Friday, 24 July
"Hermetically sealed and reveling in tumult, All Tense Now Lax is the most significant and developed work yet forged by Liberez. Based in main orchestrator John Hannon’s remote studio No Recordings in Rayleigh, England, Liberez have expanded their palette from previous outings on Alter to produce a perfectly engineered machine that consumes the beholder. A tense, gut-wrenching listen wrought with carefully considered space, the range of techniques and the depth of atmosphere is staggering. All Tense Now Lax never settles on a simple depiction of dread, foreboding or anxiety but layers … Read more
L A N D are Daniel Lea and Matthew Waters, the co-directors of this stunning LP called 'Night Within' and starring David Sylvian, Daniel O'Sullivan, Alexander Tucker and Ben Frost, among many others. It's as striking a debut as any that's crossed our path all year, manifesting their stirring passion for film noir soundtracks with the highest attention to detail and aesthetic, from the unsettlingly visceral sound design to the wending, lowlit narrative and urbane collision of panicky discord, tight-but-free percussion and glossily rich harmony. The celluloid analogy is unavoidable and entire… Read more
"Kawabata Makoto emerges from a period of relative quiet with his first widely available solo release in several years, the blockbuster Krautrock-flavored Astro Love & Infinite Kisses. This lovely and impressionistic record showcases the other side of Makoto’s outrageous works with Acid Mothers Temple. Taking cues from classics of the genre like Tangerine Dream’s Phaedra and Steve Hillage’s Rainbow Dome Musick, “Dos Nurages” is the album’s centerpiece, a 41-minute hypnotic epic, with echoplex’d guitar anchoring a stream of expertly done glissando. The title track is a … Read more
Kasket comes back to Apollo, scene of his first three singles, with a diverse, jazz-taught session twisting between bustling latinate grooves ('Wait For It'), roiling dubstep ('Hollywood'), and even muggy, bluesy psych-pop ('Egal').
Zomby flips Gwilym Gold's featherweight pops into dreamy hardcore formations for The Vinyl Factory. Gold's simpering wails are reset against '92-style running man breaks and rolling bass miles from the original, which also appears in a sync-ready Flexout Rework.
"AUS ready their latest offering - a curveball from Gerd who dusts off his Geeeman alias and offers up ‘Wanna Go Bang’: a ghettocentric package backed up with fellow Clone associate Alden Tyrell on remix duties. Under his many guises, Gerd is an artist who has consistently reaffirmed his reputation as a producer capable of soundtracking peak-time moments across releases on Catch, Royal Oak, Clone and his own 4Lux. Punctuated by classics such as ‘NY House Track’ under NY Stomp, ‘Bang’t’ as Geeman and the stellar remix for George Fitzgerald’s ‘Child’ that instigated his link with AUS - hi… Read more
Gauzy blue deep house from the NYC duo, taken off their 'Apprentice' EP for Scissors & Thread.
"‘Lost Time’ is the first collaborative album from drummers Greg Fox and Kid Millions. ‘Lost Time’ is comprised of two long pieces that represent opposite ends of a musical spectrum: one blasting and one meditative. Greg Fox leads Guardian Alien and is the drummer of Liturgy. He also plays in Zs and has collaborated with Ben Frost and Colin Stetson. Kid Millions’ ever-evolving Man Forever project has released two critically acclaimed albums on Thrill Jockey, including a collaboration with So Percussion. Kid has played in Spiritualized, Boredoms, Marnie Stern, Yo La Tengo and White Hil… Read more
Chicago's EQ Why on a wayward footwork flex for Duck 'N Cover'. Check for the party-ready pressure of '808 Kick Drum', the jagged sample stabs of 'Overdose on Marijuana', and the RP Boo nod, 'Goin Crazy'.
**A grand debut album statement of operatic composition gilded with electronics by Mira Calix and co-produced with Valgeir Sigurdsson** "With ‘Folie à Deux’, Bedroom Community introduces a new artist to their roster in the form of award winning British composer Emily Hall. ‘Folie à Deux’ is a sonic voyage into a shared psychosis where a delusion is transmitted from one person to another and is a lyrical and intense investigation into love and loneliness within a relationship. The piece is a collaboration with Icelandic writer and long-time Björk collaborator Sjón and was co-conceived as bo… Read more
Emika enlists a squad of techno/electro/IDM artists to rework her 'Drei' album. The strongest results comes from Kamikaze Space Programme with a booming, jagged take on 'Battles', or the beat-less, classically informed flight of Eomac's 'What's The Cure' remix.
Kink and Elektro Guzzi remix each other for Berlin's Macro Recordings with brooding, proggy results.
Ed Rush & Optical sum up the sound of big room D&B in 2015 with Fabriclive82. It's akin to being fired from a slingshot at 180bpm down a long dark tunnel whilst alien tribespeople pelt your head with spiky fruit from all angles, accelerating the sound to G-force levels of cheek-wobbling torsion and frankly ludicrous levels of hi-velocity "funk". In just under 70 minutes they manage to cover 39 tracks, rarely sticking with one for longer than 2 minutes and constantly upping the ante between ferocious numbers by Noisia, Current Value, Konflict and Mefjus, plus a healthy selection of their own productions, including the classic 'Watermelon'.
Grumbling dark techno from the Bradford/Serbia axis of Dronelock & Ontal. Check for the dynamically sprung sound design of 'Parallax' and the toiling Yorkshire fun of 'Drop Steel Forge'.
Ruddy UK/US club transfusions from the one like DJ Haus. A-side, he galvanises the floor with a sick metallic take on Jersey club trax in 'Get Tha F**k Out' beside the horny garage rave tone of 'Need Sum Time'. B-side he takes it there with a breakbeat-charged booty smasher, 'Hot In Dis Muthaf**ker', and a straight-up sleaze play, 'Work Ur Body'.
Hot on the heels of their Sound Signature session, Dego & Kaidi return to Eglo with a quartet of super-soulful rug-cutters. Vibes are strong on this wan, whether greazing the parched drums and mirage-like synth shimmers of 'Black Is Key' with deep jazz vocal harmonies and fruity keys, or loosening up the pointillist shuffle of 'Man Made' with wobbly, wavey chords on the A-side, or travelling from the Afro-centric idiosyncrasies of 'Orbiting Uhuru' to inimitably clipped and charming summer-in-West London styles with 'The Vault Descends'.
In classic dub fashion, Deadbeat reworks three of his smartest, stripped down rhythm tracks for Visionquest's label. 'Berghain Drum Jack (2015 Edit)' is a fgreshly trimmed mix of 'Grounation (Berghain Drum Jack)' from his 'Roots And Wire'  album; 'Mecca Drum Jack (2015 Edit)' is a neat nip 'n tuck of the same cut from 'Eastward On To Mecca' ; the juicy 303 and writhing dub FX of 'Acid Dub Jack' make for an entirely new cut, by our reckoning.
Kurt Dahlke a.k.a. NDW pioneer Pyrolator takes his turn to reconstruct and adapt the work of pivotal Berlin-skool composer, Conrad Schnitzler. This posthumous, inter-generational collaboration is even better than it reads on paper/screen, with Dahlke aiming to "present a side of Conrad which I has always heard in his music but one which often goes unnoticed: a darker, technoid side". He arguably fulfils his intentions in style over 12 vast, amorphous synthscapes foregrounding the compatibilities between Schnitzler's modular extractions and a modern day sound of Berlin tec… Read more
Cómeme run a ruddier, sexier bum-bum sound from Carisma on their 2nd full EP following numerous remixes and compilation appearances. It's a signature fit for Matias Aguayo's label, whether slyding '90s house into slippery, latinate psychedelia with 'Fruta' or serving sub-heavy carnival functions with 'Discoteca Profunda' on top, or carving to the darker side with the polychromatic EBM trip of 'Vertigo', and giving the disco something to suck on with the salty synth thrust of 'Dueños De Este Instante'.
Aurora Halal presses a classically-informed techno sound on the 2nd 12" for her and Ital's Mutual Dreaming Recordings. Taking her cues from Claro Intellecto, Convextion, Terrence Dixon - the saints of modern deep techno - she works out five low-lit and supple grooves ranging from the coolly poised roll of the title track, 'Shapeshifter' to furtive EBM techno in 'Death of Real', and on thru the proggy momentum of 'Sunlight' to the wobbly, deep electro in 'Sleep Distortion'.
Good ol' uncle Trunk blinds us with this first-ever issue of Alan Jefferson's solo space odyssey, 'Galactic Nightmare'. It's the sort of stuff Trunk was born to release; a self-composed, played, narrated, and designed 88-minute space odyssey inspired by the War of the Worlds radio play. The author is one Alan Jefferson, who conceived and executed 'Galactic Nightmare' between 1979 and 1984 and sold it, via the adverts in the back of magazines such as C U Amiga and Future Music, for the princely sum of £4.99. Factoring for inflation, this vinyl issue is nowt less than a priceless… Read more
Thursday, 23 July
Nine Inch Nails' synthesist, Alessandro Cortini, animates an enveloping shadowplay of Roland 202 and TB303 spectres in his second album for Hospital Productions following the stunning 'Forse' trilogy for Important Records. 'Risveglio' is the 'Awakening' to 'Sonno''s 'Sleep'. Like its predecessor, it was also written and recorded while on tour but, unlike 'Sonno', it syncs his favoured 202 with the unique integers of a TB303, eliding the two via a delay unit to expand his sound without ever losing sight of the crushing harmonic noise romance at its core. It's fair to say that we've never… Read more
*Concentrated, Bendy Acid From Computer Rave Hooligans Evol, debuting their first release for Diagonal. Housed in an incredible sleeve by Guy Featherstone, mastered and cut by Matt ‘The Alchemist’ Colton at Alchemy. RIYL: Belgian Techno, Licking Batteries, Coloured Plastic Discs!* "‘Flapper That’ sees Diagonal invite EVOL — arch propagators of “computer music for hooligans” — to their own, unique establishment for a proper headshrinker of a session. Since Diagonal’s incarnation, EVOL’s hardcore aesthetic and sense of absurdity has been a key influence on the label and Powell’s DJ sets. In effect, … Read more
**Foil-blocked, heavyweight, rigid boxset contains five LPs plus individually numbered certificate. Edition of 400** Finnish psych maverick Pekka Airaksinen is the focus of arguably the most wigged out and far-flung V-o-D release to date. Covering vast distance between his modes and monikers, from the primordial, NWW-listed electronic regressions of The Sperm, to the hypnotic freedom of Samsa Trio, and the hieroglyphic electro-jazz of 'Golden Age' - a clear predecessor to the recently reissued opus, 'Buddhas of Golden Light' - this boxset provides many perspec… Read more
Syrian dabke star, Omar Souleyman leads the dance to Monkeytown flanked by Modeselektor, Gilles Peterson, Four Tet and Legowelt on his 2nd studio album. Recorded in Istanbul whilst reunited with his favourite poet, Ahmad Alsamer, 'Bahdeni Nami' returns to his rawer (read: effective), pre-Domino polished sound, with each contributor faithfully complementing his style, rather than trying to westernise it. We catch Gilles Peterson joining an Arabic duet on 'Tawwalt El Gheba' - actually, we jest; we're not sure what Peterson did, but it sounds bloody great - while Modeselektor fuse beefier, … Read more
**Limited Deluxe Edition, features five bonus tracks pressed on 180g black vinyl housed in a 5mm spined outer sleeve. SDJR turns out a whole party's worth of funk with an infectious debut album sporting guest spots by Julio Bashmore, fLako and Kutmah** "From time to time a DJ or producer comes along who transcends a particular scene, bridges the gap between disparate movements and unites tribal music fans. Seven has that talismanic quality. His productions have a rawness… a loose-knit, lolloping groove that seduces even the most steadfastly stubborn of hips. Recorded in LA, S… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP** "Stunningly beautiful, poignant music from Bilād al-Shām — ‘the countries of Damascus’, known nowadays as Syria, Lebanon and Palestine — including performances from the very first recording sessions in the region. The legendary, moody Beirut singer Būlus Ṣulbān is here — some historians have him singing before Egypt’s Pasha Ibrāhīm Bāshā during his military campaign in Syria, in 1841 — and Ḥasība Moshēh, Jewish ‘nightingale of the Damascene gardens’. Thurayyā Qaddūra from Jerusalem; Yūsuf Tāj, a folk singer from Mount-Lebanon; Farjallāh B… Read more
Jessy Lanza finds mutual muses in Chicago lynchpins, DJ Spinn and Taso, for the romantic R&B and footwork of 'You Never Show Your Love'. A perfect match of styles, it finds Spinn & Taso working outside their usual tempo bracket with great results, creaming yacht-ready guitar licks on airborne trap triplets, all gilded with Lanza's longing lyrics placing the original up close to FKA Twigs' 'Water Me' whilst the Teklife remix comes off like 4Hero gone footwork with its ornate chords, jazzy arrangement and hi-tek funk pulsations.
Nine Inch Nails' synthesist, Alessandro Cortini, animates an enveloping shadowplay of Roland 202 and TB303 spectres in his second album for Hospital Productions following the stunning 'Forse' trilogy for Important Records. 'Risveglio' is the 'Awakening' to 'Sonno''s 'Sleep'. Like its predecessor, it was also written and recorded while on tour but, unlike 'Sonno', it syncs his favoured 202 with the unique integers of a TB303, eliding the two via a delay unit to expand his sound without ever losing sight of the crushing harmonic noise romance at its core. It's fair to say that we've never r… Read more