Thursday, 24 November 2011
**Includes digital download card for the full album plus bonus remixes - redeemable from the label** *Includes download coupon for full album and bonus remixes redeemable from the label* Debut album business from one of France's premier neck-snappers! 'To All Of You' arrives after an impeccable series of releases over the last four years, at once distilling and expanding on the ideas of his three aces for Musique Large and the idiosyncratic beatcraft of his All City and One-Handed Music 12"s. Kinda like a stoned Mr. Oizo or a dafter Dorian Concept, his debut album feels like a coherent body… Read more
After transmissions from Mr Mageeka and Roof Light, Phuture Shock's fifth release comes from Austrian talent, Simon/off. The 'Planetary Communication EP' leans into crisp, taut Techno/Breakbeats rhythms with the Carl Craig-esque title track, while 'About To See You' hits a Techy Afro angle akin to recent Kode 9 riddims, and 'New Basics' shakes out a Maddslinky-style wriggler. One to watch, this!
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
"The fifth release on Area Music introduces six new artists to the roster. Essex’s DCult travels a narrow path between light and dark while Australia's 3rdeye entwine sweet ethereal beauty with hard pulsating beats. Aeon is a Croation bass music producer who makes use of sweet vocals, lush pads, stuttering percussion, weighty drums and a pulsing bassline, while Safire is an Australian producer lurking at the deep end of tech-funk DnB and dubstep. Krytikal is a Birmingham based dubstep producer whose productions have a sense of calm hidden amidst deep tribal rhythms while Fused Forces showcase a mellower side to their production style."
Doldrums is the moniker of Canadian bedroom producer Eric Woodhead, and somehow he makes slippery experimental pop without falling into the 'chillwave' genre at all. Maybe it's down to his choice of samples (often sounding like they've been hovered up from a collection of charity shop LPs) or the discordant nature of the songs themselves; these are not your chirpy Washed Out pastiches, rather 'Empire Sound' showcases a more melancholy sound than you might be expecting. The usual comparisons to Animal Collective and Atlas Sound ring true, to a point - but I can also hear Dum Dum Girls in there s… Read more
Enigmatic, arresting new album from Swiss electronic sorceress, Kate Wax. Kate first came to prominence in the mid '00s with a handful of well received releases for Mental Groove and Output, while lending her unique vocal talents to records by Felix Da Housecat and Kalabrese. After a break to give birth and bring up her first child, she's now arrived at a crystalline blend of dark and modern post-pop, blacklit Disco and Electronica, bearing comparisons with the likes of Fever Ray, Planningtorock and Emika. Her free-ranging and versatile soprano confidently complements her productions, taking … Read more
Debut single of rolling, leftfield Electronic Tech-House from iS Records. Frontside 'The Future That Never Was' feels like a heavier, aquatic version of say Caribou or Four Tet productions, while flipside 'Fake The Feeling' simulates a similar sort of Sci-Fi Electro-scapes to Space Dimension Controller and Out Of Orbit makes clear an allegiance to vintage, Detroit-inspired UK Electronic like The Black Dog.
Monday, 21 November 2011
**White vinyl - Includes digital download card redeemable from the label** Radio Dept's Marcus Joons and Daniel Tjäder make good on the promise of their much-loved singles with this unmistakably lush debut album. In finest Scandinavian style, 'An Album...' is Korallreven's beautifully realised attempt to escape the harsh Swedish winter by means of simulated pop bliss, referencing all manner of sun-soaked styles from Southern Rap to Balearic pop with wonderfully immersive production values. But the biggest single influence is a trip taken to Samoa by Marcus Joons where he found ins… Read more
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Re-calibrated Broken Beat/Funky transporters from Rinse FM's much loved morning radio jock and Hyperdub's most eccentric producer. Like the very recent effort from ally Cooly G, Hyperdub's latest sees Scratcha at work with a more experienced hands, namely Gilles Peterson favourite and beat scene legend, Vikter Duplaix. Vikter contributes sweet, breathy soul vocals to a crookedly resolved triplet rhythm on 'Madness', a balance of ultra-sticky, synthetic acid melody and lushest vybz, but in case that's too sugary for you, 'Polyphonic Dreams' will push all your buttons at once with a heavily tripped-out and craftily funked-up tribal 4/4.
*Edition of 500* Ten years into their ever-evolving imprint, LA's big-eared Post Present Medium offer a sublime side of personalised ambient noise and shoegaze on the first vinyl by Matthew Sullivan (Privy Seals, Deep Jew) as Earn. To date most of the Earn output has appeared on his own Ekhein label, with a few on Agents Of Chaos and Young Tapes for measure, but this the first we've heard from him as Earn and it's making a heavy impression. 'A Following Shadow' is a great example of how fine the line is between drooling wallpaper ambience and genuinely evocative beatless spaces. Falling firml… Read more
Funked-up ElectroTech from Belgian duo, Goldffinch, rolling right off their 'Dirtybird' drop for Airflex Labs. 'Red Mask' is an intensely taut and locked-on piece of dancefloor science, carving a fluid, frictionless groove from rolling, inter-locking synthlines and robust bass synced for bodily gratification. 'Ovale' is more reserved, working a jacked-up Electrobass sound powered by metronomic subbass throbs and stickier percussion. Test these on a big rig for optimal satisfaction.
Fiery avant-noise business, new in on Mego. Picking up where he left off with this year's Akita and Jim O'Rourke hook-up One Bird Two Bird, Swedish sax dynamo Mats Gustafsson collaborates here with dieb13 (turntables, cigar box) and Martin Siewert (guitars, ring stinger, electronics). Stitched together from live and studio sessions, (Fake) The Facts is a glorious assault on the ears, and on everything else: a dense wall of noise and power electronics so full-on it that it becomes almost meditative; repeat listens reveal the trio to be exploring deeper, more complex internal … Read more
Tempa's most enduring outfit follow up the 'Lost Tapes' EP and last year's 'Quest For The Sonic Bounty' LP with two rare-grooving, cinematic steppers. 'Justify' deploys dusted jazz percussion with film dialogue and moody atmospheres for something like a take on Peshay's mid-period stabs at jazzy D&B. Flipside is moodier yet, with the loose jazz drums and tense, noirish vibes of 'Good Ole Dayz'.
Le Volume Courbe's petit but perfectly formed catalogue welcomes a sterling new edition, issued on hers and Kevin Shields' new imprint, Pickpocket Records. Kevin is credited with appearing on one track, but all the production and writing credits belong to the woman in charge Charlotte Marionneau, making for an entirely coherent and beautifully beguiling record. There's the odd, shape-shifting folk-pop of 'Born To Lie' and the more tender, naked 'I Love The Living You' on the A-side, while the flipside features naif music box melodies and splattered synth interjections of 'Lazy' and an elegant cover of Nico's 'Le Petit Chevalier'.
Deeply sophisticated R&B for the connoisseurs, including dubs and remixes from Machinedrum and Computer Jay. 'Fast Life' is the sun-blessed debut from Drive Me Home, gelling with Oliver Daysoul on the title cut for a heat-seeking Boogie bomb and bumping with South Africans Spoek Mathambo & Riky Rick for a slicker mid-tempo swing, while 'Don't Play Around With That' and 'Hook It Up' display a more contemporary awareness of slowfast instrumental dynamics and synthed-out romance. Remixing, Machinedrum turns Spoek and Riky's 'Blah Blah Blah' into a slick but twitchy slyde, and L.A. lynchpin Computer Jay twysts 'Fast Life' into a gloopy but piquant 8-bit grind.
*Hand-numbered edition of 320* Debut 12" of dope Italian Skweee from Andrea Bracali and Francesco Bigazzi, backed with a powerful Pinch remix. The original tracks cycle thru crushed, neck-snapping beats and colourful synth dissonance on 'M Rian' to Mortal & Chemist-style beat shredding on 'Lo So' and dusted, crystalline 8-bit moves reminding of Samiyam on 'Beghe'. Flipping the script, Bristol styles, Pinch's rebuilds the latter with a quick-stepping, forward-leaning Dubstep motion for the forward heads.
"12th edition of the Kitsuné Maison compilations, subtitled 'The Good Fun Issue'. These tunes don't beat around the bush and never fail to provoke emotion or make you want to jump with joy. Featuring rare and exclusive tracks by Citizens!, The Magician, Theme Park, Heartsrevolution and Mark Ronson, amongst others."
Kirk Degiorgio and TJ Kong deliver stylishly driven remixes of 'Rapture'. Aimed squarely for peak-time deployment, Degiorgio's builds and builds with a timeless grace, while Kong's is more romantic, grooving and lushed-out in classic Detroit-via-Lowlands style.
**Orange Translucent Vinyl- edition of 200 copies** Glasgow's dancefloor terrorisers return with six exclusive tracks from Adam X, Faustian Pact, Manasyt, Cestrian (Ali Renault), Microdot and Cymbol. Highlights have to be Microdot's dank Industrial jacker 'Flesh', Cestrian's synth-seared hell-raiser 'Remains' and the shifty, triplet-driven Techno of Cymbol's 'Sisyphean Task'. The label says "This record had been due for release in October 2010, but at the time we didn't think the world was a dark enough place. We could still sense there was a glimmer of hope... But now, just one year on, w… Read more
Two sleazier jacks from Glasgow's Silicone Soul, backed with Kiki's funked-up remix. A-side the title track features blunted vox over kinky, perpetually bass-driven Techno-House motion, while flipside features the more exotic darkly tribal flow of 'Time Mariner's Mirrour' and Kiki's leaner, reshuffled remix.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Pedigree '90s UK electronica duo, Paul Hammond and Ian Cooper aka Ultramarine follow-up their "comeback" 7" on Real Soon with two deft, bubbling acid steppers for West Norwood Cassette Library. A-side comes with the wriggly 303 sequences and Vibert-esque funky drum programming of 'Acid', hauling their vintage style into the '10s with a subtly spatialized finish. Flipside 'Butch' is ruder, cheekier, swinging with jazzy acid flourishes and dynamic syncopation shades off the likes of Plaid or Funckarma.
A pair of right charms from The Minks. A-side lands on vinyl after appearing on a dead limited cassette, making clear their allegiance to the shuffly jangle of early The Cure and co. B-side 'Little Fawn' is more stripped, setting Beach Boys-like vocal harmonies to panned, swirling organ loop and strummed mandolin. Almost guaranteed to melt the ice on your window...
Ten years since making his debut on Uncharted Audio, Langer returns with four pristine electronic House and Techno productions. There's a genuine pedigree to the placid Dub House groover 'Entity', while 'Athena' conducts warmer, jazzier vibes with authentic hints of Detroit flavour. Flipside 'System' arrives at a tidy fusion of the two vibes meeting at transforming into a quality club groove while 'Sensitive' exercises his more experimental side on a darker electro winner.
Monday, 14 November 2011
"The record is a sibling to the last Blackout Beach record, 'Skin Of Evil'. But the longing in 'F*ck Death' is not romantic; these are deserter's songs, coward's songs [...] I recorded 'F*ck Death' myself, which might be a 2011 thing to do; by that I mean that this record could not have been made with anyone else, anywhere else. I used three synthesizers (two mono, one poly), two drum machines, and one guitar amplifier. Megan Boddy sings with me on most of the songs. I thank her for that." - Carey Mercer, Blackout Beach"
Abraham Cowley is best known as UK electro stalwart Simon Brown aka The Dexorcist. However he's adopted this new name for a more stripped down brand of darker Detroit/Chicago House music with a UK warehouse tint. A-side is the ace 'A Step Goodbye' simmering shifty Jackers' patterns under arcing pads and a rogue bassline right out of the Kevin Saunderson textbook. Flipside 'Brother Number 9' remains faithful to the 313 but with craftier, cut-up drum edits and a swollen subbass undertow compatible with all manner of Bass flavours.
Jazzman says "Our never-ending mission to reveal the under-appreciated-yet-worthy-of-attention jazz masters around the world has now taken us far away and across the sea to Mexico. Not the first port of call you'd consider if you were looking for hard bop or modal jazz, but here we have found an incredible jazz drummer whose career has spanned over 5 decades, and is still playing to this day. In that time Tino Contreras has produced countless recordings, played on innumerable live dates, and has performed with various jazz groups all around the world. yet he is still… Read more
Thursday, 10 November 2011
One of Manchester's most promising production units come with contrasting flavours for all ravers on their 2nd plate for Fat City. A-side Samrai & Platt go gully on 'Creepin', a dextrous acidic swinger with 'floor-rinsing 303s synced to jostling snares and pushy subs primed for the ruddiest bashments. In sharp contrast 'Hold Your Corner' is all sinuous, staggered Streetsoul, squeezing off a clip of brass stabs over heavy-rolled HipHop rhythm and soundbwoy subs. Hype trax, tipped by everyone from Wifey crew to Gabriel Heatwave and xxxy. BIG!
*Metallic print sleeve. Includes added Araabmuzik instrumental* The Big Pink return with a new single, backed with a remix from trance-savvy hip-hop golden boy Araabmuzik. The tumbling beats and zinging electronics of 'Stay Gold' gesture towards the present day, but in pretty much every other way this tune is in thrall to the 1990s, with shades of Creation bands and some rather more questionable stadium rock acts. Araab's vocal and instrumental re-jig is surprisingly respectful and un-drastic - no supersaw synths! - preserving the body of the original and strapping … Read more
Masterful deep Acid and slow House grooves backed with a sterling Vakula remix. If case you've not checked the internet for the last two years, Cottam is the guy behind a string of deadly semi-edits and slow house grooves on his eponymous imprint and the likes of Story or Use Of Weapons. But remixes aside he's been short on new, original material this year, though we'd imagine a lot of time went into these two exquisite grooves. A-side 'Deep Deep Down' is probably one of the finest acid grooves we've heard all year, a pendulous lather of dubbed-out Roland tweaks and hot, sticky sax p… Read more
**Double gatefold with full liner notes** 'Bossa Jazz' explores the Brazilian jazz groups and artists at the centre of the Bossa Nova explosion of the early 1960s. Vinyl Part 1 charts the sound of groups such as Sambalanco Trio, Zimbo Trio, Meirelles E Os Copa 5 and Quarteto Novo, and important instrumentalists such as Airto Moreira, Milton Banana, Sergio Mendes, Milton Banana and Anton Carlos Jobim. Extensive sleevenotes provide a socio-political context explaining the exodus of many Brazilian artists to USA at the end of the '60s and the development of fusions such as those instigated by Airto Moreira's work with Miles Davis.