Thursday, 22 January
*Limited Edition vinyl-only pressing!* Proper mindblowing deep house music from DJ Sprinkles + Mark Fell featuring Tony Benn (R.I.P) for Comatonse. More than two years since their union on the 'Complete Spiral' EP (C.021), which notably placed N.U.M. leader Arthur Scargill on a New York-style deep house groove, they reprise that formula to spellbinding degrees on 'Fresh Insights EP 1'. In a knowing nod to Larry Heard and countless other producers deployment of *that* MLK speech, they ally a rousing Tony Benn speech with a subtly arousing deep house groove in the 10 minute … Read more
*Double 180g vinyl gatefold. Artwork by James Wilson** 'Ghetto Madness' is another invaluable collection of classic Dance Mania bangers. Picking up where Strut's 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995' left off, it focusses on the label's unrivalled early-mid '90s output, a sound defined by hyper BPMs and the rawest, butt-naked machine rhythms. This vinyl edition creams 13 of the filthiest Chicago bangers you ever heard, setting the levels with Jammin Gerald's bare-bones 'Pump That Shit Up'; cycling thru a coupla Deeon killers, 'The Freaks' and '1112'; taking it back to ro… Read more
*includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Ninos Du Brasil step up to DFA with a pair of virile, snaking batacuda techno riddims following on from their brilliant 'Novos Mistérios' LP for Hospital Productions. The duo, Nico Vascellari and Nicolo Fortuni have at once refined, loosened and expanded their sound here, tilting technoid pulses thru mazy time signatures to resemble the soundtrack for a Sepultura after-party set in "the bushes of Queimada Grande (Snake Island, Brazil.)" Named after a genus of stinky frog found in the Amazon, 'Aromobates NDB' is a viscous re… Read more
Sleek and supple late night house from Virginia for Berlin's Ostgut Ton, with additional production by Steffi Doms. Firm kicks and floating chords drive 'Fictional' for the 5am swingers; 'My Fantasy' heats up a vintage late '80s Chicago/Detroit sound with her pleading vocals'; 'Never Enough' lends a dash of lissom electro funk to proceedings with elastic bassline and skidding synth stabs.
Rabid, mongrel deconstructions of '90s dance classics by Roger West aka Somaticae. With nods to V/Vm and Actress, and analogs in the mutant creations of Basic House or The Automatics Group's 'Summer Mix', West's 'Wasted House' is an exercise in collapsing the putative timeline of dance music and re-imagining it as a "twisted uchronia" - a sort of impressionistic, alternate history open to more ambiguous interpretation. To be honest we can't pick out the original material, which is a great thing, leaving us grasping at and dancing to an array of refracted '90-s disco shrapnel and lurching, le… Read more
Alternately melodic and dry jakbeat aces from Ann Arbor's D'Marc Cantu on Richard Fearless' Drone label. 'Rival' is the sweeter of the two, approximating Depeche Mode lost in the Muzic Box, with Dave Gahan presumably doing something naughty in the WC leaving the others to an instrumental jam conducted by Armando. B-side is better yet, parsing the twin helix of Chicago house and Detroit techno to reveal a visceral, snakelike warehouse killer with chattering Volca drum accents - apparently recorded the same day he bought the machine, no edits, one take.
Three-way showcase of mellow and frothy tech-house from Bakradze, Akwaaba and HVL. Check for the grittier, Afro-centric grooves by Akwaaba.
*8 track, unmixed Vinyl Edition* Nina Kraviz’ returns with the latest DJ Kicks, featuring tracks from Armando, Plaid, DJ Bone, Polygon Window, Bradley Strider, D-Bridge, and an exclusive from Nina herself.
Sub-heavy, technoid house deviations from Italy via Nonplus Records. On four tracks, a side-a-piece, Federico Maccherone applies the slick arrangements of his other project, Clockwork, to a more roguish, sci-fi styled palette of pads and shifty rhythms as Somne. The 1st plate opens his account with wide open pads and billowing subs in the jagged house shuffle of 'Millenium', and buoyant, 100bpm techno in 'Treppendorf'. The 2nd plate yields deeper, tuffer styles with the deft yet hulking movement and Alberich-like synth arrangement of 'Tank', and the hydraulic pound of 'Nearer'.
Kenny Larkin classic newly remastered and reissued by Rush Hour. Having recorded countless classic tracks on many different labels under a host of names, Kenny Larkin has now pieced together some of his finest, rarest and most important material ever for reissue on a series of 5 12-inch EPs. This first absolutely corking twelve shines a light on the best of his POD material, relaesed in 1992 on Belgium’s Buzz label. 4 tracks remastered by Dexter – pure detroit techno killers.
Kenny Larkin classic newly remastered and reissued by Rush Hour. The Azymuth album was released by Warp back in 1994 and for many still remains the defining moment from one of Detroit’s most gifted producers. Rush Hour have done the righteous thing and have put together this awesome 4-track EP, lifting : ‘Azimuth’, ‘Q’, ‘Tedra’, and ‘Track’ from the album – all long unavailable and known to fetch a tidy sum on vinyl. ‘Tedra’, in particular, remains in my mind one of the finest Larkin tracks ever made, bridging so perfectly the gap between early Detroit Techno and the sound of ‘Artificial Int… Read more
Kenny Larkin classic newly remastered and reissued by Rush Hour. Origiinally released on R&S in 1995, these three dancefloor killers include the classic 'Soulman', 'Nocturnal', and 'Loop 2', and the deeper atmospheric cut 'Sympathy'. Another slice of essential techno history....
D-troit's DJ Bone kicks a pair of killer techno trax on Don't Be Afraid. Hot on the heels of his smart 'Cultural Variance' 12", he keeps the vibe distinctly Detroit here with a balance of unrelenting rhythm pressure and techno-soul chords, 'Differ-Ent(hrall)' works a skippier coda of rimshots and rumbling bass offset with thumb piano-like riff and a synth arpeggio almost right out of Anne Clarke's 'Our Darkness'; B-side 'Differ-Ent(Ity)' brings the kicks right up front for a more militant, tracky roller tweaked out with junglist pings and slipping cross-rhythms. A strong look for DJs and dancers.
All killer no filler remixes from Convextion, Marcellus Pittman, SW and Chevel for Acid Test / Absurd Recordings. Thankfully, given the 'Odd Movements' album's diverse range of tempos and patterns, this isn't just another set of lob-a-4/4-under-it remixes: aach producer augments and reworks the elements in unique style, from the sizzling shuffle of Pittman's 'Holy Romance Empire' rework thru exceptional, half-stepping electro in Chevel's 'Odd Movements' version and a heart-in-gob Convextion take on 'Passagen' and SW's wriggling acid revision of 'Königstr.' Recommended!
Thursday, 15 January
Bronze Teeth's Richard Smith aka L/F/D/M reveals a bittersweet side of radiophoniq techno and EBM for Not Waving's Ecstatic label. Weaving between snake-charming techno and surprisingly elegant, melodic motifs, it's all much freakier and freeform than his debut 12" for Optimo Trax. Cutting from sawn-off synth experiments to dusted Sleeparchive bleep styles on 'Insect Cylinders', and jiggy, atonal techno with 'Sun Shape'; he carves a course of salty waltz with 'Book of Five' on the flipside, leading to the banging EBM highlight of 'Black Shadows' with its sampled intro of some lass recalling an … Read more
As Gondwana, Lumisokea's Andrea Taeggi traverses expansive, imposing sound spheres for Opal Tapes. 'Aum' explores semi-organic, electro-acoustic sound on seismic, tectonic scales, crushing and sublimating ambient and industrial techno structures into spectral topographies and a sort of elemental psycho-geology permeated with crooked rhythm fissures and slow-moving, transitional tones morphing thru various stages of de-and-re-composition. The effect, at times, reminds of a more tempered take on Ben Frost's epic inclinations, a less academic relation to Kassel Jaeger's most recent GRM output, or a darker… Read more
A marriage made in a sick techno dream: Dave Foster aka Huren/Teste meets Orphx's Rich Oddie as Ontario Hospital (O/H). 'Future Ready' is one of the strongest Opal Tapes session in ages, pitting Foster and Oddie's hard bitten dancefloor credentials in a British Murder Boys-style mastication of EBM techno gristle and industrial electronics. The rabid title track comes off like CH-BB meets Skinny Puppy in dub, and 'Consumer Report' leans on a gothic industrial halfstep lacerated with yelps of "fxxking sh*tbag", or something to that effect. 'Perfect Skin' is even more miscreant, future pr… Read more
*Includes a bonus DVD* The results of Spatial's opti-sonic installation, 'Primitives' reinterpreted by the man himself, Broken20's TVO, Bass Clef, and Sculpture. The light-controlled software at the core of the installation generates unique tones which are subsequently re-shaped into hulking UK techno patterns crawling with strange electronic figures in Spatial's own version; the TVO|SPL mix is more freakish, shot thru with piercing oscillations and slow slamming beats; Bass Clef twists it into a quirky robo-boogie; while Sculpture render a dynamic diorama of radiophonic blips and… Read more
Proper Detroit techno soul workout from Omar-S and vocalist James Garcia on FXHE. The most consistent man in house music makes super strong moves on this one, creaming cracking drums from a trusted Alesis HR-16 and Casio Rapmaster, coupled with burning neon synth arrangement and Garcia's authentic '80s soul swerve. It's quite the showstopper. Flipside, the Extramental mix does away with Garcia's vocal to reveal the lustrous, lusting synth arrangement and biting drums in all their midnight glory. Straight winner.
Taut and crunchy tech-house minimalism from Berlin via Moscow and London. All four tracks, from the sub-heavy groove strafed with field recordings in 'Bruit Distinct, to the jazzier twists of 'Caractere Numineux' and the eleastic fonk of 'Faura' hint that Kjofol has a thing for prime period Villalobos, and, when it's done this well, that can't be a bad thing.
Huntleys + Palmers trek the discotheque with five deep and fruity grooves from Golden Teacher and Cómeme's Sano plus a haul of names new to us, at least. A-side yields the twanging Jew's harp and tropical disco shuffle of Wolf Müler's 'Rudeltanz' rubbing up next to muscular, minimal Italo wonk of 'City Gym' by Gothenburg's Oklo Gabon and the deadly infectious burn of Sano's 'Duraco'. Glasgow's Golden Teacher open the B-side with a rippling slow-mo groove that sounds like a zombied disko version of Graham Lewis's He Said classic, 'Pump', and Usio roll up the session with a smoky cosmic house move, 'Galaxy'.
Jacques Bon makes his solo debut with 'Mona', his first release aside from the Bon & Rau 12"s on Smallville. Four tracks guide the dawning vibes glowing off his lovely 'Morning Funk' 12" into warm variations on swinging, chord-driven house in 'Ciel De Nuit', the plush square bassline and Chicagoan synth stabs of 'Braun Weiss', or the ascendent arpeggios of 'Easyarp'.
Ruffest techno-house thwack from a fella called Omar Contri aka Shinoby, backed with ruder remixes by M Gun and The Analogue Cops. 'Club Shock!' locks off a swinging industrial house rhythm with wicked tension between chaotic flux and rocksteady acid B-line; 'There R No Rules, Fear Is Unknown And Sleep Is Out Of' The Question' welds bruising kicks and rusty claps with distorted filter treatments for tha wallbangers. M Gun's remix of the former is shaken down with ruffneck Detroit sci-fi flex, and The Analogue Cops' take on the latter is much deeper, laced with brain-burrowing 303s and looping, hermannesque strings.
Thursday, 08 January
Kareem's Zhark Recordings deliver the penultimate blow by Dave Foster aka dark techno legend, Huren, and a member of Teste. Sourced from his 'Zeckendorf Phase 1996 - 2000' and activities as recent as 2014, it mixes archival material with new for thee most bitter taste of Huren's hoofing kicks and rotted electronics. It's a beast: A-side sustains glowering techno pressure with a grinding darkstyle mission, 'MRTVI' and a carnivalous breakbeat techno shake-down named 'Nuklearni' primed for the most 'orrid bastards; B-side gets more intimate with the invasive tones and thrust of 'Sentinonaut' and the dry, … Read more
From Berlin via London, XXXY returns to Rinse with the poised electro-house shuffle of '18 Hours'. Following a strictly dancefloor formula (sadly no Brucey involved), he arranges proggy bassline and sparkling melodies around slinky rimshots and kicks in the titular A-side, before taking a tuffer tack with the sleazy jack of 'Clap Pitch' and the stripped-down acid jag, 'Tool (Satire Mix)'.
**Includes art insert** Bangin', mystic ghetto house, direct from Gavin Guthrie aka TX Connect. In fine DABJ style, TX's 'Trixxter' gets us going with a bare-boned jack attack splicing Chicago and EBM styles, while 'Intramountains' works a slippery wrhythm from slyding rimshots and some horny electro disco moves. B-side, 'Xanadu' takes it to the epicentre of the jackin' zone with mind-weaving 303s and tempestuous, tracky machine rhythms.
Disco-touched deep house moves from new boy, Nicolai Toma, backed with a dusted remix by Matt Karmil for Endless Flight. Toma's original 'Minifloat' warms the dancefloor cockles with supple disco bassline and woozy chords giving way to smudged acid rubs in a subliminal fashion; Karmil concentrates the same groove with some nifty filter action. 'Like To Know' finds Toma getting loose with the D-troit disco party vibes inna KDJ style.
Michael Mayer's Immer series shares two overlooked nuggets from Chloé and SCSI 9. They're both tried and tested peaches plucked from the depths of his bag, featuring Chloé's hovering, subtly built 2009 remix of Arnaud Rebotini's 'CM' on the A-side, backed with the elegant flutter of synths and rumbling bass in SCSI 9's 'Angel' on the B-side.
Ben Westbeech aka Breach meets Dutch lynchpin, Cinnaman for two trance-etched and deeper house groovers. Both tracks find a fine blend of warm, piquant synth clarity and dusted bass heft drawing on the producer's shared background in hip hop, soul and bass styles - Cinnaman was a pioneer of the Beat Dimensions sound and resident at Amsterdam's Trouw (RIP), Breach steeped in soulful D&B. Their A-side mixes tight, rugged bass drive with the kind of slow-burning synth arrangements you'd expect from Carl Craig, rising to a peak that earns the title 'Liberty', while B-side bumps a funked-up flex with phasing disco loops and garage-tucked swing and D-troit string pads.