Friday, 21 August
Superior Viaduct uncover and expose the roots of downtown no wavers, Liquid Liquid - one of the most-sampled groups in dancefloor history - in their earliest and little known guises. The original Liquid Idiot were coined at Rutgers University in the late '70s before moving to NYC where they played CBGB's, Tier 3 and Mudd Club, and would subsequently swell their ranks with peers and audience members encouraged to "bring percussive objects" to their shows, playing together as Idiot Orchestra. Paying dues to no-one and guided only by their fai… Read more
Kowton comes rugged but slinky on Nic Tasker's Whities label with his first solo 12" of 2014. A-side locks off a smart blend of roiling bass pressure and buoyant synth chimes in 'Glock & Roll' landing somewhere between Meng Syndicate's early Belgian techno and more twinkle-toed UK garage-house styles. On the B-side, 'Bits & Pieces' plays out that pensile light/dark flex with flash FM synth chords glinting off pinched bass and skittish marimba hook beside the infectious, booty-jugglin' percolator, 'Doing Nothing'. Straight tip!
Expansive Joris Voorn collage/mix for Fabric83, spanning some 66 tracks in 76 minutes. Taking the concept of a mix to DE:9 levels of the edit, Voorn fillets, isolates and elides myriad elements in a sweeping tech-house topography seamlessly incorporating traces of classic jungle, innovative electronica and heartbleed shoegaze from artists as disparate as Fennesz, Doc Scott, T C F and Robert Hood.
No Pain In Pop present a glistening web of parellel midnight dimensions in 'The Bedroom Club III'. Like the prior two volumes which introduced us to early work from club mutants, D'eon, Pariah and patten, a.o., this edition rounds up established artists such as NTS' Throwing Shade with the noctilucent ambience of '38 000', or NPIP's own Jire with the screwed brain enema, 'Sout', alongside a handful of new acquaintances. Sim Hutchings crosses our radar for a 1st time with the depressed techno slug of 'I Will Unify The Hood Through My Vision', and, likewise S… Read more
The Funckarma brothers remerge at sharp electro/acid/IDM angles for native Dutch imprint, Shipwrec. Their first joint outing since 2012 tests out four signature dancefloor mutations: 'Reasch' cloaks quicksilver electro-acid with widescreen harmonic pads; 'TRrnt' dips on a sort of halfstep acid D&B flex; 'Spud Bencer' wrenches darkside synths into alien hip hop graffiti; 'Grone' tilts headlong between VSnares-style drum breaks and Autechrian synth shudder. Techy heads - chow down.
**Dead charming debut album of haunting pop by the erstwhile Dirty Projector and current member of Avey tare's Slasher Flicks. If Julia Holter linked with Flying Lotus and Stereolab…** "The Expanding Flower Planet is an album, a song, a cosmic ideal, a form of psychic expansion and expanded capability. It’s original and personal. It transmutes ethereal abstractions into crystalline harmonies and sinuous grooves. It’s music nurtured with the idea of healing, exciting, inspiring, enlightening. Drones, dissonance, warmth, and love. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Angel Derado… Read more
The Dutch producer does hydraulic electro-techno amongst good company on Mojuba's A.R.T.Less sublabel. 'Juilce' erects glistening trance towers over fluid, booming 808 pulses; 'Myriad' trims back to a slower techno agenda gilded with E.R.P.-style pads and sonar pings. Detroit, in effect.
A fine showcase of bvdub's heart-on-sleeve ambient house sound, crossing lines between the sleepy dancefloor styles of his Earth House Hold alias and the bottomless scapes of his bvdub stuff like 'A Careful Ecstasy'.
Creepy drone and eviscerated coldwave tropes by a new, Brooklyn-based unit - Grant Aaron, Eric Holmes and Camille Altay a.k.a Birds of Prey for Ricardo Donoso's Kathexis label. Working shades away from their label boss's own practice, their eponymous debut album evolves from the morphing spectral introduction of 'Black Vulture' thru the gaunt cyberpunk tone of 'Hollow Object' to plumb swampy nocturnal zones in 'Camber' before turning darker, febrile with the swarming electronics and dustbowl guitar of 'The Horse Thief' beside the fleshly arpeggiations of 'The Field'.
"It’s been three years since Advance Base’s debut album, A Shut-In’s Prayer, made #19 on MOJO Magazine's Best Albums of 2012 list. Since then, singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Owen Ashworth has published a book of drawings, made beats for Chicago rapper Serengeti, recorded the debut single by psych-folk troubadour Julie Byrne, paid tribute to gospel & outsider music legend Washington Phillips (see 2013’s The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP), contributed electric piano & co-writing credits to Sun Kil Moon’s critically acclaimed 2014 album, Benji, & produced more than… Read more
Beau Wanzer turns //Tense//'s 'Disconnect Myself' into a vital industrial disco killer for Mannequin Records. Primed to go OFF on the best 'floors with lagging synthlines synched to cold, jackin' drums in a proper, rictus groove made for strobelights and chemical sweats.
Thursday, 20 August
**First ever vinyl issue, remastered and cut to wax at D&M, housed in screen-printed jacket by House of Traps** London's Sacred Summits present '1989', Psychick Warriors of Gaia's tribal psychedelic techno template, on vinyl for the first time. In another stroke of genius following the steepled highs of their reissue for Colin Potter's 'Entering Again', we're made privy to a zeitgeist bubbling thru late '80s European techno - an industrialized interzone of Lowlands EBM and Detroit house infused with a cybernetic, 4th world ambient consciousness. They're dangerously hypnotic an… Read more
*The first release on Rabit’s new Halcyon Veil imprint is the debut from 21 yr old SW Londoner Myth. 7 Track EP including an instrumental version of Myth & Rabit’s rework of Ciara’s ‘Backseat love’* ‘Evaporate’ is the first issue from Rabit’s highly promising Halcyon Veil label, and also the exceptional solo debut from 21 year old s.w. Londoner, Myth. Infectiously emotive and nimbly weightless, it rotates seven slick grime and 2-step instrumentals including the instantly recognisable version of his and Rabit’s flip of Ciara’s ‘Backseat Love’. Its seven tracks were salvaged from a series of cheap, dyi… Read more
**Die-cut and spot glossed sleeve, initial orders come with an AFX sticker!*Your favourite analog radge-packet puts the 'floor thru its paces on his 1st AFX outing since 2005. Housed in a homage to Warp's debut 12" from Forgemasters, the 'Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-08' session returns to a twysty, funked-up sound last heard in the 'Analord' series - bending the lines of acid, electro and hardcore techno to his will. From the first whizz throughs a few jump out at us, especially the hi-velocity acid chicanery of 'Serge Fenix Rendered 2', or the agitated warehouse accelerations of … Read more
*Suprise new 7" from Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm, packaged in a heavyweight brown card sleeve crafted by Torsten Posselt at FELD, Berlin. Includes download code* Willowing solo piano pieces from the Erased Tapes ladz. Both songs are exclusive to this 7" and capture the duo blowing kisses and winks over the ivories at each other. Includes digital download code and insert...
**2LP gatefold sleeve with insert and detailed liner notes, edition of 300 copies** 'Yuen Shan' (Round Mountain in Chinese) is a fascinating and deeply meditative percussive suite first conceived in Taiwan, 1973 and realised in 2014 using pre-recorded tape sound and live percussion recorded over the interim. It's the first new Ranta release in 25 years, and just reminded us the hypnotic brilliance of his 1970 'Mu' collaboration with Conny Plank and Mike Lewis, which was reissued in 2010 by Metaphon (who're also behind those excellent IPEM collections). We're dealing with highly esoteric and… Read more
A stone-cold post-punk classic, 'World of Rubber' was the sole LP produced by Adrian Borland and Graham Bailey as 2nd Layer. They would also make music alongside others in other cultishly appreciated units, The Outsiders and subsequently The Sound. Like a sullen Suicide or skrawnier, stripped down Dome, they made the most of basic set-ups, recording ten tracks including some sheer highlights in 'Distortion', which sounds like Muslimgauze recording with Martin Hannett; with the low-slung, grubbing swagger of 'Underneath The Glass'; in the scowling, gothic cruiser, 'Zero' -… Read more
*Hand screen-printed sleeve.* Critical studies in velocity and rhythm conceived by Berlin's N.M.O. duo and following on from their 12" for The Death of Rave. RIYL the bleep test, EVOL, Military Space Music, Fluxus Techno** "Tempo is a decisive factor in how we relate to music. Whole genre separations and notions of taste can revolve around the BPM at which samples are triggered or musicians play. In live music BPM is obviously often a fluctuating quantity, a loose constrict affected by the musicians' spirits / audience / etc. Electronic music genres are usual… Read more
Sound an alarm - Anti-G is back in the building! Four years after he presented 'Kentje'sz Beatsz' for Planet Mu, the Dutch bubbler comes back on his native Rwina records with a rave's worth of lurid, forward dance trax. In the time since we last heard him, Anti-G has thankfully stuck to his guns with 'Kush In Da Sound' serving six tracks of upfront, in-your-grill hardstyle synth squeaks and Afro-Caribbean torque quite unlike anyone else. They're largely longer than his previous efforts, with three tracks running over 5 minutes, as opposed to under 3 minute, giving more time to canter, bubble… Read more
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* **Steaming, gothic post-punk rockets from modern day L.A. RIYL Bauhaus, The KVB, DVA Damas** "Sextile waste no time setting a somber tone with openers “A Thousand Hands” and “Flesh.” Menacing guitars blend into dark, rumbling synths as driving militaristic drumming leads the focused charge into a yet, unknown danger while Keehn’s vocals prepare us for the trouble to come. “Can’t Take It” is where the struggle really starts to show it’s ugly face. Keehn’s take on infatuation, desire, the unattainable and the fear of loss starts ni… Read more
Steven Julien a.k.a. Funkineven takes his dark side for a soul stroll on the latest Apron 12". Working like a heat-sick Bunker dispatch or a set of Carpenter cues for a club scene, 'A16' delivers some of his dopest work between the cranky, Beau Wanzer-esque swagger of 'Institute', and the Analord-like swang ov 'Evenbud' featuring his London pal, Budgie. Turn it over and you'll encounter a blistering cold wave stepper named 'Pulse', and the slippery, gritty marriage of sleazy synth and rusty snare crack in 'Luv Triangle'. Love the fried chicken shop front cover photo, too!
**Rootsy Bristol dub reggae obscurity, mixed and engineered by Scientist, starring a yung Rob Smith (ov RSD) on guitar and including the wild 'Re-Action' stepper. Remastered edition of 500** "Although Bristol Archive Records has done its best to expose their music to a wider audience, Restriction remain an unknown pleasure to many reggae fans. Hopefully 2015 will see this change with the release of an album of previously unreleased recordings spanning the group's active years -1982 to 1986. As something of an appetiser for that future full length album, we thought we'd celebrate with a limited… Read more