Monday, 08 September
Slow-motion electronica drama from Monkeytown's new darling, Alex Banks, backed with darkside disco-tech remix by Âme's Frank Wiedemann. Lifted from Banks' 'Illuminate' album, 'A Matter Of Time' features Gazelle Twin's Elizabeth Bernholz drifting Beth Gibbons-like over a knackered techno chug and brooding organ swells, whereas the remix replaces her in starker contrast against virulent electro arpeggios and kinky darkwave EBM patterns with a slightly gothic appeal.
The cad from Cleveland, Ohio, James Donadio aka Prostitutes pimps out some of his kinkiest, crushing gear to date for Glasgow's Night School. Hard on the heels of his two 10"s for Mbira and the 'Petit Cochon' LP for Spectrum Spools, the 'Nouveauree' EP gets down with five fully-charged cuts of signature, analogue bass wallop and rhythmic repetition like the soundtrack to some sociopath's gym session. They're gagging for the 'floor, from the shuddering tribalism, 'Late To Take It Light' thru haughty, puckered techno throb of 'Hate's In The City', the desiccated pound of 'Dragged It Home To… Read more
**Reissue edition remastered by Rashad at Clunk** Infiné surpass themselves with this prime reissue of a sought-after late '70s synth masterpiece by French laser-harp pioneer, Bernard Szajner. 'Visions Of Dune' (1979) is Szajner's concept album influenced by Frank Herbert's cult sci-fi trilogy of 'Dune' books (it's *not* the OST for David Lynch's film adaptation). Taking cues from the trilogy's tangled web of epic power struggles, otherworldly witchcraft and dystopian sci-fi themes, it's every bit as dramatic, out-of-this-world as you'd hope for, an… Read more
Fully pumped ghetto-house and garage workout from Chris Finke as Bodyjack, backed da f*ck up with wicked DJ Haus remix. Given Finke's long term association with UK techno scene it's perhaps no surprise that the billowing bass and aggy groove of 'Brock Out' reminds of vintage Landstrumm and Cristian Vogel styles, whilst 'That's What She Said' runs a bouncing Chicago/London style reminding of Jerome Hill and the Uglyfunk lot. DJ Haus's remix is rudest of the pack, reworking the latter cut to a skippy, freaky old skool garage bang.
Mystic, meandering expressions of a yearning machine soul from the untouchably titled Philip K Glass Dick. Working in a weird wormhole somewhere betwixt Design A Wave, Hype Williams and M. Geddes Gengras, 'Gift of Love = Homies' orbits expansive proto-trance-techno zones in the clattering motorik epic 'Mass Raves', alongside the Coil-gone-minimal boogie vibes of 'Tastes Like Fennel' and richly detailed kosmiche psychedelia in 'Centuries of Black Iron' or the gorgeous pastoral wheeze of 'I-5'. PK Glass Dick explains his process behind the music: “In order to jam, one must … Read more
**Limited white wax with download code, with digital only Lakker Remix** My Panda Shall Fly & Mau'lin make for a handsome hook-up in the laidback, breezily abstract boogie grooves of 'Push', backed with bonus Lakker remix and track as digital download. Very much a product of its times, their combined sound smudges the contours of jazz, ambient, house, and electronica until they reveal a alluring new shade, in the process hiopefully relegating the word "eclectic" to toom 101 forever. It's a transient sound, defined by swirling harmonic and rhythmic mo… Read more
Spanish artiste, Belén Vidal aka Bflecha, ropes in some heavy remixers to overhaul tracks from her debut album, 'Beta'. Chicago's DJ Manny flips 'B33' as a lush. heat-seeking footwork bomb making seductive use of her Spanish language vocals; DJ Q recalibrates 'Mundo Bizarro' to a dainty 2-step bubble, chopping the killer vocal, Todd Edwards style; DJ Big O brings the B-More bounce to 'A Marte'; Hosoi hears 'B33' as a Jam City-esque hyperboogie pop prism. More, please.
Desiccated deep house and faded techno from Ottawa, Canada's Riohv on the industrious 1080p label. neatly slipping in line with the label's hazy aesthetic, 'Moondance' gives up nine grooves sashaying between the kind of fuzzy new age tones you'd find in a Mood Hut release, to more bittersweet acid boogie styles, impressionistic house scapes, and one slamming bit of warehouse techno boogie.
"You snuff dippers, tobacco chewers - when you get to heaven you won't have nowhere to spit". Following two trips to gaol, Death Is Not The End present a collection of Sister O.M. Terrell's gospel recordings from the 1940s & 1950s. Far as we can tell, this is the first ever compilation solely dedicated to the Sister's music.
Full spectrum Detroit grooves from Moodymann to DJ Stingray and Orlando Voorn, selected by a starring Vibes Record shop proprietor, Rick Wilhite. Part 2 of his 2nd volume covers a wider range than previously explored, from the frayed, sozzled wiggle of Moodymann's 'Momma' to the moody blue electro weight of Stingrayt's 'Temporary Bond' via Wilhite's own killah techno remix of Sean Tate's 'A Matter Of Honor' on the first plate; 2nd disc drives from the lakeside house cruise of TJ Dumas & Raybone Jones' 'Runnin 2 U' to the super-crafty time signature switches of Rick Wilhite &… Read more
Icy, open-aired alloy of trap and electronic minimalism from the latest singing to OPN's Software Recording Co. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Suicideyear's sound at once evokes and inverts elements of deep south rap instrumentals with a crisp, pointillist approach similar to his label-mate, Thug Entrancer, but with a more refined, southern elegance. 'Remembrance' is essentially trap on ice (no pun intended), trimmed down with crisp diction and rent with chamber-like harmonies for the gentleman gangsta and his girl.
"NYC post-punk outfit YOU. may have a heart that beats for Detroit (vocalist and founding member Trever Millay and synth/drum programmer Brad Taormina both hail from there), but the soul of their music stretches far beyond the Midwest. Sunchaser is their third record, and first for Dais, and also their first to feature their expanded lineup of guitarist Scott Kiernan and bassist Lee Lichtsinn. YOU.’s music up to this point has always pitted its more reflective elements against the austerity of electronics, not so much as to create a warm sound as to invite the listener in as respite from the cold… Read more
*Epic 59 track set of classic Acid killers compiled by Terry Farley* "As with “Acid Rain”, all tracks have been immaculately re-mastered and have never sounded better - containiong numerous tracks which have never been on compilations or available since their original release, including gems from Marshall Jefferson, Steve Poindexter, Ron Hardy, Master C&J, Bobby Konders, MK, Frankie Knuckles, Blake Baxter, Nitro Deluxe, Chip E and lots more.
*Comprehensive digital download compilation bringing together the hidden, lost and forgotten sounds of the North-West grunge era. All tracks have been remastered* "Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse, yet this community of outsiders produced the biggest band in the world in 1991. The unfores… Read more
**Edition of 250** Wayward mixture of Chicago house and darkwave disco from Twins for Glasgow's Clan Destine. Up top, 'Creepsick' comes off like Vindicatrix doing the Gherkin Jerk, and 'Deal With It' jams on with proper tracky Chi styles. Down below, 'No Comfort' sounds like a wavier Bodycode/Portable groove, and 'Peachtree Industrial' jacks off the kind of jagged groove you might expect to hear in one of Jamal Moss's Medusa Edits.
Tricky's back, flanked by a squadron of female vocal accomplices - Tirzah, Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Bella Gotti - plus a hook-up with Mykki Blanco and production from Blue Daisy. Whilst he still sounds vocally menacing and paranoid as ever, he still can't give up that thing for naughty rock guitars which really dates the whole thing. OK, there are moments of relief in the mercurial electro glyde of 'Nicotine Love' with Francesca Belmonte, in the dank boogie of 'Right Here' featuring Oh Land, and the pulsing trip hop slink of 'Something In The Way', but then those guitars reappear…
"The KVB's new six track EP is the culmination of a week long recording session at Anton Newcombe's studio in Berlin last autumn. They recruited the help of Joe Dilworth (Stereolab) to contribute live drums to the recordings, this was the first time the band have worked outside of their own studio set up at their home in South London. 'Out Of Body' is a further exploration of the bands interest in phenomenology, bodily immersion and consciousness. Introspective lyrics are suspended in dream like melodies, further expanding upon the duo's hypnotic aesthetic which they explore both sonically and visually on the record..."
Effortlessly fluid, effervescent deep house from the originator. The production is prime and the results should be irresistible to any swingers or late night rug cutters.
Roisin Murphy ropes in trusted remixers, JD Twitch ov Optimo, plus Daniele Baldelli & Marco Dionigi, to touch up her Italian pop confections from 'Mi Senti'. Glasgow's JD Twitch plays it cool with a swinging, shuffling take on 'In Sintesi' full of whirring trills and a yearning acid/Italo burn. Italian legend Daniele Baldelli and his studio buddy Marco Dionigi re-wire 'Ancora Tu' with signature cosmic suss, turning the vocal alien and dubbing up the groove.
**Scuzzy rock burners from NYC, with some intriguing detours into darker, ritualist headspace in 'Public Shrine' and the crushing stoner doom of 'First Wave Back'** "After a trifecta of mind-blowing junk-fi albums thick with an intrepid cocktail of revelatory, detuned guitar interplay and Noise music-influenced clatter, PC Worship, the nascent Brooklyn-based collective, is taking its staunchly DIY, experimentally-minded art-rock to the next level. Social Rust, PC Worship’s fourth LP to date and Northern Spy Records debut, may very well be the closest this innovative quartet, led by multi-… Read more
*First ever internationally released studio album by one of the all-time legends of Nigerian music, Orlando Julius, in a collaboration with London super-group The Heliocentrics* "At his club residency in Ibadan, Orlando Julius was one of the very first to begin fusing US R&B with traditional highlife during the mid-‘60s with his Modern Aces band. His ‘Super Afro Soul’ album from ’66 set the blueprint for a whole generation of Afrobeat and Afro funk stars and, in an illustrious career, Julius met and played with Louis Armstrong, The Crusaders, Hugh Masekela and … Read more
Contemplative, agile dubstep and techno hybrids from the Tempa ranks. 'Nomine's Chant' makes use of what sounds like Buddhist chant over sparse, booming 808s and resonant gong timbres. 'Ninjah' is a proper techy weapon flexing out with twutchy drums and snarling neuro licks. 'Syncopator' intrigues the most with a fine meld of bleep techno and UK/US garage at 123bpm.
Mass Prod has his house head on for the ReSolute label. Following his more abstract exploits with Herva for Kontra Musik, the 'Search Like Dat' EP is grounded in pure dancefloor moves in the bumpty Chicago-meets-Berlin swing of the title track, and the darkly driven 'Stagile'. Remixing, DeWalta whisks the title cut into a jazzy electro-tech swing.
Collecting ten exclusive Madlib beats/cues lifted from the soundtrack to Stones Throw's 'Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton' documentary. Prime 'lib in each instance, as concise and satisfying as anything from his Beat Konducta series, if not extra dope for the Stones Throw cause. Need to see dat DVD now…
France’s electronic duo M83 return with their second album, their first to be given a more overtly international push. Good timing, for its an adequately analogue collection of electronic pop songs mounted on a bed of fuzzy guitars and computerised vocals – hitting the zeitgeist with considerable aplomb. The tracks often contain a warm, almost romantic undercurrent, something which isnt often associated with music of this kind, and the soundscapeish scope of the composition, rather than the execution, hints at a deep love for My Bloody Valentine and their pioneering execution of electronic pioneering via acoustic means. Surprisingly moving.