Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Individual talent Bflecha aka Belén Vidal yields a colourful and intricate mix of Pop, R&B and Neo-Wavey Dance music for the intriguing Arkestra imprint. It's fair to say we've not heard much like the title track; a cute fusion of brittle 808 drums and calligraphic rave synths which promptly turns into a summer-ready Piano House ace replete with "ooooh yeah" diva vocals and back again, kinda like the fevered sonic vision of a holiday rep sozzled on spiked sangria. 'Rajas Salvajes' is more pop, like a Spanish take on Charlie XCX, and her 'Salacot' sweetener offers pixie-stepping melodies with half… Read more
"The new Guided By Voices album is the best thing the band has recorded since the last album by the legendary Dayton, Ohio rockers. That's not meant facetiously: the last thing Guided By Voices recorded was the rapturously received Let's Go Eat The Factory, and Class Clown Spots A UFO ups the ante raised by that stellar effort, both in terms of recording fidelity (boring!) and songcraft (not boring!) One could argue there's more depth and variety here than on Alien Lanes, that there are better songs here than on Bee Thousand, but that's an argument no one's ever going to win,… Read more
"With an intoxicating energy, Vancouver-based, Chains of Love's sun-soaked romantic pop is injected with the stomp of vintage 60s soul, the wild abandon of 70s garage, and the guitar grime of The Cramps and early JAMC. The group formed when guitarist, Felix Fung, the engineer and owner of Vancouver’s Little Red Sound, hatched a plan to start a girl group with Nathalia Pizzaro. Things took shape quickly and with the harmonic help of Rebecca Marie Law Gray, the band knew they had something very special at hand. Chains of Love's début record, Strange Grey Days is their first body of w… Read more
"Just when you thought Giant Sand couldn't get any bigger, Howe Gelb has done just that by regrouping, expanding and magnifying his vision with the newest version of past ensembles, calling it (appropriately enough) GIANT GIANT SAND. As a sort of homage, he's named the album Tucson after the town he's called home for forty years. This self-described country rock opera by one of music's leading risk-takers, is set to be released on June 11th on Fire Records. In GIANT GIANT SAND you will recognise six members, all hailing from Denmark, who have been a part of past incarnations of Giant Sand. … Read more
Monday, 11 June 2012
Bona fide legend of rock, pop and soul music presents his first album of original material since 1994. Produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, and starring guest appearances from Lana Del Rey, Gil Scott-Heron and Fatoumata Diwara, 'The Bravest Man In The Universe' does very much the same for Bobby as 'I'm New Here' did for Gil, placing an esteemed voice of experience against a refreshed and relatively unusual musical backdrop. Highlight are no doubt his 'Dayglo Refelction' duet with Lana Del Rey, the Gospel-inspired Garage-Soul ace 'Love Is Gonna Lift You Up' and the bold Industrial Techno (honestly!) movement 'Jubilee (Don't Let Nobody Turn You Around)'.
Saturday, 09 June 2012
Bureau B bring together two of the German avant-garde's most august figures, nearly 35 years since their Lilienthal group work with Conny Plank. In 2011 Cluster and Harmonia's Dieter Moebius - a man not shy of a collaboration or two having worked with Eno, Mani Neumaier and Mayo Thompson in his time - reprised his recording relationship with abstract explorer and musique concrète specialist Asmus Tietchens to produce the simply titled 'Moebius & Tietchens' session. Evidently both artists haven't lost their passion for venturing into the electronic unknown, veering deep into a world of alien sonorities and strange, awkward industrial rhythm sculptures.
Thursday, 07 June 2012
A brace of slippery house steppers from Eliphino, with an A-side, 'Vrybdy', that aspires to the immaculately swung, precision-engineered flex of the Hessle Audio crew. It's actually a worthy contender, building the tension nicely across its five minutes, only to drop into into an almost big-room techno attack in its closing section. DJs make sure you check this one. 'Don't Make Sense' is less minimal and more fun, with wild ragga vocal samples and choppy, ghetto-inflected drum patterns a la Night Slugs. Well-produced and well worth a look.
Warp's electronic pop hopefuls The Hundred In The Hands return with their second album, recorded in their own New York studio in and it's a spirited outing, confidently written and produced, and full of unlikely juxtapositions. Opener 'Empty Stations' is an especially bravura effort, a towering wall of sound built of Broadcast-like vocals, galloping drums, orchestral flourishes and grottily distorted bass. Other songs like 'Recognise' and title track 'Red Night' are more spaced-out, delicate and self-consciously experimental, often with excellent results, but the anthemic 'Keep It … Read more
*Includes a CD copy of the album free inside* Delightful new album from Jimmy Tamborello aka Dntel, starring cameo assists from no less than Nite Jewel, Popol Vuh, Baths and Geotic. A typically lovely affair ranging from Shangaan Electro-like/lite electronica to sumptuous dream-pop and emotional, instrumental IDM ballads. "An inexhaustible love affair. The magical, unforgettable melodies and strange outlandish sounds of his music generate an intimate, unique world. Pop & electronica eye each with mutual curiosity."
A set of three crafty remixes, with Soca-infected 808-pop from Dubbel Dutch and plus deeper '90s Garage-House from Mosca and both vocal and dub versions.
*Includes a CD copy of the album free inside* Dark/chill wave types Light Asylum have been teasing us with EPs and odd tracks for ages now so it's great to see the full album finally emerge. It's been worth the wait too as it combines the spine tingling minimalism of Silk Flowers with the glassy neo-goth stylings of Zola Jesus to emerge with something propulsive and engaging. The duo of synth jockey Bruno Coviello and vocalist Shannon Funchess might not be creating the most original sounds around, but their 80s revivalist moves feel totally without irony and the tiresome Brooklyn smirk, and… Read more
*Vinyl edition now in stock* Pantha Du Prince and his pal, Stephan Abry ease off with this mondo-chilled new collaboration as Ursprung. The pair have previously collaborated: Abry - a former member of German experimental group Workshop - contributed "sound sources played on prepared instruments" to Herr Du Prince's 'Black Noise' album, but it's the first time they've been credited side-by-side. Their title translates to "origin" in English and rings true with their stripped down approach to arrangement and playing. At a guess, Abry is responsible for the lushly languid guitar lines which percolate … Read more
**Mark Ernestus presents three superb productions on his Ndagga label, further exploring the Senegalese Mbalax sound of Jeri-Jeri. Definitely one for the dancers and adventurous DJs!** "Singer Mbene Diatta Seck in sombre consideration of street-kids and parental neglect, buyoed by propulsive drumming and trenchant bass; a second version without vocals, laying bare the poly-rhythmic interplay between marimba and percussion; and a mesmeric six-minute instrumental, with bassist Thierno Sarr grooving out on the top string of his instrument, bringing an elusive Manding flavour to the deep Mbalax mix."
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** **Quite honestly we've not had time to check this out, y'know what with the bunting an' all. We're sure it'll be alright though.** Their label says: "An unadulterated delight of an album bursting with dynamic floor fillers, euphoric earworms and verbose synth-fuelled love songs. Hot Chip cement their position as the world's most talented electro-romantics.
Photonz's One Eyed Jacks label spin out two slow, Atlantic-side steamers from Pal+ and a rude little machine jam from Snuff Crew. 'The Forest' chugs on grinding latin bass and syncopated claps with lovely Detroit-style synthwork and atmospheric field recordings, while 'Inside' is ruder, like some fruity New Beat Cumbia.
**Includes digital download code with a bonus Vindicatrix remix - redeemable from the label** You can always trust Exotic Pylon to deliver music that’s pretty much as strange and unclassifiable as we get on the tables here at Boomkat HQ, and Maria & The Mirrors might be their weirdest to date. Like Atari Teenage Riot having a demon, Hi-NRG lovechild with Chris & Cosey, ‘Gemini Enjoy My Life’ is a terrifying journey through brothel-laced electro punk, but with the kind of production you’d more likely find on a Downwards 12” from 1998. It’s propulsive, oily and frankly great – not for all, but then none of the best things are, right?
Three strong disco-House gems for red-lit basements, fans of Moodymann and suchlike. Face up you gots the low-slung and mid-tempo bass rutter 'Blackeyedsoul' beside the dreamy, Beegees-sampling' groover 'Honey'. Face down, there's a masterfully-arranged, strutting piece of Afro-Balearic chug called 'Karabali'.
Wednesday, 06 June 2012
A pleasurable hang-over from RSD - ESG's 1991 spirited post-punk groove 'Erase You' backed with a spikier twenty year update by fellow female 3-piece Las Kellies. The two versions are remarkably close, but there's possibly more swagger and swing in the cool delivery of the original, compared with the tauter indie jangle and wiggle of the Argentinian trio's cover. But that's all negligible, 'coz they're they're both cool.
Thursday, 31 May 2012
*Deluxe vinyl edition, comes in a gorgeous spot-gloss gatefold sleeve* A dub head through and through, Kevin Martin takes the art of versioning seriously, hence this whole album of King Midas Sound remixes by the great and good of underground music. Seriously, the contributor list reads like a who's-who, and shows you just how much Martin is respected by his peers. The biggest surprise is probably the appearance of Scritti Politti ringleader Green Gartside, who re-vocals 'Come And Behold' in his oft-copied, never-bettered whiteboy soul croon. Other favourites? Kuedo's chrome-plating of '… Read more
The two Mi Ami dudes, Damon Palermo and Daniel Martin-McCormick indulge their sincere passion for Deep House in authenic style. 'Anywhere You Want Me' plays out a gospel-tinged and soulful swing certain to put you in the mood, and is backed with a more delirious, druggy, synthy refix by Ital. 'From A Dream' exudes a dirty, jacking attitude thanks to percolating machine patterns and hypnotic bass while the wild synths and vox intensify the flavour. Magic Touch's remix takes a trippier NRG disco tack, like some cyberdelic Ron Hardy missive. These will sound deadly with a gobful of garys.
LA Vampires aka Not Not Fun & 100% Silk matriarch Amanda Brown has been notably absent from release schedules this year. She returns alongside the creator of one of 100% Silk's finest 12"s, Octo Octa, on a sterling clutch of sensual, elegant House trax backed with a Malvoeaux remix. She suits the dreamy vocalist role beautifully with Maria Minerva-like contributions to the blissed 'His Love', and the raving request 'Whereever, Boy', and works best sailing high above the sweetly off-key 'Freedom 2K'. Really strong EP - one of the best yet from 100% Silk.
**35 minutes of material spread over 4 tracks** **35 minutes of material spread over 4 tracks** Mi Ami is the five year old project of exotic punk-gone-House types Daniel Martin-McCormick (Ital) and Damon Palermo (Magic Touch). 'Decade', their first release since last years 'Dolphins' for Thrill Jockey, signifies a suitably decadent sea-change to their sound in keeping with respective solo projects. Basically they've ditched the guitars and drums for a hypnotic, electronic blend of Deep House and Disco filtered through their sly post-punk sensibilities. For our $, it's their finest collaborative work y… Read more
Harder, big room-primed Electro-Funky from the Rinse FM stalwart in collaboration with Swindle and Funtcase. In contrast to his previous tribal excursions, the emphasis here is on BIG synth sounds and electric melody on the triadic beast 'Spanner In The Works' - big splashes of soul colour, presumably from Swindle, alternate with searing rave stabs and swinging bass with form and force. Going dolo on the flipside, 'The Oracle' is more typically Roska, running with minimised tribal patterns and squirmy, tucked-in synths with bashy bass. Good twelve...
We don't need to tell you how much we're into Holy Other, and while this might officially be a Walls release, it's the Holy Other remix that's got us chomping at the bit for more. His delicate, smoky house music was a perfect fit on the Tri Angle label last year, and from the sounds of this remix he hasn't switched things up much, with the original track 'Sunporch' pushed into a haze of reverb and plodding, pensive rhythmic elements. Elsewhere the brothers Voigt turn in a surprisingly dub-wise version of 'Raw Umber / Twilight' which brings back memo… Read more
Vagabond American legend Carlos Gonzalez drops his first NNF full-length, featuring 10 of his greatest junkyard surf-slime jams of all time. Like a sozzled amalgam of Cosmic Dennis Greenidge, Stephen Malkmus and Ducktails, 'Midnight At Mary's House' helplessly veers between sleight pop hooks and slacker stylings with a grungy stream-of-consciousness hit straight onto cassette, giving the impression this was all done in more or less one take in a corrugated-roofed shack high on petrol fumes and sh*tty bushweed robbed from a neighbour's homegrown patch. In other words: it's properly hypnagogic, and we love it.
**Wicked party fuel: three cuts of Panamanian calypso-funk and Caribbean soul further to Soundway's wicked 'Panama!' volumes. Includes download coupon redeemable from the label** "On the A-side Fredrick Clarke's alter-ego Chombo turns his attention to a belting calypso-soul-funk cut with 'Soul Chombo' from his extremely scarce 1972 LP Chombo's Show. On the B-side we stray into Northern Soul style territory with another 2 very-hard-to-find cuts originally released only as 45s in Panama at the time. Ralph Weeks is another artist who featured with Fredrick Clarke on Panama! Volume 3 and is p… Read more
Bianca and Sierra Casady aka Cocorosie go some way to make up for 'Grey Oceans' with a promising pair of tracks produced by TVOTR's Dave Sitek and starring Antony Hegarty on the B-side. 'Weareonfire' is a fine slab of emotive pop bearing no small similarity to recent Grimes efforts, while 'Tearzforanimals' alternates operatic vocals from Bianca and Antony on martial drums and swooning ambient lift. Like we say, it's promising...
Proving they're still alive and still on point, here's another winner from the mysterious Various camp, showing their darker, more soulful side with the silky vocal cut 'Moving On'. Somehow this reminds us of early Leila, all woozy, slightly f*cked up and sort of delicious in its reimagining of digital soul music. For those who miss the dancefloor-heavy end of the label though there's 'Bolts' on the flip that shows a rare Drexiyan electro bent and a new twist in their evolving catalogue.
**Includes free copy of the album on CD** Chicago art-rockers Volcano! Have been dormant (ha, geddit?) for a while now; their last full length was way back in 2008, but from the sound of Pinata, they’ve not lost any of their hyperactive charm. The opening, eponymous track begins with the intensity of legendary electronic upsetters Silver Apples, and gives the perfect introduction to their stop-start wyrd rock experience. The pop formulas are still just about present – there’s vocals, drums and guitar but the band are smart enough to reframe them with the kind of slick muso knowledge that made u… Read more
Eglo's Ho Tep sibling label goes in cold with four Grime instrumentals by Spanish producer and peer of Mweslee and Bfelcha - Noaipre. The style is iced-out and economical, skating on sheer synthlines and sparring with mercurial, spiky syncopation in proper '04 styles. It's the lost sound of London pirate radio augmented in translation and sounds somewhere between Slackk's recent 'Raw Missions' EP and vintage bits from Danny Weed or Shots. Support from Elijah & Skilliam, Brackles, J Rocc, Chrissy Murderbot. Lock and load!