Monday, 23 February
DJ Deep on a rumpy psychedelic house tip for L.I.E.S. Following the dictum, free your ass and thy mind shall follow, he lays down robust , driving jack tracks layered up with expressive sequencer licks for subtly mind-bending effect in the club, swirling up sweeping arpeggios over the pendulous toms and claps of 'Chantage', before getting gritty and psy-trancey with the wormy 'Brainiac' and the mesmerising weave of 'B Is Naggin'.
Bristolian ghetto-bass bouncer with PC Music-style deadpan gynoid pop vocal repeating "Gold Teeth and Lemon Haze". It works.
Randomer does his dope tribalized percussive thing on L.I.E.S. On the A-side he cuts loose with the clipped Afro drum cadence and druggy wheeze of 'Residents' besides the tunnelling motorik clatter of 'Jakobs Dream'. Better by far, the super rugged Gesloten Cirkel electro styles of 'Huh' on the B-side bends where it matters for the dancers.
Prostitutes tests his techno mettle on the 2nd part of his series for Avian's sister label, Mira. It's really all about the A-side on this one. 'An Enormous Door' ranks among the best we've heard from him, cutting a solid groove of rocking industrial techno freaked out with a mesmerising vocal stab, whilst 'Bomb Splinters' feels like his take on Dance Mania, running percolated, dried out drums and industrial clanks. Flipside is cool, but maybe not as useful, swaggering with claggy kicks and piercing hi-end frequencies on 'Smouldering Wilderness' beside the dubbed out roll of ' Rigid Pathetic Heaps'.
Prostitutes proceeds his Diagonal EP with another salvo of grotty, throbbing machine music for the Avian-affiliated Mira imprint. Blessed with one of the best titles of recent times, 'Truncheon Cadence (Part One)' hems close to that stoically purist sound James Donadio has established with his self-released LP and issues for Opal Tapes and Digitalis over the last couple of years. It includes some of his strongest club tracks in the rolling industrial thump of 'Led Up Garden Paths' and the dubbed-out techno skanker 'Odd Dog End', but our favourites have to be the skudged, g… Read more
"Vancouver producer Patrick Holland aka Project Pablo’s house music goes breezy and back to basics on his debut full length and first release since moving to Montreal this Fall. “I Want To Believe” is a blue-tinged walk through Little Italy; chunky disco and hybrid house inspired by ultra-real types of smoothness like George Benson, Sade or Steely Dan (“Aja”, that is) and relocating perceivably dated cafe-culture styles of groove-focused house into a newly sincere context. Project Pablo’s bright and deep slant on easy-listening is built on sturdy but loose percussion, heavy bass … Read more
NDW legend Holger Hiller sifts out a selection of dusty, wayward wave gems from the obscure early '80s Berlin archive of Wolfgang Seidel aka Populäre Mechanik. Rooted in the Zodiak Arts Club aesthetics of freedom and exploration, and prompted by the punk movement, Populäre Mechanik was coined as a vehicle to combine various strands of musical thought, from Devo-esque art-rock to jazz-wise detours and skinny dubs fracked with traces of slick yacht rock and exotica. RIYL K. Leimer, Felix Kubin, Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza.
“The Cliff” is a new vocal driven EP from Chicago’s esteemed quartet Pelican. The four track EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their fourteen year career, vocals. Allen Epley (Shiner, The Life and Times) once again returns to the band’s fold to transform, in a complementary manner, the concept and overall outcome of what we have come to know as Pelican. No cheap juxtaposition, Epley’s seasoned voice is as broad and astonishingly capable on “The Cliff” as the members behind the mu… Read more
Early '90s-styled ambient/acid house from Italian producer Pearl River Sound. Classy stuff harking back to early Warp and Rephlex styles, with highlights in the melancholy, floating AI sentiments of 'La Mia Citta Di Notte', with the Plastikman-alike acid of 'Ecid', and the low slung, blue groove of 'The Window'.
Featuring pieces from The Proposition, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and the forthcoming soundtrack to The Road, White Lunar's first disc serves as a showreel of the Bad Seeds artists' work for film. While you may already be familiar with the first two scores, the newer compositions from The Road prove themselves to be at least the equal of the duo's prior creative successes, calling on a similarly melancholy sound-set that grounds itself in achingly good piano and string compositions, swelling up to embrace full orchestration when necessary. The… Read more
With a work rate to rival Hans Sachs, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have produced a truly prodigious quantity of material in their 21 year recording career, a fact that is highlighted by this huge, 3CD boxed collection of B-sides and rarities. Spanning everything from the obligatory BBC sessions through to limited edition B-sides and previously unreleased studio material, this career straddling cross-section will act as a treasure trove to signed up members of the Cave fan club, yet will be just as accessible to those for whom the Bad Seeds have always been a periphera… Read more
London's Moiré drops the scuffed-up rug-cutter, 'Theme' an offcut from of his debut album, 'Shelter'. It feels like three tracks playing at once, in synch, with a finely-mixed tangle of gritty drums and swirling chords comparable with some imagined blend of Mark Ernestus, Actress and Kassem Mosse. Honestly, suck it and see…
Mattheis Verschuure takes a debut flight on Not Waving's Ecstatic label with a suite of shimmering kosmiche techno. 'Luminous Frames' expands on his work for the Nous'Klaer label with five sensitive arrangements of soaring arpeggios and pads powered by sleek analogue bass pulses. Pye Corner Audio fans will find much to love in the expansive, narcotic chugger, 'A State of Suspended Animation' and the effervescent likes of 'Four Dimensional Echoes' or 'Light Cones Reversed', and equally, fans of Carl Craig's 'Landcruising' need to take the strobing pulses and progressive arrangements of '… Read more
Jack Dixon shares the latest on White Asega label with Kodiak, backed by Bambounou and Troy Gunner reworks. The Kodiak track is dope, cutting loose with a wild and grimy techno funk number 'Taargus' detailed with Classical Curves-style production. Bambounou does a smart job with a slinkier, sub-heavy remix reduction, followed by Jack Dixon's bouncing Afro-techno-funk bomb 'New Curtains' and Troy Gunner's respective remix cut-up.
Hard-bodied electro-techno-breaks by the Convex one for BNR Trax. Includes a big highlight in the Nitzer Ebb-styled juggernaut, 'Anger Levels'.
Nico Jaar's unpredictable Other People label presents the overcast chamber atmospheres of John Bence's debut, 'Disquiet'. Part 1 opens with baroque vocal harmonies, giving way to discordant strings and guttural, bowed cello coming off like Ghedalia Tazartes meets Julianna Barwick. Part 2 opens up a more widescreen arrangement of precipitous strings and sweeping vocal harmony with some gorgeous phasing effects. Part 3 feels like a condensed Arvo Pärt piece.
Muscular modular techno workouts from the French wave survivors for Jealous God - the label operated by Regis, Silent Servant and James Ruskin. It's a wicked survey of In Aeternam Vale's recent studio output - as opposed to Minimal Wave's archival finds - presenting a powerful industrial hip hop rhythm galvanised with acrid noise on the A-side, whereas the B-side pumps up two serious techno grooves with the frictionless 4/4 ballistics of '62,54hz', and the uncompromising old skool Sähkö styles of '808TS' showing the yung 'uns how it's done. RIYL Pan Sonic, Kim Rapatti.
Extra-wide techno sound designs by Dylan Richards aka House of Black Lanterns, with a superb Mosca remix. Arriving two years since 'Kill The Lights', HoBL presents a sleazy, noirish jack-attack in three parts - the oily, slow-mo groove control of 'The Smack'; the drippin' darkroom techno momentum of 'Grey Leather Glass'; a writhing deep house mutant named '8 Million Stories'. For our money though, Mosca's Dread At Controls Version of 'The Smack' is better yet, finding him working deeper into that updated M-Series sound with extra traces of Metalheadz '95 atmospheres and killer spring reverb slaps.
'Hail Of Arrows' is an audacious new synth project from NYC's Gavin Russom - one of his best since 'The Days Of Mars' for DFA. Taking inspiration from the Falcons which resettled in his Uptown Manhattan locale, coupled with nods to J.G. Ballard and P.K. Dick, Russom spins out the imagined soundtrack to a four-part odyssey where the birds reclaim Upper Manhattan, creating a civilization in the leftover buildings and landscape. Perfect for the tape format, such a wide scope allows bags of time for him to explore every integer of his pulsing machines. We're talking obsessional levels … Read more
"Gunnar Haslam returns to LIES for his second album, Mirrors and Copulation. Following a slew of 12" releases this year, Gunnar delves deep into his darkest palettes for a return to his patient, haunted soundscapes that shrouded his debut LP, Mimesiak. Across eight tracks of ambient techno both brooding and tumultuous, Haslam unravels a narrative on overpopulation and its potential environmental ramifications inspired by the Borges quote the album title references. "Meter By Me, Sybil" cascades arpeggios through a thick fog that never leaves Mirrors. "Ajapajapam Version" cut… Read more
Ace free-styling house trips from L.I.E.S.' man in Germany. Opener 'This Society' invokes blackest atmospheres with a choral intro before launching into a jagged, booming jakk assault on the 'floor, while 'Resistors' deploys ruff-cut samples stabbed to a sleazy, slow buck. Best of all is 'Reach Another System', which juggles prodding electro and techno rhythms with darker Detroit signatures to sound like the mad diary of Carl Craig, replete with a discordant keyboard freakout in the closing minutes.
Sigha debuts as Faugust with a dramatically moody batch of trax referencing drone, synthwave and shoegaze for Shifted's Mira label. The motorik throbs of opener and closer 'Penitence' and 'Against The Sea' are the closest you'll find to Sigha's techno ouput, but disambiguated thru majestic synth arrangements nodding to MBV as much as late '90s Autechre, whilst 'A New You' convects wide, gloaming synth chords in vaulted sepulchral space and 'Persuasion' pelts agitated machine sputter in a swarming, soaring darkwave drill. It all feels much more personal than his stoically functional t… Read more
"Portland, Oregon’s sonic explorers Eternal Tapestry have always had a feeling of interplay between their impressionistic music and the dense forests that surround their hometown, but on their newest album, Wild Strawberries, they take that naturalistic inspiration to a new level. Wild Strawberries is a massive double album, which was recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR. The Zigzag River flowed nearby, and the group spent time between takes learning about the area’s floral make up and relaxing under the stars. This idealistic lifestyle, ho… Read more
**Excellent debut of compellingly visceral new composition by Greek composer for ace new imprint, Holotype Editions. RIYL Reinhold Friedl or Iancu Dumitrescu** "[herewith] is Danae Stefanou’s first full-length solo piano release. The album centers around the tactile exploration of the piano interior as a sonorous surface, and as a resonant chamber. The resultant eight tracks, at times sharp and abrasive, at others densely immersive, aim to convey a physical sense of listening to the piano “from the inside”, rather than upkeeping the convention of appreciating the performance “from a dis… Read more
A touch of reel house class from Willie Burns as Daywalker and Entro Senestre aka C.F. on the mighty L.I.E.S. It's all about the deeply romantic A-side, 'Supersonic Transport', with its sweeping, tiered synth layers and effortless swing jack momentum, but the B-side is none-too-shabby either, with the introspective ambience, purring groove and sampled monologue of 'Bulldog Named Carl', and a slow-mo celestial arpeggios of the closing 'Untitled' cut.
"Gliss Riffer marks new territory for Deacon who, following up on the release of his large ensemble-based recordings - 2009’s Bromst and 2012’s America - decided to return to a simpler way of writing and recording, similar to that of 2007’s Spiderman of the Rings, which has resulted in this self-produced album. Despite being predominately electronic, Gliss Riffer’s sonic palette is informed by his post-Spiderman of the Rings material. The Disklavier, a MIDI-fed player piano first heard on Bromst, is present here. Cross-rhythms suggestive of America’s orchestral songs and Deacon’s art mus… Read more
Avian Records' Mira sibling presents Shifted's new project, Covered In Sand. Originally featured on the 7" accompanying the Heaven's Gate Suicides 10 inch, these two tracks expose his taste for heart-rending ambient melancholy in a lineage stretching thru Autechre, Trent Reznor and Prurient.