Monday, 29 June
Steven Tang is a producer of sadly-underappreciated merit, who blends the best of the motor and windy cities' dancefloor sounds here into a slamming slice of goodness with some raw 326 remix action from fellow jackman Jamal "Hieroglyphic Being" Moss of Mathematics fame. TR707 drums and addictive basslines from the deep end of jack. On the flip, the lush strings and pads of 'Reminiscence' warm the soul while a space-aged acidic bassline moves it and 808 drums take you to a mystical place. Finishing off 'Pulsating Through' just throbs, with a rounded bass sound at a higher octave providing the lead melody.
Berlin's Sleeparchive furnishes Mord with four cuts of prime bleep techno. No messing about here - it's pure techno - stoking the club with perfectly paced ice-drip bleeps and thundering momentum in the first track, beside a body-scanning 2nd part, and absolutely slaying us with the psychotomimetic cadence and raw noise stabs of the 3rd cut, before locking in the deliquescent chimes and guttural bass jabs of the 4th track.
**The French synth-pop freaks return in colourful, spiky fashion** "Their new album ‘NO VOID’ is now being released on SHITKATAPULT, whose label slogan ‘Special Musick for Special People’ fits perfectly to the often euphorically rocking music of the French duo. DAT POLITICS themselves refer to their latest LP as a “hallucinating ride in a space roller coaster: scary and funny!” This time around, their songs took shape once again under influences outside of music such as astronomy, philosophy and programming language as well as surrealism, fantasy films and their own dreams. The nine tracks,… Read more
In-the-pocket house moves from Matt Karmil for Bristol's Idle Hands. These are tracky, bare-bones grooves, from the bumbling B-line squash of 'Play It' to the dusted, Theo-esque shuffle of 'Do It', and the nifty, percolated shunt of 'Say It'.
Welting techno deviation from SP-X on the 2nd of 3 'Moving Through Mirrors' volumes. The whip-sharp ballstics of 'Out of the Trap' are primed to drive bodies wild with barrelling kicks and slashing synths that cut thru the mix with hydraulick warp effect. 'Spectrum Drift' works to a more even, rumbling keel offset with sandpaper claps and flying razor hi-hats.
Juju & Jordash take it to the hilt with a bag of fruity house percolations for Dekmantel. Amsterdam's jazziest house cats return to the label they sparked off with two releases in 2009, only this time with peak, eye-fluttering club times in mind - giving up the goods in four parts they nod to classic Cajual and Glenn Underground styles between the sublime bounce of 'Down To The Roach' and its stripped dub, whereas 'Bean Bag Motel' checks out a stranger, jazzier vibe rife with wiggly, layered synths and 'Lights At Night' shows off with the dopest '80s Detroit styles.
"The Reactivate EP is Blastto's homage to classic rave music with a 2015 twist-4 energetic DJ friendly, club focussed tracks. Intro track Acid Light is a feel-good piano roll anthem flourished with the odd Eski-inspired sound and classic drum breaks, followed by Pandemonium - a peak time banger with a nod to 90's signature Altern-8/2 Bad Mice synth stabs. Such A Feeling pulls out the stops and Mitsubishis with hoovers, Amen breaks and hardcore style pitched up vocals. Rounding it all of is Ready To Go, a grimey yet fun industrial grinder. Support Plastician (Rinse FM), Sinden, Nina Las Vegas, LuckyMe, Rushmore, Catchdubs (Fools Gold), Inkke…"
Percussive house tricks from General Ludd, who was known as Dam Mantle before enlisting in the house army with releases for Clan Destine, Mister Saturday Night Records and Autonomous Africa. 'Wigu Hill' jerks out like Soundhack meets Dego; 'Molycorps Mountain Pass' deals in flanging metallic tribalism; 'Garimpos' locks down to a Diskant-like loop-off; 'Prisoners Dilemna' gets down liek a Bookworms bewt with taut layers of writhing, driving drum patterns.
Clipped electro-house from Rob Clouth on his return to Leisure System, backed with Kowton and Vessels remixes. The original makes great use of a convulsive, dubstep-style toad tone wrapped to a swaggering IDM-boogie groove. Kowton's remix ruffs up the drums and spikes the atmospheres to lush, prickling effect, and Vessels (note the extra 's') knead the same elemebnts into a whirring tech-house wormhole.
Syn-pop duo Rosen & Spydett make their vinyl debut on Denmark's Posh Isolation with a gorgeous, gauzy follow-up to a handful of early cassettes. Floating in a breezy, bright white space beyond Moon Wheel, Pye Corner Audio or Cold Cave, 'Fortuna' tends to a special brand of Scandinavian synth melancholy over 8 songs in just under 30 minutes. Detached drum machines clack and punch time from a distance beneath diaphanous, chiffon synth voice melodies that cascade and fizz like burned-out stars depicted in a fragile diorama. A lot of the romantic types are bound to be smitten with this one. Posh Isolation at their best.
The tentative, collaged and proggy ambience of 'Drift' is separated from Scuba's 'Claustrophobia' album and backed with a swing-jackin' house remix by Mr Tophat and Alfie.
Ruskin and Broom take on Aaliyah and R Kelly… joke… drop two slabs of high pressure UK techno class on Blueprint's limited white label series. If they are actually edits we're not feeling brave enough to hazard a guess who of, but we can tell you there's some peaking, sub-heavy swing and drone business on the front, and a stone-cold acidic slammer on the flipside.
Koehler conducts a mutant acid skank, backed with a cranky-assed remix by A Made Up Sound. Swedish producer Koehler's 3rd shot for Berceuse Heroique knuckles out grubby sub wobbles, twysted 303 drops and shanking chords like some lost Abi Shanti acid dub. On the flip, it feels like A Made Up Sound dragged the same track backwards thru a hedge, turning out like some wild-eyed and feral bashment acid attack sparked up with crushed breaks inna Ambush records fashion. Good stuff.
Class techno from a producer last spotted on DVS-1's Mistress Recordings. This is proper club tackle, doing it Chicago-style with the bucking merry-go-round of 'Machine Code' up top, and again with that wonky Relief-style organ/acid line barely kept on track in 'Recursive Descent', whilst 'Compiler' trims back for a Rob Hood-compatible minimalist 'floor burner.
A natural album artist, Boris Bunnik a.k.a. Conforce returns to Delsin with the latest findings from his new Rotterdam lab. Ironically enough, considering he's moved from a coastal island to the city, 'Presentism' feels more pastoral, fluid than previous transmissions. Covering a silty spectrum of styles below the surface of Detroit techno-electro and A.I. electronica, he motions an ambiguous sound shot thru with a positive, almost joyful light between the astral synth voices and machine patter of 'Artefact from a Higher Dimension' to the wistful Martyian beach tones of 'Monomorphic' and ageless ambience of 'Predictive Flow'.
"John Beltran continues his relationship with Delsin Records with the release of a new ambient album, Espais. Beltran has long been a master of his art, turning out seminal LPs and EPs on labels like Peacefrog, Millions of Moments and Text Records. Back in 2013 he released the well received Amazing Things following a wide ranging compilation on the label, and in the near future he is to release another full length project, but first comes this. Espais is an absorbing soundtrack featuring 17 pieces of immersive, sonically lush and rich music. As he has throughout his career, Beltran makes use… Read more
Ninja Tune catch Romare at his most reduced, unfancy with the straight playing house groove and bluesy inflections of 'Rainbow (Club)'.
Alex Cobb, the soul behind the Taiga Remains alias and Students of Decay label, enchants with an expansive quartet of ghostly drone compositions in 'Chantepleure'. He sets a rarified, almost ecclesiastical air with the solemn poise of 'Prayer Ring', followed thru and expanded in the thicker layers of drone harmonics in melting from 'Anselin', whereas the more succinct arrangement of 'Disporting with a Shadow' acts as a sweeter, space-resetting palate cleanser for the intimate and glacially paced 16 minutes of shimmering harmonics in 'Path of Appearance'.
An emotive piece of ambient tech-house pop from Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based Jakub Alexnader, a.k.a. Heathered Pearls and the boss of Moodgadget records.
Ahead of his 'Homesick' album, Ghostly International present the luxuriant ambient romance of 'Annika's Theme' by Matrixxman.
Glowering electro-techno styles from Ms. Hauff, making superb use of vocals for the first time on this teaser for her 'Discreet Desires' album. To be fair, we can't confirm the vocals are Helena's, but they certainly make a welcome change from her obtuse style. On 'Sworn to Secrecy Part II' she comes across as a cold gynoid, whispering like Victoria Lukas over distorted, bittersweet synth discord and serrated machine drum punctuation.
The Legendary Flying Saucer Attack return with a temptingly pensive taste of what to expect from 'Instrumentals 2015', their first album in fifteen years.
Clinical techno hypnosis conducted by Sweden's Peder Mannerfelt and Simon Haydo for Shifted's Avian label. This is some of the purest, most visceral Techno we've heard in a while, grappling with sheer frequencies and shifty patterns with a proper, bloody-minded focus. It more or less blends the best of both their worlds - Mannerfelt's uncanny studio skill and Haydo's sleek, purified dance tracks found on DEM. There's five cuts of finer wave functions oscillating between monotone jacks, rumbling rhythmic noise and EBM-tainted throbbers for the hardest-to-please experimental techno heads.
"Berlin's Redshape returns with a new EP, in the vein of his sci fi laden Detroit techno style that continues to evolve but stay true to his unmistakable Redshape sound..."
Mr Mitch's Gobstopper label releases one of its strongest yet with the new EP from Strict Face. It's another minimized Grime masterclass, 'Fountains' sounding like slowed down Eski meets "Moments in Love' - all emotive strings, lots of space and low-end synths that cut through it all to disorientating effect. 'Highbury Skyline' is more menacing and tough, still retaining that dizzying sonic separation that makes this new wave of Grime productions so compelling and fucking out there. Amazing EP this.