Friday, 28 August
"Zefan Sramek plays Precipitation for a second time with Meditations on the Self and the Other. The four tracks are equally mesmerising. A1's fragile synths dancing under, above and around an insistent monologue that's far too easy to lose yourself in. B1 borrows from the same airy palette, introducing a small-but-confident drumbeat that preps us real nice like for the albums most energetic offering, the muted acid boogie of B2. Finally we're given a heartbreaking send off by B3's delicate, winding synths, it's voice cracking with emotion as it drifts off int… Read more
Rrose serves the DJs and dancers what they want with another descent into deepest experimental techno zones. Following a fallow few years, this has been a productive annum for the masked producer from the American West Coast, pursuing the esoteric exercise of 'Having Never Written A Note For Percussion', and the danceflkoor drills of 'For Acquantice' with five tracks purified and uncannily hypnotic number scanning slow techno in 'Adrift' along with the screwball bleep techno of 'Purge' and bloody minded abstraction of 'Curl'.
The 1st of two best-of, multi-artist compilations from Jamal Moss's Mathematics label. Disc 1 takes in jazzy house from IFM, classic boogie wiggle by Bon Voyage, and electro from Echo 106. Disc 2 spans classy electro-house from Joe Drive, slick Chi-Troit gear from the 'pool by John Heckle, and Marcello Napoletano's slamming 'Space Voodoo'.
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Monday, 24 August
Chunky, mongrel club constructions from the house of Trax Couture. Scanning a scene of sublow B-More breaks (inc. bonus B-Beat Girl stabs) with 'Poisonous Eye', he ramps the megadome reverbs and industrial drums with force in 'Optical Fracture', and tests out a killer UK jackin' mutation in 'After Image', to check out with the c*nty flounce of 'Bounce Track'.
Friday, 21 August
**Soft focus blend of ambient-pop, R&B and cute mnml electronics wrapped to a warm and winding narrative** "Inspired by a long lost tale from dark and cold northern lands, written many ages ago, ‘Neida‘ is the story of a young boy who one day noticed an eerie call, so peculiar and odd that he could not resist but to follow it. While it resonated through remnants of ancient settlings, the boy had to overcome many obstacles and solve numerous quests, journey through mystical forests, foggy mountains and ghostly villages, battle the forces of nature and lose himself in this adventure. Finally reaching … Read more
The debut collusion from Nebulo (Thomas Pujols) and Druc Drac (François Dumeaux) manifests a gaseous and elusive set of psychedelic reference points. In orbit of Sculpture's vivid hallucinations or the plonging modular polyrhythms of Sote's 'Arrhythmia', the session unfolds according to a febrile logic with ten pieces sweeping from future-tribalist electro pulses thru salty microtonal shudders, to tender ambient dimensions and mind-flossing arpeggios, constantly in motion and rarely repeating phrases. It feels pagan and forward; ancient yet electrified; familiar but intangible. RIYL Sculpture, Patten, AFX, Max Tundra.
Creepy drone and eviscerated coldwave tropes by a new, Brooklyn-based unit - Grant Aaron, Eric Holmes and Camille Altay a.k.a Birds of Prey for Ricardo Donoso's Kathexis label. Working shades away from their label boss's own practice, their eponymous debut album evolves from the morphing spectral introduction of 'Black Vulture' thru the gaunt cyberpunk tone of 'Hollow Object' to plumb swampy nocturnal zones in 'Camber' before turning darker, febrile with the swarming electronics and dustbowl guitar of 'The Horse Thief' beside the fleshly arpeggiations of 'The Field'.
Masami Akita presents a reissue of his 2007 CD, 'Zophorus' on Editions Merzbow. We can posibly detect some proper black metal thunder amidst the electronic squall of 'Pt.1' whilst 'Pt.2' is one of his more colourful, pulsating creations, and 'Pt.5' delivers roiling kicks and noise where it hurts the most.
The Funckarma brothers remerge at sharp electro/acid/IDM angles for native Dutch imprint, Shipwrec. Their first joint outing since 2012 tests out four signature dancefloor mutations: 'Reasch' cloaks quicksilver electro-acid with widescreen harmonic pads; 'TRrnt' dips on a sort of halfstep acid D&B flex; 'Spud Bencer' wrenches darkside synths into alien hip hop graffiti; 'Grone' tilts headlong between VSnares-style drum breaks and Autechrian synth shudder. Techy heads - chow down.
Dr. Zygote, Ayman, The Maghreban returns to Versatile with another imaginative, mutant house charge. 'Wonder Woman' heads up the session with dusty, crooked disco drums dubbed to the rafters and spun with wavey Eastern synths for your hypnosis. 'Frénétique' catches a more choppy electro edit flex strewn with madcap samples and bound for peak time mess-ups. 'Kung Fu' goes low on the disco bass, layered up with furtive Giallo tropes.
Masami Akita infuses your surroundings with reactive ferric noise in 'Space Metalizer', his 1997 album for Alien8, now reissued on Editions Merzbow. Akita performs noise eletcronics, metals, Novation synthe rack, EMS Synthi A, audio generator, MKII filter bank, Theremaniac theremin, tapes and Moog.
No Pain In Pop present a glistening web of parellel midnight dimensions in 'The Bedroom Club III'. Like the prior two volumes which introduced us to early work from club mutants, D'eon, Pariah and patten, a.o., this edition rounds up established artists such as NTS' Throwing Shade with the noctilucent ambience of '38 000', or NPIP's own Jire with the screwed brain enema, 'Sout', alongside a handful of new acquaintances. Sim Hutchings crosses our radar for a 1st time with the depressed techno slug of 'I Will Unify The Hood Through My Vision', and, likewise S… Read more
"It’s been three years since Advance Base’s debut album, A Shut-In’s Prayer, made #19 on MOJO Magazine's Best Albums of 2012 list. Since then, singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Owen Ashworth has published a book of drawings, made beats for Chicago rapper Serengeti, recorded the debut single by psych-folk troubadour Julie Byrne, paid tribute to gospel & outsider music legend Washington Phillips (see 2013’s The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP), contributed electric piano & co-writing credits to Sun Kil Moon’s critically acclaimed 2014 album, Benji, & produced more than… Read more
**Steaming, gothic post-punk rockets from modern day L.A. RIYL Bauhaus, The KVB, DVA Damas** "Sextile waste no time setting a somber tone with openers “A Thousand Hands” and “Flesh.” Menacing guitars blend into dark, rumbling synths as driving militaristic drumming leads the focused charge into a yet, unknown danger while Keehn’s vocals prepare us for the trouble to come. “Can’t Take It” is where the struggle really starts to show it’s ugly face. Keehn’s take on infatuation, desire, the unattainable and the fear of loss starts nice enough with bubbling synths and suddenly bursts into sc… Read more
Peaking Lights present Sinkane's soul hues psyched-in-dub. Refracting his 'Mean Love album in four versions, they range from super louche and mellow take on 'Hold Tight' thru a stepping dub-funk mix of 'Yacha' working shads away from Seven Davis Jr, to the greazier, bluesy twang of 'How We Be' softened up by flighty flute and Sinkane's soul buzz vocal.