Thursday, 22 November 2012
Holy sh*t it's a new Sunroof! record, and while the name might have been amended a little, the sound is still the same delirious fuzzed-out noise rock we have come to expect from Matthew Bower's long-running troupe. 'Feral' is the first record from the Sunroof! camp in five years, and shows Bower on a blackened psychedelic tip, exposing a stark serenity in his sound we haven't heard for some time. That's not to say the noise has lost any of its grit or power, but underneath the swathes of white noise and guitar mangling there are glorious near-shoegaze harmonies to be made out. 'Feral' is an alb… Read more
Raster-Noton perennials Olaf 'Byetone' Bender and Carsten 'Alva-Noto' Nicolai return to Mute together under their Diamond Version umbrella, with the second of five EPs. On opener 'Science For A Better Life', the vocodered "do you suffer from pain? / try for free" commands are presumably meant to be a sinister/satirical comment on the hollowness of our consumer society and all that jazz, but they feel a little crass and tacked-on to be quite honest; better to ignore 'em and concentrate on the music, which is probably best described as contemporary techno-industrial rendered … Read more
In case you don't know, Ossie is one of the UK's finest yung beat breakers. His 2nd EP of the year, and 2nd for Hyperdub is proof, if it were needed, of his prowess. While a painfully large number of producers are playing and making house music with a go-through-the-motions conservatism, Ossie's motioning the dance with deadly guile and swerve here; from the body-synched devilishness of 'Ignore' with its rude-ass mid/low-end spurts and clattering drums, all scrawled with neon synth slashes, to the proper demented, axis-bending broken beat house funk of 'Find It', this guy's doing it wilder and wicked… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* While post-rock may have fizzled to a damp halt years ago, it's been to Mogwai's credit that the Scottish survivors have been ever ready to change things up and carry on moving through a music scene that changes so swiftly. This latest collection of remixes is proof that the lads are still up on their tunes, and they've managed to rope in a whole gang of able bodies to shake up their sounds and chance upon something brand new. Drone king Tim Hecker's throbbing rework of 'Rano Piano' is probably going to be the one everyone flicks to fir… Read more
Björk's remix 'Bastards' are Omar Souleyman band, These New Puritans, Alva Noto, Hudson Mohawke, Death Grips, Matthew Herbert, Current Value, The Slips, and 16-Bit. They've all headed up individual remix 12"s and are now collected in one wild session ranging from dabke keyboard freak-outs to nexx-level D&B/dubstep contortions. Omar Souleyman and band give two undoubted highlights: their bobbing dancefloor mix of 'Crystalline' and the gorgeously synth heavy take on 'Thunderbolt'. Matthew Herbert goes one further with versions of 'Sacrifice', 'Mutual Core', and 'Crystalline', but if we're talking highli… Read more
*180gm Vinyl* "'Con 3' (1981) captures Conrad Schnitzler in one of his oddest phases, toying with the parameters and conventions of the NDW sound rife in Berlin at the time. Working with drummer Wolfgang Sequenza at producer Peter Baumann's (Tangerine Dream) Paragon Studios, he arrived at a unique confection using his own lyrics and vocals (!) in German and English framed by neat rhythms and typically unresolved, pop-like melodies; heck, there's even a loungey vibraphone melody on 'Coca'! It's undoubtedly ahead of its time, discretely mixing avant-garde thought and tones with the "entertainme… Read more
*180gm Vinyl* 'Consequenz' was essentially "Conny" Schnitzler's 1st concession to the concise strictures of pop music. Realised with his studio buddy Wolfgang Seidel (Wolf Sequenza) and released in 1980 - after his famous string of early "endless" works such as 'Rot', 'Blau', and the proto-techno side 'Con' - it can be heard as his nod to the fresh-faced NDW sound of the era (or maybe a sideways glance) as he honed shorter track lengths, tighter, layered rhythmic and harmonic structures and almost catchy melodies which would really come to fruition on the later Conrad & Sohn album. And e… Read more
Krampfhaft continues to blaze a trail with his first 12" drop of 2012. The follow-up to his dazzling 'Makin' Magic' single, it refines the lazer-sealed fusion of Dutch hardcore synths, trap trills and booty-knocking bass in five parts. At the top 'Marram' is all romantic melodies and star-bursting, Rustie-style, dynamic ebullience, but 'Cork' quickly bring the rave with Maybach-strength mentasms and the tightest, mechanized percussion. Heated up, 'Twin Prime' gets live with the shrill Dutch hardcore stabs and Skrillex-style lazer synths beside the bowling halfstep bubblin' sound of 'In A Dream' and the EP's slo-bouncin' mecha-rave highlight 'Bones'.
Psychemagik, The Go! Team and Cherrystones weigh in remixes of Dan Blacklodge's forthcoming '2013' album as Justin Velor. With 'Flameout' Psychemagik dispense a long, laidback and dubbed-out disco chugger smushed with sugary cosmic vibes for the dreamers. Taking on 'Oscillations' Cherrystones jams on hard-edged, nervy and noisy rock drums, ripping synths and apocalyptic synths while The Go! Team turn 'Galiano Rocks' into a fuzzed-up, razor-slashed garage charge.
DVA's been riding a serious groove this year. Proceeding his colour-bombed debut LP, 'Pretty Ugly', 'Fly Juice' gives up seven freshest house and bass moves including the deeply trippy futurism of 'Rumours' with Hype Williams' Inga Copeland, a road-rugged bouncer 'Long Street' with South African producer Big Space, and a crackshot French Fries remix of his early anthem 'Ganja', taking the 'floor on a wild and merry ride that'll leave you feeling dazed and drugged up. Our highlights have to be the strident ghetto psychedelic 'Walk It Out', the what-the-fook wobbliness of 'Shook' and his cartoonishly odd hook-up with Inga Copeland, but the whole things basically a madness.
*Vinyl reissue with download bonus tracks redeemable from the label* This is the the full length debut from the most precious star in IDIB's constellation. She previously teased us all with a 12" for the aforementioned label last year, a record that has grown and grown and grown in stature round these parts over the last year - to the point were we reckon that "What Did He Say" is just the most amazing, perfect pop record like ever. But that encounter was all too brief, so we're a little giddy at getting to spend a whole album with her. 'Good Evening' is released on these shores … Read more
House Reverends sound like they're having a right lark on their drugged-up and smudged-out debut album. Apparently the work of "three mysterious bros from deepest South London...a member of a prominent transatlantic noise collective, a well known producer/DJ from the UK Bass scene and a guy who is well good at keyboards" 'House Revs' unites their love of DJ Screw, Suicide, dub, spiked drum machines and darkside synth music, with a vocoder and a few bags of silly-strength bleed on eleven improvisations made int he dead of night. It all sounds too f**ked for Tri Angle Records, and too good to let pass under the radar - check it!
First of three exclusive 12"s accompanying Hemlock Records' 'Chapter One' mix CD. Andy Graham aka Sei A lays the kicks down on 'Hyphen', moving away from his more funked up aces for Simple, Turbo and Kompakt to a more linear, tool-y sound aimed squarely at the big rooms. On the flip Falty DL initially eases the pressure with a swirl of Afro-melodic polyrhythms before shuddering bass subsidence gives way to a slamming jack beat in trippy, exotic form.
Plushest neo-Detroit techno from the don, backed with Ican remake and Esteban Adame's deep mix. Claude Young's original is a picture perfect piece of 313 romance, perhaps factored with a sci-fi futuristic Tokyo aesthetic - all sweeping synth symphonics and debonaire tribal polyrhythms. ICan's remake is more svelte, reduced for the groovers, and Esteban Adame's mix takes it a few shades deeper, dropping the tempo and allowing the romantic synths to swoon and curl in mid-air.
Crackshot producer Star Slinger flips between southern bounce and swinging club gear backed with remixes from Nadus and Chrissy Murderbot. 'Ladies In The Back' knocks trill 808 hi-hats and lowrider bass with '90s house riffs and a natty vocal from Teki Latex on the original, while the party mix brings forward the old skool Joanna house vibes on an uptempo whirring 2-step. Choice remixer Nadus does his lean and mean gothic grind thing on the flip next to Murderbot's screwy dance mania juker.
**Includes mp3 download code redeemable from the label** No Pain In Pop deliver this reissue of an engaging debut album by LA-based artist/multi-instrumentalist Lionel Williams aka Vinyl Williams. 'Lemniscate' occupies an unstable ground between shoegazing dream-pop, artsier prog-rock and kosmiche music without tangibly subscribing to their cliches, instead setting his own ground with signature melodic lushness and instinctively complex arrangement. It's a genuinely psychedelic sound, suitably rendered with subtly teasing FX in a shimmer of ethereal, layered construction notably handled in… Read more
Domino plonk two of the finest remixes in their catalogue onto one handy platter. A-side is that timeless, exceptional Carl Craig remix of Junior Boys' 'Like A Child' - if you've not raised a sweaty pit to this you haven't lived, honey - while flipside gives up Mike Simonetti's Italo house-wise remix of Blood Orange's 'Chmpagne Coast'.
A new 18 minute double-header from synth-abusing weirdos Cloudland Canyon finds the duo exploring dangerously groovy beat-laden territory. The big payoff comes with 'Sundowners', which blends pulsing analogue synthesizer tones with a brutal 909 kick and echoing vocal, sounding something like a blend between Berlin techno and the drug-addled NYC post punk of 1982. It's a brave new world for Cloudland Canyon since their Kranky LPs, but one which appears to work for them, and 'Prophetic Frequencies' is well worthy of close inspection.
Vivid, phantastical and alien concrète electronics from Joseph Raglani. With 'Real Colors Of The Physical World' he operates in a very similar sphere to Bee Mask over on Spectrum Spools, presenting an abstract dramatisation of electronic experiments in a 3D realm where time, space and velocity are all that matters. Melodies, if you can call them that, feel like coincidence, as though the electrons happened in a syzygy formation from collisions of cosmic starlight and celestial phenomenon. But that's not the case; this is highly considered, plotted music, constructed with a r… Read more
Neatly following his split 12" with Ben Sims, Stephen Brown heads up two sterling pieces of Scottish hi-tech funk deeply indebted to Detroit. It's hard to deny the similarities between this and Shed's killer EQ'd or Wax sides, but that's hardly a bad thing, now. Is it? A-side 'Son' is all about the build-up, raining metallic dub chords and filtered techno skipple until you're begging it to drop; and when the kick comes, you know about it! B-side 'Gate 5' gets down to business straight away, filling in hard-swung drums and dub chords with filigree percussive detail for the sort of dextruous,… Read more
Second of three exclusive 12"s accompanying Hemlock Records' 'Chapter One' mix CD. Guy Andrews heads up the chunky techno gallop of 'Resistivity' on the A-side, gradually allowing the drums to fall out of place until the drop recalibrates the groove to something more like DVA on a bottle of Grey Goose. Flipside Untold does his grittier techno thing on the churning 'Under'.
"In August 1985 Sonic Youth were touring across the states following the release of their recently released LP 'Bad Moon Rising'. This performance from August 11, 1985 at Chicago's Smart Bar was recorded on 4-track cassette. This live recording consists of much of Bad Moon Rising and early performances of Secret Girl + Expressway to Yr Skull later to be released on EVOL, as well as a rare never before released live rendition of Kat 'N' Hat. Mixed and mastered by the band from the original tape source."
*First ever vinyl release of the classic 'Sorry For Laughing', the legendary first album by cult Scottish guitar group Josef K, recorded for Postcard Records but destined to become the great 'lost album' of the post-punk era. Includes a CD of bonus material - 'The TV Art Demos'* Recorded at Castle Sound Studios (Edinburgh) in November 1980, Sorry For Laughing should have been issued as Postcard 81-1, but was shelved after the band and label boss Alan Horne decided the 12-song set sounded too polished. Perhaps two dozen white-label copies in unmade sleeves exist, and hav… Read more
Barely a year after his debut, Anstam returns to Modeselektor's 50Weapons with a new album, Stones And Wood. The LP's title, not to mention track titles like 'The Herald And The Lamb' and 'Morning Shiver Down The Black Wood River' hint at an earthier, even folkier sound than the dubstep-savvy techno essayed across previous Anstam releases, and while synths haven't exactly been traded in for lutes, the inference turns out to be a valid one: Stones And And Woods is a far livelier, more organic and feral beast than we expected. On 'Hope's Soliloquoy', intricate bass fretwork rubs up against dark… Read more
**Hand-numbered edition of 300** Hailing from the creative hotbed of Glasgow, Cru Servers' debut mind-dump finds them operating within the spiked waters also explored by Dam Mantle and weirder left-coast heads like Wanda Group. With one on the 'floor and the other searching for rizlas, their A-side 'Tryll Reggoh' bumps and stumbles around spooling electronics and a tumbling bass patterns, whereas the canny 'Carbon Thought Print' is left to wander aimlessly but charmingly in a muddy soup of dissonant tweaks and off-kilter machine beats somewhere between Madteo and Dro Carey.!
With the retirement of Noah Anthony's Night Burger alias comes the industrialzed chug of his Profligate project for NNF. The 'Videotape EP' is his vinyl debut, casting a lo-fi, skinnier take on rugged mechanical club sounds with a sensitivity for fluid, dynamic arrangement bound to work a treat in the grottiest basements and back rooms. 'Videotape' commands the A-side with a raw, unfolding and direct-to-tape drum machine and sequencer groove, tapping deep into that same paranoid, dystopian techno atmosphere that Vatican Shadow has drawn so much inspiration from. B-side on 'Conditioning Trench' d… Read more
Editions Mego serve up their 2nd release featuring Vienna's Billy Roisz - a mysterious and masterfully dense, dynamic work of electro-acoustic composition. With over a decade experience as a visual and sound artist, including collaborations with Burkhard Stangl, Silvia Fässler, Martin Brandlmayr, and Toshimaru Nakamura, among others, Billy is among the best known figures in the austrian experimental scene. 'Walking The Monkey' is her debut album and employs a range of unique "unstruments" to her cause - audible video devices, kluppe, jealous heart, kakophonator, transducer radio and pi… Read more
Acephale keep it spooky with Ecstasy's tremulous debut album of ether folk-pop. The best bits are the least twee, including the HTDW-onhelium styles of 'Wild Want' and the shrill ultra lo-fi home recording 'Haunted Love'.
Thursday, 15 November 2012
"This year, old friends and collaborators Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy present you with a Christmas gift - this new holiday single, comprised of two songs from the Everly Brothers' catalogue, 'Christmas Eve Can Kill You' and 'Lovey Kravezit'. The two songs on the single also offer a foreshadowing glimpse at Bonnie and McCarthy's forthcoming full length record of Everly Brothers songs, a project that was inspired by the songstress' young daughter's love of the rhythm and blues duo. 'Christmas Eve Can Kill You' and 'Lovey Kravezit' were recorded i… Read more
UK techno/house-soul veteran Steve Pickton aka Stasis aka Soul 223 winds up on London's Boe Recordings with a classy 6-track EP including two vinyl-only cuts. The enduring longevity of his catalogue owes much to his roots in soul-fuelled music, which shines through here. A-side, 'Age Of Peace' shuffles and swings with a debonaire Detroit elegance and 'Wide Open Spaces' applies a dubbier sensibility to hypnotic chord sequence and a powerful bass heft that'll really cut across on a big rig. B-side his 'Hand In Hand' groove chugs with a more mature Balearic/Japanese flair, and the hollering samples and rolling conga of 'In Motion' is there for the movers.