Thursday, 04 December
DBA's Special Editions DJ tool series takes San Francisco's Jack Murphy in for a subtly effective deep techno-house session. Going deeper than his pair of 12"s for Frozen Border's Reference sublabel, here he glides from the pent percolations of 'Points Zero' to darkside, monotone groove and sci-fi drones with '4MT', and over to the astral detachment of 'Prefec-R' and the noirish hush of 'Thieves'.
Steffi serves a sophisticated sophomore LP for OstGut Ton with 'Power Of Anonymity'. Deeply indebted to classic Detroit house and techno, it plays out ten tracks of romantic machine soul driven by elegant grooves and alleviated by expansive atmospheres - exactly the kinda thing you'd expect to hear her spin at her Panorama Bar residency. It's a real mood setter, keeping the lights dimmed but reassuringly glowing throughout, from the E.R.P.-style electro hush of opener 'Pip' and the astral-bound techno of 'Everyday Objects' thru the Share Vari-referencing funk of highlight 'Treasure Seeking… Read more
*Beautiful gold foil-blocked sleeve on reverse board* Subtly noirish and intimate electronic composition from Belgium's Brice Dreessen aka Lowcommittee for the consistently great Vlek Records. While the title, 'Race at Neon Club' may connote speed and bright lights, the results are actually almost gothically greyscale and lower case in aesthetic, coming across like the moody OST to a darker, drug-fuelled version of Drive set in Antwerp.
Cologne's Reinhard Voigt stretches his legs on a pair of strident Kompakt house standards. 'Rachanee' revolves sweet samples of unknown Far Eastern origin over a squashed electro bassline and old skool bleep techno style hook. 'Tisch Für Zwei' is darker, burrowing into the dance with hypnotic monotone bass, pinging brass stabs and kinkiest interplay of cowbells and rimshots to rub the 'floor to a lather.
The 'Riot Party' EP perhaps supposes what the Electrifying Mojo might be playing today, were he still broadcasting the Midnight Funk Association over the Detroit area. 'Ann Arbor' makes that comparison most explicit with a War Of The Worlds style sci-fi intro bleeding into some slick future house funk, while 'Bass Jam' slips into crunchy midnight boogie mode; 'With Attitude' follows ina Teutonic triplet style to the tightened house shimmy of 'Detox' and the abstract machine funk transmission, 'Riot Party'.
Dro Carey and his Tuff Sherm alter ego divide their energies over three twisted productions backed with a boomin' DJ Vague remix. In Tuff Sherm mode he's in the mood to bang with the slompy jack of 'Scope' and a darkly playful EBM jakbeat titled 'Prime Engine'. Switching to Dro Carey mode, he works with shivering hi-hats and a moire of Fairlight-like bass pulses of 'Prime Engine' ina mutant grime fashion, which DJ Vague promptly turns into a space-headed take on B-More house. Tipped!!
**Coloured double vinyl with the full album on CD and poster booklet** The Knife cut thru their back catalogue to present 'Shaken-Up' versions reworked for their recent US tour. They're not messing around when they call these versions 'Shaken-Up' - tempos are raised, vocals pitched and everything given an irresistible energy that must have translated well in the live arena (shame on me, i've still not caught their live show). And so you'll find ramped up mixes of their siblings' signature anthem 'We Share Our Mother's Health', plus a frisky mix of 'Got 2 Let U' from 'Deep Cuts', a Soca… Read more
Re-mastered (by Matt Colton) twenty year reissue of Juan Atkins' and Moritz Von Oswald's Model 500 classic, 'Sonic Sunset'. Includes the entrancing Calm Mix, rushing Cave Mix and pum,ping Third Wave Mix of 'Sonic Sunset', plus the gorgeous 12 minute drift of 'Neptune' and the 18 minute epic, 'I Wanna Be There'.
Wolfgang & Reinhard get familial with their follow-up to 2013's 'Erdingertrax' series . A-side, 'Superpitch' treads that fine line between rave frivolity and mannered jack with see-sawing sinewave underpinned by hungry rave bass, before spilling over into the B-side's psychedelic 'Supertrip' extension. We'd advise getting two copies and knitting them together for super results.
*Debut album by esteemed writer and Leonard Cohen biographer Sylvie Simmons produced by Howe Gelb (Giant Sand) and Chris Schultz* "Light In The Attic has an impeccable reputation for uncovering rare and precious albums from the past. Their latest release, _Sylvie_, is haunting and out-of-time—but it is also a brand-new, original debut album, by a singer-writer who has been making music since she was a little girl but just for herself. Like Devendra Banhart says, Sylvie is “a gem of an album, fragile and fearless, direct and poetic, timeless and absolutely beautiful. Like Rosalie Sorrels or Is… Read more
"The Bedroom Slant is the new album by Bruno Pronsato, under his new Archangel moniker The new project is a new chapter in the evolution of his sound. The human voice acts as one of it's major elements (with Pronsato himself stepping up to the mic to take on vocal duties), it incorporates traditional instrumentation to a larger degree than his previous work (bass guitar lines, played by his brother David Ford, act as the rhythmic foundation for many of the new songs). Acknowledging his love of pop, rock and post-punk in his music for the first time, (music he firs… Read more
Teengirl Fantasy returns from a short hiatus with four skewed mutations of R&B/Footwork/IDM hybrids found in their R&S records. Since 2012 they've twisted their sound in new directions between the refractive, sweetly discordant club enigma, 'Cavescape' to ghostly refinement of their R&B-pop tastes in 'Lung' feat. Lafawndah, and the '90s-into-2014 flex of 'U Touch Me' with Hoody, whilst '7:30 A.M.' deals in an airborne, alien techno funk recalling Lotic and Arca productions.
Mods back on the march with a pair of zingers for Munich's Little Teddy Recordings. A-side serves the spittle flecked 'Tied Up In Nottz' (with a "Z" you c*nt, according to Jason) and self-deprecating rant about their home city - "it's all so fxxking boring" - backed with the swaggering, revving garage-punk swerve of 'Fear Of Anarchy' giving a sneering twist on the Pistols for 2014. Just please, please don't do any fxxking butter adverts or slebrity jungle shite…
**Grey Marbled Vinyl** Opiated D&B/ambient techno steppers from an unknown entity, Carrier One, reinforced with steely Felix K reinterpretation. Carrier One's original tracks frame a sort of detached yet deep-in-it perspective on current D&B minimalism, whether sublimating the sort of dense, unquantised styles of FIS in the scuttling drums and gaseous dub atmospheres of 'Warning Of The Lucky', or stepping off with the quicksilver T++/Monolake styles of 'Underwater Device', or running more rugged, impressionistic styles with the thrumming rhythms and filigree drones of 'Symbol'. Keep an ear/eye on this one.
**Clear vinyl** Sweden's cultishly adored Yung Lean and Sad Boys gang up for debut album, 'Unknown Memory', their follow-up to last year's much-loved 'Unknown Death' mixtape. Over plush production from Yung Gud, Yung Sherman and White Armor the trio emote bluest bars in autotune and pseudo-sizzurped drawl, finding a twinkling mid-space between Salem's bombast, the blown-out bounce of Evian Christ and the Scando pop harmonies of JJ, with heavy reference to Gucci Mane and Young Thug for measure. While many would be quick to dismiss them as ironic hipsters, it's actually the sincerity of their… Read more
Strickly deeper bangers from Palace on Hot Haus Recs. A-side is a big winner called 'Vision' wurkin' with slamming kicks, skippy hats and blue, dubbed-out techno chords for peak time drive. B-side deals in more sensuous, scuffed garage with the plonging square bass shift of 'Solstice' and the light-footed, bubble-headed shimmy of 'Element'.
Thursday, 27 November
Mr. Mitch chimes into the current grime dialogue with the chrome-dripping instrumentals of his brilliant debut LP 'Parallel Memories'. Ever since appearing on Butterz' 'Quality Street' 12" in 2010, the S.E. London-based producer and grime se'er has been a crucial figure on the scene's most curious front, stealthily moving the game with a series of releases on his own Gobstopper label and cooperations with Slackk, Logos and Oil Gang at the keenly influential Boxed club nights. With 'Parallel Memories' he projects a uniquely defined vision of instrumental grime influenced by a vivid imagina… Read more
Prostitutes caps a profligate 2014 with his stomping return to Diagonal after hot sessions with Spectrum Spools, Night School, and Mira. In 'Ecstasy, Crashing Beats and Fantasy' it feels like he's really cemented and distinguished his toiling funk from the hardwave horde, equally due to his uncompromising hardware aesthetic and fine balance of menacing subtlety. The devil is in the detail, from the hypnotic drones and shark-toothed bite of industrial jakker 'Crawl In From Broadway' to the possessed, wobble-jaw electro chatter of 'Side Effects Of Living', arguably his s… Read more
**Foreboding, deeply compelling debut highly recommended to followers of Demdike, Cyclobe, Coil.Screenprinted on coloured paper. 150 copies only** 'Uruk Romantic Tales #2' is a concept album based "in a supposable Mesopotamian landscape, hanging between past and future recalling nor one or the other." It's evidenmtly the work of an exotic mind, much in the same frame as inestimable French composer Jean-Claude Eloy, and also sharing much in common with the vividly hyperstitious soundscapes of Cyclobe or Coil. Over six stages or phantasias, Lacroix's narrative leads us blindfold… Read more
Kevin Martin and Earth's Dylan Carlson summon the apocalypse in this crushing addendum to 'Angels & Devils'. Devoid of vocals, on both sides the battle-scarred titans bunker down to a fusion of teeth rattling trap and dub rhythms with strung-out, world weary guitars as stripped back and glaring as anything from the album. A-side 'Boa' frames Carlson's contemplative electric guitar strokes inna pregnant, widescreen scene of windswept ambience and keening metallic timbre before delivering worm-charming bass shocks and shuddering trap drums; B-side plays even icier with etheric SAW II-style a… Read more
*Volume One of Two - 7 tracks pressed on Double Vinyl* Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like these.… Read more
*Volume Two of Two - 6 tracks pressed on Double Vinyl* Still Music's Jerome Derradji and Kevin Starke ov Kstarke Records present a unparalleled haul of hitherto hidden Chicago house weapons in 'The House That Jackmaster Hater Built'. Mixing previously unreleased diamonds that used to be traded on tape between the likes of Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles, along with some of Starke's own Jackmaster Hater edits and productions, plus loads more, you kinda get the sense you should be pinching yourself when listening to joints like these.… Read more
Maoupa Mazzocchetti debuts with the sleazy darkwave allure of 'A-Tranquility' for Unknown Precept, who previously delivered 'The Black Ideal' compilation of noise/techno hybrids. This 12" sees them head down a narcotically sexy avenue of modern hypnobeat, working with a salty, writhing aesthetic highly comparable with your JTC, Traxx or Beau Wanzer bits. A-side delivers three cuts stretched between Carpenter-esque chimes a bubbling jakbeat with lashings of spring reverb and ghoulish chord progressions and B-side comes with the hench industrial swagger of the Skinny Puppy-esque 'Coexistence' and the killer EBM churn of 'Vernacular'. Strong twelve this.
*One of the oddest records ever to come out of Australia newly reissued by Superior Viaduct* "In the late ’60s, Pip Proud recorded two of the oddest records ever to come out of Australia—Adreneline & Richard and A Bird in the Engine—before vanishing into obscurity for the better part of three decades. Often called the “Australian Syd Barrett,” Proud actually released his second album in 1969, a year prior to The Madcap Laughs, and developed his indigenous psychedelia in virtual isolation. A Bird in the Engine is even more rare than his debut. From the extraordinary “Eagle-Wise” to the… Read more
**Includes download code** New York's Chester Raj Anand aka Lord Raja brings his psychedelic beat arrangements back to Ghostly International for his debut album, 'A Constant Moth'. Working to the East of Machinedrum and Lee Bannon and further south than Ras G, 12 tracks refract footwork, ambient electronica and hip hop thru a new age prism (quite literally reflected on the cover) where Jeremiah Jae appears mottled into the psychedelic swagger of 'Van Go' and Chicago footwork spirals up and out into celestial strata in 'Throw TRhem Out (System)' beside the sub-aquatic vision of 'Red Sun' and the glitching virtual reality projections of 'Golden Gravity Birds'.
*One of the oddest records ever to come out of Australia newly reissued by Superior Viaduct* "In the late ’60s, Pip Proud recorded two of the oddest records ever to come out of Australia—Adreneline & Richard and A Bird in the Engine—before vanishing into obscurity for the better part of three decades. Often called the “Australian Syd Barrett,” Proud actually released his second album in 1969, a year prior to The Madcap Laughs, and developed his indigenous psychedelia in virtual isolation. To quote Byron Coley, who like a handful of underground luminaries discovered Proud in the ’80s… Read more
**Hand-assembled, screen-printed jacket and centre labels with download code** Gnod member and solo dub-smith, Raikes Parade makes his vinyl debut with the smoked-out dub and jungle of 'Allotropes of Diamonds' for new Manchester label, Moderate Twat Kissa. Two extended sides give space for Raikes to stretch out and get right into his groove, starting up with the tentative mix of ambient skank and chugging 4th World signatures in 'Slow Diamond' and stepping wide with the whip-cracked jungle dub-tekno ov 'Fast Diamond' on the flip.
*Heavyweight 7” vinyl with inner sleeve plus a digital download card which also features a Zongamin remix of ‘Am I Not A Soldier’* "Alexis Taylor and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy release this Double A side 7” single ‘Am I Not A Weaker Soldier?’ The A side features Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy performing a version of Alexis Taylor’s track ‘Am I Not A Soldier’, taken from his recent ‘Await Barbarians’ album, released this summer. The AA side features Alexis Taylor’s version of ‘The Weaker Soldier’ from ‘Arise Therefore’, Bonnie’s 1996 album with Palace Music."
Houndstooth bite off the lead cut from Throwing Snow's debut album, backed with a banging VIP and remix of 'Hypnotise' from Will Saul and Komon. The keening string discord and depressed Reese bass of the original is beefed up with bulky Chi-house patterns in a shifty VIP version for the 'floor, as is the swooning 'As You Fall' featuring Py, while 'Hypnotise' is treated to a more rugged, subtly epic remix from Will Saul & Komon.