Thursday, 25 June
**Initial copies on blue translucent vinyl** Scorching free improvisation by Chicago-based cellist Fredrick Lonberg-Holm and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. 'You Can Be Mine' catches the duo sparking against each other in a free-flying tussle of drums, cello and electronics, from raging jazz tornados to pointillist precision and quieter, intent passages of extended technique.
Monday, 22 June
Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare's hugely promising Knives label debut the hyper-lucid constructs of J.G. Biberkopf with 'Ecologies', housed in suitably striking artwork by Joe Hamilton. Hailing from Lithuania, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf has hatched a dramatic and immersive aesthetic, drawing upon cutting edge instrumental grime, net phenomenology and cyber-ambient sound design to patch collaged spheres working across club, theatre and digital radio contexts. As with the output of contemporary artists like T C F or Elysia Crampton, thru to his networked peers such as v1984 and Sentinl, J.G.B's m… Read more
**Audio for Flac format is 24 bit / 44.1kHz** "Virtuoso bassist and singer-songwriter Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat returns to the Brainfeeder fold with his first solo material in two years, having already made outstanding contributions to not one, but two, of the best albums of 2015 - Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Kamasi Washington's The Epic. This mini-album picks up where 2013's Apocalypse left off, with Thundercat joined on production duties by longtime sparring partner Flying Lotus for six spiralling excursions to the outer limits of jazz-funk. The leg… Read more
Dreader UK pressure from Bristol via London on PAN affiliate Beneath's Mistry label, coined for his peers and like-minded bass cadets. The label's 4th drop is Laksa's first, framing the ruggedest UK house sounds with red-eyed night vision. 'Draw For The' strides over the A-side with drunken master style; all sloshing subs and roiling drums inna cold and brittle echo chamber style. B-side, 'Baded' drops the tempo a few notches but brings up the celsius at the same time, finding a woozy sub-tropical swagger in its hard surfaces and synthetic bird calls, whilst 'Touchdown' forges a killer sort o… Read more
Dark0 debuts with typical drama on Rinse, following a striking shot for Visionist's Lost Codes label in 2014. It's a sweetboy grime ting, treading a fine melodic line of effusive heartburst and melancholic heart-break between the teetering trance arpeggio peaks and crashing trap snares of 'Abrasion', and the beat-less R&B lush-out of 'The Past', also taking in the buoyant Reese and 808 bass and breathlessly ascending blips of 'Fuschia', and a slippery, colourful grime zinger in 'Spiral'. On the remix buttons, American producer Suicideyear follows his releases for OPN's Software label with a masterful bit of aerated, ambient trap bounce in his version of 'Abrasion'.
Studio Barnhus co-boss Kornél Kovács on a dope house flex for Numbers. With 'Radio Koko', the Stockholm-based producer and DJ demonstrates a deep and colourful knowledge of classic and current house and techno mechanics with four tracks of characterful grooves. They're full of 'floor-charming fake-outs and kinks, from the filtered cocktail of B-more breaks and horn stabs chopped and swung about disco bass and strings in 'Lighthouse', to the diamond-cut freestyle house slam of 'Pantalón' - proper anthem material! - thru the hip hop-cooled swing of 'Gangsta', and the Joe-style drum juggling of 'Malon'. Bit of a no brainer for the party, this one. TIP!
'Whips' is a masterclass in tape-saturated house cryptography by Warsaw, Poland's Lutto Lento. Leading on from the crooked equations of his 'F T D 001' debut for Charles Drakeford's label, this six-tracker exhibits a broader range of variations on that ferric-choked, grubby and bugged-out style. Employing the deftest tape loop edits and playful sense of construction/derangement, he uses the format's natural fidelities to distinguish, mask and accentuate his sound from every angle - whether coaxing noxiously murky harmonics out of the asphyxiating bass in darkside bomb, 'Vengo'; disorienting wi… Read more
*Simon Pomery aka Blood Music returns with a new EP for Diagonal, including a stellar remix from Luke Younger, aka Helm* Simon Pomery makes an emphatic return to Diagonal with the Taiko fire of ‘Chicks’, the brutal percussive workout of Badgering’ and a hardcore remix from Helm. On this long-gestated follow-up to 2013’s eponymous EP, the Blood Music project continues to rage, syncing Taiko-inspired drumming patterns with vicious metal guitar dissonance and contact mic haptics. ‘Chicks’ runs at an over-stepping, febrile EBM heart rate, pelting modular palpitations made alongside … Read more
Rugged and bittersweet UK rufige from Manchester's Paleman, sprung on Loefah's 81 label. 'Like O' runs a sticky reduction of grimy flutes, sirens and junglist stabs on a cooled-out and dread 808 house bounce; with 'Dining and Bar' he's a forlorn souljah, coaxing tender ambient chords to a Burial-esque bit of sub-sunk 2-step built for deeper club play. In-the-pocket business. Tip!
Beautifully feathered French fancies from Domenique Dumont for the Antinote crew outta Paris. Using a mix of vintage analogue machines and burbling synths, Domenique draws upon a rich Parisian heritage of African dance music, Caribbean dub and achingly cute Gallic pop in 'Comme ça', blending effete, deliquescent vocals with Upsetters-style dub magick and the sort of drum patterns you might hear in a Francis Bebey record. It's at best in the mesmerising percolations and deft dub moires of 'La basse et les shakers', in the shimmering, late evening allure of the title track; the creamy sun… Read more
Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann a.k.a. The Orb return to Kompakt with 'Moonbuilding 2073 AD' - their 16th studio album and first for Kompakt in a decade. The pair still sound like a pair of stoners making music for themselves to hotbox the studio, and that's pretty much exactly what their legion followers are after. 'Moonbuilding 2703 AD' breaks down to four extended pieces, each one swimming in oceanic sub-bass and swarming with psychedelic FX. 'God's Mirrorball' hovers into first with their patented formula of daft vocal samples precipitating heavier clouds of dub-house cho… Read more
Proper techno from Sleeparchive back on his sought-after imprint. 'And In His Eyes I Saw Death' feels just as heavy but slightly less austere than we're used to from the Berlin producer: the title track starts up like a concatenated workout for the human centipede before dispensing a piquant bleep pattern in the final chokes - plus three lethal loops - while B-side lashes out distorted claps and prickling blips on 'The Maid In The Kitchen', and the killer closer, 'Sondermarken Park In Winter' gives a stripped but shockingly melodic display recalling vintage Mills, Surgeon, Terrence Dixon. TIP!
Faith Coloccia and Alex Barnett plumb fathomless cosmic synth music and abstract electro-acoustic dimensions in their nebulous 2nd album for BEB. Patched and layered from a palette of raw synth noise, EVP interpretations, drum machines, field recordings and vox, it reveals a more intangible sense of space and timbral sensitivity compared with their debut 'Retrieval' (2013), whilst also presenting a finer-tuned feel for gripping, deftly haptic arrangements. Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Master Musicians of Bukkake) again sits in the production/mixing chair, filleting the duo's frequencies… Read more
White Material's Galcher Lustwerk sets off the 2nd EP on his eponymous imprint. This one features more trax from his much-loved mix for Blowing Up The Workshop - from the heavy-lidded deep house highlight of 'I Neva Seen' and its instrumental dub, to the chromatic ambience of 'Stem' and the druggy mid-tempo shuffle of 'Cricket's Theme'.
Power Vacuum bag a sack of spannered acid madness from Cylob. The perennial outsider loved for classics on Rephlex mercifully hasn't mellowed with age, twatting out seven trax of wonky techno discord ('Concrete Corporal'), hyper drill 'n bass (Granular Psychosis [Ect Mix]'), superb EBM braindance ('Rosetta'), and psy-NRG ('Missions to Mercury'), with a dose of IDM chamber ambience in 'Zattrday'.
Not often we get anything Coil related these days - but this curio from Mannequin has been stirring a huge amount of interest as one of the few non-bootleg Coil editions that genuinely dont seem to have been made available before. This 12'' EP features a "collaboration between the mexican band Ford Proco and the legendary UK electronic pioneers Peter Christopherson/John Balance aka Coil." As the sales notes explain - "Ford Proco were formed in 1986 in Tijuana and are considered the godfathers of the industrial electronic music in Mexico. The story behind the recording of the tw… Read more
Practically biting the heels of his 'Buried Alive Twice' LP for L.I.E.S., NYC's Marcos Cabral gets his caveman techno rocks off for Crème Organization. Four tracks twist between the lunkish swagger of 'Nearly Run Over' to chokingly saturated thump in 'Jumping Beans', whilst the rubbling groove of 'Man's Job' allows a sliver of light to the mix, and 'The Conversation' marks his territory with eviscerated machine rhythms and welting monotone bass.
Ras G wraps up the 'Raw Fruit' series with a dope volume 4. Check for highlights in the Hailu Mergia-styled 'ShiroFaceKillah', the exotica loops of 'Spacebase Identification', and the melancholic, RZA-esque chops of '$2 Cup of Water'. "Ras G is one of the definitive producers of the Los Angeles beat scene, a co-founder of the Poo-Bah label, and hip-hop producer who digs probably deeper than any into the worlds of free jazz, jazz fusion and afrofuturism. Raw Fruit was conceived as a 4-part beat tapes which Leaving Records began releasing in 2013. The music is stream of consciousness hip-hop… Read more
Oren Ambarchi's Black Truffle dig out a masterclass in minimalism from the extensive, unreleased archive of seminal American composer, Arnold Dreyblatt. 'Second Selection' follows on from the 'Choice' [Choose Records, 2013] compilation of Dreyblatt's work circa 1977-2007. It too spans his pieces recorded with the Orchestra of Excited Strings thru to solo compositions, but focusses on a window of productivity between 1979-1989, documenting in varying fidelity the time shortly after he set up the OES, and also covering the period during which he migrated from NYC, USA, to Berlin… Read more
The Ruff Sqwad don in fierce effect on a 'Rapid Fire' round of grime and 2-step instrumentals. Strong highlights in the gangsta 2-step raver, 'Pounded Yam' and the symphonic swag of 'Pepper Riddim'.
Ruddy raw and psychoactive house charmers from the mighty Principe. Niagara employs a more direct dancefloor template than most of his Portugese label peers, and the effect is deadly. Played live, and retaining that feral quality that has made this label so addictive, Niagara configures 6 tracks ranging from infected and dripping Lil Louis vibes on 'Arruda' to the cascading, synth-heavy hooks on 'Cheetah', before signing off with 'Alagarta' like some heat-infected Mr Oizo at his deadliest. Strong stuff from this increasingly impressive label.
Leaving Records fish around the musical mind of Chad Valencia a.k.a. Yuk. and come out with a dream sequence of lush ambient off-beats.
Recorded in May 2007, this Yellow Swans installment of the Mort Aux Vaches series must surely rank as the most incredible yet. The storybook setting of the cover art is playfully at odds with the band's acrid soundscapes, but there is a tangible musicality to the disc that renders it distinctly more inviting than most records you'd categorise as 'noise'. Using guitars and electronics as their principal tools, Pete Swanson and Gabriel Mindel Saloman avoid thrashing out into oblivion, instead favouring an intoxicating peaks-and-troughs approach that builds up layers of near-harmoniou… Read more
Szare provide one of the most fully-realised and substantial releases in the Frozen Border catalogue yet with a 6 track EP. The set opens with the quasi-electroid 'Weird Sister' that recalls Carl Finlow at his best, albeit with a low-end emphasis, while 'Swarm' offsets brilliantly produced afro-tinged percussion with a crisp, clipped production style. 'Meet You' deploys straighter Tech-templates with elongated, detuned synths that provide a more Technofied variant to the filthy mis-shaped House exemplified by the likes of Kassem Mosse and Le… Read more