Friday, 21 August
Kompakt's 15th annual round-up weighs in 24 exclusive tech-house and disco-tech trax from label stalwarts and a handful of newer names. The label veterans represent a classic German techno sound between Wolfgang Voigt a.k.a. Wassermann's brassy stepper, 'Eisen Mein Herz', and Superpitcher's beguiling mix of polka groove and indigenous pipes in 'Freiherr', whereas Michael Mayer goes somewhere ruder, grittier with the cranky tribal drums and buzzing bass synth of 'The Stickler' betraying noisier influences, and Rex The Dog jacks up a treat in 'Sicko'. From the realtively newer skool, ther… Read more
Huerco S returns to Anthony Naples Proibito label with the elusive house lushness of 'Railroad Blues'. Keyed in to new age bliss themes and squashed boogie house dreams, the Brooklyn-based producer unfurls three gorgeous pieces between the rubber-bassed fudge and NWAQ-style haze of 'Rushing To Paradise' and the head-swimming dub house lagoons of 'Marais Des Cygnes' before the mercurial disco motifs of 'Transit V (See See Rider)' layer and fray across the B-side with a sort of liminal house hymn quality. This is gonna melt some hearts, mark our words.
**Dead charming debut album of haunting pop by the erstwhile Dirty Projector and current member of Avey tare's Slasher Flicks. If Julia Holter linked with Flying Lotus and Stereolab…** "The Expanding Flower Planet is an album, a song, a cosmic ideal, a form of psychic expansion and expanded capability. It’s original and personal. It transmutes ethereal abstractions into crystalline harmonies and sinuous grooves. It’s music nurtured with the idea of healing, exciting, inspiring, enlightening. Drones, dissonance, warmth, and love. Even if you’re unfamiliar with Angel Derado… Read more
First release on Whities - Young Turks' new offshoot manned by Boiler Room figurehead Nic Tasker - is a low slung and gritty House session by two Italians-in-London, Terron. Lodged somewhere between Kassem Mosse's moodier jaunts and the poised momentum of producers such as Vester Koza, it hits the London/Berlin House zeitgeist head-on. A-side 'Nº17 Governing' rides a strident industrial groove of clanking, hollowed drums before deploying a 'room-razing acid-electro line to the close. Flipside, 'Nº3 Proportion' keeps matters straight and direct with a slightly kinkier, uptempo tech-house groove rent with subtle dubbing and bruxist 4am synthlines bound to infect the club.
Kowton comes rugged but slinky on Nic Tasker's Whities label with his first solo 12" of 2014. A-side locks off a smart blend of roiling bass pressure and buoyant synth chimes in 'Glock & Roll' landing somewhere between Meng Syndicate's early Belgian techno and more twinkle-toed UK garage-house styles. On the B-side, 'Bits & Pieces' plays out that pensile light/dark flex with flash FM synth chords glinting off pinched bass and skittish marimba hook beside the infectious, booty-jugglin' percolator, 'Doing Nothing'. Straight tip!
Your favourite analog radge-packet puts the 'floor thru its paces on his 1st AFX outing since 2005. Housed in a homage to Warp's debut 12" from Forgemasters, the 'Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006-08' session returns to a twysty, funked-up sound last heard in the 'Analord' series - bending the lines of acid, electro and hardcore techno to his will. From the first whizz throughs a few jump out at us, especially the hi-velocity acid chicanery of 'Serge Fenix Rendered 2', or the agitated warehouse accelerations of 'Bonus EMT Beats' on the A-side, whilst the B-side's Hardwax-era pelter,… Read more
*The first release on Rabit’s new Halcyon Veil imprint is the debut from 21 yr old SW Londoner Myth. 7 Track EP including an instrumental version of Myth & Rabit’s rework of Ciara’s ‘Backseat love’* ‘Evaporate’ is the first issue from Rabit’s highly promising Halcyon Veil label, and also the exceptional solo debut from 21 year old s.w. Londoner, Myth. Infectiously emotive and nimbly weightless, it rotates seven slick grime and 2-step instrumentals including the instantly recognisable version of his and Rabit’s flip of Ciara’s ‘Backseat Love’. Its seven tracks were salvaged from a series of cheap,… Read more
New EP preceding Dam-Funk's forthcoming album Invite The Light. Glyde 2nyte features Leon Sylvers III and Leon Sylvers IV. The EP also contains two non-album tracks, Haunting Me and 'Fisticated. All music by Dam-Funk; Mastered by Matthewdavid; Artwork by James Leigh.
Superior Viaduct uncover and expose the roots of downtown no wavers, Liquid Liquid - one of the most-sampled groups in dancefloor history - in their earliest and little known guises. The original Liquid Idiot were coined at Rutgers University in the late '70s before moving to NYC where they played CBGB's, Tier 3 and Mudd Club, and would subsequently swell their ranks with peers and audience members encouraged to "bring percussive objects" to their shows, playing together as Idiot Orchestra. Paying dues to no-one and guided only by their fai… Read more
Classic Vibracathedral Orchestra line-up - Michael Flower, Neil Campbell, Bridget Hayden, Adam Davenport and Julian Bradley, plus John Godbert - firing on all psychedelic cylinders for their first proper label releases, recorded binaurally between Leeds and London 2013-2014. Includes download.