Wednesday, 17 September
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Monday, 15 September
Killer, free-wheeling house and electronica ruffed up by Italian anomaly Herva. His 2nd album for Delsin builds on the febrile examples of his debut album 'Meanwhile In Madland' and that wicked hook-up with Mass Prod for Kontra-Musik, shunting and shape-shifting ruffcut blocks of sampled sound into mutant grooves and off-kilter ambient headspace. It all feels like the bastard offspring of Anthony Shakir and Aphex Twin - shifted with twitchy sleight of hand to dizzying, kaleidoscopic effect. When he's kicking it out, as on 'Slam The Laptop' or the choppy skip of 'Jingle Memo Jingle' the resul… Read more
Ghetto don Marquis Hawkes continues to flirt with Dutch labels following his stack of classics for Glasgow's Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and Clone's Jack For Daze series. He's already won with the opening track's hybrid of jacking house and the spine-tingling bell synths from Origin Unknown's jungle classic, 'Valley Of The Shadows', and then gets freakier still with the purple house screw of 'Prince Among Men', plus a chewy acid jam called 'Acid Sofa', and some of dat knackered box business in 'October Blues'.
Soggy electro-techno stormers from Ekman for Trilogy Tapes following his efforts for Berceuse Heroique and Panzerkreuz. Operating in a murky brown hole between Michael Forshaw and Unit Moebius, 'Entropy' rounds out four pieces of decayed bilge pump and moody melody for the headstrong.
Thursday, 11 September
Matthew Herbert turns out four lop-sided house grooves on 'Part Seven' of his revived vinyl series. The EP ranges from percolating, wooden drums and breezy vocals of Hejira's Rahel in 'Bumps' to the hydraulic house swing of 'Suckers' on the A-side, to a tuff but quirky techno chug reminding of Wolfgang Voigt in 'Pretty Daddy', and daft, loopy funk on 'Get Strong'.
**Dinked 7" vinyl edition of 300** Call Super reveals a quieter side to his oeuvre on these two gems anticipating his eagerly awaited 'Suzi Ecto' album. The 'Sulu Sekou' version is a beautifully gauzy mesh of swirling pipes and glinting groove anchored by blooming, padded subs to tread a mystic path somewhere between Hassell and Shackleton. On the other hand, the extended version of 'Coney Storm Drain' is moodier, opening a 3 minute wormhole of prickly texturhythms and fizzing sci-fi atmospheres leaving us primed and very curious for the full length…
**Glow in the dark jacket** Brstl pillar, Shanti Maass aka Shanti Celeste, does dat electro-boogie for Julio Bashmore's Broadwalk label. To date she's had a coupla smart 12"s for her own Brstl label - home to locals like October, Outboxx, Rhythmic Theory - and also the Idle Hands label/shop, where she works behind the counter. Her 'Universal Glow' is a bewt, tickling out spidery electro ticks and booming bass balanced with gorgeous Detroit pads to sound like some lost Reel By Real joint. B-side she factors similar chord progression to a bouncing, swinging Detroit house groove on 'Felix… Read more
**2LP. Printed inners. Embossed PVC jacket** One of Techno's slipperiest operators presents his debut album statement in the subtle but lush structures of 'Suzi Ecto' for Fabric/Rob Booth's Houndstooth. Over the last four years the London-based musician has garnered the respect of everyone from PAN's Bill Kouligas to Ben UFO and Objekt, exemplifying his artistic versatility and aptitude for transcending cerebral and club dimensions. With 'Suzi Ecto' he opens a lucidly gorgeous space between the 'floor and our imagination, sweeping us thru eleven concisely detailed prisms refracting classic IDM… Read more
**Re-mastered by Matt Colton and available on limited edition clear vinyl** Remastered (by Matt Colton) reissue of Juan Atkins' (and Marty Bonds') sought after ambient techno gem, originally released in 1992. 'The Passage' is a classic piece of Detroit breakbeat techno science flush with celestial synth arrangements and powerful electro/breakbeat techno torque buffed up for 2014 on the A-side. Flip it for the darker techno-pop drive of 'Mind Changes' and the midnight sci-fi mission, 'Vessels In Distress'.
Shapednoise wrenches out some of his most powerful constructions for Russian Torrent Versions. The yung Italian producer takes no prisoners during a four track bombardment, obliterating the senses with the roiling truth of 'The Existence Of A Vital Reality', before systematically putting the boot in with bone-grinding force on 'Phase'. Flip her over for a proper mean streak of collapsing techno in 'Illumination', and the throttling intensity of 'Distorted Vision'.
Space-headed slo-mo techno/hip hop trips from R&S's new signing. Five tracks explore downtempo zones akin to Cloud Boat in 'On The Edge Surrounded With The Shores Of Assudrey', beside the sci-fi hip hop noise of 'Deer Drink From The River' and two pieces of scratchy modular noise in 'Dialectic A' & Dialectic B'. Fans of Fhloston Paradigm or Herva should check it oot.
Bolder new styles from Will Saul aka Close, and Second Storey fka Al Tourettes, backed up with remix by Seven Davis Jr. 'No Love Lost' is a surprise deviation into different tempos than usual for Aus Music, tackling a sort of dreamy post-punk pop and halfstep D&B hybrid in 'No Love Lost' featuring Morcheeba-like vox by Kid A, plus instrumental, slo-mo electronica in 'Lacuna Slide', and techier swing moves in 'WAL'. Seven Davis Jr provides some relief for spun-out house heads with a more conventional, uptempo house rework of 'No Love Lost'.
Tuff-as-old-boots techno from hotly tipped yunger, Manni Dee, backed with grumbling remixes from Ancient Methods and Shawn O'Sullivan. 'A Lover's Rhetoric' starts up with a pile-driving piece of pneumatic industrial techno a la BMB or Surgeon, which Ancient Methods brilliantly spike with their patented style of industrial funk sounding like a cyborg version of The Neon Judgement's 'The Fashion Party's Over'. Manni's 'Voluptuous Surrender' cuts loose on the B-side with spikier drums and pinging, acidic synth delays, which Brooklyn's Shawn O'Sullivan duly carves up as a twitchy, wild-eyed industrial swinger. Easily worth it for the AM remix alone!
Bookworms knuckles down some of his most minimal, tracky techno hypnotisers for Nord Records. Reducing the styles of his aces for L.I.E.S. and Anòmia, his first release of 2014 is all about slinky, gritty rhythmelody. A-side gives up the bookworm-holing square bass roil and glinting techno wriggle of 'Compact Visual Nature' beside the radiant sequencer harmonics and jack trak of 'Outdoor'. B-side brings a bang with the windswept, monotone techno dynamics of 'Location Unavailable' and what sounds like a bury mix of Jeff Mills and Jamal Moss in kicking kosmic kaos of 'STE-017'. One for the DJs and dancers.
Lean, squelchy electro-funk and house strutters from Wrong Steps for Huntleys + Palmers. First up, 'Glam' glitters the 'floor with it's ruddy seed, shifting hips with in-the-pocket bassline and clipped drums wound tight to sharp organ chords. 'Rain' follows with moodier, filtered chords and percolating Afro drums trimmed for the dancers. Flipside, 'Yyam' plays it down with hazy keys and effortlessly infectious swing, leaving 'Gyms' to fade out to shimmering chrome notes and knotted disco groove.
**Hand-stamped pink wax** Psilocybic house from the North Wales posse behind Crow Castle Cuts. Volume 3 of the Tripp series introduces three debuts: YRD drops the thumping techno techno-house of 'Dul Doen'; Thom Brooke makes nice with the warm ambient chords and mesmerising bassline of 'Penway'; Le Causa travels further out with the saltier pink noise and Pub-like abstract postulations of 'Lacanau'. Ian Blevins is the only experienced hand, previously appearing on Disco Bloodbath, and here with the chiming house swagger of 'AA'.
Powerful techno from Sawlin. A smart and dark James Ruskin remix of 'Sprectrafuck' opens the account with dead ahead momentum leading to the grumbling, monotone drive and Samuel Kerridge-esque awning pads of the original. Flip it for a proper warehouse job in the cantering groove of Im Kessel', and the chewy, bone-grinding techno funk of 'Modularer Turn'.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** The Berlin-based Italian disco/house expert weighs in a lustrous, lucid dream of a 2nd album for Live at Robert Johnson. 'With One Another' is clearly all about the joys of a shared dancefloor experience, ripe with lushly tiered, trancing synthliens owing as much to the heritage of his homeland as the mittel European legacy of the Robert Johnson and Frankfurt, or Berlin's flouncing dancefloors. This vinyl version flaunts eight sparkling gems ranging from the sneaky kosmiche lift of 'A Dream I Get Stuck… Read more
Deft, tracky Detroit styles via Scotland, courtesy Stepehn Brown. One side's a jagged, tracky jacker countered with wistful melody, whereas the other slows down an d op-ens out to enjoy the journey with dubbed-out chords and skippy garage-techno swing drums anchored by a big ol' butt of a sub bass.
A treat for the short back 'n sides crew: deeper UK house featuring Sandy Duperval in 'Owl', plus rugged, swinging remix from Lukas, and backed with the infectious vocal house of 'Feel The Pressure' featuring Christine Nelson, and Benway's dizzying Pressurize remix. Cut dem shapes yah.
In which Fabric's Craig Richards remixes the sound of 100,000 bats into three tech-house, electro and ambient tracks.
**Includes the full album on CD plus a bonus track and Sagat remix** Submerged leftfield electronica from Bernardo Risquez (Venezuela) and Michael Langeder (Austria) aka Different Fountains for Belgium's Meakusma label. 'Shrimp That Sleeps' plays out a hazy suite of songs sounding something like a stoned, underwater To Rococo Rot, meeting lithe krautrock rhythms with bubbling minimalist melodies and outernational inflections in nine slickly sculpted sound spheres.