Monday, 26 January
A touch of reel house class from Willie Burns as Daywalker and Entro Senestre aka C.F. on the mighty L.I.E.S. It's all about the deeply romantic A-side, 'Supersonic Transport', with its sweeping, tiered synth layers and effortless swing jack momentum, but the B-side is none-too-shabby either, with the introspective ambience, purring groove and sampled monologue of 'Bulldog Named Carl', and a slow-mo celestial arpeggios of the closing 'Untitled' cut.
Lean, mean hybrids of UK rolige and European techno from Roska, Roska, Roska. Back for his 3rd outing on Tectonic, he reflects the label's current aesthetic with tightest, jabbing drums and dread bass for the darkside skank 'n shuffle. 'Hyperion' rolls with effortless momentum guided by zombied 4/4 bass pressure and frankly fxxking evil drones; 'Off' is distinctly UK-centric, synching the widest swing from fractured drums and offset sub swells for the dancers; 'Only Human' really gets our vote though, setting a pensile balance of crisp rimshots and slicing claps poised with noirish dub chamber vibes precipitating the nastiest bass shapes..
KILLLER rhythm trax by Andrew Field-Pickering aka Maxmillion Dunbar in his Dolo Percussion suit. Nowt but drums and stabs for the DJs and danswers in four parts: cutting loose between big beat jack and dubbed-out Jungle house inna lethal Sotofett style on the A-side; dipping to some rock-the-bells breakbeat funk and perkolating Chicago bang bang on the backside. Kinda unmissable.
**Screen-printed jacket** Classy tape techno from Antinote's man in Japan. A-side gives up a straight-to-reel recording of Shirabe feeling out bleepy hooks and querying bassline in a sort of dancefloor uchronia imagining early house thru a foggy lense. The fluttering syn-flutes in the 2nd half are gorgeous. B-side, 'YSYEYXY' fathoms stranger worlds of underwater kosmiche house with strong Jamal Moss vibrations.
Terrence Dixon's stellar series continues with a trio of deeply mystic Detroit techno reductions. Following similar coordinates to recent Mills missions, the A-side is a stunning piece of sound design swirling cosmic synth plumes around a 120bpm kick anchor preventing it from drifting into deep space. Flipside, the madness of outer space travel kicks in with a panicked, discordant pounder, before settling to an alternate, further version of 'Code Urgent' off the 'Theater Of A Confused Mind' album.
Sick rhythm box throw-downs from anonymous cats on Amsterdam's Rush Hour. A-side is a nutty, unquantised disco edit thing that sounds like Faces Drums meets Green Velvet in a vat of GHB. B-side gets down with the drums in a slompy buckbeat laced with lithe synth arpeggio reminding of the Craig Loftis' bomb 'Yes It's Right'. Suck 'em and see!
**Hand-stamped white label** Juju & Jordash meet Move D as Magic Mountain High, recorded live at Pulse Club, Venice, Italy. Jazz-taught, freeform techno breaking down to an extended trip across the A-side, plus a string-heavy house ace and some neat, proggy New York style builds on the B-side. Fluid, funky, out-there house.
Fresh from his woozy Amsterdam session with Gaussian Curve for Music From Memory, an oneiric solo debut from Jonny Nash on his own label, Melody As Truth. Classicist ambient meandering manifest on electric guitar, keys, synths and zither, seeking solace somewhere between Detroit Escalator Comnpany and Brian Eno. Dead lovely.
Thursday, 22 January
*Limited Edition vinyl-only pressing!* Proper mindblowing deep house music from DJ Sprinkles + Mark Fell featuring Tony Benn (R.I.P) for Comatonse. More than two years since their union on the 'Complete Spiral' EP (C.021), which notably placed N.U.M. leader Arthur Scargill on a New York-style deep house groove, they reprise that formula to spellbinding degrees on 'Fresh Insights EP 1'. In a knowing nod to Larry Heard and countless other producers deployment of *that* MLK speech, they ally a rousing Tony Benn speech with a subtly arousing deep house groove in the 10 minute … Read more
*140g LP in spined sleeve with download code card* Ok, this is more like it - a crackshot slab from the crackpot producer putting his computer controlled acoustic orchestra thru its paces. As promised or alluded to in various interviews around last year's 'Syro' LP, he's done a proper Pierre (Bastien, Henry, Schaeffer) and manufactured a whole mechanical band of things that hit other things - mainly pianos, drums and gongs - to make a very pleasing sound indeed. It's the sound of an artist exerting optimal control over his instruments but allowing for, or … Read more
*Double 180g vinyl gatefold. Artwork by James Wilson** 'Ghetto Madness' is another invaluable collection of classic Dance Mania bangers. Picking up where Strut's 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1995' left off, it focusses on the label's unrivalled early-mid '90s output, a sound defined by hyper BPMs and the rawest, butt-naked machine rhythms. This vinyl edition creams 13 of the filthiest Chicago bangers you ever heard, setting the levels with Jammin Gerald's bare-bones 'Pump That Shit Up'; cycling thru a coupla Deeon killers, 'The Freaks' and '1112'; taking it back to ro… Read more
**Limited Edition Deluxe Pressing on 200g wax in a sublime, embossed letter-press sleeve** After providing one of 2014’s standout albums 'Wilderness of Mirrors’ - without question one of the finest ambient albums we’ve heard in a while, Lawrence English returns to penetrate that most desolate zone of the psyche with an incredible suite of treated and layered field recordings made in Patagonia and Antarctica in 2010. With only the barest signs of life coming from a distant bird call detected towards the end of the B-side, we're left stranded in the centre of a howling polar gale, shivering a… Read more
The preternaturally-attuned trio present the 2nd section of their amazing concert at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo on 17th March, 2013, which already spawned the 'Only Wanting To Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen'. Where that set was focussed on new instrumental configurations, this one sees them return to a signature line-up of guitar, bass and drums, documented in unflinching intimacy and entirety. The first sect… Read more
**Double 180g vinyl with download included** Future soul star, Steve White, makes a keenly awaited return with his first release under the Beat Spacek moniker. 'Modern Streets' is his finest work since the last burst of creativity which yielded the ace Africa HiTech project with Mark Pritchard and the excellent Black Pocket sounds for his brother dBridge's Exit Recordings. In a fair reflection of the 'Modern Streets', it was created entirely on iPhone and iPad and even sends a daily update of his morning jog to your email account. That last bit is actually b******s, but the album is… Read more
Oil Gang lock and load four big grime instrumentals from Slew Dem OG, JT The Goon, and hyper-tropical specialist, Murlo. Heating up with the sweeping orchestral strings, Sino flutes and whirring trap grime of JT's 'Garden Of Eden', he links with Murlo on the lushly heady, quick-fire tilt of 'Plume', before Murlo takes control with the slick R'n'G orientalism, 'Cold Stroke', and a searing, pointillist rework of JT's 'Twin Warriors'.
**Must-have** Scalping techno and synth noise session from Vereker in Restraint mode for his Endangered Species label. This is the kinda rancid, roiling sh*t that gets us up in the morning: two glowering, Clive Barker-esque visions of synth music and throttled noise on the front; one of this decade's finest techno tracks so far on the flipside. The A-side's beat-less black holes absorb all light in compelling displays of muscular synth wrangling and vicious reckoning owing as much to the mastering engineer, Hospital Productions' Kris Lapke aka Alberich, as the dysphoric libera… Read more
*includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label* Ninos Du Brasil step up to DFA with a pair of virile, snaking batacuda techno riddims following on from their brilliant 'Novos Mistérios' LP for Hospital Productions. The duo, Nico Vascellari and Nicolo Fortuni have at once refined, loosened and expanded their sound here, tilting technoid pulses thru mazy time signatures to resemble the soundtrack for a Sepultura after-party set in "the bushes of Queimada Grande (Snake Island, Brazil.)" Named after a genus of stinky frog found in the Amazon, 'Aromobates NDB' is a viscous re… Read more
**Includes double-sided, 24" x 36" poster in thick PVC sleeve** Dancefloor sweetheart Caribou bequeaths three live recordings made with his Vibration Ensemble, including Kieran "Four Tet" Hebden and James Holden among their number. A-side stars an ecstatic version of the cosmic house dazzler, 'Bowls', and a blown out number called 'Ahmed, Colin, James, Kieran, Kyle, Rob And Steve' that sounds like Sun Ra meets Konono No.1, both recorded at Concertzaal Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium on December 8th, 2011. B-side is spanned by 13 minutes of soaring turbulence in 'Sun', recorded at London's Scala on December 7th, 2011.
Giving back to the faithful and educating new ears, Butterz drop some of Footsie's most coveted riddims on a special platter. Since day one, Footsie has been integral to Grime's development - whether appearing on the first Lord of The Mics DVD, holding down a long running Rinse FM slot, running the Braindead label, or producing for Dizzee Rascal and his fellow Newham General, D Double E. This A-side reloads his 2006 special request, 'Scars' with production and vocal by Footsie, plus bars by Wiley, Jammer and D Double E, while B-side comes with the wonky slaughter of 'Move To The Beat', making its f… Read more
**Deluxe 2LP version includes 3 tracks not found on the CD. Features Dylan Carlson (Earth), and Markus Popp (Oval) ** "Miscontinuum Album documents an impressive new work by seminal electronic musician Jan St. Werner, whose innovations with Mouse on Mars and Microstoria are well documented. Over a period of approximately four years Miscontinuum has been developed and refined as an operatic live performance in Munich, as well as a radio play. This recorded incarnation of the work is the third entry in Werner’s lauded Fiepblatter series, and features contributi… Read more
Sleek and supple late night house from Virginia for Berlin's Ostgut Ton, with additional production by Steffi Doms. Firm kicks and floating chords drive 'Fictional' for the 5am swingers; 'My Fantasy' heats up a vintage late '80s Chicago/Detroit sound with her pleading vocals'; 'Never Enough' lends a dash of lissom electro funk to proceedings with elastic bassline and skidding synth stabs.
**Red paper sleeve and Eye of Horus artwork insert. Edition of 200 copies* Lazer-etched instrumental electro-grime-D&B missiles from London's one-n-only Darq E Freaker for the mighty Numbers crew. After cutting his teeth with Channel U faves Nu Brand Flexx, Darq E Freaker defined modern grime with blazing, bilious production on Tempa T's 'Next Hype' and his killer solo 12"s, the 'Horus' and 'Cherryade' EPs. More recently he's been busied with hits like 'Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)' for Danny Brown and 'Mardi Gras' for Gita, and arrives at the Numbers hyperplex with suitably colourful impact. … Read more
Rabid, mongrel deconstructions of '90s dance classics by Roger West aka Somaticae. With nods to V/Vm and Actress, and analogs in the mutant creations of Basic House or The Automatics Group's 'Summer Mix', West's 'Wasted House' is an exercise in collapsing the putative timeline of dance music and re-imagining it as a "twisted uchronia" - a sort of impressionistic, alternate history open to more ambiguous interpretation. To be honest we can't pick out the original material, which is a great thing, leaving us grasping at and dancing to an array of refracted '90-s disco shrapnel and lurching, le… Read more
Alternately melodic and dry jakbeat aces from Ann Arbor's D'Marc Cantu on Richard Fearless' Drone label. 'Rival' is the sweeter of the two, approximating Depeche Mode lost in the Muzic Box, with Dave Gahan presumably doing something naughty in the WC leaving the others to an instrumental jam conducted by Armando. B-side is better yet, parsing the twin helix of Chicago house and Detroit techno to reveal a visceral, snakelike warehouse killer with chattering Volca drum accents - apparently recorded the same day he bought the machine, no edits, one take.
Two new songs from Doug Paisley. The A-side is a gorgeous duet with Bonnie “Prince” Billy recorded in Louisville and also featuring Emmett Kelly (of The Cairo Gang) on guitar. The B-side was recorded in Toronto and has the feel of an old spiritual. The artwork features watercolor paintings by Heather Goodchild.