Wednesday, 30 July
**180g wax, mastered at D&M, edition of 300** Vereker's 'Flesh & Blood' is one of THE most vital techno tracks of 2014. On front of his 'Murder License' for Berceuse Heroique 008, it's the first and arguably most powerful in a slew of scene-defining tackle coming from the British-born, American-based producer for L.A. Club Resource and Endangered Species - his hugely promising new label. The scolding A-side rolls out like DJ Rush meets Rowland The Bastard inna Soviet gymnasium - pure 4/4 pressure for those that fxxkin' knows - whilst the flipside yields the sculpted noise incursion of 'Event… Read more
Randomer bangs a trio of ruff house and techno tricks for Russian Torrent Versions. Largely leaving his bag of saw-off breakbeats at home, the British producer shakes out welting kicks and blistered percussion with a ballroom haughtiness on A-side, 'Side Crack Lung', before 'Fun In The Sun' chews up a roiling square bass line proper bass drum punishment, and gritty chime of 'Odd' comes off like a raw version of Terrence Dixon's most minimal groovers.
The master returns with his 3rd EP of serpentine riddims for Woe To The Septic Heart! Working deeper into the synthesis-based approach which yielded the finer electronic timbres of his 'Freezing Opening Thawing' 12", here he's refined the technique to near-Villalobos levels of layered, rhythmelodic intricacy, but of course, all with his inimitable accent. First up, 'Beat His Command' is a dense, blinding display of pointillist percussion and hypnotic chimes laced with flashes of technoid gremlins and white noise explosions. Secondly, 'Vor und zurück' flips that formula for a more … Read more
The cream (cheese) always rises… Another Italo classic, East Wall's 'Eyes Of Glass' receives the necessary reissue treatment following recent aces from Helen, B.W.H. and more. 'Eyes of Glass' is a strikingly moody piece of darkside Italian disco loaded with coy, teasing vocal by Wilma Notari and swinging with the haughty funk of Fabrizio Chiari's synths, keys and drum machine.
From Kansas via Brooklyn, Huerco S returns with four ferric-drenched psy-house shufflers for Anthony Naples' Proibito label. His first new material since that ace debut album 'Colonial Patterns' and the 'Aphelia's Theme' 12" for Future Times is distinguished by a subtle expansion and concentration of his sound - basslines feel chewier, knotted, and the atmospheres wider, lusher. A-side loads up one piece of decelerated groove and melting kosmiche dub tones, plus a slinky filter shimmy that comes off like a Soundhack inversion. B-side goes heavier with the kicks inna gritted, grungy t… Read more
**Reverse board jacket, printed both sides, individually numbered edition of 700** Italy's Industrie Discografiche Lacerba label awakens after quarter century with this diverse collection of "long-lost" post-punk songs. Corralling unpublished cuts, new reinterpretations, and lesser-known aces from an unlikely bunch including UK's Adrian Sherwood and Ultramarine, Tuxedomoon's Blaine L Reininger and Steven Brown, Italian Industrial pioneers Pankow, and Diaframma's Federico Fiumani, it really isn't your average barrel scraper. Nay, the range is wide - from the disenchanted discord of Pa… Read more
LA-style summer jams from Delroy Edwards and Benedek, aka Rx for y'all. Under a patina of ferric smog and medicinal weed smoke they spread the funk thick 'n greazy on both sides, slyding up close with oily bassline and melting chords in 'Strung Out' for that eyes-shut-and-shuffling appeal, whilst flipside picks up the swaying shimmer of Linn-like drums and mystic pipes in 'Prescriptions'. Timeless PPU quality.
From his home-base in Konotop City, Vakula's 4th 12" on the Badura series surveys five pieces of plush, psychedelic deep house scanning the rolling soul of 'Ukrainian Landscape' and the abstracted, kaotic dub house of 'Electric Spica' on the A-side, before turning downtempo with the fluid momentum of 'Thoughts On The Road' and two Detroit-style beatdown bits.
Numero present David Blair Stiffler's breathtaking 1988 excursion to the isolated, landlocked Mountain Province of the Northern Philippines. Risking "life and limb" to document the region's under-recorded cultures, the noted field recordist's trip actually ended as a hostage of the MNLF rebels, who confiscated his party's equipment bar the clothes on their back and a single cassette. Upon return to America, the masters, intended for release by Folkways, were shelved in light of Folkways founder Moses Asch's death, but thankfully they' were rediscovered to become the record … Read more
*Glow in the dark white on white sleeve* Julio Bashmore and Hyetal go mano e mano for the disco on their 3rd Velour 12". It's on Bashmore's Broadwalk label too so you know they mean business. Up top they've got the big rooms locked off, lacing a proper diva holler thru some kinda industrial-disco-tech groove nodding to MMM and Soundhack in finest fashion; down town 'Plato's Retreat' amps the industrial potential for booming basements with razor cut industrial funk drums and body-warping acid undertow. It's a biggun.
Mathew Jonson and The Mole, Peter Van Hoesen, and Blue Hour remix tracks from Tobias.' 'A Series Of Shocks' LP for Ostgut Ton. Canadaians at the controls, Jonson and The Mole give a masterclass in the art of subtle, swinging build with trimmed electro drums and pendulous, scissoring synthlines guaranteed to trap bvodies ont he floor, whereas PvH takes a more atmospheric route with his acidic rework of 'Cursor Item Only' and Blue Hour burns up 'He Said' as an alarming techno romp.
Circle Traps step to Lex Records for their most developed, impressive release following 12"s for Opit and Five Easy Pieces. Comprising producer Will Ward with Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie from Portico Quartet, Circle Traps draw on a reserve of revered "musicianship" and sharp dancefloor chops to realise a sound strung between knackered house, twisted techno a la Call Super, and epic '80s FM synth sounds recalling Com Truise.
Striking debut hardware jams from Amsterdam's Magnesii for Tom Trago's Voyage Direct series. Considering this is his first release, 'VD Jam #1' sounds like the work of a full fledged producer, from the laidback but driving acid pacing of his title cut to his debonaire Detroit-style house tweakers 'Lava Jam', and 'Van Dyke Island Jam'.
FIT Detroit catch Manuel Gonzales at his moodiest on three tracks of dubbed, drifting deep house and techno. The strident bleep techno of 'Wide Eye' starts up thick and heavy before 'Debit' works out the kind of grumbly, thumping MPC wiggle and wayward acid lines that Marcellus Pittman would be proud of. B-side, 'M.S.C.' is by far the most expansive and dreamy cut in his steadily growing cache, fathoming Eraserhead-esque intro before spinning out to the stars with milky, Martian harmonies and a frayed groove that threatens to wobble off axis. Tipped!
Midland's Autonomous Africa gang regroup for a 3rd session, this time accompanied by General Ludd. Midland opens with the raspin' drums, chants and Carl Craig-style progressions of 'Safi' beside General Judd's scuffed 'n skippy Glasgow bassbin killer, 'Burning Mask'. B-side, Auntie Flo captains the soulful, hypnotic vocal and drum percolations of 'Daabi' somewhere between London and Tanzania, and we find JD Twitch at his loosest with the lilting riddmic cadence of 'Maya' making for a dizzy tribal trip. All of the label's profits from sale of this record go to the Mtandika Mission in Tanzania.
**Edition of 700 housed screen-printed sleeve by Polygon Press. No repress, no digital** Borderless steppers from Algeria-born Turkish resident and riddim craftsman, El Mahdy Jr. His 3rd single of 2014, following a 10" and 12" for Boomarm Nation and Danse Noire, respectively, this 7" is the most condensed, potent of them all, communing ghostly Turkish vocal, Nyabinghi-like Middle Eastern halfstep drums and cavernous bass surges in 'Last Breath', and a dubbled up dancehall stormer called 'Last Deal' on the turn. Gotta go pull out those early DJ/Rupture and Mutamassik 12"s now… TIP!
Red-raw noise and ghetto techno from new cat Skander on Delroy Edwards' LA Club Resource. Coming to bury your party body-by-body, four dirges variably take on searing 909-driven techno and grinding textures ranging from the strongback bounce of 'Dirge 1' to the corrugated razz of 'Dirgfe 2' and skippy Chi style in 'Dirge 3' whilst 'Dirge 4' chokes from distortion OD. Killer.
**Triple pack vinyl in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve** "Fueled by the financial drippings of number runners and boosted by Hall-of-Fame running back Jim Brown, Cleveland, Ohio's Way Out Records offered asylum for a rising crop of rogue soul men, rust-belt vocal ensembles, and trial-by-fire producers. Helmed by a friendly consortium of hustlers, police officers, and gridiron giants, pet project beget obsession as Motown arrangers, gospel choirs, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra were all beckoned to the wrong side of the tracks to mint masterpieces for the Sensations, Vol… Read more
**White wax with individually-numbered, debossed insert. Edition of 400** London's Fuzz Club pull up an archival zinger from Suicide's Alan Vega, backed with a motorised garage beast from The Vacant Lots. Recorded 1996, remixed 2014 at 6/8 Recording Studios, NYC, Alan Vega's 'Nike Soldier' stomps all over the A-side, urged by a his diffused vocals over writhing synthlines and body-rolling drums to a screeching metallic peak produced by Liz Lamere and Perkin Barnes. The Vacant Lots charge up a battery of bass and toms seared with fuzz guitar slashes on the alternative mix of 'Mad Mary Jones'.
Rude acid party jams from a (Nearly) Unknown Artist. Like a less salty version of Marco Passarani's 'I'll House U', they align that classic Jungle Brothers vocal with wobbly acid licks and swaggering UK acid groove on the front, a run a dub on the flip.