Tuesday, 27 July 2010
**Pink Vinyl** Hip house-tinted mover from Buckley, making his debut on One Records backed with remixes from murmur's Geddes and One Records' Subb-an and Adam Shelton. His original rolls with a raw and deep vibe, given some street cool with a female rap vocal. Mulletover's Geddes gives a deeper overhaul with warm chords and crisp drums, leaving Adam Shelton & Subb-an's mix to run with the party vibes, introducing a ripping rave riff for the hands-in-the-air factor.
Monday, 26 July 2010
An epic double album from Glitterbug's Till Roman, following up his acclaimed Supershelter album of 2008 with an incredibly ambitious, very generously proportioned collection of works that ranges from the mood-setting and cinematic to the focused 4/4 agenda of modern techno. "Privilege is an emotional and passionate production, and Glitterbug's sensitivity to sounds keeps unraveling and revealing a unique language that spans between abstract composition, ambient, pop music, and the one ingredient that binds it all: Techno. With Privilege, Glitterbug takes the listener on a journey to explore ne… Read more
Thursday, 22 July 2010
No doubt to some of you younger scamps and whippersnappers out there, Kris Kristofferson will be best-known as the guy in Blade, Blade II, and if memory serves me correctly, Blade III, who wasn't Wesley Snipes or the guy from Bros. Of course, Kristofferson has enjoyed a seasoned (and Golden Globe-winning) acting career, making notable appearances in films by Sam Peckinpah and William Friedkin, but it's his enduring music career which is surely his defining body of work. Light In The Attic bill this album as their biggest release ever, packaging together Kr… Read more
The Decline Of Female Happiness is the sixth Donna Regina album for Karaoke Kalk and (by my count at least) their eleventh in all, arriving twenty years after the duo's first published recordings. Over these years husband and wife team Regina and Gunther Janssen have refined their own corner of the pop universe, penning unassuming yet often heartbreaking little pop productions fronted by Regina's infinitely melancholy voice. The new album arrives with a like an old friend with a new haircut, delivering all you'd hope from a Donna Regina record while sprucing up the soun… Read more
Thursday, 15 July 2010
Delectable art-disco from Brazil/London based Tetine, offering four tracks lifted off their recent 'From A Forest Near You' album. in pole position is an 'Mutant' edit of their signature cut 'Tropical Punk', a highly sophisticated floor burner with half sung/half spoken vocals and drifting, droning synth chords laid over an ass clasping bassline and crisp disco drums. 'Yr Daughter Lies' is grade-A post-punk skronk, scuffed with stray electronics and driven by a languid, nonchalant bassline heavily indebted to Talking Heads or PiL. On the flip 'Shiva' raises the tempo with pert drum m… Read more
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
A collection of previously unreleased recordings from Fred Nicolaus and Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen, this compilation plays out like a laboratory document that led to more fleshed out and polished Department Of Eagles songs as well as one or two bits and pieces that became Grizzly Bear songs. The lo-fi 'Practice Room Sketches' are always interesting, recurring throughout the album, and the entries that open and close the album prove especially of interest: 'Practice Room Sketch 1' features some of the founding material for GB's 'Easier' (from their Yellow House LP) and 'Pract… Read more
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
N-Type's Wheel & Deal lands a pair of rugged churning grooves from Seven and Elvee. 'Breakdown' on the A-side rolls strong with mechanized breakstep strafes and a raving electroid lead and 'Moonshine' goes a step darker with swollen half-timed subs and parping digi-dub brass for a Kromestar-meets-Vex'd effect.
On his third album Andreas Soderstrom, known more concisely as Ass, provides seven wonderfully crafted instrumental folk songs. While its starker predecessor 'My Get Up And Go Just Got Up And Went' set a more sombre style of playing, 'Salt Marsh' builds an eerily lush sound, taking influence from the jazz into folk findings of Pentangle and traces of Six Organs of Admittance's psyched strums. This is probably due to the expanded lineup now including harmonium, marimba, Fender Rhodes, hurdy gurdy, bowed cymbals and string machine to flesh out his lonesome guitar, coupled with an exceptional production … Read more
Monday, 12 July 2010
Taking its name from a Japanese word meaning "gentle sunlight", this latest album from Junkboy, the recording alias of Brighton-dwelling brothers Mik and Rich Hanscomb, keeps to its billing, sounding every inch the companion to supine summer afternoons. Introductory track 'Firth' was apparently inspired by a day the brothers spent listening to John Cameron's soundtrack to Kes, something that's very much evident in its lyrical woodwinds and ambling acoustic backing. From this sort of languid intimacy the album shifts towards more assertive ensemble pop (with a little help from members of the Willkommen… Read more
Austrian producer Patrick Pulsinger has always done things his own way. His solo productions have evolved from off-the-grid acid to crafty jazz electronics over the last 17 years, resulting in 'Impassive Skies' being loaded with lauded guests such as Fennesz, Abe Duque and Franz Hautzinger. After his foray into jazz with 'Easy To Assemble - Hard To Take Apart' and '07s techno collection 'Dogmatic Sequences', this album unites his amassed sensibilites to mesh the synthetic with the real, where sine waves copulate with vibrating strings and all manner of textures he can glean from his… Read more
Thursday, 08 July 2010
Over the last 12 months Terror Danjah has received some long overdue credit for his role in preparing the ground for younguns like Joker, Swindle and Gemmy. The massive 'Gremlinz' retrospective and more recent singles on Hyperdub and Butterz played a big hand in his reappraisal, opening up hard-to-come by music to an army of nu-ears. 'Powergrid' is affirmation, if it were needed, that's he's still here and leading the game by experience, sounding off eight crucial hybrids that "swallow r'n'b and dubstep into Terror's self made matrix. From the prowling marimba and halfstep of 'Space Travelle… Read more
Space aka Didier Marouani originally released 'Deliverance' in 1977 for Disques Vogue. Now in 2010 Justus Kohncke, The Love Supreme and The Heels Of Love are roped in to remix an underground disco classic by Nang records. Kohncke's 'Wild Pitch' mix is the pick of the bunch with an inversely inefficient drag-jackin' killer, while The Love Supreme are more faithful to the original disco modes and the the Heels Of Love go for a scuzzy drowned disco effect. For fans of Lindstrom, Ray Mang and Mark E.
Wednesday, 07 July 2010
Always keen to champion the underdog, Sub Rosa present their latest compilation: an anthology of works by the blues musicians history forgot. Collected from various 1920s recordings - caked in 78rpm crackle - these selections represent an alternate depiction of the blues canon, starting with Sylvester Weaver's bottleneck instrumental 'Guitar Blues', billed here as the very first blues ever recorded (dating back to 1923). From here onwards, the compilation reintroduces the likes of Richard Rabbit Brown, Luke Jordan, Ra… Read more
Tuesday, 06 July 2010
Two aces from Headhunter & Orphan101! On the A-side 'Hocus Pocus' Headhunter goes on a prime dubtech mission with aquatic Berlin dub chords and light-hoofed percussion countered by waves of incredible subbass pressure. Together with Orphan101 he creates 'V.7.01' on the flip, resting on a well gauged 4/4 sub push with floating atmsopheric tech-house chords to melt your head. Very tidy tracks!
Totally darkened dubstep rave from the label that brought you big 'uns from 16Bit, Akira Kiteshi and DJ Madd. Both tracks benefit from Presence Unknown's overweight D'n'B touch, lending bludgeoning synths and nitro-propelled kicks to the dance-ready collage of film samples and drops. For fans of Excision, Rusko, Caspa, etc.
Trolley Snatcha and Doctor P get on board for remixes of Caspa. Going for the nostalgia nipple tweak, Trolley Snatcha remixes 'Terminator', emotive synth pads and shuddering bassline included. Doctor P attends to 'Marmite' with a nucking futty rave assault spewing Mkat-flavoured mid-range synth wobbles and incessant stabs.
Monday, 05 July 2010
Full strength party actions from Sinden's Grizzly label. Wafa is at the wheel for this one, sparking the rumbunctious Italo-meets-Mario brothers cheek of 'Ewid Disco' and the churning off-key electrohouse madness of 'Pop Up'. On the flip '3 Man Down' false starts with B-More breaks before piling on an a demented electroFunky squealer and handing over to Drop The Lime's turbo-injected 'Ewid Disco' revamp. For fans of Mr. Oizo, Toddla T and Crookers!
Thursday, 01 July 2010
Expanding Planet-Mu's remit further still, Oriol presents four splendid cuts of squashed modern boogie backed with remixes from Falty DL, Jake Slazenger and Shortstuff. The Barcelona born but Cambridge-bassed producer honed his talent at CDr, the same fertile night that counted the likes of Floating Points among their regulars. His sound is cannily close to FP's, only with a busier, psyche-fried element that balances very well with the oh-so-cool electronic boogie vibes. Falty DL firstly folds 'Coconut Coast' into a Chopped 'n Screwed delicacy with yearning vox and hazily… Read more
Clinical double pack of D'n'B minimalism. Data offers four permutations on his lab-tested sound, pairing two ultra-reduced steppers on the first plate with 'Tapeworm' and 'Abstractions', but saving the two darker tracks for the second, nodding to the classic tech-step bass sweeps of Ed Rush and Optical in 'Torn' and the immense 'Mask Of Sanity'.
Bob Holness, Craig Charles, William Shatner, Nils Bohr... these are just some of the answers to the rhetorical question posed by math-rock maestro Robby Moncrieff in the title of his new album for Porter Records. Teaming up with fellow time signature deviant Zach Hill of Hella, Moncrieff sets about romping through some seriously confusing sonic vortices from 'Today' onwards, blasting out brass, spidering pianos and insane drumming from the outset. Apparently Moncrieff has previously worked with Dirty Projectors, and you can definitely hear that sort of roving experimenta… Read more
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Posthumous release of three breakbeat loaded ruffige cuts straddling hardcore, grime and breakstep from the much missed Ben Bracket. 'Reunion One' churns and bucks with a proper underground London rave vibe, while the menacing 'Grime 3' works with lunging syncopations and lashing synths. The final track 'Troubleshooter' is a hadcore spiked remix of the titular producer's 'Yellowcore' track from the recent Yellow Machines record. For fans of Gunjack, AGT Rave Cru or Hate records.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Assembling for a fourth album of irreverent and witty electronic pop music, The Chap have decided to "sell out" according to their (frankly, optimistic) press release. What this band lack in conventional mainstream appeal they more than make up for in terms of angular hooks and all-round sonic invention, as immediately demonstrated by the funny, choppy laptop baroque of 'We'll See To Your Breakdown'. Better still, 'Even Your Friend' chugs along in a pleasingly glitched up new-wave-ish fashion, dropping in a big gospel choir, occasional church bells and a very silly lead vocal during the c… Read more
Compound One skanks on it with the dread junglist dubstep of 'Get Loose' backed with a lightfooted dubtech mix from Landslide and a hi-tech steppers mix at 170bpm from Fracture & Qualifide. Fans of Darkestral recordings should check this!
Monday, 28 June 2010
Lower Dens is the new band formed by Jana Hunter, who on 'I Get Nervous' seems to have ditched the scrappy freak-folk baiting tendencies of her earliest solo material in favour of more sonically ambitious and substantial work. This new single floats into earshot - almost like an early Verve release - buoyed on by waves of delay and effects pedal atmospherics. The dried out, ticking drum riff hints at Hunter's more rustic sounding past, but once the piece is in full bloom, there's clearly something special afoot here. B-side 'Johnssong' is a little more casual, but the feel of … Read more
Sunday, 27 June 2010
After Casko and Ruspa, The Others have to be our favourite party-rave dubstep fellas. They're the type of guys that roll up to the party with a canister of nitrous, 20 tins of special brew and a bin-bag of weed, or so we'd imagine. The effect of this latest plate on Dub Police is something akin to ingesting that list of party ingredients in one go, starting with the noxious 'Monster Mash' plying comedy horror samples over a leaden 4/4 dubstep with bong-eyed synth slashes and a rave-dumb attitude. Unsurprisingly, 'Bazooka' on the flip repeats the trick with another 4/4 driven stomper s… Read more
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Hyperdub presents four tracks from the 'Contact, Love, Want, Have' album, reorganised and optimised for the floor. As with the album, all four cuts are strong on potent neon synthlines, touching on Drexciyan electro in the spiky 'They Are All Losing The War' or even Italo excesses with 'Look'. 'Psoriasis' is probably the most addictive and therefore highlight of the set, rompin' with a Funk-debted beat and wild computer game melodies while 'Video Delays' offers a deeper moment with more Detroit-sent synthlines and a rugged mongrel bass. Very smart!
Martin kemp drops his first plate in 2010, 'Wot U Got' is the big 'un, tucking kinky Latin percussion into a typically restless pattern before knocking your knees sideways with a dutty stinking synthline and decimated garage vocal. 'Fix' on the flip is a more laidback character, wearing his MAW influences proudly on a chunky Latin house style underlined with a effortless UK bassline to prop your batty. Big twelve!
Following on from the limited Retina 12" comes companion piece Iris, another five-song recording pressed onto limited edition, numbered white vinyl. While Retina was recorded in a Reykjavik church with the Schola Cantorum Chamber Choir, this release sees Wildbirds & Peacedrums reverting to their conventional duo line-up, with Andreas Werliin playing drums and percussion while Mariam Wallentin undertakes some fairly major multitasking: singing while playing steel drums and an organ bass pedal. Once again, Bedroom Community mainstays Valgeir Sigurðsson and Ben Frost are in charge of recordi… Read more
Gurumaniax is a trio formed by Guru Guru members Mani Neumeier (drums) and Ax Genrich (the band's guitarist between 1970 and 1975) with Belgian avant-rock luminary Guy Segers (bassist in the band Univers Zero). Segers and Neumeier have gone head-to-head on before, having teamed up with Acid Mothers Temple mainman Kawabata Makoto, and clearly as a threesome these musicians are very much on the same wavelength. It's particularly incredible to think that Neumeier turns 70 this year. The krautrock legend is on fine and dextrous form across these eight pieces, running through a varied and te… Read more