Monday, 11 August
"One of the most ‘mysterious’ Afro-Disco records produced in the late 70s; Nana Love’s “Disco Documentary – Full Of Funk”. The original master tapes were un-covered - and luckily in great shape - and in the process of restoring the tapes, un-released material was discovered, enriching this special package. Nana Love’s work, is a testament to the music’s most redeeming qualities: great musicianship, funky basslines and killer breaks. As a singer / songwriter in the leading role throughout, she [with production by Reindorf Oppong] lends a wonderfully balanced approach to … Read more
Pure heat from Tia Maria Producoes on Lisbon's Príncipe label. Tia Maria Producoes crew in control, repping a further flung sound from Rennes and Paris, and back home in southside Lisbon. Their aesthetic is probably best described as a slower, "deeper" strain of the Príncipe sound, compared with the ruffer, grimier strains of DJ Marfox or the B.N.M. / P.D.D.G. crews. Under the gangster banner "TáTipo Já Não Vamos Morrer" - meaning "It's like we won't die anymore" - they drop six slick riddims ranging from DJ Téilo's strangely haunting "Afrohouse torchsong", '7 Marav… Read more
Outstanding modular techno deviations from Peter Van Hoesen and Yves De Mey's Sendai project on the Monad series. Continuing the themes of their under-the-radar album 'A Smaller Divide', the duo deal in proper, shape-shifting electronic minimalism feeling out sheer textures and roiling, globular bass shapes in four tracks landing somewhere between Keith Fullerton-Whitman's hybrid modular scapes and recent Autechre.
**Reissue of the 5th volume in Hans-Joachim Roedelius' self-portrait series. Originally issued in 1982** From Asmus Tietchens' liner notes: "Measured against its predecessors, however, the audio quality is notably superior on this edition. Roedelius clearly improved the sound of the old tapes in the process of compiling the pieces at the Erpel Studio in Vienna, also taking the opportunity to add a few tracks. Strictly speaking, these relatively complex multitrack recordings can no longer be bracketed together with the fleeting sketches as heard on the earlier albums. Now and again, … Read more
At long last Skeptical's in-demand dub 'Chain Reaction' lands on the shop floor backed with the stark skank of 'Echo Dub'. Operating at 140bpm rather than his usual D&B zones really suits this producer, much like others such as SP:MC or Kryptic Minds who've also made the same, tectonic shifts. 'Echo Dub' is spacious pensile, hingeing pendulous subs off woodblock snares and Nyabinghi-like runs trimmed with scything synth slashes; 'Chain Reaction' is pure dread, stoking super-wide subs and jaw-tensing rimshot skitters to killer effect.
The Oliverwho Factory, Deadbeat, Nick Höppner, Makam and Marcel Dettmann contribute exclusives for Ryan Elliott's Panorama Bar 06 mix. In a sign of the times, the 2014 edition of Ostgut Ton's flagship series is their first to be released as a free digital download, but thankfully they've still pressed up the exclusive tracks on wax. A-side yields a haughty, tribal-tinged Detroit swinger from The Oliverwho Factory, plus Deadbeat's junglist garage-techno roller, 'Woah!'. Flipside, Ostgut Ton boss Nick Höppner simmers off the slinky boogie house of 'Track For Eb', beside the supple dub techno swing of Makam's 'Girls Night', and Dettmann's short shaft of ambient 'Light'.
Pumping and dubbed-out big room business and craftier constructs from Auden on Hotflush. The UK-based producer debuts with four tracks ranging from the muscular rolige of 'Trip To Fade' to a murkier aquatic techno style on 'Flux' and, best of all, the rimshot-pivoting swing and parry of 'Whispers', and the Burial-esque ambient vignette, 'Tension'.
Cómeme gang-up for the nine-track 'Gasoline' label expo. Starts up nice 'n slow with Auntie Flo's technoid cumbia grind 'Jas' and travels a spectrum of kinky goods from Vaskular's mellow jacker 'Black Jesus' to the clipped, slippery swing of 'Cógeme' from DJs Pareja & Alejandro Paz, the trim industrial percolator 'El Rito' from Zombies In Miami, and Carisma's fairlight-sprung remix of 'A Bailar' by Rous. Sweaty.
Anticipating the 'Endgame' mini-LP, Warsnare brings da drums to Seclusiasis with a percolating R&Bass burner consolidating garage, tribal house and footwork in slick style.
"Sunny Graves’ debut release comes in the form of a four track EP recorded, assembled and mixed via analogue and digital means between Barcelona and New York during 2013 and marks the first official output for Simon Williams’ (formerly Jahbitat) most personal and focused project to date. ‘Bayou EP’ comprises a thoroughly meditated collection of work made up of four carefully constructed rhythmic, melodic, textural and emotional explorations in which dense layers of synthesisers and processed samples collide and breathe with pulsing beats, and where bass frequencies, soundscapes, field rec… Read more
Big room romps from XXXY following his 'Never Enough' 12" for Rinse. 'Goldfish' works a squashed, propulsive London house sound with a hollow, metallic klonk reminding of Marcel Dettmann's debut 12" on MDR, only spiked with shape-cutting funk. On the other hand, 'Evade' is one for the armpit exhibitionists, tracing icy arpeggios up the spine of a swinging tech-house groove replete with jaw-swanging breakdown.
Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet fixes a subtle 4/4 groove to the twee strums and vocals of Caribou with Luke Lalonde, Adem & One Little Plane.
Four fruity, funked-up sample chop 'n paste jobs by Bob Bhamra aka West Norwood Cassette Library.
Standout, unique debut from Ethiopian artist Mikael Seifu and Washington D.C.-based label, 1432r. Twinning inspiration from traditional Ethiopian music with traces of garage, ambient electronica and knackered house, the 'Yarada Lij' EP is an indirect translation of styles delivered by a unique voice and accent. In an interview with Fact magazine, Seifu mentions influence from Zion Rebels to Endeguena Mulu, Burial and Scott Storch, and whilst we can certainly hear Burial's gloomy atmospheres, we reckon he sounds more like an exotic Andy Stott in the low-slung, percolated pound and melodic… Read more
**Massive 11 disc digital collection taken from the original cassette series** Well this is quite an earful: Bathetic Records deliver the digital edition of their 11-cassette 'Dynasty at Ghost Town' collection starring myriad underground American artists. There's so much we don't know where to start - there's supreme desert doom scapes from William Cody Watson; the spectral lullabies of Ekin Fil; 45 minutes of scarmbled modular coordinates from M. Geddes Gengras; lush, pulsing kosmiche from Panabrite aka Jürgen Müller; wistful folk fr… Read more
Michel Hann (Rejections) shape-shifts into Marreck for his 2nd cassette on Tesla Tapes. Stepping on from the Ballardian infatuations and physical blows of his releases for Opal Tapes and Jehu and Chinaman, he's conceived a pointedly streamlined, visceral sound on 'Mechanism' which attempts to burrow right into any willing/unwilling host in proximity. The nine minutes of steam-powered, pneumatic pulses and eviscerating distortion in 'Prima' leave a serrated incision where 'Descending' enters and spreads like some vicious noise virus, before the banking squeals and chaotic flux of 'Herds' swarms… Read more
"There are a number of ways to interpret ‘Volume X’, the title of the new album by Trans Am. The first is obvious - it is the band’s tenth studio release, comprised of ten songs that display ten unique sides of Phil Manley, Nathan Means and Sebastian Thomson. You can also imagine a volume knob being cranked all the way up, the amplification level for an ideal Trans Am listening session. However, it can also be read as a representation of the band’s remarkable ability to express and even embody, unknown capacities, adopting bold stylistic and aesthetic shifts as a defining tenet of their quarte… Read more
Scherbe builds on the idiosyncratic house styles of his Fourth Wave 12" with a smart set of trax for Dresden, Germany's Uncanny Valley. Working between the jaunty angles of Matthew Herbert and soulful Detroit beatdown, 'Late Nite Safari' cuts unique shapes from the off kilter wiggle and teasing arpeggios of 'Poison Hillz' to the strutting, minimal funk of 'Long Time No Sea' and the breezy elegance of 'Mosquito Beach' and 'Specimen'.
Stephan Laubner aka STL gets closer to nature in an extensive library of field recordings under the banner of 'From Coast To Mountain'. From birds that sound like screaming children to the swell of the North Sea, it's an immersive suite of richly detailed recordings miles away from his other dancefloor stuff.
Extensive nu-disco remix suite for Midnight Magic's 'Midnight Creepers' album. We find highlights in the soured boogie fizz of Gavin Russom's 'Beam Me Up' version, Juan Maclean's Soundhack-like take on 'Drop Me A Line', and the bouncing chug of Kaspar Björke's 'Paranoid Jungle' rework.
Sultry, fruity boogie house from Downtown Party Network. On top they roll out fat, jiggling synth bass and uplifting chords pushed by big round kicks in 'Disco Ball Drama'; down below, 'Keep On Running' and 'No Drama Afterhours' are cooler, dubbed out electro-boogie struts.
**Cheery, melodic electronica from the house of Ghostly International's much-loved roster** "Hohokum is a distinct creative collaboration between artist Richard Hogg and Honeyslug, a London-based game studio. The vibrantly whimsical game emphasizes exploration and creativity with a playful touch. With the vision to create an experience free of typical video games pressures, Honeyslug delivers inspiring and unique gameplay in Hohokum. Players take on the role of a flying, Technicolor being, like a curious kite. Travelling through the colorful world, players can uncover secrets by inter… Read more
**Brilliantly out-of-step free-jazz/improvised fusioneering on Bradford's Bomb Shop institute. After something different? You've definitely found it** "Death Shanties is a new mixed media balls-to-the-wall Free Jazz group featuring Alex Neilson (drums), Sybren Renema (alto/baritone sax) and Lucy Stein (painting/projections). The group combine references to Medieval music, Sea Shanties and Field Hollars with the ecstatic cry of classic 1960’s fire music. Stein uses primitive devotional images, food stuffs and even her own hair in visceral, highly textured painted projections making Death Shanties a unique and immersive live experience."