Monday, 22 March 2010
Code 3 are a new addition to the Exit roster, dropping two tracks of darker techy D'n'B science. 'Living Proof' is all about undulating walls of dread subbass pressure harnessed by stepping snare placements and sparse, ghostly atmospheres. 'Response Call' ups the energy levels with a tuff percussive workout, shifting rhythmic gears with an expert touch reminiscent of more restrained Tech-itch productions with powerful subbass swells to boot. Heavyweight DJ tools for fans of D-Bridge, Rockwell and co. Ace.
Paying off on the promise of the 'Distance' 10", (which was picked up by everyone from Kode 9 to Fly Lo) Computer Jay packs off 'Maintain' backed with remixes from Falty DL, Ikonika and Mike Slottt. The dizzying original took us about three plays to find the right tempo, but once we found its vocoder-boogie groove it sticks in the head like a government-planted microchip. Falty DL only enhances the what-speed? effect with his hyper-garage mix, spiralling the vocal and melody along the scale until it's almost uncomfortable but just about maintaining the funk.… Read more
Making a smart move to Honest Jon's, Actress offers his first brand new material (discounting remixes) since his landmark 'Hazyville' album dropped in 2008. The move signifies a subtle but essential development in his sound, preparing the ground for a hugely promising album with two mindblowing tracks. 'Paint, Straw And Bubbles' seemingly untethers his Detroit dream from terra firma, percolating his ethereal sound through a system of camouflaging filters until the joins dissolve and we're left with a remarkable feat of intangible spatial dynamics viewed with an i… Read more
*AVAILABLE AS FLAC ONLY - NO MP3 VERSION AVAILABLE* The long awaited Touch debut from Eleh - one of the most fascinating and mysterious projects in contemporary electronic music. Ever since we heard our first Eleh record back in 2006 we've been completely blown away by the precise architecture and conceptual realisation of one of the more mysterious recording projects in electronic music. A succession of eleven vinyl-only releases on Important and Taiga followed, marking the enigmatic figure behind the name as a purveyor of exceptional drone music, exploring analog synthesis with a particu… Read more
Autechre reach the tenth album milestone with 'Oversteps' released via Warp Records. In comparison to 'Quaristice', which was allegedly constructed largely from edits of extended live sequences, this album reverts to the more traditional Ae method of dense and intricate studio composition, constructed between home setups in London and Manchester. 'Oversteps' has been hailed as one of their most approachable albums to date, which may sound horrific to some, but actually means that much of the oblique abstraction of the previous decade has been moulded into moments of sheer baroque beauty and sa… Read more
Tucked into the slipsteam of the 'Minimal Wave' compilation comes Angular Records' equally awesome collection of obscure continental synth-pop 'Cold Wave And Minimal Electronics Vol.1'. Comparisons between the two comps are apt and inevitable as both documents share a number of artists - Linear Movement, Bal Pare and Stereo - and cover the same niche seam of early electronic pop from a network of subterranean DIY synth operators. Angular have done a sterling job still, with Pieter Schoolwerth of NYC's Wierd Records and Angular's Joe Daniel spending two yea… Read more
The singular Gyratory System follow up their album for Angular Recordings, The Sound-Board Breathes with this remix-laden single. The 'Reboot'l is a crazed, honking electro-jazz jam that finds itself getting straightened out into slightly less surreal packages by contributing producers like Meek Joe, Optimo Espacio and Alalal, who supplies some neat galloping disco. Alternatively, DJ Egor embraces the eccentricity with a manic march-along rendition, while Cherrystones channels the spirit of anachronistic sci-fi inspired electro, providing a real highlight to finish up with.
Eglo records assemble a stellar set of deep-leaning gangster funk for Fatima's debut solo single featuring beats from Dam-Funk, Funkineven and Veebeeo. The 'Mindtravelin' EP follows her appearance on Funkineven's 'Kleer' with a choice set of future vintage modern soul. On the A-side Dam-Funk works Fatima's harmonised tingles into an ace electro-funk jam for 'Warm Eyes' but our interest has been diverted by the two shockers from Funkineven on the flip. His fluid, kinetic and ultimately cooool-as-f*ck synthlines provide thrilling surfaces to reflect Fatima's bold vocals, complemen… Read more
The ridiculously talented Daedelus offers his latest exploits for Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label. In fine style, Daedelus constructs an unpredictable and winding narrative starting with the mini-epic 'An Armada Approaches', swelling from craftily harmonised beginnings to become a scene of surging strings and pitching hiphop rhythms. 'Tidal Waves Uprising' follows with impossibly strummed guitar strings before arriving at the yachting synth vistas of 'The Open Hand Avows. 'Order Of The Golden Dawn' offers a lush 4-minutes of tropicalia more in tune with his Long Lost project,… Read more
Honest Jon's present a legendary album from a foundational reggae legend in 'Cedric Im Brooks & The Light Of Saba', finally available for the digital diggers. Born in 1943 in Kingston, Cedric and his tenor saxophone would play on early records from the studio of Coxsone Dodd and later join Jackie Mittoo, Roland Alphonso and Vin Gordon as part of the legendary Skatalites. '...& The Light Of Saba' is his seminal calling card, striking to the roots of Jamaican and Rasta heritage with ancient nyabinghi drumming while incorporating traits of jazz, … Read more
Allcity Records introduce a new addition to their fold with Devonwho's 'Keepinthafunkalive' 12". The production values are typically high for this one with full colour picture sleeve and some upper-crust synth'd-out future boogie within. 'Keepinthafunkalive' and 'Red' both jam on a slow and low vibe with bumped bass and G-funked synth curls, while 'Stile' on the flip keeps the pressure on a slow 4/4 roll with violet keys and the brilliant 'Tracklift' makes a slow ascent to the cosmos with harmonised chords sure to melt your head. For fans of Illum Sphere, Dibiase and Take! Sick twelve.
*Try and imagine the kind of broken drones and edgy experimentation Ben Frost makes crossed with the strings of Hildur Gudnadottir and the sea shanties of Matt Elliott and you'll get some ideas of the incredible, deeply original music of Myrmyr* This Oakland duo brings together Agnes Szelag with Marielle Jakobsons (aka Darwinsbitch) for a debut album consisting of incredible modified sea shanties, cinematic-style ensemble pieces and folk/drone hybrids that have just blown our minds. 'Jurata' opens the album with a suspenseful opacity, loaded with string and harmonium drones while vocals drif… Read more
From the label that brought you The Fun Years, UK duo Pausal cue up their new album, Lapses, an outstandingly follow-up to their eponymous EP, released recently via Highpoint Lowlife. Given that we're currently experiencing a seemingly overwhelming supply of high quality ambient and drone releases, it's hard to separate the great from the merely very good. Lapses certainly makes a case for a position in the former of the two categories, not for being exceptionally experimental or new in its approach, but because it's such a consummate work that oozes musicality and a mastery of the art. 'Vemead … Read more
Following months of fervent hype the freshly minted Numbers conglomerate bats a homerun with 'The Golden Handshake EP' from Lazer Sword aka Low Limit vs Lando Kal. If you were in any doubt as to where the party is happening, let these guys show you. Between them, they've notched up over 100,000 downloads of their mixtapes and trekked their future-blinged rave sound from San Francisco to Radio 1 via NY and back again, like some giant Katamari Damacy game, picking up huge fans from MAH to Sinden and Modeselektor. Their polyamorous style helplessly hops between stylistic … Read more
Featuring rare early works and previously unreleased tracks, Detached Metal Voice showcases some of Autistici's most experimental material, exploring electroacoustic dissections of what might once have been classical music ('Morphine (Detail)'), cut-up voices and odd sound poetry ('Babyman'), plus digitally mutated jazz ('Colonic People'). One of the weirdest entries has to be 'Whispering Mongo Man', which takes audio from a John Lennon interview, only to erase all the words, leaving just the residual sounds left by his breathing. Intriguing stuff throughout, and all very different from the 12k release Volume Objects, for which Autistici is probably best known.
Sarrass follow up their Compost Back Label release with a deeper and darker techno and house four-trakcer for Third Ear. 'Seance' revolves around swooping claustrophobic bass and subtly upbuilding techno progressions, the longer 'Louiza Suiza' blends lighter Germanic synth melodies with sub-padded tech-house rhythms, 'Be As Been' cuts for the deeper dub-house vibe and 'Lust' provides a sensuous track of dub Berlin-style tech-house with Detroit inflections.