Thursday, 16 October
DJ Ford Foster breaks the back on it with the bucking chunks of his 'Gold Cans' EP. Only slightly refining the styles found on his two Opal Tapes releases, the Leeds-based box banger drives from salty jaxx in 'Gold Cans' to the killer sub-low bounce of 'Fake Shoes' and fidgeting Dance Mania styles in 'Gone Ham' and 'Black Candles'.
Numbers indulge a bit of mystery with the super charming debut of "anonymous" producer Deejay Deer. Apparently "born and raised in the Bavarian wilderness" and "the first forest dwelling animal to use the prefix 'Deejay'", gives pretty much f**k all away, but a quick listen to either track should trigger trigger some clues. On 'Natural' they swirl head high piano chords and rugged breakbeat house bounce landing somewhere between Martyn, Redshape and Shed, whilst 'Unnatural' rushes up with flanging metallic chords and swung garage breaks like the nexx generation of Joy O's 'Hyph Mngo' amped by Four Tet. It's probably just Dave The Drummer having a laugh, though.
Sampler-wielding 'ardwave thugz, $hit & $hine follow the 'Powder Horn' dose for Diagonal with six funked-up 'floor frags for Gangsigns. His rambunctious tastes know no bounds, gleefully razing genres like haters from the flinty breakbeat crusher, 'Be Careful' thru the peg-legged swagger of 'Can't Be Trusted' and fudged boogie play, 'Caterpillllarr', to unnervingly straight-playing house in 'Greenskul' and collapsing '80s soul and funk styles with 'Welly Too Far Away' and 'What's Wrong With Me'. Man clearly doesn't give a f**k in the best possible sense. 'Tropical' is party time for the freaks, then.
AnD deliver their long-coming debut LP, 'Cosmic Microwave Background' for Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. It's a proper session, choking back 12 tracks (eight on LP) of galloping productions and acid with all the brute force and caustic atmosphere you'd hope for. But it's actually at its best when they step out of the loops and repetitive tricks into more wayward structures, as with the crushing lurch of 'Relic Radiation', the masticated industrial funk of 'Galactic Motion', or the plangent Alien transmission of 'The Surface Of Last Scattering'. If you're craving the out-and-out ba… Read more
**Housed in two-fold wraparound sleeve** "Cross-pollinating the wants lists of art/jazz/print and architecture enthusiasts this seldom sighted 45 single is regarded as the rarest “lost” recording by American jazz trumpeter and global communal music missionary Don Cherry as he collaborates with French piano improv genius François Tusques. A missing link in the pre-formative years of improvised jazz this mythical private pressing unites two of the key exponents of both American and French free jazz – two entirely independent musical art forms which by 1964 had yet… Read more
Beau Wanzer raids his archive circa 2002-2008 and comes out dripping with wave filth. 'Untitled' is the Chicago artist's 1st album collection, following years of service with Civil Duty, Hypercube, Mutant Beat Dance, and Streetwalker. It's an urgent, cryptic dispatch from the brink of hardwave, minimal electronics and post punk, driven by arcane machines and infected with an oppressive, melancholic urban atmosphere. There are ten track on board, each framing Wanzer at his moodiest, most obtuse, from the recursive delays and snake-hipped shuffle of outstanding opener, 'Groove's No Zone'… Read more
**Edition of 300** Andrew Pekler and Entr'acte present hypnotic, deviant selections from the installation The Prepaid Piano, recorded 21-24 February 2013 during the Unmenschliche Musik/Inhuman Music exhibition at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin. The title is a very canny description of the installation: a grand Piano was prepared by laying five pre-paid mobile phones on the strings in five different areas on the soundboard, which the audience was encouraged to ring from five stationary telephones. Using contact mics, the vibrations of the strings were then sent to a modu… Read more
Sa-Ra's Shafiq Husayn leans on a soulful downstroke with 'It's Better For You', the first glimpse of his upcoming album, 'The L∞p'. It's both his Eglo Records debut and his first solo release since 2009. Up top, 'It's Better For You' strikes to the hip with greazy bass licks, keys and shuffling drums laying the ground for his male/female harmonies with Anderson Paak beside an instrumental version and the cosmic boogie budge of 'Re-Incarnation' featuring J Mitchell. Downtown, the strident 'Twelve' bubbles up the plushest soul symphony next to further instrumentals.
Diverse techno murder from UK's Witch duo backed with Shifted and Truss remixes on the 1st release from Happa and Al Gill's Part Five Records. From the heads-down, rugged approach to their noisily visceral production values, Witch's original tracks stand as prime examples of the new techno skool, differentiated from former classes by their more ascetic, blistered style. The A-side is a spring-loaded industrial kicker packing proper heat which is channelled into a more funked-up, carefully stuttering remix by Truss. B-side, they come on like AFX's 'Elephant Song' with the strobing alarm stabs and crushed … Read more
**180g vinyl. Foil-blocked jacket with download code** A long time coming, 'Joined Ends' finally provides a follow-up LP to Dorian Concept's hyper-coloured debut, 'When Planets Explode' (2009). In the meantime the Austrian producer has been conspicuous by his absence from the scene, during a time which the likes of FlyLo, Rustie and HudMo have flourished with a lush, complex sound quite similar to his own. On return with 'Joined Ends' he's now best compared with the jazzy fruit of FaltyDL or Dego, a nimble warp and weft of classically trained virtuosity and processed instrumentation done … Read more
Anjou is the beautifully enigmatic reunion of Labradford's Mark Nelson (Pan American) and Robert Donne with fellow Kranky star, percussionist Steven Hess. The result of four years writing and editing, it marks Donne and Nelson's first collaboration since Labradford's 'fixed:content' (2000) and the first meeting of Pan American's Nelson and Hess since 'Cloud Room, Glass Room' (2013). Now older, wiser, quieter, the trio offer a subtly involving, hazily detailed ambient suite gleaned from an intricate process of modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation. Essentially it takes the trio'… Read more
Tempa Allstars Vol.7 represents a widening and readjustment of UK dread/bass space with a mixture of new halfstep and cyber/tribal aesthetics. Keysound hero Wen defines the new sound with the gutted grime-techno sound designs of 'Push Back', where Alex Coulton and Batu follow suit with a palette of tribal drums and cyber-dub dread also at 130bpm - Batu's 'Ghosted' is a big one for Beneath fans. The rest of the session tends towards subtle mutations of the halfstep genome, from Innasound's Loefah-style loper 'Step Fourth' and the tectonic shockwaves in Perverse's 'Jacobin', to the biting electric edge of 'Nano' from AXH.
Strongback techno from a spearhead of the new French techno wave for Berlin's Tresor. 'Red Dance' runs ruffshod with clattering drums and guttural bass shift yoked to a tight, driving momentum; 'Worship The Bass' brings a grittier Chicago-style buck; 'Shine' dices with trippier, hypnotic dubbing, cutting the kick drum anchor before drifting into the celestial ambient space of 'Astral'.
Huxley expands upon 'I Want You', the moody lead track from his debut album, 'Blurred'. Roses Gabor coats chiming chords, wraped bass and icy trance sprinkles with her velvety vocal in the original, which Huxley beefs up with more rugged bass and straighter arrangement in the Club Rub. Youandewan's version takes it to a much quieter corner of the dance for some heads-down, neckin' effect, and Huxley brings the party up with again with the infectious, swinging momentum of 'Sphere'.
**Electronic pop and ambient electronica from a trio of Denmark's most trusted producers, Anders Remmer (Dub Tractor), Jesper Skaaning (Acustic), Thomas Knak (Opiate) aka Future 3, joined by vocalists Benoit Pioulard and Anja T. Lahrmann** "Future 3 return with an album of airy, ethereal-yet-epic compositions that both nod to the trio's nineties roots but also take in all the various musical experiments, ventures, and releases that have seen the light of day since 2001. The band's first album in 13 years, With and Without inhabits, as the title indicates, two different kinds of sonic realms: T… Read more
**Diverse, classy beat suite by Dutch DJ/producer, from neck-snappers to softer soul styles including an ace with Detroit's Guilty Simpson** "Percy Samidjono, better known by his stage name I.N.T. is a Dutch producer, DJ and performing artist originally from Amsterdam and Rwina's newest addition to its artist roster. "Percy La Rock" was the name given to I.N.T. by Charlie Ahearn, the director of Wildstyle. This seven-track EP is a diverse and unique record in the hip-hop/soul spectrum, with dreamy vocals from singers like Steve Hartley and Sasha Vee and some proper brag n' boast raps from the… Read more
'Floor-raising disco-house tackle from Julio Bashmore back on Broadwalk. Gunning for the mirror-ball on both sides, his 'Simple Love' workout is more low key, cruising on plump subs and shuffled hi-hats with the kind of glowing, wavey chords that make it feel like you've mistakenly gobbled a Gary with your lunch (no pun intended). 'Petals', on the other hand, is bang up for it, cutting shapes with skewed disco loops hingeing on massive claps and shuttered rhythms like some Soundhack track deployed during happy hour at P'bar.
Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts features James Sedwards of Nought (guitar), Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine (bass) and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (drums), the album radiates with both his signature thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads..
Killawatt continues to explore techno styles and tempos with severe results on his debut for Tom Dicicco's Run Out Run label. Four tracks veers farther than ever from his dubstep output and into a twisted form of techno resembling something like Rrose raised in bassbin. The A-side tweaks out a proper minimal vortex in 'Convoys' beside the offset stagger and tribalist cadence of 'Ball & Socket'; B-side ' arches up a hairy-backed stomper called 'Primary Panic', and gfets back to breakbeat business with the taut, Fairlight-style bass lashes and gear-grinding drums of 'Sinkhole'.
**Clear wax in PVC sleeve with insert** Perc & Truss, AnD, and The Exaltics remix Drax's 'Phosphene' banger. A-side, Perc & Truss trample the life out of it with hoofing industrial kicks and blood-drawing synthlines; B-side, AnD lock into airless white bread loops laced with EBM bassline progression, and The Exaltics pump it hard with pneumatic electro bass and scrabbling acid synthlines balanced by moody pads.
Award-winning poet, playwright and rapper Kate Tempest drops the 3rd single from her acclaimed album, 'Everybody Down' for Big Dada, backed with crafty Mike Skinner and Micachu remixes. In 'Circles' she's like London's answer to Sleaford Mods, bouncing street-level bars over a skippy minimal backing, whereas 'The Truth' feels more rugged, on the cusp of old electro and hip hop swagger. Miek Skinner jives 'Circles' with elegant triplets and strings, whilst Micachu gives the highlight in a slow-slamming but piquant remix of 'The Truth'.
**Transparent green vinyl w/ download code** "The Body and Sandworm are two bands with roots in the Providence underground that take unbridled negativity and spin it in opposite directions. The Body, legendary in both underground extreme music enclaves and the wider community of metal fans, are masters of expansive expressions of pure sadness that incorporate sounds and instruments far beyond what is typical in the realm of heavy metal. Sandworm is the young and hungry duo of Ben Eberle and Pat Reilly, bursting out of the gate on this, their first proper release, with a collection of raw … Read more
Like all good parables Jane Weaver’s sixth solo album, a concept album called ‘The Silver Globe’, is as multifaceted as it is beguiling. Part coming of age / part cautionary tale and part romantic paeon, this twelve track synth ridden post- apocalyptic prog pop opus is based on tightly embroidered, non-linear recurring themes and inspired by esoteric stories, cosmic imagery and refiltered past experiences. Written from the optimistic vantage of a long- standing female independent artist, in an desperately evolving industry, Jane’s latest set of self penned pop abstractions combine mecha… Read more
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of Nightmares On Wax’s first and finest album. ‘A Word Of Science’ - capturing the hardcore rave sound of the initial duo line-up of George ‘E.A.S.E.’ Evelyn and Kevin ‘Boy Wonder’ Harper. The original vinyl release of ‘A Word Of Science’ was a single LP which dropped three of the tracks included on the CD version. For this edition Warp have re-cut the album as a double LP for improved bass response and the missing three tracks (‘B.W.T.M.’, ‘Sal Batardes’ and ‘E.A.S.E.’) appear on vinyl for the first time.
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of Nightmares On Wax’s third album from 1999. Four years on from the critically acclaimed ‘Smokers Delight’, the follow-up is an extension of the dreamy soul and jazz-influenced downtempo hip hop of the former record.
Six months since his Kompakt debut, Dauwd returns to Cologne's finest with two supple, hypnotic tech-house rollers. 'Saleh' sashays across the A-side, ushered by padded kicks and woozy acid bass smudged with celestial melodies in the nicest manner. 'Moiety' on the other hand is urged by a pensive bass hook and dusty, slinky drums to levitating effect for floaty dancefloor moments.
Landstrumm gets on a bonky acid bogle with guest appearances from The Ghost Plumber and Bill Youngman. Uptown, he delivers two solo shots, the natty 8-bit techno burner 'Cheeseburgers With Beltram' and the cheeky bubble of 'Cloud Berries'. Downtown, he links with The Ghost Plumber for a rugged bleep techno jack called 'I Can't Keep Up', and with Bill Youngman for the percolating rimshots, soggy bass and splashing bleeps of 'Let Me Twist Her'. Debut release from the Kick + Clap label, great name…
Updated yet timeless Italo-disco by Dimitri From Paris collaborator, DJ Rocca. Frontside fires up the original 'Flying Mix' of 'Destination To The Sun' replete with dreamy vocal and well toned 12-cylinder bass arpeggios. Backside drops the vocal for a driving, elated Dubstrumental, and a more spaced-out remix from Leo Mas & Fabrice.
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of 2006 album. ‘In A Space Outta Sound’ signals a return to N.O.W.’s roots in soundsystem culture, featuring fan favourite ‘You Wish’, the dubwise ‘Flip Ya Lid’ featuring Ricky Ranking (The Bug / Roots Manuva) and the soulful ‘I Am You’ featuring. Mozez (Zero 7).
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of 2002 album. Expanding on the blunted instrumentals they had become known for, the trademark dreamy ambience and looped cratedigger samples of Nightmares On Wax’s world is joined by joyous vocal tracks such as ‘Know My Name’ and the nostalgic rap of ‘70s 80s’.