Thursday, 06 December 2012
Finders Keepers are at it again, this time unearthing more stunning material from Polish enigma Andrzej Korzynski, who the label introduced to many of us with the unmissable 'Possession' OST a few months back. This bumper twenty-two-track collection fills in some of the gaps in his catalogue, and Finders Keepers have done the legwork for us yet again, sweeping up tunes from lost master tapes and film reels to provide us with music that truly deserved to be found. The main stylistic pointer here would be Ennio Morricone, as Korzynski shares the same aptitude in genre-hopp… Read more
**Fruity, disco-spiked house music, the sort you'd hear in a Manchester bar circa 1998. Actually, it's the stuff you still hear in Manchester bars in 2012** EZLV crafts playfully luxurious extended-mix radio hits from the bi-curious, bygone dance-meets-soul era. It’s Soundstream in song form, luscious and light, brought to juicy lime-life with cool-curated club samples, late-’70s horn porn and elegant DJ creationism. With a certain je ne sais quoi-quoi for the Francophilic party fille and garçon in us all, Selfish Beat is sparkling, shimmering, alluring, uplifting fun. Both members of the French-Ca… Read more
Guardian of the purple legacy Gemmy arrives on Tectonic (his first release on the label, though he did knock out 2010's 'Maroon Chant' on Pinch's other imprint, Earwax) with one of his best releases in a fair while. 'Warrior' is a back to basics affair, and one to be applauded: it's a lithe dubstep roller punctuated with snippets of corny martial arts movie dialogue and, of course, those signature Gemmy synths, and you can see it slotting neatly into many a respectable modern dance. 'The Dome' is classic Gemmy, or Gemmy-by-numbers, depending on which way you look at it: all low-riding 808 drums, garish rave vamps and Megadrive FX.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
*Deluxe double LP pressed onto 180g vinyl, includes a copy of the album on CD free inside. Also includes a comprehensive 36 page booklet* It can't be easy following a record as beguiling as 2008's genre-defying 'The Drift', but pounding to life with the incessant woodpecker percussion of album opener 'See You Don't Bump His Head', it's clear that 69-year-old Scott Walker has shock and awe in mind. He's never been an artist who's struggled with originality, and 'Bish Bosch' takes his aural cubism even further than ever before with confusing instrumentation and some of his finest vocal work to … Read more
*Brand new vinyl edition of one of our favourite albums of all time, includes a copy on CD free inside with bonus tracks and a Four Tet remix* Veiculo was the second album from To Rococo Rot, released in 1997 and quite easily ranking as one of the standout albums of the era - merging disciplines and ideas borrowed from post-rock and electronic music into a cohesive whole that hasn't aged a day. It really is an album that never ceases to amaze us - with an opening track that sounds like a proto-SND, the classic 'Mit Dir In Der Gegend' quite possibly ranking amongst our most played track… Read more
Hefty five-track EP from Luke Abbott, courtesy of Gold Panda's Notown label. The Border Community graduate is in fine form, the title track being a circuit-fried, pastoralist trance-out very much in the Fake/Hebden tradition, but with a presence, and a gradually disclosed toughness, all its own. From there we take in the dainty, pointillistic electro-pop of 'New Buildings', the chiming, autumnal, Dial-esque house minimalism of 'A Short Distance' and, in 'Silent Fall', a gorgeous, beatless display of sustained string-pads melting imperceptibly into one another. Spatially aware synth … Read more
Cool halfstep/rap backed with fine Synkro and Gacha remixes. Shadow Child & Horx are new on our radar, impressing with the Emptyset-like bass and white-noise-shaped snares placed against TK Wonder's double-timed delivery on 'Bordertown'. Synkro feels a different vibe for the remix, hearing the vocal set to deft square bass and 2-step claps for the late night house set, while Gacha's mix is lost to a lush, cottony whorl of dreamhouse synth chords, harps and mercurial 2-step swing.
Roll The Dice and Fever Ray producer Peder Mannerfelt aka The Subliminal Kid coaxes some serious sounds from his modular hardware arsenal for Paul Purgas' (Emptyset) We Can Elude Control imprint. Up front 'Arss' comes off like a field recording of some huge, lumbering machinery grinding its daily toil, and 'Untitled 3 Edit' sounds as though Mika Vainio got sozzled on cough syrup at the controls of an ancient prototype Soviet synth, resulting a Sähköesque reduction of pinging bleeps and the kind of slurred subs that threaten to disintegrate your speakers. Flipside's 'Kommen Sie Doch Näher… Read more
**15-song double gatefold LP with extensive liner notes and 11" x 33" poster. A handsome thing!** Samy Ben Redjeb's wonderful Analog Africa series traces the Black Atlantic groove story to Colombia's vibrant port city, Barranquilla in the 1970s. Over 15 songs 'Diablos Del Ritmo' anthologises the virile melting pot of Afrobeat, Palenque, Tropical Funk, Terapia and psychedila rhythms and the tropical dance styles of Puya, Porro, Gaita, Cumbiamba, Mapalé, Chandéon, all exposing a steamy, grinding night's worth of pure groove heat irresis… Read more
Dubbed-out bass reductions courtesy of Hodge, backed with a smart Kowton remix. Frontside features the percolating dread Funky pressure of 'Tonda' and the rippling, shark-eyed roll of 'Dusted' layered up with subaquatic squirrel synths. Flipside, the billowing bass and skippy drums of 'Turmoil' sound like a Spatial production, whereas the Kowton remix is much ruffer, bringing distorted drums at an odd, unyielding angle submerged by wormy acid lines and droning, almost Badalementi-esque pads.
Low-riding slow/fast bass pop/R&B from Spanish duo Jorge Caiado (Lisbon) and Clip! (Barcelona). Working off to the right of JETS, their album version of 'Looking Back' lays down some badass 808 and rhodes heat topped with suitably sensuous vocals by Marta Plantier. Their club version dips to a '90s-indebted house vibe.
**Finders Keepers gone done it again - side-stepping style and fashion to haul up 18 hirsute, hip-thrustin', hard and heavy rock numbers from Greater Manchester's pre-punk years. Includes blaring stacks of unreleased gear and obscurities plus a profuse 36-page booklet of liner notes and photos compiled the beardy weirdo, Andy Votel** "18 outbursts of unreleased testosterone from the 1970's Mancunian rock underground. Unissued studio demos and rare tracks of hard rock, hairy funk, heavy, prog from the toughest unknown rock groups of Greater Manchester, England MAN CHEST HAIR lib… Read more
*Brand new vinyl Edition of this long unavailable classic album from To Rococo Rot, with bonus CD inside*
Sweetly squashed and debonaire slow-house from Paul Cottam backed with a fine Cosmin TRG remix. A-side we get a strong fix of Cottam magic in the effortless roll of 'Relapse' and its wonderfully ascending drum trills gilded by the lushest synth pads, while flipside he gives a Balearic/sub-tropical burner crafted from layers of rippling percussion and floating twilight chords. Cosmin TRG's remix is ace, too, boosting the tempo of 'Relapse' and adding nimble square bass for a deep, spaced-out and fruity vibe.
*Finally available again* "Presenting 2 new pieces from the Montreal collective. Consider Slow Riot... a travelogue of sorts; across the expanses of North America or inner landscapes not so easily charted. The sonic crests and swells that this nine member band achieves is apt reminder of the physicality godspeed you black emperor! works with. Three guitars, two bassists, two drummers and a string section coordinate together with a nimbleness that defies the expectations you might have of a nine piece band. Add field recordings and you have an unparalleled listening experience."
**WHITE VINYL** Stargazing emo-step electronica from Sam KDC and his pal, ASC. A-side's 'Synthesia' finds Sam appropriating proggy, Emeralds-esque kosmiche synth ebullience to augment crisp, jazzy, steppin' drums and bass beside an icy post-script drift. Flipside, ASC turns up for the hanky-wielding weepy with a positive message, 'All Roads Lead Somewhere', and goes solo again with the trilling 808-powered sci-fi-step highlight 'Captured'.
*Brand new vinyl Edition of this long unavailable classic album from To Rococo Rot, with bonus CD inside*
**Wildly diverse curiosity reaching from cosmic industrial pop to concrète experiments and avant-garde composition. Well out there. Includes A3 poster and download code redeemable from the label** "The greatest innovators are often characterized by their love - hate relationship with popularity and acceptance. To accept what is ‘now’ is to stagnate, yet to reject it is to become irrelevant. The true harbingers of the ‘new’ reach for the stars with one arm while clinging to the ground with the other. In essence, dragging us forward. Such is the case with The Wonderful World, Ian Drenna… Read more
*Limited Edition 3LP Boxed Set housed in an oversized vinyl box* Work, play, pray - the lifecycle of the rural America that created our greatest generation of country music, 1923 to 1936. These volumes survey songs of labor and occupation, hardship and loss; dance tunes, comic numbers, and novelties that provided distraction and fun; and the hymns and sacred pieces that reached beyond the raw material of daily existence for something enduring. Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard features 19 previously un-reissued sides and is largely draw… Read more
Black Acre's most mercurial operator, Dundee-based beat breaker Loops Haunt, dices with jungle, hip hop and sheer IDM on 'Zenith'. Organic drum breaks are extruded thru ultra-wide and kinetic processing, knotting into the seasick neo-classical neck-snapper 'Galleon', Amon Tobin-like dynamics on 'mun Rhul' and the Luke Vibert-like jungle dexterities of 'Zenith' on the A-side, while the title and freewheeling breakbeat splinters of 'dltfaypily' lend themselves to Rephlex comparisons and 'Heal' with early Machinedrum over on the B-side.
Thursday, 22 November 2012
Raster-Noton perennials Olaf 'Byetone' Bender and Carsten 'Alva-Noto' Nicolai return to Mute together under their Diamond Version umbrella, with the second of five EPs. On opener 'Science For A Better Life', the vocodered "do you suffer from pain? / try for free" commands are presumably meant to be a sinister/satirical comment on the hollowness of our consumer society and all that jazz, but they feel a little crass and tacked-on to be quite honest; better to ignore 'em and concentrate on the music, which is probably best described as contemporary techno-industrial rendered … Read more
In case you don't know, Ossie is one of the UK's finest yung beat breakers. His 2nd EP of the year, and 2nd for Hyperdub is proof, if it were needed, of his prowess. While a painfully large number of producers are playing and making house music with a go-through-the-motions conservatism, Ossie's motioning the dance with deadly guile and swerve here; from the body-synched devilishness of 'Ignore' with its rude-ass mid/low-end spurts and clattering drums, all scrawled with neon synth slashes, to the proper demented, axis-bending broken beat house funk of 'Find It', this guy's doing it wilder and wicked… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* While post-rock may have fizzled to a damp halt years ago, it's been to Mogwai's credit that the Scottish survivors have been ever ready to change things up and carry on moving through a music scene that changes so swiftly. This latest collection of remixes is proof that the lads are still up on their tunes, and they've managed to rope in a whole gang of able bodies to shake up their sounds and chance upon something brand new. Drone king Tim Hecker's throbbing rework of 'Rano Piano' is probably going to be the one everyone flicks to fir… Read more
Björk's remix 'Bastards' are Omar Souleyman band, These New Puritans, Alva Noto, Hudson Mohawke, Death Grips, Matthew Herbert, Current Value, The Slips, and 16-Bit. They've all headed up individual remix 12"s and are now collected in one wild session ranging from dabke keyboard freak-outs to nexx-level D&B/dubstep contortions. Omar Souleyman and band give two undoubted highlights: their bobbing dancefloor mix of 'Crystalline' and the gorgeously synth heavy take on 'Thunderbolt'. Matthew Herbert goes one further with versions of 'Sacrifice', 'Mutual Core', and 'Crystalline', but if we're talking highli… Read more
*180gm Vinyl* "'Con 3' (1981) captures Conrad Schnitzler in one of his oddest phases, toying with the parameters and conventions of the NDW sound rife in Berlin at the time. Working with drummer Wolfgang Sequenza at producer Peter Baumann's (Tangerine Dream) Paragon Studios, he arrived at a unique confection using his own lyrics and vocals (!) in German and English framed by neat rhythms and typically unresolved, pop-like melodies; heck, there's even a loungey vibraphone melody on 'Coca'! It's undoubtedly ahead of its time, discretely mixing avant-garde thought and tones with the "entertainme… Read more
*180gm Vinyl* 'Consequenz' was essentially "Conny" Schnitzler's 1st concession to the concise strictures of pop music. Realised with his studio buddy Wolfgang Seidel (Wolf Sequenza) and released in 1980 - after his famous string of early "endless" works such as 'Rot', 'Blau', and the proto-techno side 'Con' - it can be heard as his nod to the fresh-faced NDW sound of the era (or maybe a sideways glance) as he honed shorter track lengths, tighter, layered rhythmic and harmonic structures and almost catchy melodies which would really come to fruition on the later Conrad & Sohn album. And e… Read more
Krampfhaft continues to blaze a trail with his first 12" drop of 2012. The follow-up to his dazzling 'Makin' Magic' single, it refines the lazer-sealed fusion of Dutch hardcore synths, trap trills and booty-knocking bass in five parts. At the top 'Marram' is all romantic melodies and star-bursting, Rustie-style, dynamic ebullience, but 'Cork' quickly bring the rave with Maybach-strength mentasms and the tightest, mechanized percussion. Heated up, 'Twin Prime' gets live with the shrill Dutch hardcore stabs and Skrillex-style lazer synths beside the bowling halfstep bubblin' sound of 'In A Dream' and the EP's slo-bouncin' mecha-rave highlight 'Bones'.
Psychemagik, The Go! Team and Cherrystones weigh in remixes of Dan Blacklodge's forthcoming '2013' album as Justin Velor. With 'Flameout' Psychemagik dispense a long, laidback and dubbed-out disco chugger smushed with sugary cosmic vibes for the dreamers. Taking on 'Oscillations' Cherrystones jams on hard-edged, nervy and noisy rock drums, ripping synths and apocalyptic synths while The Go! Team turn 'Galiano Rocks' into a fuzzed-up, razor-slashed garage charge.
DVA's been riding a serious groove this year. Proceeding his colour-bombed debut LP, 'Pretty Ugly', 'Fly Juice' gives up seven freshest house and bass moves including the deeply trippy futurism of 'Rumours' with Hype Williams' Inga Copeland, a road-rugged bouncer 'Long Street' with South African producer Big Space, and a crackshot French Fries remix of his early anthem 'Ganja', taking the 'floor on a wild and merry ride that'll leave you feeling dazed and drugged up. Our highlights have to be the strident ghetto psychedelic 'Walk It Out', the what-the-fook wobbliness of 'Shook' and his cartoonishly odd hook-up with Inga Copeland, but the whole things basically a madness.