Monday, 19 January
Jimmy Edgar squeezes out an 18-track showcase of taut, jackin' electro-techno-house on Fabriclive 79. Laden with selections from his Ultramajic label, including 6 of his own productions and collaborations, plus fine picks from fellow house sleazer Kris Wadsworth, plus home-town Detroit cats, Patrice Scott, DJ Godfather & DJ Starski.
2nd single from the French-Cuban daughters of Buena Vista Social Club percussionist Anga Díaz, taken from their upcoming, eponymous debut album.
As Gondwana, Lumisokea's Andrea Taeggi traverses expansive, imposing sound spheres for Opal Tapes. 'Aum' explores semi-organic, electro-acoustic sound on seismic, tectonic scales, crushing and sublimating ambient and industrial techno structures into spectral topographies and a sort of elemental psycho-geology permeated with crooked rhythm fissures and slow-moving, transitional tones morphing thru various stages of de-and-re-composition. The effect, at times, reminds of a more tempered take on Ben Frost's epic inclinations, a less academic relation to Kassel Jaeger's most recent GRM output, or a da… Read more
Graceful songcraft from the recent signing to Daniel "OPN" Lopatin's Software Recording Co. RIYL Susanna.
Rugged New York TechnoHouse from Fred P for Anthony Parasole's label. Four super-strength aces, ranging from the disciplined throbs and delirious diffusions of 'Splitting Particles' to the blunted basement swagger of 'Tube Compression' on one side, and over to the emotive widescreen expression of 'Storm Clouds' and the immense bass pressure of 'State Of No State'. Cut especially loud for all dancer and DJ.
Tipped as TNBT by Modeselektor, Berlin's hardware-weilding Fjaak trio do that breakbeat techno swerve with class on 50 Weapons. The busted breaks, submerged kicks and rusty filter treatments of 'Oben' could happily sit next to your Shed/Head High killers or that sterling Skee Mask 12" on Ilian Tape - a big look for the dancers - while 'Unten' follows suit with a deeper, tantric techno play riding the kicks and hi-hats with aerated chords. Take us to the 'floor, now.
"Two Commissions for Cassette Tape is Ex-Easter Island Head's first release for the Manchester-based Tombed Visions label and their first release ever on the format. Encompassing two fifteen minute pieces, Two Commissions explores new territory for the group, following on from their recent works for trio and massed electric guitars and drums (Mallet Guitars Three, Large Electric Ensemble) to present a pair of intimate, personal works using the sonic and mechanical qualities of the cassette medium as a compositional element alongside the groups' ever expand… Read more
Shifting Peaks lean fwd with four rugged garage-house originals from Clueless, plus a kicking, mutant ballroom remix by Rushmore.
Christian Piers aka Laszlo Dancehall shakes out three slickly hypnotic yet gritty tech-house grooves for Curle. 'Never Born Beautiful' feels like a Radioslave meets PAS production; 'Angels' weighs big bad bass motifs and tense, warehouse-ready builds; 'The Kissing Of A God' eases off with warmer chords, subs and laid back swing.
Pounding dark techno from NYC's Anthony Parasole & Phil Moffa. The weirdly prescient 'Atlantic Ave' is a stripped down, monotone techno tool powered by kicks/bass and sculpted white noise reminding of the Prologue sound, and offset with a slinkier, tracky counter-rhythms for that sexier downtown shuffle. A more condensed 'Retake' appears on the flip next to the throbbing, kick-less 'Oceanic Dub' tool.
Deadly tribal techno functions fresh outta NYC. The Corner CEO Anthony Parasole fronts a proper polyrhythmic shakedown built from kinky toms, pistoning hi-hats and a welting but light-footed bottom end practically guaranteed to make 'em shift. And if they don't then f**k 'em.
**Debut solo album by Mac Demarco's former Makeout Videotape bandmate** "Alex Calder’s sophomore release with Captured Tracks is as familiar as it is foreign – brining together both infectious melodies and texture to create tidy, acid-induced pop sequences. Strange Dreams takes a confident step forward from Calder’s previous release and brings the focus and ambition of Alex’s songwriting to all aspects of his music. This record delivers, while still maintaining the youthful humour that has become his trademark."
**RIYL Zelionople, Labradford, Bohren und der Club of Gore, Mark Hollis** "David McLean’s Aging project returns to the label with a suite of noirish balladry and bar room dirges, painting a murky, multi-instrumental portrait of man under the influence. Although the main focus of these recordings is largely McLean’s guitar, the spaciousness and atmosphere that characterised his solo piano debut ‘I Swear I Saw Her Halo’ is still very much intact. Pairing with drummer Andrew Cheetham for three of the five cuts, McLean’s sunken and dungeoned melodies act as a perfect foil for this e… Read more
Diverse dancefloor delivery from Iceland's Teal Recordings. A Sagittariun does his dreamy techno thing with extra breaks and ticklish rimshots harking back to vintage Detroit styles from Carl Craig. Jared Wilson's 'Spice Flow' is a more wayward take on Chicago jack, sparked with chaotic synth squirls and softened by elegant pads. Finland's Matti Turunen aka Morphology rounds out with a dark and deft bit of electro-funk in 'Substellar Object', and the noirish Heinrich Mueller atmospheres of 'Apoapsis'.
Thursday, 15 January
Object Relations is a very promising new 7" label curated by Mark Fell focusing on collaborations between diverse artistic practices. Recorded in Milan, 2014, the label's inaugural edition establishes its remit in a unique combination of Fell's crafty Linndrum programming with the adroit, keening cello improvisation of trained cellist and composer Sandro Mussida, following their meeting and performance in Tuscany at the International Encounters in Sound event. On both sides, Fell's elliptical microtemporal rhythm arrangements are matched and coloured with compelling strea… Read more
Bronze Teeth's Richard Smith aka L/F/D/M reveals a bittersweet side of radiophoniq techno and EBM for Not Waving's Ecstatic label. Weaving between snake-charming techno and surprisingly elegant, melodic motifs, it's all much freakier and freeform than his debut 12" for Optimo Trax. Cutting from sawn-off synth experiments to dusted Sleeparchive bleep styles on 'Insect Cylinders', and jiggy, atonal techno with 'Sun Shape'; he carves a course of salty waltz with 'Book of Five' on the flipside, leading to the banging EBM highlight of 'Black Shadows' with its sampled intro of some lass recalling an … Read more
Proper Detroit techno soul workout from Omar-S and vocalist James Garcia on FXHE. The most consistent man in house music makes super strong moves on this one, creaming cracking drums from a trusted Alesis HR-16 and Casio Rapmaster, coupled with burning neon synth arrangement and Garcia's authentic '80s soul swerve. It's quite the showstopper. Flipside, the Extramental mix does away with Garcia's vocal to reveal the lustrous, lusting synth arrangement and biting drums in all their midnight glory. Straight winner.
*Finally available on CD* **The impeccable Music From memory return with this super charming compilation of Balearic moods and boogie grooves dating between 1986 - 1991** "Staying on the Mediterranean coast for their third release, Music From Memory this time shift their attention to the work of Mallorcan musician Joan Bibiloni. Primarily a guitarist, Bibiloni was creating music at an early age, releasing his first single at the tender age of 15. In his twenties he formed Spanish prog-rock outfits Zebra and Euterpe where he would meet Pepe Milan, the two of them becoming the bluesy folk duo 'Mil… Read more
*Ships Friday* Jimmy Edgar squeezes out an 18-track showcase of taut, jackin' electro-techno-house on Fabriclive 79. Laden with selections from his Ultramajic label, including 6 of his own productions and collaborations, plus fine picks from fellow house sleazer Kris Wadsworth, plus home-town Detroit cats, Patrice Scott, DJ Godfather & DJ Starski.
**Gentle, loop-based works coaxed from guitar, effects pedals into cinematic scenarios. Edition of 50. Same programme plays on both sides. RIYL Hood, Labradford, Loren Connors** "Apnoeic is the second EP from London-based composer and cineaste Clint Trofa. Whereas Trofa’s previous work had focused much more on a diverse pollination of sounds and instrumentation, ‘Apnoeic’ see a vast reduction in compositional tools; strictly using the electric guitar and a handful of effects pedals to create an eerie, cinematic tapestry of mood and atmosphere that is far more mature, direct and clear i… Read more
As Gondwana, Lumisokea's Andrea Taeggi traverses expansive, imposing sound spheres for Opal Tapes. 'Aum' explores semi-organic, electro-acoustic sound on seismic, tectonic scales, crushing and sublimating ambient and industrial techno structures into spectral topographies and a sort of elemental psycho-geology permeated with crooked rhythm fissures and slow-moving, transitional tones morphing thru various stages of de-and-re-composition. The effect, at times, reminds of a more tempered take on Ben Frost's epic inclinations, a less academic relation to Kassel Jaeger's most recent GRM output, or a darker… Read more
Taut and crunchy tech-house minimalism from Berlin via Moscow and London. All four tracks, from the sub-heavy groove strafed with field recordings in 'Bruit Distinct, to the jazzier twists of 'Caractere Numineux' and the eleastic fonk of 'Faura' hint that Kjofol has a thing for prime period Villalobos, and, when it's done this well, that can't be a bad thing.
Ruffest techno-house thwack from a fella called Omar Contri aka Shinoby, backed with ruder remixes by M Gun and The Analogue Cops. 'Club Shock!' locks off a swinging industrial house rhythm with wicked tension between chaotic flux and rocksteady acid B-line; 'There R No Rules, Fear Is Unknown And Sleep Is Out Of' The Question' welds bruising kicks and rusty claps with distorted filter treatments for tha wallbangers. M Gun's remix of the former is shaken down with ruffneck Detroit sci-fi flex, and The Analogue Cops' take on the latter is much deeper, laced with brain-burrowing 303s and looping, hermannesque strings.
**Maudlin man, Amen Dunes presents the companion piece to 2014's critically acclaimed 'Love' LP. Includes a cover of Tim Buckley's 'Song to the Siren'. Edition of 1000** "Amen Dunes’ Love took close to a year and a half, 16 musicians, and five different studios to complete. It was a song cycle that required broad experimentation before it was clear what was essential underneath the surface. In that process, much of the sound that might have made it onto the album was lost. There was just too much to say for one record. Cowboy Worship is an attempt to give life to some of the music that did… Read more
Everybody's favourite indie-pop slacker gets real with a 24-track sweep of formerly unreleased demos. You might know some already: 1. Cooking Up Something Good 2. The Stars Keep On Calling My Name 3. Dreamin' Slow 4. Lonely Shredder 5. Robson Girl 6. Annie 7. Harrison Ford Escort 8. Sherrill 9. My Kind of Woman (Instrumental) 10. Dreamin' Fast 11. Goodbye Weekend 12. Salad Days 13. Ken the Wolf 14. Passing Out Pieces of Me 15. Organ Ronald Donkey Water 16. Let My Baby Stay 17. Pepperoni Playboy 18. Brother 19. Potato Boy 20. Go Easy 21. Horse Hot Wee Wee Water 22. Blue Boy 23. Sloopy Lau Lau 24. Avocado Andrew.
*Limited edition clear vinyl - includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* A gauzy suite of loping beats and etheric vocals heavily inspired by themes of memory in Chris Marker's film, 'San Soleil'. Features production from Laplace, Go Yama, Insightful, Galimatias.
A marriage made in a sick techno dream: Dave Foster aka Huren/Teste meets Orphx's Rich Oddie as Ontario Hospital (O/H). 'Future Ready' is one of the strongest Opal Tapes session in ages, pitting Foster and Oddie's hard bitten dancefloor credentials in a British Murder Boys-style mastication of EBM techno gristle and industrial electronics. The rabid title track comes off like CH-BB meets Skinny Puppy in dub, and 'Consumer Report' leans on a gothic industrial halfstep lacerated with yelps of "fxxking sh*tbag", or something to that effect. 'Perfect Skin' is even more miscreant, future pr… Read more
**Includes download code** "tētēma is a new duo project from Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, principal Zorn interpreter) and Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras (Thymolphthalein, Pivixki, Pateras/Baxter/Brown, Beta Erko). geocidal is audio caffeine injected direct into your eyeballs. Recorded across half the continents on the planet, this record investigates the murder of place. Do borders even matter any more? Should we even leave the house? Is there any specificity left in this generalized cesspool of culture? Or has the tidal wave of digitally-f… Read more
**Includes download code** "tētēma is a new duo project from Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, principal Zorn interpreter) and Australian composer/pianist Anthony Pateras (Thymolphthalein, Pivixki, Pateras/Baxter/Brown, Beta Erko). geocidal is audio caffeine injected direct into your eyeballs. Recorded across half the continents on the planet, this record investigates the murder of place. Do borders even matter any more? Should we even leave the house? Is there any specificity left in this generalized cesspool of culture? Or has the tidal wave of digitally… Read more