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Thursday, 18 September
Shifty-ass techno and breakbeats from the prolific co-founder of Ilian Tape for Will Bankhead's label. Topside rolls out the subaquatic techno-house tool 'Mörsin' and a clattering breakbeat techno slayer called 'Watz'. Flipside gets better yet with the pendulous torque of 'W2' built to raze big rooms to their foundations, plus a warped, abtsract wormhole, 'Banded'. Tipped!
*KILLER 909 driven dancehall banger from Dug Out, the label run by Honest Jons and Hard Wax.* Ruffest shot of 1988 ragga-techno from Tiger at his maddest. Nuthin' but a rattling 909 riddim topped by incendiary, unhinged vocal and that's all you need! Seriously, we've never heard anything quite like it, the groove sounds like some one-off bleep techno experiment from Sheffield gone AWOL and discovered by a manic Jamaican. Tippa top!
Triple Vinyl Edition at long last available again. Two Italian Techno overlords recreate and refine their now-legendary live set from Japan's 2011 Labyrinth festival on 'Voices From The Lake'. Frictionless, pulsing and swaying body grooves meld with hypnotic, layered synths in a sleek and free-roaming suite of eleven tracks shackled to a continuous 4/4 framework. There's a clear sense of purpose to the set, stealthily developing from fluid, flickering tones and metallic pings into oscillating, offset bass rhythms subtly taking their time to re-programme minds and bodies to … Read more
Wednesday, 17 September
Terekke strikes that damn right balance of warm, driving and gritty house music with his first offering for L.I.E.S.' BLK series. Uptown, he plays out a planed, slinky swinger hingeing on killer "Wanna Be Your Love" vocal hook beside a gruff 'n ready bit of rhodes 'n wamping bass slap. Downtown he reveals his sensitive side with a lovely drop of creamy beatless ambience and a super-faded dub-house skanker settling in between the M-Series and Huerco S.
*Includes a download code* A perfect candidate for L.I.E.S., Black Dice figurehead Eric Copeland follows the trajectory of his Post Present Medium and DFA sessions to some of his strongest dancefloor gear on 'Logo My Ego'. His loops are still sloppier than yer nana's sunday lunch but feel as though he's maybe given the carrots a trim especially for this platter. The five tracks bear a very similar approach to $hit & $hine's diesel-stained No wave disco (kinda kicking myself for not noticing that before), from the loose disco smut of 'Logo My Ego' and the bouncing, sweltering psych chug of … Read more
Belter debut album by the untouchable Sleaford Mods on the legendary Harbinger Sound. "Sleaford Mods rule" sez Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), but you probably knew that already. Nuff said.
Black Rain dials deep into the Blackest Ever Black psyche with 'Dark Pool', its first new material in 18 years. An eagerly awaited follow-up to 'Protoplasm' (2012) and 'Now I'm Just A Number: Soundtracks 1994-95' (2012), it features New York's dark interpreter, Stuart Argabright - Ike Yard instigator and erstwhile member of Dominatrix, Death Comet Crew - realise his starkest sci-fi fantasies in degrees of pitch black relief streaked with strobing neon flashes and whirring tribal/industrial rhythms comparable with his label-mates, Regis or Cut Hands. Thematically it builds upon the literary infl… Read more
Two new songs and just the second solo release from Ned Oldham, who’s been recording music for more than two decades now, first with Palace, then as The Anomoanon, later as Old Calf. Simple songs rooted in folk and bluegrass and presented in a swirl of psychedelia. Music forged in history, created in the present and timeless in sound.
Tri Angle's Kiwi D&B deviant drops a 2nd EP of crushed/crushing riddim structures and swarming noise harmonics in 'Iterations'. Picking up where he left us with the 'Preparations' EP, Olly Peryman aka FIS has refined his sound with equally expansive and visceral values on these four tracks. His rhythm structures are increasingly unstable and the rich mulch of his harmonics feels ever denser, complex and chaotic, from the water-music slosh and Vangelis-style synth brass plumes of the title track thru the systolic palpitations and coarse roil of 'Womb Dreams' to the breathtaking, barely harnessed chaos … Read more
*Deluxe double LP pressed onto 180g vinyl, includes a copy of the album on CD free inside. Also includes a comprehensive 36 page booklet* It can't be easy following a record as beguiling as 2008's genre-defying 'The Drift', but pounding to life with the incessant woodpecker percussion of album opener 'See You Don't Bump His Head', it's clear that 69-year-old Scott Walker has shock and awe in mind. He's never been an artist who's struggled with originality, and 'Bish Bosch' takes his aural cubism even further than ever before with confusing instrumentation and some of his finest vocal work to … Read more
Tuesday, 16 September
Slackk triggers one of *the* albums of 2014 with his debut LP 'Palm Tree Fire' for Local Action. Requiring little introduction around here, Slackk has been a steadfast lynchpin for grime for nigh on a decade now. From running the invaluable grimetapes source back in the day, thru his pivotal hybrid productions for Numbers and latterly Local Action, and not to mention his innumerable radio slots and club sets, most crucially at the Boxed events, founded in 2013 as an incubator for new, instrumental talent which has more than proved its worth. Basically the guy's a don in the truest sense of the… Read more
Mordant Music present their 2nd 'Variables' compendium, including a striking MMix of Autre Ne Veut's 'Soldier' and original material by Mordant Music, Sii and Ekoplekz. It's gotta be said, we're massive fan of Autre Ne Veut, and the Mordant reMMix injects it with some psychotomimetic substance to see it stagger around like a spiked indie kid at 6am in a dirty warehouse rave. Just the ticket! Meanwhile, Ekoplekz follows his widely acclaimed singles and tape pack with two deep fried electro-dubz: the churning arabesque 'Organite' and the killer Sun Araw-styled, bare… Read more
One of the greatest dancefloor twelves ever...finally re-pressed!!! Without doubt one of the most definitive dancefloor twelves EVER released - caned time and time again by absolutely anyone who's anyone and a desert island jacking twelve to beat them all. No excuses this time round...
*Finally available again* Once again delivering two undisputed heavyweight Basic Channel classics in one timely package - Basic Reshape features Basic Channel's very free takes on two of Carl Craig's projects, originally released seperately from each other on his own Planet E label. The Basic Reshape of "The Climax" (originally released in 1991 on Retroactive) first appeared on the 2001 reissue of this milestone in Carl's work. For those of you who don't know it, this is definitive, driving, hypnotic club music that rebuilt the tribal mastery of the original into a lo… Read more
*Finally Re-Pressed, this has been unavailable for a couple of years now...* This second breathtaking LP leaves out the vocal accompaniment and exposes the terryfing production as it drifts off into instrumental effervescance. Look back at our archive of reviews for releases on the Burial Mix label and you'll probably realise that we've always had a reverential approach to what these people do. This second installment divides itself into Vocal and Instrumental "Versions" (the Vocal tracks are collected seperately on a second LP), displaying the last seven releases in their entirety, plus the… Read more
The definitive Burial Mix collection, now at long last re-pressed. Look back at our archive of reviews for releases on the Burial Mix label and you'll probably realise that we've always had a reverential approach to what these people do. The credentials are all there : the godlike production talents of mark ernestus and moritz von oswald have already set the world ablaze once, twice, three, four times with the seminal work as Basic Channel and the splintering into microscopic, heavyweight offshoots by way of the M series (Maurizio on proud display), Main Street (Chicago rhythms floating int… Read more
Classic Rhythm & Sound, finally available again. Let's face it, any of you out there who've been subscribed to our newsletter for a while will know that we seldom get as excited in the office as when a new Rhythm and Sound production lands on our decks. Following the pure brilliance of the last Burial Mix 10" 'Making History', sister label Rhythm and Sound returns after a long hiatus with another slab of pure dub perfection - 'Aground'. A perfect continuation to the Basic Channel aesthetic, Mark and Moritz just seem to have an uncanny ability to dive deeper and deeper into bass bliss with … Read more
Hype Williams instigator and now solo raconteur, Dean Blunt, sidesteps preconceptions with a quietly psychedelic, sparse and sensual third album. In 'The Redeemer' he tends to a wipe-clean soundworld of lite jazz fusion motifs, bluesy guitar wisps and new age synth gelled together with dreamy sound FX and distressed ansafone messages whilst nonchalant, confessional vocals dictate a drowsy internal narrative. It's a sort of surreal soul scape simulacra, an adult contemporary fantasy as seen and heard from a detached perspective, a fact accentuated by the intangible, voice-in-your… Read more
Bruce Haack's incredibly prescient proto-techno-pop opus comes back around via reissue from Telephone Explosion! Originally created in 1979 as a conceptual follow-up to his pivotal side, 'The Electric Lucifer' (1970), the bouncing vocoder electro of 'Electric Lucifer II' , like much Bruce's work, was left to languish unappreciated on the musical fringes for decades until a Q.D.K. Media pressing revealed its abundant charms to an electronically skooled audience in 2001. That vinyl issue now fetches a pretty packet, making this one even more necessary. It's an early masterclass in… Read more
WOW! 'Confusion' is an exceptional record in one of the most outstanding oeuvres in 20th century music. One long, 20+ minute piece split over two sides, it's possibly at once the most abstract and urgent missive we've heard from the man and his legendary band. You'd be forgiven for questioning whether you're even listening to Fela for the first five minutes of side A, with spare, rolling percussion and daubs of plangent sax sounding more like some ECM recording of European avant-garde or Soft Machine psychedelia, before it patiently begins to coalesce around deepest bassline and fu… Read more
Repress. This latest addition to Touch's always essential 7" series takes the form of two new tracks from Mika Vainio, recorded a few months back in Berlin. Both productions feel brilliantly tailored to the format, forging a language out of rich, crackling layers of hum and minimal popping rhythms that flirt with the illusion of being a particularly beautiful and freakish occurrence of surface noise. The A-side is especially evocative of this, structured around a stumbling mid-tempo loop and a chilly swell of sustain and airflow tonality. As with so much of Vainio's best work, this i… Read more
Vital new electro and techno trax from the one and only Dopplereffekt, and Berlin's Objekt. Once again, Leisure System bring out the best from Dopplereffekt, following the excellent 'Tetrahymena' 12" with some of their sharpest rhythms and inimitably romantic synth arrangements in 'Delta Wave' - the kind that only adventurous DJs will spin out, and the best crowds will appreciate. Objekt, meanwhile, keeps face with a strong effort called 'Ganzfeld' that sounds something like DJ Stingray in a step-off with Optical, all angular geometrics and moody blue pads...
Repress.The less than evocatively titled Project is a marvellous new soundtrack work by Touch owner and photographer Jon Wozencroft, mixed by Mathias Gmachl of the great Farmers Manual. The piece was penned for an installation on show in the crypt of St. Pancras church last year, based on the film 'The Overcoming Of Hazard' by Brad Butler and Karen Mirza and is presented on this 7" in mixes for both speakers and headphones. The composition draws together four field recordings of "atmosphere", some radio signals and an organ stop, all drawn together into an extremely beautiful, uncommonly musical concrète… Read more