Monday, 23 February
Houndstooth's hip pop property on a psyched-out cloud rap footing. 'Dry' is a very strange take on syrup trap peppered with alien vocal inflections and a lean vibe recalling that wicked Jack Dice 12". 'Body' twists the lines even further with oily, slipping synth discord and lethargic percussion emulating the most fugged-up state of mind.
Ace free-styling house trips from L.I.E.S.' man in Germany. Opener 'This Society' invokes blackest atmospheres with a choral intro before launching into a jagged, booming jakk assault on the 'floor, while 'Resistors' deploys ruff-cut samples stabbed to a sleazy, slow buck. Best of all is 'Reach Another System', which juggles prodding electro and techno rhythms with darker Detroit signatures to sound like the mad diary of Carl Craig, replete with a discordant keyboard freakout in the closing minutes.
Randomer does his dope tribalized percussive thing on L.I.E.S. On the A-side he cuts loose with the clipped Afro drum cadence and druggy wheeze of 'Residents' besides the tunnelling motorik clatter of 'Jakobs Dream'. Better by far, the super rugged Gesloten Cirkel electro styles of 'Huh' on the B-side bends where it matters for the dancers.
DJ Deep on a rumpy psychedelic house tip for L.I.E.S. Following the dictum, free your ass and thy mind shall follow, he lays down robust , driving jack tracks layered up with expressive sequencer licks for subtly mind-bending effect in the club, swirling up sweeping arpeggios over the pendulous toms and claps of 'Chantage', before getting gritty and psy-trancey with the wormy 'Brainiac' and the mesmerising weave of 'B Is Naggin'.
Prolific deep house producer/fiend Simone Vescovo returns to L.I.E.S. with a hot haul of 313 and Chi-inspired goodies. 'Abele Dance' starts up with a ritualistic bit of cowbell and flute interplay offset by muscular, tactile bass and darker pads - breezy but burly styles - before the rest of the EP variably pays dues to Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson on 'Beyond The Dance', 'Spirit Of Transmat', and 'Bio Rhythm'.
"Gunnar Haslam returns to LIES for his second album, Mirrors and Copulation. Following a slew of 12" releases this year, Gunnar delves deep into his darkest palettes for a return to his patient, haunted soundscapes that shrouded his debut LP, Mimesiak. Across eight tracks of ambient techno both brooding and tumultuous, Haslam unravels a narrative on overpopulation and its potential environmental ramifications inspired by the Borges quote the album title references. "Meter By Me, Sybil" cascades arpeggios through a thick fog that never leaves Mirrors. "Ajapajapam Version" cut… Read more
A touch of reel house class from Willie Burns as Daywalker and Entro Senestre aka C.F. on the mighty L.I.E.S. It's all about the deeply romantic A-side, 'Supersonic Transport', with its sweeping, tiered synth layers and effortless swing jack momentum, but the B-side is none-too-shabby either, with the introspective ambience, purring groove and sampled monologue of 'Bulldog Named Carl', and a slow-mo celestial arpeggios of the closing 'Untitled' cut.
"In the 1960s Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s legendary Studio One Records laid down the template for all reggae music, the equivalent of Jamaica’s Motown Records. Artists who launched their careers there comprise an A-Z of the Jamaican music scene - Bob Marley & The Wailers, Burning Spear, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Horace Andy and many, many more. In the early releases featured here you will find the roots of Studio One’s unique sound - from the first jump-up, boogie-woogie and shuffle recordings… Read more
'Hail Of Arrows' is an audacious new synth project from NYC's Gavin Russom - one of his best since 'The Days Of Mars' for DFA. Taking inspiration from the Falcons which resettled in his Uptown Manhattan locale, coupled with nods to J.G. Ballard and P.K. Dick, Russom spins out the imagined soundtrack to a four-part odyssey where the birds reclaim Upper Manhattan, creating a civilization in the leftover buildings and landscape. Perfect for the tape format, such a wide scope allows bags of time for him to explore every integer of his pulsing machines. We're talking obsessional levels … Read more
Mattheis Verschuure takes a debut flight on Not Waving's Ecstatic label with a suite of shimmering kosmiche techno. 'Luminous Frames' expands on his work for the Nous'Klaer label with five sensitive arrangements of soaring arpeggios and pads powered by sleek analogue bass pulses. Pye Corner Audio fans will find much to love in the expansive, narcotic chugger, 'A State of Suspended Animation' and the effervescent likes of 'Four Dimensional Echoes' or 'Light Cones Reversed', and equally, fans of Carl Craig's 'Landcruising' need to take the strobing pulses and progressive arrangements of '… Read more
"Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg chronicles Phoenix, Arizona’s off-”Funky Broadway” scene that happened while Dyke and his Blazers were setting national charts on fire in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s. Covering Tejano psych, flute funk, both horny soul and horny kid soul, cackling R&B, deep ballads, and fist-fight doo-wop, Lenaburg channeled that wrong side of the desert sound to a dozen 45s for the Mighty, Darlene, Homogenized Sound, Ramco, and Out of Sight imprints. Although listing these totally obscure groups is an exercise in futility, we’ve typed them out anyway… Read more
Pure tonal pressure with an avant-technoid edge, created by legendary Belgian figure Frans De Waard. 'Trenkel' was recorded in May 2013 at Geluidwerkplaats Extrapool, Nijmegen in preparation for a concert at Studio Trenkel with music by Wieman (Frans de Waard & Roel Meelkop).
DJ Q, Samename, Strict Face and Fallow have a lark with Finn's killer debut EP of R&G funk. The thuggish roll of 'Keep Calling' gets a skippin' overhaul by DJ Q, whereas Manchester's Samename turns 'My My' into a brooding hardstyle grime mutation - quite possibly the first of its ilk. Sweetboy, Strict Face serves a restrained, rolling version of 'Only Boy', and Fallow brings the drums on his scything re-cut of 'Keep Calling'. A strong look for dancers and DJs.
London's Moiré drops the scuffed-up rug-cutter, 'Theme' an offcut from of his debut album, 'Shelter'. It feels like three tracks playing at once, in synch, with a finely-mixed tangle of gritty drums and swirling chords comparable with some imagined blend of Mark Ernestus, Actress and Kassem Mosse. Honestly, suck it and see…
**Excellent debut of compellingly visceral new composition by Greek composer for ace new imprint, Holotype Editions. RIYL Reinhold Friedl or Iancu Dumitrescu** "[herewith] is Danae Stefanou’s first full-length solo piano release. The album centers around the tactile exploration of the piano interior as a sonorous surface, and as a resonant chamber. The resultant eight tracks, at times sharp and abrasive, at others densely immersive, aim to convey a physical sense of listening to the piano “from the inside”, rather than upkeeping the convention of appreciating the performance “from a dis… Read more
"Seasonal Hire collects four original tunes and one traditional piece, with Gunn and The Black Twig Pickers’ Mike Gangloff and Sally Anne Morgan all taking turns with lead vocal and songwriting. Like all of the Twigs’ albums, it was recorded live, without overdubs or amplification. Gunn fell right in with this aesthetic and threw down guitar parts like he’d been sparring with banjos and fiddles for years. The majority of the album was recorded at Joseph Dejarnette’s Studio 808a in rural Topeco, Virgina, where Gunn and Gangloff recorded Melodies for a Savage Fix, an im… Read more
*Sam Prekop returns with another album exploring the modular electronics he has been pursuing for the last few years* Regardless of the style he is working in, Sam Prekop’s music is always imbued with a sense of wide-eyed discovery and exploration. As the singer and guitarist of The Sea And Cake, Prekop has incorporated elements of traditional styles from around the world, expanding the public perception of what it means to be the leader of a pop band. In recent years, he has also established himself as a modular synthesist, building his instrument meticulously to find the perfect combi… Read more
"Portland, Oregon’s sonic explorers Eternal Tapestry have always had a feeling of interplay between their impressionistic music and the dense forests that surround their hometown, but on their newest album, Wild Strawberries, they take that naturalistic inspiration to a new level. Wild Strawberries is a massive double album, which was recorded in a secluded cabin under the shadow of Mount Hood in Zigzag, OR. The Zigzag River flowed nearby, and the group spent time between takes learning about the area’s floral make up and relaxing under the stars. This idealistic lifestyle, ho… Read more
"Gliss Riffer marks new territory for Deacon who, following up on the release of his large ensemble-based recordings - 2009’s Bromst and 2012’s America - decided to return to a simpler way of writing and recording, similar to that of 2007’s Spiderman of the Rings, which has resulted in this self-produced album. Despite being predominately electronic, Gliss Riffer’s sonic palette is informed by his post-Spiderman of the Rings material. The Disklavier, a MIDI-fed player piano first heard on Bromst, is present here. Cross-rhythms suggestive of America’s orchestral songs and Deacon’s art mus… Read more
"Staubgold presents Désarroi, the tenth album by German ensemble Kammerflimmer Kollektief. Since Thomas Weber founded the group in 1996, its work has meandered between precision and freedom, delivering music that would scorch the paper if one tried to score it. Kammerflimmer Kollektief's art is deception -- a persuasive and seductive art of disorientation and misdirection, with a lucidity and precision approaching what Robert Musil (above suspicion of being a romanticist) called "daylight mysticism." Désarroi (Disorientation), perhaps the group's wildest work, does it again: welcome back to the Kammerflimmery!"
Bristolian ghetto-bass bouncer with PC Music-style deadpan gynoid pop vocal repeating "Gold Teeth and Lemon Haze". It works.
**The Flac format for this release contains 24 bit audio** "NNA set off the new year with the latest full-length record by veteran songwriter Chris Weisman. A long-time resident of the creatively fertile valleys of Brattleboro, Vermont, “The Holy Life That’s Coming” is the newest addition to his vast, accomplished discography that includes numerous full-lengths, limited cassette editions, collaborations, and conceptually ambitious releases (the 2012 88-song YouTube release “Maya Properties”, for example). However prolific, Weisman remains somewhat of a cultural hermit… Read more
"After an action-packed 2014, Montreal-based vinyl label Infinite Machine are raising the stakes and pushing right through the New Year with the debut ofRights, the new collaborative effort between Sepalcure’s Braille and Infinite Machine mainstay Seafloor. A functional soundtrack for the late winter nights in the city, the Brooklyn-based duo mange to encapsulate the night’s adventurous lure with dynamic House that weaves touching soundscapes over intrepid Bass exercises. The 6-track collection of originals is graceful as it is invigorating, going deep when appropriate, teasing when necessary and breaking after being naughty."