Monday, 25 May
Seductive dancefloor alchemy from Optimo's Italian duo, Claudio Brioschi and Cristian Croce a.k.a. Boot & Tax. Cross-pollinating traces of Afro-beat, dub and European synth music for the good of the dancefloor, as exemplified in the skanking steppers lilt and wiggle of opener 'Good Fela', essentially this is a modern iteration of the Italian cosmic disco genre coined by Danielle Baldelli and Beppe Loda in the '70s/'80s. It's super-easy going and timelessly infectious (even JD Twitch's 80 year old step-mother has been rinsing it), weaving elements of spaghetti westerns ('red Guitar') alongside … Read more
Neanna nails a hard-ass UK tribal sound with this killer refit of Nick Hook and Egyptian Lover. Shoulder-barging toms and frazzled bursts of claps are woven with scything synth stabs and natty electroid fills for a ruffneck taste of current London club styles.
Felix K dispenses some of the most crucial crossovers between D&B, techno and ambient music in his 2013 debut LP, 'Flowers of Destruction'. Across 15 tracks he nurtures the sounds that grow in the cracks between genre boundaries, hybridising styles with the precision and care of a Dutch botanist with a thing for dark warehouses and big soundsystems. Needless to say, if you were into his expansive-yet-intimate Blackest Ever Black excursion, or appreciate the work of Fis, Akkord, Demdike Stare, this is a must-check release (in case you haven't already!).
*White Vinyl Edition* 2nd LP of ear-worming electronic-pop from Becoming Real - a strong tip for those missing Holy Other or Tri Angle's bewitched pop aesthetics. Between 2010 and 2012 Becoming Real was behind a string of smart releases for the likes of Ramp, Moshi Moshi and GETME!, and then… nothing until 2015. With 'Pure Apparition' he reminds us what we have (or might have) been missing with 12 tracks of eldritch-tinted pop deviation soused in dreamy melodies and stranger electronic tones given impetus by strong yet deft dancefloor impulses. Dunno if it's just us but it seems li… Read more
The rising star of London pirate radio teams up with Finn and Fallow for his first single on Local Action.
Honey Owens makes a rare and welcome outing as Valet with 'Nature' for Kranky. Her first album in seven years finds the American indie-child making broad gestures to '90s dream-pop and shoegaze with eight songs aided and abetted by regular spars Rafael Fauria (guitar) and Mark Burden (drums/bass/keys). It's an enveloping sound, layering up swirling guitars and stoned drums around her glossolalic vocals at the centre of its slow-shifting harmonic pressure systems.
"While legions of artists show fidelity to psychedelia's roots, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has always shared the rare quality that makes the genre's legends vital, a constant need for exploration. Last year, frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson descended into his home studio in a Portland basement to chart out where's he traveled since his last set of unhinged psych-soul ballads. He discovered that the best way for him to move forward would be to look back. Where Nielson addressed the pain of being alone on II, Multi-Love takes on the complications of being together."