Thursday, 16 October
Tuffened techno remixes of Pev & Kowton from Tessela and Ilian Tape's Andrea & Stenny. Up top, Bristol native Tessela tweak Pev's 'Aztec Chant' with a longer, tenser intro before giving way to a barrelling breakbeat techno monster galvanized with some vicious electronics. Turn her over and Italy's Andrea & Stenny step up Pev & Kowton's emosh 'End Point' as a fully-charged but beautifully atmopshreic techno romp set to find a home in many discerning record bags across the world. Serious session.
**Yellow wax w/ printed PVC sleeve designed by Cottweiler x felicita** Gum Artefacts serve a shock dose of accelerated plastic pop from Felicita in 'Frenemies'. The London-based producer's vinyl debut (hear the digital types groan) follows on from a cuttingly cute single, '(>'.')>#' with seven brilliantly lurid and upfront constructions coming off like SOPHIE produced by EVOL. As one of the artists championed by bandcamp mole and vaporwave observer, Adam Harper, Felicita's music occupies a wholly new plateau of production aesthetics which has sent poor sods like us grasping for the thesaurus in o… Read more
**180g vinyl with digital download code redeemable from the label** Tindersticks return with another one of their occasional, brilliant instrumental albums, this one commissioned by the 'In Flanders Fields' World War One Museum in Ypres, Belgium to create the soundscapes for the new permanent exhibition commemorating the centenary of the Great War and beyond. The band have created an orchestral score that evolves through the different, distinctive spaces and sections of the museum, punctuated with private contemplative spaces where the music was allowed to be more poetic. Made from a series of … Read more
Tindersticks return with another one of their occasional, brilliant instrumental albums, this one commissioned by the 'In Flanders Fields' World War One Museum in Ypres, Belgium to create the soundscapes for the new permanent exhibition commemorating the centenary of the Great War and beyond. The band have created an orchestral score that evolves through the different, distinctive spaces and sections of the museum, punctuated with private contemplative spaces where the music was allowed to be more poetic. Made from a series of interlocking orchestral loops, the music flows seamlessly all day, ever… Read more
Killer 2nd 12" from Arcing Seas on Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. It's really all about the A-side, 'Tengri', a slinky-assed techno roller with virulent acid lines laced some mad, twitching synth shapes that sound like a huge boiler being tickled to climax. B-side provides more of that agitated synth sound in the sturdy buck of 'Sarka', plus a more standard monotone tool titled 'Incal'. Tipped!
*10th Anniversary Edition with two bonus tracks "The Future Will Be Different" and "Tree"* 'Venice' was the follow up to the groundbreaking 'Endless Summer', a record with a legendary pedigree and with sales substantial enough to have shaken up its label. Musically, 'Venice' is a much more varied affair, reflected by the contrasting imagery in the cover photography. Check the heartbreak melancholy of the opener 'Rivers Of Sand' to the somewhat playful 'Chateau Rouge', the freeze framed longing of 'City Of Light' and 'Circassian' featuring the searing guitar of Burkhard Stangl… Read more
Smart reissue combining two sterling KDJ/Moodymann and Rick Wade platters from 1999-2000. KDJ takes pole place with some killer John Carpenter-in-Africa vibes complemented by an uptempo, soul-combing filter disco ace. Rick Wade lowers the lights further on the flip with a slinkier mood setter called 'Thought Process', backed with the rippling, purring jazz house momentum of 'Forever Night'.
Chicago's Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being is 'The Seer Of Cosmic Visions'. Arriving not long since his amazing 'Worst DJ Ever' mix for Reel Torque, this is his first studio album of 2014 - unusually so, considering that he self-released some seven albums in 2013 - drawing from previously vinyl-only releases and new experiments to document his most vivid, recent revelations. They all tend to the noisier, innately abstract side of his oeuvre - call it Rhythmic Cubism or Cosmic Be-Bop rather than "outsider house" - steeped in the EBM/… Read more
2nd volley of Jamaican-inspired house and techno from Glasgow's JD Twitch (Optimo) and friends. The boss steps out with D. Jah Clark aka Sparky on the dubbed-out wave house of 'Soul On Fire', and Jabru keeps up the label punnery with a fine dedication to Lee "Scratch" Perry in 'Whiteboard Jungle'. Pon di flip, Richmond & Lord Sheraton load up a mad one with the Sleng Teng f**kery of 'Under Mi Flat Cap' and a properly messed-up version rife with hardstyle stabs. Only in Glasgow...
**From proto-techno/electro to alien monophonic synth scapes: an incredible collection of eldritch DIY synth and electro-acoustic music circa 1970s by a little-known collaborator with The Beatles, Ivor Cutler, Ken Russell, the Goons… Don't sleep on this one!!!** Jonny Trunk speaks: "Welcome to the most excellent strange and unique world of Bruce Lacey. Aretist, musician, sage, shaman, inventor, film maker and all round British eccentric, Bruce has always followed his own mind, walking an instinctive path through life. Here, and for the first time, his improvised music and the soundt… Read more
Cooly G returns with her unique vision of sex music in 'Wait 'Til Night', her 2nd album and follow-up to 'Playin' Me' (2012). With no verifiable evidence of its efficacy, we're gonna play it straight here and judge it with our clothes on, you'll just have to use your imagination. It's a smart, deliberate shift from her signature house styles to a sort of stark South London R&B, bringing the minimalist sensuality of her earliest 'Dub Organizer' EPs full circle into twelve subtle, well-crafted song structures. The sound is very much about private space, dealing with varying degrees of infatuation… Read more
**The download version bundled free with this release includes two bonus mixes** Dusk & Blackdown seal a vintage year for Keysound Recordings with the darker pressure of their 'Back 2 Go FWD>>' doublepack, including remixes by Horsepower Productions and Facta. The pair's first material since the 'Dasaflex' (2012) album finds them reminiscin' about the red-lit sweatbox at Plastic People, which used to host the foundational FWD>> events - the Rinse-affiliated precursor to the DMZ events and today's influential Boxed nights. But Dusk + Blackdown don't feel beholden to it, instead findi… Read more
DJ Ford Foster breaks the back on it with the bucking chunks of his 'Gold Cans' EP. Only slightly refining the styles found on his two Opal Tapes releases, the Leeds-based box banger drives from salty jaxx in 'Gold Cans' to the killer sub-low bounce of 'Fake Shoes' and fidgeting Dance Mania styles in 'Gone Ham' and 'Black Candles'.
Numbers indulge a bit of mystery with the super charming debut of "anonymous" producer Deejay Deer. Apparently "born and raised in the Bavarian wilderness" and "the first forest dwelling animal to use the prefix 'Deejay'", gives pretty much f**k all away, but a quick listen to either track should trigger trigger some clues. On 'Natural' they swirl head high piano chords and rugged breakbeat house bounce landing somewhere between Martyn, Redshape and Shed, whilst 'Unnatural' rushes up with flanging metallic chords and swung garage breaks like the nexx generation of Joy O's 'Hyph Mngo' amped by Four Tet. It's probably just Dave The Drummer having a laugh, though.
Sampler-wielding 'ardwave thugz, $hit & $hine follow the 'Powder Horn' dose for Diagonal with six funked-up 'floor frags for Gangsigns. His rambunctious tastes know no bounds, gleefully razing genres like haters from the flinty breakbeat crusher, 'Be Careful' thru the peg-legged swagger of 'Can't Be Trusted' and fudged boogie play, 'Caterpillllarr', to unnervingly straight-playing house in 'Greenskul' and collapsing '80s soul and funk styles with 'Welly Too Far Away' and 'What's Wrong With Me'. Man clearly doesn't give a f**k in the best possible sense. 'Tropical' is party time for the freaks, then.
AnD deliver their long-coming debut LP, 'Cosmic Microwave Background' for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. It's a proper session, choking back 12 tracks (eight on LP) of galloping productions and acid with all the brute force and caustic atmosphere you'd hope for. But it's actually at its best when they step out of the loops and repetitive tricks into more wayward structures, as with the crushing lurch of 'Relic Radiation', the masticated industrial funk of 'Galactic Motion', or the plangent Alien transmission of 'The Surface Of Last Scattering'. If you're craving the out-and-out ba… Read more
AnD deliver their long-coming debut LP, 'Cosmic Microwave Background' for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. It's a proper session, choking back 12 tracks (eight on LP) of galloping productions and acid with all the brute force and caustic atmosphere you'd hope for. But it's actually at its best when they step out of the loops and repetitive tricks into more wayward structures, as with the crushing lurch of 'Relic Radiation', the masticated industrial funk of 'Galactic Motion', or the plangent Alien transmission of 'The Surface Of Last Scattering'. If you're craving the out-and-out bang… Read more
**Housed in two-fold wraparound sleeve** "Cross-pollinating the wants lists of art/jazz/print and architecture enthusiasts this seldom sighted 45 single is regarded as the rarest “lost” recording by American jazz trumpeter and global communal music missionary Don Cherry as he collaborates with French piano improv genius François Tusques. A missing link in the pre-formative years of improvised jazz this mythical private pressing unites two of the key exponents of both American and French free jazz – two entirely independent musical art forms which by 1964 had yet… Read more
Beau Wanzer raids his archive circa 2002-2008 and comes out dripping with wave filth. 'Untitled' is the Chicago artist's 1st album collection, following years of service with Civil Duty, Hypercube, Mutant Beat Dance, and Streetwalker. It's an urgent, cryptic dispatch from the brink of hardwave, minimal electronics and post punk, driven by arcane machines and infected with an oppressive, melancholic urban atmosphere. There are ten track on board, each framing Wanzer at his moodiest, most obtuse, from the recursive delays and snake-hipped shuffle of outstanding opener, 'Groove's No Zone'… Read more
**Edition of 300** Andrew Pekler and Entr'acte present hypnotic, deviant selections from the installation The Prepaid Piano, recorded 21-24 February 2013 during the Unmenschliche Musik/Inhuman Music exhibition at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin. The title is a very canny description of the installation: a grand Piano was prepared by laying five pre-paid mobile phones on the strings in five different areas on the soundboard, which the audience was encouraged to ring from five stationary telephones. Using contact mics, the vibrations of the strings were then sent to a modu… Read more
Sa-Ra's Shafiq Husayn leans on a soulful downstroke with 'It's Better For You', the first glimpse of his upcoming album, 'The L∞p'. It's both his Eglo Records debut and his first solo release since 2009. Up top, 'It's Better For You' strikes to the hip with greazy bass licks, keys and shuffling drums laying the ground for his male/female harmonies with Anderson Paak beside an instrumental version and the cosmic boogie budge of 'Re-Incarnation' featuring J Mitchell. Downtown, the strident 'Twelve' bubbles up the plushest soul symphony next to further instrumentals.
*Includes a 20-track Wire Tapper CD* Richard Dawson, he of 'The Magic Bridge', appears on the jacket of this month's edition with half his face covered by a 20-track copy of the Tapper 36, including music from Susanna, Der Plan, Esa Shields RapoonTomaga and many more. There's also an Invisible Jukebox with Cooly G, Belgian composer Moniek Darge in cross-platform, articles on Katei Gately, Ascetic House, Beatrice Dillon, and a fine primer on Autechre's myriad remix works. All the usual news, reviews, listings, too.
Diverse techno murder from UK's Witch duo backed with Shifted and Truss remixes on the 1st release from Happa and Al Gill's Part Five Records. From the heads-down, rugged approach to their noisily visceral production values, Witch's original tracks stand as prime examples of the new techno skool, differentiated from former classes by their more ascetic, blistered style. The A-side is a spring-loaded industrial kicker packing proper heat which is channelled into a more funked-up, carefully stuttering remix by Truss. B-side, they come on like AFX's 'Elephant Song' with the strobing alarm stabs and crushed … Read more
**180g vinyl. Foil-blocked jacket with download code** A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instrumentation done … Read more
A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instrumentation done with a light-hearted soul and heavy funk. Now working wit… Read more
Anjou is the beautifully enigmatic reunion of Labradford's Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Robert Donne with fellow Kranky star, percussionist Steven Hess. The result of four years writing and editing, it marks Donne and Nelson's first collaboration since Labradford's 'fixed:content' (2000) and the first meeting of Pan American's Nelson and Hess since 'Cloud Room, Glass Room' (2013). Now older, wiser, quieter, the trio offer a subtly involving, hazily detailed ambient suite gleaned from an intricate process of modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation. Essentially it takes the trio'… Read more
Tempa Allstars Vol.7 represents a widening and readjustment of UK dread/bass space with a mixture of new halfstep and cyber/tribal aesthetics. Keysound hero Wen defines the new sound with the gutted grime-techno sound designs of 'Push Back', where Alex Coulton and Batu follow suit with a palette of tribal drums and cyber-dub dread also at 130bpm - Batu's 'Ghosted' is a big one for Beneath fans. The rest of the session tends towards subtle mutations of the halfstep genome, from Innasound's Loefah-style loper 'Step Fourth' and the tectonic shockwaves in Perverse's 'Jacobin', to the biting electric edge of 'Nano' from AXH.
*The ever-excellent Dust To Digital compile 1920's Hilbilly and 1930's country music across a packed CD* "This album carries the listener from the hillbilly music craze of the ’20s to the song-based country music of the late ’30s. Scarcely more than a decade, but a period, in music as in all American life, of galvanic change. This CD serves as the soundtrack album to the newly-released photograph book, “Making Pictures: Three for a Dime” by Maxine Payne. All of the photos in this package are from the same cache of photographs taken by the Massengil family in t… Read more
Strongback techno from a spearhead of the new French techno wave for Berlin's Tresor. 'Red Dance' runs ruffshod with clattering drums and guttural bass shift yoked to a tight, driving momentum; 'Worship The Bass' brings a grittier Chicago-style buck; 'Shine' dices with trippier, hypnotic dubbing, cutting the kick drum anchor before drifting into the celestial ambient space of 'Astral'.
Huxley expands upon 'I Want You', the moody lead track from his debut album, 'Blurred'. Roses Gabor coats chiming chords, wraped bass and icy trance sprinkles with her velvety vocal in the original, which Huxley beefs up with more rugged bass and straighter arrangement in the Club Rub. Youandewan's version takes it to a much quieter corner of the dance for some heads-down, neckin' effect, and Huxley brings the party up with again with the infectious, swinging momentum of 'Sphere'.