Monday, 18 August
Percolating psych-dub stepper from Peaking Lights. Aaron Coyes juggles sprightly dub bass, piquant chords and electronic gremlins below Indra Dunis' breezy delivery, replete with a chorus you can sing-a-long to. Just don't tell the Balearic types that they're dancing to a dubstep rhythm…
Compiling select cuts from Danish dub techno types Kenneth Christiansen and Dennis Bøg's Pattern Repeat series. All tracks have previously appeared on vinyl and as digital downloads, but make their first appearance on CD. It's dub techno through and through, finding subtle new angles and shades in a well trodden sound. Kenneth Christiansen runs the Echocord and Echocord Color labels, Dennis does the same with Baum.
"After the release of 2012’s acclaimed Circles LP, Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson relocated the band for the second time since its 2009 formation in San Francisco, this time from Blue River, Colorado to Portland. Yamada and Johnson had been touring extensively as a duo for the entire lifespan of the band, but they decided they wanted to try something new and add a drummer in advance of their European dates in summer 2013. That drummer ended up being John Jeffrey, who was hired sight unseen after meeting Moon Duo’s manager in Berlin.“The dynamism and flexibility that a drumme… Read more
Lap steel guitarist Mike Cooper meets The Necks' pianist, Chris Abrahams on record for the 2nd time. 'Trace' was recorded in 2009, not long after the duo had released their 'Oceanic Feeling-Like' (2008) album collaboration on Room40. Again, it documents the two maverick improvisers doing what they do best, creating characteristically subtly-evolving soundscapes where Cooper's distinctive lap steel flits over Abrahams' warm, levitating beds of synth and organ drone. The session breaks down to three 20 minute parts, the first establishing a breezy tone with something "other" lurki… Read more
Melbourne's Mark Wundercastle serves 1080p their heaviest techno session to date with the 'Cell' EP. Six tracks take inspiration from 2nd wave Detroit techno, cyber cafes and early '00s Euro bangers, ranging from the bouncing jack of 'AC' and moodier synth streaks of 'FRDM' to the Shed/Soloaction-style breakbeat rave techno of 'Gute Zeiten' and 'NZ721'.
Luke Slater remixes Marcel Dettmann in a trio of wicked PAS versions. 'Apron' from MDR 06 is condensed to a tripping wormhole of flickering rimshots, hypnotic bass and lip-bitingly tight hi-hats in the 'Tubed Mix 2', and properly roughed up in the Rhythm Mix. 'Rush' on the other hand, is rearranged for 'Deep Release', meaning a steady build and filtered white noise breakdowns designed to take the big rooms by hook or crook.
Brash, blazing club fusions from Liar for Canada's Infinite Machine. Five original tracks - and three remixes - wrestle elements of Ballroom house, trance, grime, and tropical electronica into lean, driving arrangements sparked up with shiny melodies and darkside basslines.
**Deliciously strung out twilight music for fans of Ensemble Economique** "Legendary Hearts ooze an elusive chemistry. The collusion of Andrew Cowie’s disembodied synth sensibility and Kieran Hegarty’s fluorescent liquid guitar lines result in strange medicated states not easily grasped on first pass. Their previous (and only other) recording, 2012’s Songs From The Elevator, plays a little like the softest soft-rock sieved through a porridge of melted pills: chemical, blank, alluring, indistinct. The duo’s latest psychoactive sculpture garden, Aerial View, takes inspiration from a s… Read more
"James Yorkston, an artist not unfamiliar with the notion of collaboration, has opened the studio doors to a broad and brilliant selection of players on this his eighth studio album. Produced by Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor in London’s Livingston studio, it features KT Tunstall, The Pictish Trail, Rob Smoughton, Fimber Bravo and his long term collaborators Jon Thorne and Emma Smith. ‘The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society’ finds James at his most personal and reflective, following 2012’s ‘I Was A Cat From A Book’. What James and his collection… Read more
Huxley returns to Aus with a second EP, co-produced with S-Man (aka Roger Sanchez) for an anthemic, sub-heavy 4-tracker.
Esher (ov Blocks & esher) rolls out two forward D&B riddims for Doc Scott's 31 Recordings. 'Deep Architecture' locks off a big boy bass roll with tight tribal drum loops slashed by minimalist synth licks. Proper 2014 jungle pressure. 'Spirits Bounce' is more sci-fi romantic, contouring oily Reese bass to sparse, tech-stepping drums and panoramic pads. Gotta be one of the most stylish, emotive new D&B singles we've heard this year.
Proper feminine presha from skipmaster DJ Q and Butterz player, Flava D. 'PS' burns up tropical chords, sweetest Todd Edwards-style vocal chops and singeing Bassline melodies with the slinkiest flair and funk. There's gotta be a month of summer left, make the most it!
**Ambient pot-pourri from St, Petersburg via LA** "“…our music goes to ambient, and sometimes atmosphere, of disturbance and worry, sometimes meditation. But it doesn’t lie.” So sayeth singer/soothsayer of Saint-Petersburg haunted romance duo Delicate Features, Radmila Nikogosian. We’re fully of the mind to concur. Nikogosian and bandmate/beau Pavel Diakov-Astvatsaturian have been lurking in the off-grid steppes for roughly two years, scotch-taping microphones to fragile percussive objects and folk flutes amidst glowing grey electric swells of depressive sensuality. The Passenger… Read more
"'December' is the new project from respected french Techno producer Tomas More. After a steady slew of well received productions, including a split 12” with Roman Flugel 'December' becomes the realm in which Tomas is able to expose and indulge his love of harsher, less dancefloor focused textures, pluming his signature gritty techno ambience into the depths of no wave and mutated motorik. The sounds given on this debut release have always been there within his dancefloor productions but when that familiar and comforting pulse is removed these productions become something totally new and other… Read more
Dark Sky set the scene for debut album 'Imagin' with a striking pair of cuts. 'Silent Fall' introduces the pleading indie-soul vocal of Brooklyn's Grey Reverend over Kraftwerkian synth chimes and a rolling bass groove, justifiably described byt he label as "in uncharted territory between James Blake and Moderat". By contrast, 'Odyssey' is squared up for the dancers with lean, industrialized electro-bass and drums swung out somewhere between Front 242, Joy O/Boddika, and Rinse-style London jack. Smart.
*Reissue on Superior Viaduct* "San Francisco's first and only rock n' roll band, Crime loomed over the entire Mabuhay Gardens scene with their blistering 1976 single "Hot Wire My Heart." Crime's loose, damaged rock n' roll was as immediate as it was controversial. They were Punk by any definition, yet shunned the label with a guttersnipe sneer. Their meticulously cultivated aesthetic of S&M graphics and police uniforms produced some of the era's most indelible imagery. One of their finest moves was playing in the San Quentin prison yard. Formed by guitarists/vocalists Johnny Strike and Fr… Read more
Black Acre mark their 50th release with two cuts by Clap! Clap! fusing African percussion, electronics, and Footwork rhythms. As such, it concisely sums up Black Acre's rooted-yet-forward aesthetic, juggling febrile, effected drums, bleeps and mystic organ like Shackleton gone Soca on 'Buck', whilst the lilting thumb pianos and chants of 'Ichnusa' are much sweeter, acidic, and fragrant. Happy 50th anniversary Black Acre!
‘Out Of Reach’ has been unavailable in any official format since its original release in 1978 and is one of Can’s rarest, lesser-known albums. This is due in a large part to the fact that bassist Holger Czukay left the band and drummer Jaki Liebezeit has a reduced role, leaving most of the rhythm duties to percussionist come-lately Reebop Kwaku Baah. As on the group’s proper swansong, 1977’s ‘Saw Delight’, new bassist Rosko Gee largely leads the group, and his jazz-inflected playing is marvellous, especially on the centrepiece improvisations ‘November’ and ‘Serpentine’.
Daz Quayle and Tony 'Bone' Snowden flex powerful rhythmic noise muscle on their debut as Broken Bone. Informed by the 20th century atrocities at infamous NYC institution, 'Willowbrook', the duo present six tracks of atonal, visceral noise textures hingeing on bruising bass and charred drums. It's a fxxking fearsome effort, amping a handful of well-selected elements to bleeding point. A-side draws us in with squealing tones and febrile, spitting drums laced with swarming crowd noise, before 'Sub Clinical' and 'Blood On Your Hands' put the boot in with crushing hip hop rhythms and viciousl… Read more
Thursday, 14 August
*Excellent collection of fractal electronics and disrupted 808 beats from New York-based conceptual artist James Hoff Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Artwork constructed using viral images from James Hoff with typography by Bill Kouligas, housed in a beautiful spot-varnish sleeve** James Hoff's razor sharp second LP for PAN, 'Blaster' reveals the effects of computer viruses upon the composition process, and their potential to fxxk with networks of communication. Across a seven-track A-side suite, and a B-side of 'Scratch' tools, Hoff uses the eponymous computer virus to infect … Read more
*Third and final instalment in a series of three extended reissues from SND. 12-tracks fully remastered from DAT tapes by Rashad Becker at D&M* ‘Travelog’ was the third EP released by Mat Steel and Mark Fell as SND, arriving in 1999 just before the release of their influential debut album ‘Makesnd Cassette’ on the Mille Plateaux label. Of the three EP reissues in the series, ‘Travelog’ contains the most developed and satisfying work from the pair, edging their reduced production palette into more fully-realised dimensions, colouring-in those instantly recognisable bass notes an… Read more
**Gatefold jacket with a free download of the album** Werk Discs' new MVP, Moiré, patterns a unique fusion of leftfield House and Techno with debut album, 'Shelter'. Rooted in wayward modern funk, and brimming with emotive chicanery, 'Shelter' is a thoroughly considered, robust LP statement that stands out from the current crowd. Sounding out somewhere between Carl Craig's erogenous house and the psychedelic zones of Actress, it occupies an unstable, shifty mid-ground, in flux between tiered layers of classic analogue synths, tape machines and drum computers (check his feature on Fact magazine for a r… Read more
Reissue of Drexciya's first album proper and a milestone for Detroit and electronic music in general. It was first released in 1999 and has since been hailed as one of the enigma's most crucial missives. This vinyl version is trimmed down from the CD to contain 13 tracks including the killer 'Funk Release Valve' and 'Andrean Sand Dunes', among others. To put it simply, and without overstatement: this is one of the finest electronic albums ever made.
The Berghain resident mans up a killer Fabric 77 selection heavily biased to his MDR label and own productions. Of 19 tracks on show, 15 of them are either original Dettmann productions, remixes or edits, or have been released by his label. It makes for a super-cohesive and distinguished selection, introducing the likes of Ryan James Ford with the pensive build of 'Arthure Iccon' and maintaining a slick tension and momentum throughout the mix from Terence Fixmer's creepy 'Inside Of Me' thru Dario Zenker's exclusive roller 'Nearlin', and Rob Hood's Monobox classic 'Film', to h… Read more
*Classic Sublime Frequencies, available on CD format for the first time* This is Raï music from Algeria as you've not heard it before. In the early 1970s, a new group of singers and musicians were operating on the northwest coast, and what they pioneered was a sound that eventually reached worldwide status by the end of the decade; however, their names are relatively unknown to this day outside Algeria. This crucial and defining period of the development of Raï is criminally ignored and overlooked by Algerian music historians and Raï fans. Due … Read more
**Playable, one-sided vinyl postcard disc. Limited edition of 500 with download code** Karen Novotny X blow the cutest cosmic synth bubbles on this sweet treat for Deep Distance. As with their sought-after, "lost" and found collection, 'Nothing Here But These Recordings 78-79', the enigmatic East London group unfurl previously unreleased 3 minutes of gaseous analogue electronics and percolating drum machine in a krauty lather that strongly recalls key late '70s/early '80s records by Craig Leon, Colin Potter or Chris Carter. The warm, fuzzy analogue production and melodic naiv… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Allez-Téia, the second album by French guitarist Richard Pinhas under the Heldon moniker, was originally released in 1975 on the artist’s own Disjuncta imprint. Far from the band’s prog-tinged trio lineup, Allez-Téia features a menagerie of guitars, Mellotron and analog synthesizers. While opening track “In the Wake of King Fripp” pays homage to King Crimson in its title, the album’s heady textures and rhythmic meditations are more reminiscent of the German Kosmiche movement (Cluster, Harmonia, et al.) and post-rock experimentalists, such as Jim … Read more
Slow burning modern London soul music from Gilles Peterson favourite, Reginald Omas IV. In the last few years Reginald has cropped up with a cover of Roy Ayers' "lost classic" 'Keep On Walking' on the Brownswood Bubblers 10 compilation, and seen his tracks included in mixes from Mo Kolours and LeFtO. which brings us up to speed for the downstroke, lower case styles of 'As We Move', seven choice bits woozing between the Moodymann-esque 'Fire Burning' to the melted Afro-beat jazz of 'Know You Better', wonky R&B synths on 'Hold It Together' and juiciest neo-soul in 'One More Time'.