Monday, 03 March
Rick's back with three original Detroit beatdown joints backed with cool remixes from Mr Beatnick and Tommy Taylor & Simon Morell. Check for the sophistcated funk and soul cut-up 'The Chateau' and the slinky, filtered swing of 'Jazz Milita' from Rick Wade, and Mr Beatnick's subtly spacious readjustment of 'Sweet Life'.
Luke Slater returns with the powerful, hardware-driven techno of his 'Future Modular' EP. The A-side is a beast, urged on by massively swollen bassline/kicks and laced with brain-eating acid line and bursts of distorted electro energy. B-side offers more Millsian 909 tackle with the morse patterns and intercepted sci-fi synth transmissions of 'Riot In Silo 12", but our favourite has to be the lip-bitingly infectious shuffle of prickly hi-hats, pinging bleeps and spherical, rolling bass in 'Serc'. A master in action.
Stunning Finnish synth-psychedelia from '78-'85 rescued from the tape archives of The Sperm's Pekka Airaksinen. This definitely isn't Harmönia's usual Skweee fayre, yet neatly contextualises their wave of quirkily futurist electro-fonk in line with Pekka's pioneering work experimenting with drum machines and synths, perhaps best heard on his groundbreaking 'One Point Music' LP, which was re-released to great acclaim in 2011 (scarce originals are over £500 2nd hand). His 1984 album 'Buddhas Of Golden Light' is acknowledged by the Harmönia staff as one of their all-time favourite recor… Read more
Paul Blackford reclaims the UK Bass tag with a trio of speedy, Detroit-styled electro weapons for Central Processing Unit. Darkside fiends will be all over the Bane-samples from The Dark Knight Rises dropped over the snappy, sub-heavy electro minimalism of 'The League Of Shadows', whilst the flipside tracks come off like some Rephlexian bootybass hybrid. Solid session.
The excellent 'Reassimilation EP' by Detroit funk technician Keith Tucker was the opening gambit for Glasgow's underground guardians Diametric back in 2009. The all-too-short opener's a total ace, Keith on the talkbox over tense, dark 313 synth pads, which he expands with more sensual, futurist electro-funk on 'Origins' proper. On 'Elements' he locks down to a more rugged, bumpy electro-techno groove with lush symphonic synths delivering the emotional punishment, and 'Anomaly' returns to the vintage electro-funk styles of his Direct Beat and Puzzlebox classics.
Our first sniff of the rather handsome YYAA Recordings comes from solo Swede-in-Berlin Linda Spjut. With 'Into The Flesh' she casts an intricately woven grimoire of doomy drones, wistful ambient folk song, laptop noise and sublime electronics sounding to these ears something like a gothic version of Ghédalia Tazartès' outpouring incantations or the baroque pop of Group Rhoda. But that's just us grabbing for comparisons in the dark - Linda's music is so prone to flit from one style to another we could compare her with a raft of other artists, but she's decidedly unique. Side A sweeps wi… Read more
*LInda Perhacs returns with her first new album in 44 years, featuring Julia Holter and Nite Jewel* "Linda Perhacs’ Parallelograms was created in the heart of hippy country, LA’s Topanga Canyon, by a dental hygienist who was inspired by nature and by the cultural revolution going on around her. When Parallelograms was finished, it sounded like a masterpiece, but the label had pressed it so poorly, sales were non-existent. Obscurity beckoned. But in the internet age obscurity can be discreetly transformed into a kind of niche immortality. By 2003, Parallelograms had be… Read more
"Mute says: ‘Spectre’ follows the band’s widely acclaimed conceptual album ‘Volk’ (2006), where Laibach interpreted national anthems of historically imperialistic nations, and the release of the side projects ‘Laibachkunstderfuge’ (2008) and ‘Iron Sky: The Original Film Soundtrack’ (2012). Laibach have once again ‘re-invented’ themselves into a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, Laibach call into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about themselves, about their music, intentions, philosophy and ideology. Laiba… Read more
**Glassy, synthetically warm house deviations from Detroit's Coyote Clean Up** ""Star light, plane lights, city lights, head lights, spot lights. Ghetto bird soaring through the sky. “KITKKOLA” scribbled on the door of an abandon building on a dead end street. Empty warehouses and the echo of nothing. Empty warehouses and the echo of stock speakers on brand new car. Bass rattling through the trunk. Throw it out the window, throw it in the back seat. Sounds in the cracks of crumbling concrete. The parties next door. Next summer. This summer. Next winter. This winter. Right now. Live in Detr… Read more
"The beautiful unreleased jazz score to the classic Anthony Newley 60s Soho underworld thriller. Recorded in 1963 and never issued the master tape was discovered in the loft of Kenny Graham’s daughter’s home by Jonny Trunk. Don’t ask what he was doing up there, but he found the tape. History: Little is known about this jazz score, apart from the fact that it comes from one of the great early 60s London movies, and was written and performed by one of the more important jazz mavericks of the age. Kenny Graham was a jazz musician like no o… Read more
Super strong space House from 'Dam-dwelling dons Juju & Jordash. Their latest missive for Dekmantel sounds like it couldn't have come from anyone else, and that's a fairly rare thing in their crowded scene. On 'Waldorf Salad' they jam on with spiralling bleeps and crisp, clean synthlines borne from the eponymous synth, locked to plodding but bubbly groove designed to hypnotise in the wee small hours.That's followed by an unusual sorta synth making canny use of (near) vinyl silence, before the flipside, 'Third Planet From Altair' works up a serious head of steam… Read more
**Incredibly detailed, processed field recordings making inaudible, ultrasonic sound perceptible to human ears** ""Out of Range" is an audio work based on ultrasound and echolocation used by bats, dolphins and other creatures who operate beyond the range of human hearing - 'seeing' with sound, or perhaps 'hearing' objects. All sound is invisible; ultrasound is inaudible. Of course, many species have a greater range of hearing than us humans and also more specific and specialised with complex combinations of the different senses… Creatures on both land and under water produce and/or per… Read more
Jamie Paton ov Cage & Aviary fame delivers a 'Bizarre Feeling' of New Order-esque synth-pop for Emotional Especial. We could imagine shoulder-jacking in high-waisted duds at Medusa's to the Italo B-line and coiffed guitars of the original and dub, whilst 'To The Light' drops a gear into sleazy DM styles, and 'Ju Know' takes it even slower for a sorta Jan Hammer gone acid vibe.
Minimal Wave reset the history books again with another pair of proto-techno zingers by their French favourites. As with the outstanding 'La Piscine' 12", MW have rooted In Aeternam Vale's 1990 archive and come up with goodies incomparable to little else from that era. A-side 'Machine A Laver' is a masterclass in darkside slow-mo dancefloor narration, unfolding with stealthy guile over 12 minutes of halfstepped bass roil, arcing blips and glinting steppers' percussion with a poised and powerfully hypnotic appeal. Flipside, we're floored by their prescient dub techno piece… Read more
Gunnar Haslam follows his L.I.E.S. LP with dark, killer, weirder club trax for Chicago's Argot label. Where his 'Mimesiak' LP was a collection of experiments, these tracks put the research into dancefloor practice. A-side 'Bera Range' scopes out welting bass drum and well spaced Roland rhythms against beautifully dark synth drones, rolling breakbeats and epic chord progressions bound to affect the mood of any 'floor. Flipside, 'Optional' rolls condenses a darker sort of breakbeat house meets electro-techno and early IDM vibe reminding of early Æ or Black Dog, and 'Nevenoe' slinks slower, lower with a moody sorta Kassem Mosse warehouse vibe.
Brendon Moeller tests his darker techno muscle on his return to Prologue with a full album. 14 tracks mutate between wild modular scree ('The Frequency Of Love'), digitizied dub techno rolige ('Next Exit'), shifier tech-house ('Tricks Of The Shade'), kosmiche trance ('Lost', 'M13 + DPO'), and grinding acid ('Goodbye').
Former Gang Gang Dance dude Tim DeWit debuts his Dutch E Germ project with the striking hybrid collages, crafty rhythms and meshed contours of 'INRAK.DUST'. With strong affiliation to the Ghe2o G0th1k crew and New York's electronic underground, his music recently soundtracked Hood By Air's acclaimed recent A/W runway show at New York Fashion Week, and has previously remixed Fatima Al Qadiri's 'D-Medley' and his 'HBA WAR' track was sampled by Kanye on 'New Slaves', no less. But 'this is really Dutch E Germ's introduction to the world at large, an intricately edited and finely layered urba… Read more
Veronica Vasicka's unterwelt divining rod points out these industrialized zingers taken from French duo, D.Z. Lectric & Anthon Shield's 1985 tape, 'Confessions D'Un Masque'. Obviously inspired by the electroid lust of Throbbing Gristle, the later disko aktions of Chris & Cosey, and Suicide's stripped down swagger, their re-titled 'Lickin'' LP presents eight tracks oscillating between raging, wiry electronics and darkly romantic themes with an almost schizoid distribution of energies. For the DJs and dancefloor there's a number of outright, nearly feral aces, namely the metallic k… Read more
London's elusive Cyan341 returns to Uncharted Audio with a sterling new EP of romantically deep and driving techno electronica. You could hardly ask for a better opener than 'Coal Train', primed with slicing drums and staggering bassline pressure bound to leave the 'floor reeling, whilst 'Far From Home' (written in the rice fields of Bali) hankers for the grey streets of Bethnal Green with stirdent dub techno groove and moody blue chord progressions. Flipside, 'Nanakorobi Yaoki' (trans: "fall seven times and stand up eight") pays tribute to victims of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and Tsunami w… Read more
Following on from the immediate sell-out of the first release on Deepchord and Soultek's Echospace imprint, release number two drops from the mysterious CV313 and just OWNS our week with two of the most advanced post Basic-Channel transmissions you're ever likely to hear. "Dimensional" on the A-side is drenched in the usual emissions and accidental analogue degradations of Space Echo and banks of old effects units, but there's a robust swing to this track that's quite different from the ethereal washes you might be expecting - one determined bassline asserting itself, pushing itself hi… Read more
"Clap! Clap! is longtime Jazz player Cristiano Crisci, also known in electronic circles as Digi G'Alessio. Here in full chopped up afro-future mode he fuzes the hiss crackle and fuzz of heavy tribal sampling with broad stroke drum programming. The fluidity of time signatures and deft jazz minded drumming gives the Tambacounda a woozy and hallucinogenic feel, tracks travelling from deep jungle drama to carnival ecstasy." Recommeded if you're into Modeselektor and Romare.
"Acclaimed singer, songwriter, band leader from Ethyl Meatplow and The Geraldine Fibbers. First solo album in seven years, following a string of releases with her Evangelista project. Bozulich’s self-proclaimed “pop record”! Carla Bozulich, an art-punk heroine with almost three decades of exceptional, iconoclastic musical activity under her belt, returns with the third record of her storied career to be issued in her own name. Boy is Carla's self-proclaimed "pop record" and is a refreshing and much-needed reminder of what pop can mean in the hands of a ferociously commanding singer/lyricist w… Read more
**Includes fold-out A3 lyric sheet** "The West Coast’s weirdest hidden-treasure trio, Bronze, have plied their molten composite of serpentine metro-gnomic drumming, oscillator raga, hash-oil free verse, and pendulum bass patterns for seven shaded years, but sonic documentation remains sparse. The new decade, thankfully, has seen them reversing this deficit, first with 2011’s Copper LP, and now with World Arena, which unfolds another octagon’s worth of their signature spellbound, smoke-ringed, psych-fusion explorations. Tracked at their Trojan Cavern studio / bunker in San Francisco and mastere… Read more
Two renegades from the fringe extremes of hard techno, electronics, harsh noise, and breakcore unite for the first time as Bolder on EMego. With over four decades of hard raving between them, Peter "Pure" Votava (Ilsa Gold, Violent Shit) and Martin Maischein (Position Chrome) converge in the no-mans-land of 'Hostile Environment' to peer deep into an abyss of spare, ricocheting drums, cavernous drones and industrial sound design. We can detect the timbres of organic percussion and the buzzing hum of live, wired electronics at its core, conducted and arranged with a gothic sense of narra… Read more
Iberian return with a dancefloor session from Bass Clef, Photonz, Cauto, and Niño. Ahead of his upcoming Public Information and PAN releases, Bass Clef goes slow and low with the dusty modular shuffle of 'Acid 8' and Photonz do a wicked, elastic and psychedelic slowfast thing on 'The Fire Shower'. Cauto's 'Lu-Fuki' brings some swirling 2-step boogie to the table, and Niño follows suit with a blinging, P-funky electronic number named 'Midnighters'.
"Debut LP showcasing a year's worth of sound experiments captured on various machines of a bygone era. The materials underlying each composition were formed from experiments with magnetic tape manipulation - deconstructing, layering, looping, susoending, pitch-warbling… carefully tended arrangements that unravel gently, to glorious, dramatic effect. The Otolith Sessions was mixed & co-produced by James Aparico and features guest appearances from Pete Lockett (percussion), Simon Fisher-Turner (noises) & Oliver Barton (saxophone)."