Monday, 27 October
Hydraulik techno momentum from Manni Dee on Osiris UK, backed with a head-chopping Monic remix. No doubt: this is the best we've yet heard from Manni Dee, drying and concentrating his sound to a futurist industrial palette with the evil, poised rolige of 'Nicotine Kisses' and the sinuous, Surgeon-style tuck and shuffle of 'Sister Nobody', whereas 'Man Is Free, Man Is Freedom' dices with more abstract dub techno shapes a la Porter Ricks. Kryptic Minds own Mønic weighs in with killer blow, remixing 'Sister Nobody' with brutal concrète techno dynamics.
Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen's Kiamos duo follow their 2012 debut 12" with a fully fledged LP of posh dance music. Both artists approach the project from similar angles, marrying mutual taste for mnml tech-house rhythms with more mannered neo-classical sensibilities. It includes the previous single track, 'Thrown' plus seven new compositions, at best in the elegant swing of 'Swayed' and the melancholic electro-house shuffle of 'Bent'. "“We decided to start almost completely over with this record, so most of the material is written this year with the idea of making a record that can stand a… Read more
'Kollektion 02' is the official release to celebrate the 80th anniversary of august German krautrock pioneer, Hans-Joachim Roedelius. It includes 15 songs selected by British songwriter and lifelong Roedelius fanatic, Lloyd Cole, from Hans-Joachim's unparalleled archives, spanning the creamy ambience of 'Étoiles' from the 'Jardin Au Fou' (1979) LP thru the pastoral bliss of 'Schöner Abend' via the airborne waltz of 'Café Central' and life-affirmingly sweet breeze of 'Wenn der Südwind weht', among many other cherry-picked charms.
Geena brings the boom back to Antinote with four mystic house kickers. 'On the Top of Deep Hearted Fern' picks up where the much-loved 'Mental DJ's Land' EP left us in early summer, cutting from the faded acid jack of 'Gamma Sector' to the underwater/outer space atmospheres of 'Lunar Substance' via slyding flute motifs and blunted deep house swing in 'Niagara Galleries' and the swollen buck beats of 'I Gotta Wear Shades'. One for the cool kids, know who you are.
Eternal wanderer and erstwhile Yellow Swan, Gabriel Saloman presents the latest in his series of abyss-staring post-YS ambient and drone compositions. The follow-up to his split side with Peter Broderick and the agitated themes of 'Riots Don't Just Happen' and 'Soldier's Requiem' follows suit with a desolate drone tract of keening strings under fire from militant "poly-vocal drumming" before seceding to shimmering guitar chords and a blistering post-rock crescendo almost worthy of Godspeed or MBV over its 37 minute duration.
Hard, crunchy techno freaks from a new cat in the Fifth Wall playground. 'Bumper Crop' follows Dualit's workouts for LCR Records and London's Earwiggle with three big-boned bangers laying the law between radged noise techno in 'Rant' and the cosmic techno chaos of 'Metis', whilst Brooklyn's P.O.I. weighs in with a pulverised remix of 'Rant'.
Belgium's Curle pluck out Matthew Herbert & Charles Webster's deep DJ Boom banger 'Kinda Kickin'' for reissue, backed with a bassier re-shuffle from Efdemin. Originally released on Matthew Herbert's Phonography label, it's the sort of proper house obscurity that will get a lot of fiends hot under the collar. Edfemin's remix readjusts the slow-burning appeal with a poised, druggier groove accentuated by killer subbass swing and stoner guitar motifs.
**180g wax** Remastered reissue of a gorgeous 1981 solo flight by Dorothea Raukes, then member of Düsseldorf's Streetmark. The melodic and gently rhythmic appeal of 'Deutsche Wertarbeit' plays acutely at odds with the album's rather stern-looking typographic sleeve art and even the project's moniker itself. Emerging from a member of a fairly well-known prog/krautrock group at the time, it's actually quite poppy, especially in the burbling rhythms, hooks and vocoder vocals of 'Guten Abend, Leute', the beaming sequencer joy of 'Deutscher Wald' and the perfectly uplifting gr… Read more
Worldly, wide-angled blend of R&B, dub and pop from Copenhagen-based American, Steven Jess Borth II. As with almost everything else on the excellent Time No Place label, 'Form Of Release' presents a uniquely skewed perspective on convention. Across eleven diverse and accomplished productions ranging from icy R&B minimalism reminding of inc. or HTDW, thru warmer Junior Boys-alike boogie and uptempo soul-pop burners, CHLLNGR's versatile soul vocal and feel for uncluttered dub spaciousness are really the only common elements, and equally one of the main attractions.
Thursday, 23 October
Listening to this latest album from Liz Harris’ Grouper project it’s easy to forget how much of a hard sell her music was back when 'Way Their Crept’ landed with us back in 2005. Her eerie, layered mix of bare vocals, guitar and tape delay didn't quite fit in with what anyone else was really doing on the scene back then - and it completely knocked us out even if no one was buying it. By the time her breakthrough ‘Dragging a Dead Deer…’ arrived on Type three years later she was more or less playing to a baying mob hungry for any little morsel she cared to throw their way, her (by now) more fleshed out … Read more
'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an unmistakably gorgeous and refreshing suite of microtonal minimalist composition by New York-based ensemble, Bing & Ruth. Helmed by writer, conductor and lead pianist, David Moore, and supported by two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, Bing & Ruth genuinely sweep us off somewhere sublime without recourse to overblown conceit or cliche - something all too prevalent and cloying in today's neo-classical quarters. Their skill lies in the ability to drift, almost imperceptibly, between microtonal harmonies and si… Read more
The Hyperdub capo and his dread spar at their best on 'Killing Season' - their first joint release since 2011's 'Otherman'. Strikingly, it reveals The Space Ape at his most honest, both lyrically and aesthetically, with sparing use of effects and pitching sharpening his position over whipsmart drill snares and depth charge subs in 'Chasing A Beast', or eerily panned and centred around the coil groove and drones of 'Devil Is A Liar'. In 'Heart' he's heard lucid amidst recursive echoes and skittish hi-hat patter, whilst the beatless 'Pictures On The Wall' could almost be one of Le… Read more
*Full-length debut from the elusive Shinichi Atobe, known for an incredible 12” on Chain Reaction almost 15 years ago and never seen or heard from since. Audio mastered and cut by Matt Colton, Individually numbered CD edition housed in a hand stamped reverse-board mailer and including 4 bonus tracks not available on the vinyl edition* Shinichi Atobe has managed to stay off grid since he made an appearance on Basic Channel’s Chain Reaction imprint back in 2001. He delivered the second-to-last 12” on the label and then disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a solitary 12” that’s bee… Read more
Oren Ambarchi caps a vintage and truly prolific year of releases with the pulsing, searching, 5-part narrative of 'Quixotism'. Underpinned by the pulsing truth of Thomas Brinkmann's computable drums, the session unfolds with a preternaturally hypnotic logic, consolidating a wealth of contributions from the likes of regular collaborators Jim O'Rourke (synth), Crys Cole (contact mics, brushes), Eyvind Kang (bowed gender & violas) and John Tilbury (piano) with new input from U-zhaan (tabla) and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, plus co-production and engineering by Randall Dunn at Avast, Seattle.… Read more
A late pinnacle of the Drexciyan oeuvre, Storm 2 aka Transllusion's 'The Opening of the Cerebral Gate' is issued to download for the first time! This is the original CD track-listing, including 12 songs, as opposed to eight on the original 2LP. We're not quite sure what they were using on this one, but it's all remarkably bass-heavy, even saturated, compared with a lot of other Drexciyan workouts, resulting some of their most ruggedly stripped down electro-techno functions ranging from the pounding might of 'Transmission Of Life' to the militant march of 'War Of T… Read more
Master remixer DJ Koze collects 14 of his best circa 2009-2014 on 'Reincarnations 2'. The first disc highlights his 'floor-raising tech-house remix of Moderat's 'Bad Kingdom' alongside his woozy blue takes on Herbert's 'It's Only' and 'You Saw It All', whilst the second disc presents his expansive, lolling rework of Mount Kimbie's 'Made To Stray' and a slow-building version of Caribou's 'Found Out', among others. Better yet, the third plate includes his mildly lysergic infection of Zwanie Jonson's 'Golden Song', a killer hip hop cut-up of Gonzales' 'Knight Moves' and a chamber jazz-tronica overhaul of Soap & Skin's 'Marche Funèbre'.
Stellar 2nd album of Detroit techno sci-fi from Terrence Dixon's Population One avatar. Arriving a mere 20 years since his Population One debut, 'Unknown Black Shapes' - whose 1995 follow-up EP, 'Hippnotic Culture' coincidentally inspired Rush Hour's moniker - we're made privy to Dixon's most intimate, noirish portrayal of a 313 psyche in eight tracks traversing hi-tech jazz and cryptic electro along mesmerising minimalist patterns. It's a proper Afro-futurist document, taking flight from desolate 313 interzones with the introspective opener 'Out Of Control'. propelled via … Read more
'Cover You Will Softer Me' is a subtly mesmerising suite of lower case sound-scapes rustled together by Canadian sound artist crys cole and Australian performer/composer James Rushford. Arriving on the Kye-related Penultimate Press, it marks crys' 2nd collaboration with an Australian artist released in 2014 after the uncannily intimate 'Sonja Henies Vei 31' LP with Oren Ambarchi for Planam, and also marks Rushford's follow-up to the deeply involved 'Manhunter' LP with Joe Talia. Working together as Ora Clementi, they conduct a serene yet blue drift across two sides patching and… Read more
Sub Rosa present a revelatory collection of painstakingly restored early tape works by Roberto Gerhard, a prior pupil of Arnold Schoenberg and central figure of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, who's regarded as the first person to seriously engage with electronic music in Britain. Ironically enough, Gerhard was actually Spanish: a central figure of the Catalan avant-garde, he arrived in Cambridge via France after fleeing Spain in 1939. Once settled in England, he composed a series of orchestra and stage works which established his international reputation whilst… Read more
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Stone cold classic Surgeon gear remastered for optimal impact. The 'Pet 2000' 12" was first released in 1995 and ratcheted Surgeon's taste for bittersweet microtonal discord to largely unprecedented levels within the techno scene. The evil 'Badger Bite' attacks from the front with a whirlwind of flying knife synth noise powered by storming drums that have seen more than enough carnage in their 19 years on the 'floor. Flipside, 'Electric Chicken' locks down to a skippier sort of techno brutalism, and 'Reptile Mess' really gets under the skin with its slippery synthlines and coiled groove. Now, pet…
What looks like the penultimate edition of FatCat's split series contrasts a remarkably epic Katie Gately composition with a side of spannered psychedelic house by Tlaotlon. This is the first we've heard of Katie Gately since her fascinating side for Public Information a year ago. Again she returns to the painstaking method of sampling and editing her own vocals and concrète sources into uncannily detailed, kinetic arrangements liable to buckle, vault and twist in the most unique geometries. Her 'Pivot' plays through as one 14 minute piece collaging a tortuous narrative from mu… Read more
"First ever re-issue of this 1965 Jamaican Latin-Calypso-Jazz album by piano genius Cecil Lloyd, who led a 20-piece hotel band from the age of seventeen. In 1959, the maestro was asked to record an album for 20th Century Fox and he later released three albums at Studio One. Featuring a solid rhythm section with conga and percussion, A Night in Jamaica was produced by Ken Khouri for Federal's Kentone label. This enduring masterpiece still echoes across the beautiful Caribbean Sea."
Grade A big room techno tackle from a canny new trio on 50 Weapons. Well-poised and driven, three tracks reduce techno to the barest, most effective elements primed for haughty 'floor shows between the woodblock snare pivots and achingly well-timed developments of 'Attack' thru filtered disco-tech in 'The Wind', and the surging pleasuredome monster, 'Curious'.
Grab this to pick up some quality nightmarish hip hop not available on Quasimoto’s The Unseen album. And don’t forget about the Dino-Brain Beat, also only available on this 12.”
Rodion G.A.'s magnum opus 'Behind The Curtain' offers a further nosey into the colourful archives of Romania's synth-y psych-disco pioneer. Following on from 'The Lost Tapes' and the 'Misiunea Spațială Delta' soundtrack, 'Behind The Curtain' rescues another 14 songs from almost certain obscurity on decaying reel-to-reels at his country cottage in Romania. It's a wonder that they escaped the hands of the notorious Romanian authorities, never-mind the oxidisation process, to still convey a life-affirming and joyous take on electronic music romping from the swaggering pomp of… Read more
**Gatefold LP reissue. Available again for first time in years** 'Break Through In Grey Room' is an historic collection of cut-up tape works by William S. Burroughs aided and abetted by Ian Sommerville and Brion Gysin. First compiled and released in 1986, but documenting recordings made and cut-up during the mid-'60s in hotel rooms of Paris, New York, London, Tangiers, it stands as testament to Burroughs pioneering work striving to "cut the pre-recorded time line of present time, and let the future leak through", by splicing and dicing recordings of monologues, radio wa… Read more