Monday, 02 March
AI-style techno and machine groove experiments by Elastic Dreamer, A Sagittariun. The uptempo tilt and bristling tribal futurist elements of 'The Code Breaker' recall vintage HIA and B12 productions; 'Aruba' settles down to a slinky latin shuffle with a touch of Plaid about the drum programming; 'Triangulum' swings out with a crisp '90s trance-techno appeal.
*For fans of electronic soul with a public access aesthetic* "For 23 straight Saturday nights of 1982, The Chicago Party dance show assaulted Chicagoland UHF eyeballs with Spandex, Southside fly guys, tender tenderonies, magicians, contortionists, prismatic video gimmickry, and lip-synched singles by a rising regime of local post- disco casualties. Unfettered nightlife and outlandish humor poured out of oddball outpost The CopHerBox II and onto TV screens. The compilation features five previously unreleased tracks, joined by music culled from a trove of self-rele… Read more
Brussels' best back on Time To Express with his latest lab creations. 'Seventy Secrets' initiates with the eponymous ambient piece, written and used as his opening track at Japan's Labyrinth festival 2014. From there on in the tempo stays at a steady keel between the Afro-centric bobble of 'Protagonist', the dried out tribal functions of 'Shadow Ground', and a slick highlight in the subtly funked arrangement of 'Swerve Damiao'.
The venerated German producer appropriates African musics in a long-standing Teutonic tradition on his latest for Hamburg's Dial. 'Black Towers' stretches out for nearly 12 minutes of effortless, subtly shifting groove repetition and awning, earthly synth pads; 'Sliced Africa' locks down to a percolated bounce with natty keyboard melodies reminding of recent Fiedel and MMM styles, 'Spiritual Enhancer' gets off on a sort of slow-mo mix of Roedelius and old skool electro.
Ostgut's occasional Unterton label follows that smart Kobosil session with four Berlin techno-house standards by Nitam. A-side offers a slightly trancey tech-house roller and some grittier, spaced house; B-side gets down with a rugged Chicago acid sound and a killer, pumping breakbeat piece reminding of recent Zenker Brothers styles.
Tuffened dubstep/grime hybrids from the Rinse FM DJ and producer. The tensile half-step lurch of 'Technoid' appears one side, backed with an 'Urban Gorilla' vocal version starring Juiceman, and the skippy cyber-grime styles of 'Expansion'.
Clockwork and Atavism with a gritty blend of techno and electronica, backed by Lucy and Dario Zenker remixes. The granulated techno groove 'Day of Riddance' gets down with some primal rolige, whereas 'Lintwurm' is more staggered, brukken up and smeared with gasping vocal samples and swelling organ chords. Check Lucy's remix of the latter for a straighter rhythm, and Dario Zenker's remix of the former for a disciplined dose of modern jungle-tekno rufige.
Killah consolidation of drone, techno and D&B from the Ruffhouse trio on their debut Samurai mission. A-side, the 18-wheel juggernaut 'Straight 9's' rolls with shuddering sub pressure and restrained, serpentine hi-hats wrapped to a super dense drone. B-side, oh my fxxking days! 'UVB-76' comes with a military-grade warehouse hard-step that makes up for all that went wrong with D&B post '98. Strongly recommended to those that know.
Kompakt's Pop Ambient series comes of age with the first full length offering in its new album series (as opposed to compilations). Hand-picked for the job by series curator, Wolfgang Voigt, Argentina's Leandro Fresco returns to the Kompakt fold more than ten years since his 'Amor Internacional' 12", which hailed as one of the label's best ever releases by Michael Mayer.
Chunky club constructions from Berlin's Chambray for Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label. Peak time big room play in four parts sustaining pressure between bucking house and shiny chirds in 'Anew' thru to Ballroom brawn in 'Work That' and a Fiedel-esque organ rider in the cantering killer 'Those Jawns'.
Venerable French synthesist, Bernard Szajner and his contemporary counterparts Rethink the man's classic Z soundtrack for Dune (the book, not the film). Szjaner features prominently on three out of the eight pieces, whether teaming with Almeeva for the trance-techno epic, 'The Dead Will' or solo in the viscous synthesis experiment, 'Oopsyloopsylotsylots (Szajner 2015)', while other highlights appear in the form of Scanner's scrambled 'Rethinking Szajner' remix and a widescreen ambient version of 'Shai Hulud' from Siavash Amini.
Sublime, introspective ambient from a new artist presented by Brighton's superlative Where To Now label. According to the artist, Nadia Khan; "Open Interior explores feelings of loneliness and anxiety. It is a sense of disconnection to the outside world. My intent was to form a mixture of light and heavy sounds that reflect these emotions." The results manifest these feelings in five quietly despondent transmissions, willowing from the barely-there pulse and keening chords of 'Grid Work' to the 12 minutes of stygian momentum in closer, 'Selective Thoughts', taking in menthol residues of… Read more
"The music on this collection was written specifically to accompany video pieces by Sabrina Ratté. 'Visites Possibles' was created for the online collective Computers Club, while the “Sightings” series was created for the video label Undervolt & Co. For this series of videos we were interested in exploring a more direct relationship between sound and image, where most of the sounds contained in the pieces act as a sort of translation of the events happening within the video frame, creating an audio environment for these i… Read more
Pendulous and steppin' techno motors from Alex Coulton, backed with a churning, muscular refit by Function/Inland. Up top, Coulton's 'Freefall' carves out a super-wide swinging techno groove punctuated with woodblock snares and blooming dub chords, while 'Antagonise' jacks up a direct deep techno momentum rent with gauziest pads and sparky percussion. The Function/Inland remix of 'Freefall' excels with an intricately tucked style of techno rufige and radioactive synth burn making a smart follow-up to their 'Odeon' cut. Killer.
Rolling tech-house minimalism from Montreal, Canada's Devon Hansen in Stefan Jós mode. Last spotted on a lovely ambient split with Austin Cesear for Opal Tapes, he presents another side of Jós for Japan's Flau with four tracks of tenderly melodic, dubbed out and lower case dub-house. Mastered by Miles Whittaker, cut by Lupo.
'Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna' captures an assortment of spectacular musical dramas presented live and unfiltered on the home turf of the world's most dynamic string and drum specialists performing and manifesting the ecstatic truth. Ancient mystical brotherhoods have been flourishing for centuries in and around the cities of Marrakesh and Essaouira in Morocco where the trade caravans have gathered from their long journeys across the Trans-Saharan Highway. This is some of the last great street music on Earth. A must-hear for string aficionados looking for in… Read more
Parisian bang gang ClekClekBoom do their raw, kinky house thing. Up top, French Fries and NSDOS double-down on the moody groove, '8 Hours From Nation', and Aleqs Notal tweaks out the midnight electro-house shift of 'Mare IMB'. Down below, Jean Nipon and WL run the clean, biting drums and willowing blue pads of 'Cause Of Action' and Barbara Ford glydes off with the smooth vibes of 'Frostbite'.
"Canadian duo Megan James and Corin Roddick, aka Purity Ring, return with a second album, entitled ‘another eternity’. Their 2012 debut ‘Shrines’ was in many ways a prescient suggestion of indie and popular music to come. While Shrines was composed remotely between Halifax and Montreal, ‘another eternity’ marks the first time Megan and Corin were able to create a record in the same room. The pair ventured home to the frozen industrial landscapes of their birthplace Edmonton, Alberta to document much of what would become the album. Megan and Corin recorded and produced their follow-u… Read more
Debut shot of trunk rattling rhythms and hip hop chops from Druguse. Refracting Chicago footwork thru a prism of sun-dazed LA vibes results a crafty mix of frantic but rolling grooves; a smart balance of heavy pressure and woozy lean. Ouyr picks of the bunch are the squashed, sparkin' slow-fast ace 'ITS' and the turnt, brassy banger, 'Twenty Two'.
Nervy electro from the Hamburg native, taken from her upcoming 2nd EP for Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune. Much slinkier, crisper than her soggy acid bangers, 'The First Time He Thought, He Died ' is a shivering, skeletal piece of electro with brooding Bunker-style basslines and creepy gothic tronix.
Plaid, The Field and Errors contribute symapathetic remixes to the first single from Ryan Teague's 'Block Boundaries' album. The slow burning kosmische iridescence of 'Last Known Position' is presented in Teague's own extended mix located somewhere between Pye Corner Audio and Reichian gamelan phasing, while Plaid present a more bittersweet remix ripe with deliquescent synth tone and murky groove next to a strobing shoegaze trance deceleration by The Field, and a Tangerine Dream-esque Errors remix.
Phonica start their 2015 schedule with a haul of deep and percussive house tracks by the Italo/Hispanic unit, S. Moreira and Xinner. Slow Life's Berlin-based percussionist, S. Moreira lends a loosely fluid patter to Xinner's lushly spacious electronic in the free-floating velocity of 'Through The Rings of Saturn' and the night-drive momentum of 'Communication Breakdown', before going dolo with the psychy broken beat cleft of 'Orbiting Around' and a woozy whorl of a 'Spacedub' for 'Communication Breakdown'.
"Debut album 'Wild Peace' was released in June 2012, after the then five piece had surfaced 18 months prior to a flurry of blog attention. The record is a near-perfect encapsulation of their early sound, with critics calling it “dazzling, hypnotic and deliriously seductive” and “truly magnificent”. However loud the acclaim, the release was inevitably overshadowed by the shock death of drummer Peter Hayes a few days before release. The band recovered in private. The songwriting pair of guitarist Thom Hill and vocalist Linda Jarvis would spend two years working on the tracks which would form Era in … Read more
"Immensely inspired by the beautiful simplicity embodied by the laws of nature, especially the number Pi and the notion of the golden ratio, Michał Lewicki has always been searching for new ways to implement mathematics into his music. But aiming for the perfect proportions while making the music feel natural and complex at the same time has been no easy feat. In the creation of “Ton” he applied a very technical approach, utilizing various random midi generators, midi delays, polyrhythms, pitch shifters, scales and more in order to create something that posseses a life on its own, bringing hi… Read more
"Sydney's Au.Ra, a duo composed of Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles, release their new full length Jane's Lament, a work which carefully envelops the listener in dreamy hues of sound. Made over the course of two years, the LP was birthed from improvised jams the pair play over droning guitars and looped drum beats. Tracks like “Sun,” and “Pyramid” emerge slowly out of interplays between simple melodies and layered, reverbed instrumentation. Au.Ra's “emotive soundscapes” perfectly encase their nontraditional pop songwriting, like on highlight “Morning,” where shimmerin… Read more