Thursday, 25 September
Oakland, CA dreamer, Austin Cesear smudges back into view on Public Information with his follow-up to aces for Opal Tapes and Anthony Naples' Proibito. 'West Side' was inspired by Austin's time spent gazing over the dock of Oakland port in the San Francisco bay, and duly yields six tracks of gauzily impressionist groove and foggy atmosphere, or, as PI poetically proffer; "This is Austin Cesear beside black water in the darkest hours, white sodium light bouncing across the surf. Searching across the bay, industry stands proud in the early morning haze. Cargo, containers, machines. Cranes pier… Read more
'Our Love' is the 2nd single from Dan Snaith aka Caribou's upcoming 4th solo album of the same title. A predictably sweet dancefloor move meshing froth, airy vocal processing with a rugged house bump, subtle Reese surges and disco strings until it turns into a full blown big room romp. Daphni remix on to the rear.
Violet Poison is the dark, enigmatic and esoteric side-project of Francesco Baudazzi, already known as Obtane, co-owner with Giorgio Gigli of the defunct techno label Zooloft. The new project is focused on analogue proto-techno with influences from 70’s Italian progressive bands like Goblin or OST composers like Fabio Frizzi and earlier Downwards records from 1994-1995. Check his debut full lenght on HAR, after the releases for Vatican Shadow’s label (Bed of Nails), for his own label Violet Poison, for Repitch Recordings and a remix for Frozen Border.
Proper Detroit electro-techno from UR's Nomadico aka DJ Dex. Along with Santiago Salazar, Nomadico reps UR's L.A. outpost with a latinate strain of the crew's sound. On the 'Yaxteq' EP he proves a diverse player with four track scoping out furtive, shifty electro on 'The^$!ngul@rity'', and sub-heavy psychedelic techno in 'Root3d' on The A-side. Deeper in, he teams up with his wife, Naheed Chaudry aka Naheedence for the hi-tech funk of 'Yaxche', and tweaks the 'floor to bits with the refractive, body-crumpling shuffles of 'New Baktun'.
Fully pumped ghetto-house and garage workout from Chris Finke as Bodyjack, backed da f*ck up with wicked DJ Haus remix. Given Finke's long term association with UK techno scene it's perhaps no surprise that the billowing bass and aggy groove of 'Brock Out' reminds of vintage Landstrumm and Cristian Vogel styles, whilst 'That's What She Said' runs a bouncing Chicago/London style reminding of Jerome Hill and the Uglyfunk lot. DJ Haus's remix is rudest of the pack, reworking the latter cut to a skippy, freaky old skool garage bang.
Young Turks present SBTRKT's strongest body of work to date with the electronic pop/soul projections of 'Wonder Where We Land'. Teeming with guest spots from A$AP Ferg, Koreless, Sampha, Jessie Ware, Warpaint, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), and Andrew Ashong, among others, it marks SBTRKT as a properly dilated producer, one open to working fresh new sounds and bolder production technique into more timeless dance-pop frameworks. At this point, the hooks of upfront singles such as 'New Dorp. New Dorp', 'Higher' and 'Voices In My Head' have… Read more
Capracara rides again! After dope sessions for UTTU, the London-based house fiend hits the funk release valve with clambering piano chords, fruity disco bass and breakbeats filtered for the party in 'Fake Drukqs', whilst 'Blue Balloon' swings out with a kinky Jersey flex factored by proper Northern organ house/garage vibes.
**Hand stamped white label from the long absent Blueprint sub-label** James Rukin's Blueprint springs the first taste of Rumah & Progression's upcoming album. Nose to tail techno styles, from the surging, chord-driven momentum of 'SC1' to monotone drive and pealing stabs in 'SC2' and the hypnotic swing ov 'SC3', capped out with a much ruder hydraulic remix of 'SC1 (Creech)' for those that knows, boyo.
Avian's experimental sister label serves the debut of Oliver Ho (Jealous God) and Tommy Gillard (Rogue Beat) as Zov Zov. Four tracks explore space between industrial drone and avant-classical, from the MB-meets-Emptyset keen of 'Rubble' to Zeitkratzer-esque zones of 'Endless Lines' to blistered free-rock grind in 'Clip', and insectoid electronics on 'Devices'.
*Includes download code* Hud Mo brings a rambunctious, hyper-coloured sound to 'Chimes'. Currently soundtracking an Apple advert, the lead cut flips the switch between airborne arpeggios and chest-puffing brass vamps inna Drill style we could easily imagine Kanye romping over. He's equally impressive when leaving the beats behind too, as with the wobbly kosmische flash of 'Brainwave', whilst 'King Kong Beaver' brings back the funk showmanship with flamboyant chops and the nuttiest drums. For the insatiable, there's also a rushin' junglist trap remix by Gammer.
"Tradisyon Ka's Gwo Ka album is newly recorded in Pointe-A-Pitre, Guadeloupe by Soul Jazz Records. Like the cult music of Haiti's Vodou and Cuba's Santeria or the roots music of Belize's Garifuna (all of which Soul Jazz have travelled to record), Gwo Ka is the musical and cultural product of the region's African ancestry, forcibly brought to the Caribbean through slavery. Gwo Ka exists only in Guadeloupe. Guadeloupe is a very different island from much of the Caribbean, in that it remains a 'department' of its original colonial master, F… Read more
Fierce, crushing techno rufige from Perc Trax's Japanese ambassador. 'Radiate The Ocean From My Back' stomps about like an acid-addled Surgeon romp beside the droning, deft clatter and shuffle of 'Unvanquishable Number'. B-side, 'Something For Those Who Wait' sets it sights underwater with fluid hydraulic rhythms and plangent sonar blips, and the mauling industrial funk of 'Lose The Ability To Withstand Existence' takes no prisoners.
**Clear vinyl with insert** Full charged techno steamers from Berlin-based UK techno artist Blue Hour. A-side cuts loose a fibrillating peak time roller with nagging vocal stab and thunderous 909s to do the do. B-side pumps out a more stripped tool reminding of late '90s brummie styles.
**Clear vinyl with insert** Angus Tarnawsky debuts on Inner Surface Music with four fractured industrial beat-offs backed by a remix from AnD. 'Pitched' sparks up tense, desolate slow/fast groove at 150bpm, which AnD rework to a functional 135bpm techno roil laced with noisier textures. On the B-side Tarnawsky dices with scuffed, monotone pulses in two parts, and passes out into glassy Sähkö-esque drones and bleeps.
Bittersweet UK house bumps by Midland, back on Aus Music. Three trax concentrate on a breezy, subtly discordant house mutation, carrying a laidback but driving momentum between the off-kilter fonk and soured synths/strings of 'Duster' thru the salty dub house skank of 'Reflex' and Afro-centric shuffle of 'Pitch Drift'.
**Edition of 300** Hyper-fresh electronica from John Flynn aka Spaces, on London's Warp-affiliated Bleep label. After first appearing in Bleep's 2012 round-up, he debuts proper with four tracks clearly indebted to Mark Fell or Autechre, and comparable, to an extent, with the productions of Holly Herndon or Gábor Lázár. Lead cut, 'Apologies' is a deft, forward exercise in slippery, metallic electro, syncopating hiccuping vox and flash stabs seared with darkside Reese bass in a style explored to different degrees in the slower swagger of 'Outside In', and the punchy swing of 'Lever' with it's Fairlight-lik… Read more
Sleazy-ass jaxxx by US producer, Publicist, inna timeless Chicago style for Luke Wyatt/Torn Hawk's Valcrond Video label. Really feeling both sides, from the grubby electro-bassed jack and kinky Bam Bam-style vox of 'Slave' to the full-body warehouse workout of 'Outside'.
Meandyou. make manoeuvres in deepest, abstract house quadrants. Clad in suitably kosmic artwork by the label/club-night's Andrew Lyster, they follow the lines of 'The Palace' EP to sub-low, alien house zones in Aatropa & Tephillin's 'Bells Jam', and trace the celestial contrails of Spectrum Spools' Fabric across 'Split Guest'. Stranded out there, label boss Sam Lewis aka Herron's '33 Weeks' scrambles the coordinates further with a tangle of deft drum programming and lustrous, plonging dub scapes resolving to a thick 4/4, before Metropolis dials in a neo-new age ambient vision 'The Great Lake', from Amsterdam.
T Williams' party house styles on PMR - label home to Disclosure and Jessie Ware. A-side curls out the electro squeeze of 'Shake That' and the warped Uk funk of 'Bahia Repluse'; B-side plays sweeter with the shape-cutters swing of 'Want You To' and an old sjkool house tribute, Dreaming Reruff'.
Monotone industrial drone outta Ireland, reinforced with a grinding Ancient Methods remix. W.H.O.K's originals churn like a technoid Gnod in 'Comminute', and with depressed, bludgeoned drones in 'Monopolific' or 'Scarp Assembly'. Ancient Methods skool them in industrial techniques with the more detailed, spacious remix render of 'Comminute'.
Pounding techno trax hustled on the first release by LDNwht's MLTred series. Manni Dee pumps out the peak tim play of 'Relieve The Routine' and Jeroen Search simmers the slinky arpeggios and 909s of 'Isabor'. Mike Parker drops the aquatic techno highlight of 'Das Elsmeer', and Gareth Wild gets wavey on the twisted charge of 'Advent'.
**Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label. Smashed psycho-garage-pop collage steeped in vintage styles and run ragged to tape. File somewhere betxit Eric Copeland and White Fence** "Trance Farmers aka Dayve Samek describes himself as a slinger, bong lighter, and chicken wire soul singer. This is his first full length album, following a handful of releases with Leaving Records."
Massimo Di Lena and Padice team up on a deep house/disco session for Dekmental. Four tracks cover bases between slinky acid disco in 'Motor'; bumpty Chicago juice in 'Oman Jazz'; wiggly Border Community-style tech-house in 'Design The Future'; grumbling cosmic styles in 'Arctic Lodge'.
**Includes digital download code for the full album plus a bonus EP of remixes by Silent Servant, Total Control and more, redeemable from the label** Posh Isolation's answer to Cold Cave aka Loke Rahbek (Vår, Damien Dubrovnik), Hannes Norrvide (Rose Alliance) and Malthe Fischer (Oh No Ono) do dour, melancholic synth-pop with classic style on 'International', their most substantial release to date and 2nd album for Sacred Bones. The original album touches on all your favourite '80s synthpop touchstones inna FM-ready fashion but we're more inclined to the remixes. Silent Servant gives 'I… Read more
**Includes digital download code for the album and bonus track - redeemable from the label** Second album from founding member and principal songwriter of acclaimed collage-pop duo the Books. Features guest vocals from Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink. "Following the dissolution of his groundbreaking collage-pop duo, the Books, Zammuto rebounded with an eponymous debut album submerged in transitional anxiety and audio effects designed to intentionally obscure the very humanistic qualities that marked Nick Zammuto's best work in the Books. An enormous weight has been lifted from Nick Zammuto, and you … Read more
*Includes a download code redeemable from the label* "King Tuff’s ‘Black Moon Spell' was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California, in the hot winter of 2014. There were many strange occurrences during the recording session - Dracula landlords, flashes of mysterious light, haunted microphones, songs that mixed themselves, demonic vortexes swirling in coffee cups, etc. Under the ‘Black Moon Spell’ you may experience euphoria, demented visions, wet dreams, bouts of backwards laughter, and dazed confusion resulting in primordial dancing. Los Angeles, full o… Read more
"Charlotte Oleena began writing simple soundscapes as Sea Oleena in early 2010, shaped by melancholy and never wanting to leave her bedroom. With an initial focus on recording, she began playing shows by herself regularly a year after the release of her first EP. Since then she’s played shows with a handful of musicians but has recently been playing alone again, moving pointedly in the direction of wide and open ambient worlds. At the end of 2012, following two self-released EPs, Oleena began writing what would become her first label-released album, ‘Shallow’. The album was finished in the fall o… Read more
*Includes MP3 download code redeemable from the label* "‘Electric Ursa’ is the second solo album by Joan Shelley. Recorded in her hometown of Lousiville, KY with producer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, Houndmouth), the album is comprised of eight songs, startling in their quietness and closeness."