Monday, 27 June 2011
Like Julio Bashmore says, "Everybody Needs A Theme Tune" and 'Beautiful Granville (The Original Theme Track)' is Tevo Howard's. Quite unlike his patented House sound, this is a slow slung HipHop number programmed with punchy drum machine rhythms and super sweet floating chords, all rendered with a superb clarity.
Massive four-tracker from DJ venom's partner in crime: Benjamin Damage. Fresh from a sold-out 10" for Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen label and a banger for MDSLKTR's 50 Weapons, Ben goes in hard with FunkyXTechno mutations like '808 Rhythm' and the athletic 'Pump' inna R1 Ryders style, while the melodic 'No Snares' and juicy vibe of 'Run & Bounce' work as great DJ tools. Big TIP!
Juicing 'Altogether Lost' for all it's worth, Ben Klock and Ripperton offer more sexy, mesmeric versions. Ben Klock gives two streamlined tools: a 'Glowing Clap Mix' organised with a dry, grinding Chicago vibe, and a shorter, tentative 'Glowing Pad' mix with subtly rising synthline. Ripperton's 'Underground Kingdom Mix' is quite the epic, stealthily evolving from minimal intro through layered Toms and minor key piano chords before Cornelius Harris appears at the apex, all composed with the graceful glide of Carl Craig special. Usefully, there's also a dub mix of the original, for those who like it mean and raw.
We knew Ideologic Organ, the new Stephen O'Malley-curated imprint from Editions Mego, was going to throw up some curious releases, and lo, we were right - check out this strange and affecting album, a collaboration between Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang - both of whom contributed their acoustic knowhow to Sunn O))'s epic Monoliths & Dimensions LP. It's a selection of unadorned, medievalist ballads - minimalist Spectral music, according to O'Malley - like nothing else we've heard this side of the middle ages, with Kenney's pristine vocals set to the sparsest string accompanim… Read more
Club-ready, hypnotic Tech-House from Circus Company's odd bunch. Swerves between the horny minimalism of 'Your Sex' to more blue song-based Tech-House structures on 'Half Naked' and a drugged-up and shuffling remix from Paul Ritch.
Dreamy deeper electronic House music on the trustworthy Tiger Sushi label. 'House Of Ill Fame' feels like a more dazed Kassem Mosse track transplanted from northern Europe to the Balearics, while 'Speakwrite' is more tensile, mesmerising and driven by sexier bassline.
"First single to be lifted off Xeno & Oaklander's forthcoming new album 'Sets and Lights'. Baroque electronic arpeggios and fast celebratory beats drive the surrealist scenario of 'The Staircase' in which a staircase continually leads to dead ends. The delicate ghostly female vocals mirror this eternal motion forwards and backwards and up and down. This dark tale takes flight into warm noise ornaments and glistening synth flourishes and comes right back to its core: minimal electronics. 'Not Afraid' is a more haunted and dark waltz which takes you to a private enchanted universe of silk, flowers, leather and lace, sheltered away from turbulence and doom."
A darker, more advanced Italian techno affair from Nax_Acid, Ink, Obtane and Claudio PRC. Nax_Acid starts the side with a depth-finding piece of beatless sound design entitled 'The Achromorphe'. The scene is set for Ink & Nax_Acid's 'AX7.1', a superbly sleek construction approaching the Technoid swing of Regis' recent SD and BEB moves, and alloyed with a bass synth sound like the yawn of a Norse god and hypnotic pulses Donato Dozzy would be proud of. Ace. On the other side Obtane and Claudio PRC deliver the more direct linearity of 'Antikythera', a widescreen, mesm… Read more
"Out of the three songs on this release, two were originally released on cassette in the 80s by Danny Bosten of Das Ding via his own Tear Apart Tapes label. The other one (Lab80) was a collaboration he did with his brother and has remained unreleased until now. This release was pressed in conjunction with PopWave301 to celebrate Das Ding’s live set at OT301 in Amsterdam on October 21, 2010."
Reissue of some lost Belgian classics from Autumn - the earliest incarnation of Linear Movement's Peter Bonne and Peter Koutstaal. Formed in 1980, the group amassed an impressive arsenal of synths, sequencers and machines and became well known on the Belgian live circuit with an extravagant audio-visual performance. The nine tracks of 'Synthesize' essentially form a 'best of', culling cuts from their early cassettes and both the title track and 'Third Autumn' from their only vinyl, 'Synthesize' which was a minor Belgian hit in the summer of '82. This one is pretty unmissable for the brightly p… Read more
Seminal Garage producers Dem 2 returns to the fray on Tighten Up with pair of uniquely dynamic swingers. 'She Go Down' is planed for a slinky, vintage-sounding 2-step pressure but kinked with more modern, bubbling production tweaks. 'Long Shak Dodge' is their entry to the Funky market, moving with a smooth House shimmy and finished with a sticky electro edge.
"'Sever' is the third solo album by San Francisco-based composer Jim Haynes, whose singular music evades simple attempts to describe it. The process of decaying and wearing down materials is implied in 'Sever', its passages of rough clang and cyclic scraping metal seem implacably tangible, as if one is witnessing time-lapsing erosion in action. For me, Sever conjures images on oncoming storms, abandoned industrial sites, huge empty warehouses, creaking glass, ships rocking in a port, the middle of the ocean far from land. Sever is an engaging album of evocative, highly visual drone music made up… Read more
Sci-Fi-infected jackers from the Amsterdam underground courtesy of M>O>S head Aroy Dee, Intergalactic FM's G-String and the unknown talent, Marco Spaventi. There's three raw and lo-fi yet sophisticated old-skool grooves reminding of Legowelt, Redshape or Newworldaquarium and one beautiful beatless version of the title track to smudge your head in classic AI style. Lovely release.
Glistening kosmiche/synth music minimalism from Arrow Kleeman, who is also known as Lilienthal. 'Phase Reps & Builds' was originally released on a Root Strata cassette in an edition of 100, but appears digitally for the first time. "Micro body rhythms amplified and overlapping like drifting mosaics. Music based on mathematics, but all the calculations are lost. Electronic organics."
Chunky pounds from Mark Broom and James Ruskin plus a cooler, more stoic remix by Norman Nodge. 'Pigeon' revolves around hypnotic vocal stab and welting kicks with an ace touch of darker synth magic in the closing stages, whereas 'Night Nurse' is more agile, swung with a smarter Hydraulic flow. For the straight jackers, check Norman Nodge's wickedly reserved but subtly dynamic remix of 'Pigeon'.
Moody blue 2-step moves on L2S. 'Montpellier' evolves from swinging 2-step to a 4/4 rollout with rainy day vibes, while 'Home' is darker Burial-style number and Kdns slows 'Montpelier' down, adding hovering synths and field recording textures to emotive effect.
MCDE presents two exclusive cuts priming the scene for his DJ-Kicks mix. They're typically Bass-sunken and deeply soulful burners, featuring a full blown vocal on the original 'L.O.V.E' factored over disco claps, a standardly warm and fluid bassline and rich Rhodes vibes. 'Basement L.O.V.E' even more Theo Parrish-like, from the authentically dusted drums to the haze of keys and potently smoky atmospheres.
After a weekly flow of tracks released since April, the Rival Consoles album is finally here.
Denmark's experimental pop group present 'Fall Forever' backed with remixes by Nicolas Jaar, Alejandro Mosso, and Blakkat. The melancholy disco NRg of the original is transformed into a more ambiguous, and deeply beautiful form by man-of-the-moment, Nicolas Jaar, while Blakkat gives a finely functional, slightly camp Euro-House remix and Mosso remixes 'You And The Gang' with a subtle Latin-Tech shimmy.
After establishing a solid reputation in techno circles with releases and remixes for Project Squared and Immerse, Furreshu appears on Steadfast backed with a propulsive Echologist remix. 'Downstate' carves a kinky groove from triplet-wriggled bass and more metronomic hi-hats, all wrapped with wide dub techno atmospheres. The Echologist dub is more direct but with a ruggedly offset shake primed for 6am lost-in-it moments on dancefloors from New York to Berlin.
Shifted has made a strong impression on 2011 with a debut string of sophisticated, atmospherically enhanced releases for Avian, Syndrome Z and Mote Evolver. He returns on the latter with 'Control', split between the iced monotone roll of the title track, the chilling ambience and slickly hypnotic shake of 'Structure', and two streamlined, darkside jacks on 'Drifting Over' and 'Resurface'. Excellent stuff.
Killer extended edit of NSI's original track, a powerful and unconventional floor-filler twisiting mnml templates into something much closer to classic soundscaping. Taken from last year's 'Max Binski' EP from the NSI duo of Tobias Freund (Pink Elln) and Max Loderbauer (Sun Electric), this cut rises out of the isolation tank and into a crazy, heaving landscape of fluid shapes and odd angles. Underpinning it all is a complex rhythm that's pure Luciano, powered by a stuttering kick drum and some hypersyncopated squiggles, pumping and building until breaking open around the five-minute ma… Read more
Prolific UK House producer follows a sterling stream of releases and remixes on Local Action, Phonica and R&S with two engrossing Tech House tracks for Planet E. Mr Woolford complements the E vibe with the sophisticated psychedelia of 'Achilles', all triping arpeggios and wobbly wet synth squiggles with a Hip-notizing groove. The chunkier percussion of 'Razor Burn' shows why he's so popular with the Funky set, stirring up swing-dippin' drums around dubbed-out and dynamic electro synths. Aces.