Thursday, 13 March
Sophisticatd deep house from Michael Greene aka Fort Romeau, progressing from his eraly drops on 100% Silk and Ghostly International onto Frankfurt's respectable Live At Robert Johnson series. 'I Knew' is a cottony deep house shimmy revolving dreamy vocal loop and silvery, latinate shuffle; 'Pirouette' is a dubbed-out disco looper; 'Her Dream' captures that lost-in-it- at 4am effect perfectly with half-heard vocal, brooding bassline and sweeter synth arpeggios lathered for the lovers.
Rugged UK house backed with killer Neana remix. 'Hold Up' plays tuff with a distorted, kinky Uk take on New York/New Jersey house stabbed up with electro prangs and flash electro chords. Flipside, Artifact follows his Local Action album and a remix turn for Seb Wildblood on Madtech with a chunky garage-techno heaver, but Neana blows 'em all out the water with his febrile, industrialised 130bpm remix riding bashiest drums, smashing glass, and jawside percussion with the sort of funk and in-the-pocket swagger that could only come from the freshest. Tipped for that at least!
Van Rivers, Dungeon Acid, Joel Alter, and Samuel L Session line-up for an all-Swedish remix assault on Dimitrios K's self-titled debut LP of slick, kickin' techno. On the A-side 'Where Am I' is turned into a dub chord-riding techno swinger by Van Rivers, and flipped as a rude, droning acid jacker by Dungeon Acid. B-side, Joel Alter tucks 'Dunkflum' into a skippy groover layered with deep diving Detroit strings, and Samual L Session gives some big room pressure.
**Limited edition of 385** "Double A-side single pressed on white 7” vinyl (limited to 385 copies ), the first single to be taken from ‘Haul Away!’, the follow up to Liz Green’s debut ‘O, Devotion!’ (2011). Recorded at London’s legendary Toe Rag Studio with producer Liam Watson. Rybka’ translates as ‘little fish’ in Polish, and that’s precisely what the song is about, says Liz: “the little fish getting lost in the big pond. A boy who tries to do right but always seems to end up on the wrong side of the glass.”
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label & 8 Page Booklet Of Lyrics* "Perfect Pussy are one of the boldest and most intriguing projects to surface in recent years, garnering widespread critical acclaim following the release of a four song EP, "I have lost all desire for feeling". Veiled beneath layers of exquisitely abrasive noise, frontwoman Meredith Graves’ lyrics are disarming, brutally honest and poetic, possessing a feverish intensity that can only be matched by Graves’ electric stage presence. Hailing from Syracuse, New York, the band is comprised of members from the loca… Read more
Powerful, minimalist dubstep-techno hybrids from Sleeper on Kryptic Minds' Osiris label. There's seven of 'em total, ranging from heads-down 4/4 stomp 'n roll to twysted acidic shake downs, churning bleep techno and succinct noise shots.
**Marbled mauve wax** Unique D&B soul from Sam KDC on Samurai Horo. If Massive Attack, Djrum and FiS ever made tracks together, there's every chance they may sound like these two. A-side 'Survive Exist' squashes a yearning, blue soul vocal into cannily compressed bass and muggy drums on the A-side, and 'Erogenous' hits even deeper with dusted, Burial-esque snares, neuro synth licks and dubbed drops of funk and soul instrumentation to sweeten the deal.
**180g vinyl - includes bonus 7" & CD** MCDE's Danilo Plessow and Innervisions' Marcus Worgull team up to scale modern kosmiche altitudes as Vermont on Kompakt. Accompanied by august Krautrock elder Jaki Liebzeit (Can), and Dominik Von Senger (Phantom Band), they conduct a plush suite in fourteen parts scoping quietly majestic panoramas, sublime mid-air waltzes and ambient introspections.
A quarter century since their classic 'It's Cosy Inside', the brothers Ives have raided their vaults to piece together their super charming new album 'When The Past Arrives'. All 16 unreleased songs stem from the same era as their cherished early work, even dating far back as 1976, and have been sensitively remastered from original tapes. "With comparisons to Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Animal Collective, Cluster, and Brian Eno, Woo’s profile in the world of atemporal music has been growing for years. For the lucky few who know, like Fela, or Neu!, Woo has their own instantly recognizable vibra… Read more
**Edition of 300 with insert** Slow, heavy, noisy techno pounding delivered by the mysterious Black Seed on Denmark's Details label. A-side delivers the asphyxiating intensity of 'Wild Rites', whose shifty demeanour, kinky hi-hats and frothing distortion strongly reminds of that crackshot 12" from Watkins & Almadovar. Flipside, 'Break The Silence' jacks up a flinty, fugged-out industrial thump, and 'Natural Instinct' turns inward with condensing, acidic synthlines locked to a dry, humping kick and rattling machine rhythms. Feels really good, this.
UTTU follow up that utter madness from Mumdance with four tracks of 'floor scrambling rave by one half of Lakker, aka Eomac aka EeOo. Veering wilder than his 'Hither, Pappy' 12" for TTT and ruder than the Lakker output, four tracks come off something like Hecker & Haswell demolishing the R&S back catalogue, freaking out from the salty, brain-tweaking flex of 'Workout' to screwed hoover rave on 'Calc', onto darker AFXian bleeps in 'We Are All The Same', and wonky, exotic wobble with 'Battery Baby'. Recommended!
Thursday, 06 March
**Edition of 500. Mastered by John Tejada and cut to vinyl at D+M Berlin, initial copies on coloured wax** Yves De Mey, John Tejada, Recondite, Paul Jebanasam and TM404 put their best jaw forward in slick remixes of Ricardo Donoso's vintage Goan trance-formations. Belgium's Yves De Mey follows impressive outings for Opal Tapes and Semantica with a midnight black take on 'The Sphinx', coolly transposing its darkly sublime early '90s vibes with up-to-the-minute, free-floating sound design, whereas Berlin's Recondite doses the 'floor with a powerful, droning remix of 'Diagonal Environ… Read more
Exceptional side of tape-manipulated techno-house experiments from Detroit new waver, Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN for the DBA label. As the latest in a long line of 313 splicers stretching back to Anthony Shakir - who used to be the in-house tape engineer at Metroplex - on the 'Resin EP' MGUN revels in the nimble, hands-on possibilities of reel-to-reel recording techniques on six tracks ranging from zippy vignettes to low-slung grooves and pacy techno bangers. The quickstep shuffle and almost-baroque melody of 'Assumptions' opens beside a woozy, wigglin' jacker 'Funkshun' and the knotty 150bpm wormhole ji… Read more
"Axxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young age are easily evident in his debut release. Going full circle from being introduced to 60's pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60's Psychedelia, Ben has honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities), into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop. The label enlisted Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) to reco… Read more
They're bloody well back! The incognito garage producers launch a fresh Ital-Techno assault on the 'floor with their fifth - and possibly penultimate - single in this guise. There's three fearless bangers, taking in the adrenalised arpeggios and bruising kicks of 'Never Forget', the schranzy slam of 'Holzer Mane', and the wonky missile 'Hotline'.
Very collectable debut 7" from Denmark's Gäy on Sand Diego's Zoo Music. A-side 'Blue Blue Heart' is an instant lo-fi classic with earworming hook and sing-a-long lyrics written as a love letter to his girlfriend and recorded ad hoc in his living room. B-side 'Paradox Personified' is equally infectious, with the memorable line "Mom And Dad/You were The Worst Kids That I Never Had" delivered with endearingly snotty vocals and jagged acoustic guitar.
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** Ruff 'n tuff Ragga hybrids from Cardiff's Darkhouse Fam. At their heaviest on the darkcore-zipped 'Brockwild' they intercept ground between Dabrye and Kaman Leung's baddest raggamatic hip hop/D&B replete with face-tearing mentasms, whereas 'Arphouse' features Eglo fam's Arp101 firing fruity purple synthlines and 'Elephant Large' gyrates on a big-bottomed hip hop sound nodding to Dipset, Timbaland and The Neptunes. DJ support from Kutmah, Gilles Peterson, Arp101, Alix Perez, Fracture, Rockwell…
Laidback but insistent UK deep house debut from Dokta Venom for Five Fold Records. Four tracks take in warm, rolling square bass and rhodes nodding to Mr. Fingers on 'Only U' beside the plush breakbeat orchestrations of 'Burnt Roses', skippy garage-inflected moves on 'Rum Vapour', and jazzy, soulful shuffle indebted to Azymuth in 'Space Dust'.
Possibly best known for his emotive electro 12"s for the now-defunct Ai label, and last heard on a 12" for Shipwrec, Datassette drops four tight electronic funk grooves on R&S' rebooted Apollo label. Two parts of the title track bookend the 12", opening with Lone or SDC-esque synth romance and twysted Linn funk of part 1 and closing with the woozy, side-chain compressed gyrations of part 2, sandwiching a killer slowfast electro number named 'Vacuform' nodding to Dopplereffekt, Bochum Welt or Cylob, and the Mu-zig-like IDM boogie of 'Helvetica Calcium'.
**Wrap-around sleeve. Edition of 500** Four track debut 7" from Copenhagen's Communions quartet - contemporaries of Ice Age, Lower and the Posh Isolation lot centred around the city's Mayhem studio/venue complex. In stark contrast to the aforementioned, 'Cobblestones' yields a well studied sorta post-punk pop sound played with precision and earnestness, full of throaty, rabble rousing vocals with infectious choruses and equally hook-laden guitars delivered with passion.
R&S present one of Lakker's strongest sessions to date with the 4-track 'Containing A Thousand' EP. Over the last ten years the Dublin-based duo have cultivated a unique take on electronic dance music, contouring techno with traces of electro, noise, and broken beats in a shifty, powerful style that's rightly earned the respect of the likes of AFX, who's been known to pepper his DJ sets with Lakker aces. Their muscular, dynamic sound designs are in full effect here, refusing gridlocked techno patterns to dice with skittish electro nodding to late '90s Autechre in the title track, whereas… Read more
Four shades of neat minimal house and techno from a new label outta Newcastle via Manchester. Styles range from the sultry house shimmy of 'Cleerly Jazzy' to the hypnotic pulses and corkscrewing, druggy FX-laden tech-house of 'Volcano' thru warmer Detroit styles on 'The 3rd Letter' and the subs-heavy, chords-driven 'One Glove'.
*Repress in plain sleeve* Forward bassbin pressure from Commodo on Bristol's best new label, Hotline Recordings. 'F_ck Mountain' staggers around like a p*ssed but fleet-foot 20 stone loon, spilling squashed subs and scissoring percussion all over the 'floor. His 'Good Grief' B-side is slower, clocking in on a 125bpm flex with sprung dub chords and sparingly used bass kicks skewed from Hard House into a weight halfstep. Tipped!
Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin's Author project arrives at a 2nd album of plush, blue dubstep variants following their 2011 debut on Tectonic. For this outing they're joined by a slew of guests, including Quark, June Miller, Jehst & Stig Of The Dump, Rider Shafique and Dan Man. Eight tracks spell out the more cinematic, home-listening side of dubstep with a mix of midnight atmospheres, moody vocal contributions and crisp, well-layered production.
**A gorgeous, delicate and diverse suite of idiosyncratic composition ranging from solo piano to acoustic folk and neo-classical by a previous collaborator with Radiohead and Matthew Herbert** "John Matthias is a musician, composer and physicist. In 2008, he won the PRS Foundation New Music Award (The Turner Prize for music) with Jane Grant and Nick Ryan for the development of a huge sonic installation across the UK entitled ‘The Fragmented Orchestra’. Also known for this collaborations with Radiohead, Matthew Herbert and Coldcut, Mattias combines ambient, post classical pieces with heart… Read more
Ardcore, rootical dubstep from Utrecht, Holland's TMSV. 'Haze VIP' rides a tumultuous skank accented with splashing cymbal, tribal percussion and billowing subs, and 'Gunman' comes stronger with darting, snake-like syncopation and dread subs on a vintage DMZ tip beside the airborne triplets and X-Files vibes of 'The Cosmonaut'.
**Ltd edition one-sided clear vinyl - this Regis remix was previously released on a split 12" with Blackest Ever Black** Regis is the perfect nomination to revise the stripped down paranoia of 'Loss'. Now working with a proper analogue desk, techno's arch outsider gets his claws right in there, filleting the original into a mesh of fibrillating, twitchy machine pulses, heaving subbass and vaporous voices, hopefully marking an exciting new phase of his oeuvre.
Debut release from The Girls Of The Internet on Bob Bhamra's WNCL imprint. Apparently "they come from the countryside and use hardware" and that's all we can tell you about their provenance. As for the record, there's four tracks ranging from skittish electro to jacking house and techno with google baiting names such as 'Prostate Exam' and 'Spam Folder', and the very bumpkin 'Four Pints' all covering ground between Matthew Herbert, The Analogue Cops and Nochexxx.
"Developed over a four year period, and entirely funded by a part time job working as a SAT university entrance exam mathematics tutor, Nº2 was composed using synthesizers and a variety of unidentiﬁed samples that were manipulated beyond recognition. Christina Vantzou then collaborated with Minna Choi of the San Francisco based Magik*Magik Orchestra. Vantzou and Choi worked on the notation and arrangements and recorded the compositions with a 15-piece ensemble at Tiny Telephone studios in San Francisco. The chamber layer on Nº2 follows a similar pattern as her ﬁrst record with the addition of … Read more
Distance returns with a steely brace of halfstep dreadnaughts on his Chestplate label. Volume 1 proves his longevity and originality in the scene with a fearsome display of scything, body-wise dynamics and expansive atmospheres. The burning synth brass on 'Broken Down' bears strong comparison with recent Kuedo aces while the rhythmic syncopation feels more supple, elastic and deadly than ever. 'Andromeda' is a proper war riddim, raising the hackles with doomy intro before cutting loose with snarling hounds-of-hell guitars/synths and ravenous, slavering bass.