Monday, 25 May
Laurence Guy pays duez to those originators with four cuts of gritty drums and woozy chords...
Wicked session of of raw and smart house trax inspired by early Sheffield bleep styles. Klasse Wrecks' Luca Lozano and Mr. Ho on the buttons, paying tribute to their time spent in the Steel City circa 1990, and generating four joints jacking from the ruddy dark funk of 'Dripbox' to frayed and dusty bleep memories in 'Bear Samurai', and over to the box-cutting swagger ov 'Hot Trak', tipping out with our personal highlight, the clipped machine funk minimalism of 'Autonomika'.
Toronto's MKFN return to Touchin' Bass with the shuddering techtronics of 'This Divide' EP. A strong quartet of cuts veering from strobing halfstep flux and swarming ambient ecologies à la Fis in 'Terrain' and the turbulent super-dub of 'Somewhere, Here', to slightly more serene zones of 'Inland', before 'Stasis' contacts to a more controlled sorta rolige aching with radioactive chords and briztling noise textures.
"Saved & Sanctified: Songs of the Jade Label The rawest, DIY gospel ever resurrected. The West Side of Chicago was just an annex of the deep rural South for Gene Autry Cash and his flock of recent Old Dominion transplants looking to cut their fiery, unadorned sounds indelibly to plastic. His Jade label absorbed those God-fearing artists: family bands with wailing kids and barely amateur groups sourced from local parishes, infused with reverberations of country and western and deep soul. Glinting authenticity shines from every track like a diamond in the unpolished rough—each group completely convinced that salvation comes through song."
An Easyjet-set fantasy come to life; Lucy and (Ben) Klock team up for Stroboscopic Artefacts. 'Bliss' pulses icy ambient tones setting the scene for a tunnelling big room squeeze, 'War Lullaby' and over into slower, experimental oscillations of 'Santeria' and the spectral resonance of 'A Ghost Lovestory'.
Laidback tech-house swing from new player, Edmondson, for new label, Lissoms. The A-side's 'Nocturnal 92' casually evolves from low-lit chords and tape noise pivoting on a breezy kick/clap syncopation to trancier electronic motifs before filling the gaps with tight breaks and warm vibes. B-side rolls straighter with the clipped drums and fidget funk of 'Caraiba' offset by dope cowbell, and 'Loop finding (4JO)' tips out on a weightless, dusted breakbeat flex.
*First new solo album in six years from founding member of pioneering chamber-rock ensemble, Rachel’s. Features members of Loscil, Rachel’s, Shipping News, Amsterdam Sinfonietta* "Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kentucky – most renowned for her work in Rachel's, the groundbreaking chamber-rock ensemble that introduced an entire generation of underground rock fans to the unexpected similarities and appeal of neoclassical music. Grimes has toured the world as a solo pianist, and as a collaborator with chamber ensembles such as Portland Cello Project, astrïd, … Read more
Special request for Regis and Fis remixes of Akkord from Houndstooth. Last spotted on 'HTH035', these two sympathetic mixes correspond with the original's bloodied and brutalist sound design, with Fis absorbing and infusing a conflagration of 'Gravure' and 'Continuum' with rolling, windswept ambient motifs and turbulent hydro-electric charge reflecting the semi-industrial, semi-pastoral landscape of the 'Hayfield To New Mills' trip, whereas Regis carves the same cuts into a lurching, monolithic techno-stepper disciplined with the cranky Whip Hand of a maniacal Mill overse'er.
Swanky, diverse new Dial compilation featuring exclusive material from all your deep, techy and ambient house faves. This has to be the most far-flung suite we've heard fromt he Hamburg-based label, unravelling a fine spectrum of coherant styles between Christian Naujocks' poignant opener, 'For A While' and Dawn Mok's R&B abstraction, 'Like Thoughts Or Moments We'll Fall' via the simmering, airborne deep house of Lawrence's 'Chex Dupont', drifting shoegaze-pop from Pawel, Physical Therapy's skewed junglism, and the posh trancey luft of DJ Richard's 'Zero'.
Bass Clef does his bright and melodic modular dance thing for Belfast's Rudimentary Records. 'Humming Blurs' sprawls the A-side with chiming, avian synth tones ruffled by stuttered and collapsing techno-dubbed drum chicanery for the IDM sweetboys and girls.On the other side, 'Chanson Du Ricochet' charges up a freakish, sputtering sort of alien techno deviation wrapped in shredded ribbons of salty modular scree and amorphous noise.
Art Crime debuts on London record shoppe, Phonica's in-house label after a fine 12" for Willie Burnett's W.T. label. Pushing a plush vibe from from the lovely balance of diaphanous synth voice and raving stabs in 'Obsession' to the Italo-techno drama of 'Show Interest', taking a moment for reflection with the starry keys of 'Eye Contact', and finishing with the OPN-goes-techno flourish of 'Rise Fall Run'.
Once-a-year kinda guy, Still Music boss Jerome Derradji drops a smart Chicago update for 2015. Upstairs, 'Wurk It' dispenses a full-bodied percolator ripened with bucking claps and twanging lead line in a smooth-but-rugged take on classic Dance Mania; downstairs, 'Acid Nothing' drags the tempo down for a skudgy and subtly proggy 303 jam.
Legowelt and hirsute pal bang the box on a 2nd Seaside Houz Boys session. You get four patented hardware rubs, ranging from adrenalized panic to vintage faces Drums style and the electroid winner 'Deepness of X70002'.
Champagne-soaked UK dance music from TRC and Princess Nyah on the one and only Crazylegs. The original's a big vocal showpiece with Nyah's vocal gilded by shiny '80s synth chrome and 2-step shuffle, with a couple of Todd Edwards-style chops for slick measure. DJ Q's remix resets it to a bouncing bassline-house flex with gear-shifting bass and 4/4 meter bringing fwd that Todd Edwards vibe.
Steve Rachmad rides the rhythm for Luke Slater's Mote Evolver. Four tracky cuts, at best in the molten metallic funk of 'Stroke 1' and a sparking jack attack, 'Stroke 4'.
Truss churns out three chunks of industrial techno grot for Perc Trax. His first release in this guise since 2012, 'Kymin Lea' does rusted electro rhythms and bleached-sky pads across the A-side, with a surprisingly sentimental tenderness to be found in his steely structures, whereas flipside, 'Clawdd D' trades in beligerant, discordant UK techno, and 'Wyefield' gets off on a spooked South Western techno bang à la Polygon Window.
"Haley Fohr’s music strikes a unique balance between the personal and universal. As Circuit des Yeux she creates music that embodies the complexity of human emotions, juxtaposing tenderness and grief, ecstasy and horror, using sounds as representations of the emotional spectrum that we all experience. Fohr’s striking voice, an impassioned baritone, is the music’s centerpiece and guiding force. On In Plain Speech, Fohr is joined by some of the most progressive musicians in the Chicago music community; Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas), Whitney Johnson (Verma), Rob Frye (Bitchin … Read more
Giddy up with two cantering techno jaunts by Berghain staple and one half of MMM. Fiedel in the saddle for a a kinky acid techno buckaroo named 'Deare' and the pony-prance fancy of 'Likedeeler'.
Banging UK house jaxx for Lobster Boy's consistently ace imprint. 'Do 4 Me; rolls out on a darkside flex with brooding Reese-style bass buoying belting diva stabs and raw-but-slinky house drums. 'Blue Suede' is more bittersweet, percolating Chicago-meets-London drums with blue vocal signature and an alkaline synth tang.
Warp set off their 2nd showcase of killer new dance music from Lisbon's Príncipe crew. Up top, you'll find the mystic flutes and streaking synths of Alto Nivel Produções' low slung tarraxinha, 'Directamente', next to the slamming-but-slinky drums and jagged, SND-like chords of Nidia Minaj's 'Pra Fechar', and DJ Maboku's slow and super wide remix of 'Tarraxo Electrico' by DJ Lilocox ov CDM. Flipside, we're introduced to Puto Anderson & Deejay Ninoo with the kinky, woody drum syncopation of 'Camarate' at a mean slow flex, and, likewsie, we hear from DJ Big Vado and DJ Estra… Read more
'Anna Love' peals with keening hi-end timbres lending a dash of romance and drama to his white noise builds and scratchy tech-house rhythm. 'Dim Sum,' cools off with a rolling groove giving way to off-kilter chords and bittersweet harmonics beside the fractured drums and intimate samples of 'Purple', precipitating a ruder UK warp in later stages.
"The Eccentronic Research Council’s fabulous fourth album, ‘Johnny Rocket, Narcissist & Music Machine… I’m Your Biggest Fan’ is written from the persuasive point of view of an obsessional fan of a (fictional?) local band - The Moonlandingz, who gig around the (fictional?) South Yorkshire district of Valhalla Dale. The album also sees The Eccentronic Research Council team up with Lias Saoudi and Saul Adamczewski of South London’s The Fat White Family, who ably play the role of The Moonlandingz."
Dany F makes his debut solo vinyl flight with four ruddy, spiked grooves for Cómeme in the 'Wouhau' EP. A regular on the label's numerous compilations, Dany steps up with neatly functional spins on timeless templates, from the mystic Mayan flutes mixed with Chicago house ballast in 'Magia', to trippier acid invocation 'Monitos de la Selva' and the dark-to-light journey of 'Wouhau', always with an sharp cut but subtle latin shimmy.
Thore Pfeiffer makes his maiden voyage on Kompakt's Pop Ambient artist album series. Hand-picked for the job by Wolfgang Voigt (a.k.a. Gas etc.), Pfeiffer's 'Im Blickfeld' follows Leandro Fresca's inaugural edition with a feather-light moire of panning pads and quiet ambient thought bubbles owing much to the original Pop Ambient aesthetic whilst also gently refreshing its now well-established memes. Rather than any grand, layered statements, Pfeiffer exhales wispy chords and airborne chimes in a smoky mesh of tones and phrases, forging intangible structures somewhere between the elus… Read more