Thursday, 21 November
Feel My Bicep marks one year in the game with this deep and moody, KMS style House bomb. Bicep's 2nd release on their own label cements their reputation as proper house songsmiths: A-side's 'satisfy' hits where it matters with a blend of belting diva vocal, subbass heft and canny breakbeats in proper Kevin Saunderson circa 1990 style, whilst 'Snackbar' jacks up another tribute to classic NYC and Detroit styles, and 'The Final Trip' takes it out there with authentically misty-eyed early techno appeal.
Midland cuts loose on his Graded label with three trax: some of his best work yet. He plays out three pieces of deep, tribal and tricky broken House, swinging from the electro-technoid funk and freakin' weird voices of 'Drumtrak' with its surging bassline on the front, and over to the lush minimalism of 'Diving Bell' and crooked, percussive drum dub backed with two useful locked grooves.
The KVB's debut album, finally available on physical format beyond the original 100 copy cassette edition in 2012. Coming off like moodier English cousins to Wooden Shjips and Cold Cave and landing somewhere between MBV and Factory Floor, 'Minus One', Kat Day and Nicholas Woods' first missive, was recorded, produced and mixed over the course of five days in 2011 and barrels out eight tracks of motorik, gothic bloodlust powered by vitamin C-deficient drum machines, droning synths and razor-cutting clouds of guitar distortion. It will sound perfect with your new leather jacket and studied sneer.
Theo P gives up two jazz-wise treats on the 50th Sound Signature release. A-side, he tickles tender keys on a sub-100bpm bump loaded with slow humpin' bass on 'Long Walk In Your Sun'; flipside he steps uptempo with the bustling breaks and busy bassline of 'Strawberry Dragon' for the jazz-dancers. Happy golden anniversary SS!
**Sublime, somnambulant ambient-pop decelerations on the near-infallible NNA Tapes** "Migrations In Rust is Jesse Allen. As a member of the Red Light District collective in Queens, NY (which has included some of the best in modern experimental musicians such as Yellow Tears, Pharmakon, John Mannion, Diaphragm, DJ Dog Dick and a slurry of other side projects, solo projects and collaborations), former member of the Cathode Terror Secretion and current performer in Cowards, in addition to producing and performing under the guise of several other solo projects (Hollow Seed, Goldeater, etc)… Read more
*Vinyl finally in stock* Footwork's most prominent standard-bearer hurtles out a heavy debut album for Hyperdub. Perhaps better described as a collaborative effort - all bar two tracks feature Spinn, Addison Groove, Taso, Manny, or Earl - 'Double Cup' is the freshest missive from the rapidly ascendent and influential Chicago scene. Over 14 fibrillating tessellations of classic funk, soul, house and jungle Rashad stakes his ground with assured swagger. When he really cuts wild the effect is remarkable: previous single, 'I Don't Give A F**k', with its minimalist bleep coda and strobing bass pulses… Read more
Deepest Detroit house from Omar-S' pal, OB Ignitt. His 'Mysterious' is just that, an inimitable piece of motor city jazz trance harking back to classic Red Planet, Mad Mike moments and such, whilst flipside rolls with a dusty, conga-lead Afro-Latin funk vibe on the moody 'Celestial Salacious' and a proper party cut, 'Chocolate City'. Big tunes for the House players.
**Limited edition of 500, includes one brown & one green record, plus a locked groove for infinite terror** "Death Waltz Recording Company & Unseen Forces are proud to present the complete motion picture soundtrack from Fede Alvarez’s incendiary 2013 reimagining of cult horror masterpiece the EVIL DEAD. Spanish composer Roque Baños dazzles with a crisp modern orchestral score that bows reverently toward such genre classics as Jerry Goldsmith’s The Omen Suite, Anton Webern and Krzysztof Penderecki’s creepy string movements from The Exorcist and Joseph LoDuca’s beautifull… Read more
**Die-cut jacket** Pinch's Cold Recordings present two icy, darkside techno rollers from rising star, Ipman. A-side 'Ventricle' is some voodoo rave business coming off like Lakker meets Bizzy B - all writhing, grinding rhythmic mechnics and zipping mentasm licks liable to take yer eyebrows off. B-side 'Decomposer' is mutant minimal techno stepping off pneumatic subs and under attack from surging acid bleeps.
Dubkasm version Kahn & Neek's Gorgon Sound doublepack with four heavyweight, rolling cuts. Bristol's Digistep and DJ Stryda aka Dubkasm reroute the originals thru a matrix of spring reverb, tape-delays and bespoke FX modules diffused via their legendary soundcraft mixing console, blurring the distinction between modern production and timeless dubwise technique. For the dub heads, it's practically worth it for the murderous re-vamp of 'Medusa', now weaponised with terrifying sirens and thunderous B-line as 'Dub Mirror', or equally their massive overhaul of 'Orion', reworked as the… Read more
Doomy sci-fi/industrial electro visions from Penélope Martin's ARD2, backed with a super-cooled Heinrich Mueller (Dopplereffekt) mix. The first release on SETI yields a brace of four deft, driving constructions from ARD2 ranging from the EBM epic, 'Control' to the Abstract Thought-alike electro of 'Cosmic Dust' and the sweeping strings of 'Endless Storm'. Not for the first time, Penélope is bolstered by a fine Heinrich Mueller mix, this time remodelling 'Closed Timelike Curve Restructure' with clinically efficient dexterity.
DMK Krew has his tightest duds on again. 'Hot Punch' is a tidy dab of Moog-fruity boogie-disco romance, and 'My Metro' dims the lights to get greasier with hip-shotting laser synth hooks and tight-ass swing.
Future-tribalist swagger from one of Bristol's finest young producers. 'Up top, 'Murda' comes off like Joe meets Blank Mind's Alan Johnson inna step-off - all crazed percussive cadence and a promiscuous, ruffneck approach to funky, techno and wot-the-f**k-dya-call-it sounds. Flipside he harks back to the junglist sound of Brizzle elders, Smith & Mighty, with the dubwise rolige of 'Break Pressure'.
**Limited edition 180g vinyl** **Spellbinding new album produced by Susanna and Deathprod** "Barely one year after the Rune Grammofon-release of critically acclaimed “Wild Dog”, Susanna returns with a new album. Released on her own label SusannaSonata on CD, vinyl and download in September 2013. Susanna is known for both her own songwriting, with songs such as ‘Believer’ and her huge range of highly personal interpretations of other people’s songs. She is an intensely arresting performer; holding audiences captive with her hypnotizing vocal timbre and the powerful, all consuming so… Read more
*Includes download code redeemable from the label* **Stunning suite of far-out, psychedelic collaborations between three virtuosic players. Really sounds like little else out there. Intrepid listeners need to check this** "Wake Up Awesome, by C. Spencer Yeh (Burning Star Core), Okkyung Lee, and Lasse Marhaug (Jazzkamer), is the second chapter of SSTUDIOS (Software Studios Series). SSTUDIOS is a new venture in the Software Recording Co.'s expanding catalog that invites artists in the field of electronic music to create collaborative works of quality and vision. … Read more
Peaking Lights, JD Twitch and Bjørn Torske give brilliant disco-not-disco remixes of Norwegian model-turned-wave-riding rocker Carmen Villain. Peaking Lights turn her 'Dreamo' into some kinda psycho-Cumbia wildness, whilst JD Twitch is at his best with his doomy, EBM-infected revision of 'How Much' sounding like Group Rhoda meets Factory Floor, and fruitloop disco head Bjørn Torske takes 'Obedience' for a motorik dugga-dugga disco ride.
Echocord Colour catch Deadbeat at his smartest on 'Mercy Cage'. The original's a swirling beauty of fluctuating chords and padded, propulsive bass momentum in classic Chain Reaction style, whilst the dub is alluring in its sparse, hypnotic Basic Channel-like ghostliness.
Stefan Jaworzyn (Skullflower/Whitehouse) unleashes two further sides of churning, noisy modular f**kery on his legendary and recently revived Shock label. Up top, 'Bilharzia' is a squashed and distressed tract of wobbly bass and surging squall, whilst B-side is loaded with the juggernaut momentum and blistering but lush harmonic noise of 'Make A Joyful Sound'. Check that B-side, it's a beaut!
DJ Haus' Hot Haus label revives two turn-of-the-millenium French filter funk bombs by Parisian DJ/producers, Jess & Crabbe. Frontside they get freeky with the disco-debased Roulé styles of 'Big Booya' and flipside again with the Daft Punk flair of 'Council'. Kodiak follow killer reworks of Capracara and drops for UTTU and Numbers with a mad fusion of B-More and jungle party music on their 'Big Booya' remix, and Matrixxman tempers 'Council' to a canny piano house bump.
Singer/songwriter/producer Sohn follows his 4AD debut and production work for Banks and Angel Haze with the slowly gripping, spiralling arpeggios of 'Lessons'. It sounds something like Holy Other meets Dorian Concept, driving low-lying kicks under an intense and almost cathartic synthline alleviated with his soaring vocals. Instrumental and A Capella on the B-side, new album upcoming 2014.
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Reissued pair of dark, deeply arresting widescreen synth visions originally issued in 1984 on Harold's own label, Cantil. "Perhaps the darkest entry in his voluminous back catalogue with a quasi-industrial element to the sonic palette. Two 20-minute plus tracks that evoke a post-apocalyptic soundworld with heavy synth drone and suspended single piano notes." Recommended!
*Includes Download Code Redeemable From The Label* Reissue of a sweetly succinct side of "Cosmic Americana' vignettes originally issued by Harold Budd on his own label, Cantil, in 1981. "Short but incisive piano meditations with carefully layered electronic washes and bursts of pedal steel guitar, conjuring images of Harold's desert upbringing."
**Hand-stamped ruff card jacket and hand-stamped white label** The ever versatile Cosmin TRG caters to the Running Back sound with three slinky, lo-slung techno-house rollers. Check for the muggy, heavy house swing of 'Panoramic' and the rugged-yet-debonaire chunky house budge of 'Aurora'.
**Edition of 100 housed in wraparound sleeve containing lyrics** Italian engima Fantamatres aka Canedicoda and "slangy poet" Sissy Biasin debut on this odd little 7" for Holidays. It's made all the odder for the fact we can't understand what Sissy's saying, and the fact they reckon it was recorded at Bates Motel (Perú, Piruw) and October 12th 1492. A-side, Sissy rambles around a sleazy organ funk groove called 'Nanni ha perso la battaglia' and appears heavily effected on the spurting electronic goop on 'L'infanzia di Picci', whilst it gets even more interesting with the space station bleep… Read more
Neville Watson boots up Don't Be Afraid's Special Editions series with a trio of deep, rugged house trax. His A-side, 'Crossing The I's' is a killer DJ tool; stripped to the bone Chicago patterns and a virulent acid line loaded with the kind of bass pressure that'll shake the drink out of your cup before a soaring synthline takes it all to the nth dimension. Big tune! Flipside, 'Wired' take the vibe down a notch with we;;-tucked, London-style house wiggle powered by another mad bassline, whilst 'Hot & Heavy' swings with slinky percussion, warm chords and strings for the dancers.
**Limited edition of 300 & first 100 include print** Kit Grill succinctly melds slinky house rhythms and lush, harmonious minimalism on his debut album issued via GetMe! (Dam Mantle, Graphics, o F F Love). Over twelve tracks Grill gives knowing nods to the rippling, repetitive phrasing of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich as much as Neu!'s motorik simplicity and the pastoral dance music of CFCF or earlier James Holden. The fidelity is crystal clear and his tone is warm and friendly, oscillating between tenderly suspended melodies and gently insistent, motorik grooves almost oriental in their delicacy and folkwise in their simplicity.
Moody tech-house from Leeds-based Josh Butler. A-side sounds a bit like Maya Janes Coles but we like the naughty Niche/Hard House-style bassline warp on B-side 'Keep Movin''.
**Includes download code redeemable from the label** Muscular electro-bass turn by former Instra:mentalist Jon Convex, backed with smart remixes by Ore and dBridge. 'Losing Time' rolls out a taut mix of glinting breakbeats, sci-fi electro-bass and darkside voices for a reet robo-boogie, whereas 'TX' works up a head of steam with slamming bass and Kraftwerk-esque electro signatures remodelled for the 2013 ro-bro-ts. Civil Music's new signing Ore makes a fine introduction to the scene with his pounding techno remix of 'TX', and dBridge turns it into a gyrating digital dancehall weapon.
Kinky disco fruit spiked with a liberal dose of loved-up sensuality from Scot-in-Paris, Graham Peel aka Paradise 100. Four tracks slink at a sinuous mid-tempo groove parsing a paucity of elements - his mantra is "more than three tracks on a song is just indulgence" - into a sleek homage to mid-late '80s boogie, deepest house and Balearic disco. The purposeful efficiency works just beautifully, each element selected for its ripeness and allowed all the space it needs to lather up and get acquainted with its grooving bedfellows. A-side, 'The Loin King' swaggers with exotic synthlines, sparkl… Read more
Slick disco from London's AD Bourke, following releases for Domu's Treble O label, Nature and Citinite. The vibe is deep and debonaire as you like on all four tracks, ranging from low-slung boogie house foreplay on 'Prelude' to deft Detroit-style chord riding and sweeping crimson pads in 'Astral' thru to the fruity synth funk of 'Equinox' and the beautiful solo piano and pads to close with A night in Almeria'.