Wednesday, 01 October
Rugged robo-house swing and shuffle from Effy, tricked out with Troy Gunner and Hound Scales remixes. Check up 'Move' for a chunky, Joy O or Boddika styled jacker, and 'Bourbon Switch' for some crafty 4/4 - 2 - 3/4 time signature switches built for the moodier shape-cutters. Troy Gunner gives a nimbly brutalist halfstep techno rework of 'Move', and Hound Scales follows some smart work for Fifth Wall Records with a clattering rework of 'Bourbon Switch'.
Sing-a-long Chicago house anthem reissued for all your needs. Still a perennial, if cheesily ubiquitous, number around Manchester, at least, 'Promised Land' is primped up and delivered here in Club, Underground, Freestyle and remix versions. Let me hear you altogether… actually, no. Don't.
Totally killer, obscure Trax number originally released in 1987, reissued for 2014. 'Your Love' is like some missing link between Chicago and Europe, a perfectly measured mix of piquant electro hooks owing to Kraftwerk and Italo mixed with driving Chicago bassline, devilish drum programming - those claves are sick! - and a male vocal that sounds sorta like Alison Moyet - or is it the other way around? Don't sleep…
Vincent Koreman aka Drvg Cvltvre makes a strong deposit on Permanent Vacation, backed with a 'floor-charming OB Ignitt remix. Fusing the stickiest traces of Acidic New Beat, experimental house and electronica in his own image, Drvg Cvltvre yields the chiming narcotic chug of 'Night Time Is The Right Time' and the slower proto-goan styles of 'Ne Prilazita' on the A-side, whilst Omar-S protégé OB Ignitt spices up the title cut with fizzing Detroit soul across the flipside.
Monday, 29 September
Phuture's seminal '88 warehouse killer remastered and reissued by Trax! A-side bears the peaking 303s and pure body-rock machine rhythms given a classically Afro-futurist vocal by the group's Earl "Spanky" Smith and Daryl Lewis on 'We Are Phuture'; B-side deploys the instrumental 'Slam' reduction and tracky fury of 'Spank-Spank'. Timless essential business.
LA Club Resource push the envelope further than ever with Zipcode's debut of blood-drained techno and noise scapes. The first three cuts are harrowing darkwave visions recalling the bombed-out fronts of Alberich, MB or Thought Broadcast in their eviscerated, tape saturated sound design and channelled ether voices. The fourth cut is boot-stomping banger delivered cold like prison food to sustain enervated raves. Those metallic tape delays and compressed bounce really remind us of someone…
Disco-trampling, Afro-centric electronic funk and highlife edits from Auntie Flo and Miajica. Flo sets controls for the heart of the sun with the endless drone flight and horse-powered bassline of 'Sun Ritual II'; Miajica's B-side rework of 'Let The Sunshine' is destined for high places. Tip!
Rush Hour's crucial reissue and reappraisal series of Trax cuts focusses on Jamie Principle and Ace & Sandman for their third installment. Firstly, we should state that each and every one of these tracks is a winner. The Ace & Sandman cut 'Let Your Body Talk' is a lesser known synthy acid rub from the guys behind Virgo, all angelic chords, burbling 303s and demanding percussion. Next, Jamie melts our heads with 'It's A Cold World', just feel the shiver when that vocal hits! On the flip we get two mixes of his signature killer 'Bad Boy'; a a dark 'n sinister and pre… Read more
**Repress** Timeless, instant-classic material from the one and only Levon Vincent. Having played our copies of 'Man Or Mistress' and just about every other Levon 12" to the hilt by now, new material is always welcome, but he's spoiling us here. The A-side is a modern tribal House masterpiece, shaking the drums into a mammoth, speaker-owning subbass while layers of star-screaming synths expand and envelope your mind with jaw-dropping psychedelic dynamism. Then there's the B-side. 'Revs/Cost' opens the account with steppin' snare punctuations and rib crushing subs before a las… Read more
Contemplative, agile dubstep and techno hybrids from the Tempa ranks. 'Nomine's Chant' makes use of what sounds like Buddhist chant over sparse, booming 808s and resonant gong timbres. 'Ninjah' is a proper techy weapon flexing out with twutchy drums and snarling neuro licks. 'Syncopator' intrigues the most with a fine meld of bleep techno and UK/US garage at 123bpm.
Bruce lives up to the hype circulating the 'net with his debut 12" for Livity Sound. Checking a line between ruff UK tribalism and the deftly percussive European techno styles of Ilian Tape's Zenker Brothers, 'Just Getting Started' builds a head of steam with properly pendulous dancers rhythms, swarming noise and glitch edits whereas 'Tilikum' slows its roll to a poised 120bpm tucked to exacting new house standards. Look out for his imminent 12" on Hessle Audio if this one's owt to go on. RIYL Lukid, Zenker Brothers, Surgeon, Peverelist.
"Gui Boratto strings together various contemporary strands of pop-infused techno and house and translates them into his very own stream of groove consciousness - also an act of cultural appropriation, as both Abaporu's cover artwork and title suggest: putting an inspired twist on Brazil's most famous modernist painting from early 20th century artist Tarsilo Do Amaral, they draw from the rich history of Brazilian modern art, where European and indigenous influences would collide in the most exciting manner. Elegantly swinging album opener Antropofagia elaborates on this by directly referencing t… Read more
This.Is.The.Sh*t! Mariano D.C. debuts on Function's revived Infrastructure New York label with five hard-working, sub-heavy techno monsters. Hailing from Argentina, Mariano duly articulates his rhythms with a proper, latinate accentuation that works so damn well in techno context. There's an almighty big-room battery on the front called 'Kaverna', but we're even more into the shifty hydraulik lash of 'Estalaktita', followed by the thunderous title track, the pendulous 'Incidental' - give us a longer edit, please! - and the bombed-out juggernaut, 'Cascada'. F**k your stodgy, funkless techno; this is how it should be done. One for the dancers.
Swamp 81 coin the 180g Benton Beats series with a ruff session from Benton clad in artwork by Will Bankhead. Last heard on N-Type's Wheel & Deal Records, Benton brings a dose of rugged drums and bass at 130bpm in three parts: 'The Callin'' reduces old 'ardcore topes to blocky, rigid loops and stabs; 'Airtight' works a mix of sino-grime and breaksy 808 electro; 'BBS Madness' charges up a dubbed-out electro-jungle sound.
"Stewart Walker returns with his new album release Ivory Tower Broadcast. A quarter century of the same drum machines and basslines turned future music into golden oldies. Visionaries don't make techno based on particular instruments but a set of techniques which can dilate time, implode sound, and confound expectation. Stewart Walker returns after a six-year retreat to bring his own future sound with Ivory Tower Broadcast. The Ivory Tower refers to a cloistered and elitist mental space removed from practical considerations and criticism. It's a perfect metaphor for a music stud… Read more
*Part Two of Two* Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
Morphine present a very welcome, if unexpected, return from Sote, an American-based Iranian artist who delivered one of Warp's most interesting releases of the '00s with 'Electric Deaf'. We've spoken previously about our fascination with hi-end Middle Eastern electronics and Sote would fall well in that category with these complex, super-dynamic projections gleaned from a range of synthesis techniques. We won't bore you with the finer details - google it if you're bothered - but can tell you there's some dazzling work here; a hyperkinetic rush of trance-inducing tones and completely unstable, cha… Read more
*Part One of Two* Stereolab's erstwhile mastermind Tim Gane has the honour of being first to dive into Sky Records' legendary krautrock catalogue to curate Kollektion 01. Inarguably the flagship model for 1970's krautrock, Sky Records was home to practically everyone in the scene, hence their vaults swell with classics for Tim to pick from, resulting a 17-track session spanning work from the Moebius/Roedelis/Eno/Cluster/Conny Plank axis alongside cherry-picked zingers by Asmus Tietchens, Riechmann, Günter Schickert.
Thursday, 02 October
Hamburg's Bernd Siebels and Mense Reents dance onto Mule Musiq with alternately driving piano house and laidback mediterranean grooves. Whilst best known for their Egoexpress 12"s on Ladomat, as A Different Jimi they mix up live percussion and hardware for a lithe style of discoid tech-house in the subtly uplifting shimmy of 'In Walked You', and a breezier sort of beach-side strut with the percolating E2-E4 vibes and exotic percussions of 'In Treehouses'.
Thursday, 25 September
*First ever vinyl edition of this 2008 album from The Stranger, aka James Leyland Kirby / The Caretaker. Fully remastered and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy, featuring original artwork by Ivan Seal* One of the most harrowing and absorbing albums in Leyland Kirby’s canon is finally given a much needed vinyl pressing, following on from its initial CD release 6 years ago. ‘Bleaklow’ is harrowing from the start, the opening "Something To Do With Death” reverberating dread via layers of unstable, radiant drones punctuated with pained, hi-pitched howls that cut through the mix with violent… Read more
Nexx up on Beneath's excellent Mistry label: Hull-based producer, Webstarr with the technoid hydraulics of 'Aegrus' b/w a new Chevel remix. Last spotted in Beneath's RA. 407 mix, the title tune strikes a mid-ground between tribalised, bass-heavy rufige and insectoid minimal techno - all bashy kicks and depth charge subs crawling with itchy crack bugs. The dancefloor lizards will come out to play for this. B-side, Italian producer, Chevel (Enclav/Stroboscopic Artefacts) trims back the drums, leaving acres of icy space around ricocheting snares and hi-hats buoyed up by dread subs in the remix,… Read more
**Includes 36"x21" poster and digital download code redeemable from the label** Boothroyd serves one of the most striking debuts on Tri Angle with 'Idle Hours'. Hailing from sunny North Manchester but now defected to London, Boothroyd's music is a slyly ambiguous, 'marishly-warped mesh of lo-fi samples strung together with a deceptively grand plan. Like the mutant, half-finished offspring of Coil and Lars Holdhus, it occupies a uniquely detached space in the peripheries of modern composition, vapour wave and ambient pop, scuttling between heart-racing peaks and petrified electronica like some f… Read more
**2LP in glossy, double-width spine jacket with printed inners** The incredible 'Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984' is a beautifully dreamy follow-up to Born Bad's much-loved Francis Bebey showcase, 'African Electronic Music 1975-1982'. Celebrating the uniquely affective timbre of the sanza, or African thumb piano, this compilation shifts focus from pop-wise anthems such as 'New Track' or 'Coffee Cola', onto the Cameroonian polymath's more stripped, rhythm-driven, and atmospheric workouts. And it's every bit as hypnotic, transcendent as that last sentence implies. Bebey's vocals … Read more
**Double LP with printed inners** The Swedish duo return with their 2nd album in as many years for Avian. 'Linear S Decoded' feels more toned, tensile and moody than the caustic attacks of their debut 'Strgths', and at 13 tracks long it's quantitatively more substantial, giving the pair more room to generate a broader spectrum of melodic emotion and crushed drum patterns. That said, it still operates mostly at the submerged, midnight end of the spectrum, ready for immersion in the club, or equally in headphones. There's some ripe dancefloor gear in the hydraulic pump of 'Drain This Lor… Read more
Featuring exclusive tracks from Lee Gamble, Inga Copeland, DJ Earl, Jeremy Greenspan & Borys, among many others, Hyperdub parse their ambient elements in the wake of dancefloor and sing-a-long sessions. By its nature, ambient is a nebulous term, taken to mean many things by many people. Hyperdub's definition is one we can really get down with, taking in the sensual romance of Cooly G's 'Mind' and the ambiguous sensations of Inga Copeland's 'I Am Your Ambient Wife', or the stirring syn-phonics of DJ Earl's 'Hexagonic Sound'. It's always been a crucial part of Hyperdub's ma… Read more
Marquis Hawkes makes moves on Houndstooth with the 'Fifty Fathoms Deep' EP, featuring the Ben UFO and Move D-sponsored 'Can't Find a Reason'. That one cuts a flash Jersey house figure across the A-side, replete with Todd Edwards-esque vocal chops and fruity groove for the friday night playas, before A'dam's Stee Downes chimes in all dreamy and nipple-rubbing in the floaty depths of 'The Way'. Flipside, Hawkes swings solo with the jazzier motifs of 'Fifty Fathoms' and some class Linn chops in the haughty house boogie of 'Fat Man'.
Humid, post-D&B ecosystems from Fis, backed with killer Kassem Mosse and Oren Ambarchi remixes. The first release on Loopy, a new label administered Sam Strang, 'Speech Spirits' follows on from the 'Iterations' 12" with two cuts of unquantised riddmic roil, staggering from the bomber-streaked drunken-master styles of the title track to the plangent percussions and duppied atmospheres of 'Knecht' - not a million miles from his early ace, 'Love, Drama, Stress', only without the vocal. Remixing, Kassem Mosse returns to the spiky (machine?) drum palette of his … Read more
The Trilogy Tapes catch Beautiful Swimmer Max D at his heady, tactile best on the 'Drizzling Glass' EP. Up top he twysts the agitated brukbeat funk of 'Jubilee' like some vintage AMUS or Dego flex, and nails it with the dubbed-off techno-step and deliquescent Eastern synth tickles of 'Oshima Flicks'. On the flip, his 'Pop Song' twirls cascading thumb piano and plinky electronic timbres like some imagined early Colin Potter meets Francis Bebey joint, and completes the journey with the cartoonish bubble of 'Calvin & Hobbes'.