Thursday, 05 December
**140g wax in silk-screened PVC sleeve, mastered and cut by Rashad Becker, artwork by Steven Warwick and Bill Kouligas in typically gorgeous PAN packaging including a printed inner sleeve** Steven Warwick aka Heatsick cocks a unique and compelling perspective on contemporary dance music with his bold follow-up to 'Intersex', a gorgeous, layered work that those of you into DJ Sprinkles should check out without delay. Now woven with leaner dancefloor muscle, the deeply funked views of 'Re-Engineering' are characterised by the artist as a "cybernetic poem". We can take this quite literally in hi… Read more
Madteo returns to Morphine Records half a decade after they first introduced him with 'Memoria'. In stark contrast to last year's amazing 'Noi Na' Lp and the 'Strumpetocracy' 12" for Nuearth Kitchen, it sounds like the machines/computer's barely hanging in there long enough to do their thang. A-side, 'Insider' marks a pocked bleep coda countered with wormy bass , evading any kind of easily gratifying "drop" in favour of intricate psychedelic patterning which works a treat. B-side, 'Hiding Hand Principle' feels like an illicit recording of some ritual you weren't meant to be privy to; hushed voices in… Read more
**Clear vinyl with prime Powell remix plus bonus mix CD by Ning Nong and postcard in poly sleeve** Second helping from Silent Servant on Jealous God, backed with a cracking Powell remix. Following his recent production assistance with the Vatican Shadow project and a handful of remixes in 2013, Juan Mendez aka Silent Servant plays ice cool with the low key swagger and noirish minimal wave atmosphere and voices of 'Lust Abandon' sounding like a prime offcut from his stunning 'Negative Fascination' LP. In contrast, Powell's reconstruction incorporates slivers of the orig… Read more
The leftfield legend of the Hessle and Hemlock labels ramps up his oddball experimental credentials with perhaps his most eyebrow-raising release yet. The aptly named 'Punters Step Out' features a drop that will have you questioning your sanity. We won't spoil the surprise by describing it (just listen), but suffice to say that Joe turns it into the weirdest dancehall outing you've ever been lead to with promises that everything will be fine if you remain calm. The other side, 'Club Scared,' is a mad post-modern minimal house number that makes you wonder whether the track itself is talking to you (it is).
Three diverse, mystic house jams from the L.I.E.S. gadge. A-side he spills the muggy thud, hieroglyphic hook and time-stretching phasers of 'Capri Social'; flip it for the slowly unfolding drones and rippling percussive patter of 'Haitian Priest' and the EBM techno banger, 'Goetz'.
Kamau Baaqi aka Darling Farah goes grittier as Farah for Don't Be Afraid. His first release since that string of aces culminating in his 'Body' LP in 2012 is a darker, druggier session of hardware workouts budging between the dry, minimal technohouse of 'Cloudy Apple' to the pensile, ghostly R&B house of 'Speak On The Spotlight' to an MGUN-like exercise in a brain-freeze delays on 'Lockhead', and the dusty, bobbling dub-house skank of 'Pieced Apart'.
Bristol bassbin pressure from Batu with two heavyweight shoulder rollers on Livity Sound's backwards imprint. 'Spooked' cuts in line with that Beneath sound, squeezing woozy bass below rattled, offset drums inna dank tribal chamber dub sound. Flipside, 'Clarity (Dismantled)' brings noisier claps and tumbling drums to the table, all meshed with metallic drones and swooping subs for a drunken tribalist swagger.
The prolific Parisian youth goes dark, raw and heavy on the latest for his ClekClekBoom label. With 'machine' he gives a grottier take on the hyper-sparse sounds of the Night Slugs crew, coating distorted bass and cowbells with a patina of melted bleeps and white noise to rugged effect for dancer and DJ. B-side 'Bug Noticed' bangs a bumpy techno tattoo laced with nasty atonal synthline and streaked with wraithe-like mentasm licks.
**One-sided pressing** Wobbly triplet driven welter from Redshape. There's one track here and it's all you need to kill any crowd worth playing for, building a mouldalting head of acid pumped by powerful kicks and spun off axis with tripping cross-rhythms, all optimised with that Redshape tocuh.
Hood at his best on home-brewed M-Plant label. A-side he rides roughshod with corrosive, glancing hi-hats and escalating chords powered with rollicking bass; flipside plays deeper before unleashing a lip-bitingly mean metallic synthline morphing into a tribal trance-out.
Brock Van Wey dons his loved-up house hat as Earth House Hold. He aims for the 'floor with two low-slung ambient house moves - the 110bpm vocal house chug of 'Back Where I Belong' and the dreamy 100bpm swagger of 'A Little Bit Late For That Now'.
*Pink Marbled Vinyl* Nautiluss reps a melodic, Montreal-style tech-house sound on Holland's Audio Culture label, following 12"s for Turbo and Hemlock. 'Solstice' is a nicely tempered builder strealed with plush strings and fruity synth parps; 'Corvus' gets down with a hip-winding square bass and progressive chords; 'Neptune' spirals dainty bleeps on an itchy, sub-heavy garage house groove.
Bristol's Komon is back with another delectable pair of house cuts, further proof of his considerable craftsmanship. 'So Easy' brings together perfect little keys, polished bass weight and vocal-science soul, while 'Cosmic John' opens out beautifully into a syncopated paradise of pianos and warm bass sprinkled with stardust.
London-style house backed with a Skudge techno remix. Dixon's three originals romp between the jacking bass and nagging vocal stabs of 'Heirloom' to the darker warehouse mode of 'Park Row' and a deeper, dubbed-out play called 'The Things I Gave You'. Skudge bring up the rear with a driving minimal remix of 'Heirloom'.
Klose One follows Dusky and Paleman onto Loefah's School Records with two slabs of technoid, ragga-infected swagger. 'Trigga's Tale' churns up robust toms and creeping synthlines on a squashed subbass, all poised with a badderman house stance. 'Slippery' is a grubbier bit of acidic bleep techno for 2013, coming off like a road-wise LFO.
Deadbeat dubs two cuts from The Upsetter and The Orb's 'More Tales From The Orbservatory'. Topside he gives a slow, heaving Rhythm & Sound style extended Nyah dub for 'Ball Of Fire'; flipside 'Fuzzball' is reduced and stepped-up on a Champions League Dub.
Ms Kraviz follows her classy debut album with this collection of unreleased and early material. 'Mr. Jones' includes the eponymous B-side from her early Rekids single shimmied up against the tantric 12 minute session of 'Desire', a twinkling Afro-beat infused groover, 'Black White' and the seductively low-lit sweetness of 'So Wrong' and the mesmerising 'Sheer' plus the subtly building techno-house arrangement of 'Remember' with Luke Hess.
Chris Woodward & Linas Fresh Tee link as Dubinsky for Deep Shit. Their 'Woman' cuts a slinky figure of rustling Afro-latin percussion, dubbed house and jazzy keys, Dimitri Veimar gives it a fancier house remix. Dubinsky's 'Trespass' aims deeper into the night with smooth chords and rolling, breakbeat-loaded house backed with a blown out, nastier remix by Primitive World.
Sub-heavy and strident techno house from Project Squared's sub-label. Melbourne-based Craig McWhinney at the wheel, cutting across deep and desolate dub-techno zones with 'Pulse For Harvest', and working a cannier step with the Pole or Deadbeat-like 'Citadel' and the persistent swing of 'Six Hundred Furlongs'.
Bass-sprung techno mutants from Manni Dee for Shades Of Grey Recordings. Four tracks roll between hydraluic, stepping techno on 'Loop 84' to the tight Hessel-gone-acid licks of 'Objective Form' thru to the swinging churn of 'Red Paint On The Roses' and the breakbeat-splitting roil of 'Eroded Viewpoint'.
**One-sided edition of 250** Canny deep vocoder/disco/piano house bomb from Dublin's New Jackson, following his remix of The xx and and a cool 12" for Hivern Discs.
Simon Baker and Geddes' Nofitstate party birth their label with two trax from Baker backed by a fine Skudge remix. The originals play tuff but deep with driving bass, slicing snares and virulent synthlines but the real class is on Skudge's flipside remix, riding with flying hi-hats, lithe bass tumble and hypnotic, building chords.
Boysnoize pay tribute to Chicago's legendary Dance Mania label with twelve bangers by Bok Bok & Tom Trago, Scntst/DJ Scholar, Pipes, Feadz, Strip Steve Housemeister and more. There's also a CD copy featuring an exclusive DJ Funk weapon, 'High Frequency' for erm.. the freaks. Bust a nut.
**Includes Hercules & Love Affair remix** "'New York, New York' by DeeKay Jones, is an electrifying piece of hypnotic electric-disco-wave, produced in the eponymous city's concrete jungle back in 1981. It's a track that had all the potential to propel dance music forward: Relentless drum computer beats that predate techno - and even Chicago house - by years. A minimalistic synth hook that sounds more futuristic than any cutting edge dance record available at the time. And brilliantly overdubbed chants (taken from a 1970 The Last Poets album), which anticipated sample culture and should … Read more
Bellicose industrial techno from Japan's Yuuka Sakai. In four parts he puts a unique spin on the sound ranging from the shifty top end patterns and rumbling, blown-out bass of 'Foase' to the rugged digital torque of 'Kij' and the powerful churn of 'Rois'. Tipped to fans of Ancient Methods, Regis, AnD.
Thursday, 28 November
Kyle Hall cuts off a killer bonus round to his impressive debut album statement, The Boat Party'. On top it's a rugged, near-psychedelic funk session with the tumbled soul samples and devilishly crooked groove of 'Need Sum!' and the crafty, R&B house swing of 'Skeeter!' for the dopest cats. Downtown he's in techno mode - our favourite KMFH mode - with the virulent modular synthlines and filtered slam of '12 Doors' featuring Nas1, and a heavyweight drum machine-rocking 2k13 mix of album highlight, 'Flemmenup'. Recommended!
Perc's Submit label follows up those smashing Einstürzende Neubauten reworks with a shocking brace of industrial mutations from Pete Swanson, Burial Hex, Prostitutes and Profligate. We're completely won over by Clay Ruby aka Burial Hex's mixture of 313-style jit and noise malevolence on 'Final Love (Feral Love Dub)' - imagine Alberich and D.I.E. on a mission - whilst Pete Swanson has a go at cleaning your lugs with the squally, scraping brutality of 'Pleasure Averse' and Prostitutes and Profligate share a flipside of sleaze and pummelling noise / techno transgressions for the freaks. It's not to be missed, ya heard?! Recommended!
**Hand-stamped, indivually numbered edition** Mad techno/dubstep/jungle/electronica mutations from one of the current scene's brightest and most prolific. Killwatt's 'Bring Down The Walls' does just that, darting across a dancefloor no-mans-land into 4/4 techno, moody electronica and noisy bass experiments. It's a sound he's been hinting at on recent collaborations with Kryptic Minds and a remix of Paul Mac, but never explored quite so thoroughly as this. Up top he reels between sub-heavy slammer, 'Highway Hypnosis' to the industrial abstraction of 'Backed Into A F**ked Up Recess' via … Read more
Monstrous bangers from Beau Wanzer and NJB for the shady Russian Torrent Versions. We're not 100% sure who's behind what here, but we can tell you there's some creepy, intra-dimensional machine workout on the A-side backed with two powerfully built industrial kickers reminding of Anthony Parasole's On The Corner vibes or even vintage Regis on the demonic, rattling B-side.
Shawn O'Sullivan (Civil Duty, Led Er Est, 400PPM) returns to L.I.E.S. with a grip of grubby, grinding machine workouts. Up top slows his roll to a 100bpm industro-bashment bogle on three cuts, 'Drawing Blood From A Stone', 'Ask The Boss' and 'Basilisk'. Dung below, he rides with the nasty acid wine of 'You'll Get Used To It' plus the steam-powered chugger, 'An Unbreakable Bubble' and the druggy basement tilt of 'Punish or be Damned'.