Monday, 18 October 2010
Raudive (aka Oliver Ho), Jonas Kopp, Stefny & Pheek, and Datasoul remix tracks from Niederflur's 'Bipolar' album. With some pristine source material, Raudive turns 'Normalnull' into a rolling bass-driven tech-house cut, while rising star, Jonas Kopp, offers a more kinetic remix of 'Mimesis' full of hard-filtered and bouncing toms. Stefny & Pheek follow with a trippier, rolling remix of 'Normalnull' and Datasoul remakes 'Polsequenz' as a fluid aquajacker nodding to the crafty dynamcs of Tobias.
Prime 2010 Jacker from Darling Farah, backed with very useful remixes from Funkineven, Clara Moto, and Christian Martin. The chunky, sub-driven vibes of Darling's original will go down verywell at all points ont he Berlin-London axis, while Funkineven's remix gives a more classic Chicago Jack feel with hard-tweaking 303 and proper crispy box beats. Infiné's Clara Moto follows with a relatively reserved and cleanly minimal version, next to a scuzzy Tech-House killer from Dirtybird's Christian Martin, compatible with the more rolling end of the DVA or Night Slugs sounds.
With a lengthy string of singles to his name for the cream of the modern deep and techy house crop, Tony Lionni gives his debut album for Jimpster's Freerange Records. 'As One' is a sterling showcase of his Detroit-influenced style, compiling 12 tracks of prime dancefloor goodness for the connoisseurs.
Offshore makes the move to Big Dada after his killer 12" for Stuff, blazing up four tracks of crafty Scottish crunk housed in dope, hand-sprayed sleeves. There's definite shades of his Glasgow peers Rustie and Hud Mo all over these tracks, from the heavyweight 808 bounce and bitter candied synths of 'Aneurysm', through the unique, baroque midi melodies of 'Hiccup' , and into the martial exuberance of 'UTG' and he prog-folk riffs of 'Round And Round', creating a weirdly effective confection of styles.
Wickedly infectious experimental pop for the 'floor from Hercules & Love Affair's Aerea Negrot, including remixes from Efdemin and Tobias. 'All I Wanna Do' mixes strands of camp cabaret, haughty House and disco pop with brilliant results, reminding of everyone from Arthur Russell to to Klaus Nomi, and finding more modern similarities with Crazy B*tch In A cave or Nomi Ruiz's Jessica 6 project. Meanwhile, Efdemin remakes the track with a more spaced out, late night feel,and Tobias gives a killer mix of 'Hair', with Funky-referencing martial snares done in an efficient Berlin style. Recommended!
Previewing the sophomore album from Scottish band Broken Records, 'A Darkness Rises Up' is a mighty comeback single that's sure to win them mainstream acclaim. The song is a rabble rousing mini-epic, with vocalist Jamie Sutherland sounding a little like Magnolia Electric Co./Songs: Ohia main man Jason Molina fronting Funeral-era Arcade Fire.
The Wants finds this ambitious Glaswegian band raising their game considerably for their sophomore full-length, a curious assemblage of clever post-folk variations and proggier, occasionally krautrock-influenced sounds. Early single 'A Glamour' introduces the album with a weirdo glam stomp that's faintly suggestive of a more organic retake on Battles' 'Atlas'. From here on the album continues to evade pigeonholing, summoning up dark, cycling synths, some slick, piled-up vocals and electronically-enforced rhythms. It's in the finer details that The Phantom Band most convincingly set … Read more
Maintaining their anonymous profile, the cats behind the Story series turn out another three deep dancers. 'Fascinated' is the main groove, a fresh mid-tempo winner with all the hallmarks of an expert production. 'Taj Mahal' is a little jazzier, mixing crooked rhythms with smoothly minimised chords, and 'You Better Find A job' rolls out dreamy electronics with a creamy bottom end. Fans of Sven Weisemann, Move D or Cottam.
A surprisingly great version of the Madonna classic, reinterpreted with a comparatively low-key, predominantly acoustic feel by Becky Stark, aka Lavender Diamond. The song originally appeared on the Through The Wilderness Madonna tribute album, which also featured the likes of Ariel Pink, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a cover as faithful and all-round overjoyed as this one.
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New on The Owl Service's label, Rif Mountain comes this compilation paying homage to legendary folk label Village Thing, an independent British company that ran between 1970 and 1973, specialising in "alternative folk". The label was a home to artists such as Ian A. Anderson, Dave Evans, Wizz Jones and Sun Also Rises, all of whom are covered over the course of this compilation, with contributing acts including Jane Weaver, Starless & Bible Black, The Owl Service, Jason Steel and one or two of the original Village Thing artists themselves. On tha… Read more
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Leading up to the release of their feverishly anticipated debut album for Hyperdub, Darkstar underwent some major evolutionary changes. Perhaps most signifiicantly they expanded from a production/writing duo of James Young and Aiden Whalley into a trio, now including vocalist James Buttery. This personnel change has been reflected in the music too. While previously Darkstar's sound leaned towards the fringes of dubstep, the musical profile of North is considerably more difficult to define. The genre connections remain at least partially in-check on former single 'Aidy's Girl Is A Computer' - perhaps … Read more
*Expanded CD Edition - includes over 35 minutes of material not featured on the vinyl edition of this album* Another highly anticipated release from the excellent Digitalis imprint - this time from Boxhead Ensemble's Scott Tuma who manages to weave a sound that incorporates dense and unsettling field recordings with Takoma-esque porchside strums, wiry violin, rhythmic metal scrapes, music-box interludes, Location recordings, Shortwave signals, spectral banjo plucks and distant piano sequences. The first thing we hear is the exaggerated whirr of phased tape treatments opening u… Read more
A hugely tantalising taster for the forthcoming remixes of Crammed Discs' Congotronics series, featuring Shackleton and Burnt Friedman remixing Kasai Allstars and Konono No.1, respectively. This is nowt short of a dream come true for geeks the world over, setting up a transcontinental dialogue between four distinctive groups of rhythm auteurs. On the A-side Shackleton chops up Kasai Allstars' 'Mukuba' from their 'In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic' (sounds like a Skull Disco track already!), trapping the drums … Read more
DJ Roc is one of Chicago's baddest DJs and Footwork producers. Born and raised in the city's Southside Juke stronghold, his three 'Juke City' mixtapes are among the most widely distributed examples of this niche scene, dominating the playlists of rhythmically aware freaks and dancers across the world. 'The Crack Capone' is his debut collection of 20 individual solo productions, an arsenal of highly flammable, hi-speed dance manipulators, running from the Junior Reid-sampling 'One Blood', to the Gregorian chants and churning Toms of 'Phantom Call', the contortionist syncopations of 'Crack Like T… Read more
Released in their complete form for the very first time, this disc collects in their entirety the 1990 Smegma Studios sessions which constituted the recorded debut of legendary drone-metal pioneers Earth. Combining material that was previously scattered between the Extra Capsular Extractions EP and Sunn Amps And Smashed Guitar, this release has been given the care and attention it deserves with liner notes penned by the band's own Dylan Carson with exclusive Simon Fowler artwork housed in a Stephen O'Malley-designed package. You can hear this massively influe… Read more
DJ Roc is one of Chicago's baddest DJs and Footwork producers. Born and raised in the city's Southside Juke stronghold, his three 'Juke City' mixtapes are among the most widely distributed examples of this niche scene, dominating the playlists of rhythmically aware freaks and dancers across the world. 'The Crack Capone' is his debut collection of 20 individual solo productions, an arsenal of highly flammable, hi-speed dance manipulators, running from the Junior Reid-sampling 'One Blood', to the Gregorian chants and churning Toms of 'Phantom Call', the contortionist syncopations of 'Crack Like… Read more
Tom Jenkinson is a restless musical soul. For his latest album he's dropped the Squarepusher moniker after 'Just A Souvenir' in favour of the cryptic Shobaleader One tag, which also includes his new band of Strobe Nazard on keys, Sten t'Mech and Arg Nution on guitar, and Company Laser on drums. Apparently this new set up came about when "Last summer a bunch of kids got in contact with me...Their idea was that they wanted the 'fantasy group' I had written about in connection with 'Just A Souvenir' to become a real entity that would record and tour...". Whether this band is re… Read more
'Blue Moon' was Moebius's (Cluster/Harmonia) last solo release for Sky Records. It is the soundtrack to a film of the same name, which neither I, nor Asmus Tietchens (who writes the sleevenotes) have seen, but it looks pretty cool from the stills on the sleeve - some kind of late '80s German crime thriller, possibly. Anyway, this is the only instance of Moebius writing a film score and as such it's defined by certain parameters which mark it from the rest of his work. The eleven tracks were created to fit the timing of the scenes, and are generally shorter, measur… Read more
'Blue Moon' was Moebius's (Cluster/Harmonia) last solo release for Sky Records. It is the soundtrack to a film of the same name, which neither I, nor Asmus Tietchens (who writes the sleevenotes) have seen, but it looks pretty cool from the stills on the sleeve - some kind of late '80s German crime thriller, possibly. Anyway, this is the only instance of Moebius writing a film score and as such it's defined by certain parameters which mark it from the rest of his work. The eleven tracks were created to fit the timing of the scenes, and are generally shorter, measured… Read more
Numan makes a step up to Planet Mu with four unique examples of his dubstep fusion sound. Raved up releases on Wicky Lindows and Slit Jockey cemented the 18 year olds status as one to watch, and now under the wing of µ we can really see what's happening in his hard drive. The looped flute stabs of the title track bely his early Grime influences but soon morph into a cyber-sino road vibe more akin to Ikonika. 'Photograph' follows with a deep, swaying slice of 'lectronic soul music worthy of someone far beyond his years, before 'Voodoo' juxtaposes Juke-ish drum patterns with Balkan fiddle and … Read more
In the sixth annual installment of the world's most essential Dubstep compilation we find refined mongrel killers from Skream, Icicle, Falty DL, Benga, SBTRKT, and Alix Perez. For the dubstep congnoscenti this is like Christmas, Eid, and Hannukah all at once. We're immediately drawn to Icicle's rather outstanding 'Anything', following a flawless 12" on Shogun Audio with quicksilver sci-fi steppers sophistication. Skream is in fierce form too, delivering the soca-tek momentum of 'Rollin' Kicks' as a bold counterweight to his recent pop inclinations, while his product… Read more
"The previously unreleased spooked-out psychedelic-jazz score to 70s Czech's 'other' favourite teenage witch flick." 'Saxana - The Girl On A Broomstick' is another Finders Keepers truffle hunted from the archives of the studio that brought you 'Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders', one of the most celebrated reissues in their immense catalogue. It includes the entire studio sessions (plus psychedelic effects) written by Angelo Michajlov and performed by the Karel Vlach Orchestra, 27 tracks in total including truly hefty sleevenotes from Andy Votel (we could barely pull them… Read more
Nitro-fuelled rave naughtiness from the T&B camp; Supra1's 'Still Believe' backed with remixes from Brackles, L-Vis 1990, Gucci Vump and The Phantom. We'd recommend drawing for Brackles' sparser, itchy-skipping Future-step remix and L-Vis 1990's Night Slugs special. Gucci Vump's kinda reminds of Kingdom's epic sound, but the original and The Phantom remix are a little too garish. Still, heavy twelve!
Strong Garage futurism from KingThing, following in the footsteps of XXXY, VVV and Loops Haunt on the excellent Fortified Audio imprint. The vibe is restless and rugged throughout the 'Mad Hatter EP' from warped 4/4 swing of 'La-Di-Da', spiked with spectral diva vox and peppered with twysting mentasms, through the fruity flex of 'Bump' and the canny balance of brittle woodblocks, almost baroque R'n'B melody and bristling syncopations in the title track. Craftiest of the lot has to be 'Neglect Me' swiftly switching between 4/4 speed Garage signatures and offbeat 3/4 swing with a deadly and ef… Read more
**Marbled Purple Vinyl** Atmospheric slow disco and Balearic styles from Tal. M Klein, with remixes from Hardway Bros and DJ DRM. 'Without Her' errs close to the IDIB sound of tape-warm, early '80s analogue disco, also included in a more Latinized 'Cosmic Boogie' remix. Ont he flip Hardway Bros give a groovin' proto-House version and Brooklyn's DJ DRM spins out a neater, poppier mix.
Rats Live On No Evil Star are an unusual duo, connected to that other notable palindromic experimental band, To Rococo Rot, in a roundabout sort of way: Bernd Jestram is a member of Tarwater, Ronald Lippok's 'other' band. A bizarre foray into post-punk/art-rock songwriting, the album centres around the work of J. Edward Donald, a writer of very strange music indeed, who occasionally lifts his lyrics from sources such as Anne Sexton, Aleister Crowley, Andre Herman Dune and Angela Bulloch. In describing all this, the label drops some confusing references to Ian Curti… Read more
Electronica maverick Cursor Miner deploys his fourth album, a journey into the lawless frontiers of pop music where just about anything can happen. Oddball opener 'Reject' is what you'd imagine Depeche Mode jamming around a campfire might sound like, while the more circuit-centric 'The Golem Of Bognor Regis' lurches more conscientiously in the direction of an electro influence, whilst also sounding a little like one of Atom TM's many guises in its absorption of chintzy exotica. One of the album's highlights, 'The Man With The Transparent Face' marks a turn towards a post-dubstep sound… Read more
The Wants finds this ambitious Glaswegian band raising their game considerably for their sophomore full-length, a curious assemblage of clever post-folk variations and proggier, occasionally krautrock-influenced sounds. Early single 'A Glamour' introduces the album with a weirdo glam stomp that's faintly suggestive of a more organic retake on Battles' 'Atlas'. From here on the album continues to evade pigeonholing, summoning up dark, cycling synths, some slick, piled-up vocals and electronically-enforced rhythms. It's in the finer details that The Phantom Band most convincingly set themse… Read more