Thursday, 04 February 2010
Eggs is the second album by five piece Oh No Ono, and their first for The Leaf Label. The record was originally released in the band's native Denmark by the 01-11700170 imprint last spring, so it's taken a while getting over to these shores. The first thing to strike you is just how grand and swollen it all sounds. 'Eleanor Speaks' arrives in a tangle of flurried horn squeaks, Eastern sounding strings and all manner of other epic orchestral gestures. More and more as it unfolds, Eggs transpires to be a tremendous achievement in terms of building sound-worlds. 'Swim' is a little jauntier in its h… Read more
Thursday, 28 January 2010
After appearances in numerous end-of-year charts, Raffertie continues to meddle with the DNA of UK dance music on two ready made anthems. Both tracks have been given the seal of approval by both Mary-Anne Hobbs and Simon Reynolds (but we're sure the kids are down with them too), and currently feature on the playlists of some of the biggest rave mongers arounds. The more ballistic side of Rafferties oeuvre is shown on the blazing '7th Dimension' with crushed house beats alloyed to swooping bass wobbles and head searing synths, while the oddly affecting 'String Theory' should only add to his fa… Read more
Midlake's sophomore album, The Trials Of Van Occupanther was a surprise hit back in 2006, and the group's reputation only seems to have snowballed as the years have gone on. The '70s rock feel of that album seems to have been substituted in favour of British prog-folk as the central influence this time around however, and much like Espers, Midlake appear to revel in the sounds of Pentangle, Fairport Convention and King Crimson. Quite unlike an Espers record though, is the commercial and crossover potential in The Courage Of Others. While Greg Weeks, Meg Baird et al are likely to rema… Read more
*Special LP+CD edition, hosted in a very original slipcase, by Giuseppe Chiari (of Fluxus) and pianist Daniele Lombardi (futurist musik). The Giuseppe Chiari LP is a concert recording with Frederic Rzewski (playing the 1964 groundbreaking piece "La Strada"), Giancarlo Cardini and Daniele Lombardi. The CD edition is the Daniele Lombardi "Costellazione" album recorded in 1978 and published in the occasion of the Exhibition at MUDIMa gallery, Milan (2008) in a lavishly packaged numbered and signed edition* Following the incredible Henri Pousseur editio… Read more
Crosstown Rebels hatch a strange-house plan from Luke Solomon & Justin Harris as Freaks, backed with a killer mutant Funky remix from Radio Slave! The Freaks original of 'Umakenosense' is a cool slab of grubby acid house schematics , building over the duration to a throbbing old-school Chicago style for 2010. But the real heat is all contained on the flip, as Radio Slave's 'Rekid Riddum Mix' takes the most viral influences of UKF and winds them up into an hypnotic groove tool set askew by a psychoactive earworming synthline and a kinked Afro-Latin rhythm far removed fr… Read more
"Third in a trio of limited edition new LP's from the ever mysterious Vibracathedral crew, returning from another relatively quiet period with an uncompromising set of outre' jams. Slightly reorganized around a lineup of stalwarts Mick Flower and Adam Davenport with frequent collaborators John Godbert (Total) and John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man), the band here stretches way, way out over these six sides, taking in several different styles while maintaining "that" sound all the way through. Smoke Song's more gentle exposition starts with Davenport's santoor (a type of hamme… Read more
"Second in a trio of limited edition new LP's from the ever mysterious Vibracathedral crew, returning from another relatively quiet period with an uncompromising set of outre' jams. Slightly reorganized around a lineup of stalwarts Mick Flower and Adam Davenport with frequent collaborators John Godbert (Total) and John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man), the band here stretches way, way out over these six sides, taking in several different styles while maintaining "that" sound all the way through. The Secret Base starts up at full throttle, straight into the middle of a raw … Read more
Monday, 25 January 2010
**White Marbled Vinyl** NYC's Proper Villains come to tear the club up with 8 party bangers of fidget, B-More and booty. The a-side is powered by a slew of heavily sampled classics reformed inna B-more style, from 'Ready Or Not' lifting the same sample as the Fugees, to a fidget version of Paul Johnson's 'Get Down', while the flipside remixes Machine Drum's 'Late Night Operations' and even Outlanders rave bomb 'The Vamp' isn't safe. All copies are pressed up on black 'n white marbled vinyl and primed for plug 'n play pressure. Fans of Diplo, Kazey & Bulldog etc. your time.
Reissue of Ninja Sonik's 2008 party pack for Philly's Flamin' Hotz crew. It's a bit of a frat-boy booty affair, tumbling from sing-a-long B-More styles on 'Tight Pants' and 'Holla For A Dolla', backed with hiphop and party style remixes from Telli Gramz and Elsewhere. On the flip Pharoah's '4x4 On The Floor Mix' of 'Internet Bitch' attempts to recreate UK Bassline styles without much success and Ninja Sonik himself give ODB a B-more booty relick. Packaged in high quality full colour pic sleeve.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Having already self-released demos and an EP last year, Talk Normal get around to releasing their full-length debut via Rare Book Room Records. This duo restrict their sonic repertoire to a collision of distorted bass, drums and vocals, recalling the more extreme output of New York's no-wave scene, or more recently the harsher, early output of Magik Markers. Even when the band slow things down, they retain a spiny, sinister edge, as most memorably upheld during the witchy 'In Every Dream Home A Heartache', which takes three-and-a-half minutes of organ-driven illbience before kicking in with a furious blast of shrapnel-spewing drums.
**10 tracks lifted from The Sticks' CD album presented on gatefold 7" double-vinyl** Hailing from Brighton, The Sticks are the latest lo-fi sensations out of the Upset The Rhythm stable. This garage-loving party band have gaining comparisons to the likes of Black Lips and No Age, and you could certainly link this lot to a musical kinship with the former along with the countless rockabilly scuzz-nicks currently filling up the rosters of labels like Woodsist and In The Red. Still, it's nice to hear that sound given a British twist, and The Sticks bring an extra air of discordance and musical i… Read more
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
A twenty-minute, single-sided 12" release showcasing Spencer Krug's Moonface project. Krug is best known for his work in Wolf Parade, but you'll also find him fronting Sunset Rubdown and playing in bands like Swan Lake and Frog Eyes. For the purposes of this release however, Krug turns to (and I quote) "Marimba and shit-drums", but that's far too tinted with undue self-deprecation. Krug fashions a glorious long-form song out of fast, rhythmic rhythms with guitars and vocals woven into the minimalist tuned percussion patterns. Ever the valiant wordsmith Krug supplies not o… Read more
Arriving fresh out of the LA-Pop pressure cooker, Fool's Gold land their debut album of 80's dancepop-meets-Congotronics into a very ripe musical climate. The fact that they're on Iamsound - next to the likes of Little Boots, Telepathe and Florence And The Machine - should give you some indication of the pop-primed level these guys are operating at, with a zeitgeist surfing Afro-beat flavour for good measure. The group (maybe collective?) are centred around two main songwriters, a classically trained reggae and world music fan, and a multi-cultural Israeli ex-pat who personalizes his songs wi… Read more
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Gloomy industrial electro from Bulgaria's MANASYt with a 10-track, 2x12" LP for Dumb Terminal Records. There's no major change in style here, just a reconfirmation of the darkness from older releases spread between 140 bpm hard-hitters and slower EBM infused jackers. One for fans of Andrea Parker, Bunker Records and the rougher end of I-F.
Monday, 18 January 2010
Table are a Manchester based six-piece centred around songwriter David O'Dowda, whose first single appears jointly on Static Caravan and Humble Soul. The group have achieved a charming concoction of indie folk styles with 'Songs You Can Sing' using stately piano, minimal guitar and softly burred vocals for intimate effect. The track is steadily amassing a gang of avid fans, from Elbow's Guy Garvey to Radio 6's Mark Riley, so if you want one of the 500 hand stamped copies you'll need to move...
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Dubsided hit the pressure valve with four tracks of fidget funk and party house from Sticky K. The polyrhythmic shakk-out of 'San Soleil' is the obvious highlight, but there's more than enough saturated electro-synths, chunky house beats and limb-flinging party attitude on the other three cuts to start small riot in your chosen club/bedroom/headspace. For fans of Switch, Sinden and Buraka Som Sistema!
The fourth solo album from NYC's Tony Simon, The Music Scene comes nearly six years after his much-loved Ninja Tune debut Music By Cavelight. In addition to his solo instrumental work, Simon's made a name for himself producing tracks for the likes of Aesop Rock, DJ Signify and Murs among many others, but he undoubtedly has an ear for threading together standalone works from manipulated samples. Apparently, on The Music Scene, Simon found himself more able to elaborate on his compositional approach thanks to his use of Ableton, which saw him shunning the more traditional sampler-driven app… Read more
Monday, 11 January 2010
John Wiese - Sissy Spacek's creative core - has put together a trio for this new 7", roping in drummer Charlie Mumma and vocalist Corydon Ronnau to combine for a thorough ear-blitzing that spans a preposterous 26 songs. I couldn't even read 26 song titles in the length of time it takes these guys to get through all that material, but the durations are, of course, snappy to say the least, hovering around classic grindcore territory with their snarling brevity.
After dissolving the Cluster outfit he'd worked on with Hans Joachim Roedelius until 1981, Moebius continued to create fascinating electronic music for Sky Records right through the 80's. 'Tonspuren' was released in 1983, which with the benefit of hindsight, was to presage the emergence of techno with linear and streamlined machine rhythms, sparse synth experimentation and a freshly economical outlook for electronic music. It's almost possible to draw a parallel between the quivering neon synths and lolloping rhythm of 'Transport' and the nascent digi-dub movements of Jamaica at the time, and while… Read more
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Techno-fortified dubstep from Kalbata rolling in fine style off the back of two releases for Soul Jazz and the Toddla T-charted 'Ninja We Ninja' white label. The Israeli producer is in heavy form on 'OH Gosh', launching forwards on a rail of 2-step debted rhythms charged by a brutal techno-style bassline reminding of TRG. 'Karl Butter' on the B-side changes tack for a more broken flow with gut bruising subs and 8-bit breakdowns already rinsed out by RSD and N-Type.
Punchy dubstep ravers from ANS for the Studio Rockers crew. 'Everyday Bullshit' is the choice cut, rocking up loud and heavy drums with a melodic counterweight before sending a reversed synthline into the mix for maximum rave damage. 'Always Sharp' and 'Holki' on the flip makes nods to the likes of MRK1 or Kromestar with dub-rooted melodies and laminated percussion.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Formed for the purpose of playing 2008's Instal Fest, this trio comprises C Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core), Ben Hall (of Graveyards) and Don Dietrich (of Borbetomagus), coming together for the common cause of relentless, ear-blasting improv. Sax-toting noise legend Dietrich is no stranger to the more abrasive school of free improv, having been operating in the field since the early 1980s, but the comparatively fresh-faced Yeh and Hall hold their own here (manning violin and traps, respectively). This music sounds like only a very distant cousin of free jazz, instead position… Read more
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Mutant dubstep ruffage from Emile, delivering his second outing on wax with the extremely heavy 'Unnuh'. This is one of those cuts that immediately triggers the darkcore senses, sounding to our hardened ears like Bizzy B, had he been born 15 years later and skipped the whole amens and mentasm thing. The keenly honed palette of sounds shows this fella to be a very canny operator, syncing murky bass hits and a radioactive harpsichord riff to create a truly fucking scary experience. On the flip 'Blissfully Done' shows another direction for the wobble-step style with filth-encrusted gutter ba… Read more
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Arriving just around the time of year when everyone's putting together their end of year charts, Kompakt release this remixes package as a handy reminder of just how good The Field's Yesterday & Today album was. The mixes themselves are a fairly exceptional bunch, eschewing conventional Kompakt wisdom in favour of more leftfield strategies. Gold Panda's take on 'I Have The Moon, You Have The Internet' proves especially remarkable, taking samples from the vinyl edition of the record and conjuring a heavy, beautifully saturated wonky masterpiece. Meanwhile, LA act Rai… Read more
Aguayo's addictively kinky 'Rollerskate' anthem is handed over to some of his surehanded Cómeme peers for faithful revisions tucking deeper into the Latin-rhythmic aspects. Marcus Rossknecht's mix adds extra percussion for a straighter DJ friendly version remaining respectfully close to the structure of the original, but the excitement starts with Diegors & The Don's version, sounding like Roska if he came from Lima rather than London, shaking strong but sparse Latin-funky drums with trippily panned vocals for wicked effect. Vincent Sanfuentes aka Original Hamster and Alex Thunder p… Read more
Tuesday, 08 December 2009
**Now available on vinyl** Ovations comes as the tenth official album release from Glen Johnson's Piano Magic, and it finds the band considerably raising their game. Ovations feels like the fullest realisation yet of the sound Piano Magic have been persuing over recent albums, marrying classic underground indie sounds from the eighties with an orchestral level of pomp and bombast. After all these years you can finally hear something approaching genuine crossover potential in Piano Magic's music; you'd have to say it's more a case of the times having caught up with Johnson and co. rather than … Read more
Uton's Jani Hirvonen returns from an astral mission with his third vinyl-only release for the Dekorder label, sticking with tradition in a run of 500 full colour sleeves designed by his own hand. While his previous records for Dekorder (besides countless CDrs and Cassettes for Digitalis, Jeweled Antler, and his own Ikuisuus imprint etc) have been linked by a naturalistic and earthbound theme, 'Unexplained Objects' looks to the skies from the perspective of a medieval Finnish minstrel, or so we'd imagine anyway. His sound here merges arcane folk trimmings with astral FX and queasy atmospheres… Read more
This Berlin-based group have been active since 2007, combining the talents of artists Marcel Türkowsky, Hanayo, Christopher Kline, Domink Noé and Jan Pfeiffer, who each seem to spread themselves between a number of different projects. Interestingly, Noé is credited as a member of "krautrock legends Lustfaust", which is the fictional band created by conceptual artist Jamie Sholvin for the 2006 Beck's Futures exhibition, which might prompt you to think that Wooden Veil re made up too. There's definitely some sort of music on here though, and it takes the aesthetic of primitive, almost triba… Read more
Thursday, 03 December 2009
Starkey blows up a big one for Planet Mu with the hypercoloured anthem 'OK Luv' feat. Badness. Ever since his 'Gutter Music' 12" hit the streets hard this year, he's solidified his status as a grime producer of huge potential. It's certainly not standard Grime, but more a viscous variant on the idea, using his sound design expertise to embellish the style with an incandescent dynamic. To our ears 'OK Luv' sounds like the crafty hybrid of Joker and Jamie Vex'd, with chromium DMT synth patterns plated onto low-riding bass suspension to give Badness' awesome vocal the perfect ride. On the flip 'Multidial… Read more
The third and final installment of Boris' Japanese Heavy Rock Hits series arrives, and this one kicks off with the biggest surprise of the bunch: a ballad. '16:47:52' features the most gentle and timid of drums, spartan guitar parts and even a bit of piano towards the end. It's actually very good, but stretches the term 'heavy rock' somewhat. Flip over and you'll get an earful of 'And Hear Nothing' a titanic, cavernous epic of a thing, draped in creamy distortion and sludgy post-metal grandeur.