Monday, 16 May 2011
P Money heads up Butterz' first vocal release with the unshakeably infectious 'Boo You' backed with Royal T retooled Garage remix. For the original P rides an augmented version of TRC's 'Oo Aa Ee' riddim from BRW001, padded out with extra subs and skipping 2-step vibes for wicked impact. Royal T's 'I <3 Garage' remix is essentially the instrumental, primed for the DJs. BIG.
Hypnotic EBM jacks and more exotic electronics from Düsseldorf's Tolouse Low Trax aka Detlef Weinrich from Kreidler. The blatant highlight is a remix of artpunk duo Noblesse Oblige's 'Prokery', ramping up the original intent with an Industrial force akin to classic DAF. The other tracks are weirder in that experimental SD sense, snaking between the strange Afro-Baroque elegance of 'Asimad' to the dry, Cab's-like drum machines and melted bass of 'Local Vers', and a blunted New Beat sound on 'E-Sarto'. Well recommended for the freaks.
**Pungent, droning works for guitar from seasoned shredder and Charalambides man Tom Carter, now available digitally after appearing on cassette in an edition of just 120.** These two extended pieces – described by the label as “metallic raga” - manage to sound nicely scuzzed and streetwise while also managing to chart the astral sublime. 'Gonna Tune Right In On You' comes over like a grungier, hypnagogically-attuned descendent of Glenn Branca's multi-layered axe symphonies, charged with a faint whiff of Dolphins Into The Future’s cetacean ambience 'Go To The Mirror Boy' sounds like Ter… Read more
'Yr Fifteen Minutes Are Up' is Cardopusher's third album, and cements his shift from Breakcore into heavyweight pan-Ghetto Bass mutations. Packing the original tracks and Ghosts On Tape remix from his 'Coppertoned Punch EP', he also presents a slew of fresh material and guest vocal appearances from Sensational and Juakali. It's strong stuff, swaggering from fusions of Zomby-like bloops and Roska-style rhythms on 'Paintbrush', to Latinized Funky for 'Juice In Blender' and lazer-Cumbia on 'Tuff Titty Rap', while Sensational rides a wicked halfspeed electrofunk beat on 'We want Ca$h' and Juakali spices up the hypnotic Bashment of 'Nice Up'. Very cool.
Following a string of well received albums for Japan's Lantern imprint, Martin Schulte appears on Traum's new Telrae sublabel. The four tracks of 'Urban Spirit' are suspended between a cats cradle of half-heard field-recordings, magically spectral synth pads and richly sonorous dub bass, all executed with a finesse approaching that of Sven Weisemann. We recommend checking 'Satelite' for a more experimental moment, finding Martin on a swung and off-centre 4/4 groove with sumptuous, plummeting subbass and unfathomably wide atmospheres. RIYL Deepchord!!
Coming across like a treasured bootleg of a long rumoured demo from a band that probably split before releasing its best work, ‘Sweet Hassle’ is an album to cherish. Ryan Garbes is probably better known for offering his instrumental prowess to Wet Hair and Raccoo-oo-oon, and here he finally gets to flex his solo muscles, and comes up with a record that stands tall and proud in the Woodsist catalogue. It’s not an electronic album but there’s a hell of a lot of electronics, neither is it a rock album but damned if there aren’t a bunch of rock songs scattered across the record. It’s a singu… Read more
'Stay Away' is a dazzling introduction to Charli XCX - This Is Music's very promising pop starlet - via heavyweight remixes from Salem and Deep Teknologi's T. Williams. You'll have to hunt elsewhere for the original right now, but in Salem's hands 'Stay Away' becomes a slow-motion collapse of suspended 808 fills coated with synaesthetically corrosive synths and mumbled vocals, like it was heard through a narcotic stupor (which it probably was). Turn over and T. Williams takes it upbeat, cradling her affected vocal, which sounds somewhere between Fever Ray and M.I.A, in a flitting Funky rhythm and caustic electro synth burns. Road ready and very good to go. TIP!
*Includes a Move D remix* Leif joins 20:20 Vision's new Fina Records offshoot with four tracks of classically informed, fresh and deep House music. 'So Long' works on some sprightly Mood II Swing styles replete with sweet vocal and tender chords, while 'Tell You Something' grooves with tweaking electronic murmurs and a classy, subs-driven rhythm. In the hands of House veteran Move D, 'So Long' is dipped with his inimitable swing and diffused with a deft jazz-dub touch to envelope the floor.
Record store day has come and gone this year, but there’s still just enough remnants left over to get excited over. This killer split pits two nu-psych behemoths against each other – Philly pscyhedelic giants Purling hiss and doomy noisers Puffy Areolas. Both bands have left a trail of EPs, 12”s and 7”s in their wake the last few years, and hearing them knocking on each others doors makes perfect sense; Purling Hiss contribute a shred-heavy slice of extended psych jamming, but it’s Puffy Areolas who emerge victorious on this double header. With a barrage of sc… Read more
Classy Detroit House business by Reggie Dokes, backed with a sterling remix from Morning Factory. Reggie's originals strike that inimitable balance of raw and gritty but silky smooth, coming with liquid keys and infectious Afro-Latin drums on 'Haiti', and again with fancy organ tinkling, sweeping strings and deceptively simple but definitely propulsive drum programming for 'God Of House'. In the vision of two young Dutch producers, Morning Factory, Reggie's 'Once Again' becomes a passionately bristling, sensually kinetic late night House tool for those who know.
Sleek and spacious Techno-House from Cologne's Niederflur duo. After the stringent minimalism of their M-nus releases, there's slightly more melodic colouration to the gracefully chords-driven 'Neue Heimat', but those lookign for the darker, techier stuff will find it on the the metallic bass shudders of 'Nitribitt', the acid grip of 'Konrad Kujau' or the moody, Monolake-esque soundsphere of 'Flick'.
Fachwerk follow the uncompromising Mike Dehnert album and a KILLER Roman Lindau 12" with two steely focused and grumbling Techno trax by Berlin's Sascha Rydell. A-face rolls out the quaking, systolic thrum of 'SR2', a restrained but surprisingly shifty groove considering the bulk of that bass. Flipside, 'SR3' is a driving Dub Techno churner.
A sludge metal band from Nottingham, Kogumaza might not seem like the most obvious addition to the Low Point stable, but on closer listening it all begins to make perfect sense. While their regular setup seems pretty ‘regular’ (drums, bass, guitar), the band have a secret weapon in fourth member Mark Spivey, who operating behind the mixing desk throws the band’s sound into realms closer to dub than you’d usually expect to hear on a metal record. I’m talking sleazy, degraded delays, haunted echoes and the kind of top cropping that makes this self titled debut the kind of antithesis of the black … Read more
Like James Blackshaw before him, Alexander Turnquist has taken the 12-string guitar and reframed its folkish twang into a dreamy cloud of harmonic beauty. With Christopher Tignor on violin and Matthew O’Koren on vibraphone there seems to be enough depth to Turnquist’s compositions to elevate the pieces into the realms he clearly wishes to be placed. There are nods to Steve Reich, Jack Rose and of course John Fahey, but it remains Blackshaw’s influence that echoes resounding across ‘Hall of Mirrors’. The shimmering notes, the restraint and Turnquist’s sense of melody make listening a becalming experience; listen and sink away into the dense air.
Tangles provide another gem on the Triple You Tapes series run by the Friendship Bracelet blog. We've already been quite charmed by Ivan Mairesse's 'Lovers Lane' and 'No Sweat, The Frolixian Said' has had a very similar effect. Tangles' sound is much more shoegaz-y, but not the heavier, noisy stuff. On 'One Hundred Million Billion Is a Lot but You Should Know More' they achieve a sound somewhere between James Ferraro's 'Last American Hero' and Dolphins Into The Future's 'Ke Ala Ke Kua', a sanguine, somnambulent drifter sound shaped from gaseous wordless vocals and languid liqui… Read more
Sublime psych-pop jams from San Fran's Ivan Mairesse, serving his full debut length album through Friendship Bracelet's Triple You Tapes label. Ivan's previously played with his ex-schoolmate Julian Lynch and some of the guys from Rangers so it's no big punt to place him alongside Olde Spelling Bee's H-Pop sound. However, where those guys are more prone to go a bit stranger, Ivan's songs are simply more sweetly tempered and the strangeness manifests more subtly, like on the woozy harmonics of 'Out Of My Way' or the distanced alien chirrups of 'Buckingham'. Just like those artists, his s… Read more
Government Bookshops is the uncompromising noise alias of Sleeparchive. Originally released on 2 x C20 cassettes and limited to 15 copies, 'Alone' is his fourth release in this guise for his boutique imprint The All Clear; the label which presented his brilliant turn as Skanfrom on the 'Are You Alone' 7" in 2009. Well, this sounds f*ck all like that. Working as Government Bookshops, he makes music which is influenced by staring at ingrain wallpaper and it's incredibly hypnotic. There are eight five minute tracks, each dealing with a monotone barrage of grey tones ranging f… Read more
Affective noise experiments from Sleeparchive operating in his Government Bookshops guise. Like the accompanying 'Alone' release, 'Static' investigates tracts of intuitively organised noise and distortion. These pieces are more diverse in composition than the other release, but no less uncompromising. They're stoic, yet corrosively visceral and deeply mesmeric. 'Static-One' immerses us in a section of slow boiled and rhythmic noise cutting to howling noise, discrete background sounds and unsettling bass rumbles leading to an excoriating final flourish. 'Static-Two' starts… Read more
Alvin Friedrich's untitled noise/electronic experiments were released on Sleeparchive's The All Clear imprint as a limited run of 20 copies in early 2010. This is the first time it has appeared as a digital release. The music was recorded using synths, no input mixer, and wrong wired devices. It comprises nine relatively brief tracks of autistic, discrete and cryptically organised sounds ranging from humming bass drones to scraped and shaped signal interference, odd machine dialogues and slightly deranged repetitions. There are some interesting concrète recording techniques deployed thro… Read more
Thursday, 12 May 2011
Exquisite offerings from Eglo's blessed soul vocalist, Fatima Bramme Sey, atop the creamiest beats from equally talented producer/label boss, Floating Points. If you've dipped into the warm waters of modern Soul in the last few years it's highly likely you're familiar with Fatima's output already, from her appearances on DVA's 'Just Vybe (Soule:Power Mix)' to Shafiq Husayn's 'Lil Girl' or a slew of Eglo releases. Make no mistake, though; this is the one you need! The A-side is a luxurious showcase in three parts: from the bass-suspended red-carpet introduction of 'Cinnamon', through the soul-con… Read more
Spectrum Spools, the bespoke imprint run by Emeralds' John Elliott through Editions Mego in Vienna, is going from strength to strength. Latest to join its ranks are the Brooklyn minimal synth trio Forma, whose debut LP is a self-styled tribute - and testament - to the enduring power of kosmische. Sumptuously melodic, with flights of improvisational fancy nicely anchored by taut, repetitive drum structures, it's hard not to fall in love with this record. We're particularly smitten with 'Forma 237A'; with its hollow, heavily-dubbed tom sounds, and the bass-heavy dronescape 'Forma 247' (catchy titles, we kn… Read more
A 2nd, KILLER presentation of assured Nigerian and Ghanaian highlife classics selected by the good, good people at Vampi Soul. It features nineteen tracks by essential artists of the genre such as ET Mensah & The Tempos, Dr Victor Olaiya, Prince Nico Mbarga, Dr Sir Warrior, and Rex Lawson, plus extensive notes by experts, Rita May and Max Reinhardt, and artist photos.
UK Funky's foremost architect drops his most substantial release to date, the crucial 'Patience EP' via Good Years. Since dropping his definitive 'Funky Flex' 12" in 2008 and the successive 'Pulse vs Flex' and 'Seasons' in 2009, Lil Silva has played it very cool with only a select handful of highly considered killers on Night Slugs besides some higher profile remix work for Mark Ronson and on Fugitive's 'Bad Girls'. His first drop of 2011 is stupendously heavy. From the cold, martial snare cracks and demented samples of 'Patience', to the overwhelmingly subbass pressure of 'Cheese And Bun',… Read more
**Double gatefold digipak 24 track 2CD with artwork by Will Bankhead** Hessle Audio are surely the UK's finest forward-thinking dance label. Their ascent to the bassbin vanguard is cemented with '116 and Rising', a comprehensive double CD affair looking back over 12 of their finest moments from the last four years, and looking forward to 12 crucial exclusives from their deadly roster. Since 2007 their band of advanced sonic thinkers and bassbin assassins have produced a stream of achingly ON IT records, including no small amount of debuts and genre classics from figures who've come to m… Read more
Slick debut of synth-iced HipHip electronica from Utrecht-based Krsur, featuring remixes by Naive Machine and Niño. For our $, this is the best release on MYOR records to date, combining the best bits of synth-driven Skweee funk and Beat Dimensions bounce in lazer-cut form. The synaesthetic quality of the title sweetly reflects his sound, from the Physical Therapy-esque future G-synths of 'Crystal' to the exquisite, Jheri-curled '80s funk of 'You're So Glow', but he's matched toe-for-toe ont he remixes, with a cyber-spacious bump 'n grine remix of 'Starlights' by Naive Machine, and the epic, Carpenter-… Read more
Following a strong introductory 12" on Subeena's Opit label, Kentucky's Milyoo drops four deep-fried and unclassified beats for Saigon. As anyone who peeped the 'Dasein' 12" will testify, there was simply no stable bracket for his sound, so we won't try and fix him with one. Inside the 'Kazduon EP' you'll find fluctuating shards of House and R&B wrapped with rogue acid squirms and the techiest beat science, all dynamically diffused with sweetest electronica melodies. We could easily hear the jacking title track working with your Actress or Joy Orbison tracks, while the killer 'Takedown' in tucked … Read more
It's hard to believe that 'Ascension' is only the third Jesu album (after 2007's genre-defying 'Conqueror'). Justin Broadrick and pals have kept up a steady stream of lengthy EPs and splits in the downtime, and I suppose I assumed that one of those must have been an album. Here's the news, it wasn't, and listening to 'Ascension' it makes perfect sense that Broadrick took the time to formulate a measured follow-up to his breakthrough record, and leave the experiments to the EPs. 'Ascension' appears on Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde label, and somehow that makes perfect sense. Broadrick has cited Red House Pa… Read more
New New Age practitioner Matt Baldwin might now have a wide-reaching scene around him that probably wasn’t as visible when he released his debut album ‘Paths of Ignition’ in 2008, but he still sounds totally alone in his vision. A favourite of one Julian Cope (who describes Baldwin as ‘a one-man heavy metal band’), it’s not hard to understand why Baldwin’s music has been accepted in the outer realms of music present. On ‘Night In The Triangle’ we hear the guitarist take on Judas Priest, Neu!, The Durutti Column and Conrad Schnitlzer, a daring task for any musician but for a solo gu… Read more