Monday, 17 November
'Vortex' is the first cut bled from John Carpenter's 'Lost Themes' collection of new music made with Cody Carpenter (Ludrium) and Daniel Davies.
Ouch! Roy Davis Jr brings the bang in rudest fashion on Clone's Jack For Daze series. 'Chemical Warfare' is an artful lesson in over-driven Chicago house, going heavy on the distorto sauce over a whirring, mystic display of synths and drum machine ruggedness that burns to the bone. Flipside, styles are no less soiled in the brittle, tweaky buck ov 'Broken Machines' and a fizzy, grumbling rhythm track called 'Jack Da Rhythms'.
**Crepuscular avant-folk composition released on a new series by Bass Clef's Magic + Dreams** "Originally from Brooklyn but currently based in London, Ashley has released a slew of excellent albums over the past few years, both solo and as a duo with Eli Keszler.Last year she had records in the Wire Magazine's “Top 50 Releases of 2013” and Pitchfork's “Best Experimental sounds of 2013”. For 12,000 seconds she has put together a suite of fractured guitar slices, hyper-mesmeric vocals and apocalypse saxophone."
Bass Clef's Magic + Dreams start the 12,000 seconds series with what is effectively a mini LP from from his Bristol pal Peverelist. Adhering to the series' strict temporal guidelines - each EP must have 6 tracks with track lengths of 0:06, 0:23, 1:11, 2:37, 3:03, 3:14, 4:20 and 6:06 - the Livity Sound and Punch Drunk boss turns out some of his tightest gear in ages, from the broken beat swivel of 'Caught A Glimpse' thru the natty tribal shakedown of 'In A Spin' to amorphous, skeletal experiments such in 'Silvers' and the slippery chromatic grime shimmer of 'OK Run It'.
**Diverse debut release of purified electronic experiments on Bass Clef's label** "Vi (pronounced 'vee eye') is the audio project of Graeme Hogg, one of the founders of and still the lynchpin of The Cube Mircoplex in Bristol, legendary counter-cultural hub, underground cinema, concert venue and much more. He makes Mutant machine music that channels This Heat’s maverick spirit and Pansonic’s dystopian vision. This is his first release, but follows over a decade of sporadic and seminal love shows, supporting DJ Rupture, Murcof, Max Eastley, The Radiohponic Workshop, Pole, Black Dice. … Read more
Honest Jon's return to Kenya with this spellbinding suite of Dodo songs sung by 70 year old Ogoya Nengo. A legend in her country, Ogoya is the most prominent exponent of the vanishing Dodo artform - a musical means of spreading messages and social commentary, much like Indo-European bardic traditions and the griots of Mali. Following his work on the Mkunguni, New Recordings from Coast Province, Kenya, Stefan Schneider again had the pleasure of recording Ogoya's spellbinding performances, and those of local percussionists and … Read more
*New project from members of Zombi and Majeure and acclaimed film composer Paul Lawler. Riyl: Zombi, John Carpenter, Maserati, Vangelis* "Contact is the new duo of A.E. Paterra (aka Majeure) of famed sci-fi synth-rock group Zombi, and acclaimed British film composer, Paul Lawler. Exploring a similar orbit as Majeure and Zombi, multi-instrumentalist Lawler infuses heavy doses of melody and drama to give First Contact a sound and feel that blends late 70s Pink Floyd sprawl, the nostalgic wonder of early 80s science documentaries, and John Carpenter's 80s sci-fi action films. Equal parts fasc… Read more
*Debut solo album from Sigur Rós' and Jónsi's touring keyboard player/percussionist Óbó* In his passport it says Ólafur Björn Ólafsson - and although comprised of no more than 7 compositions, it does run the gamut of suburban bliss turned upside down: After the LP's minimalistic opener "Úthverfi", a track that melancholically opens up after a long, immensely dark and brooding intro, that ultimately offers some respite in the form of playful Glockenspiel over layers of slow-moving sonic lava, the equally cinematic "Svartur galdur" leaves much room for Óbó's trademark baritone: Like a bespectacled pu… Read more
"El Hombre Trajeado co-founder and erstwhile Arab Strap and RM Hubbert collaborator Stevie Jones takes the spotlight with mesmerising collective of his very own. ‘Brocken Spectre’ - named after the immense, halo-crested shadow cast by hill climbers on faraway clouds when backlit by the sun - is the first album on which Jones places his typically participatory ethic aside and assumes responsibility for writing, arranging and producing every note of its eight entirely acoustic songs. Jones corrals the talents of around a dozen musicians with whom he has previously worked, including … Read more
Wintery house heat from Norway's Mental Overdrive: from the buoyant, insistent burn of 'Chappo' to skanking house in 'Summers' thru the chiming Caribou-style swing of 'In Love We Fall' and shuffling Detroit beatdown smarts in 'The Snake'.
Twleve track world tour of modern electronic dance music including tracks from Pinch, Debruit, Batida, DrumTalk, Chico Mann, Fantasma…