Thursday, 25 June
Fredrick Lonberg-Holm (cello & electronics) and Ken Vandermark (reeds), documented on 21 September, 2013, at a benefit for the Malachi Ritscher Collection (an archive of high-fidelity recordings made by the eponymous "amateur" enthusiast in Chicago). Dabnces from skronking shards of chaos to deft, angular minimalism, and back to far-out orbit.
**Initial copies on blue translucent vinyl** Scorching free improvisation by Chicago-based cellist Fredrick Lonberg-Holm and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love. 'You Can Be Mine' catches the duo sparking against each other in a free-flying tussle of drums, cello and electronics, from raging jazz tornados to pointillist precision and quieter, intent passages of extended technique.
*Limited edition Heavyweight 180gsm vinyl LP. Includes download code** "The Delgados’ magnum opus ‘The Great Eastern’ remains one of Chemikal Underground’s most significant releases and is now available on vinyl for the first time in almost 15 years. ‘The Great Eastern’ was The Delgados third studio album, following ‘Domestiques’ in 1996 and ‘Peloton’ in 1998. The album was recorded by band member Paul Savage and engineer Tony Doogan in Scotland. The album was mixed by Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, The Flaming Lips, Mogwai) at Tarbox Road Studios. The end result was a resounding succes… Read more
**Ben Greenberg (Hubble, The Men) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver) get their rocks off on a synth and drum machine-heavy punk assault. Presented by Luke Younger's Alter imprint** "On 'Perfect World', that machine is firing on all cylinders. The guitar is run through a cheap ’80s preamp marketed to metal kids. The drum machine is equally no-frills, an Akai XR20 that Greenberg says “most people wouldn’t want to keep around.” These humble components are combined with noisy synth and Berdan’s profound howling to form something much greater. Post-punk, synthpunk, and indust… Read more
The Room Below blends classic Chicago and Detroit strains to make their own rich blend of experimental house for DBA. Up top, Henry Keen a.k.a. the CDR regular and Gilles Peterson-favoured Soundspecies and The Room Below welcomes us in with the conscious sampling and shimmering mid-tempo move, 'Trusted', beside the pastoral acid house of 'Rainy Friday'. Down below, it gets freakier with the frayed blips and and salty, splashing drums of 'Mad Energy' and a bit-crushed samba buzz entitled, 'Freedom'.
Danse Noire present a darker shade of Haf Haf with 'This Sick Beat' following up the Italian producer's 'Notch' [Gang of Ducks, 2014]. Backed with a killer Gatekeeper remix and self-described as "sad music for a sad life", Haf Haf's 2nd EP revolves three wickedly misshapen, amorphous takes on techno, hip hop and lysergic electronica, spooling out from the screwed modes of 'Kuro No Meiro' to the knackered trudge of 'The Wasabi That You Ate' with its excellent use of watery, Youtube-like compression, and the intra-dimensional seepage of 'Blue Dragon'. On the remix, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper pursue… Read more
**Clear vinyl edition of 500** Core Posh Isolation players, Loke Rahbek (Vår, Lust For Youth) and Kristian Emdal (Vår, Age Coin) present five pieces of brooding, brittle electronics imagined for dance performance and recorded between Copenhagen's Mayhem space and Sweden's EMS facility. We're not quite sure what kind of "dance" performance they had in mind but, knowing their prurient minds, we could apply the rear cover's instructions "carpet of crushed sea shells covering parts of the floor", "copper thread in a knot around the performer's genitals", or "white clothes and bare… Read more
Sublime deep house album by Berlin-residing Finnish producer Jarno Erola a.k.a. Joe Le Bon. Trimmed to a T by label boss, Mike Grant, 'House Music Love Music' deals in the warmest, deftest strains of house music in eight parts sashaying from the glossolalic vocals and enveloping sensuality of 'Why Dogs Sing' thru the Soundhack-like chords and swing of 'Like Cotton Deep Orcheestra' to slippery slow styles in 'Berlin Panorama', taking a moment to listen to the birds and wafting synths of 'For Yasuni', and departing with the techy triplets calculations of 'The White Bells', and the high tog house soul of 'Lychenerstrasse 28'.
Natty proto-house and electro-acid styles straight outta Holland. Nowt flash here, just five cuts of nimble analogue production putting his boxes thru their paces, from the trim electro bubble of the title track thru the slo-motion wobble of 'Desert Suit Larry' and melodic percolations of 'Cranes' to early Chicago styles replete with sultry ghetto robo vox in 'Polo'.
Berlin's Michael Matlak turns out a smart 2nd LP of electro-funk co-efficients and vintage sci-fi ambience. 'Dinsync' is carefully crafted as an album listening experience, as opposed to a collection of dancefloor tracks and interlude after-thoughts, following an abstract yet distinct narrative between gaseous pads of intro, 'If… Then' thru the lowkey, red-lit funk of '202 Heroes' to the metallic discord and ambient evacuation of 'Safe!', to a sweetly coherent 2nd side moving between BoC-like beats and cosmic/pastoral synth atmospheres with a charming mix of naif whimsy and trim analogue finesse.
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." are Material Object and Atom™. The tracks featured on this EP are the ambient piece "Early Reflection Part I" (side A) and the technoid "Refraction I" (side AA). While side A explores the realms of textures and soundscapes, side AA, exclusively released on this EP, expands into rhythmic codes and outlines possible horizons both artists are envisioning for their "No." platform.
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." are Material Object and Atom™. The material on this EP was previously only available digitally, available here alongside a new techno cut forged from refractions on the original theme. Side A explores ambient psychedelic regions while Side AA dives into a bass heavy, cavernous techno cut designed for the mind whilst retaining full body functionality.
*12" comes housed in a special die-cut sleeve, pressed on 180g vinyl and limited to 300 copies* "No. Inc." is a label run by Material Object and Atom™. Their second 12" inch release comes from Sagittarius displaying a blend of stripped down techno/acid and deep ambient textures, and provides full dancefloor functionality while remaining in a sphere of its own. On the flipside, Material Object is on remix duty providing a sychedelic wave of synthesiser and machine madness which completes the overall image of this production and makes it another true No. gem."
**The French synth-pop freaks return in colourful, spiky fashion** "Their new album ‘NO VOID’ is now being released on SHITKATAPULT, whose label slogan ‘Special Musick for Special People’ fits perfectly to the often euphorically rocking music of the French duo. DAT POLITICS themselves refer to their latest LP as a “hallucinating ride in a space roller coaster: scary and funny!” This time around, their songs took shape once again under influences outside of music such as astronomy, philosophy and programming language as well as surrealism, fantasy films and their own dreams. The nine tracks, all… Read more
*Newly remastered audio, 2xLP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket - Includes rare archive photos and liner notes Q&A with Krog* "The work of Karin Krog may be unfamiliar to much of the world, but in her native Norway and Scandinavia at large, she’s practically a household name. This says much about the local enthusiasm for post-bop jazz but also about the tyranny of distribution: until 1994, Krog’s albums weren’t available in the USA or UK, meaning three decades of recordings were waiting to be discovered. With this anthology of her best r… Read more
Dial siphon five cuts by their esteemed roster from the splendid label compilation, 'All'. A-side you'll find the ambient avant-pop of Stefan Tcherepnin's 'I Want To Be Art', sung in fragile, stumbling Japinglish over chamber-neat chorale synth harmonies, next to the sleek, melancholic house momentum of DJ Richard's 'Zero'. B-side, Christian Naujocks unfurls the airy minimalist strokes of 'For A While', Pantha Du Prince plays out the padded house bump and chiming patterns of 'Timeout on the Rocks', and Queens brings the EP to rest with a shoegazing electro-acoustic burn out 'Earth Eagle'.
"The very first 12” on Duck N' Cover, this EP marked the label's transformation from a hobbyists joint to a serious institution. Just after having previously release three 7” singles by local artists, this release was opening the doors to the following records by Traxman and DJ Clent. This EP is certainly not short on classics, every song on this EP has its very special own space and meaning. Most notably the frenetic sampling of “Goin Crazy” stands out, but “Overdose on Marijuana” and “Invasion” have shook so many dancefloors since the initial release, and the naughty “Get Down & Bang” will st… Read more
Duck 'n Cover Records catch one of Chicago's finest Footwork producers at his most minimal, tracky, in 'Slash Time'. Some killer bullets inside, especially the baffling 'Lava', which somehow seems to work at a standard jackin' house tempo and footwork pace at the same time; liekwise the FFWD soul burn of 'Survive' and 'Da Best Thing I Can Affar'; and the frenzied blips of the title tune.
'Originally released in November 2011, this is the very first single ever to appear on the label. It was produced under the heavy influence of the original chicago Footworkers like RP Boo, whose influence is obvious in the sounddesign. Two tracks written and produced by DJ Kabra and Discarga, the man behind Duck N’ Cover Records. Both tracks feature a haunting, dark atmosphere. Bones is a tribal graveyard stepper, time for a burial. Up is a straight battletrack with pondering drum assaults and viscious stabs."
"Originally released in 2012, this is Freezaburns second single on the label. Written and produced by Discarga, the man behind Duck N’ Cover Records, it features two dark renditions of Footwork. You can clearly draw a line to his earlier work under the “Iota” name, which was released on Mental Groove Records. Orchestral samples fight against frenetic rhythm patterns, in “Problemz”, a theme of a popular Japanese Anime series is used in the closing part, on “Get It” indian classical music shines light and shimmers over a sea of chopped vocals, noises coming straight from the sub-concious and pounding drum-patterns."
"Originally released in 2012, the 3rd 7” single on the label, right before the first maxi single by a Chicago artist was released. Written and performed by DJ Kabra, this record features two tracks that were able to generate a cult following worldwide from Tokyo to the USA. “In The Industry” picks up an iconic sample that was first used on the debut album of Method Man, and transforms it into a footwork monster. The flip side “Backyard” iterates over a smash hit by Lana Del Rey and infuses heavy tribal roots into the battle style. DJ Kabras background is also in Dub and Roots Reggae which can be clearly heard in his production style. "
"Rocksteady took over Orange Street, Kingston, Jamaica around 1966, the same time that an extreme heat wave hit the Jamaican Island. Some say the previous jerky Ska Rhythms proved too strenuous of an activity to partake in during the all night Sound Systems. So it proved a winning formula to slow the beat down to a more leisurely pace. Whatever the reasons were this two year period that ran until 1968 would see some of the power escape from the big three producers, Clement ‘Coxonne' Dodd, Prince Buster and Duke Reid...who up to that period ruled the airwaves. I… Read more
**Edition of 250, includes free download** "Peptalk is Michael Carter (electronics), Shayna Dunkelman (percussion) and Angelica Negron (voice). The band was born in Oakland, CA where electronic musician Mike Carter and percussionist Shayna Dunkelman were inspired by how mid-century exotica artists like Esquivel, Robert Drasnin and Martin Denny used percussion with bird calls, synthesizers and orchestra instruments to envision strange faraway places. Mike and Shayna upped and left for Brooklyn, where they met composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Angelica Negron. Drawing on their shared love of … Read more
"Through beautifully crafted songs such as “Station” and “Painter (Valentine)”, the 18-year old, Southport, England-raised artist has created a unique sonic identity, mixing sparse, minimal electronic production with gorgeous, emotive songwriting."
Thursday, 18 June
*Simon Pomery aka Blood Music returns with a new EP for Diagonal, including a stellar remix from Luke Younger, aka Helm* Simon Pomery makes an emphatic return to Diagonal with the Taiko fire of ‘Chicks’, the brutal percussive workout of Badgering’ and a hardcore remix from Helm. On this long-gestated follow-up to 2013’s eponymous EP, the Blood Music project continues to rage, syncing Taiko-inspired drumming patterns with vicious metal guitar dissonance and contact mic haptics. ‘Chicks’ runs at an over-stepping, febrile EBM heart rate, pelting modular palpitations made alongside Russ… Read more
Dreader UK pressure from Bristol via London on PAN affiliate Beneath's Mistry label, coined for his peers and like-minded bass cadets. The label's 4th drop is Laksa's first, framing the ruggedest UK house sounds with red-eyed night vision. 'Draw For The' strides over the A-side with drunken master style; all sloshing subs and roiling drums inna cold and brittle echo chamber style. B-side, 'Baded' drops the tempo a few notches but brings up the celsius at the same time, finding a woozy sub-tropical swagger in its hard surfaces and synthetic bird calls, whilst 'Touchdown' forges a killer sort of bl… Read more
Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare's hugely promising Knives label debut the hyper-lucid constructs of J.G. Biberkopf with 'Ecologies', housed in suitably striking artwork by Joe Hamilton. Hailing from Lithuania, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf has hatched a dramatic and immersive aesthetic, drawing upon cutting edge instrumental grime, net phenomenology and cyber-ambient sound design to patch collaged spheres working across club, theatre and digital radio contexts. As with the output of contemporary artists like T C F or Elysia Crampton, thru to his networked peers such as v1984 and Sentinl, J.G.B's music… Read more
*First pressing comes inside a limited edition hand painted sleeve* Ruddy raw and psychoactive house charmers from the mighty Principe. Niagara employs a more direct dancefloor template than most of his Portugese label peers, and the effect is deadly. Played live, and retaining that feral quality that has made this label so addictive, Niagara configures 6 tracks ranging from infected and dripping Lil Louis vibes on 'Arruda' to the cascading, synth-heavy hooks on 'Cheetah', before signing off with 'Alagarta' like some heat-infected Mr Oizo at his deadliest. Strong stuff from this increasingly impressive label.
"‘S. Araw “Trio” XI’ is a new configuration of the Sun Araw Band, the live action collaborative branch of Sun Araw. Over the course of several studio dates in Hollywood, California, “Trio” players Cameron Stallones, Alex Gray and Mitchell Brown (with no prior intentions of doing any such thing) successfully planted a garden of ‘non-dimensional’ objects, not only spontaneously generating these objects but also mastering their nurture and cultivation. ‘Gazebo Effect’ is a double vinyl nocturnal stroll into the depths of the garden, its upper lawns and outbuildings. The li… Read more