Monday, 18 August
Ketev is the work of Berlin based Yair Elazar Glotman, here following up his well received debut Cassette on Opal Tapes with the full length 'Singular Stare'. Ketev's sound is one that you cannot help but give your whole self over to. There's a uniqueness in his mantra, he achieves an engrossingly lucid state within listening that is quite unlike anyone else currently working within the realm of damaged and mutated techno ambience. Ketev's music initially sounds as if it's purpose is to illicit fear within the listener, but once immersed within opener 'Remains as a burning coal' it's clear … Read more
Irresistible Tsonga Disco House from Penny Penny circa 1994, backed with equally infectious remixes. Now 20 years old, 'Dance Khomela' works the slinkiest SA take on the US garage-house phenomenon that was burning up everywhere from New Jersey to Newcastle at the time. Taken from the amazing 'Shaka Bundu' reissue, it's now backed with the brooding bass and uptempo shake of DJ Moruti's 'Milandu Bhe', plus the inimitably tucked syncopation of Tshepang "Rambo" Ramoba's 'Aye Papa Penny', and the Black People Msanzi's remix of Ntsako's 'Xirilo'. Lot of names most people won't know here, but trust us they're all outstanding! Big TIP!
Nerve-rattling electro and cyber-punk from Travis Galloway (Traag, All Gone Records) in Siobhan mode for Opal Tapes. The title of 'Southgate' refers to a nefarious area of his home city, Michigan, and signifies a broke, rusty industrial aesthetic that creeps under the skin like crack bugs in a Philip K Dick novel. The mood is harsh and unforgiving from the sludgy trudge of 'Del Ray '97' to the Mid-West electro-tech shudder of 'Rail Spit', cutting loose on neon-lit city street scenes like some leather-clad golem brought to life by 'Citrac'-era James Ferraro and Cleveland's James Donadio aka Pro… Read more
Second Storey - fka Al Tourettes - sets the scene for his upcoming debut album 'Double Divide' with the dense, fizzing techno of Shaman Champagne' and corresponding remixes by Perc and Aden. Like recent examples from Untold or Randomer, Second Storey boots UK techno into more wayward new shapes here, whereas Perc takes it right back to knuckle-dragging industrial pound and Aden gives it a kinky electroid boost.
Sigha's Our Circula Sound label racks up cat#002 featuring one original track, and remixes by Shifted and James Ruskin. 'The Politics Of Dying' is a solid DJ tool, structured rigid and unremitting for dark room actions. The Shifted remix smudges its sharp contours for a more dubbed, swinging groove, while James Ruskin subtly strafes closer to Regis' patented hydraulic flow with his optimised dystopian atmospheres and rolling bassline.
M=minimal presents a guided tour of their neatly formed catalogue via music from Borngräber & Strüver, Superconnection, Andreas Reihse, Denseland, and Ernestalbrecht Stiebler. Core to the Berlin since 2010, local duo Borngräber & Strüver make three appearances, Borngräber solo with the mannered downbeat keys of 'Tiem Teller', and in duo for the darker krautrock thrust of 'Reise' and the haunting swell of neo-classical strings and ghostly soprano swept up in 'Wellen'. Meanwhile, Superconnection rolls out the slow, pendulous momentum and overcast melancholy of 'S-Bahn', contrasting sharply with … Read more
Ghostly International's most emotional artist makes good with the shoe-gazing, euphoric electronica of 'Spectre', blessed with a tender, jazzy Bibio rework. The original is all heart-rending guitar chords and stadium-sized dance-rock thump, whereas Bibio's remix is dead sweet, reworking the chords on acoustic guitar with little reverse tape loops and Rhodes fills burnished with bird song and quiet, rustic drums.
DJ Q and DJ Haus pipe up with a 2nd set of 'floor burnin' garage-house swingers. On top deck they whisk up the champagne bubble and pan pipes of 'Str8 Jugglin' and the ruder rudder of 'Eros Dance'. Below deck they shake out the kinky swing of 'All Nite' and a DJ Q remix fired up with 'ardcore breaks and a West Yorkshire rudeboy stance.
Prins Thomas gets fruity with the opening tracks from Seahawks' 'Paradise Freaks' album. The Tim Burgess-starring 'Look At The Sun' is re-modelled as a sun-dazed, squelchy electro-disco burner in the Sweet Surprise Mix, and stripped to instrumental essentials on the dub. Better yet, Maria Minerva sits pretty in the lush, fleshly Full Spectrum mix and instrumental dub.
Rinse FM dance-pop from Roska. The sweet-toothed sensations of the soulful 'Crossed Wires' with Himal, and the hi-tech- funky burner 'Master Of Persuasion' with Rachel K. Collier are offset by the red-eyed gyrations of 'Superlemonhaze' and the rugged, stuttering swing of 'Right Here'. Fun for all the fam.
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!