Monday, 23 January 2012
Leila veers into spikier, punkishly technoid wave styles on her 4th album, ably assisted by vocals from Mt. Sims. Compared with it's predecessor 'Blood, Looms & Blooms', with 'U&I' the mood is more urgent, dysphoric, a fact emphasised by the prodding coldwave rhythms and abrasive synth arpeggios which flesh it out, while Mt. Sims' electronically detached vocals lend a steely sense of late night soul. From cold, clangourous opener 'Of One', the dry, frictional EBM rhythms of 'Activate I' perfectly manifest her darker intentions, before Mt. Sims makes the first of six crucial appearances on the mechanize… Read more
Rudest, ruddy ElectroFunk from The Hague. 'Gymnasty' pulls no punches with filthy lyrics and rutting 808s; 'The Hague Is The Place' pumps out booty-smashing bass and hollered vocals. Wicked.
The closing cut to Luomo's 'Plus' album gets a single outing backed with a surefire Footworking remix from Teeth, and more from My Favourite Robot and Penner+Muder. Neatly poised between bittersweet synth hook and warm Deep House bass, the original is primed for your weekend shenanigans, while the My Favourite Robot remix lends a more ElectroHouse twist, and Penner+Muder go all smooth and lusty eyed. Best of all is Teeth's mercurial, 808-driven JukeXBass version, raping the tempo and jamming the vocals into quickfire stabs. A strong look for fans of Addison Groove or Nightwave.
I do love a good story, and you can almost always guarantee getting one with Trunk. This time around we're delving into the personal collection of Johnny Trunk, who is by all accounts a man on a mission when he wants something. A few years ago he was after a lesser known jazz 10" called 'Moonscape' by British jazz act the Michael Garrick Trio, a 10" that was limited to 99 copies only and now goes for well over £1000 on Ebay. Strangely enough he was able to track one down, and once stunned by the music proceeded to track down Mr Garrick himself and ask about the possibility of a rei… Read more
Prolific Bristolian Orphan101 offers posh donks and grimy electro house sounds on the 'Itchin EP'. The title track builds up a head of steam with warped electro synths and swaggering industro-step rhythms, while 'Ain't Sam' cuts into sharply contoured fidget rhythms done with a darker touch. 'Brenn' is darker still, lurching on offset Techno kicks and caustic bleeps underlined with sweeping bass, and 'Reighn' delivers dirtier Electro-Rave styles.
Enigmatic 60 minute metal/shoegaze/drone odyssey from Texans, Pyramid, and North Carolina's Horseback. Elements of musique concrete texturing, Electro Acoustic spatialisation and neo-classical drone are used to expand and embellish the two group's core Metal influences, imbuing 'A Throne Without A King' with a mysterious and unconventional sound. Each group contributes an individual track (originally either side of a 7"), before colluding on the immersive scapes of the central body.
With a plethora of releases on too many labels to mention, Richard Youngs eludes classification. 'Core To The Brave' really strikes home with a tumultuous, unsteady bed of wide basses and churned rhythms for his folk-learned croon. At once frazzled and collected, this is a compelling listen for fans of Yellow Swans, Circle, Astral Social Club and beyond. "'Core To The Brave' hits with a shock and never lets up. Composed of what appears to be blown out bass & spastic drum rhythms, these tracks cascade into shimmering loops of distortion, their weight reaching a critical mass that … Read more
Yep, Terror Danjah fully gets down with Funky, albeit with inimitable dynamism on a remix of Roska's classic 'Without It' from the 'TWC' EP. In a rare instance, East London's Grime architect works to a fairly straight 4/4 schematic, turning it inside-out with offset, 'ardcore grime twysts at crucial moments to mek your body attempt moves it's never done before. Killah tune!!!
Four years on from his brilliant 'Neoclassical' and 'Battlefield' LPs, Kareem linked with Skam's Shadow Huntaz on a real bleak and dystopian Hip Hop session. 'Irreparable Damage' foregrounds Breaff, Dream and Nongenetic's incisive lyrics against a miasma of Kareem's melting electronics, noirish atmospheres and blunt, neck snapping breaks, making for a real treat for the darker, abstracted HipHop fiends.
An epic set of fetid fourth world drone and eerie symphonic psych from Brian Pyle (aka Ensemble Economique) and Merrick McKinlay, following hot on the heels of last year's "Rolled In The Midst Of Never-Ceasing Currents". Two years in the making, with its origins in freeform sessions recorded around the time of 2010's On Land festival in San Francisco, 'Land Lines' is a huge step forward for the duo, who call up on a number of guest players - among them Steve Lazar and Monica Shavez - and use slouchy, MIddle Eastern-style drum patterns to anchor some dizzying, improvised climbs into th… Read more
Submerse's J-Pop-sampling gem 'Tokyopop!' finally makes a full release, backed up with Cheapshot's Chiptune remix. The vocal on the original is masterstroke, beautifully fitted out with a skippy 2-step rhythm and ruder Electro bridge to killer effect. Cheapshot's Chipmix is exactly as you'd expect, a circuit-frying dose of 8-bit madness perfectly in keeping with the Far Eastern theme. Sweet as.
Fat halfstep boogie-soul styles from the one like Swindle. On 'Ignition' he links with Nadia Suliman - last heard on his self-released 'Who Said Funk' EP - and Newham Generals' Footsie donning his MC snapback for a stripped-down, slow-rolling slab of road soul. By contrast 'Ringworm' is raved-up, reelin' to grimy plastic strings and a radioactive riff for the Joker fans, while 'Out Of The Blue' features Stinkahbell assisting a synthetically lush boogie burner.
More delightful archival mining from Trunk, this time bringing together classic music from this important TV series. Yes it's kinda kitsch and nostalgic, but it also wierdly sounds like Moondog (ok, maybe more like Moondog collaborating with Pentangle) - with that warm, dusty, ageless percussive echo. Only 13 episode were ever made but were often repeated. It starred the audacious Fingermouse, a host of his paper friends (Scampi, Gulliver, Flash), and was fronted by folk musician, actor and former Play School presenter Rick Jones as "Yoffy". Each episode involve… Read more
Thursday, 19 January 2012
*Limited edition of 500 copies only, initial stock available on transparent red vinyl while stock lasts* Perispirit is the collaborative project of Ricardo Donoso and Luke Moldof, here delivering their debut album proper after a number of cassette editions for Prurient's Hospital Productions and Ricardo's own Semata imprint. The sound they make is brilliantly impossible to categorise, bringing together analogue and digital electronic sound sources to create a freakish organism that reminds you of anything from Keith Fullerton Whitman to Prurient to Autechre to purist musique conc… Read more
Andrea Parker's Aperture label returns to deliver its most interesting release yet - a concept album featuring re-works of original material from the Daphne Oram archives made by Parker and cohort Daz Quayle. It's a tricky proposition - tackling source material of this calibre might well be seen as ill-advised, but Parker and Quayle do a good job of drawing out the inherent darkness of Daphne's recordings without ever pandering to stereotypical Radiophonic tropes. The set opens with a treated interview given by Oram on Radio … Read more
*Small re-press in a new sleeve* Deeply unhinged, potent revisions of the Shangaan sound from the inimitable Actress. Let's not beat around the bush here; these are two of the most out-there productions in his catalogue, venturing further between worlds than any of his peers dare, and at once resetting the consensual allowance for noise and psychoactive madness in what could still be called a "dance" track. A-side sounds like a stray radio transmission picked up by alien receivers, buffering the groove with malleable white noise and psychedelic filter flux. B-side, the … Read more
Our favourite desert-dwelling mystic serves a short but potent third album for Warp. Under the creed "You can put a muzzle on me, cover my mouth, cut out my tongue but the truth will still come out" Sumach Valentine rasps ten songs meditating on the impact of his experiences on the road "It's the response to all the adrenaline, aggression and anger he felt traveling the world, it's a spectrum of creativity and a testimony of how one mans passion and determination is often misunderstood as anger." The downcast mood and bruised sense of soul is a much darker cry than his other mini-LP releases, star… Read more
*Newly unearthed rehearsal tape from the amazing Karen Dalton circa 1966, including previously unheard covers including 'Reason To Believe' & 'Don't Make Promises' by Tim Hardin, and 'Other Side To This Life' by Fred Neil. Comes with a CD Booklet containing beautiful, unseen photos (including Karen with Fred Neil and Tim Hardin), and a 3500 word essay by Ben Edmonds* "Karen Dalton was a remote, elusive creature. A hybrid of tough and tender with an unearthly voice that seemed to embody a time long forgotten. As is often the case with such fragile beings, she instinctively understood that the only w… Read more
No rest for the wickedest - Wiley drops his 2nd album for Big Dada only 6 months after his '100% Publishing' episode! Again, it's almost an entire gesamtkunstwerk; with the exception of a Mark Pritchard beat on final cut 'This Is Just An Album', Richard Cowie accounts for all production and lyrics, and let's be fair, you wouldn't expect any less. 'Evolve or be Extinct' is already being touted as his best record in years, and while time will surely tell, we should confirm its merits are manifold and plenty, conducted with a stream-of-conscious cheek and clarity and a coherency of produc… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Jason Urick's excellent sophomore album for Thrill Jockey is a strangely affective mix of Techno-pop and synthdrone abstractions strongly recalling moments from Oneohtrix Point Never's now-classic 'Returnal', and also elements of Mark Carlson's 'Particle Language' LP or Harmonizer's 'World Complete'. 'I Love You' revolves around Urick's enchanting use of dissonant, cyber-surreal vocoder harmonies and layered synth hues, opening a inter-dimensional portal and luring us wide-eyed through extraterrestrial synth topologies. If one were to trust … Read more
**Includes photocopied insert and download code redeemable from the label** Three extended synth improvisations performed by Asa Osborne (Lungfish) as Zomes. Recalling meditative works by the likes of J.D. Emmanuel or Laraaiji, Asa channels primordial cosmic transmissions into a thick, drone-filled ether, making the air tremble with an exalted beauty. Key changes are magical moments amidst an already blissful sea of luscious sound.
Brendon Moeller makes an appearance on Throne Of Blood with four effortlessly warm and infectious Deep House grooves. Highlights have to be the lushly convective vibes of 'In A Trance In France' (terrible title, though!) or the Detroit-inspired midnight mood and luxurious swing of 'Comet'.
Based G, Lil B lords it over the Bay Bridge on the front cover of February's Wire edition. He features in an extensive interview, while Keith Fullerton Whitman gives a fascinating discussion with Derek Walmsley and Daniel Martin-McCormick sheds light on his Ital and Sex Worker sound. Also, This Heat drummer Charles Hayward is tested by the Invisible Jukebox and Terre Thaemlitz contributes to the ongoing discourse surrounding digital music and culture in the excellent 'Collateral Damage' section. All the usual reviews, features and listings, too.
Our favourite desert-dwelling mystic serves a short but potent third album for Warp. Under the creed "You can put a muzzle on me, cover my mouth, cut out my tongue but the truth will still come out" Sumach Valentine rasps ten songs meditating on the impact of his experiences on the road "It's the response to all the adrenaline, aggression and anger he felt traveling the world, it's a spectrum of creativity and a testimony of how one mans passion and determination is often misunderstood as anger." The downcast mood and bruised sense of soul is a much darker cry than his other mini-LP releases, starkl… Read more
**The collected recordings (1973-1977) of India's best-known psychedelic rock ensemble, and the story behind their genesis. Thick card wraparound case housing past-on CD sleeve and extensive sleevenotes, photos and annotations by Stones Throw/Now Again's Egon.** "Now Again Records presents an important document of India's little known psychedelic rock period. Obsession collects a wealth of rare and unreleased psychedelic rock and funk from the various incarnations of the Atomic Forest. The Atomic Forest's mix of blistering, fuzzy rock and synth-lead funk inspired collectors the world over to… Read more
Witness the evolution of Bullion's idiosyncratic oeuvre on his latest, and greatest release for R&S. From his earliest 'Pet Sounds: In The Key Of Dee' through to that sideways remix of Model 500, there was never any doubt that the guy was a hugely distinguished talent, but we really didn't see this one coming. These are his most pop-sharp, imaginative offerings to date, sounding like John Maus in a psychedelic tizzy with the smudged-out dreampop of 'Say Arr Ee', or concocting some kinda Balearic minimal-wave-funk hallucination with 'What Do You Know'. Hit the samples and prepare to be impressed. Recommended!
Young Turks present the anticipated UK release of Chairlift's sophomore album, 'Something'. Pop pickers should be first alerted to the fact that 'Something' is produced by Dan Carey, whose production / writing /r emixing credits include everyone from M.I.A. to Lily Allen and The Kills, and also Alan Moulder whose CV boasts work with My Bloody Valentine and Depeche Mode - just so you know what we're dealing with. Together with Chairlift they've achieved an arguably massive sound, weaving the shiniest '80s megapop hooks with timelessly ethereal vocals, disco-prime basslines and the sort of arrangemen… Read more
**DVD documenting Radiohead's 'From The Basement' performance of 'King Of Limbs', including unreleased songs 'The Daily Mail' and 'Staircase', plus bonus track 'Supercollider', housed in an embossed, 32 page hardback book of photos from the recording session**
Leila veers into spikier, punkishly technoid wave styles on her 4th album, ably assisted by vocals from Mt. Sims. Compared with it's predecessor 'Blood, Looms & Blooms', with 'U&I' the mood is more urgent, dysphoric, a fact emphasised by the prodding coldwave rhythms and abrasive synth arpeggios which flesh it out, while Mt. Sims' electronically detached vocals lend a steely sense of late night soul. From cold, clangourous opener 'Of One', the dry, frictional EBM rhythms of 'Activate I' perfectly manifest her darker intentions, before Mt. Sims makes the first of six crucial appearances on the mechanized elec… Read more