Sunday, 18 September 2011
For the last instalment in their Circa series, Preservation capture the debut collaboration from astral traveller Justin Wright (Expo 70) and electro-acoustic explorer Aaron Martin. Both musicians have established illustrious, singular catalogues of electronic music with quite varying approaches, but consolidate a common ground on 'Light Poured Out Of Our Bones', realising an epically deserted, widescreen psychedelia as potently transcendent as anything they've done individually. We embark the journey with the out-of-body witness of 'Brush Fire', scanning … Read more
Slick collaboration between Atjazz and Karizma aka Exist. The original is guaranteed to keep the 'floor's attention with dope samples, sparkling keys and a winning synthline in freshest Floating Points style. The Atjazz Astro Dub places more emphasis on clipped and shaking drum patterns with a killer marimba hook for the Funky crowd. Fans of everything from Paul Woolford to Afefe Iku and Xxxy should check this!
For the more discerning dancers and DJs, Don't Be Afraid are racking up a proper cache of fat and fresh House and Boogie cuts that can't be ignored. Their latest comes from label head Benjamin Semtek, working to a deadly scheme of quaking acid bass and twitching drum edits on 'Pizza', proper, sophisticated future boogie styles. Flipside 'Goons' cuts a stealthier figure with splashy dub FX wrapped to a strutting House rhythm, again riding the fattest, most squashed subs you could hope for, before UR affiliate DJ 3000 steps in for a tidy Detroit remix of the title track. Really weighty business.
Fractal HipHop finery from your boy Inflatable Matress, aka Wigflip Records head Will Presta. 'Pumped Up/Blue Matress' collects both sides of his debut cassette mixtape, a headily psychedelic session of deconstructed breaks and sample collaging akin to Ras G dreaming of J Dilla at a session with Run DMT. No bar is allowed to settle longer than it needs, constantly in motion through kaleidoscopic FX and wormholed loop spirals to fold your depth perceptions inside out and over again. If you're feeling the Leaving Records styles of Matthewdavid or Dem Hunger, or even Diamond Catalog and DJ Expressway Yo Yo Dieting this is a bit of a must have.
Part of the Circa series is the second album from Nikolas Mohanna under his birth name after years of recording as Vakhchav. 'Reflectors' draws upon the rich sensory experience of living in the complex sprawl of New York, and his time studying with noted improvisor and sampling maverick Bob Ostertag, to create dense, dynamic and detailed electronic environments with a certain sense of sci-fi wonder. We can hear this in the quality of shifting layers in 'Neon Agents', which disperse and diffuse as through we're hovering through a misty alley in the sub-levels of a futurist metropolis, … Read more
Gunnar Jonsson aka CCO's Porn Sword Tobacco follows a pair of brilliant Kontra 12"s alongside Joel Alter with this luxurious session for JAB. A-side is a sumptuous square bass-driven groover flush with warm synth washes for fans of Move D or Kassem Mosse's deepest moments, and B-side 'Tempelhof Zwo' is a head-melting acid-dub cruise with beautiful, cottony pads and smudged-to-tape finish. Just another lush record from the beautifully curated JAB. Mastered at D&M for optimized performance.
Gay Marvine pays tribute to the legendary disco figurehead Sylvester with four canny edits. Includes the percolating cowbells and simmering strings of 'I Who Have Nothing', the raunched-up Bass vamps and reverbed screams of 'Band Of Gold', the peakin' Hi-NRG arpeggios of 'Do You Wanna Funk', cutting staright to chase as 'Doyouwannaf*ck? Do You?', plus the wickedly delayed gratification of 'Baby, Let's Trip Out'. Scorching!
Smoky, noirish French electronica and disco-touched theme music for new film 'Blind Valley'. The production duo of Benjamin Boguet and Julien Briffaz offer something a little more substantial than their usual EPs, taking in glammed-up disco-rock on the title music, through to cinematically slow synth music on 'Teenage Tricks', sludgy horror themes on 'The Creep' and the evocative intrigue of 'The Boat Trap'.
New project from Touch artists (Mika Vainio, Fennesz, Philip Jeck, Hazard, AER, Biosphere and Chris Watson) joining the dots between Chris Watson's close up wildlife recordings (in this case from the amazing 'Outside The Circle Of Fire' and 'Stepping Out Of The Dark') and baring out the similarities to modern laptop composition. Mika Vainio explores micro processing - haunted intent, Phillip Jeck amazes, transforming the sounds of 'Red Rumped Tinkerbird' into a shooting range at a backward touring funfair. Hazard adds warmth into the late night undergro… Read more
Vermont/Brooklyn duo of Misha Mross and Amber Schaeffer make their debut on Moodgadget with six tracks of melancholy synth-pop/electronica. The production references retro coldwave and futurist synth-pop but with an updated IDM aesthetic and coolly delivered vocals. Highlights have to be the emotive electro-scaping of 'Infinity Focus' and '12,000 B.C'.
Gorgeous fusion of Brazilian Bossa, Folk and Soul from LA's Gaby Hernandez. Now, we're most used to seeing Gaby share billing with her Build An Ark co-founder Carlos Niño, or in collaboration with a constellation of her LA friends and contemporaries (Take, Teebs, Dimlite, Ammoncontact, the list is loong!), but on 'Sweet Starry Night' it's Gaby Hernandez at the top, and much the better for it. The instrumental backings from the Life Force Trio, aka longterm musical partners Carlos Niño & Dexter Story of Build An Ark, lend a lush yet simplistic freshness and narrative breeziness t… Read more
Grumpy, grungy Techno from the CLR camp. Tomym Four Seven kicks chunks out of the dancefloor with his bruising Industrial stepper 'Snout' and the mechanical grind of 'Talus'. Chris Liebing's 'Snout' remix goes a step further into Laibach territory with sweaty, oil stained riffage and more stomping flow, and Lucy does his stylishly syncopated swing thing.
Debut album of Scanda-learic Disco-House Electronics. Marius finds himself in good company on Full Pupp alongside former collaborators such as Prins Thomas, Ray Mang, Rune Lindbaek and more, plying a brand of dusky disco with lightly layered instrumentation and enough arpeggios to keep you sailing beyond the sunset.
'The Decline Effect' is Jim Haynes' latest investigation into the entropic properties of "rusted" noise and drone. The San Fran artist is also known for his work as Coelcanth with Thuja's Loren Chasse, but solo his sound is closer to that of BJ Nilsen, Francisco Lopez or Hafler Trio. Influenced by matters of parapsychology, psychokinesis and extra-sensory perception, these four pieces of decayed electroacoustics are "evidence left behind from ephemeral aktions, shipwrecked electronics, re-engineered field recordings, and transmissions from the ether"; tangibly vapourous and acutely … Read more
Unearthed soundtrack work by the infamous Anton Maiovvi. Trial By Bullet' was the Berlin-based synth fiend's soundtrack to a short-lived Italian crime thriller of the same title. Centred around an intergalactic cop and his hunt for a Jeffrey Dahmer-like killer who preyed on off-planet sex clubs, Maiovvi's score provides the necessary mixture of adrenaline-rush Italo-Techno arpeggios and orgiastic synth-sexual Electro to bring the eventually banned (by Pope John Paul II, no less) series vividly to life with a little bit of your own imagination.
Cardopusher expands his remit with a squashed electro-boogie number featuring marble mouthed MC Sensational, plus the squelchy acid HipHop joint 'School Daze'. Remixing the title track, Neuhen flips a faster Juke style, Sesped jams on a boldly Techy Boogie sound, and Baconhead drops the natty 8-bit vibes. Kid 606 comes hardcore with the 'Pupusa' remix and Pocz & Pacheko fire off the rampant Kuduro flex of their 'Antisharkz' remix.
New material from Jan Jelinek is always cause for celebration, and ‘Xango’ marks the second outing in as many years for his seminal micro-house project Farben, reactivated in 2010 after a six year absence. On first listen, the four tracks assembled here are on the kind of lo-fi, experimental house tip you'd more readily associate with STL or Jamal Moss, but on closer inspection their surface toughness conceals a depth and an attention to detail that's just staggering, and pure Jelinek: with its primitive palette of playful, vaguely aquatic, ping-ponging sounds, 'LesssseN' could've been made by his r… Read more
A rare and typically beautiful outing from Nest, aka Deaf Center's Otto Totland and Huw Roberts of Wales' Serein Records. Quiet, meditative piano and ambient electronics are dealt in sublime manner over four compositions. 'Stillness' is drifting and pastoral, with plangent keys against a widescreen backdrop, while 'The Dying Roar' is more bleak and droning, leaden with heavy hearted emotion. Further in, 'Koretz's Meteor' makes odd use of field recordings and the sound of camera snapping to texturise a swirling drone symphony, and 'The Ultimate Horizon' is more concisely constructed from aquatic s… Read more
Thursday, 15 September 2011
**Limited, individually numbered edition of 600. 3LP box-set of incredible extreme noise and power electronics mixed with unpredictable moments of folksong and weird, loungey solo synth workouts. Oscillates wildly between furious and gentle like only the Japanese can** "GRIM is an absolutely amazing, almost skizophrenic and obscure power-electronics and noise-one-man project of Jun Konagaya. Jun's sound change its mood and atmosphere in seconds. From extreme harsh and hard power electronic noise-walls to ingenious folk-songs and tunes as you know it from Charles Manson. In the very early 80s… Read more
**Limited, individually numbered edition of 600 with certificate of ownership. 5LP compilation + DVD + 20-page 11"x11" booklet housed in embossed box, documenting a plethora of bands who played in the Antwerp venue for extreme arts and music, Club Moral. Covers all manner of grotty minimal Belgian synth music, noise and stranger, unclassified doings** "Club Moral was founded by Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven and Danny Devos in Antwerp in January 1981. The framework to this incredible Box-Set is mainly based on selected tracks by DDV from "4 Sept" (CM02) and "A Sound Atlas of Venerology… Read more
Ex-Harry Pussy guitarist Bill Orcutt's 2009 side 'A New Way To Pay Old Debts' was an instant classic for those attuned to his brand of stomach-scrapingly raw, hoary blues improvisation. Few could have expected the album to be subsequently issued on CD by Editions Mego, but the more you thought about it the more it made sense - though all-acoustic, Orcutt's music is every bit as extreme, violent and threshold-testing as that of, say, Florian Hecker, Russell Haswell or Mika Vainio. As if to prove it wasn't a token gesture towards eclecticism, Mego boss Peter Rehberg has signed a brand n… Read more
Bristol's Distorted Minds, the overseers of the D-Style and H.E.N.C.H labels, drop two old-skool styled atmospheric Jungle cuts for Blackout music. 'Rotation' opens to lush synthwork for the floating rollers before a controlled barrage of tightly compressed amens conduct the dance in experienced style. Flipside 'Directions' sticks with the '94 styles via sweeping synth washes, sparkling keys, crisp breaks and full loaded subs.
Pure, 'floor-scorching JukeXGarage rinse-out from a rogue San Fran operator. To date Don's done Techy House fusions for Phonica's white label series and self-released a small clutch of Bass grooves besides engineering duties for DJ Harvey, but for our $, this is his best yet. A-side is a pumping number called 'Balboa' fusing springy bass hits with surging rave signals and canny sense of syncopation somewhere between Dance Mania's maddest moments and latinzied Joe-style groove. Flipside 'Von' is equally energetic, full of percolating club rhythms and mesmerizing Techno-Disco synthlines for the dancers. Sick!
Deeply tripped and deadly Avant-Dance music from compelling anomaly, Dro Carey. Since dropping one of last years most un-categorisable and weirdly thrilling 12"s, the 'Venus Knock' EP for Trilogy Tapes, he's been relatively quiet, and it's kinda understandable because most labels are just way too conservative to deal with this amount of madness. So, huge kudos to Ikonika's Hum & Buzz label, for whose forward aesthetic really suits the rhizomatic futurism of this record. His A-side 'Candy Red' is a proper outsider take on Footwork, 808 Bass music, '90s R&B and fractal electronics, hyp… Read more
Pitchfork favourites Zach Hill and Spencer Seim aka Hella kick out the math punk jams on a sixth album together - their first in four years. Showing no signs of arthritis, yet, the duo are as aggressively agile and calculated as ever, reverting back to the two-man set-up they started with for a stripped down but wildly complex sound. But for all their incredibly dextrous and kaleidoscopic arrangements, there's a sense of groove, and defined cohesion which will sustain the attention span of the most ADD punk, and not just come across as a display of technical prowess and tangled time signatures. Impressive.
*Vinyl edition now available* Back in 2009 Syrian superstar Omar Souleyman embarked on his first proper tours of UK, Europe and the US. Since then the Omar Souleyman Band have also performed their unique brand of Kurdish Dabke Techno as far afield as Australia. This CD documents the very best of those shows, including nine live recordings made on three continents, all edited and assembled by Sublime Frequencies associate Mark Gergis. It takes in 'Mawal Hejaz' performed in Philadelphia, 2010, through an energetic recital of 'Gazula/Shift Al Mani' from London's Tufnel… Read more
Glasgow's inimitable Rudi Zygadlo heralds his 2nd album with a one-off single for the taste-making Pictures Music label. Compared with his previous releases for Planet Mu, Rudi's songwriting feels sharper here, while the zig-zagging electronic tendencies are eased with richer instrumentation. A-side 'Catharine' glows with warm brass and finely layered vocal harmonies over proggy, squarepusher-like bass contours, and 'Variously Made Men' finds a sweet spot between almost Beirut-style songcraft and rebellious glitch rhythms, but the emphasis is definitely more on pop effect than experimentalism. … Read more