and crisp claps for skanky, perky house movements. 'Amber' goes deeper with subaquatic synthlines like T++'s 130bpm explorations, all underpinned with a growling sea monster bassline, and 'Tangent' ekes out another killer dubtech swimmers groove, all r… Read more
This full-length return from Nicholas Palmer' Directorsound begins with the lapping sounds of waves against a beach, played out as a natural rhythmic accompaniment to slippery Hawaiian guitars and kind of ornate chamber pop whimsy that permeates the entirety of 'Somewhen By The Sea / Balance The Balloon'. After this, Palmer seems to relocate from his beachside situ to the end of a pier somewhere, ploughing through the quirky and occasionally bedraggled multi-instrumental excursion 'Sirens In August/ My Shaggy Parasol / When The Sun Sets Over The Yard Arm'. Completing a triumvirat… Read more
Two tried and tested club tools from Denmark's Rune Riley Kölsch aka Tattoo Rec's Ink & Needle. Besides sharing his name with Köln's gorgeous local brew, Kölsch's 'Lorelei' rides a 4/4 schaeffel beat and frothy cascading synths, hence it's position at the front of Michael Mayer's record box this summer and a worthy release on Speicher. 'Silberpfeil' follows on the flipside with a steady building techno tool for the more refined 'floors. Currently played by M. Mayer, L. Garnier, Patrice baumel, Hot Chip and SMD, among others.
Naming your new band after one of Sonic Youth's best songs is a good start, and that's precisely what this Leeds-based band have done. Now they deliver their debut album for the This Is Music label, and it's a pleasingly shambling affair that presents a fairly unique brand of scrappily produced rustic dream-pop, with highlights such as the vaguely Beta Band-like 'What Shores' and the textural, C86-ish guitar onslaught of 'Damn Down'.
Raffertie inaugurates the Super label with four tracks of his mongrel rave sound. He's really steped his game up since we last heard him on the 'Pumpin Like Reeboks' EP, from the controlled yet bombastic thrust of 'Rank Functions', to the Kingdom-meets-Spatial kinda flex on 'His Counting House', and a technoid Joy Orbison or Duffsetp bounce on 'Horse Flesh'. Bringing up the rear, Ital Tek reworks 'Rank Functions' with slippery 2-step skip and embellished electronica elements. Heavy!
An unforgettable taste of Radioclit's infamous party sessions, in conjunction with the esteemed Crammed Discs label! 'African Dance Music Anthems' are those tracks which received the biggest reactions and the most plays at their Club Secousse sessions in London and Paris, crossing musical and metaphorical borders between Shangaan Electro, Angolan Kuduro, Congolese Soukous, Coupe Decale from Ivory Coast and all kinda Housed-up tribal styles. The selection is trustingly hand-picked by the pair, including West African classics such as Bab Lee… Read more
Charming four track mini-comp from Radioclit, the first in a new series for Mental Groove. 'Saga Africa' looks to that endlessly inspirational continent with freshest fusions from Lazy Flow, Myd, Douster and themselves, roving from the ruffled bounce of 'Afro Maniok', through their own Tropical House heater 'Tutule Dance', onto a Fidgety Funky worker from Myd, and Douster's dramatic 'King Of Africa'.
Six tracks recently included on Lee Jones' Watergate 07 mix CD. MyMy's Lee is involved with the majority of these cuts, from the very useful 'Basic Chord Tool' with Matthias Meyer, to the Arabesque cultural fusion of 'Kreuzberg 61', a dubby jaunt on 'Lullaby' with Daniel Dryer, and the excellent, Villalobos-esque 'Voice Scatter' with Patrice Baumel. On a more driving tip there's also Mark Henning's 'Gibson Said', and the deep Latin flow of 'The Blind Busker' from Alex James vs Alif Tree feat. Los Updates.
The second release from Tel Aviv's False Industries imprint features three new tracks from Frank Bretschneier aka Komet, backed with remixes from Donnacha Costello, Tramway V, Diebs for Kane, Yair Etziony and Logreybeam. Bretschneider's original tracks are his first to use the Komet tag in a long while, concerned with more groovesome House and Techno templates than the clinical glitch-hop of his recent Raster Noton produce. 'P.S.T' in particular is quite removed from what we're used to hearing from him, primed for cooled-out dancefloors with rich, supple bass and … Read more
Really strong reworks of Anthony Collins by Nina Kraviz and Los Updates for Curle's bijou Métisse sub label, limited to 300 yellow vinyls! Nina's version of 'Another Lonely Night' is quite the winner, built with slinky jacking '80s drums and her characteristic quirks. On the flip, Ricardo Villalobos's regular spar, Jorge Gonzales aka Los Updates gives another very solid remix. Check this!
Third release from this charming boutique imprint, including a dubbed out Quantec remix. WNCL's original 'Mrs Fingers' pays tribute to the smooth depths of Larry Heard inna dubstep style, melting lush, swirling chords over a loping halfstep riddim. The Quantec version drops the pace and tucks the groove into a more sluggish swing while the chorts dart across the stereo field in lucid dub patterns.
Motorik 21st Century-Electronic-Krautrock from Borngraber & Struver, the latest in a line of essential releases from M=Minimal. With 'In G' they've reduced the linear essence of records from Neu and Conrad Schnitzler into a modern day equivalent, concentrating on subtle, hypnotic tonal shifts and slowly evolving patterns over thumping systolic kicks in 'Part I', and entering more esoteric, beatless territory in 'Part II' with arcing guitars and hard-filtered strings, gradually introducing leaden kicks on the halfbeat. What sets this apart from so much of the modern day "Polaroid" kosmiche… Read more
This new album from Italian post-rockers GIardini Di Miro is a compilation of soundtrack music devised for Giovanni Pastrone's silent film Il Fuoco (translated as "The Fire"), released in 1915. The project began life as a one-off, live-soundtracking performance held at Turin's Museo Nazionale Del Cinema, but thankfully the band decided to immortalise their efforts on record, leading to the release of what has to be amongst Giardini DI Miro's most immediately affecting and sonically intoxicating releases so far. The string parts are overwhelmingly lovely through 'La Favilla XX' and La … Read more
New to Morr Music offshoot A Number Of Small Things, here's a single from Icelandic twin sisters Jófríður and Ásthildur. It might be the most nerve-shreddingly cutesy and twee thing you've ever heard in your life, so consider yourselves warned. Apparently this duo even went so far as to title their first gig "The Friendly Concert". If by that account you're expecting to hear homely, unassuming acoustic folk-pop with more than its fair share of glockenspiel content... you'd be quite right.
Kompakt's new darlings, Walls aka Allez-Allez's Sam Willis, and Alessio Natalizia, hand 'Gaberdine' from their s/t album to Infant, Nathan Fake and Radiant Dragon for a sophisticated remix session. Infant's version stealthily grows from ambient beginnings to become a euphoric surge of Animal Collective-esque NRG, while Nathan Fake gives a beautiful, beatless kosmiche mix and a heady, tranced-out peaktime version. Radiant Dragon's mix is more psyched out, hinting at the likes of The Field and Panda Bear with an organically swelling and blissed revision.
Discovered and subsequently co-produced by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, Twin Shadow is the recording alias of George Lewis Jr. whose brand of '80s inspired pop music somehow finds its very own special niche in a musical marketplace already saturated with sounds that, on paper at least, meet that description. As bedroom-crafted pop music goes, Lewis' achievements are mightily impressive, and Forget is loaded with intelligent, hook-filled pop songs that feel far bigger than their humble origins would suggest. Perhaps like a more concise and generally more effective counterpart to Violens' rec… Read more
Yet another fine Explorer's Club entry, volume 10 begins with solo artist Klima (known for her material on Peacefrog) taking on a Piano Magic cover - which makes perfect sense given her close association with the band. 'A Trick Of The Sea' is a plaintive maritime ballad, weaving magic from some ethereally arranged vocals, nylon strung guitar and a touch of piano and woodwind towards the end. Similarly lovely is the folky acoustic drone piece 'Bones' by Andy Nice and Isnaj Dui, combining bowed strings with a kind of dusty ambience to marvell… Read more
Oh yeeah! Ariel Pink serves a brilliant version of Madonna's debut single 'Everybody'! To be honest, it sounds like he's singing a duet with a youtube video, but we're definitely not holding it against him. TOP!
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Originally released by Sahko in 1995 only to be reissued by Warp in 1999, Europa was Finnish freak-funk maestro Jimi Tenor's sixth album (though only his second as a solo artist), now arriving in digital formats for your listening convenience. The album is a great entry point into the lounge-tronic, sci-fi jazz universe of this artist and certainly represents another welcome reissue from the Sahko camp.
Raudive (aka Oliver Ho), Jonas Kopp, Stefny & Pheek, and Datasoul remix tracks from Niederflur's 'Bipolar' album. With some pristine source material, Raudive turns 'Normalnull' into a rolling bass-driven tech-house cut, while rising star, Jonas Kopp, offers a more kinetic remix of 'Mimesis' full of hard-filtered and bouncing toms. Stefny & Pheek follow with a trippier, rolling remix of 'Normalnull' and Datasoul remakes 'Polsequenz' as a fluid aquajacker nodding to the crafty dynamcs of Tobias.
Prime 2010 Jacker from Darling Farah, backed with very useful remixes from Funkineven, Clara Moto, and Christian Martin. The chunky, sub-driven vibes of Darling's original will go down verywell at all points ont he Berlin-London axis, while Funkineven's remix gives a more classic Chicago Jack feel with hard-tweaking 303 and proper crispy box beats. Infiné's Clara Moto follows with a relatively reserved and cleanly minimal version, next to a scuzzy Tech-House killer from Dirtybird's Christian Martin, compatible with the more rolling end of the DVA or Night Slugs sounds.