Monday, 23 February
Avian's gothic, esoteric sibling, Mira, administers four tracks from Ventress in his new Worn alias. Under cover of gloaming black metal atmospheres, he employs The KVB's coruscating guitar in the furtive darkwave skulk of 'Feminist', and churns thru graveyard techno while choking on sulphuric gases in 'No Expression'. Flipside, 'Unconscious' teeters brittle-boned percussions on abyssal bass and groaning synths, and 'Less Distant' roils grungy guitar akin to that Alexander Lewis issue on Blackest Ever Black. Recommended!
Pure tonal pressure with an avant-technoid edge, created by legendary Belgian figure Frans De Waard. 'Trenkel' was recorded in May 2013 at Geluidwerkplaats Extrapool, Nijmegen in preparation for a concert at Studio Trenkel with music by Wieman (Frans de Waard & Roel Meelkop).
"In the 1960s Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records laid down the template for all reggae music, the equivalent of Jamaica’s Motown Records. Artists who launched their careers there comprise an A-Z of the Jamaican music scene - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Burning Spear, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Horace Andy and many, many more. In the early releases featured here you will find the roots of Studio One’s unique sound - from the first jump-up, boogie-woogie and shuffle recordings… Read more
"Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg chronicles Phoenix, Arizona’s off-”Funky Broadway” scene that happened while Dyke and his Blazers were setting national charts on fire in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s. Covering Tejano psych, flute funk, both horny soul and horny kid soul, cackling R&B, deep ballads, and fist-fight doo-wop, Lenaburg channeled that wrong side of the desert sound to a dozen 45s for the Mighty, Darlene, Homogenized Sound, Ramco, and Out of Sight imprints. Although listing these totally obscure groups is an exercise in futility, we’ve typed them out anyway… Read more
"Post punk provocateurs The Pop Group, one of the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering bands to emerge from the late '70s era, release their first studio recording in 35 years. The album 'Citizen Zombie' has been produced by one of the biggest names in commercial pop music, multi Grammy and Academy Award winner Paul Epworth (Adele, U2, Florence and The Machine) and features original members Mark Stewart (lyrics / vocals), Gareth Sager (guitar), Dan Catsis (bass), and Bruce Smith (drums)."
Teste's dark minimal techno template, 'The Wipe', taken on by two time-served veterans. London's Lost boss Steve Bicknell strips it back to buried bass rumble and a shuddering lead synth flux; Mike Parker takes it underwater with patented sound design trickery.
Digital issue of Syncom Data's dope 1999 debut for Bunker Records. Between the electro-fonk gremlins of 'Controlled Circulation' and the precise drum machine minimalism of 'Sunday' you've got some of the West Coast Dutch electro scene's weirdest, definitive productions; the super crisp and spaced-out funk of 'Abe's Planet' for the I-F heads; some freakish, drugged-up swagger in 'Retaliation'; a freaks anthem in 'The New Town' and punchy, dubbed-off ekectro-techno in 'ECM'.
"Seasonal Hire collects four original tunes and one traditional piece, with Gunn and The Black Twig Pickers’ Mike Gangloff and Sally Anne Morgan all taking turns with lead vocal and songwriting. Like all of the Twigs’ albums, it was recorded live, without overdubs or amplification. Gunn fell right in with this aesthetic and threw down guitar parts like he’d been sparring with banjos and fiddles for years. The majority of the album was recorded at Joseph Dejarnette’s Studio 808a in rural Topeco, Virgina, where Gunn and Gangloff recorded Melodies for a Savage Fix, an im… Read more
Morphine present a very welcome, if unexpected, return from Sote, an American-based Iranian artist who delivered one of Warp's most interesting releases of the '00s with 'Electric Deaf'. We've spoken previously about our fascination with hi-end Middle Eastern electronics and Sote would fall well in that category with these complex, super-dynamic projections gleaned from a range of synthesis techniques. We won't bore you with the finer details - google it if you're bothered - but can tell you there's some dazzling work here; a hyperkinetic rush of trance-inducing tones and completely unstable,… Read more
"Monika Enterprise presents the debut album by Cologne artist Sonae: 'Far away is right around the corner'. Containing 10 tracks written between 2012 and 2014 the record deals with reflections about friendship, growing up and everyday life full of hope as far away is right around the corner. Sonae's music is wide, flowery and raw from the very quiet (Ambient) to tiny club moments (Electronica) always embedded in an electronic soundscape."
Prolific deep house producer/fiend Simone Vescovo returns to L.I.E.S. with a hot haul of 313 and Chi-inspired goodies. 'Abele Dance' starts up with a ritualistic bit of cowbell and flute interplay offset by muscular, tactile bass and darker pads - breezy but burly styles - before the rest of the EP variably pays dues to Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson on 'Beyond The Dance', 'Spirit Of Transmat', and 'Bio Rhythm'.
DJ Deep on a rumpy psychedelic house tip for L.I.E.S. Following the dictum, free your ass and thy mind shall follow, he lays down robust , driving jack tracks layered up with expressive sequencer licks for subtly mind-bending effect in the club, swirling up sweeping arpeggios over the pendulous toms and claps of 'Chantage', before getting gritty and psy-trancey with the wormy 'Brainiac' and the mesmerising weave of 'B Is Naggin'.
Bristolian ghetto-bass bouncer with PC Music-style deadpan gynoid pop vocal repeating "Gold Teeth and Lemon Haze". It works.
Randomer does his dope tribalized percussive thing on L.I.E.S. On the A-side he cuts loose with the clipped Afro drum cadence and druggy wheeze of 'Residents' besides the tunnelling motorik clatter of 'Jakobs Dream'. Better by far, the super rugged Gesloten Cirkel electro styles of 'Huh' on the B-side bends where it matters for the dancers.
Prostitutes tests his techno mettle on the 2nd part of his series for Avian's sister label, Mira. It's really all about the A-side on this one. 'An Enormous Door' ranks among the best we've heard from him, cutting a solid groove of rocking industrial techno freaked out with a mesmerising vocal stab, whilst 'Bomb Splinters' feels like his take on Dance Mania, running percolated, dried out drums and industrial clanks. Flipside is cool, but maybe not as useful, swaggering with claggy kicks and piercing hi-end frequencies on 'Smouldering Wilderness' beside the dubbed out roll of ' Rigid Pathetic Heaps'.
Prostitutes proceeds his Diagonal EP with another salvo of grotty, throbbing machine music for the Avian-affiliated Mira imprint. Blessed with one of the best titles of recent times, 'Truncheon Cadence (Part One)' hems close to that stoically purist sound James Donadio has established with his self-released LP and issues for Opal Tapes and Digitalis over the last couple of years. It includes some of his strongest club tracks in the rolling industrial thump of 'Led Up Garden Paths' and the dubbed-out techno skanker 'Odd Dog End', but our favourites have to be the skudged, g… Read more
"Vancouver producer Patrick Holland aka Project Pablo’s house music goes breezy and back to basics on his debut full length and first release since moving to Montreal this Fall. “I Want To Believe” is a blue-tinged walk through Little Italy; chunky disco and hybrid house inspired by ultra-real types of smoothness like George Benson, Sade or Steely Dan (“Aja”, that is) and relocating perceivably dated cafe-culture styles of groove-focused house into a newly sincere context. Project Pablo’s bright and deep slant on easy-listening is built on sturdy but loose percussion, heavy bass … Read more
NDW legend Holger Hiller sifts out a selection of dusty, wayward wave gems from the obscure early '80s Berlin archive of Wolfgang Seidel aka Populäre Mechanik. Rooted in the Zodiak Arts Club aesthetics of freedom and exploration, and prompted by the punk movement, Populäre Mechanik was coined as a vehicle to combine various strands of musical thought, from Devo-esque art-rock to jazz-wise detours and skinny dubs fracked with traces of slick yacht rock and exotica. RIYL K. Leimer, Felix Kubin, Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.
“The Cliff” is a new vocal driven EP from Chicago’s esteemed quartet Pelican. The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band’s fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley’s seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on “The Cliff” as the members behind the mu… Read more
Early '90s-styled ambient/acid house from Italian producer Pearl River Sound. Classy stuff harking back to early Warp and Rephlex styles, with highlights in the melancholy, floating AI sentiments of 'La Mia Citta Di Notte', with the Plastikman-alike acid of 'Ecid', and the low slung, blue groove of 'The Window'.
Featuring pieces from The Proposition, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and the forthcoming soundtrack to The Road, White Lunar's first disc serves as a showreel of the Bad Seeds artists' work for film. While you may already be familiar with the first two scores, the newer compositions from The Road prove themselves to be at least the equal of the duo's prior creative successes, calling on a similarly melancholy sound-set that grounds itself in achingly good piano and string compositions, swelling up to embrace full orchestration when necessary. The… Read more
With a work rate to rival Hans Sachs, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have produced a truly prodigious quantity of material in their 21 year recording career, a fact that is highlighted by this huge, 3CD boxed collection of B-sides and rarities. Spanning everything from the obligatory BBC sessions through to limited edition B-sides and previously unreleased studio material, this career straddling cross-section will act as a treasure trove to signed up members of the Cave fan club, yet will be just as accessible to those for whom the Bad Seeds have always been a periphera… Read more
London's Moiré drops the scuffed-up rug-cutter, 'Theme' an offcut from of his debut album, 'Shelter'. It feels like three tracks playing at once, in synch, with a finely-mixed tangle of gritty drums and swirling chords comparable with some imagined blend of Mark Ernestus, Actress and Kassem Mosse. Honestly, suck it and see…
Mattheis Verschuure takes a debut flight on Not Waving's Ecstatic label with a suite of shimmering kosmiche techno. 'Luminous Frames' expands on his work for the Nous'Klaer label with five sensitive arrangements of soaring arpeggios and pads powered by sleek analogue bass pulses. Pye Corner Audio fans will find much to love in the expansive, narcotic chugger, 'A State of Suspended Animation' and the effervescent likes of 'Four Dimensional Echoes' or 'Light Cones Reversed', and equally, fans of Carl Craig's 'Landcruising' need to take the strobing pulses and progressive arrangements of '… Read more
Jack Dixon shares the latest on White Asega label with Kodiak, backed by Bambounou and Troy Gunner reworks. The Kodiak track is dope, cutting loose with a wild and grimy techno funk number 'Taargus' detailed with Classical Curves-style production. Bambounou does a smart job with a slinkier, sub-heavy remix reduction, followed by Jack Dixon's bouncing Afro-techno-funk bomb 'New Curtains' and Troy Gunner's respective remix cut-up.