Thursday, 16 July
Factory Floor's Gabe Gurnsey charges up a pair of alternately oily and aerated techno-house rollers for co-producer, Richard Fearless' Drone label. Up top he extrudes the acid-creamed swagger of 'Falling Phase' laced with vox by his FF bandmate, Nik Colk Void, whereas 'Partaloa' works a skeletal groove from dubbed metallic drums and boiler-rubbing resonance.
Elegantly poised and pensive tech-house from Kompakt darling Matt Karmil. A-side holds a sweet tension with the filtered kicks and chords of 'Fight' precipitating a muscular, droning bass arpeggio bound to turn heads in the club. B-side, 'Kiss And Make Up' inverts that formula to a drowsy but hard-working tech-house groove subtly pitched and nudged off axis.
We Play House touch up their Belgian roots with this special reissue of The Mackenzie's sublime 1990 piece, 'No Promises', backed with 2015 remixes by Lauer, Locked Groove and WPH boss Red D. The original is an archetype of that 1990 style - between post New Beat house and proto-Goa trance - all vaulted chorales, creamy bass and dreamy beach vibes executed with finesse. The remixes don't quite live up to the original, but do offer some nice moments in Lauer's emotive cover version and the more spacious roll of Red D and Locked Groove's Exotische Edit.
*Vinyl-only special edition record from Jon Spencer’s alter-ego Heavy Trash featuring previously unreleased wig outs, instrumentals, outtakes and other unhinged gems recorded throughout the band’s lifetime* "Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray, the men known as Heavy Trash, never thought that anyone could be watching or listening, let alone recording, when they perpetrated these middle-of-the-night flip-outs, improvisations, instrumentals and dangerous experiments in unchecked soul exposition and naked desire. Had they known the tape was rolling we would never have this demented document of darkness and… Read more
"Midnight are one of those shoulda / woulda / coulda bands that might actually have made it had their utter youthfulness not got in the way. Hailing from the suburbs of Olympia Fields, Country Club Hills and Chicago Heights, Illinois, Dave Hill (keys), Scott Marquart (drums), Frank Anastos (guitar, vox) and John Falstrom (bass) were all record-obsessed teenagers taking music lessons at Homewood’s Melody Mart in 1974. That same year they formed Midnight, covering hot and heavy hard rock songs from the likes of Uriah Heep, James Gang and Black Sabbath but they evolved quickly, playing house pa… Read more
"Sliding up from the old heart of the Bay Area are a special new band. Hands up for the sweet and sour popsicles of Peacers. Carrying on like rock and roll never happened already, Peacers unpack a century’s worth of progress in fresh tunage. With time short, Peacers grab what scraps they can through the closing window and dance beneath the demeaned sky, with one flag waving free. Peacers’ debut is a dash through the gutted and the gutter, all of which is written home about with a gleeful cock of the skull and twinkle in eye, unmistakably out of the poison nib of Mike Donovan, whose hits with Sic Alp… Read more
"SK Kakraba Lobi is a master xylophonist from Ghana and the nephew of Master Xylophonist Kakraba Lobi. He is a master of the Gyil, which means that he is both an instrument maker and a virtuoso performer. The Gyil is the Ghanaian xylophone and the primary instrument of the Lobi, Sisala and Dagara people of Northern Ghana. It is constructed of 14 wooden slats suspended over calabash gourds that have been fitted with resonators. SK was an instructor of the Gyil at the International Centre For African Music And Dance at the University Of Ghana but has recently moved to Los Angeles. SK has performed at… Read more
"Maya Postepski is a polymath. An active member of the Toronto music scene, she has been making music for over 10 years, currently as part of electronic group Austra (Domino). She is a prolific remix artist, DJ and she co-wrote and produced TRST with Robert Alfons as Trust (Arts & Crafts). Progress is her latest album, released under her solo moniker Princess Century."
Big Kev gives his E-dancer alias a 2nd wind with 'Foundation'. His seminal early '90s moniker has lain neglected since 2001 at least, but here he re-captures the classic vibe of his 'Feel The Mood' (1991) joint in the rolling drive and spaced-out vibe of 'Foundation' and its dub, only this time the production is broader, smoother and toned.
**Includes digital download** "More than 25 years after releasing his debut single and dancefloor anthem 'Tears’ Satoshi Tomiie returns with a new album. This legendary collaboration with Frankie Knuckles, that’s now considered as one of house music’s most important moments, was only the start of an exciting career. Satoshi Tomiie has been at the forefront of the global house music movement ever since. He released on a variety of labels going from Strictly Rhythm to Sony, toured with the Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra Fame, worked with artists like Robert Owens… Read more
Outernationally-minded French producer, Débruit follows the North African Skweee styles of 'Aljawal' with "some cold sounding African music, from an imaginary place where ancient West Africa cohabits with 80's New York" on his newly minted ici label.
"Bobby Browser’s human counterpart, Andre Ferreira, decamped to Brooklyn last year after nearly a decade in San Francisco but his Pacific moods and Portuguese slang remain undiminished. Clubspinning is his latest EP, culled from a series of 2013 sessions based around a Yamaha SU700 Sampling Unit, the tracks “selected to represent the most unique and memorable performances during that time.” Mission accomplished: “Clubspinning” and “No Attachments” are rich glitterball glides, soft-lensed and silk-spun; “Manchester” a baffling bass-prowler dubbed with synthetic flute and Factory samples; a… Read more
Thursday, 09 July
*Limited Edition 2LP pressing from Alessio Natalizia, aka Not Waving. 500 Copies, first 200 pressed up on translucent yellow and solid white vinyl* In case you slept on Not Waving's enigmatic and tripping trio of 'Voices' tapes (limited to 100 copies each) in 2014, he's entirely reworked and repackaged them in this new set designed for complete immersion in his (other)worlds. Compiled, they mark a point of transition between old Not Waving and the new Not Waving (soon to be revealed in a crushing album of dancefloor gear for Diagonal), presenting 18 reshaped mixes of the tapes… Read more
**Limited gatefold white vinyl 2LP, includes MP3 download code** 'In-Between' marks the momentous return of Arovane, in collaboration with Hior Chronik, to the ambient serenity of his much-adored early '00s releases for CCO and DIN. More than ten years ago, Uwe Zhan a.k.a. Arovane left the IDM/electronica world, seemingly for good, with the delicate prisms of 'Lillies', only to reappear in 2013 with a more angular, beats-driven style in 'Ve Palor' for n5MD. Now teaming up with Greek composer Hior Chronik, Arovane returns to expand upon the tranquil, hyaline sounds and lump-in-throat… Read more
Surgeon executes the final raid on his 1995-96 archive with a very eagerly-awaited batch of six 'Unreleased Tracks'. The results are deadly and fascinating, yielding some of the most stripped down and frankly f**king evil cuts in his considerable, 20-year deep arsenal. Animated via a deft re-master and vinyl cut by CGB at D&M in Berlin, they range from the bone-splintering buck and shearing metallic tone of the self-explanatory 'HARD' to the choking sub-bass pressure and scything chords of 'Lash Lite' thru to the glottal punctuation and vintage Errorsmith tone of 'Lash' and the warped techno skip of 'IT-2'.
Sawf London's Coyote Records pull another wicked debut from the pack with Spokes' 'Green Eyes' session. Working at the soft spot between OG grime and new age ambience, their three originals present lucent visions of our present future, crisply detailed with avian flute chatter and prickling electro drum palettes, at best in the Slackk-approved 'Lo Pan Strikes' and the shades-on at midnight ATL vibe of 'Mutations'. On a remix tip, E.M.M.A. proves a fine candidate to spin the light-headed dynamics of 'Ritalin', earthing its diaphanous bleeps and white noise washes with double dipped bass and whirrin… Read more
**Includes 12" x 12" insert and download code** Matt Morandi's Jahiliyya Fields yield a long-delayed and highly-charged second 2LP of hypnotic loops, drones and rhythmic noise for L.I.E.S. Found in sharp relief with the meditative tone of 'Unicursal Hexagram' (2012), his debut album, this set veers between wavy alien square dance and layered, ecstatic techno impulses. But, the occultist, esoteric intentions remain the same, urging a state of dancefloor transcendence thru repetition and chaotic, hallucinogenic derangement across eleven mental stages. It's all much closer to the projectio… Read more
**First time on vinyl, taken from the master tapes - Includes insert** Rush Hour pluck out a pair of soul-burning disco gems from James Mason's personal archive. OK, there's nowt quite so dazzling this time as his 'Nitegruv' cut, but the vibes are much classier, sporting the one and only Bernard Purdie rolling out on the drums of 'The Dance of Life' beside a glittering Fonda Rae vocal and performances by his 'Rhythm of Life' band members, whereas the B-side resets to a slow and low space boogie glyde buttered with Arp Odyssey and Poly-Moog. Tipped!
**Vinyl Edition finally available, includes download code** First new solo album in six years from founding member of pioneering chamber-rock ensemble, Rachel’s. Features members of Loscil, Rachel’s, Shipping News, Amsterdam Sinfonietta* "Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kentucky – most renowned for her work in Rachel's, the groundbreaking chamber-rock ensemble that introduced an entire generation of underground rock fans to the unexpected similarities and appeal of neoclassical music. Grimes has toured the world as a solo pianist, and as a collabo… Read more
Proper, mutant UK killers from Bristol's Lurka. 'Partials' follows a steady line of dancefloor inquiry from his early ones for Black Box, thru a killer Hotline drop and last year's unique 'Holding' 12" to twyst farther still from convention with these weird gems. The title track rides a slackened, bashy dancehall bump with calving chromatic synth motifs, sounding something like Pekka Airaksinen and Florian Hecker on a very freaky weekend at Sandals, whilst 'Mach' holds steadfast to that tempo but with kinkier fills and metallic licks. Tip!
On ambidextrous producer Lee Bannon's follow-up LP for Ninja Tune, he swaps junglist intensity for gauzy ambient, IDM and dustbowl tones. Clearly a producer who does not like to sit on his laurels - especially when considering the acclaim surrounding his jungle diversion, 'Alternate/Ending' - his latest switch is also executed with authenticity and originality, teasing out a melancholy miasma of vapourous chords and rustling concrète haptics shot thru with skeletal, fractured traces of techno and jungle rhythm. We'd triangulate this sound somewhere between the weightless zones of Logos a… Read more
**Includes download code for bonus live album recording. Limited edition of 1000 - includes outtakes, remixes by Devendra Banhart & Eluvium** Hauschka revisits his 'Abandoned City' head-space with an addendum of 5 outtakes plus more expansive remixes by Devendra Banhart and Eluvium. "A NDO C Y is a continuation of the Abandoned City story, told as a tale of two sides. Side A features five tracks conceived during the Abandoned City sessions, a suite of songs that together form an exceptionally resonant whole. As with Abandoned City, these songs owe as much to minimalist techno as modern compositio… Read more
2nd album from LHF distilling myriad elements of UK and outernational soundsystem culture and vibes for Keysound Recordings. The work of Amen Ra, Low Density Matter, and No Fixed Abode, a.k.a. LHF, 'For The Thrown' presents ten filigree collages of samples and synths to follow the rudeboy stance of their recent Ragga Twins hook-up. The production focus is on bright, colourful melody and textures, full of choral synths, wistful flutes and Alice Coltrane-like shimmers buoyed by subtle subs and percussion that glints under the sun.
One of London's most distinctive new producers disorientates house and techno on a crack'd new ace for Ninja Tunes' Technicolour label. Building on the brilliance of his early wares for ManMadeMusic and the Kodwo Eshun-sampling collage of 'The Kids Will Take Care Of Themselves' for Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound, this 12" flips the experience of being turned away from the door of a Berlin club into a four part enigma of ember-glow techno, psychedelic house and collapsing ambience. 'Our Place' comes first with sub-heaving techno momentum and dancing dust mite figures beside the blunted wiggle j… Read more
**50th Anniversary Limited Edition. Esperanto-Green Vinyl.** Nearly 50 years old, 'College Tour' is one of two seminal LPs recorded by avant-garde/jazz vocalist Patty Waters for ESP Disk in 1966. Where the other LP, 'Sings' was a studio effort, 'College Tour' was recorded on location across five dates at NYC college music departments playing alongside Sun Ra Arkestra, Burton Green, Giuseppi Logan and Ran Blake. It would be runner-up in Jazz and Pop Magazine's 1970 award for Vocal Recording and its influence would extend beyond jazz into the vocal innovations and extended technique of Yoko … Read more
Power Vacuum bag a sack of spannered acid madness from Cylob. The perennial outsider loved for classics on Rephlex mercifully hasn't mellowed with age, twatting out seven trax of wonky techno discord ('Concrete Corporal'), hyper drill 'n bass (Granular Psychosis [Ect Mix]'), superb EBM braindance ('Rosetta'), and psy-NRG ('Missions to Mercury'), with a dose of IDM chamber ambience in 'Zattrday'.
Fort Romeau tasks associates of Frankfurt's Running Back and Live at Robert Johnson labels to remix his 'Insides' album. Check for the hazy shimmy of Massimiliano Pagliara's rework of 'All I Want' and Orson Wells' raw, swinging and elegantly poised overhaul of 'Lately'.
Deep, heavy and epic reworks of The Knife from Paula Temple, Kane Roth and Tama Sumo's Tarantism trio. Refreshingly there's not a bloke in sight on this multi-artist record - well, we say "in sight", because Gal Aner a.k.a. Juju lends post-production to the expansive Tarantism (a form of dancing mania) remix of 'Ready To Lose' from Tama Sumo, Lakuti and Ari Robey-Lawrence - as Paula Temple runs 'Stay Out Here' to a shocking industrial techno coda in two mixes, and France's Kane Roth rolls the same elements to a more concentrated, visceral brand of techno pressure. Strong showing. TIP!
The North American producer deviates between deepest techno, acidic electro and ambient drone-pop in his sterling debut album. The breadth of diversity and quality of his execution in 'Homesick' is as much testament to Matrixxman's skill as a producer as his deft dancefloor instinct; whether he doing ghetto-ready techno-house like 'Switchblade', bending on a breakbeat acid flex with 'Red Light District', or fathoming beatless sci-fi terrain in 'Annika's Theme' or 'Earth Like Conditions', he impresses at every turn.