Monday, 20 April
Synthesist, Sarah Davachi follows up her lovely 'Baron's Court' LP for Students of Decay with this suite of ominous, mystical drone composition for Constellation Tatsu. They're slow moving unfolding and quietly intense pieces, poised with a chamber music-like elegance and folk-wise simplicity, perhaps at best in the uncurling fronds of 'Flowers and Other Voiceless Things' and the curdled, keening harmonics of 'Praha'.
'Marhaba' shares the fruits of Floating Points and James Holden's collaboration with gnawa maâlem (master) Mahmoud Guinia on their recent trip to Morocco for the 5th Marrakech Biennale. Both producers give prominence to Guinia viocals and hypnotic guembri (a sort of 3-stringed lute) in their respective mixes, Floating Points buoying the syncopated claps with subtly feathered synthlines in 'Mimoun Marhaba', whereas Holden really vibes out on a modular set-up in three further, looser versions, including two not found on the vinyl edition.
"'Summoning Suns' is James Blackshaw's tenth studio album and the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics. Drawing inspiration from 60's and 70's singer-songwriters, baroque/orchestral pop and folk music, while still sounding contemporary, 'Summoning Suns' is Blackshaw's foray into more traditional forms of songcraft. Blackshaw sings in a gentle but assured voice, occasionally reminiscent of Harry Nilsson, Jim O'Rourke and Elliott Smith, while his words combine his personal experiences, neuroses and fantasy through many layers of abstraction, poeticism and dark humour.Whil… Read more
Italy's Herva drops a stack of crooked 'floor tricks on Semtek's Don't Be Afraid label following his aces for Delsin, Kontra, M>O>S and All City. As we've come to learn, Herva's a bit of a free spirit, always keen to buck the grid and feel out for uniquely sensual, visceral thrills. With 'Dreamers of Unknown Tales' he follows suit into a unstable world of electro-acoustic tones, shredded breaks and mutant acid, twisting the lines from beat-less concrète zones of the title track to a sort of desiccated, nervy funk attack with the spitting drums and fuzz-junky dip of 'From The Ins… Read more
**Noisy techno beat-offs** "GDL is the work of 21 year old Washington DC resident Garret Littler. This self titled debut release takes its cue points primarily from the 80’s underground German electronic DIY tape scene - kickstarted by the likes of DAF, Der Plan, Palais Schaumberg, Grauzone etc, and whilst such influences are certainly prevalent throughout, there’s also an undeniable nod to some of the more recent works of those operating on the fringes of underground techno and noise. Yes, the world of GDL is brutal, uncompromising, and at times full of chaos, and it’s this direct, and more importantly… Read more
"Montreal producer and Temple Records affiliate Adam Feingold follows up a killer 12” on Apron and pushes into new emotional and textural zones with “Nuff Zang”. Drawing from dub and ambient elements and a casual approach to zen, this 43 minute release seeks a mellow and serene place through more typically physically stimulating moods of hazy, jacked techno, spaced-out house and reverberant jungle rhythms. The tracks that make up “Nuff Zang” were made either sitting on the floor, standing up, sometimes half asleep at night or sometimes during the day, and the resulting tonal and vibe-al duali… Read more
Full Strength house music from the inimitable DJ Qu on his own label - home of his best works. A-side plays it steady driving but with gruff bass offset by his signature shuffles and strafing synth sweeps to cream the 'floor. B-side plays out the funeral keys and ghostly vocals of 'Sadness In The Static', setting the stage for a welting acid weapon called 'Sweaty One'.
**Includes 50-minute track featuring texts written and performed by Alexandra Kennedy & Campbell Irvine. RIYL Muslimgauze, Demdike Stare, Ninos Du Brasil** Exceptional take on techno tribalism from yung Australian producer, Campbell Irvine. Picking up where Shackleton left before he went psy-trance, Campbell runs with a proper dread techno vibe on two extended walkabouts strafed with duppied voices and urged by layered, syncopated percussion and deep subs. We're particularly feeling the scratchy swing and shuffle of B-side 'Reunion Of Two Bodies', which sits somewhere betwe… Read more
Dope cut from Mexican Summer's recent 'Pausebreak' compilation. It's a fine introduction to Ben Zimmerman, whose strange fusion of skittish late '90s tech-step and gauzy, ethereal ambience recalls Teresa Winter's recent use of similar elements, although here it's with a trip hoppy appeal, as opposed to psy-pop. Intriguing…
Where To Now? present two sidelong trips into a lysergic avant-techno otherworld by Daragh Monaghan a.k.a. Baba. "‘Odd Potion’ manages to create a world that is aesthetically always referencing a fantastical vision of imagined mystery, yet allowing the real history of dance music into this otherworldly space. Daragh cites Jeff Mills as an influential figure, in terms of his ability to allow his genuine interest in Sci-Fi and space into the DNA of his music - it’s success lies in it’s clear passion for other subjects, as Daragh notes about his own music “I guess i’m not too interested in the grit… Read more
Thursday, 16 April
**Limited edition of 500. Initial copies on peach and turquoise wax. Mastered by Matt Colton** Type reach inside the box to present Nochexxx's newest devilment of Drexciyan electro and grubby bleeps, 'Plot 'Defender'. Steadfast at the fringes and fronds of UK electronica since the late '90s, Dave Henson a.k.a. Nochexxx has previously done the do for Ramp Recordings and Actress' Werk Discs over the last few years, forging a sort of eldritch, radiophonic cyberpunk that frankly sound like f**k-all out there. OK there are plenty of artists working with cranky, heatsick synth and drum machines rig… Read more
**New edition of this absolute classic in a new sleeve** This post-revolution Iranian album from 1985 is so ahead of its time, so completely off on its own sonically and stylistically - that you'd be forgiven for thinking it were a hoax. In reality it's one of the most sought-after and exceptional records from the Smithsonian Folkways catalogue, here brought back to life in this facsimile edition put together by the Dead Cert imprint. Until now, it's been the preserve of a small handful of collectors who rightly hold it in huge regard and close to thei… Read more
**2LP in a gatefold sleeve with DVD and digital download code redeemable from the label - Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kal… Read more
**Essential Greek New Wave Disco reissue includes the original version of the hugely in-demand 'Shadows of Blood' with lyric sheet!** Dark Entries make our day with this remastered (and affordable!) reissue of Lena Platonos' 2nd album, 'Gallop' (1985), featuring the hugely sought-after dream-pop sequence of ''Bloody Shadows From Afar') - a version to 'Shadows of Blood'! Recently trading 2nd hand for over 300 euros, this record has long been the preserve of Greek diggers and synth-pop pickers yet, it remained largely hidden from ears beyond the Hellenic borders. That started to change in 2012/20… Read more
*Deluxe / Expanded Box Set featuring a bonus 12" of remixes from Girl Unit, Jam City, Nguzunguzu, and Kingdom Kelela's world-taking 'Cut 4 Me' (2013) mixtape blooms from 13 to 22 tracks, augmented with dramatic new remixes and riddims from Jam City, Neana, Kingdom, Mike Q, Massacooramaan… Y'all know what the sublime original sounds like so let's skip fwd: Jam City entirely overhauls 'Keep It Cool' with a smoother sorta tension; Kingdom resets 'Enemy' with a low-riding ballroom swagger; Mike Q ramps the spare Jam City mix of 'Cherry Coffee' with flash and bolshy ballroom flair; 'Go All Night' … Read more
A bounty of booty house holy grails and footwork protoypes from the vault of RP Boo! Planet Mu done so, so good here, linking with the godfather of footwork to tell it how it was in Chicago between the late '90s and early '00s. Starting up with the straight-up slam of 'Baby Come on' - reputedly the 1st ever footwork track - it goes on to correct the history books with the Godzilla-sampling '02-52-03', itself a remix of his own, monstrous '11-47-99' which, until now, has been erroneously attributed to DJ Slugo, beside the ghetto ballistics of 'Party Motion' (1998) and a trio of heavy-booty-hitt… Read more
Proper ruffneck slam-jams from NPLGNN for Phonica's promising new OKNO imprint. '1925' arrives 6 months or so after the Napolitan artist ran amok in the ballroom with 'Sigma / Tau' for Where To Now?, which piqued the attention of everyone from Ben UFO to Low Jack in the process. For this session he keeps the bugged-out production values intact, but switches to a more rave-nous style, cold killing it with a sizzling acid brukbeat twyst called 'Ravers Are Still Living' on the A-side, before pulling out his chewiest kicks, flinty hi-hats and railgun claps for the B-side's 'Break On The Rhythm', and brin… Read more
Intoxicating Rasta dub biz from the Wareika Hills, Jamaica, via the desk of Jackson Bailey's Tapes in London. Still hot from his reggae-pop standout on Workshop 21, he furnishes two versions of The Wareika Hill Sounds' 'Datura', getting to grips with funde, repeta and bass drums in a heads-down session licked with guitar and flute by Kenrick Diggory. Now that Honest Jon's mention Keith Hudson in their write-up, it's so easy to imagine his husky croon floating over the 'Datura Mystic' mix, however, the dub is really summat else; a rocking swirl of recursive drums recorded right on the biting point, and nowt but. It's a killer!!!
*Includes an 8x14 double sided insert with photos, lyrics, liner notes by the band, and a fold-out poster* "Van Kaye + Ignit is the Dutch duo of Ed Van Kasteren (Van Kaye) and Ignatine Bekken (Ignit), who joined forces in the city of Arnhem during early 1980. While at university, Van Kaye was the singer of The MoNoMeN, a local new wave band. By the end of 1979 he had become more interested in the use of electronics and rhythmic industrial patterns. In April 1980 he released a demo cassette with 30 minutes of his own work titled “A Slight Delay". While experimenting with synthesizers an… Read more