Thursday, 22 August 2013
Mau'lin returns to Diskotopia with a robust trio of crafty UK house trax backed with Boxwork remix. The RBMA alumni squares up tussling polyrhythms and abstract techno sounds poised with laidback pads in 'Quotient' and tackles a more rugged, Boddika-styled electro-acid move with 'From Form', and chunky breaks-style house in 'Arriver'. Boxwork gives 'From Form' a skippier, light-footed but driving remix. Supported by Jackmaster, Brackles, Plastician.
**Clear wax housed in poly sleeve with art insert** Acid technoise from the Perc Trax boss and his boy, Truss. A-side they get involved with the jagged acid lamp of 'Clap Acid'; B-side fires off the prodding acid zaps and bludgeoning bass of 'Spiker' and the demented 'Broken'.
If Pye Corner Audio made happy hardcore it might sound like (James) Holden's wonderful 'Illuminations'. Originally embedded at the core of his excellent 'Inheritors' album in shorter form, here he gives its vaulting arpeggios and bouncing, wired techno rhythm more space and time to frolic, coming off like an '80s educational TV soundtrack played by a mischievous VHS player at double speed. With 'The Illuminations (Drumsolo)' he detaches its skittish chassis as a tracky, bouncy DJ tool apart from the lushly innocent, spiralling vortex of 'The Illuminations (Arpsolo)'. RIYL AFX's analog bubblebaths, Ghost Box, BoC.
Transhumans impress with four tracks of sleek industrial techno favouring clinical execution over noise. The Spanish duo pound out a pacey 4/4 banger lashed with electro-shocked synth stabs and the gloomiest atmospheres on A-side, 'Stimulus 1', beside a clanking, beatless warehouse noise reduction from Übermesch. Flipside, their 'Stimulus 2' slowly ratchets the panic levels with horror score chords and stealthy, broken rhythms before a stabbing alarm coda seeps in to grip the rest of the track, and our favourite cut, the off-kilter, Zhark-like 'S… Read more
Virulent, moody acid/house jams from Paraguayan trio LPZ aka Ariel Soler, Javier Rodríguez, Jorge Carron, backed with slick Posthuman remix. The originals confidently nail three distinct house sounds, from the late '80s/early '90s Chicago sweat creator 'Think For Yourself' to proggier, dramatic boompty styles on 'Council Fonk' and the dark, driving wormhole of the New York styled 'Without You'. Remixing, Posthuman reduce the title track to a smoother ride rolling on stealthy 303 bass modulations into dreamy UK-style warehouse pads.
Proper acid house jams in tracky Chicago tradition, made on the fly with TR707, SH101, and TB303. As any fans of reel-skool Chi hiuse know, there's a looseness and punch you get with this kinda set-up that you don't get anywhere else, and these guys know that well.
Thursday, 15 August 2013
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Julianna Barwick returns with the successor to 2011's charming The Magic Place. Given how successful that self-recorded LP was, it’s surprising to see that the Louisiana-born singer has looked to an external producer to document and frame her work this time around, namely Sigur Ros associate Alex Somers. Barwick once again uses delay-pedals to build heaven-scraping towers of chorused plainsong out of her earnestly, achingly pretty soprano, placing them in what John Foxx - whose 90s’ ambient recordings the better mate… Read more
**Debossed jacket and artwork by Will Bankhead** Astral juke and celestial tech-noise killers from Kenneth_Lay of Metasplice and Jason Carr on TTT. Since last year's 'M_Type' 12", _moonraker has notched a tape for his _bruxist label (great name!) and another single for Great Circles, but this is the best of the lot. Sluicing the groove somewhere between DJ Stingray, Dro Carey and Terrence Dixon, he shakes out the galloping, wayward space techno of 'Oronimbus' and the whipsmart 140bpm jit pneumatics of 'Plot Query' on one side, before easing off with a cool Neptunian 'Cyan Lean' on the t… Read more
Laser-guided electro-disco rollige from LA's John Tejada. The master of this sound is in firm control on both sides: 'Anaphora' follows an intricate, weaving narrative from uplifting hero disco vibes to a warped breakdown and icy cool resolution; 'Bode's Law' jacks up a treat with sprung bassline and escalating arpeggios locked into driving forward motion. To be fair it sounds slightly dated, but in the most endearing, trance-like manner that'll work a treat in the right situation.
Bureau B give a second life to Asmus Tietchens' 2nd album of avant synth-pop electronics, 'Biotop (1981)'. First issued on the legendary Sky label - home to Cluster, Michael Rother etc - it captures a nascent sense of excited exploration and and experimentation over 16 pop-smart synth abstractions oscillating at the fringes of NDW, Industrial and the kosmiche projections of Conrad Schnitzler. From his base in Hamburg, Tietchens created a weird and very wonderful world of abstract electronics, at once influenced by the mathematical processes of Karlheinz Stockhausen and by an unbridled feel for… Read more
Technoid 4/4 rolige and halfstep from NZ duo, Perverse. Up top, 'Bolontiku' plays out widescreen atmospheric intro giving way to surging 4/4 subs and woody drums feeling as though they're playing forward and reverse at the same time. Down under, 'Symmetry' rides a solid halfstep lurch leavened with Lynchian synth pads.
**Class lo-fi synth-pop and depressed R&B futuristix from NNF's Teutonic ambassador** "German steamroom wrecking crew LX Sweat returns from a winter of festival dates and self-symbiosis to lay out an impressively realized full-length debut of voidist club fantasia, equal parts Screw bootlegs, slow-jack synth freestyle, and degraded phaser wash. City of Sweat spirals through a judgement night of weird, codeined lust, luxury hallucinations, overdosed syrup rituals, and long, blurry nights stumbling home through alleys in the rain. Like last year’s Sweat Sweat Sweat cassette, this new LP siphons … Read more
*Repress* Deadly house energy from two new playas on Dixon Avenue Basement Jams books. TX Connect rules the A-side with a nicely dusted display of tracky jack beats and lip-sucking square acid bass laced with the kind of top line that makes us go bozz-eyed and mental on a wednesday afternoon (wish it was friday!), whilst CT Trax shunts the intensified techno house chords and lamping kicks of 'Redline' to a peaktime trajectory. Turn her over and CT Trax gets freaking wild wi' the edits on a Shake-meets-Thomas Bangaltar-style 'Jack Attack', and TX Connect impresses again with the psychedeli… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label. Incendiary garage rock from Jay Reatard's former group** "Destruction Unit are an American band formed in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Formed by Ryan Rousseau, D. Unit was initially a synth-heavy three piece whose other members were Jay Reatard and Alicja Trout (Lost Sounds); likewise Rousseau was also in the Reatards before Jay went solo. Born out of the nucleus of the Memphis Goner Records scene and transplanted into Tempe, AZ, Rousseau has grown the band in the last few years into a full sonic assault, which now includes three guitar … Read more
Lush melodic techno with a warm dub edge from Echocord's new signing, Philiogresz. His 'Emerald' feels out space between woozier Kassem Mosse grooves, working up a sweet froth of tumbled toms, spectral melody and breathy atmosphere hinging on gently insistent 909 hi hats, whereas 'Edge' plays out a darker, moodier sound with mousturised reverbs and dubby gait. Label boss Mikkel Metal chimes in with a slick remix, evening out the kinks of 'Edge' for the rollers.
Country boy goes dub: Bill Callahan (Smog) gets the echo chamber treatment. In advance of his upcoming 'Dream River' album, two of its tracks are throughly worked over, with the flutes, guitar jangle and wooden percussion of 'Expanding Dub' rent as decayed plumes around Bill's definitively husky voice and dry humour, whilst 'Highs In The Mid-40's Dub' plays a low key ace swept out of shape like some heat-hazy mirage.
*180gm Vinyl - Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label & Art Print Poster. Captivating, passionate and virtuosic solo violin recordings by a member of Arcade Fire** "Sarah Neufeld is a violinist and composer based in Montréal, Canada. Best known as a member of Arcade Fire, she is also a founding member of the acclaimed contemporary instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre and has performed and recorded with many other groups, including The Luyas, Esmerine and Little Scream. Neufeld began developing pieces for solo violin in a more formal and focused sense in 2011, though she has made … Read more
**Hand-stamped edition of 275** 100% Silk's House dedicated sub-label sets off the late '80s/early '90s NYC-inspired garage/disco house of Montreal's EZLV. Good time abound with Romy Hoffman's blazing vocal on the fruity bass chops, tribal bleeps and Nu Groovy synth riffs of 'Home' beside the suave Salsoul shimmy of 'Falling In Love'. Flipside they give a more rugged remix of 'Home' powered by proper Jersey kicks, skippy hi-hats and diced vox, before flipping Deborah Cox as a protein-gargling sauna house diva in 'Ordinary Thing'.
**First reissue (with lyric sheet) of no-holds-barred Aussie punk rawk from 1986, starring two pre-Dirty Three dudes, Mick Turner and Jim White** "It was the mid-80s and everything was going fine. Melbourne had launched the career of the legendary Birthday Party, but there were loads of other interesting and great things going on, like Sick Things for instance. Dugald McKenzie and Mick Turner were part of that extremely raw and intense band, whose ‘Committed To Suicide’ had changed so many lives. Mick had also played in The Moodists and was in Fungus Brains and some others. Also … Read more
Wigglin' electronic boogie from Semtek's acclaimed DBA family. Perennial UK electrician Kelpe plays nice and proggy with the bubbling, uplifting arrangement and rude, acid bassed house funk of 'Monte Verità', whilst Kevin Reynolds amps the electro-house factor with crisp, snappy drums and square-jawed synth drive of his Truth remix reminding of old Automat and Syncom Data aces. Support from Appleblim, Xhin, Ivan Smagghe.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* "Porcelain Raft’s Mauro Remiddi began working on ‘Permanent Signal’ at the end of 2012, two months after returning from tour supporting his first album ‘Strange Weekend’. It became a period of readjustment in which he was beginning to enjoy everyday comforts and reconnecting with friends, yet the thoughts of those unrealized conversations during his recent travels were still fresh in his mind. Inspired by this surreal moment of transition, where the reality of finally being home was still overshadowed by lingering feelings of detachme… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label. Canada's burgeoning dream-pop scene just got another new band to swoon over* "Diana are an enigmatic foursome from Toronto. (They must be putting something in the water, what with the number of great bands hailing from there.) Consisting of Joseph Shabason, Kieran Adams, and singer Carmen Elle, with Paul Mathew recently joining the live line up. Shabason and Adams met while studying jazz at music college where they played extensively together. Having lent their skills (saxophone and drums, respectively) to many bands, including Bonjay… Read more
A decade since Adrian Corker's excellent albums with Paul Conboy for Vertical Form, he now returns to pursue more cinematic angles with 'Raise', the latest in his line of expansive, soundtrack focused works. There's no film to accompany this album, unlike his previous 'Way Of The Morris' (2011), so it's up to you and your imagination to fill in the visual gaps. The nine pieces of 'Raise' utilise the inherent atmosphere of the spaces he recorded in, from his local pub to Valgeir Sigurdsson's legendary Greenhouse Studios in Iceland, to subtly colour the sterling performances of The Elysian Quartet,… Read more
Debut Bass murder from grimy up-and-comer, Toyc, reinforced with wicked Altered Natives and Bloom remixes. Bristol's Crazylegs label and club have really picked out a winner here, firing up the dutty house-meets-bassline grime of 'Ruffer' up top and a more brukken, electro-seared roller called 'Keyframe' for the DJs to get busy wit. The remixes are equally outstanding, too. Bloom's 'Keyframe' take is rent with holo'd 3D sound design coming off like some roadwise Pierre Henry production, all shattering glass foley diffused drums and fractured intra-dimensional dynamics; Altered Natives' 'Ruffer' … Read more
"Brooklyn’s boroughs are contaminated by creators, so the only surprise hearing Alex Burkat’s first 100% Silk masters was how subtly exquisite he’d nailed them down. Patient, swelling loops of new age club mist give way to classic Chicago figure-8 bass patterns, and dubby, sampled drum fills punctuate before billowing back out into breathy warehouse atmospherics. His recent EP for Mister Saturday Night explored more upbeat-oriented dynamics but Tarot unwinds with a dreamier déjà vu—waves of arpeggiated echoes, strobing stereo shimmer, and low acid warble arcing over a limitless subterranean dance … Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Grandly orchestrated versions of highlights from the Zola Jesus back catalogue, arranged by none other than classically trained industrial survivor JG Thirlwell (aka Foetus, aka Manorexia). Conceived for a performance at New York’s Guggenheim Museum at the climax of her Conatus world tour, these tremulous string settings are really what Nika Roza Danilova’s tender but polished vocals have always been begging for, and the sensitivity and focus of Thirlwell’s charts, beautifully realised by the Mivos Quartet, convey bags… Read more
**First reissue (with lyric sheet) of no-holds-barred Aussie punk rawk from 1991, starring two pre-Dirty Three dudes, Mick Turner and Jim White** "It was the mid-80s and everything was going fine. Melbourne had launched the career of the legendary Birthday Party, but there were loads of other interesting and great things going on, like Sick Things for instance. Dugald McKenzie and Mick Turner were part of that extremely raw and intense band, whose ‘Committed To Suicide’ had changed so many lives. Mick had also played in The Moodists and was in Fungus Brains and some others. Also on the s… Read more
Bone-rattling Aussie punk shots from a pre-Dirty Three Mick Turner and Jim White with feral singer Dugald McKenzie and bass player, Alan Secher-Jensen. "Venom P. Stinger attacked in a modified, somewhat streamlined hardcore punk style, with Mick’s burnt-and-twisted guitar tone setting them apart. Also unique was Jim White’s drumming, which appeared to be born of a drum roll that grows and grows until it has eclipsed the entire kit, played with casual aplomb while never sparing the rod to any aimed-for surface. Meanwhile, bassist Alan Secher-Jensen nailed these loosely divergent styles together with nice heavy root notes."
"One of the most inimitable songwriters of the past decade, Portland, Oregon’s Laura Veirs returns with her ninth full-length album. Beautiful, lush, and at times deeply dark, ‘Warp And Weft’ captures the intensity of motherhood, love and violence. Primarily electric-guitar driven, it is a fever dream of an album and could well be Veirs’ best work to date, building on the uniform praise and success of 2010′s ‘July Flame’."
**First reissue (with lyric sheet) of no-holds-barred Aussie punk rawk from 1990, starring two pre-Dirty Three dudes, Mick Turner and Jim White** "It was the mid-80s and everything was going fine. Melbourne had launched the career of the legendary Birthday Party, but there were loads of other interesting and great things going on, like Sick Things for instance. Dugald McKenzie and Mick Turner were part of that extremely raw and intense band, whose ‘Committed To Suicide’ had changed so many lives. Mick had also played in The Moodists and was in Fungus Brains and some others. Also … Read more