Thursday, 26 March
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.
*Limited Edition LP run including a DVD of the film inside* "Dutch minimalist composer Jozef van Wissem’s score for this "non-narrative" film experience directed by Domingo Garcia-Huidobro of Föllakzoid. The film consists of appropriated 12-string electric guitar drone, black baroquelute mirror images, and minimal electronics. The packages includes the DVD and soundtrack LP together. Garcia-Huidobro is an aficionado of paranormal experiences. Partir to Live sees him attempting to reconstruct the previous moments of what could have been one … 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
**White-blobbed clear wax. Edition of 999 housed in matte sleeve** Oliver Ho's Broken English Club convene their 3rd 12" with a killer industrial 'floor show for Minimal Wave's Cititrax. Making a great entrance with the lupine howls, kinky thump and electrified fizz of 'Channel 83', he plugs in the dead-eyed EBM swagger of 'Local Violence' for pub closing times before coming across all An-I with the stern pump of 'Ritual Killing', and does acrid, Richard H. Kirk-style jak on 'Dry Cutting', replete with his own, numbed vocals.
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.
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.
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
**180g vinyl housed in heavyweight exact-replica tip-on jacket. Edition of 1000 with download code** "This is Soul Jazz Records/Universal Sound's third album from deep jazz flautist and composer Lloyd McNeill (alongside the earlier 'Asha' and 'Washinton Suite'). Tanner Suite is one of the most beautiful and the rarest of all McNeill's records, a unique piece of music especially commissioned by the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art in the late 1960s to accompany an exhibition of the work of Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African-American painter ever to gain internationa… Read more
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.
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'.
*Deluxe 2LP edition* Unexpected 4th album from the ever-elusive, ever-controversial Death Grips.
**Includes digital download of both ‘The Silver Globe’ and ‘The Amber Light’** Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, … Read more
**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.
**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'.
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'.
Carl Michael Von Hausswolff and Martin Rössel posture a heavy techno-rock sound on the penultimate edition of Raster-Noton's Unun series. Effectively bringing the project full circle to Mika Vainio's earlier 'Vandal' EP, the Swedish veterans of avant-garde and pop swagger balls-out with the crushing lurch of 'Leibniz' before tacking to more experimental arrangements with mutant Balearic chug of 'Ramon Llull' and the convulsive croaks and drones of 'Calculus' warranting comparisons with Nick Klein or Emptyset.
**Purple wax** Auxiliary at their best with four fwd missions from ASC and co. The label boss, James Clements a.k.a. ASC steps correct with the classic 'ardcore-sampling half-stepper, 'Lose Control', while Synth Sense's 'Red Skies' probes fractious, unstable sci-fi dimensions. Sam KDC unleashes one of his darkest missiles with the quasi-speed trudge and cinematic synth arrangement of 'The Messenger', and Method One keeps that vibe rolling with the orientalist futurism of 'Pyre'.
*Deluxe vinyl edition finally available* Björk comes to terms with the breakdown of a longterm relationship with some help from Arca, The Haxan Cloak, Antony and Spaces. It's arguably her most coherent and focused album since 'Vespertine' (2001), her vocals incredibly raw and emotional - understandably in the light of tragic, personal events - yet controlled with near operatic poise and matched by the waking-dream-like qualities of the production's skewed meter and tendencies toward keening, lushly expressive discord. It must be said that Arca really comes into his own here, expanding upon certain r… Read more
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.
Thursday, 19 March
**Vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M. Sleeve notes by art historian Alex Kitnick. Spotgloss artwork and layout by Florian Hecker and Bill Kouligas. Also comes with an instant download of the full album plus a bonus 17 minute track** 'Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera' presents a radical mashup of works by two probing, multidisciplinary artists among the most vital of their generation. First realised as part of a two day performance at Tate Modern called 'Push and Pull', it offers a mutant configuration of Leckey's vocal track from 'GreenScreenRefrige… Read more
Jlin breaks thru the Chicago footwork ranks with one of the scene's most fascinating, essential mutations in 'Dark Energy', co-presented by Planet µ and Jamie Kuedo's very promising new Knives label. It's quite possibly the most distinctive contribution to footwork since the RP Boo album and Rashad's jungle splices, and, in such a fast-moving (quite literally) and active scene, that's gotta be saying something. Keener Chi watchers may have previously checked Jlin's standout 'Erotic Heat' and 'Asylum' joints on the Bangs & Works Vol.2 compilation but, since then, the Gary, Indiana-based producer has… Read more
**Grey coloured vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, limited to 400 copies, includes an exclusive lobby card and booklet featuring Sleeve notes by Fabio Frizzi, Ian McCulloch, Stephen Thrower & Tom Beauvais, audio re-mastered at Abbey Road Studios** "Death Waltz exhume another classic from their catalogue in lieu of demand from the dead and the living. From the twisted mind of Lucio Fulci comes Zombi 2 aka Zombie Flesh Eaters. A notorious gore classic and the poster child for the video nasty generation, the film gently transports the viewer from the concrete jungle of Ne… Read more
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
LP5/Gantz Graf-style IDM convolutions from Arovane for Touchin' Bass. Anyone expecting his softer side will get a shock here.
**Limited white label repress** High energy Detroit 'floor drills from a brilliant duo, The Oliverwho Factory. Following some dalliances with other labels - Dolly, Planet E, Rush Hour - we reckon they've saved the best for their own Madd Chaise label. A-side runs a real epic built on soaring, proggy synthlines and grittiest disco-tech groove with a nasty sting in the tail; B-side brings Shonie C in for a blazing vocal woven into a peaking showpiece that could storm any big room, before rolling out with the frictional, Huckaby-style dub techno groove and positive vocal pressure. Turn the lights off.
Chunky Dance Mania and B-more Breaks hybrids banged out by Bodyjack and Soundbwoy Killah for the party.
Sweeter, ruder bass turns from Champion and Terror Danjah on the 2nd 12" warm-up for the f= Bass² compilation. Champion gets tropical with the whopping bird calls and tribalized bounce of 'Cannon' up top; Terror Danjah shows off with inimitable style in the taut but fractious UK techno funk of 'Run Out'.
Jean Louis-Huhta drops some salacious acid trax on his private imprint. 'Carnal Knowledge' is effectively his 'Scandinavian Kiss', mixing lissom acid lines with orgiastic vocals and humping Chicago groove to great effect. Instrumental and a naughty 'Bonus Beats' (should have been called bonus beasts) on the B-side. You know what to do…
Hyper-funky chops from Austria's Cid Rim, loaded with a sweetly unhinged remix by Jameszoo. Check out 'Charge' or 'Kano' for Hud Mo/Rustie-styled future funk blaze, or the remix for kinkier, stranger, unpredictable thrills.
UTTU's knack for digging new talent in full effect! Cassius Select follows his split 12" with Tuff Sherm into the crafty-ass drums of his 'Crook' EP, showing off some seriously giddy syncopations ranging from the Mbalax-like talking drum tilt and Joe-style chopping of 'Cross Strut' to the stuttered c*nty funk of 'CROOK'; getting all grimy with the fractious bells and heads-down bass of 'Joy Mile', and simply spinning bodies wild with the killer complexities of 'He Ain't Worth It'. More like this, please!!!