Thursday, 27 August
"Since 2008 Dope Body have been refining and redefining their own kind of hard rock music, a sound that has many tributaries flowing into it but one that is definitely coming through a group that could only happen now. Dope Body are in a four-way conversation here, with drums, guitar, bass and vocals all pushing it around. Leaning into the future, mindlessly, just reacting, the jams of ‘Kunk’ are shimmering, alive with a simmering sizzle. Swirling jams that pound and float, cloud-like, associating segmentally like a naturally growing train of thought. ‘Kunk’ rolls forth with funk and flutter, ple… Read more
**Includes insert** Chunky-assed Chi-house from Big Miz on Glasgow ghetto label, DABJ. Already achieving anthem status in the G, lead cut 'Good Thing' is a belting vocal number riding fruity organ and swinging bassline to the centre of the 'floor, whilst the others cut between percolated cowbells and padded subs in 'Electrolites' to the wonky curve of 'Solange' and the tightly tucked jack 'n roll of ' Wurx'.
Tuesday, 25 August
With carnival season in full flow we pull up 14 crucial riddims from the dancefloor diaspora. It's a worldwide ting, scattered between Ata Kak's infectious 1990 highlife 'Obaa Sima' thru the tracky Argentinian swerve of Matias Aguayo, and searing heat from Bordeaux-based kuduro star Nidia Minaj. At sticky points between, you'll cross the killah S.A. Gqom styles of Menchess, Dutch-Surinamese panic-tech from Anti-G, and even Detroit's Anthony Shakir flipping Grenadian Soca, plus a sassy little Shangaan number by Nozinja and the Trini-UK torque of Jus Now's 'Badder Than' attack… Read more
**Includes CD** "In young Maesa Pullman The Last Hurrah!! mastermind HP Gundersen has found the perfect singer for this ever developing project that is so dear to his heart. After exploring the possibilites of the drone guitar on their debut "Spiritual Non-Believers" and the slightly more song-oriented follow-up "The Beauty Of Fake", HP is back with a third album that dives straight into the heart of classical song traditions and vintage production values, blending elements from country and Americana, classic British pop, psychedelia, blues and a pinch of soul. HP Gundersen has been a ce… Read more
**Amethyst coloured vinyl with bonus 7" and free download** Killer soundtrack provided by Shooting Guns. A unique blend of heavy carpenter electronics mixed with Black Sabbath-esque riffs and even a hint of country.
Monday, 24 August
Chunky, mongrel club constructions from the house of Trax Couture. Scanning a scene of sublow B-More breaks (inc. bonus B-Beat Girl stabs) with 'Poisonous Eye', he ramps the megadome reverbs and industrial drums with force in 'Optical Fracture', and tests out a killer UK jackin' mutation in 'After Image', to check out with the c*nty flounce of 'Bounce Track'.
Friday, 21 August
**Soft focus blend of ambient-pop, R&B and cute mnml electronics wrapped to a warm and winding narrative** "Inspired by a long lost tale from dark and cold northern lands, written many ages ago, ‘Neida‘ is the story of a young boy who one day noticed an eerie call, so peculiar and odd that he could not resist but to follow it. While it resonated through remnants of ancient settlings, the boy had to overcome many obstacles and solve numerous quests, journey through mystical forests, foggy mountains and ghostly villages, battle the forces of nature and lose himself in this adventure. Finally reaching … Read more
The debut collusion from Nebulo (Thomas Pujols) and Druc Drac (François Dumeaux) manifests a gaseous and elusive set of psychedelic reference points. In orbit of Sculpture's vivid hallucinations or the plonging modular polyrhythms of Sote's 'Arrhythmia', the session unfolds according to a febrile logic with ten pieces sweeping from future-tribalist electro pulses thru salty microtonal shudders, to tender ambient dimensions and mind-flossing arpeggios, constantly in motion and rarely repeating phrases. It feels pagan and forward; ancient yet electrified; familiar but intangible. RIYL Sculpture, Patten, AFX, Max Tundra.
Creepy drone and eviscerated coldwave tropes by a new, Brooklyn-based unit - Grant Aaron, Eric Holmes and Camille Altay a.k.a Birds of Prey for Ricardo Donoso's Kathexis label. Working shades away from their label boss's own practice, their eponymous debut album evolves from the morphing spectral introduction of 'Black Vulture' thru the gaunt cyberpunk tone of 'Hollow Object' to plumb swampy nocturnal zones in 'Camber' before turning darker, febrile with the swarming electronics and dustbowl guitar of 'The Horse Thief' beside the fleshly arpeggiations of 'The Field'.
Masami Akita presents a reissue of his 2007 CD, 'Zophorus' on Editions Merzbow. We can posibly detect some proper black metal thunder amidst the electronic squall of 'Pt.1' whilst 'Pt.2' is one of his more colourful, pulsating creations, and 'Pt.5' delivers roiling kicks and noise where it hurts the most.
The Funckarma brothers remerge at sharp electro/acid/IDM angles for native Dutch imprint, Shipwrec. Their first joint outing since 2012 tests out four signature dancefloor mutations: 'Reasch' cloaks quicksilver electro-acid with widescreen harmonic pads; 'TRrnt' dips on a sort of halfstep acid D&B flex; 'Spud Bencer' wrenches darkside synths into alien hip hop graffiti; 'Grone' tilts headlong between VSnares-style drum breaks and Autechrian synth shudder. Techy heads - chow down.
Dr. Zygote, Ayman, The Maghreban returns to Versatile with another imaginative, mutant house charge. 'Wonder Woman' heads up the session with dusty, crooked disco drums dubbed to the rafters and spun with wavey Eastern synths for your hypnosis. 'Frénétique' catches a more choppy electro edit flex strewn with madcap samples and bound for peak time mess-ups. 'Kung Fu' goes low on the disco bass, layered up with furtive Giallo tropes.
Masami Akita infuses your surroundings with reactive ferric noise in 'Space Metalizer', his 1997 album for Alien8, now reissued on Editions Merzbow. Akita performs noise eletcronics, metals, Novation synthe rack, EMS Synthi A, audio generator, MKII filter bank, Theremaniac theremin, tapes and Moog.
No Pain In Pop present a glistening web of parellel midnight dimensions in 'The Bedroom Club III'. Like the prior two volumes which introduced us to early work from club mutants, D'eon, Pariah and patten, a.o., this edition rounds up established artists such as NTS' Throwing Shade with the noctilucent ambience of '38 000', or NPIP's own Jire with the screwed brain enema, 'Sout', alongside a handful of new acquaintances. Sim Hutchings crosses our radar for a 1st time with the depressed techno slug of 'I Will Unify The Hood Through My Vision', and, likewise S… Read more
"It’s been three years since Advance Base’s debut album, A Shut-In’s Prayer, made #19 on MOJO Magazine's Best Albums of 2012 list. Since then, singer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Owen Ashworth has published a book of drawings, made beats for Chicago rapper Serengeti, recorded the debut single by psych-folk troubadour Julie Byrne, paid tribute to gospel & outsider music legend Washington Phillips (see 2013’s The World Is In A Bad Fix Everywhere EP), contributed electric piano & co-writing credits to Sun Kil Moon’s critically acclaimed 2014 album, Benji, & produced more than… Read more
**Steaming, gothic post-punk rockets from modern day L.A. RIYL Bauhaus, The KVB, DVA Damas** "Sextile waste no time setting a somber tone with openers “A Thousand Hands” and “Flesh.” Menacing guitars blend into dark, rumbling synths as driving militaristic drumming leads the focused charge into a yet, unknown danger while Keehn’s vocals prepare us for the trouble to come. “Can’t Take It” is where the struggle really starts to show it’s ugly face. Keehn’s take on infatuation, desire, the unattainable and the fear of loss starts nice enough with bubbling synths and suddenly bursts into sc… Read more
Peaking Lights present Sinkane's soul hues psyched-in-dub. Refracting his 'Mean Love album in four versions, they range from super louche and mellow take on 'Hold Tight' thru a stepping dub-funk mix of 'Yacha' working shads away from Seven Davis Jr, to the greazier, bluesy twang of 'How We Be' softened up by flighty flute and Sinkane's soul buzz vocal.
**Right little Aussie punk ripper from '83 channeling heavy influence by The Stooges and Suicide** "After trekking east from the suburbs of Perth to take new root in Sydney, in 1983 the Scientists hooked up with producer Chris Logan, who’s credited with the album’s imposing sonic girth and rumbling low end, and premier Aussie punk label Au Go Go for an album that would define their unmistakably swampy, psychotic aura. These six songs revisited band leader Kim Salmon’s interest in the Cramps and the Stooges, while adding in the repetitive dementia of Suicide and elements of cow pun… Read more
**Right little Aussie punk ripper from '83 channeling heavy influence by The Stooges and Suicide** "The Scientists' 1981 wild debut bewildered Perth, Australia's punters with its charging anthems centered on themes of young love and alienation. Obvious in its rebellion yet more pop than punk, the self-titled “Pink Album" deftly embodied the tough-yet-danceable outsider aura of The Ramones, and its unheard of, feverish clip shook the shores of the geographically confined Swan Coastal Plain of down under. Recorded just as the lineup of guitarist-vocalist Kim Salmon (The Cheap Nasties… Read more
Slowdive's Simon Scott swallows us whole with the majestic 'Insomni', his debut for Ash International. As the album title implies, this album deals with sleep, or a lack of it, and most particularly the liminal spaces between light/dark, waking/dreams, and natural/noumenal realms. In Scott's own words "Couldn't sleep...; arose to forage for sound. The hum of the fridge encouraged further investigation of hidden, domestic sounds; the fish tank, dvd player, a broken laptop...; Dawn and morning light allowed more sound and the guitar, in its case, beckoned...; From darkness to light…" And thus … Read more