Monday, 24 November
Daniel Ansorge aka Barnt backs up a deeply unique swathe of singles with his debut album, 'Magazine 13' for the eponymous label he started with fellow Köln types, Crato and Jens-Uwe Beyer. Since 2010 he's released a steady stream of records which brought back a sense of kosmiche wonder and electronic enigma that was arguably lacking in German house and techno sounds. And most crucially, he did it without sacrificing the fundamentals of big bad kicks and minimal percussion, resulting absolute bewts such as 'All Worlds All Times' and more recently with the staggering chops of 'Chappell' for Joy … Read more
Steffi serves a sophisticated sophomore LP for OstGut Ton with 'Power Of Anonymity'. Deeply indebted to classic Detroit house and techno, it plays out ten tracks of romantic machine soul driven by elegant grooves and alleviated by expansive atmospheres - exactly the kinda thing you'd expect to hear her spin at her Panorama Bar residency. It's a real mood setter, keeping the lights dimmed but reassuringly glowing throughout, from the E.R.P.-style electro hush of opener 'Pip' and the astral-bound techno of 'Everyday Objects' thru the Share Vari-referencing funk of highlight 'Treasure See… Read more
Gorgeous debut album of new age/grime fusion from Local Action's newest avatar, Yamaneko. Sublimating the structures of OG grime with the diaphanous tones of meditational aid cassettes, Yamaneko's 'Pixel Wave Embrace' reads like a strange wet dream on screen, and the results actually aren't too far off. Whilst the likes of Visionist, Moleskin, Fatima Al Qadiri and Slackk have all emphasised grime's melodic, ethereal side, Yamaneko takes that aesthetic one step further east to a synaesthetic xen space full of fragrant, reflective chimes and harmonics. It's most explicit in the title a… Read more
Marc Richter is a bit of a musical chameleon, operating at the cusp of experimental music for many years at the helm of the Dekorder label and via his excellent Black To Comm project. His last album for the Type label, 2009’s excellent 'Alphabet 1968’ perhaps didn't quite get the attention it undoubtedly deserved, but it still stands out as one of the most oddly memorable drone-ambient albums we’ve heard this last decade, vaguely tapping into the Hauntological zeitgeist of the day but extending the remit to create something far more unsettling and ambitious. That it was subsequently … Read more
Straight-up techno murder from Sleeparchive and Mike Parker for Repitch. Sleeparchive's in deadly form with the slamming Brummie momentum of 'Fifth The Station' and the spaced-out bleeps of 'White Angel Breadline' intersected by two beastly locked grooves. Mike Parker takes control on the other side with the signature lizard-tongue synth lashes and caving kicks of 'Flying Nerves' plus the aquatic flux of 'Lustrum'.
"Ubre Blanca return with their second release for Clan Destine after the amazing Polygon Mountain EP. Continuing with their obsessions of 70's and 80's horror and B movie soundtracks, synth sounds and live drums, Joel Stone (ex Shitdisco) and Andy Brown (ex Divorce, Remember! Remember!) bring deliver a more evolved sound featuring a heady mix of full-on synth and drums, mixed with some more atmospheric pieces bringing to mind old cinematic masterpieces like Cannibal Holocaust mixed with Miami Vice. Worth mentioning also is the striking cover art, hand painted in oils by Joel."
"The Ministry Of Wolves are Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten / Crime & The City Solution), Mick Harvey (co- founder of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds), Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) and Paul Wallfisch (Botanica / musical director at the Theater Dortmund). ‘Music From Republik der Wölfe’ and ‘Happily Ever After’ are based on the writings of the Brothers Grimm, in particular Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ (1971), the Pulitzer Prize winning poet’s reworking of the Grimm’s fairy tales. In the hands of The Ministry Of Wolves, these morality tales and warnings are as dark as you remember them from childhood"
"Flower & Water began with an offer to work with the first Dragon’s Eye release – a flexi-disc with a recording of George Winston playing a blues piano composition called “Medley: Bread Baker’s Stomp” – as source material. Since I am not a true remixer, I decided to modify the track via physical manipulation. Most of the material began with cutting up some of the flexi’s and taping back together in ‘wrong’ ways. I then played (or tried to play) the broken records that had been taped back together, and also putting objects onto the surface of the record while being played with a cheap re… Read more
"'My Ghost Comes Back' sees the return of Tujiko Noriko after a hiatus exploring worlds beyond those we regularly inhabit. The results of these travels provided the formula for this, her most accomplished record to date. As rich in ambition as it is skewered in it's melodic stance, the album is a decidedly more acoustic affair in which a host of guest musicians incorporate mandolin, viola, musical saw, optigon and other such wares into the exotic environment where her unique songwriting now resides. Furthering an exploration of unorthodox arrangements, rhythm and melody Noriko … Read more
Appleblim and Second Storey go toe-2-toe as ALSO with their first session for R&S. Arriving four years after their 'Lipsmacker' 12" for Aus Music, this time they're darker, crunchier, and moodier, with three cuts taking in the tetchy, hay-wired electro of 'Sids Conundrum' next to the cyber dread swing of 'Ashford Swaithes', and chromed-out breakbeat twists in 'Dive Prophets'.
Rugged, acidic electro-techno from UK veteran Milo Smee in a Bintus mood. Following up his 2013 album with four radgey tracks bowling between the sub-swung tribal industrial winner 'Reflections On Brown' to the sequencer escapades of 'Lightnin'' and on thru tired Landstrumm raver styles in 'Warwick Castle Meltdown', or breakbeat-spiked New Beat grind reminding of auld Caustic Window trax on 'Looking In Your Fridge'.
**Another tour of M. Geddes Gengras' wired mind, following the Moog years volume with eight purely modular constructions again for Umor Rex** "New Process Music represents a major aesthetic shift for M. Geddes Gengras, fusing the long-form modular compositions he had been exploring on a bevy of small-run cassette releases with a new obsession with post-production editing to create a deeply tuned aural environment, lush in analog electronics that are gritty along the edges, with rich textures and melodies materializing and wafting away like smoke. For New … Read more
Swing Ting co-founder Samrai meets Rüf Dug, on a filtered street-rave tip for UTTU, backed with Hashman Deejay and Zanzibar Chanel remixes. Their first observation muddles Manc dancefloor history with an anachronistic blend of dusted boogie soul and jungle breaks sounding like some mutant Juice Box TP discovered in the Chorlton Oxfam, and likewise, the breathy synth voices, tropical chirps and latinate shuffle of '2nd Observation' could almost be from some Hulme-o-naut's bedroom in '91. Hashman Deejay gives a smoother ambient house re-lick of '1st Observation' and Zanzibar Chanel chimes in with a greased up remix of '2nd'.
"After Chris Clark had passed some of Gajeks sheer endless output over to Modeselektor, quite a few listening sessions followed. Ranging from postrocky electronica to complex and moody renderings of intricate introverted beat structures to a mutant dance music, a whole audioscape had to be discovered. There were songs and tracks and experiments there, morphed vocals and reverberated non human instruments, complex percussion patterns and sweet athmospheres, but in all these different paths and moods, a penchant for working with a leitmotif could be traced. As an introduction to expose his p… Read more
**Extended post-punk/doom session from an Ascetic House artist defected to Downwards** "Marshtepper resides somewhere on the other side. Gutter intellectualism put to sound, their first proper vinyl release is an extreme meditation on the reintegration of desire and the legitimation of individual corporeality, which reaffirms the hermeneutics of the unspoken. This is music that adds to the validity of the natural, an illusion of millennial hedonism."
Outstanding mid-tempo disco session from Mark E for Futureboogie. Ask us, we'll tell ya this is probably the best we've ever heard from the Brummie producer. The A-side's 'Activity' is a dangerously hypnotic chugger riding the slickest bass arpeggio on astral trajectory to proper, Carpenter-esque peaks; B-side gets right down with the buttered claves and fruity yet minimal synth strokes, and 'Shapes' comes off like some long lost NWAQ production. Choice.
Heads-down in the dance with four brooding breakbeat and ambient garage figures from Synkro for Apollo. 'Someone' tugs on the heart-strings with solemn arrangement of sweeping pads and Toasty-style breakbeats; the ghostly 'Transient' flits around Burial and dBridge-style late romance; 'Contact' slips into something more comfortable with silky dowsntrokes and a vocal reminding of Steve Spacek; 'Falling' nods to mid '00s electronica with a poised blend of Ulrich Schnauss and Arovane-esque motifs anchored by a minimalist UK groove.
"Medical Records presents a very special double A side reissue of Fullerton, CA band Null And Void. Null And Void recorded 3 albums (1980’s “Happiness And Contempt” , 1982’s “Montage Morte” and a 3rd in 2012). Both of the 1980s LPs have relatively short playtimes, so we have decided to reissue both in their entirety on each side of this reissue. Hailing from a very diverse musical scene, Null And Void forged their own sound fusing elements of new wave, post-punk, cabaret and less characterized roots. Both of the LPs have gone long out of print and have become c… Read more
Latest Bubblers compilation from Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood, including tracks and exclusives from Lil Silva, Photay, Zackey Force Funk, Moonchild, Hakim and many more.
"Lawrence English and Stephen Vitiello are creators of mythology. Their mythology renders a series of acoustic spaces, haunted by narrative and hinting at happenings unseen, but certainly heard. With Fable, we are presented with their second duet. It chronicles three years of intermittent audio communications in search of new collaborative approaches. The results focus on the pair’s joint interests in modular synthesis, field recordings and the blurry boundaries between acoustic instrumentation and electronics. The album’s multiplicity of sources creates a weaving and at … Read more
*Murcof returns with a new collaboration with Erik Truffaz, with a special artwork by Enki Bilal* Swiss trumpeter Erik Truffaz has worked with Mexican born sound artist Murcof (originally Fernando Corona) since 2006 when they worked as a trio with Talvin Singh. That fruitful relationship brought together Truffaz’s investment in modern jazz (he has been that archetypal thing, a Blue Note artist), a sharp ear for the new discoveries of contemporary composers like Giya Kancheli and others in the eclectic world of new music, and developed a creative conversation with the world … Read more
*A new label from Shapednoise, featuring a remix from the man himself* "Centaure is artist Franck Vigroux’s newest solo studio effort, following a period of both live and studio collaborations (with artists such as Ben Miller, video artist Antoine Schmitt as Tempest, and Mika Vainio) and music specifically written for multimedia performances. As the inaugural release for Cosmo Rhythmatic, the 12” sees Vigroux indulging in his taste for dynamic intensity, pairing abstract freenoise of the heaviest sort with a taste for dense electronics beats, in order to explore new structural possibilit… Read more