Monday, 22 September
NTS's Throwing Shade dance between kosmische jack and arabesque electronica for Happy Skull, the label run by Bristol house 'slebs The Kelly Twins. Infected with a mutant, spooling techno remix from Kowton, the original tracks flit from piquant melodies and spaced out teutonic chords to warehouse jack in 'Chancer' and onto the ornate, poised drum programming and chiming psilocybic sequence of 'Blanx'.
Violet Poison is the dark, enigmatic and esoteric side-project of Francesco Baudazzi, already known as Obtane, co-owner with Giorgio Gigli of the defunct techno label Zooloft. The new project is focused on analogue proto-techno with influences from 70’s Italian progressive bands like Goblin or OST composers like Fabio Frizzi and earlier Downwards records from 1994-1995. Check his debut full lenght on HAR, after the releases for Vatican Shadow’s label (Bed of Nails), for his own label Violet Poison, for Repitch Recordings and a remix for Frozen Border.
Manchester's Marconi Union dial in 'Weightless (Ambient Transmissions Vol.2)' for Just Music, featuring "the world's most relaxing song" according to Time Magazine. We're fairly sure even the artists themselves would rankle at such a daft mantle, but there's little arguing that 'Weightless' is a relaxing album. It's definitely not vexing, anyway. RIYL Eno, old CCO gear etc.
Featuring exclusive tracks from Lee Gamble, Inga Copeland, DJ Earl, Borys, among many others, Hyperdub parse their ambient elements in the wake of dancefloor and sing-a-long sessions. By its nature, ambient is a nebulous term, taken to mean many things by many people. Hyperdub's definition is one we can really get down with, spanning the emotional punishments of Burial's 'In McDonalds' and 'Night Bus' alongside the super-sensual romance of Cooly G's 'Trying' and the ambiguous sensations of Inga Copeland's 'I Am Your Ambient Wife', or the stirring syn-phonics of DJ Earl's 'Hexagonic Sound'.… Read more
"A “northern soul” style compilation is just the latest Numbero product to bootleg the extensive Numero catalog… a label you may have heard mentioned through clenched teeth concerning our preference for “replicating” original 45s, rather than splashing them with shite contemporary design. This is a peace offering: a compilation of both talc-covered classics and unheard floor-fillers. What better way to reintroduce our fledgling concern to the UK than by playing straight to the middle? It is the Numbero way. Some, like Walter & the Admerations’ “Man Oh Man,” Lou Ragland’s “I Travel A… Read more
Submerged leftfield electronica from Bernardo Risquez (Venezuela) and Michael Langeder (Austria) aka Different Fountains for Belgium's Meakusma label. 'Shrimp That Sleeps' plays out a hazy suite of songs sounding something like a stoned, underwater To Rococo Rot, meeting lithe krautrock rhythms with bubbling minimalist melodies and outernational inflections in nine slickly sculpted sound spheres.
Enigmatic torch song from someone called Gabi for Oneohtrix Point Never's Software Recording Co. We can't find any info online for this, but can tell you it sounds sorta like a younger sibling of Susanna Wallumrød.
Sterling deep house and techno from Glasgow's Dominic Capello (ov Dom & Harri) and Lee Duncan. The pair play off deep roots across three tracks of finest dancefloor calibre. A-side gives up the expressive electro-soul leads and tactile, late-night bassline of 'The Light', plus a vintage Carl Craig-style pearl in the muscular bass arpeggios and lustrous, lusting techno pads of 'D3', and B-side, 'Third Thought' follows suit with the moodiest blue chords and strangely distanced groove drawing lines between the techno souls of Detroit and Glasgow. RIYL Lord Of The Isles, NWAQ, DJ Sprinkles.
In-demand drummer, Tom Skinner (Melt Yourself Down, Owiny Sigoma Band) and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings, aka Hello Skinny, covers 'Velodrome' from Kit Grill's 'Mirror Image' album. Rather than remix, the duo deftly recreate the original's electronic tones by way of circular breathing and extended technique, in Shabaka's case at least, presenting a lovely, lilting cover of the original, plus a stripped down and dubbed out Drum Version.
A subtly evolving 45 minute piece by Thomas Köner and Jana Widneren recorded live from the cloisters at Evreux Cathedral, Normandy, France by Franck Dubois, mastered by Köner. Bird calls, swelling organ resonance and the sound of passing voices unfold across a richly detailed sound-field that seems to morph like some metaphysical presence.
L.A.'s EBM revivalists lash out on Dais. The originals remind us of the weekly cyber-goth hour of power in Blaises, boro 2000 - which was all good aged 16, but sounds odd now with wider access to previously crenellated industrial zones. The saving grace is the killer Silent Servant's hard-wired remix of 'Let The Sky Burn', trimming the duo to a more potent, sexy sort of Front 242-gone-minimal sound.
Simon Baker's 2007 tech-house anthem returns remastered and replete with Todd Terje remix, plus Baker's 2014 version. The remastered original wiggles more nimbly, crisply than ever across the A-side, whilst the 2014 version alloys a fresh kit of stepping drums and vampin' keys to the triplet bass for added drive. Then there's that super cheeky Todd Terje version casting out for the Croatian beach set with a heap of tablas, organ riffs, and scratchy guitars.
Rolling industrial techno muscle from Orphx on Adam X's Sonic Groove imprint. The long-running Canadian duo's first vinyl of 2014 yields the slippery wormhole dynamics and agitated torque of 'What Will Burn' on the A-side, backed with the grumbling acid jack and fetishistic sci-fi atmospheres of 'Drowning In You' with its nasty sting-in-the-tail, plus the percolating hydraulic rolige and aquatic doom pads of 'Tangled Paths'.
Freeky Dutch disco-tech funk from David Vunk on his Moustache Records label. Dude nearly always hits the mark and this one's no different, diverging between the percolating pinger 'De Maas' to slamming deep disco reminding of NWAQ on 'Zenica', thru darker techno zones of 'Mononomsensory' and the dark room dancer, 'Chicago Bills'. Tip!
A relative veteran of Northern Line, More 2 Da Floor and Butterz skips back 2 Bristol's outstanding Crazylegs label/event. 'Closer' pivots on that lip-biting-point between metallic funk futurism and feminine pressure with slickest production and a real ear-worming vocal from Lily McKenzie.
Ricardo Donoso simulates the intense claustrophobia and "death anxiety" of near-drowning experience in his Scuba Death mask. Essentially 'Nitrogen Narcosis' inverts the aesthetics of his humid, tropical trance recordings released on Digitalis, and more recently Denovali. Operating at between 75-100bpm - the normal resting heart rate for adults - he fathoms a mixture of stark electronic pulses and organically shifting atmospheres reflecting his childhood memories of a close call in the South Atlantic. Using field recordings made at the same place the undertow nearly robbed his life,… Read more
Erol Alkan steps up to the Fabric mantle with a propulsive selection of acid house and oddball electro featuring his own productions alongside tracks from Voiski, Todd Osborn, Phreak, The Emperor Machine, Carisma, Fumes and more.
A perfect candidate for L.I.E.S., Black Dice figurehead Eric Copeland follows the trajectory of his Post Present Medium and DFA sessions to some of his strongest dancefloor gear on 'Logo My Ego'. His loops are still sloppier than yer nana's sunday lunch but feel as though he's maybe given the carrots a trim especially for this platter. The five tracks bear a very similar approach to $hit & $hine's diesel-stained No wave disco (kinda kicking myself for not noticing that before), from the loose disco smut of 'Logo My Ego' and the bouncing, sweltering psych chug of 'Uncle Sams Blues' and … Read more
**Includes some killer electro protoypes for fans of Japanese Electronics etc** "Minimal Wave is proud to present a reissue of the seminal first album from Swiss Wavers, Guyer's Connection. Tibor Csébits and Philippe Alioth formed Guyer’‘s Connection in Basel, Switzerland when they were only 14 and 15 years old. At the time they were in a new wave rock band called “Kurtzschluss” which they decided to break from in order to make purely electronic music. They began with two synthesizers, a drum machine, a 4-track tape recorder and a multitude of ideas. They channeled their unique and h… Read more
Ram-out Kwaito House session from S.A.'s DJ Spoko for the world-taking Lit City Trax. Endemic dancefloor infection from the bellicose shake-down 'War of the Pizzi' thru the dark trance states of 'Angels and Demons' to the nifty funk of 'Oreng Mo' with DJ Mujava, and the tucked pivot of 'Moon and Sun'.
Fidgety, fudged house and techno abstractions from the vowel-averse LBNHRX. Four original tracks feels out wonky hardware grooves, which are duly deranged in remixes from Cupp Cave and Lawrence Le Doux.
**Ahem…** "These rare and until now, unissued recordings started life way back in 1966. They were written by the multi-talented Anthony Newley, maybe for a pop release, but possibly - bearing in mind the kinky nature of the lyrics - for an experimental British TV show he was working on at the time. Unusually he wanted some electronic backgrounds for his words, and so called in the help of Delia Derbyshire, moonlighting a little from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. By the time the tracks were completed Newley was on his way to the USA for further acting and songwrit… Read more
SBTRKT is flying the flag for mutant, new forms of UK dance-pop with his most recent batch for Young Turks. 'Look Away' is one of his most dramatic, compelling pieces, pitching Chairlift's Caroline Polachek against reversed piano phrases and taut, agitated trap beats with totally unique flair. A real lesson in how to skew convention with imagination.
Another' wild one from SBTRKT, placing A$AP Ferg against schizoid backdrop of cosmic modular tweaks, tumbling jazz breaks, synths and keys reminding of El-P at his most unhinged.
On a hot streak, SBTRKT teams up with another new vocalist, Denai Moore, for the twisted, brooding R&B/UK soul of 'The Light'.
Jimmy Tamborello reigintes his excellent Dntel project for Leaving Records with his 'Human Voice' album, the follow-up to 'Aimlessness' for Koze's Pampa Records. Speaking from the heart, 'Human Voice' makes crafty use of kerned and pitched vocal samples to lends the whole album a unique timbre, whether he's doing flighty footwork rhythms ('If I Stay A Minute'), plinky plonky electronica ('Bike Path'), iridescent electro ('Connections') or cottony trance ('Ashby').