Thursday, 26 January 2012
Debut 12" of deeper rolling Electroid House backed with a fine Graphics remix. 'Archaic Line' rides plump subs synched with crisp cowbells and Soca-fied snares into the night, while 'Deserted' steps out between Dubbed-out Garage and Electronica, pivoting off rudely electrified subs. Flipside Graphics lends a svelte remix of 'Archaic Line', smoothed out for the deep-end crew.
ASC presents some of his most minimal, brooding, and spaced-out productions on the 'TMA-1' EP. The title track sets the flex with flickering steppers percussion synched to half-heard subs and ghostly abandoned space station ambience while 'Aqualoop' sinks back into supremely spacious ambience, all droning reese bass and misty, fleeting melodies. Flipside 'Esper' rides a crooked electro rhythm, something like faded version of the sci-fi sounds on those two Darkestral aces that slipped out late 2011, and 'Sarang' drifts across muted but tangled, futurist D&B rhythms in ambient hyperspace.
Slow-strobing kosmic House abstraction from Vienna's Cruise Family on their debut vinyl release. Over the last five years this singular artist has issued a stack of cassettes, but it's in the last two that he's really locked onto the Cruise family trajectory, taking himself (and us) to the furthest echelons of intergalactic tranz-Haus. His finest document to date, 'We're In Heaven' breaks down to three variants on this theme, from the epic inward spiral of 'We're In Heaven (Dream Mix)' to the adrenaline-triggering arpeggios of 'Be Part Of It (Club Mix)' and the balmy solar flares of 'Go… Read more
Thursday, 19 January 2012
*Limited edition of 500 copies only, initial stock available on transparent red vinyl while stock lasts* Perispirit is the collaborative project of Ricardo Donoso and Luke Moldof, here delivering their debut album proper after a number of cassette editions for Prurient's Hospital Productions and Ricardo's own Semata imprint. The sound they make is brilliantly impossible to categorise, bringing together analogue and digital electronic sound sources to create a freakish organism that reminds you of anything from Keith Fullerton Whitman to Prurient to Autechre to purist musique conc… Read more
Deeply unhinged, potent revisions of the Shangaan sound from the inimitable Actress. Let's not beat around the bush here; these are two of the most out-there productions in his catalogue, venturing further between worlds than any of his peers dare, and at once resetting the consensual allowance for noise and psychoactive madness in what could still be called a "dance" track. A-side sounds like a stray radio transmission picked up by alien receivers, buffering the groove with malleable white noise and psychedelic filter flux. B-side, the manic intensity of Shangaan Electro is fu… Read more
*Hand-stamped and lip-kissed white label* Enchante follows that devilishly unique session for Greco Roman with a cracking 12" of freewheeling R&B edits. From sweetened, uptempo Garage burns to gliding, icy boogie, rampant Soca and dance-owning Booty-Soul, this is a very strong look for any party 'floors. Keep an eye out for his forthcoming remixes of Azari & III and Metronomy, and a single Aramac's Sticks & Stones label. TIP!
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Jason Urick's excellent sophomore album for Thrill Jockey is a strangely affective mix of Techno-pop and synthdrone abstractions strongly recalling moments from Oneohtrix Point Never's now-classic 'Returnal', and also elements of Mark Carlson's 'Particle Language' LP or Harmonizer's 'World Complete'. 'I Love You' revolves around Urick's enchanting use of dissonant, cyber-surreal vocoder harmonies and layered synth hues, opening a inter-dimensional portal and luring us wide-eyed through extraterrestrial synth topologies. If one were to trust … Read more
**Includes photocopied insert and download code redeemable from the label** Three extended synth improvisations performed by Asa Osborne (Lungfish) as Zomes. Recalling meditative works by the likes of J.D. Emmanuel or Laraaiji, Asa channels primordial cosmic transmissions into a thick, drone-filled ether, making the air tremble with an exalted beauty. Key changes are magical moments amidst an already blissful sea of luscious sound.
Brendon Moeller makes an appearance on Throne Of Blood with four effortlessly warm and infectious Deep House grooves. Highlights have to be the lushly convective vibes of 'In A Trance In France' (terrible title, though!) or the Detroit-inspired midnight mood and luxurious swing of 'Comet'.
Guido boots up his State Of Joy imprint with two meditative, bleeping Bristol rollers. 'Micro X' is curious fusion of metallic sitar motifs, bubbling synth arpeggios and a mellow halfstep flow, nothing that'll stress the dance, but certainly give it somethign to ponder on for five minutes or so. Flipside 'Vessel Dogs' finds its groove between hulking halfstep and sweeter R&B; stripped kick/snare and tingling hi-hats patterns create a skeletal lattice for piquant harp and clipped guitar strings to mingle and grind.
Steppin' off releases for Numbers and Airflex Labs, Goldffinch drop two percolating, darker-tinted booty jackers for 877 Records. 'Point Of Entry' is the highlight, a simmering GhettoTech joint set for sexier sci-fi discos, while 'Arabian Prince' is an R&B-infected House request for the Dubai party posse.
Witness the evolution of Bullion's idiosyncratic oeuvre on his latest, and greatest release for R&S. From his earliest 'Pet Sounds: In The Key Of Dee' through to that sideways remix of Model 500, there was never any doubt that the guy was a hugely distinguished talent, but we really didn't see this one coming. These are his most pop-sharp, imaginative offerings to date, sounding like John Maus in a psychedelic tizzy with the smudged-out dreampop of 'Say Arr Ee', or concocting some kinda Balearic minimal-wave-funk hallucination with 'What Do You Know'. Hit the samples and prepare to be impressed. Recommended!
Thursday, 12 January 2012
A very welcome return for Mark Van Hoen, the Seefeel founder member best known his ambient techno work as Locust and under his own name on Apollo and R&S in the mid-90s. The Revenant Diary, his first release on Peter Rehberg's Editions Mego, follows last year's fine City Centre Offices set Where Is The Truth, and explores similarly deep electronic sound-worlds, but it's less obviously song-based, and has different origin: while remastering some of his earliest recordings, Van Hoen was struck by the simplicity of a recording he made in 1982, a reel-to-reel experiment that, through ser… Read more
Instra:mental's Jon Convex initiates his Convex Industries enterprise with two Electroid rollers. A-side is the darkened, glitchy hip rollidge of 'Bump 'n Grind', offloading chunky Breaks and pitched vox tied up with sci-fi synth washes and interspersed with slightly dated glitch edits. B-side 'Closer' conducts a shunty, offset Techno groove layered with chiming vocals.
Wile-out Kuduro madness from DJ Marfox, kicking off the promising Príncipe label with a rambunctious 4-tracker. The 'Eu Seiquem Sou EP' is his debut release but he's already well known in his native Portugal for his legendary 'DJ's di Ghetto' mixes which have earned him notoriety from Europe to Africa. A-side features the polyrhythmic frenzy of the title track, all cascading fairground melodies and nutty drum pressure, plus the hooting Batida hoedown 'Bit Binary'. Flipside starts the ruckus with exhilarating drops and carnival momentum on 'Mitologia' next to the Garage-infected flex of 'Pensamentos'. If you loved Mental Groove's 'Bazzerk' compilation, this is a must!
Coruscating piano deconstructions from the revered Daniel Menche on Editions Mego. Mind you, don't expect to hear any discernible ivory tinkling: the Portland, Oregon native dismantles, violates and manipulates the instrument beyond on all recognition, creating an industrial churn across four bottom-heavy tracks that threatens to consume everything in its path. Seriously, there aren't many artists still capable of scaring us witless, but Menche's self-styled "beastial soundworks" here really are the stuff of nightmares - listening to 'Guts One' in particular sounds like a forest being felled by a … Read more
There's hardly a shortage of scuzzy lo-bias rock music around in 2011, but here's an addition to the scene that's worth taking notice of, courtesy of the very reliable Bathetic label. Bathetic have had a killer year what with an earth shatteringly good album from Lee Noble and it's clear their sights are just as well honed with Cough Cool. The project of one Dan Svizeny, Cough Cool is rock music, but played on the wrong speed, blown out at the wrong points and almost indistinguishable from an errant YouTube clip playing loudly in the front room. There are nods to shoegaze in Svizeny's blissful fuzz… Read more
*Marbled purple wax* James Clements aka ASC on two techy, Autonomic-style steppers. 'No Secrets' starts with Alva-Noto-esque fax malfunctions before turning into a skittish IDM stepper laced with sharp acid lines and breathy atmospheric vox. 'Flipside 'Zenith' is far less cheesy, dipping with a rugged hardstep swagger accentuated by industrial strength snares and roguish electro signals.
Special Benny's Mat Baynton offers his debut solo EP. Four songs wide, 'So It Goes' features additional drums, piano, trumpet, sax and melodica plus some arrangements from his bandmate Ben Gates while Mat plays guitar, sings and writes at his home in Greenwich. He calls on inspiration from artists such as DM Stith, Jason Molina and Bowerbird for a down-home and tender style. Distinctive sleeve art was created by Rachael Edwards.
Thursday, 05 January 2012
*Initial copies come on limited edition coloured vinyl* Since 2009 Grant Evans has been peering ever deeper into the kosmische abyss with his records as Nova Scotian Arms for Aguirre, Preservation and Hooker Vision. He's also known for the lush Quiet Evenings releases with his wife, Rachel Evans (Motion Sickness Of Time Travel), but in solo flight his sound is more wide-eyed, exploratory, reaching heady new climes on 'Cult Spectrum', arguably his most vivid vision yet. Perhaps it's thanks to an exquisite mastering job by Lawrence English, but there's a tangible elevation and expansion… Read more
*300 copies. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi* Pat Murano's nebulous Decimus series for Planam and other labels has provided some of 2011's most outré, beguiling improvisations. For Holiday Records, '9' suffuses two sides of wax with oozing drone, kneaded noise and bleeding drum machine pulses channeling thoughts from the darkest recesses of the No Neck Blues Bandsman's imagination. Elements of '70s sci-fi synth music, tape-worn Skaters psychedelia and the internal thoughts of ancient machines coalesce, grind and diffuse with unstable and perpetual motion, following unconscious thought patterns into dis… Read more
*Silkscreened edition of 250* Pat Murano casts another spellbinding instalment of his mystifying Decimus series for Alga Marghen sister imprint, Planam. In the best possible way, it's bloody hard to sum up what's happening on these records. Over two 20 minute sides Pat pushes way beyond conventional structuring and arrangement, acting as a conduit for stray and wilful FM synth waves which knot and tangle, layer and dissolve across the A-face, constantly in horizontal and vertical stereo flux, freely increasing and burning up in amplitude. We struggle to think of anyone else whose sound is so unteth… Read more
Killer archival avant-jungle cuts from Luke Vibert. Many of you will fondly member the twelves and album Vibert released as Plug on Blue Angel and Rising High in the early-mid 1990's, off-kilter drum 'n bass cuts that really stood out from the more po-faced stuff that dominated the genre back then. Well, earlier this year Vibert handed Ninja Tune a bunch of DATs containing never before heard Plug material recorded in '95-'98, and they've compiled them into an album that really feels like a missing piece in the "intelligent" D-n-B jigsaw. This stuff isn't for the dancefloor - it's head music in the … Read more
Ben Westbeech rolls up on Dirtybird with two party-primed tribal remixes of DJ Cra$Y. 'Just E' swaggers with crowd-ploughing 808's and sweat-inducing peaks ripe for the biggest rooms you can find. 'I Need You' eases off into a more rolling, wiggly groove pushed by churning Toms and gasping vocal stabs.
**Oren Ambarchi and Keith Rowe interpret and perform pieces from Cornelius Cardew's graphic score 'Treatise', namely pages 53, 58, 168, and 169, on guitar and tabletop guitar, respectively. Recorded live at Binhuis, Amsterdam, February 8th, 2009 by Ron Mullen. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi. Edition of 300 copies, reproducing on the sleeve and inner the 4 pages of score performed.** "Cornelius Cardew's opus magnus Treatise is a 193 page graphic score written between 1963 and 1967 while he was performing with the improvisation group AMM. The score's graphic notation, wi… Read more
*Incredible wrap-around sleeve and insert. Limited edition* 'The Last Record' is the earliest and most obscure LP by Samon Takahashi's French experimental avant-garde unit. This is an original copy, first released in 1993 before the group disbanded for the next ten years. The insert tells us "All tracks are based on scratched records with additional help of flute, shakuhachi bamboo flute, whistle, jew's harp, djembe darbuka, tambourine, violin, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, voice, tapes, toys, etc." all of which are deployed in unique and fascinating ways. Essentially it's a musique concrète collage e… Read more
After decimating us with 'Stay Asleep (Regression Vol.2)' for NNA Tapes, Nate Young embarks on a mind-bending Out-Techno trip with Dave Shettler. Inspired by the writing of Philip K Dick, Stanislav Lem and John Brunner, they scavenge the desolate remains of a post-apocalyptic landscape from the cockpit of a Sequential Circuits Pro One, intrepidly scouting zones of improvised radioactivity other artists rarely dare to venture. In the low light of scorched skies they project distress signal sinewaves in real time, motivated by an impending sense of desperation and throbbing, rap… Read more
Mid-winter R'n'Boogie heat from man like Krystal Klear and Washington D.C. soul-blower, Oliver Day Soul. A-side is an exquisite, deeply romantic early R'n'B slow jam, all misty handclaps, slow-iced chords and twinkly keys with a decidedly debonaire flex. B-side 'Waistin' Time' bumps with a soul-rich New Jack flavour, Oliver Day Soul on the money with luscious harmonies and sing-a-long chorus over hip-swinging syncopation almost worthy of a Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis production. Slick, like.
**Famous sound sculpture recordings from 1964-66 and installation work from 1984. Edition of 380 copies for the world with full colour sleeve and printed inner containing testimonies from Marcel Duchamp and William Burroughs.** "Alga Marghen proudly presents one of the highlights of his catalogue, an exclusive LP edition with the recordings of Takis' electro-magnetic sculptures. Takis is the originator of this new approach to the musicality of sound, which consists in laying bare the repetitious structure of musical form and its functional derivation, thus rejecting the … Read more
**180g triple vinyl. Includes bonus track not on the CD and download code redeemable from the label.** Soundway's latest is a cracking compilation of 29 deeply infectious Cumbia heaters taken from original 78rpm vinyl dug by Will "Quantic" Holland. The result of some five years research and immersion in Colombian musical culture, it spans some of the genre's earliest to greatest moments between 1948-79, charting the evolution of a sound from its birthplace on the Caribbean coast to the toast of the capital, Bogota courtesy of legendary figures such as Alberto Pach… Read more