Wednesday, 29 July
**Includes download redeemable from the label** Detroit cranks, Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and David Shettler, reprise Moon Pool And Dead Band flanked by remixes from JTC, Ectomorph's BMG, Michael Dykehouse, and Nate Young himself. The "dirty dystopian analog techno-funk" of Shettler & Young's original 'MEQ' operates at the edge of the 'floor with frazzled electronics and toiling pulses urging a slompy, atonal jack which inspires the remixers to do much the same. Ghostly International's Dykehouse turns in a percolated noise house version; Patrick Russell dries it out an bumps with extra subs… Read more
**Limited hand-stamped one sided vinyl 12"** Trax Research start-up with two killer, edited cuts from a teenaged Gene Hunt. An original peer of Ron Hardy and Robert Owens, Hunt has carved his tracky, jackin' style all over Chi-house with innumerable 12"s, and quite recently on a pair for Delroy Edwards' L.A. Club Resource. Here, he jams out the fruity perk of 'Twins' with its jaunty acid squirts, pitching chords and jerky groove, followed by the fesity Roland face-off, '909 vs. 707' in which his trusted drum boxes duke it out for the dance.
**Limited to 100 copies on translucent green vinyl in a sticker sealed, screen-printed jacket** Warehouse stash of whacked out techno abstraction hailing from the same Philly scene that spawned _moonraker, Metasplice, and co. Daver Smolen and Hair_loss issued this split joint back in 2011; Smolen smears his side with three joints ranging from distorted klang to salty ghetto step styles, while Hair_loss trade in noisy, discordant No wave techno comparable with Moon Pool and Dead Band or the maddest G.O.D. sounds.
Weighty wanz from Frenchman, Simo Cell, making his debut on Dnuos Ytivil (Livity Sound). With 'Cellar Doors' he triggers a rudely scuffed bass/techno roll working out close to Hodge or Rhythmic Theory's tuffer outings, while the tight subs and sizzling hi-hats of 'Piste Jaune' nail a mean impersonation of Peverelist's signature, slinky style.
Kink and Elektro Guzzi remix each other for Berlin's Macro Recordings with brooding, proggy results.
Tuesday, 28 July
A whacked-out techno volley from EMG and Battista housed in killer Trilogy Tapes artwork by Will Bankhead. This is some deviant dancefloor business, from the bruising bass welt and unstable, uptempo structures of 'Insatiable Desire' and 'Thrill Seeker' to the 100bpm acid sludge of 'Spaceman' and the asphyxiated boogie nodge of 'Electric Cave'.
Lowjack and D.K. double down as Slack DJs with a cranky quartet of Afro-noise-techno joints for Trilogy Tapes. On top, they knead out the rubbled drums and squally swagger of 'Hoops' beside the canny electro-acoustic noise texturtes and tribal roil of '75011'. Flipside, 'Glasshouse Mountains' tills the 'floor in two mixes; a rotted, kicking industrial version and more spacious, blown-out Afro-noise take.
Monday, 27 July
Spencer Parker kicks it like he means it with 'No More Silly Club Songs Vol.1' for Rekids. High-strength, tracky house in four banging versions. The devil is in the details, from the singing hi-hats and rolling subs of 'No.1' to the ruffneck old skool Chi bounce of 'No.2' and the crunching amens laced into the lamping flow of 'No.3'. Deadly.
Thursday, 23 July
**Housed in ace brown paper inner and LP sleeve designed by Studio Tape-Echo. Mastered by Lewis at Stardelta. Edition of 500** Blackest Ever Black debut new meat: Young Echo crew's Ossia steps solo with 20 minutes of pitched Bristol dread. Whilst technically it's not his first outing - that was his mental DJ Oa$is collaboration with DJ Ape a.k.a. Vessel - it's the first we've heard from Ossia in this cloaked mode, straddling dub-rooted technoir, echo-chamber ambience and air-vent drones with adroit, patient application of samples, synth and guitar diffused in a matrix of spring reverb and echo pedals. … Read more
Karen Gwyer coins her 1st release of 2015 via Berlin's much-respected Nous label. More twisted and abstract than the label's previous releases, 'Bouloman' presents three shades of Karen ranging from the dancefloor-primed rolling ascension of 'Keisa Kizzy Kinte' across the front, to more aggressive, blown-out styles with the tetchy grime-techno psychedelia of 'Brunch Music' (someone's been spending too much time in Berlin) to the undisciplined, haywire momentum of 'Shit List With Kid'.
Bookworms tests out a slower, crushed techno sound on his 3rd 12" for L.I.E.S. They're hypnotic slugs of salty bleep techno and slackened industrial, all shot-thru with Bookworms patented grasp of mesmerising repetition. 'Touchless Automatic' bites and grinds like a Durian Brothers killer, and chases that vibe thru the rolling tribal loops and radioactive bass flares of 'Coaxial Electric Suite'. Flipside, he goes ghostly with the shifty, intangible framework of 'Exotic Auto Boutique' and asserts his physical presence with the lashing electric synthlines and stomach thumping kicks of 'Control That'.
**180g wax, plus A4 insert** Berceuse Heroique bring Liverpool's Mark Forshaw into the fold with a brain-swilling acid beast backed by a bucking IBM remix from Hieroglyphic Being. The original A-side, 'The F**k' extrudes yer mind thru a barrage of polymetric oscillations to an intensely delirious breakdown and a ravenously discordant acid wig-out. On the flip, Jamal Moss a.k.a. IBM yokes 'The F**k' to a Rush-style Chicago buck riding cantering groove and hard-working, juddering synthlines.
Mr. Beatnick flexes a proper disco-tech sound with 'Formed In The Stance' for Semtek's DBA label. 'Stutter' opens with some weighty momentum balanced between slyding synth flares and bristling electro NRG bass, whilst the coruscating scales and slippery disco moves of 'Jellyfish' recall classic Patrick Cowley. The title track dims the lights to a noirish, jazzy West London bustle, and 'Obsidian Morning' synchs a lissom swing between wood-crack claps, dubble-dip bass and flighty arpeggios. Great stuff.
Classic Mood II Swing reissued for the good of the club. Includes the frisky club original, trim instrumental, and better yet, that percolating darkside Closer dub and percussive Swing To Mood dub.
Roiling darkroom techno-house from Detroit's Shady P via Glasgow's Clan Destine label. Ruggedly effective and straight-up grooves carry a payload of twisted synths and bent 5am vibes from the head-spinning grip of 'Pavlov's Bitch' to the tweakin' alien synth chatter of 'A Man In Reverse' featuring Drowned.
The German producer jacks up a sleazy, gritty session for Technicolour after acclaimed work for L.I.E.S. and W.T. Records. Both sides follow a similar pattern - giving you something to dance to, and then put you on your arse. A-side opens with the bestial vocal processing of 'Explora (Slave)' before putting its weight behind a proper jack attack, and lowering us into the viscous tarpits of 'Headpiece'. Flipside, he knuckles out the monotone EBM techno pulse of 'Brute Force' and melts to close with the darkroom essence of 'Shpel'.
Bookworms and Max Ravitz a.k.a. Patricia go wild with the hardware as Pulpo for Russian Torrent Versions. Four tracks kick up a fuss between bloody-nosed techno, submerged discohouse and asphyxiated electronica.
Happa, pursues a uniquely infectious big room sound on Pt/5, the label he set up with Al Gill in 2014. We're really feeling the coruscating tang of A-side, 'Chewy Teeth', with its lightshow of keening, bittersweet synths displaying Happa's wayward electronic tastes, whilst the jagged groove offers a subtly twisted take on current arena techno styles. Flipside, he cools off with swaggering bassline and sparse, blank-eyed vocal stabs in 'Ascension' subtly alleviated with trancing synth build to sound a bit like New Order gone techno, before 'Crickets' deals in a crankier sort of industrial house akin to Kassem Mosse gone L.I.E.S.
Lucretio and Marieu, a.k.a. The Analogue Cops, party four different ways for Hypercolour. Up top, Lucretio slams out the galloping EBM techno momentum and 8-bit melodies of 'Vampire Killer' and the cantering daftness of 'Shinobi World'. Down below, Marieu gets grittier with the moody house drive of 'Corona' and breaks it down with the funk-snatching swing of 'McGraw'.
Slow burning deep house beauty from the originators, Virgo Four, in collaboration with Smallville affiliate Jacques Bon, and backed with a perfectly-paced Superpitcher remix. The squashed and tantalising original will seduce the pants off any romantic house fiend, whilst Aksel Schaufler a.k.a. Superpitcher's extended version makes it tantric for the bigger 'floors.
3rd and final part of Dial's 15th anniversary compilation of new and exclusive material. Who better than label mainstay and co-owner Lawrence to open with the deep and minimal house equilibrium of 'Chez Dupont', followed by the hazy elegance of Efdemin's 'No Exit' and a dusty beatdown from Roman Flügel called 'In Your Wardrobe' to round off the A-side. On the turn, they introduce a new name and sound with Dawn Mok's faded, warped R&B piece, 'Like Thoughts Or Moments We'll Fall', and embrace an old one with the strung-out guitar ambience of Pawel's 'All Nearness Pauses'.
Rolling and jacking big room techno brawn from Scuba, backed with remixes from Audion and Len Faki. 'PCP' is a cavernous shunter powered by massive bassline and surging light-show dynamics. The Audion remix is craftier, tweaked out to over eight minutes of teasing arpeggios and kinky, off-kilter disco-techno tropes.
Big room ready, deeper house backed with a more intimate OB Ignitt remix. '323 to Plaza' works out a wiggly, minimal house style wrought with big subs and acidic inflections. Flipside, he explores dubbed out tribal terrain in 'Chocolate Almond', and Detroit's OB Ignitt takes '323 to Plaza' for a more low-lit, sensuous remix riding warm bass and cloaked in midnight pads.
"AUS ready their latest offering - a curveball from Gerd who dusts off his Geeeman alias and offers up ‘Wanna Go Bang’: a ghettocentric package backed up with fellow Clone associate Alden Tyrell on remix duties. Under his many guises, Gerd is an artist who has consistently reaffirmed his reputation as a producer capable of soundtracking peak-time moments across releases on Catch, Royal Oak, Clone and his own 4Lux. Punctuated by classics such as ‘NY House Track’ under NY Stomp, ‘Bang’t’ as Geeman and the stellar remix for George Fitzgerald’s ‘Child’ that instigated his link with AUS - his ca… Read more