Thursday, 24 July
**Die-cut jacket and printed inner with download coupon** The 1st in a fleet of 3 instrumental EPs from SBTRKT paving the way for his 2nd album. On 'Transitions 1' you'll find two mercurial grooves, melding an aviary of electronic chirrups and whirring garage techno in 'Gamalena', and a bittersweet blend of itchy, bit-crushed drums with cascade of Zomby-esque melodies in 'Hold The Line'.
**Die-cut jacket and printed inner with download coupon** The 2nd in a fleet of 3 EPs from SBTRKT paving the way for his 2nd album. We find the masked man at his most contemplative with the beautifully sullen chamber-pop chords and white noise snare punctuation of 'Resolute' backed by the Koreless-meets-Haruomi Hosono occidental chiptune winks of 'Kyoto'.
**Die-cut jacket and printed inner with download coupon** The 3rd in a fleet of 3 instrumental EPs from SBTRKT paving the way for his 2nd album. He's on a forward UK soul tip here with the spiralling battery acid licks and plump subbass of 'Highs + Lows' and the gangsta waltz of 'Stifle'.
**Clear vinyl** Tactile, rugged industrial techno experiments from London's Details Sound. There's a range and sensitivity at play here which tends to escape many industrial practitioners, spreading out from stark drone modulations to hypnotic, banking techno pulsers, monotone fibrillations and raspin' rolige compatible with Shifted, Prostitutes or Ron Morelli.
Killer, stark, psychotomimetic jaxxx from the L.I.E.S. stronghold. They're apparently teasers for an upcoming project, leaving us with the taste of sweat and poppers after ingesting the rapid acid flux, spiralling accordion and spiky jack of 'ZKY', and kicking us in the gut with the haughty shunt of 'Image'. You dancing?
Second label comp from ClekClekBoom, featuring exclusive tracks from French Fries, Bambounou, Coni, Aleqs Notal, NSDOS, Jean Nipon and Aethority.
Stump Valley puts a big, slompy donk on it for Rush Hour, backed with two side-winding slow disco percolators. Following up his ace debut for Off Minor Recordings, he runs the chugging mid-tempo bounce of 'The Visitors' with mad phasing breakdown, powerful bass and tweakin' disco arpeggios on the front, whilst flipside yields the dubbed sway and tricksy percussive patterns of 'Galaxy999' and a reshuffled Drum Rave Mix by Mtrpls on the flip. Stick this in your party and watch 'em smoke it.
Wayward, tripping acid techno trax from Sweden's Daniel Andréasson - new on Skudge. All about the strange, skippy but sludgy groove of 'Ble3' on top, but there's also some canny moves in the slower, gear-grinding 'Ditehr24' and two Frak style jams on the flip.
Reissue of a highly sought-after ghetto house banger from Chicago '93. Same track on both sides.
Psilocybic house and techno funk from Matt Didemus of Juniors Boys' new label. The label's 2nd release is cleft between the mysterious Primitive World and Hamburg's Yør, the former veering between frothy acid and melting techno rhythms spiced with flashes of purple funk, the latter wandering off into Alice In Wonderland techno playzones. Gobble.
Aïsha Devi's Danse Noire label really comes into its own with these wild gabber and throat music incursions backed by equally freaked Hieroglyphic Being and IVVVO remixes. Her 'Hakkan Dub' takes the form of dub-spattered drums and blitzkreig kicks haunted by harpy vocals, whereas 'Throat Dub' hollows-out and manipulates the ever-effective sound of Mongolian (?) throat singers for nine minutes of arresting drones. Flipside IVVVO ices 'Hakkan Dub' to a cavernous EBM thump sounding like some lost cut from the Caustic Window sessions, and Jamal Moss gives 'Throat Dub' a squashed, Afro-centric re-wriggle.
**Aqua-blue wax with the smallest centre label you'll see all week** Laidback ambient deep house trips from mysterious North Wales. "A journey or dreams from Talaiassa to Cadibonna via Kumotori and Moel Penderyn. Secret sounds designed for mind adventure."
Huxley returns to Aus with a second EP, co-produced with S-Man (aka Roger Sanchez) for an anthemic, sub-heavy 4-tracker.
**Hand-stamped white label** 18th anniversary reissue of Unit Moebius' legendary warehouse sessions for Bunker. This is the stronger of the two 12"s, scoping delicate ambient pieces alongside reduced and kinky techno, and the kind of blunted, gristly grooves that precedents for the likes of Opal Tapes and Trilogy Tapes nearly twenty years ago.
#16 in the killer Ron Hardy series. Up top you'll cop Mr K Alexi's kicking cut-up of the vocal from Hardy's 'Sensation', originally issued as Risque III's (Risque Rhythm Team) 'Don't You Know', and also featured on the Partehardy series, plus Greg Perry's soul bomb 'Come Fly With Me'. B-side, it's one of those deadly 'Drum Track' cuts working it to-the-bone.
Jay Daniel, Seven davis Jr and Ph0t0machine put a new spin on Four Tet's 'Beautiful Rewind' album tracks. Detroit's yung wunderkind, Jay Daniel rides roughshod drum machine rhythms, dissolving keys and field recordings of birdsong over a sublime rework of 'Aerial'; Seven Davis Jr nimbly tweaks Buchla' into a skipping, floating garage-house groove, and Ph0t0machine gives 'Crush' a mercurial electro-techno momentum.
Slinky, deeper house from Dona backed with Patrice Scott and Vakula remixes. The originals are comparable with Cassy's stripped down electroid swing, Scott gives a ruggedly aquatic remix, and Vakula runs with a raw acid dub sound.
DJ Q and DJ Haus pipe up with a 2nd set of 'floor burnin' garage-house swingers. On top deck they whisk up the champagne bubble and pan pipes of 'Str8 Jugglin' and the ruder rudder of 'Eros Dance'. Below deck they shake out the kinky swing of 'All Nite' and a DJ Q remix fired up with 'ardcore breaks and a West Yorkshire rudeboy stance.
Route8, Jupiter Jax, Afrikan Sciences, NGLY and DYSN-T remix deep house treats from the Nous cabinet. Route8 sets the pace with a raw, swinging re-do of Spoiled Drama's 'The Sun In Your Face', and Jupiter Jax follows his 100% Silk debut with a sun-bleached boogie-house makeover for Valb-R's 'About Freedom' beside a loose, dazed Afrikan Sciences remix of Militades' 'As We'. Flipside, NGLY follows 12"s for Russian Torrent Versions and L.I.E.S. with a strident take on the same cut, and DYSN-T debuts with a dreamy, wavey, jakked-up remix of Route8's 'C19'.
Thursday, 17 July
**Edition of 350 cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy** The latest in Vladislav Delay’s new label series finds the man himself & Max Loderbauer (NSI, Sun Electric) on top, uncompromising form. Operating somewhere between Wolfgang Voigt's pounding waltzes and the tunnelling techno of Rrose, the A-side's '#2' tucks up militant triplets and chaotic, streaming synthlines to febrile effect. Over on the flip #6 involves a hyper-accelerated production sounding something like DJ Stingray and Villalobos having it out at breakneck momentum with a gush of stepping drum percolations… Read more
Reel-skool Detroit house aces from O B Ignitt, peer and collaborator of Omar-S, on his freshly minted OBONIT label. Perhaps best known for his 'Wayne County Hill Cops' 12" with Omar-S, O-B defines his own take on Detroit house with three raw burners dancing between the funked-up, piquant swing of 'Sweaty Dance Flo' to the slamming 'Ignitt Techno' and freaky party sauce of 'Chocolate City (Uncle James' Mix)'. Choice selection for 313 connoisseurs!
"San Fran synth sensei Ben Winans, a.k.a. Roche, ventures further into his arcane hardware labyrinths on Stillhope, his second slab of mind-wired Pacific house for 100% Silk. As always, there’s a great sense of spaciousness and flow,coastal fog billowing around Alcatraz and over Land’s End, invisible currents taking control. “Stillhope” and “The Medicine” skew more toward the hazed and zen, cliffside smoke seances rendered through samplers and circuitry, percussion patterns ghosting under hidden lunar cycles, while “Change” brings back the bass, riding an acid-funked electric slide into a chorus of … Read more
**Screen-printed paper sleeve** Pulsing analogue techno arpeggiations from NYC's Gavin Russom on his new label, Entropy Trax. They're both more stripped down and direct than previous outings with Black Meteoric Star and Crystal Ark, focussing a signature kosmiche momentum into the galloping groove and Goan trance progressions of 'The Purge' on side A, and spacing out with barely harnessed modular acid flickers and subbass-buoyed technohouse swagger on the B-side, 'Entropy'.
Reissue of seminal, early Chicago house trax from Chip E as Sweet D. You get the happy clapping piano house cheese of 'Thank Ya' up top, but the really gems are flipside in the Italo-aping disco bassline, chirruping vocal and synths of 'Do Do It' and daft MIDI funk of 'Turn It'.
More quality from the Trax vaults. Robert Owens classic from 1986 - produced by Larry Heard/Mr. Fingers. Audio restoration by Arjan Rietvink's Digital Mastering.
**Includes A4 insert** Berceuse Heroique present Koehler's kicking follow-up to his wayward Skudge debut. A-side is given to the bright, prodding synth stabs and guttural garage-techno roll of 'Dynasty; B-side features the synth vignette 'Spiral Light' and the corrugated breakbeat techno flex of 'Deleted Scene'.
Shifty-ass techno and breakbeats from the prolific co-founder of Ilian Tape for Will Bankhead's label. Topside rolls out the subaquatic techno-house tool 'Mörsin' and a clattering breakbeat techno slayer called 'Watz'. Flipside gets better yet with the pendulous torque of 'W2' built to raze big rooms to their foundations, plus a warped, abtsract wormhole, 'Banded'. Tipped!
Rome's Adam Bourke returns to Fivefold with four slick grooves on the cusp of deep and tech house. 'Divvy' starts up with clipped garage/micro-house shuffle harking back to vintage Farben, and 'Driving Flow' ducks deeper to a dubbed-out aquatic house sound. Flipside, the laidback and hypnotic pastoral arpeggios and jagged electro-house move 'Redlight' marks the EP highlight, and 'Naked Eye' closes to a beatless flutter of jazz piano chords and ambient electronics.