Monday, 08 March 2010
Melodramatic dubstep and future garage from Phaeleh. 'Within The Emptiness' is his latest release for Urban Scrumping, compiling practically an album's worth of finely crafted steppers variations with ich musical accompaniment from an assortment of harps, accordians, synths and vocals from Shammi Pithia and Anneka. This is a must for fans of SYNKRO, Von D or Hyetal.
Preceding his more recent drops on Frijsfo and L2S, Sclist provides the early 'Darkroom EP' for Bristol's Urban Scrumping label backed with remixes from Phaeleh and Gyu. The sparse title track combines sci-fi style synthlines with efficient garage breaks and 'Kigelia' adds tidy flourishes of fusion riffage to percussive rollers rhythms reminding of early dubstep from Hatcha or Geeneus. Phaeleh continues to reshape 'Darkroom' as a smoothly dubbed halfstep number and Gyu adds hovering subs and florid melodies to 'Kigelia'.
Raw rocking Jitt tracks with that amazing intense bassline also used in some Direct Beat releases and Electronic Warfare. Great Electro techno! This record was created for Detroit's renowned Jit Crew "The X-menn" (see Model 500 youtube Cosmic Raindance) and is used in the never ending Jitwars between Detroit & Chicago. UR back in top shape...
Following their ace debut of two years ago, the confusingly titled It's Not Something But It Is Like Whatever, Errors return with another batch of hyper-tuneful electronic post-rock. After the stellar introductory piece 'Bridge Or Cloud?', the album really kicks in with the brilliant 'A Rumour In Africa' which takes a tightly engineered live drum kit, big brassy synths and ringing guitar hooks to fashion a very fine instrumental that manages to preserve a nice verse-chorus exchange. 'Supertribe' is better yet, propelling the band's sound into fully realised dancefloor terrain whilst neve… Read more
Having briefly deserted the Chemikal Underground camp in favour of 4AD, Emma Pollock follows up her Watch The Fireworks debut album with a return to her old label. The former Delgado specialises in a line of sensitive, intelligent pop music that doesn't necessarily reveal its hand on first approach, although Pollock still manages to load the record with single potential; 'I Could Be A Saint' is one of the more immediate tracks on the album, alternating between stuttering, jagged verses and a big, fluid chorus asking "How you gonna break my heart/When you've never even made m… Read more
Starkey puts a new spin on his sound for 2010 with the ultra-melodic 'Stars' lifted from his forthcoming 'Ears Drums and Black Holes' album, featuring the blissed-out vocals of Anneka and backed with a grimy Slugabed remix. He's clearly in loved up mode here, serving florid electronics with a lilting dubstep swing to get you in the mood after listening to all that noisy stuff. The Slugabed version gives the riddim a boost with ruffed-up grime snares while draping it in psyched-out glitch textures. Then, just in case you thought Starkey had gone all soft, he slews it with the Crunked hoover-… Read more
Seabear have improved on all fronts since their 2007 debut, The Ghost That Carried Us Away. That album was by no means shabby itself, and but on We built A Fire the Icelandic group have blossomed into a more sonically sturdy entity, boasting better songs and yet more winningly embellished arrangements. Shades of Win Butler and Regine Chassagne are apparent at various points over the course of the album, with great tracks like 'I'll Build You A Fire' and 'Fire Dies Down' inviting strategic insertion of the word "Arcade" in their titles, although the similarities between Seabear and the i… Read more
Rrygular regulars Jörn Kleinschmager and Niklas Worgt hand over two track for reworks from Argentinians Nico Purman and Jorge Ciccioli. Purman turns 'Audio1' into a hypnotic slither of monotone synthlines and relentless techno rhythms reminding of Richie Hawton's more recent DJ sets, while Jorge Ciccioli's verision of 'Audio3' is made for the jaunty all-night pumping crew and 'Tympani' rounds off with a hint of minimalist Latin-rhythmic flavour.
Brooklyn's Deniz Kurtel follows last years Wolf+Lamb release with a cool no-wave disco house cut backed with two ace remixes from Jamie Jones. 'Yeah' is another colorful example of Deniz's talents, succinctly blending louche early 80's no-wave disco influences with a strong house throb, while Jamie Jones is enlisted to give a fattened 'Shower Curtain' version, and a more stripped and dubby 'Aquafunk' mix with crisp and perky percussion.
"The EP kicks off with the title track "We Rock Non-Stop". Tight Kickdrums layered with pitched 808 subs set the basis of the track. Chopped up machine and voice samples are then layered with smooth pads and delay's to complete the track. The second track of the EP "Solvent Abuse" see's Sync 24 sticking to his dark roots. Distorted vocals, haunting pads, trippy sequences and dirty bass combined with rolling beats and subs!!! The reverse side of the 12" is slightly deeper, techy affair. "Chosen Module" is a spacious wash of delays and pads mixed with robotic bass and crisp round beats… Read more
The Sisters present a well selected five track remix set of their 'Solar Disco' track from Untold, Lynchmob, Eldoko and Stopmakingme. We'll make no bones about it, we're all over the Untold version. He adds crazy vocodered robovox and disco-exotic keys to a base of 'Pulse X' style garage sub/kicks in unusually ecstatic style that equals lots of fun on the floor. Elsewhere Lynchmob and Eldoko cater for the disco kids with wheelin' indie bass guitars and cowbell driven rhythms respectively, leaving Stopmakingme to give a fiercely bass-driven Moroder-techno mix with arpeggiations a plenty for fans of MMM and the likes.... A heavyweight package!
Solid old-skool techno and ambient music from Eevolute luminary Wladimir M. 'Electronic Musique' jacks with a cyberpunky EBM vibe, followed by an abstract acid mix 'Electronic Beats', beatless ambience on 'Electronic Ambiance', a spooky Kraftwerkian version 'Electronic Space' and a harder beats driven version 'Moderated Mix' recommended for the dancing crew in classic Dutch/Detroit style.
Uncharted Audio's LJ Kruzer passes over his 'Manhood & Electronics' album to TVO (The Village Orchestra), Ukkonen, Trademark and Cyan 341 for enhanced remix workouts. We're a bit partial to the lush TVO remix. Ruaridh Law does his pastoral techno thing in lush style, finely balancing the throb with long tendrils of glowing green synthlines before disintegrating the rhythm into swung breakbeats over the 9 minute time span. Meanwhile Ukkonen treks 'Poil' on a Drexciyan hike, Trademark find a blurred electro-house groove and Cyan 341 opt for melodic tech-house mix.
Beautiful, waltzing balladry from Brighton's The Miserable Rich, sounding supremely elegant in all their lavishly orchestrated chamber pop finery. 'Somerhill' is an utterly lovely thing, like a very English counterpart to Beirut's exotic big band fare. 'Bye Bye Kitty' follows suit with another bucket load of sweeping strings and lilting acoustics, rounding off a marvellous little package.
The lead track from their album, The Music Makes Me Sick, 'Pain Song' is a jubilant piece of jazzily arranged electronic pop from Swedish/German duo It's A Musical, sounding a bit like a bedroom-recorded Stereolab through the verses before erupting into a brass-fuelled, ebullient chorus. While not as rousing or as euphoric as its A-side counterpart, B-side 'Take Off Your T-shirt' is a warm and intimate affair, bringing to mind the downbeat, stripped down pop of a band like Komeit.
Tara Burke's work as Fursaxa has always explored the more interesting outer edges of free-folk, sidestepping the default singer-songwriter tendencies that come with the turf and instead embarking upon a series of dark, witchy albums populated by bedroom-recorded bouts of accordion, dulcimer and ethereal vocals. The lo-fi DIY aesthetics of old are out the door for this latest release, however; Mycorrhizae Realm marks Burke's first studio-based solo album, and it seems to have come about from her work as part of The Valerie Project (the group assembled in tribute to the Czech cult film, … Read more
This Ohio-based band return with another helping of their remarkably lovely, almost ambient experimental songwriting. Gathered Tones embraces warm, vintage synth designs along with lightly processed instrumental recordings and other such digitally manipulated ephemera, providing a rich, tapestry-like backdrop for meandering vocals and quirky song narratives. Melodious, musically spell-binding and ultimately rather moving, Gathered Tones comes with a high recommendation. "Trouble Books have cultivated another garden lush with colorful and odd sounds, loops, and drones to walk throu… Read more
Dirtybird's Christian Martin delivers one of the very best Trapez releases we've heard in an age. 'Ghosts' is at once rugged tech-house and spooked electro while 'Work' uses booming subs and sharpened electro-funk synths to craft a very solid DJ tool and 'Song For Pop' even goes into industrial acidic dubstep. Excellent EP, do check if you're looking for a darker alternative to Julio Bashmore...
Riley Reinhold returns to his MBF label with three highly effective minimal cuts, assisted by Steve Barnes
Farris Wheel get busy with six of itchin' house futures from Broadway & Wilson. The six tracks on 'Good Old Daze' combine traits of DJ Sneaks boompty sound, Akufens choppy garage-inspired flex and old-skool electro-soul for a well presented and effective sound.
Complementary hi-end tech-house remixes of Eulberg's celebrated work from Rodriguez Jr and Minilogue. The chirpy synth arrangements and streamlined house rhythms of the Rodriguez mix will wholly satisfy the Border Community or Cocoon types while Minilogue provides three exceptionally long and involving versions. Both his 'Belledub' edit and full mix are shortened from the 'In To The Light Mix' where Minilogue stretches out with Basic Channel styled bass pulses and spacious electro-acoustic arrangements making great use of the time and space afforded. Here we're sucked into deep reverberant abysses and floated away on super-lush synth pads reminding of the Orb.
The sixth album from Washington DC rockers, Ted Leo And The Pharmacists: "The Brutalist Bricks is one of those career-defining, "can you believe what you're hearing?" kinda records that makes most other activity the day you first play it nearly impossible (in other words, we're suggesting you shower before you open the package). Recorded through 2009 at Brooklyn's Seaside Lounge, 'Bricks' could be the most confident, kinetic and varied work in Ted's canon, and considering his body of work until now, that's no easy claim to make. If you've seen Ted/Rx at any po… Read more
Heavy meckle dubstep showstoppers from Distance! It's all about the epic 'Beyond' on this one. Distance excels himself with apocalyptic synthline vistas and a slow-motion riddim that ranks up next to Vex'd's '3rd Choice' for sheer cinematic impact. Thankfully it's also big enough to make up for the Grrrtar chops and bass formula of 'Menace' on the flipside. A must check for all dubstep heads!
Friendly Fires and DFA band Holy Ghost indulge in a spot of mutual appreciation and cover each other's songs for this new release. The former do a superb job with 'Hold On', really making it their own via the band's by-now finely honed brand of indie-funk. Shuffling disco drums and rubbery Bootsy Collins-inspired basslines dictate the pace, while some well placed dub-style edits, effects laden guitar and (you guessed it) cowbell all help the mix blossom. Holy Ghost's take on FF's 'On Board' goes for a more laidback electronic feel than the original, calling upon the … Read more
A companion EP coinciding with the release of Jason Collett's fourth full-length, Rat A Tat Tat, To WIt To Woo offers a further six tracks from the recording sessions. "Rat A Tat Tat and To Wit To Woo were recorded in the summer and fall of 2009, largely on the east side of Toronto at Ill Eagle, Carlin Nicholson and Mike O'Brien of Zeus' studio. Zeus, Collett's long time backing band contributed throughout both releases along with a bevy of guests."