Monday, 22 June
The Ruff Sqwad don in fierce effect on a 'Rapid Fire' round of grime and 2-step instrumentals. Strong highlights in the gangsta 2-step raver, 'Pounded Yam' and the symphonic swag of 'Pepper Riddim'.
Rugged and bittersweet UK rufige from Manchester's Paleman, sprung on Loefah's 81 label. 'Like O' runs a sticky reduction of grimy flutes, sirens and junglist stabs on a cooled-out and dread 808 house bounce; with 'Dining and Bar' he's a forlorn souljah, coaxing tender ambient chords to a Burial-esque bit of sub-sunk 2-step built for deeper club play. In-the-pocket business. Tip!
Not often we get anything Coil related these days - but this curio from Mannequin has been stirring a huge amount of interest as one of the few non-bootleg Coil editions that genuinely dont seem to have been made available before. This 12'' EP features a "collaboration between the mexican band Ford Proco and the legendary UK electronic pioneers Peter Christopherson/John Balance aka Coil." As the sales notes explain - "Ford Proco were formed in 1986 in Tijuana and are considered the godfathers of the industrial electronic music in Mexico. The story behind the recording of the tw… Read more
'Whips' is a masterclass in tape-saturated house cryptography by Warsaw, Poland's Lutto Lento. Leading on from the crooked equations of his 'F T D 001' debut for Charles Drakeford's label, this six-tracker exhibits a broader range of variations on that ferric-choked, grubby and bugged-out style. Employing the deftest tape loop edits and playful sense of construction/derangement, he uses the format's natural fidelities to distinguish, mask and accentuate his sound from every angle - whether coaxing noxiously murky harmonics out of the asphyxiating bass in darkside bomb, 'Vengo'; disorienting wi… Read more
Studio Barnhus co-boss Kornél Kovács on a dope house flex for Numbers. With 'Radio Koko', the Stockholm-based producer and DJ demonstrates a deep and colourful knowledge of classic and current house and techno mechanics with four tracks of characterful grooves. They're full of 'floor-charming fake-outs and kinks, from the filtered cocktail of B-more breaks and horn stabs chopped and swung about disco bass and strings in 'Lighthouse', to the diamond-cut freestyle house slam of 'Pantalón' - proper anthem material! - thru the hip hop-cooled swing of 'Gangsta', and the Joe-style drum juggling of 'Malon'. Bit of a no brainer for the party, this one. TIP!
Beau Wanzer and Shawn Sullivan bang out a full album of tuff NYC techno on Anthony Parasole's label, The Corner. Effectively picking up where Adam X's Traversable Wormholes left off, they deliver pounding kicks and jagged EBM serrations in seven of nine tracks, strongest in the stiffened jack of 'No Dexterity', the thrumming bass palpitations of 'Mindhives', and the steely reinforcements of 'Pure Turns', whereas the likes of 'Spiderbites', with its off-centre bleep roil and rolling subs, or the half-tempo stepper, 'Fischkopf' explore mercurial syncopations and darker tilt.
Oren Ambarchi's Black Truffle dig out a masterclass in minimalism from the extensive, unreleased archive of seminal American composer, Arnold Dreyblatt. 'Second Selection' follows on from the 'Choice' [Choose Records, 2013] compilation of Dreyblatt's work circa 1977-2007. It too spans his pieces recorded with the Orchestra of Excited Strings thru to solo compositions, but focusses on a window of productivity between 1979-1989, documenting in varying fidelity the time shortly after he set up the OES, and also covering the period during which he migrated from NYC, USA, to Berlin… Read more
Dr. Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann a.k.a. The Orb return to Kompakt with 'Moonbuilding 2073 AD' - their 16th studio album and first for Kompakt in a decade. The pair still sound like a pair of stoners making music for themselves to hotbox the studio, and that's pretty much exactly what their legion followers are after. 'Moonbuilding 2703 AD' breaks down to four extended pieces, each one swimming in oceanic sub-bass and swarming with psychedelic FX. 'God's Mirrorball' hovers into first with their patented formula of daft vocal samples precipitating heavier clouds of dub-house cho… Read more
Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare's hugely promising Knives label debut the hyper-lucid constructs of J.G. Biberkopf with 'Ecologies', housed in suitably striking artwork by Joe Hamilton. Hailing from Lithuania, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf has hatched a dramatic and immersive aesthetic, drawing upon cutting edge instrumental grime, net phenomenology and cyber-ambient sound design to patch collaged spheres working across club, theatre and digital radio contexts. As with the output of contemporary artists like T C F or Elysia Crampton, thru to his networked peers such as v1984 and Sentinl, J.G.B's m… Read more
Dreader UK pressure from Bristol via London on PAN affiliate Beneath's Mistry label, coined for his peers and like-minded bass cadets. The label's 4th drop is Laksa's first, framing the ruggedest UK house sounds with red-eyed night vision. 'Draw For The' strides over the A-side with drunken master style; all sloshing subs and roiling drums inna cold and brittle echo chamber style. B-side, 'Baded' drops the tempo a few notches but brings up the celsius at the same time, finding a woozy sub-tropical swagger in its hard surfaces and synthetic bird calls, whilst 'Touchdown' forges a killer sort o… Read more
Ruddy raw and psychoactive house charmers from the mighty Principe. Niagara employs a more direct dancefloor template than most of his Portugese label peers, and the effect is deadly. Played live, and retaining that feral quality that has made this label so addictive, Niagara configures 6 tracks ranging from infected and dripping Lil Louis vibes on 'Arruda' to the cascading, synth-heavy hooks on 'Cheetah', before signing off with 'Alagarta' like some heat-infected Mr Oizo at his deadliest. Strong stuff from this increasingly impressive label.
Dark0 debuts with typical drama on Rinse, following a striking shot for Visionist's Lost Codes label in 2014. It's a sweetboy grime ting, treading a fine melodic line of effusive heartburst and melancholic heart-break between the teetering trance arpeggio peaks and crashing trap snares of 'Abrasion', and the beat-less R&B lush-out of 'The Past', also taking in the buoyant Reese and 808 bass and breathlessly ascending blips of 'Fuschia', and a slippery, colourful grime zinger in 'Spiral'. On the remix buttons, American producer Suicideyear follows his releases for OPN's Software label with a masterful bit of aerated, ambient trap bounce in his version of 'Abrasion'.
**Audio for Flac format is 24 bit / 44.1kHz** "Virtuoso bassist and singer-songwriter Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat returns to the Brainfeeder fold with his first solo material in two years, having already made outstanding contributions to not one, but two, of the best albums of 2015 - Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Kamasi Washington's The Epic. This mini-album picks up where 2013's Apocalypse left off, with Thundercat joined on production duties by longtime sparring partner Flying Lotus for six spiralling excursions to the outer limits of jazz-funk. The leg… Read more
The legendary late '80s psych-noise-rock titans return with their first new material in 25 years. Now revolving original member Robert Hampson (vocals, guitars) - who would go on to start Main - plus Scott Dawson (guitar) and Neil Mackay (bass), augmented by Wayne Maskell on drums. Re-emerging into a scene full of bearded men churning out their own take on monotonous psych-rock, Loop show 'em how it's done in four parts, from the motorik nod of 'Precession' to tenderised feedback manipulations in 'Coma', and an almighty 17 minute blow-out banking raga drones and full flight chug with 'Radial'.
Straight outta Brooklyn, Copout debuts with the nexx gen club mutations of 'Bardo' for London's Liminal Sounds - home to Air Max '97. Fresh, concentrated dance pressure in four parts, from an update of aggy, hollow-tipped grime snares and '05 string slashes in 'Further' thru vicious ballroom buck in 'Slate' to a highlight in the Eastern-tinged scales and brutal, bouncing rave kicks of 'Timecode'.
Kinky '90s Italo-house rollers and squashed acid jack on yung Dutch House label, Bitter Moon. Innershades hits up a strident, Italo-bassed ace for fans of Legowelt; Snuff Crew go deep and sexy with 'Your Hands'; White Rabbit Recordings' Giovani Damico grinds out a chewy acid number.
Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow a.k.a. Art Department oil up a fine and deep run of techno/house on Fabric 82. It's a straight-up, heads down, armpits-on-show run of classic and up-to-date gear, bookeneded by Basic Channel's 'Mutism' and chasing a vibe thru cuts from Mr. G, NGLY, DJ Qu, Scott Grooves, and Fred P, among others.
First ever digital issue of Cliff Saint-Cyr & Cevin Fisher's OG hard house ace, 'It's Gonna Be Alright' (Hardtrax Records, 1993). A-side drives the tuff kicks, catty claps and glowing chords of a 'No More Pain' mix and the tighter 'Gonna Be Alright' mix for that proper Sound Factory New York vibe, while flipside furnishes Cliff's fruitier flute mix rifled with latin breaks, plus a smart vocal + drums version. Strong.
White Material's Galcher Lustwerk sets off the 2nd EP on his eponymous imprint. This one features more trax from his much-loved mix for Blowing Up The Workshop - from the heavy-lidded deep house highlight of 'I Neva Seen' and its instrumental dub, to the chromatic ambience of 'Stem' and the druggy mid-tempo shuffle of 'Cricket's Theme'.
"On 2/11/14 Hauschka performed two improvisations loosely based on his last album, 'Abandoned City'. This release documents that performance, seamlessly segueing from recursive, airborne keys to jaunty, padded rhythms and ambient noise. Hauschka says: "“Yufuin is a small picturesque town on the Japanese Island Kyushu. We arrived in the afternoon at the main station after a long train ride. After Yoshiyuki Tanigawa picked us up we drove all the way up into the mountains. At the center of a residential area we found a very modern museum called Artegio. We started to set up our equipment and tools… Read more
IG Culture and Alex Phountzi return with some up-to-the-second rhythms on their 2nd outing as NameBrandSound. Infusing a mercurial UK soul to the patterned structures of footwork, trap and house, the 'Spaceship' EP gets live in five parts, from the nagging vocal stabs and crooked eklectro-funky pulse of 'It's Cold' to a run of Chicago-style winners taking in the rapid flux of the title track plus the slowfast bashment bullet, 'Bran Dem Riddim', the chrome-drip chords of 'Can't Stop This', and a soulful tizzy entitled 'Head’.
Beautifully feathered French fancies from Domenique Dumont for the Antinote crew outta Paris. Using a mix of vintage analogue machines and burbling synths, Domenique draws upon a rich Parisian heritage of African dance music, Caribbean dub and achingly cute Gallic pop in 'Comme ça', blending effete, deliquescent vocals with Upsetters-style dub magick and the sort of drum patterns you might hear in a Francis Bebey record. It's at best in the mesmerising percolations and deft dub moires of 'La basse et les shakers', in the shimmering, late evening allure of the title track; the creamy sun… Read more
Leaving Records fish around the musical mind of Chad Valencia a.k.a. Yuk. and come out with a dream sequence of lush ambient off-beats.
Practically biting the heels of his 'Buried Alive Twice' LP for L.I.E.S., NYC's Marcos Cabral gets his caveman techno rocks off for Crème Organization. Four tracks twist between the lunkish swagger of 'Nearly Run Over' to chokingly saturated thump in 'Jumping Beans', whilst the rubbling groove of 'Man's Job' allows a sliver of light to the mix, and 'The Conversation' marks his territory with eviscerated machine rhythms and welting monotone bass.
Killer Fracture update of DJ Monita a.k.a. The Skeleton Krew's 1992 'ardcore missile, 'Luv Ta Luv Ya' for 2015. Donna Summer gets rinsed out over manic, disciplined 'ardcore jungle breaks, Reese bass and hip hop stabs benefitting from a lick of modern production class. Fiyah.
Choice reissue of Vincent Floyd's sublime Dance Mania joint, 'I Dream You' (1991). Worth it for the angelic synth voices and candy-sprinkled keys of the gorgeous title track alone.
Danse Noire present a darker shade of Haf Haf with 'This Sick Beat' following up the Italian producer's 'Notch' [Gang of Ducks, 2014]. Backed with a killer Gatekeeper remix and self-described as "sad music for a sad life", Haf Haf's 2nd EP revolves three wickedly misshapen, amorphous takes on techno, hip hop and lysergic electronica, spooling out from the screwed modes of 'Kuro No Meiro' to the knackered trudge of 'The Wasabi That You Ate' with its excellent use of watery, Youtube-like compression, and the intra-dimensional seepage of 'Blue Dragon'. On the remix, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper pu… Read more
Slickly emotive electromance from J. Alvarez a.k.a. 214 on Frustrated Funk. The title track of 'Lyle at Dawn' works out somewhere between classic Drexciya, Claro Intellecto and Convextion, all whirring electro mechanisms and heart-rending synth arrangements, whereas 'Ektes' is more opiated, Murder Capital styles, and the woozy pastoral tones of 'Time For' could almost pass for a Kettel or BoC production.
Djrum expands and diffuses 'Bliss' with widescreen dancefloor vision. Taken from Gacha's debut album, 'Send Two Sunsets', the original's meandering Balearic serenity is retained but, also kitted with a lissom acid bass and smudged drums, saving the vocal of Natalie Beridze a.k.a. TBA, until the half way point for a gently ascending 2nd half.