Monday, 23 March
Editions Mego's unarchiving of the unparalleled INA GRM catalogue reaches a momentous double header by Bernard Parmegiani - one of the 20th century's most revered and important electro-acoustic composers. Born 1927, Parmegiani started as a sound engineer for French TV in the early '50s, establishing a connection between sound and vision which he would explore to the deepest degrees after joining Pierre Schaeffer's Groupe de recherches musicales in 1959 for a two year masterclass. With his first works composed in 1962 and released in 1969, he essentially headed up t… Read more
The vital Recollections GRM series yields some of its finest treasures yet from the Paris archive with three iconic, prototypical pieces of computer music by Jean Claude Risset. It's notable not least for the first vinyl pressing of the amazing electro-acoustic sonorities in 'Sud' (1985), but also two very early pieces recorded between 1968-69, marking some of the very first significant instances of computers used in the creation of sound itself, with 'Computer Suite From Little Boy' featuring sounds synthesised using the Music V program whilst working with Max Mathews at … Read more
'Presque Rien' or 'Almost Nothing' collects four magical electro-acoustic/field recording pieces by one of the GRM's famous founding fathers. Featuring four pieces recorded and released over a period of 31 years, these collected works offer a telescopic cross-section of Ferrari's far-reaching oeuvre, ranging from the subtly faithful, non-diegetic documentation of a Dalmation fishing village waking on 'Presque Rien nº1' (1967-70) to the altered reality of nocturnal field recordings meshed with ultra-fine electro-acoustic processing and his hushed commentary in the more dramatic compositi… Read more
Recollections GRM presents four "forgotten" and compelling electro-acoustic pieces from the institute's world famous archive. These are "early" works, created before 1976 by four composers who each went on to mark distinguished paths. Now, digitally transferred and cut to vinyl (at Berlin's D&M), these sounds are given a 2nd life, or even a first as some were previously unissued. Lovers of electronic music with a pioneering and uncompromising spirit will find much to engage with. "Dominique Guiot «L'oiseau de paradis» (1974) - The composition of this piece was inspired by the rules of cinemat… Read more
*Another indispensable glimpse into the GRM archive courtesy of the mighty Editions Mego* Editions Mego, in coordination with GRM's Christian Zanési & Francois Bonnet, present five relatively unknown pieces from the Parisian electro-acoustic music research institute's archives. At the risk of sounding lazy, we've always been afraid of the GRM catalogue; it's massive and frankly, we don't know much about it other than there's some really incredible, foundational sounds in there. So it's a blessing that these guys have undertaken the task to exhume the label's most unknown souls because let's f… Read more
Spellbinding 3rd survey of the lesser-known and previously unheard sections of Paris's hallowed GRM archive. All four pieces were created before 1980 and feature the work of composers from disparate, far-flung geographical and musical backgrounds finding common ground in the electro-acoustic sphere. For us the most striking piece is 'Moulin Diabolique' (1979) by Egeniusz Rudnik, an unsettling and urgent work cutting up and mutating military orders dictated in a number of different languages against gloomy, dynamic backdrop to echo and question the chaos and seemingly infinite presence of wa… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** Wicked reassemblies of yung producer, Grovestreet, by M.E.S.H., Strict Face, Byrell The Great and Morcee & 199? for the burgeoning Tight Knit Records crew. Returning the favour from Grovestreet's 'Scythians' remix, M.E.S.H. rends 'Ground Zero' as bouncing para-techno bomb, metabolising ballroom, B-More and dub-tech inna gauntlet of gyroscopic b*tchslaps and nervy grooves. Struct Face heads way into weightless territory with his iced out mix of 'Altars', while Byrell The GReat makes a fierce introduction with a razor-sharp cut of 'Ground Z… Read more
Houndstooth collect Akkord's sickest EP to date, together with brand new remixes by Regis and Fis alongside grade A reworks by Vatican Shadow and The Haxan Cloak. In the original 'HTH020' Akkord ease off on the trickier elements in favour of focussing on sculpted, visceral sound designs done to powerful effect. The kerb-crawling half-tempo house pace and drizzly, sleazy atmosphere of 'Gravure' gives a brilliant opening for the collapsed 'ardcore structures of 'Continuum', splicing classic breaks and quasi-speed bass into a black void peopled by acephalic mentasms and iciest drones. By turns, 'Type… Read more
Jlin breaks thru the Chicago footwork ranks with one of the scene's most fascinating, essential mutations in 'Dark Energy', co-presented by Planet µ and Jamie Kuedo's very promising new Knives label. It's quite possibly the most distinctive contribution to footwork since the RP Boo album and Rashad's jungle splices, and, in such a fast-moving (quite literally) and active scene, that's gotta be saying something. Keener Chi watchers may have previously checked Jlin's standout 'Erotic Heat' and 'Asylum' joints on the Bangs & Works Vol.2 compilation but, since then, the Gary, Indiana-based producer… Read more
Killer 2nd batch of amorphous techno organisms from Xth Réflexion on the very watchable Aught label. Without resorting to kick drum assault or vicious noise, Xth Réflexion bypass current techno trends to investigate more fluid, minimalist modes in six parts owing as much to Basic Channel's beatless moments as T++'s steppers' techno dynamics, also finding certain points of compatibility with Vereker's Restraint output or Felix K at his bleakest. It's a striking sound; we urge adventurous techno types to check it out.
**Digital Edition includes a bonus 17 minute track** 'Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera' presents a radical mashup of works by two probing, multidisciplinary artists among the most vital of their generation. First realised as part of a two day performance at Tate Modern called 'Push and Pull', it offers a mutant configuration of Leckey's vocal track from 'GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction' (the eerie inner monologue of a Samsung fridge, as heard on the B-side of his 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' vinyl and viewable on youtube), scrambled, decomposed and modu… Read more
**Upfront Exclusive** 'Expressions' is the lush 2nd album from Edinburgh's Linkwood on Firecracker. It's the sort of album you can spend a whole evening, or equally a whole lifetime with, perfectly crafted and sequenced for immersed listening and also to be broken down into DJ components - of which there are some super strong moments in the hypnotic Detroit disco-tech of 'Object', the sophisticate house stride of 'Expressions', and a sublime dub chord lather in 'Love Lost' to close. From Firecracker's own malty sales notes: "Ah, yes! Finally some real flavours to sink our teeth into. The n… Read more
Body High expand their ace catalogue with a funked-up bag of booty crack from Todd Edwards. He's in killer form here, from the gospel-sampling, sub-heavy Ballroom styles of 'Shall Go' to the Soundhack-esque disco chops of 'The Stranger', mad, reggae-sampling carnival heat on 'This Generation' and more classic-sounding Jersey Garage on 'Hold The Faith' or 'Echo Of the Past'. TIP!
Body High's mane mayne, LA bod DJ Funeral steps rugged on his 2nd solo EP 'RIP Tribute'. Title track's a gothic bass percolator with natty MIDI melody; 'Last Breakfast' is like hypermodern aerobics for Michael Myers; 'Out There' slaps yer chops with junglist snares and whipped reggaeton claps on a bouncing bass; 'Just An Eskimo' takes Wiley to a Chicago trap sound. Wicked and bad.
The strangest and strongest album we've heard yet from avant-garde traveller, Felicia Atkinson. Arriving from Oregon, USA, via the French Alps base of Shelter Press - the publishing platform she runs with Bartolomé Sanson - it unfolds a highly visual sonic topography built upon collaged and randomly selected texts taken from her 2014 publication, 'Improvising Sculpture as Delayed Fictions', plus 'Rechereche de la Base et du Sommet' (René Char, 1955), and 'Madame Edwarda' (Georges Bataille, 1937). We're informed that the production is DIY, recorded with super basic software … Read more
Melancholic techno moods from James Kumo, who was last spotted on Dan Curtin's Metamorphic Recordings. 'Believe' appears in two mixes; a driving but atmospheric original, and subtly faded mix bringing the subs forward to warmer effect.
Label boss Lucy leads the fifth 12" in Stroboscopic Artefacts' five year anniversary sessions. His 'Rema Rema Canoero' is an extended, subtly proggy techno play, whereas Donato Dozzy gets downt o business with proper EBM techno thrills in 'OZ Taped' and the PvH/YdM axis of Sendai twists out the precise hydraulic swing and shuffle of 'Inverse Array'. Smart.
"Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic-era chamber music as today's addictive pop. Gestures from rap, ambient, easy listening and th… Read more
Fracking heavy techno from the smart duo of DJ Deep and Roman Poncet. Straight-up club constricts for the DJs, building a right head on it with the unrelenting kicks and rasping shuffle of 'Hydraulic Jack' up top, and to tenser degrees with the jagged slam of 'Hydraulic Pump', whereas 'Artesian Well' hydroplanes beat-less.
Scuba returns with his 4th solo album, 'Claustrophobia'. Penned in convalescence following a bout of illness during 2014, it reframes the Scuba sound with moodier lighting and literal existential heft implied by track titles such as 'Why You Feel So Low' and 'All I Think About Is Death'. Essentially it's Scuba's Health Goth album, appropriating some traces of the collaged designer sounds associated with Total Freedom/HBA/Tri Angle to a palette of big room techno and brooding IDM/electronica signatures, leaden with industrial-referencing field recordings, like the Whitehouse-esque 'Family En… Read more
Tessela leaves the boisterous big beats at home in favour of sickest EBM/electro-acid patter in 'Bottom Out', backed with a squashed and jagged Kowton remix. The original 'Bottom Out' picks up where Kowton's remix of 'Erotic Discourse' left off, rejecting kick 4/4 kick drums to focus on prickling industro-dub drums and acidic squirts with loadsa room to dance. Always a step ahead, Kowton's OTT remix extrudes those patterns with mind-bending phase shifts to a saltier, shiftier effect, neatly prepping for the tumultuous abstraction of Tessela's 'Total Music'.
DJ Nigga Fox goes hard on the heels of Nidia Minaj and CDM with his 2nd 12" for the amazing Príncipe label. Pushing arguably the most exciting dance sound in the world right now, Rogério Brandão aka DJ Nigga Fox is all about sinuous rhythms and mad technoid sounds, coiling the legacy of Angolan and Congolese drum patterns with up-to-date electronics in the styles known as Batida, Tarraxinha, Funana, Kuduro. They're dynamite on the 'floor, wrecking a body between the triplet techno tumble of 'Um Ano' and the incendiary builds and twysting vortices of 'Apocalipsiii' on the A-side, before… Read more
Brooklyn's Denetia & Sene debut on Rinse with a curious pop hybrid of thumping slow disco and gothic R&B.
Numbers tick one off the booty bucket list with this invaluable set of ghetto house classixxx by the original DJ Deeon. Almost as well appreciated in Glasgow as they are in Chicago, they include the awesome Arthur Russell-sampling freak of '2 B Free', the irresistible 'House-O-Matic', a ruff-ass R&B throw-down in 'Freak Like Me', plus a proper pounding in 'The 604'. For the strippers, for the street.
Can it really be almost 15 years since Hood released the brilliant ‘Cold House’? An album we were properly obsessed with for years, it marked the creative and commercial pinnacle for a band that perfectly brought together a love of brooding post-rock and bass-heavy electronic production, anchored by the exceptional songwriting and arranging skills of brothers Richard and Chris Adams. Hood haven’t released any new music for a decade, but both brothers have been musically active with a number of different projects, and Richard now returns with his latest work as The Declin… Read more
The original, hugely influential '138 Trek' (1999) comes round again for a defintive digital version. Includes the technoid UK party bounce of the original, plus the tickier VIP, vocal version with GQ, and a darkside Zed Bias remix. Anthem.
Talabot's !K7 mix exclusive, 'Without You' now teamed with sweet remixes by Melchior Productions, Oskar Offerman and Mistakes Are Okay. The original's blue Balearic chug is rent as an effortlessly supple, psychedelic tech-house play by Melchior Productions, whereas Offerman prefers a low-lit, late night house sound, and Mistakes Are Okay take it to Midnight with chiming marimbas and ghostly chorales.
Hyper-funky chops from Austria's Cid Rim, loaded with a sweetly unhinged remix by Jameszoo. Check out 'Charge' or 'Kano' for Hud Mo/Rustie-styled future funk blaze, or the remix for kinkier, stranger, unpredictable thrills.
Forward-facing but classically-styled disco house budge from London's Dauwd. Refreshing timeless templates with nimble flair, he grooves between dope and lush Detroit-meets-London filter-house techniques in 'Jupiter George' to the low-slung and supple jazz shuffle of 'Ritter Sport', and intimately soulful broken beat house with 'Take Four'.