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Friday, 20 September 2013
"A year plus on after the release of their debut LP, Sweden’s Holograms have returned with their second full length, Forever. After a year and a half of touring, losing their jobs, parts of their sanity and returning home only with the hope that their hard work will eventually pay off, they embarked on a new record drawing from the experiences that had simultaneously excited and exhausted the members. Frontmen Andreas Lagerström (vocals/bass) and Anton Strandberg (drums) still live in working class Farsta, 5 miles (8 kilometers) south of urbane and metropolitan Stockholm while the brothers’ Spetze … Read more
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
*Upfront Exclusive* *One sided-12" pressed on splattered vinyl, pressed at Pallas, includes free download* We're biased but, jeez, this is good. Making use of original vocal parts from tricky and Francesca Belmonte, 'Valentine' has been completely re-built by Andy Stott, a split-level production that pushes into slow-fast territory with immense bass terror before flexing out into a footwork section that bangs hard. Everyone goes on about Maxinquaye and, yeah, it's a total classic, but for us Tricky's 'Nearly God' side project, especially 'Poems', has always stood out as a… Read more
**Standard Black Vinyl Edition** "Over two years in the making, the latest LP from Jesu follows the LP 'Ascension', the last Jesu full length release, which was on Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde label. Jesu mainman Justin K Broadrick, has slowly worked at this album during this period whilst retaining activities with the reunited Godflesh, and as usual, pursuing other projects and remixes;in this period amongst many, Justin has remixed both Mogwai and Cult Of Luna. Beginning with 'Homesick', with it's guitar hooks, shoegaze textures and fam… Read more
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Debut Bass murder from grimy up-and-comer, Toyc, reinforced with wicked Altered Natives and Bloom remixes. Bristol's Crazylegs label and club have really picked out a winner here, firing up the dutty house-meets-bassline grime of 'Ruffer' up top and a more brukken, electro-seared roller called 'Keyframe' for the DJs to get busy wit. The remixes are equally outstanding, too. Bloom's 'Keyframe' take is rent with holo'd 3D sound design coming off like some roadwise Pierre Henry production, all shattering glass foley diffused drums and fractured intra-dimensional dynamics; Altered Natives' 'Ruffer' … Read more
Monday, 16 September 2013
Mark Fell fixes two teched-out R&B-garage swerves with Sasu Ripatti aka Vladislav Delay/Luomo on 'Sensate Focus 1.6666666'. A match made in your wildest cybernetic funk fantasies, it's a gratifying consolidation of their respective styles, sparring with spiky, 2.5 stepped beats and R&B stabs like some hyper Timbaland and El-B collusion on 'X', and winding up the trickiest multiple time signatures with proper, knotty funk on the 'Y' axis. As good as it gets, really.
Alga Marghen swiftly follow their edition of Corner's seminal 'Piano Activities' with these experimental percussive compositions performed and recorded at Merce Cunningham's studio in New York, at Cavriago in Italy, and at the Avant Garde Festival, Cambridge, MA between 1974-1978. "…the culmination of many years experience and experiment with the properties of resonant metal objects, whether intended for music or not", the first three pieces are extracted from an hour long performance recorded at Merce Cunnigham's studio, performed by David Behrman (electronics and performer) with the… Read more
My word, where to start with this total head-f*ck of a record? Well, first off, it's another mind-expanding, previously unpublished jaw-dropper dug out by alga marghen, presenting 'Granny Awards' from the archives of the acclaimed French sound artist, Ghédalia Tazartès. The label are really spoiling us with their releases of late, this in particular being one of our very favourites. Verging on out-and-out craziness, but reigned-in with a masterfully steady head, these six tracks were created some time in the early '80s "in his anhydridic Paris", largely based on materials pre-dating h… Read more
Tresor and Deeply Rooted House present four deep house rarities culled from DJ Deep's excellent 'Kern Vol.1' mix. Frontside features Ludovic Navarre aka St. Germain aka Deepside's throbbing acid house jaunt 'III', beside the dreamy US garage of Santonio's 'Amnesia'. Backside offers Xperiment's druggy acid jack Karn Evil #10' and the hypnotic, beautifully delayed gratification of Arthur Forest, Eddie Fowlkes and Santonio Echols aka A.E.S's superb 'In My Head' shimmy. Aye, it's deep!
Expert Electro-Techno and melodic Detroit-inspired Techno from Vince Watson. 'Interference' is typical Tresor tackle, slightly trance-tinged and optimised with a hard-edged finish for maximum results. However, 'The Secret' is much sweeter, shifted with a lighter groove and lush, eye-fluttering melody, also included as a stripped down beatless version.
Friday, 13 September 2013
Om Unit turns his hand to D&B for Metalheadz with outstanding results. Over three tracks he consolidates the choppy breakbeat elements of his jungle-footwork alias Philip D Kick with the robust bass geometries of his slow/fast dubstep and hip-hop excursions, and a special shot of proper darkside lushness harking back to classic Metalheadz from Source Direct or Digital. It's an intoxicating brew, striking hard and heavy with the sprung bass stabs and bone-rattling warehouse chops of 'Sleepwalkers', whilst 'Grey Skies Over Chicago' owns your spine with breathtaking… Read more
He's served tirelessly in the Moritz Von Oswald Trio, but now Sasu Ripatti takes centre-stage with his own improv ensemble, The Vladislav Delay Quartet. He's joined by Lucio Capece on clarinet and sax, Derek Shirley on double bass and - most interestingly, and most audibly - Mika Vainio on electronics. The Pan Sonic man's sonic signature makes itself felt from the off, opening cut 'Minus Degrees, Bare Feet, Tickles' driven by roaring industrial noise as only he can style it. Things get really interesting with 'Santa Teresa', Shirley's bass plucks conspiring with Delay'… Read more
Wednesday, 11 September 2013
**8 track, single vinyl edition** Modeselektor & Apparat reunite for the sublime and succinctly titled 'II'. With peerless production sheen and the lushest intentions they bridge the gap between classy Teutonic trance, garage-grooved UK soul music and ambient indie-pop on eleven exquisite compositions. Sascha Ring aka Apparat's voice is a key factor, coming off like Thom Yorke's sweeter, blue-eyed soul brother for the most part, while the production is an insoluble combination of their tastes exhibited via the Monkeytown label, and that classic feel for pill-belly melody … Read more
Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Well Rounded send their hyped-up offshoot Individuals into the circle armed with four tracks of high-velocity Booty/Juke. Wheez-ie hails from Texas via Boston and makes furiously fast and varied Juke. Sometimes it's a bit Cutlass Supreme, without the idiosyncracies of the real southside side sound, but it'll work the 'floor, no doubt.
Friday, 06 September 2013
Calling all massive! Itinerant Dub drop this 2nd payload of recombinant soundsystem weapons, rewiring the DNA of jungle, dub, grime and techno to mutant, killer effect. There's four tracks this time, working it up nice 'n slow with the shuffling drum machine and worming, woozy dub of 'D-Intro-Core', before the devious, adroit flex of 'Flipped Out Tango' sparks flinty snares and itchiest hi-hats on a proper, dense 'ardcore tip. 'Hypnotic Jungle' eases off at a crafty, spacious skank with crushed but prodding breaks and those dippy melodic sequences, leaving 'Spirit In The Under… Read more
Wednesday, 04 September 2013
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "A Hawk and A Hacksaw, the duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost, known for performing traditional and original music steeped in Eastern European folk traditions, present their sixth album You Have Already Gone to the Other World: Music Inspired by Paradjanov's Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. The sixteen tracks feature seven originals along with nine Ukrainian, Hungarian and Romanian traditional songs re-imagined and arranged with inspiration taken from the legendary 1964 film Shadows of Forgotten Ancest… Read more
Leading on from the brilliant 'ReComposed' album and the Ricardo Villalobos and Carl Craig remixes, master-producer Moritz von Oswald and François K give further reinterpretations of the source material with predictably luxurious results. François K is a longtime ally of the Rhythm & Sound/MvO oeuvre, previously remixing their swansong 'See Mi Yah' riddim and sharing a kindred passion for the twin aesthetics of dub and house music. On his 'Berlin meets NY' mix, Kevorkian embellishes the horn motif and martial tattoo of the original wi… Read more
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
**CD version of the album included inside** 180g vinyl reissue of the Cab's 1981 album, their final LP before Chris Watson left the band. It's a follow-up to their exploration of religious themes on 'Three Mantras', politically referencing the Iran/Afghan/American situation at the time and sonically one of their most definitive statements, grinding motorik Industrial funk rhythms against snarling vocals and swarming, dissonant synth work and tape FX.
Speedy J and Lucy's Zeitgeber alliance come on strong with a killer debut album of forward facing, abstract and noisy techno - just how it should be. Its a finely balanced feat of hi-end engineering, mixing tonal and textural experimentation with well considered, functional rhythms, marking out some of Speedy J's best work since his classic 'A Shocking Hobby' LP and the strongest in Lucy's relatively young, yet distinctive catalogue. Our big highlights are the gritty, brownian flux of 'These Rhythms' and 'From Here' or the Porter Ricks-like 'Now Imagine', and the mixture of crushed, Andy Stott like flow and lullaby melodies in 'Before They Wake'.
First of two extra special Shackleton drops on Honest Jon's, this one loaded with a remix from Kevin Martin in his King Midas Sound guise. Cut from the scaly flesh of his landmark Fabric mix, 'Deadman' continues Shackleton's odyssey into the nether regions of agoraphobic subbass tremors and reassuring doom. Marching lines of insectoid percussive scurries and tribal congas trigger limbs while glutinous subbass feeds your primary instinct to move. At the same time, acousmatic voices and dread drones encroach from the peripheries, making you feel supremely uncomfortable. In King … Read more
*Heavyweight heavy gatefold packaging Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label - Collection of rarities, collectibles and non-album tracks from the last decade* The album can be seen as the follow-up to ‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’ (2005), a compilation of the Belle And Sebastian singles and EPs released on Jeepster Records.
Choice cuts from the 'Letherette' album get tweaked out by Barker & Baumecker, Bibio, and Jimmy Edgar. The filtered boogie burn of 'After Dawn' is treated to a darker, flightier techno remix by Barker & Baumecker built around moody Reese bassline and skipping, aerodynamic garage-techno drums, whilst Bibio amps the original's '80s electr-boogie bump with ample deck-party vibes. One of our favourite album tracks, the juicy boogie-house play, 'Restless' gets a fibrillating, late night Chicago 2025 remix by Jimmy Edgar.
If Pye Corner Audio made happy hardcore it might sound like (James) Holden's wonderful 'Illuminations'. Originally embedded at the core of his excellent 'Inheritors' album in shorter form, here he gives its vaulting arpeggios and bouncing, wired techno rhythm more space and time to frolic, coming off like an '80s educational TV soundtrack played by a mischievous VHS player at double speed. With 'The Illuminations (Drumsolo)' he detaches its skittish chassis as a tracky, bouncy DJ tool apart from the lushly innocent, spiralling vortex of 'The Illuminations (Arpsolo)'. RIYL AFX's analog bubblebaths, Ghost Box, BoC.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Techy, electroid dubstep from two Canadian producers. 'State Of Mind' launches staccato arpeggio attacks and halfstep snares like Peverelist on PCP, whereas 'Fox Wing' is more about dread bass and hulking sci-fi sound design.
Monday, 19 August 2013
*2013 reissue pressed on 180gm Virgin Vinyl, comes with a download code redeemable from the label* Julia Holter is one of the most singular artists we've encountered from the current groundswell of American indies. Leaving Records is possibly an unusual home for her latest, but then again, what's "usual" about Sun Araw, Matthewdavid or Dem Hunger? Her high concept fifth release, 'Tragedy' is based on the Ancient Greek play 'Hippolytus', and mixes elements of synth work with droning neo-classical strings, cloud-like ambience and dreamily surreal vocals, almost like an amalgam of Robe… Read more
*Vinyl includes a copy of the CD free inside. This is the first ever retrospective of fabled band Rodion G.A., one of Romania’s best kept musical secrets of the last 30 years* "As a band, Rodion G.A. were a unique phenomenon in their homeland, operating in their own universe during a prolific period of recording from 1978 to 1984 at a time of significant political repression under the Ceausescu regime. Bandleader, Rodion Ladislau Rosca, was an enigma. As half-Hungarian, half-Romanian, he lived near the border in Cluj, a city with a healthy music culture which had spawned important prog rock… Read more
Wednesday, 07 August 2013
New album from Chicago's Ken Camden, moonlighting from his day job in post-rock astronomers Implodes. This is in fact his third solo album to date, and his second for Kranky following 2010's 'Deft', diverting Lethargy & Repercussions; and it takes us further from Camden's shoegazing roots into the realm of pure cosmic electronics. The zero-gravity synth terraforming of curtain-raiser 'Spectacle' puts us in mind of Emeralds man Steve Hauschildt's solo sides, while the magnificent 'Eta Carinae' combines the sound palette of Dieter Moebius's Tonspuren with a haunting, almost medievalist folk app… Read more
Tuesday, 06 August 2013
*Finally available again* Ask us about Shangaan Electro a week ago and we'd ask you to speak slower. Ask us this week and we'll rave about one of the most astounding records we've heard this year. The erstwhile and intrepid ears of Honest Jon's Mark Ainley and Hardwax/Basic Channel legend Mark Ernestus have been following this niche style from Soweto, SA, for a hot minute, long enough anyway to pick out twelve extraordinary examples of 180bpm, marimba-laden, afro-dance diamonds hewn from rickety drum machines and keyboards shaped into dazzling fillips of pure d… Read more
Monday, 05 August 2013
Crushing slab of slow-welded doom from Newcastle's Khünnt. Paying homage to the likes of Pelican or Sunn 0))) and in (de-tuned) key with peers like Bong or Gnod, 'Dead Eyes' displays a fearsome mastery of their sound, erecting walls of feedback and distortion only to tear them down with bare-fisted riffs and wraith-like howls sounding like the dispossessed seagulls of South Shields. The first side finds a bloody discomforting groove, something akin to watching a buffalo carcass being slowly defiled by a pack of brown bears wielding sunn amps and ten foot pine log dildos, while the second side could … Read more
Wednesday, 31 July 2013
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* When Fuck Buttons first started out they described their music as “Rainbow Rock” - some seven years later does the tag still fit? Over the course of their short discography they’ve moved in a more holistically electronic direction, earning plaudits for the expansive synthesized vision of 2009’s Tarot Sport, and their mounting interest in techno etc has manifested in Benjamin Power’s Blanck Mass solo project; and yet Slow Focus suggests that they’ve not forgotten about the rock amid all them analogue rainbows. Quite the contrary in fact: the t… Read more
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Tempa pair two of dubstep's most promising producers on a dreadnaught double header. With the Garth Merenghi-referencing 'Darkplace' they lock down to techiest drums and swooping subs inna taut, minimalist framework nodding to the classic '05/'06 template. Underneath, their 'Sur Place' barrels forward on a stop/starting techno steppers' mission cut with duppied darkisde voices and echo-chamber FX.