Monday, 14 April
"The fifth release on disko404 Records is by IZC, an artist who has been active for almost two decades in the local scene of Vienna, Austria. In 2008, he finally started Dubsquare Records together with media artist Boris Kopeinig. For "Zig-Zag", IZC brings together the sounds of dark UK Funky/Grime and Detroit House. A stripped-down hardware setup in combination with a restriction to a basic stereo-track recording technique results in four raw and direct dance tracks with an unmatched live-feeling to them. While the opening tune, "Zig-Zag", starts out as a straight 4/4 beat, its rhythm is soon twist… Read more
**Sorely overlooked NDW gem from 1982** "Medical Records presents a reissue of one of Germany’s most interesting records. The German duo Aloa only made one album in 1982 but it is one of the most peculiar and innovative records of the Neue Deutsche Welle movement. Long out of print, somewhat obscure, and very expensive, this record is due for an official reissue. The duo consisting of Al Kanz and Matthias Brendel both grew up in Kassel, Germany. Though both had different tastes of music, they fused influences and injected them into their own unique blend when they purchased Roland 606 and 808 drum mach… Read more
"Imagine Kraftwerk playing Steven Merritt songs. Medical Records presents Roladex, its first contemporary artist based in the US. Roladex nostalgically borrows from music of the past to carefully craft unique futuristic-mechanized pop, with an emphasis on songwriting and layered production. Waeaving sparse, sequenced arpeggios into fuzzy bass and bubbly melodies creating a canvas of sound where they paint a somehow bright melancholia. Part minimal synth-wave, part dream-pop Roladex fits nicely with other non-traditional pop acts such as Ariel Pink as well as Synth contemporaries… Read more
Blue Hour improves on his debut with three tracks of raw, emotive techno. 'Axis Motive' rides chunky tom/kick patterns into through a fog of dark, mystic trance-techno chords; 'Front' dries out on a claps-driven bumpty Chicago techno groove; 'Reef II' wraps up with an hypnotic 6am techno tool.
Cold, hardware-driven Russian techno from Sanys, backed with Eomac's splintered jungle-tekno remix. The sixth release on Downfall Theory is defined by Sanys darkest atmospheres and industrialised rhythms, coolly taking in the swinging momentum of 'Dominance' alongside the reduced acid techno throbs of 'My Concern', and the radioactive pumper 'Told You So'. Eomac promptly switches tack with his remix of the latter, deviating into broken techno rhythms with rusty, unstable textures and gloomy ambience.
Horny Cologne house and techno from Terranova on Kompakt. On 'Headache' they do that kinky dark disco thing for the big rooms with juicy b-line and sultry, building vocal by Cath Coffey. 'Headlock' is a ruder reduction riding the b-line with dubbed out vocal and invisible bitch-slap synth for the darkrooms, beside the chugging electro haughtiness of 'Tourette'.
Swinging, driving disco/house kinks from DJ Kaos and friends. Dr Dunk opens with a writhing, tribalised remix of 'Horny Morning Loop' saving a celestial synth flourish until crucial moment; Softwar spurts the fruity deep house chords of 'Afterhours'; Split Secs lock down to some chugging New York house fun; Jacques Renault gives a tweaky budge to the hypnotic synthlines of 'Red Axes'.
Bureau B dig deep into their vaults and reach for the good stuff- delivering another essential curio, this time from Germany circa 1981 and Die Partei's largely forgotten "La Freiheit Des Geistes". It's an offbeat slab of proto-industrial edging into electro-pop, the kind of tackle that's an absolute must for those of you into Der Plan. Another essential missive from one of the finest archival labels out there - required listening for those of you in need of further education.
**Full three-track EP** Another superb, wide-scoped dancefloor session from the inimitable Djrum. Fifteen minute epic 'The Miracle' works in two sections: First part is a breezy, swinging garage groove riding wide, skanking subs and bustling but spacious drums against his signature backdrop of cinematic, widescreen pads, exotic vocals infusions and nagging dancefloor hooks. In the 2nd part he slows his roll to a mellow sway urged by insistent subbass and dubble-timed drums bookended with dream sequence chords, field recordings and snatches of film dialogue adding up to a haunting atmosphere… Read more
Strickly pounders from techno strongarm J. Tijn for Untold's Pennyroyal label. 'Yearn' stomps across the A-side with engorged kicks and strobing rave alarm synthline filtered at crucial moments; 'Innart' cog up the B-side with a grubbing, masticated acid assault beside the buzzing techno dub 'Nuke'.
One of modern techno's outstanding producers sets the ground for his 'Vaudeville' album with two superb productions. Following the increasingly melodic themes of his recent releases for Token, both cuts are sensitively strung-out and driven by uniquely contoured grooves. 'Lullaby' is a brooding, offset roller with vaulted harmonics and shimmering, mercurial melodies harking back to Autechre's 'LP5' but with a smoother, effortless flow, and 'Petrichor' follows suit with another emotionally involved arrangement of ascendent chords, intricate reverbs and a bustling, slinky groove tha… Read more
Highly impressive new developments from Ben Vida, featuring percussive virtuoso Tyondai Braxton, and vocals by Sara Magenheimer. The latest in a hot streak of intriguing Vida releases for PAN, Alku, and Future Audio Graphics, 'Slipping Control' derives from a text piece 'Tztztztzt Î Í Í….' which he wrote and was subsequently published as a book by Shelter Press. Using the text as a score or source material, much like Florian Hecker's recent works with Reza Negarastani, and Markus Schmickler & Julian Rohrhuber's 'Politiken Der Frequenz' LP, Vida processes the recitations in varying Contr… Read more
'Mondo Black Chamber' is an important collection of David Toop's entire works for Sub Rosa between 1996-2003. The inestimable writer (Ocean Of Sound), musician (The Flying Lizards, General Strike, The 49 Americans) and musical thinker should really require little introduction to you lot so we'll crack on. 'Mondo Black Chamber' compiles the releases '37th Floor at Sunset - Music For Mondophrenetic™' (2000) and 'Black Chamber' (2003) with a compilation cut from the 'L'inacheve/Unfinished' set plus two rarities, framing a wide-angled yet focussed perspective on modern avant-garde and … Read more
The prolific deep/dub house producer returns to Thaddi Hermann's Just Another Beat boutique with a coupla sweet treats. On 'Whatever It Is' he feels out a seductive deep house sound of purring subs, hi-hat spritz and hovering, hazy chords threaded with silky keys, whereas 'Igneous' feels a little more urgent, bluer, thanks to its weighty bass heft and those strafing, teasing chords. Plush stuff.
Mystic lo-fi acid grinders from Villa Abo on Bio Rhythm. The bittersweet discord and jakk rhythms of 'Ruff Swing' reminds of Jamal Moss, whilst 'From Askew to Eternity' and 'Assiduous Feeling' are grubbing acid numbers.
A fuzzed-up, hairy rock blast from Glasgow three-piece Holy Mountain for local stable Chemikal Underground. This, their debut album 'Ancient Astronauts' follows up 2012's 'Earth Measures' mini-LP with a classically-skooled display of monstrous riffage and heavy rock posturing reeling with a psychedelic savagery.
Boston's Keith DeViere Donaldson returns to Jamal Moss' Mathematics label with a kicking, slightly abstract house session. His 2nd EP to date, 'Genetouche' shares his latest dancefloor research in four detailed and finely sculpted techno-house models. His 'HANA' opener is a right banger in the mould of Oliverwho Factory's urgent hard house aces, and 'Postulating shows the noise techno kids how to do freaky but with a funked-up swagger. 'SYMP' is the deepest piece, 8 minutes 08 seconds of submerged yet celestial techno elegance, and 'Genetouche' captures a beautiful balance of frantic drums and serene, centred vibes for the dancefloor mystics.
Deep, driving, and spaced-out house romance from Italy's Giorgio Luceri for Jamal Moss's Mathematics Recordings. Rippling machine rhythms, lush layered synth harmonies and ornate arrangements add up to a stellar trip inspired by classic Detroit, Chicago and Italian house styles.
Hsuan Records boss Graeme S faces up a tight, soulful jungle/footwork riddim backed with two re-swerves by Teklife member Deejay Earl. Graeme's debut piece, 'Nothing' is a fine slice of forward dance music, but if you want the real Chicago deal we recommend heading straight for the remixes. In Deejay Earl's trusty hands 'Nothing' is flipped with mad pitching drums, subs and subtly rearranged chords, whilst he absolutely kills it with a supreme throw down of 'Autofac' tussling with proper breakbeat rufige and classic Chi vocal. Deffo TIP dat!!!
Pinch, Acre, Elmono, Ipman and Batu feature on COld Recordings first compilation.
Gnod's Tesla Tapes pay tribute to the anti-fracking resistance camp at Barton Moss, miles from Gnod HQ at Islington Mill, Salford, with half an hour of stentorian rants by Michael O'Neill set to desolate northern drones produced and mixed by Druss & Dwellings. It's a fxxking uncomfortable listen, but probably not as uncomfortable as the protestor under attack from corporate dibble depicted on the inlay. There's four tracks in total, all delivered with politicised vitriol and a stoic glare, ranging from slow-marching No Wave drones and pulses to blown-out, polluted du… Read more
Accompanied by Surgeon, Richard Youngs and Matmos, among others, Daniel Lopatin returns to tracks from his outstanding 2011 LP 'Replica'. 'Dog In The Fog: 'Replica' Collaborations & Remixes' takes shape as four edits and radical revisions. Matmos splice 'Replica' with the sort of clinical precision that made their 'A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure' LP such a lasting classic, leaving the piano riff more or less intact while arranging a far denser and kinetic patina of samples around the original's sparse framework. Lopatin himself re-approache… Read more
The Hague's prolific producer of retro-fitted nEuro Techno-House presents his latest chapter of pulpy sonic fiction thru Creme Organization. Currently riding another crest of popularity, we find Legowelt at his most engaging and spaced-out over 12 tracks of fluent analogue storytelling couched in the atmospheres and mystery of classic sci-fi, film noir and dark, pumping basements. Let's be fair, it's nowt new, but Wolfers' has refined his art to something beyond criticism over lack of "newness"; taken for what it's meant to be, his 'Crystal Cult 2080' is a flawlessly dark dream sequenc… Read more
A low slung, soulful taste of what to expect from Kelis' upcoming Ninja Tune album, backed with three Breach remixes. The slow, brassy shuffle of the original is brought right up to date for UK 'floors with Breach's clean and radio-friendly remix, a dirtier extended remix, and stripped dub.
Phil Kay ov Manchester's Working For A Nuclear City indulges his love of BoC and classic electronica in this charming debut solo album as King Of The Mountains. Whilst his bandmate and co-songwriter from WFANC Gary McLure has drifted towards writing acoustic songs, Phil Kay fully embraces his computer, along with a dash of sax and other "real" instruments to paint ten grand, lucid landscapes evidently influenced by the pastoral melodies and rugged grooves of BoC. These interests manifest clearly in the album's precise, imaginative arrangement and sound design, contouring unyielding… Read more
**Eyrie Eldritch electronics for fans of Cyclobe/Coil et al** "Utilising such diverse elements as sound collage, folk balladry, documentary and noise, coupled with a fierce political intelligence, KEMPER NORTON uses the 4-song structure of his LOWERMOOR EP to investigate the scandal of the Camelford water poisoning of 1988, which occurred on the eve of water privatisation in the UK by the Thatcher government. Themes of isolation, loss and centrality of water and the sea to the British psychology surge through the work. From the uncanny montage of voices and sound in 'SWW Circular' to t… Read more
"More Than Human has unearthed an archival recording from the future by Time Attendant, the London-based audio-visual time sensitive Paul Snowdon. This work features six new soundscapes invoking macrocosmic awe and microscopic terror. IRIDIUM WATCHER is our slightly anxious guide, wise but weary, opening forbidden portals. We pause briefly at VOIDERS DELIGHT, an utterly alien sonic landscape, before arriving at the disturbing arcane ceremony of THE HEXAPOD STAR SHUFFLE, where our only help is the spoken evocations of poet Dolly Dolly. LETHARGY QUEST is the beginning of our journ… Read more