Monday, 05 September 2011
"Little Roy was born in Witfield Town, Kingston, Jamaica. He launched his career in the rocksteady age, recording singles for Coxone Dodd, Prince Buster and Lee 'Scratch' Perry, who brought in The Wailers to help out on the session. 'Battle For Seattle' is ten Nirvana songs covered by Little Roy in a reggae style, picked carefully from Nirvana's four studio albums and singles."
Mark Ronson ropes in MNDR, Wretch 32, Wiley and Pharrell for busy version of his 'Record Collection' 2012. You'll probably hear this A-listed on the Radio and down yer local indie disco, or the DJ might draw for the more yelpy CSS remix, the Technofied Logo remix or electroid pop revisions from Moonlight Matters or Plastic Plates. You just don't know.
*Hand-stamped white label* Very limited taster for London-based vocalist zara McFarlane's forthcoming album on 'Until Tomorrow'. Blessed with a fine voice, Zara has collaborated with the likes of Denys Baptiste, Orphy Robinson, Soweto Kinch and Jazz Jamaica Allstars besides appearing on the 2006 Motown-themed 'Motor City Roots' album. Should sweetly appeal to fans of Jill Scott or Erykah Badu.
Thursday, 01 September 2011
For the more discerning dancers and DJs, Don't Be Afraid are racking up a proper cache of fat and fresh House and Boogie cuts that can't be ignored. Their latest comes from label head Benjamin Semtek, working to a deadly scheme of quaking acid bass and twitching drum edits on 'Pizza', proper, sophisticated future boogie styles. Flipside 'Goons' cuts a stealthier figure with splashy dub FX wrapped to a strutting House rhythm, again riding the fattest, most squashed subs you could hope for, before UR affiliate DJ 3000 steps in for a tidy Detroit remix of the title track. Really weighty business.
"In the vast netherworld of soul there are countless characters that reside on the fringe, their significant contributions to American music history long forgotten. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, tenor saxophone player and bandleader Charles 'Packy' Axton is yet another of the un-celebrated, despite a deep pedigree and funky catalogue of notable grooves. Part of the mighty Stax family through birth - Packy's mother Estelle Axton and uncle Jim Stewart founded the southern R&B dynasty int he early 1960's - Packy picked up the sax a t a young age, and after linking with future Booker T.… Read more
*"All Killer No Filler" compilation of classic cuts by legendary Jamaican Deejay, Dillinger* "One of the most consistently successful DJ's to come out of Jamaica, fondly remembered for his massive 'Cocaine In My Brain' hit from the great CB200 album and the later reworked 'Marijuana In My Brain' which gave Dillinger crossover hits in both England and Europe. But the versatile DJ has many more strings to his bow...We have taken our set of tunes from his classic mid 70s period when Mr Dillinger could do no wrong. Alongside the big 'Cocaine' and 'Marijuana' hits the great opening track 'Love Is All… Read more
*First ever reissue of this rare LP of '70s reggae and soul from Ghana. Includes download code redeemable from the label* "George Danquah's Hot Jumpy is one of the most collectable funky gems to come out of the incredible music scene in Ghana during the 70s. Today original copies can easily fetch over $300. to many collectors this record seems to have come out of nowhere. It is the only known album by this New Edubaise (3 hours NW of Accra) native. He appears to have arrived out of thin air, recorded one of the funkiest albums in African history, and then vanished. However, this isn't en… Read more
Slyly twisted and House-rooted electronic pop oddities from London-based Antwerp. A few shades from the sounds of say, Cuticle or Patten, the A-side 'Equinox' is a frothy bit of avant-House music with slanted synthlines, bubbly bassline and a strangely uplifting feel which could really capture the imagination of discerning pop pickers. Flipside 'Yupik' is even more skewed, anchoring queer guitar melodies and strafing synths with a straight 4/4 kick to really discombobulate the dancefloor.
**Tracks 1 to 3 of the digital edition are included on this vinyl LP, tracks 4 to 6 are included in a free download available with every copy** "Future Shuttle is a Greenpoint, NYC-based duo (sometimes trio) comprised of Jessa Farkas and Camilla Padgitt- Coles. Prior to the group's early 2009 conception, the pair studied electronic music at Oberlin College alongside their friends in Blondes and Teengirl Fantasy. Blondes member Sam Haar also produced the Water's Edge EP, the group's first officially released recording. In Future Shuttle's beautifully dense brew of psychedelic reprogrammin… Read more
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Responsible for some of the most affecting post-punk, industrial and dark ambient music of the 1980s and early 90s, Cindytalk is currently enjoying a new lease of life as an umbrella for Gordon Sharp's solo experiments in digital minimalism. This is his third album to be released on Vienna's Editions Mego, following last year's 'Up Here In The Clouds', and it's another superbly crafted and very plaintive suite, Sharp's quietly intense electronics augmented with piano, found sounds and field recordings processed into abstraction. With its sepulchral drones and eerily mystical chimes, 'H… Read more
Monday, 29 August 2011
"Shimmering Stars is a three-piece dream pop act from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Shimmering Stars' music embodies an attempt at drawing out and illuminating the subtle darkness inherent int he seemingly wholesome, innocent music of the 1950s and 60s. the result filters older influences like The Everly Brothers, Del Shannon, hil Spector, and Bo Diddley through a contemporary lens. Songs about being in love, not being in love, the painfully modern condition of floating in a state of suspended adolescence...The songs are haunting and sublime - at times blissful, and at others heart breaking."
San Fran's most endearing and slackest pop-rockers deliver their first new songs since last years widely loved 'Napa Asylum' LP. These four were actually recorded during the same album sessions but make a neat little package on their own, especially with the allstar jamboree cover of The Wailer's 'Can't You See'. A-side is a future classic Alps cut 'Breadhead', a downslow and fuzzy-noggins popper revolving around a wicked lead riff from Noel Von Harmonson and tickled tambourine by Mike Donovan, nudging the barely there 'Jammy Soc' to the run-out groove. Turn it over and the frayed breakdown pop of… Read more
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Welcome return for Walls on Kompakt with a ship-shape EP that heralds their sophomore album for the label. The UK-based duo of Sam Willis and Alessio 'Banjo Or Freakout' Natalizia have hit upon a winning formula, combining shoegazey songwriting with effervescent electronic textures rooted in house and techno - it's pop ambient, basically, so no surprise that they've found a home away from home in Cologne. With 'Sunporch' they go for an even more epic sound - Alessio's choirboy vocals looped and layered across Harmonia-style arpeggios and a mid-paced, nicely rickety but unrelenting 4/4 - while the repr… Read more
Infrasonics team up XXXY and Ike Release again following the slick moves of last years split. Man-of-the-moment XXXY jams on a jukin' House jack with 'Body Movin'', riding tight, punchy Toms and crisp claps to sweatin' effect, while 'Swing Those Hips' runs back to sexier mid-'90s Garage flavours for a reet slinky squirmer. Dropping the energy levels, but amping the atmospheric vibes, Ike Release settles into the more fluid, rolling groove contours of 'Don't Know' flushed with lovely, warm pads and elegantly swirling vocal samples, before slipping down a notch for the convective c… Read more
**Debut album from Captured Tracks' psyche-pop outfit. Includes the haunting 'Harsh Realm' from their debut single, and the atmospheric swoon of 'Gun Shy' ripe for fans of Mazzy Star or Cat Power.** "The album, recorded at Rear House with Jarvis Taveniere of Woods, documents Widowspeak's inaugural year. In a relaxed studio setting songs born from those first jittery practices could breathe. The trio expanded their modest instrumentation while retaining a sparse aesthetic. The resulting record offers an eerie ambience, at times channeling 1950's jukebox pop, at others, 1960's psychedelia. While … Read more
**Includes free download code redeemable from the label** Kreidler drummer Thomas Klein unleashes his self-described style of "Tribal Dub Krautrock" amidst good company on the Bureau B label. Working outside of his band, Thomas' approach here is stripped to the fundamentals of hypnotic rhythm and (mono)tone electronic patterns with a contemplative, restrained and focused methodology. There's a clear connection with his krautrock forefathers Jaki Liebezeit of Can, Neu's Klaus Dinger and Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru, but this isn't simple stylistic aping by any means, instead counting as Klein's deeply pe… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* Diverse remix package for Domino's resident goth-pop trio from Steffi, Planningtorock, and more. Those two ladies provide the highlights, Steffi's Bass-Break-Dub remix tailoring 'Beat And The Pulse' to a sophisticated Panorama Bar House groove, and Planningtorock applying her extreme, gender-bending vocal treatments to 'Lose It'.
**Now available as a gatefold double LP** Menace Ruine are a brutal and atmospheric avant-metal duo from Montreal, Canada, and Union Of Irreconcilables is their fourth album together. A collision of the deepest black metal and Current 93-esque sinister folk-isms, the band's sound seems to alternate between a rather subtle, skin-crawling sense of medieval-styled doom and outright feedback wrenching terror. The nine-minute opener, 'Collapse' barely hints at the records nuances, instead caking on layers of booming distortion, cackling, witchy vocals and sheet noise reminiscent o… Read more
*Vinyl limited to 300 copies for Europe* "Radio Heartbreak proves to be yet another genre-bending release from Patrick Cleandenim, a recording artist who refuses to be pinned to one style. His strongest release to-date, Radio Heartbreak draws inspiration from "blue-eyed soul" (mid-70s Bowie, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan), R&B, disco, glam, and 50s rock and roll. The singer skates through a decade-spanning set of musical influences. Nearly every song possesses a unique stylistic space. From the searing and electric raw energy of "Fish On The Sand" and "Guessing Game" to the tender intimacy of "Even I" and "Satellite", his songwriting is presented here at its best."
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Robust, electrified Funky-Tech rollers from Cessa, dropping the fifth release on his Missing Link Sounds. 'Sleep On It' is the bolder of the two, riding hard-edged, galloping Funky/Techno rhythms layered with flashy electro-jazz motifs not far off some SBTRKT productions. Flipside 'Burner' is more dubbed out, with wider, plumper bass, more sparing drums and cyber-spacey atmosphere compatible with your xxxy rollers.
Monday, 22 August 2011
*Mirrored and diecut jacket with printed card inner* Slick and shifty rollers from D&B's men-of-the-moment. The duo of Emilio Dimitri and Joe Moses have had a gush of releases for labels such as Samurai Red Seal and V Records in the last 12 months, but Zoltar is a freshly coined imprint set up specifically for their own releases. A-side is a Techier, synth-driven roller nudged with signature programming kinks, while flipside 'Erotic Relapse' is a smoother Liquid style with uniquely fluid drums and warmer chords.
Already making waves on 6Music, 'Young Lovers Go Pop!' is an exuberant, melodic slice of Indie pop from the Leeds-based quintet.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
BANG-jakkin' Chi-House badness from the one and only Marcus Mixx! In case you don't know, Marcus is an OG Chicago House don with serious credentials. He was counted among Ron Hardy's notorious inner circle back in the day, and his records, including a collaboration with Wolfram, are regarded as total weapons by everyone from Tama Sumo to Jackmaster (natch). So, it's something of a coup and perfectly indicative of the label's brazen cheek that UTTU land these two killers upon us. First up 'U Blow Girl (Mouth Mix)' spanks raw-assed kicks and scrapping hi-hats against delirious vocal… Read more
Distinguished 2nd release of digitally humid steppers electronics. Following his Shifting Peaks split with Emvee, Oxford's Graphics has arrived at a canny style of teched-out tropical swing here, coming off like the recent Caribou remix of Radiohead on 'OK Rainbow' by fusing lilting drum sequences with synthesized brass sounds in a close and sticky simulated atmosphere. Again, 'Adjectival E' has that melancholy turn of phrase, but the bass and drowsily droning synths are even more moist and mesmerizing, perhaps more akin to Apparat than anything from the UK Bass scene. Quality.
For the wax fiends, Roska serves three previously digital-only trax 'pon wax. It's pretty crucial for Mr Tickle's 'I'm Grinding', alone; spanking a heavy payload of tribal drums, Technoid bass licks and pure carnival swagger behaviour. Flipside MA1 gets a big-room House groove on with 'Static' from his 'Do It Better' EP, beside Spectr's (aka Scuba) 'Dance For Me'.
Rogue Acid and House romps from Atlanta's rising Bass music star. Assisted by R. Ellis aka Pinch on the A-side, 'Angry Acid' is a lampin' 4/4 juggernaut fuelled by concussive kicks and floor-chewing 303 sequence, done simple but effective with a nice touch of haunting pads hovering over the thing. On a more laidback flex, 'French Science' leans into a deeper, crooked modern House groove dipping on the halfstep and layered with breezy chords.
Kuma steps off on two brooding Dub versions vocalled by NYC's Juakali and Amalia, and remixed rudeboy style by Grievous Angel. He plays straight, cool and rollin' with the 'What It's Not' rhythm, laying solid bass work for elegantly sparse and streamlined rhythm, giving nuff space for Juakali's dread croon in the first, and a sweeter female response from Amalia in 'Fall'. Taking it one touch tuffer, Grievous Angel takes us back to '98 styles with killer 2-step snare punctuation and nastier bass licks like some fierce Steve Gurley production gone awol in a warehouse at 6am.
Debut drop from Lung & Maxx Roach on the freshly minted Deadplate label, backed with a tidy Randomer remix. Their 'Booty Call' works on a Joe type-a-flex with Latinized percussion arranged for the swingers while 'Crisbuit' is more synth-driven Future Boogie roller tipping to Silkie and co. Randomer's remix of 'Booty Call' adds some oomph to the drums for more impact on the 'floor.