Friday, 28 August
Shane English comes with slew of slo-mo industrial crushers for the excellent Unknown Precept label. Wall-to-wall filth in six gut-punching and petrifying parts, cranking from the sprung low-riders mechanics of 'Silent Coup' to manhandled industrial ambience in 'X (For Gray)' via the storage tank clangour of 'Retrograde' to effluent Low Jack styles in 'Am I That', and a swell of claggy bass lacerated with ice-pick snares in 'Negativ'.
**A reminder of the purified techno excellence and electro-acoustic menace of Emptyset's 2009 debut album**Uncompromising minimalism from the Bristol underground courtesy of Emptyset and their long-awaited debut full-length. The duo have been exploring brutally reduced techno styles over the course of three 12"s for Caravan and Future Days since 2007, aligning the bass heavy sound of their Bristol heritage with the streamlined and linear structures of Berlin's Sleeparchive or Marcel Dettmann. For their self titled release they've extended the concept to a full album, allowing themselves to mov… Read more
The Ibizan demigogue coaxes some proper romantic beachside styles with 'Lollipop', backed with breezy and dubbed-out I:Cube remixes and a sensuous Dream 2 Science version by the pioneering OGs, Ben Cenac and Gregg Fore.
Progression sees off his 2nd release with Blueprint Limited, marking his solo debut in style with four welting bangers. We're most partial to the mesmerising bleeps and bruising kicks of A1 and the powerful, insectoid industrialism of B1.
Kinda irresistible goth-pop from new 4AD darling, Pixx. You know that feeling when you hear a song for the first time and it feels like you heard it a hundred times but didn't know its name? That's called déjà entendu and we just felt it hard with 'Fall In', which sounds something like a collab between Grimes and The Cranberries produced by Danny Hyde. The rest of the EP offers diminishing rewards, but that title track is likely to prick the mass market.
The arch avant-pop genius returns to a song from her 'Live Recordings' (NNA Tapes, 2010) for the eagerly anticipated 'Have You In My Wilderness' LP. The obfuscated original is illuminated with harmonised vox and lush production to reveal something close to a lost Yoko and John song. This will float a lot of boats.
Superb, charming EP of wistful and dreamy house fuzz, fresh outta Belgium. Working in orbit of Dresvn and the Acido crew or Pye Corner Audio, he swills wet electronics and pink-hued, gaseous pads in the Mr Soft swagger of 'Floor' and cuts deeper with the rounded yet scratchy groove called 'Liquide' that's loaded with lush, breathy synth voices. 'Pollution' is a delightfully coy and effervescent bit of ambient house, and 'Story' brings this chapter to a close with wheezing electronics and Crépuscular guitar strums. Tip!
Bittersweet, prurient ambient noise from Mikkel Valentin Dunkerly a.k.a. Internazionale - a recent addition to Denmark's Posh Isolation clan. originally available as limited edition 4-tape boxset. 79 minutes of bleak and washed out synth tones. RIYL Alberich, Vatican Shadow, Lussuria.