Thursday, 03 March 2011
*Vinyl edition contains a free copy of the CD inside.* Sterling new release from Cologne's Magazine label, presenting the first substantial recordings from Jaki Liebezeit's Drums Off Chaos percussion ensemble. For their debut album they're also joined by Köln lynchpin Jens-Uwe Beyer, who's best known for his Popnoname productions on Kompakt's Pop Ambient series and as a member of future kosmiche group, Cologne Tape. Despite being in operation for nearly 30 years, the group have only committed their sound to tape on a handful of rare instances including a … Read more
Sterling new release from Cologne's Magazine label, presenting the first substantial recordings from Jaki Liebezeit's Drums Off Chaos percussion ensemble. For their debut album they're also joined by Köln lynchpin Jens-Uwe Beyer, who's best known for his Popnoname productions on Kompakt's Pop Ambient series and as a member of future kosmiche group, Cologne Tape. Despite being in operation for nearly 30 years, the group have only committed their sound to tape on a handful of rare instances including a mail-order CD from 1985, preferring to keep their tribal … Read more
Kreidler might be on their umpteenth album now, but by the sounds of 'Tank' they have hit upon a creative streak that belies their age. In fact 'Tank' is probably their most creatively successful album to date, and it manages this (oddly enough) by looking backwards, rather than forwards. It is telling that album has appeared on Bureau B, who release mostly reissues, and while 'Tank' is far from a reissue it still manages to take a hefty dollop of influence from the very best of electronic music past. The band's Krautrock worship is still evident throughout, but this is punctuated by nods towards Itali… Read more
Following the almost unanimous praise for their previous studio masterpiece, Moritz Von Oswald (Maurizio/Rhythm & Sound), Max Loderbauer (Nsi./Sun Electric) and Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay) present 'Horizontal Structures', the jazz-suave and rolling x-axis to the kosmische y of 'Vertical Ascent'. The curve of their projections becomes more complex with the addition of Paul St. Hilaire (aka Tikiman) on guitar and ECM artist, Marc Muellbauer's double bass infusing deeply instinctive jazz moves into the cats-cradle of organ, percussion and electronics. There's a more leveled… Read more
*2011 vinyl edition includes a download code redeemable directly from the label* Classic Ariel Pink LP, finally given a vinyl reissue including a download code redeemable directly from the label.
Two robust minimal Tech-House tracks from Ryan Elliott, produced exclusively for OstGut Ton. Surprisingly, the 'Rocksteady EP' is his debut solo release, following remixes and edits for the likes of Audion, Kate Simko and Osborne. The fluid groove of 'Rocksteady' puckers up classic Detroit techno chords over sensual, strafing subbass and spacious atmospheres. 'Steadyrockin' inverts that energy for a stealthily slinky and hypnotic effect. Recommended to fans of Tobias, Cassy, or Martin Buttrich.
'Rest' was Rajko Müller's seminal first album as Isolee, following on from the huge response he got for his 'Beau Mot Plage' track that is the centrepiece of the album. It has been long unavailable and has at long last been given a much needed reissue (and re-master) by the good folk at Pampa, with a nice price to boot.
"its hard to imagine a better electronic record coming out in the next six months; it will likely be one of 2005's best albums of any genre." The Wire, June 2005 issue. This massively anticipated album features the first new material in over 5 years from Playhouse lynchpin Isolée (also known as Raijko Muller), 'We Are Monster' sees him travelling even further down the synth lined path hinted at by 1999's 'Beau Mot Plage'. Assembled from a comprehensive spectrum of beats, strings, guitars and electronic detritus, Muller's skill is to overlay what is essentially a micro-house template th… Read more
Preceding his killer new LP (trust us, it's ace!), Boxcutter drops album highlight 'Allele' backed with the exclusive 'Other People'. The title of the lead track is a reference to gene mutation and that's exactly what he's doing inside, splicing and morphing strands of bobbling Footwork toms with dubbed out techno stabs and jagged hardcore jungle breaks in classic Boxcutter style, only this time he's removed the polished veneer to reveal a rugged, sinuous mass of dancing muscle and bone. 'Other People' is also shy of any overworked post-production adornments, but it's a mellower affair, an archetypa… Read more
Portland band Grails have long been reliable purveyors of a darker brand of psychedelic rock music. Their sound reached a grimy pinnacle on the Important-released 'Black Tar Prophecies', but 'Deep Politics', their latest contribution to the Temporary Residence canon, finds them treading new ground and doing it with an air of pure inspiration. It's no secret that the band are fans of classic horror cinema and the imagery that kicks up, but where their previous albums have alluded to that, 'Deep Politics' makes it the primary focus. From the Hammer-esque artwork down to the initial distorted notes a… Read more
"For this limited edition single, the songs were performed by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang with Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Danny Kiely and Angel Olsen, who toured in the latter half of 2010 with Bonny & Cairo. Special guest Rob Mazurek (whose work brought air and light to Bonny’s Beware) solos delicate on “Island Brothers,” which features stacked harmonies from Bonny, Cairo and Angel. The careful arrangement of dynamics that marked all the songs on The Wonder Show Of The World is present on both songs, with “New Wonder,” more indicative of the ballad style that was explored throughout that album."
Homespun electronic pop music has proved far more popular in the last few years than most of us probably expected. Panda Bear, Atlas Sound, even the expanded Animal Collective have all had unexpected hits with records that sounded like they were the result of more than a few cups of tea and Digestive biscuits in the home studio and that’s no bad thing. Banjo or Freakout (aka Alessio Natalizia) is hardly a newcomer to the scene having released a slew of EPs and being part of both Kompakt’s Walls and Italian post-punkers Disco Drive, but this self titled missive is his debut solo al… Read more
One of HipHop's persistently distinctive voices drops his sixth album, this time for the Anticon label. Assisted by killer productions from the likes of Nobody, Four Tet, In Flagranti and Clark, Beans is as eloquent and bafflingly verbose as ever, breathlessly parading tongue-twisted verse after verse with the controlled gush of a man who knows he's pretty mental, and knows how to control it. 'End Of It All' has already drawn comparisons to the psychotic art(iculations) of P. Diddy and ya boy Kanye, but to be totally fair, Beans has been doing his thing a lot longer than both of them, and without the … Read more
Data steps off into esoteric D&B space with two special deliveries for Blackout Music. 'Burning Paradise' doesn't comfortably fit into D&B or dubstep parameters, although it's tempo would suggest the former. Like the dBridge/Instra:mental/Skream entry for Autonomic, data really sets to work with unpredictable snare placements and generally crafty-as-f*ck programming on this one, while 'Prognosis' is slightly easy to grasp (beatmatch) on a slick and techy minimal halfstep tip.
Fat City reissue Hizatron's Berkane Sol cut, 'Von Glooperstein' backed with a fonky Mr Scruff mix. The original is a fairly obscure piece of mnml techno engineering from the Midlands, which Scruff reworks with a big bag of spanners and some exotic drums to get it up and dancing. Good twelve!
Wednesday, 02 March 2011
Mark Pritchard (Harmonic 313) and Steve White (Spacek) herald the much-anticipated Africa HiTech album with the Jukin' ruffige of 'Out In The Streets' on a one-off download tip. Evidently, Mssrs Pritchard and White have soaked up and assimilated Chicago southside sound in killer style, stepping off where DJ Roc's 'One Blood' started and cooking up a mad fusion of soundsystem flavour and forceful Footowork rhythms. One of the most authentic outsider Juke tracks we've heard - big tip!
Monday, 28 February 2011
*Absolutely mindblowing collection of unreleased material from Chicago House pioneers Virgo, dusted off and now brought to the world courtesy of Rush Hour* Collecting 16 incredible, unreleased tracks produced between 1984-1990, 'Ressurection' is a follow-up to Rush Hour's essential reissue of Virgo's eponymous LP last year. Due to a combination of local label politics and bad timing these tracks have languished in the archives for far too long, but thanks to the diligent efforts of Rush Hour we get a glimpse into the more experimental and esoteric strains of one of Chicago's most definiti… Read more
Heartwarmingly lovely single from Gold Panda, including suitably brilliant remixes by Star Slinger, Forest Swords and Baths. The swaying pulses and convective synth loops of the original 'Marriage' give a fertile starting point for the remixes, from Star Slinger's killer, Salem-style slowfast cruiser, to the crumpled folds of Baths' crisp-but-smudged ambient pop version and a complete overhaul from Forest Swords. It's possibly this mix that deserves the most attention, effectively replacing all the original elements with plangent, dubbed guitar, creepy ambient pads and ghostly African chorals. Recommended!
Heavyweight Dug Out edition, issuing the incredible mid-late '80s Dancehall rarity 'Tempo Explosion'; a run of one-off version excursions on Red Rose's 'Tempo Rhythm' including three head melting dubs. It's regarded as a masterpiece of reggae's digital revolution and the finest release on Sugar Minott's short-lived Black Victory label, utilising the "sainted" players from the Studio One and Music Mountain, Stony Hill studios in JA, and Lloyd "Bullwackie" Barnes crew at Wackies' White Plains Road studio in The Bronx, NYC. Towering above them all is Minott's opening statement 'Devil… Read more
Leaving Records excellent newest addition is Ssaliva, a young man from belgium by the name of François Boulanger who makes ace H-Pop in the vein of Matrix Metals, with just a hint of Hype Williams' dream grease. 'Thought Has Wings' opens to the motivational Yacht pose positivity of 'Best Lose The Dream', while 'Teenage Brain' encapsulates the melancholy of The Cure with the slyness of Jimmy Ferraro. 'Laker' is cuter, woozier, more akin to Ghost Box's Belbury Poly records and 'Crayloa' heads cross-eyed into a sludgy dream dungeon sequence. The tropical dub-soaked 'Moth To The Flame' cou… Read more
As part of BBE’s ‘Beat Generation’ 10th anniversary series this classic jam from veteran producer Pete Rock sees itself back in print, and none too soon. While Rock’s best known material might have been his early records with rapper CL Smooth, his tracks for BBE still carried that unmistakable jazz-flecked punch that used to characterise New York hip hop. These days you would rarely come across a track like ‘Nothin’ Lesser’; with its clipped, crunchy MPC beat and assured flow from The Un, but hearing it now it’s … Read more
It is sad that Dilla’s Beat Generation LP ‘Welcome To Detroit’ was one of the producer’s only ‘proper’ albums. I still remember picking it up from HMV in Birmingham, taking it home and being shocked at just how weird it was. Dilla didn’t pander to any one scene or another, so offering up a record of peculiar instrumentals and electronic skits punctuated by the occasional huge track didn’t seem to bother him. BBE have picked a couple of the aforementioned heavy-hitters for this anniversary re-issue and they haven’t lost any of their clout in the … Read more
While Joker preps his major label assault, his Kapsize label offers crafty cybeR'n'B Dubstep hybrids from Sweden's L-Wiz. Being the first Kapsize 12" to be headed by someone who isn't Joker, they'd have to come with something special. The dextrous downbeat swing of 'Straitjacket' is just that, a unique bassbin grinder nudging the standard halfstep pattern with calculated precision and draped in proper Eurogenous trance-toned synths. '4.42 Oz' is similarly sensual and hanging on a down-stroked halfstep vibe, driven by intertwining bass melody and saccharine-yet-elegant contrapuntal hi-end. DJ support from Plastician and 2562. Nice and greazy...
Sweetest Dug Out revival of a deep sufferers song by Sugar Minott backed with rolling dub versions. 'Sheriff John Brown' originally appeared on Minott's co-curated and short-lived Black Victory label in 1987 alongside the recently reissued (and totally incredible) 'Tempo Explosion' LP. It's a tale of bent cops and going on the run ably driven by Studio One bassist, Bagga Walker's supple, hypnotic lope and killer digital drums, best heard on the stretched-out 'Brown Dub'. Superb, full colour sleeve and everything. Ace.
Brilliant, eerily affecting raw House tracks from 2AM/FM/X2's D'Marc Cantu, the 2nd on M>O>S Deep's 10" series. The title track is more melodic, mysterious and melancholy than we're used to hearing from Mr. Cantu, and all the better for it! 'Tonight' is more deranged, a mesmerizing Chicago head churner with unheimlich vocals and darkest late night, lost-in-it vibes.
MJ Cole puts his unique spin on four tracks of deft Dubtech, symphonic Funky and idiosyncratic electronics. 'TGV' is a lush and crisply finished Funky roller with swooning strings, 'Hawaii' is light-footed and widescreen Dub-Tech, and 'Bordeaux' swings' with a piquant Gallic elegance. 'Manta' is something different from MJ's usual style, much more electronic and abstract, with sensitive hints of Burial or Roof Light. A very fine effort.
So here it is; the track that catapulted Tyler, The Creator (and his collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill ‘em All) into the mainstream, thanks to a stunning appearance on late night chat show Jimmy Fallon. Surrounded by garden gnomes and featuring a Linda Blair (circa Exorcist) lookalike in-between them, Tyler and Hodgy Beats ran through the track with an energy unseen in rap for years. These suburban LA kids have more punk spirit than most punk artists you could care to name, and when Mos Def emerged after the set screaming “SWAG!”, it was clear that their path is laid out. Let’s j… Read more
Chances are by now you’ve at least heard mention of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill ‘em All (aka OFWGKA), and if you’re familiar with the Golf Wang crew, then you’re probably on first name terms with their self-appointed frontman Tyler, the Creator. After a slew of free albums appearing on their irreverent blog in 2010 (including Tyler’s debut album ‘BASTARD’) the band have in the last couple of months gone from being indie darlings to near mainstream. Tyler destroyed middle America with his appearance on late-night chat show Jimmy Fallon, and with Kany West noting ‘Yonkers’ as the “best vide… Read more
Brooklyn-based beatboxer and producer Tyler McFerrin (son of Bobby McFerrin, no less) offers up his Brainfeeder debut with ‘Place In My Heart’. Those of you familiar with his tunes will likely be caught off-guard by the title track which has more in common with Bjork than with Flying Lotus, but that’s no bad thing. McFerrin shows himself as an able pop producer, working with RYAT’s vocals masterfully and adding mere hints of his low-end pressure only when necessary. It’s all back for the remaining two tracks though; ‘Awake To You’ is my pick of the bunch, with a UK-inf… Read more