Thursday, 24 March 2011
As a member of Bus (with Daniel Meteo) and Sun Electric (with MvO Trio / NSI.'s Max Loderbauer), Tom Thiel can claim to be a core member of the "Berlin Scene" for the last 20 years. So, it's about time he delivered his debut solo album! His eponymous effort is a pure example of the Berlin electronic dub aesthetic, eleven tracks of dynamic, atmospheric, and economical productions sculpted by an experienced and refined hand. From the sine-wave test signals of 'Pulse' to widescreen, The Orb-like ambience on 'An Isle', through the enchanting outernational influences of 'Craxa', 'STHG's sliding Tech-Hou… Read more
**Finally on DVD after winning awards at film festivals around the globe. Special Features: deleted scenes, concert footage, trailer, What’s a Wheedle featurette, and more "Best documentary of 2010” – Michael Simmons, LA Weekly** "During the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and decades before Nirvana, Microsoft and Starbucks put Seattle on the map, Seattle’s African American neighborhood known as the Central District was buzzing. The soul sounds of groups like Black On White Affair, Cookin’ Bag, and Cold Bold & Together filled local airwaves and p… Read more
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 conci… Read more
"Interplay is a collaboration between John Foxx and electronic composer and synthesizer collector, Benge (Ben Edwards). He's best known for his 2008 album, Twenty Systems which was described by Brian Eno as 'a brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music.' Moody and atmospheric, but also full of songs that are actually more ''pop'' than avant garde, Interplay pulls various strands of electronic music together - from early '80s electro to 70s Krautrock, even flashes of Cabaret Voltaire and Foxx's first band, Ultravox! One track, 'Watching A Building On Fire' features M… Read more
Rockwell breaks the seal for the Melted Dubs series of refixes from unconventional producers. He offers a re-lick of Cash Money Heroes (Lil Wayne, Birdman, Kevin Rudolf and Jay Sean), uprooting their dirty South Bounce and synching them to a quicksilver stepper that's neither double time, or half, it's just a badass groove built with all the sorcery you'd expect from a Rockwell beat. Dub included on the flip.
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 locked f… 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 locked… Read more
Ellen Allien's 'Dust' was another key step in her evolution from techno superstar to skewed pop starlet, and while it lacked the 4/4 crunch of her earlier work it still retained enough of the attitude to win over new fans. Now, however, she's brought that pulsing beat back thanks to a whole gang of able remixers, from the tried and tested (Bodycode, Aux 88, Adultnapper) to the young bloods (Nicholas Jaar, Kassem Mosse) to the plain weird (Tim Hecker). It's no surprise where the high points lie - Kassem Mosse's nine-minute house burner alone makes the release worth buying with its tempered gro… Read more
Monday, 21 March 2011
Ekoplekz illuminates our radar with an incoming alien dub transmission for Mordant Music. Sharing two of its tracks, 'Fountain Square' is a vinyl companion to the recent, blink-and-you-missed-it 'Memowrekz' tapepack, investigating similarly unexplained analog occurrences as his Punch Drunk wax outing in 2010. These tracks are perhaps rhythmically and melodically made for the 'floor, albeit the anti-G 'floor of a one man echo chamber lost in deepest head space. 'Daytron Romance' is a gritty lo-fi stepper with skittering, delayed drums creating a giddy sense of chaos around an harmoniou… Read more
**Exclusive upfront release!** Proper cheeky, caricatured rave fusions from Unknown To The Unknown, an alter ego of Hot City's DJ Haus, backed with a killer DJ Stingray remix! 'Assasin' makes the first incision, sounding like a drunken Ron Hardy making a Skweee splice of Kraftwerk, Egyptian Lover and LFO on a dicky copy of Ableton for a set at a CBBC presenters convention. If that's too daft for you, just peep Stingray's intensified version, flipping the track with his deadly intuition for a minimal, industrial-tinted and ghetto-ready electro rockers special. Back to the nutty fusions and si… Read more
Nonplus maintain a relentless streak of form with this stunning sampler 12" for Instra:Mental's forthcoming debut album 'Resolution 653'. The duo's production values have never been in doubt but this time executed to a fierce degree. Face up, 'Thomp' operates like some Cyborg funk ritual, deploying Untold-style, cone-folding kicks and grazing percussion with earth-moving subs and minimalist splashes of airlock pressure synths. Face down, 'When I Dip' is a certified future rudeboy anthem (by the international association of future rudeboys, don't u know), a double 'ard elec… Read more
Ramadanman heads up the latest Fabriclive session with a crucial 30+ track selection spanning House and Grime to Shangaan Electro. This guy should require little introduction: his singles and remixes over the last three years are some of the most forward thinking dancefloor productions coming from the UK, and the Hessle Audio label he co-runs with Ben UFO and Pangaea is just owning things right now. His mix embraces the best of electronic dance music in 2011, judged with a pacing and narrative well beyond his years. The first section sets an efficie… Read more
Much anticipated debut 12" from touted Glaswegian producer, Koreless - a must check for fans of Becoming Real, Dam Mantle or Jamie xx. '4D' is as simple as it effective, pitching delirious, yearning female vocal with bouncing subs and clipped percussion for the swingers. 'MTI' flips the formula with a more defined and tightly tucked Juke flavour, droning subs flesh out the bottom, alternating melodic duties with percolating toms and seductive, chopped-up vocals. All the usual suspects are onto this guy, we recommend you get on it, too!
Alfred Darlington’s charmingly bizarre ‘Tailor Made’ showed up a few weeks back as a teaser for his forthcoming ‘Bespoke’ LP, and the kitchen-sink electronic salsa has now been shaken up by a smartly picked duo of talented hands. First up to the plate is LA wonky lass TOKiMONSTA, who takes Alfred’s original and pushes into a blur of down-tempo West Coast funk. You might recognize the style as somewhat indebted to the Brainfeeder crew, but Jennifer Lee handles proceedings with an expert hand and the result is hard, chunky and heavy. The standou… Read more
Following on from appearances on Hyperdub, Kevin Martin (The Bug) and Kiki Hitomi (Dokkebi Q) take a temporary leave of absence from King Midas Sound (of which they are both members) to deliver their first EP proper as Black Chow, this time for the excellent Jahtari label. Black Chow is an altogether less submerged proposition to King Midas, replacing that signature spiritual narcosis with a more overtly digital-dub-indebted aesthetic. Opening track "Wonderland" carries many of the Jahtari signatures, with the sonic detritus of 8bit machinery strewn all over the arrangement, and Hitomi's… Read more
Lighworks have the honour of dropping Ossie's anthemic 'floor killer 'Tarantula' as the first release on the label. In 2010 it picked up attention across the board after becoming a staple in the sets of Ossie's mate, DJ Petchy on Live FM, followed by support from Joy Orbison, Kode 9, Ben UFO, Bok Bok, and yer ma. For a debut production he's displaying chops ahead of his years with a firm grasp of crisp, Afro-rhythmic beat programming and silky synths, while his flipside production 'Creepy Crawlies' takes a tougher, electroid stance but still with the same sense of finesse. Cherry o… Read more
**If you're into Oneohtrix Point Never, don't miss this.** Digitalis activist Brad Rose maps out three passages to synthetic galaxies with Kevin Danchisko of Sovetskaya Gone. For the keenest of observers, they dropped two tapes last year, but 'I Will Be Missed' is their first vinyl release, containing three new tracks of vast and mysterious drones punctuated with starbursting synth patterns and a wide-eyed effect harking back to early 90s ambient qualities with a nod to narcotically laced Americana that fand of Oneohtrix will adore. However, as it's a Digitalis release, there's somethi… Read more
Police in Helicopter return for another heavy-hitting 45, this time featuring Jahtari lynchpin Disrupt alongside labelmate and forever on-it producer Jackson Bailey, aka Tapes. Disrupt helms the a-side for one of his perfectly executed digi-dub modifications, all smokey vibes and 8-bit flourishes, before Tapes obliterates the soundsystem with the hissy magnificence of "Atomica Rydim" on the flip, and you remember that everything this guy does is just S O L I D G O L D.
Heavily engaged mission music from the mysterious sect of Niggas With Guitars, coming correct with a stunningly evocative debut vinyl for Digitalis. In the vein of Dylan Ettinger's 'New Age Outlaws' or Leyland Kirby's muddled memories, 'Ethnic Frenzy' is a vivid internal soundtrack for hypnagogic dreamers, warping the memes of Vangelis or Carpenter in much the same way Pat Maher's DJ YoYo Dieting did to DJ Screw or Indignant Senility to Wagner. Cruising in to the A-side we're slowly immersed in smoked-out and sludgy choral drones punctuated with fractured gasps of drum machine r… Read more
From the exotic mind of Tandy Love the Turk Jerk comes a followup to his Fat City LP, 13 de-pipped and delectable edits of obscure and unknown Anatolian psyche. From the Bosphorus to the Irwell, nobody does it quite like this fella, selecting only the ripest, most exotic fruits from his collection and serving only the juiciest bits. On the A-side psych heads will be in their element with the ruck of fuzzy guitar driven bombs like 'Indian Zone Drum Killer Inc' and its majestic folksy flourishes, or the hard head-nodders groove of 'Vachina-Vabham' while cuts like 'Miste Me' … Read more
I honestly never expected to see this 12", with promises of a release running back some 2 years now we had pretty much given up hope but here it is finally, Joker's wonky synth odysee 'Gully Brook Lane' on fully released vinyl!!! It's been bloody hard not to hear this massive track getting truly rinsed by every grime and dubstep DJ with enough dollar to knock up a dubplate version, but that really can't diminish the fact that this is a seriously sick riddim, featuring some of the nastiest and funked up synth riffage this side of Parliament over a punishing bassline that puts most produce… Read more
Om Unit presents a killer EP of fractured Electro for Civil Music, one of his very best to date. Paying dues to Aux 88 'The Timps' jams on a shark-eyed, night-hunting Detroit vibe and 'Prawn Cocktail' craftily loosens the rigid swing of the old stuff with trickily programmed patterns and cascading arpeggiations for the electro swingers. He also provides a more shaking Kenny Larkin-like 'Alternative Mix' of 'The Timps' next to Hrdvsion's dramatically slow and menacing remake and Salva's killer slowfast remix of 'Prawn Cocktail'. Solid.
Mutant dubstep ruffige fom Bristol's ID & Skinnz on Tectonic's sister imprint. 'The Most High' takes no prisoners on a tribalist Breakstep pillage armed with rugged polyrhythms and blunderbuss-up-the-dance bass. One craftier, 'No Love' initially rolls out with the Addison Groove-style dubstepXjuke patterns but can't hold back a torrent of junglist breaks and brick-hard subs getting tangled up in the madness.
Some fresh blood for the Brainfeeder label, Jeremiah Jae is a Chicago native who somehow manages to blend the cut-and-paste of the LAFMS, the synthetic pulse of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and rare groove of Madlib and emerge with something effortlessly engaging and shockingly coherent. Madlib might just be the best reference, but this is far from an exercise in second-rate ‘Unseen’ pastiches, just flip over to the Delia Derbyshire-esque ‘Stones Passage’ and prepare to have your brain cells frazzled by Jae’s genius-level of control over his unexpected, pulsing rhythms and the kin… Read more
Steve Moore, he of Zombi, Lovelock and Titan fame, presents his second solo outing for Static Caravan with the advanced synth visions of 'Primitive Neural Pathways'. Benefitting from a sterling mastering job by renowned synth boffin, Benge, this is among his most beautifully realised efforts to date, enveloping his sound with a most succinct narrative while erring ever closer to the almost unreachable authenticity of seminal works by Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese or Jean Michel Jarre. His cinematic senses are tingling with the languid love scene lather of opener 'Orogenous … Read more
Starkey steps up to his 1st solo plate on NHNH (also their first by a non UK-producer), following his remixes of Tempa T and Silverlink for the premier Grime label. Having recently joined BBC 1Xtra's dubstep roster, Starkey is riding high at the moment, a fact surely justified by this ace release. 'PC' links with up-and-coming MCs Merky Ace & Kozzie on a Road Rap-styed halfstep/HipHop riddim built from crushing drums and a breakdown sounding strangely like Hot Chip. 'Peacekeeper' is one of his symphonic synth efforts full of extravagant, fluorescent melodies and Gangster-boucing beats. Strong.
Modeselektor head up their first solo Monkey Town release, backed with a mean Boys Noize remix! 'Monkey Flip' is a massive Berlin 'bab of party goodness, rocking a ragga sound infected with spiraling IDM arpeggios and gurgling acid licks while Nazizi and Abbas drizzle hot sauce all over the joint. For the remix, Boys Noize spin it as a percolating Booty banger with squelching bass sounds and cheeky jacking groove built for the rave. Mad fun!
Easily one of the finest producers working within the the German techno and house arena today, Stephan Laubner's 'Invisibility ep' is due to go down as a future house classic. 'Birdart' is the epic first track, taking a hefty cue from Omar-S' deeper Detroit house excursions, over the 12 min time span, STL works himself into a lather of perfected house rhythm developments, crafted from a palette of raw and unrefined Roland 707 drum machine patterns and THAT melody. It's a superbly unsettling lead line that sounds like something you may hear coming from a dancefloor in Twin Peaks, were it locat… Read more
A full spectrum display of techno might from Mike Dehnert on his first album proper for Delsin - *including two extra tracks not on the vinyl!*. In the space of only three years Dehnert has accrued considerable acclaim for his uncompromising work within the parameters of pure and raw Techno, dominating dancefloors such as Berghain or Tresor and far beyond with an unruly and kinetic sound. This CD version contains the bonus tracks 'Quattro' and 'Inversion' in addition to the sub propelled swing of 'Infix', the welting jack of 'Palindrome', the peaking riffage of 'Teilfolge' and one of his i… Read more
Legendary German imprint Raster Noton is well known for its often obtuse A&R policy, but this new album from French poet Anne-James Chaton fits in at the most esoteric end of their challenging spectrum. ‘Événements 09’ takes spoken word clips taken from abstract collection of texts and chops them together to create rhythmic patterns. The synthesized, noisy shuffle Pan Sonic might forge from a veritable collection of electronic boxes is re-imagined using the humble voice as the starting point, and although it’s not easy listening by any stretch of the imagination, as the mind gradu… Read more