Thursday, 09 June 2011
The title says it all! Eveson lays down his best track since the lush 'Numbers', rolling out ruff & tuff breaks and wide, plunging bass but with a sweet atmospheric sensitivity on the outstanding 'Wicked Dub'. Fliside, 'Peace' is a more standard liquid jungle roller.
Another blast of superlative Berlin School kosmische reissued for modern-day space cadets and those who missed it the first time around. You need only look at the sleeve of You's Time Code - all mystic pyramids and spheres floating across airbrushed alien terrain - to perceive its relevance in the age of such new age revivalists as Oneohtrix, Stella OM Source and Dylan Ettinger. Recorded in 1982, using a hefty bank of Moog and Prophet synths and state-of-the-art digital sequencing, Timecode found the pared-down You line-up of Albin Meskes and Udo Hanten exploring the deepest spiritual recesses of man a… Read more
Milyoo grooves on a mid-tempo avant-boogie vibe backed with a swinging UK Garage remix from West Norwood Cassette Library. Further establishing his unique take on dancefloor electronics, Milyoo's 'Biogram V2' arrives via super quiet intro, setting spacious parameters for a slow jacking rhythm inserted with Akufen-style edits. Flip it and WNCL amp the 'floor potential with a lick of deep and swinging Garage rhythms.
Cyrus becomes the 2nd artist after Tunnidge to release a solo 12" on Distance's hallowed Chestplate label. He's in menacing, moody form here, perhaps feeling some nostalgia for meditative '06 styles on 'Looking Back', dropping the aggression of much of todays scene in favour of ballooning subbass and arcing searchlight synths primed for the depths of the night, pre-smoking ban daze, if ya get me? Flipside, 'Soul Seeker' is equally red-eyed and droning but with subtly dynamic percussion and humid atmospheres to enhance your groove. Heavy.
Exhilarating, bewildering and shocking side from two infamous improvisors, Okkyung Lee (Cello), and Phil Minton (Voice). The LP is accompanied by liner notes from Christian Marclay who scribes a long list of adjectives only to finish "Words are powerless when it comes to describing what Okkyung Lee and Phil Minton are doing here." and we've gotta agree with the man. He knows what he's talking about. This record is bonkers in the most best sense of the word. Braver listeners will be in their element. LP is housed in fold-over sleeve screen-printed by Midori Ogata & Anna Tjan, in an edition of 350.
Okay I’ll level with you, this ain’t gonna be an album for all of you, but if anyone out there has a love of Icelandic pop music AND a good sense of humour then there’s likely a great deal in here to latch on to. FM Belfast is apparently a ‘community’ of artists, so the less said about that the better, it’s far better to note the fact that ‘Don’t Want To Sleep’ is an unashamedly party-focused record. From the chipper rave stabs of album opener ‘Stripes’ to the cheery chant of “I’m gonna learn American” on ‘American’ there seems to be a general consensus from the band that they’re writi… Read more
Full spectrum bruk-out from Germany's No.1 Dubstep fusion band and the UK's Foreign Beggars. 'Raising The Bar' kicks off like Toxic Funk Berry on a bag of whizz, while the Beggars spit expletives your ma wouldn't like. On the remixes, Wascal flips it for the double garage crew, while Stray goes all-out Jump-up jungle and Nuphlo churns it up for the Dubstep mans.
Tuesday, 07 June 2011
**180 gram vinyl with digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "In a year full of bail-outs and bank failures, Secret Cities found themselves fortunate to occupy the basement of a recently abandoned bank in Kansas City, Missouri. Complete with bulletproof glass, functioning pneumatic tubes, and a giant vault, this space served as the band's studio as they recorded their sophomore effort, Strange Hearts. After recording their debut at a glacial pace over five years, Secret Cities decided to try something radically different. Working against a self imposed deadline, Strange He… Read more
Three deeper House tracks from Glasgow. A-side is occupied by Florian Muller's KDJ-debted 'Fusion Experiment #2', a tidy piece of rolling keys, lopped disco licks and plump, squidgy bass. Carlos Nilmmns goes a cut deeper on the B-side with 'Cielo (NYC)', a downpitched Techno roll dedicated to the legendary club, while 'La Derive La Nuit' eases into a more sensual, synth-layered groove. Hand-stamped white label.
Monday, 06 June 2011
'W' is the sophomore album from Bolton-via-Berlin's Planningtorock aka Janine Rostron. "One doesn't hear a record like 'W' very often, that's for sure, just as one seldom encounters an artist like Planningtorock's Janine Rostron. In The Grip of W's melodrama and uncommon beauty, suddenly all those clichés make sense: this album stops listeners in their tracks, blows their minds and makes them feel alive. W is melancholy and euphoric, epic in scale yet deeply personal, strikingly alien but weirdly familiar, and always daring and original. From the pulse and jabbing pizzicatos on opening track "Doorwa… Read more
Barry Lynn's fourth album for Planet Mu effectively sees him disengage with Dubstep and embrace the esoteric strands of Jazz, Techno and Electronica which always richly informed his music. It's no surprise really, given that his previous album 'Arecibo Message' and singles on Kinnego Records have been moving towards a finer balance of electro and acoustic instrumentation for the last few years. Worry not though, he's not lost his head up his arse with over-egged "experimentalism", the 13 tracks of 'The Dissolve' are still definitively Boxcutter, but now rubbed with that same pseudo lo-fi aesth… Read more
Thursday, 02 June 2011
Ahead of his forthcoming album, FBA drops two tried-and-tested Techno weapons for Tresor. 'Grey Summer' builds up crafty pumping rhythms to Trancy payoff reminiscent of older Mathew Jonson tracks or recent Psychatron moves, while 'Regurgitate' is more direct, revolving around a potent trance-techno hook and proper old-skool Tresor rhythms.
Slugabed makes his solo Ninja Tune debut with his most impressively organised release to date. Folding in factors from warped VHS music, lazer-guided R&B and destabilized UK Bass, he's clearly on a proper orbital trajectory with the 'Moonbeam Rider' EP. His sound has become increasingly cleaner since the 'Ultra-Heated' EP on Planet Mu and successive remixes for the likes of Eprom, Starkey and Eskmo, managing to stealthily control the chaos without compromising his off-key agenda. That title track is a beaut, diffusing chromed-out R&B and dynamic in some 3D geometric cy ber-space, while 'He… Read more
Party-ready double pack of vocal dubstep collaborations with Riya, Phephe, and Mr Lager. Styles range from Junglist/Boogie hybrids on 'One Day' to halfsteppin' Jungle on 'You're The One', and dubbed-out rollers sounds on 'Asap'.
**9" Blue Vinyl for the collectors** DFA accompany their extraordinary album release by Planningtorock with two album tracks, 'Doorway' and 'The Breaks' on a special vinyl pressing. The Bolton-via-Berlin artiste has undoubtedly made a lasting impression with her album 'W', one destined to sink in for years to come. Album highlight 'Doorway' introduces the sharp contrasts of her sound, manifested in the tension between blurting monotone sax and flash synth stabs with her vocals pitched similarly to former collaborator Fever Ray aka The Knife's Karin Dreijer. 'The Breaks' is more epi… Read more
**Red Vinyl** Terror Danjah's imprint comes correct once again with the killer instincts of P Jam's slewing '04 instrumental 'Anger Management', a ruggedly sinuous, snake biting riddim built with the coldest drums and seething, barely muzzled bassline. The swagger-tech special, 'Sorefoot' is equally deadly, one for warehouse spaces and hard-jawed headphone sessions. Heavy.
Has it really been six years since 13 & God's self titled debut album? That record, the fruition of a long-term collaboration between Anticon lads Doseone, Jel, Dax Pierson and Jordan Dalrymple and Weilheim poppers The Notwist was an oddity in anyone's record collection. A deeply strange blend of Anticon's patented dark blend of grubby rap and The Notwist's similarly distinct German electronic pop, the album was a triumph in both its originality and its strange ability to lock itself away in the deepest recesses of the mind (seriously I still hum some of the songs...). It's been far too long a … Read more
Prolific French producer, Kolombo turns up on Kompakt with two sophisticated modern Disco-Tech trax, backed with a Michael Mayer remix. The slower posh-trance vibes of 'Waiting For' are tastefully lush, contrasting with the sleazier mid-tempo disco throb of 'Rescue Me', and Michael Mayer's raved-up remix of 'Waiting For'.
Bossa isn't a genre of music that usually crosses my messy desk, that's for sure. Telebossa are unafraid to go full steam ahead into the genre, and the results are surprising and electrifying. There are simple tales of love and loss set to a backdrop of Brazilian sun, and this only gives the compositions more weight. The sheer variety on show here is what strikes me the most, and I get the feeling that the music here has been so meticulously thought out that it's hard to pick fault.
Sixteen dubs of classic tracks from the lead singer of legendary Rocksteady group, The Paragons. '500 Volts Of Dub' checks his most fruitful solo period around the late '60s to mid '70s, working with Bunny Lee and laying down a slower, more romantic sound which would heavily influence the lovers rock style. Tracklist: 'Rock With Dub', 'A Lonely Dub', 'Get It While It's Dub', 'Believe In Dub', 'Fell For Dub', 'A Man Needs A Dub', 'Kiss A say Good Dub', 'Street Jam Dub', 'Spring Time Dub','Forgot To Say Dub', 'Lets Dub It', 'No Man Is A Dub', 'Dub Days And Dub Nights', 'You Are Wrong To Dub', plus bonus CD tracks, 'Fancy Dub Make Up', and 'Walk Away From Dub'.
*Picture Disc** 'Behold A Marvel In The Darkness' is another single culled from Deerhoof's fantastic 'Deerhoof vs. Evil' album, and shows a quieter side to everyone's favourite noisy art-rockers. The track is one of my favourites from the album, and blends subtle electronics with their usual stop-start styles, but tempers things with melodies gorgeous enough to grace the loveliest of nursery rhymes. Just to shake things up, we're treated to a live version of fan-favourite jam 'Giga Dance' (maybe their break-through tune?) and the grinding, chunky pop classic 'Milking'. Great stuff all round, yet again!
Saturday, 28 May 2011
This album came about when German artist Anika crossed paths with British band Beak while she was working as a political journalist between Berlin and Bristol. Spending just twelve days in the studio, Anika and Beak came out with a wholly unique album that clashes together punk ethics, dub-inspired production and the sort of songwriting approach you'd associate with the golden era of girl groups, during the sixties. Former single 'Yang Yang' seems to get better every time you hear it, and there's a massively weird DIY reggae cover of Bob Dylan's 'Masters Of War' that's far better than you could possibly expect.
Slick debut of synth-iced HipHip electronica from Utrecht-based Krsur, featuring remixes by Naive Machine and Niño. For our $, this is the best release on MYOR records to date, combining the best bits of synth-driven Skweee funk and Beat Dimensions bounce in lazer-cut form. The synaesthetic quality of the title sweetly reflects his sound, from the Physical Therapy-esque future G-synths of 'Crystal' to the exquisite, Jheri-curled '80s funk of 'You're So Glow', but he's matched toe-for-toe ont he remixes, with a cyber-spacious bump 'n grine remix of 'Starlights' by Naive Machine, and the epic, Carpenter-… Read more
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Squashed purple Dubstep-pop from Planet Mu's latest signing, Nastynasty, backed with an ace remix by Mike Paradinas and Lara Rix Martin under the Heterotic heading. Staright outta San Francisco, Nastynasty deposits a cool piece of squelchy electronic bounce with catchy vocal reminding of something Milanese might do. The remix is more discombobulated, featuring the Heterotic duo finding a strange groove of slightly Afro-timbred guitars, bold synthpop signatures and unsteady halfspeed Juke drums. Interesting!
Ever wondered what would happen if Detroit got into Soca? Distal has, and it sounds sorta like these four tracks. 'Android Tourism' comes on with rattling, rolling machine drums and flaunting fancy Detroit styled synthwork, while 'Love A La Venturo' infuses the sound with more of a mercurial garage slip and dip. On the flip 'Africa To Mars' sounds like old-skool Shed production spiked with a mouthful of khat and 'Novocaine Blonde' balances the energetic polyrhythms with plusher chords and vibez.
Planet Mu expand their Juke and party repetoire with a mixed bag by Chicago's Chrissy Murderbot. Riding with MC Zulu, Rubi Dan, DJ Spinn, Popeye, Mungo's Hifi & Warrior Queen, Johnny Moog & Coool Dundee, Chrissy sets out twelve party hybrids, taking in New Jack Swing and Bassline on 'New Juke Swing', discofied Juke on 'Bussin' Down', ruddy bashment on 'Pelvic Floor', booty slammers 'Heavy Butt', and hyper R&B with 'Jiggle'. Heaps of fun!
One of James ‘Wooden Wand’ Jackson Toth’s favourite bands, these Midwestern lo-fi poppers make a good case for why the Velvet Underground are one of the most influential bands of the last fifty years. While they add their own spin to the sound, for the most part ‘Dost’ is an unpretentious and timeless garage-rock trawl through that very specific druggy Velvets-style basement subgenre. They manage it well too, apparently the band have been largely unrecorded even though they have been playing shows incessantly, and the sound of this full-length doesn’t try and cover any of the warts… Read more
Hard-to-forget falsetto folk-pop and rock jams from the one and only Woods. "Woods is a two-headed dog asleep on the porch and a butterfly on the windowsill... a Janus, a Gemini and a screen door. The sun won't fade and the earworms will not leave, but the jams go on too long for the girl in the back who wonders if her friends are at another bar. Still, the ballads always make her cry. Woods is up there relaying the Woods-feel: Folk-rock, fuzz, tambourines, tapes and raw lunch pulled straight from the yard. Pop songs and other things: Sun and Shade." Glenn Donaldson.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Seiji and Zed Bias step to Skream and Sam Frank's 'Where You Should Be' with two contrasting remixes. Seiji's on a teched-out R&B/Funky trajectory on the A-side, splitting Sam's vocals into androgynously autotuned utterances over a deft Funky rhuthm flecked with Footwork-style trickery and next-level nudges. 'Zed's remix opts for a more silken stride, touching up a tidy 2-step skipper with G-funked synthlines and more menacing bass and kicks lurking at the edges.