Thursday, 05 December
Team Doyobi return with more digitally damaged breaks and quivering, glitchy synth music. Volume 2 presents a continuous barrage of pixelated explosions and implosions, music alternately small and cute enough to stroke in the palms of your hand and fierce enough to give it the odd chomp. But even within the pocket-monster digital framework there are some spectacular vistas, such as 'Parallax Avenues' and 'Azure Systems,' where solo SNES melodies and sweeping harmonies combine into something modestly mighty. Another fun, detailed and well-made adventure with Team Doyobi.
**Limited edition of 500** Dopest Dilla/Madlib style hip hop from J. Jae and raps from Tre, Isreal & E Snow. The third and final instalment of his 'Dirty Collections' bumps from the low-slung MPC sample bump of 'Bright Works' to the darker knocks of 'Nu Bad Man' and the spaced-out weirdness of 'Outer Onto Other'.
Vintage futureshock alert: Cybotron's legendary debut album reissued replete with bonus tracks and extensive, lucubrate liner notes by Dave Tompkins (How To Wreck A Nice Beach). As any self-respecting electronic dance music fan should know, it's nigh-on impossible to overestimate the influence and power of Cybotron, especially their signature electro anthem, 'Clear'. The sci-fi obsessive duo of Juan Atkins and Vietnam veteran Rik Davis combined a love of Kraftwerk, Funkadelic and Yellow Magic Orchestra with Davis' military compensation to conceive a truly escapist sound that at once reflected the post-i… Read more
**Gatefold double vinyl** Vintage futureshock alert: Cybotron's legendary debut album reissued replete with bonus tracks and extensive, lucubrate liner notes by Dave Tompkins (How To Wreck A Nice Beach). As any self-respecting electronic dance music fan should know, it's nigh-on impossible to overestimate the influence and power of Cybotron, especially their signature electro anthem, 'Clear'. The sci-fi obsessive duo of Juan Atkins and Vietnam veteran Rik Davis combined a love of Kraftwerk, Funkadelic and Yellow Magic Orchestra with Davis' military compensation to conceive a truly escapist sound that … Read more
Murky ambient flux from Ten Hyphen Twenty for Brighton's Where To Now? crew. Two extended pieces unravel with enigmatic logic; 'Portrait Of A House Plant' dissolving between darker ambient drones and composted ferric textures to pockets of trapped bass music, frictional rhythms against morphing swells of noise and detached melodies in between blurry ambient dimensions. 'Still Life With Indoor Water Feature' is lusher, traversing processed field recordings, crushing/crushed concrete textures and lost, ambient motifs deep into the sort of cracked, kaleidoscopic vortex you might expect from Wanda Group or DJ Purple Image. Recommended!
Mutant electronica from Turin, Italy's Daniele Mana aka Vaghe Stelle, backed with BAT's murky remix refraction and a future-primitive Gand Of Ducks version. As with his excellent 'Out Of Body' EP for Danse Noir, Vaghe's original tracks fall outside any pre-ordained genre, preferring to let his imagination run free in the dark from the off world R&B romance of '4th Hope' to the pneumatic grime and lushly discordant trance sensations of '8th Hope', and something like a radioactive mutation of Saharan cellphone anthem on '10th Hope', thru to the Ferraro-esque '11th Hope'. The Best Available Tec… Read more
Falty DL's Blueberry Records on a dancehall tip. Up top Brrd comes back with a very neat and minimal edit of Fantan Mojah's roots vocal to 'Hail Di King' and downtown stars a wicked robo-boglin' instrumental called 'Gold 93'. Winner.
"Limited physical edition of Brooklyn duo’s debut album, with bonus track not available on digital version. Brooklyn duo denitia and sene (spelled in lower case) are part of the emerging vibrant movement of underground American soul musicians that embrace electronics, analogue sytnths and MPCs. The Weeknd, The Internet and Theesatisfaction all share the heady, soulful and innovative feel that permeates their debut album "his and hers". Sultry vocals delivered by denitia with backups from the previously unheard (on the microphone) sene combine for a result that will rank with debuts for years to … Read more
**Reissue of an amazing, late Kraut-rocket mixing echo-laden guitar, electronics and field recordings originally issued on David Elliott aka Pump's YHR tape label, now presented with two previously unreleased bonus tracks. Mesmerising, driving, mind-blowing stuff - do not miss!** "Acclaimed in the Krautrock scene, Gunter Schickert is the most closely associated with the repetitive echoes of his distinctive guitar sound. Following "Samtvogel" (1974) and "Uberfallig" (1979), he released "Kinder in der Wildnes", a collection of songs from the 1981 to 1983 period. The fact that the… Read more
The prolific Parisian youth goes dark, raw and heavy on the latest for his ClekClekBoom label. With 'machine' he gives a grottier take on the hyper-sparse sounds of the Night Slugs crew, coating distorted bass and cowbells with a patina of melted bleeps and white noise to rugged effect for dancer and DJ. B-side 'Bug Noticed' bangs a bumpy techno tattoo laced with nasty atonal synthline and streaked with wraithe-like mentasm licks.
Kamau Baaqi aka Darling Farah goes grittier as Farah for Don't Be Afraid. His first release since that string of aces culminating in his 'Body' LP in 2012 is a darker, druggier session of hardware workouts budging between the dry, minimal technohouse of 'Cloudy Apple' to the pensile, ghostly R&B house of 'Speak On The Spotlight' to an MGUN-like exercise in a brain-freeze delays on 'Lockhead', and the dusty, bobbling dub-house skank of 'Pieced Apart'.
Keeper of dubstep's darkest light, Compa steps up to Deep Medi with two rolling dreadnaughts. A-side, 'Narabeh' dices with bouncing nyabinghi drums in a pressure chamber of claustrophobic bass and dynamic noise textures. B-side, 'Alpha' locks those drums down to a halfstepping lurch and throws the subs downtown inna mystic steppers atmosphere.
"In the 1970s the American composer Henry Flynt started a series of pieces under the title "New American Ethnic Music". In so doing he worked together native styles of music such as blues, Country or Hillbilly with electronic production methods to make something altogether new. So far in Germany it has never been attempted to rework folklore electronically for a compilation. However, this picture changes if one redefines the idea of who the population is. Incomers have brought new "national anthems" to Germany, which … Read more
**One-sided edition of 250** Canny deep vocoder/disco/piano house bomb from Dublin's New Jackson, following his remix of The xx and and a cool 12" for Hivern Discs.
Off-road Balearic gold right here: 16 tracks of lilting drum machine patter and lushest miniature synth and guitar odysseys. 'Cloud Nine' is Golf Channel's follow-up to a reissue of 'Magic Table', reaching right back to 1981-1984 to cherry-pick from Spike's now-legendary quartet of self-released albums blending stripped down post-punk with traces of Steely Dan, Manuel Göttsching and Franco Falsini. Recommended!
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* A fleshed out re-issue of Tycho's first widely available album 'Sunrise Projector', 'Past is Prologue' comes bundled with groovy new artwork and three exclusive remixes from Dusty Brown, Chachi Jones and Planet Mu's Nautilis. As Merck begins to wind down it's been releasing some of the most interesting titles on it's books yet, sadly this isn't one of them and is possibly one of the most unashamed Boards of Canada pastiches I have ever heard. It's not even that the music is unpleasant, it really isn't - but it just makes me want to root out fo… Read more
Eerie, oneiric electronic psychedelia from Lisbon's Ondness for Brighton's excellent Where To Now? label. 'Poor Man's Twilight Zone' exists in a headspace somewhere between Negra Branca's ethereal H-Pop scapes, Wanda Group's murky ambient and the kind of zonked post-techno purveyed by Opal Tapes, feeling out in the half light resonant, gamelan-like tones and lushest chord swirl in the 12 minute 'Trono', whilst 'Ongoing To Zona' combines celestial flute with a sort of lo-fi take on Porter Ricks' aquatic techno churn. 'Edit Sombre' is closer to techno proper with a buoyant 4/4 step… Read more
One of our favourite labels, Hundebiss, serves the cinematic debut from Milanese duo, Jim C. Nedd and Matteo Pit. The label's description of 'Problems' hits their sound square between the eyes, "…4 long tracks which bring to mind Coil playing a form of ominous Balearic Terminator Music." Gloomy megatropolis synth vistas open out to majestic pre-cog visions of a dystopian future sound. There's certainly an element of James Ferraro's slyly surreal ambiguity to the Massive Attack-style raps in opener, 'Elevaciòn', whilst 'Problems' comes off like Fever Ray gone cyber-skank, and the Michael Mann-i… Read more
The leftfield legend of the Hessle and Hemlock labels ramps up his oddball experimental credentials with perhaps his most eyebrow-raising release yet. The aptly named 'Punters Step Out' features a drop that will have you questioning your sanity. We won't spoil the surprise by describing it (just listen), but suffice to say that Joe turns it into the weirdest dancehall outing you've ever been lead to with promises that everything will be fine if you remain calm. The other side, 'Club Scared,' is a mad post-modern minimal house number that makes you wonder whether the track itself is talking to you (it is).
*Orange Vinyl* Full team effort from M-Zine, Scepticz, Distant Future & Makros for Doc Scott's revitalised 31 Records. M-Zine & Scepticz go toe-to-toe with the sparring minimalism of 'Revolve' and they all pitch in on the taut, nuclear-tipped weaponry of 'Bloodspread'.
Brock Van Wey dons his loved-up house hat as Earth House Hold. He aims for the 'floor with two low-slung ambient house moves - the 110bpm vocal house chug of 'Back Where I Belong' and the dreamy 100bpm swagger of 'A Little Bit Late For That Now'.
LA futurists take inspiration from Game Of Thrones on their first release since 2012's excellent 'Warm Pulse' for Hippos In Tanks. Back on their Fade To Mind imprint, the duo reduce Eski grime, RPG memes, trap and house in seven of the slickest Vaporwave/Bass mutations you'll hear this year. The crystalline trap geometry of 'Skycell' itself borrows a title from - we're reliably informed, having never watched Game Of Thrones - a jail called the 'Eyrie' that's got a thousand foot drop on one side. 'Foam Feathers' is an anti-G-rollin' R&B instrumental, and 'Harp Bell' gives Jersey Club bass a sophist… Read more
Bristol's Komon is back with another delectable pair of house cuts, further proof of his considerable craftsmanship. 'So Easy' brings together perfect little keys, polished bass weight and vocal-science soul, while 'Cosmic John' opens out beautifully into a syncopated paradise of pianos and warm bass sprinkled with stardust.
Bristol bassbin pressure from Batu with two heavyweight shoulder rollers on Livity Sound's backwards imprint. 'Spooked' cuts in line with that Beneath sound, squeezing woozy bass below rattled, offset drums inna dank tribal chamber dub sound. Flipside, 'Clarity (Dismantled)' brings noisier claps and tumbling drums to the table, all meshed with metallic drones and swooping subs for a drunken tribalist swagger.
Sub-heavy and strident techno house from Project Squared's sub-label. Melbourne-based Craig McWhinney at the wheel, cutting across deep and desolate dub-techno zones with 'Pulse For Harvest', and working a cannier step with the Pole or Deadbeat-like 'Citadel' and the persistent swing of 'Six Hundred Furlongs'.
**Green and yellow duck vinyl housed in heavyweight casebound tip on jacket with 4 page booklet of liner notes by Stephen Thrower and Nick Percival** "The score to the notorious banned in many countries Lucio Fulci video nasty is a revelation tracks such as ‘New York One More Night ‘ mix disco funk and latin to striking effect while slower tracks such as ‘The Ripper’ manage to capture the sleazy pre disney clean up of New York perfectly with their moody sax breaks and 42nd street atmosphere."
**Fascinating recordings of Italian Futurist, Luigi Russolo's legendary Intonarumori, or Noise Intoner, machines orchestrated by Blixa Bargeld, Mike Patton, Pauline Oliveros, among others** "The famous intonarumori (or 'noise intoners') of the Futurists could be considered the earliest 'techno music' instruments of the twentieth century. The 1st public performance of Luigi Russolo's intonarumori project took place in 1913 at Modena's Teatro Storchi, Italy. Luciano Chessa conducted this new orchestra of early Futurist pieces as well as specially commissioned works from… Read more
**10" in gatefold jacket** New six-tracker by Mark E. Smith and co. A-side: 'Thje Remainderer', ''Amorator!', 'Mister Rode'; B-side - 'Remeberance R', 'Say Mama / Race With The Devil', 'Touchy Pad'.
London-style house backed with a Skudge techno remix. Dixon's three originals romp between the jacking bass and nagging vocal stabs of 'Heirloom' to the darker warehouse mode of 'Park Row' and a deeper, dubbed-out play called 'The Things I Gave You'. Skudge bring up the rear with a driving minimal remix of 'Heirloom'.