Monday, 13 October
Klaves kicks off PMR's Beat Club with two lean London house shufflers. 'People' gets up with deep house keys and tight, scissoring drums for the shape-cutters; 'Oh No' simmers down on a slinkier swing with more infectious percussion.
**Vinyl edition of 500** Sound travels: Laurent Jeanneau returns us to the endangered minority cultures of South East Asia with the mesh of location recordings and electronics in 'Gongs', his follow-up to the haunting 'Voices' for Discrepant. Two extended sides develop his understandable fascination with the unique timbre of S.E. Asian Gong orchestras, revealing and contrasting their resonant acoustic tonalities and accompanying voices with a subtle patina of electronic processing and augmentation. The first piece uses an array of source material recorded in Laos and Cambodia to lure us into a d… Read more
"Formed in Austin in March 2013, Institute includes members of Wiccans, Glue, Blotter, Recide and more. Before they were even a proper band, singer Moses Brown had a couple of raw post-punk songs sitting on a four-track at his house. Once the lineup solidified, the band touched up one of those songs (“Dead Sea”) for a demo, then quickly wrote enough material to flesh out that demo (re-released on Deranged), a seven-inch (on Katorga Works), and now their debut EP for Sacred Bones. The Salt EP is as sharp as the band’s earlier work but suggests longer, more experimental forms (“An Absence”) and … Read more
Pumping four-track session from L.I.E.S. cadet, Gunnar Haslam, for Delsin. Freeform house music in four parts, rolling from the spare, corrugated groove and icy, awning atmospheres of 'Corridor Metaphysics' to grittier techno-house roil in 'Ataxia No Logos', and over thru the dub-smudged jazzy breakbeat twist and aerial drones of 'Dunsinane Hill' to a pumping dub techno motor, 'Discrete Markov Dub'. Crucially, it's all got that right balance of fizzing grit and weight where it matters.
Adam Marshall & Christian Anderson's Graze run a mutant breakbeat and techno sound on New Kanada. 'Coax' is a case of chuck it all in and see what happens - making winks to darkwave synth music, breakbeat rave and electro but never quite hitting any of them. 'Thundare' is better, finding its groove in rugged, swinging techno with an icy finish.
Techy, percussive reworks of Barcelona's Downliners Sekt. There's straight-playing techno from Blondes; sulky, schizoid filter treatments from Patten; a swraming breakbeat fracture from Italy's Chevel; a rugged techno deviation by Monomood; submerged electronic dramatics from The Wanderer.
Divided finds a fine balance of atmospheric space and gritty heft in 'Moment (Historical)' for London's Resin label. 'Eigen' leans twards the dry, scuffed sound favoured by Blawan or Shifted, but with a percolating funk of its own; 'Eventide' is craftier, rolling with trim breakbeats and eerie spectral dubbing; 'Dawn' perfects that contrast of agitated techno groove and open space reminding of certain 2562/AMUS pieces; 'First Light' rolls out into darker industrial techno zones a la Milton Bradley or Dasha Rush.
David Holmes presents his sombre soundtrack to '71, a new feature film by Yann Demange set at the height of the troubles in Northern ireland. Following discussions with the director, Holmes wrote the entire soundtrack - presented here as a seamless 30 minute suite - before a single scene had been shot, preferring to draw upon his own experience of life in Belfast and follow the precedents of Ennio Morricone and Sergio Leone, who also worked with a similar method of writing the music before shooting. The mood is almost painfully tense and overcast throughout, making nods to J… Read more
William Bennett reloads his battery of djembes, doundouns, ksing-ksing and synths for an outstanding 2nd album under the Cut Hands coat of arms. Unless you've entered your nuclear bunker way ahead of schedule, you can't fail to have noticed the clamour of attention around this project - from the delirious voodoo of 'Afro Noise I' to the incredibly compelling live-shows - and, if you're owt like us, you've probably played the records to death; so we'd imagine this album is already at the top of your wishlist. We can report that there are no major changes to the setup, but there is more atte… Read more
Surely one of the most celebrated, provocative electronic projects of recent years, beloved of everyone from The Wire to Blackest Ever Black/Fact Mag's Kiran Sande and far beyond. Whitehouse's William Bennett indulges his passion for Congolese and Ghanaian percussion on a brilliant debut as Cut Hands. 'Afro Noise' is (surprisingly) relatively short on Noise, but heavy on the African rhythms which form the core of the majority of tracks. The drums are largely suffused and rendered with spacious, industrial-sounding reverbs but played with a polyrhythmic, African/Voodoo sleight of groove whic… Read more
Slickest jazz-fusion from Boxcutter mixing lush electronics, slow/fast rhythms and radiant instrumental arrangements. It's a sterling return to the jazz-wise textures and dexterity of his first coupla albums, 'Glyph' and 'Oneiric', recapturing that sense of celestial soul with the wide-open arrangement and dusted drumfunk syncopations of 'Retina Grains', and again with the nimble knit of sweeping Eastern strings, percolating Footwork funk and plangent electronic sound sphere of 'Travel By Dragonfly'. RIYL Lone, FaltyDL, FlyLo.
Ash International present a 23 minute live recording of BJNilsen performing at Hackney's Arcola Theatre earlier in 2014. As with Nilsen's excellent cassette for Bomb Shop's Fuse Editions series, the piece takes shape as an impressionistic perspective on urban sound ecologies, collaging sirens, bird sound, human traffic and mechanical drones into a tense, slow moving sound-scape littered with incremental detail constantly enticing the ear to explore new tangents before new sources hover into view, feeding into and out of the swelling, near oppressive drone mass.
'Golden Circle Afternoon' is the trippy, fractured travelogue of a European tour undertaken by Argentinian avant-guitarist Anla Courtis and sound artists, BJNilsen & Stilluppsteypa. It's a dense and often frightening session, condensing some months of field recordings and transitional concepts into a heavy moving mass of drones, acousmatic sound sources and noisy flux, as though hearing their lives played in fast-forward and super slow, almost as you'd imagine the sense-scrambling experience of extended touring to be. To be honest I couldn't really sp… Read more
'Fountain Transmitter Medications' is a timely reminder of Neil Campbell's utter psychedelic brilliance and enduring relevance. Still operating way out on his own, this album is the first we've heard of him for some time, and lands on the mind with a potent energy. There's over 100 minutes of completely freeform expression, ripping us through a series of spangled vortices from the lysergic chuggernaut, 'Infinity Thug' and frothing brain-scramble of 'Diamonds in the Deich' thru a series of 'Squeegee Anthems' culminating with the jaw-dropping vision of #3 which … Read more
Thursday, 09 October
**Gatefold 2LP pressing of this killer set from Alberich, edition of 700** Hospital Productions present a redacted version of Alberich's indomitable, spirit-crushing opus, 'NATO-Uniformen', cut from 30 tracks in the original 8 x cassette box (limited to 50 copies), to 19 tracks on this version, edited for the Trans Industrial Assembly in 2014 NYC. Originally deployed in 2010, its bombed-out lustre has only grown more alluring in the time since, becoming a firm favourite of everyone from Blackest Ever Black's Kiran Sande to Endangered Species' Vereker and ourselves, at … Read more
*Andy Votel, Sean Demdike and Suzanne Ciani deploy the second in a proposed trilogy of limited vinyl excursions documenting sessions carried out in different configurations and locations last year. Edition of 500 copies, artwork by Andy Votel and Andy Rushton* Once again mining a rich source of archival material, tape works and improvised recordings, Andy Votel’s Neotantrik tap deep into the subconscious with a highly visual trip into the furthest reaches of psychedelic ambience. Following on from ‘Blue Amiga’ that came and went in a flash last month, ‘Omnichrom’ is a more brooding, studied aff… Read more
Eagerly anticipated reissue of an Ethio jazz-and-funk cornerstone from keyboard whizz Hailu Mergia on Awesome Tapes From Africa. Unlike the last time, when we heard him solo on 'Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument', here on the highly sought-after 'Tche Belew', he's backed by The Walias, one of Ethiopia's crack units, who're perhaps best known for collaborating with Mulatu Astatke and backing for star Éthiopiques singer, Ahmed Mahmoud. The legendary Astatke also appears on this one, but Hailu is arguably the star of the show, sitting front and centre with silky smooth organ chop… Read more
**Gatefold 2LP with free download included** William Bennett and Blackest Ever Black light the fuse on a delirious 3rd album from Cut Hands. Recorded from 2012-2014 in Edinburgh and London, 'Festival Of The Dead' finds a place for the explosive energy and drama of ancient percussive ritual in an accelerated modern world. Named and released to coincide with harvest or autumnal customs across the world, it's both a harbinger of darker, winter times and a commemoration of shared ancestry and traditions common to many cultures across the world - All Saints Day, Samhain, Feast of Ancestors… Read more
**Blue & Yellow swirl coloured Vinyl. 2nd in Death Waltz's 'Originals' series - the score to Berberian Sound Studio's film-within-a-film** Nurse WIth Wound's Andrew Liles serves a sh*t-the-bed rework of the score to Berberian Sound Studio's Giallo inception, 'The Equestrian Vortex'. Spinning the tale of "a coven of witches presiding under a riding academy" into his own demented yarn, Liles adapts the score to create a miasmic trip into the unconscious, soundtracked by the petrified screams and unheimlich incantations of Giallo actresses Silvia, Claudia, and Elisa. Quite honestly, … Read more
NYC's Margaret Chardiet aka Pharmakon churns her guts out in this bloodied follow-up to her acclaimed album debut, 'Abandon' (2013). Four days before she was supposed to fly to Europe, touring in support of 'Abandon', Margaret had a medical emergency which resulted in major surgery and the loss of an organ. 'Bestial Burden' was realised during this time, written and fleshed-out whilst she came to terms with the situation; "I thought of my corporeal body anthropomorphically, with a will or intent of its own, outside of my will's control, and seeking to sabotage. I began to explore the idea o… Read more
'Tomorrow Was the Golden Age' is an unmistakably gorgeous and refreshing suite of microtonal minimalist composition by New York-based ensemble, Bing & Ruth. Helmed by writer, conductor and lead pianist, David Moore, and supported by two upright bassists, two clarinetists, a cellist and a tape delay tech, Bing & Ruth genuinely sweep us off somewhere sublime without recourse to overblown conceit or cliche - something all too prevalent and cloying in today's neo-classical quarters. Their skill lies in the ability to drift, almost imperceptibly, between microtonal harmonies and sile… Read more