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Tuesday, 25 June 2013
From his ice-base out in Finland, Desto makes a big step up with debut album 'Emptier Streets'. Since 2008 he's been honing a distinctive sub-branch of the dubstep sound equally informed by dirty south hip hop and Chicago footwork as much as what originated in south London - a sound best heard on the killer Signal Life label he runs with Teeth - while the eclectic Ramp Recordings have provided the perfect home to some of his very finest riddims. Here, working to the album format for Rwina he's licensed to really explore his tastes fully, triangulating a sound somewhere between Kuedo and the Aut… Read more
Thursday, 20 June 2013
The Kompakt court remix the empire's overseer: Jürgen Paape revises 'Mantasy' as a warm and sensual roller with cooing sirens; Matias Aguayo hears 'Lamusetwa' as a mystic Balearic sway bristling with martian melodies and curious cumbia riffs; 'Roses' is reduced to lustin' German house fundamentals by Terranova; Jörg Burger gives 'Baumhaus' a skanking sorta bossa-dub lope.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
A standout moment from Pinch & Shackleton's eponymous LP, backed with a truly majestic Morphosis remix. The original serves up molten noise, skittish post-junglist rhythms and mystic vibes galore, but if we're honest the highlight is Rabih Beani's side. His revision is much longer and even trippier than the original, seemingly dosed up on valium and vino for an exceptionally smudged out and midnight-hued electro-jazz appeal. The spirit of the original is still present but received differently, the vocals sounding liek some long lost Chris & Cosey session while the gauzy, distant drums feel like an opiated Ike Yard. It's quite unmissable.
**New deluxe edition of this classic album from Italians Do It Better - includes five previously unreleased tracks!!** IDIB present a well warranted, analogue remastered Deluxe Edition of Chromatics' now-classic '07 LP, 'Night Drive', now including five bonus tracks. The original tracks sound as poignantly cinematic as ever, their cover of Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' still striking a tender nerve. The new tracks neatly expand the soundtrack-y feel, from the synth and Piano copulation of 'Shining Violence' to sleeve-rolling yacht disco in 'Circled Sun', through a memorabl… Read more
Friday, 14 June 2013
Cheeky tech-house workouts from Weichold & Namito as Hickhack. It's proper party tackle, this, giving up the freeky bleeps and swinging bass/clap syncopation of 'Hick' on the front and the tuffened disco jack of 'Hack' on the back.
'Still Browsing', Bobby Browser drops four smooth and glamorous grooves inspired by deep house and Balearic disco. Swinging out with the plush New Jersey garage of 'As Far As I Know', he keeps the groove tucked tight in-the-pocket with 'Airplane Mode' and lets go with the chizzled euphoria strings of 'Theme From Tony's Party'. Sleaziest of all is the early '90s chill out wheeze 'Baby Dre'.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013
It may well be the case that the whole modern classical scene suffered from a possibly fatal case of over-familiarity and over-exposure these last few years, but it would be a shame if a genuinely gifted musician and composer like Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds was lumped in with the vast majority of his contemporaries - the guy is just the real deal. And if there were any doubts about his talents, Arnalds created and released a new song a day for one whole week during the month of October this year. The songs were recorded and filmed live in the living room of his Reykjav… Read more
**Special tour edition with bonus DVD with the filming of the recording session - only 250 of these have been made** It may well be the case that the whole modern classical scene suffered from a possibly fatal case of over-familiarity and over-exposure these last few years, but it would be a shame if a genuinely gifted musician and composer like Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds was lumped in with the vast majority of his contemporaries - the guy is just the real deal. And if there were any doubts about his talents, Arnalds created and released a new song a day for one whole w… Read more
*Limited Reissue - Repressed On Coloured Vinyl* This latest release from Icelandic modern classical luminary Ólafur Arnalds is a score penned for the award-winning British choreographer Wayne McGregor. This thirty-minute soundtrack follows on from the acclaimed Found Songs project (through which Arnalds produced and distributed one new song per day for a week over Twitter) and continues to chart the young composer's rise to the very top of his field. Consuming soundtrack releases as standalone entities can be a hit-and-miss affair; sometimes these projects simply don't have the same impact … Read more
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
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