Thursday, 17 April
Daft boogie glam pisstake from RTX (fka Royal Trux) for Drag City backed with Hot Chip remix. A-side they drops a silly bump 'n grind groove reminiscent of that mad 'Danse Pop' 7" from OESB, but not half as sly; B-side Hot Chip amp the Glam swagger with a low slung groove that eventually turns into a weird disco turn.
Crushing, doomy power electronics from Bologna, Italy's Fabrizio Matrone aka Matter, via Ukraine's Kvitnu label. Clearly influenced to some extent by Pan Sonic - who recently delivered live LP 'Oksastus' on Kvitnu - Matter's 'Biorhexistasy' can be taken as sonic metaphor for geological change and mutation. Nine compositions follow this theme closely, resulting in slow, heaving and amorphous shapes hingeing on brutalist rhythms and unstable noise.
Trancing electro-disco from Gavin Elsted aka Adultrock, backed with stronger remixes from Naum Gabo and Ghost 202 aka Ron Morelli and Marquis Cooper. The originals opt for a cheesily gratifying dancefloor sound flush with over-egged synthlines, ambient motifs and boogie flourishes, before JG Wilkes and James Savage's Naum Gabo straighten 'Chants' to more rugged, sexy effect, and Ghost 202 head in the opposite direction with a slow, moody Industro Dub version.
"First vinyl (the CDs on New York's Northern Spy) by this willfully eclectic Brooklyn quintet. It's never clear if they're aware of it or not, but much of CBYH's sound swings with the same way-off-center lope that marks the most enjoyable (as opposed to brittle) work of the Canterbury/RIO continuum. There are even textural similarities to some of the post-Zeuhl French chamber-prog bands of the last century, especially when the violin and synthesizer combine to set the scene. But there's a humorous (or loopily surreal) edge to the material that could never be comprehended by tha… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "In The Hollows is Nat Baldwin's followup to 2011's People Changes. Despite his busy schedule recording and touring as the bass player for Dirty Projectors, Nat found time to write and record his most soulful and ambitious collection of songs to date. After recording the initial tracks at Machines With Magnets in Pawtucket, RI, Nat recruited Otto Hauser for drums and percussion, and Rob Moose and Clarice Jensen to write string arrangements. Discussing the album's production, Nat says "I wanted to achieve a consistency throug… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "When Frank Hurricane comes into a room it’s really something. As his name implies, he is impossible ignore. He has built an alarmingly nuanced lexicon out of an amazingly limited number of phrases. “Psychedelic.” “Spiritual.” “Holy.” “Gangsta.” “Pimp.” “Bro.” “Homie.” In the hands of the culture-at-large, these terms have long lost whatever literal or subcultural meaning they may have once had and are now so incredibly overused as to be stripped of any meaning whatsoever. In Frank’s hands, though, each of these words… Read more
**Dreamlike psychedelic pop and indie. Housed in colour gatefold designed by Gary Panter. Includes download code redeemable from the label** "This trio - Devin Flynn, Gary Panter and Ross Goldstein - has delivered one of the most blinding psychedelic listening experiences of the last several anna. Only one of these darlings -- Ross Goldstein - is known primarily as a musician. Gary Panter is one of our era's premier visual artists, and Devin Flynn is among the age's most berserk animation stars. But they have nonetheless managed to blast their way into the very center of a psych-… Read more
**180g vinyl reissue. Edition of 700 copies with insert** "Officer! is either Mick Hobbs (The Work, Family Fodder, Half Japanese) alone or Mick Hobbs with friends. Ossification is like an amazing party held at This Heat's Cold Storage Studio, with friends like Felix Fiedorowicz, Tom Cora, Tim Hodgkinson, Bill Gilonis, Zeena Parkins, Patrick Q, and Catherine Jauniaux. The output of this party is one of the most unusual, pleasurable, and character-filled "pop" records anyone has heard. Fourteen songs that contain the spirit of pop, rock, classical, medieval, avant garde, R.I.O., The Work, Family F… Read more
**Includes digital download voucher redeemable from the label** "Secret Stash Records present the first ever reissue of this rare Nigerian funk gem from one of the most influential musicians in the genre. Co-produced by Uchenna Ikonne (Brand New Wayo, Who Is William Onyebar?), this reissue has been lovingly remastered and meticulously restored. In the early 1970s, Harry Mosco formed the now legendry funk-rock band, The Funkees. In search of greater opportunity and a wider audience, the group moved to London in 1973. Four years and two albums later they disbanded. Meanwhile, back in Ni… Read more
Thursday, 10 April
**140g white vinyl housed in silk-screened PVC sleeve designed by Bill Kouligas** Ralph Cumbers' Bass Clef debuts on PAN with four pieces of fluent modular acid. The most substantial dancefloor drop on a tour of duty which has seen him release on Public Information, Punch Drunk, Alter, and Mordant Music (as Some Truths) in the past 6 months or so, his 'Raven Yr Own Worl' EP carves a dead English dance sound from his favoured Bug Brand modular system, made by Tom Bug of Bristol. For want of a more concise phrase, it's a Radiophonic Dub Rave style, coming off like the eager offspring of Luk… Read more
**Purple vinyl housed in wraparound artwork with poly sleeve, edition of 300 copies** Hot on the heels of that ace John Lacey/COUM Transmissions release, Andrew Hargreaves returns to his Other Ideas label for a bleak, No(rthern)-Wave Industrial battery under his Beppu alias. Beppu releases in the past have been largely confined to limited CD runs that have mostly all sold out on the day of release - but this edition is the first in a proposed trilogy of albums, and the first material Hargreaves has released on vinyl under this alias. 'Coercion' was conceived whilst reading Stanley Milgram's 'Obedience… Read more
Blackest Ever Black continue a strong run of releases with with this cold-burning EP from Dalhous, bringing more of the same ramshackle yet profound electronica that made their debut album An Ambassador For Laing an interesting proposition. The title was a phrase coined by theorist of punishment Michel Foucault, and the dull horror of imprisonment and surveillance seeps slowly into the fabric of this release. But there's also a gothic triumph in its eroded and barnacled fragments, robust beats swept up in cinematic reverb and hymns to drowned sailors. The eerie, explorat… Read more
Freestyling, noisy dancefloor hammers from Delroy Edwards in DJ Punisher mode on LA Club Resource! Hot on the heels of his killer 'Teenage Tapes' mini-LP for The Death Of Rave, Delroy takes that album's aesthetic one step further with four tracks veering from schranzy pound to banking walls of distortion and dub. It boots up with a jagged acid noise assault coming off like Russell Haswell meets Gene Hunt on a furious whiskey session before descending into a pair of brutalist beat-offs oscillating between wild knob twisting and crushing, Prurient-style noise violence on the front; … Read more
**Die-cut jacket** Shited & Ventress' Avian Records make space for a full solo debut from Sigha, following his anonymous drop as A Vision Of Love and a handful of previous remixes for the label. Six tracks capture Sigha at his most stripped down and crafty, working a palette of desiccated drums and fibrillating bass into driving, serpentine rhythms. As DJ tools they're tricky but highly useful little buggers...
Unknown Precept follow their industrial compilation 'The Black Ideal' with a noisy, clattering vinyl debut by Damaskin. Toiling scorched earth between AnD, Prostitutes and the Weevil series, four tracks rove from heads-down industrial churn to skippier, sub-heavy off-beats, wild-eyed experiments and grubby monotone slammers.
Omar-S drops proper Detroit knowledge on a doublepack of deepest house grooves. Time and again this man delivers the stuff other producers would give their little finger for. First plate cruises in with the lushed pads, rainbow arpeggios and square bass bounce of 'Leave', plus a pure, happy-clapping piano house joint called 'Romancing The Stone'. Second plate he switches tack with the laidback, minimalist lather of chicken scratch guitar sample and spitting acid, and dips out on the outstanding epic of percolating chords and triplet shimmy in 'Surpass'.
Stormin' norman techno remixes of Paul Birken's 'Acid Youth Of Malibu' from Blawan, Bas Mooy, Truss, and himself. The original first appeared on his 2012 'Midwest Whippersnappers' collaboration with Freddy Fresh. In case you're under illusions, this stuff ain't pretty, but it does kick like a cranky mule. A-side Blawan bang out a galloping acid techno coda, and Bas Mooy brings the big room pound, whilst Truss lowers the levels with massive, soggy kicks, and steamed organ riffs beside Birken's own, crushing remix.
Hodge comes heavy with two tribal riddim trips for Dnuos Ytivil, the sister label of Peverlist and co's Livity Sound. Miles away from the buttoned up boogie-house grooves of his Outboxx duo with Matthew Lambert, both tracks here really give the 'floor something to dance with. A-side 'Amor Fati' rolls out the drums like a Beneath reduction of Shackelton, all hypnotic percussive cadence and booming techno junglist bass. B-side is better still, brukking forward with tight-cut drum edits, snake-charming melody and sirens like some secret weapon from A Made Up Sound or dego. Killah sound, supported by Ben UFO, Pangaea, Martyn, Surgeon and more. Big tip!
Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt dices with deep space house, new age boogie pop for PPU. This is the debonaire dweeb sound, equal parts Carl Sagan soundtrack and greazy, dusty disco panache. Up top the Dutch master tickles out the milky synthlines and bubbling proto-house patterns of 'Puzzles In Life' - one of his creamiest joints to date - plus the slo-mo, weightless gyrations and romantic chords of 'Videophone To Space'; flipside he seriously impresses with the starlit deckside dreamer 'Cruise Till The Sun Shines' replete with a rare instance of his own vocodered vocals, and checks out of 'Los Alamos Motel' with a satisfyingly smudged slow groove.
Exceptional, dazzling modular synth compositions from the boss of Chicago's underground incubator, Catholic Tapes for John Elliott's Spectrum Spools. A filigree mesh of field recordings and "ritual variations of a singular patch for Modular Synthesis", Naucke's 3rd solo LP since his 2010 debut for Arbor is a sophisticated and inquisitive thing of wonder, framing a macroscopic vision equally guided by academic, avant-garde intuition and painstaking studio process. Unlike so many modular pieces that feel as though we're simply being extruded thru a long wormhole, Brett's compositional strategy is far… Read more
Two years after the excellent 'DIN' LP, former Pit Er Pat player FAY Davis-Jeffers returns with a bolder, even more arresting sound on 'Deathwatch', again released by California's Time No Place label. Anchored by wilfully, cannily off-the-grid grooves, we hear a more sultry and warped FAY this time out, much to our satisfaction. Nine tracks twyst and wriggle between the clattering, itchy funk of 'C.a.y.a' to the lo-slung post-punk bass riffing and swaggered sensuality of 'Sex Hats' thru the collapsing industro-dub rhythms of 'Can't Fall' to tumbling, extra-tropical syncopation and synth discord in 'Co… Read more
DJ Clent - the low end legend - has been known for his music since the days of Dance Mania, releasing tracks such as 'Bounce' and 'Back Up Off Me' which are juke classics. He also released the grimy call to arms footwork track '3rd Wurle', as well as tracks on both Bangs & Works Compilations. 'Hyper Feet' starts off the EP with a high-speed footwork homage to Mike Dunn's classic 'Magic Feet', replicating the hits and using 303 acid to make a sparse but precision-tooled piece of footwork. Next up, 'Baby Yeah' works a vocal and sax sample into shimmering cut-ups and high-speed rhythmic shapes. On s… Read more
John Osborn follows his excellent October link-up on two kinky, driving collaborations with Tallmen785, backed with ace Tom Dicicco remix. Their 'Meldrum' A-side is a lean piece of bleeping techno-house, and 'Deskjam' gets fruitier with seductive mix of EBM kicks and grubbing bassline smut for the darkrooms. Tom Dicicco tempers that darkroom vibe with a more rugged, tribalist remix tipped for Levon Vincent fans.
'Floor-warping techno bangers from the mysterious quantity known as He/aT. Three trax toy with the structures of techno in subtly skewed manner, taking in the lop-sided slam of 'Don't Grow Up, It's a Trap' bending vintage Belgian and New York techno styles to his will, or the oddly balanced groove and spaced drones of 'I Was Young, I Needed The Money' and over to an epic B-side of sci-fi synthscaping and half-stepped drum programming called 'These Are My Principles And If You Don't Like Them I Have Others'.
Blank Slate follow that wickedly oddball Düve debut with four more fine outings from the tech-house zone. Poland's Michal Wolski gives the rolling, elastic house minimalism of 'Derivate' and London's Shcaa twists out the shifty 'Remorse' for Villalobos heads. Commute marks up the darkest, tuffest groove with the driving, tracky house momentum of 'Black Pressure', and Mexico's WV makes like one of Wolfgang Voigt's Profan experiments with the grinding rhythms and salty tonal abstraction of Linthecity'.
Strickly pounders from techno strongarm J. Tijn for Untold's Pennyroyal label. 'Yearn' stomps across the A-side with engorged kicks and strobing rave alarm synthline filtered at crucial moments; 'Innart' cog up the B-side with a grubbing, masticated acid assault beside the buzzing techno dub 'Nuke'.
Necessary reissue of a 1983 electro holy grail! 'Computer Funk' was produced by P.B. Floyd - the same cat behind Nice & Wild's 'Diamond Girl' and stacks more Freestyle/Electro-funk killers during the '80s - and gone down in history as a masterpiece of early American electro-funk. Part 1 on the A-side features deadliest drum programming synced with mad, slyding sinewaves, Sino melodies and wicked vocoder vocal - definitive sh*t if we've heard it - whilst Part 2 on the B-side mostly strips it all down to the killer rhythm section with an amazing phreak-out to close. Unmissable!!!
Afro-rooted house spiritualism from a Motor City legend. Joined by vocalist Bantu Soul, on 'Ngizo Ku Linda' Miller brushes up tight congas, silky basslines and sparkling, jazz-wise keys in timeless fashion. Flipside Abicah Soul gives a more forward remix laced with light-footed electro synth and shuffled drums coming off like a more soulful Kassem Mosse move, and there's also an instrumental edit for the DJs.
Laurent G bangs the box for Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label. Three cuts roll between the proggy, jagged techno jack of 'M.I.L.F.' to the kicking techno power surge of 'D.S.K.' and a dirty EBM/Jakk-attack called 'H.E.'
Now this is interesting - one of the most unusual projects to have emerged on Editions Mego for a while. Markus Schmickler is better known for his electronic output as Pluramon, while Julian Rohrhuber is a Professor of Music Informatics and Media Theory at the Robert-Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Politken der Frequenz ('Politics of Frequency') draws on concepts from economics and advanced mathematics, including the work of contemporary philosopher Alain Badiou, for a literal sonification of cutting-edge theory and the abstractions of the modern world. It… Read more