Thursday, 16 October
**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
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'.
Hydraulik techno momentum from Manni Dee on Osiris UK, backed with a head-chopping Monic remix. No doubt: this is the best we've yet heard from Manni Dee, drying and concentrating his sound to a futurist industrial palette with the evil, poised rolige of 'Nicotine Kisses' and the sinuous, Surgeon-style tuck and shuffle of 'Sister Nobody', whereas 'Man Is Free, Man Is Freedom' dices with more abstract dub techno shapes a la Porter Ricks. Kryptic Minds own Mønic weighs in with killer blow, remixing 'Sister Nobody' with brutal concrète techno dynamics.
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
*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’.
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of Nightmares On Wax’s biggest album “Smokers Delight” from 1995. Moving away from the bleeps and breaks of their first album, ‘Smokers Delight’ presents a post-club comedown journey which experiments with elements of jazz, dub, soul and hip hop.
*Double gatefold vinyl repress with printed inner sleeves and a download card for the full audio* Reissue of Nightmares On Wax’s sixth album. ‘Thought So...’ a geographical departure, crafted in a campervan during George Evelyn’s journey from Leeds to Ibiza. Much like Wax Da Jam, the club night that he created upon arrival on the island, ‘Thought So...’ is in many ways a tribute to his origins as a DJ and what Evelyn describes as “the foundations of dance music”.
*Includes a copy of the CD free inside* Huxley deals in rudest, deepest UK dance functions on debut album, 'Blurred' for Aus Music. Hovering around the idea of a deeper UK dance sound, he proves equally effective in a spectrum of styles under the original house umbrella, from D&B, garage and dubstep, to vocal house and rolling electro. Fresh production, smart songs, choice grooves.
*White vinyl edition - includes remixes from Bass Clef and Daniel Avery, plus two original productions* Desire present an expanded edition of Ricardo Tobar's 'Garden' EP, now including 'Hundreds' from his 'Treillis' album plus Daniel Avery and Bass Clef remixes. The wormy arpeggios and shuffled groove of 'Gardens' and moody, muddy swing of 'Hundreds' build on the styles of his releases for Border Community and In Paradisum' with a deft touch and feel for visceral, hynptic textures ripe for deeper dancefloor sessions. Daniel Avery gives up a smoother, bluer mix of 'Garden', and Bass Clef offers a more rugged, collapsing halfstep version run thru with mad modular prongs.
**180g one-sided wax** Nico Jaar reworks his previously subscription-only workout, 'You Are The One' for the first edit on his Other People label. In unique fashion, Jaar reduces the Chicago footwork and classic disco memes to his patented mid-tempo chug, replete with some unexpected boogie twists.
Chaval Records boss Victor Santana faces off with Chicago's DJ Skull on a driven techno session. DJ Skull shakes down the A-side with the juggling drums and kinetic chords of 'Imperial March' and the funked-up jag of 'Travel' landing between Detroit's Rob Hood and DJ 3000. Santana takes the B-side with a slinkier ride called 'Slide' and the strident 909 rhythms of 'Perfect Room' reminding of Esteban Adame and Los Hermanos styles.
"“Enter The Spiral” - the title of the opening track by the first collaborative work between Sebastian Mullaert and Eitan Reiter - emerged out of a freeflowing improvised communication between the DJs and producers from Sweden and Israel. They first met at a festival in Tulum, Mexico where they played together at the end of the Mayan calendar. You cannot put their collaboration into one stylistic corner - you can only say that all their music distributes the feeling of an unvarnished musical trip. If you like you can call “Reflections Of Nothingness” a Rol… Read more
UK electro fixture Dez Williams steps out on Bedouin backed with fierce Ekman and Bintus remixes. Williams' original pieces play hard but nimble with rattling machine rhythms laced to spiralling 303's, old skool style, in 'Acid Bath', and grubbier, bittersweet electro/IDM in 'Silvaphish'. Ekman's R303CK remix of 'Acid Bath' burns like a f**ker, and Bintus bashes 'Silvaphish' to a knuckle-head techno agenda.
Burnt Friedman returns to Nonplace accompanied again by vocals from American actor and musician, Daniel Dodd-Ellis. In 'Cease To Matter' Friedman nudges his explorative Berlin dub sound somewhere more sensual, soulful, with no loss of his exotic and otherworldly aesthetic. Incorporating impressions from Friedman's Sub-Saharan concert tour of 2013, together with inspiration from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World - who's sampled on the two-part title track - the album takes shape as a worldly, futurist premonition of decaying, transitional metropolises and cultural melt … Read more