Monday, 21 July
Acting as a counterpart to the first floor dedicated installment, Surgeon makes no bones that this is for the dancers, with the first untitled track uncannily prophesising the dubstep/techno crossover thing with dub chords licked into shape over a brittle shaking Surgeon-special rhythm. The second is an outright Chicago styled box banger for all the Green Velvet lovers with an added metallic sheen, thirdly a heads down dark chuggin tool, and finally a Suburban Knight influenced midnight cruiser with ace Detroit synthlines. Ideal!
Resurrecting the Counterbalance imprint for his own devices, Surgeon gets back to making stone cold club killers in the the same mould as 2000's classic midnight club tracks, but given a rigourous overhaul of '06 techniques. Surgeon applies his unique touch to 3 tracks of deadly techno ranging from monolake-indebted deepness to wavey synthetic floaters. Lean future techno bombs.
A four tracker from Surgeon on the 5th Dynamic Tension release, with his straighter sound dropped perfectly on the opener, pure percussive techno with that looped feel executed superbly and the filters put to work on the percussion, backed by a driving 4/4 and a rough as hell bassline that sticks to the groove throughout. A2 is similar but comes complete with bright looped synths that get louder and more prominent as the track progresses, lots of little drum edits keep the groove tight, and the vibe is a tad lighter than the full frontal A1. Flip for a funkier Surgeon heading out with crunchy… Read more
The 6th release on Dynamic Tension delivers 4 stormers from Surgeon, and one incredible edit that sounds like a Carl Craig edit, looped out and squashed with precision. The dark chugging a2 cut dispenses with the kick drums for a hard beatless groove, ultra looped and very industrial, while the flip has two dry house cuts from Surgeon. The drums are less distorted, the eq's are a little softer, and the percussion is more funky than sharp, both cuts are minimal, and well worthy of checking for a different take on the Surgeon sound.
"Credence" features some of the most cutting techno from Surgeon - from the opener with its brutal and crunchy percussive line that builds up with a tweaked single kick drum that's added to complete the groove and turn it into a demented breakbeat techno number. A2 has a more looped feel with grinding synth noises and ringing percussion that's a tad more minimal than its predecessor, yet still retaining that signature complex sound. The beatless B1 is pretty full-on and distinctive, Surgeon builds the atmosphere up with percussion, a tense and cold vibe, but with a severe jackhammer bass sound that rams across the rhythms and cements the track to the floor.
Two tracks of advanced techno transmissions from the one and only Surgeon. 'Compliance Momentum' is the first new Surgeon release in three years (not counting the "live" release 'Hello Oslo'), making an assuredly solid return to the scene with two pure and incremental progressions of his legendary style. 'Compliance Momentum' bravely shows his ability to draw in outside influences while remaining resolutely techno. He fires off an intricately shaking pattern of sliding Afro-latin syncopations swung around the all important kicks while even incorporating Theo-styled midnight chords bu… Read more
Ten years since his last album, Surgeon returns riding a nine-headed beast on 'Breaking The Frame'. A decade is a relatively long time in musical terms, and while his (increasingly uncommon) singles over that period have remained resolutely 4/4 and heavy, his DJ sets have incorporated a wealth of influence from Dubstep and Bass music in general. This album absorbs those influences and refracts them into an impressive spectrum of styles. His taste for Scorn-like halfstep manifests on opener 'Dark Matter', finding that dynamic tension between turbulent flow and hunchback lurch. Next 'Tr… Read more
'Body Request' from 2000 is an excellent full-length excursion for Dynamic tension and Surgeon, including the classic 'Instinct', which you should check straight away if you're unfamiliar with it, awesome chords looped over spacious and crisp beats, bright percussion carrying over punchy kick drums and almost Red 2 synths looped tightly and set to a solid and tight groove. 'Sleep (Ultra Violet)' heads in another direction, an almost tech house template that carries the sonar-esque synth noise that repeats and modulates throughout the track, and a more subtle Rob Hood synth that flows across… Read more
Houndstooth present their answer to The Knife in Norwegian duo Soft as Snow, backed with an remix from Old Apparatus' Asher Levitas. An experimental pop duo based in Oslo, they arrive at an emotive Scando-pop style on 'Glass Body' after years collaborating in art projects and even starting their own "utopic" art and music festival in a Swedish forest. Their sound is a dramatic and passionate brand of technoid wave-pop, inescapably comparable with the Dreijer siblings or even Grimes, but also sharing moody, synthetic similarities with the likes of Sand Circles, Frak or 1991 thanks to thei… Read more
"Since the age of seventeen, Houston-born Daniel Hipólito has been capturing, fragmenting, and reconfiguring his life experiences as Smokey Emery… Soundtracks for Invisibility Vol. III: Qui Mal y Pense depicts a catalog of human conditions from multiple viewpoints and chronologies, allowing each composition to coalesce into a greater framework of substantive contextual meaning and expression… Recorded between 2006-2010 during stints in Austin and San Francisco, Qui Mal y Pense is an Anglo-Norman phrase that translates as "Who Thinks Evil of It" a… Read more
Hot on the heels of his Bronze Teeth 12" with Dom Butler, L/F/D/M takes to Glasgow's Clan Destine label for 'LHF3'. Four track explore elastic ground between mellow Tin Man style acid on the title cut thru to murkier acid styles reminding of Acido and Busen in 'After Circle' and 'PROX' via the industrial funk grind of 'Ad Reinhardt'.
Collecting the best of Jonwayne's cassette series loaded with his Doom-style bars and wicked production from Jeremiah Jae.
"On this recording you will hear an orchestra of singing birds." That's how Jim Fassett introduces this extraordinary disc. The one-time musical director of CBS Radio composed his birdsong symphony in the late fifties, using only sounds recorded from birds. Thoughtfully he also provides an introductory track, with Fassett donning both his ornithologist and musicologist hats, providing performance notes on the three-movement composition that takes up the first half of the album. This first half is all tape-manipulated chirruping, cawing and whistling, pitch-bent and spliced toge… Read more
Class debut from one of Glasgow's hottest tips, launched on Optimo Trax. The progeny of Subclub/Subculture's Harri, Jasper cut his teeth DJing in the southside Glasgow institution before progressing to production with a very healthy knowledge of house and techno thanks to his dad's record collection. On the 'Sneaky EP' we hear classic '90s & '00s house influences filtered with a younger energy and swagger from the Mood II Swing style funk of 'Sneaky' to the Carl Craigstyle synth drama of 'Listen To My Buttons' and the Beltram/Reese-informed rave techno of 'V-moog'. Cannily, his dad Harri's Hillhead Young Team duo with Esa give the latter a fruitier boost.
**Revelatory, amazing Japanese album somewhere between jazz-fusion, free-improv, and new age ambient** "An enigma. A band records their second album in 1985, but sits on it for twenty-nine years, and releases it as a new album, not a "lost gem", in 2014. The authors of this enigma are known as Inryo-fuen, a Japanese trio formed in 1978, meeting via a Surrealism circle in Yokohama. With the intent of applying the Surrealist idea of Automatic Writing to sound, they began performing their improvised music in 1980, with their first performance at the legendary Tokyo venue "Minor", which was run by… Read more
**Cut-up, sampledelic collage from' Container and co aka Form A Log** "We reside on a planet, in a time, where it feels as though nearly every avenue, artistically, has been explored. But every now and again, and artist or group of artists comes along and shakes things up, breaks in new ground, and allows a different view of the art at hand. Form A Log‘s members’ (Ren Schofield, Noah Anthony, and Rick Weaver) projects, such as God Willing, Container, Profligate, The New Flesh, and Dinner Music have been highly revered over the years for their ability to stand out from the crowd. Form A… Read more
Hefty big room techno trax from a new trio dug out by Modeselektor's 50 Weapons. No messing on either side: 'Don't Leave Me' thinks big with slamming kicks, slicing hi-hats and roof-raising filtered chords; 'Plan A' tucks into a more aerodynamic, Hood-style techno formation.
Frisky boogie disco-inflected house from Erdbeerschnitzel, following 12"s for Delsin and 4Lux. Check for the Amp Fiddler-esque funk of 'The Ample Waters', Lone-style electronic house melabcholy in 'With Level Hopes', and the sweetend downstroke of 'Yet Unfulfilled'.
"The Giallo princess returns. Raised into a unique pop-cultural landscape surrounded by Giallo comic books, whistling Morricone film scores, vibrant religious imagery and expensive furniture design, Italian born Emma Tricca’s childhood playground formed a very different backdrop to that of the many whispery femme-folk revivalists that have popped up and pooped-out over the last hum-strummed decade. Emma Tricca didn’t fall into a comfy kaftan via her parents’ bottle fed record collection during her pre-paid college off-years nor was she torn out of a style mag via a few guitar lessons to decora… Read more
LA's Dva Damas follow up that killer 10" on Downwards' DO series with a debut album of swaggering songs for serial killers and rogue souls. 'Nightshade' blends the same traces of Morricone's western themes often adopted by Monte Cazazza, with a stripped down gothdub approach and the kind of noirish, druggy '50s intrigue felt in Lynch classics, resulting a sinister, creepy and hip-driving sorta sawdust-and-shots backwater bar vibe. You could imagine these songs played by the duo of Taylor Burch and Joseph Cocherell from behind chicken wire to a crowd of disinterested loggers and hep kids cra… Read more
Dissociative drone techno enigmas from longtime Hospital Productions associate, Mathew Folden aka Dual Action. Preceding a reissue of Dual Action's sought-after debut, 'Auto Body' on Shifted's Avian label, we're privy to a private world of numb, throbbing techno and droning industrial darkwave in the schitzoid oscillations of 'Sex Toys', switching from sullen systolic pulses in 'Piston Grip' to swarming distortion and elegiac keys in 'Fuel Injection Father' and gloaming, marish scapes of ''Tire Prick' or the asphyxiated techno of 'Monoxide Mother'.
Londoner Dale Cornish's 3rd album for Entr'acte further explores the questions of a/rhythm, space, silence and perception of pulse/percussive gestures initiated with the acclaimed 2012 album, 'Glacial'. Five tracks toy with our sense of rhythmic anticipation and spatial awareness in oblique, minimalist structures at once recalling the percussive meters of Phork's experiments for NNA Tapes, Mark Fell, or Nicola Ratti and Seth Nehil for Senufo Editions, and the precise use of space and timbre in records by Mika Vainio's Ø project or The Automatics Group. Yet for any connotations of cold austeri… Read more