Thursday, 02 December 2010
Reppin' for a British take on the whole WitchHouse phenomenon, 'Isvolt' collects nine tracks from the a young new coven of †‡†, Fostercare, White Ring, Mater Suspiria Vision, Modern Witch and Party Trash. Distinguishing itself from the more R&B-infused sound of Tri Angle records, this comp stalks scorched ground between the EBM/Industrial Wave of //Tense//, Mater Suspiria Vision and White Ring's Salem-aping dungeon crunk and the emaciated shoegaze-pop of Raw Moans, setting the sound's agenda with a diverse set of reference points. †‡† make the dramatic first cut with 'Misery Walk' whippi… Read more
Some months after DJ Oneman gave it the seal of approval on his Rinse: 11 mix CD, Jamie George's 'Flying Saucer' lands on wax backed up with Roska and J Kenzo remixes. His original goes in slick and streamlined, greasy enough to slide into the shirt and shoes crowd but still ravin' enough to work in the grimier ends. Jamie's partner in SoulTonic SoundSystem J Kenzo, gives a ruder remix, deftly melding dubstep rave sounds into a Breakbeat-infused tribal houser while Mr Kick & Snares himself gives it a lick of infectiously reworked melody and sculpted drums. Ace.
Subtle Audio scan the most esoteric and experimental strains of modern D&B with five tracks taken from their 42 track, 3xCD compilation. On the first plate Requiem turns out frantic and florid sub-continental percussion with 'Ancient Dub', while Accidental Style keeps the funk tight in the pocket with an arrangement of complex, skittering jazz breaks. The second plate swings out further, from the epic sci-fi vibes of Macca's dynamic drumfunk attack 'Virtual Affair' to Dan Habarnam's minimal, halfstep-infused 'Virtual Affair' and a tender moment of hushed jazz subtleties from … Read more
Much-hyped House business from South London's Wbeeza, delivering his 4th 12" for Third Ear Recordings. Keeping matters as stripped-to-the-bone as possible 'Jack Ur Car' kicks out a raw and sub-heavy Jackers riddim compatible with the most efficient Prosumer productions, while the pitching percussive effect of the equally minimal 'Boom!' nods to Cooly G's 'Phat Si'. Cover looks dope.
Trunk Records continue their quest to unearth the finest nuggets from esteemed composer Basil Kirchin with this latest epic find. 'Primitive London' is the first score Kirchin composed, and accompanied a somewhat exploitative documentary focused on the seamy underbelly of London in the 1960s - soundtracking interviews with strippers, swingers and whomever else the filmmakers could find to shock the conservative Great British public. Clocking in at just under forty minutes, the score has all the hallmarks of a great Kirchin release; pummeling percussive breaks, cascades of horns and that … Read more
Saxophonist and composer Ulrich Krieger is already widely respected for having been a part of the incredible Zeitkratzer and having collaborated with Merzbow. However this fifty-minute composition is possibly his most striking to date. A collaborative effort with Alan Licht, Tim Barnes and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, 'Fathom' is a deep, doomy exercise in patience and subtlety. With stark, minimal percussion and a bleak, haunted soundscape punctuated by Krieger's blackened woodwind tones there is possibly more here in common with Bohren and the Club of Gore than Zeitkratzer. The slow, twisted, near… Read more
Armchair Traveller is the collaborative moniker of musicians Hella von Ploetz (on glass harp), Silvia Ocougne (on a variety of prepared and traditional guitars), Werner Durand (on self-made wind instruments), and Sebastian Hiken (on percussion and cello). From this collection of instruments you have an inkling that the music will be somewhat ‘different’ and you’d be right – as the name suggests the band takes influence from ethnic music, and rather than reframe it as coffee-table drivel they attempt to let this music guide their compositions. The results are haunting and unusual, at … Read more
Armchair Traveller is the collaborative moniker of musicians Hella von Ploetz (on glass harp), Silvia Ocougne (on a variety of prepared and traditional guitars), Werner Durand (on self-made wind instruments), and Sebastian Hiken (on percussion and cello). From this collection of instruments you have an inkling that the music will be somewhat 'different' and you'd be right - as the name suggests the band takes influence from ethnic music, and rather than reframe it as coffee-table drivel they attempt to let this music guide their compositions. The results are haunting and unusual, a… Read more
This latest Dr Boogie Presents... compilation from the Sub Rosa camp focuses on the lesser known - and downright obscure - artists of the rhythm and blues boom between 1952 and 1968. "Rhythm'n'Blues defines a music style born out of the Blues and Gospel. Played by black musicians in the early '40, Rhythm'n'Blues was first called'Race Music'. In 1949, as the US magazine Billboard published an article by Jerry Wexler, the 'Race Music' hit list became the Rhythm and Blues hit list. The expression aligns the word 'Rhythm' for a fast tempo and the word 'Blues' for the 12-Bar… Read more
This latest Dr Boogie Presents... compilation from the Sub Rosa camp focuses on the lesser known - and downright obscure - artists of the rhythm and blues boom between 1952 and 1968. "Rhythm'n'Blues defines a music style born out of the Blues and Gospel. Played by black musicians in the early '40, Rhythm'n'Blues was first called'Race Music'. In 1949, as the US magazine Billboard published an article by Jerry Wexler, the 'Race Music' hit list became the Rhythm and Blues hit list. The expression aligns the word 'Rhythm' for a fast tempo and the word 'Blues' for the 12-Bar r… Read more
Teeth Of The Sea return with 'Your Mercury', their second LP following on from their critically acclaimed debut 'Orphaned By The Ocean' and their 'Hypnoticon' EP. After six months of sepulchral visions, synapse-frying sonics and 7.4% cider, the band has created an album balanced elegantly between electronic exploration and incendiary psychedelic freakout. 'Your Mercury' exists on a strange and beguiling astral plane, where the boundaries between the synth odysseys of the 70s, the guitar-noise infernos of the 80s, horrorscore schlock, Reich-ian repetition, and a whole plethora of other cat… Read more
Monday, 29 November 2010
Numbers finally drop the rampant 'Theme EP' by underground lynchpin, Slackk!!! If you've had your ear to the ground then Slackk's productions have been unavoidable, regularly turning up in the sets of Marcus Nasty and Jackmaster. After years hosting the awesome grimetapes.com, his own productions arrive at a deadly conclusion of ruffed-up tribal House and Eski memes hitting squarely between the eyes of Grime and Funky. The label understandably compare his sound with the fury of classic UR tracks like 'Riot' or 'The Punisher', but there's also a distinct seam of sussed Chicago jack in there too, … Read more
*Third and final part in a trilogy of Demdike Stare albums for 2010. Spread over 50 minutes and featuring all new and exclusive material mastered and at dubplates and mastering in Berlin, featuring supremely righteous artwork by Andy Votel* "Voices of Dust" is the third and final part in Demdike Stare's trilogy of albums for 2010. The album opens with an analogue tape drone that seems to suck the light out of whatever environment you might find yourself in, powering up Demdike's machinery for the bellydance disco assault of "Hashshashin Chant" that follows. "Repository Of Light" take… Read more
In UK club music 2010 was the year of the Night Slugs. To celebrate this fact, they round up 13 prime cuts for their 1st CD release, including exclusives and VIP versions from their top boys and showcasing the most virile memes of Teched-out Funky, Jacked-up R&B and Electroid Bass music. On an upfront and exclusive tip, there's a ramped-up VIP mix of Mosca's awesome 'Square One', next to Jam City's all-new and stupidly effective 'Arpjam' plus the shocking force of an L-Vis 1990 & T. Williams hookup entitled 'Stand Up', all created especially for this comp. You ma… Read more
Werk Disc's resident downbeat badman, Lukid, drops two totally unique grooves for the freshly minted Glum imprint. Everyone was suitably impressed with his recent 'Chord' album, but these two tracks are tilted towards a different listening experience, aimed squarely at broad-minded dancefloors. 'Boxing Club' instantly reminds of Mark Ernestus's recent Konono No.1 dub with shuffling, low-end loaded Afro rhythms just about tethered together with frayed, smudged and organic syncopations with a mily synthline filtered through the fug. Flip it and 'Blind Spot' tumbles headlong into a vort… Read more
This one's been brewing for a while, and it seems like we've had a barrage of emails about it almost daily for weeks - so here it finally is, the Tribal Guarachero refit of Untold's mighty 'Anaconda', backed with the sheer headf*ck of 'Pulso' from Dubbel Dutch. The shadowy SSSSS label have prepared themselves well for the inevitable "WTF?!?" faces that the 'Anaconda' remix will cause by keeping themselves well and truly out of reach - we really have no idea who's behind the label nor where they're from - but if you're asking us to explain the hows and whys… Read more
Man-like-Martijn Deykers slinks into motion with two outright killers on 3024. Remarkably, this is Martyn's first solo 12" of 2010, a year in which he dropped a crucial Fabric mix and expanded his label's horizons to draw blunted and Techno sounds into the fold. With 'Left Hander' he cuts in from a broken house angle, sharing certain rhythmic traits with Altered Natives while firmly retaining his feel for soulful, classically-informed Detroit melody in grand style. On the other side, 'Shook Up' goes one step duttier, dragging the drums down to a gruffly accented swing while sly string… Read more
Matt Cutler has delivered impeccably produced beat music for a couple of years now, but its really in the last few months that he's found his feet drawn to a heavy, smudged style of House music. Infusing the warehouse rave heritage of his adopted home city Manchester with the same classic Chicago and NYC memes as his London counterparts, his signature feel for synaesthetically evocative melody has really started to pay dividends. 'Emerald Fantasy Tracks' is one of the most unapologetically ecstatic dancefloor albums we've heard this year, from the eccied AGCG delights of 'Aquamarine' … Read more
Croydon's OG dubstep dons return with a brand new album of standardly heavyweight subbass dramas. It's now six years since their template setting 'To The Rescue', and at least 10 years since their earliest releases imagined the formula for what would become known as dubstep. Up until recently they've been notoriously quiet, only emerging again in 2009 with a pair of killer come-backs including a masterful revision of Lee Perry. That cut 'Exercising' appears on 'Quest For The Sonic Bounty', following a clutch of deeply layered and cinematic tracks deploying tonnes… Read more
SND's Mark Fell makes a late entry for one of the electronic albums of the year with his latest solo opus: 'Multistability'. As one half of SND alongside Mat Steel and solo as 'H', Mark uncompromisingly operates on the bleeding edge of digital music production. He's in possession of a beautifully rare talent; the ability to make highly academic music with an innately Funky and dare we say, accessible, edge. He himself and many others may not agree, but there's something so listenable to his rhythmically-driven and melodically aware style that we can't help but hear him in that context. T… Read more
Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series serves a truly awesome take on the oft-sampled 'Love & Happiness' soul classic from House Of Jezebel aka Legowelt. Before checking the sales notes we could have sworn this was some long-lost original House classic coz Legowelt's production is just SO vintage sounding! On the flip there's an instrumental, but seriously, what's not to love about that vocal?! Check the sample and fall under its spell... Well recommended!
Myor round up a second collection of laidback 8-Bit bounce and trippin' Skwee from Slow Hand Motëm, 1000names and co. The vibe is set with the screwed, Hyphy-like reduction of Slow Hand Motëm's 'Boom Respekt Boom' and a sparkling synth-boogie byte from Beem on 'Automan'. The excellent 1000names back up aces for Black Acre this year with the dub dreamy suspension of 'Cup Of Joy' and Pixelord puts dip in your hip with the splashing rainbow synths of 'Hypnofrog'. S.Y.Z's crafty bobbler 'Spirits and Demons' is perhaps a bit too rugged to be considered "Tropical", but Mother North's 'Butter Blues' keeps it comfortably heat-hazy and sluggish. F-r-e-s-h.
Autonomic's exceptional taste for the techiest riddims around finds Distance killing it on their latest plate. While his tracks are always built to the most exacting specs, we've always been after more than the halfstep thing from Distance, which is why these two productions are such a blessing. 'Skys Alight' ups his game with the craftiest swagger imaginable, setting proper tech-stepper patterns and highly affecting bursts of Autonomic-standard synths. On the flip '1 Regret' sets augmented Photek-style drum syncopations against a backdrop of warehouse-ready bass snarls. Both cuts a… Read more
Man with the plan, Geiom's Berkane Sol imprint revives his own Hem moniker and sets it off with a killer Shortstuff remix, backed with two crooked 8-Bit boogie joints. This label has a habit of pulling out some cracking remixes and Shortstuff's exemplifies the rule, romping wi' bashy soca drums and an all round ballistic dancefloor flavour to complement Terrible Shock's infectious vocals. On the flip Hem's 8Bit New jack Swinger 'Rich Chroma' gets an outing, next to the unclassified sound of 'Plastic Lily'. On a mission indeed.
As Jamie xx continues to rise through the echelons of musical accomplishment, encounters with bona fide legends like Gil Scott-Heron are almost inevitable. Mercifully his rework of Scott-Heron's 'NY Is Killing Me' (taken from 'I'm New Here') is a gem, placing the clapping diwali-riddim-blues of the original in the freshest LDN dancefloor context. In a complete overhaul of the track, Jamie shakes out fractured phrases of Gil's vocals over a bed of plush Bashment subs shackled by a minimal framework of shuffling halfstep patterns. Icily melodic refractions keep the mood su… Read more
Heavyweight Dub-tech roller from Asusu backed with a lean and mean F remix. With 'No Kya' Asusu syncopates a classic BC bassline with sparse, swinging garage drums and dynamic dub chords, while F fills int he gaps on the flip with a killer, heads-down 4/4 garage version. Comes in canny spot-gloss sleeve for the fiends. Fans of Headhunter, T++ or Indigo need to check this!!!
Pure and killer techno tools from Sascha Rydell and Mike Dehnert, one track a piece. From the off Rydell's 'SR' limpet-locks into a supple dub-techno groove, while Denhnert drives deep into his trademark shuffled syncopations for a welting basement killer. For the DJs, dancers and those that know. Check!
The prince of German House music visits Dial records for a typically brilliant and diverse session. 'How To Spread Lies' is a quintessential Dial track, dripping with opulent sophistication and a certain sense of heart-warming melancholy that's been his stock-in-trade for nearly 15 years now. Slightly more esoteric, 'Sunny Side Up' is a neat little experiment in jazzy, twinkling avant-house and the gorgeous 'Pianopiano' indulges his latent neo-classical side with a sumptuously refined composition. Regal.
In 2010 there's a been a fair flurry of interest around London/Glasgow's 8Bitch. With an inclusion on Mos's 'Adventures In Dubstep' comp and tracks offered on the promising Svetlana Industries, the Slovenian ex-pat has established herself at the leading edge of electronic UK club music. 'Equinox' is her debut proper, a four-track introduction to an energetic and confidently abstract sound. Bass serves only a functional presence, as all the propulsion and bristling energy generally comes from the mid and upper echelons, as with the glitching textures and tweaky space melody of 'Orpheus', or the an… Read more
Ed DMX heads up the latest boogie burner from Fresh Up records, following a couple of tasty, anonymous tranmissions. 'Do It All Nite' is pop-sharp and properly sussed for the dancefloor, rocking up crisp drum machine beats and freakalicious synth squiggles replete with vocoder vox. 'Wormhole' is more on that warm and woozy, uptempo Dam-Funk tip. Hot.