Thursday, 05 March
Natty, psychelicious house trax by your boy from Offenbach, DJ Slyngshot. Lovers of ruff and spirited house music are understandably set to fall hard for these three cuts - the salty Theo-style beatdown crackle of 'Cycles' and the dopest breakbeat dip zipped with darting keys and wobbly Moog in 'Skyscraperz' up top, backed with the disco jackin' deep house showpiece, 'High Times' on the flip. DJ Slyngshot knows what's up. This is unmissable for fans of Theo, STL, Marcellus Pittmann, Soulphiction...Tipped!
*LP version comes with free download card* Pearson sound has the honour of releasing Hessle Audio's 1st solo artist album with his adroit and concise self-titled opus. It arrives 7 years since his earliest transmission, 'Blimey' [HES005] as Ramadanman, in which time he's carved a distinct niche between the sub-strata of UK techno, dubstep and electronica, building one of the most distinguished catalogues in modern dance music - including high profile remixes for Radiohead and Disclosure. Clearly inspired by the 'floor but not beholden to it, 'Pearson Sound' gives him wriggle room for exp… Read more
Backed up by a monstrous Regis remix, Stave's taking no prisoners on this one for Repitch. Jonathan Krohn, the Chicagoan also behind Male and Talker (with Karl Meier), sets the tone with a gravelly slammer called 'Hardened Chord' which Regis promptly kicks the fxxk out of in his nastiest, noisiest remix for quite some time. B-side, Stave gets his rocks off on a thoroughly unpleasant, thundering 'Circle Pit' assault and the cloven hoofed swarm of 'Paid Jazz'. Have mercy on the children, we beseech thee…
**Includes download code** Herva comes with that crooked breakbeat-house fonk on Dublin's All City label. Hitting a particularly fecund patch of Dego, Aardvarck or Shake-like breaks and sampler jazz, the Italian producer puts his past experience as a drummer to great use in 'HTYMO''s tricksy drum programming and dusty MPC knocks. Peak vibes to be found in the noisy big beats of the title track; the 4Hero-style jungle-jazz expression, 'She Is 32 Bit'; a dextrous and lush dipper titled 'No Money No Honey' reminding of Pepe Braddock at his wildest. Them's the breaks…
Legowelt oscillates breakbeat 'ardcore and psyched-out techno styles for kindred spirits, UTTU. Get your vintage 'ardcore rushes in the billowing B-line saturation and tweaky, Afro-inspired patterns in 'Immensity of Cosmic Space' and the rolling Omni Trio-style light/darkside vibes of 'Lumeria'. 'Palm Trees In The Rain' does that swing-jackin' '90s ps-house thing, and 'Phase 5' hits a moody house stride.
3rd industrial noise and techno incursion from Vereker's Endangered Species label is given to Skander, a.k.a. his partner in Renoir. The top side is reserved for a pair of washed-out and amorphous noise sculptures; camouflaging broken-spirited electronic melodies with semi-opaque harmonic distrotions in 'Sado Seeker' and squashing jagged rhythmic noise convulsions in 'Steel Talon'. The other side serves a body-checking techno beast called 'Death by Handgun' powered by skull-fxxk kicks and rasping attack tones. Murder.
Shadowy industrial techno invocations from London's Gohan for French label, Peur Bleue Records. A mix of proper ambient gloom with toiling machine rhythms and daemonic voices sans fromage (French innit), 'Stabbed In Konya' is a striking introduction to Gohan, for us at least. We'd recommend it for the sparking electro runs buried within 'Criminal Amnesia'; the percolated acid-electro doom of 'Onlookers Murmur'; and the dramatic B-side of noirish classical keys and zombie EBM grind.
Slugbug bounces on from a recent L.I.E.S. episode to a mutant industrial session for the label's Eastern cousins, Russian Torrent Versions. We detect a bit of '80s industrial Detroit and Chicago influence in there, somewhere between Beauy Wanzer and Stingray with the mystic electro opener and another slice hard-ass drums 'n drones; B-side pulls back to reveal a fleshier cyborg rhythm replete with processed vocal and stuttering Jak patterns beside a proper, synth-laced EBM stomper.
D.K. glydes back onto Antinote with a quartet of boogie house hustles. Blessed with a certain Gallic charm, 'Love on Delivery' pays in full with the chiming electro-soul of 'License To Dream' and the romantic wash of 'Marimba Theme', plus the tropical synth breeze and tumbling 727 percussion of 'What Ever Turns You On', and a lovely kiss-off with 'Softest Place'.
Legowelt tries something a little different on 'Vaporware Tracks Vol.1'. Possibly realising that there's a limit to how many space house jams a man can take, Creme Organization have plucked out four freakier Legowelt pearls for y'all: dicing with stuttered sample-jam techno in 'Norwegian Crack Dealer' and giddy disco-techno in 'XYZ Southwest British Airlines' on the A-side, while the flip comes with a rugged, nearly-bust techno groove in 'Satierian Moon Breeze' plus a heads-down stomper named 'The Sea Is So Silent'.
Synchrophone collect those remixes of Blondes' 'Wire' by Huerco S, Claro Intellecto and Function that never made it onto vinyl last year. The Huerco S is a real peach, taking ten minutes to mulch fellow Americans to a viscous , clanking house pulp, while Claro does his always-excellent North Manchester thing and Function loiters in free-floating ambient techno zones.
**Heavy vinyl edition of 150** "Portland vocal house roots duo Gemini Lion is an ongoing collaboration between soul-singer J. Green and SILK staple producer A. Kalin (Temples, Polonaise, Finesse). Adoration, their debut, pickpockets from various downtown wardrobes for a multi-culti vibe that’s equal parts party monster, ballroom strut, and melancholic sweat. Green’s voice is a rich and dexterous presence, waxing after romantic obsessions and delineating queer terminology, while Kalin’s lean bass lines and percussion sequences shuffle and flow through fluid, reflective states. Their commitment … Read more
Sidelong tech-house minimalism from another new name on the Blank Slate label. Leading on from his contribution to Blank Slate 006, 'I Want You' beckons with tactile jazz motifs and frayed, ghostly tech-house framework; 'By Thge Way You Look At Things' percolates field recordings, frothing drums and chopped voices in a patchwork of Villalobos-like groove and intercepted Sublime Frequencies.
Gaja follow's the lead of Sleeparchive's recent Tresor bangers by taking heavy cues from Birmingham techno circa '97. Expect red-lined 16th note synth bite and ragged, railroading rhythms for the headstrong. A good start for Ophism, made all the better by the Debord quote on the cover.
*Lava-coated red vinyl* The Moeller train pulls up to Brooklyn's Bangers & Ash with a quartet of salty dub house and piquant electronic pieces.
**Repress in black sleeve with new centre labels** Subtly infectious deep house grit from L.I.E.S.' new pick up. NGLY's label debut - following a smart 12" for Russian Torrent Versions marching grounds - is arguably one their best in 2014 so far. Up top 'Service Cost' ripples with a Bookworms-like tribal coda hingeing on perfectly timed hi-hats and hypnotic, spiralling synth motifs primed for 2am face-rolling. whilst 'Some Relationships' is a sweet piece of downbeat BoC reverence. B-side 'Speechless Tape' puts down a gorgeous square bass riff beneath Wold-like choral loops and Blake Baxter-e… Read more
Glasgow legend Dave Clark a.k.a. Sparky on a misty-eyed electro-techno mission for Rubadub's own label. A-side gives a bow to the Innovator, Derrick May with gorgeous kaotic string pads and tuffened techno breaks twisted with enough character to really make it Sparky's own sound, while B-side delivers a more percolated take on similar elements, crammed with nuff detail and tweaky, sweaty funk to get it all done within those shockingly short club opening hours in Scotland (how on earth do they manage?!). Solid.
The fourth 12” in this ace series sees some of Kenny's mid 90's Dark Comedy material. A slice of essential techno history on 12” (and remastered by Dexter) - get on it.
2015 reissue of some of Kenny Larkin's best material under the Dark Comedy moniker. All tracks were originally released on his Art Of Dance label, and the Rush Hour repress that saw the light in 2006 now gets a fresh run. Mighty stuff.
2015 reissue of this killer EP, containing the best of Kenny Larkins genius and super-rare 'Seven Days' album from 1997. The twelve Starts with the haunting, aptly titled 'Paranoid', then 'The Bar' will still cause the same dancefloor mayhem it has done for years, after which it's an easy slide into 'Ecletic', which takes you on a trip to wherever you want to go.
Red-raw analog techno bangerz by The Vampire of Sacramento. Nearly a year on from his debut on June - the first outsider to release on the label - he gears up a wilder dancefloor assault in 'The Manor Conspiracy', leaving us reelin' with two tributes to early Mills and co in 'Axis i + II' on the A-side before loading up the slicing hi-hats and bucking craic of 'Haloperidol Decanoate', plus the seething, Orbital-style playtime tattoo of 'Code Green MF'.
Raw-to-the-bone jackers from Blake Stone on his debut for Dense & Pika's Kneaded Pain label. Worth it for the T2-style EBM jack of 'Deftone' alone, but there's also some canny disco loopers and tracky slammers to boot.
Dub-sprung and quirky tech-house class from Germany. 'Labrador' is an ace, starting out with loose, Nyabinghi-esque drum cadence and water sounds precipitating a big, chugging disco bassline and simmering Balearic chords for the journey. The B-side's 'Twisted' is kinkier, riding with steppin' bassline and shuffling drums into the depths of the night.
Ricardo Villalobos and Tobias. take Max Loderbauer, Claudio Puntin and Samuel Rohrer's Ambiq trio to the dancefloor. Adapting tracks from their eponymous album for Arjuna Music, Villalobos does a hypnotic tango with 'Tund', dancing around sloshing subbass and lilting, almost Moondog-styled rhythmelodies in the trippiest soundsphere, whereas Tobias. augments and rends 'Toxic Underground' to a pointillist techno pulse tunnelling thru ghostly electro-acoustic vortices. Tipped!
Fixmer peers into the abyss of his industrial soul on his 5th solo album. The mode is mostly sleek, powerful big room techno with a keen industrial edge and subtly infected sound design, but there a few excpetions with the dry thump of 'Inside Of Me' sporting his own over-the-shoulder vocals, and an excellent closing couplet of radiant techno rolige in 'Thoughts', and the deep blue come-down of 'Elevation'.
Samaan drops a couple of slow and grungy acid jacks backed with electro + techno remixes by The Exaltics and scouse supergroup Phantom Planet Outlaws.
Travis Stewart a.k.a Machinedrum slinks out as Aden on Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label. The 'Tanz EP' is a shiny new skool club affair, seducing with the rimshot-freckled build of 'Lieb' and percolating proper Dance Mania meets Jersey vibes with the smooth-but-rugged 'Grau'. The haughty thrust of 'Hass' nods to ballroom and early Chi-house styles - think Mike Q meets Chip E - and 'Hell' gets off with razor sharp chords and bucking groove, like Mark Fell wurkin' his Green Velvet suit.
Thursday, 26 February
**Limited edition screen-printed jacket version. Dinky centre labels, screen-printed side F label. Resealable sleeve** 'Expressions' is the lush 2nd album from Edinburgh's Linkwood on Firecracker. It's the sort of album you can spend a whole evening, or equally a whole lifetime with, perfectly crafted and sequenced for immersed listening and also to be broken down into DJ components - of which there are some super strong moments in the hypnotic Detroit disco-tech of 'Object', the sophisticate house stride of 'Expressions', and a sublime dub chord lather in 'Love Lost' to close. From Firecracker… Read more
Club music's pre-eminent mutant, Powell, launches a daring raid on the mainstream with this screaming double header for XL. Marking his highest profile release to date, following the '11-14' 2CD issue and remixes for Nico Jaar and Daniel Avery, he unswervingly sticks to his modern No Wave mission with the tumbling, ravenous rhythm and noise of 'Sylvester Stallone' and 'Smut'. Operating at the extremes of the XL's remit, the Diagonal Records captain takes a hot-wired joyride thru techno badlands, colliding a cornucopia of reference points with a Ballardian sense of visceral, descriptiv… Read more