Monday, 21 November 2011
Night Slugs' east coast soldier comes with four forward BASS hybrids. Like Bok Bok's take on UK Grime and House flavours, Kingdom brings a crucially detached approach to a more American flavoured palette, folding R&B, Footwork and Club-ready House in his ultra-synthetic, heat-seeking fusions. On his third full single he's riding with slow and sticky instrumental R&B on 'Let You No', spilling neon synth juice all o'er booming 808s and an earworming vocal snippet, while 'Stalker Ha' is another knowing nod to the Vogue scene, sparring with MAW stabs, disembodied divas and sullen subs for an afterh… Read more
What's this? A five-track EP from Floating Points?! This is probably the most substantial and also darkest FP dispatch to date, and though a couple of numbers have been kicking around on dubplate for a while, it's good to have all in one place and sounding this spruce. 'Myrtle Avenue' is an out-and-out epic at 10 minutes long, using the time to go super-deep; it's fundamentally a stripped house groover, but with clustered drum-swing and warm, boogie-funked keys very much in the vein of Theo. It really goes at its own pace and is unpressured by the demands of the dancefloor, and is undoub… Read more
Seminal Chicago House music reissued for 1st time - and long overdue it is too. Boo Williams needs little introduction to the world's House cognoscenti: his 40-odd releases for the likes of Relief, Guidance and Ovum have established him as a master of deep, slinky, jackin' Chi-Town grooves. His 1996 side 'Home Town Chicago' was his second album release and contains eight definitive tracks of sophisticated, hardware-honed club music - the sort which still provides all night nourishment and inspiration to dancefloors from Berlin to Miami every weekend. The highlights here are almost … Read more
Joker’s full-length debut ‘The Vision’ may have polarized some listeners with its pop vocal-heavy content, but the man’s here to make amends with this collection of slick instrumental cuts. With the silky tones of Jessie Ware and friends stripped from the meat of the tracks it’s easier to hear Joker’s virtuoso skills at work, especially on tracks like ‘Slaughterhouse’ and standout banger ‘Back In The Days’. The producer is a true gear head, and to hear the light, deft touches in his productions is a joy. I know there are plenty of you out there who still lose it when ‘Tron’ drops, … Read more
Ask anyone "who's the best grime DJ on road?", the answer will likely be Elijah & Skilliam. With their expertly-curated Butterz label and regular radio show for Rinse they've stirred up something of a resurgence of instrumental-lead Grime and given a solid base for new producers such as Royal T, Swindle and TRC to flourish besides scene veterans Terror Danjah & D.O.K., keeping the sound self-sufficiently underground and almost as urgent as it's ever been. So, their mix? It's a restless, relentless joy ride thru 28 tracks from the scene's hottest, covering all the… Read more
Darling Farah (aka Kamau Baaqi) delivers a very eagerly awaited follow-up to his deeply infectious 'Exxy' 12"! It's a genuine cause for excitement round these parts; we've been caning his last 12" to bits and are in sore need of some newness, so this fits the bill nicely. Much like his last, there's the finest traces of R&B/Garage swing, minimised Techno contours and BASS in the balance, all poised and pointed with a beautifully ethereal quality which pushes our buttons. A-side features the lean, muscular Dub-Techno throb of 'Division', operating somewhere between Mosca and Skudge, besides… Read more
Stripped down and optimised future Bass musics from Hemlock's newest signing. Here, Guy Andrews successfully follows the trajectory taken on his Discobelle release, acting like a more melancholy counterpart to the brittle syncopation of Joe or the Jazz/IDM-inflections of Four Tet and El Kid. A-side 'Shades' bears a structural influence clearly inherited from more post-rock-y headspaces, but with meticulously calculated beat programming and breakbeat funk dynamics akin to Anstam. B-side 'Textures' is more dubby, spaced-out and rolling, propelled by air-carving drum syncopation and supp… Read more
Last minute addition to the TKOL remix series, feat extra remixes from Anstam, Jamie xx and Nathan Fake.
Ferocious 12" on Clone's Basement Series from Untold. 'Little Things Like That' is just heads-down, arms-up warehouse techno at its grottiest and most undeniable, atonal chords peeling off a 'floor-locking 4/4 throb - fiendishly simple, fiendishly effective material. 'Bachelor's Delight' is a more unpredictable jacker, it's hard but low-slung riddim anchoring haywire whistling arpeggios and subtly druggy rave riffage. Heavy-hitting.
It's been an amazing year for deconstructed, f*cked-up and destroyed Techno, often emerging from the most unlikely sources. This new album from Yellow Swans' Pete Swanson certainly falls into that category, but might just be the most shocking and exquisitely demented offering of its kind, sounding like a cross between Aphex Twin, Regis, Prurient and Kevin Drumm - with all the brilliance those names suggest. On these tracks he continues to mine beneath the topsoil of the American noise scene into a more delirious, deafening style of bunkered Techno sharing much in common with Pruri… Read more
Terror Danjah hits our R&B spot dead-on with two platinum-gilded productions for Hyperdub. No mistake, 'You Make Me' must surely be the most developed, beautifully realised song on his CV, setting Meleka' diamond-sharp vocal against a backdrop of clustered finger-clicks and ultra-lush rhodes romance sounding like some seriously prime Timbaland production. Honestly, we're a bit lost for words, this is just stunning! And as if to show he's still a badman, there's 'Morph2' with D.O.K., an unfeasibly hyperactive display of Hi-Tech swagger. Massively recommended!!!
Strong session for Black Acre's increasingly ace 1000names duo, distilling their slo-mo boogie on five supremely sticky grooves for Svetlana. The pace rarely troubles the 110bpm barrier but that's not to say there's still tonnes of propulsive motion at work; their deeply compressed and condensed flows are bristling with energy. From the top 'La Boheme' locks into a pyroclastic dub disco flow reminding of vintage E.M.A.K. productions, before 'Planet Video' traps your booty in a classy triplet clasp and 'Machine City' again looks to vintage Teutonic electro for inspiration. Most impressiv… Read more
A diverting, beautifully produced LP of arty electronic pop and minimal synth from Germany’s Andreas Reihse, on a busman’s holiday from his celebrated Kreidler project. On ‘Johnny Hairo’ and ‘Bahia Knife’ Reihse takes cyclical kosmische motifs and rides them to into playful, unpredictable territory – making for a seductive club music somewhere between krautrock, Balearic-edged techno and seedy late 70s cabaret. ‘Der Lange Weg Dusseldorf’ is an homage to the town where Reihse shared a rehearsal room with Pole in the late ‘80s, and where Reihse’s hero Klaus Dinger lived and had his s… Read more
Arttu makes his debut on Soulphiction's Philpot label with two squashed jackers. 'Transfiguration' rolls with square bass acid lines and well deployed samples building to a stealthy climax, while 'Upwards' plays a little rougher, using the same bassline but with more bruised drums and a heads-down intent.
Bristol's impeccably curated Futureboogie imprint hands the reigns to Behling & Simpson for the label's fourth release. Four tracks of warm, sexy and swung Disco-House are on the cards, from the frickled congas and R&B glossolalia of 'Politics' thru the smudged chug of 'UFO' and the certified highlight 'Yenisei', which sounds like something Aardvarck might make after one too many blunts. Cool beans.
Finders Keepers have invited Chris Geddes of Belle & Sebastian to raid their archives for the latest in their fundraising 'Make Do & Mend' series. Like previous episodes there's an exclusive track thanks to Dig Red Chess' edit of Zak Troubles funky psych cut 'On Stoned Azure Lice'. Otherwise it's a another hugely diverse instalment, ranging from the pastoral bliss of Jane Weaver's 'Hud A Llefrith', to Bran's psychedelic Welsh soul, Sroeng Santi's titanic Sabbath cover 'Kuen Kuen Lueng Lueng', horny breakbeats from Ilaiyaraaja, breakneck Tur… Read more
A well-deserved single release for the opening track from Jersey indie-poppers Big Troubles’ Slumberland debut ‘Romantic Comedy’, ‘She Smiles For Pictures’ shows exactly why so many of us are crazy for the band right now. There’s nothing new about the band’s sound but they conjure up memories of a time when indie pop was so much less cynical than it is today. A time when 7”s were only 99p, a time when compilations weren’t all digital and a time when you didn’t have to watch yer favourite band take a poo on social media to be labeled a fan. Lovely stuff, and bundled up with exclusive B-Side ‘Polyommatus Blue’ just for kicks.
ANTHEM TIMES! Champion finally unleashes one of summer 2011's biggest hits, 'Sensitivity', backed with the boisterous 'Tun Up Di Bass'. Fresh from distinguished appearance on Ben UFO's Rinse mix and innumerable rinses at raves across the country, this Ruby Lee-starring ace is almost the perfect collision of R&B pop, roadwise Funky and Soundsystem dynamics, a poised balance of sweetened soul and irresistible, futurist funk which surely ranks in the finest singles of the year. The flipside 'Tun Up Di Bass', by contrast, is an aggy fusion of jump-up Funky and Dubstep rave licks arranged to wreck a dance. ESSENTIAL.
Sharper-edged W*tch House pop from This Is Music's starlet. The original sounds something like the UK's answer to Jojo or Britney, with production somewhere between D'eon's gleaming '80s infusions and Danja-style R&B electro trance. The Night Plane remix gives her a more streamlined modern ElectroDisco makeover.
Spirit crushing set of alternate revisions for Cloaks' 2009 album 'Versus Grain', featuring deconstructions by Ancient Methods, Legion Of Two and the entire 3by3 roster of Justin Broadrick, Dead Fader, Devilman, Oyaarss and Volt Music. Most notably the Ancient mechanically reclaimed Ancient Methods remix is their first ever track released on CD, while JK Flesh (aka Jesu) amps the ferocity of 'Rust On Metal' with a lip-smackingly noisy relish and Dead Fader unleash a hell-raisingly unhinged remix of '#000148'. It also includes the debut of two new projects; Devilman aka Shige Ishihara (DJ Sc… Read more
Tiombe Lockheart's future funk posse, Cubic Zirconia, get busy with the frisky Latin ElectroHouse styles on 'Take Me High'. Twirling piano keys, syncopated percussion and cascading boogie licks make for a fine party starting original, while Bart B More fires off a chunkier Acid House remix. Tipped by Annie Mac, no less.
Eeerie, effective future-garage styling from Dauwd, leading with the phased chords, stinging b-line and spectral vocal pressure of ‘What’s There’ – terrifically well-executed stuff, if not the most original. ‘Acireams’ feels fresher, finding a quivering balance between haunted UKG and pellucid, Kompakt-style minimal house. ‘Ikopol’ rides a slightly more broken but still very elegant rhythm through chilly Continental atmospherics. For fans of Cloud Boat, Mount Kimbie et al.
It’s got to be said, Weird Forest is one of the most uncompromising record labels around (at least in the top three right?) – that an imprint can drop this blood-gargling double vinyl alongside Lil B’s mesmerizing ‘Rain In England’ is just asking for massive respect. ‘The Sun Of Circles And Wood’ might be the label’s oddest offering to date, and that’s saying something – it’s from Finland, which certainly tells part of the story but it doesn’t really explain everything. We’re informed that Dead Reptile Shrine are a black metal act, but I could just as easily see th… Read more
Ed DMX on form with five diverse and idiosyncratic Jack/Electro trax. A-side makes good with the Urban Tribe-meets-Ghost Box flex of 'Broken SD140', the cracked-out DJ Bone style Techno of 'RX5 Cassette Loop' and the kinetic, ghoulish 'TR808 Echo Beats'. B-side, 'Past Master' is classic DMX Krew alien funk, a few shades off the Analord series, and 'Goodbye Sparks' a weirdly funky analogue jam.
Doubleheart is the tightly coiled sound of Neil Landstrumm and Optimo's J.D. Twitch going about some shifty Latin Tech business. It's a classy hybrid of conjoined sounds, mixing early rave flavour with a mechanized Latin tilt to arrive at something contemporary yet classically 'floor oriented. 'Salsa' is the pick, arranging intricate, 'floor-scuffing shuffles under ghostly rave signals and creepy bleeps with Landstrumm's signature hardware tweaks on show. Flipside 'Ache' is craftier, treading that murky 1990 area where House was a syncretic fusion of Hip Hop, Dub, Hardcore and nascent Techno. Aces.
'Altogether Lost', the killer collab between Bristol's avant-techno warriors Emptyset and Underground Resistance's Cornelius Harris gets a worthy re-rub from Behling & Simpson. Any of Detroit's top boys would be proud of this low-slung, teched-out boogie treatment, which is propelled along by moody strings, bulbous analogue bass and splacking no-wave percussion - it really does sound like a lost UR or C2 classic, Harris's grave lyrical pronouncements all the more commanding in this darkling down-tempo context. Terrific job.
Following his re-entry into the release orbit with 'Make You Rock', Detroit's Erik Travis rolls out four authentically old-skool Booty rockers for Clone. With a strictly hardware-only setup, Erik comes with the funked-up, sing-a-long bounce of 'Big Spenders', the ruffed-up minimalism of 'Turn It Up', and the uptempo rocker 'get Your Body On The Floor' for the reel freeks.
Suave Deep House remixes of the Clone mainstay from Larry Heard and Deetron. Mr Fingers' Afropsychojungledub is a real peach, primed for those points of the night when you're gliding high, while Deetron's mix is more driven and hypnotically European, but still bags of soul flowing groove. Aces.
Fluid, Footworked Future Garage from Vancouver's HxdB and his buddy 3rdeye. In a similar vein to Sepalcure, 'Transpacific' melds memes from both sides of the ocean in lush style for romanticised dancefloors, while Resketch gives a more reduced version hinting at the Night Slugs sound of Egyptrixx or Kingdom.