Monday, 17 November
Politicised party house bangers from Essex's garage answer to Russell Brand, aka DJ Haus ov UTTU. 'Feel The Change Comin' On' burns up the titular vocal phrase over positivist flute parps and rugged garage skip laced with natty acid lines to make 'em dance like it's '94 and the plod are watching; 'When U Look At' goes a shade deeper with teasing filter treatments applied to a darker, contemporary jackin' sound designed for cuttin' shapes.
Sullen, strident tech-house from London's Natan H and ManMakeMusic label. 'Glen park' sets the standard with a trim and shifty London take on deeper dub house aesthetics; the deft shimmy of 'Civic Centre' picks up the pace with effortlessly swing; 'Never Been To Detroit' gets off on a glum beat down tip.
Reissue of the lush and melodic Detroit/Dutch techno album by Conforce. Ever since the release of his 'Our Concern EP' in late 2007, Boris Brunnik has forged a celebrated catalogue of heart-warming techno for labels like Rush Hour and Curle. His sound takes the most florid elements of Detroit operators like Carl Craig or Derrick May and fuses them with a European dub-techno sensibility to place him in the recent tradition of Convextion. From the rumbling, bass-driven lowland topography of 'Subtraction' to the synth coralled aquatic scapes of 'Sonar Conversations' to the exquisite 'Ra… Read more
Stephan Olbricht finds a sympathetic home among Turin's Gang Of Ducks with the crunchy, skudged house abstractions of 'Emtee'. Seven songs flay the flesh of house convention leaving behind the residue of kicking, skeletal patterns formed by sodden drums and blunted chords tussling it out under heavy ferric atmospheres. At times there are glimpses of the crafty hi-tech funk of Olbricht's Budapest peer, Gábor Lázár, in the singular twists of 'Wowno' and the obtuse rhythms of 'Emtee' and the off-kilter notes of 'Very Deep', but to be fair it's all probably better compared with a dead cranky Actress who's just realised his dog ate his stash.
Portable delivers a real beauty to Live at Robert Johnson with 'Surrender', his follow-up to 'A Process' (2012) for Frankfurt's finest. And much like this year's 'Sportable' 12" for Perlon, it's another dose of his sensitive, expressive baritone and gilt-edged grooves, playing hard-to-get over loose, swinging drums, Lcio's heart-lifting flutes and thee most elegant keys, all broken down to instrumental dub and acapella on the B-side.
*Includes bonus tracks 'Dem Howl feat. Troels Abrahamsen (Michael Mayer Instrumental Mix)' and 'Dem Howl feat. Troels Abrahamsen (Joris Voorn Mix)'* Matthew Dear puts his Audion mask on for Kompakt. Teaming up with Troels Abrahamsen 'Dem Howl' he delivers a subtly effective big room anthem splitting the difference between posh trance and tech-house. Michael Mayer gvies a more succinct rework on the flipside, beside a moody blue instrumental version of the original.
Huntleys + Palmers serve up a killer side of oriental disco by Mehmet Aslan. Previously appointed to the label's Highlife sub-label volumes and Ata's For Disco Only series, here he's the star of the show with a filigree mix of traditional Turkish melodies and European-meets-African grooves blessing the swirling keys of 'Mechanical Turk', the hypnotic darkside oscillations of 'Hidden', and his twysted electro trip 'New Africanism' with an otherworldly, dancefloor-transcending beauty.
Primest party tackle outta London 1996 dusted down and re-released by Optimo Music. Dominic Dawson and Rob Mello aka Reel Houze are behind both sides, including the eleven minutes of pure 'floor hypnosis sampling Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L's 'Go Bang' against toilet seat percussion from DJ Harvey (what's he like, eh?) and frantic Moog soloing from Rob Mello in 'The Chance', whilst flipside 'The Difference' yields another extended psychedelic disco trip, this one quite aptly described as "the closest thing we can imagine to Basic Channel doing disco" by Optimo themselves. Tip!
"Featuring guest performances by Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, Alvarius B.), Sam Chalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Solo Artist/Alif), Khaled Yassine (Anouar Brahem/Alif) and vocals by Egyptian Mahraganat MCs Amr 7a7a and Alaa 50, to name a few. Those who may have heard live iterations of Salute the Parrot at Louca’s jaw dropping shows across the Arab world and Europe over the last couple of years, will encounter a much more complex and hard hitting work of many influences. From psychedelic to Egyptian Shaabi, Louca shatters the conf… Read more
"SQÜRL's final release in their 3-part series of EPs, following the soundtrack to 'Only Lovers Left Alive', done in collaboration with Jozef Van Wissem. The atmospheric heavy drones of surreally epic horror-country contained within this limited edition of 1000 heavyweight 12" vinyl picture discs for the world further demonstrate Carter Logan, Jim Jarmusch, and Shane Stoneback's forever expanding breadth of talent and scope of vision. The group, described by Pitchfork as "part drone-rock, part metal, part blissful stoner fatigue" and by NPR as "gloriously gritty" are an enthusiastically marginal New … Read more
The Finnish analog wunderkind follows up his lovely drops for No Pain In Pop with four signature cuts of minimal, melodic electronica for Uncharted Audio. The A-side is a lovely thing, some ten minutes of slow-paced , druggy chug and radiant, chiming melody perfect for midnight waltzes; on the B-side he ups the tempo on a trio of knotted grooves full of charming stumbles and woozy, off-key synth strokes.
Tel Aviv's VesperTown blazes in with a hyper-funked debut for Rinse. The follow-up to a well received cassette earlier in 2014 for Brighton's Donky Pitch, 'King George' and 'Sugar Rush' approximate the effect of a Haribo binge whilst smothered in mallow fluff and listening to Hud Mo in your birthday suit.
Diverse trio of techno bangers by Kopp for Tresor. A-side he goes head-down at 130bpm thru the brambled acid bang of 'Red Plented; B-side brings a Mills/Dixon-styled piece of chiming Detroit minimalism in 'Blackbird', and the ruder PAS-like rolige of 'Message From Solaris'.
One of Detroit techno's most sublime associates, John Beltran corrals 18 mellow, romantic ambient pieces by himself and others. It's very '90s chill-out album for the most (just the name Mick Chillage screams valerian tea), but with some nice contributions coming from Sons of Melancholia in the smudged slug of 'For Val' and Beltran himself with the sweeping, GAS-like strings of 'Music For Machines'.
Proxima returns with three shades of techier, up-to-the-second dubstep, from clipped Coki styles in 'Trapped' to snarling dungeon slither of 'Fate' and crushing Dutch style darkness in 'Fallout'.
Delroy Edwards' LACR hard on the money with this issue of Gene Hunt's rare-as-owt '99 house banger 'Freddy's Dead', plus the tracky smack of 'Bong'. The Halloween themed title track was last found on the Gene Hunt Classics 2LP; is now remastered to make that rugged Italo bassline and drum programming cut like Kruger's blades. It's gotta be thee definitive mix of John Carpenter and Chicago house. 'Bong', on the other hand, is a properly stripped down tracky workout for the DJs and wall-bangers.
Straight outta Memphis, TN, 1995: The classic lost debut LP from Shawty Pimp, remastered and reissued by Delroy Edwards' LACR label. Ten tracks of dusted 808 boom and crack sleazed up and smoked out with Reddog. One 4 tha reel G's smokin' trees. Recognise.
Teengirl Fantasy returns from a short hiatus with four skewed mutations of R&B/Footwork/IDM hybrids found in their R&S records. Since 2012 they've twisted their sound in new directions between the refractive, sweetly discordant club enigma, 'Cavescape' to ghostly refinement of their R&B-pop tastes in 'Lung' feat. Lafawndah, and the '90s-into-2014 flex of 'U Touch Me' with Hoody, whilst '7:30 A.M.' deals in an airborne, alien techno funk recalling Lotic and Arca productions.
**Schizoid, oneiric ambience and android funk from LA's Angel 1 for the rapidly expanding 1080p label** "Los Angeles-based producer Angel 1’s latest burst of unique plasticity finds middle ground between classic ambient electronica and spacious future club ideals. 1080p debut “Allegra Bin 1” is about stepping outside; the constant unfolding that occurs as you move through the city with communication and drama on many levels, interpreting the messages and signifiers that can hit at any moment and getting extremely buzzed in the process."
Wicked session from Rinse's Roska on his his first solo mission of 2014. This is Roska at his most diverse, with five tracks oscillating between colder, technoid jack in the juddering swing of 'Wave' and the killah dread house rufige of 'Light Dem Up' feat. Illaman, to warmer, deeper garage/Funky soul buzz with 'Higher', and the feminine, tribalist pressure of 'Pez Dispenser'.
Gaul in Montreal, Valntin Stip serves an extended solo piano interpretation of the dramatic, titular closing piece to his 'Sigh' album for Nico Jaar's Other People.
JME jumps on a dubstep slaughter by Commodo for Deep Medi. Riddim and rider are both on form, JME bouncing cool and calculated over rugged ballroom "ha" stabs, darkside synth voices and 'floor churning subs for the hard skankers. Big bad instrumental on the flip.
Lonelady breaks a four year hiatus with a return to Warp with the retro-post-punk disco of 'Groove It Out' backed with a murky Ekoplekz dub. The Michigan Dub featured a heavy motorised bassline and lean, snappy machine rhythms, whereas the Ekoplekz dub flings the sound somewhere far messier, mutant.
Sick Sleng Teng mutation from Steve Spacek aka Beat Spacek on the first taste of his promising new album for Ninja Tune. Produced and vocalled by Spacek, ' I Wanna Know' purportedly harks back to Steve's formative roots in S.E. London circa mid '80s at a time of cross-cultural pollination between suede heads, soul boys, dreadlocks, punks, and new romantics. Hence, it's a dread-heavy, frictional stepper, boiling a whole lotta trouble down to 2mins 37 of potent, paranoid UK dancehall class. Bring on the 'Modern Streets' album, pronto!
Fine tributes to slinky mid '80s disco and proto-house styles, produced by Roy Comanchero. Four tracks slip right into that sultry, sophisticated aesthetic owned by Running Back, from the strutting bass and Linn crack of 'Lucid Memory' to the chiming synth voices of The Delete Of Society' and slow-mo deckside stroller, 'New Horizon'. RIYL Beautiful Swimmers.