Thursday, 31 March 2011
**Red Vinyl** Terror Danjah's imprint comes correct once again with the killer instincts of P Jam's slewing '04 instrumental 'Anger Management', a ruggedly sinuous, snake biting riddim built with the coldest drums and seething, barely muzzled bassline. The swagger-tech special, 'Sorefoot' is equally deadly, one for warehouse spaces and hard-jawed headphone sessions. Heavy.
"Essentially an ensemble recorded live in the studio, Bill Callahan's 'Apocalypse' is the corpus delecti. If tape is like meat, this record is the whole hog - no cuts. Callahan, riding on the back of his band, corrals them all and guides them single-handedly with love and ferocity. Bill Callahan is a recording studio guru, a tastefully rampant singer-songwriter, a heartthrob, a visual artist, a statesman for the times and an author."
Sterling Neo-disco produce from Eddie C, serving his debut long player through Endless Flight. He's a regular contributor to fellow Canadian disco fiend, The Mole's 7 Inches Of Love label, besides a drop on Home Taping Is Killing Music and two recent records for Endless Flight already. The three tracks from his latest 12", 'Do It Yourself' feature here, including the licked-up lather of the title track and the tripping 'Dub Me Gwen', but it's the '70s soul charm of new cuts like 'We Need We' and 'Love Journey' or the slo-mo grip of 'Your Love' and twinkling Afro-beat electronics of 'Space Shuttle… Read more
It feels like way too long since Weilheim scenesters Tied and Tickled Trio released their last nugget of white-hot jazz on the waiting world. Brothers Markus and Micha Acher might still be best known for their work in The Notwist, but for some of us their finest moments have been attached to their stunning catalogue under the Tied and Tickled moniker. 'La Place Demon' might be their best record to date, and features 70-year-old drumming legend Billy Hart, the famed percussionist and band leader who was a long running member of the Herbie Hancock and Stan Getz bands. So a… Read more
An Icelandic super-group made up of BJ Nilsen, Johann Johannsson and members of Stilluppsteypa, Evil Madness might already be old hands in the Editions Mego stable, but those of you expecting another 'Space Finale' or 'Man From Deep River' will be sorely disappointed. Evil Madness are a dance act, and in every sense of the word, taking in large scoops of their sound from chillwave, industrial and EBM while leaving just a bit of room for trance and techno. I know what this sounds like, and little else can explain the music rather than saying LISTEN TO IT, but 'Super Great Love' is more tha… Read more
Due to popular demand Kris Needs presents a crucial followup to his 'Dirty Water' compilation, readdressing the 'Birth Of Punk Attitude' through 39 expertly chosen tracks covering spiritual jazz, reggae, primitive rock 'n roll and much more. Across tracks from Captain Beefheart, Suicide, David Bowie, Albert Ayler, Parliament, Bo Diddley, Woody Guthrie, MC5, John Otway, and Tapper Zukie, plus a 76-page booklet, Kris gets closer to an aural version of Zigzag, the crucial fanzine he edited in the '70s , taking in the myriad elemental factors with catalyzed an upheavel of the music industry and revolutionised music forever. Recommended!
Due to popular demand Kris Needs presents a crucial followup to his 'Dirty Water' compilation, readdressing the 'Birth Of Punk Attitude' through 19 expertly chosen tracks covering spiritual jazz, reggae, primitive rock 'n roll and much more. Across tracks from Captain Beefheart, Suicide, David Bowie, Bo Diddley, MC5, and Patti Smith, Kris gets closer to an aural version of Zigzag, the crucial fanzine he edited in the '70s, taking in the myriad elemental factors with catalyzed an upheavel of the music industry and revolutionised music forever. Recommended!
**AVAILABLE ON VINYL FOR THE 1ST TIME - LTD COPIES ONLY!** 'Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol.1' was the first ever Sublime Frequencies and my my is it a good one. Collecting the tracks from tapes he managed to acquire back in 1989 Alan Bishop has come up with a window into a world of pop music rarely heard by those outside of this equatorial island. I mean, it's clearly pop - the sounds you hear are very slightly related to sounds you would have heard anywhere else in 1989, but at the same time this is music from a land we have little or no connectio… Read more
Strong package from Airflex Labs, featuring (if we're not mistaken) Submerse's first flirtations with Funky, alongside Neat, plus superb remix from Falty DL! 'Close' isn't strictly Funky by any means, but it's at roughly 130bpm and it's not strictly (future) Garage-debted either. Whatever it is, it's still full of the virtues which make all Submerse's gear so primed for the 'floor. Flip over and Falty DL sprinkles 'Close' with his NYC magic, reworking the vocal for a proper street diva performance while splitting the rhythm with masterful feel for feathered breaks and gut-churning subs. Jack Dixon also weighs in with a heavier version, all smack-ass drums and bass.
*Small amount of copies available again* "British free jazz phenomenon Evan Parker with electronic and tape noise artist John Weise in a set of real-time evolving improvisations intended for maximum volume. Vinyl version of the CD released earlier this year, but slightly different containing all the final mixes and edits of the sessions with a new and more intense mastering for the maximum listeing experience. C-Section finds density in scarcity - deep, glacial muck bubbles emerge beneath Parker's inhuman circular breathing, only to plunge into an incessant clatter of industrial land… Read more
Bella Union’s Midlake have always been a bit ‘weird’ for the regular indie set, and I suppose that’s why they were snapped up by Simon Raymonde’s excellent imprint. I always chalked it down to their love of jazz, but this Midlake-curated edition of Late Night Tales shows their interests are more wide-ranging than people might expect. The band never actually resorts to the ‘jazz drop’ at all, and maybe that’s because as students of the craft they never really feel the need to go over it all over again. Instead we’ve got folk rock (Steeleye Span, Love and Dreams Bread, Fairport Convention)… Read more
Monday, 28 March 2011
LuckyMe drop one of the most anticipated dancefloor 12"s of the last 12 months, backed up with remixes of tracks from 'The Look' by Rinse FM's Braiden and UR's Mark Flash. There's no need to bang on about 'Another Girl', it's straight anthem material combining ohrwurming vocal, a a rolling emotional topography and dancing neon melodies in beautiful style. Flip it and Braiden gives a tough rework of 'Holdin' On', full of titanium cowbells, rampant R1 Ryders style bass revs and chopped vocals, but UR's Mark Flash steals the show with a Hi-tek, carnival-killing remix of 'The Look'. Very large 12"!!!
Bass fiends might want to brace themselves: the latest Tectonic drop features Pinch in collaboration with Loefah and Roska! For his first outing since at least 2008, Loefah links with Pinch on 'Broken', a ritual dread stepper built from Loefah's signature, clangorous snares, coupled with dank and ghoulish ambience and blank-eyed bass hitting like a bag of cement to the stomach. 'Paranormal Activity' definitely has a shade of the X-Files about it, but the main feature has to be Roska's drums, tucked and dipped for the tribalist rollers. Big twelve.
BD1982 is a bit of a badman. His drops for Seclusiasis have proved this in style. For his 'VHS Nite EP' on Diskotopia he comes backed with remixes from Ikonika & Optimum, Starkey and Slackk, and A Taut Line. The title track sounds like what might happen if Wiley linked with VHS Head - it's an obvious comparison but fits neatly. The 'Rewound Version' screws the pace to a sub-loaded reggaeton bounce, while Slackk's mix fires it up in Soca-NRGetic style and Starkey swivels on a halfstep. With 'Utukku' he configures inflated subs, broken tribalist drums, and err, Dolphin sounds which 'Ikonika & O… Read more
So, They Live turns out to be a collaboration between Joe Seven (who dropped that killer 10" a few weeks back) and epic D&B producer, Consequence. 'Cancel Standard' is their debut album, an exquisite suite of deeply atmospheric, sci-fi-toned productions with an engrossing narrative and exceptional production values. Tempos are kept downbeat and bass is squashed deep into the groove, making clear their intentions for this to be used as a home listening device. Unlike the substrata of synth/noise artists referencing late '70s/early '80s sci-fi, these guys have their lazer-guided scopes l… Read more
Girl Unit, Brenmar, Bad Autopsy, Samo Sound Boy, DJ Pierre, Munchi, Gongon, and Canblaster & Berou line up to rework tracks from the 'Mirage EP' by LA's Nguzunguzu. Highlights have to be Girl Unit's fusion of rave sirens, Bubblin' synth licks and steel-tipped Electro, Brenmar's piquant R&B stinger - one for the Kindom fans - or Munchi's hyper-mental '...Likes Excessive Amounts Of Bass Mamba Juke Remix'. Ace.
Massively impressive debut from multi-instrumentalist talent, Memotone, backed with a smudged House refit by Lukid! Lead track 'Multicolour' is a masterful frisson of crisp and sharp, technicoloured hi-end riffage cushioned by wide subs with a magical, BoC like wow & flutter breakdown, but 'Bellatrix' is more on the Zomby tip, calculated synth arpeggiations running over tumultuous hiphop/double-timed rhythms. In a stroke of A&R genius, Lukid appears on the flip with a cyber-dreamy refit infused with padded 4/4 House kicks while the sugary melody is caramelised into a sticky, shiny residue. Don't sleep on this one!
Supremely dynamic, Technoid futurism from the studio of Boddika aka Instra:mental's Alex Green. Boddika is the name he uses to exercise those areas of his production palette which are possibly too freaky for his better known alias, so here we get the dazzling architecture of 'You Tell Me' with its highly individual torsion and detuned lead riff, while 'Breez'in' jams on a fruity House tip, albeit a fruity flavour spiked with genetically modified enzymes and programmed two steps ahead of anyone else you'd care to mention. This label is hard ON IT at the moment!
Over the last 2 years Rene Hell has emerged as one of the most distinctive characters from a wave of neo-Kosmische and synth noise operators. Since his debut album for Type, 'Porcelain Opera', his restless talent has been diverted into cassettes for Night People and Agents Of Chaos, a brilliant 7" track for Kraak and sterling collaborations with Daren Ho's Driphouse as Cuticle and Mandelbrot & Skyy, all displaying an artist confidently in his creative stride. 'The Terminal Symphony' is a bold evolution of his sound, reframing analogue synth and drum machine experiments with a more… Read more
Four tracks of properly advanced electronic funk. Since 2008 Dorian Concept has made an indelible imprint on electronic music, not least with his incredible 'When Stars Explode' album and the outrageous 'Trilingual Dance Sexperience'. For Ninja Tune he drops a suite of surprisingly DJ-friendly dancefloor idiosyncrasies, shimmying between the Funky-compatible, jazz-twirling dip 'n jak of the title track to the Bashment bouncing propulsion of 'My Face Needs Food', sounding uncannily like a Siriusmo production, and into the stereo-flitting drums of 'Toe Games Made Her Giggl… Read more
Hatchback is the solo moniker of San Francisco producer Sam Grawe. While his day job might be producing syrupy house and disco under the Windsurf moniker (along with producing buddy Daniel Judd), the Hatchback material shows his more sensitive, calmer side. I want to refrain from dropping the dreaded ‘chill’ tag, but this is decidedly chilled material, with slowly developing synthesizer textures and pads and propulsive analogue rumbles and sequencer patterns building underneath. Somehow it reminds me of Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom, albeit slowed down to a near-crawl and heard from the n… Read more
For the fourth release on her excellent Opit imprint, Subeena serves three tracks of deeper, House-inspired electronics. 'Wrong For Me' layers Soul-warmed chords and vocals over swooning subbass to woozy swinging effect while 'Space Of Flow' fuses a bumpy mid-tempo Afro-beat rhythm over dynamic, spiraling electro synths. Lifting the tempo, 'End Of Reason' goes heads down into square-bassed '90s acid jack style.
A proper Detroit House affair: Scott Grooves remixing Norm Talley. In Panther mode it's all about subtly stealthy chord progressions and cool percussion while the beats mix strips it all back to the rhythm.
BBE continue their valiant effort to give Dilla’s work the royal treatment and ‘Come Get It’ is the third single in the 10 Year Anniversary of Dilla’s classic ‘Welcome To Detroit’ set. ‘Come Get It’ is probably the least well-known track so far, but is a keen reminder of Dilla’s immeasurable production skill. Fans of Slum Village’s classic ‘Fantastic Vol.1’ will be able to trace the sonic signature here and Dilla’s dusted snares and soulful clipped bass is presented in glorious widescreen. There are few producers for me who ha… Read more
Kozzie goes on hard over a remix of Spooky's anthemic 'Spartan', backed with a bruising Darq E Freaker version. Big on road!
Experimental electronic type Rafael Toral started his Space series back in 2004, and since then he’s been exploring new ways to implement his signature electronic squiggles into performance and composition, reframing his arsenal of modified oscillators as jazz instruments (of a sort). ‘Space Elements III’ is possibly the closest Toral has come yet to realizing that dream – with the alien blips and hisses hitting up alongside jazz percussion and even Rhodes. In a dark room and not listening too carefully you might even mistake ‘Space Elements III’ for a jazz record, but on clo… Read more
Monkeytown deliver an addendum to Siriusmo's debut LP, 'Mosaik' in the form of four full-fat party tunes. 'Sirimande' is like Bassline taken to Berlin, jacked-up and electronified; 'Programchild' is a cute stab at angular, heavily tweaked Electro-pop; 'Feed My Machine' is a discombobulated HipHop/Techno head-wrecker; the erratic 'Auf Wiedersehn' is a rogue polyrhythmic dance crasher with badass drums and complex melodic arrangement.
Techy Electro/Garage split from Sclist and Point B. Both producers have an appreciation of efficient minimalism, keeping their riddims clipped and tight with a paucity of cliches. Following his drops on L2S and Urban Scrumping, Sclist rolls out the trim 2-step skip of 'Safari', a little like a reduced T++ production with quirkier sounds, while Point B's 'Battery operated' ends up sounding something like a grittier Akufen production, all razored edits and angular blurts of melody.