Monday, 23 April 2012
A collaboration between Bip-Hop’s Philippe Petit and Herve Vincenti, Strings of Consciousness is an ambitious and far-reaching project. Although this duo makes up the core of the project, they have managed to rope in an enviable crowd of collaborators. Throbbing Gristle’s Cosey Fanni Tutti, Oxbow man Eugene Robertson, Lydia Lunch, Pere Ubu’s Andy Diagram and Wire’s Graham Lewis (among many others) all pop up, gifting the record with their talents. Doom is the name of the game here, but while the backbone of the record is the kind of grim psychedelic folk experimentations… Read more
"'Dancing Time: The Best of Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77' by The Funkees is the latest title on Soundway to mine the rich musical output of 60s and 70s Nigeria. For the five-year period this compilation spans The Funkees output crackled with dance floor fire… In the early 1970s The Funkees were the number-one east Nigerian band and the only outfit to seriously challenge the popular Lagos based rock combos MonoMono and BLO. Stoking the dancefloor was the young band's first priority and The Funkees were often playing throug… Read more
Richard Norris indulges his psychedelic disco-rock fantasies in finely crafted style on his most substantial LP since 2010's 'Set Phazer To Stun'. Accompanied by an assembly including Erol Alkan on guitar, widely credited drummer Wildcat Will (Primal Scream/Beth Orton/Death In Vegas), and Paul Sandrone, 'Taste The Lazer' is an expensive-sounding Acid-Psyche reflux finding spirituality in their references to swirling Indian ragas, Kosmiche rock and Balearic Disco rhythms. Fingers and toes are crossed for a dubstep remix album.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Two years since 'Splazsh' topped a stack of annual polls, Actress presents his 3rd, and most coherent album, 'R.I.P' - his 2nd for Honest Jon's. Despite being a vital cog in the machinery of underground UK dance and electronics since at least 2004 (when he released his 'No Tricks' debut), it's fair to say that it's only in the last few years he's made the shift from cult concern to acknowledged auteur of some repute. His work with Damon Albarn's DRC Music, beside a legendary DJ set at Sonar and killer remixes of Shangaan Electro, Panda Bear and Radiohead all certify the fact; so expectations are no dou… Read more
House music's most resolute standard bearer has assembled a prime selection of 15 cuts from his New York-orbiting inner circle for Fabric's 63rd mix. After a decade of studious production and practice, Levon has established himself as one of the most respected artists in his arena. An uncompromising (bordering on neurotic) approach to analog values - from the first note or beat to the mastering process - coupled with innate respect for dance music and pure, tactile sonic fidelities, have made his productions, labels (Novel Sound, and Deconstruct with Anthony Parasole) and DJ sets a benchmark fo… Read more
Reissue of seminal, definitive UK Roots plate starring the mellifluous Sister Rasheda on productions by Jah Shaka Music's The Disciples. Originally released in 1992 'Only Jah Worthy' balances Rasheda's poignant, spiritual vocal against rippling drums, real and synthesized, with flashing stabs and finely tuned bass excitement. Flipside's 'Give Jah Praise' is more driving, under pressure of ricocheting snares and stepping subs, but again with those celestial vocals and sweetened pipes. Both dubs are immense, too. Not to be missed!
**Repress** Throwing Snow and Patrick Hanrahan's Left_Blank greenhouse bears another delicious fruit from Vessel, dropping his 2nd solo EP proper ahead of a keenly anticipated debut album for Tri Angle. Operating somewhere between the cloudy headspaces of Andy Stott, Hype Williams and Actress, the 'Standard' EP coolly zig-zags between blunted House haunted with Drexciyan echoes on the downslow butt-thumper 'Standard', to uptempo Detroit techniques with eyes-down appeal on 'Merge', before the dislocated, destabilized patterns of 'Zero' fray into Radiophonic ether with a raw hypnotic intuition. Nex… Read more
'Four Organs' / 'Phase Patterns' are two of Steve Reich's earliest recordings and were originally released in 1970 on the French label Shandar. It's 12 years since they were last reissued and doubtless they still sound magnificent, futuristic and elemental today, some 40 years since they were first realised. With 'Four Organs' Reich applies the idea of slowing down a piece of sound until many times its original length without changing pitch or timbre. In it, Jon Gibson's maracas play a fast eighth note pulse while the four organs - played by Steve Chambers, Philip Glass, Art Murp… Read more
**Bespoke gatefold slipcase with inserts** Under the aegis of Host, Australian sound artists Anthea Caddy & Thembi Soddell present three excitingly unpredictable, viscerally affective and explorative electroacoustic compositions for Room40. "The physical environment - be it an empty corridor, a crowded city street or a vast open space - can affect and distort a person's perceptual state. In turn, a person's existing psychology can alter their perception of that same environment. This creates a dynamic interplay between physical reality, sensory perception, and psychological interpretati… Read more
Emerging from a vacuum of background info, Caracal blesses Black Acre with four tracks of squashed, stoned and swampy downbeats. Lodging his sound in the creases between Andy Stott, DJ Screw and Downliners Sekt, 'Elements' shuffles in with a militant 808 bounce dripping dark purple juice all o'er the floor while 'De Niro' bolts slow post-industrial drums to gasping, knackered Hip Hop voices to soundtrack the darkest doings of a trap backroom. Turn her over and '1318' awakes with a lugubrious lurch to swing with a barely-arsed funk, flashing chords to find illuminate the space long enough to … Read more
First ever remastered CD issue of André Cymone's seminal debut album of '82 Wave Funk! Originally released on Columbia in 1982, 'Livin' In The New Wave' was Cymone's first solo record after departing Prince's touring band over a spat on the 1981 European tour. It manifests his dream fusion of R&B, Pop, Synth Wave and Boogie Funk in determined style, resulting in a seminal album which more than carries its own weight under the shadow of his former bandmate and family friend. **Includes bonus single versions of 'Livin' In The New Wave' and 'Kelly's Eyes'**
**Heavyweight gatefold sleeve with 2 x 180g LPs, as well as a free CD version of the album and poster** Full-length debut for Mohn, the new collaborative project from long-time sparring partners Wolfgang Voigt and Jorg Burger, following their teaser appearance on Kompakt's Pop Ambient 2012 compilation It might not seem a radical departure for either producer, but it certainly counts among their most accomplished and convincing collaborative work to date - and as anyone even half-acquainted with their illustrious back catalogues knows, that ain't no faint phrase. The default setting is dawn-break ambient a… Read more
Full-length debut for Mohn, the new collaborative project from long-time sparring partners Wolfgang Voigt and Jorg Burger, following their teaser appearance on Kompakt's Pop Ambient 2012 compilation It might not seem a radical departure for either producer, but it certainly counts among their most accomplished and convincing collaborative work to date - and as anyone even half-acquainted with their illustrious back catalogues knows, that ain't no faint phrase. The default setting is dawn-break ambient and (in their own words) "extremely decelerated slow motion techno", but there's more of a heavy-lidded dub… Read more
Two years since 'Splazsh' topped a stack of annual polls, Actress presents his 3rd, and most coherent album, 'R.I.P' - his 2nd for Honest Jon's. Despite being a vital cog in the machinery of underground UK dance and electronics since at least 2004 (when he released his 'No Tricks' debut), it's fair to say that it's only in the last few years he's made the shift from cult concern to acknowledged auteur of some repute. His work with Damon Albarn's DRC Music, beside a legendary DJ set at Sonar and killer remixes of Shangaan Electro, Panda Bear and Radiohead all certify the fact; so expectations are no doubt… Read more
**CD issue of André Cymone's 1983 sophomore album. Remastered from original tapes and includes six bonus 12" single versions and instrumentals** Before he went on to become a producer and songwriter for the likes of Jody Watley, Pebbles, Adam Ant, Jermaine Stewart and Lalah Hathaway, and after he'd split from family friend and musical accomplice Prince's touring band, André Cymone wrote this super-fusion side in 1983. '80s synth-funk meets futurist R&B and New Wave with a proper Pop lean. Ultra-FLY!
Monday, 16 April 2012
Oh my, Digitalis strike pure gold with one of the finest debuts we've heard on the label since the magnificent pair of Motion Sickness of Time Travel albums last year, a killer amalgam of squashed beats, lo-fi pop and narcotic, slo-jams hugely recommended if you're into Hype Williams, Nite Jewel or Julee Cruise. Paco Sala is the work of producer Anthony Harrison (Konntinent), now working with celestially enigmatic vocalist, Leyli, who between them evoke a dreamstate of introspective ambience, solitary R&B and heavenly-crushed Pop. It's radically different to anything else you'll have heard on … Read more
Hype Williams' Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland have released a lot of albums in the last couple of years - few of them better than their untitled 2010 effort for Carnivals - so you could be forgiven for not keeping count. But the truth is that this record, their first for Kode9's Hyperdub, is one of their most haunting and vividly realised to date. Copeland's sighing vocals are worth the price of admission alone, particularly when riding DIY footwork rhythms ('12') or or playing at pure pop ('2'). Apart from opener '(Venice Dreamway)', the track titles are a… Read more
After his posh disco LP 'Neon Dreams' for PMR, L-Vis gets down and dirty again with 'Club Constructions Volume 1' for Night Slugs. Ruggedly stripped down and spiked with the purest dancefloor juice, these five tracks look to classic Chicago templates for inspiration, much in the same way Bok Bok did with Tom Trago on 'Night Voyage Too Kit'. Between the relentless spank of 'Workout', the Poindexter-esque banger 'Video Drone', 'Rubber Crash's metallic percolations and the fibrillating funk of 'Hard Drive' or 'Girl Clap', this is Class A dancefloor material through and through.
Editions Mego introduce their eagerly anticipated Sensate Focus sub-label with an advanced lesson in abstract House architecture. Keeping their cards close to their chest, we're only allowed to know that it "might" be SND's Mark Fell, but let's not play silly buggers: we've got ears; it's got to be him. Mego's CEO Peter Rehberg also offered to The Wire: "[It's] music that could be played in nightclubs containing nice keyboard sounds and slightly unusual beats", and that Mego "liked the keyboard sounds from early House music, but had got bored of the rhythms. We did not want to thro… Read more
Terrific debut album of steely, atmospheric techno from Shifted. It seems most people have a pretty good idea about the true identity of the British producer behind this material, but the man himself is staying admirably tight-lipped, and we're not about to give the game away. It's hardly important anyway, because this project is really about the music, and what music it is: with clear nods to Sandwell-District's Feed-Forward, Shifted brings to life a vision of stripped-down, industrial-tinged and dub-conscious techno that's at once exquisitely purist and forward-thinking. Shifted adopts va… Read more
Belgian beatsmith Cupp Cave returns on this bumper full-length for the very on-form Ramp label, and shows the jaw-dropping depth of his style across nine jump-cut, overdriven tunes. Coming across like a malformed hybrid of the Flying Lotus-patented Brainfeeder sound and the fuzzy ‘knackered house’ of Andy Stott, Cupp Cave’s sound is something of a revelation. Sure, scuzzing up beats is nothing new (ask Dem Hunger) but the refined quality of Cupp Cave’s production elevates this far beyond a simple exploration of a particular style. Low-slung disco rhythms and decomposing house loops are sat… Read more
A massive highlight from the 'pusher's upcoming 'Ufabulum' LP, Dark Steering imagines a soundtrack for Drive set in Tron's dimension, grinding into gear with bogling acid ragga rhythms before a mid-section of Carpenter-esque synth drama takes over, revving gear changes and screeching electronics swerving into double-timed D&B in a hectic race for the finishing post.
Didn’t the whole remix album thing fizzle out back when we were still clogging up phone lines to download shareware from a BBS? Nevertheless, Warp’s math-rock-electo astronauts Battles follow their Tyondai-free ‘Gloss Drop’ with this waxy collection of reworks and retrofits. I won’t blind you with a list of the heavy hitters involved, but you’ll be pleased to know that Sandwell District’s Silent Servant turns in another stone-cold killer with his re-imagining of ‘Inchworm’. The chirpy quality of the original is all but dissolved into sizzling, post-industrial 4/4 minimalism and should keep any… Read more
As promised, Type follow up Mike Shiflet's 'Sufferers' side with a further exposition of his individual and far-reaching sound palette. A member of C Spencer Yeh's revolving Burning Star Core unit, and a prolific collaborator with the likes of Daniel Menche, Chris Corsano, Pete Swanson and many more, Shiflet has honed an intensely visceral feel for tone and texture which makes his records so intriguing to lovers of experimental composition and music making. With some production/audio mastering assists from fellow Columbus, Ohio-based musician Joe Panzner, on 'Merciless' Shiflet e… Read more
Two years in the making, and featuring two hours of previously unreleased recordings from Daphne Oram's archives. None of this material had been available until the quadruple vinyl edition appeared late last year and is now available on this beautiful double CD edition, compiled and restored from over 400 tapes and mastered at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Daphne Oram, founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, died in 2003 leaving a colossal archive of reel-to-reel tapes and documents behind. This important collection of material eventually made its way to Goldsmiths Colleg… Read more
Skwee ‘inventor’ Daniel Savio returns with the truly bonkers ‘Assecs Denied’, yet another proudly Northern European take on bass music (if it was filtered through the rusting chipboards of an old Nintendo Famicom). It’s typically zany, but there’s something light hearted about Savio’s production that separates it from his peers. Maybe it’s his keen grasp of harmony (I could even imagine Drake waxing lyrical over ‘Make it Personal’) or his confident, crunchy percussive elements, but whatever it is, it makes ‘Assecs Denied’ a breath of fresh air and a one-two punch in its own weight category. Hats on, hoods up – this one’s a keeper.
Tidy Footwork-infected IDM from UK producer, Artek. Check for the stepping flux of 'Earth One' and Umba's acidic Detroit Electro remix of 'Grief'.
Soundway make an unexpected and entirely welcome swerve into modern Angolan electronic dance music with Batida's eponymous debut album. The keener outernational observer might have noticed their inclusion on the fantastic Jesse & Crabbe album last year, but no mither if not, because this is as good an introduction you could want. Ten tracks deep, it's a sweltering yet vibrant hybrid of contemporary Kuduro with vintage samples lifted from 1970s Angolan tracks. It's a high energy, party-fired fusion, balancing Kuduro's tendencies towards European Techno sounds with a rich tapestry of vintage Afro-fun… Read more
Rudest 1995 Jungle remixes of Cutty Ranks and Poison Chang from the legendary Fashion Records, run outta London's Dub Vendor institution. Some absolute weaponry to be found here; Kenny Ken remixing 'The Stopper', anyone? Too right. Also make sure to check for the lush-but-nasty Dub Hustlers & Lenny De Ice remix of Chang's 'Over My Body' or Bizzy B's choppy 'God Head' rub, and oh yeah, the DJ SS remix of 'Limb By Limb'. Bruk wiiiide!
Fruitiest synthfunk nuts from All City Dublin's West Coast player, Devonwho. The 'Strangebrew' EP's his 2nd proper solo jaunt for the label, and comes prepped with a juicy remix from San Fran's B Bravo. Original tracks keep a nice and crafty tension between lots of loose layered percussion and sweet washes of sun-drenched synth colours. There's some ace moments to be found in 'Sleet's tilted pitches and the almost Footworking deftness of 'Cactus', while B Bravo adds strafing vocoder and tight drum chops to the slyding funk of 'Strangebrew'. One for the Dam Funk heads.