Tuesday, 08 February 2011
Chunky bruk-house rollers from Danny Native! Mr Natives is owning this corner of the modern house movement right now with his killer 'Tenement Yard' album and a ruck of celebrated DJ sets. Recently featuring heavily in the sets of Martyn and himself, 'The Bitch' bounces a cheeky square bassline into play with old-skool ruff-house vibes pivoting about shoulder dropping syncopations. On the flip 'Crop Duster' takes it down low with crouching subs and skittering percussion showing the lineage of Afrobeat through house and broken beats to end up in Natives territory. Fans of Martyn, Cooly G, Deep Teknologi or Kode 9 should check!
Bottin presents his new project, Tinpong, with a cover of Duran Duran's 'New Religion', backed with remixes from Pete Herbert and Marcus Marr. The group features Italian disco dude Gugliemo Bottin on keys, guitar, trumpet and production, assisted by Joy Frempong on vocals, Nelide Bandello on drums and Piero Bittolo Bon playing electric bass, flute, bass clarinet, alto and baritone sax. They spin the eternal new pop classic with a smokier, but still uptempo disco vibe, while Pete Herbert gives a brasher dub version and Marcus Marr spaces out on a psychedelic lounge mix.
Monday, 07 February 2011
Spherix goes deep under with the inaugural release for Lower Case Recordings. 'In A Hole' is a choice pick for those into the darker, more esoteric side of Skull Disco or the recent Raime release, shaking out shadowy dub gremlins inside a scuttling rhythmic framework weighted with oppressively ominous bass. On the flip 'In The Dark' he elicits a more spacious sense of dread with murky subs laying the foundation for a maze of tricky post-garage syncopations and lurking dub strikes, concluding with a technoid locked groove for the DJs.
Tuesday, 01 February 2011
One of electronic music's most unpredictable artists turns to the eternal dark forces of metal for inspiration on 'IIron'. Occurring 10 years after the original 'Iron' on his own Wavetrap label, Ivan Pavlov has returned to his illicitly made Soviet-era metal recordings, alloying them with recent guitar tracks made at York University's Music Research centre and a dash of his cold, black humour to bend the genre into fascinatingly malleable and reactive shapes. Riffs are looped and sliced into jabbing slabs of force whose impact is somewhat twisted out of context when arranged with skanking folk dance pulse … Read more
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Jonsi Thor Birgisson of Sigur Ros has taken some time out to record a side-project with his partner Alex Somers, serving as an extension of sorts to the artwork the two have previously collaborated on, which saw them staging exhibitions around the globe over the past few years (also under the moniker Riceboy Sleeps). You may recall the earliest fruits of the duo's labours for having been showcased on the 4AD Dark Was The Night compilation, and the track that made it onto that playlist ('Happiness') surfaces here too in a slightly different, longer version at the beginning of the album. Th… Read more
Friday, 14 January 2011
Martyn's 3024 imprint starts the year with two reconfigured rollers from fellow Dutchman Dave Huismans operating under his 2562 moniker. Huismans' remix of Martyn's 'Vancouver' was an absolute killer, so he's been drafted in to provide two more devastating ideas for the dubstepXtechno field, combining strains of mutant garage and dub techno finished with a glistening lacquer of hi-end production skills. 'Embrace' takes the bare bones rhythms of his 'Aeriel' long player and builds a fleshy groove entwined with rosy synth washes and crackle textured dub vibes moving closer to the richly soulful vib… Read more
Finally available again after a good couple of years since its release, "Get Down" was Martyn's first release for the Revolver imprint and gave us a first taste of his unique production style. "Get Down" on the a side is a rolling drum & bass variation supported by those signature padded basslines and clipped keys, while "Black Lies" on the flip scatters some wild samples and fx into the mix...
Monday, 10 January 2011
Skinnz aka Baobinga comes correct with two crafty swingers for Boka, pressed on transparent ear-waxy-yellow vinyl. 'Keep It Gutta' dips into the Night Slugs slipstream with a heat-sealed fusion of delirious synthline excesses and percussive syncopation. 'Euphorbia' comes on sweet and fresh on the flipside, serving sea-sick swing rhythms and swirling, slightly discordant synths to wicked effect. Tipped to fans of Girl Unit, Bok Bok, or Mosca.
Friday, 07 January 2011
Touch introduce a new artist to their roster, a 26 year old called Sohrab from Tehran. His startlingly beautiful first release 'A Hidden Place', is a six track album of elaborate ambient electronics and textured drones. Sohrab's music is understandably informed by a life isolated from outside cultures, and even displaced in his own country, which makes his instinctively blissful yet subtly menacing music all the more remarkable. In 'Susanna' we glean lulling rhythms reminiscent of Biosphere's 'Dropsonde' while in 'Pedagogicheskaya Poema' we're reminded of BJ Nilsen and Stilluppsteypa's 'Space F… Read more
Wednesday, 05 January 2011
Skream's Disfigured Dubz imprint makes it's presence felt again with two cuts from Late, coming attached with a big "For Burial Fans" sign. 'Saw, Sine, Square' on the A-side is a techno influenced floaty atmospheric stepper, but the real treat is to be found on 'Voices from The Night', building a smart stepper with surging Teebee styled bass and gorgeous midnight atmospherics heavily influenced by Mr Bevan. Currently recieving rotation from Skream, N-Type, Chef and Hijak amongst others.
Monday, 13 December 2010
Dapper doublepack from D&B minimalist Data, including assistance from Dynamic and a remix from Utrecht/London production duo, June Miller. With 'Reconnaissance' and 'Bleak' feat. Dynamic, Data serves clinically arranged and mechanical syncopations with the deadly flair and precision. With 'One Night Stand' he adds lush dub chords to the formula and June Miller finish with a super-techy revision of 'Abstractions' for those still left on the 'floor. One for fans of DBridge, Rockwell, or Instra:mental!
Friday, 10 December 2010
SRC is one of the brightest young producers in the pool of modern grime. Fact Magazine hailed him as one of their top 10 for 2010 and his beats are a regular feature in the sets of Elijah & Skilliam, Jackmaster and Spyro. His Numbers debut 'Gold Coinz' fits neatly with their technoid funk aesthetic from the Newcleus-meets Terror Danjah style synth jam of the title track to the Dexplicit-meets-Jonzun Crew fun of 'Brakedance'. 'Fantasy Mix' hews up up sticky hypercoloured bleeps with all the E-numbers to fire up dances from Glasgow to Guatemala and 'Lemsip' runs out Mario-skanking bonus points for the Zomby heads. Joker, Gemmy or Swindle heads need this.
Thursday, 09 December 2010
*180g VINYL EDITION WITH 12" 16-PAGE BOOKLET, POSTER AND CD COPY OF THE ALBUM* Returning for a second chomp of the cherry, Nick Cave's Grinderman project is back with a new album that elevates the band's caddish dirty old man schtick to the next level. Cave and his fellow Bad Seeds really hit their stride on this sophomore airing of the grimy side-project, expanding the range and repertoire of its swamp-rock sleaze... but not too much. Musically, Grinderman 2 certainly features a broadened agenda and signs that the quartet might just be taking their work a little more seriously t… Read more
Thursday, 02 December 2010
Hyperdub press up 'Ikonoklast' and 'Yoshimitsu' from Ikonika's sterling debut album, backed with rugged machine funk and Juke reworks from Funkineven and Joh. The lead cut is as cutely crooked as anything from her considerable catalogue, creating a holographic 8-bit prism of wibbly synths and silicon-crisp drums, while album highlight 'Yoshimitsu' is one of her most elegant and melodically considered compositions to date. On a remix tip Funkineven riffs on the original arabesque 8-bit curls of 'Idiot' adding ruff-jacking yet ornate drum machine rhythms to 'Idiot' while the mysterious… Read more
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Two ultra-lean and menacing sides of D&B minimalistix from Data in conjunction with Keza and Dynamic. Crafted with Keza, the A-side 'Surveillance' is focussed on warehouse-ready hardstep syncopations with serious attention paid to the percussive detailing. Conceived with Dynamic, 'The Fold' lurches on a halfstep lean punctuated with shatterproof snare strikes and underpinned with anguished cyborg synths. A must for fans of the darkest, deadliest D&B tools from Rockwell, Felix K's Hidden Hawaii crew or 31 records.
Eveson's beautiful 'Numbers' finally sees the light of day on wax, backed with Liquid stepping and 140bpm tracks on the flip. Those in the know (Joy Orbison included) were charting the title cut over 12 months ago, but the track has lost none of its magnetic emotive appeal. We'd only been privy to the youtube clip but strangely enough this version still has that youtube-y resonance on the vocal, with the midnight chords and ninja-slick rhythms sounding quite brilliant. On the flip you'll find the deft Liquid D&B of 'Life In The Balance' and a very useful 140bpm mix to slot in with … Read more
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Silkie on a mission here, dropping two anthemic rollers for the next round of 'City Limits Vol.1.2'. 'Bass Junkie' is unquestionably one of the heaviest dubstep/rare groove/jungle fusions we've heard this year, smashing out bassbin-wrecking subs and tightly tucked drum rolls with an acidic lick of boogie for acute balance. Guaranteed ruffige in the dance! '80s Baby' on the flip rolls with that flagrant purple gangsta lean, all extra-Funked up synth riffs, floating chords and busy-but-coool rhythms to find help find your step while not spilling your drink on those luminous Air Max's you just shelled out on. Badass 12".
Monday, 15 November 2010
Crafty post-IDM and dubstep jazz-tronica from an Northern Irish collaborators Kinnego Flux and Boxcutter. Kinnego Flux are two multi instrumentalists blending funk and soul music with electronics, so it makes sense to see them alongside fellow fusioneer Boxcutter, lending his jazzy touch to 'A Familiar Sound', with a sumputous vocal delivered over a mutating backdrop of skittering post-dubstep beats and deeper vibes reminiscent of everything from Vladislav Delay to Jan Jelinek or Burnt Freidman. If you like this keep an ear open for the forthcoming album on Belgium's Bugklinik records.
Tuesday, 02 November 2010
Back in stock. Utterly sick twelve from the Basic-Channel/Wackies reissue programme, and from our favourite artist on the label too - the mighty Jah Batta. What you get for your money here are two versions, different dubwise mixes of Sugar Minott's massive Informer rhythm - both choca with living dancehall vibes and Channel One-style deadliness. A graduate of soundsystems like Gemini and Volcano Hi Power, Little John was twelve years old when he voiced this tune, shifting its sights from snitches and stoolies, straight to the head of all dancecrashers. It appear… Read more
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
Strictly limited fresh rollidge from Bakongo aka Roska for Brainmath's slick 1-sided series. Afforded the opportunity to divert his energies from cheeky bangers, this is Roska's more flexible and tropically kinked side coming out to play. It's all about tucked, hip-shuffling syncopations and rich, wandering keys delivered with a loose sleight of hand that'll charm the deepest ends of the Funky spectrum. Fans of Aardvarck, Seiji and Kode 9 need to clock this!!!
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
With his regular Rinse breakfast show and a handful of superbly curated records, DVA has spun the latest 'nuum mutation into increasingly stranger shapes. 'The New World Order EP' holds two wickedly wired riddims nesting somewhere between the deadly swing of the title track and it's spooked-out synthlines, and the unchecked mood swings of 'Schizophrenic' alternating every 8 bars between happy-as-larry skank and technoid clown-out. Just trust us, UKF doesn't come much weirder than this! On the flip DVA's longtime peer Roska dips into Bakongo mode for a mystical, Eastern-tinged hip … Read more
Monday, 11 October 2010
Back in stock. The D'Arcangelo story is thoroughly entwined in the roots of Rephlex - with the two brothers Fabrizio and Marco coming together through a love of the British New Wave, leading to a hard techno venture alongside DJ Max Durante at the dawn of the Nineties before things settled down with their eponymous EP for Rephlex in 1996. Since then they've been at the gut of Rephlex, casting melodic fibres around a techno core that gives a nod to their favoured decade without ever dipping into the kind of ugly neon sloganeering that has come to pass as nostalgia in some parts. A limited editi… Read more
Tuesday, 05 October 2010
Weighty fresh Funky from Aramac, dropping the Marcus Nasty and Footloose fave 'Hurt Inside' b/w 'Intruder'. Apparently this guy has been at it for a while but it's the first time he's crossed our radar, sounding like a fusion of Altered Natives, Martyn and Brackles with the tremendous A-face 'Hurt Inside'. 'Intruder' on the flip is a more stripped Funky roller with a mean subbass and fairly darkside synths, but we reckon there's gonna be a lot of attention on the other track. Recommended!
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Intoxicating disco winners from Matias Aguayo, bumped with a prime Prins Thomas remix! 'Menta Latte' will be instantly recognisable to many as the opening track from the crackishly addictive 'Ay Ay Ay', lending Prins Thomas some excellent source material in the form of synthetic bird trills, tipsy congas and all kinds of vocal onomatopoeia which he rubs into nine minutes of sticky space disco. Meanwhile, Vincente Sanfuentes (aka Original Hamster) and Aguayo himself give a burlier version with sozzled berimba rhythms and the catchy-as-hell radio version is there in case you don't want to feel drunk before 9pm.
Friday, 03 September 2010
Yet another stunning release from Blue Daisy, this time featuring vocals from Anneka and remixes from Permanent Vacation's John Talabot, and Sunken Foal. The two original tracks from Kwesi Darko aka Blue Daisy are as lush and affecting as anything we've heard from him yet. In 'Raindrops' Anneka sounds like she's been summoned to haunt, drifting between rickety drum machines, burred electrobass and Burial-esque atmospheres while a matrix of seasick compression effects enhance her spectral grace. 'Blood Petal Roses' is a grandly symphonic construction, breathing deeply with chest swelling bassl… Read more
Altered Natives drops the much awaited follow-up to the 2009 anthem 'Rass Out' backed up with a kinky Zed Bias remix. The three tracks here cut a little deeper than their predecessors, stirring a burning deep house flavour into the brukked-up ruffage to suit current dancefloor moods. 'Believe In Me' feat Sascha Williamson comes in two versions, the extended AN original built from convective keys and small traces of the break/bass from 'Rass Out', and the kinky percussive mix from Zed Bias on the flip. Those looking for a straight-up killah should dash for 'Raaatid Einstein' fuelled by c… Read more
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
A ruthless digi-stepper from the Mark Ernestus and Honest Jon's-curated Dug Out label!!! They've truly outdone themselves this time, laying down Anthony Redrose's 'Electric Chair' on a scorching riddim set by JA producer Dennis 'Star' Hayes in 1989. We're left breathless after five plays through, shocking out to the jolting stab syncopations and throbbing futurist bassline. If you've ever been caught up in a Mark Ernestus DJ set and pondered over how much it sounds like techno then this will join the dots for you. Don't sleep! This is a Baaad!
Friday, 13 August 2010
A project initiated by DJ Scotch Egg and Boredoms' E-DA, Drum Eyes present their splendid debut on the dependably offbeat Upset The Rhythm. After the ADD analogue, squelching kosmische of '50-50', the excellent 'Future Police' takes a stance that's halfway between affable synth-pop and live-kit powered dubstep. The outcome is a gritty, yet oddly fun head-nodding club track. Turning towards more unearthly, psychedelic fare, 'Future Yakuza' is a lengthy stroll into nerve shredding weirdness, cueing up the Black Dice pilfering 'Gyanza' before the heavy and slow-grooving breaks return for the epic '13 Magicians'. Recommended.
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Rock 'ard dubstep charger from Komanazmuk contrasted with a tidy tech-house mix from Lee Jones. 'Dance Too' has featured prominently in Appleblim's sets of late, mowing crowds down with a darkside D'n'B-debted bassline and techno-esque linear charge. On the flip Aus Music and My My's Lee Jones cools the pace with a wide open and atmospheric tech-houser.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
'Lustwandel' is Hans-Joachim Roedelius' third solo album, a series of chamber music pieces originally released in 1981 via Sky Recordings and now reissued on Bureau B with original artwork intact. The recordings were made in 1979 around the same time as his classic 'Jardin Au Fou', both with the involvement of producer Peter Baumann (formerly of Tangerine Dream) at Paragon studios. Apparently it was the realisation of Roedelius' long held dream to place his favoured grand piano centre stage, knitting his pastoral, baroque solos into more typical electronics and occasional use of percussion. His … Read more