Monday, 21 April
Man-machine Mike Dehnert deposits a sturdy second album for Delsin - his tenth since a 2007 debut on Fachwerk. Nine tracks, including interludes, cover a spectrum of late night house and techno styles in Mike's closely defined style, taking in shades of ghetto house, Berlin techno, New York swing and industrial strength rollers. Mastered by Neele.
Belgium's idiosyncratic Vlek label ventures further out with their first release of 2014; a potent suite of hypnagogic drones and keening, bittersweet ambient dissonance by Brussels-based Aymeric de Tapol. It's a welcome introduction to a new artist, for us at least, who's been releasing music since 2005. Over six tracks he calmly unfolds a personalised sound world taking in ghostly minimalism on 'Future Flute', and wistful folk-drone maybe best compared with Natural Snow Buildings in 'Lumiere D'hotel', whilst 'Soleil Levant' is a bolder construction of billowing, vaulted ambient ha… Read more
Part of NYC's weird new club outgrowth, Max McFerren has shared warehouse-party bills with the likes of Gobby, Physical Therapy and Slava, and here's a chance to hear what he's all about, courtesy of the forward-thinking mutants at 1080p. Club Amniotics leans a bit more towards the ambient side, offering a quietly intriguing mix of playful, light grooves that bounces between straight house, techno and hip-hop nuggets wrapped in mad sample-based hooks and chill syncopations. Evoking D'Eon and some of those NYC cats but finding his own spot to play in, McFerren's drum machine, smooth vocal… Read more
Blondes return with a well-picked remix selection featuring Claro Intelecto, Function, Huerco S. and Simian Mobile Disco.
Diffuse dancefloor workouts from Stray taking smooth D&B, Footwork jungle, Hip Hop and electronic soul music in his stride. 'Award Tour' rolls out with a nimble, sparring Footwork D&B flex, and 'Eazy Boy' leans in with a dope halfstep/Hip Hop rhythm galvanised by darkside synthline and helium vocal. 'Chatterbox' is our percy, chopping tightest drum breaks, sirens and accelerated vocals in a twitchy Footwork structure, then there's the dusty, pitching chords of 'Fragile' coming off like OPN dicing with slow/fast on an album interlude.
Fade To Mind flounce back to the 'floor following Kelela's 'Cut 4 Me' mixtape with two ballroom bangers by Mike Q and DJ Sliink. Up top they juggle a choppy Miss Jay vocal into staccato stabs on a strobing, acidic synthline and all-important kick/clap syncopation to technoid, haughty effect. Downtown, 'Werk'd It' blazes a trail to the centre of the 'floor with tightly edited, almost minimalist drums and stabs laced with "pussy" and "work it" stabs to drive 'em wild. Use with caution.
For the 1st time, sibling labels Night Slugs and Fade 2 Mind join forces to present a reissue of DAT Oven's darkside tribal banger 'Icy Lake' (1998), backed with killer re-swerves by Total Freedom, L-Vis, and DJ Rashad & NA. The original was recently rediscovered by Fade 2 Mind's LA captain Total Freedom and could hardly be a better fit for current dancefloor aesthetics with its uncannily Eski-ish hook, welting drums and tracky Chicago stabs. Also factor in that plain weird answer phone message motif and you've got a straight ace, whatever the weather. Remixing, Night Slug L-Vis 1990 knocks the… Read more
Jan Jelinek's Faitiche label presents a new album and, at the same time, a well-known name: Farben presents James DIN A4. In the summer of 2013 Farben (Jan Jelinek) remixed his way through the extensive oeuvre of the sample and collage artist James DIN A4 (Dennis Busch) – and gathered ten of his favorite titles here.
The hottest gang in Glasgow bang the disco-not-disco drum on a killer 3rd 12" for Optimo Music. A potent brew steeped in cosmic, no wave and industrial disco skools, this is the leanest and most infectious set of Green Door Studio recordings to date from Cassie Ojay, Laurie Pitt, Oliver Pitt, and Richard McMaster aka Golden Teacher. The taut, bristling machine funk of their masterfully controlled A-side 'Love' comes off like Liasons Dangereuses meets Factory Floor in a Chicago darkroom, whereas they sound like LCD Soundsystem's badder, buckie'd-up cousins on 'Party People' and 'S… Read more
"With Dauwd, one of UK's most promising talents joins the Kompakt fold. After remixing Coma's 'My Orbit' last year, the London-based producer continues to move into new musical territory with the Kindlinn, a lushly orchestrated journey drawing on infectious rhythms and epic melodies. Three colourful cuts see him moving further away from the UK sound he's originally become known for and reinventing himself as a virtuoso of propelling house and romantic techno."
**Redux version with killer bonus cuts - including three previously unreleased tracks** This has to be one of the strongest and strangest juke full-lengths yet to emerge from Chicago, with an austerely psychedelic undertow to its hi-octane ghetto bounce. The darkest, sparsest jams are the first to grab your attention: 'Burn Dat Boy' and 'Horns' are on a choppy grime tip, the latter packing darkside string stabs that remind us of Cooly G's 'Narst'. 'Torture Rack' is brutal and brilliant, beat-'em-up vocal snippets and stanked-out, dissonant synths stretched to breaking point acros… Read more
Squashed house and idiosyncratic electronica from Brit-in-Melbourne and RBMA graduate, Andy Donnelly aka Kloke for Brooklyn's Styles Upon Styles. 'Sea Levels' comes across like a hazy recollection of urban UK dancefloor styles and IDM recounted thru a skunk-addled mind, bumping between washed-out jazz-house on 'Deep City' to the BoC-like reverie 'Mayfield' and the blunted 2-step of 'Ritual' to the radar-evading, arpeggiated techno shunt of 'Room With A View' and an Actress/Zomby-like bag of writhing paranoia in 'Unlearning'. Canny moves.
Sublimely hypnotic house from SUED character SVN and Gothenburg's Porn Sword Tobacco. It's a masterclass of locked-in and reduced house music, pairing supple bass pulses with gorgeous Badalamenti-style chords on the A-side and remerging flipside with a more kinetic, dubwise acid groover.
**Includes bonus track 'Virgo Cluster (The Beat Broker Remix)'** ""Virgo Cluster" by Jonas Reinhardt fuses elements of cosmic disco and krautrock into a live transcendental package, with amazing guitar work by Phil Manley (Trans Am/Life Coach), and a bonus remix by the Beat Broker (digital only). "Seven Miles Down" from London's Timothy J. Fairplay (The Asphodells) is a testament to Zombie Horror Cinema, featuring a pulsing dub-house beat that dives into cavernous sonic territory. "Guave" by PLAzA is a playful dancefloor workout, that evokes a slow acidic line and classic Chicago h… Read more
Huntleys + Palmers supplement the Latin-flavoured club sounds of Auntie Flo and Alejandro Paz with this tasty tune from Carolina Paz of Santiago, Chile. Classic 80s dance-pop sounds bring out its decent hook, and a remix from South American house star Ana Helder seals the deal with technical prowess and creativity.
Sub-100bpm cosmic disco drug chug from Southern Italy via Glasgow with love. Michele Mininni's debut release yields four buoyant electronic grooves distilling elements of kraut, post rock, new wave and disco with a romantic vision of the dancefloor. 'Tupelo Love' is a sub 100bpm cosmic trancer while Telekomdisko raises the tempo and heads off into sun drenched space territory. The EP is completed by Michele's fellow countrymen, Boot & Tax's great acid inflected remix of 'Tupolev Love'.
"Christian Löffler is co-founder of Ki Records and well known for his intense, deep moving sound with melancholic undertones. After several releases for Ki and Orphanear, the imprint of Dial’s co-founder Pawel, his debut ‘A Forest’ is now being released through Ki."
Sinogrime badman of the moment Murlo remixes the top tune from TRC's recent Come Bring It / You & Me 12" with deliciously cutting-edge results. With only percussion and spare use of odd synth timbres veiled in close reverb needed to accompany Ruth's pristine vocal, it's both a great melodic track and a fresh bit of sound design.
he Exaltics make a successful maiden voyage on Clone's West Coast Series with the introspective electro dramas of 'Some Other Place Vol.1'. Six tracks showcase the German producer's most spaced-out, cinematic tastes, from the widescreen intro thru two furtive, uptempo electro missions on the A-side to a suite of warm, alien-exotic synth themes nodding to classic library sounds, Heinrich Mueller and sci-fi soundtracks on the B-side. One for the night watchmen.
**Includes bonus track 'Ghost Note'** Murky dubstep/garage/grime hybrids from Promise One on the revived OpenEarz Recordings. Sparkz vocals the El-B-styled dark garage swagger of 'See We Roll' on top; Promise One links with Innamind player Geode on a jazzier, techy 2-step move titled 'Chroma' for the flipside.
Wicked Bass follow aces from Innershades, Parris Mitchell and Huerco S with four diverse trax ranging from hazy techno to deviant disco by PhOtOmachine. A-side kicks up the swaggering techno rolige of 'Black Motorcycle' and the heads-down, metallic thump of 'Good News Bad Dope', whilst flipside switches tack to coked-up electro-boogie swing with 'Zapp (Fantasy Version)' and the Thriller-style boogie edit of 'Special Luv' with a its seriously ear-worming vocal loop.
Italy's excellent Mannequin Records charge up two electrifying coldwave/EBM studio demos by Musumeci recorded 1985, and now backed with a must-have Traxx edit of 'Tag Für Tag'. The demos take no prisoners, bowling between deranged yelps galvanised by lip-bitingly hard and brittle machine groove to a spikier, more melodic variant sparked with barking vox and fizzing electro-stepper pulses. Ask us though, we'll tell you Traxx's edit is the one; a driving EBM number shackled to toiling kick and detuned, sour synth motif prone to wickedly slip in-and-out of time. Tip!
Subeena Plamenova aka Alis turns out two techno trax for Fifth Wall backed with Ital and Matrixxman remixes. 'Apache' skanks and swings on an airborne techno coda buoyed by plush synth arrangement and restless percussion beside the firmly grounded acid attack of 'Modus'. On the flip, Ital turns 'Apache' inside out with a delirious flux of delays and warehouse reverbs and Matrixxman licks up the same cut with raging power surge mentasms and kinky drums.
"The Peninsula’s finest purveyors of everything bass-related are back for the fourth installment of the Tax Haven EP series, featuring cuts from Geiom, Noaipre, Pacheko and Klipar. Berkane Sol label founder Geiom showcases the unpredictability that led him to sign with diverse labels such as Planet Mu, Frisfjo Beats and Skam as he gets things started on a percussive mood with 'I Don’t', a subterranean voyage through deconstructed breaks, bouncy bass and vocal chops, followed by the rolling beats and hypnotic lowend of 'Lost Monarch'*. A Coruña native and RBMA alumni Noaipre, one of the rising… Read more
Redshape returns the first in a series of EP's re-releasing beat tools from his archive.
Dead Fader returns with an ornate and moody blue suite of beat-driven electronica on his new home, Robot Elephant Records. Four years on from debut album 'Corrupt My Examiner' he's largely suppressed his noisier inclinations and crushing rhythms in favour of complex melodic arrangements and detailed drum programming nodding to early Machinedrum, mid-period Ae and the cute melodic touches of Brothomstates.