Monday, 15 December
One of 2014's sickest 12" gets a makeover from Grovestreet, Lotic, Logos and DJ J Heat on PAN's first digi-only release. We've become so familiar with the original cut that it's great to hear some new perspectives on its accelerated vision. M.E.S.H.'s Janus pal, Lotic diffuses the elements in a dazzling display of polymetric acrobatics and complex, sweeping synth shapes; Logos sublimates its structures into widescreen weightless gases and noirish strings with serious late night, gazing-from-the-30th storey appeal. We're also introduced to a pair of relative unknowns: Grovestreet impres… Read more
"Blending the words and wisdom of visual artist David Shrigley with the whipsmart musicianship of songwriter and Arab Strap co-founder Malcolm Middleton, the pair’s absurd wit and stark delivery is perfectly captured on 'Music And Words' - a special collaboration album that started out wrong but ended up just right. “I misinterpreted the meaning of David’s words so created a certain style of music to accompany the wrong themes,” admits Middleton of the album’s non-existent narrative. “I took one song 'Sunday Morning' to be a scathing attack on the pomp and arroga… Read more
Most mellifluous garage styles from Huddersfield's finest, starting up the the White Label Series on his own Q Recordings. The original plays cooler with delicious pop/street-soul vocal, sparkling keys and laidback swing; the 2-step remix gives more prominence to the vocal around thee most infectious syncopation.
Gang of Ducks flash the winsome pop chops of DYD's Vaghe Stelle-produced 'GOD' EP from the frontline of the new Italian weird scene. In the Turin-based label's chronically cryptic style, the DYD trio and Vaghe Stelle bring the best out of each other, Stelle tempering his noisier proclivities in order to let the group's aching bleats and wiry funk out from the autotuned slink of 'Archistar' thru the stepping electro-pop-dub, '#Magic' to the whirring aerosoul bounce of 'Y Factor' and soaring, near beatless Vocal Tool Edit of 'Archistar'.
Rugged, London-style house ravers in four parts. We'd advise drawing for the twisted modern electro-house funk of 'Tempest' and the infectious, darkside swing of 'Granulate' for the shape-cutters.
Ballroom meets techno in Imaabs' banging debut for Trax Couture. Highlights for us are the dry, kicking club constrcution, 'That joint' with its metallic delays, sparse groove and sweetened drops, or the scuffed swing and parry of 'White Noise'.
Darker disco-techno for strobe-lit big rooms. Agoria at the controls for the bleeping, arpeggiated builder, 'Hélice' and the low slung swing of 'Make It Real', which is given a deft, sub-heavy remix boost by ESS.
Includes remixes from Peaking Lights, Grumbling Fur, Carter Tutti, Invisible Conga People and The Other Two, aka Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order.
*New on Pomelo, featuring remixes from DJ Stingray and Egyptian Lover!* "Delightfully nasty debut solo release from Anet K, a long-term resident of Berlin who has contributed vocals to several recent releases, including Barker's "Like An Animal" on Leisure System. For the remixes, DJ Stingray rebuilds the vocals with an aggressive slant, while the legendary Egyptian Lover raps some addictive verses and completely revamps the arrangement..."
Laidback beats 'n breaks from Coco Bryce on Myor. 'Cold As Ice' comes to warm up the winter months with four joints juggling drum machine patter and wavey synthlines in 'Love Fool' and some kinda South East Asian drums broken, Madlib-style, into the strange funk of 'Voodoo'. Bigger still, the snake-hipped 'Selesha' touches on Ethiopiques jazz modes inna rugged style, and 'Always By My Side' jams on with some crafty piano house hooks witha broken beat pivot.
Mo' bass 'n bleeps from SE27, courtesy of Don Froth and WNCL. 'The Acid House Handshake' is a bit of a misleading title: the vibes are certainly more 'ardcore rather than jackin' but there's no point in quibbling over semantics, better to get down with the skanking breakbeat cut-up of 'Cosmo', the potty mouthed bogle and bounce of 'Dip Dive', or the Shake-like breakbeat escapades of 'Body X JD' and the cartoonish rudeboy stance of 'Tools' for the party.
Roiling UK techno pressure from Makaton for Gent's Token stronghold. The 1st Makaton 12" in 5 years was worth the wait, breaching the 'floor with craftily spaced and rolling EBM drums and lip-biting string discord in 'Lead You Astray', galloping techno proper in the dynamic sound design of 'Night #1' or 'Spit To Lubricate', and an incisive balance of skipping rhythms and pensive drones in 'Dstabilise'.
Wolfgang & Reinhard get familial with their follow-up to 2013's 'Erdingertrax' series . A-side, 'Superpitch' treads that fine line between rave frivolity and mannered jack with see-sawing sinewave underpinned by hungry rave bass, before spilling over into the B-side's psychedelic 'Supertrip' extension. We'd advise getting two copies and knitting them together for super results.
Meakusma coax out a dead druggy Porter Ricks remix - their first in 12 years! - on this dubbed out session from Japan's Ryo Murakami. The originals stir up a sub-aquatic roil of elliptical bass hits swarmed with silty electronics and driven into darkest dub crevasses filled with strange voices. The remix from Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig's Porter Ricks is a masterclass of intangible sound design, rending 'Statical' to the peripheries with fizzing electronics and weighted with an unhurried sub-bass that unfolds below fathoms of heady swirl to a glorious conclusion.
Matthew Herbert's cut-and-run dancefloor series reaches number 8 with four servings of louche, soulful house in his inimitable style. At its sweetest, the crooke soul of 'The Wrong Place' gets it right with woozy vocals by Hejira's Rahel and the laidback, string-heavy shuffler, 'Remember Ken' with Ade Omotayo, who has worked with Amy Winehouse and Kindness. For something a grittier, get on the twanging, motorik techno-stepper 'Ticket', or the Durian Brothers-esque Afro-centric wiggle and dreamy thumb piano bleeps of 'Her Face'.
Strickly deeper bangers from Palace on Hot Haus Recs. A-side is a big winner called 'Vision' wurkin' with slamming kicks, skippy hats and blue, dubbed-out techno chords for peak time drive. B-side deals in more sensuous, scuffed garage with the plonging square bass shift of 'Solstice' and the light-footed, bubble-headed shimmy of 'Element'.
Klasse Recordings boss Luca Lozano follows his Optimo Trax session with a trio of rugged early techno-house emulations backed with divine DJ Fett Burger remix. There's a certain turn-of-the'90s vibe to Luca's originals, from the pumping Dance Mania flava and gritty drums of 'Mister Right Now', thru the sub-loaded and killer early hardcore/Belgian rave vibes of 'Come With Me', to the whirring, jacking R&S psychedelia of 'The Afterworld'. DJ Fett Burger's Orgonitt Meme Deep mix is icing on the cake, taking the vibe of 'The Afterworld' to New York City circa 1991 with big ol' Nu Groove-style B-line and drusm wrapped up with mad samples chatter and lush chords. TIPPED!
Raw, agitated dub house from Federsen backed with a strolling Tomas Rubeck remix. Check the original for a grittier, frayed take on the well trodden dub house format from Federsen, who was last spotted by us on Bristol's ace No Corner label.
Fresh from the House of Crazylegs, an achingly effective synthesis of catty Ballroom and ruffneck grime styles from Bristol's Gage and Philly's Kevin JZ Prodigy.
Tightly coiled, darkside hybrids of halfstep, jungle and juke from a new producer on Om Unit's Cosmic Bridge. Four tracks carry weight from the scything, technoid dynamics of 'Posthuman' thru the desolate drones scapes and nervy drum attacks of 'Falling Inward' to tricksy tribalist triplet patterns in 'Broken Legs' and spaced-out vibes around the tangled skank of 'Sever The Heart'.
Damn, Anòmia do it again, pulling out some proper tricks from behind the ear of Minneapolis' Eric Frye after aces by NMO, Helmer and Veiled in 2014. Manning a hybrid analog/digital modular synthesizer coupled with some software synthesis, Frye presents a suite of uncompromising, fractured electronics at once recalling the spattered tangle of Keith Fullerton Whitman's recent generations, the chess-like stratagem of Rene Hell and the incisive freakiness of Florian Hecker with twelve pieces ranging in scale from super-sparse 4 minutes of spasmodic bleeps to staccato rhythm blatz and deviant miniatures. ACE.
Anòmia's co-owner Arnau Sala reprises the darkness of Veiled with Dexter Industries in the knackered industrial minimalism of 'Testimoni'. Operating in a hexed nexus somewhere between Andy Stott, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, and Dual Action, they apply a muscular, minimalist approach to groove and texture that drives and burns hard. From Pan Sonic-like beginnings with 'Enterrar la memòria' they lock to dry industrial jack pulses a la Traversable Woprmhole with 'Residual Static', adding a teasing sliver of gothic synth romance to the techno swagger of 'Testimoni', and crushing the sense with the taut, cold industrial dubbing of 'Washing The Surface'.
Lo-fi beats on the downlow from Shlohmo for True Panther Sounds. Sounding closer to Vessel's exfoliated industrialisms than most in his scene, 'Emerge From Smoke is a blackened and moody thing riding with whipcrack snares and Carpenter-esque synth bass perfect for cruising the city at night.