Thursday, 02 April
**First release on a new label from Max Tundra featuring his first productions to surface publicly for over 7 years, fronted by manufactured millennial pop starlets Daphne & Celeste. Edition of 500 copies pressed on lacquer-cut yellow vinyl with optional pop-out centre* There’s little doubt among anyone familiar with Max Tundra’s oeuvre that his early 2000’s releases for Domino kinda pre-empted the whole PC Music thing by a decade or so, all hi-sheen bubblegum pop rendered through obsolete digital technology, hooky as hell and just a little bit unsettling to boot. Having laid low since th… Read more
**Gloaming darkside Italian industrial classic, reissued with a CD included free inside - some 30 years after the fact in facsimile cover reconstructed by SOMA (Stephen O'Malley). RIYL The New Blockaders, MB, NWW, H3O** Giancarlo Toniutti's 'La Mutazione' is a heavy weathered landmark at the crossroads of avant-garde concrète and ambient industrial music. It first seeped into the underground water table by way of Gary Mundy's legendary Broken Flag label in 1985, to become regarded as one of the era's most subtly unsettling examples of post-industrial music. Incorporating Toniutti's h… Read more
Tensile techno tools from Mark Broom. From cantering acid techno funk with 'Attitude' to skippy pounder, 'Luxe', and the kicking pressure of 'Three Forms'.
Following the release of his seminal Hard Techno workout in 1997, Surgeon and Mick Harris revisited the material for this 'Remake' session. '(Intro) Version II' is reinforced with extra noise and viciously filtered strings while 'Krautrock (Version III)' loses the melody, ups the bass levels and reworks the rhtyhm according to a stricter agenda. Mick Harris meanwhile manipulates 'Waiting' as an uncomfortably sub-heavy halfstepper and 'Depart (Version II)' exercises Surgeon's more abstract dancefloor inclinations. Classic material.
Andrés stokes the house party, Detroit style, with his first new release since 2012. A-side simmers the super dope vibes of 'Believin'' with some class sample chops and inimitable drum programming throughout, especially in the final flourish of rolling rimshots. Pure groove control. B-side he eases off with the inquisitive bassline and swinging claps of 'Jungle Pain' freshened up with subtle traces of field recording, and 'Can't Shake It' gets down on a jazz-funk thing with effortless swagger. RIYL Theo Parrish, KDJ, Anthony Shakir.
Bonkers, Moog-heavy belly dance disco from Lebanon 1979! Both sides are belter, giving up the screaming Moog and mid-tempo wiggle of 'Jamileh' up top, and snake-hipped double-timed drops of 'The Joy of Lina (Farha)' on the flip.
*Clear Vinyl* It's 2015 and the guitar as an instrument is pretty f**king exhausted, right? Not in Tashi Dorji's hands. This album was first issued on cassette by Blue Tapes in 2014, just prior to the amazing compilation of his earlier gear on Ben Chasny ov Six Organs… Hermit Hut label and serves to illustrate our point above - where so many guitarists are happy to tread old ground and pay dues to heroes, Bhutanese maverick Dorji is spiralling away, expressing untapped thoughts and feelings on his very own plane, making his guitar sound something like a modular synth system playing ancient … Read more
Filthy bang-gang styles from Randomer vs J. Tijn, Shawn O'Sullivan vs NJ, and Bintus vs Hironori Takahashi on the 7th Brothers session. Four cuts of deviant machine funk from radge-packet techno to body-crumpling electro.
Full throttle party techno, Brighton style, from scene survivor Tobias Schmidt. A-side, 'Back To The Future (Again)' pulls no punches with a battery of galloping kicks and incendiary rave alarms; B-side, 'Antimatter' rips the head off it again with body-eating acidic synthline and friskier groove beside the wonky LFO abuse of 'Tuff Lou'.
Uncompromising dark techno from Bradford and Serbia backed with Paul Mac and Lakker remixes. From the valleys of West Yorkshire, Shadowstory label bosses Dronelock trigger the shuddering force and bleak atmospheres of 'Continuum', given a shifty shake-down by Paul Mac. From Belgrade, Boris Noiz and Dark Dekode a.k.a. Ontal deliver thew worm-charming subbass pulses and polluted atmospheres of 'Soil', beside a decayed, unquantised Lakker remix.
**Gatefold sleeve** Shlomo rolls emotional in his long-awaited 3rd LP of instrumental hip hop hybrids. 'Dark Red' distills a viscous mix of coldwave and shoegaze memes together with ghostly traces of jungle, grime and footwork to a more mature, vintage-sounding appeal. It feels as though the tracks were created out of time and place; cherry-picking and arranging the choicest morsels of bygone styles before burying them in a rusty reel-to-reel tin and allowing the whole thing to gently emulsify. The resulting, foisty candies are aged beautifully and marked up with titles that ring true with their dy… Read more
"The totality of Edwin Stevens’ vast appeal …as a musician isn’t usually something you can get to grips with by listening to one record alone. He likes to give it to you in bite sized, stylised chunks. As the alpha member of the Manchester underground music nerd set – a mirror world of the city’s explicit culture, where benevolence, good vibes, an active pursuit of self-doubt and a hazy absence of self-importance are paradoxically coupled with your usual countercultural aural fuck-you-ism – he’s played regularly in at least five completely stylistically unconne… Read more
Sallow, blue post-rock/electronica cross-over from the moody twosome of Thomas Ragsdale and Gavin Miller a.k.a. Ghosting Season and here as Worriedaboutsatan. A few years since they were touted by Sasha's Last Night on Earth label, they plug-in a suite of faded synth atmospheres and slow-chugging grooves crossed with the melancholic appeal of 65daysofstatic.
Vintage horny Chicago house heat from Trax circa '88. Includes the moody, 'Donnie' riffing jack of 'I Can't Understand', and the muscular ride of 'Fantasy'.
Crstal Bandito debuts a slick and powerful electrro-techno sound on Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label. Stripped, supple grooves in four parts, setting it out nice and easy with the hushed swing and sexy gynoid vocals of 'Feel So Free'; ratcheting the ante with an 808 pumper, 'Let It All Out'; getting frisky with it in 'EEEWalk', and stepping to the runway with 'Work It'.
NYC's Kim Ann Foxman follows her ace 'Pleasure Principle' hookup with some proper local dance knowledge in 'Firehouse 002'. Go straight for the original mix of 'Open The House' for a fierce, deep and hypnotic '90s house sound rife with rumping toms and ghostly pads how u like it.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* After a decade of 12" releases, Ostgut Ton boss Nick Höppner delivers his dope debut album for the world-renowned label outta Berlin. While he may not have the celebrity status conferred upon the rest of Berghain/Panorama Bar's residents, Höppner's productions have long stood out as prime examples of *that* Berlin house sound. 'Folk' collects nine of 'em, capturing him at his most focussed and diverse between wayward pieces such as the effluent bubbler 'Grind Show' and beautifully gauzy breakbeat trip, 'Airway Management', thru to his p… Read more
**180g vinyl in gatefold sleeve with digital download code redeemable from the label.Haunting and ancient-sounding Vietnamese folk songs sung by elkders and played on traditional instruments that sound so alien to modern ears. Makes so many modern folk imitations sound painfully affected** "An album of cautious healing and an unforgettable meditation on conflict, resistance, collective memory, and the longing for what has been lost. Brennan recalls the recording process for this remarkable document in the album's liner notes, excerpted here: "We had gone to Hanoi… Read more
Dorian Concept ropes in some heavyweight remixers to flip his 'Joined Ends' EP. Kuedo renders 'Ann River, Mn' as an aerial, nocturnal vision of piquant arpeggios and streaking vapours somewhere between Burial and Z'ev, while Border Community's Nathan Fake opens up 'Draft Culture' to nine minutes of wobbly radiophonic acid and glancing techno-jazz motifs. In Tim Hecker's hands 'The Sky Opposite' is elevated and expanded to a heady flux of gaseous harmonics and lilting melody only just anchored by rippling, golden gamelan tones, and Bibio hears 'Ann River, Mn' as a peeling piece of… Read more
Mannequin task Ancient Methods to remix/re-edit a Bourbonese Qualk classic with superb results. The all-too-brief original version of industrial proto-techno kicks and haunting atmosphere laced with an end-of-tether vocal is handily extended to twice the length in AM's faithful edit, before they really get to work on the remix with added Burroughs samples supplementing their whirring teutonic techno efficiency and clarity. Quite seriously, nobody else makes us want to dance quite like Ancient Methods.
Tuff City Kids and Lauer go twos on a 10" for Live At Robert Johnson. Revolving around central figure, Phillip Lauer, who is half of each duo, Tuff City Kids go deep with the plush, swinging '90s house traum of 'Wooden Dreams', while Phillip and his brother, Jacob Lauer get grittier with the haughty, head high thrust of Hotel Lauer's 'Shank (Overdose Mix)'.
MCR's burgeoning P13 label/clubnight measures out three killer lines of mutant UK techno from Divided backed with a heavy rolling Hodge remix. While best known for his 4/4 bangers on Fifth Wall and Resin, this 12" reveals an experimental streak to be explored over forthcoming sessions with the forward-looking Project 13. A-side, 'Uildi' sparks up like a melted Sleeparchive with bleeps and bass falling off the grid in swanging syncopation whereas 'Merhige' tests out a drier reduction of dusty bass and agile drums recalling label-mate Acre. B-side, he gets much looser with 'Mile End' t… Read more
Noo get on that lush disco tip for Optimo Music again. Paying dues to classic late '70s styles but updated with adroit contemporary production chops, 'Must Be The Music' creams cantering bass, suspenseful strings and blazing vocal on the front, while 'Heaven's Gate' opens a portal to silken disco trance zones like some mirage of a Goan beach party circa '91.
Clinical techno hypnosis conducted by Sweden's Peder Mannerfelt and Simon Haydo for Shifted's Avian label. This is some of the purest, most visceral Techno we've heard in a while, grappling with sheer frequencies and shifty patterns with a proper, bloody-minded focus. It more or less blends the best of both their worlds - Mannerfelt's uncanny studio skill and Haydo's sleek, purified dance tracks found on DEM. There's five cuts of finer wave functions oscillating between monotone jacks, rumbling rhythmic noise and EBM-tainted throbbers for the hardest-to-please experimental techno heads.
Drummer Richard Spaven shows off some nimble chops backed with a blooming Mala dub remix. Spaven's is probably best described as modern jazz fusion, synching his dextrous percussion to melted dubstep rave bass and soulful vocals. The remix is much better, though, as Mala gives the riddim acres of room to breathe with each element sprung i's own sector of the frequency spectrum for optimal impact on a big soundsystem.
**Gorgeous dream-pop and warbly, Basinski-esque ambient music. RIYL the recent Jefre Cantu-Ledesma LP** ""The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 - whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines - that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions. Several of the pieces are recreations of harmony loops that I heard in a series of extraordinarily vivid dreams, and then woke up and recorded. A few pieces had lyrics and … Read more
**Vinyl pressing to 500 copies. Mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M Berlin. Battered drum breaks recommended for fans of Muslimgauze or DJ Rupture** "“There born the excitement, from the loins of broken gear and deft midwife. Music for disinfection, in order to heal. To build a dream on.'' "Symbols Follow" continues Giulia Loli's musical explorations of ancient futuristic beat techniques by uniquely juxtaposing tradition and innovation, acoustic and digital, the familiar and unexpected... ''MELANQOL BAROQUE parq dunq ARABIFIED SWAMP MUSIC darq punq QUBTI BEATS''"
**2LP on white vinyl in gatefold sleeve with digital download code redeemable from the label - Beautiful Neo-Classical vocal electronics produced by Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and Paul Corley (Oneohtrix Point Never, Tim Hecker, Prurient)** "Gabrielle’s formal training began at an early age, studying Balinese dance and gamelan in Indonesia while learning both the clarinet and piano. Herbst continued her training at Bard College where she studied voice and composition under the tutelage of Joan Tower, Zeena Parkins and Marina Rosenfeld. Her work has already been showcased at Robert Wilson’s… Read more
**Marbled red wax with a tiny centre label** The label who broke Fis to the world present another hugely intriguing debut from the darkside, this one by Pact Infernal. F**k knows who they are or what fetid hole they came from, but we can tell you that 'The Descent (Chapter I)' is a pitch black piece of post-D&B/industrial ambient sludge of the calibre we crave. Under track titles invoking religious themes - 'Limbo', 'Gluttony', 'Lust' - the music reflects a stygian passage thru the netherworld, urged on by distant drums and thrumming subs across rivers of carmine drone and obfusc… Read more