Monday, 21 July
**Includes exclusive songs by Jessy Lanza, Kode 9 & Copeland, DVA, Morgan Zarate…** Hyperdub compile sweeter, soulful classics and new exclusives on the 2nd part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. The presence of feminine pressure has always been core to Hyperdub's aesthetic, from the earliest iterations of Warrior Queen's fearsome hook-ups with The Bug, to the new skool of Jessy Lanza or Inga Copeland's exclusive collaboration with Kode 9, 'Lies, Lies', via Cooly G's sensuous swing. They've plucked 14 of the best for you on '10.2', flexing from the ghostly 2-step of Burial's 'Shell O… Read more
The Bug distills the dark/light dichotomy of eagerly awaited album 4th album, 'Angels & Devils' in two choice pieces featuring Liz Harris (Grouper) and Roll Deep's MC Manga. After teasing us with mention of her contribution ages ago, the Liz Harris hook-up is worth the weight, perfusing heavenly vocal thru dense clouds of white noise and trill 808 to sound like what Massive Attack should have been doing by now. 'Function' on the other hand, is a brassy dancehall plough wreaking havoc with bellicose stabs and barely-harnessed drum machine chaos. Big sound.
The legend unfurls three broken beat beauties for Falty DL's Blueberry Records, backed with the label boss' rework. Hot on the heels of his Dego and Kaidi 12", a reissue of his Cousin Cockroach classic 'This Ain't Tom 'N Jerry', and his Theo Parrish hook-up, 'Just Begin', Dego's arguably on classic form right now, turning out the swinging budge of 'Nuts!' and the fluid electro-funk of 'Could Murder A Burger' on top, and the shadier, seductive shuffle of 'Celestian Ditton' on the flip. Falty DL remixes the latter with his signature sense of space and intricate rhythm mechanics, and even a dash of jazzy scat, causing Dego to exclaim "The force is strong with this one…".
Young Echo's Jabu duo drop haunted beats and crackling soul styles on their 'Kwaidan' mini-LP for Ramp. Last heard on local Bristol label, No Corner, and assisting on Young Echo's 'Nexus' album, here they've refined a smoky midnight sound using Alex Rendall's elegant, detailed productions and dusty, half-lit backdrop for a trio of diverse vocalists ranging from the mannered enunciation of Amos Childs to M.S. Harris' honeyed croon and the slow, deliberate poetry of Rider Shafique. Like their related projects, Killing Sound and Young Echo, the record is steeped in classic Bristol dub and trip hop, at… Read more
*Double disc edition featuring a bonus disc of 15 previously unreleased, rare and collectable outtakes from the recording sessions* ‘Come On Die Young’ was - and remains - a hugely accomplished, elegant and important album, setting a benchmark for the fierce intelligence that would characterise Mogwai’s future body of work. The reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves - has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material. Previously unreleased racks are taken from the early Che… Read more
**Diagonal deliver the second of two EP’s from Bronze Teeth, a new project from Dominic Butler of Factory Floor and Richard Smith of Optimo Music’s L/F/D/M. First pressing comes in a limited spot gloss jacket designed by Guy Featherstone. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton** Bronze Teeth bite back with a 2nd EP of bony, hardware-driven techno fizz for Diagonal, housed in another blinding sleeve by Guy Featherstone. Cut from the same electrifying sessions which yielded their debut 12", 'A Waif's Rent' follows suit with rolling, driven momentum and caustic electronics. A-side they jack up … Read more
Slicker sophomore EP of mutant bass and twisted electronics from Lorenzo Senni, Daniele Mana (Vaghe Stelle) and Francesco Fantini's One Circle. 'Transparency' follows their 2013 debut for label/incubator, Left Blank with a murkily ambiguous mixture of production fidelities, textures and styles delivered with a unique electronic accent. They and it are testament to a rooted yet accelerated Italian electronic music scene, presenting impressionistic, emotive visions referencing recent and hypermodern styles from a forward, somewhat detached perspective, as with the beautifully garish visio… Read more
**Deluxe edition including 4 digitally exclusive bonus tracks.** Gobsmacking anthology of prescient and super hard-to-find Nigerian disco by the fascinating and enigmatic William Onyeabor. It's the first ever fully licensed collection of Onyeabor's deeply infectious sounds, drawn from a string of eight LPs privately issued on his Wilfilms imprint between 1977-1985, all brimming with a genuinely joyful energy, sophisticated cool and synthetic sensuality. Nodding at once to West African disco and Afrobeat, the futurist funk of P… Read more
'Body Sound' is a dynamic collaboration from sound artist Holly Herndon and dancer/choreographer Cauahtemoc Peranda, composed and performed at Stanford University's famous CCRMA. Using Peranda's body as a voice, Herndon maps and spatialises a kinaesthetic grammar of stomping feet and flying limbs punctuated by shuddering shockwaves and wrenched gasps. Like her previous work with vocals and laptops, 'Body Sound' is a unique duet between the corporeal and the computerised, a unique, abstracted expression of the relationship between digitised dynamics and physical movement which should spark the imagination of any forward-looking dance music fans and electronic connoisseurs.
Red-raw noise and ghetto techno from new cat Skander on Delroy Edwards' LA Club Resource. Coming to bury your party body-by-body, four dirges variably take on searing 909-driven techno and grinding textures ranging from the strongback bounce of 'Dirge 1' to the corrugated razz of 'Dirgfe 2' and skippy Chi style in 'Dirge 3' whilst 'Dirge 4' chokes from distortion OD. Killer.
Montreal's finest new beat builder in full effect on LuckyMe. Away from his TNGHT bro, HudMo, Lunice plays out a more concentrated, shark-eyed style nodding to darkside Chicago drill instrumentals and the more playful strains of Montreal's wayward electronic music scene.
Aïsha Devi's Danse Noire label really comes into its own with these wild gabber and throat music incursions backed by equally freaked Hieroglyphic Being and IVVVO remixes. Her 'Hakkan Dub' takes the form of dub-spattered drums and blitzkreig kicks haunted by harpy vocals, whereas 'Throat Dub' hollows-out and manipulates the ever-effective sound of Mongolian (?) throat singers for nine minutes of arresting drones. Flipside IVVVO ices 'Hakkan Dub' to a cavernous EBM thump sounding like some lost cut from the Caustic Window sessions, and Jamal Moss gives 'Throat Dub' a squashed, Afro-centric re-wriggle.
Heralding a debut full length for Stones Throw, Ringgo Achetta debuts a diffuse mix of spiritual jazz, ambient and syrupy beats as Mndsgn on Leaving Records. 'Surface Outtakes' clears his cache of outtakes, B-sides and unreleased ideas travelling dream distances between the motorik jazz roil of 'A Brand New Couch and the dusty breakbeat crack of 'Overwhelming Gratitude' via sparkling G-Funk in 'Eating Starfruit' and the charming lounge downbeats of 'Goodbye Wavs'.
Om Unit intersects a critical nexus of modern UK sound system music from himself, Kromestar, EAN, Boxcutter, and Danny Scrilla. From the top Om Unit goes in with the Footwork-Jungle flex of 'Nuff Music' alongside Moresounds, and dappy digi-dub in 'Gentrification' alongside Danny Scrilla, who also knocks up the slowfast artillery of 'X (VIP)' and the slyding grimy square waves of 'Geometry' alongside Moresounds. Kromestar comes with the chromed-up funk of 'V7STX', Boxcutter does his astro-physicist jazz-funk thing with 'Active Transformation' featuring Star Fu, and former Various Production figure EAN gets off on a future gangsta hardstep tip.
The brothers Lippok and Stefan Schneider are joined by downtown NYC legend Arto Lindsay for their first new album in half a decade. Back on Berlin's City Slang, who recently reissued To Rococo Rot's classics, 'Veiculo', 'The Amateur View' and 'Music Is A Hungry Ghost' with I-Sound, we find the trio at their most colourful and playful, and for the first time, including vocals thanks to three contributions from minimalist and mutual admirer, Arto Lindsay. Neatly timed for festive climes, the dry title of 'Instrument' is at odds with the warm charm of their music; ten spaciously layered, s… Read more
The fella behind non-genre, Seapunk, yields a 2nd album of incisive, chimeric dance music as Ultrademon. It's a sly dissection of contemporary left-field tropes, rinsing and augmenting classic elements of rave, garage, Footwork-Jungle and tech-house to juxtapose mutant grooves as playful as they are sickly and unhinged.
Zola Jesus returns with a blooming massive synth-pop sound befitting of her recent move to Mute. Largely shedding her goth and operatic inflections in favour of unabashed pop, the altogether more common sound of 'Dangerous Ways' may well lose her some fans in the process, but is bound to gain her a raft of new followers.
Piquant electro-techno from France's Voiron, including more exotic remixes by Portuguese producers Violet and Pal+. The hardstyle-d chicanery of 'Hardchore' opens for the Automat-like electro-acid of 'Harlem Juno Shake' and a Stingray-ready electro-techno ace, 'RN12 91'. One-Eyed jackers Violet and Pal+ bring up the rear with syncopated machine grooves, humid strings and tribal acid vibes.
20 track comp featuring Szare, Remote, Voiski, Resoe, Bleaching Agent and more.
Heavy techno bangers from Truss and MPIA3 on Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. Truss kicks out the tuffened Birmingham styles of 'Splot' and a kinkier darkside roller 'Auden on the A-side; MPIA3 remixes Truss' 'Beacon' with a grungy, distorted wallop on the flip.
Mysterious, heady ambient groove from New York's Tallesen on OPN's Software Recording Co. With bot all bar his soundcloud page for background, we're left with the aesthetics and curious emotions of 'Strike Silver, Love Green', meshing out a sound somehwere between K. Leimer's new age prototypes, the melancholic melodies of Plaid, and the queered, smudgy arrangements of Tri Angle's Boothroyd.
Operating at the bleeding edge of current techno, the latest package from Surgeon is the first of two remix selections featuring some of the most forward thinking techno constructions in recent times. Surgeon draws first blood with the original mix of the bone hard 'bad hands break', first heard by these ears in the perfect setting/state of the Ae headlined Sequence rave in Manchester last year, and belying Surgeon's current fixation with the darker end of the dubstep/breakstep spectrum. Also played that same night was the headf*cking 'DisinVectant Dislocated Fing… Read more
The second of two specially selected reworks of sections from Surgeons recent operations, the remixes come from the esteemed hands of Monolake, Vex'd and Surgeon himself with two versions of bad hands break. The Monolake remix is possibly their toughest industrial techno workout to date, reinforcing the original samples with precise beat engineering evidently inspired by T++, and Robert Henke's super-structured pad arrangements. Roly Vex'd takes a less direct approach and diverts the energy of the original breakbeat techno into an industrial subbass stepper falling into a … Read more
Another sick twelve, "Waiting for Me" finds Surgeon digging deep into his diverse mine of influences to produce another variation on his always-expansive techno templates. Utilisng samples from the cult Delia Derbyshire produced album 'An electric storm in hell' by White Noise, he builds three deeply atmospheric pieces that ebb and flow but always keep the floor in mind.. Ambient techno anyone? Killer twelve.
'Screw The Roses' is just immense, kicking off with a typical dark starter 'The Prowler' which makes its intentions known straight off the bat. There's a searing ambient number, 'Another Body' which has a cold and bleak feel, but head for the storming tour de force of 'Exhibit (Send The Dogs)' which deploys relentless clanging synth and drums, while 'Shaper Of The Unknown' offers harrowing Ligeti style vocal strings for a serious and dark excursion from the outer reaches of Techno.
Surgeon's seminal 'Patience' 12", the first release on his Dynamic Tension imprint recieves an invaluable reissue, bringing these four tracks of elegant yet brutally effective techno.
Three utterly classic tracks from Surgeon on the 2nd in the Midnight Club Tracks series, a deeper excursion that centres around the ultra filtered opener which deploys an addictive riff played on modelled noises, backed by a crisp and crunchy techno underlay. With Surgeon hitting the filters hard, check the last cut on the flipside, a relentlessly oppressive track that heads off with clanging percussion and tight drums and a couple of synth lines that gradually seep into the mix to sound like an old Rhythim is Rhythim hook.