Monday, 23 November 2009
Ostgut dip their toes further into the dubstepXtechno axis with this heavyweight package, bringing together Al Tourettes, Appleblim and Deuce (Marcel Dettmann & Shed) for a robust re-evaluation of Luke Slater's recent Planetary Assault Sysytems album for the label. Appleblim and label cohort Al Tourettes steer clear of any discernable steppy templates in favour of a much more propulsive warehouse workout, deploying stretched synths and a pounding kickdrum with an effective darkroom vibe that works a treat, particularly at high volumes. Shed and Dettmann revive th… Read more
Taking a break from his recent junglist excursions, Cluekid delivers two standardly heavy dubstep joints for Pinch's 'Earwax label. 'Chicken Foot' steps on a sinister half-step vibe with massive 3D basslines threatening to implode ovet he groove, while 'Shifty' sets up a very crafty pattern with muscle-locking rhythm mechanics and serious bass weight. Big tunes for fans of Coki, Pinch or Skream.
London underground staple Sticky makes his presence felt in the Funky arena with the first of what is reputed to be a slew of killer productions waiting to assault the dancefloor. Just to recap, Sticky is the producer behind Ms Dynamite's 'Booo!' and a handful of underground hits on Social Circles, More 2 Da Floor and Suited N'Booted so it was only a matter of time before he turned to the Funky style. 'Jumeirah Riddim' comes in the same lineage of Grime>>>Funky as Lil Silva's 'Funky Flex' or Perempay's 'Buss It', built with choppy grime style strings and a bumpy beat sound… Read more
Disco, house and soul nuts may be experiencing chaffage right now after rubbing they hands in anticipation of this nugget. Firecracker EP4 is a hot toddy to the ears, featuring he usual outstanding attention to detail on the sleeve artwork and vinyl pressing, and astounding production levels on the record itself from Linkwood, Fudge Fingas and House Of Traps. 'Barely Eagle' on the A-side is the massive slow-disco winner that's been getting repeat rotation from the likes of Trevor Jackson, Trus'me and The Unabombers, practically coming with a satisfaction guaranteed insert… Read more
**Remastered from the original tapes** Marking an important early milestone in the career of the band, Sonic Youth's collaboration with fellow no-wave figurehead Lydia Lunch, 'Death Valley '69', was a relatively discord-free moment, lifted from the band's 1985 album Bad Moon Rising, Reportedly inspired (if that's the right word) by the Charles Manson murders, compared next to Sonic Youth's more recent form, the single stands out as dark and full of simmering tension that develops as the piece unfolds, but the wild, disorderly melodies through the verses have a jarring, hypnotic allure to them.
*Features the original version of "subtraktive" re-mastered with 3 new mixes from Intrusion and Soultek* Previously released as a super limited CDr in 2007 and vinyl in 2008, Stephen Hitchell's slow moving dub-ambient composition 'Subtraktive' is now released for the downloaders backed with three exclusive mixes. The original is a classic of the Echospace catalogue, merging beatless misty dawn atmospheres with an aura of heavy influences, while the brand new 'Intrusion Twilight Dub' adds a KILLER throbbing 4/4 bass and reverb effects. Intrusion's 'Path To Zion Dub' eases into a bobbing steppers… Read more
*Unreleased and re-mastered versions of early Soultek, most of which is unavailable in any format* The irrepressibly productive Stephen Hitchell coaxes more ghostly imprints from Chicago and Detroit classics on this collection of early works dating from 1993 to 2000. 'Reflective' includes five previously unreleased songs along with two tracks taken from analog tape recordings of live performances at an after party for the first ever Detroit Music Festival, lending a authentically spectral resonance to the proceedings. There's an energy about tracks like 'Groove Control' and 'Spaceman' that you… Read more
*Features re-mastered versions of the 12" release as well as two new digital exclusive remixes by Intrusion and the unreleased "LIVE" mix by cv313* This is the first Echospace single since "The Coldest Season" dropped on Modern Love and is a perfect continuation of Rod Modell and Steve Hitchell's deeply engrossing dub variations. "Spatial Dimension" sees a sublime configuration of airy, reflective chords and a heaving bassline cushioned by all the space you could imagine. Reflective yet propulsive - something that echospace have turned into their calling card. The c… Read more
The Bunker related Creme Jak series had some unfinished business and comes back to finish the job with 4 devastating Jack trax from James T Cotton and 2AM/FM. We've never heard owt like 'King Of The Box' from JTC before but he's welcome to give us a lot more, sequencing looped funk guitar over body rattling machine kicks and sounding like Skinny Puppy mashed and edited by Jamal Moss for his Medusa series. For a more sinister flavour, 2AM/FM gives out two tracks of deceptively simple and fuggin' rugged Jakbeat for darkened warehouses and low ceilinged basements alike, from the hypnotic synths of 'The Path' to the epic acid of 'Masters Of Rhythm'.
This EP reunites label boss Taylor Deupree with his long-term collaborative partner Savvas Ysatis. 'Hourglass' sees the duo returning to the lush, modified song-based material highlighted by their 2007 mini album, The Sleeping Morning. 'Clouds' might be the best actual 'song' these two have come out with to date, taking on a kind of downbeat hyper-real feel that casts acoustic instrumentation and vocals in an unnaturally glossy sheen, giving only a few small gestures towards the kind of electronic complexities we might have come to expect from Deupree. Instead, beautifull… Read more
Driven by an engine of raved-up stabs and strangulated bass squeaks, 'Lander' finds electronica heroes Posthuman on anthemic form, concocting a real club-slaying monster of a track with beats that nod to the simple elegance of their electro heritage without sounding remotely behind the times. The Cursor Miner mix really puts those beats through the mangle, squeezing the bass and making the snares pop out of the mix. Love it.
**1st disc is mixed - the 2nd is unmixed** No rest for the wicked then as Kromestar unleashes a mixtape comprised entirely of his own productions, backed with a second disc of individual and unmixed cuts. As you'd expect, the mix is rammed out with nuff roadblock tunes, from the unhinged frequency-freakin of 'Skystalker' to the darker 'My Sound', the jump-up squealer 'Dutty Bread', a gibbering loony tune on 'Pissed Off' and a tonne more ultimate bangerz to make your facebook party go off with a skank. Completely off it.
Back in stock. Animal Collective's previous full-length outing "Feels" catapulted the band to an entirely different level of success, and "Strawberry Jam" is sure to see their popularity escalating even further. Between the two albums, Panda Bear caused quite a stir with his own solo album, a record brimming with psychedelic experimentation and classic, Beach Boys-influenced pop ambition. Consequently you'd expect the band to have already blown a whole heap of their best ideas, and if the lead-up 10" Peacebone (with the superb B-side 'Safer') hadn't set your mind fully at ease, fear not… Read more
The solo project of one Kazuhiro Okuda, Nuearz is the latest recruit to the Skam roster, and while a solid core of heavily edited electronica is at the heart of this record, there's an awful lot more going on as well. The tricky cutting, in-depth percussive detail and cranked levels of compression all make Saturation Point an aptly titled sensory assault. 'Protocol C' works well, benefitting from playing down the more overloaded compositional traits of elsewhere - 'Counterpoise' for example is a beast of a thing, full of melodic, twinkling tones, lurid synth lines and strummed acoustic… Read more
Aguayo's addictively kinky 'Rollerskate' anthem is handed over to some of his surehanded Cómeme peers for faithful revisions tucking deeper into the Latin-rhythmic aspects. Marcus Rossknecht's mix adds extra percussion for a straighter DJ friendly version remaining respectfully close to the structure of the original, but the excitement starts with Diegors & The Don's version, sounding like Roska if he came from Lima rather than London, shaking strong but sparse Latin-funky drums with trippily panned vocals for wicked effect. Vincent Sanfuentes aka Original Hamster and Alex Thund… Read more
Brit producer Richard Norris (known for being one half of The Grid and Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve) dispenses three great tracks of pigeonhole-evading psychedelic prog-disco on this latest release for the Tirk label. 'More Cowbell' lifts a bassline from somewhere in the Death In Vegas or Add N To (X) songbook and spirals off into cosmic weirdness with a flurry of percussion (and yes, there is an awful lot of cowbell going around). 'Mushroom Family' is distinctly more cult-ish, putting together memorable psych-rock organ riffs, tranced out, wordless vocals and deadly… Read more
Electric Minds offer a modern-day overhaul of Arthur Russell's considerable legacy, compiling this ample tribute to the great man with tracks from Yam Who?, Faze Action and Ilja Rudman among others. Exactly half of the twelve songs sequenced here are either by Yam Who? or involve contributions from them, underlining just how much commitment the duo have invested in this project. Among the highlights are an epic piano house revision of 'In The Light Of A Miracle', Rudman's cowbell-clanging disco version of 'Wax The Van' (last seen on the compilation's preview EP from earlier on in the year) and a slick, soulful take on 'Make 1 2' by Yam Who? with Mary Moore.
Ace wares from the Smallville house courtesy of STL aka Stephan Laubner and label operator Julius Steinhoff. It's business as usual with the STL side, laying down nearly 12mins of rugged, oh-so-deep and physically effective house rhythms underpinned by subliminally funky bass and driven by crisp percussion. On the other side, Steinhoff proves himself to be a name to watch out for with 'Something Like Wonderful', following ace contributions to the current label comp 'And Suddenly It's Morning' with a solid DJ's tool of warm Detroit keys and thickly glutinous bass for yer maximus. Dead coool tracks for fans of Cassy, Mike Huckaby or Sascha Dive.
Superstar DJ types Armand Van Helden and A-trak conspire to spin the world on a New York disco-house axis with the infuriatingly catchy 'aNYway'. You can choose to hate this if you want, but it's the sort of tune that comes on the radio and you'll find yourself tapping along to, before finding another station when the guilt gets too much.
Spanish dubstep producer Hector Hernandez aka Hektagon pays a dubstep tribute to his current city of residence on 'London' for the Freakz Of Nature imprint. Hektagon is certainly one of the more interesting producers working within the dubstep rave context, proving a heightened sense of narrative and broader sonic palette than most with 14 tracks crossing from charging dub-swingers with sweet Rhodes keys on 'Old Days', incorporating MCs on 'This Is London' feat Creamo, or deeper house infected steppers on recent single 'The One'. Fans of everyone from 16Bit to Indigo will find something to like here.
Pixeltan are one of those Brooklyn bands with an impossibly cool line-up, fronted by a cute chick who sings with an effortlessly inviting tone, and driven by drummer extraordinaire Hisham Akira Bharoocha (ex - of Lightning Bolt/ Black Dice) and professional hipster Devin Flynn. They've only had two previous releases to their name over the last 9 years, so you'd expect 'Yamarena-I' to be fairly accomplished. It is. The whole EP is covered in DFA's slacker slickness, from the Afrobeat infected title track to the clipped discofunk strut of 'Scatter' and the Comic Disco inspirations of 'No More Delay', filling their cool quotient for at least the next 5 years.
Carrying over the tradition of '60s and '70s festive funk records from Motown, James Brown et al, Strut assemble their very own playlist of Christmas songs, drawn from tracks only ever released as obscure 45 B-sides. The fact that all these tracks are novel rarities only makes the compilation all the more revelatory: chances are you won't have heard the likes of 'Funky Funky Christmas' by Electric Jungle before ("Sho nuff funky Christmas Day" exclaims someone), and The Harlem Children's Chorus recording of 'Black Christmas' - all about Yuletide in the ghetto - can't help bu… Read more
The legendary NYC Disco and No Wave imprint Ze Records opens up its cherished catalogue to the likes of the Idjut Boys, Rub 'n Tug, and Greg Wilson for an incredible feast of edits and remixes giving new life to an awesome body of music. Idjut Boys are tasked with editing Kid Creole & The Coconts 'I'm Corrupt', while Humberto Matias' Social Disco Club and Todd Terje provide respective edits of Gichy Dan's 'Beachwood No.9'. Easily the biggest highlight here has to be Bill Brewster's Fat Camp version of Scritti Politti's David Gamson on 'No Turn On Red', while Richard Sen's … Read more
Limited edition of 3000, x 6 CD set of "audio verite" recordings (Mastered by the incomparable Denis Blackham) of Suicide playing live from September 1977 to August 1978 . These recordings cover most of their early shows at CBGB's & Max's plus their first ever tour across Europe & the UK. As you will hear, a crucial year in Suicide's development as both musicians and performers and their mission to stretch the label of Punk Rock to the very limit. The package includes a 40 page booklet of Suicide & Red Star Records memorabilia (including very rare Red Star Press Relea… Read more
Thomas Fehlmann's 1994 Flow EP on R &S, made available once again digitally. These six tracks from The Orb collaborator's back-catalogue certainly show their age - something made all the more apparent when you consider how current and vital the producer's contemporary work continues to sound. Regardless, put your '90s hat on for a spell and this varied and highly condensed record becomes a typically deep and virtuosic collection of works, demonstrating the kind of uncanny relationship Fehlmann has with his machines.
Deeper disco-house from Tokyo's Rondenion. 'Sun Glare' wears Moodyman and Rock Wilhite influences proudly with hypnotic soul horns and slippin' disco bass loops given a raw finish, while the excellent title track gets on a heads-down disco-noir vibe and 'Blue Canal' strongly reminds of Linkwood's space disco fringe oddities. Really ace stuff throughout for fans of Trus'me, Firecracker records, Theo Parrish and co.
Chicago based dubstep/grime producer J Courage pays tribute to his hometown with the title track, a blend of wonky mid-range synths and rolling 4/4's, while Suburban Soundbwoy gives a breaks flavoured mix and Bombaman runs with a ruffneck 4/4 dubstep rave-meets funky kinda inclination.
MRK1's Finnish buddy Tes La Rok emerges with another bomb track for all the dubstep faithful on Noppa records. Served up for the DJ's, 'Bwwooy' is a dub leaning skanker with excellent production values lending it some hefty presence in the dancehall. We much prefer 'Dub Ting' on the flip for the merging of happier hardcore piano chord sequences with a running 4/4 riddim offset by swinging percussive syncopations.
Jay Haze's Contexxterrior imprint follows up Bloody Mary's label debut with three remixes of lead track 'Sed Non Satiata' feat Argenis Brito from hot minimal/tech-house names Shonky, Alex Celler and Sierra Sam. Shonky' 'Papreek Lost Miniok mix' grooves with a clean and sparkling finish, while Celler's mix chews away any ft for a to-the-bone tech-house mix and Sierra Sam adds a metallic clanking Latin soundsphere for late night fun. For fans of Locodice and Richie Hawtin.
Last heard via that other great avenue for new electronica, Audiobulb, Brighton's Calika returns on Highpoint Lowlife with five classy productions: 'Slack Jaw' chops craftily through splashy breakbeats and dark, chopped chord sequences - inevitably raising some of those old Four Tet comparisons, but rather than relying on sample dissection the tracks here are defined by intricate editing and tricky programming. 'Crome Yellow' is especially fluent and incisive, cutting up those drums in fine style while strange detuned melodies warp and bend around them. The EP closes strongly too, with the bea… Read more