Thursday, 20 December 2012
Not Not Fun must be like some kind of electro-magnet for weirdy lo-fi synth types, as they've manage to dig up yet another one in Adelaide's Stacey Wilson aka Rites Wild. After a slew of self-released EPs 'Ways of Being' is Wilson's debut full-length, and quickly makes a case for her doomy, low-lit minimalism. There are songs in there somewhere, but Wilson's vocals are shrouded in overdrive and reverb to the point where it sounds almost as if she's beaming them in from just beyond the black rainbow. Like a deathly fusion of pre-rawk Religious Knives and a melted cassette copy of Silent Serva… Read more
**Includes insert and download code redeemable from the label** Pop-wise psych-dub killer straight outta Minneapolis - big tip for fans of Peaking Lights, Brenda Ray, Forest Swords, Vazz! Brute Heart is Jackie Beckey, Crystal Brinkman & Crystal Myslajek and they've just caught us out with 'Wildfire', a delicious simple piece of psych-pop with stripped-down dub qualities. The jacket almost says more than we could about the song - tropical palm tree set against cold blue background and unfussy but classy typeface - but the samples say it all, basically. Flipside, studio bro's Alex Yusimov (Mirah, … Read more
Thursday, 13 December 2012
**Double vinyl in debossed gatefold jacket layout by Stephen O'Malley** 'Presque Rien' or 'Almost Nothing' collects four magical electro-acoustic/field recording pieces by one of the GRM's famous founding fathers. Featuring four pieces recorded and released over a period of 31 years, these collected works offer a telescopic cross-section of Ferrari's far-reaching oeuvre, ranging from the subtly faithful, non-diegetic documentation of a Dalmation fishing village waking on 'Presque Rien nº1' (1967-70) to the altered reality of nocturnal field recordings meshed with ultra-fine electro-acoustic … Read more
**Special Edition - White Vinyl. 3rd and final pressing limited to 400 copies for the world** Having already created a huge amount of interest, 'The Ghosts Of Bush' is finally here on a limited vinyl pressing and is easily one of the most pertinent and interesting Radiophonic and hauntological artefacts we've had the pleasure of stocking in recent years. Created by World Service studio manager Robin The Fog, 'The Ghosts of Bush' Consists entirely of nocturnal location recordings made by him at Bush House, the iconic home of the BBC's world service for over… Read more
**Edition of 200 hand-stamped white label and sleeve** Slip Discs' 3rd micro-run edition is the debut release by Goves. The label prefer to operate a low key promo policy, offering scant background info on Goves. We can tell his first name is Larry (good name), but aside from that: nada. Anyway, 'A Crèche for the Lonely and Peculiar' offer three preternaturally curious original compositions employing acousmatic source textures, phosphorescing electro-acoustic harmonics and field recordings arranged and rendered with a haptic, cochlea-shmushing quality. They're very delicate… Read more
Liam Blackburn aka Indigo crowns a vintage annum with his year-end drop for Apollo. Stepping neatly in line with the label's exploration of dub, half-tempo D&B and kwik fit chill out, the 'Celestial EP' cycles from faded dub on 'Sea Of Stars' to robust chugger 'Azha' before 'Sunrise' strikes a meaningful poise. Good stuff...
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** How do you follow a near-perfect album? By edging even closer to perfection. Julia Holter hasn't allowed herself to be cowed by the success of her acclaimed 2011 album Tragedy, instead producing another pellucid, beautifully composed and sequenced LP for head and heart. On Ekstasis, her first album for New York's RVNG Intl., Holter's vocals are given a central role throughout. The arrangements are more open and "pop" than those of Tragedy, but not at the expense of musical complexity or eccentricity. By now you'… Read more
Low slung deep house from the Werk party crew - hosts to recent sessions by 3 Chairs, Omar S and upcoming with Moodymann. 'Remember Me' pairs a crooning soul vocal from Chris Raine with warm organ chords and a sparing lick of electro synth hook to neat, swinging effect; 'U&Me' is dubbed-down and codeine-smashed slo-house. B-side, the Theo-styled 'Cookie' sustains that vibe at a mogadon strut and 'Contact' comes up close and electroid for the 3am dancefloor stalkers. RIYL Firecracker, Synkro, Move D. UTB.
**Includes digital download redeemable from the label** **Inaugural release by Captured Tracks' Body Double sub-label: a retrospective of the "lost" output by Bay Area/London-based Half Church; includes the complete, remastered 1981 Lp 'In Turmoil' alongside unreleased tracks and written relfections on the band's legacy. RIYL The Clash, Magazine** "Sometime in the middle of 1980, Tom Jinks Durkan ventured to California from Shepherds Bush, London, and settled in Palo Alto. His goal, besides escaping from London, was to find musicians and form a band. Jinks met drummer Bob Gaynor, g… Read more
**180g wax in printed inner and die-cut gatefold jacket. Includes download code redeemable from the label** Oxbow's magnetic frontman meets the sonic sorcery of Philippe Petit and Kasia Meow in unheimlich union. 'Last Of The Dead Hot Lovers' is no picnic; to a swirling and creepy soundbed of stereo-diffused electro-acoustics Eugene Robinson laments and vents with his imposingly fearsome, deranged vocal styles covering "..and unspecified disaster at the centre of a failed and failing relationship", Kasia Meow chiming in with panting breaths on the left… Read more
Fabric resident and Weatherall favourite Daniel Avery turns up on Optimo Music with the kraut-disco-infected 'Magnetic EP'. The title track is made for midnight dancefloor/autobahn cruising, whereas 'Commercial Suicide' is a touch trippier, kinkier, and 'Manifesto For The Mutants (We Are Everywhere) Pt.2' drops down to a skulking, dubbed-out mid-tempo swagger. Best of all is Barnt's killer remix of 'Magnetic', following the course of his recent 12" on Magazine into noirish widescreen kraut-disco-tech.
Four Tet and Mike Q get down to remix Falty DL's rare-groovy future boogie cut 'Straight & Arrow'. The original stars the NYC-based producer at his most minimal and refined, blooming fruity Moog and big-boned bass with careful, subtle arrangement and a soulful vocal lick almost guaranteed to get some eyes-closed and beaming boogie tucks in the dance. Four Tet weighs in a slightly more Afro-beat-y remix working a charming shuffle and trickling electro lead to a driving, sub-loaded head of steam, while Mike Q laces it with ballroom Ha!'s, claps and haughty kicks.
Niche 'n Bump carves out it's place in the London sound with three specials from Spatial. The label's closely affiliated with the much-loved Wifey club events and strongly represents their tastes for all things fresh, funky and immediate with a blend of frisky garage, up-to-the-minute tech and a timeless disco burn echoing everything from FWD to Colin Dale on Kiss and the legendary Lost nights. Big 'un 'The Slammer' comes off like Jeremy Sylvester meets Shed at his fruitiest, while 'Book Down Way Round' gets craftier with body-carving bass swerve, percolated drums and sweetest vocal beside the du… Read more
Slugabed and his mate Greg's Activia Benz label debuts with a gleaming future funk session by Belarus-bassed artist, Deech, backed with a kinetic Slugabed remix. 'Lady86' is the hypercoloured slo-jam foreplay for the percolating deckside grind of 'Urnite' uptown. Downtown 'Beach 'n' Vine' does the hyper-pitched vocal and twitching 2-step thing well, and 'Windwave' nods to vintage Rephlex funk and Skweee. For measure, Slugabed makes good on an uptempo, extratropical overhaul of 'Urnite', ramping the tempo and splicing some trill cut-ups with Squarepusher-esque slapbass.
Thursday, 06 December 2012
San Francisco's Ben Winans aka Roche pays tribute to the Manchester institution with four misty-eyed and psychedelic house jacks. Much like anyone under the age of 30 or so, Ben's obviously never visited the Haç, but we can all tell he's got the vibe right here, from the sensual, teasing trip of 'A Night At The Haç' thru the spiritually enhanced groove of 'Outsider Insider', in the mind-melt flux of 'CG Vision' and especially with the Gerald-isms of 'Psycho Zombie Dreams'.
Mercurial electronica type Throwing Snow shapeshifts between dosed-up house, emotive slow/fast and dusted electro-disco on his 'Aspera EP' for Snowfall. His fine-tuned compositional talents come to the fore in the drowsily tempered near-baroque melancholy of 'Aspera' and in the yearning, uplifting arrangement of 'Behest', while 'Melum' takes to the 'floor with tightly double-timed drum programming and soaring Bladerunner synths beside the wavey future-disco funk of 'Lingewell'.
**White vinyl** Terrific new tech-step from the Ruffhouse trio. 'Demand' pivots off boulder-sized kicks and and super spacious percussions over droning subs on the A-side and 'Division III' swaggers with a cool and deadly dread swing on the flip. One for them what knows!
**Upfront exclusive** Stockport's Alan "Breadwinner" Redfern and The Breadwinners dub up an authentic niceness on King Spinna's 2nd issue - ranking highly in Steve Barker's end-of-year chart for The Wire magazine. 'Dubs Unlimited' is a dub album done in reel-skool style at Breadwinner's all-analog Bakery Studio. Composer, producer, and recording/mixing engineer Al Redfern also mans the majority of instruments - drums, bass, keys, guitar, percussions, and harp (!) - in a cast of some dozen players including Stally (sax, flute), KT Lowry (trumpet), Robin Sunflower (harmonica), and even … Read more
Old Apparatus resolve the 2012 cycle of compelling singles on their Sullen Tone imprint with the haunting sonic witchcraft of 'Harem'. Rich with industrial atmospherics, shoegazing harmonic emotion and ambient spectrality, we'd daresay this is their best yet. From the breathtaking, windswept drama of 'Sunday Service' to the creaking ritualistic intrigue of 'Mernom', in the purposeful tribalism of 'Dourado' and the imposing sepulchral weight of 'Octafish' they've refined their sound for potently affective and downright scary impact.
Jazzier, Detroit-indebted house on Belgium's Nowar label. Check the A-side for shuffly, swinging beats and frilly keys on 'Just For Fun' and the discoid tech-house of 'Unlimited 01', or the B-side for the uplifting synth strings and bumpier ride 'Thang' and the hypnotic tribalism of 'Inspiration'.
100% push the yacht out with their fanciest issue to date - including an I:Cube remix and lovely insert. As their pastiche schtick has become increasingly slicker they may have lost some of the weirdness that first endeared them to many, but you really can't argue with the Daz-fresh Jersey breeze of Magic Touch and Sapphire Slow's first hook-up. A-side they make a really sweet duo on 'Just Wanna Feel', marrying Sapphire's dreamy, distanced coos with with delicately filtered and glyding groove next to I:Cube's darker, trippier grip of late night house dynamics on the remix. … Read more
Lone and Lukid step forward to remix 'Paean', the opener, and stand-out track from 'Steam Days'. 'Lone teases out the psychedelic potential of the track, accentuating the plaintive synth lines and introducing sighing choral pads into his spacious sound design; the feel is very much of 90s ambient techno and IDM a la The Black Dog, Balil, Reload et al. Lukid darks it out on his claustrophobic but ultimately redemptive version, pinning repeated bell-tones together with scuffed, twitching, Autechre-ish breakbeats; it is to the source material what South London is to rural Norfolk. Also include… Read more
In fine style, Roska serves three of the best from his RKS 2012 cabinet. A-side gives up the overproof industro-Funky of 'Battlestar' by Shox; B-side Gemmy goes in as you've never heard him with the synth-seared Bashmentechno ruckus of 'Badman Ting' next to the jawside snares and gnarly kicks on 'Utopia' by Slap In The Bass.
Finders Keepers are at it again, this time unearthing more stunning material from Polish enigma Andrzej Korzynski, who the label introduced to many of us with the unmissable 'Possession' OST a few months back. This bumper twenty-two-track collection fills in some of the gaps in his catalogue, and Finders Keepers have done the legwork for us yet again, sweeping up tunes from lost master tapes and film reels to provide us with music that truly deserved to be found. The main stylistic pointer here would be Ennio Morricone, as Korzynski shares the same aptitude in genre-hopp… Read more
**Fruity, disco-spiked house music, the sort you'd hear in a Manchester bar circa 1998. Actually, it's the stuff you still hear in Manchester bars in 2012** EZLV crafts playfully luxurious extended-mix radio hits from the bi-curious, bygone dance-meets-soul era. It’s Soundstream in song form, luscious and light, brought to juicy lime-life with cool-curated club samples, late-’70s horn porn and elegant DJ creationism. With a certain je ne sais quoi-quoi for the Francophilic party fille and garçon in us all, Selfish Beat is sparkling, shimmering, alluring, uplifting fun. Both members of the French-Ca… Read more
Guardian of the purple legacy Gemmy arrives on Tectonic (his first release on the label, though he did knock out 2010's 'Maroon Chant' on Pinch's other imprint, Earwax) with one of his best releases in a fair while. 'Warrior' is a back to basics affair, and one to be applauded: it's a lithe dubstep roller punctuated with snippets of corny martial arts movie dialogue and, of course, those signature Gemmy synths, and you can see it slotting neatly into many a respectable modern dance. 'The Dome' is classic Gemmy, or Gemmy-by-numbers, depending on which way you look at it: all low-riding 808 drums, garish rave vamps and Megadrive FX.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
*New on Modern Love, edition of 700 mastered and cut at D&M Berlin* Jack Dice is a new project on Modern Love from John Twells and Walker Chambliss. Twells, amongst very many other things, runs the Type label and has been producing music of various different disciplines and varieties over the last 15 years. Although he's never released anything on Modern Love before, he's a long time friend and associate of the label. Chambliss is the manager of Main Attrakionz and has been DJing with them for the last couple of years as the official 'Green Ova DJ'. 'Jack Dice' is fuelled by an interest in bass… Read more
*Deluxe double LP pressed onto 180g vinyl, includes a copy of the album on CD free inside. Also includes a comprehensive 36 page booklet* It can't be easy following a record as beguiling as 2008's genre-defying 'The Drift', but pounding to life with the incessant woodpecker percussion of album opener 'See You Don't Bump His Head', it's clear that 69-year-old Scott Walker has shock and awe in mind. He's never been an artist who's struggled with originality, and 'Bish Bosch' takes his aural cubism even further than ever before with confusing instrumentation and some of his finest vocal work to … Read more
Cool halfstep/rap backed with fine Synkro and Gacha remixes. Shadow Child & Horx are new on our radar, impressing with the Emptyset-like bass and white-noise-shaped snares placed against TK Wonder's double-timed delivery on 'Bordertown'. Synkro feels a different vibe for the remix, hearing the vocal set to deft square bass and 2-step claps for the late night house set, while Gacha's mix is lost to a lush, cottony whorl of dreamhouse synth chords, harps and mercurial 2-step swing.