Thursday, 03 July
Deep 'n rugegd technohouse tackle from Dutchman, Presk, for Germany's Something Happening, Somewhere label. Styles are more straightforward, driving than his previous for Fourth Wave and ten Thousand Yen, playing out the swinging, proggy jack of 'Babou' and the aquatic dub, 'Sink Shift' on side A, and cutting deeper with the Detroit-influenced, NWAQ-alike vibes of 'Gomero', which is given a dope, droning techno remix by Single Point Edge.
Dry, rolling techno aces from Italy's Roberto Clementi, including a smart Marcel Dettmann remix. 'Bonton' works out a furtive bassline and skipping hi-hat momentum to hypnotise the 'floor, and 'Concolor' dices with deft dub chords and slinky drum programming. The hydraulic flow and mysterious atmospheres of Dettmann's 'Bonton' remix give the EP's highlight.
Art Fine was the duo of Fabrice Bellini (electronics, vocals) and Rush Blakemann (guitar, synthesizer) from Tuin, Italy. They met in art school and became friends, inspired by New Wave, dance and electronic music. They recorded their only single “Dark Silence” in November 1984, which was released by Discomagic in 1985. Fabrice programmed the electronic drums using SCI Drumtraks and added extra tracks on the Simmons SDSV. Rush played electric guitar and the Yamaha piano notes at the start of the song. Guest musicians Silvano Borgatta and Riccardo RosaThe “da da da da da" voice effect was done… Read more
Sigha debuts as Faugust with a dramatically moody batch of trax referencing drone, synthwave and shoegaze for Shifted's Mira label. The motorik throbs of opener and closer 'Penitence' and 'Against The Sea' are the closest you'll find to Sigha's techno ouput, but disambiguated thru majestic synth arrangements nodding to MBV as much as late '90s Autechre, whilst 'A New You' convects wide, gloaming synth chords in vaulted sepulchral space and 'Persuasion' pelts agitated machine sputter in a swarming, soaring darkwave drill. It all feels much more personal than his stoically functional techn… Read more
*New solo project by Nobuyuki Sakuma of Jesse Ruins. Full colour 350g heavy gloss laminate sleeve - limited white vinyl with download code redeemable from the label* "Cold Name is the solo project of Nobuyuki Sakuma from Jesse Ruins. ‘Eat Your Hand’ is Cold Name’s debut album and contains 12 short electronic songs that 20JazzFunkGreats describes this way: “Cold Name’s Intent to Kill isn’t in some undanceable time signature. It’s not obtuse. It’s perfectly possible to dance to its techno. It just doesn’t seem to want you to.Its drums envelop like a thick, black ooze. Suspending you in an aura… Read more
Sterling solo debut album from Smallpeople's Julius Steinhoff. From the core of Hamburg's Smallville crew/label/record shop, Julius delivers a suite of sweeping yet personal romantic gestures ripe for intimate deep house sessions. Echoing the classic moods & grooves of Chicago, Detroit and New York with crisp German production values and radiant sense of space, the eight trax of 'Flocking Behaviour' are testament to a proper passion for deep house and an awareness of when minimalism can go too far in one direction. Make sure to check for the chiming couplet of late night beauties… Read more
**Includes ace Andrés remix** Bass-rollin' boogie/broken beat house gems by Detroit's Mike Grant and pals, launched from his highly respected Moods & Grooves label. Reelest 313 vibes from nose to tail, laying down supple basswork and Amp Fiddler's hovering rhodes chords for Billy Love's achingly soulful vox on Mike Grant's pendulous original mix, whilst Andrés evens the house keel with a debonaire deep house mix on the flip.
Cracking debut album of Texan house from Gavin Guthrie aka TX Connect. Over the last 12 months Gavin's established an enviable rep with sophisticated, jakked-up 12"s for the likes of Dixon Avenue Basement Jams and L.I.E.S., and this eponymous album introduction for Holland's Creme Organization is set to spread his rep much further. Hailing from Texas, the birthplace of ecstasy use in clubs, it's perhaps no wonder that his sound has a really tactile lushness; from the warm, swirling chords and swinging groove of 'Soundtrack 909' thru the eye-fluttering flux and kinky 727 pa… Read more
Proper Bristolian swagger-tech from Lurka, making his debut on Black Acre after hot shots for Hotline and Black Box. Up top his anxiously coiled 'Holding' riddim consolidates dancehall and minimal techno with motorik groove and serious low-end dynamics whilst flipside 'Nah So' skanks to an even dread coda of voodoo drums and bass, and 'KMT' comes to bury the dance with Carpenter-esque arpeggios lcoked to garotting hi-hats and belly churning subs. RIYL Visionist, Kowton, Commodo…
Trim tech-house and dapper deeper styles from Axel Boman, Fred P, Strategy, Julius Steinhoff and more collected on volume 6, part 1 of Mule Musiq's annual round-up compiled by Toshiya Kawasaki. Check for Boman's nifty swinger 'Anytime Is Fine', the kinky dip of Strategy's 'Rhythm King', and the effortless glide of Fred P's 'Electric Bridge'.
MMM bust a sweat with two precise, wall-banging aces paying tribute to classic Chicago styles. 'Jack7' juices optimal amounta funk from a camp, twanging lead, kinky bass fills and heavy kicks reducing elements of NRG disco, house and techno to a sticky, potent residue. 'Syncro' follows suit with dry-ass drum machine patterns causing silky friction with wiggly synth for that Green Velvet/Dj Rush style Chi-wiggle/jack.
Powerful debut album of proper EBM/Wave muscle from the Sumerian Fleet on Dark Entries. Co-conspirators Alden Tyrell and Mr. Pauli are now joined by Croatian producer Zarkoff to fully optimise their take on true '80s EBM styles previously revealed through sought-after 12" for Clone and Crème Organzation. When their eponymous 12" landed in 2010 it quietly pre-empted an avalanche of EBM/Wave projects and reissues to the scene which they've now firmly capitalised on with nine tracks owing much to classic Front 242, Liasons Dangereuses, Depeche Mode et al but resolutely their own thing. We'… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Much needed reissue of the debut album of ambient Techno meditations from much loved DJ and producer Donato Dozzy. 'K' consists of two extended tracks clocking in at nearly half an hour each. The first roams sparse half-tempo terrain like some ancient AI chillout session, the atmosphere coloured with pale synth washes and splashing downbeat 909 rhythms. It's actually a number of tracks segued together, but it's seamless so you'd never notice anyway. The second track flows more like one of Dozzy's DJ sets, floating along linear drum machine pulses enveloped by enchanting drones and choral voices...
"Following the incredibly well received release of Donna McGhee’s Make It Last Forever, Groove Line continue with another Patrick Adams & Greg Carmichael produced classic, Lady Bug, by Bumblebee Unlimited, the second in a series of 12” audiophile reissues from the Disco underground. Bumblebee Unlimited was a studio disco project from Adams and Carmichael, and along with their work with groups like Universal Robot Band and Inner Life, is credited for pushing the boundaries of dance music production. Their 1978 classic single Lady Bug was ta… Read more
Tom Dicicco's production just gets better with each release. The 'Life' EP follows two ace EPs on Run Out Run with a refined, subaquatic techno agenda flexing out from the caustic bleep techno rolige of 'What Is Life' to the muscular, industrial minimalism of 'Low_Res' on the A-side. Flip it for the fluidly kinetic techno experiment of 'Broken Reality' and the killer radioactive dubscape, 'Amazon In'.
Chicago Ghetto House classics from Dance Mania's DJ Slugo. 'Living That Ghetto Life' is a slightly reworked reissue of his 1995 template, including the tracky bang of 'Slugmere', the skippy smoker 'A Blunt', DJ Funk faves 'Work It' and the icy filth of 'Balls' plus the new addition of motivational tool, 'Work Them Jaws (Remix)'. 100% guaranteed dirt.
**Gatefold jacket, Limited Edition Red Vinyl** Cloud Boat return with a 2nd LP consolidating post-rock, pop and dubstep.
**Ltd edition pressing on clear vinyl** Diverse, deep-burning jakbeat trax from Chicago acolyte D'Marc Cantu, presented in Desire's ace mock old skool Warp jacket. Stepping slightly outside his usual remit, Cantu takes the opportunity to flex some uptempo energy with the filtered bassline funk and warm synth pads of 'Irregular Bedfellows', the DJ Rush-styled slam of 'Partydaze', and the Roulé-meets-Reese filter freaker 'Svetlana', whereas the 303-riding party hustle of 'Maddance' and the druggy AI techno dream of 'Uneven' return to tempos more typical of his usual output. Smart joint.
Twitchy, nervous coldwave minimalism from Michael Wood's Redredred project, delivered by the currently untouchable Dark Entries. Sticking to a reduced and repetitive aesthetic, Wood revels in the hypnotic power of hardware on 'Pattern Completion' with eight jagged, droning, driving missiles urged on by his own vocals. For quick highlights check the aquatic jak of 'A Pattern Completion', the heads-down Industrial pump of 'Skyline' and the deft, metallic stepper 'Distance Between Objects'. RIYL Suicide, Martial Canteral, Powell, Traxx…
"Shivers is the trio of Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek), Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek, who join forces to conjure up a surreal album of parasitic intimacy and intensity. Though the three have played and recorded together in various combinations, this Miasmah release marks their first output as Shivers and manages to pull out quite a few surprises. Named after David Cronenberg's first film, Shivers the album readily adopts this concept of body horror, the fear of bodily transformation and infection--a theory and technique that Cronenberg brilliantly captures with his first film and m… Read more
*Special edition with volumes five and six of the acclaimed series on vinyl for the first time in years, plus a bonus 7"* MF Doom is the man in the iron mask. The most mysterious figure in hip-hop has also become one of the most popular, supplying beats and rhymes for Gorillaz, De La Soul, Madlib, Danger Mouse, and Wu-Tang Clan, and drawing praise from heavyweights like Just Blaze, Nas, and Mos Def. Since 2002, DOOM has released numerous volumes of Special Herbs, one of the longest-running instrumental series in hip-hop history. Now, volumes five and six of the acclaimed series are ava… Read more
Mesmerising house miss-shapes from The Lowlands. Lawrence Ledoux has been known by many monikers in the past - Sun OK Papi KO, Jcuzzi Notebook, rbdx - but this is his first release under his own name. The four tracks work somewhere between the Congolese thumb piano grooves of The Durian Borthers or Konono No.1 on 'Afruita' and Actress or Zomby-alike bleep house swagger in 'Astre', whilst flipside switches tack to languid, square bass-driven house on 'Chorus' and dubbed out hardware wonk reminding of Itinerant Dubs sound in 'Terre'.
*Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* London's Budgie breaks thru with a dope solo beat suite on Theo Parrish's Wildheart Recordings. Known for work with the likes of Action Bronson, J, Rocc and The Alchemist, Budgie brings a wealth of soulful experience to seven cuts spread out from the butter slyde of 'Once You Pop' to the Dilla-esque MPC strokes of 'The Only Power' and 'Clevage' and the big juicy highlight, a twinkle-toed boogie-soul bomb called 'Budgie's Groove'.
Skudged, noisy techno jags from Metrist, who was last last spotted on NYC's Fifth Wall label and remixing for Kryptic Minds. All four cuts bristle and clank with a combustible industrial energy and friction, jamming between the rigid swagger of 'Letch' to effluent electro-step on ''Symphony for the Palpitation' to the crazed lurch of 'Cowlick' and the knotted discombobulations of 'Stanza For The Weak'. One for fans of Happa, Mønic, AnD.
Superb sci-fi soul moods & grooves from Philly's Fhloston Paradigm, aka deep house/jazz/hip hop legend King Britt. After escalating anticipation since his widely acclaimed 'Chasing Rainbows' EP, Britt allows space to fully immerse in his vision of a futurist sound-world on 'The Phoenix', drawing us into a gauzily impressionistic yet exquisitely detailed sphere of celestial soul sirens, frayed techno and hi-tech jazz motifs traversing orbital styles of UR, Sun Ra, Vangelis and Theo Parrish. Marrying masterful sound design with jazz-wise percussive dexterity and precisely affective sci-fi… Read more
**Edition of 300** Bittersweet IDM pearls from Sunderland's Graeme Evans aka Carbo Flex. Three tracks capture that yearning, melancholic essence of late '90s Autechre and Gescom records, from the twitching glitches and serene harmonic arrangements of 'Amme Dot' thru the angular hip hop swing of 'Flirty Fox' and the mournful, bit-crushed bounce of 'Trifolium'.
*Killer comp of disco-inuenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas circa late 70's* "It seems like no part of the world has evaded disco’s ubiquitous influence, including the Caribbean. The Caribbean in the late '70s and early '80s was a hotbed of musical activity and this compilation focuses on the best disco-inuenced tracks from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the Bahamas. All of the tracks here were o‑cially licensed and reissued for the first time ever. Highlights of the 13 tracks included on this compilation are: the under-the-radar cosmic disco tune "Go… Read more
Peder Mannerfelt and Malcolm Pardon's vehicle for kosmic and techno styled electronic drama returns on the Leaf label with an arresting sound.""Until Silence marks a monumental shift for Roll The Dice, in both sonics and psychogeography. The characteristic framework of piano and synthesiser is reinforced with a newly conscripted string section: dramatic arrangements grind against furnace blasts of static, and phases of unrelenting rhythmic intensity collapse into moments of frayed, fragile beauty. Roll The Dice’s most powerful and nuanced work to date, its tracks are by tur… Read more
**Weighty Bristol dub packaged in hand-numbered jacket with insert** "Here it is… the long awaited PengSound005, the first full Dubkasm 2 x 12″ on the label.. featuring the mystical rastaman ‘Lidj Xylon’! Stryda and Digistep, close friends from day one, shared and expressed their passion for roots music in unity as Dubchasm (later to be renamed Dubkasm) from around the mid 90’s. Then still in their teenage years, they have since stepped up in the ranks of UK soundsystem culture, operating from the heart of Bristol. With over 20 years of dedication to their craft, Dubkasm have provided some… Read more