Tuesday, 18 June
LA's Gifted & Blessed follows issues for Eglo, All City and Wild Oats in the last 12 months alone with four tracks of skewed electro sublimation for his own label. For the past ten years GB has carved out a reputation as pioneer of LA's lauded beat scene, to arrive now with a beautifully retro-futurist process using classic analogue gear with innovative techniques. His '3 Aspects Of One' EP bears four perfect examples ranging from the sun-kissed kosmic swing of 'The Beginner' and the mercurial funk of 'The Sustainer' on the A-side, thru to the zig-zagging analogue wormhole roll … Read more
Thursday, 13 June
Six hip hop and soul instrumentals by contemporary library producer Reavis Mitchell. ranges from low-slung grinders to fat boom bap and greasy midi-funk. Reavis has worked for Coca-Cola, McDonalds and Sony Music.
Thursday, 06 June
**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!!!
Perennial nearly-men PVT are in decent form with 'Vertigo', a densely packed, cosmic pop chugger underpinned by a woozy, wonky synth motif that sounds like it fell off the back of a post-dubstep house lorry. Luke Abbott inevitably trances it out on his remix, a 4/4 beach workout strongly redolent of the Balearic-tinged stuff Kompakt were dishing out in the mid-2000s; Lukid comes off better with his hollowed-out, pitched-down and supremely wistful version, though it's nothing we haven't heard before from him. Van Vizintin reimagines the same song as arena-primed, De… Read more
Diskotopia play a skewed ace with Serifu's terrifically discombobulated debut EP. We're faced with three tracks of proper riddimic f**kery stepping off from current styles into a boldly scrambled yet instinctively funked-up unknown. The first dose is 'Stucco Swim' where a quaking kick and tinny rimshot ricochet amidst mangled ragga voices and fractal electronics perhaps best imagined as Patten meets Actress with a handful of Dutch designer pharms. 'Said Situation' strikes is equally confident to breach the rules with itchy, impudent shuffles strafed by shards of bonky electro synth and frayed 'tro… Read more
Fragile electronic pop melancholy and bass from the ever busy Pictures Music. Neatly cutting somewhere between James Blake's well-mannered arrangements and the more twisted, progressive styles of his Pictures label mate, Rudi Zygadlo, 'Permanence' revolves five crisply clipped songs ranging fromt he icy melodic trickles and pleading vocal of 'Departed' and the dainty 2-stepper, 'Want Somebody' on the front, to flex his more epic inclinations with 'Safety' and the lurching sway of 'Paradigms' to close.
**Colour Vinyl** "In 2007 indie rapper and producer Aesop Rock wrote a fan email to musician Kimya Dawson. After they collaborated on both Aesop's Rhymesayers debut Skelethon and Kimya's Thunder Thighs album, they decided to continue making music as a group and The Uncluded was born. Kimya Dawson is best known for her band The Moldy Peaches and her work as an solo artist. Aesop Rock, a rapper famed for his dense and abstract wordplay, has been consistently acclaimed since 2001’s Labor Days. Pitchfork describes him as “one of underground hip-hop’s most t… Read more
Glum trip-'op-soul produced by Sebastian "Agoria" Devaud. Check for Eliphino's sprightly garage-house remix and the epic styles of Dolor's Tri Angle-esque version.
Monday, 03 June
Tricky appears to have found his muse again with a lean and instinctive new album. Regaining control of his sound, from the studio to the label process, has resulted in a far truer representation of the still enigmatic artist on 'False Idols' - his warning shot to the masses on the perils of living vicariously. Accompanied by a brace of singers newly signed to his False Idols label, he presents 15 stripped down and richly atmospheric arrangements. At best he sounds revitalised, as with the hard-steppin' Bristol styles in 'Passion Of The Christ', with the virile gothic swagger of his HTRK-esque 'D… Read more
Thursday, 23 May
Ninja Tune's chill-out sophisticate Bonobo branches out with a pair of vocal collaborations underpinned by undemanding beats and lush-going-on-mawkish string arrangements. Inexplicably, Erykah Badu gets only second billing, with Grey Reverend taking the mic for competently executed but ultimately generic lead track 'First Fires'. The Badu-led 'Heaven The Sinner' is far classier and more absorbing, a piece of smoky, smartly turned-out future-soul with an elegant, jazzy sway to it; here the lavish orchestration feels earned. Recommended if you're into Bonobo (obviously), Jazzanova, Jaga Jazzist or Cinematic Orchestra.
Tropics presents his sensitive pop-soul ecologies on London's burgeoning Five Easy Pieces imprint. Sweeter than his previous for Svetlana Industries, 'Home And Consonance' glydes in on a bed of chiming melodies and rustling jazz-funky drums smudged deep in the mix, before he links in duet with the equally effete vocals of Gavin Turek on the femme-friendly late night boogie soul of 'Courage'. Sustaining that velvety atmosphere, 'Don't You Know' strokes in some tidy rhodes and lowlit jazz drums and 'Fleeting Haunt' rides into the sunset/dawn with a cotton-headed soul buzz on.
Diverse debut album from the Danish producer. Over nine tracks Tobias Pedersen aka Beastie Respond builds on the crooked techno and smudged funk of his previous 12"s, yielding a wider spectrum of electronic emotions and rhythmic patterns. From the top 'Werk' pulls off a cool blend of Carpenter-esque synth intrigue and swinging electro, Autonomic styles, and 'VV10' leans on a fruity boogie tip. 'Please Stop Running' pairs Emilie Reimers with a dBridge-styled emo-electro rhythm and 'The Busdriver' sits on a muggy mission boogie vibe. Flipside the rugged Linn3 smack and colourful bu… Read more
Thursday, 16 May
**50/50 black and transparent green wax housed in screen-printed jacket with download code redeemable from the label** NYC's Bangers & Ash showcase the split sonic personalities of Zach Cooper aka psyche-dub soul and jungle boy King Garbage, and kuxxan SUUM. In King Garbage mode he's a charming avant-soul character with a neat line in lo-fi croon a la a drugged up Jamie Lidell; as kuxxan SUUM its a very different matter, bombing in with the bashy, bass-weighted hip hop of 'Red Blambingo' and the cutthroat breakcore of 'BK Klang'.
Behling & Simpson do over two classic Ciara vocals inna Bristol boogie house style. Topside is a good-times slow-house edit of 'Surgeon; down below 'Goodies' is given a swaggering chassis of kinked percussion and subbass weight.
Metronomy's Gbenga Adelekan aka Olugbenga leans in with three trap/dubstep/electronic-pop hybrids on Pictures Music. His 'Hafiza [Innocence]' A-side is a dynamic surge of romantic dancefloor fireworks with requisite alien vocal treatments; B-side 'I Can Be Whatever You're After' somehow comes off like a hyper-speed Zola Jesus produced by Salem, and 'Time Dollars' works out a cyber-exotic slow/fast riddim.
Thursday, 09 May
Moodymann's Mahogani imprint and Maureen Yancey give up another outstanding bank of unreleased beats by Detroit's most famed beatmaker. It's the 2nd time Kenny Dixon Jr and Ma Dukes have proffered Dilla beats on Mahogani and it's arguably the better of the two collections, revolving 20 tracks of saw-off MPC bang and sampled flips built to hit like no other. It's about as mixed up as you could hope for, swaggering and tripping between classic siren-fired block bouncers to rhodes-seared soul bob, Middle-Eastern sample chops and a healthy amount of those synth-tricked nuggets you just wish… Read more
**Acutely melodic electronica crafted with a sharp pop mind. Includes download code redeemable from the label. RIYL MoM, Ceephax Acid Crew, MR76ix** "For Adventure's 2011 album, Lesser Known, mastermind Benny Boeldt dived deep into pop songcraft. Unlike Adventure's self-titled debut, this record was full of earworm vocal hooks - a big leap from the chiptune-indebted songs of his first album. Boeldt's third Adventure LP, Weird Work, remains in the same sonic space as Lesser Known but abandons its sing-alongs. The album veers from a Square Enix-style video game soundtrack ("Alone") to a strange le… Read more
Thursday, 02 May
Slick, bassquaking hip-hop 2013-style from Black Daisy and Unknown Shapes. 'Used To Give a Fk' is custom-built for the low-riders and hipster ballers, motored by 808-thunderclaps, cartwheeling arpeggios a la Rustie's 'Bad Science' and an insistent, codeine-paralysed vocal sample. It's a tad overcooked for our tastes but it comfortably achieves what it sets out to do and is worth checking if you've been feeling the more trap-flavoured productions that have been proliferating like mice of late. On 'Rick Ross' they pay tribute to the titular MC with a butch, bugged-out jeep… Read more
Thursday, 25 April
Bambooman serves two swagger riddims for the Sonic Router site's recording wing. Top-side is the Dabrye-styled hip hop bump and Ras G-like atmospheres of 'Fields'; flipside is a tidy nod to Dilla at his dustiest, with the fuzz-between-the-wires bump 'n crackle vignette, 'Hollowed'.
"Early in 2013, Error Broadcast released Soosh's critically acclaimed LP Colour is Breathe. Now the Scottish producer returns with the remixes album, a collection that offers ten fresh interpretations of standout tracks from Colour is Breathe. A quartet of established names reshapes "For You". UK-based rapper DELS and his producer Eli-T make it raw and lyrical, whilst Dam Mantle lends his trademark energy to the same track. US beat scene veteran devonwho pares back the song to its very pulse, leaving Synkro room to let it kick and snap. Slowwkid betrays his newcomer status with a hazy… Read more
One of modern hip hop's baddest partnerships come with the rugged, paranoid mania of 'Street Lights', backed with a monstrous Dabrye version. Following their acclaimed work on 'XXX', White kits Brown's road truths with a vivid, febrile beat full of gun blasts, spectral choirs and 360º street psychedelics. From the suburbs of Brown's Detroit, Ann Arbor's Dabrye recalibrates a pensive, driving bass wobble and sci-fi synth washes shocked up with killer electroid stabs. Tool up!
**Dudes from Grails and Om on a dusty-fingered, Madlib-styled plunderphonic trip!** "Lilacs & Champagne, the project of Grails’ Emil Amos and Alex Hall, is built on warped samples and scorched guitar solos, creating a playful, psychedelic take on damaged funk and pop. The duo’s 2012 self-titled debut suggested a template for a new kind of psychotic mood music, and the follow up, Danish & Blue, manages to be both darker and more ambitious. “Lilacs & Champagne was created to be a direct tribute to the musical outsiders of the past” says Hall. Made up of sounds sourced from Scandinavian por… Read more
Thursday, 18 April
Rustie making powerr moves on Numbers! On his first new single in over a year, Russell Whyte breaks off what could be considered a demented cousin to Baueer's 'Harlem Shake' - that is, if it had been brought up on a diet of John Hughes movies and sugar puffs - with the dancefloor hero stance of 'Triadzz' and its ultra-peakin' trance-pop crescendos. And if that doesn't have your party convinced, there's the martial bounce of 'Slasherr' with a cavalcade of ceilidh snares and hyper-swaggered Scottish melody. More fun than a barrel of homebrewed buckie.
Arclight, now outed as Simian/Lord Skywave's Simon Lord and Werk Discs' Lukid, return to Jacques Greene's Vase label with 'Tumble Down'. Lukid pares down his more wayward inclinations to fit with Lord's Lidell-like vocals, but still keeps that endearing oddness, clearly apparent in the icy grime minimalism-meets-indie-pop of the title track, and diverted into more pastoral, psych-folk shapes with the Animal Collective-like 'Obsidian', whereas 'Hodl Against The Light' is a shockingly sincere, stripped down folk-pop, acoustic guitars and all, and 'One Seven Three Four' is post-dubstep-pop par excellence.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "You, Me, Temporary’ is Sweatson Klank’s third full-length album in 10 years, and it shows just how extensive the Los Angeles native’s artistic growth has been. The music tight ropes between electronic, hip hop and futuristic R&B, sidestepping obvious boxes while finding its own effortlessly. ‘You, Me, Temporary’ transcends genres, balancing the vulnerable and sensual with the rough and jagged. The album has an emotive and sometimes pressing quality, in direct opposition to today’s disposable music mania. The hypnotic in… Read more
Thursday, 11 April
Proper wolf-town funk from the Letherette duo, backed with Clark, Dorian Concept, and The Invisible remixes. The original 'D&T' takes a liberal chunk of Hall & Oates' Possession Obsession' and twists it out for your hyper-boogie gratification. Clark's remix peals this into queered harmonics and re-drawn melody before veering into Modeselektor-esque fonk. Dorian Concept gets loosey goosey on his strident take, while The Invisible treat it to darker bath of post-dubstep flux with melancholic '80s synth twinges.
Wednesday, 10 April
**Spotgloss jacket** HIT indulge a spot of acid-jazz diversification from Aaron David Ross aka Gatekeeper. From a possibly ironic stance, the clearly talented producer oscillates between lurchy downbeats of a Meat Beat Manifesto ilk and uptempo flurries of breakbeats, fusion flutes and wormy 303s recalling classic Red Snapper.
Thursday, 21 March
**Includes download code redeemable from the label. RIYL Tri Angle, Wife, o0o00, The XX, Florence and the Machine, loadsa reverb** "Fresh off a run of dates with the XX, MMOTHS returns with a new ep, DIARIES. Formats: Jack Colleran, MMOTHS for short, is a warm, 19‐year‐old Irishman burrowing LP through the trajectory of discovery on his own imperfect terms. While most of the music listening experience is typically about the act of discovery, his music making experience is about sharing his sense of wonder and discovery with the listener, and his forthcoming Diaries EP is his most personal, yet accessi… Read more
Dolor takes solo flight on Technicolour following the acclaimed 'DRUGS' mixtape with his champion and spar, Lorn. 'Misteria' presents a confident and fully fledged sound absorbing and reframing elements of classic UK rave and '90s techno with a slow/fast hip hop bounce and hi-tech electronic processing, glyding from the lush rave pads and neck-snap nod of 'Our Number' thru the bewitching, Tri Angle-esque roll of 'Pull Me In' and the skittish ether dream scapes of 'It's Sexy Outside' to skudgy darkside hip hop lurch on 'Misteria' and Shadowhuntaz-style hip hop on 'Classic Is Over' with vocals from 18an… Read more
Thursday, 07 March
Hot on the heels of their Icee Hot drop, Montreal's Grown Folk link with Oakland, CA's Main Attrakionz, backed with two sick, but all-too-short remixes from Kuedo. It's a fine fusion of their respective styles - the emosh electronics of Grown Folk and Main Attrakionz rugged rap. 'Double M.O.B.' plays on a dope slowfast bounce swirling with blueish electronics and 'I.C.E.' is built with the club in the mind. Remixing, Kuedo reduces both tracks to booming bass hits and a moire of his signature, calculated arpeggios, working to best effect against the vocals on 'Double M.O.B.'.