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Friday, 02 March 2012
We knew Ideologic Organ, the new Stephen O'Malley-curated imprint from Editions Mego, was going to throw up some curious releases, and lo, we were right - check out this strange and affecting album, a collaboration between Jessika Kenney and Eyvind Kang - both of whom contributed their acoustic knowhow to Sunn O))'s epic Monoliths & Dimensions LP. It's a selection of unadorned, medievalist ballads - minimalist Spectral music, according to O'Malley - like nothing else we've heard this side of the middle ages, with Kenney's pristine vocals set to the sparsest string accompaniment … Read more
"New York City, 2069. A new form of crime has evolved. Only one hard-as-nails ex-cop has what it takes to get to the bottom of their plot and stop the new age outlaws from finding the alien artifact and destroying earth as we know it." Back in March this year, NNF released the original version of this album on cassette, but it's maker, Dylan Ettinger, has returned to the master tapes in order to "further articulate the new age sci-fi ambient drift jazz vision of those pieces into something even grander and more elegant", now issued as the 'Directors Cut', buffed with new mastering, res… Read more
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Jamie XX's hugely anticipated rework of 'I'm New Here' - 2010s universally adored return from Gil Scott Heron - lands in fine style, and we can confirm it's a right Bobby Dazzler. In a stroke of A&R genius the enviably talented member of The XX has sensitively overhauled thirteen tracks from the original, re-arranging, re-asserting and re-contextualising Gil's soul-rich delivery with an up-to-the-minute yet timeless production patina whilst pumping new blood into the heart of each song. For instance the solemn march of 'The Crutch' becomes a stunning wash of synths and itchy j… Read more
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
OK, let's get it out of the way first of all, it's on Rephlex, and yes, it does sound a LOT like Aphex Twin, and no, it's definitely not Aphex under a different name. The 'Kalabatic EP' is by Wisp, as it says on the record, we just didn't want to get any confusion because it does sound incredibly close to the Aphex fast-sound somewhere between 'Aphex Twin' and 'Drukqs' with a bit of the Analord series chucked in for good measure. 'Kalabatic' initiates the rush with a highly skilled display of composition mastery, with finely organised harmonics and well tuned synthlines escalating over breakbeat menta… Read more
Yes IDM heads, that day has finally arrived! Dylan Nathan aka Jega has actually completed and delivered a full, unleaked, and much refreshed version of his 'Variance' album for Planet Mu. As history tells us, the draft version of this album was leaked onto the internet back in '03, forcing the producer back into the studio to complete an expansive double disc of contrasting styles only seeing the light of day in the midst of 2009. It's safe to say that electronic music has shifted its focus somewhat in recent years but when he was releasing back in the late 90's Jega offered some of the fin… Read more
An on-form Ikonika drops a brilliant cut from her recent Hyperdub album backed with a champion remix from Altered Natives. 'Idiot' has had fiends busting for a copy for some months now after appearing in the sets of all the usual suspects. It follows from her slower tempo remix for the Brown Acid with a canny blend of dancin' Funky and trademark synthline curls interspersed with those woozy dragging breakdowns that herself, Zomby, and Deadboy deploy so damn well. On the flip Altered Natives offers what is easily his best track since 'Rass Out', cooling out the excesses of th… Read more
Longtime Rephlex fixture Aleksi Perala provides Catalogue number 199 for the label with four widely ranging and often surprising cuts of electronica and minimised techno. The A-side is given up to three shorter compositions ranging from breakbeating grimy flavours to rude acid house (Rephlex style) and lush electronic harmonics taken from the top drawer of his hard drive. But the real surprise and highlight of this EP is the B-side, occupied by one long-playing and ultra minimised techno composition. We wouldn't really expect to hear this out any time soon but the craftier DJs will be able… Read more
**New 2012 remastered edition on double vinyl - Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Hard to believe that this album is now over 10 years old - its influence on all of us here back in the day impossible to overstate, its beauty somehow magnified by the passing of time. "Cold House" is for many the definitive Hood album - bringing together Hood's uniquely understated melancholly with a propulsive, sometimes heavy production style which in many ways can be seen as a natural successor to those two experimental Talk Talk albums 'Spirit of Eden' and 'Laugh… Read more
Mighty authentic-sounding R&Boogie flair from B. Bravo and guests including Zackey Force Funk, Lady Alema and The Gents. The title tracks is fresh-to-go, coming off like some junior Ryan Leslie studio production - a fat, contemporary R&B swinger - while 'Rite On Time' features The Gents drizzling silken croons and raps on a criss-like-Dâm Funk downstroke. Flipside opens with the juicy-bootied 'Substance', wrapping Lady Alema's breathy R&B sighs around booming 808 drums and starburst chords next to the wormy funk of 'Swang' and the diamond glisten of 'Right On Time'. Dangerously slick stuff.
Friday, 24 February 2012
BACK IN STOCK. My word it's so good to hear this album again. Seems like a lifetime ago, but once upon a time 808 State had a top 10 hit with "Pacific State", a track that would spawn a million imitators and more or less define the whole Acid House scene that was slowly inventing itself back in 88/89. Anyway, "Pacific State" opens this classic album and instantly takes you back to those heady days just after the second Summer of Love. The band's rare debut single, "Let Yourself Go / Deepville is included here, together with some other previously-unreleased alternate versions and outtakes. Its th… Read more
Immense, elegiac space music from Ben Frost and composer/arranger Daníel Bjarnason. Arising out a 2010 commission from the Unsound Festival in Krakow - hometown of Stanislav Lem, writer of the original Solaris novel - Frost and Bjarnason's SÓLARIS is also a response to Andrei Tarkovsky's famous film version. Though outwardly a work of science fiction, SÓLARIS is really a meditation on time, memory and mortality, and Frost and Bjarnason's music is accordingly grave, pensive and moving. They clearly revel in the possibilities of working with an orchestra, inducing the 28-piece Sinfon… Read more
Thursday, 23 February 2012
A highlight of JB's 'It's All True' album - the one with the really lush breakdown' You'll Improve Me' - receives impressive remixes from Caribou and Dem 2. The original features for good measure, but we can imagine more dancefloor burning up to Caribou's expertly extended version full of teasing peaks and grooves, and definitely Dem 2's deliciously dark and moody 2-step remix - the best thing they've done since the legendary duo re-emerged earlier this year.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
**Truly stunning, obscure plugged-in pop from 1986-91 Kollywood (South India) and the dream-teaming of "Little Nightingale" K.S. Chitra, with maverick film score arranger/songwriter Ilaiyaraaja. Beautifully floral falsettos meet sweeping electronics, ornate drum machine patterns and fantastical sample orchestrations in a feverish dream for fans of that incredible 'Play That Beat Mr. Raja' oddity or Ilaiaraaja's bonkers 'Solla Solla' sessions. Highly recommended!** "There are few records you will hear this year that combine the sounds of a child's choir, a DX7 bass line, three types of drum ma… Read more
Another compelling entry from Tri Angle Records, who've cleverly snapped up the frightening debut album by Water Borders. With 'Harbored Mantras' the San Fran-hailing duo of Amitai and Loric use the rhythms of contemporary ritual dance music to resurrect the occult soul of Coil and their cabal in unique and succinctly pop balanced new forms. A couple of mixtapes - both self-released and for the brilliant DIS magazine - display their influences quite clearly, working in a circle of influence ranging from Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson's eerie Threshold HouseBoys Choir to James Blake's ch… Read more
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
The one we've all been waiting for! Anthony "Shake" Shakir and Oni Ayhun dissemble and rebuild highlights of the incredible Shangaan Electro comp with inimitable results. Face up, Anthony Shakir reworks BBC's 'Ngunyuta Dance' as an electrified and tribalist House rhythm, amping the kicks and shaking the percussion with a more Latin shuffle, Detroit-via-Shangaan styles. Flip it and you'll find Oni Ayhun shaping fragments of various compilation tracks into a skipping breakbeat House monster, twysted like some rude Shed riddim with a delirious case of sunstroke. Simply, they're sh*t hot dance trax and highly recommended!
Back in stock. Moritz Von Oswald is a name that needs little introduction to anyone who has followed Techno, Dub or any kind of electronic music over the last 15 years. Since the early 90's he's tirelessly applied his discipline to a range of styles and genres with seminal work as part of Maurizio, Basic Channel, Rhythm & Sound and his own name besides a mind blowing number of side projects, mastering jobs and engineering work. His most recent project has attempted to consolidate the studio processes which have defined the majority of his output with a live or improvisational e… Read more
Honest Jon's spoil us with a sort of dream come true: Chicago gone Shangaan! It's an international soundclash that had to happen, finding similar style and pattern in the high-speed velocities of each respective style with two distinctly different mixes from Footwork's meanest producers. A-side, scene elders Rashad & Spinn augment Tshetsha Boys with welting 160bpm bass and locked-groove stabs, pulling no punches for the 'floor. Flipside, for us, is better yet; R.P. Boo shredding Shangaan signatures with inimitable dexterity and connecting deeply with the physical Afro-futurist sentiment. Fiyah.
Monday, 20 February 2012
Black Acre offer the opening cut from Hyetal's ace 'Broadcast' LP, now revamped for nocturnal manoeuvres. His own 'Night' mix is primed to track dancefloor power moves with stomach-crunched bass arpeggios and shark-eyed mission synths finding the sweet spot between classic Italo and modern ElectroJak. The Stay+ remix boots this sound right up-to-the-minute with more brittle, snappy drums and tempered synth distortion and a colder, echoic sense of space for pure modern thrills.
Highly anticipated vinyl debut for the much hyped Bwana. Since only starting to produce music in early 2011, Bwana has attracted the attentions of everyone from Gilels Peterson to Sepalcure and signed tracks with the likes of Mad Decent and Montreal's Infinite Machine. He returns with three tracks flitting between future Garage/R&B on 'It Ain't Over Til It's Done', to sweeter, Boxcutter-styled Dubstep on 'When There's Nothing Left', and the spry 2-step chops of 'Sleeping In'. XI weighs in with a slower, more sensuous remix of 'It Ain't Done Til It's Over'.
Thursday, 16 February 2012
You can rely on F to bring the lean, teched-out steppers when you need 'em, and he's back on 7even with with a smart new brace of cuts. A-side 'Full Threat' is a fat-free electro breaker in the vein of Boddika, doing serious damage with nowt much more than an 808 and a bad attitude. 'Slow Down' is painted from the same palette but rhythmically speaking is on more of a garage flex, and will sit nicely alongside recent Pearson Sound and Joy O tackle. Two ruthlessly cold, stripped-back takes on post-dubstep dynamics, craftily executed.
Stones Throw's Baron Zen gets the Skweee treeetment from Daniel Savio, remixing two track from Zen & Tekblazer's 'Electrik Surgery' EP. Frontside is freaky version of 'Bass Attack', clipping the rhythm for sharper moves while the the vocals inhale a concoction of helium and weed to dope effect. Flipside, 'Good Times' featuring Megabusive is deep fried in 8-bit butter to a tweaky, dotty schematic. Aces.
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Ed DMX returns to the Rephlex fold with 'Wave Funk Volume 1' contuing his mission to tweak out every possible sequnce of patterns and melodies from his banks of vintage analog equipment. DMX Krew has always, and unapologetically, sounded like the sum of his influences, but executed to a very respectable level. Here we have seven tracks ranging from AFXian funk to Dopplereffekt style slow-electro, joining the dots in between with pulsing sequences and highly infectious melodies made with that ounce of wrongness and perfectly (mis)placed notes that makes this a total Rephlex release. Cool.
Tuesday, 07 February 2012
Weird and wayward R'n'Bass music from the Franco-Brazilian deejay and co-founder of the ClekClekBoom label. Much like the label's previous instalments from Coni and French Fries, Ministre X is ploughing a unique sound, taking inspiration from the UK Bass scene to make mutant, dislocated, yet dancefloor-primed grooves. The A-side 'Calling Me' works warped vocals from Sana Zeineddine with frickled percussion on a slinky 2-step bubble somewhere close to James Blake's Harmonimix edits or a Jamie xx production. B-side 'Just To Please Ya' is more stripped down, slower, creating a brittle-yet-st… Read more
Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Over the course of a 12", cassette, and a stream of ace youtube vids, Maria Minerva has emerged as one of the most interesting artistes to come into leftfield-pop focus over the last 12 months. 'Cabaret Cixous' is her debut album, a coruscating water-bed of mottled '90s dance-pop memes writhing under blankets of slyly sexy new age synths while her dreamy vocals whisper and croon seductively suggestive lyrics. It's not quite aural soft porn, but there's an inescapably lascivious element to her music which definitely has its appeal and marks her out with more teeth and enigmatic confidence… Read more
Monday, 30 January 2012
**Includes digital download coupon redeemable from the label** Small but perfectly formed offering from Melbourne artist Kane Ikin, one half of Solo Andata. For his solo work, Ikin aims at a gentler, more organic space, recording field recordings, synth drones, acoustic strums through analogue consoles and onto reel-to-reel tape for that extra warmth. It makes for a delightful listening experience, transporting but homely, and perfectly timed for chilly winter days and nights; amniotic ambient beautifully accented with plucked strings and found percussion sounds.
At the forefront of a new generation of hiphop-leaning electronica producers, Lorn comes branded with the Flying Lotus seal of approval on his Brainfeeder debut, 'Nothing Else'. However, despite being shepherded by the good father of modern hiphop, Lorn is still a relative outsider both sonically and geographically, being the only Brainfeeder artist to not come from LA and bearing a sound that mixes hi-strength electronica with hiphop sampledelia in a determinedly darker manner to his labelmates. Perhaps the mastering job from Clark has played a role in the sheer visceral force of tracks like 'Bret… Read more
**Immense collection of exquisite Bollywood horror-funk themes reclaimed by the FK crew - hugely recommended!** After what seems like a thousand years of blood, sweat, tears, and a lot more blood, your zombified disc disciples at Finders Keepers unveil one of their most essential collections yet. This musical mausoleum of malformed freak funk and dreadful discothèque pop has been resurrected from the maligned cinematic subculture of Bombay's bloodthirsty horror film industry and witnesses the cognoscenti of the Bollywood pop scene at their most creative, dest… Read more
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
**Includes art print poster and digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Carla Bozulich's mighty Evangelista return with what might well be a career-best album, inspired by "the forces of rocks, evolution, geology, drugs, boxing, everything-ology and dead stuff that makes the dirt and cement and the trees grow." Refusing to rock out as we all know they can, on In Animal Tongue Evangelista's brute force is more a threat or an implication than a demonstrable reality, but you feel it crushing you all the same - we can't remember the last time we heard an album this tense, this … Read more
*6 select tracks from the CD version, comes with Mp3 voucher for full 13 track album redeemable from the label* 'Resolution 653' is probably one of the most anticipated album's from the UK electronic underground in the last 12 months. It's the culmination of two musical lifetimes spent immersed in Electro, D&B, Techno, House and Bass music, and sounds very much like it. For the past decade the duo of Kid Drama and Al Bleek have released a catalogue of clinically executed dancefloor tricks from their studio (presumably an hermetically sealed bunker in the bowels of London) on labels such … Read more
Monday, 23 January 2012
*Near-perfect recreation of original jacket, complete with Portuguese liner notes and English translations* Drag City present the exquisite debut album by Carlos Paredes, an acknowledged maestro of the Portuguese twelve-string guitar. Carlos' instrument of choice has a heritage dating back several hundreds of years and is made to a design which has been modified and altered to different standards across its country of origin. By the time Carlos started playing, it was generally agreed on a standard short-necked and wide-bodied construction with twelve strings strung in six courses … Read more