Monday, 28 June 2010
More darkly slinked 2-step continues to spill out of the S.Y.N.K.R.O studio this week with a cool 3 tracker for On The Edge records. 'Lost Love' and 'Good Times' both have the feeling of Burial releases, with sharp 2-step and dark garage rhythm constructions offset by lush atmospheres and plaintive chord changes for subtle mood enhancement, with the bonus of mixably locked grooves not slipping out of focus like said Burial tracks. The real surprise here is 'Hold On' sounding like some Wiley type Sinogrime cut from a few years back, but weighted heavily with electro drum sounds. Burial or Zed Bias heads should be checking this 12".
More Northern Dubstep soul from Indigo for On The Edge records. 'Home' is the A-side roller that's been getting a lot of attention on various radio shows with a blend of breakbeats and dubtech garage sounding like RSD mixed with 2562. On the flip 'Cosmos' contrasts with a bright synthline intro perhaps influenced by the new Vex'd sound before crushing loud and heavy halfstep drums into a dancefloor-smart rhythm.
Massive plate for all the dubstep/garage/techno fiends from Manchester's finest, Synkro & Indigo. Steadily carving out their own niche of northern dubstep soul with a techno engine, this EP contains some of the finest tracks either producer has put their name to. Given over to the A-side 'Turning' blends a stirring vocal with post El-B garage rhythms and the sort of Dub-tech production values associated with Narcossist, Appleblim or Martyn. On the flip 'Alabama' rubs a well chosen Blues sample into a refined dub-tech steppers riddim and 'Could This Be' pivots fluctuating dub chords around a… Read more
Celebrating ten years in business, Seed Records set about putting together a three-abum set of new and exclusive contributions from some of their favourite artists. This is the third and final disc in the series with tracks supplied by the likes of The Doubtful Guest, Capracara, Yard and electronica veteran, Bauri. WIth their untitled introductory piece, Snakefork don't pull any punches, grinding out some winningly unpleasant distortion and siren-like oscillations in the lead up to the Sleep In Oysters remix of Mary And Polly's 'Ice Cream' - a charming lo-fi pop tune that seems to … Read more
Smart tripping modern techno outta London courtesy of Italian ex-pats Alex Pili and Nax Acid. With 'DGT Is Shit' Pili sends a refined 4/4 groove marked out with metallically finished sound sphere and driven by a cushioned bass throb. Nax Acid take it one step darker with their remix, extending to nearly 13-minutes of purposeful bass and organically evolving arrangements sucking us in for the jack. Fans of Sandwell District, Horizontal Ground or Don't Resist The Beat! should check this.
My Disco are a fierce little proposition from Australia. They arrive at their Blast First Petite release after a handful of records over the last five years where they developed a stoically repetitive and driven take on post-punk disco. 'Young You' features three tracks of locked drum loops and near monotone riffage with incredibly tight arrangements. The spiky opener practically spits the titular refrain 'You' in your face over stomping floor toms and filthy guitars recorded by Steve Albini. 'Young' urns the guitars up a bit as the trio carve out a serious heads groove and finally there's a '… Read more
Following a slew of small-scale tape and CD-R releases, High Wolf release a five-track official debut album for Not Not Fun with mastering duties performed by Yellow Swan, Pete Swanson. Working with loops, trance-inducing effects fog and phantom rainforest percussion, this French artist spools out nagging swirls of colourful psychedelia and tribal drone fudge. 'Meeting Of The Three Seas' sounds like an alien campfire jam, summoning up tribal beats, head-spinning drone noise and a spindly fuzz-guitar lead. Brightening up, 'Diego' spews out dissonant tones whilst rattling through yet more ma… Read more
The first side of this fun split LP is from San Francisco's Leyna Noel, aka Psychic Reality, whose grit-spewing no-fi electronics and spluttering drum machine ditties accompany weird and heavily distorted songs. Noel may be somewhat out of tune and fairly primitive with her arrangements (to say the least) but there's something massively enjoyable about her unusual brand of wailing pop psychosis. LA Vampires on the other hand, is a new project from Pocahaunted's Amanda Brown. While her former bandmate Bethany Cosentino went on to form hotly tipped pop duo Best Coast, Brown rem… Read more
Back in 1992 Mark Pritchard worked with Tom Middleton on the Reload project for Evolution. Their 'Autoreload EP' emerged at roughly the same time as their earliest Global Communications releases but veered in a very different direction. Driven by the twin influences of post-UK acid house breakbeats and elegant Detroit melancholia, the pair hatched deadly dance tracks such as 'Nasu' and the awesome AFX-style hardcore assault of 'Teque'. Now 18 years old, their influence can still be felt in the work of Shed, Pendle Coven and many more. Highly Recommended.
Two conceptual techno trips from Alan Lambert's The Seventh Earth Project. We're not going to go into the hypothesis that bore this project, but we can say it's worth a read over on his site. The tracks inspired by the concept nod directly to Detroit techno, from the UR-inspired Shakers and Dreamers' 'This Land Is Your Land' to the Afro-Latin shake of Foot-Sole Foreigner's 'Of Bones And Dreams' for fans of DJ Bone or Rolando.
Two distinguished drone compositions from Staubgold's Klangwart outfit, dating back to 1999. This album is a reissue of the duo's second recording together, originally released via their very own Klangstelle label. This is top quality stuff, with 'Zweitoneins' in particular ascending to a very physical, classic sounding minimalist trajectory. A single evolving chord shifts shape across a thrilling seventeen minutes, before 'Zweitonzwei' offers a more tranquil but no less powerful statement of tonal exploration.
The Arrested Development star and all-round hipster comedy hero David Cross brings a new live stand-up album to Sub Pop, compiled from two back-to-back shows recorded at Boston's Wilbur Theatre. "During his illustrious career, David Cross has played recurring roles on the TV programs Arrested Development and The Colbert Report, and won an Emmy Award for his contributions to The Ben Stiller Show. He has also starred in such films as Waiting for Guffman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the Bob Dylan fantasy I'm Not There (in which he portrayed Allen Ginsberg), and Kung Fu P… Read more
Big room driving techno tracks from Joris Voorn, Slam, and Anja Schneider. Voorn's mix keeps the rhythm lean with teasing chords inna Len Faki-alike style, whereas Slam go for the trancey build with spiraling synths for hands-in-the-air effect. Schneider's two mixes are the pick of the bunch, contributing one tribal-tinged version and another darker, more atmospheric 'Out Of Berlin' mix for the techno rollers.
An all-too rare solo single outing from disco obsessed Belgians, Aeroplane. 'We Can't Fly' sews up marimbas, swaying Balearic guitar chops and synthy accordians into a tidy mid-tempo groove suitable for fans of Todd Terje or Diskjøkke.
Warren Hildebrand's Foxes In Fiction project arrives at Moodgadget with this absorbing album, crossing over between ambient music and blurry, bedroom dream-pop. The first half of the record plays out as a lengthy, continuous flow of dream-like, beatless textures, but by the time we get to 'New Panic Cure', Hildebrand is more forthcoming, supplying a clicky electronic beat that ticks alongside reverberant chords in a manner not unlike something you'd hear on a Freescha album. Vocals join the fray with a similarly echo-coated character, instantly summoning up references t… Read more
Tudor Beats have invested heavily in a set of time travelling robots which they sent back in time to encourage composers from different periods in history to make music on analog synthesizers. We sh*t you not. The identities of the composers is a mystery but their compositions are here for all to witness, from the discordant 303 and bounce beats of 'Carnival' to the jarring harmonics of 'Foreshadowing' and the lop-sided baroque of 'Signs And Wonders'.
Refined deep house tracks from veteran Dutch producer, Gerd aka Amplified Orchestra. The Extended and Dub mixes of 'Friendly Fire' revolve around Gerd's deftly ascending Rhodes and plush, warm bass currents while 'Vibrations goes a little deeper with slower and longer building vibes to lose your head in.
Released via the startlingly on-form Merok label, this apparent EP from Blondes should probably be regarded as the indie/dance crossover act's debut album, such is its duration. Expect intelligent, credibility-exuding electronic pop throughout, kicking off with two immense, extended discoid jams that court compatibility with all things Balearic and chillwave. This is the kind of material that's sure to find much affection from fans of everyone from Toro Y Moi to Walls, Tanlines and Active Child. Good stuff.
Tadeo continues his homebrewed Cyclical Track series with a third set of deeper Detroit-influenced techno. 'Parfrasis De Discontinuidad' pulls off a slick Mills tribute defined with Latin carnival whistles and lush floating interstellar synth bleeps. 'Oasys' builds a sinister a stranger sci-fi techno groove and the majestic 'Indiferencia Ante La Situacin' reminds of Terrace or Black Dog.
It's been a quick turnaround getting from last year's Aleph At Hallucinatory Mountain to this latest Current 93 opus, but Baalstorm, Sing Omega is every bit the major work its predecessor was. Assembling a cast of musicians including James Blackshaw, Alex Neilson, John Contreras, Baby Dee and Andrew Liles, David Tibet is able to summon up a formidable sonic presence. However, Tibet's voice itself is a commanding presence here too, sounding as dynamic, articulated and impassioned as he ever has on record. This album also features some of the most beautiful arrangements heard in … Read more
Finnish dubstep producer 501 goes deep inside himself to pull out a dark halfstepper on 'The Beast Within', complemented by the controlled tearout synths of 'Back Up'.
Rugged rave tracks from the Virus Syndicate lynchpin. 'Summer Rain' rounds off a crushing, semi-industrial halfstep plodder and 'Sick Tonight' rolls deep with Virus snippets laid over a bashy dubstep riddim.
Unparalleled brostep from Borgore. 'Birthday and the Black November' pulls off his quiet/loud trick with a contrast between moody blue piano keys and metallic tearout synths liable to cut ya, while 'Ambient Dub Shit' wheels out the melodica for a nutty skankers joint. Fans of 16bit and Rusko need to check this!
A re-issue of a superb album by one of todays most prolific and god-like producers. The Around the House triple LP combines Dani Siciliano's voice, Phil Parnells tender piano and Matthew Herberts samples, wizardry and unique production skills. Compiling tracks from various 12's that have appeared from the web of labels that Matthew has built up. If you havent heard Herbert, you must live in a cupboard, in the dark, with no sound or light, as he has graced many a genre and dancefloor, café, etc, his live shows are on-the-spot lessons in sampling, smashing glasses, creatin… Read more
'Waiting' originally appeared on My Robot Friend's 'Soft-Core' album, applying the distinctive vocals of Alison Moyet to a rubbery electro-disco track finished with a tidy pop gleam. The remixes are an oddly assorted bunch, ranging from The Juan Maclean's perpetual tribal house motions to Kingdom's beefy ballroom techno version. Alex Smoke's is the craftiest, dissolving Moyet's vox with dynamic processing but it's top marks to Solvent, clearly relishing the opportunity to work with that vocal and turning in a neo-classic electropop winner.