Thursday, 09 May 2013
**Includes digital download redeemable from the label** For the past couple of years, Copenhagen’s Posh Isolation label has become the focal point for a new wave of Northern European kids equally smitten with P.E./noise, hardcore, minimal synth and black drainpipes. Now label co-founder Loke Rahbek, who’s one half of the excellent Damien Dubrovnik and also plays in Lust For Youth, has teamed up with his old mucker and Iceage singer/guitarist Elias Bender Ronnenfeld as Var, delivering a debut album for Sacred Bones that is by some distance the most accessible and accomplished… Read more
**Haunting chamber pop and witchy drone somewhere between Tropic of Cancer and Haxan Cloak. White vinyl edition of 500 copies housed in printed inner sleeves and glossy gatefold jacket** "Launched in 2006 by Nicolas Devos and Penelope Michel, along with their project Cercueil (responsible for three albums particularly noteworthy), Puce Moment has so far existed mainly on stage, diluted over time (with only a handful of concerts) and imagery (projections, performances or contemporary dance pieces). Ice, dust and blinding flashes of white light: Puce Moment had the scene, only the soul and back… Read more
Warp's quietest operator grows his sound with organic effortlessness on his seventh album in nearly as many years. From humble beginnings as purveyor of washed-out, BoC-style folk-tronics, Steven James Wilkinson has pruned and tended to the Bibio sound with increasing aptitude, arriving at a fully fledged sort of pastoral pop referencing Canterbury classics as much as the elusive Scots, and presenting the sweetest, semi-real analogue to others such as Four Tet or Gold Panda who've also circled around this sound. Taking concrète location recordings from his back garden and weaving them with ten… Read more
Spatial powers up four gritty garagehouse bangers for WNCL. From the top, the technoid funk of 'Set Apart' deploys much more noise and distortion than we're used to, and it's all the better for it, coming off like Pepe Bradock meets Marcus Nasty and setting a precedent that runs thru the EP from 'Lost''s radgy, up-all-night warehouse shunt to the filter-disco-gone-grime vibes of 'Right Now' and the 'floor-grinding rave extremity of 'Syn Cop'. RIYL Analogue Cops, Blawan, EDMX…
Dave Clarke unveils his first original _Unsubscribe_ production alongside new studio spar, Mr. Jones, for Fabric's Houndstooth label. 'Spek Hondje' is a posh pounder par excellence, refitting the uncompromising, stripped down structures of Clarke's classic Red series with a refreshed production palette of digital studio ghouls and the gutter-steeped vocal of Bear Who? to gripping effect. Both the growling, vocal-driven original and B-side instrumental deliver exactly the sort of ruthless, peak time-intensive energy transfer we'd expect at Fabric come 4am, designed to trigger all kinda primal, nocturnal behaviours without a whiff of regret. Welcome back Mr. Clarke.
Hype Williams instigator and now solo raconteur, Dean Blunt, sidesteps preconceptions with a quietly psychedelic, sparse and sensual third album. In 'The Redeemer' he tends to a wipe-clean soundworld of lite jazz fusion motifs, bluesy guitar wisps and new age synth gelled together with dreamy sound FX and distressed ansafone messages whilst nonchalant, confessional vocals dictate a drowsy internal narrative. It's a sort of surreal soul scape simulacra, an adult contemporary fantasy as seen and heard from a detached perspective, a fact accentuated by the intangible, voice-in-your… Read more
Detroit's ADULT. have - just about - survived several cycles of fashion, their love of electro and kohl-eyed techno-pop pure, unwavering and indefatigable. Good on 'em. That's not to say we're bowled over by The Way Things Fall, their fifth studio album to date; it's mostly business as usual, spiky electroclash with little to distinguish it from what was being played in Nag Nag Nag circa 2001-2 but delivered with a confidence and authority appropriate to its makers' experience. Sparse disco-punk torch songs like 'Love Lies' and 'Tonight, We Fall' remind you how much the likes of Glass Candy… Read more
Thursday, 02 May 2013
**Long-awaited solo debut from Napalm Death founder Nicholas Bullen. Initial copies on blue vinyl - cut at Dubplates & Mastering** Type surpass themselves with this incredible solo debut of visceral electro-acoustic and concrète composition by Birmingham's OG extremist, Nik Bullen. Since starting Napalm Death aged 13 with Miles Ratledge and subsequently coining the Grindcore genre with their debut album 'Scum' in 1986 (at which point he left the group), Nik has tended to a key role in his home city's experimental music scene over the last quarter century to arrive at an aesthetic… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Dalhous deliver an engrossing debut for Blackest Ever Black. 'An Ambassador For Laing' is the Edinburgh-based duo, Marc Dall and Alex Ander's 2nd LP together - they've previously recorded one as Young Hunting - and continues to exchange their more melodramatic inclinations for richly filmic atmospheres and intricate, rhythm-driven and song-like arrangements hinting at a dreamy jazz noir and IDM-esque feel. Employing a rigorously refined palette of keys, harp, vibraphone, guitar, woodwind, strings and synthesizer, processed in layers o… Read more
**Compelling solo guitar pieces recorded and "played as heard, no overdubs". RIYL Oren Ambarchi or Russell Haswell** "A new set by the coolest chap in New York City documenting the before-and-after development of a solo electric guitar piece that Alan Licht has been playing out for last four years. Revered for his work in the Blue Humans and Text of Light, and a key figure in his generation's pantheon of experimental solo guitar players (such as Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi), 'Four Years Older' is his debut Editions Mego release, representing another peak in a career of mining the rich … Read more
Agoria, Robag Wruhme, Will Saul & October line up to remix German dancefloor celeb, Michael Mayer's 'Mantasy' trax. Frenchman Agoria plays to the big rooms with a sweeping, uplifting Sunlune mix of 'Good Times', Robag Wruhme does his curvaceous, whirring, melodic tech-house thing with a Paavo And Veita Rehand of 'Baumhaus', and Will Saul & October drop the bassline of 'Mantasy' to bowel worrying levels in a ruggedly minimalist, hollowed out swingjack killer.
**Includes CD copy of the album inside** Deerhunter return with their seventh (or thereabouts) studio album; it’s obviously manna from heaven for their many devotees, but will it win them any new converts? It actually might, you know: to their credit, they’ve moved away from the washed-out, colour-bled shoegaze sound that's defined them for most of their career; Bradford Cox’s songs are now more robust, and the performances - bolstered by a second guitarist and new bassist - feel full of fight, harder to ignore or forget. The marvellous ‘Neon Junkyard’ and ‘Blue Agent’ sound like White Album-er… Read more
Jeff Samuel and Ryan Hemsworth remix Rhye's blue-eyed neo-soul for swinging dancefloors. Widely touted yung producer Ryan Hemsworth gives the highlight with a sharply cut-up (but not glitchy) re-squeeze amplifying the original's R&B burn with electricked bass and tight trap fills keeping it sweet and sticky. Berlin's Jeff Samuel balances a filtered vocal on melodic bassline and driving tech-house shuffle.
*Single Sided Lazer Etched Disc* Dirty Three's Mick Turner meets the Bonny Prince, Will Oldham on a trio of "spirit devotionals for a new century." Reprising the relationship they formed back in 2000-2001 with a live album and single, 'Get On Jolly', these two genteel men of their respective outbacks make a sweet pairing, swaying between wheezy organ and brushed drum tumbles to elegant waltz with their world weary yet still-clinging croons assisted by Dirty Three drummer Jim White and backing vocals by Angel Olsen.
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** A welcome return for Akron/Family, proffering a potent and expanded vision of open-structured cosmic rock. According to the band, the album's canyon-straddling, star-gazing scale is inspired by the landscape-obsessed, deeply American sci-fi imaginings of Frank Herbert,"the plots within plots of Dune mirrored in many layers of sound." This is a proper epic, make no mistake, and the band sound more fucked-up, grizzled and committed than before; at the same time they've evidently matured as songwriters, performers and arrangers, deliv… Read more
Nick Edwards metamorphs and diffuses from Ekoplekz into Ensemble Skalectrix to issue the riveting plunderphonic turntablism of 'Trainwrekz' on Editions Mego. Now armed with a stack of dusty wax and two turntables alongside his matrix of pedals and "sound-shaping devices", Ensemble Skalectrix resulted from three experimental sessions recorded in november 2012 and lands somewhere between Jeff Keen's blatz-techno and Maurizio Bianchi's phosphorous synth noise sludge, crystallising in six tracks equally informed by free improvisation, aleatoric strategy, musique concrète, hauntolo… Read more
Slick, bassquaking hip-hop 2013-style from Black Daisy and Unknown Shapes. 'Used To Give a Fk' is custom-built for the low-riders and hipster ballers, motored by 808-thunderclaps, cartwheeling arpeggios a la Rustie's 'Bad Science' and an insistent, codeine-paralysed vocal sample. It's a tad overcooked for our tastes but it comfortably achieves what it sets out to do and is worth checking if you've been feeling the more trap-flavoured productions that have been proliferating like mice of late. On 'Rick Ross' they pay tribute to the titular MC with a butch, bugged-out jeep… Read more
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Mark Nelson's cherished Pan American quietly slip back into our consciousness as a band proper, now adding the estimable talents of Steven Hess (Cleared/Haptic) and Nelson's former Labradford bandmate, Robert Donne to the project. While Nelson assuredly handles all production, the live feel is definitely more prominent, folding in the patter of Hess's percussion and Bobby Donne's languid bass at the centre of seven beautifully diffuse soundscapes bordering on the frontier lands of post-rock, dub techno and ambient electronica, yet never clearly falling within any one sector. Every … Read more
Another crucial side on Stephen O'Malley's Ideologic Organ, prised from some putrid cave deep under the underground. This time it's a double-vinyl edition of Wold's Freermasonry, the first time on wax for a work originally issued by Profound Lore Records on CD in 2011. The Saskatchewan troupe, led by one Fortress Crookedjaw, take no prisoners and sure as hell don't meet you in the middle - rather they offload a barrage of putrid, zero-fidelity, utterly addictive black metal-flavoured noise, anchored by vocals that have to count among the most flesh-creeping and downright unpleasant we've heard on re… Read more
Whoa, even by EVOL's usual standards this is a weird and wired experiment in sonic slime-slinging, mastered by Russell Haswell and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M. For the best part of three years Stephen Sharp and Roc Jiménez de Cisneros have been desconstructing rave music in novel and unorthodox ways, homing in on bizarre tropes in the music that we've glibly come to accept as generic, disrupting its regular patterns, drawing attention to its kinks and fissures, and generally f**king with our heads: a process they formally describe as Rave Synthesis. The music of Proper Headshrinker was origi… Read more
*The legendary 10th Burial Mix release, now pressed up on 12" - as unmissable as they come...*
**10" + free CD** In summer 2012 multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick made a series of recordings with his microphone shy father, Steven, aka Pop. 'Broderick & Broderick' documents their few evenings spent together in Berlin picking out old, familiar melodies, Steven on nylon six-string and Peter on Violin and whatever else was in his hands. The typically lovely results were later looped, cut-up and re-arranged by Peter and mailed to his sister, Heather Woods-Broderick, who later added vocal layers, percussion and organ to what would become a present for their mutual Pop, and now appears as the record before you. Double lovely stuff.
"Early in 2013, Error Broadcast released Soosh's critically acclaimed LP Colour is Breathe. Now the Scottish producer returns with the remixes album, a collection that offers ten fresh interpretations of standout tracks from Colour is Breathe. A quartet of established names reshapes "For You". UK-based rapper DELS and his producer Eli-T make it raw and lyrical, whilst Dam Mantle lends his trademark energy to the same track. US beat scene veteran devonwho pares back the song to its very pulse, leaving Synkro room to let it kick and snap. Slowwkid betrays his newcomer status with a hazy… Read more
Bambooman serves two swagger riddims for the Sonic Router site's recording wing. Top-side is the Dabrye-styled hip hop bump and Ras G-like atmospheres of 'Fields'; flipside is a tidy nod to Dilla at his dustiest, with the fuzz-between-the-wires bump 'n crackle vignette, 'Hollowed'.
Menche's 'Marriage Of Metals' is a visceral and captivating investigation of the Indonesian Gamelan's harmonic properties. Given full access to The Venerable Showers Of Beauty ensemble's rare and ancient gongs at Lewis and Clark College, Portland Oregon, Menche made recordings of their rich acoustic basses and resonant clangour which were subsequently processed into these two giant slabs of elemental din. The original source tones radiant at the centre of both pieces but their pealing wave emissions are transformed into dense, fuggy squall at an illusory distance creating a chimeric … Read more
**Intra-galactic synth spectacular spiralling between Italo wormholes, celestial devotionals and psychedelic electro** "Vintage synthesizer music has ballooned from a fringe interest into something approaching an outright renaissance across the past half-decade, but few wield as much radical mastery in the realm as Jonas Reinhardt. After a couple years experimenting with group arrangements, Jesse Reiner (Reinhardt's mastermind / alter ego) returned the project in 2011 to its solitary roots, birthing the distant moon terrarium Music for the Tactile Dome, the Klaus Schulze-spawn The P… Read more
Kaleidoscopic kosmische colours and rhythm from Ben Billington's Quicksails for the wonderful Spectrum Spools. With 'Mayville Dream' the Chicago resident and multi instrumentalist routes his experience as drummer for Circuit de Yeux and underground free-jazz unit Tiger Hatchery into nine spiralling vortices of strobing rhythmelody and motorik syncopation straddling the worlds of psychedelic rock, ritual dance musics and private press weirdness with chaotic, joyful delirium. Imagine Shackleton meets Bee Mask round at Sculpture's place and you'll have a fairly lucid idea of what's going on here.
**Transparent Vinyl** Stunningly heavy, focussed tech-step workouts from a deadly tag team. Yung blood Killawatt meets the experienced Kryptic Minds duo in some of their finest styles, playing it super restrained with the pendulous cool of 'Swung Operations' before coming off like T++ meets Fis with crusted textures and gyroscopic dub dynamics of 'Reaching Throughout' and the supremely adroit 'step of 'Cunning Juncture'. Total no brainer for those that know - massive recommendation.
New York's Contakt sets off two deep-playing technohouse moves for San Francisco's Icee Hot crew, backed with Robert Hood and Ghosts On Tape remixes. 'Nobody Else' is a hard-bodied update of classic, haughty NYC house sounds; 'Tessera 04' is dubbier, more Berlin-influenced. Ghosts On Tape chop-up 'Nobody Else' with filigree breaks and acid-based swing, but the one you need is Robert Hood's heads-down, muscular remix of 'Tessela 04', perfectly arranged for deep-time techno play.
Another dose of outernational rhythm science from Burnt Friedman and Can sticksman Jaki Liebezeit. This is the fifth volume of Secret Rhythms and by now the interplay between the duo has grown near-telepathic, the serpentine grooves they generate - from drums, metal percussion and synthesizers - complex yet thrillingly reduced, free of any superfluous phrasing. Guest contributors’ guitar, bass and woodwind add some nice tonal colour to proceedings, but rhythm, always rhythm, is the focal point. Mark Ernestus remixed Friedman & Liebezeit jam a couple of years in the past… Read more