Thursday, 28 May
Tape Records Amsterdam's own Deniro jacks up a trio of lush Detroit techno tributes. A-side, 'The Penal Colony 1' takes off over the 130 bpm barrier with deft, colourful chords and flying hi-hats with a subtle progression recalling early Shed or Stephen Brown. B-side, he funks up the jazzier chords of 'Penal Colony 2' and clocks out with a sweeter highlight of flickering, kick-less groove in the Claude Young-esque 'Penal Colony 3'.
Smarter, deeper tech-house from the prolific Spanish producer for Boddika's Nonplus Records. Seeing a stack of releases for Hivern Discs, Cadenza and Mule Musiq behind him, 'The Sequoia Symposium' EP tests out a fine range of 'floor styles, teasing in with the slinky shuffle and sinuous synth weave of 'The King Pariksit' like a plusher 'Channel B', before 'Sudha Nityananada Parivara Vaisnava' sparks a supple minimal techno pulsation with flickering dub chords and over-the-shoulder vocals. Deeper yet, 'The Sudama Song' rolls out a skeletal Millsian bleep pattern with perfect timing, and 'Sri Sri Ragendra DAS' plays to lip-smacking big room moments.
Jamal Moss & Steve Poindexter salvage a trio of fizzy, tracky bangers from the original Faces Drums DATs made circa 1995. The previous session, inspired by Alessandro Novagi's Ron Hardy-caned drum tool LP and released on a revived Muzique Records in 2005, has rarely left our bag, figuring some of the tuffest, spannered jack trax we've ever heard. This new edition stokes the feeling further with feverish tribal rhythms under pressure of nitrous FX and sequenced with mesmerising arpeggios on the first two, whilst the B-side brings a kille… Read more
Workshop boss Jens Kuhn a.k.a. Lowtec has a charming, meandering away-day on L.A.'s Avenue 66. Arriving 2 years after the label's amazing Joey Anderson 12", 'Above The Cherry Moon', Lowtec stokes a curious balance of jazz-wise experimentation and laid-back, sun-baked grooves in three parts. A-side, 'Man on Wire' finds a line thru bit-crushed IDM drums and chiming jazz chords at sauntering pace, and bumped up a gear with wooden kickdrums and spidery strings in the haunting reconstruction. B-side, the 'Hidden Track' unfurls nine minutes of hypnotic, rolling house shaped by waves of skanking subs, s… Read more
Fresh from wrecking the UK, Beau Wanzer follows that deadly 7" with this killer 12", four tracks of fizzy and demented wave crack on his eponymous private press label. A purveyor of thee most crooked funk in town, the noted collaborator runs amok in solo mode from spannered and noisy electro with 'Beefhearts' to the psychotic etch-a-sketch synthlines and ghetto claps of 'Drew Is A Dogeater' up top, before shape-shifting into aerodynamic bleep techno beaten-up with computer game stabs and gloomy synth pads right out of some darkside Manga or sci-fi in 'Seedless Grins', tipping out with a ruddy EBM swagger entitled 'Beaches of Leeches'.
Superb space-dance psychedelics from Serbian artist, Nenad Marković a.k.a. 3.10.3402 for Music From Memory's Second Circle sub-print. The keener-eyed pickers may well recognise his name and sound from the self-titled EP he released with Kunstkopf (same label behind the Lena Platonos edit) in 2012, or equally his more recent, four-volume series for ESP Institute. No bother if not though as this 12" makes a fine introduction to his left-of-centre disco-delia, from the sonorous underwater alien seascapes swept up in 'Bura' to the Tabla-like percussive cadence and filigree synth layers expanding acro… Read more
Excellent acid house and fudgy garage originals from a new addition to Athens' Echovolt imprint. Hailing from Ireland via Australia, Neils' sound occupies a space out of time and place, meshing elements that might not necessarily have mixed back in the day, but sound mutant and uncompromising now. A-side springs a trancey sorta garage house swing soused in psychedelic FX with '7th Chapter', next to the dreamy, acidic techno-house charge of an 'Untitled' piece; B-side wields a weighty but light-headed groover balancing thuggish kicks with 4th world synth flutters in 'MKMKMK', and 'beta' gets crafty with the drums,working off the kicks inna nervy, wavey electro flex.
**One-sided 10"** One-sided, deeper house play from Joy Orbison and Boddika. In a blind test, we reckon that even well-trained ears would struggle to differentiate this from the work of Four Tet or Floating Points. That's a good thing or a bad thing depending your dancefloor stance...
Sheela Rahman (Xosar) and Danny Wolfers (Legowelt etc.) synch minds and circuits on a dreamy 3rd Xamiga session. The decadent pound of 'Bohemian Grove' opens affairs, holding a strange balance of persistent kicks and serene exotica atmospheres rolling out with a breakbeat sting in the tail, before the melancholic 'Stratocumulus' slows down to dream sequence techno drag. B-side, 'Midwest' kicks the tempo up again but swings wider with fuzy claps and fluid synthlines for lushest effect, for 'Blizzard' to round up with a narcotised noir-house episode. Legowelt always works better in collaboration and this is no exception.
Moscow's premier deep house player drops a swirling follow-up to his 'Water' album for R&S' ambient sibling, Apollo. The 'Subculture' EP is the most diverse record we've heard from Anton Zap, effortlessly and sensitively touching on strains of brukken dub tech with 'Pauspapier' next to the slow-motion pastoral BoC-styles of 'Freefall' on the A-side, and neatly switching tack between accomplished nods to early, jazz-fusing Squarepusher with 'Incident', or mid '90s Æ and NYC illbient with One Week'.
Telfort makes a subtle but striking entrance with the breezy house budge of his self-released debut. On one side you'll find a cirrus-like moire of cyclical flutes arching over padded kicks, daubed Chicago basslines and charming guitar lines 'In A Good Place'; on the other side 'The Weather Up There' picks up a tribalist deep house momentum with a fine lattice of rustling drums and simmering organ chords boosted by dubbed-out electro hits. Classy gear, one to watch.
Thursday, 21 May
**Includes multi-format download code** Welcome return from Christelle Gualdi a.k.a. Stellar Om Source with a quartet of razor-cut acid jams for RVNG INTL. Putting a keen spin on original Belgian, Detroit and Chicago rave styles, her restless 'Nite-Glo' trax are heavily infectious dancefloor exercises, whether emulating OG Phuture with a lick of extra-effective rimshot tickles in 'Sudden', or ripping like some Jack Rabbit joint in the slamming 'Never', whilst 'Live' proves her efficiency with Beltram-esque mentasm techno and 'Sure' fires like a choice Eric van den Broek number.
*Ships Friday* Special request for Regis and Fis remixes of Akkord from Houndstooth. Last spotted on 'HTH035', these two sympathetic mixes correspond with the original's bloodied and brutalist sound design, with Fis absorbing and infusing a conflagration of 'Gravure' and 'Continuum' with rolling, windswept ambient motifs and turbulent hydro-electric charge reflecting the semi-industrial, semi-pastoral landscape of the 'Hayfield To New Mills' trip, whereas Regis carves the same cuts into a lurching, monolithic techno-stepper disciplined with the cranky Whip Hand of a maniacal Mill overse'er.
Detroit R&B, the FXHE way, from Omar-S and pals. On top, 'Ah Nother One' is a dope paean to promiscuity sunged by James Garcia and set to grubbing bass synth and scratchy drums with that funk only Omar-S can do. Down below, 'Faahhuuuuuu' plays out a blue swing vibe with smudged chords and crack'd drums with a despondent vocal by John F.M., who recenbtly appeared on the label with 'Where My Roots Lie'. Dope photos on the sleeve a glimpse of the FXHE facilities.
Ace Textured house from Parisian, Dangkhoa Chau a.k.a Antinote's D.K, appearing here as 45 ACP for adopted label, L.I.E.S. The 'Change Of Tone' LP dispenses six tracks of ace, washed-out grooves ranging from the occluded dream sequence of 'The Bridge' to sub-100 bpm Detroit jacker, 'Seventh Circle' or woozy boogie in 'Ground to Ground', thru to the coruscating thumb piano twang of 'Hidden Garden' and relatively caffeinated deep house swing with 'Double Cross'. Good stuff...
One of Detroit's most feted producers scales up to a stellar debut LP with 'Euphonium The Album' for his Sistrum label. Since 2006, Patrice Scott's productions have staked out a true skool Detroit house sound deeply inspired by the originators - Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Larry Heard, Ron Hardy - yet subtly distinguished by a subtle, soulful watermark all of his own. With 'Euphonium The Album' he explores that aesthetic over nine tracks of raw yet sophisticated house music, anchoring astral synth licks and gorgeous pads with purring and driving grooves between the spine-tingling lau… Read more
Bass Clef does his bright and melodic modular dance thing for Belfast's Rudimentary Records. 'Humming Blurs' sprawls the A-side with chiming, avian synth tones ruffled by stuttered and collapsing techno-dubbed drum chicanery for the IDM sweetboys and girls.On the other side, 'Chanson Du Ricochet' charges up a freakish, sputtering sort of alien techno deviation wrapped in shredded ribbons of salty modular scree and amorphous noise.
**Includes digital download code with bonus material redeemable from the label** Jay Ahern (Cheap And Deep) and Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot) a.k.a Hauntologists deliver their debut full-length as The Hauntologists after five EP'. They form a microcosmos of massive, pulsing bass objects orbited by planetary percussions and filigree dust clouds, or, in other words, haughty minimal techno for the best Berlin darkrooms.
Fresh outta Portugal, two slices of wave-riding psy-house from Niagara. Scuffed and tuff grooves are softened-up and spaced-out with super wide dub processing, wrapping lissom guitar lines, clangourous church bells and bestial noises to steppin' kicks and pinging synth in 'Falcão' or shaking out hash-infused psychedelic guitar licks and gritty, shuffling percussion on the solid bass drum ballast of 'Mustor'. Vibes.
Dany F makes his debut solo vinyl flight with four ruddy, spiked grooves for Cómeme in the 'Wouhau' EP. A regular on the label's numerous compilations, Dany steps up with neatly functional spins on timeless templates, from the mystic Mayan flutes mixed with Chicago house ballast in 'Magia', to trippier acid invocation 'Monitos de la Selva' and the dark-to-light journey of 'Wouhau', always with an sharp cut but subtle latin shimmy.
**Limited to 300 copies** Rudimentary rave tools from London scene survivor, Jason Warlock. Stepping out with the frisky flex of 'Seventeen Camels', it twists between raw, electroid rhythmelodies in 'Block 7' to the whirring hi-hats and pinging cowbells of 'Peckham Heights' and a brooding closer, 'As You Were'.
**Gatefold 2LP with whacked-out artwork** Seductive dancefloor alchemy from Optimo's Italian duo, Claudio Brioschi and Cristian Croce a.k.a. Boot & Tax. Cross-pollinating traces of Afro-beat, dub and European synth music for the good of the dancefloor, as exemplified in the skanking steppers lilt and wiggle of opener 'Good Fela', essentially this is a modern iteration of the Italian cosmic disco genre coined by Danielle Baldelli and Beppe Loda in the '70s/'80s. It's super-easy going and timelessly infectious (even JD Twitch's 80 year old step-mother has been rinsing it), weaving elements of spaghe… Read more
**Translucent turquoise 10". Includes a deft and moody House of Black Lanterns remix.**
Banging UK house jaxx for Lobster Boy's consistently ace imprint. 'Do 4 Me; rolls out on a darkside flex with brooding Reese-style bass buoying belting diva stabs and raw-but-slinky house drums. 'Blue Suede' is more bittersweet, percolating Chicago-meets-London drums with blue vocal signature and an alkaline synth tang.
**Early, lesser known ace from DJ Pierre** Features the eternally futuristic warehouse banger, 'G.T.B' in three version - the original with its choppy vocal coda and brain-bending acid tweaks; a pumpin dub, and instrumental.
Thursday, 14 May
**Hand-stamped white label** Capracara makes Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard's The 2 Bears sound good. The disco-pop of 'Not This Time' is lifted from 'The Night Is Young' album and dressed up in tighter fitting Jersey house swing vibes.
Brothers 008 teams up Lakker's Eomac with Rory St. John, and JoeFarr with Witch for a crafty pair of bosh-offs. On the adroit A-side ace, 'Crack and Chop', Eomac and St. John conduct pendulous garage-techno functions with the itchiest hi-hats and glottal groove punctuation at 140bpm. On the turn, JoeFarr and Witch offer the rail-gunning techno attacker, 'Perihelion'.
Angel de la Guardia sparks up Broken Call Records with a really mixed bag of moody, technoid garage backed with a Mondkopf remix. The delicately poised Jersey house swing of 'Blind' fakes right where the rest goes left with the ethereal synth arrangement and early Sully-style garage breaks of 'All is Well', and the tiered IDM garage-techno of 'Myrtle Broadway'. Mondkopfdoes his nasty thing with rusted industrial clangour remixing 'Blind' to sound something like a Vessel offcut.
**Includes 12" x 12" insert of Function's mug** Ostgut Ton serve the first of two exclusive collections accompanying Function's Berghain 07 mix. A-side, UK techno legend Steve Bicknell plays to the big rooms with plangent radar bleeps and surprisingly reserved yet muscular groove, 'odyssey #1', and the mysterious Post Scriptum heads into orbit with the chiming, Millsian trip, 'Human Timescales'. B-side, Luke Slater jacks up a treat as L.B. Dub Corp with the roto-rimshots, toms and Reese bass of 'So Much' on a classic Detroit tip, and Blue Hour powers thru with the stern buck and sci-fi strings of 'Parallels'.