Thursday, 26 March
Numbers tick one off the booty bucket list with this invaluable set of ghetto house classixxx by the original DJ Deeon. Almost as well appreciated in Glasgow as they are in Chicago, they include the awesome Arthur Russell-sampling freak of '2 B Free', the irresistible 'House-O-Matic', a ruff-ass R&B throw-down in 'Freak Like Me', plus a proper pounding in 'The 604'. For the strippers, for the street.
**2nd Edition** Hodge steps up to Hotline with two subtle, outstanding UK techno mutants. Carving a strong path forward from his Dnuos Ytivil 12", and preceding a killer Berceuse Heroique single, here he plays ruff and moody with the tape saturated tone and Afro-centric sleight-of-hip on his heavy roller, 'Mind Games' - imagine Auntie Flo on a darkside mission - whereas B-side 'Flashback' projects a canny mix of archaic, pastoral bleeps and full-sunked techno hydraulics seemingly rolling back and steaming forward at the same time. Class.
Not really sure how much of a secret who the two fellas behind Rezzett are these days, but suffice to say that two of our favourite producers are rumoured to be involved and have been responsible for some of our favourite output on Trilogy Tapes to date on that killer TTT012 a couple of years back. This new one is another doozy, delivering three tracks of muffled, claustrophobic, fxxcked and sweaty Techno that slowly come into focus through a haze of dense, narcotic smoke. One of the best TTT's for a while this.
**Also includes Surface Tension mix CD** Silent Servant and Lili Schulder (51717) bring the darkside out of each other in 'Jealous God 06'. Both sides build on the most unheimlich elements of their respective releases, 'Negative Fascination' (Hospital Productions) and '0VUL' for Opal Tapes, or the cracking 'Shadowlust' LP with Svengalisghost for L.I.E.S. A-side, Lili's a spectral presence, whispering like a gynoid Cosey amid industrial ambient moires and queasy trudge. B-side, Silent Servant mutters bleak nothings thru his walkie talkie (?) dialled in from a lost highway. Includes mix CD by Surface Tension's Nihar Bahatt & Jason Polastri while stock lasts!
Electro-techno and breakbeat swagger from FaltyDL and Fotomachine (a.ka. PhOtOmachine) referencing 4Hero's classic Tom & Jerry Junglist whitelabel series. FaltyDL's 'Flesch' deals in scuttling rhythmic cyborganisms and scalpel-cut electro pulses lcaed with old skool NYC techno-house stabs; Fotomachine follows a remix for Four Tet's 'Crush' (from Beautiful Rewind) with an intricate weave of hardcore electro shocks and strobing synths.
Handy, extended mixes of 'Headless' and 'Rubber Tree' from Pearson Sound's eponymous debut LP, cut at 45rpm a side each by Matt Colton at Alchemy. In the 'Headless' version he conducts a longer seance with acephalic voices, strafing drones and sputtering kick/clap syncopation ripe for layering with other freakish constructions. With 'Rubber Tree' he taps a severely desiccated palette of drums and hollow bass into sparky, frictional swing coming off like Anthony Shakir at his maddest, most reduced.
Nice 'n nasty floor work from Bok Bok and his pal, Sweyn Jupiter. A-side, the Club Mix hits up a fresh blend of bouncing B-More/Jersey bass shot thru with late '80s/early '90s synth chords on a sophisticate swerve; B-side, the Sour Mix, eazes off on a halfstep roll, letting the drums and bass spark off each other in more open space, allowing room in the mix for a spot of synthy string romance. Sweet.
Idle Hands field a rich collection of ambient dub abstractions from Portland's prolific Paul Dickow in 'Seeds of Paradise'. With a wingspan of 8-tracks in forty minutes, he covers lush tropical interzones between the 4th world patter of 'Blackberry's Dream' to the phasing expanse of 'The Wet Room', taking in electroid sojourn, 'Virtual America', diaphanous pads in the gorgeous title track, and canny electro-acoustic timbres sorta recalling Rashad Becker's 'Music of Notional Species' in 'Wiggle Room'. A smart and refreshing set.
Strong old techno/house gold from the Parisian tape crypts of Iueke. 'Tape 5' yields a diverse trio of direct-to-tape recordings made in the early '90s, gently descending from padded kicks and cloudy kosmiche/new age vibes thru firm analogue house chug to the deliquescent ambient synth structures.
Glasgow's Mia Dora do it right in a quartet of sleazy house cuts for Optimo Trax. We're all over the delayed cowbells strung out over the darkroom jack of 'Un.sub', and could easily imagine embarrassing ourselves with some shuffling skills to the slinky rimshots and rumpy bass of 'Raw Kiss'. 'Et Elle Le Mien' brings the late night EBM/tribal flavour in style, and Mash lends a sexy vocal to the low-slung swing of 'Feathers'.
*Ships Friday* Dixon, Recondite, Tale Of Us and Dubfire tweak Plastikman's EX for the club. Dixon's 'Just A Different Mixdown Version' of 'EXhale' tenderises the tensile contours of the original with stacked acid harmonies and sweeping pads for proper dancefloor catharsis; Recondite clips and tucks 'EXplore' to an electroid shuffle with soaring breakdown; Tale Of Us concentrate 'EXpand' to a sort of whirring, bluesy tech-house for the first half, before turning into a Morricone-gone-to-Ibiza anthem; Dubfire plays the long game with a 13 minute take on 'EXposed' building to a panoramic trance-house peak.
Scuba returns with his 4th solo album, 'Claustrophobia'. Penned in convalescence following a bout of illness during 2014, it reframes the Scuba sound with moodier lighting and literal existential heft implied by track titles such as 'Why You Feel So Low' and 'All I Think About Is Death'. Essentially it's Scuba's Health Goth album, appropriating some traces of the collaged designer sounds associated with Total Freedom/HBA/Tri Angle to a palette of big room techno and brooding IDM/electronica signatures, leaden with industrial-referencing field recordings, like the Whitehouse-esque 'Family Entert… Read more
Another sterling debut from Washington's 1432 R label: three original electronic productions by Ethiopia's Endeguena Mulu a.k.a. E.R. (Ethiopian Records), backed with Beautiful Swimmers' swinging deep house remix. Both 'Qen Sew' (meaning "good-hearted" and dedicated to his father) and 'All The Things' work a lean weave of influence from Kode 9, Mulatu Astatke and Mikael Seifu into stepping, breezy and uncluttered grooves, but the stand-out is a stranger number named 'Lela Lela', suffusing an autontuned vocal by Zion Rebels thru glitching edits, discordant piano keys and crooked dru… Read more
Aybee reflects his Berlin environs in his killer first techno session. Elevating the BPMs from his usual house tempo causes an expansion of synth-layered atmospheres, blooming close to Terrence Dixon or DJ Qu-like minimalism with the subtly breathtaking flow and vibe of 'Metamorphosis', before shaking down to sinuous triplets in the mystic shimmy, 'The Sky Is Ours' and with grubbing bass and off-kilter chords reminding of Anthony Shakir in 'Centrifugal Seduction'.
Repitch label co-owner Ascion deals tunnelling industrial techno on Dublin's Black Sun Records. Four tracks of the darekest stuff.
DrumTalk scale up their sound for a cracking self-titled EP with Huntleys & Palmers. Synths and percussion work as a rhythmelodic force, twysting between colourful arpeggio patterns and calculated triplets in 'Halo' or evolving like some bittersweet, discordant cyborganism in the blinding 'Ishtar'. With 'Euphonia' they make fine use of the Euphonium's twinkling spectral timbre, juxtaposing its lilting, heady cadence with gruff kicks and brooding bass descent, while 'Everything' comes with a unique mesh of bobbling Afrobeat, UK garage swing and proggy house drive.
Talabot's !K7 mix exclusive, 'Without You' now teamed with sweet remixes by Melchior Productions, Oskar Offerman and Mistakes Are Okay. The original's blue Balearic chug is rent as an effortlessly supple, psychedelic tech-house play by Melchior Productions, whereas Offerman prefers a low-lit, late night house sound, and Mistakes Are Okay take it to Midnight with chiming marimbas and ghostly chorales.
**Screen-printed jacket** Noisy, hay-wried electro outta the Detroit Underground. For the 2nd time Kyle Hall meets Kero following their 'Zug Island' session for the former's Wild Oats. This time they flex between clipped electro-acid in '126BPMNONAME' and squashed, computerised nastiness with 'EP2-3 up top, and lay down some phat-ass and freaky jack with 'Riverside Connextion', before spending any remaining energies in the tangled, discordant tones of 'Polydextrose-24BIT'.
**Hand-stamped white label** London's Church gang present the breezy house soul of Wolf Music regular, Ishmael. 'Time and Time Again' drapes swriling jazz vocal and keys over a dusted house kick, filtered for sunrise and sunset moments. Flipside, 'Cold Comfort Farm' slips down a gear to something approaching Moodymann or Theo Parrish-styled Detroit beatdown.
Wipe-clean UK house trax from Solstice backed with a Pinch remix. We'd recommend skipping the originals for Pinch's mutant crush of staggered kicks, rambunctious breaks and spiralling fairground melodies.
Raw-to-the-bone NJ deep house classics collected on one plate for the first time! A-side holds the inimitable depth of 'Stomp', a tantalisingly faded house killer modelled on the roots of Jarvis' 1983 co-production with Timmy Regisford as Visual, 'The Music Got Me', but taken somewhere soaked in liquid MDMA vibes. It was only ever issued as an unmastered, 1-sided 12" in 1997 so this pressing is plenty handy. Flipside, they pluck two peaches from Jarvis' 1991 single, 'Classic Tracks', including the timpani-fuelled electro-jazz-funk jack of 'In The Jungle' prepped for dancefloor misbehaviour alon… Read more
Class facsimile reissue of Cliff Saint-Cyr & Cevin Fisher's OG hard house ace, 'It's Gonna Be Alright' (Hardtrax Records, 1993). A-side drives the tuff kicks, catty claps and glowing chords of a 'No More Pain' mix and the tighter 'Gonna Be Alright' mix for that proper Sound Factory New York vibe, while flipside furnishes Cliff's fruitier flute mix rifled with latin breaks, plus a smart vocal + drums version. Strong.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label - Debut album by the former 100% Silk regular for Ghostly** "Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like "All I Want" and "Folle" are built on such satisfying elements—sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking against your bones. This, too, is by design. "I wanted to make sure all the songs have a tangible quality," says Greene of his LP's physicality, "to make te… Read more
Lorenz Lindner aka Mix Mup returns to Trilogy Tapes for a solo outing following on from that total peach of a collaboration with friend and cohort Kassem Mosse under the MM/KM moniker back in 2012. This is music made of much cleaner, tidier stuff than most of what you'd usually associate with TTT, but "Sequoflec" pulls the kind of abstract shapes that make us imagine what Move D would sound like if he had a palette of hardcore snares and hi hats to work with - a tantalising prospect that really makes this EP pretty indispensable for our money.
Leeds and London house heroes team up on two trax backed with Lauer and A Sagittariun remixes. Their originals are quintessentially late night UK house moves; Lauer's remix lends a touch of Mittel European glamour, A Sagittariun gives a bit of analogue authenticity.
Noisy, frazzled slam jams from one of Hamburg's finest. Quick on the heels of her 'A Tape' for Handmade Birds, she heads farther down the alleys of her 'Actio Reactio' EP for Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune with five trax of roiling techno muck. 'Drowning Demons' charges up a lamping acid techno sound, chased by the noisier, saltier pounding of 'The Bean Field And The Gods'. 'Reaktion II' is a more tangled shot of psycho-jakk, and 'The First Time He Thought, He Died' resets to a brittle electro style heavily indebted to classic Bunker and Murder Capital records. It works.
Thursday, 19 March
Pearson Sound's Hessle Audio deal extended mixes of his self-titled album trax, cut to vinyl for the DJs by Matt Colton at Alchemy. A-side, 'Crank Call' is afforded room to roll out with woozy Chicago kicks and wobbly synth punctuated by Tour De France gasps, all kept lean and easy for long blends. B-side, he works the piercingly crisp machine drum patterns of 'Glass Eye' to a lather of swivelling electro groove and plonging blips precipitating a deep blue climax of pained strings.
Following one of our favourite 12"s of last year, Morgan Buckley returns with this ace split release for Rush Hour's 'No Label' - spun out by everyone from Ben UFO to Beatrice Dillon. The charming weirdo spirit is super strong on both sides. MB bends minds and bodies with three spiked peaches up top, from the dizzy krautfunk of 'Sol Baize At The Chinga', thru the recursive maze of 'Eau-de-Vie' to a nimble meld of lysergic, Madteo-style scramble called 'Manual Greever'. Flip it and OD keeps his side up with the bright, latinate percussion and lush chorales of 'Miwp (Miwpy… Read more
The Beautiful Swimmer freaks the beat proper on Juju & Jordash's Off Minor label following hot-shots for TTT and BH. Starting out with the slyding sino scales and relatively straight house swing of 'Circles Bubbles', he goes all West London broken beat with the rugged dip and silicon-creamed harmonics of 'Zsa Flex Cathedral' on the A-side. Flip her over and the 'Shaping EP' gets exponentially queerer with the tussling polymetrics and zipping, recursive electronics of 'Immunity', before floating to close in the weightless body of 'She'.
Superb Detroit house and techno session from Marc King and Omar-S. Marc, a veteran with some 20 years Detroit experience, gives up the soulful organ and bustling drums of 'Equality' and the sub-swung shimmy of 'Loquacious' on the front, backed with Omar's smashing techno-house overhaul for 'Water Of Life' laced with a killer, uranium-enriched bass synth and brain-eating acid lines. Strong.