Monday, 08 September
"Busdriver’s 8th studio album proper, ‘Perfect Hair’, features production from Mono/Poly, Jeremiah Jae, Great Dane, Kenny Segal and Riley Lake. Album artwork courtesy of the legendary and talented John Lurie (formerly of the Lounge Lizards and known for his roles in Jim Jarmusch films amongst others). The album features guest performances from Detroit’s irrepressible Danny Brown (Fools Gold) and NYC’s unflinching Aesop Rock (Rhymesayers / Def Jux). Hellfyre affiliates Open Mike Eagle and VerBS also feature. Driver has recently collaborated with Modeselektor, Son Lux, Latyrx, Kool AD, Lap… Read more
Amsterdam and London dons Tom Trago and Bok Bok get their Dance Mania on for Night Voyage. 'Pussy Trak' is a pumping house tool stabbed up with ballroom crashes and the stentorian command "work this pussy"; 'Silent G safari' works on a bassline-driven tip punctuated with phasing claps.
Bold, wayward, and rooted house brilliance from the Deepblak boss. From the teched-out pivot and bonkers lead line of 'A Novel Gesture', through the head-swimming swing and aquartic pads of 'We Come In Peace', to the lush classicism of 'Akiara', Aybee will return the faith to any house fiends who're sick of cookie cutter "deep" house or the neutered lo-fi stuff. Tip!
UNO NYC cut loose with four bittersweet bruisers, backed with an emosh Throwing Snow remix. The follow-up to 'Fan Death' dices with kuduro-strength techno and 'ardcore breakbeats between the scything torsion of 'SOMA', darkside neuro styles in 'Artifact', and deathly fusion of black metal and club beats in 'Before I Forget'. Throwing Snow's piquant remix of 'SOMA' affords some sensitive, widescreen relief from the onslaught.
Thursday, 04 September
Slackk triggers one of *the* albums of 2014 with his debut LP 'Palm Tree Fire' for Local Action. Requiring little introduction around here, Slackk has been a steadfast lynchpin for grime for nigh on a decade now. From running the invaluable grimetapes source back in the day, thru his pivotal hybrid productions for Numbers and latterly Local Action, and not to mention his innumerable radio slots and club sets, most crucially at the Boxed events, founded in 2013 as an incubator for new, instrumental talent which has more than proved its worth. Basically the guy's a don in the truest sense of the… Read more
The cad from Cleveland, Ohio, James Donadio aka Prostitutes pimps out some of his kinkiest, crushing gear to date for Glasgow's Night School. Hard on the heels of his two 10"s for Mbira and the 'Petit Cochon' LP for Spectrum Spools, the 'Nouveauree' EP gets down with five fully-charged cuts of signature, analogue bass wallop and rhythmic repetition like the soundtrack to some sociopath's gym session. They're gagging for the 'floor, from the shuddering tribalism, 'Late To Take It Light' thru haughty, puckered techno throb of 'Hate's In The City', the desiccated pound of 'Dragged It Home To Bed… Read more
**Includes insert** Black Acre's Clap! Clap! fathoms unique, Afro-futurist mutations on his island-minded debut album 'Tayi Bebba'. Under the moniker Clap! Clap!, Italian producer Cristiano Crisci has arrived at a whirlwind fusion of African-inspired rhythmelody and far-flung urban groove on a trio of well-received singles, and 'Tayi Bebba' is the project's most impressive, colourful dispatch to date. It feels like the Awesome Tapes From Africa and Celluloid catalogues have been stripped for parts and reassembled within the prism of modern footwork and ghetto electro. Shredding and punctuating … Read more
Vital new electro and techno trax from the one and only Dopplereffekt, and Berlin's Objekt. Once again, Leisure System bring out the best from Dopplereffekt, following the excellent 'Tetrahymena' 12" with some of their sharpest rhythms and inimitably romantic synth arrangements in 'Delta Wave' - the kind that only adventurous DJs will spin out, and the best crowds will appreciate. Objekt, meanwhile, keeps face with a strong effort called 'Ganzfeld' that sounds something like DJ Stingray in a step-off with Optical, all angular geometrics and moody blue pads...
Exquisitely iced-out, instrumental grime from the Goon Club Allstars boss. Issued a few weeks on from the haughty hybrids of his eponymous solo debut, the 'Satis House EP' is a high watermark for instrumental grime in 2014. Much like his Keysound stablemate, Logos, these three cuts represent the sound at its most forward, searching, meshing radiant harmonics and crystalline melody more redolent of kosmsiche trance and computer music than anything else, to the stark geometries and dynamics of grime proper. A-side, he orchestrates sweeping arpeggios and shuddering bass waves with the visceral … Read more
*Epic 5 x CD / 59 track set of classic Acid killers compiled by Terry Farley, housed in a box set with a 32 page booklet with liner notes and photos* "As with “Acid Rain”, all tracks have been immaculately re-mastered and have never sounded better - containiong numerous tracks which have never been on compilations or available since their original release, including gems from Marshall Jefferson, Steve Poindexter, Ron Hardy, Master C&J, Bobby Konders, MK, Frankie Knuckles, Blake Baxter, Nitro Deluxe, Chip E and lots more.
"Dense 12 disc collection of Pauline Oliveros' early and unreleased electronic work including her very first piece for tape made in 1961. Organized chronologically by studio this set not only documents Pauline's earliest electronic music but it also functions as an early history of electronic music itself. Extensive liner notes including essays from Pauline Oliveros, Alex Chechile, Ramon Sender, David Bernstein, Corey Arcangel and Benjamin Tinker. Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian is an important pioneer in American Music. Ac… Read more
In the sublime darkness of 'Description Of Problem', Pinkcourtesyphone rouses itself from whatever reverie with the help of cameos from William Basinski, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Evelina Domnitch, AGF and Kid Congo Powers. Again, we're returned to that noirish, narcotised ambient space which made 'Foley Folly Folio' a staunch fave around these parts (prompting a vinyl release on our Boomkat Editions label), and which deeply infected the proceeding collections, 'Elegant & Detached', and 'A Ravishment Of Mirror'. According to the jacket, it was "formed from places, plastics, and parti… Read more
**Reissue edition remastered by Rashad at Clunk, with download code for bonus, unreleased material** Infiné surpass themselves with this prime reissue of a sought-after late '70s synth masterpiece by French laser-harp pioneer, Bernard Szajner. 'Visions Of Dune' (1979) is Szajner's concept album influenced by Frank Herbert's cult sci-fi trilogy of 'Dune' books (it's *not* the OST for David Lynch's film adaptation). Taking cues from the trilogy's tangled web of epic power struggles, otherworldly witchcraft and dystopian sci-fi themes, it's every bit as dram… Read more
*New Edition pressed on 180g Marbled Vinyl - Gatefold Sleeve, 400 copies* Here's what we said about the album when it was released on CD in 2011: "Beguiling, unsettling and deeply mysterious, The Haxan Cloak's eponymous debut album is a riveting experience. In case Demdike Stare hadn't inspired you to read up on the pre-1900 occult, the term "Häxan" is an old German word for witchcraft, a theme shared by the two artists. But for that, and the monotone artwork aside, The Haxan Cloak takes a very different approach to his craft, one rooted in his studies in s… Read more
UK & US ambassadors of ruff house go twos on a rugged pair of hardware bug-outs for Apron. Up top on 'Discipline', London's Funkineven and Detroit's Jay Daniel ride slamming kicks with off-kilter synth squelch and skanking chords, all sparked up with clustered claps and warehouse reverbs to make 'em scatter. Down below, they meet in the noirish 'Abyss' with skeletal, dubbed drum patterns hingeing on heavy subs and streaked with moody midnight sci-fi motifs. A wicked session from two of the dopest cats in the alley.
Gudrun Gut meets Hans Joachim Irmler ov Faust for a driving, psychedelic exploration of their respective Krautrock perspectives in '500m'. Both survivors of Germany's far-reaching and influential leftfield and avant-garde, they approach the project from opposing angles to find a tense median between Irmler's wayward, wistful organ improvisations and Gut's tempered, programmed logic. In that sense, it's a canny play on contradictions, imposing a more mannered grammar upon intuitive, attuned musical expression to find a mutual revelation. The results are perhaps surprisingly fresh and spacious, cons… Read more
**180g vinyl includes a CD copy free inside** Gudrun Gut meets Hans Joachim Irmler ov Faust for a driving, psychedelic exploration of their respective Krautrock perspectives in '500m'. Both survivors of Germany's far-reaching and influential leftfield and avant-garde, they approach the project from opposing angles to find a tense median between Irmler's wayward, wistful organ improvisations and Gut's tempered, programmed logic. In that sense, it's a canny play on contradictions, imposing a more mannered grammar upon intuitive, attuned musical expression to find a mutual revelation. The results a… Read more
Drew Lustman (aka Falty DL) drops and rolls under his birth name on Dego's 2000 Black. We're slung right back to that late'90s/early '00s broken beat era in three cuts of hazy rhodes, silky lead lines and dusted shuffle, starting up with the sub-heavy 100bpm bump and warm chord progressions of 'A Thorough Study', and tipping out with the frothing shaker grooves and jazzy, feminine pressure of 'Put It Out There'. Dego himself also chimes in with a nimble remix of the title track tucking in additional basslines and fruity rhodes fills to slick the 'floor.
*2LP gatefold with photo collage from Tricky's personal archive + free CD inside* Tricky's back, flanked by a squadron of female vocal accomplices - Tirzah, Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Bella Gotti - plus a hook-up with Mykki Blanco and production from Blue Daisy. Whilst he still sounds vocally menacing and paranoid as ever, he still can't give up that thing for naughty rock guitars which really dates the whole thing. OK, there are moments of relief in the mercurial electro glyde of 'Nicotine Love' with Francesca Belmonte, in the dank boogie of 'Right Here' featuring Oh Land, and the pulsing trip hop slink of 'Something In The Way', but then those guitars reappear…
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* M83 have long been mentioned in the same breath as Ulrich Schnauss - listening to this excellent second album it becomes clear once again just why these comparisons have been made. "Before The Dawn Heals Us" is the sound one would imagine Mr Schnauss producing had he more or less got rid of his electronic demons, immersing himself fully in a mesh of guitars and weaves of feedback levelled out by that rarest of electronic conceits - vocals. M83 certainly bring to mind the euphoric, epic arrangements Schnauss is so fond of, while t… Read more
Low Concept in control for the 3rd single from London/NYC's White Asega label, backed with a ruddy good Alex Coulton re-step. The originals carve between sodden, gritty techno a la Happa or Blawan in 'Bugz' to low-riding, blown out electro with New York swagger on 'The Prick'. Alex Coulton's remix blows both of 'em out the water, resetting 'Bugz' to a Mala or Kode 9-esque dubstep lean swarmed with a menagerie of bleeps and dread gremlins and dubbled-up Footwork drums.
**2014 revised reissue - deluxe 2CD digipak edition with bonus tracks** Given the amount of Iraq we all see daily on our TV screens, it seems almost abhorrent as to how ignorant the West (and by West, read 'me') are in respect to their cultural output. Bar the odd mention of Mesopotamia on the History Channel, or the fleeting insights afforded by blogs such as Salam Pax, I know fuck all about Iraq's art or music; a situation that is thankfully rectified (in part at least) by Sublime Frequencies franky indispensible collection of … Read more
**Edition of 250** Wayward mixture of Chicago house and darkwave disco from Twins for Glasgow's Clan Destine. Up top, 'Creepsick' comes off like Vindicatrix doing the Gherkin Jerk, and 'Deal With It' jams on with proper tracky Chi styles. Down below, 'No Comfort' sounds like a wavier Bodycode/Portable groove, and 'Peachtree Industrial' jacks off the kind of jagged groove you might expect to hear in one of Jamal Moss's Medusa Edits.
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* France’s electronic duo M83 return with their second album, their first to be given a more overtly international push. Good timing, for its an adequately analogue collection of electronic pop songs mounted on a bed of fuzzy guitars and computerised vocals – hitting the zeitgeist with considerable aplomb. The tracks often contain a warm, almost romantic undercurrent, something which isnt often associated with music of this kind, and the soundscapeish scope of the composition, rather than the execution, hints at a deep lov… Read more
Conforce readjusts his focus from techy sound design to machine soul with 'Depth Over Distance' for Delsin. Four tracks very much rooted in the art of old skool Detroit and UK's Artificial Intelligence quarters, setting sail with the breathy pads and silvery slink of the title track and circling in on fluid, submerged electro with 'Plateau', epic C2-style Italo-techno in 'Rendez-Vous', and gorgeous, halfstep techno romance in 'Closer'.
DJ Lil Tal and Paul Johnson double down as The Doobie Bruthas on the relaunched Dance Mania Records. They're in it for the funk: DJ Lil Tal drops the horn-heavy disco-house budge of 'Mandrake' and the filter freaking 'Find A Love' banger; Paul Johnson juggles jiggling hook, durty bass vamps and cowbells in 'Jack That Ass' and some coolly concentrated disco loops in 'Energy'.
Pink Flag re-issue the 4th Wire album, released originally on Rough Trade in 1980 , the album was primarily recorded live at a 1979 show . Long unavailable on any format the re-issue features additional unreleased material. For those unfamiliar with Document and Eyewitness, it really doesn’t do it justice to describe it simply as a collection of live recordings from three turn-of-the-80s Wire gigs. What makes it more than that is the unorthodox nature of the main performance and the way it was presented on record. The centrepiece of the original vinyl release was a recording of the final gi… Read more
Facsimile reissue - right down to the centre-label spelling mistake - of the Chicago acid classic by Pierre's Fantasy Club. Mickey's Mix and the warehouse slam of 'Acid Dreams' up top, backed with Ralphi Rosario's 'Wet Dream' version and acapella on the flip.
Ital continues to twist the putative conventions of house and techno on his third album in two years. 'Endgame' feels light years away from his earliest transmissions of natty, lo-fi house, and much closer to brooding, minimal, modern house and techno styles, eking out a headier, weirder space somewhere between the styles of Tin Man, Kassem Mosse, and Joey Anderson, for comparison. The difference between then and now is perhaps his switch from software to select pieces of hardware, resulting in a more linear plot and liquified, worm-holing momentum on 'Endgame', no doubt enhanced by mixing and masterin… Read more