Monday, 13 December 2010
When Spectral Sound do compilations they don't f**k about. Collecting one track from each of their last 50 releases SPC-51 through SPC-99, Vol.3 includes multiple tracks from each of the labels core members, concluding with an original future classic by James T. Cotton 'Blast Reed'. HUGE!
Immerse present the latest dancefloor experiments from Brendon Moeller and Shegeru Tanabu aka Manaboo. Both tracks slot firmly into the post-dubstep/future garage canon, with the simmering, tranced-out chord progressions and clipped 2-step swivel of 'Delinquent' on the A-side and the flickering syncopation and upbuilding vibes of 'SB Massive' landing on the flip.
Healthy eight-track Ghettophiles comp with some right-cheeky jukers from Arpebu, Traxman, and DJ Clent, Rashad, Spinn, Clent and Tre. Centre of the circle is Arpebu's Beethoven-sampling 'Munsta From Kavain Space', next to Tre's tense slowfast killer 'No Mo Playin' and a gorgeous deep yet propulsive moment on DJ Manny's 'Chase'. Also, if you're on this thing make sure to check Clent's weirdly blunted sci-fi jitters in 'Next Shit' and Traxman's bloopy 'WTF?', which sounds liek the closest you'll get to Jamal Moss doing juke. Sheeeet, imagine that?!
Come New Year’s Eve we all decide we’re Scottish, don’t we? Auld Lang Syne, Robert Burns, Haggis – it all comes out when the bubbly’s flowing and Jools Holland is boogie-woogieing his way through some Hootenanny or other. It seems appropriate then that Glasgow folk-rockers Trembling Bells should find it in their souls to offer us an alternative anthem to that inevitable New-Year's let-down. ‘New Year’s Eve The Loneliest Night Of The Year’ is exactly as you’d think, a melancholy dirge with the mighty talented Will Oldh… Read more
LOL is bold move for Non Plus, introducing the debut single from three friends Jamie, Maggie and Katie. Sharing "a common denominator with London's night-time economy" the trio have all been involved with the capital's D&B scene in some way or another but the LOL sound is more concerned with fusing elements of shoegaze pop and cybernetic R&B. This streamlined digital sampler contains the bewitching 'Squeeze Me', bearing no small resemblance to Salem in the heavily reverbed female vocals and megatonne guitar blasts while the dynamic and dreamily filtered halfstep lurch keeps them firmly UK-ba… Read more
Lo Recordings and LOAF team up for this collection of off-cuts, remixes and B-sides that most people missed over the course of 2010. Fear of a Tidy Mind’ is a comprehensive if knowingly messy cache of hiccupping electronic curiosities. The finest moments come from Oneohtrix Point Never who bumps away at his patented 80s movie title synth-bliss with ‘Astral Project TINA’, and from Specials drummer Jerry Dammers who contributes (oddly enough) a four-minute creep-out synth drone piece that would defy easy identification. However the clear standout for me… Read more
Juke up, eight fresh, R&B-heavy bangers backed with infectious instrumentals. 'In The Middle' pops off pneumatic bass and sing-a-long lyrics. 'Waiting For You' feels the soul burn with near-gospel style vocals and double-dipped kicks. 'Juke Me From The Back Low' goes into more hypnotic, locked-in programming and 'Tip Toe' is a quickstepping, ruff and ready banger.
Lean and deadly ruff house rinsers from the motley crew of Martelo vs Canblaster, Dubbel Dutch, Seiji and Savage Skulls & French Fries. There's some dancefloor heat right here, from the doomy crunk meets crooked House flex of 'Cannibal' to the swooping subs and twysted Bubblin' dip of 'Marawa'. The ever-ready Dubbel Dutch unit drives out the teasin' bleep 'n bounce of 'Dead Pool' and the revitalised Seiji goes in all frisky with 'Buzcut' made for those who require some space on the 'floor. Total winners for the Night Slugs lovers and up-to-the-minute ravers!
Chicago's Gatekeeper follow last year's debut with a brilliant, and far more substantial, EP for Merok (home to releases from Kingdom, Salem, Teengirl Fantasy). If you've not checked their first 12" or awesome Fact mix, you really should sort it out. 'Giza' expands their style over six tracks, blending traces of Italo, Industrial EBM, and early Chicago house with VHS sci-fi soundtrack signatures and arcade game music. They've got a close contemporary ally for this sound in HIT's White Car and to a certain extent Skam's VHS Head, but Gatekeeper's tracks have an innate cinematic narrative that's qu… Read more
LD releases are few and far between and all the better for it. His third 12" of 2010 drops on Hatcha and N-Type's Sin City label, loaded with two heavily contrasting sides. 'Ghost Story' is uncharacteristically moody and dread infused, the kind of optimised halfstep banger you could imagine the label heads playing out. 'Hard Skank' is another case entirely, rompin' into the kind of irresistably tuff swingers groove he's known for, and not holding back on lashings of extra hot synth sauce.
Daaamn hot R&B refits from Chicago don DJ Slugo and his buddy Reese G! The formula is simple but oh so effective, from the blazing soul control of 'Body' and its pumping kick/clap combo, to the uptempo, piano-heavy Juke of 'Crazy In Love' and the gangsta funk of 'Get You Sprung'. Go git some. "Ain't nobody know where my nose gonna go...".
Four classic Shake tracks included as part of Rush Hour's massive Anthony Shakir retrospective. From the the disco-chopped heavy-house of 'Happy To Be Here', to the psychedelic 313 groove of 'Breathe Deeper', the unclassifiably ace 'March Into Darkness' and the advanced jit-cut 'Electron Rider', this is some seriously special Detroit substance.
If you’ve heard of Felix Kubin before, you’ll likely think you have some idea of how ‘Echohaus’ is going to sound. Well forget what you know, you’re wrong – Kubin’s well-worn Sci-Fi pop stylings are entirely erased on ‘Echohaus’ as he rebuilds people’s preconceptions from the ground up. He may have just scored a long-deserved Wire cover, but Kubin is not content to simply rest on his laurels, and although ‘Echohaus’, a collaboration with contemporary chamber group Ensemble Integrales, might not be what you expect, it’s exactly what you want, you just don’t know it yet. Th… Read more
I must say I was surprised when I realized that ‘Elmsfeur’ was on the legendary Finnish Sahko imprint as the album springs to life in a flurry of Lynchian drums, double bass and piano. This was a country mile from the cold, haunted analogue experimentations of Pan Sonic, but the more I listened the more it began to make perfect sense. I could almost imagine waking up in a sleepy North Western American hotel room and this record being piped through a dusty home audio system in the distance, and that’s hardly something you could say about most Sahko releases. On ‘Elmsfeur’ Bastian Wegner h… Read more
*Amazing album of distorted shoegaze treatments and darkside drones from a member of Hush Arbors. Massive recommendation for fans of Altar Eagle and My Bloody Valentine* As the snow creeps over our green and pleasant land there could be little better than some seasonal drone music to ring around us as we settle in and batten down the hatches. From their name, you would expect Winter Drones to be able to deliver this kind of material in spades, but this London-based band has more under the hood than just a few sustained tones here and there. In fact one of the first comparisons t… Read more
Rush Hour serve the cream of their crop for 2010 in one helpful serving. Both their vital reissue scheme and on-point original release schedule are represented with essentials from Shake, Kyle Hall, Urban Tribe, Aardvarck, Falty DL, Daniel Wang, Rob Hood, Mrsk, Boo Williams and more, 20 in total. Our personal highlights have to be Cosmin TRG's 'Groove Control', Mrsk's soulful dub-techno swinger 'Close To Me', the heroic electro-funk of Mandré's 'M3000 (opus Vi)' or Kyle Hall's filtered-to-f**k 'After Fall', but seriously there's too much to choose from. A big look from one of the most reliable House labels around!
Debut solo release business from Bad Autopsy, adding his quirky-but-rugged Funky style to Ramp. The keen-eared among you may have copped his swish R&B refit on the Ca$h Antic$ 2 12" last week, but don't worry if you didn't, because these tracks are better. 'Rot Pot' starts up with double vision-inducing, dissonant synth riffs and crisply clipped Funky drums, while 'Gin Mixer' locks hard into a bristling R&B/Funky fusion with ace, cut-up, late '80s synth samples. Call Back' on the flip has gotta be the one though, sounding like the evil weirdo cousin to Deadboy's sentimental Garage/Funky archetype. Top 12", well recommended!
Deadly electro hook up from DJ Overdose and DJ Technician, now available as a digital download for the first time. Features four tracks of the fattest 808 obsessions inna Miami style. Killer!
Rugged warehouse Techno killer from NYC's Derek Plaslaiko backed with remixes from Jonas Kopp and Samuli Kemppi. Perc Trax have been one of the year's most consistently heavy Techno labels and this EP is as good as you'll hear from them. 'Raw Jam' kicks it NYC style with kinky cowbells before the pivotal darkside bassline cruises in and we're gone. His Herman Hesse-referencing 'The Glass Bead Game' is a trippier groover, built with a dynamic, 'floor infecting lead synth and laidback jack patterns. If you like it tougher go to Jonas Kopp's kickin' revision of 'Raw Jam' while Samuli Kemppi adds more spacious reverbs to 'The Glass Bead Game'.
Preceding Tom Trago's new album due in early 2011, 'Dam-based producer FS Green cuts his teeth with two superbly diverse remixes of 'Voyage Direct' trax. His mix of 'Lost In The Streets Of NYC' is highly impressive, finding his groove between low-mo boogie ecstasy and uptempo booty jackin', while the downlow and woozy version of 'Voyage Direct' could easily have come from the Beat Dimension series. Check deez!
As the year draws to a close it becomes time for those beloved lists and compilations to start appearing in a heady deluge. The Tirk label are now on their 65th release, and as usual collect the yearly goings on with an annual (remember anuals? Those were great) for the lazier music fans out there. A collection of disco, psych-rock and funk from the past and present, this should appeal to anyone with a nose for retro futurism. Highlights come in the shape of Son of Sound’s gorgeously melancholic almost Roule-esque ‘Life Under Bridges’ and Time and Space Machine’s echoing psych jam ‘Set Phazer… Read more
The second single to be culled from the ‘Transit Transit’ LP, stand-out track ‘The Bouncing Wall’ is pitted against ‘Census’, a lower key highlight from the record. Autolux have always been a reliable band, and despite the two tracks being killer examples of the Sonic Youth levels of melancholy intensity the band are capable of, it’s in the quirky B-Sides that they really shine. Along with a sort of ‘Vanishing Point’-era Primal Scream remix of ‘Kissproof’ from Bobby Evans, the band shows their love of electronic music with the track ‘Black Leaves’, which greets us with syncopated blasts of distortion before building into a dusty 4/4 shuffle. Well good.
Bit of a Bunker classic, this, now available to download for the first time. Seven tracks of fierce, robotic Miami electro from The Hague's notorious DJ Technician.
First digital issue of some real raw 808 and synth trax originally released on Bunker back in 2001. We should direct your attentions to the cheeky percolations of 'Italotrack' and the boogie spiced 'Wake Up'. Fans of Legowelt or Dynamo Dreesen should check.
Superb comeback from Clone's out-of-action Dub sublabel, presenting the debut from young Dutch producer Astroposer. 'Meet My Brother' clearly recalls the advanced, bit-crushed electronic hiphop of Funckarma, EOG and Machinedrum, which is no coincidence because Astroposer was directly inspired by those records from his older brother's collection. Carefully avoiding any sentimental remakes, these six tracks are like a more 'lectronic adjunct to the Beat Dimensions series, still HipHop at heart, but very forward thinking. Hand-stamped copies, with free download code redeemable from the label. Tipped for fans of classic Skam and IDM/Hiphop!
Dirty raw Chi-town-inspired House from Legowelt aka Salamandos! This is the first time these tracks have been available for digital download, making the likes of 'Jack That Dick', the red-light acid of 'World Of Salamandos' and the porno-perk of 'Kick Out The Jocks' available to greasy jack-offs the world over.
Quirky one this – LOAF have taken the skewed electro-pop joint ‘Infinite Capacity’ from Ben Butler & Mousepad, and farmed it out to a bunch of very able remixers. The track sounded bonkers to begin with, and with the help of Fulgeance and Dam Mantle it’s taken into glorious realms of peculiarity. Fulgeance takes the chop-chop haphazardness of the original and slows things down to a witch-housey crawl before adding a shaken 4/4 and some hypercolour synth action. Dam Mantle goes to the other extreme, accentuating the hyperacti… Read more