Monday, 16 March
Belter debut album by the untouchable Sleaford Mods on the legendary Harbinger Sound. "Sleaford Mods rule" sez Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), but you probably knew that already. Nuff said.
**Extensive collection of solo piano pieces and wonderful Popol Vuh zone-outs** “Florian was always able to create music I feel helps audiences visualize something hidden in the images on screen, and in our own souls too.” - Werner Herzog (‘Herzog On Herzog’). ‘Kailash’ is a new collection of work from Florian Fricke, leader of Popol Vuh, seminal group in the German rock scene of the 1970s (Can, Faust, Amon Duul, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream) and creators of classic soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzo… Read more
"From the dawn of doo-wop to the death of disco, the Notations saw—and sang—it all. Persisting through changing trends and technologies, on major labels and minor ones, produced by both Syl Johnson and Curtis Mayfield, nothing could stop the Notations from representing Chicago’s Southside for decades. The first overview of their indie label golden age, Still Here 1967–1973 finds the Notations at a musical crossroads, turning from simmering R&B ballads to socially-conscious soul. Offering up a platter of golden-dipped harmonies, inventive arrangements, and super-powered soul, the Notations survived as unheralded legends in their own time."
Digital reissue of a Muslimgauze heavyweight, first issued on DAT in '96 and then on CD in '02. This is a reissue of the original DAT tracklist, including some devilish jungle workouts alongside the usual blown-out beats and dubbed-out loop experiments. Those jungle pieces are totally crucial; at best in the ruthlessly filtered, brink-of-glitch edits in 'Abdul's Halal' and the lethal swerve of 'Rouge Amin Fraction', while we find other, sweeter treats in sublime New Age chimes and salty hip hop swagger of 'Glass Mughal' and recursive noise psychedelia of 'Leboneeze' - both real standouts from his wider catalogue.
For the first time, Muslimgauze's 1998 session for the Mort Aux Vaches series, recorded at VPRO Holland, is available to download. The original 52 minute set is broken down to three parts. Accompanied by Ryan Moore (The Legendary Pink Dots) and Werner Durand, the live session renders a radically different take on Muslimgauze's usual aesthetic; freeing up the loops and oscillating between dub density an much more open space. It definitely still a Muslimgauze album, but not quite as you know it. Check!
Digital reissue of a 2001 Muslimgauze ace. Worth checking for the fizzy stepper, 'Rebiana Sand Sea' alone.
Spicy Muslimgauze digital reissue, originally released on Minidisc in 1998. This is Bryn Jones in noisy mode, operating right at the biting point with a secret blend of distorted studio 'erbs. In four parts he wrecks some deadly drum loops with excoriating noise pressure, drifting from more meditative, glitch-clipped dub in Part 1 thru some lethal drums and reversed string loop friction in Part 2, onto the deep fried chops of Part 3, and the squashed drum n' noise fruit of Part 4. There are few artists who can hypnotise and sustain our attention with such minimal means as Muslimgauze. This is a prime example.
First download issue of Muslimgauze's 2000AD album, 'Baghdad'. Written in Manchester, 1998, it's a typically challenging and ruffneck session by the prolific artist, dealing in salty, distroted dub for the most, with prime highlights found in outstanding darkside flex of 'Ceylon Dagger' with its deep Berlin dub chords and mad vocal breakdown, or in the strange disconnect between ornithological chirps, trim tablas, subs and fragrant vocal in 'Morphina Gobi'.
Neuron-sparking braindance from Dave MNLTH on Sheffield's steadfast Central Processing Unit label. Dave does lean and bitterswet electro with finesse over five tracks steeped in classic Rephlex memes, taking in slow, bandy-kneed strutters, trim Drexciyan adventures and rapid-fire chromatic disco flares.
Crackshot jack trax by Matrixxmen backed the f**k up with wicked Hieroglyphic Being and Silent Servant remixes. Stripped-to-the-bopne business in 'Stuxnet 1' with its pinging rimshot and cowbell interplay; gushing acid play in 'Stuxnet 2'. Better yet, Hieroglyphic Being's squirming, metallic jack attack on 'Venetian Mask', and a Plastikman-esque reduction of 'Caravan' by Silent Servant.
Burly Jerome Hill edits of Marshall Jefferson, Adonis and Frankie Knuckles standards. Jefferson's Hercules killer , 'Lost In The Groove' takes a bassier beating on the A-side; Adonis and Knuckles' devilish Dancer bomb, 'Boom Boom' gets jacked up with extra samples and busier edits on the backside.
Squashed and killer psy-house flex from Bristol's Lily backed with a mega Madteo remix. As many clued-up heads know, Lily's 2013 debut for Idle Hands and follow-up cassette album with No Corner were some of the dopest, ruggedest slow house mutations of recent years. With 'Memory Jacket' he follows suit with a crushed, late night chugger primed with murky bass toil and head-spinning electronics for after-hours blues and red-lit basements. Madteo's remix is equally grimy, gradually finding its groove at a skanking 111bpm bounce skudged with acrid white noise and buckled bass buoyed by Berlin dub chords. Straight winner.
**Strong, Dilla-meets-Morricone-at-Gaslamp Killer's-place vibe on this one** "Instrumental psychedelic hip-hop hybrid Lilacs & Champagne spent their first two albums shining a light on the darkest corners of vintage European cinematic oddities. Their eponymous debut album and the follow-up, Danish & Blue, were warped, psychedelic takes on damaged funk and b-movie film scores. With their palette now thoroughly smeared, coconspirators Emil Amos and Alex Hall are flirting with the makings of a masterpiece in Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh. From the mournful… Read more
XL's soul boys take a raved-up remixing. Zomby shoves a Gary in Jungle's gob and takes 'The Heat' to the middle of a massive pleasuredome outside Milton Keynes where its promptly booted up the arse with £120 Air Max to cut some slow, strobing shapes...
Jungle tek another 'ardcore remix beating, this time at the hands of London's Special Request. 'Busy Earnin'' is stuffed in the back of a boot, taken to an East London warehouse and forced to bruk out with early '90s breakbeat chops and organ vamps.
"Brittle Love is a suite of songs scratched together from the teary depths of a computerised pop dream. From a few raggedy Technicolor melodies bloom luscious strings, xylophones, and drum machines. But something’s not quite right: you can almost hear the sticky-tape holding together the synthesisers, the vocals are forever slipping away from the beat. This is pin-point electronic music put together with Early Learning Centre scissors, a pot of PVA glue, and a page of Lonely Hearts classifieds ripped from a regional newspaper. Joe Snape makes precise music in bright colours with the help … Read more
Jenny Hval as we've rarely heard her, teamed with lounging organ and drums on 'That Battle Is Over' to herald her new album on Sacred Bones, 'Apocalypse, girl'.
Spilling forth from his Opal Tapes debut, James Place offers the scrambled ambient coordinates of 'Living On Superstition'. Working in æther between the gritty loop deviations of Harmonious Thelonious and Not Waving's dusty radiophonics, Place nimbly clips and nudges frayed phrases into spectral misshapes and fluidly offset grooves. A few of them could likely work on leftfield dancefloors, especially the filter-clogged string samples and hazy tones rubbed and synched into 'High Rise (Rainier)' or the Gold Panda-esque strobing chords and knobbly bass rhythm of Lyra's Grin', whi… Read more
New on Idle Hands - Four tracks of slinky mnml tech-house with a latinate accent by Spanish producer, I.A. Bericochea.
Ms. Herndon's latest laptop exploits herald her 'Platform' album, forthcoming on 4AD. 'Interference' could be considered a follow-up the trance peaks of 'Fade' from her 'Movement' LP - a roiling shock of forward trance-tronics dense with chopped, refractive vocals and chaotic harmony reminding of T C F's ecstatic data overloads.
**Airhorn** Weighty but agile footwork/jungle deviance from Fracture and Manchester's Chimpo. Best of both worlds in three parts, mixing an old skool Manc Junglist swagger with modern Chicago bass ructions, shifting weight from skanking halfstep to soul roll and back to full bore brukout with 'From Early'; or shredding between late '90s tech-step and quickstepping footwork 808s with 'Hard Food' beside Fracture's neater reduction of 'From Early'.
**A wicked disgrace from Prurient/Vatican Shadow in his lesser-spotted Jezebel costume. FOR ADULTS ONLY** Dominick Fernow's libidinous imagination knows no bounds, as evidenced in his long-awaited 'Exploring Jezebel' shocker for Blackest Ever Black. 'On a Business Trip To London' could be considered the release valve for a hard-touring artist or itinerant noise don, a place to retreat when business is done and playtime begins. Inverting P.E. masculinity with a stilettoed heel, it follows a line of curiosity from a series of releases for Hospital Productions, includ… Read more