Thursday, 09 October
*Includes a free copy of the CD inside plus a download code* “Colours Of The Night (Satellite)’ is Peter Broderick’s first song- based release in two years, during which the singer-songwriter- composer-multi-instrumentalist and serial collaborator was struck down by a debilitating illness that forced him to re- evaluate his life. Here, in his own words, is what Peter has to say about it: “Folks! I am very excited to announce a forthcoming EP on the Bella Union label. ‘Colours Of The Night (Satellite)’ is a preview of what’s to come on my next full-length album, due ou… Read more
Excellent primer on the diffuse, highly influential elektronik music scene centred around the N.W. German industrial city, Düsseldorf circa late '70s-early '80s. Spanning work by common elements such as Wolfgang Riechmann - who played with both Kraftwerk, La Düsseldorf, and Neu!'s Michael Rother - in the sparkling 'Wunderbar', and La Düsseldorf's eponymous anthem, through to the ambient visions of Harmonia & Eno, and or the proto-techno warning volleys of D.A.F.'s 'Der Mussolini', Die Krupps' helter skelter 'Wahre Arbeit Wahrer Lohn' and Liasons Dangereuses' de… Read more
UTTU gets them cherry-picking fingers mucky again with Rushmore's 1st single outside of the Trax Couture label. In case you weren't following, Rushmore's dealt out a couple of killer 12"s to date fusing UK grime with Ballroom, Chi-house and footwork in excellent fashion. Here he's typically wayward, flexing out from Todd Terry styles in 'Dance Show' to an outstanding slow/fast ghetto-tech sound on 'Droptop', whereas 'Run II' eases off on a moody gherkin jerk tip and 'Throwback' juggles clipped chords and raspin' typewriter percussion like some raw-ass take on early SND. Tip!
**180g vinyl. Edition of 300** Project 13 resident, Acre, throws his weight around on a wicked debut 12" for the MCR club-night's new label. His 3rd and arguably sturdiest single to date after drops on Visionist's Lost Codes and Pinch's Cold Recordings, the 'Symbols' EP stakes his claim as one of wiliest yung producers in the UK's techno/dubstep/bass nexus. All three productions are stoically minimal but detailed with enough grit and dynamic to rub any dance the ruff way: running from a gutted hybrid of vintage Mala/Kode 9/Martyn-isms at 126bpm in the barrelling topside roller, 'Symbols', and over t… Read more
Marcus Intalex aka Trevino coins the Birdie label for his burgeoning c.130bpm output. Essentially he's transposing his patented liquid D&B vibes onto Detroit and UK tech-house templates, manifest in the clean, metallic chassis and rolling underlying heft of 'To The Core', in the sweeping proggy arrangement of 'Warmer', and over into darker filtered funk with 'Playtime' and smooth, swinging tech-house styles on 'Mezmerise'.
**Transparent green wax** E.R.P. (Convextion), Ramjac Corporation, and Martin Van Der Vleuten tackle a true techno classic for Last Known Trajectory. Originally released by Irdial in 1992, In Sync's 'Storm' 12" is a masterclass in machine-driven soul. Gerard Hanson aka E.R.P. gives 'Storm' a muggier, slower revision riding signature, super-wide bassline thru dense, liquid atmospheres laced with the original's lush hook and chords, whereas Dutch legend Martin van der Vleuten opts for a more expansive, proggy take on the flip. In between, Ramjac Corporation rework 'Warm' as a tight breakbeat electro number. Mastered by Steven Hitchell in Detroit.
**Transparent wax** Terrace and cv313 present further takes on two legendary In Sync techno classics for Last Known Trajectory. Terrace layers 'Storm' up with rolling bass LFO's and sweeps that celestial whistle out the horizon. Deepchord's Steven Hitchell aka cv313 douses In Sync's slightly later collaboration with Pluto, 'Subway' (1993) in his patented dub-tech noise bath. He also mastered the record.
Prickly digital soul music from NTS Radio's own Throwing Shade, following her Mystic Places' debut for Kassem Mosse's Ominira label with this gem for No Pain In Pop. '19 Jewels' is an iridescent distillation of underground London currents in 2014, contouring traces of '80s boogie & '90s R&B, African dance music and Asian pop with an abstract, detached sensibility landing somewhere between Hype Williams, Maria Minerva and Negra Branca. The kaleidoscopic synthsoul of 'Sweet Tooth' feat. Emily Bee opens for a set constantly in flux between light and dark, from the dank chamber vibes lit with ch… Read more
**Full version of the album on CD included inside** "Adam Bainbridge returns, co-writing with Robyn, Kelela, Ghanaian rapper M.anifest and Devonté Hynes (Blood Orange et al), a long-time friend whose 2013 ’Cupid Deluxe’ included contributions from Bainbridge. ‘Otherness’ is Adam's vision, but it's a collective vision. On the album’s opening track, ‘World Restart’, Bainbridge’s vocals remain in the backing chorus. Kelela and Ade sing the lead parts. The song rides the sort of lithe and loose horns (by Finn Peters) you might hear on a Fela Kuti record, but they're tethered to a boogie bassline and Bainbridge's own rich percussive clatter…"
Rare and unreleased funk jams from Slave frontman Steve Arrington's 80-84 drawer. "Steve Arrington, 80s hit maker and former front man of funk legends Slave, is back after a 20+ year hiatus from the music business. His collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Dam Funk from 2013, and brand new self-produced material throughout 2014, show that Steve's still got the funk in super human quantities (as they say in Dayton OH, home town of Arrington, Slave, Zapp, The Ohio Players etc etc etc - "there must be something in the water"). "Way Out (80-84)" a retrospective encompassing all of Arrington’s… Read more
*180g LP audiophile pressing includes art print poster + download code* " New instrumental rock project of Simon Trottier and Olivier Fairfield from Timber Timbre long active in Quebec's experimental/punk scene. Also features Timber Timbre frontman Taylor Kirk. When Timber Timbre’s ambient music for a horror film went unused back in 2012, Trottier and Fairfield began revisiting the sound palette they had built up for the soundtrack at Trottier's studio in Hull, Quebec, expanding on their techniques and textures, adding drums, bass and various other instruments, and. The duo found that they had dug i… Read more
A trio of Hamburg's finest, Peter M. Kersten (Lawrence), Christian Naujocks, and Richard Von Der Schulenburg, feel out a quietly freeform jazz-electronica sound as Sky Walking. Improvising in hushed dialogue at a "rotten studio in the backyard of a record store in Hamburg", the trio channel influence from the rustling backdrops of Gruppo Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, Gerard Grisey's spectral experiments, and Psychic TV's strange sound worlds via a "weird collection of instruments" including some Russian microphones and the "saddest sounding steel drum". The results unfurling a miniature… Read more
**Hand-stamped white label** Driven but slinky tech-house on Ben Westbeech's Naked Naked label. The work of Leeds-based producer Jordan Saxton aka Viers, both tracks sit comfortably on the label roster with Dusky, Breach, Dark Sky etc, offering pumping techno-house funk of the DVS1 variety up top in 'Ryomi', and a more low-key, proggy vibe with the B-side's Usagi'.
"Chicks on Speed return with their first album since 2009’s "Cutting The Edge”. Artstravaganza was created by Murray-Leslie and Logan in collaboration with leading contemporary artists, activists, producers and a princess, including: Julian Assange, Yoko Ono, Peter Weibel, Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, Christopher Just, Oliver Horton, Angie Seah and Anat Ben- David…,"
Dramatic, intricate EBM house trax by Rhodes, Greece-based June. Five tracks jack between the steaming arpeggios and Chicago/New Beat-style kicks of 'Direct Contact' to kinky cowbell patterns in 'S.A.D.H.' and on to decelrrated disco drama in 'The Human Target', SA42-style electro on 'Second Sight', and Liasons Dangereuses electro-funk in 'Musique pour La Danse'.
Mature, almost sombre-sounding house from Detroit's Generation Next aka the son of Big Strick. One fo' the authentic cats.
John Beltran returns with a seductively trim and techy new sound on Text, backed with label boss Four Tet's sweeter 2-step remix. Squeezing in somewhere between Hessle Joe and LP5-era Autechre, Beltran references his Latino and Detroit inspirations from a unique perspective, synching clipped claps and canted harp hook with pizzicato electronics in a fresh, bittersweet tangle where you'd almost expect Thom Yorke to come in crooning (gwan Thom, do us a version?). Four Tet's mix is much sweeter, easing the original to a dainty ambient 2-step more compatible with Actress and Martyn grooves. Class.
*Limited series of nine 12” celebrating Rinse’s 20th anniversary, each individually numbered and limited to 300 copies* A1 Broken Record (Jacques Greene Remix) A2 Skream : Rollercoaster (Jimmy Edgar Remix) B1 Katy B: What Love Is Made Of (MK Remix) B2 Headhunter: Prototype (Modeselektor Remix)
Distal returns with a bold new mesh of tumbling trap, grime and electronica on his sophomore album and first for his concept/label Anarchostar. Following his 2012 debut LP for Tectonic, the Atlantan producer's 'Retrograde Space Opera' shapes a vivid sonic fiction about.. "a dying planet… encapsulated by those who killed it. Filled with wandering souls and ancient technology, a way out emerges. A utopian star… an escape… The ANARCHOSTAR', according to his press release. The results are wildly diverse, sweeping from glossy new age ambient signifiers to the manic roil of his 'Ridge City'… Read more
Minimal tech-house rollers and jackers from Poland's Michal Wolski. Four cuts deftly shapeshift from mid-aughts minimal tech on 'Who Am I' to burned-out techno in 'Meausrement', the chiming soothe of 'The Bells', and glacial slow motion chug in 'Black Swan'.
Junes comes ruff but smooth on a smart debut single, originally released back in summer 2013. With more funk and flex than most, he pivots from the dope, dubbedout swing of 'Colours' to dustier, slinkier shimmies in Platform' and jazz-wise breakbeat cuts on 'Shaman Dance', via a stodgier Leif remix of 'Colours'.
Fresh from making his name on DVS1's Mistress Recordings. Doubt drops a rugged haul of heavy house on Don't Be Afraid. In possession of an infectiously raw sound palette, the Midwestern producer is set to garner a whole heap of new followers to his muscular, gritted style, from the grungy alley drive and moody progressions of 'Poor Dog' to the murky industrial pounder, When I Was Young', and the clogged filter funk of 'Frosx', which already counts Alexander Nut and 2562 amongst its fans. One to watch.
Nicely paced bleep techno and acid squirms from an intriguing new label, Galdoors. Tames follows on from Elgato's 'Links / Sun' 12" with three tracks skillfully weaving from salty, Sähkö-esque bleeps streaked with rattling snares and spring reverbs across the front side's Vivid Elements', to a Tin Man-alike piece of acid melancholy in 'Episodes', and rubbery minimal electro tweaks of 'Squeeze'.
Redinho pays up on the promise of his early 12" trio with the talkbox-abusing electro-funk of his debut album. A big favourite of Glasgow/London's Numbers fam, Red's sound is steeped in proper, West Coast G-funk and jazz-nimble electronica, streaming forward electric synthlines and his talkbox signatures anchored by a diverse range of rhythms, from Carpenter-esque slow electro ('Stinger') to broken beats a la Dorian Concept ('Searching'), thru to beautiful Balearic chug ('Shem') and plentiful percolating boogie heaters. RIYL Rustie, Jam City, Jackmaster's Tweak-a-holic sessions.
Antinote's Geena switches tack to ruddier, Afro-centric jaxx as Accem Myomi for Odd Frequencies. Working with barest essentials, he hammers out four hypnotic, abrasive tattoos trekking across the swampy jag of 'It Took The Night To Beliece' to a blunted, slower take on vintage Regis in 'Palms Crossed' and out to mind-swill acid bang on 'Hours So Wrong' and 'Next Stop Unknown'.
Electro and raw, dreamy deep house from down under. Dass, Furious Frank and Mic Mills on the buttons here, building up with the tightly nipped and tucked electro swing of 'Mein Peas', and taking it downtown with the smudged chords and trim house of 'OIne Eight Four', and sparkling tech-house boogie, 'If I Did' featuring Freddie Norwood.
**Vinyl edition of 500** Sound travels: Laurent Jeanneau returns us to the endangered minority cultures of South East Asia with the mesh of location recordings and electronics in 'Gongs', his follow-up to the haunting 'Voices' for Discrepant. Two extended sides develop his understandable fascination with the unique timbre of S.E. Asian Gong orchestras, revealing and contrasting their resonant acoustic tonalities and accompanying voices with a subtle patina of electronic processing and augmentation. The first piece uses an array of source material recorded in Laos and Cambodia to lure us into a dream… Read more
**Deluxe 2LP reissue with bonus album of remixes, inc. digital download redeemable from the label - *Featured bonus LP with remixes by Jackie-O Motherfucker, DJ Olive, Loren Conors and more** Japenese post-rock outfit Mono are one of those bands that seem to be effortlessly good at what they do. Admittedly they don't make grand gestures or mix things up on every release, but what they do they do exceptionally well and they keep on polishing, making their chosen sound as good as it can be. 'One Step More and you Die', their 2003 sophomore album, ill… Read more
"Funk's answer to the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Florida's Montgomery Express stood at the crossroads of politically conscious soul and mystically awakened dance music. Comprised of two blind musicians in their 20s and a teenage rhythm section, their lone LP was cut in 1972 for Orlando's Dove label, then reissued on Folkways two years later. Although the label usually steered clear of soul music and anything remotely commercial sounding, Montgomery Express tapped into Folkways' Guthrie-cum-Chamber Bros. nerve. "My whole life, I heard music in the air, beautiful music. I'v… Read more