Monday, 04 June 2012
Photonz's One Eyed Jacks label spin out two slow, Atlantic-side steamers from Pal+ and a rude little machine jam from Snuff Crew. 'The Forest' chugs on grinding latin bass and syncopated claps with lovely Detroit-style synthwork and atmospheric field recordings, while 'Inside' is ruder, like some fruity New Beat Cumbia.
Crisply detailed 2-step 'tronica mutations courtesy of the ever-intriguing Point B. His follow-up to well-received 3rd album 'The Veld', 'Don't Switch Off' cycles from the dreamy stick 'n glyde groove of 'Collective Origins' to sweet'n'sour stepper 'Comfort Zone' and the pressurised, technofied swign of 'False Economy' with his typical dynamic detailing.
Billed as a collection of generative patches for analog modular synthesizers, ‘RiSP’ is Devine’s attempt at building on the glitch-heavy sound experiments of his IDM heyday and making it relevant in 2012. Surprisingly his tracks sound more worthy right now than they ever have, and while we’ve always had a soft spot for Devine’s hyperactive DSP jams, these are some of the best he’s ever committed to wax. Maybe it’s the roundness the analogue synthesizers give his compositions; they’re still similar in sound to his earlier works but there’s an extra layer of noise and grit that grabs hold of… Read more
**Crispy, darkly-tinged Tech-House movements with an experimental, bass-heavy and efficient energy** "Action sound artist Robag Wruhme is again about to straighten you out with the new Musik Krause. With explorations into the wide spectrum of the techno-scape, he brings a celebratory dinner for quite the peristalsis between the head and stomach."
"Originally released as a small run cassette in 1987, only to fall into tape label obscurity, Robert Turman's industrial genre-bending masterpiece album Way Down finally has been excavated for a proper reissue after twenty-three years in the shadows. This album solidifies Turman as a cut above the rest with respect to his talent and his natural ear for experimental composition. Turman first came onto the industrial scene in the late 70s as the ominous other half of legendary noise outfit NON, alongside Boyd Rice, together releasing the now classic first NON single, Mode of Infection/Knife … Read more
Pure German House sophistication from scene evergreen, Roman Flügel. Party luxury abounds from the fresh Sheffield/Detroit bleep and tweaks of 'O.T.H.' to the boogie flair of 'Cookie Dust' and the offset Electro-House percolations of 'Girl With Status', with a sublime downbeat soul surprise on 'Thank You Jack'.
Tevo rounds up five alternate versions and unreleased tracks for 'Catching Up'. The Chicago maestro blesses us with the never-before-heard ace 'Meet Me Half-The Way' beside a demo of his sublime 'Everyday House Music (Original Demo Mix)' and the gritty yet elegant jack of 'Passion Sound (Inner Beauty) (original Demo Mix)', and the exotic-minded synth cascades of 'Cosa Sucia'.
Bartosz Kruczynski, or the Phantom as he's best known, gets remixed by Mike Q & Devoli S'vere, Ultravid, Optimum, Sentel Mind and BD1982 in diverse style. Adding to his rapidly expanding portfolio (apparently Missy Elliott wants in now!), MikeQ goes toe-to-toe with Divoli S'vere on a rugged Ballroom re-do of 'Voyeur', contrasting with the brooding Industrial House remix by Sentel Mind. Ultravid gives an acidic version of 'Ceremony' and you'd do well to check Optimum's ghetto re-bounce of 'Gothic' or the BD1982's slow swinger.
Todd "The God" Edwards' Nu Trend label continues to take shape with four diverse, soulful dancers blessed with his signature sampling technique. 'Searching' stars lovely choral vocals and organs on a sweet swing rhythm next to the vocal Broken beat/2-step winner 'If You Want' and the charming 'Touch'.
Another set of remixes of Trus'me - 'Shakeabody' from his classic 2007 set Working Night$, and the title track from 2009's follow-up, In The Red. While we can't help but feel we're overdue some fresh and original material from David Wolstencroft - we've been waiting three years, basically - these new remixes, from Klockworks/Transmat affiliate DVS1 and Detroit maverick Terrence Dixon, are quality enough to tide us over a little longer. DVS1's version of 'Shakeabody' is proudly, pointedly functional but does retain something of the original's melancholic,… Read more
Pantha Du Prince and his pal, Stephan Abry ease off with this mondo-chilled new collaboration as Ursprung. The pair have previously collaborated: Abry - a former member of German experimental group Workshop - contributed "sound sources played on prepared instruments" to Herr Du Prince's 'Black Noise' album, but it's the first time they've been credited side-by-side. Their title translates to "origin" in English and rings true with their stripped down approach to arrangement and playing. At a guess, Abry is responsible for the lushly languid guitar lines which percolate through the sonorous bass… Read more
Chicago art-rockers Volcano! Have been dormant (ha, geddit?) for a while now; their last full length was way back in 2008, but from the sound of Pinata, they’ve not lost any of their hyperactive charm. The opening, eponymous track begins with the intensity of legendary electronic upsetters Silver Apples, and gives the perfect introduction to their stop-start wyrd rock experience. The pop formulas are still just about present – there’s vocals, drums and guitar but the band are smart enough to reframe them with the kind of slick muso knowledge that made us all fall in love with Dirty Projector… Read more
It’s been a while since we last heard from odd pop craftsman Wechsel Garland (aka Jorg Follert), but it’s great to have him back, and ‘Dreams Become Things’ is so disarmingly lovely we’ve just about forgotten he ever disappeared. The peculiar concoction of pop, folk and ambience he did so well on ‘Liberation Von History’ all those years ago is still here in spades, and sounds just as charming as it ever did on this latest LP. This is music for a summer’s day, and seems to eschew any of the world’s problems with its effortless smile and cooling air. Jorg’s vocals add a pop ele… Read more
**Colourfully ecstatic psych-rock with synth-pop influence** "Hey kid, need a lift? Like, right up off the ground? Spill into Atmosphere is the freshest whitecap in the crashing-upward wave known as Wet Hair, the Midwestern duo-cum-trio that’s been holding it down for years as a multi-stop repeat-shop-’n-hop psych-pop pin-drop right there in the dead center of everything and/or nothing, Iowa City. The Wet Hair discography having spired itself to a respectable vantage – shared releases with such powers as Rene Hell, Naked on the Vague and Peaking Lights, both via frontmensch Shawn R… Read more
Thursday, 31 May 2012
LA Vampires aka Not Not Fun & 100% Silk matriarch Amanda Brown has been notably absent from release schedules this year. She returns alongside the creator of one of 100% Silk's finest 12"s, Octo Octa, on a sterling clutch of sensual, elegant House trax backed with a Malvoeaux remix. She suits the dreamy vocalist role beautifully with Maria Minerva-like contributions to the blissed 'His Love', and the raving request 'Whereever, Boy', and works best sailing high above the sweetly off-key 'Freedom 2K'. Really strong EP - one of the best yet from 100% Silk.
Vagabond American legend Carlos Gonzalez drops his first NNF full-length, featuring 10 of his greatest junkyard surf-slime jams of all time. Like a sozzled amalgam of Cosmic Dennis Greenidge, Stephen Malkmus and Ducktails, 'Midnight At Mary's House' helplessly veers between sleight pop hooks and slacker stylings with a grungy stream-of-consciousness hit straight onto cassette, giving the impression this was all done in more or less one take in a corrugated-roofed shack high on petrol fumes and sh*tty bushweed robbed from a neighbour's homegrown patch. In other words: it's properly hypnagogic, and we love it.
*Now available on CD for the very first time.* 'Science Of The Sea' is a total find, presenting a precious reissue of Jürgen Müller's practically unheard 1982 ode to oceanography and the magic of synthesizer music. As his story goes, in 1979, Jürgen, a self-taught amateur musician studying oceanic science at the University of Kiel, travelled with a film crew to document a mission testing sea-water toxicity a few kilometres offshore in the North Sea. As ever, necessity was the mother of invention, and the experience proved so memorable that he was impelled to create a soundtr… Read more
*Deluxe vinyl edition, comes in a gorgeous spot-gloss gatefold sleeve* A dub head through and through, Kevin Martin takes the art of versioning seriously, hence this whole album of King Midas Sound remixes by the great and good of underground music. Seriously, the contributor list reads like a who's-who, and shows you just how much Martin is respected by his peers. The biggest surprise is probably the appearance of Scritti Politti ringleader Green Gartside, who re-vocals 'Come And Behold' in his oft-copied, never-bettered whiteboy soul croon. Other favourites? Kuedo's chrome-plating of '… Read more
*Ace new project signed to ATP featuring Cedric Bixler Zavala (Mars Volta, At The Drive-in), Mike Watt (The Stooges, Minutemen), Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!) and Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun)* "Anywhere began as a collaborative project started by musicians Christian Eric Beaulieu and Cedric Bixler Zavala. Fresh off years of writing and touring as co-founder of Bay Area acid punk extremists Triclops!, Christian decided to immerse himself in the resonant universe of acoustic guitar and began performing solo under the moniker Liquid Indian. In early 2010 while in Los Angeles to perform at an art ope… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** *Ace new project signed to ATP featuring Cedric Bixler Zavala (Mars Volta, At The Drive-in), Mike Watt (The Stooges, Minutemen), Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!) and Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun)* "Anywhere began as a collaborative project started by musicians Christian Eric Beaulieu and Cedric Bixler Zavala. Fresh off years of writing and touring as co-founder of Bay Area acid punk extremists Triclops!, Christian decided to immerse himself in the resonant universe of acoustic guitar and began performing solo under th… Read more
The two Mi Ami dudes, Damon Palermo and Daniel Martin-McCormick indulge their sincere passion for Deep House in authenic style. 'Anywhere You Want Me' plays out a gospel-tinged and soulful swing certain to put you in the mood, and is backed with a more delirious, druggy, synthy refix by Ital. 'From A Dream' exudes a dirty, jacking attitude thanks to percolating machine patterns and hypnotic bass while the wild synths and vox intensify the flavour. Magic Touch's remix takes a trippier NRG disco tack, like some cyberdelic Ron Hardy missive. These will sound deadly with a gobful of garys.
We don't need to tell you how much we're into Holy Other, and while this might officially be a Walls release, it's the Holy Other remix that's got us chomping at the bit for more. His delicate, smoky house music was a perfect fit on the Tri Angle label last year, and from the sounds of this remix he hasn't switched things up much, with the original track 'Sunporch' pushed into a haze of reverb and plodding, pensive rhythmic elements. Elsewhere the brothers Voigt turn in a surprisingly dub-wise version of 'Raw Umber / Twilight' which brings back memo… Read more
Denmark's slickest disco duo back in action with slo-mo and blue grooves. On 'Cosyland' the vocals are pushed up close and intimate on a swaying waltz, whereas 'Get Laid Back' harnesses portside guitar strokes and breezy synths on a grinding bass arpeggio. Reminding of their provenance, 'Cocaine Cool (extended Vol2)' revamps their greatest hit, and '101 Part Two' slips back into dreamy disco molasses mode.
**35 minutes of material spread over 4 tracks** **35 minutes of material spread over 4 tracks** Mi Ami is the five year old project of exotic punk-gone-House types Daniel Martin-McCormick (Ital) and Damon Palermo (Magic Touch). 'Decade', their first release since last years 'Dolphins' for Thrill Jockey, signifies a suitably decadent sea-change to their sound in keeping with respective solo projects. Basically they've ditched the guitars and drums for a hypnotic, electronic blend of Deep House and Disco filtered through their sly post-punk sensibilities. For our $, it's their finest collaborative work y… Read more
San Fran's Dave Aju steers Circus Company on one of their freshest rides since the Nicolas Jaar album with his sophomore LP. There's a distinctly rich and expressive musical consistency to 'Heirlooms' largely thanks to his use of vintage recordings and instruments inherited from his late father. It's still sophisticated party music, but it's also one of those "dancefloor" albums that's just as comfortable on headphones and sunk into the couch, wending its way through ten subtly morphing and spaced-out productions poised with a cool funk and tingling sense of psychedelia. He's joined by fellow Circ… Read more
Eglo's Ho Tep sibling label goes in cold with four Grime instrumentals by Spanish producer and peer of Mweslee and Bfelcha - Noaipre. The style is iced-out and economical, skating on sheer synthlines and sparring with mercurial, spiky syncopation in proper '04 styles. It's the lost sound of London pirate radio augmented in translation and sounds somewhere between Slackk's recent 'Raw Missions' EP and vintage bits from Danny Weed or Shots. Support from Elijah & Skilliam, Brackles, J Rocc, Chrissy Murderbot. Lock and load!
Jonny Trunk has really come up with the goods on his latest car boot sale trawl, bringing us a pristine reissue of It's Broken, Bob Chance's privately pressed 1980 masterpiece of "hairy forearm disco" (to quote famous fan DJ Shadow).The centrepiece and highlight of the album is undoubtedly the 9:37 title track, a work of ersatz psychedelic disco-funk that Trunk describes as having "a touch of Giorgio Moroder, a bit of the Beach Boys and a sprinkle of Glen Campbell as a serial killer" - and while we couldn't hope to put it better ourselves, we ought to add that it really is a belter, with some of… Read more
Neat three-tracker from Pariah, showing himself to be one of the more smart and evolved producers to have emerged in the wake of dubstep. 'Rift' is really nice, dynamic steppers techno that's designed to lock your dancing clogs down while still exploring the weirder reaches of your headspace - some really spooky, unsettling drones and synth pulses wafting between the pistoning drum hits. Wicked. 'Signal Loss' is beautifully produced, building in velocity and intensity with real style and assurance, but for our money suffers from its undeniably Burial-like deployment of amorphous sampled vocals; 'Among T… Read more
Harder, big room-primed Electro-Funky from the Rinse FM stalwart in collaboration with Swindle and Funtcase. In contrast to his previous tribal excursions, the emphasis here is on BIG synth sounds and electric melody on the triadic beast 'Spanner In The Works' - big splashes of soul colour, presumably from Swindle, alternate with searing rave stabs and swinging bass with form and force. Going dolo on the flipside, 'The Oracle' is more typically Roska, running with minimised tribal patterns and squirmy, tucked-in synths with bashy bass. Good twelve...
**Wicked party fuel: three cuts of Panamanian calypso-funk and Caribbean soul further to Soundway's wicked 'Panama!' volumes. Includes download coupon redeemable from the label** "On the A-side Fredrick Clarke's alter-ego Chombo turns his attention to a belting calypso-soul-funk cut with 'Soul Chombo' from his extremely scarce 1972 LP Chombo's Show. On the B-side we stray into Northern Soul style territory with another 2 very-hard-to-find cuts originally released only as 45s in Panama at the time. Ralph Weeks is another artist who featured with Fredrick Clarke on Panama! Volume 3 and is p… Read more