Sunday, 09 October 2011
Ghettoteknitianz roll out their whole crew - Rashad and Spinn, plus veterans Traxman and Gantman, and youngers Manny and DJ Earl - for a fresh six-tracker on Mu. With each new Footwork release from Planet Mu we can hear the style being honed to further degrees and this one is no different. A-side Rashad & Gant-Man start with the colourful and classically slick P-Funk energy of 'Heaven Sent', beside the synthetic pomp of Earl's 'Enlightenment' and the brilliantly weird jazz-fusion bass and Amiga melodies of Traxman's 'We Are The Best'. B-side, Rashad and Mann… Read more
A new collection of well-tempered synthesizer workouts from Darren Ho on Spectrum Spools. The seven tracks featured have are have the kind of fragile beauty - and playfulness - that we associate with the early electronic music of Wendy Carlos, Daphne Oram, Raymond Scott and their ilk. There's a strong narrative arc to the album, but each track explores distinct territory: 'Slow Sum' parts one and two' are playful agglomerations of phased analogue patterns, 'In Peru' a Budd/Roedelius-style ambient pastoral, 'Dots' a right-on kosmische pastiche, 'Smiley' a sticky, KFW-style drone raga replet… Read more
North London's Funkystepz drop an infectious 2nd single on Hyperdub. There's two scorching tracks to watch out for on this one. Firstly the minimalist carnival ruffige of 'Trouble', a snake-charming syncopation of marimbas, subbass hits and waist-winding orientalism, then you got the shrill Dutch House influence of 'Dirty Dutch' full of squiggling, Niche-gone-'Dam style synth melody and restless polyrhythms for the dancers. On a more reduced skank, 'John Wayne' packs a tidy swagger.
Sick hookup initiated by Austria's Pomelo imprint, featuring DJ Stingray in an exchange of views with Alex Cortex. Both producers are noted for their idiosyncratic and widely varied takes on Detroit techno and electro so it makes brilliant sense to have them both on the same platter, especially after ingesting the A-side tracks. Cortex opens with a slab of purist European techno on 'Soliton', all mind bending synthlines and layers of maximised drum machines coalesced into a club driving frenzy, which DJ Stingray cooly submerges with a Drexciyan twist, instincti… Read more
Burnt Friedman grapples with four uniquely carved rhythms on a new Nonplace release. In fine tradition, he navigates streams of instinctively ancient drum patterns powered by modern production techniques, accompanied by the supple skills of Nu Dub Players Joseph Suchy (Electric Guitar), Daniel Schröter (Bass Guitar) and Hayden Chisholm (Saxophone), plus the multi-disciplined Takeshi Nishimoto on Sarod (an Indian stringed instrument). Mastering by Rashad Becker and cover artwork by Theo Altenberg.
Fresh, Jukin' Bass tracks and collaborations from Cedaa with Distal and Slick Shoota, plus full remix selection. Make sure to check Cedaa's original 'Nippon' for some wiry 808 bounce, or the 'Windbreaker' link with Slick Shoota for some mad Footwork-meets-Old Skool Hardcore vibes. On the remix front, Chaos In The CBD delivers a smartly controlled but hectic Electro mix of 'Nippon' and DJ Hilti brings the quick-stepping bass to 'Jasmin'.
Another pair of high-strength Jakkers from sometime 2AM/FM partner, D'Marc Cantu aka X2. 'How Are We Doing?' is built to dominate the club with stealthily evolving strings over a billowing bassline and cocaine voices, proper Chicago styles. By contrast, the beautifully lush 'A Second Earth' is all about nostalgic retro-futurist romance, gorgeous synth pads arcing over crisp machine patterns and to get you feeling all mushy. Ace.
Munich-based producer/DJ David Hausdorf is designated driver for the 2nd K:Music release. Operating since the mid-'90s with releases on Stryax and for Francois K, he brings years of experience to three deep techno rollers. There's strong proggy vibes to be found on the hypnotically funked-up title track, while 'Berlin Spring' delivers some sophisticated Dub Techno and 'Secret Place' works a lushly expansive Tech-House groove. Recommended.
Beach Fossils guitarist Cole Smith delivers the first fruit of his new project Dive with this two-track single for Captured Tracks.
Footworking remix suite for DJ Hilti, including reworks from DJ Roc, Norrit, Distal, and Cedaa, among others. The obvious highlights come from DJ Roc with his rapid-fire 'Pimp Sooo G!!!' version, the dreamily cybersensual R&B vibes of Cedaa's 'Strawberry Juice' remix and the crafty tribal/techno/Jungle/Bass mix of 'Feel So Good' from Norrit. A strong look for those seeking the maddest Footwork flavours!
"Since 2001, Duchess Says have been spreading the gospel of the influential and mysterious Church of Budgerigars. "In a Fung Day T!" is their second offering - a dynamic, dancing album full of hypnotizing keys and short blitzes of energy, nearly reaching the climax of noise rockers Lightning Bolt. One of the more outstanding jams, S.O.H…, is a nice and loose danceable number that recalls the early 80s new wave sound. The record closes with the longest track of the album, a slumbering piece that recalls the blood red curtain vibes of a David Lynch soundtrack. Duchess Says’ penchant … Read more
Dope EP from Tokyo's Yu Asaeda aka Ena, a close friend of Goth Trad's and resident at their Back To Chill event. He's probably better known for his D&B productions, but the ruffige of 'Instinctive' finds the best of both world with rugged 'ardcore breakbeats anchored to 140bpm subbass. 'Sign' is more delicate, a deft and spacious halfstep track with agile hi's and fluid bottom end.
You can rely on F to bring the lean, teched-out steppers when you need ‘em, and he's back on 7even with with a smart new brace of cuts. A-side ‘Full Threat’ is a fat-free electro breaker in the vein of Boddika, doing serious damage with nowt much more than an 808 and a bad attitude. 'Slow Down' is painted from the same palette but rhythmically speaking is on more of a garage flex, and will sit nicely alongside recent Pearson Sound and Joy O tackle. Two ruthlessly cold, stripped-back takes on post-dubstep dynamics, craftily executed.
Strong, soulful House music from the Clone stalwart, featuring sweet vocals from Oliverdaysoul and backed with a tweaked Dub from label-head Serge and engineering maestro, Alden Tyrell. The original has a fresh but timeless quality which we could imagine hearing in sets from youngers like Joy O and the equally the older heads, but if you can't handle the vocal, the Serge & Tyrell Dub Mix remains very faithful to the source material, only adding subtle nudges.
Stripped, agile Industrial Techno from Glasgow's Hans Bouffmyhre (aka Stephen Gorrie, manager of Sleaze Records). Hans delivers three original tracks, the swung, off-centre calibrations of the title cut, plus the grinding shuffle of 'Closed Circuit' and the tram-lining 4/4 push of 'Time Zones', while Pfirter jacks up the pressure with a pounding mix of 'Demon Within'.
Chunky Funky rompers from the man blessed with the best name in the scene. 'Prep For War' plays a bellicose Tribalist rhythm hinging on Spartan hollers and upbuilding chords over ruff drums, while 'Miss You' reaches for the lazers with stirring Trance riffs over galloping, Technoid rhythms, and 'In Da House' holds it back for a heavy subs-driven House swagger.
A fresh new drop on TVO's Broken20 from fellow Patrick Walker, one half of dark 'n stripped techno standard-bearers Forward Strategy Group, in his experimental, dub-conscious Isodyne guise. For all you insatiable fans of gauzy, gaseous post-BC atmospherics this stuff is an instant winner. The ceaseless forward momentum and industrial finish of 'Burn It All To Ashes' is reminiscent of the Sandwell album's murkier passages, while 'River Of Ruin' channels GAS and his Pop Ambient kin, and the wind-swept, frost-bitten 'Sentinel' could be a lost track from Echospace's The Coldest Seaso… Read more
Bold fusions from the 7even records camp, unloading the debut 12" from Joaan. 'Splendor' in the grass sets the pace to a Funky/techno compatible 130bpm with offset kicks to keep a finger in the dubstep bowl, but it's when that synth drops that we're in new territory, taking the exuberance of big room electro-house and tailoring it for the fans of Sbtrkt or Joy Orbison. Meanwhile, '115 State' switches styles again with punchy tribalist drums and bellicose synth swarms giving way to dubbier rollidge. Tuff and tidy!
"'Nothing Gold' borrows its title from the Robert Frost poem cited in ‘The Outsiders’ by S.E. Hinton, which delves into the interplay that unfolds amongst young adults as they make that turbulent transition between youth and adulthood. As an observer, it might appear strange that it has taken 4 albums for Joakim to confront a theme that is so obviously omnipresent in his work. But once again, Joakim is having fun misleading us as there is an underlying theme to 'Nothing Gold' : “ each song is about someone I don't want to be or become or about extreme behaviours and deviant habits – wit… Read more
"Baltimore, Maryland's Ken Seeno displays a majestic array of crystal clear synthesizer arrangements. Soaring melodies float high above the shimmer ofblue-green waters, looking down upon the colourful shore and the oceans beyond. This is Landscape Electronics." Fragile utopian simulations of a south pacific bliss sound, sweet vignettes somewhere between Oneohtrix Point Never, Dolphins Into The Future and Stellar Om Source. Lush.
Solid, swinging Bass music from Kon, mixing up Footwork, Boogie and Electro modes for B. Yrself. Styles flip from nice-but-nasty Bass jams on 'Game Of Thrones' to Untold-style electroid reductions of 'Earthbound' and the Bok Bok-like Bass tilt of 'Turnabout' and efficiently clipped but heavy cybeR&Bass on 'Psi Magnet'.
Crafty beat fission from Utrecht-based Krampfhaft, landing somewhere between Bubblin', 808 Bass and Dubstep on the ace Rwina Records. 'I Needed You' steps up like Araabmuzik gone Dutch, all crisp 808 rolls and shrill Bubblin' squeals, while 'Hyper Dreaming' balances the Bubblin' hyperactivity with cooler Broken Funky beats and chords to fine effect. Flipside you'll find more of that 808 rollers sound on 'Carl Sagan The Man', and an impressive killer on the Joker-esque 'Makin' Magic'. Fans of Starkey, Desto, Kuedo, Araabmuzik could roll with this,
Unmissable, advanced electronic funk from one half of Bay Area Hip Hop duo Lazer Sword, Lando Kal. He was last spotted rocking a stush cybersoul look on the 'Further/Time Out' 12" for Hotflush, and this one is equally nexx level. Frontside is the Robin S-referencing, Garage-swinging killer 'Maneuver', built from slydin', scissoring drum syncopations cut with 'ardcore edits and bold synth work for guaranteed dancefloor impact. Flipside is the stunning 'Run It', a sure-shot Electro/R&B-special for the future B-Boys. Recommended!
Following up one of 2010's most extraordinary debuts, the 'King Felix EP' for HIT, Laurel Halo returns on a blissed-out cassette for the brilliant NNA Tapes. In stark relief to the ebullient song-writing which defined her debut, 'Antenna' opens up the ambient techno side of Laurel's hyperprism, which we'd sensed from her interviews and mixes was just waiting to be revealed in her recordings. From the onset of 'Impulse' we're immersed in an amniotic ocean of swelling synth, swirling field recordings and distant, disembodied voices. The parameters of her sound here are just immeasurably, almost… Read more
Likhan swings himself away from the Dubtech sound with two deep house inspired jaunts. While there's traces of his former sound, both tracks operate on a house tempo with melodic organ motifs and laidback percussion more inspired by the Prescription catalogue or DJ Gregory than anything in the modern dubste quarters. However, it's not all nice, keeping some semblance of dirt under the fingernails with rude squelching bottom end and ruffed-up soca shuffles compatible with the post-'step, Funky brigade.
Functional Berlin-meets-Detroit Techno from a Canadian ex-pat, now living in Berlin, backed with a grungier Conforce remix. 'Methods' is built from grazing dub chords and offset kicks, whereas 'Random' is more melodic, clearly inspired by vintage Motor City productions. Much like his ace 'Dystopian Elements' EP for Delsin, the Conforce remix of 'Methods' rides squashed acid-dub bass under lushed-out, starry-eyed synth pads.