Thursday, 04 September
The cad from Cleveland, Ohio, James Donadio aka Prostitutes pimps out some of his kinkiest, crushing gear to date for Glasgow's Night School. Hard on the heels of his two 10"s for Mbira and the 'Petit Cochon' LP for Spectrum Spools, the 'Nouveauree' EP gets down with five fully-charged cuts of signature, analogue bass wallop and rhythmic repetition like the soundtrack to some sociopath's gym session. They're gagging for the 'floor, from the shuddering tribalism, 'Late To Take It Light' thru haughty, puckered techno throb of 'Hate's In The City', the desiccated pound of 'Dragged It Home To Bed… Read more
**Includes insert** Black Acre's Clap! Clap! fathoms unique, Afro-futurist mutations on his island-minded debut album 'Tayi Bebba'. Under the moniker Clap! Clap!, Italian producer Cristiano Crisci has arrived at a whirlwind fusion of African-inspired rhythmelody and far-flung urban groove on a trio of well-received singles, and 'Tayi Bebba' is the project's most impressive, colourful dispatch to date. It feels like the Awesome Tapes From Africa and Celluloid catalogues have been stripped for parts and reassembled within the prism of modern footwork and ghetto electro. Shredding and punctuating … Read more
Vital new electro and techno trax from the one and only Dopplereffekt, and Berlin's Objekt. Once again, Leisure System bring out the best from Dopplereffekt, following the excellent 'Tetrahymena' 12" with some of their sharpest rhythms and inimitably romantic synth arrangements in 'Delta Wave' - the kind that only adventurous DJs will spin out, and the best crowds will appreciate. Objekt, meanwhile, keeps face with a strong effort called 'Ganzfeld' that sounds something like DJ Stingray in a step-off with Optical, all angular geometrics and moody blue pads...
Exquisitely iced-out, instrumental grime from the Goon Club Allstars boss. Issued a few weeks on from the haughty hybrids of his eponymous solo debut, the 'Satis House EP' is a high watermark for instrumental grime in 2014. Much like his Keysound stablemate, Logos, these three cuts represent the sound at its most forward, searching, meshing radiant harmonics and crystalline melody more redolent of kosmsiche trance and computer music than anything else, to the stark geometries and dynamics of grime proper. A-side, he orchestrates sweeping arpeggios and shuddering bass waves with the visceral … Read more
*New Edition pressed on 180g Marbled Vinyl - Gatefold Sleeve, 400 copies* Here's what we said about the album when it was released on CD in 2011: "Beguiling, unsettling and deeply mysterious, The Haxan Cloak's eponymous debut album is a riveting experience. In case Demdike Stare hadn't inspired you to read up on the pre-1900 occult, the term "Häxan" is an old German word for witchcraft, a theme shared by the two artists. But for that, and the monotone artwork aside, The Haxan Cloak takes a very different approach to his craft, one rooted in his studies in s… Read more
UK & US ambassadors of ruff house go twos on a rugged pair of hardware bug-outs for Apron. Up top on 'Discipline', London's Funkineven and Detroit's Jay Daniel ride slamming kicks with off-kilter synth squelch and skanking chords, all sparked up with clustered claps and warehouse reverbs to make 'em scatter. Down below, they meet in the noirish 'Abyss' with skeletal, dubbed drum patterns hingeing on heavy subs and streaked with moody midnight sci-fi motifs. A wicked session from two of the dopest cats in the alley.
**180g vinyl includes a CD copy free inside** Gudrun Gut meets Hans Joachim Irmler ov Faust for a driving, psychedelic exploration of their respective Krautrock perspectives in '500m'. Both survivors of Germany's far-reaching and influential leftfield and avant-garde, they approach the project from opposing angles to find a tense median between Irmler's wayward, wistful organ improvisations and Gut's tempered, programmed logic. In that sense, it's a canny play on contradictions, imposing a more mannered grammar upon intuitive, attuned musical expression to find a mutual revelation. The results a… Read more
Drew Lustman (aka Falty DL) drops and rolls under his birth name on Dego's 2000 Black. We're slung right back to that late'90s/early '00s broken beat era in three cuts of hazy rhodes, silky lead lines and dusted shuffle, starting up with the sub-heavy 100bpm bump and warm chord progressions of 'A Thorough Study', and tipping out with the frothing shaker grooves and jazzy, feminine pressure of 'Put It Out There'. Dego himself also chimes in with a nimble remix of the title track tucking in additional basslines and fruity rhodes fills to slick the 'floor.
*2LP gatefold with photo collage from Tricky's personal archive + free CD inside* Tricky's back, flanked by a squadron of female vocal accomplices - Tirzah, Francesca Belmonte, Nneka, Bella Gotti - plus a hook-up with Mykki Blanco and production from Blue Daisy. Whilst he still sounds vocally menacing and paranoid as ever, he still can't give up that thing for naughty rock guitars which really dates the whole thing. OK, there are moments of relief in the mercurial electro glyde of 'Nicotine Love' with Francesca Belmonte, in the dank boogie of 'Right Here' featuring Oh Land, and the pulsing trip hop slink of 'Something In The Way', but then those guitars reappear…
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* M83 have long been mentioned in the same breath as Ulrich Schnauss - listening to this excellent second album it becomes clear once again just why these comparisons have been made. "Before The Dawn Heals Us" is the sound one would imagine Mr Schnauss producing had he more or less got rid of his electronic demons, immersing himself fully in a mesh of guitars and weaves of feedback levelled out by that rarest of electronic conceits - vocals. M83 certainly bring to mind the euphoric, epic arrangements Schnauss is so fond of, while t… Read more
Low Concept in control for the 3rd single from London/NYC's White Asega label, backed with a ruddy good Alex Coulton re-step. The originals carve between sodden, gritty techno a la Happa or Blawan in 'Bugz' to low-riding, blown out electro with New York swagger on 'The Prick'. Alex Coulton's remix blows both of 'em out the water, resetting 'Bugz' to a Mala or Kode 9-esque dubstep lean swarmed with a menagerie of bleeps and dread gremlins and dubbled-up Footwork drums.
**Edition of 250** Wayward mixture of Chicago house and darkwave disco from Twins for Glasgow's Clan Destine. Up top, 'Creepsick' comes off like Vindicatrix doing the Gherkin Jerk, and 'Deal With It' jams on with proper tracky Chi styles. Down below, 'No Comfort' sounds like a wavier Bodycode/Portable groove, and 'Peachtree Industrial' jacks off the kind of jagged groove you might expect to hear in one of Jamal Moss's Medusa Edits.
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* France’s electronic duo M83 return with their second album, their first to be given a more overtly international push. Good timing, for its an adequately analogue collection of electronic pop songs mounted on a bed of fuzzy guitars and computerised vocals – hitting the zeitgeist with considerable aplomb. The tracks often contain a warm, almost romantic undercurrent, something which isnt often associated with music of this kind, and the soundscapeish scope of the composition, rather than the execution, hints at a deep lov… Read more
Conforce readjusts his focus from techy sound design to machine soul with 'Depth Over Distance' for Delsin. Four tracks very much rooted in the art of old skool Detroit and UK's Artificial Intelligence quarters, setting sail with the breathy pads and silvery slink of the title track and circling in on fluid, submerged electro with 'Plateau', epic C2-style Italo-techno in 'Rendez-Vous', and gorgeous, halfstep techno romance in 'Closer'.
DJ Lil Tal and Paul Johnson double down as The Doobie Bruthas on the relaunched Dance Mania Records. They're in it for the funk: DJ Lil Tal drops the horn-heavy disco-house budge of 'Mandrake' and the filter freaking 'Find A Love' banger; Paul Johnson juggles jiggling hook, durty bass vamps and cowbells in 'Jack That Ass' and some coolly concentrated disco loops in 'Energy'.
Pink Flag re-issue the 4th Wire album, released originally on Rough Trade in 1980 , the album was primarily recorded live at a 1979 show . Long unavailable on any format the re-issue features additional unreleased material. For those unfamiliar with Document and Eyewitness, it really doesn’t do it justice to describe it simply as a collection of live recordings from three turn-of-the-80s Wire gigs. What makes it more than that is the unorthodox nature of the main performance and the way it was presented on record. The centrepiece of the original vinyl release was a recording of the final gi… Read more
Facsimile reissue - right down to the centre-label spelling mistake - of the Chicago acid classic by Pierre's Fantasy Club. Mickey's Mix and the warehouse slam of 'Acid Dreams' up top, backed with Ralphi Rosario's 'Wet Dream' version and acapella on the flip.
Ital continues to twist the putative conventions of house and techno on his third album in two years. 'Endgame' feels light years away from his earliest transmissions of natty, lo-fi house, and much closer to brooding, minimal, modern house and techno styles, eking out a headier, weirder space somewhere between the styles of Tin Man, Kassem Mosse, and Joey Anderson, for comparison. The difference between then and now is perhaps his switch from software to select pieces of hardware, resulting in a more linear plot and liquified, worm-holing momentum on 'Endgame', no doubt enhanced by mixing and masterin… Read more
Exapanded 2014 repress of a deadly Dance Mania juggernaut originally issued in 1998. Nose-to-tail goodness in seven tracks - including exclusive bonus cut 'Sick Trax' - busting out the pneumatic remix and original versions of 'Pump On The Floor' and skippy sample jerker 'Deep Vibe' up top, and coming strong with the percolated bounce of 'Holy Ghost', the killer DJ Funk hook-up 'Biggie Trax', and choppy ride of 'Da Love', plus the dry jackers jab of 'Sick Trax' for added flavour.
Gully New York hip hop coated in scuzzy noise by Gut Nose, back on his home city's Styles Upon Styles label. Landing squarely between the eyes of Parallel Thought's rugged beat suites and classic El-P produce, 'Filthy City' evokes a bloodshot, street-level view of a wasted metropolis in eleven concise parts. It all feels haunted by the dread ghosts of late '90s boom bap, DJ Spooky, Wordsound, RZA's 'Ghostdog' soundtrack et al, and is also prone to wigging out into collapsing industrial house structures at will. As a sort of sonic psychogeographic derivè it really takes us there.
Toshiya Kawasaki rounds up volume 6, the ten year anniversary edition, part two, of Mules Musiq's 'I'm Starting To Feel Okay' compendiums. Expect nine cuts of stylish disco chug and deep house ranging from cosmic bobbers by Danielle Baldelli & Marco Diogini or JD Twitch, to classy Frankfurt disco-tech from Lauer and deep, discofied house from Tom Trago, The Backwoods, and Gonno.
Crazylegs cool out with Tommy Rawson's laidback garage house burner, 'In All My Days', backed with slippery and deadly remixes by Maddslinky and Imami. Rawson's original is a casual piece of UK house music fusing Afro-beat and Kwaito patterns with jazzier keys and sharp electroid edits, but the real juice is int he remixes: Maddslinky goes to town with a darkside underwater dub refit teetering on 2-step rhythms streaked with billowing dub chords; Imami seriously impresses with his Art Of Noise-meets-Omar Santana styled freestyle/boogie chop up.
Tight smash 'n grab grime session from Asa & Sorrow. It's one for the emosh rudeboys, handkerchief times. All about the big R&G ace 'Untitled' with its bittersweet balance of scatting vocal hook, folk strings and scything bass attacks, whilst the other three are heavy exercises in nu skool instrumental grime.
*Reissued vinyl edition, Includes free CD inside* "Aptly titled M83, this album served as the French electropop outfit’s debut release in 2001 on Gooom. Recorded as a duo by founding members Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau, the album was described by Pitchfork as “how it feels to live inside a triumphal music box.” The track names can be read in order to describe a boy/girl meeting at a party. Taken in tow with the sampled movie dialogue throughout, the album serves as a poignant soundtrack for the simplest of scenarios. "
Technofied future disco from Bok & Trago's dancefloor-dedicated series. Taken from the upcoming 'Night Voyage Toolkit II' collection, 'Need This' appears in two mixes; the Radio Mix stakes a rare, juicy square bassline alongside a killer, arpeggiated disco bass, one playing the melody whilst the other brings the weight, and all touched up with crisp-cut marimba. Flipside, the dub reduces bass to a potent throb under hazier electronics, killer cowbells and disco drums to very useful effect.
**Part 1 of 2 - Double LP with insert and download code redeemable from the label, with fantastically in-depth sleevenotes featuring band interviews and exclusive photographs - All tracks have been remastered* "Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse, yet this community of outsiders produced… Read more
**Part 2 of 2 - Double LP with insert and download code redeemable from the label, with fantastically in-depth sleevenotes featuring band interviews and exclusive photographs - All tracks have been remastered* "Initially a marginalised phenomenon, the underground grunge scene of Washington had barely a handful of adherents, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In those early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk risked social ostracism and worse, yet this community of outsiders produced… Read more
**Limited white wax with download code, with digital only Lakker Remix** My Panda Shall Fly & Mau'lin make for a handsome hook-up on the laidback, breezily abstract boogie grooves of 'Push', backed with bonus Lakker remix and track as digital download. Very much a product of its times, their combined sound smudges the contours of jazz, ambient, house, and electronica until they reveal a alluring new shade, in the process hiopefully relegating the word "eclectic" to toom 101 forever. It's a transient sound, defined by swirling harmonic and rhythmic movemen… Read more
Mike Ash initiates Super Rhythm Trax with a body-churning acid session. Faxing forward his experience recording for Rising High as Interface and Audio Assault in the early '90s, 'Return To Acid' reprises his first love with full bodied passion. A-side is given to the authentic '88 box beats, staccato stabs and floating, early techno pads of 'Nitric' whilst B-side brings a darkside Frankfurt flavour to the table in 'Return To Acid', and some properly spiked Bam Bam Chicago styles in 'Oh Three'. Loud pressing. Bring on the weekend…
Kowton carves up his Livity Sound associate, Peverelist, in two dread versions. Acting as a smart tease for Punch Drunk's forthcoming 'Worth The Weight Vol.2 - From The Edge' compilation, it presents ruggedly refreshed takes on a proper Bristol classic. Up top, the Linear Mix stretches out on retuned kicks and gut-sloshing subs, looping up the melodica hook into cirrus wisps around droning pads to a densely psychedelic climax. Dung below, the Dub Mix opens out more space between the beats, revealing the sub as a tortuous, speaker-tormenting beast.