Monday, 21 July
LA's Dva Damas follow up that killer 10" on Downwards' DO series with a debut album of swaggering songs for serial killers and rogue souls. 'Nightshade' blends the same traces of Morricone's western themes often adopted by Monte Cazazza, with a stripped down gothdub approach and the kind of noirish, druggy '50s intrigue felt in Lynch classics, resulting a sinister, creepy and hip-driving sorta sawdust-and-shots backwater bar vibe. You could imagine these songs played by the duo of Taylor Burch and Joseph Cocherell from behind chicken wire to a crowd of disinterested loggers and hep kids cra… Read more
*Double disc edition featuring a bonus disc of 15 previously unreleased, rare and collectable outtakes from the recording sessions* ‘Come On Die Young’ was - and remains - a hugely accomplished, elegant and important album, setting a benchmark for the fierce intelligence that would characterise Mogwai’s future body of work. The reissue of ‘Come On Die Young’ - fifteen years after it originally hit the shelves - has been painstakingly put together by the band and label, unearthing more than an hour of bonus material. Previously unreleased racks are t… Read more
The fella behind non-genre, Seapunk, yields a 2nd album of incisive, chimeric dance music as Ultrademon. It's a sly dissection of contemporary left-field tropes, rinsing and augmenting classic elements of rave, garage, Footwork-Jungle and tech-house to juxtapose mutant grooves as playful as they are sickly and unhinged.
Heavy techno bangers from Truss and MPIA3 on Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. Truss kicks out the tuffened Birmingham styles of 'Splot' and a kinkier darkside roller 'Auden on the A-side; MPIA3 remixes Truss' 'Beacon' with a grungy, distorted wallop on the flip.
London's Budgie breaks thru with a dope solo beat suite on Theo Parrish's Wildheart Recordings. Known for work with the likes of Action Bronson, J, Rocc and The Alchemist, Budgie brings a wealth of soulful experience to seven cuts spread out from the butter slyde of 'Once You Pop' to the Dilla-esque MPC strokes of 'The Only Power' and 'Clevage' and the big juicy highlight, a twinkle-toed boogie-soul bomb called 'Budgie's Groove'.
Houndstooth present their answer to The Knife in Norwegian duo Soft as Snow, backed with an remix from Old Apparatus' Asher Levitas. An experimental pop duo based in Oslo, they arrive at an emotive Scando-pop style on 'Glass Body' after years collaborating in art projects and even starting their own "utopic" art and music festival in a Swedish forest. Their sound is a dramatic and passionate brand of technoid wave-pop, inescapably comparable with the Dreijer siblings or even Grimes, but also sharing moody, synthetic similarities with the likes of Sand Circles, Frak or 1991 thanks to thei… Read more
Red Rack'em's got dirty UK garage-techno on his mind. A-side charges up the the warp-bassed techno drive of 'I've Got Something' and a sub-heavy, shuddering instrumental hip hop ace titled 'Jan 11 Hip Hop'. B-side spreads the wide-ass bassline and darker garage-house hustle of 'Make Your Mind Up'.
2nd of two new 12"s from Prins Thomas' new label Rett | Fletta. And who better to steer the wheel than the Prins hisself, who spins out the kaleidoscopic "tekno/ikje tekno" or "techno not techno" groove 'Åpne Slusa (Lang Versjon)' uptown, backed with the ill acid jacker 'Åkken e det du snåfse ått?' and dry disco rhythm 'Slufsa', plus Margot's strobing psychedelic techno revision of 'Åpne Slusa'.
Collecting the best of Jonwayne's cassette series loaded with his Doom-style bars and wicked production from Jeremiah Jae.
**Deluxe edition including 4 digitally exclusive bonus tracks.** Gobsmacking anthology of prescient and super hard-to-find Nigerian disco by the fascinating and enigmatic William Onyeabor. It's the first ever fully licensed collection of Onyeabor's deeply infectious sounds, drawn from a string of eight LPs privately issued on his Wilfilms imprint between 1977-1985, all brimming with a genuinely joyful energy, sophisticated cool and synthetic sensuality. Nodding at once to West African disco and Afrobeat, the futurist funk of P… Read more
Leo Mas & Fabrice give the legendary Italian Records a stylish update as Generation 83. Both sides are bombs: the original 'Bellissimo' puckers up and rolls out massive bass arpeggio, cowbells and strafing synth pads to irresistible effect; the B-side dub instrumental is much darker, droning and deadly. T
Class debut from one of Glasgow's hottest tips, launched on Optimo Trax. The progeny of Subclub/Subculture's Harri, Jasper cut his teeth DJing in the southside Glasgow institution before progressing to production with a very healthy knowledge of house and techno thanks to his dad's record collection. On the 'Sneaky EP' we hear classic '90s & '00s house influences filtered with a younger energy and swagger from the Mood II Swing style funk of 'Sneaky' to the Carl Craigstyle synth drama of 'Listen To My Buttons' and the Beltram/Reese-informed rave techno of 'V-moog'. Cannily, his dad Harri's Hillhead Young Team duo with Esa give the latter a fruitier boost.
Om Unit intersects a critical nexus of modern UK sound system music from himself, Kromestar, EAN, Boxcutter, and Danny Scrilla. From the top Om Unit goes in with the Footwork-Jungle flex of 'Nuff Music' alongside Moresounds, and dappy digi-dub in 'Gentrification' alongside Danny Scrilla, who also knocks up the slowfast artillery of 'X (VIP)' and the slyding grimy square waves of 'Geometry' alongside Moresounds. Kromestar comes with the chromed-up funk of 'V7STX', Boxcutter does his astro-physicist jazz-funk thing with 'Active Transformation' featuring Star Fu, and former Various Production figure EAN gets off on a future gangsta hardstep tip.
Hot on the heels of his Bronze Teeth 12" with Dom Butler, L/F/D/M takes to Glasgow's Clan Destine label for 'LHF3'. Four track explore elastic ground between mellow Tin Man style acid on the title cut thru to murkier acid styles reminding of Acido and Busen in 'After Circle' and 'PROX' via the industrial funk grind of 'Ad Reinhardt'.
Piquant electro-techno from France's Voiron, including more exotic remixes by Portuguese producers Violet and Pal+. The hardstyle-d chicanery of 'Hardchore' opens for the Automat-like electro-acid of 'Harlem Juno Shake' and a Stingray-ready electro-techno ace, 'RN12 91'. One-Eyed jackers Violet and Pal+ bring up the rear with syncopated machine grooves, humid strings and tribal acid vibes.
Mysterious, heady ambient groove from New York's Tallesen on OPN's Software Recording Co. With bot all bar his soundcloud page for background, we're left with the aesthetics and curious emotions of 'Strike Silver, Love Green', meshing out a sound somehwere between K. Leimer's new age prototypes, the melancholic melodies of Plaid, and the queered, smudgy arrangements of Tri Angle's Boothroyd.
**Revelatory, amazing Japanese album somewhere between jazz-fusion, free-improv, and new age ambient** "An enigma. A band records their second album in 1985, but sits on it for twenty-nine years, and releases it as a new album, not a "lost gem", in 2014. The authors of this enigma are known as Inryo-fuen, a Japanese trio formed in 1978, meeting via a Surrealism circle in Yokohama. With the intent of applying the Surrealist idea of Automatic Writing to sound, they began performing their improvised music in 1980, with their first performance at the legendary Tokyo venue "Minor", which was run by… Read more
Zola Jesus returns with a blooming massive synth-pop sound befitting of her recent move to Mute. Largely shedding her goth and operatic inflections in favour of unabashed pop, the altogether more common sound of 'Dangerous Ways' may well lose her some fans in the process, but is bound to gain her a raft of new followers.
Heralding a debut full length for Stones Throw, Ringgo Achetta debuts a diffuse mix of spiritual jazz, ambient and syrupy beats as Mndsgn on Leaving Records. 'Surface Outtakes' clears his cache of outtakes, B-sides and unreleased ideas travelling dream distances between the motorik jazz roil of 'A Brand New Couch and the dusty breakbeat crack of 'Overwhelming Gratitude' via sparkling G-Funk in 'Eating Starfruit' and the charming lounge downbeats of 'Goodbye Wavs'.
The second EP on the Counterbalance delivers 3 tracks from Surgeon. The standout for us is the first track on the flip, a proper looped techno cut that's reminiscent of Dave Clarke's Red series with its cutting percussion and deft editing backed by those awesome filtered synths. Lastly, a straight and almost housey version ends the side, with cleaner drums, reverbs over the vocal samples and an ultra tight groove that works a treat.
Demented, brutal, heavy squashed techno, the collaboration between Surgeon and Regis that just gets better and better.
Immense and twisted brace from Surgeon and Regis. 'Learn Your Lesson' revolves around spinning sonar-esque bleeps and some deft filtering that overrides a robust framework, while a disorientating breakdown allows crazy cut-up radio voices to interfere with the mix, turning it into a Basic Channel style clanger, melodic keys bouncing around the speakers, filtering down to a crushing finish. Flip for 'Rule By Law' which treads a harder line complete with brutal drums that relentlessly plough their way, dark and shadowy reverbs and subtle edits all making for a relentless and incredibly solid cut.
Second in the British Murder Boys 'series'. While the trademark intense, industrial atmosphere is still at the fore, there's also an increasing use of disorientating and ever-evolving delays that give the EP a dub edge. Of course the beats are still slamming, so club destruction is inevitable...
Demented, brutal, astonishingly heavy squashed techno, the collaboration between Surgeon and Regis that just gets better and better.
Another sick twelve, "Waiting for Me" finds Surgeon digging deep into his diverse mine of influences to produce another variation on his always-expansive techno templates. Utilisng samples from the cult Delia Derbyshire produced album 'An electric storm in hell' by White Noise, he builds three deeply atmospheric pieces that ebb and flow but always keep the floor in mind.. Ambient techno anyone? Killer twelve.
Three utterly classic tracks from Surgeon on the 2nd in the Midnight Club Tracks series, a deeper excursion that centres around the ultra filtered opener which deploys an addictive riff played on modelled noises, backed by a crisp and crunchy techno underlay. With Surgeon hitting the filters hard, check the last cut on the flipside, a relentlessly oppressive track that heads off with clanging percussion and tight drums and a couple of synth lines that gradually seep into the mix to sound like an old Rhythim is Rhythim hook.
The second of two specially selected reworks of sections from Surgeons recent operations, the remixes come from the esteemed hands of Monolake, Vex'd and Surgeon himself with two versions of bad hands break. The Monolake remix is possibly their toughest industrial techno workout to date, reinforcing the original samples with precise beat engineering evidently inspired by T++, and Robert Henke's super-structured pad arrangements. Roly Vex'd takes a less direct approach and diverts the energy of the original breakbeat techno into an industrial subbass stepper falling into a … Read more