Monday, 15 September
"Musikaliszer Pinkos is the Lithuanian composer Arturas Bumšteinas’ first recording issued through Slip Discs, under his REFUSENIK alias. Recorded on a Polyvox synthesiser salvaged from a local market in Vilnius, this substantial suit of analogue meditations sees the composer approach material sourced from a Hebrew music book of the same name, published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in Vilna (1927). Surpassing mere analogue fetishism, Bumšteinas’ album is grounded upon a delicate flow between performer, instrument and score, with the composers’ tactile approach daubing the original … Read more
**Excellent, Deranged avant-dance music from the Slip Discs co-founder. For fans of Micachu, Patten, G.O.D.** "SNAZ [SLP009] is the first in a series of deranged dancefloor studies by Tom Rose, for which he is adopting his TCR moniker. Bookended by two remixes of cuts from Micachu’s Meat Batch Mix with Kwake Bass and I’m Not Dancing EP with Tirzah are three TCR originals borne out of an admiration for the producer’s bludgeoning and eccentric dance music. On Leaves, Vixen and Peach, TCR contorts blunted beats into glitched, fuzzy complexity whilst remaining true to the music’s dancefloor functio… Read more
**Diverse, 3CD suite of sampledelic concrète and electronic composition from Lebanese musician and sound designer Nadim Mishlawi** "The box-set is comprised of three albums: 1. Dreams of the Primitives: The basic intention behind the music of this first album in the compilation was to create a unique sonic experience by fusing together diverse musical genres within the individual tracks. This first CD of the compilation is therefore a synthesis of various genres of music, combining elements of post-rock, classical, jazz, and electronics. The title of the album was inspired by the documentar… Read more
**Hair-brained psych rock from Bristol's Paul Allen (The Heads), now joined by Gareth Turner and Jesse Webb (Big Naturals)** "in an era where the word 'psych' itself is fast being overused to the point of meaninglessness, there are certain seers who can always be relied upon to brandish an artistic insight into third-eye salvation that departs from its obsessive origins to offer trashed transcendence above and beyond the physical form. One such is Paul 'Prof' Allen, the mastermind of Anthroprophh, whose second album 'Outside The Circle' is a dizzying psychic voyage that exists in… Read more
Gamelan-inspired techno trips from New York-based composer and sculptor Aaron Taylor Kuffner. As Zemi17 he presents two extended pieces composed entirely from the concrète sound of insects, birds, motors and urban noises spliced with metallophones and gongs, manifest in the mesmerising lug of 'Impressions', and the booming, chiming electro-step of 'Rangda'.
Dead classy Detroit/Berlin-style house on Steffi's Dolly label. Brooks Mosher at the buttons, whisking up a proper body and soul groove with the whirring momentum of 'Phoenixx'; serpentine, darkly tinted house in 'Falling'; poised electro-house styles on 'Junebug'.
Detroit-styled electro-disco energy boost from Glasgow's Stephen Lopkin. Clearly schooled in the classics, Lopkin locks down a kinetic set of grooves ranging from the bristling shake and hi-tech soul of 'The Haggis Trap' to proper Transmat/Metroplex funk ecstasy in 'Catherine's Track' and 'Let's All Talk About Me' and the timeless vitality of 'Mugs Alley'.
"‘This Is My Hand’ is a new chapter in the unfurling My Brightest Diamond story. The album’s exploration of music and its rhythmic urgency escort Shara Worden’s chamber music aesthetic out of the chamber and back into the dance hall. Produced by Shara and Zac Rae, the album sounds unlike anything else produced by Worden before."
For the good of the disco, Annie & Richard X present a remaster of their under-the-radar 'Berlin Breakdown' version of 'Anthonio' (2009) for anyone who mighta missed it 1st time around. Hingeing on that eternally evocative Fairlight bass hook, the dream team add oodles of slow-mo, dry-iced drama to amp the sentiment of Annie's love note to lucky Anthonio to the most brilliantly overblown, Jan Hammer-esque levels. And the old adage sticks: nowt exceeds quite like excess. TIP!
In which Fabric's Craig Richards remixes the sound of 100,000 bats into three tech-house, electro and ambient tracks.
For Speicher 80, Miami-based DJ/producer Danny Daze presents two cuts where heady playfulness and dreamy ambience meet the raw energy of muscular basslines and bouncing beats.
"Guillotine is an electronic music duo from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Saulo Pais (Dada Attack) and Zeno Mainardi. To create these tracks, they used a heavy setup of analog electronic equipment. This resulted in three raw eclectic techno tracks with a sharp edge. Equipment: Korg MS-20, Roland TR-808, Simmons Clap Trap, Serge Modular System, LinnDrum LM-2, Roland CR-8000, Roland TR-707, Star Instruments Inc Synare 2, Lell USD, Moog Voyager, Moog Opus-3."
"A gorgeous 7-tracker by Norwegian techno/electro/acid artist Retape. The EP takes off where Drexciya and related projects such as The Other People People Place left it in the early 2000s. The title track takes it away and is the most technoid of all with a driving bassline and open hi-hats while long stretched melodies finish it off; this one sucks you onto the dance floor as if it were one big whirlpool. The second cut "Coir" is a serene a downtempo 4/4 track that gets you overwhelmed with an otherworldly melody sneakily coming in about midway. "EMN" then, pulls you straight under… Read more
"Maurizio Bianchi's unreleased 2-track album entitled, 'Teknoise'. Originally recorded in August 1980 this album has never been released in any format and is an extremely rare artifact from Maurizio's collection. Two long tracks, 'Tek' and 'Noise', deliver that unique sound that M.B. has made his own. Primitive drum machines pulse over sinister analogue synths, that create an unsettling atmosphere, perhaps only the true Italian master of Industrial and Musique Concrete could ever create."