Monday, 09 August 2010
Putting a whole new spin on notions of corporate/commercial music, Dolby Anol release a new EP with tracks titled 'Visa Mastercard' and 'Cheque'. The former samples some sung music of Middle Eastern origin and replants it in a big, bouncy electro-disco framework. Following on, 'Cheque' offers a variation on this theme with another helping of zinging, hyperactive synth lines and plundered audio, all set into a glossy production with that unrepentantly maxes-out its levels.
Supplied in both mixed and unmixed forms in one handy package, this compilation from Room With A View artist (and F-Communications alumnus) Art Of Tones features selections from Andre Lodemann, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Sygaire and a good many more. The selections have a presidingly smooth, laidback tech-house feel, and certainly the mix itself flows together in a fluent and immersive fashion.
This new album by Canadian songwriter Dan Mangan has been shortlisted for this year's Polaris Music Prize, finding itself in the company of records like Owen Pallett's heartland, Caribou's Swim and Broken Social Scene's Forgiveness Rock Record. Nice, Nice, Very Nice is the second full-length from Mangan and is a beautifully crafted affair, packed with great expanded arrangements, from the chamber-folk of 'Robots' to the emotive orchestration of 'Fair Verona'. "Beginning with its reference to a Kurt Vonnegut poem, Nice, Nice, Very Nice is classing Mangan, brimming with irreverenc… Read more
Mweslee is the recording alias of Spanish producer Diego Cobo, who made his debut on Kindred Spirits' Nod Navigators sub-label with this six-track EP. The dirtied up beats of lead track 'Mweslee' really hit the spot, and the EP soon develops into a sequence that would slot in nicely alongside works by producers such as Dabrye and the like. More great beats arise from 'Raw War' and closing track 'Hot Curry', with its massive handclaps, but by modern standards, this does tend to sound rather clean. However, what these productions lack in digital dirt and maxed-out compressors they more than make up for with melodic awareness and neat sample-splicing.
Visionary prog-hop escapades from Spanish beat manager Mwëslee. We were suitably impressed with his odd offerings for All City's 7" series and the original 'Beat Dimensions' compilation but since then his output has been slow to say the least. That may account for the glut of ideas bursting out of 'Eurocarne' as he deftly combines elements of wonked R'n'B with hi-end electronic experimentalism and an almost avant-jazz sensibility across six tracks. For a starters we get the bagpipes, Reese bass and almost math-rock percussion of the title track sounding like Hud Mo rubbing off Pivot, before … Read more
Making the connection between sandy beaches and silicon coated skweee, Rekordah, Slugabed, Mesak and chums head up 'Tropical Heat Volume.1'. Rekordah's 'Sometimes (I Want To Be)' is one of the highlights, dropping and chopping punchy boogie drums under a swirl of Detroit-scoped synth pads. Next up, Slugabed squeezes every last bit of discordant synthline juice on 'Here You Are' and Mesak's 'Claves Kein' comes off like Jan Hammer writing on a Gameboy. On the flip we'd recommend checking for the Afro-latin bubble & squeak of Coco Bryce's kinky 'Dirty Groove' or the bandy strut of Niño's 'Ready To Rock'. For all Skweee crew!
There's been loads of hype about this one - apparently the work of a really sought-after Techno producer working under anonymity and already getting bigged up by everyone from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Villalobos, Derrick May, Joey Beltram, James Ruskin, Mark Broom...(and the list goes on)..and we've been told virtually nothing about it so suffice to say that this is more than likely another one of those uber-collectable twelves that drops every once in a while before withdrawing into the darkest recesses of ebay over-bidding and insane over-pricing. What we can tell you, though, is that i… Read more
Last years 'Edit select 01' 12" was a massive anthem for the minimal techno crew, so the label has pulled in the neccessary 2008 reinforcements, with Glasgow based Gary Beck adding a tribalised toughness with shiny rolling percussion, and Mark Broom turning in one the best productions we've heard from him in ages on a fiercely focussed and superbly functional version which reconfigures the bassline for guaranteed effectiveness. Check!
Not only is the A-side of this 12" called 'Reduktion' but they spell it with a 'K' as well. That means were dealing with MINIMAL TECHNO. True to form, the track liberally references the Sahko sound (via Sleeparchive) opting for that distinctive rolling bleep sound. 'Need For More' has a bit of a Minus feel to it, and certainly sounds more current than its counterpart. In the track's final third you'll even hear some clearcut synth melodies, but the beat remains as precise and solid as anything in the contemporary minimal canon.
Glasgow's Edit Select crew make another contribution to the endless minimal groove with this ace from Rose and Ulysse. 'Myosotis' is essentially just another faceless minimal techno cut, but the production levels here are way higher than your average minimal bosher, each sound being introduced and delivered with precise and efficient timing perfectly aligned to your jacking requirements with an uncanny intuition. Fans of Mika Vanio's primal minimalism or Marcel Dettman's pristine techno advances are going to be loving this.
Scotland's primest purveyors of minimalist techno return backed with a Mark Broom remix. 'Beneath' harnesses tightly looped bleeps and tense minimal rhythm programming to hypnotic effect, while the rougher 'The Sliotar' approximates Marcel Dettmann's sledgehammer kicks and caustic static sound with skilled efficiency. On the flip Mark Broom revisits 'Beneath' with a 'floor trained mesh of subtle peaks and breakdowns to guide the minimal floor on its neverending journey. For M_nus and Ostgut fans alike.
Digging deeper into the Tom Trago archives... prior to his ace 'Voyage Direct' series, Nod Navigators dropped this 'Dam fine EP of broken beats and hiphop back in 2007, displaying a range of dope downbeats with shades of Aardvarck's Bloom 12"s, especially on 'Something New' and the excellent 'Burst', while ''Kip Cayun' will excite the Actress fans and 'Fluorgreen Legged G_Skip' is like Steve Spacek on some cosmic chronic vibes. Bumpin'.
The Edit Select crew and Mark Broom seem to be reading from the Sandwell District gospel on these two powerful techno cuts. Edit-Select & Gary Beck's 'Ploy' is the deeper of the two, taking its time to build up a cloudy head of white-noisy steam while Mark Broom continues his recent great form with a terrific big-room killer on the flip, piling out filtered kicks and riveting drops guaranteed to do the do. For fans of Regis, Dettmann, Grindvik or Faki.
Fresh from his appearance on the 'Asperity remixes' package this week, Gary Beck's name graces another killer from the Edit Select label with a very special one-sided plate for the minimal techno DJs. Strongly reminding us of the brilliant CH-Signal Laboratories 12" on Sandwell District, this is a purist exercise in concentrated techno-rhythm pressure, with Beck flicking patterns in and out of the groove like a true pro for a smart-as-f*ck track that sits equidistant between the Sandwell gear and classic Plastikman.
Glasgow's finest purveyors of minimal techno, Edit Select, follow up the massively well received 1-sided issue of Gary Beck's 'Consumed' with a remix from Mr Edit Select himself. Becks' original version of 'Consumed' was a huge hit with jocks like Richie Hawtin and LocoDice, but label head aka Tony Scott tempers the intesity of the original with a longer playing aesthetic more in line with his previous selected edits, streamlining the track for big room club play and endless 5am moments. The fresh track from Mr Select is a skilled builder, operating within the narr… Read more
Third plate up from Well Rounded and it's a refined affair of deeper tech-house and Funky fusions backed with a Geiom mix. Both are quite lovely and dressed very smartly, but head straight for Geiom's remix on the flip, adding a garage indebted dip and skip to the rhythm while balancing the synths between chattering tweaky motifs and smoother filtered overcurrents with a structured narrative. Support comes from XXXY, Doc Daneeka, Jamie XX, Martin Kemp and more.
Brighton's Well Rounded imprint follows up one of last years massive 12" from Deadboy's (U Cheated) - with three killer percussive UKF mutations from Ultrasound. 'Heavy Roll' uses live drums from Tazelaar Stevenson on a chunky Funky-styled roller, before getting a 'Future Funky Re-Rub' and finishing with the late 90's 4/4 garage-house charge of 'Hard Way'.
Riding a crest of hype and adulation, Hackman drops three tracks of summery Funky mutations for Well Rounded. 'Bodies' is the obvious big tune, uniting timely subbass bumps with very old-skool acid-house keys and stuttered vocal stabs for a breezy swinging Sneak-style rhythm. 'Surround' is a far more interesting proposition, coming off like one of Greena's tropical cy-clones with heated keys, febrile-but-sexy Afro-Latin breaks and tidy marimbas. 'Blacksmoke' finally goes all mushy with sparkling rhodes and post-garage basslines with the frothiness of Deadboy.
Released in 2004, Pink Shark was the first Phthalo release by Italian duo Emiliano Romanelli and Rossano Polidoro. A compelling, structurally erratic glitch album, Pink Shark still sounds adventurous and fresh in 2010 on this digital reissue. This is also a far more rhythmic and immediate album than the drone-based, abstract likes of last year's Monochromes Vol.1, released via the Line label; the squeaks and pops of 'Your Secret DSP' introduce the record with a convulsing slapstick quality, while 'Lesson No. 3' could almost pass for a house or techno record (albeit one made by Oval). Further i… Read more
Although the release dates back to 2001, Something Always Goes Wrong features tracks that reach to much earlier points in Dntel's career: the first six songs were recorded in 1994, while the remainder all originate from around the turn of the century, including remixes from Languis and Seq. While we tend to think of producer Jimmy Tamborello as the man behind the Life Is Full Of Possibilities album and the wildly successful, Ben Gibbard-collaborating Postal Service album, here we get experience the first formative steps of this latterly very influential artist. Some inclusions… Read more
It seems like an age since we've heard anything from Kit Clayton. This master sound designer was one of the key figures in beat-driven glitch music around the turn of the century, and was one of the principal contributors to the development of the Max/MSP software. Live On Shortwave Radio was originally released in 1999 and was recorded at Kalx 90.7FM (which we can reasonably presume to be a radio station). The album is divided into three lengthy chunks, with the first taking on a very unconditioned and supremely disorganised digital noise character. After these chaotic be… Read more