Wednesday, 30 July
**180g wax, mastered at D&M, edition of 300** Vereker's 'Flesh & Blood' is one of THE most vital techno tracks of 2014. On front of his 'Murder License' for Berceuse Heroique 008, it's the first and arguably most powerful in a slew of scene-defining tackle coming from the British-born, American-based producer for L.A. Club Resource and Endangered Species - his hugely promising new label. The scolding A-side rolls out like DJ Rush meets Rowland The Bastard inna Soviet gymnasium - pure 4/4 pressure for those that fxxkin' knows - whilst the flipside yields the sculpted noise incursion of 'Event… Read more
Randomer bangs a trio of ruff house and techno tricks for Russian Torrent Versions. Largely leaving his bag of saw-off breakbeats at home, the British producer shakes out welting kicks and blistered percussion with a ballroom haughtiness on A-side, 'Side Crack Lung', before 'Fun In The Sun' chews up a roiling square bass line proper bass drum punishment, and gritty chime of 'Odd' comes off like a raw version of Terrence Dixon's most minimal groovers.
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a more … Read more
From Kansas via Brooklyn, Huerco S returns with four ferric-drenched psy-house shufflers for Anthony Naples' Proibito label. His first new material since that ace debut album 'Colonial Patterns' and the 'Aphelia's Theme' 12" for Future Times is distinguished by a subtle expansion and concentration of his sound - basslines feel chewier, knotted, and the atmospheres wider, lusher. A-side loads up one piece of decelerated groove and melting kosmiche dub tones, plus a slinky filter shimmy that comes off like a Soundhack inversion. B-side goes heavier with the kicks inna gritted, grungy t… Read more
From his home-base in Konotop City, Vakula's 4th 12" on the Badura series surveys five pieces of plush, psychedelic deep house scanning the rolling soul of 'Ukrainian Landscape' and the abstracted, kaotic dub house of 'Electric Spica' on the A-side, before turning downtempo with the fluid momentum of 'Thoughts On The Road' and two Detroit-style beatdown bits.
*Glow in the dark white on white sleeve* Julio Bashmore and Hyetal go mano e mano for the disco on their 3rd Velour 12". It's on Bashmore's Broadwalk label too so you know they mean business. Up top they've got the big rooms locked off, lacing a proper diva holler thru some kinda industrial-disco-tech groove nodding to MMM and Soundhack in finest fashion; down town 'Plato's Retreat' amps the industrial potential for booming basements with razor cut industrial funk drums and body-warping acid undertow. It's a biggun.
Mathew Jonson and The Mole, Peter Van Hoesen, and Blue Hour remix tracks from Tobias.' 'A Series Of Shocks' LP for Ostgut Ton. Canadaians at the controls, Jonson and The Mole give a masterclass in the art of subtle, swinging build with trimmed electro drums and pendulous, scissoring synthlines guaranteed to trap bvodies ont he floor, whereas PvH takes a more atmospheric route with his acidic rework of 'Cursor Item Only' and Blue Hour burns up 'He Said' as an alarming techno romp.
Striking debut hardware jams from Amsterdam's Magnesii for Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series. Considering this is his first release, 'VD Jam #1' sounds like the work of a full fledged producer, from the laidback but driving acid pacing of his title cut to his debonaire Detroit-style house tweakers 'Lava Jam', and 'Van Dyke Island Jam'.
FIT Detroit catch Manuel Gonzales at his moodiest on three tracks of dubbed, drifting deep house and techno. The strident bleep techno of 'Wide Eye' starts up thick and heavy before 'Debit' works out the kind of grumbly, thumping MPC wiggle and wayward acid lines that Marcellus Pittman would be proud of. B-side, 'M.S.C.' is by far the most expansive and dreamy cut in his steadily growing cache, fathoming Eraserhead-esque intro before spinning out to the stars with milky, Martian harmonies and a frayed groove that threatens to wobble off axis. Tipped!
Midland's Autonomous Africa gang regroup for a 3rd session, this time accompanied by General Ludd. Midland opens with the raspin' drums, chants and Carl Craig-style progressions of 'Safi' beside General Judd's scuffed 'n skippy Glasgow bassbin killer, 'Burning Mask'. B-side, Auntie Flo captains the soulful, hypnotic vocal and drum percolations of 'Daabi' somewhere between London and Tanzania, and we find JD Twitch at his loosest with the lilting riddmic cadence of 'Maya' making for a dizzy tribal trip. All of the label's profits from sale of this record go to the Mtandika Mission in Tanzania.
Red-raw noise and ghetto techno from new cat Skander on Delroy Edwards' LA Club Resource. Coming to bury your party body-by-body, four dirges variably take on searing 909-driven techno and grinding textures ranging from the strongback bounce of 'Dirge 1' to the corrugated razz of 'Dirgfe 2' and skippy Chi style in 'Dirge 3' whilst 'Dirge 4' chokes from distortion OD. Killer.
Rude acid party jams from a (Nearly) Unknown Artist. Like a less salty version of Marco Passarani's 'I'll House U', they align that classic Jungle Brothers vocal with wobbly acid licks and swaggering UK acid groove on the front, a run a dub on the flip.
Tuesday, 29 July
Monday, 28 July
The remixes of Trus'me continue with Alan Fitzpatrick and Roman Flügel takes on his 'Treat Me Right' album trax. Fitzpatrick's version of 'I Want You' brings perfectly balanced kicks/bass synched to heavy infectious vocal chopping and slicing hi-hats; Flügel's rework of 'Somebody' is all tucked up in the lower end with pneumatic bass shuffle buoyed by pinging cowbells and aquatic white noise washes.
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.
Huxley returns to Aus with a second EP, co-produced with S-Man (aka Roger Sanchez) for an anthemic, sub-heavy 4-tracker.
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.