Thursday, 18 September
"Full-tilt with tunes, aggro riffs, feedback peals, stoned soul-searching, pop turnarounds and magisterial portraits of the go-nowhere lifestyle in abstract, ‘Weirdon’ is also a new-phase Purling Hiss album, using the songwriting and guitar style of Mike Polizze to come up with a quicksilver sound touched on only briefly on previous records. Replete with handclaps, pounding pianos, tambourines and vocal effects, but steeped in guitar roar, Purling Hiss streamlines up nicely, serving the new songs and directions of ‘Weirdon’ while still slamming down hard on your ears like they like to do. Simul… Read more
Belgium's acid freaks, WeMe got a killer haul of exclusive tracks from their extended family, inc. Ceppehax, Der Zyklus, DMX Krew, Leyland Kirby +++. Disc 1 introduces the mysterious Steve with a proper shot of Braindance, plus the salty rush of Ceephax's 'Seaside Mystery', some noisy electro from the Der Zyklus lab, and a halfstep slow/fast wriggle from DMX Krew called 'Complicated Feeling'. On the 2nd disc, Rephlexian associate MNLTH chimes in the lovely 'Neptune 44 16' and Stingray rocks the neck-snapping electro hydraulix of 'Behavoior Modification Implant' beside a sweet ambient number from… Read more
Monday, 15 September
**Ships Friday** **2LP. Printed inners. Embossed PVC jacket contain art insert** One of Techno's slipperiest operators presents his debut album statement in the subtle but lush structures of 'Suzi Ecto' for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth. Over the last four years the London-based musician has garnered the respect of everyone from PAN's Bill Kouligas to Ben UFO and Objekt, exemplifying his artistic versatility and aptitude for transcending cerebral and club dimensions. With 'Suzi Ecto' he opens a lucidly gorgeous space between the 'floor and our imagination, sweeping us thru eleven concisely… Read more
One of Bristol's most interesting artists returns with an ace, oddly organic 2nd album for Tri Angle. 'Punish Honey' cements Vessel's unique position in modern electronica, not least as the first artist bestowed the honour of a 2nd full length on Tri Angle, but also due to his kink for a queered, oxidised alloy of organic and electronic tone, texture and timbre. In it, he uses electro-acoustic/concrète techniques and process to embody a unique voice and character, rather than towards any academic purposes. Employing sheet metal as percussion and sawn-off bicycles as flutes, he arrives at a r… Read more
Brilliantly unexpected pop/house from Paul White, heralding his hugely promising album for R&S. Bolstered with a neat Andrés remix, 'Where You Gonna Go?' features White dicing with a more populist dancefloor sound to captivating effect. On the original he yokes signature palette of bright, tropical drums to a swinging 4/4 kick/bass and Jamie Woon's wounded/haunted soul vocals with the sorta class that should make this it a Radio 1 anthem. Similarly, 'Peace It Together' tempers his craftier beat skills in favour of plush, exotic instrumentation rent in gorgeous, electro-dubbed widescreen. On the remix, Andrés rolls some of his butteriest, soulful Detroit house.
Humid, post-D&B ecosystems from Fis, backed with killer Kassem Mosse and Oren Ambarchi remixes. The first release on Loopy, a new label administered Sam Strang, 'Speech Spirits' follows on from the 'Iterations' 12" with two cuts of unquantised riddmic roil, staggering from the bomber-streaked drunken-master styles of the title track to the plangent percussions and duppied atmospheres of 'Knecht' - not a million miles from his early ace, 'Love, Drama, Stress', only without the vocal. Remixing, Kassem Mosse returns to the spiky (machine?) drum palette of … Read more
Matthew Herbert turns out four lop-sided house grooves on 'Part Seven'. The EP ranges from percolating, wooden drums and breezy vocals of Hejira's Rahel in 'Bumps' to the hydraulic house swing of 'Suckers' on the A-side, to a tuff but quirky techno chug reminding of Wolfgang Voigt in 'Pretty Daddy', and daft, loopy funk on 'Get Strong'.
Keysound's most rooted unit return with a lean suite of broken beat and Afro-centric mutations on 'Islands'. Tied together with Josh Idehen's observant, poetic narration, 'Islands' follows the much-loved 'Routes' (2011) LP with a bright, spacious haul, flexing from wicked breakbeat and bass agitations to eerier ambient interludes. It feels constantly in flux between an omnipresent urban dread and moments of elation, tracing the underground/overground, hyper-capitalist/realist topologies and analogues of London town itself, from the deft bounce of 'New Pen' to lonely, solemn close of 'Is… Read more
Punch Drunk's 'Worth The Weight Vol.2: From The Edge' documents the 2nd wave of Bristolian bass mutations in the wake of dubstep's innovative eruption in the mid-late '00s. It does so thru the prism of Peverelist's ever-evolving yet rooted tastes, cannily reflective of - and influential upon - the contours of contemporary London and Berlin dancefloor trends. Yielding cuts from Kowton, Hodge, Tessela, Kahn, Andy Mac, Zhou, Bass Clef, Ekoplekz and Peverelist on CD for the first time, it covers a broad spectrum of styles within its niche, manifesting that Bristolian thi… Read more
20 years since completion of their foundational 12" series, Basic Channel present a full 14 minute version of 'Q-Loop' backed with first ever vinyl cuts of 'Q 1.2' and 'Mutism' - previously found on the 'BCD' (1995) and Scion's 'Arrange And Process Basic Channel Tracks' releases. Need we say any more?
Remastered (by Matt Colton) reissue of Juan Atkins' (and Marty Bonds') sought after ambient techno gem, originally released in 1992. 'The Passage' is a classic piece of Detroit breakbeat techno science flush with celestial synth arrangements and powerful electro/breakbeat techno torque buffed up for 2014 on the A-side. Flip it for the darker techno-pop drive of 'Mind Changes' and the midnight sci-fi mission, 'Vessels In Distress'.
Anjou is the beautifully enigmatic reunion of Labradford's Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Robert Donne with fellow Kranky star, percussionist Steven Hess. The result of four years writing and editing, it marks Donne and Nelson's first collaboration since Labradford's 'fixed:content' (2000) and the first meeting of Pan American's Nelson and Hess since 'Cloud Room, Glass Room' (2013). Now older, wiser, quieter, the trio offer a subtly involving, hazily detailed ambient suite gleaned from an intricate process of modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation. Essentially it takes the t… Read more
As promised, The Bug presents a heady sniff of his additional EP of material not used in 'Angels & Devils'. Following her appearance on album highlight 'Void', Liz Harris aka Grouper lends another ghostly vocal presence to the sublimated chamber dub silhouette of 'Black Wasp', working almost closer than ever as the spiritual twin to her namesake, Liz Fraser in the process. Strong stuff this.
Fist taste of Dean Blunt's keenly awaited 'Black Metal' album, his first for Rough Trade, following the critical success of 'The Redeemer'. Shoegazing ambient guitars and dry drum machine loop and lope underneath a male/female call & response dialogue in which Dean laments the loss of a girlfriend who won't take him back. Of course, being Blunt it's all mixed uncomfortably askew and ambiguously ethereal to keep you guessing for days.
SBTRKT leans back on the low slung gangsta roll of 'Higher'. Raury rides double-time and soulful over 21" rimmed Reese bassline and trap ticks, all kept suspenseful and heady with escalating gospel harmonies and some killer electronic tweaks in the final throes.
Gamelan-inspired techno trips from New York-based composer and sculptor Aaron Taylor Kuffner. As Zemi17 he presents two extended pieces composed entirely from the concrète sound of insects, birds, motors and urban noises spliced with metallophones and gongs, manifest in the mesmerising lug of 'Impressions', and the booming, chiming electro-step of 'Rangda'.
Lean, squelchy electro-funk and house strutters from Wrong Steps for Huntleys + Palmers. First up, 'Glam' glitters the 'floor with it's ruddy seed, shifting hips with in-the-pocket bassline and clipped drums wound tight to sharp organ chords. 'Rain' follows with moodier, filtered chords and percolating Afro drums trimmed for the dancers. Flipside, 'Yyam' plays it down with hazy keys and effortlessly infectious swing, leaving 'Gyms' to fade out to shimmering chrome notes and knotted disco groove.
"South Carolina-born and now Boston-based 20 year old Dylan Scheer is above all else mischievous in her negotiations with techno and house. Dizzy, dark but extremely funky, Via App’s “Dangerous Game” goes deep in the most manic and precarious of ways. As a visual artist interested in recontextualizing sounds that function to synthesize hype/excitement, “Dangerous Game” turns out a mixture of sludgey, textural techno and more paired back four-to-the-floor tracks that build off of traditional forms and flirt with outsider dance vibes for multi-layered zone of playful subversion. Jacked on n… Read more
Tracky house and sensuous, technoid boogie from Todd Osborn. Returning to Running Back after 'T-Rhythm Trax Volume 1', Ann Arbor's finest nods to Running Back's 'hood with the driving EBM momentum of 'Put Your Weight On It (Frankfurt Mix)', and a kinkier Chicago Mix that was recently picked by Erol Alkan for inclusion on his Fabric 77 mix. On a slower flex, 'Medium' brings some slickly hypnotic boogie swerve, and 'Market' makes nice with stellar Detroit house vibes.
**Excellent, Deranged avant-dance music from the Slip Discs co-founder. For fans of Micachu, Patten, G.O.D.** "SNAZ [SLP009] is the first in a series of deranged dancefloor studies by Tom Rose, for which he is adopting his TCR moniker. Bookended by two remixes of cuts from Micachu’s Meat Batch Mix with Kwake Bass and I’m Not Dancing EP with Tirzah are three TCR originals borne out of an admiration for the producer’s bludgeoning and eccentric dance music. On Leaves, Vixen and Peach, TCR contorts blunted beats into glitched, fuzzy complexity whilst remaining true to the music’s dancefloor functio… Read more
Detroit-styled electro-disco energy boost from Glasgow's Stephen Lopkin. Clearly schooled in the classics, Lopkin locks down a kinetic set of grooves ranging from the bristling shake and hi-tech soul of 'The Haggis Trap' to proper Transmat/Metroplex funk ecstasy in 'Catherine's Track' and 'Let's All Talk About Me' and the timeless vitality of 'Mugs Alley'.
**Debut LP of brooding neo-classical/noise composition built from deconstructed instrumentation fed thru computer software and analog hardware by Sophia Loizou. Mixed & mastered by Paul Jebanasam. Edition of 100 designed by Alex Digard. RIYL Roly Porter, Ben Frost, The Haxan Cloak**"Astro:Dynamics return with Sophia Loizou's debut album, and indeed debut release, in the form of Chrysalis. It is an exploration of conflict and balance. Using a unique set of sonic transformations, synthetic materials and archival recordings of life both natural and mechanised, the work depicts forms across … Read more
Gritty but well mannered electronica from the Erased Tapes stable. Rival Consoles in control over six tracks of fuzzily motorik groove with uplifting arrangements ranging from the kosmische flutters of 'Sonne' to the ruddy slug of '3 Chords', thru the noisier, sun-dazed elation of 'Helios', spindly spectral trance notes in 'Haunt', and lovely, chiming electronica on 'Think Tank', or at best in the free-moving geometries of 'Recovery'.
"Musikaliszer Pinkos is the Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas’ first recording issued through Slip Discs, under his REFUSENIK alias. Recorded on a Polyvox synthesiser salvaged from a local market in Vilnius, this substantial suit of analogue meditations sees the composer approach material sourced from a Hebrew music book of the same name, published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in Vilna (1927). Surpassing mere analogue fetishism, Bumšteinas’ album is grounded upon a delicate flow between performer, instrument and score, with the composers’ tactile approach daubing the original … Read more