Thursday, 25 April
"Early in 2013, Error Broadcast released Soosh's critically acclaimed LP Colour is Breathe. Now the Scottish producer returns with the remixes album, a collection that offers ten fresh interpretations of standout tracks from Colour is Breathe. A quartet of established names reshapes "For You". UK-based rapper DELS and his producer Eli-T make it raw and lyrical, whilst Dam Mantle lends his trademark energy to the same track. US beat scene veteran devonwho pares back the song to its very pulse, leaving Synkro room to let it kick and snap. Slowwkid betrays his newcomer status with a hazy… Read more
One of modern hip hop's baddest partnerships come with the rugged, paranoid mania of 'Street Lights', backed with a monstrous Dabrye version. Following their acclaimed work on 'XXX', White kits Brown's road truths with a vivid, febrile beat full of gun blasts, spectral choirs and 360º street psychedelics. From the suburbs of Brown's Detroit, Ann Arbor's Dabrye recalibrates a pensive, driving bass wobble and sci-fi synth washes shocked up with killer electroid stabs. Tool up!
Fifth of 12 x 7" from Malmö's Solförmörkelse label is a pair of destroyed, "anti-fidelity death electronics" cuts by the mysterious Arkhe. It starts out relatively quiet and ominous on the A-side, 'Kryptakravlarin' before gravelly bass churn mills out whiffs of spectral melodies and EVP traces amongst slow boiling distortion. 'Hungertornet' grows out of the B-side, dragging up cadaverous noise apparitions from a swell of churning humus only to asphyxiate and pulverize them in the dank night air. RIYL Prurient, Maurizio Bianchi, Helm, Damien Dubrovnik.
Strung-out kosmische drone-pop from Swedish scene dons on Solförmörkelse's series of 7"s. Ahead of Skeppet's forthcoming full length for NNF and following a string of appreciated cassettes on their Kosmisk Väg label, Andreas Malm and Henrik Wallin cut deep with the destroyed Balearic/Krautrock vibes of 'Fåglarnas Samtal' on the A-side before the synth and guitar tendered descent of 'Passagen' sinks in on the B-side. One for fans of Barn Owl's rawest, or early Emeralds.
Grooving ghost-in-the-machine analogue electronica from the Acido and Atelier fam's Tase. In purest Berlin fashion he whittles down two persuasive minimal dancefloor acts, one coming off like Actress's 'Maze' with the ending in sight, the other a chiming, trippy piece of disco-house with weird, whirring synth figures, smudgy tape trickery and hypnotic bass oscillation.
**10" + free CD** In summer 2012 multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick made a series of recordings with his microphone shy father, Steven, aka Pop. 'Broderick & Broderick' documents their few evenings spent together in Berlin picking out old, familiar melodies, Steven on nylon six-string and Peter on Violin and whatever else was in his hands. The typically lovely results were later looped, cut-up and re-arranged by Peter and mailed to his sister, Heather Woods-Broderick, who later added vocal layers, percussion and organ to what would become a present for their mutual Pop, and now appears as the record before you. Double lovely stuff.
"In anticipation of the forthcoming Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s and '80s compilation, Soundway release a special remix and edit 12" featuring two tracks from the collection and two exclusives. It kicks off with Batida's remix of a 1977 benga 45 (Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe) from the Mbiri Young Stars. Fast 120bpm plus 4/4 rhythms with liquid guitars and machine-gun drumming are married with kuduro drum programming. Second up and surging with sub bass, British production duo The Busy Twist inject The Kalambya Boys' Kivelenge (also from 1977) with a sl… Read more
New York's Contakt sets off two deep-playing technohouse moves for San Francisco's Icee Hot crew, backed with Robert Hood and Ghosts On Tape remixes. 'Nobody Else' is a hard-bodied update of classic, haughty NYC house sounds; 'Tessera 04' is dubbier, more Berlin-influenced. Ghosts On Tape chop-up 'Nobody Else' with filigree breaks and acid-based swing, but the one you need is Robert Hood's heads-down, muscular remix of 'Tessela 04', perfectly arranged for deep-time techno play.
**Twelve crucial cuts of swaggering '70s Nigerian dance music. Double gatefold edition includes download code redeemable from the label** As this compilation on Brighton's Soundway label adeptly illustrates, Nigeria in the 1970s was a melting pot of different cultural influences, both from African sources and the wider influence of music from other corners of the world - most notably jazz and blues. This double-disc sized compilation draws together 12 tracks that have never before been reissued, offering a unique slant on how … Read more
Two excellent shots of skittish power trio improvisation from Anders Lindsjö, Matthias Nihlén and Adam Persson aka HALStER. Taut, skin and nail-flaying string twangs and pinging percussive clatter make for a country-and-jazz liberating A-side 'Nej, Leta I Ateljén', while the flip spurts piano shards and dismantled six-string plongs in jagged and arrhythmic shapes with a certain concrète sensibility and dynamic.
*New edition with a new colourway on the sleeve* A 3rd titanic Kraut/Psyche-rock face-off from Manchester's bonglords, Gnod, and New York's space cadets, White Hills. They first met under the light of seven moons on 'Aquarian Downer' in 2008, followed by the first 'Drop Out' album for Drug Space Records in 2009, whilst the intervening years have seen a flurry of individual rituals occurring on NNF, Blackest Rainbow and Thrill Jockey, to name a few. It's difficult, and probably pointless trying to figure out who contributes what, because it's all just one mass of en… Read more
**Red vinyl** Oliverwho Factory deal in the rawest, most effective Detroit house on their 8th Madd Chaise issue. It's worth the entry alone for a remastered mix of their uplifting vocal banger 'Rain 5th Wave' (2003), and you'll also find more moody, spacewise gear in a revised 'Touch Me' (2003), and a sleek but noisy new throbber, '2Morrow'.
**Intra-galactic synth spectacular spiralling between Italo wormholes, celestial devotionals and psychedelic electro** "Vintage synthesizer music has ballooned from a fringe interest into something approaching an outright renaissance across the past half-decade, but few wield as much radical mastery in the realm as Jonas Reinhardt. After a couple years experimenting with group arrangements, Jesse Reiner (Reinhardt's mastermind / alter ego) returned the project in 2011 to its solitary roots, birthing the distant moon terrarium Music for the Tactile Dome, the Klaus Schulze-spawn The P… Read more
**'90s -sounding, North-Western American indie jangle. Includes art insert/lyric sheet** "Hard Coming Down is Gun Outfit's third album for PPM. It's not an easy task to shake up a scene famous for the twee groups of the K Records catalog, but with Gun Outfit barreling through hundreds of shows in the late 2000's, they were key in the renewal of the loud and plaintive to the historically vibrant scene of Olympia, WA. Reviewers compared them to Sonic Youth, Wipers, Dino Jr - because, just like Gun Outfit, these bands combined the caterwaul of Black Flag with the twining harmonies of folk. H… Read more
Halocyan catch ASC indulging his IDM tastes on the 'Sonic Assault EP', backed with Kangding Ray, Mike Slott and Chrissy Murderbot remixes. Highlights occur in the fractured, '97 Ae styles of 'Fourier System' and his bittersweet stepper 'Sympathy', or Kangding Ray's darker techno take on 'Sonic Assault'.
There are flashes of excellence on this record, the work of a former model Carmen Hilestad, which is styled very much after post-grunge alt.rock, from Beat Happening through to Murray Street-era Sonic Youth, but approaches it with a contemporary Scandi-pop sensibility, a bit of early MTV / AM radio swagger and crisp production befitting its home on Smalltown Supersound. If there’s a criticism to be made, it’s that it never quite settles down in to one thing or the other - Hilestad doesn’t seem to know if she wants to be Kim Gordon or Chrissie Hynde, Carrie Brownstein or Lykke Li. This indecisi… Read more
Proggy house and techno for the party posse. We're getting a distinct whiff of Teutonic trance from the hovering, upbuilding organ chords and thump of 'Goldfisch', but what's tat weird funky snare motif doing there? 'Zig' is more club 18-30 Eurobeat circa 1999, so wrong but strangely charming like vodka at 1pm on a greek beach.
One of the UK's dopest deep house producers does what he does best. These may be the rudest, rawest cuts in his catalogue. A-side, 'If U Believe' locks off a wiggly one with sparingly used but crucial vocals for the shuffling crew; 'Wacky Racers' gets loose and freaky with well filtered samples inna classic Anthony Shakir style. B-side, with 'Wise Root' he pushes into that rarified 5am headspace owned by Theo Parrish or STL, but with his patented sorta sensuality and patience; 'Mo Bella' seals the deal with a proper Chicago/Detroit disco-soul cut-up.
Trippy, funked-up avant-house groovers from a talented young Italian producer. Proceeding an album and 12"s for Bosconi Records, Herva's 'What I Feel' EP cuts loose with a mad blend of broken beats, techno and frustrated funk, flipping from almost Footwork-like hypersoul motion on 'Paranoid Thinking' to the squashed house stepper 'Crocodile Tears' and onto the wild, whirring technoid futurism of 'Gorilla's Machine' and a Detroit booty-whipper 'Snow And Clouds'. RIYL AMUS, Nubian Mindz, Pepe Braddock, Anthony Shakir.
Reissue of party-ready dancehall dub case produced by Chris Cracknell and Henry "Junjo" Lawes. Features the digi-infected dread dub of 'Can't Take Another World War'.
"Niney the Observer's first dub album 'Dubbing With The Observer' was cut at King Tubby's Studio with Tubby himself reworking Niney's rhythms and adding his magic as only he could do. Niney The Observer (b. Winston Holness, 1951 Montego Bay, Jamaica) by the early 70's had forged a successful working partnership with singer Dennis Brown cutting some of his best songs adding a more rootsy element to his singers sound. Songs like 'Westbound Train', 'No More Will I Roam', 'I Am the Conqueror' to name but a few. Also cutting a hit for Ken Boothe 'Silver Words' and two other si… Read more
**Includes digital download code redeemable from the label** Sweet album of Colombian pop mixing ambient electronics, rap, cumbia, techno and folk melodies. To be fair, that combination could have resulted some rather dodgy results in other hands, but Soundway know their beans and present this as a refreshing adjunct to their cache of classic recordings from the black atlantic. Very enjoyable.
Cool neo garage house backed with a Citizen remix. Swings between the atmospheric build of 'Hy-Brasil' to the sunken acid shuffle of 'Growing Apart' and the moody, pistoning techno stepper 'The Testament' beside a Detroit garage-techno infected Citizen remix of 'Hy-Brasil'.
**Includes download code for bonus remixes from Darling Farah and Jon Convex redeemable from the label** Civil Music introduce Ore with four sub-heavy techno tracks borrowing from classic Detroit, Berlin and Birmingham sounds with a modern London flex. A-side features the dugga-dugga chug and junglist drops of 'Four Pins' and the dubbed-out roller, 'Rise'. B-side steps out with the limber hydraulics of 'Cafe Torresfies' and the grittier swing of 'Nolita'.
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Tech-house minimalist Adam Marshall meets Toronto-based dubstepper Christian Andersen aka XI at the neat and crafty juncture of Graze. It's a stylish update of their respective forms, amplifying the garage and groove roots of dubstep and rubbing the often staid tropes of tech-house with rugged swing. It's a solid set from end to end, swerving between the Shake-like synchro-groove of 'Thesust' to the breezily aerated, lissom swing of 'No Save' and the 808 flux of 'Cathode Bias' to the skanking house special 'Ques' and the beautifully gutted ambient-techno-bass architecture of 'On Board'. RIYL Deadbeat, Martyn, Shake.
High-intensity techno workouts from J. Tijn on Untold's Pennyroyal label. Following the course of his 'Jack 2' 12" he leaves no prisoners with an aggressive A-side pounding backed by one kinkier swinger and a brutal, Belgian-sounding stomper.
**Limited gold vinyl edition** Synth Sense close Auxiliary's Symbol series with a grip of sci-fi steppers, cinematic cues and throbbing techno. The A-side unfurls a queasy, gutted half-speed stepper charged with shocking electric textures and HD sound design, plus one piece of new age digital sci-fi simulacra. B-side knuckles down with a lurching 4/4 techno sculpture and cybeR'n'B instrumental vibes recalling Laurel Halo.
Stripped down halfstep meditations by Brum's Ben Ewins aka Be-1ne. 'Disrepresentation' hinges on a moody halfstep drums under inclement atmospheres; 'Data Touch' conducts a haptic experiment in creepy, skin-crawling subbass pressure and grimy dread-step rhythms.
London's Church clubnight and label follow up Happa's debut 12" with two thick club tools by Rumah, backed with James Fox and Apes & Seb Wildwood remixes. Both originals fall into that hulking, square-bassed techno-house category eked out by Boddika and Joy O whilst remixes spin off into slower, deep-housed styled dub-chord swing.
**Slick and juicy future boogie funk** "London-based music and art label Earnest Endeavours announce their signing of Pomrad, from Antwerp, Belgium. The 23-year-old rising electronic savant and jazz trained keyboardist, producer and live performer’s debut EP 'Vlotjes' was released in 2012 on OohWee Records to a feverish fanbase built around his electric stage shows. Bestowed with a raw funk conjured from his mastery of keyboards (he started playing keys when he was five-years-old), keytars, samplers and talkboxes, Pomrad draws on disparate influences from Herbie Hancock to Zappa and DJ LeFtO, and … Read more