Monday, 20 October
Illicit darkroom gear from Jay Ahern's Cheap and Deep Productions, backed with an exceptional Ectomorph remix. Riding back downtown on Modular Cowboy, Cheap and Deep's latest offerings get intimate with the splashing electronics and over-the-shoulder vocals in 'EVP', and darkest dark room sex techno in 'Freqmusique', both built with the kind of production values that matter in the right place. The roiling Ectomorph remix of 'Time Stops' is really something else though, locking into a slippery vortex of overstepped bassline spillage and horny gynoid vocals gilded with filigree acid flecks.
Another ace from fresh new American label, Aught; five cuts of filtered No Wave disco mania. Curiously detached but yearning to be danced to, ACI_EDITS' music operates in that same dazed headspace as Actress, Bookworms or NWAQ with toiling, hypnotic house and disco loops fed through a barrage of glancing filters until they resemble music for a haunted dancefloor hall of mirrors. It's a deliciously disorienting yet driving style, with some real goodies for adventurous DJs in the beyond-Ron Hardy vibes of '01', the Patten-esque tumble of '02' & '05', or the tracky Afro-centric blur of '04'. Recommended!
A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instrumentation done with a light-hearted soul and heavy funk. Now worki… Read more
Eminent Dutch DJ/producer Benny Rodrigues (aka Rod) turns out two slinky burners for Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series. 'Master French' is a classy, simmering tribute to the Lil' Louis classic, 'French Kiss', only sans vocal and with reshuffled, filtered drums. 'Z' steps up the pace but keeps the mood low key and seductive with feathered chords and shakers for that 6am dreamstate effect.
"Raresh is the final Romanian of the Ricardo Villalobos-endorsed [a:rpia:r] triumvirate to join the fabric series. Fabric78 features an array of textural atmospheres, intricate percussion lines and penetrating low end tones, all instilled with mind- bending complexities to perfectly capture the essence of his sound."
Nearly three hours of well tanned, shades-on house from Guillaume Duchastel De Montrouge aka DJ W!ld.
Tuff City Kids' Phillip Lauer does it for Beats In Space with two EBM-infected house sure-shots. 'Hands & Feet' balances piano house chords with sharp and sticky electronic drums in a poised Frankfurt fashion. 'Stigma' scrolls back to mid-late '80s styles with uplifting disco/house keys and cantering wave groove softened by lush arpeggios and breathy synth voices.
**Electronic pop and ambient electronica from a trio of Denmark's most trusted producers, Anders Remmer (Dub Tractor), Jesper Skaaning (Acustic), Thomas Knak (Opiate) aka Future 3, joined by vocalists Benoit Pioulard and Anja T. Lahrmann** "Future 3 return with an album of airy, ethereal-yet-epic compositions that both nod to the trio's nineties roots but also take in all the various musical experiments, ventures, and releases that have seen the light of day since 2001. The band's first album in 13 years, With and Without inhabits, as the title indicates, two different kinds of sonic realm… Read more
**Diverse, classy beat suite by Dutch DJ/producer, from neck-snappers to softer soul styles including an ace with Detroit's Guilty Simpson** "Percy Samidjono, better known by his stage name I.N.T. is a Dutch producer, DJ and performing artist originally from Amsterdam and Rwina's newest addition to its artist roster. "Percy La Rock" was the name given to I.N.T. by Charlie Ahearn, the director of Wildstyle. This seven-track EP is a diverse and unique record in the hip-hop/soul spectrum, with dreamy vocals from singers like Steve Hartley and Sasha Vee and some proper brag n' boast raps from… Read more
Six warm and melodic addendae to Dntel's 'Human Voice' album for Leaving Records. But even if you're no DNTEL die-hard, there's nice stuff to be uncovered in the deep and frothy acid house reduction, 'Bordeom' and the deep fried circuitry of 'Goonie House'.
Living up to his unrivalled reputation as one of the most versatile and capable producers in electronic music, Mark Pritchard rolls off two of his most deadly riddims for Mala's Deep Medi stable. If you've not caught one of Mark's releases as Harmonic 313, Jedi Knights, Reload or Global Communications you need to go and do some revision mate, but if you've been keeping track of the last 20 years of dance music you'll know what we're talking about. The steamroller subs of 'Elephant Dub' are crushingly heavy, creating a dense pressure that causes the snares to ping off the surface with… Read more
The Japanese stepper follows last year's 'New Epoch' heavyweight with a pair of dynamic and colourful steppers for Deep Medi, including a link-up with Ruckspin. Gwan dolo, 'Born To Know' laces his signature pneumatic subs and sparse drums with a lightshow of fluoro arpeggios and lush, keening discord to dazzling effect. Flipside, he teams up with Ruckspin for the organ-spooked halfstep lurch of 'Behind The Glass'.