Thursday, 11 September
Powerful techno from Sawlin. A smart and dark James Ruskin remix of 'Sprectrafuck' opens the account with dead ahead momentum leading to the grumbling, monotone drive and Samuel Kerridge-esque awning pads of the original. Flip it for a proper warehouse job in the cantering groove of Im Kessel', and the chewy, bone-grinding techno funk of 'Modularer Turn'.
**Dinked 7" vinyl edition of 300** Call Super reveals a quieter side to his oeuvre on these two gems anticipating his eagerly awaited 'Suzi Ecto' album. The 'Sulu Sekou' version is a beautifully gauzy mesh of swirling pipes and glinting groove anchored by blooming, padded subs to tread a mystic path somewhere between Hassell and Shackleton. On the other hand, the extended version of 'Coney Storm Drain' is moodier, opening a 3 minute wormhole of prickly texturhythms and fizzing sci-fi atmospheres leaving us primed and very curious for the full length…
Swamp 81 coin the 180g Benton Beats series with a ruff session from Benton clad in artwork by Will Bankhead. Last heard on N-Type's Wheel & Deal Records, Benton brings a dose of rugged drums and bass at 130bpm in three parts: 'The Callin'' reduces old 'ardcore topes to blocky, rigid loops and stabs; 'Airtight' works a mix of sino-grime and breaksy 808 electro; 'BBS Madness' charges up a dubbed-out electro-jungle sound.
**Hand-stamped pink wax** Psilocybic house from the North Wales posse behind Crow Castle Cuts. Volume 3 of the Tripp series introduces three debuts: YRD drops the thumping techno techno-house of 'Dul Doen'; Thom Brooke makes nice with the warm ambient chords and mesmerising bassline of 'Penway'; Le Causa travels further out with the saltier pink noise and Pub-like abstract postulations of 'Lacanau'. Ian Blevins is the only experienced hand, previously appearing on Disco Bloodbath, and here with the chiming house swagger of 'AA'.
"Circuit Breaker are an Industrial band, consisting of London based Brothers Peter and Edward Simpson. The Group's return to Tombed Visions with ‘TV12’, marks the label and the duos first ever vinyl release. Taking cues from the likes of Pere Ubu’s ‘Tenement Year’ and Cabarets Voltaire’s ‘2x45’, the Simpson brothers ran amok in a backlog of archived live performances, improvised recordings and the previous mind melting experiments found on their first Tombed Vision’s release ‘Grid’. This material was then used as a catalyst for a newer, tighter song writing process. By mollifying the more esote… Read more
**Glow in the dark jacket** Brstl pillar, Shanti Maass aka Shanti Celeste, does dat electro-boogie for Julio Bashmore's Broadwalk label. To date she's had a coupla smart 12"s for her own Brstl label - home to locals like October, Outboxx, Rhythmic Theory - and also the Idle Hands label/shop, where she works behind the counter. Her 'Universal Glow' is a bewt, tickling out spidery electro ticks and booming bass balanced with gorgeous Detroit pads to sound like some lost Reel By Real joint. B-side she factors similar chord progression to a bouncing, swinging Detroit house groove on 'Felix… Read more
Lean, squelchy electro-funk and house strutters from Wrong Steps for Huntleys + Palmers. First up, 'Glam' glitters the 'floor with it's ruddy seed, shifting hips with in-the-pocket bassline and clipped drums wound tight to sharp organ chords. 'Rain' follows with moodier, filtered chords and percolating Afro drums trimmed for the dancers. Flipside, 'Yyam' plays it down with hazy keys and effortlessly infectious swing, leaving 'Gyms' to fade out to shimmering chrome notes and knotted disco groove.
Thursday, 04 September
Slackk triggers one of *the* albums of 2014 with his debut LP 'Palm Tree Fire' for Local Action. Requiring little introduction around here, Slackk has been a steadfast lynchpin for grime for nigh on a decade now. From running the invaluable grimetapes source back in the day, thru his pivotal hybrid productions for Numbers and latterly Local Action, and not to mention his innumerable radio slots and club sets, most crucially at the Boxed events, founded in 2013 as an incubator for new, instrumental talent which has more than proved its worth. Basically the guy's a don in the truest sense of the… Read more
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
**Reissue edition remastered by Rashad at Clunk. Housed in debossed jacket with download code for bonus, unreleased material** Infiné surpass themselves with this prime reissue of a sought-after late '70s synth masterpiece by French laser-harp pioneer, Bernard Szajner. 'Visions Of Dune' (1979) is Szajner's concept album influenced by Frank Herbert's cult sci-fi trilogy of 'Dune' books (it's *not* the OST for David Lynch's film adaptation). Taking cues from the trilogy's tangled web of epic power struggles, otherworldly witchcraft and dystopian sci-fi th… 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...
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.
**Digital download code redeemable from the label** David Thomas and his Pere Ubu cohorts are back with the next stage in their album cycle begun with 'Lady From Shanghai' (2013). "A number of the songs were developed from an underscore composed for the movie Carnival Of Souls, performed by The Pere Ubu Film Group in July 2013. The cd and vinyl releases are slightly different. The vinyl release does not include the song 'Brother Ray.' The cd release does not include the five 'Strychnine Interludes.' The reason is straight-forward: 'Brother Ray' is twelve minutes long and would not fit on … Read more
**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
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.
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.