Monday, 02 December
'The Fall Into Time' is a collection of those bonus pieces that appeared on the 2012 boxset of 'Rifts', itself drawn from rare and obscure tapes and CDrs for the underground network which first supported the young synth master on his quest for sonic enlightenment. They count the 10 minute valium drift of 'Blue Drive' and the deadly cute baroque piece 'The Trouble With Being Born' on the A-side, and one of his most evocative early pieces, the breathtaking 'Memory Vague' and BoC-like lushness of 'Melancholy Descriptions Of Simple 3D Environments' on the B-side.
Daniel Lopatin and his Software label present 'Drawn And Quartered', collecting tracks from various, sought-after tapes, CDrs and obscure releases previously found on his 'Rifts' boxset. Presented in a library style jacket replete with Dan's own succinct descriptions (i.e. 'Lovergirls Precinct': "Uncool, biased"), it orbits some total gems such as the spine melting 'Ships Without Meaning' and the ecstatic arpeggios of 'Transmat Memories' alongside the gyroscopic 16 minute cosmic meander of highlight, 'When I Get Back From New York'. Recommended!
Slugabed returns to Ninja Tune with two intricate electronica/trap mutations. 'Do U C Me Tho' steps into a surreal interzone of piped melodies, brassy bottom end and sparse, strangely distant trap beats accelerating the oddest styles shared with Hud Mo or Rustie. 'U Right' comes off like a Yeezus instrumental that was way too weird to make the final cut, segueing from blown-out electronics to odd psilocybic melodies, hardstyle trance hooks and lean, whirring trap percussions.
Barcelona's Hivern Discs team up with Young Turks to give The xx a dope disco makeover. Marc Piñol turns 'Fiction' into a chugging balearic disco fact with canny Larry Heard-style bassline and Mistakes Are OK give 'Reunion' a much happier outcome with unravelling triplet groove, choral pads and a triumphant finale. Round hears 'Missing' as a piece of piano-house-pop in the vein of Everything But The Girl's moody '90s pop classics, and New Jackson turns 'Swept Away' into a grown-up late night shuffler.
A lower-than-low priced compilation highlighting some of Matador’s most exciting 2013 moments, including (but not limited to) previously unreleased version of songs from Queens of the Stone Age, Yo La Tengo and Savages.
Domino's Weird World presents their debut release by cult Finnish musician and tram driver, Jaakko Eino Kalevi. Sharing an ear for a hook with Ariel Pink or Connan Mockasin and indulged with the "softness and adultness" of Chris Rea, Jaakko's 'Dreamzone' takes in the chamber boogie of 'Memories' and the nimble lounge beat of 'Uu uu uu' beside the progressive and very Nordic sounding dream pop of 'No End' and the colder, wavey disco smudge of 'When You Walk Through Them All'.
F****k, this is good: perplexingly talented Norwegian percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love teams up with avant-metal overlord James Plotkin for a "role-reversal" of the traditional drum-and-guitar set-up. Plotkin rightly didn't dare try and match the infernal chaos of Paal's drums, instead providing repetitive melodic hooks and harmonic squall that he could batter against. The result is four extended pieces of complicated rhythmelolodic sequences entangled with some of the lushest, free drumming you'll hear this year, featuring both players catalysing and reacting with eac… Read more
OPN's 'Zones Without People' was released in 2009 on a highly limited vinyl run for Arbor. All seven tracks featured in his Wire chart-topping 'Rifts' compilation, predating his mindblowing 'Returnal' album (surely one of the best of 2010) and displaying its prodigiously gifted creator amidst some of his most affective synthscapes. From the outset we could consider this to be classic material, as the miniature 'Computer Vision' - one of his very earliest creations circa 2004 - plugs into a spiraling matrix of arpeggiations leading us into his pastoral dimensions. Follow… Read more
Back in 2007 Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin pricked the hive mind's consciousness with this, his debut album. Recorded in Massachusetts between 2004 & 2007 on Roland Juno-60 and Sequential Circuits Six-Trak synthesisers, Roland SQ-700 Sequencer, voice and delay, it still stands as wonderful example of unselfconscious and richly tuneful analog synthesis practically guaranteed to please fans of Popol Vuh, Emeralds, J. D. Emmanuel and early electronics exponents like Raymond Scott. If you've not immersed yourself in the poignant new age pleasures of 'Woe Is The Transgression II' or connected with 'Parallel Minds' before, here's your chance.
Oneohtrix Point Never's sublime 'Russian Mind' is centred around the evocative theme of a Russian cosmonaut past his prime, composing the score to a film from his hospital bed in a room on the east wing of an orbiting infirmary, facing a window overlooking a grove of holographic birch trees, lending a brilliantly romantic sci-fi feel to the entirely synthetic sounds within. As it's already been noted, OPN manages to capture the pastoral synth spirit of Boards of Canada or the legendary Kosmiche experimentalists Moebius & Roedelius with a shockingly tender touch, one that you mi… Read more
Rod returns for a 2nd session of lithe, hypnotic techno tools on Ben Klock's label. 'Anindica' meditates on modulating acid sequences and rattling old-skool 909 rhythms intent for strobe-lit peaktime action. 'Hux' is slinkier, sensual, riding dubbed-out, building chords and deft, swinging hi-hats with nods to classic M-Series and reminding of Shed's EQ'd tools.
The spawn of a mind-melt between Tom Middleton and Joe Muggs in 2010, Sounds Of The Cosmos debuts with five diverse tracks from the nu bass/electronica quadrants. 'Something Wrong With Daisy' is a three-way astral chug-off between South London's Silkie and Atlanta's Mite & Distal, crowbarring a liberal chunk of Basement Jaxx into an extended tribal acid dub at 33-not-45, whilst Jabru leans on a bashier digital dread vibe with the Hyperdub styles of 'Glass Floor (Dub)' and VVV beams way out on the ambient vectors of 'Arrival'. Next up is Sapience, who swings with crisp, punchy … Read more
The intriguing DJ Purple Image returns with a new album, this time for Leaving Records.
Murky ambient flux from Ten Hyphen Twenty for Brighton's Where To Now? crew. Two extended pieces unravel with enigmatic logic; 'Portrait Of A House Plant' dissolving between darker ambient drones and composted ferric textures to pockets of trapped bass music, frictional rhythms against morphing swells of noise and detached melodies in between blurry ambient dimensions. 'Still Life With Indoor Water Feature' is lusher, traversing processed field recordings, crushing/crushed concrete textures and lost, ambient motifs deep into the sort of cracked, kaleidoscopic vortex you might expect from Wanda Group or DJ Purple Image. Recommended!
Eerie, oneiric electronic psychedelia from Lisbon's Ondness for Brighton's excellent Where To Now? label. 'Poor Man's Twilight Zone' exists in a headspace somewhere between Negra Branca's ethereal H-Pop scapes, Wanda Group's murky ambient and the kind of zonked post-techno purveyed by Opal Tapes, feeling out in the half light resonant, gamelan-like tones and lushest chord swirl in the 12 minute 'Trono', whilst 'Ongoing To Zona' combines celestial flute with a sort of lo-fi take on Porter Ricks' aquatic techno churn. 'Edit Sombre' is closer to techno proper with a buoyant 4/4 step… Read more
Melodic, London-style tech-house backed with remixes by U and Quarion. Love & Mercy's debut EP strides between the sweet but gritty swing of 'Rainfall' and the tumbling breakbeats and bass workout 'Polytomy' to U's grubbing, basslin-heavy rework of 'Polytomy' and a light-footed, trance-infected Quarion remix of 'Rainfall'.
Surreal, complex and hyper-edited collages of field recordings, drones and electronics by Gonçalo F Cardoso aka Gonzo for Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong's Discrepant label. Gonçalo weaves edited field recordings made by Jeanneau with raw and digitally treated analogue modulations by Cédric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk) and drums by David Naan into fractally morphing, impossible and otherworldly scenes segueing between up-close recordings of flies, dissonant Chinese chorales, layered location recordings and dramatic drone panoramas. RIYL Rashad Becker, Russell Haswell's field recordings, Sublime Frequencies, Francisco Lopez.
Plush, deeper tech-house pop on Hypercolour. Three cuts shimmy from melodic, melancholy swing on 'Distorted Symmetry' to the pirouetting arpeggios and posh-trancey builds of 'The Shape Of It' and a gritty kicker called 'I was Born To A Woman From Space'.
Project Mooncircle cut off the audio half of Robot Koch's recent A/V collaboration with Lukas Feigelfeld, 'Unpaved'. The music is richly visual, ranging from the pastoral scapes of 'Unpaved' featuring Alek Fin to the undulating bass structures, piquant melodies and diffuse sound design of 'Sugar Owl' and the slow, cinematic drama of solo piano and sweeping electronics in 'Calle Tierra'.
Powerful, deep-playign big room techno roller by Mote-Evolver regular, Psyk, released by CLR.
"Dark new agers Doomsquad re-code the electronic music narrative with a more worldly and cosmological presence than the genre would normally dictate. Drawing in guitar, flute, percussion and synth, the Montreal and Toronto-based siblings Allie, Jaclyn and Trevor Blumas act as aural anthropologists, teaming relics of cross cultural traditions like chanting and repetition over seismic ripples of deep bass."
"Since his passing in 2012, we have surveyed the substantial personal archive of Jef Gilson’s acetates, test pressings and reel to reel tapes with the kind permission of his widow,Geneviève. The task has not been easy, it’s taken numerous trips to France and the generous assistance of a small army of translators, advisors, musicologists, amateur enthusiasts and record collectors, as well as the surviving members of Gilson’s musical entourage, for us to gather together the information required to make this album. In it you will find music we‘ve chosen from having listened to literally hund… Read more
Classy, diverse grip of trax from Milan's Boot & Tax for Optimo Trax. Lead cuit 'Acido' is a stripped back acid swagger with anthem potential written all over it, whereas 'Egon' beams out into cosmic techno-disco space, and 'The Simone' dices with dubbed-out wave disco charm beside the spaghetti western Italo of 'Comprendes'.
Dark 'n sleazy house funk from Finnish player, Arttu. 'UFO Funkin'' has the sexy, alien drive of Detroit's Blake Baxter or Juan Atkins, but done with a stripped down, rugged flair of his own, whilst 'Passing Out Privileges' leans in with a Larry Heard-like bassline and scuffed, barely-hinged jakkers drums bound to send 'em wild.
Colourful Finnish psychedelia painted with weird synths, drum machines, psychobilly guitars and psilocybic folk melodies.
**Severely destroyed and eccentric electronics** "Hoofus performs and records electronic improvisations from the undergrowth of rural Norfolk, using fuzzy analogue aesthetics and FM synthesized unease to create visceral ritual rhythms smeared with restless feral yearning and the distant hum of moss covered machinery. Drawing on notions of ramshackle existence on the edges of the wilds, he attempts to express ideas of Arcadian alienation and backwoods neurosis. He has always tried to re-invigorate attitudes to live electronic music by performing in a very physical tactile way rather than hid… Read more
Rafael Anton Irisari aka The Sight Below takes on Saroos for The Notwist's Alien Transistor label.
"It is important to remember that sound is ultimately a physical medium. Vibrations, emitted through the airwaves collide with surfaces, reflecting and inflecting in a blissfully chaotic interplay before finding their way to our ear drums. It’s here, in this space of reflection, that Simon James Phillips has created Chair. It’s an album of clustered piano works, where notes compound and flutter in a spiraling flow of attack and decay. Using the natural sustain of both his chosen instrument and the recording environment - the Grunewald Church in Berlin - Phillips’ playing draws out the … Read more