Thursday, 10 April
**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'.
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
Coiled, cutting-edge tech-house from Glimpse - aka Chris Spero, half of Dense & Pika with Alex Jones - following up his 'True South' 12" for Aus Music. A-side rolls out the sprung, kinky house wiggle of 'Baretta' riding beckoning bassline and pinging reverbs for the shape-cutters; B-side 'L.E.D' is darker, nastier, squeezing fat square bass beneath grittier drums and noisier FX with a supple, dubbed-out swerve.
Klara Lewis debuts on Editions Mego with the electronically animated sound organisms of 'Ett'. Sampling from a palette of modified and reconstituted field recordings, Klara's debut compositions yield ten terrarium-like sonic ecologies rich in organic texture and detail enlivened by bristling electronics and insectoid rhythms. They're strange, self-contained units amounting to a complex, beguiling lattice of unique timbres, atmospheric space and coarse yet fluidly woven texturhythms, all infused with a subtle sort of ambient (de)compositional sorcery. At its best in the wormy, humus dub 12 minute 'Alt… Read more
* Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* The first album ever outside of Spain to focus on the history of Gipsy Rhumba, one of the most interesting musical culture clashes, first taking place in the early 1960s. In the Catalan region of Spain gipsies, primarily known as the creators of Flamenco, came up with a fascinating hybrid style - Gipsy Rhumba - which blended together Latin and Rhumba music of Cuba and the Caribbean together with their own flamenco, as well as the emerging rock ‘n’roll from America. As wel… Read more
"Bringing together two of Finders Keepers leading artists, longtime critical favourites and out-and-out pioneers of the French conceptual rock scene that we at FK HQ often refer to as the No-No years, Cacophonic are proud to present this rare collaboration between Jean-Claude Vannier and Michel Magne along with pianist Martial Solal for the pioneering Electrode album from 1967. As the creators of the albums that launched both our Finders Keepers and Cacophonic labels respectively it is plain to see how this early LP represents a historic keystone in our precious roster. Elec… Read more
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Beautiful modern composition from LA's prolific Sean McCann and En/Root Strata's San Fran-based Maxwell August Croy. Their first collaboration, 'I' feels timlessly enigmatic, drawing on a wealth of aesthetic and compositional tropes from their respective oeuvres to synthesise something wholly new and uniquely engaging, weaving the exotic timbres of Croy's koto and McCann's keening string arrangements in a sound that defies easy categorization. Beaming forth with the flurry of strings and breezing wind instruments of 'Parting Light (… Read more
Reissue of classic DJ Sneak cuts backed with new edits from Henry Street's JohNick. You get the bumpty shuffle and sweet soul strings lifted from The Jacksons' 'Show You The Way To Go' on the frontside, 'Show Me The Way', plus the more percussive, looped-up slink of 'Feel Good' for the disco cats on the flipside.
Tightly-coiled minimal techno from Italy's Dario Tronchin aka Chevel on return to Stroboscopic Artefacts after many missions for his own Enclav label. As with the best SA releases, the five tracks of 'One Month Off' are built with a fine balance of experimentation and dancefloor suss. A-side he does this best with the chiselled but elastic swingjack of 'One Month Off' and the Itinerant Dubs-style sprung buck of 'The Wall'. B-side deals in more experimental grooves with the bare bones jack and bristling electronic textures of 'Cave Dwellings', a Lakker-like breakbeat techno number named 'Marker S… Read more
New Russian imprint YGROK debuts with a deep and crisp micro-house session from Kjofol. 'Chemin De Crêtes' weaves busy, swinging drums with floating chords and a fine lattice of FX to intimate, locked-in effect. 'Premature' goes a couple shades darker to sound like some lost Perlon number.
Kicking jack attacks from Qoso, following up heavyweights from Low Jack and Mondkopf on the In Paradisum label. A-side whales out the bruising, steely warehouse bang of 'Jura' and an Ancient Methods-like acid techno charge called 'Laphroaig'. Flipside you be forgiven some 33 or 45rpm quandries with the febrile force of machine gun drums and surging white noise in the terminator soca of 'Ardmore', and the Night-Slugs-on-Meth styles of 'Tool'.
**Screen-printed white sleeve** Dapper UK house styles from Greco Roman regular Guy Gormley aka Enchante, backed with a Silverlink remix. On top he spills the silky, purring groove of 'Pattern 3 (Gunman)', and the hovering, Theo-esque chord progressions and slack groove of 'Pattern 15 (Bell)' plus a kicking locked groove. Down below, 'Pattern 9 (Free At Last)' marches on a squelchy acid house chug beside the loved-up, Kassem Mosse-like squeeze of 'Pattern 17 (Love 2 Me)' and Silverlink's bucking remix of 'Pattern 3 (Gunman)' for the freakee playas.
**Letter-pressed wraparound sleeve. Edition of 100** Mutant and slow, squashed house grooves from the fella with previous form for Millions Of Moments and Night Gallery. There's two canny, contrasting joints on offer, both making fine use of the Eventide H910 Harmonizer: A-side is given to the pitch-shifting, skudgy funk of 'Lower States' with its twitchy drum programming strafed by stray, ghostly melodies and pushed outta shape by morphing, globular jackers bass; 'Lower Sun' deftly levers a vocal sample from Larry Levan's mix of Jaki's 'Sun Sun Sun' into a sparse, infectious deep house groove sprung with elastic square bass.
Four cuts of Detroit-inspired house and techno from John Barera and Soren Jahan's Supply Records. Line Cook opens, following a split 12" debut with Elbee Bad on the squashed filter house kink 'Super MT' beside Anders Hellberg's churning acid burner 'Resurrection'. John Barera & Paul Morse also figure with the moody, Italian-sounding house swing of 'Broken Land', and Stojche goes deeper with the flared chords and nimble 313 style drum programming of 'Outward'.
**Hand-stamped white label and white sleeve includes die-cut insert** Wo-Land Records debut with a kaleidoscopic cartography of contemporary Italian electronica from an intriguing collective including Herva, Mass Prod, Nicola Corti and Vaghe Stelle, among others. There's 12 tracks total, scoping out styles ranging from trad (and if we're honest a little dated) IDM, thru to hazier introspective texturhythms such as Herva's 'Hope' and the sparking funk of Mass Prod's 'Dna Low' thru to the bittersweet discord of Vaghe Stelle's 'Untitled 4 Part 2' composition, plus a dreamy cosmic … Read more
**180g, Edition of 300 copies** UAE-based Bedouin Records appear from nowhere with a hyperpop mirage from Allison Chanic backed by a flighty Lakker remix. The aching, alien vocal timbre and insectoid rhythms of 'Painlessly In Love' feels like a digitally-cured distillation of Ayshay, Autechre and Islaja, given an Enya-gone-techno overhaul by Lakker on the arresting remix version, and the instrumental 'Realm' swirls and keens with a weightless, polrhythmic hip hop shimmy at once reminding of Moon Wiring Club and the recent FAY album. Really class stuff. We look forward to hearing where the label goes next.