Monday, 25 August
Following a cool Public Information album, Austin Cesear's debut for Anthony Naples' Proibito is by turns one of the label's lushest and most challenging releases to date. On one hand you've got a dreamy deep house groove rich with warm sub-bass and strewn with breezy soul-strung samples on the B-side '1 Year', while the flipside is all about deferred gratification and experimentalism, with the filtered, detached loops of 'Yep' and the brittle strangely compressed space and unyielding build of 'Slink'.
Grubby, swangin' house and techno trax from Hank Jackson for Anthony Naples' Proibito label. Hot on the heels of his outstanding Mister Saturday Night Records single, Hank knuckles down to a ruddier, shiftier sound here, from the seasick jack of 'Palee Hit' to the insistent tribal cadence of 'Track 3' and the tape head-melting distortion and groggy welt of 'Sizzler'.
From Kansas via Brooklyn, Huerco S returns with four ferric-drenched psy-house shufflers for Anthony Naples' Proibito label. His first new material since that ace debut album 'Colonial Patterns' and the 'Aphelia's Theme' 12" for Future Times is distinguished by a subtle expansion and concentration of his sound - basslines feel chewier, knotted, and the atmospheres wider, lusher. A-side loads up one piece of decelerated groove and melting kosmiche dub tones, plus a slinky filter shimmy that comes off like a Soundhack inversion. B-side goes heavier with the kicks inna gritted, grun… Read more
Anthony Naples' Proibito label introduces Toronto's Local Artist on a gritty, charmingly rudimentary techno/house session. The big tune is A-side banger, 'Mr. Kiwi's', a frisky combination of latinized shakers and pinging delays anchored by a proper, bootin' kick drum, while the rest of the EP hovers between disco-looped deep house on 'Zero Zero Four', and more skewed, dubbed out groove experiments on the flip with the Syncom Data-like dust shimmy of 'Sun Raw', and the Huerco S or Madteo-esque hypnotiser, 'Mansion Of Hours'.
Anthony Naples' Proibito label unfurls its first delivery; three tracks from Huerco S in his Royal Crown Of Sweden guise, backed with murky remix by Bookworms, Steve Summers, and Lori Antenes. From the sounds of it, the whole gang have been heavily dosing up on vintage Theo Parrish records and DJ sets. A-side, he comes close to STL for that sluggish sorta red-eyed Theo worship with the crooked, overlapping bass grooves and melting 4-bar loops of 'Vänern', but there comes a point just before half-way when the elements mystifyingly coalesce and you realise its own pr… Read more
Dark Entries' rampant reissue agenda continues apace with the eponymous debut by prolific French synth-poppers, Opera Multi Steel. Expect typically elegant gallic pop a la The Human League in 'Rien', thru a sort of pacy, baroque take on Talking Heads in 'Fêtês Komité', to the noirish emoting of 'Jardin Botanique' and the disco-prime 'Massabielle'.
"The best improvisors are the ones that seem to invent and uninvent their instruments right in front of your eyes and ears. Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are two musical champions with a long experience of doing exactly that. ”Jacana”, the latest in our occasional series of unusual duo combinations, features the pair’s sparky improvised set captured at the 2013 Kongsberg Jazz Festival in southern Norway. ”Jacana”’s three tracks find the players flying close to the limits of their comfort zones, sometimes resembling the strange formalit… Read more
Ric and Max do their bendy, extended remix thing with NoW's bona fide Warp classic, 'Aftermath'. The 24 year old bleep techno template is extruded thru their modular arsenal to resemble a strange older version of itself, the vocal pitched down to a pensioners ramble and all the energy of the breaks and bass diffused into snaking, whirring polyrhythms. Frankly, it's boring. However, their Electric Jazz Version is ace, dicing up sprung drums, darting bass motifs and feathered vocal flits to sound some menagerie of psychotropically-enhanced, flying chimeras performing an ancient ritual involving multi-dimensional time signature switches.
End-of-the-rope business from Sweden's D.A.R.F.D.H.S., debuting on Opal Tapes after a dread-filled slab for Clan Destine. 'Fã-Rintelsen & Dã-den' is possibly the bleakest Opal to date, conducting a stygian descent to blank-eyed doom scapes prodded by icy pulses and systolic bass thru the buried harmonics of 'Andens Desperata Framåtanda' to the pealing breakdown of 'Dödsuppväckningar' and paralysing torture chamber ambience of 'Vaneföreställningsvärlden' and the utterly gutted gangster dread dub 'Kadaverdiciplin'.
Proceeding a string of releases for Tesla Tapes, Luke Calzonetti's Run Dust arrives on Opal Tapes with the rusted cyber-punk session, 'Zeckenentferner'. He appears have a firmer control over his gear here, from the dystopian sci-fi projections of 'Grade Crossing' thru the clipped percussive articulations of 'Jazz Can' and the frayed, maddening loops of 'Full Slice' to the awkward angles of 'Face Fein' and turgid techno of 'Just So You Know I Do'.
IDIB capo, Mike Simonetti presents the 3rd volume of his ongoing mixtape series, 'At The Juncture Of Dark and Light', via Opal Tapes. Positively crammed with unknown - or at least unmarked - wonders ranging from kosmische disco assaults to drum machine-driven black hole ragas and sublime new age surfers over its 60 minute lifespan, it's a challenge to the spotters - there's no tracklist as yet - and a delight to those who really appreciate a knowingly selected and sequenced mixtape. Kudos.
Blown-out lo-fi house and techno patter from Oakland, CA's Worker Parasite, new on Opal Tapes.
Dank darkside industro-dubs from Italy's Violetpoison - one half of the Violetshaped duo with Shapednoise. This has to be his most diverse yet coherent statement to date in this guise, from the captivating display of voltage control in 'Gabbia Di Faraday' thru some massively killer industrial disco romps in the searing arpeggiations of 'Lisergico' and the Autechrian convolutions of 'Run', to Silent Servant-like 115bpm sleaze in 'The Key' and 'Sovrastrutture'. Definitely the best of Opal Tapes' latest batch - purported to be their last for a little while. Hope this one makes it to vinyl… Recommended!
Building anticipation for his 'Joined Ends' album, Dorian Concept follows the tasty 'Draft Culture' 12" with the pop-wise lift of 'Ann River, Mn'.
'Our Love' is the 2nd single from Dan Snaith aka Caribou's upcoming 4th solo album of the same title. A predictably sweet dancefloor move meshing froth, airy vocal processing with a rugged house bump, subtle Reese surges and disco strings until it turns into a full blown big room romp.
Hot on the heels of his lovely 'King Bromliad' 12", Floating Points deals another one-sided treat for the DJs and dancers. 'Sparkling Controversy' has all the hallmarks of a sterling F.P. joint - cone-caressing subs, dusted drums and effervescent keys - given nuff room to slyde and rub up the slinkiest sorta dancefloor friction.
Utterly enchanting, joyfully whimsical return from Portland, Oregon's acoustic/ambient-pop hypnotist, Sean Byrne aka Bugskull. Returning to Digitalis a half decade on from the much-loved 'Communication' album, his sound on 'Collapsed View' is mostly as charmingly concise and somnambulant as we remember, but also offers three slightly extended views where he really takes flight. The A-side yields five sun-dried ambient pickings, moseying from woozy harmonica, organ and acoustic guitar strums cuddled to tape in 'Heaven/California', thru the smudged dirge of 'Olde Growth', to hazily ramshac… Read more
Slamming techno from London's Dax J. This is the sort of stuff that makes you dance like a gurning Bushwhacker; straight-up pounders with busy 909 programming streaked by moody synths.
A pair of lush, sultry deep house grooves taken from Ron Trent's follow-up LP to 'Raw Footage'. No quick fixes here, taking all the time he needs to really cast his spell.
Super stylish, wavy disco/house, Frankfurt style, from Lennard Poschmann aka Orson Wells on his 2nd 12" for Live at Robert Johnson. In possession of the sharpest rimshots we've heard in ages - we're big rimshot fans o'er here - the four tracks of 'Open Light' feel timelessly fresh and effective. 'Drifting' does just that with sparkling synth arpeggios and kinkiest rimshot patter set to a suave 112bpm swing, and the gorgeous 'Sky Traffic' tickles slinkier cowbells and floating chords with a poetic flourish recalling vintage analords and Italian techno moments. 'It Takes Two To Tango' hinge… Read more
**Uniquely unpredictable and utterly captivating solo guitar suite by a Bhutan native currently residing in North Carolina, USA, released by Ben Chasny's Hermit Hut. RIYL Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Six Organs of Admittance. Includes download code** "Tashi Dorji grew up in Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Access to any music created outside the country is limited, as are most cultural options, given the geologically isolation of the country. How Dorji went from a life so remote to developing his innovative and revelatory guitar style is mind-boggling. Yearning for access to the… Read more
"Renihilation’ is Liturgy’s 2009 debut album. Unavailable on vinyl for some time, ‘Renihilation’ is unrelenting and hyper-focused, an astonishing balance of pure chaos and meticulous composition, never wavering in its dedication to its own conceptual core. Even as it introduced the band to the metal community at large, ‘Renihilation’ established Liturgy as a group that refused to play by the same rules that had dictated black metal aesthetics up to that point, instead blazing their own white hot path that used black metal as a means to express something much grander and much more elusive. I… Read more
Trim, ambient garage and D&B from another newcomer on R&S' Apollo series. "Akin's sound has taken in influences from moving between the Midlands, Australia’s famous surf coast and his current base in Bristol. In his own words "Morphing landscapes are a constant theme of my work, ever changing by nature." His music process mixes self-recorded instrumentation and field recordings and interprets these in the studio into his signature soundscapes. The six tracks on his debut EP (including one collaboration with 3rdeye) continue label boss Renaat Vandepapeliere's love of mellow, electronica and … Read more