Thursday, 19 March
Big chunky disco bombs from Bashmore on his Broadwalk label. 'Rhythm of Auld' is deeply rooted in '80s boogie but the vocal and squeaky clean synth/strings are definitely 2015. One for all the family, then. Flipside, 'Knockin Boots' continues the agenda with a lush meld of classic-sounding disco-soul vocal with swinging '90s house and Soundstream-alike edits. I think timeless is the word we're looking for...
Radgy motorik electronics from Run Dust for Paris label, In Paradisum, arriving off the back of his Tesla Tapes trio and issues for Opal Tapes, Nute Records. Polished is perhaps not the right word to describe 'Serf Rash', but there's definitely a biting clarity to these cuts that we haven't heard in his previous jags, lending a more effective insistence to the helter skelter pelt of 'Wharf Rat' or a lucidity to the entrancing synth colours of 'Doctor John Dee' and the psychoactive affray of 'Scythe Toon'. If we're playing favourites, then the title and gauzy glow of 'British Jumpsuit' gets a gold… Read more
The Beautiful Swimmer freaks the beat proper on Juju & Jordash's Off Minor label following hot-shots for TTT and BH. Starting out with the slyding sino scales and relatively straight house swing of 'Circles Bubbles', he goes all West London broken beat with the rugged dip and silicon-creamed harmonics of 'Zsa Flex Cathedral' on the A-side. Flip her over and the 'Shaping EP' gets exponentially queerer with the tussling polymetrics and zipping, recursive electronics of 'Immunity', before floating to close in the weightless body of 'She'.
Straight-up Detroit house from Big Strick (Omar-S' cousin). Includes highligbhts in the mellow shuffle of 'Ghetto Man' and the late-night beatdown seduction of 'Illuminated'.
**Hand-numbered edition of 500** Ruder, knackered house from the prolific EMG. Landing in advance of his hotly anticipated 12" for Berceuse Heroique, the Italian producer's 'Sonic Cycles' yields four cuts of graded house dirt, from the frictional bump and parry of 'In Sound' to done-in tracky gear with 'Crudista' and 'Before KDL', and the burred disco-house jak of 'Guithouse'.
**Includes CD-only bonus track** Soichi Terada presents a perfect entry point for any budding J-House connoisseurs with this compilation of slick aces off his Far East Recording label. Sought-after over there and everywhere else, they amount to a prime seam of early '90s house, with levels of plushness and seductive groove up there with the best stuff coming out of New York, Chicago or Detroit at that time. Best known to collectors and heads willing to shell out for originals, his sound has been championed of late by Ben UFO and Hunee, who're both known to slip his… Read more
**Edition of 300** European avant-garde lynchpin and Tochnit Aleph label owner, Daniel Löwenbrück meets Berlin-based Brazilian artist Marcellvs L. in a set of field recordings made between Thailand, UK and Iceland. The bit with the horses booting off is best. RIYL Löwenbrück's Raionbashi LP for Senufo Editions.
**White Marbled Vinyl** Rugged, spacey jack trax with a touch of class by Chilean producer, Massiande. Four tracks build a solid retro-futurist vibe taking in the shifting dark/light emotions and Chicago bass heft of 'Stand' and the low-slung, misty-eyed vision of 'The Future (Is Now)' (well, it was a second ago) thru to the Larry Heard-referencing depth of 'That Feeling', and a proper blue jacker in 'Get House' to close.
Soulful swerve from London's Reginald Omas Mamode IV (herein referred to as Reg) proceeding his split with Mo Kolours for Peckham's 22a. Backed up with remixes by Jeen Bassa and Al Dobson Jr, Reg gets down with a lilting R&B sound in 'Sunshine' up top, and live-sounding soul with Moneymaker' on the other side. Jeen gives slo-disco and dusty downtempo version, complemented by lowlit reprises from Al Dobson Jr, with a big highlight in the dubbed-out, Prince-style boogie-soul of his 'Sunshine' version.
*2nd Volume in this ace series exploring rare Belgian New Beat and crossover industrial hits from the vaults* "With dancers and dj's from all over the world claiming a deserved second helping of the finest Belgian dancemusic crop, we went digging again in the vaults of our nation's rich dancemusic history. A solid selection of golden tracks from a multi coloured era, peppered up with lesser known nuggets that got lost in the mist of time took form after careful selection. A vintage selection from EBM to trance, from electropop to rave and back makes up for an extraordinary music rol… Read more
Skweee pioneer and survivor, Daniel Savio, dropped this salty slab on Pomassl's Laton label in 2012. It's a crooked mix of dubwise efficiency, Euro-lectro melodic emotions and fizzy 8-bit punch, landing somewhere between Jahtari's Disrupt, Skam's Team Doyobi and a mushroom-infected Atari.
Menatllist techno fun with the Power Vacuum posse. Vacated's incendiary 'Quadrat' gives way to a stripped, hyper-kinetic 'Plastic Jam' (possibly riffing on Fiedel's 'Doors To Manual'?); Cylob does straight up Cylob in the spannered 'Spyworld'; Bintus gives Anklepants a groping acid disco remix; Cornwallis does, er, poetry?
"This is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. And it's precious. After the musical meeting with Tony Conrad and with Z'ev, this new LP creates a form of trilogy. Chatham began his musical career as a piano tuner for avant-garde pioneer La Monte Young as well as harpsichord tuner for Gustav Leonhardt, Rosalyn Tureck and Glenn Gould. He soon studied under electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick and minimalist icon La Monte Young and was a member of Young's group, The Theater of Eternal Music, during the early s… Read more
*Very Limited Restock* The eagle has definitely landed, all 4 x 12"s of it, replete with bespoke artwork! Marking the highlight of many house heads' calendar, Berlin-based NYC transplant Levon Vincent yields a debut album of eleven heavy house signatures brimming with techno soul. The man really needs little introduction - he's behind some of the most sought-after club tracks of the last decade - so we'll cut to the chase… it's ace! You've probably already checked the free download version but we can safely say that the vinyl sounds heavier (course it f*©kin' does!), especially in the tw… Read more
Monday, 16 March
*Ships Friday* Mumdance resets the game with his astonishing, dynamic mix for Fabric. Running a gamut of affective styles - from atonal noise thru happy hardcore and full-bore grime - he shows up most modern selectors as pedestrian with the unprecedented breadth of his vision and adroit intricacy of layered blends and angular cuts. Seriously, who else would traverse tracks by Shapednoise, @C, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Fis and Sculpture in the opening passage of a Fabric mix?! We're clearly in bold new territory here, and it's exhilarating to witness where, and just how far out, he ta… Read more
Nice 'n nasty floor work from Bok Bok and his pal, Sweyn Jupiter. A-side, the Club Mix hits up a fresh blend of bouncing B-More/Jersey bass shot thru with late '80s/early '90s synth chords on a sophisticate swerve; B-side, the Sour Mix, eazes off on a halfstep roll, letting the drums and bass spark off each other in more open space, allowing room in the mix for a spot of synthy string romance. Sweet.
Kid Antoine shots a hyper-lucid set of ballroom/B-more/grime mutations with the 'Proximity' EP for Her Records. Graduating from the Her Records Volume 3 compilation to a full-fledged solo debut, Antoine sits very comfortably amidst the likes of Cyphr, Sudanim, and Fraxinus. From the top, 'Recon' bounces a piquant sci-fi take on B-more beside sparse elegance of the title track and the bittersweet tang of 'Motion Sensor', making connections between '80s Japanese digital ambient and modern grime. Likewise, the breezy clarity of 'Airburst' draws links between contemporary computer game melo… Read more
Rabit makes a crucial contribution to the current discourse between US and UK club/grime styles with his stunning debut for Tri Angle. Arriving hot on the heels of 'Heterocetera' by another Houston-rooted producer, Lotic, the 'Baptizm' EP presents Rabit's smartest, most concise productions to date; 4 tracks, just over 10 minutes of crystalline, piquant electronics feeding off elements of classical composition, instrumental grime and computer music. Much like Arca, he's a master of reduction and efficiency for maximalist effect, whether cramming lucid, violent detail into every millisecond of music… Read more
Boro's finest follow their ace 1080p debut with three smog-house swingers for Brighton's outstanding Where To Now? label. Like Basic House (who also mastered this EP), Perfume Advert hail from a N.E. english town steeped in '90s house history - former home to Sugar Shack and Tall Trees - but prefer to view that sound thru a smudged, impressionistic lens, swapping friday night big room ecstasy for something more intimate, subtly gratifying. In contrast with their 'Tulpa' album for 1080p, they've peeled away the layer of chemically-altered fuzz here to reveal three sublime grooves, stre… Read more
Pev & Kowton serve the first new, original material on Livity Sound in over a year. They return industrialised and eager with the fibrillating kicks and ECG bleeps of 'Signal 3' up top, holding a wicked tension between monotone rhythm 'n drone with gear-slipping chord changes that mark it somewhere between Levon Vincent and recent Beneath plays. Down below, 'Low Strobe' channels the pressure into thrumming, hydraulik subs while flanging notes stalk the scene, waiting for the shaft-of-light breakdown.
Inga Copeland flexes a new moniker and altered palette in the surreal chamber pops of 'RELAXIN' with Lolina'. At an avant intersection of R&B, dancehall minimalism and electro-pop, Lolina creates her own world of sonic oddity and nursery rhyme delivery. The self-titled opener sounds like Autechre's 'Piezo' given a lo-fi baroque pop make-over, while the MIDI keys and grubby bounce of 'Miss Understood' warp like a funfair mirror version of a Palmistry riddim. Most unsettling of all, 'Relaxx' hits stranger pleasure centres with deliciously discordant piano and disconcerting vocal reminding us of Carole Caroompas. It's really kinda genius.
*Jeez - think you know Muslimgauze? Check this incredible album out...* Golden Muslimgauze gear retrieved from the vaults by Staalplaat. This is the strain of Bryn Jones' music that we cherish the most, mixing prickling EBM/electro patterns with lilting percussion, gloaming pads and field recordings, rather than his distorted loop jams. As we know, he would create umpteen versions of tracks which could sound very similar but we're actually all subtly different arrangements to each other. There are nine takes on the same palette of elements in 'Zilver / Feel The Hiss', including l… Read more
UTTU's knack for digging new talent in full effect! Cassius Select follows his split 12" with Tuff Sherm into the crafty-ass drums of his 'Crook' EP, showing off some seriously giddy syncopations ranging from the Mbalax-like talking drum tilt and Joe-style chopping of 'Cross Strut' to the stuttered c*nty funk of 'CROOK'; getting all grimy with the fractious bells and heads-down bass of 'Joy Mile', and simply spinning bodies wild with the killer complexities of 'He Ain't Worth It'. More like this, please!!!
**Edition of 500 mastered by Matt Colton. Includes download** Felix K invokes D&B and techno's most strung-out daemons in his almighty debut for Blackest Ever Black. Clocking in at near enough mini-LP length between the tortuous 17-minute A-side 'Tragedy of the Commons' and a pair of tribal spectres on the flip, it's certainly the most ambitious, and arguably most impressive release in the veteran producer's armoury. That A-side is "exemplary Berlin noir", as BEB put it, administering a heavy dose of subterranean dread that crawls under the skin with opiate effect. Voyeuristic fie… Read more
In the slipstream of his Shed project Berlin resident René Pawlowitz has created a sequence of Techno cuts reminiscent of the diverse breakbeat-heavy Techno of the early 1990s. This mix contains previously Vinyl-12" only releases, published mainly under the Head High pseudonym over the past 5 years.
An absolute doozy from Workshop introducing four new names to the label. Uptown, Manchester's Willow makes her debut entrance with a deeply smudged slice of house soul in 'Feel Me' and Tapes totally blindsides with the perfectly blue R&B/digidub delicacy, 'Somebodies baby'. Downtown, UK electro survivor Steven Horne (Even Steven from Z-Bop) aka The Horn blushes the gorgeous 'Villager', and it's back to Manchester with some woozy NWAQ craic in the 'Lost Track' pearl by meandyou.'s Herron. Highly recommended.
Fractured, intra-dimensional raveries from a very promising new artist plucked out by Reckno - home to Kinlaw, Joane Skyler… Imagine what Maria Minerva might sound like had she been raised on jungle and gauzy IDM rather than '90s house, and you're within grasp of 'Oh Tina No Tina'. Naif, nursey rhythm lyrics and half-heard glossolalia perfuse an bloom in the cracks of rickety lo-fi structures, whether explicitly alluding to late '90s jungle in the crumbling hard-step and wilting ambient chords of 'Simon Peter James', or implicitly bound to dancehall in the exotic sway of 'Bounce 70… Read more
Legowelt oscillates breakbeat 'ardcore and psyched-out techno styles for kindred spirits, UTTU. Get your vintage 'ardcore rushes in the billowing B-line saturation and tweaky, Afro-inspired patterns in 'Immensity of Cosmic Space' and the rolling Omni Trio-style light/darkside vibes of 'Lumeria'. 'Palm Trees In The Rain' does that swing-jackin' '90s ps-house thing, and 'Phase 5' hits a moody house stride.
Another monstrous blow-out from Craig Clouse's $&$, returning to Rocket Recordings after assaults on Diagonal and ahead of their Editions Mego LP. Brandishing distorted guitars, clogged samplers and bucket-loads of gonzo attitude, Clouse runs amok from the diesel-fuelled horsepower of 'Electric Pony 2' to a loping, trunk-rattling beat jam, 'Egg Mm-Muffin / Pimp Different' via daft sampler exercise, 'C2-6', to cracked and swaggering breakbeats in 'Goat $hit' and the ruder clip of 'Love Your Hair - Hope You Win!'. And the potential song-title of the year award goes to 'Writing Poetry On Your Forehead With The Tip Of a Hunting Knife'. Wot a charmer.
**Kinky No Wave dance drills, fresh outta Berlin. For you if you love Powell, Low Jack, EVOL, Barnt!** N.M.O. are an exceptional, pan-European duo deploying SuperCollider software and stripped-down, roiling drums under the mantra, As Strict As Possible. For The Death Of Rave they present a unique trio of 'Tropocaliptic Excursions' to follow their two releases for Barcelona's Anòmia label, including 2014's critically acclaimed and standout 12", 'Nederlandse Maatschappij Ontwikkeling'. Like all the other oddbods on The Death Of Rave, N.M.O.'s semi-organic … Read more