Thursday, 17 April
Sub-100bpm cosmic disco drug chug from Southern Italy via Glasgow with love. Michele Mininni's debut release yields four buoyant electronic grooves distilling elements of kraut, post rock, new wave and disco with a romantic vision of the dancefloor. 'Tupelo Love' is a sub 100bpm cosmic trancer while Telekomdisko raises the tempo and heads off into sun drenched space territory. The EP is completed by Michele's fellow countrymen, Boot & Tax's great acid inflected remix of 'Tupolev Love'.
""Virgo Cluster" by Jonas Reinhardt fuses elements of cosmic disco and krautrock into a live transcendental package, with amazing guitar work by Phil Manley (Trans Am/Life Coach), and a bonus remix by the Beat Broker (digital only). "Seven Miles Down" from London's Timothy J. Fairplay (The Asphodells) is a testament to Zombie Horror Cinema, featuring a pulsing dub-house beat that dives into cavernous sonic territory. "Guave" by PLAzA is a playful dancefloor workout, that evokes a slow acidic line and classic Chicago house elements. Lastly, "Back Outside" from Roche is druggy outsider ho… Read more
Daft boogie glam pisstake from RTX (fka Royal Trux) for Drag City backed with Hot Chip remix. A-side they drops a silly bump 'n grind groove reminiscent of that mad 'Danse Pop' 7" from OESB, but not half as sly; B-side Hot Chip amp the Glam swagger with a low slung groove that eventually turns into a weird disco turn.
**CD mounted on spotgloss-printed and embossed card sleeve** 'Reset' (2008) is a fine showcase of solo work by Kotra, owner of Ukraine's Kvitnu label. It inhabits a space between the clinical glitch output of Raster-Noton and a rawer, wayward experimental sound relishing in strange, dissonant tones and clashing organic textured samples with sharp electronics over 16 pieces ranging from CoH-like decimation to blown out experiments in distortion and clipped glitch acrobatics.
Crushing, doomy power electronics from Bologna, Italy's Fabrizio Matrone aka Matter, via Ukraine's Kvitnu label. Clearly influenced to some extent by Pan Sonic - who recently delivered live LP 'Oksastus' on Kvitnu - Matter's 'Biorhexistasy' can be taken as sonic metaphor for geological change and mutation. Nine compositions follow this theme closely, resulting in slow, heaving and amorphous shapes hingeing on brutalist rhythms and unstable noise.
Trancing electro-disco from Gavin Elsted aka Adultrock, backed with stronger remixes from Naum Gabo and Ghost 202 aka Ron Morelli and Marquis Cooper. The originals opt for a cheesily gratifying dancefloor sound flush with over-egged synthlines, ambient motifs and boogie flourishes, before JG Wilkes and James Savage's Naum Gabo straighten 'Chants' to more rugged, sexy effect, and Ghost 202 head in the opposite direction with a slow, moody Industro Dub version.
"First vinyl (the CDs on New York's Northern Spy) by this willfully eclectic Brooklyn quintet. It's never clear if they're aware of it or not, but much of CBYH's sound swings with the same way-off-center lope that marks the most enjoyable (as opposed to brittle) work of the Canterbury/RIO continuum. There are even textural similarities to some of the post-Zeuhl French chamber-prog bands of the last century, especially when the violin and synthesizer combine to set the scene. But there's a humorous (or loopily surreal) edge to the material that could never be comprehended by tha… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "In The Hollows is Nat Baldwin's followup to 2011's People Changes. Despite his busy schedule recording and touring as the bass player for Dirty Projectors, Nat found time to write and record his most soulful and ambitious collection of songs to date. After recording the initial tracks at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI, Nat recruited Otto Hauser for drums and percussion, and Rob Moose and Clarice Jensen to write string arrangements. Discussing the album's production, Nat says "I wanted to achieve a consistency throug… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "When Frank Hurricane comes into a room it’s really something. As his name implies, he is impossible ignore. He has built an alarmingly nuanced lexicon out of an amazingly limited number of phrases. “Psychedelic.” “Spiritual.” “Holy.” “Gangsta.” “Pimp.” “Bro.” “Homie.” In the hands of the culture-at-large, these terms have long lost whatever literal or subcultural meaning they may have once had and are now so incredibly overused as to be stripped of any meaning whatsoever. In Frank’s hands, though, each of these words… Read more
**Dreamlike psychedelic pop and indie. Housed in colour gatefold designed by Gary Panter. Includes download code redeemable from the label** "This trio - Devin Flynn, Gary Panter and Ross Goldstein - has delivered one of the most blinding psychedelic listening experiences of the last several anna. Only one of these darlings -- Ross Goldstein - is known primarily as a musician. Gary Panter is one of our era's premier visual artists, and Devin Flynn is among the age's most berserk animation stars. But they have nonetheless managed to blast their way into the very center of a psych-… Read more
**180g vinyl reissue. Edition of 700 copies with insert** "Officer! is either Mick Hobbs (The Work, Family Fodder, Half Japanese) alone or Mick Hobbs with friends. Ossification is like an amazing party held at This Heat's Cold Storage Studio, with friends like Felix Fiedorowicz, Tom Cora, Tim Hodgkinson, Bill Gilonis, Zeena Parkins, Patrick Q, and Catherine Jauniaux. The output of this party is one of the most unusual, pleasurable, and character-filled "pop" records anyone has heard. Fourteen songs that contain the spirit of pop, rock, classical, medieval, avant garde, R.I.O., The Work, Family F… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Secret Stash Records present the first ever reissue of this rare Nigerian funk gem from one of the most influential musicians in the genre. Co-produced by Uchenna Ikonne (Brand New Wayo, Who Is William Onyebar?), this reissue has been lovingly remastered and meticulously restored. In the early 1970s, Harry Mosco formed the now legendry funk-rock band, The Funkees. In search of greater opportunity and a wider audience, the group moved to London in 1973. Four years and two albums later they disbanded. Meanwhile, back in Ni… Read more
Tuesday, 15 April
This week we peer into the crenellated realms of contemporary computer music and digital extremes derived from digital-based techniques and processes. All the music in this selection was created more or less over the past decade - the earliest piece is taken from Florian Hecker's Prix Ars Electronica Award-winning 'Sun Pandämonium' (2003) - but we've particularly focussed on more recent, bleeding-edge iterations of the sound thru outstanding works by the likes of Lorenzo Senni, Gábor Lázár, EVOL, Opéra Mort, and Rene Hell, among others. Collected, they span a unique s… Read more
Monday, 14 April
Gritty swing-jack joints from one of the UK's dopest yung house producers, backed with two 'floor-scrambling Redshape remixes. Read's 'Shrubby' runs motor city bassline through a thicket of scratchy drums and slicing, Chez Damier/Maurizio chords to rugged effect, which Redshape duly reroutes with patented kick drum thump, haywire electronics and a surging, club-slaying synthline. On 'Zig Zag' Read locks down to a haughty, humping computer jack pattern with wickedly delirious finale, and Redshape takes it to a deeper, stranger, place with progressive builds. Tipped!
Blackest Ever Black continue a strong run of releases with with this cold-burning EP from Dalhous, bringing more of the same ramshackle yet profound electronica that made their debut album An Ambassador For Laing an interesting proposition. The title was a phrase coined by theorist of punishment Michel Foucault, and the dull horror of imprisonment and surveillance seeps slowly into the fabric of this release. But there's also a gothic triumph in its eroded and barnacled fragments, robust beats swept up in cinematic reverb and hymns to drowned sailors. The eerie, expl… Read more
Unknown Precept follow their industrial compilation 'The Black Ideal' with a noisy, clattering vinyl debut by Damaskin. Toiling scorched earth between AnD, Prostitutes and the Weevil series, four tracks rove from heads-down industrial churn to skippier, sub-heavy off-beats, wild-eyed experiments and grubby monotone slammers.
After a great series of vinyl issues, Desire collect the recent remixes of Ike Yard in this crucial digital package. With a span of some 30 years between the originals and the remixes, it's an interesting way to weigh up and study the influence of Ike Yard's radically stripped down post-punk/techno prototypes on the successive generation of electronic producers. It starts up with a remastered mix of Regis' desk-chopped version of 'Loss' - arguably the album's standout moment - and cycles thru some exceptional work from Powell and Tropic Of Cancer on sharply contrasting - and equally brilliant -… Read more
Exceptional, dazzling modular synth compositions from the boss of Chicago's underground incubator, Catholic Tapes for John Elliott's Spectrum Spools. A filigree mesh of field recordings and "ritual variations of a singular patch for Modular Synthesis", Naucke's 3rd solo LP since his 2010 debut for Arbor is a sophisticated and inquisitive thing of wonder, framing a macroscopic vision equally guided by academic, avant-garde intuition and painstaking studio process. Unlike so many modular pieces that feel as though we're simply being extruded thru a long wormhole, Brett's compositional strategy is… Read more
*Epic drone and industrial soundscapes from Eric Holm, new on Subtext, highly recommended to followers of Emptyset, Vainqueur and classic Chain Reaction* Subtext presents the debut album from the London based American electronic musician Eric Holm. The release brings together a collection of recordings produced on the arctic island of Andøya, an outpost 300 kilometers north of the arctic circle. Developed entirely from a single contact mic recording from a remote telegraph pole that connects the island's array of military listening stations, Holm crafts a detailed expansion of this solitary son… Read more
Eglo welcome Antipodean multi-instrumentalist / writer / painter Kirkis to the fold with a skewed debut of proggy electronic soul music. Both tracks are pre-cursors to what could be a very promising debut album 'Liverbleach', all bursting with colour, jagged groove meters and vocals that sound like "the spirit of Frank Zappa trapped in an answering machine." A-side is a reeling beam of future soul music laced with zig-zagging acid in balance with breezy vocal and seasick boogie groove. B-side, 'Oh Serene Zoltar' sounds like a repressed breakcore riddim to charming effect.
Vibe receptors at the ready: Drew Lustman aka Falty DL's Blueberry Records introduces Luke Vi..err, Luke Warm with a super charming debut of broken beats and deep house dopeness. Essentially it's a modern rare groove showcase, distilling the best from 30 years of urban dance research with X amounta soul swerve. 'Daydreamin'' starts up like 4Hero and Machiendrum doing breezy slow-fast bounce, and 'Brockley Spears' jumps to a classic hip-house coda with a Steinski-esque edit agenda and proper, up-to-date production chops. 'Instant Vibe' dips a bit deeper with infectious meld of Chicago st… Read more
Latest on Luke Younger's Alter label is a beguiling set of edited electronic improvisations by the wayward French duo, Jo Tanz and Laurent Gerard (Él-G) aka Opéra Mort. The follow-up to their last LP for the sadly defunct Parisian record shop Bimbo Tower, 'Dédales' arrives a few years after Él-G's 'Mil Pluton' LP, and the pair's brilliant 'Globe Et Dynastie' side (seriously, go check this!) with cult French outsider Ghédalia Tazartès in the Reines D'Angleterre trio. Those facts should all give you some indication of the abstract, nether territory this LP occupies. It's a result of true electro… Read more
Gunnar Haslam, Invisible Conga People, and Daniel Avery overhaul the jagged jakbeat 'How You Say' from Factory Floor's debut LP. L.I.E.S.-regular Haslam softens the edges and boosts the bass on a pumping, hypnotic reduction ready for open-minded 'floors, whereas IDIB/DFA dudes Invisible Conga People drag down the tempo to a waltzing chug inflected with fizzing electronics and lushest, BoC-like pads for a proper mogadon disco sound. However, we reckon it's Daniel Avery's dreamy, drugged-up tech-house version, finding the sweetest space between vaulted, Cocteau Twins-like atmospheres and Kompakt-style groove that's gonna see the most dancefloor action, and rightly so.
Now this is interesting - one of the most unusual projects to have emerged on Editions Mego for a while. Markus Schmickler is better known for his electronic output as Pluramon, while Julian Rohrhuber is a Professor of Music Informatics and Media Theory at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Politken der Frequenz ('Politics of Frequency') draws on concepts from economics and advanced mathematics, including the work of contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou, for a literal sonification of cutting-edge theory and the abstractions of the modern world… Read more
Ital Tek liquifies the bind between Footwork and IDM/electronica in the super-structured 'Mega City Industry'. The Brighton-based producer continues to build on the theme of his 'Hyper Real' and 'Control' EPs for Civil Music and Planet Mu with an elastic muscularity and dramatic appeal over these four glistening new cuts. The title tune renders a brutalist arrangement of face-melting synthline rushes meshed to teetering, filigree slow-fast programming like some futurist Michael Mann soundtrack, and 'Shinra' heads far east in a spiralling vortex of hyper arpeggios punctuated by heavy s… Read more
Ralph Cumbers' Bass Clef debuts on PAN with four pieces of fluent modular acid. The most substantial dancefloor drop on a tour of duty which has seen him release on Public Information, Punch Drunk, Alter, and Mordant Music (as Some Truths) in the past 6 months or so, his 'Raven Yr Own Worl' EP carves a dead English dance sound from his favoured Bug Brand modular system, made by Tom Bug of Bristol. For want of a more concise phrase, it's a Radiophonic Dub Rave style, coming off like the eager offspring of Luke Vibert and Graham Massey after a night on Cornish acid. A-side fires up the … Read more
Hot on the heels of that ace John Lacey/COUM Transmissions release, Andrew Hargreaves returns to his Other Ideas label for a bleak, No(rthern) Industrial battery under his Beppu alias. Beppu releases in the past have been largely confined to limited CD runs that have mostly all sold out on the day of release - but this edition is the first in a proposed trilogy of albums, and the first material Hargreaves has released on vinyl under this alias. 'Coercion' was conceived whilst reading Stanley Milgram's 'Obedience To Authority' tome, and consequently closely mirrors the book's themes of claustrophob… Read more