Thursday, 02 October
Nicolas Jaar's Other People celebrate a year in the game with a smart collection of unreleased music by Powell, Ancient Astronaut, Jelinek, Darkside, Visuals, and more. The obvious highlight is Powell's sly rework of Ancient Astronaut, launching from a fragment of 'SCSS' into a slicing, frothing industrial cut-up as only he does. It stands out like a sore thumb against the rest of the field, such as Visuals' dusty indie country in 'A Pixel', the lo-slung indie-disco of 'Gone Too Soon' from darkside, or Jan Jelinek's crafty deconstruction of Ancient Astronaut's 'B2'.
**Double gatefold vinyl. Foil-blocked jacket, printed inners designed by Japanese comic book artist Shintaro Kago** Flying Lotus flexes his most earnest jazz muscles on this fifth solo album, his 4th for Warp. Star-lit with guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, Niki Randa, it's the work of heightened, enlightened minds projecting into spheres beyond this mortal coil. Funny then that it all sounds so familiar; the references to Alice Coltrane's celestial jazz legacy, the kinetic percussion, the i… Read more
Reissue of Drexciya legendary follow-up/supplement to 'Neptune's Lair'. Originally issued in 2000, 'Hydro Doorways' holds some of Drexciya's most emotive arrangements and fierce drum programming in six tracks ranging from the epic 'Lost Vessel' to the hydraulic electro-techno of 'Species Of The Pod' and the screwface techno razz of 'Devil Ray Cove'.
Thursday, 25 September
**Includes 36"x21" poster and digital download code redeemable from the label** Boothroyd serves one of the most striking debuts on Tri Angle with 'Idle Hours'. Hailing from sunny North Manchester but now defected to London, Boothroyd's music is a slyly ambiguous, 'marishly-warped mesh of lo-fi samples strung together with a deceptively grand plan. Like the mutant, half-finished offspring of Coil and Lars Holdhus, it occupies a uniquely detached space in the peripheries of modern composition, vapour wave and ambient pop, scuttling between heart-racing peaks and petrified electronica like some f… Read more
**2LP in glossy, double-width spine jacket with printed inners** The incredible 'Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984' is a beautifully dreamy follow-up to Born Bad's much-loved Francis Bebey showcase, 'African Electronic Music 1975-1982'. Celebrating the uniquely affective timbre of the sanza, or African thumb piano, this compilation shifts focus from pop-wise anthems such as 'New Track' or 'Coffee Cola', onto the Cameroonian polymath's more stripped, rhythm-driven, and atmospheric workouts. And it's every bit as hypnotic, transcendent as that last sentence implies. Bebey's vocals … Read more
Nexx up on Beneath's excellent Mistry label: Hull-based producer, Webstarr with the technoid hydraulics of 'Aegrus' b/w a new Chevel remix. Last spotted in Beneath's RA. 407 mix, the title tune strikes a mid-ground between tribalised, bass-heavy rufige and insectoid minimal techno - all bashy kicks and depth charge subs crawling with itchy crack bugs. The dancefloor lizards will come out to play for this. B-side, Italian producer, Chevel (Enclav/Stroboscopic Artefacts) trims back the drums, leaving acres of icy space around ricocheting snares and hi-hats buoyed up by dread subs in the remix,… Read more
Humid, post-D&B ecosystems from Fis, backed with killer Kassem Mosse and Oren Ambarchi remixes. The first release on Loopy, a new label administered Sam Strang, 'Speech Spirits' follows on from the 'Iterations' 12" with two cuts of unquantised riddmic roil, staggering from the bomber-streaked drunken-master styles of the title track to the plangent percussions and duppied atmospheres of 'Knecht' - not a million miles from his early ace, 'Love, Drama, Stress', only without the vocal. Remixing, Kassem Mosse returns to the spiky (machine?) drum palette of his … Read more
Featuring exclusive tracks from Lee Gamble, Inga Copeland, DJ Earl, Jeremy Greenspan & Borys, among many others, Hyperdub parse their ambient elements in the wake of dancefloor and sing-a-long sessions. By its nature, ambient is a nebulous term, taken to mean many things by many people. Hyperdub's definition is one we can really get down with, taking in the sensual romance of Cooly G's 'Mind' and the ambiguous sensations of Inga Copeland's 'I Am Your Ambient Wife', or the stirring syn-phonics of DJ Earl's 'Hexagonic Sound'. It's always been a crucial part of Hyperdub's ma… Read more
**Avant-leaning psych rock experiments by the artists behind legendary library work used for 'Living Dead At The Manchester Morgue' and 'The Underground'** "Collectively known under their production pop group moniker The Pawnshop, Italian Giallo/Spaghetti legends Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini and Giulia De Mutiis (using their Giallo-psych alter egos of Braen, Raskovich and Kema) would reconvene behind the curtain in 1973 to craft this lost full-length LP as a mythical addition to their tiny group discography. Pin-pointing a bona fide crossroads between the composers’ … Read more
**Includes digital download code for the album and bonus track - redeemable from the label** Second album from founding member and principal songwriter of acclaimed collage-pop duo the Books. Features guest vocals from Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink. "Following the dissolution of his groundbreaking collage-pop duo, the Books, Zammuto rebounded with an eponymous debut album submerged in transitional anxiety and audio effects designed to intentionally obscure the very humanistic qualities that marked Nick Zammuto's best work in the Books. An enormous weight has been lifted from Nick Zammuto, and you … Read more
Meandyou. make manoeuvres in deepest, abstract house quadrants. Clad in suitably kosmic artwork by the label/club-night's Andrew Lyster, they follow the lines of 'The Palace' EP to sub-low, alien house zones in Aatropa & Tephillin's 'Bells Jam', and trace the celestial contrails of Spectrum Spools' Fabric across 'Split Guest'. Stranded out there, label boss Sam Lewis aka Herron's '33 Weeks' scrambles the coordinates further with a tangle of deft drum programming and lustrous, plonging dub scapes resolving to a thick 4/4, before Metropolis dials in a neo-new age ambient vision 'The Great Lake', from Amsterdam.
**Clear vinyl with insert** Full charged techno steamers from Berlin-based UK techno artist Blue Hour. A-side cuts loose a fibrillating peak time roller with nagging vocal stab and thunderous 909s to do the do. B-side pumps out a more stripped tool reminding of late '90s brummie styles.
**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label. Smashed psycho-garage-pop collage steeped in vintage styles and run ragged to tape. File somewhere betxit Eric Copeland and White Fence** "Trance Farmers aka Dayve Samek describes himself as a slinger, bong lighter, and chicken wire soul singer. This is his first full length album, following a handful of releases with Leaving Records."
The Trilogy Tapes catch Beautiful Swimmer Max D at his heady, tactile best on the 'Drizzling Glass' EP. Up top he twysts the agitated brukbeat funk of 'Jubilee' like some vintage AMUS or Dego flex, and nails it with the dubbed-off techno-step and deliquescent Eastern synth tickles of 'Oshima Flicks'. On the flip, his 'Pop Song' twirls cascading thumb piano and plinky electronic timbres like some imagined early Colin Potter meets Francis Bebey joint, and completes the journey with the cartoonish bubble of 'Calvin & Hobbes'.
Bittersweet UK house bumps by Midland, back on Aus Music. Three trax concentrate on a breezy, subtly discordant house mutation, carrying a laidback but driving momentum between the off-kilter fonk and soured synths/strings of 'Duster' thru the salty dub house skank of 'Reflex' and Afro-centric shuffle of 'Pitch Drift'.
Capracara rides again! After dope sessions for UTTU, the London-based house fiend hits the funk release valve with clambering piano chords, fruity disco bass and breakbeats filtered for the party in 'Fake Drukqs', whilst 'Blue Balloon' swings out with a kinky Jersey flex factored by proper Northern organ house/garage vibes.
Marquis Hawkes makes moves on Houndstooth with the 'Fifty Fathoms Deep' EP, featuring the Ben UFO and Move D-sponsored 'Can't Find a Reason'. That one cuts a flash Jersey house figure across the A-side, replete with Todd Edwards-esque vocal chops and fruity groove for the friday night playas, before A'dam's Stee Downes chimes in all dreamy and nipple-rubbing in the floaty depths of 'The Way'. Flipside, Hawkes swings solo with the jazzier motifs of 'Fifty Fathoms' and some class Linn chops in the haughty house boogie of 'Fat Man'.
Massimo Di Lena and Padice team up on a deep house/disco session for Dekmental. Four tracks cover bases between slinky acid disco in 'Motor'; bumpty Chicago juice in 'Oman Jazz'; wiggly Border Community-style tech-house in 'Design The Future'; grumbling cosmic styles in 'Arctic Lodge'.
**Clear vinyl with insert** Angus Tarnawsky debuts on Inner Surface Music with four fractured industrial beat-offs backed by a remix from AnD. 'Pitched' sparks up tense, desolate slow/fast groove at 150bpm, which AnD rework to a functional 135bpm techno roil laced with noisier textures. On the B-side Tarnawsky dices with scuffed, monotone pulses in two parts, and passes out into glassy Sähkö-esque drones and bleeps.
Mickey Pearce comes to freak the dance on Loefah's 81 label. The 'Instructions' EP picks up where his 'Up West' beat tape from early '14 left off, giving a vinyl life to the coiled machine groove and lurid, spattered melody of that session's 'Instructions' beside the moody tattoo of 'Jam 01' on the A-side. Flip it, you'll find an even weirder wriggler in the reversed loops and drily skewed thwack of 'Loop For D', whilst 'Jersey' shakes out a misshaped take on US and UK club styles with skeletal groove punctuated by detuned growls, steam-engine parps and wry electronics. Go figure. It's a mad 'un.
**Double LP with printed inners** The Swedish duo return with their 2nd album in as many years for Avian. 'Linear S Decoded' feels more toned, tensile and moody than the caustic attacks of their debut 'Strgths', and at 13 tracks long it's quantitatively more substantial, giving the pair more room to generate a broader spectrum of melodic emotion and crushed drum patterns. That said, it still operates mostly at the submerged, midnight end of the spectrum, ready for immersion in the club, or equally in headphones. There's some ripe dancefloor gear in the hydraulic pump of 'Drain This Lor… Read more
Violet Poison is the dark, enigmatic and esoteric side-project of Francesco Baudazzi, already known as Obtane, co-owner with Giorgio Gigli of the defunct techno label Zooloft. The new project is focused on analogue proto-techno with influences from 70’s Italian progressive bands like Goblin or OST composers like Fabio Frizzi and earlier Downwards records from 1994-1995. Check his debut full lenght on HAR, after the releases for Vatican Shadow’s label (Bed of Nails), for his own label Violet Poison, for Repitch Recordings and a remix for Frozen Border.
**Edition of 300** Hyper-fresh electronica from John Flynn aka Spaces, on London's Warp-affiliated Bleep label. After first appearing in Bleep's 2012 round-up, he debuts proper with four tracks clearly indebted to Mark Fell or Autechre, and comparable, to an extent, with the productions of Holly Herndon or Gábor Lázár. Lead cut, 'Apologies' is a deft, forward exercise in slippery, metallic electro, syncopating hiccuping vox and flash stabs seared with darkside Reese bass in a style explored to different degrees in the slower swagger of 'Outside In', and the punchy swing of 'Lever' with it's Fairlight-lik… Read more
'Our Love' is the 2nd single from Dan Snaith aka Caribou's upcoming 4th solo album of the same title. A predictably sweet dancefloor move meshing froth, airy vocal processing with a rugged house bump, subtle Reese surges and disco strings until it turns into a full blown big room romp. Daphni remix on to the rear.
Fierce, crushing techno rufige from Perc Trax's Japanese ambassador. 'Radiate The Ocean From My Back' stomps about like an acid-addled Surgeon romp beside the droning, deft clatter and shuffle of 'Unvanquishable Number'. B-side, 'Something For Those Who Wait' sets it sights underwater with fluid hydraulic rhythms and plangent sonar blips, and the mauling industrial funk of 'Lose The Ability To Withstand Existence' takes no prisoners.
Avian's experimental sister label serves the debut of Oliver Ho (Jealous God) and Tommy Gillard (Rogue Beat) as Zov Zov. Four tracks explore space between industrial drone and avant-classical, from the MB-meets-Emptyset keen of 'Rubble' to Zeitkratzer-esque zones of 'Endless Lines' to blistered free-rock grind in 'Clip', and insectoid electronics on 'Devices'.
**Hand stamped white label from the long absent Blueprint sub-label** James Rukin's Blueprint springs the first taste of Rumah & Progression's upcoming album. Nose to tail techno styles, from the surging, chord-driven momentum of 'SC1' to monotone drive and pealing stabs in 'SC2' and the hypnotic swing ov 'SC3', capped out with a much ruder hydraulic remix of 'SC1 (Creech)' for those that knows, boyo.
"Tradisyon Ka's Gwo Ka album is newly recorded in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like the cult music of Haiti's Vodou and Cuba's Santeria or the roots music of Belize's Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have travelled to record), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region's African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery. Gwo Ka exists only in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a very different island from much of the Caribbean, in that it remains a 'department' of its original colonial master, F… Read more
**Adventurous, pioneering pieces from an unsung hero of Italy's influential experimental scene of the 1970s** "In an alternate universe the Rome born female synthesist Daniela Casa would be a household name. A genuine pioneer of experimental pop music, abstract electronics, Giallo jazz and even heavy drone rock jams, her elusive and infectious music joins the dots and loops between other Italian female electronic composers such as Giulia De Mutiis (later Giulia Alessandroni), Doris Norton and Suzanne Ciani while retaining one of the most individualistic and diverse composin… Read more
Oakland, CA dreamer, Austin Cesear smudges back into view on Public Information with his follow-up to aces for Opal Tapes and Anthony Naples' Proibito. 'West Side' was inspired by Austin's time spent gazing over the dock of Oakland port in the San Francisco bay, and duly yields six tracks of gauzily impressionist groove and foggy atmosphere, or, as PI poetically proffer; "This is Austin Cesear beside black water in the darkest hours, white sodium light bouncing across the surf. Searching across the bay, industry stands proud in the early morning haze. Cargo, containers, machines. Cranes pier… Read more