Thursday, 27 November
Unhinged industrial techno duo Blacknecks lay their own gravestone with this final evacuation of their archive. Originally presenting themselves as incognito UK garage superstars, in reality it's the work of Al Matthews ov Bleaching Agent/Smear/FSG fame, and Tom Russell aka Truss. Going out with (or without) style, they yield seven cuts here, ranging from blistered shake downs to further iterations of their patented Italo-NRG pounders, plus some arpeggiated nonsense, mentasm-razzing hardcore, and other such frivolity. That sleeve is fxxking filth.
Raw, plunderphonic arrangements from Lutto Lento for Charles Drakeford's new label, FTD. Imagine Madteo meets People Like Us at Drvg Cvltvre's place and you're in the right headspace for 'Remember I Was Dreaming''s five juxtapositions of acousmatic dialogues mashed with pop samples and grubbing grooves, all lifted and re-mastered from old tapes. It works well in the Wax Trax-style sample bump of 'Prima Porta' especially - making for a strong debut for this promising new label.
*Volume Two of Two - 6 tracks pressed on Double Vinyl* Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like these.… Read more
*Volume One of Two - 7 tracks pressed on Double Vinyl* Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like these.… Read more
Maoupa Mazzocchetti debuts with the sleazy darkwave allure of 'A-Tranquility' for Unknown Precept, who previously delivered 'The Black Ideal' compilation of noise/techno hybrids. This 12" sees them head down a narcotically sexy avenue of modern hypnobeat, working with a salty, writhing aesthetic highly comparable with your JTC, Traxx or Beau Wanzer bits. A-side delivers three cuts stretched between Carpenter-esque chimes a bubbling jakbeat with lashings of spring reverb and ghoulish chord progressions and B-side comes with the hench industrial swagger of the Skinny Puppy-esque 'Coexistence' and the killer EBM churn of 'Vernacular'. Strong twelve this.
Minimal, tribalist house and techno from Detroit's legendary UR faction. There's three tracks to 'Has God Left This City?', each as menacingly desolate as the 313 itself, yet laced with the city's deep sense of soul. In a similar way to Terrence Dixon's Population One album, 'Theater Of A Confused Mind', it's a deep topographic reading and reflection of Detroit's soul in sound, striding furtively down the house groove of '7601 12th Street' to the urgent, gloomy techno slam of 'McGraw & Junction' and over to the darkside techno of 'Lodge & Clairmont' with its subtle stabs of car horns, struggling radio signals and unpredictable, scything stabs lunging from the shadows.
Fearless techno jags from Paula Temple, back on R&S after the 'Colonized' EP in 2013. This time out she's much noisier, dynamic, baiting the apocalypse in three dramatic, tribalised onslaughts: 'Deathvox' is an outstanding collision of galloping, shuffling techno torque with 'Elephant Song'-style howls and a stunning doom denouement; from majestic intro, 'Monstro' bombs the senses with heavy artillery harking back to Techno Animal and Scorn at their fiercest; 'Ful' casts a long shadow of brassy synth plumes and thunderous drums reminding of Randomer. Tip!
Rugged, acidic electro-techno from UK veteran Milo Smee in a Bintus mood. Following up his 2013 album with four radgey tracks bowling between the sub-swung tribal industrial winner 'Reflections On Brown' to the sequencer escapades of 'Lightnin'' and on thru tired Landstrumm raver styles in 'Warwick Castle Meltdown', or breakbeat-spiked New Beat grind reminding of auld Caustic Window trax on 'Looking In Your Fridge'.
Extended, Krautische interpretations of Paper Dollhouse's ritual praxis from Dva Damas drummer and techno producer Joe Cocherell, and Montalk. Taking to 'Space III', Cocherell renders 11 minutes of rippling motorik techno groove and prickling kosmische arpeggios that eventually subside leaving us stranded for the final minutes in outer space. Montalk's rework of 'Drone II' is more subtle, working with coolly isolated bass frequencies and salty electronics to shape a spectral scene of detached vocals and space station distress signals.
D-Ribeiro brings his squashed Rotterdam funk to Meda Fury with 'Purple Ghost Dance EP'. Snugly fitting in with the label's colourful Afro-futurist vibe, six tracks swing and shuffle from the flanging strut of 'The Purple Ghost Dance' to inter-dimensional beats of 'Goku's Revenge' via the elastic swing of 'Nightosphere', filtered disco house in 'D4NGR' and the psychedelic, futurist R-funk of 'Subliminal Seducer'. Sweetest dope.
**Screen-printed paper sleeve/white label** Wigglin' psychedelic house jackers from New York's Gavin Russom, back on his Entropy Trax label. 'Telemetry' projects a pounding sort of EBM/Chicago rhythm across the A-side layered up with expanding synth toones and slow phasing drones. 'The Benefiecient, The Merciful' is more Krautish, with quivering organ drones urged on by pulsing motorik bass and lop-sided kicks for floppy long-hair dancing at 4am.
Portugal's mutant techno answer to Zomby, IVVVO arrives at Danse Noire with the excellent 'Theories Of Anxiety' 12". Steeped in faded, classic rave motifs and riven with nervous rhythm, the EP plays out a sehnsucht for some kinda emotion or moody blue sentiment in modern dance music. Without wanting to lessen his other work, we'd say he's properly realised his potential here, spending his energies equally between the airborne, elegiac rave themes of 'Closer' and the chokingly gorgeous beatless blow-out 'Consumed' up top, and the heads-down ambient rave thump of 'Repetition' with Infinity F… Read more
Prime Numbers reset to a slower roll with ace electro trax by Modini, Nick Sinna, and Hakim Murphy, backed with darker Detroit remix by Luke Hess. Edinburgh's Neil Landstrumm and Alan Parley aka Modini plug in a smart take on OG Belgian New Beat/EBM gear from SA 42 et al, whilst reformed junglist Nick Sinna can't hide his roots with the rugged electro-dub swing of 'Come Again', and Chicago's Hakim Murphy presents the deviant electro-acid bubble of 'Synth Work'. Luke Hess perfectly complements the vibe with a brooding 313 version of Nick Sinna's cut. The best PN in ages? We reckon so.
Rave-lustin' heavy house trax from Innershades for one of Holland's finest imprints. A quartet of cuts pay tribute to that pivotal late '80s/early '90s nexus of New Beat, Detroit techno and UK bleep, burning up technoid chords, warehouse booming kicks and aerobic mystic motifs from the fierce but stylish jack of 'CVS' thru the hypnotic bleep 'n bass groover, 'Momentum', to the KMS at the AB vibes of 'Dark Society'. Ace.
Simoncino projects four lushly impressionistic visions of NYC Nu Groove styles with 'Dreams Of Konders' for Creme Organization. This is some classy, near psychedelic gear, rolling in with the mystic mix of Carpenter-esque synth and tribal drum machine flux in 'Meggaton', giving the hips something elliptical with the Afro-debted patterns and spacey dubbing of the glorious title track, and also nodding to Sun Ra with the solar-energised B-side boosters, 'Pyramids' and 'Space Is The Place'.
Rare and sought-after Chicago house killers prod. by Adonis in 1987 for DJ International. Accompanied by Joe Long and Vinnie Divine as The Children, Adonis gives four signature mixes of the motivational 'Freedom', dancing across the chunky toms and rapdi-fire rimshots of the Factory Mix to a more dubbed-out Rock City UK Mix and over to Adonis' supremely dark Deep Mix with signature down-pitched vocals and brooding pads, plus the box-wurkin' Crucial Mix. Class.
Reissue of the lush and melodic Detroit/Dutch techno album by Conforce. Ever since the release of his 'Our Concern EP' in late 2007, Boris Brunnik has forged a celebrated catalogue of heart-warming techno for labels like Rush Hour and Curle. His sound takes the most florid elements of Detroit operators like Carl Craig or Derrick May and fuses them with a European dub-techno sensibility to place him in the recent tradition of Convextion. From the rumbling, bass-driven lowland topography of 'Subtraction' to the synth coralled aquatic scapes of 'Sonar Conversations' to the exquisite… Read more
Extended, proggy acid techno missions from Uwe Schmidt aka Atom™ for The Bunker New York. Both sides weigh in at least 10 minutes long, powered by 303-combustion engines thru dark, cavernous tunnels lit up with lustrous synthlines and pounded with reverberating kicks. 'Ground Loop 1' is stalked by one of Uwe's signature vocaloids intoning "acid" inna proper mid '90s yoghurt weaver style; 'Ground Loop 2' boots up the prog factor to Sacha-like levels with eleven minutes of chugging bass and streaking synthlines.
Kowton comes rugged but slinky on Nic Tasker's Whities label with his first solo 12" of 2014. A-side locks off a smart blend of roiling bass pressure and buoyant synth chimes in 'Glock & Roll' landing somewhere between Meng Syndicate's early Belgian techno and more twinkle-toed UK garage-house styles. On the B-side, 'Bits & Pieces' plays out that pensile light/dark flex with flash FM synth chords glinting off pinched bass and skittish marimba hook beside the infectious, booty-jugglin' percolator, 'Doing Nothing'. Straight tip!
Roiling, brukken techno mutants from Boken on Berlin's secretive Weevil Neighbourhood label. Comprising previous contributors to the label in Anthone and Katsunori Sawa, Bokeh's 'Peace Obscured' debut slowly seeps into being with a furtive sci-fi ambient intro before getting down with thew cracked, tubulent techno funk challenge of 'Brief Glimpses Of Beauty' and skanking on the booming bass ballast of 'Void Armour' with its noisily invasive textures and industrial reverbs.
Junes returns to his Galdoors label with a deep trio of garage variants after 12"s from Elgato and Tames. A-side is given to the expansive swing and awning, brassy motfis and breathy pads of Root Pattern'; B-side holds the subtle, hypnotic shuffle of 'Transfer' and the shifty EP highlight of syncopated hi-hat shiver and dry bass budge in 'Iced'. Support from Roman Flügel, Zip, Joy Orbison, Ben UFO etc.
One of Portugal's finest returns to the UTTU fam with mystic house treasure in 'Osiris Resurrected'. The original ripples with a radiant rhythmelodic cadence across the A-side, scattering 16th note flurries across a swinging, Afro-centric root with mesmerising effect. B-side, London's vaunted Palms Trax gets busy with a tight breakbeat house remix.
KILLAH garage ravers picked up and dealt out by Hot Haus Recs. 'Strutter' trades in thee most infectious swing-jack on the front, spiced up with ghostly organ chords, donking bass and is that a Share Vari sample?! Proper rudeness any way you look at it. On the flip, 'Ripping The V's' goes heavy on the bass with slamming but skippy sorta pressure. Mint.