Friday, 17 July
"In alphabetical order, Terepa is no less than: Rashad Becker, Charlotte Collin, Lucrecia Dalt, Laurel Halo, Julia Holter, Kohei Matsunaga, and Grégoire Simon. Following a method conceived by Kohei Matsunaga (aka NHK’Koyxen) years ago out of a desire to collaborate with people living distantly, the seven artists recorded two sessions in disparate locations across Los Angeles, Berlin, Osaka, and Paris, the only creative parameter being that they all begin recording simultaneously for a twenty-minute period and that they use no means of communication or monitoring outside of their own telepathic cap… Read more
Atlanta meets West London as Suicideyear linx with K9 on the dark pearl of 'Scarr'. Still hot from his 'Mad in the Cut' mixtape, UK roadrap MC K9 sounds hungry and fierce as f**k, barking from a hollow space in the midst of Suicideyear's patented gothic trap architecture.
Killer, effortless techno ballistics from Sweden's SP-X. The 3rd and final installment of 'Moving Through Mirrors' dispenses the effortless momentum of cantering bass and swinging claps in the dank, dubbed-off 'Fleeting Image', and 'Lingering Resentment' bucks up a perfectly aerodynamic banger.
Up-to-the-second Tokyo disco-house from Ryota Arai on R&S' Meda Fury sub-print. Contemporary of Cos/Mes, Kuniyuki and KZA, among others, Arai is also a respected DJ and promoter, and now proves his productions chops with five cuts circling darkroom house ('Zombie Boogie'), effervescent ambience with a cinematic twist ('Fluid'), and 4th worldly house ('Sweet Claim').
Muscular London house flex from Roska, backed by a technoid, freakier collaboration with DVA.
**Squashed techno abstractions, at best in the wickedly discordant wonk of 'Noisey Neighbourhood'** '"Roman Nails (Cooper Bowman / Altered Tapes) is a prolific figure within the Australian DIY/NOISE/TECHNO tape underground, a central player within the Future Archaic family, and a man who never allows his sound to be pigeonholed, allowing his varied palette of interest to feed in to his own unique productions. To get real, this is four tracks of epic analogue techno experiments. The perfect baller cruising music, primed and ready for when cruising music suits the inevitable scorched, desolate, future wasteland earth we currently inhabit. RIDE."
Alessio Natalizia and Emotional Response make some class curatorial choices on the first batch of remixed Not Waving trax. A-side, Pye Corner Audio curls the slow, silvery waves of 'Ability To Gain Access' with tactile sensitivity, blooming to a magnificent climax, while Tomaga recalculate 'Mathematical Man' as a bright, chiming roil of burred drums, flutes and grumbling bass with traces of celestial jazz. B-side, Bronze Teeth's L/F/D/M boosts 'Double Blind' as a proper EBM/acid techno piece, and then there's a heart-breaking ambient rendition of 'Future Rain' by Abul Mogard - the retir… Read more
Mark Barrott blows fragrant kisses from Ibiza with his 3rd set of 'Sketches from an Island'. The spirits of new age ambient, African music and sun-dazed disco are summoned in four tracks ranging from the liadback exotica of 'Right 4 Me' thru the chiming chug of 'The Mysterious Island of Dr Nimm, and the feathered thumb piano tones of 'Cirrus & Cumulus'. Definitely one for the Balearic dreamers.
**Sterling session 50/50 split between abstract techno and tonal explorations. The techno trax range from Ilpo Väisänen-alike swing reps to ecstatic and powerful drone lifts and devilish acid deviation primed for the 'floor, whilst the other half gets under the skin with microtonal frequency f**kery** "This album was made for labour equivalence. A tax may be defined as a "pecuniary burden laid upon individuals or property to support the government [...], a payment exacted by legislative authority." A tax "is not a voluntary payment or donation, but… Read more
Breezu mid-tempo NYC house chug and ruddy tribalism, backed with an acidic garage house remix by John Barera and Will Martin, and hypnotic sub-heavy Sisterhood remix.
Wigged-out and tuff-edged acid/techno/f**k-knows-what from Italian producer Massimiliano Vianello a.k.a. Hazylujah. Last spotted doing a deftly swung house sound as Pixel Music with 'M-Theory' on Strength Music, here he gets his thrills a different way with the jagged synth serrations and hulking jack of 'Knife Silhouette' sounding like a TTT madness whereas 'Inform to Resist' goes hard for Fixmer-like EBM techno with a salty twist.
"Future Archaic records head honcho Freejack brings a six tracker that ranges from minimal, brooding, grim reaper terrorscape, to dense, mechanical, percussive, mutated techno. This is a ritualistic body music for dying days, it’s sound for a fading spirit, a mantra that momentarily both grips and lurches us from the deepest depths and throws us back towards the shining light. Definitely one for fans of Muslimgauze, Container, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement etc etc…"
The Quietus Phonographic Corporation dice with the 'floor thru Chrononautz's debut single of mutant techno roil following the zine/label's more typical indie-rock fayre from East India Youth, The Charlatans and Grumbling Fur. The Chrononautz duo have previously turned up on Photonz' One Eyed Jacks, and here they smear two sides with an effluent flux of raw machine rhythms and banking, shearing noise playing thru seamlessly like an album.
Cassegrain galvanise Tin Man to a tougher techno sound pursuing a near flawless run of releases from Mariano DC, Campbell Irvine, and Function/Inland on the latter's Infrastructure New York. It's quite apparent over four tracks that Vienna's Tin Man creams his signature acid lines whilst Berlin duo Cassegrain man the grooves, explored in four iterations ranging from the offset 5/4 moire of 'Faint Faint' to earworming and powerful big room jack in 'Seduct Seduct' and over to the plangent, underwater peal and fluid hydrodynamics of 'Ether Ether', or at a bleaker, washed-out angle with 'Window Window'.
"Super charming electro obscurity from Trinidad, 1986, dug out and remastered for Emotional Rescue's Caribbean reissue scheme and backed with a wicked rerub by Nick The Record and Dan Idjut. "Singer song writing duo Carl and Carol Jacobs have been a fixture of the Trinidad music scene for over 30 years. As a duet they have released a series of Soca and Reggae tinged 12”s and LPs for Rohit, Straker, Crosby and Eddy Grant’s ICE label. It was more of the same on their 1986 Bend Down And Rock release on Crosby Records, however over on the flip things got really interesting. Sampling Sant… Read more
The German producer does Chicago acid in his own, devilish style with a trio of nervy and spaced-out box bangers for the Kelly Twins' Happy Skull. All three works only shades away from AFX's Analord sessions, twysting between the skittish, skating trills and grubbing acid flecks of 'Yes or No' to the lush, layered synth arrangement and knotted groove of 'Summer Time in Coloniae', and with a more mystic Jamal Moss tilt in 'Going By'.
Emotional Response's 1st Schleißen volume pairs a grand expanse of ecstatic drone by Serbian former factory worker Abul Mogard, with the pulsating, hyaline patterns of Harmonious Thelonious. Mogard's 'Dizziness That Shakes Rivers And Mountains' unfurls 18 minutes of yearning synth drone conducted with a glacial patience and romantic intent that's hard to ignore, especially if you've ever fallen for the frayed, somnambulant projections of Leyland Kirby or William Basinski. By contrast, the two Harmonious Thelonious pieces are markedly different - bright, pointillist, quicksilver - but share much of Mogard's transcendent intent.
Thursday, 16 July
*Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley delivers an incredible solo work for Demdike Stare’s DDS imprint, recorded together with French 35-piece improv orchestra ONCEIM.The dark interpreter, Stephen O'Malley ov Sunn 0))), presents his towering debut orchestral composition 'Guidés'; commissioned by French 35-piece improv orchestra ONCEIM - l'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations et Improvisation Musicales - and released thru Demdike Stare's DDS label. In early 2014 O'Malley was approached by pianist and composer Frédéric Blondy to write a work for the orchestra, comprised o… Read more
*Long-Awaited debut album from Janus Collective member M.E.S.H. - recorded in Berlin in winter 2015, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, and pressed on 140g LP with spot-gloss inner* Janus crew's M.E.S.H. unpackages a vast internal world across the ornate topographies of his incredible debut album. Combining scything club dynamics and Hollywood sound design with a sample bank of archaic renaissance instruments, 'Piteous Gate' describes a hyperreal place-out-of-time framed by matrices of tessellating grids and vapour-trace contours rent in near-VR detail. Collapsing the stadium-sized stru… Read more
*Visionist’s Lost Codes label re-emerges as Codes, a new collaboration with PAN. Edition of 500, first 200 copies pressed on steel grey vinyl* Visionist resets his Lost Codes imprint as a new PAN sublabel, with a killer, collaborative grime/techno collage by Acre and Filter Dread. Marking the first time either producer has collaborated properly, they prove a vital pairing in equilibrium between industrial techno engines, body-scanning UK bass tones and gritty, diffuse urban-gothic atmosphere. Upfront, ‘Drumz34’ burrows in with viral 8-bit squiggle and squashed subs before ‘Flash Speed… Read more
**Includes download code redeemable from the label. Haunting collection of solo tenor sax explorations from the archive of seminal jazz multi-instrumentalist…** "In 1976, Joe McPhee recorded the landmark album Tenor, kicking off a solo period of finding and refining the distinctive voice that continues to inform his music to this day. Solos : The Lost Tapes (1980 – 1981 – 1984) is a collection of material from McPhee’s personal archives that shines new light on the legendary multi-instrumentalist’s work during this time. “Wind Cycles,” for tenor saxophone, explores the… Read more
*The Cocteau Twins’ super-rare 1986 collection ‘The Pink Opaque’ newly remastered from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl including download code* Back in 1986, ‘The Pink Opaque’ brought together the best of the Cocteau Twins’ early works to become their first official release in the US. Already a cult band on college radio, some classics like ‘Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops’ and ‘Aikea-Guinea’ were given new mixes for this release, while it also featured ‘Millimillenary’, the first run out for incoming band member Simon Raymonde. To this day, ‘The Pink Opaque’ remains a great entry point to a wonderful band...
*The Cocteau Twins' classic 1985 EP’s ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ newly remastered from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180g vinyl including download code* ‘Tiny Dynamine’ and ‘Echoes In A Shallow Bay’ were originally released two weeks apart back in November 1985. Seen as companion pieces, they both acted as a precursor to the band’s fourth studio album, ‘Victorialand’. 30 years later, the EPs are now married together on to one piece of heavyweight vinyl, completed with reformatted artwork. Tracks include the gorgeous ‘Melonella’, "Sultitan Itan” and the much loved "Ribbed And Veined”.