Monday, 03 March
By all rights, the name of Iñigo Ugarteburu should be far better known than it is right now. His debut record, an exquisite labour of love some six years in the making should correct that matter. 'Back & Forth' is a sumptuous, heartfelt and beautifully affective piece of work entirely composed and produced by the virtuosic Spanish ex-pat with the aid of "fifteen musicians, three sound engineers, two illustrators, a graphic designer and dozens of friends." Drawing from a rich well of Spanish folk influence and accented with a fresh, sparingly minimal aesthetic, Iñigo uses a broad palet… Read more
Disco-pop NRG from Holy Ghost! with suitably flamboyant remixes from Prins Thomas and Midnight Magic.
"D. Charles Speer, aka Dave Shuford, is a founding member of both Rhyton and No Neck Blues Band, and also known for his work with Enos Slaughter, The Suntanama, Egypt Is The Magick #, and Coach Fingers. On ‘Doubled Exposure’ The Helix take their loose and free country rock boogie and enhance it with the blistering psych Speer explores in Rhyton, and the traditional Greek melodies delved into on the Speer solo album, ‘Arghiledes’. ‘Doubled Exposure’ was recorded by Jason Meagher at the increasingly legendary Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York, where Blues Control, Ex… Read more
Capping a vintage year for Mr Mullen after his 'Bongo Closet' LP for Type everyone round these parts, Digitalis present the mystic space music jumble of 'A Dust Futures'. Using his favoured Yamaha CS-50 and creating a delirious friction from assortments of tape loops, Mullen makes strange and wonderful arrangements full of sparse, cold space and spiralling plumes of abstract melody which just happens to sound ever so similar to the breakdown from Carl Craig's 'The Climax' on the B-side (no shit!). This is the sorta stuff we can zone out to all day and comes with the warmest recommendations for fans of OPN, Arp, Dylan Ettinger, or Stellar Om Source.
Friday, 28 February
Kassem Mosse brings his surprise debut album to land with minimal fuss or fanfare on Workshop. In case you don't know, Kassem is responsible for some of the finest, most definitive techno-house productions of the last decade, racking up soulful, forward-facing anthems for FXHE, Trilogy Tapes and Nonplus and, of course Berlin's Workshop, which remain firm favourites in myriad DJs boxes. For his low-key debut album, he sticks to the shadows and the eerier, sensual spaces between house, techno and electronica, finding a graded mid-ground between midnight Detroit beatdown and European electr… Read more