Monday, 09 December
**21-track compilation charting the rise of underground punk across the USA. Features tracks by Pere Ubu,The Zeros, X Blank X, Theoretical Girls, plus 35-page booklet with writing by Jon Savage, Geoff Travis, and Peter Saville among others** "Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk in the United States 1973-80 is the first in Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series of album releases coincidin… Read more
**Includes bonus track 'Hing'** Class tech-house session from Sei A backed with strong Breach remix. 'Make It Work' slings razor sharp, metallic dub chords and a hydraulic subbass shook down with frisky hi-hats for the swingers; 'I'll Take You There' rides a plump but light-footed square bass with scissoring hi-hats practically guaranteed to enhance your dance. Flipside Breach extends and teases out the bouncing chords and slamming bass of 'Make It Work' with a slinkier sense of deferred gratification.
Absolute cracker from Delsin: three properly skooled techno trax from Ross 154 (New World Aquarium), Convextion, and Sawlin. VAR3 is a suitably timeless yet forward looking instalment of Delsin's 100 release anniversary, casting one ear back to the sublime Dutch/Detroit/Martian techno vision of Ross 154's 'Moon FM Desire', originally issued on the CD-only 'Going Through Life' compilation and now finally making its debut on wax, whilst Sawlin represents a ruff, insistent, up-to-the-minute sound with his swaggering 'Zeitstempel' bomb, and Convextion does his inimitably shifty, lush Detroit-style thing on 'Verna'. Tipped!
Hood at his best on home-brewed M-Plant label. A-side he rides roughshod with corrosive, glancing hi-hats and escalating chords powered with rollicking bass; flipside plays deeper before unleashing a lip-bitingly mean metallic synthline morphing into a tribal trance-out.
Wobbly triplet driven welter from Redshape. There's one track here and it's all you need to kill any crowd worth playing for, building a mouldalting head of acid pumped by powerful kicks and spun off axis with tripping cross-rhythms, all optimised with that Redshape touch.
Jorge Velez aka Professor Genius delivers the most asked-for and most-delayed L.I.E.S. transmission in their short but influential life so far. You may have stumbled across Jorge's MMT Tapes series recently: this sounds nothing like them. Operating in mid-space between Bryn Jones-like eastern drama, motorik Klaus Schulze-like celestial romantics and lo-fi synth drone, he's created a world unto itself, melting from the chromatic glow of 'Hassan One' to the banking drum and synth dramatics of 'Merciful And Blessed' to the uncannily Vatican Shadow-like 'The Valleys Of … Read more
One year on from 'Perceiver', Peter Van Hoesen presents his first live album, documenting his performance during the Time To Express label night at Tresor on July 19th 2013. Armed with three synths, a drum machine, two iPads and some outboard effects, he covers a brace of new material woven with recent releases in typically disciplined and unrelenting PvH style, capturing his highly efficient energy transfer and breathless momentum in full effect and perhaps providing better context for his music than any studio album could.
Nautiluss reps a melodic, Montreal-style tech-house sound on Holland's Audio Culture label, following 12"s for Turbo and Hemlock Recordings. 'Solstice' is a nicely tempered builder strealed with plush strings and fruity synth parps; 'Corvus' gets down with a hip-winding square bass and progressive chords; 'Neptune' spirals dainty bleeps on an itchy, sub-heavy garage house groove.
Bass-sprung techno mutants from Manni Dee for Shades Of Grey Recordings. Four tracks roll between hydraluic, stepping techno on 'Loop 84' to the tight Hessel-gone-acid licks of 'Objective Form' thru to the swinging churn of 'Red Paint On The Roses' and the breakbeat-splitting roil of 'Eroded Viewpoint'.
Heavy filtered house edits from Malvoeaux aka Clone contributor Steve Summers. 'Targets' initiates the Long Island Electrical Systems label with a meaty chunk of Members Only discohouse swamped in hazy compression and propelled by an over-driven bassline learnt from the Theo Parrish/Jamal Moss finishing skool. 'Shivers' goes a notch deeper with swirling loop edits and a wash of shimmering disco strings and keys. Meanwhile, 'Weeknight Warriors' gets on it with distanced disco samples heard beneath a glazed patina of tape and a groggy-but-determined energy. Aces!
Tense, crisp, driving techno from the Stroboscopic Artefacts boss backed with Chris Liebing and Dadub remixes. '201 Phasing' burrows deep into the dance with modulating layers of chiming rhythmelody powered by a rugged, hydraulic bass roll which Dadub renders more spacious, ghostly, and Liebing locks down to a pounding, hypnotic 4/4 churn.
L.I.E.S delve deep with three timeless, superlative acid cuts from Legowelt. The man is in awesome form on this plate, sucking us right into an abstract narrative "...in which woodland creatures attempt space travel, lonely middle-aged men cast off by society perform circuit bending experiments in their parents suburban basement and autistic fans of late night talk radio call in form the outer-reaches to discuss world politics." Yeah! A-side 'Sark Island Acid' is a beautiful lather of almost-Drexciyan melodic touches and rippling machine rhythms with a light-headed tension. B-side 'Back… Read more
*Ships Friday* Klose One follows Dusky and Paleman onto Loefah's School Records with two slabs of technoid, ragga-infected swagger. 'Trigga's Tale' churns up robust toms and creeping synthlines on a squashed subbass, all poised with a badderman house stance. 'Slippery' is a grubbier bit of acidic bleep techno for 2013, coming off like a road-wise LFO.
Blissful dream pop single from the celebrated South-African duo and a couple gorgeous remixes too. 'Muizenberg' blends highlife, heavenly synth and dappled North American guitar sounds, but the key is Emmanuel Nzaramba's feather-light falsetto vocals. Then in comes Seiji mixing sweet pianos and surround-sound electronic dazzle, followed by The 2 Bears, who come up with a nice long maximalist house jam that has a really warm feeling running through it. Nicely done.
L.I.E.S. boldly go where most other House labels wouldn't dare, presenting an excellent LP of cosmic synth music with religious overtones conceived by Matt Morandi aka Jahiliyya Fields. It's one of the label's most substantial releases to date, and not only by length. The music itself is of a wholly more gratifying calibre than their usual - albeit excellent and unconventional - dancefloor releases, drawing upon a wealth of exploratory synth music and symbology from Islam and Thelema to set the mind off on more spiritual, intellectually nourishing forays. From a Terry Riley-li… Read more
London-style house backed with a Skudge techno remix. Dixon's three originals romp between the jacking bass and nagging vocal stabs of 'Heirloom' to the darker warehouse mode of 'Park Row' and a deeper, dubbed-out play called 'The Things I Gave You'. Skudge bring up the rear with a driving minimal remix of 'Heirloom'.
Reissued for first time in 15 years. Cool pickings for Kraut and Balearic disco jocks. "‘On The Way To The Peak Of Normal’ is the third album by Holger Czukay, originally released in 1981. After ‘Movies’, his first post-Can solo album, Czukay continued exploring the methods of sampling and laidback jamming on this follow-up. The side long ‘Ode To Perfume’ / ‘Fragrance’ coasts along on some heavily twangy guitar, shortwave static, treated vocals, and drunken trumpet, all in a hypnotic late night groove. Intended as environmental music for some underlit, velvet clad chillout room, the album can be seen as one long rumination on improvised understatement."
Freak-out post-punk on NNA tapes like a troupe of four-year-olds in a hurry to redecorate your front room with a complete set of easy-squeeze poster paints. Actually though this Boston band can really play, with twangy funk, precision synth wiggles, complex math-rock structures and all kinds of detail hiding within the chaotic thrills. The distorted, outraged vocals riding the lurching guitars like a cartoon character are a particular delight. This is for those into the crazier strains of late-seventies / early-eighties post-punk, and particularly for those us who mourn Les Georges Leningrad. Maniacal.
Brand new solar funk rays from Funkineven backed with GB: The Abstract Eye's 'Reflexes', which was previously only available on the Eglo Records Vol.1 CD. It's a canny match between the like-minded artists; Funkineven's 'Egypt' feels out cosmic space between Sun-Ra's searching synthetic expressions and the freakiest sorts of Virgo 4 or Larry Heard journeys, whilst GB shuffles in hyperspace with techy latinate syncopation and beaming modular glyphs.
An endearing release from the Australian sound and visual artist, generously stocked with delicate, exquisite audio jewels. Carchesio threads minute sonic objects of every kind into sequences: diatomic machines spinning in the abyss, toy depth charges, scrunches and grimaces of noise, pipette-blobs of this and that. Bringing names like Raymond Scott and Actress to mind, the short-form constructions on 32 Days are humble in proportion but gently powerful in effect.
Yung Delroy whips it proper with a highly anticipated follow up to his 'Heart & Soul' and '4 Club Use Only' bangers for L.I.E.S. On his 3rd 12" he lives up to an assumed role as ambassador for raw, kicking' old skool Chi-house house values with fervent relish. A-side he percolates the dusty, sticky zaps, claps and booty beats of 'White Owl' at an uncompromising 140bpm designed to really get the juices going, whilst on the B-side he nudges the tempo down for a tweakier, fruitier groove called 'The Fast Lane' and picks it up again with the gruff dancefloor grammar of 'Drop Dead' - another … Read more
L.I.E.S.' run of aces shows no sign of abating with this bomb from Delroy Edwards. '4 Club Use Only' spans the A-side with proper, body-thumping bassline balanced by fizzing hi-hats and authentic deep space vibes reminding of classics from Eevolute Records and The Connection Machine. B-side 'Bells' hits a heavy New Jersey swing sound with badass toms and a trickling lead timbre that pushes the right buttons, while 'Love Goes On And On' departs on a deeply romantic technohouse note. Tip!
Slip on the gloves and headset and take a night flight over the dataplane with this latest hi-tech transmission from Zoology. The Amsterdam label have really got themselves an eye-opening sound going - neuromantic synth architectures of dazzling scale and complexity, with one foot in eighties cyberneticism and the other in burningly contemporary abstractions - and this is one of the most intense examples yet. Delaweare's sound is immersive and up-to-date, juddering and gleaming with obsidian towers and lit up lurid with laser grids. Witness mountains of data, rivers of information and a terrible m… Read more
Sub-heavy and strident techno house from Project Squared's sub-label. Melbourne-based Craig McWhinney at the wheel, cutting across deep and desolate dub-techno zones with 'Pulse For Harvest', and working a cannier step with the Pole or Deadbeat-like 'Citadel' and the persistent swing of 'Six Hundred Furlongs'.
**Ships Friday** Keeper of dubstep's darkest light, Compa steps up to Deep Medi with two rolling dreadnaughts. A-side, 'Narabeh' dices with bouncing nyabinghi drums in a pressure chamber of claustrophobic bass and dynamic noise textures. B-side, 'Alpha' locks those drums down to a halfstepping lurch and throws the subs downtown inna mystic steppers atmosphere.
"After nearly a decade of Audion—in which Matthew Dear has exorcised his dancefloor demons through sometimes heavy, occasionally dirty, always ecstatic techno—a career-spanning retrospective is not only deserved, it's welcome. Audion X culls only the best tracks from Audion's singularly reckless mind: the swarm-of-bees climax of the DEMF-defining "Mouth to Mouth" and the stair-step hook of "Look at the Moon"; the serrated mayhem of 2004's "Kisses" and 2005's Suckfish full-length, the mischievous sensuality of 2009's singles series. And with a new Audion full-length (and accompanying A/V tour) on… Read more