Monday, 18 May
Rolling on for Loefah's 81, Mickey Pearce takes a breezier, technoid tack with 'Warm Barzz' following the freaky funk of his 'Instructions' EP. The title cut is lushed out yet driving, marrying crisp ambient chords with a swinging tribal techno groove and stranger cyber-dub FX, whilst 'Stick Fingerprints' explores new age chimes and Gold Panda or OPN-like vocal chops and creamy silicon froth at a slower, shoulder-dropping pace unravelling over 7 minutes of dancefloor dreamstates. There's also a neat pair of Loops to get down, testing out dry drum machine functions in 'W' and mutant, alien grime in 'X'. Wicked gear.
Holly Herndon presents an incisive 3rd album of dance-pop deconstruction couched in heavy concepts relating to contemporary hyperreality for 4AD. Flanked by fellow modern artists such as Amnesia Scanner, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Spencer Longo and Mat Dryhurst, the Tennessee-raised, Berlin-skooled and San Francisco-based doctorate student has realised her most vivid, elaborate treatise on the surveillance state, systemic inequality and electronic fantasy with 'Platform'. Catalysed by the intention to create a new music which better represents our now non-linear temporality, she fractures th… Read more
From unknown to XL entity in the space of two records, Shamir's success story is being quickly written to catch up with his debut LP, 'Ratchet'. Hailing from Las Vegas and in possession of the sweetest, playful soul voice, Shamir Bailey debuted in 2014 with a unique treat in 'Northtown' produced by Nick Sylvester for the Godmode label. Working again with Sylvester for 'Ratchet', Shamir posits himself as a nu-skool disco-not-disco prince, backed with a selection of largely uptempo and light-footed grooves perfectly suited to his effortless, flighty tone. It's a summer record through-and-through, f… Read more
Pure dread dub weight from Kaiju, steppin' up to Deep Medi after shots for Osiris and Ruffcut. A-side is swaggering halfstep standard with piping flutes and swinging nut-crack snares to leave you bruised and bowling. The ten minute B-side is the one for us; 'Creeper' eases off to come up darker, stronger with swollen subs and rufige breaks trimmed for that stepping-on-air dancefloor ballistics bound to trip some up, and launch others into orbit, moving thru multiple sections with visionary dancefloor arrangement.
'Antigravity' is a sui generis invocation of the rarest, compelling order coaxed from the French avant-garde by Blackest Ever Black. Around the locus of cult trumpeter Jac Berrocal - who famously appeared in the NWW list and collaborated with Steven Stapleton - David Fenech and Vincent Epplay unfold a deliciously psychedelic mystery steeped in the esoteric traditions of musique concrète, dub and jazz, and played with a DIY post-punk freedom. Whilst best heard deep in the night with lights low and something burning, ironically enough, it's gotta be the most co… Read more
Lil Silva cuts hard and wild on his 2015 shotta, 'Drumatic'. With the title track he forges a fresh sorta UK techno-bruk tribalism infected with buzzing grime bass and razor-cut breakbeat rattle, and 'New Squeeze' updates OG West London bruk funk with a tauter, gleaming techno edge, all percolating perfussion and melting chromatic chords. '606' clocks out with a pinging UK electro-funky zinger that could only come from this don. If his previous form is anything to go by, this may be your one and only 12" from Lil Silva this year, so make the most of it!
Slackk's Sulk label hold down a killller EP from OG Slew Dem producer, JT The Goon. A producer of quality, not quantity - well, unless you're in his inner circle and loaded with dubs - JT serves a masterclass of instrumental grime economy with 'Goon Patrol', trimming back on overblown statements in favour of making every drum, stab and sparkling motif work sharp and deadly. His productions quite simply have a swagger that a lot of yungers haven't honed yet, from the shoulder-rolling syncopation and lazer-etched melodies of 'War' thru the searing yet buttoned-up balance of Maniac-like agg… Read more
**Brilliant hallucinatory disco hyperstitions - massively recommended if yr into Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss!!!** Cerberus Future Technologies present the hallucinatory disco hyperstitions of Montauk Boys in a superlative 16-track suite of disco deviation. Last spotted on the revelatory volumes of 'Frequency Adjustments', the blond Montauk Boys are apparently our distant antecedents from the year 6037 and evidently specialise in a form of hardware-driven dance therapy owing much to the Chicago precedents of Ron Hardy or Jamal Moss, as well as the neo-tribal concepts of Romulus … Read more
Tight-ass acid trax from the Dutch studio meister, backed with sharp remixes by LA-4A and Vin Sol. Tyrell's originals put the 303 through its paces in two versions, a sparse and hypnotic 'Acid 7' backed with a stickier, electroid La-4A remix, and the crunchy bang of 'Acid 3', given a percolating Dance Mania-style rework by Vin Sol.
"Sophomore album from Regal Degal, produced in tandem with Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor, and recorded in both Berlin and New York at the legendary Grizzly Bear church and Mexican Summer's Brooklyn studio. 'Not Now' toys with a dense array of sonic influences ranging from 60s psych pop, 70s glam and krautrock, 80s post-punk, 90s shoegaze, and a post-00s appreciation for a variety of electronic music (Italo disco, minimal synth, classic Chicago house) creating the album's vibrant and intricately woven fabric."
Mike Paradinas sticks his butterfly net back in the murky space between Ekoplekz' ears for a diverse follow-up to 'Unfidelity'. Spawned from the same sessions at its predecessor, 'Four Track Mind' is not so much the offcuts, as the bits that were too dark, detached, for the psychedelic swirl of 'Unfidelity'. There's eleven of 'em, making for one of Nick Edwards' moodiest collections, all hingeing on silty rhythmic currents filter-clogged traces of melody fanning out from the Skaters meets Goblin on 'Ariel Grey' to faded Wolgang Voigt styles of 'Interstice' and 'Death Watch', thru the Ra… Read more
Floaty-but-driving deep house styles. B-tracks' John Barera reprises his duo with Will Martin for Argot after a Dolly outing in 2014, sustaining vintage-sounding grooves between '1,2,3 (feel Right)', the uptempo Detroit shimmy of 'High Tide', and the latinate weave of 'Spin Cycle'.
"Primitives is the spacious and bugged-out sequel to 'Things You Left Behind'. Careful restraint remains, but the sober crispiness of the EP is subsumed on Primitives by loose and moody rhythms, wood and metal, weird noises in wet caves and other goodies for ground-dwellers and mole people alike."
Synth-led big room techno trax by Alan Fitzpatrick for Scuba's Hotflush, tooled with a brukken Auden remix. 'Falling Down' is a lip-smacking 4am burner twirling massive shiny arpeggios and booming kicks, while 'Vanishing' eases off with a shifty dub-techno stride. On remix duties, Auden opens up 'Falling Down' with electro breaks and sweeter pads around the central synth motif.
A brilliant expansion of the invaluable, cherry-picked expo of NYC's experimental Latin streak covering ground prior to the disco explosion. You should expect some incredible, definitive rhythm trips, with outstanding highlights in the likes of Ocho's far-out 'Tornado', replete with blustering intro; the hip-gripping battery of drums cycling thru tempo changes in Stone Alliance's 'Amigos'; the visionary fourteen minutes of modular synth and expansive electro-acoustic jazz scapes in Eddie Palmieri's 'Un Dia Bonita'; wayward fusion of folk and delicious dissonance in Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino's 'Anabacoa'. Highly recommended summer listening!!
Brooding dubstep/bass mutations from the Tempa regular. Four tracks stretch out between Reese-loaded darkside 2-step, Burial style, with 'Closed Doors', to woodblock built steppers' house in 'Empty Room', and over into bellicose grime with '99' Aachen' featuring 9ER, and clocking out with a canny tribal house swagger in 'Voodoo Native'.
*The album that appeared in the box set of the same name is now available as a standalone digital download* "Laurent Garnier is back on F Communications for ‘La HOME Box’, a brand new album from Laurent Garnier and the first new music on F Communications in 5 years. The album heralds a new direction as yet unseen in Garnier’s discography. It contains a collection of tracks released over the last year on five very different labels, originating in five different countries; Still Music, 50 Weapons, Musique Large, MCDE and Hypercolour. There are also brand new unreleased tracks."
The Belgian producers kicks up a quartet of techno-house ravers for Berlin's Valence label in the wake of aces for Innervisions and Turbo. At best in the mesmerising, industrialised pressure of 'Interception' and a brooding dark house scudder called 'Migration'.
Cloaka proves some technoid chops with the hard-swung 'Lessun' backed by stripped and clattering remixes from Viers, Ansome and Bleaker. The original mix finds a line between classic electro-techno and up-to-the-second club construction styles with chunky drums and luminous bleeps sharing certain traits with the clunq funq of Ansome's blocky re-bang. On a techno tip, Bleaker squares up a slick 4/4 peppered with B-More bed-spring squeaks and canny edits and Viers locks down to a tunnelling trajectory with raw, salty drums.
IVVVO credits the edit properly with his cracking 'Mark Leckey Made Me Hardcore' tribute. It's not the first time he's used a sample from the collaged soundtrack to Leckey's cultishly adored 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' video installation - they've cropped up in a number of his recent 12"s - and neither is he the only one to do so - Jamie xx and Neil Landstrumm have both done the same - but he is the first to really make it explicit and deadly. A-side 'Raised' retains the dream, time-suspending quality of the soundtrack, but brilliantly juxtaposed with booming kicks and spin… Read more
Doc Scott's lush, jazzy, soulful Metalheadz number from '94. But where's the B-side 'It's Yours'?!
For the first time, Dillinja's definitive classic EP officially available on digital format. And good timing too with price of the original vinyl climbing all the time. Of course, you really can't beat the OG wax, but this is the sh*t that needs to be shared, in good quality, with new generations, from the Bladerunner-sampling burial tune, 'The Angels Fell' to the inimitable twyst of 'Ja Know Ya Big' and 'Brutal Bass'. A pinnacle of the artform known as jungle.
New on 877 Records - home to My Nu Leng, Mak & Pasteman - a hybrid of darker D&B dynamics, Uk house and acid rave styles. Check the power-surge synthlines on 'Bladderwrack'!
The beguiling man-not-machine band, Elektro Guzzi deliver almost unfeasibly linear, precisely metronomic grooves made entirely on live instrumentation. In case you're not au fait, the trio of Bernhard Breuer, Bernhard Hammer, and Jakob Schneidewind have released three perception-defying albums on Berlin's techno-focussed Macro label before this one, honing a style of motorik groove played entirely in real-time without a computer in sight. For this tape they contribute two lengthy, rolling compositions. 'Circle One' is 28 minutes of strident, swinging dub techno-like flux expertly mi… Read more
Lockjaw on a tear-out neo-D&B lash for Dispatch Recordings' Limited series, 10" dubplate style. Like the sprightly yunger sibling of Rockwell and Current Value, both sides fashion ripping synth dynamics, bleak drops and razor-edged beats for the headstrong.
*Two premo synth revivalist synch minds for Death Waltz Originals* "Death Waltz Recording Company are proud to bring you an all-new aural experience via the latest installment of the Death Waltz Originals series. LAW UNIT is a brand new creation by maestros Umberto (PROPHECY OF THE BLACK WIDOW, NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND SCREAMS) and Antoni Maiovvi (YELLOW, DELTA CITY), an original concept that in the composers' own words “moves past the retro-futurist works of their individual solo releases to explore a world of early industrial and experimental music”. The resulting album is made up of ten … Read more
Sven Weisemann presents a trio of elegant, signature dub house moves. 'Nijo' carves a deep trough of skippy house weighed by big square bass and blanketed with starry synth pads. B-side, 'Icaria' plumbs deeper with radiant dub chords and rumbling toms, and 'Landscape With The Fall Of Icarus' touches down a skanking slice of mid-tempo ambient house.
You've had the CD single, mini-CD, 7", 10" and 12", now here comes the full digital version for those who can't keep up with Trevor Jackson's 'Format' fetish. Collecting all 13 tracks, this version marks the illustrious producer, visual artist and video director's most substantial solo release, bar none, of his 25-odd year oeuvre; strafing from killer proto-house rawness in 'Lumiline' to fizzy electro in 'They Came From NY' to blunted acidic techno extrusions recalling recent Ron Morelli aktion in the 12 minute, 'Until Now'. It's rudimentary yet adroit man-machine business, consolidating f… Read more
"It was only a matter of time before the prolific electro stalwart Scape One aka Kurt Baggaley made an appearance on CPU. Scape One's penchant for Sci-Fi is reflected in Recombination; an electronic adventure through space time, stopping briefly for an atomic war. Kurt's vast experience and collection of analogue synthesizers can be heard to full effect with crushing bass, bubbling leads and arpeggiated sweeps throughout. Strong artistic influences on the EP from John Foxx, Vangelis to Autechre (Incunabula-esque)."