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Wednesday, 12 June 2013
With brilliant recent works from the likes of Danny Norbury, Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm and Richard Skelton's Clouwbeck still ringing in our ears, along comes another achingly beautiful contribution to the modern classical canon. Olafur Arnalds has shown great promise in previous releases Eulogy For Evolution and Variations Of Static, and this latest outing continues to chart the young Icelandic composer's ascendance. The circumstances behind Found Songs' genesis are novel to say the least: Arnalds made and released one track per day, distributing the individual pieces via Twitter - he … Read more
Monday, 10 June 2013
Manchester's Alex Coulton swaggers onto Bristol's Livity Sound with two rugged, tribalist rollers. With 'War Games' he rides martial snares, stentorian claps and gut-punch bass into dank dub chamber vibes. On 'Pointe Noire' he switches to a woodier palette of blocky rimshots and padded subs carved up with a ruder junglist feel reminding of Beneath riddims.
Wednesday, 05 June 2013
**Die-cut, tip on-style jacket** Enigmatic US imprint Gloriette Records - home to Nite Jewel's debut album - proffer a smashing new 12" by H Burkhart, J. Darrah and Cole MGN's potent pop trio, Samps. Both tracks massage and dice fragments of what could be MOR boogie classics within a framework of salty glitch and fractal electronics. We'd almost imagine this is what Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford were aiming for with their pet project but never quite achieved. Proper psycho radio burners for the FM freeks!!!
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** How do you follow a near-perfect album? By edging even closer to perfection. Julia Holter hasn't allowed herself to be cowed by the success of her acclaimed 2011 album Tragedy, instead producing another pellucid, beautifully composed and sequenced LP for head and heart. On Ekstasis, her first album for New York's RVNG Intl., Holter's vocals are given a central role throughout. The arrangements are more open and "pop" than those of Tragedy, but not at the expense of musical complexity or eccentricity. By now you'… Read more
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
**Single sided LP with deluxe silkscreen print on the flipside** 'Dubbing & Doubling' is a very intriguing and impressionistic homage to the sound dynamics of skateboarding. The piece was conceived as an installation by Berlin-based sound artist and composer Andrea Belfi, using two speakers with cabs made from an old halfpipe to play back his re-scoring of a two minute skate video. It results a slow moving mass of rolling, vulcanized rubber-on-cement drones punctuated by wood-on-metal coping scrapes, clanks, and claps from sideline bro's which takes on a sort of wending, abstract narra… Read more
**Limited edition of 320 copies, mastered and cut by LUPO at D&M. Includes free download code for FLAC or MP3 redeemable from the label** John Chantler offers his most substantial solo recordings in over seven years. Housed in lustrous, silk-screened sleeve, 'The Luminous Ground' glows with a deeply instinctive feel for bewildering, alien harmonics and psychoactivated tunings arising from processes of modular synthesis. A pulsing and glimmering collision of oscillated tone, filtered textures and syncopated rhythm, John guides his captivating patterns with a playful but sincere inte… Read more
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
Pev linx with yung Bristolian, Hodge, for the first outing on his Punch Drunk label in over three years. Their 'Bells' manifest in two versions: the 'System Mix' is rolled up heavy for the rig with dense, plummeting subs, slicing percussions and minimalist synth trickles carving out cool and heavy headspace for those who dance near the bassbins; the 'Dream Sequence' eases off with a more spacious flex pushed by thick house kicks and lean subbass pressure to carry richer, plangent harmonics for those who like to dance in their heads.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
**First vinyl issue, housed in tip on-style thick card jacket** This otherworldly disc is comprised of unprocessed field recordings of an assortment of insects – mostly cicadas and dragonflies. Apparently it’s these latter beasties that make up the most distinctive element of these truly surreal soundscapes: according to Alan Bishop’s liner notes, there’s a folk tale behind the so-called Broken-Hearted Dragonflies, indigenous to Burma. These creatures emit a bizarre screeching sound upon finishing mating, only to drop dead to the ground … Read more
Always a band to divide opinion, Current 93 return with another apocalyptic doom-folk epic, their follow-up to the hugely ambitious (and according to the press release, double-platinum selling) Black Ships Ate The Sky. Once again David Tibet assembles an auspicious line-up of supporting players, with regulars like Stephen Stapleton, Andrew Lilesand Baby Dee joined by Andrew WK, James Blackshaw, Alex Neilson, Pantaleimon, Matt Sweeney, Hush Arbors' Keith Wood and 'adult entertainer' Sasha Grey, who is clearly no stranger to open-minded collaborations (as confirmed by anothe… Read more
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Marvin & Guy and Tornado Wallace remix chugging posh disco-tech tracks from Eddie C's 'Country City Country' album. Italian disco edit maestro Master&Guy gives a svelte, simmering take on 'La Palette' replete with hovering synth alarm and well measured Italo pacing. By comparison Tornado Wallace's remix of 'Under The Invisible Hands' is much more spaced out and primed to seep in and tweak the dancefloor's collective consciousness.
**Superb Senegalese Mbalax produced and dubbed out by Mark Ernestus. Drum nuts need to check this out!** "The opener is a traditional Jola rhythm, typically fast and energetic, with tuned, talking and kit drums swarming over a kind of skeletal downhome guitar, somewhere between blues and disco. The Mboup brothers make a soaring, impassioned plea for an end to division and bloodshed in their Casamance homeland. Then a more deeply dug-in, spaced-out funk, edgily spun from a Serer rhythm, underpinning Mbene's reflective song about parental sacrifice. 'Sama Yaye', 'My Mother'. Both with full instrumental versions."
UK Dub pioneer and On-U-Sound agitator Adrian Sherwood delivers his first album since his 2006 set with Lee "Scratch" Perry. We hardly need to expand on Sherwood's contributions to the musical landscape over the last 30 years - but for the bairns, he's lent his mixing desk sorcery to everyone from Ministry and NIN to Depeche Mode and Sinead O'Connor. 'Survival & Resistance' is typically plush and dread, flipping rich pattern of instrumentation into expansive, diffuse dubscapes with a sense of experimentation that's not waned in all that time. Fans of vintage Nightmares On Wax, Dennis Bovell, The Pop Group, Kode 9 should check it.
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Mark Ernestus' fruitful relationship with Senegalese group Jeri-Jeri rolls out a fifth 12" of infectious "talking drum" rhythms, this one voiced by the legendary Baaba Maal, and starring famous griot, chief drum major, Doudou Ndiaye Rose. A-side features the fluid hip slink of lathered drums on 'Gawlo' featuring emotive vocal from Baaba Maal knit with tidiest guitar licks, plus Ernestus' sensitively dubbed version. B-side barrels out with the hi-tempo bounce of 'Lignou Mome', and dazzles with the flurried percussions of 'Ndeye Gueye' featuring master drummer, Doudou Ndiaye Rose - total gold for any drum fetishists.
*This is an all new edition featuring revised artwork on reverse board jackets* Milan's brilliant Hundebiss Records link with Luke Younger's London-based Alter to present an otherworldly side by Élg - a member of Reines D'Angleterre with Ghedalia Tazartes. He's got some of his mates on board, too. The likes of PAN boss Bill Kouligas, TG Gondard (NNF), and Jan Anderzen (Tomutonttu/Kemialliset Ystavat) all contribute to a kaleidoscopic episode of micro-fine concrète, avant-garde electronics and dynamic EBM rhythms adding up to one of the maddest records we've heard this year. the likes of Throbbing Gri… Read more
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Mixed bag of grimy dubstep instrumentals by the Purple one. 'Zim Zimma' wields some axe licks on a Terror Danjah-style, sprung electro-grime bass and martial drums 'Gully Side' is ruggedly squashed futurist rave swagger laced with Belgian mentasms; 'Handz Up' is hypercoloured hardbag trance; 'Newham Generals' does what he does best, lazer-synth'ed dubstep swagger.
**LP with extensive sleevenotes by Andy Votel** Finders Keepers' 3rd volume of Ilaiyaraaja tunes offers a bounty of south subcontinental '80s electro-disco-pop. While their previous collections have homed in on his work with the "Tamil Nightingale", K.S. Chitra, and "The Electronic Pop Sound Of Kollywood 1977-1983", this one follows in the same groove as Bombay Connection's excellent 'Fire Star: Synth Pop & Electro-Funk From Tamil Films 1984-1989' or Cartilage Records' amazing 'Play That Bat Mr. Raja' compilations with 17 songs selected for their dancefloor potential. Drawn from a collection of o… Read more
Excellent hook-up between two generations of influential and explorative post-punks. The meeting was originally catalysed by an email from Factory Floor's Nik Colk Void espousing her appreciation for Gordon's 1982 classic 'Condo' as Love Life Orchestra (who variously counted Arthur Russell, Rhys Chatham and Laurie Anderson in their number at one time or another) which soon enough lead to demo swaps and these two aces for Optimo Music. The A-side, 'Beachcombing' is a beauty, some 14 minutes of plush, globular bass pulses and flighty sax lines feathered with N… Read more
Friday, 10 May 2013
**CD and Vinyl contain different track listing - Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** LA mainstay Eddie Ruscha makes blissful disco psychedelia with his esteemed pals for RVNG Intl on 'Tactile Galactics'. As a former shoegazer and core member of Medicine - the first American band signed to Creation - he's certainly got a way with melody, but his focus has long since shifted from moody rock to intergalactic dance music, bringing him into contact with the likes of Rub n' Tug's Thomas Bullock as Laughing Light Of Plenty and again with Ariel Pink's Huanted Graffiti… Read more
Butterz land a special, one-sided '20,000 Miles Later Mix' of Swindle's 'Air Miles' ruckus. Built for instant effect, it dangerously swings between signature sweet boogie and almost Bad Company-style madness with a wild-eyed and deranged effect. Hyper-boogie grime madness!
Fatima and Funkineven get their grind on with four tracks for Eglo. Sterling slo-jam '90s' dims the lights to start, synching redlit rhodes and minimal swing beat under Fatima's satin croon, whereas 'East To West' gets busy with the diced Dam-Funk vibes, killer Linn drums included! Flipside, Fatima really comes into her own on 'Phone Line', riding cool-as-sin and twice as nice on Funkineven's hyperventilating riddim, while ''90s Reflex' flips the original flow to dope effect. Recommended!
Wednesday, 08 May 2013
**Edition of 300 copies** 'Midnight Thunder' is the first in a series of EP featuring up and coming Scottish artists remixed by wiser elders and emerging talent from the international pool. We're rather taken with iO Sounds' industro-dancehall overhaul of Conquering Animal Sound's 'Treehouses' and a cool JD Twitch remix of HRH's 'Pink Ring; there's also an energetic Neil Landstrumm remix of Auntie Flo's 'Sun Ritual' and Nightwave's ravin' rebuild of Leonidas & Hobbes' 'Heavy Weather' is proper...
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Back in stock! Operating at the bleeding edge of current techno, the latest package from Surgeon is the first of two remix selections featuring some of the most forward thinking techno constructions in recent times. Surgeon draws first blood with the original mix of the bone hard 'bad hands break', first heard by these ears in the perfect setting/state of the Ae headlined Sequence rave in Manchester last year, and belying Surgeon's current fixation with the darker end of the dubstep/breakstep spectrum. Also played that same night was the headf*cking 'DisinVectant Dislo… Read more
Back in stock! The second of two specially selected reworks of sections from Surgeons recent operations, the remixes come from the esteemed hands of Monolake, Vex'd and Surgeon himself with two versions of bad hands break. The Monolake remix is possibly their toughest industrial techno workout to date, reinforcing the original samples with precise beat engineering evidently inspired by T++, and Robert Henke's super-structured pad arrangements. Roly Vex'd takes a less direct approach and diverts the energy of the original breakbeat techno into an industrial subbass stepper fallin… Read more
Ten years since his last album, Surgeon returns riding a nine-headed beast on 'Breaking The Frame'. A decade is a relatively long time in musical terms, and while his (increasingly uncommon) singles over that period have remained resolutely 4/4 and heavy, his DJ sets have incorporated a wealth of influence from Dubstep and Bass music in general. This album absorbs those influences and refracts them into an impressive spectrum of styles. His taste for Scorn-like halfstep manifests on opener 'Dark Matter', finding that dynamic tension between turbulent flow and hunchback lurch. Next 'Transpa… Read more
Demented, Brutal, astonishingly heavy collaboration between Surgeon and Regis finally available again.
Demented, Brutal, astonishingly heavy collaboration between Surgeon and Regis finally available again.
*Limited Vinyl Edition pressed on 180gm wax and including a download code redeemable from the label* Highly impressive debut album from Brainfeeder's British ambassador. Proceeding the course of his celebrated singles for Pictures Music and remixes for everyone from AlunaGeorge to Bonobo, 'Nostalchic' casts trusted vocalists Jenna Andrews, Kerry Leatham and Astrid Williamson in a pop/R&B complex of refracted electronics and digital stumble crafted with the finickiest attention to details. We can hear the ghosts of UK 'nuum music jostling with bewitched R&B songstresses and keening cinematic synths… Read more
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Finally!!! Autre Ne Veut births a sensational 2nd album, twisting the emotionally fraught template of his self-titled debut - one of THE records of 2010 - on ten tracks of 'Anxiety'. In the most classic pop sense, Autre Ne Veut expresses those feelings that people struggle to deal with, isolating and rendering an ultra-fine audio frequency spectrum of bio-chemical triggers that leave us blessed and baffled in equal measure every time we submit to these emotional experiments. As a combination of that heart-clawing voice, intense vortices of arpeggiated trance escalation, body-slamming industrial… Read more
Friday, 19 April 2013
Old Apparatus resolve the 2012 cycle of compelling singles on their Sullen Tone imprint with the haunting sonic witchcraft of 'Harem'. Rich with industrial atmospherics, shoegazing harmonic emotion and ambient spectrality, we'd daresay this is their best yet. From the breathtaking, windswept drama of 'Sunday Service' to the creaking ritualistic intrigue of 'Mernom', in the purposeful tribalism of 'Dourado' and the imposing sepulchral weight of 'Octafish' they've refined their sound for potently affective and downright scary impact.