Tuesday, 21 October
Peverelist meets Andy Mac as Zennor with three deeper UK house trax, new on TTT. 'Never In Doubt' is the straight-playing A-side pushing plump kicks and jiggy hi-hats with blue bassline and chord washes to subtly insistent impact. B-side, 'Storms' brings a more rugged take on NYC garage house and Teutonic mnmlsm with haughty bass heft and dancing synth motifs nodding Ben Cenac and STL, leaving 'Tin' on some halfstepping R&Bizzle.
Bruce rolls off an ace 12" for Livity Sound into a trio of murky, mongrel techno trax for Hessle Audio. The lop-sided wamp of 'Not Stochastic' is a refreshing, exemplary take on the noisy, abstract techno nexus; yoking minimal, thrumming techno from the brink of psychedelic chaos to tensely gritted effect. By turns, 'Trip' takes the opportunity to investigate niche ambient zones between Burial, Inga Copeland and Dynamo, before 'My Legs Wouldn't Go Quick Enough' delivers a sort of dream-state return to the dancefloor with tetchy drums and morphing atmospheric pressure. It's a bewt. Tip!
More radiophonical f**kery from Ekoplekz, deposited on Bob Bhamra's West Norwood Cassette Library. The 'Rock La Bibliotek' EP features six cuts of grubby analog utterance ranging from the marsh-troddin' Sarkaztik' to the dank chamber zones of 'Dropkone' on the A-side, and from plonging stepper 'Metronomik' to the eyrie ritual of 'Ekztatik' on the other.
Lukid joins the Lib Tech gang with his first release in nearly two years. A producer's producer and a perennial outsider persistently mutating styles in the cracks of current techno, electronica and bass music, Lukid still evades any net we might chuck at him with 'Crawlers'. The A-side opener, 'Nine' may well be known to you for it's brittle, anguished lead motif which was snatched by Evian Christ for his 'Propeller' on the 'Waterfall' EP. Here it sounds more sombre and petrified, shaken up with rasping drums and bass beside the strobing spectres of 'La Cucaracha'. B-side, he thwacks off angular, fl… Read more
Monday, 20 October
Stellar 2nd album of Detroit techno sci-fi from Terrence Dixon's Population One avatar. Arriving a mere 20 years since his Population One debut, 'Unknown Black Shapes' - whose 1995 follow-up EP, 'Hippnotic Culture' coincidentally inspired Rush Hour's moniker - we're made privy to Dixon's most intimate, noirish portrayal of a 313 psyche in eight tracks traversing hi-tech jazz and cryptic electro along mesmerising minimalist patterns. It's a proper Afro-futurist document, taking flight from desolate 313 interzones with the introspective opener 'Out Of Control'. propelled via … Read more
**one-sided, hand-stamped white label with insert** 'Hit Track!' from Amsterdam's Juju & Jordash. Heralding the duo's 'Clean Cut' LP, also for Dekmantel, they do it like no others with an indivisible fusion of tropical house pads, boogie bass nudges and driving New York/Chicago house groove ripened with signature analogue production values.
Man like Stephan Laubner aka STL on three extended, deep and abstract house trips for his Something label. A-side is home to a 14 minute slow burner with signature pitching chords, effervescent keys and nudging bass bumps seemingly working out some cryptic conundrum in their shifty syncopations. B-side brings a straighter groove with the slompy jack and melancholic strings of 'Timeblind', plus the mystic wiggle of 'Locked Area' and a locked groove.
Manic electronica/techno fusions from BNJMN on his follow-up to the darker shades of 'IV' for Technicolour. Each track here feels almost torn between two worlds, from the leaden throb and flighty, frantic Manga samples of 'Coil' thru the crushed groove and sparkling electronic dimensions of 'Berth' to the strange schism of mechanical bird noise and pounding techno in 'Merge' and the spatialized ambient trickery of closer, 'Azure'.
Radge-packet techno from Lyon, France-based Somaticae for the home of spannered Gallic techno, In Paradisum. 'Rexd' jaxx up a gravelly sort of EBM techno slam with proper wrong'un vocals; 'Pacurgis' dries off with a salty, bruxist techno determination; 'Zouk' cuts loose with hollowed metallic breakbeats and tek style bass wallop; 'Feedbacks' describes the title with unflinching force.
The first new gear from Larry Heard's The It project in 24 years! Taking it right back to 1990 styles with a refreshed production palette, he recaptures that suave sound with the low-lit electro bass and aerial chords of 'Somebody Somewhere' beside the dead blue shuffle and anguished lyrics of 'Crying' and 'Utopian Dream', whilst 'Beauty In A Picture' checks out on with Afro-centric percussion and plush bass for the moody debonaires. Don't expect your usual uplifting Larry Heard styles, this one is different…
Thursday, 16 October
Tuffened techno remixes of Pev & Kowton from Tessela and Ilian Tape's Andrea & Stenny. Up top, Bristol native Tessela tweak Pev's 'Aztec Chant' with a longer, tenser intro before giving way to a barrelling breakbeat techno monster galvanized with some vicious electronics. Turn her over and Italy's Andrea & Stenny step up Pev & Kowton's emosh 'End Point' as a fully-charged but beautifully atmopshreic techno romp set to find a home in many discerning record bags across the world. Serious session.
Killer 2nd 12" from Arcing Seas on Sigha's Our Circula Sound label. It's really all about the A-side, 'Tengri', a slinky-assed techno roller with virulent acid lines laced some mad, twitching synth shapes that sound like a huge boiler being tickled to climax. B-side provides more of that agitated synth sound in the sturdy buck of 'Sarka', plus a more standard monotone tool titled 'Incal'. Tipped!
Smart reissue combining two sterling KDJ/Moodymann and Rick Wade platters from 1999-2000. KDJ takes pole place with some killer John Carpenter-in-Africa vibes complemented by an uptempo, soul-combing filter disco ace. Rick Wade lowers the lights further on the flip with a slinkier mood setter called 'Thought Process', backed with the rippling, purring jazz house momentum of 'Forever Night'.
Chicago's Jamal Moss aka Hieroglyphic Being is 'The Seer Of Cosmic Visions'. Arriving not long since his amazing 'Worst DJ Ever' mix for Reel Torque, this is his first studio album of 2014 - unusually so, considering that he self-released some seven albums in 2013 - drawing from previously vinyl-only releases and new experiments to document his most vivid, recent revelations. They all tend to the noisier, innately abstract side of his oeuvre - call it Rhythmic Cubism or Cosmic Be-Bop rather than "outsider house" - steeped in the EBM/… Read more
DJ Ford Foster breaks the back on it with the bucking chunks of his 'Gold Cans' EP. Only slightly refining the styles found on his two Opal Tapes releases, the Leeds-based box banger drives from salty jaxx in 'Gold Cans' to the killer sub-low bounce of 'Fake Shoes' and fidgeting Dance Mania styles in 'Gone Ham' and 'Black Candles'.
Numbers indulge a bit of mystery with the super charming debut of "anonymous" producer Deejay Deer. Apparently "born and raised in the Bavarian wilderness" and "the first forest dwelling animal to use the prefix 'Deejay'", gives pretty much f**k all away, but a quick listen to either track should trigger trigger some clues. On 'Natural' they swirl head high piano chords and rugged breakbeat house bounce landing somewhere between Martyn, Redshape and Shed, whilst 'Unnatural' rushes up with flanging metallic chords and swung garage breaks like the nexx generation of Joy O's 'Hyph Mngo' amped by Four Tet. It's probably just Dave The Drummer having a laugh, though.
AnD deliver their long-coming debut LP, 'Cosmic Microwave Background' for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. It's a proper session, choking back 12 tracks (eight on LP) of galloping productions and acid with all the brute force and caustic atmosphere you'd hope for. But it's actually at its best when they step out of the loops and repetitive tricks into more wayward structures, as with the crushing lurch of 'Relic Radiation', the masticated industrial funk of 'Galactic Motion', or the plangent Alien transmission of 'The Surface Of Last Scattering'. If you're craving the out-and-out ba… Read more
Diverse techno murder from UK's Witch duo backed with Shifted and Truss remixes on the 1st release from Happa and Al Gill's Part Five Records. From the heads-down, rugged approach to their noisily visceral production values, Witch's original tracks stand as prime examples of the new techno skool, differentiated from former classes by their more ascetic, blistered style. The A-side is a spring-loaded industrial kicker packing proper heat which is channelled into a more funked-up, carefully stuttering remix by Truss. B-side, they come on like AFX's 'Elephant Song' with the strobing alarm stabs and crushed … Read more
Strongback techno from a spearhead of the new French techno wave for Berlin's Tresor. 'Red Dance' runs ruffshod with clattering drums and guttural bass shift yoked to a tight, driving momentum; 'Worship The Bass' brings a grittier Chicago-style buck; 'Shine' dices with trippier, hypnotic dubbing, cutting the kick drum anchor before drifting into the celestial ambient space of 'Astral'.
Huxley expands upon 'I Want You', the moody lead track from his debut album, 'Blurred'. Roses Gabor coats chiming chords, wraped bass and icy trance sprinkles with her velvety vocal in the original, which Huxley beefs up with more rugged bass and straighter arrangement in the Club Rub. Youandewan's version takes it to a much quieter corner of the dance for some heads-down, neckin' effect, and Huxley brings the party up with again with the infectious, swinging momentum of 'Sphere'.
'Floor-raising disco-house tackle from Julio Bashmore back on Broadwalk. Gunning for the mirror-ball on both sides, his 'Simple Love' workout is more low key, cruising on plump subs and shuffled hi-hats with the kind of glowing, wavey chords that make it feel like you've mistakenly gobbled a Gary with your lunch (no pun intended). 'Petals', on the other hand, is bang up for it, cutting shapes with skewed disco loops hingeing on massive claps and shuttered rhythms like some Soundhack track deployed during happy hour at P'bar.
Killawatt continues to explore techno styles and tempos with severe results on his debut for Tom Dicicco's Run Out Run label. Four tracks veers farther than ever from his dubstep output and into a twisted form of techno resembling something like Rrose raised in bassbin. The A-side tweaks out a proper minimal vortex in 'Convoys' beside the offset stagger and tribalist cadence of 'Ball & Socket'; B-side ' arches up a hairy-backed stomper called 'Primary Panic', and gfets back to breakbeat business with the taut, Fairlight-style bass lashes and gear-grinding drums of 'Sinkhole'.
Hydraulik techno momentum from Manni Dee on Osiris UK, backed with a head-chopping Monic remix. No doubt: this is the best we've yet heard from Manni Dee, drying and concentrating his sound to a futurist industrial palette with the evil, poised rolige of 'Nicotine Kisses' and the sinuous, Surgeon-style tuck and shuffle of 'Sister Nobody', whereas 'Man Is Free, Man Is Freedom' dices with more abstract dub techno shapes a la Porter Ricks. Kryptic Minds own Mønic weighs in with killer blow, remixing 'Sister Nobody' with brutal concrète techno dynamics.
**Clear wax in PVC sleeve with insert** Perc & Truss, AnD, and The Exaltics remix Drax's 'Phosphene' banger. A-side, Perc & Truss trample the life out of it with hoofing industrial kicks and blood-drawing synthlines; B-side, AnD lock into airless white bread loops laced with EBM bassline progression, and The Exaltics pump it hard with pneumatic electro bass and scrabbling acid synthlines balanced by moody pads.
Six months since his Kompakt debut, Dauwd returns to Cologne's finest with two supple, hypnotic tech-house rollers. 'Saleh' sashays across the A-side, ushered by padded kicks and woozy acid bass smudged with celestial melodies in the nicest manner. 'Moiety' on the other hand is urged by a pensive bass hook and dusty, slinky drums to levitating effect for floaty dancefloor moments.