Thursday, 22 November 2012
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.
Cracking four-track EP of Bangaltar-style filter-house and late night boogie burners. Last we heard from Wolverhampton duo Letherette was on a pair of brilliant 12"s for Alex Nut's Ho Tep label. They've slunk back into the shadows since then, only to hone their sound to a much plusher, romantically developed and 'floor-winning style on 'Featurette' for Ninja Tune, carving up the adroit disco-house edit of 'Warstones' and its robotic, Daft Punk-like guitar chops, plus the shoulder-controllin' pivots and mountain high, valley low filters of 'Ettewards' for the movers. But they're also dab hands a… Read more
*Metallic silver vinyl* Swedish dreamers Roll The Dice have handed over three tracks from their 2011 LP 'In Dust' to Deutsche dub technician Stefan Betke for him to work his magic; the resulting EP is called 'In Dubs' (how they resisted calling it Pole The Dice we'll never know). 'Calling Dub Workers' opens the set and here Pole's treatments are most subtle; the track sounds like Roll The Dice to the core, and it's only some judiciously applied crackle and echo FX that obviously suggest foreign intervention. Needless to say, though, Betke's lightness of touch shouldn't be confused w… Read more
Kaleidoscopic house producer Paul Dickow aka Strategy serves some of his fanciest dancefloor gear for Endless Flight following issues across the nebula of 100% Silk, Kranky, Under The Spire. 'Luna' is beautifully playful, pop-wise, marrying dancing synth-pop bassline with cosmic arpeggios in the frothiest but driving copulation. B-side, the effervescent synth fuzz and percolating drums of 'The Saga' plays a little deeper, reserved, in it for the journey.
Recently, Still Music flew their revered producer Mr Raoul K back to his country of birth, The Ivory Coast, to record an album with local musicians. The trip was filmed and accompanies the album as a special documentary in the 'Mande' double CD pack - his first long playing release for the label. Here, Raoul's music really suits the double LP format, and he takes the opportunity to really stretch out his grooves in a style reminiscent of Fela Kuti's normally 20min+ grooves: from the hypnotically unfolding 13 minute vision of opener 'Somassai' thru the lean, tantric mix layering and evolution of 'Bar… Read more
**Numbered edition of 500 pressed to 180g vinyl** 'Militant Dread' is a 1977 roots reggae rarity produced and arranged by Bunny "Striker" Lee. This faithful reissue features all the original cuts - classic Striker riddims voiced by Ras Murray - including the killer styles of 'Natty Dread Ital Rocker', the pendulous bass and lungful vibes of 'Love Jah Jah Children' and the devotional 'Glory To The Holy One Creation'.
Rock solid electro followup to Power Vacuum's bonkers EDMX 12", courtesy of Milo Smee. Essentially this is B-Boy music on acid, turning out hard, metallic, psychedelic fonk on the crisp, clanging A-side 'Point Counter Point', and grubbier, body-churning 303 tweaks at 113bpm on the B-side journey 'Drink Ye From The Acid Chalice'. Check the video, too. It's wild.
**Includes MP3 download voucher redeemable from the label** Austrialian scumbats UV Race turn up on LA's pillar of garage rock, In The Red Records with the malevolent pop stomp of 'Racism'. At times there's an almost NDW-like melodic straightness at play, but you just know there's something sly at play behind those zipped-up synthliens and soon enough there's a blast of feedback and they're shouting about acid and churning up some hard-assed heavy rock groove. "God is saying this to you: Racism is the third album by Australia’s most genius avant-tards The UV Race, dragging melodious pop songs through… Read more
**Heavyweight, tip-on style double gatefold with insert and download code redeemable from the label. 2012 Thrill Jockey anniversary edition** Baltimore's Daniel Higgs is best known for his work as the lyricist and frontman with Lungfish, although his solo work has found an outlet via labels such as Holy Mountain and Ideal Recordings in addition to Thrill Jockey. Say God is a double-disc collection of avant-folk styled gospel songs and poems, notably recorded with the assistance of TV On The Radio man David Sitek. At times, Higgs' delivery recalls Devendra B… Read more
Dawn Hunger is the anagrammatic alias for F*ck Button, Andrew Hung's new solo output, on his own label, Morning Joy. He's the writer and producer, crafting jagged electro songs specially for vocalist Claire Inglis and multi-instrumentalist Matthew de Pulford in a style quite removed from his previous output. A-side 'Stumbling Room' lurches like some lop-sided dubstep-skronk, kneading sparse but heavy drums and bass welt with a swarming synth modulation as bed for wailing vocals, reminding of something Michachu might do in the process. B-side 'Billowed Wind' is al… Read more