Tuesday, 30 June
*Includes poster* Badboy Beneath rolls out his most substantial collection for a while with 'Shlocky' for Berceuse Heroique. His follow-up to the 'Vobes EP' [PAN, 2014] delivers 4 pressurised, shoulder-barging rollers cherry-picking from the last 25 years of rave music and updating its essence with an austere sense of modernism. In '50/50' he comes off like early '90s Shiver clashing late '90s Optical, whilst the crushed swagger of 'Freeze' feels like Digital doing UKF. In the crushed swagger of 'Soho' he spend nearly eight minutes exploring the crankiest syncopation of ruddy dancehall and dread tec… Read more
Strong debut 12" of electroacoustic, textural Techno mutations from DJ Sciahri and Emanuele Porcinai on their newly minted Unknot imprint.
Monday, 29 June
Shed cuts loose on this towering one-off for Hardwax label, The Final Experiment. A-side is a '90s-style breakbeat techno behemoth putting the boot in with thunderous kicks and armour-plated breaks, mercifully softened up with some really sweet pads at the drop. B-side, he rides with a ruder, heady halfstep in 'Final Distortion', and jumps back on that 2-step techno pivot with 'Up The Hills', whereas the brash thwack of 'Crystal Cubes' yearns for nasty, early Polygon Window styles.
Class techno from a producer last spotted on DVS-1's Mistress Recordings. This is proper club tackle, doing it Chicago-style with the bucking merry-go-round of 'Machine Code' up top, and again with that wonky Relief-style organ/acid line barely kept on track in 'Recursive Descent', whilst 'Compiler' trims back for a Rob Hood-compatible minimalist 'floor burner.
Turbo-charged "Manctalo" scandals from the zest prince, Ste Spandex, and diva spar, Sarah Bates, hanging with the Red Lazer Disco troops. Once you pull off the awful artwork skin, you'll find four throbbing dancefloor pulsations, scaling from the deadly effective phazer volley and hulking Hardy-style excess of 'Soaking Wet' to the crystal-eyed winks and lip-bitingly rainbow-plumed syn-funk uchronics of 'Breakin My Heart', before hittin' the brakes for a wobble-arsed boogie in 'Gotta Move', and the short sureshot, 'Nice Weather'.
Thursday, 25 June
**Hospital Productions return with this strong new album from Exoteric Continent, edition of 500 copies, first 200 pressed up on Blue wax** Barcelona's Exoteric Continent grounds his first ever vinyl release following cassette drops for Opal Tapes and Second Sleep. Exploring ascetic techno and electronic noise, this vinyl edition combines both his 'Referèndum' tape volumes on one fine slab. Something of a relative outsider in the balearic climes of his home city, Arnau Sala Saez pushes an intense, probing sound, both with his own music and via closely associated cohorts N.M.O., or Amer… Read more
'Whips' is a masterclass in tape-saturated house cryptography by Lutto Lento. Leading on from the crooked equations of his 'F T D 001' debut for Charles Drakeford's label, this six-tracker exhibits a broader range of variations on that ferric-choked, grubby and bugged-out style. Employing the deftest tape loop edits and playful sense of construction/derangement, he uses the format's natural fidelities to distinguish, mask and accentuate his sound from every angle - whether coaxing noxiously murky harmonics out of the asphyxiating bass in darkside bomb, 'Vengo'; disorienting with the frayed chicane… Read more
Beau Wanzer and Dan Juger reprise the Juzer duo for a trio of killer wonky techno bangers on Dog In The Night Records. Up top they nod to classic Relief and Scandinavia Records with the kinky minimalist tessellations of 'Ribtickler'; down below, 'Maniac Hop' jacks up a skittish ghetto percolator, and 'Fire Marshall' drops the pace to a bucking early '90s style recalling Robert Armani product.
Killer debut transmission of Millsian techno disciplines, intercepted by Function's Infrastructure New York radar. Fresh from his appearance in Function's Berghain 07 mix, Post Scriptum's eponymous double pack reveals an uncompromisingly powerful sound in eight DJ-ready parts, perfectly balanced between rolling heft and diffuse, airy dynamics. The production is delectable, detailed to microscopic degrees but not at the expense of the bigger picture, meaning steely, supple and infectious rhythms for the dancers and vast, gaseous atmospheres and hypnotic, mazy bleep patterns to really get lost in. Ace.
Finally remastered and available on vinyl for the first time in 18 years, Surgeon's 'Balance' (1998) is a masterclass is tuffened, occultist Brummie techno. Upon original release, it was his 3rd album (following 'Communications' and 'Basictonalvocabulary'), and marked a subtle phase shift towards the kind of tripped-out, eldritch atmospheres we'd more readily associate with his peers such as Autechre or Coil, whilst still forging some of the most unyielding, infectious rhythms of golden era techno. The likes of 'Golden' with its arcing crest of eerie arpeggios, and the spine-creeping, bea… Read more
**Limited hand-stamped 12", includes free download code redeemable from the label.** Panda Bear, Larry Gus, Fhloston Paradigm, and Anthony Naples realign the misshapes of Eric Copeland's 'Joke In The Hole' album. The versions of 'Cheap Treat' could hardly be more different; Panda Bear deigns for a wonky, melodic mix focussed on progressive pop arrangement and bittersweet vox whereas King Britt a.k.a. Fhloston Paradigm takes the same elements down a winding path of crushed, psychedelic grooves propelled by swampy bass subsidence and sloshing arpeggios… Read more
Clipped electro-house from Rob Clouth on his return to Leisure System, backed with Kowton and Vessels remixes. The original makes great use of a convulsive, dubstep-style toad tone wrapped to a swaggering IDM-boogie groove. Kowton's remix ruffs up the drums and spikes the atmospheres to lush, prickling effect, and Vessels (note the extra 's') knead the same elemebnts into a whirring tech-house wormhole.
Hot on the heels of their Sound Signature session, Dego & Kaidi return to Eglo with a quartet of super-soulful rug-cutters. Vibes are strong on this wan, whether greazing the parched drums and mirage-like synth shimmers of 'Black Is Key' with deep jazz vocal harmonies and fruity keys, or loosening up the pointillist shuffle of 'Man Made' with wobbly, wavey chords on the A-side, or travelling from the Afro-centric idiosyncrasies of 'Orbiting Uhuru' to inimitably clipped and charming summer-in-West London styles with 'The Vault Descends'.
**12" in screen-printed sleeve** Distorted disco-techno badness from the Wargames series. Acting wild-eyed and frazzled like some Bunker escapee, the unknown operator dispenses three fierce club trax with style, hauling the 'floor from blown-out Italo-Chicago arpeggios and extreme flange on the A-side, and over to a pair of more twysted and tracky dubs, one sounding like a a mutant Ra.H joint, the other like a vintage Unit Moebius jack attack. Sick DJ gear.
Studio Barnhus co-boss Kornél Kovács on a dope house flex for Numbers. With 'Radio Koko', the Stockholm-based producer and DJ demonstrates a deep and colourful knowledge of classic and current house and techno mechanics with four tracks of characterful grooves. They're full of 'floor-charming fake-outs and kinks, from the filtered cocktail of B-more breaks and horn stabs chopped and swung about disco bass and strings in 'Lighthouse', to the diamond-cut freestyle house slam of 'Pantalón' - proper anthem material! - thru the hip hop-cooled swing of 'Gangsta', and the Joe-style drum juggling of 'Malon'. Bit of a no brainer for the party, this one. TIP!
Berlin's Sleeparchive furnishes Mord with four cuts of prime bleep techno. No messing about here - it's pure techno - stoking the club with perfectly paced ice-drip bleeps and thundering momentum in the first track, beside a body-scanning 2nd part, and absolutely slaying us with the psychotomimetic cadence and raw noise stabs of the 3rd cut, before locking in the deliquescent chimes and guttural bass jabs of the 4th track.
Loose and rude breakbeat/house/techno functions from Dave Huismans (2562) in A Made Up Sound mode. His 3rd outing for Clone's Basement series opens up with the sub-heavy bruk house shunt of 'Cheaters VIP', last heard on his Boiler Room set, giving way to the noirish, Source Direct-like strings and cranky swagger of 'Funkstation', whilst B-side he plays out the fast yet low key and hypnotic 'Us' beside a sort of big band jazz gone dark techno roll-out with the Krupa-like drum cadence and layered darkside bass pressure, 'Them'.
Shades of lustin' NYC house from the former member of Hercules & Love Affair, backed with dope remixes. The exotic, orientalist house-pop of 'Creature' serves much to work with, spun out between Kim's own Chez N-Trent-styled remix, to the rolling tribal acid sensuality of two mixes by a/jus/ted; mystic house and techno mixes by Simoncino; and the tightly tucked square bass funk licks of Hot Creations and Rinse FM's Richy Ahmed remix.
The Room Below blends classic Chicago and Detroit strains to make their own rich blend of experimental house for DBA. Up top, Henry Keen a.k.a. the CDR regular and Gilles Peterson-favoured Soundspecies and The Room Below welcomes us in with the conscious sampling and shimmering mid-tempo move, 'Trusted', beside the pastoral acid house of 'Rainy Friday'. Down below, it gets freakier with the frayed blips and and salty, splashing drums of 'Mad Energy' and a bit-crushed samba buzz entitled, 'Freedom'.
Sublime deep house album by Berlin-residing Finnish producer Jarno Erola a.k.a. Joe Le Bon. Trimmed to a T by label boss, Mike Grant, 'House Music Love Music' deals in the warmest, deftest strains of house music in eight parts sashaying from the glossolalic vocals and enveloping sensuality of 'Why Dogs Sing' thru the Soundhack-like chords and swing of 'Like Cotton Deep Orcheestra' to slippery slow styles in 'Berlin Panorama', taking a moment to listen to the birds and wafting synths of 'For Yasuni', and departing with the techy triplets calculations of 'The White Bells', and the high tog house soul of 'Lychenerstrasse 28'.
Natty proto-house and electro-acid styles straight outta Holland. Nowt flash here, just five cuts of nimble analogue production putting his boxes thru their paces, from the trim electro bubble of the title track thru the slo-motion wobble of 'Desert Suit Larry' and melodic percolations of 'Cranes' to early Chicago styles replete with sultry ghetto robo vox in 'Polo'.
**12" in hand-stamped sleeve + insert** Edinburgh rogues Alan Parley and Neil Landstrumm reprise their Modini duo with a set of synth-pop and EBM-stung darkroom house joints. From the top, 'Budgie' rolls a shades-on hulking EBM house shape, and 'Romance' brings Gary Numan-sounding synth strokes on a wobbly, chromed-out electro groove. B-side, 'Cisco' wurks a tuffer rut of sub-strengthened house, and 'Europa' leans heavy to close with a mid-tempo electro-jakker à la I-F.