Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Blasta's saga comes to an end with part.3 of his '...Incredible Adventures...' series. The product of an over-active imagination, this series has fused dubstep and post-garage riddims with traces of jazzy easy listening and psyched exotica. The most successful effort here has to be the garage rollidge of 'Black Muscatel' offset by smooth and dreamy-clean synth keys, while 'Zeppelin Nacele' sails off with gently propulsive garage bass and 'Trip42' brings the story to an end with down pitched dubstep beats subsiding into sunset 303s.
**Finally available on wax** A great, undiscovered psychedelic rock record unearthed from complete obscurity by musical archaeologists the Numero Group. "1969's A Lovely Sight, Pisces' only attempt at an LP, never made wax; but the fuzz guitar phrases and tambourine shuffle of "Dear One" instantly illustrate the band's woozy realm. Deeper inside, bass scales borrowed from Sgt. Pepper give way to Who moves wrecked by bad fidelity and harsh intrusions of found sounds. Jefferson Airplane's swirled, lysergic Haight Street utopia melds with the urban narcosis of the Velvet Underground's East Villag… Read more
Chicago's James Curd makes his DFA debut having previously contributed o the realm of soundtracking, adding his productions to TV shows like CSI: MIami and Grey's Anatomy, not to mention an appearance on the car stereos of Grand Theft Auto IV. This cut is enormously likable, given a quirky pop edge by the old-school rap style of songwriter JDub. An instrumental version is on hand if you'd rather soak up Curd's knockabout synth melodies in all their unadorned splendor, but the overarching sense of wackiness remains largely in tact.
Monday, 27 July 2009
Blind WIllie McTell (born in Georgia as William Samuel McTier, in 1898) was known for his unique 'country blues' style, merging the hardened roots music of the Delta style with the more ragtime-based East Coast-situated Piedmont school. You can hear the latter influence entering into songs like 'Come On Around My House Mama' and 'Kind Mama', which place themselves towards the more upbeat, good-time section of the great blues spectrum. Not dissimilarly on 'This Is Not The Stove To Brown Your Bread' McTell plays guitar accompaniment to a duet between Alfoncy and Bethenea Harris, … Read more
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Reissued from the vaults of the legendary Sky Records, Wunderbar was the first, and sadly only solo album by Wolfgang Riechmann, whose life was tragically cut short after a knife attack in 1978, just three weeks before this record was released. Riechmann's musical background stretched back to the late sixties when he met Michael Rother (of Harmonia and Neu!) and Wolfgang Flur (of Kraftwerk) with whom he formed the band Spirits Of Sound. Through the mid-seventies Riechmann played with the popular group Phonix, who released two albums on the Streetmark label, but once they disbanded in 1977 he de… Read more
Terradactyl (which is presumably either how Americans choose to spell Pterodactyl, or it's just plain wrong) marks the Anticon debut of abstract beatmaker Polyphonic and the similarly leftfield Serengeti, a compelling lyricist and MC. The album consolidates Anticon'sreturn to its rap heartland in recent times. Having dabbled in genres further afield over past years, releases like this serve as reminders of the label's original purpose, transmitting far-out beats and free-association rhymes that test the parameters of hip hop. 'La La Lala' serves as a good example of the duo's peculia… Read more
Preston's most famous sons (possibly) return after a seven-year hiatus from releasing music with this new double-LP, revisiting the classic, good-time rock sounds of yesteryear and adding the group's usual combination of funk, sitar and '70s glam references. 'Who Fingered Rock 'n' Roll' gets the album started with a Rolling Stones-via-The Black Crowes sort of chug, leading into the slick, likable 'Soul School', which is typically lavished in solid retro instrumentation. The album accomplishes this sort of sound in some style, with a Beatles-y, woodwind-augmented arrangem… Read more
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Remix time for Invasion records. Regular contributor Tadow sets to remixing his grimy UKF winner 'Hornz', backed with the sci-fi tinged 'Phaser' and 'Rising Sun'. To be fair, 'Phaser' is a good look for the DJs!
"70's Acid Viking 'operator' makes palatable organic electro-caustic synthcore from the charred embers of his Shetland studio. After releasing on Benbecula records and Neil Landstrumm's Scandinavia label, amongst others, he finds himself with the Mighty Robots and warms to their crystalline rave strategies with a raise of his top hat emulator. "How To Make Bombs and Influence People" took 7 years to finish and even longer to start. Operator is protected by the Norse Gods, can shoot fire from his mind and has never been on a unicycle." Oh, and it sounds a bit like DMX Krew on mushies.
Party guaranteed winners from Savage Skulls with a debut EP on Dubsided. Title cut 'Bumps' is an immediate floor ingiter, laying the smack down with powerfully unruly ragga-house bass spliced with rave samples and plentiful sweaty vibes, while 'Flabanco' on the flip sounds like Major Lazer getting into a dance-off with DJ Mujava before calling an honorable draw. Very effective stuff for fans of Switch, Diplo, Jesse Rose or Sinden. TIP!
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
**Sky Blue Vinyl** The more freakishly perceptive, Countdown-viewing contingent amongst you may have noticed that Hematic Sunsets is an anagram of Asmus Tietchens, and sure enough this new Dekorder LP is the handiwork of the great Hamburg-based sound artist. Dekorder seems like a fairly distant relation to the sort of labels we'd normally find Tietchens gracing: with the likes of Die Stadt, 12k offshoot Line and Mille Plateaux sub-label Ritornell Tietchens has been best known for releasing music within more stringent and earnestly electronic circles, but this new album represent… Read more
Thursday, 16 July 2009
*COLOURED VINYL* Two legendary entities from the experimental hinterlands unite for this challenging collaborative outing. Krautrock icons Faust team up with ferocious British electronics experts Nurse With Wound resulting in a line-up featuring Zappi Diermaier, Steven Stapleton, Jean-Herve Peron, Colin Potter and Amaury Cambuzat. Although the initial psychedelic benevolence of 'Lass Mich' is redolent of the Faust crew, it's not long before the far-flung concrète machinations of NWW take a stranglehold on the album's sonic make-up. The album's title track is an unsettling drone p… Read more
Smart and heavy dubstep rave hits from Tony Thorpe's Studio Rockers imprint. Hackman makes a dance ready sound somewhere between Caspa and Moody Boyz on the Lady Sov sampling 'Loophole', before building a garage styled dubstepper on 'Illusionz' and the big bad rave piece 'Nocturne' on the flip co-produced with Surje.
Thursday, 09 July 2009
This is the first release on the Off The Uncertain Button label, a new label owned by director / designer Simon Owens, and Paul Mogg (Moon Unit, DFA / Supersoul). Dave I.D. is an emergent talent from South East London whose unusual, leftfield electronic pop is sure to make waves amongst fans of the darker, more industrial end of that spectrum. An intriguing debut to say the least, this seven-inch is the first in a series of double A-side singles that are destined to culminate in a compilation CD set for release in Autumn, but if you want the wax, be wary: it's limited to 450 copies for the world.
Duke Garwood really fits in with the wandering minstrel image. Having spent formative years learning his trade in the beach bars of My Lai in Thailand, Garwood later returned to Blighty playing squat parties, eventually releasing a first album in 2005. Two years later the songwriter pulled a Bon Iver, laying down an album in some "lonely hut" on the North Downs. Along the way, Garwood contributed brass to Archie Bronson Outfit live appearances, but once again he's on his own, recording this album in another deserted residence, applying a coarse, rugged blues sound to great tracks … Read more
Grrrrr. This guy needs to get a massage or something. Mode presents three tracks of purest angry dubstep on Z Audio, designed to connect with those of you whose parents just refused them pocket money or anyone who has to resit year 10 in the new term. That said it may also drive a dubstep rave wild if you're into Caspa or N-Type.
Wednesday, 08 July 2009
This 1990 Galaxie 500 album draws its title from the classic Ornette Coleman LP of the same name and transpired to be the group's final studio outing. There seems to be a slight expansion of the Galaxie 500 sound on this outing, expanding upon the dream-pop building blocks of prior outings with a heavier drum sound and more textural guitars. Songs like 'Hearing Voices' and 'Spook' soar magnificently, while elsewhere, the woodwind solos of 'Way Up High' and miniature fanfares in 'King Of Spain Part 2' take the group's aesthetic into fresh directions - there's really not a single momen… Read more
Tuesday, 07 July 2009
JOMF's tenth studio album, Ballads Of The Revolution is brilliantly poised in its capturing of the band's Americana otherness. So many of the veteran group's finest attributes are condensed here: their ethereal country tendencies, those prolonged Deadhead meanderings and in the sublime closing track 'A Mania' you get to hear them exercising their more traditional songwriting prowess. From the outset Ballads Of The Revolution shows signs of being a fairly special entry into the Jackie O MoFo discography, marking its beginnings with a shimmering, echo-lined arrangement… Read more
Would it be too bold a statement to suggest that Wilco might be the best American band of the past ten years? In Yankee Hotel Foxtrot they've definitely got a realistic contender for album of the noughties (don't you just hate that word? Sorry about that), and since 1999's Summerteeth the Chicago band have been on a creative roll that found sublime songwriting from Jeff Tweedy and sparring partner Jay Bennett (RIP) jostling with an increasingly experimental mindset. After Bennett's departure, A Ghost Is Born infused Neu! influences and even greater depths of electronic exploration (including… Read more
This EP finds a roster of artists tackling Build An Ark's Dawn LP, which originally surfaced around eighteen months or so back. Daedelus leads the pack, reworking 'In Her Smile' with some glorious cutting and splicing, teetering on a spaced-out lounge-jazz sound that's typical of his production style. Following on directly is an overhaul of 'You Yourself Are The Key To The Universe' from Daedelus' side project The Long Lost. In this instance there's a more pastoral, orchestral folk feel, converging on a Vashti Bunyan-like, haunting presence thanks to smoky female voc… Read more
Friday, 03 July 2009
Skam finally pick their moment to emerge from a dark warehouse somewhere in north Manchester with a new release from secret weapon Mr76ix. Firstly we can safely say they've not lost the faith and headed down the dubstep rave route (yet), and secondly this should certainly ease up any itchy fingered cravings you've been suffering for braille stamped darkside electronica. Mr76ix's previous albums seemed like an amalgam of pretty much every artist on the label mashed up and fed through an old atari, flickering from shades of hypercoloured Team Doyobi melodies to Gescom style rhythmic complexity and… Read more
Thursday, 02 July 2009
"Legion Of Two is a new project from Dubliners Alan O'Boyle and David Lacey. It pits electronics against live drums and percussion for a very dark, dense and noisy dirge. Huge basslines, slow pounding drums and feedback dominate. Industrial, dub and metal influences are shredded through old guitar pedals and cheap reverbs and re-assembled into a driving and melodic force. Alan O'Boyle is best known for his work in electronic music as Decal with a catalogue of EPs and albums on labels like Satamile, Planet Mu and Rotters Golf Club covering electro, techno and experimental music. He has also been i… Read more
Wednesday, 01 July 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Not heard from Point B for a while following on from his excellent twelves for Scsi and Combat a couple of years back, with this latest twelve for the Frijsfo Beats imprint displaying a more robust approach to electronic science with a sound somewhere between UK Garage, Dubstep and IDM. "Detritus" opens the set with a sped-up Garage formulation complete with dubby stabs and nicely stripped synthwork before "No Smokes" hooks up a modified square bassline for a shuffling stepper with a good dose of spannered synths thrown in for good measure. "Istocity Meter" on the flipside is the best… Read more
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Recorded in 1978, Grosses Wasser was the fifth album by kosmische musik pioneers Cluster (their seventh if you include the two Eno collaborations). At this stage in the band's lifespan Cluster was a duo, manned by Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius, although Tangerine Dream's Peter Baumann acts as co-producer, helping craft some of the group's most experimental material since they swapped their 'K' for a 'C' in the early seventies. Nowhere is this air of sonic exploration more apparent than in the midst of the album's title track, occupying the entirety of the album's second side. 'Gr… Read more
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
*MARBLE VINYL LIMITED TO 500 COPIES FOR THE WORLD* Featuring artists like Amps For Christ, Refrigerator Mothers, Sikara and the colourfully titled Hop-Frog's Drum Jester Devotional, this Urck LP is another excursion into the label's very own "Post-Asiatic" genre, in which Western artists confront non-Western and avant-garde Asian musics. It transpires to be pretty extraordinary stuff, with highlights including the hammered zither and marimba infusions of Auto Da Fe's 'Into The White Forest' and the inventive scrap metal kabuki of Nequaquam Vacuum's 'Orichi'. Recommended.
Angry young man beats from Temper D and Balkansky. 'Clockwise' directs their rage into a morbid halfstepper with tomb-drones and almost comically dark atmospheres on the A-side, while 'Passing Through' lets rip with spluttering rhythms and a hoods-up industro-skanking rhythm on the flip.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Brackles' second release this week hits the ground running on Apple Pips with two future augmented swingers. Both tracks are informed by a healthy appreciation of 2-Step and Garage functions, with the skipping flex of Zed Bias, El-B or Steve Gurley encoded into its rhythmic DNA. 'Get A Job' on the A-side winds a double helix of influences styles with Zed Bias' tuff swing style offset by Zomby alike synth bursts at 138bpm. 'Lizards' on the flip makes a knowing nod to the UKF scene with a rhythm sounding like a pitched up version of Roska and Lil' Silva making a retro garage track with added noughti… Read more
Dubstep hybrid gear outta France on the new Kiosk Electric imprint. Hupsydown is related to the Dest Pub crew of producers and brings a similarly unbridled party vibe to the plate with two variants mixing 4x4 niche Bassline with halfstep on 'Born To Be Bass', and Tekno styled Bassline on '4x4 Lovers' to unload all over your rave. In ya face!
It's become fully apparent now that Cotti only makes lethal Sound System weapons, unfortunately those looking for jazzy interludes and trancing breakdowns will have to look elsewhere. Following from his quaking Soul Jazz drops of late 'Warrior Charge' for Studio Rockers is no less deadly or effective, featuring vocals from 2Nice over waves of mammoth subbass pressure bound to bowl weak knees over. 'Lost & Found' on the flip is a much scarier beast, with an electro-shocked dub-rave riddim haunted by freaky synthline poltergeists wreaking havoc in the dance. Big tracks!