Friday, 14 August
The time-served UK techno expert digs out four versions of his most in-demand belters. Killing it from every angle, between an Enhanced Version of 'Flyby/Falling' [Ingoma, 2006] to a dextrous unreleased demo mix of 'Bulk [Inceptive, 2006], plus the razor-cut drums and tribal momentum of 'Obscura Mix 1', and a stripped mix of the carousel banger, 'Mass'.
Jochem Paap (Speedy J) and Lucy mesh forces for a fwd follow-up to their excellent, eponymous album. Their union proves fruitful again with four pieces spreading out between the bleep techno hydrolicks of 'At The End Of The World', thru the perfectly pensile dimensions of 'An Extraordinary Man', to the exquisite, chamber-like pirouettes of 'Quantum Vibes'.
Solvent's elaborate 78 minute synth soundtrack to the documentary 'I Dream of Wires', backed with technoid remixes by Chris carter and Bronze Teeth among others. The Canadian artist's soundtrack spans a spectrum of analogue electronics in charming library/soundtrack fashion, giving strong source material for the crushing swagger of Chris Carter's 'Elephant Generators' remix, the spark-spitting techno of Bronze Teeth's 'Quantimations' rework, and a superbMartial Cantarel remix of 'King Vincent'.
Porn Sword Tobacco and SVN go swede-to-swede again for the briny house delicacies of 'Feels Good' on their native Kontra-Musik. In the 11 minute opener they fathom five minutes of unanchored drum machine patterns and silty chords before a rolling sub-bass ballast keeps them swinging to the Afro-rhythmelodic cadence of the 2nd track, and a thizzing techno miniature.
**A timely reminder of Offshore's uniquely playful and colourful beatcraft on this posthumous presentation of his unfinished and eponymous album** "Offshore is the alias of Scottish producer Ewan Robertson. Ewan died unexpectedly in December 2012 while undergoing heart surgery for treatment of his Marfan Syndrome. Born in Aberdeen in 1985, Ewan was both a celebrated musician and graphic designer. He first picked up a guitar aged 10 and by 14 had formed his first grunge band, Incendo. Moving to London in 2002 to study at Central Saint Martins, he joined experimental art rock group Lark and play… Read more
**Strong ambient/minimal techno RIYL Voices From The Lake, Thomas Brinkmann, Plastikman** "Nautil's debut single, Canopée, utilises analog synths, sampling and personal recordings to emphasize the geometrics of nature and music. On the A-side the lead track, Canopée, is a cavernous, pulsing, low-frequency techno colossus destined to hypnotise dark warehouse spaces. On the reverse Galdae is a propulsive tecnoid tweaker while Mue is designed for head rolling after hours with mesmeric synth drones suspended over a brain melting sub-bass pulse."
Lady Blacktronika stirs up a wicked Detroit beatdown and techno sound on R&S's sub-label, Meda Fury. Equally adept at dusty soul squeeze as uptempo, hi-tek funk, she dispenses gauzy KDJ styles in 'Oh So Cold' beside the late '80s-infected Detroit electro-tech class of 'Trim The Breaks', whereas 'Akua's Heart' chases a tribal spirit down tumbling, crack'd and freeform house grooves, and 'Only Just Myself To Blame' rounds out with an early '90s Detroit soul house style. RIYL Africans With Mainframes, KDJ, Theo Parrish, dancing.
Wicked and daft MIDI house funk from the one and only Kane West. On his first solo outing beyond the PC Music posse he delivers Tiga's Turbo with the New Beat-meets-Cumbia-styled jack of 'Mexicans' plus the grubbing acid fun of 'Expenses Paid' and again with the dippy New Beat-style quirks in 'Don't Stop'. A strong look for fans of Comeme, Physical Therapy, PC Music!
**2015 Mix** For some unknown reason the press release for this record is trying to push it as the last John Tejada record – something which somehow seems hugely unlikely. What it is, however, is another flawless, brilliantly executed trawl through padded techno at its most soulful and melodic, heavily distorted chords underpinning spheric, slightly sentimental chime melodies and hard as nails handclapping beats. The man, clearly, can do no wrong.
Serene post-club ambient offerings from the Greta Cottage Woodpile. Hearkening back to the early '90s bliss of The KLF or The Orb at their sweetest, spaced-out, 'Dragbacks On Dockweiler State Beach' yields a dream sequence of iridescent synth trickles and diaphanous pads that tickles those sacred places to piloerect effect. A most endearing marriage of lush intent and gentle execution.
Hark, hear the beards fizz: there's a new Goat 7" in stock. 'It's Time For Fun' reveals their first new music since 2014's 'Commune' album.
Killer summer burner from Crazylegs - French touch filtered disco house meets skipping UK garage for a proper winner. TIP!
Soul and synth-fuelled footwork burns from DJ Roc, hard on the heels of his 'Practice What U Preach' LP. Working a soulful tip, 'Don't Do Me This Way' juggles double-time beat on the sweetest sample strokes, and 'Sometimes I Wonder' cuts deep on a heads-down and dusty halfstep roll. For the NRG, run straight to the buzzing trance signals and surging subs of 'Level Next' or the lip-bitingly tight minimalism of 'Work Dis Mothaf*cka'. Tip!
A fat f**king YES to DJ Clent's footwork flip of Kanye & Hud Mo's 'Blood on the Lines', backed with the squashed freak, 'D.J.P.J.C.', west coast boogie sauce of 'Groovin' In The Sunshine', and proper, in-the-pocket funk with 'Let The Bass Go'.
Hot on the heels of his sublime Lifted LP with Max D, Baltimore's Matt Papich tends to his Co La alias for OPN's Software Recording Co. Whilst still super spacious, 'Suffering (Tuesday)' feels more densely layered than his previous outings, rife with bubbling colours and strafing field recordings fleshing out an elaborately detailed sound-field with every element neatly suspended and swirling about each other in the mix. If Total Freedom and Animal Collective made music together…
The esteemed Italian producer drops a slow and supple house groove with the sensual seduction of 'E', backed with the gorgeous 2 minute ambient hyperstep, 'Falling'.
"As earlier compilations of ‘Danza Meccanica’ have taught us, Italy gave birth to a disproportionate number of synth-pop, new wave and electronic acts in the 80s. Mannequin goes deeper into the Italian new wave archaeological research with a killer 10 tracks selection of Carmody. Picking their name from a science fiction novel titled “Dimension of Miracles” by Robert Sheckley, Carmody were coming from Torino, as their pairs Monuments and Chromagain. Started as a duo (Alberto Ramella and Andrea Lesmo) and later a trio with Max Casacci joining in as a guitar player, C… Read more
Deepest technoir house trips from the burgeoning Art Crime. In hot pursuit of his 'Obsession' EP for Phonica, the 'Renessence' EP hypnotises with uncanny effect, subtly seducing with the effortless momentum and beautifully aerated keys of 'Anxiety Is Always Here' before the technoid drive and dramatic bells of 'The Owner' take hold, and the chamber-like elegance of 'Renessence' gives way to the breathless techno ascent of 'Intention'. Top tip.
Friday, 28 August
**Barbara meets Lucrecia Dalt, Robert Lippok, and Schneider TM** "Barbara Morgenstern follows her 2012 English-language album Sweet Silence (MONIKA 074CD) with Doppelstern (Double Star), featuring 13 collaborations, each created in a different studio. This pre-album EP includes "Übermorgen (Extended)," which features a vocal duet with Justus Köhncke, who first suggested the double star concept to Morgenstern; Robert Lippok, with whom Morgenstern has crossed paths on numerous occasions, appears on the electronic instrumental "Scrambler (Extended)"; "Gleich ist gleicher als gleich" took … Read more
Thursday, 13 August
**Mastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy. Edition of 500** Crushing celestial tech-noise objects from Black Rain (a.k.a. Ike Yard's Stuart Argabright) with Shapednoise and Demdike Stare's Miles Whittaker. 'Apophis', so named after asteroid 99942 which poses an uncertain threat to humanity, was written and realised over summer 2014 and supposes four cuts of destructive electronics describing a potential, eschatalogical event and its aftermath in grim and unflinching detail. Black Rain and Shapednoise are clearly steeled and ready for what may come, from 'Metal Home's' premonition o… Read more