Friday, 29 May 2009
I was beginning to lose hope, I really was. 2009 wasn't shaping up to be a great year for pop music; sure there have been good albums but there weren't many really 'defining' records. Animal Collective had hit us square in the chops with 'Merriweather Post Pavillion' but nobody else had raised their game to meet it - the world was lacking the run of albums it needed to make 2009 'great' rather than simply 'good'. That brings us to 'Bitte Orca', an album which might lack the fanfare of its Black Flag-influenced predecessor 'Rise Above' but delivers sonically on every imaginable level. The … Read more
Thursday, 28 May 2009
New peaktime Benga joint - the title track making use of one of those hooky bleep riffs that made "Night" so instantly imprinted on your memory, complete with some nice Casio style noises and a clever Art of Noise style vocal edit. "One Million" on the flip is more heaving and battered, a downcast roller with viscous sub-bass stabs topped and brittle drums with an industrial edge.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
When I read a credit suggesting that John Legend appears on this new Fink album (playing piano and co-writing 'Move On Me') I naturally assumed there were some sort of shenanigens afoot, but nay, sure enough the ridiculously monikered ivory-tickler has a bit of a working rapport with Fin Greenall, who wrote alongside him for the Evolver album. That's more or less the only surprise this album has in store for you however, and the tracklist plays out with a kind of jazzy, singer-songwritery vibe that has just enough of a brooding Bristolian sound to it to suggest compatibility with Bestival au… Read more
Monday, 25 May 2009
Walter Jones has been releasing music over the past ten years or so, and yet over this duration he's only released a handful of singles. This latest release is sure to be a high profile affair, finding a home on the persistently excellent DFA imprint, and 'I'll Keep On Loving You' lays down a commanding piece of old fashioned electro-disco, particularly notable for its blurry, washed out vocals and stately downtempo synth-funk. Next, 'Living Without Your Love' weighs in with a bassline that's halfway between 'Another One Bites The Dust' and Daft Punk's 'Around The World' before… Read more
"Hell And Destruction Are never Filled; So The Eyes Of Men Are Never Satisfied" (Proverbs Ch 27 Vs 20.) is a heavy statement to include on the front cover of your album, but is quite apt for this set of mystical riddims from the usually soulful Cornell Campbell. Largely recorded during the mid-70's in his Gorgon period, this is Campbell on a religious tip under the influence of his Rasta Roots and a time when he called himself the Ruler (or Gorgon in JA parlance) of Dis Ya Dance. Mostly utilising the skills of the legendary Aggrovators and produced by Bunny Lee, 'The Gorgon Dubwis… Read more
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Drew Lustman aka FaltyDL is given remix treatments by Luke Vibert, Boxcutter and Mike Paradinas on the latest Planet Mu rave excursion. Both Boxcutter and Mike P centre their mixes around the brilliant Burial styled vocal motif and melodic strikes of the original, kitting the riddim out with hip-hop influenced dubstep and slow junglism respectively. Luke Vibert's mix is nowhere near as respectful though, reworking his version as some kind of 1989 meets 2009 ragga-raving house winner with liberal samples and pure party vibes aplenty.
After heavy drops on Seclusiasis and On The Brink, young gun Raffertie signs to rave powerhouse Planet Mu for his latest dubstep mutation 'Wobble Horror'. Raffertie is the latest in a long line stretching from Hawerchuck to Neil Landstrumm to fuse garage/dubstep/grime with squealing electronics and rampant rave signals on Mu, his 'Wobble Horror' track sounds like Rusko or Caspa getting down with Sh*tmat on a sample strewn halfstep wobble joint, while flipside cut 'Sugar' adds some nitro-fuelled bassline flavours to typically Mu style rave edits to drive the dance nutty. Big with fans of N-Type or Kanji Kinetic.
Wicked nu-roots and steppers LP from Dub Terror aka Simone Lombardi. Launched from the one of the UK's longest standing dub imprints, Universal Egg, this is probably one of the best examples of Digi-dub mixing with Dubstep and Rootsy Sound System dub styles that we've heard in a long time. Pressed up as some 10 tracks on a single vinyl means this is intended to be heard from end-to-end and is programmed as such with interludes breaking up a rolling selection flipping back and forth between Nu-Digi-Dub productions, heavy Dubstep weapons and Rootical old-style dubs. Our favourites have to be the ca… Read more
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
The second release on The Last Record Company (Rune Grammofon's new limited edition vinyl label) comes from Norwegian progressive jazz-sludge merchants Ultralyd, a band made up of those upstanding figures from the Nordic improv scene Kjetil Møster, Anders Hana, Kjetil Brandsdal and Morten J. Olsen. As proven by their 2007 LP Conditions For A Piece Of Music, this is a group of musicians who have a magical rapport between them, and Renditions confirms that all over again. It's a wonderful LP, chiefly made up of tangled sustains and multi-timbral interplay that's halfway between the more extreme r… Read more
Three tracks of strictly orthodox dubstep rave from Mode. This is already big with N-Type and the likes and should get the kids hanging from the rafters.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Big 12" for those burrowing into the world of Funky/BrokenBeat/Garage with Greymatter presenting three original tracks backed with a heavyweight Broken Beat refit from TRG. Starting with the A-side, TRG's mix of 'Believe In Something' featuring vox from Heidi Vogel is the first time we've heard the guy attack a Broken Beat riddim. While it's not a million miles from his usual 2-Step/Garage styles there's definitely a jazzier and harder syncopated flow to this that also reminds of last weeks killer drop from Altered Natives (check this if you haven't already!). However, the… Read more
Rave sharpened dubstep tools from Matt-U. Now known for releases on Mata-Syn and Red Volume, Matt-U makes dubstep with well polished D'n'B production methods, incorporating elements of febrile Shackleton style drum syncopations with traces of squared Garage bass on 'Peyote' or unloading inverted Gabber kicks with warped baslines to fit on 'Free Me'. Tough goods for fans of Noah D and the technically enhanced business end of the scene.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Fresh modern steppers/dubstep hybrids from Rogue State on Argon Records. Hailing from the Steel City (aka Sheffield don't ya know) where he runs his R8 records imprint, home to RSD among others, Rogue State makes a thoroughly authentic blend of dubstep production techniques applied to 4/4 steppers styles, with vocal contibutions from some of the UK's top reggae MCs. 'Opportunity' features Bongo Chilli on the mic over a powerful 4/4 steppers riddim charged with a heavy subbass drive. 'Dem Can't Stop We' on the flip invites legendary toaster Daddy Freddy to the mic over a more dubstep debted cut with nasty flaring synthlines on a ruff 4/4 ting.
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Heading outta France, Airflex Labs drop two tracks of well developed dubstep rave backed with an ace Boxcutter remix. This is the debut solo release from Led Piperz who've brewed a well layered sound combining elements of Joker style synthfunk with a defined techy edge similar to Reso or Elemental. The Boxcutter remix of 'Otherside (Earth Is My Spaceship)' should be a big draw for any of his fans attracted to his proggy fusioneer movements, crafting a mesh of darting licks and dubbed out structures in his lauded dubstep meets electronica style.
Monday, 11 May 2009
Testosterone fuelled radge beats from Redline with volume 7 in Urban Graffiti's 'Tags and Throwups' series. It's essentially D'n'B made at a slower tempo, bearing the same dance-driving dynamics as owt off Renegade Hardware but beaten into shape for the Breakstep crowd who find D'n'B too garish, perhaps. It's hard, nasty and will make your mother comes upstairs to give you a slipper round the head.
Thursday, 07 May 2009
After performing together with Harold Budd in 2005, ex-Ultravox man and electro pioneer John Foxx and Cocteau Twins legend Robin Guthrie decided that it might be rewarding to attempt something more studio based. The result of their collaboration is 'Mirrorball' which pits Guthrie's characteristic shimmering guitar against often improvised dramatic vocals from Foxx. With beats occasionally removed altogether 'Mirrorball' ranges from beautiful, washed out ambience of the title track to the early Cocteau Twins thud of 'Sunshower' but the unique contributions of each party are always c… Read more
Wednesday, 06 May 2009
Emerging from the Dublin based clubnight of the same name, Lunar Disko Records present their second release from Faceless Mind who have previously appeared on the celebrated Créme Organization and Breakin' records. Faceless Mind deal in Drexciya/Dopplereffekt inspired electro, shaping four tracks here in the image of their heroes with super clean synth arpeggiations, clinically arranged machine rhythms and infected with a darkside spirit best portrayed by the more recent Dopplereffekt material. One for the moody Robots out there, then.
Interesting package of industrial tainted techno from California based producer Let's Go Outside aka Stephen Schieberl. LGO has a headstrong sound, best introduced on 'Bicycle Day' with a snarling reduction reminiscent of Ancient Methods more stripped style or perhaps industrial don Kareem but featuring queer melodic elements that are entirely his own. 'Negative Space' adds a tougher EBM meets Chicago vibe with raw drum machine rhythms updated with a warped metallic sound sphere while the sick 'Excersize For Snails' given up to the 45rpm A-side reminds us of more recent Regis producti… Read more
The techy figures behind the Compound One project and label drop two more finely finished and powerful steppers weapons. 'Space Odyssey' is the grumbling junglist rinser on the A-side, twisting up junglist breaks into halfstepping formations with a severely disgruntled bassline keeping the vibes suitably dark and affected. However we prefer 'Arkanoid' on the flipside, rolling out a smart 4/4 steppers bomb with shuffled syncopations and rolling subs executed to dance worthy levels for bigger rigs.
Tuesday, 05 May 2009
Monday, 04 May 2009
Kicking off with the title track this shows the band in a state of full-on Harmonia worship. Monotone vocals, pulsing basslines and euphoric synth lines bring back fond memories of 'Deluxe' and that's no bad thing. The best is yet to come though as the track leads into the submerged Radiophonic burble of 'The Creeper (Muscleheads version)'. This track is a prime slice of analogue fetishism, building throughout its duration into a fog of echoing noise. The B-Side is no less enjoyable either with two more mixes from The Emperor Machine - one dedicated to the beauty of the analogue sequencer and the other a bouncy dub edit. Magic.
Low-down and dutty bass-rave sh*t from Seclusiasis stalwart Dev79 backed with remix flavours from Edu K, Egyptrixx and Pharaoh. Dev79 may not have the same kind of profile as his label mates Starkey or Kotchy but his position as the font of all things grimy, dubsteppy and generally UK flavoured in Philly/NY is a very influenctial one. His 'In Ya Face' cut here takes elements of these mongrel UK musics and adds a vigorous shot of crunk to the cheeky melody and halfstep swing for a proper club intoxicating winner. Edu K's mix is our other favourite here, piling SoundSystem shuddering bass pressure int… Read more
Thursday, 30 April 2009
Bristol can't help itself right now, pouring out a steady stream of neon-glowing and crunk-juiced dubstep from Gemmy, Joker, Guido, Jakes and the rest in unstoppable fashion. Gemmy follows up his 'Bk 2 The Future' plate for Peverelist's Punch Drunk label with 'Supligen'/'BT Tower Mast' for planet Mu, squeezing his synths until they bleed skwee style. 'Supligen' features a haunting organ refrain/synthline squeeze sounding like the Specials jamming with Dr Dre, while 'BT Tower Mast' is a tense half stepper with subliminal subbass and a squiggly mid range bite. Heavily funked and severly crunked gear that's already got support from Plastician, Joker, Rusko and RSD.
The first time this album has ever been available on vinyl - Comes on 180g black vinyl in a deluxe gatefold sleeve! "Iceburn was a musical group formed in 1991 in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A, by guitarist/vocalist/composer Gentry Densley, the sole constant member through multiple personnel changes. They were known for their unique style that combined elements of jazz, metal, punk, and classical music. From 91-97 the band continually evolved and experimented with the limits of sound, releasing five full length albums and a split EP w/ Engine Kid (featuring Greg Anderson of Sunn 0))) and Asc… Read more
Monday, 27 April 2009
The handily titled UK Funky records makes no bones with the latest release featuring Sweet Boy Candy's 'Pull Away' with a remix from N.B Funky and Kush plus the obligatory instrumental. Sweet Boy's original is a breezy slice of happy times carnival styled Funky with a vocal immediately reminiscent of Donaeo's 'African Warrior' (we can hear half of you scrolling down the page right now), which is obviously far more palettable in its instrumental form on the flip. N.B Funky and Kush's remix alters the rhythm with martial snare rolls in a socafied style similar to Hardhouse … Read more
Friday, 24 April 2009
All low-end fiends need to cast their hazy minds back to last year and the release of a special vampire slaying release from Yorkshire bassgeist a.X.X.o on 'Silver Bullet'. Seemingly dropping out of nowhere with a heavy blend of LFO tweaking subbass licks and stone cold dub techniques this was an unexpected release involving a character not normally associated with this particular scene, but nonetheless someone who has enjoyed huge success as part of another outfit - one that would startle you if you knew. Anyway, him and his crew are back again to drown your summer in sweltering subs with the second… Read more
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Imagine Diplo dropping acid with Raymond Scott in a Japanese amusement arcade and you're somewhere close to the mental sound of Baleine 3000. Consisting of three members hailing from Germany, France and Japan respectively, Baleine 3000 are the latest signings to the brilliantly eccentric Sonig imprint and have just released one of the funniest and stupidly funky EP's we've heard this year. Hardcore Sonig followers will probably know the work of Sun OK Papi K.O, the french third of B3000 and the crew's main producer, responsible for their frothy concoction of Miami Bass and Baltimore brea… Read more
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Album number 346 for the work shy Sizzla Kalonji, working with Melbourne "George Dusty" Miller and the Firehouse prodcutions crew on his latest LP 'Ghetto Youth-Ology'. As with a large percentage of Sizzla's catalogue, there's a fair few total killers in here - like the digital wickedness of 'Open Up The Doors' with a chewy bubblers bassline or 'the celebratory 'Black man In The White House' on the A-side to heavily dubbed killers like 'Future Is Yours' on the B-side featuring Sizzla in truly throaty form. Actually, It's shocking to think how much this guys career could be f**ked by a pack… Read more
**Green Vinyl** Tim Toh's series of coloured vinyl releases fro Philpot reaches it's third installment with two cuts of deeper Chicago house abstrcation. Sitting comfortably alongside the labels heady house roster of Jackmate, Soulphiction, Koze and co, Tim Toh has an understated but well realised house style combining classic deep house vibes with a hint of Hieroglyphic Being or UR style spectral jazz melodics on 'Six', or a mean Omar-S style rough but smooth Detroit aesthetic on 'Seven' on the flip. fans of Theo P, Omar-S or Mike Huckaby need to check this.