Monday, 29 November 2010
Featuring the first entirely new compositions from Rothko since 2007's Eleven Stages Of Intervention (released via Bip_H0p), this EP was recorded over two weekends late last year. Given that there's a full-length in the pipeline (due towards the end of this year) these five pieces might give some indication of where the band are headed. 'Sunset' immediately inspires thanks to its combination of classic Rothko bass sculpting and urgent, motoring tom rhythms. From here onwards there's plenty more to get wrapped up in too, with 'Broken Sleep' serving up a more dismantled, beautifully amb… Read more
Souleance is the funked-up French alliance of Fulgeance and DJ Soulist, hitting a groove of crafty boogie, disco and funk cut-ups. To be honest we've never heard Soulist before, but we can clearly discern Fulgeance's fancy edit skills at work here, from the subtly-spliced Gainbourg-esque Funk groove of 'Amourette', into a killer Brazillian Bossa-chopped 'Passarinho' and the sly swivel of Automatico'. On the other side 'Soupape' flips into filtered electro-boogie mode, followed by the smartly vintage-sounding 'Croque Madame' and the wonky HipHop chops of 'La Romance'.
From the same folks who released the remixes of Vex'd, comes the debut from Mercury Quartet including remixes from Gabriel Porkofiev, Yesking, Paul Conboy (Corker/Conboy), Monsieur Morphée and more. The award-winning quartet comprises four rising stars of the UK's contemporary music scene: Vlad Maistorovici (violin/viola), Corentin Chassard (cello), Harry Cameron-Penny (clarinets) and Antonie Francoise (piano/sax) treading the fine line between improv and composed music with a repetoire of classic works, unknown masterpieces and live-composed music.
Roman Flügel returns to the floor with a clutch of new cuts for Running Back. 'La Paloma' showcases his signature feel for trippily micro-organic House with tidy trickling synths and perpetual Techno motions, watch out for the superb breakdown too! 'Sa Caleta' follows into a deeply hypnotic Disco workout, kinda like a less choppy Soundstream, and 'Lucy' strikes classic US Garage terrain. Slipping into somethign a little slinkier, '123BPM' rounds up killer tribal percussion into a dubby and seriously infectious shimmy. Recommended to the more discerning House heads!
"Dead Meat have the heft of killdozer, the grit of Scratch Acid, the swampland shudder of Scientists, and the dead-eyed stare of Joy Division all bonded together by some p*ss & vinegar and delivered concisely. That's what Dead Meat offer to those bored to death by Indie Rock anemia."
Richly atmospheric and open-minded Black Metal from the unique Wrnlrd. Expect unsetting subbass harmonics and free jazz bleats woven into the tarry mass of 'Grave Dwser', straight-ahead hairyness on 'Midnight Ride' and an awesomely dissonant and detuned solo piano performance in 'Luster', leading to the final procession of droning accordion and towering, twiddly riffage in 'Death Drive'. Impressive, if the mood takes you.
One of the strongest Ingredients releases to date, featuring two tracks of strongback hardstep from Jubei and Pessimist. On the A-side metalheadz producer Jubei sets up his first ever remix, a rework of Skeptical's 'Cold One' executed with exacting production values for seriously tuff effect. Pessimist gives his debut track on the flip,with the Ed Rush-alike 'Zulu' for the dancefloor warriors. Big with Godlie, dBridge, Friction, Flight, Rockwell +++
As the quality of imported drugs continues to rise during the global recession, it's possibly no wonder that Laid Back have updated their staple anthem 'White Horse' for the Neo-Disco masses. 'Cocaine Cool' is essentially 'White Horse Part.2', tweaking 30 year old tapes from the original session and adding some sorta half-rapped/spoken lyrics from Arthur Stander. As the duo stated "In 1985, an earlier version was included on the album "Play It Straight" as "CC Cool", but now here in 2010, we feel the lyrics have finally found their right groove..." Ching-a-ling.
Entirely endearing, downbeat Japanese pop-tronica from Miko, following the tiny waves made by her Plop release. 'Chandelier' is as gorgeously cottony and sweet as anything we've heard from her yet, drifting between folksy Boats-esque ditties like 'New Town', replete with melodica and twinkling keys, to the hushed bliss of 'Kikoeru', and floating dreampop of 'Cherries'. Lovely.
Troy Pierce, Ed Davenport, and Terence Fixmer line up to remix tracks from Niederflur's 'Bipola' album. Mr Pierce does his groovy post-punk mnmlist thing to 'Prisma' while Ed Davenport reworks 'Exil' with a muscular Techno shimmy. Terence Fixmer provides sweetened deep techno and bleepy, droning, EBM versions.
Warped, downbeat electronic HipHop from Planes. 'Skeleton Key' finds itd form out of a dense brew of elastic, wormy bass and dissonant synth keys, while 'Sole Intention' is a far more elegant, glitch-driven groove with jazzy flourishes and 'Deep Seas' winks to 'Confield' era Ae. Recommended.
Awesome, arctic electropop soul edited by Finnish dancefloor veteran Jori Hulkkonen. 'Remains Of Love' was just one of many highlights from Villa Nah's debut album, whose tracks have already been syndicated to the likes of US emo-teen TV series 90210. With Jori on board 'Remains Of Love' couldn't be much tighter, straddling the finest line between Depeche Mode and A-HA with considerable skill. TIP!
Exquisite electro-pop jewels from Villa Nah and Au Revoir Simone. The Villa Nah remix of 'Tell Me' rightly takes precedence here, providing further proof, if their stunning 'Origin' wasn't enough, that they have some serious pop skills. It's hard to place a finger on it, but they've made the girls sound like 60's bubblegum pop heroes only with an electro backbeat nodding to Suicide style Rockabilly, and yet with traces of European synth baroque a la Cluster. I can guarantee, we'll be coming back to this for time. Au Revoir Simone's original on the flip is equally … Read more
Modeselektor proudly present volume 1 of their Modeselektion series, featuring 18 exclusive, previously unreleased and cherry-picked bombs from Mala, Marcel Dettmann, Ramadanman, Shed, Ikonika, Bok Bok, Cylob, eLan, and more. With this series the notorious party boys draw an axis between shared techno-disco-BASS sounds of London and Berlin, reflecting the technicolour scope and diversity of their eponymous parties. In among the mass of kinetic fusions certain cuts just stand out from an already impressive crowd. Bok Bok's 'Say Stupid Things' is one of the best he's ever … Read more
Frank Martiniq and Aleph Records' Aera ease us in and out of the night with two deep and mnml burners for Curle. 'Golden Dusk' stealthily creeps in with layers of opulent strings and a warmly padded bassline hinting at C2 styles, whereas 'Golden Dawn' relieves the tension with softly blurred electronics and subtle, tribal-shuffling rhythms. Lovely.
Frank Martiniq joins the deep and mnml disco party with two fine tracks for Rotary Cocktail. 'Nights In Black Satin' conjures a squashed and sultry groove rolling with plump bass and slivers of scene-setting strings, while 'Get Back' leans into a more open-ended disco form with oodles of wibbly acid-dub sounds.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
In UK club music 2010 was the year of the Night Slugs. To celebrate this fact, they round up 13 prime cuts for their 1st CD release, including exclusives and VIP versions from their top boys and showcasing the most virile memes of Teched-out Funky, Jacked-up R&B and Electroid Bass music. On an upfront and exclusive tip, there's a ramped-up VIP mix of Mosca's awesome 'Square One', next to Jam City's all-new and stupidly effective 'Arpjam' plus the shocking force of an L-Vis 1990 & T. Williams hookup entitled 'Stand Up', all created especially for this comp. You may also… Read more
Autonomic's exceptional taste for the techiest riddims around finds Distance killing it on their latest plate. While his tracks are always built to the most exacting specs, we've always been after more than the halfstep thing from Distance, which is why these two productions are such a blessing. 'Skys Alight' ups his game with the craftiest swagger imaginable, setting proper tech-stepper patterns and highly affecting bursts of Autonomic-standard synths. On the flip '1 Regret' sets augmented Photek-style drum syncopations against a backdrop of warehouse-ready bass snarls. Both cuts are a… Read more
TRACKLISTING: 1. Ye Olde Maids - Cocoa Cherubs 2. Crystal Castles - Empathy 3. Fever Ray - Stranger Than Kindness 4. Blank Dogs - Heat and Depression 5. 2VM - Ponika 6. Led Er Est - Scissors 7. Terror Bird - Shadows In The Halls 8. Zola Jesus - Night 9. Washed Out - New Theory 10. Cosmetics - Black Leather Gloves 11. Desire - Don't Call 12. Cold Cave - I.C.D.K. 13. Soft Metals - The Cold World Melts 14. Void Vision - In 20 Years 15. Xeno & Oaklander - Preuss 16. Factory Floor - Lying 17. S.C.U.M - Ocean of White 18. Design A Wave - Remedy 19. Grimes - Avi 20. Le Syndicat Electronique - On Strike
Eight releases down, Numbers drop the anthemic 'Goldtooth Grin' from Glasgow's dubstep rotter, Taz Buckfaster. The lead cut has been in circulation for over 12 months with those in the know, charted highly by Gernot Modeselektor as far back as 2009 and featuring regularly in the sets of Jackmaster and his numerous numbers affiliates. Basically if you're into the most melodic, melancholy and crunked-out end of Joker, Starkey or Girl Unit this is an absolute baller. 'Robogrime' follows on a ramped-up instrumental electro-Grime tip for the DJs, while 'Strike First' licks out a warped bass sounding like Azzido Da Bass's 'Dooms Night' inna 'ardcore ruffige style. Tipped!
Skalpel's Igor Pudlo (aka Igor Boxx for this release) gives a musical tribute to the 1945 siege of Festung Breslau (modern day Wroclaw) on his debut solo album. Armed with a formidable jazz background and a mind full of well-planned electronic chops, he alludes to the classic story where "Krautrock grinding illustrates the monotony of the endless battle, psychedelic ornaments underline the absurdity of wartime madness, jazz rhythms sound off the chaos on both sides of the conflict whilst timelessness paints the overwhelming desperation of city defenders' efforts". There's a visceral narrative… Read more
Immense 33-track 2CD compilation charting the birth of punk attitude through the music of Suicide, Gene Vincent, T Rex, Sun Ra, MC5, The Stooges, New York Dolls and many more. It was compiled by music scribe and authority on music, Kris Needs, who also provides an extensive 76-page perfect-bound book, and appears on the same label that assembled the ace 'Bustin' Out' compilation of New Wave to New Beat classics, so you're basically in very good hands for this pre-Punk 101. The key to the comp is in the word "Attitude" giving Kris license to pick some incredibly … Read more
Immense 23-track 2LP compilation charting the birth of punk attitude through the music of Suicide, Gene Vincent, T Rex, Sun Ra, MC5, The Stooges, New York Dolls and many more. It was compiled by music scribe and authority on music, Kris Needs, who also provides an extensive 76-page perfect-bound book, and appears on the same label that assembled the ace 'Bustin' Out' compilation of New Wave to New Beat classics, so you're basically in very good hands for this pre-Punk 101. The key to the comp is in the word "Attitude" giving Kris license to pick some incredibl… Read more
Soul Underground covered the explosion in dance music and club culture of the 1980s and 90s in a way that no other publication was able to. In an era that gave us rare groove, go-go, hip hop and house, the magazine delivered consistently brilliant writing about the artists, DJs and clubs at the heart of these scenes (which established titles like NME and Melody Maker largely sidelined). Collecting the best pieces from the magazine as well as all its charts, rare photos and hand-picked news stories, Catch The Beat is a unique and evocative record. It wa… Read more
Man with the plan, Geiom's Berkane Sol imprint revives his own Hem moniker and sets it off with a killer Shortstuff remix, backed with two crooked 8-Bit boogie joints. This label has a habit of pulling out some cracking remixes and Shortstuff's exemplifies the rule, romping wi' bashy soca drums and an all round ballistic dancefloor flavour to complement Terrible Shock's infectious vocals. On the flip Hem's 8Bit New jack Swinger 'Rich Chroma' gets an outing, next to the unclassified sound of 'Plastic Lily'. On a mission indeed.
Appearing in the midst of a virulent Kosmische revival, Reuber represents for the OG Krautrock sound with 'Ring'. Ironically, Reuber is one of a few German artists working so specifically with this kind of sound while managing to keep it feeling up-to-date, authentically adhering to the original mandate of a primal yet forward thinking new German music. Using a Kaossilator, cello, guitar and Phraselab, he surges headlong into five exhilarating tracks of expansive, motorik and alien territory, often rising to crescendos bursting with a lust for the unknown while always in possession of a cool and collected … Read more
Monday, 22 November 2010
**Boomkat upfront exclusive!** Hippos In Tanks have evidently turned out some of the year's most addictively essential releases, but none more so than Laurel Halo's 'King Felix' EP. The Brooklyn-via-Michigan-hailing artist has created waves of interest around her sound that simply cannot be ignored. Obvious comparisons to individual female precedents have inevitably been stirred up, but right now it's quite fair to say that there's nobody else doing quite what she does - and that's an immeasurably important fact. Her music is suspended in an ethereal alter zone equally informed by 4AD drea… Read more
Manchester's Illum Sphere and Jonny Dub present the debut release on their newly minted Hoya:hoya imprint named after the much acclaimed Manchester club night of the same name. By far the highlight of the release is Lone's 'Let The Music Play', a unique sounding disco track with a thumping kick drum and distorted vocals layered to great effect before a rugged synthline takes everything down a notch. Illum Sphere, meanwhile, deploys a killer slowed down take on UK Funky which starts off with a trademark ambient wash and thudding drums before a synth reminiscent of h… Read more