Tuesday, 08 July
Drily unsettling synth-pop from Dawid Szczesny and Wojciech Bakowski aka Niwea on Poland's superb Bocian label. Frankly we haven't got a clue what they're singing/drawling about but the juxtaposition of stoic tone and sweet blue synths makes for a bleakly noirish 'Wszystko' on the A-side, whereas the jarring mixture of rap-style bars and swollen bass in 'Tło' is more unusual and almost creepy.
Thursday, 03 July
*Deadly first release on Mistry - a new label from Beneath. 400 copies, mastered and cut by Matt Colton* Alex Coulton makes the deft first mark on Beneath's Mistry label, a new home for darker, techy UK riddims, with a necessary vinyl cut of his in-demand 'Bleep Sequence' and the slick forward motion of 'Tension'. A secret weapon in Beneath's DJ sets for the last few years, 'Bleep Sequence' weighs up a definitive reduction of dark garage, dubbed techno and Yorkshire-style bleep 'n bass with plangent radar pings and body-scanning subs rolling from a spare, halfstep swagger into d… Read more
**Limited clear edition - gorgeous drone works massively recommended if yr into Kevin Drumm, Eliane Radigue, Jason Lescalleet, Janek Schaefer** 'Sirène' is the first major solo vinyl release of works by UK-based sound artist, Robert Curgenven. With particular focus on the physical and acoustic nuance of field recordings, organ and electronics, it features four pieces written, mixed, remixed and expanded between 2008 and 2014 at locations ranging from assorted churches in Cornwall, England, to various spots in his native Australia. It opens with the impending dread drones of an expanded and r… Read more
**Edition of 300 copies only ** Clay Rendering, already responsible for one of our favourite releases of the year so far return with this limited run 7" of strung-out gothic gems for Hospital productions. With the taste of 'Waters Above The Firmament' still on our lips, Mike and Tara Connelly reveal their most vulnerable vocal, guitar and accordion on 'Fire Is Fall's Rose' before hackled guitars and trudging drums arch up like a waking daemon to close. Flipside, we're slowly swept up in the waltzing keys, chamber techno thud and absolutely gutted vocal of 'Red Roots'. Have your heart and eat it...
NYC techno renegade reprises the ADMX-71 alias for a trio of 111bpm sewer trotters on L.I.E.S. As regular readers of these pages will know, slow industrial techno really multiplies our bacteria. Adam has really nailed that swagger on the A-side 'Disentangle Me' with a spiralling helix of pendulous bass arpeggio, glancing industrial drums and untoward vocal that wouldn't sound outta place soundtracking that horrific club scene from 'Irreversible', and pursues that murky path thru the B-side with grubbier, minimalist results on 'Strife Within' and the effluent acid oscillations of 'Cryptic Language'.
Philly's finest circuit scorchers return to Morphosis' label with an iridescent new sound following an acclaimed trio of blackened noise/techno 12"s. Still improvised/hacked by fingers on modified hardware, for this outing they've replaced much of the atonal noise elements with glistening, dissonant hi-end bleeps and scything, glassy tones underpinned by rugged techno rhythms. The intrepid A-side 'Vertia' explores a unique dimension of sheer, shearing tones right on the brink of the pain threshold, whilst B-side 'Tiled Eighths' strobes spotlighting blips and chimes around a cavernous … Read more
A pair of dark, arpeggiated wave disco missions from Xander Harris for Drvg Cvltvre's label. 'Midnight Mystics' was originally a digital release in 2012 and now makes its way to discerning discos on wax, packing the hypnotic synth burn and flighty pan-pipes of 'Midnight Mystics' on one side, and the rolling proto-techno-trance vectors of 'I Am Thee Traveller' on the other.
AnD & Whirling Hall of Knives beat down tracks from Valved's debut release, 'Blood On The Controls', for Ireland's finest, Trensmat. AnD clearly relish the task with two dread-filled, red-lining remixes of 'Tipping Point', one which sounds like a cranky Emptyset kicking the fxxk out of an oil tanker, and another like some Kevin Drumm beat-off. B-side Whirling Hall Of Knives leave no prisoners either with alternately rabid and blank-eyed industrial techno versions of 'Blood On The Controls'. careful now.
Peder Mannerfelt and Malcolm Pardon's vehicle for kosmic and techno styled electronic drama returns on the Leaf label with an arresting sound.""Until Silence marks a monumental shift for Roll The Dice, in both sonics and psychogeography. The characteristic framework of piano and synthesiser is reinforced with a newly conscripted string section: dramatic arrangements grind against furnace blasts of static, and phases of unrelenting rhythmic intensity collapse into moments of frayed, fragile beauty. Roll The Dice’s most powerful and nuanced work to date, its tracks are by tur… Read more
*2LP housed in deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” gatefold jacket. Compiled by DJ Supreme La Rock, all tracks re-mastered with new liner notes by Jonathan Zwickel with band interviews and rare archive photos* "In 2004, the first volume of Wheedle’s Groove shone a light on the formerly unheralded soul scene in 1960s and ‘70s Seattle, followed by a new album in 2008, and then an award winning feature-length documentary film. The on-going Wheedle’s Groove series continues to present a vast chapter of the city’s musical heritage that has little to do w… Read more
**Includes ace Andrés remix** Bass-rollin' boogie/broken beat house gems by Detroit's Mike Grant and pals, launched from his highly respected Moods & Grooves label. Reelest 313 vibes from nose to tail, laying down supple basswork and Amp Fiddler's hovering rhodes chords for Billy Love's achingly soulful vox on Mike Grant's pendulous original mix, whilst Andrés evens the house keel with a debonaire deep house mix on the flip.
Dry, rolling techno aces from Italy's Roberto Clementi, including a smart Marcel Dettmann remix. 'Bonton' works out a furtive bassline and skipping hi-hat momentum to hypnotise the 'floor, and 'Concolor' dices with deft dub chords and slinky drum programming. The hydraulic flow and mysterious atmospheres of Dettmann's 'Bonton' remix give the EP's highlight.
Mesmerising house miss-shapes from The Lowlands. Lawrence Ledoux has been known by many monikers in the past - Sun OK Papi KO, Jcuzzi Notebook, rbdx - but this is his first release under his own name. The four tracks work somewhere between the Congolese thumb piano grooves of The Durian Borthers or Konono No.1 on 'Afruita' and Actress or Zomby-alike bleep house swagger in 'Astre', whilst flipside switches tack to languid, square bass-driven house on 'Chorus' and dubbed out hardware wonk reminding of Itinerant Dubs sound in 'Terre'.
**Edition of 250 red vinyl** Operating under one of the best titles of 2014, on 'Purging The Pious' Delinquent Dialect, Heuristic Audio and Dr. Skunkenstein come for your children at a breakneck 150bpms.
"Following the incredibly well received release of Donna McGhee’s Make It Last Forever, Groove Line continue with another Patrick Adams & Greg Carmichael produced classic, Lady Bug, by Bumblebee Unlimited, the second in a series of 12” audiophile reissues from the Disco underground. Bumblebee Unlimited was a studio disco project from Adams and Carmichael, and along with their work with groups like Universal Robot Band and Inner Life, is credited for pushing the boundaries of dance music production. Their 1978 classic single Lady Bug was ta… Read more
Classy house trax from a Glaswegian gang who've been at it for a wee while but prefer to keep their identities under wraps. 'After Effects' yields four handy cuts of timeless, deeply rooted house music ranging from dreamy boogie edits thru supple acid house depths and dapper beatdown strut. Support from Morgan Geist, Jackmaster, Bake All Caps, Jerome Derradji…
Trim tech-house and dapper deeper styles from Axel Boman, Fred P, Strategy, Julius Steinhoff and more collected on volume 6, part 1 of Mule Musiq's annual round-up compiled by Toshiya Kawasaki. Check for Boman's nifty swinger 'Anytime Is Fine', the kinky dip of Strategy's 'Rhythm King', and the effortless glide of Fred P's 'Electric Bridge'.
Sterling solo debut album from Smallpeople's Julius Steinhoff. From the core of Hamburg's Smallville crew/label/record shop, Julius delivers a suite of sweeping yet personal romantic gestures ripe for intimate deep house sessions. Echoing the classic moods & grooves of Chicago, Detroit and New York with crisp German production values and radiant sense of space, the eight trax of 'Flocking Behaviour' are testament to a proper passion for deep house and an awareness of when minimalism can go too far in one direction. Make sure to check for the chiming couplet of late night beauties… Read more
Dark Entries celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Italo Disco club hit “Walking In The Neon”. Peter Richard was the alias first adopted in 1979 by producer and vocalist Walter Beinat. His best known song was “Walking In The Neon”, released as a maxi-single on Italian label Good Vibes in 1985. For this single Richard teamed up with the production duo of Gigi Farina and Franco Rago, best known for their projects ‘Lectric Workers, Decadance, Expansives, and Wanexa. "Walking In The Neon" was written by Rago & Farina with help from Chuck Rolando, member of Italian disco group Passenge… Read more
Art Fine was the duo of Fabrice Bellini (electronics, vocals) and Rush Blakemann (guitar, synthesizer) from Tuin, Italy. They met in art school and became friends, inspired by New Wave, dance and electronic music. They recorded their only single “Dark Silence” in November 1984, which was released by Discomagic in 1985. Fabrice programmed the electronic drums using SCI Drumtraks and added extra tracks on the Simmons SDSV. Rush played electric guitar and the Yamaha piano notes at the start of the song. Guest musicians Silvano Borgatta and Riccardo RosaThe “da da da da da" voice effect was done… Read more
Proper Bristolian swagger-tech from Lurka, making his debut on Black Acre after hot shots for Hotline and Black Box. Up top his anxiously coiled 'Holding' riddim consolidates dancehall and minimal techno with motorik groove and serious low-end dynamics whilst flipside 'Nah So' skanks to an even dread coda of voodoo drums and bass, and 'KMT' comes to bury the dance with Carpenter-esque arpeggios lcoked to garotting hi-hats and belly churning subs. RIYL Visionist, Kowton, Commodo…
**Includes download code** Hot on the heels of G.H.O.S.T. 001, the label sprays a 2nd round of diamond-cut D&B. On top they spark up the neuro styles of 'Red Eyes'; down below the gangsta hardstep of 'New York'.
**Ltd edition pressing on clear vinyl** Diverse, deep-burning jakbeat trax from Chicago acolyte D'Marc Cantu, presented in Desire's ace mock old skool Warp jacket. Stepping slightly outside his usual remit, Cantu takes the opportunity to flex some uptempo energy with the filtered bassline funk and warm synth pads of 'Irregular Bedfellows', the DJ Rush-styled slam of 'Partydaze', and the Roulé-meets-Reese filter freaker 'Svetlana', whereas the 303-riding party hustle of 'Maddance' and the druggy AI techno dream of 'Uneven' return to tempos more typical of his usual output. Smart joint.
Deep 'n rugegd technohouse tackle from Dutchman, Presk, for Germany's Something Happening, Somewhere label. Styles are more straightforward, driving than his previous for Fourth Wave and ten Thousand Yen, playing out the swinging, proggy jack of 'Babou' and the aquatic dub, 'Sink Shift' on side A, and cutting deeper with the Detroit-influenced, NWAQ-alike vibes of 'Gomero', which is given a dope, droning techno remix by Single Point Edge.
Grumbling breakbeat techno abstractions from both members of the Steven Porter duo. Katsunori Sawa comes with dark thunder sounding like Ben Frost servicing Surgeon on 'Immortal Bind' and Kondo follows suit with a crushing, vicious roller putting a precise, dynamic spin on the crowded noise-techno nexus. RIYL Dadub, Plaster, AnD, Shapednoise.
*Full colour 350g heavy gloss laminate sleeve - limited clear vinyl with download coupon and 12" x 12" insert also included * "A G E N D E R started out as a solo, lo-fi punk excursion for Romy Hoffman (Macromantics, Romy), and has since morphed into an all girl 3 piece, known for their intense, fast, tight knit punk shows. A G E N D E R play a unique blend of schitzo synthy paranoid punk. The first record “Self (en)titled” was entirely written, recorded, played and mixed by Romy Hoffman, with additional mixing and mastering by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control). A G E N D … Read more
*New solo project by Nobuyuki Sakuma of Jesse Ruins. Full colour 350g heavy gloss laminate sleeve - limited white vinyl with download code redeemable from the label* "Cold Name is the solo project of Nobuyuki Sakuma from Jesse Ruins. ‘Eat Your Hand’ is Cold Name’s debut album and contains 12 short electronic songs that 20JazzFunkGreats describes this way: “Cold Name’s Intent to Kill isn’t in some undanceable time signature. It’s not obtuse. It’s perfectly possible to dance to its techno. It just doesn’t seem to want you to.Its drums envelop like a thick, black ooze. Suspending you in an aura… Read more
Tom Dicicco's production just gets better with each release. The 'Life' EP follows two ace EPs on Run Out Run with a refined, subaquatic techno agenda flexing out from the caustic bleep techno rolige of 'What Is Life' to the muscular, industrial minimalism of 'Low_Res' on the A-side. Flip it for the fluidly kinetic techno experiment of 'Broken Reality' and the killer radioactive dubscape, 'Amazon In'.
Skudged, noisy techno jags from Metrist, who was last last spotted on NYC's Fifth Wall label and remixing for Kryptic Minds. All four cuts bristle and clank with a combustible industrial energy and friction, jamming between the rigid swagger of 'Letch' to effluent electro-step on ''Symphony for the Palpitation' to the crazed lurch of 'Cowlick' and the knotted discombobulations of 'Stanza For The Weak'. One for fans of Happa, Mønic, AnD.