Thursday, 05 December
Killer 3rd 12" of pumping electro-techno by former Bitstream bloke Steve Conner in his Adapta guise. Locked onto a proper 4/4 mission, he piles forth the wormholing DJ Stingray styles of 'Future' and a rare beatless piece 'Her Mind' on top, and sustains the slamming techno assault with 'Recharge' and beside the pnematic electro physics of 'Ninety Five' on the flip. RIYL NRSB-11, DJ Stingray, Uexkull.
Deadbeat dubs two cuts from The Upsetter and The Orb's 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'. Topside he gives a slow, heaving Rhythm & Sound style extended Nyah dub for 'Ball Of Fire'; flipside 'Fuzzball' is reduced and stepped-up on a Champions League Dub.
Falty DL's Blueberry Records on a dancehall tip. Up top Brrd comes back with a very neat and minimal edit of Fantan Mojah's roots vocal to 'Hail Di King' and downtown stars a wicked robo-boglin' instrumental called 'Gold 93'. Winner.
Chris Woodward & Linas Fresh Tee link as Dubinsky for Deep Shit. Their 'Woman' cuts a slinky figure of rustling Afro-latin percussion, dubbed house and jazzy keys, Dimitri Veimar gives it a fancier house remix. Dubinsky's 'Trespass' aims deeper into the night with smooth chords and rolling, breakbeat-loaded house backed with a blown out, nastier remix by Primitive World.
Sub-heavy and strident techno house from Project Squared's sub-label. Melbourne-based Craig McWhinney at the wheel, cutting across deep and desolate dub-techno zones with 'Pulse For Harvest', and working a cannier step with the Pole or Deadbeat-like 'Citadel' and the persistent swing of 'Six Hundred Furlongs'.
Keeper of dubstep's darkest light, Compa steps up to Deep Medi with two rolling dreadnaughts. A-side, 'Narabeh' dices with bouncing nyabinghi drums in a pressure chamber of claustrophobic bass and dynamic noise textures. B-side, 'Alpha' locks those drums down to a halfstepping lurch and throws the subs downtown inna mystic steppers atmosphere.
Murky ambient flux from Ten Hyphen Twenty for Brighton's Where To Now? crew. Two extended pieces unravel with enigmatic logic; 'Portrait Of A House Plant' dissolving between darker ambient drones and composted ferric textures to pockets of trapped bass music, frictional rhythms against morphing swells of noise and detached melodies in between blurry ambient dimensions. 'Still Life With Indoor Water Feature' is lusher, traversing processed field recordings, crushing/crushed concrete textures and lost, ambient motifs deep into the sort of cracked, kaleidoscopic vortex you might expect from Wanda Group or DJ Purple Image. Recommended!
Eerie, oneiric electronic psychedelia from Lisbon's Ondness for Brighton's excellent Where To Now? label. 'Poor Man's Twilight Zone' exists in a headspace somewhere between Negra Branca's ethereal H-Pop scapes, Wanda Group's murky ambient and the kind of zonked post-techno purveyed by Opal Tapes, feeling out in the half light resonant, gamelan-like tones and lushest chord swirl in the 12 minute 'Trono', whilst 'Ongoing To Zona' combines celestial flute with a sort of lo-fi take on Porter Ricks' aquatic techno churn. 'Edit Sombre' is closer to techno proper with a buoyant 4/4 step… Read more
**One-sided edition of 250** Canny deep vocoder/disco/piano house bomb from Dublin's New Jackson, following his remix of The xx and and a cool 12" for Hivern Discs.
**10" in gatefold jacket** New six-tracker by Mark E. Smith and co. A-side: 'Thje Remainderer', ''Amorator!', 'Mister Rode'; B-side - 'Remeberance R', 'Say Mama / Race With The Devil', 'Touchy Pad'.
**Includes 4 art inserts** Young Turks proudly parade the fruits of their 2013 catalogue on this fairly priced CD. In among them you'll find an exclusive release of Sampha's Kuedo-esque cosmic soul bomb, 'IMO' alongside the likes of FKA Twigs' incredible, Arca-produced masterpiece, 'Water Me', The xx's 'Reconsider', and the strobing majesty of 'Sun' by Koreless plus the extended dub 12" version of Pional's 'Invisible/Amenaza' and Lost Scripts' bumping indie-boogie, 'I'll Be watching You'.
"After successful collaborations with prestigious guests like Jim O´Rourke and Oren Ambarchi and the widely acclaimed Fire! Orchestra release earlier this year our Swedish friends are back as a trio, lighting up a sonic blaze of rock based riffs and hypnotic jazz-psychedelia. As far from noodling instrumentals as it’s possible to get, the tracks are spontaneously combusting rituals with a clear sense of purpose. Each of the three members is gifted with a formidable technique and arsenal of tricks and effects on their respective instruments, and the album also sees acclaimed saxophonist Mats Gust… Read more
Simon Baker and Geddes' Nofitstate party birth their label with two trax from Baker backed by a fine Skudge remix. The originals play tuff but deep with driving bass, slicing snares and virulent synthlines but the real class is on Skudge's flipside remix, riding with flying hi-hats, lithe bass tumble and hypnotic, building chords.
*Vinyl includes a copy of the CD free inside.* German disco king back with his first album in five years! Köhncke is dead good at albums - just check his modern classics 'Wast Ist Musik' or 'Safe And Sound' for evidence - and contains to prove his calibre with 'The Wonderful Frequency Band'. Taking what he needs from the essential elan of seminal late '70s disco, '80s electronic boogie and '90s house, and factoring it with a dry but friendly sort of Teutonic humour, he presents a warm, pulsing example of why Kompakt - the label he's long been associated with… Read more
The former Third Eye Foundation frontman delves into folksier waters to optimistic effect with a much lighter adjunct to previous releases.
"In the 1970s the American composer Henry Flynt started a series of pieces under the title "New American Ethnic Music". In so doing he worked together native styles of music such as blues, Country or Hillbilly with electronic production methods to make something altogether new. So far in Germany it has never been attempted to rework folklore electronically for a compilation. However, this picture changes if one redefines the idea of who the population is. Incomers have brought new "national anthems" to Germany, which … Read more
Boysnoize pay tribute to Chicago's legendary Dance Mania label with twelve bangers by Bok Bok & Tom Trago, Scntst/DJ Scholar, Pipes, Feadz, Strip Steve Housemeister and more. There's also a CD copy featuring an exclusive DJ Funk weapon, 'High Frequency' for erm.. the freaks. Bust a nut.
"Live orchestral album ‘Spiritoso’ in a brand new CD edition. The album was recorded in 2012 with two different orchestras in Vienna and Berlin, and features many Calexico hits and selected songs from the band’s latest studio album, ‘Algiers’. A must have for every fan and a great profile album for new fans. This Album was first released as a bonus CD of Algiers Limited Edition".
Off-road Balearic gold right here: 16 tracks of lilting drum machine patter and lushest miniature synth and guitar odysseys. 'Cloud Nine' is Golf Channel's follow-up to a reissue of 'Magic Table', reaching right back to 1981-1984 to cherry-pick from Spike's now-legendary quartet of self-released albums blending stripped down post-punk with traces of Steely Dan, Manuel Göttsching and Franco Falsini. Recommended!
**Includes Hercules & Love Affair remix** "'New York, New York' by DeeKay Jones, is an electrifying piece of hypnotic electric-disco-wave, produced in the eponymous city's concrete jungle back in 1981. It's a track that had all the potential to propel dance music forward: Relentless drum computer beats that predate techno - and even Chicago house - by years. A minimalistic synth hook that sounds more futuristic than any cutting edge dance record available at the time. And brilliantly overdubbed chants (taken from a 1970 The Last Poets album), which anticipated sample culture and should … Read more
"Recorded in one day, Silver Fox partnered up with their long-time friend and producer, Andrew Hodson (Warm Digits), to create an album that reflects the energy of their live performances. This is music with no rules or preconceptions; pooling ideas and observations into music that can be raucous, sad, reflective, powerful, wistful, or whatever it needs to be. With vibrating harmonies and primal beats at its heart, sounds and words form together in response to the lives we all live. Silver Fox is a place where anything can happen, where ideas are free to move and change. Pulling together lyrics… Read more
Wednesday, 04 December
The Night Slugs captain and Amsterdam house hero reprise their duo for two bass-heavy kinks. A-side they heat up the holo'd tribalist reduction of 'You get Me What You Want' and flipside comes on stronger with the slick, technoid dub chord stabs and shake-down groove of 'Hole Driller '.
Tuesday, 03 December
The second of our 2013 round-ups intersects all manner of cosmic electronics, avant-pop and lustrous R&B. Rather than a definitive overview of this nebulous spectrum, we'd rather take this opportunity to highlight those pieces that might not end up on every end-of-year list, but rather quietly stood out as unique or affecting and stuck in the memory more than others. We've been smitten with Ensemble Economique's epic, defocussed soft rock number 'We Come Spinning Out Of Control' off his amazing 'Fever Logic' album, and can't help but return again and again to the breathtak… Read more
'HD7' sees Darkstar remix themselves alongside a dreamy Zomby take on 'You Don't Need A Weatherman'. The trio give their own 'Timeaway' a lilting, glassy overhaul for the 'floor, sweetly synching a swinging house groove with chiming harmonics to sound even more like Pantha Du Prince, whilst their 'Hold Me Down' is budged towards a sort of pastoral techno sound. The 'Cult x Zomby remix Kollaps' is the highlight, taking the original to celestial, slinky garage heights.
Monday, 02 December
Marcell Dettmann and Head High (Shed) take Modeselektor and Apparat's three-headed beast to the 'floor. In his raving Head High mode René Pawlowitz aka Shed retools 'Bad Kingdom' as a moody rave-pop anthem with a scuffed garage-techno chassis, making great use of the originals soaring chords and Sascha Ring's pleading vocal over gritty, swinging rhythm engine. Dettmann's remix is squared at peaktime use with a sort of industrial carnival techno momentum mauled with coruscating distortion for unrelenting effect.
Another tasty offering from 1080p, the label founded by the Rose Quartz and Altered Zones blogger Richard MacFarlane - a key player in the burgeoning hypnagogic pop and dance aesthetic of recent years. Mind Dynamics reflects this context, sluicing out a kaleidoscopic lo-fi flow for fans of the Skaters et al, but takes it further by applying a certain unique restlessness and energetic beats that range from caffeinated trills on the hi-hat to rivet-guns toted by angry robots. What you're hearing is the blissful, child-like warmth of hazy memories being eaten up and converted by … Read more
Outstanding darkside jungle rinse-out from Akkord's Liam Blackburn aka Indigo. The follow-up to his Apollo double pack and, of course, the Akkord LP, is arguably his finest solo mission to date. Three cuts exhibit a shocking display of junglist dexterity, from the taut halfsteppin' torque of 'Volta' to the wide-screen atmosphere and Amiga-mashed amen choppage of 'Spirit Of The Winds' with Versa, and the skittish, last-man-in-the-warehouse flex of 'Storm', whilst 'Condition' checks out on a weighty halfstep/slow-house tip.
*Extended Digital Edition* Mad techno / dubstep / jungle / electronica mutations from one of the current scene's brightest and most prolific. Killwatt's 'Bring Down The Walls' does just that, darting across a dancefloor no-mans-land into 4/4 techno, moody electronica and noisy bass experiments. It's a sound he's been hinting at on recent collaborations with Kryptic Minds and a remix of Paul Mac, but never explored quite so thoroughly as this. Up top he reels between sub-heavy slammer, 'Highway Hypnosis' to the industrial abstraction of 'Backed Into A F**ked Up Recess' via noise an… Read more