Wednesday, 26 November
We Can Elude Control gets the best out of Ralph Cumbers aka Bass Clef aka Some Truths in the tensile, technoid modular and broken drum-machine deviations of 'Bliss Abyss'. As opposed to his more self-consciously "quirky" gear, there's a taut sense of discipline informed by dancefloor structures in these eight tracks released by Paul Purgas ov Emptyset's label. We can hear ideas filched from Footwork, house, techno and dancehall and wedged into these tracks, along with Cumbers unique feel for melodic arrangement and evolutionary, dub-wise space. Matching the crisp, kinetic aesthetics of recen… Read more
**180g vinyl with artwork by Julian House. Includes download code** The Advisory Circle return with a new album and a much darker sound with 'From Out Here', the enchanted follow-up to the pastoral ambience of 'As The Crow Flies'. Masquerading under this guise, Jon Brooks reveals what is quite possibly his strongest work to date; an 18 track suite drifting from brassy cosmic warning signals to ancient-futurist miniatures reminding of the fragile motifs in Actress' 'R.I.P.' album. The common theme is undoubtedly Brooks' exquisite sound design, uniting a series of individual themes t… Read more
Unhinged industrial techno duo Blacknecks lay their own gravestone with this final evacuation of their archive. Originally presenting themselves as incognito UK garage superstars, in reality it's the work of Al Matthews ov Bleaching Agent/Smear/FSG fame, and Tom Russell aka Truss. Going out with (or without) style, they yield seven cuts here, ranging from blistered shake downs to further iterations of their patented Italo-NRG pounders, plus some arpeggiated nonsense, mentasm-razzing hardcore, and other such frivolity. That sleeve is fxxking filth.
Fearless techno jags from Paula Temple, back on R&S after the 'Colonized' EP in 2013. This time out she's much noisier, dynamic, baiting the apocalypse in three dramatic, tribalised onslaughts: 'Deathvox' is an outstanding collision of galloping, shuffling techno torque with 'Elephant Song'-style howls and a stunning doom denouement; from majestic intro, 'Monstro' bombs the senses with heavy artillery harking back to Techno Animal and Scorn at their fiercest; 'Ful' casts a long shadow of brassy synth plumes and thunderous drums reminding of Randomer. Tip!
*Heavyweight 2LP pressing on Red and White splatter Vinyl* "Synth-Heavy Score from one of the Industry's most creative composers; Craig Safan's music to the 1985 Thriller WARNING SIGN Famous for his score to the timeless classic The Last Star Fighter, as well as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part IV and (amazingly) the hit series Cheers! Safan's film music is notable for its clever use of electronics, and Warning Sign is no different. Recorded using a Synclavier Synthesizer - an incredibly expensive piece of kit at the time - the score is fully electronic but no less effect… Read more
Portugal's mutant techno answer to Zomby, IVVVO arrives at Danse Noire with the excellent 'Theories Of Anxiety' 12". Steeped in faded, classic rave motifs and riven with nervous rhythm, the EP plays out a sehnsucht for some kinda emotion or moody blue sentiment in modern dance music. Without wanting to lessen his other work, we'd say he's properly realised his potential here, spending his energies equally between the airborne, elegiac rave themes of 'Closer' and the chokingly gorgeous beatless blow-out 'Consumed' up top, and the heads-down ambient rave thump of 'Repetition' with Infinity F… Read more
KILLAH garage ravers picked up and dealt out by Hot Haus Recs. 'Strutter' trades in thee most infectious swing-jack on the front, spiced up with ghostly organ chords, donking bass and is that a Share Vari sample?! Proper rudeness any way you look at it. On the flip, 'Ripping The V's' goes heavy on the bass with slamming but skippy sorta pressure. Mint.
Rugged, acidic electro-techno from UK veteran Milo Smee in a Bintus mood. Following up his 2013 album with four radgey tracks bowling between the sub-swung tribal industrial winner 'Reflections On Brown' to the sequencer escapades of 'Lightnin'' and on thru tired Landstrumm raver styles in 'Warwick Castle Meltdown', or breakbeat-spiked New Beat grind reminding of auld Caustic Window trax on 'Looking In Your Fridge'.
One of Portugal's finest returns to the UTTU fam with mystic house treasure in 'Osiris Resurrected'. The original ripples with a radiant rhythmelodic cadence across the A-side, scattering 16th note flurries across a swinging, Afro-centric root with mesmerising effect. B-side, London's vaunted Palms Trax gets busy with a tight breakbeat house remix.
Minimal, tribalist house and techno from Detroit's legendary UR faction. There's three tracks to 'Has God Left This City?', each as menacingly desolate as the 313 itself, yet laced with the city's deep sense of soul. In a similar way to Terrence Dixon's Population One album, 'Theater Of A Confused Mind', it's a deep topographic reading and reflection of Detroit's soul in sound, striding furtively down the house groove of '7601 12th Street' to the urgent, gloomy techno slam of 'McGraw & Junction' and over to the darkside techno of 'Lodge & Clairmont' with its subtle stabs of car horns, struggling radio signals and unpredictable, scything stabs lunging from the shadows.
Roiling, brukken techno mutants from Boken on Berlin's secretive Weevil Neighbourhood label. Comprising previous contributors to the label in Anthone and Katsunori Sawa, Bokeh's 'Peace Obscured' debut slowly seeps into being with a furtive sci-fi ambient intro before getting down with thew cracked, tubulent techno funk challenge of 'Brief Glimpses Of Beauty' and skanking on the booming bass ballast of 'Void Armour' with its noisily invasive textures and industrial reverbs.
4Hero's Mark Clair returns to old skool breakbeat 'ardcore values with the follow-up to last year's 'Living In The Past' release as Manix. Putting a similar palette of piano vamps, sped-up breakbeats and samples thru their paces with proper hardware production tools, 'Coolin' Down' yields four kinetic rave tunes rekindling that all-together-in-rave vibe. It's really one for the completists though; if you want a proper taste get thee some of the early plates.
A quartet of London-style 'nuum rave grooves from Missing on Five Fold. Starts up with a shape-cutting shuffle house sound in 'Reflections' and sparks up the vocal-heavy electro-house swing ov 'Like A Rush' with Heidi Vogel. Flip it for ruder styles with the raving garage-techno jag, 'Incoming' and the rolling feminine pressure of 'Last Orders at the Frog & Nightgown'. Support from DJ Zinc, Boris Johnson, Sinden, Danny Baker, Chrissy Murderbot.
Junes returns to his Galdoors label with a deep trio of garage variants after 12"s from Elgato and Tames. A-side is given to the expansive swing and awning, brassy motfis and breathy pads of Root Pattern'; B-side holds the subtle, hypnotic shuffle of 'Transfer' and the shifty EP highlight of syncopated hi-hat shiver and dry bass budge in 'Iced'. Support from Roman Flügel, Zip, Joy Orbison, Ben UFO etc.
Tuesday, 25 November
**Includes a bonus DJ mix by Parris to download from your Boomkat account** Killer skool of 2014 survey from Dusk & Blackdown's Keysound Recordings. 8 heavyweights in the dance touching on all manner of new sounds from the juicy tropical synthuality of Murlo to the gutted grime mutations of Wen and Parris. It also introduces a stack of new names to the label with bullets like Caski's dark garage grine 'Tunnel Music', Aphix's icy 'Sin King' or the nice/nasty grime shades of DLVRY's 'Guilt'. The download that comes with the vinyl also gets you a further 6 tr… Read more
Kowton comes rugged but slinky on Nic Tasker's Whities label with his first solo 12" of 2014. A-side locks off a smart blend of roiling bass pressure and buoyant synth chimes in 'Glock & Roll' landing somewhere between Meng Syndicate's early Belgian techno and more twinkle-toed UK garage-house styles. On the B-side, 'Bits & Pieces' plays out that pensile light/dark flex with flash FM synth chords glinting off pinched bass and skittish marimba hook beside the infectious, booty-jugglin' percolator, 'Doing Nothing'. Straight tip!
Extended, proggy acid techno missions from Uwe Schmidt aka Atom™ for The Bunker New York. Both sides weigh in at least 10 minutes long, powered by 303-combustion engines thru dark, cavernous tunnels lit up with lustrous synthlines and pounded with reverberating kicks. 'Ground Loop 1' is stalked by one of Uwe's signature vocaloids intoning "acid" inna proper mid '90s yoghurt weaver style; 'Ground Loop 2' boots up the prog factor to Sacha-like levels with eleven minutes of chugging bass and streaking synthlines.
"With A Frozen Throne, Jasper Patterson, better known by his nom de plume Groundislava, has created an honest, and truly beautiful piece of work. Accompanying him on six of the LPs ten songs is Los Angeles singer / songwriter duo Rare Times, led by Anthony Calonico and Alex Talan, who co-wrote, produced and performed alongside Groundislava on A Frozen Throne. A Frozen Throne has found it's home, it's birth, in the twilight hour of humanity, that is itself on the cusp of evolution. An evolution into a greater consciousness. A technological reawakening, bound to change our minds and the way… Read more
**Digital download code redeemable from the label** David Thomas and his Pere Ubu cohorts are back with the next stage in their album cycle begun with 'Lady From Shanghai' (2013). "A number of the songs were developed from an underscore composed for the movie Carnival Of Souls, performed by The Pere Ubu Film Group in July 2013. The cd and vinyl releases are slightly different. The vinyl release does not include the song 'Brother Ray.' The cd release does not include the five 'Strychnine Interludes.' The reason is straight-forward: 'Brother Ray' is twelve minutes long an… Read more
"Spuds rejoice, for the Miracle Witness Hour is at hand! In 1977 DEVO played an intimate show to an eager handful at biker bar turned total dive The Eagle Street Saloon in Cleveland, Ohio. Unbeknown to those canny onlookers, they were to testify to the healing power of DEVO! But what of us now? Beautiful mutants fear not, FUTURISMO are here to rectify your late party syndrome. Televised through the antennas of time we give you DEVOs’ most intimate unreleased live record ever - Miracle Witness Hour! Released for the first time on any format, this remastered doc… Read more
**2014 Reissue** Lean, efficient and atmospheric ****** 'step on Pollen recordings (home to dope trax from Brackles/Shotstuff and Rekordah) backed with a flexing revision from J. Sparrow. The third release proper from Manchester's xxxy proves why there's been such a clamour of attention about him further to his 'Elevator Music' appearance. His 'Rain' production achieves that maleable tension that Dave Huismans (2562/AMS) and Appleblim do so well, aligning 2-step femininity with a lighter version of Chain Reaction's textured dub techno to capture the dancers zeitgeist. Another character garne… Read more
**Colour sleeve reissue** In kim's own words: "I recorded the guitars and the bass guitar on the choruses. Kelley played the verse bass guitar. Britt Walford (Slint) played the drums. We all went to Albini's and Steve recorded us at his studio, Electrical Audio, in Chicago. Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound in NYC mastered this DMM" I recorded this at my house in Ohio on my Tascam 16 track (1/2"). I got a CD mix of it and Ryan made a 1/2" from it and mastered it DMM..."
**Colour sleeve reissue** Pixies/Breeders maverick Kim Deal drops her excellent solo debut after appearing at the Shellac curated ATP, and it's as beguiling a prospect as you'd expect. The title track sounds like a more sombre revision of "Drivin' On 9', with that warm and blistered bass sound underpinning everything with that unquantifiable quality that basically makes everything Kim touches so hard to define and so compelling. "Dirty Hessians" on the flip is a more propulsive instrumental complete with some nifty drum edits. We don't have many of these = treat yourself while you can.