Thursday, 06 March
Deep, filtered house by Sweden's Mr Tophat & Art Alfie backed with an acidic Locked Groove remix on the first release from No Fit State. 'Vretis' works as a canny scene setter with patiently growing dub filters applied to a slinky disco loop, evolving into a sub-heavy, rolling house groove, whereas 'Takelant' works to a skippier New York garage coda. Locked Groove squares it off for the DJs on a condensed, sub-heavy remix laced devilish acid squirms.
Vowel-averse Swedish techno duo SHXCXCHCXSH return to Avian with a slick follow-up to their 'Strgths' album. 'VVVLLLLVVV' rolls out with sub-aquatic square bass pulses and eerie, almost Drexciyan synth pads, and 'MRRRWRRRDS' locks into heavier, bleeping rolige charged with cavalcade of churning toms and swarming synths. 'MRRRCHNNNN' is roughest of the pack, pumping pneumatic bass and pistoning hi-hats thru the silty murk at 20 knots.
Infectious disco/house cut-ups done good and proper by John Barera and Will Martin for the former's Supply Records. There's four shades of the same sound, taking in skippy, disco-looping NJ garage styles on the delightful 'Awake', beside the sultry, bass and chords-driven deep house of 'Say It Now', whilst 'Unknown factor' deals heavier dub chords and rolling bass balanced with an excellent, folksy string motif, and 'Yen' dips down to a more sensual 6am vibe.
Monday, 03 March
Following on from releases from the likes of Powell, Mark Leckey and Merzbow, The Death Of Rave is buzzed to present the exceptional debut album from L.A.-based upstart Delroy Edwards. Combining combustible little noise sessions made with guitar pedals and reel-to-reel tape at Art school, together with shocking recent productions, 'Teenage Tapes' showcases a lesser-heard aspect of Delroy's highly aware and divergent tastes owing more to Minimal Wave, Noise, EBM and Black Metal than the Chicago Ghetto-House sound of his releases for L.I.E.S. and his own L.A. Club Resource label. For anyone… Read more
Over 5 years ago, Dozzy and fellow Italian engineer/producer Manuel Fogliata aka Nuel coined a strain of pure techno distilling their deeply engrained experience of '90s techno with a further reduction of noughties minimalism made with finely tuned hardware production techniques, basically burning away the cliches and impurities to leave a potent ambient techno residue. The result was a series of powerfully monotone, hypnotic and droning 12"s issued in typically low-key fashion by Berlin's Hardwax crew and feted in reverent tones by everyone from Miles Whittaker to Mnml S… Read more
Kassem Mosse brings his surprise debut album to land with minimal fuss or fanfare on Workshop. In case you don't know, Kassem is responsible for some of the finest, most definitive techno-house productions of the last decade, racking up soulful, forward-facing anthems for FXHE, Trilogy Tapes and Nonplus and, of course Berlin's Workshop, which remain firm favourites in myriad DJs boxes. For his low-key debut album, he sticks to the shadows and the eerier, sensual spaces between house, techno and electronica, finding a graded mid-ground between midnight Detroit beatdown and European electr… Read more
Sleazy West Coast Dutch disco mysteries from the man like Legowelt, originally issued in 2002. The title track could be something plucked from a classic Ron Hardy Music Box set, "The Dream That Doesn't Stop" again picks up the notion of Italian disco from its heyday, but pitching sounds clearly at club arenas circa 2003. "Theme from the forgotten cable car" could be incidental music from a disturbing slasher flick, brooding and dark, while "The Night Must Fall" persists with the foreboding, dramatic feel, distilling the kind of excitement that works brilliantly in a club, s… Read more
Loud pressing of two hotly-tipped, Afrobeat-inflected House anthems from London's DrumTalk. His 3rd vinyl appearance in as many years - following a debut 12" and remix for Soundway and Sofrito - has already made its way into the sets of James Holden and Jackmaster, signalling a summer of heavy rotation everywhere from Berlin to Ibiza and sweaty East London basements. It's easy to hear why: 'Time' plays it simple and super effective with infectious polyrhythms hingeing on a massive kick and laced with blue but uplifting synthline and aching soul vox, whilst 'Magnetic' mixes industrialized, swaggerin' drums and trippy party synths to sound like Carl Craig gone Kwaito.
R&S present one of Lakker's strongest sessions to date with the 4-track 'Containing A Thousand' EP. Over the last ten years the Dublin-based duo have cultivated a unique take on electronic dance music, contouring techno with traces of electro, noise, and broken beats in a shifty, powerful style that's rightly earned the respect of the likes of AFX, who's been known to pepper his DJ sets with Lakker aces. Their muscular, dynamic sound designs are in full effect here, refusing gridlocked techno patterns to dice with skittish electro nodding to late '90s Autechre in the title track, whe… Read more
The dude behind productions for Fever Ray and Roll The Dice makes his solo album debut for Digitalis with the hypnotic hardware rituals of 'Lines Describing Circles'. The production on here is just immense - no doubt aided by Pole's pristine Master: there's an epic, bass-heavy undercurrent running throughout the album's 10 tracks that gave us goosebumps listening at high volume, harnessing humming electricity and acoustic sources into amorphous, crushingly oppressive shapes and structures with a bleakly Nordic sensibility. The pieces oscillate between caustic, peaking no… Read more
**180g wax. Edition of 300* SLO continues to forge a personalised, proggy fusion of Bass-heavy techno and D&B rolige on the 2nd release from his Aery Metals label. Like some modern magpie with an ear for the most sensuous, affective bits of UK dance music, SLO borrows and bends traces of many styles into a sleek, supple style hovering around the 125bpm mark. A-side, the darkyl sexy 'Dead Cell' rides a swinging, kinky groove anchored by cone-blowing subbass and haunted by atmospheres somewhere between classic Metalheadz and early Tectonic pieces, especially the latter when that woo… Read more
**Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman provides the naturally perfect accompaniment to Deadbeat's dry, heavy techno dubs** "Deadbeat. Tikiman. Infinity. Dub. A quadrangle of such obvious statement and perfect musical inference may very well never have been uttered for those of the wholly weeded out persuasion. Indeed, when the great book of Dub music is written the names Scott Monteith and Paul St Hilaire will undoubtedly figure highly in its chapters devoted to recent years. Monteith, the last great prodigal son of the doctrine handed down from the Blue Mount of Lord S… Read more
Highly influential, Norwegian fine artist Lars Holdus aka TCF debuts on the beautifully presented YYAA label with an incredibly lush, head-spinning hit of ultra-modernist electronic composition. For the unaware, TCF is the latest handle for the artist formerly known as Cracksmurf, whose raft of hyper-eclectic DJ mixes and nascent productions circa 2011/2012 were a strong, if not pivotal inspiration for Arca's diffuse, forward style. That will become swiftly apparent once you experience the gyroscopic sound design and breathtaking vision of 'YYAA002'. It's music which quite simply wouldn't exist witho… Read more
Ralph Cumbers kicks off a slew of imminent releases with the modular indulgence of his 'Bugbranded EP' on Public Information's latest dispatch. It's a quintessentially British display of voltage control and knob-fondling, blending that explorative Radiophonic feeling with proggy-minded, live arrangements in debt to early '90s AI styles. In a proper man-machine show down, Ralf tweaks out crisply psychoactive melodies and halcyon acid jack on 'Sometime The Only Way To Go Out Is Further In', and a more delicate, psilocybic folk dance on 'Elsewhen', while the flipside tracks take a more eldri… Read more
So the money-shot here is that 17 minute Autechre remix, and it doesn't disappoint. There used to be a time when you could clearly define an autechre track by the era from which it came - Chiastic Slide era material being wholly distinct from, say, Tri Repetae, Garbage or LP5 productions. These days it's a little more complicated, since 2001's Confield Ae seem to have decided to stop fxxcking with us quite as much and employ a more accessible modus operandi, with their last couple of releases containing moments that you could just about classify as an easy listen. This remix f… Read more
The UK's foremost Footwork/Bass fiend synthesises a taut fusion of Juke, Jungle and Bristol bassbin styles on his 2nd album. Whilst tempos regularly push the 160bpm bracket in a nod to Teklife's Rashad and Spinn, Addison Groove links with local talents DJ Die, Josefina, and Sam Binga to acknowledge more influence from his home city than the Windy City. It's a swift moving but cooled-out session, working that forward tension between itchy syncopation and half-stepping swagger across 14 tracks oscillating between Junglist rush, rolling techno ('Space Apples'), 'ardcore acid ('M… Read more
Prime Numbers highlight the most hyped Trus'me track from his 'Treat Me Right' album, backed with a Mosca remix - dropping the tempo for burning, bass-heavy number.
Wild Beasts enlist some remix brawn from The Field and Factory Floor on the first single from their 'Present Tense' LP for Domino. The Field duppies and draws out 'Wanderlust' to a thrumming eight minute shoegaze techno piece with dreamier vocal processing, and Factory Floor rework the same piece as a clipped 2-step techno thing laced with gurgling acid tweaks and gender-bent vocals.
*Available on digital formats for the first time* The impeccable Blackest Ever Black label presents a much needed vinyl pressing of two tracks from Vatican Shadow's debut cassette release, backed with a mighty Regis remix. For anyone familiar with the original 2010 tape or mp3 release, we should say this record sounds radically different, thanks in no small part to a pedigree mastering to vinyl by Matt Colton at London's Air facilities. The haunting synth washes, grinding bass distortion and chopper blades of 'Cairo Sword Unsheathed', and the subharmonic bass of 'Gunmen With… Read more
The conclusive chapter of Third Ear's Detroit Beatdown sessions. Includes four deeper, soulful Motor City moves ranging from Mike 'Agent X' Clark's jazzy mood 'U Know How I Feel', Rick wade's wriggling ''Cloud Envy', a strippe down jacker from DJ T-1000 called 'The Cognoscenti', and the synth-heavy lushness of Scott Ferguson's 'A Groove'.
Amsterdam techno institution Delsin celebrate their 100th release anniversary in style with 20 tracks by their core roster and close friends - from Claro Intelectro to Convextion, A Made Up Sound and Ross 154 - split over 2 x CDs. It's the culmination of a recent series of 12"s and not far off 20 years in the game, consistently turning out some of the deepest, Detroit-rooted house and techno in history - from the timeless emissions of NWAQ/154 to those early Shed 12"s, mould-breaking Aardvarck output and the best from Redshape. However, with '100DSR' they don't rest on their laurels an… Read more
One of the sweeping shoegaze highlights of Tycho's new, instrument-heavy album for Ghostly International. Get lifted.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "The Men's new LP for Sacred Bones is the tongue-in-cheek-but-still-auspiciously-titled Tomorrow's Hits. This is their first album recorded in a high-end studio and, appropriately, the result is their most high fidelity album to date. That being said, it is still an incredibly straightforward record. Tomorrow's Hits is a concise collection of songs that nonetheless expands the band's ever-evolving musical palette. It's an album full of genre-bending risks, but it reinforces the overarching theme that has come to define its makers: The Men… Read more
"French Quarter diva-house decadent Sir Stephen explores fresh palatial terrace party terrain on Sanctuary, a six-song rosary for SILK streetwear subsidiary House Of Silk. Seemingly inspired by that short-lived (and culturally off-limits) stylistic intersection of 90's club music and devotional New Age – think early Enigma, deep house PM Dawn white labels, wind chime samples, etc – the EP glides between moods of self-reflection and celebration, often in the same track. Vocals rise through synth-swells of incense and candlelight, tag-teaming with sub-currents of tribal percussion, trumpet, s… Read more
UNO NYC cut loose a set of smooth-but-jittery, loopy house deviations written entirely at a Starbucks cafe by SFV Acid. We're not quite sure how it worked, but apparently 'The Dwell' was "conceptualized and recorded at a local Starbucks… on analogue gear, seated maniacally at a table", which is a pretty bold and funny, if not very James Ferraro-esque gesture, if you ask us. Nodding to classic templates of Chicago, Detroit and New York House, it's a sort of send up of The Other People Place's 'Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café' reduced with an economical approach more akin to Mark Fell's early SND,… Read more
"Robin Saville has been plying his electronic wares as one half of electronic luminaries Isan for over fifteen years. Earning a reputation for bringing an emotional dimension to music with a reputation for the cerebral, Isan have claimed to be in the business of making easy listening out of difficult sounds. In addition to keeping his end of the Isan bargain, Robin occasionally records music under his own name, exploring more acoustic and bucolic textures (see also 2008's 'Peasgood Nonsuch' on the excellent Static Caravan label). Robin's new solo album, 'Public Flowers', is about c… Read more